“What did you do?”
Wally looked up from eating his sandwich to stare into Robin's upset face.
“Rebecca's upset and won't talk to me. Said you did something.”
Robin leaned in close, anger visible through his mask.
“What did you do?”
Wally scooted back a little. He'd seen Robin angry but this was weird. Didn't the Boy Wonder know that she was only playing with his head?
“Nothing! I just...warned her not to hurt anyone on the team.”
It wasn't the truth but it was close enough for Wally's taste.
Wally rubbed the spot on his head that Robin had slapped.
“I can't believe you said that!”
“I can't believe you did that! I was only trying to protect you!”
“From who?! Becca has been my best friend for years!”
“I thought I was your best friend!”
“So did I!”
Ouch. That hurt. Wally looked away, somehow feeling like this was his fault. But he'd only been looking out for the boy! Rebecca was playing games and fooling the rest of the team. Wally couldn't believe the Boy Wonder was being so dense. Unless...
“Rob? Do you...like-like Rebecca?”
“No. She's my friend. We've been through a lot together. I mean, sure Becca can be a little...crazy but she hasn't-and never will-hurt me. She just misses me. Even now.”
Wally tilted his head.
“Because you pushed her away?” he asked.
“Because you forced her away from my side.”
Wally didn't know what to say to that. It wasn't something you could really respond to.
“Just make sure you have all your facts straight before you accuse her.”
“Artemis will you help me?”
Said archer looked to where the Boy Wonders stood in the doorway.
“With what?” she asked.
“Becca. She won't let me talk to her. And Wally said something and now she's crying. Can you try and find out if she's okay?”
“Yeah. And then I'll kill Wally.”
artemis walked to Becca's room, knocking on the door. She heard movement inside and then a muffled, “Who is it?”
“It's Artemis. May I come in?”
There was a moment of silence, then a click as Becca unlocked the door. It swung open and Artemis entered the dark room. It became even darker when Becca shut and locked the door once again.
“May I turn the light on?” Artemis asked.
“If you want.”
The light switched on and revealed what could have been a struggle.
“What happened in here?”
“Nothing. Just me.”
Becca picked up one of her books, replacing it on the shelf.
“Or do you think I'm still playing a game?”
“Game? Becca what game?”
“Apparently the one with the team. Maybe you all think I'm playing games with you.”
“Becca that's crazy! Who told you you were playing games with us?”
“Take a guess Artemis. Besides, what does it matter? He's probably right.”
“Wally is never right! And you're better than to think of yourself as a player. You are different, but we like you that way.”
Artemis looked at Becca. How was she going to prove to this girl just how much she was liked? Before she could get a chance to find an answer, a huge crash sounded from inside the mountain. The sounds of battle began quickly and both girls rushed out of the room. The team was fighting a girl with black hair and red eyes. She was dressed in black, her arms being shown off from the tank top. She held a cane in one hand but the tip was pointed and sharp.
The girl turned her head to look at Becca. A smirk formed maliciously on her lips.
“Why if it isn't my baby sister? I was starting to get worried.”
“Leave them alone!”
“Why? Last time I recall, you said you weren't any one's guardian.”
“I'm still not. But you came for me. So here I am!”
“Good baby sister. Just come here.”
Becca took a deep breath and walked to her sister. Standing eye-to-eye, they looked similar. But it was clear that they were not the same person. And although soul thirsty, Serepta was much more beautiful than Becca was. Serepta held out her hand and Becca took it. She didn't protest when the cane/sword was pushed to her throat. All battle-that Serepta had deflected using her magic-stopped. It seemed as if all time had frozen, depending on this one moment.
“There's a good girl Becca. I thought I was going to have to...clip some wings.”
“No. I wouldn't have let you.”
An evilly pleasant laugh filled the mountain as Serepta nuzzled her sister's neck.
“I knew you would. Love is a painful thing, isn't it baby sister?”
“Can be. Now let's go.”
“A willing prisoner of war? I like your style Becca. You would've made a good apprentice.”
“If I wasn't heroic?”
“If you were still going to be alive, silly.”
“Now say your goodbyes, spare me the lovey dovey crap, and let's head out.”
Becca nodded again. She looked at Young Justice as a whole.
“Thank you. You helped me sort things out and I know how much I appreciate it. Even from you KF. This will be the last time you see me. But I'll be thankful for your help.”
Becca looked at Serepta through the corner of her eye.
“We can leave now.”
“Good. Thank you ever so much Young Justice. I appreciate you...holding on to my sister. But we have to go now. Bye bye!”
Serepta disappeared, Becca in tow. The minute she was out of the mountain, Robin chased after them. And the others were close behind. But the two sisters were gone.
“Where are they?! Why did Becca let that happen?!”
They turned to Megan. She had her hands to her head, obviously linking her mind to Becca's.
“Becca-she saved your life.”
“If Becca hadn't stepped in, Serepta would have killed you.”
“Because Serepta knows that Becca...likes you,” Artemis answered.
She ignored the looks she received, choosing to stare at Robin's shocked face. She knew that, behind his mask, his eyes had widened. And by the way he was determined to find Becca, Artemis guessed he liked Becca too.
“Becca told me so after she hit Wally. I didn't want to say anything but she thinks of you as more than a friend. That's why Becca said she wouldn't have let Serepta clip any wings. They were yours.”
“I-I...We need to find her. We can't just let her die.”
“Serepta will steal her soul now that Becca's in her possession. But if she can't get it before midnight tonight, Becca can still be alive.”
“Today's the last day of this month. And that's Serepta's deadline.”