Chapter 1 – And the Story Goes Like This
January 1, 2011
It was a tiring but successful day. The Justice League had been saved, and the villains had been stopped. Mount Justice had turned into the place to be, with a bunch of food being carted in and a party being thrown in celebration of the New Year and their victory. Even the more anti-social Leaguers like Batman had decided to join the party (though he would leave not long after the festivities started to debrief with Robin). Thanks were shared, friendships were forged, and merriment was had.
Two people, however, were absent from the celebrations. No one paid any mind to their absence, though Robin noticed (and somehow restrained from making a horrible joke or pun). These two people in particular had snuck away to where the living quarters were located; one hummed Mission Impossible under his breath and they snuck through the halls, and the other mashed her hand over her mouth to stifle the giggles trying to erupt from her lips. Once they made it closer to her room, he turned around to face her and pulled her close to press his lips to hers. She hummed with pleasure and happily returned the affection, not paying attention to where he led her anymore.
Her back pressed against the wall to her door as fingers buried into her hair. Blood raced through her veins as she clenched her boyfriend's (lover? What was he now?) arms.
"Wally-"she breathed, trying to slow down one of the fastest men on Earth which was not an easy task.
"Yeah?" he shuddered at the feel of her hands cupping his face with her fingers running along the edges of his jaw (more to hold him back than anything else).
"As much as I adore this attention, I think we need to talk." Her eyes- lovely and almond shaped thanks to her perfect blend of Vietnamese exoticness and Caucasian features- hypnotized his to the point where he leaned in ignoring her words and pressing his lips to her once more.
For a moment, Artemis let him. How could she not? Wrapping her arms around his neck her body automatically molded to his, one leg wrapping around his. But then that sinking feeling in her gut snuck back in and she slid her hands down to his pectorals to push him back.
"Wally!" she said, a little sharper than she intended to, but it got him to back up.
"What, what?" he said, dread shining in his eyes, "You're not having seconds thoughts, right?"
"That's the thing Wally," she paused long enough to entwine her fingers with his and pull him into her room at Mount Justice; it was small since she had her own home, but it was useful for tough missions where she really didn't want to take the extra time to go home, "I don't know what I can have second thoughts on."
Wally's face screwed up in confusion as she led him to her bed.
"What are you talking about?" he asked, taking a seat while making sure to wrap an arm around her shoulder. One, to keep her close. Two, to keep her from running away.
"What do you want out of us…?" he asked tentatively.
Artemis shrugged, leaning into his warmth; that was one thing she adored about Wally, he was always warm. Probably something to with the fact that while he couldn't vibrate his molecules to run through walls, he could easily keep himself warm through kinetic energy. She had never realized just how warm he was until recently when he'd dropped his vendetta against her and was willing to… you know… touch her.
"Well, let's look at the facts. We pretty much hated each other in the beginning, and didn't really get along until you realized that M'gann is with Conner. So…" she bit her lip in an act that had Wally's heart pounding, "What am I to you? Friends with benefits? Fuck buddy? Girlfriend?"
One golden eyebrow rose as the object of her affection broke out into laughter, clutching his stomach and leaning backwards onto the bed. Her arms crossed and her eyes narrowed dangerously, which didn't shut him up right away, but got him to sit up straight.
"I-I'm sorry,' he chuckled, "I just didn't realize that that is what you were worried about."
"Okay, now what do you mean?" Artemis retorted, her gaze getting steadily sharper. Wally winced internally; she definitely was a spitfire.
Breathing out the last of his chuckles he reached out and drew her against him. She tried to remain stiff against him, but one gentle hand running down her back had her turning into putty.
"Artemis, I'm going to be straight with you. Ever since the screwed up training exercise, I haven't stopped thinking about you. Yeah I know I've been kind of an ass because of my thing for M'gann, but I was in denial. When I watched you…" he paused for a moment, his eyes shining with momentary sadness, and he refused to continue that train of thought. The thought of her dying, "Kent Nelson told me that I should find my own spitfire. You know, someone who will know when to smack me upside the head when I'm doing something stupid. That's been you. Honestly, it's always been you."
Artemis smiled shyly, her face flushing a bright pink as she tilted her head closer to his chest.
"Okay," she said after a moment, "I think that's enough sap for now."
Wally sniggered, "What, you don't want me to fall on one knee and recite poetry? Maybe something from Romeo and Juliet?"
"It'd be funny to see you on your knees" she quipped, snickering at the thought.
"Oh that's cute. Ve-ery funny." He sniggered, deciding this conversation was over and shutting her up physically. She sighed as she curled further into him, shifting so she could straddle his waist. His hands ran lightly up and down her ribs, before moving down and feeling the powerful muscles of her stomach.
"If you use this every time you want me to shut up…" she whispered while gently nibbling on his ear, "I might just let you."
"Oh really?" Wally replied, one ginger eyebrow raising while excitement shivered through his entire being.
"Though you do it in front of our friends, and I'll smack the shit out of you." She said, her smoky eyes glimmering with mirth.
"I think I'm okay with that." He said, and pulled her forward again. Neither of the spoke for the rest of the night.
January 2nd, 2011
"So Artemis," M'gann cooed, floating forward so she could rest her hands on her friend's shoulders, "What's it like dating the speedster?"
"What?" Artemis cursed herself for the flush that overtook her tanned skin, "I-It's no big deal. I mean, it's just Wally."
"Well yeah," Zatanna piped up from the couch where she'd been flipping through channels, "That's the point. You've captured the infamous flirt."
"Says the girl who kissed Robin yesterday." Artemis retorted.
"Uh, uh, girl. Don't try and deflect this onto me. This is all about you." The magician stood up, crossing her arms and smirking deviously.
Artemis groaned, turning so she could pull a drink out of the fridge, "It's no big deal guys. I mean, we've already cleared up what our relationship really is. It's not like our lives have taken a drastic shift in the cosmos."
"Wait, what do you mean what your relationship really is?" M'gann asked, her eyes widening, "Are you guys not actually dating?"
Artemis snorted, "Well, to be fair we've never been out on a date. All we've done is kiss. And… other stuff."
"Other stuff?" M'gann asked.
"C'mon M'gann, I know you're from Mars but there are some things that have to be similar on Earth. I mean, you said you have twelve sisters. Didn't they teach you about the opposite gender?"
A bright flush overtook the Martian's face as her hands covered her mouth.
"You mean… you…?" the green girl squeaked.
"I don't know what the big deal is. I just took him to my room and ravished him until we were both exhausted." Artemis shrugged, crossing her arms and leaning back against the counter.
"Damn girl," Zatanna squealed, rushing up to make a little circle, "What was it like?"
"Well he is one of the fastest men alive." Artemis winked, continuing her little charade, "And while he can't vibrate his molecules through walls, he can still… vibrate."
Both Zatanna's and M'gann's eyes widened in complete surprise at the archer's boldness. M'gann tittered in shock while Zatanna flushed deeply at the thought of a man who could vibrate his entire body.
"Oh…. My." She breathed, pressing a hand to her chest, "Why did I go for Robin and not for Wally?"
Artemis shrugged, "The best part? Apparently all that flirting works with the other girls. So let's just say… he definitely knows what he's doing."
She kept her face as straight as possible as the two girls looked mildly horrified but after a few seconds she cracked up. She cracked open her soda and took a drink while chuckling, pointing at M'gann's confused expression.
"Gotcha." She said simply.
"What?!" Zatanna burst, spreading her arms wide in confusion, "Seriously, what is yours guys relationship?!"
"She's my girlfriend." A familiar voice piped up, and quick blur of red rushed by before Wally appeared with one arm curled around her shoulder, "I just haven't taken her on a date yet because we haven't been able to leave the mountain."
"Oh c'mon Wally," Artemis smirked, "You completely spoiled it. They were totally thinking I was a harlot for a minute there."
Pressing his lips to her temple, he then faced the group, "Robin's finally has the debrief ready. He's wants us to meet in the main room."
Leading his girlfriend out, M'gann could resist linking up the three girls.
Wait Artemis, were you being serious? She asked
Yeah I mean, can he really vibrate? Zatanna piped in.
Artemis glanced over her shoulder with a sly grin, I wouldn't know. Not yet anyways. Seriously you guys were getting pretty nosey about me and Wal. I couldn't help but pull your chain.
So you didn't sleep with him?
No. Yeah we had a great make out session but after that he went to his own room. We were exhausted, and I just wanted to clear up our relationship. Now, let's focus on the debriefing, shall we?
The ladies all sniggered as they followed Wally to where Kaldur and Robin sat in wait for the majority of the team.
"What took you so long?" Robin asked, who had been typing on his arm-held computer. He hopped up onto his feet and brought up a bunch of pictures pertaining to their most recent battle.
"M'gann, Zatanna and I were just having a little chat." Artemis replied, throwing a sly grin over her shoulder.
"Well would should save any other chats for later." Kaldur replied, "I do apologize, but we have a lot to go over and the faster we do, the faster we can relax."
Wally sighed, and leaned his head against his girlfriend's while dreading the next hour of boring lecturing. First came the critiques, in which Dinah pointed out specific flaws in their combat. Everyone was given individual one-on-one training assignments for when the briefing was over to be carried out within the next week. Conner did not look thrilled in that Dinah wanted to train him in even more hand-to-hand combat; he had super strength, it was usually all he needed.
"May I remind you," Dinah replied to his protest, "That you fought Superman, but had to trade with Robin because you couldn't overpower him." The clone bristled with anger, and M'gann rest a comforting hand on his arm, "With the training I will put you through, I will help you use his strength against him."
Conner was silent, and actually appeared eager at the idea of being able to beat his now mentor.
After the review and critiquing was over about two hours later, Kaldur stopped them from leaving.
"As I'm sure you realized, we've generally stayed a small group, having only brought in three members since our initial formation." He glanced pointedly at Zatanna and Artemis, "But it has come to my attention that eventually we may need to bring more people into the team. I don't have anyone at the moment to bring on at the moment, but if anyone comes to our attention I intend to be upfront about them. Not only will they have to pass the League's- or rather Batman's- inspection, but our own."
"In other words," Robin interrupted, "Everyone's going to be able to put in their two cents. But Bats and Kaldur will have the final word."
"Sweet!" Wally sighed, jerking when Artemis rolled her shoulder out from underneath his perfectly hidden daydream. Grey eyes glared at him for fading out, and he shrugged sheepishly. She crossed her arms and rolled her eyes.
"What about Red Arrow?" she said, and both Robin and Wally flinched at the mention of their friend.
Kaldur sighed sadly, "Roy is determined to find the original Speedy, something which we will be helping him with. He has requested to not be asked to join any missions until he is found."
Artemis's face fell; she'd long gotten over her grudge against Roy, especially after finding out what had happened to him. She had actually wanted to try repairing the broken bridge between them. They did have the same mentor, and it would actually be nice to have a fellow archer to train with. Plus he was good; she hated to say it but he was still better than her (though she put it off with the excuse that he'd had more time to train).
"Oh." She stammered, falling back a little. Willy grimaced, and rested his arm around her again in a comforting one-armed hug.
"Don't worry, as I said we will be helping Roy in his search as we are all eager to save the original Speedy." Kaldur said comfortingly.
"We're going to take a few days rest before we jump on that though," Robin piped in, "It's been a rough week, and we all need a break."
"Yes," Kaldur continued, "Barring any major catastrophes, we should be able to take the week off except for Black Canary's training."
"Awesome!" Wally crowed, "Vacation!"
Everyone rolled their eyes.
January 2nd, 2011
Artemis bit her lip as she glanced at her boyfriend who was casually slouched on the couch. They were both still at HQ, and she wasn't sure how to bring up that she had to go.
"Um-"she stuttered, clamping her mouth shut when Wally looked over at her in curiosity.
"What's up beautiful?" he asked, pulling her closer, "Don't be so far away. I mean, we'll only have so much time together before one of us has to go home. I mean, I promised Mom and Dad I'd be home for dinner."
She tried to relax into his side but it felt awkward and out of character for her, so settled for just sitting close.
"That's what I was going to talk about. I haven't seen my mom in days. So I need to go… Soon." She said slowly, looking up at him.
Green eyes twinkled with understanding, "Sure thing! I mean, family's important. Are you leaving now?"
All the tension that had seeped into her posture relaxed and she suddenly leaned into, one arm curled around him in a hug. Her head rested in the crook of his shoulder and she let out a sigh of relief.
"What," he laughed, "Did you think I'd be angry that you still have a life outside of the Team?"
"Maybe…" She said nervously.
"Don't be. I'm not going to hog you all the time, as nice as that would be." He winked when she tilted her head up to look at him.
"Thank you." She murmured.
"What kind of guy do you think I am?" he joked.
"A giant pain in the ass." She replied seamlessly, and he poked her in the side.
"Hey, be nice. I'm letting you date me." He said.
"Letting me date you? Puh-lease," she replied, "You haven't asked me out on a date. Right now you're just a glorified friend with benefits."
"Hey, hey!" Wally said, pushing her up so he could pin her to the cushions, "I should have you know, you're lucky that you managed to get me. I had to send away a lots of ladies to let you in." he waggled his eyebrows, and Artemis gave him a look.
"All the ladies, eh?" she said, "I didn't realize you had two mothers."
"Oh that's cute." He said, resting his forehead against hers. Her breathing hitched as all thoughts of teasing left her mind. Something about his sparkling emerald eyes always had her feeling out of breath and light-headed.
"I know." She said, her voice wavering, and a sultry glint appeared in Wally's eyes before he kissed her. The gentle brushing of lips was all they cared about, until footsteps and a squeal of disgust interrupted them.
"C'mon guys, no makin' out on the couch! That's communal. Keep it in the bedroom!" Robin cried, causing the two lovers to back up from each other.
Artemis and Wally laughed at Robin's poor traumatized expression, and the former stood up, pulling the latter up with her.
"Come on Wally. I got to head back home." She laced her fingers with his, and led him out of the common room and to the transporter (after making a quick stop at her room to grab her bow and such). After typing in her destination she turned to cup Wally's cheeks, her grey eyes shining with happiness. Without a word she leaned in and kissed him, sighing when his arms wrapped around her.
"Hey, I got an idea." He said, parting from her but leaving his hands resting on her waist.
"Tomorrow night. You, me, dinner. Gotham. I'll pick you up at six." He said simply.
Artemis grinned, and nodded, "I think I'd like that. Any idea on what to wear?"
He winked, "I'll text you."
"Alright." She said, heading over to where she needed to stand to get teleported out. Just as the teleporter lit up in color she turned, "But you don't even have my numb-"
She was gone.
A/N: Hey guys! Jetris/Viviana here with a new story. I started watching Young Justice and I'm absolutely addicted, and traumatized that it might never have a season 3. Nevertheless, I wanted to explore what happened between season 1 and 2 with Wally and Artemis. I intend to make this as realistic as possible, which is why this is an M rated story. There is a lot of fluff, angst, sex, and fun coming up in this story. I intend to do my best at portraying the characters accurately, so feel free to critique how the characters act so that I can know how well I'm doing. Already I've recruited Velvetsoulpanda in helping me with Robin, because she writes him so well (see her fic "Wordplay" it's amazing).
I'm actually more of a Marvel fan, so I'm just starting to delve into DC, though I've read a lot of Batman. SO as I said, review! Leave titles of trade paperbacks I should read, or where in the comic numbers are good places to start. I love taking suggestions, and if someone challenges me to include an theme to a chapter, I will make sure to in the next possible chapter, and they'll get a mention!
If no one got the reference, the title of this fic is after the song "Somewhere in the Between" by Streetlight Manifesto. I'm getting a lot of inspiration out of their music, and almost all my chapters will be titled after their songs. Cookies and mentions go to those who can figure out the song!
Until next chapter, love!