"You didn't have to come with me tonight," Helena Bertinelli said, turning up the collar on her coat.
"I know." Vic Sage smiled at her, serene as ever with snow swirling around his coat and hat.
"I didn't think you'd want to see me again," she said quietly.
"Funny. I thought the same thing at one time."
"What changed your mind?"
"Heard you were working with Oracle and Black Canary. It was something new for you. Thought I'd drop by and see how you were doing."
Helena nodded slowly.
"Black Canary's not a bad sort. Oracle was obviously abused as a child but--"
Vic's deep laughter cut off her musing. She closed her eyes and let his rich voice spill over her, calming her.
"Helena." His hand pulled hers from her pocket.
She opened her eyes to find him gazing down at her.
"I've missed you."
"I've missed you, too." It was a relief to say and she was surprised by the sentiment.
"Let's go inside," he suggested, squeezing her hand. "Light a candle for this Oracle person."
She shook her head and let him hold the church door open for her.
"Vic," she said, "you have no idea."
Author's Notes: Helena and Vic had a short-lived near-relationship in the Batman/Huntress mini-series "Cry for Blood" by Greg Rucka. He walked away after she committed a damning act in the end. She also threw her Huntress costume in the harbor, but since she's back on the streets, maybe there's room for Vic in her life. Maybe not. She recently began working with Oracle and Black Canary in Birds of Prety, but that doesn't make her a fan of Oracle.