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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: 2016-08-23 02:49 am (UTC)
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[Dick... does pretty much the mother of all double takes, staring at her in shock.] What??

Date: 2016-08-23 02:53 am (UTC)
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[Dick reels.] I... Danny was there, in case anyone needed to... are you saying that he- he called? That he spoke with Danny?

Date: 2016-08-23 03:02 am (UTC)
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I... [Dick seems struck speechless for a moment, not knowing how to process that. He'd been so angry about what Danny had said after Jason died, he hadn't even though... that he might be masking his own guilt, that Jason might have... that Jason...

Jason had called. Oh, God, Jason had called and he'd never even known and. Dick lets out a noise that isn't quite a sob, swallowing hard.]

I never knew. I never knew. All this time, I just thought... that he thought he had to do it alone.

... thank you, Vanessa. It's... hard. But I'm glad to know the truth.

[He's silent for a moment, before - wait. Wait.] ... how exactly do you know this?

Date: 2016-08-23 03:15 am (UTC)
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... ha. [Dick doesn't really know what else to say. He just kind of... leans back against this wall behind him.] He reached out to you. He talks to you.

Not just. About... work. About... about himself. He talks to you.

[Dick makes a bitter little laugh.] I guess I'm glad he talks to someone.

Date: 2016-08-23 03:23 am (UTC)
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I think I'd like to believe that. [He's staring up at the sky, not looking at Nessie.]

Can you imagine what it's like? Losing someone like that, only to suddenly find out they're back like... like that? To have so much unresolved, to have him there and yet so completely unreachable? And I want to believe that there's a way to close that gap, but it's... I don't know. I just don't know.

Date: 2016-08-26 01:06 am (UTC)
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He calls himself the - [Dick cuts off. He just looks... sad, and tired.]

It's okay. I mean - to talk about yourself here, too. I'm the one who's asking, and it's. [He cuts off again, shaking his head.]

He was... he was never the bad Robin. We let him down, he didn't - he didn't let us down. And... we've never met before, I know, but I can't imagine for a second Donna agreeing with you being the 'bad' Amazon.

Date: 2016-08-26 01:12 am (UTC)
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I understand. Just... don't feel like you have to hold back. But I know how that can be.

[The question takes him aback.] What?

I mean - well, he was a kid. He was a kid who'd been through a lot - we all were at one point, I guess. He just... felt strongly. He cared, he got angry, but I mean, it wasn't all negative. He felt everything strongly.
Edited Date: 2016-08-26 01:23 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-26 02:31 am (UTC)
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I think we knew that.

No, I'm sorry. I didn't mean that. It's just that... [He lets out a frustrated sigh.] I want to reach him, but I have no idea how.

Date: 2016-08-26 02:46 am (UTC)
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[Dick looks a little startled - he hasn't really had to put this into words before.] Well... that is, he's not -

He's killing people. He's, I don't know, he's lashing out at us. He seems like he thinks none of us even really cared about him. He's hurting, and he's hurting other people, and I just want... I don't know. To talk to him. To know where his head is, for him to know where mine is.

Date: 2016-08-26 02:54 am (UTC)
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[He shoots her a rueful little smile.] Do I have to choose?

... I want him... I want to make sure he's not - no. I know he's still hurting. I want to know how to help.

Date: 2016-08-26 03:03 am (UTC)
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I guess it's not. But I... I don't know if I can stand by while people are dying.

I don't know if he wants to talk to me, either.

Date: 2016-08-29 02:45 am (UTC)
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What? Of course not. If I can stop them, I will. You think I just - let them walk away?

I know he's not killing indiscriminately. But these are people's lives we're talking about.

I know he thinks he can't measure up. I know there's a lot of shit to deal with. I just... I want to talk to him without. Without worrying that if we just walk away from each other, someone's going to die.

[He sighs.] I don't know what to do with any of this. I just want everything to stop for a little while and deal with all this- this without anything else getting in the way.
Edited Date: 2016-08-29 02:45 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-30 12:24 am (UTC)
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What? I'm - I'm his brother. I care about him, no matter what else has happened. I-

Shit. He died, okay? He died and none of us could help him, and now we have a second chance and - and what are we doing with it? What am I doing with it? Have you ever lost someone you loved? Told yourself you'd do anything, give anything for another moment with them? And then they actually come back and just - nothing about it is right?

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