Willow Part 4
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Italics are memories
Aria belongs to @lovekenya24
“The reimbursement Maia, you should have seen.” Her grandmother said as Lian drew a picture next to the cat as though it was being a model.
Christine rolled her eyes as she poured another cup of coffee in the background.
“And there were people in strange armour I thought it was a convention in town.”
“I’m still confused - why Puente Antiguo?” Maia questioned
“Why did you run off without a word?” Her grandmother snapped back causing Maia to gulp.
Despite looking after Lian while Roy and Misty sorted things out in the apartment down the hallway, she felt as though the real warzone was here.
“That’s enough mom.” Christine frowned and Maia busied herself in Lians drawing
“You’re right.” She nodded “the main thing is Maia returned to us.”
Feeling hyper aware of the gaze of her grandmother she felt thankful she had enlisted Christine’s help in covering her scars up with the concealer. They weren’t fully covered, but they looked … better.
“So this surprise is nice grandmother.” Maia started to say as she watched her look at the pictures that Lian drew the night before. “How-”
“Where did you get your furniture?” She interrupted Maia
“The trademarket.” Maia replied immediately
“Really? Christine, did you not buy her new furniture?” She snapped at her daughter
“Maia refused.” Christine replied simply as Maia rolled her eyes
“Grandma.” Paul spoke suddenly “Tell us about your new house.”
“Well.” She started to talk as Maia drowned her out and looked at Lian’s picture
“I think that’s amazing.” Maia grinned
“Yeah?” Lian asked her as she scrunched her face up. “I really like it and I want to give one to everybody, especially mommy but I’m almost out of my black crayon and I know Daddy would want it.”
“Does your mommy have email?” Maia asked and Lian nodded “Do you send her your photos?”
Lian shook her head
“Daddy can never find them when she comes over, because of all his other papers.”
“Hhow about you keep a special folder full.of them just for her? Or you could scan them and email them to her?” Maia suggested and Lian looked at her confused
“Like the folder my school has?”
“Yeah, I think?” Maia smiled, “and you can decorate the folder if you like with stickers?
“Yes!” Lian giggled excitedly, “daddy has issues with knowing which one is for him and which one is for mommy.”
“Would you like me to get some for you today?” Maia asked her kindly
Lian nodded eagerly “yes please.”
Awesome was what Maia was about to respond with but was interrupted by Roy coming into the apartment.
“Hey.” He smiled over at everyone
“Hey.” Christine smiled “How is it going?”
“Good.” He nodded before turning to Lian “Come on, dinner is on its way.”
Lian nodded and bounced up with her picture, giving the cat a swift kiss before waving to everyone goodnight and disappearing with Roy.
“Let’s get dinner too shall we?” Anna asked and Christine nodded before turning to Maia and giving her a ‘save me’ look. “Will you be joining us Maia?”
“Maybe tomorrow night.” She nodded and hugged her Grandmother goodbye.
“What are you doing tonight?” Christine asked her
“Hanging out with Aria in an hour.” She smiled as she looked at the time “have fun”
Shaking her head, Christine bid her goodbye and after saying goodnight to the others Maia focused on getting ready.
Saying goodbye to the cat that Lian named Princess Nana, Maia silently left the apartment and started walking.
Roy sighed as he heard loud noises coming from the hallway.
Peering out of the door, he found Maia laughing her ass of while dropping her keys while with another Man. After trying her apartment earlier, he had called Christine to check if she was with her but was told she was with Aria.
Aria wasn’t in sight and the man standing next to her was was slightly muscular. He couldn’t make out what the blonde man was muttering to Maia, but apparently it was hilarious.
“Hey.” He frowned at her
“Hi!” She gasped as she saw him and went to go give him a hug. Whilst she did this, the strange man gave him a confused expression and gave him a once over as he picked up the keys from the floor and unlocked the apartment.
“How are you?” Maia grinned
“Maia its 2am, where were you and where’s Aria?” He asked with a harsh tone “who is this?”
“Ohh I didn’t figure I had to tell you where I go everytime I leave.” She rolled her eyes while slurring “and aria’s home I think?”
“We’ll talk about this later.” He sighed as he realised how drunk she was before turning to her ‘friend’ “Thanks for bringing her home, I’ve got it from here.”
“No problem.” The man replied shortly “Now if you don’t mind, we should be going.”
“Your friend seems delightful.” He said quietly in a sarcastic tone to Maia who just rolled her eyes at him in return
“Just go get some sleep grumpy, I’ll talk to you in the morning.”
“Breakfast?” He asked
“Maybe lunch.” She nodded “good night.”
“Goodnight.” He said while looking at the other man who was now giving him disapproving looks.
The next morning he knocked on her door with a bag of food and waited for the door to open.
The door opened to reveal the man from the night before and Roy forced a smile.
“Hey, is Maia awake?”
A groan from inside confirmed that she was. Or atleast partially.
Moving his way in, he shut the door behind him and he turned to face him with his hand extended.
“I’m Roy.” He introduced himself
“Ethan.” He nodded and shook his hand before moving over to the counter and picking up a filled glass and bringing it to Maia who was hunched over on the couch.
“Drink this, it’ll help.” He said before placing it infront of her.
Roy chuckled and sat next to her, as she snuggled deeper into the blanket draped over her.
“Come.on wake up.”
“No.” She said defiantly and grimaced
“You said you could.handle your alcohol.” Ethan laughed
“I said I can drink wine without regrets. Not Tequila.” Maia clarified.
“I better go.” Ethan said with a smile and picked up his things and moving over to place a kiss on her cheek “Last night was nice, I’ll see you around.”
“Okay. Oh wait, have you seen my cat?” Maia asked her and sat up slowly as Roy inspected the drink on the table.
“No.” The man said quickly and before heading out the door.
“So.” Roy started up quickly
“Yeah.” Maia nodded and took the drink out of his hands.
“Nothing happened though.”
“Who was he?” He asked
“He said his sister knew me when we were younger and so I’m guessing he was from school or something.”
“So you had a good night then?” He asked being careful not to start lecturing her about safety.
“Yeah.” She laid back on the couch pillows and thought back “We just talked all night, it was nice.”
“Poor Ayden.” Roy chuckled causing Maia to gasp.
“Fuck. I was supposed to see him for breakfast.”
“Dont worry about it.” Roy smirked “Are you ready to see Dinah tomorrow now that you’re all settled in?”
“Oh fuck.” She repeated and held her head in her hands. “I forgot.”
“Okay.” He sighed “You better rest up then.”
She nodded before looking at him strangely.
“At school. Its a Monday.” He gave her a serious look and shook his head while changing his tone to match. “Last night has got to be a one night only thing.”
“Okay.” Maia nodded, a little bit shocked by his change, and sat there quietly unsure of what had just changed between them
“This was a mistake for sure!” Maia groaned as she heaved in the bushes “Come on. Let it out.” The caring voice chuckled as the elderly woman stroked her back.
“i thought you were out of control last night.” Another female voice called out. The voice belonged to a dark haired woman dressed in deep red, who sat on a boulder away from Maia and the smell that accompanied.
“I thought it would help the nightmares.” She said weakly earning a chuckle from a blonde haired male who was approaching her and wearing the same deep blue and silver armour that Maia was.
“I remember telling you otherwise.” He chuckled as he attempted to help her stand up “but I also remember you buying Dwarven wine too, and singing. Lots of singing.”
The birds songs taunted her as her head thudded.
“I feel like there’s a truck on my stomach.” She whined and the man looked at his companions with a strange look to see if they knew what she was talking about “ooookay. Let’s get you back to camp shall we?”
“But we need to continue.” She shook her head. “Just give me a few minutes okay?”
“I’m not sure how effective your vomit is on our enemies though.” The man rubbed his chin with a chuckle before lifting her arm around his shoulder “it could possibly work and revolutionise the entire organization.”
The woman perched on the rock rolled her eyes and followed the group as they walked off, stopping at plants and gently pulling them out of the ground as she walked.
“Will you hurry up?” The blonde man turned around and called out in annoyance, causing Maia to wince.
“I’m just finding the perfect stick for you to catch.”She retorted.
Maia sat in the small room of the cave and waited for Dinah to start talking, after they fell into a comfortable silence following their greetings.
“Did you say hello to your friends?” Dinah asked and Maia nodded
“I waved at the people I knew, and there were faces I didn’t recognize. But they seemed friendly.” Maia smiled
“It must feel different, but you weren’t here for the initial team up were you?” Maia shook her head
“I saw the guys around and I met Artemis a few times, but left soon after.”
“Did you have any friends where you went? Oliver said you joined a cult but I feel like that was more of a joke.” Dinah asked calmly but Maia let out a small laugh and shook her head, seeing the frown form on her face.
“i made friends with the staff i worked with until i left my employment, but then i joined a group like this?” She thought about her words and nodded “We had fun, we goaded each other but we were on this major mission just to protect people.”
“Protect from what exactly?” Dinah probed and Maia fidgeted with the black hoodie she put on.
“Oh the usual.” Maia shrugged and looked around.”So can I get a ballpark on my return for patrols and join team Arrow?”
“When you feel confident returning to the stress. But we do need you around so people can get refamiliarize themselves with you, after they thought you had passed-”
“Over to another dimension, sure.” Maia nodded earning her a worried look from Dinah.
“Alright.” Dinah nodded and stood up after putting some notes on her pad “So you said you were employed?”
“I worked in a little inn for a few years while i became familiar with the differences” She shrugged “I got into some trouble from defending myself from the wrong person then one thing led to another and that’s when I guess things got kicked into motion, and i started on my journey”