What I like about DC fandom is that all the people I know in it are so open minded about all the pairings. All the people I know are ok with putting their favourite character into girl/girl, boy/girl or boy/boy relationships or not their main pairing.
Compared to for ex. Supernatural fandom, there is a lot less hate.
OF COURSE I DON’T COUNT YJUSTICE. THERE IS PLENTY OF HATE THERE.
He could hardly believe it when he heard music coming from the living room. He was brushing his teeth, towel wrapped around his waist, hair properly washed and dropping wet and suddenly he heard Beatles’ Love me Do coming from behind the door. He hadn’t heard recorded music in over a year; without electricity things like that worked mostly on batteries.
Dick impatiently rinsed his mouth as the lyrics started up again.
‘Someone to love, somebody new, someone to love’
“Someone like you…” Dick mouthed along, realizing he still knew the lyrics. He couldn’t help the grin that began to form on his mouth. Even at the age of twenty-eight, he could still remember singing this song with his mum and dad when he was a little kid and the familiar melody opened something silly and mischievous in him. He quickly walked out of the bathroom to find out what was going on.
The sight that awaited him in the living room made him laugh out loud.
Damian was standing by an old looking cd-player, desperately trying to turn it off and pressing different buttons with a panicked expression on his face. He probably played around with it while Dick took his shower and accidentally turned it on. He was pressing all the wrong buttons and Dick knew he shouldn’t laugh at the boy’s incompetence but couldn’t help it. It was actually quite endearing. He wondered if Damian ever heard of Beatles.
Or…any recorded music at all.
“Love, love me do! You knoooow I love you!” Dick sang out loud, joining the voice coming from the machine and Damian abruptly turned around in surprise. He looked embarrassed to be caught in a situation he couldn’t control but Dick didn’t let him to cover it by cold words (he already knew this routine so well) and instead did a little half dance as he walked towards the glaring boy.
“I’ll aaalways be true!” he sang again, trying to remember some goofy dance moves that would make the ten year old laugh (or at least, laugh on the inside). Damian continued glaring at him but he wasn’t saying anything and Dick took that as a good sign.
“….so pleaaaseeeee…love me DO” Dick finished singing and started clapping his hands to the rhythm of the song he hasn’t heard in over ten years. He couldn’t remember the last time he has felt this cheery. Not since he picked Damian up at least. The boy was looking at him like he was an idiot but there was something curious in his expression that Dick hoped meant he wanted to see more.
“It doesn’t even make sense” Damian stated with a scowl. “The words” he added.
“Well, love doesn’t make sense, Damian” Dick explained, fully aware that he had not given him a proper answer. He walked over to the cd player and from the screen, saw that it had a full battery.
and today I watched ZombieLand and got inspired so I wrote a drabble. It has Damian and Dick in it. Maybe I will write more? Dunno.
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“Stay by my side” Dick ordered, the familiar weight of a gun in his hands doing nothing to calm his wildly beating heart.
He shot a look at Damian but the kid acted as if he didn’t even hear him. He opened his mouth to repeat his words (god damn it Damian, stay by my side) but the silence of the hotel lobby was cut off by a low animalistic groan coming from behind the reception.
“It’s a group” Damian stated quietly.
Dick turned to look at him and wanted to ask how he knew that; the noise was made by a single creature and there was no way that Damian simply guessed. His predictions always came true and Dick felt uncomfortable thinking about where the boy got all his knowledge from. Bruce could have taught him the ways to defend himself but even he didn’t know anything about zombie’s ways of communication and his understanding of their behaviour was limited to say the least.
A group. Well this changed things. Dick’s first instinct was to find a strategic place to shoot from, something he can put his back against and at the same time is close to the exit however clearly Damian had other plans. Before Dick could say something or try to stop him the boy disappeared behind the reception counter and ran into the staff room.
He understood that the ten year old didn’t trust him but whenever he went ahead and did something like this Dick was ready to throw in the towel and leave him on his own. Damian was not his responsibility. The kid could take care of himself. He didn’t own Bruce anything. In this hell on earth one didn’t have the luxury of offering their help more than once; if you got turned down that’s it. You need to know when to walk away if you know what’s good for you.
And yet he could never leave Damian on his own and he didn’t know whether it was his own damn moral code or the fact that despite his hard exterior, the boy reminded him of himself during that painful year that he was left to fend for himself after his parents died. Damian was lonely and despite his tough guy façade he was scared. He may be not afraid of killing and flesh eating monsters but he had his own fears just like everybody else. Dick was sure that it was those fears that drove him to continue looking for Bruce.
Seconds ticked past and Dick ran after Damian into the staff room, expecting the worst. He knew stopping at this place was a bad idea.
It was hours after, as they were settling down in one of the lower ground living rooms that Dick noticed Damian was injured. He was trained to notice even the slightest sign of a bite on his comrades and that’s why the fact that it took him so long showed Damian was much better at hiding things than he really let on.
“What’s…what’s this? Did you get injured?”
“It’s a scratch” Damian replied bitingly but Dick recognized a bite when he saw one. He took three sharp steps towards the boy and roughly grabbed him by his arm, forcing him to show the wound. Damian let out an angry shout and took out his knife. Dick stepped away.
“Damian. This is serious.”
“It’s not a fucking bite, Grayson. It’s a SCRATCH.”
At Dick’s panicked expression he let out an irritated ‘Ttt’ and put the knife away.
“If it was a bite I would be already showing the signs. You know that.”
Indeed he did. It had already been four hours since they cleared the whole hotel and Damian was by his side the whole time. He must have gotten injured at the beginning because there was no more combat afterwards and Dick knew that it took around three hours for the virus to take effect. And yet Damian looked as healthy as ever, with his dirty face and burning eyes and Dick let out a sigh of relief as he realized he would not be forced to make that horrible decision.
He wiped the sweat from his face and smiled. He must be more stressed than he thought.
“Yeah you’re right. I’m just tired. You want help patching that up?”
“No” came the predictable response and Dick nodded, accepting the boy’s decision. He headed for the bathroom, looking forward to the luxury of a shower even though all that awaited him was cold water.
He hadn’t washed his hair in a week. And even if he had made it his personal rule to shave every three days even while on the road, it just wasn’t the same and he could not wait to do it properly and perhaps even put some after-shaving lotion on. Maybe they had some around here.
He remembered Kory loved whenever he put it on. Dick closed his eyes, not wanting to remember.
In my post yesterday about the Donna and Dick, I said one of the reasons the Wolfman/Perez Titans run was so popular was the relationships. And today I will talk about the other reason. Sex. Unlike the other superhero books that were being put out by DC in the early 1980s, NTT oozes sex. Flip open an issue and you’ll see the characters spend a great deal of time in various stages of undress. Hanging out at pools and wrapped up in post-coital bliss. Meanwhile, Dick’s future love, the pre-crisis Barbara Gordon, who is older, is still holding hands with Jason Bard in the Batman books. And don’t even look at the pre-crisis Trinity, who except for Batman on occasion were still as chaste as can be.
And no relationship was filled with sex more than Dick Grayson and Starfire/Kory. And why not? Two young, physically attractive people who are in love would be sleeping together. But what is interesting about Dick and Kory relationship is that the sexual component was crucial to the growth of Dick’s character. Here’s an interview from Wolfman and Perez from 1982:
Pérez: Robin’s relationship with Starfire is becoming more open. He’s finally getting through his feelings, his inhibitions. One person actually asked me about the sexual life of Robin and Starfire. Chances are they haven’t had any because Robin isn’t quite ready for that. Not that he’s a virgin, he’s not ready for her. (Laughter.) He may not survive.
Wolfman: One of the comments made in issue 25 by Robin is that while the Batman was created by a very emotional event, the Batman today has taught Robin to think with his head and not his heart. Yet, the Batman’s whole reason for being was because of his heart, not his head. We’re hoping to get more control over the characters as we learn to use them. Issue eight was the first issue where we thought we understood them.
Here’s an moment between between Dick and Kory right after they’ve met.
Dick’s so sweet, “You look lovely.” And he’s looking into her eyes (which must be an Perez’s choice as Kory has about foot on Dick in the rest of NTT). And, of course, he would say that and act that way. Dick is a “nice boy” who has been raised in polite society for the past decade. He may have had a girlfriend here and here and may even not be a virgin (Wolfman claims he isn’t here).
So to move along the character in his development from Batman’s sidekick to leader, it was imperative that Dick be able to grow emotionally. To learn to think with his heart not just his head.
Just imagine. They meet Steph and Damian for the first time, and Damian’s been bitten oh no! Jason’s gonna…
What a coincidence. I was just thinking of a Zombie apocalypse DC fic the other day. I was too fucking lazy to actually write it (naturally) but it would have been glorious. HERE IS THE RIDICOLOUSLY LONG SUMMARY (sorry my read more line is not working)
Of course as everything else on my computer, it would have been Damian/Dick.
Dick and his parents were part of a group of survivers and travelled all over the world in search of more people and ammo. They were like a family and Dick was very happy under their protection with his parents. However in one of the surprise attacks his parents were killed and eaten in front of his eyes and Dick got separated from the group, left to fend for himself.
Scared, hungry and alone he can barely get by and after a month he’s nearly starved to death and already given up on living. That’s when he gets picked up by Bruce whose a lone traveller who doesn’t belong to any surviver groups. At first he only wants to ditch Dick at the nearby group but Dick convinces him he can be useful and that he wants to stay with him. Bruce is his hero and from his childlish point of view can do no wrong.
Bruce eventually says yes and begins to train him to make him a bad ass zombie killing machine, like himself. *insert hardcore training montage*
Years pass. Dick meets a lot of new people along the way, people that Bruce trusts but never stays with for too long. Dick is proud to be the only one who can keep up with him and yet as he becomes older he realizes that Bruce is not as great as he used to think. He’s incredibly uncompromising and brutal and sometimes it chills Dick to know that he was being train to be exactly like him.
After an unfortunate incident that goes incredibly wrong Dick gets terrified of becoming like him and they have a giant fight which ends with Dick running off to join a group of survivers, leaving Bruce by himself.
Years pass. Dick becomes the leader of the group and starts to enjoy his new life despite the horrors they are forced to face everyday. He makes friends, falls in love ect. He ocassionally hears rumours about Bruce (since he’s such a legend among the people) and that he found a new partner. Dick pretends it doesn’t affect him.
(insert an EPIC Jason sequence where he gets trapped in a warehouse and Bruce comes too late. Jason is bitten and becomes a zombie. Bruce hesitates and zombie!Jason runs away only to stalk Bruce everywhere he goes from then on, never resting, never stopping until he gets to eat him whole)
This goes on until Dick is 25 and the zombie virus is reaching its peak. There is less than a half of the original survival groups left and food is scarce. Dick has seen many many people die but still believes they can make it through.
Genetical experimentation has started, attempting to find a cure for the virus with their limited resources. These are lead by Raz Al Ghul and are rumoured to use human children and embrios. Dick is against the notion but is in the minority. Most of the people support Raz Al Ghul’s projects because they are tired and afraid they won’t be able to fight the zombies off much longer.
Dick is horrified to find out that Bruce himself has joined the program. This only confirms his feelings about the man. Bruce was never who he thought he was.
Three years pass. Everything is falling apart. Dick’s group has split after some terrible incidents and Dick is left only with a few of his most loyal friends. He hasn’t heard from Bruce for years and so it shocks him to find a message at one of the stations for him. It says that Dick is supossed to meet him in one of the mansions they used to stay at all those years ago. ALONE. Dick doesn’t know what to do but his respect for the man forces him to leave his friends and meet his ex-mentor for the first time in ten years.
When he arrives in Gotham, the place is SWARMED with zombies. Compared to Bludhaven or Metropolis, Gotham was beyond saving. Dick had hard time getting to the manor and by the time he arrives, it is already too late and Bruce is gone. In his place is a small boy attempting to fight off a horde of zombies by himself. Dick helps him excape and the two of them leave the city.
The boy, Damian claims that he was supossed to reunite with Bruce but hasn’t heard from him. The two of them decide to track him down.
Damian has undoubtedly been trained extremely well and Dick is in awe at such a level of skill from a ten year old. Sometimes his strenght and speed seems almost supernatural considering his young age.
Damian’s cruelty seems to exted far beyond Bruce’s; Dick is horrified to find that he doesn’t kill because it’s neccesary but because it became a sport to him.
He attempts to change his ways but Damian refuses to respect him and attacks him whenever he gets confronted. Dick doesn’t trust him and Damian doesn’t trust Dick. The older man has trouble sleeping when Damian keeps watch and keeps noticing strange resemblances between the boy and Bruce.
Something changes during an unexpected zombie attack and Dick saves Damian’s life. Although embarassed that he was caught making a mistake, Damian seems to gain new respect for Dick and starts to listen to his instructions during fights more. Dick decides he needs to trust the kid for them to be working together and he starts to open up, talking about his childhood, his life with his parents and the group.
Damian never talks about the life he had before he met Bruce but it is obvious that most of his skills was taught to him beforehand. Dick is intriqued but doesn’t push it. He grows extremely fond of the boy and tries to teach him how to have fun, using the barest necesities they find along the way.
(insert epic montage of Dick teaching Damian how to play cards/jump rope/dance goofily to outdated music ect and Damian being all tsundere about it)
(meanwhile zombie!Jason is stalking the shit out of them, hoping they would lead him to Bruce. Cuz. You Know. Zombie!Jason is an intelligent zombie)
AND I THINK THIS IS WHERE THE BACKGROUND ENDS AND THE ACTUALLY STORY STARTS.
So it has Damian making moves at Dick and Dick being all ‘He’s just starved for touch and affection I need to comfort him’ and lets him get away with a lot of shit without realizing it’s wrong. THEN they realize LOL GUYZ BRUCE IS DEAD. And then Jason decides he needs to eat Dick now and it is revealed that LE GASP Damian is actualy part of the Raz Al Ghul’s project and has some zombie dna in him that makes him so strong and fast and aaaaah
With this thought, Spock had looked up at the red dawn sky in the direction where heknew Sol and Earth to be and had begun a respectful, but brief, farewell to his mother’s planet and the part of his life that it had represented. He had longago decided that he…
This is an excerpt from the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture which was written by Gene Roddenberry.
By the way: T’hy’la is a Vulcan word that means “friend, brother, lover”
…just sayin. IT DOESN’T GET ANY GAYER THAN THIS SHIT. We don’t even NEED fanfiction. but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
INSERT YOUR OWN CHEESY LOVE SONG (Dick originally learned to impress Babs and years later randomly showed Damian only to lead to tsundere!Damian/oblivious!Dick awkwardness as seen in the picture above)