New Beginnings

I had to give this interesting story challenge a go! :)

Metropolis

"This is it. The war that ends all wars."

Wonder Woman stood proudly. Her heart racing.

"If today shall be my last, so be it. But I will not give up until the world is at peace. We've come too far now to let this destroyer of universes win."

Princess Diana of Themyscira came to Man's World 20 years ago to bring world peace. When she joined the Justice League, she made a decision to put her personal life and desires on the back burner. Deep down inside, there was a slight regret of not experiencing the joy of her own family to love but she could not let that distract her from her purpose and priority. The world came first no matter what.

She tensed when she felt a strong hand grab hers and gave a slight squeeze. She looked down to the hand, then looked up and smiled.

"Kal."

He smiled back.

Kal-El of Krypton, Superman, had fought along side Diana for all of these 20 years. He was her most trusted ally, her partner and her best friend. He was a man of honor and inspiration. A man she admired. A man she loved.

From the moment she met him, she knew he would be the one man she could trust the most, the man she could open up to and maybe...just maybe give her heart to. From all these years, they both knew and felt their feelings for each other had evolved but they couldn't give in even if they so desperately wanted to.

"Diana, I want you to know that...I don't know if this is our last day...but..."

"It won't be and I know."

Kal squeezes her hand tighter. "You're the most amazing woman I've ever known." He leaned over and kissed her temple. "Ready?"

"Of course."

"Lead the way."

The final battle lasted five long grueling days. The League fought valiantly and although there were still unfortunate casualties, they still made sure to get as many civilians as they could to safety.

Many heroes were barely hanging on to life, but they still fought, trying to stay strong. And with their combined efforts, finally, the evil was defeated.

Wonder Woman took a deep breath as she felt a comforting hand on the small of her back. She turned around and smiled.

"It's over," Kal said in a slight whisper.

She nodded. Tears streamed down Diana's face uncontrollably as she jumped into his arms embracing him. Kal wrapped his arms around her tightly.

"Yes...we did it. It's all over."

Raven imprisoned her father, Trigon, in Azarath.

Darkseid was gone never to be seen again. All other super villains were trapped in the phantom zone and human villains, were sentenced to a prison on an island, magically bordered.

By order of leaders from all countries, a world wide peace treaty was signed.

A few days later, rebuilding began, funerals and memorials were held as well as honor ceremonies.


Washington, D.C.

"Today marks the day of a new beginning. Although we have lost so many brave souls, we will not let their sacrifices be in vain. We shall honor them all everyday by standing strong together. To keep the peace and the brighter days," President ReneƩ Coleman stated.

Superman, Wonder Woman and other league members sat in the front row of the audience. Superman looked at Wonder Woman.

"Are you okay?" he asked lowly in a whisper.

She smiled and nodded.

Superman smiled back and placed his hand on top of hers.


After the honor ceremony, the League went back to the WatchTower to catch up on things.

"So how is Barry?"

"Iris said he is doing fine but still needs a lot of bed rest."

"Arthur's okay, Mera?" Dinah asked.

"Yes. Just have to keep him in check with his royal duties. And speaking of royal duties...Diana? How's your mother and sisters? I heard you had plans for the Embassy?"

"They're all fine. My mother will be coming here in two days, still contemplating whether she wants to stay here for a while."

"To live?"

"Yes. We are all in need of something new and that's what she wants. A new experience here. Travel."

"Uh...um...excuse me, ladies?"

The women turned around to see Kal.

"May I have a moment with Diana?"

Diana blushed while Mera and Dinah were grinning.

"Well of course you can, Clark," Mera glanced at Diana and slightly nudged her.

"She's all yours," Dinah smirked.

Kal smirked and took Diana's hand as they walked away.

"Will those two stop beating around the damn bush and just get together already?!" Dinah said.

Mera laughed. "They have been at this for a very long time. The hand holding, stolen looks and all."

"This is ridiculous. They should've been married like 10 or 15 years ago."

"Love is complicated."

"Oh I know that quite well with Ollie."

"Clark and Diana...it's something about them...their relationship...it's different from us all. I just hope they figure something out. There's no more excuses for why they won't just make things official."


Conference Room

"So, Kal, what is it you want to talk about?"

"It's been overwhelming these past couple of months. Now that things are slowing down getting back to as normal as it can, I wanted us to have a chance to get some down time together."

Diana smiled. "I would like that very much."

"So...dinner...tomorrow night?"

"Yes of course!"

"I'll make reservations early in the morning."

Diana leaned over and kissed his cheek. "Thank you. I've missed our time to just talk alone."

"Yeah. Me, too," he agreed pulling her into a hug.

Diana sighed lovingly wrapping her arms around his neck hugging him back tightly.

"It's late. Did you want me to take you home? You know, fly with you?"

"No, you go ahead and go home. I wanted some time to myself."

Kal kissed the top of her head. "I understand."

"You always do."


London

Diana quietly landed on her balcony. She opened the door and sighed, so glad to be home.

She first went into the kitchen and poured her a glass of wine. After taking a sip, she went to the bathroom and over to the cabinet to get her favorite soothing bath oil and soaps and filled the tub with nice hot water. While it was filling up she got undressed and poured the oil into the water. She swished it around in the tub and made sure the temperature was just right.

She turned the faucet off once it was full, then tied her hair up in a messy ponytail and eased her way into the relaxing water, sitting down until the water came close to just before her shoulders. She let out a sigh as she rested herself against the wall. For several minutes she simply sat there as her sore and tired muscles untensed, wishing that she never had to leave.

Finally, Diana had came to the realization that it was time for her to start the new chapter in her life. Her first priority had always been to change the world for the better, to bring peace. 20 years is a long time but being an immortal Goddess, there was a different perspective with time. Now that the mission has been accomplished, her personal desires she sacrificed and put on the back burner is her priority. Maybe just maybe it hasn't been too late after all.


The next day: Metropolis, Daily Planet

"Reservations for Kents, 8:00 p.m...yes...2..."

Lois Lane raised her brow upon hearing Clark on the phone. She walked up behind him still listening.

"Alright...Thank you...You have a nice day as well."

Clark grinned proudly hanging up the phone.

"Well Kent, you didn't tell me about making reservations."

He frowned, confused, turning around in his chair. "I didn't think I had to tell you."

"Oh so it was a surprise?"

"No."

"You made reservations to have dinner alone?"

"Dinner for 2 and if you just have to know, it's with Diana."

Lois paused for a moment. "Oh...I didn't know you two were dating. Finally, confirming the years of headlines and rumors."

"We're not. It's just dinner. Diana and I need to catch up on a few things."

"Oh really? That's what you are calling it? Kent, you are such a liar!"

"I'm not lying, Lois."

"You've kept the biggest secret from me...from all us for 20 years! What makes you think I would believe you now?"

"That's something totally different. My identity was to protect every one I knew or have come across even for a day."

"You can't say you aren't attracted to her."

"I never said I wasn't. I'm saying this is just dinner."

Lois rolled her eyes. "Whatever. Well then if it is just dinner as friends, I expect reservations to be made. You owe me?."

"For what? And I'm not promising anything. Sorry. But I could order you a pizza?"

Lois rolled her eyes again. "You've really changed, Smallville...for the worse."

Clark shrugged and turned around as Lois walked away.

It was true he has changed but for him it was for the better. He's matured and wasn't questioning himself or much of anything in his life anymore. He was more aware and more understanding and knew what he wanted. Being who he was, Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman, he has learned to embrace himself as a whole. For the longest time he felt he couldn't get too close to anyone but all of that has changed. He was ready to now settle down and share his life with that one special person. It took a whole hell of a long, but it was meant to be this way.


Later that night...8:05 p.m. Roma's Italian Restaurant

Clark sat at a table in a private corner. He took a sip of his water then looked at his watch. He was getting a bit nervous all of a sudden. It wasn't a date. It was just dinner for him and Diana to talk. He would be lying if he said he didn't wish this was more deep down, though.

"Kal?"

He turned around and smiled then his jaw dropped. "Woah." He quickly stood up, looking at her up and down. "Wow."

Diana blushed. She wore a red sexy sequined plunged cocktail party bodycon dress.

"As always, you look very handsome."

Clark wore a charcoal wool blazer, navy v-neck sweater, white long sleeve shirt, and navy jeans.

"I try my best, Di."

Clark pulled out her chair for her.

"Such a gentleman. By the way, I'm sorry I was running a little late."

"Oh no. Don't ever apologize. I know how it is at the Embassy."

"Hi, I'm Dexter and I'll be your waiter for the evening. Would you like to start off with tonight's appetizer special?"

"Yes, why not?" Clark smiled at Diana. "That will give us a little more time to look over the menu."

"Ok! And drinks?"

"Two strawberry margaritas."

"Alright! Appetizer will be out momentarily," Dexter said as he walked away.

"This is so nice."

"Yeah but it's still a lot different now from when we used to have dinner."

"What do you mean?"

"Some people still tend to stare at us."

Clark and Diana glanced around.

"Well, it hasn't been a year yet since the identity reveal."

Clark chuckled. "I still can't believe it. What a day that was..."


Flashback: Metropolis Town Hall

Superman took a deep breath as he stood at the podium. He looked back and saw Wonder Woman smiling proudly at him and nodded encouraging him.

He turned and looked at the crowd. Cameras flashing constantly.

"Today is the day that will start an abundance of change. As you all know I am from planet Krypton. My Kryptonian name is Kal-El. My home planet was destroyed and by the saving grace of my biological parents, I was rocketed here to earth. I landed here as just a baby and was raised by loving people. I was raised to be as a normal child. I went to elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. I have an everyday job...my point is that outside of this uniform I do have a normal life...as normal as it can be, that is. 20 years ago, I made my presence known but only as Superman. Today, I have decided it's time to reintroduce myself." Superman took another deep breath. "My name is Clark Kent. I grew up in Smallville, moved here to Metropolis and got a job as a reporter for the Daily Planet."

Everyone in the crowd gasped, jaws dropped and mumbles erupted.

"Holy shit, Lois, this is huge!" Jimmy Olsen said.

Lois Lane for the first time in her life was at a loss of words.

"I know this is quite a shock. A lot of you will have questions and I believe that all I have to say will answer them. I hid my identity for this long because those who I have met in my life, I never wanted to be put in any danger. The world has evolved, has become more accepting so this is why I chose now to go public."

"You only?" A reporter asked.

"This was my decision. The rest of the League is here as support."

Just then, Wonder Woman stood up. "Diana Prince."

More mumbles erupted.

Superman quickly looked back.

"Barry Allen."

"Hal Jordan."

"Oliver Queen."

"Dinah Lance."

"Arthur Curry."

"Mera Curry."

"Ray Palmer."

"Carter Hall."

"Shiera Hall."

"Zatanna Zatara."

"Mari McCabe."

Every member stood and proudly announced their names and finally the last member stood...

"Bruce Wayne."

Diana walked toward Kal to the podium. Kal stepped aside for her to speak.

"Princess Diana of Themyscira. I am also the Ambassador of the Themyscira Embassy. We, the Justice League, have committed our lives to protect each and every being, all around the world. Our mission has been to make not just this world but the universe to come to peace, to embrace all life and to better for the generations to come."

Flashback End


"Do you have any regrets, Kal? I know how much you cherished your privacy."

"Sometimes but the right choice was made."

"Mom! Dad! That's Superman and Wonder Woman!" A boy yelled out happily.

"Javier. Hush."

Javier jumped out his sit.

"No. Sit back down."

"Please! I want to say hi."

"I said no."

Javier slumped back in his chair and folded his arms pouting. When his mother turned her head however, for just a second, Javier eased out his sit and hurried over to Clark and Diana.

"Hi!" he said eagerly.

"Well hello, how are you?"

"You're Superman! And you're Wonder Woman!"

"Yes that's right," Clark and Diana said in unison smiling.

"Javier, did you wan-" his mother quickly stood out of her chair. "Javier!" She then sat down embarrassed. "I'm so sorry," she whispered.

Clark waved and smiled. "It's fine."

"Your sword is so cool!" Javier said to Diana. "Can you still shoot lasers out of your eyes?!" he asked Clark.

"I sure can! Watch this." Clark took an unused saucer and started lasering something onto it.

Diana giggled softly seeing how Clark was really concentrating.

"Alright. I think I did pretty good. How is this, Di?"

He turned the saucer around to show her how he lasered their symbols.

"That's amazing!"

Kal grinned proudly and showed Javier. "Here ya go."

Javier gasped and jumped up and down. "Oh cool! Thank you!"

"Javi, come on. Let them finish their dinner."

"Mom, look what Superman gave me!"

"That's very nice!" She looked back at them. "Thank you."

"Not a problem."

"That was very sweet of you, Kal."

"One of the reasons why I don't regret the decision of going public."

As they finished dinner, they talked more and shared laughs but Clark noticed Diana was all of a sudden really deep in thought.

"Something's bothering you, Di?"

"Oh no." She looked at him then giggled.

"What is it?"

"You have a little something on your cheek."

"Oh."

Diana took the napkin and leaned over the table to wipe his face. She couldn't break away from his gaze.

"Did you get it?" Clark asked breaking the silence.

Diana nodded as she sat back down.

"How about we get going and get you home? You look tired."

Diana nodded again still smiling softly at him.


London: Diana's Condominium

The flight here was quiet. Kal noticed Diana still had something on her mind and he needed to know. He wasn't going to stop asking until she told him.

"Only you would fly miles with me home."

"It didn't take us long. See that's the good thing about our ability to fly. We can go as fast as we want to and it actually doesn't even seem like it but most importantly...no traffic."

Diana looked back at him to see his goofy grin and bursted out laughing.

"What? I'm being totally honest and serious."

"Still was amusing."

"I'm happy I can make you laugh, Di."

They walked inside and went to the living room to sit on the couch. Diana leaned against Clark. Clark smiled and adjusted himself for Diana to be comfortable.

"Ok, we are completely alone now. Want to tell me what's been on your mind?"

Diana was hesitant then sat up, looking into his eyes.

"Di, come on."

She sighed. "When I was a little girl still living on Themyscira, all I wanted was to explore the outside world. Then arriving here, I joined the League. I made the decision that my duty as Wonder Woman and Ambassador comes first. I put my personal life to the side for so long and now it can be. I'm still in disbelief."

"I know it's an adjustment not getting any emergency calls. I'll be honest, I always anticipate it. But yeah, it's not too late for what you want personally."

"I want to have a baby."

Kal smiled. "I'm happy for you and I want you to have any and everything that makes you happy. You deserve it all, Di. I know you will be a great mother."

"I want you to be the donor for the child," she stated calmly.

Kal looked at her surprised and his heart jumped.

"You want...wait...you want me to what?!"