On a high rooftop lost among many like it in the middle of the night, Elissa paced back and forth with her arms crossed over her chest, staring at the roof before her as she walked. Diana stood by the roof's edge, her foot atop the short wall and her arms folded on her knee. She was watching the night and was clearly lost in thought, and did not speak much for the half hour they waited.
"Still not sure why we're here," Elissa grumbled as she paced.
Diana smiled. "Like someone once told me, patience, Princess."
Elissa finally stopped pacing and she turned fully to her mother. "Look. We need to talk. I can't go back to Themyscira under the circumstances. I have obligations here and
Like I told you, when I was on Olympus the Gods told me I have to use these gifts they gave me andandand Stacy's going to need me for a while
Are you listening?"
"You don't have to go back," Diana agreed softly.
Her lips parting in surprise, Elissa breathed, "Really?"
"There will be conditions," Diana added quickly, "but I think it's time you learned to hone these gifts, and young as you are it is time for you to spread your wings. You will still be required to study and train and you will return to Themyscira periodically to that end, but
" She sighed. "I think there is much good for you to do here."
Elissa took soft steps toward her mother and gently grasped her shoulder. "Thank you. I won't let you down. I'll make you proud of me."
"You have already, Golden Angel."
Batman informed from behind Elissa, "Just heard you're staying."
Elissa barked a scream and spun around, grasping her chest as she backed away a step, then she set her hands on her hips and cried, "I've asked you like a hundred times not to do that!"
Still looking out over the city, Diana smiled a little smile and greeted, "Hello, Bruce."
"It's good to see you again, Princess." He was standing in the shadows and was little more than an ominous silhouette in the darkness.
Her wide eyes shifting from Batman to her mother and back a few times, Elissa finally gasped and demanded, "Wait a minute! You guys know each other?"
"You sound surprised," Batman observed.
She fixed her eyes on him and shook her head. "That's how you knew I wasn't really Wonder Woman!"
"That's how," he confirmed. "I finally figured out that you must know her. Judging from your abilities you are clearly an Amazon." His cold eyes found Diana. "I'm just wondering why she would send someone so young and inexperienced to take her place."
Elissa looked away, her brow arching as she folded her hands behind her and tried to confess, "Yeah, about that
Slowly turning, Diana nudged her daughter aside and walked right up to the Dark Knight as he emerged from the shadows. "I didn't send her to take my place. I would think that a detective like you would have figured that out by now."
"I was hoping that was the case," he said, staring back at her.
Raising her chin, Diana offered, "I want to thank you for watching over her."
"No problem," he replied softly.
Elissa walked up behind her and took her side, and she playfully punched Batman in the arm. "Yeah, thanks for being there for me. I think you really got me over the hump."
He tore his eyes from Diana and nodded to Elissa, then looked her up and down. "I like the costume change."
She smiled and shyly folded her hands behind her again. "Thanks. I was hoping you would like it."
"Looks like you've come into your own," he said almost proudly.
Elissa nodded. "I had someone kind of helping me along. And thanks for that." She looked to her mother and continued, "We worked together a couple of times. I thought we did rather well as a team, but somebody spends most of his time working alone."
Raising her brow slightly Diana said, "Well how surprising." Her eyes were still on the Dark Knight, not wavering even as he looked back to her. "You haven't really worked with anyone in a long time. It's good to know that you still can."
Batman raised his chin slightly, a coldness in his voice as he asked, "So you called me here tonight to meet your protégé?"
"No," Wonder Woman replied, "I called you here tonight to meet your daughter."