Diana knew that next night there'd be no time to go out around the city, it was Bruce's birthday. She tried to keep thoughts of Batman out of her mind at work and focus on her paperwork. She had come so close to seeing who he really was and she'd kissed him. She still didn't understand why she had done it. Had it been her to kiss him? Or did he kiss her? She couldn't remember. The day went by slowly and as soon as she left work she drove straight home to get Bruce's gift together. She hadn't spent much money on it. All she had needed was glue sticks and an album book. Finding a box of old photos of the two of them together, she decided to make a huge scrapbook. It would undoubtedly be the least expensive gift there but it would mean the most to him. She knew he'd find more value in it then a new Armani suit or some other expensive gift. Being a black tie event she decided to wear an elegant blue short dress with black heels.
Bruce was in the middle of absolute chaos. Holding a hallucinating Rachel close to his chest he headed for the tumbler. Crane had given her a concentrated dose of the toxin. He didn't have long to get her to the antidote back in the cave. Another thing that concerned him was what Crane had said when he'd gassed him with his own toxin. He had told him he was working for Ra's al Ghul. Bruce had seen him die, how was that possible? He quickly slipped Rachel into the Tumbler and took off. As he drove out of the Narrows he turned to Rachel. She was clearly disorientated and had a panicked look on her face.
"Stay calm," he said, "You've been poisoned." He dodged around several cars and thought of the best route out of the city. Driving into the parking garage he heard Rachel yell out
"What are you doing?"
"Shortcut," he said. He drove to the top of the garage. Seeing the only way out he blasted out part of the cement wall and drove forward, landing on a rooftop. It was a rough route but the only way out. He flew back out onto the highway and picked up speed, trying to outrun the cops. The helicopter above had a spotlight on him. Putting the car into stealth mode, he quickly dropped out of the light and disappeared. He turned to Rachel and said
"Stay with me," she gave him a wide eyed look of fear. He quickly came out of stealth mode and drove off the highway towards the cave. Sensing Rachel fading he told her to hold on. The waterfall was right in sight. They burst through the water and Bruce threw himself out of the tumbler, running to get the antidote. He opened up the case sent from Fox and flew back over to the Tumbler, injecting Rachel with the antidote.
It took her twenty minutes to wake up. He gave her a moment to look around before he asked her how she felt and explained that she'd been poisoned. In a small voice she asked
"Where are we? Why did you bring me here?"
"If I hadn't your mind would now be lost," he said. She tried to get up and he went over and told her to rest and not worry about Crane, that Gordon was taking care of it.
"Is Gordon your friend?" she asked.
"I don't have the luxury of friends," he said, "I gave you a sedative; You'll wake up back at home. When you do get these to Gordon." He showed her the other antidotes. "Trust no one."
"What are they?" she asked.
"The antidote," he said, "One for Gordon himself, and the other for mass production."
"Mass production?" she asked.
"Crane was just a pawn, we need to be ready," He stepped forward and quickly gave her the sedative, putting her to sleep instantly. He removed his mask when he was sure she was asleep. He'd have Alfred take Rachel home. He also remembered that he'd see Diana tonight at his party. She's come so close to unmasking him last night. He had to admit she was getting good. He couldn't let her find out who he was.
Diana stood in the crowded ballroom looking around for Bruce. She'd been there for forty minutes and still hadn't seen him. She didn't know anyone there and felt awkward just wandering around the room. Suddenly she felt someone grab her by the waist. Jumping in surprise, she turned around to see that it was Bruce.
"Where have you been?" she said smiling.
"Getting dressed," he said. She laughed and said
"You're worse then me; it only took me twenty minutes to get ready."
"You look beautiful," he said with a grin. She felt her cheeks blush red. Not wanting to make the moment awkward she said
"Happy birthday Bruce," For a moment they stared into each other's eyes. Bruce snapped out of the trance when he heard a man calling his name.
"I have to go greet some more people but I promise I'll come back over when I'm done," he said.
"Ok," she said "I'll stay here." He took her hand in his and kissed it, looking up at her with a smile he said
"I'll be right back." She watched him walk off and went back to looking around at the amazing cathedral ceiling and huge paintings that lined the walls. She stood there for another five minutes before she heard Bruce's voice speak up from across the room.
"Everyone. Everybody. I wanna thank you all for coming here tonight and drinking all of my booze." Diana laughed at his joke, wondering what he was planning to say. "No, really, there's a thing about being a Wayne that you're never short of a few freeloaders, like yourselves, to fill up your mansion with, so, here's to all you people. Thank you." The room was full of confused and angry murmuring. Diana was shocked. What was he doing? "I'm not finished. To all of you phonies, all of you two-faced friends, you sycophantic suck-ups who smile through your teeth at me, please leave me in peace. Please go. Stop smiling, it's not a joke. Please leave. The party's over. Get out." Diana knew there was something wrong she wasn't leaving until she found. He definitely wasn't drunk; he'd just talked to her a few minutes ago. She started walking towards him as everyone else cleared out of the room.
Thanks everyone whose stuck with me. I know it's been a really long time since I last updated but I promise you that this story is not dead. I've been extremely busy lately. Once I'm finished with applying to colleges and my teachers stop bombarding me with projects I'll definitely have more free time on my hands. Thanks for reading, please review :)