Currently dashing the hopes of my parents. (lolasenvy) wrote in knivesandlint,
Currently dashing the hopes of my parents.

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Desdemona's Return, Part 11

Story Title: Desdemona's Return Part Eleven
Summary: Showdown.
Genre: AU OC
Pairing: Desdemona/Johnathan Crane, Bruce Wayne/Lily
Rating: R
Disclaimer: If I owned them, I'd be too busy fucking to write my name...
Author Notes: Comments are love, bitches! I owe this one to vonnix and my dear jokerluv

Batman stopped at the door, turning back to face them. "Matilda." he said solemnly, "Thank you." Batman continued out of the batcave, and Matilda immediately turned to Robin. "What does he mean, I'm not going?" she demanded. Matilda scribbled directions down onto a blank sheet of paper, extending them to Robin. "That hostage is only in harm's way because of me. I have to do something." Robin nodded, taking her point. "Wait here and I'll go talk him." Robin assured her as he turned and followed him out. He met Batman in the weapons vault as he stood adding items to his utility belt.

"Here are your directions." Robin offered, "Listen, Matilda really wants to go, and I think she might be ready." Batman's eyes never left his work as he replied, "No." Robin looked puzzled at his tone, "Batman, I don't get it. Don't they want her? What's going to happen when you show up without her?" Batman snapped his belt closed, gripping it tightly. "Listen, I know you don't trust her." Robin argued, "If you never give her a chance, how can she prove herself?" Batman turned to Robin as he reasoned, "Do you have feelings for her?" he asked directly.

Robin was taken aback. "Whether or not I have feelings is irrelevant, the point is -" Robin began, only to be cut off by Batman. "It's not irrelevant." He shot back, "Not if you care for her. I can't risk..." Batman clenched his teeth, looking up as he admitted, "He's got Lily, Dick." Batman turned, collecting his belt and attaching the last of his accessories. Robin stood speechless, "Bruce, I-I'm sorry." Batman made his way out of the vault and to the batmobile. "She stays," he ordered, "for her own safety." Batman sped away, and Robin watched impotent.

Robin came back to explain, only to find Matilda already suited up. "Batman doesn't want you in danger, so he thinks it would be best if you stayed." Matilda blinked, "You are not serious." She went back to dressing herself, "I'm going, that's all there is to it." Robin walked over to her, "I know you want to help, but this one is too big." he reasoned. Matilda shook as she continued putting on her gloves. "I have been very cooperative so far, but enough is enough."

Matilda began walking toward him, "I'm going, with or without you." Robin grabbed her forearms, holding her. "Batman warned me." Robin started, "The hostage. He knows her." Matilda clutched her face in shock. "He doesn't want to see someone I love get hurt." Robin released her arms, and Matilda stepped forward, resting her hand on his shoulder. Robin took her face in his hands, kissing her slowly. Matilda held to him, pressing her suited body to his hungrily.

"Well, come on then." Robin said, breaking the kiss. "I may not like it, but wherever you're going, I want to be there with you." Tears flooded her eyes, and Matilda bounced one exaggerated bounce. "I'm ready." She said confidently as they made their way to his motorcycle.

Crane parked the car, and he and Desi walked to the trunk together. "You want to tell me what all this was about?" Desi asked, zipping up her bodysuit in the cold. Crane popped the trunk, sending Lily into screams. Desi looked down at her, "Christ, Johnathan, you were kinder to me." Desi huffed, staring at the terrified young woman. "I had stuff on my mind." Johnathan said quietly, "I wanted to destroy something." Lily covered her face, shaking from fear. Desi turned to him, and Crane took her in his arms. "I love you more than he ever will." he pleaded.

Desi smiled sympathetically, kissing Crane of his cheek. "I can prove it." Crane offered worriedly. Desi turned back to their car, unsure of what to say. "Desi, I can..." Crane professed, desperation in his voice, "Let me show you." Desi closed her eyes, pursing her lips as she listened to the sadness in his voice. Faking a smile, she turned back to him, "You thought of everything. You always do." Desi said, "You always take such very good are of me." Desi pressed her lips to Crane's, and he clutched her body and kissed her harshly.

"Don't forget your supplies." Desi advised. She turned from him, grabbing Lily by her hair and pulling her from the car. Lily fell out of the trunk, ripping almost a handful of hair out. Desi looked at the hair, rolling her eyes in annoyance. She let the hair fall, grabbing another handful and pulling Lily along hatefully. Crane watched sadly, unsure of what to do. He reached into the trunk, pulling Desi's 9mm handgun and slipping it into his pants. Crane slammed the trunk before following Desi to the roof.

The Joker was already on the on the roof, and his coat blew in the breeze as he watched cautiously for Batman and Matilda. Desi kicked open the roof access door, dragging Lily behind her. She threw her forward, sending her to her knees on the cement parking deck. Crane followed moments later, concealing his weapon. Joker paced, giddy with anticipation. They all paused, listening as the batmobile roared its way up the garage. "Here we go." The Joker sang merrily as it emerged, pulling in front of them. Batman leaped out alone, much to the bemusement of the crowd.

Joker's smiles slowly faded as he looked about the vehicle. His right eye began twitching as Desi looked to him frantic. "Uh, Batsy?" Joker inquired, all mirth escaping him, "Where is Matilda Crane?" Batman took a step toward him, answering gruffly, "She's safe. This madness end now!" Desi, shaking in her rage, pulled Lily's head back to expose her neck. Pulling her trusty knife, Desi pressed the blade against her neck. "What have you done with my daughter?" Desi shrieked, silencing even the male villains. "I will fucking kill her." Desi spat hatefully, nicking her neck. Lily sobbed, seemingly unaware of what was going on around her.

Batman raised his hand to calm Desi as she wavered with the blade. "Call her," Desi demanded, "Bring her here, or I swear to you..." Desi jerked her hair, smearing the blood on her neck as Lily cried out. As Desi held to her, she heard the call from beside her. "Let her go mom." Matilda called defiantly. Desi shook as she turned to her, looking at her black and red rubber suit in disbelief. "Let her go and we'll talk." Crane stared, dumbfounded at the sight. He opened his mouth to address her, but was cut off by the Joker, who stepped in front of him to pick up the mantle. Desdemona stood there speechless, watching as the scene unfolded around her. "Well, well." Joker said sardonically, "You didn't waste any time Matilda."

Matilda swallowed hard, unexpectedly nervous, "Then again, you are so much like your mother." the Joker continued, glancing over to the heartsick Desi as he spoke. He swaggered toward Matilda, confident as he spoke, "Harley's color scheme. Not very original, but at least you stayed away from purple." He said with a laugh before immediately growing serious, "Matilda, there are things we need to discuss, a-ha, and not in front of the bat or the boy blunder. Come with me and we'll get all this sorted out." Joker lifted his fingers mockingly, "Scout's honor." Crane furrowed his brow, looking to Desi for explanation but instead finding her holding to Lily with a far off look.

Matilda turned to Desi, trying to ignore the intimidating stare from the Joker. "Mom, let her go. Don't get yourself arrested or worse." Matilda reached forward for Desi, and tears welled in Desi's eyes. "Don't you think you know everything?" Desi whispered, looking away. "Why not? You're seventeen. Seventeen Matilda!" Desi covered her mouth, and Crane went to comfort her in her rage. "Lay off your mother." Joker advised humorously, "What, are you afraid to come with me? I'm your father, I'm not gonna kill you." he assured her, "Well, if I were going to kill you I would've done it already." The Joker shrugged, but both Crane and Matilda stood, mouths agape.

Crane turned to Desi, "What is he talking about?" he asked desperately. His face collapsed as Desi looked sadly at him. "Johnathan, I...I gave her your name." Desi offered, "You raised her." Joker relished the damage as it unfolded, but his eyes never left Matilda. "She's his?" Crane muttered in disbelief. Desi announced in her frustration, "You win Matilda." She released Lily, who began crawling away frantic. Desi opened her arms for Crane, who walked vacantly into them. His tears were bitter, and he said nothing as he pulled the gun and shot Lily in the side of her head.

Robin rushed Crane, tackling his limp body away from Desi as Batman rushed the body of Lily. Crane laid on the ground on his stomach as Robin reached for his cuffs. "You destroyed my family." Crane called nonchalantly as Batman lifted Lily in his arms, "So I destroyed yours." Desi stared in disbelief but the Joker laughed heartily. "Who would've thought he had that in him?" Matilda grabbed Desi, who turned as a reflex and punched her in the throat. Matilda dropped to her knees, coughing. "You will meet me in two days at pier 27, and this time if you pull any of this bullshit, I will kill every little girl in town that reminds me of you." Matilda looked up, horrified. "Got it?" Desi said coldly, and Matilda nodded.

Desi turned, shooting Crane a pining look before she took off to escape. Joker chuckled as he looked down at Matilda. "Quite a slugger, isn't she?" He commented as he took off, "Welcome to the big leagues!"

Bruce sat in silence, kneading his face as he remembered her. He closed his eyes, thinking back just two nights before. Her laughter echoed in his head and in flashes he could see her in his mind. "I have something to tell you." Lily said, he voice echoing in in his memory. Bruce rested his face in his right hand, focusing on the detail of the memory. Lily smiled, clutching her chest nervously as she spoke. "I don't want to pressure you, so don't feel like you have to say anything. I just want to say that you..." Lily huffed, laughing nervously, "make me happy. And everything, your kindness, your character..." Lily turned to face him, "Batman, everything about the person you are makes me long for you when we are apart."

Bruce took a racked, broken breath as he remembered. Lily's voice filled his mind as it echoed, "Bruce, I'm in love with you." Lily bashfully turned before he could touch her, "I don't expect anything from you, so don't worry. I just felt like I should tell you." Lily laughed, trying to cover her nerves. Bruce rested a reassuring hand on her shoulder, and Lily sighed. "Don't say anything, ok?" she laughed, "I don't think I could stand it." Lily looked back into Bruce's grateful gaze. "Let's just go to the party. Even if you feel the same way, just..." Lily sighed, "When the time is right, you'll know." Lily tugged at Bruce's hand and he opened the car door for her but said nothing.

A single tear spilled down Bruce's face as he sat turning the last things he said to Lily over in his mind. He looked down at his hand, which held to Lily's delicate hand. He looked up at the bed where she lay, her head wrapped and various tubes supplying medicine. Lily lay in a coma, several machines beeping her progress as Bruce sat in the low light holding to her hand. He took a harsh breath, kissing her hand and pressing the tear soaked cheek to it. "Please get better, baby." Bruce whispered. A machine beeped loudly, and Bruce looked up excitedly but Lily remained unresponsive.

Bruce sighed sadly, "I love you too, Lily." he choked out.
Only beeps responded.

Part One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten

If you're lost, check out the first story, "What a Little Moonlight Can Do"
Part One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve

...And it's sequel, "Ain't No Sunshine (When She's Gone)"
Part One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve

...or Part three, "Fearless"
Part One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve

...or Part Four, "Mother's Ruin"
Part One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve

Tags: featuring: alfred, featuring: batman, featuring: bruce wayne, featuring: dr. crane, featuring: harley quinn, featuring: scarecrow, featuring: the joker, genre: au, genre: movieverse, genre: multi-chapter, misc: request, pairing: bruce/ofc, pairing: joker/harley, pairing: joker/ofc, rating: nc-17
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