A/N: Hello, everyone! Sorry I took so long. You all know why by now, but there's good news! I'm finally getting better! That is good news, right?
Alright, enough of my ramblings. On with the story!
"That girl is amazing!" Hal whispered to Barry, pointing at the stunning, gorgeous Amazon standing on the other side of the room. "Did you see how she took down those things? And my God, did she give that Darkseid tyrant a beating!"
Barry agreed. "You did call dibs on her, Hal. You'd be the luckiest guy in the universe if you could get her to agree on going on a date with you, but to be honest, I doubt it."
Hal shot his friend a glare. "Hey, it's going to happen. No woman has ever turned me down!"
Barry rolled his eyes. Of course. Typical Hal behavior.
All seven of them had relocated to a large building the government had generously given them, which was in Washington, D.C. Superman had explained that they would remain there until a new "Watchtower", as he called it, could be built.
In addition to Superman, Hal, and Barry were Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Batman, or as recently known by, Bruce. The others' names were still a mystery, and it didn't help that they all were scarily high in strength and could snap them like a toothpick. It was the reason why Superman was currently staring out of a window, Aquaman was somewhere else in the building with Cyborg, and Wonder Woman was on the other side of the room.
To put it simply, the more non-powered humans (minus Bruce) were scared out of their wits.
Men; such strange creatures, Diana thought as she glanced around the room. She could hear Green Lantern and Flash talking about her, as her ears could pick up just about anything. She shook her head at the nonsense Green Lantern was babbling. If he thinks he can get me or however these people say it he has another think coming. I have no interest in dating, little man.
She glanced at Batman, who was currently working on some sort of device at a table. As much as he intrigued her, she had no interest with him. Yes, he was…different from other humans, judging just how far he was willing to go to save the planet despite having no superhuman powers, but the interest stopped after a while. From what little time they spent with each other she could see that he would be merely a stuck-up, bossy individual, and so far he, along with Green Lantern and, to an extent, Aquaman, only proved her mother's statements about men.
They were absolutely good for nothing.
But, as her gaze landed on Superman staring out of the window, she felt herself inwardly questioning whether her mother was right or not about them. Though he hardly said anything, when he did speak his voice was full of kindness, not hatred like she was taught to believe. He was the one she was most interested in, as seeing that he was far more different from the others. A few mere seconds told her what the others were; Green Lantern was a self-absorbed womanizer, Flash was a brave but shy man, Cyborg was obviously an amateur, Aquaman was a self-proclaimed leader (which made her just want to hit him because of his overconfidence), and Bruce was already explained.
But he, he was nothing like the others.
Diana frowned when he suddenly turned away from the window, their eyes briefly meeting. Neither of their gazes wavered, and for that split second it seemed like they were the only two people in the room. But a moment later he looked away, clearing his throat and gaining the others' attention. Cyborg and Aquaman had returned by then and were watching Superman intently.
"I just want to thank you for what you did today," he began, flicking his eyes over everyone. "I'm sure that without all of your help, the world would not have been saved, or much, much worse."
"That's what you think," Green Lantern suddenly said, a smug smirk on his face. "I could've done this by myself with one hand tied behind my back."
Aquaman scoffed. "Please, they were in my part of the ocean. My animals could have eaten all of them in seconds."
Diana shook her head. Hera, these men are egoistic. Maybe Mother was right…
"That's enough, you two," Batman said, casting a frown at them. "Green Lantern, Darkseid proved to be a match for you. He easily shattered through your weapons. And Aquaman, you only have control on marine life. Once on land, you will have problems. Needless to say, us banding together to defeat Darkseid was the only way."
Flash nodded in agreement. "That's true; we all have our own powers, which in the end helped. Superman's a living powerhouse, Wonder Woman's most likely the best in swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, Batman's one of the top detectives in the world, Green Lantern has his ring, Aquaman can control marine life, Cyborg's a living machine, and I'm the fastest person alive. With all of this added together we took Darkseid down."
A few seconds of silence passed before Superman spoke again. "See? Without all of our powers we would never have been able to do this. We make a good team."
Batman grunted. "I work alone. I have business in Gotham. I don't have time to protect the whole world from monsters like Darkseid."
"Same here," Green Lantern chimed in. "I protect a section of the universe. I don't have time to waste."
Aquaman agreed. "And I have Atlantis to protect. I can't be away from there."
Superman sighed. "Come on, you are acting as if the world is in danger every passing second. Not much happens around here. We could band together whenever the world was in trouble." He glanced at Wonder Woman, Flash, and Cyborg. "Don't you three agree?"
Flash and Cyborg slowly nodded, while Diana merely stared ahead. "Wonder Woman?"
She eventually nodded as well, not saying a word. She had nothing to say to them. "Okay, so they agree with me," Superman continued. "That wouldn't be a problem, but of course we would have to work for smaller threats."
Batman's eyes narrowed. "Like I said, I'm busy—"
"I know of the super villains that are active, including the ones that give you trouble. I've heard of the Joker working with someone like Ra's al Ghul. I know you're highly skilled, but don't you think you'd need backup with that kind of situation?"
"Are you trying to say I am weak?"
"Not at all. I'm just trying to say that it would be handled better if we worked together instead of alone—"
Batman stood up, a look of annoyance written on his face. "I'll tell you again, I work alone. I don't need help from you or any other person in this room, and that's a fact. I managed five years ago, and I'll manage now." With that, he left.
Aquaman and Green Lantern followed suit. The only remaining ones were Flash, Cyborg, Superman, and Wonder Woman. After several moments of silence, Flash said, "How about we introduce ourselves? I'm Bartholomew Allen, or Barry." He turned to Cyborg. "Cy?"
Cyborg shrugged. "Sure. I'm Victor Stone, or Vic."
Superman seemed to be debating something before saying, "I'm Kal-El, or Kal."
Flash's eyes widened. "As in Cal Ripken?"
"No. I don't even know who that is. I was born on a planet called Krypton, and my name is, figuratively and literally, alien."
All eyes turned to Diana. She took a deep breath and said with her eyes closed, "I'm Diana."
Flash smiled. "Come on, no last name?"
"I have nothing of the sort. I'm sure all of you live here in America; I don't. I only came here because of the impending danger."
"So where are you from?" Superman asked.
"I'm from Themyscira."
All three of them stared at her in shock. "You mean as in Paradise Island, home of the Amazons?"
"More or less. I'm not making this up."
Superman shook his head. "I don't believe you. That place has only been in folklore. There's no proof of it ever existing."
Diana glared at him. "So you believe I'm lying?"
Of course. He was a man. Just like my mother told me, she thought. "Well, I'm not. I'm sorry if you refuse to believe me, but I'm not lying at all."
Flash cut in before an argument could start up. "Hey! Supes, maybe she's telling the truth. Judging from her powers and scary height, it's possible."
Now the Amazon's glare was on him. "Scary height?"
"What? You're taller than me! And you're not even wearing heels! You're almost as tall as Superman here!"
Diana leaned against the wall, crossing her arms over her chest. Men, she thought with disgust. I don't know how the females of this planet can deal with them.
A few hours later, Diana was in her temporary room in the building. During the time they spent there—which was a lot for her since she had nowhere else to go—she had turned it into a bedroom-training room combo. There was a several-hundred punching back in the corner, several swords and shields, and an assortment of other weapons she could use in battle. On the other side was a Greek-styled bedroom and small statues of gods and goddesses.
She was practicing fighting techniques when a knock came at the door. "Come in," she said, pausing.
Superman entered the room. Immediately she scowled. "Let me guess, you didn't finish what you were saying about me earlier," she hissed.
He shook his head. There was a look of sincerity in his eyes. "No. I just came to apologize. I didn't mean to accuse you like that."
She shrugged, avoiding his gaze. "It's fine. To be honest, I acted on impulse. It's what I was trained to do, to defend myself no matter what it was."
Superman raised an eyebrow. "Trained to do? It seems like the Amazons trained you for nearly everything."
"They have. I have been trained expect everything. A moment of weakness can cost everything."
"Everyone can be weak at times, Diana. It's not a problem at all. Enjoying yourself would be considered a weakness to some."
She huffed, returning to her training. "It is. There is absolutely no time for it. There is no telling how much damage and evil can happen in a split second."
"But what about the ones that don't happen?" He was smiling now. "Diana, it's fine to relax whenever needed. You've been in here whenever you weren't in the main room."
"It keeps me in shape."
"I think your shape is perfect, to be honest." He quickly added when she gave him a look, "I mean, you don't need to train every waking minute. A day or two of lounging around won't hurt anybody."
Diana ignored him. "That's exactly what they say. During those days something can happen, and that's all I need."
Superman grabbed her wrist, causing their eyes to meet. "It's fine to train, but relaxing helps as well. Just talk with me for a few minutes, alright? After that I'll let you train as much as you want."
She sighed deeply. "Fine. Just for a few minutes."
They ended up talking the rest of the night.
A/N: Well, this wasn't as good as I thought it'd be, but it's better than nothing.
How is it so far? I'm obviously starting from the beginning, and here Diana is fresh out of Themyscira and is eighteen, while Clark is twenty and knows his way around the hero business. Don't worry, though, it'll get better.