Greetings fellow Spitfire fans! I was really glad for the prompts given for this week, because I've really been meaning to write some YJ stuff.
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Day One: Secret
"You wanna talk about it?"
Artemis sighed. She wasn't at all surprised that her speedster boyfriend was the one to come and find her. One of the many things she loved about him was his uncanny ability to know exactly when he really needed her, even when she didn't know it herself. Another thing was how he could prompt her without prying (of course, this also doubled as irritating).
"You wanna talk about it?" Not, "What happened back there?" or "Are you involved with the League of Shadows?" No. Just; "You wanna talk about it."
She didn't want to talk about it, or at least that's what she told herself. If she'd wanted to talk about it, she would have. Instead she came here, to a small cliff on Mount Justice. With the trees and the gorgeous view of the ocean, it was the perfect place to think. This little spot always managed to calm her.
She turned around this time. The speedster had evidently taken the three seconds necessary to change into his civvies, unlike Artemis who was still wearing her uniform. Her mask was pulled back and resting on the back of her neck.
"I'm fine, Wally," she lied. She wasn't fine. Not by a long shot.
"You're not fine," he asserted, walking closer to where she stood.
Of course she wasn't fine. The girl had just been confronted by her supervillain father on a mission, right in front of her teammates. Of course, he didn't know about the 'father' detail. The only person on the team who knew about that was Kaldur, and that's because Sportsmaster had told him there was a mole on the team. He eventually figured out it was Artemis, and the JLA had had no choice but to give him full disclosure on the situation. She was indeed a double agent. But for the JLA.
Everything had been fine after that, until they had run into Sportsmaster on a mission and he had not-so-subtly implied that she was a spy for the League of Shadows.
"Artemis, I know you. And I know there's a lot you're not telling me." He placed his hands on her shoulders, his green eyes boring into her blue ones.
Artemis' eyes narrowed threateningly. "If you're gonna ask me if I'm a spy, then go right ahead."
Wally's eyes widened slightly at her accusation, but then he shook it off.
"I don't have to ask, Artemis. I already know that you're not," he assured her. She quickly looked away, but he gently grabbed her chin with his thumb, middle and forefingers, forcing her to face him. What he saw next was the last thing he had expected.
She was crying.
Her face was firm and dignified, her mouth set in a straight line and her eyebrows scrunched down in a glare, but he could still see the tears pooling in her eyes threatening to spill over. He had only seen Artemis cry once before after a seriously close call with her mom, and he hated to see her like that.
Noticing his sympathetic look, she wrenched herself out of his grip.
"Quit looking at me like that!" she yelled. "I don't need your pity!"
Wally groaned inwardly. Once she got like this, there was no telling what she would do.
"Arty-" he began. He reached toward her, but she jerked away.
"Don't you Arty me!" she snapped, her voice raising with every word. "Fine, if you want to know so badly, here it is! Wanna know how I'm connected to the Shadows?"
Wally opened his mouth, but she cut him off.
"Sportsmaster is my FATHER!" she screamed. The tears that had pooled in her eyes earlier were now spilling down her cheeks. "And you know what else? My mother's accident wasn't an accident! He did that to her when I refused to kill someone!" She tried to hide a small sob.
"So now if I don't pass on information about Young Justice and the JLA to the League of Shadows, he'll kill her! No, he won't just kill her! He'll make me watch as he tortures her first!"
Wally wasn't even sure if Artemis even knew that she was speaking to anyone anymore. She seemed completely oblivious to his presence, ranting to herself. It wasn't like he could've come up with a coherent response anyway. He was pretty much stunned where he stood.
"So now if he ever finds out that I'm really giving information about the Shadows to the JLA, there's no telling what he'll do to my mom...or to me..."
She stood in the middle of the clearing, arms folded protectively over her chest, gaze towards the grass.
Wally tentatively approached her, moving so that he was directly in front of her. Artemis found herself experiencing the same fear she had had not a few minutes ago. Would he hate her after this? Would he try to get her kicked off the team? Would he-
Her thoughts were interrupted when a pair of strong arms suddenly surrounded her, one hand cupping the back of her head and the arm wrapped around her waist.
"Geez Arty," he whispered. "You've been carrying that around all this time?"
For a moment, she forgot about looking weak. She wrapped her arms around him and buried her head into his neck, letting him stroke her hair and calm her sobs. Artemis said something that he couldn't hear at first.
He pulled back slightly to look at her face.
"What?" he asked. She refused to meet his eyes.
"So you don't hate me?" she repeated.
The ginger's eyebrows rose dramatically as he tried to find the right words.
"Artemis...I could...I could never hate you," he stammered. "In fact I-I um...well..."
Artemis felt a smirk growing on her face as she watched him struggle. Satisfied for now, she pressed her finger to his lips, silencing him.
"Come on. Let's get back to the cave," she said, grabbing his hand. He smiled back and they began to walk at a slow, easy pace.
"Well that went well," she muttered, plopping down on the couch. She had just finished explaining to the team what had happened with Sportsmaster, her connection to him, and her double agent mission for the JLA, with Wally holding her hand through the entire thing.
Not surprisingly, M'gann had been the first to respond. Much like Wally had earlier that evening, the Martian launched herself at Artemis and nearly hugged the air right out of the blonde archer.
Conner didn't respond dramatically, but his slight nod and the slight glint of empathy told her that he understood.
Kaldur revealed that he had known for some time, and that set Robin off.
He wasn't mad at Artemis, mind you. But he was furious with Batman. After the team had left to go back to their rooms, Robin had gone back to Gotham city...to tell off his mentor.
That was what concerned Artemis.
Wally chuckled, and put his arm around her.
"Don't worry about them," he said cheerfully. "Their fights never last too long. Robin practically worships the ground Batman walks on, and Batman's wrapped around Robin's little finger."
"Aren't we all?" she asked. It was a serious question. How the tiny boy managed to be so formidable an opponent and be so freaking adorable at the same time, she would never know.
"Yeah, pretty much." Then his face turned serious. "They only fight so much because they keep so much from each other."
He gave her a pointed look, and Artemis responded to this by kissing him, to which he instantly complied.
It was a silent agreement.
No more secrets.
So there it is! Hop you review! Constructive criticism is appreciated! You know what? I sound really perky in text...which is weird because I am NOT perky in real life. Fascinating...