Fandom: Batman, Robin
Characters: Dick Grayson, Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, various
Category: AU, family, father-son, slice-of-life
Challenge: DCU Big Bang 2013
Summary: Bruce Wayne is not Batman, yet he still fights crime and still adopts Dick Grayson, a boy who is not Nightwing but was once a Flying Grayson.
Alfred remembered the first descriptions Bruce had brought him of the leader of the young street gang: intelligent, compassionate, athletic, and fierce. He had been nonplussed then about Bruce's involvement with someone who sounded dangerous at best. However, he also remembered the shy teenager who had come to them that night, thanking him anxiously for a hot meal. His heart had gone out to the boy then, as he knew Bruce's had been lost a long time before that. He recalled with perfect clarity -- even if the newspaper photos had not already captured it -- young Dick's expression when he won his first medal, and later when he saw the overwhelming pride on Bruce's face. Only a few short years, and yet Alfred could not imagine their life without young Master Dick in it.
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My artist partner for the Big Bang was creepylicious. Please check out her handdrawn art HERE!