mylegalname: (⑧ talk it over)
Robin John Blake ([personal profile] mylegalname) wrote2015-04-21 02:38 pm

each another's audience

John waits a day, and goes where he's told and delivers his message.

"The Joker wants to arrange a meeting with Mr. Moriarty. He says it's time to put aside our differences."

And they have to have been expecting it, because the person he talks to doesn't even ask for proof of the message's origin, just nods and says she'll see about contacting the boss.

It's two more days of back-and-forth before they get their meeting - not with Moriarty, but with his local representative, or something. Everyone is very vague on the details, for which he can't really blame them, all things considered. Somewhat to John's surprise, Moriarty's people accept the Joker's offer of one of his many abandoned warehouse lairs (seriously, does the man have a collection?) as a meeting spot. They show up early. John feels... out of place. The Joker is meeting with a mob boss to discuss an alliance against the guy who just took over the city, and for some reason John Blake is invited.

He still hasn't told Gordon a thing. It's not that he's afraid to, exactly, more that he can't even figure out how to bring it up. How do you explain that the Joker is actually weirdly approachable as long as you can make your peace with his sense of humour? Not to mention the little girl with the wings. Definitely don't mention the little girl with the wings. If he mentions the little girl with the wings, Gordon will probably be out the door before he can even try to explain.
manofmyword: Conspiratorial or condescending. (⒁ they'rrre cheap)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-21 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
"What's got you in a tizzy?"
manofmyword: Laughing maniacally. (⑴ ahahahaha!!!!!)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-21 11:37 pm (UTC)(link)
The Joker giggles.
causas_rerum: (3. earned)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
There's a woman standing there, well-dressed and smiling.

"Hello," she says. "You must be John. I'm Elle."
causas_rerum: (5. frequently)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
"Not a problem," Elle assures him. She steps inside and picks her way across the floor to the little folding table they brought with them. That and the accompanying plastic folding chairs are clean, at least.
manofmyword: Grinning. (⑵ simply makes you stranger)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
"Hi," the Joker chirps. He came in the full suit and makeup. "So, what do you think of" (he flutters his fingers dismissively) "that Bane guy?"
causas_rerum: (a. i tell you)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
"I think he's even more dangerous than he wants us to believe," she says. "I think he's planning something more than enforced anarchy, and I don't want to wait around for it, whatever it is."
manofmyword: Smirking. (⑷ coral is far more red)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
"I knew it," says the Joker, leaning back satisfiedly in his chair.
manofmyword: From the side, serious. (⑿ is it the scars?)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:23 am (UTC)(link)
"You're not just a local representative. Are you."
causas_rerum: (8. and effect)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
"I had intended to wait a little longer before revealing that, but yes," says Elle. "I am the person you know as James Moriarty."
causas_rerum: (6. what is the reason)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
"Very astute of you. I'm honestly not sure how you figured it out."
manofmyword: Gesturing, explaining. (⑾ never start with the head)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
"Our little game of tag's been going for a while now. Enough for me to get a sense of you. Now isn't the time to be screwing around. If you were in town and you believed it was me, you wouldn't send an underling, make it another week until we actually talked. You'd come yourself, or you wouldn't deal at all. And then you sit down like you own the place and talk like you're the boss? It wasn't that hard."
causas_rerum: (5. frequently)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
"Fair enough. So, to business. What are you bringing to the table here? You're not the first group I've contacted who thought they were starting the resistance, but you're definitely the first one I thought might have had a chance of getting anywhere on their own."
manofmyword: Smirking, pushing hair out of face. (⑸ well hello beautifulll~)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
"I tried Batman first, believe it or not," he says. "Batman didn't show. Johnny here's got a line on Jim Gordon, though."
causas_rerum: (d. to always comprehend)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
"...That's a lot of trust to be placing in someone you only just met, game of tag or no," says Elle/Moriarty.
manofmyword: Hands, seen through jail cell bars. (⑼ the store by the dungeon)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
"Now is not the time to be screwing around," the Joker repeats. "But Gordon's not even our best resource, necessarily. The other one's just... harder to explain. Of the 'seen to be believed' variety, you might say. D'you know that half-finished opera house on Martial?"
causas_rerum: (8. and effect)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
"Let's suppose I do," she says. "What about it?"
manofmyword: Quasi-innocent? (⑽ i wanna drive)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
"If you're serious about working with me on this, meet me there tomorrow. You, personally, nobody else. And I do believe you're serious about working with me on this."
causas_rerum: (a. i tell you)

[personal profile] causas_rerum 2015-04-22 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Elle studies his face thoughtfully.

"And you're not going to explain until I see it for myself, whatever it is?"
manofmyword: Sitting calmly on the floor, leaning against a wall. (⑺ gonna enjoy this)

[personal profile] manofmyword 2015-04-22 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
"Right," he confirms serenely.

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