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Here's Tim's POV for katarik's Lost in a circus. Only, you know, much less disturbing.

Title: A tradition in the family
Rating: PG13
Warning: It's chatfic, and I don't do chatfic well.
Summary: Dick's never done too well on his own.




Finding Dick before Bruce does has probably less to do with his relative
deductive skills than with the man's unwillingness to deal with the
situation. Still, Tim does a thorough perimeter check before approaching
Nightwing. It's not as if his victim will be any more dead by then,
and the extra time is useful.

"Dick." It's less a greeting than a question.

Nightwing peels off his mask with the easy trust that makes him such
a dangerous man, and behind it... He's still Nightwing. He knows he
hasn't controlled his facial response as well as he should have when he
sees Nightwing relaxing his face in a way as close to deliberate as he
ever gets.

"Why did you kill Two-Face?" At some levels, it's a question so obvious
that none of them should ever have to ask it. But if the obvious were
still a valid guideline they wouldn't be having this conversation next
to a slowly cooling corpse.

"I got tired of seeing him caught and going loose to kill some kid's
father." It's less an answer than... It's not an answer. None of them
would be doing what they do if it weren't for dead fathers. Dick might
as well have described the mechanics of the strikes he had used.

Tim realizes that, as expected, he has sprung a trap. The bait is
still standing in front of him, terrifying in the relaxed set of his
shoulders. Dick - Nightwing hasn't looked so well, so in peace with
himself, in years. Tim had often hoped he could give something, anything,
to make the man look like he does now.

Every trap can be escaped from. Bruce taught that to both of them.
It's not a very relaxing thought.

"And Joker?"

"Robin shouldn't die." Interesting. No mention of Batman. Possibly both
men would have been nonplussed by the clown being discussed as an issue
separate from his relationship with Batman.


He had thought he had done a better job of dealing with his own issues,
but he can't keep his face completely still. "Black Mask?" This is the
question Tim has come to ask Dick.

Is he doing this for justice? For pragmatic reasons? Or is he doing this
for Bruce?

"Who said I was done?"

It's still not an answer, and Tim would execute a tactical retreat at
speed if it weren't for the fact that a change of place would change
nothing. Possibly, nothing but a rather radical change to the timeline
would have a significant effect on their situation. It's an idea to
consider for some other time.

"What about Batman?"

Dick gives a very good impression of somebody who is almost succeeding
at faking a clinical, detached analysis. "He doesn't understand Gotham
anymore. He can't... little brother -- We patrol every night and don't
change anything. Joker, Two-Face, Black Mask, Poison Ivy, all of them,
they just keep killing. And we don't stop them."

They have both heard and read similar arguments since before there was
a Robin. Either Dick is stalling, or...

little brother

Ah.

He is going to have to make a decision soon, he knows. "And Robin?"

"I need you, little brother." Nightwing is smiling. The possibilities
hidden in plain sight in that smile are almost terrifying.

The last time he decided to help a good, brave man not become quite
totally insane in his pursuit of justice, Tim had been naive enough
to believe there would be things of himself he wouldn't be required
to compromise.

This time he knows the price better, but it's still the rational...
the only choice. Somebody has to.

He clasps Nightwing's hand and lets himself smile. It's not a fake one,
and he knows that's but the first of many compromises to come.

.finis.

Comments

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petronelle
Nov. 21st, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Dear Nightwing,

Yes, you really did need a Flamebird. Trust us.

- P
__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
:) Nightwing is all over the Flamebird idea, I think. *And* Flamebird himself, arguably. *g*
rubynye
Nov. 21st, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Nightwing peels off his mask with the easy trust that makes him such
a dangerous man, and behind it... He's still Nightwing. He knows he
hasn't controlled his facial response as well as he should have when he
sees Nightwing relaxing his face in a way as close to deliberate as he
ever gets.


There's thousands of words of identity porn in there. Oh, man.

The last time he decided to help a good, brave man not become quite
totally insane in his pursuit of justice, Tim had been naive enough
to believe there would be things of himself he wouldn't be required
to compromise.


Oh, TIM. "I need you" is totally your Kryptonite, isn't it? And so you take Dick's hand, and you smile as you follow him into hell.
__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
"I need you" is totally your Kryptonite, isn't it? *nods* He can't see a gap without trying to break himself into a shape that will fill it. Hence, Kon-cloning!Tim and, although canon so far hasn't shown him, Cass-hunting!Tim.
sockich
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
He can't see a gap without trying to break himself into a shape that will fill it.

*blink*

*brain breakage*

This? Is pretty much the ultimate Tim description, isn't it? Oh, heart. SO MUCH HEART!
cmshaw
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
Somebody has to.

oh. oh tim.
__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
"Somebody has to" is the Bats' motivation, curse and excuse.
katarik
Nov. 22nd, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
The last time he decided to help a good, brave man not become quite
totally insane in his pursuit of justice, Tim had been naive enough
to believe there would be things of himself he wouldn't be required
to compromise.

This time he knows the price better, but it's still the rational...
the only choice. Somebody has to.

He clasps Nightwing's hand and lets himself smile. It's not a fake one,
and he knows that's but the first of many compromises to come.


Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim. Oh, TIM, my boooooy. *wibbles*

*clings to Tim*
__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
On one hand, I *heart* that Tim's morality... well, no, let's say "effective morality", is more strongly influenced by whatever Dick is doing at any given moment than by anything else.

On the other hand, Tim's Bludhaven life post-the first half of the New Blood arc.. Cass went over to the other side (a very stupid thing to write - at most, Cass should have gone to the Cass Side) and Tim emoed but didn't blink. Arghh.
katarik
Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
But at least ROBIN 156 put Cass as one of the people he'd lost?

Cold comfort, I know. *makes sad faces*

Because darn it, even if he'd never gotten along with her the way he'd gotten along with most of the others in the Family, she's freaking *Batgirl*. And when a Bat goes bad, it should *matter*.
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__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
It worked the first time, didn't it?... For life- and sanity-dooming values of "worked," at least.
sockich
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
Somebody has to.

And obviously, it has to be Tim. Because he's Tim and Tim can't say no when someone needs him and if that someone is Dick. Well. Yes.

He clasps Nightwing's hand and lets himself smile. It's not a fake one,
and he knows that's but the first of many compromises to come.


!!!!!!! Oh, TIMMY! ♥
__marcelo
Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
And obviously, it has to be Tim. Because he's Tim and Tim can't say no when someone needs him and if that someone is Dick. Well. Yes.

*Dick* saying to Tim *I need you* is practically overkill in terms of motivation. For most things, Dick just needs to show up and look vaguely needy.

Not that it's hard for him to do so :P.
perfectcold
Nov. 22nd, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeee. I am just going to quietly sit over here in the corner and be in love with your Tim now. Oh Timlet. You really would follow Dick anywhere, wouldn't you?

(Tim is, of course, the main reason I have a secret thing for Dick turning bad. Because really. If it came down to it, Dick vs. Bruce? Tim wouldn't need to spend *any* time thinking it over to make that choice.)

*clings to Timmerz* *clings to Dick too* *smushes them together* (possibly they would be much better off smushed *apart*, because Dick is just going to end up snapping Tim brain a whole lot, and Tim will probably end up being a bit of an enabler when it comes to questionable morality from Dick, but I don't CARE, there should be more Tim/Dick snuggles in all universes ever *regardless* of sanity issues) (What? Me? Having blatently bias responces regarding an OTP? Neverz.)
__marcelo
Nov. 23rd, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
(What? Me? Having blatently bias responces regarding an OTP? Neverz.) :D Hey, it's what we *do*.

Glad you liked this!
snake_easing
Nov. 27th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
The last time he decided to help a good, brave man not become quite
totally insane in his pursuit of justice, Tim had been naive enough
to believe there would be things of himself he wouldn't be required
to compromise.


God, I love this line. Oh, Tim.
__marcelo
Nov. 27th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
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