Dis: don't own

Summary: If there is one place to learn about contracts it is hell and Deathstroke was never one to ignore a good opportunity. AU starts during the Renegade arc and plays a bit with the idea what the Batfamily does if Dick stops being the moral support for them. Hopefully canon

-rushing or to slow in the plot?

-so I read about Tim and I neither like nor dislike him, so don't expect him to get much attention. If you think I got something wrong feel free to correct me, a short summary how Dick views him is at the end of the chapter

-feedback: well there was none...


Clark had a bad feeling, the interaction between Bruce and Dick seemed wrong to him, he really wanted to know what happened to cause such a change. His best bet was Alfred, either he knew what was going on or could get the information easily and fix the mess. To be honest it had been more than a little unsettling to hear Dick talk in such a cold voice.

"Mr. Kent", greeted Alfred him politely and Clark gave a weak smile in return," is something wrong?" asked the old man with a hint of concern.

"Did Dick and Bruce fight recently? Today Bruce wanted to exclude Dick from the more important discussions and Dick was so cold," retold Clark the day's events to the butler, " I don't think this all can be from Dick's current romantic interest." Even if one could think that Dick sleeping with a man old enough to be his father might be a call for help...

"Master Dick has a new partner?" asked Alfred and Clark felt his heart sink, if the older man didn't even know that piece of information than he didn't believe Alfred could help. Well a neutral perspective might be helpful, too.

"It looks like you have much catching up to do, why don't you invite Dick over?" he suggested and saw the other nod, good the problem would be solved in no time...


Apparently Bruce had screwed up again and now Alfred wanted Dick back home so they could fix everything, it shouldn't be a hard task figured Tim. Dick was always happy to spent time with his family even if things were complicated. So he approached Nightwing, who was about to leave, and asked if he wanted to train in their gym and enjoy Alfred's cooking for a day or two. The response was an unexpected thoughtful look.

Dick frooze, he wasn't sure what he should do.
In the past he had seen a boy who helped Bruce over the dead of Jason, someone who had bothered to ask if he could wear his old costume, a trusted ally, a little brother

Now he wasn't so sure anymore, the boy always seemed so cold and calculating, he hadn't his own costume, his own personal reason to fight. No, Tim was more like a soldier, doing what he believed to be his duty and Dick really didn't feel like spending time with him outside fighting crime, there just wasn't much of an emotional connection between them anymore from his point of view. So, just like he had done with Alfred, he gave a polite, weak excuse and turned away, leaving a worried looking Tim behind, it wasn't like his older brother to brush him off like this...


-not sure about the next chapter, ideas? The big talk between Dick and Bruce would be to soon...