Taming the Dragon
A/N So this is my first time writing a DC imagine or whatever. so sorry if its crappy also sorry for how ridiculously long this is.
Tagging: @royslittleharper who inspired me to write this back when she would run @batlog, also tagging @staringatademigod for inspiring me on a daily basis and lastly my friend @yoshithedrawing for being the one to read this first and the one to encourage me to actually post it.
Word count: 6,582(again sorry its so long)
Annabella stared at her cup of coffee as she tried to process everything that has happened in the past week. She has a brother who was raised and trained by Ra's Al Ghul along with his league of assassins to become the next demon head. She was in the middle of her thought process when she heard the voice of her older brother.
“You know just because you stare at the coffee and creamer does at mean they are going to magically mix themselves.”
“Hey a girl can dream can't she?“ Questioned Annabella, as she grabbed the French Vanilla creamer and poured a heavy amount into her cup. "Sorry I'm still in the the process of rebooting.”
“First of all you're not a cyborg and second of all I thought Tim was bad when it came to coffee.” Dick remarked as he served himself breakfast.
“Well Dick for all we know we could be robots we just don't know it.“ Said Annabella as she started putting several spoonfuls of sugar into her coffee. "As for the coffee you can actually blame uncle Barry for that, he's the one that adds sugar to his Tim just drinks his black. Bleh.”
“Miss Annabella is right about the second part Master Dick since Mr. Allen was the one that gave her coffee in the first place." Said Alfred as he came by and took the sugar away.
"Hey I wasn't finished with that." Whined Annabella, she took a cautious sip of her coffee before slightly grimacing and reached out to get the creamer again.
"Yeah no." Said Dick as he pulled the creamer away.
"Dick unless you want me to reopen your wounds with a butter knife I suggest you give that back.” She threatened.
“Okay how come you threaten me but not Alfred?" Questioned Dick as he handed the bottle back.
"Simple because Alfred is the only one with the power to still ground me. Isn't that right gramps?” Stated Annabella.
“Quite right Miss Annabella now please ease up on the creamer." Said Alfred, Annabella poured a bit more creamer before setting it down and giving Alfred a small salute.
"Well anyways back to the cyborg thing. I think you've been spending too much time with the Question." Said Dick as he took a bite of his toast.
"Hey he was the only one who could put up with me during my why phase when I was a kid. Plus his ideas are pretty amusing at times. Oh hey by the way how's Tim doing?" Annabella took another sip of her coffee and sighed in content.
"He's doing good he's been progressing with the team pretty well. What about Jason have you heard from him?”
“He came by about a month ago but I wasn't here. Only way I knew he was here was because there was a new snow globe on my bed from London along with his new number. But I haven’t talked to him in a couple weeks because he took up a new job.”
Dick nodded as he finished up his breakfast and checked his phone.
“Okay well little bat I have to get back to Bludhaven.”
“Okay I'll come visit you in a couple weeks.”
Dick got up and kissed his sister on the forehead before grabbing his duffle bag near the counter.
“Bye Alfred." Dick waved at the butler as he put his plate in the sink and walked out of the kitchen.
"Goodbye Master Dick. Say hello to Master Tim for me." Said Alfred as he started cleaning the plate.
"Will do!" Shouted Dick.
Annabella was halfway through her breakfast when Bruce walked in fixing his tie and proceeding to pour himself some coffee.
"Hey sweetie I'm going to need to run into the office for a bit can you keep an eye on Damian?” He asked as he took a sip from his mug.
“Sure dad. Oh and Dick left already." Said Annabella.
"Right, and where is Damian?" He asked.
"Last I checked Master Bruce he was in the training room.” Said Alfred.
"Okay. You sure you can handle him sweetie?" Asked Bruce as he looked at his daughter.
"It hurts that you doubt me dad." Annabella touched her chest in mock hurt. "Go I'll be fine.”
“Thanks sweetie you're a lifesaver. Love you, I'll try to be out by lunch time." He said as he kissed her forehead and ruffled her hair.
"Dad." She whined. "I just got it untangled.”
Bruce chuckled as he watched his daughter fix her hair. He said his goodbye to Alfred and left. Shortly after Damian walking in while finishing toweling off his hair.
“Pennyworth prepare my usual tea." Ordered Damian as he took a seat and carefully prepared his plate.
"Well gee good morning to you too sunshine." Remarked Annabella. Damian dismissed her as he started eating his breakfast.
Annabella stared at her brother studying him as he ate. He was a carbon copy of their father. And like their father Annabella knew that Damian has light in him despite their dark and hard exterior.
"Is there something you would like to say?" Questioned Damian as he finished up his breakfast.
"Nope just get dressed and meet me in the garage." She said as she got up and put their dishes in the sink.
"But I'm already dressed." Stated Damian.
"Hmm." Annabella looked at what her brother was wearing. A black turtleneck and dark grey trousers. "Yeah no here put these on and meet me in the garage. You got five minutes.”
She tossed a small grocery bag with clothes towards him, which he caught with ease and peered into the bag.
"And why should I wear this?" He questioned.
"Would you just hurry up and get changed.” Damian grumbled as he walked out of the kitchen. Annabella sighed as she grabbed her key keys and shrugged her teal colored hoodie on.
“And where will you two be going miss?" Alfred asked as he finished cleaning the dishes.
"Just going to go out and try to bond. I'll keep you updated." Replied Annabella with a small smile. She waved at the butler as walked towards the garage.
Annabella stared at her watch as she waited in her yellow beetle. Just then the passenger door opened and Damian slid in.
"Almost thought you weren't going to show up." Said Annabella as she stared up the car.
"I have a feeling I had no choice on the matter." Replied Damian.
"Well I mean you could have said no but that would have to result in us staying at home and really where's the fun in that? Plus you look like you could use a day out.”
“And where exactly are we going?" Questioned Damian as he stared out the window.
"Somewhere we can try to bond you are after all my baby brother." Annabella simply stated.
"Half-brother." Damian mumbled.
"Hey blood, no blood, or even half-blood you are my brother whether you like it or not." Annabella took a deep breath. Nope no she was not going to get in a fight with him. "The clothes seem to fit you pretty well.”
“Yes they do. How did you manage to get clothes for me so soon?" Questioned Damian as he looked at the light green hoodie and blue jeans.
"Actually they are my old clothes.”
“You use to wear boys clothes?”
“Still do." Annabella gestured to her hoodie. "It's more comfortable. But also when I was younger and once I got along with Dick we would share clothes. It would throw the paparazzi off because they always wanted to get a picture of Bruce Wayne's little girl. But since they couldn't really tell the difference between us they gave up after awhile. I still get bombarded with the paparazzi at the galas but at least they don't follow me in the streets anymore.”
“How could they possibly confuse you with Grayson? You two don't look the same.”
“Well for starters I actually got gum in my hair and I tried to cut it out… yeah it didn't turn out well so I had to get it fixed which in turn made my hair look similar to Dicks. And I use to be pretty tall for my age plus Dick was pretty lanky when he was younger. Till he got a growth spurt and I stayed stuck at my height since middle school. Not to mention the shades dad would always make us wear and bam we could almost pass off as twins.”
Damian just stared at his sister. Were they seriously related. They looked nothing alike. And personality wise they were complete opposites. If it wasn't for the DNA test he ran he wouldn’t have believed she was his sister.
“What?" Question Annabella.
“You know the past week you have been here you've had something to say about everybody but me. So go ahead lay it on me unless you got nothing to say."
"Well to be honest I didn't know you existed till I got here.”
“Seriously I find that a little hard to believe considering Thalia tried to kill me like three times when I was five… which suddenly makes sense cause you’re like what 12?”
“She was trying to eliminate competition.”
“Even then I think that's putting it lightly.”
“Whatever the point is, I did do my research on you once I got here.”
“And? Come on I said lay it on me what did you learn?”
“You are 17 years old. For the first five years of your life you spent them with father. After that you spent every summer in Mexico with your mother until you were 12. You didn't get into the superhero business until you were 13. You graduated high school your junior year yet went into college to study to become a veterinarian. Which in reality is such a waste.”
“Oh really and why is that?” "You are the daughter of Bruce Wayne, the Batman. And yet instead of taking up training early in life and becoming Robin you wait till there's already been 3 sidekicks before you decide to join. And even then you become this so called "Shadow" instead of being a robin. As for your education instead of taking on the business like you should have you go and try to become a vet? All because of your meta human abilities, which by the way is cheating.”
“If I didn't know any better I'd say you sound jealous." Annabella teased, Damian simply scoffed.
Annabella turned the car into a parking lot and slammed the brake causing Damian to brace himself.
"Alright listen up dragon head.” "Demon head.“ "Whatever. I'm guessing that because of the file you read that you know me so well don't you.” Damian stayed silent. "Well get ready to hear what you can't read in a file. Dad met my egg donor at some charity event down in Mexico. One to many shots of tequila and surprise. The only reason she kept me alive was because she loved the attention she got from being pregnant. Which is how dad found out, he know she wouldn't really take care of me so when I was born they made a deal that I would be with him till I was five. Dad and Alfred raised me, taught me everything my little mind could handle, they even got a Spanish tutor for me. But when I showed up in my "home" town I found out she was only there because she was pregnant again. Otherwise she wouldn't have spent that summer with me even then I only saw her a few times because she constantly needed her "rest”. My aunts and uncles would ignore me. My cousins would constantly tease me for my accent, and laugh when I didn't understand a certain word. Whenever something bad would happen I'd be the one getting blamed. The only one who gave me love was my grandmother. And I loved her so much… she always taught me to be myself, to love myself, and to be what I wanted to be not what others expected me to be. Now let's fast forward to five years ago and my grandmother is on her heath bed and she looks so weak not to mention I lost Jason not long before that. So here I am trying to cope with the fact that the only one who loved me from that side of my so called family was dying. And I couldn't stand and watch as she wasted away. I left hopped on a plane back to Gotham. Soon after that I got calls, emails, even texts from my family who barely spoke a sentence to me my whole life and they were yelling at me, blaming me, that I was the one that killed her. That I broke her heart when I left without a goodbye. And how I never helped out at all especially with all the money dad has plus the money that my egg donor would give me. I was so hurt from everything. I shut everyone out. No one could get to me I barely ate anything I stayed in my room. Until one day I got out and I went to Jason's old room. I saw a picture of us with dad and dick and I remembered how much I loved him, how much I love dad, how much I love Dick. And how much they loved me and I remembered how much the League had also been in my life. And how they helped dad raise me and how a lot of them are like my actual family. And I got better I started accepting help. And then when Tim came along everything just started getting back into place. That's when I started to train but not because I wanted to follow dads path but because I wanted to make things easier on out family. I also gave up everything from my egg donors side, money wise at least, I keep my heritage but in honor of my grandmother.“
“Is there a point for you telling me your life story?" Questioned Damian, Annabella pondered for a bit.
"Don't assume you know someone just because you read up on them. And also this is suppose to be a bonding trip. You learn things about me and I learn things about you. Now come on get out dragon head." Explained Annabella as she got out of the car.
"Demon head." Corrected Damian.
“And I am not going to tell you about myself." Damian said stubbornly as he followed Annabella who started walking away.
"You know this would go a lot easier if you just talked rather than us playing 21 questions.”
"Has anyone ever told you that you are very annoying?“
"I'm a sister it's part of my job description.”
“For someone so tiny you sure are a pain and would you slow down." Remarked Damian as he jogged a bit to keep up with her despite them being around the same height.
"Funny I was just about to say the same thing to you. What's wrong dragon head can't keep up?” She asked as she turned her head to smile at her brother. "I'm 4'11 living with 6ft giants and it’s not like they take baby steps I had to learn how to walk a bit faster so I wouldn't trail behind. Okay we're here.“
"You mean to tell me you dragged me out of the manor just to take me to a place where they sell frozen yogurt?” Damian stared at her with a face of annoyance.
"Well actually it use to be an ice cream parlor but it chanced about a couple years ago. And also I didn't drag you out you came all on your own." Said Annabella as they walked in.
"And why exactly are we here?" Questioned Damian. Annabella handed him a cup and led him to the self serve machines.
"It's a bit of a tradition." She explained as she started to serve herself, Damian gave her a questioning look. "It started with Dick. I didn't really get along with him at first till Alfred took us on a drive and we found this place back when it was the ice cream parlor. Then he sat us down and once we were relaxed he made ya start talking and now I can tolerate him better. We did the same thing when Jason and Tim came along. And every time we just clicked into place. Aren't you going to put topping on that?”
Damian looked at his cup of vanilla yogurt and looked over at the toppings table.
“What's that?" He gestured to the smashed Oreo bin.
"It's crushed Oreos.”
“What's an Oreo?”
“It's a type of cookie. Here why don't we do this." Annabella set her cup down and plucked Damian's cup from his hands.
"Let's get a little bit and sprinkle it off to the side that way you can try it without mixing it too much. Anything else? There's chocolate chips, nuts… you're not allergic to nuts right?”
“No of course not.”
“Alright here let's put some pecans in there and… well you can never go wrong with chocolate. There that should be good.” Annabella paid for the treats and they made their way to a table in the corner away from the small crowd of people. Damian got a spoonful of his yogurt with Oreos and took a hesitant bite. Annabella noticed how his face slightly lit up and she couldn't help but smile. She studied his features noticing the similarities between him and their father.
“What are you staring at?" Questioned Damian causing Annabella to snap out of her thoughts.
"Nothing you just look a lot like dad. Well at least in the eyes and hair, your face is shaped more like your mothers. Except I'm not sure where you got your nose from.”
“My nose what's wrong with. My nose?”
“Nothing it's a really cute nose very boopable.“ Damian raised an eyebrow.
"What does that even mean?”
“I'd show you but you have to promise you won't hurt me.”
Damian just gave her a questioning look. Annabella smiled and quickly leaned over and softly tapped the tip of his nose. She managed to retract her hand before Damian could grab it.
“What was that for?”
“I was showing you what a boop is.”
“And what purpose did that serve?”
“To make someone smile.”
“You are so childish.”
“Hey being childish from time to time is good for the soul.”
Damian rolled his eyes as his sister smiled while eating her treat. He looked down at her cup and grimaced.
“How is that appealing?" He asked as he scrunched his nose in disgust.
"It's delicious, but I mean not a lot of people can handle this much sugar. Not even dad. So I don’t blame you for not wanting to maybe at least trying it before you criticize it." Damian scowled at his sister and reached over with his spoon but she stopped him.
"If you're going to try some you have to do it right." She said as she grabbed his spoon and moved it around in her cup to make sure she got all the toppings. Once she was satisfied she handed the spoon back to Damian and quickly pulled out her phone.
Damian studied the spoon carefully before plopping it into his mouth. He quickly pulled the spoon away as his lips puckered and his eyebrows scrunched together. Annabella couldn't stop laughing as she recorded his reaction. Damian slowly chewed and swallowed down the yogurt.
"What the hell do put in that?" He questioned and quickly shoved some of his own yogurt into his mouth to get rid of the taste.
"Oh no much. Just pineapple and mango flavored yogurt topped with kiwi and lemon flavored syrup finished off with spoke sour gummy worms." Annabella shrugged as she ate some more with ease. Damian stared at her in disbelief then she noticed her phone.
"What a minute we're you recording me?”
“Nope not a chance. Besides it's too late I already sent it to Alfred and it has been saved to my blackmail folder.”
“You have a blackmail folder?”
“First and second rule of being a batsibling always have the camera ready and always have a blackmail folder.”
Damian glared at her but she simply smiled back.
“It's cute how you think that'll work on me.”
Damian huffed and looked down at his cup. Annabella slowly traced her spoon around the rim of her cup.
"So… what was it like? Growing up in the league?" She looked up at him but he kept his gaze down. After a few moments of silence he finally spoke.
"Ever since I could remember I have always been trained. Every year the obstacles I had to face would be more difficult. But I had to pass. There was no room for mistakes. After all I am an Al Ghul… between my grandfather and I we were going to reshape the world.”
“Is that what you really wanted to do though?" Questioned Annabella, Damian gave her a puzzled look.
"Of course it is." Damian did his best to sound confident but Annabella could detect the slight waver in his voice.
"Your whole life you have been told you have to do certain things because you are an Al Ghul but have you ever done anything because you are also just Damian?”
"I never really thought of that.“ Mumbled Damian.
"Well maybe you coming to live with us in the universe's way of giving you a second chance.”
Damian gave her a skeptical look but didn't say anything they continued to eat their treats in silence. Annabella looked up at Damian, chewing the last bit of her yogurt.
“What do you want to ask me?" She questioned.
“You and dad do this thing where your eyebrows slightly scrunch together when you want to ask something." She explained, Damian just scraped his spoon around his empty cup but said nothing. "Okay then how about we get some frozen yogurt for dad and Alfred.”
Annabella got up and tossed her cup in the trash before going back to the self serve machines. Once again she paid for the yogurt and they made their way back to the car. They were nearing the parking lot when Annabella stopped.
“What is it?" Damian asked quickly scanning the area but saw no threat.
She ignored his question and walked into the alley near by. When she reached one of the dumpsters she handed the cups of yogurt to Damian and crouched down.
"Hey little guy." She cooed as she looked underneath the dumpster and saw a scrawny black kitten.
The kitten let out a soft mew and Annabella could sense the fear radiating from it.
"It's okay I'm not going to hurt you." She slowly stuck her hand out and beaconed the cat to come forward. The kitten slowly came crawling out.
Once the car was in reach Annabella carefully picked it up and cradled it. When she stood up she noticed Damian's face soften when he spotted the kitten.
"Come on let's go." Sid Annabella as they made their way back to the car.
"What are you going to do with it?”
“I'm going to take it somewhere to get checked out and then once it's cleared we'll see what happens.”
When they got to the car Damian offered to hold the kitten. Annabella slipped the cat into his arms once she told Damian to put the yogurts in a small ice chest she carries in the back. She watched as the kitten slowly drifted off to sleep while Damian stroked its rugged fur.
“It likes you, you know.”
“Just because it fell asleep on me doesn't mean it likes me.”
“Trust me dragon head it likes you. It feels safe with you something that it hasn't felt in awhile.” After a few moments of silence Damian finally spoke.
“How exactly do your powers work?”
“I was wondering when you were going to ask that. Well we're still not exactly sure. We didn’t know I had powers till I was 8 and it was my grandmother that found out. And so far we’ve discovered that I can communicate with just about any animal land or sea. Only problem is the wilder the animal the harder it is to communicate with it. It we've also learned I am able to access their memories and be able to see things through their eyes. Also applies to any meta human who have animal like DNA which makes interrogations with Killer Croc a lot easier. And we're here, could you wait outside for a bit I have to do a quick costume change.”
Damian got out holding the kitten close to his chest. Five minutes later Annabella came out wearing a light blue polo, dark jeans, and sneakers.
“Alright let's get this little guy checked out." Said Annabella as they started walking to a dome shaped building.
"What is this place?" Asked Damian as he stood outside the entrance.
"Teresa's Animal Sanctuary, named after my grandmother. I had this place built my freshman year of high school. Here we care for all animals big it small. Pet like animals get treated and sheltered here and every other month we have an adoption day at the park. Wildlife get cared for and the released back into the wild once they are 100% ready. Come on let's go inside." Annabella motioned for Damian to follow her.
"Miss Wayne, I didn't know you would be coming in today." Said the receptionist at the desk.
"Hello Darcy I'm just here for a quick visit. Can you tell Dr. Croft to meet me in the lab to perform a check up on a cat.”
“Sure thing Miss Wayne.”
“Thank you. Come on Damian this way." Annabella led him through a long hallway. Towards the end was a light brown door and Annabella paused. "Okay we have to go through the dog house but I gotta warn you they are super friendly and will tackle you if you're not careful.”
Damian simply nodded and held the kitten closer. She gave him a soft smile before opening the door.
Yay Anna's back.
Immediately half of the dogs in the room run and tackled Annabella. She giggled as many of them sniffed and licked her. Damian looked around the room in awe. It was the size of a small house with dog beds everywhere along with some toys strewn around.
“Okay. Okay! Yes I'm happy to see you too." Annabella's voice was muffled from being underneath the dog pile.
"Okay everyone sit!” Immediately all the dogs surrounding her sat. Annabella got up and dusted herself off. “Everyone meet Damian.“ Annabella gestured to her brother and the dogs surrounded him.
What's a Damian?
Ohh he smells like pine trees.
What is he holding?
Oh it's a cat.
Cat! Cat! Cat!
I wanna see the cat!
The dogs started to get closer to Damian and the kitten quickly climbed up his arm and perched on his shoulder, hissing at the dogs.
"Okay, okay easy everyone easy. Everyone be a good boy and girl and go play with your toys.”
Annabella smiled as the dogs dispersed around the room. She escorted Damian out of the room and into another hallway.
“Ah Miss Wayne so good to see you." Said a woman who looked to be in her mid twenties, soft brown eyes, and a bright smile.
"Hello Dr. Croft. Shall we begin?" Annabella greeted the woman as she grabbed her lab coat and got ready.
"Of course, and who's this gentleman?" Asked the doctor.
"I'm her brother. Long story, I'm sure you'll hear it in the tabloids soon. Now can you start this cat needs to be attended to." Said Damian as he carefully handed the cat to the doctor.
While they bathed and checked the cat over for any injuries and gave it it's proper shots. Annabella watched her brother. His entire demeanor seemed to change, when the kitten would fidget Damian would pet it and whisper something in Arabic. She could feel the calmness radiating from the cat. Once they finished Dr. Croft left.
"Would you like to feed him?" Annabella asked her brother as she prepared the bottle.
"Sure." Damian replied as he adjusted the cat in his arms before taking the bottle.
"So much for cheating for using my powers huh." Annabella smirked and Damian huffed.
"I will admit you do seem to make things better when it comes to the well being of the animals. So what's going to happen to him now?”
“Well we take him to the cat lounge. Help him hey use to the other cats and just wait to see if maybe he'll get adopted." Annabella explained, she notice Damian slightly pout. "Unless you help me convince dad to keep him.”
“Why would we need to convince him?" Questioned Damian, Annabella bit her lip.
"Well once we realized my powers I tended to attract a lot of animals to the manor. So now to have to ask before I bring animals in. But if we team up and pulled our best puppy dog face he might just say yes.”
“What's a puppy dog face?”
“You don't know what a puppy dog face is?”
“I've never really ever had to beg for anything, and what are you doing with your face?”
“This is my puppy dog face. You just have to pout make you eyes slightly watery and boom puppy dog face almost always guarantees you getting your way done. Try it.” Damian gave her a skeptical look.
“Come on just try it." Annabella encouraged, Damian sighed and tried to imitate her.
"Okay you got the pouting part right but try to soften your eyes and try not to scrunch your eyebrows. Oh perfect!”
“I feel ridiculous.”
“Nonsense you look perfect trust me my little padawan it will work.”
“Please tell me you know what Star Wars is." Damian shook his head.
"Oh I am going to have so much fun catching you up on pop culture. Anyway we just have to fill out his registration papers and we can leave.” Annabella pulled out some farms from a filing cabinet and began to fill them out.
“So what do you want to name him?”
“I was thinking Pennyworth.”
“You want to name him after Alfred?”
“Is that a problem?”
“No not at all. Trust me it's refreshing to hear a name that isn't Captain McFluffykins or Admiral Meow.”
“Do people really name their animals like that or are you joking?”
“Nope totally serious.”
“Kids are weird.”
“Technically you are a kid.”
“Yeah whatever. Okay paperwork done let's go home." Annabella grabbed a small carrier and Damian helped put the sleeping kitten in.
When they reached the car Annabella slipped the carrier in the backseat. She tossed her keys to Damian who quickly caught them.
"You know your way back to the manor right dragon head?" Annabella asked.
"I thought Father said I couldn't drive.”
“I won't tell if you won't tell. But if we get pulled over your 15 and I'm teaching you how to drive.” Damian smirked.
“Trust me we won't get pulled over." Damian quickly made his way to the driver's seat as Annabella slipped into the passenger seat.
"Who knows maybe having a sister wouldn't be so bad after all." Said Damian as he stared the cat.
"Oh we'll see about that." Annabella said with a chuckle, already thinking of the headache they are going to give their father.
*three years later*
Annabella groaned as she walked the halls of Watchtower. After two weeks the Justice League was finally able to defeat an alien race that threatened to invade. Now after a shower, getting checked at the med bay to get her broken arm in a cast, and slipping into a fresh clean suit all she wanted to do was just home and sleep for a month. She was walking down an empty hallway when she felt a strong pair of arms wrap around her waist and quickly yank her into a small broom closet. A soft blue glow came from behind her and she stroked her boyfriends tattooed that provided them light in the dark space.
"Hello my love." Kaldur whispered as he pressed a small kiss to the base of her neck.
"Hello cariño. I missed you." Annabella turned and gave him a sweet kiss.
"Are you alright?" He asked as he noticed her arm.
"Just a broken arm, couple of bruised ribs, and cuts and bruises just about everywhere but other than that I'm fine. Plus I heal fast so really no biggie." She shrugged, "what about you?”
“A few new wounds here and there but I am fine as well." He replied, Annabella reached up and stroked his cheek and sighed as she gazed into his intense grey eyes. He held her hand and nuzzled into it kissing her palm.
"I do wish your family knew about us so we wouldn't have to hide like this.”
“I know, I know and they will I promise as soon as we finishing cleaning up the damage that was cause we will tell them. And I hope Damian doesn't turn you into fresh sushi." Annabella smiled and Kaldur lightly chuckled. "Although I do have a family full of detectives I'm sure one of them is bound to know.”
“Speaking of which long before they realize you are taking longer than usual to get to them?”
“Maybe five more minutes?" It was more of a question than a statement.
"Well in that case let's make the most of them." He said as he leaned down and kissed you with a passion that made her knees weak.
He held her close, hands gripping her waist, almost as if he were afraid if he left go she would disappear. She wrapped her good hand behind his neck trying to make sure there was no space between them. Then suddenly the door flew open and someone cleared their throat. They both froze. Annabella slowly pulled away keeping her eyes closed.
Please staff member, please be a staff member.
She slowly opened her eyes and resisted the urge to groan. In a way she wished it was just her father. But apparently the universe did want that, because standing in front of them was her entire family. Dick and Tim looked amused, while Jason looked like he was debating which way he was going to murder Kaldur, Cass simply held her hand up while Barbara and Stephane handed her 20 dollars, however Damian and Bruce both held blank expressions, which just made Annabella worry more.
"Hey guys." She cringed at how high her voice sounded.
"So you and Kaldur huh." Said Tim with a smirk that she wanted to slap off.
“How long?" Bruce spoke his voice sounding a bit rougher than usual. Annabella gulped.
"Um five months." Again she cringed at the sound of her voice again. Damian huffed and stomped away. "Damian wait!”
She ran after her brother leaving her poor boyfriend to fend off her family by himself. She looked around the main command center and cursed when she couldn't find him. She spotted Red Arrow. Or was it Arsenal now? Whatever these timelines were weird she quickly went up to him.
“Ginger spice have you seen my brother?" She asked, the archer glared at her before answering.
"I think I just saw him beam away." She let out a loud groan.
"Did he find out about you and Kaldur?”
“How did you… never mind later ginger spice!" She waved as she left.
"You're not invited to karaoke night anymore!" He shouted.
"That's what you guys always say!" She shouted back.
She quickly put in the coordinates for the batcave and jumped on the platform to teleport. Once she was in the cave she raced upstairs and ran out of the manor. Once she was outside she made a beeline to one of the bigger trees where her tree house was. She leaned against the base of tree and huffed. Sitting there was Titus looking up at the tree house.
Something is wrong with my human.
"Yeah I know buddy. I'll talk to him." She said as she pet his head and looked up groaning. "I’m getting too old for this shit.”
When she got up she poked her head in and saw Damian sitting on the small twin bed looking up at the stars through the open ceiling. Alfred was curled up at the foot of the bed.
Miss Anna. He greeted, she smiled at the cat always finding it amusing how it picked up on Alfred's mannerism.
Petting his head as she passed him, she sat next to her brother. She waited as she looked up.
“Why didn't you tell me?" He asked, she sighed.
"We we're going to tell you guys sooner but then the invasion happened. We didn't mean to hide it for so long." She said as she leaned over and rested her head on his shoulder.
"Did it really have to be fish brain?" He sneered, she sighed.
"Damian… when you died. I didn't really handle it too well. If losing Jason and my grandmother broke me. Losing you it nearly killed me. And Kaldur he was the one to help me. And if it wasn’t for him I'm not really sure what you would've come back to.” Damian wrapped his arms around his sister and held her close. She snuggled into his chest listening to his steady heartbeat to remind herself that he really was alive.
“He makes you happy?”
“Yes.” He sighed and rubbed her shoulder.
“Alright you guys can date.”
“Thank you." She smiled and hugged him.
"Come on dragon head let's go back inside I'm pretty sure everyone is waiting.”
When they walked back into the manor sure enough everyone was standing around in the living room. Kaldur was sitting awkwardly on one of the sofas.
“Alfred prepare some coffee it's going to be a long night." Said Damian as he took a seat in front of Kaldur. "Kaldur'ahm I am going to ask you a series of questions regarding my sister answer them correctly and you will proceed to complete an obstacle course. Then you will be allowed to be with my sister.”
“Damian! Seriously!? You just told me we could date." Exclaimed Annabella.
"That doesn't mean I can't test him." Said Damian.
"Hey wait I want part of this interrogation." Said Jason as he took a seat. There was a chorus of me too's as everyone took seats.
"Dad?" Annabella looked at her father silently pleading for him to stop this. But he simply smiled back. Oh no that's never good.
"Damian you may begin." Said Bruce.
Annabella groaned as she stood off to the side. Alfred coming up beside her.
"They are quite the handful aren't they miss." Said Alfred and Annabella leaned against him.
"Yes they are but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way." She sighed as she watched her family interrogate her boyfriend with a small smile on her face.