A/N: This story was originally owned by Hapshepsutalcfrom 1-3.

First, Thanks Rennie75 for being a wonderful Beta and taking time out of her fabulous story to look this over. Sorry this is going so slowly, but work has been a bit hectic. I have a general idea where this is going so when you read this please be assured this is an Olicity story no matter who gets introduced. They both have some growing to do, especially Oliver so it just won't be Olicity quickly. Thanks for all the reviews. They are wonderful and appreciated. I will try to update soon.

Chapter 3


He realized that Diggle was right, he had always been the guy who said the right things, but did the wrong ones and look where that lead him. He was with a woman that he cared about, but didn't love. He had lost his best friend without telling him how much he meant to him. And it was possible that he had already lost the woman he loved without even having a chance with her. He was tired of only getting halfway there, because that's what it felt like he was doing. It felt like he was halfway to the man he was supposed to be because he was still living in a past that he was ashamed of. And he was living there because he was so riddled with guilt that he didn't know how to move on. Felicity was right. He needed to talk to someone, but who? Who does a man talk to when he has to keep half his life a secret? Maybe it's his past he needs to talk about. So that's where he'll start. He reached out to Diggle and spoke to him about talking to a good counselor about PTSD. Diggle sounded surprised, but said he'd get right on it.

He called Sara next.

"Hey Ollie, what's up." She said when she answers.

"I was wondering if you had some time so we could talk. I know it's getting late, but I would really like to meet up with you."

"Sure, I'll be at the foundry in about 20." She replied and hung up the phone.

He knew that this was going to be a difficult conversation, but it had to be done. This wasn't just about Felicity. It was about the fact that his eyes were wide open now and he's not going to close them again. He needed to man up and do the right thing. And that started with letting go of the past no matter how responsible he feels for it.

He was punching a training dummy when he heard the soft footsteps that he had come to recognize belong to Sara. He slowed down his reps and tried to relax and ready himself for what he was about to do.

She walked up to him with a smile on her face and gave him a quick kiss. "What's up?" She asked.

He takes a deep breath. She doesn't know that Felicity had left and that isn't what the conversation will be about. He'll tell her about Felicity later, if she sticks around. "Sara, you know how much I care about you, don't you?" He asked leading her over to sit down on the training mats and trying to find the words that would make this right.

The smile she had, slowly, slipped off her face. "Where are you going with this Ollie?"

"Sara, you and I have a history that no one can deny. It's dark and entwined with so much shit that sometimes I wonder how we made it back, but the thing is when we are together we seem to still hold on to that darkness. And I know that on the island, and even after the island for you, that darkness is what helped us survive. It's not good for a relationship and it's not even good for us as individuals. It's holding us back. It's keeping us from moving forward. It's keeping us on the island, Sara. I think you know that. I think that just like me you're afraid of the future because we never thought we'd have one. I know we still have Slade out there coming at us, but I am tired of being stuck on the island. I want more for myself. Don't you?" He asked hoping she understood where he was coming from.

She stared at him for what seemed like hours, with tears glistening in her eyes. "I know that what you're saying is right, but if I'm not meant to be with you then who am I meant to be with?" She asked sounding just a little broken.

"That's just it. We need to find someone to make us better people. We don't do that for each other. We are good people Sara and after everything we've been through, I think we deserve to find some happiness, but when we're together do you feel happy or do you just remember the past?" He asked her.

"The past, but I don't know anything else." She said with a sigh.

"But it's time to move on from it. It's time to move on and find something that can make us, not forget the past, but move past it and I don't think that we can do that together." He explained.

She nodded her head. "You're right. I knew we would never last. I just didn't want to let go of you." She told him sadly.

"I'm always going to be a part of your life, Sara. That will never change. We have to much history to just walk away and never speak again. I just think that it's time for us to move on." He told her and reached out and squeezed her hand.

She gave him a light squeeze back and smiled before getting up and kissed him on the cheek. He watched as she made her way out of the foundry. It had gone easier than he had expected. She had already known that they weren't meant to be. She just needed to be nudged in the right direction. Now he still had so much more to do before he would be ready for the most important step. The step that would hopefully prove to Felicity that she could come home.


She pulled up to the large home and took a deep breath. It had been a while since she had been here, but for some reason it still felt like coming home. When she left Gotham to go to college, she wanted to prove to herself and the world that she could stand on her own, that she could make something of herself without having the backing of Lucius Fox and Wayne Industries. She never knew Bruce Wayne, he was just a name that floated around her world because while she was growing up he was off traveling the world. She used to daydream what amazing places he must be seeing and that one day she might get to see them as well. She followed his absence and return to Gotham with interest as he was such a large part of her imagination during her childhood, but she still hadn't managed to meet him. She still hadn't seen a lot of amazing places, but she had definitely learned to stand on her own. She had proved that she was her own person and the fact that she had someone like Lucius in her life after everything her childhood had been like proves just how lucky she really was. At least she had someone she considered family to come back to when she felt the need to take a break from the world.

She slowly walked up to the door and placed her hand on the Biometric scanner that would unlock the door. She knew she hadn't been there for a few years, but Lucius had promised her that no matter where he lived she would always be welcome in his home. They talked weekly and she was curious to see if he had kept his promise. Sure enough, she heard a click and she quietly opened the door. She heard voices coming from down the hall and slowly made her way toward the sounds. The voices sounded jovial and she could tell one was Lucius' so she wanted to sneak in and surprise him. What she wasn't banking on was the surprised reaction of the other voice that Lucius was speaking with. Just as she rounded the door, she felt two hands wrap lightly around both her arms and her back slam up against the wall. So much for all that training with Diggle. The man had moved so fast, her first thoughts were of Oliver, but then she had a second to look her attacker in the eye and realize that she was looking in the face of none other than Bruce Wayne.

One of the things she liked most about herself is her ability to solve puzzles, and often she can solve them in the blink of an eye. As she looked at Bruce, everything about him because startling clear. The years he was absent, his return, his over the top playboy reputation, and the topper on it all the bat like vigilante protecting Gotham since his return a few years back. "Unfreakinbelievable, what is it about billionaire's turning into vigilantes? Is there a club? Cause if there isn't you guys should definitely start one!" She rambled quickly. For some reason, she wasn't feeling like she was in any real danger.

Rich laughter rang out from behind them, as she recognized the beloved sound of Lucius Fox.

"Bruce please put down the woman I have commonly referred to as my grandchild" He said as he made his way towards them with a large smile on his face.

Unfortunately Bruce wasn't budging. "What are you talking about billionaire vigilantes?" He asked in a deep gravelly voice.

It would have been terribly intimidating if she hadn't have spent the past few years going toe to toe with Oliver.

"I meant why Batman? Why a cape? Does it help with aerodynamics? Who does your tech work?" She turned to Lucius and smiled… "Ohhh can I see some of your goodies?" She turned back to Bruce and smiled. "I'm Felicity, Felicity Smaok and you're Bruce Wayne, I'm guessing you want to keep your identity a secret which isn't a problem. I'm good at that. Noooo need to worry about me, but would you please put me down this is getting rather uncomfortable." She looked at him expectantly.

He stared at her for a few seconds and just blinked finally setting her on her feet.

"Wonderful, Bruce I believe you have been hit by what we used to call hurricane Felicity. You have nothing to worry about, if my suspicions are correct my adopted granddaughter here has been helping out her own vigilante for the past few years" He smiled and watched as her eyes widened in surprise.

"Wh…what are you talking about, I have no idea what you mean. I mean this is the first vigilante I've ever met." She stammered and pointed at Bruce, who seemed to be getting more and more annoyed by the second. "What other vigilantes would I ever have the opportunity to meet? I'm a boring girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Lucius. Nothing exciting ever happens to me. I mean at least not once I got out of the 'place that shall not be named'" She said trying to be sarcastic as she referred to her past.

"Now Felicity, you forget I've known you for years and we still talk regularly. I also have been keeping up with everything going on in Starling City. I have watched the 'Hood' turn into the 'Arrow' and I realized quite early on that he had help so I started paying attention to what kind of help. I suspected for a while now, but what sent it over the edge was when you went up against the Clock King. I happened to get my hands on some of the evidence that was in police custody and I recognized your code Felicity. I don't think anyone else would have caught it but it was something you had talked to me about a few months before and were very proud of so it has stuck in my mind. No need to worry obviously we keep secrets quiet well here." He said still smiling at her.

Felicity was stunned, she had never imagined that Lucius knew that she was working with Oliver or rather the 'Arrow' or that he had his own vigilante that he was busy with himself. She walked over to the nearest chair and fell into it with very little grace. She let out a heavy sigh and just stared at the ceiling for a few seconds until she heard someone clear their throat. It had been a very long few days.

"Would someone PLEASE tell me WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?" Bruce said harshly. "Who exactly are you, how the hell do you know who I am, and what are you talking about working with the 'Arrow'." He demanded "I want some answers on this I do not appreciate someone walking in here out of nowhere and outing me, I don't care who you say she is Lucius." He said glaring at his friend.

Lucius sighed and sat down on the sofa across from Felicity and motioned for Bruce to do the same. "Relax Bruce, do you not remember me talking to you about Felicity? The young girl that was found while you were away." Lucius asked

Bruce looked at Felicity curiously for a few seconds and back at Lucius. "Of course I remember, but I thought she was a nerdy little girl. Not a full grown woman." He said sounding confused.

"Yes well while you were out gallivanting around the world and then here playing batman. She went to MIT graduated top of her class in both her Undergrad and Masters program and then she decided to venture out on her own, even though she could have had a nice cushy job at your company, because believe me she had the brains and the talent. We recruited her based only on that, but she wanted to prove herself so she went to Queen Consolidated and from what I heard she was raising in the ranks in the IT department then suddenly she forgets all about her plans and takes a position as Oliver Queen's Executive Assistant." He explained.

"She wouldn't be the first woman to fall for his charms although I personally don't see the appeal." Bruce said rolling his eyes.

"Screw you, not every woman on the planet feels the need to drop her skirt just because a man looks good or has money. I have never slept with Oliver Queen, thank you very much. We were friends. When he took over the company, he said he needed someone he could trust by his side and I happened to be that someone. " She snapped. She was at the end of her rope. She was tired, grumpy and sick of every thinking that she was one of the many that had fallen into Oliver's bed. She was also a little embarrassed because she knew that a part of her wanted to be there. She honestly didn't care what Bruce thought about her at this point. She just really wanted to go to sleep.

Bruce was surprised at her reaction, he actually believed her. If she wasn't sleeping with him, then why would she give up her job….. Billionaire Vigilantes….. Arrow… Oliver Queen…. His mind put the pieces together quickly... Well shit, looks like Oliver Queen was the Arrow. Good to know if I ever get myself in a mess and I need a back up I guess.

"So you took a step down in the job department so you could help Oliver. Fair enough. That doesn't explain how you knew I was Batman." Bruce inquired as he pressed Felicity to answer this question.

Felicity felt her face flush. Screw it, it's not like I still have a crush on the asshole and I just want to get to sleep so here goes nothing. "When I was young and in the orphanage, you were 'abroad', I used to imagine all the wonderful places you were and that you took me with you to see them. It was how I got away from my darkness. Not in a creepy I have to know Bruce Wayne way, but your foundation was what saved me, you were the only person I knew of that traveled and I wanted more than anything in the world to get away from everything that happened to me so I would make up these elaborate fantasies about where you were and what you were doing and it was just childhood fantasies nothing more. But it was one of the few good memories I had of my childhood. The only other good thing I had was when Lucius would come and spend time with me so I kept up with you when you came back from traveling and then when I started working with the Arrow I researched 'Batman' who ironically appeared around the time you came back. It doesn't take much to put two and two together. I'm also not the naïve little girl I was. I'm going to guess your travels weren't the things of dreams, if you came back able to do the things you do, they were probably more like the things of nightmares." She saw that he started to say something and held up her hand.

"I'm not asking about your time abroad. None of my business. I was just guessing. Now, I have had a pretty rough few months and the last few days have been hell. If you don't mind, I would love to just crash. I assure you, your secret is as safe as it ever was. I have no desire to out you. What you do is good for the city. If you ever need any help, I'm always available, but maybe after I've had about 20 hours of sleep and had time to find a job and a place to live cause right now my life is kind of in limbo and I'm an order kind of girl so I need to get the order back and then I'd love to help, not that you need it. Obviously, you have Lucius and probably other people, much better than me, but I'm just saying…. You know what I don't know what I'm saying. I just want to go to sleep. I promise to keep your secret if you promise to keep mine. Deal?" She finished by standing up and holding her hand out to him.

He stared at her for a while and then to her hand and shook it slowly. "I can see why Oliver Queen trusted you so much. I think we will end up being great friends." He said smiling. His earlier attitude completely gone.

Felicity turned to Lucius and smiled. "Do you have some place I could sleep?" She asked.

"Of course I do and tomorrow after you get up I think you and I need to have a long talk, don't you?" He said as he guided her to the stairs that lead up to the bedrooms, leaving behind a very intrigued Bruce Wayne.