Shades of Green

Epilogue Five- An Unbreakable Bond of Love & Friendship

Avengers Mansion

Hulk's Room- 12:38 PM

Shego awoke from her peaceful sleep, slowly opening her eyes, allowing her body to stretch ever so slightly as she snuggled atop the form of her beloved. Her emerald green eyes focused on Hulk, who still remained peacefully asleep, which caused her mind to remember the events that took place between them throughout the night and most of the morning. Shego couldn't suppress the smile that graced her features as she rested her head against Hulk's muscular chest, listening to the strong and comforting beat of his heart.

She could never forget what they shared, knowing that it would not be the last time, for it was the most incredible experience that Shego had ever felt. Driven by unequal love and compassion for one another, Shego and Hulk bared their hearts and souls out to one another. There was simply no other way to describe the love that they shared and experienced with one another through the night and on into the morning.

Just as Shego was about to close her eyes and go back to sleep, she felt a pair of large hands gently rest on her back, causing her to raise her head up off of Hulk's chest. When she did, her eyes locked onto Hulk's own emerald green irises, a comforting and affectionate smile coming across his features. Shego could only smile back in affection at her beloved Green Goliath, love and joy coursing through every fiber of her being as she felt his massive hands caress the small of her back.

"Good morning, Shego.", Hulk greeted as he stared into Shego's eyes.

"Hello, my beloved Green Goliath. And by the way, it's actually afternoon. See?", Shego replied, pointing to the alarm clock on the stand, thus causing Hulk to turn and briefly glance at the clock before returning his gaze back upon the woman he loved.

"Does it matter?", Hulk retorted with a wry smirk.

"No, I guess it doesn't.", Shego chuckled, leaning closer to kiss Hulk affectionately on the lips.

"So, what are we going to do today?", Hulk asked, reluctant to break the kiss with Shego.

"Well... we could go out or we could stay here... just the two of us.", Shego answered in a seductive tone of voice.

"Sounds like fun.", Hulk smirked, leaning up and capturing her lips with his own in another affectionate kiss.

It was just seconds afterward that the door opened and in rushed Janet Van Dyne, much to Hulk and Shego's surprise as they broke their kiss and glared at their female teammate. Thankfully, both Hulk & Shego's forms were covered by several blankets, which helped but otherwise didn't defuse their outrage regarding Janet's sudden intrusion. It was moments like this that Hulk and Shego could live without, especially since Janet would more than likely tell the other female heroes of Hulk & Shego's bedroom escapades.

"Sheena! Hulk! I... oh, my god!", Janet began only to realize Hulk & Shego's current states, a blush of embarrassment coloring her cheeks.

"Janet! Get out! Now!", Hulk and Shego growled in unison, their eyes glaring savagely at the brunette.

"I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to barge in! It's just that you two weren't downstairs this morning and... and now I know why. So... I'll just leave you two alone now, okay? Bye!", Janet responded quickly before rushing out of the room, slamming the door shut as she left.

There was a brief silence in the room after Janet's departure as Hulk and Shego continued to stare at the door. Neither one of them seemed to know what to say after having Janet rush into the room and catch them off guard as they were about to get more intimate with one another. Eventually, it was Shego who decided to break the silence that filled the room, adverting her gaze so that she could stare into her beloved Green Goliath's eyes.

"Next time we have got to remember to lock the door.", Shego remarked, letting out a contented sigh.

"Yeah. We don't need Janet interrupting our alone time again.", Hulk agreed, raising his right hand and gently resting it against Shego's face.

"Yeah, that's definitely something that we can do without.", Shego chuckled, resting her left hand against Hulk's right hand as it remained tenderly cupping her cheek.

"I guess we should get dressed.", Shego informed, resting herself against Hulk's chest once again as he stroked her long dark mane with his right hand.

"If you want, we could stay here. It doesn't matter to me. It's your choice, Shego.", Hulk offered suggestively with a playful smirk.

"As much as I would love to spend all day in bed with you, I haven't had breakfast yet, and I'm going to need all the energy I can get to keep up with you, Hulk.", Shego responded, giving Hulk a quick peck on the lips.

"So... we get something to eat and then we decide what we're gonna do today?", Hulk questioned.

"Pretty much.", Shego answered with a affectionate smile.

"Sounds good to me.", Hulk replied, once again capturing Shego's lips with his own in another passionate kiss.

The Living Room

Thirty Minutes Later

Hulk carried Shego down the stairs, holding her gently within his massive muscular arms, as they went about their plan for the evening. Instead of her usual green and black jumpsuit, Shego was now wearing a pair of black jeans and a green short sleeve t-shirt, which fit her unique appearance and lithe frame perfectly. However, Shego wasn't the only one without her usual attire, because Hulk was also wearing some new clothing. Hulk was wearing black shorts, which came with a large belt that had numerous pockets, and lastly a large black tank-top t-shirt that clinged tightly to his muscular body.

Once they reached the bottom of the stairs, Hulk gently placed Shego on her feet before proceeding to enter the living room, where they discovered that Janet was watching TV alone. Since it appeared that none of their other teammates were around, Hulk and Shego figured that they might as well tell Janet that they were going out for the evening. After all, someone had to tell the others if an emergency would arise, though that was highly unlikely since they just defeated The Leader less than two weeks ago. Still, one could never tell when the next threat would surface, because it always seems like no matter how big the previous threat was, the next one would usually be just as deadly or if not even more deadlier than the previous one.

"Janet?", Shego asked, announcing her and Hulk's presence to the female brunette.

"Oh! Hi, Sheena! Hi, Hulk! Listen, I'm sorry that I barged in on you two during your alone time.", Janet responded, temporarily adverting her gaze away from the two emerald beings, her conscience still a bit guilty over the whole event that transpired earlier.

"Don't worry about it, Janet. Next time try knocking first, okay?", Shego suggested calmly with a friendly smirk.

"You got it. Say, are you two heading out?", Janet asked, noticing that both Hulk and Shego were dressed in clothing that wasn't their usual attire.

"Yeah, we are actually. Tell the others that me and Hulk went out on a date.", Shego stated firmly, wrapping her arms around Hulk's left arm.

"Wait! You two can't leave just yet!", Janet protested, getting out of her seat.

"Why not?", Shego demanded, raising a confused eyebrow in response to her friend's outburst.

"Because Steve Rogers, otherwise known as Captain America and the leader of our team, is going to be giving a speech live on television! That's why you can't leave until you watch it! I mean, who knows, you two might get mentioned.", Janet answered in an excited tone of voice, quickly taking a seat on the couch once again.

"Okay, but after Cap's done, we're leaving.", Shego obliged while releasing a light sigh, temporarily taking a seat beside Janet on the couch, while Hulk chose to stand with his arms crossed over his vast chest.

On the television screen, the President of the United States continued to speak his praise regarding the heroes that saved the planet from The Leader's sinister plans. It was shortly after giving his praise to the Avengers that the President called Steve Rogers to the stand, the camera moving away from the President and moving towards the place where Steve Rogers was seated, the crowd cheering and applause rising into a crescendo all around them as Captain America slowly got up from his seat. Briefly waving to the gathered masses of people, Steve Rogers soon walked over to the stand, firmly shaking the President's hand before proceeding to take his place at the booth.

"Thank you, Mr. President. I would like to state, however, that it was two certain members of our team that are actually responsible for not only saving the planet, but saving me and the rest of my teammates as well. If it wasn't for these two brave and noble people, this planet nor any of us would be here celebrating this great victory of ours.", Steve Rogers began, allowing himself to gather his words which he wished to speak next to all those gathered at this location and those watching around the world.

"The first of these two individuals is one that most of you are very familiar with. He is a gigantic Green Goliath, who many believed to be nothing more than a monster... but they were wrong, because I and many others see him as the selfless hero that he is. If anyone is to thank for stopping The Leader's plans for global conquest, it should be none other than The Hulk.", Steve Rogers continued, stopping as the masses began to cheer and applaud in the wake of the beginning of his speech.

"Well, it's about time you get some positive recognition for once.", Shego remarked, turning her head so that her gaze could meet Hulk's own as he stood beside her while she remained seated.

"Pfft. Give them a few days and they'll try shooting me into space.", Hulk responded in a somewhat bitter and sarcastic tone.

"Well, in that case, they'll just have to shoot me into space with you, Hulk.", Shego chuckled in amusement, causing Hulk to smile warmly in response.

Without warning, Hulk gently scooped Shego up off the couch within his arms before proceeding to sit on the couch himself, holding Shego in an affectionate embrace as they cuddled close to one another. Shego relaxed in Hulk's arms, resting her head back against his chest as she rested her hands atop his own massive hands. Janet spared a brief glance at her two friends, a joyful smile gracing her features as she focused on the television once again.

"Now, this next individual not only helped Hulk stop the villainous actions of a demented madman, but she also helped save the entire planet from total destruction. I can proudly say that she is the newest addition to our team, and to be honest, there are few people that I know of that are as courageous as this young woman. Believe it or not, she used to be a former heroine turned supervillain. However, she has put aside her past and has become a trusted and valuable member of our team ever since she joined. Her name is Sheena Elizabeth Go, but to her fellow heroes and teammates, she is otherwise known by the name of Shego.", Steve Rogers stated with the utmost sincerity.

Seeing the look of surprise on Shego's face, Janet thought that now was the best time to make a remark about a certain female villain who became an Avenger. Besides, it wouldn't hurt to tease her closest friend just a little bit, because it's not likely that she would get the chance again. True, she might be incurring Shego's wrath by her teasing, but it was more than worth the risk, if only for her own amusement.

"Looks like Hulk wasn't the only one to get some positive recognition, eh, Sheena?", Janet remarked teasingly, glancing at her best friend and fellow Avengers teammate.

"Yeah, I bet Kimmie really loved hearing about this. She probably nearly dropped over dead from shock alone. I can just imagine the look on her face!", Shego responded, a few evil chuckles escaping her throat as she imagined how Kim Possible would react to the news of her former arch-nemesis saving the planet.

"Hmp! I still don't like that stupid redhead!", Hulk growled, narrowing his eyes at the mentioning of Shego's former arch-nemesis.

"Since when have you've started hating Kimmie as much as me?", Shego questioned, her curiosity intrigued.

"She's not the only stupid redhead that I despise, ya know.", Hulk answered, his mind remembering another certain red haired female who enraged him in the past.

"Oh, right. I nearly forgot about Natasha.", Shego replied, recalling the beautiful yet deadly female whom Hulk still held a grudge against.

"You're still angry at her?", Janet asked incredulously, raising a questioning eyebrow as she locked eyes with the Green Goliath.

"Yeah! You would be angry too if some stupid spy-girl attacked you for no reason!", Hulk growled in response.

Before anything else could be said, the three individuals returned their attention back towards the television. The crowd of cheering people began to lessen their boisterous applause, thus allowing Steve Rogers the chance to speak once again. Leaning slightly towards the microphone, Steve prepared himself for the final part of his speech, which was sure to surprise Hulk and Shego if they're watching this, which Steve had a feeling that they were.

"I only regret that neither of them could be here to accept your gratitude. However, we do have a recent photo that was taken by our teammate Janet Van Dyne, which she gladly sent for all of us to see. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, would you please direct your attention to the screen behind me.", Steve Rogers spoke, waving his right hand towards the massive screen behind him.

A few seconds later, a picture of Hulk and Shego embracing one another appeared on the massive screen, causing the gathered civilians to release a collective "AWWW" before applauding and cheering began once again. Judging from the photo, it was taken just a few days ago in the training room, which was where Shego and Hulk happened to be during then. It certainly got a very positive response from those gathered to this location to celebrate the defeat of a villainous gamma madman and for those who saved the planet from total annihilation.

It was at that moment that Hulk and Shego stared at the television screen for what seemed like an eternity. Then, Hulk and Shego narrowed their eyes and slowly turned their heads towards Janet Van Dyne, who was wearing an uneasy sheepish smile as she nervously tapped her fingertips against her blue jeans before playing with the yellow straps of her tank-top t-shirt. She knew right then and there that she had some explaining to do... and she had better do it... fast!

"Janet...", Shego and Hulk said in unison, their voices low and yet unnervingly threatening at the same time, their emerald green hued eyes boring into the female brunette that was seated on the couch beside them.

"Yes?", Janet asked, her nervous smile remaining firmly placed on her delicate features.

"Why did you send them a pic of me and Hulk being intimate?", Shego demanded, her tone deadly serious.

"Well... since you two are a couple... I thought that I... I...", Janet stuttered, trying to find the right words to explain herself and the reasons for sending that picture.

"We're waiting, pixie-stick.", Hulk growled, his patience wearing thin.

"What? It was cute! I went through all my pics of you two together, searching for one that would be perfect, and I picked that one because it's one of my favorites. I know, I should have told you both about it, but I figured that I would surprise you, so... surprise!", Janet exclaimed, hoping that her reasoning was enough to save her from Hulk and Shego's wrath.

There was a long silence, neither of the three individuals making so much as a sound, but that didn't stop Shego and Hulk from continuing to glare at Janet Van Dyne. One could nearly feel the tension in the room, despite the eerie silence that engulfed all of the surroundings, as if it were foreshadowing the inevitable outburst that was sure to come from either Hulk or Shego. It was Shego who broke the silence, releasing a heavy sigh to calm herself as she briefly closed her eyes, only to open them again to stare at Janet. Shego let an evil smirk grace her features, which caused Janet to bite her lower lip in a combination of fear and uncertainty, much to Shego's amusement.

"We'll deal with you later, Janet.", Shego stated, keeping the sinister smirk on her features.

"Come on, Hulk. Let's go.", Shego ordered gently, smiling affectionately up into the face of her beloved Green Goliath as her eyes locked onto Hulk's own.

Without saying a word, Hulk rose up from the couch with Shego in his arms, placing her on her feet before resuming to walk out of the living room together. Janet let out a low sigh of relief, sparing one last glance at her two friends before focusing on the television once again. Once they were out of the living room and out of hearing range, Hulk and Shego stopped directly in front of the doors, both turning their heads so that they could face one another.

"So are we really going to hurt Janet later?", Hulk asked, an evil smirk gracing his features.

"Nah! I just told her that to mess with her mind. It's more fun to intimidate them psychologically, and then if you actually want to hurt them, then it makes it all the more fun.", Shego answered, her tone mischievous and playful.

"Hmp. I should of known.", Hulk chuckled lightly in amusement.

"Well, just because we're in love, doesn't mean that we've gone soft, right?", Shego stated in question.

"Yeah, right. We've got to keep our pride intact, if nothing else.", Hulk remarked.

"Well, if you lose that, you'll still always have me.", Shego informed, jumping up and wrapping her arms around the Green Goliath's neck, pulling him down until his forehead rested against her own.

Hulk's massive hands gently gripped Shego's waist, pulling her closer as she kept her arms gripped around his neck. For what seemed like an eternity, Hulk and Shego simply stared into each others eyes, neither willing to break the contact that they shared with each other in this moment. Suddenly, Hulk's expression turned thoughtful and uncertain, causing him to temporarily advert his gaze away from Shego's own.

"Hulk, what's wrong?", Shego asked in concern, causing the Green Goliath to return his gaze back to her as his green eyes stared deeply into her own emerald irises.

"Do you love me, Shego?", Hulk asked, his tone deadly serious.

"Yes.", Shego answered with all the love and sincerity of her soul.

"You'll never leave me?", Hulk asked, his tone remaining deadly serious.

"No, I'll never leave you. I'll always be with you, Hulk.", Shego confessed, genuine love and sincerity in every single word that left her lips.

"Do you promise, Shego?", Hulk asked, staring deeply into her emerald green irises.

"Yes, I promise.", Shego answered, an affectionate smile gracing her features.

"That's all I wanted to know.", Hulk replied before capturing her lips with his own in a short passionate kiss.

Reluctantly breaking their kiss, Hulk and Shego opened the doors to exit the mansion, only to receive a most unexpected and unwanted surprise. Standing outside the mansion doors, dressed in their normal casual clothing, was none other than Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable. Their presence had an immediate affect on the Hulk, who snarled savagely as his muscles pulsed and tightened, his gigantic hands clenching into fists as he narrowed his eyes at the two intruders. Shego's expression quickly changed from surprise to that of pure loathing as her eyes settled on Kim Possible, somehow managing to keep herself from igniting her clenched fists with her trademark fiery plasma.

Surprisingly, Kim was managing to stand her ground, but one could nearly see the fear in her green eyes and sense it within her being. Ron, on the other hand, looked like he was about to either run away screaming or faint out of pure fear induced shock alone. It wasn't surprising, because if anyone had to go face-to-face with a monstrous eight foot six tall, two thousand pound Jade Giant like the Hulk, their first choice of action would most likely involve screaming and running away for their lives! If it wasn't for Kim being beside him at this very moment, Ron probably would have listened to his instincts, but that was not the case at this point of time.

"You!", Hulk snarled savagely.

"Heh, hi.", Ron greeted sheepishly.

"Hulk warned you... but you didn't listen! Now... HULK SMASH!", Hulk roared, raising his fists high above his head, intent on crushing both Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable like bugs.

"AAAAHHH! KP!", Ron screamed at the top of his lungs, raising his arms up to shield himself in a futile attempt to stop the crushing blow that was sure to come.

"Wait! We didn't come here to fight!", Kim shouted, raising her hands defensively.

"Or to be crushed like bugs!", Ron added, fear evident in his voice.

"I... I just came here to talk. I've got something that I need to say.", Kim informed, standing her ground despite her instincts telling her to grab Ron and run for their lives.

"Sorry, I don't listen to last requests!", Hulk snarled, preparing to annihilate the female redhead and the blond male heroes that stood before him.

"Wait a sec, Hulk. I wanna hear what Kimmie has to say.", Shego stated, reaching up and resting her right hand against Hulk's face in a attempt to calm his rage.

Releasing a heavy sigh, Hulk closed his eyes and lowered his fists, allowing them to rest at his sides as they remained clenched tight. Opening his eyes, Hulk briefly stared down into Shego's eyes before adverting his gaze back to Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable, who looked like they were about to turn and run for their lives. Without warning, Hulk leaned his head down closer to the two heroes, locking gazes with them before narrowing his emerald green eyes at Kim and Ron.

"Two minutes. Then I start smashing!", Hulk warned, his threat nearly causing Ron to swallow his tongue.

"Okay, we'll keep that in mind.", Ron repsponded in a meek tone of voice.

"Well? I'm waiting, Kimmie.", Shego remarked, crossing her arms over her chest as she stared at her former arch-nemesis.

Kim let out a heavy sigh, closing her eyes for a few seconds before opening them once again to stare at her former enemy. This wasn't easy for her, but then again, none of this was. She never thought that this would ever happen, that she would ever see Shego change and become a heroine once again. It was nearly impossible for her to accept, let alone actually believe, and yet here she stood right in front of her. Shego had become a member of the Avengers, helped them stop one of the deadliest villains the world has ever known, and saved the planet from total destruction from the Hulk's rage.

It was an incredible and unexpected turn of events, that much was made clear to her, which could be a reason why she found it so difficult to accept that Shego had reformed. It was at that moment that Kim glanced from Shego to Hulk, noticing the closeness that was shared between the Green Goliath and her former arch-nemesis. In some ways, it made perfect sense to her, that love could do things that are otherwise impossible to accomplish. It was at that moment that Kim realized this, that love and friendship could change anyone, for she should know that better than anyone else, because she could only imagine what her life would be like if she was without Ron's love and support.

True, she never expected Shego to fall in love with the Hulk, but then again, she never expected to fall in love with Ron either. It would seem that fate has its own unique way of dealing with things and bringing people together. As Kim looked at Hulk and Shego, the more it made sense that these two unique individuals were destined to be together, because she had a feeling that they both had a lot more in common, and that there was more to them than meets the eye.

"I would like to apologize to for my actions when we last met, Shego. But I guess I owe both of you an apology, don't I? I see now that I was wrong... about both of you... and I would like to say that I'm sorry.", Kim stated in apology, her words completely sincere and without deceit.

"Ouch! I bet that one hurt, didn't it, Kimmie?", Shego sneered mockingly, striking a nerve with the redhead heroine.

"Do you accept my apology or not?", Kim exclaimed, narrowing her eyes at her former enemy.

"Watch your tone, Princess, because if I wanted to, I could tell Hulk to crush your skull like a grape.", Shego warned, an evil smirk forming on her features.

"No, we're good. Please, no skull crushing.", Ron interjected meekly, a nervous smile forming on his face.

"As for your apology... I accept. I can't speak for Hulk, because he's got a mind of his own, and he'll decide for himself.", Shego answered, glancing up at her beloved Green Goliath before returning her gaze back to Kim & Ron.

"I'll think about it.", Hulk growled, narrowing his eyes at Kim & Ron.

"Well, that's settled then. However, to be honest, I never expected to hear an apology from you, Kimmie.", Shego remarked.

"Well, anything is possible for a Possible. I can do anything, remember?", Kim informed with a smug grin.

"Oh, really? Are you a member of the Avengers?", Shego challenged, resting her hands on her hips.

"No.", Kim answered with a sigh.

"Could you have stopped The Leader? Could you stop yourself, your boyfriend, and your family and friends from becoming Hulked-Out versions of themselves?", Shego challenged once again, her voice dripping with confidence.

"No.", Kim replied, making sure to keep her temper under control.

"And most importantly, could you have stopped Hulk from shattering the planet?", Shego challenged one last time, taking great pleasure in humbling the redhead that was her former foe.

"No.", Kim admitted, temporarily adverting her gaze from the older woman.

"Well, then I guess that not everything is possible for a Possible, is it?", Shego sneered in triumph, a confident smirk firmly placed on her features.

There was no response from Kim, but then again, Shego wasn't expecting one. After all of these years, it felt so good to get the upper hand on the annoying heroine whom she despised with a passion for so long. She only wished that it could last forever, but she knew that it wouldn't and that it didn't matter to her now, because she had more important things to do with her life. Her old life and rivalry with Kim Possible was dead and her new life as an Avenger was just beginning.

Shego had everything that she ever wanted and more. She found people and friends who accepted her for who she is, and most importantly, she found someone who loved her in the form of a beloved Green Goliath known as The Hulk. She couldn't ask for anything greater nor could she think of anything else that could even compare to all that she had achieved. It was quite amazing that all of this came out of her first face-to-face confrontation with Hulk, who would ultimately be the very one that captured her heart and made all of this possible. It really gives a new meaning to a wise old saying... that fate rarely calls upon us at the moment of our choosing.

"Now as much as I would love to reminisce about our past rivalry, I'm afraid we'll have to do it at another time. In other words, me and Hulk have places to go, so see ya later, Kimmie!", Shego remarked dryly, her arms looping around and affectionately grasping Hulk's left forearm.

Hulk and Shego proceeded to walk past Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable, not even bothering to glance back at the two heroes as they made it halfway to the gate. However, for some reason or another, Hulk stopped and turned around to stare at Kim & Ron as an evil smirk graced his features. This did not go unnoticed by Shego, who stared curiously at her beloved Green Goliath, her mind wondering what going on within the brain of the Jade Giant.

Hulk glanced down at Shego, giving her a conspiratorial wink before proceeding to walk menacingly towards Kim and Ron. Hulk came to a direct stop right in front of Kim & Ron, his emerald green eyes staring down at the two heroes, who could only look in awe and with a hint of fear at the Hulk's imposing size and towering height. It was nearly impossible not to be intimidated by the Hulk, because his short temper and savage rage combined with his vast limitless power alone could instill fear in even the most bravest of souls. And judging from the look of fear and unease on Ron's face, it would appear that the blond was about to scream and run for his life!

"Boo!", Hulk spoke in a low voice, getting the result that he wanted.

"AAAAHH! Don't smash me!", Ron screamed, closing his eyes as he covered his head with his hands.

"Ha! Funny little man.", Hulk chuckled, taking his gigantic right hand and gently running it through Ron's messy blond hair.

"Take care, puny humans.", Hulk said with a light smirk.

Without saying another word, Hulk turned and walked back to Shego, leaving a shocked Kim and Ron behind him in his wake. Gently lifting Shego up into his arms, Hulk leaped off into the distance, not even glancing back at the two dumbfounded heroes, who still couldn't believe what just happened. It was then at that moment that Kim & Ron learned that while the Hulk is capable of great power and destruction, he is also a creature that is capable of great compassion as well.

"Wow...", Kim whispered in awe, her eyes looking off in the direction that Hulk and Shego leaped off into the distance.

"KP... that was so freakin' cool! Boo-yah!", Ron exclaimed, a grin of excitement gracing his features.

Elsewhere in New York

Hulk landed atop a skyscraper, holding Shego protectively in his arms as he gazed out over the city, a light smile gracing his features. Shego noticed this, her own eyes looking out over the city in the same direction that the Hulk stared, her mind wondering why he stopped here of all places. It didn't seem any different than any other view of the city, and as far as she was concerned, the view held no real beauty or value whatsoever. Still, when she looked up into Hulk's eyes, she knew that he didn't feel the same way about this location. Finally, her curiosity got the better of her, causing Shego to ask the Green Goliath about this place.

"Hulk, what is it?", Shego asked, raising a questioning eyebrow as she stared up into the face of her beloved.

"It's nothing.", Hulk replied, staring deeply into her eyes as he held her within his arms.

"Nice try, but I'm not buying it. Now what is it?", Shego asked once again.

"This is where I was when I first seen you, Shego.", Hulk answered after a brief silence, a light smile forming on his face.

In that moment it all made sense to her, not only of the location, but why it meant something to Hulk. It was here at this exact location, over a month ago, that would mark the beginning of the events that were to follow and unfold in the wake of their first contact. It was after their first contact that both Hulk and Shego's lives would forever change and never be the same again, because it was here where two lonely kindred spirits finally found one another. It was this first contact that would ultimately give them both what they always wanted: Love and Friendship.

"Oh, I knew that.", Shego remarked nonchalantly.

"Sure you did.", Hulk replied teasingly.

"Okay, I'll admit that I didn't know at first. But now that I look around, I kinda recognize the place.", Shego responded, knowing that she couldn't fool the Jade Giant no matter how hard she tried.

"What were you doing down there anyway?", Hulk asked, his curiosity intrigued.

"You want the truth?", Shego questioned, getting a slight nod of confirmation from Hulk.

"Okay, I was... I was spying on you, Hulk.", Shego admitted, feeling a rush of blood coming up to her face and coloring her pale cheeks with a blush.

"Why?", Hulk asked.

"You intrigued me. You weren't like the others, and since I didn't have anything better to do, I figured that I might as well spy on you for a few hours to pass the time.", Shego answered honestly, knowing that she could be sincere around Hulk, because she knew that he wouldn't judge her like so many others would.

"I'm glad you did.", Hulk stated, resting his forehead against her own as he looked deeply into her emerald green eyes.

"Yeah, I'm glad I did too.", Shego responded before gently pressing her lips against Hulk's own before deepening the kiss.

"I guess we should get going, Shego. Xavier's kids are expecting us, ya know.", Hulk informed as he broke the kiss.

"You make a very valid point, Hulk. We'll have to continue our fun later.", Shego said in a seductive tone of voice, her left hand gently caressing Hulk's face in a soothing manner.

In the blink of an eye, Hulk leaped off into the distance, carrying Shego in his arms as they went about their date for the evening. They would face many challenges in the many years to come, but no matter what, nothing could break their unbreakable bond of love and friendship. Fate had brought Hulk and Shego together, and as fate would have it, they will always be together.

THE END


Author's Notes

An ending that has finally arrived!

I would like to thank all of those who reviewed and/or favorited my story, because your patronage has been very influential and very appreciated. I can only hope that this story will be the first of my stories to reach over 300 reviews and beyond! So thanks!

I would also like to thank Greg Pak, Peter David, Bill Mantlo, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby, because it was their great inspirational work on the character of The Hulk that made me want to write about my favorite comic book character.

I would also like to thank my mother and friends, who have also given me inspiration and motivation in writing this story.

I would also like to announce that the sequel, Shades of Green: Heart of the Monster, will begin sometime this summer!