Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Bruce/Dick, Ellie Morrison…
Genre: Angst, Challenge, Drama, Hurt/Comfort
Rating (this chapter): R
Claim: For the dcu_freeforall Challenge (Bruce/Dick)
Prompt: T 11; P 6: Heal
Prompt Count: (14/15)
General Summary: After the epidemic, Robin recovers in Gotham General Hospital.
Chapter Summary: The storm arrives and danger lurks in the shadows.
Date Of Completion: January 20, 2011
Date Of Posting: November 11, 2011
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 993
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
The entire series can be found here.
Like inky smoke,
Silky and sinuous.
The Bat stalked down the hall as thunder rumbled in the distance. Nurses and orderlies quickly got out of his way.
He swept into Robin’s room, all the nurses and doctors looking at each other. It would be best not to cross the Bat’s path tonight.
There seemed to be something in the air tonight. People’s skin crawled, the hair on the backs of their necks standing on end as they anticipated something coming their way this night.
Clouds scudded across the face of the moon, wind whipping through the trees on the outskirts of the city and down the concrete canyons within Gotham’s limits. Citizens still skittish over the recent epidemic pulled up their collars and hurried home.
In Robin’s room, Batman was speaking quietly to him when the Bat-Signal flashed through the sky. Batman’s mouth twisted in annoyance.
Robin grabbed his lover’s hand. “You have to go.”
Batman barely retained a sigh. “I know.” He kissed his Little Bird, slipping out the window.
Robin relaxed against the pillows. Hopefully he could get some sleep. If he gained some strength, his doctor would let him go home. He was really craving some of Alfred’s chicken soup. Grateful for the dimmed lights, he closed his eyes.
The halls were quiet, staff going about their business. Claps of thunder gave everyone the jitters, punctuated by flashes of lightning. People just wished that the storm would arrive already.
As if in answer to that wish, rain began to fall, spattering the windows as the thunder shook the hospital. A clatter set Ellie’s teeth on edge as someone dropped a tray.
She wished that she was home but she was on night shift this week. Well, at least night shift tended to be quiet. As a loud crack of thunder reverberated through the hall, she amended it to non-stormy nights.
And high in the sky, the Angel of Death glided across Gotham.
Shadows coalesced and broke apart, flowing down the halls of the great hospital. Quiet reigned in the halls, televisions turned off due to the storm. Conversation was muted at the nurses’ station, turning to annoyance as the lights flickered.
One shadow crept toward Room 306, disappearing as the lights went out, accompanied by patients’ cries of fear and the nurses’ curses. The night supervisor called the head of maintenance.
As activity took place at the nurses’ station, the shadow slithered into Robin’s room.
Robin opened his eyes, some sixth sense alerting him to trouble. He tensed, listening intently. The shadow in the room moved, lit by flashes of lightning. He sat up, flexing his right hand. The shadow in the corner moved.
At the crash of thunder and flash of lightning, Robin’s eyes widened as he saw the shadow in the corner break away to reveal a figure he very much didn’t want to see.
The Joker smiled.
“So, Baby Bird, you’ve had visitors before. Shutterbugs, eh? But I’m the best one to…capture…your essence.”
Robin kicked off his blankets and rolled out of the bed, narrowly escaping the knife thrust into his pillow. He straightened up, grabbing the blanket and wrapping it around his arm as he fended off another lunge. He bumped into the rolling tray, the metal cover of the dinner tray rolling off and clattering to the floor.
More thunder crashed as Robin lashed out with his foot, connecting with the Joker’s thigh. The criminal howled, pushing forward as he tried to stab Robin.
Robin knew that he was at a disadvantage. He had grown stronger recently, but that strength would be fleeting, and the Joker had maniacal power.
They circled each other, Robin seeing the shocked face of Ellie Morrison in the doorway. He summoned up all the strength he had and performed a backflip, quickly changing to a somersault as he kicked. He missed by a fraction of an inch, timing off after his illness.
It could be a fatal mistake.
The window’s glass shattered as thunder roared, the graceful figure of the Bat gliding through the glittering shards.
“So, Batsy, come to protect your Baby Bird?”
“You’d better believe it, Joker.”
Robin was on the floor but not helpless. He lashed out with his feet and knocked the Joker off-balance while Batman grabbed the clown’s wrist and wrenched the knife away. The Joker was not so easily deterred, producing another knife while Robin shouted a warning. Batman warded off the blow while shoving the Joker down onto the bed, pining him with precision. The deft use of bat-cuffs resulted in the Joker secured to the bed.
"Robin?" Batman leaned down and helped his partner to his feet. He led him out into the hall, away from the Joker's mocking eyes.
It was dark out in the hall due to the power failure. Batman wrapped his cape around Robin.
“Are you all right?”
Robin smiled, the brilliance touching his lover’s heart. “I’m fine.”
Batman hugged him, a gloved hand stroking his young lover’s hair.
“Batman! Robin! Are you all right?” asked Ellie anxiously as she ran toward them, followed by two Security guards.
“Yes. Gentlemen, I’d recommend waiting until the Gotham police get here. Don’t try to take the Joker anywhere on your own. Without the proper precautions, he’ll slit your throats,” said Batman.
Swallowing, the guards assured him that they would not attempt moving the Joker, keeping watch on the room instead.
“Good idea. Nurse Morrison, is there a room that I can take Robin to? He needs to lie down.”
“Certainly. This way.”
Ellie helped settle Robin into bed, then after checking his vitals, left them alone.
“You should keep an eye on the Joker,” Robin said.
“I will.” Batman lifted the domino mask to look into Dick’s face.
Dick smiled. “I’ll be home soon.”
“You better be.”
Dick laughed as Batman slipped his mask back down.
Pairings/Characters: (Continued)…The Joker!