Belonging 1.6Mature

She was glad that she was recommended to look over some of the electrical and electronic units on Watchtower; it kept her mind off of Ethan and on the jobs that she was assigned. As she finished yet another system configuration for one of the many computer systems, she mentally went over her checklist: she promised Diana that she would take a look at the woman’s gauntlet that she had scratched. When she finished with that, she realized that it was Thursday: that meant it was her and Wally’s game night!

Tabitha started to pack up her toolbox but became distracted as she saw a red blur out the corner of her eye. She smirked.

“Wally…” she playfully warned. He appeared in front of her and smiled.

“Done yet?”

“With the upgrades for the day; yeah. Gotta go see Diana and…”

“Nope!”

“… Nope?”

“She’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I got the greatest idea… ever! Instead of game night, how ‘bout we go out?”

“Go out? Like out, out? Club-type shit?”

“Yes!”

“I don’t know; are we allowed…?” she tried but he started laughing.

“What are we, teens?! Yes, we’re allowed! Maybe your friend would want to come out, too…”

“Doc? She can’t go; she has kids…”

“We’ll just get J’onn to babysit; he likes kids…” he waved it off. The image was enough to make her go into stitches.

“Do you know how much shit the trips gave me for my white hair? You know what they’d do when they see a fucking seven foot tall Martian?!”

“He’s only what, six-seven; six-eight? Nowhere near seven foot…”

“Whatever; you still setting him up for failure!” it made her laugh still. Tabitha shook her head as she tried to calm down, “I’ll give her a call.”

“Does that mean…”

“Yeah; she’s gotta help me pick something out to wear!”

She was glad that her best friend was able to go out with the two; the three were in a club in Metropolis and were having the time of their lives. It was something that she hadn’t done… ever; ever since entering adulthood, Tabitha had no real interest in the club scene. She only started drinking socially when she met the professor and it was rare to see her with any type of drink. When she noticed that Bruce didn’t drink at all (although he made sure that the paparazzi always caught him with a drink in his hand, he never even put his lips to the glass), it curbed her drinking even more.

So, she was surprised that she found herself slightly tipsy as she made her way off the dance floor and back to their table. She knew that the pitcher of beer the three were sharing was low; however, as she sat down, Wally pushed a full glass of it towards her: the pitcher was filled to the brim. She looked around and back at Wally.

“Where’s doc?”

“… Why do you always call her that? Doesn’t she have a name?” his question made her giggle.

“That’s how she introduced herself to me!”

“Oh. She’s in the restroom. Something about beer going right through her…”

“Hmm…” she looked at the full pitcher. How many had they gone through already? She knew that she had a few glasses but she knew that the professor and Wally had almost double what she had! It was no wonder the woman was running back and forth to the restrooms.

“Tabby?” Wally saw that her attention went elsewhere. She slightly raised her eyebrows at him, “You don’t need to be so down, you know? There’s plenty of fish in the sea! And… you got a shark after you right now!” he continued. She gave him a look.

“What you getting at?”

“Really! You mean to tell me that you haven’t noticed?! Well… if it’s gone over your head, I won’t say anything else!”

“That ain’t fair! How you gonna bring it up and drop it?!” she stared at him. He ignored her, looking away and sipping on his beer. She smirked, “It’s you, ain’t it?!” it was enough to make him choke on his beer.

“What?! No! I mean, don’t get me wrong; you’re really pretty and all that! But, I think of you as a sister! We have way too much fun together to be… together, you know?” he reassured. She leaned back in the chair and shrugged.

“You’re right. So… this shark… how big we talking?”

“I told you I wasn’t going to say anything else…”

“Not even a hint?!”

“Fine! Think great white!” he motioned dramatically. Although she laughed, it made her think about Bruce. It has to be him, she thought to herself.

“I think I know who you’re talking about. So… what do I do, then?”

“You like him, right?” he asked. She took a huge sip from her glass and thought about it. Of course, she did but she had never thought of him in that way. He was her boss and her friend; she respected both aspects. She would’ve been blind not to see how handsome he was. It was no wonder women threw themselves at him; being extremely rich helped out as well! She never took into consideration just how much so until she found out that he funded the building of Watchtower; it was no wonder Wally thought of him as a “shark”!

“I guess I do…”

“Well, that solves that! Go after him! Let him know how you feel.”

“I don’t think I’m ready to just jump into another relationship like that…” she had to be honest with herself.

“At least tell him that you’re interested. I’d think he would understand! Besides, just think about the benefits you’ll have as his main squeeze when the time comes!” he smiled and winked at her. She blushed, pushing him slightly but couldn’t help thinking about those benefits.

She would’ve thought that she would’ve been hung over from all the drinking the three did. She found out that it was not the case as she made her way to Diana’s room the following early afternoon. She smiled at Tabitha as her door opened.

“Weren’t you supposed to be here yesterday?”

“Shit! Forgot to tell you! Me and Wally went out…” she started but Diana laughed a little and shook her head.

“Should’ve known! Come on in.” she let the young woman in. Tabitha couldn’t help but to look around the room, which was garnished with items that she had only read about during mythology lessons in school; all that time, she thought that they were just that: myths, “I see that you’re looking better.” Diana continued. Tabitha turned around and smiled.

“Not one hundred percent but I’m getting there. It’s all thanks to Wally… and Bruce.” it made her smile thinking about him, “He’s been there for me from the start of the whole thing. And then last night, Wally pointed out how he really felt about me…”

“Oh! So, Wally finally confessed!” Diana’s words surprised Tabitha. She thought about what she had just said and laughed slightly.

“No; me and Wally are just friends. What I meant was that he pointed out how Bruce really felt about me.”

“He said that Bruce is in love with you?” she was shocked. Tabitha picked up on the change of tone and looked at her.

“… Not in those exact words. Is he… not supposed to feel that way towards me?” she wondered if they had a sort of fraternization code like the military. However, if that was the case, why would Wally point it out, telling her to pursue the idea?

“It’s just a little hard to believe… especially seeing that I’ve been after his heart for the longest. I figured that I would’ve known if he had feelings for someone else; Bruce isn’t the type of person to lead someone on.” Diana explained. Tabitha hid her slight disappointment and had to agree with her; Bruce was not the type of person to mislead someone. If he had feelings for Diana, she wouldn’t want to be in the way. It was a longshot anyway, she told herself as she shrugged.

“Guess he was seeing something that wasn’t there. I told him that Bruce was just being friendly…”

“He likes to look out for those he cares for. So… I will like to see how you can fix this!” Diana gave her the golden bracelet. Tabitha studied it and slightly smiled.

“No problem.”

She had to find out for herself. It still haunted her that Wally would point her in Bruce’s direction; there had to be a specific reason for it. For all she knew, he didn’t know about everything that Bruce had done for her. She had found him in one of the recreation rooms, watching TV; he had just come back from a mission and was winding down a bit, still in his Batman outfit without the mask. He looked up and smiled at Tabitha.

“Can I talk to you… alone?” she saw that there were a few Justice League members roaming about. He shrugged, nodded and followed her out into the hallway.

“Is everything okay?” he was worried about the way she approached him; she had this look of unsureness.

“… Do you like me?” she bluntly asked. He found it a bit weird that she needed to have this confirmed but smiled anyway.

“Of course I…”

“No; like me, like me…”

“… Oh.” part of him wanted to laugh at the way she asked, as if she was still a teenager. Maybe the subject embarrassed her; she was turning slightly red as she waited for his answer, “I’m sorry if I misled you in any way but I consider you my good friend; that’s it.”

“So… you and Diana are…”

“What? No. Diana and I are just friends as well. I… have this thing about dating Justice League members; I don’t do it. There’s too much at risk for me to do it. I…” Bruce thought carefully about his words. She was a close friend of his now; he shouldn’t be ashamed of telling her everything, “I don’t know how I would take it if a villain used my love for someone else as leverage.”

“I get it.” she actually did. It was better for him to stay friends with someone, especially a member of the Justice League.

“Did someone tell you that I had feelings for you?”

“… Kinda. That damn Wally…”

“Wait; Wally put that idea in your head? That’s who I was hinting at the other day!” it made him laugh. She widened her eyes at him.

“Why would you think that?!”

“Admit it; you two have a lot in common.”

“He’s like a brother to me…”

“So, nothing going on between you two?”

“Ew; no!” her reaction made him laugh fully. He could imagine Wally reacting the same way; the two were definitely teenagers at heart.

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