His laughter died abruptly. For the next few moments, the only sound Tim could hear was his own heartbeat. He stared at the man who was the closest thing he had to a big brother, but not really seeing him. All the time they'd known each other flashed back across his mind, changed and re-interpreted by this new information. All the times that Dick had seemed to be flirting just for flirting's sake…had he actually been hitting on him? Had Nightwing been trying to get with him this entire time?

Tim's confusion must have been apparent on his face, because the other man sighed and frowned.

"You know, I had a feeling that might be too much too fast," he admitted. "But it just seemed like as long as I was coming clean, I might as well...anyways, it's not like it matters."

The tone in the other man's voice pulled Tim back to reality. "No! No, it matters, Dick! I'm just having some trouble wrapping my head around this. I mean, how long have you felt like this? And why didn't you tell me you were bi before now?" He hesitated for a moment, and then put his hand on the older man's shoulder. "I'm not saying that I'm not interested, Dick. I'd just like to talk and figure a few things out before we jump into things."

A spark of mischief twinkled to life in Nightwing's eyes. "Oh, ok. So sex isn't out, you're just not ready? Cool. So what do you want to talk about?"

Tim blinked. "Uh, well, how about you answer those questions I just asked you, and we'll go from there."

Dick grinned. "To be honest, I've thought you were cute since the day I first met you. But you were total jailbait, so I thought it best to keep those feelings to myself. And I never told you I was bi because I wasn't sure how you'd take it. God knows Batman didn't take the news well."

"Batman knows you're bi?!" Tim's mouth fell open in shock. Then the rest of it caught up to him. His voice filled with concern he asked, "And he's not ok with it?"

Dick smiled reassuringly. "Yes he knows. And he's ok with it now; he just had some problems when I first told him. Don't worry, Tim, he's not gonna kick you out of the family for liking guys."

Tim sighed with relief. "So what happened when you first told him?"

Dick laughed. "Oh man, I thought he was gonna have a heart attack! It's a bit of a shaggy dog story, but anyways…"

They spent the next couple hours talking and laughing. Pizza was ordered and duly consumed. At some point, Tim must have fallen asleep, because the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hotel room bed…

…with Dick's arms wrapped around him…


Sorry for the ungodly long time between chapter's. This is the first time I've been on Fanfic in almost a year. Anywho, I'm back! R/R, let me know what y'all think. (And I'm sorry this is so short; I can't remember where I was going with this, so I'm probably gonna turn into erotica, and let it die after another couple of chapters.)