Kat let out an angry screech, kicking and punching herself until two strong hands seized her from behind and lifted her into the air with a sharp movement that tugged the two girls apart easily.
"Calm down!" he barked in his best Commisioner voice, eyes angry. Kat froze, then gave a small shriek and kicking him in the face. He started and dropped her, and she vanished away to go seek out her costume before he saw her face.
"Don't wear that upstairs," growled Brenda, holding onto Ace as she bent double and tried to catch her breath from a major kick to the solar plexus.
"Brenda!" Bree gave a little cry of dismay and hurried to her 'older sister's' side with real concern.
"I'm alright." Brenda gave her a stern look. "Go and talk to Alfred."
Bree shrank small and crept from the room, looking totally chastened.
Brenda swallowed and lowered herself to sit on the floor, then held out a hand toward the back of the couch. "Come here, Clara. It's alright."
Dark eyes looked at her, then withdrew.
"Are you alright?" Jim bent down by her, putting a hand on her shoulder, then blinked and also looked to the girl behind the couch before he realized what he'd done. "I'm sorry."
"Yes." She blinked, remembering the thinking she'd done the night before after she'd gotten home and tried to go to sleep, then looked up at him with searching eyes. "How long?"
How long had he felt the way he did?
"Six months after we met," he said, eyes lowered as he offered to help her up and to the couch.
"After we finally got most of the crooked cops exposed." She took his arm and pulled herself up, then turned toward the loveseat so as to not give Clara further cause for alarm.
They had worked together closely on that case, Gordon had even gotten a chance to drive the Batmobile.
"Yeah. After that," he said softly. "Where have all these kids come from?"
"Haven't you read the newspapers?" She smirked slightly, rubbing Ace's head as he hovered protectively and watched the stranger with wary eyes.
"Not those sections. Besides, they aren't true, are they?" he said, looking at her intently.
"Bree is related to me," she said quietly. "But she's not my daughter. Clara and Katalyn are orphans who've wound up here because they didn't have anywhere else to go. I have a son, but at the moment I don't know where he is."
"What happened to him?" Jim said, instantly getting completely and utterly serious.
"I don't know. With the fuss that Linda Luthor made in accusing him of her brother's murder I hope he's far away from here."
She knew that he would have seen that report, that he'd know that she was talking about the young 'Superboy' whose face was still splashed across the television screen and newspapers from time to time.
He paused, then the last bits clicked into place.
"He can't be your son," he frowned deeply.