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Every single Justice League member and the civilian crew from Watchtower gathered in Metropolis along with the media and other citizens for a press conference from the founding members. Tabitha took her spot beside Green Arrow and the two looked on as Clark stepped up.

“Formal apology?” he asked. Outside the Justice League, he was known as Oliver Queen. Tabitha was surprised to have learned that Bruce suggested him to join the League however once she saw how good of a marksman he was with his trick arrows, she knew that he had made a wise choice.

“Looks like it…” she quieted down to hear Clark. He cleared his throat and looked into the sea of people.

“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to say… I’m guilty. We’re guilty of the sin of hubris. We had the best intentions to be Earth’s guardians, to keep you safe but… we failed you. We look down at the world from our tower in the sky and let our power and responsibility separate us from the very people we were supposed to protect. No one should ever be afraid of us. For that reason… we’re decommissioning Watchtower. We’re taking down the station. There’s more. We want to thank the members of the Justice League for your courageous service but in the future… you’ll have to act as independent agents. We’re not going to be an army anymore. As of right now… we’re disbanding the Justice League. This is the end.[1]” he announced to a shocked crowd. As the seven members turned to leave, Tabitha and Oliver stepped forward.

“Hold up! Now… I had my little worry when you said that you were taking down the station; that’s been my home for three years, now! I’ve fixed and upgraded a lot of stuff up there and I take pride in that! But… I don’t agree with disbanding the entire League! Look… you ain’t never been in the military; you’ve never been a part of a unit. But… that’s what we are. Actually… we’re more than that. We’re no army; an army only looks at individuals. We’re a team, we’re a… family. Someone in an army can’t tell you what someone else’s favorite color is. But… Flash knows mine; you all do. We know each other’s birthdays, we know that one little thing to do to brighten each other’s day… we know that someone’s favorite flower is a daisy!” she slightly smiled as laughter came from the crowd; she controlled her laughter as J’onn slightly glared at her.

“You remember what we did yesterday? We saved the world… again. You don’t think that has any value? Well, think again, pal! The Justice League goes on, with or without you. Look; nobody can question your service or commitment to making things better. If you’re quitting because you think you’ve already done your fair share, fine; we’ll throw you a parade! But if you’re quitting because it’s easier than continuing the fight then, you’re not the heroes we all thought you were. The world needs the Justice League…[2]” Oliver continued for Tabitha. The crowd erupted in a cheer and for the first time, Tabitha saw Clark blush.

“You can apologize for us acting like we’re higher than others. But to flat out quit? That ain’t the way we do things; at least that’s what I’ve learned being a member! Not to say that we’ll be better off without the seven of ya, but we’ll go on as a team without ya if we have to!” she finished. She was glad that she heard the approval murmurs from not only the other Justice League members but the crowd of civilians as well, “If you quit, you’re letting all the villains win… including the one from yesterday. We’re the good guys, remember? Good prevails over evil… always!”

“Hmm… quis custodiet ipsos custodies?[3]” Bruce almost mumbled. Tabitha arched her eyebrows at him as Oliver smiled.

“‘Who guards the guardians’?” he asked him and immediately threw his arm over Tabitha’s shoulder, motioning towards the group of superheroes, “We’ve got it covered…[4]”

“Yep!” she gave the seven a wide smile.

“A compromise may be in order, then…” J’onn thought aloud.

“Okay. How ‘bout… Watchtower stays, serves as a lookout in the sky… and we can build something down here on Earth…” Tabitha suggested.

“That sounds like a great idea. To remain in touch with the people, the Justice League will set up an embassy on Earth.” Clark smiled, more at Tabitha.

For his crimes, Lex Luthor was placed in prison without the chance of parole, something Tabitha was definitely glad of. The Cadmus group was disbanded as well however the League members knew that there would always be slight doubt and fear if any of them went rogue. They had hoped that the establishment of an Earth embassy would deter that fear; it would improve the relations between civilians and super humans. After much thought, the group decided that Metropolis would be the ideal place to open up the embassy, dubbing it Metro Tower.


[1]-[4] Taken from Justice League Unlimited episode, "Divided We Fall"

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