"Never gonna give you up! Never gonna let you down!"
"Dude," Artemis stopped in the middle of the dance floor and turned to Conner. "Did we just get Rick-rolled?"
"Just accept the offer, Artemis," he replied.
"Heeey," said a darker skinned boy, running his hands through his brown hair. "You mind if I cut in hombre?"
"What do you think?" Conner asked.
"I think you better introduce yourself," Artemis replied, sizing him up like a piece of meat. The kid just grinned.
"Leo Valdez, much gusto encantado, chika."
"Oh yeah, we can dance."
Roy did not know what to think of the perky blonde who approached them and directed her attention toward Kaldur.
"Hi! I'm Tori. We're having a water bending contest and I was wondering if you wanted to join us?" she asked.
"Water bending?" Kaldur asked. "is that not only on television?"
"We're just borrowing the phrase," Tori replied. "But you know, chanelling the water into shapes and seeing who can be the most creative and all that. Percy and I really needed more competators."
"It is more like a spar, yes?" Kaldur asked.
"Yep, we're just doing it to show off a little."
"Very well, then. I am game." Roy stood paused in his spot as they two walked off, before he bounded after them.
"Oh, I have got to see this."
The doors fly open, and a man in a hockey mask screams,
"Artemis!" Artemis pales and shoves Leo away from her.
"Dude!" Sportsmaster turns to see Kevin's metal fist flying toward his face. Sportsmaster is on the ground in seconds. Still metal, Kevin leans in to check the guy's pulse. "Not smart to figt a guy who can be completely adamantium." The metal shrinks back into his skin, as a red hed approaches them and makes the man levitate.
"We've got security on the way, but I cast an extra tight sleeping spell just in case," he said. "Hey anybody know the appropriate government agency to call to get this guy taken down?"
"Probably the Justice League," Conner remarks.
"But Mage Opps would probably take him, or could at least direct him to the right area," Eureka added, already on her phone. "Hi Dad. A supervillian invaded the party. No we're all right. We just need someone to cart him off." She frowns into the phone before she presses it to her chest. "Anybody have contact in the Covert Special Opps?"
"I got it!" called a blonde dressed in red, also on his phone.
"So, out of curiosity, how did you make yourself all metal?" the red head asked Kevin.
"Part of my phisiology," Kevin explained. "I'm part osmosian. We absorb things. What kind of magic did you pull on that guy."
"Faerie magic," he replied with shrug. "I get it from my grandmother. She's a sidhe. Queen of the sidhe actually. Queen Titania." Kevin's eyes went wide.
"You're Alexander Xanatos?!" he exclaimed. "But you're short!"
"If I had a nickle," Alexander remarked whistfully.
"But you're rich!" Kevin retorted.
"No, my dad is rich. I have to earn my own way in the world. It keeps me from getting a big head. And please, call me Xander."
Conner's confused about what happened after that, because once they get Sportsmaster carted away, enough people have pushed and pulled that Xander and posse are getting up on stage to perform a song. Xander is all the way in the back on drums.
"What's up!" called a boy who sat down at the piano. "'Kay we don't have a band name or anything, but I'm Luc LeBeau, that's Nico Tesla on the bass, Jude Moon on the guitar, and of course Xander Xanatos on the drums!" Everyone cheered. "Okay, we're going to do like two songs. This first one, the first person who jumps up here gets to sing it, but it should be a song you all know. If not, you need to go listen to more classic rock. Who's a fan of Journey?"
Everyone is crowding in front of the stage at this point, and Kaldur shoves Roy toward the steps.
"You are a fan of the Journey!" Kaldur exclaims bullying Roy all the way to the steps.
"Do we have a taker?"
"Fine, just stop!" Roy hisses as he climbs onto stage. Everyone cheered as Roy stepped in front of the mic and Luc began the chords to "Don't Stop Believin'." the crowd went wild as all of them together began to sing with Roy. "Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anyyywhere. Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit. He took the midnight train going anyyywhere."
By the second verse though, Roy was really working the mic, "Some will win. Some will loose. Some were born to sing the bluuuueess!!" Everyone bounces up and down and sings along and things just get a little crazy. Roy takes his bow and walks off stage, and Luc announces,
"If you don't know this next song, though I think you should, again you should go listen to classic rock."
Harmonizing together, the four of them sing out, "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" And they have to get a little louder over the cheers.
After the Noname Band performs, the DJ declares it disney hour, and most of Young Justice sits out while the organized musical numbers go on out on the floor, until "Tale as old as Time," comes on, and then they're all ready to slow dance. Even Dick has someone that his Mythomagic buddies hooked him up with, a blonde girl wearing radish earings.
"Hi." Conner looks up to see the guitarist from the NoName band. Up close, Conner can see that he's taller than him, and asian. "I'm Jude, you wanna dance?"
"Sure, I'm Conner." The take the floor, not wrapping their arms around each other as closely as they could. "So, you don't go to school here?"
"No," Jude said. "I go to school with Xan and them. And Xan's my foster brother. Now you say something?"
"Well, I live with my mom, technically my foster mom, Diana, and I do go to school here. I'm majoring in business and music with a side of theatre and maybe if I work up to it politics."
"Pretty classy," Jude agreed. "All right. Let's see, I'm Korean, and Scottish." He bit his lip, then said, "My mother is Queen Mab of sidhe. I do faerie magic."
"Wow, that's pretty cool."
"And you?" Jude asked.
"Well, I'm Greek and Kansian."
"Yes, as in from the state of Kansas." Jude smiled. "And I'm and amazon, the very first male of my kind. And if I get excited enough, I can fly."
"Mmm, so how might I get you excited Super Wonder?" conner ducks his head at the name that the papers had given him since the unveiling of his new outfit. He smiles back, though, because this is the place where secrets are meant to be kept. And Jude...Jude gives him a good feeling in his heart.
"You could kiss me," Conner volunteers. Jude smiled and leaned in to kiss him. Conner responded to the gentle touch on his lips, by pressing back and slowly floating a few inches off the floor. the touch down after only a few moments, so no one else notices. And Jude grinned at him,
"You wanna go do more of that somewhere?" Conner took his hand, and led the way.
They leave the party at midnight, and make it to Mt. Justice to crash about one. The mentors are all exceeding surprised when they are up with breakfast burritos in hand at seven o' clock.
"How was the party?" Black Canary asked.
"EPIC!" Dick and Wally exclaimed.
"Roy has an excellent kareoke voice," Artemis reported, making a little Roy flushed.
"And there was no booze?" Green Arrow inquired.
"Everything was as clean as Conner promised," Roy replied.
"But there were those there who had special abilities of their own," Kaldur replied. "I met several who had excellent control over water."
"There were also wizards, and the kids of the Greek pantheon," Robin reported.
"Ninjas, but not bad ninjas," Artemis said. "A lot of them were from California."
"It is a little crazy," Conner admitted.
"Speaking of crazy," Wally said, a grin forming on his face. "You disappeared during Disney hour. Where'd you go?"
"Umm..." Conner flushed and tried to think of an excuse.
"He snuck off with that guitar player," M'gann replied. "I watched them go."
"While you were necking with Ben 10?" Conner retorted, making M'gann go red.
"We weren't necking!" she protested. "We were talking... And at least I don't have any marks on me!"
"Ohmigosh!" Artemis exclaimed, attaching herself to Conner's neck, and pulling down his shirt to reveal a red and purple mark on his collar bone. "Conner's got a hickey!"
"Shut up!" he retorted pushing her away.
"Conner who is this boy, and where does he live?" Wonder Woman inquired.
"His name is Julian Moon," Robin replied before Conner could. "He's a native of New York, and is currently the ward of David Xanatos."
"Damn sneaking into that castle is going to be hard." But before anyone could protest, the Zeta Beam transporter came to life.
"Transporting S19, Xanatos, Transporting, b19, Moon."
"You aren't authorized to use that," Batman growled.
"Then put better security on it, Bruce, it didn't even take me five minutes," Xanatos replied as he walked into the main area, Jude trailing behind him. "Would one of you young heros care to explain the deplorable state of my son's neck?"
"David, isn't this taking it a little far?" Jude asked. "It's just a hickey."
"It's just a hickey now," Xanatos retorted. "The next thing we know you'll be coming home pregnant."
"You can do that?" Wally asked. "Dude!" Jude muttered something about not knowing for sure.
"Um, Mr. Xanatos, that was me," Conner said. David cursed in Greek, and muttered,
"I knew I should have brought the Krypotonite!" Wonder Woman raised an eye-brow at him and began speaking in rapid Greek to which David replied. They wandered off to more private quarters speaking as they went. Jude turned to Conner,
"What are they saying?"
"Basically? When we're old enough, we're getting married. Mr. Xanatos is already talking about pushing the laws through, though Mother wants to be more diplomatic."
"I'm going to have to face an entire island full of amazons to get you, aren't I?" Jude asked.
"Dude, your dad is David Xanatos, and your mom is Queen Mab," Conner replied.
"That does not compare to an island full of amazons," Jude retorted.
"It will if I get you pregnant."
"No babies 'till you're married!" Wonder Woman and Xanatos called in tandem.
OMAKE 5: No One Screws a Luthor
Batman frowned at the screen, and that was how Conner knew the test was positive.
"So, I'm half human?" Conner asked.
"It would appear that half your DNA does align with a human type," Batman said. Diana placed her hand on his shoulder and Superman--Clark--shifted a little closer.
"Is there anyway of telling who the human donor is?" Superman asked.
"It's no one in the League," Batman replied.
"We have other samples in the database beside the League," Superman retorted. "You've already run them, and you know who Conner's human donor is."
"Who is she Bruce?" Diana asked. Her nails dug into his shoulder, and Conner placed a hand on hers.
"Who is he," Batman asked. All three of them gapped at him. "You aren't going to like it."
Conner had walked away when they were discussing the possibilities his future, and god, they were going to need to do a lot of tests on him now, because...
"Being a clone wasn't bad enough." And then he was at the transport bay. "Please send me down to Earth--Metropolis." Thankfully, the Martian Manhunter was not manning the controls, and Black Lightning frowns, but complies.
"Do what you gotta do, kid. I'll send your parents after you when they get here." Conner nodds, and then he's in an alley in Metropolis. He rose into the sky, slowly, because he's only been able to really fly for so long, and grateful he wore his costume to Watchtower. He flew to Lexcorp, and landed on the roof. They must have sensed his coming, because Luthor's assistant Mercy is there.
"I'd like to see him, please." Mercy did not say anything. She never did. But she nodded, and escourted him down the stair way, to the penthouse of the building, where Lex Luthor is waiting behind a desk.
"So, what brings the Super Wonder all the way down to see me? I like you're new costume by the way." Conner wished he could burn his new kevlar pants, his black tee, but not the red jacket, s-sheild seared on the back, and the golden laurels on the front. His mother had given him that, and nothing Lex Luthor said would take it from him.
"Did you know?" Conner's voiced scratched against his throat.
"You'll have to be a little more specific," Lex replied. "I know a lot of things."
"Did you know that I'm your son?" Luthor freezes where he sits, his face melting into a total blank. "Or partial genetic copy I should say, because that's probably how you think of me. I mean you're Lex Luthor, of course you knew." Conner ran his hands over his face praying to even god and goddess he knows that he will not cry in front of Lex Luthor.
"What are you talking about?" Lex's voice resounded softly across the office.
"Don't play dumb with me," Conner retorted. "We just ran the tests at Watchtower. We know all right? Superman's DNA was too unstable to clone on its own, they clones they kept..." Conner did not want to say how many lives Cadmus had taken in an effort to create him. "The clones kept regressing, destabilizing...dying. So they figured that a half human hybrid might stand a chance so they grew me."
"I didn't know about this," Lex said.
"You are the CEO and owner of Cadmus labs," Conner replied. "And you're a member of the light. Of course you knew about this. I don't know why I came here." He turned and stalked out, ignoring Lex's cries for him to wait, he makes it up to the roof where his mother, father and Batman are waiting for him. "I shouldn't have come I know," he said when the three of them opened their mouthes. "May I go see Julian, please?"
Wonder Woman pulled him into a hug, and Superman rubbed soothing circles on his back, while Batman radioed watchtower to teleport him straight to New York on command.
"Be safe my darling, and try to get back to the apartment tomorrow," Wonder Woman said, kissing his forehead.
"I will." Superman wipped at his face, in a hennish sort of way, and Conner tried to remember when he got all of these people that cared about him. "Just so you know, he's claiming ignorance."
"We'll see about that," Superman replied. "Be safe, and have a good time with your boyfriend." Conner nodded, and then the Watchtower beamed up, then down in quick sucession. The New York sky was already lit with street lights; the test processing at Watchtower had taken a long time. Conner flew almost directly to Julian's, but stopped to help Spiderman wrap up with some of his villains just because he needed to hit something.
"Thanks Wonderguy," Spidey said.
"No prob," Conner replied, pulling out his Super Wonder voice. "Let me know if the Bugel gives you too much trouble. I'll get the Planet to run you some good press." The cheeks of Spidey's mask rise.
"That's fine, but thanks for the offer. You ever need my help though, just put a giant spider in the sky, like your friend, the Bat." Conner gives a two finger salute and flew away toward the Eeyrie. He flew right up to the top, and lands on one of the battlements and jumps down to the area the Xanatos' use to barbecue and sun bathe. David is waiting for him.
"We saw you on TV with Spiderman," he remarked. "Does you mother know your here?"
"Yes," Conner replied a little too sharply. "Sorry," he said immeadiately. "It's been...a trying day." David nodded.
"Come on in. You can stay with Julian tonight. I don't think I have to warn you what will happen if you do anything stupid. You look too exhausted to try."