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Clark opened his mouth to answer but was interrupted by the computer announcing the preparation of the laser cannon firing.

“What the…” Green Arrow mused. Both Tabitha and J’onn went over to the console to see what was going on. Sure enough, the screens were showing a countdown meter.

“It… it went off by itself!” Tabitha panicked. Before the Martian could do anything, Tabitha immediately went to work in trying to override the system. When she became locked out, J’onn took her to the side and tried the same.

“It’s… not accepting the code… we’re being hacked…” his words made Tabitha’s eyes widened. Before she could think, she contacted Tony on her communicator.

“Dawling!”

“Tell me you didn’t hack into our system, again…”

“… No. What’s…”

“Would you know how to override something?”

“… I would have to be there in person…”

Fuck! Call you back…” she immediately disconnected, “Wasn’t Tee…”

“I know…” J’onn continued to try the override code. Frustrated, he tore into the panel, ripping the wires and circuit board hoping to shut everything down; the laser cannon continued to charge up. Tabitha reached her hand into the mess of wires and released as much of her lightning as she could however nothing worked. Just as Clark went outside to at least redirect the aim of the cannon, it was too late; the laser fired and drained Watchtower of its electricity. Tabitha stared at the dismantled console in horror.

“S-S-So… what was targeted…?” she quietly asked; it was brief however as she was trying to override the system, she noticed that there were coordinates being displayed.

“… I’m pretty sure it was Cadmus headquarters…” J’onn confirmed.

“Oh, fuck… our lives…” she breathed out.

“The force of that impact…” the Martian shook his head but then turned to the others, “We’ll need a rescue team down there…”

“I’m on it!” Wally volunteered and started to gather more volunteers. Bruce slightly shook his head.

“Question is out of commission for a while; I’m going to find out who’s trying to frame us… although I have a clue…” he made his way towards the teleportation pads. Tabitha nodded and started to leave with the group.

“I’m with Wally…”

“No. You stay here. Keep an eye on the control room…” J’onn immediately ordered.

“Wha… but… ain’t much to look after in here… I’d be more useful down there…”

“There is no need for you down on Earth. Wally has his team. You will stay here and make sure no one else decides to leave…” he slightly glanced at Clark and Kara.

“Wait… how the hell am I supposed to do all that?! I’m telling you, Wal…”

“Tabitha, that is an order!” she was absolutely shocked that he would raise his voice at her as well as glare at her, “Stay… here.” he finished. She returned the glare and gave out an agitated huff.

“… Yes, sir…” she bit her tongue to keep from saying more. The Martian left the area, ordering a few others to make sure that everyone else was fine. She stopped glaring at him and put her attention on Clark and Kara, “I don’t wanna fight either of you… but let it be known I won’t back down if I have to…”

“I would never expect you to.” Clark nodded. When she saw that the two were not going to move anywhere, she turned away and sighed.

“I’m sorry… for what I said earlier…”

“Why? You meant it. And… you’re right. We shouldn’t act like bullies just because we have super powers.”

“… I know that he’s a criminal mastermind or whatever but… a couple of things that Luthor told me… I kinda felt that he had a right to feel…” Tabitha shrugged, “I think that… every civilian thought about it once or twice: what happens if they go rogue? Call him what you want but… even if he’s just pretending to be concerned, he’s a voice of the people; whoever plays that role is brilliant.”

“It’s what he does best; manipulate people…” Clark shrugged. Tabitha nodded and then put her attention on Kara. The Cadmus organization was equipped adequately enough to produce clones of powerful superheroes. She didn’t think of herself as being that powerful; Tabitha knew that she was strong enough to become a potential threat. It made her wonder what Cadmus would have done to her if Luthor had successfully convinced her to join him.

Her thoughts were interrupted as she heard a phone ringing. Looking towards the dismantled console, Tabitha’s eyes widened as she realized what was ringing; the emergency line that the President had access to.

“Oh, dear God… please let that be Tee…” she mumbled as she slowly picked up the receiver, “M-Mr. President…”

“Wait; who is this? Where is J’onn J’onzz?!” he bellowed out, making Tabitha swear in her mind.

“T-This is Tabitha, sir. J’onn is check…”

“There better be a damn good reason why you decided to fire a nuclear laser without me knowing about it…”

“Sir, we had nothing to do with that, please believe me! Our system was hacked…”

“Hacked?! Who on God’s green earth has the ability to hack your station?! Shouldn’t you have some sort of alien firewall for something like that?!” he continued. Tabitha bit her lip; after Tony’s playful hack, she had every intention on upgrading the system, “What’s being done about this?”

“We’ve already sent a recovery team down, sir. After the power returns, we can do a full investigation…”

“So, what am I supposed to tell the people of Earth, Tabitha?”

“… That we had nothing to do with this, sir…”

“Until I get actual proof of that, my hands are tied! I need a few of you down here, in D.C. now!” he ordered and ended the call. Tabitha bit her lip as she hung up and looked at the group.

“The President…” J’onn asked and she slowly nodded.

“Uh… to say that he ain’t happy is putting it lightly… he pretty much just asked for heads on platters…”

“Understandable. I guess… we give him what he wants…” Clark nodded.

“To see us surrender willingly should be a good gesture to the public.” Diana chimed in. Tabitha shook her head and looked at J’onn.

“It’s gonna make us look guilty!”

“So would not doing anything at all. Seeing us under arrest will calm them down, at least until the real culprit is caught.” John agreed with Diana. Tabitha crossed her arms and sighed heavily.

“So, that’s the decision?”

“Yes. We cooperate with what the President wants. Kara… hold down the fort[1].” Clark announced. Kara nodded and headed out of the control room as the founding members turned to leave, teleporting themselves down to Earth. Before Tabitha could get to the teleportation pads, J’onn gently grabbed her arm.

“Where are you going?”

“You heard ‘em; we’re turning ourselves…”

“Not you; you’re staying here.”

“… Is that another order…sir?” her jaw slightly twitched as she spoke.

“Tabitha…” J’onn sighed.

“No; you listen here: I know the controls of Watchtower like the back of my hand, now! It could’ve very well had been me who pulled the trigger; wouldn’t it make sense if I was there as well?!”

“I know. But, that’s the very reason why I need for you to stay here. I’m assigning you as temp Monitor.” he surprised her. She stared almost blankly at him.

“… What…?”

“You’ve been trained well enough to handle it on your own. Assist Kara in any way that you can; she’s first in command… and you’re second. I have to go.”

“W-Wait! What do I do…?” she asked. He slightly smiled and caressed her cheek. She was surprised yet again as he pulled her in closer, planting a tender kiss on her lips.

“Use your instincts.” he told her before teleporting himself. She nodded and turned to look for Kara as well as other Justice League members. She found the girl by the infirmary.

“Still keeping an eye on me?” she lifted an eyebrow. Tabitha gave her a surprised look but shook her head.

“You’re in charge, now. I gotta figure out what to do about Watchtower…”

“Oh… that means we’re working together, then. What do you need, Tabitha?” she asked. Tabitha had to think for a moment. What needed to be done? Everything, she almost rolled her eyes.

“Well… everyone needs to be told who’s in charge of what. I… I need to get communications back up to tell Wally and Bruce of the others’ plans… as well as find out what’s happening with the rescue mission.” she went back to the control room. She immediately went to work on the destroyed panel, “After we get the power restored, I can see if I can disable the laser for right now…” she continued. Kara slightly smiled and nodded.

“I’ll go get you some help…”

“Thanks.” she found it slightly weird to take control without J’onn or the others being there. As she attempted to get communications back up, she realized that she had taken for granted all that the Martian actually did. Then again, this was a special circumstance, she realized.

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[1] Taken from Justice League Unlimited episode “Panic In The Sky”

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