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Fic: Trapped Chapter 3

Title: Trapped
Author: Brokaw22
Disclaimer: The norms
Rating: T
Story Synopsis: He can't speak, can't call out--can't even move. He tries anyway; it doesn't work.
Thanks to Kathy for beta work.
Previous Chapters: Chapter one  Chapter Two

Next Chapter: Chapter Four

They stare at each other over Tim's bed, not really sure what to say. They promised each other when they realized that Tim was awake and aware that they wouldn't go down this path. Now? Now, it seems that they don't have a choice. It doesn't matter that he's the one who brought this up, or that he planned out how he was going to convince Dick to go along with this plan long before they both got fed up with the specialists. Jason isn't nearly as comfortable with this whole idea as he's been pretending, but, like he told Dick, it's not like they have a whole hell of a lot of options.

“You know we won't do anything that you're uncomfortable with, but you need to know that we're basically out of options.” Jason knows that Dick would have put it more delicately, but time is of the essence, and the last thing Tim needs right now is more kid gloves. “So, Tim what's it going to be?”

Dick leans over and squeezes Tim's hand. “We'll both be there with you every step of the way, and we wouldn't even be thinking about this if we didn't intend to take every precaution.”

Tim is still for a long moment...his heartbeat steady as he listens to their plan. Jason doesn't know if he'll go for it. He knows that Tim has always been the smart logical one, but that doesn't mean that he'll just consent to being dumped into a Lazarus Pit--not unless they've exhausted all other options first--which, in Jason's opinion, they have. He's fairly certain that Tim knows neither of them is exactly happy with this prospect, but he has to know that it's the best option that they've got. Hell, it's the only option that they've got.

Slowly Tim raises his heartbeat to signal his consent. It didn't take them long to work out a code, and Jason isn't surprised to hear Dick gasp in relief at the same time that he does. Although, Jason doesn't know if he's relieved because Tim is willing to do this or because the easiest part of this whole plan just went off without a hitch. The truth is, Jason doesn't really want to know either. He watches silently as Dick places his hand on Tim's shoulder. “Everything's going to be okay, little brother. We're going to make sure of it.” Dick glances at Jason, obviously looking for reassurance.

Jason nods once adamantly. “Yeah, of course. I'll just go call my contact and let her know that we're all on board.” Jason is out of the door before Dick can ask anymore questions. He's not looking forward to the next part of this ordeal at all, but he promised that he would do anything to help Tim after what happened, and he meant it.

Dick tightens his grip on Tim's shoulder for a second before releasing him. “I'll be right back, Timmy. Just relax while I'm gone.” Dick races after Jason the moment he's sure that Tim is okay with him leaving.

When Dick finally catches up to Jason he grabs a hold of Jason's arm, and forces him to turn around and face him. “And just who is this contact of yours, Jason? And how the hell does this person have access to a Lazarus Pit?”

Jason sighs to himself as he pulls his arm out of Dick's grasp. It's the question he's been avoiding since he brought up the idea of using the Lazarus Pit to help Tim. “Trust me, Dickie-bird, you don't want to know.”

Dick fold his arms over his chest, looking as imposing as possible. “No, Jason, I really think that I do want to know.”

Jason balls one of his hands into a fist and releases it. “Dick, I'm telling you, it's better for everyone involved if you don't know.”

Dick glares at that. “Oh really? Do you honestly expect me to believe that? Because I highly doubt it's better for me, or Tim for that matter, not to know who we're dealing with.”

Jason doesn't even have the energy to fight right now. It's been a long and exhausting time for all of them, and he's been spending his nights working around Dick, which hasn't left much time for sleep. Jason sighs as he hangs his head. He knows that Dick isn't going to like this one bit, and may even hit him once Jason tells him who he's been working with, but Jason thinks that it really should be obvious at this point. “It's Talia, okay?”

 

Dick stares at him wide-eyed for a moment not speaking. “I'm sorry; did you just say Talia? As in Talia al Ghul?”

Jason wants to massage his temples, but just continues tightening his hands into fists and releasing them. “Do you know of any other?”

Dick looks flabbergasted for a long moment before he erupts into a fit of rage. “How on earth could you be working with her? Are you insane? We can't trust Tim's life and safety to that evil, conniving, snake.”

Jason shakes his head at that. “Look, I know what she is, and I know that you don't like her, but the fact is, if we want to get Tim to a Lazarus Pit we need her help. Besides, she owes me a favor.”

Dick's mouth doesn't drop, but it sure as hell looks like it wants to. “Why the hell would Talia al Ghul owe you a favor, Jason? What did you do for her?” Dick's eyes narrow in a way that Jason hasn't seen for quite some time, and doesn't really miss.

“It's a long story, and an irrelevant one at that. All you need to know is that I helped her out with something a while back, and now she's willing to help us with Tim. So, are we going to stand here talking all day or are you going to let me go do what I need to do?”

Jason could tell that Dick still wasn't okay with any of this, and the truth was, neither was he. In fact, Jason was hoping that he would never have to see Talia al Ghul again after their last meeting, but he knew better than to hope for such. Reluctantly, Dick moves out of Jason's way, but as Jason passes him, Dick grabs his arm once again. “If anything happens to Tim it's on your hands, Jason...just remember that.”

Before Jason can respond, Dick releases him and walks away. He wants to tell Dick that he knows, and that he's okay with it. He wouldn't be doing this if he wasn't already prepared for everything to fall apart. After all, things rarely work out in his favor. Jason sighs to himself as heads in the direction of the cave. He has a phone call to make.

The End (for now)

Comments

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lilyoftheval5
Jul. 5th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Funny, just yesterday I was talking with someone about euthanasia in cases like Tim's.....

Anyway, not as riveting as some of you fics, but it does have an interesting premise and I'm curious where are you going with it.
brokaw22
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware that any of my fics were riveting, so that's something, I guess.
lilyoftheval5
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Tim lost in multiverse
and
Lian as a Batling.

\o/
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