To the Ball: Part 4
AN: This is the last part of this series. And honestly I’m happy with how it ends. This is in part inspired by the Gilmore Girls Episode Presenting Lorelai Gilmore.
You glare at your reflection in the mirror. “You look like a cotton ball.”
“I think she looks more like a Q-tip.”
“I was thinking a snow man.”
You glance at your brothers in the mirror, “I think we can all agree that I look ridiculous.” You turn to face them. “Can you please explain why I have to do this, and none of you had to.”
Jason grins “We’re lucky enough to not share blood with the man. You however, are his biological daughter. And if it makes you feel any better, I saw him looking up cotillions for Damian yesterday.”
You try to hide your smile at Damian’s cry of outrage, as he runs out of the room. “Please tell me you’re serious.”
Jason grins “Not completely.”
Dick laughs “It wasn’t Alfred who signed him up, it was Tim. Jason just made sure that word got out so that Alfred will force him to do it.”
You smile and collapse on your bed. Layers of tulle surrounding you “I still say this is a horrible double standard.”
Tim gives you a small smile “Yeah, but we still have to go. Alfred is making all of us take the night off, and he even had a talk with Superman about not calling us in unless the world was in danger.”
You sigh. “At least I won’t suffer alone.”
Dick grins from his place on the floor “I think Bruce will suffer the most. He has to present you to society, and he hates society.”
“I’m not too fond of it myself.”
Jason scoffs “None of us are. But we do what we have to.”
“Says the man who doesn’t have to wear heels.”
“True, but I have to wear a tux.”
You sit up and glare at him “I have to do a curtsey.”
“I’ll get attacked by socialite ladies.”
“I have to do that ridiculous fan dance!”
There’s a moment of silence before Dick simply says “She wins.”
Jason concedes right before Damian bursts back. Fury is written plainly on his face as he growls “DRAKE. TODD! I’LL KILL YOU BOTH.”
You watch in amusement as your brother chases the two out of the room, and Dick follows in an attempt to keep Damian from actually killing them. You just take one last look in the mirror before you groan.
You make sure to bring several books on the day of your debutant ball. You’re ready before everyone else, and you very quickly realize that these debutants are not people to be messed with. They’re all stressed out, and focused on making sure tonight is perfect. You’re half way through a novel when the whispers hit you.
“All of them are here?”
“Yep, every single Wayne male is here, biological and adopted.”
“Any particular reason why?”
“Not a clue. But if you can get in with one the boys or even Mr. Wayne himself you’re set for life. I hear that in his will he split everything evenly, even with the adopted ones.”
“Doesn’t he have to of his own children.”
“Mmhm, both born out of wedlock.”
One of the girl’s giggles “There’s a way to get set up for life, just pop out one his children and take the child support.”
There’s a round of giggles, but you’ve heard all you can take. You quietly leave the room for the hallway. You pass by the escorts in favor of a little cove to yourself. You settle in, careful of your dress and start reading again. You enjoy the quiet until someone plops down beside you.
You glance up at the sight of brown hair and grin “I honestly didn’t think you were going to show.”
Bart Allen smiles at you “Like I had a choice. Once Alfred got to grandma, everything else was history. For some reason Grandma Iris was really excited at the thought of the entire family dressing up and going out. The Garrick’s came too. ”
You smile. You had met Bart Allen several months ago at a tennis tournament of all things. It had been at the national level and your team had made it. So had Bart’s. For some reason he had known you immediately on sight and introduced himself. A friendship had been struck up that day, one the Damian seemed to detest. So most of your interactions took place at the Garrick’s house, where Bart lived. You simply took the Zeta tube and the rest was history.
You had tried to spare him from it, but Alfred had thought that he’d make the perfect escort for the evening. Your father on the other hand … You’d found that he had become very overprotective when it came to boys since your father daughter relationship had begun.
You smile at him, and then all of a sudden he says “Got to go.”
Two seconds later your father shows up. He raises an eyebrow in question before saying “If you’re trying to sink through the floor I don’t think it’s working.”
You stand up, careful of your heels and the hem of your dress and say “More like I was trying to escape the harpies.”
“Apparently you, and the boys are a meal ticket to be set for the rest of their life. I’d really watch what you drink tonight.”
“You think I’m that naive?”
“Isn’t that how you got me and Damian.”
“Damian, yes. You however come from too many shots of tequila, and a very low tolerance for alcohol.”
You laugh “Like I said watch your drinks.”
He just nods and extends his arm. “Shall we.”
The entire thing is embarrassing. Especially, the fan dance. But it makes Alfred happy, and if he’s happy you’re happy. As expected more than a few escorts are abandoned in favor of your brothers. And even Bart gets a few offers until he suddenly disappears.
You find him out on the patio feeding bread to ducks. He grins as you sit down next to him “Careful they might think you’re a swan, and try and make you their queen.”
You scoff “I have one family of birds; I don’t need another.”
He smiles at you “You finally found your family hunh?”
You smile and nod “Yeah, I think I did.”
“It’s funny when your first showed up they were all so panicked. They had no idea what to do with a girl around full time. Sure they’d had Barbara around every once in a while, but she went home at the end of the night. They honestly had no idea what to do with you. Then things started to change. Suddenly your name was being brought up all the time. And man they were proud when you won your matches at the tournament. They almost killed me when I started bragging that I actually saw you play.”
“As strange as they are, and as bad a start as we had, I’ve really grown to love it here. Grown to love them. I miss my mom, but at the same time I’m really glad I have them.”
He just grins “And what about me?”
You smile as you lean in and kiss him “I am ecstatic that I met you Bart Allen.”
“WHAT THE HELL?”
The two of you quickly separate at the sound of Jason’s voice. Bart just leans in kisses you really quick and says “Got to go, see you Thursday.” You laugh as he rushes off and Jason speeds after him, yelling “Come back you sister kissing, speedster.” A moment later your other brothers speed out the door. As you watch them go all you can think is that you’re truly a part of the family.