Chapter 4: Cookies
It was nearly dawn. The Gotham subways ran all night, so Azrael was
confident he could get to any point in the city as he had done when he acted as
Batman. By attaching himself to the rear exterior of the trains, he could
reach any destination in the city with the speed of the Batmobile—but in a
manner far more incomprehensible, and therefore more terrifying, to his criminal
That was the theory, anyway.
The difficulty was: he had nowhere to go.
His regular bases in Gotham were Oracle’s—now off-limits as there was a
better than even chance Grayson/Nightwing would be there. And the
Batcave—now off-limits as there was a good possibility Selina/Catwoman would be
And yet, after this night of hell, he needed to retreat to a safehouse and regroup.
The thought struck him then:
THE Batcave, the one under Wayne Manor, was impossible. But there
was another. A satellite cave, little used, beneath the Wayne Tower in the
heart of Gotham City. A Sanctuary. Praise be.
As he neared the entrance, Azrael reassured himself: Bruce Wayne’s
Batman seldom used this subterranean base. So it was unlikely he would
have reset the security failsafes since Jean Paul’s stint as AzBat. And if
he had, Jean Paul was a computer whiz, there would be little difficulty
Jean Paul wasn’t so sure. Having the utmost respect for Bruce, he
doubted he could circumvent any system the other had set up.
Azrael was about to berate him for being a sniveling coward, when he was distracted by a smell and a sound. Not only was he able to access the secondary cave with the old codes, the cave appeared ready to welcome him home… The smell, as he approached, became more distinct: it was hot coffee. And the noise: was television…pouring forth from the giant projection screen that served as this cave’s sole monitor.
Next to the coffee was a message board,
tacked with notes:
Who’s turn to bring food?
I did last night.
It’s BG’s turn, but she doesn’t know what kind of stuff to get.
She cleans up every night tho, so why don’t you and I agree to
take care of the food between us, switch off every other night.
Sound’s like Robin’s had
Should we bring him into the circle?
NO! Telling him is as good as telling NW.
Jean Paul puzzled over these mysterious
conversations, until a voice explained:
“That’s Spoiler asking to tell Robin about
this place, and Black Canary saying no.”
Azrael spun, flaming sword drawn to fight the unknown threat, when he saw:
Azrael, flaming sword drawn to fight the unknown threat.
“Do put that down,” said his mirror image before it morphed into an imposing
green figure that still brandished the sword of an Azrael.
“What manner of Azrael are you?” the original asked warily, leaning in and
scrutinizing the tip of the stranger's sword, which produced an odd, green flame
that emitted no heat.
“He’s a Martian,” said a third man, who aimed a fire extinguisher arrow at
the tip of Azrael’s sword. “And he told you to put that down.”
Azrael was conditioned to respond aggressively to any challenge, but
fortunately the Jean Paul part of his mind screamed that these were heroes,
Batman’s allies in the Justice League, and not to be trifled with.
While Azrael ached for combat with such worthy foes, he accepted that these
were allies and therefore not to be barbecued. He retreated into the back
of Jean Paul’s mind and sulked while the other sat with Green Arrow and Martian
Manhunter and learned the strange history of this cave.
“The girls” (meaning Spoiler, Black Canary
and Batgirl) were in hiding here, pretending to have left town and so avoid
getting pulled into the Batman-Nightwing mess. They were using this cave
as a clubhouse, and invited such members of the JLA that had to come into Gotham
to do likewise. Tonight’s special guests were Green Arrow and Martian
Manhunter. “Ollie” was officially here to interrogate a suspect as a favor
to Kyle, who was reluctant to come into Gotham even when times were good.
Unofficially, of course, he was here because Dinah was…
Jean Paul blinked. His hosts, “Ollie and J’onn,” shared these snippets
as if he would know what it all meant. Dinah was Black Canary, he knew
that much. But why should it be a foregone conclusion that this
Ollie/Green Arrow would show up wherever she was? Jean Paul didn’t understand.
“J’onn, on the other hand,” Ollie resumed
the narrative as Spoiler and Batgirl arrived with a small bag of groceries, “is
officially on a fact-finding mission. Batty has been ‘testier than usual’…
Was that the phrase?”
He looked to J’onn, but his companion was busy searching the bag Spoiler had
brought. Ollie could guess the reason: Oreos.
“Right, then. Bats is ‘testier than
usual’ at the JLA meetings, and they sent J’onn to ‘find out why.’”
“I already knew,” J’onn admitted,
examining a package like a connoisseur approaching a new vintage, “I knew why
all along, it’s the fight with Nightwing. But it’s an excuse to get out of
the Watchtower for a while.… These Oreos are one of the new fillings?”
“Fudge mint,” Stephanie informed him.
“Of course, without J’onn’s help, I never
would have been able to rig this baby up,” Ollie concluded, pointing to the
projection screen with pride. “One hundred and thirty cable channels,
including HBO. Mustn’t miss Sex and the City.”
Jean Paul blinked again: “Sex and
“Season five premiere tonight,” Ollie answered as if knowledge of this series
was as universal as the history between him and Black Canary.
The nightmare in which Nightwing’s ankles became entangled in quick-drying
goo and his surroundings faded like a hologram to reveal some villain’s
deathtrap was one he’d had since childhood. The deathtraps changed over
the years; the villains changed over the years. But this was the first
time he’d ever experienced a mismatch: for the trap was certainly
Ivyesque: vinelike tendrils seeping up through the goo to wind round his limbs
and tear him to pieces. But the villain was Joker - or at least Joker’s
laughter, echoing, echoing as the vines coiled around his legs… Laughing…
Dick awoke. The “vines” around his
legs were the bedsheets. And there was laughter, strident energetic
laughter. He got out of bed and traced the excited gasps of mirth to the
living room, to Barbara’s workstation.
“Morning, Sweetie,” his wife chirped before slapping the desk with another merry snort.
Nightwing had had a rough night, and Dick was not pleased to see it wasn’t yet nine o’clock. He’d had only a few hours sleep before being wakened by this…
“Ohmygod, ohgod, ohgod” Barbara exclaimed, punctuating each outburst
with more gleeful desk-slapping.
With the unfathomable deadpan of a vigilante low on sleep, Dick remarked that
only he, as her lawfully wedded husband, was allowed to make her make those
“Don’t be a poop,” was Barbara’s response.
“Coffee’s made. Bring me some when you get yours and I’ll tell you what
A half cup of Columbian blend later, Dick judged that he was coherent enough to be told.
“OK, tell me what I missed. What
could I have missed? It’s barely light out.”
“Not today. Last night. When
you were out flinging testosterone—”
“Flinging testosterone? That’s it. You are officially cut
off from talking to Selina.”
“…while you were flinging testosterone
around with Az and Bats, YOU MISSED IT ALL.”
“The scene at the Iceberg. It was
going on right under your noses.”
Dick looked down at his coffee mug. In the manner of a medieval knight anointing himself with protective charms before going into battle, he took a determined sip. Took another. Then another. Then he looked back at his wife.
“The scene at the Iceberg?” he asked.
“They’re all talking about it!”
“The rogues! I hacked their IMs.
They’ve been gassing about it for hours.”
Dick finished his coffee in a swallow.
“You HACKED their IMs?”
“Their instant messaging network, yes, and it’s been quite a ride. I’ve
got sixty pages of material here. It’s unbelievable. Your suspects,
by the way, are called Nocturna and Thief of the Night.” She pronounced
this last triumphantly, for it had taken her half an hour to work out who “ToN”
Dick gaped. But it did make sense that the rogues would know who these
newcomers were—and possibly more.
“They have any allies?” he asked with the serious, single-minded focus of a
crimefighter with a job to do. He didn’t understand why Barbara looked at
him with such pity. But it was a look he’d seen Selina give Bruce.
“Uh, no dear,” she answered, and that too
had the ring of Catwoman explaining something obvious to a thickheaded bat.
“I think it’s safe to say that Nocturna and ToN have NO allies in the
Gotham underworld.” Then she began cackling again as she added: “But Riddler
thinks they could ‘make big twubble for moose and squirrel.’”
In the Wayne Manor kitchen, Alfred set a plate on the counter in front of
Selina. She looked at the plate heaped with sinful looking cookies, then
up at him.
“These are the famous ‘double chocolate dipped double chocolate chip’…
Oh, I think I gained a pound just saying that,” she moaned.
“The young gentlemen tell me they have
given uniform satisfaction, Miss.”
Selina sighed, picked up a cookie, and nibbled it.
“That might just be the best cookie I’ve
ever tasted in my life,” she admitted, “but Alfred… what am I going to do?”
She took another bite. “I’m getting it from both sides. There were
sixteen voicemails on my phone this morning. By the time I listened to
them all, another three came in. Barbara wants to know what ‘the boys’
aren’t telling her about the rooftop. Jervis wants to know what nobody’s
telling him about the Iceberg. The Iceberg crowd wants to know what went
on at the party where Nocturna debuted. Bruce wants to know the
Natasha-Anton history. Renee Montoya’s political opponent wants to know if
she endangered the party guests by trying to apprehend the armed robber.
Kittlemeier wants EVERYBODY to know these new people are not his
customers and he has nothing to do with those costumes.”
She stopped only long enough to take a sip
of tea, then popped the rest of the cookie into her mouth. “If I have to
listen to one more go-round from any of them, I’m going to, to, hack up a
Alfred exhibited the model for the disapproving bat-glare.
“Miss Selina,” the butler began firmly, “I
have observed that when persons in this household come into this kitchen, eat
these cookies, and resort to the particular expressions of their nighttime
selves, what is really troubling them is rarely what they state it to be.”
Selina made no comment but examined her fingernails, so Alfred made up a
smaller plate of cookies and handed them to her.
“I believe Master Bruce is downstairs,
Miss; he is very fond of these.”
J’onn’s passion for Oreos was well-known
throughout the hero community, but the effect they had on him was less
widely-known. Hence, when Spoiler learned Martian Manhunter was to be
among the guests in the clubhouse cave, she made the very hospitable gesture of
picking up several packages of his favorite food. She couldn’t know that
Oreos—to use Ollie’s words—made the Martian “go bonkers.” And
even Ollie couldn’t know—nor, for that matter, could J’onn himself - what effect
the new varieties with flavored centers might produce.
even Ollie couldn’t know—nor, for that matter, could J’onn himself - what effect
the new varieties with flavored centers might produce.
The fudge mint brought about a mellow
high, during which Ollie unpacked the DVDs of the first three seasons of Sex
and the City as a pre-show treat. His less-cultured brethren, namely
J’onn and Jean Paul, that didn’t follow the acclaimed HBO series, might thereby
get caught up on the erotic misadventures of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and
Samantha. In a philosophical mood, J’onn speculated that the real reason
human men watched these shows was the same reason they read Cosmo: to learn how
the females of the species think, and in so doing, learn how to score.
This piqued Jean Paul’s attention, as did Ollie’s impassioned rebuttal. He
watched the show because it was sexy, smart, funny, and of course, for the T &
A. He DID NOT need lessons in woman-wooing. Indeed, he was an
accomplished “horndog” and could teach the show a thing or two.
By the end of season two and Carrie’s tumultuous breakup from Mr. Big, Jean Paul was calling Ollie “Sensei” and Ollie was calling Jean Paul “Grasshopper” - and J’onn moved on to a new package of Oreos. Divided centers. Half chocolate cream, half peanut-butter… A new mood descended on the party.
By the time Black Canary learned there were JLA guests in the cave, the
buzzed shape-shifter, over-stimulated by peanut butter Oreos and marathon
exposure to the sexual exploits of Carrie Bradshaw, was—for Ollie’s amusement
and Jean Paul’s edification - juxtaposing the costumes and bodies of the various
heroines and supervillainesses.
Canary arrived just in time to see Diana in Azrael’s armor.
Ollie insisted it was a strategic exercise. They were conditioning the
Azrael personality to move beyond his Dumasian programming and look on women as
warriors equal to himself.
It was a ludicrous story. Exactly the sort of thing, Dinah knew, that
Oliver would pull out of his ass to explain away…
the kind of thing that was happening right
now! Diana/Azreal morphing into Zatanna/Superman. Oh, PLEASE!
But Azrael was nodding confirmation.
Dinah sighed. He was a mess
with women. She’d seen it firsthand. Not much more capable with her
or Huntress than he was with Catwoman.
“Okay, then,” Dinah relented, “benefit of
the doubt - THIS TIME. But only on the condition your pupil
tells what went on on that rooftop with Robin, Nightwing, and Batman.”
Bruce was engaged in his post-workout meditation at the stalactite. He
pretended not to hear the click of Selina’s heels as she approached, nor the
clink of a glass plate set delicately on the outcropping behind him. But
he couldn’t ignore the smell: Alfred’s double chocolate dipped double
chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven. He might be Batman, but even
Batman was human. He took a cookie.
“I want to make up,” Selina said without preamble.
“Were we fighting?” Bruce asked.
“Technically no, but I’m mad at you and
Dick for being such fatheads, and now I want to make up.”
“O--kay,” Bruce hazarded, feeling rather
like he was entering a hideout that was bound to be booby trapped. “Have a
“I had one. Enjoy.”
“ONE? Selina, if Alfred’s boast is to believed, this recipe is
170 years old, and no one has ever had just one.”
“Too rich. I put on five pounds when
Alfred went on that baking spree when he broke up with the director from the
Bruce chuckled and reached out for her,
“If you’re counting calories in Alfred’s cookies, things can’t be that bad.”
“But they are,” Selina answered, letting
him pull her gently into his arms, “I’m feeling shitty a dozen different ways
“I’ve noticed,” he answered, then when she
looked surprised, he explained, “It shows. Selina, the problems with Dick,
they have nothing to do with you, nothing to do with us.”
“It feels like they do,” she whispered.
“I didn’t know why until something Barbara said the other night. She said
the infighting was the norm for you and Dick and that the few months of getting
along was the anomaly, a fluke, exception to the rule.”
“Ah,” Bruce nodded, “I see. So now
you’re thinking we might, what, fall apart the same way? That things will
suddenly ‘go back to normal’ the way they were before?”
“We were fighting a long time; we’ve only
been together for—”
“We loved each other a long time too,” he
interrupted. “It’s not like this came out of nowhere.”
“Selina… Kitten… I’m not saying it’ll always be easy, but no matter what
happens, we’re different people now. We could never go back to that, even
if we wanted to. Whatever happens, we’ll have to work through it as we are
now, who we are now, and… oh my god.” Bruce stopped, an expression of
shocked horror frozen on his features.
He took a deep breath, the full implication of his last words pressing inside
him with an almost physical force.
“Maybe it ISN’T that different with
The elevator on the 21st floor of the Pigot building sounded a musical ping
before the doors opened. A shapely woman stepped out with a wiggle
that left the remaining occupant feeling he’d made the right decision riding six
floors past his stop.
Pamela Isley consulted a scrap of paper
once, then double-checked the sign on the door which read “For Rent.
GRAYSON ASSOCIATES now on 8th Floor.”
She returned to the elevators, pushed the down button, and waited. The
same car she had ridden up in soon returned, with the same sole occupant now
riding down. He looked elated.
The occupants of the clubhouse Batcave made a curious tableau as Jean Paul
Valley attempted, for the third time, to tell what had happened on that fateful
rooftop the night before. He stood in the center of the group, before two
seated figures: Black Canary and Spoiler. Behind Canary stood Green
Arrow, his hand placed loosely over her mouth should she attempt to interrupt
yet again. Batgirl took a similar position behind Spoiler.
“Let him get through it at least once,” J’onn pleaded, for each previous
attempt had been interrupted either by Canary, fully-briefed on Nightwing’s
version through Oracle, or by Spoiler, armed with Robin’s version of events.
“I saw two suspicious characters in the
vicinity of the Iceberg Lounge,” Azrael began the tale yet again.
“They were strangely dressed. They were heading for a known-criminal
hangout. They were having a clearly audible conversation about, I assumed,
a crime they had committed at Wayne Manor. I followed them. They
went into the club. I took a position from which I would be sure to
observe their departure. God’s gift to vigilante justice approached me…”
Azrael began the tale yet again. “They were strangely dressed. They were heading for a known-criminal hangout. They were having a clearly audible conversation about, I assumed, a crime they had committed at Wayne Manor. I followed them. They went into the club. I took a position from which I would be sure to observe their departure. God’s gift to vigilante justice approached me…”
Here Black Canary tried to speak and Green Arrow clamped down his hand.
“Work with me, Grasshopper, if you mean Nightwing, just say Nightwing,” he
“Nightwing and Robin came barging up to
me, in blatant disregard for the fact that stakeouts require stealth… Certainly
that is what Batman taught ME. Nightwing made an insulting slur on
the ways of St. Dumas, implying that he didn’t know I was on a stakeout
but figured I was having ‘a rooftop chat’ with one of my ‘apparitions.’”
Here Spoiler snorted. Batgirl decided this was not an intentional interruption and so let it pass.
“The upstart… er, Nightwing then demanded
a status report as if the mighty Azrael is some field agent. But Azrael
was polite enough to tell them about the two suspects, and Nightwing criticized
This time, it was J’onn that interrupted.
“Do you have to refer to yourself in the
third person that way? Batman does it. It’s irksome. ”
Jean Paul winced. It was difficult for him to think of Azrael as “I,” but he had enough hostile listeners already. He couldn’t afford to antagonize another.
“I was polite enough to tell about the suspects,” he resumed, “and
Nightwing demanded to know why I hadn’t gone in to apprehend them—into a den of
an unknown number of criminals alone, without backup, without anyone else even
knowing I was there. Now an Azrael is not accustomed to having his methods
challenged - and for that matter, he, er, I thought Nightwing’s fief was
Bludhaven. It is supposed to be Batman partnered with Robin in Gotham
City, is it not? So rather than giving an account of why I did this
instead of that with regards to the suspects, I asked—”
Black Canary bit Green Arrow’s hand and took over the narrative.
“You asked what ‘Wing was doing in YOUR
CITY! Selina is right, you don’t have the brains god gave lettuce, do
This was it, the acid test. Confronted with a woman criticizing him to his face, Azrael left his mortal half on his own. But this time, Jean Paul Valley, computer geek, was a recent graduate of the Oliver Queen School of Handling the Fair Sex. He looked Dinah in the eye and held his ground.
“I did not say ‘my city’; I said ‘this
city.’ A car backfired just then, I suppose the hothead misheard me.
I said ‘this city.’ What followed could best be described as violent jazz.
I heard ‘unstable’ and ‘fascist’ and the rest was a kind of freeform stream of
pummeling and obscenities.”
“You said ‘this city?’” Dinah repeated skeptically.
“Yes. A movie let out on the corner,
there were people laughing and talking in the street, there was a car backfiring
and a distant siren. They misheard. I said ‘this city.’”
He looked at Oliver, assumed a look of self-deprecating charm, and added,
“That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
J’onn smirked, and Dinah spun on Oliver.
“You taught him that, you son of a bitch.”
Feeling a euphoria he’d not experienced since completing the final trials in
the Temple of St. Dumas, Jean Paul sunk gratefully into the nearest chair…
a chair which, unfortunately, was the largest, centered in front of the main
monitor. It was, clearly, Batman’s chair.
An awkward silence fell over the cave, eventually broken—not by speech—but by Batgirl’s sign-language. Spoiler translated:
“She wants to know if, in all the brouhaha, did anybody bother to apprehend the suspects.”
The euphoric feeling evaporated and Jean Paul hung his head, sinking a little
further into the chair.
“That was the first thing Batman asked
when he arrived. And of course, we hadn’t. ‘Bickering like
children,’ he said, and of course, he was right. But that set Nightwing
off again, and that is when Robin left.”
“Which Oracle’s totally pissed about, by the way,” Canary told Spoiler.
“So, doesn’t anybody know what happened to
the two criminals who started this mess?”
Anton and Natasha deNuit sat in Rumplemeyer’s, wondering why all the waiters
in the famous tearoom seemed to be so bad-tempered.
“Something more thematic next time, my
love,” Natasha cooed, biting into a buttered scone. “That’s why the great
Batman did not come forth to challenge us. Your crime was too generic.”
Anton glowered but said nothing.
“No matter. We have time for one
more crime wave before we depart, and this one will be rich in symbolism and
pageantry. A veritable siren song for any creature of the night to rise up
and meet us in single combat.”
Anton threw his napkin on the table.
“My precious one,” he began, “We have but
a few days left here, and I intend to spend them as a visitor to Gotham should.
I am going to the observation deck over Gotham Plaza, place a dime into the
telescopic viewer, and behold the panorama of a great cityscape. I am
going to walk in that magnificent park, rent a model boat, and sail it round and
round for my own amusement. I am going to see the Grand Central Train
Station, the public library, and the Radio City Music Hall. I shall buy a
pretzel with mustard and eat it on the sidewalk. I will shop for luxuries
on Fifth Avenue and eclectic chic in TriBeCa. I am going to dine at the
Oak Room, see a Broadway show, then find a jazz club. I shall take the
tour at NBC, go to a museum, buy an ‘I heart Gotham City’ T-shirt and send your
brother a postcard. Then, I shall return to my room and complain that
my feet hurt. You, my beloved Natasha, may do whatever you please,
dressed as whatever you please, but rest assured, my Queen of the Night, you
will do it ALONE. The Thief of the Night has left the building!”
Selina entered the new Grayson Associates office and set a plate of Alfred’s double chocolate dipped double chocolate chip cookies next to Dick without a word. His reaction was identical to Bruce’s, almost to the second in the time it took to feign indifference to the arrival of the cookies, sniff, sniff again, think about it, then reach for the largest cookie without appearing to look at the plate.
They were an adorable pair, Selina thought, and it was a pity they’d both
growl if told how similar they really were.
“New office is nice,” Selina offered, by way of breaking the ice.
“It’s smaller and it’s cheaper than the
one on the 21st Floor. I have to cut corners, now that we’re
not going to see any fat corporate contracts any time soon.”
“The agency is still a good idea, Dick;
you’ll make a go of it. Besides, just because Everwood isn’t going to pull
strings for you, it doesn’t mean you won’t get corporate accounts. Now,
enough shop talk. On to the dirt. What happened with Pheromones?”
Dick munched another cookie and started telling the story, when the door
opened and Poison Ivy entered without ceremony.
“This’d make a great hideout. It’s
real hard to find. Catty, you know all the listings for this place have
you on the 21st Floor?”
“Anyway,” Ivy continued, sitting herself
down and continuing to address Selina as if they were the sole occupants of the
room, “you’re never on the IM anymore, and not answering your phone, and I
wanted to nail down the plans for Girls’ Night, and then I remembered you were
doing some B&E for this place and - Ooh, cookies!”
While the intruder helped herself to his
cookies, Dick sat stunned for a moment. She seemed totally oblivious to
the intrinsic awkwardness of the situation: the last time he’d seen her was when
she invaded his bachelor party. He’d overpowered and arrested her—not as
Nightwing—as himself, Officer Grayson, the guy sitting here. Sitting RIGHT
HERE in front of her. What was wrong with the silly woman? Did she
not realize whose cookies she was eating?
Maybe Bruce had a taste for these Twilight Zone scenes with the Rogues
Gallery, but he didn’t. Besides, plans for “Girls’ Night” did not sound
like a conversation anybody with a Y-chromosome should be a party to.
“Ah, Selina, I’ll be in my private office. Take your time with your,
er, friend,” he managed, disappearing into the “inner office,” otherwise known
as the supply closet.
And there he stayed until the patronizing, feline voice that used to taunt
him as Boy Wonder assured him that it was safe to come out.
He opened the door. His eyes
flickered, confirming the coast was indeed clear. He saw an empty chair,
an empty plate previously heaped with Alfred’s delectable cookies - and Selina.
Her expression was most eloquent. It said: that was one of the
most magnificent demonstrations of cowardice ever seen without the assistance of
Scarecrow’s fear toxin.
“Give me a break, will ya,” Dick whined,
sounding young even to his own ears. “Everybody always has to analyze
every little thing I do around her. ‘Red hair—Lemon Pledge—ha, ha!’
Look, okay, when I was younger, I had a little thing for her. Sue me.
I was seventeen. She’s a knockout. Even before you add in the
pheromones and the bad girl thing, that is a hot woman! I noticed!
So sue me! But you know, Selina, that was then. I’m not that guy
anymore. So can we please put that past baggage aside and move on?
Do we have to take everything I say and do and run it through the filter of what
happened when I was Robin all those years ago… oh god.”
Dick stopped exactly as Bruce had done, mid-sentence, clearly gripped by the same sudden awareness that his words meant more in relation to his fight with his father.
He ran everything Bruce said through that filter. Every utterance of
Bruce or Batman’s was weighed, syllable-by-syllable. Analyzed and
reanalyzed. Examined for some sign Dick was still viewed as the teen
It wasn’t fair to Bruce, to Batman, and it was certainly no fun for Dick himself. But if they were ever to move past it, they’d need a new baseline. When they had been partners, Dick was the junior sidekick. They needed to work as partners again, if only for a short while, but this time as true equals.
Dick didn’t have a Nightwing voice, per se, but his manner changed. His tone deepened and a markedly non-batlike smile overtook his features as he said, “Selina, tell me about ‘Girls’ Night Out.’”
To be continued...