Grabbing her weapons and the note, Artemis entered the mountain just as Wally was coming to look for her.
“Oh! You're okay.”
“Yeah Wally. I just got distracted.”
Wally eyed the weapons in her hand before looking back at her.
“Distracted? sejak what; a large bird?”
“No. sejak someone who delivered a message.”
Artemis started walking and he followed behind her easily.
“Who? Who's the message from?”
“What message?” Robin asked.
“The one Artemis got from someone. Who she won't name.”
“It was Cheshire okay?!”
“Why would she send us a letter?”
“She berkata it was her job. That it would answer our question.”
“Open it!” Robin demanded.
“It could be about Becca.”
Artemis froze for a minit before tearing open the envelop and taking out a single sheet of white paper. There was Penulisan on it and a little sia drawn at the bottom. But the words caught her attention. Robin stood behind her, Membaca over her shoulder.
It pleases me to inform anda that a little warrior has been welcomed into our midst. anda know her as Becca. For now she is safe. But that could change. If we do not receive five moonstones and one million dollars before Sunday, January 22, we will take your friend, one piece at a time. If anda wish to save her, send the ransom to the valley just outside Happy Harbor. And, since we have the upper hand, no tricks. No police. No super powers. Consider this your first warning.
Order of the Sia”
Somewhere in Gotham
Becca woke up with a light in her eyes. It was gone a minit later and a rumbling noise sounded. She screamed and jumped to a sitting position.
Her mentor was beside her the minit Becca called out.
“I know my little bird. The storm will pass.”
Becca whimpered and lay her head on Talia's lap, curling up seterusnya to her. A hand stroked her hair and the movement soothed her.
“You've been gone a long while, my dear. How did anda get through the nights anda were gone?”
“I...can't remember. I thought I had someone to help me. But I must have imagined it. Right?”
“Of course. anda told me yourself how they betrayed you. What made anda think that any of those stuck-up Heroes would have comforted you?”
“I-I don't know. Things seemed better out there. I thought there was somebody loving me, making sure I was always okay.”
“Oh Becca. You've been gone too long. You've obviously convinced yourself that your fantasies were real. That one of those Heroes would come out of their ivory tower to save you. But anda know, deep down, that it is only a fantasy. No one else helped anda after your parents died. But I have. I am the only person who really loves you. You're my darling sister. And nobody will change that.”
“I missed anda Talia.”
“I missed anda too, Becca. Now rest. I won't abandon you. Not like everyone else who turned their backs on you. I will never let my little sister go.”