A Bit About Buttes
You guys it’s me I’m five years old and I couldn’t get this out of my head so I wrote it and you’re welcome. Cor Et Cerebrum universe bc why not.
Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Jason Todd, Kiran Devabhaktuni, Tim Drake
When Bruce Wayne walked into his study, he was not expecting a crowd. But there was a small crowd, according to the old adage of three– Damian, Jason, and Dev were crowded around Damian’s laptop looking at something.
“It was this one,” Damian said, jabbing stiffly at whatever was on the screen.
“Is that a butt?” Jason asked, squinting.
“It’s butte, you moron,” Damian snapped. “The geocache box is halfway up.”
“You climbed it?” Dev asked, leaning closer suddenly, sounding alarmed. “That’s massive.”
Bruce stepped around the desk to look at an enlarged, slightly grainy camera photo of a valley with a jutting, reddish butte on the left side.
“Yes, I climbed it,” Damian insisted, glancing once at Bruce to, maybe, judge his reaction. Bruce shrugged one shoulder slightly. “It’s hardly the most dangerous thing I’ve climbed.”
“How tall is this butt?” Jason asked and Bruce didn’t miss the grimace that pulled on Damian’s face.
“The /butte/ is 233 meters in height. I could convert that to feet for you, if the math is too complicated, Todd.”
“That’s a really tall butt,” Jason said, giving Damian an appreciative glance. His continued ribbing was clearly annoying the younger boy, but there was genuine admiration in his tone, too. “Free or with gear?”
“Tt,” Damian scoffed. “Free climbing. I’m not a coward.”
“Damian,” Bruce snapped, lulled out of enjoying the moment by his shock. The boy jumped. “That wasn’t brave. That was foolish.”
“Use gear next time,” Bruce said sternly. “Or you can forget driving until you’re 18.”
There were footsteps in the hall as Damian sullenly nodded.
“Was it a good climb?” Bruce asked, wanting to smooth things over a bit before Damian retreated. He looked at the screen again. “I climbed a few in college.”
Tim walked by the open door.
“Timothy!” Dev called after him and the boy backstepped and ducked his head into the room. “Did you know your da climbed a butt?”
Jason snorted and Tim’s eyes went wide as he hurried around them to look at the screen.
“Dev,” Tim said flatly.
Bruce waited for Damian to hiss a correction again but he looked down and the boy was failing to completely hide his smirk.
Jason was laughing into the crook of his arm and Bruce forced himself to glare, though his heart wasn’t really in it. Dev grinned and shrugged at him and Bruce’s glare dissolved.
“You’re all like, five years old,” Tim said bitterly, walking away from the desk. “It’s the worst.”