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Hey Brother

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Dick groaned as he stretched. He probably shouldn’t have slacked off on practice as much as he did over the summer but he didn’t really have a choice. Between helping his younger brother who had just woken up out of a coma he had been in for 7 months and his youngest brother who was basically dropped off on their fathers doorsteps a couple months ago he didn’t have a lot of spare time. Their father disappearing for a couple months in between for business certainly didn’t help either.

Not to mention studying for the SAT’s and ACT’s. College admissions were fast approaching and Dick still had no idea on what he wanted to do with his life.

How was he supposed to know what he wanted to do with his life? He was only 17! Seventeen year olds aren’t even responsible enough to drink alcohol yet somehow they’re responsible enough to decide what they want to do for the rest of their life? What idiot decided that?

“You okay Dick?”

Dick looked up and offered his friend a nervous smile. “Think the coach will notice how out of shape I am?”

Roy frowned and looked over Dick’s tone body. “Probably not. She’ll probably be too busy checking your ass out.”

Dick scowled at Roy. “I’m serious.”

Roy, still staring at Dick’s ass. “So am I.”

“Hey, my eyes are up here!” he snapped at the 17 year old. At the startled look Roy gave him Dick sighed. “Sorry about that. I guess I’m just tired. It’s been a stressful summer.”

Roy gave him a knowing look. “Jason looked like he was doing well last time I visited.”

Dick smiled at him. “Yeah, thanks for visiting him by the way. It meant a lot.”

“It sucks that he’s held back a year but that just means he’s in my grade now. I’m kind of happy about that. Now I'm not the only one whose been held back in my grade.” Roy had been held back three times already due to skipping classes constantly.

Dick chuckled. “You better look after him. Tim too.”

Roy smiled back. “Oh yeah. Boy genius skipped into my grade. How could I forget. It’s not like Jason’s been complaining about it for the past three months or anything.”

“Jason will get over himself.” Dick told him.

Roy jumped into the pool and pulled on his goggles. “How’s the demon brat?”

Dick slid into the lane next to him. “Damian is doing okay. I managed to get him settled into the manor and sign him up for school. He doesn’t seem to like Tim either though.” Dick grimaced. “I don’t know if it’s Tim or if Jason and Damian just don’t like people in general. It’s been hard though. I’m just glad I convinced Tim to enroll in a science and engineering camp in Metropolis for the summer. It’s been easier without him.”

Roy nodded. “I bet.”

They were interrupted by a whistle signifying practice was about to start.