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One Last ChanceBrainiac Five was dead. One could argue that, as an android, Brainy had never been alive to begin with but Superman didn't believe that. Brainy ate, drank, and slept; all the things an organic person needed to do to live.
Brainy was Superman's friend and he was dead. And Brainy had been alive, no matter what someone could argue. Brainy could think and have ideas on his own, without some sort of programmer or creator to instruct him. He could get annoyed sometimes rather easily jealous, be sad, excited, he smiled .
Brainy, Superman's friend, was dead: and it was Superman's fault. He chose to destroy the machine Brainy had put himself into, to give Superman a chance to save the others, to save everyone trapped in a perpetual moment of fear. Sacrifice was something only someone alive could understand, or do.
With the machine gone, so was Brainy. Superman found his body, dropped carelessly onto the ground by the machine's destruction. Smoke and debris still swirle
CotE Chp17Superman had never been sick before, only ever having felt any sort of weakness when it came to magic and a red sun, but he imagined this was what dying felt like. It was like all of his muscles were clenching uncontrollably, trying to break his own bones and crush his organs, not relaxing enough to give him full lung capacity until he felt so hot he thought someone must have catapulted him into the sun. Despite the heat, it allowed him to sleep without thinking he wouldn't be waking up again.
He wasn't sure over what span of time it was, but he recalled waking up several times. Or at least he thought he woke up. He couldn't tell because all he could see was blurry green and purple, but he recalled something cool being pressed to his forehead while the rest of him felt so hot.
There were other times when he could have sworn he was holding something against his chest. Something he desperately wanted to hold on to that wouldn't be there the next time he thought he was awake. When Superma
CotE Chp16There were many things Brainy liked about Superman. There were, of course, the aesthetic qualities Superman possessed, such as his mesmerizing eyes and his warming smile. He could, of course, bring up the physical attributes that sometimes made it difficult to hide his desire and forced his steamed-up mind to focus on something else before that desire made itself known physically, but those weren't the qualities currently being presented.
No, at the moment Superman was showing his concern for people's wellbeing and his protective nature. Several times in the past Brainy had been the focus of those engrained traits and, acknowledged only to himself, quite enjoyed the attention. It almost made nearly dying twice and the other sorts of dangers they'd faced together worth it to briefly be in his arms, to touch and be touched with the past's hero's attentiveness focused solely on him.
There was also his farm boy charm; at least that's what Phantom Girl and Lightning Lad someti
CotE Chp15"Spock," Brainy called his attention, and then continued softly in Vulcan when the man turned to him. "Nothing happened. Kirk was actually helpful for once."
"I heard my name," Jim piped in. "Is he telling you how awesome I am?"
"In a manner of speaking," Spock said lowly to him before returning his attention to Brainy. "We shall discuss this further later."
It was very hard not to blush at the thought of talking about what had happened with Spock, of all people or even thinking about it, but Brainy nodded.
"There you are!" Lightning Lad flew over the crowd to him, taking Brainy by the shoulders. "Are you okay? What happened to your clothes? Do I have to kill someone? You're going to kill me, aren't you? I'm so sorry! Oh good, you still have your belt, at least."
Saturn Girl came up behind him and put her hand on his shoulder. "He's alright, you can breathe now."
Taking in a deep breath, Lightning Lad regained some color in his face but didn't let go of Brainy's shoulders
CotE Chp14"There was no need to punch me," Jim grumbled as he walked down the hall with Brainy towards Bones's office.
"There's no need for over half of the things you do," Brainy stated, keeping his gaze on Jim's swelling cheek to keep him from seeing peoples' reactions to his attire. "And why are you still carrying around that female science officer's uniform?"
"I have my reasons."
Brainy rolled his eyes and dared to look around. It seemed that none of the officers they were passing noticed anything different. That, or they weren't going to make it known to their captain.
Suddenly, Jim was sprinting down the hall.
"Lunatic," Brainy chased after him.
When he caught up, he found Jim was actually chasing Gaila around and he found himself frowning.
"I'm not wearing that!" Gaila shouted.
"Come on, for me? Please?" Jim held his plea long and high pitched, sounding like a whiny child.
"I don't believe in the red shirt curse!"
"Tell that to Ensign Ricky!"
"You're such a child, Jimmy.
CotE Chp13Apparently Brainy's shirt had been, quite literally, ripped from his body. Though his pants had been unharmed, he wasn't about to walk around without his shirt or wait in Kirk's room as the replicator analyzed his shirt in order to recycle it into a new, un-ripped one. Even with his force field belt back he didn't want to stay around Kirk, who was still fantasizing about him and Spock together, occasionally adding himself into the mix, speaking them out loud and watching Brainy for his reactions.
When Brainy went to the replicator to get clothes the computer knew well, Kirk tried to get Brainy to wear a golden captain shirt like his own.
"It would be like in high school when the jock's girlfriend wore his jersey on game day," Jim smiled, holding the shirt up to the Coluan's chest.
"There are several problems with that statement. This is not high school, you are not a jock, this is not any sort of game day and, most importantly, I am not your girlfriend," Brainy pushed the shirt away.
CotE Chp12Brainy woke up with all the symptoms of a hangover, including an unclear memory of how he had gotten to be in that state. His head was pounding, but the bed was almost heavenly warm. Unfortunately, Brainy was very much aware that the pleasant heat was because there was another person in the bed with him, pressed against his back in a manner that he often heard referred to as 'spooning'.
He was also alert to the fact that he was very naked, and so was the chest pressed against him.
There was a buzzing sensation at the back of his mind that told him he knew who the person was. Part of him just wanted not to know for once, to just go back to sleep and hope that they would be gone when he woke up.
The rest of him knew that not knowing would be even worse than knowing.
Slowly, Brainy turned his head without opening his eyes. He wondered for a moment if he could program his eyes to see through his eyelids, but he didn't have the time nor equipment to make the change for this incident, and he
CotE Chp11"He's not going to go crazy and start talking about ants again, is he?" Lightning Lad asked, only half-jokingly.
"Lightning Lad," Brainy nearly growled, turning towards him. Though the spores were gone from his hands and face, his heart was still pounding violently. It felt like his blood was beginning to boil. He felt so hot, his mind starting to go fuzzy; he wanted to-
Spock approached him and put his hands on his shoulders and it was like being wrapped in a blanket of calm. As Brainy's mind cleared a little, he realized Spock must have been using his touch telepathy on him, but that meant Spock was feeling what he had felt.
"Listen to me, Brainiac Five," Spock cut Brainy short, locking his eyes onto his and holding his gaze. "That plant's spores have a most vile affect on humanoids. It makes their blood boil until they lose control, and they will mate with anyone for release."
Brainy swallowed, his heart quickening again.
"So Brainy is going to get laid?" Light
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