Chapter 2 Black Eye And A Date?

Chapter 2

I do not own DC Universe or Twilight. Please read and then review. Bruce is only 30 in this. All other questions will have to remain a surprise. I can say there will be no Nightwing in this story it’s too early in the years. But some surprises might be in the works we’ll see! Someone left review about how this doesn’t sound like Bella in the saga. Well that’s the point… That’s why I write my stories. I try to keep some of her personality, but don’t want her all whiny and weak. That was annoying as hell. My personal opinion. As to my grammar and punctuation, well I do my best and this is just for fun. If I got paid for what I do then I’d go more out my way lol. Thank you everyone! On to the story!

“Where you off to?” Bella’s roommate Megan Morse asks.

She was a sweet girl, but often got on people’s nerves because she was a chatterbox. She never knew when to shut her trap. Megan was short, petite had very pretty shoulder length red hair and adorable freckles along her cheeks.

“Casey and I were going for a jog before class.”

“Oh cool can I come along?”

“Um sure.”

Bella tied her shoes and put her hair up in a ponytail. Megan followed behind her. Bella cut Casey a discreet apologetic glare as they met her outside. Casey forced a smile and waved at Megan. They both hoped she’d be too out of breath to even be able to talk. Bella was first to stretch out and take off. Casey and Megan followed behind. Bella had to adjust to no longer having a gym membership thanks to George. She rolled her eyes in thought. Halfway through their run though a limo had pulled over and out stepped Bruce Wayne.

He leaned against the limo as Bella and her friends pass. She wasn’t even paying attention. He was in one of his usual suits. Today it was smoky gray with a white dress shirt and matching tie to the suit. Bella however was in a very tight pair of black spandex running pants and a heavy black hoodie.

“Is that Bruce Wayne?” Casey questioned as they passed by.

Bella turned and he waved.

“Yep…” She kept running.

Bruce raised his brows. Megan and Casey had both stopped running.

“So what brings you to our neck of the woods?”

His eyes stayed locked on Bella as she continued to jog away. He noticed the way her workout pants perfectly shaped along her ass.

“Actually, I was hoping to talk to your friend. I had a meeting in this area and just happened to have seen her run by.”
“You want to talk to Bella?” Casey said with a small giggle.

Bruce nods.

“Hey Bella he says he wants to talk to you.”

Bella makes this go away motion with her hand and keeps running.

“Is she crazy?” Megan questions Casey in a hushed whisper.

“Apparently… Sorry our friend isn’t exactly right in the head. Don’t take it personally she hasn’t had a real date in what three or four years now?”

Bruce cocks a brow at this.

“That long huh?”

Both girls nod.

“She turns down damn near every man that even tries.”

“Is she batting for the other team?”

Megan’s jaw drops and Casey starts dying in laughter.

“Hey Bella, he wants to know if you’re GAY!”

Bella stops running and turns to face the three of them. Bruce smugly smiles.

“You know I’m not really sure!” Bella fires back ruefully eyeing Bruce.

She takes off at a faster pace and crosses the street heading out of viewpoint. Bruce shakes his head and softly chuckles.


“Ugh if you want the guy so bad then you date him!”

“I wish.”

“Besides, the matter of the fact is… I seriously doubt he was going to ask me out.”

“OH believe me he was.”

Megan nods in agreement.

“Yeah you got him wrapped around your little pinkie.”

Bella rolls her eyes.

“Well even if that were true I’m not interested. It’s men like Bruce Wayne I do my best to stay away from. By now I’m sure he’s managed to find some very ritzy upscale hooker!”

Both her friends laugh.

“Do those even honestly exist?”
“This is Gotham anything’s possible.”

Bella half laughs and leans back as she sips at her coffee.

“Oh Mr. Wayne you’re so handsome! That’ll be twenty-five up front.” Bella says starting off with a high pitched voice then going down to a bass at the twenty-five up front part.

The girls laugh.
“Are you implying that Mr. Wayne doesn’t know what the hooker is secretly stashing?” Megan implies with a giggle.
“Precisely. Wouldn’t you just love to see his face?”

“Jesus Bella you’re the worst! And I seriously doubt he ever has to pay for it!”

Bella shrugs.

“I call it like I see it.”
“You’re literally the only girl in Gotham that wouldn’t want a shot at him.”

Bella wrinkles her nose a bit.

“Just not my cup of tea…”
“Did someone say tea?”

Bella grins.
“Jer!”

He chuckles and slides in next to her. He puts his arm around her and pecks her on the cheek. Bella looks over to what Casey was reading.

“No way!” She yanks the paper out from her hand.

“What?!”

“Finally! You remember that insane clown guy?”

Bella lays down the paper on the table and taps on the article.

“The one the police could never catch a few years ago? He was murdering people left and right and robbing banks. Look!””

Casey sighs and reads the article about Batman catching him and how he’s been placed in Arkham.

“So let me get this straight Batman taking this guy down puts a smile on your face, but Bruce Wayne’s interest in you causes you annoyance?!”

“Do you not remember how many lives that damn psycho took?”

“Can’t you just be like us normal girls and like have the hots for Batman?

“He’s just someone to look up to. Hell if only Gotham had more people like this guy.”

“Just admit it Bella. You’re a gushing fan girl! You wish that he’d save you and kiss you under the moonlight!”

Bella raises her brows. Jer cuts her a look. He was he only one that knew the actual truth to that. Yeah she idolized the guy, but there was a crush factor as well. She elbows Jervis and he grins.

“Don’t even Jer.” She warns

He covers his mouth and nods. Truth of the matter was he did save her, but she wasn’t about to go spouting that off. She’d heard other women do that before. She understood the desire to brag, but often enough she knew it was somewhat exaggerated.

Megan and Casey headed onto the mall once they were done. Jervis and Bella decided to stay back. Bella wasn’t really one for shopping.

“So why didn’t you tell them?

“Tell them what?”

“That Batman saved you?”

Bella smiles.

“And rain on my own parade? Honestly Jer, you should know better.”

He smiles, but deep down he was writhing in jealousy. After they got back they had a few beers with Jake in the guy’s dorm room. Since it was the weekend Bella allowed herself to let go and relax a bit. Something Jer, Casey, and Megan had to teach her. Bella was very self-disciplined at first. That was due to her upbringing by the Gordon’s.

After she was good and buzzed Jer walked her back to her dorm. Bella was a giggly drunk everything to her seemed funny. She continued to laugh off and on Jer just simply smiled and took her keys from her pocket. She leaned against the wall in her drunken state as Jer unlocked her door for her. He made his way back over. He placed a hand up against the wall she was leaning against. He shut his eyes for a moment. Once he opened them he smiled. Jervis took a single finger and lifted her chin.

“Alice…”

Even through her drunken state she froze, wide eyed.

“Jer…”

He leaned in as though to kiss her. She put a single finger upon his lips.

“Wake up Jervis…”

She gasped out as he pressed a raging hard on up against her.

“JERVIS!”

Bella shoved him back and he shook his head as if disordered.

“Lizzy?”

“That’s right Jer I’m Lizzy!” She scolded.

He narrowed his eyes and reached to his temples.
“I think you should go home now Jer. Sleep it off.”

“What did I do Lizzy?”

She looks to him oddly. Bella takes in a breath.

“Nothing Jer… just go home and get some sleep.”

“I… I’m sorry…”

Bella closes her eyes for a moment. Bella was trying her hardest to remind herself that it wasn’t his fault. Jervis was also seeing Dr. Crane and on a daily dosage of meds. However, the meds didn’t seem to really put a damper on his zone outs. Bella had been taking a course in psychology, so she’d studied these sorts of mental illnesses. This was something picked up from a traumatic experience Jervis had as a child. His escape was obviously his favorite book. Something he turned to often. He’d hide out in the closet or under his bed sheets with a flashlight and read Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. He was often neglected and abused by both his parents. Both were more concerned about their next drug fix rather than having food on the table or their son. One day Jervis came home from middle school to find his mother had overdosed. She lay dead on the couch. His father became even more abusive after that. CPS got involved and took Jervis away, but by then it was too late the damage had been done. He went from foster home to foster home. Until his uncles took him in and took care of him throughout his high school years. They were both very odd as well. They were twin brothers and a bit on the plump side of things. They treated Jervis right though and that’s what mattered to Bella. She’d met them on a couple of occasions. They gave him anything he wanted and adored Jervis. They even supported his Wonderland fetish.

“It’s ok Jer. We’re good. Goodnight.”


Horns blared and bright lights shined right in Bella’s eyes. Bella screamed out as cars were heading right for her.

“GET OUT OF THE ROAD LADY!”

Bella staggered back puzzled. She was freezing cold in in her pajamas. She hadn’t a clue where she was.

“Oh no… not again…” She didn’t understand. Bella hadn’t sleep walked in years.

She rushed out to a nearby payphone.

“Oh come on!” The line was dead, she tried mashing on the buttons anyhow.

She slammed the phone back down. Fog escaped her mouth as she wandered the streets of Gotham trying to figure out how to get back to her dorm. She saw she was clear across town. She wrapped her arms around her chest. Bella was getting all kinds of stares, whistles, and harsh whispers. Bella hailed a cab.

“Look lady unless you got some money hidden in those skimpy PJ’s of yours…”

“Sir please I can give you money for the fair as soon as we get to my dorm.”
“Sorry, but that’s not how it works. Not unless you have other mean’s of payment…” He hints while smacking on his gum.

“The fuck I do!”

She growls out with frustration as he peels away.
“Dammit…” Bella grumbled.

She blew the air from her mouth into her hands trying to keep warm.

“Ms. Gordon?”

Bella turned the direction of the voice. He was in a limo with the window rolled down.

“Do you need a ride?”

Bella had never been so relieved to see Bruce Wayne.

“Actually yes please.”

Bruce nodded and stepped out. He held the door open for her. Bella slid on in. He raised his brows at the black and gray Batman pajama’s she was wearing. He thought of the irony not expecting that at all. Nor was he aware they even made those. Batman sure wasn’t getting any royalty of those. They were happy kitty shorts and a spaghetti strap tank top. He was certain she hadn’t any underwear on whatsoever. He gets in and takes off his jacket handing it over. Bruce tried his best to ignore the fact that her nipples were poking right through her top.

“Are you alright?”

Bella nodded and actually accepted the jacket. It was nice and toasty inside.

“So do you always go out when it’s 40 below in your pajama’s Ms. Gordon?”

“Bella remember and no…” She takes in a breath looking embarrassed.

“Where to?”

She gives him directions to the college.

“Quite a ways out.”

Bella shivered and her teeth chattered together.
“Alfred, turn up the heater back here.”

“Yes sir.”

“Here give me your hands.”

She looked to him bewildered. He took her hands into his own and started rubbing them along his. His hands were welcoming and very warm.

“You’re freezing. How long were you out there?”

Bella shrugs. Honestly, she hadn’t a clue. She was simply wondering how she didn’t get ran over, arrested or worse.

“OK how about another question. Why were you out like this?”

She half laughs and shakes her head.

“Sleepwalking?” She says as if in question.

“You sleepwalk?

She shrugs.

“I guess. I mean I used to, I thought it stopped.”

Bella reaches to her temples. Bruce narrows his eyes.

“Are you certain you don’t need to go the ER instead?”

“I’ll be fine I just want to get home.”

Bruce nods and blows the warmth from his mouth onto her hands. He clears his throat seeing the odd way, she was looking at him. He cleared his throat.

“So a fan?”

A lost expression came over her face.

“Batman…” He said with distaste.

Her eyes widened she’d forgotten what PJ’s she was wearing.

“Um I guess you could say that.”

“Hmmm… don’t tell me you’re another one of the groupies.”

“If I am that it’d be one of his and not yours.”

He cocks a brow at this. He fought to resist the smirk that wanted to form on his face. Bruce swallowed back and nodded.
“So a guy that dresses like a bat and has to hide his face in public? Probably to hide some sort of hideous scars or boils… That’s what gets your panties in a twist?”

Bella rolls her eyes as they finally arrive at the college. He opens the door for her and lets her out. She hands him back his jacket.

“Um thanks I guess… and as to your little comment… That maybe if I was wearing any.” She smarts and waves as she walks away.

Bruce froze and literally gawked at her as she walked away. He tilted his head a bit.

“That’s about what I figured…” He mutters.


Dr. Crane leans back as he’s got his yellow memo pad in his hand. He ganders upon Bella as she crosses her legs about the white leather couch. There were potted plants every where and obscure pictures.

“Something seems to bothering you today. What is it?”

She takes in a breath. Bella chews on her bottom lip. He takes off his glasses and rubs the bridge of his nose. He then places them back on. Dr. Crane looks to her waiting for an answer. He was in one of his usual black blazers, black dress shirt no tie and dress pants. The chair he sat at was white as well.

“I had an episode last night.”
“Episode?”

She nods.

“Enlighten me my dear so I understand what it is you mean.”

“I woke up in the middle of the highway downtown.”

He raises his brows.

“Do you mean to tell me you’re sleep waking again?”

She sighs.

“I’m not quite certain what happened. I haven’t done that in a few years now.”

“Have you been stressing yourself out perhaps? We both know you tend to overfill your plate.”

She presses her lips together.

“I did have one little incident, but nothing that should cause something like that.”
“And what would that be?”

“It feels like telling you would not only be invading his privacy, but a conflict of interest.”

“I presume you’re talking about our friend Jervis?”

She nods.

He warmly smiles and interlocks his fingers together as he brings his knee over his other.

“Anything that is said always stays between us. Such as whatever Jervis discusses with me remains between us. Always remember I’m only here to help. Not to judge.”
She leans back in thought feeling like a bit of a betrayer. But she also hoped that maybe he could help Jervis as well.

“We had a little incident last night. It freaked me out just a tad, but seriously nothing I’d consider overly stressful.”

“And what was this incident?”

“We had a few drinks with a friend of ours. Jer walked me back to my dorm.” She shakes her head.

“He had one of his zone out moments and called me Alice in a rather seductive matter if I’m to be frank.”

“How did you feel about that?”

She giggles softly.

“Really? You should know better by now Dr. Crane.”

He smiles.

“Ah, yes I tend to forget. You’re not like my other clients.”

“Precisely…”

He laughs as well. She decides to humor him anyhow.

“It felt rather eerie to be honest. It was as if he truly thought I was Alice. Now I know just how into Alice he truly is…”

Dr. Crane nods.

“Do you believe that to him maybe you are Alice?”

Bella laughs, but realizes he was being serious.

“Why would he think that Dr. Crane?”

“Well as I’ve stated before everything stays between us. I am merely curious as to your thoughts on this.”

“He’s never called me Alice before. Nothing about me even resembles the character.”

“Hmm….” He says with a nod.

“See confliction Dr. Crane.” She says with a small grin.

“Now don’t you go pulling the maybe I should switch doctors gig again.”

Bella laughs.

“Well you only have me for a few more months.”

He nods again.
“That’s very true. I must admit I will be quite disappointed to see you go. I do wish you’d reconsider.”

“With all due respect Dr. Crane I do believe 4 years is enough. It was never meant to go on for this long. I just had to impress the Commissioner.”

He smiles.

He leans over and looks into her eyes. A certain word leaves his mouth and Bella freezes.

“Tiger Lily…”

(Four years ago)

“Now when you open your eyes Ms. Gordon you will hear me say the name of a certain flower. Every time I say this name you will answer whatever questions I ask you. You will leave nothing out and be perfectly honest.”

Dr. Crane snaps his fingers. She blinks a few times.

“Tiger Lily.”

Her eyes dart towards his, but she remains perfectly still.

“That’s a good girl.”

He leans back and pushes play on a tape recorder.

“What do you remember about that day?”

Her breathing becomes erratic and her fingernails dig into the sofa.

“Take small breaths my dear and focus.”

She nods.

“My father had me hiding in the crawlspace of their closet. He didn’t have time to close the closet door He put the hatch door back down to cover where I was. Men came in with guns. My mother kept screaming and my father was trying to calm her down. They kept asking what the men wanted. Then another man entered the room.” Bella starts to shake and she softly whimpers.

Dr. Crane raises a brow on this.

“Continue…” He says in a stern voice.

She sucks back a breath.

“I was peeking out and saw this man with a brown trench coat, brown leather brimmed hat, he had some sort of brown mask on his face. He reminded me of a scarecrow only much more frightening.”

Her heart rate picks up and grips the couch even tighter.

“The man began to laugh as he approached my parents. Something made them start to cough and gasp for air. Something he did to them, but I couldn’t see what it was. My mother began to claw at her face. My father was shouting and pacing the area. I watched as my father looked at my mother as if he was fearful of her. He took his gun from the safe. The scarecrow like man laughed as my father shot my mother. He then shot himself. The men left. They never knew I was even there.”
“Is that all you remember?”

She nods with tears streaming down her face.

“I don’t understand why my father killed my mother or himself. I… I…” Bella reached to her heart as her body continued to tremble.

Dr. Crane rolls his eyes. He takes off his glasses and cleans them. He holds them up to the light and then places them back on.

“You’ll remember nothing of this. Wake up Tiger Lily.” He snapped his fingers.

(present)

He cups her chin.

“I say when we’re done and we my dear are far from done.”

She nods and he smiles.

“That’s a good girl.”

“I think it’s time we kicked up this little game. What do you say? Hmmm.”

She merely blinks.

“I’m sure I’ll think of something, but for now. You’re going to realize you need me. Keep taking your pills daily. I want your night terrors to return and worse than ever before. Your sleepwalking will continue to escalate as planned. You will remember nothing of this. Now wake up my little Tiger Lily.”

Bella comes too and looks around. He smiles.

“It seems you fell asleep again my dear.”

Bella nods and looks to the time.

“We’re just a few minutes over session. It’s quite alright.” He hands Bella her usual glass of water.

“Do remember to take your pills.”
She smiles.

“I have been.”

“See you soon.”

Bella grabs her bag and waves him off as she leaves the room.


“I thought you were all about stopping the sessions.” Casey said as Bella explained how she might continue.

Bella narrows her eyes, but they keep jogging.
“I did?”

Casey laughs.

“Well yeah you were going on about how you felt you didn’t need them after we graduated.”

Bella reaches to her temples looking confused. She downs another bottle of water as they circle the park.

“Bella are you certain you’re ok? You’re all pale and that’s your third bottled water since we’ve started.”

“Yeah I just need to finish this lap.” Bella utters pushing herself.

Her body though was giving out.

“BELLA!”

Everyone around the area turned as Bella hit the ground and hard.

“Oh my God!” Casey put her hand to Bella’s forehead.

She was burning up. Casey called Jake and Jer to come help her with Bella. She was out cold and Casey couldn’t lift her. She felt her pulse and it was skyrocketing. Jer was first to arrive and Jake was tagging along behind him.

“What happened?!” Jer questioned damn near freaking out.

“We were just doing our usual morning jog and she fainted.”

“Shit.” Jake uttered seeing that she’d banged her face up pretty good against the concrete.

Bella opens her eyes as Jer lifts her off the ground.

“Jer?”

He nods. Jake sighs seeing that Jervis could barely hold her up.
“Hand her to me.”

“No…” Jer says almost possessively.

Jake raises his brows on this and Casey looks to Jervis surprised.

“I got her.” Jer pulls her up against his chest and carries her back.

Once they get back he sits her on the counter in her and Megan’s bathroom. Jake rolls his eyes as Jer grabs a first aid kit and starts to doctor up her face.

“I had that you know.” Jake mumbles.

Jer cuts him a go straight to hell look.

“What’s with you?” Jake questioned.

“You, that’s what now bloody piss off!”

Megan and Casey cut Jervis a bewildered glare and they both covered their mouths in shock. Jervis never talked that way.

“What happened?” Megan questioned as the two guys stared one another down.

“She fainted in the middle of jogging. I think she’s burned herself out and done made herself sick.”

Bella’s head sways about a little. She weakly puts a hand to Jer’s as he cleans her up. Her lip and nose were busted up and small bits of gravel were embedded into her flesh. He used a pair of tweezers to pluck them out.

“My exam Jer.”

“Jesus Bella!” Casey scolded.
“You can make it up!”

Bella wanted to argue, but couldn’t her eyes were starting to shut again.

“Prop her up better would you before she ends up hurt again!” Jake scolded.

“Would you SHUT UP?!”

Jer carried her to the bed and the girls took off her shoes and tucked her in.

“What the fuck did you just say to me?!”

“Knock it off both of you!” Casey scolded as Megan placed a wet rag on Bella’s forehead.

“That’s the last thing she needs is you two knuckleheads arguing!”

They each look to the time.

“Megan and I got to hit that rally. I don’t think Bella should be alone though.”

“I’ll stay…” Both Jake and Jer chorused.

They eyed one another.

Megan giggled and shook her head.

“Well can’t both watch her. You’ll only end up destroying our room.”

Casey sighs.

“Megan has a point. Seeing as how you’re the ex and he’s the best friend…” Casey hints.

Jake rolls his eyes.

“That’s bullshit he can hardly take care of himself.”

Megan shrugs and looks to both boys.

“OK there’s only one way to solve this. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers let him go. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe my mother told me to pick the very best one and you are not IT!” She says as her finger points towards Jake.
“That’s not juvenile or anything.” Jake complains.

Jer shrugs with a grin on his face.

“Later Jake!”

Jer pulls up a seat beside Bella and smugly leans back. Megan and Casey get ready then escort Jake out of the room for their own peace of mind.

Once everyone leaves the room, Jervis rises up and lies beside Bella. He flips her rag over and straightens it out. From there he lays back quietly and lets her sleep. About an hour in Jervis jumps up as Bella let’s out this earth shattering scream. She was clawing at the sheets and squirming around.

“Lizzy… Wake up Lizzy…”
She continued to scream and her back arched off the bed and her body slammed back down as if she were being attacked. Jervis crawled over her and pinned down her wrists fearful she’d hurt herself.

“Lizzy hun please wake up.”

The door was busted down to the dorm. Jake’s eyes were wild as he looked to the scene before him. Bella was screaming and Jervis was straddling her and had her wrists pinned to the bed.

“GET THE FUCK OFF HER!” Jake shouted. Jake bolted into the room and yanked him off Bella. He tossed him up against the wall. Jervis gasped back as Jake punched him in the gut.

“Trying to force yourself on MY GIRL?!”

Jake punched him across the face and shoved him out the door.

“JAKE!” Bella shouted finally coming too. She hurriedly staggered out of the bed.

“What are you doing?!”

“He was hurting you!”

“No he wasn’t Jer would never hurt me Jake!”

“Oh come on Bella I saw it for myself! Why are you covering for him?! You were screaming and he was forcing himself on you!”

“What?”
Bella looked confused.

“Jer wouldn’t do something like that Jake. You must be mistaking and I think I was just dreaming. I don’t even remember anything.”

Bella opened the door to see Jervis leaning against the wall across the way.

“JESUS JAKE! What did you do?!”

“He got what he deserved the freak!”

Jake roughly grabbed her arm forcing her back as she tried to make her way to Jer.

“Want to move that hand now Jake?”

“I know what I saw Bella!”

“Well you’re wrong!”

“And what is it exactly you think you saw?” Jervis challenges.

“I saw my girl in there screaming while you were trying to have your way with her!”

Jervis rears back.
“Excuse me?”

“That’s right you perv! You think I don’t know… You’re all kinds of sick! It’s bad enough you call out that Alice chicks name at night like some fucking psycho. But you putting the moves on my girl! That shit don’t fly.”

“First of all I’m not your girl! And I haven’t been for quite sometime now. Secondly, there must be an explanation. I know Jervis well enough to know he’d never do something like that.”

“Dammit Bella when are you going to face the fact that he’s a freak!”
“QUITE SAYING THAT JACOB!” Bella barks furiously.

Bella had a hand propped against the wall as she was going ghostly white again.

“Just please both of you just stop fighting.”

Irony have it the dean was giving Bruce Wayne a tour because he was making a donation to the college.

“Lizzy…” Jer reached out to her.

Just as the dean and Bruce were heading that direction. Bruce narrows his eyes realizing it was Bella.

“She’s not going anywhere with you JERVIS! NOW FUCK OFF!”
“She was having a nightmare I merely had her pinned down to keep her from hurting herself! I’d never hurt Lizzy! EVER! You’re the one that hurt her you prick!”

The dean’s eyes widened and he looked to Bruce apologetically.

“What is going on here?!” The dean snapped with embarrassment.
Bella was doing her best to keep from passing out. She half laughs and shakes her head.

“Seems we have a perverted piece of shit at our school!” Jake replies.

“JACOB BLACK!” Bella shouted in disbelief.
Jervis however had Jake by the collar.

“You had better watch what you say!”

“Just stop…”

The dean cut each of them a look of sheer hell. Bella’s eyes started to roll back and Bruce quickly made his way over. He wrapped her arm around her shoulder.

“I will accompany her to the nurse’s station.”

“Um yes sir I do apologize.”

Bruce simply nods and starts walking. Jake and Jer glance over with full on bitterness.

“You two, to my office now!” The dean hisses.

“Are you stalking me now?”

“Stalking would imply that I stay hidden and watch you from a distance.”

Bella half laughs.

“Right…. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind.”

“Easy…” Bruce uttered as she was stumbling between steps.

He got a better hold of her as she pointed towards the station. Bruce and the nurse helped her up on the examination table. The nurse laid her down and began to check her vitals.

“104!” The nurse exclaimed. She has Bella take some medicine and gives her a cup of water.

Bruce’s eyes widen.

“Ugh… I got an exam I really need to study for and…”

“Well that’ll have to wait. Your health is more important. Just give me the name of your professor and I’ll let him know you’ll need more time. You’re in no shape to be going anywhere.”

Bella groans.

“Dammit…” Bruce heard her mutter and resisted the urge to chuckle.

“I’m going to get you set up with a bag of fluids. You’re very dehydrated. After the bag is done I want you to go straight to bed and rest for a couple days.”

“I’ve haven’t missed a day in two years.”

The nurse smiles, but doesn’t comment. She gets Bella sit up. Bruce pulled up a chair and made himself comfy.

“Um you don’t have to stay here.” Bella states.
He shrugs.

“Nothing better to do besides, you’re going to need someone to walk you back to your dorm.”

“Well lucky you… Not every girl gets Bruce Wayne as an escort.”

Bella sighs cutting Bruce a certain look.

“Yep lucky me.” Bella says with a hint of sarcasm.

Bruce cocks a brow. He caught it, however the nurse did not. She exited the room.

“You really don’t like me very much do you?”

“What was your first clue?”

“Hmmm…”

Bella shrugs and lies down. She crosses her legs and stares at the ceiling.

“So you’re really going to sit there for like half an hour or however long this takes.”

He nods.

“Persistent aren’t we?”

“I can be.”

He clears his throat.

“So those guys I take it are friends of yours?”

“One of them is the other is my ex. We’re kind of friends still I suppose. He’s just a hot headed mess.”

“I take it the big guy is the ex.”

Bella half smiles.

“You’d be correct.”

Bruce nods.
“So if he’s the ex I take it that means you’re currently single?”

Bella looks to him oddly as the coolness of the fluids traveled through her veins.

“Um yeah.”

“So if I were to ask you out you’d have no real reason to turn me down.”

Bella laughs.

“Say what now?

Bruce shrugs. She shakes her head and hops down from the table. Bruce hurriedly comes to his feet.

“What are you doing?”

“Going to my dorm now.”

He sighs as she takes out the IV from her arm.

“Bella…” He gently grabs hold of her as she could still barely walk.

She growls out and decks him in the face. He looks to her in surprise and rubs the area with his hand.

“I didn’t mean now!”

Something about how he said that had Bella laughing now. He looked to her in wonder and lifted her back up onto the table. She looks to him oddly as he manages to get the IV back into her arm.

“Doctor as well Mr. Wayne?”

He smirks a bit.

“Far from it…” He says as he gets the alcohol and disinfects the area afterword.

“Do you always hit men when they ask you out?”

“Only the annoying ones.”

“So I’m annoying?”

She growls under her breath and rolls over.

“At least let me buy you a drink sometime you look like you could use it.”


“Master Wayne what happened?” Alfred inquires as he enters the manor.

Bruce grins and rubs the area of his black eye.

“I think I got a date…”

Alfred looks to him bewildered.

“Congratulations… sir…?”

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