Title: Role play
Characters: Tim, Cass
Prompt: #25, Placebo Effect
Word Count: Less than two hundred.
Disclaimer: Don't own.
A/N: Just an AU. As far as you know. *evil chuckle*
She dresses like a Robin. He wears a hapless civilian's clothes, which she seldom takes off completely.
He wishes Steph were alive. She wishes that, too, and also that a normal life were a choice open to her. This thing they are doing fools neither of them. It's nothing but a way to sharpen the pain, a way to channel it into something "normal".
The word smells of ashes and blood in his mind. Like Black Mask did, right before they killed him. Afterward they kissed for the first time. It's not love, of course. It's penance. As fucked up as everything else.
He hasn't told Bruce yet, but he eventually will. It's his "Get out of jail free" card, the poison pill that, he hopes, will prevent him from ever becoming Batman.
Until then, he acts like Robin and she acts like just anybody, and at night they play the opposite role. So far the world seems to be taking them at face value.
They wonder about that, silently, sometimes.