Becca didn't alih as Serepta strapped her down to the table. As long as Robin and the team was safe, there was no need to try and escape. Serepta smiled down at her, loving the painful vibe Becca was putting off.
“I'm so glad anda were able to make it. I was afraid anda and your boyfriend were going to become my birds of prey.”
“Robin is not my boyfriend.”
“Really? Oh. Such a shame he never will be. I just have one soalan for anda though?”
Becca turned to stare up at her sister.
“Why did anda never tell him?”
“Tell who what?”
“You know. But since anda won't be thinking much longer, I'll humor you. Why did anda never tell Robin that anda Cinta him?”
“Because it was obvious that we were never going to end up together. Even if I were to live. Besides, he's got other people.”
“Yes. That Kid Flash seems to be rather hooked on the bird.”
“Oh well. anda made the right choice. See, if I take your soul, I can bring Devin back.”
“I figured. anda always did blame me.”
“Well if anda look at the evidence, it's quite clear.”
“I guess. Never one to change your mind atau reconsider.”
“Nope. I do wish anda could say hello. But anda know that won't be possible.”
“Such a tragic turn of events. If only I had another sister. Then I could bring mom back too.”
“Why don't you?”
“I miss Devin much more.”
“Yeah. But that's life my dear Becca.”
“So how does this work? Am I going to feel pain?”
“I hope so. Most don't but I usually wait until they die. But I'll need to use a fresh spirit. So you'll need to be alive.”
“And what happens to me?”
“I sell anda to the same person who took my soul. Then I'll need your body for Devin.”
“You seem so calm little Sparrow. Why is that?”
“Because you'll be happy. And so will the others.”
“You're right. I will be very happy. The only one I'm worried about is Robin.”
“No. He'll be fine after awhile. Besides, Devin will be back.”
“Right. Hmmm. anda are a smart one aren't you? And I'm sure you'll find some way to return. anda always do. Well did.”
“Thank anda for the confidence.”
“Your welcome. Now. Shall we get started?”
“Yeah. The sooner I leave the better.”
“Good Sparrow. Just give me a minute.”
But Serepta didn't get a minute. Superboy smashed through the dinding and the others soon joined him.
“I thought anda berkata goodbye,” Serepta said, putting up a shield.
“I did. They didn't.”
“And they won't, am I correct? They want to save you?”
“Don't ask me. I don't know why they would.”
“True. anda have become a burden.”
Serepta grabbed her cane, throwing it at them. They scattered but continued to hit her with everything they had. But Serepta's powers were quite strong; she could cast multiple spells. She also knew each of their weaknesses, which she used to no extent.
“Nice,” Becca dikomen as Serepta used a high speed tornado to trap the speedster.
“Right? I learned that awhile back. And I learned this one a few days ago.”
Serepta cast a fireball in her hand and threw it towards the martian girl.
“Hmm. anda were off.”
“Yeah. I just wanted to see what would happen. At least I have the speedster still.”
“Oh anda do. I forgot about him.”
“I did too.”
Becca turned her gaze to look at the wall. The clock read 11:59. One lebih minit and it would be midnight.
“What? What's happening?” Serepta yelled.
Correction; a few seconds.
“Oh! anda devious little team! I can't believe anda did that! And after what I was going to do!”
Becca looked away as a bright blue light flashed. She could hear screams and a hissing sound but she didn't turn her gaze. She shut her eyes tightly. When the light faded, Becca opened her eyes. The others were on the floor, probably knocked out from the light. She bent her knee and pulled the dagger from her boot. She used it to cut the leather band that pinned her arms to the table. She sat up and went over to Robin. Becca rolled him onto his back and he opened his eyes.
“Becca? How'd anda get free?”
Becca held up the dagger with a smile.
“Many tricks up my sleeve.”
Robin smiled, sitting up. Becca put the dagger away and hugged him.
“I'm so sorry,” he whispered.
“Everything. I didn't mean to have anda pulled away. I should have defended anda better, be a better friend.”
“It's okay. anda have new friends.”
Robin pulled away to look her in the eye.
“That's no excuse! anda were my first friend. anda should have remained my friend.”
“We grew up, Robin. Things change.”
“Including your emotions?”
Becca stared at him.
“I know anda like me Becca.”
“If only it was just that. I don't like anda Robin. I Cinta you. I always have. But anda never seemed to notice so I let it go.”
“I hope anda mean that.”
“Of course! I don't pour my emotions out randomly. anda know that.”
“Yeah. I also know that I've loved anda forever too.”
Becca just stared. She couldn't speak even as she had words to say. She couldn't speak even lebih when a pair of lips attached to hers gently. Becca shut her eyes, Ciuman back shyly. She couldn't believe this was happening! Robin was Ciuman her! And he loved her! Becca looked up a little breathlessly when he pulled away, feeling her cheeks start to heat up.
“Ow! What happened?”
Both Becca and Robin turned to look over at Wally, who was sitting up with a hand to his head.
“Serepta,” Robin answered simply.
“yeah I knew that! Ah.”
Becca looked through her utility tali pinggang and pulled out her vial of clear liquid.
“Here. This'll help with the pain.”
Wally's eyes widened and he took it.
“Thanks,” he muttered.
Becca waved it off and retrieved it when he sipped a little.
“Not too much,” she warned. “You'll get sleepy.”
She went of to the other member who were starting to slowly get up and made each of them take it some.
“Are anda okay?” Artemis asked when Becca came to her.
“Yeah. I've faced my sister many times so I'm used to the vertigo such lights create.”
Artemis nodded, taking the vial and did as Becca instructed. When each had had a little, Becca capped it and put it back in it's spot. She also took out a couple of washcloths and asked Kaldur to wet them. She gave one to Megan and the other to Artemis before she used the last one on Wally.
“You might need to put ice on your head when anda get back,” she advised.
“You aren't coming with us?”
“Sorry Megan. But I need to look into a few things and see if I can fix them.”
“Where will anda go?”
“Here. Serepta already bought the place and paid off the mortgage. Shouldn't be too hard to clear all this stuff out. Besides, now that she's gone, everything that was hers will disappear with in the seterusnya few hours. It all came with the selling of her soul.”
“Well now what? What are anda going to do?”
“What I always have done. Save a couple lives and chase down the bad guys. What else?”
“Are anda going to be okay here sejak yourself?” Artemis asked.
“Yeah. Now that I don't need to hid from Serepta, I have nothing left to be afraid of. And I know all forms of self defense, martial arts, jalan fights, and anything else that they teach anda on the streets. I also have had an education so I'm good.”
“To live sejak yourself?”
Becca smiled brightly. She placed her hand on her hips as she stood before them.
“I've lived sejak myself for five years, heroes. And now that I have Friends like you, I know I'll be selamat, peti deposit keselamatan at night. Even if I'm here.”
They smiled at the reference she used; Becca hadn't called the her Friends since the moment she arrived. She had only referred to them as allies. But they could see she meant what she said.
“Now. Why don't we head back to the mountain, I can bring my stuff here, and Megan can cook us some dinner.”
The others exchanged looks and Megan blushed fiercely.
“I don't think that's a good idea,” Artemis said. “Megan isn't the best cook around.”
“On the contrary, Megan is a natural.”
Becca winked at the Martian who giggled in return.
“Ohmygosh! This is sooooooooooooo good! How'd anda do it?” Wally hummed excitedly as he took another huge bite of Megan's spaghetti.
“Just a few secrets.”
Becca laughed and Megan smiled at her. The two dropped eye contact as the others joined Wally's encouraging spiel.
“Seriously Meg. How'd anda make this so delicious?” Artemis asked.
“Like I said. A few tricks I learned along the way.”
“Hey Megan?” Becca cut in.
“Do anda want to come back with me and help me set up my new place? I sure could use the help.”
“Hello Megan (hehehehehehehe I HAD to)! Of course I would!”
“Good. I also have a surprise anda might enjoy.”
The two shared a look and then went back to eating as the others started pestering them about what Becca was talking about. With a devious smirk, Becca finally answered them.
“Alright. If any of anda want to watch the Twilight saga with us, anda may come.”
The pestering abruptly stopped and Becca went back to eating.
“So what's your plan for this weekend?” she asked.
“We're going to see one of Wally's nerdy science conventions in Central City,” Artemis said. “You're welcome to sertai us.”
“I don't know. Sounds pretty boring,” Becca berkata with a smirk.
“Whatever,” Wally said. “Just don't bring your sticks if anda do; the guards will kick anda out.”
“Wouldn't that make anda happy?”
Now that Becca and Robin were an official couple (XD!), Wally had stopped accusing her and they had become close friends.
“Nah. I would miss seeing you're bored expression.”
Becca rolled her eyes and smiled. They finished their Makanan in silence and then Megan surprised them sejak pulling out a perfect batch of Chocolate hip cookies.
“Very nice,” Artemis complimented. “Another secret?”
“No. I just had a good tipper.”
Becca smiled brightly.
“No one can beat my mom's recipe. So enjoy them while they last.”
Becca was very pleased sejak the compliments she got and blushed lightly.
“it's my mom's recipe. I had nothing to do with it. I just remembered it.”
“What happened to the written one? I remember seeing her with it,” Robin reminisced.
“It was in the house wqhen it burned down. This was after I'd been on the streets but I heard about it. Was told sejak a friend.”
“Did anda ever retrieve anything from your house?” Megan asked.
Becca's smile softened and it was clear was trying to hold back tears.
“No. Everything was gone when I arrived. There was nothing left.”
Robin put a hand on her back, Ciuman her temple. Becca leaned into him and continued to fight back the tears.
“Why were anda living on the streets anyway?” Wally asked. “You never did tell us.”
“Right. My mom was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She died and then, weeks later, my dad was killed in a car accident. My sister ran away and, because I was scared out of my flipping mind, I followed.”
“What did anda do for your parent's funeral?”
“Ha. That's a hard one to talk about. But this was during the time my sister and I were still...allies. We didn't have anything big, just a few relatives, my sister, and me. I don't even remember most of it because I was crying. But all I really remember is seeing their bodies put in the ground. We didn't have money for coffins, barely enough to keep alive the few weeks before the funeral. But we managed; I managed. I just wish I could've done more.”
Becca sniffled and shook her head, trying to force the tears away.
“So you're an orphan?” Megan asked.
“Yeah. But I've been able to get along. Make ends meet.”
“Why don't anda become adopted?”
“Because then I would have to become something I'm not. I don't want to become any one's ward atau even live in a big house. I prefer the simpler things in life and I can continue to enjoy them if I stay a...stray I guess. Not that I mind. Being a stray is fun; I get to do things I was never allowed to do. Besides, it's not as fun to be a pampered pet for someone. At least, not to me.”
“Well anda can share my aunt and uncle anytime,” Wally said.
“Thank you. I might take anda up on that offer.”
An jam later, Megan and Becca were getting ready to head to Becca's when Artemis came up to them.
“Are anda sure anda don't want to stay?” she asked.
“A part of me would Cinta to stay with anda guys. But I have no mentor.”
“Neither does Connor.”
“Yeah but he holds his own. Connor needs no mentor, just friends.”
Becca smiled when the clone's mouth perked up a little.
“Besides, I have to figure some stuff out. Maybe one hari I'll come back to stay.”
“You're always welcome,” Wally said, giving her a side hug.
“Same goes for my place. Except for March 14th. That's a hari reserved for me.”
“You got it. So plan to come and only tunjuk up on March 14th.”
Becca laughed and pushed Wally away before hugging Artemis.
“Thank you,” she whispered.
“No problem. I want anda to have this.”
Artemis pulled back and handed Becca a silver ring.
“You remind me of someone I know; someone who can disappear like the chesire cat.”
Becca smiled and took it, placing it in her utility belt. She hugged Superboy and Aqualad before Wally grabbed her.
“I want to apologize Becca. I was a jerk to anda until just recently and I'm really sorry.”
“Eh. I kinda deserved it. I beatyou up with a stick remember?”
“Yeah. But still...”
“Look, I'll kick anda butt in sparring tomorrow and we'll call it even.”
Becca hugged him too and then she was swooped away again. This time sejak her boyfriend.
“Are anda going to be okay?”
“Robin, I installed security systems even anda will have a hard time breaking into. There's also a protective shield around my house because of Serepta. I'll be fine. She's gone and I need to stop depending on others. I'll be fine.”
A smile crept on her lips and she lowered her voice.
“I'll even visit anda at the Manor sometime.”
Robin smiled and kissed her before Becca headed out.
“Ready?” Megan asked as Becca sat in the kerusi, tempat duduk seterusnya to(kinda below) her.
“Yep. Let's go.”