The League watches over a baby Annabella.
Word Count: 1,257
“So why are we here again?” Questioned Hal.
“Bruce hasn’t checked in at the Watchtower lately and I’m getting worried.” Said Diana.
“Okay but why do we all need to be here?” Asked Hal, Diana shot him a glare and he shut up.
Clark knocked and always Alfred opened the door. Diana noticed that the butler seemed very tired.
“Hello Alfred, is Bruce here?”
“Yes Mr. Kent, if you would follow me.” Said Alfred.
He escorted the league to the living room where they saw a very tired looking Bruce watching over a baby girl. The girl was walking around in a purple walker. When she spotted the league she squeaked in delight.
“So you have a daughter.” Said Shayera. Bruce’s head snapped in the direction of the league and groaned.
“Are we sure it’s spooky’s she seems too cheery to be his.” Said Hal and Bruce glared at him.
“How old is she?” Asked J'onn.
“Going to be a year in a month.” Bruce answers as he rubs his eyes.
“You managed to keep her hidden for almost a year?”
“Mr. Wayne didn’t want the media to find out Mr. Kent. And he also believed her could watch over her along with doing his duties as the Batman.” Said Alfred as he went to pick up the baby girl.
“What’s your name little warrior?” Diana asks as she tickles the girl tummy who squealed in delight.
“Annabella Wayne.” Said Bruce as he smiled at his daughter. “Come on sweetie it’s time to eat.”
“Bruce when was the last time you got any sleep.” Asked Jon.
“Two days ago.” Said Alfred. “Miss Wayne has been a bit difficult with going to sleep as of late.”
“Bats why don’t you let us watch over her a couple of days while you catch some zzz’s” said Barry.
“No she’s my responsibility.”
“Bruce you don’t have to do this alone. Let us help you.” Said Diana.
Bruce looked over at Annabella who was munching on Alfred’s tie. After a few moments he sighed.
“alright fine. Let me just gather some things.” Said Bruce.
“Would you like to hold her Miss Prince?” Asked Alfred.
“Of course.” Alfred passed Annabella to Diana. “Hello little warrior.”
The baby cooed and reached up to take Diana’s tiara.
“No no no.” Diana light scolded and the baby laughed. Annabella pressed her hand to her lips and extended it out as if she was blowing kisses.
“I wonder where she learned that from.” Clark chuckled and Annabella made grabby hands towards him.
Clark held her and she repeated the same action except this time she pressed her hand to his mouth. Clark smiled when suddenly she reached up and ripped his glasses from his face. Barry caught them before they hit the ground and placed them back on Clark’s head. Annabella squealed in delight and tried to take the glasses away again.
“See Clark even my kid thinks your disguise is stupid.” Said Bruce as he came back into the living room.
“Where are you going?” Asked J'onn as he noticed the small bag in Bruce’s hand.
“Decide to go to a hotel for the day if I hear her cry you’ll just wake up me not be able to sleep.” Bruce took Annabella from Clark. “I’ll be back first thing tomorrow morning. I love you.”
Annabella babbled and smiled when Bruce kissed her cheek, Barry held his hands out and Bruce hesitantly handed her over.
“Here is her schedule for the rest of the day. She should be eating right now so go do that first. Here are the different ways to contact me is anything goes wrong. And if something goes wrong you’ll be suspended from the league. Her room is at the top of the stairs to the left third door from the right. You’ll notice it there’s a sign with her name on it. And I think that’s it. Alfred shall we?” Bruce handed to folder to Diana.
“Of course Mr. Wayne, have fun Miss Wayne.” The butler kissed Annabella’s forehead.
Bruce gave his daughter one last kiss before leaving.
“Alright baby bat let’s get you some food.” Said Barry as he grabbed the folder and walked to the kitchen.
Annabella babble as Barry put her in her high chair and look around for her food.
“Alright baby bat here you go.” Said Barry as he sat down with a jar of baby food, he scooped some up and held it in front of her. Annabella made a face and pulled her head back. “Come on.”
Barry tried to bring the food closer to her but she pulled further away.
“Yeah I don’t blame you kid this stuff looks nasty.” Barry looked at the papers in the folder. “Says here your dad is trying to ease you into some solids.”
Barry sped around the kitchen and came back with a banana and some peanut butter.
“Alright let’s try this.” Barry scooped up some of the peanut butter and gave it to her.
She looked at it curiously before eating it. Barry noticed that she seemed to like it and continued to feed it to her occasionally giving her some mashed up banana.
“Barry you can’t feed a baby peanut butter.” Said Hal as he walked in.
“Why not look she loves it.” Barry gestured to Annabella who’s mouth was covered in peanut butter. “Alright baby bat let’s get you cleaned up.”
Barry picked her up and went to wet a paper towel. Once her face was clean Hal went up to them and tried to reach out for her but she held her hands close to her chest and leaned away.
“Oh come on you’ve been through half of the league’s arms it’s my turn.” Hal reached out for her again but she let out a cry of protest.
“Hal what are you doing?” Asked Jon as he walked in with the rest of the leaguers.
“Trying to hold her. Oh wait I got it.” Hal made a little green bunny appear in front of her and Annabella cooed in delight.
But when she reached out for it the bunny disappeared and Hal grabbed her. She began to cry and reach out for someone else. Jon quickly grabbed her and chuckled.
“Well I think that proves she really is bats kid.” Said Barry.
“I will get you to like me.” Said Hal and the girl hid herself between her hands and Jon’s neck.
The rest of the day was spent entertaining the girl. She would be passed on from person to person everyone of them telling her stories. A the end of the day she was surrounded by her toys and babbling to a stuffed bear.
“Okay little warrior time for bed.” Said Diana as she came unto the living room with a freshly made bottle.
Diana picked up the girl and carefully place Cher in her crib and gave her the bottle. As the baby drank Diana noticed a book on the rocking chair next to the crib. She picked it up and inspected it.
“Alice in Wonderland, your father reads this to you!” Diana asked as she looked into the crib, the baby stared back at her curiously.
Diana. Rocked the spine of the book looked very worn out, where she opened it on the first page was in nice handwriting was written
“So that’s why he reads it to you.” Diana smiled. “Okay then, shall we?”
Diana sat down and began to read.