The light shone brightly through the window, illuminating the darkened room. The birds began chirping happily and a gentle breeze blew through the air. It was a beautiful day in Gotham City, and on these rare moments, one should enjoy the tranquility and enjoy life.
"Tim! Time to get up!" Dana hollered as she entered his room, throwing open the curtains to allow the light to hit Tim's face. Tim rolled over and groaned loudly. "Rise and shine sleepyhead, you go back to Brentwood tomorrow and I'm not about to let you sleep the day away."
"But it's nine o' clock in the morning Dana!" Tim complained from underneath his pillow. Dana yanked the covers off of his bed leaving him exposed. "Come on, 5 more minutes."
"No way. You need to get ready to go back to school and I'm not letting you wait until the last minute. If you weren't out with your girlfriend at all hours of the night, you wouldn't be so tired." She then left the room. Tim rolled over onto his back and rubbed his eyes. Being with his girlfriend was the last thing on his mind last night. After having a pack of assassin ninjas sicced on him by a still unknown source, he ran into his ex-girlfriend who is either playing with his head or seriously missing him. Then he comes to find out that the leader of the ninjas, Lotus, has the hots for him big time. Is she someone he knows or someone new? Then he's still not on good terms with Batman about the whole 'tell-Spoiler-all" deal. He finally made peace with Steph after getting some sound advice #, but now he's not sure about where their relationship is headed. And to top it all off, whoever put the hit out on him is still out there on the loose, most likely plotting his next move. * How's that for a sleepless night?
# - Nightwing Secret Files & Origins #1 in TC's story: On top of the game Kelen
* - Robin #1-#3: You better have read them already but if not, do so Kelen
Tim stood and yanked his curtains closed again. I better head to the cave sometime today. I haven't seen Alfred or Bruce in awhile. He walked to his dresser and threw on what was on top. But how do I get away from Dana, she seems to be all about having family day. It was then that the phone rang. Tim could hear Dana answer and then her walking to his door.
"It's for you. Stephanie." She gave him a look and started out. "I'll leave you two alone." Tim threw a pillow as she shut his door.
"Hey. I figured you'd be up. What time do you want to meet?
"I don't know, I'm working on it. Dana wants to spend quality time. I need a damn good excuse."
"Okay. You hang in there until we can think of something, k hon?"
"Alright. Bye." He hung up. "That felt awkward." Dana came marching back to his room.
"Breakfast is ready if you want to join your father and..." The phone rang again. Dana looked at Tim harsher this time as she answered.
"Hello? Oh, hi. Yes. Mmm hmmm. Alright. That'd be fine. Goodbye." She looked at Tim and sighed. "You are so lucky I'm not a bitch." Tim raised his eyebrows. "That was Bruce. He wants you to come over to help him do some computer work." Tim smiled. "But don't think you're getting out of this. As soon as you finish I want you here." Tim nodded and Dana left the room thinking, Just be careful Tim.
Tim couldn't stop smiling. Maybe there are some benefits to knowing secret identities. He packed up his book bag and was out the door 5 minutes later.
The man sat stoically at his computer screen scanning information that he already knew frontward and backward. His thoughts were complicated, known and decipherable only by him. He is one man and one man alone, even though at times he felt he like an army of thousands. Few knew who he really was and even those that did quite never knew him. He wouldn't let them. Or maybe they just couldn't understand.
"Bruce," Tim said as he entered the Cave. "You'll never know how much I owe you for that one. Dana was giving me fits." Bruce said nothing. "Umm...Bruce? Bruce!" Bruce quickly turned in his chair to face Tim.
"Sorry about that Tim, just a little lost in my thoughts there."
"Any chance on you sharing those thoughts?" Tim asked puzzled. Bruce waved him off.
"Nothing you should be worried about. Nice to see that you and Steph are back on good terms." Tim nodded. "I heard about your little run-in with those ninjas. How did that go?"
"Not too good. I managed to overcome that lady ninja and just when things were going my way, her boss tells her and the other ninjas to fall back. All she said was 'I wish you well' and she was gone..." Bruce noticed Tim's distant look.
"And that was it, huh?" Tim snapped back to attention and rubbed the back of his head.
"Yeah...that was it." It was then Stephanie and Alfred entered.
"Good enough excuse?" she asked as she approached Tim to embrace him. Alfred cleared his throat loudly.
"I do believe the Batcave was created for crime fighting purposes, not a lover's lane." Tim smirked at him.
"If that's the case, you better stop leaving Dick here alone all those hours." Bruce shook his head and promptly stood.
"If you'll excuse me, I have a bit of Wayne Tech business to attend to, but maybe I'll catch you before you go, Tim." With that he was out of the door.
"So, Master Timothy," Alfred began as Tim watched Bruce go. "When do we depart for Brentwood?" Tim took the faithful butler aside.
"Actually, Alfred, I want you to stay here." Alfred raised an eyebrow.
"You must have good reasons," he stated.
"He's been acting too strangely, even for him. With me in school and Dick having Bludhaven, he needs some type of family to watch him. You're the closest thing he has." Alfred nodded.
"I understand young one." Stephanie approached them from behind.
"What's with all the guy talk? Too good to share secrets, are we?" she quipped. Tim pushed her playfully away. Alfred looked at the clock on the Cave's far wall.
"Looks like time is running short on you, Timothy. Why don't you two go make a few rounds before you make your departure?" Tim smiled as Alfred gave him a wink.
"Let's do it."
The weather from the morning had held well into the afternoon, bringing a sense of light to the normal gloom of Gotham. And the Robins and Spoilers of the city were enjoying every minute of it. It is Gotham City however, but the crimes they did intercept took very little time and energy. They finally came to a stop towards the city's outskirts, atop the last skyscraper.
"So..." Robin started.
"So..." Spoiler replied. Silence.
"I want to know..." they both started at once.
"What I'm trying to say..." they laughed when it happened a second time.
"Tim, what are gonna do now? I mean it was one thing for us to be together as Robin and Spoiler cause I knew I'd only see you when I was Spoiler. But now that it's Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake, I don't know if I can handle it."
"Why not? We've never had trouble before."
"I know, but you were home for a week and Ariana was practically throwing herself at you, then there was that ninja lady flirting with you while she tried to kill you, and you spend all that time with Wonder Girl with the Titans..." Her voice died off. I'm just afraid I won't be able to hold onto you." Tim took her into his arms.
"Steph, if we've been through all of this, the last thing you should worry about is me finding someone else. I may be surrounded by pretty faces, but there's only one beautiful one I'm concerned about." Spoiler smiled and held him tighter. I'll have to thank Dick for that line. "I have a feeling you'll be getting involved in some teams soon."
"Really? You mean the Titans?" she asked.
"It's been brought up. Plus, I hear that another YJ might be starting up. I might have to start worrying about all those guys you'll be with."
"There's only one superhero I want, and he's here with me now..."
"Tim!" Jack Drake called from below. "Let's go, now!"
"I'll be right there!" Tim yelled back. He turned back to his communicator. "Make sure you tell me when you and Dick get back in town Barbara. It'll be good see him again."
"Will do, Tim. Oh by the way, I was talking to Cassie earlier. She said give her a call when you get a chance. She wants to know how the whole publicist deal is going."
"Tell her I'll give her a call, but I got to go before dad passes a stone." He hung up and started to bound down the stairs when Dana stopped him.
"Tim, I know I've been acting real strangely this past week, but I've had my reasons. I just don't want you to think badly of me for it." Tim started to speak but she stopped him. "I know that you're growing up and your busy with...'things'...but I want you to know that if you have anything you need to tell me, ever, you don't have to be afraid." Tim nodded.
"I will." She gave him a hug.
"Tim, if you're not down here in 10 seconds..." Jack yelled again. Tim broke the embrace and leaped down the rest of the stairs, leaving Dana to watch him go. "It's about time."
"Sorry, you know I have to say goodbye to everyone before I go."
"Yeah, my popular 16 year old has more of a life than I do." Tim smirked as the two walked out the door into the car.
You don't know the half of it.
"And, by the way, you better be hitting those books, I got your report card. The only reason nothing was said is because Dana said you had a lot on your mind and didn't need to be chewed out. But if the grades don't improve..."
"I know, I know. You don't have to worry. I can handle it." Jack looked at Tim and smiled.
"That is one thing you do, you take whatever comes your way and you handle it. I really like that about you Tim."
NEXT ISSUE: Part 2 of the crossover with Nightwing. So hush-hush that I won't speak another word. Just be there.