It's been three weeks since Zeus shot me. I've spent most of my free time trying to get back in shape and recover. I have also gotten in touch with a few friends of mine that I used to run around with as a criminal. Anyway I was doing some upside down sit ups (I had my knees wrapped around the chin up bar) when I hear, "How is my little fighter doing?".
I stop and look to see who it is and I nearly fall to the ground head first. I say, "You scared the hell out of me, Oliver!", but end up laughing. Oliver and I have become close since the shooting, like when we're not out fighting bad guys, we're hanging out more.
I hop down from the chin up bar and hug him. Roy comes in with a sad look on his face. Everyone is silent for a few minutes until Roy says, "Thea and I have reached a rough patch in our relationship. She hates that I'm out "Mimicking the Hood". I just don't know what to do, guys.".
I hug Roy and then say, "You'll figure it out. You always do, and we'll help too.". "Thanks.". I smile weakly at him because I just saw tomorrow's date on the calendar; March 11th. I shake my head, wanting that thought to leave. Before Oliver or Roy can ask me what's wrong I bolt up the steps and head out to the parking lot.
I can feel the tears falling down my face. No tomorrow is not the day you are going to be forced by the hospital to visit your mother, I tell myself, but it's true. I angrily punch the side of the building until my knuckles on both of my hands begin bleeding. I begin silently screaming and cursing myself.
I'm so pissed off that I don't notice Oliver standing right behind me. He asks, "What's wrong?". I can hear the concern in his voice, but I don't speak. He walks over to me and hugs me, only to have me repeatedly punch him. I finally give up on figthing and bury my face in his t-shirt.
He tells me over and over, "It's okay, you're gonna be okay.". I look up at him and say, "No it's not, Ollie. I have to go and face my living hell tomorrow. I can't do it.". He just looks at me and says, "What ever it is I am coming with you and Shawna, my little fighter.".
Roy runs up to us and then asks, "She okay?". Oliver says, "Yeah, Jade's fine. She's just upset about something is all.". "I'm fine now. Let's go.". Oliver nods. About thirty minutes later I'm being bombarded with questions from Shawna, like what happened, Sissy?, Why have you been crying? and a bunch of others.
I kneel down so our eyes meet and then say, "Shawna, we have to go see Momma tomorrow. Now you remember what happened two years ago right? I need you to be brave, but you already know that. Oliver is going to come with us. Now, go and take a bath and go to bed.". She nods but has a look of sorrow on her face.
"I've never had to order her like that before, never. I just hope I don't crack under the pressure. I don't know how bad Momma's gotten." I say and shake my head. Oliver wraps his arms around me and hugs me again. "You'll be fine, you're my little fighter. No matter what happens I'm there for you and Shawna.".
When I wake up I feel something against my back. I carefully turn my head to the right and see Shawna curled up against me. She holding her stuffed bear and is snoring. I gently shake her and say, "Shawna, get up. Come on". She doesn't budge, then Oliver comes in and says, "Thea made pancakes. Better get up before Roy eats them all.". Suddenly Shawna jumps up and bolts out the door "screaming", "Roy, you better not eat all the pancakes!".
"Thanks. I would have never gotten her up." I say. Oliver smiles at me, then leaves. I swap out my pj's for a hoodie, jeans and a pair of flipflops and finally pull my hair into a messy bun, then I walk to the kitchen. When I get to the door frame I say, "God it smells good, Thea. Thank you." Thea smiles and then hands me a plate. I finish eating and head back to mine and Shawna's room and I grab my phone and keys to the Camero my friend Xana gave me. I head back down stairs to find Oliver and Shawna waiting for me.
"Ready? Let's go.". They follow me and once we're in the Camero we begin the drive to the asylum where they're keeping Momma. Thirty minutes later as I pull into a parking spot Shawna asks, "You sure you want to do this, Sissy?". I look back and smile at her, then say, "I'm sure, Shawna.". We all get out and walk to the building. Once inside I walk up to the secretary and say, "Hi, I'm Jade. I'm her with Shawna and my friend Oliver to see my mother. I'm not sure who her doctor is, but he or she said for us to come.".
"Just take a seat and someone will take you to the family area." the secretary says. I nod and Oliver and Shawna follow me to the waiting area. As we're sitting there Oliver and I begin talking over something until I hear, "Jade and Shawna Hawkes.". The three of us stand and walk towards the door, but the lady stops us and says, "I'm sorry, Sir, only Jade and Shawna.". I look at Oliver and then back to the nurse. Shawna looks at us and says, "So your not gonna let our Momma meet her future son-in-law?". I nearly choke and Oliver coughs, but Shawna just smiles.
Oliver catches on to my sister's plan and says, "Yes, I am Jade's boyfriend soon to be fiance. I came here to support Jade and Shawna.". I didn't know Oliver was this good at acting, but he has to for appearances, I guess. The nurse nods her head and leads us to a family room. Shawna sits to my left and Oliver to my right, leaving me in the middle on one of the couches. Two male nurses escort Momma in. She takes one look at me and tries to bolt for the door.
Shawna runs up to her and says, "Momma, I've missed you.". Momma hesitantly pauses and then hugs my sister. Shawna returnsto her seat beside me and stares at Momma. I don't me or speak for a few moments until Oliver says, "Mrs. Hawkes, I'm Oliver Queen. I'm also Jade's fiance.". Momma gasps, but says, "I'm very happy to meet you, Oliver.". Momma and Oliver shake hands and then Momma says, "Well, I know your supposed to stay longer, my daughters, but I must go. Please come again someday if you have time.".
We nod and get up and leave. The drive back was more eerily quiet then before. Once we're back at the house Oliver and I take off for Verdant. It was time to step up our game, to finally stop The Hellfire Force. One way or another we will win.