Kiss the Pink
By C.W. Blaine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Author's Note: This story is written specifically to a challenge posted on the Bludhaven message board at Yahoo!™ Groups by the wonderfully talented Darklady. The challenge was simple: write a 150 to 200 word short story about Barbara Gordon™ in a romantic situation with someone other than Nightwing™. This tale is my entry into this minor contest.
She felt loved for the first time in what seemed to be forever.
Her past was littered with pieces of her broken heart; a failed marriage, an on-again-off-again relationship with the handsome Richard "Nightwing" Grayson and even an internet romance doomed from the beginning with Ted Kord, the "famous" Blue Beetle. She honestly believed that she was destined to spend her days alone. That was, until she met him.
It was by chance, actually, that she had met her white knight…for her first foray into his life was when she managed to help the Batman foil his "master's" plan; an intricate plot to assume control of the world. In the end, his employer had made restitution to avoid a lengthy and expensive court trial and Barbara had been assigned the task of monitoring their activities for the Batman.
First, it had started out with minor flirting, as he would bring her flowers on her weekly visit to their lab. Then, there were the cards, all of them sweet and expressing emotion that she had never heard of coming from a male…
She had to fight her own prejudices, though, because, as she discovered herself falling in love with this assistant, this henchman, she realized that there would be resistance to this union, most especially by her father, the ultra-conservative Gotham City Police Commissioner. Then she would also have to deal with the Batman, and worse yet, Richard. How would he react to her new-found happiness.
She smiled at him and stooped over in her wheelchair to give him a kiss on the forehead. He blushed. And then he said that magic word, that simple action of taking thought and making it into audible sound.
She smiled at him and reached down to caress his small white head and pink ears. "Are you pondering what I am pondering, Pinky?"
He smiled and jumped a little before speaking in that cockney accent that sent a shiver down her spine. "I think so, Babs, if Godzilla is king of the monsters, then why do they call him King Kong?"
She laughed and gave him another kiss, content in the warm feeling of his love. She did not see the two figures standing outside the lab, looking in. "So, it's agreed…we break them up for their own good?" Nightwing asked.
Brain stepped out of the shadow of the human hero. "Yes!" he cried, slamming a fist into his open palm. "But, we must do it before tomorrow night!"
Nightwing rubbed his chin. "Why, Brain, what are you doing tomorrow night?"
The mouse looked up at him, a wild look in his eyes. "Why the same thing I do every night, foolish hero, try and take over the world!"