“Batman has has entered the building. Repeat, Batman has entered the building.”
“Didn’t he say for you not to call him that?” Ted rubbed his forehead.
“Batman is now glaring at me in a threatening manner.”
“So, situation normal.” Laura’s voice came over the radio.
There was a pause before Michaels spoke again. “Batman wants to know why you are still on the radio after 10 PM on a school night.”
“Did Batman miss the part where I am a juvenile delinquent dropout?”
“She’s doing a self-study GED program.” Ted smiled.
“Batman is pointing out —” There was a small thudding sound and Michaels yelped. “That doesn’t change that there is a 10PM curfew on school nights.”
“Relax, I’m in Lloyd’s living room.”
“One, I’ve asked you not to call me that, and two, you broke into my fucking house again?”
“Kindly do not cuss in front of the minor.” Ted tried not to snicker.
“Yeah, don’t fucking cuss in front of me. I don’t need to hear that shit.” Laura’s voice drawled. “And I didn’t break in, I used your spare key.”
“Who told you where my spare key was?”
“Alright, one, why are you telling people where my spare key is, and two, how the fuck are you even transmitting over this channel?”
“I am not getting a lecture in morals from a succubus.”
“The Batman thing is dumb.” Laura sounded like she was eating something.
“You’re just mad we won’t let you Batgirl.”
“No.” Laura didn’t even bother to disguise the fact she was lying. “But Batman’s been done. He needs something new. How about…” She swallowed. “The Crimson Crusader?”
“If that man owns a single article of red clothing I will give you a hundred dollars.”
“You’re going to have to pay up. The volunteer shirts from the park thing are red and he actually showed up to help like he promised.” Ted laughed.
“Ted asked you to watch your language.”
“Yeah, Ted asked you to watch your fucking language.”
“How come you aren’t yelling at her about her language?”
“I find her usage precocious and adorable.”
“And we girls gotta stick together.” Laura made a small slurping sound. “You know, with her on the team, we should probably incorporate fire or demons or something into the name. The Hellfire Avengers?”
“No.” Ted started shaking his head.
“Batman wants to know if anyone other than him has actually done any real work on this case?”
“Right.” Ted looked down at the folder on his desk. “I’ve got the location the other missing person was last camping…”