Pairings/Characters (this chapter): Diana, Omar, Barbara Gordon, Lian Harper (Also, see Author’s Notes below)
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
Warnings: There will be character deaths in various chapters.
Continuity: Comicsverse (mix of pre-COIE with current canon) and a dash of Smallville.
General Summary: Can a new world rise from the ashes of the old?
Chapter Summary: The journey begins to a new life for Diana and chosen friends.
Date Of Completion: February 26, 2008
Date Of Posting: March 11, 2008
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 702
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: While this was written from Diana’s POV, this story is structured like Strange Brew and The Family Series with multiple characters and pairings. The prominent pairings are Clark/Bruce, Dick/Roy, Ollie/Dinah, and Steve/Diana, and there are other pairings and characters included as well. Each chapter will list those who appear in that particular segment.
All chapters can be found here.
This is a story of loss, grace under fire, and hope.
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!
Omar smiled. “Welcome, Wonder Woman!”
“Hello, Omar. Is Lian ready?”
Omar nodded, sadness tingeing his smile. “I’m going to miss that little girl.”
Diana put her hand on his shoulder. “You’ve been a good and faithful servant, Omar. I’m sure you will see her again someday. But she must come with me. There is little left for her here now.”
He nodded and went down the hall to get Lian.
Diana walked over to the window. Down below was a street empty of cars except for Barbara’s, and pedestrians were scarce. New York had been hit hard, and many people had left the city.
It was time now, to leave for the other dimension where she, the Last Living Amazon, could re-build the Amazon nation. She was taking those that Destiny had named, and if she was successful, one day Amazons would populate Paradise Island again and be the foremost Warriors to protect Earth should the need arise again.
They would be given the power to create a new generation out of clay, as she had been created, and there were the women she was taking with her.
Diana took off her Medal and looked at in the morning sunlight. Vulcan had modified it to her request: instead of a medal it was now a locket. She opened it and saw the smiling face of her Beloved in one oval, and a lock of sun-bright hair in the other. A tear slipped down her cheek.
She closed the Locket and replaced it around her neck. Her hand went to her belt. Within a small compartment rested a ruby-and-silver rosary taken from her Beloved on that day a year ago.
She turned as Barbara came in. “Ready to go, Diana?”
“Just waiting for Lian.”
As if on cue, the little girl rushed into the living room. “Diana! Barbara!”
Barbara scooped up the little girl into her arms. “All packed, Precious?”
Lian nodded, suddenly sad. “I said goodbye to Papa and Daddy and Grandpa Ollie and Grandpa Bruce and…” She couldn’t continue.
“You can visit them again someday. Now, Aunt Dinah and Linda and Selina are waiting.” Barbara looked at Diana. “I’ll take her down to the car.”
Diana nodded. Omar went with them, helping with the luggage.
Diana looked at the sunlight glinting off the Statue of Liberty out in the harbor. The Lady had been damaged but still stood proudly.
The rays of the sun starting to appear in the sky made her think of Clark. She knew that her request to Athena and Aphrodite to loosen Lyssa’s grip on Bruce had been the right thing to do. She had felt his agony even while his mind was screaming its denial.
Barbara had been right that day in the Rosewood cafeteria.
She thought of those who had pledged themselves to come with her. Selina was bringing Cass, too. The girl’s unusual abilities would work well with Amazon teaching. Lian was going to do very well. She had her fathers’ spirit and some of Roy’s physical gifts. Dinah had survived her grief enough to agree to coming with Diana. Linda and Barbara would not only be excellent Amazons, they would bond in the Old Way and be shining examples of Amazon love.
Shayera and Kori were returning to their home planets to guard against Davon invasions there, and J’onn was going with Shayera to help train new Warriors there.
Many of the superheroes were staying here on Earth, helping to rebuild and stave off the starvation and savagery that was already sweeping the planet. Disease would certainly run rampant.
Diana sighed. She still felt that she should stay, but Destiny had been quite firm. So had Aphrodite and Athena. She was no longer the Princess.
She was the Queen, and she had to re-create her people.
She watched Barbara help Omar load the luggage into the car, and Lian scrambled in.
They would gather on Paradise Island and from there, journey to the new dimension.
She touched her new Medal/Locket, and then picked up her mother’s Sword and Shield.
Diana left the Harper-Grayson apartment as the sun rose up over the Statue of Liberty to herald the new day.
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