Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 9
Wayne Manor, the place where the richest man in Gotham lives. Its owner has once been a super playboy whom everyone knows, identically the same as Stark in New York City.
Strangely enough, eight years ago, the super-rich man disappeared from the public. No one even knows for sure if he is dead or alive. And if it weren’t for the announcement that Bruce Wayne had been missing for seven years in the past, I am afraid that people would have already held his funeral, with his corpse missing.
Only one person knows what caused Bruce to become like this, and only one person knows that he was not a playboy, but Batman who protected Gotham.
“Master Wayne, are you in the room?”
In a huge and luxurious manor, a grey-haired old man dressed as a butler walked to a bedroom with a meal in his hand and shouted.
“Master Wayne, you haven’t eaten for several days again. With all due respect, people shouldn’t destroy themselves, the body is what makes one human.”
There was no response after several attempts of persuasion, not even a hint of a sound came out.
The old man looked puzzled and put his ear on the door to listen, he confirmed that no one was even inside the bedroom!
But it was clear that Bruce could never get out of his bedroom at this time, which means that…
The old butler Alfred’s face flushed with excitement at the thought, and he hurriedly took out the only spare key he had and unlocked the door. As expected, there was no one inside.
A smile appeared on Alfred’s face as he went to the piano and played it seemingly in a casual manner, and the wall in front of him opened automatically to reveal the elevator behind it.
It was the elevator to the underground bat cave!
“Master Wayne, it’s been too long since you’ve been down here.”
Alfred walked into the Batcave to see a ragged-bearded Bruce, watching a video in front of the Batcomputer of none other than Phantom Kid’s crime.
“Alfred, Adam’s Star has been stolen.”
“Yes, sir, everyone knows about Phantom Kid now, except that I’m surprised you actually are paying attention to these things.”
“I really don’t want to concern myself with that, but …… Adam’s Star is different.”
Bruce’s face showed a hint of determination for the first time in a long time, “It is a gem that my father personally bought back in the days, and although it does not count as my father’s legacy, I cannot let it be stolen just like that.”
“So, is ‘he’ coming back?” Alfred suddenly asked.
Bruce kept quiet for a long period of time.
At Gotham University, Mathison remained until the end of class, which was just about the end of the day.
During the whole class, Mathison noticed that Barbara hadn’t taken her eyes off her laptop screen. When the bell rang after class, she picked up the computer and ran out of the classroom aimlessly.
“I wonder what her reaction would be if she finds out that I am Phantom Kid.”, Mathison thought with amusement.
“It’s time to send the second notice letter.”
As for his target, Mathison looked at the news report on his phone that “John Daggett, a veteran director of Wayne Enterprises, had acquired the Cat’s Eye emerald, a priceless gem” and smiled in mystery.
It has been a week since Adam’s Star was stolen. And even though Phantom Kid was still the man of the hour, he will soon be forgotten if his face kept hidden for too long.
The feeling of the limelight as a thief is really addictive, especially that feeling of ignoring the law and easily manipulating a crowd to one’s own will. Only those who have experienced it once will understand.
Not to mention the fact that the only way to get more system rewards is to steal treasures, and maybe the more precious the treasure is, the harder it is to steal, and the better the rewards will be.
In the future, there may be many chances of claiming rewards.
Thinking about it, if one day Mathison were strong enough, he would be able to sneak into Asgard and steal Gungnir and the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hands… But it will take an extensive amount of time to do this…
Walking out of the school, Mathison ran into an empty alley, disguised as a middle-aged white-collar worker with a common face, and then headed for the GCPD.
Inside the Gotham City Police Department, in the Commissioner’s office, Gordon was pondering with his eyes closed, the sudden appearance of Phantom Kid had left him in an irritable mood.
A week ago, he mobilized all the police forces to search the entire city. However, he couldn’t even find any faintest sign of Phantom Kid, whose age and appearance are unknown.
That night, the scene in which Phantom Kid pretended to be Aaron lingered in Gordon’s heart. No matter how he thought about it, he couldn’t believe that “Aaron” was fake.
There are no flaws in his appearance, voice, or manner of speaking. Phantom Kid’s disguise skills really shocked Gordon and made him feel anxious.
“Sir, you have been sitting in your office since last night. Your body will not be able to hold up if you continue this way.”
Aaron walked into Gordon’s office with a pot of coffee, an act that he shouldn’t be doing, but anyone else would have been dismissed straight away as soon as they walk into his office.
“Aaron, I’m just thinking about things.”
”Sorry, sir, there’s something I have to tell you, Kid is certainly troublesome, but he’s not nearly as dangerous as the criminals of the past. After all, he’s just a thief, not a terrorist.”
“No, Aaron, It is not Phantom Kid himself that worries me.”
Gordon shook his head.
”What I’m worried about is when Phantom Kid keeps trampling on the law, playing the police like fools, and even exposing it all to the public…”
“How many people do you think will start imitating him? Once the number of people who no longer respect the law grows, a terrible storm will be triggered…”
This is what Gordon was really worried about.
Phantom Kid is very different from other criminals, he would not hide his criminal actions, instead, he would make it public and let the crowd see for themselves how easily he escaped from the police siege.
After a while, people will question the police’s ability to enforce the law, their incompetence will take hold and Gotham will be flooded with crimes.
All the gangs that have been pinned down by Gordon for eight years will no longer repress themselves and there may be riots on a larger scale than before!
Hence, Phantom Kid is the only criminal who has to be arrested at all costs urgently!
“Sir…” Aaron didn’t know what to say. In his opinion, Gordon’s description was too serious, but seeing the heavy look on Gordon’s face, he kept his mouth shut.
“I’ve put the coffee on the desk, old champ, I don’t suppose I need to pour it for you.”
Aaron placed the coffee pot on the desk and exited the door when he saw Gordon nod.
After a while, Gordon felt a surge of tiredness and thought that he is indeed getting old. A decade ago he could have stayed up for days and nights, now he could barely last a night…
He got up and poured himself a cup of coffee, however the moment he picked the pot up, Gordon froze, staring dead at the table.
He saw a white card lying there quietly, a clear cartoon head came into view…
“Sir, you have been…”
At that moment, the office door was opened again and a man with a coffee pot walked in, and sure enough, it was Aaron Cash again!
Gordon quickly stepped forward, grabbed the coffee pot in one hand, and then grabbed Aaron’s face tightly.
“Hey! Hey! Jim, what are you doing, I’m not into this!”
Gordon stopped and walked back to the desk without saying a word, his anger burning.
Phantom Kid can come in and out of the GCPD freely, just like coming into his own house. This is a striking shame.
Taking a deep breath, Gordon calmed himself down, knowing there was no point in going after him now. He picked up the card and examined it carefully.
After reading the contents of the notice letter, Gordon’s pupils shrank instantly!
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