Chapter 10 The Rebuild

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“Selina!”

Bella wraps her arms around her neck as she drops her bag.

“Easy kitten. I’m sore as hell.”

“Oh my god!”
Bella looks upon her face.

“SHIT!”

“Knock it off and why are you limping?”

“I’m fine you’re not!”

Selina raises her brows and hands Bella a bottle of vodka. Bella shakes her head laughing.

“Come kitten let’s sit on the roof and drink the night away.”

“How’d you get out?”

“I’m Catwoman my dear not an amateur.”

Selina twirls Bella around looking to her arm.

“What’s that?”

“A close call that’s all.”

Selina rears back.

“Bullet?”

I told that son of a bitch Penguin she wasn’t to be harmed! Selina grits her teeth in thought.
Bella shrugs and takes a swig but starts coughing.

“Jesus kitten you really are a virgin in every which way aren’t you?”

“Shut up!”

Selina laughs.

“And how do you know I’m a virgin?”

“It’s rather obvious.”

“Ugh…”

“Virgin to damn near everything.”

“You’re rather bitchy when you’re drunk.”

“Just when I’m drunk?”
Bella laughs.

“Got me there.”

They both sit on the roof kicking their legs about. Bella looks to the full moon and takes another pull to the bottle handing it back. She thought about the Joker, The Penguin, Nightwing but the one person that stood out in her mind the most… was Dick Grayson. She was beginning to feel like the hole in her life was returning without him in the picture. She felt silly for such notions. But around him she felt alive again… whole even. She was dying to see him yet feared it all at once. She thought about Bruce’s invitation. She sighs shaking her head.

“Stop by…” She whispers with a grin.

“What was that kitten?”

“Nothing… just… nothing…” She shakes her head and lies back on the roof.

“You did me proud today Bella.”

Bella smiles.

“Um thanks.”

“You earned it.”

Bella rolls over. Her eyes come to a close and Selina sighs picking her up.

“I knew you were a light weight.” She whispers and puts Bella to bed.

Bella paces outside the gates of the Wayne mansion.

“Ugh what am I doing this is insane?”

She turns and starts to walk away but the gates open. She jumps back startled.

“Um what?” Bella looks around wondering how they randomly opened.

Bella takes in a breath.

“This is so stupid. He’s going to take one look at me and… ugh…”

Her breathing became more erratic each step she took towards the doors.

“I can’t do this…” She says once she gets to the door.

She turns back around about to walk away.

“May I be of service?”
Bella flinches and slowly turns her head.

“Oh um hey Alfred…” She looks around stuffing her hands into her red hoodie.

“Look have you guys seen my Frisbee?”

He cocks a brow.

“Pardon?”

She sighs.

“Nevermind.”

Alfred steps aside allowing her in.

“Ah, I see you took my invitation.”

“Bruce…” Bella says practically jumping out her skin.

“He’s probably out of town still so…” She takes a few steps back towards the door.

Bruce smiles and crosses his arms about his chest.

“Take her to the garage Alfred.”

“OH well he sounds busy so…” She starts towards the door again.

Alfred gently takes her arm practically dragging her along.

“Bruce…” She hisses and he chuckles a bit waving her off.

Her heart raced and she felt slight faint the closer they came to the garage. She looks to Alfred in a panic.
“Wait… Does he hate me? I mean I imagine he does. I think this is a big mis…”

Alfred grins and opens the garage.

“Please continue Ms. Swan.”

“It’s Bella.”

“Even so…”
“If I puke don’t clean it up I’ll do it.”

Alfred rears back at this.

“Bella?!”

Her heart stops and she turns. He wipes his hands clean as he’s leaning over one of the bikes. Good god is he like bigger than before? Sure seems like it… she ponders.

Bella turns to Alfred nervously. He nods and walks away.
Dick makes his way over taking her by complete surprise when he wraps his arms around her.

“Where’ve you been girl?”

If only she knew he meant her (Bella) Sure he’d seen Harley… He was actually floored by her presence. He didn’t expect this at all.

Bella wraps her arms around his neck not expecting her own reaction. Dick closes his eyes holding her tighter as she begins to cry. It took all he had not to break down along with her, especially with everything he’d learned.

“I’m so sorry.” She says behind gasps.

“None of that now you don’t have to be sorry, I was just concerned.” He pulls back with a grin and moves the hair away from her face.

“I thought our date went pretty well…” He hints and Bella blushes.

She covers her face though and cries a bit more. He takes in a breath pulling her into his chest. He kisses the top of her head. He wanted to tell her how he knew the truth… He knew everything. How he was going to help her through all of this. But deep down he knew she had to make that choice herself. All he could do is guide her in the right direction and pray she opens her eyes. Of course a little flirtation on his and Nightwing’s behalf couldn’t hurt in her decision. He thinks with a smug grin.

He picks her up and places her on one of the mustangs. He wipes her eyes.

“So is everything ok?”

She clears her throat.

“Yeah just some personal things I had to take care of.”

“Ah… so you were gone for some time.”

She nods with that guilty expression.

“So are you leaving again anytime soon?”

She shakes her head looking down. He nods. Bella found herself admiring his biceps, hell everything about him rather screamed at her. She found herself having to keep from panting.

“Come on Bella…” He lifts her back down taking her hand.

“Where we going?”

“Let’s watch a movie or something.”

He leads her back to the mansion.

“Did you hurt your foot?”
He questions as she limps a bit.

“Um yeah… cut it.”

“Ouch..”

As Bella or Harley? He already knew but even so. He puts his arm around her waist as he opens the door. He leads her to the living room.

“Holy crow!”

He laughs as she’s starting at the huge TV and surround sound system.

“Have a seat Bella.”

She turns back to the huge brown leather sofa. Bella sits down and looks around. She takes off her hoodie and he holds out his hand. She smiles and tosses it towards him. He tried not to stare but it was hard with that form fitting white tank top. Bella bent down to fix her laces and his eyes almost bulged at the amount of cleavage she was showing. It also didn’t help that he now knew what she looked like naked. Bella was a knock out only adding to his misery. Dick puts on a movie and plops himself down beside her. He puts his arm around her. But continues to play along…

“So what happened there?” He runs a finger along where the bullet grazed her.

“Just a little nick.”

“Hmm.” He says but kisses it.

He grins noticing how she blushed.

“Would you like anything to drink or eat?”

“I’m ok.”

The two remain quiet, halfway through the movie though Bella lays her head in his lap. This made his heart rather jump a bit not expecting that. He swallows back and runs a couple fingers through her hair as she watches the movie. Bravely he works his hand down along her arms and waist. He looks over though and sees she’s fallen asleep. He scoots her back against him and he too lies down. With his arms around her he closes his eyes.

They’d spent the entire night sleeping. Neither realized it until Dick awoke. Nightwing and Harley are going to have to take sometime off. So Dick and Bella can actually enjoy themselves he thinks running his hand along her waist. He leans in taking in her scent. His eyes widen though as she leans back. Go away… he tells the man down stairs. Please don’t… He rolls his eyes as she presses against him. Bella rolls over facing him. Don’t look down Bella… Not ready to run you off, the inner battle continues.

“Ok you there?”

He nods. Bella runs her hand along his chest.

“What time is it?”
“Eh it’s like 8 something I think.”

“In the morning?!”
He chuckles a bit.

“Fraid so.”

She puts her hand to her forehead.

“Oh no…”

“Why’s that?”

“My crazy roommate that’s all.”

“Why would your roommate care about where you’ve been all night?”

She half laughs.

“Trust me she does.”

“Something I don’t know about?” He taunts and she hits him on the arm.

“Funny…”

“I thought so.”

“Ugh I better go.”

She rises up and he takes her hand pulling her back towards him.

“Just stay Bella… What’s the big rush?”

He brings her into his lap wrapping his arms around her waist. Bella found herself embracing it and leans against him.

“I don’t know where you were Bella. I’m just glad you’re back. I missed this.”

She nods with that sad expression.

“Me too.”

“Are you sure?”

She nods shyly biting her lower lip.

“How about some breakfast?”

Bella shrugs.

“Where’s your bathroom?”

He shows her where but notices how she’s still limping a bit.

“Are you certain you’re ok?”
“Yep.”

He hears her giggling as she steps inside the bathroom.

“Good god you could fit at least 20 people in that tub Dick.”

He chuckles.

It’s too bad you’re not in there at the moment. Man I’m acting like I’m 16. Dick pinches the bridge of his nose.

“Huh never thought to try.”

“You should totally try it.” She calls behind the door.

Bella uses the bathroom then scrubs her face and hands.

“Ugh I look like a train wreck.” She grumbles wishing she had a hairbrush hell a toothbrush would be better. She looks at her teeth before stepping out.

“I didn’t fall in!”

“That’s good news Bella. I’d hate to fish you out.”

There she was… That was the girl he knew… Time was all he needed. He takes her hand and leads her to the kitchen.

“So what do you usually eat for breakfast?”

“I’m more of a cereal or poptart person.”

“As you wish.”

He opens a cabinet to see several boxes of cereal and poptarts.

“Wow that’s like half an isle at a grocery store.

“Bruce hates to shop and well I go a bit nuts.”

“I’ll say.”

She points to a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. He places her on the counter and pours her a bowl. He then hands it to her. Her feet swing about as she eats. Dick grabs himself a bowl and stands in front of her as he eats.

“You could sit…”
“Nah, if you try to run it’s easier to catch you this way.” He says with a wink.

She spoons a bite into her mouth.

“I don’t now Dick I’m pretty fast.”

I’ve noticed… Would still like to try.

“Huh you seem kind of slow to me.”

Her jaw drops a bit.

“Watch it slugger.”

He places the bowls in the sink once they’re done. He washes them and puts them up. Dick notices how she picks up the newspaper.

“That’s a joke…” He hears her utter as she’s reading about Batman and Nightwing.

Dick turns back to her in thought deciding to leave it alone.

“You ready?”
“Ready?”
“I remember someone having her eye on a certain cobalt bike of mine…”

She grins.

“You’re going to teach me?”

“Yep.” He turns facing away from her but grabs her legs wrapping them around his waist.

“Hold on.”

She clasps her around his shoulders.

“Don’t you let me go!” She demands getting a better hold.

“Wouldn’t dream of it.”

Once they get to the garage he puts her down. He opens a storage closet and tosses her a leather jacket. It was one of his old ones from his Robin days but he knew it would fit her.

“Too small to be yours.” She says looking it over.

“Actually it was.”

She looks to him then back to the jacket.

“Before the massive bee attack?”
He tosses her a blue helmet.

“Precisely.”

He watches as she put the jacket on.

“Looks way better on you then it ever did on me.”

She shrugs.

“It’s kind of cool actually.”
He nods thinking it really did look rather sexy on her.

“You should keep it.”

“Dick…”

“Seriously I’ve no use for it anymore.”

She opens her mouth to argue again. He covers it with his hand.

“Shh…” He winks and drops his hand.

She sighs and Dick pulls her hair out from the jacket. He gets on the bike and starts it.

“Hop on.”

She places her helmet on and jumps on wrapping her arms around him. He drives her to a safe learning place. He gets off the bike and has her scoot up. He starts telling her about the clutch, accelerator… But he notices how she’s making an odd face.

“What is it Bella?”

“Nothing… I mean… I don’t think so.”

He narrows his eyes.

“It’s just this feels so familiar for some reason.”

“The motorcycle?”
“I think.” She reaches to her temples again.

“Hey… We don’t have to do this you know…”

“No I want to. I’m ok it was just like déjà vu or something.”

“If you’re certain.”

“Yep.”

“Ok…” He says almost hesitant.

Last thing he wanted was for her to get hurt. He shows her how everything else works.

“Just no slamming on the brakes Bella… Take it easy and slow, same thing with the gas. I don’t want you flying off this.”
She nods.

“You ready?”

“Yep.”

“Off you go just loop around don’t put too much into it when you turn. You don’t want to tip over.”

Dick steps aside and watches as she takes off. He rears back rubbing the back of his neck.

“Thought she’d never done this before.” He utters.

She comes back around and stops she takes off her helmet.

“Dick…” The way she says his name causes alarm and he rushes over.

“Everything ok?”

She shakes her head a single tear sheds down her face.

“I forgot him! I…”

He helps her off the bike.

“Who Bella?”

“Jake… I remember!”
She half growls grabbing at her temples.

“He was in sc….” She stops herself wide eyed she couldn’t believe she almost revealed that shit!

“In…?”

“Nothing…”
She sighs frustrated.

“He was my best friend. He’d taught me how to ride…I’d forgotten but doing this brought it back…” She looks upon him a certain way and wipes her cheek.

“Thank you…” She kisses his cheek and he’s blown back.

“You brought back his memory Dick.”

He nods wishing he could do a lot more. He was happy to at least bring that back.

“You ready to stop then?”

“Hell no…” She grins making him laugh.

“Well by all means Bella baby…”

He clears his throat realizing what he just called her.

“Baby huh?”
“Eh…” He rather shrugs.

She bites her bottom lip.

“So pet names Dick? Another roundabout way…” She hints and puts on the helmet taking off.

After she’s done he walks back over. A gust of wind picked up the fall chill coming into the air leaves fell. But all Dick could focus on was Bella how she was on his bike, wearing his old jacket, how she was smiling at him this very moment.

However they both turn to the sky familiar signal. Dick shrugs…

“Must be a Batman kind of night again.”

Bella smiles.

“When is it not?”

But he notices how she bites her bottom lip.

“What are you a fan?”

She shrugs.

“He’s ok… Just wondered where Nightwings signal was.”

“Nightwing huh?”

She nods.

“Should I be jealous?”

“Extremely.”

“Huh, you know he use to wear green tights right?”

She softly laughs.

“Tights? I find that hard to believe.”
“Yeah the guys a real geek Bella.”

“Never figured you to be the type for insecurities.” He thought of Harley when she said this she even had that sultry tone. He clears his throat.

“I better get you back.” Dick says.

Bella nods as she places on the helmet. Once again she wraps her arms around him as they head back.


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