Artemis took up running after Wally disappeared as a way to stay connected to him.
She’d go for a run in the evenings when it was quiet and the only thing she could hear was the sound of her feet rhythmically hitting the pavement. As her endurance improved and she grew faster, she started entering races to satisfy her cravings for competition.
The faster her times were the closer to Wally she felt, and for a few minutes at a time, with the wind in her face and her heart pounding in her chest, it was like he was still there with her. Those were the times she smiled the widest and felt the most like herself.
Eventually the races went from 5k’s and 10k’s up to half-marathons and full marathons, and her mother was worried she was going to hurt herself. Time after time, she reassured her mother she was fine and that she was being careful, knowing exactly what her body could and couldn’t handle.
Physical soreness from a race she could handle, sure- a tight hamstring or achy hip was par for the course. The ache of missing Wally, the emptiness she felt in her very soul whenever she stopped running, that was unbearable. The only way to keep it at bay was to keep running.
And so that’s exactly what she did.
Frostbite883 requested a fic in which Dick and Artemis comfort each other after losing Wally. And I was more than happy to oblige!
I hope this is what you were looking for, my friend. It sort of exploded and got out of hand, but once I start writing about Dick Grayson, I can’t bring myself to stop. ;)
In the weeks since a trio of speedsters saved the world, the lives of many members of the Justice League were gradually returning to normal. There was a lot to do and follow up on, whether it was making sure the Reach would be punished for their actions or tracking down leads on Vandal Savage. Most didn’t even have time to catch their breath let alone think about Wally or how much he was missed.
Unless you were one of the people to whom Wally was closest.
How did it go from this:
Endgame was a beautiful episode and I think if the show does actually stop there, I’ll be fine with that. Despite Wally being gone, it ended with a lot of hope and even Dick walked away knowing everyone would be alright. It doesn’t make it any easier to bear, however, but it makes sense that his final act would be sacrificing himself to save everyone else.
That way he knew Artemis would be okay.