Bolt then looked at Wally, who was talking to Caroline while driving. He had on a blue cap and matching blue shirt with tan shorts. Caroline was wearing a white sleeveless shirt, tucked into her off-white shorts and her hair was pulled back into a bun.
I wonder how much longer until we get there. Bolt asked herself, as she looked for something that might tell her where they were. As if answering her question she saw the park. There were a lot of people already there. The kids and teens were playing tag, football, Frisbee, and some were playing in the water. Most of the adults were chatting, grilling, or keeping an eye on their kids.
"We're here," Caroline announced, as Wally pulled into a parking spot.
Everyone quickly got out of the car and headed toward the picnic tables.
"Caroline!" Caroline's older sister Christina exclaimed excitedly.
"Christina! It's nice to see you," Caroline replied, giving her a hug. After letting go, Christina gave Wally a big hug.
"Could this be Lisa?" Christina asked, after letting go of Wally.
Lisa just nodded shyly.
"My you've grown. The last time I saw you, you were this high," Christina commented, using her hand to show the height she was describing. "Did she ever inherit her... you know what?"
Caroline nodded, smiling. "I thought she might never get it, but she surprised us all couple of months ago..."
What are they talking about? What did she inherit? Bolt wondered.
"Maria, Maria?" Lisa asked.
"Huh?" Bolt replied startled.
"I just wanted to know if you wanted anything to drink," Lisa explained.
"Sure, I'll have whatever you're having," Bolt answered.
"Ok," Lisa replied, as she got two sodas then gave one of them to Maria.
Bolt looked around; Wally was now talking to a man who was grilling hamburgers. Caroline was still talking to her sister, but someone else had joined their conversation. And someone had pulled Lisa over to a football game and was still grabbing anyone he could find who was willing to play.
Suddenly Bolt saw something she couldn't believe, a little boy running at super speed around the park. With his mom running after him at super speed. What? How is that possible? How could they have super speed? I mean, I thought having super speed was rare. And now I see a mom and her son running at super speed, and Lisa might have it too. What, does this whole family have super speed? Bolt wondered. Could that be what Christina meant?
"Excuse me, excuse me," a boy repeated.
"Huh?" Bolt replied, surprised.
"Do you what to play football?" the boy asked.
"Um..." She paused. "Why not," Bolt replied, then following him.
"We have enough to play!" The boy yelled enthusiastically.
Bolt looked around to see who else was playing. She saw a lot of people she didn't know, but, she did see Lisa, Wally and the person that Wally was talking to playing as well.
After the game, Bolt, Lisa, and Wally got some hamburgers, chips, and soda. Then they joined the other players that were on their team.
"Hey, Lisa, Maria, and Uncle Wally," Lisa's cousin Joe said welcomingly.
"Hey, Joe," Lisa replied, as she sat down and put her food on the table.
"You all played pretty good out there." Joe complimented, then taking a sip of his soda.
"Thanks, you didn't do too bad yourself," Lisa replied, opening her can of soda then taking a sip.
"Yeah, too bad we didn't win," Joe complained, before taking a bite of his hamburger.
"Well, what do you expect? their team had most of the grownups! We're lucky they didn't pick Dad too!" Lisa added, putting her can back on the table.
"Hey! They just didn't want to separate the family!" Wally defended.
"Dad, I meant that we would've done a lot worse if you weren't on our team," Lisa explained, popping a chip into her mouth.
"Attention! Attention! The annual three-legged race is about to start! If you want to play, pick your partner and get on over here!" Caroline's younger brother Michael announced.
"Maria, would you like to be my partner?" Lisa asked, turning to face her.
"Sure," Bolt replied.
Everyone quickly gathered by Michael. "Is everyone ready?" Michael asked.
Bolt heard an assortment of "Yeses, Yeps, and Yeahs"
"Ok, on your mark, get set, GO! And they're off! Joe and Wendy are in the lead. Wait looks like Lisa and... hmm... I seem to have forgotten your name; I'll be sure to ask after the race. So, it's a tie between Joe and Wendy and Lisa and what's her name... Wait, Joe and Wendy seem to have tripped, leaving Lisa and what's her name in the lead. Wait, Wally and Caroline, and my beautiful wife Josephine and our son, Ted, are catching up! Wait a minute Wally and Caroline are slowing down! Now it's just between Josephine and Ted and Lisa and I really need to ask you your name! So close, but Lisa and Nameless has win the race! What's your name?" Michael asked.
"Maria," Bolt replied.
"Thanks. The winners are Lisa and Maria!" Michael announced.
"We made a pretty good team," Lisa commented.
"Yeah, we did, didn't we," Bolt realized. It is so nice to feel normal. They look at me and see a girl; just a girl, not someone that's different or someone to use; they see me for who I am. And I've always resented the fact that the Destroyers only see me for my power not for who I am. And I am tired of being treated like a weapon not like a person that has feelings. I wish I didn't have to go back. Bolt sighed. One thing I will miss when I leave is my teammates.
Suddenly, Bolt saw something that made a lump catch in her throat and her eyes widen. What are they doing here? I have to get them to leave! Otherwise, they might cause a scene. With Flame Thrower and Icicle both here, I know that they are going to cause a scene!
"Excuse me for a minute; I will be right back," Bolt said, before walking over to Team-A who were dressed in street clothes and out of costume.
"What are you doing here?" Bolt demanded gritting her teeth.
"What? We can't go to the park?" Mind Controller asked innocently.
"First of all you never go to the park, let alone all of you go to the park. That just happens to be on the same day I go to the park, and, just happens to be the same exact park I go to. Come on, I am not that stupid. What? did you follow me here?" Bolt asked getting annoyed.
"No, we just decided to go to the park," Mind Controller answered.
"Yeah right, I want you to leave and leave now," Bolt replied.
"Maria, are these some of your friends?" Michael asked, as he came closer to them.
"They were just leaving," Bolt replied.
"No, no they don't have to leave it's a free park. Come on, why don't you join us. By the way, my name is Michael," he said warmly.
"My name is Anne this is Frank, Isabelle, and Mathew," Mind Controller replied.
"It's nice to meet all of you. There are some hamburgers, chips, and soda over there, if you're interested." Michael offered.
"Michael, will you come here for a minute?" Michael's wife Josephine called.
After Michael left, Bolt turned to face her teammates. "Be very, very good got it?" Bolt demanded, glaring at them.
"Gee, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed," Flame Thrower commented.
"Fl... Frank I know you and I don't want to hear any arguing at all. Got it?" Bolt said sternly.
"B... Maria, you're coming with us, whether you like it or not," Mind Controller ordered.
"No, I not," Bolt replied.
"Yes, you are, I'm ordering you to," Mind Controller said sternly.
"No I'm not," Bolt argued.
"Yes, you are, you have to, I'm ordering you to," Mind controller replied getting annoyed.
"No, I don't, I quit!" Bolt said annoyed.
"No, you don't, I know you. No matter what, you would never quit; now come on, we're leaving," Mind Controller said, grabbing her arm.
"You use to know me, and I am not going," Bolt replied angrily, pulling her arm away. "If you want to leave then leave, I'm not going! And that's final! Find someone else to order around, I quit!" Bolt said, turning around and walking away.
/Bolt, turn around. Come with us, you know you want to. You know that you will regret quitting. Come with us, tell us what is bothering you./
Bolt stopped, angrily turning around and walked back to them. "You know what your problem is? you don't take NO for an answer! I said no and I mean NO! And you know what infuriates me the most is that you tried your mind tricks on me. And they don't work on me; I've known you too long for them to. I can tell your thoughts from mine, so don't try it again! And as I said before, I am NOT going!" Bolt replied furiously.
"Yes, you are coming. You can't quit from the Destroyers. It is just not done," Mind Controller insisted.
"Well, there's always a first time for everything," Bolt replied, folding her arms across her chest.
"You're coming with us. Whether you like it or not you're a Destroyer and always will be. Now are you coming or do we have to drag you?" Mind Controller demanded.
"What's going on over here?" Caroline asked, as she, Wally, and Lisa approached them.
"Nothing, just a little disagreement, we're leaving now. Come on Maria," Mind Controller replied.
"No, I think I would like to stay. You go on without me," Bolt insisted.
"No, I think we can wait for you," Mind Controller replied.
"No, I insist. Go on without me; it's ok, really, go on," Bolt replied trying to get rid of them.
Mind Controller angrily sighed, "I think we can wait for you."
"Look, she obviously doesn't want to go with you, so just go," Wally cut in.
"Bolt, remember that you brought this on yourself. And that I am only doing this for your own good..." Mind Controller said.
No, she wouldn't she couldn't.
"Hey, everyone listen up, Maria here is an imposter; she is actually a Destroyer. She is second in command of Team-A. Her name is Bolt and..." Mind Controller yelled so everyone in the park could hear.
Bolt's eyes started to water as she heard the various gasps from the people she started to call her family. "If you think that I would EVER go back to you after what you just did to me, your crazy!" Bolt exclaimed angrily, as she punched Mind Controller in the face as hard as she could, knocking her to the ground. "And don't you EVER call me Bolt again! My name is Maria West! I can't believe that I ever called you a friend." Maria said angrily. "And I can't believe that you guys just stood there while she did that to me."
"She's our commanding officer," Icicle explained.
"And I was your friend, you're suppose to help your friends," Maria reminded.
"W..." Icicle started.
"Just go," Maria replied sadly, then looking around at everyone's shocked faces. "I probably should leave," Maria said, trying to hold back her tears, and then taking off down the street, tears sliding down her face.
"Was that really Maria?" Christina asked in shock, right after Maria left.
"Yeah," Caroline replied. "And I think we should all go after her, she just quit the Destroyers to be with us. The least we can do, is go after her."
"I think so too," Wally commented.
"So do I," Lisa agreed.
"Count me in," Christina replied.
"Me too," Michael said. "Um... one thing we should wrap up first," He added, using his head to point at Team-A.
Everyone that had super Speed dashed over to them and surrounded them. "Where do you think you are going?" Wally asked, folding his hands across his chest.
"How? No matter, get out of the way or... What? How?" Mind Controller asked, who was now tied up and in front of the police deportment. And a police officer had his gun aimed at them.
"That should take care of them," Wally commented. "Now, we just have to find Maria."
"No use looking, I'm right here," Maria said stepping out of the shadows. "What did you want?" she asked, sitting down on the edge of the sidewalk.
"What do you think? you," Wally replied, sitting next to her.
"Me? Even after you found out that I am a Destroyer?" Maria asked.
"Of course, you're our daughter and you were a Destroyer; you aren't any more," Wally corrected.
"Yeah, it's going to take a while to get use to that," Maria commented. "By the way, how did you get here so fast?"
"How do you think you got your speed?" Wally asked.
"You have... All of you have." Maria realized.
Wally smiled. "So, where are you going?"
"No where particular. Why?"
"I was just wondering where you were going to stay now that... well you know," Wally replied.
Maria sighed, "I haven't really thought about it. Why?"
"Well, our house is always open," Wally replied, getting up and walking over to Caroline to put his arm around her.
Maria smiled. "Thanks, I'll gladly stay."
Later that night, Wally pulled up into their driveway.
"We're home," Caroline announced, as Wally parked the car. They all got out and walked to the front door. "That's odd I don't remember leaving the TV on," Caroline commented, when she heard the TV.
"Magnetizer! What are you doing here? You're suppose to be in jail," Maria asked, when she saw him sitting comfortably on the couch watching TV.
"Maria, I just wanted to check up on you. After what Mind Controller did, I wanted to see if you were all right," Magnetizer replied, getting up and turning off the TV.
"So, you broke out of jail just to check on me? More like bring me to the Destroyers. And where's rest of Team-A?" Maria asked suspiciously.
"In jail," Magnetizer replied.
"In jail, yeah, like I'm going to believe that. No Destroyer leaves their teammates in jail. Where are they?" Maria demanded.
"In jail," he sighed. "You're probably going to hate me for this, but I am not a Destroyer. I was hired by the Justice League to... well... spy on you and the rest of the Destroyers. And my name is Anonymous. And well, I'm kinda embarrassed, because I've never gotten attached to anyone I was spying on before, but with you, it was different for some reason. I guess, I kinda got to liking you. Look, all I want is to know that you'll be ok," Anonymous replied.
"Umm... can I speak to him alone, if you don't mind?" Maria asked.
"Sure, come on. We will be in the kitchen if you need us," Caroline replied, as they left the room.
"So, Anonymouswhat made you decide to tell me who you really were?" Maria asked.
"Well, I would prefer it if you were mad at me for who I am, not for something that I am not," Anonymous answered. "And, I was hoping you wouldn't be mad at all."
"Not mad? You lied to me along with the rest of them!" Maria replied getting angry.
"Yeah, but if I didn't, you would have told Mind Controller and my cover would have been blown before you found out about them," Anonymous replied.
"You have a point there. But why didn't you tell me sooner?" Maria asked, calming down.
"Because, I wasn't sure how you would react or if I could completely trust you," Anonymous replied.
"And what makes you so sure that you can trust me now?" Maria asked.
"Well, you quit the Destroyers, you punched Mind Controller in the face; do I need to go any further?" Anonymous asked.
Maria smiled, remembering Mind Controller's shocked expression as she fell to the ground.
"Look, I'm worried about you..." Anonymous started.
"Why?" Maria asked.
"Because, the police are looking for you and I don't think you want spend the rest of your life hiding from the police," Anonymous replied.
"Yeah, that would be a problem wouldn't it?" Maria realized.
"Yeah, it would. I have a suggestion, but I'm not sure if you will like it," Anonymous answered
"What is it?" Maria asked, not sure if she really wanted to know.
"Well, you can turn yourself in and tell them what you know about the Destroyers. By doing this you can get parole instead of having to serve time in jail," Anonymous replied.
"And how do you know I won't have to go to jail?" Maria asked.
"Because, I've seen them do it for other people and... I already asked them and... they are expecting you tomorrow afternoon," Anonymous replied, smiling.
"What? You said that I would be in tomorrow? How did you even now that I would be willing to go?" Maria asked.
"So, you will be there?" Anonymous asked hopefully.
"I... guess so... I don't want them to think you are a liar," Maria replied. "So will I ever see you again?"
"Sure, I don't see why not. Hey, does Wally still have my phone number?" Anonymous asked.
"Why would he have your phone number?" Maria asked.
"I gave it to him when I warned them about the trap we were setting for them... Wait a minute, you didn't know… did you?" Anonymous realized.
"We were setting a trap for Flash not for my family... unless they are Flash, Speed and Lightning. They are… aren't they?" Maria asked knowingly.
"No, they aren't; what would give you that idea?" Anonymous asked, knowing that he blew it.
"Anonymous, I have the right to know. They are my family. And I don't appreciate being lied to," Maria replied.
Anonymous sighed, "Just don't tell them I told you."
My family is super heroes. The same super heroes that I've been fighting my whole life. And they knew that when they took me in. Why would they even want me, when I've done some much to hurt them? Yet they took me in as if none of that ever happened, Maria thought.
"Maria, are you ok?" Anonymous asked.
"Yeah, I just can't believe that they knew who and what I was and still wanted to help me," Maria replied.
"That's just who they are and they would care no matter what," Anonymous replied. "And I have a feeling that they haven't given up on... well you maybe one day being a super hero too."
"Me? a super hero? yeah right, like that's going to happen," Maria replied.
"Well, you never know. I probably should go, so you can get to know your family. I hope everything works out. Are you going to tell them that you know that they are super heroes?" Anonymous asked curiously.
"No, I think I will wait until they are ready to tell me," Maria answered.
"Ok, good night. I'll see you around," Anonymous replied, as he closed the front door behind him.
Maria took a deep breath before entering the kitchen.
"Hey, are you up for some ice cream? We have Grasshopper Pie and some M&Ms to put on it," Wally asked, as soon as she entered the kitchen.
"Sure," Maria replied.
"So, how did everything go with Anonymous?" Caroline asked.
"Fine..." She paused. "I decided to turn myself in, and tell the police everything I know about the Destroyers for parole instead of doing time," Maria announced.
The next day, Maria took Anonymous's advice and went to the police station to turn herself in. As a result, she only got a couple of months of parole as her punishment. Anonymous kept his eyes on her and of course became her best friend, besides her family. The West family was complete once again, thanks to the family reunion.