No Kill Policy
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, though I have used a little liberty here with events. The story takes place some time after Love and Betrayal, so if you haven't read that particular fanfic, I suggest you do before reading this one. Warning: Parts of this fanfic may be highly graphic at times. Reader's discretion is advised. I hope you enjoy.
Helena paced the floor outside Examination Room 1. She wanted to be in there with Dinah...or outside hunting down Dinah's attacker...anywhere but in the hallway, thinking.
"I'm looking for Dinah Redmond. I was told she was brought here."
Helena spun at the sound of Barbara's anxious tones.
As Barbara hurriedly steered her wheelchair toward Helena, the knot that had grown in her stomach began to tighten. The look on Helena's face - it was enough to scare the hell out of Barbara. Judging from Helena's distraught features, Dinah was in pretty bad shape. As she got closer though, Barbara noticed something else. Helena's eyes had changed - she was doing her best to keep that shielded, but to Barbara's practiced eye, the change was as obvious as its meaning. Helena was very angry.
"That Bastard Sylvestri!" Helena interrupted loudly, causing two nurses to glare sharply in her direction. Helena waited until Barbara had closed the gap between them, and then continued in a hushed, but angry tone, "Barbara, he...he raped her!"
The words hit Barbara like a slap in the face. Dinah had started out as just a runaway - a naïve, young teenage girl who had nowhere else to go. But, over time, she'd become Barbara's protégé, and so much more. Like Helena, Dinah had become like a daughter to Barbara. Every time one of her girls got hurt, Barbara felt the pain. But this...this cut like a knife.
Helena continued, "They wouldn't let me stay with her...said they needed her guardian to be here before they could do a rape kit. But they wouldn't let me stay..."
Helena was interrupted by the sound of approaching footsteps.
"Are you Dinah Redmond's guardian?" a kind-looking young nurse asked.
"Yes," Barbara answered. "I'm Barbara Gordon."
"I'm Nurse Guthrie. Please come with me." As Nurse Guthrie led the way to Examination Room 1, she explained the extent of Dinah's injuries. "She's suffered a concussion and needed a couple of stitches on her forehead. Those are minor...We had to wait for you to complete a rape kit. Hospital policy..."
They entered the room, and what Barbara saw made her breathe hitch. Dinah looked so small in the hospital bed, so bruised and beaten. As Barbara made he way to Dinah's side, a doctor entered the room behind her. She barely noticed, her attention focused on the broken teenager before her. Dinah's eyes were red and swollen. There was an almost vacant look to them and Barbara realized that she must be suffering from shock.
The doctor - Dr. Conner - was talking to Dinah, explaining the procedure to her in comforting tones. But Barbara knew Dinah barely heard the words. It wasn't until Dr. Conner had donned the latex gloves and prepared to begin the rape kit, that Dinah reacted. Tears began coursing down Dinah's cheeks and there was fear in her eyes as she watched the doctor approach. Her breathing quickened.
Barbara held Dinah's hand in her own. Dinah gripped Barbara's hand tightly - so tightly her knuckles were white with the effort. As Dr. Conner approached the end of the bed, Dinah's eyes widened. Barbara reached out with her other hand and, gently cupping the girl's chin, turned Dinah's face toward her own.
"Shhh," Barbara soothed. "Just look at me. It'll be over soon. I promise."
Dinah's eyes pleaded with Barbara to make it stop - to make it all go away. It broke Barbara's heart and a single tear escaped her eye as Barbara smoothed the hair back from Dinah's forehead. She willed the doctor to hurry.
Helena watched as Barbara entered the examination room with the nurse. The door closed shut behind them and Helena watched through the small window in the door. Then a doctor pushed his way past her, entered the room, and pulled the curtain around Dinah's bed closed, effectively cutting Helena off from them.
Helena cursed silently to herself. She wanted to be in there...wanted to be there with the kid who had become so much a part of her new family. It killed her to be kept out here. She turned from the door, walked to the small chair beside it and sat down. She leaned forward on the seat, rested her elbows on her knees and her head in her hands. She didn't even notice Detective Jesse Reese's approach until he was standing over her.
She looked up into Reese's concern-filled features.
"I just heard. Got here as fast as I could. How is she?"
"Bad, Reese...she's bad." Helena fought to control her voice, so hard that she didn't even notice that she had reverted back to calling Jesse by his last name. "Sylvestri...he did this to her...to get back at me."
She stood and took a folded piece of paper from her pocket and handed it to him. It was the paper Nico Sylvestri had left beside Dinah in the warehouse. Jesse looked down at the paper in his hand, read the one word - "PAYBACK" - and then looked back into Helena's eyes. They changed as the anger she was fighting to control, found it's way to the surface.
"I want this guy, Reese! You have to help me find him! He has to pay for this..he has to..." Her voice broke as angry, pain-driven tears burst from her eyes. Jesse took her into his arms and enfolded her in his embrace. He held her tightly to him, wishing he could make the pain and the anger disappear.
"We'll find him, Helena," he promised. He gently kissed her forehead. "We'll find him."