Full Circle

by PaBurke

Distribution: The Nook

Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, no money made, no characters created.

Spoilers: Season Two of Justice League, Season One of Batman Beyond. The short companion story, 'Paradox.'

Summary: It's all in how you define the terms.

Word Count: 300

Batman sat at the BatComputer and read, hungry for every scrap of information. He had been so sure that this future would not happen. He had not been romantically involved for decades and yet here he was. Still, despite his lack of trying.

Terry McGinnis, the teen who had become Batman without his permission.

How had he come to be?

A glint of silver out of the corner of his eye and Batman threw a Baterang at it. Something exploded quietly. Then a woman started chuckling.

It was a familiar chuckle even though Bruce hadn't heard it in decades. A winged woman glided into the light. In one hand, she held the Baterang. In the other, she held popped balloons.

She looked young, but then Thenagarians didn't age nearly as fast as humans. Batman hated that so many of his former teammates could still fight and he was Iold/I.

"Hawkigirl/I," Batman growled.

She wasn't put off by his rudeness. "Still can't sneak up on you." She tossed the Baterang on a nearby table and held up a now-flat balloon so that he could read the lettering.

'It's a Boy!'

Batman huffed and turned his back on her. "Where'd you find something that antiquated?"

"I've been saving it for a special occasion."

Bruce was touched. Such 'new baby' announcement balloons had gone out of style before her son, Rex, had been born. Bruce had paid someone a small fortune to find them and then had sent them to Hawkgirl and Green Lantern anonymously.

Perhaps not as anonymously as he had previously thought, since Shayera was returning the favor.

Shayera walked up to Bruce and the BatComputer, smirking at the contents on the screen. She turned her back on the monitor, leaned against the controls and entreated, "Tell me about your son."