Love and Betrayal
by Melissa Minners
Disclaimer and Other Information: It should be noted that all of the characters and many of the locales in this fan fiction are not mine. They are owned by The WB. This fan fiction is somewhat of an homage to the series and was written during the one and only season of Birds of Prey. I began writing BOP fan fiction after some annoyance at one of the characters created for the show. The whole idea of writing a fan fiction is to take a show, movie, etc. that you enjoy and put your own spin on it and that is what I have done. This particular story takes place some time after the episode entitled Three Birds and a Baby. I have used a little liberty here with events. I thought this idea up a while back before the episodes that followed Three Birds, so keep in mind that none of the episodes that followed come into play here. This was my first foray into online fanfic and first appeared on a little website known as Birds of Prey Online. I hope you enjoy.
"Hey, Kyle, it's for you." The owner of the Dark Horse Bar held out the phone for Helena Kyle. From the deep frown on his face, Helena guessed that her boss wasn't happy that she was receiving personal calls at work. Helena was a tad bit annoyed herself. She had turned off her comms for a reason. She wanted time to herself with no interruptions from Oracle and her Delphi crime monitor.
Helena sincerely hoped that it wasn't Barbara on the other end of that phone line. Sometimes, she just didn't know when to leave well enough alone. Since her mother was murdered, Helena vowed never to allow herself to get that close to anyone ever again. The pain Helena had experienced when Selena died in her arms was enough of an incentive to keep anyone and everyone at arms distance. But Barbara Gordon just wouldn't give up. She kept on trying while all others ran in the other direction. And soon, Helena found herself letting Barbara in. Then there was Dinah. And Reese. But it was Guy that reminded her once and for all of the vow she had made after Selena's death.
Guy was just a baby when Helena found him. A genetically altered and enhanced baby, who had become a full grown man in days. Helena was surprised to find herself caring so deeply for someone she'd barely had time to know. It was the similarities of their situations that had drawn her to him. There were no parents to care for him. He didn't understand his strange abilities or the rapid aging process he had been subjected to. She found that she had a maternal instinct she'd never imagined. She grew protective of him, comforted him when he was afraid, and cared for him as if he were her own. And cried for him days later, when he died. Barbara had been unable to stop the accelerated aging process that finally killed him. The pain Helena felt at losing Guy was a horrible reminder of why she shouldn't get too close to anyone.
Knowing that Barbara was getting too close for comfort, Helena decided to start pushing her away. It was maddening. However hard Helena pushed, Barbara came back twice as strong. Until last night. Helena had decided to show Barbara that she didn't need her by turning off the comm set she always wore on her nightly patrols. The night was rough and coming home to a lecture was the last thing she needed. She decided to let Barbara have it with both barrels. Boy, did she ever! She could see the pain in Barbara's eyes, but couldn't stop the verbal assault. It was a last ditch effort on Helena's part to push Barbara away. As far as Helena knew, it had worked. It was the first time that she could remember, that the two of them had argued like that without Barbara trying to smooth things over in the end. Helena hadn't heard from Barbara last night or today. Maybe she had finally gotten the point and decided to stay away. Or maybe she had decided to call her at work instead of leaving countless messages on Helena's answering machine.
"You gonna take this, or what?!"
"Okay, okay, I'm coming. Don't go getting yourself all twisted."
"Make it quick, Kyle. We're too busy for gossip calls today."
"Funny. Really - you could be a comedian." She took the phone from her boss, flashing him a devious grin. "Just don't quit your day job." Then, turning her attention to the phone, "This had better be good!"
The voice on the other end sent chills through her. It was Dinah, and she was sobbing. "He-helena...you have to come quick...she's hurt."
Fear crept up Helena's spine. Instinctively she knew, but she had to ask. "Okay, slow down, Dinah. Who's hurt?"
"Barbara...it's Barbara. They took her to New Gotham Memorial Hospital"
Barbara - she'd been hurt. But how badly? Judging from Dinah's condition on the phone, it had to be pretty bad.
"I'm on my way!" And with that, she hung up the phone and dashed out from behind the bar.
"Hey, Kyle, where the hell do ya think you're going!"
She barely heard him as she sped out of the bar en route to New Gotham Memorial.
She couldn't get the picture out of her head - Barbara lying there on the floor of the classroom, battered and bloody. Dinah had screamed for help, praying that someone would hear her as she ran to Barbara.
"Please don't let her be dead!" was the only thought running through her mind. Dinah was only somewhat relieved to find a weak and thready pulse. Barbara's breathing was labored, and there was blood everywhere. Things seemed to slow down and muddle together from that point on. She somehow found herself riding in an ambulance headed toward New Gotham Memorial Hospital. Once they arrived at the hospital, Barbara was whisked away into the ER. Since then, no one had bothered to tell her anything. Then, the police had shown up requesting a statement. She had been hysterical when she called Helena, having revisited the scene several times for the detectives.
All she wanted now was to know that Barbara was going to be alright. But no one was telling her that. It was as if she was invisible. Frustrated, she turned toward the Nurses' Station. That's when she spotted Helena charging through the ER doors.
"Dinah! What happened?"
"Oh, Helena..." Dinah tearfully told Helena everything that had happened. "And now, no one will tell me anything! I'm so scared, Helena. If you had seen her..." Dinah trailed off in mid-sentence as she spotted Helena's eyes change. Barbara had long ago explained this phenomenon to Dinah. Helena's eyes changed when she was about to do battle, or when she was experiencing extreme emotion.
Dinah flashed back to the argument that she had walked in on the night before, and suddenly took two steps back. Helena had been really angry with Barbara last night. Dinah had seen what Huntress could do when given enough incentive. What if Helena had gone to see Barbara at the school, and they had gotten into some kind of argument? Could Helena have done this? Dinah would like to have said no, but how well did she really know Helena. She'd been ready to use her powers on Dinah when she borrowed Helena's sweater one day.
Helena watched Dinah back-pedal away from her and realized with horror what was going through Dinah's mind. How could she think that Helena would harm Barbara? Helena was about to ask Dinah just that, when a doctor approached them.
"Excuse me. The nurse said you were asking about Barbara Gordon? Are you a relative?"
"Sort of," Helena responded. "She was my guardian until I turned eighteen. She's presently Dinah's legal guardian. Is Barbara going to be alright?"
"Well, she suffered a great deal of trauma. She's suffered lacerations, contusions, two broken ribs, and numerous other injuries, but our main concern is the head injury. She hasn't regained consciousness yet. Until then, we'll have no idea as to the seriousness of the injury."
"Can we see her?" Helena needed to see her, only then would this nightmare seem real. Dinah reiterated the request, all the while keeping a watchful, untrusting eye on Helena.
"Yes, but only for a short time I'm afraid. Hospital policy."
Helena and Dinah entered the room together, but Helena stopped short just inside the doorway. There was Barbara's broken form lying on a hospital bed, attached to I.V.s and hooked up to machinery. Helena felt her world falling apart. The very thing she had fought so hard against had happened. She'd let Barbara get too close. It had been too late to push her away, and now, Helena stood to lose Barbara the same way she had lost her mother.
Dinah saw the look on Helena's face. That, coupled with what Helena said next, made Dinah realize that she had been wrong in suspecting Helena.
"I turned the comms off," she whispered. "I wasn't wearing them when she got hurt. She could have been calling me for help and how would I have known? Stupid! How could I have been so stupid?! She needed me and I let her down." A tear streaked down Helena's cheek and Dinah instantly felt like an idiot for not realizing that Helena would never do anything to harm Barbara.
"Helena, you can't blame yourself anymore than I can for not getting to the classroom sooner. You know better than I do that Barbara wouldn't want you to blame yourself for what happened to her."
Helena didn't answer. She just kept her eyes on Barbara.
"Helena, who would do this?"