Author: Kat Lee
Challenge/Prompt: anythingdrabble 38: Beacon
Word Count: 250
Date Written: 2 June 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to DC Comics, not the author, and are used without permission.
Harvey panted a little as he turned the great instrument to face the city. He slapped the button, and a golden light came on, pouring over the top of Police Headquarters.
“I still say we don’t need it. He knows he’s needed. He’ll come. He always comes.”
“He’ll know faster with this,” Bullock argued. “Besides, it’s a beacon of hope for the city.”
“He’s a beacon of hope for them.”
“Yeah?” Harvey turned to face his old partner. “And what about you?”
“What about me?”
“The future’s bright.” Harvey grinned at him.
“I don’t need shades.”
“No, but you do need someone to remind things are going to get better.”
Sirens wailed through the night. The two men fell silent as they turned in that direction. “I have a beacon,” Harvey murmured. “Every time I look at him, he reminds me things are going to get better. Things have gotten better, because he’s made them better. He’s made me better.”
“Who -- “ Jim started to ask, turning but toward him. His words froze in his throat at the way Harvey’s eyes met his.
Jim hesitated. He didn’t speak, but he did finally reach out. Harvey took his outstretched hand and held it silently in his.
“And I have you,” Jim whispered, thinking of all the times the whole world had turned against him except this one man. He smiled as they stood together, two old friends, and more, waiting by the Batlight for the world around them to finally improve.