YJI - Traught - Reunion
I finally get inspiration for Traught week and it’s on the last day..
countlessuntruths said: Since Hawkeyes have been requested, either Kaldur/Dick or Kaldur/Artemis, 1. Bad romance plot loosely taken from “A Man I Used to Know” by Margot Dalton
"It will be nice, seeing Kaldur again," Wally said in what Artemis supposed was supposed to be the most subtle way possible as they had lunch in the hospital cafeteria.
"I know you’re not a real medical professional or anything, but I thought they taught you lab guys the basics," Artemis replied coolly. "Namely, never to pick an open wound."
"Might get an infection," Wally retorted back.
"Seriously, how did I ever sleep with you?"
"When you had other options?" Wally pressed.
"Now is a good time to remind you what I can do with a sharp scalpel."
Her job was never easy, and that was one of the reasons that Artemis took it. The other reasons she didn’t dwell on, and if people were smart enough, they didn’t dwell on it either. The only person who was allowed to was her mother, and even she lingered on the obvious only long enough for a hug that lasted longer than it needed to and an “I’m proud of you, Artemis” that was softer than it ever needed to be.
But her job became extra difficult on the second day of the rodeo, when the only other person who had ever had the liberty to dwell on just why the child of two criminals would become a doctor landed on her table in the Emergency room.
Artemis did her job, and she did it well, trying not to think about the fact that there were two terrified looking children in the waiting room that looked an awful lot like Tula.
Five years ago, Tula had been alive.
When Artemis’ hands were sore from being forced to remain steady, Kaldur opened his eyes and looked up at her groggily. The small smile took more energy than he should have expended, so really, it was the least she could do to return it.
"Hey, Cowboy," she managed to reply back. "We really do have to stop meeting like this."
So Artemis is giving up her hero persona and costume + weapons in order to try and move on from the life she had from Wally…
She decides to become Tigress which is the persona she had when she was undercover with Kaldur… This smells Seaarrow forshadow!!
May be reaching a little but Seaarrow is…
She’d been happy before, Artemis told herself when the undercover mission began. In fact, it was the mantra that she repeated each morning.
Telling herself that she’d been happy allowed her to have something to fight for. It gave her something to get back to, because she had been so happy with Wally, and getting back to that life that they had shared was absolutely worth biting down her temper at each slight that came her way through her newfound companions. It was absolutely worth swallowing back her revulsion at each terrible act that she and Kaldur couldn’t stop in order to keep their cover.
The mantra was a good one, and its familiarity drowned out the quiet memories of being restless during the repeated reality shows, prompt dinners, and college courses that were a part of her mundane new life.
But then Kaldur was hurt, and Artemis could barely manage to even think her old mantra without wanting to smash the image staring back at her from the mirror.
Artemis wasn’t sure what had changed - this life was worse than ever before, and she should want to get back the life she’d loved so much, shouldn’t she?
It took an innocent walk into Kaldur’s mind to figure out what had changed.
That figured, didn’t it? Kaldur always knew them better than they’d known themselves.
A simple brush of an image, something so delicate that Artemis couldn’t even reach out and touch it. She stood to the side, murmuring “together,” in Atlantean and in English, in the hopes that it would matter.
She wished that she could remember the Atlantean word for “happy,” because she would offer that promise, too. Someday, they’d find that too, just as the image suggested that Kaldur wanted.
If she could find the words, she would make that be her new mantra.
"Are you mad?"
It was the first thing that Artemis asked her and it was the last thing that Zatanna expected.
"Why would I be angry?" Zatanna asked. "You’re alive!"
In reply, Artemis handed over the charm she’d been using the past few months. “Nightwing wasn’t exactly truthful when he got this out of you. Plus, the whole lying about being dead deal.”
"I take it the others were stupid?" Zatanna asked. At Artemis’ nod, she rolled her eyes. "We all grieved for you. But we all took vows to be heroes and know what that means to our personal happiness sometimes. I’m just glad you’re back."
"I"m glad I’m back, too. So glad you could possibly even get away with one of those mushy hugs you’re so fond of."
Zatanna seized the invitation when it was offered.
Later, when they were snuggling together on the couch, she continued to do so.
oh my god i was so artblocked when i drew this so it’s really bad
i’m going to draw more young avengers/young justice crossover tho because. cmon.