Disclaimer: Too sleepy, can't be bothered.

Author's Note: 'Hypothetical' is one of several drabbles branching off the premise that Harley treated another theme criminal before Mister J.


Harleen Quinzel couldn't receive a happy ending, Jonathan knew. If Joker didn't kill her then some thug might, or the mob would catch up, or she'd otherwise get in way too deep. He wondered if obituaries would cover it. He wondered if her funeral would have family members present to shed tears before they severed all connections.

Maybe a coffin would simply drop (covered by taxes and charitable donations) without anyone to remember that hideous accent. Perhaps nobody would miss her tactless affection, her inability to keep still, the sheer impracticality of her life.

Or would he be standing alone?