ByEmily Van Natter, writer at
Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will.
Emily Van Natter

As Oliver lifted her into the air, he felt something inside him break. He dropped her down and backed away. He felt tears spill out of his eyes as he clutched his head. He heard Felicity calling out his name, but he didn't look at her. He couldn't. His eyes looked around the room at his friends. How could he have done this!?


"This isn't supposed to happen!" Slade yelled as he threw a chair across the room. He had been watching the happenings on the monitors and it was becoming clear that this was going out of hand. "We need to leave. Now!" he barked orders to the guards around him as he stormed out of the room.


"Oliver?" Felicity took a tentative step toward him as he sank to his knees. He looked up at her, his eyes looking so broken. She knelt down next to him and pulled him into a tight hug. She felt tears on her shoulder as he grabbed her and hugged back. She ran her hands through his hair as she looked past his head and looked at Diggle who was slowly standing and helping Barry and Roy up. Ray was helping Adam.

"Im so sorry." she heard Oliver mumble. "It's okay. We're okay." she soothed. His head sank forward as he cried. She looked up at Roy who came over with the syringe. "Oliver, you need to take this." She said as she let go of him. He nodded numbly as he let Roy dump the contents into his mouth and swallowed. Felicity smiled slightly as he did so and rubbed his back.


Later, they were all back in the lair. Oliver was wrapped in a blanket as he stared silently at the floor. He was sitting in Felicitys chair and holding a cup of tea that Barry made in his hands. Felicity was behind him with her hands on his shoulders. They all sat in silence as they waiting for Oliver to say something.

"I'm so sorry." Oliver whispered. "Don't be." Diggle said immediately. "It wasn't you." Oliver sighed heavily. "It was me though." "it wasn't." Felicity insisted. Oliver looked up at her with tears in his eyes. "But i almost killed you. I almost killed all of you." he looked at everyone else. "But you didn't." Felicity said with a smile as se rubbed his head with her cold hands. Oliver looked down at the floor and they all sat in silence.


Somewhere in China

Slade walked into the lavish hotel room with his usual commanding presence. He smiled politely at the secretary and walked into a conference room. "I heard you need help." A man in a black suit said as his back faced Slade. Slade nodded. "Yes. The Arrow was more problematic than i thought he would be."

"You are weak." the man said. "I can help you be stronger." Slade clenched his fists. He didn't like being called weak, but he was right. "Yes. That is why i am here." he said. The man smiled as he turned to face him. "Well, training begins now then." Slade grinned as Malcolm Merlin smiled back at him. They would be quite a team indeed.


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