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Ficlet: Necker's Viewpoint (DCU, PG13)

Title: Necker's Viewpoint
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Summary: Tim has done this before.
Author Notes: Bunny suggested by katarik, after an original idea from thete1. Betaed by chevauchee and katarik.



At this point in the timeline, the security of Wayne Manor is laughable. Anybody with even far less training than Robin -Tim, anachronisms must be kept to a minimum- could be here, hidden in a tree, watching them with powerful enough binoculars.

Besides the superficial similarities, Thomas Wayne is nothing at all like his son would grow up to be. Will. Must. Might.

Bruce laughs often, especially around his parents. His focus and fitness are excellent for an untrained boy of his age and build, but Tim knows how misleading those observations can be.

A silent alarm implanted below his throat's skin buzzes twice, and Tim nods to himself. Weapon Master's sabotaged displacement devices have just sent him back to his time of origin, sealing him in a loop that will keep him away from this time period.

Batman is safe. The Waynes will die in Crime Alley in a few weeks.

If somebody saved them -and, say, also prevented the death of the Graysons years later- the effects on the timestream would be drastic. Batman's work, especially against Ra's and with the League, has literally saved the world more than once. Without two children kneeling among their parents' bloodied corpses, everything will fall into chaos later on.

Preventing those deaths while keeping the world safe would take detailed knowledge of the timestream, access to enormous resources, and decades of single-minded dedication.

Tim packs his binoculars and begins moving to the makeshift base he has built in the Clocktower.

He has much to do.

.finis.

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razorsmile
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Ahhhhh, I see we're implementing that meta, eh? Pareto can go fuck himself sideway, yeah?

I approve.
razorsmile
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Necker's Viewpoint.
And that is easily the bestest title you've come up with thus far.

that *could* have something to do with the fact that it's a reference i actually got :)
Re: Necker's Viewpoint. - __marcelo - Jan. 6th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
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chevauchee
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:08 am (UTC)
Batman is safe. The Waynes will die in Crime Alley in a few weeks.

That line hurts. It's true here, but that doesn't take away the pain.

Tim is absolutely going to engineer himself into becoming an anachronism with two parents dead in Haiti.
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
That line hurts. It's true here, but that doesn't take away the pain.

It's one of the most fucked-up things about the DCU. I didn't really focus on that until Othersideverse!Bruce forced me to, but, yeah. Sucks.
sockich
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
*hyper-fucking-ventilates*

This! This is why I love Tim! Because he would do this. He would think about it and then he would do it because it's for the best and omg I love that boy so much! And I love you for writing this.

Batman is safe. The Waynes will die in Crime Alley in a few weeks.

This is so completely amazingly heartbreakingly fucked up. *loves*
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)

This! This is why I love Tim! Because he would do this. He would think about it and then he would do it because it's for the best and omg I love that boy so much!


*hearts Tim* There aren't many characters that could and would. Tim is one.
bozaloshtsh
Jan. 6th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
Oh absolutely. And of course, immediately after, my mind went to extrapolation land, and this idea applied to Identity Crisis? Just. Jesus. It's so *Tim,* you know?
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Geez. Yes, why not? It'd make all the sense in the world, given the assumptions.
rubynye
Jan. 6th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
*cheers Tim on, really*
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
*g* Probably we aren't a very good influence on the boy, are we?
petronelle
Jan. 6th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
This should *not* be the best of all possible worlds. Dammit, Tim.
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
All it takes is for him to give up his life. A no-brainer for Tim.

After all, it's the same choice Bruce made, and with far less chances of success.
vespa331
Jan. 6th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
GO TIM GO YOU BEAUTIFUL FREAK
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
*joins the cheering crowd*
katarik
Jan. 6th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
And every so often, he'd come back to check. In a few years, he'll run across a boy named Jason Todd. In a few more, a girl named Stephanie Brown. A girl named Cassandra Cain. A woman named Helena Bertinelli, because who might she have been in a world without Batman?

And since he's here *anyway*... he might as well go to the circus. And watch Dick fly.
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
A girl named Cassandra Cain.

Ouch. When and where does he intervene here? Timelines diverge exponentially from his first intervention, his foresight becoming less and less reliable as time passes.

Could he - should he take on Cain before he makes her kill? After? Before she's born?
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cmshaw
Jan. 6th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
oh, tim! you just.... meep.
__marcelo
Jan. 6th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
The things Tim would do, given the right situation, are canonically terrifying.
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__marcelo
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Tim... you creepy little freak, you scare me to death.

This is probably a large part of why I love him so much.


Me too. *g*

Glad you liked this story!
comixologist
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
I love it when you're evil.
__marcelo
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Thanks.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 7th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
The most terrifying thing is that I can *see Tim doing this*. The world needs a Batman, right? But Bruce's prents shouldn't die. Does that mean *Tim* will be Batman? Considering the fact that he's out of his timeline, he would be one of the scriest Batmans of all time. 'Cos he couldn't tell anyone who he is right? 'Cos he'd be, like, a baby, or fetus, or an *egg*, and... and... and he'd be all mysterious and no one could figure out who he is, and OH MY GOD what if, like, one of the Leagues decides 'We've known you for years, but we've never known your name, who the hell are your, really?' or he has to explain it to them because of something going wrong in the timesream, but Tim'd know almost everything that's going to happen, 'cos it alread did and-

*pant, pant, WHEEZE* DO YOU SEE WHAT YOUR FICS REDUCE ME TO?

...

Write more?
__marcelo
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
*nods a lot* Great observations. All the issues you point out are definitely going to be there. There are *decades* of fic to be written in this universe...
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captain_emily
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh, __marcelo. This is such a powerful story.

On one hand, this makes me happy. It shows that Tim is a hero, and not just because he fights crime. He's a hero because he would go above and beyond the average superhero's call of duty by doing something like this.

But this also makes me very sad, because once he starts this, there really is no turning back. Any chance he might have had of living a normal life (whatever that might be for a Bat) is gone. But most of all, he's giving up his family. He's losing his father and brother, just so they can be happy. But it's worth it for him, just because that's who he is. I suppose that ties back in with the hero thing.

I wonder, will Tim ever have a Robin? Maybe he (or at least his younger self) will be his own Robin? Will he help Jason?

You have a way of writing powerful, meaningful stories with just a few words. (Actually, I'm insanely jealous.) I really hope you decide to continue in this 'verse, as I'd love to see how all of this works out in the end.
__marcelo
Jan. 8th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)

But this also makes me very sad, because once he starts this, there really is no turning back.


Yeah. You put it best: he's giving up his extended family (the reason he became Robin in the first place), so they will have a better life. One in which they've never been a family.

And all he has to do is give up his life.

I don't doubt he'd do it, but it breaks my brain nonetheless.

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