The Name Game
A Ranma ½ / Batman Fan Fiction
Disclaimer – Ranma ½ is the creation of Rumiko Takahashi. Batman is the creation of Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Both are used without permission.
"'Batgirl'," suggested Bruce.
"I don't know," Akane said, wrinkling her nose. "I mean, it's flattering you recommending that, but it feels a bit," she wiggled her right hand as she thought for a moment, "on the nose."
"How about 'Flamebird'?" suggested Ranma.
"Where did you get that one?" asked Akane.
"Same place I got Nightwing – from Superman. Before I first joined Bruce on the field we were trying to come up with a code name for myself but we couldn't come up with anything I really liked."
"That was because you were being contrary," said Bruce.
"More like you had no taste for names," countered Ranma. "Anyhow, Clark had dropped by for some League business and he ended up telling me about two heroes from Krypton's past. Their names translated into English were Nightwing and Flamebird." Ranma shrugged. "I liked them both, but since at the time I was considering myself as something of a ninja, because of how both my father and Bruce had trained me, so I felt Nightwing would suit me better."
"And why does Flamebird suit me?" Akane said.
"It goes with your fiery temper," he said with a smirk.
She favored him with an bland look before seriously considering the name.
"No. It's a good name, but it doesn't really do anything for me."
"Okay. Ummm. How about 'Huntress'?"
"A bit violent, isn't it?"
Ranma grinned. "Then it's definitely appropriate for you."
"You really are a jerk, Ranma."
"Robin," said Bruce.
"Really?" said Ranma in disbelief.
"What's wrong with that one?" asked Akane.
"That's the code name he first tried to saddle me with. I didn't want to be named after one of those fat little birds."
"How is that any different than being called Flamebird?" said Akane skeptically.
"I was actually thinking more of Robin Hood at the time," murmured Bruce.
"Flamebird has 'flame' as part of the name," Ranma explained. "Fire just makes things cooler."
Akane shook her head. "And you call Roy and Beast Boy goofballs..." She thought for a moment. "Robin... Robin..." She liked how the name rolled off her tongue. It was also the name of a flier, making it a good fit alongside Batman and Nightwing. Robin also seemed to her as something of a blank slate, one she could fill in with her own style and personality. Unlike Flamebird, which gave a definite impression of what the superhero would be like. She turned to Bruce with a smile. "I like it. It just sounds right to me. Can we come up with a costume that goes well with the name?"
Bruce smiled back, reaching for a sketch book. "I think we can."
"You really want to go with that one?" asked Ranma.
His fiancée smiled happily at him. "Yup!"
He looked dubious for a moment, then shrugged and smiled. "Robin it is then."
Author's Note – Thanks again to the ever-wondrous PurseMonge for pre-reading this little drabble.