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"The Raid": Having learned that a hard drive formerly belonging to the Paragon Project is now in the hands of Checkmate, Mr. Minos assigns Dick Grayson and [[Helena Bertinelli (Prime Earth)|Helena Bertin


Quote1 Outed to the world. Murdered. Surrounded by crazies. Maybe covered in evil mini robots that could eat my skin. And chased by college girls. Quote2
-- Dick Grayson



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Synopsis for "The Raid"

Having learned that a hard drive formerly belonging to the Paragon Project is now in the hands of Checkmate, Mr. Minos assigns Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli to infiltrate and retrieve the information in order to prevent further spread of the organ race. Before sending them on their way, he reminds that they can seek grief counselling over the death of Agent 8 from Dr. Ashemoore.

While Dick and Helena go on their mission, a group of girls at St. Hadrian's Finishing School are enjoying the Matron's absence by stuffing their faces with candy - in direct contravention of Matron's orders to keep fit - and listening to loud music. They're interrupted by their friend Lotti, who comes bearing gifts. She has caught on camera a man - and not just any man - a fine specimen. They are, in fact, photos of Dick with his shirt off. Lotti suggests that they go on a man-ty raid, and have a look at his room.

Having returned from the mission, meanwhile, Dick reports back to Batman, checking to see if the sucker he secreted data in arrived safely. After closing communication, he hears the girls shuffling outside and decides to investigate, unaware that Helena is watching his every move.

Meanwhile, in Dubai, Midnighter is on the hunt for body parts from the Paragon Project, but his informant hasn't got much information for him. While he is torturing the man, he is visited by Apollo, who warns that Midnighter has done his part, and it's time to come back to Stormwatch - and his boyfriend. In response, Midnighter drops his informant from one of the tallest buildings in the world, requiring Apollo to go and catch him, knowing full well that Midnighter will be gone by the time he gets back.

Dick spots the girls, finally, and decides to let them know that he's seen them. He lures them away, playfully, and they give chase, giddily.

In Dick's absence, Helena sneaks into his room at Mr. Minos' command. He believes that Agent 8 was in contact with an outside agency. The previous night, a signal was detected from inside Spyral headquarters - a hidden message. He tasked her with finding the person responsible, and remind them that Spyral will unmask everyone.

On the school grounds, Dick decides to see how well Helena has trained these young women in pursuit of him. After a prolonged game of cat and mouse, the girls stop in their tracks when they corner Dick, but Helena stands behind him. She sends them back to the dorms immediately, and requires Dick to come with her to see Mr. Minos.

Mr. Minos expresses his disappointment at being outed by the girls and offers a punishment for Dick's indiscretions. He will be required to teach two classes of acrobatics per week, with a new cover identity as a French former gymnast who also happens to be gay (so as not to rile up the girls). He sends Dick on his way, and then asks Helena what she found. She explains that she discovered hidden cameras placed around the campus to spy on the staff by Lotti. Mr. Minos suggests a fitting punishment - and a reward for ingenuity.

Later that night, Dick wakes from his sleep to find Helena sitting next to him. She reveals that she now knows why he came to Spyral. He was Nightwing, and he had to remain dead after he was believed killed, because remaining alive would endanger his loved ones. Having witnessed just how much he enjoyed running with the girls that night, she comments that she doesn't want him to forget what it was like to be Nightwing, and challenges him to chase her.



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  • This book was first published on November 5, 2014.
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