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Fic: Secret Weapon; Tim/Tam; Hard R

Title: Secret Weapon
Author: Aravis Tarkheena
Pairing: Tim Drake/Tam Fox
Rating: Hard R
Warnings: Vague references to violence. Implications of sexual activity.
Disclaimer: Not mine, everyone's legal
Word Count: 1,000ish
Author's Notes: Written for lady_sarai for the Fic or Treat Meme. Sara you ship the best het ships. <3333




Secret Weapon


Tam had the dress off almost before she shut the door to her apartment. She kicked off her shoes in the foyer, and was working on her tights, as she made a beeline for the shower.

She smelled like perfume and expensive booze. Her skin felt oily with all of leers and phony smiles that she had endured the whole evening. Tam wanted to bathe more than she wanted anything else in the world.

Tam was almost entirely naked by the time she stepped into the bathroom. She flicked on the taps, as she pulled off the rest of her clothing. The water hadn't even warmed completely, before she slipped inside, leaving a heap of discarded costume accessories in her wake.

Tam shivered as she was hit by the warming spray. It was a relief to scrub the overdone makeup off of her face. She grabbed for her loofa, and covered it with her favorite body wash. The scents of the party were diminished under the strong, sweet smell of the vanilla in her body wash.

Tam scrubbed off several times, rubbing hard. She was about to load her loofa up with soap again, when a soft thud, and a lot of heartfelt swearing drifted over the top of the shower curtain.

“Aren't ninjas supposed to be graceful?” Tam called out with a smile.

The smile widened when she caught sight of the glower on Tim's face as he pushed the curtain aside.

“As it turns out, unexpected feather boas are the secret weakness of all ninjas,” Tim informed her acidly as he stepped into the shower.

He pulled the soapy loofa from her hand, and gave her a quick kiss hello.

“Well that's good to know,” Tam replied with a grin, and rocked back on her heels to watch him.

Tam let Tim scrub soot and dust from his face, before she rocked back up onto her toes, and kissed him back. Tim gave her a tired smile.

“So about that boa,” Tim continued teasingly. “Did you have a cabaret in here before me or something?”

“You find it so hard to believe that it's mine?” Tam asked him coyly.

“It's absolutely ridiculous looking,” Tim pointed out. “You have better taste than that.”

“It's Halloween. Looking ridiculous is the point, Ninja Boy,” Tam shot back, as she took the loofa back.

She soaped it up again, and continued washing where Tim had left off. Tam was much more gentle than Tim had been, as she ran the loofa over his neck and shoulders and down to his belly.

“You need to be more careful, babe. The last thing you need is more bruises,” she scolded as she washed.

Tim snorted.

“Just wait until you see me tomorrow,” Tim said wryly. “My back is going to be one big bruise.”

Tam eyed the already purpling skin on Tim's back.

“Yeah, I can see that. Looks like I can't be on top tonight...”

Tim laughed then, but it was a husky and exhausted sort of laugh.

“Tam, no one is going to be on top tonight,” he informed her with a tired smile. “You're lucky I'm standing upright at this point.”

Tam shot him a look of mock indignation.

“You owe me Ninja Boy,” she exclaimed, gesturing, loofa in hand, as wildly as the confined space of the shower stall would allow. “I spend all night misleading the creepy debutantes for you, and this is what I get? A bruised up ninja too tired to be of any use to me.”

“Remind me of this again when I'm in a decent enough physical condition to make good on my debt. Besides, it couldn't have been that hard to mislead them. I'd bet they were all far too perplexed by your boa to inquire too deeply about me,” Tim teased.

Tam tried to hide a smile.

“Don't you diss the boa. The boa is righteous,” Tam insisted.

Tim snorted a laugh and pulled Tam in close.

“Righteous?” he asked, voice clearly amused.

“Hey, it kicked your ass didn't it? Not a lot of people can do that,” she pointed out.

“It startled me!” Tim exclaimed defensively. “I thought you left a dead duck on the floor or something?”

Then Tam did laugh. Tim's face was completely straight, but his eyes sparkled with amusement.

“A duck, huh?” she asked, still laughing.

“It was exceptionally disconcerting,” Tim replied primly.

Tam laughed again, and wrapped her arms around Tim.

“Poor baby,” she cooed, and tangled her fingers in the curls at his neck.

Tim bent his head, and pressed a wet kiss to her temple.

“It's entirely possible that I'm not at the top of my game tonight,” Tim confessed lightly, pressing his check against the top of her head.

“Mmmm, I noticed,” Tam agreed softly. “Don't worry, I'll fend off any and all super-villains and ninja assassins until you're one hundred percent again.”

“How, exactly, do you propose to do that?” Tim asked absently, as his hand ran down her back to rest it on Tam's bottom.

“Feather boa,” Tam reminded him simply with a smug smile.

Tim laughed, and squeezed her butt gently.

“That only works on ninjas, remember?” Tim pointed out. “Not all super-villains are ninjas.”

“That's not a transitive thing?” Tam asked sweetly.

“You impugn the honor of ninjas,” Tim told her with mock severity. “Do you think that's wise?”

Feather. Boa,” Tam said again with emphasis.

“You are certainly not afraid to use your powers for evil, are you?” Tim asked with a laugh.

He was still smiling when he dipped his head, and nuzzled Tam's neck fondly.

“I will be your greatest foe,” Tam informed him, trying very hard not to smile.

Tim laughed again, and kissed her. One kiss lead to two, and two lead to three. When they stumbled over her feather boa and into the bedroom, Tam did end up on top after all.

Despite his exhaustion, Tim managed to pay his debt admirably.

With interest.



A/N: Oh, Tim. ~<33333

Comments

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greyandgold
Nov. 21st, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)

So fantastic Arvis! Beware those who scoff at the power of assesories.

aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Seriously. Tim needs to LEARN the power of the feather boa.
twistedangl11
Nov. 21st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
ok...still hate tam but great story...love how you wrote tim and you made tam almost likeable. great story.
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
ALMOST likeable? Tam's an awesome character. You totally need to give her a chance.
ladyblkrose
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Only you can make Tim/Tam palatable Babygurl. Loved their playfulness and shower teasing. Tim, Tim, Tim, you of all people should understand the power of a good accessory!!!!
Thank you for sharing this one, it was sweet.
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
WHY does everyone keep SAYING that? :(

Tam's FUN. I like Tam. You guys need to give her a chance.

Seriously, Tim's gonna start keeping a boa in his utility belt now that he knows how dangerous they are. :D

Glad you liked it. <3
darthbatgirl
Nov. 21st, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Aww shower banter for the win.

Better watch out for those feather boas Tim, they'll trip you up ever time :D
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
FINALLY someone who actually LIKES Tam and appreciates the pairing. It makes me sad that so many people don't like her. She's fuuuuun. :(

*snickers* Poor Tim. He had a rough night. :D
angel_gidget
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
Whoo! Finally some more Tim/Tam awesomesauce in the universe! I like how you have the sensation of Tam just needing to escape from the rat race for a while while Tim also finds a lil' safe haven from his own worries with her. Quite cute. ♥
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
*high five* It's true, there needs to be more Tim/Tam. <3

I'm glad you liked it. Tim needs someone who can tease him and call him on his crap. :D
lady_sarai
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEE, I HAVE SO MANY WARM FUZZIES RIGHT NOW, BETWEEN THIS AND REMEMBERING PRIORITIES. BEK, I LOVE YOU, AND YOU CLEARLY LOVE ME. ♥ This is SO PERFECT. I adore it. And I adore THEM. <3

Funny but true story--earlier this week I was all sad because I wanted to escape my paper-writing by reading some fics, but it seemed like no one writes my favorite pairings and no one likes Tim-het and I was pouty and then LOOK WHAT YOU DID. <3 MY FAVORITES. TWO IN A ROW. AND THEY ARE SWEET AND SEXY.

Also, okay, ENTIRELY RANDOMLY, I sometimes think about things like what body wash characters use and I HAD PEGGED TAM AS A VANILLA GIRL. I do not know. (Cissie likes lavender.) Like I said, I have no idea why I do this, or how I figure it out, but there it is. So the vanilla body wash made me squeak a little.

...And I'm not going to rant about dissing a character as fic praise. :| Because clearly you like her enough to write about her and someone (you know, me) likes her enough to request it and hey, I was not saying anything, RIGHT. What I mean to say is that I LOVE YOU SO FOR LIKING TAM AND MY UNPOPULAR HET PAIRINGS AND FOR WRITING THEM FOR ME. ♥♥♥


Also, the feather boa. I LOVE IT. Enemy of ninjas everywhere! <333
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm loving all the Tim/Tam icons in this post. <3

I do love you. Dearly. I'm glad you got the fuzzies. <3

Hahah you were sending me TELEPATHIC MESSAGES! :D I actually wrote both of these last week in my written journal and just typed them up the other day. I was totally feeling your Jones. <3

OMG I DO THE SAME THING! The body wash thing! Totally do it. I also spend LOTS Of time thinking about what people would SMELL like. Like, Tam smells like vanilla. Cissie smells faintly of bubble gum and wax. Steph smells like maple syrup and cheap laundry detergent. Roy smells like coffee and grape lollie pops. Seriously, I THINK about these things. :D

What other body washes have you figured out? I must knoooow.

I hate it when people bash Tam. I feel like anyone who has made a judgment of her at this point in the comics hasn't given her enough of a chance. She has a lot of potential as a character and it's a mistake to dismiss her out of hand. I GET that everyone sees her as TIm's new love interest, but she's MORE than that. She's a lot of fun and really awesome. They didn't make her this one dimension fop like Zoanne.

I mean, look at Bernard Dowd. He was in, what? 3 issues and a grand total of 18 pages and he's a fan favorite. I don't get why Tam is getting the cold shoulder. Maybe because Bernard was an ounce of awesome in a ton of shit and Tam was several pounds of awesome in several more TONS of awesome, but still. She needs more love.

It makes me want to write elaborate Tam fic to convert the slovenly masses. >:D

Man, ALL the pairings I like and write are unpopular. :( We need a Tam fic challenge at the com. I want some tooooooooo. Or a Tim-het challenge. But then MOST of the entries will be for Tim/Steph. Which is FINE but I want Tim/Tam and Tim/Beryl.

*snickers* Poor Tim was not up for the threat of the unexpected feather boa.
lady_sarai
Nov. 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
It was FATE, that's what it was. :D <3

Heee, that's awesome! :D LET'S SEE--Tam is vanilla/brown sugar/coconut/WARM smells. Cissie is lavender/pomegranate/citrusy. I like the bubble gum, though. :D She also smells like fresh air and clean laundry a lot, while Tam's more books/libraries/her father's office. NONE of the guys use that Axe stuff, mostly because it makes me sick, so I won't let anyone use it. ;) (I actually think Bruce may be paranoid enough to refuse to let them use anything too smelly at all. Possibly I just want fic where Tim has to borrow his girlfriend's bodywash at some point, and totally get called on it and teased FEROCIOUSLY by Dick. The girlier, the better. I have no idea why I want this.)

I looove Tam. (I also just find it backhanded and rude, but that's me.) But I agree. This is a college student interning at WE and BEING IN MEETINGS WITH PUTIN. Seriously, did people not catch that she apologized to the PRIME MINISTER OF RUSSIA for INTERRUPTING HIS MEETING? Who interrupts Vladimir Putin's meetings? NO ONE. She speaks Russian and German, AT LEAST, thinks on her feet, has taken a ton of self-defense, and is really funny and real. I love when she freaks out and is all panicked but pulls herself together to do what needs doing. And she eats burgers on dates and sees Tim. She's also got a great sense of humor and dialogue.

I... also kind of feel like it's that she's a girl. :| Bernard is a (probably gay) boy, and slash is always more popular than het, for some reason. (I love slash as much as the next girl, but it's sad that it means het gets ignored/girls get bashed in the process.)

I SO support elaborate Tam fic. :D (I actually totally asked for that for Yuletide this year; See?)

I would love EITHER kind of challenge! <3 I want Tim/Tam and Tim/Cissie. I like Tim/Steph, but I kind of prefer seeing fic where they mend fences and become friends instead of get back together. And it would be the runaway popular pairing, which would be a little sad.

That said, I think we'd only get like 4 or 5 people to play. :\ But possibly I'm cynical today.

...That came out a lot more cynical than I meant. What I meant was I WOULD BE HAPPY IF THIS EXISTED, even if it was only a few people. <3


NO ONE EXPECTS THE FEATHER BOA!

Edited at 2010-11-21 10:08 pm (UTC)
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh I can SO see Cissie as smelling like oranges. <3333

Ok. That fic idea. I MAY need to write it now. So very, very badly omg. You're brilliant. It's perfect. Dick will TEASE and Day will SCOFF and Bruce will SCOLD and Tim will play it cool while inwardly BLUSHING SO HARD. OMG I want it so bad.

I think you mentioned somewhere that when you're not shipping Tim with Tam she's his work wife. I'm working on a fic now, a Tim/Kon/Roy incidentally, where that's totally the case. Tim's living with Kon and Roy's his ex. Tim's attacked and laid up in the hospital and Kon and Roy are trying to figure out who's doing it. They're working on a list of suspects and Tam waltzs in and is the ONLY ONE who can give them a clear view of who might have shot Tim because she's the only person in his life that he really talks to about EVERYTHING. Like, he and Roy were estranged, Kon isn't interested in his work at WE and Bruce, Dick and Tim are too close to the whole thing to make those sorts of judgments. So Tam sits them down and makes a list for them.

The thing about Tam is that she's SO multi talented that she CAN and I"m sure she DOES help Tim in ALL SIDES of his life. His caped one and his regular one. In this story she's his boss and covers for him all the time when he takes off. :DDD

She plays a pretty big role in the whole thing. Almost bigger than Kon, at this point. :D Just don't tell anyone. I don't think they noticed yet.

I'm going to start playing around with some Tam as Tim's Watson fic ideas. Maybe I'll hit on an idea that resonates well. I love exploring her as a character.

You're right about het not being as popular as slash. It's saaaad. There's a ton of fun slash pairings but there's just as many exciting het ones. :(

Yeah, I can see Tim and Steph becoming REALLY good friends. I usually write her in that role when I slash him.

Let's see, there would be you, me, Rex, MAYBE Darth... I bet we could get one or two others. Maybe more if it was Tim-het rather than just Tim/Tam.

I was absolutely going to make that same joke but I wasn't sure if you would get it. I should have KNOWN that a YJ fan would ABSOLUTELY get a Monty Python reference. :DDDDD
lady_sarai
Nov. 22nd, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I would LOVE if you wrote that. :D That's it exactly! And Tim might be embarrassed, but he wins because he's the one who had sex. ;)

YES, THAT'S IT EXACTLY. That's exactly how I want their relationship to go, if they aren't a couple. I love it when they're business partners and Tam holds everything together while Tim's running in a million directions.

Bwahaha, you will convert people by stealth. ;)

Ohhh, I like that idea! :D She really is a fun character, and I love that she's sticking around.

It's very sad. :( It's almost like you have to like one or the other, which is so not true!

I bet we could, too. HMM. Now I'm sort of wondering how the best way to do that might be (and when). It might be nice to offer more pairings, buuuuuut... I want the really rare stuff. ;)

Hahaha, you know, my high school Latin teacher showed us clips from Monty Python in class. I totally learned how to conjugate plural imperative verbs from the scene in Life of Brian where the Romans make them re-write "Romans go home" because they conjugated it wrong. :D THIS ONE!! I had to go watch it again. :D

Edited at 2010-11-22 12:11 am (UTC)
munnin_odanin
Nov. 21st, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
Bwhahahaha! Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! Bwhahaha! Feather Boa!

(I love you, so very much!)
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think that you laughed JUST LIKE THAT while you read this. :DDD

*knuckle bump* (glad you liked it <3)
lkidl
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
Oh my, this was so fluffy and amusing! >U< Actually I googled Feather boa because I didn't know what name of accessory it was. Hahaha, poor Tim! I wonder what color it was? Green? And what costume Tam had? :3
aravistarkheena
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
I needed some fluff in my life after that last one I posted. D:

*snickers* Feather boas.

It was like a deep purple color. Tam was dressed as a Flapper. I couldn't figure out a way to slip that little bit of info gracefully into the story.

Glad you liked it! It's nice to know there are more TIm/Tam fans in the world. <333333333
smithie_speaks
Dec. 3rd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
RIght, I'm a little late to this party, but I love Tam, and I love this, and I love how awesome and competent Tam is in this. Haters to the left.
aravistarkheena
Dec. 3rd, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Haters to the left, indeed. *high five* It's good to get some Tam love around here. <3
koyuki14
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
The badassery of this story is too much for words. My life has been very much fulfilled. Oh yes, I can die happy.
aravistarkheena
Dec. 28th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Tam badassery is the best SORT of badassery. <3
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