New LifeI should have done this a long time ago...
Artemis jolted from her sleep as Wally's voice whispered around her. Frantically, she looked around, a flash of red and yellow assaulted her eyes, but she dismissed it quickly. Her mind was playing tricks on her. Wally was dead. Had been for months. Get your shit together, Crock. He's never coming back.
Shivers ran over her skin as she blinked back the tears. Closing her eyes against the images of him in his stealth mode costume as he swung her up in his arms and kissed her for the first time. Sobbing quietly to herself, Artemis mumbled, “No kidding...” before she drifted back into a Wally filled sleep.
*** *** ***
As the sun came up, Artemis dragged her lazy ass out of bed. She had to go meet the rest of the team. She still had a role to play, maybe not as Artemis anymore, but as Tigress. It was still an important role anyway. Nightwing would be pissed if she showed up late again.
Even though he knew what she was going thro
New Life II“Are you ready to go in now?” Nightwing asked, his hand on the doorknob.New Life II1 year ago in Romance More Like This
“Ready or not, here we go.” Artemis pushed passed the acrobat and entered the room she hadn't dared entered since losing Wally.
As she stood in the middle of the room, amidst Wally and who he was as a person, as a hero, as a lover, as a friend, tears threatened her gray eyes. She could almost feel her boyfriend in the room, wrapping his arms around her body and rocking her against his chest. Unable to keep them away anymore, the traitorous tears rolled down her pale cheeks.
Dick was worried about her, but she cut him off. She wanted to enjoy this moment. To soak up Wally and his being. “I love you, too,” she whispered into the empty air as she closed her eyes against the onslaught of uncontrollable pain. Her body shook from the ferocity of the grief she was letting out. When she opened her eyes, she saw him again. Like she had this morning and both times this
New Life III“You're joking right? How is that even possible? I thought when you said that you found something you meant that maybe he was teleported somewhere... Like Africa!” Artemis clutched her head exasperated, she could feel a headache coming on that had nothing to do with her tight ponytail.New Life III1 year ago in Romance More Like This
“Artemis, just listen to me and what I have to say, okay?” Nightwing's usual calming voice did nothing to ease her frayed nerves, but she didn't stop him from talking and that was all he could ask for. “I went back to where the magnetic field disruptors were in the Arctic. At first I didn't find anything. For days I found nothing.” He sighed tiredly, running his hands through his longer hair. “I was there for almost two weeks, digging in the snow, talking to the natives there, searching for something. I had given up and was about to head home when I heard...” he stopped again and looked away, shaking his head. “You're not going to believe me if I tell
New Life X“Wally, do you remember Dick, Babs, Zatanna and Megan from last night?” Artemis spoke softly as she gestured to their friends.New Life X1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Green eyes looked around wildly as he took in the way the people all seemed to stare at him. He knew they wanted him to remember him, and he wanted to remember them as well. Hell, deep down, he knew who they were; he just didn't know how to convey it.
He swallowed back a growl of warning to the strangers and nodded slightly. “Artemis said you guys are my friends. That we're some kind of heroes and we're a team.” He looked up into gray eyes for approval and Artemis nodded, smiling.
He didn't know why, but that smile, made his heart skip and it warmed him. Wally he watched the way Artemis moved as she talked to the others about his situation. He wanted to badly to reach out and touch her. Her hand, her cheek, her lips. His thoughts took a sudden turn. In his mind, he saw the blonde beneath him, naked and writhing with pleasure as he made l
New Life VIII“You know what that is?”New Life VIII1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Zatanna swallowed hard, as though she was scared. “It's a spell. To defeat a demon.”
Artemis stared at her friend, she should be shocked; but when it came down to it, it would make sense if the magician knew exactly how to defeat a demon. A demon. That's what was after Wally and her? A goddamn demon?
“Why are you trying to invoke the three sisters? This is some serious shit you guys are messing with.” Zatanna still hadn't moved from her spot.
“Z, it's kinda complicated.” Dick scratched the back of his neck awkwardly, shining his cute chagrined grin at her.
“Don't you dare give me that bullshit, Grayson.” Anger fueling her, she sauntered over to Nightwing, poking him in the chest. “I dated you, remember? I know exactly how you work.” She sneered and turned toward Artemis. “Now. One of you needs to tell me what the hell is going on.”
Artemis bit her lip, both trying not to smile a
New Life VII“I think Nightwing would like a lot of balloons. Don't you?” Artemis asked as they strolled through the aisles of the party store.New Life VII1 year ago in Romance More Like This
“You think so? He doesn't seem like he'd be the type to want balloons. They're so childish and fun.” M'gann giggled as she tossed things into the basket.
“Yeah and maybe that's why he'd like them. So, come on, let's get him some balloons.” Artemis slipped past Megan and went to the front desk to ask someone for help. “I feel like we should maybe plan the party for a different day?” She asked over her shoulder in Miss M's general direction. “Having it tonight is kinda late notice, don't you think?” That, and Dick was supposed to come over so they could talk about the Wally situation.
“I know it's kinda late, but the sooner we throw the party the sooner he'll get over being angry with us.” Megan smiled and sidled up next to Artemis as a pimpled face kid asked them what they needed help wi
New Life IXArtemis stood in the corner of the bathroom, away from her friends. She still couldn't believe that after everything that had gone through, everything they had done, Wally didn't know them- didn't know her anymore. They had to start all over. They had to teach him of his powers, how to fight, how to decipher between good evil, how to love... What if he didn't want her anymore? She shook her head and gnawed on her fingernails as bits of pieces of the conversation her friends were having flitted in and out of her ears.New Life IX1 year ago in Romance More Like This
“What the hell, Zatanna?”
“What is going on?”
“I don't know, I've never seen this side effect before.”
“How do we fix it?”
“Is there any way to fix it?”
“This is going to crush Artemis. Again.”
At the sound of her name, she turned to her friends. She didn't know who spoke her name, but she looked up to see them all staring at her. “We'll figure something out, guys. I know we will. We have to.
New Life VII wake up, drenched in sweat.New Life VI1 year ago in Romance More Like This
I'm laying on the cold, hard floor of my prison.
The flames haven't heated the room yet.
I try to remember Artemis's dream.
But all I can remember is wanting to drink her blood and eat her flesh.
What the fuck?
I shake my head.
I don't bother looking around the room.
I know what will be there.
Black shadows along the walls.
Hisses from bleak corners unseen by me.
*** *** ***
“Hey, M'gan- Yeah, I know what I said. I know. I know I was rude. Thank you, I accept your apology. I'm sorry, too. I know, I know. Yes, I will help with the party. I can't leave my best friend hanging.” Artemis smiled as she reconciled with the martian. “Yeah, yeah, I'll be right over and we'll get started. Okay, see you soon, bye.”
Hanging up, she got up from the couch and went over to the fridge. She felt like she hadn't eaten in days. She glanced into the nearly empty refrigerator and remembered why she hadn't eaten in a while. Wally
I Miss YouArtemis laid out a blanket out on the grass as butterflies took to the sky in a swarm. It was a beautiful sight if she was being honest with herself. Hundreds of wings flapping in sync as they wandered.I Miss You1 year ago in Romance More Like This
She smiled to herself as she set her picnic basket down. Supposed to be meeting a friend here, she sat down and waited patiently. She started humming to herself a sweet, sad ballad that had been stuck in her head for days now.
Lost in thought, she looked up, seeing a familiar shape coming up and smiled, "Oh, my God, it's you. I never thought I'd see you here!" She smiled as she spoke. It wasn't the friend she was expecting but it was a nice surprise.
Raising to her knees, she smiled again, "Looks like all is well, I see. I'm happy for you." She grinned and blushed, "Oh, me? Well, I'm not gonna lie."
And she wasn't. Lately, everything had been going perfect for her. Training had been going great. She was the top of her class now. She was on good terms with all of her friends. "I go
Wally and Artemis :: The First TimeThe door creaked open and with another giant sob and the sound of a long breath being exhaled, she made her way through her apartment with slow, shaky steps. Almost as soon as her bed was in sight, the blonde woman launched herself at it and collapsed on top of it, her shoulders shuddering as she gripped the velvety soft, violet blanket that she was sprawled out upon. Even its warm caress wasn't enough to ease her pain. Heck, nothing would be. More tears streamed down her face, running over the same place they had been going over for the last hour. A small whine escaped from her parted lips, the sound smooth and uninterrupted until she ran out of breath. A sharp intake and she was at it again, sobbing once more. She gathered the blanket beneath her in a small bundle where her head was and readjusted her position so that her face was now hidden in the depths of the lovely fabric.Wally and Artemis :: The First Time2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Her drenched, gorgeously golden hair began to leave its ties as she tugged at the band she had used to keep
SouvenirWally stared at the wall of shelves in front of him. They held souvenirs from all the missions the Team had been on. Weaponry, parts of costumes, various trinkets that made no sense unless you knew the story. It was all there, all on display.Souvenir1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
He held in his hands his Kid Flash costume. It almost felt heavy in his hands. Retiring had been his idea, and to do that he had to give up the costume and all that came with it. Artemis went along with it surprisingly well. She chose to keep one last costume of hers for memory’s sake though (maybe it would be used for late night patrols when she wanted to relax). Wally thought he should too, but that would go against his idea of retirement. It was a bit of a conundrum in the Crock-West household.
The ginger shook his head at the thought, trying to shake it out. No more arguments about hero stuff, that was the agreement. Only arguing about what they should have for dinner, or who was the better kisser. Wally was adamant that he was. Artemis
Not a Morning PersonWallArt Day 6: CollegeNot a Morning Person2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Wally woke up to the blaring alarm on his dresser across the room. 'Arty must've moved it over there,' He thought to himself. He knew when he fell asleep that it had been on his bedside table. But its proximity to him was what usually made him sleep another few hours instead of getting up on time. With the alarm all the way on the other side of the room he actually had to get up to turn it off.
He sighed to himself and sat on the edge of the bed for a while, the loud alarm still going in the back of his mind. It was going to be a long day, he just knew it.
Artemis rustled from her position on the other side of the bed from him. She cracked open her eyes to see Wally, for once, not moving. She sat up and extended a hand to his shoulder, making him jump slightly. It was her turn to sigh as she enveloped him in a hug.
With a quick peck on the cheek she jumped out of bed and turned off the alarm. "Come on Baywatch, you're the one with a morning class," Artemis urged
WallArt :: You Said You'd Be Okay | Part 2"And who's this lady? She's really beautiful!"WallArt :: You Said You'd Be Okay | Part 22 years ago in Drama More Like This
Her soft voice rang in his ears and he smiled, glancing down at the little four-year-old girl. She had honey-golden hair that would've reached her shoulder if it were not bound by two baby blue ribbons that bunched her hair together in two ponytails, one on each side of her head. Her eyes were aquamarine and had bright green flecks dotted along the iris, the same bright green as his own eyes. The pre-schooler's skin held fairness, pale but flushed with an adorable pink. She was about 3'6 in height, which was slightly taller than average for a girl her age, and her body was lean but not skinny. She wore a bright yellow dress that had little cartoon flowers and bees all over it and it stopped just above her knees. Around the waist of the dress was a lovely orange ribbon which was tied in a bow on the side. Her feet were bare as she pointed to a picture in the scrapbook that was in her lap, her legs spread out in front of her as she le
Damian's school week Tuesday"Master Damian, if you keep moving I can never get this necktie right." Alfred scolded Damian calmly.Damian's school week Tuesday2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Alfie, can you help me next?" Dick sounded a little helpless.
"Do I have to tie your shoelaces too, master Dick?" Alfred said stoically.
"Very funny, Alfie. Will you please help me now?"
"Sometimes I wonder where you would all be right now, if I was not here to help you." Alfred said turning to Dick to help him.
"Uhm, I don't want to know I think." Was all that Dick said.
Then he turned to Damian, "Why don't you try to make some friends today instead of making them cry, little D."
He didn't look forward to another talk with Damian's principal.
Damian just grumbled.
"Class, today we're going on a fieldtrip." Mr. Williams said.
The other kids looked at the teacher expectantly, so Damian followed their example.
"We'll be going to a museum that is out in the open and just outside of Gotham. There is a park wi
Wally and Artemis Week: HandsShe always knew it had something to do with him haveing super-speed and all but his hands were always warm. Whenever he was around she itched to just grab his hand for that warm fuzzy type feeling. She knew it would be wrong though, I mean she was supposed to hate him, and he was supposed to hate her. She just couldn't stop the urges that kept coming to her. She just kept remmbering the incident in Biyalia. He had scooped her up and she felt the warmth from his hands seep in through her clothing. SHe could feel warmth all over his body. From whereshe leaned against his chest to where her arms were wrapped around his neck. Yet the warmth seemed to hover in his hands most of all.Wally and Artemis Week: Hands2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey, Artemis." M'gann's cheerful voice inturupted her thoughts.
"Hey, M'gann." SHe anwered back without the same enthusiasm.
"Are you ready for movie night tonight? It's your turn to choose."
"Yeah, it should be fun. I brought my own movie though. I hope you like horor." The blonde said her voice finding more c
Damian's school week Wednesday"Okay class, we have some time left until lunch break, so use it to work on your projects." Mr. William's voice rang through the classroom.Damian's school week Wednesday2 years ago in Humor More Like This
Damian sighted. Since it was only his third day of school he didn't have a project to work on so he probably would be stuck again with some stupid assignment of which he didn't see the point.
And indeed it didn't take Mr. William's long to come up to his table with a piece of paper in his hand.
"I have a different assignment for you, Damian."
Damian rolled his eyes, but Mr. William's just ignored it.
"I'd like you make a card for your father, since it's his birthday tomorrow.."
"Grayson's not my father!" Damian snapped, but instantly he regretted it. Dick had been more of a father to him lately, then anybody ever had.
"He's my brother, I guess." he added , his voice a little less sharp.
"Brother then. Here I have some pencils and a card for you. I would like to see it when you're done."
Damian grumbled and started working on his card.
At the end of
Our Home: Chapter 12Our HomeOur Home: Chapter 122 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Bird VS the Fast Flying Arrow
| Watch Tower
"But Ollie!" the eleven year old pleaded again. His arms were folded in irritation. His fire truck red hair seeming to match his red with anger face. He couldn't believe he was stuck in the middle of this! Him, the second sidekick partner the one and only Speedy, Roy Harper, had to babysit a six year old! It was unbelievable, unthinkable. He heard Wally also got dragged into this. At least if he was going down he was bringing someone with him. "This isn't fair! I'm not going to babysit a stupid six year old!"
"Roy Harper he isn't stupid! And I promise you that if you don't like him you won't ever have to hang out with him again." Ollie promised, though he knew after the boy's met Robin they would be best friends. It was hard not to love the little guy. He was just so loveable.
"We aren't hanging out. We're babysitting the kid." Roy objected.
"Listen Roy, you just need to watch him while me, Barry, and Bruce finish u
Secret Santa-A Little SurpriseWally woke up slowly in the cave as the sound of a phone ringing echoed in his ear. He went to grab his cell, but stopped dead in his tracks when he saw a long white glove one his hand.Secret Santa-A Little Surprise2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"What the…" Wally looked down to see himself in a light blue dress, puffing out over his hips and legs. Wally let out a scream unparalleled by any girl. Everyone woke up and stared at Wally and laughed, until they looked down to realized they were in the same predicament.
"Something's wrong with this picture." Dick announced as he looked at the guys. Everyone looked like they had stepped straight out of a Disney movie, sporting the same outfits as the princesses. Conner had a small shirt exposing his midriff with puffy pants; Kaldur was in a long, sleek pink dress with a white trim on the top, leaving his shoulders uncovered. Dick looked down to see himself in puffed up yellow dress with a yellow sash hanging around the bottom area.
"You're telling me! Someone better explain why I look like I'm he
Ring-PopArtemis trudged into the apartment she shared with Wally. It’s been months since she’s seen it, but as the saying goes, there’s no place like home. With the Invasion over she was finally able to return to the apartment. But unfortunately the one reason she went straight there, wasn’t there. Wally was still in his last class of the day for another forty-five minutes.Ring-Pop2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Deciding to make the most of the time, Artemis started cleaning up a bit. The pizza boxes hidden under the couch with assorted other food packaging didn’t come as much of a surprise. Considering Wally’s cleaning skills and how much he eats, it makes perfect sense.
Once the cleaning was done there was still another twenty minutes left until the ginger arrived home.
With that in mind she went off to the bathroom to take a shower. There were still a number of unidentified bits of sea-junk on the Tigress uniform she hadn’t bothered to take off before rushing over to the apartment. Hones
Our Home Chapter 5Our HomeOur Home Chapter 52 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chapter 5: Angel Bird VS JLA PT. 3
| Watch Tower
"Batman is your dad?!" Flash asked, he had gotten up off the floor and was now looking horrified at the six year old. How could something so small and precious, something almost made of happiness it's self be Batman's son? Was Batman even allowed to have a son? Shouldn't that be against the law or something? It sure seemed like it to this crime fighting group. But of course, they were dead wrong. They hadn't seen how much Batman and Robin cared for each other. How they would give their lives for each other. How much they truly were family.
"Yeah, why, what's wrong with that?"
"Well your- and he- and you're "Flash was still completely in shock. Everyone watched as Flash couldn't handle the stress of the shock anymore. He fell to the floor unconscious, having fainted from all of the news. Robin's little blue eyes widened, along with all the other leaguers. Robin tilted his head to the side, making everyone's hearts melt.
Wally and Artemis Week: GrassHer favorite place in the world had always been one place. A tree. But not just any tree this tree was so perfectly shaped on a hill covered in grass. The tree was a weeping willow and it summarized her entire life. Her life, to put it lightly, sucked.Wally and Artemis Week: Grass2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Whenever her dad had pushed her to far she would come to this tree as soon as she could. He never found out about it because when in the park she took a route that wound this way and that. Once she finally reached the tree she would run up the hill. She would collapse a few times laughing at her suckish life. Once she reached the top of the bill where the tree resided, she would always look every way before entering the low hang branches of the willow.
When she was inside she sat on the grass that always seemed to be wet and cried. She would do what no one was ever allowed to see her do, because she was strong and strong people don't. Especially when they're in training to become an assassin.
All her life she would come to this place no
The SlideWally was walking right next to a beautiful blonde girl one who openly acknowledged she was his girlfriend. Which at his school was a big thing. As much as he acted like a cool ladies man he was really just a dorky science science geek. Anyways back to the point, this was their third date and they were waling in the park on a Saturday. They just finished eating a nice cafe.The Slide1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
“So, what do you want to do now?” he asked her. She looked at him her hands in her jacket pockets. It wasn't cold, she made that obvious by her short shorts, but he gave her that jacket so she wore it every where. She just shrugged her shoulders.
“Maybe we should...” she started looking around until her eyes landed on a little playground. It was the old one, it was a little run down, but it was okay still in working condition. However the parents wanted something bigger and newer so they made a shiny new playground on the otherside of the park. She turned to Wally and smiled big. “Let's
Warmth Ch. 10: Lost GirlsWally had his arms wrapped around Artemis’ waist as he told her how he had gotten the thick scar on his arm.Warmth Ch. 10: Lost Girls1 year ago in Romance More Like This
“I was running so fast that when I tried to go around a corner after Barry that I slipped and went right through a store window. Everything was fine but a nasty piece of glass managed to rip right through and stab me.” Wally laughed as he retold the event pulling her close. “Most of my scars seem to be self inflicted.”
“Glass always seems to do the most damage,” Artemis laughed with him. “This one,” she showed him a thin scar along the side of her left hand. “I punched a mirror when dad told me about my mom’s accident. Out of everything glass seems to leave behind a reminder.”
Wally smiled at her giving her a long kiss before he asked her about another scar. “What about this one, did you fly through a window too?” He gently ran his fingers over the small thick scar running parallel to her hipbone
Still Into You: Wally and ArtemisCan't count the years on one handStill Into You: Wally and Artemis1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
That we've been together
I need the other one to hold you
Make you feel, make you feel better
I've been with Wally so long I can't remember how my life was before we were WE. And no matter where we are what's going on I just hold his hand and we both feel better.
It's not a walk in the park
To love each other
But when our fingers interlock,
Can't deny, can't deny you're worth it
'Cause after all this time I'm still into you
It's not like its all easy. Don't get me wrong Wally's great. But one thanksgiving day...
"Wally! There's alot of smoke coming from the kitchen!" I yelled.
"Oh crap!" He said super speeding past me. I followed him to see him on the ground with a completely burnt turkey at his feet.
"Wally! My mom's coming over tonight. This is what I get for letting you cook this year." I scolded him. But then I looked at him, his big green eyes looking at me and back
Spitfire Week Day 7--Food"ARTEMIS, QUICK," Jenna yelled, as she burst around the corner and ran towards them, "Zombie survival team. PICK. Now!"Spitfire Week Day 7--Food2 years ago in Humor More Like This
"Um " Artemis began, temporarily stunned.
"Lance said he'd rather have Batman than Superman; I think he's crazy so I need your picks. Who's your right hander?"
"Um Kid Flash," Artemis chose, looking slyly towards Wally, who was standing beside her in the school hallway.
"Are you serious Arty??" Jenna cried in disbelief, "The zombies are attacking and who do you want watching your back? Kid Flash? I mean you could at least choose someone useful, like The Flash or if you're looking for someone younger then maybe Superboy or something but, Kid Flash??? Really???"
Jenna didn't mean to be insulting. She was something of a geek and she knew a good deal about superheroes. Ever since Superman had shown up about fifteen years ago a lot of people had become obsessed with the exploits of the Justice League and lately even the Young Justice League