Collab with @MrDidactJustice League Watchtower
Velocity stared out the window as she thought about the chance that had been given to her. One week ago, she had been alone in her life and had thought that she was happier that way. Now she didn't know. Two days after the mission she had woken up in the med bay and had been confronted by the man at the time she hated nearly as much as she despised her parents. She had always wondered what she would say when she finally came face to face with him.One Week Earlier
Danielle Steel looked around in confusion. The last thing she remembered was getting aboard the Javelin or whatever they called the vehicle they had arrived on and then getting dizzy and then the floor getting really close to her. She had woken up a few minute ago and had no idea where she was aside from the fact it was obviously some sort of hospital. Is this some sort of Justice League hideout or something?
She wondered as she looked around and saw a number of nurses and doctors walking around the bay. One of them finally noticed her trying to sit up in her bed. The nurse spoke quietly into a communications device and said something to a nearby doctor but all Velocity heard was the words she had spoken into the communicator. "She's awake"
The doctor came forward and gently eased her back to lay down on the bed. The doctor's name tag read, "Dr. Cross" and he was an older gentleman with shots of silver in his white hair. He also sported small black lenses over his eyes. Cross said, "Don't try getting up too fast. You pushed yourself hard down there. You might be a speed force conduit, but it can take a toll on your body when you haven't had the training. You almost went too fast for too long. Thankfully you're also healing at an accelerated rate but you should be on bed rest for at least a few days. We'll get you some food and water. You speedsters burn through energy quickly." The doctor gestured to a nearby orderly, who nodded and disappeared to fetch some food.
The doctor shined a small light in Danielle's eyes for a moment, turned it off then slowly waved it in front of her. Scanned her with a small medical device. He nodded and said, "Your cognitive functions seem nominal. So are vitals. You're in stable condition and there should be no lasting damage from the fight. We'll have you moved to a recovery room sometime today. Just don't try using your powers until you're fully recovered or you could go back to square one."
"I'm sure you must have some questions, so feel free to ask."
Danielle looked around in confusion and tried to make sense of her surroundings. "W-Where am I?" She asked carefully. She continued looking around for a possible escape route in case she had to leave in a hurry. The smell of food caught her attention a moment later as she turned in the direction the smell was coming from. "I...I guess I'm a bit hungry." She admitted as her stomach began to growl
Dr. Cross smiled and said, "You're on the Watchtower in the medbay. One of the most advanced medical facilities in the solar system. And I just happened to have patched up a few speedsters in my time. I used to be a bit of a costumed adventurer myself, when I was a young man. You're safe now, you're in good hands. And I bet you're more than a bit hungry. I've seen the Flash work through a whole taco truck like piranhas with a cow carcass after a big fight." The orderly returned with a cart piled high with food. Fruit, pancakes and toast, eggs and bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. A whole breakfast, and for more than one person. The nurse came back as well, adjusting the machine next to Danielle as Dr. Cross examined her chart, "You're still on pain medication for the wounds you suffered but you should be off of them by tomorrow. All in all, your prognosis is good." Dr. Cross tapped his ear and listened for a moment before turning back to Danielle, "If you're up for it, there's a visitor who wants to see you. Shall I send them in?"
Danielle stared at the cart piled with food with undisguised hunger. She was starving now that she thought about it. She barely heard him talk the watchtower or about the pain medications or the prognosis as she dug into the cart. She was halfway through some bacon she she finally heard him say that someone wanted to see her. She looked up from the plate of food and nodded. "Sure. Send them in." She said with a brief and small but noticeable smile.
Dr. Cross nodded, smiling back, "If you need anything else just press the call button and the nurse will be with you." Cross stepped out of sight as the nurse pulled privacy curtains around Danielle's bed, leaving her alone with the food for a moment. A second later the curtain parted and the Flash stepped in. Don Allen and his twin Dawn had become Flash and Streak respectively, and had together taken their father's place as the leading heroes of Central City while he was in semi-retirement. The Flash smiled slightly at Danielle and stepped in, "I've had a heck of a time trying to track you down all this time. Almost gave up. How are you feeling?"
Velocity was halfway through a pancake when she saw the man who was responsible for the accident that gave her her powers in the first place and she nearly fell out of the bed. "You..." She snarled angrily. "You stay away from me!" She snarled again as she grabbed a plate and threw it at him as heard as she could. Tears began to roll down her face. "Your the reason I'm a freak! My family abandoned me because of you!" She shouted angrily.
Flash sidestepped the tray in an almost imperceptible blur of movement. His trademark smile was gone, his eyes were full of remorse and regret. He said softly, "I'm sorry. I tried to save your life and I made a mess of it. I had no idea that giving you that shock would have activated your powers. There wasn't time to do a metagene analysis and I just... acted. I tried to find you afterward, but you were already gone. And here we are. Funny how things work huh?" By the look on his face, Flash didn't think it was funny at all. He walked slowly over to the bed, sat down on the far edge. He said, "If I could change what happened I would. But I can't. Doesn't usually work out well when you try to change the past, my dad would know. I can't give you your family back. But I can offer you a new home. Here, with the Justice League. You proved already you believe in fighting the good fight. You don't have to fight it alone. And I can help you. We can all help you. Jay, Barry, Wally, Jesse, Jai, me. You can be one of us. In control of your powers, able to harness the Speed Force instead of letting it run you." Don Allen looked Danielle in the eye, "You don't have to make a decision right now. And I'm not saying we can replace your loved ones. But we'll give you anything and everything you need to get you back on your feet. I promise you that."
Velocity turned to look at the Flash as he sat down on the far edge of her bed. "I...I wasn't expecting you to say that." She muttered. "I thought you were going to gloat or something that you managed to catch me. Listen...a part of me is pissed as hell right now. Not at you, but at my "loving" parents. They saw me at the hospital after the incident and decided they no longer wanted anything to do with me the minute they saw I had powers. They disowned me without a second thought and honestly I'm surprised you made the offer you did." She looked down. "I need time to think, but before I say or do anything I want to ask you a question: What would my life be like if I joined the league? Where would I live? What would I do besides fight crime?" She looked up at the Flash with tears in her eyes. "Listen...I had someone in my life before the...incident. I know that my past life is over. I can't ever go back. But I want to ask you something, are any of the people you've known in the past in danger because of your actions as the Flash? I'm not asking about my parents...as far as I'm concerned I'm done with them. But I want to make sure that the person I loved is safe. I've never gone back to the city after the incident but I want to know if she moved on...if she's safe"
Flash shook his head with an understated smile, "I've been accused of bragging often, but I never gloat. Especially not at times like this." He sighed, "It happens. Sometimes normal people can't handle people like us. We scare them. And not without reason. But we still help them."Flash looked back at Danielle smiling more openly now, "You'd have quarters here on Astrapolis. You won't have a massive suite or anything, but it'll have all the essentials. We'll pay you a salary, and you can use the services here. We've got quality stuff here, and cheaper than you'd think. Plus you can't beat the view. You'd also have a dorm earth-side, whichever Hall of Justice you end up being assigned. Central City most likely. And you don't have to just fight crime."
"There's lots of ways to help people without punching someone else. Humanitarian stuff, charity. And if you want, we can pay for you to finish school. You can get a degree. Work with us on all kinds of projects and fields. Or even go private sector if you choose to do so later. Heck I'm not a crime-fighter full time. I work in the scientific division as well, hard as that may be to believe. We won't decide your life for you, but we'll help you get a start. Help you find your way. A lot of metas have a hard time integrating into the world. We can help you do that. And even if you don't just us, we can still help you control your powers and get you a start."
Don looked into her eyes, nodded with understanding, "We do our best to protect ourselves and those we love. Close family gets the best in security technology. And even those of us who don't have a secret identity, the media and the governments often help us out by referring to us with code names or public identities only. All of our personal records are confidential. We minimize potential blowback as much as possible. It's easier for a lot of us now than it was in the old days, we tend to hang out and associate with others in the community more often than not. But there will be no public links to anyone you know from our end. As for Selena, don't worry. I've been checking up on her. She's doing just fine. Life is normal." "As for me, well if there's been any danger to people close to me, it's because they're in the game too. It's the family business after all."
Danielle stared at the Flash for a moment as his words hit her with the force of a punch to the face. Selena was okay. And if life was normal for her...then she must have moved on. She was hit by conflicting feelings upon her realization. A part of her, a rather large part of her was relieved that life had gone on for her without complications due to what had happened at the Flash museum. She was safe. But another part of her was hurt...well, devastated was a better word, a large part of what had given her life meaning was now lost to her forever. She shook her head as she wiped the newly forming tears away. She looked over at the Flash and smiled slightly. "I need some time to think about it. Give me a few days." She said quietly.
Flash nodded, stood, and said, "Take all the time you need. It took me a long time to learn this lesson, but one of the most important things to know as a speedster is when to slow down." He smiled softly at her once more and then he was gone, the curtain to her bed closing with a soft flutter as the Flash left Danielle alone with her thoughts.Justice League Watchtower
The stars twinkled in the darkness of space as Danielle gave her decision some final thoughts. She had been staring out the window for a few hours now, in all honesty, she hadn't even noticed the hours go by as she thought about her conversation with the Flash a week earlier and her final decision. She could do more with the League then she ever could by herself. She had been lonely and angry for quite a long time, she had been without a family for a long time as well. She would always miss Selena and her friends but now she had the opportunity to become part of something greater. She could save those who couldn't save themselves. After she had woken up, she had heard the news of what had happened in Thailand. She wondered how many families had been ripped apart...how many men, women and children had been slaughtered in the attack and how many couples had been separated either by the chaos of the attack or by death. I can't let this keep happening to people. She thought as she rose to her feet and asked a technician if he had seen the Flash recently. After finding out that he had been seen in the mess hall no more then five minutes ago she headed in that direction. After entering the mess hall, she saw the Flash sitting behind an impressive plate of food. She sat down across from him and extended her hand. "I'm in." She said simply.
Flash had been sitting with his sister the Streak and his cousin Jesse Quick, all of them in understated funerary versions of their costumes after returning from Sandman's funeral. He smiled at Danielle and stood, reaching out his hand to grip hers in a firm handshake, "You'll get the official nod from the big 3 later on. But welcome to the League." His smile turned to a wide grin, "And if you're gonna run with us, you're gonna need a new suit."
Danielle thought about it for a moment. Her suit was a bit beaten up and had a few bullet holes in it. And it lacked many of the things that a Speedster would want, such as comfortable padding on the shoes. The thing had been made from scavenged resources and it was most likely going to be a reminder of a time in her life that she would much rather forget. "So...any ideas where I can get a new suit?" She asked As she looked over the two others besides the Flash. She was familiar with Streak but the other was unknown to her.