There were responsible ways to deal with being bored during League debriefs. Rather than do any of them, Diana adjusted her legs so that her knee touched Batman's. A ragged tear in his suit meant that it was skin-to-skin contact.
She reached out tentatively.
Black Canary's hair looks cute today, she ventured, an idle thought to share. She was careful not to go searching for any answers he did not give. She expected him to say nothing, and break contact.
Doesn't matter, came his answer, so terse a dismissal it almost startled her. He didn't move his leg. It seemed unlike him, but this form of communication did tend to be more honest.
How unfortunate, to imagine this was what he thought of their occasional conversations.
I'm sure she put a lot of work into it, Diana tried again. The bright blonde locks had been curled into ringlets before being drawn up into a ponytail.
Not for me.
She frowned. That doesn't mean you can't appreciate it.
Don't need to.
You're being awfully rude.
If I'd gone through such trouble, I'd want you to notice.
Not for me.
It will be, Diana decided. I'll do my hair just like that, to spite you, and it will be the cutest.
Batman said nothing. Then he leaned back just a little, only enough to see where their knees touched. He glanced at Diana, then away. Was that you? he asked finally.
Of course, she said.
How long have we been having a conversation? he asked.
Since I pointed out the cuteness of Black Canary's coiffure? she said. Batman did not respond. What did you think was happening?
She tried to look at his face sidelong, though she didn't know why. Looking at him directly would make it no easier to decipher his minimal expressions. Do your intrusive thoughts often sound like me making observations about other women?
Can you two keep it down? asked J'onn. Some of us are trying to pay attention.
No you're not, Diana accused. You just heard gossip and wanted in.
We're not gossiping, Batman said. Don't make me break truce.
I had also noticed Black Canary's hair, J'onn said, ignoring Batman.
Isn't it cute? Diana asked.
Do you think I could pull it off? J'onn asked.
Batman had a sudden coughing fit.