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Title: Love, Family And Other Passwords
Fandom: DCU
Rating: PG13
Summary: Barbara is a good daughter.
Author Notes: AU. Inspired by a comment from razorsmile.


Some nights Barbara dreamed her father had finally died and her uncle James had adopted her. They were good dreams. In reality, of course, she was still living in Chicago with her drunken, borderline abusive father, who she had to care for more often than not. His guilt for her mother's death, and her guilt for his state, kept them tied to each other and to the somber house they shared.

She seldom went out. Too risky, leaving her father alone - and besides, she could always work from the computer in her room. She was very good with computers, and made enough money to support both of them. Perhaps her father noticed, although she wasn't sure.

She asked her uncle a few times to come visit them, but James Gordon was an angry man, and what compassion he had he kept for his city, not for his brother. Barbara understood him, and hated him nonetheless.

More money would help take care of her father, and she started taking higher-priced corporate jobs. Always hiding her name and location (hiding her father, she never said), good enough that it didn't matter to those who hired her. They were the rich and the powerful, the lawmakers and lawbreakers; her safety was theirs, her disregard of the law a given of her trade.

The law to Barbara was an uncle who never returned her father's few calls.

* * *

One monitor shows the cracking of an alien code for the League.

Another one her movement of funds for the Penguin.

A third one, her father's drunken, uneasy sleep.

There's nothing the Oracle can't see. No question she can't answer for you.

If you can afford the bill.

.finis.

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( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
sockich
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, Babs. ♥
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
She's awesome on all universes. *g*
rubynye
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
DAMMIT I AM NOT GOING TO CRY.
I'M GOING TO HUG MY ICON INSTEAD.

*cries*
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
*wibbles at the icon*
katarik
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, *Babs*.

*wibbles*

OH BABS.

(Oracle and Black Mask would look at each other and Totally Get It.)
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
(Oracle and Black Mask would look at each other and Totally Get It.)

(God, yes.)
jarodrussell
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
Poor Babs. :(
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah.
razorsmile
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. Mmmmmmmm.

I wonder what kind of relationship this Oracle would have with the Bats. If any.
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Probably just a commercial one - *much* to Batman's changrin. Although he tends to be much more pragmatic about criminals outside Gotham.
onijade
Dec. 21st, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
Although I could see one of the more ruthless Batmans simply agreeing an exclusive retainer - possibly including control of most of Wayne-Tech.

Nice story, by the way ;-)
__marcelo
Dec. 21st, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Although I could see one of the more ruthless Batmans simply agreeing an exclusive retainer - possibly including control of most of Wayne-Tech.

That'd be very smart. Perhaps the same Batman who'd hire Nygma?

Nice story, by the way ;-)

Thanks!
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__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
*hearts Babs and you*
petronelle
Dec. 20th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, Babs, HONEY.

All too plausible.
__marcelo
Dec. 20th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
*ouch* *wibbles at Icon of Angry Jim*
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__marcelo
Dec. 21st, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks!
brown_betty
Jan. 11th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Going through stuff I missed… Hm, wow. Batgirl trapped at home by her father's incapacity might turn into an amoral Oracle.
__marcelo
Jan. 11th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
*nods* I think the possibility is there, yes. This Barbara never had Jim or Bruce's example (good and bad) to follow.
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