Another long day that just seemingly wouldn’t end; it had only been a few days since she retired from her hero duties and she already hated her life. She wasn’t sure if she hated it, because she wasn’t use to the normal life, or if it was because her mother was her boss. “ZICCARRA!” She heard a loud scream from behind her, it was her mother; this had been the 8 time today that she called her. Spinning around in her office chair she locked eyes with the women she had called mom for sometime; this was the first time since she came to earth, that she literally wanted to burn the flesh from the bones of her earth mother.
“Yes mother, what did I do wrong this time?” Shayla said playing with her snow globe. “Where is the 45 regiment of L.O.V.E solders?” Her mother asked, with her hands folded; she didn’t look mad but Sha knew she was, because whenever Gwen got mad, Her Spanish accent flared up and she had a small bend in her hips. “I sent them to Iraq to monitor the Iraqi armies training” Sha said doing 360’s in her chair, Gwen shot her a stern look and she quickly stopped.
She didn’t like being scorned in public, because everyone noticed it must have felt good to the bystanders knowing that Super people got yelled at too. “Who gave you that authorization, we need them to be in North Korea in 5 hours to assist Maya and Midnightist!”. “I didn’t know mom, I’m sorry!” Sha said putting her hands up in a submissive stance. “That’s the eighth time you’ve said that today!, and This is the ninth time I’m telling you My name is Ms.Lopez , not mom” Gwen switched off glaring at various officials in the building, Shayla turned back to her computer and finished doing what she was doing.
As she focused her glasses on her Mac, she saw the eyes of Herbert peek over her cubicle. “That women is such a-. Shayla cut him off with her eyes; he stopped and then brandished a smile. “Bitch” Sha said smiling back and continued typing her paper. Shayla was the overseer of L.O.V.E’s foreign affairs, she sent the troops to places in the world where they were needed. However for the last three days she just spent her time on the comic vine, arguing with a user of why Solace could beat Wolverine.
The phone rang at the reception desk; the women came to Sha’s desk and told her that the call was for her. Getting up from her seat, Sha walked down to the desk and answered the phone only to hear that it was her daughter. “Hey honey how you are...What? A parent teacher conference…for what...YOU FROZE YOUR TEACHER? AWWW HELL ZARIAH!.” Looking around the office various people were snickering at her, she shot them looks and then quickly returned to what they were doing. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN SHE WANTS TO MEET WITH GRANDMA?! I’m your mother!” Sha said with her tone slightly picking up. “WELL I AINT LIKE THAT BITCH NOOOOOOOOOWAY” she slammed the phone down signaling for her mom to get the phone.
As she and Gwen walked pass each other Gwen notified her of the file on her desk. “Oh Shayla, Solace vs Wolves ends in a stalemate.” Sha’s eyebrow rose, but she shook it off and sat back down at her desk. As she scaled the file, the person behind it sounded so familiar to her; it wasn’t until she saw the name Stephanie Ardor, which she understood what this was. “She’s out of control Sha… She murders those military personnel, and she’s poessed with that demon.” Sha knew this was true, and in the back of her mind she knew Nova was more liable to kill again if threatened. “I don’t understand…” Sha said tossing the file on her desk with her head hung low. “How is it that after, The War on Ninjeta, the thousands of people I’ve killed...Chaos black and yada that I still have a free pass?” Gwen looked down at Sha and then knelt. “I’ve done everything in my power to keep you out of the governments hands; Nova has no connection to me what so ever therefore I cannot help her.” Sha picked up the file again, this time placing her pencil in her mouth.
“Ok…I’ll get Cassie right on it” Cassie had fought Nova before, and did a very good job, but the only flaw in this plan was that Cassie was currently on Vacation. “hmmm maybe Maya?” Sha said trying to find a good candidate. “Maya is in North Korea” Gwen said brushing Sha’s hair, Sha let out a deep sigh trying to calm her nerves, she had half a mind to send Maria to fight Nova, but Maria wasn’t persistent enough to even find her. Alexandria was way too young, and Rosa was still in training; the L.O.E.S members were currently in space; which meant Sha had no choice. “Z…you’ll have to approach this manner with raw aggression, she may not be the same Nova from LOVE.” Gwen touched Sha’s shoulders, an eerie feeling spread through Sha’s body like a progressing cancer. The last time Sha went on a power trip, it cost her; her life at the hands of Nova, but Sha remembered that look in Nova’s eyes; it was a look of exhaustion. Since the death of their mutual friend Angelic Reaper Sha had constantly been in trouble, and every time she was backed into a corner Nova came to save her. This time it was Sha’s turn; this was her chance to show Nova that no matter what, she’d be there for her. “Alright Gwen…” Sha stopped mid sentence and looked back and her mother whom was not pleased at the lack of attribution from Sha. “I…mean...Momma Lopez! I’ll go get Nova and I’ll bring her back” Sha knew what Gwen wanted for Nova; until they could find some way to rehabilitate the fallen hero they would stick her in zone 6.
Walking to the L.O.V.E weapons room Sha picked up her sethosphere and attached it to her arms. “I guess it’s time to beat something up other than my damn self” Sha said activating the small machine. “Sha up!” in a blinding bright light that sent an amber array of color through the HQ Sha emerged in her Red and Blue uniform. “This already feels old to me” Sha said spinning around in her skirt. “She felt a touch on her shoulder, it kind of startled her but she calmed down to see whom it was. As she turned she looked directly into a pair of panties. “WEAR THEM!” Gwen said handing the pair to Sha. Giving off a look of displeasure she slipped them on and then instantly pulled the wedgies from her butt.
She didn’t have aspirations on coming out of retirement, but this was more than hero business, this was about saving the life of her best friend. “Nova…I’m not sure what’s gotten into you…but I’m coming to help”. At first she didn’t have a clue as to wear Nova would actually be, but there was one spot that all whom knew her would be Angelic Reaper’s grave.
As the rain poured down from the skies above soaking the very soil that she stood on, Sha just watched the head plate of AR, she wasn’t buried here, her body was taken to the W.A.L HQ, but this was the place the hero community gave for her death. “I come here at the start of every month…hoping that nameplate would..Change”. Sha bent her knees in the mud, and touched the head stone. “Hey there, I know you’re up there taking care of my little Diego… a lot of things have happened since you’ve been gone.
Sha stopped and looked at the rain falling from the darkened skies; in her body a warm feeling made her feelings tingle…A Love member was close. Turning back to the headstone she continued talking with AR.
“ Death, murder, homicide, genocide, misery, torment, and suffering became the highlight of my life. You always worried about me…and I told you I’d be fine…clearly I was lying. Since My resurrection I sometimes feel myself grow cold. The kind of cold that never satisfies, my touch became insignificant, food has no taste, and there is no breeze. I couldn’t focus on anything; Times were changing and I needed to change with them. The city of Solace is changing, for the good. The crime rate is down and I’ve retired. I watch these new SHA’S do my job and often I feel like someone is stealing my identity, or maybe I losing myself, nothing makes sense to me anymore, hated enemies became friends and friends became enemies. I can’t keep my mind straight, renegade lantern in the desert keeps flashing in my mind, that’s when the force began to tug my soul , over the years it intensified causing me to kill LStpaladin, and Soul taker, Sha stopped she was spilling all her problems to AR, it was unclear if tears was falling from her face. “It was like a symbiotic creature taking my normal actions and multiplying them by 4 causing intense rage and blinded judgment. I tried to suppress it, you saw it...When I was with the help Mobb deep. I was able to control my actions for the most part, but there was something about Gambler that made me insane; he appealed to the darkness… and before I could say sorry…you where gone. The Angelic Reaper incident caused Sha’s darkness to grow stronger eventually causing her pain. She couldn’t be at ease with herself knowing her friend was gone, and that she had laid in ignorance as the goon who did it still ran free, tears streamed down her eyes. She stood with a streak of black coming from her eyes, just standing in the middle of the pouring rain. Sha then began to think… was the world thinking it knew what was right for those who protected it? Being a hero didn’t give you the fame and fortune that the comics made you believe. So many countless others were their lives protected? And if they were not who would save them.
“I’m sorry AR…I couldn’t control it…but please give me the strength to save Nova…she doesn’t need this.
"Control? control my dear girl is just an illusion if you do not have the capacity to understand what you control. Your wrath, that furry and power that you think you control will take over. You will succumb to its seductions just as you have in the past. The allure of evil is a powerful thing as you will once again find out." - Andferne