The Watchtower as always was busy and brimming with various costumed heroes, every colour of the rainbow was represented in one form or another. Diana, Princess of Themyscira was seated in the canteen with her lunch not long acquired, as usual she was being greeted by just about everyone and anyone and sometimes she found herself craving peace.
A costumed hero approached her table and gestured to the empty chair "Is this seat taken?"
Diana glanced up "Actually I'm waiting for a friend"
"Oh...okay" however before the costumed hero left someone else joined them.
"Excuse me" Shayera said gesturing to the seat, as the hero removed their hand Shayera sat down with her tray.
The hero gaped. Hawkgirl had the nerve to sit with Wonder Woman without asking?
"I don't think you asked to sit there" The hero declared taking a step forward.
Shayera glanced up about to say something but Diana cut her off with a raised hand for silence.
"She is the friend I was waiting for" Diana stated smoothly and concealed her amusement at the expression the person adorned.
"Yes" Diana repeated "If there is no problem...you may leave us"
Shayera looked away but the hero turned to her before they left "Pleasure to meet you Hawkgirl"
Shayera raised her eyebrows at the sudden change of heart but she guessed the Princess had that effect on people "Um...Its Shayera...and, I'm pleased to meet you too"
The hero nodded, offered a quick smile and left. Shayera sighed.
"That was weird"
Diana snorted "Yeah...you being pleased to meet someone"
Shayera quirked her eyebrow and frowned "Funny...you're not exactly friendly yourself"
"What's that supposed to mean?" Diana asked indignant as she took a bite of her lunch, silently she was pleased that she now had someone to challenge her. Shayera had always challenged her on her decisions and opinions and didn't falter because she was Wonder Woman or the Princess of Themyscira, and didn't agree with her for the sake of it. They were equals and Diana cherished that along with her friendship. It was something she had missed during Shayera's exile.
"I've seen you walk around like you own the place" Shayera smirked "Everyone wants to talk to you but you just brush them all off...I mean you could at least be polite"
Diana frowned "You can talk"
"Maybe...but our circumstances are different...people don't talk to me" Shayera said pointing with her fork with a smirk.
Just as Shayera finished her sentence a random Leaguer greeted Diana and herself, Shayera was dumbstruck but managed a quick greeting.
"What was that?" The Thanagarian asked surprised.
Diana shrugged "I don't know"
It happened again a moment later and Shayera actually smiled but nervously "Something weird going on that I should know about?"
Diana shook her head "People are just giving you a chance...they heard how you helped me in Tartarus"
"Yeah...?" Shayera asked hopefully "I...didn't think people would be that concerned"
The Princess shrugged "You would be surprised"
They were silent a moment as they ate their lunch together, Diana waited until they were both finished before she started talking again.
"Shayera...I have something for you"
An eyebrow was raised.
Diana continued as she pulled something out from under the table, Shayera saw that it was a large rectangular object covered in wrapping paper with a small ribbon bow.
Silently the Princess handed it over and Shayera examined in tentatively before starting to remove the paper. As she did so her green eyes widened, the object was in fact a frame, the frame itself holding a large coloured photograph that had been taken on the original Watchtower. The picture was the seven of them together standing in front of one of the observation windows, Superman, Batman, Diana and J'onn standing beside each other with Flash, Shayera and John in front of them and a little lower down. A red blur could still be seen where Wally had zipped to his place, Clark and Bruce were conversing, the latter managing a very slight upturn of the mouth for the sake of the photograph, Diana and J'onn were smiling as they both saw Shayera with her mace threatening John who had as Shayera recalled fondly, been discreetly stroking her wing.
Shayera didn't know what to say and thankfully Diana relieved her of the need to speak.
"So that you remember that you are still a part of our family...even if some of us forget from time to time" Of course she was referring to herself and her original refusal to accept Shayera as their seventh member.
"I...I don't know what to say" Shayera breathed quietly "Thank-you"
Diana smiled "No need, it is something that needs saying"
"Hey! I remember that!"
Shayera grinned "Hey Wally"
The Flash took a seat next to her and pointed at the photograph and the three of them began conversing over the day the picture had been taken, before descending into many stories and fond memories that the seven of them had shared together.
Batman caught Diana's eye as he stepped into the canteen and gave her a subtle nod, pleased that the Princess had cast aside her grudges.
That Photograph found its place on the wall of Shayera's quarters the only picture in her room save for the one of John she kept stowed away in her favourite book. Shayera would fondly look upon the photograph of her family each day when she got up and be motivated to continue to get up each morning and show the world who Shayera Hol really was.
The Seven Founders were reunited and ever stronger because of it, and the seventh chair in the conference room finally fulfilled its purpose as a seat for the seventh member.
Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard
AN: The quotes above were found at quotegarden
Okay so here we are, I know the Epilogue is quite short but it is an epilogue and I didn't think it needed to be too long. Once again I really hope you've enjoyed the Journey.
Thanks for Reading! :D