"Do we really have to do this every month?" She asked as he inserted the vial into the machine that she still didn't know the name of; she was sure that it had some long scientific-y name that Bruce would readily recite.
"As a precautionary method," He replied. "It's for your own good we do this."
She remained silent for a few moments before speaking, "What did you say to John that got him so flustered?"
"You don't want to know," Bruce simply stated. "Trust me, you really don't."
"That's basically what John told me. I'm a big girl and can handle the truth. Just tell me!" She insisted. "You got John obsessively questioning the future. He's acting as paranoid as you and the Question combined. I want answers!"
"The future isn't lining up."
"You saw a potential future Bruce," She retorted. "Nothing is set in stone."
"Yes but it seemed like the most likely one by the way things were proceeding in our time," Bruce said as he continued. "Parts of that future are supposed to happen. I think our knowledge polluted the time-stream. We're inadvertently changing the flow of history."
"That's what I theorized," She replied. "Us knowing what could happen is making us act according to what we think we should do in order to make the future we desire happen." She shrugged. "Who knows, maybe Rex is getting an older sibling out of this or he isn't going to exist and some other child will. I hate to say but maybe there isn't going to be any child. Anything can happen at anytime."
"At least you came to that conclusion yourself. That's what John was afraid of telling you. He didn't want to break your heart," Bruce admitted as he fiddled with the machine. "Your tCG levels are fine. Let's hope it stays this way."
Shayera lightly nodded, "I love him but the man just drives me nuts sometimes. I know he did this for my own well being but we promised to not keep secrets from each other anymore."
"He means well," Bruce offered.
"I know he does," She replied. "It's just that he's afraid that I can get easily hurt, that he always has to protect me."
"You wouldn't and don't do the same for him?" He questioned her.
Shayera rolled her eyes, "That's not the point."
"Yes it is," He argued. "That's what love does to a person. You don't realize it but you're the same way with him. If you weren't, you would have told him about the truth before the Thanagarian Invasion occurred. You loved him enough to not tell him about your situation with Hro."
"Point taken," She mumbled.
"Shayera," Bruce started. "Sometimes it's better not to know the entire truth about something. The future is one of those things. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if the future was never seen. Maybe the timeline wouldn't be getting distorted the way it is. Maybe you and John would still have gotten back together or may be you wouldn't have. There's no way of telling what could of happened."
Shayera contemplated his statement. He was making a good point. "Maybe things would have been for the better, maybe not. We shouldn't question what's currently happening Bruce. Everything happens for a reason. Either by destiny's way of interfering with our lives or by us defying our destinies and forging new ones."
Bruce smirked, "I can't believe you're being the voice of reason in all this."
"I'm being the anchor you and John need. You're making yourselves crazy and, if I listen to the two of you, I'll be the same," She stated as she slightly frowned. "I gotta go talk some sense into John."
"And you said I looked like a kid whose puppy died," Shayera said indignantly as she sat next to John in the cafeteria. "It took me over twenty minutes to find you. Why aren't you answering your commlink? What, are you hiding from me or something?" She noticed that he was still moping. "Did I not get through to you the other day that you shouldn't worry about the future?"
"Sorry I wasn't trying to avoid you or anything. I didn't realize I had it off," John replied as he fiddled with the device to turn it back on. "Bruce got me more paranoid than I thought he did."
"He is so incorrigible." She rolled her eyes, "I had a little talk with him. I know why you're all freaked out and I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about."
"I'm sorry but I just got so immersed in the idea of something happening to you," He stated as she looked at him sympathetically as he took hold of her hand. "I'm going to do everything in my power to protect you Shayera. Even if that mean giving my li-"
Shayera quickly held her hand up to stop him, "Don't even go there. I don't want to think about that. Can we just try not to think about the future you saw and live in the present? Let's just drop this and move to more important matters."
"That sounds perfectly fine to me," John said to her. "I promise, no more obsessing about what may or may not happen."
"Good because now we can deal with our engagement properly," She mentioned as John's expression changed to one of surprise. "By the look on your face, you seem to have forgotten that we're still engaged and not married. We need to fix that little detail."
"I know, I wouldn't forget about something that important. It's just that you're bringing it up and not me bringing it up. Actually now that you mention it," He said rubbing the back of his neck. "Wally wants to throw us an engagement party."
Shayera raised an eyebrow, "A party where I can't get drunk or even drink? Yeah that sounds like a real blast. What does Wally have planned for us or do I even want to know?"
John shrugged, "I don't know. You never know what you're getting with him. Though he mentioned something about asking Bruce if we could use his mansion."
Shayera laughed at the mere mention of it. "I'm sorry but there is no way Bruce will agree to that, especially since Wally is the one asking. How many people does Wally think he's going to invite to this thing anyway that he wants to use Bruce's place?"
"He said only the founders but he thought we all might like the privacy of Bruce's estate," John replied. "He said he's willing to invite anyone we want."
"I'm good with only the seven of us. We don't want the entire League there."
"Or some of the Green Lantern Corps," He added.
"Besides, we don't have anyone else to invite really. That's pretty sad when you think about it," She said with a chuckle. "We are so pathetic that it's not even funny."
"At least we can be pathetic together," He said, kissing her.
Shayera humorously shook her head. "You are such a shameless romantic."