Richard and I returned to the new Castle Nerd Skull after taking Daddy out to eat. He may be a Boston Boy, but he loves a meal at Sammy T's. We headed to our changing rooms and put our usual outfits on. In some ways, I kind of envy Richard's costume, it's simple and easier than mine to get on. Then I regain my sanity and remember I still look prettier than him. I came out as I fastened my hairpiece. It now had FOUR roses instead of three, the fourth one representing Joshua. Richard came out after me. "What took you?" I teased.
"I just wanted to make sure you didn't feel bad for taking so long," Richard snarked back. I responded by sticking my tongue out. Richard then glanced around the place. "Where IS everyone?" he quizzed.
"Most likely celebrating Father's Day like us," I guessed.
"But not everyone HAS a father," countered Richard. "Some of us are in a tenuous relationship with their dads. Heck, Megumi's father is trying to KILL us!"
"Which is why she and Hiroki told me they're celebrating it with their mom," I answered. "They've done that since they were little."
"Oh, yeah," remembered Richard. "She did the work of two parents when raising them."
"Yep," I confirmed. Just then, a portal opened. Batman came through. "Hey, Bats!" I called. "Happy Father's Day." I instantly regretted saying that, remembering his backstory.
"Thanks," replied Batman. "Did you two have fun with your dad?"
"We did," confirmed Richard.
"Good to know," answered Batman. "I had a good one myself."
"Did you?" I quizzed.
"Robin made me breakfast in bed," explained Batman. "After that, I took Alfred out to lunch. Then, after fighting crime, I visited Dad's grave and bid him a happy birthday. A good day, all in all...aside from a ghostly encounter."
"Your parents?" I guessed.
"Thankfully, no," replied Batman. "It was of African descent, dressed in a militantly pink gown, and had fox ears and nine fox tails. I think it's a kitsune of Japanese mythology, but I've never heard of a black kitsune. It appeared after I fought Mr. Freeze and disappeared as we both tried to communicate."
"Now that IS puzzling," I muttered.
"A new threat?" guessed Richard.
"...Wouldn't surprise me," I sighed. "Happy Father's Day."
"Happy Father's Day," returned Batman in his usual rasp.