shini02 has a Christmas present.

Title: Running
Fandom: Young Justice
Rating: T
Genre: Romance
Pairings: Wally West (Kid Flash), Artemis Crock (Artemis), WallyxArtemis
Warnings: None
Summary: Wally and Artemis celebrate their first Christmas as a couple.


"Well, not exactly what I wanted for Christmas but I guess it works."

Wally West turns his head to the side as Artemis Crock rolls off of him and settles in to look at him. Her face is flushed and he reaches out to brush a stray lock of hair out of her eyes. Many months ago, she would have swatted his hand away because she still wasn't comfortable with being in a relationship with him. Wally never thought he was going to get to this point with her. Truthfully, he's never gotten to this point with any girl. Despite what people would think, the Wall-Man isn't very smooth with the ladies.

"I think it's kinda romantic that we gave each other our virginity," he admits.

"I thought it was the girl that was supposed to care about things like that," she shoots back.

"When have you ever been a typical girl?" he inquires with a teasing grin.

"I try sometimes," she confesses and Wally can't tell if her face got redder at his question.

He wonders how he got this way, how he turned from someone who never tied himself down into someone that would do anything for the girl laying beside him in bed. Dick would mock both of them to no end if he could see them now although Wally suspects Dick has enough problems of his own with Zatanna. Wally's life has been about running. It's what he's good at. It's the reason why he always tried to paint himself as the heartthrob, the guy that all the girls wanted and couldn't catch. The truth is that he's never been that guy in his entire life. He's a lab geek, a science nerd blessed with good looks and wit that he uses to hide himself from everyone. Wally runs. It's just what he does.

"I'm crazy in love with you," he tells her and he knows that definitely made her face redden even more than it already had been. "I never thought I'd feel this way about someone."

"You mean there was no hope with you and M'gann?" asks Artemis. "I was so betting on you two getting married."

"Afraid you lost that bet then, babe," he tells her and he reaches to graze her cheek. "I'm serious, Artemis. We're coming up on our anniversary."

"You can remember New Year's Day is our anniversary but can't remember Valentine's Day?" asks Artemis.

"I made up for it," he reminds her.

"You're lucky I didn't punch you in the mouth about it."

Wally chuckles and watches Artemis smile. Maybe she was always the one who was supposed to catch him in the end. Maybe she was the one that was always supposed to shoot him right in the heart and he was always supposed to slow down enough to let her. Wally's learned to believe in possibilities. He's always favored science because there's a certainty to it. He likes facts and reason. Artemis makes him feel something else though. Love isn't a fact and it's definitely not reasonable. Love is a feeling, an emotion that is unpredictable by nature. It makes you think about things, about the future and the possibilities it could hold. It makes you want to slow down because when you do you get to have more moments with the person you love. Wally's already made up his mind that this time he's not running from this, from this crazy feeling that he feels for Artemis. If anything, he's running towards it instead of away from it.

"Merry Christmas, Art," he tells her.

"You too, Wall-Man," she says and she curls up next to him.

Outside Mount Justice, it's snowing even though neither of them know it. In the morning, they'll go to his parents' house and spend Christmas morning there then run to Gotham to see her mother that night. Right now though, there's nowhere Wally would rather be than here with Artemis. Running away isn't an option anymore, not unless she's running with him.