To Be Or Not To Be Worthy
This story was suppose to be a oneshot but has ended up being more...
"Hmm...?" Eros, the god of Love and Desire, paced back and forth looking down at the scrying pool.
"What are you looking at? Creating some mischief, cousin?" Strife, the Goddess of chaos and discord asked.
"Mischief?" Eros raises his brow. "No, that's your job. My job is to set love right."
Strife rolled her eyes. "Yuck. You are such a softy. Where is the fire? The dangerous passion?"
"Your sister is hiding her passion."
"Who in hades name are you talking about?"
"Pft. She is nothing special."
Strife was the daughter of Zeus and Hera, making her Diana's half sister and Eros, their cousin.
Eros raised his brow. "Jealous, Strife?"
"Of her?! Please!" She paused for a moment. "But who is the good girl hiding from?"
"She and this Kryptonian, Kal-El, they are walking on a tight rope."
Strife grinned. "Then why don't we help them a bit. Challenging that hidden passion. It will be fun to watch unfold."
Strife moved closer to Eros nudging his shoulder and played with his hair.
Eros frowned and pushed her away.
"I don't need your help."
"Yes you do. You know you do. Don't you want to know if this godly creature from another world is worthy of your precious beloved little cousin?"
Eros stared at her then sighed rolling his eyes annoyed. "What's the plan?"
Strife smiled deviously. "Oh this will be so much fun..."
WatchTower: War Room
"Kal, pay attention. If there is ever a time you find yourself powerless, you need to be prepared."
"Diana, I appreciate your concern but I've taken that into consideration," he smiled. "I've trained before."
"But you haven't been trained by me."
Kal laughed. "Ok, Di, I'm ready for whatever you got for me."
Diana arched her brow. "Simulator initiate"
The room turned of red.
"Wha-?" Kal looked around.
"I asked Vic to give this room a few upgrades for us all. Are you ready?"
Diana ran at him and began swiping her fists at him, hitting into his arm as he moved his arms, blocking her. Her eyes narrowed as she dipped down and swung her leg across his ankles, making him fall back before he was hopping back onto his feet. Kal dodged her once more before taking her arm and swinging her over his head, hitting her back on the mat. He looked down at her and grinned.
"You aren't joking around."
"I never do when it comes to this."
"How was that, though?"
"You block too much." Diana stood up. "We have a lot of work to do."
"How about when we finish with miniature boot camp, I take you out to dinner?"
Diana paused for a moment trying to hold back her smile. "We will see..."
Kal smirked as they lunged at each other again. They went on until Diana pinned Kal down on the floor. They were both breathing heavily staring at each other.
"Do it now."
"So about dinner?"
Diana still stared down at him and all of a sudden her facial expression had changed from amused flirtation to an absolute blank.
Kal frowned. "What?"
"I said no," she said sternly. "Don't ever ask me anything like that ever again." She quickly got up to walk out the room.
"Hey wait a minute, Diana? Diana?" Kal got up quickly and grabbed her hand. "Di, wait."
"I said no!" She quickly turned around punching him in his face knocking him back down to the floor."
Kal was shocked watching as she left the room. He sat there stunned and heartbroken.
Eros winced. "I felt that. Poor guy. Was that too much? It might have been."
"No...no. That was just enough. Let's just watch for now."
Diana's all of a sudden shift in attitude did not go unnoticed. She was not only cold to Kal but everyone she was around.
"Ms. Prince, are you alright?"
"I'm fine. Would you please leave me to my work. Cancel all meetings for the week."
"But you were anticipating Governor Ryan's meeting about the new sponsorship."
"Are you sure?"
"Are you questioning me, Nicole?"
"No-no ma'am. I am sorry. I will get on to the rescheduling right away."
"Who knew Princess Goody had it in her? I like this side."
"Don't get too excited, Strife. That's not what we are doing."
Strife rolled her eyes. "You know the way the humans describe you is much more fun than what you actually are."
"And what with that be?"
"A cute little baby with wings who shoots tiny heart arrows..."she teased laughing.
Eros scuffed and glared. "Oh, shut up. This is reality not ignorant human fantasies."
Metropolis DownTown Center Mall
"You imbeciles, stay back, I've got this," Wonder Woman told Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Batman.
"Man, I'm not sure what the hell is going on but Wondy needs to drop the attitude," Green Lantern said.
"I'm giving one warning...do not tempt her. Whatever is wrong, it's serious. I'm going to find out," Superman said.
Inside the Mall
He grinned evilly turning around. "Ah...Wonder Woman...Very kind to deliver yourself. I will quiet enjoy feasting on you."
Wonder Woman frowned gripping her lasso tighter.
She whipped it around, tying up Parasite. She slung him into a store window shattering it. She then slammed him into the floor.
"Wonder Woman, stop!" Superman yelled flying in.
She slammed parasite once again knocking him complete unconscious. She then took out her sword.
Superman grabbed her hand. "I said stop!"
She frowned at him. "You dare lay a hand on me, Kryptonian? I warned you!"
"Wait a minu-"
Wonder Woman punched him knocking him into a food court table.
"Oh shit!" Lantern said.
"Lantern, get Parasite. The rest of us will make sure everyone else is out."
Wonder Woman was about to kick Superman in his face until he grabbed her ankle and slammed her down.
"Let me go!"
"No! Not until you calm down!"
"Let me go!"
"I'm sorry but I won't! Not until you calm down, dammit!"
She stared into his eyes. "Well I sure as hell not sorry for this!"
Her eyes turned of blue lightening and all of a sudden there was a bright light and a blast. Superman went flying through the roof of the mall and landing in the parking lot.
"What the hell was that? What the hell just happened?!" Shazam questioned.
"Keep moving, kid!" Flash said.
Eros watched from the scrying pool horrified.
"This was not what I imagined. Was not my plan."
Strife tried to keep a straight face but was too highly amused. She let out a low snicker. Eros looked at her and glared.
"Do you have something to do with this? Why am I asking?! Of course you did! What did you do?!"
"You can't have all the fun. I don't think she will hurt her lover too much. But isn't that what you are trying to make clear? Sometimes love hurts and causes so much pain..."
Superman and Wonder Woman were still fighting...well Superman was mostly blocking. Wonder Woman threw a bolt of lighting.
"I am the daughter of Zeus, King of the Gods! You will pay for challenging me!"
"Di, this isn't you!" He could hear heart beating extremely fast. "Please, Diana, calm down. I know you are angry with me. But innocent people will get hurt. I know you don't want that."
Diana charged at him, punching him right in his jaw.
"You will die, Kryptonian..."
"Di...Diana...no..." Kal stuttered spitting up blood. "You wouldn't do this. This...This isn't you."
She kicked him in his stomach.
"You don't know me!"
It started pouring down raining. Superman tried to stand up but Wonder Woman kicked him back down.
"You are weak...pathetic..."
"I won't fight you, Diana. I refuse. I won't. Not like this. I know...I know you. This...this isn't...this isn't you."
She stared at him, her eyes blazing. But then all of a sudden, her eyes stared to soften, changing back to normal. Her heartbeat started slowing down.
"Kal?" She said in a soft sad tone.
Kal looked up at her, seeing the sadness and hurt on her face.
She then started falling unconscious. Kal caught her in the nick of time and cradled her in his arms and hugged her close.
"I'm right here, Di. I've got you." Kal looked at her and caressed her cheek. He was scared and heartbroken. "I'm going to figure out what's happening to you, okay? Everything is going to be alright."
"Oh aww! How disgustingly precious!"
Kal looked up to see Strife and Eros appearing in front of him.
"What are you two doing here?"
"Diana is under a spell. She-"
"She is losing her soul," Strife said adding fuel to the fire.
"What?!" Kal moved fast laying Diana gently down then grabbing Eros by his neck. "What the hell did you do to her?" He eyes turned red.
"If you don't let me go, creature, you will lose Diana forever and your own life," Eros threatened.
"If you don't get Diana back by having her fall in love with you again, she will never not only love you again but never love again at all and her soul lost forever."
Eros glanced at Strife not at all liking this at all. She went too far but this can not be changed.
"How can you do this?! Why?!" Kal questioned.
"Are you worthy of this challenge of Love, Kryptonian? Prove yourself."
They instantly disappeared.
Kal sighed, taking off his cape. Picking up Diana, he wrapped it around her, cradling her close again.
"Superman? Super...Clark? Clark, can you hear me?"
"I hear you, Bruce."
"What happened? Communications were offline. Come to the tower and-"
"I'm taking Diana home."
"She is unstable."
"I'll take care of her."
"Are you out of your mind? She tried to kill you! She will do it again!"
He glanced down at Diana.
"That's a risk I'm willing to take, Bruce. Superman out."
London: Diana's Condominium
Kal landed on Diana's balcony. She still hadn't woken up yet, which was really worrying him. He gently put her over his shoulder so he could open the door with her spare key she had under a flower pot.
When he opened the door and walked in closing it behind him, he carried Diana to her room. As he was about to lay her down on the bed, he was hesitant. He wasn't just going to leave her. He just couldn't.
Kal gently laid her down on the bed and took off her boots. He then was hesitant again but had to get her out her wet clothes. He slowly took her body suit off then covered her with the quilt she had on the bed. He took off his own suit, leaving him only in his boxers.
He cuddled close to Diana, holding her protectively. He caressed her cheek, gently rubbing his thumb back and forth and kissed her forehead.
"Diana, I can't lose you," he whispered. "I'm going to get you back. I will fight for you...for us."
He kissed her forehead once more, embracing her tighter as he closed his eyes listening to her heartbeat.