I stand there shocked. How could someone I never met know my name? Quietly I whisper, "How do you know my name?". He says as he's pulling down his hood down, "Because you live with me.". I look up at the Vigilante to see....Oh My God....Oliver! I pull my hood down to reveal my face. I nearly scream, "THAT WAS YOU THAT SHOT ME!". I see Oliver's face turn red, then he says, "Yes, BUT at the time we didn't know that each others personas.". "So that justifies it as "Okay" to shoot me?". Oliver shakes his head, "No, I shot you because you attacked me.". I feel my face turn red as I say, "Oh. Um, Sorry.". "So now you know I'm the Vigilante, what's your persona's name?" he asks.
"I think when I out fighting crime instead of causing it, I'll be Chase Shield, because that's what I told Shelia's mom.". We both pull our hoods up and in the "spirit of starting over", we reintroduce ourselves, "I'm the Arrow, but most people call me "The Hood" or "The Vigilante.". "I'm Chase Shield, I was once a criminal but right here and right now, with you as the Arrow as my witness, I quit the criminal business.". "Is there a place where we can have a Q&A with each other; ya know, you find out my past, I find out about yours?" I ask Oliver. He says, "Verdant.". "Excuse me?".
"Verdant is a nightclub Thea owns, well I used to own it, we can still go. We just can't go like this.". Back at the Queen's mansion, I'm in the room I'll be sharing with Shawna. I can't pick out anything to go with the jeans and cowboy boots, so after many frustrated attempts I set on the bed and bury my head in my hands. I hear a knock at the door, "Come in.". I look up to see Thea, Shawna and Oliver now standing in the room. Oliver tosses me a long sleeve shirt, I look at it. "This is the exact same one I wore home when..." I cut myself off, not wanting to give away me stealing and the "attack" at Ginger's Groceries.
"Yeah, it the same one you came home in that was bloody." Thea says sarcastically, yet there was a hint of disgust. I pull it on over my camisole and then ask, "Who's going to watch Shawna?". "That's the beauty of it, Shawna wants to come with us and Roy's not working tonight, but is coming, so he can watch her!" Thea says excitedly. "Fine, on one condition. They stay away from the bar and he doesn't let her talk to people unless he knows them, understood, Shawna." I say. Shawna nods, and then hugs me. At Verdant; I'm enjoying the music when all of a sudden the power surges and knocks out the speakers, but not the DJ's sound board. I hear everybody sighing and then Shawna say, "Sing, Sissy.". I ask Oliver, "Got an acoustic guitar?". He shakes his head no. I pull an iHome speaker set from my back pack and tell Roy, "Hook this up to the sound board, I'll do the rest.". About ten minutes later I hear Shawna say, "Shut up people my sister has something to say.". I thank God for her, and then say, "I know you were listening to Pop music, but I'm going to do my best to sing "On The Floor".".
Roy comes over and say, "As am I.". Roy and I sing "On The Floor", and after we finish people are chanting, "More! More! More!". This time I announce, "I will sing, " I think for a minute, then Oliver says "I will be singing with her," next Roy and Thea and Shawna says, "We'll sing too, " and Shawna says, "We're going to sing, Everyday Hero by Smash Mouth.". We take turns singing, and by the second chorus, everyone in the club is either singing along or dancing. Then we sing "So insane" and I mean everyone one in the crowd sang too. The maintenance finished with the speakers repair, so Oliver and I slip down stairs to have our "meeting". "You're an amazing singer, Jade.". "You're not bad yourself, now tell me about the island." Oliver says, "The name of the island they found me on is Lian Yu. It's Mandarin for "purgatory." I was stranded here for five years. I dreamt of my rescue every night when I was there. For five years I only had one thought, one goal - survive. Survive and one day return home. The island held many dangers. To live, I had make myself more than what I was, to forge myself into a weapon. I returned not the boy who was shipwrecked but the man who will bring to those who have poisoned my city down.". Oliver asks, "What's your background?". I recap most of what I told him at his house, then say, "I nearly killed a friend of mine; Someone wanted both of us dead so I fought them, bringing my friend along. Bringing my friend with me to that fight nearly cost him his life.".
Oliver doesn't ask me another question, so I turn to see what he's staring at. A girl with blonde hair and blue eyes and an African American man are standing in the stairwell, looking at us. "Um...hi." I say. Oliver says, "This is Felicity and Diggle, they both know I'm the Arrow.". Felicity and Diggle say "Hi" to me then Felicity asks, "So, where are you from, Jade?". I begin to answer when Oliver says, "She's from Starling City.". Then we all hear the door open and close. Roy is suddenly standing in front of us. "Hey, Oli-" he stops midsentence when he sees me. Roy pulls Oliver to the side and then begins to have a "few" choice words with him about me being down here in their "lair". Clearing my throat and say, "Because he was just getting ready to ask me something.". I think I made Roy jump ten feet in the air. "What were you going to ask her, Oliver?". "I was going to ask her if she wanted to join our team of crime fighters. Now Roy, tell her who you are as a hero, then Felicity, and finally Diggle.".
Roy steps in front of me and says, "I'm the Arrow's sidekick Speedy, welcome to the team." then Felicity says, "I'm Felicity Smoak, I work as the IT person here." finally Diggle says, "I'm Oliver's body guard, when Oliver needs an alibi, I go out as the Arrow.". I introduce myself to Felicity and Diggle, "I'm Jade Hawkes, I was a thief before an incident that invovled both me and Oliver; I was going to steal food from Sam's Diner, when I heard screaming, so I investigated. I went to the bad guy's house and that's when I found Oliver on the roof, we both entered the house via sky light and saved the girl.". Roy asks, "What do you go by?". "Chase Shield." I say. That's when we hear gunshots from upstairs.