Preamble: Yes, this makes two Super Friends fan-fics in a row. I've taken an extended break from doing Archie and Scooby-Doo stories, and there'll be some fresh material down the road. This story follows along the same timeline as the last one. All characters are copyright DC Comics/Warner Bros./Hanna-Barbera, except for original characters created for this story. ======================================== Chapter 1: Setting: March 1982. It was Spring Break, but for the Wonder Twins, Zan & Jayna, vacationing in some place like Daytona Beach would have to wait. Jayna had barely arrived in Metropolis before being summoned to the Hall of Justice. "All I know is we've been given an undercover assignment.", Zan told her when she arrived at the Hall. "Superman said he'd fill us in as soon as he came back from his meeting with Inspector Henderson." "And as soon as we get our instructions, I'll have to place a phone call and cancel my dinner date.", Jayna replied quietly. "I have reservations at Weisinger's." "And you still have them, honey.", Jimmy Olsen said as the Daily Planet's ace investigative reporter/photographer entered with Superman, greeting his girlfriend with a kiss. "You mean---you're on this case with us, Jim?" "Exactly. I'll let Superman fill you in." "Thanks, Jim.", the Man of Steel replied. He handed a picture to Jayna. "That is Andre Dzuban, an internationally known jewel thief. Reportedly, he's been spotted in Metropolis after escaping from Interpol 2 weeks ago. I would guess he's been casing the various jewelers in the city, or even the Metropolis Museum." "Why the Museum?", Zan asked. "There are some valuable, actually priceless, gems that go back hundreds of years that are on exhibit at the Museum, Zan.", Superman replied. "Age doesn't mean a thing to a thief like Dzuban. He's only interested in the bottom line." "Bottom line?" "What he means, brother, is how much he can make off the theft.", Jayna replied. She handed the photo back to Superman. "What do you want us to do?", she asked. "Jayna, you and Jimmy will keep your dinner date at Weisinger's, but I believe that actually calls for Joanna to appear?", Superman said. "Yes, it does. We're due at 7, which means I have about an hour to change outfits." "Don't worry about that. You'll be fine." ============================ Just before 7 pm, Joanna Fleming arrived at Weisinger's on the arm of Jimmy. It was the couple's first date since Christmas break. Just their luck that the waiter assigned to their table bore some resemblance to Andre Dzuban. As he delivered the couple's dinners, the waiter stumbled over a lump in the rug. Only Jimmy's quick thinking prevented a total disaster. "Got it.", he said, catching the tray and helping the waiter set it on the table. "Thank you, monsieur.", the waiter said, grateful. "I had asked the manager to have the rug looked at when I came in 4 hours ago, but due to the heavy dinner traffic, he hasn't had a chance." As the waiter returned to his station, Joanna noticed that he had dropped something, a shiny silver bracelet that fell under the table. She knelt down and picked up the bracelet, but waited until the couple left the restaurant to show it to Jimmy. "I'm almost certain that waiter is Dzuban. He, too, is going undercover.", she said. "This bracelet fell out from under his sleeve." "There's a good reason for that, honey.", Jimmy said, examining the item. "The clasp is broken. He was wearing it rather loosely. I'll see if I can fix it when I get home." The next day, Jimmy, unable to repair the bracelet, brought it with him to work, planning on taking it to a jeweler to effect the repairs. Around 10 am, he was called away on assignment, and left the bracelet in a drawer in his desk. Clark Kent (Superman) walked by and noticed the drawer was slightly ajar. The bracelet shined under the office lights. "Hmm. This is one of the bracelets that had been stolen from Haney's yesterday.", Kent thought to himself. "How Jimmy came to have it, I don't know, but a quick repair job will have this good as new." Later that afternoon, Jimmy returned and discovered the bracelet had been repaired, but couldn't figure out how, except for a note left on his desk from Superman. On the roof of the Planet building, he met with the Metropolis Marvel. "I think Dzuban's working at Weisinger's while he's in town.", Jimmy said. "According to Joanna, this fell from his sleeve last night, and landed under our table." "It was stolen from Haney's Jewelry around this time yesterday.", Superman replied. "Judging from where the break was, it was broken upon contact with the carpet." "From multiple drops, I'd guess. Joanna checked for stray shards before we left, but didn't find any." "I'll take this back to Haney's. They'll be happy to have this back." =============================== Around 10 pm, a masked man entered Haney's, and stole the bracelet. Superman moved to intercept him, but was stopped when the thief turned, revealing a Kryptonite necklace. "I knew you'd try to stop me, Superman, but I have plans for this trinket.", Dzuban said arrogantly. "Fortunately, I came prepared." "So did I!" Night Phantom suddenly appeared, and grabbed the necklace off Dzuban's neck. "Come and get it, Frenchie!", she called, taunting the thief. Dzuban gave chase, but the lithe, leggy adventurer scaled the fire escape and reached the roof----where Jimmy was waiting with a baseball bat. "Better hurry, honey.", she said. "Dzuban's not far behind." "Not a problem, Phantom.", Jimmy replied. He broke the Kryptonite off the chain, and tossed the chunk of alien rock up in the air, then swung for the fences. The jewel sized meteorite landed in a dumpster some 450 feet away. Dzuban reached the roof, but was quickly overpowered. Phantom bound Dzuban with the chain as Superman approached. "Good work, you two. I'll take Dzuban back to police headquarters.", he said. As Superman flew away, Jayna started to remove her mask, but Jimmy stopped her. "We're out in the open, honey.", he reminded. "You don't want to compromise the Night Phantom so quickly, do you?" "Ohhh, you're right, Jim. I'm sorry.", Jayna replied. Impulsively, though, she raised the brim of her mask and kissed him. The bracelet was returned to Haney's for the second time in as many days the next morning after going through police impound. There, Inspector Bill Henderson received a shocking message from Clarice Haney, the owner's daughter. "This looks like it was polished before it was brought back yesterday by Superman.", she said. "I didn't think much of it at the time, Inspector, but there is an odd glow to the bracelet now." "So there is.", Henderson said. "There must be something to this bracelet that made Dzuban want it so badly." "From what I understand, Inspector, it was made from some very strange ingredients. As if a love potion was mixed with the metal within." Meanwhile, at the Daily Planet, one of Superman's Justice League associates, Zatanna the Magician, was in the office to be interviewed by Clark to promote her show at the Civic Theatre later that night. In the privacy of Clark's office, he & Zatanna discussed the Dzuban case. "Didn't you notice those jewels on the bracelet, Clark?", she asked. "The story is that those jewels were laced with some kind of magic love potion. Now, I'm not sure if that's true or not, but if I were you, I'd have Jimmy Olsen checked out, because if he made contact with the jewels, the potion will have gotten on him, if there is a potion." "Great Scott!", Clark exclaimed. "Not just Jimmy, but Joanna as well!" =================================== Well, we know that by this point, Jimmy and Jayna are very much a couple. But if Zatanna's right, and she crosses paths with Jimmy........! Come on back for chapter 2.