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Fic: Trapped Chapter 5

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 Chapter Three Chapter Four

Dick waits until he's sure that Tim is asleep before he goes to track down Jason. He feels like an idiot for not even considering that Tim's memory might be affected. It makes sense after everything that The Joker did to him. Dick sighs to himself. This is clearly just one more example of how he's failed Tim, and Dick doesn't have any idea how he's going to make any of this up to him. He knows that healing Tim isn't nearly a good enough start...not when he could have managed this years ago.

Dick is still berating himself when he walks into the cave to see Jason sitting with his head in his hands. He looks dejected and lost, which makes Dick worry. If Talia refuses to help, then they truly are out of options. Dick has no idea how he's going to break that news to Tim, but he knows that it's on him to do so. He can't force Jason to have that conversation. After all, Jason isn't the one who failed to save Tim, nor did he neglect to realize that Tim's memory was impaired. Hell, Jason was the one to figure out that Tim was aware of his surroundings in the first place, which pretty much makes him the better brother in Dick's eyes.

Dick walks over, and places his hand on Jason's shoulder. He ignores the way that Jason jumps at the touch. Obviously, it's not just his youngest brother who he's failed. “What's going on?”

Jason shakes his head as if to clear it. “Nothing, we're good to go.”

Dick's eyes widen in shock. “What? What do you mean we're good to go?”

Jason shrugs. “I just got confirmation that as soon as we're ready to move him, our ride and escort will be here.”

Dick raises an eyebrow at that. It sounds as if everything is actually going according to plan, but that makes absolutely no sense...not if Jason's demeanor when he first entered the cave is anything to go by. “Then why the kicked puppy expression?”

Jason heaves a large sigh, and looks as though he bracing himself for something awful. “It's...Talia is...well, Talia. I'm just...” Jason abruptly stands and starts walking toward the stairs. “Look, the sooner we get this over and done with the better.”

Dick nods and follows Jason to the stairs. “Just so you know, Tim's memory isn't what it used to be.”

Jason halts halfway up the stairs. “What do you mean?”

Dick casts a glance down at the floor before meeting Jason's eyes again. “He...he doesn't remember being Robin. Hell, he doesn't even remember Bruce. I'm not sure how much he actually remembers us, versus what he's learning from us every day.”

Jason turns to glare at him. “Fuck, why are you telling me this now?”

Dick sighs and shrugs. “I don't know. I just thought that it might be good for you to know. I mean, we're about to shove him into a Lazarus Pit, and he doesn't even really remember what one is. I just thought that maybe you could...I don't know...talk him through it a bit.

Jason nods. “Yeah, okay...fine...I...we should go.”

The two of them head off into the direction of Tim's room. Dick's not really sure why Jason seems so rattled. True, a conversation with Talia al Ghul is enough to put anyone on edge, but Dick figured that Jason would be prepared for that. After all, this is all Jason's plan, so it's a little disconcerting that Jason seems as apprehensive about this as Dick is. They walk silently into Tim's room, and Jason gently places his hand on Tim's wrist. Dick didn't know that Jason could do anything gently until that day in the hospital. Jason leans down to tell Tim what's going on, and Dick can't help but notice the nervousness in Jason's voice. This can't end well. “Okay, baby bird, we're going to remove you from the machines, and place you on a gurney. I know that that's going to suck for you, and it's probably going to be frightening, but Dick and I will be right beside you. We are going to have to bag you for this, which I know you hate, but this isn't our first time doing this, and it's only until we can get the portable respirator set up, so...” Jason glances back to Dick for some help here.

Dick doesn't know what he's supposed to do. He wasn't ready for this so soon, and he isn't nearly as confident as he needs to be to reassure Tim. Still, Dick does his best...just as he always has. “It's going to be okay, Timmy.”

The two of them work diligently to prep Tim. Dick doesn't know all of the details of this plan, and, quite frankly, he's pretty sure that he doesn't want to, but he figures that he knows enough. They get him out onto the lawn at the exact moment that a nondescript black helicopter lands. Dick glances over at Jason, who is gritting his teeth and clenching both of his hands into fists. When the helicopter blades stop spinning, Dick's more than a little surprised to see Talia step out. He had fully expected one of her many minions instead.

She saunters over to them, looking regal as always. “Boys,” she glances at them both, “to tell the truth, I expected to be contacted much sooner.”

Dick glares at her. He still wishes that they didn't have to deal with her at all. “Talia, nice 'copter--just as cliche as always.”

Talia's eyes narrow at that. “Now, now, Richard. Is that anyway to speak to someone who's here to help you?”

Dick's glare only intensifies. “Yeah, we'll see about that.”

Talia ignores him, and instead focuses on Jason, who, surprisingly, hasn't said anything as of yet. Her facial expression softens when she turns to him, which only concerns Dick more. “How have you been, Jason?” She speaks softly...almost tenderly to him, and that makes Dick want to run in the other direction. He doesn't know what kind of a past these two have, but seeing the way her words put Jason even more on edge definitely makes Dick wonder.

“Fine, can we get this over with?” Jason brushes past her, and Dick's eyes widen slightly when Talia actually allows him to.

Dick doesn't say anything as they load Tim into the helicopter, but he's sure that Jason has picked up on all of the questions that Dick hasn't verbalized yet. He's dying to ask what the hell is really going on, but he knows better than to allow Talia to see how fragile their relationship really is. After all, Dick has dealt with her enough in the past to know that she will attack any perceived weakness.

Dick has one hand wrapped around Tim's, trying to give him at least a little comfort in the silence. The flight is quiet for at least an hour before Talia turns to Jason. “I have missed you, Jason.” She keeps staring at him with an expression so full of regret and pain that Dick is starting to feel uncomfortable...well, more uncomfortable.

Jason, for his part, seems unfazed. He appears just as angry and annoyed as he always is, except Dick knows that that's not right. Jason has been working to temper his rage ever since he realized that Tim really doesn't like it when they fight. Dick knows that Jason still blames himself for what happened to Tim, even if that's ridiculous, since it's clearly Dick's fault for not getting there in time save either of his little brothers. Jason glances at Dick before turning to face Talia. “Yeah, well, that's nice. I haven't missed you at all.”

Talia sighs as she brushes a lock of hair behind her ear. “You were always so angry, but that never seemed to impede your ability to...”

“Don't.” Jason's growl is low and feral, and it makes Dick clutch Tim's hand a little tighter just to reassure him that they are all okay.

Talia laughs mockingly. “I take it your brothers don't know what you've done for me..what favor I owe you. Do they not know that you are the one who finally put my father to rest for good.”

Jason looks as though he's about to rip her throat out, and Dick doesn't know what to do. He knows, from both Talia's smug expression as well as Jason's reaction, that she's telling the truth. He just can't find it within himself to care. He moves over to wrap one arm around Jason, while keeping a hand on Tim's leg. “It's okay. Whatever you've done, it doesn't matter now.”

Jason stares at him, shocked at Dick's response. Clearly, Jason was expecting Dick to cast him out once again, but Dick can't. It's only the three of them now, and he won't give that up for something that happened so many years ago. After all, the news of Ra's al Ghul's final death was almost welcome, occurring so shortly after Tim's 'accident'. Honestly, Dick isn't even all that surprised to learn that Jason had something to do with it; and if that makes him a bad person, so be it. His brothers are all that he has left, and Dick's not going to give either one of them up without a fight.

The End (for now)


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Jan. 5th, 2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Yay! Update!

Does this mean there'll be more coming for everything? :)

But this was great; things seem to be moving *fast* all of a sudden, but it echoes Dick's own confusion/surprise about that really well.
Jan. 5th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm slowly working on updating everything. I'm pretty sure that the next thing that is going to get updated is A Displaced Red Robin, even though it should be Drugged Out Tim.

Things are moving fast in this story, but there's a reason for that, so here's hoping I can write more of this soon. Anyway, thanks for commenting.
Jan. 5th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
OH WOW, I just ran through all five chapters non stop to get through the agnst and pain and hurt and comfort the three of them experience and try to offer to one another. While this is not an action filled romp it is full and ripe and lovely. I am so sorry I did not see this when it first appeared but am appreciating the hell out of it now. I can only hazard to think what happened to the rest of the
batfam before this and I'm glad that you didn't fill in all the details, it makes the story seem more like its happening in real time instead of in flashbacks. Love both methods but this one fits this fic. I am looking forward to what you have planned next.
Thank you for sharing baby!
Jan. 5th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoyed it enough to run through all five chapters. I like leaving a lot of stuff up to the reader's interpretation when I'm writing, so it's good to hear that people actually like that aspect of my writing. Thanks for commenting. It's always great to hear from you.
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