He is fond of me.
How simple it was then to walk up to you.
And death has visited this house again. He talks of another lost soldier. He talks of battlefields. He talks of a war. He does not allow himself to see it for what it is. A loss of someone he cares for. Another blow to an already very battered heart.
Master Bruce was different when he had a partner in the fight. I would never say he is ‘happier’no, happiness does not play a part in this battle. I would say he bears the weight better. He never forgets the horrific act that gave birth to his cause. But I'd say that the crippling grief retreats a bit and he feels it just a little less.