A/N - Hope this is to your liking. Again thank you all for the wonderful reviews. I love each and every one of them. It makes the writing all that much more rewarding. Hope this makes as much sense in your heads as you read it as it did when I wrote it. (grins) Now without further ado…
I present to you the long awaited Karaoke….
Chapter 13 ~Karaoke Smallville Style:
As Clark and Diana walked up Main Street in downtown Smallville she was looking at everything and nothing. Listening to her heartbeat with his enhanced hearing he noticed it was beating just a bit faster, she was nervous, he just wasn't sure if it was the singing in public something she said she had never done before, not counting the times she sang for her fellow Amazon sisters, or the fact that her mother not only knew what her daughter was up to and in all possibility heard it as well.
Not being able to stand the silence any longer he stopped, took both her hands in his and asked, "On a scale of one to ten, how nervous are you?"
She shrugged and then made a motion of pointing upward.
"Clark, that was my Mother, she heard us. Now she probably hates me."
"Di, she doesn't hate you. Me…possibly…but you, never."
Giving him a nervous smile she went up on tip toes and gave him a quick kiss, "Okay, I can do this. I mean it's not like she can ground me," then she got really nervous and asked, "Can she?"
"Diana Price, your 23 years old she can't ground you, besides you know Lana, she probably just left that note there to freak us out."
"It's working, I am freaked out," she said under her breath.
"It'll be fine, come on we can't be late or Lana is going to kill us."
"I should have brought my sword," she muttered under her breath and together they walked the last block to the Talon.
Inside The Talon:
Lana kept looking from the entrance of the Talon then to the clock behind the bar where Pete was bartending and telling jokes to anyone that would listen. She stormed over to the bar and motioned for Pete to come over.
"What's up babe?"
"There late," she said.
He looked up at the clock, then to his fiery redheaded wife, "No their not, they still have 10 minutes and you know how fast he can move when he wants too, so they are not late." Seeing the look she was giving him he added, "Yet. I mean they are not late, yet. Damn you can be scary, Lana."
"I need a drink, something really strong and if they bale on me, I am going to show you scary."
"You don't drink Lana, just relax, they will be here, you said yourself you guys practice the better part of three hours and she was excited."
"Yeah well they better have a good reason for giving me a heart attack, because if they don't show, you are explaining to all these people that Karaoke is put on hold due to, rabbits, as in they are like two bunnies in heat."
"Babe, you need to relax, they will be here."
"Yeah, your right, they are probably paying me back for the note I left," she grinned at what she had written.
He poured himself a scotch and said, "What did you do, "Lana Lane Ross?"
"I might have said, I stopped by to get them with Helena and we heard them doing the nasty, AGAIN."
He downed his scotch in one gulp and coughed.
Her eyes went wide as she got ready to give him a piece of her mind, just as the door opened and in walked Clark and Diana hand in hand. Diana looked like she was trying to hide behind Clark as she looked around to see if her mom was there. Then she saw her sitting with Mel and Mary surrounded by a group of single middle aged men. She tugged on Clarks hand and motioned with her chin.
"Time to face the music," she said and clinging to Clark she made her way through the crowded Talon to where her mother was sitting.
Clark just smiled nodding hellos to the people he knew as he followed his fiancé and said loud enough for her to hear. "Well she can't kill us in here, it's too crowded with witnesses and you have to sing. If she kills us Lana is going to be really pissed off."
She turned to him and put her arms around his neck and stood up on her tip toes saying, "I love you. Now kiss me and then I can do this."
Just as he leaned down to give her a kiss, he was jerked around by a red face Lana and she didn't look to happy as she said, "No, no, a thousand times NO. I swear you too have got to be kidding me. We have a show to do and you two want to make out in the middle of The Talon."
"Ijustwantedakissforluck," said a flustered Amazon Princess, as Lana led her away from a bewildered looking Clark.
"And you go make nice with your future Mother In Law, oh and you better have a song to sing or I am picking one out for you, now go."
"You are really bossy, Lana Ross, and I want to know exactly what you told my mom."
She pushed Diana over towards the door that led into the Talons kitchen saying, "Later, we have a show to do, missy. Diana stopped short and Lana jerked to a stop. She tried to tug her the rest of the distance and it was like trying to move a small mountain, Diana was not budging.
"Diana," whined Lana, "we don't have time for this."
"Make time," she replied and for the first time since they met Lana was not facing Diana Price she was facing a very annoyed Wonder Woman.
Lana took a beat and then acquiesced saying softly not to be overheard, "Fine but in there, because if you're going to go all Amazon Warrior on me I don't want witnesses."
Diana stood tall, folded her arms over her chest and said in a voice that was every bit that of the Amazon that presided over a nation, "I just got my Mother back, if you have done anything to jeopardize that. I will never forgive you. I trusted you with my secrets and then you go out of your way to what? Bring my mother back to the Loft so she could witness what Clark and I do in private."
"No, Diana, I would never do that."
"Apparently you did just that; do not compound this by lying to me."
"I am not lying to you."
"I read the note, how could you, I thought you were my friend."
"Diana, I was teasing Clark. I would never do that to you. I am your friend, I'm….I'm sorry. I won't do it again."
Diana relaxed just a bit and asked, "Then why would you do that to Clark?"
She lowered her eyes, shrugged and looked back up to see just how mad her friend still was and said, "Pfffftttt, I'm like his sister, it's what I do. I tease him and I would never really do anything to hurt either of you. I love him and I love you to, you're like the little sister I never had. I didn't know you would read the note or take it seriously."
"But, but, Oh by the Goddess, he is on the way to apologize to my mother," she said in a panicked voice. "This is your fault and you better fix it."
Lana started to run out to try and intercept Clark, when she collided into a rather steel like body. She bounced off and said, "Ow, not funny, Kent."
He held onto her shoulders so she wouldn't fall and then released her. He stood before her with his arms folded and just looked at her.
Lana defiantly looked up at him and hissed out, "What are you even doing here; I was coming to rescue you before you made a fool of yourself?"
"I heard Diana," he said pointing to his ear. "She sounded mad so I thought you might need a little help."
"Yeah, she was look I'm sorry okay, I was teasing you both but she doesn't know that I do that apparently and I might have crossed a line, but Clark I would never hurt you guys. You know that right?"
He hugged Lana and whispered, "Lana she has only known you all of three days, you need to go easy on her."
She nodded against his chest and said, "Understood."
Then turned to Diana and asked, "I am sorry, I should have thought, are we good?"
Diana nodded and then walked over to Lana and gave her a hug, "Don't do it again, sister," she said affectionately and then released her.
"Got it don't tease the PRINCESS. I really can't promise that, I mean really have you guys met me?"
Clark and Diana both rolled their eyes and started to reach for each other.
"No..No..No," said Lana pushing them apart and then looked at the clock, "Oh my God, she is on in like 5 minutes, it's 9:25. Clark go," she commanded pushing him out the door. "Go make nice to your Mother In Law."
"You," she pointed at Diana, "You're up in like 4 minutes so get ready what are you singing?"
Diana looked at Clark and winked saying, "You heard her get out of here and tell my mom, I said hi and no listening this time Mr. Kent."
Lana laughed and said, "You know what tell me when I call you out there because knowing you, you haven't a clue do you?"
Diana just smiled and pointed to the clock.
"Really? Di, Really?"
"Oh for the love of….this is payback isn't it?"
""Maybe," she said sweetly and then Lana ran out yelling as she pushed people out of her way, "Move it, out of the way, we have a show to put on and you all better be ready to sing."
As she hit the stage area where the Karaoke Machine was set up, she grabbed the mike and spun around looking at the audience and said, "First up is the new girl in town, Diana Price. She will be singing…., Hmmmm. I have no clue because she refused to tell me, so let's give a warm Talon welcome to our newest member of Smallville, Miss Diana Price."
As Lana started clapping the members of the audience joined in and a confidently looking redheaded Diana price came walking up from the back towards the stage. Catcalls rang out from all the single men in the audience and at the bar.
"Hey," yelled Lana, "Zip it you yokels she's taken and she's like my cousin."
Ignoring Lana they kept clapping and laughing, finally settling down as Diana came up to stand next to Lana and whispering in her ear.
"You got it cousin. Okay now you can give it up for, Diana Price singing, "Barracuda" by Heart.
Again the crowd started clapping; Diana turned her back on the audience, took the microphone from Lana and waited.
As the first strains of the intro started Diana started to nod her head in time to the music a hush went out from the crowd, Clarks attention was riveted to her lithe form as he smiled and looked over at Helena. She was smiling; her own eyes were glued to her daughter.
With the intro to the song finished, as Diana sang out the first word of the song, "So," she spun around faced the audience and started belting out the song. There was no mistaking it, she was in complete control and she was a nature. She was having a ball, her eyes found Clarks as she sang and pranced around the stage. When she got to the part in the song where she sang, "I bet your going to ambush me, you've got me down, down, down, down on my knees," she sank to her knees and kept singing, "now wouldn't cha Barracuda?" As she looked over the audience, then she sprang up and threw her head back as she sang, "Back over Time." Then snapping her head forward as she sang out, "we were all trying for free, Met up with porpoise and me No right no wrong you're selling a Song - a name Whisper game," throughout the song she pranced and danced and gave a show and she loved it.
She was having the most fun she had in a long time and it showed. Diana Price was a natural and the audience loved her.
As she got to the last verse of the song she got down low to the floor like a predator and watched the audience as she sang out, "If the real thing don't do the trick No! You better make up something quick You gonna burn into the wack Barra-Barracuda." As she sang out, Barra-Farracuda she rose up and slowly started to move back to the center of the stage and started singing, "Naaaaaa, Naaaaaaaa, Naaaaaaa," then in time to the music she did two rapid one hand cartwheels and the audience at the Talon went crazy. They already loved her song and the way she sang it, but the Cartwheels had them up and clapping. She danced around to the end of the music and then took a bow as it ended.
Lana was beside her hugging her she was so excited. Helena was up and moving to the stage with Clark beside her and they grabbed Diana and hugged her as they got there. Clark was beaming he was so proud of her he could have busted.
Pete was yelling and banging on the bar he was so excited. Finally the Talon started to settle down as Lana took back the stage and announced the next singer, "Clark Kent singing….Ya know I have no idea but he has a tough act to follow folks so, Clarkie, what are you going to sing for us?"
He turned red as he walked to Lana, whispered in her ear and then took a step back.
Diana jumped up and wrapped her legs and arms around Clark and kissed him, then got down as the Cat Calls started again and she turned red mumbling, "For Luck."
Everyone started to laugh.
"Okay guys Clark is going to attempt to sing, Anything Goes by Cole Porter."
While the song wasn't anywhere near the caliber of what his fiancé sang he did an excellent job. Like Diana he played the audience and had fun when he got to the line in the song that said, "When ev'ry night the set that's smart is in- Truding in nudist parties in Studios. Anything goes." He substituted the word 'Talon' for 'nudist' and 'Smallville' for 'Studios'.
As the song came to a close Diana appeared almost out of thin air she was so excited and she threw herself into his arms. The couple couldn't be sure if the clapping was for his singing or because of the obvious love she had for him and was not afraid to show it.
Lana tried to come between them and finally gave up. She had to settle for shooing the couple off the little impromptu stage so the rest of the singers could go on.
Diana and Clark sat next to Diana's mother the rest of the night, much to her delight and the delight of Mary and Mel. Before Mel and Mary left, Mel made Diana promise to come in for breakfast the next morning and try his pancakes. He really wanted to know what she thought.
Looking over at Clark she saw him wink at her and she smiled brightly asking what time they opened.
That got a chuckle out of Mel and he asked, "Why you coming over at 7:00 a.m., little lady?"
Her stomach chose that moment to growl, she hadn't had her dinner and she told them.
Mary gave a disapproving look to her surrogate nephew and scolded him, "Clark Kent, you were raised better than that, you need to feed this girl."
Lana mocked a cough into her hand and said, "Bunnies."
Diana tried to make herself as small as possible as Clark looked down at the top of the table.
"What was that Lana," asked Mel.
"I didn't say anything," she said quickly following it up with a, "Oh my look at the time. We have to close and get out of here, it's after 2 and you know if these two don't get to bed, they will never make it for that 7:00 a.m. breakfast." She followed it up with a fake yawn.
"Uh huh," replied Mel suspiciously.
Thirty minutes later found the four friends and Hippolyte a.k.a. Helena sitting around the table at the now empty Talon talking and joking.
Diana looked at her mom and asked, "Mother, are you coming home with Clark and me, we can give you the bedroom his parents use to use."
As she said it Clark got a sad look to his eyes and she took his hand in hers mouthing, "I love you."
"Love you to babe," he replied and looked over at her mother saying, "Of course you're coming back with us. I won't take no for an answer."
"I would like that," she said and her eyes sparkled with mirth as she added more for her daughters benefit then Clarks, "That is if you can keep the bunnies quiet, that way we can all get our rest."
"Mother," shouted Diana sounding mortified and then she glared at Lana.
Lana held her hands up and said quickly, "It wasn't me, I swear it wasn't me. I didn't say anything to your mother."
Clark listened to her heartbeat and knew she was telling the truth, even though Diana looked like she wanted to hurt her, he quickly took hold of Diana's wrist and said, "She is telling the truth, she didn't say anything."
"Diana, Princess of Themyscira, do you think me a fool?"
"Child, Lana didn't have to say anything it is written all over your face, each time you look at him or touch his hand. I can see the love and the passion that burns within you. While it has been well over 2500 years I was once your age. I have known love and the touch of a man daughter."
"I didn't want you to be disappointed in me."
"Oh Diana, you could never disappoint me. I love you. Nothing you could do would shock me. However."
"Yes, mother," she asked once again like the little girl her mother would scold when she found her doing something wrong.
"Just because I know what you and Clark do doesn't mean I want to hear it."
Diana smiled brightly and threw herself into her mother's welcoming arms and hugged her tightly and whispered, "Thank you, mom."
"Now I think, I would like to retire for the evening if you don't mind," she said yawning, "It has been a full day."
To Be Continued:
Next up a little something I like to call…
Chapter 14 ~ The Goddess Hera Is Not Happy:
Be here in 72 hours gentle reader as we say the shitith is about to hit the fanith.
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