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Ficlet: Acts of Love (DCU, PG13)

Title: Acts of Love
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Summary: Once upon a time, Bruce was young. "Innocent" and "sane," though, are entirely different matters.
Author Notes: katarik said I should write this, *and* she gave me a link to these scans. This fic will make more sense, and perhaps disturb you more, if you check them first.


Train first. Reduce the variables. Trust yourself. Bruce believes in nothing, *trusts* in nothing, but this.

This and secrecy. Secrecy seeds mystery, mystery seeds fear, and fear will be his greatest weapon. For now, Bruce is just something to be born. He has no shape yet, except in his nightmares, but origins are also moments to hide.

He knows that he will have to hide himself all of his life, and he knows that he will have to hide himself in the light. The role he'll have to play -the role expected of his youth and wealth- will require a number of simulations, and a number of unavoidable, if occasional, acts.

Sex is one, hence this first training session.

The woman is a discrete, well-paid professional. No social or emotional ties, no ignorance of technique in her part. Variables are reduced to the minimum.

He trusts his body. He knows his body better than most doctors could. He knows, from observation and deduction, that his body is capable of carrying out the necessary processes.

But *he* might not.

The woman's smile is compassionate without being dismissive. At her level of professionalism, humanity becomes an option if you can pay for it.

Bruce has no interest on that. A sexual dysfunction will have no bearing on his Mission, but would impact on his cover. He doesn't need that sort of attention. He needs...

I will give you what you need.

The voice is one he has heard since his childhood. It's a voice he has learned to imitate.

He turns off a few of the lights in the room. He feels better as the shadows engulf him.

Do you trust me? asks the shadow from behind the woman in the bed.

He nods. The woman looks startled, and Bruce remembers to soften his face.

Then come to me.

Bruce does.

.finis.

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__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! "The Lesson" was very explicit -and very scary- on how Bruce made the transition to treating Bruce Wayne as a role to perform; at some levels, that's even more disturbing than the fact that he was carrying on a conversation with a voice in his head.
sockich
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
*meep*

I don't know what's scarier, Bruce, or the fact that this kind of behaviour makes perfect sense to me.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I... same here. Much to my changrin, one part of me actually gets Bruce's idea. It's the part of me I'm doing therapy for, mostly :p.
rubynye
Dec. 29th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Did you hear me screaming? Because I was definetely screaming.

Bruce gives himself to the Scary Bat-God. And the fangirls say MEEP.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yay! Dick and Tim had physical Scary Bat-Gods to, er, be "guided" by, but Bruce made his purely out of willpower and trauma. After all, he's Batman.
vespa331
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
::passes out::

Sex as a scientific trial, Bruce unable to have sex until the Bat commands him... you are on a serious brain-breaking roll lately. And those scans were amazing, thanks for pointing us to them.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
One of the nice things about Bat canon is that the source is *always* more brain-breaking than anything fic can come up with :). I'm very glad you liked this!
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__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
petronelle
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, Bruce, by what metric was that a *good* idea?
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
For a certified genius, he has a lot of ideas like that...
katarik
Dec. 29th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
"What makes you think I was alone?"
BRUCE YOU FREAK.

I still say that Tim would Totally Get This. And that that really says it all.

Variables are reduced to the minimum. When learning how to use a weapon, one must begin in a highly controlled environment.

Bruce, you FREAK.

SCARY BAT GOD, YOU'RE A FREAK TOO.
__marcelo
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: "What makes you think I was alone?"
When learning how to use a weapon, one must begin in a highly controlled environment.

It's only perfectly logical, isn't it? *innocent smile*
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__marcelo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
The things Bruce does where fully "in control" are almost as bad as the things he does while being impulsive and reckless. That makes his life... interesting, I guess. Glad you liked this! *g*
arch_schatten
Dec. 30th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
THIS IS SO WRONG!!! *aiiieeee!!!*

Oh, Bruce. Bruce, Bruce.. dear crazy Bruce. No wonder you're so fucked up. I'd never seen those scans, and this fic, this fic is made of the WRONG.

BatGod/Bruce should not be a pairing. You know that, right? It shouldn't be possible. Why do you keep making things possible??? eeeep!

I love you, BatGod!

So much <3 for this.
__marcelo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
BatGod/Bruce should not be a pairing. You know that, right? *I* did, but tell that to katarik's scary imagination...
katarik
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
I keep telling you, "What makes you think I was alone?" is the SCARIEST QUESTION OF ALL TIME.
cmshaw
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
oh, bruce! you have so much more in common with harvey than you know....
__marcelo
Jan. 2nd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yes.

It could be argued that Bruce has lots in common with every Rogue; from Ivy's compulsive viguilantism to the Joker's loss of humanity, he has to deal with many of the things they do.
brown_betty
Jan. 11th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Reading this, I'm not sure which interpretation frightens me more; that Bruce is having sex with the SBG or that the SBG is having sex for Bruce.
__marcelo
Jan. 11th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
I... yes. Both are *really* scary.
razorsmile
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
I missed this ... can't imagine how.

Pretty much what I imagine when I think of Bruce losing his virginity. Same for Tim, except that Bruce does the hiring.

At no point did my idea of this scenario include an actual Scary Bat God though

__marcelo
Mar. 7th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
Same for Tim, except that Bruce does the hiring. *dies*
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