Closer

Club Odyssey

Clark walked into the club and headed straight to the VIP area.

"The top deck needs more work for sure. I want it to have that professional yet relaxing and chill vibe during the day but at night, sexy and romantic," Tiffany said.

"Hey, excuse me, Tif."

"Hey, Supersexy, your sexy wife is with Geno helping with Friday night's playlist mix."

"Thanks."

"Is everything okay?"

He gave a reassuring smile. "I'm doing my best to make sure it will be."

Tiffany smiled and nodded. "Go get your girl."

Clark went to the DJ booth. He couldn't help but smile seeing Diana so focused with the music with Geno teach her how to work the mixer. He remembered the time he took her to a music festival, dancing and singing all night. Hearing her singing around the apartment or in the shower. He miss those times and hope more than ever that after all of this, they could get back to that. It won't be the same but it will be all the more cherished.

"Man, you see this? I might be out of a job soon. I don't think this was my best idea," Geno joked to Clark.

Diana looked up with her gorgeous smile. "Clark? What are you doing here?"

"Hey, Di. Geno, she just has a way of picking up on things. Natural talent."

Diana blushed and kissed Clark's cheek. Diana then noticed his look of worry.

"What's wrong?"

"Let's go talk in private."

"Oh...ok?" Diana turned back to Geno. "The list is done. Tiffany won't give you any trouble this time."

"Thanks, Diana!"

Diana latched onto Clark's arm as they walked back to their private room.

As Diana sat down, Clark closed the door and sighed.

"Kal? Kal, what's wrong?"

"Has Martin Welman tried to get into contact with you? Any messages sent to he embassy?"

"No, why?"

"He approached Lois and Jimmy yesterday. Jimmy said he was bringing up things about the League, specifically targeting you. Bruce confirmed he has been behind all of this but still can't get a location."

"I don't understand what he wants from me. He knows who I am as Ambassador and clearly knows I'm Wonder Woman. But, what does that matter?"

"There's a lot we're missing but for now we know who to watch out for. What about Steve and Etta? The checkmate archives? There has to be something."

"I'll give them a call on way to the Tower."

"Yeah, let's go. Bruce is waiting for us now."


WatchTower

"So this old man Welman is salty because Wondy won't go on a date with him? Seriously all this for a date?"

"It's way more than that, Billy."

"What is it else other than a midlife crisis. Don't worry Big Blue, as soon as we find this geezer, I'll be your back up for pulverizing him."

"We're not going that far. He is waiting for us to take some kind of drastic rash step and make a wrong move."

"I've got Checkmates data archives now. Seems like Welman is trying to form his own team."

"But what does that have to do with me? We've faced bad guys forming their own teams countless of times."

"But none of them have such close connections to nationwide officials."

"So he wants to exploit my Ambassador position?"

"That seems to be part of the goal."

The emergency alarm went off.

Just then Lantern came through on the monitor.

"Lanterns got into a little disagreement with the sector needing help. Practically banned, specially Tomar-Re and Kilowag. Blue, going to need you to handle this."

"Lantern, I-"

"Go, Kal," Diana said placing her hand over his.

Kal took her hand and stood up.

"We need a moment alone."

Diana stood up and followed him out the the hall.

"Kal?"

"Diana, I can't leave you right now."

"Hal and the lanterns need you. I'll be okay. I'll stay here for the night."

Clark sighed and took her hands in his.

"I don't know how long I'll be gone."

Diana smiled. "You are always so protective of me."

"Because that's what I'm suppose to do, Diana. I'm always going to be protective of you, especially with being your husband. It feels like I'm leaving in a very tough time again when you need me the most. I told you I wouldn't do that again."

"You aren't leaving me. This isn't like that, Kal. We have responsibilities. Go and you'll be back with me before you know it," she smiled.

Kal leaned over planting a gentle kiss on her forehead then raised her hand and kissed her ring.

"Be careful, Diana."

"I'll be fine. It's you that needs to be careful." Diana kissed his cheek letting her lips linger close to the corner of his mouth.

They went back into the conference room.

"Alright, Lantern, send the location. I'll be on my way."

"Don't worry, Big Blue. We can handle things here. Old geezer won't know what's coming!"

"Thanks, Billy."

Kal kissed Diana's ring again and cheek. "I'll be back."

Diana smiled, nodding slightly and kissed his cheek.

"Those two totally need to just make it official official...again...already," Billy whispered to Barry.

"They're working on it. It takes time. You'll understand when your older."

"Why is that always the go to thing to say...when I'm older..."

"You'll understand that, too."

4 days had passed. Diana kept herself busy with the Embassy, night class lectures with Julia, and her heroic duties.

She anticipated the moment Kal would be back home...to her.

That made her heart flutter. To think, to know he would come to her as her husband. Even if they weren't their intimately yet, they were in a place mentally and emotionally still taking those small steps.


Another Day Later...

Wonder Woman, as a fireball was launched at civilians still running, she leapt in front of them as the massive orb of fire closed in on them, taking the attack head on.

The attacker, Anwir, demon of deceit and chaos, laughed at the sight. "What are you doing? It's not as interesting if I make you a pile of ash first."

As the fire dissipated, Anwir's eyes widen.

"You don't know me at all." Diana lunged at him.

Anwir smirked. "Oh...you're one of those? This should be interesting..."

"I will send you back to the deepest depths of Tartarus, demon!"

They clashed relentlessly neither seemed to be giving up.

Anwir was naturally unafraid of most opponents, and most, could not hope to match him in terms of power.

Wonder Woman heaved and wiped the blood off the corner of her mouth.

"You are an impressive fighter. You've fought valiantly. But now it's time for you to die!" Anwir shouted.

Wonder Woman then took off her gauntlets and her eyes started to glow of lightning blue, he felt a shiver go down his spine.

"Impossible!" he thought. "A woman wouldn't have this much power! This is a trick. Has she been holding back this entire time?"

Shaking off the nervous feeling he had, he looked back at his opponent.

"Anwir, I have a confession to make."

He raised an eyebrow in confusion and curiosity.

"I am Diana of Themyscira. Princess of the Amazons. Daughter of the Amazonian Queen, Hippolyta, and the King of Olympus, Zeus."

Out of nervousness, Anwir launched a fireball at Diana, but it was stopped in its tracks by Diana's palm and faded from existence.

"You see, Anwir, I warned you." She slowly started to walk toward him. "I don't usually have to use this power but I will if a must."

Anwir actually backed away slightly out of fear as he could sense her power level increasing.

"Now, allow me to show you the gates of the underworld!"

Leaping into the air, Wonder Woman was surrounded in a blue light that was comforting to those below her until it expanded and grew even brighter.

"Wh-what is this power?!" Anwir, who felt he could not help but to despair at the strength his opponent showed.

"Now you know, Demon..."

Anwir shook his head in disbelief. "What the hell are you!?" Unfortunately, he chose that moment to blink, and in that split-second, Diana had appeared before him and flicked him on the forehead, sending him flying straight into a wall with no effort.

"I am the Goddess of War."

Suddenly, Anwir felt himself grow extremely weak.

"Wh-what did you do!?"

Wonder Woman was about to say something, but was interrupted when a fireball was sent straight at her.

Though, the fireball simply faded from existence while Anwir struggled to even stand.

"I've told you who I am and what I am. You were foolish to underestimate me." Wonder Woman flew over to him. "Now...as I said...back to the depths of Tartarus with you!"

A few seconds after that, a resounding boom was heard as Wonder Woman kicked Anwir straight down into the ground creating a crater.

Anwir tried to move but Wonder Woman stepped over him and stabbed him right in the middle of his chest. Wonder Woman watched as he slowly started to fade away.

She let out a deep breath as her power level started to level out. Just as she was about to collapse from exhaustion, she was caught and being held up by strong arms. She looked up and smiled weakly.

"Kal."

"Hey, Di. I'm sorry I wasn't here sooner."

"You were on a different planet, stopping what could've led up to an intergalactic war."

"Yeah... and I knew you could handle this but still."

"You're here now. That's all that matters." She embraced him. "I...I missed you."

"I missed you too, Di. Come on, let's get home."

"What about-"

"Barry, Billy and Arthur are on their way to help."

Diana smiled again nodding slightly.

"Wonder Woman?"

She and Kal turned to see a young girl with her parents.

"Thank you for saving us from the monster man! I want to grow up to fight just like you!"

Wonder Woman smiled proudly. "You already have the heart of an Amazon being so brave."


Metropolis: Clark Kent's Apartment

Diana breathed in and sighed as Kal closed and locked the door.

"You sure you aren't hungry, Di? I can tell you haven't eaten all day."

"Maybe I'll get something after I take a shower."

Kal nodded. "I'll see what I can get for you."

"Thank you. How are you feeling, Kal?"

"4 and half days of being a mediator and dealing with Jordan and the Lanterns again. I'll take fighting in Tartarus over that. I'm really glad to be home."

Diana laughed softly. "I'm glad your home, too."

Diana kissed his cheek before going to the bedroom.

Kal was just so sweet and he had the most irresistible pleading expression. He loved doing things for Diana even when he doesn't have to. And that's why she loves him.

Diana turned on the shower. After tying her hair up into a messy bun, she strip off her clothes and step into the shower. She sighed as the steaming hot water slid down her body, massaging her back.

She allowed the hot water be that comfort to melt away the stress and tension. She closed her eyes for a moment thinking back on her battle with Anwir. She kept her composure, remained focused, but inside, in her subconscious, something frightened her. She never wanted to have to resort to using her god power, but at that critical moment, she didn't have a choice.

Finally, Diana shut off the water and step out of the shower to dry off. She removed her hair tie and let her hair tumble down from the bun it was in. The mirror in the bathroom is steamed up and she wiped away the condensation, enough to give her a view of her face. She saw her reflection stare back at her. In that moment, her vision blurs slightly and she shook her head to try to get her focus back.

She walked out the bathroom to get dressed.

"Di?"

The towel she had wrapped around her body began to slip off and she quickly grab for it to hold it up to her bare chest. She blushed looking to see Kal standing at the bedroom door.

"I just wanted to check and make sure you are okay?"

"Oh...yes. I'm sorry for taking so long. The water just helps with relaxing."

"No, no. You know I understand. I just still wanted to make sure, and to ask did you want to share half a sandwich with me? I'll put extra banana peppers on your half."

Diana smiled. "I can't say no to that. Thank you, Kal."

He smiled back and walked away back to the kitchen.

No more than 10 minutes later, Diana was dressed wearing a velvet red rose color lingerie bralette shorts pajama set.

She walked out of the room going back to the kitchen and sat in one of the bar stools.

"Here you go," Kal said putting the plate in front of her.

"Thank you."

"Who was that you were fighting earlier?"

"Anwir. Demon from the underworld. Probably one of Strife's doings."

"Oh. Nothing from Welman?"

"Vic and Bruce are still trying to find his location. They believe even clues found are intentional and traps being set."

"We'll just be as cautious as we can be."

Diana nodded taking a bite of the sandwich. "Ok...so maybe I did need this."

Kal chuckled. "Told you. Just a little something, Di. You don't need to go to bed on an empty stomach."

After they finished eating and Kal washed the saucers, Diana was heading to be.

She kissed his cheek. "Thank you again, Kal, for all that you do for me."

"Of course. I'm always going to protect you. I've had some missteps. But I'm learning from them."

"We have both had missteps, both learning. We are in this together."

Kal smiled and nodded slightly.

"Good night, Kal."

"Night, Di."

Diana went back to the bedroom. She sighed and sat on the bed. She got up to pull back the covers and adjust the pillows. She laid down but couldn't get comfortable.

She sighed again and got out of bed and left out the room going to the living room.

She saw Kal sitting on the couch on his laptop.

"Kal?"

"Yeah, Di?"

He paused as he put his laptop on the coffee table and looked at Diana.

"What's wrong?"

"I..." she stopped and shook her head. "Never mind. I didn't mean to interrupt."

"No, you didn't interrupt anything. Come here and talk to me," he smiled.

She was still a bit hesitant but sat next to him.

Kal wrapped his arm around her shoulders.

"Tell me."

"The battles don't get any easier. We have to make choices. Today...I did just that. But I don't want to lose myself within a battle...within using that kind of power."

There was a moment of silence.

"Look at me, Diana."

When she looked at him, he saw a bit of sadness and worry in her eyes. He caressed her cheek.

"You will never lose yourself. You're too strong within your heart and mind for that to ever happen. I know how you feel. Having this unlimited power, trying to be careful. But you've helped me. I'm here to help you." He moved strands of her hair out of her face. "You know you can trust me."

"You're such a good man, Kal."

"I...I try my best."

"This is trying your best?" Diana shook her head. "I don't know what else you can do to top this."

"That means a lot coming from you."

"Me? Why?"

"Because you're very special. Very special to me. In addition to being your husband, I have to do everything I can."

They stared into each other's eyes for a moment.

Kal so tempted to kiss her irresistibly luscious lips.

Diana blushed and laid her head on his shoulder. As Kal continued to gently caress her hair, she closed her eyes and started to drift off to sleep being soothed by his gentle caress.

"I love you, Diana," he whispered.

She probably didn't hear him but he had to say it. Maybe he'll find the right moment to tell her out loud.


Somewhere in an undisclosed location...

"She's perfect isn't she? Beautiful, powerful...a true Goddess that can help lead our vision, Mr. Cizko," Martin smirked.

Edgar Cizko, most notably Doctor Psycho, scuffed. "She'll be under our, the men, control as she should be. For far too long, the snooty Princess has been brainwashing these fools into the wrong direction. We will course correct. The Justice League will be our pawns." Doctor Psycho raised his brow. "That look, Martin, don't worry. You will have your chance to have your way with her."


Metropolis: Clark Kent's Apartment

Kal took a deep breath as he woke up. He stretched as much as he could moving carefully not to wake Diana who was still asleep on top of him.

He smiled and ran his fingers through her hair.

This was the biggest step for him and Diana. For her to be so comfortable laying on top of him, asleep in his arms.

He can remember their nights like this after a long mission, they would just crash on the couch or falling asleep during movie night.

"Mmh...Kal?"

He looked down taken by surprise. "Yeah, Diana?"

"Mmhh... I just...you're here..." she started mumbling incoherently in her sleep.

Kal smiled. "Yeah, I'm here. I'm not going anywhere."


The Next Morning...

Diana woke up to the smell of maple. She slowly rose up from the sofa.

"Morning, Di."

She looked up with a smile. "Morning, Kal."

Her heart fluttered, seeing him shirtless with jogger shorts on.

"Breakfast will be ready soon. I know the sofa wasn't either of our intentions but how'd you sleep?"

"It was actually quite comfortable," she blushed and then pointed. "You should go check on the food."

"Oh, yeah...dammit...right."

Diana giggled as Kal dashed back to the kitchen.

She got up and took a deep breath. Morning shower and breakfast. Just like old times. Though, they would've taken a shower together and breakfast would've been served in bed after they've made love. Gods, how she's missed that so much.

She looked at her ring. What the hell does this suppose to mean. Sure they've gotten closer than ever since their break up, but there was still some kind of hesitation not to go too far, not just yet.

Diana went back into the kitchen sitting at the counter in the bar stool.

"Breakfast is served," Kal said with a smile.

"Thank you. This looks lovely and the smell is so alluring."

"Anything for you, Di," Kal smiled pouring a class of apple juice.

"I pray to the Gods we will find Welman."

"We will. I promise."

"What about Lois? She will run a story regardless."

"Don't worry about her either. Perry sure as hell won't let it happen."

"Isn't this all a conflict of interest?" she asked raiding her eye brow.

"We've kept things separated as much as we could. But in some instances, it was maybe a bit too much...maybe not enough. It's trying to find balance. Some things go so fast not even with super speed can help catch up sometimes."

"Its the way of life, though, drastically more complicated for us."

Kal put his hand on top of hers.

"We will make the best out of all of this, Diana," he said with such sincerity.

She smiled. "I know. I trust you."

They stared at each other for what seemed like forever until Kal's phone reminder went off.

"Ah, damn," Kal said slightly shaking his head.

"What's wrong? Who is that?"

"Just a reminder for a meeting at the Planet." Kal sighed. "I sort of forgot and would much rather not go."

Diana smiled. "Go ahead, Kal. I have to call Etta and Steve then go meet up with Hessia for her class."

He smiled and within seconds he was dressed with his laptop bag over his shoulder.

Diana stood up and straightened his collar.

"You look quite dashing, Mr. Reporter."

He kissed her cheek then took her hand and kissed her ring.

"Don't hesitate to call me."

"I know."

Diana returned a kiss to his cheek letting her lips linger for a few seconds longer.

"Have a good meeting, Kal."


Daily Planet

Clark Kent walked into the quiet conference room. All eyes on him.

"Kent! You're back! Was starting to think you quit without notice," Perry said.

"Sorry, Sir. A lot of... personal things have been coming up. But still reached deadline," Clark said as he handed Perry his paper.

Perry frowned slightly taking the papers then upon reading only half of the first page, his eye brows raised surprised.

Lois scuffed and rolled her eyes.

"Well I'll be damn! Good work, Kent!"

"Thanks, Sir."

"You see, hard work and dedication to get the big stories. No excuses."

"Chief, I've busted my ass for years. I know what hard work and dedication is," Lois protested standing up.

"Yes, I know, Lois, but I'm not going to disregard the fact that you've been slacking lately. Even Olsen was able to get a big scoop."

"I've got a story I'm following. It's going to be worth it for sure."

She glanced and narrowed her eyes at Clark.

2 hours later after the meeting...

Lois walked up to Clark's desk.

"What have you done to be gone for almost a week, a report conveniently on hand. Trying to find a way to cover up for Mrs. Perfect? I knew there was something she was hiding. No way someone is that nice and squeaky clean."

"Lois, you don't know her. Diana has done nothing wrong and I told you to stay away from Welman."

"Why? To keep your wife's precious dirty secrets? I really didn't think you were that type, Kent. I mean with you acting like a sad loner, I thought maybe you had some weird internet fetish."

"Look, Lois, I understand if your angry and hurt."

"Hurt? Hell no! You were the one that seemed like some sad hurt puppy."

"Well whatever you are feeling, I'm sorry. I've made a lot of mistakes. I should've been honest about not being over Diana but it was all very complicated. Everything was and still is going so fast."

"Having a shot gun wedding seemed to have been a conscious choice. Are you bored now?"

"What? No! I love Diana. I lost her once because of some petty interferences, I won't let that happen again. I just hope that we can remain civil."

"You're an undercover sleaze, Kent."

"Lois, I said I was sorry. I'm not sure what else you want me to do or say. You said it yourself, you felt pity for me thinking I never had a relationship let alone a serious one. But what is it? Is it because it's Diana? If she was truly any other woman you wouldn't care, right?"

"Get over yourself. I don't care who she is. It's the fact that you lied!"

"I never lied about anything. You never asked and I was never obligated to talk about anything. But now you know and everyone else knows. It should've been that way from the start." Clark stood up from his chair closing his lap top and placing it in his bag. "Your new friend Welman is the one you should be calling a sleaze. Watch your back, Lois. You don't know what you are getting into."

"It's my job. I do what I damn well please to get the truth. If your wife is as perfect as you are claiming, there's nothing for you to worry about. Plain and simple. I don't have to worry about anything. I have Superman waiting for my call."

Clark shook his head slightly. "Sure... I gotta go."

Clark left the Planet heading to Gotham.


Gotham: Batcave

"Bruce, we need to find this asshole fast."

Bruce quirked his brow turning in his chair. "This is serious for you to come in here with that kind of talk."

"Lois is hellbent on trying to find something on Diana. Something Welman will try to plant or even finding out her identity."

"Which will lead to all of us exposed."

"I won't let that happen."

"Your walking a tightrope, Clark."

"I can fly right over it, Bruce. I'm not giving up. The League will be protected but my main focus is Diana."

Bruce smirked. "You really do love her."

"I do and I'm doing my damnedest to show her how much. How committed I am. You know how that feels when it comes to Selina."

"Hm."

"I don't know what will happen after this trial is up but, I don't want it to be the end of us. This is our second chance. I'm not messing this up. Diana will be my wife and we will have the family we talked about."

Bruce slightly nodded. "You have my support."

Meanwhile...Hessia's Dojo

"We slept on the sofa together. It wasn't intentional but it was nice. Brought back memories."

"So you're moving forward with giving a serious relationship another try?" Hessia asked.

Diana smiled. "Yes. I love him and every moment spent with him, there's this indescribable feeling that I never want to go away."

Hessia smiled. "Follow your heart, little Goddess."


Later that night: Clark Kent's Apartment

Kal was just putting the finishing touches on their dinner plates.

"It's amazing to watch you make your way around the kitchen and everything laid out so perfectly. The presentation of every dish is so exquisite!" Diana gushed.

"Thanks, Di!" He smiled proudly as he placed their plates on the table. "Here let me." He pulled out her chair for her.

"Such a gentleman."

Conversation was light as they ate. Kal making his usual jokes having Diana laugh uncontrollably or just talking about anything that came to mind. It didn't matter, they were just enjoying each other.

However, Diana felt something from Kal. He was a bit disturbed.

"Kal?"

"Oh...yeah... I'm sorry. What were you saying?"

"What's wrong? You haven't said anything about your meeting."

"The meeting was great. Perry was proud of my story. It's... what happened afterwards...with Lois..."

Diana frowned slightly. "She's still not very happy with either of us."

"I told her how I feel."

"Oh...?"

"I apologized and told her that I have made mistakes. I will own that. She wasn't trying to listen. Called me a sleaze and you Mrs. Perfect."

"Mrs. Perfect?" Diana questioned with a raised brow and laughed. "I'm not."

"I mean you are in the best ways possible."

Diana blushed.

"She believes we are hiding something that Welman knows."

"Well Welman does know our true identities."

"Yeah, there's that. But Lois thinks it's some kind of political scandal. I just told her she needs to watch her back with Welman." He put his hand on top of hers. "I also told her that you are my wife. I'm going to prove whatever she is thinking wrong."

"Kal..."

"We will get Welman."

She smiled. "You'll save the day as always."

"Not just me, Di. We are a team. We do this together as we always have."

Diana interlocked their fingers.

After dinner, Diana helped clear the table and as Kal was washing their dishes, she rinsed them placing them on the dish rack.

"I may not know my way around the kitchen as much yet, but I don't mind being your sous-chef for the time being."

Clark chuckled. "You'll be cooking better than me in no time. But I still will want to cook for you."

"Spoil me some more?"

"As much as I possibly can."

Diana smirked and bit her lip. She then leaned over and kissed his cheek.

"Goodnight."

He smiled. "Night, Di."


The two had gotten their showers and were getting ready for bed.

Diana, however, was contemplating. The conversation between her and Hessia kept replaying in her mind. She sighed and walked out of the bedroom to the living, seeing Kal laying on the couch.

"Kal?"

He sat up quickly. "Are you okay, Di?"

"Come to bed."

He looked at her surprised and stood up. Diana slowly walked towards him and grabbed his hand. Kal's only response was to hold her hand tighter.

Diana gave him a small reassuring smile before they quietly walked back to the bedroom.

They stayed silent getting into bed. Both just stared up at the ceiling not knowing if to say anything or move closer. Kal then turned his head to look at Diana. He could hear her heart beating rapidly.

Kal turned on his side and wrapped his arm around her. Diana looked at him, staring into his eyes as he was pulling her closer. Kal pressed a gentle kiss to her forehead. Diana relaxed in his embrace, closed her eyes and cuddled more into him, feeling the warmth of his body.

Within minutes, they were both comfortably asleep in each other's embrace.