The Young Girl bites her lower lip to stop herself from screaming. She knows if she screams theyíll sedate her and she wonít get anywhere. They make it so hard for her not to scream.
Doctor: Okay Stephanie lets go over this again.
Stephanie: I already told you. Iím being heíd here against my will. My family and my loved ones think Iím dead.
Doctor: Your mother and father are perfectly aware of where you are Stephanie and they know youíre not dead.
Stephanie: Why do we have to do this same thing every 2 weeks? My storyís not going to change.
Doctor: Youíre a superhero,
Stephanie: Super heroine.
Doctor: Named ĎSpoilerí.
Stephanie: I was also Robin but mostly yes.
Doctor: So you still claim to have a personal relationship with the vigilante ĎThe Batman.í
Doctor: Stephanie you know Iím your friend, yes?
Stephanie: If you say so.
Doctor: I only want to help you.
Stephanie: If you say so.
Doctor: Your mother misses you.
Stephanie: That woman is not my mother and even if she was I wouldnít see her. She blamed my friends for whatís happened to me and itís not their fault.
Doctor: If itís not their fault whose fault is it?
Stephanie: Iím working on it.
The Doctor sighs and nods to an orderly who pops out of the room for a moment.
Doctor: I didnít want to do this.
Stephanie: Do what?
The orderly re-enters the room carrying a newspaper which he hands to the Doctor.
Doctor: If you are who you claim you are care explaining this?
The Doctor unfolds the paper and holds it up to Stephanie who sees a blurry picture of Spoiler with the headline ĎBack from the grave?í
Doctor: Thatís not you. You are here.
Stephanie: Someoneís impersonating me! When I get out of hereÖÖ
Doctor: Stephanie youíre the one impersonating this ĎSpoilerí. You see yourself as this dead super heroine and you only happen to share the same name. You have a completely different background to this girl. You are not this ĎSpoilerí whether this is the original or not its not you.
Stephanie: Iíd like to be taken to my room now please.
The Doctor sighs and takes off his glasses rubbing his eyes and nods to the orderly who walks over to Stephanie picking her up and taking her away. As Stephanie leaves the room she never takes her eyes off the headline. Rachael Thorn sits staring at the same headline with a frown on her face as she shakes her head and sets it down.
Rachael: What the heck does this mean?
The Question stands opposite Rachael and looks down at the newspaper.
Question: Could mean several things.
Rachael: Well is it her? The girl we were looking for?
Rachael: It either is or it isnít.
Question: More complicated than that.
Rachael: If she is dead then it isnít her. People just donít come back.
Question: I did.
Rachael: Yeah well Iím the only one who can speak to you so that doesnít really count.
Question: Ever heard of Superman? He came back too. Green Arrow too. AlsoÖ.
Rachael: Alright, I get it. People in your world tend to have a habit of not staying dead. So this is her?
Question: Could be. Could also be distraction to throw us off.
Rachael: Throw us off what? We werenít really getting anywhere.
Question: So sure? Started asking questions and only the next day Gina Lynn is wanted for questioning by the Gotham Police. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Rachael: One of my lecturers once told me nothing is coincidence.
Question: Smart woman.
Rachael: Iím so confused. Nobody wants to admit her existence but yet here she in front and centre in the newspaper. Surely someone other than us is asking questions.
Question: not enough. Need to do more research. Whatís the name of the reporter?
Rachael picks up the newspaper and scans the by-line.
Rachael: Brandon Vonn.
Question: Perhaps it would be wise to pay Mr. Vonn a visit.
Rachael: Iíll look in the phone book.
Question: Better be quick.
Rachael: Got a party to go to?
Question: Someone doesnít want questions asked about Stephanie Brown. Iím betting whoever that is will want a chat with Mr. Vonn and it wonít be pleasant.
Elsewhere in the city Brandon Vonn eats a slice of chicken as he prepares dinner for himself. He looks over to his right and smiles with pride at his front page scoop. However his moment is spoiled when his doorbell rings.
Brandon: Just ignore it, just ignore it.
The doorbell rings again repeatedly and Brandon sighs and walks over to the door and opens it not looking very pleased.
Brandon: Can I help you?
On the other side of the door is a young well dressed man supporting himself with a cane on his right side.
Man: Hello my name is Jason Bard and Iíve had a hell of a time trying to reach you at your office Mr. Vonn.
Bard and Vonn exchange a short conversation before the reporter finally steps aside to let his guest inside his house. As Jason Bard steps inside Bardís home Hush watches from a distance with a pair of binoculars.
Hush: ĎEvil brings men together.í
Rachael looks around nervously as she tries to open a car door armed with 2 small pieces of metal.
Question: Should concentrate if havenít done this before.
Rachael: I canít believe Iím breaking into someoneís car. How do you get me to do these things.
Question: Must be my good looks.
Rachael smiles as the lock to the car clicks and she stands up stretching.
Rachael: Weíre taking this back after weíre done, deal?
Question: If can get car back in on piece.
Rachael: Thatís not funny.
Rachael gets into the car and attempts to hotwire it leaving the Question alone on the sidewalk.
Question: Wasnít joking.
Rachael: Will you get in here and help me.
Question: What do you need?
Rachael jumps as the question appears behind her and she bumps her off the roof of the car as a result.
Rachael: OW! Damn it!
Question: Startled you?
Rachael: Youíre the brains, you tell me.
Question: Think we should get new car.
Rachael: Best idea Iíve heard all day.
Question: Better hurry. No telling what could happen if we hesitate.
As Rachael and the Question drive away a guard passes Stephanieís cell and hears a dull moan. The guard pauses and he hears the groans grow louder.
Guard: Keep it down in there!
Stephanie: Help! Please help!
The guard hesitates but another pain filled groan causes him to take out his security pass and open the door. He finds Stephanie huddled in the corner of her cell and walks over.
Guard: What the hell happened.
Stephanie: Sympathy pains.
Stephanie kicks the guard in the crotch and grabs his baton and hits him over the head hard. She moves as fast as lightning and displays a certain amount of gymnastic prowess.
Stephanie: You heard me, sympathy pains.
Stephanie picks up the Guardís security pass and smiles and she twirls the baton in her hand.
Stephanie: I think itís time I went out and met my would be replacement.
To Be Continued