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Ficlet: Replacement Hero (PG13, DCU, Tim)

Title: Replacement Hero
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Character: Tim
Author Notes: A birthday gift for vespa331.
Summary: Somebody should do it, and Tim can. He needs no other reason.

It's only temporary. Tim isn't replacing the man; there's probably nobody in the world who could. He's just filling in until he recovers from his injury.

He finds himself well suited to some parts of the job. Much of it involves information gathering, organization, logistics. Funds, materials, resources, even personnel, although always at a remove. Most of the time, he is expected to make sure nobody quite knows how something was done, or that it was done at all.

Besides the technical abilities involved, there's a component of theater in it. Tim can deal with that.

There are other aspects of the job, though, he finds more challenging. Above all, the occasional requirement that he make a certain kind of emotional connection, and give a certain kind of response. Most of the time it's almost ritualized, mere information exchange, but now and then the interaction is of a different kind. One that requires a level of precisely controlled emotional openness -no matter how self-contained might act the persona he is representing- he isn't at all comfortable with.

There are limit situations for which files are laughably insufficient guidelines, for which there's no possible training. Situations that call not only for skill or courage, but for something akin to wisdom.

The consequences of him failing to handle those situations could be disastrous. So far Tim thinks he's holding his own, but he hopes Alfred will recover soon.




( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 1st, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
*laughs delightedly* rubynye was right, anything she could have said about this story would have spoiled it for me. I love it!
Apr. 1st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
:D Glad you liked it!
Apr. 1st, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Batman needs!
And Timmerz provides!
Apr. 1st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Doesn't he always? *g*
Apr. 1st, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
::falls over:: Thank you so much! This is amazing, I knew there must be some kind of twist because it's you, but Alfred...I'm so honored that I can claim this as my bday fic. :)
Apr. 1st, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
:D So glad you liked it! Hope you had a nice birthday.
Apr. 1st, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)

*draws little hearts*
Apr. 1st, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I wonder what he wears. *is shallow* He'd look so cute dressed as a butler!
Apr. 1st, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
All-Purpose Butler Robin: coming soon to an Adult Swim near you.
This is like one of those stories where the hero has to replace Santa Claus. But with more tea.
Apr. 1st, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: All-Purpose Butler Robin: coming soon to an Adult Swim near you.
*bwahahaha* I'd watch that cartoon.

And yes, it's exactly that kind of story. *g*
Apr. 1st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Batman needs a butler!

He'd be fantastic at some aspects of this, but...
Apr. 1st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
He'd be fantastic at some aspects of this, but...

You're right. The ways in which this wouldn't work -at least not in the way it does now- are the ones that would be most interesting to watch.
Apr. 1st, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
I had it figured out by the time you mentioned the theater. Tim trying to be Alfred to Bruce is...rather brain-breaking, actually, like Dick and Bruce sharing beds during the Golden Age because Bruce wasn't that much older than Dick and they both had nightmares.
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'd consider achieving even half of Gold Age brainbreakingness to be a complete success. *g*
Apr. 1st, 2007 09:30 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥ Oh, TIMMY!

That is quite possibly the best last line in the history of storytelling. *g*
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
*g* The list of things Tim would do for his loved ones is fascinating, isn't it?
Apr. 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
I am grinning so hard right now. I probably look utterly ridiculous. *snickers* Oh Tim. Of course Tim would take up any role required of him, but I can't imagine Tim's Alfred impression being anything other than somewhat hilarious (through no fault of Tim's own of course, I can't imagine anyone other than Alfred managing to be Alfred). So is Tim making regular sarcastic comments about Bruce's attitude towards personal safety (perfectly deadpan, of course)? Does he get to threaten people with the shotgun?
...possibly I find this more amusing than I should, but I don't think I could resist my reaction to Alfred!Tim if I tried.
You win at messing with my head (in a variety of delightful ways) via switching around batfamily roles. *nods*
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
:) Glad you liked it!

So is Tim making regular sarcastic comments about Bruce's attitude towards personal safety (perfectly deadpan, of course)? Does he get to threaten people with the shotgun? I'm quite sure he does, just as he tried to be more personable as Robin, to match better Dick's attitude. Traditions are important. *g*

Apr. 1st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
HEEEE! Oh dear, Tim. The Batfamily is so totally screwed if and when Alfred ever dies.
Apr. 1st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
We are all hoping Bruce's meltdown will be merely near-apocalyptic.
Nov. 19th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
OK, you fooled me.
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
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