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Title:  The Wonder That's Keeping the Stars Apart, Chapter Two
Pairing/Characters: Clark/Bruce, Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon
Notes: "Music of the Spheres" is a series set in the combined universes of "Batman Begins" and "Superman Returns." Other stories and notes on the series here.
Rating: PG
Summary: Clark tries to search for Bruce while taking on duties as both Superman and Batman.
Word Count: 1700

i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)


Alfred's voice crackled over the communicator, filled with disbelief.  "Ra's al Ghul?  But he's--"

"I know," Clark said.  He was flying in an ever-widening spiral from the point he had last heard from Bruce, staring down at Gotham.  "Bruce started to say the same thing.  But he knew his attacker immediately.  And his attacker knew him.  He said he'd gotten better.  No one would say that to Bruce Wayne unless they knew.

"And no one knows that but Ra's."  Clark could hear him pacing, his footsteps on the walnut floor of the Manor library.  "Can't you hear him?  His heartbeat?"

There was so much lead in the earth here, lead pipes like a maze underneath the ground, a haze of gaps in his vision.  "Super-hearing is no good at picking out individual sounds.  Sudden, unusual noises--screams, explosions--but a heartbeat, one heartbeat in billions..."  Even the dearest...  "No.  I can't hear him."

I can't hear him!

A loud thump startled Clark until he realized it must be Alfred slamming his fist into a wall.  "How did the bastard come back?  He was dead!"

"Bruce didn't see him die, maybe he...I don't know.  I doesn't matter."  He was outside Gotham now.  The sea stretched out to the east, endless.  The continent to the west.  Spirals.  The world spun beneath him.  Nothing.  "I'll find him."

"You can't search every acre of the world!"

Clark laughed, hearing a thread of hysteria deep under it, like a flaw deep within a crystal.  "Watch me."

He searched, the silence in his ears buzzing.  He searched, but then he heard the cries of people trapped by an earthquake, a Greyhound bus teetering on a precipice...he couldn't ignore them, Bruce would never forgive him.  Bruce would never want that...  the people were saved, the search pattern returned to.  More searching, more interruptions. 

The Earth was so large, could hide so much.  It sent landslides and tsunamis to interrupt him.  Searching.  Silence.

Alfred's voice.  "Mister Kent.  You need to rest.  It's been almost twenty hours.  Come home."

I'm looking for home, he wanted to say, but instead he went back to the silent Manor.  He ate what Alfred put in front of him, then stood to go again.

"Wait," said Alfred.  "We have to deal with Gotham, sir."

"Deal with Gotham?"  Clark ached to be in the air again, to be moving, active.  Alfred put a hand on his arm as if he could tell Superman was tempted to ignore him and leave.

"Bruce Wayne has gone missing, sir.  That means Batman has, too.  We have to initiate one of his plans for this contingency."

Clark stared at him.  "You want me to pretend to be Batman?"

"It's necessary he not disappear."

Clark blinked.  The plan had always included him impersonating Batman.  Why had they never discussed the fact that this brilliant plan meant he would lose time he could be searching for Bruce?  "I'll give it another twenty-four hours.  I'll find him by then."

"Sir...we have to provide cover for Bruce as well."

"Another twenty-four hours," Clark said.  "He'll be back."

"What about work?"

"I am working."

"I mean..."  Alfred frowned.  "What about the Daily Planet?  You missed work today.  You'll need to go in tomorrow."

"I'll think of something."  He was already out the door and in the sky again.  "There's a shipwreck in the Atlantic I need to deal with, then I promise I'll get back to the search."

"Sir."  Alfred's voice was small in his ear, hardly loud enough to cut through the silence and the rush of wind.  "You need to rest, not just eat."

Beneath him a storm cloud gathered like a fist.  He could hear the SOS signal.  "I'll rest soon."

"Sir--"

Clark turned off the receiver and dove into the storm.

: : :

He saw it on a television screen while stopping a robbery in Metropolis, as he turned to get back to searching.  "Playboy Billionaire ditches Gotham," read the news crawl.  "Bruce Wayne has left Gotham for a world cruise on his yacht," said the perky announcer,  "No word on if he'll be back soon--or if he's taken any ballerinas with him this time." 

Clark tapped his communicator, opening a line to the Manor. "Alfred.  Why have you moved ahead on Bruce's cover?"  The Pacific Ocean spun beneath him, infinite and blue as the sky.  Empty.

"You said twenty-four hours, sir.  It's been thirty-six."

"It has?"  Clark rubbed his eyes. 

"Sir, you promised you'd come back and appear as Batman tonight.  Gotham needs to know he's around.  Just take a moment, stop a couple of crimes, and then--"

"--Then I'll get back to searching."

"No, sir, then you will get some rest."  Alfred's voice was sharp.  "You've been searching for almost sixty hours straight."

"I haven't spent it all searching.  I've had to keep stopping."

"Sixty hours, sir."

"I'm not human, I don't need much rest."

"But you do need some."

Clark shrugged as he dropped toward Gotham, then realized Alfred couldn't see him.  "I'll get some."  He was in the cave now, pulling on the armor.  Alfred handed him some food and he ate it between buckles. 

"The signal is on, sir," said Alfred.  Clark nodded.  Then he got on the bike--the machine was slow, so slow, but he couldn't fly in this costume--and headed in to Gotham.

: : :

Jim Gordon knew something was amiss the moment Batman landed on the roof.  There was something subtly wrong about his stance.  He landed too lightly.  His head was cocked at the wrong angle.

"What is it?"  Batman's growl, low and guttural.  And yet.

Nobody else would have ever noticed, but Gordon knew the man in front of him was not the man he'd been working with for over two years.

"Are you all right, Batman?"

The armored figure merely looked at him, still as stone.  There was a long silence in which a wind moved through Batman's cape.  Sirens howled in the distance.

"I said--"

"--Any leads on the Zsasz case?"

Gordon narrowed his eyes.  Very few people outside the department knew they were closing in on Zsasz.  "Another killing in his style.  A jogger.  Her throat cut, body arranged on a park bench to look like she was taking a nap."

The man in black seemed to wince.  "I wasn't there," he said.  His voice was all gravel, so close to perfect.

"You can't be everywhere at once," said Gordon. 

The man shook his head once, sharply, as if disagreeing, but said nothing.

Gordon held out a piece of paper.  "Here's the victim's name and information."  As the man took it, Gordon added, "And a word to the wise:  he stands a little more forward on his toes than you are.  You're almost perfect, though."

The man stared at him for a moment, then chuckled shortly.  "Thank you," he said, and leapt off the roof, the twang of his decel line following after.

: : :

Clark stood in the woman's apartment:  spare, clean, empty.  A Hello Kitty bobblehead sat on the windowsill, goggling at him.

There would be no information here, Clark knew that.  Zsasz chose his victims at random, crimes of opportunity.  Bruce's files on him contained all his psychological information, as well as the photos:  a man with a strange sharp focus to his eyes and a torso covered with tiny scars.  One for each victim.

Somewhere in this city, Victor Zsasz was carving himself a new scar tonight.  Clark could feel his smug pleasure in the air, taunting him.

"I'm sorry, Debbie," he said to the waiting apartment.  "I'll catch him."

But patrol in Gotham was always more difficult than anywhere in the world.  The city...eluded him, like smoke and fog.  Things went wrong.  Gusts of wind knocked over trash cans and alerted drug dealers to Batman's presence, lights flickered off and panicked mob bosses before Batman could break in on them.  At a standoff in a convenience store, the robber shoved the hostage away in a panic.  As Clark jumped forward to disarm him, the former hostage staggered into a display and it came crashing down on top of her.  Clark restrained the thug and knelt by the sobbing woman, her ulna broken, jagged edges of bone emerging from the skin.  He lifted her gently and carried her to the hospital, not caring that no mortal man could carry a woman that far, her choked gasps of pain tearing at him.

This would never have happened to Bruce, he thought.  A crazy thought, irrational, but he had been patrolling Gotham for six hours and he was exhausted, a bone-deep weariness as if he had been battling a strong headwind the whole time.  He shouldn't be so exhausted.

As he handed the woman to an astonished nurse, he heard sirens.  Not nearby.  Metropolis.  With a sense of absurd relief, he stopped in the cave just long enough to change to the spandex and was gone again. 

An hour later he was in his apartment in Metropolis, standing in the kitchen in his costume, staring almost dumbly at a teakettle on the stove.  He wanted a cup of tea before he laid down for a couple of hours, but the water seemed to be taking forever to heat.  He could just make it hot with heat vision, he knew.  He didn't like to do that at home.  But the time he was standing here waiting for the water to heat was wasting time he could be sleeping, or searching for Bruce.  He was so tired, and he just wanted a sip of hot tea before he caught some sleep, was that asking so much?

He was too busy to waste time with this.

Thirty seconds later he had his tea and was sitting down on the couch to enjoy it, but he fell asleep before he took two sips.


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Date: 2009-04-17 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taranryan-13.livejournal.com
Poor Clark. You are running yourself to the ground looking for Bruce. You need to rest so you can continue to search for Bruce with fresh eyes and ears.

Neyla

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
He does need to rest, definitely! I'm not sure Alfred can get through to him right now, though... :(

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Date: 2009-04-17 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skund.livejournal.com
Oh wow, *glomps Clark*. He's just falling apart without his Bruce, isn't he? Great chapter mithen! I really like the sense of loss and frustration you're written in. Looking forward to the next part.

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
*grin* It's never too difficult to tap into the feeling of being overworked and still falling behind and put that energy and strain into a story. :) Clark's got it a bit worse than I do...no one's hoping I'll save their life no matter how stressful things get, thank goodness!

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Date: 2009-04-17 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ficcyomens.livejournal.com
Oh, poor Clark! I can just *feel* the tired from him, and the frustration and the whole...unravelling of it all. Although, I know it's a really small bit, and it's expected, but I still love Gordon pointing out that Clark's Doing It Wrong, when it comes to being Batman. It's just a small little thing, but it's my favorite part of the chapter, besides all of it.

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Although, I know it's a really small bit, and it's expected, but I still love Gordon pointing out that Clark's Doing It Wrong, when it comes to being Batman.

Mmm, there are few who know Batman, the public persona, better than Jim Gordon. It's a special kind of relationship, I love catching it in fic here and there. I'm glad the moment worked for yoU!

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Date: 2009-04-17 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurapetri.livejournal.com
Poor Clark so frantic without his Bruce

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I know, he totally falls apart. :/ It's usually a functional dysfunction, if that makes sense...

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Date: 2009-04-17 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fictionalknight.livejournal.com
I have a thing for Clark in Batman's costume, like you couldn't imagine. hee! So thanks for this. :) (and it was especially nice to come home and find this, after spending 12 hours straight at the office)

I also love that this part is fast-paced, filled with action and so much anxiety on both Alfred and Clark's part - sad for them, but great for me. ;) If I hadn't been so tired, I expect I would have been on the edge of my seat the entire time, but...well, I'll lying on my back, so... *lol*

I'm really looking forward to the next part. :D

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I have a thing for Clark in Batman's costume, like you couldn't imagine.

*grin* He spends a lot of time in it in this arc, too! Yes, I have rather a thing for it as well. :)

If I hadn't been so tired, I expect I would have been on the edge of my seat the entire time, but...well, I'll lying on my back, so... *lol*

After 12 hours at the office, I can hardly blame you! *grin* I'm glad the pace worked--it was a tough one to keep balanced in this arc, and I felt like I was rushing a little here and there, but on the other hand dragging it out too much would be really painful...

*hugs* Hope you're sleeping well!

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Date: 2009-04-17 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tilco-cat.livejournal.com
Oh no oh no~ *flails* I hope Bruce is alright ;_; *hugs Clark* U'll be able to find him in the end~~
Hello Kitty~!!!!! *squee*
This is getting so intense~ I can't wait for the next chapter! OwO

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Bruce will be seen next chapter! He's...well, he's not dead, lol.

*grin* Hello Kitty shoutout!

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Date: 2009-04-17 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldenrat84.livejournal.com
Poor Clark! He's totally lost his anchor.
I love the Gordon realized the Batman was different. He's not really given much chance to show off his observation skills.

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I liked the idea that Gordon would know something was off as well. Not many people get as many opportunities (especially in movieverse) to even see the man, and Gordon would be the kind to notice the little details.

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Date: 2009-04-17 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rjunkie.livejournal.com
This was a really effectively anxious and frustrating chapter. Now I am as worried about Clark as I am about Bruce.

I loved the bit with Gordon. He's a sharp cookie, that one.

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Date: 2009-04-17 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
This was a really effectively anxious and frustrating chapter. Now I am as worried about Clark as I am about Bruce.

Yay! Uh...you know what I mean. They're both in danger, just very different kinds of danger...

I love Jim so much, I need to give him more fic time, the dear. No one in movieverse understands the Bat better than he does.

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Date: 2009-04-17 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sevais.livejournal.com
Alfred needs to call in the big guns to help bring Clark in for real rest. I suspect Martha may be waiting at the Manor.

Best bit -- Jim Gordon. I can definitely see 'movie' Gordon in that scene. I doubt even when Clark's had some practice at playing Batman he'll ever be able to fool Jim.

Wonderful, as always, and waiting impatiently for more (as always). Thanks!

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Date: 2009-04-18 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Alfred is about to suggest Martha in the next chapter and get shot down--probably he shouldn't listen to Clark. :(

Hee, I'm glad you could see the movie Jim there! He's a pleasure to write.

I'm hoping to put more up soon, actually, in between familial duties. :)

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Date: 2009-04-17 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hitokaji.livejournal.com
Awww--poor Clark. ;__;
I really hope he will find Bruce soon.

And Jimmmmmmm---!! I'm so glad you add him in this chapter too!! *hugs him tightly*
Patroling in Gotham wouldn't be perfect without him. And he's funny too. *giggles*

Thank you so much for sharing this! :D

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Date: 2009-04-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Jim made me very happy to write! He's fun and wry and knows Batman very well indeed. :)

Clark will find Bruce...eventually. Yes. *looks shifty*

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Date: 2009-04-17 01:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ctbn60.livejournal.com
Great chapter. I loved the sharpness of Gordon picking up on the fact it wasn't Batman. I do so feel for Clark. His pushing himself can come to no good when he is really needed. I know his drive is so intense. He wants to do and save everyone. You can tell it is really eating at him. It's hard for a superhero to feel powerless. Not only in regards to bruce but debbie as well. Looking forward to more.

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Date: 2009-04-17 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pollums.livejournal.com
Hey! Hope you don't mind me friending. I just recently got into good ol' Superman/Batman and I love your fics.

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Date: 2009-04-19 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Friend away! I'm glad you're enjoying them! It's an awesome pairing and fandom alike. :)

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Date: 2009-04-17 06:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
So much wonderfulness in this chapter! ;)

Poor Clark running himself ragged, and Jim knowing he isn't Batman. Jim's always been a sharp knife in the drawer! ;)

Alfred is awesome, and you used Zsasz from the movie! Good choice.

Even a Superman needs rest. *huggles Clark*

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Date: 2009-04-19 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Jim was so much fun to write in this arc. He only gets one more scene, but he was just a joy.

I didn't know Zsasz was in the movie until I started researching him! I was surprised to find him there, lol. He fits Nolan's feeling very nicely...

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Date: 2009-04-17 06:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dizmo
*sigh* Oh, Clark, you really should know better. Listen to Alfred. As when is Alfred ever wrong ever?

Oh, and Jim, I heart you ever so much. The question is... he knows who it isn't, but does he know who it is?

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Date: 2009-04-19 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
*sigh* Oh, Clark, you really should know better. Listen to Alfred. As when is Alfred ever wrong ever?

*grin* It would be tempting to write a story where Alfred is wrong, but the problem is...no one would believe it! He just never is!

The question is... he knows who it isn't, but does he know who it is?

That's an excellent question! He doesn't answer it in this arc, but I'm sure his mind is turning over possibilities. Considering he has a good guess Bruce is Batman, that would lead him to Clark fairly quickly...or he could guess that Batman and Superman aren't the enemies they appear to be...in fact, he probably has enough information at this point to piece together Clark's true identity. Not that he'd ever breathe a word.

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Date: 2009-04-17 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
Even the dearest... "No. I can't hear him."

I can't hear him!


*huggles Clark*

A loud thump startled Clark until he realized it must be Alfred slamming his fist into a wall. "How did the bastard come back? He was dead!"

Alfred! Oh, he must be suffering so much as well.

Clark laughed, hearing a thread of hysteria deep under it, like a flaw deep within a crystal. "Watch me."

Oh Clark! *wibbles* (I'm going to be doing that a lot this chapter!)

I'm looking for home, he wanted to say, but instead he went back to the silent Manor.

*wibbles again*

Clark blinked. The plan had always included him impersonating Batman. Why had they never discussed the fact that this brilliant plan meant he would lose time he could be searching for Bruce? "I'll give it another twenty-four hours. I'll find him by then."

*pets Clark*

Clark turned off the receiver and dove into the storm.

*huggles Clark again*

"No word on if he'll be back soon--or if he's taken any ballerinas with him this time."

Hee!

"No, sir, then you will get some rest." Alfred's voice was sharp. "You've been searching for almost sixty hours straight."

"I haven't spent it all searching. I've had to keep stopping."

"Sixty hours, sir."


Clark, Clark, what are you doing to yourself??

The man in black seemed to wince. "I wasn't there," he said. His voice was all gravel, so close to perfect.

*huggles Clark again*

As the man took it, Gordon added, "And a word to the wise: he stands a little more forward on his toes than you are. You're almost perfect, though."

Hee! *hearts Jim*

"I'm sorry, Debbie," he said to the waiting apartment. "I'll catch him."

*pets Clark*

This would never have happened to Bruce, he thought. A crazy thought, irrational, but he had been patrolling Gotham for six hours and he was exhausted, a bone-deep weariness as if he had been battling a strong headwind the whole time. He shouldn't be so exhausted.

*wibbles* *huggles Clark*

But the time he was standing here waiting for the water to heat was wasting time he could be sleeping, or searching for Bruce. He was so tired, and he just wanted a sip of hot tea before he caught some sleep, was that asking so much?

Oh Clark... *huggles him carefully*

Thirty seconds later he had his tea and was sitting down on the couch to enjoy it, but he fell asleep before he took two sips.

*wibbles again*

This was such a painful chapter, Clark's pain and frustration and tiredness are so palpable... *huggles him again* And Alfred... what he must be going through... I hope they find Bruce soon, for their own sakes! *huggles them both* And I hope there is more soon! :)

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Date: 2009-04-19 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Alfred! Oh, he must be suffering so much as well.

That line and moment is so movieverse Alfred--I can see Caine doing it, but no other version of Alfred, that's for sure.

Oh Clark! *wibbles* (I'm going to be doing that a lot this chapter!)

Clark is terribly wibble-worthy in this arc, I'm afraid!

And Alfred... what he must be going through... I hope they find Bruce soon, for their own sakes!

Bruce is going to be really worried about them as well--that's so Bruce, to be in terrible danger and spend more time worrying about the people he cares about. *sighs and loves him*

*hugs* Thanks for the comment!

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Date: 2009-04-17 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] northernwalker.livejournal.com
Poor exhausted baby. *Pets Clark*

I will try to keep the panicked flails under control until the next chapter. Then, all bets are off!

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Date: 2009-04-19 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I shall keep that in mind! *chews nails* I'm hoping to post it soon, too! (If I can sneak away from my visiting mother-in-law, lol)...

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Date: 2009-04-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenithjolt.livejournal.com
Aww *hugs Clark* I think Alfred would be glad he dozed off, he needs it :)

I loved how Gordon could just tell it wasn't Bruce, and giving Clark the tip made me giggle. Great chapter! :D

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Date: 2009-04-19 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Gordon made me very happy in this series--he only has two scenes, but he makes them shine, I think. :)

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Date: 2009-04-17 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] confusedkayt.livejournal.com
:( The killer is in the details here. The Hello Kitty and Clark breaking his rules to use his heat vision in his off-hours really made the third section twist the knife for me. Oof.

I lovelovelove that Commissioner Gordon knows that something isn't quite right... I pray that he gets to find out that Batman and Superman work together! I have such love for the commish, and it's good to see his detective sharpness here.

You can *feel* Clark's weariness; it drips off the page. But I am really feeling the love for the minor characters here, from Alfred on up. They're spot-perfect, voice-wise, and provide a really nice way to group the drifting Clark.

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Date: 2009-04-19 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Ahhhh, the Hello Kitty bobblehead kind of killed me when I saw it in my head. Damn.

I lovelovelove that Commissioner Gordon knows that something isn't quite right... I pray that he gets to find out that Batman and Superman work together!

I hope so sometime as well. I know a lot of things about this universe, but that one I don't know for sure, I have to admit. But he should...

Lois, Jim, and Alfred are all kind of the frames of this story. I didn't realize it until I was writing the epilogue, that they all needed to have some final word on the ending. :)

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Date: 2009-04-18 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arch-schatten.livejournal.com
Frantic Clark is kind of scary! Uhm.. slow down, Clark! meeep! I'm not sure even showing up at the Planet like this would help, he's got to be a scary sight right now... I loved the bit where Alfred lost his cool and punched a wall! I love your movieverse Alfred! he's so.. Caine-y. So proper but full of fire. And Gordon! I don't know how you pull it, but it's the little details, you really make this *be* the movie version of all of them, while your comic version of them is completely different. Details details, om nom nom!

Clark laughed, hearing a thread of hysteria deep under it, like a flaw deep within a crystal. "Watch me."

I think that line if gorgeous from start to finish. I love the idea of Clark as a crystal, and that tiny fracture that twists light in even more beautiful ways. I think it's kind of.. odd? or.. maybe not so, just not very western, but flawed crystals are more beautiful than smooth ones, imho. The fracture catches light in beautiful ways... and so too is Clark beautiful when he's frantic, but more like a raging storm is beautiful. Imposing and powerful and out of control...

Clark turned off the receiver and dove into the storm.

More than anything else, I think this line is the one that alarmed me the most. Clark turning off the receiver, cutting himself off from Alfred -he was cut off from Bruce against his will, but he decides to cut Alfred off. That... that's not good, not good at all!

I adored Jim's advice to stand more on his toes. I love how oblique he is about it, the same understanding and acceptance that he's shown through the series and in the movies, yet never passive. <3 Jim!

A crazy thought, irrational, but he had been patrolling Gotham for six hours and he was exhausted, a bone-deep weariness as if he had been battling a strong headwind the whole time.

Gothaaam behaveeeee!! meeep! Clark is having a hard enough time as it is! I guess she's not happy about Bruce being missing either...

I will finish packing in a bit! yesss I will! *snugs* I miss you alreadyyyy!

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Date: 2009-04-19 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Frantic Clark is kind of scary! Uhm.. slow down, Clark! meeep! I'm not sure even showing up at the Planet like this would help, he's got to be a scary sight right now...

*grin* I probably ought to mention that the fingerprinty parts of this are not quite so direct as Clark falling apart from the stress!

I loved the bit where Alfred lost his cool and punched a wall! I love your movieverse Alfred! he's so.. Caine-y.

I wrote that line and stared at it, like, "That's not Alfred!" But it was definitely Caine Alfred, he knew what he was up to. :)

I love the idea of Clark as a crystal, and that tiny fracture that twists light in even more beautiful ways. I think it's kind of.. odd? or.. maybe not so, just not very western, but flawed crystals are more beautiful than smooth ones, imho.

*flails* Thank you! That's definitely the feeling I wanted there, both that Clark is flawed and, well, that makes him beautiful and fun to write. It's funny how this pair is the most domestic and cozy and cheery...and at the same time the most sort of lushly romantic dysfunctional version of them I write. I don't quite get it.

Gothaaam behaveeeee!! meeep! Clark is having a hard enough time as it is! I guess she's not happy about Bruce being missing either...

She's...she is not. Gotham in this series is my hugest departure from Nolan, she looks Nolan on the outside but is comics at the heart, through and through. She creeps me out!

I miss you! *hugs*

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Date: 2009-04-18 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ccarroll003.livejournal.com
Maybe Clark needs to try to find Batman instead of Superman. He might have more luck.

Oh Gotham does not like Kal trying to be Batman at all. Poor dear, it's really not his fault.

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Date: 2009-04-19 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Oh Gotham does not like Kal trying to be Batman at all. Poor dear, it's really not his fault.

Ah, Gotham is not a reasonable being, sadly. She did promise to cherish Clark as long as Bruce was around, but that's as far as she goes... :)

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Date: 2009-04-18 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ava-jamison.livejournal.com
OMG. Way to ramp up my stress level, Clark.

RESCUE HIM!

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Date: 2009-04-19 12:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Poor Clark, he's...kind of oozing stress at the moment. *pats him* Rescue will happen soon eventually!

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Date: 2009-04-18 07:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anthraciteowl.livejournal.com
Poor Clark! He needs Bruce like he needs sleep, and Alfred isn't getting through to him.

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Date: 2009-04-19 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
That's a good way of putting it--he might need Bruce even more than sleep, the poor guy. When even Alfred can't get through... *sighs*

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Date: 2009-04-18 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilovetobefree.livejournal.com
"You said twenty-four hours, sir. It's been thirty-six."
"It has?" Clark rubbed his eyes.

Poor Clark. He was so occupied to find Bruce. He even didn’t notice how much time he spent trying to do this.

Jim Gordon knew something was amiss the moment Batman landed on the roof. There was something subtly wrong about his stance. He landed too lightly. His head was cocked at the wrong angle.
I liked especially the sentence "He landed too lightly".

As the man took it, Gordon added, "And a word to the wise: he stands a little more forward on his toes than you are. You're almost perfect, though."
The man stared at him for a moment, then chuckled shortly. "Thank you," he said, and leapt off the roof, the twang of his decel line following after.

Perfect ending of Gordon-„Batman“ talk. :)

This would never have happened to Bruce, he thought. A crazy thought, irrational, but he had been patrolling Gotham for six hours and he was exhausted, a bone-deep weariness as if he had been battling a strong headwind the whole time. He shouldn't be so exhausted.
Wow, it seems not to be easy even for Superman to impersonate Batman. And all the worry about Bruce - it has to be very exhausting as well.

Not nearby. Metropolis. With a sense of absurd relief, he stopped in the cave just long enough to change to the spandex and was gone again.
I’m sure, he just love the spandex and doing his duty as Superman. :)

But the time he was standing here waiting for the water to heat was wasting time he could be sleeping, or searching for Bruce.
I totally understand his feelings.

Thirty seconds later he had his tea and was sitting down on the couch to enjoy it, but he fell asleep before he took two sips.
I wish him a good rest. He needs it.

You wrote this chapter amazingly Mithen and you described Alfred’s and especially Clark’s feelings of fear, frustration, anxiety and stress so well. Excellently done! Thanks for sharing.
LS.

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Date: 2009-04-19 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Wow, it seems not to be easy even for Superman to impersonate Batman. And all the worry about Bruce - it has to be very exhausting as well.

I cheat a bit on Gotham in this series--she looks Nolanverse, but underneath she's pure comicverse crazy-Gotham. And she does not like Kal at all.

I’m sure, he just love the spandex and doing his duty as Superman. :)

I know, it must be such a relief to be able to get back to Metropolis!

It was a strain to write a lot of this, because I had to reach back and channel times I've been frantic with stress and worry (mostly I'm not anymore, so remembering it wasn't fun!) I'm glad it came through! Poor Clark...

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Date: 2009-04-19 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ilovetobefree.livejournal.com
I cheat a bit on Gotham in this series
WOW *Smiles*
As much as I remember, in most of stories I read Gotham and Kal don't like each other too much.

It was a strain to write a lot of this, because I had to reach back and channel times I've been frantic with stress and worry (mostly I'm not anymore, so remembering it wasn't fun!) I'm glad it came through!Poor Clark...
You managed to write it perfectly. It worked great! (*hugs Clark*) :)

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Date: 2009-04-26 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crimsonquills.livejournal.com
Ah, Clark. So many things that are the right and necessary things, and every one of them is killing you, because it's not what you want and need to do. I have so much admiration for him for making himself do what has to be done, despite how torn apart he is by Bruce being missing.

Also, I love that Jim guessed right away that it wasn't the same man in the costume. :-D

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Date: 2009-04-27 11:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Ah, Clark. So many things that are the right and necessary things, and every one of them is killing you, because it's not what you want and need to do.

The author might have been channeling the frustrations of having a lot of work responsibilities (x100 or so!) :)

Especially in this universe, no one knows Batman better than Jim Gordon. Others might know Bruce better, but Jim is the expert on all things Batman. :)

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