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11 December 2008 @ 11:40 am
And so it goes...  
Title: Sickness, Chapter 3
Author: tseecka
Universe: Cartoon
Characters/Pairings: Brainiac 5/Superman
Rating: T
Warnings/Spoilers: Slash elements, very light.
Summary: Set between seasons 1 and 2. Brainiac 5 has been suffering from an unknown disease, when the answer--and maybe the cure--finally comes to light.

Once faced with the vastness of the Kent farm, Brainiac 5 realized he didn't really know where to look. It was a huge homestead with fields stretching on for what seemed like miles in every direction, and without any sort of a beacon to hone in on, he didn't even know what direction he should start walking in.

His brain whirred, running calculations and probabilities through his mind--where was the most likely place for Clark to be based on time of day and most efficient farm layout in terms of crops and sunlight, and all manner of other variables that he wasn't sure were even applicable. But it didn't hurt to be thorough. Once the program had run and he had a solution, he turned to face west and started walking, directly towards the sun that was beginning to set. His eyes tinted darker to avoid damaging the retinal implants, and he shaded his eyes with his hand, continually scanning for any sign of the lanky teen.

He had just come out of the cornfield, the tall stalks waving over his head, when he encountered the barbed wire fence. On the other side he could see a long brown barn, and from his memory of Clark's stories he realized that this was the most likely place for the teen to be at this time of day. Extending his arms, he wound them in and around the thick barbs and made short work of the fastenings, watching as the wire detached itself and fell to the ground in spiky coils. "An odd contraption, and very ineffective," he mused, and the next few minutes as he walked were filled with plans for an improved barrier that he could help Clark implement on the farm. He was so intent on his thoughts (which quickly strayed away from plans for fences and lingered on Superman himself) that he didn't even notice the obstacle in his way until he bumped right into it.

A huge head with big, brown eye and a white streak down the center of the oblique muzzle swung around to face him, masticating with a bored expression on its face. Brainy looked at it for a minute, trying to find a name for the animal.

With the technology of the 31st century, cattle and meat farming had been all but eradicated, making way for manufactured meat items. As such, the occurrence of such farm animals as these had faded away, and Brainiac 5 was finding it difficult to put a name to the creature before him. He found it, eventually, and was immediately consumed with curiousity as to this extinct mammal. Clark forgotten for a brief moment, he extended his hand to rub the rough hide of the cow. A jersey, if he remembered correctly from one of the historical films he and some of the other Legionnaires had watched (at Clark's urging--and the thought of Clark sent another heart-stopping pang through his chest, reminding him of the urgency of the mission). No sooner had his hand touched the creature's hide than it stopped chewing its cud, and stared at him blankly.

"MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO," it groaned, its powerful voice startling the Coluan, who stumbled back a little in surprise. Suddenly apprehensive, Brainiac 5 held up his hands in front of him and took another couple steps back. The cow turned its huge bulk and took three lumbering steps in the boy's direction, tilting its head back to utter another long, resounding "Mooooooooo" while rolling back its eyes in obvious distress, showing the white. Brainy, unsure as to the mannerisms of this creature and half afraid he was about to be trampled, stepped back a little more--and ran into something else, tall and firm. Afraid that he really was about to be killed by a massive herd of killer cows--were they herbivores or carnivores, or omnivores? Brainy couldn't remember--he turned to the side to make a break for it, but was stopped by two hands on his shoulders.

Hands? In a flash, he turned around, and everything--time, breath, heartbeat--seemed to stop in place as he saw Clark Kent standing behind him with a huge smile on his face, some kind of grass sticking out of the corner of his mouth.

Clark stepped past him and went to the cow, who was still tossing her head and "moo"ing plaintively. He put an arm around her shoulders and rubbed her jowl, calming her down. "Now, Bessie, why'd you go and do that? You frightened the heck outta him." Brainiac 5 found himself hanging on every word, storing each syllable, each phoneme, in his memory banks. The sound of Clark's voice, even after just a couple weeks, caused what might have been emotion to swell in his chest, and he took a couple steps towards the teen.

Bessie once more calmly chewing her cud, she ambled off, and Clark turned back to look at his friend. His smile grew as he took in the rumpled appearance of the smaller boy practically drowning in some of his clothes, and he held out his hand.

"It's good to see you, Brainy," he said, his voice filled with genuine happiness. The structured tone he had used in New Metropolis was gone, replaced by the warmer more musical tones of his country upbringing. That smile on his face, his rumpled hair and sunburnt cheeks, as he stood there waiting for Brainiac 5 to shake his hand in greeting in their customary way...

Clark was caught completely off-guard when Brainy took two running steps towards him and launched himself at his middle, wrapping his arms tightly around Clark and almost knocking the older teen backwards off his feet. His eyes squeezed shut as Clark tentatively enfolded the Coluan in his stronger arms and squeezed back, and he felt the tightness in his chest finally loosen as he found the cure for his 'disease'.

"It's good to see you too, Superman," he mumbled against Clark's chest, and was surprised to hear his own voice trembling slightly.

Comments and Critique are appreciated!
SpaceCrazyArtist: BrainyLyle - OTPcassiopeia13 on December 11th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Haha. Poor Brainy. And really, SO. CUTE.
Pacerwolf, Jen, lolatwilightpacer on December 25th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
What a fun and cute story!
loshseason3 on January 2nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
4Kids, after taking over the WB, cancelled Legion of Super Heroes season 3, leaving a lot of loose plotlines, including the prospect of Brainiac 5's return, and the looming threat of the evil Brainiac, which came from Brainiac 5's robotic parts. Cancelling season 3 left the Legion of Super Heroes series hugely unfinished.

Hey 4Kids!, where's our Season 3?! IF YOU WANT TO SEE 4Kids! MAKE SEASON 3, SIGN THESE PETITIONS!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/LOSHseason3 http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/LOSHseason3

Sign and Spread the word please!
SpaceCrazyArtistcassiopeia13 on February 27th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Disney XD is showing Static Shock I don't see why they couldn't pick up Legion. And since you can watch all their shows online who cares if the cable companies don't pick it up!

Stupid people messing wtih teh fun that is the DC various universes.