Rating: G Word Count: 653 Characters: Bruce, Dick, Alfred Warnings: none
When Bruce took Dick in, he knew he would probably encounter a few quirks thanks to the boy being raised in a circus. And he certainly wasn’t wrong.
Dick’s personality was colored with odd traits such as, climbing the bookshelves in the library and reading the books upside-down. Or finding no problem with eating popcorn off the floor. Or befriending animals with ease, and juggling kitchen knives. And then there was running on the banister, surfing down the banister, walking on his hands along the banister, cartwheels on the banister…Dick relation with the banister was a bit of a lengthy one.
For the most part, both he and Alfred were able to take it all in stride
The only aspect that Alfred had trouble swallowing was Dick’s lack of caution around rabid squirrels.
All in all, Bruce was quite proud of himself for being so open-minded with keeping a child. It never occurred to him that he was actually raising the boy until Dick’s first night of Robin.
Dick was inherently light on his feet, but tonight he made his entrance with a back handspring over the Batmobile and a loud “Woohoo!”, which prompted Bruce to turn around with a smile.
The smile froze, cracked, and fell slightly as he took in Dick’s appearance.
I had a CuriousCat request to post a BIn sneak peek, so here ya go:
Robin texts her on Friday around noon, when he finally wakes up: Hope you got some sleep last night. Dreamt of you all morning.
She answers a few minutes later, telling him, I did. Thanks.
Robin frowns. That was a bit… short, particularly for someone who’d had him balls deep inside her last night. Then he remembers just why, and that she’d said she needed a few days to work off her anger, so he texts: Still pissed?
Mmhmm. It’ll pass.
He sighs, and tells her, I’ll leave you to your work then. Call if you need anything.
He considers it a small consolation that she replies at all, even more so that she tells him, Thanks, I will. And thanks for last night.
So not all bad, then, he deduces with a little smile, unable to resist the urge to text back: Your knickers were thanks enough luv, with a devilish little emoji as punctuation.
Speaking of… He rolls over, fishing her thong from the pocket of the jeans he’d left crumpled on the floor when he’d fallen into bed early this morning, then flops back onto his mattress with a sigh just as his phone buzzes again.
It’s another text from her, three words that make him laugh out loud: With. Your. Life.
On my honor, I swear to protect them, he shoots back and then he tosses the phone aside, and lifts the little scrap of fabric. He hooks a fingertip in either side of the waistband and holds them up, finally getting a good look – he hadn’t really had much of a chance last night, now, had he?
It’s just a small triangle of pale grey, not cotton, something softer than that, with lavender lace along the waistband. Her bra had been lavender, too, come to think of it – quite possibly this exact lavender, and lacy, just like this. It occurs to him then it was probably a set, and no wonder she hadn’t been keen on parting with them.
Alas, too late now, he thinks with a smirk and very little remorse.
She has such a bloody tiny waist, he muses, giving the lace a little stretch and turning her knickers around to appreciate the back side – or lack thereof. God, she must have looked bloody incredible in this; he almost regrets not taking her skirt off altogether so he could enjoy the view.
The view had been pretty spectacular as it was. Really, incredibly fantastic.
He’s just settling in to enjoy the memory of it, of her on top of him, all wild and fierce (and yes, angry, but it appears it’s an anger that will blow over, so he’s willing to overlook that for now), just starting to mull over the lovely details, and feeling his cock start to stir when he hears the pounding scamper of feet up the stairs, and a voice calling his name – “Robin?”
His heart lurches when he realizes it’s Henry, and he has just enough time to shove the boy’s mother’s knickers (Christ, she’d absolutely murder him) under his pillows before his door swings open, and Tuck comes bounding in, Henry behind him.
Nothing has ever killed a boner faster. Thank God he’d still had his shorts on.
Henry skids to a stop and scowls at the sight of Robin still in bed, asking, “Why aren’t you up yet? It’s lunchtime.”
“For you, maybe,” Robin tells him, sitting up and hoping he doesn’t look nearly as panic-stricken as he feels. “Some of us work late and sleep late.”
“Oh,” Henry remembers, with a look of regret. “Did I wake you up?”
“No, I was awake,” Robin assures him, swinging his legs off to the side and pulling on those same jeans, because, well, they’re there, and they’re clean enough. He spies the open condom wrapper that he’d pocketed on the floor where it must have slipped free at some point, and sends up another prayer of thanks, this time for the fact that Henry is on the other side of the bed.
“What did you want?” he asks, as he toes it surreptitiously under the bed and fully out of sight.
“I was bored,” Henry shrugs. “I thought maybe you could show me some new stuff on the guitar. Or we could go to the park or something.”
One of those sounds like it takes a bit too much brainpower for his newly awakened self, the other a bit too much energy. So Robin suggests instead, “How about we start with some lunch?”
The flaw in this whole lunch plan becomes apparent as soon as they get to the kitchen. He and John are, to put it plainly, shit at keeping a full fridge. With John away so often for work, and Robin eating half his weekly dinners at the bar, they don’t need to keep a whole lot of food in the house – not proper food anyway.
And he’d meant to do some shopping today on his day off – refresh their stores of white bread and cold cuts and cheese. Pick up some proper fruit and veg for the weekend with Roland, and restock his supply of mac and cheese, maybe get some hot dogs to throw in, or one of those ready-made rotisserie chickens.
But as he’s just rolled out of bed, he hasn’t exactly had a chance to do that yet, so they’re left to fend for themselves with what they’ve got: a tomato that’s starting to wrinkle a bit, some eggs, a carton of milk he pulls out and takes a whiff of – and then regrets with a wince, setting it back on the shelf with a stern reminder to himself to dump the little that’s left down the drain later. Some three-day-old take-out pork lo mein, and a lime.
Robin zeroes in on the eggs, suggesting, “How about some fried egg sandwiches?”
He has enough bread, and there’s a half-spent jar of ketchup in the fridge door. It’ll do for lunch.
And Henry is game, tells him, “Sure,” with an agreeable shrug, so Robin reaches in and pops open the carton to find one lonely egg resting inside.
He looks at Henry and asks, “I don’t suppose your mum has eggs?”
She does – of course she does – so they head next door, dog in tow, and take advantage of Regina’s decidedly fuller fridge.
She’s down to the last egg in the carton as well – but there’s another full dozen resting underneath it. The ketchup he pulls from the door is organic, the bread they find in the breadbox is a hearty seven-grain – not ideal if you ask him (there’s something nice about the bland, pillowy softness of WonderBread when it comes to an egg sandwich) but it’ll do.
She’s also got a crisper full of apples, a half-full carton of raspberries, two cartons of milk (a quart of skim that he imagines is hers, and a half gallon of 2% for Henry), a small pyramid of yogurts, some fresh-from-the-deli shaved turkey, and a packet of pork chops. There’s one of the plastic cartons of ready-made mixed greens for salads, a carton of cherry tomatoes, and a cucumber.
It’s a well-stocked pinnacle of health that puts his paltry bachelor pad selection to shame, and he’s half-tempted to beg her guidance for his own shopping. But then, half of it would probably just go bad on the shelf, and that’d be a waste, wouldn’t it?
And it’s neither here nor there at the moment, so he puts the thought aside, and gets to making their eggs.
Henry watches, and helps, pulling out four slices of bread at Robin’s urging, and cutting up a couple of apples for them with this corer-slicer thing that is handy enough Robin makes a mental note to look into getting one himself for Roland’s snacktime.
Before too long they’re settled at the table, munching away at their sandwiches and apple pieces, Robin occasionally tossing Tuck bits of that turkey from the fridge (he and Henry have sworn a pact of secrecy about feeding table scraps to the dog).
Two bites in, Henry declares, “This is really good,” and Robin discovers the boy has never had a fried egg sandwich before in his life.
“You’re joking,” he tells him, and then he decides, “No, you’re probably not, are you? Now I regret making it with fancy bread – you should have had a proper one.”
“Mom says that white bread is a waste of calories, unless it’s homemade or from France,” Henry tells him, and Robin snorts a little laugh.
“That sounds like something your mum would say,” he chuckles, adding, “I bet she’d have a stroke if she saw my fridge.”
“Probably,” Henry shrugs munching away. “Why don’t you buy better food? Or more food.”
Robin smirks and tells him, “To be honest, I’m rather a lazy git, or at least – when it comes to food only I’m going to eat, I don’t care as much. I was going to go shopping today – for Roland. But during the week, I don’t really cook all that much, so I don’t need a lot of food.”
“If you don’t need very much, then you should buy better stuff than just eggs and beer,” Henry tells him, and Robin snorts.
“Maybe I’ll ask your mum for some pointers,” Robin tells him, taking a bite of his sandwich after he adds, “She seems to have things pretty put together.”
Henry answers, “Yeah,” but then he’s frowning into his plate a bit, something clearly on his mind.
The boy’s never had trouble speaking his mind, though, so Robin waits him out, lets him gather his thoughts. After a few seconds, Henry says, “I’m worried about her.”
“Yeah,” he confirms. “She hasn’t been, y’know… Mom the last few days? We had a bad weekend, and then she had that headache, and she looks kinda sick. And last night, she went to bed before I even did.”
“She’s having a hard week,” Robin tells him, adding, “She’ll be alright, though; she’s tough,” before taking another bite of his sandwich.
Henry just frowns at him, and then asks, “How would you know? You were here for like five minutes on Tuesday.”
Robin freezes mid-chew.
All their other visits were a bit more… nocturnal. Henry has no idea – nor should he – that he’s seen Regina nearly every day this week.
He half-finishes chewing, then swallows heavily, and tells the boy, “We text sometimes.”
“Mmhmm,” Robin confirms. “About you, most of the time – if she needs me to take you for a bit, or has a question about your lessons, or whatever. But sometimes just about… life. How our days are going, what’s on our mind. Stuff like that.”
Henry lets out a surprised little Huh, and takes a bite of his own sandwich.
He seems to leave it at that, so Robin counts his blessings, and takes another bite of his own – and then nearly chokes a bit when Henry asks, “Are you my mom’s best friend?”
After reading those engagement ficlets, I thought could you write about their honeymoon? But it's only weekend-long.
There were downsides to being in the military–aside from constantly putting herself in harm’s way. Like the fact that she couldn’t get enough of a leave for a proper honeymoon after her wedding. All she could get was a long weekend where she and Robin married on Friday and she had to report back to the base by Tuesday.
Robin, though, said they could make the best of it and plan a real honeymoon when she could get longer leave. He found a nice bed and breakfast not far from them and booked the bridal suite. They left their reception, changed and went straight to the little inn.
An older woman with gray curly hair and silver glasses greeted them at the front desk. “You must be our newlyweds. Congratulations,” she said.
“Thank you,” Regina said, leaning heavily against Robin. All she wanted to do was crawl into bed and fall asleep in his arms.
The woman looked over their reservations and smiled. “I see you’re getting our military discount. Thank you for your service.”
Regina realized she was looking right at Robin and he shifted sheepishly. “It’s not me but my wife.”
A jolt went through her at that title and she smiled as the woman apologized for her mistake. Regina forgave her as she leaned against the desk. “I would love to talk to you but I’m ready to fall down. Can we get our room key?”
“Of course!” The woman handed them an old-fashioned brass key before pointing to the staircase next to her. “You’re at the very top. The suite is the entire floor so you’ll have all the privacy you need. Breakfast is usually served from six to ten, but just give me a call and I’ll send you up whatever you want, whenever you want.”
“Thank you,” Robin said, picking up their luggage. “And your name is?”
She smiled, waving him away. “You can just call me Granny. Now go and enjoy your new wife.”
They climbed the stairs up to the third floor, where Regina opened the door to their room. It was painted a soft white color and everything was decorated in creme. Rose petals covered the blanket of the four poster bed in the room and a bucket of ice held a bottle of champagne. Two flutes sat next to it. Everything looked very romantic but all Regina wanted to do was sleep.
She changed into her pajamas and climbed into the comfortable bed, not bothering to clear off the rose petals. Robin climbed in right behind her, wrapping his arms around her. He kissed her head. “Good night, wife.”
“Good night, husband,” she said, knowing they would enjoy the privacy of the bridal suite for the rest of the weekend.
I just saw Superboy and Impulse (or is he Kid Flash now? I'm not a Centralite) tag-team Red Robin! Apparently /someone/ forgot Friday night movie night. I don't think we'll be seeing RR for the rest of the night... #imtellingbatman
Fic I threw together while at work, so it’s not my best writing but whatevs. It’s still adorable as hell.
Friday night had long been movie night in the Mills household. Regina and Henry agreed that just because their family had grown, the tradition should not change. So the first Friday after Robin and Roland moved in, they were introduced to the routine of dinner and a movie.
One day, a long time ago, a little bird in Jerusalem saw a large crowd gathered around a man carrying a heavy wooden cross. On the man’s head was a crown made from a thorn branch. The thorns were long and sharp and the little bird could clearly see that the thorns were hurting the man. Wishing to help Him, it flew down and took the longest, sharpest thorn in its tiny beak. The bird tugged and pulled until the thorn finally snapped from the branch. Then, a strange thing happened: a single drop of blood fell onto the bird’s breast, staining it bright red. The stain never went away. And so, today the robin proudly wears a red-breast, because it once helped a man named Jesus. — The Legend of The First Robin.
Some unedited pictures taken during Fanexpo on Easter weekend! I was Robin on the Friday of the con and this cosplay was SUPER HELLA COMFORTABLE LIKE. It was like wearing pajamas. seriously. I’m going to be making a new mask, too, since I found that foam tutorial thingy. And I’m definitely going to be bringing this cosplay back at another con later this year. Most likely NWFF.
THERE WAS ALSO SO MUCH ROBIN LOVE AT THIS CON FOR SOME REASON??
Like I saw a lot more DC and more Robins than I’ve ever seen before at ANY con and I was really super happy to see that.