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[Nessie isn't surprised that there wasn't a lot of turnout for this "Be a Big Sibling" sign up event. Although everyone in Gotham City knows that crime affects the children of the city, there aren't a lot of people willing to help fix that.]

[Of course, the stringent background check required for it might also scare some people off.]

[She hands off a copy of the brochure and says,] "I hope you'll consider being a Big Sibling for one of our foster kids in need! They could use more good influences in their lives."

[The woman smiles at her, and moves on to Nessie's boss for the presentation.]

[Nessie hears another person step up to her table. She holds up another brochure, and says again,] "I hope you'll consider being a Big Sibling for one of our needy foster kids!"

Date: 2016-08-22 12:46 am (UTC)
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That's fair. [He smiles, but it doesn't quite reach his eyes, and drops it before he asks,] Do... you still talk to her? Diana? Wonder Woman, I mean.

Date: 2016-08-22 12:53 am (UTC)
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[Dick winces slightly at that flicker, but mostly hides it.]

That's good. I think... [And he can't describe it, he knows, not without spilling information about himself he doesn't know that Nessie knows. But he remembers, from a distance, Wonder Woman after the first Silver Swan attack had happened, the sadness in her eyes.] I think she seems like she'd be glad to know you're doing well, is all.

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to dredge up bad memories.

Date: 2016-08-22 01:09 am (UTC)
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No, I guess it wouldn't be.

It's not easy. When something like that happens to you, remembering it without letting it consume you. Getting your life back together. When... [He shakes his head.] Well, it helps to have someone there. I think that's part of why what you do is so important. It's why... well, why I know I'm glad to hear you're doing well.

I guess it's why I signed up to be a Big Brother earlier, too. [He laughs.] I'm sorry, I really did come here just to discuss the program. I'd been hearing so many good things - I'd wanted to talk to you for a while, but this was the first time I got the chance with everything that's been going on.

Date: 2016-08-22 01:33 am (UTC)
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[Is she... does she mean... no, he must be reading too much into things.]

I... think I have more often than not, I suppose.

It does make it a little easier! Though having a nudge in the right direction now and again can be nice, too. I'm... very busy, these days, but that shouldn't mean I can't make time for the things I need to.

Speaking of, I'm not actually sure of the... process here? Will I be matched up with a younger sibling randomly, or is there some type of personality and interest matching process, or?

Date: 2016-08-22 01:48 am (UTC)
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Well, I mean - [He finds sudden interest in stirring his coffee.] ... things sort of... fell into his lap. I understand that now. But... a little warning would have been nice, yes.

[Maybe then he'd have been better at it.]

Hey. [He puts on a grin.] Do your worst! I think I can handle any of the kids you've got. [Lord knows he's had worse.]

Date: 2016-08-22 01:55 am (UTC)
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[He nods, sobering.] I know. I'm sorry, I certainly don't mean to be flippant about it, it's only... well, my... my brothers came up through a lot, too. I know it's important to have someone who can help. Who'll be there. Who... who they can come to if they need.

[... Dick takes a very, very long drink of his coffee.]

Date: 2016-08-22 01:59 am (UTC)
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I- [He looks visibly struck by the comment.]


... I think sometimes you just keep wondering if they'd have believed you if you told them the right way.

Date: 2016-08-22 02:11 am (UTC)
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... no. I guess there's not.

[He sighs.] That's the hardest part of all of this, isn't it? Not being there when they need it, but not being able to be there even when you want to.

Date: 2016-08-22 02:31 am (UTC)
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Heh. [Dick scrubs a hand over his face.] You've got some wisdom in there, Ms. Kapatelis. No wonder I keep hearing such good things.

I think I needed to hear that. Thank you.

Date: 2016-08-22 02:37 am (UTC)
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It's... complicated. I... [He sighs.] What do you know about... my family situation?

Date: 2016-08-22 02:43 am (UTC)
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[Dick audibly chokes on the last sip of his coffee, sputtering.

That... he really did not think she knew that much.

When he has himself under control, he finally says,] Perhaps.... we'd be better talking about this someplace quieter.

Date: 2016-08-22 02:49 am (UTC)
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You've thought this through. [A bit of cheer returns to his voice, and he obligingly takes the book.] All right then, Vanessa. Let's ditch some paparazzi.


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