The Sun shined brightly. A limo driving on a lone road through the wilderness. The Joker, Harley Quiin, and Batman sitting in back. The limo driver, A thug in disguise. To his side another Thug in disguise.
“ Do you think the story is true? That the Bats killed those guys? What happened to him?”
“ Ain't no doubt about it! Batman's changed. Ever since the boss figured out the people who was connected to him including The commissioner's daughter. Hell Joker had to put the commissioner himself down after that one. Then He took out this old butler named Alfred for some reason. Joker claims he has a good idea who Batman is for sure, but he wants to be certain. Wants to unmask him somewhere out here for some reason. Says he wants the sun to be brightest when he rips his mask off for us to see him.”
“Doesn't that seem a bit much? I mean we could have unmasked him back at Gotham?”
“ Heh. Well I'm not one to argue with the boss. And we both know he's crazy”
“ Yup thats why he's the boss hahaha” The second henchman was quiet for a moment “ But um” He continued “ Exactly HOW did the boss catch him this time?”
“ Well” Began the henchman driving. “ They say that Bats went coocoo after the boys killed Nightwing. They Say that the boss shot him with an elephant tranquillizer, when he was fighting off the other boys, and well, The guys where ordered to tair him appart. Bats witnessed it the moment he arrived on scene. Too late. Nightwing was ripped limb from limb. It was nasty. Bats was devastated. I guess he felt that was the last straw. He began tearing the boys apart with his bare hands”
“ Didn't the boss stop him?”
“ Well this might sound gruesome, But the Boss was laughing and watched the guys being slaughtered. After bats was going for the last guy, Joker finally shot him with the tranquillizer. That way Bats attention would not have been drawn to him after all the guys where dead.”
“ That's sick! Why would Joker allow something like that to happen?” Asked the first henchman
“ tch. You know Joker. He wanted to prove a point to the bats. I guess he proved it. And again the boss is sick in the head. Guess now so is the Batman. Honestly though, I'm not so sure that's a good thing”
In the back seat of the limo, Joker is powdering his face. He had make up on too look like a normal person, or as normal as he can look. He dyed his hair blond, and his skin was being painted a light tan to cover his pale skin. Harley shrugged. She wore no make up and was dressed to look like a trophy wife. Her blond hair curled at the end, wearing a green dress and white high heels “ Mr. J, Why are we doing this again? I hate us looking like this!”
Joker giggled “ Oh my dear dear Harley, I don't enjoy this anymore then you. But after we are finished here, well we are going to want to lay low for a little while. With Commissioner Gorden dead, We are going to have far more then Gotham to worry about for a while. And Hell as much fun as that sounds, I think I might want to have a little quiet time before our next killing spree.”
Harley looked to Batman, His suit worn and torn from battle, Patches of his hair coming through the seems of the topside of his mask. “ And what about him puddin, What will happen to him?”
Joker stopped powdering his make up on. His eyes looked up to batman for a bit. It was silent for a moment. He closed the make-up kit with one hand.
“ My dear” He began softly “ The Batman and I have been through much in our lives. These last few days of our lives have been, shall we say, pretty radical. I have made decisions I have not thought I would ever have to make. And while I do not regret them, I am saddened it has to end so soon. That my dear is why I held off taking away his mask. Up until now. Once I remove his mask in front of all the boys, then I will decide what must be done. If he is no one we know then well” He smiled the old wicked joker everyone knew, “ Hell hehehe, we should get to know him. Keep him chained up..Have a few drinks. Some good laughs. Kill some more people. Hell maybe he'll join us after a while hahahahah”
“... And what if he IS someone we know?” asked Harley.
Joker stopped laughing. His eyes blinked distantly a few times. His smile quickly left.
“ Then my dear. If he is...someone we know. A particular someone. Then I am fearful the situation will be very grimm for our friend. Very grim indeed.” Joker looked to Batman. In his mind he was always there. Always there to stop him. But always there just the same. The closest thing to a friend he ever had. And he killed his friend's friends to prove his point. That it did not take much to make the dark knight fall.
Batman began to groan. His handcuffed hands began to move. Joker and Harley's eyes widened. Shocked that he was moving.
“ Puddin, How...the shot you gave him should have him out for hours still! How's he waking?”
“ I...don't know Harley. Its not humanly possible.”
Batmans eyes began open a little. His vision was blurred. He groaned more. Must move. He Must Pay. He Must. Batman's mind was racing. Repeating itself over and over. Willing him to move. Must move. He Must Pay. He Must.
Batman rose up as the car continued to move. “...you...you...killed them...you..” He kept moving.
Harley rose her gun at him. Joker smiled he waved at Harley “ Harley, put the gun down. He's too weak to fight. And the road is far to bumpy, He'll give ground.”
Batman went down on one knee after the vehicle shook. “ See what I mean Harley, Harmless”
Batman breathed heavily, he rose back up. His eyes widened, as if fully alert. Hatred burning in his eyes. “ ...I'll...have...your...throat...ripped...OUT!!” Batman said, his voice sounding more and more inhuman between words.
Joker's eyes widened. He had never heard Batman speak like this “ Harley, keep the gun on him.” Harley was shocked what was happening “ Harley, I believe he's serious. Keep the gun on him. Bats, sit down Bats. Don't make us do this!” Batman kept walking “ ...No more...No more...” Batman began to mutter.
The car bumped hard. Harley's Gun went off and the bullet hit the roof. Batman stumbled backwards to his seat. He growled “ ...no more...NO MORE!!” He balled his left hand into a fist, broke the glass between the passenger seats and the driver seat, and began choking the driver. The passenger thug was awe struck as the driver struggled for live. Suddenly a snap, And blood began to spurt from his throat and lips. The driver dead the Thug screamed in horror, The car fell of the road and tumbled into a ditch. Silence fell.
Several minutes later, one of the crushed in limo doors is kicked open. Harley alone emerges
“ Wooo...HOLY HELL MY HEAD!!” She stood up right holding her head in place with her left hand
“ What the hell hap...oh...Mr. J...” She quickly ducked back into the upside-down limo. She spotted Joker's unconcious body lying on his back, on the roof wich now was on the ground. She grabbed Joker by the arms and pulled him out of the wreckage. His tanned make-up slightly smeared.
She attempted to revive him. “ Mr. J...you ok?” She started lightly slapping his face. “ MR. J?! Puddin, please answer me. Oh god” She was nearly in tears. She tried shaking him a bit, Then slapping him some more. Joker began to groan. She smiled “ Oh Mr. J...are you ok?” Joker began to murmer something. “ ...et..ff..m..Harley..” She lifted his head with her right hand underneath and pressed her left palm softly on his face. “ What is it wonderful?” His eyes opened fully. Then they furrowed in anger “ I said 'GET OFF ME HARLEY!!'”
Joker pushed her backwards onto her rear end. Joker slowly stood back up brushing his grey business like suit off.
Joker and Harley surveyed their surroundings. The bodies of the henchmen where crushed inside the limo. But no sign of the Batman. “ Did you see Bats anywhere Harley?” Harley shook her head “ I didn't see him anywhere? He disappeared. Why...Why would he do that?” Joker's eyes wandered about. Joker began to smile. “ oooooo...I feel a change in the winds my dear” He said, his eyes looking around.
Harley eyes darted back and forth nerviously “ Why you smilin Mr. J? This isn't Funny!”
Joker continued to smile “ Hehehe...On the Contrary! This is Hilarious! The Games changed. Bats knows he has nothing left. He's tasted blood, A life time protecting lives and now he's taking them. He's a shattered Bat. A wounded Bat. And you know what they say my dear, when an animal is wounded, that is when he is most dangerious. Oooooooooooooh...this is going to be FUN!!”
He pulled out his phone and dialled a number. Placing it to his ear he waited for a ring. The phone rang once before someone answered.
“ Hello Boss. What's up?”
“ Billy boy? Why if it isn't my favorite boot licker, How goes your day?”
“ Boss My Name's Phil. You killed Bill last week remember?”
“Blah Blah. Don't argue Billy I need you to patch me through to the base's speakers. Or else I'll be looking for a new Billyboy who will, comprendey?”
“Y...yes sir. Patching you through now.”
The building, an abandoned factory not far from the forest. Speakers setup throughout the building. Goons scattered throughout the building. The speakers began to ring,
“ Hello boys and girls. Its your good ol' Uncle J! Hows your day going? Well that's good and all but we have a little problem out here in the wilderness. Our car had a bit of an accident on the way home, and our pet Bat got out of the cage. Could you kids come on down here and please help us find him? Be warned children, We saw him foaming at the mouth and think he might have rabies! Hehehehe! So hope to see you soon, OR ELSE THERE WILL BE SOME SPANKINGS WHEN WE GET HOME!!”
The speakers went off. The goons began talking amongst themselves
“ Did you here that? Batman got out! How did he do that? Joker had him all drugged up! Theres no way I'm getting involved with this shit!”
“ Who would you rather be killed by? Joker or the Bats! At least with Batman it would be quick, with Joker it would be slow for sure!”
“Truth is I don't know if that is true anymore.”
“.... Good point.”
Batman sat high up in the trees of the forest. Laying against a tree. Sitting on a branch. Tired. So tired. He started coughing. He coughed blood onto the tree branch. Blood began to pour from his lip down to his chin. He wiped it away. Got hurt bad. Can't remember. Car crash maybe? Batman had trouble thinking strait. His mind felt shattered, engulfed in rage. Sick. I'm sick. Joker drugged me. Batman sighed. His eyes half closed. Joker. He coughed more. He gritted his teeth and closed his eyes. It ends here Joker. Tonight. It all ends Tonight!
Five of Jokers goons began to spread out in the woods. One goon begins to talk to the other
“ You think its wise to bring only five of us and not the whole crew?”
“Meh. Bats is most likely still sick as hell from the tranquillizer and god knows what Joker put in him afterwards. He should be easy enough to catch”
“I don't know man. Shit like this hasn't stopped him before”
“ Yeah well I don't care who you are, you don't get elephant tranquillized and then seriously fucked up on a Joker Cocktail and brush it off like it was nothiICK!!” The thug was quickly interupted when a Batterang suddenly stuck deep into his throat. Dropping his rifle he held onto the protuding Battering from his throat in vain trying to remove it, as he fell to the ground bleeding and gagging. He fell silent quickly.
The other Thug stared in shock. “ Oh my god! Batman's here! HE'S HERE!” Another Batterang flung through the air and went deep into the thugs eye socket. Immediately he went silent and fell to the ground.
The other three thugs ran toward the scream. They raised their rifles into the air
“ Oh my god! He got them. WHERE ARE YOU?”
One of the thugs starting shooting off into the air franticly out of fear. Emptying his rifles clip. Suddenly Batman appears behind one of the 3, snaps his neck, goes to the second thug, swipes away his gun, and holds him from behind with his left arm against his throat.
The third thug turned toward batman and the second thug. He tried to fire but he was already out of ammo. Batman began to smile. The third thug dropped the gun.
“ Ok Batman you win. Just don't hurt us ok?”
The Batman continued to smile. He rose his right hand up, and stuck four of his fingers into the second thugs mouth, his thumb gripping at the underside of his jaw. He bagan to pull. The second thug began to gag.
“ Oh Jesus Christ no!!” The third thug screamed. Before he got the chance to turn his head, he saw Batman rip his friends jaw clean off. The second henchman gaged as his tongue dangled from his gaping hole. Quickly he fell to the ground and bled out.
The third thug slowly started to back away. His eyes wide in terror. Batman began walking toward him. The thug tried to turn and run. Batman quickly jumped into the air and land on the Thug. The Thug screamed. Batman got off him, picked him up single handedly, and flung him against a tree. Blood splattered out of the henchman's mouth. Before he could recuperate, Batman picked him up by the throat with his left hand, tightly against the tree.
Batman's right hand still gripped onto the second thugs jaw. He lifted it up next to the thugs face. The other thug tried to turn away from it, but Batman made him look. Batman's smile left. His gaze hard and cold
“ How many of you are there? Who's left?”
The Thug breathed heavily. His heart pounding with fear “ Uh..I don't know...like 30 maybe. I don't know all of them”
“ Where are they?”
“ There's uh...an old abandoned factory...about a mile from here. What's left of Joker's crew is all there I swear”
“ Which way?”
“ PLEASE GOD DON'T KILL ME!!”
“ WHICH WAY?!!”
Joker and Harley have been following the road for several minutes now. Everyonce in a while thumbing a passerby, hoping no one would recognize them.
“ Mr. J. I...I have been wanderin. Why didn't Batman kill us after we crashed? I mean, its obvious he got out of there before we did”
Joker looked to her. “ My dear, It is just as obvious too that he doesn't want to kill us just yet. In the Car..heh... he might have. But now he has gotten some fresh air, sometime to clear his head. Perhaps the sunshine and the wonderment of nature is reminding him how wrong it is to take a life? haha. Or more likely, he wants us to suffer like dogs before he puts us down.”
“D...Don't say that Mr. J!”
“ Well we can't pretend he's not going to now.”
Joker said nothing more after that. Joker's phone began to buzz. Joker took it out and answered it
“ What?” he asked
“ Yes yes what is it? And why do you sound so shaky?”
“ We...we got him boss. Batman's knocked out. He killed a few of the boys but we got him”
Joker smiled “ Oh goody goody. Good Job Loyd.”
“ Yeah. Um. Do you want to meet us here? I'll call the others back here if you want. I...I thought you might like this place. I thought maybe It be perfect for you to unmask him here.”
“ ...What are you talking about Loyd? I decide where the Batman will be demasked!”
“ I...I know boss. But um. I think You will like this place. No one but us will see for sure.”
“ ohhhh. Alright. Tell me where you are. You better be right. Your life might depend on it if your wrong”
Batman continued to hold to the Thug's throat. His grip was less tight now as he held the Thug's phone up to his ear. The thug continued to speak into the phone. “ oh..ok. See...see you soon boss.”
Batman closed the fold-able phone. “ I...I did as you told me. You...you said you'd let me go.”
Batman's gaze never moving. Cold and hard. He tightened his grip on the Thug's throat.
The thug gasped “ But. You said...you'd let me go!”
The Batman responded “ I lied.”
Joker and Harley now where walking through the woods.
“Your sure we are going the right way hon?” asked Harley
“Yes Yes Harley. Loyd was very specific.”
Joker was now ahead of her as they kept walking. Finally they reached the spot and instantly made Joker stop in his tracks. Harley first looked to him, wondering what was wrong. Then she looked ahead. Her eyes widened and her mouth dropped.
There lying before them where all five of the thug's corpses. two of them where layying on the ground, with a batterang in the eye socket of one, and a batterang in the throat of the other. Another two where propped up against two long sticks. Both of them decapitated. There heads placed on top of both sticks separately. One missing his lower jaw. His tongue dangling on its stick.
And the fifth corpse, held up in the air. His gut ripped open, His entestines used to hang him with, in mid-air, in between two large trees. In which the words carved deeply in both read “ HA HA” On either side.
Joker walked slowly toward the grizzly scene. His gaze at the hanging corpse and the marked trees.
“ How” Harley began to say. “ How is he capable of this? This is sick!” She turned away unable to look at it any longer.
“He has nothing left” Joker began. Still staring at the corpse and the trees “ He's...this. This is it. The end game. I knew it would come. Not like this.”
Harley tried not to vomit from the smell. “ This can't be happening. Batman doesn't do this.”
Joker turned to her. “ He does now my dear. “ He began to smile. He began to laugh.
Harley looks back to Joker, surprised by his laughter.
“ Oh Harley. Don't you see? After all this time! It's finally happened. Batman has cracked. I've won! He is just as much a monster as I am HAHA!” Joker turned back to the grisly scene, his smile slowly lowered. “ It would seem though, that I've also lost at the same time. Looks like the end of the road for us.”
“ What are you talking about Mr. J?! We have the whole forest to hide. We have to at least try to hide. Before we wined up looking like them”
“ To where Harley? No matter where we go he will find us. We can't run from this. But, heh, since we're still breathing, might as well call in backup” Joker picked up his phone and called the number as before. The phone rang. It picked up “ Billy boy! Listen I need you to put me on speaker right away again. Bats got the boys down here! We need the rest of you guys straight away!”
Suddenly screaming was heard over the phone. The sound of glass shattering. More of the men screaming.
“ What the...What's going on over there?”
“...He's...bodies...oh my god!” Static in between words.
“ Goddamn it what the hell is going on?”
“ HE'S HERE!! BATMAN'S HERE!!!!”
Several minutes ago...
The sun was getting closer to the horizon. Phil was staying at his station inside the factory. He monitored several screens, all connected to a single laptop computer. He had every camera and speaker at his command with a push of the button. Always watching. Always waiting. Occasionally he'd leave the room for a coffee or bathroom break, in wich case he would have one of the other guys keep an eye out on the monitors.
A Thug stood behind him rifle in hand, second watchman over the room. “ They've been gone a while” Phil began to say to the other thug. “ You think they might need help? This is Batman after all”
The Thug shook his head “ They would have called back by now if their numbers where low”
Phil shrugged “ If you say so. This whole situation is messed up. He was WAY to drugged up to be moving around like this. God damn”
Some of the thugs walked around on patrol of the factory. The rest were in rooms. Either waiting for their shifts or casually talking amongst themselves. One of the Thugs walked past a camera, He looked at it for a moment. He started to whistle a tune. Then he kept walking away, continuing to whistle. He walked into a blind spot away from the camera. He kept on whistling. Abruptly a hand covered his mouth, and pulled him into the shadows. The sound of Cracking.
Phil heard the man's whistling stop abruptly. “ Did you hear that?”
The thug shrugged “ maybe he just didn't want to whistle anymore?”
Suddenly the camera in that area went off. Then another. Then Another.
Phil eyes went wide. “ No something's going on.” He spoke into the microphone next to his laptop and pushed one of the buttons. “ Sector 6...come in Sector 6 whats going on there?” Silence. “ Sector 6 respond!”
The Camera's kept going out. Sector 7. Sector 8.
Phil's eyes looked to the monitors remaining. He typed in a command and spoke into the microphone. The outside speakers began to ring. “ Cameras 1 through 8 have gotten out. I repeat, Camera's 1 through 8 have gotten out. We need all other sectors to investigate immediately”
Less then a minute later the speaker inside the control room started to ring “ C...Control this is Sector 9”
“Yes Sector 9 this is control”
“ There's...My God Sweet Jesus...theres bodies everywhere here. Theres so...so much blood. OH. Oh God. HE'S HERE! BATMAN'S HERE!!” The audio suddently went out. The sound of gun fire going off nearby. Phil began to panic. The thug at the door held tight to his rifle. The remaining cameras went out one by one. Till all of them where nothing but static on the screens. Much louder gunfire shooting outside the control room.
“ Jesus H FUCK! Where is he? I'll kill you Batman.” yelled a voice outside the control room. Glass shattering outside. A program on Phil laptop pops up, indicating a call from Joker. Phil pushes it, watching the door.
“ Billy boy!” Said the Joker through the laptop speaker “ Listen I need you to put me on speaker right away again. Bats got the boys down here! We need the rest of you guys straight away!”
Phil tried to speak into the microphone. His voice shaky. “ He's...He's here boss. He's littered the factory with bodies. Now he's here outside the control room. Oh my god! I don't know what to do”
More glass shattering and bullets firing.
“ Goddamn it what the hell is going on?” demanded Joker.
Phil Screams into the microphone. “ HE'S HERE!! BATMAN'S HERE!!!!”
suddenly the door bursts forward, killing the thug in the room. Phil stares in horror as he watches the doorway. Darkness outside. Silent. He heard footsteps. Then he saw him. The batman walked slowly into the room. His suit, covered and spattered with blood. His cape torn. Phil stared in Awe and Horror as Batman walked torward him.
Joker heard Phil screaming over the phone “ Oh god please don't. PLEASE DON'T!” He Heard him gagging. Joker turned the phone on speaker. Phil continued to gag. Coughing. Then silence.
“ It's over Joker.” Said Batman's voice through the phone speaker “They're all dead. I'll be there soon. Go ahead. Try to run. Try to hide. It doesn't matter. I will find you. It ends here. It ends now”
The phone hangs up.
Harley's eyes wide with horror.
Joker just stood there phone in hand. He closes it. “ Well” he began to say. “ It looks like that's that then. We are finished my dear.”
Harley shook her head “ Mr. J, he is still a mile away from us. We can start running! Theres no way he can catch up to us if we leave NOW!”
Joker shook his head back. “ My dear Harley, have you learned nothing all this time with me against the Batman. It doesn't matter. He always finds us. No, just like the Batman says, it ends here. There's no where to run to now. This is not as funny as I thought this would be. And yet I had to give him that shot”
Harley's expression turned to curiosity. She turned to Joker “ What do you mean? That shot was supposed to keep him asleep, that's all, right?”
Joker sighed, “ Not just asleep Harley, I added an ingredient. One I and Crane had been working on for a while. A chemical compound.”
Harley was shocked “ You did what?”
“Don't be so surprised. Lets be honest my dear, alot has happened to lead up to this. I killed allot of people. Close to the Batman. I took drastic steps to find out who he was. I didn't want the game to end like this though. But unfortunately I was running out of options. I don't want to go into lengthy detail about it, but after everything that has happened, I did what I felt was necessary.
Other then you my dear, Batman is the closest thing to a friend I have. So after putting him to sleep, I injected a second dose including the compound. To keep him asleep till we were out here, far far away from Gotham.”
“ And what was the compound? What does it do?” Harley asked
Joker smiled weakly “ A nero-toxin. It was so beautiful in its design. Its design was simple actually. It was supposed to open Bats mind. It was supposed to show him what I see. It was supposed to make him...like me”
He started to giggle a little “ I waited far far too long for Batman to understand the world as it is. A sick sick Joke.You see, Batman understood me. He did. But he did not agree with how I see things. I tried so hard to show him the truth Harley. But after so many many years he refuses to except it. So I...I made plans. Did my homework if you will. Pulled strings. To find out who he was. Find him at his home and give him the compound. Probably as he slept or something. I wasn't to sure how I was going to do it quite yet. He already knew I was on his tail. So one night, I had my boys distract him on the otherside of town, when I popped by the one place all my hardwork left to...Wayne Manor”
Harley's mouth dropped “ You...you don't mean.”
Joker nodded his head “ Yes my dear. It wasn't an easy thing to do. I spent years choosing against not knowing who he was. The game was far far too fun. But now, now I needed to know. So after all my work. It all lead to only one person, Bruce Wayne. I tried to get the truth from his old ass Butler, But it seems he preferred the bullet in staid haha”
Harley shook her head “ But...But all these years. How. How could we miss something like that?”
“ As I said my dear. I honestly didn't care before. I didn't want the game to be over. But Now it seems I pushed it too far. If the deaths of his loved ones wasn't enough, I took the one thing he spent his entire life protecting away.”
“ Wh...What do you mean?” Harley asked
Joker was silent for a moment.
“ Gotham” He started to say. “ I took Gotham off the map. I...told the men to rig the entire city with explosives. They where all too busy with the commissoner and his daughters funerals to notice them. It was more then enough to blow it all to hell after we were far far away from there. Left a couple of boys behind to keep check on them so no one tries to deactivate them early. Didn't even bother to tell them when I was going to push the button.”
Harley was speechless. “ How...how come you didn't tell me any of this before Mr. J? How can you just blow up Gotham and not tell me?”
“ I saw no other way out of it my dear. I loved Gotham. But as long as Gotham existed, Batman would keep fighting for it. Even though everyone will know he killed those men, He still would have defended that city with his life. So I did the only thing I knew would make him see things my way, I destroyed it. That way he would see how easy it is for everything to be taken away from you. And after that I was sure the toxin would kick in and he would fully understand how I saw the world. I had hoped we would be best friends after this. It seems ultimately I made a very stupid decision”
Harley looked around at the treetops. Horrified she looked to Joker “ Are the um. Effects...temporary?”
Joker shook his head “ By now the damage is permanent. He might be resisting it. With his hatred towards us, towards me, it would seem he is fighting it in a way. Otherwise it wouldn't have been this way.”
Harley's eyes darted back and forth through the woods “ Does he...um...Does he know?”
“ About the drug or Gotham being blown to smithereens?”
“ Yeah I think so. He knew about Gotham's destruction for sure. By now he should know I put that compound in as well.”
Harley's eyes kept darting. “ We need to leave. We need to get away Mr. J. I don't want to die out here”
Joker sighed again. “ There is no point Harley. Batman will be here soon. There is no point in running”
“ Come on Mr. J! We can't die like this! Your The Joker! You always have a way out!!!”
Joker paused. He slowly looked up to her. He smiled. “ Your right! I AM THE JOKER! HAHA! Why would I sit on my ass and take this. I've lived without the Batman. Why Not! And if I am to be prey well hell at least I won't be an easy one. Suck my ass Bats we are out!”
Joker and Harley began to run together. An hour passed. The sun was close to setting over the horizon. Joker and Harley are tired from running.
“ Is there no town nearby Mr. J” Harley asked
“ There should be one. Not far from here. Almost safe” Joker said. His pale skin starting to show through his tan make up, smeared from sweat.
“ Oh. I'm so tired Mr. J” said Harley.
“ Come on Harley, we are almost th...” Immediately he was interrupted by a Batterang flying past his face and strait into a tree right next to him. He and Harley looking strait ahead, looked up. And there sat The Batman on a tree branch, Staring down at them.
Joker gulped. “ Harley...Run...Run now”
Joker and Harley tried to run in a different direction, But another batterang flung infront of their faces. Batman was already on top another tree branch. They looked up again for him. They couldn't see him this time.
“ You killed them...” Batman's voice echoed through the woods. “ You killed them all...with no regret. No remorse. You destroyed the intire city. Slaughtered hundreds. Thousands.” The tree branches kept snapping above their heads. Joker and Harley kept looking. Still could not see him.
“Gordon, Barbra, Robin, Nightwing,...Alfred. One by one you killed them off. Right before destroyying everything I swore to protect. I have nothing now.” He continued “ Nothing But you”
Harley held tightly to Joker.
“ Mr. J I'm scared. Please please make this stop”
Joker said nothing. His eyes in fear looking up.
Suddenly they heard a loud thud behind them. Before Joker could turn torwards the sound, Batman stood up and tore the two away from each other, and flung Joker against a tree. Joker landed against the tree hard. He began to spat out blood. Batman lifted up Harly Quiin by her throat with his right hand. She tried to scream but was instaid gagging for life. He walked toward Joker and pick him up by his throat too with his left hand. Then he slammed both of them against separate nearby trees. He held tightly to both of their throats. Batman's gaze cold and hard on Joker
“ Mr. J please.” Harley began to cry in fear. “ Please help me. Please he's going to...” Snap. Batman broke her neck before she could finish. Blood pored from her mouth. Her eyes distant. Her body now still. Batman dropped her without even looking. His gaze still on Joker. Joker's eyes looked down to Harley horrified. He looked to Batman with fear, then hatred, Then he started to laugh.
“ Hahahahahah ho ho ho. Look at you go! Look at you! LOOK AT YOU!! You are worst now then I ever could be. You are the monster now! Not me! HAHAHAHA. NOT ME!! HAHAHAHA!! YOUR FREE NOW THANKS TO ME!! HAHAHA!! CONGRATULATIONS BATS!!”
Joker continued to laugh. Batman took his now free right hand. Curved like a claw, He started to burrow his hand into Jokers chest. Joker continued to bellow laughing. Batman penetrated the flesh and rib cage, his hand now moving free inside of Joker. Joker still laughing coughing up blood. Batman clenched his fingers around Jokers heart. Joker kept coughing. Harder and Harder it was but he still kept laughing and coughing. Blood pouring out of his mouth. Batman ripped the heart of his chest and showed it to Jokers face, still pulsating. Joker's laughter was dying, But he still smiled. His teeth bare with laughter. His eyes became distant. At last the Joker was dead.
Batman's glare remained. All still. All silent. He crushed the Jokers heart. Squezing every drop of blood from it. And threw it to the ground. He dropped the Joker's corpse.
It's over. Batman thought to himself. Joker dead. Their all dead. Every citizen I defended. Every criminal I spared. Everything is gone. Except me. Batman opened up a little screen inside of his armband. He took a sample of his own blood and placed it on a small square petri dish. He insterted the petri dish inside the device inside his armband. A program popped up and ran on his armbands screen.
He sighed after looking at it.
I Knew it. The damage is permanent. Incurable. He looked back to Joker. He could still here is laughing even now. Ever since he woke up, all he could here was that laughter. Joker's toxins did it then. It chemically induced a laughter. None stop. In his mind. He tried so hard to block it out. But he can't. He moved his way back to jokers corpse. Down on one knee, he pulled Joker's gun out of its hidden holster.
Joker had this the entire time. He could have used it. Its just as well. He knew it wouldn't have done any good on me. Probably kept it so he could shoot something or someone out of boredom.
Batman tried so hard to hold back his disgust at the thought. But it was pointless now. He's shed more then enough blood today.
Mother, Father. Forgive me.
Batman looked to the sunset. The sun was slowly slipping over the horizon. Batman watched it, as he fell to both of his knees
No hope. Nothing left. Gotham is gone. But the laughter. It will never end now. Not till I make it end
He glared at Joker. His eyes full of hate. Batman pointed the gun inside his own mouth.
I won't harm another soul. I won't risk this whatever you've done to me to harm others. I'll be seeing you soon Joker. IN HELL!