Welcome to the 2022 April A to Z Challenge! Each day (minus Sundays) in the month of April will feature a short work of fiction based on a random word beginning with the corresponding letter of the day. Those random words will be provided by various friends and family members throughout the month. Today’s word, icicles, was provided by my friend, Jessica. Each story is loosely connected to the one before but will make more sense if you read them all in order. To go back to the beginning to see where this madness began, click here…
Reality bent and warped around Bart Allen as he ran at near top-speed in a desperate effort to return to the year 2022. Piece of cake, he thought, as he secured Captain Cold’s old freeze gun to the harness on his back, then took off, running toward the past.
Time travel was almost second nature to Kid Flash. As the grandson of Barry Allen, the 21st Century’s Fastest Man Alive, the Flash, he was born to run. And messing with the timestream? Well, that was sort of in his blood, too. Being born in the 30th Century, of course time travel was at play. That’s not exactly how generations work, you know? One doesn’t just climb down two branches of the family tree and arrive 900 years in the future.
Bart had been taking a break from the Titans gig. Without Conner, Tim, or Cassie around much, he was feeling like the old man in the clubhouse, which was not a welcome feeling for him. So he took a stroll over to the 25th Century to visit with his parents. Yes, it was a bit out of order, chronologically speaking, but they were happy to see him anyway.
While in that time period, however, Bart received an alert that history had changed. Something tragic had happened back in 2022 when Red Volcano attacked Titans Tower. Thinking quickly, Bart told his parents good bye and was inside Central City’s Flash Museum in under a second. Standing in the Rogues Pavilion, he did a quick 360 before locating Captain Cold’s old freeze gun. “This ought to do the trick!” he yelled as he grabbed it off its pedestal.
A guard rushed over, shouting at Bart before getting a good look at his Kid Flash costume. “I promise I will bring this right back!” he yelled at the guard before strapping the harness to his back.
Which brings us back to the Speed Force created time tunnel. In Bart’s mind, he couldn’t help but think of the lyrics, “Let’s do the time warp again…”
He emerged from a wormhole, but the world was still a blur. Of course the world was still a blur, he was still moving beyond the speed of sound. He sniffed the air. Yep, smells like the 21st. He moved west and was crossing the San Francisco Bay in no time, stopping on the man-made island that was once home to Titans Tower.
Was once home?
Bart could see that the tower itself was gone. In its place was a garden. At its center was a large statue featuring the likenesses of Beast Boy, Starfire, Raven, Miss Martian, Wonder Girl, Red Robin, and Superboy. They were posed triumphantly around a large T, which itself resembled the tower that should be standing here.
Confused, Bart read the accompanying plaque that was installed at the base of the monument.
On this spot, in 2022, the Teen Titans gave their lives defending the people of San Francisco from the evil machinations of the android known as Red Volcano and its creator T. O. Morrow. When Red Volcano was damaged and an explosion was imminent, the Titans worked together to move as many civilians out of the blast zone as they could. It is estimated that the team saved more than 10,000 lives that day. We honor their sacrifice.
Bart looked around and could see the devastation that was still evident, though it must have been years since the tragedy occurred. The Golden Gate Bridge must have taken a great deal of damage, as it looked as if it was still being rebuilt. Many of the buildings that should have been in the foreground of the San Francisco cityscape were just gone. Empty lots waiting for someone to come along and rebuild.
Kid Flash stopped an older couple who were walking by the memorial. “I’m sorry to bother you, but what is today’s date?”
They both had confused looks on their faces, but the man humored this kid in the bright yellow costume. “It’s April 11.”
“And the year?”
The man looked to his wife, then back at Kid Flash, “2025.”
“I’m three years too late…” Bart said, trailing off. “Thank you,” he said to the couple before vanishing with a burst of unreal speed.
Gotta try this again, he thought, getting back up to speed and entering another time warp. This freeze gun should make icicles out of Volcano. I can’t mess this up again.
This time, when he emerged from the wormhole, he was right in the middle of the battle.
These characters are not my own. The Teen Titans and all related characters are the property of DC Comics. This is a work of fan fiction and is just for fun. Please don’t sue me.