Drabble Request 1: Aftermath of Robin, Spoiler, and Arrowette's walk out season 3 episode 1

“No, seriously, is anyone going to tell us what’s going on?” Bart insisted, his voice reaching a near-whine. Kaldur sighed, pinching the bridge of his nose for a brief moment before straightening up.

“I am afraid that Batman has chosen to resign from the Justice League,” he explained. Jaime’s eyes went wide in his armor. Bart’s jaw fell slack. Cassie and Virgil were still reeling from Tim and Jeff’s departures. Traci, being the newest member, looked the most unsure of them all.

“You’re kidding,” Jaime finally said, breaking the silence.

“I wish I were,” Kaldur affirmed. “Green Arrow, Hardware, Katana and Plastic Man all resigned as well.”

“But not Lightning?” Virgil asked, raising a brow.

“Lightning left of his own will. He did not join Batman.”

“Guess that explains the others,” Traci noted, uncomfortably shifting from one foot to the other. “They all followed their mentors.”

Cassie’s mouth stretched into a hard line. This had been planned; Tim had known about this, and he hadn’t even thought to clue her in. “Yeah, well who needs them? We don’t need anybody keeping secrets on our team.” The rest of her teammates either nodded or grumbled in approval. None of them caught the look exchanged between M’gann and Kaldur.

M’gann cleared her throat and stepped forward. “I know this is a lot to take in. But as a team, we have to respect everyone’s decisions and proceed as normal.”

“Normal?” Bart scoffed. “We’re missing almost half our team!” He didn’t buckle when M’gann shot him a look of warning. Instead he whirled around, facing Jaime. “This is fishy.”

“What are you going to do about it, Hermano? Run over and drag them back?”

Bart pouted, crossing his arms. “Maybe.”

“Right. Let me know how that works out. In the meantime, I’m getting dinner,” Jaime waved off. “Traci, you hungry?”

The dark-haired girl shook her head. “I’m gonna skip this time, but I’ll text you later.” She watched Jaime and Bart leave the room before going over to Cassie, who was staring out into the stars. Traci rested a hand on her shoulder, cocking her head. “You wanna talk about it?”

“What’s to talk about?” Cassie snapped. “He doesn’t trust me.”

“You don’t know that.”

“Don’t I? He didn’t tell me this was happening.”

“Boys are dumb. You’ll get it out of him later, right now, we’ve been up twenty hours and are in major need of a catnap,” Traci urged. “It’ll look better in the morning.” She glanced over to Virgil, who seemed just as dejected as Cassie. “That goes for you too.”

“I heard ya. I’m gonna head home,” he said, sticking his hands in his pockets. What was he supposed to do without a mentor, now? Virgil couldn’t deny the ache in his chest; he and Jeff were close. He’d used to brag to his family all about their cool missions and training sessions, and now… nothing.

“We should go too. Do you want to come to my place?” Traci offered. “Dad’s making chili.”

“No, I think I just want to be alone,” Cassie muttered, shrugging Traci’s hand off her shoulder. “Thanks, though. See you later?”

“Count on it.”

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