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The following is a work of erotic fiction and includes scenes of sexual
activity. It includes characters that are copyrighted by DC Comics. This
story is intended for the non-commercial enjoyment of fans and should be
considered a parody. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit
will be made from the distribution of this story.



Batman: Ghosts Of Nights Past (MF)
by Ann Douglas ([email protected])

The night air was charged with portents of an impending storm, one with a
predicted intensity that sent most Gothamites hurrying home to safety. There
was one, however, who raced not to the safety of home, but into danger. Clad
in dark gray with a mantle of black, the tall, powerfully built man was the
city's self-appointed guardian. Dedicated to his mission, some would say
obsessed, he was hardly a man to let adverse weather stay his course.

Racing across rooftops and back alleys that he knew as well as the halls of
his ancestral manor, the masked avenger thought it fitting that it should
rain tonight of all nights. That the skies themselves should shed tears in
memory of events now two decades gone. Of a searing moment in which he lost
that which was most dear to him. The moment in which Batman had been born.

* * *

It was supposed to be a celebration, an early birthday gift for a son deeply
loved by his parents. They had gone to see a showing of the classic movie
"The Mark of Zorro", little realizing how the film, and the tragic events
that followed, would shape the life of a child not yet even in his teens.

The neighborhood had then been called Park Row. It would be years later that
it would acquire the more infamous name of Crime Alley. Many would mark the
start of that transformation with that night. The night that Thomas and
Martha Wayne died.

It had happened almost too quickly for the young boy to fully realize what
was happening. The armed figure that had stepped out of the shadows with a
demand that his parents give up their valuables. A careless motion by the
thief had pointed his deadly weapon in the direction of the boy's mother,
which prompted a counter-motion by his father that placed him between the
two in an attempt to protect his wife.

Then came the ear shattering explosion of two gunshots, bolts of lightning
that destroyed his world and killed the man that Bruce Wayne might be one day
have been as certainly as they stilled the hearts of his parents. The thief
had then fled, but not before looking deep into the eyes of the boy he'd just
orphaned. What he saw there frightened him in a way that he could never have
imagined. It was a fear that untold numbers of his fellows would come to
experience in years to come.

The boy grew to be a man, armed with vast wealth and a lifetime of knowledge
and skills. Combined with a vow made over the bodies of his parents, he would
spend every day of his life fighting the good fight, so that no one would
ever have to suffer the pain that he had felt. No matter the cost, no matter
the sacrifice, Batman would keep his city safe.

* * *

Through his myriad contacts, Batman had learned of an attempt that was to be
made to hijack a new and experimental power transfer system that had been
jointly developed by S.T.A.R. Labs and Wayne Enterprises. A unit that, if it
lived up to its designer's hopes, would go a long way toward solving some of
the country's energy demands.

Coming to rest on a rooftop adjacent to the Gotham Energy Research Center,
Batman used his dark cape to blend into the shadows and become virtually
invisible. He watched with interest as a large fork lift moved the prototype
from the loading dock onto the back of a flatbed truck that was scheduled to
take it to S.T.A.R.'s Metropolis complex for further testing. Overhead, the
light rain began to grow more intense and the sky echoed with the peals of
thunder.

"It should be any minute now," Batman thought as he watched the workman who
had secured the unit climb down from the truck and move inside to avoid the
rain.

Almost as if on cue, three large men emerged from a parked car up the
street, an assortment of automatic weapons in their hands. Clad in black
outfits resembling those worn by military units, they carried an air of
professionalism around them that confirmed the rest of Batman's information.
That they were mercenaries led by a former Spetsnaz officer named Konstantin
Kurakin who, since the fall of the Soviet Union, now worked for the highest
bidder. The rent-a-cops employed by the Research Center were ill-equipped to
handle adversaries of their caliber.

Following the silent hand instructions of the tallest of the attackers, who
Batman quickly identified as their leader, the two soldiers for hire quickly
took up positions on the opposite ends of the loading dock. So efficient were
their actions that they overpowered the numerically superior guards without
firing a shot.

Batman waited until the guards and truck driver had been herded into the
safety of the storage shed before he made his move. If he had acted before,
the odds were that one or more of the employees might be hit in a crossfire.
That the masked man was also outnumbered and outgunned really never entered
his mind. After all, it was really just a matter of perspective. Especially
since he had visited the loading dock this afternoon as one of the
co-sponsors of the project after hearing of the possible hijack attempt. In
his wake, he had left a little surprise that he now made use of. Planning and
preparation, one of his many teachers had drummed into him years ago, were
essential to survival.

Dropping down on a silk cord from his vantage point, Batman pressed a dark
gloved hand against a switch on his utility belt. The switch in turn
activated a small, localized transmitter that sent out a high-powered signal
that triggered two powerful shock and stun grenades as well as a matching
pair of smoke bombs.

The explosions and sudden near black out conditions had the desired effect,
throwing the two junior members of the trio off balance. Especially since
they had begun to foolishly relax after thinking they had eliminated any
possible opposition.

It would've been nice to have gotten all three of them at once, Batman
thought as he hit the ground and sent a booted foot into the chest of the
closest mercenary, but you had to work with what you could get. The force of
his kick both disarmed the large man and sent him hurdling into a wall of
storage drums, a wall that then came crashing down, knocking his target
senseless.

A quick glance around the loading dock, which had already begun to clear of
smoke due to the rain and high winds, brought no sign of the group's leader.
So Batman turned his attention instead to an emerging threat as another black
clad form leveled a machine pistol in his direction.

Rather than dive for cover, the Darknight leapt toward the danger and, in one
fluid motion, dropped to the ground to effect a body roll that brought him
back to his feet only two feet from the would be executioner. All the while,
managing to avoid a cascade of weapon's fire in his direction.

It only took another few moments' work to put the second mercenary into the
same condition as his compatriot. Although the worst this one would have to
worry about was a broken jaw rather than the shattered extremities the first
might have suffered. Then, not even pausing for breath, Batman turned to face
the leader of the assault group, whom he had finally spotted out of the
corner of his eye during his body roll.

Another powerful leap brought him to the back of the flatbed, where hidden
behind the prototype, the former Spetsnaz had taken cover. Watching his
carefully planned operation come apart in a dozen heartbeats, coupled with
the harsh reality of what he had previously considered to be nothing more
than an urban legend, was almost enough to break Kurakin's confidence in his
ability to defeat any enemy.

But like any good soldier, the Russian fell back on his training and under
normal circumstances, that might've been enough. Too close now to make use of
his gun, he instead met Batman's charge with the same bloodied blade he had
carried with him in Afghanistan.

The weight of the blade in his hand returned his confidence, since he was
both a deadly knife fighter as well as an expert in a half dozen forms of
hand-to-hand combat. But the man in gray and black he now faced had spent a
lifetime learning his craft from experts the world over, and they included
all that Kurakin had learned as well as a dozen more. While not every blow
the Russian attempted was blocked, the most deadly ones certainly were. Just
as most of the American's counter blows seemed to find their target and
strike where they would have the most effect.

Not even the full force of the storm, which had chosen that moment to strike,
was enough to break Batman's concentration. Which was why, when the very air
between the combatants exploded in front of him, he was taken by surprise as
he rarely was. Against all the odds, lighting had hit the truck and the large
prototype on it. In less time that it would take to describe what had
happened, the vast amount of natural energy charged the transfer system,
overloading its safety limits and causing it to overload, releasing the
enhanced energy surge in one blinding burst.

The explosion threw Batman and Kurakin in opposite directions with both
landing hard on the pavement. An action that probably saved their lives as
the unleashed energy reduced the truck and its cargo to twisted slag.
Stunned, it took Batman a few moments to catch his breath, but as soon as he
did, he didn't even wait for his head to fully clear before taking off after
his prey, racing down the only street he could've taken.

Gotham's Guardian quickly covered the next block and a half in record time,
sure that the Russian couldn't have had that much of a head start on him. He
was running on instinct, twisting and turning according to the mental map he
carried in his head. A map that suddenly failed him as he shifted to his left
to find a street that shouldn't have been there.

A look of disbelief filled his face as he stopped and looked at the
unfamiliar street sign in the once again light rain. For the first time in
his adult life, he was lost in his own city.

"Kane St?" he repeated as he looked at the street sign a second time. "This
wasn't here a week ago." a puzzled Batman added as he considered that the
explosion might have injured him more than he'd thought.

It was a consideration that he didn't have a lot of time to dwell on as,
first a gunshot, then a loud scream filled the air. No matter what his
condition, a call for help wasn't something that he could ever ignore.

"That couldn't have been more than a block away," Batman thought as he
unfurled a batarang and again took to the rooftops.

Whatever the street names, the Caped Crusader located the source of the cry
with ease. Below him were two muggers holding guns on a young couple. The
woman had screamed when one of the gunmen had fired a shot that grazed her
escort's arm after he had refused their demands.

Faced with a replay of his own tragedy, the reason he had come into being,
Batman went into action without hesitation. Dropping down on one of the two
criminals, he savagely slammed his elbow into his face, causing the not yet
even twenty year old's nose to break and spout blood. The distance between
the pair had been too much to take both of them down at once, so he whirled
around to face the new peril even as death again stalked him at close point
range.

Suddenly, unexpectedly, the gunman hesitated in pulling the trigger, freezing
instead with a look of horror on his face. A moment of indecision that was
all Batman needed to close the distance between them.

"No, you're dead, everyone said you were dead," he cried out in the last
seconds before the impact of a gloved fist robbed him of his weapon. "It was
even in the papers."

A second punch was already in motion to rob the thief of consciousness as
well, but the frightened young man beat him to it as he fainted dead away.
Batman had spent his career exploiting the cowardice and superstitions of
criminals, but this was way over the line.

"He acted as if he'd seen a ghost," Batman said as he turned his attention
from the now prone pair to those they would have robbed without pause. To his
confusion, the expression on their faces as they ran away from him wasn't all
that different.

"Perhaps he has," a woman's voice said from behind the black-cloaked hero.

* * *

Faced with the possibility of a new threat, Batman whirled around, ready to
face anything. Anything, that was, except for what actually confronted him.

"Oh my God!" Batman exclaimed under his breath as, for the second time in the
last five minutes, he raised self-doubts about his mental capacity.

Standing a dozen feet in front of him was a tall, dark haired woman, at least
fifteen years his senior. She was garbed in a bright yellow and red costume
with her face partially covered by a pointed red face mask. On her chest was
a symbol he knew all too well, for it was one he called his own.

As the shock washed over him, Batman now felt like he was seeing a ghost. For
the woman standing there was an older version of someone he knew to be dead,
whose funeral he had personally attended. In was only after he accepted the
reality of what he was seeing that he finally understood what had happened.

"This isn't my world," Batman realized as he allowed himself to relax his
combat stance. "Somehow, I'm on Earth 2."

From his adventures with the Justice League, Batman was well aware that there
were alternate Earths in different dimensions. One of these was Earth 2, a
world that mirrored his own in many ways, but still had some significant
differences. It was the home of the legendary Justice Society of America.

On this world, many of the heroes he knew had similar, if not identical
counterparts, most which had started their careers in an earlier time. It
was also a world that had seen its own Batman fall a few years before,
giving his life to save the city he loved.

"Assuming the costume you're wearing is real," Batwoman said as she stepped
closer to get a better look, "you're a long way from home."

At first, Batwoman just assumed that the man in front of her was an impostor,
someone wearing the mantle of Gotham's deceased champion. Then she noticed
the subtle differences in the uniform, the more modern utility belt and the
golden halo around the bat symbol. Differences that only a handful of people
in all the world would've known about.

"The costume is real," Batman said as he went on to explain how he believed
he came to be there.

The woman in red and yellow listened intently as the younger man explained
his theory that the energy discharge during his fight at S.T.A.R. Labs had
opened up a dimensional portal and threw him through it. The only question
was how did he get back?

"Science has never been my strong point and this is all pretty much beyond
me," Batwoman said. "I think I'm going to need some help with all of this."

* * *

Two hours later, after the would-be muggers had been turned over to the
Gotham PD, Batman was faced with his third shock of the night. The help that
Batwoman referred to came in the form of a face that was also familiar, yet
different, to the man under the cowl. Only now it was that of a fully-grown
man only two years younger than Batman, and not the boy he had taken in and
raised as his own. The costume the man wore was an adult version of the red,
yellow and green Robin costume, for on this world, Dick Grayson had never
become Nightwing.

"It looks like your theory was right," a maskless Robin said as he shut off
the diagnostic machine he'd used to examine his unexpected visitor. "There's
a residual energy signature of some kind in your body that I don't recognize.
The good news is that it looks to be steadily decaying. I would venture to
guess that when it drops to zero, you'll automatically return to your own
Earth."

"That almost looks like Zeta radiation," the equally cowless Batman said as
he glanced at the computer readout while he pulled his form fitting shirt
back on.

"Zeta radiation," Robin said as he shut down the equipment, "I'm not familiar
with that."

"I wouldn't expect you to be," Batman replied, "it's pretty rare." he
added as he went on to explain. "On my own world, a man named Adam Strange
discovered he could use a teleportation beam based on Zeta radiation to
travel to a world called Rann in the Alpha Centauri system. When the
radiation wears off, he automatically returns to his point of origin."

"Interesting," Robin said.

"Could you tell how long it's going to take to wear off?" Batman asked.

"Based on the rate of decay," Robin answered, "I would say no more than two
or three days."

"What about using the JLA/JSA transporter to send me home sooner?" Batman
inquired as he thought of the device used by his associates to travel between
worlds.

"Given this Zeta radiation, as you call it, in your body, I'd rather not take
the chance," Robin offered his opinion. "But you can run my findings past the
other scientists in the Society if you like. Most of them have much more
experience than I do in trans-dimensional travel."

"No need, chum," Batman smiled, "your word has always been good enough for
me. I can wait a few days to get home."

Robin stiffened at Batman's familiarity. It might have been meant to convey a
sense of appreciation for his help, but as it was, it only served to accent
what the Earth 2 hero had been feeling since his appearance. That this Batman
was a living reminder of what he had long since lost. His reaction to the
words, though unvoiced, wasn't lost on his guest.

"I guess we just need someplace for me to stay until I can go home," Batman
said, realizing that it would be uncomfortable for Robin if he were to stay
here in the Batcave.

"You're more than welcome to stay at my apartment in town," Batwoman, who had
also removed her face mask to be more comfortable, suggested.

"It might be safer here in the cave, or up in the Manor," Robin replied,
putting aside his discomfort with the idea, "we run the risk of someone
recognizing him. After all, Bruce was a public man in this city for decades."

"And most people would remember him as a man in his fifties," Batwoman
pointed out. "So I hardly think anyone is going to look at him and make the
connection. At worse, if someone actually did, I could say he was a younger
cousin or nephew. In fact, didn't Bruce actually have a cousin who looked
like him almost enough to be his twin brother."

"Yes, and interestingly enough, his name was Bruce as well, they just had
different middle names." Robin admitted.

"Then it's settled," Batwoman said in a tone that put an end to the
discussion.

* * *

The late morning sun hung high in the sky as Bruce opened his eyes and
returned to full consciousness. It took a few moments for him to remember
where he was, the surroundings being so unfamiliar. Then it all came
flooding back in an instant.

Riding on the back of the Batcycle, they had arrived at the high-rise in
which Kathy Kane lived shortly before dawn. The events of the last hours
finally caught up with the world-hopping adventurer and he was more than
happy to accept the offer of the guest room. Sleep had come almost the
moment his head had hit the pillow.

It had not been a totally tranquil sleep, however, as his mind continued to
consider the history of this Gotham and how it differed from his own. At the
top of the list was the fact that early in his career, his older doppelganger
had married Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, after she had paid her debt to society
and given up a life of crime. On his Earth, Bruce had more than once found
himself intimately involved with the Feline Fury, but marriage or even a
long-term relationship had never been an option.

Still, the marriage of Batman and Catwoman had been a success, so much so
that it produced a daughter named Helena, who took up the cloak her father
had abandoned after the death of his wife to continue his mission as the
Huntress. Giving up being Batman wasn't something the younger Darknight
could imagine, but the fact that his counterpart continued to safeguard the
city as Police Commissioner gave him something to consider in case he ever
had to put aside his own cape and cowl.

Another thing that weighed heavily on his mind as he slept was his hostess,
sleeping in an adjacent room. In some ways, she was so very much like the
Kathy Kane he had once known. Both had been circus performers when younger,
entertaining crowds both as a trapeze artist and a champion stunt cyclist.
In each reality, they had both inherited a small fortune that made them
suddenly wealthy.

That was were their lives began to diverge. His own Kathy had only
entertained a brief fling as a costumed adventurer, coming to realize that
she preferred to follow a more conventional path and use her newly acquired
wealth and influence to help those less fortunate. In this dimension, Kathy
aspired to have a more hands on approach and spent years fighting beside
Batman and Robin.

Bruce had come into contact with the socialite Kathy Kane many times at
various charity functions, developing an on again, off again relationship
which never went too far. As with most of his associations with the fairer
sex, the specter of Batman stood between them. In the end, even that distance
hadn't been enough to prevent her from meeting her death at the hands of one
of his enemies.

Sitting up on the edge of the bed, Bruce reached for a robe that had been
laid out for him and wrapped it around his well-developed body. His uniform
was folded on a nearby chair where he left it, but it was hardly something
he could wear all the time. Stepping out into the living room, he suddenly
had the strangest feeling. For the first time since the death of his parents,
he had absolutely nothing to do. No financial empire to rule by day, and no
city to patrol after dark.

Stepping up to the large bay windows that offered a magnificent view of
Middletown Park, Bruce looked out on a city he never knew. Comparing it to
the memory of his own, he could see where some architectural differences
emerged.

"The view is breathtaking, isn't it?" Kathy said as she suddenly appeared
behind him.

"That it is," Bruce agreed as he turned around to greet Kathy.

The shocks of the previous night had prevented him from really seeing Kathy,
his narrow focus assigning her the role of Batwoman and not the woman beneath
the mask. The mask and costume were now gone, replaced by a small, thin robe
that highlighted the still trim body beneath it. There were some women who
while undeniably pretty when young, grew even more beautiful with age. Such
was the case with Kathy Kane, a thought that gave him a moment's regret that
he never would get the chance to discover that on his own world.

"I hope you had a good night's sleep," Kathy said she walked into the room.

"Yes, thank you," Bruce said, thinking to say anything else would sound
ungrateful.

"I was almost afraid that I'd wake up to find you'd faded away during the
night," Kathy smiled as she motioned for him to join her at a small breakfast
nook where two settings had been arranged.

"It wouldn't be polite to leave and not say goodbye," Bruce smiled in return
as he sat down in the closest chair.

"I hope you like steak and eggs," Kathy said as she poured each of them a cup
of coffee, "it's been quite some time since I had an overnight guest and I
wasn't sure what to make."

"That actually happens to be one of my favorite," Bruce replied as he took a
sip of the coffee. "And this is excellent as well."

"I'm glad, because there's so much that I wanted to ask you," Kathy beamed as
she tasted her own beverage.

"Such as?" Bruce asked.

"Well, I have to confess that you must know a lot more about our world than
I do about yours," Kathy said as she cut up and began to eat her breakfast.
"It's a strange feeling to know that you have a duplicate on another world."

"It can be," Bruce said as he started on his own as well.

"Do you know my double on your Earth?" Kathy asked curiously.

"We ... we were friends." he answered awkwardly.

"But no longer?" Kathy continued, picking up on the past tense.

"Being Batman wasn't exactly compatible with having a successful relationship
at the time," Bruce offered, only giving part of the truth.

"But you had a relationship?"

"Of sorts."

"Our Batman," Kathy said, "and I still tend to think of he and Bruce as two
separate people since I didn't know his secret back then, was a little
different in that aspect. He was capable of loving someone and still wear the
cowl. My problem was that I wasn't the one he loved."

Bruce nodded in understanding, having heard at least part of the story
before.

"Still, it didn't keep me from loving him, even after I knew he'd gotten
married. He didn't even have to tell me that he did, I just knew. Even after
I put aside my costume and married a man who loved me, I never really stopped
loving my Batman."

"What made you put the costume back on?" Bruce inquired as he changed the
subject.

"My own marriage didn't last," she explained. "In hindsight, it had been a
mistake in the first place. Then, after Gotham lost Batman, I felt I had to
do something. His loss reminded me that I'd never felt so alive as I did
during the years that I wore that costume."

That was a sentiment that Bruce certainly understood.

"Most people don't really know what happened that day up on the Gotham Trade
Towers, because Dr. Fate did something afterwards to make everyone believe
that Bruce and Batman were both killed, and not that they were the same
person. The only ones who remember the true story are those who knew that
already."

Bruce tensed up for a moment, not sure if he really wanted to hear any of
the details of his counterpart's death that he was sure Kathy was about to
relate. Then he changed his mind, thinking that it would help him understand
what motivated this woman across from him. A familiar stranger whom he was
finding more fascinating by the minute.

"The Justice Society was fighting some madman named Bill Jensen, and getting
the worse of it," Kathy began as she gained the younger man's undivided
attention, "he was a common murder who had somehow gained incredible powers
and wanted only one thing, the death of the man who put him in prison -
Police Commissioner Bruce Wayne. In the course of the battle, Dr. Fate had
hidden Bruce in the City Museum on one of the lower floors of the tower. As
best as the JSA was able to reconstruct afterwards, Bruce took the Batman
costume that was on display there and joined the fray."

Kathy paused for a moment to catch her breath. It was obvious to Bruce that
it was a painful story for her to tell. Yet at the same time, she seems to
draw strength from it as well.

"Jay Garrick, the Flash, was the only one who actually saw Batman before
those last moments, but even that was only for a few seconds because he
blacked out after Jensen had tossed him off the roof." she went on. "He
later recounted his surprise at waking up in mid-air and then suddenly being
caught by Batman. The Flash remembered asking him what he was doing there,
in costume, since he had swore never to put it on again after his wife's
death the year before. Batman simply replied, ‘what I have to'."

In his mind's eye, Bruce could hear his own voice saying those words.

"The rest happened so quickly. Batman made it to the top of the towers, just
as the JSA was regrouping and trying one more time to subdue their foe, only
to fail again. Jensen turned on Batman, but he wouldn't be stopped. Batman
endured what would've surely killed another man and defeated Jensen. At the
cost of his own life, he saved his friends, and the city."

Bruce took a deep breath, feeling the loss of the man he might have been.

"What I have to," Kathy repeated. "That's the reason I put the costume back
on."

Silence filled the table for a long moment as neither of them was really
sure what to say next. Fate took a hand in the form of a news bulletin that
interrupted the background music that had been playing on the radio.

The brief report told of a botched early morning bank robbery in which Robin
had attempted to free some hostages, only to be wounded and taken hostage
himself. The GPD was attempting to negotiate with the gunmen, but so far
without success. More updates would be broadcast as they became available.

Kathy immediately caught the look in Bruce's eye as he started to get up from
the table. She opened her mouth to speak, but Bruce cut her off.

"You know that no matter who sees me, I'm going," he said, hoping that she
wouldn't give him an argument.

As it turned out, he needn't have worried.

"I know" Kathy replied with a smile as she also rose from the table, "What I
was about to say was just give me a few minutes and I'll join you."

* * *

The bank in question turned out to be the First Gotham Trust, an institution
that once counted Thomas Wayne as one of its Directors. It was housed in an
old landmark building that had been constructed back in the mid nineteenth
century. A memory of a youthful visit to the hundred and fifty year old
building planted the seeds of a plan in Batman's mind. That was if the unique
aspect of the structure existed on both worlds. Directing Batwoman to drop
him off in the alley behind the bank, he outlined his plan and sent her off
to make contact with the GPD out front.

Working his way into the building, Batman soon found that what he had found
fascinating as a boy was true here as well. Prior to the Civil War, the bank
had served as one of the stops on the Underground Railroad that had spirited
escaped slaves north to Canada. In fact, it had been the station before Wayne
Manor. Slaves would hide in a hidden passage in the bank, until they could be
smuggled out of the city. The passageway, which his father had taken him on a
tour of, still existed, having only been sealed off rather than filled in
because of its historical aspect.

It only took a few minutes work with a cutting laser to gain entry into the
dark hall, and then move to the other end that opened into the office of the
bank president. From the small vantage point he gained by opening the door
just a crack, Batman was able to look out onto the main floor and take stock
of the situation.

The Darknight Detective quickly ascertained the position of all five thieves.
Two were situated around the front windows, watching for activity by the
police that filled the surrounding street. As he had hoped, the arrival of
Batwoman had drawn their full attention. Two others stood guard over what
they assumed was the only other entrance to the bank, a side door from which
deliveries were made. The last of the quintet had been assigned to keep watch
on their hostages, who were all sitting against the outside of the teller's
cages on the far wall.

The bank employees and customers all seemed to be fine, in fact, they weren't
even restrained beyond the fact that a man with an automatic weapon was
watching over them. At the far end of the group, standing a few feet away
from the rest was Robin.

The Man of Wonder had a small bruise on the right side of his head, caked
with dried blood. Other than that he seemed unhurt. From his observation
point, Batman could see that Robin's hands were bound to a wooden display
post by a pair of handcuffs, possibly taken from one of the bank's security
guards. Other than that, the bank robber closest to the hostages seemed to
pay him no mind. Instead his interest seemed to be centered on a young woman
who was wearing a tight tank top that did more to accent than conceal a not
inconsiderable bust.

A well-aimed batarang impacted against the side of the thief's head,
replacing his view of mammary charms with stars and bright lights, at least
for the few seconds it took him to hit the floor. As he rushed past him,
Batman kicked his weapon to the far side of the room, just in case.

The two at the window never expected to be attacked from behind and fell
under a series of quick, expertly delivered blows. Not even waiting for them
to fall, Batman was already turning to face the last two, who he was sure
were only now beginning to realize that something was happening. He had
barely come all the way around when he saw that he needn't have bothered.

The last two members of the gang were sitting on the floor, their hands
joined together by the handcuffs that had been on Robin. The other hostages
had fled into the teller's cage once Robin had freed himself.

"I wasn't sure you'd be able to free yourself in time," Batman said with a
smile as he closed the distance between him and this Gotham's defender.

"You're joking, right?" the adult Robin said, not really sure if the man in
front of him was serious or not. "I could get out of cuffs like that before
the first time I ever put on a costume."

"I didn't expect any less," Batman smiled even broader to show that it had
indeed been an attempt at humor. "After all, you were trained by the very
best."

The compliment to his long-gone mentor finally brought a change to Robin's
face. That and the realization that the visitor from another world also
deserved to wear the cowl.

"I guess I was," Robin replied, returning the smile.

"Robin, is it safe to come out now?" the voice of one of the bank employees
called out.

"One minute," Robin called back, thinking that they were too busy running for
safety to really see Batman before and that it would avoid some unanswerable
questions if they didn't get a good look at him now.

"I guess that's my cue to get out of here before anyone sees me," Batman
said, thinking the same thing.

He turned and took a step towards the office, only to be stopped by the touch
of Robin's gloved hand on his shoulder.

"It felt good to be working with Batman again," he said in a low voice that
couldn't be overheard.

"Anytime pal," Batman said over his shoulder, feeling the warmth of Robin's
smile wash over him before disappearing into the office and the passageway
beyond.

Sealing the hidden panel behind him, Batman paused at the outer door and
waited until he was sure that the bank had been cleared before venturing
outside. That took at least an hour and a half, but there was no way around
it. When he finally exited into the late afternoon daylight, he found
Batwoman waiting against her Batcycle. He was still so pleased that he'd
made peace with Robin that he failed to notice the subtle look of displeasure
on his female counterpart's face as she handed him the trench coat he had
worn over his costume on the way there.

* * *

Batwoman continued to be mostly silent all the way back to her apartment,
answering any direct question with only the shortest of replies. It wasn't
until the doors of the private elevator to her penthouse closed behind them
and they were once more cloaked in privacy of her home that she asked a
question that had been smoldering from the moment Robin had emerged from
the bank with the hostages and announced that all of the robbers had been
disarmed and captured.

"Would you like to explain what happened back there?" Kathy asked as she
removed her own coat that she had donned down in the garage, the anger in
her voice quite evident.

"Excuse me?" Bruce asked as he removed his own covering.

"Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about," Kathy went on. "You
did the same thing that he always tried to do. I wouldn't stand for it then,
and I'm not going to stand for it now."

She didn't have to explain who the he was that she was referring to.

"Kathy, I ..." he started to say but was cut off as she made it clear she
wasn't in the mood for excuses.

"You went into that bank knowing that you had no intention of waiting until
I could get into position to help you. Even though that was what we had
agreed on before I dropped you off," she said. "I spoke to Robin afterwards
and he told me that there was absolutely no reason why you couldn't have
waited a few more minutes. No one was in any immediate danger."

Bruce didn't know what to say, except that deep down, he knew she was right.
At the time, he hadn't even realized why he was doing it. It wasn't even a
conscious decision.

The question hung in the air for a long moment, until Bruce realized that
Kathy wasn't going to take silence as an answer. Then he suddenly understood
why he had done it, the only problem was, how did he explain it.

"Kathy, I'm sorry," he said in an apologetic tone, "I just couldn't take the
chance that something might've happened to you, and that it would be my
fault."

"What did you think might've happened to me?" Kathy said, her anger still
apparent.

"You could've been killed" Bruce replied, knowing as soon as he said it that
it was the wrong thing to say.

"That's a possibility every time I put on this costume, I came to grips
with that a long time ago. What would possess you to think that this time
would ..." Kathy started to say, then finally understood what had prompted
his actions. "Oh my God!" she gasped. "She's dead. Your Kathy died wearing
this costume."

"Yes," Bruce said, not bothering to explain that technically she had died
with it in her arms, but the symbolism was the same.

"Oh Bruce, I'm so sorry for you," Kathy said as all traces of anger faded,
to be replaced with concern and the understanding that despite what he might
have indicated before, he had loved his Batwoman.

Moving to him, Kathy removed her gloves and ran a bare hand across the side
of his face. Looking up into his deep blue eyes, as Bruce stood a head taller
than her, she saw the deep pain the memory had brought back. In her own case
at least, she hadn't been there to watch Batman die.

Then, acting on pure emotion rather than rational thought, she tilted her
head forward and kissed him. It was a friendly kiss at first, but one that
quickly turned into something much more. Bruce was reluctant to respond to
the sudden intimacy at first, but as Kathy pressed her lips even harder
against his and brushed against the small opening with her tongue, she felt
him begin to respond.

His arms closed around her and then his hands moved up her back, to come to
rest in her long black hair. He pulled her body tight against his as one kiss
turned to two, and then three, each more personal than the last. The feelings
each had held for their counterparts mixed with the new admiration they felt
for each other. Yet, with that intermix, came a small measure of guilt as
well. Bruce was the first to give it voice

"Kathy, we can't ..." he started to say, only to be hushed by soft fingers
against his lips.

"No, don't say it," she said, "I don't want to hear it. I know that you're
not my Batman, and I'm not your Kathy, and that by tomorrow you might vanish
from my life and never come back. But none of that matters. All I know is
that, at least for today, for right now, I have the chance to live a dream
that I long ago gave up on. Please don't let that dream die again."

Bruce opened his mouth to say anything that might convince Kathy that she was
wrong, but the words didn't come. He knew that he felt the same way and that
anything he said to the contrary would be a lie.

"Is it because I'm too old?" she asked, sensing in his hesitation that age
might be a factor.

It was something that had been very much on her mind since she had first seen
the Earth 1 Batman. When she had first donned her red and yellow costume, she
had been so much younger than the Caped Crusader. Now, she was the one with
the years behind her. Yet, seeing Batman in his prime again had her feel half
her age.

"Kathy, ..." Bruce said, pausing as he made his decision, or rather let his
feelings make it for him. "I think you are more beautiful now then the first
time I saw any Kathy Kane."

"Do you really think that, or is it one of those throw away lines a Bruce
Wayne would toss around?" she said as she again looked into his eyes, taking
comfort in the fact that his arms were still wrapped around her.

Bruce answered with actions rather then words, pulling her tight once more
and kissing her passionately. Kathy took an even bolder step as their tongues
intertwined. A soft moan spilled from her mouth as her bare hand slid down to
briefly come to rest on the codpiece of his costume, finding the manhood
beneath it erect.

They were of different worlds, born in different times, but for tonight at
least, the beating of each other's hearts and the warmth of their bodies, was
all the reality that either of them needed.

* * *

The thick carpet beneath them absorbed the sound as Batman's utility belt
fell upon it, joining the cape and gloves that had preceded it. Kathy pulled
Bruce's form-fitting shirt loose and slid her hands up under it. Almost
hesitantly, her fingers spread out across his chest, caressing the short dark
hairs until they reached his nipples. A soft touch against them brought a
smile to Bruce's face.

Bruce responded by moving his own hands down her back, applying a gentle
pressure as he pulled Kathy against him. Cupping the shapely cheeks of her
ass, he squeezed them tightly, inciting another soft moan from the older
crimefighter as she pressed her body against his. Their lips met once more,
their tongues dancing an erotic ballet.

The crush of her large breasts against his chest sent a shiver of excitement
through Bruce, a shudder that reverberated between his legs as well. Slipping
his hands up between them, he laid them on her mounds, massaging them through
the layers of cloth. His sensitive fingers could feel her nipples grow hard
beneath them.

After a few moments of play, Kathy gripped the bottom of Bruce's tunic and
pulled it up and over his hand, dropping it to the floor. Even though she had
seen him shirtless in the Batcave the night before, she couldn't help but let
out a soft sigh of admiration at his finely sculptured form. The Darknight
had spent the better part of a lifetime fine-tuning his body to perfection,
and the thought that it was now hers sent her heart racing.

Gently, almost reverently, her hands glided across his chest, back and arms,
feeling the strength contained within. As they moved, her fingers inevitably
came across old scars, souvenirs of a decade of fighting crime. She wished
she could heal them with her touch, but would settle at the moment for just
making him forget they were there.

Bruce, having relinquished his hold on her breasts, returned his hands to
Kathy's back, focusing his attention on the hidden zipper that held the tight
fitting jumpsuit against her body. Undoing the clasp and pulling down the
zipper, he released the tension so that Kathy could now easily climb out of
her costume. It took a few moments to remove her bright red boots beforehand,
a brief delay that Bruce used to remove his own darker ones as well.

Beneath the costume that she quickly discarded, Kathy wore a specially
tailored sports bra. A vivid red, it matched her mask and cape as well as the
small panties that completed her ensemble. Pushing away her costume with her
bare foot, Kathy moved back a few steps to give Bruce a good look at her. A
brief look of concern filled her face as she worried that the man before her
might find her wanting.

It was a concern that was washed away in an instant by the look in Bruce's
eyes as they filled with admiration, a feeling that was also reflected by the
broad grin on his face. He'd already noted what maturity had brought to the
already stunning features he'd remembered, but now he was able to add the
rest of her body to his assessment.

His eyes lingered on Kathy's spectacular bust for a long breath, twin
hemispheres that strained for release. As Bruce Wayne, and even a few times
as Batman, he had seen more than his share of impressive women. It took no
effort to place Kathy Kane on his short list of amazing bodies. Her
forty-something year old form had a firm, sculptured quality that women half
her age would envy. Only the sleek, raw sensuality of Selina Kyle had
impressed him more.

Taking her in his arms once more, Bruce cupped both her breasts, stroking
the exposed flesh before again moving on to the erect nipples that pressed
against her brassiere. This close, he could see the silver dollar sized
outline of her areola, the dark pinkness visible through the soft red
material.

Kathy slid her hands down between Bruce's legs, placing the flat of her hand
against the bulge in his tights, and this time leaving it there. His full
length and hardness filled her with a surge of anticipation. The dark-haired
woman gently broke Bruce's grip around her and dropped down to her knees. His
uniform pants proved no more an obstacle than his shirt and came off just as
easily.

Bruce didn't say a word as Kathy gently stroked his manhood through his
simple white briefs, content to just enjoy her enticing attention and let her
set the pace, at least for now. His turn would come soon enough.

Unable to wait any longer, Kathy pulled down his briefs and exposed his
fully erect cock. Secretly, she had to admit that she would've been slightly
disappointed if Bruce hadn't proved to be as well endowed as in her youthful
fantasies. Now, with the reality only inches in front of her, her
expectations came up anything but short.

An erotic tremor flashed out across Bruce's body as Kathy ran her fingers up
and down the length of his cock, cupping his balls and then working their way
up from the base to the mushroom shaped crown. She pulled on his erection a
few times, scraping his naked flesh with her nails. Each touch produced
another ripple of pleasure.

Taking a sure grip on the base of his cock, Kathy tilted it toward her face
until it was only an inch away. Softly she kissed the tip, then ran her
tongue across his head as she sampled his manhood. A tiny appetizer that
brought a wide smile to her face.

A smile that was reflected on Bruce as well as Kathy kissed her way down the
shaft of his cock, alternating the press of her lips with the wetness of her
tongue. Reaching his balls, she took one into her mouth, sucking it gently
for a few seconds before releasing it and moving on to the other. All the
while, her fingers continued to play with it as well.

Then, with a motion that brought a groan of satisfaction from Bruce, Kathy
opened her mouth as wide as she could and engulfed the head of his cock.
Sucking it lightly, she swirled her tongue around the underside of his crown,
then worked her way down to the base.

The warmth of her wetness washed over Bruce as she took more of him inside
her with each motion, until she had consumed his entire length. Kathy
reversed direction and now worked her way upward, taking her time to savor
every inch. She deep-throated him a second time, recalling skills that had
seen far too little use in recent years.

In her youth, long before she had become respectable, Kathy Kane the circus
performer had quite the reputation as a champion cocksucker as well. With
her head bobbing up and down in an every increasing repetition, Bruce was
learning firsthand that it had been a reputation well deserved.

The feel of her mouth on his cock was incredible, and as she continued to
suck it deeply and pump it with her hand, it only got better. Her tongue
seemed to be everywhere at once as the building vacuum effect of her efforts
quickly reached the point where Bruce was helpless against it.

Bruce gripped the back of her head, holding her in place as if he thought she
might suddenly stop. It was a foolish worry but one that might be forgiven in
the ecstasy of the moment. Kathy had pleased the man before her in hundreds
of forbidden dreams, and the opportunity to have one of them come true filled
her with the determination to make the experience worth all of those lonely
nights.

Ripples of delight continued to echo through Bruce's body, allowing Kathy to
feel the reactions of his cock as it pressed against the sides of her mouth.
The tiny tremors assured her that it wouldn't be long before he reached a
climax. Her own body was also filled with excitement, but she was willing to
hold off on her own desires to focus on Bruce totally.

Twirling her tongue, she moved her lips up and down his length with all
the skill of her youth, knowing that only seconds were left. Seconds which
quickly ticked away until Bruce exploded as she held him deep within her,
sending the fruits of his eruption splashing against the back of her throat.

It was a moment she committed to her most secret memory, even as she savored
every drop of what she considered no less than ambrosia. Not a drop escaped
past her lips as she continued to suck his cock until he had no more to give
and he began to grow soft inside her mouth. At which point she almost
reluctantly released her hold on him, but knew that there was still much more
to come.

A sentiment that was very much on Bruce's mind as well. After helping Kathy
back to her feet, he kissed her deeply. Once again, his powerful arms wrapped
around her and this time, he literally swept her off her feet.

Holding her effortlessly in the air, Bruce turned in the direction of the
master bedroom and carried her to it. Enjoying the radiant heat of his body
and the power it exuded, Kathy buried her head against his chest, the joy on
her face reflecting the happiness inside her.

* * *

Depositing Kathy on the edge of the large, full-sized bed in the center of
the bedroom, Bruce sat down next to her. They embraced once more, their lips
meeting with a sense of urgency as they continued to explore each other's
body. Kathy took a moment to pull down the straps of her tight fitting bra,
giving Bruce the opportunity to grab the bottom of it and drag it down to
her waist, finally giving him an unrestricted view of her bounty.

It was a view worth waiting for as Kathy cupped both breasts and pressed them
together, her fingers working the stiffness out of them that was sometimes
caused by the tight restraint. The quick, vibrant massage caused the large
globes to bounce with a life of their own when she released them.

Kathy laid back and stretched out on the bed, lifting her lower body so that
Bruce could pull the bra down even further, slipping it past her legs.
Leaning over, he kissed her softly, a look of a fervent anticipation on his
face. Returning the kiss, she took hold of his left hand and placed it on her
breast.

Kathy was immensely proud of her breasts, and the attention they drew from
both men and women. While larger then those of most women her size, they were
nevertheless still quite firm, the result of over thirty years of daily
workouts. The rest of her body followed suit, with only the strands of gray
and white between her legs to attest to her years. The vanity that caused her
to eliminate any trace of them from her head didn't reach quite that far.

Bruce kissed her again, this time Kathy reached out with her tongue to meet
him halfway. His hand cupped her breast, rubbing his thumb over her erect
nipple, sending tiny sparks across the plump flesh.

They continued to kiss, until Bruce shifted from her delightful mouth and
slid his attention slowly downward. First to her throat and neck, then her
shoulders, leaving a wet trail in his wake. Finally he moved to her wonderful
mounds and fulfilled the dream of thousands of male Gothamites.

Kathy arched her back, pressing her breast against his mouth. It was an
encouragement he barely needed. Taking her large nipple into his mouth, he
worked his tongue around the bud, causing soft moans to spill from her lips
and an increased wetness between her legs. Expanding his focus to include
the warm flesh around her dark circle, he covered that as well with his lips
and tongue.

"Oh God, Bruce," Kathy moaned softly, "you can't imagine how long I've
dreamed of this."

But he actually could imagine just that, thinking that it had to be just as
long as he had always regretted the roads not taken with his own Kathy.
Unfulfilled dreams that sometimes haunted his nights.

Bruce continued to orally massage her mound, his right hand having already
moved to its twin a few minutes before. The mixture of soft and firm flesh
sent a powerful thrill through him, almost the equal of the one fluttering
across Kathy. A short time later, he switched breasts, bring her other
pointed nipple the same pleasures.

Back and forth he moved, feasting on Kathy's bounty. Ever the planner, part
of Bruce's mind was already on his next move. His hand slid down between her
legs and pushed aside her panties to uncover her sex. Her hairy mound was
damp with wetness as he pressed a single finger past her folds, causing Kathy
to moan a loud encouragement.

A second finger followed, spreading her open even further as his thumb sought
out her already expanded clitoris. The contact between the two was electric.
Finding his mark, Bruce worked it skillfully, not missing a beat at either of
his efforts. With the proficiency of a master pianist, he brought her to an
even greater level of excitement as she rode the arrows of Eros

Bruce continued his downward journey, kissing his way across the flat of her
stomach, jumping across to the soft skin of her inner thigh and then worked
his way back upward. The wet touch of his tongue made her shiver with
anticipation as he neared his goal. He continued to stroke her beneath her
panties as well, sending continuing waves of pleasure rippling through her.

Removing his hand a short time later, Bruce slowly eased her panties down
over her ass, dropping them over the side of the bed. He paused for a moment
to admire her womanhood, then took hold of Kathy's legs, lifting them high
and far apart. Finally, the top of his head disappeared and he pressed his
mouth hard against her wet mound.

Reaching out with two fingers to again part her folds, Bruce pressed his
tongue deep within her sex, easily finding the prize his fingers had already
located. It took very little time for him to reciprocate the pleasures Kathy
had brought to him in the outer room. A payback that quickly became more
intense that she could've imagined.

Kathy was no stranger to oral love, having first sampled its charms at an
early age. Her encounters had even included a short fling with another woman
during her circus days. This however, was far beyond any of her experiences.
It was quickly apparent that his unequaled crimefighting skills weren't the
only things Bruce Wayne had learned during his youthful travels around the
world.

Using those talents, he explored the depths of her sex, licking and sucking
the outer walls, then returning to the quivering tip of her clit. The tiny
spark that had started at that point had doubled and redoubled, until it had
grown to a conflagration. Her body quaked and covered with tiny droplets of
sweat as Bruce brought her ever closer to orgasm, only to pull her back at
what seemed to be the last moments using secrets he had learned in a distant
land under the tutelage of a woman quite experienced in such things. It
allowed him to prolong her enjoyments, even if that part of her that wanted
so badly to climax might not see it that way.

Kathy raised her hips off the bed, pressing her mound even tighter against
Bruce's face, encouraging him to finish her off. Her head swayed side to
side, as her hands grasped the sheets beneath her tightly. She was so close
to the edge she could taste it, but Bruce was still holding her back.

Reaching under her ass, he gripped her cheeks and easily supported her
weight. He allowed her to ascend the summit once more, and this time, planned
to let her reach it. Her hands now free, Kathy gripped the back of his head
and met his darting tongue with her own pelvic thrusts.

She screamed with pleasure, not caring if any of her neighbors heard her
enthusiasm. A cry that grew even louder as she hurled herself over the
precipice and for what seemed a blissful eternity, found herself wrapped in
pure bliss. The intensity of her rapture was one she hadn't felt since her
teen years. It couldn't get any better than this, a small part of her mind
proclaimed, while another earnestly hoped she was wrong.

Her body shuddered with pleasure for a few moments more, then grew slack in
Bruce's hands as the power of her orgasm was finally spent. Bruce lowered her
back onto the bed, lifting his head from between her legs to see a very
satisfied Kathy looking back at him.

Catching his own breath, Bruce climbed up next to her and pressed his lips to
hers, sharing the taste of her climax even as she had shared his. Collapsing
next to her, he basked in the shared warmth of their bodies, drawing strength
from it for what was still to come.

* * *

Given their physical condition, it didn't take long for the two of them to
get their second wind. Kathy reached down and took Bruce's cock in her hand.
Even with his own explosive climax earlier, it had never gone completely
soft. The rest of her followed her hand, and with one quick motion, she
slipped it back into her mouth. After that, it didn't take long to make it
fully hard again.

Not used to being a passive participant in anything, Bruce found it strange
to just lay back and let Kathy take control. Strange, but nice in it's own
way.

Taking hold of her ample breasts, Kathy wrapped them around Bruce's cock,
rubbing them up and down against it. The heat of her body passed into him as
their passions melted into one desire. Moving forward, she climbed on top of
him, brushing them along his chest as well. Then reaching behind her, she
took hold of his cock.

Lifting her body, she directed his cock to the entrance of her pussy, rubbing
the tip against her clit. A quiet moan filled the air as she rubbed back and
forth against his hardness.

The moan turned to a gasp as she slowly lowered herself and took Bruce
inside of her. His fullness was more than she'd experienced in years, and
the tightness of her sugar walls against his flesh was a wondrous feeling.
A thought that echoed in Bruce's mind as well.

With Bruce buried deep inside her, Kathy paused for a long moment, taking the
time to get used to the feel of having him inside her. Then she began to lift
herself up and down on it, rising higher with each repetition.

Repetitions that increased in speed with each passing heartbeat, Kathy rode
him faster and harder, rocking with reckless abandon. She ground her hips
against his cock, pulling him even deeper inside of her. Her long hair was
in total disarray, tossing in every direction at once. The same could be said
for her heaving breasts as the delightful sensations of pure, unadulterated
sex ripped through both of them. It had been quite some time since she'd had
a real lover, and not one that existed only in her dreams.

Unable to remain a spectator any longer, Bruce took hold of her and began to
add his thrusts to her own. His own pace soon quickened as well as he helped
her ride his cock even harder. In no time at all they were in perfect
harmony, fucking each other with equally timed strokes. As Bruce pressed up
inside of her, Kathy would push down to meet him. She looked deep into his
eyes as they made contact. In that moment, control of their journey passed
to the younger man.

With a maneuver that would probably have been more at home high above the
city heights than in the bedroom, Bruce slipped out of Kathy and effortlessly
flipped her body over until she came to rest face down on the bed. With equal
speed, he moved behind her and lifted her up so that she was on all fours.

Kathy spread her legs wide, even as Bruce took his cock in hand and reentered
her. He was now in totally command, and if you were to ask her about it,
Kathy wouldn't have it any other way.

Drawing on very aspect of his strength, he drove into her, his cock
slamming against her. Kathy met him with, if not equal strength, then equal
determination. Their mating became ever more intense as their sweaty,
gyrating bodies raced the final hundred yards of their journey. The pleasures
they had experienced before had been mere preludes. As great as they had
been, they didn't compare to the absolute joy before them.

Reaching down between her legs, Kathy found her clit with her fingers and
added those pleasures to the mix. The twin motions of her hand and Bruce's
pulsing cock drove her to the very edge of heaven, needing only the gentlest
of touches to push her over that edge.

Instead of a gentle nudge, she got a veritable explosion. One that ignited
every nerve in her body.

The walls of her pussy tightened around his cock as he erupted inside her,
the vibrations of his climax triggering her own. Both of them gasped and
grunted as time slowed to a point where the tick of the clock on the wall
seemed an eternity. Their bodies rocked in orgasmic ecstasy until their
strengths vanished when time returned. Totally drained, they collapsed onto
the bed, intertwined in a sweaty embrace.

In that brief instant, when their souls had merged as one, both Bruce and
Kathy knew that they weren't alone. That the spirits of their counterparts
were there with them, and had also shared in the adventure.

* * *

Robin's original calculations proved to be in error, and it turned out to
be nearly five days before Bruce returned to the world of his birth. In that
time, Kathy had shown him the city that might have been his, and they had
even visited the grave of her Batman and his wife. Then, at the end of each
of those days, they had made passionate love until long after the dawn of the
succeeding day.

Also somewhere during that time, Bruce found a part of himself that he had
believed to have been driven out of him by the bullets which had taken his
parent's life. Part of the Bruce Wayne that might have been had there not
been a Batman. When he did return home, he found himself more at peace with
himself than he had in years. That part of the Bruce that might have been,
and the love of the woman who had helped him find it, would be memories that
he would forever cherish.

END

Inspired by "Interlude On Earth 2"
The Brave And The Bold # 182 - January 1982

(c) Ann Douglas 2003

    

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