Birds, Bats, and Tights

So I'm Gonna Fly

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"Seriously?"  Dick stumbled a bit, but managed to turn it into a loose cartwheel, righting himself once again.  "Oh man, I’m gonna have to try that next time!  I always get ones that last forever.  Not great when you’re trying to look imposing.  Or being stealthy.”

Thomas watched Dick’s cartwheel and grinned. He wouldn’t comment on the little stumble he did. “Yep. It worked for me, maybe it’ll work for you. I can imagine. Hiccups are just annoying. Bleh. I’m glad my technique works for me.”

"Boy, I’ll say.  There was one time when I was Robin that I had the hiccups for twenty minutes.  B nearly panicked.  I think he thought I was going to explode or something.  Little tiny thing, like…"  Dick scrunched up his face, raising the pitch of his voice to a child’s.  “‘Hey you —HIC— bad guys!  Don’t —HIC— you mess wi— HIC— with us.  I’ll fight—HIC— you.’"

He laughed and shook his head.  ”Not really one of my proudest moments, I won’t lie.”

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El Paso wasn’t a city Dick had had much experience with.  Haly’s Circus had come through here a couple times during a season when they were working a different circuit, but for some reason it hadn’t stuck, so Dick had never gone back.  It seemed like a nice enough place.

He pulled into the little motel he’d selected for this trip, far enough off the highway to not get many visitors, but close enough to get into town easily.  Here, he was just Robbie Muldoon, vacationing tourist, in no way any kind of vigilante or law enforcement.

At least, not by day.

By night, however, Nightwing was out.  He’d come to El Paso following rumors of a drug ring potentially moving to Blüdhaven and, well, he wanted to see if he could ”convince” them otherwise.

The city was a little more spread out than Dick was used to.  But, hey, everything’s bigger in Texas.

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He grinned.  ”If you’re gonna get questions, I might as well try to make them fun, right?”

"Bingo. Gotta tread lightly when it comes to time traveling or suffer the consequences." Thomas wiggled his fingers at Dick to emphasize the ‘spookiness’ of what he said.

He laughed at the silly questions. “Well from what I heard, you can cure the hiccups from breathing in with your mouth, swallow twice, and then breathe out with your nose. I’ve tried it and it seemed to work.”

"Seriously?"  Dick stumbled a bit, but managed to turn it into a loose cartwheel, righting himself once again.  "Oh man, I’m gonna have to try that next time!  I always get ones that last forever.  Not great when you’re trying to look imposing.  Or being stealthy.”

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Dick winced.  ”Ooh, yeah, I can see that.  I hope I haven’t been too inquisitive.  I’ve been told I get a little bit too curious about mysteries.”  He shrugged.  ”What can I say?  I’m a detective.”

"Naw, I totally understand. I mean if I was in the same situation, I would also ask a ton of questions." It was normal for his family to want all the details. 

"And I’m guessing, like any good time traveler, there are probably things you can’t tell me, right?"  He flipped onto his hands, walking along the ledge of the rooftop.  "So what kind of things can you say?  Are we still as fashionable as ever?  Has anyone found a cure for hiccoughs yet?  What about Brent’s Chili Dogs, is that still there?"

He grinned.  ”If you’re gonna get questions, I might as well try to make them fun, right?”

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"Does that get hard?  Ending up in so many Gothams?  You seem pretty used to it."  This new Red Hood fascinated Dick, he wouldn’t lie.  Knowing that there was more family coming— anyone who wore the Bat mantle was family— was comforting to him.

"A little. I get homesick… and really it’s pretty tiring always having to explain who I am." It was always twenty questions and accusations of him being a fake or imposter. 

Dick winced.  ”Ooh, yeah, I can see that.  I hope I haven’t been too inquisitive.  I’ve been told I get a little bit too curious about mysteries.”  He shrugged.  ”What can I say?  I’m a detective.”

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Dick pouted.  ”Aw, you mean there isn’t a Baby Justice League yet?  I guess that’s something you get to work on.”  He stopped on the edge of a roof, listening for signs of distress from below.  ”Do you know how you got here?  Or… I mean, Gotham doesn’t feel any different, but did I get future-launched?”

"I’m perfectly happy protecting Gotham." Thomas didn’t work well with others. He got nervous around too many people, especially those his own age. 

He stopped next to Dick and shrugged. “Hey wouldn’t be the first time I ended up somewhere I wasn’t suppose to.” He then shook his head. “Naw, pretty sure this is your Gotham and not mine. Though you can try contacting your Bats to make sure.”

"Does that get hard?  Ending up in so many Gothams?  You seem pretty used to it."  This new Red Hood fascinated Dick, he wouldn’t lie.  Knowing that there was more family coming— anyone who wore the Bat mantle was family— was comforting to him.

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"So you’re Red Hood the Second.  Red Hood Jr."  He laughed.  "Did you get deputized Red Hood or did you pick it?  I like to hear we’re all still hanging around, training the next batch of heroes, from the looks of you."

"Haha. I suppose I am, but officially I’m just the Red Hood." Thomas laughed. "I picked it. Thought it was fitting since the other Red Hood had decided to retire. For reasons that I won’t reveal." For now or ever, he wasn’t exactly sure. It really just depended on how much information he was allowed to give out.

"Next batch huh? I’m not from that far into the future y’know. It’s not like everyone is adopting kids or popping out some of their own like your Batman did." He grinned at the mental image of Grandpa Bruce with all his kids.

Dick pouted.  ”Aw, you mean there isn’t a Baby Justice League yet?  I guess that’s something you get to work on.”  He stopped on the edge of a roof, listening for signs of distress from below.  ”Do you know how you got here?  Or… I mean, Gotham doesn’t feel any different, but did I get future-launched?”

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"So, tell me about when you come from.  Am I around?  You didn’t seem surprised by me, so I’m sorta guessing I am."  Or was, he thought, but he kinda didn’t want to go there, not when they were having such a good time.

"Sounds good to me." Thomas easily followed after Dick, but didn’t dare do any of the fancier moves the man did. While he might’ve been able to do a good number of them out of uniform, under the weight of his suit and gadgets it wasn’t the most ideal when it came to flips in the air. Rolls and flips on land were easier though.

"Born in Gotham, stayed in Gotham." He said. "You are." He confirmed as he ran alongside Dick. "The previous Red Hood is too if you’re worried about that. Y’know, since I took over his identity."

Dick smiled at his concern.  ”I was, yeah.  I didn’t want to ask in case….  Well, you know how we usually pass on identities.”  Although, yeah, sometimes they came back, but not that often.  Not often enough.

"So you’re Red Hood the Second.  Red Hood Jr."  He laughed.  "Did you get deputized Red Hood or did you pick it?  I like to hear we’re all still hanging around, training the next batch of heroes, from the looks of you."

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Dick smiled and shook his head.  ”Not to me.  If you’re a Bat, the only people you’re dangerous to are criminals.”  He twirled an eskrima stick.  ”Speaking of which, wanna go hunt some down in the name of justice?”

"Oh good. Usually it takes a lot more to convince someone I’m not here to cause trouble." Thomas grinned and felt a bit of excitement run through him. Work side by side with his papa? Count him in. "Of course!"

Dick smiled.  ”Great!  You can fill me in on your future while we go.”

He led him over the rooftops of Gotham, impressed enough at how well he kept up that Dick decided he could even do some of his showier moves.  Not that he really expected anyone Bat-trained to be shabby at this kind of thing, but it was always nice to see style stuck around within form.

"So, tell me about when you come from.  Am I around?  You didn’t seem surprised by me, so I’m sorta guessing I am."  Or was, he thought, but he kinda didn’t want to go there, not when they were having such a good time.

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Dick laughed.  ”I’ve met my fair share of time travelers and whatnot.  That’s nice.  I hope it’s a good future.”

"It’s a great one." Thomas felt a sense of happiness bubble inside him at hearing Dick laugh. Just like his Papa. "So… still think I’m dangerous?"

Dick smiled and shook his head.  ”Not to me.  If you’re a Bat, the only people you’re dangerous to are criminals.”  He twirled an eskrima stick.  ”Speaking of which, wanna go hunt some down in the name of justice?”

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"It depends on the person using it."  He smiled.  "But I know a good Red Hood who also wore that symbol, so I trust you.  So where are you from?  Or… when?"

"Born and raised in Gotham." He answered the first question. A grin spread across his face at the second. "Quick to pick up on that huh? I’m gonna say… about seventeen years or so into the future."

Dick laughed.  ”I’ve met my fair share of time travelers and whatnot.  That’s nice.  I hope it’s a good future.”

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"And I was just finishing patrol too… ‘sup? Is something the matter?"

Dick cocked his head.  ”No matter, maybe.  I suppose it depends on what side you’re on.”

"Can’t tell?" Thomas poked the batsymbol on the left side of his chest. "Though I suppose the name Red Hood doesn’t usually mean good."

"It depends on the person using it."  He smiled.  "But I know a good Red Hood who also wore that symbol, so I trust you.  So where are you from?  Or… when?"

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