Ever After

Chapter 1

Kyoko: (sobs) No, I don't own Justice League Unlimited. They do. ;.;

Terry: "They" who?

Agent Smith/Agents: (burst in through ceiling) We do.

Terry: Uh-oh…

Kyoko: Ah great, now I gotta go beat them up again. Take over, McGinnis. TALLY HO! (gets into dust-cloud fight with Agents)

Terry: - -;; This is the sequel to "Aftermath" so if you haven't read that yet, go back and read it. Post "For the Man Who Has Everything". See ya.

Diana awoke as she felt the bed move. She sat up, pulling the nest of covers around her body, and slid over to Bruce, who sat with a pained frown on his face.

"Bruce…what's wrong?"

"Couldn't sleep." He replied quietly. Her face softened and she scooted closer, sliding a hand over his, draping herself over his shoulder.

"Please. Tell me what's wrong."

He squeezed her hand and closed his eyes, taking a deep breath, and began to talk.

J'onn stared at the multiple monitors around him in the Womb of Watchtower II, carefully observing each Leaguer in their own separate battles. Superman entered from the elevator to check on the progress of the day's events.

"The tsunami on the western coast of Japan has been subdued. Booster Gold has been reported to be in stable condition. Parasite has been incarcerated." The green Martian stated as the Kryptonian took his place beside him silently.

"Good."

Supergirl and Flash came in; Flash sipping on his fifth cup of coffee.

"Stopped that avalanche in Maine for ya. Got any more assignments yet?" Flash asked, blowing on his coffee. J'onn shook his head.

"Not at the moment." His face flickered slightly with confusion.

"That's strange."

"What?"

"Batman has not reported in on Diana's status."

Flash spit out his coffee. The other three Leaguers turned to stare at the shocked look on his face.

"What's wrong?" J'onn questioned.

"He…he hasn't checked in yet?"

"Apparently not."

Flash glanced at Superman, trying to hide a smile. Superman's eyebrows shot up. He knew what that look meant.

"You don't think…?"

"Oh yeah…"

Supergirl blinked confusedly. "I don't understand. What's going on?" Flash couldn't hold in the grin any longer.

"I think Bats got a little tied up with something."

Diana slowly awoke, blinking at the light flooding in from morning. She lifted herself up on her elbows, rubbing her face sleepily and pushing the fallen hair away from her face. Her eyes widened.

The bed was empty.

She lowered her hand from her hair. Had it been a dream? A fantasy? She glanced under the sheets and noticed she was naked. It couldn't have been, evidently.

She turned as the bathroom door opened. Bruce Wayne emerged, wiping water from the back of his neck, button-up dress shirt halfway buttoned, tie looped around his neck. She blushed. Yep. It happened.

He paused as he realized she was awake and adopted an uncharacteristically nervous grin.

"Morning."

Alfred Pennyworth was dusting the Swedish vase when the telephone rang. He picked up.

"The Wayne residence, Alfred Pennyworth speaking?"

"Hey Alfred."

The butler's eyebrows rose ever so slightly.

"Mr. Kent, it's a pleasure to speak with you again. I trust your day is going well?"

"It's fine, thank you. Is Bruce in?"

The butler hesitated slightly and thought up an excuse.

"As of now, he is dressing. I shall tell him you called."

He heard the Kryptonian sigh, believing his story, and wiped his brow in relief.

"Alright. Thank you, Alfred. Take care."

"And you as well, Mr. Kent."

He hung up. Alfred went back to his dusting.

"I sincerely hope I get a raise for this."

Diana relaxed into a smile and replied, "Good morning."

Bruce turned towards the mirror, distractedly running a hand through his short, tousled hair.

"You should get dressed. It's almost ten o'clock. I've got a meeting at twelve."

She huddled in the sheets, a little crestfallen. Was this how it had to be? In and out and then goodbye?

Bruce noticed this and went to her, capturing her frowning mouth with a firm, comforting kiss. She sighed almost wistfully through her nose, amazed at how wonderful this man tasted, wondering why she hadn't done this years before. She was breathless by the time he pulled away.

"Diana…I know I've said a lot of things about us but…never think that I would use you like that. It may not work out the way we planned but…"

He cradled her face in his hand, gently kissing her forehead.

"I love you. Make no mistake of that."

Diana's smile returned.

"Thank you. I love you too."

Suddenly, the Amazon pulled on his arm, toppling him onto the bed. She grinned and leaned on his arm, raising an eyebrow.

"It's only ten o'clock. We've still got two hours…"

Bruce shook his head and kissed her.

Hippolyta snapped out of her vision, eyes as saucers, fear and horror clutching her chest like claws.

"My little sun and stars…what have you done?"

Kyoko: And there you go for chapter one, my peeps. Sorry if Chapter 2 takes a while; I've got exams for the next two weeks and this fic is bouncing ideas around in my head. Also, if any one wants to have a special appearance in the "Official Fanfiction University of Justice League Unlimited" fic that Andy Quinn (Aki), Corisu Li, and I are writing, please say so via email or review. Hope you enjoyed this and I shall see you later! (bows)