I do not own these characters, nor am I making any money off of this story.
This would have to take place sometime after the Justice League Unlimited show ended. Or maybe it occurs in some alternate reality where Bruce allows himself to love Diana. In any case, this story does not explain how they fell in love; it just accepts that they are (and you should too!). This story also doesn't address the problems the two would need to overcome to be in a relationship. It merely attempts to show what it could be like, and it is a complete piece of fluff. I apologize now for its saccharine nature, but it couldn't be helped. I love candy!
The title of this story comes from Van Gogh's The Starry Night.
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I would like to give special thanks to WildWasabi for giving me the hair idea you will see below. Also, thank you Kipling-Nori. Your ideas and words of encouragement are a tremendous help. Go check out their stories. They're very good.
The Starry Nights
Getting to Know You
Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. Getting to know you, Getting to feel free and easy When I am with you, Getting to know what to say.
-The King and I
Their first dates had been slightly awkward. Having the expectation that they would get interrupted by some emergency, Bruce and Diana found it nearly impossible to relax. The requisite nervousness associated with the first few dates of any new relationship didn't help much either, so it was unsurprising that their personal meetings were punctuated with extended periods of silence. Bruce's natural reticence only added to the dilemma, and Diana would sometimes be left wondering if she had spoken too much or not enough. They soon discovered that working well together on the battlefield did not necessarily translate into easiness at the dinner table.
Their curiosity and stubbornness won out in the end, and they were eventually able to spend their time together comfortably and enjoyably, although much less conventionally than most couples. They were superheroes, after all. Even though they had known each other for quite some time, they quickly found that there was still much to learn. As both of them were innately inquisitive, they couldn't rest until they had found out everything about the other, and they found great pleasure in discovering those little habits that only a boyfriend or girlfriend would find charming.
Bruce appreciated the way Diana's lips would move as she read silently, or the way she would close her eyes when she tried to remember something he had just taught her. In an effort to spend more time with her, Bruce had offered to teach Diana some forensic techniques he often used in his pursuit of criminals. Being an avid tracker, Diana jumped at the chance of learning how to use modern weaponry to help Bruce catch the bad guys. As of late, he had been showing her how to identify drugs using infrared spectroscopy. Diana was an apt and, usually, willing pupil, showing her excitement whenever learning something new. Bruce always found her smile infectious, and she quickly became the teacher's pet.
For her part, Diana enjoyed the way Bruce played with her hair when he thought she wasn't looking. She had first noticed it when they were reading in his library. He had been sitting on the couch, engrossed in the most recent volume of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Diana's head had been resting on a pillow next to his lap, and her feet had been hanging over the arm of the couch. She was just reading Elizabeth Bennett reject Mr. Darcy when she felt a slight sensation on her scalp. When it didn't go away, she slowly realized that Bruce was playing with the ends of her hair. After that, it happened with increasing frequency—nearly every time she was in close proximity of him for over five minutes, but only if he didn't think she was watching. She also loved the smug look that came over his features whenever he was about to say something he knew was particularly funny. Sometimes his "pre-joke" smirk made her laugh more than the joke itself. His extreme confidence bordered on arrogance, but it only served to endear him more to her.
Aside from studying each other, the couple had many other sources of entertainment. Alfred would frequently spend time with the two, playing cards or the occasional board game, or trying not to laugh at their attempts to bake something. Sometimes, Bruce humored her, waiting patiently while she would sing karaoke. Other times, Diana allowed Bruce to give instruction on the only subject she didn't like—how to fix the batmobile and his other cars. And there was always playing detective and reading with each other. Bruce particularly liked it when Diana read to him. But their favorite activity of all was stargazing. Since Batman worked primarily at night, it wasn't an activity they got to do very often, and that's what made it so special.
To Be Continued With