mithen: (Savior)
[personal profile] mithen

Title: Till Death Do Us Part
Characters/Pairings: Kal/Bruce, Lex Luthor, Lara, Jor-El, Alfred
Rating: PG-13
Summary:   Nightwing and Flamebird discover Lex Luthor's evil plan and rush to stop him if possible.   A continuation of the From This Day Forward series.
Word count: 2700
Note:  This is technically the conclusion of the series (at least for now), but there will be an epilogue later this week!

 

Kal was sparring with a training robot in the middle of the crystal cave.  He had stripped down to the waist and could feel sweat trickling down his back, over his collarbones.  The cave was warm today;  they hadn't been able to get the temperature controls just right.  He dodged a blow from the robot, pivoting and bending. 

On the far side of the cave, Bruce was poring over a discussion of Kryptonian and human DNA.  Or rather, he had been:  as Kal swung to counterattack he caught a glimpse of his husband watching him out of the corner of his eye.

The cave wasn't that warm, so Kal had to admit he might have had other reasons for practicing half-naked--reasons that were more than justified by the look Bruce was giving him.

He threw himself forward and landed a hit on one of the robot's sensors, bringing it to a halt.  Bruce threw him a towel and Kal began to rub himself down, perhaps a bit more lasciviously than was strictly necessary.  Bruce shook his head, clearly amused by his transparent ploy, but his eyes gleamed in the glimmering light of the cave.

"I'm getting concerned about Jhal Farad-Ko," said Bruce.  "She hasn't been seen for a few days now.  Not since the council with the Kryptonian Elders."

"That's not that unusual for Jhal when she's in the middle of something," Kal pointed out.

"But you said she seemed quite upset at the news from the council.  I don't think she's likely to be thrilled at the news that genetic merging with Terrans is necessary to save Krypton."

"Nor is her husband," Kal said.

Bruce frowned.  "I think it might be time for Nightwing and Flamebird to do a little reconaissance of the Ko household."

: : :

Nightwing landed lightly on the wall of the compound, his midnight-blue costume blending into the shadows.  Flamebird followed, a splash of color in the dark, but as silent as his partner.

To their surprise, the laboratory was unlocked, the door open wide.  They entered cautiously;  only silence greeted them. 

One of the intruments in Flamebird's belt started to make a whining noise.  Flamebird looked surprised and pulled out a tiny crystal.  "That's strange," he said.  "This detects an unusual level of background radiation."  He walked around the lab, gesturing with the crystal.  "But nothing here seems to be causing it specifically."

"So...there was something radioactive here, but it's not here now."

Flamebird looked at his partner, his eyes wide beneath the scarlet domino mask.  "Something else is missing.  When I did an interview with Jhal a few months ago about her latest research, there were boxes right here--" he pointed to a corner of the lab, the floor still showing the marks of recent activity.  "But they're gone now."

Bruce had an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of his stomach.  "Do you remember what the boxes were?"

Flamebird nodded.  "They were explosives."

Bruce stood very still in the center of the room, his mind putting various things into place.  "The Gates.  They're going to try to shut down the Gates."

"But...Jhal would never allow that," said Kal.  "She may hate Terra, but she would never doom Krypton to its fate in order to keep Terrans off it."

Bruce's mouth was grim as he roamed the laboratory.  Eventually he found what he had feared and expected:  bloodstains on the floor of the bathroom, faint but distinct.  "I think she may have underestimated Luthor," he said.

"But if the explosives and the radioactive material are gone, that means..."

"--That he's making his move tonight.  Right now." 

As one, they bolted for the door.

"We've got two objectives," Nightwing said over the rush of wind as they flew toward the Gate.  "One is to keep the Gate from being shut down, of course.  But I know Luthor, and he would never destroy the Gates until he'd looted Kryptonian technology and safely fled to Earth.  So our second objective is to keep him from getting through the Gate with his loot, or he'll be able to wreak havoc on Earth."

Flamebird's fists clenched.  "I won't let him harm your home," he said.

Bruce looked down at the delicate fluting spires below them, elegant and angular.  "We'll save both of them," he said.

: : :

Lex finished placing the final charges.  Jhal's defection had actually made his job easier--instead of using anthrax he could just use the Luthorium here, seeding the Gate site with green radiation.  What did he care if the land was made poisonous when the whole planet would be doomed soon enough?  With this Gate gone, the Terran Gate would lead nowhere:  success.  He set the timer, giving himself enough time to pass through the Gate, then hoisted his backpack of precious crystal technology.  It was a little snug over the power suit, but there was no way he was going through without that.  It was crude, but he could perfect it back on Earth.

"Time to go, Prudence," he said, and the mastiff fell into heel as they headed for the Gate together.

"No!" yelled a voice behind him.  He turned--and cursed aloud at the sight of the two damned jackanapes descending from the sky.  Not now, now when he was so close!

"Get the bombs," said Nightwing, "I'll deal with Luthor."  The orange-clad vigilante nodded, slinging his bronze quarterstaff over his shoulder, and pulled a crystal from his belt that sparked and whined, honing in on the first of the bombs. 

"Sic him, Prudence," said Lex, and the mastiff took off after Flamebird, barking and snapping.  A distraction, but maybe enough--

Nightwing landed in front of him.  "Give it up, Luthor.  You can't succeed."

Luthor felt a grin stretching his face as he grabbed the little ray gun from his belt.  Field-testing wasn't exactly his favorite thing, but this would be satisfying.  Nightwing froze for just a moment as Lex leveled the gun.  "What you aliens fail to remember is that human ingenuity and willpower can defeat you every time," he snarled.  "Taste your death, Kryptonian!" And he turned the blistering green ray on Nightwing.

His satisfaction fell away into shock as Nightwing stepped forward through the green light and slapped the gun out of his hand contemptuously.  "You'll have to do better than that," he said.  "And in the name of the High Council, I arrest you for the murder of--"

"Yes, yes," Luthor drawled, determined not to allow the alien the satisfaction of seeing him gape in astonishment at the failure of his Luthorium.  "The murder of my dear departed wife.  I confess.  And I confess to setting the bombs your confederate will never figure out soon enough to disarm, and to stranding your planet in space.  In fact, I might as well confess to destroying your whole damned planet, since you'll all be doomed after this."  He waved to a floating security camera.  "Remember this face, Krypton.  Your nemesis, Lex Luthor."  Nightwing made a growling sound in his throat.  "Nice suit," Lex said tauntingly.  "Is it made of some special Kryptonian alloy weave?"  He laughed.  "That's the problem with you Kryptonians.  You worship science, but blindly.  You never see the full opportunities for power in what you have.  Does your suit have bionics like this?" 

He lunged forward with a swing that could have taken the man's head off, but the vigilante dodged , catching at Luthor's armored shoulders.  "No, but it does have retractable crystal blades embedded in the gloves," Nightwing said conversationally.

Luthor couldn't help but laugh as the edges shrieked along his suit, leaving him untouched.  "Pathetic," he sneered.  "What good will those do you against a repulsor-ray?"  He placed a hand on Nightwing's chest and released a blast of good old-fashioned force directly at the other man, sending the vigilante tumbling limply through the air to slam into the ground meters away.  Luthor felt a fierce satisfaction, undermined only slightly by the slight smile on Nightwing's face before he had been thrown away.  Why--

To his horror, he felt the straps of his backpack give way.  Retractable crystal--

That bastard.

He heard the howl of rage just before Flamebird slammed into him, the metal quarterstaff fracturing the power pack on the back of the suit with a thud and a shower of sparks.  The suit made a sad whining noise, and Luthor could feel the limbs losing power.  As Flamebird picked him up bodily and shook him, Luthor saw the bag with its precious cargo fall to the ground.  Then Flamebird threw him through the Gate, to sprawl helpless at the very feet of the astonished guards.

: : :

The security cameras picked up the whole thing in dramatic three-d color, and the climax was replayed almost constantly on the news and entertainment holochannels for weeks after, the stuff of legends. 

Flamebird's frantic defusing of the last bomb was only the prelude for the moment that galvanized the planet.

Everyone saw it, everyone talked about it, an endless loop, an eternal moment: 

Flamebird flies to his wounded partner and puts his arms around him, lifting him from the ground, tatters of dark blue fabric falling away from abraided flesh.  "No!"  Flamebird cries, anguish in his voice, bending over Nightwing, holding him close, protective arms curling around him.

Everyone remembers the moment where Nightwing's stern mouth twitches slightly, how his eyes open behind the mask.  "The bombs..." he says in his low, melodious Kryptonian with the strange lilt to it that everyone is trying to imitate now, "Is Krypton safe?"

"Yes," says Flamebird.  "Yes, love."  And then he bends his face close to his partner's and brings his lips to the other man's in a long, breathless kiss, their arms around each other, their bodies close together.  "We're safe."

: : :

The Kiss That Rocked the Planet, said the byline, leading into another replay of the moment.  "For heaven's sake, Lara, turn that thing off," said Jor-El irritably as the doorbell rang.

Kal was on his way upstairs with a glass of water abut paused to watch his father open the door.  "Dal-Zee with the Argo City Examiner," said the brisk young man as it opened.  "You're Jor-El?"  At Jor's nod he went on, "I had heard your son-in-law went to school with Lex Luthor and I was hoping to interview him about it."

"Well, he's--"

The man continued without pause:  "And we were hoping to talk to you about the plans to allow human immigration to Krypton, combined with the purchasing of human genetic material.  As a member of the High Council, do you condone this dilution of Kryptonian genetic stock?"

Jor-El smiled politely at the reporter. "I'm afraid my son-in-law has been deeply rattled by recent events and has a bad case of the vapours. He's very delicate."

Lara chimed in: "He's like a fragile little snowflake, come down from the heavens to be with us."

Her husband shot her a look:  You're pushing it. 

"Oh, I get it," said Dal-Zee in disgust.  "Your son's going to get exclusive rights to the interview, of course.  Don't think I don't see right through you people."

He started to turn away, but Jor-El's voice stopped him.  "Oh, and on the topic of 'genetic dilution':  I think this development is not only necessary, but potentially highly beneficial to Krypton.  We've been mired in the past, insular and closed for too long."  His smile was frigid.  "You may quote me on that."

The door swung shut on the reporter's astonished face.

"Thank you," said Kal.

Jor-El grunted as they went back to the living room.  "I assume you're going upstairs to check on my oh-so-sensitive son-in-law."

"Yes."

"Well.  Tell him to hurry up and get better, I'm getting tired of running interference for him."  Jor-El waved an irritable hand at the hologram on the table, frozen at the moment where Nightwing's body lay on the ground.  "I ask you, why didn't I get a hero like that Nightwing for my son-in-law, someone willing to give his life for the safety of Krypton?  That's an alliance I could be proud of."

"Thank you," Kal said again, but Jor-El merely picked up a book and started reading it.  Lara shot him a smile as he headed up the stairs.

"I'm fine, Alfred."  Kal could hear Bruce's annoyed voice as he approached their room.  "Stop fussing over me."

"I will if you promise not to push yourself, sir," said Alfred as Kal entered the room.  "I know you."

"It isn't like I can move with these damn mutts pinning me down."  Bruce was lying in bed, looking disgruntled, his chest still wrapped in bandages.  Ace was lying across his left leg, Krypto across his right.  When the dogs spotted Kal, their tails thumped the bed briefly in unison, and even Bruce looked like he wanted to smile for a moment.

Alfred sighed melodramatically and turned to Kal.  "See that he doesn't get out of bed, Master Kal," he said as he left the room.

Kal handed Bruce the glass of water.  "My father said to tell you thank you."

"I doubt he phrased it that way."

"No, but that's what he meant."  Kal sat down carefully on the edge of the bed, careful neither to jar Bruce or disarrange their dogs.  "I think I may have underestimated them."  He smoothed back Bruce's hair.  "Luthor's in jail on Earth, empty-handed.  There was some conflict over whether the Terrans would extradite him to Krypton to stand trial, but it seems the Kryptonians are willing to relinquish their claim on him in return for increased traffic between the two planets."

Bruce nodded, looking satisfied.  "Pragmatism wins out over ideology.  That's a happy ending I can get behind."

"There'll still be problems and setbacks," said Kal.

"Isn't being the pessimist generally my job?"

"Someone's got to pick up the slack when you're in a relatively good mood."

Bruce snorted, but looked preoccupied as Alfred cleaned up and left the room.  Then he cleared his throat.  "Seeing as I am in a relatively good mood, this might be the time to talk about...offspring."

Kal frowned.  "We don't have to have any.  There should be enough to keep the planet stable as a result of the increased cultural exchange.  And Nightwing and Flamebird will still be busy."

Bruce rubbed his forehead.  "The logistics alone are a nightmare, Kal.  There's no way I'm letting a child of mine be raised in a communal creche for the first three years of its life like Kryptonian kids.  I'm not the cuddly type, but I'd want to be in my child's life.  But even if we could re-work the terms of the contract, I know you'd have a conniption at the Terran school systems.  I wouldn't even blame you.  We'd have to work out some kind of time-sharing between the planets.  And any time we spent on Terra...raising super-powered kids would be a nightmare I couldn't even begin to imagine.  I never saw myself raising any kind of kids!  And we'd need new identities if we wanted to continue the crime-fighting on Terra, Nightwing and Flamebird are too well-known here--assuming--"

"Of course," said Kal.

"And then what if they were sensitive to magic as well?"  Bruce shook his head.  "A super-powered magician baby, that would be no trouble at all, I'm sure.  I don't think even Alfred could keep a magic-using Kryptonian in line.  It would take a genius-level strategist to run a household like that," he said, throwing his hands in the air.

At his movement, Ace and Krypto jumped up to try and lick his face;  Kal tried to pull them off his injured husband, and they ended up in a pile of dog and Kryptonian on the floor.  Bruce peered down at the wriggling, barking, cursing tangle.  "You can't even keep our dogs in line," he said.

But he was smiling.

 



(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:17 am (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
Lots of great excitement! :)

LOL at the part of the adventure that enthralled the Kryptonians most! I sense a cultural revolution coming! ;)

Hmm, am I reading this right? Does Jor-El know/suspect? Kal said he thanked Bruce, delicate vapors and all! :)

A magic super-powered baby? Nah, no trouble a'tall! Get Jonathan and Martha to help raise him/her. They raised a super-baby, after all. ;)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:25 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Jonathan and Martha didn't in this world. It's one of the sad realities of this universe. By the way I'm pretty sure Jor-El and Lara know.

Angeloz

(no subject)

From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12 - Date: 2009-02-17 02:30 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com
Jonathan, Martha, Jor-El, Lara and Alfred? Jesus, there's a parenting machine and a half.

8D I like it!

(no subject)

From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12 - Date: 2009-02-17 02:31 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
LOL at the part of the adventure that enthralled the Kryptonians most! I sense a cultural revolution coming! ;)

*grin* I like to imagine that the biggest thing Nightwing and Flamebird get remembered for isn't a big heroic act, but a kiss. :)

Hmm, am I reading this right? Does Jor-El know/suspect? Kal said he thanked Bruce, delicate vapors and all! :)

I think Jor-El and Lara have figured out Bruce isn't all he seems to be, lol. It would be really hard to hide from someone when you were living with them, I suspect...

I'm imagining Alfred chasing a flying toddler down the halls of Wayne Manor. This fills me with glee. Poor Alfred!

*hugs* Glad you liked this!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You really scared me with what happened to Nightwing. Also can I vote for more stories in this universe? I'd really love it. One little thing I noticed - I think you mean "wreak havoc". I believe. I just want to add I love your stories. I really love this one in particular. Even if I don't go into details. I'm sure others will mention them better than I would.

Angeloz

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Oh, thanks for the terminology catch, that's one I always manage to get wrong, it seems! *fixes* I'm going to be thinking about this world a lot, we'll see if it turns into other stories. The epilogue is set in the future, so that gives me a lot of time/space to play with. :)

Glad you liked it!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fictionalknight.livejournal.com
Excellent ending! Loved to see them defeating Lex - awesome, awesome confrontation! :D

And awwww! poor Bruce got hurt. *hugs him* I bet it probably annoys him that Nightwing and Flamebird's kiss is being broadcast all over the news, huh? ;) I think it's adorable!

Totally made me smile to have this to read this evening. :) Thanks for sharing - and I'll certainly be looking forward to that epilogue. hehehe! :D

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I love your icon! *squees*

And awwww! poor Bruce got hurt. *hugs him* I bet it probably annoys him that Nightwing and Flamebird's kiss is being broadcast all over the news, huh? ;) I think it's adorable!

I would think he'd be pretty torn--he'd like to see Kryptonian society open up more, but...preferably without broadcasting him making out with his husband, lol. And I think Lara will keep replaying it a lot just to annoy him...

I had way too much fun writing the little epilogue. :) Thanks for giving me the push I needed to buckle in and write it!

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] fictionalknight.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-17 05:24 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com
All of those arguments, at the end, sound to me like the reasonings of a man who's made up his mind to do the complete opposite of reason.

Which means babies!!

*cough* Also, the line about keeping the dogs in line was perfect.

I'm so dead pleased with Jor-El and Lara, and with the news coverage of the Kiss That Rocked Krypton, and poor Brucie's case of the vapours- lol! ^___^ You do so rock in this series. I hope there'll someday be more, after the epilogue to this story!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
All of those arguments, at the end, sound to me like the reasonings of a man who's made up his mind to do the complete opposite of reason.

Which means babies!!


Hee! I'm glad that came across--Bruce is already mentally designing a crib that might hold a super-baby, I suspect. He enjoys a good tactical challenge...

The epilogue is set years in the future, but that leaves me a lot of space in the middle if I want to write about Kal and Bruce dealing with having a super-toddler who wants to help out with fighting crime. :) Poor Bruce...

I'm so glad you've been liking it!

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-17 03:36 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] felonazcorp.livejournal.com
N'awww, boys. ♥

That was perfect! And I love how all of Krypton is obsessed with their kiss. I bet Kal wasn't even thinking about the robot camera when he saw Bruce injured on the ground.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I bet Kal wasn't even thinking about the robot camera when he saw Bruce injured on the ground.

I'm pretty sure if he'd remembered it was there he would have been a lot cooler, if only to save Bruce the embarrassment later. *grin*

For some reason I'm having a lot of fun imagining Krypton treating them like major celebrities. It should be possible on Earth in canon, and yet people seem so blase about such things there most of the time... "Another day, another giant robot attack Superman saves us from." :D

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liarashadowsong.livejournal.com
^________^ *hearts* Have I mentioned that this series is amaaaaaazing? Because it is. Yay, Luthor got actually caught and not just thwarted! And "The Kiss that Rocked the Planet", lol. And not-oblivious Kal's parents. Ooh... and I see not-subtle foreshadowing for at the very least, a future Kon. *giggle* Two thumbs up!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com
"a future Kon"

*offers a high five* My thoughts exactly!

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-17 06:28 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-17 06:17 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com
Btw, I'm wondering what kinda silly costumes they have. Is Kal more of a Bette Kane the Fangirl, or a Bette Kane the Titan, or a Mysterious New Flamebird? :3

Or like his outfit with Jimmy... XD

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I'm imagining something like this version: http://members.fortunecity.com/flamebird/flamebird_SO.jpg but...you know, male. :) And with more ornate sleeves, somehow. I've had a lot of fun imagining it in my head, although it refuses to really solidify. (Their daughter's costume, on the other hand, I can see fairly clearly! It involves fishnets, lol).

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-17 03:50 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-18 12:15 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-18 01:48 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-19 03:04 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] elenorasweet.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-19 04:18 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-20 04:07 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smgriffin.livejournal.com
*scoffs*

Really now, Bruce. Alfred's a genius. Do you really think superpowered magician babies would be any harder to deal with than a non-superpowered truamatized genius hellbent on hurling himself into death and danger at every turn?

He worries too much.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
You...have an excellent point. I believe Alfred would probably point that out himself, given the chance. :) After Bruce, surely nothing is beyond his powers!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ranger-girl0301.livejournal.com
LOVED it!!!!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Thank you! I had way too much fun with it. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyivy.livejournal.com
Oh this was great.

His satisfaction fell away into shock as Nightwing stepped forward through the green light and slapped the gun out of his hand contemptuously.

That made me laugh, because of course 'Luthorium' wouldn't work on humans. And then:

The security cameras picked up the whole thing in dramatic three-d color, ... only the prelude for the moment that galvanized the planet. ... And then he bends his face close to his partner's and brings his lips to the other man's in a long, breathless kiss

Of course the kiss would be what set the planet's tongues a waggin'

Loved this whole series. And last but not least:

And we'd need new identities if we wanted to continue the crime-fighting on Terra, Nightwing and Flamebird are too well-known here--assuming--"

Can Batman and Superman be far behind?

Totally loved, and looking forward to reading your epilogue.



(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
That made me laugh, because of course 'Luthorium' wouldn't work on humans.

Poor Lex. Defeated in part by his own assumptions.

Of course the kiss would be what set the planet's tongues a waggin'

I enjoy the idea of Nightwing and Flamebird being these mega-celebrities on Krypton, lol.

Can Batman and Superman be far behind?

Without a doubt! I assume they spend some time as Superman and Batman, although of course less involved on Earth than our versions because they have to split time. I wonder if people suspect they're the same people since N&F aren't active at the same times as S&B...that will take some creative juggling, but can't be much worse than no one seeing Clark and Superman at the same time... ;)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 22by7.livejournal.com
so nicely plotted! i'm in awe of people who can plot well.

you've a great gift for interesting and convincing dialogue. i'm pretty much in love with Lara for that 'fragile little snowflake' line. and, well, Bruce, i love your Bruce.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-18 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Confession: my beta does most of the plotting. :) I'll sit around like, "But Lex has to have some kind of Evil Plan!" and he'll throw me a few ideas and I'll grab one and run with it. With plotty stories it's really more of a co-write process in the end.

Lara is so much fun to write, I'm so glad I found a "voice" for her in my head. I've been wanting to write a series that starts in Bruce's childhood for quite a while, but the challenge of making Martha and Thomas something other than cardboard cutouts is boggling to me.

I'm glad you're enjoying the series!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starsandsea.livejournal.com
The cave wasn't that warm, so Kal had to admit he might have had other reasons for practicing half-naked--reasons that were more than justified by the look Bruce was giving him.

Heh. *pets them*

Nightwing landed lightly on the wall of the compound, his midnight-blue costume blending into the shadows. Flamebird followed, a splash of color in the dark, but as silent as his partner.

Oooh, I loved that description, the 'splash of color'. :)

Flamebird's fists clenched. "I won't let him harm your home," he said.

Bruce looked down at the delicate fluting spires below them, elegant and angular. "We'll save both of them," he said.


*hugs them*

Nightwing froze for just a moment as Lex leveled the gun.

*huggles Bruce*

To his horror, he felt the straps of his backpack give way. Retractable crystal--

Mwahaha!!!

his low, melodious Kryptonian with the strange lilt to it that everyone is trying to imitate now

Oooh, I really liked that detail, somehow. :)

"Yes," says Flamebird. "Yes, love." And then he bends his face close to his partner's and brings his lips to the other man's in a long, breathless kiss, their arms around each other, their bodies close together. "We're safe."

... and here was where I started freaking out, thinking you had killed Bruce, lol.

Lara chimed in: "He's like a fragile little snowflake, come down from the heavens to be with us."

*giggles* Bruce being called a 'fragile snowflake' is just so... *giggles again*

Bruce was lying in bed, looking disgruntled, his chest still wrapped in bandages. Ace was lying across his left leg, Krypto across his right. When the dogs spotted Kal, their tails thumped the bed briefly in unison, and even Bruce looked like he wanted to smile for a moment.

Eeeeeee!!! Krypto and Ace stopping Bruce from moving by lying in his legs!! That's so awesome. *hearts the dogs*

There's no way I'm letting a child of mine be raised in a communal creche for the first three years of its life like Kryptonian kids. I'm not the cuddly type, but I'd want to be in my child's life.

*hearts Bruce*

I don't think even Alfred could keep a magic-using Kryptonian in line.

I don't know, Bruce. It is Alfred, after all. All he'd have to do is give them a look... :p

At his movement, Ace and Krypto jumped up to try and lick his face; Kal tried to pull them off his injured husband, and they ended up in a pile of dog and Kryptonian on the floor. Bruce peered down at the wriggling, barking, cursing tangle. "You can't even keep our dogs in line," he said.

But he was smiling.


*squees* Awwwww!!! *squees again* *hearts Bruce, Kal, Krypto and Ace*

Only one more fic? *sniffles a bit* I'm really looking forward to seeing it, though! :)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-18 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
Oooh, I really liked that detail, somehow. :)

*grin* I so loved the idea of Kryptonians trying to copy a Gotham accent without knowing it. :)

... and here was where I started freaking out, thinking you had killed Bruce, lol.

*blushes* I might have chosen the title to give that impression, lol...

Eeeeeee!!! Krypto and Ace stopping Bruce from moving by lying in his legs!! That's so awesome. *hearts the dogs*

You've really inspired me with your Krypto and Ace in your stories!

The epilogue is pretty much ready to go! It probably raises more questions than it answers, but...that's part of the fun, maybe. :) Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, you make my week!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-17 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xantucis.livejournal.com
Another excellent part! :)
From a half naked ClarkKal to the talk about kids, it's a wonderful story!

Mmh, is Krypton set on the five marriages from the contract - will there be substitutes for Luthor & Ko? *tries to get the idea of Ollie Queen on Krypton out of her head*

Of course I'm looking forward to that epilogue, too. ^___^

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-18 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I love that icon! *giggles a lot*

Mmh, is Krypton set on the five marriages from the contract - will there be substitutes for Luthor & Ko? *tries to get the idea of Ollie Queen on Krypton out of her head*

There'll be more soon, I think, as things open up--Ollie is a tempting one, I have to admit, lol. It's hard to imnagine him settling for just one Kryptonian. :)

I'm glad you liked it!

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] xantucis.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-18 07:21 pm (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com - Date: 2009-02-20 01:43 am (UTC) - Expand

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-18 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ccarroll003.livejournal.com
I love that they've become a fashion statement. From their clothes in the earlier chapter, now to Bruce's speech. They're like rockstars.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-19 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I've been having so much fun with Nightwing and Flamebird as rockstar celebrities! :) The people on Earth-1 seem so...used to it, but it must be really cool the first time some guys in spandex start swooping around, don't you think? I bet some Kryptonian fangirls were already slashing them and fainted dead away at that kiss... :)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-20 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crimsonquills.livejournal.com
This was great! I liked seeing the differences in how Bruce and Kal fight in this 'verse. Bruce always having had an equal partner (rather than working primarily alone, or with a student like the Robins tend to me, at least imho) and Kal not having superpowers definitely make differences. Seeing Kal being more technical was interesting; as Superman, writers (both canon and fanon) seem to often forget that he's very intelligent as well as very powerful.

Of course, hopeless romantic that I am, The Kiss was my favorite part. :-D

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-20 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
It is an interesting image, Bruce with a full and equal partner. I've been reading some great comics about Kryptonian society (I wish I had before writing this, because then I would have remembered the El family robot and his sense of humor and imagined him with Alfred, lol. That might be an interesting side story...) and just loving the science so much. Even those modern images of Krypton are depressingly negative, I still love it. :)

(THe kiss made me very happy to write... *starry eyes*)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-20 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icarus-chained.livejournal.com
I'm late. *bows in apology*

Ahem. The Kiss That Rocked The Planet! I ... *hugs self* You rock, you know that?

Also, love for Alfred's fussing. And this:
"A super-powered magician baby, that would be no trouble at all, I'm sure. I don't think even Alfred could keep a magic-using Kryptonian in line. It would take a genius-level strategist to run a household like that," he said, throwing his hands in the air.
*snickers helplessly* Oh, Bruce, you are in for such a time of it, you really are. Though ... I wouldn't sign Alf off just yet. I think he'd surprise you, though maybe asking it of him would be a bit much. *grin*

Thank you. *is full of warm fuzzies*

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-20 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I'm actually certain that Alfred is/was up to it. :D He'll have help from Jor and Lara (Jor complains constantly about his grandkids hugging him, then sneaks hugs when he thinks no one is looking), and his innate awesomeness should keep everyone in line. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-21 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genclay.livejournal.com
Awwww, so sweet!

(am playing catch up, on to the next)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-02-22 02:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
*grin* Glad you liked!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-03-02 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saavikam77.livejournal.com
Awwwww!! ^_^ Perfect ending to the series. I so love Bruce slicing off Lex's backpack. *evil grin* And the kiss! XD Man, for a second I thought Bruce was gonna die, but what a relief that he was at home recuperating!

And Jor-El is downright hilarious. :p Loved the quote he gave the reporter.

Of course, I laughed my ass off at the talk about children, and the tangle of dog and Kryptonian. XD Things will be just fine, eventually. :)

*applauds wildly*

(no subject)

Date: 2009-03-02 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I so love Bruce slicing off Lex's backpack. *evil grin* And the kiss! XD Man, for a second I thought Bruce was gonna die, but what a relief that he was at home recuperating!

*bows the [livejournal.com profile] damos for choreographing the fight scene*

And Jor-El is downright hilarious. :p Loved the quote he gave the reporter.

He was so dry and fun to play with, I'm tickled you liked him too!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-03-15 01:50 am (UTC)
zellieh: kitten looking shocked, openmouthed, text: WTF? (What the fuck?) (Default)
From: [personal profile] zellieh
I am irresistibly reminded of a story I heard about Japan, that kissing had been a secret trick known only to geisha until the end of WW2 when US & Allied troops were there reconstructing Japan, and Hollywood movies showed couples kissing for the first time. Shock, horror! (And lots of kissing.) *G*

(I've always wondered if the story was true or apocryphal, but I still love it because I love thinking about humanity and cultural differences; so much of what we think is 'natural' turns out to be cultural instead.)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-03-15 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithen.livejournal.com
I am irresistibly reminded of a story I heard about Japan, that kissing had been a secret trick known only to geisha until the end of WW2 when US & Allied troops were there reconstructing Japan, and Hollywood movies showed couples kissing for the first time. Shock, horror! (And lots of kissing.) *G*

It's not only true, you still won't see many kisses on Japanese movie screens at all. They'll cut away at the crucial moment much of the time. My students are always shocked when kisses happen in Western shows/movies I'm showing them.

I watched a Japanese movie in which there are two teenagers falling in love, and the boy is dying of cancer. On the spur of the moment, the girl asks him to marry her, so they stand in a field and recite their marriage vows to each other, their voices shaking. The boy bursts into tears and the girl tries to console him. As the dramatic music swells, they lock eyes and then...he hugs her. I burst out laughing, it was so not what I expected.

Sex and naked women on screens, no big deal. Kissing? Embarrassingly intimate.

Okay, I have rambled on enough, lol!

Profile

mithen: (Default)
mithen

September 2017

S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
1718192021 2223
24252627282930

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags