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Birthday fic: True Power, 1/1

Title: True Power
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Justice League, toonverse
Characters: The Flash (Wally West), Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman
Rating: G
Word Count: 543 words
Summary: A few Justice League members discuss the meaning of true power with Oprah Winfrey.
Author's Notes: This is a Happy Birthday ficlet for winddancer55945, for her prompt: “A bunch of superheroes being interviewed by Oprah.” Thanks again for van_el’s help.

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“You see, Oprah,” the Flash gestured broadly as he spoke, “you don’t mind if I call you ‘Oprah,’ do you?” The talk-show host opened her mouth to assent, but Wally simply sped on ahead, “It’s not all about the power we have… it’s about what we do with it.”

Oprah leaned forward, elbows on her knees. “For example?”

“I’m the fastest man alive, right?” He nodded to agree with himself. “So I can get past anybody, even Supes here…”

From the chair beside him, Superman opened his mouth to disagree. “That’s deba—”

“…but even if I rounded up every villain in my rogues’ gallery…”

“And what a rogues’ gallery,” Wonder Woman murmured under her breath, prompting a smile from Superman.

“…they’d be back on the street in no time! We’ve also got to help them see the error of their ways. That’s why I always try to get to know everybody, not just smash-and-dash.”

A warm, approving smile broke out on Oprah’s face. “That’s very commendable, Mr. Flash.” She looked toward her two other guests, inviting their commentary. “Superman, Wonder Woman, do you agree?”

“Absolutely,” Superman began, his presence larger-than-life. “The Justice League was formed to be an example to the world, not just for helping with crises.”

“I agree, Oprah. Standing for truth and justice is for everyone, not just superheroes. Even the smallest child can help make the world a better place,” Wonder Woman added with a lift of her lasso.

Nodding, Oprah slid a book from the table beside her couch and held it aloft. “It’s funny that you mention that, because I’ve just been reading this amazing book, Changing the World, One Person at a Time, and the author, Dawn Herron, comes to much the same conclusion. We need a few more everyday heroes, to help you fine folks out!” She turned toward the audience, holding her arms wide. “Isn’t that right?”

A resounding chorus of shouts and applause washed across the soundstage.

“I thank each of you for being here with us today.” Oprah walked over confidently to shake each hero’s hand. “Superman, the Man of Steel, we owe you so much.” Her eyes widened slightly as his large hand covered hers in a firm grip. Recovering, she moved on, “Wonder Woman, your efforts to promote the Amazon code of peace are legendary. Women everywhere look up to you.” The host hugged Diana in her friendly manner.

“And the Flash, fastest man alive, who also must have the biggest heart!” Oprah began to shake Wally’s hand, but he pulled her close and gave her a light peck on the cheek.

“We’re sorry that our other team members couldn’t make it… y’know, saving the world and all,” he grinned.

She laughed heartily. “Well, you be sure to tell Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl that they are welcome here anytime! Our Justice League, ladies and gentlemen – so powerful, but so caring!”

As the three of them waved to the cheering crowd and left the stage, Superman touched the comlink at his ear. “Three for the Watchtower.”

Batman’s voice buzzed in their ears. “Powerful, huh?” Just before they dissipated into a beam of teleported light, he added, stone-serious, “That book will sell a million copies by tomorrow morning.”

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Comments

( 33 comments — Leave a comment )
elliania
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, that was odd! Very unusual! XD But very nice!! I'm sure winddance will love her ficelet! ^^
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, nice but very silly, and I like silly. :D I hope she likes it, too!
babettew54
Aug. 7th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I liked it, perfect interaction with our heroes! I just hear Batman's voice..hehe! And, of course, Oprah can't miss a plug for a new book! Thanks for sharing, Babs!
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe. It was my first try at superhero interaction... but only because the prompt called for it! I wonder how I would do with a longer one...?

Thanks, Babette!
saavikam77
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Haha!! ^_^ That was adorable! Gotta love the Flash. :p~
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, he is adorable! Especially when voiced by Michael Rosenbaum. I was trying to capture that high energy cuteness, even though I'd never written him before. van_el got me watching the JLU ep "Flash and Substance" for inspiration, and it totally worked. :D
winddancer55945
Aug. 7th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I loved it. Thanks so much Barbara. I love Flash. And Oprah always selling her book of the month club. LOL
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, I had no idea how to do this, but as soon as it was suggested I use the Justice League toonverse, the ideas started to come! I knew I wanted a joke with the fact that anything Oprah mentions becomes an instant bestseller, but I had to figure out what it would be! :D
chickadilly
Aug. 7th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Hee, that was a fun read. I could totally see it in action too - loved the last line. As a former bookseller I can say that Batman is 100% correct. If Oprah says to read it the stores get bombarded people read it. :D
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh totally! In fact, I got the idea from something that happened to Todd this summer, working the phones at our local department store. Oprah mentioned a certain pillow, and they were flooded with orders from all over the country, since they had it on sale. :D
sportygal1316
Aug. 7th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
I liked it, I could only imagine what Batman would say if he had been there :)
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
:D I thought about having Batman be there, but it just seemed so OOC. He might have cut in with a scrambled broadcast to refute something one of his teammates had said, though... ;)
stolenpostit
Aug. 7th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
The host hugged Diana in her friendly manner.


Do you mean she went for the hug but then shook her hands in the air?
htbthomas
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
??
stolenpostit
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
The Oprah Hug. She does it all the time.
htbthomas
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, hey! Learn something new every day! I wonder if I should change that... (embarrassed that I'm not up on my Oprah, but still wrote a ficlet... *hides face*)
stolenpostit
Aug. 8th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Well she probably would hug Diana. I mean, it's Wonder Woman!
louisemcgregor
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Awww, I loved. This fic make me grin the whole time, especially in Wally's scenes. So cute and funny. m:)))

And your Flash is perfect. Kuddos for that ! m:)))

htbthomas
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! I had a blast writing him! He almost took over the whole fic. :D
jenna_knight
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Silly, but a very fun little ficlet. Nicely done.

Can I request a birthday fic? You've got about 6 months to work on it so it better be good, lol. :)
htbthomas
Aug. 8th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Very silly! I'm all about the silly. :D

Yes, go ahead! But I can't promise it will be any better than these have been. ;) Follow that link above to see what you have to do to request!

Make sure to check out the Spider-Man ones, too. I thought they turned out excellent.
mark_clark
Aug. 10th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
That was great. You had Flash pegged right. A quick talker. Supes and Wonder Woman were wonderful as well. Oprah was perfect, and also she just had to mention a book. Batman was right, that book will have a million copies sold by tomorrow.

Excellent job.
htbthomas
Aug. 11th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mark. And to think, I never even thought of having Flash in this until I saw that JL ep. He just wormed his way in... :)
taro_twist
Aug. 17th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Ohh, this was so cute!

“So I can get past anybody, even Supes here…”

From the chair beside him, Superman opened his mouth to disagree. “That’s deba—”


LOL!

“Superman, the Man of Steel, we owe you so much.” Her eyes widened slightly as his large hand covered hers in a firm grip.

I love it! Not even Oprah can totally keep her cool around the Man of Steel. :D

And her book plug! Oh man ... *sporfle*

Anyway, great job of mixing the heroes up with Oprah ... if they were ever on her show, I could totally see it going like this. :D
htbthomas
Aug. 17th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I wasn't sure if I could do Justice League, since I'd only seen the first two seasons, not the new JLU. But after YouTube-ing a Flash episode, I was inspired!
jij
Aug. 19th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
*grin* I love the way you've got the JLA kind of divided into the front-stage and back-stage personalities here, the ones who deal with the public and the ones who watch from the background. It fits perfectly! And Flash is adorable here as well. :) "Smash-and-dash," lol...
htbthomas
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jen! I really didn't know how this would come off, so I'm particularly pleased that everyone likes Flash!
slynn6776
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the rec, this one made me smile. I think Oprah should interview all the fandoms! :)
htbthomas
Aug. 23rd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
:D That would be a very interesting series, wouldn't it? Should it be a fic meme? ;D
seacrystal
Dec. 26th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
"The Justice League, so powerful but so caring!"

LOL why did that struck me as an product advertisement instead?

I've totally enjoyed this, it's a fun read all the way.
htbthomas
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This story was just a silly bit of fun. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
laramoon
May. 23rd, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
*lol* that was way too amusing! :) And I so totally adore Flash - he's so goofy and fun. :D Nice job!!
htbthomas
May. 23rd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really enjoy writing the humorous, silly stuff. :D
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