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LOSH: Unexpected Changes Chp20Chapter 20
It was morning when Superman woke up, though he didn't remember falling asleep or even feeling tired, and Brainy was gone. Sitting up quickly, he almost asked Computo where Brainy was but held his tongue. He had nearly forgotten that Computo was nothing more than a regular computer now; since all the computer's amazing qualities had been broken by the Fatal Five and the chain man, Grimbor.
Tapping onto the top of his Legion ring, since 2/3 Triplicate Girl had been able to fix communications, he spoke into it, "Hey, does anyone know where Brainy is?"
"Yeah, he's with me," came their leader's voice in return.
"Bouncing Boy," Brainy's voice could be overheard, "Stop letting me win!"
The round boy chuckled warmly, "Alright, alright. Rematch."
With that, the communication link was severed and Superman stood, grabbing his boots. He flew back to his room to shower and change into a clean uniform, before going to the lounge where the others would be getting ready for auditions to st
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The moment that Brainy was back in Saturn Girl's arms and in the safety of the Legion cruiser, he curled against her and fell asleep. In his slumber he held onto her hair and – for the first time any of them could recall – sucked his thumb.
For a long while there was silence, with the exception of the movement of the controls and pushing of buttons.
"You didn't wait." Bouncing Boy didn't even look at Superman.
Though it wasn't needed, Superman confirmed it out loud.
"Who knew yah had it in you?" There was mild amusement in Lightning Lad's voice.
It was possible that a few of them smiled but no-one looked to check.
When they got back to headquarters Saturn Girl ignored the many calls of the 'medical wing', went to her room, and tucked Brainy into her bed to sleep beside her even though the toddler's room had long since been repaired.
Cosmic Boy, who had been watching over headquarters since Computo was still in no condition to even know that it had enough power to
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As far as Superman was concerned, he had three options here.
Firstly, he could let loose his heat vision, decimate the room, grab Brainy and Saturn Girl, and burst out to their pod, hoping they weren't caught or killed. Secondly, he could wait out whatever was going to happen for a more appropriate instant to act. Thirdly – and most attractively at that moment in time – he could stare open-mouthed at the Coluan woman standing right in front of him and do all he was capable of doing through his intense fog of shock.
"Querl, you weren't going to leave with these people, were you?"
The woman spoke with a rich, haughty timbre, and Superman felt shivers run down his spine. Whenever he imagined Brainy's mom, soft, patient Saturn Girl sprung immediately to mind; and the thought that this cold, clinical being could actually be little Brainy's mother made him feel ill.
Brainy hadn't moved, or made a single sound since he had identified the new Coluan as his
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Superman held his breath as he pressed the handle down, the door swished open, and their vision was immediately assaulted with...
...toys. Tons and tons of toys.
"Did... did we just break into a toy store?" Superman stared, blinking slowly in confusion.
Not answering, Saturn Girl looked around the room until she spotted a bed in the middle of it all, with blankets all curled up in a little ball. She moved quickly, almost unthinkingly, over to the bed and, with trembling hands, pulled back the covers.
Wrinkling his nose at being suddenly exposed to the cold air, Brainy reached up to pull the blanket back on top of him but stopped when he came in contact with Saturn Girl's hand. He stayed still a moment, thinking, before opening an eye to peek out at her. All Saturn Girl could do was stare; her heart pounding.
Both of his magenta eyes snapping open, Brainy leapt to his feet on the bed, revealing that he was wearing purple, button-up silk pajamas, and, with a huge smile, threw
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Superman punched through the floor when Drax disappeared in a green flash. He looked around desperately, hoping the flash had been his imagination and Drax had just sped out of the way, but he wasn't so lucky.
"Computo! Where's Brainy?"
Static was all he got for a reply and he started desperately to scan the building with his x-ray vision.
His heart was pounding.
Phantom Girl phased through the final wall to find Timber Wolf alone, unconscious and unmoving.
Flying over, she rolled him onto his back and placed her ear close to his mouth to listen and feel for breath as her fingers went to his neck to check for a pulse.
She stopped when she heard a sniff.
"You smell good," came a groggy voice.
Phantom Girl nearly forgot to keep breathing when she looked up and saw Timber Wolf returning her gaze. Her eyes watered as she threw her arms around him.
"You're okay!" She sat up and smacked his shoulder. "Don't scare me like that."
Chuckling, Timber Wolf slowly pushed h
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Almost as if forgetting he could fly, Bouncing Boy bounced up, unhooked formerly White Triplicate Girl from the chains and brought her back to the others with him, laying her gently on the ground. He pressed a couple of fingers against her neck.
"B-Bouncy, is she-" began Purple Triplicate Girl, holding onto her Orange counterpart's hands for support.
Bouncing Boy nodded and then shook his head, turning to the others with a determined look in his eye.
"Lightning Lad, you're the fastest one here – get her to the medical bay and start treating her right away. I'm not sure how much blood she's lost and her heartbeat is slowing down. Timber Wolf, find Brainy and get him somewhere safe; communication is down so we won't know if you run into whoever's here so be careful. Trips and I will try to get an alternate route of communication back to the rings to call backup. Everyone got the plan?"
The others nodded solemnly.
Wordlessly, Timber Wolf ran further into headquarters snif
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No matter what White Triplicate Girl did, she couldn't get Brainy to stop crying or to even speak to her. He didn't even seem to acknowledge the fact that she was there at all as she sat holding him, rocking him back and forth, stroking his hair and back and softly speaking reassuring words to him.
Hiccups joined the sobs as Brainy struggled to breathe in his self-induced panic. His logical side – which sounded a lot like his caretakers' voices – told him he would accomplish nothing by getting so upset, but he couldn't help it.
He pushed his affection for Saturn Girl too far, even calling her 'mommy' again after he promised himself he wouldn't force the role on her.
Now she hated him.
But since Brainy spoken none of these thoughts out loud, White Triplicate Girl had no way of knowing to tell him that it wasn't true. And even if he had, he wasn't listening to her anyway.
Soon enough Brainy's sobs reduced themselves to exhausted sniffles and soft hiccups, his eyes
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Clark woke up in the middle of the night feeling really thirsty. Not bothering to put on his glasses, he rolled out of the bed, floated to his feet and headed towards the kitchen for something to drink. Having to walk through the lounge to get to the kitchen, he was surprised to see a light coming from it.
Sitting in his floating chair was Brainy, facing Computo's mainframe typing away at the computer.
It was definitely a moment for déjà vu for Clark. There had been numerous occasions, since he come to the 31st century, that he had woken up in the middle of the night needing a drink only to find Brainy working on something at Computo's mainframe. He would go, get his drink and then sit beside Brainy, often talking for hours as Brainy worked and they both went to bed only an hour or two before breakfast.
But this wasn't a normal circumstance. Brainy couldn't be working on anything… and he was only three years old. He needed his sleep.
Determined to put th
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After lunch they continued on their way to the animals from different planets enclosures, but none of the fascinated Brainy more then Comet and Cupid.
"What are they?" asked Brainy, trying to peer down into the dome at the strange reptile like creatures.
"No one really knows," began Imra.
"They're the ones from another plain of existence I told you about," said Garth.
"So no one knows anything about them?" Brainy's eyes were wide, but not in fear; in astonishment.
"Well, no one we can talk to anyway," Luornu commented, looking relieved.
Staring into the dome for a moment in silence, Brainy gazed up at Imra, blinking slowly and shuffling his feet before asking, "Can I study them?"
The faces of the older legionnaires went pale, except Timber Wolf's whose ears went back as he narrowed his eyes at the creatures in the dome, almost growling.
Imra knelt down to Brainy's level.
"Brainy, even if you were all grown up I wouldn't want you near those things. They're very naughty and li
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