Clark woke up feeling as if he flew into a Kryptonite lined brick wall. His body throbbed, but he was going to be fine. All he needed was some extended time under a yellow sun lamp and his aches and pains would be gone. Sitting up he saw Mister Terrific talking to Batman and Green Lantern. They were standing in the infirmary of the Watchtower. Without meaning to he listened in on the conversation.
"He'll be fine. I still haven't been able to extract any blood as a sample. I'd like to develop a base line with him if he is going to be part of the team," said Terrific.
"Don't worry. He can take care of himself, especially with the help of his Fortress of Solitude," rasped Batman.
"I'd love to get into that place," said Hal Jordan.
"Not going to happen," said Batman.
Clark cleared his throat. The three turned towards him. Hal Jordan walked over to him and offered is right hand. Clark shook it.
"How long have I been out?" Clark asked.
"Almost four days. He looked less than alive when you got hear but your body has repaired itself," said Terrific.
"You are definitely a good addition to this team," Hal said.
"Thanks, I think," said Clark.
"Someday I expect an invitation to your Fortress of Solitude," he said.
"Someday I'll trust you enough to invite you," said Clark.
Hal smiled then said, "Glad to hear it."
He exited then Terrific and Batman approached him. Bruce nodded to Clark.
"We have been handling the cleanup and the rescue of civilians that got in the way. The causality count was lower than expected: two hundred dead, six and twenty injured," said Bruce.
"You knocked yourself out cold getting rid of Doomsday. I've done as best as I can taking care of you considered I am unfamiliar with your physiology," said Terrific.
"You're familiar with it. Think Wonder Woman's on steroids," Clark smiled.
"Very funny," said Terrific.
"I managed to get on skin cell from you, which I examined and was amazed at how dense your DNA is," said Terrific.
"Someday I'll show you he medical records of my fortress," said Clark.
"I'd like that," said Terrific then he exited leaving Clark and Bruce.
"Making friends, huh?" said Bruce.
"I'm very friendly for an alien," grinned Clark.
"I'm glad that you didn't get hurt. The Justice League needs you. I think you should consider becoming a fulltime member. The team will be enhanced," said Bruce.
"What changed your mind about me joining?" asked Clark.
"Doomsday could have ended up hurting millions of innocent lives without you. Think of what you could do if you responded to distress calls from tsunamis, hurricanes, mud slides, and other natural disasters. You could save lives, Clark. I think that's an important role for you. It will change the way the world looks at you," said Bruce.
"Think that they will allow me onto the team?" asked Clark.
"The vote could be close," smiled Bruce then his expression became serious again. "Plus, you have enemies in the government. There are those who fear you more than they do Doomsday. They are fools caught up in their own prejudice. You could use someone to be protecting your back."
"More than just you?" smiled Clark.
"Yeah, more than just me."
Suddenly, a red blur appeared and stopped beside the infirmary's bed. It was the Flash.
"You are looking better. How you feeling, Supes?" he asked.
"I feel almost normal," he answered.
"Good. Good. The galley is stock, so if you are hungry there is food in the cafeteria. I'm thinking of cooking up a dozen hot dogs. You want some?" the Flash asked.
"I could handle six," smiled Clark.
"Excellent," smiled the Flash. "I'll throw a couple of more on the grill for you."
He zipped away. Bruce shook his head.
"It looks like you have a new best friend," said Bruce.
"I already know who my best friend is, Bruce," said Clark.
He offered Batman his right hand. They shook.
"Well, I have to boom tube back to Gotham City. The mission continues," he said.
Batman exited the infirmary. Standing up, he knees felt wobbly for a moment, but he took a deep breath and felt better. Looking out of the window, he longed to just take a good long float outside allowing his body to absorb solar radiation. He turned to leave when the doors of the infirmary opened and Wonder Woman walked into room.
She was strikingly beautiful as always, though he could see that she had an almost intimidatingly serious expression on her face. He guessed that his last kiss before he went off to fight Doomsday may have angered her. It was presumptuous of him, but he couldn't help himself. But he needed to be respectful since she was a princess. He needed to apologize.
"Wonder Woman," he said, "before you speak I'd like to say a few things."
"Speak," she said.
"I took liberties with you when I kissed you. I was wrong to do that. You are a princess and someone who deserves nothing but respect," he said.
"Why did you kiss me?" she asked him coolly.
"I could say because I find you overwhelmingly beautiful and I thought my battle with Doomsday would kill me, but it's more than that. I wanted to because I have deeper feelings for you than just friendship. I recognize that is my problem and not yours, so I apologize for my behavior," he explained.
"I see," she said then looked contemplative.
"I should get going. I need soak up some yellow sun radiation before I go home. It appears that I've missed a few days being unconscious," Clark said.
He started towards the door, but Diana reached out and stopped him. She spun in around then stared into his eyes.
"Your apology is not enough," she said.
"It's all I have right now," he said.
"I demand more," she growled.
Clark looked at her. She was stunningly beautiful but that meant nothing right now. Diana was getting him angry.
"It will have to do, Princess," he snapped then started to turn again.
Diana grabbed his shoulder and spun him around. He settled back in a defensive position ready to fight, but instead fighting, she closed the distance between them, put her arms around his neck, and kissed him. It was a hot, passionate kiss. Clark quickly responded to it. He deepened the kiss as his tongue sought out hers. They continued to kiss until a need for air overcame them.
Clark placed his forehead against her tiara wearing forehead.
"Princess," he said.
He stepped back and glared at him then said, "No, not princess. I am not your princess. Call me Diana."
He closed the distance between them in a blink and kissed her again. When he stopped kissing her, he smiled then said, "My Diana."
"Yes, Kal, your Diana," she purred.
"Really?" he asked her.
"Yes, really," she said. "I believe I have feelings deeper than friendship for you, also. When you went to fight Doomsday alone, I could not accept it. I didn't like the idea of you sacrificing yourself, Kal."
He smiled the asked, "So what are we going to do?"
"I believe they call it dating, Kal-El," she smirked.
"Oh, just dating?" he asked.
"For now, Kal. For now," she said then kissed his cheek. "To begin with we are going to have dinner together tonight."
"I promised to have hot dogs with the Flash," he told her.
"He'll understand," said Diana.
"Okay," he smiled.
"Your place or mine?" she asked.
"Yours is filled with Amazon guards, isn't it? How about I take you to dinner somewhere nice and quiet," he said.
"I'd like that," she smiled.
"So, you get your glasses and I'll get mine and I'll meet you at my apartment at around seven. The restaurant I have in mind is only a few blocks away from where I live," he said.
"It's a date, Superman."
He smiled then replied, "Yeah, it's a date, Wonder Woman."
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