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And again...

May 21st, 2004 (10:25 pm)


It took some time to get the file -- after the Vesper Fairchild murder investigation, GCPD was very, very nervous about even glancing in Bruce Wayne's general direction -- but once Maggie did, what she read disturbed her. She thought it over very carefully for two days, checked as much of the data as she could. Once she made her decision, she called as soon as she could track down a private number. She didn't want the brush-off of flunkies; she had to talk to the man himself.

Amazingly, he answered his own phone.

"Mr. Wayne?" she said. "This is Captain Maggie Sawyer, with the Gotham City Police Department. I'm sorry to bother you, sir, but -- I think there may have been more to Jason Todd's death than anyone realized, earlier."

A moment of stony silence. "I've been through this," Wayne said. "Several times. Most recently with Child Protective Services -- "

"Sir, I don't think there was any neglect on your part," said Maggie. "I just don't think this was an accident. Or a terrorist bombing, as the Ethiopian government later suggested." She paused. She wished there was a way to make what she was going to say not sound fantastic. "I think Jason was murdered by the Joker."

There was a very long silence from the other end of the line.

"We're working on some new techniques for tracking and identifying the city's... unusual offenders. In the wake of Joker's sniper spree. To identify possible perpetrators of a crime early on, stop them before they announce themselves. And looking over the history of Joker's movements, some of his methods, and what we know of Jason's death, I saw -- it's not certain, I can't say much given what I have, but -- "

"What do you want, Captain?"

Maggie bit her lip. This was it. She'd have to sell him, and even after thinking for two days she had no idea how she'd do it.

"I'd like your permission to exhume Jason and conduct a new autopsy," she said.

"Out of the question," Wayne said immediately.

"I know it's a lot to ask," Maggie said. "But if Joker is responsible for -- "

"One more death? Two more deaths? A dozen?" Wayne sounded incredulous. "What possible difference could it make?"

"Well," said Maggie quietly, "I just thought it might make a difference to you."

Wayne didn't say anything.

"Mr. Wayne," she said, "I'm sorry. I didn't mean that the way it sounded -- "

"Captain Sawyer."

"Yes, sir."

"Jason had a hard life. A hard death. I want to let him rest."

She'd expected as much. "I understand, sir. Thank you for your time -- "

"Thank you, Captain."

"Sir?"

"For calling me." Wayne paused. "You do fine police work."

Maggie blinked. "Thank you, Mr. Wayne."

It wasn't a compliment she'd expected to receive from a man who'd been wrongly arrested and imprisoned for murder. He sounded as if he meant it. As if he admired police.

She was still puzzling over that when she realized he'd hung up the phone.

Maggie lowered her telephone's receiver and replaced it in the cradle. She frowned. Still wondering why Wayne had said what he'd said, why he'd meant it...

The cover of the manila folder in the center of her desk caught Maggie's eye. She picked it up, weighing it in her hand. Then flipped it open and looked at the photograph paper-clipped to the inside.

Jason Todd was a good-looking kid, she thought. A little haunted, maybe; that was the streets on him, even if he hadn't been on them anymore. But he was wearing nice clothes, and he was sitting on a grassy lawn, with what looked like a big house behind him. He was smiling, and Maggie found herself smiling back. The big house must be Bruce Wayne's. She felt sorry for Wayne, now, in that big house all alone.

They deserved better, she thought. Both of them.

She traced the edge of the photograph with her finger. Then flipped the file closed and tossed it in her outbox, for return to storage.

"Sorry, kid," she said. "Maybe another day."

[Jason Todd / Maggie Sawyer]

Comments

Posted by: Dammit, Clark's penis is going in *something*. (thete1)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC)
Jason in shadow.

Oh man. This is so perfect that I can't believe it's not canon. *whimper* God. Just...

Thank you.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)

Welcome.

(The pairing generator just gave me Jason Todd/Aquaman. Good god. NO.)

Posted by: Caius (caiusmajor)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
Tim lamb

On the fic: this is really, really nice. I don't hear enough about how the rest of the world dealt with Jason's death.

On Jason Todd/Aquaman: ROTFL. The hazards of pairings generators. Now I want to see this one...preferably as gen. I do have some standards.:)

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
pointy teeth

So do I. NO.

Posted by: Caius (caiusmajor)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)

...well, you notice I'm not actually volunteering to *write* it, either. :)

Posted by: lucidscreamer (lucidscreamer)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)

Wow. Just... wow.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)

Thanks.

Posted by: the Jack (buggery)
Posted at: May 21st, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
I Love My Dead Gay Robin (Jason)

Jaaaaay...

What Te said. It feels like it SHOULD be canon.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
jason

Well, thanks. I'm just going for "could be." *grin*

Posted by: Nos (nos4a2no9)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)

Good work on this, David - it really demonstrates how badly the DC group editors dropped the ball on certain issues within the Batverse. Jason's death should have caused more ripples and been investigated much more thouroughly, and you did a great job of demonstrating that it can be done in an interesting, compassionate way. Great job on Maggie Sawyer and on Bruce himself. Fine stuff.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: May 22nd, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
jason

Thanks. I don't think they've dropped the ball wrt Jason, but there are a lot of potential stories involving him that could certainly be told and haven't. Have to be careful with him, though; he's a card it'd be easy to overplay.

Posted by: __marcelo (__marcelo)
Posted at: September 24th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)

What a fantastic piece! It fits canon perfectly, yet it does add a layer of depth to the characters, even in an small incident, that canon sometimes glances over.

Posted by: Third Mouse (thirdblindmouse)
Posted at: December 9th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Ginger is shocked

"I know it's a lot to ask," Maggie said. "But if Joker is responsible for -- "

"One more death? Two more deaths? A dozen?" Wayne sounded incredulous. "What possible difference could it make?"


I love seeing the outside perspective like this story, and seeing normal, rational people try to behave normally and rationally in an abnormal, irrational world.

It wasn't a compliment she'd expected to receive from a man who'd been wrongly arrested and imprisoned for murder.

Uh... Wayne was framed ("framed"?) almost perfectly, the GCPD's interpretation of the evidence and conduct on the case was not at fault, he breaks out of jail and goes on the lam for 6+ months, and they're the ones who get the slap on the wrist. He's got room to be magnanimous.

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