Fearful Symmetry drabble:
Year 26: Naming of Names
"I never...thanked you."
"For what?" Harvey asks, his voice unusually gentle. An aftereffect of their argument, perhaps, or simply their present circumstances: a rare night alone together, lacking either Bat--a concession to Bruce's latest injuries--or the need for Harvey to run home to his newly expanded family.
Bruce has to swallow hard before he can say what he needs to. "Your son. His name. I--"
Harvey shifts on the bed, propping himself up on one elbow to look into Bruce's face. "Gilda wanted to name Steven after her father, and there was no way I was gonna name the other kid after *mine,* so--"
"Thomas," Bruce says, rolling it on his tongue and across his mind. "Thomas Dent."
"It's all right, I hope?" Harvey asks, but he's smiling with all the confidence of a man who already knows the answer. And of course, he does.
Bruce means only to agree. What comes out is altogether different. "My father...was a tall man."
Harvey nods, as if this were a logical response. "Thomas has blue eyes."
"All babies have blue eyes. Or so I've read," Bruce answers, and Harvey's grin acknowledges everything Bruce has been unable to say.
Thanks to Chi for some helpful chat. :)
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