“If I didn't know any better,” Wally started, “I'd say someone was following us.”
“You mean like people always do?” Artemis responded.
Wally nodded. He looked around them. It was early morning and no body should have been awake. The only reason the team wasn't at the mountain was because Batman had decided to wake them up earlier than normal so they could patrol. And Robin was totally awake! Even Wally wasn't awake as fast as Robin. Then again, the boy only got like four hours of sleep in a day. Wally yawned, feeling his feet start to drag. First he felt only the early sun shinning on his back. اگلے was cold water all over his body!
“What the heck?! Who did that?”
A mischievous laugh rang throughout the peaceful city. But it wasn't Robin who had laughed.
“Another one?! That's the سیکنڈ time I've been dunked سے طرف کی an unknown source!”
Artemis smirked at him, holding out a hand. He took it but pulled her in with him.
“Should we tell them they're flirting?” Robin asked Aqualad.
Robin smirked as Artemis broke through the surface and she pushed Wally's head under water. Aqualad nodded at Robin who's smirk turned even مزید devious.
“Okay Artemis. آپ made your point,” he called out. “Now stop flirting with Wally before آپ start loosing your brain cells.”
Artemis pulled away as if Wally was quite capable of draining her brain. Wally came up, gasping for air.
“Oh my-did you...really need to...try and...drown me? Was that...the only reason...you saved me...when we went up against...the Injustice League?”
Artemis came out of the water, shivering as her wet skin became cold with the morning breeze. They moved on their way but all were a little مزید alert. If there was one thing they hated, it was surprises. Robin turned his head at the sound of a twig cracking in the nearby brush. He thought he saw a shadow move. Hi signaled for the others to stop before carefully walking towards the noise. He moved the leaves back slowly...and flew back as a shadow barley jumped over him. She stood in the light unmoved سے طرف کی the sudden change of light. Something about her seemed familiar but what could it be that made his memories respond.
“Enjoy your bath?”
Her voice was smooth and happy as her eyes turned to Kid Flash with an amused smile.
“Why is it always the good-looking ones that push me in?” Wally muttered.
She smiled. It was then that they noticed what she was wearing; not a uniform like most people who attacked them but civilian garb. Her dark denim jeans were held on her slim frame سے طرف کی a silver square covered black بیلٹ, پٹی that had a dark red دل for the buckle. She was wearing a black t-shirt that had a picture of a کبوتر with wings spread etched in white. Several kinds of necklaces hung around her neck, not a single one going past the neck cuff of her shirt. A chain hung from her belt, attaching tom a loop on the back of her jeans. She was wearing black gloves that had the fingers cut off and they almost reached her elbows. Her black hair was in two short pigtails, the red streaks visible in her bangs and hair. She smiled and her voice broke their silence of a few minutes.
“Robin. It's nice to see آپ again.”
Robin cocked his head and narrowed his eyes. کوکو, نارجیل brown eyes were staring back at him with a devious sparkle. The rest of the team just stared at him.
“You know her?!” Wally exclaimed.
“I don't...wait! Rebecca? Rebecca Stevens?”
“In the flesh.”
The girl bowed playfully at them, black hair falling into her face.
“Who's Rebecca Stevens?” Wally asked.
“She's a friend of mine. From a long time ago.” Robin turned back to Rebecca. “It's been a while.”
She smirked, a very similar smirk to the Boy Wonder's. But her's seemed مزید devious.
“Try five years. آپ have a lot of explaining to do.”
A smile broke on Robin's face and he gave Rebecca a hug. She hugged him back before she pulled away. Her eyes landed on the team behind him.
“I see آپ have some new friends.”
Robin nodded his head happily, turning to the others.
“Yep this is my team.”
“Young Justice. Consisting of Artemis, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, and Superboy. I know.”
Both young heroes turned to Wally. He seemed so freaked out while they looked mischievous.
“I hack in my spare time.”
“Did آپ learn from Robin?” Megan asked.
For some reason Rebecca started laughing and Robin's face turned red with a grim line on his face.
“Actually, Becca taught me.”
The whole world seemed to freeze at the Boy Wonder's statement and Rebecca put her elbow on Robin's shoulder.
“We learned from each other,” she corrected. “We taught each other because of our stupid wars. آپ know, we'd see who was able to complete a task first یا hack into a computer quicker.”
“And then we'd change to a different war when the old one got too boring.”
Rebecca smiled, leaning closer to Robin.
“If I recall correctly, we were in the middle of a sneak war when آپ left. I guess آپ won.”
Robin blushed even مزید and Wally raced over, took Rebecca سے طرف کی the shoulder, and dragged her a few feet away.
“Stay,” he said.
Rebecca glared at him. He returned the glare before returning to the others.
“How do آپ know her? Who is she? What does she want?!” Wally hissed.
“Becca's an old friend of mine, Wally. We grew up together. I don't know what she wants. Ask her.”
Wally turned to look at the ninja-like person and saw her her hanging upside down from a tree. He sighed to himself. If this girl was anything like the Boy Wonder, they had their hands full. Becca looked over when he approached. Her eyes sent daggers at him, letting Wally know she was still irritated from being excluded.
“What do آپ want?”
“What do آپ mean?”
“Why are آپ here? There's always a reason someone attacks us. What's yours.”
“I was looking for Robin, Kid Genius. And why is this your buisness?”
“Because Robin's my best friend!”
With a growl, Becca flipped off the درخت to land right in front of Wally. He jumped and took a step back at her sudden closeness. But then she started talking with a vicious tone.
“Look Kid Flash. I've been looking for Robin for five years. I grew up with him, I've always known with him, and I know him better than آپ do. I understand that he has a duty to آپ and the team. But do NOT delay me when I say I need Robin and I need him now!”
Wally stared at her for several seconds, speechless. No one but Artemis talked to him like that. And no body had ever spoken with so much malice towards him before either. This was a first. Lucky for him Robin was there to pull Becca away and save Wally from the death of a snake's glares.
“What's up Becca? KF didn't mean any harm. He's just curious.”
“I know. I'm sorry I acted that way towards him but I need your help. You'll help me, right?”
“Of course. What do آپ need me to do?”
“First I need آپ to convince Batman to let me شامل میں Young Justice. Second, I need to stay undercover. And unless I'm in your team, I can't give آپ any details. This is serious and I can't risk any delays. But if آپ can help me become a Young Justice member Robin, I know that my secrets will be محفوظ there. All I need is a chance to tell you.”
Robin read the desperation in Becca's green eyes. But this was a big task to ask of him. He had to somehow convince his mentor, the Dark Knight, to let a girl from his past شامل میں Young Justice. There was a very small chance it would happen. And then what was he supposed to do if Becca couldn't شامل میں them?
“Robin, I know some things that I shouldn't. My life, and probably yours now too, is at stake here. Please. Try to get me inside. I need this for cover until I can release my information. This is literally a life-or-death matter. آپ have to try.”
Becca pulled her lips into a tight line, eyes pleading with him in a most enticing way. But it was the story she'd دیا him that, combined with her past, won him over. He nodded slowly.
“Okay. I'll do my best.”
Becca's face lit up with a brilliant smile and she wrapped her arms around his neck.
“Oh thank you! I knew I could count on you; I just knew it!”
Robin hugged her back, hands loosely touching close to her hips. But he was desperately thinking how he'd gotten himself in this situation, how he was going to get himself out, and how he was going to get Becca into Young Justice.