redhood85 said: "Hello Barbie." Jason said from the shadows. " before we get started let me explain he said with a cough as he walked into the light with his arm in a sling and bruises all over his neck and face. " I've had a hell of a few weeks."
She saw all the signs of broken ribs in how he moved. In a second Barbara assessed every injury, eventually pronouncing him at least properly triaged for the moment.
She approached, slowly and gently reaching up to touch a small patch of unmarred skin. “Come sit down. And then you can tell me everything.”
"No." She shook her head, rejecting the possibility entirely. "You will not be helping her with anything. Talia can go to hell. I’m keeping you here. You’re staying put in my sanctuary, and God help anybody who comes around. She’ll need the Lazarus Pit for herself if she even tries to get to you again."
Jason knew this is how she’d react like this and he couldn’t blame her this was crazy, what he was doing was crazy but there’s a war going on and if he doesn’t help her and a laundry list of other people he cares about would be killed.
"Barbara it’s already done, I’m in it. I’ll help her kill her father and everyone under him and when she’s the one on top I’ll be free to go." He stood up and rubbed the back of his neck." She told to make this the last time we could see each other until my work was done but I can’t do that…I’ll do whatever she wants but not that."
Totally and completely she found herself unable to accept this. Killing Joker would be forgivable. Murder in self-defense was acceptable. This was neither of those things. He was agreeing to do these nasty things for a woman intent only on grasping power. The only confusion in Barbara’s heart was whether she was angrier at him or at herself for believing he could truly reform.
"I trusted you," she cried. "I believed in you. And then you go and do this? How could you, Jason? How could you?"
"Can’t you see Barbara, I’m doing all this for you! All of you Bruce, Alfred, Dick, Tim, Cassie, Steph, and even Damian that little shit. I’m helping her because she told me if I didn’t she’d kill all of you and you know what I fucking believed her so yes I will do horrible things to people who mite not even deserve it…but I’m okay with it if it means you live another day. I couldn’t care less about the Al ghul’s or their stupid fucking war but I care about you." Jason let out a sigh and put his hands in his pockets." Why else would I even say yes to helping her if it wasn’t to protect the people I love Barbie? Trust me now more then you ever have because this is when I need it.
Jason didn’t have anything else to say he told her why he’s doing it and now all he can do is hope that she will trust him to do this and forgive him when it’s all over.