♡ prompt: "I can be everything you need if you'll just give me a chance."
♡ character: roy harper / arsenal
♡ pronouns used: she / her
♡ note: not checked for grammar or spelling mistakes / okay so there will be mentions of drug use in this fic. this is your warning now to proceed with caution if you are triggered by things of that sort.
"I can be everything you need if you'll just give me a chance," Roy stated as he put the needle on the ground next to him and looked at you. his gaze was on you but you could tell that he was no where near sober. "Roy, I've warned you more than once. I refuse to be by your side if this is what you're doing to yourself."
Roy hadn't responded as you grabbed the needle and its injector before disposing it safely. you hadn't been in the area to even attempt to stop him from doing it for the Nth time; however, a word from Dick that Roy had went silent meant that you knew exactly what he was doing.
you grabbed Roy's hand, feeling the rough skin patches and open cuts. "Roy, you know I'm your number one supporter. I've been here through everything. I love you, as a friend and as a girlfriend but I can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves. we're heroes. we're supposed to do the saving, not be saved and this is something I can't save you from," you didn't bother to listen to what he was about to murmur as you figured he'd give you the runaround as usual.
you stood up, leaving Roy in his spot and walked out the creaky door. Roy who had processed what you said remained silent where he sat. he had no idea what do to. cry? scream? get angry? the drug inside of his body wouldn't let him do any of the options. instead, he opted to remain silent and stare at the door you just had left out of.
you were walking down the street with Donna and Dick as the two of them were casually talking about some memory they had with their former Titan teammates. with you joining the titans later on, you weren't originally apart of the five titans and were the added sixth member a few years later.
all of you had decided to catch up with coffee and a walk around Bludhaven. you had joined Dick at the Bludhaven Police Department as their lead investigator in their homicide department. with that life during the day and still fighting crime at night, your life was hectic enough to not have fallen in love. it made you wonder how Dick had found enough time to date everyone he did.
with that being said, you much like your former teammate, had a child in the time from being a titan till now.
the father was pretty out of the picture as he claimed he was too young to care for an infant leaving you to do everything on your own. your child was around the same age if not a bit young than Dick's younger brother, Damian, so whenever you had to run off to do hero work with the wing, you had dropped him in the care of Alfred or Bruce.
Dick had practically became a father figure to your child and became like a brother to you. he had been there when you broke things off with Roy and was shoulder to cry on when things got rough. you had found a special place in your heart for your teammate and although many had pushed you to date him, you knew Dick was nothing more than a friend and brotherly figure.
"so, have you heard?" Donna asked you suddenly. your eyebrows fluttered in confusion as Dick stared at her in panic, "heard about what?" you replied. Dick and Donna put their hands on each of your shoulder as nervousness started to bubble up inside of you.
Dick sighed as he tried to keep you as calm as possible, "Roy is back in town. he's here with Jason and Kori....." your eyes widened in shock as Donna continued, "he wants to see you. he's been practically begging Dick and I to take him to you."
you remained silent, not knowing if you were prepared to see Roy again. it had been years, early decades, since you had seen the redhead. you knew he had a daughter much like you with your son and he was supposedly clean now but thinking of the way both of you ended things, you weren't sure you were prepared to see him again. what if you accidentally relapsed him into the life he was once in? what if he was angry about how you left him?
Roy seemed happier and in better shape since you last saw him. you weren't sure you were even in the right mindset to see the man you clearly still loved. with all of these thoughts running through your head, Donna sat you down on a concrete bench and hugged you from the side.
"what's on your mind? you can talk to us you know," she said, putting her head on your shoulder. you didn't know what to say as Dick sat next to you, "listen, whatever you want us tell Roy, we can. we hold no secrets in this friendship. if you're ready to see him, that's all up to you. he's dying to see you but if you aren't ready to see him, we can just say you weren't available."
"it's not that I'm not ready to see him but what if I lead him to the life he once had? he's clean, happy, and actually living a fulfilling life....well as much as one can in this life we live but that's besides the point. what if I'm just a reminder of what he used to be? someone he never wants to be again?"
Dick and Donna both stared at you in shock as they couldn't believe what they were hearing.
"you? reverting him back to that lifestyle? he changed because he wanted to see you again. don't you dare say that you're the reason why Roy did the things he did back then," Donna exclaimed, rather angry. Dick shook his head, "if that's your belief, you're achingly wrong. Roy changed for himself, for Lian, and for you."
your phones alarm went off indicating that you had to pick up your son from school as you quickly shut it off, "I don't know. I have to do. ( childs name ) is getting out of school soon and he hates when I'm not on time," you gave them one more look before heading over to where you parked your car.
Donna and Dick stared at each other, still in slight shock at your confession.
"she what?" Roy yelled loudly causing Donna and Dick to jump back. he stared daggers at his friends as he couldn't believe what he was hearing himself, "she's refusing to see me because of that?" he asked them again.
Dick nodded as Jason could tell Roy was ready to explode.
"which one of you made her think like that?" he accused the three in front of him. Dick waved his hands to stop him from speaking, "don't get angry at us for something we didn't do. that's what she told us and we didn't do anything to make her think what she had said."
Roy growled knowing Dick had a point. he was getting angry at the wrong people but he had been dying to see you for years now. what you had told him had stuck with him all this time.
"we're supposed to do the saving, not be saved and this is something I can't save you from."
you on the other hand had received a message from Dick that they would all be crashing at his place until they found somewhere between Gotham and Bludhaven to stay at. you were sitting with your son next to you as she scrolled through the channel lists and plopped the remote down in annoyance.
"mommy, are you okay?" he asked as he felt you being more silent than usual, "( childs name ), how would you like to meet someone very important to me?" you asked as you turned to your son, "if you're not ready to meet them, I can drop you off with Uncle Bruce so you could spend time with Damian?"
your son shook his head no as he looked up to you, "I want to meet them mommy. if they're important to you, they're important to me because you're my mom!" you smiled, pushing him in for a hug as you held him against you tightly, "well, let's get your shoes on and we can head out."
you shrugged on your jacket as your son pulled his crocs on.
on the other end of town, Roy laid lumped on the couch with zero motivation to get up. he replayed the videos that everyone had sent him of you. from you singing City Girls at the club with Donna to having dinner with Wally and Dick and your son, Roy couldn't help but melt over you.
he had grown more feelings as he saw you practically age without him. you were already smoking hot as he liked to put it when you were still with the titans so seeing you have your life together with your son and the person he knew you'd grow up to be, a part of him ached at the fact that he wasn't with you to see that all happened.
Dick, Jason, and Donna were in Dick's kitchen, drinking coffee as they tried to conjure up ways to try and cheer Roy up and figure out a way to have you see him without making it a dramatic soap opera scene.
"you can't force her to do something she doesn't want to do," Jason stated as he looked at Donna and his brother to make sure they didn't get any ideas, "they're meant to be together, Todd," Donna said as she sipped her tea, "what does that have to do with anything, Donna?" he asked back.
the three of them didn't say anything else as they heard Roy sigh again. Jason knew out of all three of them (him, Kori, and Roy), he tended to be the one to wear his heart on his sleeve the most. especially when it came to you so he knew there had to be a few stray tears coming down his face.
all of a sudden, they heard a knock on Dick's door, causing the three of them to be alert. Dick walked over to the door, his jaw dropping as he realized it was you. Donna and Jason had the same shocked expression as you gave them a small wave and an awkward smile.
"hey, what're you doing here?" Dick asked nervously as you walked inside. your son had fallen asleep in the time you drove to Dick's place. he took your son out of your hands as you placed your jacket on the chair, "is he here?" you asked as Jason nodded. you had never formally met the red hood as his death and resurrection happened while you were out on a mission with a few other heroes for a couple of years across the sea.
Jason led you to living room as you saw Roy slumped on the couch, picking his fingers and wiping his tears. your eyes watered as you gave a choked sound which managed to get his attention. Roy's eyes widened as he couldn't believe what was happening. you stood at the doorway of the living room as Roy practically rushed you and the two of you hit the ground with a thud. you laughed, seeing Roy's green eyes scanning you down frantically.
"hey," you whispered as you held his face to get a good look, "hey, what're you doing here?" he asked. you smiled at him, your foreheads touching, "you know why I'm here Harper," you whispered as he brought his face down and collided your lips with his. Dick laughed as Donna aww'd and Jason remained neutral faced.
"never thought this reunion would happen," Dick whispered as Donna waved him off, "what did I say earlier? they're meant to be together. Roy was made for her and she was made for Roy. it was only a matter of time before they saw each other again."
they looked back at the two of you as the two of you were just staring at each other lovingly, "enough to make you mine again," he replied smoothly. you laughed as you placed another kiss on his lips, "can't wait to see it happen," you whispered as you pushed Roy off of you to get air again.
Roy helped you off the ground as you two looked at the three heroes who had smirks written all over their faces, "when's the wedding?" Jason asked rhetorically as Roy threw him one of Dick's couch pillows, "hey!" he exclaimed, completely forgetting that your son was still in his arms.
your eyes widened realizing that not only had your son spoken up but Roy's daughter had as well. you stiffened as you realized that maybe this entire situation might've been too much for both of your kids.
"well, it's now or never Harper," you murmured to him as you grabbed your son and Roy hauled his daughter into his arms.
"Lian, I want you to meet someone very important to me. this is ( your name ) and that's her son ( childs name )."
"( childs name ), this is the boy I was telling you about. his name is Roy and this is his daughter Lian."
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