Jor-El sat with the message in his hands reading it over and over again. He must have read it three times. All the women in the room were oblivious to what was going on as they kept talking about how adorable Helena was.
As you remember Diana used to be my brother's wife in my Kingdom and my parents kept many confidential files on the Amazons ever since the two kingdoms signed their treaties. My father kept many files of Diana and her sisters throughout the years. Our oracle had predicted a prophecy about Diana and her daughter even before Amayn and she got married.
I cannot give you the files as they most likely destroyed so you must trust what I have to say. Hopefully Diana has had her baby already and if she hasn't I wish her the best of luck.
Our oracle predicted Diana would have a daughter with blue eyes and dark hair like she and Princess Donna. This daughter was supposed to be one of the greatest Queens there was in all of Arrakus. Obviously my parents thought this child would belong to Amayn, but apparently she is not. She is Kryptonian.
My brother had called for the oracle once he found the files after Diana was pregnant and was going to exile her from Arrakus. He dismissed the oracle before she could finish explaining. Shufa and I were able to go see the oracle in private and found out the information my parents received wasn't entirely wrong.
This great Queen daughter is not her first born, but her second born. Her first born will create mayhem between alliances, which has already happened. She will also change the way a society thinks and educates their people bringing a new more structured life, obviously on Krypton. She is supposed to become a scholar and educator of many worlds and will travel to many other planets spreading ideas and new inventions. The oracle also predicted she will reside on Earth to preach her educational thoughts. The two sisters will split the kingdoms of Krypton and Themyscira once the times come for them to rule.
It is up to you if you want to tell Diana and Kal-El this, but I thought, well my brother and I thought, we should tell you. I know Kryptonians don't believe in prophecies, but in our culture it is greatly worshipped upon as well as in Diana's culture.
Jor put the message in his coat and decided he wouldn't tell his son or Diana. It's not that he didn't believe in prophecies but they were usually wrong most of the time. It usually was some crazy lady making up stories and only half were true, or none were true because the people changed their ways. He would perhaps tell them, but now, maybe not for a while.
Three months later
Diana had Helena on her bed and she was leaning over her covering her eyes and opening them. She enjoyed making her daughter laugh and smile. She tickled her stomach and Helena smiled in delight.
Kal came in the room to see Diana once again playing with the baby. "Enjoying yourself Diana?"
"I cannot believe we could create something so beautiful, Kal. Look at her!" she held her finger out to her daughter and Helena grabbed her finger looking at it like it was something she had never seen before.
He sat on the bed, "She is wonderful." He stared at his daughter's bright green eyes. "Her eyes remind me of someone."
"Oh?" Diana was still playing with Helena's stomach.
"Yes," he pondered thinking of who it was. "My grandmother had green eyes. Helena has green eyes as well."
Diana had almost forgotten about Lara's mother. Of course she had dark auburn hair and bright green eyes. Helena had the same. "Oh really?" playing it like she didn't know what he was talking about.
Kal nodded his head and stared sweetly at Helena trying to roll over but it wasn't happening.
"Oh I forgot to tell you," he picked up Helena in his arms as they moved to go outside on a balcony. "Themyscira is done on Krypton. My uncle is still working on Themyscira on Ammos, though. Won't be done for another two years, sorry about that."
Diana smiled, "Well at least my sisters have somewhere to stay until that is done. I am sure your aunt and uncle are growing tired of housing Amazons."
"They haven't complained yet. The only person who has is my mother, but that's a different story," he smiled.
Lara took off her tiara and set it on her vanity as she brushed her hair. Looking at herself she realized she was getting older, but she wasn't old. She was in her early forties while her son was only twenty three. She was twenty when she married Jor and twenty one when Kal came into their lives. On Krypton age was not an issue as they lived a long time especially with their technology. Some Kryptonians lived well passed a hundred fifty and they aged well, not looking a day over fifty if that.
Jor walked into their room and saw Lara looking at herself in the mirror. "Evening, Lara," he kissed the top of her head.
She sighed, "Jor do I look old to you?" she turned to her husband he eyed her for a moment. He wasn't sure if he should answer this. He was only three years older than her.
"You look as every bit beautiful the first day I met you," he smiled taking his boots off setting them inside the closet hidden behind one of their wall mirrors.
"That's not what I asked. I asked if I looked old, not beautiful," she faced him in her chair and he stopped undressing himself.
"Where is this coming from?"
She shrugged, "I don't know," she faced the mirror continuing to brush her long straight raven locks. He came up behind her only in his pants and he touched her head kissing the top of it. He ran his fingers through her silky hair. She closed her eyes as his hands were on her upper arms. A smile came to her face and she looked up at her husband. He wasn't much taller than her as she was pretty tall herself standing at five-foot ten against his six-foot four frame.
Moving to the bed she laid down staring at the ceiling. He came next to her and kissed her cheek. "I don't remember the last time we so…ah, intimate," Jor said still a smile on his face. "Except that one night."
Lara looked at him with soft eyes. Their son looked so much like him it was unreal, but he shared some of her features as well such as her curl on her forehead that Jor constantly tried to brush away off her forehead.
"Damn curl of yours," he laughed.
"Do you want to repeat that night?" She asked. Her voice sultry and Jor's eyes widened. Although he didn't reject the offer he was surprised. Smiling he kissed her lips then her neck.
By now he had totally removed his clothes and she stripped from her outfit as well. Clothes lay sprawled all over their floor. She rolled off him breathing heavily but with a smile on her face.
He covered himself barely with the sheets on their bed. "You know if we keep at this you might end up pregnant yourself," he joked.
Lara's eyes shifted over to him with a serious expression. His laugh died down as he saw his wife's eyes staring into his dark pupils. She hadn't said anything but her expression said it all.
"Oh no, no, Lara, no way," he shook his head at this. He wasn't going to have another child. Having one was enough, and they were always busy and his son just had a baby.
"Jor," her voice stern, "I want a baby."
Jor looked at her with crazed eyes. He sat up against the headboard letting the thought travel through his mind. He hadn't said anything for the last five minutes and neither had she.
"I saw Helena and she looked so adorable. I miss that feeling holding a baby in my arms. We only had Kal-El. He is my son, my only baby; he is my life of course. I love him, but what if he had a brother or sister?" her fingers traced Jor's muscular upper arm.
He sighed, "But he is in his early twenties and we…"
"Are old? I am not old! Not old enough to stop having children anyway. What happens after we pass and Kal-El does as well? Helena is an heir to the throne, but she so also belongs to Themyscira as does Diana. Jor," she sat up covering her body brushing her sweaty hair away from her face.
"You realize this is not just an overnight decision but a lifetime decision right?" He looked at her brushing a tendril behind her ear.
She nodded, "Of course. I am not stupid, I can handle it. We can handle it. We handled Kal-El very well. Our lives are less demanding now, we have time," she smiled hopefully. He held the bridge of his nose with his thumb and index finger.
"You're something else, you know that?"
"So is that a yes?" Lara asked staring at him attentively.
"Look, I just don't want you to change your mind in the middle of the process."
She shook her head, "I won't! I mean I don't want a baby right now. Not while Helena just arrived. I can wait a few years. I don't want to take away that precious moment away from them."
Jor couldn't believe what he was hearing. Ever since Kal was a boy he hadn't seen her act so motherly and even then she wasn't much of a mother because she was always busy. Once he hit the age of ten it seemed he was on his own with the maids at home. He had never seen her so selfless in a long while.
"So, are you agreeing?" Lara asked in a quiet voice.
He eyed her and then let out a sigh of uncertainty. "I am saying yes for now, but surely you will change your mind like you always do."
Lara kissed his cheek and put her hand on his bare chest, "I'm not going to change my mind."
"You saw Diana when she was pregnant, are you sure you want to go through with all of that? The change in your body and your hormones," he shuttered inside thinking of Lara's moods changing. They were already all over the place and if she was pregnant it would be even worse.
"I can handle it," Lara reassured him, "I can't promise I won't be a dragon lady though," she smiled well aware of what he was suggesting about the hormones.
Diana went up to the library again to return the documents and tablets she took three months ago. She had Helena in a carrier beside her. Kal came up to the library finally spotting where Diana was.
"What are you doing up here?" he smiled.
Diana swiftly turned around and had just finished putting everything back where it was. "Nothing, just looking." She saw Helena kicking her legs and start to make a fuss. She knelt down and picked her up from the carrier and put her on her shoulder, "Oh why are you crying, are you sleepy?" she patted her daughter's back and walked around the library trying to soothe her.
Kal simply watched in amazement as Diana was able to calm their daughter down simply by just talking to her. He would never imagine himself in this position a few years ago, but at the same time he couldn't imagine his life without Diana anymore. It had not been easy at first but it seemed that everything had calmed down. Helena had brought joy in his life and to his parents, especially his mother. He never thought he'd see his mother act so sweet and totally let her guard down. For such a fierce woman it was odd to see her ogle over a small baby, but he was glad nonetheless.
He saw Diana sit down on one of the lounges and put Helena on her legs facing up towards her. She was smiling at her playing with her fingers and legs.
"I don't know how you do that," he knelt down to be closer to them both.
"Do what?" She hadn't looked up but acknowledged he was there.
"Make her calm down like that, it is simply…astonishing."
Diana looked up at Kal and smiled kissing his lips briefly before going back to her motherly games with her baby. Helena's eyes looked over and saw Kal staring at her. She put her arms out and Diana's eyes grew. "She wants you,"
"Me?" He looked a little afraid. He was still getting used to holding someone so small in his arms. He didn't want to break her, she was so tiny.
Diana lifted her off her legs and handed him over to Kal-El who was still looking nervous. He held Helena in his arms carefully but tensely. "Relax, they smell fear," she smirked.
He let his muscles relax and smiled at his daughter in his hold. Helena reached up trying to grab his circlet on his forehead. "She likes my crown," he smiled. "Don't worry someday when you're old enough you will wear one too, Helena." He poked her nose gently causing her to grow more excited.
"She likes you," Diana scooted closer to them. His met her warm eyes. She just kept looking at the two of them. "Your grandmother you say," she thought she'd bring up the subject again. It had been a few weeks since then. "She had auburn hair and green eyes, right?"
He nodded his head still gazing at the infant below him.
"What happened to them Kal? What happened to Lara's parents?"
He stopped smiling and looked up at his raven haired princess. He never really met his grandparents on his mother's side and his mother nor did his father really speak about them, except that they left Krypton and never came back.
"I just know that they left and never returned,"
Diana had a feeling he knew more than that, but didn't want to say. "That's not all what happened was it Kal?"
A few silent moments passed minus Helena's giggles and baby noises. "No"
"Tell me about it." She placed her hand on his arm as he still held the active Helena in his arms.
AN: I'm sorry this chapter is short, but I will update later in the week possibly with a full explanation to what happened with the Vans and Els so long ago and why they "disappeared." Oh and what is up with Lara's tiara as well!
Meanwhile…how 'bout Lara and her baby-fever lol