Strength of the Mind

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Chapter 40: A Few Friendly Faces

"You can't be serious!"

Persiana was irate to say the least. Batman was meeting with the other founders and stated his intention,

"We bring Arsenal on board, with a few conditions."

The lioness growled,

"Why should we let him and his government buddies in, after what he pulled?"

Flash asked,

"You have a better idea?"

Farrah nodded,

"Yeah, put 'em in Arkham. Roy betrayed this team. He betrayed all of us, especially Green Arrow!"

Batman said,

"I've talked with them. They can come back, if they accept some conditions."

Farrah snapped,

"Like what?"

The Dark Knight said sternly,

"First, Arsenal, Power Girl, Major Disaster, and Vision would each be assigned to different cliques in the League. Power Girl and Major Disaster will be watched by Blue Beetle and the other Super Buddies. Arsenal would be watched by Green Arrow, and the Avengers could watch Vision."

J'onn nodded,

"A wise decision."

Farrah growled,

"I still don't like it. I still don't trust them."

Wonder Woman placed her hand on her friend's shoulder,

"Sister, I know you are upset right now about this."

The feline heroine snapped,

"You're damn right I'm upset! I know what it's like to be betrayed and I don't think that I can deal with it again if it happened!"

Superman said,

"We've all been betrayed by friends at one point or another."

He then left the room. The Man of Steel knew all too well of betrayal. He still had to bury his father.

Hawkgirl nodded solemnly,

"I think we should give them a shot again. I mean, it was sort of unfair when we kicked Roy out the first time."

John folded his arms, still hesitant,

"I mean, I'll go along with it, but I'm with Farrah. This could be bad."

Flash laughed,

"Oh come on. What's the worst thing that could happen?"

A female voice screamed,

"You big breasted bitch! Die!"

It was Fire, and the sounds of a cat-fight had broken out. The Fastest Man Alive grinned,

"Excuse me, ladies and gents."

He zipped away to see the cat-fight.

Wonder Woman shook her head,

"What does Bea see in him?"

Farrah huffed and walked out. She needed to clear her head.

As other founders left, Diana looked over to Batman,

"Bruce? Is something bothering you?"

The Dark Knight was silent and was about to leave the room when the Amazing Amazon stopped him,

"Bruce, something is bothering you. What is it?"

Batman sighed,

"I don't want to talk about it."

Diana stopped him,

"Bruce, you're bothered by what happened with the Manhunter invasion and Luthor's supposed demise. Let me tell you something; for a time, when I was banished, I had to find a way, find strength to go on in an unfamiliar world. Somehow, someway, I made it through because I not only had the strength and gifts of the gods, but I also had friends and allies that I could count on. Men, at first, seemed untamed, but, with time, I grew to trust all of you. You may have been doing this longer, Bruce, but you have to learn to trust people."

Batman asked,

"Do you trust any of them?"

The princess sighed,

"I believe they are sincere. Whether Wonder Girl and Green Arrow feel the same way is up to them. I cannot speak for them."

Meanwhile…

The cat-fight between Power Girl and Fire had been broken up, much to the disappointment of Guy Gardner, Booster Gold, Flash, and Major Disaster. Booker shook his head,

"You missed it. Did you see Power Girl's breasts moving up and down so wildly?"

Power Girl flattened Booker into a wall. Vision asked,

"Was that necessary?"

Tigra smirked,

"Trust me, it was."

Karen then walked up to the android and planted a kiss on his lips,

"Come on, stud. Let's go find something to do."

Miss Marvel grumbled,

"And I thought Persiana was shameless."

Elsewhere…

John Stewart and Shayera were staring down at Earth, reflecting on the Manhunter invasion. John placed his hand on top of his pregnant girlfriend's hand. Shayera said,

"This baby, John. I know it's going to be a boy."

She looked at the former Marine,

"John, I can never admit this, but I need you, now more than ever."

The architect said,

"I promise to be there for you, Shayera. But, how do you know it's going to be a boy?"

Hawkgirl answered,

"A mother just knows, John."

"Shayera?"

The couple turned and, instantly, John stiffened.

A man dressed in a hawk suit, wielding a similar mace, was standing in front of them. His name is Carter Hall, Hawkman.

Hawkman asked,

"I was wondering, with all the recent loss of people, that I could lend a hand and join up."

The African-American Green Lantern asked,

"Is that all?"

Shayera looked at John,

"John, please."

She then turned back to Hawkman,

"I'm sure the League wouldn't object. I'll have to talk to them about it."

Hawkman nodded,

"Sure. You do that."

Shayera pulled John away. When the two got further down the hall, the Thanagarian female growled,

"What is your problem?"

John looked at her,

"I don't trust him. The guy rants on that you and him have had past reincarnations. I don't believe that."

Shayera dismissed it,

"Calm down. He's just hung on about ancient Egypt. It was nothing then and is nothing now. Besides, we need all the help we can get after what happened, and I trust Hawkman to be a gentleman. So, you be one too, all right?"

John shook his head, but eventually came to her side,

"Fine, for you."

Little did anyone realize that, with these new heroes coming on board, they'd see action a lot sooner than even they realized…

End of Strength of the Mind

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