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quiet_tiger ([personal profile] quiet_tiger) wrote2012-06-25 08:47 pm

Ficlet: Darkest Before the Dawn

Title: Darkest Before the Dawn
Author: Quiet Tiger
Universe: Nolanverse
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Batman
Word Count: 294
Warnings: Spoilers for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
Summary: Brief coda to The Dark Knight.

Note: For the first Nolanverse Challenge over at [livejournal.com profile] batfic_contest, theme "Why Do We Fall?"


“Why do we fall?

So we can pick ourselves back up.”

The words echoed in Batman’s mind as he fled Gotham proper, motorcycle cutting through the darkness like a bat’s wing. Expensive armor, fancy equipment, years of training, his home burning to the ground, the nightmares visited upon him by Scarecrow, the Joker, Harvey’s death…

Everything came back to the words his father shared with him so long ago.

Why do we fall? So we can pick ourselves back up. Meant to inspire, to comfort. Meant to imply purpose rather than harsh entropy.

The words got him through childhood, through adolescence, through training with the League of Shadows, through their torching of his life...

And they’d get him through this. Just how big “this” was he wasn’t sure, but he’d have to get through it.

Through a Gotham without Dent’s leadership.

Through a world where people like the Joker could take over a city with veritable ease.

Through a period of being hunted by the police, despised by the citizens he was trying to protect, cut off from the people he needed.

There was no option to stay down, let the fall kill him, let the crazies—for surely there would be more—take over his city. He would not let that happen. Batman or Bruce.

He’d been down before.

He’d pick himself back up.

And he dared anyone to challenge him.

Motorcycle speeding around turns, one eye on the road as the other searched for any sign of attack, Batman drove away from Gotham but not mindlessly. He planned, and calculated, and aligned what he needed with what he had.

Batman would return to Gotham.

Its citizens—Gordon especially—could count on it.

Whether they wanted him or not.

Because they needed him.

[identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com 2012-06-28 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I like the way you tie that key line from the first movie into the second, and then look forward to the third with it! Very nice, I think you really captured the feel of the end of TDK here...

[identity profile] quiet--tiger.livejournal.com 2012-06-28 12:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I was kind of at a loss for an idea for the theme (let's pretend it wasn't one of my suggested prompts!) so I decided to watch the end of TDK to refresh my memory on the mess he's involved in, and it kind of wrote itself from there. Obviously the falling and his dad's words made a huge impact on his life, and he carries it through TDK, wanting to bring himself back from everything with Harvey and the Joker.

Let's hope he can piece it all back together in TDKR!

Thanks for reading and commenting, glad you liked it!