Join one 'retired' Batman as he raises his kids all together while trying to still save the world with this version of the Justice League. " Bruce kept his voice casual, no need to alarm him."Just some friends. We're good now.""Are you sure you should be going out now? I'm just going out with friends, seeing a movie, maybe get something to eat on the way home, and I'm staying on the grid." He waved his watch around, joking. "The man watched him for a moment then shook his head. Not a thing.""Daddy," Damian cocked his head at his father from the back seat of the car. One Shots, mini-series, and headcanons, life for the Waynes is always interesting to watch, especially since they can't leave crime fighting behind them. Barbara is picking me up in a few minutes then we're meeting the others at the theater.""Who else? " He looked out the window casually, seeing the sun barely set over the horizon. "Barbara, Bette, and a few other high profiles are coming, sure, but we aren't staying out late or broadcasting it. The man's attention was completely on the courtyard at Gotham Academy where Dick was known to have lunch.
Dick and Barbara were not kissing on the couch in the library. The two high schoolers immediately separated at the interruption, blushing profusely and trying to get back on track with their school work. The man tried to ignore what the security feed had shown him on pure chance while he was working on schematics for the new League base they were building on the moon. He mostly came out when the kids or Alfred insisted, his day job demanded it, or when Selina was there. He always liked riling her up."We're not kids anymore," the acrobat drawled, smirking to himself. ""Always do." He grinned at him one last time before dashing out the door to meet his ride at the gate. He just happened to have a girl as his best friend."Maaayyybeee I do need to let them meet the Teen Titans. ""I think I know what the real problem is." The teen pointed an accusing finger at him. You think I'm still some irresponsible kid who can't do anything without some adult supervision, like ! It's just—""You think just because I'm a teenager I can't handle myself. Doesn't he have a whole boatload of self-worth issues and complexes in the comics? or just keep going on my merry old way making certain teenagers' lives miserable?
He nearly convinced himself he was seeing it wrong when Tim came into get a new book, saw them and turned right back around, wide eyed and surprised. Had to be puppy love or one of those awkward friendships. He heard of a lot of strange relationships those days. He'd been spending a lot of time in there lately helping with the making of the League's new headquarters (something about Joker and some mini-invasion made the one in Happy Harbor unsafe). It's just a movie.""Sounds like a group date."The teen blinked, silent for a moment at the suggestion. Well, mostly Bette was shouting at him and he was laughing at her horrible excuses for insults. "You really don't trust me.""It's not a matter of trust Dick. The commissioner then said he took his daughter to prom, Dick just happened to be in the car. *evil laugh*Oh we also get to see some of Dick's usual doubting issues, where he feels Bruce doesn't trust him enough to be on his own.
"Dick jerked around in surprise, not knowing when Bruce had left the cave and decided to join the rest of humanity. It may be a date for Bette though.""Didn't know you two were getting along." The man recalled a high class party where he and Bette were throwing names at each other. Unwittingly the man had confirmed one of Dick's worst fears. Think I read something else where Dick reminded Gordon that he took him to his senior prom.
"I hungwy.""Right." Blindly he reached into his satchel and picked out a bag of snack apples Alfred prepared for him that day.
Still not looking, he opened the bag and handed it to his son. I keep my promises and try to work things out rather than shove her out the door with some diamond to make up with leaving her high and dry!
His eyes were solely on the courtyard, looking for his eldest. What will happen when a relationship at your age goes south? "Here you go.""Dank you." Bruce had to smile at that. 'Please' still escaped him and 'sorry' was just a word, but it was a start. They were talking to some other person in the group (Bruce had to brush up on the names and faces of people in Dick's class), laughing at some joke or another. Rubbing his forehead he accepted the information at last. What can happen if the two of you get caught in the heat of the moment and go too far? ""Dick, you can hardly control your hormones right now. " It was a valid point, one that made the man act earlier. But the boy wouldn't let up."Think about it for a moment! You're hardly the person I'd go to for relationship advice! As the toddler ate his snack to hold him off until they returned to the office for lunch, he focused again on the courtyard. Right below a large tree was Dick and his group of friends. Having skipped a year before entering the school system, he didn't really have anyone in his age to talk to during classes. The two of them were pretty close together, about as close as another couple at the table, the two who had their arms around each other. The man took up a set of binoculars and focused on the two of them, joking and laughing. Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon were dating, behind his back. "I had to tell Jim to make sure you two didn't make a mistake you would regret later and would hate each other for.""This from a guy who really can't keep it in his pants! Just how many relationships have have a steady girlfriend? At one point Dick stood up a bit only for Barbara to pull him back down, laughing. A sixteen year old was dating an eighteen year old. No dates, even group ones.""But—" the teen tried to object weakly only to be ignored."You're to be home by seven unless it's school related or you're with an adult I approve of.""That's not—""You fail to follow these rules and you can kiss that car you want goodbye." That shut the kid up in a jiffy. As much as he liked Barbara, Dick was too young to date. There was no way the kid who covered the T-rex in red paint last Halloween was ready to go off on his own by then. " Damian's voice brought him back to present, forcing him to push his thoughts back for a moment. Just one second." He looked this time to find the boy's water bottle, mentally distracted. You're too young and that's final." Dick bit his lip, knowing there was no arguing with this man. More than likely he'd be landed with a bunch of new rules because of his ultimatum. Once the school year was out they were going to get his driver's license, and his first car. I thought he took it rather well.""Only because he agreed with you! Not dating, not going to prom, it's not the end of the world. He wasn't responsible enough, wasn't ready for a relationship of this magnitude. He had to think of something before he started taking SATs, some kind of plan to keep his boy safe. He had to come up with something, fast."Dick, we need to talk."The teenager looked up from his textbook (studying for finals), raising an eyebrow. Was Bruce really going to forbid him from being with the girl he liked? It was a promise Bruce made to him the previous year, when he first asked him to teach him how to drive. He practically leapt at the chance to join your self-righteous crusade to make our lives miserable! I'm just making sure you don't make a horrible mistake. I'm trying to protect you.""Quit protecting me so much!