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J is for Jim Gordon

PG13. Reason #13,822,339 to love the DCU: it's canon that Jim Gordon comes back from the opera by train - and mass transit in Gotham is exactly what you'd expect it to be.


The train is as noisome, full and dirty as always, the kids are rude, and there is at best a cop in each station. He keeps meaning to fix that, but his budget, both in dollars and people, is as tight as always, too, and there are places in Gotham that need them more.

But taking the train home after watching opera is still one of Commissioner Gordon's guilty pleasures. Guilty because he knows that he is putting himself -and, worse, his colleages- at risk if somebody kidnaps him; a pleasure because it reconnects him with Gotham, lets him be in Gotham instead of merely taking care of it.

He thinks -knows- that if his only contact with Gotham were the politicians and snobs he meets at parties and the cops and criminals -sometimes so hard to tell apart- he shares his life with, he'd have packed his bags and left this hellhole years ago. Or worse, he'd have stopped caring.

But the too-tired waitresses and office workers he shares the night train with are Gotham, too, and a Gotham that is worth fighting for.

He can see, reflected on one of the windows, a twenty-something guy walking through the passengers with the careful apathy of a petty thief, his hand darting more than once to take something out of somebody's pocket. A greedy one.

Gordon tries to hide a predatory smile and takes out his raincoat to expose his back pockets. Holding the raincoat in his hands and facing away from the guy, he tries as hard as possible to look as an old, frail man with a probably loaded wallet.

The guy slides next to him, seemingly pushed accidentally in that direction by the crowd.

Gordon waits.

He loves Gotham.

.finis.

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katarik
Aug. 11th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
<3

*also fear*

*more hearts*
__marcelo
Aug. 11th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks!
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__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Alfred and Jim are both of the awesome. In a city of capes and freaks, they hold their own just by being freaking good at what they do, and though as nails. No masks, just style - and shotguns. I <3 them.
rubynye
Aug. 11th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
This is so perfect, perfectly Jim and perfectly Gotham (and perfectly pickpockets) I feel as if I lived it rather than merely having read it.
razorsmile
Aug. 11th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
Seconded. Emphatically.
__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks!
petronelle
Aug. 11th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
Sometimes you capture the city so well I want to visit it.

Sometimes you capture it so well I'm glad it doesn't exist so I never have to go there.
__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks *so* much!
chevauchee
Aug. 12th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC)
He thinks -knows- that if his only contact with Gotham were the politicians and snobs he meets at parties and the cops and criminals -sometimes so hard to tell apart- he shares his life with, he'd have packed his bags and left this hellhole years ago. Or worse, he'd have stopped caring.

Oh god, I love that he realizes not caring is the worse option. So Jim.

Also, setting up the pickpocket? Ten different kinds of [HEART]!
__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
:D He's a cop's cop, Jim Gordon. I'd want to see an Elseworld without Batman, Jim and his cops holding together Gotham as much as possible. It'd be much harder - maybe he'd be dead by now - but what a ride!
chevauchee
Aug. 12th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Oh god, yes. Jim, whoever else he could find in the GCPD that wasn't dirty and Harvey, who wasn't quite so obviously crazy vs. Gotham.
brown_betty
Aug. 12th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
*siiiiiiiiighs*

I love Jim so much. He's so sexy when he's all competent, and low key. This is perfect.
__marcelo
Aug. 12th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! I agree with you a hundred percent: Jim is though, flawed, dangerous, deceptively low key, and absolutely fascinating.
arch_schatten
Aug. 12th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Oh, Jim. Jim and Gotham. It should be legal to put so much awesome in so few words. Because living in Gotham has to be damn well worthy, or people wouldn't stay disaster after disaster after disaster. Jim is danger. And love. *hearts him*
__marcelo
Aug. 14th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Because living in Gotham has to be damn well worthy, or people wouldn't stay disaster after disaster after disaster.

Very true! There have been a few fics about that, but not enough, I think. The sociology and psychology of the average Gothamite must be fascinating...
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