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Title: Small Signs
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Batman toonverse
Prompt: Bruce/Babs
Word Count: 335 words
Rating: PG

His voice tickles her ear as she yanks tight the bindings on the last bank robber. “Ready?”

Babs quickly surveys her work – the three men are bound and gagged, their weapons stripped. The bag full of stolen cash dangles from a batarang on the opposite wall. She can hear the police pelting up the stairwell; they will be here to take over in moments.

She imagines for a second that he is really there, breath caressing her earlobe, instead of a voice through her earpiece. “Coming,” she subvocalizes, and launches herself out of the open window.

Bruce has been busy himself, stopping the men who had fled in the other direction, alerting the police discreetly of the criminals’ whereabouts. She sees a bat-shaped shadow join her in flight, but he does not acknowledge her in any other way. His swing arcs him toward the top of a nearby building, and she follows instinctively.

They watch for a few minutes, standing outlined against the night sky, just long enough to see the men escorted out of the building into the patrol cars waiting on the street. Her arm is only inches from his, and although they do not touch, she can feel his presence palpably near.

Bruce tenses then, his head tilting to the side as he listens to something only he can hear. Before she can ask, he is in the air. “Break-in. Harrison Street,” he announces in her ear, as if she will need directions.

They have patrolled like this many nights, nearly silent. He has come to depend on her, or so she tells herself. She thinks she sees it in the way he stands, the jobs he gives her, the way he knows she’ll be right behind him...

Her ear vibrates with his soft murmur. “Nice job back there.” The dribbles of praise.

“Any time,” she murmurs back as they round a corner. These small signs are what she clings to, and they are enough. They will have to be enough. For now.

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sandoz_iscariot
Jan. 19th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is really nice. I love the Bruce/Babs toonverse pairing.
htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
I really like it, too. Not everyone can see it, but I loved the interaction they had in the later seasons. Thanks for the review!
milleniumrex
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Really nice! Bruce is kind of tricky to ship with anyone, but you do it really well. I like Bruce/Babs in toonverse. It's one of those pairings I never thought of until it basically became canon. XD
htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Well, thanks! I've not tried too many Bruce pairings, I did one with Diana and now this. But I agree, when they made it canon in the cartoon, I suddenly realized how interesting that would be! :) Thanks for the review. :)
schnuffichen
Jan. 19th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Ooooooh - very nice :D

I don't remember having seen these two shipped - but they certainly make a nice pairing :)

Thanks for sharing - wonderful work!
htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
This pairing is canon in the later seasons of the original Batman: TAS series, and they allude to it in Batman Beyond as well. I really like it, even though it's a pairing that is very short-lived. Thanks for the review! ♥
northern_star
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Ooh! :D Nice work on this - you've done really well with both characters, and with setting the mood, in very few words. :) And I like that you wrote it as the young apprentice falling for her mentor - it makes sense to me this way. ('cause otherwise, there's really only one person I could ever realistically ship her with. lol!)
htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know what you mean! I do think this pairing was all Babs at first, and Bruce giving in later for a short time before he decided it was a terrible mistake. But those can be fun sometimes, y'know? ♥
northern_star
Jan. 20th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Well, I certainly can't blame Babs for having a thing for Bruce. *giggles* I know I do. ;)
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htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! :)
bistyboo1974
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
*FLAIL*

Ooh, thank you! This was absolutely perfect, Barbara! ♥

*goes back to read again*

:D
htbthomas
Jan. 19th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
You are welcome! It was fun to write, too - I love Babs' devotion to him during this time in the cartoon. ♥
mithen
Jan. 20th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Aw, this fit the feel of animated Bruce/Babs very nicely--the teamwork, the trust, the very little hints of attraction that may or not ever become concrete, Barbara's uncertainty and hope...very sweet and a bit sad.
htbthomas
Jan. 20th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you! I really like this pairing, but it definitely has some issues, doesn't it? Very bittersweet.
mithen
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)
Knowing both that it's canon, and that it's so brief and doesn't end particularly well, combines to make it a very sad and yet cool pairing. They have such a definite chemistry that even my dread of mentor/student relations gives way before the awesome teamwork and trust. :) I don't see much written with the pairing, so it was a treat!
isilweth
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
I'm not much for this pairing, but I really like the tone you've set with this. I could even go for it - I like it when Babs is determined. :P
htbthomas
Jan. 27th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
I tend to lean toward Babs/Dick, but there's something about Babs/Bruce that intrigues me. And yes, I like determined Babs, too! :)
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