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08 December 2008 @ 12:25 am
And it continues...  
Title: Sickness, Chapter 2
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.

Clark toyed with the ring on his finger, turning it over and over absentmindedly as he reclined against the wall, staring out the window. It had already been a couple weeks since the Legion had returned him to his own century, but he still couldn't stop thinking about the futuristic group. While with the Legion, he'd felt a sense of closeness, of camaraderie, that was new to him. After having to hide who he was for so long, being able to totally be himself, strange wondrous powers and all, had been thrilling. Battling baddies with a bunch of crazy, whacked-out superpowers a thousand years in the future had a way of bringing people together, after all, and despite the awkward stages at the beginning he felt a close bond to each of the Legionnaires.

He sighed again, and pushed himself off the wall, standing up and removing the ring from his finger. It was slipped into the top drawer of his dresser, and he looked at it for a moment, glinting in the sun setting over the prairie, before shutting it away. What were the chances, after all, that the Legion would need him again--and even if they did, there was no guarantee they'd come for him. Too much could go wrong with Clark's own timeline, and jumping him from time to time could have untold, devastating effects on the continuum.

At least that was what Brainy had told him. Clark's lips curved upwards in memory of the green-skinned boy, by far his favorite of the Legion. Despite the 12th level intelligence he was constantly reminding the other Legionnaires of, Brainiac 5 had a certain child-like wonderment about him. Even his attempt at clinical approach to the legendary Superman had been tinged with a kind of childlike wonder and admiration. It had unsettled Clark at first, being the object of that attention, but after a while he had gotten used to it.

His smile faded as he recalled the last few months in the Legion. Brainiac 5 had become distant, and had almost seemed to try to avoid him. Even those times they spoke he seemed to be putting up a front, as though he wanted nothing more than to be out of Superman's presence. He'd said his goodbyes to all of the Legion, but only Brainy's farewell had left him empty. It was his one regret.

One more heavy sigh and he shook his head, taking his un-needed glasses from the dresser and placing them on his nose, unused to the weight of the frames on his face. Superman had to go away, for now, had to be tucked away and forgotten about, until the day that Clark could fulfill the destiny he had seen written out in the Superman Museum in New Metropolis. For now, there were chores to be done, cows to be milked and fences to be repaired. After the constant excitement of the 31st century, he wasn't sure he'd be able to swing back into the rhythms of 21st century Kansas.

As he left his room, shutting the door behind him, the beams of sunlight shifted from the dresser to the floor, illuminating the figure that was suddenly standing in the center of his hardwood floor.

Brainiac 5 looked about as he stepped out of the time bubble, realizing that he had manifested in what must have been Clark's room. That familiar tightening sensation crept into his chest as he looked around the space and realized that this space, unlike any the teen had had in New Metropolis, was essentially him. It /was/ Clark beyond any shadow of a doubt.

It was obvious that Clark wasn't there at the moment, but he couldn't help but look around, picking things up and putting them down in the exact same place after examining them carefully. His fingers, nerve endings tingling, traced over every surface, every contour, of every item on the dresser, the night-stand; they rubbed the material of the clothes hanging in the closet, marveling at the differences between these rough, angular items and the ones that he knew at home, all smooth and contoured. "Like Superman," he mused quietly to himself with a smile, replacing a shirt, perfectly folded, in the drawer. It was then that he noticed the gold ring tucked in the corner, and his smile grew. He told himself it was because he was proud of the teen for realizing the importance of keeping the futuristic artifact hidden; but a small part of him also was happy that Clark seemed to not want to forget them.

The lump in his throat and the pain in his chest grew as he saw the item tucked underneath--a photo that he and Clark had taken in New Metropolis when Clark had asked for a tour of the city. He picked it up, staring at it, his eyes copying the image and storing it on his internal hard drive.

Patience wore thin suddenly, and he found he couldn't stand in that room any longer; the presence of Clark without the teen's actual presence was unbearable. He headed for the door, then paused, seeing his reflection in the mirror. That wouldn't do. Opening the closet once more, he perused the wardrobe, then picked out a couple of items of clothing that seemed as though they'd fit his smaller frame. Tugging them on, he checked his reflection again.

The white button down shirt hung loosely on his frame, swallowing his arms and ending at about mid-thigh. The jeans he had picked were likewise baggy, though the belt he took from the rack on the inside of the door held them about his hips; they gathered down above his feet, which he left more or less bare. But at least to anyone from far away, he would appear as a regular boy, he hoped--the only person he intended to get close enough to that they would see him was Clark Kent.

Even thinking his name caused his heart to leap, and he rushed out of the house, heading for the fields, where he knew Clark should be at this time of day--at least if the stories he had told were anything to go on.
SpaceCrazyArtist: BrainyLyle - OTPcassiopeia13 on December 10th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I read this on Fiction Press and ADORE it! But are you going to finish? I totally want to know what that orb thingie is, who put it there, what's going to happen to them and a million other things.
Tseeckatseecka on December 11th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try my best to! I've been having issues with school and whatnot and a really bad case of writer's block, but I don't want to let this fic die ^_^ hopefully I'll be able to get a little more following by posting on LJ...that way I have people to poke and prod me to finish the darn thing :D
SpaceCrazyArtistcassiopeia13 on December 11th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I fully understand. a Co-written story of mine goes through that often. We both are busy with school and work and sick and all that. So no worries. I'm glad you're posting here so I got the chance to tell you how good of a fic it is.

The cartoon version of LoSH is definitely up on the Superman/Brainy vibes, but sadly there are no good fics out there. Then I found yours and read it all in one night.

So! Definitely gunna get the whip crack from me on finishing! Or... a cow prod maybe, seeing as this is Clark and Brainy on a farm-ness.
Tseeckatseecka on December 11th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Well I think the main issue with Supes/Brainy stuff (cuz I've found the same thing >_<) is that the majority of LoSH fans are those who read the comics rather than those who watch the show...there isnt a lot between the two of them in the comics (though Brainy/Lyle goodness is always fantastic <3) and fanfic writers of the show...are more or less in the range of 13 year olds. Which makes sense, but still sucks for us older fans. :P
loshseason3 on January 2nd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Season 3
Hey good job! More slash please!

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!