THE LAST CHAPTER. DON'T OWN JL.

Darksied flew around Superman and headed towards the frantic Hawkgirl,

" Shayera!" Hawkgirl's head snapped up and she grabbed Flash's arm, flying both of them away from Darksied,

" You should leave his body and worry about your life."

" Worry about your own!" Darksied turned to face the voice in time for Clark to crack his jaw. Rage was now controlling the Man of Steel. It was the same rage that he had faced when he had teamed up with Brainiac. Darksied thought he had seen Superman angry earlier but now he seemed overwhelmed by the uncontrolled fury. Superman was no longer bothering to contain his strength; he was fighting to win, fighting for revenge, aiming to kill. Hawkgirl, on the other hand, was desperately attempting to revive Flash,

" C'mon, Wally, I haven't had a chance to say hello yet." She reached for the battle rod that had replaced her battle mace. She was hesitant to use it. She knew it would work on a normal human but she couldn't be sure how someone with a different heart rate would react to it.

" Please." She whispered before holding the rod onto Flash's chest, she let it activate and watched as Flash was jerked up by the shock. Hawkgirl placed an ear to his chest and listened. A slow, quiet beat could be heard.

" Yes!"

" ughhhhh…."

" Stay still Flash, you're going to be okay."

" uhhhh…myushayera?"

" It's going to be alright." She repeated.

" Gahhhh!!!" Superman hit the tree and slid down it, rubbing the back of his neck as he did so. With a growl, Shayera leaped into the air, swinging the rod like a bat into Darksied's face. He stumbled back but managed to fire Omega beams at her. She dodged them and flew back at Darksied, screaming her war cry. Darksied grabbed the end of her right wing and used her momentum to swing her into the rising Superman. Clark turned to the left so he would take most of the impact,

" Thanks." Superman gave her a small smile. Darksied laughed,

" I was hoping to kill you on Earth. For your entire pathetic race to see but I'm going to rip you apart here." He flew at them. Superman went right while Shayera flew forward, letting her rod cackle. She swung it one more time, gasping as he dodged it. Her gasp turned into a smile as she saw Superman's joined fist crashing down onto Darksied's head. A low snap could be heard as the Lord of Apokolips fell to the ground, his force showering the plants with dirt and soil. He did not rise.

" Remind me to thank Flash for slowing him down." At the mention of their fallen friend. Clark and Shayera landed on the ground next to him,

" He's okay, right?" She nodded,

" As long as you guys get him to the Tower soon."

" You mean as long as we get him to the Tower soon." Hawkgirl looked at him,

" Are you serious?"

" As serious as John and Batman combined." Hawkgirl grinned.

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Flash slid one eye open and looked around. No stone walls or trees, only metal, no torches but bright fluorescent lights. They were back in the Tower.

" Ow." He pushed himself up and clasped his throat. He could feel the thick bruises and it was also very sore. " Damn." He was wearing a white tank top and gray sweatpants.

" You're up." John announced as he walked in the door,

" And you're smiling." John had a huge grin planted on his face,

" You nearly died."

" And you're still smiling." John dropped the grin,

" Sorry, kid."

" What happened?"

" Well, Clark beat Darksied. Clerig's successor, Barali, rounded up the last of the rebels, including Piltya."

" Oh…"

" You alright?"

" Yeah…it's just…Clerig…"

" He was a fighter. He knew the risks as we all do." Flash nodded,

" You're right. Still…none of those things seem grim enough to make you smile." John held up a hand,

" Hold on a sec." He walked out of the infirmary and was replaced by another figure,

" Hey Wally."

" Hawkgirl?" She smiled and pulled him into a hug,

" I knew it was you."

" What do you mean?"

" Well, you and Myusa have the same type of temper." She laughed and punched him lightly on the arm.

" So…are you staying?" She moved back and looked down at him,

" There's going to be another vote."

" Another one?" She nodded,

" This time, it will include the world leaders." She walked to the closet and pulled out a pair of crutches, "Here, you'll be off that leg for about a week." She helped him out of the bed and they walked out of the infirmary together,

" What happened to Darksied?" Flash asked quietly, after a few moments of silence,

" Superman contacted High Father. He's back in Apokolips now."

" So Supes didn't finish him?"

" No." She stopped in front of a door, " Here you are."

" Don't worry Shay. We'll fight for you."

" I know."

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" I'll go tell her." John announced, getting up from his seat and walking out of the somber room.

" Shay?" Hawkgirl turned away from the window she had been staring out of,

" John. Hey, how'd it go?" She asked, her wings shaking slightly. John pulled her into a hug and sighed deeply,

" They agree to let you back. With a few exceptions." Hawkgirl's shoulders drooped and she buried her face deeper into John's chest,

" At least I have you."

" You have all of us. If you want to stay." Shayera smiled into his shoulder,

" I want to come back. I want to come home."

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THE END. YAY SHAY IS BACK BUT THE HOMECOMING WON'T BE SO EASY. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE SEQUEL.

WITH HATRED TOWARDS HAWKPEOPLE STILL LINGERING AND THE GROWING DISTRUST OF THE LEAGUE MOUNTING. WILL SHAYERA BE ABLE TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE WITH THE ANTI-META HUMAN FACTION ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY HER AND THE REST OF THE LEAGUE?