Alleviation

Bold: Flashback

Superman flew across London trying to keep consciousness. He was actually tired after his brawl with Blockbuster. Blockbuster was, a chemist name Mark Desmond, desiring to increase his physical strength. Experimenting on himself, he succeeded in making himself stronger and taller, but as a side-effect of the process he also became almost mindlessly aggressive. He had the abilities of superhuman strength, stamina, and endurance high-level resistance to injury.


Superman had been helping Batman track him down for close to a week. They had finally caught up with him, finding his underground laboratory and hide out in Berlin, Germany. Superman had to keep him distracted and give Batman an opening for him to inject Blockbuster with a high dosage serum that will knock him unconscious until he was transported to Arkham in a specially altered cell.

"I'll give an update as soon I get back to Gotham."

Superman nodded slightly. "Yeah...alright."

"You've done a lot nonstop, Clark. Take a break."

"I can't."

Batman narrowed his eyes. "Don't be stupid. Get to the tower or wherever and get checked out."

"Is that your way of saying thank you?"

"Shut up and go."

Superman smirked. "You're welcome," he said flying off.


It was not just tracking down Blockbuster and the fight, but also, other missions Superman had been on, even going outer space to help Lantern and rushing back to earth so Clark Kent wouldn't be late for work.

Superman dropped down on a familiar balcony with a thud.

Diana Prince looked up from her book. She frowned and slowly got out of bed. She picked up her sword still in its sheath from the side of her dresser leaving out of her room to the living room.

She heard tapping on her balcony door and saw a shadowed figure.

"Who the...?"

She quickly opened the door and gasped. "Kal!"

"Hey..."

Diana quickly threw her sword down and caught him.

"Oh, Gods, Kal! What happened?!"

"Block...buster...finally..." he winced.

"Come on. You need to lay down."

Diana placed his arm over her shoulder and helped him in closing and locking the door.

"I'm sorry, Di. I wasn't going to be able to make it to the fortress. Didn't want to go to the tower."

"I'm glad you're here. I wouldn't want you anywhere else, especially not alone."

Diana helped Kal sit on the couch.

"Take off your suit. I'll be back."

Kal slightly nodded and his suit started to degenerate.

Diana quickly got steaming hot water in a large bowl, a towel, healing ointment of the Greek God, Asclepius, and bandages.

She gasped seeing his body covered in bruises.

"Kal..." she set the water down and sat in front of him on the coffee table. "You've been going nonstop, not letting your body rest. Not letting your mind rest."

Kal sighed. "I have to keep going, Di. I'm needed."

"Right now you can barely keep your eyes open." She sighed. "You should've called me."

"I wasn't going to put you in danger, Diana. Didn't know what could've happened."

"We don't know what will happen on every mission. That shouldn't matter because we choose to make that sacrifice. I would much rather fight by your side than you fighting alone."

When he didn't respond she looked up at him. He was looking down at her with half lidded eyes and smiling.

"What is it?"

"Thank you, Di."

"You don't need to thank me." Her eyes so gentle and loving.

Slowly, Diana put her fingers to his injuries, tracing the contours of the wounds and scrutinizing the reactions of Kal's face. His gaze didn't leave her during the whole ordeal.

Biting her lip, she returned her attention to his body. Her vision strayed on his chest, his godly toned abs. She had seen him shirtless before but never like this. She couldn't believe Kal was sitting on her couch at 2' o'clock in the morning in only his boxer briefs.

Heat warmed her cheeks and she cursed herself silently as she poured the ointment into her hand.

When Kal winced, her touches becoming even more gentle. He relaxed, feeling her fingers, warm to the touch and soft as she rubs the oil all over his chest to his back to across his stomach; his skin was smooth savor the areas that were bruised, his muscles taut against her fingers.

"God, this feels good," Kal thought to himself as impulses of comfort and enjoyment surged through his body.

Diana decided to wrap up his middle section first, wounding the bandage around his stomach. It was harder to resist as she went up higher, wrapping the rest of the bandage around his neck, she realized how close she was to his face.

Pulling away, Diana poured more ointment and focused on Kal's face. She was temporarily startled to find a pair of bright eyes boring into her. Kal's face was expressionless but his eyes were swimming in adoration. Diana didn't say anything, reaching her hand to his forehead. Quickly grabbing the gauze, she wrapped it around his forehead, fumbling slightly as she tried to tie the ends together.

"Are you alright, Di?"

Diana almost dropped the gauze into Kal's lap. It had been so silent, and she had been so lost in her thoughts.

"I am. I just want you to be alright." She bit her lip and put on a straight face before leaning away from his head, her expression assuring.

Trying to make her movements seem more natural, Diana reached once again for the ointment. All that was left were his arms. One bandage on the right, one bandage on the left, and then she could stop feeling flustered in front of her oblivious best friend.

Diana had Kal's right forearm wrapped up quickly and professionally. He was still watching her closely, yet he nor she would speak. Diana had him hold out his left arm so she could inspect a rather large bruise near his elbow and then lathered it up with ointment. She was almost finished wrapping gauze around his arm when Kal winced in pain. She stopped and looked at him. His teeth were clenched and his eyes were shut, his breathing short.

"The ointment will penetrate through, soothing your entire body and numb the pain."

"Maybe these last couple of weeks have taken a toll on me more than I want to realize."

"It's going to be okay, Kal. A day or two of rest isn't as bad as you think."

As she wrapped the rest of the gauze around his wrist, she allowed her eyes to drift up to Kal's face. When her eyes finally drifted from his arms to his face, she found him looking at her with that same smile from before. Her heart lurched in a mixture of relief and bewilderment and she titled her head slightly.

"Why do you keep smiling?"

Diana's selfless love for everyone else was always something he had admired- no, loved- about her. Her willingness to listen and share her feelings. Her caring nature and strong friendships and family bonds. She was….perfect.

"Just being here with you. The pain is already going away."

Diana smirked. "That's just the ointment working."

"I don't just mean physically, Diana."

Her heart jumped again. She opened her mouth to speak but no words would come, she closed her mouth. Her eyes were still on his face; she watched as he watched her, and when she said nothing he began to open his mouth to speak.

But no words came from Kal. His lips were only slightly parted when he froze, his blue eyes widening as he stared at Diana. An expression of comprehension dawned across his features and he gaped even more, but still he could not say anything.

It was in that moment of Kal's sudden change that Diana realized what it was he had come to understand. She froze herself, feeling more self-conscious and anxious than she ever had in her entire life. Diana breathed slowly and kept a straight face. She waited, her heart pounding.

She wasn't sure what Kal would do next. Would he act like he hadn't had a sudden epiphany? Diana chose to sit still.

Kal lowered his left arm slowly until his fingers ghosted Diana's leg; he rested his hand against her thigh, clenching at the fabric of her robe. Diana's cheeks heated as she realized that, while lowering his arm, Kal had moved closer. Her mind was buzzing. She began to lean in towards him as well. They paused, only centimeters from each other.

"Let me finish, Kal. You look like you're about to pass out any second."

He smirked. "Alright, Dr. Prince."

She raised her eye brow and laughed softly.

"There... I'm all done," she said, laying his arm down gently. "Let me put this away and I'll go get you a blanket."

Kal slightly nodded and watched her as she walked away and every move she made to coming back with an extra pillow and blanket.

"Here, Kal. I hope this is comfortable enough for you."

"Thanks, Di."

Diana placed the blanket over him. She sat on the edge of the coffee table watching him for a few more minutes. When she thought he was asleep, she gently caressed his cheek.

"Good night, Kal," she whispered.

She began to get up to go to her room, when she felt his strong hand grasp her wrist. Her eyes met his intense stare. His eyes were wide and earnest, his expression pleading.

"Wait. Don't go."

She smiled down at him and nodded.

Kal pulled her hand closer, kissing her palm. He then placed her hand gently over the middle of his chest. Diana's thoughts were knocked out of coherency by his actions. She sat back down but this time of the edge of the couch to reach with her other hand to caress his face.

"He's so handsome when he sleeps," Diana thought to herself.

Her attraction to Kal, first blooming when they first met 5 years ago, and had only grown as they formed the Justice League and partnered together majority of the time. It was like they were naturally in sync.

His personality charmed her, the way he talked intrigued her, and his passion for inspiring the world to be better moved her. Try as she might, Diana could not suppress her feelings and get him out of her mind.

They both felt it and knew the obvious attraction. Knowing the complications it might pose in regards to not only the rest of the League but also the entire world, they both silently chose to keep their feelings to themselves, admiring and longing for each other from afar. Sometimes they would catch each others' gazes lingering, noticing the signs.


Hours later: 9 AM

Kal's eyes shot open and he sat up abruptly. He looked around to see it wasn't a dream, he had stayed with Diana. On her couch of course.

"Kal?" Diana sat on the edge of the couch, looking at him with worry in eyes. "How are you feeling?"

"Hey...I'm actually feeling a lot better. I just forgot where I was. I mean I thought I was dreaming."

"You are really here with me, Kal." She touched his cheek. "But it's nice to know that you would dream about me," she said with a teasing smile.

Kal grinned boyishly.

"While you were asleep, I went out and got you a few things, however I didn't get any spare clothes."

"Thanks Di. And that's ok." He touched his siegel on his chest. "Not only contains my suit but regular clothes too."

"Ah, you surprise and impress me more and more." Diana stood up. "I'll have a bath drawn for you now. I know you said you are feeling better but a bath filled with the healing ointment still seems necessary."

"Whatever you think is best, doc," Kal grinned and stood up.

Diana's heart dropped. She couldn't look away from him, instantly enticed by the sight of him only in his briefs.

"Follow me, Kal."

With his shy boyish grin, he followed her into her bedroom. His mind and heart was racing never steping foot in her room before. It was quite lavish with mesmerizing burgundy and gold.

"This is nice, Diana."

"Thank you."

Walking into the bathroom, Kal was amazed with the large jacuzzi tub.

When Diana bent over, to turn the faucet on, Kal's body instantly reacted. Of all his years of his emotional and physical restraint, when it came to Diana, he could barely maintain.

She was so much of everything to him. She was so beautiful inside and out. She pushes him to be the better of himself. She gives him a broader perspective of life he could truly bask in without any self-doubt.

He wished he could tell her how he really felt about her. He has given more than enough obvious hints but to out right tell her was a much bigger step.

"It's normal for the ointment to make the water seem milky," she informed him.

When he didn't answer, she turned curious.

"Kal?...Kal?"

He blinked. "Um...what? I'm...I'm sorry, Di."

"Are you okay?"

"Yeah...yeah...I was just...thinking."

"About what?"

"Oh um...just everything I've done over the weeks."

Diana gave him a sympathetic smile. "Don't think. Clear your mind." She helped take off his bandages. "No surprise most of your bruises are already gone."

Kal breathes in slowly trying to keep his composure as Diana caressed his chest. Diana smirked as his muscles twitched beneath her finger tips.

"I'll be in the kitchen finishing making soup. Did you need anything else?"

"No...I'm good, Di."

Diana nodded and smiled up at him. "Okay."

As she walked away from him, Kal turned his head to watch her. He smirked and shook his head slightly, taking off his briefs.

He sighed as he sunk in the steaming hot bath water.


Meanwhile in the kitchen...

Diana hummed as she made their herbal soup. So many emotions has overcame her with Kal being here with her. To aid him in a way to show he means more to her than just her best friend, colleague and partner on the battlefield.

After about 15 minutes of not hearing anything, Diana decided to check on him.

"Kal, are you okay in here?" Diana questioned walking in.

"I'm fine." He answered back to her with his eyes closed.

She smiled seeing him so relaxed and she had to admit, how irresistibly sexy.

"I'm glad you're enjoying this," she said walking over to him.

"Yeah, this feels great!"

Diana sat on the edge of the tub.

"After training, my sisters and I would go to the fountains. Meditating and relaxing. It does wonders when you take the time for yourself."

Kal opened his eyes, looking up at her. He smirked.

"Alright, Di. I get what you're saying."

Suddenly becoming conscious of himself, Kal glances down to see gladly, his body was covered by the milky water.

"I don't mean to be pushy or anything..."

"You're not. Not at all. I really do appreciate everything. I'm taking all of what you're saying in."

She nodded. "Ok...well, I'll let you get out and dressed. The towels are there."

Again Kal watched her in a bit of a daze. The thoughts of truly being more with Diana continuously ran through his mind. Maybe now was the best time to tell her.


After he was dressed, Kal took a deep breath going into the living room but Diana wasn't there.

"Diana?" He called still hearing her heartbeat.

She wasn't in the kitchen either.

He then felt the breeze coming from the open patio door.

"Di?"

She was leaning over the balcony railing looking over the city.

Kal walked towards her and placed his hand on her hip, causing her to jump slightly.

"Oh, I'm sorry, Kal," she said turning to face him. "Sometimes, I too, get caught in a daze thinking over things." She saw that he was wearing a plain white Tshirt and jeans. "Comfy?"

Kal smiled and nodded. "Definitely feeling rejuvenated. I can take on 50 chimerataurs," he said cracking his knuckles.

Diana laughed.

"What's funny?"

"It's chimeras and minotaurs. Two separate beasts."

"Ah...well...yeah that's what I meant..." he laughed. "I'll take on 50 to 100 each!"

Diana couldn't stop laughing and shook her head. "I'm really glad you are feeling much better. I know that the sun is giving you even more energy now, too." Her expression the changed to be more serious. "Last night, though, seeing you covered with bruises and barely able to stay awake frightened me."

"I'm alright now, Diana. All thanks to you." Then looking into her eyes, he sighed and took her hand, gently slipping his fingers through hers. "I'm such an insensitive idiot. You've done so much for me but I haven't asked if you were okay...made sure you got sleep last night."

She smiled, shaking her head and reached to caress his cheek.

"You aren't an insensitive idiot," she couldn't help but giggle. "I'm not the one that has been going on nonstop missions as well as deadlines. I'm fine, Kal."

"But you have the Embassy, volunteering at the University, charity and gala events, classes with Hessia at her dojo, and your family, the Amazons and Gods."

"When you list everything, it does seem like a lot but I've learned to prioritize as much as I can. No matter how much I want to keep going, it won't do any good with a tired mind and body."

Kal placed his other hand around her waist and slowly lowered his head so that their foreheads met. He peered into her beautiful eyes.

"Diana, you told me I didn't have to go through things alone. You don't either. I'm right here with you. I'm always right with you to listen, to comfort, take care of you...whatever you need."

"You know, an insensitive idiot would never say such things. But a man of honor, humbleness, kindness, and respect, that's who you are."

Their bodies were so close, Diana wasn't surprised that not only can he hear her heartbeat but feel it racing at the fact that they are such close proximity.

Kal pulled her into a warm and tight embrace. Diana's arms wrapped about his shoulders. Her fingertips curled and pressed into the back of his neck. Kal slowly closed his eyes, savouring the wonderful tingling sensation her touch evoked. He lost himself in the overwhelming love he felt for the goddess in front of him.

And then she withdrew, slightly breathless with her cheeks heated. But she noticed something in his eyes.

"What's wrong, Kal-El?"

Looking into her eyes, that never failed to captivate him, Kal was struck at her understanding, how she was able to see his truth.

He sighed. "I...I don't...deserve you..." he tried to tell her, looking into the gorgeous face he loved with all his heart. He felt a pang in his heart at just how beautiful, how perfect she was.

"What?!" Diana immediately held on to him tighter. "What do you mean?"

"I had made the decision to tell you how I truly feel about you...about us. Tell you how much I love you. Tell you that I'm deeply in love with you and I'm grateful for you. But..." he looked away from her. "I've realized...you deserve so much more than me."

"Kal, look at me."

She moved a hand to his cheek, causing him to inhale sharply at her irresistibly soft touch.

"Look at me, please."

He looked at her seeing the tender look on her face.

"That's very far from the truth and you know that," she uttered softly, grabbing a fistful of his hair with her other hand. "You are a man of the purest intent. 6 years of being in man's world, so many men thinking they could ever even attempt of a chance with material things. But you, Kal...your heart means so much more to me."

Kal now felt his heart pounding as Diana drew closer and closer.

"My darling Kal-El, you've shown how worthy of a man you are thousands of times over. No one else can make me feel the way you do. You must know, you've had my heart and I'm in love with you, too."

Her lips hovered right in front of his, parting and her eyes closing slowly. His lips parted and his eyes brimming with the same desire she had been enduring for years.

If it's even possible, their hearts started to beat faster as they leaned forward. Diana tilted her head slightly and their lips meet in a kiss, their first kiss. She sucked on his bottom lip, eliciting a groan from him. Her tongue followed closely after, and he couldn't help but savour the enticing taste that was uniquely Diana.

Panting slightly, Diana pulled back to stare deep into his eyes with those entrancing cerulean orbs, and he dammit was she was the most breathtakingly beautiful woman he had ever laid his eyes on. Silence filtered between them.

Diana gently held his face in place as she continued to lock his eyes with her gaze, silently telling him how much he meant to her. Kal looked as if he wanted to speak to her; his face was overcome with an expression of extreme tenderness.

With locked gazes, they knew they were already beyond the point of no return. They've held these feelings inside for so long, they just can't keep it to themselves anymore. What they feel for each other is too precious for that.

Kal desperately needed to express more of his love for the vision of perfection before him, pouring all those emotions he was unable to vocalise into another, soul-searing kiss. He felt Diana smirk against his lips.

They were completely lost in the kiss. At that moment, as their tongues gently explore the others mouth, they never wanted to leave the safety and security that their embrace and kiss was giving.

"Say it again," Diana whispered, resting her palms on his chest as they finally pulled apart for air.

Kal pressed a kiss to her forehead. "I love you, Diana."

Diana smiled proudly. "I love you, too, Kal-El. Don't you ever doubt yourself when it comes to me and what we have."

Kal nodded and pulled her with him to sit on one of the chaise lounge. Diana laid with him, her head gently on his shoulder as Kal wrapped his arms around her and she relaxed against him.

"I just want you to have the best of the best. Everything you want and deserve," he said as he kissed the top of Diana's head.

Diana raised her head to look at him. "And I want that for you as well. And together, we give each other all of that and more."

She leaned forward and pressed her lips against his in a long very passionate kiss; both content to spend the rest of the morning nestled in the warmth of the sun and one another.