Chapter 26 Nurse Swan

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“Mam, visiting hours are now up.”

Bella swallows back and shuts her eyes for a moment.

“I’m not leaving until the guards Bruce Wayne hired show up!” Bella demands squeezing Dick’s hand.

“I’ll see to it Ms. Swan.”

“Yes you will. This man is not to be left without 24/7 protection. If I find out otherwise, I will report this to Mr. Wayne. Believe me you do not wish to cross Mr. Wayne.”

The nurse nods and leaves the room. Bella comes to her feet. She kisses his lips.

“I’ll be back first thing in the morning. You keep fighting. I love you. I love you so much. I can’t stand this. The mere idea of leaving you. I hate it!”

“Bella…”

She turns back towards the door.

“Bruce…”

He nods and makes his way over.

“Are the guards here?”
“On their way.”

Bruce puts his hand to Dick’s shoulder. He checks the monitors over once more. Bella wipes her eyes and sucks back a breath.

“There’s nothing more we can do. Let’s go home. We can return in the morning.”

She looks back to Dick.

“I don’t like this Bruce.”

He sighs and looks her in the eyes.

“Bella I promise I’ve this rooms secured. No one’s getting through that’s not authorized.”

She nods, but didn’t want to leave either way. She didn’t like the idea of him being alone. Bruce takes Dick’s hand and pats it.

“I’ll return her to you in the morning son.”

Bruce then leads her out of the room. He directs the guards to their post. He turns on the surveillance he had set up for the room that would lead to the Batcave. Bruce was determined no one was getting through this room.

He escorts Bella to the limo. After they get to the manor, he takes notice of how Bella looks to the porch. Dick’s dried blood still remained on it. Bella crouches down running her fingers along the area. He puts his hand along her shoulder. Yet again she breaks down. The image playing through her mind; her opening the door to see him lying there with nothing, but a blanket laying over him, beaten nearly to death. Her hands balled up into fists. She gritted her teeth and let out a scream. Bruce quickly crouched down to her level and wrapped his arms around her. He swayed her back and forth as though she were a child. Bella cried into his chest, but her fists beat upon his shoulders. His hold became tighter. Alfred opened the door and looked to Bruce apologetic once he saw the blood.

Alfred himself was a mess. He’d just returned from the hospital not long ago himself. He’d not the heart for anything else. Once he returned to the manor he locked himself away in his room. He hadn’t left it until he heard Bruce return home. He wished he’d have thought about the blood on the porch. He’d have made certain to take care of that before they returned.

Bruce helps Bella back to her feet. He leads her inside and takes both their jackets. Alfred takes them from his hold and hangs them up.

That night Alfred encourages the both of them to eat. Afterword Bella showers and begins to get ready for bed. Once she’s in bed she simply lays there staring to the ceiling. She turns towards the empty side of the bed. His scent lingered. She rolls over seeing him smiling upon her. Hearing him laugh, feeling his touch. She reaches over and pulls his pillow into her face. She breathes it in. Yet again she finds herself crying. She bawls into the pillow. She rolls back over and wipes her eyes.

There was no way she could sleep. She rises from the bed. She gets into her gray sweatpants and black sports bra. She puts her headphones on, Avenged Sevenfold blaring into her ears. Bella makes her way to the gym. She grabs a bottle of water from the mini fridge.

She drinks a sip placing it down on a nearby weight bench. Bella then puts on her black and red training gloves. She makes her way over to the dummy they’ve set up in the gym. Bella shuts her eyes for a moment. Taking in the deepest of breaths, Bella finally opens her eyes. She takes her stance and begins to send everything she has towards the dummy. Only to her she was now picturing Edward Cullen. She knew this was his doing. There wasn’t a doubt in her mind. She blinks a couple times as the dummy begins to look as though Joker and Edward combined. Her teeth grind together as she sends a roundhouse towards the dummy. She swings back around punching at it again.

Little was she aware she was being watched. Bruce too already in workout attire, he too couldn’t sleep. He didn’t realize she was already in here. Bruce leaned against the doorway watching her blows towards the dummy. He found himself impressed by the power behind each kick and hit she sent it’s way. Quietly, Bruce made his way over. Deciding that now was the time, might as well. He quickly pushes the dummy out of the way. Bella comes to a stop. He shakes his head with disapproval. She narrows her eyes as he nods without words. Bruce braces himself as she sends her fists his way. He blocks it shaking his head again. He motions his hands for her to give him her all. She sighs and swallows back.

He nods to her once more and Bella comes at him with a front kick. He dodges, but she comes down with a drop kick against his shoulder. Bruce swiftly swipes her leg off him and grabs it knocking her down. She swipes her ankle towards him and he takes his ankles tightly squeezing it. She comes up with her upper body she swings both her hands about his knees causing them to buckle as he comes to the floor as well. The both of them wrap their legs around the other, eyeing each other to see who will cave against the pain first. Bruce was bigger and much stronger than she. Bella felt as though her legs would snap any moment. She makes a gasping noise as she struggles to break free. Bruce loosens his hold allowing her back to her feet.

He too comes back to his feet. Yet again he nods. She comes at him with punches. He takes his hands blocking each one. She grits her teeth trying to break through his blocks. Sweat burning her eyes as it washes down her face. She grunts out with frustration. Every move he continues to block. She gets angry with him and shoves both her hands out in attempt to push him down. He stands there like a bolder, not even budging.

She growls out and yanks the earphones from her ears.

“What the hell Bruce!”

“You need more practice.”

“I’ve had practice.”

“Hmm.”

He puts his hands upon his waist.

“Drop down.”

She narrows her eyes.

“What?”

“Drop down. Let me see if you can even muster a push up.”

“I can do a freaking push up!” She snaps at him.

He points to the ground.

“Prove it.”

She drops down and gives him 10 perfect pushups. He nods and puts his foot to her back on the last set.

“Bruce!” She hisses during her set.

“Keep going.”

Her arms shake against the resistance. He continues to keep his barefoot about her back.

“Lift all the way from the ground. Keep your butt down.”

“I am!”

“NO you’re not. You’re barely coming off the ground at all now.”

“Yeah because, your damn foot is there.”

“I need to know you can lift your own weight. Say you’re in this position when an enemy drops down on you! How are you going to manage a way out of this if you can’t even lift their weight?”

“What are the odds?”

Bruce nods and presses his foot deeper into her back.

“LIFT YOUR ENTIRE BODY OFF THE GROUND!” He demands.

“I CAN’T!” Her elbows give out and she drops back to the ground.

“Then we will have to start from the basics.”

“I already know the basics!”

“Clearly, you’ve forgotten.”

“No I haven’t! I thought you were going to teach me how to fight BRUCE!”

“I am.”

“The hell you are!”

“How do you expect to fight if you can’t even defend yourself?”

“I can defend myself!”

Bruce nods and turns as though he’s to walk away. He quickly fires back towards her with a chopping motion. She swallows back nervously and barely misses the hit. He grabs her and yanks her towards him. He covers her mouth as though were an enemy. He keeps his arm around her.

“Now what?” He whispers harshly.

She shoots down her hands and stomps on his foot. She then twirls around shoving him back. Bruce smiles at this impressed, but promptly ankle swipes her. Bella falls to the ground.

“Hmm, like I said from the basics.”

“Selina already taught me!”

“That she did and I can tell. However, I’m not Selina Kyle. I will teach you the way I see fit. Therefore, we start from the basics. We will not spar again until I know you can handle it. Right at this moment you cannot.”
“I’m HARLEY QUINN!”

“Not at the moment you’re not. You’re Isabella Swan. It is she that needs to learn. Harley Quinn may know a thing or two about survival, but you personally Bella you do NOT! Bella needs to be able to protect herself because; Harley might not always be there to do so!”

“That doesn’t even make sense!”

“Of course it doesn’t to you at the moment. When I’m done with you however, it’ll make perfect sense. Now you requested this did you not?”

She nods looking to the ground.

“Then we do things my way. I will see you here every night at 9 pm. If you are late you will give me 15 laps for each minute you’re keep me waiting. If you do not show the next day will be double that of what we usually do. I do not play games. I take what I do seriously. There is no backing out. We’ve now begun and we will see this through, until you’re at the level I personally, approve of. In the meantime, Harley Quinn stays grounded. She’s not to come out until my requirements of your training are met. If you do not abide by my wishes there will be consequences. You wish me to train you as though I had Richard Grayson. Then that is what you’re to receive. Keep in mind he was only 12 Bella. If there’s ever a time you want to back out and call it quits on me, you think about that boy, and then the man in the hospital.”

Bella flinches at his words, but nods. He tosses her a towel.

“Now hit the shower, go straight to bed. You’re to eat three meals a day, keep hydrated and get at least 8 hours sleep everyday. There will intense times ahead. You will need all the energy you can get. Do we have an understanding of what’s to come?”

“Yes…”

“Yes what?”

“Yes sir.”

He nods and watches as she exits the gym. He takes in a breath, shaking his head.

“And here we go…” He says softly looking around the gym.

Bella rolls over and blinks a few times.

“Selina?”

She nods and reaches over moving the hair away from Bella’s face.

“Hey kitten…”

Bella’s bottom lip quivers at the sight. Something comes over her and she reaches over wrapping her arms around Selina. Selina shuts her eyes for a moment and kisses the top of Bella’s head.

“I got you kitten.”

Bella nods sniffling back.

“I’m so sorry.” Selina says sincerely.

“Dammit sweetheart, if I had known. I’d have never left…”

“How would have you?” Bella says softly.

Selina sighs and continues to hold her. Bella falls back asleep in her hold. Bruce knocks on the door and peeks in.

“What’d you do to the poor girl she’s exhausted.”

Bruce simply shrugs.

“Breakfast is ready. She needs to get dressed and come down.”

Selina narrows her eyes towards Bruce.

“Since when did you become papa Wayne?”

He ignores her and heads back out. Selina wakes Bella up and helps her get ready. Bella’s entire body was sore as she moved about. She groans out as she makes her way into the bathroom. Bella washes her face and Selina fixes Bella’s hair.

Bella watches in the mirror as she pins it back.

“Selina…”

Selina looks into the mirror.

“Yes?”

“About what I said… you know before…”

Selina shrugs.

“You were right kitten.”

“I shouldn’t have said that.”

“You were just being honest. I’d expect no less.”

She finishes her hair and drops her hands upon Bella’s shoulders.

“But if I could have a daughter…” Selina hints.

Bella smiles and starts brushing her teeth.

“I’ll meet you downstairs.”

“How you doing?” Dick hears her voice.

He wished desperately he could reply, more so he wished to actually be able to see her. He feels her take his hand. Yet again she moves the hair away from his face.

“Swellings gone down…” She says softly and she kisses his lips.

He feels her fingers along his face. He wanted to reach over and kiss each of them.

“Couldn’t sleep last night, it’s just not the same without you.” He could hear her wandering around the room as she talked to him. He wondered what she was doing. He heard her set something glass down.

“I got you some flowers. They’re white roses. Cheesy I know, but I’m not sure what else to do in this situation.” He heard the breaking in her voice.

She clears her throat as though trying to keep it together.

“God, I miss you.” He hears her making her way back over.

“You got a lot of flowers. Let’s see… Lois and Clark, Ollie, Barbara, Diane, Some others I’ve not a clue who they are… seems you’ve been holding out on me Dick. You have a lot of people that care about you…” She continues to read out the names for him.

“Garfield, Victor, Rachel, Roy, Donna, Karen? Hmm.”

Dick wanted to smile at this, The Titans. Though that soon faded as she read out one more name.

“You got some really pretty ones from Kori. Topped mine off. I’ll put them towards the front.”

UGH DON’T… baby put yours in front. Throw hers out! I can’t stand the woman. Why the hell did she send me flowers?!

“I brought a book. Not so sure how you feel about it or whether you’ve read it. The Portrait Of Dorian Gray? I don’t know if you can hear me or not. They say that certain time’s coma patients they…” Her voice cracks again. She does that throat clearing thing that breaks his heart.

I’m here baby… I can hear everything you say. I wish I knew how to tell you. So a coma? That’s what this is? Bella sighs.

“Bruce will be here shortly, he had a meeting. Thought I could read to you help kill some time. Who knows maybe a bit of inspiration will lift you?”

Dick hears her sniffle back a bit. You are my inspiration, that’s why I don’t understand why I can’t wake up. You’re all the inspiration I need. I can feel it baby. I feel you, it’s like I’m trapped in a nightmare I know I’m asleep, but can’t wake up.”

“Sorry…”

Don’t… And that’s really cool Bella. I don’t know many women that would go to this length. God you just keep proving, how truly amazing you are.

After she gathers herself she tries again. He feels her sitting on the bed beside him. Her body pressed up against his. He liked this. He wanted to hold her though. Bella began to read.

“The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-colored blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flame like as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion.”

Within time as she’s continuing to read. He feels her laying on his chest. This was always one of his favorite things. He could smell her strawberry shampoo. Her intoxicating natural scent flowing with it. Once she’s done reading she comes to a stop and rises. Aw, baby don’t move not yet, please. He feels her hand about her chest. It felt like she was fixing his gown.

“He did this didn’t he?”

Gently her hand glides down his chest.

“Edward? He found you didn’t he?! Jesus, this I all my fault, how many loved ones…” She starts to say and he hears her breaking down. Her hand runs along the side of his face. He embraced it’s warmth.

“Dammit, that’s all I do lately! CRY! That bastard. I know this was his doing! I knew deep down he always had an anger issue. He’d hinted at it a few times. He became so controlling towards the end of our relationship. You should have seen how he reacted to Jake. He was just my friend, but the way Edward reacted you’d have thought I was fucking him or something! He demanded that I never see him again! He didn’t like what I had to say. He even fucked with my truck once so I couldn’t leave the house! I should have seen the signs. God I was so blind. You’ve opened my eyes so much. The two of you couldn’t be more opposite. I was so naïve! All the more reason you need to fight this Dick please. I’m begging you. I can’t lose you. You bring out something in me. It’s like around you this weight has been lifted. I can breathe. Something within me was ignited when you came into my life. I need you.”

She takes his hand and kisses it. None of that surprises me. All the more reason you need to watch your back Bella. He’s lost it completely. I need you even more.

“I’m going to give Bruce sometime now ok. I love you.”

I love you too Bella baby. However, he felt as though he was dying. He wasn’t certain how much more he could bare. It felt as though he was already dead, he was locked within his mind. Like he was listening to his life pass right by him. Dick felt like he was being tortured by what he could have, yet feared it all could be ripped away from him.

Bruce nods towards Bella as she exits the room.

“He’s all yours.”

He watches as she joins Selina outside.

Bruce enters the room and takes a seat beside Dick’s bedside. Must be you Bruce, even now you go all stealth mode. Bruce leans back in his chair yet, again he checks everything over. He noticed his vital signs were somewhat stronger today. He folds his arms about his chest.

“Bella had her first day of training.”

Did she now? Well you’ve got my curiosity now…

“You should know I’m not holding back.”

That’s what she wants Bruce. She wants the full experience. Just try not to be a COMPLETE JACKASS. Keep in mind she’s still woman and has been through a lot. Don’t go around treating her like she’s freaking Clark Kent.

“She’s quite impressive to be honest. She managed to take me by surprise a couple times. Still she’s far from ready. I can say this much. She has what it takes, if she follows through with this. There’s no telling what she could be capable of. Bella has the drive and the determination. However, like you were… She’s full of rage. That could be her downfall if she’s not careful. At the moment though I’m not so sure I’m much help in that department. I’m not so sure how much I can keep my composure with all this myself.” Bruce sighs.

“How do I train her properly when I happen to agree with the rage she feels? She’s had everything ripped away. Now we’re both concerned about losing you as well. I’m finding it hard to push my own issues aside. How do I stand there and tell her to push that rage aside when at the moment I’m just as furious as she? I almost dismissed her last night and told her I couldn’t do this after all. That I had no business training her, I just couldn’t do it though. I looked into her eyes and saw Robin. The way she looked upon me. It was the same look you’d given me. I knew I couldn’t let her down. Bella deserves this chance. Last night it truly dawned on me. I know what you see now.” He couldn’t see the smile planted on Bruce’s face.

Yeah well she’s my girl so lay off. Dick teasingly thinks. However, a strong sense of pride filled him. That’s my girl. You show him Bella!

“I think it’d be wise however, she gets some training from Robin and Nightwing as well. Bella needs the full experience, the more training the better. That’s another thing. The titan seems to be more affective when she’s pushed over the edge. You should see the bruises on my arms. She’s unaware of the impact her hits fully had on me. Sure I was able to block them however, each time I did she left a decent sting. It took some control on my part not to show it. “

It’s not enough… no amount of titan or training can protect her from HIM! Bruce please. Edward must be found before he has a chance to hurt her all over again. I need to get out of this BED! I need to be there! He won’t wait much longer. He hasn’t the patience.

Silence feels the room. He could still feel Bruce’s presence.

Well Bella reads to me so what’s your problem?

One week later…

“Almost done.” She says as she finishes shaving the other side of his face.

“You were looking a bit caveman like there.”

He feels her wiping his face clean and she pecks him on the cheek after. She then closes the curtain and prepares his bed bath. Bella personally requested that she take on these responsibilities and not the nurses. She grabs some wash clothes and towels. Once she makes her way over she pulls back the sheets halfway. She begins to bathe him with the cloth. Bella does her best to pat him dry each time she’s done with an area so he doesn’t get cold.

Dick couldn’t believe she was doing this. The entire time he’d been here she’d literally catered to his every need. She also talked and read to him every day. At times she’d turn on a radio or the TV so he’d have something to listen to. She often lay beside him or simply held his hand.

Bella makes her way down. She continues to try and keep him warm as possible with the bed sheets as she works her way around. Bella works her way around the feeding tube. She then starts to sponge him down below. Her eyes widen and she looks to Dick in shock.

“Well that’s new… now if we could just get you to wake up like that.”

Whoa… what? So that’s real? I have a boner? I mean I felt it, but thought it was my imagination. What the hell? So the man downstairs can wake up and I’m still off grid?

He hears Bella sigh as she continues washing him.

Um yeah, sorry about that babe. What can I say you get me going even when I’m down?

“Your bruises are almost gone.”

She reaches over once she’s done and grabs a clean gown. She places it over him and fixes it to properly cover him. Bella then covers him back up.

“All done Dick hun.”

Thank you… He wished he could say. He hears her open the door after she pulls back the curtain.

“He’s presentable.”

Bruce nods and steps in with Selina.

“Much better.” Selina remarks seeing his nice recently shaved face.

“Be nice.” Bella warns.

“What it’s not like he can hear me.”

Bella snaps her a look. Oh I can hear you alright. Nice of you to visit…
“The fuck he can’t, so shut your mouth Cat!” That’s right Bella baby!

Bruce sighs.

“Can we not do that in here?”

They both look to him like scolded children. Bella nods and Selina rolls her eyes. Selina and Bruce visit for couple hours. Bella gives Bruce his time alone with Dick as usual as well.

“9 o clock.” Bruce reminds before they leave.

“I’ll be there.”

He nods as him and Selina leave the room. She sits beside Dick on the bed reading him The Outsiders she knew it was more of a juvenile book, but it was one of her favorites.

She reads the Robert Frost poem from the book.

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

“I think that was always one of my favorite parts.” She admits.

She wasn’t aware that it happened to be one of Dick’s favorite books as well. He’d read that one repeatedly when he was younger.

“I had a crush on Ponyboy when I first read this.”

Dick wanted to smile at this.

“In some ways he reminds me of you. Only you’re way hotter.”

She starts to read more and he feels her running her fingers through his hair. They hear the knock at the door. Bella hops down from the bed and makes her way to it. She narrows her eyes at the sight.

Before her stood six people.

“Hmm, hmmm, hmmmm. Are you the nurse?”
VICTOR?!

“Um no… who are you?” She questions the tall and buff African American.

“Damn… you can call me whatever you want.”

Bella rolls her eyes, but looked upon the strangely green tinted man before her. His ears were pointed and he had his arm around a real pretty dark haired girl.

Yeah it’s Victor alright you ass. Already macking on my girl?!

“Um yeah ok…” Dick hears the annoyance in Bella’s voice.

“Can we come in?” One of the other girls questioned she too had long pretty dark hair. The guards look to Bella in question.

“Who are all of you?” Bella asked uncomfortably.

“We should be asking you the same.” The green tinted one scoffed.

Bella sighs looking to Dick.

“You first.” She demands.

She narrows her eyes though. Once again she looks back to Dick then to the crowd before her. The guards continued to watch the group as well. Keeping their hands on their guns.

“Wait are you all…”

“The Teen Titans?” She whispers.

Victor smiles.

“In the flesh.”

“Holy shit!”

Dick was dying at this. If he could laugh he would be.

“Now you…” The green one said looking her in the eyes.

“I’m Bella. Um… his girlfriend.”

“Ah, hell no!” Victor pouts.

“Damn man he always gets the hot chicks.”

“Girlfriend? Then how come we’ve never heard of you?”

Bella looks to the green one again. Dude, don’t be a jerk Gar!

“Hell if I know, maybe for the same reason I don’t know any of you.”

Victor welcomes himself inside. Bella sighs and motions an ok to the guards. They stand down.

“By all means please come in.”

He smiles and looks around. His smile soon fades as he sees Dick.

“Damn bro…”

He sighs making his way over. Bella steps aside as the others come in. They all look upon Dick. Each looked to be in shock. Some whispered back and forth to one another, and then they’d eye Bella off and on. She swallowed back uncomfortably.

Victor takes notice the look on her face.

“I’m Victor and this is Garfield, Rachel, Roy, Donna, and Karen.”

“Bella Swan…”

They nod her way. Garfield was the green tinted man. Rachel was the one he had his arm around. Roy was a red headed man. Donna was the other pretty black haired girl. Karen was also African American and very pretty as well, she was shorter than all the others.

“So he told you about the Teen Titans…” He questions.

Come on guys you can trust Bella. Don’t give my girl a hard time!

She nods.

“So that means you know…” She nods towards Rachel.

“His secret?” Bella hints.

They each look to her.

Bella sighs uncomfortably.

“How do we know we can trust you?” Rachel questions.

“Oh believe me the feeling is mutual.”

Ah, crap. I should have introduced you all by now. Guys seriously… be cool. None of this is her fault. She’s not the enemy.

“Ok fine if you’re his girl then you’ve obviously met his parents already.”

Bella looks to him oddly.

“His parents are dead you ass.”

Garfield and Raven grin at this. The others look to Bella in disbelief. Victor narrows his eyes pacing around a bit.

“So then you know he was training as a child to become a master mechanic?”

“First of all he was an acrobat. Secondly, if you try to trip me up again, I’m GONNA FUCK YOU UP!”

Garfield bows over in laughter and Rachel’s got a huge grin on her face.

Damn Bella baby… That’s my girl.

Victor’s jaw is practically to the floor.

“I like her.” Rachel comments softly.

“Oh me too!” Garfield agrees.

“Certainly has a mouth on her.” Donna remarks.

Roy nods at this, but with a slight grin. She reminded him of his wife.

“Hey let’s keep her!” Garfield says and Rachel hits him on the arm.

Keep dreaming Gar…

“Clark tipped us off a bit about what took place.”

Bella nods not wanting to add to it. She wasn’t for certain how much they knew.

“Um I was going to grab a cup of coffee anyhow. I’ll give you all sometime.” Bella hints and kisses Dick’s forehead before she leaves.

As she steps out Bella leans against the door. Her nerves were shot and she pinched the bridge of her nose. She wasn’t sure what to make of any of this. She knew Dick took pride in the Titans though and she wanted to do him justice. Yet, her nerves were getting the best of her. She takes in a breath and makes her way to the cafeteria.

She narrows her eyes seeing Ollie sitting at one of tables. Bella makes her way over and sits beside him.

“Hiding?” She questions.

He grins.

“Not much of a hospital person.”

“Who is?”

He nods.

“Precisely.”

She sips at her coffee. Ollie looks upon her.

“So how you holding up?”

“Lots of this for one thing.” She waves her coffee in the air.

“And emotionally?”

“Truth?”

He nods again.

“I’m one step away from returning to the bin.”

Ollie sighs.

“That’s about what I figured.”

Her hands shake a bit around the cup.

“Just keep in mind, what Dick would want in this situation.”

“That’s the only reason I function at all.”

“So Bruce tells me he’s training you.”

She looks to him oddly.

“He told you that?”

He smiles.

“Sure did. Not something he does either. He must like you or something.”

“Hmm.”

“So how’s Dick doing?”

“You should go see for yourself.”

Ollie wrinkles his nose and sighs.

“Just go Ollie, he’d like to know you at least made an appearance. Hanging around the cafeteria isn’t helping anyone. Just makes you look like a creeper.”

He laughs.

“Fine, since you so nicely asked.”

He roughs up her hair some as he rises from the table. Bella waits till he leaves the cafeteria. She then closes her eyes. Seven days… Seven days and he still hasn’t so much as twitched. Her gut wrenched in pain. A wave of illness came about her body as her heart sank to her knees. Her heart did that racing thing again. She reached for it with one hand her other hand clenching the coffee so tightly the plastic cracked and the hot coffee splashed across her hand. She shot up in pain.

The coffee began to blister her hand as she rushed to the bathroom and put some cold water to it. The water ran down her hand. She looked upon the mirror. Her hair was a matted mess, her eyes were sunk in and blood shot. Her breaths became uneven. Suddenly she felt overheated. She continued to gasp for hair. She pulled at her hair and rushed out of the bathroom. She dashed outside the building. Bella hid within the shadows. She brought her head into her knees as she sunk against the wall. She rocked back and forth. Her hands clenched tightly around her arms. He needs you GET UP! She grits her teeth. Suck it up Bella! He’s in there possibly dying! She nods comes to her feet. She takes in a deep breath and counts to ten. Bravely, she steps through the doors of the hospital. She returns to the room. She swallows back all her fears and pain.

The Titans nod towards her as she reenters the room.

“We were wondering if you’d like to come have lunch with us?” Rachel questions.

She looks towards Dick, then back to the group. She clears her throat.

“Lunch?”

“Yeah you eat right?” Garfield adds.

Go eat baby. Get out of here for crying out loud. Give yourself a break, get to know them.

“Um ok. Sure”

“Cool.” Victor says.

“Well let’s get go eat.” Garfield says rubbing his tummy.

He feels Bella squeeze his hand on the way out.

“I’ll be back later.” She says softly.

I know you will. Have fun. I mean it please just give yourself a moment baby. Smile and laugh for me. As he thinks this he feels that knot in his throat.

.

An hour later Dick hears someone enter the room. Bella? That was quick.

“So it’s true…”

Dick’s heart races at the familiar voice. No… it can’t be.

“Dick…” She sighs making her way over.

“What happened?”

No, no, no. You need to leave. LIKE NOW!

“You still look the same. You don’t even look injured.”

He feels her hand along his chest.

“I never thought I’d see the day.” She takes his hand and runs her fingers along his palm.

“You’re still so warm; just like I remember.” She brings his hand to her cheek.

“I’ve missed you so much. So many memories…”

Which ones are you referring to? Was it actually me or some other guy you’re mistaking me for?

“I never stopped loving you Dick. I’m so sorry. I just had to sort out some issues. I’m back now. I’m going to take care of you. We can be together again.”

The hell we can!

She leans in kissing his lips. Dick feels her stroking him through the covers.

Dammit Kori you’re about to cost my relationship! You need to leave! No one asked you to come here. You have no business here! Since when do you give rats ass if I’m on my death bed! You can’t just reenter my life after all these years! It takes me damn near dying to get you to acknowledge me? Man, Screw You Kori! LEAVE!

“Hmm someone remembers me.”

NOOO! Kori you’ve got to stop this if Bella walks in…

“What in the hell!” Dick hears Lois’s voice.

Clark and Lois walk seeing Kori kissing and fondling Dick through the sheets.

Oh thank GOD please make her leave! HURRY!

“I don’t think that’s such a good idea Kori.” Clark hints.

She smiles.

“It’s ok Clark I’m going to take care of him.”

Lois laughs at this.

“Oooooh you better…” Clark quickly covers Lois’s mouth.

“Dick already has someone taking care of him.”

Kori narrows her eyes.

“Oh I can do a lot more for him than the nurses can.”

Clark takes in a breath shaking his head.

“Dick’s seeing someone else now Kori. She’s been taking care of him.”

“Oh really?” She looks around.

“How come I don’t see her around?”

Don’t you dare Kori. You haven’t a clue.

“That’s really none of your business. She’s been up here nearly 24/7. I’m sure she needed a break.”

“She mustn’t care that much leaving him alone like this.”

Lois struggles in her fiancé’s hold. She manages to break her mouth free.

“You better shut your trap you two timing selfish…”

“Lois…” Clark says exasperated.

“No, how dare she talk about Bella!”

Kori rears back at the name.

“Bella? So that’s the bitch’s name?’

“Kori!” Clark fires angrily.

“You don’t even know her.”

What in the hell! Kori! You’ve never even met her! I can’t believe this! All you keep proving over the years is you’re not the person, I thought you were!

“I don’t need to. She’s not even taking care of him! If she truly loved him she’d be right here!”

Clark grits his teeth.

“Kori I think it’s best you left.”

“I’m not leaving. I’m staying and I’m taking care of him. He needs someone.”

“HE HAS SOMEONE!” Lois shouts.

“It’s ok… Dick and I we always find each other again. This is a sign. That’s what this is. We’re meant to be together. This other woman she’s free of her services. I will take over from here.”

Lois gets completely struck stupid by her husband’s next words.

“DICK GRAYSON IS NOW ENGAGED! NOT ONLY THAT BUT, THIS GIRL COULD KICK YOUR ASS! NOW LEAVE OR I’LL HAPPILY ESCORT YOU OUT MYSELF!”

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMNNNNNNNN! Go Clark buddy. God I freaking LOVE YOU! I’d hug you! Well if I wasn’t comatose and all. And at least I hope to be engaged soon…

Lois meanwhile was seeing a whole new light in her fiancé. She was completely turned on.

“You heard my man Princess! Out!”

She points to the door and Kori eyes Clark ruefully. Lois laughs as Kori bitterly takes her leave. Lois then practically knocks Clark down as she kisses him. He cocks a brow. However, he makes his way over to Dick. He puts a hand to his shoulder and leans over.

“Don’t worry buddy, Lois and I got this covered. You just focus on getting better and waking up soon.”

Thanks bro. I owe you one big time!

“Are they really engaged?” Lois asks Clark.

“No, Lois but, I wanted her to get the point. I happen to like Bella. Honestly, I never could stand Kori. That’s just between me and you though.”

Lois laughs.

“I like her too.”

The things you learn when no one thinks you can hear them… man…

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One thought on “Chapter 26 Nurse Swan”

  1. Usually I love Starfire but… I KNEW SHE WOULD MAKE A BITCH APPEARANCE IN THIS STORY! Urgh, anyways looking forward to Dick waking up and Edward dying 🙂

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