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(REUPLOADED ON 01/2/2020 AFTER FIXING THE STORY DUE TO CRITICISM).
My December Part II
Themyscira, home of the Amazonian warriors.
December 25, 2019.
Diana graciously landed on the shorelines of her place of origin, Themyscira. Home of the immortal Amazonians and the gateway between the human world and the dimension where the Greek gods reside. Each god from the pantheon had a statue commemorated in their memory, and the Amazons even have a shrine dedicated to prayer to the gods. Most of the structures were built from material found on the island, except for the room that had a teleporter that could transport someone from the Island of Themyscira to the Themysciran embassy. The island was gorgeous, and if it was in a contest between all islands, Themyscira would come out on top. Even the rarest animals roamed around freely and didn't need to fear being hunted just for sport.
The princess of the Amazon watched her sisters do various chores and assignments. Hard work and perseverance was what led to her sisters to become the fierce warriors they now are. The bracelets that they are wore served as a reminder of what happened to them at the hands of Hercules and his men. It traumatized them and led them to distrust men and become misandrists for millennia. The goddess and wife of Zeus, Hera, blessed the Amazons by blessing them with immortality while also closing off Themyscira from the rest of the world by casting a barrier over it. They were also given the order by the Olympian Gods to guard Doom's Doorway, which led to where it would lead to the underworld of Hades.
They thought it was impenetrable until Steve Trevor came along.
"Princess Diana, it is always a pleasure to see you." General Philippus greeted.
"Of course General. I always take time out of my schedule to visit our sisters."
"Then your mother will be pleased to hear that you are here. I must say that I am surprised neither princess Donna or Kara accompanied you."
"Donna and Kara are in the Watchtower trying to get in contact with the hybrid Saiyan."
General Philippus straight away noticed that something was bothering the princess, but that would be left for Diana's mother to find out.
"How is Kal-El, by the way, Diana?"
"I don't know, nor do I care about that illegal alien. General, I do not want the Kryptonian on Themyscira."
"Kal-El or Kara?"
"But Diana, Kal-El is a good man. A lot of your sisters like him. Banishing him from Themyscira would only spell bad news for us. We barely managed to defeat Ares' army before Kal-El assisted us all."
Diana only scoffed in response as they walked towards her mother.
General Philippus continued to look at the princess in curiosity. She would normally talk to her for hours on end, but it seemed not as some of her responses were curt. He wondered if it had to do with the Kryptonian Kal-El. Probably so as Diana wouldn't use Kal-El's real name, instead of resorting to using Kryptonia and "alien." Something must have gone wrong between the two. Philippus then remembered that Diana would call him her "bestfriend." Would it matter now, though? Philippus was a great general and a mother-figure, but she would admit that she's not good at mending friendships. The Diana she was looking at right now was not the Diana she knew. If she was acting this way right now, Philippus wondered how she would work when she's performing her duties as Wonder Woman.
Diana and Philippus walked towards Queen Hippolyta, who was waiting for her daughter, graciously. The αετοί Amazons knelt as their princess and general walked by. The αετοί were the top Amazonian warriors who were assigned to Queen Hippolyta's security detail and were also assigned to the most dangerous tasks that the regular Amazonian warriors can't handle. The elite unit recruited from the Themysciran and Bana-Mighdall. They were fierce and loyal to their queen.
"Great Hera! It's good to see you, Diana!"
"Likewise, the mother. Though I must say that it isn't necessary to say Lady Hera's name every time."
Hippolyta and Diana hugged. Mother and daughter, queen, and princess.
Philippus followed Hippolyta and Diana ten steps behind as they walked to where they came from.
"What brings you here today, my dear? Don't you have your Justice League duties?"
"I just wanted to visit my lovely mother and my sisters, that's all. Master Whis, Gohan, Kara, and Donna are off-planet as we speak, so it's just me."
"What about your lover Steve Trevor?"
"What about him, mother?"
"Were you not his fiancée at one point, Diana? I was delighted when I found out that you were engaged to him! He was a righteous man Diana, worthy of becoming an honorary Amazon. I was drafting ideas on how to prepare for the first Amazonian union in millennia because it was going to be a big deal for our sisters."
"I apologize, mother, but Steve passed away a while ago because of the abomination Kal-El. The alien allowed Steve to die."
Hippolyta turned her head to her general. Both of them had the same expression on their faces. There was something up with Diana, and she was very stingy with her words. The way her daughter was walking alone was enough to indicate something was disturbing her much.
Philippus broke off from Hippolyta and Diana as they approached the temple of the Olympian Gods to give them some seclusion.
The temple of the Olympian Gods was a sight to behold. Sculptures of the pantheons were made out of white marble to display their importance. Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon were in the middle as they were the most powerful out of the gods. Diana walked over to her father's sculpture and placed her left hand on the shield he was wielding. She gave a quick and silent prayer to him. A small blue bolt of lightning only visible to Diana struck her tiara and bracelets. She closed her eyes again, thinking that her father was going to hit her, but nothing else happened. She looked at her hands and bracelets. No visible signs of injury or no burnt marks on her bracelets. Diana turned around to face her mother.
"Diana, are you alright?"
"I am definitely alright, mother. Why wouldn't I be? I'm the immortal daughter of Lord Zeus and Queen Hippolyta."
"I know you are Diana, and I love you so much, but I will be talking to you as your queen from here."
Diana raised an eyebrow "What are you talking about?"
"Hand me your lasso Diana," Hippolyta commanded.
"For what mother? I am telling you the truth."
Hippolyta pointed to Diana's lasso. Smoke was appearing on her thigh, which meant that she wasn' telling the truth. She was first was ambivalent about handing over her lasso. There were things that she didn't want to share with anyone in the world. On the other hand, it was the queen of the Amazons, not her mother, talking to her. Reluctantly, Diana wrapped one end of the lasso around her arm and the rest of the lasso to her queen.
"Princess Diana of Themyscira, you are ensnared by the lasso of truth. You are compelled to speak the truth to me, Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons. Will you comply?" Hippolyta gripped the lasso tightly.
Diana tried to resist the lasso, but it tightened around her arm, and it lightly burned her skin.
"Yes, I will tell you everything honestly," Diana said.
"Now, are you going to tell me what is wrong with you?" Hippolyta asked.
"No, I will not!" Diana resisted.
The lasso tightened again and burned her once more. Hippolyta sighed and shook her head. Her daughter was stubborn.
"Princess Diana, are you going to inform me of what is causing your discomfort?"
Diana tried to resist one last time but gave up soon after.
"Yes, my queen."
"Good. Now tell me."
Diana closed her eyes and looked down, preferring not to look directly at her queen while being interrogated.
"Ugh. Kal-El is the reason for my discomfort!"
Hippolyta smiled as that was all she needed to hear. She unwrapped the lasso from her daughter's arm and looped it as she handed it back to her. Diana was confused; she thought that her mother was going to continue to use the lasso against her. Even with or without the lasso, Diana knew that her mother would eventually find out the truth, and there was no point in hiding it. She looked directly at her, the annoyance obvious.
"I shouldn't use your lasso to make you tell me the truth, Diana. Now, I will speak to you as your mother."
Hippolyta grabbed Diana's hand, just like how all mothers comfort their daughters.
"Tell me, Diana, what has Kal-El done to you? At least to my current knowledge about him, he wouldn't do anything to irritate you even in the slightest ways. So for you to tell me that a kind man like him would cause you to act this way is a surprise to me. The younger version of me would have sent the elites to slay the Kryptonian for any reason, but he and the rest of your male colleagues have shown me that not all men are the same, including women of man's world."
Diana nodded as it was true. It was mainly Kal-El. He, for the most part, was the reason why her sisters matured and discarded their hatred and violence towards men. He has even caused the Senate of Themyscira to discuss running trials to see if other men should be allowed to live permanently on their island. Kal-El was also the reason why Gohan and Whis are honorary male Amazons and had taught their sisters' various martial arts forms, making them for redoubtable in combat. Anything that had to do with the progression of the way Amazons on Themyscira lived was mainly because of Kal-El, the last son of Krypton.
"Mother, I understand that you and our sisters appreciate the Kryptonian for his efforts, but I no longer consider him to be my best friend, ally, or the official leader of the Justice League. He is a liar, and I truly feel sorry for Kara for being related to a being like him."
"What exactly has he done?" Hippolyta gripped Diana's hand tighter, just slightly.
"He lied to the person he loved the most mother. Her name is Lois Lane. A mortal from man's world that lives in Metropolis."
"I know who this Lois Lane you are speaking of Diana. Kal-El has brought her to visit Themyscira multiple times. She is a feisty woman and deserving to be called an Amazon. For a woman her size, she is surely strong and fierce."
"The Kryptonian kept his secret of being Superman away from Lois. It broke her heart. She rightfully so ended their relationship and the engagement. He has also ruined the relationship between Steve and me. He's too arrogant and prideful of himself and the near-extinct Kryptonians. Everyone in man's world worships him under the delusion that he's some sort of god! He's not Lord Zeus! He doesn't even seem to care about the collateral damage he causes! By the gods! The Kryptonian should've stayed dead after Doomsday killed him!
Hippolyta noticed the lasso glowing, which meant that Diana was lying again. Still, she decided not to comment on it, allowing her daughter to speak freely, not being compelled by the lasso. She was confused. Hippolyta loved her daughter and would take her words over anyone else most of the time, but her reasonings didn't make any sense at all.
Diana took off her shield and threw it, nearly decapitating her mother and Philippsus, who peeked inside. She reached out to her shield; it flew back to her right after. Her mother tried to comfort her, but the daughter just shrugged it off, opting to walk out of the temple of the Olympian Gods.
The intercom in her ear rang, but she ignored the call.
Diana turned around to see her mother and Philippus looking directly at her. She sighed and sat on the grass. Both women approached the princess and sat next to her.
"And I just wish that I didn't feel like there was something I missed," Diana whispered.
Clark Kent residence, Downtown Metropolis, USA.
Clark stepped out onto his balcony and looked down at the citizens walking by. Thanks to the promotion he received a few months ago, he managed to move out of the old, run-down apartment complex he used to live in and now resided in a luxurious three-bedroom condo within a gated community. Clark picked the unit with the most blindspots.
Despite the modest snow and the federal holiday, a lot of people still loved to shop, grab a cup of coffee or two, go on dates, watch movies at Wayne Cinemas, or just to walk around. Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, it didn't matter. Anyone who could celebrate the holidays did. It made him a little happy to see people enjoy their lives.
He looked up at the sky and noticed a projectile soaring towards an elderly couple watching their grandchildren play with their friends. His eyes zoomed in on the projectile; it was a replica of the spear Bruce crafted in case he (Superman) went rogue. However, there was more Kryptonite on the spear he was looking at. Not wanting to waste any more time, Clark changed into his suit and blasted through the sky to catch the spear.
The spear was caught in the nick of time. Though it gradually weakened Superman despite building up his resistance to the Kryptonite. He threw it across the street as he struggled to get back on his feet. Omega Beams burned his back and sent him flying three city blocks.
The Lord of Apokolips arrived along with his army of Parademons. Two of them lifted a weakened Superman as Darkseid picked up the Kryptonite spear. He flew towards his foe as a group of Parademons began to broadcast the invasion.
"You thought the whore Amazon princess could keep me locked away forever? You are wrong, Superman." Darkseid slapped Superman.
Justice League Watchtower
The remaining Justice League members that stayed on the Watchtower watched the broadcast as the majority of them teleported to Metropolis to stop the invasion and help Superman. Barry stood there in silence. He held Iris as close as he could
"Oh my." Iris gasped as he watched Darkseid slap, Superman.
Hal Jordan and John Stewart to combat Steppenwolf. Kara and Donna were busy as the furies and Granny Goodness battled them.
Barry turned to Kal-El's present that remained by the large window. It yet hasn't moved except for the random bursts of it attempting to break apart.
Batman and Catwoman walked in, dressed up, ready to go. Barry could sense that something was troubling the caped crusader's mind.
"Is there something wrong, Bruce?" Barry asked, turning to face Batman.
"Yes, Whis. I do not know how Darkseid managed to escape Hades' underworld. Wonder Woman had him tied up with her backup lasso of truth."
"Do you think Hades would have something to do with it."
"I am not sure. Despite him being an immortal being, Hades is petrified by Diana, so he would avoid doing anything to anger her. Still, it isn't out the realm of possibility of him having to do with Darkseid's escape."
Barry didn't respond directly but opted to nod his head in response. He typed in his security code that still somehow worked — a projection of a young male Amazonian running towards Hippolyta, Diana, and Philippus.
"Good lord. I'm surprised that Princess Diana hasn't found out yet." Barry thought to himself.
Island of Themyscira
The young boy sprinted with whatever strength he had left and collapsed on Hippolyta's lap. She helped him up as Diana and Philippus looked on with worried looks on their faces.
"Young one, is there something going on?"
"Yes, my queen!" the boy panted.
Hippolyta helped the young boy rise to his feet as Diana and Philippus did the same. The princess looked disquieted the most.
"Calm down; everything's alright. What happened?" Hippolyta said.
"My queen, it's... it's Darkseid!"
The three women looked at each other. Shivers shot down their spine as the thought of Darkseid escaping from the underworld came to their minds. The young boy pointed in the direction from where he came from and told Hippolyta that the Amazons were gathered together, looking at a huge screen. Neither of the three women knew about a large screen on Themyscira, but they believed him.
They ran towards the shoreline, where most of the Amazons gathered. The screen showed Parademons slaughtering the residents of Metropolis. Large buildings burned and collapsed as U.S. Army tanks were being tossed around like ragdolls. Some civilians had their guts turned inside out, which turned some of the Amazons away.
Her emotions started to mix. Her hatred for the Kryptonian was still there, but a feeling she managed to keep locked away for a while broke free. She attached her shield onto her left forearm.
Darkseid appeared on the screen.
"To the people of Earth, is this truly your Superman?"
Darkseid lifted a bloody, beaten, and defeated Superman by his hair and the Kryptonite spear by his feet. Gasps came from the Amazons as Darkseid picked up the spear and sliced Superman's chest. He tried to fight back, but Darkseid adjusted his grip on Superman's hair and slammed him repeatedly on the ground. The last son of Krypton spat blood on his adversary's face.
Diana's nails dug deep into the flesh of her hands. She looked down in an attempt to hide her reactions from her sisters. All of the things she had said and done to Kal-El, she started to feel very remorseful. Her eyes began to water, and no matter how many times she wiped them away, more just appeared.
"I hope that you're happy about what's happening to Kal-El," Philippus whispered to Diana.
Diana looked up at the screen again. Darkseid continued to slam Superman left and right. A small crater appeared due to the numerous blows the Kryptonian received. It seemed as if there was no fight in him left.
Her earpiece rang again.
"Diana, it's Batman, are you there?"
She rose her arm slowly. "Yes, I am here."
"We need you here ASAP! Superman's in trouble. Kara, and Donna are engaged in combat with Steppenwolf and the Furies and are unable to assist him at the moment."
"I'll be there," Diana said.
She took out her earpiece and crushed it under her boot. Right now, her mind was in a different place than it usually was. Throughout the battles, large-scale conflicts, and their sparring sessions had she never seen Kal-El beaten that badly, her Kal-El.
Words of regret came.
Diana looked back at the screen, praying to her gods that they could bless him with the strength to fight back.
"Great Hera." Diana thought.
"Now, I will admit that I have been beaten, humiliated, and ridiculed by this abomination before. I will also admit that he is an outstanding fighter and is the biggest threat to my conquest to rule the universe. My second attempt in adding Earth to my collection will not be stopped this time around. Everyone on this planet will know who the Lord of Apokolips is!" Darkseid yelled.
Darkseid lifted Superman as high as he could and sliced his chest open with the Kryptonite spear.
"KAL-EL!" Diana shouted his name.
Superman yelled as he roared in agony, and his failed attempts to escape from the inevitable. Gohan charged in with a point-blank Kamehameha, but Darkseid shrugged it off and knocked back Gohan far away, about twenty city blocks. Kara and Donna tried the same, but swarms of enraged Parademons pinned them down. Kara's heat-vision was futile as more and more Parademons kept her pinned and damaged her as well. Donna tried to remove her bracelets, but her arms were twisted behind her back.
Diana broke down in tears; her wish for Superman to be dead again was becoming real. Her sorrowful tears are mixing with the sand. She slammed her fist once into the ground as hard as she could, causing the entire island to shake lightly and for some of her sisters to lose their balance.
Hippolyta released the boy from her arms as she gave the order to Philippus to rally the army and prepare for war. Their sisters ran for their weapons, armor, and whatever they needed as they were ready to help defend man's world once more.
"Princess Diana." The boy said as he hugged her.
She returned the gesture. Dozens of Amazonian warships were now ashore waiting for their queen's command. Hippolyta walked towards Diana and had the young boy stay and assist his sisters that were staying to defend the island in case the Parademons decided to attack Themyscira as well.
"Diana, what are you still doing here? Your man needs you, and you need him." Hippolyta said.
Her mother was right, Kal-El needed her right now. They were the ones to defeat Darkseid initially. She wiped her tears away as she stood up. Her new shield adjusted on her forearm. Before Hippolyta could say anything else, Diana shot into the sky to Metropolis.
Superman frightfully felt weak. He had taken too much damage to the point where the sun would do little to help him recover. The Kryptonite spear dealt some severe cuts on his chest and legs, and he was sure that he was infected with it as well. He looked around for his fallen comrades. Donna's Amazon spirit kept her up for a little longer, but the Omega Beams knocked her out cold.
Rage filled her as Supergirl began to duke it out with Darkseid. They traded hard punches and kicks, each receiving their own share of bruises and cuts. She charged her heat vision and aimed at Darkseid. He countered by launching his Omega Beams. After a brief struggle, the Lord of Apokolips overpowered the Kryptonian and sent her flying with a right hook.
"Hmmm, is this what the Justice League was supposed to be? Formed to protect Earth from its mightiest threats, yet their numbers couldn't stop one living god like me. Pathetic. Parademons, point that damn camera at me!"
The Parademons did. They pointed the camera at their leader as he approached Superman, who was struggling to stay awake. He tried to fly away, but Darkseid grabbed his cape and yanked him back.
"The so-called leader of the Justice League. More like the so-called loser of the Justice League! You have embarrassed me far enough, Kryptonian! Before I decide to kill you, I want to tell the entire world something before I kill them too."
One of the Parademons handed Darkseid a pair of glasses.
"You see, Wonder Woman is right about Superman. He is a liar and a master manipulator. I truly cannot believe you would allow a weak individual like him to fool all of you. This Superman, everyone seems to believe in, is not the true Superman. Why would he lie to all of you? Why would he keep his secrets away? Were any of you aware of the fact that Krypton was the home to the most genocidal race in the universe before they became extinct? Did this alien tell you that?"
Darkseid slammed Superman again. The Kryptonian charged his heat vision, which burned Darkseid's chest and knocked him back a little. Though, the villain managed to pin down big blue once more.
"I see that you still have some fight in you. Well, as much as I want to kill you, that will not happen just yet. Before I was rudely interrupted, where was I? Oh yeah, I also want to tell you that Krypton would wipe out whole races and conquer said planets and take the resources for their benefit. Though I must say, I was very much impressed by how advanced your home planet was Kal-El, or should I say Clark Kent."
The Parademons lifted Superman and prevent him from moving his head. Superman tried to shake them off, but Darkseid slashed him again with the Kryptonite spear. It was an absolute miracle that Superman was still alive despite the massive beating he took. His forehead was cut open. Bloodstained armor and a torn-up cape.
Darkseid placed the glasses on Superman's face and fixed his hair, revealing to the world to the worth that Clark Kent and Superman were the same.
"To the world! Clark Kent and Superman are the same! This homicidal freak has been living in disguise as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet while destroying your planet at the same time as a murderer! Think about all the destruction that was caused because of this fool who thinks he's Earth's savior! You are no god Kal-El, there's no way you will be able to save everyone!"
Kara flew in and punched Darkseid, but he tanked the hit. He swatted her away.
"Pathetic, I must say. After I am done with this world, I will go find the fabled "Super Dragon Balls." If I scour the universe and find seven of these orbs, I can summon a dragon that could grant me any wish that I so desire. It's an exciting idea, no doubt, but I will not be stopped in my conquest for them! There's only one thing that I need to do. Superman, Kal-El, Clark Kent, whatever you want to be called. The last time I left you alive, I was defeated. I changed my mind; I won't let that happen again."
Superman gasped for air as Darkseid lifted him by the throat. Before Darkseid could stab Superman with the Kryptonite spear, he was struck square on the jaw by Wonder Woman, sending him flying into a building. The dark skies cleared, the sounds of horns blasted, signaling the arrival of the Amazons. From the shorelines, Aquaman and the Atlanteans rose.
Wonder Woman flew towards where Superman laid and kicked the Kryptonite spear away. She gently cupped his face as she began to tear up again. She looked towards her sister, who continued to lay unconscious. Gohan was on top of Kara as they too were out for the count. Wonder Woman reached towards her ear but then remembered that she broke her earpiece back in Themyscira.
"Diana," Superman said.
He touched her face with his bloodstained hands.
"Kal-El." Wonder Woman cradled his head.
She looked to where Darkseid was. He was still there lying on the debris.
"It's kind of ironic, isn't it?" Superman coughed up blood.
"What's funny, Kal-El?"
He spat out more blood. She took out his cape and laid it next to him.
"Remember when you said that I should stay dead? Well, I guess that's happening right now, isn't it?"
Diana brought her forehead to his chest.
"I apologize Kal-El, please forgive me."
"Of course I..."
Before Superman could accept her apology, Darkseid appeared right in front of her. He picked her up and blasted her with his Omega Beams. He then threw her to the ground a couple of feet away from the Kryptonian.
"Ah, the whore of an Amazon appears once more. What makes you think that you can defeat me this time around? I may be injured and not at full power, yet it took almost the entire Justice League to accomplish that, and where are they now? Most of them are either unconscious or too injured to move. Your will to protect the weak, and this pathetic Kryptonian is something that I do admire. Then again, who wants to be a loser like you?"
Wonder Woman let out a battle cry and charged towards Darkseid. He charged his beams again and blasted them, but she managed to deflect them back at him. He flew back and screamed in agony as his face burned. Thanks to the shield being mainly made out of Kryptonian materials, it barely suffered one minor scratch. She extended her right arm and slammed her shield against the bracelet, creating a massive shockwave that knocked back Darkseid further away from Superman.
Superman tried to stand, but he collapsed right back down. Wonder Woman picked him right back up.
"I got you, Kal-El."
"Diana, watch out!"
Wonder Woman was caught off guard by the Omega Beams once again. Her body burned from the sensation. Darkseid jumped towards Diana, picking her up and slamming her on the ground. Again and again, Darkseid slammed and punched her head to the point where her tiara started to crack. The jagged edges opened a couple of wounds on the sides of her head. Her shoulders were cut open, nose leaking blood. She couldn't comprehend how strong Darkseid had become. Did Lord Hades bless him with some powers unknown to the Olympian Gods? Did Darkseid trick him?
"Your warrior spirit is far above all of my Furies put together. You would've been a magnificent and unstoppable Fury. It's a shame that your false gods and mere mortals brainwashed you. I'd dare say that you could've led my army and taken over the entire multiverse with my true form. Everything has a beginning, and everything has an end, starting with Superman."
The Amazon threw her shield to knock Darkseid away, but he caught it and threw it back at her, opening up a hole on her armor. The lord of Apokolips crushed Superman's glasses and lifted him in the air. Diana tried flying towards Darkseid, but she was swatted back.
"Now watch the Kryptonian die."
Darkseid lifted the Kryptonite spear and stabbed Superman right through his stomach. He yelled in agony. His eyes turned red from the torment. The spear soaked in his blood. The Kryptonite began to affect his blood and, potentially, his life. The New God took one last look at Superman. He forcefully tossed him down and wedged the spear slightly deeper into his stomach.
He was knocked back by The Flash.
"Wonder Woman," Wally said.
Wally tried to lay a hand on his comrade, but she swatted him away and flew towards Superman. He laid motionless with one hand on his belt and the other wrapped around the spear as if he attempted to remove it. Wonder Woman lifted the spear and cradled his head as she tried her best not to cry. Wally ran and knelt across Diana.
"Kal-El! Please wake up!" Diana shook him.
"I'm sor... I'm sor... I am sorry, Diana. I can't fight anymore." Superman whispered.
The dark sky flashed with thunder and lightning as Wonder Woman cried her heart out for her "fallen" friend. Her best friend, her one and only, the person she trusted the most. Hippolyta, Philippus, and dozens of Amazonian warriors stood on buildings as they watched their princess bawl with Superman in her arms. Philippus tried jumping down, but the queen prevented her for safety reasons.
"My queen, we need to help Diana before Darkseid recovers!" Philippus yelled.
"Trust me, Philippus, it's for own and our sisters' safety if we do not interfere!"
"Look!" Hippolyta pointed to the skies and Diana.
Her daughter's hair began to float slightly — the thunderstorm and lightning strike followed by heavy rain.
Wonder Woman continued to cry, but her tears now started to come from anger. Her eyes began to glow blue along with her lasso and her shield faintly. The ground shook as she rose to her feet. The boots she wore turned to gold, and pieces of it began to adjust themselves as if they were covering her thighs. Her tiara turned into a golden helmet that resembled an eagle that only left her face, ears, and hair exposed. Her battle armor, yes, also turned gold and transformed into a large and long piece of armor that protected her body from the neck to her upper thighs. She placed her shield on her back, which turned into large golden wings.
Darkseid rose to his feet.
"Do you think a stupid transformation of yourself would stop me?!"
Another bolt of lightning struck Diana, but it did nothing initially. Then, the ground cracked even more, and small chunks shot into the air as she sauntered towards Darkseid, who now struggled to recover.
"Do you want to know why I wear my bracelets?" Diana asked as she cracked her knuckles.
"Is it because you're a fucking whore that should get raped?" Darkseid responded.
Wonder Woman only smirked in response as Darkseid was struck by lightning once more. Her eyes now began to shine blue. She removed her bracelets one by one, which shocked everyone that was watching.
"Great Hera. Please have mercy on Darkseid for what Diana's about to do." Hippolyta prayed.
After removing her bracelets, Wonder Woman threw them on the ground and stepped over them, breaking them and making them unwearable. Her hands began to glow blue as she felt a strong surge of power flow through her body. Her voice slightly deepened as she muttered several words in Greek. Darkseid recovered to his feet.
"The bracelets I wore were for your protection, Darkseid!" Wonder Woman roared as she clocked Darkseid with a devastating right jab.
Justice League Watchtower
Barry watched the brutal beatdown Darkseid was taking from the enraged Wonder Woman. She was not giving him any chances to recover as her punches and kicks were hard enough to destroy planets. He also watched him manifest a spear made out of lightning, and she threw it at Darkseid, who narrowly avoided it, but it exploded right behind him. It reminded Whis of the time he watched a video of Future Trunks tapping into his rage form. There were similarities between the two beings, but it seemed to the angel that Wonder Woman wasn't about to show any mercy anytime soon.
He mentally admitted that he wanted to come out of retirement and join Wally in the Justice League but he made a promise to Iris. There was a modest chance that Wonder Woman could destroy the planet and kill off every living being that wasn't fit to survive in space.
Out of his peripheral vision, the box shook as if someone was trying to escape it. One object escaped from the box and navigated itself out of the watchtower.
To say that Darkseid was receiving a beating was an understatement. Wonder Woman was giving him an ass-whopping, an absolute thrashing. For every one punch that her adversary managed to land, she connected with ten that dealt significant damage to his ribs and face. She stretched out her arms to manifest the power of her father, Zeus, king of the Olympian Gods.
Her fists were cloaked with ocean blue lightning. Lightning jabs, lightning crosses, lightning hooks, lightning uppercuts! Diana has dealt enough damage to where she broke Darkseid's jaw and caused one eye to swell shut entirely. He was a New God, and he wasn't down for the count just yet.
He launched a single Omega Beam from his uncovered eye. It struck Diana as a cloud of dust formed around her. When it settled, and he thought he claimed victory, Wonder Woman appeared somewhat unscathed. A sword mainly made out of Kryptonian steel that was assembled by the last son of Krypton blocked the beam. The hilt made out of gold and wood from a tree that was only found on the island of Themyscira. The blade was shaped, designed, blessed, and forged by Hephaestus, and it ran the length of about 30 inches.
Darkseid tried to smack Wonder Woman, but she ducked effortlessly and sliced his left arm off. She removed her lasso and wrapped it around Darkseid's legs and neck. She raised her sword in the air and called for her father's lightning again, and it did. His lightning struck her sword, flowed through her body and lasso, and electrocuted her menacing foe. He screamed as he tried to escape by flying away, but Wonder Woman increased the joules of the lightning to keep him in place. Foam mixed with his blood appeared from his mouth as she swung him in a circle, causing him to crash into several buildings and making them collapse.
The Champion of the Amazons yanked Darkseid towards herself. She tightened her lasso around his neck and placed one foot on the back of his head. She then proceeded to repeatedly stomp his head on the ground and lift his head by choking him. The opportunity to end Darkseid's life was still there, but Wonder Woman wanted to make him suffer. She wanted him to pay for what he had done to the innocent civilians. She wanted him to pay for what he had done to Steve by unleashing Doomsday. More importantly, she wanted Darkseid to pay for what he had done to Kal-El, her Kal-El.
Wonder Woman forced Darkseid to sit upright so she could tie him up altogether. Arms, legs, and head were all bound by the lasso of truth. He was then punched into the ground and had his head stomped in. It was an absolute miracle that he was still alive.
"You will pay for what you did to Kal-El!" Diana yelled as she stabbed Darkseid's spine.
When he didn't respond due to being face-first into the dirt, she removed her sword and shoved it directly up his ass several times. On a desperate attempt, Darkseid launched an Omega Beam but was shocked when Wonder Woman did not attempt to dodge it, instead of tanking it and stabbing his remaining functional eye.
Her sword was then impaled and embedded into the nape of his neck.
"Ahghhhh!" Darkseid screamed.
Wonder Woman spread her arms wide open. The aura from her eyes merged with the lightning rotating around her arms. A vortex formed directly above her position. The lightning on her arms intensified. She raised her arms to the sky and called for her father to assist her once last time. She heard her father speak right before a massive lightning bolt struck the sword and electrocuted Darkseid once more. This time around, it paralyzed him from the neck down. He spat out blood as yelled.
She transferred the lightning from her arms to her sword as she removed it from Darkseid. The lightning cloaked the sword, giving it a more divine appearance. She raised her index and middle fingers, which caused the lasso to remove itself from the figure and loop itself around her body. The sword was dragged on the ground as she walked towards Darkseid.
"Any last words before I send you to Lord Hades again?" Diana used the tip of her sword to raise Darkseid's chin.
"Fuck you!" Darkseid responded.
Before Diana could raise the sword and end his life, the blade was knocked out of her hands and out of her control. She turned to where it came from and looked at Kal-El, who used his heat vision one last time before collapsing again.
She was now conflicted. The Amazon side of her wanted to torture Darkseid and, eventually, kill him absolutely. However, her humane side, the side that Kal-El helped create, wanted to spare his life and think of other ways to punish him. She flew towards her best friend and knelt beside him. A small piece of her lightning was absorbed by him, going unnoticed by her. Diana looked at Darkseid one last time before slamming her fists into the ground, creating a massive wall out of pure lightning. It surrounded her, Kal-El, and everyone else within it.
The wall of lightning disappeared. The skies cleared as the sun shined brightly over what remained of Metropolis. The Parademons were defeated, and the ones that survived were captured by the Amazons and waited for Hippolyta's orders. The Justice League members who were still awake grouped up near Darkseid's burned and unconscious body. Civilians that were still alive walked out of their hiding spots and looked at Diana, who was still in her berserker form but remained still. Her gold appearance slowly disappears and transforms back to the natural look.
Two new bracelets flew gracefully and attached themselves onto Diana's wrists, completely stopping her rage and calming her down. Lights appeared from the bracelets for a moment before enveloping the wearer, healing any external damage she took. She collapsed on top of Kal-El's unconscious form.
Batman appeared next to The Flash (Wally).
"Where were you all along?" The Flash asked.
"I was busy fighting both the Joker and Bane. They thought it was a good time to attack the First Metropolitan Bank." Batman pointed to the cut he sustained on his lip.
"Well, Batsy, you missed out on Diana! She kicked Darkseid's ass! Like, wow! You should've seen when she removed her bracelets and destroyed them by just stepping on them! I swear I wasn't scared! Well, maybe. Wait, before you go, shouldn't we take big blue back to the Watchtower? I mean, I'm sure he's infected with Kryptonite!"
Batman turned to Wally, "Do not worry about Superman. He's going to recover, but he's going to be asleep for a while. One to three days at most."
"I'm just going to go help any civilians that need it!" The Flash exclaimed, receiving a nod from the caped crusader.
Batman surveyed the area and began to act in place as the leader of the Justice League due to Superman not being able to fulfill his duties at the moment. First responders came and assisted the injured. The Amazons escorted the Parademons back to Themyscira, where they will be forced to play with the vicious beasts that resided under the island. A couple of league members who were still functional helped clean up the debris. Stray dogs ran up and down the street, chasing each other. The U.S Army conducted patrols and searched buildings in case if any Parademons were hiding. The Kryptonite spear was taken by Nightwing and Robin (Damian Wayne) before ARGUS could confiscate it and potentially reverse engineer it.
On strict orders from Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman were to remain untouched as he will take them to the watchtower.
Out of everyone's view, Diana's tears remained on her face and her fingers somehow locked with Kal's.
One week later
Gotham Convention Center, Gotham City.
December 31, 2019.
New Year's Eve Gala.
The annual New Year's Eve Gala sponsored by Bruce Wayne was scheduled to be held in Metropolis, but after what happened a week ago thanks to Darkseid and his Parademons, it was moved to Gotham City once again, for the fifth year in a row. Each time the event was scheduled to be held in the sister city, something terrible unfortunately happens.
"I appreciate you, Bruce, for taking me along! I finally don't have to babysit my cousins for the first time in ages!" Wally exclaimed.
"No problem Wally. Admittedly, you did a lot more work than I last week, so you deserve some time for yourself." Bruce smiled, holding Selina's hand comfortably.
Bruce began to talk about Wally's probability of being hired by Wayne Tech being astronomically high. It excited the young speedster to the point where he started to speak excitingly fast that not even his uncle Barry would understand. Across the limousine from where the two individuals were Kara, Donna, and Diana. The two women were very chatty while the elder kept to herself and was somber.
Diana was perturbed for two reasons. One, Kal-El has been avoiding her like the plague after recovering for 24 hours straight. He did anything in his power to prevent a confrontation or a conversation with her. Whether if it was Sun Dipping for a couple of hours, writing up bullshit mission reports inside his private room, or talking nonsense with Wally, he did everything to not even look at the princess. She couldn't blame him, though, because of the way she mistreated him for the past year and few months. She treated him way worse than Lex Luthor even could.
Second, Diana was upset that she nearly allowed Darkseid to kill the last son of Krypton. She took a long time to respond to Bruce's call, and even worse before the invasion; she wished for his death more times than she could count on both hands. How cruel and vile she must be to someone that only wanted the best for her. He was there for her through the good and bad times. Kal-El! Superman! Clark Kent!
Kal-El has tanked planet busting attacks for her a handful of times. The enormous amount of pain he went through just to protect one person was enough to protect one billion. He has tanked Omega Beans from Darkseid, he has tanked multiple stabbings from Doomsday, and he has even placed himself in front of Circe's spell that would've temporarily devoid her of her powers.
Diana examined her bracelets, how different they looked compared to her old ones. Her previous bracelets had no sort of mechanism that allows her to harness a portion of her real power without taking them off while her new ones had that feature. She closed her eyes for a moment, vividly remembering the moment where she did something that would've for sure broken Kal-El's trust.
"Diana, are you okay?" Donna asked.
"Great Hera! When am I going to hear the end of this, Donna? Of course, I am fine!" Diana yelled.
The limousine became eerie quiet after Diana yelled at her younger sister. They all stared at her. Wally pressed the voice recorder in his phone, Bruce looked puzzled, Donna smirked, and Kara clenched her fists. The demi-goddess tried not to cry, she did. It was too much for her already. Over half of the Justice League hated her and even petitioned to have her removed from her senior position and force her to resign as well. Of course, they'd pick big blue, the man of the hour, the man of steel. Over half of her sponsors didn't want even to mention her thanks to Darkseid. Even the United States considered closing off the Themysciran embassy.
That all would've happened if Kal-El didn't interfere with them.
The vehicle stopped at the designated drop-off spot. Wally stepped out first and posed for the cameras immediately. He offered to sign autographs, but nobody knew who he was unless he placed his red costume on. Bruce was next and assisted Selina, Donna, and Kara out. Both superpowered women wore the same attire except for the colors.
"Are you going to step out, Diana?" Bruce asked as he peeked his head inside.
"What's the point if almost half of them hate me?" Diana crossed her arms.
"Come on, the princess. You weren't even invited to begin with, yet you asked you begged Clark to ask me to send you one. You're only upset because the boy scout declined to attend. Too bad, I was such a narcissistic freak to push a good guy like him away." Bruce mocked Diana.
Diana grew angry but chose to close her eyes and take deep breaths for just a moment. It was not worth punching Bruce in front of the cameras just yet as much as she wants to flatline him.
She stepped out of the limousine and was instantly bombarded with pictures and autographs. Nonetheless, Wally managed to steal and delete all of the images without getting himself caught.
"Hey Princess Diana, is it true that you're the reason why Superman resigned from the Justice League?" One reporter asked.
She glared at the reporter, who cowered in fear. Her genuine smile returned for a moment as a couple of little children approached her, asking for autographs and photos. She signed them, and of course, Wally asked if they wanted his signature. One kid gave him the middle finger as they walked away.
"Tough luck Wally. It's a shame that nobody knows you." Diana joked.
"Well, princess, at least I'm not a jerk like you and careful with my words." Wally wagged his finger.
Diana hissed and tried reaching for her tiara to throw at Wally but then realized she didn't have it on. She remembered that she broke it when she woke up after her berserker rage. She opted for a smaller option by pinching Wally as hard as she could. He barely managed to contain his scream.
A couple of other Justice League members showed up in their alter egos. Dinah Lance, Oliver Queen, and Zatanna Zatara stood out from the rest as they too were bombarded with questions they couldn't avoid.
Diana and Selina sat at their table as the men socialized with one another. Wally was shamelessly (to no success) flirting with Donna, who was pretending not to seem interested in the scarlet speedster.
"Are you an alright princess?" Selina asked Diana.
"Yes I am Selina, thank you for asking. I just, you know, feel like there's something I missed. This is the first gala I showed up to without Steve. The dancing and the music are majestic thanks to Lord Apollo, but I am not in the mood to interact with anything or anyone at the moment. He was a good man, and I do not doubt that my mother approved of him. It's a shame that Lord Hades had to claim him so early."
Selina smirked as she sipped on her Dionysus wine. She didn't need the lasso of truth to tell that the Amazon was telling a lie.
The cat lover decided to swim in dangerous waters.
"I feel like that you're lying, princess."
"Excuse me, Selina?"
"I feel like that you're lying, Princess Diana," Selina repeated.
"You should take back your words before you start to regret them, thief!" Diana threatened.
Whis sat at the table next to the women. He was eating from a large tray of shumai, but Diana's words drew his interest.
"Oh, your words are so hurtful Diana, I am scared!"
The princess growled in frustration.
"Fine, Selina, explain yourself."
"We've known each other for quite a while, princess. I dare say that you were one of Bruce's infatuations before you reconciled with Steve Trevor. How long have we've known each other again? Five years was it? Anyways, when Steve died, your reactions were understandable. You cried when you found out; you mourned for days on end, you have a vile of his ashes on display at your apartment, you moved on after a couple of months at least. What didn't you do, though? You didn't kill for him, nor did you seek vengeance to get even, but that's what you did for Superman." Selina gently punched Diana's shoulder.
Diana understood Selina's words but couldn't comprehend them just yet.
"Think about it. What's the worst thing that you had done when Steve was near death? I'm sure you just threw your stuff around. Even when hundreds of innocent people die, all you did was cry and mourn, that's it! What you did for Kal-El was something that pushed you well beyond your absolute limits! I apologize ahead of time for cursing, but you kicked his fucking ass! The way you man-handled him was the first time I was legitimately scared. You were about to kill one of Darkseid's avatars,' yet you stopped because you were going to break the promise you made to Superman. You swore to him that you'd never kill, but you were tempted."
Selina was right, Diana never acted that way when someone close to her was killed or was near death. The way she brutalized Darkseid in such a way was the first time.
"You're right, Selina. I just, you know, I..."
"How about this. Just go out there and mingle Diana. Just forget about the Kryptonian for a moment. Your life does not revolve around his, and I'm sure that he would agree to what I just said. There are a handful of handsome men that sure are vying for your attention. How do you think Steve would react if he was looking down at us right now? Huh? You just can't hold on to everything that's meant to be let go, Diana, there's no point."
"I still love Steve."
"I know you do, Diana, and I still love the ones that I lost, but you just have to get used to it, Diana. Your Lord Hades or whatever god that's the opposite of him won't bring them back to life. Hell, even your Superman managed to move on quite well after his engagement was called off."
Diana scanned the area and found that "her" Kal-El wasn't there.
"Kal-El isn't here yet," Diana whispered.
"No shit Diana, of course, he's not here. There's no reason for him to show up?"
The Amazon sighed.
"Fine, I will go talk to the others, but I refuse to dance."
"I only suggested for you to dance, but if you don't want to offend your god Apollo, then you should. And Diana, please talk to new people, please. Don't be such a gloomy person."
Diana got up from her seat and gave a small smile to Selina as she walked towards Donna and Kara taking turns dancing with random men. But she still felt alone.
Diana Prince and Donna Troy's apartment.
Washington, D.C., Maryland.
December 31, 2019.
Diana finally arrived by herself at her apartment after what seemed like ages of dancing, singing, talking to her brothers and sisters, conversing with new people, and ate a lot of food. Donna opted to stay to have a more fun time with Kara. Despite what she felt earlier, she indeed had a great time, and she loved the atmosphere of the event. For some reason, she went home with a couple of phone numbers, mainly from men who were attracted to her, and "promised" that she would call them as soon as she arrived. She muttered to herself that some of them were handsome, but none of them were attractive, even in the slightest ways.
She placed her purse on the table and opened the freezer for some strawberry ice cream. There was a box, but it turned out to be empty when Diana reached for it. It made her a little upset as she was craving for it for a long time, but it wasn't going to hurt a little to wait to acquire some more — her compulsion for eating strawberry ice cream due to her deceased lover, Steve Trevor.
Sometimes, she wondered how things would turn out if Steve was still alive. Maybe things would be different for the better or worse. There would be things that she wouldn't have done if he was still around, and there were things that she, for sure, would've done with him about. Diana loved Steve Trevor as he would always have a place in her heart, but she knew that she couldn't keep holding on to the love that was no longer there and had to move on.
But a more significant piece of Diana's heart belonged to someone else that she pushed away.
She now understood what Selina's words meant as she looked at the photos of her and her Justice League colleagues. It was genuine, and it all made sense. When Doomsday killed Steve, she only cried and yelled. She didn't even bother to fight back as the death of the man she loved the most was too much for her heart to handle. When she lost almost half of her sisters on Themyscira due to Ares' army, Diana was forced by her father to stand down and allow him to carry out the punishment. But when Kal-El was stabbed and demolished by Darkseid, she got angry and removed her bracelets to tap into the dormant rage within her. Diana was relentless against the Lord of Apokolips.
Diana's Christmas tree and decorations were still up. Her Christmas lights wrapped around the three and her apartment. It gave off a very serenading vibe as it was her idea, after all.
Well, at least that's what she thought.
The doorbell rang, but she initially ignored it. She wasn't expecting any guests at the moment, nor was Donna going to show up anytime soon. Small lightning appeared on her right bracelet as she summoned her sword.
Diana opened her door and gasped at who was on the other side.
It was Clark Kent, Kal-El, her Kal-El.
"Hey, Diana, it's me." Kal smiled.
She couldn't believe it. The last person she expected to knock at the door was the one to show up. He was in the flesh. His 6'3 ft and 250 lbs frame made her look small despite being tall herself. And damn, Diana was trying her best not to drool or ogle him as he was dressed correctly this time around. Kal-El in his Clark Kent persona wore suits and ties as well, but they were two to three sizes too large for him.
This time, he was dressed in an all-black tuxedo that fitted him perfectly. His muscles were slightly being constricted, although it didn't bother him as much as it bothered Diana.
Diana became a little nervous. She wanted to believe that he was the real Kal-El, the Kal-El that she knew. There were many adversaries that she has fought over the years that could shapeshift into other people and even talk like them. One questioned was needed to know if he was an imposter or not.
"If you are the real Kal-El, then answer me this. What's my favorite ice cream flavor?"
"This." Kal handed her a brown bag.
She ripped apart the brown bag, revealing a large tub of homemade strawberry ice cream from the man of the hour himself. He handed her a spoon and helped open the lid. Taking the spoon, Diana tried the ice cream. Her eyes widened as much as they potentially could. She wanted to scream in delight but then realized who was standing in front of her.
"Come in Kal-El."
"Thank you, Diana."
He carried a small box in his other hand that was obvious that it was for Diana. She closed the door, locked it, and enveloped Kal-El in a hug that would make every female Justice League member jealous. He hugged her back the same way. It's a good thing that Wally wasn't around with his camera. His left hand rose to her cheek, pulling her closer to his chest as his chin rested on the top of her head.
Diana wrapped her hands around his neck.
"It's you, Kal-El."
"Yes, it is Diana, the one and only. I know we have a lot to talk about, but I want to talk first. After all, we haven't had a serious conversation with each other for almost a year."
Diana smiled. She felt a lot better, and she was very happy for the first time in a while.
Kal and Diana talked about what they experienced in the past year and a half, starting from Steve's passing. Sports, off-world missions, Diana's diplomacy missions for Themyscira, their separate training sessions in the Watchtower, everything.
They sat on her couch as they devoured the ice cream, occasionally feeding a spoon to the other. The television showed the New Years' countdown from various countries, including Themyscia. Despite the unresolved tension between the two superpowered beings, they were sitting close to each other. Diana's feet laid on Kal's lap.
"So Diana, what have you been up to lately? Any news from your home country?"
"You know the usual. Multiple meetings with government officials, interviews with the media, and the usual fan mail I receive and read. Sometimes I can't believe that people would go out of their way to write multiple pages. And yes, I still get the love letters from men who think they even have a chance with me. I admire their efforts, though, but they just won't stop."
"Ha! Sounds like the Diana I know."
"What about you, Kal? I can't imagine the stuff you have to put up with after Darkseid exposed your secret identity."
"While he technically gave out my secret identity, Bruce went out of his way and spent a lot of money convincing major news outlets that Clark Kent and Superman were not the same. He threatened to sue anyone that dared to create conspiracy theories and make-believe evidence. So far, it has worked out. Nobody at the Daily Planet questions me about my Kryptonian lineage or my history as Superman. I'm sure the amount that Bruce spent put a huge dent in his net worth. Darkseid will never win, and one day we will defeat his true form. As for everything else? Lois and I have reconciled and have decided that we remain good friends. She did make sense when she told me that there was a lot of weight on my shoulders, trying to balance a part of my life as the editor-in-chief and the man of steel. Believe it or not, Jimmy and Lois are dating, but they are in shallow waters at the moment. Nothing too serious between them just yet. They're a good couple and completely balance each other. It's like the hottest cheerleader in high school dating the weird-looking guy, but they end up falling in love; that's how I'd describe it."
Diana thought for a moment. If Lois could move on and fall in love with someone else, why hasn't he? Then again, Diana hasn't moved on from Steve either, not yet.
"Aren't you at least jealous that they are dating? I mean, you knew her longer than we have known each other and have been together for five years." Diana said.
"Of course, I was initially jealous, Diana. When I found out that Lois moved on from me and dated a close friend of ours, I was devastated. That's why I have shut myself off from everyone for a week. I needed time to comprehend the new information, and I did. I admit that I struggled for a bit, but I did. Lois was no longer in love with me and had said no to my futile attempts to start dating again. I broke her heart Diana, and I have also destroyed whatever trust she had left for Superman, the real me. It was my secrets and my constant lying that managed to make it happen. I needed to stop feeling sorry for myself and make everyone else sympathize with me. I hated being grim. I will see what happens in the future, but now, I am over Lois Lane. Lois and I had very memorable moments that I will cherish forever."
Diana smiled and squeezed Kal's shoulder, very proud of him for moving on.
"You know Diana, I've noticed that you seem very intrigued about my love life, yet I hardly hear you talk about yours." Kal beamed, pointing his spoon at Diana.
"I.. don't want to talk about that right now."
"It's not important, Kal. I thought you showed up so we can talk about our differences and not interrogate me about my love life."
Her lasso hidden under her dress that was wrapped around her upper thigh burned her. Diana barely managed to contain her flinch. Kal squinted his eyes to observe the unusual movements and wanted to use his x-ray vision to see more in-depth, but it wasn't the right time to do so. He knew what was under her dress though; it was so evident to him
"Are you sure you're not resisting your lasso, Diana?" Kal smirked.
Diana closed her eyes as the lasso tightened around her.
"Yes, I am resisting my lasso Kal." Diana forcefully admitted.
"Have you been seeing anyone lately? Or at least been thinking of someone?"
"Yes, I have been thinking of someone recently!" She hissed.
Diana reached under her dress and removed her lasso, tossing it across the living room and onto the Christmas tree.
Kal waited for a moment for Diana to recover before he could say something "smart." She took a deep breath and sat closer to him. They faced each other, her thighs now resting on his lap.
"For someone who hated me for a very long time, I am a little shocked that we're this close to each other if I must admit."
"Well, Kal, some old habits just die hard." Diana smiled.
Diana "accidentally" rubbed one foot on Kal's crotch as he removed her heels. He got up from his seat and picked up his wrapped gift. He handed it to Diana. He lifted his jacket.
"Now, before you say anything, yes, it is made out of Kryptonian Steel. However, this gift was made by your father, Zeus. So if anything, you should thank him. Though I must say, that is my design. And yes, I know Christmas already passed, but you wouldn't let me apologize! It's okay. Nevertheless, I'm going to guess that you received your new sword and bracelets."
Diana closed her eyes and channeled her father's lightning through her bracelets. Her sword materialized soon after.
"Are you talking about this fine piece of equipment?" Diana pointed the sword at Kal.
"Hey! Watch where you point that thing. It's was also blessed with magic be Hecates, so one swipe at me would hurt me for sure. So unless you still hate me and want me dead, I'd advise you to either put that blade down or dematerialize it."
Diana frowned, not liking what Kal said to her as she placed her sword down. She looked at the box and unwrapped it.
It looked exactly like her old one, but the one she held was painted in gold and red. Kal took it from her, adjusted her hair, and placed it on perfectly on her head. She didn't feel any different physically, but she knew, like all of her other gifts from Kal, that there were hidden features. She extended one hand towards her sword and closed her eyes. It turned into a giant mirror around Kal's height.
She twirled a couple of times and performed her signature poses. She pressed the star on her tiara, which released the bracelets from her forearms, but Kal was fast enough to put them back on before she could enter her berserker state again.
"Great Hera! What was that, Kal-El?"
"It's a feature that only works when you are in control of all the pieces that I have given to you. At the press of a star, your bracelets will come off from your forearms, and you will enter your berserker state while as you transform into your eagle armor. I do need to teach you how to control your rage. It shares the same function as your sword. If you call for it by extending either arm to the sky, it will fly to you faster than you can think."
Diana was intelligent, she indeed was. She thought of an idea and smirked when it came to mind. She tossed her tiara at Kal, who barely dodged it but not the second time as it knocked him towards Diana's embrace.
"Thank you, Kal-El. It is a wonderful gift and a great replacement for my old tiara. I do agree with you that I need to learn how to control my rage."
"We can start anytime, Diana."
Before she could forget, Diana bent over and picked up the last Christmas gift. She handed it to Kal. He opened it, and the gift was a very rare dark purple rose that was only found on Themyscira. An estimated amount of 5 dark purple roses grew randomly across the island, which means Diana found the flower on pure luck. He smelled the flower and compared it to the fragrance Diana wore almost every day. Strong yet very elegant with the smell. He hugged Diana and promised that he was going to take really good care of it.
Diana and Kal returned to their original positions on the sofa.
"Can I tell you something, Kal-El?"
"Of course, Diana, you can tell me anything."
Diana gently cupped Kal's chin and pulled his attention towards her.
"Kal, I want to apologize for blaming you for Steve's death. It was very wrong for me to do and I hope you accept it. I know there were no excuses for my actions, but I felt at the time that you were at fault. That you weren't fast enough to punch Doomsday away. I was too caught up in my emotions to realize that you sacrificed your own life to protect Steve and me from Doomsday. Wishing for your death to be permanent was completely foolish of me, Kal."
"Diana, there was no need to apologize. I understand what you're trying to convey with me, and it is alright. It is okay to let your emotions out instead of letting them build from within. It would destroy you inside and out. I appreciate you, and I accept your apology on the condition that you accept my apology." Kal said.
"What do you need to say sorry for when I was the one being cruel to you?"
Kal held her face.
"I lied to you, Diana. I lied and deceived you that Clark Kent and Superman were two different people. I hid my biggest secret from the two people that I trusted the most. It resulted in Lois calling off the engagement and making my best friend hate me more than her mother hates Hercules. I thought by protecting the ones who I cared about the most would be a good thing. I hid from you, Diana. What Darkseid said was true. My people, my ancestors, were genocidal maniacs who wanted to be the supreme race of the entire universe, and they came very close to doing so. They killed anyone who dared to oppose Krypton, and they had their home planets destroyed as well, and I did not tell you that, not even just a tiny fragment of it, Diana. We were so cruel to each other in different ways; it was very unhealthy. I care about you, Diana, and I only want what's best for you. All of the mean things that you've said to me, I forgive all of that. Despite the vile and despicable things that you had said to me, I still care and love you, Diana; I forgive you."
Diana didn't cry, but she allowed her tears to flow down her face, buried on Kal's chest. How could be someone still be very tenderhearted to her despite all of the mistreatment? She thought that she didn't deserve to have such a kind, generous, and very forgiving best friend. Truthfully so, nobody on Earth deserved to have a friend like Kal-El. Her face was a mess, but Kal-El still found her beautiful, the most gorgeous woman on the planet blessed by the Olympian Gods. He kissed her tiara, which jolted her body with a feeling that she kept away for so long.
Kal played "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Frank Sinatra. They dance together under the beautiful Christmas lights. Neither of them noticed the mistletoe that appeared out of nowhere. She held his hand while she placed her other hand around her should.
"Kal, I forgive you as well, and I pray to Lord Zeus that we can go back to where we once were." Diana smiled.
He looked up the ceiling for a moment and noticed the mistletoe.
"I would like for that to happen, but I think it would better if we start somewhere new instead. A new start Diana, us, together." Kal brought Diana's lips to his.
Diana's eyes widened at the initial contact but closed her eyes to savor his taste. His lips were soft, juicy, yet tender, all at the same time. She became intoxicated from the kiss and deepened it. It was her true first kiss here. She didn't have to hold back in fear of injuring the other person. She moaned gently as he pulled away for a moment but then kissed her again, this time a little more forceful. She could smell the fragrance he was wearing. He tasted the hints of Dionysus' red wine that remained on her lips and tongue, which made the kiss even more delicate. She felt the lightning inside her bracelets move around like The Flash, indicating that Diana was having a really good time. She gently pushed her wet tongue into his mouth and took control of the kiss. He sucked on her salivated tongue and moaned. Kal applied a lot of force into the kiss that would've for sure harmed a regular human. Their kiss lasted for minutes, which seemed like hours.
Kal was the first to break the kiss. However, Diana seductively licked his cheek and kissed the other.
They continued to dance through the night as the music continued. Diana, who enjoyed the gala a lot, very much preferred dancing with her best friend. Just the two of them together in her apartment surrounded by Christmas decorations. No cameras, no video recordings, nothing that would draw headlines the following day. Everyone would be shocked to see a literal dem-goddess dancing with a mere reporter from Metropolis. All of the pain and suffering brought them together for this intimate moment alone. She took back all of the things she said to him. Diana felt happy again. She moved on from her past and started to build her future. The future she was willingly sharing.
The future with Kal-El, the last son of Krypton.
"This was all I need," Diana whispered to Kal-El.
Outside the window, Zeus smiled for the first time in a very long time.
See you all on February 14, where "My Funny Valentine" a direct follow-up to this that will open up Clark and Diana's relationship!