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The Emerald Detective

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Hal woke up late one night to see a shadow standing at the bottom of his bed, this wasn't exactly new for him, you got used to it when you were friends with Bruce Wayne. Of course, one time, the shadow had been Black Hand, but Hal preferred not to think about that occasion. 

"Did you at least bring coffee?" He addressed the shape. 

A voice that was definitely not Bruce's replied. "You shouldn't drink coffee this late at night, Hal." It wasn't Hand either, the voice still sounded human. 

If Hal was right about who his late-night visitor was, then he had a whole new set of questions, like why one of Bruce's six dozen or so sidekicks was breaking into his apartment. Except, no, he had an answer for that one too, it was B's fault. 

"Ugh," Hal groaned, "did B get himself kidnapped by aliens again? Hold on," he flipped on the light, "I think I left my power battery at work, so we'll have to go there first..." When Bruce got captured by aliens, it always happened when Hal had been in space for several weeks, going without sleep. The last time, in particular, he hadn't seen a bed for the better part of 72 hours, which he felt made Bruce commenting on him crashing into a wall mid-rescue attempt even more unfair. 

"I don't know," Jason said, walking over to the window, "he was fine the last time I saw him, but I don't really see him that often. What do you think the chances are of him getting abducted in the last three weeks?" 

Hal thought for a second. "72%?" He tried. 

"Yeah, you're right," Jason snorted. 

Hal yawned. "So you're here because... you have a case involving aliens?" 

Jason seemed to shake his head no, although Hal couldn't actually see his face. He was silent for way too long. 

"Is everything-?" the Lantern started. 

"Don't leave your window open at night," Jason interrupted, "I don't want you getting hurt." 

Then he just left. 

That had been incredibly weird. 


Maybe Hal could have eventually forgotten about it though, it was just one more bizarre interaction with a member of the Batfamily in a lifetime filled with bizarre interactions with members of the Batfamily. 

Except he kept running into Jason afterward. One day he had gone to the Batcave to ask Bruce about something involving a case, only to find Jason there, waiting for him, which, to be fair, could have been a coincidence, Jason had more right to be in the cave than Hal did. But by his own admission, the younger man didn't like being around Bruce, so Hal got the feeling that he wouldn't go to the cave unless he was forced to. 

Another time, he'd seen Jason watching him in the mess hall of the Hall of Justice, and strangest of all, the delivery man he'd seen delivering Carol's new computer one night at Ferris Air, that man had looked suspiciously like Jason. 

He'd seen Jason so many times in the last week, that Hal kept looking over his shoulder when he was drinking in Guy's bar, despite the fact that said bar was located on Oa. 

"Kinda jumpy today, Jordo," Guy had said when he pushed a beer in front of him, "reckon Abin wouldn't have picked you first if he could see you right now." 

"Yeah," John had said, on the other side of him. "He might actually have picked me." 

That had offended Guy, and the next ten minutes were filled by the two men squabbling, Hal was used to ignoring Guy by now though. 

"Hey," Kyle had said softly, placing his hand on the small of Hal's back, "Is everything okay?" 

So Hal had told him. 

"You want me to ask Jay to stop?" Kyle asked. 

Hal narrowed his eyes. "Do you know what all this is about?" 

Kyle shook his head a few too many times to be sincere, but Hal knew better than to push him. Kyle was Jason’s... frenemy maybe, did people still use frenemy? It made sense for him to have torn loyalties. Hal was a Lantern, people called him the Emerald Detective (no one had ever called him that), he could probably solve this mystery in a few hours. 

All he had to do was figure out where Jason Todd lived.