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Title: Five Things Bruce Wouldn't Have Done, But Tim — as Batman — Did
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DC AU
Author Notes: This is a quite OOC, awfully self-serving piece of implausible, underplotted fic. I'm ashamed. But it was fun.

1. Turn Wayne Enterprises into a pure ultra-high-tech concern.

For Bruce, Wayne Enterprises had been a tool, but also a legacy. One of service, of community, of history with Gotham.

For Tim, it was a tool (besides, a 21th century business base wasn't going to cut it, not with all the alien civilizations and time travelers he had to deal with.)

2. Put a network of transporters and force fields over Gotham.

The Car was cool. The Car was, without doubt, cool. Even Dick's flying version of it (Dick and flying were never apart). But transporters and force fields were more practical, specially when people didn't suspect you were using them. After all, everybody knew that Batman was everywhere, right?

3. Forcefully transfer everyone out.

Bane had wearied Bruce by breaking out everyone from Arkham, a tactic that had been repeated after. It was, after all, a very easy way to distract Batman and create chaos and death. Tim loved Gotham, but not like Bruce loved Gotham (no one loved anything like Bruce loved Gotham). Transporting everyone from Gotham to the testing grounds of Wayne Rapid Architectural Development Technologies in Canada to keep them safe from a Joker-led mass breakout? A very reasonable measure, in Tim's opinion. He could take the crazies out without worrying about civilians in danger (and without the constant knowledge that, whoever he was saving at the moment, another person was being killed somewhere else).

4. Close down the city.

He had hated NML, and he hated cutting off Gotham from the rest of the world using force fields, even if all the (not too crazy) citizens of Gotham were already elsewhere. But being Batman often involved doing things he hated.

5. Stay away.

It hadn't been his original plan. But the Gothamites were out of the city, the crazies were in, and hadn't people quipped about the difference between Gotham and Arkham being just the higher rents?

He knew it was crazy to want to go into the city.

He knew he wanted to go into the city.

But right then, he had Gothamites to take care of.

Gotham City could wait.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I think that can be fairly said of all proper Tims. But thanks!
Feb. 7th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Buh -- gah -- arghgl.

Feb. 7th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
*g* Told you --- not something Bruce would do. And Tim loves Gotham, too. Just not, I think, more than he loves doing the logical thing.
Feb. 7th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
(no one loved anything like Bruce loved Gotham)

This is a good thing.

I can't decide which would be more awesome: Batman fighting every Arkhamite inside a closed off ghost town from which none of them could escape, or Batman closing off Gotham and letting the crazies run wild inside so that he could build a new, better Gotham somewhere else.

If they ever make a game based on the ghost town idea? I will have to buy a gaming system just to play that. And it would make an awesome comic, but DC wouldn't do it in a million years.
Feb. 7th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
You're right, that'd be a fantastic game. Gotham Arkham City?
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)
I am far more interested in 1. than in the (admittedly fascinating) rest of it. Specifically, (besides, a 21th century business base wasn't going to cut it, not with all the alien civilizations and time travelers he had to deal with.)
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
In the larger scheme of things, definitely. There's saving a city, and then there's changing the world.
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, so, this gave me epic ideas for more expansive fic. Of course, my Tim who does dark things does them after thoroughly abandoning the rubble of the batfamily left behind by Dick and Damien. Because sometimes you just have to make the fuckers wish they'd had the sense to keep you around.

BWAHAHAHAHA. Okay, uh. I need to go ponder these villainous plans.
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Hrm. A Tim pushed enough to go vengeful on Dick would be traumatized/traumatic/awesome indeed.
Mar. 28th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, Tim. Bruce would know how to react better if you'd only killed someone.

(Also, Babs agrees it makes sense and will say so to Dick when Dick comes be confused at her, but she sets her main base in Gotham anyway.)
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Bruce would know how to react better if you'd only killed someone.

So. True.
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