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DC Comics: Repression - Tim, PG13

Fandom: DC Comics
Title: Recall
Characters: Tim, Dick.
Rating: PG13
Prompt: #29, Repression
Word Count: About two hundred.
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: Don't own.
A/N: None.

They are talking about old childhood memories. Old ones, as in 'before Bruce.'

It's the Bats' equivalent of metaphorical minefield jogging (as opposed to the actual minefield near-jogging they have been trained on). But Dick treats pain as he treats the ground - something he doesn't really believe in, no matter how many times he has... well, hit the ground is not an inappropriate metaphor.

Dick is talking now about the night his parents died. He doesn't say "the night I met Bruce," and there is an acknowledgment there.

Tim nods, listening. He remembers everything about that night, too. The screams from the crowd, the falling trajectories, Dick's outstretched arm.

He also remembers, with clinical precision, everything about his own father's death. Body position. Forensics. The break-in sequence. Tim had copied Batman's detailed files and committed them to memory.

You never knew when that information could come useful.

Dick is talking now about happier memories. His mother washing his hair. His father, teaching him the old tongue - and to curse in it, but only when his mother wasn't around. Small intimacies and shared rituals; they had been the fabric of his life, once.

Tim keeps nodding. He was loved, too, and held. He shared silly toys with his father and refused to sleep until his mother read him an story.

He doesn't recall, but it's a reasonable assumption, right?


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 31st, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
So similar, so different, so ouchy.

So good.
May. 31st, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Yay! Thanks *g*
May. 31st, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
Just the idea of Tim mining Dick's childhood for happiness seems... This is the sort of self deception Tim would engage in. Ouch. Well done.
May. 31st, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I am actually surprised we don't have more canon about wee!Dick. Although come to think of that, we don't have much (retrospective) canon about the early childhood of any of them... A shame, really.
May. 31st, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Well, given the way that writers seem to feel they have license to do in backstory what they can't do in the story, it's just as well, or they'd all end up victim's of abuse and molestation.
May. 31st, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
Oh, Tim. Baby.

Curse in it, you mean, I think.

TIM. WAH. And of course he'd memorized the exact details of Jack's death, and appropriating Dick's happy memories for his own childhood... *wibble*
May. 31st, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
Fixed, thanks!

Of course, now Tim and Bruce have yet another think to share and never bond over. I pretty much doubt Dick has a file on his parents' death.
May. 31st, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Agh. "...yet another *thing*"
May. 31st, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh Tim. You're a real boy, honest. Your parents just sucked.
May. 31st, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
You know, we never really get a good explanation of what the heck was going on in the Drake family during those years. *ponders*
May. 31st, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
My general impression was "lots of not too observant nannies/housekeepers while the Drakes travelled," but I don't know how much of that is canon vs fanon. Whoever it was, clearly they weren't paying much attention by the time we reached "Tim Drake: The Stalking Years."
May. 31st, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. It's so exquisitely sad that Tim received less from his parents than someone whose parents were murdered when he was... eight? ten? What's the current DC canon tell us about Dick's age? It's such a cornerstone of Tim's character, that he was a neglected child.

This was great, and so sad, and so perfectly in character, for both of them.
May. 31st, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
It's such a cornerstone of Tim's character, that he was a neglected child.

So true. And yet... I don't know. What were the Drakes thinking?
May. 31st, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
May. 31st, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
*hearts them from a safe distance*
May. 31st, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
I made little hurt noises at the last line of this.

If Tim had lost his parents when he was eight, this level of memory would make more sense.

Seventeen year olds remember being twelve better than this.

His trauma is so quiet and totally real, all at the same time.
May. 31st, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
His trauma is so quiet and totally real, all at the same time.

Thanks! One of the weird/great things about Tim and writing him is that he doesn't have an obvious Triggering Moment; as for most of us, his pain comes mostly from what happened during a certain period, not (moslty) from a single specific moment (although meeting Dick was, of course, key to his future life).
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May. 31st, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really wish we had more canon about Tim's childhood. Or Bruce's, for that matter.
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