|How I Wish It Went
Author: Chunk127 PM
AU Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance work to protect Gotham in Batman's absence as Oracle and the Black Canary. Both women are thrown through a loop when Dinah rescues a 16 year old with a mysterious past.Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Adventure - Barbara G./Batgirl/Oracle & Dr. H. Quinzel/Harley Q. - Chapters: 3 - Words: 10,185 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 03-02-13 - Published: 11-20-12 - id: 8719939
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Barbara was looking through the archives on Bane early in the morning. She forgot how hard it was to work through the night. It was a lot easier as Batgirl nothing like swinging around the rooftops of old Gotham to keep you wide awake. She watches the doors open as Dinah comes into the clock tower holding her side.
"Are you still in one piece?"
Dinah simply groaned and looked up at her. "It only hurts if I smile, laugh, move or breathe. So who was the Luchador from hell anyway?"
Barbara looked at the screen. "Yeah that would be Bane. One of the foes from Bruce's past."
"So what brought him out of retirement after seven years?" Dinah asked taking a seat next to Barbara.
Barbra was looking at pictures from the past seven years. "Technically he never retired he was just well hidden."
Dinah shrugged this is getting annoying she hopes they don't come back in droves. "OK, so besides kicking my butt what brought him to New Gotham?"
Barbara sighed seeing the common link. "The same thing that would bring the Joker back to Gotham, Batman."
Dinah rolled her eyes not amused Bruce is gone it's why she's here. "He's about seven years too late on that one isn't he?"
Barbara ignored her and looked at the computer. "Not exactly, you see to Bane it's about a decisive battle one that Bruce won't hold back on."
"So why is he in Gotham? Bruce disappeared years ago?" Dinah asked.
"Bruce did." Barbara regretfully admitted while working on the keyboard "But his daughter just recently arrived."
Dinah read the results on screen. "Wait a minute you mean to tell me that kid that got me out of there. That's Bruce and Selina's daughter?"
Barbara nodded still having a hard time with that one herself. "Yes believe me I ran the test five times to be certain."
Dinah shrugged remembering how Catwoman just up and disappeared one day never to be seen again until she was murdered this would explain it. "Well I guess it makes sense for Bruce to leave her in the dark about who she is after Jason and Stephanie."
"Maybe he just didn't know." Barbara thought. "I mean technically the father only has to do one thing and can be left oblivious." Barbara saw the quiet look Dinah gave her and she gave one back. "Yeah you're probably right."
Up top the clock tower Helena came out of her room and was listening to the conversation below she was set to laugh at their faces until Catwoman took off her mask on screen and she saw her mother. She hasn't seen her since she was 9 years old. She didn't even have a picture because she told her if something happened to her don't go home again. She quietly left the room.
"So where did Bane learn to throw people around like that?" Dinah asked still feeling the bruises.
Barbara continued working trying to figure out where he'd stay while here. "He was born in a South American prison and when he first came to Gotham he put Bruce through two weeks of hell with about four hours of sleep before showing up and breaking his spine. Nightwing came in from Bludhaven and filled in until Bruce was ready to go again it took some time but Bruce fought Bane and pretty much humiliated him."
"So what is Bane hoping to lure Bruce out with some hairball scheme involving a daughter Bruce may or may not even know about? What kind of moronic plan is that?" Dinah asked she could have come up with better ways to draw out Bruce like Batman shows himself or I turn Gotham into a crater.
Barbara's answer was cut off by the alarm going off and Barbara checks the vault security feed.
Dinah looks at her clenching a fist. "Need a hand."
Barbara shakes her head no reason to scare the kid off. "I think it will be better if I talk to her."
Barbara rides her wheelchair up to the vault and sees her old batgirl suit sans mask. She sees Helena on the floor idly running her fingers through the eyeholes of the mask when she starts to talk. "You know up until 5 minutes ago my dad was just some insurance salesman who got robbed badly while my mom was pregnant with me. Now I don't even know who my mom is or who I am."
Barbara just stretched out on her chair. "Well that's easy you're Helena Kyle."
Helena smiled wryly. "I don't even know if that last name is my moms or my dads."
Barbara looked at her sadly. "It was your mother's. Your father's last name was Wayne."
Helena rolled her eyes. "Yeah and I'm sure my friend Abby's dad growing up really was Oliver Queen."
"Ok you know that blond girl you saved last night?" Barbara asked and Helena nodded. "Don't tell her that."
Helena simply nodded. "Are you sure it's me I mean I'm just a runaway with Rey Mysterio's steroid injected cousin after me."
Barbara nodded not sure what to tell the girl. "I ran the test seven times I even had Alfred run one with a third party. There's no denying it you're the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle."
"Or am I the daughter of Batman and Catwoman?" Helena asked. "Five minutes ago I was just the runaway daughter of a dead waitress. Now?"
Barbara simply took the mask off her and put it back on the Mannequin. "Now it doesn't change anything it just helps answer who your mother and Father were. Now come on let's get some food in you. You have to be hungry."
Helena came down stairs with Barbara and joined Dinah and Alfred for breakfast. Alfred has to admit he enjoyed doing this. Actually being useful for a change instead of watching over the empty shadows of Wayne manor maybe if young Helena starts showing interest in it she'll take up residence there.
Dinah looked to Helena and gently swallowed her food. "So thank you for saving my life last night."
Helena simply nodded eating her pieces of bacon. "So what did your mom do for a living?"
Dinah stopped knowing what this was about. "You're not destined to turn into your mother."
"Oh yeah what did you mother do?" Helena asked.
"My mother… isn't important." Dinah replied.
Helena rolled her eyes. "She was a vigilante too wasn't she?"
Dinah frowned well this wasn't helping her case. "Yes but I chose to wear the fishnets and be Black Canary alright. You are not destined to be your mother. You be whoever you want to be."
Jim Gordon was reading his morning paper it seems so much calmer without a superhero in the streets but he's no fool. He knows the Batman kept the madness at bay and though it might not be today or tomorrow but the madness will return and he fears for the city without Batman. He hears a knock on the door and gets to his feet. When he gets close to the door a fist comes through it knocking him back and to the floor as a hand unlocks the door and opens it leaving the commissioner to see someone he hasn't seen for years.
Bane looked down at him through his mask. "Good morning, commissioner"
Dinah was working with Helena in the training room of the watchtower. She's very good for a runaway Dinah's guessing she had help. "So I take it your mother trained you?"
"She taught me some things." Helena countered as she ran for Dinah's legs and the Black Canary jumped over her sweep attack. "Like never steal from someone you can't outrun."
"That sounds like something Catwoman would teach." Dinah decided and Helena threw a kick at her face but Dinah caught her foot easily. "Sadly she never taught you kicks are sloppy never go for the head unless you are certain you can knock them down other wards this could happen." Dinah spins her foot and Helena is launched into the air spinning and hits the floor in a thud back first.
Helena looks up and sees Dinah offering a hand to pull her up. "Am I that bad?"
"Not even close actually you have a lot of potential." Dinah said while pulling her up.
"Is that your way of saying you should slap on a pair of fishnets?" Helena asked.
Dinah looked at Helena almost studying her. "You couldn't pull off fishnets. Helena you can be whoever you want to be. You can go back to being a street kid you can become the Wayne heiress you can even put on a mask and fight criminals if you want. But at the end of the day no one can make that decision for you. It has to be yours and whatever choice you make besides super villain I'll respect it."
Helena smiled until the room flashed red. "What's that?"
"Delphi" Dinah answered while throwing Helena a towel. "Something's going on."
Dinah and Helen run out and see Barbara frantically working on the computer. Dinah went to stop her and was pushed away. "Barbara, Alfred what is it?"
"Bane has my father." Barbara answered. "He wants to set up a trade him for Helena at Wayne manor."
Helena looked at the screen. "Then let's do that."
Barbara looked at her in shock. "We can't just trade your life."
Helena shrugged. "I don't have a life all I've been doing is running from these guys and I'm tired of it. I can't run anymore and I honestly don't want to."
Dinah thought on it that must be why Helena tried to fight them at the pier she must be tired of all the running away. "We might be able to catch him with his pants down if we plan it right."
Barbara nodded and went to a cabinet and pulled out a bizarre looking device.
Dinah saw what she was up to and took it. "No, no using your verte thingy that you never even tested yet."
"He's my father." Barbara shouted.
"I know." Dinah conceded. "But you told me this thing could very easily break your spine and kill you if Bane sees you walking again its not going to take long for him to put two and two together."
"Do you have something in mind?" Barbara asked.
Dinah nodded with a clear plan. "We both know Bruce has every ounce of that castle under surveillance all we have to do is see what guards are where and take them down…"
"And watch Bane wipe the floor with you again." Barbara finished.
Dinah rolled her eyes. "I know what I'm up against now. But we need you and Alfred on look out telling us who to hit and who not too so the dropped guards don't get noticed."
Gordon opened his eyes squinting seeing Bane. "Last time I saw you Nightwing kicked a tube out of your head after Batman thoroughly embarrassed you in your little rematch."
"Well thanks to you commissioner I'll get what I want." Bane replied pressing down hard on Gordon's shoulder getting to his feet.
Jim just laughed and how does he plan to do that. "The Batman has left this place nearly a decade ago. So how do you plan to have that rematch?"
"It's seven years by my count." Bane countered. "And me and my associate will soon be in possession of what we need to lure Batman back to Gotham. After all Batman was only a man did you not ever wonder what he did when he wasn't jumping from rooftops He was a man after all?"
Gordon's eyes widened with the realization. "The Batman had a kid."
"One that will soon be mine or I will break you." Bane replied walking away.
As Bane leaves the room Gordon sees two the guards fall out the second story window and hit the floor.
Helena comes in through a waterfall and lands in what used to be the batcave. She looks around and sees some very weird things. A puppet mixed with Capone, the world's biggest coin, a gun in a glass case, and a giant Ace of diamonds card. She talks into her communication over her black ski mask they gave her. "Where did you send me Alfred?"
"You are now one of the select few who have seen the bat cave Ms. Helena." Alfred replied.
Helena looked around in awe seeing all the wonders and saw a pretty cool motorcycle on a platform. "What's that?"
"That would be a motorcycle one you're too young to ride." Alfred replied.
Barbara chuckled hearing them she has to admit she had a similar reaction when she first saw the cave though Bruce knowing who she was already took the fun out of it. "It's called the Bat pod I'll teach you how to ride it at a better time if you want. Until then find the steps."
Helena locates the steps and starts on her way there until she sees a line of suits. She sees Batman's easily enough and the other two is another batgirl suit and one she's only saw on video black skin tight leather with steel heels and a black mask.
"Helena we need you focused." Barbara told her over the comm. set.
"I'm on my way."
Dinah was choking out another guard making her way down to the ground floor. She wonders if it's sad that Bruce has this whole place tripped up with sonar and sound detection allowing Barbara to easily identify her father. She walks into Gordon's room and looks Bane in the eyes. "It's over Bane your men have been taken from above and someone else is taking them down from below as we speak."
"So that would be where Ms. Bertinelli is?" Bane asked. "I must give credit to Catwoman when she hides something she hides it well."
Dinah ran up and hit Bane in the face. She followed up with a left and right to the jaw and moves away when Bane tries to strike back leaving a hole in the wall.
Helena snuck behind one guy and quickly got her arms under his neck as Alfred had showed her and choked him until he passed out. She quickly made her move into the observatory and went to untie the unconcious Gordon as a group of five men came out and start approaching her. Helena backed up apparently she's not that good. "Oracle I need a little help."
"Take out the Batarang I gave you." Barbara ordered.
Helena did as told. "Now what?"
"Blue yellow green red then throw it." Barbara told her.
Helena hit the buttons and threw it as the batarang went clear over their heads. She was always a better shooter then a thrower. To her relief however the batarang came back and knocked several of them in the head knocking them all out.
"You can't throw." Barbara said dryly through the intercom
Helena rolled her eyes. "Yeah well you should see me with a paintball gun I'm vicious."
"No killing." Barbara ordered.
Helena simply bit her tongue and held back her reply and untied Gordon and helped him to his feet and got him out the front door as she went to turn back.
"Helena keep going." Barbara ordered.
"Canary still has Bane's boot print on her from their last fight." Helena pointed out.
Barbara couldn't argue that but having Helena there just gives Bane the opportunity to run off and disappear. She also knows that Dinah can beat now that she knows what she's up against. "She knows what she's up against she can beat him now go."
Bane pushed Dinah into the wall so hard she dented it and he followed up with a couple punches to her ribs as Dinah moved out of the way and Bane put his fist straight through the wall and Dinah land multiple kicks on his side while Bane tries to pull his arm out. Bane finally frees his arm along with a wooden board which he swings at the Canary. Dinah quickly ducks under and kick him in the Solar plexus and finishes it by knocking him down.
Bane got to his feet and angrily pushed the button on his chest as he grew two feet into a raging hulk. "I believe your day just got a whole lot more complicated Ms. Lance. I doubt Ms. Wayne will get very far carrying the commissioner with her."
Dinah just smiled. "Actually it just got a whole lot easier. Turn off Helena's comm. set."
Barbara quickly did as told as Dinah breathed deep and screamed as the Canary cry rattled Wayne Manor shattering all the windows. If Stephen Mandragora can take it then Bane definitely can. Bane tries to push through but finds himself being pushed back as his venom control box is broken and tubes to his head are disconnected and he's finally sent back and to the floor allowing Dinah to stop. She walked up to Bane who was back to normal size and hobbling to his feet and quickly delivered one last kick to the head and knocked him out.
Dinah and Helena watched from the roof of Wayne Manor as Jim was taken away by ambulance while Bane and his goons were arrested.
Helena smiled under the ski mask glad this thing is finally over. "So is that it then. No more people chasing me around."
"You should be fine now." Dinah assured her. "Come on let's go home. And get some sleep before Barbara comes back from the hospital."
Helena weakly nodded. "I could use another night on a bed."
Dinah looked at her she looked confused. "Are you OK?"
"Yeah it's just he thanked me for saving his life." Helena replied.
Dinah grabbed her shoulder for support. "That's actually pretty common in our lives."
Bane sat down in chains in a padded room waiting for the court appointed shrink. He underestimated the Black Canary he won't make that mistake again. He watched as a blond haired girl entered the room. "Ohla"
"I'm Dr. Quinzel and I'll be your court appointed shrink today." Harley looked at the guards. "He's shackled good and proper why don't you let me take it from here."
The guard simply shrugged they'll follow procedure. "It's your funeral doc. Call us if something happens because this guy sure doesn't seem crazy."
Harlene smiled and rubbed Bane's shoulders as the guards left the room and as soon as they did she slammed Bane's head onto the table. "What the hell happened?" She asked while going into her pocket book.
"The same thing that usually happens in Gotham a person in a mask." Bane replied. "Black Canary to be exact."
Harlene rolls her eyes of course there's someone guarding Gotham there always is. She pulls out a can of hairspray and fixes up her hair. "Bat's kid boy or girl."
Bane just looks at her in silence and Harley laughs and starts. "OK I appreciate the tough guy act. But we had a flawless plan remember. You told me Bats had a kid, I gave you all the resources needed to get said kid and all you had to do was bring said kid to me so I could set up a trade the child for my sweet Mr. J presented by Batman himself giving you your rematch…" Her voice hardens. "But you made my dream die." Harley slams Bane's head on the desk again.
Bane aimed his head up and simply looked at her. "The child's name is the only reason you haven't killed me yet. Now get me transferred to Arkham or they'll find out who's really running it Ms. Quinn."
Harley looked at him. If he got arrested here that means the child is still in Gotham. "Okie Dokie." She sprayed him in the face with her hairspray and Bane started sweating and seeing his worst fear crawling up his arms as Harley whispered in his ear. "A little compound whipped up by a mutual friend Dr. Crane. It hasn't reached your nervous system yet, not until…now."
She backs up and Bane gets to his feet breaking his restrains and runs head first into a wall and starts violently tearing the room apart.
"Someone help he's free." Harlene shouted acting like she was out of breath as a team of 10 enter the room tackle Bane and sedate him. "Take him to Arkham he's not faking it… not that one."
Dinah, Helen, and Alfred are at the clocktower the next day as Barbara comes to her home.
"How is he?" Dinah asked concerned.
Barbara simply nodded thankful everyone here was concerned for her father. "He's fine." She turns to Helena. "So do you have any idea of what you're going to do yet?"
Helena shrugged. "Yeah for now I'm staying in Gotham. I'm going to live at the mansion this way Alfred has some company I can't imagine being alone in that place for seven years. And I think I want to learn what Dinah does. I want to help people after last night. Saving your father hearing him say thank you it was an incredible feeling."
Dinah looked at her. "And the fact that you're Bruce Wayne's heir has a certain appeal to it."
Helena rolled her eyes and looked to Dinah. "Hey be thankful I am Bruce Wayne's heir gave Alfred a lot of pull so he could set up a claim for me in record time. We couldn't do it with Barbara because teacher pay is horrible."
Barbara smiled seeing that at least for the meantime Helena wants to take up her father's mantle. "Alright we'll help you get settled in. Welcome to the team."
Helena walked into Wayne Manor with Alfred and saw a bunch of people replacing the glass that Dinah shattered.
Alfred smiled wide seeing someone set to live in this house it's been far too quiet for far too long. "May I take you to the master bedroom?"
Helena nodded still sore from Dinah's brutal 'training' she needs a bed. She followed Alfred up and saw a picture of her dad with whom she assumes are her grandparents. She wonders what happened to him that turned him from that happy kid into Batman. Alfred opened up the door and Helena smiled seeing the room it was as big as a house. She stretched her arms out and fell down to the bed in a smile. "Alfred could you leave me alone for a while."
"Certainly Miss Helena"
Helena laid down and took it all in. She always dreamed her father was a billionaire only her father ended up being someone much more then Richie Rich. Yesterday she knew she was the daughter of Selina Bertinelli. Now she has no idea who she is. Is she the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle? She takes out something she stole from the batcave last night Catwoman's mask and idly runs her fingers over it seeing that the ears are some form of tech. Or is she the daughter of Batman and Catwoman?
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