There was an explosion. Damian thought Tim was caught in it. He believed the older boy was dead. The only thing Damian could think of was the last thing he said to his older brother was that he was incompetent.
That was when Damian learned how crushing regret could be.
When Tim came back to the cave, injured but alive – alive! – Damian jumped into his arms without thinking. Tim caught him, even as he hissed in pain, which made Damian feel a little guilty.
But, I need to make sure he’s alive, Damian thought, justifying his own action.
“Damian?” Tim asked, sounding curious.
Damian did not answer and merely tightened his hold. Thankfully, Tim did not push for answer.
After a moment, Damian climbed down, feeling his cheeks burn with embarrassment. He hoped his dark skin could hide his blush. “I was wrong,” he said through gritted teeth. It hurt his pride to admit a mistake, to Drake of all people. But he could still remember the tumultuous guilt he felt when he thought the last thing he said to Drake was an insult. He did not care to repeat that experience. “You’re not incompetent.” It was the closest thing to an apology he could give.
Prompt: You’re a speedster that joins the Young Justice team.
Relationship: Tim Drake x Reader
Warnings: Death, Cursing?
Word Count: 3090
“I mean boy wonder’s not that bad looking” Lexa said as we
walked through the mall, I rolled my eyes “Can you stop fan-girling for once” I
say, “Oh come on (Y/N), you’ve got to admit it” She whined, “I’m not admitting
anything” I say before there was a commotion from the level below causing me to
look over to see that a large sign was collapsing on to an area that was full
of young children and no one had noticed, I sighed, running down and clearing
the area that the sign was going to land then appearing next to Lexa before she
noticed my disappearance, “Did you see that?!” She yelled, “See what?” I asked
as the sign landed on the floor, “There was a blue streak!” She yelled shaking
me by the shoulders, I chuckled at her reaction “Another speedster hero?” I questioned
raising an eyebrow.
She nodded before showing her phone, “I caught a photo of
it! I’m so starting a blog about this” She gushed as we made our way out of the
mall, I shook my head as we made our way towards her car, “What should I call
them?” She asked as she walked out into the road, “Lexa!” I yelled as a car
came at speed towards her, she looked up and let out a scream before I ran at
her, picking her up and getting her to the other side, next to her car,
“I-You-But-” She stuttered trying to find the words to comprehend what just
happened, I took her car keys and got into the driver’s seat, she got into the
passenger seat, so I set off.
We arrived at my house and I lead her in before sitting her
down, “Okay, shoot away” I say, “You’re a speedster! And you didn’t tell me?!
Oh my god! This is so cool!” She yelled, I raised an eyebrow “You’re not mad?”
I asked, she laughed “Of course not! Wait do you have a costume?” She
questioned, I shook my head making her squeal before she began rambling as she went
on her phone, “Hey! You can’t tell anyone about this” I say as I removed her
phone from her hands, “Give me that back!” She said reaching for it, “Lexa,
promise me you won’t say anything” I say, “Why would I tell anyone? (Y/N),
you’re my best friend and I’m also going to be your little hero helper” She
smiled, “Hero helper?” I asked, she nodded snatching her phone back.
“Yep! From this day forth you’re the ‘Blue Notion’!” She
announced as she showed me her blog, I chuckled shaking my head at her, “I also
ordered some materials for your suit, it should be here tomorrow. Now for a
hide-out lair” She said looking around, “You mean like this?” I asked as I
moved a hidden panel under the stairs leading down to the basement, she went
down “Perfect!” She yelled making me laugh as she came up and hugged me, “We’re
going to be a dynamic duo” She laughed.
“Hey Blue! What’s the situation?” Lexa asked through the
com, “Bank fire. Looks like Heatwave and Captain Cold are up to their usual” I
replied, “Put it out. Also try get them to cross streams” Lexa said,
“Understood” I say before running to the fire and moving my arms in circular
movements, putting the flames out then appearing in front of the two thieves,
“Honestly boys, do you ever learn?” I asked folding my arms, “Well, if it isn’t
little blue” Snart said, “Aw you’ve come up with a nickname for me, how sweet”
I teased, “Rory, light her up” Snart ordered, “Thought you’d never ask” He
chuckled shooting his flames at me, I avoided them before noticing a group of
kids watching in amazement, in the path of Heatwave’s flames, I ran in front of
them getting hit with the flames and protecting them.
“Go” I ordered the kids as I fell to my knees, “Blue, are
you okay?!” Lexa yelled, “Yeah, just a burn” I groaned before I was kicked on
to my back, I looked up to be met with the barrel of Snart’s cold gun, “Do you
ever learn?” He mocked before a can was thrown at his head, “Leave her alone!”
A kid yelled, I looked over to see the group of kids with various items in their
hands, Snart began laughing at them “How cute. Do you like the cold?” He
chuckled as he aimed the cold gun at them, I hit him behind the knee bringing
him down then holding him in a headlock causing him to go unconscious, I
quickly picked up his cold gun and shot at the ground in front Rory causing him
to slip on to his back and drop the cash and his heat gun, I picked them up and
kicked him in the face as the police arrived.
“Here’s the stolen money, and their weapons, Captain” I say
as I handed him them, he nodded before I made my way towards the kids, I
crouched down to them “It was pretty reckless what you did today” I say, they
all lowered their heads, “But, I’m glad you got involved, your recklessness
saved me” I say, they all looked at each other smiling, “However that doesn’t
mean you can do it again. So, promise me you’ll all stay safe, yeah?” I say,
they all nodded “I promise” They all said in unison, I smiled “Now, high-five”
I smiled at I held my hand up, they all high-fived me and I stood up, “Stay out
of trouble” I smiled before running home, I got in and was immediately met by
Lexa checking my suit, “I’m so glad I made it heat resistance” She said making
“Hey everyone!” Wally yelled as he, Barry and I entered
through the zeta tube, “Kid! This your girlfriend?” Nightwing asked, I cringed
“No, this is Blue Notion” Barry introduced, I gave a small wave “Oh, I’m-”
“Nightwing. Then we’ve also got Beast-boy, Robin, Superboy, Miss Martian, and
Artemis” I say as I went around the room, “Okay…” Nightwing trailed off as my
com began to ring, “Hello?” I answered, “Ah Blue Notion, I’ve got your friend
here” They replied, “Blue don’t!” Lexa yelled in the background before yelping,
“You’re dead” I growled, they chuckled “I won’t be but your friend’s gonna be
if you don’t turn up in 5 minutes on top of STAR labs. And make sure you’re
alone” They demanded and hung up.
“Who was that?” Wally asked, “Some arsehole who’s got Base
on top of STAR labs” I replied, “Base?” Robin questioned, “Yes, she’s my helper
and also my best friend. So, if you’d excuse me” I snapped, “Blue-!” Barry
yelled after me as I ran through the Zeta tube and to the top of STAR labs,
“Well, she must really care about you” The masked male said as he threw Lexa to
his feet, “Blue…” She trailed off, “Don’t worry. Who are you?” I asked, “You’ll
find out soon. Bye-bye sweet cheeks” He said as he fired a bullet, “No!” I
screamed as I ran towards them, only being too slow and the bullet going into
her head, I froze as I stared at Lexa’s lifeless body, the criminal burst out
laughing gaining my attention, “I guess you’re not that fast” He mocked, “You
wanna see how fast your head goes up your arse?” I growled before I ran at him,
knocking the gun from his hand and slamming his face into the roof,
repetitively “Blue! Blue! That’s enough!” Barry’s voice yelled from behind me, I
slammed his face into the roof one last time, extra hard before going to Lexa’s
body “I’m sorry” I whispered as I cradled her body.
Wally, Tim, Garfield and Dick entered the room, “Hey guys” I
say as they approached me, “Hi (Y/N)” Tim smiled, Dick went to say something
but was cut off by the alarms and the building going into lockdown, “Unknown
activity. Lockdown initiated” The system said before a young male came out in a
suit “I’m here!” He announced, “Unknown impulse” the system said, “Impulse? I
like it” He said before zipping around the place, I rolled my eyes “Another
speedster?” I groaned as I looked towards the boys, “Stop him” Dick ordered the
boys, I rolled my eyes as ‘Impulse’ avoided their attacks, even Dick’s attempt,
I sighed before running at him and pinning him up to the wall by his throat.
“Oh my-! That’s so crash! You’re her! Blue Notion!” He
squealed, I raised an eyebrow at him before Dick put him in restraints, “I
don’t go by that name kid” I say as I folded my arms, “Ah, so this is what you
meant. Don’t worry you become her again” He said, “If you knew me from the
future then surely, I would’ve told you not to tell anyone when you go into the
past anything from the future” I scolded, he lowered his head “You did” He
sighed, I sighed as Dick came in with a glass of water, “Coming from the future
must have been thirsty work” He said, as he gave ‘Impulse’ a drink of water,
“Oh yeah because you’ll need a saliva sample” He said spiting into the water,
“Such as Dick Grayson thing to do” He said causing us all to look at each
“How did you-?” “Know? Like I said I’m from the future. Dick
Grayson. Wally West. Tim Drake. Garfield Logan. (Y/N) Dr-(L/N)” He corrected
himself, I raised an eyebrow “And who are you?” Tim questioned, “Bart Allen.
Barry Allen’s grandson. Can’t you tell by the good looks I inherited and the
speed” he bragged, I rolled my eyes “Bart’s short for Bartholomew, correct?” I
asked, he nodded “That’s good to know. I’m going to alert Barry and Iris of
this situation” I say, “What?!” Wally exclaimed, “Don’t be so surprised. I’m
sure they’ll be ecstatic to meet their grandson from the future” I say as I left
“It’s going to take all three of us to stop it” Barry said
to Bart and Wally through the com as they were reversing the Chrisylis, “Or
just one of us” I muttered as I glanced at my Blue Notion suit, Wally let out a
yell of pain making my eyes widened as I quickly put my suit on and ran through
the Zeta-tube, to the Chrisylis, I grabbed Wally and placed him on the ground
before joining Bart and Barry in running, “Blue?!” Barry exclaimed, I saluted
at them both and increased my speed, but I slowed down when the two of them
where getting hit by the Chrisylis, “Blue, don’t even dare do what you’re
thinking of” Barry warned, “Sorry Flash” I smiled before I grabbed the two of
them and placed them next to Wally and continued to run.
We arrived at the Chrisylis to find Barry, Wally and Bart on
the ground as a blue streak whipped around it, “What’s going on?” Dick asked as
we approached the three speedsters, “Blue exchanged places with me” Wally
answered causing my eyes to widened, “Then why are you two here?” I questioned,
“Blue’s faster than us all combined so Impulse and myself were being hit by the
Chrisylis so she’s replaced us all” Barry explained, “She’s going to kill
herself” Jaime said gaining everyone’s attention, “What do you mean by that?” Artemis
asked, “He means that she’ll have to run herself out of existence in order to
stop the Chrisylis” Barry explained, “(Y/N) No!” I yelled as I ran towards the
Chrisylis, “Robin stop!” Dick called after me as I was grabbed by Wally, “I’m
sorry Tim” (Y/N) said through the com making my eyes widened, “Wait, there’s
two” Bart announced, “She’s created a time remnant” Barry said, “We deserve
happiness” (Y/N) said before one of the blue streaks flew out of the Chrisylis.
I groaned as I rolled across the ground, I looked back up to
the Chrisylis only to find it had disappeared along with the other me, “Blue!”
I heard everyone calling out, I forced myself to my feet and walked towards
them, Bart noticed me first as he ran over to me tackling me with a hug, “When
I said you’d be her again, I didn’t mean you’d become her just to kill
yourself” He said as he pulled away, revealing the tears in his eyes, I smiled
at him and wiped a tear that had fallen, “I thought you didn’t cry” I teased,
gaining a small shove before Barry and Wally tackled me with a hug, “First day
back on the job and you save the world” Barry said, “Go big or go home” I
chuckled as they pulled away, “Don’t save me again” Wally scolded, I pouted
“You think Artemis would have let me live if I hadn’t?” I questioned, he
laughed wrapping an arm around my shoulders as we made our way to the group.
I was tackled by the girls with a hug, “Thank you” Artemis
whispered making me smile as they pulled away, the Justice League members
landed “Blue Notion” Superman said, I sighed as I walked over to him, “What you
did was reckless” He said, “You say that like I didn’t know already. I saved
the world so what? Yeah, I almost died in the process but it’s in the job
description” I snap folding my arms, he sighed shaking his head “Go on, say it.
I dare you” I growled, “Blue back down. This isn’t a fight you can win” Wally
warned, “Well…” Bart trailed off causing me to smirk, “Blue, fight another day,
yeah?” Tim said causing me to turn to him “Fine” I sighed making him smile as
he motioned me to follow him.
I raised an eyebrow but did so, he lead me inside the
air-craft that he and the other Young Justice members arrived in, “How are you
feeling?” He asked as he removed his mask, “Brilliant” I say removing my own
mask, he raised an eyebrow and folded his arms, “Honestly” He said, I scoffed
“Honestly, I’m terrified. I almost died” I admitted, “Do you want to talk about
it?” He asked, I shook my head “Not yet, at least” I answered, he gave a small
smile “How are you?” I questioned, confusion covered his face, “I heard the
panic in your voice when you yelled my name” I commented, he sighed dropping
his head, “I was scared of losing you” He confessed, my eyes widened “Why?” I
muttered, “Why? Because you’re a beautiful, intelligent and selfless girl,
(Y/N). You may have been affected by Lexa’s death, but you wasted no time in
saving Wally, Bart and Barry” He replied looking at me, I tackled him with a
hug which stunned him “Thank you” I whispered, he returned the hug “Anytime” He
smiled as we broke apart.
“Hey (Y/N), Tim” Bart smiled as he entered the main room of
Headquarters, I sat up properly and gave him a small wave, “What’s up Bart?” I
questioned, “W-what? N-nothing” He stuttered, I raised an eyebrow as I stood up
to face him, “You’re a terrible liar” I commented, he sighed “Man, Dick’s going
to kill me. The guy that killed Lexa broke out” He said, “(Y/N)…” Tim trailed
off as he stood up, “Where is he?” I growled, “Dick, Wally and Artemis have
gone to get him before you found out” Bart answered, I zipped into my suit and
placed my mask on, “How long ago?” I questioned, “About 13 hours” He answered,
“Not even that much of advance would help them” I smirked, “(Y/N) don’t kill
him” Tim begged, I sighed “I’ll try not to” I smiled, he folded his arms and
raised an eyebrow “Fine, but you said nothing about a coma. Love you” I say as
I gave him a quick kiss and then ran through the zeta tube to find Dick, Wally
I found them, and they were cuffing the b*stard, I zoomed
past them grabbing him and running to the top of STAR labs, “You have some
balls breaking out on the anniversary of her death” I growled as I threw him
across the roof, he chuckled as he stood up, “What can I say? I like to relive
my kills. I think it was this spot, ah yes…her blood’s still here” He taunted,
“You’re playing a very dangerous
game” I warned, he scoffed “Sure I am sweetheart” He chuckled, “Just don’t kill
him. I might have to break that promise Tim” I muttered as I stalked him,
“Stalking your prey? I like it” He smirked, I stopped in front of him and
phased my hand into his chest where his heart was located, “I could easily kill
you. You took my best friend away from me so why shouldn’t I take your life” I
questioned as I tilted my head at his feared expression.
“Because you’re better than him, Blue” Tim’s voice said from
behind me causing me to gasp and face him, seeing that he, Bart and Wally were
stood there in their suits, “Killing him won’t bring Lexa back” Wally said,
“You think I don’t know that?!” I snapped, the criminal chuckled “So which
one’s your boyfriend?” He questioned making me glare at him, “You’re in not
situation to talk so shut it” I growled, he held his cuffed hands up in defence
backing away from me to the edge of the rooftop, I rolled my eyes and appeared
behind him and hitting him unconscious, “You’re going to rot for the rest of
your life” I growled, “I’m proud of you Blue Notion” Dick said, I scoffed walking
past them all, “Oh!” I say stopping momentarily and facing them “You should
really remove the pistol in the back of his jeans, the knives in his socks and
the hatchet in his jacket pocket” I say before continuing on my way.
Footsteps approached me, and Tim appeared next to me wearing
a small smile, “You could’ve let him fall off, you know” he said, “I was never
going to kill him, he deserves to live with what he’s done” I say, his smile
widened as we approached the zeta tube, “One of the many reasons I love you” He
said pulling me into a kiss, I chuckled before returning it.
DETECTIVE COMICS #969
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ
Cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA (LEFT)
Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (RIGHT)
On sale NOVEMBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
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