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Author's Note: 'In Need' 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.

In Need

She still worries about him too much. He's lost weight again out of Arkham, and when they sit together at the Iceberg there are dark circles under his eyes. Harley wonders if he's taking (or making) anything that helps him sleep at night without dreaming.

Jonathan swallows his vodka sitting up straight, the motion fast and fluid. Part of her wonders how much it would take to make him slouch, slur, say things he wouldn't otherwise. Part of her wants to ask if he's okay when he's too drunk to remember his answer.

Harley Quinn orders the Scarecrow another drink.