Hey! Guess what? This is the last chapter! Enjoy!
Zeus continued to hold Diana as she cried into him, pouring out all of her sorrow and pain into the open. He still ran his fingers through her hair, which seemed to comfort her. Despite being the father of many, many children, actually treating them like they were his were moments that was few and far in between, and thus he had little experience in comforting one when they needed a parent. Though by the way she was clinging to him, it seemed that he was doing a decent job at it.
She cried for a long time. Zeus then began to realize how much time could actually mean to a person. While he was thousands of years old, she was merely twenty-three, still a child in his eyes. She had gone through a lot since she was born, from being treated differently on her own island to finding out that she was a demigoddess and had to deal with Hera the past few months.
He growled mentally. His wife was going to pay dearly for tormenting Diana. It was not her fault that he and Hippolyta had many nights of intimacy behind Hera's back. Yes, she was the result of it, but in her own words, she didn't ask to be born, yet she had to pay for his mistakes. It wasn't fair to her. All this time she endured Hera's wrath just because she was an Amazon; they had an enormous amount of pride, and it took a lot to shatter it. Just look at how long it took for Diana to finally crack.
If anything, she deserved this moment of relief.
By the time Diana had managed to calm down, he knew that she was nowhere near done. Her eyes, glassy from crying, were still full of misery. He lifted her head up by placing a hand under her chin. "Why did you stop?" he asked.
She glared weakly. "I'm an Amazon princess and warrior. I do not need to be coddled, especially by you."
"Diana, I am not coddling you. I am merely helping you grieve."
Not to his surprise, she pulled away from his grip, taking a few steps away from him. "You're coddling me. Holding me as if I were an infant is coddling."
"Holding you while you cry is not coddling, it's helping you feel better. You obviously have never had a father figure in your life, and I know Hippolyta has treated you like an adult since you were thirteen. I understand that this is a foreign concept for you, but you are not made of stone. You are not impervious to feelings…"
"Like that makes a difference. I have been on my own since I was a child. I have been treated like a warrior since I could walk." Diana turned around and started to walk towards the door. "I don't need to hear this."
Zeus grabbed her wrist. "Diana, I understand everything you are going through, but listen to me. You have gone through losing your only sister, years of alienation on your own island, finding out your true heritage, losing your mother and Amazon sisters, and finally this with Hera and Superman. It helps to cry, weakness or not."
When he realized that she hadn't tried to pull her arm free he stood up, placing a hand on her shoulder. "What I am trying to say is, yes, it hurts to show that you're vulnerable, but it hurts even more to not allow that moment every once in a while."
Her shoulders started to tremble. "…Shut up…twenty-three years, and now you want to be a father to me? You've known for a few months now, yet now you decide to make an appearance?"
"I told you before that I categorized you and your sister as like the rest of my children. I never thought that you two would be different, but you managed to prove me wrong. I am truly sorry for not being there during the time Hera was tormenting you. If I could, I would reverse everything she had done to you, but even I can't do that."
He heard Diana take a deep breath. "I know…I know…"
He pulled her into another hug. "It's okay to cry, Diana. I'm here now, and I will always be here now. Hera or any other god is never going to harm you like that again. I promise."
She wept for a long time afterwards.
"Hera, you are being punished for the acts you've committed upon Diana and her friends," Zeus said, glaring down at his wife from his chair. A single lightning bolt glistened in his hand.
"You've made my daughter, Diana, and her friends suffer for months because of your jealousy from my infidelity. You know better than to intervene and ruin their life because of someone else's mistakes, and for that you will pay."
Hera merely avoided eye contact.
Zeus glanced to his side. Standing close by was Diana, who was standing in a professional manner beside him. Her expression was unreadable, but her eyes shown with a light that had been missing for months, and the thought of it finally being back made a smile appear on the King's lips.
"You do understand the punishment you will have to carry out, right?"
The goddess shook her head.
Zeus almost smirked. "Your punishment is to serve my brother, Hades, as his wife for the next thousand years."
The look on Hera's face made his smirk widen even more. "What? You can't do that to me! I'm your wife! You need me!"
"I do not." A portal opened behind Hera as a huge pale hand reached out of it. "We made an agreement, and he said he'd be more than happy to have some company with him. He's very lonely, after all."
"No! Zeus, please, I'm sorry!" Hera cried.
Zeus shook his head. "No. This is the price you're paying for torturing my daughter. Now, try not to have too much fun with my brother."
The hand wrapped its fingers around Hera as she thrashed around, still begging to be forgiven. It continued until she was pulled into the portal, and shortly afterwards it closed and disappeared.
Zeus flashed Diana a smile. "Like I said, she won't bother you anymore."
Diana's expression mirrored her father's. "I see. Thank you."
"You are quite welcome. Now, go be happy. I'll be watching over you." Just saying that to her visibly made her happy, for her eyes lit up even more.
"Heh, I don't know what to say…"
"You don't have to say anything, daughter. I know you're still new to this…"
He was caught off guard with a hug.
Zeus blinked. He had suspected to see her simply walk off, but to feel her hug him willingly surprised him. It took him a moment to respond by wrapping his arms around her.
She pulled away a minute later. "Honestly, I don't know how to thank you for this, all of this. This is the first time I've been happy in months."
Another smile appeared on the god's face. "It is my pleasure. You deserve to be happy, demigoddess or not. You're a hero to Earth, their hope, their tomorrow. You deserve all of the happiness of the world." He opened a portal that led to Earth. "Now, go, be happy."
Diana walked through the portal, beaming. "I will."
Clark knocked on the window door outside of a hotel in London. "Are you sure this is the place?" Lois whispered in his ear.
He nodded. "I'm sure. I can see her through the wall."
A moment later, the door opened, revealing Diana wearing nothing but a black nightgown. Her eyes immediately brightened at the sight of Clark, but then darkened when she noticed Lois on his back. "Hello," she nearly whispered.
Clark smiled. "Don't worry, it's not what you think. May we come in?"
Diana stepped aside. "Of course."
Clark floated inside, closing the door behind him. He let Lois climb down off of his back and turned to face Diana, who was gazing at him curiously. "Is there something wrong?" she asked.
"No, not at all." His smile broadened. "In fact, I've come here to tell you some good news. Lois is no longer under Hera's control. She's her own person again."
"Really? That's great, Lois," Diana said. Clark could see that she was wondering why he had brought Lois with him.
Before he could say anything, Lois did. "Diana, I…I came here to apologize," she nearly whispered.
"Apologize?" Diana blinked. "You know what happened?"
Lois nodded. "Yes, and I'm terribly sorry about it. You didn't deserve to go through that. Hera possessed me and made me say and do all of those things to you. And I never should have kept Clark away from you."
Once again Diana was caught by surprise. "What?"
Clark nodded. "After returning to Earth, Lois and I had a long talk. She understands everything, and we made the decision—I'm no longer engaged to her."
"I never meant to, anyway," Lois added. "I'm only friends with Smallville. It was Hera that had forced him into it from the beginning."
Clark turned to Diana, who had a look of shock on her face. It soon morphed into a grin as she and Clark locked on each other's eyes. "Kal," she said, tears of happiness spiking her eyes. "You have no idea how happy I…"
He put a hand around her waist and pulled her closer. "I know."
Diana giggled from the contact as their heads slowly inched closer. As their lips met, both metahumans felt as if a huge weight was lifted off of them. This was it.
This was happiness.
Yes, cheesy, I know, but what can I say? I love happy endings, even if they're lame.
I'm making a sequel to this. I don't know the title yet, but it's going to be centered around Clark and Diana's child. I promise it'll be up soon.
Thanks for all that read my story! You were awesome!