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man_of_steel ([info]man_of_steel) wrote in [info]dc_heroes,
@ 2010-10-25 19:54:00


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Entry tags:"ended", aquaman, batman, constantine, green lantern hal jordan, martian manhunter, superman, wonder woman, zatanna

JLA Forever!

 

The Hall of Justice shone in the early morning, sunlight glinting off its gold and silver facade. Great glass panels allowed light to flood into its marble entryway.


The Man of Steel stood in the doorway for a brief moment, taking in the room. This had once been a bustling hub of activity, staffed with dozens of aides and security personnel. The main floor of the Hall of Justice had acted as an embassy, a link between the world of Super heroes and everyday people. Here, one could learn about the history of groups like the JSA and Justice League, and could file petitions for the League to help with a crisis. While the League was stretched thin, they still tried to find time to make people feel as though they were listened to. That the League cared.

Superman found himself wandering through the empty reception area, following a familiar route. He ran his hand over the desk where a young receptionist had sat. Her name had been Judy Torrence...

“What do you make of the Hall, Mister Kent?” she had asked him, some months ago...

Clark had frowned, looking up at the amazing architecture. “It's...breathtaking, of course. But I can't help but wonder what the point of all this is, ” he had said. His thoughts had been clouded with doubt, in those days leading up to the League's dissolution.

Judy had frowned, twirling her short blond hair on one finger, “I know there's a lot rumours going around that the League's going to break up- but I can't see why.” He had been surprised to see tears twinkle in her eyes. “People think that our heroes just spend their time fighting aliens and super-villains, but they help everyday people too...” She had opened up a drawer in her desk, and produced a book. As she flipped through it, Clark saw the faces of smiling children, tearful families holding one another, paramedics and firemen giving thumbs-up. “Who are they?” Clark had asked.

Judy had smiled “They're people the League has helped. They send in these pictures. Some of them were saved from floods or natural disasters, some were brought food during famines in their countries, some are just first-responders who didn't have to go into a burning building because a hero was able to do it for them.” Her eyes had shone with hope. “When aliens invade or monsters try to destroy a city- a thousand people are helped in a thousand different ways, by groups like the Justice League. But you don't see stories about these people on TV or in the paper. Because it happens to often, we take it for granted...

Superman smiled at the memory, and wondered where Judy Torrence was now. He vowed silently that should- no, when the League re-formed- that he would personally ask her to come back and work for them. Possibly as head of public relations.

But for now, Superman had to content himself with leaving the Lobby and Museum level- and taking the secure elevator to the top floor.

The sliding doors opened, and Superman stepped out onto the Executive Level. A great conference table dominated the room, symbols etched into the back of chairs. Superman was early, so he went and stood before the glass wall that overlooked the the city beyond. He waited for the others to arrive- so they might start to rebuild the Justice League of America.



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[info]highballjordan
2010-11-07 01:09 am UTC (link)
Hal could hardly believe the support and faith that his friends were putting in him. He should have known that they would do so if he gave them the chance, but it was easy to prepare for the worst and deal with it than hope for the best.

"I'd like to thank each of you for hearing me out and for believing in me. I'm going to work hard to show you that you weren't wrong about me." Hal tells them, shaking hands with Clark, Arthur, J'onn and Diana.

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[info]thedarkknight
2010-11-07 01:41 am UTC (link)
Hal Jordan does it again.

Batman watched as everyone rallied around Jordan, wanting to accept him because it seemed like the opposite was just too much to consider. Then again, he expected something like this.

If they'd let Zatanna back into the League after what she'd done, then letting Jordan in was a formality. It would never stop. Anyone who'd betrayed them, who'd killed or mesmerized someone could provide their sob story and get a free pass. It seemed to Batman that there was no longer any accountability for actions taken and something inside him broke, because he'd wanted to believe, with all of his heart, that the Justice League was like him.

He'd wanted to believe that the Justice League of America would /never/ compromise.

"I've heard you, Jordan, but the things you've done aren't things I can let pass. Everyone's made mistakes, Arthur, but he's killed people. He tried to kill all of us and he would have succeeded if not for Oliver Queen, in the end.

I cannot and will not be a member of an organization that compromises itself on account of friendship. The world will accept the Green Lantern again because the Justice League does, but it won't stop here. Soon, we'll be letting in the likes of Deadshot and Ra's al Ghul because if they come up with a convincing tale of redemption. I'm not going to be here on the day it does." Batman says, turning to go.

"Consider this my full and final resignation from the Justice League, effective immediately. I'll be watching. Stay out of Gotham and don't contact me again." Batman says.

And now, he walks toward the elevator.

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[info]man_of_steel
2010-11-07 04:55 am UTC (link)
Superman looked Batman in the eye during his tirade, his gaze never faltering. His eyes followed the Dark Knight as he turned away- to anyone watching, the Man of Steel visibly sagged as his friend left. His face was a stoic mask. Unchanging, unreadable. But his eyes were not.

A stunned silence fell over the room, no one sure of what to say. The League disbanding had been heartbreaking, but the relationships at its core had never seemed in question- not to Superman.

He cleared his throat and addressed the remaining members "I'm sorry you had to see that" he said softly. "We all know Bruce, we know his outlook is very...black and white." He looked at his friends' faces "But also know that his choices are his own. No one makes Batman do anything" he said, his gaze lingering on Zatanna and Hal's faces to ensure they understood "no one.

"Assuming Zatanna is on board, I think we've all done a great thing here today... and we should be proud of it." He said. "Everything is where we left it, and our old communicators should still work if and when we need to get in touch. I think we can work with the old protocols for the moment..." he looked into thin air, his mind clearly occupied.

"Sorry to do this but I'm on a deadline for my latest story. We'll talk again soon" he said, patting Hal on the shoulder one final time before making his way out of the room. To those who knew him, Superman looked like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders...

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[info]marsneedschocos
2010-11-07 07:22 pm UTC (link)
J'onn frowned, wondering if the League was over before it had truly even begun again.

No. He could not allow himself to think that way. The League always survived.

He took in a deep breath and let it out slowly.

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[info]mistressofmagic
2010-11-08 11:41 pm UTC (link)
Zatanna sighed, massaging her temples. She was on board. She'd just remained less than vocal because she knew that she'd snap at Bruce...and she didn't want to want to start an argument.

They were giving her a second chance. Why shouldn't Hal deserve the same?

"I have a show in two hours," Zatanna said, getting up from her seat. "I'll consider this meeting adjourned." She looked over at Hal. "Welcome back, Hal."

There was a puff of smoke, and Zatanna was gone.

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[info]mrcrankypants
2010-11-09 04:27 am UTC (link)
Bruce would be Bruce and would be back in the League before long. It was just the way things went.

"Well that went swimmingly," Arthur said dryly. "Anyone else want to quit before we get done reforming?"

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[info]highballjordan
2010-11-09 04:41 am UTC (link)
"You /would/ mention something going /swimmingly/, Arthur." Hal jokes. "I didn't think I'd ever hear you crack a joke on purpose."

Hal shakes hands with J'onn and Arthur.

"I want to thank you both especially, for standing up for me today. I didn't want Batman to leave the League, no matter how much I think he's a self-righteous jerk." Hal says.

"But I'm here and I'm ready to answer the call anytime I'm needed." he says.

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[info]mrcrankypants
2010-11-09 04:56 am UTC (link)
"Bruce is Bruce," Arthur said. "He'll eventually be back." Arthur ignored the part about jokes.

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[info]princess_diana
2010-11-09 03:54 pm UTC (link)
Diana, of all of them other than Clark, seemed to be taking Bruce's production hard. Her brow briefly furrowed and she stood up, winding her lasso and putting it away.

"Gentlemen," she acknowledged the three remaining men. "I have business I need to attend to." Unless anyone stopped her, she'd make her way to the jet.

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[info]marsneedschocos
2010-11-09 05:51 pm UTC (link)
"It is good to have you back, Hal," J'onn said. "And Bruce... he will go where his path takes him."

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