Give me a story where one of Bruce’s children has a kid (it doesn’t matter who, but Jason would be so sweet as a father) and Bruce is blown away by the fact that he is a grandfather. Where he’s standing there holding this tiny baby in his arms and he’s completely lost for words. He’s never been good with words, but now he can’t even begin to form them.
Because this is something he never expected. Not in a million years did he imagine himself as a grandfather. He had seen his life going down a very specific path when he was young. A very specific, very lonely path. Long term attachments had been outlawed to him by his choice of lifestyle, and children were even more out of the question.
He’d always known what the cape and cowl meant: an end to the Wayne family line. He had no siblings, and no close relatives. No one to continue the historical name, and he’d been ok with it. Or at least he thought he had. So when Dick, then Jason, Cass, Tim, and Damian had come they’d each been a surprise. A happy surprise, a surprise that was to Bruce always fleeting. Especially when he lost them, especially when he got them back.
So no, he hadn’t expected a grandchild. Not when everyone of his own kids had followed his footsteps. They’d all done it in their own unique way, but Bruce still saw what they did as a road with one outcome. That outcome was never settling down, never finding ‘the one’, and never starting their own family.
Yet. Here he stood, holding, not just the next generation, but the third generation of the Wayne name after his parents. Bright and bubbly, in his arms there was life, and with life hope for the future. Not just the future of his family, but the future in general. Because if a man like him could be so lucky to have made it to becoming a grandfather, then the world was better than he’d thought it was.
Dick:“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Tim: “I’m pretty much fucked” (The Martian)
Jason: “When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week, then there’s either something wrong with your skills or something wrong with your world. And there’s nothing wrong with my skills.”
Damian: “Everyone had always said that John would be a preacher when he grew up, just like his father. It had been said so often that John, without ever thinking about it, had come to believe it himself.” (Go Tell it on the Mountain)
Cass: “I was an ambitious girl child. I knew even then that I had to be, in that environment of thugs, thieves, killers, prostitutes, gamblers – you name it, you’d find it in Trench Town.”
(No Woman, No Cry: My life With Bob Marley)
Babs:“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be a heroine.”
Duke: “I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”
– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Steph: "For the better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple–I wanted to be an intergalactic princess.”(Seven Up)
Batman headcanon that when Dick and Jay were Robin they were very vocal about Batman not being their dad. Dick because he had his own parents he missed and Jason out of anger and insecurities. While everyone could see that Batman clearly thought of his Robins as his children, they most likely weren’t his biologically.
Then Tim comes along and Tim is very quiet and practical. He doesn’t know that the previous Robins have loudly proclaimed to the entire GCPD/Rogues gallery that they are not related to Batman at all. So whenever the question comes up, Tim dodges and redirects so he won’t give away anything important. So basically, everyone thinks after a while that Tim is the Bat’s actual kid since he’s the only one not denying it. He does make the claim once he’s more established and Nightwing, with tears of laughter in his eyes, tells Tim that it’s okay to tell but it’s too late, no one believes him now. Riddler will make snide comments about offing the Bat’s “real kid” and Tim is just there with a silently screaming face while Bruce just gives him an odd look. Tim is so embarrassed but nothing he does can convince people he’s not actually related to Batman.
So when Damian comes along, he learns pretty quickly that Gotham thinks Tim is Bruce’s actual child and is, of course, very offended by the very thought. Because he is so extra, he then spends all his time on patrol gripping Batman’s cape and calling him ‘Father’ really loudly and Bruce just kind of wants to die but Damian won’t let up. So now Gotham thinks Tim and Dami are his two blood children and that’s why they fight so much “just like any other siblings” and Tim has worked for years to dispel this myth please let him live the embarrassment alone will kill him if Damian’s possessiveness doesn’t first.