Here's the second half! Enjoy!
Give me something that'll haunt me when you're not around
Wally thinks he may be going crazy.
He knows perfectly well that the archer has left on a school trip, and yet he always seems to be able to hear her voice. Sometimes, it was so faint he thought he may have imagined it. Other times, it was loud and clear, as though she was right next to him. Loud and clear usually occurred when he was half-asleep, or spacing out. Her voice was always there to snap him back to attention.
"So, you're saying that you can hear Artemis' voice?"
Wally and Dick were chatting over the phone, and the speedster decided to tell his friend of his problem. Of course, being Robin, he never failed to tease Wally.
"Wally, you are mad."
"Not helping, Dick. Not helping."
"I can't help. Not when I'm halfway across the globe."
"Didn't this problem ever occur to you?"
"With Zatanna and I? Um…"
Hesitation. That was a first.
"Come on, spill." Wally grinned, already knowing the answer.
"Alright, fine. It did happen once, when I was away with Bruce on a trip. I kept hearing Zatanna calling me, but could never see her. I told Alfred about this, but all he did was smile."
"So… how did you solve it?"
"I called her. The voices disappeared after that."
So, all he had to do was to listen to the real Artemis and his problems will be solved!
"Is she there with you right now?"
"Yes, I'm looking for Zatanna." Wally replied sarcastically.
"Oh… you meant Artemis. Yeah, she's here."
"Put her on the phone."
A shuffling came on the other end of the line.
Wally sighed happily at the sound of the real Artemis' voice.
"So… Dick here says you've been hearing my voice lately?"
"Yeah. It was driving me crazy. I miss you."
"I miss you too. I'll be back from this trip soon. Try not to lose your mind, alright?"
"Yes, ma'am. Love you."
"Love you too. Bye."
The line cut, followed by the dial tone.
After that, Wally didn't hear any more voices.
My mind forgets to remind me: you're a bad idea
Why did she agree to his whacked up plan? Why is she risking getting into trouble?
Oh yeah, payback.
"Are you sure about this, Baywatch?"
"I'm sure. It's time to give that little troll a taste of his own medicine."
There, in the center of the training room, was a net hanging over the floor. Wally held on to a rope, ready to ambush the Boy Wonder when he gets here.
The last time, Robin had caught the two of them unaware and hung them upside down from the ceiling, where he had left them screaming profanities until Kaldur finally arrived and set them down.
"Shh! Here he comes!" Wally whispered.
Robin stepped into the room, whistling to himself. He went under the net, and Wally pulled on the rope, causing the net to come crashing down.
"Yes! We got… him…"
The Boy Wonder was nowhere to be found. Exchanging looks, the two pranksters went over to look, standing on top of the net… and the net rose up, trapping both of them in.
"W- what?" Artemis yelled in surprise.
Robin stood at the very same spot Wally was in second ago, with the rope in his hands and Zatanna standing next to him with a smirk.
"You! But, how?" The speedster gasped.
"Detective. Duh." Was Robin's reply.
"But, we saw you walk under the net!"
Robin simply grinned, and the archer narrowed her eyes at Zatanna, who was looking innocently at her nails.
Again, Robin left them there screaming. Again, it was Kaldur who had to set them down. From then on, Artemis never participated in Wally's pranks ever again.
You touch me once and it's really something. You find I'm even better than you imagined I would be
He always wondered how her lips would feel like.
Wally knew that he shouldn't be thinking of such things while on a mission, but hey, he can't help it. Not when a certain archer was involved. Said archer was currently close by, fighting off the enemies hand-to-hand. No matter how many times he watched, he still thought she was amazing. So distracted was he that the speedster didn't realize the incoming attack.
"Kid, look out!"
He was knocked out of the way by Artemis, mere seconds before the missile had hit him.
"Keep your head on, will you?" She hissed.
"I'm distracted! I can't help it!"
The archer surprised him with a short, chaste kiss, effectively cutting off any more complaints.
"Is that enough incentive to keep your head on, Baywatch?"
As Artemis went back into the chaos, Wally couldn't help but notice that her lips were much sweeter than he had imagined.
He was definitely going to keep his head on.
I'm on my guard for the rest of the world but with you, I know it's no good
From a very young age, Artemis was taught to stay on her guard at all times. Kill or be killed: the mantra her father had drilled into her mind. Artemis never forgot.
And yet, her mantra seemed null whenever he was around.
It was a slow, lazy night. The rest of the team were already in bed, while Artemis and Wally decided to stay up watching movies. It was the speedster's way of comforting the archer whenever her father popped up during missions. Cheshire has turned away from their father, so that's one less thing to worry about. But Sportsmaster forever remained a thorn in Artemis' side.
"You ok? You seemed pretty…" Wally wracked his brain for a word, but nothing seemed to be able to describe the look on the archer's face.
"Spaced out? Worried? Scared?"
There it was again. That harsh, biting tone she always used. He hated it, at first. But after understanding her background, he vowed to change that 'kill or be killed' thinking.
"Arty, there's just you and me now. You can drop the act, you know."
Artemis sighed, leaning back onto the couch. For the past few years, Wally has been trying to get Artemis to relax around him. It was hard at first, but soon she found herself actually laughing at his jokes. More than once she had fallen asleep on the couch with him next to her. Somehow, only he could get past her defenses.
"I know, Wally, but… Being like this for years really takes a toll on you."
"I understand. Try to let your guard down around me first, and then get to the others. You don't have to change at once."
But Artemis didn't have to try. Not after all those years. Lying down on the couch, she rested her head on his lap and closed her eyes. The last thing she remembered was a gentle hand stroking her hair and a comforting arm around her shoulders before falling into a deep sleep.
And I could wait patiently but I really wish you would drop everything now
Damn him. Damn Robin and his 'paperwork'. That little troll had no right to keep Artemis up with work.
Wally paced the room, cursing the Boy Wonder as the archer sat at the desk, looking through folders. Out of the blue, Robin had decided that everyone should familiarize themselves with the many villains they've fought and given each teammate folders on every single enemy known to them. Of course, being a speedster, Wally had already memorized everything. But the rest have yet to get past their fourth folder.
Artemis was currently on her sixth folder. She had a great memory and was working much faster than the others, but to Wally it was too slow.
"Are you done yet?" He groaned.
"Not all of us are Kid Flash."
"Can't you, you know, stop for the day? We haven't spent time together since a month ago!"
Artemis sighed as Wally decided to take her on a guilt trip. The recent weeks have been hectic, with villains popping up every 5 seconds. The archer had promised to make up for lost time, but with the workload Robin had dumped on them, it's going to take a while.
"I know, Baywatch. And I'm sorry. But the sooner I finish this, the better."
The archer worked on in silence for a while, but then started reading the facts out loud. The speedster knew it meant she was tired and had trouble remembering. Shaking his head, Wally walked over, took the folder from her hands and snapped it shut.
"Wally, I don't have time for this."
Ignoring her, he threw the folder away, picked her up in his arms and began walking towards the zeta-beams.
"Wally West, put me down!" Artemis yelled.
"Keep working like that and your mind is gonna blow!"
"What I need is peace and quiet."
"What you need is a break."
A while later, Artemis grudgingly admitted that she worked much better in intervals rather than cramming.
I run my fingers through your hair and watch the lights go wild
There was a party to celebrate yet another successful mission. The whole team and some of the Justice League were present, just having a rare moment to relax. Off to the side, Connor and Megan were laughing about something. Kaldur talked with Aquaman. Robin and Zatanna were dancing, lost to everyone else.
Artemis accepted the glass from Wally, taking a sip.
"You've been awfully quiet." The speedster observed.
The archer sighed. She should've known that nothing escapes him.
"No. Just thinking about my sister."
"You know you don't have to worry."
"I know, but… my father is ruthless."
A slow song came on then. All couples have gone to dance. Except for them.
"Shall we dance?" Wally asked, extending a hand to Artemis.
She chuckled and accepted, allowing him to lead her to the dance floor. As they swayed along to the music, Artemis wrapped her arms around Wally and leaned her head against his chest.
"You're affectionate today." He teased.
"Shut up, Baywatch. Just let me enjoy the moment."
The speedster obliged. They danced along in silence, just enjoying each other's company.
"You know," Artemis suddenly said, "I could get use to this."
"No, you keeping quiet."
"Babe, you know I hate keeping my mouth shut."
"Then," The archer smirked, pulling his head down, "How's this?"
She caught him in a passionate kiss, to which he returned in kind. As their hands tangled in each other's hair, the lights flashed and throbbed.
Just keep on keeping your eyes on me, it's just wrong enough to make it feel right
This was starting to creep her out, yet she liked the attention.
But really, a staring Wally grinning goofily is enough to creep anyone out. Currently, the two sat across each other, the rest of the team out on dates. Artemis didn't feel like going anywhere, so Wally decided they should just hang out at the cave. But right now, he was just staring.
"Wally, why are you staring at me?" The archer questioned.
No reply. Artemis guessed that he was too spaced out to hear her.
Still no reply, though that grin did get bigger.
"Earth to Wally! Hey, Wallace! Wake up!"
She snapped her fingers, and that got his attention. The speedster snapped out of his daze.
"I was asking why you were staring at me like some kind of creep?"
Wally didn't remember her asking a question. He was too busy staring. No matter how many times he looked, Artemis was always beautiful. He can't help staring.
"I looked like a creep?" He asked.
"Staring and grinning like a big goof."
"Was there something on my face?"
"No, nothing at all. I just… like staring at you."
That caught Artemis off guard. As far as she knows, Wally is incapable of concentrating on anything for more than 5 minutes. But he has been staring at her for over an hour. Was she really that fascinating?
"Why?" The question slipped from her mouth.
"Because you're beautiful."
Artemis decided that she liked the attention after all.
And lead me up the staircase, won't you whisper soft and slow?
"Ok, where are you taking me too?"
"Patience, Arty. Nearly there."
Artemis struggled not to rip the blindfold from her eyes as Wally led her to who knows where. He said it was a 'surprise', and had persuaded her to 'let him do this the right way.' And now here she was, wearing a blindfold and getting more and more anxious.
"Wallace West, I swear if you don't tell me where we are going I'm gonna-!"
He silenced her with a kiss, just as he had been doing for the past half an hour. It worked wonders on her, and he couldn't help but think that she may have been fussing on purpose.
Not that he minded. If she did this on purpose, he was more than happy to oblige.
"You always do that…" Artemis said with a hint of a smile.
So she had been doing it on purpose.
"Effective way to shut you up, don't you think?" Wally joked.
They continued on in silence until Wally suddenly stopped.
"Ok, we're here."
Slowly, Wally undid the blindfold… and Artemis came face to face with the most beautiful house she has ever seen.
"Wally, this is…"
She turned to find the speedster on one knee, holding a velvet box that held a simple diamond ring.
"Arty, our first meeting has been anything but pleasant, thanks to my thick head. But we've managed to make it this far, and I know that I love you more than anything in this world. So, Artemis Lian Crock, will you marry me?"
Silently, the archer held her hand out to him, and Wally gladly slipped the ring onto where it belonged. Taking her hand, he led her up the front porch steps, whispering sweet nothings into her ear.
I'm captivated by you, baby, like a firework show
Artemis was simply amazing.
She would be fast and fiery one moment, then calm and collected the next. Wally could never really figure her out, but he was getting better at understanding her movements.
When she was confident and cocky, she would place one hand on her hip. Her eyes would challenge everyone she sees. That was how she usually appeared to the team, but the speedster knew better.
He knew that she would un-tuck her hair from behind her ears to curtain her face whenever she felt shy. He knew that she would hug herself whenever she felt insecure or scared. He knew how her eyes became lifeless and glossed over with unshed tears whenever she felt sad.
Nobody knew that much about the archer, not even Robin. Of course, Wally had been observing Artemis ever since they first met, and slowly but surely he became fascinated, and then in love.
That's the end! The next one would either be 'Sparks Fly: Chalant' or 'Literally', which is also a chalant fanfic.
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