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Waiting up (tag Bruce, timed morning after Jason's attack on store)

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Jan. 25th, 2011 | 05:00 pm

The night had been quiet enough, a little too quiet to sleep without Bruce there, even though the other man almost never made a sound or unnecessary move once asleep.

Harvey supposed that he missed the sound of Bruce's metronome-steady breathing beside him, and as though Hugo read the lawyer's mind, their great dane jumped up on the bed, circling and settling in Bruce's usual spot before starting to snore.

Not quite the same thing, but nice try.

Instead of sleeping, Harvey stayed up, sitting in bed with the file Bruce had to put together on Jason, thinking and pouring over photos with dim, golden light spilling over his side of the bed from the nightstand lamp. His coffee had gone cold on the adjacent table, and he had the other man's heavy housecoat on over his pajama pants, not wanting to disturb Hugo in order to re-arrange the blankets for warmth as he worked.

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 25th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
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In the morning, Bruce returned to the apartment through the front door, wearing a black jogging suit. To people he passed in the lobby on their way to breakfast or work, it looked as though Bruce had just come in from a healthy early bird jog.

After a short exchange with Alfred, who was in the kitchen preparing a healthy start (or end, as the case may be) to everyone's day, Bruce soundlessly opened the door into bedroom. It wasn't a complete surprise to see Harvey awake, but the implication that the other man had been waiting up for him all night did give him pause.

"Harvey." Bruce closed the door behind him, recognizing the reading material he had in bed with him.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 25th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
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"Morning," Harvey said with a yawn, his voice dragging a little over the word. "How'd it go?"

Beside him, Hugo stirred and blinked up at Bruce, wagging his tail into the bed as though proud of how well he'd kept the lawyer in one spot all night.

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 25th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
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Bruce just shook his, indicating that there was nothing significant to report. Stepping closer to the bed, Bruce scratched the dog behind his over-sized ears as a reward. "How long have you been looking over the file."

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 25th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
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"Since two or three," Harvey shrugged, re-stacking the papers and closing the folder, passing a hand over it. He set it on the bedside table and stood, stretching, his neck popping loudly enough to make the dog look.

"How was Tim?" he suspected that Bruce actually working with Tim would be good for both of them

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
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"We did fine." Bruce answered, stripping from his day clothes and walked into the master bathroom, turning on the shower.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
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Harvey followed, trying to ignore the trail of shed clothing, he had a point to make.

"Good to hear. " Harvey leaned in the doorway, "I want to help."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
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Bruce arched an eyebrow, glancing back over his shoulder at Harvey "I've been showering for a long time, I can manage." He said, stepping into the scalding hot shower.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
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"Cute."

Harvey walked closer. He wasn't done talking.

"I meant with Jason. I want to help with what you have to do as far as Jason's concerned."

He was really, really focusing on Bruce's face and nowhere else right now, but only just. Nevertheless, a joke from Bruce this early, or late in the morning was a welcome sign that patrolling and being proactive was good for him.

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
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"What did you have in mind." Bruce asked, still able to see Harvey through the transparent curtain as he washed his hair.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
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Talking business with a soapy, naked Bruce was distracting to say the least, but Harvey persevered.

"I mean in dealing with the police, giving them the information, assisting with any investigation that might result. Let me handle at least that much for you. I did go to school for a few years for it, I'm sort of an expert. If you don't believe me, my degree is back in Gotham, sorry."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
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"I was going to go this morning."

Bruce dropped his head in the shower, letting the burning water roll down his back and drip from the corners of his face. The police usually came to him for help, not the other way around. There was some pride involved, but he knew it was the right thing. Jason was his responsibility. People in the village had the right to be informed of a potential threat, even if it came in the form of a son.

However once this was done, it couldn't be undone. Jason would either be driven further underground, in hiding or flushed out, pursued, captured.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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Harvey stepped closer and moved the curtain back just an inch so that he could talk to Bruce without the plastic in the way.

"You have enough to do, the boys are going to need help and you'll need time to repair the store, not to mention patrolling. I'll give them the essentials, and if we need more information, I'll clear it with you before. I'll act as family liason in this case, it's not unusual."

The blond man sighed, seeing the resistance in Bruce's shoulders, in the set of his mouth.

"That or I'm going to insist on suiting up in Damian's outfit and falling off a roof with you one night. Which is it going to be? I'm going to help out with this one way or another, Bruce." He smirked, "Please choose the paperwork."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
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"The essentials" Bruce agreed at last. "First name. Physical description."

"But make it clear to them Harvey, he's dangerous." He didn't want the bored cops of the village to think some new work just landed into their laps, because taking Jason on like that would get them killed, at best.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
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Relieved, Harvey nodded. "I'll make them take this seriously, don't worry. If we find anything, I'll call you, first thing."

It was so rare that Bruce ever let anyone handle anything for him, that Harvey was as surprised as he was relieved, but he could already see a little tension ebbing away from the hard line of Bruce's spine under the searing water.

"I'll handle it."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
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Bruce nodded, closing his eyes under the water. "I'll be out in a minute."

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
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Harvey let himself smile a little. He knew Bruce was tired, he had to be exhausted, but Harvey wouldn't be human if he didn't admire the way the soap ran over Bruce's scars.

"Are you sure you've been showering for years? Because-" Harvey pointed to a spot behind Bruce's arm. "You missed a spot."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
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"I'll manage." Bruce said affectionately. He knew what Harvey was implying, wanting, but Bruce wasn't in the mood for it. He still had too much on his mind.

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
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Harvey nodded and leaned in, through the gap between the curtain and the wall, and kissed Bruce briefly, pulling back before he got sprayed too much by the shower.

"Alright. Want some coffee? I'm having a cup before I go."

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prince_wayne

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from: prince_wayne
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
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"Thanks"

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da_harveydent

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from: da_harveydent
date: Jan. 26th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
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Harvey nodded, looking back one last time before heading out to the kitchen. He had to get to the office.

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