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Epilogue

by yugioh4ever 0 Reviews

Category: Justice League Unlimited - Rating: PG - Genres: Angst,Drama,Romance - Characters:  - Warnings: [!!] - Published: 2012/11/30 - Updated: 2012/12/01 - 3106 words - Complete

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I just want you close
Where you can stay forever
You could be sure
That it will only get better

You and me together
Through the days and nights
I don't worry 'cause
Everything's gonna be alright

People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is
Everything's gonna be alright

And no one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel
For you, you, you
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

When the rain is pouring down
And my heart is hurting
You will always be around
This I know for certain

You and me together
Through the days and nights/
/I don't worry 'cause
Everything's gonna be alright

People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is
Everything's gonna be alright

No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel
For you, you, you
Can get in the way of what I feel

I know some people search the world
To find something like what we have
I know people will try
Try to divide something so real
So 'til the end of time
I'm telling you there is

No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I'm feeling
No one, no one, no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you

~Alicia Keys
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John woke up with a smile on his face despite the fact that it was half past six in the morning on a Sunday. He rolled over in bed to gaze at the sleeping form next to him. Although John had every intention to wake up early that morning, he was coaxed awake anyway by a wing grazing his arm and the covers being pulled off of him. Shayera had been a "cover snatcher", as he called her, for as long as they had been together.

John teased Shayera about her stealing of the sheets as much as Shayera teased John about his snoring. They could both agree on one thing that, even though they would deny over and over again their obvious quirks, John was the deep sleeper of the two. This was more than likely the reason why it bothered Shayera that he emitted obnoxious noises as he slept because as long as he w/as /sleeping, Shayera couldn't fall asleep herself as she was typically a light sleeper. Though she never woke up to his touch anymore, it seemed to calm her now rather than wake her. So when John pressed a gentle kiss to Shayera's hairline, she merely smiled contentedly to herself and cuddled deeper into the covers she stole from him.

Mirroring her smile, John reached across his wife's body to stealthily lower the volume to the alarm clock that he knew Shayera had set to go off in about half an hour. He didn't understand why she never let herself sleep in on the weekends but today he wouldn't let her have any say in the matter.

John dragged himself out of bed and tiptoed out of the bedroom, silently shutting the door behind him. He walked to the first door, which was slightly ajar, on the opposite side of the hallway.

"Rex?" John whispered when he peaked through the door. He slipped into the bedroom and made his way to squat down next to the small, sound asleep figure lying on the twin-sized bed. He rustled the sheets. "Come on buddy wake up." The four and a half year old resisted as he rolled over to face away from John. "Come on Rex, rise and shine. You promised me you'd help do something special for Mommy's birthday.

"Still be her birthday later," Came a mumble almost unheard as it was spoken into his Superman pillowcase. John laughed at his son's reluctance to get up, stubborn like his mother.

"Alright you win," He replied as he stood up, feigning defeat. "But don't complain if we don't let you eat any of the cupcakes." He exaggerated a frown as he began backing out of the room.

"Cupcakes?" Rex's eyes opened and he hurried out of bed. "Wait I'm awake," He followed John into the hall, dragging his feet.

"That's my boy," John said. "Let's go wake up your sister."

They made their way to the room whose door was opened all of the way.

"Emma," John's voice rang out into his little girl's bedroom. "Wake up baby girl," He moved his hand over the top of her head.

"Daddy!" The six year old exclaimed in an excited voice and rubbed her small fists over her eyes.

"Shhh," John whispered gently as he picked her up. John, unlike Shayera, thought it was cute how Wally had dubbed her mini-Shayera.

"We gotta be quiet, okay? Remember we're going to surprise Mommy."

"Okey dokey," She said in a small voice.

Once they were in the kitchen, John set Emma upon her feet.

"Emma, do you want me to put your hair up so it doesn't get in the way?" John asked and she nodded. He then turned around. "Rex, why don't you go get out the milk and eggs? Be careful with the eggs. Ok bud?" He asked the boy, who went in the direction of the refrigerator as John guided Emma into the bathroom. He stood her up on the top of the closed toilet seat lid so she would be more level with him.

"What'll it be today, Emma?"He asked as he fished through a plastic pouch he pulled out from the cabinet underneath the sink filled with a different barrettes and hair accessories.

"Ponytail," She said confidently as she held her hands up excitedly into the air. She teetered from her perch for a moment before falling against John's stomach, as he let out a stifled "oomph", holding him tightly around the middle. John stood her upright once more.

"Just a ponytail, you sure?"

She faltered for a moment, "Um I want a...braid!"

"Oh so we're going to be fancy today? What color?" He held the bag out to her and she picked out two teal hair ties.

"Mommy's favorite color," She held them out to him.

"You're right. That is her favorite color. Alright turn around Em," She turned around and John carefully parted her hair down the middle, gently tugging with the comb in order to get through the tangles of her amber hair. Once John was done, he picked her up and held her in front of the mirror.

"How's that?" He asked and she nodded approvingly. There were a few hairs that were left out of the right hair tye. It wasn't as neat as Shayera would have styled it but his daughter seemed pleased with the result all the same.

John and Emma headed into the conjoined living, dining, and kitchen area to find Rex sitting on the couch with the remote in his hands.

"Can I watch cartoons?" He asked.

"Later, Rex, I promise. Come help me and Emma in the kitchen. It'll be fun." Rex sighed and dragged himself away from his seat and followed the other two into the kitchen.
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For three hours, due to a few spills along the way and flour being thrown between the two siblings, the three of them worked as quietly as they could. First making the recipe for red velvet cupcakes with vanilla frosting. As they worked, John told Rex which measuring cups to use for each ingredient and John would add it to the large bowl. He also helped Emma, whose braid had fallen apart at this point, stir the rich batter with the large wooden spoon. Once the batter was poured into the little paper cupcake molds in the tin and popped them into the oven, they got started on the frosting. John folded in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract with the creamed butter-milk-flour mixture and he put it in the fridge. Finally he took out the cupcakes, after they raised, and set them on a hot pad to cool before they could put on the frosting.

As the cupcakes cooled, they cleaned up the mess they made from making the cupcakes so they could make another mess when they made breakfast. John started to crack open some eggs and told Emma and Rex to get out hot sauce, sour cream, ketchup, and a can of Easy Cheese.

"Ew," Emma had a face. "How does Mommy eat that? It's gross."

John smiled at her, "Don't tell Mommy but I agree with you."

Rex shrugged, "I like it."

"That's cause you're weird," She retorted.

"Am not!" Rex's emerald eyes glared at her.

Emma's emerald eyes just as intensely glared back, "Are too!"

"Alright you two, calm down before you wake Mommy up," John intervened before any fights could break out.

He gave the kids free reign to unleash their creativity over how they wanted to decorate the cupcakes. Some they covered the entire top of the cupcake with frosting. On others, Emma dabbed on little happy faces and Rex decorated some with stripes or polka dots.

John began scrambling the eggs. However, once all of the cupcakes were decorated, John heard a tired voice speak out from in front of their bedroom.

"John?" He turned around to see Shayera yawning and stretching while looking mildly surprised. "It's almost nine thirty. Why didn't my alarm go off?"

Before John could say anything, Emma spoke up from where she was standing on one of the kitchen chairs he pulled over so she could see over the counter top while helping.

"Mommy," She had her hands on her hips as she spoke far too authoritatively for someone her age. Shayera definitely rubbed off on her. "You're supposed to be sleeping so we can give you your birthday surprise."

Rex nodded as he pointed to the bedroom door, "Go Mommy."

John snorted and rolled his eyes as he mumbled, "So much for a surprise now."

Shayera looked confused, as if barely remembering it was her birthday. There was no celebrating birthdays on Thanagar and it was yet another thing she was still getting used to. She decided to humor the two kids. "Oh wait, hold on a sec," She walked back into the bedroom and shut the door. A few seconds later her voice could be heard from the other side of the door, "Ok I'm asleep and have no idea of any potential birthday surprises, at all. Continue whatever you're doing."

John chuckled as both Emma and Rex seemed satisfied with the response. He placed a single cupcake on a small paper plate. As a final touch John stuck a candle, not a numbered one as Shayera would have killed him, into the middle of the cupcake and lit it.

"Alright go get her," John told them quietly. Rex opened the door and they both ran inside, pouncing on the bed as Shayera pretended to wake up for the first time, rather than the second.

"Happy birthday Mommy," They both chimed as they wrapped their arms around her and she pulled them close.

"Oh my crazy, little sweethearts," She kissed both of their cheeks. "What a surprise."

John and Shayera shared a smile as he placed the plate on her nightstand and leaned in to kiss the corner of her mouth. At this point, Shayera really couldn't imagine what could make her life any more perfect. She had everything she had ever wanted and then some.

"Happy birthday Shay," John said quietly and Shayera beamed, as if reliving the very moment she fell in love with him. John pulled away as his eyes went to their kids, back to her, and to the kids again. Shayera got the message. The kids' attention was clearly focused on her as they quietly sat on top of her which was beginning to get uncomfortable, especially since Rex's knees were digging into her left wing.

"Is this for me?" She asked them as she hugged them again. "Oh red velvet, that's my favorite."

"That's why I picked it out Mommy," Emma spoke up proudly as her brother frowned.

"Yeah well that's the cupcake I colored," Rex argued.

Emma stuck out her tongue, "It doesn't matter. I picked out her favorite."

Rex stuck out his tongue this time, "So? My cupcake design is cooler than yours!"

"I'm sure you both did a wonderful job picking out and decorating cupcakes," Shayera said soothingly trying to placate the bickering that was bound to escalate like most of their arguments did.

"You've got to blow out the candle and make a wish," Emma reminded her.

"Hmm well," Shayera began as John smirked. "I already got everything I could have wished for years ago."

"Then wish that Daddy lets us have more than one cupcake," Rex said.

Emma shook her head in disagreement, "No wish for a puppy; I want a puppy!"

"Oh you guys don't need that much sugar in the morning," The Thanagarian stated as she shook her head. "You're crazy enough as it is. And we definitely don't need a puppy," John could tell that Shayera didn't seem too excited about her kids hyped up on sugar all morning or too fond over the idea of a puppy.

"Why don't you two go and get yourselves some cupcakes," John suggested as Shayera raised an eyebrow. "And eat it at the table so you don't get red crumbs everywhere."

"Alright," They agreed and climbed off of her.

"And don't," Shayera started but they already jetted out of the room and she sighed. "Run."

Once they left the room, John sat down on the edge of the bed next to her, the candle momentarily forgotten about.

Even after nearly seven years of marriage John still found it hard to believe that he and Shayera were actually married, especially after their rocky past. They had a family together but what made their bond so unbreakable throughout the years was the fact that they learned so much from one another. The same could be said now, even if it was only about how to braid hair, which John still had problems doing, or cook food without poisoning people, which Shayera had yet to master. They were a team.

"Really John, sugar for breakfast? Are you trying to make our day hard right off from the start?" Shayera tipped her head down, giving John a stern look before smirking. "And you say I spoil them."

"You do but you know I love spoiling them as much as I love spoiling you. Speaking of which," He trailed off and kissed her cheek. "What about you babe?" John asked, smiling affectionately at his wife. "What are you going to wish for?"

"Me?" Shayera seemed surprised. "I told you already; I have everything I could possibly ever want: Two beautiful kids, surviving this long in the Justice League, the world's most loving father of our kids, and not to mention my extremely good-looking husband," John rubbed her thigh through the sheets as he listened to Shayera gush. "There has to be something you could wish for."

John shrugged, "I have everything I want too: Two great kids, being in the Justice League and Green Lantern Corps, and having the hottest wife who is also the best mother on Earth."

Shayera slightly blushed and chuckled, "Now you're exaggerating."

"No I'm not but I had an idea," He moved in closer, his arm stretched out across Shayera's waist. "How about Uncle Wally agreeing to watch the kids for the day so the two of us can spend a little alone time together, hmm? It may or may not already be arranged," John hinted as he began laying soft, tender kisses against her neck and collarbone. "And I may have already made plans on going to your favorite bar in the universe."

"That sounds quite enticing and intriguing," She slightly shivered as John's fingers trailed up her neck and jawline. He cupped her face in his hands and moved in to kiss her deeply. Although she kept in mind that the kids were just in the other room, Shayera kissed back enthusiastically, running her hand up John's arm before pulling away. As if just remembering, Shayera quickly blew out the candle with a devilish smile before allowing herself to be wrapped up in John's arms once more.

~The End
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A/N: I can't believe that it's actually over. I seriously could just add chapter upon chapter to this until the end of time but that wouldn't be quite practical. That's when I had an idea. One-Shot/Drabble series! I don't know when I'll start it, hopefully soon. It'll basically be pre- and post-Starcrossed and everything in between. It will fill the gaps between Small Talk and Alien and it will also fill the gaps between the last chapter of Alien and the epilogue. It will even go beyond the epilogue.

Also I believe that I have not contradicted canon per say. Why not? Simply because Dwayne McDuffie himself (RIP) said in an interview (about how the show ended before resolving the HG/GL relationship) that the viewers are supposed to put 2+2 together and figure that John and Shayera ended up getting back together, got married, and had kids. Not a kid. He said* kids. (Hooray!) So basically he said yeah they had Rex but it didn't stop there. Besides, no one knows if Rex was the oldest, middle, or youngest child; heck he could even have been a twin or something. McDuffie left it up to our imaginations. Wasn't that nice of him? It's like he knew us fanfiction writers needed some fodder.

Also in the works, probably won't be uploaded for awhile, is a story about the Near-Apocalypse of '09 which was only vaguely referenced to in JLU episode "Epilogue" and Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past".

For those unfamiliar with that event, here's the only known facts about it:

The Near-Apocalypse of '09 was a dramatic event in which Batman played a pivotal role. The known participants in the conflict were Batman, Ra's al Ghul, and Talia. According to stories told to Terry McGinnis, Talia turned on her father and aided Batman in putting an end to Ra's machination. Ra's apparently perished in the battle's climax but merely laid low until the right moment to strike again.

Until next time.
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