ByKayla Marie Kuykendall, writer at

I'm currently at the fundraiser, 'dressed to impress' as Sophie put it.

People were everywhere, talking and laughing. It was great to see so many people who support Harvey.

I saw Alfred walking towards Harvey, just as Rachel walked off. I followed him, getting to Harvey at the same time.

"A little liquid courage Mr. Dent?"

"Thank you. Alfred right?"

"That's right sir"

"Rachel talks about you all the time. You've known her her whole life"

Alfred gave a smile.

"Not yet sir"

Harvey laughed.

"Any psychotic boyfriends i should know about?"

"Oh you have no idea"

Alfred grinned, giving me that knowing looking. I laughed at the look on Harvey's face.

"Don't worry, he was only teasing you"

Harvey looked at me upon hearing my voice, giving me a smile.

"Miss Wayne. Pleasure to see you again"

"Pleasure is all mine. And please, call me Bella"

He grinned.

Just then, everyone turned to look outside upon hearing the helicopter landing.

A few seconds later, dad came walking in with three girls, smiling.

I just sighed, shaking my head, then grinned. Him and his dramatic entrances.

"I'm sorry that i'm late. Glad to see you all got started without me. Now, where is Harvey?"

He spotted Harvey, then grinned.

"Harvey Dent, the man of the hour. Where's Rachel Dawes?"

He pointed to her.

"She is my oldest friend, come here. You know when Rachel first told me that she was dating Harvey Dent i had one thing to say. The guy from those god awful campaign commercials? I believe in Harvey Dent? Yeah, nice slogan Harvey"

By this point, i was just holding my hand against my forehead, feeling so bad for Harvey. I figured dad would add something like this to his speech.

"But, you caught Rachel's attention, and then i started to pay attention to Harvey. And all that he's been doing as our new DA, and you know what? I believe in Harvey Dent. I believe that on his watch, Gotham can feel a little safer, and a little more, optimistic."

I grinned, so glad he finally said something nice.

I looked over at Rachel, to see a little smile on her face, but could tell that she was miffed with dad. She knew him so well.

"Look at this face. This is the face of Gotham's bright future. To Harvey Dent. Let's hear it for him"

Everyone clapped, smiling. The speech went better than expected. I smiled at Harvey. Not to long after, dad went outside, looking over the city. Rachel followed close behind.

Let's just say, i'm glad i'm in here and not there.

I found Alfred in the crowd, walking towards him. He smiled upon seeing me.

"Nice speech he gave, don't you think?"

I grinned, then sighed.

"It was very nice. I just hope dad meant what he said"

"I think he is realizing that Mr. Dent can do some good for this city"

I agree honestly. It's easy to tell when dad is being sarcastic, but this time, it seemed like he really meant it.

He's realizing that Harvey has the potential to help Gotham be a better place. And hopefully, he's right.

I was so lost in my own thoughts, that i didn't realize Alfred was heading for the door.

I followed close behind. Upon opening, a man holding a police badge was standing there, then he was shoved to the ground, revealing the Joker.

I froze.


"We made it"

He walked in, shooting the air as he went.

Alfred got a hold of my arm, pulling me away from him.

Joker turned just as i was being pulled away, locking eyes with me. He grinned at me, then continued on.

"Good evening ladies and gentlemen"

I was frozen in place. What is he doing here?

"We are tonight's entertainment. I only have one question. Where is Harvey Dent?"

He looked around at everyone, pointing his gun towards them, then he grabbed a drink, drinking some, then sat it back on the table.

I looked for any sign of Harvey, Dad or Rachel, but didn't see them anywhere.

"Do you know where Harvey is?"

Joker grabbed a man by his face.

"Do you know where i can find Harvey? I need to talk to him about something. Just something little huh? Noo"

He looked around.

"You know, i'll settle for his loved ones"

The man gave Joker a hard look.

"We're not intimidated by thugs"

My eyes widened. Has he lost his mind??

"You know, you remind me of my father"

He pulled a knife out, bringing it to the guys face.

"I hated my father"

I knew i had to do something.

I pulled away from Alfred, hearing his protesting, but i kept moving through the crowd.

"Stop this!"

Jack turned towards me, grinning upon hearing my voice. He slowly walked towards me, giving me that smile.

"Well, hello beautiful"

I stood there, staring at him. He saw the look on my face, giving me that joking look of his. He came up really close to me, enough to whisper in my ear.

"You look just as beautiful as you did at the restaurant. Hmm, what a sight"

I drew back some. He just grabbed me, pulling me closer to him, the knife raised towards my face. I tried to move again, but couldn't.

"You look nervous"

He gave me that knowing look.

"Is it the scars?"

I just gave him a look. Honestly, his scars never bothered me. It's a part of him.

"You wanna know how i got them?"

He grabbed a hold of my face, bringing me closer to him.

"Come here"

He brought the knife to my face, sending shivers down my spine. But the weird thing is, i wasn't afraid.

"Look at me"

I looked right into his eyes. He looked surprised that i listened.

"So i had a wife, beautiful, like you. Who tells me, i worry to much. Who tells me i ought to smile more. Who gambles, and gets in deep with the sharks. One day they carve her face. And we have no money for surgeries. She can't take it. I just want to see her smile again. Hm? I just want her to know that i don't care about the scars. So, i stick a razor in my mouth, and do this, to myself"

He gestures to his face. I continued to look him in the eyes.

"And you know what? She can't stand the sight of me!"

He shakes me a little, looking from my mouth to my eyes. I keep alternating to the knife, than him.

"She leaves. Now i see the funny side. Now I'm always smiling"

He grins at me, pulling back a little, giving me the perfect opportunity to slap his arm away. I jump back just a bit, still staring at him.

I could tell he was lying about that story. It's clear in his eyes that it was a joke. But, thats what he's best at.

He pointed the knife at me, laughing.

"A little fight in you. I like that"

"Then you're gonna love me"

Dad hit Joker square in the chest, sending him flying back. I moved away some. Jokers guys continued to come at him, but he took down every one.

Joker ran, grabbing one of his men, throwing him at dad. He took him down. Then i saw a knife come out of Jokers shoe. Panicking, i ran over to stop him.

Joker saw me coming. Smiling, he grabbed my arm, pulling me to him. He whispered in my ear.

"No worries, i wouldn't hurt you"

Dad saw that he had me, his eyes widening. Then he collected himself.

"Drop the gun"

"Oh. sure. You just take off you're little mask and show us all who you really are. Hmm?"

I shook my head at him, telling him not to. He just looked at me.

Joker shot the window out behind us. I screamed in surprise. He carried me towards the window, holding me out by my arm. I really started to panick.

"Let her go"

"Very poor choice of words"

He shook me so hard i lost my footing, hitting the roof. I screamed, thinking he was going to let me go, but he never did. I looked up at him, seeing him grinning.

Next thing i know, dad dives out the window, thinking that i had fallen from the way Joker was angled, I tried too stop him, screaming at him, but he fell from sight.

I looked up at Jack, seeing him watching my dad fall, then looked down at me, pulling me up and towards him. He brought me really close to him, looking at me.

"Told you i wouldn't hurt you"

I just stared at him, not knowing what to say.

He laughed upon seeing my face.


He grinned. Then got a serouis look on his face. He looked at me a minute longer, then let me go.

Once he was out of sight, i started to run for Alfred. He saw me coming, then he brought me into his arms, checking me over.

"Are you alright Bella?"

"Yes, I'm fine. But is everyone else?"

He gave me a reasurring look.

"Yes. Everyone's okay. Shaken, but okay"

He saw the worried look on my face, looking out the broken window.

"Mr. Wayne is okay also.

I turned back towards him, giving a little smile.

Just then, i saw my dad running into the room. I went to him, looking him over, then hugged him, the biggest hug i've ever given him.

"You scared me dad"

He grinned.

"No need honey"

"Is Harvey and Rachel okay?"

"Their just fine"

I shook my head. Then looked out the door where Joker walked out.

He didn't let me fall. He actually wasn't joking.

And i could see right through him when he told me that story. And it was just that. A story. He puts up fronts to hide the truth.

I just wish i could find the real reason for those scars.


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