runespoor: in the background, dick doing a stand-up while in the foreground Babs faces the reader, frowning, eyes narrowed. (babs/dick otpotpotp)
Title: felt through a phone line
Characters: Babs, Kate
Rating: PG-13
Summary: The best part about being a Gotham hero is mixing business and pleasure. (aka: Barbara and Kate are gorgeous HBICs that have UST-charged, snarky comlink-to-phone convos.)
Notes: for the 2012 rarewomen exchange; I forgot to crosspost this on my actual journal.

the first rule of Bat dating. )
runespoor: in the background, dick doing a stand-up while in the foreground Babs faces the reader, frowning, eyes narrowed. (babs/dick otpotpotp)
Title: Neither Fate Nor Fortune [on the AO3]
Characters: Barbara (Jason, Bruce, Jim; Bruce/Jason)
Rating: PG-13
Series: Bring on the Night
Warnings: character death, ableism, violence, depression, offscreen underage, and all the content warning that comes with only mildly sanitized vampirism.
Summary: Barbara becomes Oracle, and Gotham's dead Robin is a vampire.

Canon timeline: I'm going with the idea that The Killing Joke takes place some months before Death in the Family. I'm playing loose with the chronology of some of the post-Death in the Family pre-No Man's Land storylines because of reasons.
Inspiration: I made canon soup from sources as diverse as Gotham Knights #43-44-45, Batman: Turning Points #3, Batman Chronicles #5 (Oracle Year One: Born of Hope), the DCAU, the Elseworlds Thrillkiller and Supergirl & Batgirl (spoilers for the latter two), Batman #424, and Gotham Central. I may be forgetting some.

Thank you to Discowing for betaing and cheerleading, to [personal profile] salinea for bearing my regular whining, and to [personal profile] moetushie whose remix of the first fic made me want to go on.

written for the [livejournal.com profile] dcu_bang 2012, this fic is accompanied by a fanmix made by [livejournal.com profile] ecto_gammat whose link is pending due to the hurricane.


In Greek mythology, the bearer of bad news has no name. )
runespoor: steph as robin, somersaulting joyfully, while cass uses a grapplehook to try and catch up (batgirl&robin | flying)
Title: The Queen and the Girl who would be Night – a Gotham fairytale
Characters: Cass (Oracle, Steph, Helena, Leslie, Harvey Dent, Dick)
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: ableism
Summary: the Queen of Fables takes over Gotham, and Cass is the hero of this story.

Notes & timeline: goes hand-wavy sometime between Infinite Crisis and RIP. Inspiration from the “Queen of Fables” arc of JLA (JLA #47-49). References No Man's Land and some of the unhappy events post Infinite Crisis (specifically, the Deathstroke screwing with Cass' mind storyline, which I've taken a couple liberties with. I don't know either.) No one's dead, everyone's in Gotham but Jason, Cass is Batgirl, Steph is Spoiler, Tim is Robin.

A huge thank you to [personal profile] silveronthetree, without whom this tale would have no title and a fundamentally flawed ending.

written for the [livejournal.com profile] dcu_bang 2012, this fic has gorgeous accompanying art made by [livejournal.com profile] dylogger that you can find here.

The Queen and the Girl who would be Night
a Gotham fairytale

or on the AO3


Once upon a time, a great and powerful sorceress sprang magically to life from the pages of an ancient book. )
Title: Five books Barbara Gordon put on hold at the library
Character: Barbara
Rating: G
Notes: for a comment fic prompt over on dreamwidth.

1. Cheaper By The Dozen, after Bruce mentioned that he never finished it as a child, putting it away in favour of his quest of training. Now it's waiting for the time he's grown-up enough that he may start revisiting his childhood, as an old and faraway country.

2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; it was published a few months after Stephanie's death, and she'd always been a fan of the series. It was sentimental of Barbara to put it on hold for her. When Stephanie came back, Barbara gave her a copy of Deathly Hallows.

3. Cinderella. When Dick told Cass the story, doing all the voices, making the characters come alive with his body, Cass loved it. If she's able to read it by herself one day, to find the welcoming familiarity of the story in a book, wouldn't it be a wonderful gift?

4. A self-help book – they rotate. Sometimes Barbara is angry enough at Bruce or Dick that confronting them is not an option. Then she puts whatever pop psychology book would explain their issues to them on the list, and pictures herself sending it to them. She never does; it would hurt Dick, but he still wouldn't get it, and Bruce wouldn't change his ways.

5. The Stranger. It was on Tim's reading list before he decided school education was for people who weren't adopted by Bruce Wayne, and it's going to stay on that list until he gets back to whatever form of higher education fits him best, or he comes up with an alternative that doesn't rely on Bruce Wayne's money.
Medium: fanmix
Title: Batgirls Inc.
Characters: Babs, Cass, Steph
Notes: I tried to keep this as non-affected by the reboot as possible. This is why it ends the way it does, and also why there are pics I haven't used. I didn't want this to be bittersweet, I didn't want this to be a summary of their stories; I wanted this to be a presentation of their selves. There's no end at all.



fanmix & picspam )
Title: It could be worse
Characters: Jason (Babs, Helena, Slade)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Five times Jason was mentored by another costumed crimefighter, and one time it wasn't a crimefighter.
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo, theme 'Alternate History: Personal life of a character changed'. Also for the [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic prompt, Five times a different superhero took in/adopted Jason Todd. Heavily skewed toward the Gotham crew and the Bat-connections, but not so much that I've written the fic where Steph's mom takes Jason in.

Also: I'm sure there are stories that explain why and how Bruce is a failure. Those aren't these stories. I didn't intend this as a compare and contrast, but as 'what-ifs?' that someone I hope will find enjoyable.

I'm thinking about the tragic endings all these stories could have. )
Title: Rewiring
Characters: Cass, Barbara, Bruce, minor cameos of others (Babs/Dick, implied Bruce/Jason)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: David Cain decided raising a cyborg was a better idea than having a daughter. (The inevitable “Man vs Robot War” AU.)
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo, theme 'Future: Cyberpunk'. This is a Christmas tale. I started writing it after Christmas, but it's still a Christmas tale, somewhere between Pinocchio and the Nut-Cracker, I think.

I know a guy who knows a girl )
Title: Eggshells
Characters: various Batfamily
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Five times a Robin was never born.
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo, theme 'Alternate History: Someone was never born'. Crit welcome.

You obviously need some help. )
Title: Five Times: Boy or Girl Wonder
Characters/Pairing: Dick, Jason, Tim, Steph, Damian, Bruce, Babs, Cass, the cast of Young Justice
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which Dick is suddenly a girl, Jay has always been, Robin is trans, Steve woke up to find his dick missing, and Regan wants to be like her mother. Five AUs.
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] au_bingo, theme 'Other: Genderbent'. I promise one day I'll be able to write a fic which contains both male and female characters that isn't entirely about the female characters, god I promise even if I have to spend the next sixty years of my life fighting my gender issues for every word. Also: I never imagined writing genderbend could be so fun. I hope you like reading this as much as I loved writing it. Crit of all kinds welcome.

I'm a girl! In Robin's costume! )

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