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Ficlet: Fixed (PG13, DCU)

Title: Fixed
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Summary: Every problem has a solution.
Author Notes: Based on -without being nearly equal to the task- a terrifying idea of brown_betty.


The transporter's whine echoed through the Cave.

"Master Bruce, Master Tim," said Alfred coming down the stairs, "I take it that you've been able to sort your magical problems."

"Zatanna's information was precise," said Batman.

"I'm glad to hear that, sir. I assume mind swaps can be terrible nuisances."

Batman sat at the computer's main terminal. "Quite. I've already lost too much time dealing with this."

Robin nodded, walking toward the stairs. "Alfred," he said as he passed the old man.

He frowned, looking at him with widening eyes. "Master Bruce...?"

"It doesn't matter," said the boy without slowing his ascent.

Batman kept working silently.

An hour later, Alfred brought down his dinner.

.finis.

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petronelle
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Every now and then, I have the right icon for the moment.

This is one of those times.

I love how completely nonchalant Tim is about losing years off of his life.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
I love how completely nonchalant Tim is about losing years off of his life.

What happened before they teleported back to the Cave, when it became clear they weren't going to fix this, must have been...

One day, when I'm not suspecting doing it would break me for good, I should write that.
rubynye
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
This made me do the interpretive dance of FLAIL.

FLAIL.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
This is all brown_betty fault. You've got no idea how much I had to struggle to write this, indirect and telling-it-from-an-angle as it is.
mtgat
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
And now Bruce has all that extra time to REALLY get the mission right.

*flails w/ rubynye*
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
And now Bruce has all that extra time to REALLY get the mission right.

Yes. The world -or at least the cowardly, superstitious part of it- has just gained a couple of decades of more-than-well-trained terror.

katarik
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
This is me carefully not thinking about Clark's reaction. The Titans'. Selina's. Jason's.

DICK'S.

Man. What happens to 'Tim Drake'? 'Brucie Wayne'? MAN.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Yikes. All fics that should be written.

Assuming they *tell* anybody. Because I'm betting they won't, and they'll figure out later, or... It's going to get ugly.
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vespa331
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Eeeeek, Timmy no! Come back Tim!
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
As usual, your icon gives me creepy, fic-appropriate ideas...
cmshaw
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
it does matter! it does matter! *flails frantically (and uselessly) at bruce and tim*
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
...Good luck?
brown_betty
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
*has correct icon*
And I'm just imagining, this could only happen after Jack's death, but imagine Bruce interacting with any part of Tim's life, what kind of explanation does Kon get?
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: *has correct icon*
I'm scared to ask.

But I'm imagining Kon following Batman around...
razorsmile
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh that shit ain't right! And they're both so completely okay with it -- oh that shit ain't right!

No. *This* is the straw that would break Alfred's back mind composure for sure.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm with you there. This isn't right.
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sockich
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
"It doesn't matter," said the boy without slowing his ascent.

Batman kept working silently.


This is what killed me. Right here. Because to them? It fucking doesn't matter. Bruce just got even more time to do things right and Tim...he probably didn't like it at first but he's Tim so he adapted and and! *flails*

God, the reactions of other people. Dick! And Babs and THE TITANS, omg can you imagine Bruce with The Titans?!?! and JLA...that'd probably go like you said up there and. In my mind, this is post War Games but if it wasn't. Steph!

This probably shouldn't make me as utterly happy as it does.
reshelved
Jan. 15th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
I imagine it would matter, even to them! Bruce would lose a whole lot of body conditioning and Tim wouldn't quite be able to use what he's gained to its utmost straight away, and they'd both have to work out new cover stories. :D Tim might even be little upset for normal reasons (although he'd probably repress until Bruce said it first).

If this were set pre-War Games, there'd be all sorts of strange new Steph/Bruce tension. But it really would have to be set after Identity Crisis: Jack Drake wouldn't handle it very well at all.
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reshelved
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
Oh, Bruce. This is just a minor setback! You'll be operating as usual in no time, I don't need to assure you.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
If it were anybody else but Tim in his body, I think Bruce would be freaking out worse. In this case, with proper guidance, this doesn't need to unduly affect the Batman.
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jackdaws_eye
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
*points to icon* A Robin with Batman's mentality and a Batman who was about two steps away from being Batman before would be the most... horrifying thing to happen to the underworld of Gotham since Bruce put on a cape. I beg you to write follow-up fic. BEG. YOU.
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Now, that's a *very* appropriate icon.

I don't think I'll be able to avoid writing in this world in the future, it's just too horrifying not to.
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ladyvyola
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
I squee, I squeak, I flail, I eeep!

Points to icon. Sweet jesus, crazy bat people!
__marcelo
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, perfect icon!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
man. Deep and creepy. COuld you please link to the original idea from Brownbetty's? Currently going through your posts to find the throwaway reference marag made on her journal regarding something you wrote (Tim becoming House), have narrowed it to between July 2005 and Aug 2007, but I'm not Batman, Oracle, or even Tim, so it's slow going... I don't want to run a whole 'nother search for this one, too... ;)

Thanks.
__marcelo
Nov. 27th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it!

I think brown_betty's idea was mentioned in a chat, as I don't quite recall an specific post (I might be wrong). The Tim!House posts you are looking for are here and here.
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