AO3 Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/21099044/chapters/50202530
Summary: On the anniversary of his death, Jason’s second life takes an abrupt new turn and he’s faced with a challenge that neither Batman nor the All-Caste prepared him for.
Rating: PG-13 (rating may change later)
Warning(s): Past Jason/Isabel, kidfic, minor canon character death (pretty sure you can guess who), I’ll add more warnings/tags as I think of them.
Canon-Compliance: Takes place in between the two RHATO series, so after Roy and Kori and before Artemis and Bizarro. Jason and Isabel Ardila
Author’s Note: Exactly what it says on the can. I’ve had this idea kicking around my head for a while, getting in the way of finishing the next chapter of Philtatos and I figured if I started jotting down the basics of it, I could stop thinking about it.
carefully cultivated exterior of a hardened criminal, Jason Todd is remarkably
happened to his mother, drugs were never going to be a thing; he stopped
smoking long before a lunatic clown beat him to death; and though his preferred
hangouts tend to be bars, that’s more to keep an eye out for trouble than for
slinging back shots.
exceptions, of course.
any kind of murder that involves kids. The days immediately following another
one of Joker’s breakouts and inevitable mind games. Some of the worse fights
with Bruce. And certain anniversaries.
today, when all he is boils down to traumatic flashbacks of metal caving in his
lungs and high-pitched laughter, and mounting fear turned to begging for the
end. Circular thoughts and ‘what-ifs’ that he ignores or pushes to the back of
his mind every other day of the year are stronger now, now occupy his mind with
the stubbornness of a cancer.
day for hard whiskey and keep it coming until he can’t see straight, for
everything to melt away behind a fog of false levity until he wakes up again
and he can forget for another year.
nearing that point when his phone rings.