Disclaimer: ...It's really hard thinking of new ways to say "I do not own."

Author's Note: 'Given' is one of several drabbles branching off the premise that Dr. Quinzel worked with another theme criminal before Joker. This scene would be after Harleen's gone rogue.


She'd needed a place to stay.

Lounging on his couch (dull, stiff, stolen), Harley Quinn asked if he'd be alright sitting with her. She looked so normal without makeup. Jonathan said yes.

Him reading Steinback, her reading Vonnegut—he had been surprised but not uncomfortable when Harley's head brushed his shoulder. Later she brought both legs up so they were scrunched onto a single cushion. Her smile was naked, subtle in the lamplight.

"Do you mind?" She asked eventually, unwinding across his lap like a butterfly exposing its wings. Tense but not rigid, he shook his head.

It was nothing.