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Fic: Nodal (DCU, PG13, AU)

Title: Nodal
Fandom: DCU
Rating: PG13
Summary: Given his childhood, it was only to be expected.
Author Notes: AU. Inspired by and written for katarik.

This is Timothy Drake. Look at him.

He has spoken more words with his parents over a phone than in person. Seen more of them as emailed pictures than as people to hold.

He grew up used to that. The voices on the phone were safe, joyful, loving. The people behind those voices, when they were home, were forgetful, oblivious, demanding. He felt much better when they were away. More loved.

One day a policeman called, long distance.

His mother had been killed.

He thanked the voice on the phone, and discovered that it didn't really hurt. That's what he told himself, at least. It didn't hurt.

It didn't trouble him, either, to email and talk until he found the right man. Timothy's mind worked like networks did, clean, encompassing, and sparse. He could find without being found, talk without giving a name. Be behind a mask.

The man didn't care about anything but the money. Timothy liked that.

The people who had killed his mother died a week after that. His father, as far as he knew, never found out.

Revenge didn't make Timothy feel any better. Or any worse, at that.

His father kept traveling, but called less and less.

The man Timothy had hired asked if he had another job.

He didn't. But he felt sure he could find somebody who did.

It was just voices on the phone.




( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)

Also, Tim, YIPES. I like your origin much better than the ones I was tossing about in my head, love. Makes more sense, is more consistent with him.

Oh, Tim. Oh, TIM.
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
:D :D Thanks! Your Black Mask!Tim is a very, very scary person. Even for a Tim.
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
To be entirely fair, BM!Tim is pretty equally split between you and me, with Chevauchee having had quite the hand in him as well.
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
I have no icon to express how scary-but-plausible this is.

So I'll be cowering in the corner!

<3 your shiny scary brain
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
*g* Thanks so much!
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Dec. 20th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC)
Tim is a scary guy - and the worst part of it, I think, is that the Tim's we've never thought about are the scariest ones. Glad you liked this!
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Dec. 20th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks so much!
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
TIM!!!!!!! ♥

When something like this makes absolutely perfect sense, is it really any wonder I love him more than I've ever loved a character in my life? And when when fandom has writers like you, is it really any wonder it's the best fucking fandom ever? Yeah, didn't think so. ♥
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
*grins all day long*
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
As usual, you have outdone yourself.
Calculator!Tim, I imagine.

Note that I only use "Calculator" because there doesn't seem to be anyone filling the role of villainous/amoral Oracle any better at the moment.
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: As usual, you have outdone yourself.
Hmmmm. villainous/amoral Oracle - now there's an idea.
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, *that.* That's why Babs loves him a lot, and why he loves her.
Dec. 20th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I bet a lot of people in the DCU wish they could have gotten their hands on Tim before he imprinted on Dick. :p

Glad you liked it!
Mar. 3rd, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. This is the basis for a lot of Timfinity, isn't it? Baby Drake imprinted on Dick, and anyone who knows him, knows that. What if it'd been anyone else? Who would fight to get to that position, if they had the means to?

*brain explodes from the pressure of all those AU ideas*
Mar. 4th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
This is the basis for a lot of Timfinity, isn't it?

*nods* I think so, yes. Robin III is a role Tim Drake plays in a way that is just as true but more deliberate than, say, the way Dick is Nightwing. Tim made himself Robin in a way that suggests a lot of other things he could have become. Needlessly to say, that begets fic. *g*
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
*points upward*
Yes, that. Yes.
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
*g* Everybody loves Babs and Tim, but seldom for the reasons they love each other.
Dec. 20th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
So freaky you've just got to love it. Alternate versions of Tim always make me think of Anne McCaffrey's firelizards. They impress on one person and then follow them around forever. I guess it's for the good of the universe that Tim impressed on Dick. Less blood and angst in the long run, I think.
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
*nods* That's the thing about Tim, yes. No matter what you come up with, it could always have been worse. *g*
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Oh OUCH. Scary, scary Tim.
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Reading this fic again (you'd be surprised how often I do that, going back just to see a particular sentence again*), a thought strikes me:

Would that actually be possible? I mean, doing it all by phone. Like a 1940s!Oracle** or perhaps, an Oracle - no, Black Mask - who operates purely by social engineering.

*thinks about this for a minute*

Waitaminute, you already did this - with Shiva-trained Blind!Oracle. Hmm.

*in this instance, "Timothy's mind worked like networks did, clean, encompassing and sparse.

**or some otherwise oldfashioned variant
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC)
I think those are different concepts; blind!Oracle uses advanced tech, while your idea for a social engineer!Oracle would work using just phones, email accounts, snail mail, etc. I like the idea very much; part of the DCU's appeal is that it has instances of Shiva-class talent on practically any discipline. Why not this one?
Mar. 7th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Shiva: she can train *anybody*.
I'd be amused2 to see a Shiva-level Human Resources Director.
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