Chapter 14 The Wake

Chapter 14

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Bella shoots up and looks around the room.

“You’re fucking kidding me…” She groans out in pain realizing she’s in a hospital room again.
Bella narrowed her eyes and lifted her hospital gown. Her jaw dropped as she looked upon the stapled area where her kidney had been replaced.

“No…” She harshly whispered.

She gritted her teeth as this intense burning sensation came from the incision. Her eyes watered as the pain continued to course through her. The door to her room opened as Bruce entered with a cup of coffee in hand. Bruce froze at first realizing she was finally awake.

“Bruce?” She hoarsely called out.

Bruce nodded and set his coffee down on the nightstand as he made his way over. Bella gritted her teeth and laid her head back down. Bruce promptly pushed the call button for the nurse.

“They’ll get you something for the pain.”

She nodded and swallowed back. Bella had severe cotton mouth and her lips felt chapped. Edward entered the room and he smiled warmly.

“Nice to see you’re finally awake.”

“She needs something for the pain.” Bruce replies.

“I’ll let the nurse know. First I need to check your vitals.”

Edward checked over her vitals and jotted them down on her file.

“Everything’s looking great Ms. Gordon. I’ll send the nurse in right away.”

“Why am I here? What the hell is going on Bruce?!”
“Just relax Bella.”

“Relax?! I just woke up to find I’ve got fucking staples on the side of my abdomen. I feel like shit and I can’t even remember why I’m here?! WHAT HAPPENED?! Am I going crazy?!”

“You’re not completely crazy; there are parts of you missing now.”

He grimaced for her as she shot back up.

“Bella…”

She gasped out in pain. The nurse had just walked in at that point with a syringe.

“Oh no dear you lay back down!” The nurse said rather alarmed.

Bruce gently laid her back down.

“Why am I here?”
“You had a kidney transplant sweetheart. You’ve been out for a few days. Had everyone worried. It’s nice to see you’re awake.”

“How many days are we talking?”

The nurse places the pain medication into her IV with the syringe.

“Today would have made eight.”

Bella’s looks upon Bruce in disbelief.

“Eight days?!” She goes to shoot up again and Bruce puts a stop to it.

She goes to argue, but the medicine was kicking in.

“She should feel pretty good here very soon.”

Bruce nods.

“If you two need anything else, let us know.”
She exits the room and Bella’s head was already swimming. She blinked a few times as the pain began to die down. Her body felt all tingly and numb. In fact she was feeling pretty good. She tugged at Bruce’s sleeve. He was wearing jeans and a regular black t-shirt.

“I’m very thirsty.”

Bruce darted over to where her pitcher of ice water was and poured her a glass. He cleared his throat on the way back.

“Your aunt and uncle will be here soon.”

She sighs in thought. Bruce carefully places the cup into her hand and helps prop her up enough to drink it. It was easily the best water she’d ever had. She downed it and Bruce poured her another glass.

“Thank you.”

The room rather spun as the morphine was taking affect. She bit her lower lip and started to giggle. Bruce cocked a curious brow and took the empty cup from her hand, once she was done. Bella reached over and ran her hand along his chest.

“So are you my doctor?”

Bruce narrowed his eyes and took her hand and held it. He scooted up a chair and sat beside her.

“I can be…”

“Don’t tell anyone, but you’re kind of sexy.”

Bruce softly chuckled knowing it was the morphine. Leave it to Bella to get excited rather than pass out. Bruce thought to himself.

“We should go out sometime. You know when I’m not in the hospital and all.”

“Don’t you have a boyfriend Ms. Gordon?”

She blinks a few times and looks around.

“Do I?”

“I’m pretty certain you do. I think I’ve seen him around. He seems quite charming and very handsome.”

“It’s ok we don’t have to tell him about us.”

“Hmmm, is that so?”

She nods.

“He’s a bit of a stiff anyway. He’s some sort of boring CEO.”

Bruce smirks, but shakes his head.

“You’re right he certainly sounds like one.”

“Don’t they have chapels in hospitals?”

He nods and kisses her hand.

“We should get married!”

Bruce nearly choked back and he shook his head.

“Um married huh?”

She nods with a genuine beam.
“What would your boyfriend think of that Ms. Gordon?”
She shrugs, but her eyes were growing heavy. Bruce gazed upon her as she soon fell asleep. He nodded to himself and came to his feet. Bruce found himself pacing the room. He ran his fingers through his hair. There wasn’t a chance in hell he was leaving her side, not with Dr. Crane still on the loose. He knew without a shadow of a doubt he’d return for her only this time he’d finish the job.

Bruce turned towards the door as there was a knock. He went and answered it to see it was Sara and Jim Gordon. Bruce offered his hand Sara and Jim shook it. Bruce shut the door as Jim and Sara went to check on Bella.

“She just went back to sleep. They gave her some morphine for the pain.”

Jim nods as Sara took her hand.

“How’d she take it once she woke?”

“I don’t think she quite realizes what all’s taken place. She knows about the kidney transplant, but that’s about it.”

“I still don’t understand why she never told us.” Sara admitted with tears in her eyes.

Bruce didn’t say anything he felt it wasn’t his place to. He truly wished Bella had told her aunt and uncle as well. Before long her friends Megan and Casey came to visit as well. Bella was in and out of it most of the day. Once Megan and Casey left Sara turned to Jim.
“I think maybe she should move back home. I could take care of her. She’s going to need some help.”

Jim nods looking to be in thought.

“I can move the office stuff out of her old room and…”

Bruce clears his throat and they look his direction.

“I’m sorry to interrupt. But I thought you should know that before all of this took place. Bella and I made arrangements for her to move into the manor.”

Jim raised his brows and Sara covered her mouth in shock.

“Excuse me?” Jim damn near snapped at Bruce.

Bruce takes in a breath and nods.

“Yes sir, Bella hadn’t had a chance to tell either of you. This happened directly after we had made plans. I can assure you, I will personally make certain your niece is taken care of. I’ve already made arrangements for her personal doctor and his intern to come by the house regularly to keep tabs on her wellbeing. The intern also will be her rehabilitation coordinator aka therapist. He’s already received his bachelor’s degree in this and has some very good recommendations.”

Sara smiles.
“I see you’ve already done your homework on all this.”

Jim rolls his eyes.

“Are you two engaged?”

Bruce clears his throat.

“No sir.”

“Then she hasn’t any business moving in with you! She’ll be coming home.”

Bruce sighs and shakes his head.

“Sir, I can assure you she’ll be in good hands.”

“She’d be in better hands at home!”
“Jim…” Sara whispers with a blush.

“I’m just telling him how it is. She will be coming home. You can take care of her, far better than he can!”

“Maybe we should let her decide.”

Jim rolls his eyes and huffs out in a scoffing matter.

“That girl hasn’t a clue what’s best for her. All the more reason we need to put our foot down once she’s able to discuss this.”

“I can hear you just fine you know.”

The three of them snap a look her direction. She opens her eyes and scoots back on the bed. She darts her eyes Jim’s direction.

“Bruce is right. We already made plans and I will be moving in with him.”
“BEFORE YOU’RE EVEN MARRIED OR ENGAGED?”
Bella’s entire face flushed over. She looked to Bruce apologetically.

“Yes Jim, we prefer to live in sin.”

Sara’s eyes widen and she quickly turns to keep from laughing at her niece’s comment. Jim points upon her furiously.

“I will not allow this!”

“It’s not your choice. You already managed to railroad me once Uncle Jim not this time!” She winces and reaches to the area of her sutures.

Sara rushes over.

“Jim, let’s just let it go please?” Sara says as she pushes the button for the nurse.

He shakes his head.

“First off, you don’t even bother telling us that you had kidney disease to begin with! Then this is how I find out that you’re moving in with some god damn womanizer.”
Bella gritted her teeth.
“YOU WATCH WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT HIM!” She shouts.

Her eyes roll back as her body thrived in pain.

“Dammit Jim! Now is not the time for this!” Sara barks.

Jim winces as he realizes what he’d truly done. He pinched the bridge of his nose. Bruce’s teeth were grinding together something fierce, but he kept his trap shut not wanting to stress Bella out more than she already was. It wasn’t that Bruce didn’t understand Jim’s reaction to all this. He did. What they didn’t know was that someone was out to kill their niece. It wasn’t just about Bella’s recuperation. It was about the best means of protecting her. If she moved back home chances were they’d all three end up dead. Dr. Crane meant business and that wasn’t something Bruce could take lightly. The nurse rushed in and placed some more morphine into Bella’s IV. Tears were streaming down Bella’s face.

“Look kid I’m sorry. I just…”

“Can’t help, but to be a judgmental prick right?” She utters as the room began to spin on her.

Jim shakes his head, but doesn’t argue. He knew he deserved it. Jim sighs and takes her hand.

“I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about the k.d. I should have, I can admit that. I just never dreamed I’d actually go into failure. For one thing all my tests as of late had been…”

And there it was. Bruce knew it was coming soon enough. She looked directly upon him as the memory socked her right across the face. She gasped out and covered her mouth in revelation.

“It was him wasn’t it?!”

Bruce flinched at her words. He lifted his eyes towards her and nodded in silence.

“What was who?” Jim inquired.

Her hands balled up even through the morphine, Bella felt the anger rising within her.

“He did this to me! He just can’t seem to leave me be! Taking my parents and Jer away from me wasn’t enough!”

Her body felt the wave of exhaustion hitting.

“Don’t fight it Bella. Get some rest…” Bruce softly whispered.

Once Bella was out Sara cut Jim a look of utter hell.

“Don’t you ever pull something like that again. She has enough on her plate you big JERK!” Bruce raised his brows on this in full agreement. He wasn’t too thrilled with how Jim handled all this either. He understood him getting upset. Any father or Uncle would in this situation, but handling it the way he had only put Bella in worse shape.

Jim sighed and turned to Bruce.

“Who was she talking about?”

“Let’s go Jim! You’ve done quite enough for one night. Leave the man alone. He’s taking very good care of her and that’s what matters!”

Sara grabs her purse and pecks Bella on the forehead before she exits the room. Jim and Bruce hear her call out once she’s in the hallway.

“Let’s go!”

Jim rubs the back of his neck and shakes his head.

“…dammit…” Bruce heard him utter as he too followed behind.

Once they were gone Bruce grabbed his bag of clothes. He stepped into the bathroom and showered. He changed into a pair of black pajama pants and a white t-shirt. He then brushed his teeth and hair. He set the couch up in the room. Before he went to bed he gave Bella a bed bath. Fixed her hair even and put some chap stick on her dry lips. Bruce kissed her cheek and went on to bed. This continued for another week until they released her. From there he took her back to the manor. To his surprise Jim and Sara didn’t say another word on it. From the looks of things Sara had really lit into Jim big time. Bruce however made it more than clear that they were always welcome there at any time no matter what hour and so were her friends.

Alfred and Bruce helped her up the stairs and to the bedroom.

“Glad to have you back Bella.”

She smiled.

“Thank you Alfred, it’s good to see you again as well.”

Bruce cocks a brow Alfred’s way.
“Bella huh?” He questions with a smirk.

Alfred merely grins and nods as he exits the room.

“Hmmm… You two sure are getting cozy.”

She carefully makes her way the bathroom. Bella couldn’t wait to take a decent shower, tend to her girlie maintenance, etc… Bruce helped get her clothes off and started the shower for her. Bella truly couldn’t believe how attentive he was being. Once he got her in safely, he too got undressed. He wouldn’t leave her alone out of fear of her falling. She was still pretty wobbly and the pills only added to it. He didn’t comment as she shaved and did whatever else she needed to do. After she was done he got her into her robe, then straight to bed.

She sorely rolled over and curled up against her pillow. Bruce lay beside her, his eyes locking with hers.
“So… I almost died and things of that nature.” She softly says.

Bruce nods.

“Unfortunately…” He resisted the urge to grimace.

“We have to find him before Jim and Sara end up next.”

Bruce caresses her cheek moving her hair away from her face.

“I will worry about Scarecrow. You have a long few months of recovery ahead. Take this time to do things you normally don’t ever do. Things like sleeping as late as you want, watching TV, reading a book, anything that keeps you off your feet and stress free.”

She wrinkles her nose in thought.

“So be lazy?”

He smirks.

“Precisely.”

“I’m going to go stir crazy. I can’t stand to just sit around Bruce.”

“I’ve noticed. Time to find a way though. I mean it Bella this is very important. I rather owe Mr. Edward Cullen, it’s because of him we were able to get you a kidney so fast. He dedicated all his time searching. I honestly was amazed. I could tell his father was just as impressed.”

“I suppose I owe him one too.” Bella cleared her throat feeling rather emotional.

Truth of the matter was she was still coping with the fact that she almost died. Bruce went ahead and told her everything he knew about what happened when Scarecrow got to her. Bits and pieces of it were still a blur for Bella. She knew whatever Scarecrow hit her with had to of been pretty toxic. It was toxic enough to cause her memory troubles on what all took place.

“So everyone thought I lost my mind the day of graduation?”

Bruce wasn’t sure how to comment on that. She groaned in misery.

“Your silence says it all.”

Bruce swallowed back in thought.

“Bella, this is my fault. Batman once told you that justice would be served. He failed you. You almost died because he lacked in doing his job! You wouldn’t even be in this situation if Batman had taken care of Scarecrow like promised.”

“Knock it off Bruce you’re not doing this.”

“It’s true and you know it! Just admit it!”

She narrows her eyes. He shakes his head and rolls out of the bed. Bruce starts pacing the room and Bella rolled over. She watched as he continued to pace.

“You’ve every reason to hate me for this Bella! You should!”

“Is that what you want Bruce? You want me to hate you? You want me to blame you?”

“YES! DAMMIT YES! IT’S WHAT I DESERVE! I ALMOST LOST YOU!” He staggers back against the wall.

Bruce shut his eyes and his skin went ghostly white.

“Bruce…”

He held up a hand and shook his head.

“Well that’s just too bad. I don’t hate you. That and I never once felt it was your responsibility nor do I blame you! I won’t have you doing this to yourself either! So knock it off Bruce. None of this is your fault and deep down you know that. Batman wasn’t the only one searching for Scarecrow! He hasn’t made it easy that’s for damn sure and he won’t. In fact I’m certain he’s gone into hiding again.”
Bruce’s eyes shoot open.

“There are only so many places he can hide.”

Bella hurriedly wipes her eyes and clears her throat. Bruce makes his way back and carefully hovers over her. He presses his forehead against hers.

“I love you Bella. I know I don’t express that enough, but it’s not because the feelings aren’t there. Don’t ever doubt that. I don’t always know how to act or know what to say. For that I’m sorry.”

She sucks back a teary breath.

“It’s about fucking time.”

He cocks a brow and lifts his head up. A small giggle escapes her mouth.

“I must admit I was rather offended when you wanted me to move in. Yet you hadn’t even said those three simple words.”

He nods and takes in breath.

“That’s because they’re not simple Bella. The last person I ever said that to was my father. That was the night they were murdered. Those words just haven’t come naturally since. That’s because I hadn’t truly felt them since my parents. Bella, you’re the only woman I’ve ever felt this way about or was able to express these words too. What might come easy to others isn’t so much for me. I’d never say them unless I truly meant it. But now that I’ve said it, I will do my best to make it into a habit. You deserve to know how I truly feel about you. Like I said I almost lost you. It’s like the saying goes. You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Well I’m not willing to take that risk anymore.”

“I love you too.”

“Are you sure?”

She nods. He sighs and shuts his eyes again for a moment. His lips eagerly find hers. He forced himself to stop after much longer. He was getting too into it and she still needed a bit to recover for that. For now he’d go without as well. He felt it was only right. Deep down despite what she’d said. Bruce still put all the blame on himself. He carefully rolled over. He held her until she fell asleep. Once she was out. It was time for Batman to make his appearance. He did this every night and he swore to himself he wouldn’t stop until Dr. Crane was in his custody. Between this and his need to watch over Bella, Bruce hardly slept. When he did it was only for a few hours. Carlisle came by daily to check on Bella. Edward came by a couple times a day to check her vitals, bring her pills, and for her rehab.

“Easy…” Edward softly stated as she took a few wobbly steps.

They used the gym to get Bella back on her feet. She leaned against the wall looking pale. Edward handed her a bottle of water.

“Just close your eyes and focus on breathing. I imagine you’re due for another pain pill.”

“I hate those things. I don’t like not having control of my body.”

Edward smiles.

“That’s funny most people prefer to eat them as though they were candy.”

She shakes her head.

“Not me. I prefer the pain at least I’m in control and not dozing off.”

“Well there’s no need to be in pain if you don’t have to be Ms. Gordon. So let’s not be stubborn and take the pills. We’re almost done here anyhow. I don’t want you doing too much at first. We’re just trying to get you walking first and foremost. Everything else we can gradually get to.”

Edward helps her back to one of the weight benches.

“Just breathe…”

He checks her vitals and hands her a couple of her pills. She groans in detest. He smiles.

“Just take the pills Ms. Gordon.”

She sighs in defeat and takes the pills as he hands her a bottle of water.

“You need to rest after this you’re blood pressure is a slightly elevated.”

She nods already feeling flushed and a hint of faint.

“Ugh…”

“It’ll take some time. It’s perfectly normal the first couple weeks. That and you’re body is still dealing with the toxins that were distributed into your body. Once you’re not in as much pain. My father wishes to place you on a detox pill. It will hopefully fully rid of anything that might be still dwelling. If you took them while you were on the pain meds, the med’s would lose their affect as to why we wait for now.”

Bella nods in understanding and looks upon him.

“Thank you by the way.”

He looks to her rather baffled.

“Bruce told me you were the one to find the kidney.”

Edward shrugs.

“I had to do something. I couldn’t very well lose my partner, now could I?” He says with a wink.

“Partner?” She questions with slight confusion.

“Yes, by the way, Mr. Dent sends his regards. He wanted to let me to let you know he will visit soon. He hoped you got the flowers.”

“I did and I got yours. Both were very thoughtful and pretty thank you.”

“You’re quite welcome. Ok up you go. I’ll help you to the bedroom. I want you to get some rest, once you wake eat a decent meal and take your second set of pills.”

Bella comes to her feet and Edward grabs his bag. Alfred had just entered the manor after watering the bushes outside. He narrowed his eyes and slightly tilted his head. Edward was walking behind Bella as she very carefully went up the stairs. She was using the rails.

“Keep going you’re doing great so far. Let me know if you get to tired we can take a break.”

Alfred shook his head though noticing the young man hadn’t stopped staring at her ass the entire time.

Once Bella got to the top of the stairs, Edward put his arm around her and escorted her to the bedroom. He helped her to the bed and even took it upon himself to take off her shoes. She went to argue this but her eyes were already closing. She tried to fight the drowsiness she felt, but it was a losing battle. The moment her head hit the pillow she was out.

Alfred peeked into the bedroom with his hands full of linen. Edward had Bella’s hand in his as he was looking her over. Alfred cleared his throat. Edward slightly jumped, but looked to his watch as though he were checking her vitals. He smiled towards Alfred.

“She will probably sleep for a couple hours.”

Alfred nodded.

“I will watch the Ms from here thank you sir.”

Edward nodded and let go of her hand as he came to a stand. Alfred decided to keep a better eye Mr. Edward Cullen. He wasn’t so sure he liked just how attentive he was towards Bella. He wasn’t so sure how Bruce would either.


Bella looked up from her lunch to see Mr. Dent being escorted in by Alfred.

“Ah, I’m interrupting I see.”
Bella shrugged.

“No, not really. Have a seat Harvey.”

“Thank you.”

He pulls out a chair and sits caddy corner from her.

“So how are we feeling today Bella?”

“Better, thank you.”

“That’s very good to hear. Such a horrible ordeal, surely you know this doesn’t change our plans. I’m more than willing to work around whatever you need. Just focus on getting better.”
Bella nods as she sips her tea. Bruce had just come home for one of his meetings. He entered the dining room. He nodded towards Mr. Dent and pecked Bella on the lips. Mr. Dent came to his feet and offered his hand.

“And how are we doing Mr. Wayne?”

“Can’t complain I suppose.” He says as he accepts the handshake.

“I don’t suppose so when you got the lovely Ms. Gordon to come home to.”

Bruce smiles.

“That’s very true.”

Bella found herself blushing somewhat.

“I must ask Bella. Would it be alright if I dropped some files over throughout the week?”
“Files?”

“Yes, you see, I remember a certain someone questioning the loopholes in my speeches. Since we’ve not had time to personally discuss it, I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind using some of my ideas as reading material while you recuperate. I’d like your honest opinion on my thoughts.”

“Are you sure about that?”

Bruce takes a seat beside Bella and looks upon her curiously. Mr. Dent has a very good laugh at this.

“What can I say Ms. Gordon I must be a glutton for punishment!”

Bruce narrowed his eyes remembering how he’d said something along those lines to her once as well.

“Your brutal honesty intrigues me. I truly believe it’s what I need. After all if elected I will be responsible for an entire city. Gotham needs someone that knows what they’re doing. Sometimes in order to do that you need someone willing to kick you right back into play. That is exactly what I need.”

She leans back in her seat and looks to be in thought.

“And what if I don’t agree with what you have down?”
“Then I wish for you to jot down your own notes on the matter. I wish to know why and how to go about it differently. Perhaps between Mr. Cullen, you, and myself we can find a way to keep my promises to Gotham and in a way that would benefit us all. You see Bella I wanted you on my team for a reason. I hear you’re one of the best and that’s exactly what I want.”
“I’ll do my best.”

He takes in a breath of relief.

“Oh thank you! I sincerely mean it. In that case I wish to start paying you immediately, but I want you to work at your discretion. That is what’s most important at the moment. You need to focus on you first and getting well. If this ever becomes too much do not hesitate to let me know. I do not wish to burden you not at a time like this especially. I can only imagine what you must be going through.”

“It’s no burden Harvey. I need something to kill the time anyhow. Might as well accept the challenge and see what I can come up with.”

“Mr. Cullen tells me he’s your physical therapist as well.”

“Yes sir.”

“Good, good… perhaps the two of you can come up with some ideas together. I’ve a very great feeling about this!” Mr. Dent says with enthusiasm.

Bella softly laughs.

“Well I hope I don’t disappoint then. If so you can blame the medication I’m on.”

Mr. Dent laughs and takes her hand. He pats it and nods.
“I shall be by in a couple days. Do get some rest and it’s wonderful knowing you’re alright. It merely proves that I was right.”

“About?”
“You’re a fighter and one hell of one. Do have a pleasant day. You too Mr. Wayne.”

Bruce nods and watches as Alfred escorted Mr. Dent to the door. Once he’s gone, Bruce turns to Bella.

“You just can’t help yourself can you?”

“What?” She questions innocently.

“I thought we agreed that you were to do nothing, but rest. In fact I’m not so certain I like him coming over here like that. It’s one thing to offer your condolences, it’s entirely different when it’s through selfish intentions.”

“Bruce…”

“Bella even you had to see past that.”

“What makes you think I didn’t?”

“And you accepted anyway because?”

She shrugs.

“I have nothing better to do. Why not take a fine-toothed comb and pick at what he has with it. Lord knows Gotham’s had enough corrupt politicians working for them. This guy at least seems to give a damn. It seems he really wants to better himself for this election.”

“It’s not like he has much competition now that Cobblepot has been arrested.”

“All the more reason to make certain this one doesn’t end up the same way. If he’s doing something he shouldn’t Mr. Cullen and I would be the first to know.”

Bruce pinches the bridge of his nose.

“You haven’t even been home that long Bella. You still got a good month or so to heal and even then you can’t fully go back to what you were doing for another 5 months! I don’t want you pushing yourself.”
“Easy Bruce, it’s just me lying in bed or on the couch going through some files. What’s the worst that could happen?”

Bruce raises his brows towards her.

“You just had to ask that didn’t you?”

She smiles that cutesy way that drives him mad. He shakes his head with a smirk.

“Don’t do that.”
“What?”
“You’re just trying to get your way.”

“I haven’t the faintest idea what you’re referring to.”

“Hmmm.”

Bruce reaches over and gently pulls her into his lap. He lowers the straps to her tank top and kisses along her bare shoulders. She noticed the heaviness in Bruce’s eyes. The poor man looked as though he could pass out at any given second.

“You haven’t been sleeping have you?”

He pecks her on the neck and raises the straps to her tank back up.

“I’m fine Bella.”

“Um no you aren’t Bruce you need rest as well you know.”

He takes in a breath and rests his head against her shoulder. She comes to her feet and takes his hand.

“Where are we going?”

“To take a nap.”

He shakes his head as she leads him towards the stairs. Bella grabbed hold of the rails and started making her way up the stairs. Bruce scooped her up and carried her to the bedroom. He knew they couldn’t have sex, but he felt the need to have her naked body pressed against his. Due to his search for Dr. Crane they hadn’t been sleeping together. He hated that, but knew he couldn’t truly rest until he found Dr. Crane. Bruce stripped down and took precaution as he undressed Bella. It’d been so long he couldn’t help, but to stand at immediate attention. He swallowed back taking her all in. He checked on her sutures as he kissed along her torso. Afterword he pulled the covers up over them and pressed himself against her. Part of him was in agony he wanted her so bad. Yet the other felt at peace. He pushed his sexual desires away for the time being and closed his eyes.

They slept so soundly neither had realized they slept until it was already eight pm. That and without meaning to they woke up heavily kissing. Bruce was so backed up he felt he’d come from this alone. The tip of his dick already had evidence of a good amount of precum. He wasn’t the only one in suffering. Bella felt like she was in literal heat, but the pain coursed through her as a good reminder that they had a couple weeks still to go. She groaned miserably into her pillow as she rolled away from him.

Bruce chuckled in full understanding.

“In this together…” He reminded as he jumped up with major blue balls.

Sure he could just go rub one out. That was how much the guilt was for Bruce though. He truly felt if she wasn’t getting any release he damn sure shouldn’t! After all if Batman had done his fucking job they wouldn’t be in this mess (or so he thought).

“I love you.” Bruce said after kissing her once more before he headed out for the night.

“Love you to Bruce. Be careful out there.”

He nodded and headed on into the cave. Yet again he got suited up and went out. He was growing more and more frustrated as time progressed. He found himself still dealing with the usual thugs and criminals. He searched every nook and cranny trying to find Dr. Crane.

Tonight however Batman had just happened to be by the theater as he over looked Gotham City. Sara and Jim Gordon had just walked out hand in hand. Batman could overhear them talking about having dinner with Bruce and Bella over the weekend. A black van however had peeled out from nowhere or so it seemed. He hadn’t been focused on the road, because his attention was on Bella’s aunt and uncle. They somewhat reminded him of his parents the moment they walked out of the theater. Jim had said something that made Sara laugh. The van slammed on its brakes and hooded men jumped out of the back of the van. They grabbed Sara and Jim and tossed them into the van and took off. Batman took off as fast as possible after them. His heart going ninety to nothing as he desperately chased the van down.

He followed it to an abandoned warehouse of some sort. The back of the van opened and the men roughly shoved Sara and Jim out of the van. Batman discreetly hopped down from one of the nearby buildings. He stayed within the shadows as he followed them. They were dragged into the building. Batman waited until the men were inside. He then looked around for a way to inside. He grappled onto the roof of the warehouse. Batman found a skylight to peek through and see what was taking place.

They had Sara and Jim tied to chairs and they were gagged and blindfolded. He froze as Scarecrow came out of one of the rooms.

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