140: No title – Chapter Two

Title: No Title
Author: amysmiles
Media: Television / Comic Book
Topic: Batman: The Animated Series
Genre: Romance / Family
URL: No Title – Chapter Two
Critiqued by Ghostcat

Hello once again, Library Patrons, and welcome back to my riff of the Batman fanfic with the imaginative title of “No title.” The author has made a slight change in the first chapter since last week; it was previously titled “Chapter 1” but is now titled “Tradegy Occurs,” which sort of ruins the surprise of the exploding car.

If you didn’t read last week’s chapter, here are the highlights: In a flashback set ten years from an unspecified date, the Riddler takes two children of indeterminate age (one of whom remains genderless until the end of the chapter) out for ice cream. As they are walking back to wherever it is they came from, they may or may not have heard an explosion. Upon arriving at the location, they notice that the car belonging to one of the children’s mothers is missing and the Riddler immediately turns on the TV to watch the news. Conveniently there is a broadcast concerning an explosion at a nearby grocery store that identifies the mothers of both children as victims of the explosion and gives custody of the impressionable minors to the Riddler, even though one of the kids isn’t even related to him. The Riddler wonders if “they” will try to go after the children next, which prompts him to send a text message to his friend Johnathon (who is Dr. Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow)  right before “they” attack. The two kids escape as the Riddler holds off the unidentified attackers with a fear toxin bomb.

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