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So I just had this thought about the s3-s4 era of Arrow and how the start dates of all the costumed heroes stack up
  • The Arrow: Fall 2012
  • Arsenal: Spring 2014
  • Black Canary: Winter 2015
  • Speedy: Spring 2015
  • Spartan: Spring
  • Green Arrow: Fall 2015

By the end of s3 both the Arrow and Arsenal are out due to Roy’s sacrifice. Oliver’s on there twice because according to s4, the public honestly believes the Arrow and Green Arrow to be two separate individuals. So…

Can I have the AU where the citizens of Star City and the press recognize Black Canary as the leader/senior member of the group? Like news reports will lead with “The Black Canary and her team of vigilantes blah blah blah etc.” There’s no such thing as “Team Arrow” in Star City. Nah, people tend to call it the “Canary Crew” or “Canary & Co.”

And the citizens love Black Canary. Especially in the Glades. She’s the one that rallied them to fight back against Brick, remember? She’ll fight off anyone, from crazy assassin leagues to that guy who just tried to mug a woman walking home from her job. She’ll take the time to save your kids and send them off to safety with a wink and a smile. No one can get her action figure in Star City for Christmas because it’s sold out.

They all have a healthy admiration for Speedy and Spartan, too. Over those summer months, those two established their street cred and respect among the citizens and criminals alike. Everybody knows you don’t want to go up against Speedy when she’s angry. And Spartan? Have you seen that guy’s arms? If he takes you out with the tranq gun, count yourself lucky. That’s mercy.

And when the Green Arrow rolls into town and puts his face up on television, Star City isn’t impressed. Guy in a green hood, yeah, they’ve seen it all before. Nice try, rookie. Doesn’t he know commandeering the televisions is a bad guy move in this town? They start taking bets on whether or not this newbie’s going to disappear for weeks or months at a time like the Arrow always did.

Damien Darhk can’t be bothered with Green Arrow after their first fight. He barely broke a sweat tossing that archer aside, what should he spare him a second thought for? Time to deal with the real thorns in his side for the last five months, Black Canary and her friends.

When Oliver gets asked questions about his policy on vigilantes as a mayor candidate, it’s the Black Canary’s name on every reporter’s lips, usually paired with Spartan or Speedy. Occasionally there’ll be an added “and that new arrow-guy”, like an afterthought.

And that’s how it hits him. He’s not the gatekeeper of heroism. He never was. Just because he was the Hood five years ago doesn’t mean anything. Being first isn’t what’s important, it’s your commitment that counts. That’s what people remember.

So he resolves, truly this time – and not on television or in some grand speech, just quietly, to himself – to never give up on his city again. To finish what he started. To be as worthy of the hero mantle as all the others who didn’t need his permission or approval to earn it.

The next time they team up with their Central City counterparts, the name Team Arrow starts getting bandied around in the base. No one’s surprised when Oliver looks up with a no-nonsense, “We’re not called that.”

No, the shock comes when he takes a step that places him right next to Laurel, lays a hand on her arm – like he always does – and continues, “Pretty sure word on the street says we’re Canary’s Company.”

Most of the others have looks ranging from surprise to bemusement. Diggle’s is far more considering, though that’s nothing unusual. Thea’s one of the first to give an approving nod. Then Cisco adds his ruling of, “Awesome name.”

But Oliver’s eyes are on Laurel.

She’s the most stunned of all. Then slowly, ever so slowly like she’s daring to believe it little by little, her eyes soften and crinkle at the corners as a smile spreads over her lips and lights up the whole room.

And he knows, somehow, he’s found his way back to a hero’s journey.