and the reader are fighting the Oni when she is stabbed in the chest. Her
boyfriend, Isaac, isn’t there, so Derek holds her in his arms as she
Warning: the reader dies
Derek wasn’t sure how it
happened. It was so fast. One minute Y/N was fighting the Oni alongside him.
The next there was a blade sticking out the front of her chest. Swiftly, it was
removed, and the Oni disappeared in a mysterious haze.
He caught her before she crumpled to the ground. She was
gasping for breath, and one of her small hands was clinging to his shirt, as if
she was afraid he was going to leave her. Derek wanted to tell her that was
impossible, that he would never leave her, but all his words were caught in his
throat as he stared down at the blossoming blood stain on the shirt of the girl
From the moment he had met her, Derek had been in love
with Y/N- but she was Isaac’s. Because of that, he had never tried to make a
move. He kept his feelings to himself, never gave away any indication that he
was breaking inside. But that pain was nothing compared to the torment he felt
now as she was dying in his arms.
“Derek…” she panted. Even now his heart skipped a beat
when she said his name. “Where’s Isaac?”
Of course she would ask for him. Who else would should
ask for? Why would she ask for anyone besides him? Derek scolded himself mentally
for hoping any different.
“He’s coming, I promise. Stay with me.” He found himself
“I’m trying… it hurts…” Her voice was strained. Derek
quickly took her other hand and laced her fingers with his, squeezing her palm
tightly as he tried to absorb as much of the pain as he could. It was almost
unbearable, but he refused to let go. He was going to do whatever he could to
Derek could hear her heartbeat slowing, could practically
feel her chest not rising and falling as rapidly as it had before. “C’mon, Y/N.
Stay awake. Isaac’s coming.” He spat through gritted teeth. “You need to stay
awake for him.”
When he looked back at her face, there were tears in her
eyes. “Please make sure he knows that it wasn’t his fault.” Y/N pleaded. “And
that I love him.”
Fighting back tears of his own, he promised, “I will.” At
those words, he could feel her body relax in his arms. “No, that doesn’t mean
you can die now. You need to stay awake. Y/N.”
Derek nearly shouted from frustration. His chest was unbelievably heavy, and felt
like someone was trying to break it open. He didn’t know what else to do. His
mind was blank; the only thing he was capable of thinking was: she’s going to
die. Derek had never felt more helpless in his entire life.
“No it’s not!” He snapped. “Don’t you dare close your
eyes!” She didn’t need to. She was already dead. At the realization Derek began
to breathe harder. His eyes swept up and down her still body as if trying to
locate some movement, some sign that she hadn’t left him forever. He knew it
was hopeless. He couldn’t hear the sweet sound of her heart any more.
Softly, his voice broke as he murmured, “No, don’t do
this to me, please.” Derek felt his jaw trembling; he clenched it tightly in an
attempt to keep from crying.
Several car doors slammed in the distance, and the
hammering of feet alerted him of his young friends finally arriving. He could
smell Isaac before he saw him. Derek didn’t want to turn around and face him.
He didn’t want to, but he knew he had to. Putting on his stolid mask, sinking
back into the act of a heart of stone, Derek turned around, still clutching Y/N’s
lifeless body to his chest. All he could say when he saw the look on Isaac’s
face was, “I’m sorry.”
A pint-size captain, who could only just see over the bridge screen of the great battleship he commanded was passed at sea by a destroyer-leader, commanded by quite possibly the tallest captain of a ship, at a full seven feet.
Destroyer to Battleship:
WHAT A SMALL DRIVER FOR SUCH A GIGANTIC CONTRAPTION.
WHILE LARGE APES STILL CLING TO SMALL BRANCHES.
Make Another Signal, by Captain Jack Broome, RN (Ret.)
Don’t wait around for someone to appreciate you. Don’t wait around for someone to change. Never hope that if you stay for a bit more, he’ll look at you differently, the way you have always dreamt it to be. Don’t cling onto small hopes for it will never go big. Chances are if he can’t appreciate you as you are today, he never will in the future. So let go. Go somewhere else where your efforts and existence are seen as light of day.
“’Scuse me, coming through. Small person who is unafraid to pummel you with a keyboard over here,” Waverly called out, making her way through the small crowd of students, clinging her keyboard (which was nearly her height held long-ways) to her chest. Stupid fucking professor, making her bring it in so that she could sing a ballad for them. Didn’t he realize that a guitar would have worked just as well? Not paying much attention to her surroundings, when the brunette actually did whack someone with the keyboard, she gasped loudly, gently setting it down. “Oh shit–” she began, but her attention and words were directed toward her keyboard right away instead of the person. “My baby, did I hurt you?”
Her hair, normally left free to tangle, lies in a finely done plait against her back. Even still, she’s collected several sticks and a small bug that clings to the dark green locks. Scabs at her knees speak of an earlier fall, and she scurries like mad through the underbrush. Longer footfalls hunt for her, the heavy boots squashing through mud as someone sticks to her trail.
Batman headcanon that Bruce has one very clear, crystal moment when he realized that he loved each of his kids. He’s never told anyone but he keeps this secret moment deep in his heart for his darkest days.
Dick was the first child he took into his heart and, surprisingly, it was the quickest realization. Perhaps it was because of the stark similarities in their situations but Bruce fell hard and fast. It was while Dick was in his temporary custody following his parents’ murder. Bruce and Dick went for a walk in the gardens outside the Manor to try and cheer up the sad kid when he slipped and fell on the wet grass dragging Dick with him. Dick’s tiny giggles soon became noisy laughter as they struggled to sit up. Finally feeling comfortable, Dick soon lights up and chatters all the way back to house, a small hand clinging to Bruce’s wet sweater sleeve. It was on this walk back Bruce realized that he wanted to protect this child forever and began the adoption process the next day.
While not one of his kids in the traditional sense, Bruce finds he loves Barbara Gordon as well. She’s just becoming serious as Batgirl and is now actively training with the rest of the family when Bruce catches Dick staring at her. While initially, he writes it off as puppy love, Bruce realizes over time that his son had fallen head over heels in love without his notice. It’s only when he sees Barbara give that small smile back and Bruce knows she’s going to be his daughter one day and he loves her it.
Jason took longer. Bruce initially saw him as a temporary guest at the house and while he cared for the boy, it took a bit to love him. The moment came middle of the night a few weeks into Jason’s stay when Bruce caught him trying to run away. Jason admitted that he felt he didn’t belong here and, though he appreciated the care, he didn’t belong in such a nice home. Terrified at the thought of losing this boy he just realized he loved, Bruce scoops up the skinny kid, tells him to his face that he’ll always protect him and tucks him back in bed. He reads Jason a few chapters from a book even though it’s now like 2 am before stroking his hair and kissing his forehead. The next morning Jason comes down to find an enormous breakfast and plans to shop for more permanent living requirements (clothes, furniture).
His realization with Tim came in the middle of an argument. Not too long into his Robin training, Tim becomes overly frusterated with Bruce’s comparisons to Dick and Jason. He’s tired of being held to Dick’s perfect standard and the constant cautioning about Jason. Bruce and Tim bicker back and forth until Bruce realizes that his arguments with Dick and Jay were never like this and Tim is so different from the other boys and he loves him for it, for his dedication and intuition. Bruce just stops mid-sentence, replies that Tim is right and that he’ll do better to be less critical of Tim. He then asks Tim to stay for dinner and, later, gives him his own room. Tim remembers it as one of the few arguments he won against Bruce but doesn’t realize the full significance.
He finds out he loves Cassandra during the process of official adoption. He took her in because she needed care and guidance and didn’t really think beyond that. But it’s as he working with her on reading and writing, helping her work on her signature that it comes to him. The moment comes when he finds the words that will bring a smile to her face. Calling her My Girl and giving her positive praise bring the biggest smiles and he finds that he wants to keep that smile on her forever because he loves her. He doesn’t do anything special for the moment other to gently tuck a stray tuft of hair behind her ear but the moment is seared onto his heart.
Bruce actually mistakes his ‘moment’ at first for Damian. He thinks at first it’s when Damian comes up to him and quietly tells Bruce he’s sorry for his disrespectful behavior early in his stay. Bruce smiles and pets Dami’s head and tells him to his face that he loves him. But it’s only much later that Bruce finds that he really does love Dami beyond his blood connection. It’s a small moment when he walks by the kitchen and finds Dick and Damian chatting over breakfast. Dami is behaving snarkily, rolling his eyes and tutting over Dick’s behavior but his eyes are smiling and Bruce is filled with pride that the son he never knew he had has found happiness and that he never let his blood child feel unloved ever again.
These memories come to him at random times at which he’d quietly reach over to the child in question and ruffle their hair or pat their arm. These moments pass so quickly, the batkids never really get a chance to question the gesture only understanding on a subconscious level the intense love behind it.