Master of the Hunt, Part V

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0530 Hours, the Batcave

Batman and Nightwing were struggling toward a conclusion by the time  Cyborg returned.

“…Suicide Squad. Put him on the Suicide Squad.”

“What?” Cyborg asked in disbelief. “You can’t be serious! He’s just a kid!”

“A kid who beat Deathstroke…” Nightwing muttered.

“Yeah, so were you, ten years back. We didn’t throw you at the mercy of Deadshot and Harley Quinn, now, did we?”

Nightwing didn’t respond.

“Look, we have proof that he was going to attempt to kill Superman. That’s good – or bad – enough to get half the League on his back. We’re saving him.”

“Batman…” Cyborg ventured, but Batman cut him off.

“I’m serious, it’d be a good place to keep an eye on him.”

“And put more heroes in harms way?”

“More villains than heroes.”

Nightwing suddenly spoke up.

“He’s got a point, though – Are you sure putting a weaponized human being in Amanda Waller’s possession is smart?”

“Better than leaving him to his own devices.”

“And worse than training him.”

Now Cyborg interrupted.

“Little Robin here has a fair point. He could be a brutal threat if not for your training.”

“Or because of it. We all know about Red Hood,” Nightwing remarked with a wry smirk.

“Whose side are you on?” Batman asked angrily.

Cyborg drew a deep, exasperated breath.

“Look, he’s just a kid, and he clearly doesn’t want to kill Superman. I think he’s fighting an illness, possibly something technological. He’s not a killer. Just look at him!”

All three heads slowly turned to the screen that had been displaying the room the young man was in.

It showed only static.


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