In the shadows Ares watches

by gothamalleyviper
Storyline The Corruption of Stephanie Brown
Characters Batgirl III (Stephanie Brown) Ares
Category Corruption Change of clothes
Previous Chapter A greek toga

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The dress was snug, but she could get it on.  Stephanie walked over to the mirror and looked at herself in it.  The skirt reached to about her knee and the neck line didn't reveal much.  Not that the teenager had that much to reveal.  She modeled a few poses from cute to coy to sultry and she hoped seductive.  Her eyes kept going back to the single adornment on the toga; a broach of a Scottish Great Claymore and shield.  Had she not been the child of history and trivia buffs and Scottish heritage gurus she would have known that the emblem was Scottish from watching Braveheart way too many time with the first asshole, the one who got her pregnant.  She reached up and grabbed the broach.

She felt the surge of power, her body from her jawline to her wrist and ankles were engulfed in a skin tight chainmail catsuit, knee high leather boots with armor plates riveted to them enclosed her lower legs, leather and plate gauntlets encased her lower arms, a breast plate that was a perfect copy of her naked chest appeared peaking behind a leather great kilt that wrapped her torso and waist, and a Vendel helmet appeared on her head.  She looked down to see dagger in the belt, a shield hanging at her side, and in the mirror she saw the sword's handle sticking out behind her.

"I must say you look rather ravishing!" a male voice came from no where.

Stephanie spun around and around looking for where the voice came from.

"Please stop that," the voice commanded, "I'm in the helmet and you are making me sick.  Just look at the mirror."

Stephanie did as instructed and in the mirror was a man who looked half out of old greek art and half out of a modern action film.


"Yes, you don't know what deal I had to make with Hephestus to have this made.  But I must say, you wear it rather well."

"What do you want?" Stephanie asked.

"Do you know who Boudica was?" Ares asked.

"Warrior Queen," Stephanie pulled the trivia card from the back of her head, "Pre-roman, curb stomped Roman invasions."

"Something like that," Ares said, "Well I hope you feel honored because she begged me to bring you two together."

"What?" Stephanie asked.

"This is the armor that was made for her," Ares smiled, "and in once and future king fashion she has chosen you to help her rule the battle field once more."

"Wait." Stephanie gasped, "What did I get my self into?"

"We have been watching you, and you were chosen to help her," Ares said with a shrug, "She wants to help you defie the barriers being slammed in your face.  I tried to explain to her that there were no more roman invasions for you two to 'curb stomp' but she is insistent."

"So this armor is magic?"

"Magic, haunted, what ever you want to call it.  Right now there are three spirits in this helment, you me and Boudica.  Listen to her and she will guide you."

"Wait," Stephanie shouted, "what about the armor?"

"The conversation is entirely in your head, there is no need to shout.  Look as time goes on the armor will change to suit both your tastes and the modern battlefield. When not needed it will return its self to the broach.  When needed it will spring forth automatically.  For right now all the strength of a dozen amazons are held in the armor, but the longer you wear it that strength and power will seep into you."

"So I'm like Steel now?" Stephanie was still trying to grasp what she had been given.

"Magical, not technological."

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gothamalleyviper - 11/30/2015 10:25 AM
CC, the fix I found was to go back in Internet Explorer and re-do the breaks.
CorruptionCentral - 11/30/2015 8:57 AM
Had the same issue GAV noted posting in Chrome. Tried MS Edge too with same result. Finally copied text into Work and changed font to Times New Roman. That worked, kinda
gothamalleyviper - 11/29/2015 3:10 PM
Using Firefox to upload chapters is deleting line breaks
Cal512 - 11/28/2015 12:55 PM
It's really hard to find certain stories among the adventures. The Categories and Characters make it somewhat easier, but maybe something more can be done about that?
solddate - 11/24/2015 2:50 AM
It happens to the best of us Burke, don't worry about it.
burke_rakers - 11/23/2015 3:17 AM
Well, I did my best to remove my busted starts. I know it's far from perfect :>(
burke_rakers - 11/22/2015 12:55 PM
Could someone remove a couple of those starts? It didn't seem like it was working, so I kept trying...
colleem - 11/21/2015 5:46 AM
okay :) Then i will wait with my Chapter until you have yours online :) like the Idea to bring back the Masterplan story
Solarsearcher - 11/20/2015 10:58 AM
Don't worry. The police scandal will be addressed in the next chapter.
colleem - 11/20/2015 7:47 AM
very good chapter solar. i would like to go further with the story but also i wanted to know what happened to the police.

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