Summary: After weeks of living through an absolute hell, Virgil was having a hard time trying to imagine how his situation could get any worse.

Characters: Virgil Hawkins, Asami Koizumi, Eduardo Dorado Jr., Tye Longshadow

Special Notes: Takes place before the episode "The Hunt"


He kept telling himself that things could only get better from here on out.

After all, after weeks of living through an absolute hell, Virgil was having a hard time trying to imagine how his situation could get any worse. First the Reach and then Star Labs, they were passed around from one evil to a slightly lesser evil.

And even if it did, at least he managed to make some new friends out of it. Out of the whole messed up experience experience, only one good thing came out of it. Well, three, counting the people that wouldn't leave his side.

Virgil couldn't explain it, but he trusted these kids a lot more than he probably should have. Even worse, he felt that they all reciprocated the same sentiment. And no one, no one, could see or wanted to see that they were just scared and needed someone to lean on. Someone to support them.

No one's offered them that strength yet, so they worked with what they had, and that was each other.

At least Luthor tried to, but Black Canary made the same empty promises. They were wary to trust him, but he couldn't have been any worse than the others. And he did something that neither the Reach nor Star Labs did, he offered them a choice.

After having felt a total loss of control over his own life for so long, the fact that he had a choice in what happened to him almost felt alien.

They didn't have to join Luthor, and agree to his little project. They could have turned around and go back home at any moment they desired. And the only reason Virgil didn't was that because for some of his new friends, home wasn't an option.

And even though for Virgil it was, even though he missed his family and wanted to see them, he couldn't abandon them either. Not after all they've been through together. So he made the decision to stick around for a little while longer.

He made that decision for them, for Tye, for Ed, and for Sam.

After all, how could things get any worse?