Hahaha, I think maybe my fic where Richie is sick (and Kon and Jason make out on the couch) kind of ruins a slllllllowwww build-up. Because Richie is still a baby? (Although maybe he could be a toddler, or be hit particularly hard by that sickness — you know how sometimes colds can just make you miserable and want to cry?) Oops. Eh, we can fix it.
I think “chill” works — when I said casual, I meant it in the way you’re describing: comfortable, easy, relaxed. They matter to each other and they KNOW the other cares, so it’s like they don’t even worry. Like Jason never thinks “what if Kon leaves” because he knows Kon won’t (and not just because of Richie).
I can see them drifting apart maybe around the time Richie is eleven, twelve? Maybe they get really busy with their jobs (civilian and/or superhero) and don’t really have time to spend with each other. I can see Jason staying on the East Coast (pretty sure Gotham is in New Jersey), but Kon likes Kansas and the West Coast/California too much to relocate. That kind of thing. (I know, Kon can fly and has superspeed but the guy’s gotta sleep sometimes.)
Then occasionally, through Richie’s teenage years, Kon and Jason will see each other at family get-togethers or meet up for a brief visit, and it’ll be like no time passed at all. Because it’s that easy/comfortable/familiar to be together. Yes?
…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand this is uber!!late. AUGH. Sorree. DD:
Yes, yes, aaaaaaaaaaand, yes. ZOMG, I absolutely adore their relationship the way we’re building it up. They’re so perf. ♥♥♥
As for ages, I figure that Richie could easily be a toddler in your ficcie - even if he’s…what, two? that’d give the boys two whole years to get to the kissing, and it wouldn’t be that odd for a 2-years-old to get fussy when sick! :D
And drifting apart when Richie is twelve also works - Richie would *totally* have adopted Kon by that point. Jay and Kon sort of “break up” while still staying friends, so Richie doesn’t really suffer the separation or anything. Kon is, and forever will be KON. An unquestionable presence in his life that will always brighten his day and help him when needed. Of course, Damian will NOT like that his potential future Robin is so attached to a meta, but Richie happily disregards his worries - both Kon and Damian (all the Robins and Batgirls, actually) are important parts of his life that he will not renounce no matter what.