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Fic: Embracing Destiny (13/?)

Title: Embracing Destiny (13/?)
Author: Babette babettew54
Category: Superman Movie-verse
Characters: Lois/Clark/Kal-El, Conner, Jason, Martha, Perry, Jimmy
Rating: T
Summary: Lois and Clark must fight harder than they’ve ever fought before to keep their family together.
Word Count: 4,800
Disclaimer: DC Comics/Warner Brothers owns these characters, except for Joanne Kent and Samuel Hamilton; they’re mine. No profit is being made from this story. This is strictly for my own amusement.
Author’s Notes: In this next chapter, Jason and Conner embark on an assignment that could lead to disaster, the League has news for Conner, and later Clark and Lois try to help Conner accept what he can’t change. Please read and review. Thank you! :D


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Previously:
(Chapter 1) (Chapter 2)(Chapter 3)(Chapter 4)(Chapter 5)
(Chapter 6)(Chapter 7) (Chapter 8)(Chapter 9)(Chapter 10)
(Chapter 11)(Chapter 12)


Chapter 13: You Are Loved

Don't give up

It's just the weight of the world

When your heart's heavy

I...I will lift it for you

Don't give up

Because you want to be heard

If silence keeps you

I...I will break it for you

Everybody wants to be understood

Well I can hear you

Everybody wants to be loved

Don't give up

Because you are loved … (1)

~o~o~

The Watchtower space station, the next morning:

When he arrived at the station, Clark had a lot of things on his mind. Not only Lois' idea of going to Niagara Falls which he was not too sure about, plus his talk last night with his eldest son weighed heavily on his mind, and now Jason possibly becoming a member of Young Justice was also there too. He then thought back to his conversation with his sons just that morning.

It was the weekend and Jason and Conner had their heads together at the breakfast table. Clark watched them closely and they were talking about Jason flying for the first time and how exciting it had been.

His Mom had decided to stay over for the weekend, Lois had plans with Kitty, and Sammy and JoJo were excited about spending time together after their ordeal. They'd talked over the phone several times, so Lois and Kitty wanted them to talk in person. It may help them, so an afternoon of amusement rides and games sounded like a plan.

After breakfast, Clark pulled his sons aside before they could take off. "Is everything alright? What's going on?" He knew his sons and wondered if they were up to something. Clark could see they both had on their costumes under their clothing. "Conner, I was hoping we could finish our talk from last night."

"There's no need, Dad, I got where you were coming from, and besides Jason and I, well, we talked and everything is great," Conner replied although his eyes wandered here and there.

Now Clark was very suspicious. He crossed his arms. "Ok, spill it."

Jason sighed and finally answered him. "Conner wanted to introduce me to the team."

"Oh, I see. I'm not sure if that's such a good idea."

"But Dad, I'm ready. You know I am. Please, don't say no," Jason pleaded to him.

Clark considered it, but Jason was not ready for any missions. "Introductions are fine, but that's it. No missions," he told them firmly.

"Of course, no missions; we got it," Conner told him.

"Alright, I'll see you both back here for dinner."

They both smiled and left their Father staring after them. Minutes later, they were streaking off into the sky.

"Where are they off to in such a hurry?" Lois asked, as she watched her sons fly off in a hurry.

Clark frowned as he thought about it. "They're up to something."

Oh, dear, what now? Lois thought.

~o~o~

An hour later, back at the station:

After rounds, stopping at the Planet offices for a while, Clark arrived at the station ready to talk about his sons and where they both fit into the scheme of things, meaning Young Justice and the League.

"Morning, Clark," Diana greeted him cheerfully, just a bit too cheerful. Maybe it was his suspicious nature running wild because of his earlier talk with his sons.

"Good morning, Diana, Bruce, J'onn, and you too, Hal," Clark greeted everyone, but no one had anything to say to him. Now he was definitely suspicious. He crossed his arms. "What's going on?"

Bruce spoke up then. "How's the family, Clark?"

"Bruce, please, no small talk. Just tell me what's going on."

"We wanted to talk to you about Kon-El," Bruce began.

"Kon-El? You never call him that."

"Well, I think we should call him that. He's not a kid anymore. Superboy is a nice name and everyone knows him by that name, but Kon-El, well, he's your son."

"Of course, he is, but he's Conner to me."

"That's fine, Clark but once he …. ummm … moves on …" Bruce tentatively began.

"Conner, I mean, Kon-El isn't going anywhere." He paused. "What are you getting at?"

"He needs to be around superheroes, those who are on par with his powers, Clark. I don't particularly mean us, but a team that will accept him for who he is and how powerful he could be."

Clark pondered his words. "He is powerful, I agree but, he's fine where he is."

"Clark, we should at least ask him how he feels about it," J'onn began.

"You've already made plans for this 'other team,' haven't you?"

"Yes, we have, Clark and I have their bios here for you to see," Wonder Woman told him and then she went to the monitors, typed in a few words and their bios appeared on the monitors. The new team named 'Teen Titans' appeared before them in full costume apparently ready to get to work. The team would officially consist of five members including Superboy, once he joined the team.

"First, we have Wondergirl …" Diana began.

Superman interrupted. "Wait a minute Diana. 'Teen Titans?' Conner is not a teen, and you know the name 'Wondergirl' was given to my daughter. Exactly how is this going to work?"

"Well, technically, you're right, Kon-El is only ten years old, but we'll overlook that minor detail. And Joanna is years away from becoming a member of this team and we don't know the future. She may not even want to be a superhero."

He thought about that for a minute. "Well, I don't know the future either, and yes, she is far too young," Clark reluctantly agreed.

"Let's continue, shall we?" Diana asked.

But Clark wasn't listening. He was thinking about Diana's words about Joanna and the possibility of her becoming a member of the team or even a superhero at all. Once she's older and finishes her schooling, and with her instincts and compassion for others, she could very well follow in her parent's footsteps as a journalist or a writer, or even a doctor or a lawyer. The sky was the limit for his little girl. And Jason, his piano training could lead to a professional job in an orchestra or he could write his own music one day. He was definitely on his way. And Conner, well, from the moment he had come to us, it was clear from the beginning what his profession would be. Clark chuckled to himself, thinking about him.

He suddenly came back to the present when a question was asked.

Diana had completed the introductions, but then J'onn spoke up then. "Where's Superboy?"

Clark frowned. "That's a good question," he replied.

~o~o~

Meanwhile, over the skies of western Canada:

It was a beautiful Saturday morning, Jason noted, as he flew higher and higher over the clouds. Jason was living a dream; he couldn't believe it. He was actually flying in the sky with his brother Conner beside him.

The other members of Young Justice, including Megan, were also flying. Artemis, who had recently joined the team, was flying with Conner; Robin was with Megan; and Aqualad was with Jason. Kid Flash with his speed would probably reach the lab before they arrived.

Altogether, there were seven of them and they all wanted to help Conner destroy Cadmus Labs. Their goal was to demolish the building thereby destroying all the research and everything that represented Lex Luthor and all his mad schemes to hurt his Father, specifically the 'K-virus.' Conner had come up with the name just that morning.

The destruction of the Lab was the only solution. Jason and Conner were sure of it and with that knowledge between them they decided not to tell their Father their plans. They of course, knew that he wouldn't be happy about it, but after this mission, he would be thrilled with the news and what they had accomplished. They were sure of it.

Once they arrived at the site, Jason's mind briefly wandered back to his first introduction to the team and it had not gone exactly as Conner had hoped.

~o~o~

An hour earlier, at the Young Justice hideout in Honolulu:

"Does your Father know about this? Isn't he a bit young?" That was Robin asking questions. They all had their doubts.

"Look, Jason is here because I asked him to come. He flew for the first time the other day and he's ready to learn, but he needs training first. He's not participating in any missions. I just wanted you guys to meet him," Conner replied.

"Ok, we've met. Now, can we get to work now?" Robin asked getting annoyed by this unexpected delay.

"The mission can wait," Conner announced.

"Who says so?" Aqualad asked worried how it would look to the League.

"I say so, and once I tell you everything, you'll agree. Take a seat." Conner took a deep breath and decided to spit it out. "Lex Luthor …"

"Why are you bringing up that loser?" Artemis interrupted. "May he rot in prison."

"Oh, he will," Conner stated. "The reason I brought him up is because … well …" He hesitated.

"What is it Conner?" Megan asked. It can't be that bad, she told him telepathically.

He suddenly remembered when Megan had first entered his mind years ago, it had really upset him, but now it was more like a caress as the way he would describe it now. "I have his DNA, as well as my Father, Superman." He finally confessed his darkest and most shameful secret.

"And, what else?" Megan asked hoping to make light of it. She could tell Conner was very worried how the team would react.

He turned to her and with very thankful expression.

Artemis rolled her eyes at their hidden exchanges. It was her jealousy talking. She also liked Superboy.

"Lex Luthor, huh?" Robin asked and walked over to him. He suddenly reached up and ruffled his hair. "You're not going to go bald are you?"

Everyone laughed at that. It definitely lightened the mood.

"Alright, alright, now about this … ummm … assignment," Conner began.

"We already have our next 'mission.' Zatara contacted us just before you arrived." Aqualad wondered what he was referring to.

"Well, this assignment is far more important and the other one can wait for a few hours."

"What are you talking about, Conner? What assignment?" Robin asked, getting inpatient.

Conner then told them about the documents he had found, Cadmus Labs, the K-virus, and Dr. Westfield and about Lex Luthor's mad schemes and his ultimate goal to destroy him as well as his Father.

As everyone digested this information, a full minute went by then, "We have to destroy the Lab." Megan was the first to speak up.

Everyone agreed and they also agreed that the sooner this threat was taken care of, the sooner everyone could breathe a lot easier, especially Conner and Jason and their family as well.

~o~o~

Back over the skies of western Canada:

They were just outside the city limits of Calgary, Alberta. Conner spotted the lab first. They hovered over the huge, flat top, single story building. The area was deserted with only a few other buildings, no cars, a perfect spot for illegal activities or anyone who needed to be hidden. Jason and Conner both realized that the building was made of lead and that they couldn't see inside, which probably meant kryptonite.

"Wait, we need to check it out first. It could be full of kryptonite," Aqualad told them unnecessarily.

"We realize that, Aqualad. The building is made of lead," Conner told him.

Robin easily bypassed the security system and they entered the Lab without too much trouble, but when they got inside, the main floor was empty. There wasn't any equipment that they could see, no kryptonite, lead boxes or anything that would lead them to believe that anyone or anything had been there for years.

Artemis and Megan came back outside and told them the coast was clear. Conner and Jason were both leery as they entered the place, but neither of them could feel any kryptonite affects. Needless to say, they were both still very suspicious. Conner checked the address again. He had written it down specifically and he had even entered the address into his navigational equipment.

"Something's not right. I don't like this," Jason told his brother. "Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all."

"You know I don't have a choice, Jason. I have to get rid of it."

Jason was silent, understanding his brother's urgency, but he was still very worried about this entire assignment.

Suddenly, Megan spoke up then as she pointed to a corner. "Look over there. It looks like a hidden entrance of some kind." With the help of Robin and Aqualad, they managed to open a large door and then they saw stairs and it appeared to lead to a basement below the main floor.

"Jason, Conner, wait here. We'll check it out first," Megan instructed.

"Of course, we'll wait here," Conner replied.

Once the rest of the team had entered the lower floors, Jason asked a question. "Do they have to do this on every mission, you know, because of the kryptonite?"

"Well, actually, no; they're doing it for you. Kryptonite doesn't affect me the way it does you."

Jason hated the green rock. "It's everywhere, isn't it?" He was upset about that prospect.

"Pretty much, but you don't have to worry. Lex had an abundance of it, and I think once they check out what's down there, his hidden stash will be no more."

"I hope you're right. I'll never forget that feeling of being exposed to it for the first time."

"Oh, you mean on the yacht? Dad told me about that."

"Yeah, it felt as if my insides had frozen, like I couldn't breathe. I couldn't move either." He shook his head remembering.

Megan then yelled up the stairs. "The coast is clear!"

"Let's go," Conner said and entered the stairwell with Jason close behind him.

~o~o~

Meanwhile, back at Watchtower:

Clark was beginning to worry and the team was still unresponsive to their attempts to contact them. They apparently hadn't gone on their assigned mission and had turned off their communicators and tracking devices. This is not good, he thought.

The entire League had the same thought. As they all stood before the massive monitors, they thought about their wayward team of superheroes and what they could possibly be doing at that very moment.

Clark was also thinking about his talk with them this morning, and then he suddenly realized what was going on. "I know where they are. Let's go, NOW!"

~o~o~

Back at Cadmus Lab:

Once inside the huge lab, everyone went looking around for anything that would lead them to believe that kryptonite or any type of formula or something that could contain the K-virus was actually there.

While everyone continued their search, Conner suddenly had a flashback. As he walked around the lab with its vials, test tubes, strange machines and even stranger smells, it all came back to him.

It was cold and dank and he was surrounded by strangers. He remembered slowly awakening for the first time and it was Dr. Westfield who stared at him. Conner waited for him to speak.

"You're awake." He paused. "Your name is Con-R."

Blinking at the memory, he then remembered his many lessons that were implanted inside his brain but mostly he remembered Lois Lane and Clark Kent, and of course, Superman was also there. He also remembered an undercurrent of hate and resentment that was also implanted inside his mind, but all it took was one look from Ms. Lane and Mr. Kent and it had all just evaporated like so much mist and smoke.

Finally, days later he was set free and the first place he headed was Metropolis. He saw her first. He had drifted down from the sky directly in front of her car and then she smiled at him and he knew right then and there he could never hate her, not in a million years.


Suddenly, he was pulled back to the present when someone pulled his arm. "Don't move, Conner." It was Jason.

The Young Justice members had held up their arms and told them to stay put for in front of them was another door. This one was also made of lead, but it had hazard and danger signs all over it, and they realized what was probably behind the door.

"Wait here, I'm going in." It was Megan and because of her ability to move through walls, she was the best choice to see what was behind the door.

Jason panicked then. He put his hand inside his pocket and turned on his communicator. The League would find them for sure.

Conner heard what he did and freaked out. "Jason, tell me you didn't do that."

"I'm sorry, Conner, but …"

He didn't let him finish. "Everyone, let's go … NOW!" Conner screamed at them. "The League is coming. We have to go … NOW!"

"Alright, alright," Robin said frustrated. "We came all this way. Let's finish this!"

"Look, this was my idea. I forced all of you to come. I'll take care of everything. Now, GO NOW!"

"What are you going to do, Conner?" It was Jason.

"Just leave, please, Jason." He paused. "Tell Dad I had to do it."

Jason was really freaking out now. "Conner, you don't have to do this alone."

"You know I do." He sadly stated.

Suddenly, Conner's eyes began to burn.

Jason backed up afraid but his sadness outweighed that feeling. He now knew that his brother was dead serious.

Robin pulled Jason's arm. He'd seen Conner like this before with Zod.

They all left him alone then. Megan was the last to leave. She suddenly ran to him and pulled him close. "I love you," she whispered to him for the first time.

He pulled back and tried to smile. "I know."

Minutes later, after everyone had left and they stood outside waiting for Conner, the League arrived but it was too late.

The entire building exploded into a huge fireball sending everyone from the building a good twenty feet away.

Once everyone was on their feet, Superman approached Jason and then looked around and knew immediately what had happened. "No, please tell me Conner isn't in there."

Jason turned to his Father with tears in his eyes. He wasn't able to get a single word out.

Clark knew the truth. He had to put out the fire, so he used his super breath and the fire was out in moments. Then they waited. Minutes later, Conner emerged from the burned rubble, his costume torn and burned, smoke billowing from his scorched suit and jacket, and then he spoke to them.

"I'm ok," he casually said and patted the smoke from his clothes and he couldn't help smiling to lighten the mood a little.

Clark put his hands on his hips. He wanted to scold his son badly, but not in front of his friends.

Young Justice, Jason and the League surrounded Conner, everyone asking him if he was alright. Megan stood back and tried to smile but a terrible omen burrowed itself inside her mind and she couldn't help but worry about him and what the repercussions of what had just happened could mean for her friend. My friend? He's more than that, so much more.

~o~o~

A little while later, at the Kent house:

Conner and Clark were in the den finally able to finish their talk. "I'm not telling your Mother what you did."

"What did he do, Clark?" Lois asked as he poked her head inside. "Why all the secrecy? You know I hate secrets Clark."

"I know that, honey, but …" He began, but she interrupted him.

"Don't use that patronizing tone with me. Conner, tell me what's going on," Lois demanded as she sat down in a side chair and waited.

Clark's eyebrows rose. My Lois is back, he thought, but then he hid a smile.

Lois crossed her arms. "I'm waiting."

"I don't know where to start, Mom," Conner admitted worried how she would react to the news about the K-virus.

"The beginning is usually a good place to begin." She paused at the look on his face. "Go on, honey, I'm listening."

Conner took a deep breath and began his story from the beginning. "It started when I found Sammy in the abandoned warehouse and then I found the 'Westfield papers' quite by accident, and then everything spiraled out of control from there. I couldn't get those papers out of my mind."

"But I don't understand. What did the papers say?" Conner was silent but the look on his face spoke volumes. "Was it something bad?"

"Yes, Lois, it was bad," Clark answered her when Conner couldn't say anything.

"Apparently, Luthor and Westfield came up with a way to control Conner … by threatening him with … something that could kill him."

"Oh, no, really? I can't believe this," Lois was shocked by the news. She went to Conner and took his hand.

"It's true, Mom, all of it. That's why I went to Canada, to find the lab and to destroy it."

"So, it's over? Everything was destroyed?" Lois asked her husband, hoping that it was true.

Clark was silent as he stared at the floor. Both Lois and Conner looked to him for answers.

"I got a text from Bruce a little while ago. Westfield has turned State's evidence to save his own skin." He paused. "That wasn't the only lab; there are others out there. Now, he may be lying but I think he's telling the truth."

"A lie detector could confirm that, wouldn't it?" Lois hopefully asked.

"Yes, it would but I think it's a waste of time," Clark responded.

Conner didn't know what to think. "Then, it was all for naught?"

"I'm afraid so, son," Clark sadly replied.

Conner felt defeated and so vulnerable. It was a strange feeling. He looked to his Father then. "I don't know what to do."

Clark sighed, went to him and touched his shoulder. "Son, like I told you before, you have to learn to accept that there's something out there that could hurt you or even kill you."

"But I don't know how," he said and wondered how he could possibly live with this hanging over his head day after day.

Lois spoke up then. "Conner, honey, look at me." She touched his cheek. So like his Father, she thought. "I haven't spoken to your father about this, but I really don't need to because he knows what I'm thinking, well, most of the time." She paused and glanced at her husband. Clark quirked an eyebrow and shook his head. "But there was a brief moment at the Fortress that I knew I was going to die."

"No," Conner couldn't believe it.

She took his hands in hers. "Yes, honey there was."

Clark closed his eyes but didn't say anything.

"At that very moment, I looked at your father and tried with everything in me to tell him what I was thinking, but it was too cold."

"What were you thinking?" Conner asked needing to know.

Lois glanced at her husband again then she took a deep breath and continued. "I wanted to tell him how sorry I was."

"You were sorry? But I don't understand."

She squeezed his hands again. "Honey, when you love someone, you never want that person to be unhappy, never, and when I accepted that I was going to leave him, leave my children, I felt …" She paused, closed her eyes unable to continue.

"Lois, don't …" Clark whispered, went to her and touched her shoulder.

All during her speech they both remembered a time when Clark had sacrificed everything for her happiness. She would never hold it against him, not ever.

Lois turned to look at her husband and she silently spoke to him telling him with her eyes that it was alright. It was the same expression she had given him at the Fortress.

Conner watched his parents with their silent communication and then suddenly he understood. He now knew how selfish he had been thinking only of himself, but this family, his family, would be devastated if anything happened to any of them. He felt loved and with that love he would learn to accept what he couldn't change. He also knew that he wouldn't let it defeat him.

He stood up then and pulled his mother into a hug. "Thank you, Mom. You don't have to say anymore. I understand."

Lois pulled back and touched his cheek. "We love you, Conner, always."

"I know." He said and kissed her cheek. "Good night," he said.

"Good night, son," Clark told him and touched his shoulder.

As Conner turned to go, he stifled a yawn.

Clark saw it, but Lois did not.

"Do you think he really understood what I was trying to say?" Lois asked her husband as she went into his arms. Clark was silent. "Clark?"

Still frowning over his wife's head, he held her close to his heart then he replied, "Yeah, he understood."

TBC!

~o~o~

Note: (1) You Are Loved (Don't Give Up), Josh Groban

A/N: Conner will face his mortality in the next few chapters. *hugs the family* This part of the story will be tough for my readers but I wanted Conner to face his fears, deal with them and move on. Thanks for reading everyone. Reviews are love! :D


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