Clark Kent bowed his head in silent regret as he stood with his peers, watching as Cassie continued to sob over the body of his young successor. It was so familiar, for a reason other than a grim reminder of his own death at the hands of Doomsday years ago.
"Kara..." Clark muttered under his breath, suddenly remembering his own cousin's violent death years before at the hands of the being called the Anti-Monitor. She had saved countless millions, the same way Connor had now done, and had likewise paid the ultimate price. It did and did NOT happen, which was confusing enough since Supergirl was still alive somewhere in space.
"This should've been us." Clark told his peers. "We let this happen by abandoning the world when it needed us. We wasted so much time squabbling among ourselves it left only our successors to pick up the pieces. I... I wasn't here for him like I was for Kara before..." He knelt onto the ground beside Connor's body, Wonder Woman placing her arms around him in comfort. For the first time since Lois was nearly killed months earlier, he allowed himself to cry.
"I'm sorry, Clark." Diana told him softly as she held him. "I'm so sorry."
"Sorry isn't going to help Superboy." Clark replied. "He died because we weren't here."
"Then we learn from it." Bruce said to his friend, mentally taking back some of the bitter things he felt towards him before. "We never let this happen again."
Kal-L stood quietly away from the group as Power Girl flew towards him, her face falling when she noticed that Lois wasn't with them. He couldn't face her knowing he had let down the love of his life, knowing that he was partly responsible for her death on Earth-2. For the first time in his long life, the Superman of Earth-2 felt like a failure.
"Where's Lois, Kal?" Kara Zor-L asked her older cousin. "Where IS she?" Her reply was an solemn embrace from the one-time inspiration, conveying what words alone could not.
"I'm sorry, Kara..." Kal-L told her. "I'm so sorry. This is all my fault."
"Why... why do we keep surviving when the ones we love keep dying?" Kara whispered as tears began to fall.
"I just got word from J'Onn." Hal Jordan addressed the small group. "According to him, the Secret Society broke open every single metahuman prison on the planet. They've declared full-scale war on us and are converging in Metropolis. They say if Superman's city fall, the rest will come."
"We can't let them take Metropolis." Batman noted as he turned to his grieving friends. "We have to move out now."
"He's right, Clark." Diana said, wishing that she could do more to ease her friend's heart. "We've got to go."
"...I... I know." Clark finally stood, knowing that both Diana and Bruce were right. After everything that's happened, he could bear to lose his city as well as his Lois also. It was time for action. "Everyone who's able to fly, take those who can't and follow me." The current Man of Steel took to the skies with the small group following close behind him. Meanwhile, a small spark of energy arched from Superboy-Prime to Connor's body. Again and again, each time growing more intense until both boys were surrounded by a gold light...
"...Where... Where am I?" Connor asked himself as he looked around. He was floating in an empty space, his clothes still ruined from the battle earlier but his injuries gone. "What's..."
"My fault..." he heard someone whisper from somewhere nearby. "It was all my fault. He used me..." As Connor got closer to the source of the voice, he tightened his fists in anger. Standing there in front of him now was the boy called Superboy-Prime, now without his armor.
"YOU!" Connor whipped the boy around, about to pound his fist into him in anger from the earlier fight. "What are you doing here?"
"Wait!" Clark-Prime told him as he was punched in the jaw, Connor launching himself at the boy with the face of his mentor. "Listen to me! I'm not Superboy Prime!"
"Whatever, you lunatic!" Connor spat as he punched the boy again. " I don't know how you brought me here but send me back. NOW!"
"I can't!" the boy called Superboy Prime told him as he dodged another punch. "Look, throwing a lot of punches around isn't going to help us. We've got to stop him before it's too late."
"Stop who?" Connor asked, cautiously keeping his fists up.
"Alexander Luthor." Clark-Prime explained. "You don't understand yet so let me explain. About twenty years ago, there was a battle between all the superheroes and a monster called the Anti-Monitor. He wanted to collapse the universe in on itself and start over with himself as the core."
"I already know about that."
"Let me finish. I was there and even helped the Superman of Earth-2 destroy him. When it was over, Alex let us go into some kind of... some kind of paradise world. I didn't know that the Anti-Monitor would come back with us." Seeing that Connor was starting to listen, Clark-Prime continued. "Part of him survived, his intelligence inside of me and his... um... his memories inside of Alex. He used that world we were in to play on everyone's minds, making me mad because I was stuck there instead of home with my family. Whenever I hit the walls, things... changed here. I don't know how. But that's when Alex starting acting strange."
"What's this got to do with what you did out there?" Connor asked.
"Alex used me, me and Superman, to finish the Anti-Monitor's goal: collapse the multiverse and start over with him at the center. I... I just wanted so badly to go home and live my life. Now..."
"Look, I'm not going to sit here and forgive you if that's what you're looking for." Connor told the young boy. "But if you earned that symbol on your chest, you'd know what it stands for. If even Hal Jordan can prove himself a good guy again, so can you."
"It's too late. Alex was right when he said something changed inside me. But it's not too late for you. You can stop him and beat him, make things right one last time."
Connor thought it over, absorbing the information the boy gave him. As much as they had fought, deep down inside underneath the insanity was a young boy who never had a chance to prove himself. He was like that once, even though he would never admit it. If he were Clark, he would've considered giving his namesake a chance.
"Let's start over." Connor said, extending his hand to the youth. "My name's Connor. Connor Kent."
"My name's Clark." As the two shook hands, they were enveloped by a gold light as they both faded...
(My name is Connor Clarke Kent, but to the world I'm known as Superboy. I was born as the only son of Jerry and Naomi Kent in Vermont. I always admired Superman and, even though I grew up as a normal boy, I wanted to be a superhero like him someday. My classmates teased me a lot about the fact that I looked like Superman, even calling me Superboy. I hated that. On my sixteenth birthday, my parents and my girlfriend, Laurie, were killed in a car accident. I was knocked into a near-fatal coma and taken to a nearby hospital, where I was then transferred under the name John Doe to STAR Labs in Metropolis. I was made into a lab experiment by people working for Lex Luthor, wanting to create a perfect clone of Superman after he died in his battle with Doomsday. Combining his DNA with Lex Luthor's did something to me. I lost my memories when I escaped, forgetting about my old life. I had a new life after I met Superman and others like him. At first, I hated people calling me Superboy but now...)
The light grew until it exploded out from the wreckage, moving away from the remains of the ruined Tower towards Metropolis. The skies grew dark above the remains, heralding that this conflict was only going to get much worse.
"Ollie, look!" Roy Harper, the Outsider known as Arsenal, told his mentors as they saw what was coming they're way. Doomsday once again walked the grounds of Metropolis, slamming his way through every single metahuman present whether friend or foe.
"It's Doomsday, kid." Oliver Queen, the hero called Green Arrow, told his successor as he took out some arrow from his quiver. "The monster that killed Superman. Looks like the Secret Society just upped the ante while we were gone."
"What do we do?" Roy asked. Sudenly, they glaced upward to see a sight that brought them both relief.
"Just look up in the sky, kid." Ollie told him. "Look up in the sky."
Doomsday found itself thrown backward into a brick wall as it was punched by both Supermen of Earth-1 and Earth-2. The monster growled as it hit back, it's spiked fists knocking Clark to the ground.
"Not today, monster." Kal-L spoke as he blocked the monster's fists with his own, breaking the spikes like aluminum against a solid steel wall. Both he and Clark slammed their fists into Doomsday, finally knocking the grey beast to the ground as they were joined by the remaining superheroes present.
"They killed Superboy." Clark said as he took to the skies with his older counterpart. "Now they want to take the city. I'd say... like hell!" The group divided themselves as they all went after their respected foes:
Both Supermen pounded on Bizzaro No. 1, sending the misshappen clone to the ground below...
Batman teamed with Nightwing and Robin, fresh from helping the remaining Titans rescue Bludhaven, against Deathstroke, using their various instruments from their utility belts to subdue the professional assassin-for-hire...
Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart tag-teamed on Sinestro, firing their emerald rings' energies at the former intergalactic patrolman-turned-supervillain...
Martain Manhunter went with Black Canary and The Ray to help Doctor Light, Dr. Kimiko, subdue her more villainous namesake...
Both Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl went after the Cheetah, Cassie especially fighting with gusto against the familiar villain...
Meanwhile, Power Girl joined with her remaining teammates from the Justice Society against their respected foes. She was glad at least some of them made it, the fact that she was helped by the Superman of her own Earth adding to the fight.
"It feels good to fight with the Justice Society again." Kal-L remarked as he joined his old comrades' side, Power Girl smiling to him.
"Hey, I think I remember you." Wildcat said to the older Man of Steel.
"You should, Ted." Kara told her teammate. "He's our Superman, after all." Suddenly, she was blasted in the back by a bolt of anti-matter, Kal-L catching her as she collapsed onto the ground. Alexander Luthor was standing behind them, laughing maniacally in a strangely-familiar voice.
"Alex!" Kal-L growled before being knocked to the ground by another strand of anti-matter. He looked up and saw that Alexander was pulsating with anti-matter, his eyes hollow and empty as he seemed to glow darkly.
FOR YEARS I HAD WAITED IN THE ABYSS, HOPING THAT SOMEONE WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH OR DESPERATE ENOUGHT TO COMPLETE MY FINAL DESIGN FOR THIS UNIVERSE.+ Alexander droned in a voice no longer belonging to him, his body slumping to the ground as a familiar shape surrounded by clouds of anti-matter rose off of him. +TWENTY YEARS AGO, I ALLOWED MYSELF TO BE DESTROYED, SOWING THE SEEDS FOR MY GREATEST REALITY TO BE UNLEASHED ONCE AGAIN.+
"It can't be..." Kal-L muttered to himself as his spirits sank, not noticing that he was joined by his fellow superheroes. "You're not... after all this time..."
"Who is that?" the voice of the younger Superman asked his counterpart. Suddenly, it hit Clark faster than a speeding bullet as memory after memory washed over him.
...a battle in space...
...Supergirl pleading for him to get to safety...
...her death at his hands...
"...I remember now." Clark spoke, his voice growing with rarely-seen anger as his fists closed tightly. "The Anti-Monitor!"
CORRECT, SUPERMAN OF EARTH-ONE.+ The clouds of anti-matter faded as the new figure stood before them. Clad in Superboy-Prime's solar-collecting armor was indeed the face of the Anti-Monitor, the very same being who almost destroyed the universe twenty years ago.
"What did you do to Alex, you monster?" Kal-L spat angrily at the being standing there.
AN ACCIDENT OF FATE, SUPERMAN OF EARTH-TWO. LUTHOR OF EARTH-THREE WAS MORE THAN WILLING TO BE THE PERFECT PAWN, ALLOWING ME TO MANIPULATE HIS JUDGEMENT AFTER BANISHING YOU ALL TO THE PARADISE YOU FLED TO. MY ESSENCE WAS TRAPPED WITHIN HIM, MY INTELLECT SPLIT BETWEEN HIM AND THE SUPERBOY OF EARTH-PRIME AFTER YOU DESTROYED WHAT REMAINED OF MY BODY. BIDING MY TIME, AND WITH YOU DISTRACTED BY LOIS LANE'S SICKNESS, I MANIPULATED THEM BOTH INTO GATHERING THE RAW MATERIALS TO RECONSTRUCT MY ULTIMATE GOALS.+ He rose off of the ground slightly, almost taunting those below as he stared with his cold, empty eyes. +THE MULTIVERSE IS GONE FOREVER, LEAVING ONLY THIS EARTH IN IT'S WAKE AND ALLOWING ME TO FINISH WHAT IT'S OWN HEROES BEGAN ONLY RECENTLY: RECASTING ALL OF CREATION INTO MY OWN IMAGE!+
"Wanna bet?"A red blur slammed into the Anti-Monitor's armor at hyperspeed, knocking him to the ground as it slowed down in front of the heroes. "I've been waiting a long time for some payback, you monster!"
"That voice..." Hal Jordan said as he flew closer to the ground, studying the newcomer wearing the Flash uniform before it hit him. "...Barry Allen? Is that you?"
"Yeah, Hal, it's me." The legendary Flash told his friend. "After Superboy-Prime escaped, only a few of us could still run. I was the only Flash that had enough of the Speed Force left inside to make the trip since Wally burned out and Bart... since he was killed trying to put him down."
"Bart was... Bart's gone?" Cassie said with disbelief, still coping with losing Conner in the earlier battle. Bart Allen was one of her closest friends. Losing him also was like being hit with a sledgehammer.
"I tried to get here to warn everybody but my speed maxed out in Tokyo and I passed out. I had no idea that this... thing would come back for Round Two."
SO, EVEN THE GREAT BARRY ALLEN HAS RETURNED IN MY WAKE.+ The Anti-Monitor mused as he lifted himself into the skies. +IT DOESN'T MATTER. I'LL DESTROY OA, CAUSING A NEW BIG BANG TO ENGULF ALL OF CREATION. ALL OF YOU WILL FADE INTO PROTOHISTORY, LEAVING ME AS THE ONLY MASTER OF THIS DOMAIN!+
"We're not going to let that happen!" Kal-L spoke as he stood, helping Kara to her feet also as he turned to the crowd of heroes gathered. "This is our last chance to stop the Anti-Monitor from collapsing reality. He can't reach Oa or it's the end of everything. All of you who are able to fly, follow me!" With that, the majority of the heroes present took off after the corrupted being, determined to save their reality from destruction.
"It's over, Deathstroke." Bruce told the villain as the Dark Knight held him down with his foot. Robin and Nightwing joined ther mentor's side, both tired but relieved to be alive. "Are you both all right?" he asked his surroggate sons.
"Could be a lot worse." Richard said. Suddenly, he was hit with a bolt of anti-matter, slamming into the ground with a sickening thud.
"NIGHTWING!!!" Bruce shouted, looking up to see Alexander Luthor glaring at them from his podium.
"You ruined everything!" Alexander growled. "Do you even realize what you've done? DO YOU?!?" He tried to send out another blast of anti-matter but it rapidly faded. "No! I need more power!"
Bruce looked over to Nightwing's prone form, seeing Robin hovering over it in a desperate attempt to save the closest thing he had ever known to a brother. When he looked at his partner, hot tears beginning to stream down his face, Iit was almost deja vu to the Dark Knight.
His family was murdered, former Robin Jason Todd seemingly died, and former Batgirl Barbara Gordon was forever crippled because of Bruce's reluectance to do what needed to be done. Now Richard Grayson, the first Robin, was apparently about to pay the same horrible price. It couldn't happen again.
"We're not too dissimilar, Batman." Alexander told the crimefighter. "Think about it. Your family was destroyed so you want to make the streets of Gotham a better place. My Earth was destroyed so I want to make the universe a better place. You think too small, however. Brother Eye was just the beginning but you didn't take it far enough. You need to start taking shortcuts to justice."
Bruce ignored the red-haired teenager, instead walking over to where Deathstroke lay unconscious and picked up something familiar yet forbidden for him to ever use as the Batman. He then backhanded Alexander, sending the boy to the ground as he stared cold daggers at him.
"I know what Superman's going through." Bruce said flatly. "I know because it's happened too many times to me. He doesn't deserve that and neither did Superboy." He took out a gun from his cloak, the very same gun used to murder Thomas and Martha Wayne years before, and aimed it at Alexander. He ignored the pleading from the current Robin, Tim Drake, not to use it. He ignored the frightened look on the face of Alexander. All he saw was the victims of madmen like him.
"Tell me... what do you deserve?" He then pulled the trigger, expecting to hear the familar crack of a gunshot ripping into the skull of the Luthor of Earth-3. Instead, only the click of an empty cartridge greeted him.
"Bruce!" He heard the voice of Diana call out, seeing him walk over out of the corner of his eye. He didn't want to hear what she had to say right now. This had to end once and for all.
"Stay out of this, Diana." Bruce told the former Amazon, his concentration only on the pathetic spectacle in front of him.
"Bruce, listen. If you murder him, you'll be commiting the same crime that forced you to become the Batman. You'll be as bad as the ones you've condemned all these years." She took out her Sword of Hephestus, at first seeming to be willing to commit the very same crime she warned her friend not to do. She then cast it aside, hearing it clatter against the rocks on the ground as she gently laid a hand on his shoulder.
"It not worth it." Diana said finally. "He's not worth it."
Bruce conteplated the words of his friend and former Justice League teammate, knowing the deep down she was right. That one act would go against everything he had set for himself as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Disgusted, he threw the gun to the side as he clenched his fists.
"I know. Dammit, I know."
"Don't think this makes you any better, Wonder Woman." Alexander spat as he rose from the ground. "You've been the worst one of all..." Suddenly, the walls he was backed into came crashing down on top of him as a blur of red and blue energy shot past, speeding it's way into the skies and beyond. Diana helped Batman to his feet, seeing an almost-transparent figure standing before her with a relieved smile on her face. She looked somewhat like her sister, Donna, her hair in an ebony ponytail and a fearless look in her eyes. The costume held elements of her own and Donna's, seeming nearly familiar as it faded with the sunlight.
"What was..." She muttered to herself as Batman stood beside her, his arm on her shoulder for support. "What was that blur?"
"I have a feeling who it was." Bruce said, noticing that some blood began to leak from the rubble. "Is he...?"
"I don't know." Diana told him, helping him to get to his young sidekicks.
YOU CANNOT WIN!+ The Anti-Monitor bellowed as he sped rapidly into space, the superheroes of Earth following behind him. Leading the way were both Supermen, each wanting to end this creature's threat for similar reasons.
"He's already heading past the moon." Green Lantern John Stewart noted. "At the speed we're flying, there's no way we can catch him."
"We've got to try." Clark told him. Suddenly, a red and blue blur shot past them and slammed into the Anti-Monitor, making him crash onto the surface of the moon. As the light faded around the figure. Clark smiled with both relief and surprise.
"Still think you can win?" The voice belonged to seemingly-dead Superboy, Connor Kent, now obviously back among the living. His costume had changed, resembling the uniform he wore while in the 31st century with the Legion of Superheroes. The "S" symbol on his chest was his recent red and black design, the reverse being on the cape, and his hair matched Superboy-Prime's. But the face and voice belonged definitely to Connor.
"Connor?!?" Clark asked, he and the other superheroes speeding towards the moon. "How did you..."
"It's a long story and I'll explain later, Superman." Connor told his mentor. He was then hit in the back with a blast of anti-matter from the Anti-Monitor's armor.
YOUR IMPUTENCE IS BECOMING ANNOYING, SUPERBOY.+ The Anti-Monitor spoke as he took off once more, speeding faster and faster away from the heroes below. +IN SPITE OF YOUR CONTINUING INTERFERENCE, I WILL STILL SUCCEED IN DECIMATING YOUR CONTINUUM.+
"I think I know how we might stop him." Connor told the small group as Clark helped him to his feet. "Since he's anti-matter incarnate, the only thing that can shut him down is an equal amount of positive matter. That means..."
"That means there only one thing standing between him and Oa that can stop him." Kal-L added, turning to his younger counterpart. "Superman, I want you to stay here with your friends. I'll go with Superboy to stop the Anti-Monitor."
"You two alone can't face him." Clark retorted. "If you go after him without anyone's help..."
"We won't be alone. Besides, there's only room enough in this universe for one Superman." He placed a hand on his counterpart's shoulder, smiling in satisfaction. "I know you're it. Just never forget why you wear that symbol or who you are... and promise you'll take care of Kara for me." With that, the Golden Age inspiration and the Boy of Steel took off after the Anti-Monitor at super-speed.
"Kal, wait!" Kara called after her vanishing cousin, Martain Manhunter's arms keeping her from trying to go after them. "KAL!!!"
"I must apologize, Power Girl, but I read Superman's mind." J'Onn explained to the blonde superheroine. "This is something only he and Superboy can accomplish without you because they've done it before... and they're is no certainty they will return from this alive."
The Anti-Monitor sped up as he apporached Space Sector 0001, the sector belonging to Oa and the Guardians. A satisfied gasp escaped his maw as he came closer to his goal. Soon, the universe will start over, broken down and reconstructed in HIS image and HIS alone. Suddenly he found himself enveloped with glowing green energy, a frustrated growl escaping him as he saw the hundreds of members from the Green Lantern Corps surrounding him.
"Let's see Mr. Wanna-Be Universe Destroyer get past a three-hundred- mile thick wall of pure willpower." the voice of Guy Gardner said as his ring's energy was added to the mix.
DO NOT INTERFERE WITH POWERS BEYOND YOU, GREEN LANTERNS!!!+ The Anti-Monitor unleashed wave after wave of deadly anti-matter at the various Green Lanterns, killing many of them as their rings scattered across space. +YOU CANNOT FATHOM WHAT I MUST ACCOMPLISH!+
"Code-54, Lanterns!" Guy called out as the group blasted the being with green energy. "Use of excessive force has been authorized AND encouraged!"
ENOUGH!!!+ The Anti-Monitor bellowed as he blasted a straight line through the Corps to Oa, determined that nothing shall keep him from his goal. +NONE CAN STOP ME FROM MY DESTINED MISSION!+
"Think again,. monster!" The being was slammed away at superspeed by the combined might of Superman-2 and Superboy, forcing the Anti-Monitor to collide with a nearby asteroid. The duo pounded their fists into him again and again, forcing him farther and farther from Oa and nearly dodging the deadly beams of anti-matter.
YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED, SUPERMAN!+ The Anti-Monitor told the Golden Age hero. +THERE IS NOWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE THAT CAN IMPRISON ME, NOTHING THAT CAN OBLITERATE ME!+
"Nowhere except where it all started, you creep!" Connor told him, his heat vision melting small pieces of the armor. The Anti-Monitor looked, seeing that they were headed towards the location where it indeed began: the remains of Krypton. He laughed maniacally at his would-be e executioners' stupidity, seeing a large plothole in their plan.
"Superboy, I'll take it from here." Kal-L told the Boy of Steel. "You need to head back to Earth to help your friends."
"No way!" Connor replied. "I'm not going to leave you here to die, Superman!"
"No arguments! It'll be pointless if we both die! Your universe still needs you, you and your entire generation's hope for tommorrow. Without it, all of this will start over again. Now get going!"
DIE!!!!+ Superboy was blasted from the Anti-Monitor by a wave of anti-matter, leaving the Superman of Earth-2 as the last hope for stopping him. +SO WHAT NOW, SUPERMAN? DO YOU STILL THINK YOU CAN DESTROY ME WITHOUT YOUR YOUNGER COUNTERPART'S PROTEGE?+
"Who said I'm the one whose going to destroy you?" Kal-L told the force of evil, pushing beyond the ring of Kryptonite surrounding the only force strong enough to destryo the Anti-Monitor.
KRYPTON'S DORMANT SUN?+ The Anti-Monitor exclaimed.
"Somebody's got to finally shut you down the hard way, and right now, this looks like a job for Superman!" Kal-L smiled proudly as he forced the being closer and closer into the sun's corona, bearing the painful brunt of both the Anti-Monitor's anti-matter beams and the heat of the sun on his weakening skin.
YOU FOOL!!!+ The Anti-Monitor shouted, his armor finally cracking and melting under the intense pressure and heat. +YOUR BRAVADO WILL KILL US BOTH!!!+
"Maybe, but it's worth it if it gives this universe a second chance." Kal-L could feel himself beginning to disintergrate from the rush of matter and anti-matter colliding, feeling that his reason for living was renewed for the first time in twenty years. This was why he, Kara, and the others survived. They were supposed to set the tone for the generations to come later, to give their successors a new start. After nearly sixty years, he could finally rest.
"Lois... I'm coming..." The Golden Age hero of Earth-2 called Superman whispered as he finally faded in the explosion of matter and anti-matter, the shockwave rippling across the universe and undoing the damage twenty years of reconstruction had done. For now, the Crisis was finally over.
Several Days later...
"You know, things just aren't the same since I can't fly anymore." Clark Kent commented as he walked towards Gotham City Harbor with Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince, the three of them finally acting like the friends they once were. "When the shockwave hit, my powers got knocked completely out. I'm definitely going to miss it."
"At least Connor's still alive, and where's there's life dwells hope." Diana added. " For now, at least, there is hope for tomorrow."
"What is in your future, Diana?" Bruce asked, genuinely curious since the Amazons were apparently gone.
"I'm going overseas for a while, try to rediscover who Diana truly is." The former Amazon princess told them both. "And you, Bruce? What will you be doing since Gotham will be without Batman for a while?"
Bruce brought his attention to a small cruise ship, where Tim Drake waved at the from the port side. A small smile crept to his nermally stoic face as he regarded the boy he thought of like a second son.
"I'm going to retrace the steps I took to become the Batman." Bruce told them as he boarded the ship. "But this time I'm not doing it alone. This time, I'm doing things right from the start."
"I know we'll always have our differences," Clark noted, "but at the end of the day we all stand for the same thing. Truth and Justice. When Earth needs us again, we'll find a way."
"All of us will." Diana added as she clasped Bruce's hand warmly, glad to see that he was beginning to finally let go of the darkness in his life. "Take care of yourself."
"You too." He gestered to both her and Clark. "Take care of each other." With that, the small ship set sail for parts unknown. Diana then turned to her friend, a wartm smile gracing her Grecian features.
"Do you need a ride somewhere, Diana?" Clark asked.
"No, I think I'll manage." Diana then wrapped her friend in a hug, a strangely-familiar feeling of warmth spreading between them. It felt good, somehow, like both of them were finally ready to move on with their lives. When she let go, she almost laughed at Clark's boyish blushing.
"It's good to have friends, Clark. Don't forget that." The former Wonder Woman then rose up into the cockpit of her invisible plane, leaving the former Superman standing alone on the docks with a smile on his face as he walked home to his wife and his new life. The Crisis was over but the three former heroes can rest for now, confident that the Earth and their future is in safe hands.
Never The End.