"If you, if you could return, don't let it burn, don't let it fade.

I'm sure I'm not being rude, but it's just your attitude,
It's tearing me apart, It's ruining everything.

I swore, I swore I would be true, and honey, so did you.
So why were you holding her hand? Is that the way we stand?
Were you lying all the time? Was it just a game to you?

But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

Oh, I thought the world of you.
I thought nothing could go wrong,
But I was wrong. I was wrong.
If you, if you could get by, trying not to lie,
Things wouldn't be so confused and I wouldn't feel so used,
But you always really knew, I just wanna be with you.

But I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

And I'm in so deep. You know I'm such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?

You know I'm such a fool for you.
You got me wrapped around your finger, ah, ha, ha.
Do you have to let it linger? Do you have to, do you have to,
Do you have to let it linger?"
-The Cranberries, Linger


It was to be an elegant but intimate wedding. Very few people were invited to Harvey Dent's and Marie Spencer's nuptials. Very few people thought they would even make it to that stage in their relationship. After all, Harvey was becoming a successful lawyer and had his mind set on one day becoming a District Attorney. There was no time for dating, much less flirt at a cafe. So how did he manage to whip out a marriage proposal? Of course, Marie Spencer was a promising young woman for Harvey. She was intelligent and honest, but also very determined. Beautiful and with a bright future ahead of her. Marie was at her second year residency at Boston General Hospital. It was the perfect match.

Unexpected at the beginning but perfect nevertheless. It was untimely because Harvey had arrived to the emergency room with an apendix ready to burst. That, of course, didn't stop him from flirting and avoid an extended hospital stay. He charmed her, and her co-workers noticed this. She was always serious and dedicated to her work that she didn't even take a second to glance at a handsome man, until Harvey showed up in a stretcher that night. It's amusing what love can do to a woman like Marie, whose life was the hospital and her apartment where she would study for hours on end to become an accomplished doctor, just like her mother.

After a year of dating and romancing her with no end, Harvey Dent decided to propose. Marie accepted with all the love she had for him. He stole her heart. And she was looking forward to begin a new life with him.

Everything was in place, the guests were sitting in their pews. The priest ready with the bible opened to a certain psalm. White lilies and roses embellished the antique but intimate chapel. Marie had an incandescent smile set upon her face, her petite figure covered by a strapless silk ivory gown. Her heart was beating faster than ever before, she felt a flutter of butterflies in her tummy. This was it, she would intertwine her destiny with Harvey. Yes, everything was perfect, but all that was missing was the groom himself.


An hour later and he was no where in sight. What on earth was going on? Marie's world slowly came tumbling down as she heard the murmurings start to fill in the bitter air of the chapel that didn't seem inviting anymore like it did an hour ago. Where could Harvey be? She thought to herself but sadly it was also her awakening.

Finally she got tired of waiting and being humiliated. "Send these people home, he's not coming." Marie whispered to her mother. As she walked down the aisle she let go of the bouquet of roses walked out of the chapel with what little dignity she had left. Only one single tear streamed down her face as she realized she was such a fool to fall in love with Harvey Dent.


A month later...

Marie didn't say anything about what happened that day. She went back to work and tried to put it all behind her, but the looks of pity in the long halls of the hospital kept her from forgetting what happened a month ago. She hated every minute of being stared at when she walked the corridors, or even tried to concentrate on treating a patient. Despite how much he hurt her, she still loved him. Memories of him still lingered in her mind and she was afraid to lose them. Marie cried herself to sleep since then, so no one would see her cry during the day. There were some days on her ten minute breaks she would lock herself away in one of the secluded rooms of the hospital and let it all out. There were days she could deal with the stares, but there were also days she couldn't take it. She tortured herself often, thinking what was wrong with her. Did she neglect him? Did she put her job before him? Was she not attractive enough? Harvey shattered her, shattered her heart to the point where she may never recover.

After a long day at the hospital, Marie arrived to a dark and lonely flat. She was exhausted and just sank into her bed, she laid there and stared at the ceiling; thinking like she always did. Sleep almost overcame her until she decided to check her messages.

"Hey sweetheart, its mom. Listen I know you don't want to go out or anything but I would really like to have dinner with you at our favorite Italian restaurant. And I also want to see you before I leave for Seattle for that cardiologist convention and I don't know when I will be back. So please baby give me a call when you get this. I love you." Marie couldn't help but cry, she had neglected everything and everyone around her. Her mother tried to help her but Marie didn't want it, the only way to cope with it is if she buried herself in work.

It didn't seem so long ago that she was happy and it vanished within days.

The phone suddenly rang. Marie was in no mood to talk, so she let the machine get it. Knowing that it might be her mom again or her friend Kimberly, hoping to convince her to go out. Marie went about her room and gathered her pajamas.

"Marie, please pick up. I know you are there." Marie stopped dead in her tracks and her night gown fell to the floor. It was Harvey. Her heart still fluttered when she heard his silky voice. "I know you are angry with me, quite honestly I am angry with myself too. Just...just please talk to me. I won't hang up until you pick up the phone."

Marie caved and picked up the phone. "You have a lot of nerve you know that." She practically growled with frustration.

Harvey sighed. "I know, I know. But I need to see you, I need to give you an explanation." Marie knew that Harvey would not give up until she would say yes. How on earth did she become so vulnerable? The answer was waiting for her response.

"Fine, where?" She had no choice. Marie wanted to know this so called 'explanation.'

"At the diner next to the bookstore on fifty six." Harvey felt horrible for asking her to show up. He knew very well she was fragile. In a way he stilled loved her, but he knew Marie wouldn't forgive him anytime soon. "I'll be waiting."

Marie hung up the phone and relentlessly grabbed her coat and keys and headed out the door against her better judgement.

From across the street she saw Harvey through a glass window, as he sipped a cup of coffee. Before she crossed the street, she took out the ring from her pocket. It was good that he called her- she thought to herself- it was the perfect opportunity to give him the ring back. The signal to cross flashed, she took a breath and proceeded to the diner. Marie felt as if she was walking to her execution.

Harvey looked up as he heard the small bell on the door chime; she looked beautiful. But she looked like a sad angel. Angel, his nickname for her because she saved his life and took care of him. Harvey couldn't help but mentally kick himself. How was he capable of hurting her, but then again he couldn't deny his feelings for Rachel Dawes, his feelings for Rachel had grown a lot stronger. Before the wedding, Harvey went to Gotham City to help persecute a few men of the mob. The mayor found potential in Harvey when he managed to put half of the mob behind bars. This opened a door of opportunity for Harvey to start organizing a campaign for district attorney of Gotham. He managed to escape the election for a few days to come back to Boston and see Marie, to explain to her his feelings for Rachel.

Marie sat down without looking at Harvey. She couldn't bring herself to do it. "I'm here, you have fifteen minutes."

"Fifteen minutes?" Harvey stared at her. Then again, he shouldn't be questioning her. She didn't deserve to get hurt.

"You're lucky I even showed up."

"Would you at least look at me...please?" Marie continued to stare out the window at the couple holding hands across the street. That used to be herself and Harvey. Harvey noticed what she was looking at and felt a lot worse on what he was about to tell her. "Marie." Harvey placed his warm hand on top of hers.

Marie sighed and closed her eyes for a moment. She opened her eyes to reveal brown, almost gold eyes stare back at Harvey's handsome face. She was so tempted to touch his face and caress it like she used to. She removed her hand away from his grasp. "Whatever you're going to say Harvey, say it fast because this the only chance you are getting."

"I know I hurt you, I'm sorry."

She was truly outraged now. "Hurt me! Not only did you hurt me, you broke my heart! I believed every word that came pouring out of your mouth and to think that everything was a lie. I knew from the beginning that I was flirting with disaster. Ah! Why do I still have feelings for you!" Marie threw her hands in the air and put her head down not caring that people were staring.

"Marie, I'm sorry and I am a complete asshole for doing this to you. But I have to tell you something." Harvey reached for her but she moved farther away.

Marie sniffled and looked up at him. "What ever you are going to say won't make a difference anymore. What's done is done."

"I know, but you deserve an explanation."

"But not your love and devotion like you said you would give me, right?" Marie's gaze turned hateful. "Tell me something, did you ever love me?"

"Of course I did, when I said those words I was not lying." Harvey was speaking the truth. He loved Marie, she was everything but up until now, Rachel seemed to be the right one.

"Then, what happened? I am at a total loss as to why you left me at that alter Harvey. I gave myself completely to you, what in the hell did I do wrong?" Marie was frustrated, her patience was becoming slim each minute that ticked away.

"You didn't do anything wrong. This was all my fault. This isn't easy for me." Harvey leaned in closer.

Marie laughed bitterly. "Oh, and this is easy for me?"

"No, listen please. The reason I didn't show up was because if I did, I would be lying to you and myself. I didn't want our marriage to be a lie. Before I proposed to you, I had gone to Gotham, I met this girl named Rachel Dawes and I felt a connection with her. But then I came back to you and at that moment my love for you was stronger. That's how I gathered the courage to propose to you. That was the final push." Marie felt as if a knife plunged into her heart. He left her for someone else." A few days before our wedding I returned to Gotham, I saw her again and I fell in love with her. My love for her rekindled a lot more stronger. And I decided to give it a chance and after that I couldn't bring myself to let her go." Harvey lowered his head shamefully.

"And you couldn't pick up the damn phone to tell me this!" Marie was hurt, destroyed and Harvey felt completely guilty. But he loved Rachel, and couldn't bare to lose her.

"It wouldn't have been fair to call you and tell you." Harvey whispered harshly.

"Oh, and leaving me at the church dressed in a wedding dress in front of everyone was fair! It was humiliating! You are sick, and you know what, I'm done with you. I don't want to see you again, you're dead to me Harvey. You explained enough and I understand you love her now and want to be with her. Clearly to you I was just a game." Marie rummaged through her purse and slammed the diamond ring on the table. "I hope you and Rachel have a nice life."

Harvey watched as the girl he first loved walk away from the table and his life.

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A/N: So, what do you all think? It was an idea that was floating in my head and would not leave me alone...ahaha. Please review and I will update soon..... =)!

Disclaimer: Sadly I don't own Batman or anything to do with it. I only own my OC's.