new fic idea -
Steve Harrington graduates from high school, and he gets a scholarship to college out of state. Like, waaaaay out of state. At least one expensive plane ticket away from everyone and everything he’s grown up around. And it’s hard, it’s hard and it’s painful to leave. But he can’t pass up this opportunity, he’s going.
Once he’s settled in Gotham City, he’s amazed to find that he’s adjusting quickly. Gotham may be over triple the size of Hawkins, but it’s…weird. And every week, there’s a letter from one of the kids (once they pooled their resources and sent him a care package that included plenty of Band Aids) and he sometimes wishes he was still there babysitting. He wouldn’t admit it to his roommate, but he missed babysitting and making sure that the kids were safe. He missed that.
So when he started looking around for a job to make some extra cash mid fall semester, he hears one of his professors mention after class to a colleague that Bruce Wayne, billionaire investor for the college, won’t be attending the dinner tonight because he doesn’t have someone to watch his kids, Steve is knocking on the Wayne Manor door within two hours.
“I have to warn you, Steve,” Bruce says, after Steve’s signed on for a salary that made him blink at first. “My kids are - a handful, let’s say that.”
“Don’t worry, Mr. Wayne,” Steve reassures, smiling even as he can feel at least three pairs of eyes watching him from the top of the stairs, “I’ve seen a LOT of sh- stuff while babysitting.”
“Where did you say you were from, again?”
Bruce suddenly remembers all the restricted files he’s been reading through over the government testing at Hawkins, at all the cover-ups and the lies.
Maybe Steve is the best one for the job after all.