Eventually, Samantha catches on as she hears quiet giggles coming from the women nearby. She immediately recognizes the women, having seen them at her mother’s various dinner parties and events. She feels a pang of regret as she quickly looks away again, hoping that the women will leave her be.
“That’s Veronica Braxton’s daughter, isn’t it?” One of the ladies eventually says just loud enough for Samantha to hear. After the woman next to her nods, the first lady continues. “I hear she got knocked up and ran away. I’ve heard rumors that the butler may be the father of the child. And to think we were convinced that Veronica knew how to raise a child? I’m glad my daughters aren’t like this.”
I'm an asshole to the characters I love so how about Len and Mick dealing with some seriously life threatening medical shit. (due to personal ties I vote complete renal failure)
1 - Len is the one who gets sick. His absurdly high tolerance for pain and inconvenience is a serious problem here, because he insists he doesn’t need a hospital at first, despite the vomiting, the nausea, the numbness. It’s only when his legs starts swelling up that Mick panics and takes him to STAR Labs, where Caitlin (at heat-gun point) diagnoses him and then everybody panics.
2 - One of Len’s worst nightmares is to be stuck in a hospital attached to a bunch of wires, due to the wasting way his mother died, so to say that he’s displeased with the idea of dialysis is…understating it. A lot. Mick doesn’t mind that Len’s a complete bitch to him, though; he gets it. He still doesn’t leave Len’s side, no matter what Len says. Len is incredibly grateful for this and sometimes, when it’s just the two of them in the middle of the night (because visiting hours are for schmucks), he’ll whisper a thank you. Mick will pretend not to hear it. It’s the way they work.
3 - The Flash team is freaked out because they’ve never had to deal with serious medical stuff that couldn’t be magically cured in a few hours. Mick takes advantage of their concern to put Caitlin on the job of trying to find out what’s wrong with Len - the symptoms started fairly abruptly for him, and Mick thinks they would have noticed some sort of chronic kidney failure, which leaves some sort of infection, injury, poison or maybe even meta-related attack as the possible cause - and puts Cisco on the job of keeping the police away from them.
4 - Lisa comes and immediately volunteers a kidney of her own, but Mick vetoes it until they can figure out what’s wrong. She does insist on taking over some of the keeping-Len-company work, which allows Mick go out and have a small nervous breakdown because damnit, he just got Len back, he’s not allowed to go again. Even the Flash doesn’t begrudge him the fires he sets in the abandoned buildings by the docks. (Lisa, in turn, spends a lot of time curled up on Cisco’s couch just rocking back and forth a little bit, her fingers clenched so hard on her mug of tea - not hot cocoa, that’s Lenny’s drink, and she can’t have it right now - because she can’t even imagine a life without knowing Lenny is in it but she has to start now or else she’ll break later. She’s always assumed he would die in a hail of bullets or a fire or something, she’s prepared herself for that, but not this.)
5 - They keep Len busy by giving him blueprints for him to plan break-ins with. Fantastical break-ins they don’t even necessarily plan to do - the White House to steal a pen off the desk, the Louvre, the Seed Bank in Norway because why not, he loves breaking banks. the Flash team totally takes shameless advantage of this by having him plan a few of their battles, but it keeps Len busy - he gets a commlink and to armchair quarterback their battles, which he takes a devious delight in.
6 - They do eventually figure out what the issue is - it’s probably poison of some variety; Mick swears bloody revenge but doesn’t get a chance to do it because Lisa gets there first - but by that point the damage is done. Barry volunteers a kidney since his own will probably regrow and - much to everyone’s surprise - they’re compatible, so they do that. Len grumbles about this meaning he can’t be a proper supervillain anymore, but Barry assures him he’ll be okay with antihero-ally status. Mick doesn’t even care. He’s just relieved. Lisa is so relieved she kisses Barry. Then Cisco. Then Caitlin. Then Cisco again. Just because.
7 - Everything seems to go back to normal after a while - Len has to do regular check-ups at the hospital and/or at STAR Labs, which means they have to curtail their stealing (or keep it to non-Central cities), but it’s going pretty well. Recovery is slow but steady. Well. Until the day someone tries to shoot at Len and Len ducks out of the way in a crackle of lightning.
8 - Barry is banned from ever donating blood or organs again after that. They have enough speedster villains, thanks. (Len is not actually a speedster, much to his relief, he just has little blips of high speed on occasion which he finds quite useful, if somewhat random.)
Eventually, Samantha gets enough of listening to the women whispering about her. She gives them a glance, her eyes meeting with the redheaded woman who simply huffs and looks away. With shaky legs, Samantha gets up and leaves the park without a word. As she walks away, she feels the stares of the four women basically burning into her back. While she can no longer hear what the women are saying, she knows it’s everything but nice.
A few days later, Samantha decides on a walk to the local park while Caleb is out catching up with a few friends. In the park, she finds a seat on a free bench and sits down to catch her breath and enjoy the sun. While she absolutely adores the life in the city, the quietness of the park is enough to easily calm and soothe her. It reminds her of the few fond memories she has from her childhood. While she’s simply focusing on relaxing and taking in the scenery, Samantha doesn’t notice that four uptight looking women approach her.
1 - Cisco is Iron Man. He doesn’t mean to be, it’s just - well - Dante found out about him working with the Flash and all that during their kidnapping and he basically freaked out and no matter how many times Cisco insists that he’s just back-room tech support, Dante insists he needs to defend himself better. So Cisco makes himself a suit, except it has a lot of tech built into it. He makes it something he can summon quickly. This enables him to save Dante from the car crash, flying him from the scene to the hospital. After that, though, the “Iron Man” is publically known and Barry wants to team up and everything and, well, it’s pretty cool, actually. AND he means he’s nothing like Reverb, even though they both shoot vibrations out of their hands because Reverb never built himself a super-suit.
2 - Laurel Lance joins them as the Black Canary again, because after her resurrection she gets to see the mess that Star City is in and just…she needs a break. Someone else has her name in that city, someone else has her place, and she just - she’s done. for now. Central extends her an offer and she’s happy to go. She’s more of a legal-minded Black Widow, but people start making “Avengers” jokes. She brings Thea with her as her Hawkeye, because wow, if anyone ever needed a break from Star City.
3 - The Avengers jokes get so much worse when Mick accidentally snaps at Sara in the middle of an event that takes place in the middle of Central in front of a bunch of cameras. References are made to “being stuck under the Atlantic since World War II” and “broke through brainwashing” and even “saved George Washington by myself” and “remember how I helped fight back the alien invasion?!”. Mick quits the Legends and returns to Central, only to find out that his reputation has changed from “crazy arsonist thief” to “Captain America”. When they finally manage to resurrect Len, some newspaper person gets the brilliant idea of putting the headline “Captain Cold - Winter Soldier - Returns!” and suddenly LEN’s a hero too, which, Mick!!!!
4 - Kara visits. She doesn’t know why everyone is gleefully greeting her as Thor, the God of Thunder, but she kinda likes it because they’re not, like, acting like she’s a must-be-worshiped sort of god? More of a “god that’s everybody’s buddy” sort of god, which, hey, COOL. Everyone’s super impressed with the heat-eyes and the frost-breath and they even give her a really cool hammer made of something that they call “dwarf star alloy” and it’s really funny because it’s way too heavy for everyone else to lift! She loves Earth-1. They’re all so sweet.
5 - Barry is now in charge of the Avengers. He’s totally cool with being Quicksilver except he’s obviously so much faster. Life is good. He wonders if he should, like, try to give Gideon a body to create Vision except that worked so badly in “Age of Ultron” he’s thinking maybe he shouldn’t. (Iris is the Scarlet Witch. She has no powers, but that doesn’t stop her from being an epic superhero. Also, like Barry, red is totally her color.)
6 - Barry totally does insist on bringing in Ray to help out at one point so he can be Ant-Man. The newspapers go wild. Jax immediately claims the role of the Flaming Falcon because he loves Falcon. Falcon is awesome.
7 - Caitlin is the Hulk, except icier. She’s getting help for her rage issues! She swears!
The recognition and harsh words hit Samantha harder than she’d expected. While she knew it was impossible to avoid, knowing that the women in Willow Creek gossip about her and her family makes her feel extremely vulnerable and insecure.
“I was told that she ran away with that butler of theirs,” one of the other ladies says, once again loud enough for Samantha to hear. “I also heard that the butler attacked her fiancé, Johnathan Drecon, out of nowhere! I cannot believe this girl thinks the butler is a better man than him. What a spoiled, spoiled child. Veronica always gave her everything but she’s clearly too ungrateful to appreciate her mother’s hard work.”