To LM who just commented on Broken Gears: B5 getting memories from B1 was an idea I had long before the first season was over so it is by no means foreshadowing to the"Message in a Bottle"episode of the second season. To be honest the second season failed in comparison to the first, in my mind,so I pretty much ignore it's existance except for tidbits here and there I find interesting like Cham and Lightning Lad's sister, etc.. If you're interesting in reading some season two stuff you should read my story When which I have decided to continue... sooner or later.
To everyone, this is my last day of class before Spring Break and, since I have lots of things to work on during this time, such as reading the books to write book reviews/reports/discussinleader projects and attempt to write for books I want to publish one day, this will probably be my last update until my Spring Break is over. I hope you enjoy the wetting of the tastebuds for this new story in the mean time.
Legion of Superheroes Fanfiction
A Broken Gears Sequel
Explanations: READ IF YOU WANT STORY TO MAKE SENSE!
Legion of Superheroes: Since I've only seen the animated series this is largely based on that instead of the comic books with some influences from them, making this story slightly Alternate Universe. Most of the changes deal with Brainiac Five. I explained most of these in the prequel Broken Gears. More elements from the comics, such as a major character missing in the show from the comics, will have a bigger part in this story.
DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BROKEN GEARS!
IT WILL NOT MAKE SENSE IF YOU DON'T!
The prequel was a crossover with Static Shock and Justice League Unlimited so characters or elements from those shows may come up again here.
WARNING: This is mostly an Alternate Universe story. Also, I'm not afraid to make characters swear. If you can't handle swearing then you may have to block your eyes on occasion. This shall also contain SLASH in the form of two guys liking each other. If you don't like, don't bother flaming. I shall delete them and send COMPUTO after you.
BIG WARNING: This story is rated Mature for adult themes that shall start after this chapter. Such mature themes include things of a sexual nature...
What am I forgetting? Oh yes, the "No Duh" Disclaimer. I do not own Legion of Superheroes, Static Shock, Justice League or any related characters. They belong to DC, the WB and that one company that won't give up their right to Static so there won't be anymore made. The Bastards…. The only thing that belongs to me is this story and any original characters I throw in for the fun of it. ENJOY!
It had been roughly a month since Brainy and Superman had returned from the 21st century and their adventure with Gear, Static, Batman and the other Superman which was this Superman's future self but still past to Brainy in a historical sense… Such headaches came often with their territory of being Legionnaires, particularly when it came to their female teammates knowing smiles and, for Brainy, their energetic hugs. Still, the two weeks since the return from the past marked the two weeks that Brainy and Superman had engaged in, been in a, were-
Dating, Brainy forced himself to think, blushing. The very concept that such a relationship had been possible and equally wanted by Superman still amazed him as much as it made him happy.
Still ever since the relationship began Brainy had never felt more stupid, the general feeling being pretty new to him to begin with. He still blushed when he so much thought about the fact that they were dating and he had no idea what he was supposed to do at any given time.
Living in the same room was also very awkward at times. The actual sleeping together, the actual act of sleeping and nothing else like Lighting Lad's crude comments sometimes suggested, wasn't a problem since they had been doing that for nearly a week before their relationship started, but it was the rest of it needed getting used to.
First there was the problem of when they needed to change clothes. Neither was comfortable with changing while the other was there so one of them would change in the attached bathroom while the other changed in the main room. This would be relatively fine if it wasn't for the fact the person changing in the main room felt like they had to rush and the one changing in the bathroom never knew when it was safe to go back.
Then there was the issue of showering. Superman always showered in the morning and Brainy pretty much showered whenever he felt the need to, usually at night after working in the lab. It was very similar to the issue with changing since Brainy typically woke up after Superman when he was in the shower and it felt strange to be in the room when Superman was showering so he'd rush to change and then leave. He wasn't sure is Superman felt the same way about it, but he was never in the room when Brainy came out of the shower.
There was also the difficulty of just being in the room together when they weren't sleeping. It felt like they were supposed to be doing something, like talking even when they were both doing their own thing, usually with Brainy reading and Superman listening to music or writing something. This had gotten slightly better because of Superman would often pull Brainy to sit on the bed with him and their being close made Brainy forget about the silence.
Like when Superman would write they would sit back to back and Superman would write in his old fashion notebook on his knees. It was often very entertaining to forget about whatever he was reading and listen to Superman write, because he would occasionally talk out loud what he was writing, especially when he made mistakes or was pleased with whatever he came up with.
At other times when Superman was just listening to music he would have Brainy sit between his legs with Brainy's back against his chest. He'd wrap his arms around Brainy's middle and occasionally read over his shoulder or just lean against the wall and close his eyes. This had been so comfortable that Brainy had actually fallen asleep like this once and had been very surprised, and slightly embarrassed, to wake up tucked in bed.
It may have been less embarrassing if Superman hadn't been at the desk and heard him wake up at the time. He had turned, smiled and asked if Brainy had slept well.
Meal wise Brainy began to eat more regularly so he could share this time with Superman. It was usually breakfast with the rest of the legion since it was right away in the morning and Brainy would not have had the chance to get caught up in his experiments yet. If they ever had lunch together it was because Superman brought something to the lab and dinner was if Brainy didn't become filthy from his work.
Time was also a major factor in their relationship. As much as Brainy wanted Superman to stay in the future with him he knew that if Superman didn't go to the past to fulfill his role in history that the Legion never would have thought to go to the past to get him in the first place. It was a vicious cycle of headaches.
In the first week of their relationship Brainy forced himself to talk to Superman about it. After explaining the situation, with a lot of hesitance and back tracking since he was afraid he was making it sound as if he wanted Superman to leave, they discussed how they thought it would work.
At first Brainy had thought, to be fair and give Superman plenty of time in each time period that Superman should alternate months in the time periods. A month in the future, a month in the past, then back to the future for a month, etc… but Superman argued that was too much time apart.
Alternating weeks seemed like a good compromise but Superman disagreed. He suggested that, since they would never know when things happened in either time period and that their relationship was new so they should spend more time together then apart that he spend two weeks in the future and then one in the past before coming back for two more weeks. He also suggested that they find a way to send messages across time in case he couldn't come back when he was supposed to.
Brainy agreed and started work on figuring out a way to do such a thing, not bothering to say that he thought it was impossible. It had extremely tough to create a machine as small as the time bubble. He couldn't figure out how to transfer something as small as a message back in forth between time but he wouldn't be a twelfth level intelligence if he didn't try.
When it came time for Superman to leave for the past Brainy kissed him and told him to stay safe.
"We know I'll be fine," said Superman.
"That won't stop me from worrying," said Brainy.
"Then you'll understand that I'll worry like crazy," said Superman, pulling Brainy in for one more kiss before he had to go.
"Could you two get anymore mushy?" Phantom Girl had asked once he was gone.
As it turned out Superman had been right. It was the first week that he went back to the past, only for three days so far, and Brainy already missed him. He had considered going to the past to check on Superman but then scolded himself to thinking it. He knew Superman could handle himself and didn't need Brainy interfering with his normal life.
That thought had worried Brainy though. He knew Superman spending time in the future wasn't exactly normal but did that make it interfering with his life? Was the past the 'normal' part of Superman's life that Brainy couldn't be a part of?
As Brainy worried he only ate when he had to, or when Saturn Girl made him, and he found himself unable to sleep at all. He missed the warm presence beside him, the feeling of being safe and knowing that he wasn't alone. Half the time it felt like he was waiting for Superman to come to bed before he went to sleep and the other half was that he was just physically uncomfortable.
He had gone nights without sleeping before and knew he could go a week without it but he knew he really shouldn't. The energy demands of missions were too great to simply miss out on sleep whenever Superman wasn't around. Still he didn't know what he could do about it.
It began to worry Brainy that it would always be like this whenever Superman was in the past.
For the entire week Superman was gone Brainy barely ate and didn't sleep. He thanked the powers that be that Superman hadn't agreed to his first suggestion of a month or these absences could seriously affect Brainy's health.
Clark must have arrived back in a different room for as Brainy was leaving his lab he nearly fell over when someone hugged him from behind.
"Guess who?" asked Clark, holding onto Brainy with a huge grin on his face and resisting the temptation to kiss Brainy's neck.
Not answering Brainy extended his neck so he could turn his head and kiss Clark on the lips. As they separated, he smiled.
"Good thing I guessed right."
Clark chuckled and kissed Brainy again.
"How were things in the future?"
"Relatively quiet," said Brainy and paused, considering his words. "It was… strange without you here."
"It was strange not being here," said Clark. "I, I hope you don't mind but I told my folks about you."
Though he had known from their trip to the past to see Gear that future Superman had told his parents about him, and planned on telling the rest of the founding members of the Justice League along with Supergirl about him, Brainy was still surprised that he had done it so soon. He felt himself blushing.
"What did they say?
"Well first they were shocked that I had actually been to the future and that you, Saturn Girl and Bouncing Boy weren't really performers," said Clark, looking slightly embarrassed. "And since Ma told Pa you were green he wanted to know if you were a Martian. After that they wanted to know if you could come over for dinner some time."
"They were more surprised that you were in the future then your," he blushed more, "your relationship with me?"
"Pa was surprised because he thought I had a crush on my high school friend Lana but they said that since we don't know anything about my race it might be natural for me to be attracted to someone of my own gender so they've been preparing for such things for years," said Clark, both blushing and smiling.
Pausing to consider this, Brainy recalled that on Krypton homosexuality had been more common and accepted then on Earth during the 21st centaury. In Earth's 31st centaury, with aliens from all over the galaxy and various interspecies marriages, homosexuality was as accepted as easily as it was to say the word.
"Plus, my Ma thinks I have good taste," said Clark with a wink.
Brainy's face burned anew at these words, causing Clark to laugh.
"So, do you think you can make it to dinner?" asked Clark.
Right away Brainy wanted to accept, to be a part of that part of Clark's life but Brainy hesitated. There were lots of things that could go wrong, including anyone seeing him besides the Kents or his presence changing something that was supposed to happen.
Suddenly Clark yawned.
"Please tell me its night here."
Brainy smiled, thinking that maybe he wasn't the only one have problems adjusting.
"Thank goodness," sighed Clark, leaning his head on Brainy's shoulder.
When they got back to their room Brainy went to the bathroom to change to allow Clark to do the same in the main room. After waiting an extra minute to give Clark more time, he came back to the room to find Clark already in bed and curled to his side towards Brainy with his eyes closed, one hand resting upturned by his face and the other draped over his stomach.
Brainy almost wanted to laugh at how quickly Clark had fallen asleep but just smiled and knelt down beside the bed, resting his arms upon the bed, his head upon his arms and simply looked at him, a warmth filling his entire being. He reached out and touched the side of Clark's face.
"You have no idea how happy I am that you're back."
Still smiling Brainy got up to slide into the bed next to Clark but, just as he was settling in, he jumped when Clark rolled over and wrapped his arms around him, resting his head on Brainy's chest. Though he knew Clark had no idea what he was doing in his sleep, it didn't stop Brainy from blushing. He stilled, scared to make a move that would wake Clark up but relaxed when Clark make no signs of stirring.
Cautiously, Brainy ran his fingers through Clark's hair, smiling when Clark let out a little sigh and snuggled closer to him. He extended his neck and kissed Clark's forehead.
"Sweet dreams, Clark."
Brainy woke up to the sound of footsteps and thought Clark was getting ready to get into the shower. He closed his eyes again, figuring that he would wait to get up until Clark went into the bathroom.
The footsteps then walked back to the bed, followed by the bed shifting with additional weight on either side of Brainy and he felt Clark place a kiss on his cheek.
"You have no idea how happy I am to be back here with you," whispered Clark against Brainy's skin.
Just as it was sinking in Brainy's sleepy mind that was very close to what he had said the night before, he felt something drip onto his cheek. His eyes snapped opened and he turned his head, immediately flushing at the sight before him.
Hovering over Brainy, with his hands on either side of Brainy to support himself, was a shirtless Clark, a small towel hanging from his shoulders and his hair dripping slightly from just being in the shower. Seeing Brainy looking at him made him blush too. He laughed, somewhat nervously, and moved to sit on the bed beside him instead of leaning over him.
"Sorry, I think I just splashed you a bit."
Removing the towel from his shoulders, Clark used it to wipe the water from Brainy's cheek.
This only served to make Brainy blushed more. When the towel left his cheek, he sat up and brought up his knees. He rested his hands on them and tapped his thumbs together, watching them instead of looking at Clark.
"You were awake last night, weren't you?"
"Yeah," said Clark softly.
"I need to stop assuming that you're asleep when you're really not," commented Brainy offhandedly, still looking at his thumbs.
"Or you could tell me things when you know that I'm awake," said Clark, simultaneously tilting up Brainy's face and leaning in.
When their lips touched, Brainy felt like they would part too soon. He reached up and wrapped his arms around Clark's shoulders and deepened the kiss.
Their tongues met for the first time and they caressed each other slowly, softly, getting the feel of the other as if they had al the time in the world.
Both of their faces were flushed as they parted and leaned their foreheads together.
"I love you, Clark," whispered Brainy.
"I love you too, Brainy," whispered back Clark, kissing Brainy again. This time when he pulled away, he absently began playing with Brainy's hair. "Last night was the best night's rest I'd had all week. I don't think I can sleep with you anymore."
"Same here," said Brainy softly, absently rubbing his thumbs on the back of Clark's neck. "It's too bad I can't go to the past with you."
Clark pouted at that and said, "Then I guess we'll just have to keep something of the other with us." He looked around the room. "How about I take one of the pillows and you-" He stood and strode across the room to where his super suit hung over the desk chair. After taking off the cape he walked back over to Brainy and held it up for him to see. "And you take this?"
"Superman needs his cape," pointed out Brainy.
"Superman can get another cape," said Clark, wrapping it around Brainy. "This one will stay with his Brainiac Five."