"A guy asked me a question the other day... about why people run when things get tough. That's easy -- you can become someone else, wherever you land, right? Who's gonna know the difference? So why stay? Why set yourself up for more failure? For more pain? Also easy -- because we don't know how to do anything else. So why stay? Why open yourself up to all the bad you've tried to leave behind? "The only variable you can control is yourself." You can forget who you are, or you can be who you want to be. That's why you stay. You stay for a second chance."
Who's Gonna Know the Difference
Stephanie Brown is a teen mom. Stephanie Brown is a victim. Stephanie Brown is a failure, a screw up, a girl with a questionable relationship with gravity. Stephanie always gets back up.
Looking at Stephanie, she's nothing special. A pretty blonde girl with wholesome features and an impish grin. Blue eyes that show every last emotion. She's solidly muscled, with energy that you can just about feel radiating from her. Her clothes are thrift store quality and she's probably mended them all at least twice.
If you look closely enough, you'll see that her fair skin has more than its fair share of scars too. An X-ray would give away more of them, broken bones galore.
We Don't Know How to Do Anything Else
Stephanie learned early one very important lesson: No one's going to give it to you, everyone's going to stop you. So never give up getting what you want. Whether that was spoiling her dad's plans for crime, flirting with the boy wonder, sticking to her vigilante ways even in the face of Battish disapproval, or telling off Black Mask with her last breath, Steph's guiding principle remains the same - never give up.
For the last year, Steph's been living that out while upholding the legacy of Batgirl, a mantle given to her by her best friend Cassandra Cain, formerly used by her mentor Barbara Gordon.
Stephanie discovered that her father - long thought dead - was not only alive, but in Gotham's own Blackgate prison. When she went to see him, she was drugged with Black Mercy. The drug causes victims to fall into a dream state, so real they cannot wake except by their own will. For Steph, this was a shattered vision of futures, each one fulfilling her promise in different ways. She saw herself as a mentor, a mother, a hero. She wore a lantern ring, the Nightwing mantle and a dozen other guises.
And in the end, she rejected it all. She hadn't worked for it, she hadn't earned it.
The next morning, Stephanie stood on a building watching the sunrise with Barbara, more firm than ever in her resolve. She would wear the mantle, keep up her straight Bs in her college classes and kick butt. It's only the end if you want it to be.
You Stay For A Second Chance
At the Inn .... coming soon