Pairing: Maxine Gibson/Terry McGinnis
Fic Title: Crystallized
Why This Must Be Read: I love the idea of Max becoming a kind of cross between Alfred & Oracle for Terry. Because it was refreshing to see a female POC given such a strong role in a cartoon, and I always was vastly more interested in Terry's relationship with Maxine than with Dana. This show is old, but I figure if there's any fans, the revival of TDKR to the Batman fandom might interest people. This show was interesting while it lasted, and I loved this author's look into Maxine's character.
"You won't follow leads by yourself anymore, period, Miss Gibson. But that's not why I'm asking you to do this. When I first set out to become Batman, I left Gotham. Traveled. Sought out people who could help me learn what I needed to know. Terry needs to stay in Gotham and be Batman. He can't leave, so I need you to. You're a creative thinker with impressive intuitive analysis skills, Miss Gibson, but there's more to detective work than that. With your grades and your test scores, I have no doubt that you would have managed to fund a world-class education one way or another. But what I'm offering you is more than the degrees. I will introduce you to people who will help you become a great detective—someone who can really help Terry. But I need you to do it the right way. It will be your choice, and you can change your mind at any time. But if you want this, this is the way it will happen."
She's about to respond when he says, "One more thing. If you do this, you are not to tell Terry about it until you're done with your training."
"I don't think I can lie to him, Mr. Wayne," she says, frowning. "And more to the point, I don't want to."
"You'd be surprised," he says, and she knows it's not something he'll change his mind about.