Clark Kent lounged across his living room couch, scribbling in a notebook, just throwing together a random short story, mostly about nothing, it didn't matter, he figured he should be happy to spend a relaxed Friday night at home. He'd flown around Metropolis and some of the surrounding area earlier, things had been quiet for a few months now now, no alien attacks, no natural disasters, no off world conflicts requiring mediation, sure there were robberies, street fights and a few house fires, but for the first time in a while, the Justice League wasn't needed. Things were boring, when things got tough Clark longed for boring, but now that it's here he felt uneasy. He needed to calm his nerves, writing usually did it, but not tonight. Sighing, he reached for the remote for his living room stereo, and turned it on. "Ribbon in the Sky," by Stevie Wonder filled the room, he sat back and closed his eyes, and tried to let the music take him away. He wasn't more than halfway through the song, before he heard his balcony doors open. His eyes shot open, and he sat up ready for anything, but standing in his living room, was no other than Wonder Woman.
In the time she's been in man's world, this is the first time she's ever been in his apartment. They occasionally spent time in his fortress, or at the Watchtower but never here. He couldn't believe she was here. He suddenly felt awkward and under dressed, she was in her Amazon armor, while Clark was wearing a tank top and basketball shorts, he usually saw her while in full Superman mode. And on a few occasions she saw him in his Daily Planet work clothes.
"Hey Kal." She said with a pensive look on her face.
"Hey Diana, what's up?"
"Do you have some time to talk?"
"Sure" He adjusted on the couch so he was no longer laying across it, and indicated she could sit. Diana sat on the couch next to him. "I've come to a decision Kal. I want to try living life as a normal human, like you do. Princess Diana and Wonder Woman are part of who I am, but not everything. Being in man's world has shown me that there is a lot more to life than being a superhero, or running a charity foundation. There are things in this world that I find want to experience. It's like there's a woman inside me that I haven't found yet. And I think living my own life and making my own decisions is the only way I can find her. Kal, would you help me do that?"
"Absolutely I will." He answered without hesitation. "I..."
"Good." She said before he could continue. "I've decided that the best way to do that is to completely integrate myself with the culture of man's world. I should do things someone my age would do, live as they live. Find a job, a home, do all the mundane things everyone complains about. I should do the things that those who oppose my ideas say I could never understand. It's the best way to accomplish my mission here. Change people's minds, and change the world? The best way to change someone's mind, is to learn what drives it."
"I think that's a fine idea. What do you need me to do to help you?"
"You have lived here your entire life blending in as a human, but you can relate to the perspective of an outsider, and help someone as powerful as I to blend in. We could spend time together, apart from the Justice League, even more than we already do. I guess what I'm saying is... I want you..." Diana hesitated, not knowing how he would react to her request. "I want you to be... my boyfriend." Diana's statement was completely out of left field. His eyes widened, his mouth dropped open and he sat completely still. "Kal, why are you looking like that? Do you... not want to be my boyfriend?"
"Um... Wow... I'm... Just caught off guard." Clark was looking like a deer in the headlights. He was attracted to Diana, since the first time he saw her. And she knew it, he admitted it to her while under the power of her lasso. But he hadn't the slightest clue if she was attracted to him. He'd accepted that given her upbringing, friendship was all he was going to get from her, but now she had totally changed the game.
"Many women seek companionship." Diana felt the need to explain herself. "I believe that I am no different in that regard, and a relationship is something I'd really like to experience. I thought why not be with the person that I have the most in common with, who I trust more than anyone, and consider my closest friend. Someone who I'm already close with, and don't mind the thought of being even closer to." Diana was becoming more and more hesitant as she went. She was unsure of herself, putting herself out in the open was very unsettling, and somewhat frightening. Not so much fear of her feelings, but fear of his reaction to them. Perhaps he didn't feel the same, she hoped that wasn't the case.
The idea of a relationship with Diana sounded great to Clark, but the logical way she had explained her reasons suggested that it may only be a means to understanding the thought process of a typical woman. Her explanation suggested that she may not have romantic feelings for him. And the current friendly relationship they shared would remain unchanged, and he would be a boyfriend in name only. Maybe he was was the only suitable pawn in her game of self-discovery. He should ask her, he should figure out what she thought a relationship was based on. But he didn't, because who knows? Maybe she does really like him?
Since he learned he was Kryptonian, bringing the limitations he would have with human relationships to the forefront, he dreamed, wished and prayed for someone he could truly be close to. And here she was. There was only one potential speed bump he was willing to acknowledge, was weather she asking Clark or Superman? "I would love to help you Diana and I would be honored to be your boyfriend. But I have to ask, who do you want to be with? Clark Kent, or Superman?"
"What do you mean?"
"I mean is this, Wonder Woman publicly dating Superman?"
"I want to date Kal, your true self. You once told me that Superman was a mask to protect the people close to you, and I think Clark Kent pretending to be human is just as much of a mask. Clark is the man you were raised to be, but you're more than that. You can just be yourself, you won't have to lie to me. I want to create an identity so I can try living without people constantly wanting something from me. You said blending in allows you to relax, I'd like to try that, if we were together as heroes the media would never allow us any peace. It's bad enough as it is with those that already believe we're together."
He then figured her wanting to date him as his true self, was a point towards her actually having feelings for him."Well then. I guess that means you're gonna have to start calling me Clark." He said, definitely deciding to see where this goes.
"I guess it does." She said with a smile on her face.