Jun. 29th, 2011 11:16 pm
 OMAKE: Once, in the Future...

It was early, before anyone else had arrived. Both Jude and Artemis had felt the need to satisfy a craving, so Conner had already been up early, and just went straight to work. The bouncy pop number played in the background as he danced and danced, feeling his adrenaline rush. The pop number died off and he slowed to a stand still and then raised his hands up into the sky, before falling down in his position to touch his toes. After a few minutes, she rolled up slowly, and brought his hands to heart. With his heartbeat in his ears, he could also hear the breath and heart of another.

Conner turned and saw Xander standing on the stage.

"Yes, oh creepy manager?"

"Oh, nothing," Xander replied. Gone was the pixie of a man, a despite red hair covering his head and face, Xander looked more like David than ever. "I just thought I would let you know that they've moved up the international conference to this evening, but not many people know. Still, a number of nations are calling for a negotiator. Someone who loves peace, justice, and still feels isolated enough from all of the countries. You've been nominated, and the politcals are voting right now."

"You know in a way, David becoming president is the worst thing ever," Conner said.

"Yeah, like he was going to let Lex one up him," Xander said. "But Superman stands too much for the United States, even if he is from Krypton. And of course since the Themyscira was made an official country of the UN, your mom's not an option. But you are the perfect plan, Conner. World travelar, diplomat, friend to the people. Think you can make room for us in your schedule?"

"You're a bitch, Xan," Conner replied. "How's Arcadia?"

"Doing well," Xander said. "We're thinking of actually getting married soon. Babi thinks it's about damn time, what with us living together already, but Mom, Dad and Dr. and Mrs. Carpenter understand. Is Jude giving you hell? And Artemis?"

"Jude's doing fine, so is Artemis. The babies are fine too. All three of them." Conner shook his head. "It blows my mind, knowing that in just a few short months I'm going to be a dad." Conner paused and turned back to Xander. "What time?"

"Conference starts at seven."

"I'll be there."

Conner had the morning to do a first run through of the new off-Broadway musical he was staring in. After a quick lunch, he had to be in the studio, but stopped by his apartment that he lived in with Jude and Artemis.

"I have icecream!" he called.

"In here!" Jude shouted from the bed room. Conner got two spoons from the kitchen and brought a pint of their favorite to Jude and Artemis. "Don't you have to be in the studio in like, ten minutes?" Jude asked as Conner bent to kiss him. Conner pressed a finger to his lips and shushed him.

"I'm cheating. And fifteen."

"I would like a kiss too, brother," Artemis said, from where she sat up on the other side of the bed. Conner reached over Jude and pecked her cheek, and she his in return. He then turned to see that they had the TV hooked up in the bedroom, something Conner was no used to.

"I know you don't like mixing media in the bedroom," Jude said. "Niether do I, but the bed really is more comfortable, and Diana called and the David called about this world nations' summit that's starting to conglomorate. They managed to keep it a secret until now, so it seemed interesting enough to watch."

"Yeah, speaking of which, I'm going to be late tonight," Conner said. Jude's eyes went wide.

"They asked you to speak?"

"They aske Super Wonder to speak, but yeah. And I figure who am I to get in the way of world peace?"

"This is big, babe."

"I know, Jude," Conner said, running a hand through his hair. He leaned down and hugged his husaband, and then pulled back, kissing Jude's stomach twice. "You two be good for your dad." Then he leaned over and kissed Artemis' stomach as well. "You be good too, my little amazon."

"Be well, brother and keep your head," Artemis advised. Conner grinned,

"Fine advise from the mighty Artemis."

"See you later babe," Jude said. They kissed one last time before Conner sped off to the studio.

Eureka was there waiting for him.

"You're nearly late," she remarked.

"I'm seven minutes early, Eureka," he retorted.

"Every good musician is thirty minutes early," she replied. "How's Jude and Missy?"

"They're doing just fine. How's Cooper?"

"He's holed up in his cave, helping the Plumbers monitor the nations' senate and space while the Justice League is on guard," she replied. "Oh, and Al came to see if you could squeeze in a segment of 'Dueling Pianos' You game?"

"If I have enough time. A certain guest had been asked to attend that same nations' senate tonight." He wiggled his eyebrows at Eureka, who giggled a little.

"All right, then, well we better get to work."

Studio work was metally grueling, and afterwards, Conner had to run a few times around the planet, before arriving at his home base, just north (and a little up) from metropolis. Inside his invisible crystal fortress, Conner showered, shaved and dressed, and came out as the Super Wonder.

His costume had changed again, as he had gotten a little older, and he now wore loose combat trousers, with a breast plate, stamped with the sheild of El, surrounded by laurels. Over which he wore a blue, Kryptonian style long coat (or at least, what Jor-El's computer's said was a Kryptonian style long coat). As always though, he wore the same style of boots he had since he was sixteen. Dressed as the superhero and prince he was, Kon-El, the Super Wonder flew from his fortress to New York, and to the United Nation's building.

He landed on the steps, and the reporters swarmed around him, but managed to keep a respectful difference. The second he landed, a second person landed beside him.

"Kon-El!" Kara greeted cheerfully. Her uniform was gone, and in place of it she, too, dressed in the style of a Kryptonian and bore the mark of the house of El. The only thing unchanged was her cape, which she kept in place of a coat. "It is good to see you cousin! Shall we enter together? Cousin Kal-El is already in place." He grinned and offered his arm to her, as camera's clicked all around them, and walked up the steps of the UN Building.

Jude watched his husband enter the UN Building, and the babies kicked excitely in his stomach.

"Yeah I know, you're excited for your dad, but calm down," he told him, rubbing his stomach. It was then that he felt a sharp pang in his lower abdomen.

"Are you all right, brother?" Artmemis asked on the other side of him.

"Just a pang," Jude said, fanning himself. "Did it get like a million degrees warmer in here?"

"No?" Artemis cocked her head and then felt her eyes grow wide. "Julian, are you in labor?"

"Well, it's kind of hard to tell when you're a guy," he replied, shivering, another pang ripping into his stomach.

"We must get you to a hospital!" Artemis declared, climbing out of bed. She made it to the other side in good time for a woman who was eight months pregnant, but Jude waved her off when she tried to lift him. "I am still an amazon."

"A very pregnant amazon! Missy, I'm only five months along, I'm not sure I can even have the babies right now. After all, fae children, even half-fae, gestate for at least a year, and..." Jude sniffed, and Artemis rubbed his back.

"Call on your mother, she will help," said Artemis. "And I will call the amazons I know who have trained as midwifes, and they shall come to help us."

"Can you use the phone all on your own?" Jude asked. Artemis looked like she wanted to punch him but only reconsidered because of the pain he was already in, and waddled into the hall to use the phone. Jude inhaled against the pain and called out, "Mother, I need you."

And in a swirl of purple mist, Queen Mab was there.

"Oh! Julian, I feel your pain, what is it, child?"

"The babies, mother, I need you to help me deliever my babies."

"Breathe deeply, my son," she advised rubbing his back. "Titiana, Puck, I require you!" The two faeries appeared in the bed room. "Young Jude is having his children, and I shall need you both to assist me."

"Oh, yes, queen mother," Puck replied.

"Are the children old enough to come out of him?" Titania asked placing her hands on his stomach. "Oh my!"

"What, what's wrong?" Jude asked.

"They are quite old enough!" Titiana exclaimed. "Perhaps the mix of blood made it possible. I could not think of how else. Come, we need you undressed. Is the amazon calling for other midwives?"

"Yes, I'm not sure when they'll be here, though," Jude said.

"Worry not, my son," Mab said. "You will still be a time. Shall we fetch young Conner?"

"No, he's needed where he is," Jude said. "I can't tear him away, not now." Mab got a look in her eye, but Jude grabbed her by the arm. "Mother don't, not now. Conner is where he needs to be."

"As you wish, my son," Mab replied. "Artemis? Amazon, are you well?" Puck wizzed out of the room, and shouted back,

"Not so well, queen mother. Her water is broken."

"The others will be here soon!" she called.

"Two births in one night," Mab said, shaking her head. "Conner will have quite the surprise when he returns home."

Super Wonder listened to the two nations argue, waiting for a good moment to interrupt, when an amazon sister came up to him.

"Forgive me, my prince, but..." she leaned down and whispered in his ear. Conner's eyes went wide, and he stopped in shock, so long that one of the delagates asked,

"Kon-El? Are you quite all right?"

"Forgive me," he replied, shaking himself out of it. "But I was just informed that my children were born about half an hour ago. Two boys and a girl, all very healthy." The assembly paused with him gapping, before appaulse rose in the room. "I would like to take this time to reflect on the new life that we all create, and say that for this new life, we must make changes to help them suceed. This international contract will be best for all of us. We can work out the finer points in time, but it is for our children that we must ensure peace." The applause continued, and another international intermediary came up to releave him.

"Your children were just born!" he exclaimed. "Go! And be happy! All things will be well." Conner flew all the way home.

Mab opened the window to their apartment and smiled at him.

"I trust you heard the news?" she asked.

"Yes, yes, thank you Mother Mab." He kissed her cheek, and embraced her.

"Jude, Artemis and the children are all asleep, but you may look on them." Conner could not help but grin as he entered the bedroom, and found three basinets, faerie made, very evidently. He grinned again as he saw a smal hand reach out of one and grasp one of the stars hanging down from a mobile. He reached into the basinet, and slowly picked up the baby. Craddling him in his arms, Conner knew that this one was Jude's by the purple eyes that stared back at him.

"You're supposed to be asleep, little one," he crooned.

"Which one is that?" Conner turned to see Jude pushing himself up in the bed.

"Did I wake you?"

"I could just feel you here," Jude said, accepting the baby as Conner held him out. "Ah, yes, I was thinking of calling her Iole, but I didn't want to name her until you got here. Iole Diana, if your mother will approve."

"And what does Mother Mab think?" Conner asked.

"She thinks the child might get beat up in school if we call her Mab," Jude replied. One of the babies began to cry and it roused Artemis.

"I'll get him, hold on," he said as she began to rise. It was indeed her red-headed baby boy who had cried out, and had also kicked himself out of his one-sie.

"There now my little prince, there is nothing to cry over," she said, holding him to her breast. The child began to suckle eagerly. "He has your eyes, Kon."

"He'll be a lady killer when he gets older," Conner replied with a smile, to which Artemis glared. "A very respectful lady killer, I can assure you."

"Hippolytus will be what ever he wants to be," Artemis replied.

"You might want to pick another name," Jude advised, "Since you are planning on raising him here half the time. And you know, that whole getting picked on in school thing."

"Paul?" Artemis asked with a smile.

"No Beatles names," Jude retorted.

"Aw, I was hoping to name the other one Ringo!" Conner exclaimed. The third baby cried out from his crib, and Conner went back to lift him out. "Do you miss your brother and sister?" he asked. The baby burrowed into his chest, but not before he caught the bright blue eyes that his son has.

"And he looks just like you Kon," Jude said. "I figured I could wait for you to name him."

"I like Seth," Conner said, as the baby grasped one of his hands. "He can be Seth Jonathan Prince."

"You know tomorrow, we're going to be inundated with family and friends," Jude said.

"Well, the confernce was televised. Eureka or someone is probably making a sign up sheet for when everyone can come," Conner said. He riggled into bed between Jude and Artemis. "I'm so happy," Conner confessed. "Thank you. Both of you." He kisse Artemis' cheek as she nursed Hippolytus, and then kissed Jude full on the mouth. Seth burbbled in his arms, and Conner held him close. "I don't think I can be any more happy than I am right now."

Now, more than ever Conner was grateful that his mother had taken him in all those years ago, and raised him to be the man that he was. 
 The door to Jude's room stood open, but Conner rapped gently on the frame, and Jude looked up from a book he was reading.

"Hey," he said.

"Hey," Conner replied, entering the room. He took off his jacket, hanging it on Jude's sparse coat rack, and pulled off his boats before he fell into his boyfriend's arms on the bed.

"You want to talk about it?" Jude asked.

"I dunno," Conner said, resting his chin on Jude's chest. "There's a lot to say...You know how Superman's my genetic donor?"


"Well, he wasn't the only one. I...Lex Luthor is my other dad." Jude's fingers run smoothly along Conner's scalp.

"You know that doesn't change anything about us. Anything at all," Jude said. "It was never about who your parents are, Conner. It had always been about who you are to me. Are you still the same? Probably not exactly. But you're still my Conner." Then, Conner knew he did not need to control the tears anymore, and Jude just held him as he cried. They fell asleep like that, together; Conner felt sure he could do that, minus the crying, every night for the rest of his life.

Conner awoke to the sound of his cell phone. He thought it was his mother, so he rolled off of Jude and flipped it open.

"Hello?" he asked.

"Ah, yes, Conner." Conner shot up on the bed.

"How did you get this number?"

"Your mother gave it to me," Lex Luthor replied. "She and I agreed that our conversation yesterday ended rather abruptly. She, your fathers and I would like to include you on what we all discovered yesterday. Would you meet us at the Greenwich for breakfast in an hour? I'm sure you can borrow something suitable from your friend, Mr. Moon."

"All right," Conner said.

"Good. We'll talk more when you arrive." As soon as the call disconnected, Conner speed dialed his mother, while Jude looked up at him sleepy and confused.

"So I take it Luthor called you?" she asked as soon as they connected.

"Of course he did!" Conner said. "You thought he was genuine enough to give him my phone number?"

"Conner's really too much to say over the phone. Bruce, Clark and I will explain at breakfast."

"Breakfast, right, at the Greenwich?" Conner asked.

"Yes. Can Jude loan you something to wear?" Conner looked at Jude, who was sitting up, eying him with a sleepy expression in his eyes and a smile on his face. Conner resisted telling her that Lex Luthor had suggested the same thing.

"Yeah I think Jude can loan me something," Conner replied.

"All right, we'll see you soon, sweetheart," Diana said.

"Bye Mom." Conner waited for her to repeat the words and then hung up the phone. Jude wrapped his arms around Conner, and pressed his lips to his boyfriend's neck.

"What am I loaning you?"

"A suit, or something equally nice. I'm having breakfast at the Greenwich."

"Mmmm," Jude muttered. Conner leaned back into him, and they staid like that for a few minutes until David called,

"Conner! Shower!"

"Why is it that I have so many parents?" Conner asked. "First I'm Superman's clone, then Diana adoptted me, Batman always acts like everybody's dad. Then David and Fox, since we started dating, and now Lex Luthor, who is probably genuinely interested in my well being."

"Think so?" Jude asked.

"I don't think we would be meeting with him otherwise." Conner turned to Jude and pressed a kiss to his lips. "Thank you. For being you. And amazing."

"I do my best," Jude replied, swinging his legs around Conner and sliding off the bed. "Could I bother you to take a quick one, babe? I have to be down at Less Than Twenty-One in a while to set up things for today and train a couple of newbies."

"Sure," Conner replied, pulling off his shirt and walking toward Jude's bathroom. He scrubbed off, washing as quickly as he could, and gave up the shower to Jude in less than ten minutes.

"Thanks, babe," Jude said, kissing him quickly before striding into the bathroom. "Owen's got a suit for you!"

Owen was waiting near Jude's bed, laying out the suit, boxers, socks and shoes.

"Mr. Xanatos thought perhaps you might like something more fitted," Owen explained.

"David knows my sizes?" Conner asked.

"Mrs. Xanatos has an exceptionally good eye," Owen replied. "Will that be all, sir?"

"Oh, yes, thank you, Mr. Barnett. Sorry to hold you up." Owen gave the smallest of smiles and exited the room, closing the door behind him so Conner could get dressed. He did so quickly, and was grateful, as Fox entered the room without knocking just as he was pulling on his shoes.

"Almost done?" she asked. "I'm the one taking you."

"Can't I just--?"

"No flying. Don't want to give anyone suspicions about Conner Prince and the Super Wonder." Conner pulled on his jacket and stood, and Fox moved foward to straighten his tie and jacket, in the way Diana would have. "Did you run a comb through your hair?"

"Yes, Fox," Conner replied.

"Well, let me do it again, really quick and then we can go." He bent down for Fox to comb his hair and when she finished, they both took the elevator down to the garage where the car was waiting for them. Conner was nearly late because of the traffic, but he made it just in time for Fox to give one last piece of advice, "Don't let Luthor scare you. He's like a lot of people who come into fortunes--scared he'll turn into his father."

"How is that supposed to help me?" Conner asked.

"Well, when Xander was born, I was scared shitless that I would do something to mess him up. And my dad was attentive and a descent man. Lionel Luthor was probably some of the worst scum you would ever meet. If I were Lex, that would probably be the reason why I did not currently have children. Knock'em dead kid. I'll wait here in case you need a quick getaway."

"Thanks, but I can fly remember?" Conner said. "And thanks for the advice, Fox."

"No problem," Fox replied. Conner stepped out of the car and walked quickly up to the Greenwich.

"Good morning, Mr. Prince," the door man said.

"Morning," Conner replied, entering the building. He walked up to the reception desk, waited quietly until a clerk was ready and when he quietly announced himself, they were tripping over themselves to find someone to take him to the room where his parents, Bruce and Luthor were waiting. He felt better seeing his mother and Bruce there, but his throat still tightened at the sight of Luthor, who sat, without an expression on hsi face.

"I'll see about breakfast coming along," said the young attendant.

"Thank you," Luthor replied as she showed herself out of the room. "Please, have a seat."

"I feel like I'm about to get fired," Conner confessed as he took a seat facing Luthor, but near his mother.

"Well, considering I haven't taken you on for any positions, yet, I find that highly unlikely," Luthor replied. "Actually I want you to have something." Luthor pushed a file across the small conference table to him, and Conner accepted it. When he opened it, it read the words "Cadmus Labs," at the top of every paper.

"You're giving me Cadmus labs?" Conner asked.

"I feel it might be best in your hands, considering your history," Luthor replied.

"If you would like, I will help you run it until you feel ready to manage it on your own," Bruce said. "Your mother is more than willing to help too."

"I don't understand; we know you are a member of the Light. You knew about my project. Why did you have such a sudden change of heart?" Luthor gave a very thin smile.

"Yes, it's true, I was a member of the light and I knew of your engineering. What I did not know about was the use of my DNA to help stabilize Clark's," Luthor replied. "Conner, I am a coarse man, and I do things for my own well being. One of the reasons I decided never to have children was simply because my father helped create the dark man you see before you. I knew I would create such a person and he or she would one day push me out of a window." Conner almost whistled at Fox's accurate guess. "You were a total surprise. A good one, seing as you have such high morals that you have a much better chance at not murdering me, but all the same, the light forgot one essential thing when it used my DNA."

"And what's that?" Conner asked.

"No one should fuck a Luthor," Lex replied, his grin widening. "If they fuck you, you fuck harder."

"Do you have to be so vulgar?" Diana asked.

"He is in high school, he'll have heard the words," Lex said. "In any case, Bruce managed to get me to agree that you will also inherit Luthor corp upon my death, faked or real, not to crush your dreams of being a pianist or an actor."

"I don't suppose running Luthorcorp will help any sort of political career either," Conner muttered.

"If you clean it up," Lex replied with a shrug. "Besides, I'm sure people will be begging the Super Wonder to help them work our their problems in the future. And if you turn out anything like Clark or I, you might be able to manage more than you think. Though, I understand that you already have quite the meal on your plate with Amazons begging for your sperm." Conner flushed, and then even more so when a voice behind him asked,

"What's this about Amazons?" Conner turned to see Tony Stark standing over him with a grin. "Sorry to interrupt, but I was having breakfast with Stephen, and I see two of my biggest rivals, with one of the country's best reporters, and Ms Prince, who is soon going to be the CEO of an up and coming company, and I couldn't resist."

"Well, Tony, as hard as it might be to believe, this is not business at all," Bruce replied, putting on his most charming smile. "And I never took you for corporate espianoge."

"Well, not when I'm sober." Conner felt the joke fall a little flat.

"You are doing better though, aren't you?" Lex asked.

"Oh, yeah, been just about a year since the transplant, and I have plenty of people slapping my hands away from drinks when I feel the need. Sorry, that was inappropriate, but as long as I can be sure I'm not missing out on the deal of the century, I'll leave you too it." Tony waved them off and returned to a table with a man who Conner swore was the socerer supreme.

"What happened?" he whispered.

"Tony's been a drinker for some years," Lex replied. "Got it from his father. It finally took him down about a year ago. A previously unknown relative stepped in and donated a part of her liver to him. Brilliant girl from what I could dig up on her. She'll probably be running Stark industries when he's gone. You should meet her." Conner blinked.

"Ria Stark?" he asked. All four of the adults turned to him. "What? I met her through Xander."

"Hmm, I may yet have uses for you." He smiled as he said it, though Clark glared at him, so Conner could not tell if he was joking.

When he returned to the mountain, he got sympathetic glances from Robin, Wally and M'gann. Artemis and Kaldur staid back a bit as Wally clapped him on the shoulder and said,

"Luthor as your dad. That's a bit harsh."

"He wasn't that bad now that he's not helping the light anymore," Conner said. "Arty? Kaldur? What's wrong?"

"We both have something to tell you guys," Artemis said. "In support of Conner....My father is Sportsmaster. If you guys didn't already figure that out when he broke into that party to get me. Mom worked with GA briefly, and when she got a hold on me over a year ago, she took me to him and to the league for protection."

"And though I have been raised by and along side the royalty of Atlantis...most recently, my king and queen confessed my parentage was not a favorable one either," Kaldur replied. "My father is Black Manta, and my mother is the woman known as Siren."

"It doesn't change us," Conner said. "It doesn't change anything about us. We are still who we were, and we are still a team." Robin grinned, a grin that reached his eyes under his sun glasses, and stuck his hand out into the middle of the circle they had created. Wally put his hand on Robin's and M'gann followed suit. Artemis rolled her eyes but added her hand to the pile, then Kaldur, and at last, Conner added his hand. "We are together as one."

And as he looked at the faces of his team mates, Conner knew everything would be all right. Not just in this moment, but always, here after, everything would be all right.
 Sadly, at nearly forty-thousand words, that other one died. This is the revamp, which may be rewritten itself. 

Read more... )
 Really, it's because another idea spawned off of this one that I wrote on and I'm also putting up tonight. I thought about why I humanized all of my characters and wanted to write something, where, for once, people were just evil and nasty. Can't decide how far I'm going to take that, so here's this for now. 

Tilting Eve's Arm part 16 )
but not letting myself look at the word count. Over two K again today and it wasn't that hard at all...well, maybe a little hard.

Read more...yeah...that sounds good )
will type up tomorrow, but I calculated some averages last time, and wrote smaller this time, so I think I should have enough for today.  

EDIT: I think writing by hand might be good for me!

part something )



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