give me a ghost of a smile
Summary: Dick meets with a photographer for a photo shoot, Tim has a bad feeling, and Bruce is overprotective.
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“Hey, Tim,” Dick greets, cradling his phone between his shoulder and his cheek as he flips through last month’s issue of an up and coming magazine from the rack in the corner of the lobby. He doesn’t know where Bruce has gone, but with it likely that Dick will end up in next month’s issue, he figures that he might as well give it a look while he chats with his little brother. “What’s up?”
“Heard about the photoshoot,” Tim tells him. There’s a pause, a chance for Dick to interject, but he doesn’t. He hums and waits for Tim to continue. Eventually, Tim sighs and says, “You sure about this?”
Dick hums again, this time an affirmative.
“Dick,” Tim snaps, and Dick can’t help the upturn of his lips at his name. It sounds more like an insult than anything, but Tim would never admit to using it that way, no matter how much time Jason’s been spending around them nowadays. “This is serious.”
“Relax, Tim,” Dick says, putting the magazine back and grabbing the phone with a free hand. “I’ve been in plenty of magazines before. Plus, Bruce is here with me. What’s the problem?”
Tim makes a frustrated noise in the back of his throat. “Something’s off about him.”
“Can you prove it.”
Tim huffs out a, “Not yet,” and if Dick had to guess, he’s probably glowering at his laptop or his tablet. Dick’s seen Tim do that enough times when his results don’t seem to match his effort level. “If I had more time to—”
“Tim,” Dick interrupts. “I’m twenty-four.”