(Note: The following story takes place in the world of ~ExGemini. Characters are inspired by but are not a part of any current cannon. Some material is not intended for little minds, either age-wise or intelligence.)
Donna Troy came into the hotel room that DJ was staying in.
"Hey guys, I don't mean to interrupt you lovebirds but
But rather than catching Starfire and Ronin Omega in bed, only Kory was laying down fast asleep, still wearing the robe that had she put on earlier. DJ, meanwhile, had just finished buttoning up his dark tropical shirt.
"Sorry Donna," he said softly, "but Kory just went to sleep. She was up half the night watching over me."
what?" she asked, still not understanding.
"Something's happened on the Island," he said. "I still don't know what, but there's something here that doesn't belong."
"Well unless you mean the blowout that Nathan had with my sister," Donna suggested, "I really think your cosmic radar is a little off. There's nothing bad that happens on this island. Even the hard-core criminals behave here! Besides, this Island's restricted to invitation-only, and Sage makes sure of that."
"Hold that thought," DJ said as his cellphone rang. "Hello? Yes Sage. Yeah, Donna just got here. Okay, we're on our way." Then he flipped the cellphone receiver back. "Okay, let's go."
Donna stood there incredulously. "Go
where? And what about Kory?"
"Kory can rest," he replied. "I need you to fly me to the airport so we can meet with Sage."
Leanna Shanks, the blue-skinned She-Hulk, looked on wistfully at Nathan Furian's residence. Ever since she inadvertently blurted out the whole "Snoo-Snoo" incident in front of Princess Diana, she and her sister "Shulks" were barred from being in the residence as long as Diana was on the Island.
The blue-skinned beauty had no idea that the unofficial "queen" of the Island was so jealous of other women. Nathan certainly expressed no such problem in the past. But now that more-and-more women have been arriving at the Island, Diana has become more-and-more touchy of his interactions with them.
Just then she saw movement from the side terrace. Nathan appeared, with Diana soon afterwards. Diana overtook Nathan to look out over the terrace. Just then she saw the Amazon princess point right AT HER! Before Nathan could take a look, she quickly retreated into the grove of tropical trees and berry bushes.
From her new hiding place, she could see Nathan walk over to the balcony of the terrace. Then, apparently seeing nothing, he turned back to Diana, who seemed to insist that she did see Leanna stalking the residence.
Of course Leanna felt guilty. She spent most of her life pursuing intellectual curiosities. She certainly didn't INTEND to find herself attracted to a formerly Ascended being like Nathan Furian! But his cosmic presence awakened something inside her that made her skin even more blue, her hair every more white, and her body every more muscular and sensitive and she
The voice came from behind her. She turned to see an average-looking woman with long red hair wearing what appeared to be a bikini comprised of three giant leaves and a series of vines.
"OH!" Leanna said. "I'm sorry! I didn't know anyone else was here."
"Who lives there?" the stranger asked with a curious tilt of her head.
Leanna felt herself blush slightly. "There? Well, that's Nathan Furian
the great man who owns this Island."
She saw the strange skinny redheaded girl gently caress the skin between the giant leaves covering her puny front. Leanna felt herself get slightly aroused by the sight of it. But that wasn't possible, she told herself. She likes MEN!
"It sounds like you know this
Nathan Furian," the stranger said seductively. "Maybe
you know him quite intimately. I can almost smell it in you."
Leanna felt really uneasy about this. "Excuse me, but I don't think that I
"Oh my name isn't important," the stranger said as she edged closer and closer to Leanna. "What IS important is that you're going to tell me all about Nathan."
Leanna wanted to run
but she couldn't. She felt afraid, but also
somewhat aroused. She felt compelled to follow the stranger deeper into the foliage.
Donna Troy didn't know what they were doing at the airport, never mind seeing Sage actually dressed in her "X-suit", complete with the advanced devices all around her. It was one thing for DJ to get involved in an investigation in Paragon City, but not on an island that was supposedly built for love and leisure!
"And the attendants had no idea who the package was for?" DJ asked.
"None whatsoever," Sage replied. "All shipping requests go through my cyber-desk first, and I certainly would not have authorized a banyan tree seedling anywhere near this Island! I saw what one of these things did in Hawaii."
"And yet, someone managed to bring one here, and then leave with it," DJ said. "Unless
He reached out and touched the dead husks that were all that remained amidst the destroyed boards.
"I'm going to give out a few names," he said. "See if any of them either came here or had permission to be here."
"Nope," she said. "But
." Her fingers danced across the digital displays in front of her. "I got some SERIOUS hits from Pamela's last Internet use from Arkham. Seems she was asking a LOT of questions about the Island when she ran off to New York."
"Poison Ivy?" Donna asked. "She normally stays in Gotham. Why would
"Wrong bus, maybe," DJ said. "I almost made that mistake myself once upon a time." He began to trace a line from the asphalt towards the grove of trees. "Poison Ivy is on the Island. She used the foliage to hide herself, and now she's out there, among the flora and fauna."
"I'll alert security," the cyber-smart X-girl said. "Shouldn't be that hard to find
pale redheaded eco-terrorist with lots of plants around her and a thing for misandry."
"I think you'll find some of that has changed," DJ said. "I wouldn't have sensed it if it was just about her being here. Something's happened to her since she came here." Then he turned to Donna.
"Where's your sister?"
"At Nathan's residence, of course," she replied. "Why?"
He walked back to her. "Sage, get security to Nathan's place. Donna, you need to fly me to the hotel really quick and then we need to find Diana."
Donna crossed her arms. "Not until you tell me what this is all about."
"I'll explain on the way," he said.
Katia, the red-skinned Shulk, was perplexed.
The three Shulks were supposed to meet outside of Nathan's place. They were going to sit Princess Diana down and explain to her the situation with them and Nathan. Of course it wouldn't really BE the truth. Of the three, only Katia really knew the reason why the three of them were working Nathan over so frequently.
It sounded presumptuous, especially taking Diana's Pantheon-given abilities into account, but her power was no match for THREE women of her strength-class. And that was before Katia was given a little "something extra" from her benefactor.
They were supposed to meet in the grove by the side of the mansion. Leanna said that she was going to be there already, but Katia couldn't find any trace of her.
"Excuse me," came a voice from behind her.
Katia turned around in surprise. How could anyone sneak up on her? Never mind how some skinny red-headed frail wearing leaves for clothes could do it!
"You startled me!" she exclaimed. "Nobody does that!"
"Sorry," the stranger said sheepishly. "But I'm guessing you're looking for someone?"
about a seven-food Smurfette with boobs the size of your head. You see her around here?" Katia relished in being crude when necessary, especially to this anorexic girl.
The stranger smiled. "Why, yes, I have seen someone matching that description," she replied. "In fact, she wanted me to tell you that the little rendezvous got moved a little further back."
Katia threw her arms up in frustration. "Well that's just GREAT! Boob-berry Shulk thinks that just because she has a brain she should be doing all the thinking for us! Well apparently Princess PMS isn't the only one who will be getting an education today. Lead on, little girl. Lead on
"I don't get it!" Donna said as she peeled off her tee-shirt in the hotel bathroom.
"What don't you get?" DJ asked in the other room.
She unsnapped and removed her bra. "How a second-rate member of Batman's Rogues Gallery can come here and all of a sudden become Public Enemy Number One." She undid her shorts and let them fall to the floor.
"She wouldn't," he explained. "Something happened to her while she came here. Something has forced a fundamental change in her biology."
Donna stepped into her basic black suit, the star-field magically appearing as it made contact with her skin. "What could do that?"
"Nathan can," she heard Kory answer from the other room.
Donna stepped out of the bathroom as she finished putting on her belt. She could see DJ, already in his Ronin Omega outfit, helping Kory into her Starfire armor.
"Or Circe," DJ added. "With Nathan it would be inadvertent, but with Circe
"It's deliberate," Donna finished as she slipped on her silver boots. "You know, I never really fully understood this 'heightened intuitive sense' of yours. You're not a telepath, you're not Ascended
what are you?"
Just then the phone rang. DJ answered it.
"Yes? No, we're on our way now. Yes, I see
okay. I'll let them know." He flipped the phone closed. "Sage's security force said that Diana is missing. Nathan is getting worried. Apparently there's something in the grove just outside the mansion."
"Poison Ivy?" Kory asked as she finished fastening her boots.
"Sounds like it," DJ replied.
"Come on," Donna said, standing up from the bed. "Air-Titan time."
"More like Air-League," Kory giggled.
"Either way," DJ said as he took both their arms, "it's time for us to get there."
The area adjacent to Nathan's residence was blocked off by robotic sentries that were no different than the ones in the Watchtower. This was mostly for procedure. There was something of an honor system in place on the Island, especially given the fact that some residents of the Island could not be stopped no matter what.
Sage stood in front of the cordon, trying to explain the situation to a young girl with short black hair. DJ had never seen her before but from her appearance it looked like Power Girl's new protégé, Terra. Nathan was there as well.
"What happened?" DJ asked as they landed.
"We got here a little too late," Sage said. "According to the staff, Diana saw She-Hulk
the green one
in the grove. She grabbed her sword and charged in." She gestured to the young girl with the short brunette hair. "According to Atlee, Kara saw Diana charged in and flew in to help. Neither of them have come back out."
"I still don't understand what is going on," Nathan said. "With the Shulks or with this
"Do you remember encountering a waifish woman last night with red hair, somewhat greenish-skinned, wearing nothing but plants on her?" DJ asked.
"No," he said. "I certainly would have remembered someone like that. I was just by myself last night. Although
"Although what?" Donna asked.
"Although there was that weird thing with the plant." Nathan gestured to an area just further down from where they were. "I was
I was over there, and I stepped on a vine. I could swear I heard a noise, like it
like it was alive."
"Ivy," Starfire said.
"You know her?" Nathan asked.
"She normally stays in Gotham City," Starfire explained. "I have encountered her once or twice in my visits."
"What is she doing here? I certainly don't remember inviting her here." He turned to Sage. "Was she ever invited?"
"No sir," Sage said.
"Excuse me," the young girl said. "Hi
I know I'm still new to the Island, but maybe I can use my power to, like, force them out? I mean, I am called 'Terra' for a reason."
Both Donna and Kory looked skeptically at the young girl. They both had a friend with that same name once that could do the same things that Atlee could. She even looked like their one-time friend, only with black hair instead of blonde. But their "Terra", their friend, was long-since dead.
"I, uh, think that
" Donna hesitated to say what she really wanted to say. She remembered Kara explaining how Atlee was made in her friend's likeness, but that it was done out of respect. Still, it didn't little to settle the discomfort.
DJ could pick up on the uneasiness of the two women concerning the new visitor. "I think Troia and Starfire would like to say is that it could be too risky to force Ivy and the others out. But let's keep that idea in mind as a last resort, okay?"
Donna made sure she was turned away from Atlee before she mouthed the words "Thank you" to DJ.
Just then they saw someone stagger up the vine-covered path.
Jennifer Walters, no longer the green-skinned She-Hulk, clutched the oversized bikini around her body in a vain attempt to cover her normal-self up. Nathan started to rush up to her when DJ stopped him.
"Let me go!" Nathan said. "I have to
"Wait!" DJ said as he pointed down at the ground by her feet. "Look!"
Beneath Jennifer's feet, the vines started twitching, as though they were preparing to do something.
I've been asked by Poison Ivy to relay a message," Jennifer said when she was close enough to them.
"Jennifer, what happened to you?" Nathan asked.
Jennifer tried to keep a brave face on, despite being powerless and struggling to keep some semblance of modesty given what had happened to her. "She said
she said that she wants you, Nathan. She wants you to give her all of your power."
"All of my
?" Nathan was shocked by this.
" she said. "She already took the other Shulks, and Kara, and Diana
because we all were with you."
DJ gestured to Donna and Kory, who then took opposite sides of the path and waited for his signal.
Just then Zatanna approached. "Hey guys, what's going on? Someone said you wanted me here."
"Right on time, Zatanna," DJ said. "I'll need your help to
From around the corner, Hippolyta came charging towards the path, wearing nothing more than a white toga and hefting her sword. Black Widow was close behind; carrying what appeared to be a scythe in her hands.
With very little time to waste, DJ gestured to Donna and Kory to make their move. Then he grabbed Zatanna's hand and raised his other hand up to the sky.
"lacitsyM emoD fo noitcetorP!" he shouted.
Magic flowed from Zatanna through DJ and up into the air, covering the whole area in a dome of mystical energy. Hippolyta and Black Widow and anyone else not in the immediate area were shut out.
Meanwhile, Donna and Kory flew over to Jennifer and grabbed the half-naked girl to carry her away from the reach of the vines.
Zatanna jerked her hand out of DJ's and then slapped him. "Don't you EVER do that again!" she said.
"Sorry," DJ said. "We didn't have a moment to lose, and I knew what spell to cast. Besides, the fibers of my robes contain anti-metal, so they magnified your magic. Not even Hippolyta's sword from Hephaestus couldn't break through the dome."
Jennifer screamed. One of the vines had reached out and grabbed Donna's legs while she and Kory were flying Jennifer to safety. Jennifer's bikini had already fallen off her normal, skinny frame, and she felt like she was being torn apart in a naked tug-of-war between the vines and Starfire.
Nathan had enough. He walked up to the pathway. "That's ENOUGH!" he shouted.
Streams of light shot out from his outstretched hand, bathing the pathway in cosmic energy, incinerating the vines along the path. A scream could be heard from further up the path. All three women collapsed to the dirt path, slightly scorched but otherwise fine.
Once they were safe, Zatanna waived her hand at Jennifer and said "enO-eceiP", clothing the naked girl in a purple-and-white one-piece outfit similar to the one she wears as She-Hulk. Jennifer quickly raced over to Nathan and hugged him. Donna, meanwhile, knelt there on the ground, still shaken.
"Why did it go for you and not try to get back She-Hulk?" Kory asked her.
" Donna didn't want to answer. "There was that one night
" she said softly, "before he was engaged to my sister. Don't tell DJ! Please!"
"Okay," Kory said softly. "Your secret is safe with me. Come on, let us rejoin the others."
"What does she want?" Nathan asked Jennifer as the two Titans rejoined the group.
"She wants you," Jennifer replied. "All of your power and abilities. She wants to be like you. That's why she reached out to all of the people you've been with. She's stealing the portions of your power you left behind when you
Anyway, when her vines drained me, I reverted back to my weak form. She deemed me useless and sent me out as bait."
"Naaaaaathaaaaannnnnnn..." Ivy's voice was heard. "Nathan, please come see me. I've heard so much about you."
Nathan stepped forward. "Let the others go and you can have me."
"Nathan, NO!" exclaimed Jennifer, clutching his arm tight.
"For once, my friend, she's right," DJ said.
"You know I've had some experience dealing with Ivy," Zatanna said. "Maybe it would be best if I
"No," DJ said calmly. "I understand what she wants. I just have to make sure that she knows it as well."
TO BE CONTINUED...