A/N: Oh my god, I am SO sorry I took so long to update! I'm in high school and in a band, and the beginning of the year is marching band. Guess what I've been practicing all this time? I've been so sore and tired I didn't even think about updating, but here it is!
Also, I want to thank those who reviewed my story so far. All of you are awesome! Now, on with the story!
"You know, speeding up isn't going to keep me from following you," Diana called from behind.
Clark grunted, not looking in her direction. "I know that. I was hoping you'd get the hint."
"There is no hint to take, Superman. You aren't going to get rid of me, and that is final." She chuckled. "Is it really that hard to accept the fact that you're stuck with me?"
He chose to ignore her. They were flying to Washington D.C's downtown, where the danger was. Every few seconds he'd speed up, attempting to get away from her. But no matter how fast he moved she was right behind him, casting him smug looks. Oh, how he'd like to wipe it off of her face at that moment, but there were more pressing matters to attend to.
"You know," Diana said, much to his displeasure, "it wouldn't kill you to act nice to me without reverting back to your old ways. What did I ever do to you? I merely came here to help the world; you treat me as if I'm trying to destroy it."
He sighed. "Are you really trying to have this conservation right now, when we're flying towards the trouble? Can't it wait?"
She suddenly appeared in front of him, causing him to stop. Damn, did he hate the fact that she was one of the few people that could match him in speed. He really wasn't used to it. "It can't."
"Diana, do you know exactly how important time is right now? Do you have any idea what might be happening down there right—"
"If you use your ears, Superman, you'll hear that there is absolutely nothing going on. As a matter of fact, nothing has happened for the past few minutes. Green Lantern and Flash managed to somehow convince the tyrant, whoever it is, to cease action until we arrived. In other words, they're waiting for us."
Sure enough, there was nothing going on downtown that alerted him of any danger. He had been listening, but Diana had caught his attention too much for him to completely focus on it. "Fine. You have one minute."
"Plenty of time. Now, why are you against me? What makes me different from the others? You treat me as if I am the threat when I am not."
"You aren't the threat, Diana. But you are highly stubborn, and can be a bit of a pain." Clark took off flying before Diana could say anything else. He heard her shout in annoyance before once again following him.
A few minutes later they reached the site, and were shocked at what they saw. There was absolutely little to no damage around, and the area seemed to be evacuated. "I could've sworn there was trouble down here," Clark mused out loud. "Where could they be?"
Hal appeared a moment later. "There you are! What took you two so long?" he asked, crossing his arms angrily over his chest.
Clark glared at Diana, who glared back. "Oh, nothing much. Where are they?"
"It's just a she, and whoever she is, she's strong. There wasn't much we could do against her; she only stopped when we said that all of us weren't here." He shifted his glance to Diana. "She's particularly interested in seeing you, Wonder Woman."
Diana raised an eyebrow. "And why is that? Does this person know me?"
"She said something about 'creating you', or something of the like." Hal suddenly took to the skies. "Come on, I'll take you to her."
"You mean she isn't here?" Clark and Diana said in unison as they followed him.
"She made it pretty clear she wants to fight you, Wondy. Aquaman and Flash managed to persuade her to move her farther down the city, where there were less people and more time to evacuate everyone. Half of D.C. is empty now."
"That's good to hear," she said. "Now we won't have to worry about hurting anyone."
They didn't have to fly too far; they had moved only a few miles away. Upon landing, Barry and Arthur came up to them. "Thank God you're here!" Barry shouted. "Wonder Woman, she's waiting for you."
"So I've heard." She frowned. "What does she look like?"
"She's pale, has a very short haircut, some sort of dress with various cuts in it, and is barefoot. Oh, and he keeps calling you 'baby sister'."
The look that came onto Diana's face a second later made even Clark move away. Gone was the usually calm and reasonable woman they all knew; a warrior took her place, and this one looked ready to kill. "Strife!" she shouted, shooting into the sky while looking around. "I know it's you! Show yourself!"
"Strife?" Barry repeated in confusion. "Who's that?"
Hal and Clark said in unison, "Eris."
A moment later a woman with grey skin appeared near them, a cold smirk on her black-glossed lips. "You called, Baby Sis?" she called, looking at Diana.
Diana growled, lowering herself to the ground until she was in front of Strife. "How many times do I have to tell you to not call me that? Being your younger sister is the last thing I would want to be!"
"Oh, but it's true," Strife purred, moving closer to the angered Amazon. "You'd be surprised just how close we really are."
"Just because I was created by the gods does not mean we are related! Zeus and Hera are your parents; I was created by them!"
A laugh escaped the older goddess. "Don't you think that's how we're born?"
Diana clenched her fists together. "Forget it. What do you want? Why are you here?"
Strife laughed again and sauntered over to the others, keeping her cold grey eyes locked with sky blue ones. "What? Is it a crime to visit you? It's been a while since I've seen you, you know. I missed you."
"Don't you think I would know your little games by now? You only show up to cause mayhem and chaos!"
"That's what I'm the goddess of, you idiot. Don't be surprised that where I am there's trouble. It's literally in my blood." She was now standing in front of Clark, who looked at her with a hardened gaze. "Well, aren't you handsome? You look like someone who could protect their lover, if he had one, that is." Her gaze flicked between Diana and him. "Is my little sister your lover?"
Both of them made disgusted faces. "No! Absolutely not!" they shouted together.
"Aw, it's a shame. I think you two would make a cute couple. My baby sister's stubborn and has a lot of willpower; anyone who bears an 'S' on his chest will most likely be a perfect candidate for her."
A hand suddenly yanked her away, and she spun around. "Oh, Baby Sis, why did you have to ruin my fun?"
Diana sighed, running a hand through her hair. "Obviously you're not here for a fight, or you'd be here with War. What do you want?"
Strife smirked. "Alright, you caught me. I'm not here for a fight, at least right now. I'm here for other matters."
The goddess leaned in until she was inches away from the other woman. "I'm here to warn you. You're currently treading dangerous territory, and Mother's not happy with it."
"But Man's World doesn't belong to the gods!"
"Oh, who said anything about that?" Strife turned away. "That's the only warning I'm going to give you, or else it wouldn't be fun anymore. See ya soon!" She laughed as she disappeared, her voice echoing in the wind.
The moment she was gone the League let out a sigh of relief. "Well, that was…different," Barry said. "Just who was she?"
"She's the goddess of chaos and an enemy to the Amazons," Diana explained. "But she mostly toys with me, for her own amusement. Whenever she knows I'm around she's prone to cause damage, or at least be a nuisance. Thankfully she hasn't caused any harm today, but who knows what she'll do next time."
"Wait, so she does this regularly?" Hal interjected. "Won't that be a problem?"
"Like I said, she mostly comes after me. If I stray away long enough she'll cause destruction to get my attention. But for the most part she stays with Hera, her mother."
"She also called you Baby Sister," Barry added. "Why?"
"It's something she does to annoy me." Diana turned away from them. "Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to return to the Tower. You'll know where to find me." With that, she flew away.
The door to Diana's room suddenly slammed open, jerking the Amazon out of her mental training. She turned her gaze to the doorway and saw Clark standing there, glaring at her. "What? I finally left you alone, didn't I?"
"Why did you come here?" he demanded, angrily closing the door behind him. "You already have one enemy, and it's a goddess! Why did you drag your problems over to us?"
Diana returned the glare. "For your information, I wanted to come here, Superman. The world was in danger of being destroyed; I was not going to idly stand aside and watch it happen. So I took action. And as for my 'problems', as you so call it, it is only her, and even then she is like a pest. If I ignore her she gets my attention through her means. There is absolutely nobody else you have to worry about, for I have no other enemies other than her."
"But what about what Strife said about Hera being angry?"
"Like I said, I have no other enemies than her. She says these types of things to lower my guard, to make me worry more than I should. I am Hera's champion; I am an ally of the gods. Strife just choses to be otherwise."
Clark kept a stern look on his face. "Is that so? Are you sure about that?"
"I am positive, Superman. Any other questions you have for me?" Diana asked, a thin smile stretching her lips. It was obvious she was running out of patience with the Kryptonian.
"Not for now. But I will warn you now, if anything happens because of you, I am going to remove you from the League."
She scoffed, chuckling. "And just how will you accomplish that? Don't forget that I came here on my free will."
"I will personally take you back to Themyscira. That is a fact."
This time she actually laughed. "Ha! As if you know the whereabouts of my island! Besides, what makes you think you'd be able to physically take me back? What makes you think you're able to overpower me?"
"Uh, Superman, remember?"
Diana clicked her tongue. "Remember, a person can be called a name, but he has to fulfill it as well. And I can think of many other names you are being right now, Superman."
"Why are you calling me by my title? Am I now not worthy of a first name basis?" Clark smirked when he saw her grow even more annoyed.
"You know, you are the only person that has ever tried my patience so thin. Anyway, I know your name is Kal-El, but I know little of you. I only call a person by their name if I know them well, and as of now I know more of your superhero persona than your other one. I mean, you do have a life outside of the League, right?"
For a moment Clark thought she was trying to act funny but realized that it was a genuine question. She was really curious about what he did whenever he wasn't with them. He sure wasn't going to tell her about Clark Kent, though. "I do. But I don't get out much. I'm much quieter when it's just me."
"Really? Why do I find that difficult to believe?" Diana tapped a finger to her chin, pretending to be deep in thought. "Can it be because that you choose to pick a fight with me for no apparent reason whatsoever?"
"Hey, you brought an enemy over here. I was just looking out for the planet."
"You interrupted my training earlier to yell at me for simply being me. You twisted my words around to make them seem harsher than they were. I have the feeling that you use anything I say as a reason to begin an argument."
He wanted to say otherwise, but it was more or less true. Nearly what Diana said he eventually turned it into a fight. "Alright, I'm sorry. It's just my personal nature. I've always been this way."
"What, ignorant and quick to anger?"
He shook his head somberly. "Always assuming the worst. I've been this way since I was a teenager."
He saw her reaction, which was a wide range of emotions. She switched between shock, surprise, similar emotions before settling on what amazed him the most: relation. Just what would she, the princess of the Amazons, could possibly relate with him, a farm boy from Kansas?
She merely said nothing, sharing a look with him before sitting back on the floor, resuming her mental training. It still stunned him, though. Just what could she possibly have in common with him? Sure, they were both immensely powerful, and sure he was an alien from another planet that was shipped to Earth as an infant, but at the end of the day he was just a farm boy while she was royalty. They were two completely different people.
But as he thought about the look she gave him right before getting back to training, he couldn't help but wonder…
A/N: And there you go. Sorry if it isn't in its top shape, but I'm always exhausted now. It may show in my chapters.
So, how was it? Diana and Clark are going to rivals for a while, but you'll see soon enough the friendship they've always had. Trust me though, it'll get better.
Oh, and can anyone guess what my age is? Everybody's been asking me what it is, so can anyone guess? Just remember that I'm in high school :)
Also, what story should I update next? I've got "Forgotten", "Child Again," and "Hero's Legacy". Just choose the one you want to see more.
Comments and criticism are welcomed.