David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
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5 things: the Robin books, and Batfamily musical theater

thefourthvine asked for "Five Books That Robin(s) Added to the Library at Wayne Manor."

1. Dick had a combined edition of WINNIE THE POOH and THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER that his parents had read from to him when he was a child. He kept the book, and reread it a lot. Dick's name was written in the inside corner of the book, in his mother's handwriting.

2. When Dick was about nineteen, he added a copy of THE ENCHANTED FOREST, by Christopher Milne. He felt uncomfortable about doing it, because it was the first time he'd really seen himself reflected in a book before, even the things he wasn't happy with. The book gave him some hope too, though. Dick found strange hope in Milne's comment that he had been, in youth, exceptionally close to his parents, so when the expected falling away came it was somewhat greater than the usual. Milne didn't seem too upset about it, or about how things had turned out for him. Dick hoped that meant he would be more comfortable with how things were, someday.

2. Jason never expressed any desire to read anything, so Bruce had reached for his wallet without hesitation on the one occasion he'd gone into a used bookstore with Jason and the kid actually wound up with his nose in something, even if it was the novelization of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN. Bruce didn't touch the book himself until after Jason died, and only then discovered that the book contained not only gruesome violence, but graphic sex scenes, one of which occurred right about where he'd caught Jason reading the thing. He kept the book, anyway.

3. Tim found Dick's and Jason's books shelved next to each other. He knew who'd left them; their names were in them, and they were the only paperbacks in the downstairs library. He read all of them, thought the matter over, and left a copy of Robert Heinlein's THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He signed his name very carefully to the inside cover.

4. Tim had mentioned the Robin books to Steph, so when she took over, she had her contribution already picked out. It was a children's book, THE MOUSE AND HIS CHILD. "It's got instructions for success," she said.

Tim read the book. The title characters, two battered wind-up toys, were asked for the secret of their success at the end, when they had risen from the gutter to comfort and security. They maintained there was no secret, only a credo: despite all events, keep steadily moving forward.

5. The package was on the front step when Alfred opened the door one morning. When he unwrapped it, he found a battered copy of Peter Capstick's DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS, inscribed, "Stick this with the others, Al. Jesus, this dude could write."

The gruesome account of African safaris gone bad was the only hardcover among the Robin books, but neither Bruce nor Alfred was especially surprised. It was like Jason to break tradition.

brown_betty asked for "Five adventures the Batfamily had with musical theatre."

1. When Dick was ten, he appeared in a Christmas pageant, in which he not only sang, but had a solo of "O Holy Night." This was not an adventure. When Tim was sixteen, he found Bruce's videotape of the pageant. This, also, was not an adventure.

The adventure came when Tim anonymously shipped a copy of the tape to Roy, and Roy passed it along to the other original Titans, forcing Dick to endure people telling him how adorable he was before he figured out where the tape had come from and chased Tim flat-out across the city. Twice.

Lian loved the video of Unca Nightwing, and Dick didn't mind it so much coming from her.

2. Dick and Babs decided that it would be nice for Jim and Bruce to have a bit of a social evening, so they separately gave them theater tickets that just coincidentally happened to have seats next to each other. In retrospect, RENT might not have been the best choice: Jim came back grousing that the hippies were just as insufferable as they'd been back in his day, and Bruce held that the landlord had been the only character he'd found sympathetic.

3. One of the local theater groups did a revue of the songs from CHESS. Dick dragged everyone along and then got misty during "I Know Him So Well." Tim and Babs made fun of him for a month.

4. Babs still hasn't forgiven Dick for this one: when Cass was still learning to speak, and living on Barbara's couch, Dick decided to loan her an iPod crammed full of cheerful and uplifting music. Including the soundtrack to ANNIE. There are not a lot of lyrics in "Tomorrow," and the few words there are are short, simple, and highly repetitive. It didn't take long for Cass to start singing along. This was very bad for Barbara: Cass cannot sing. At all.

5. Leslie Thompkins attempted to organize a Crime Alley production of OLIVER!, once. She even convinced Alfred to come out of retirement long enough to play Fagin, and rounded up enough urchins and corner boys to make a go of it. Things went well at first; then the lights mysteriously went out during "Oom-pah-pah," and when they came up the kids were gone, Leslie's keyring was missing, and several bottles of painkillers that would fetch a high price on the street had been mysteriously spirited from the meds supply. She suspected the Todd kid, who'd played Bill Sykes, had had a hand in it.
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