This songfic is based on Wonder Woman (second series) #52, entitled "Shattered." If you have not read it, you might want to. It's a good character piece, showing Diana fairly early on in her career as Wonder Woman. This songfic takes issue #52 scene by scene. Some of the dialogue and scenes I have paraphrased, others are direct quotes. The dialogue at the end of the songfic is the entire conversation on the last page of issue #52. The song is "Nobody's Home" by Avril Lavigne.

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Nobody's Home

I couldn't tell you why she felt that way,

She felt it everyday,

And I couldn't help her,

I just watched her make the same mistakes again.

She was late. She did not mean to be.

"You aren't invited." That's what Eileen told her. But she came anyway, even if she was late. She missed the party though. Nessie got into a fight, attacked someone because of her. She was so upset, they said. Eileen ran off after she arrived. She followed her, tried to talk to her as her mind recalled that day a few weeks before, when she had stopped by to offer Eileen assistance with the party. Eileen told her that day, "You're not invited. If you're at the party, who'll pay attention to Nessie?" Her heart sank that day, as it sank this day, too. She spoke to Eileen through the closed door, told her she loved Nessie too much to stay away on her special day. "We both sure got crummy ways of showing Nessie how much we love her, don't we?" Eileen said as she came out of the closet she had hidden in. "Me by tellin' ya not to come to her party. And you by comin' too late. Some friends."

What's wrong, what's wrong now?

Too many, too many problems.

Don't know where she belongs, where she belongs.

She wants to go home, but nobody's home.

It's where she lies, broken inside.

With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes.

Broken inside.

Julia explained everything to her. She had spoken with Nessie's guidance counselor. He said the nightmares Nessie had been having, and the incident at the party, her coming too late, was not good for Nessie's psyche. He said her mere presence hurt Nessie more than anything. That's how it sounded to her, anyway, when Julia explained why she had asked her to leave. She agreed, as a faithful daughter should. Wasn't Julia like a mother to her, after all? But she could not keep the hurt out of her voice as she said "I'm sorry for having brought you so much pain." Julia tried to reassure her that that was not what she meant, but she silenced her, said that she understood. She must go. She did not wish to hurt the ones she loved.

Open your eyes and look outside, find the reasons why.

You've been rejected, and now you can't find what you left behind.

Be strong, be strong now.

Too many, too many problems.

"I'm sorry, Diana." He said, "I've got to put some distance between your world and mine." He told her everything, how when she had called him one evening, needing help with Lord Hermes, Etta had become upset, had left him and returned home. He did not get to say goodbye to her when she left for the Persian Gulf. He told her that he felt like he was losing control of his life and everything in it. He did not say it, but beneath his words she could hear him blaming her, deep in her heart she could hear it. She tried to beseech him. She told him how, when last she had spoken with Lord Hermes, he held such resentment in his voice for her, how she heard that same resentment in the voices of others when they spoke to her. She apologized again for ruining his relationship with Etta. He reassured her though, "Watch. After this blows over, it'll be just like old times again—like brother and sister, okay?" She agreed with him then, even though in her heart she knew it was untrue, even though in her heart she knew it was all untrue.

Don't know where she belongs, where she belongs.

She wants to go home, but nobody's home.

It's where she lies, broken inside.

With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes.

Broken inside.

"But, Mother, I don't understand. Why..?" She had pleaded with her mother, only to be told no yet again. Only to be pushed away yet again. Her mother told her she had not reached her decision lightly. "The Amazons must be seen as more than mere extensions of Wonder Woman." Her mother had spoken those words in the same voice that she had used when scolding her as a child. She felt like a child. She felt like an unloved child. Her mother and her sisters pushed her away, did not want her to be with them. She hindered them as she hindered all of her friends, it seemed. Her sister Amazons had joined her mother in turning her away from them. As her sister Amazons hurried to their awaiting limos, she stayed behind, the obedient daughter. "Don't look so disappointed," her mother told her. "With all the friends you've made on this world, how could you ever be lonely?" How could she? She pleaded with her mother to let her join them on their journey through Man's World, told her she would be so lonely without her, that she felt her mother wanted to be away from her. Her mother said it would be "less contentious this way."

Her feelings she hides.

As she flew to the last refuge left to her, her mind recalled the scorn and resentment in the words of her "friends" as they asked her to leave. She remembered Julia, Hermes, Steve, Eileen, the Justice League…

Her dreams she can't find.

"I'm sorry, Diana, but I have no choice."

She's losing her mind.

"The very sight of you pains me."

She's fallen behind

She can't find her place.

"I've got to get some distance between my world and yours."

She's losing her faith.

"Some friends."

She's fallen from grace.

She's all over the place.

Yeah, oh.

"If she thinks she's too good for us, who needs her?"

She wants to go home, but nobody's home.

It's where she lies, broken inside.

With no place to go, no place to go to dry her eyes.

Broken inside.

"Myrrha, what is…?"

"Shh. Keep your voice down. You'll awaken her."

"Who? This is the royal bed chamber. There's no one here…Great Gaea! Is that Princess Diana?"

"She must have come sometime during the night."

"Why has she come back here alone? Why isn't she with the Queen?"

"I don't know. Curiosity overwhelms me, but I just could not bring myself to arouse her. She must have been quite exhausted not to announce her arrival. It's so unlike her."

"Myrrha, what brought you here anyway?"

"I thought I heard sounds coming from this bed chamber."

"What sort of sounds?'

"Mournful sounds…like someone crying."

As the two Amazons whispered their curiosity, Diana, Princess of the Amazons, slept, her pillow damp and tears drying on her cheeks.

She's lost inside, lost inside…oh oh

She's lost inside, lost inside…oh oh