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slow burn [1/? mirrorverse the dark knight, evil!Batman, good!Joker, in-between!Harvey]

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Jan. 16th, 2011 | 04:27 pm

Title: slow burn [1/?]

Character(s)/Pairing(s): Jokester, Harvey Dent Two-Face, Owlman; Harvey/Rachel

Summary: AU of Nolanverse "The Dark Knight." If the clown pushed Harvey over the edge, could he have saved him too, in another life?

Notes: This would really be a start or a snippet of something larger, though there's not much done with it yet. Just honestly throwing this out here now since it's been mostly done for a while and I'm a little tired of secretly keeping it to myself.

Disclaimer: I don't own anything related to Batman.

The first time Jokester had really considered Harvey Dent was of course when it was something that actually related to him (as was the tendency of most meatbags)--and that was when he intervened with some concerned citizens' rather violent anti-Dent campaigning at the voting booths come election day.

After a guy's skull gave one last satisfying crack against the pavement, the clown had risen up, played with his cut lip, and watched with interest as one voter broke away from the still panicking crowd, approaching him--even more interesting, she wasn't holding up a camera phone. The middle-aged woman offered him a nervous thankful smile and her pro-Dent badge. Jokester had arched a brow, then shrugged and accepted the badge, making a show of proudly pinning it to his coat.

Then he gave a smart salute; "Thanks for the souvenir." And he kicked his violet motorcycle back into gear, and was off Owl-hunting again.

The hunt went as well as imagined--after dragging himself back to the abandoned toy factory early next morning, he plopped onto the threadbare couch with the first aid kit. After he was done fixing himself up as best as he could, the clown then set it aside and slept the rest of the day. So of course, he didn't immediately hear the results; even if Dent was the new D.A., Blondie was firmly out of the clown's mind again.

###

Of course, the vigilante had come up. The tactful approach during the campaign continued to maintain that portion of honesty Harvey strived for: the clown was necessary, currently. Or at the very least, when prioritizing, there seemed little point going after the surprisingly effective vigilante first, before all the other corruption in Gotham and the self-made king of it all, that shadowy figure that crept in the dark but was unmistakably present. Fortunately, the media seemed to follow his lead, and didn't pressure him too much about the Jokester angle, at least not since election night. They and everyone else and his irritable PR team had gone crazy over the attacks, the clown's intervention, and everyone giving their two cents on his taking the damn badge. It didn't completely explode given that it was undeniable that the vigilante clearly diverted any real bloodshed, and at least a good number of people, some of them influential, were adamant on the folly of misreading anything truly political in the clown's acceptance of the badge.

A few original posters remixing his image in clown paint had cropped up here and there. Harvey paid mind to the smiley faces, the raccoon eyes graffiti on posters his team had made themselves, since the style had looked…familiar. Like the vigilante's actual street art all over town, and Officer Montoya agreed that the defaced Dent posters looked like his style, though quickly shutting up after Jim shot her a look. Not to mention their tell-tale captions that really didn't leave any doubt: "I look forward to giving you another helping hand--like, say, at the first-time assassination attempt. I will so be there."

Rachel had just snickered over the message.

She wasn't laughing when it did happen.

###

"Okay, yeah, unless ya can quickly stab those heels into his neck, Rebecca, you really should just stand back." The Jokester advised, shoving the bristling brunette back into the well-dressed crowds, and thankfully Oswald Cobblepot firmly held onto her, even if he was half her height.

"Her name's Rachel," corrected Owlman in a silky voice as he held the new D.A. just a little too close to the window. Jokester had to give points to Harvey for glaring above the dark glove crushing over his mouth and nose.

"Now, you're not gonna start lecturing us on 'Stalking 101,' are you--"

Owlman made a signal to one of his men, and one of them promptly shot the window out, glass shattering around the crime lord and his prey.

"--Tweety?" The clown's grip tightened around the knife. He advanced as Owlman stepped back, edging Harvey closer to the ripped open window and the really long fall beneath.

"Let go of him!" Rachel snapped, struggling madly against Cobblepot, who was now struggling with holding her waist back.

"Not the best choice of words--" began Jokester, but then the doors kicked open with Gotham PD flooding in, and Owlsy listened to Rachel, tossing Harvey out the window.

Harvey fell, and Jokester rushed forward, dropping the knife and already slipping into his coat for the grappling gun; he jumped, the blast of air cutting straight through, and for a moment his eyes met Dent's baby blues.

C'mon c'mon c'mon he just had to reach Harvey c'mon c'mon

It really helped that Dent was stretching out his arms just as far as Jokester was trying to reach with one arm--the other was occupied with trying to aim the grapple gun.

C'mon--a glove sunk into Harvey's hand, drawing a little blood.

The clown pulled the trigger, the line hooked around a stone gargoyle, grew taut, then swerved, and Jokester madly tried to aim their swing for another window.

C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon Harvey got the picture, and they were both trying their best to get gravity on their side.

C'mon c'm--the D.A. was sent careening through the glass, one arm managing to fling up protectively, while the other was ripped free from Jokester's grip. As Harvey slammed and rolled on the office floor, the clown made a sickening smack against the outside of the building, and felt bone crack after Harvey's fingers had left his grasp.

At least Blondie made it in ok, the clown thought, dazed, not enough air in him to even wheeze out a laugh.

An arm, definitely broken, flopped back and hung as limply as the rest of him, the other arm seemingly only still holding onto the grappling gun out of shock.

How many times am I gonna walk away from something that should've killed me?

Finally, his fingers were growing too numb and slipping from the grappler.

Well, that answers my question. Thank you, the Universe. And then he blacked out.

Finally the glove slipped--and another hand grabbed the clown from the fall.

Harvey figured it must've been adrenaline that made it seem so effortless hauling the clown back up. The D.A. hissed at what a bloody mess the clown's face was now, his nose twisted up. He checked for a pulse, which was thankfully still there. Amazingly, his cell was still functioning, and he dialed the appropriate number; then he frantically called Rachel (pick up pick up)--theirs were a frenzy of voices reassuring each other, both were still alive and pretty much unharmed.

Then when the phone went silent, Harvey looked down at Jokester again, and debated whether he should leave it to the paramedics or…. He bent down closer and began bandaging the broken arm, fashioning a crude splint for it. He wiped away the blood from the man's face with his coat, and tried his best not to wipe the paint clean, even though he was sorely tempted.

Jokester woke up briefly; first thing he saw were those baby blues again, and then half of Dent's face in shadow.

"My white knight," he slurred, before slipping back into unconsciousness, and if Harvey had any doubt about the vigilante reading the paper or watching the news or Googling online, it all vanished.

###

"Gordon, how the hell did the hospital lose him?"

At least James Gordon's curiously calm responses reassured Harvey that was at least probably his forces--the few cops as clean as he, Montoya and Bullock for sure--that smuggled the clown out, rather than the Owlman's. Then again, all of security in Gotham could be that incompetent, or the city's vigilante that crafty (and utterly insane).

Days later, Dent cut to the chase.

"I want to meet him."

Stiffly, Gordon began to explain the official policy Gotham PD had about the clown.

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date: Jan. 18th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
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This is a fascinating chapter! I love the idea of the Jokester and Owlman with Harvey and Rachel.

And I loved it when the Jokester flung himself out the window after Harvey. He doesn’t have Batman’s wings to help him fly but that didn’t stop him for a second.

Such a great start. Looking forward to seeing more, if you write any.

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greedyslayer

Thanks!

from: greedyslayer
date: Jan. 18th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
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And I loved it when the Jokester flung himself out the window after Harvey. He doesn’t have Batman’s wings to help him fly but that didn’t stop him for a second.

I kinda always feel even more excited when Jokester does a good deed, since he IS an alternate version of the Joker. Oh, I love how you point out that he doesn't have the same wing tech as Batman--that's actually something I want to explore in a way, 'cause in my head Jokester doesn't have the same level of resources or funds like Batman, but still works anyway. Pretty much parallel to Joker's line in TDK about how cheap gunpowder and gasoline are, etc.

Also, I've read some of your fic! I still need to read that epic long mirrorverse fic you wrote--AWESOME TO HAVE SUCH A BIG FIC SERIES IN MIRRORVERSE--and need to comment on your missing scene fic with Brian/FakeBatman, that was great. I love gen in any fandom, and that last look into Joker's head via Brian was incredible.

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from: muffinbitch
date: Jan. 18th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
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Oooh, I love this! :D I love how closely it mirrors the movie - same events, different motivations, different outcomes, different people on each side. Love the line: "Well, that answers my question. Thank you, the Universe." - love that the Jokester even makes jokes inside his head, when there's no-one to hear them - hee!

Can't wait for more!

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greedyslayer

Thanks!

from: greedyslayer
date: Jan. 18th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
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All the credit for the "thank you the Universe" line really goes to Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. (I kinda think Jokester and Sokka's sense of humor can be really similar sometimes.)

Jokester just can't turn off the snark.

I'm glad you though it closely mirrored the movie, that was part of the point. :)

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muffinbitch

Re: Thanks!

from: muffinbitch
date: Jan. 20th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
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Ah ha, you are so right about their sense of humor being similar! :D Never thought of that before - goddamn, now i want a crossover fic of them snarking together...

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greedyslayer

Re: Thanks!

from: greedyslayer
date: Jan. 20th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
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I just kinda realized it when I felt you could give some of Sokka's lines to Jokester and it would still sound in-character.

OHMAN, I've been thinking about this lengthy fusion crossover between AtLA and Mirrorverse-Batman since The Dark Knight came out and the AtLA series ended. Nothing's been posted, but I'm hoping to post something of it soon, at least a drabble.

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date: Jan. 21st, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
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Ooh, do, please post something! That would be AWESOME!!!!

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