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


She asks him to take her home. This part of Gotham is dangerous, but since they're both dangerous people that excuse doesn't really hold ground. Harleen just wants his company now and Jonathan knows it. He agrees.

Her hand loops through his arm and she marvels at how snow conceals gum-caked pavement. Flakes dot her head like dust from a struggling moth. The moon is held captive in her mouth when she smiles. Briefly, he wonders what it tastes like. Together they pretend their world is perfect, that names have vanished, and that there are no footprints left behind them.