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Lightning Rod

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Rising up, back on the street

A bolt of lightning crosses between

Above

Along

A skyscraper

An apartment

A bank

Buildings that were not here the last time he was

Buildings that were here that are here no longer

 

He races

Alone

He’s not used to being alone

He’s used

To the overlapping voices in his head

The connecting thread of emotions

The knowledge that someone

Dick

Kaldur

Artemis

Conner

M’gann

Was watching his back

 

A sign in front of him

Now behind

Reads “Welcome to Central City”

- strange

he thought he’d been running through Palo Alto -

 

A flash of lightning

And questions vanish

Another flash

Raises more

One is red

The other yellow

Both familiar

And yet not

- strange

he thought they were faster than this -

 

They play a game of speedster tag through the city

And for once

For once

He is winning

Until the two bolts of lightning

One red

One yellow

Realize they are two to his one

And corner him

The red creating a cage

Of his arms

And tears

And voice

Wally

you came home