Danny stood at the edge of the cliff, staring across the bay to Titan's Tower, glinting in the 10 o'clock sun. With a deep sigh, he dropped to the ground, swinging his legs over the side of the cliff. He ran a hand through hair mussed by the brisk wind coming off the water, not bothered in the slightest by the chill. Closing his eyes, he let out another weary sigh and leaned back onto his elbows. He didn't know what to do.

"Hey, Mom, you need to stay away from Vlad because he's an evil, obsessed frootloop."

Yeah. That would go over well. He flopped onto his back and just lay there, undisturbed as the waves crashed and gulls cried. Footsteps on the gravel at the bottom of the hill broke into his reverie. He tensed, listening. They were quiet, nearly silent, a quality Vlad's steps held, but they were lighter than Vlad's. Danny twisted slightly on his back, opening his eyes to see who was coming up the slope. After a few minutes, ink-black hair as dark as Danny's own appeared over the ridge. Blue eyes widened as they took in the sight of Danny, sprawled at the edge of the cliff. The guy stopped.

"Hey," Danny greeted after a second.

"Hello. I didn't know anyone was up here," the other boy replied after a moment's hesitation. He looked to be around Danny's age, thin, though not as much as Danny, and... yep, it looked like he was shorter than Danny.

Mentally smirking, Danny watched the boy. When he didn't say anything, Danny blinked. "Oh. Uh, sorry?"

The boy shook his head. "I'm sorry. I'll go somewhere else."

Danny sat up. "I didn't mean go away." It didn't make sense. For the past month, all he wanted was to be left alone. Now, when he finally had what he wanted, he craved company.

The boy hesitated, studying Danny. He must've passed whatever inspection the boy had given, because he approached and sat a few feet away along the cliff face.

"I'm Danny."

"Di-Richard."

Danny nodded and they sat in relative silence. It was Richard who finally broke it. "Shouldn't you be in school?"

Danny, raising an eyebrow, looked back at him. "Shouldn't you?"

"Homeschooled."

"Mmm. Well, I can't deal with school today. Sue me." Danny leaned back onto his elbows, face to the sky, though he didn't miss the studying look Richard once again gave him.

"If you jump, I don't have anything to catch you with."

"If you jump, I'll probably jump after you to save you. We'd both be screwed, so let's just not jump, okay?"

"You think I'm up here to commit suicide?"

Danny turned his head. "You don't look like you're up here to make shapes out of clouds." Honestly, the guy looked like crap. His eyes were bloodshot, blue shadows under them, and there was a yellowed bruise above his right eyebrow. His face looked drawn and pale. Richard didn't look at him and, after a second, Danny returned his gaze to the sky.

"Want to, uh," Richard began reluctantly, each word sounding like it was being pulled forcefully from his mouth, "Want to... talk... about it?"

Danny didn't think so. "You first."

A painfully awkward quiet followed his words, before, "There is... someone who I... do not get along with, and has... been causing me some problems."

Danny snorted. "Take that, plus married to your mom and you've got my problem." It wasn't too much of an exaggeration - his mom and Vlad were together all the time. Danny reluctantly admitted that it probably wouldn't be long before they were engaged.

"Life sucks." Richard said, summing up Danny's thoughts with two words.

"Yep."


Though it can stand alone, this is actually an excerpt from a long TT/DP fic I'm writing. This is the first time Dick and Danny meet. I figured I would see what people thought =] Let me know what you liked/didn't like, etc.

There is a trailer now up for the full fic. youtube watch?v=OnUPUHjRnRc =]

Fun Fact! The cover picture is a picture I took of a real building in April =]