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Title: Requiescat in Pace, Bruce Wayne
Fandom: DCU
Rating: PG13
Author Notes: DC has given some spoilers about Bruce's return (that he will return was, of course, only to be expected). I haven't seen them, but I'm guessing they have nothing to do with this.


He can rest. Human civilization is barely beginning. There's little society, and no crime to speak of. Nothing for him to do. The timestream is too fragile as it is, and Gotham is a mirage in the far future, so to preserve his city he will do, for once in his life, precisely nothing at all.

The Paleolithic sky is clean and beautiful. Bruce rests on a shallow hill, looking at the stars with eyes that feel younger than they have any right to. Perhaps it's the world, or perhaps just himself.

It's a young planet. Ten thousand years, give or take, before Earth has the technology and organization to resist invasions from space, or to keep immortal madmen like Ra's al Ghul and Vandal Savage in check. Only sheer luck had stood between humanity and them.

Bruce sighs, entirely unsurprised by what some of his least empirically-minded colleagues-to-be would call 'fate'. Standing up, he begins calculations to orient himself using the far past's stars. It's probably around a thousand miles to the nearest Lazarus Pit.

He has a long journey ahead.

.finis.

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runespoor7
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh, Bruce. You crazy lovable woobie with a hero complex and a grumpy-eight-year-old-in-a-forty-year-old-lucidity disposition. Hi! I've missed you.

Bruce sighs, entirely unsurprised by what some of his least empirically-minded colleagues-to-be would call 'fate'

LOLING FOREVER.

He has a long journey ahead.

How do ten thousand years sound, hmm? Let's hope Plas isn't dead when he comes back, they'll have things to talk about. :D
__marcelo
Dec. 14th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Oh, Bruce. You crazy lovable woobie with a hero complex and a grumpy-eight-year-old-in-a-forty-year-old-lucidity disposition. Hi! I've missed you.

*dies* Yep, that's him.
rubynye
Dec. 14th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
This made me think of Plas on the sea floor, too.
__marcelo
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Ouch. Yeah.
dessieoctavia
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
WHOA.

*luffs Bruce so much*
__marcelo
Dec. 14th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
*hearts Bruce, too*
mtgat
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
:D *squishes your Bruce and all his crazy*
__marcelo
Dec. 14th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
:D He can use that.
genre_savvy
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I want to cover you and Bruce in hearts and glitter and squee. Thankfully, I'm too mature to try it. That, and I suspect I wouldn't like the inevitable nerve-strike.

PS: Squee!
__marcelo
Dec. 14th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
:D FWIW, I'm useless at nerve strikes.
genre_savvy
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Sure, but I'm positive Bruce would take offense at glitter, and he could totally take me down in five seconds. :-D
razorsmile
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Five seconds? You must have like thirteen black belts or something.
genre_savvy
Dec. 17th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Okay, I admit it: I laughed out loud. It would probably be closer to two seconds. I'm a chump. :-D
caiusmajor
Dec. 14th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
...I have a feeling R'as is lusting like mad at this fic. THAT IS HIS SON-IN-LAW.

Well done. :D
__marcelo
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
:D Thanks!
razorsmile
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Hah. That classic Bat-crazypragmatism, gotta love it.
__marcelo
Dec. 17th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Bruce has a thing for doing what must be done, and for having very particular ideas about what can be done.
mithen
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Very awesome. Oh Bruce, you stubborn, stubborn man.
__marcelo
Dec. 19th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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