|Of Anti Damsels and Wannabe Heroes
Author: RoyalVictory PM
"He laughed. "You know, I've never met an anti-damsel before." Artemis's face heated up for reasons unknown to her. She snorted, "I'm flattered."" Between juggling family, friends, two part time jobs, and a wannabe hero, Artemis Crock has her hands full. The last thing she needs is more drama in her life. But of course she gets it, and he calls himself Wally West. Major AU.Rated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Humor - Artemis C./Artemis & Wally W./Kid Flash - Chapters: 8 - Words: 43,275 - Reviews: 117 - Favs: 102 - Follows: 67 - Updated: 07-22-12 - Published: 07-09-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8304110
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Hey everybody! This is the final chapter of this story and it's kind of bittersweet for me. I've been planning this since way back in January and decided to finally put pen to paper earlier this month. There's a sense of accomplishment in finishing it but there's also this sad feeling of it being over. I really hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. I wanted to say thank you so much to EVERYONE who read/reviewed/favourited/or even just visited. It's amazing the traffic I got on this story. Please review! Yes, this story is over and no, I will probably not do a sequel. I might, but probably not. I think it could end up really repetitive. Sorry! I do, however, have another idea for an AU fic that I might start either next month or September because I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo in August. I also have about a million oneshots to do. I AM TAKING REQUESTS. Any prompts you want me to write (other than smut because I once tried it and it was bad and not in a good way). But there are nooo promises. I'm going camping tomorrow until the third of August so I won't be able to respond to any PMs or prompts or anything until I get back. Again I just wanted to say thank you because it was amazing everything people said about my story! I'm kind of whelmed by feelings for all you guys and this story right now. :D
And they say that a hero will save us
I'm not going to stand here and wait
FOUR MONTHS LATER.
"This is Jane Michelson, reporting for Gotham News. I am standing outside Gotham City Bank, where Scarecrow had arrived with his gang to rob Wayne Labs for some new technology. Flash and the city's newest young heroine, Artemis, have already arrived on the scene." A loud crash emitted from the building. Jane Michelson turned around and looked back at the camera excitedly, "It seems the fight has moved outside! Quick, Hal, get a shot of this."
The camera swung to focus on the front of the building, where a lithe woman dressed fully in green shot arrows with confidence, not even stopping to aim but always hitting her target. She hand sprung down the front steps and whirled around to shoot more at oncoming thugs. The only part you could see of Flash was a long red streak that bulldozed over any thug in his path.
"Flash!" Jane waved her arms wildly above her head, "Hey, Flash!"
Flash skidded to a stop in front of her. "Hey babe." He grinned.
"Can you answer some quick questions?"
"I have all the time in the world for you, babe."
"Do you have any comment on the girl Stone kidnapped?"
"The girl wishes to stay anonymous. The league decided it's for the best because it could put a target on her back."
"Understandable. What about Stone himself? Do you have any comment on his death?"
"Only that it was either me and the hostage leaving the roof that night, or Stone and the hostage. She saved my life and her freedom. She did the right thing."
"How about Artemis? Is she settling in well with the league?"
"Totally. She's doing great."
"How did she come about being a hero?"
"She fought for it. She fought for it with all her might and then some. Artemis has been through a lot and she fought for it all her life."
Suddenly, an arrow flew towards them. It planted itself on the ground between Flash's legs. The camera swung to see the archer glaring.
"Hey, hotshot! We've got a job to do!" Before dropping and kicking a goon's feet out from under him after he tried to sneak up on her.
"Sorry, babe. Duty calls."
"One more thing! A few months ago you mentioned an Anti Damsel in our interview. It's Artemis, isn't it?"
Flash grinned. "You bet."
Artemis shot an arrow. "We're going to be late, Flashy."
"Sorry, babe." Flash said as he zoomed by, "Maneuver seven?"
"Roger." Artemis said. She shot another arrow before being swept up by Flash. She wrapped her legs around his torso and locked her ankles on his back. He lifted her up so her waist was in line with his top ribs and so she could have a clear shot over his shoulder. She lined up and shot as he was running, not missing a single target she aimed for. Just as they'd practiced. Flash held onto her to make sure she didn't fall as she fired the various trick arrows from her quiver. Finally, the goons and Scarecrow were all incapacitated and Artemis unhooked her legs. She fell into Wally's arms and he carried her bridal style while zipping away from the scene. Artemis wrapped her arms around his neck once she had shouldered her bow.
"My uncle is going to kill us."
"No he won't. We'll be there soon anyway."
"We still need to change!"
He screeched to a stop in an alley way far from the bank. "I only take a second. You can change in the car. The windows are tinted and it's nothing I've never seen before." Artemis smacked him upside the head.
"Watch it, Casanova."
"You didn't seem to mind my Casanova-ness this morning." That and his cheeky grin earned him another slap upside the head.
"Is Casanova-ness even a word?" Artemis pulled down her cowl and slid into the back of the car. She shoved Wally's black suit into his hands. Wally simply changed so quickly that it was done in almost the blink of an eye. He threw his Flash suit in the trunk then slid in the front seat. He began to drive as Artemis ditched her boots and wrist guards. They stopped at a red light. She pulled off her pants and shirt and looked up to see Wally's eyes watching her in the mirror.
"Are you sure we can't just skip the party?"
"No." She leaned over to his seat and spoke softly in his ear, "But we can leave early." When Wally swallowed, she smirked. Artemis pulled on her dress and heels then took her hair down from its ponytail. She mussed it a bit then deemed it fit for the gala.
They got to the gala a few minutes late but were able to slip in without anyone noticing. They found their friends on the edge of the dance floor in a circle. They all stood talking and laughing about something or other. A lot had happened to the group in the past four months and they were closer than ever.
Dirt encrusted under Megan and Conner's nails from the flower shop. They had opened it the month before and business was booming. Dinah had taken them under her wing and taught them a thing or two about it. The girls even opened another shop together, with a little loan from Oliver. Wolf had grown to roughly the size of a small bear and now had to accompany them on their trips to the shop if they wanted to stop him from tearing apart the furniture.
The engagement ring caught the light on Zatanna's ring finger, her other hand occupied by Dick's. He had proposed to her on the anniversary of their first date. Artemis had thought it was cheesy but Zatanna had thought it adorable. The couple's lives had been extremely hectic ever since because of the wedding planning, as had Artemis and Wally's since they had been chosen as Maid of Honor and Best Man. Artemis pretended like she hated the planning but everyone knew she secretly enjoyed it.
Kaldur had finally gotten enough money to go to culinary school and had been able to drop the nightclub job. He still worked his other job during weekends and evenings to pay rent and buy necessities. He was fascinated by and loved every single one of his classes. Sometimes, he even dropped food off at his friend's apartments for them to test. Nobody minded. At all. Now, he dreamed of opening a pastry shop.
Rocket had opened a little clothing store filled with her own designs. Everyone had been surprised when she had first announced it (except, of course, Kaldur, who had seen her designs lying around the apartment) but were all rather impressed with how her business was going. She was even able to quit her other jobs. The girls had gone to visit one day and none of them escaped without at least two bags full of stuff, even Artemis.
Wally, well, he was Wally. He was still dorky and brilliant and Artemis was pretty sure she had already fallen hard for the geek. He taught her about taking down villains and they had made an endless list of different attacks while practicing. Artemis taught him all about painting and he had asked her to teach him a language. (He thought it was really sexy when she spoke in a different language to him).They bantered regularly, which kept Artemis on her toes. It made Wally a challenge and she loved challenges.
Artemis had gotten the scholarship from the art show, to her great astonishment. She was attending university now and had also dropped the job at the club. She kept the one at Ronnie's for necessities and because the tips were good. She found being a crime fighting archer was harder than she had expected, but she loved it nonetheless. She had recently gained her Justice League membership. At first, almost everyone had objected to her becoming a hero. But, being Artemis, she had completely ignored them and became one. Even after getting threats from the other heroes, including Batman. Artemis just couldn't take them seriously after knowing them all so long. They eventually warmed up to the idea, Green Arrow had trained her himself most of her life after all. She had gotten it so quickly because apparently having Black Canary, Green Arrow, Nightwing, Flash, and Batman have faith in her went a long way. Juggling college and the league at the same time was exhausting but Artemis refused to quit. It was part of who she was now. There was no way she could just give it up.
Everything in Artemis's life was falling perfectly into place. Her friends were happy, her family was happy, her boyfriend was happy. She was happy. And it was great.
Artemis and Wally did manage to slip away from the party about an hour early. Wally cornered Artemis in the elevator.
"Can I help you?" Artemis asked with a smile. Wally responded by pressing his lips on hers. The elevator dinged open to a mercifully empty hallway. They didn't break their embrace as they walked to the door. Artemis pulled Wally's key out of his pocket and handed it to him. She smiled against his lips as he jumped when he felt her hands in his pockets. He blindly jammed the key against the door until Artemis broke the kiss and moved down to his neck. As soon as he got the door opened he tilted her chin up to kiss her again. They stumbled into his apartment, bumping into things but ignoring them.
Artemis felt the shoulder of her dress slip down and wondered when the sneaky bastard had unzipped it. She kicked off her heels and Wally ditched his dress shoes and jacket. She pulled off his tie and dropped it to the ground then began unbuttoning his shirt.
Artemis's calves bumped the back of the couch and she let herself fall down. Wally climbed on top of her and kissed her again, teasing her with his tongue. Two can play at that game. Artemis bit down on his lower lip and felt him jump. She let go and smiled as he kissed her harder. He broke apart from her lips to trail kisses down her jaw. He sucked and nipped at her neck while Artemis's hands fisted his hair.
"Wally..." Artemis said.
"Ignore it, it'll go to voicemail." He mumbled against her skin.
"It's not that phone, Wally." Artemis sighed.
He propped himself up on his elbows. "Can't Dick get it?" He whined. Artemis reached for the communicator and fished it out of her purse. She scanned the little screen.
"It's about half a block away. We'd better go." Artemis said. Wally grumbled but got off her.
Five minutes later, Flash dropped Artemis off on top of a roof. "Let's make this quick." She said as she jumped down from his arms with cat-like grace.
"Why's that?" He said with a cocky grin.
"I'm feeling kind of tired. Maybe I'll go to sleep early tonight." Artemis smirked at Wally's dejected expression. "Just go do your job, Baywatch." Flash winked and pecked her on the cheek before he sped off into the action. She notched an arrow as she watched Nightwing drop from another high rise to join his friend. Thugs burst from the door of the building, followed closely by Penguin.
Artemis raised her bow.
Shoot out all the lights, hold your ground
We'll hit the sky, it's time you aim your arrows high