Shayera stood next to him and sighed in exasperation. "Bruce please, just out of the kindness of your heart."
He turned towards her. "I'll say it again. Give me one good reason."
"Just don't tell anyone yet. John and I tried to get married but we were denied because I'm not a citizen from anywhere on Earth." She quickly explained as he looked at her rather skeptically. "Now will you please help me?"
"The two of you are getting eloped?" He dryly asked. Shayera could tell this was not boding well with him.
"Even though it makes our impending marriage sound horrible, yes we are." Well keeping secrets wasn't that great of an idea after all the things that happened to the League in the past few years. Especially involving her betrayal.
She thought before that maybe they should have told the other founding members that they were getting married but it was rather on the spur of the moment decision. Really it was Shayera's idea, though John was more than happy to agree.
There was silence as Shayera watched Batman, who stopped typing and just stared at the screen before him. There was a good three minutes of silence between them.
"Obtaining an American citizenship is a long and difficult process." He began to explain. "From the moment you become a permanent resident, it can take three to six years until you can apply from citizenship."
"But I lived on Earth for nearly ten years and almost half were in the US." She countered. "That part of the argument is invalid."
Batman looked up to her slowly. "It's going to be harder for you."
Shayera frowned. "If I were Diana you would have helped me in a second. I would already be a citizen at this point."
"The people of Earth don't hate Diana. I'm sorry to bring it up Shayera but most people simply don't like you. Besides you were never born on Earth so you would need to go through a special process. That's a reason why it'll be harder. They'll also hold the Thanagarian Invasion against you, try to prove that you're entrapping John, and-"
"I would never do that, I love John!" She sounded hurt as though he was accusing her himself.
"We know that but they don't and frankly they don't care . All they know is that you're a Thanagarian and that you were a major factor in the Invasion." He retorted. "Anything you say they'll use against you and anything you claim, they'll look into five times over and then try to use against you."
"What could I possibly claim or say that can incriminate me?"
"A number of things,"
"Like?" The look on her face told him to start listing things or as well trouble was going to start. Her patience was nearly run dry at this point and Bruce took notice at that.
"Let's just say you gave a statement for why you want to marry John and you accidentally say something the wrong way. Remember this is completely theoretical, but just by the way you said it made it sound like you threatened or blackmailed John into marrying you."
"That's ridiculous. You know that I-"
"Love John and would never do that, I know," He interrupted her and exhaled. "But once again, we know that but they don't and they don't care."
"You could coach me on what to say."
"That's illegal. I can't influence what you say in any way. Even if it is the truth." He exhaled again. "What I'm trying to say is that sometimes you muddle your words."
"I do not!" Bruce narrowed his eyes. "Ok sometimes English grammar just escapes me. It's not my fault you're stupid human language is so hard to learn."
"You just proved my point."
"What are you talking about?" She asked as she placed her hands on her hips.
"In anger you said stupid human. Do you think that'll help you any? You have to control your temper doing the hearings."
"Whoa hold on Bruce," Shayera held up her hand. "I have to go to court?"
"What did you expect, a questionnaire sheet to be sent to you?"
"Very funny but seriously. Do I really have to go to court over this?"
"Yes because, like I said earlier, you have to go through a special process for aliens...extraterrestrials I should say."
"Just start calling me E.T. while you're at it." She sarcastically spoke.
He stood as he intensely stared at her. "I just have to ask you a few personal things."
"If you have to,"
"Are /you/ entrapping John in anyway?"
Shayera glared at him. "I told you no. I would never do something like that."
"Whose idea was it?"
"Mine," She responded quietly. "Can they use that against me?"
"They might," He answered truthfully. "When did you become engaged to Hro?"
"What does that have to do with anything?"
"Answer the question."
"About five months before I left Thanagar."
"Why didn't you hastily marry him before you left for Earth?"
Why hadn't she? Shayera was taken back. "I don't know." No wait, she knew why. "I think because I didn't love him the way that I love John. I explained this once to John that things were different on Thanagar. Why are you asking me this anyway?"
"The more I know about your personal life, the more I can help. Bruce Wayne can't go in there blindly endorsing a person he hardly knows."
"Bruce we've known each other for seven years."
"Outside of Justice League business I don't. Besides being involved with John and clowning around with Wally that is. No one knows anything about your life before the Justice League and the time you spent in Fate's Tower. We'll discuss those issues later." He said and made no room for her to respond. "I have one more question and you better answer it truthfully."
"Why wouldn't I?"
"Because this would be the most incriminating piece of evidence that can prove entrapment." He explained. "Are you pregnant?"
A/N: Shayera said earlier that she has been living on Earth for nearly 10 years. Here's a composite timeline. This is purely estimation and guesses on my part based on events throughout the JL and JLU series.
During the Thanagarian Invasion it was stated that she was sent to Earth 5 years prior and that JLU lasted for 2 years so these are the only parts that will be canon.
So out of those first 5 years, 2 of them are spent on Earth, in the US, while she is on her own. Then the last 3 are spent with the JL. That's when she's living in the Watchtower and not on Earth for 3 years.
Now after the Invasion I estimate about roughly 1/2 a year between the time of Starcrossed and her return. She then spends 2 years in the JLU while living in either the Watchtower or, when it was built, the Metro Tower which is in the US. We now have 7 1/2 years accounted for out of 10.
Between Destroyer and my fanfic Small talk is roughly 1/2 a year. Now we have 8 years. From Small to this story we have 2 years which give us our grand total of 10 years.
So all together she's lived in the US for 2 years before JL, 1/2 year in Fate's Tower after the JL series.
Now pure guesstimation happens. If she split time between the Metro and Watchtowers later on in the JLU series I'll give her 1/2 year in the US. Between Destroyer and Small Talk I'll give her another 1/2 year.
And from Small Talk to Alien she's been living with John in Detroit for 2 years.
Now we have 2 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 + 2 = 5 1/2 years living in the US even though it was/ inconsistently/ living in the US.