The Watchtower Infirmary...
It was his own fault. He knew that. He just wished they knew it, too.
He couldn't move, couldn't speak, but he could hear. He heard everything they said.
They were worried.
He didn't want them to be. He didn't deserve it.
In fact, he wanted them to leave him alone to suffer. Then he could learn from his mistake.
Well, he wanted all of them to leave. All of them except...
Her. He wanted her to stay.
"Everyone, The League has other matters to attend to. Batman will...He'll be okay without us all hovering over him." Wonder Woman said.
Superman took in a deep breath as he reluctantly agreed. "Wonder Woman is right. Let's go, everyone."
With that, everyone began to file out of the infirmary. Everyone except...
She's still here. He could feel it. She must have read his mind by making everyone leave.
He wished he could smile.
"Oh Bruce..." Wonder Woman said with a sigh. "Why do you have to be so head strong?"
It's who I am.
"Will you ever learn to accept your limits?" She asked rhetorically. She already knew the answer.
Batman has no limits.
As she looked down at his battered, broken body, a sob escaped her lips. "Why won't you realize that I..." She paused with a shakey sigh.
That you what, Diana?
He felt her hand slide underneath his own and give it a light squeeze.
"...I can't lose you. I..." She tried to continue. "Bruce, I lo-"
"Wonder Woman." Her communicator chirped.
She let out an exasperated sigh before quickly responding. "Wonder Woman here."
"There's trouble in Metropolis. Luthor's at it again. We need your help."
She glanced back at Batman, lying unconscious. Her gaze held an air of...longing.
"Be right there." She said. With that, she ran from the room and headed toward Earth.
He was alone. That's what he wanted, right?
Love. That's what she'd wanted to say...wasn't it?
A few days later...
Batman was up and on his feet again. Despite the pain he still felt, he managed to suit up. He had to be ready to help the league at a moment's notice. Pain was never a problem. He works through pain.
Love was something else entirely.
Everyone was eating lunch. He wasn't hungry, but he might as well join them. That was the reason he gave to himself anyway.
As he entered the cafeteria, his eyes quickly scanned the room.
Where is she?
He felt a hand clap his shoulder...a little too hard. "Nice to see ya up and around, Batman!" Superman shouted happily.
"Thanks, Kal." He mumbled under his breath.
Superman smiled at him, then he sauntered off toward J'onn.
Batman scanned the room one more time. Then he saw her.
Unlike everyone else, she wasn't eating. She was sitting by herself, staring out the window, and waiting for a cry for help.
Batman managed to resist the urge to smile...something that happened every time he saw her. He walked toward her.
"Princess." He greeted her with a nod.
Wonder Woman looked up at the shadow looming over her. Batman. He was okay!
"I didn't expect to see you up and about so soon." She commented.
"Sorry to disappoint." He replied smugly, suppressing another smile. He stepped closer to her.
He lowered his lips until they were level with her's, then he moved them to her ear.
"Love you too, Diana." He whispered. The words so soft that Wonder Woman wasn't sure if she'd heard him correctly.
Then, Batman straightened himself and walked away, as if he'd said nothing.
Wonder Woman was stunned by this behavior, which was strange even by Batman standards.
She couldn't be sure that the previous moment had even taken place...until she saw that unmistakable smirk on his face, when he turned back for a split second before exiting the cafeteria.
She could feel her cheeks burning as she smiled back at her Dark Knight.