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With a loud groan, Superboy pulled himself up and over the high ridge. Happy Harbor was spread out below him, while far above he could see several dark clouds massing. A storm was approaching.

Superboy decided that he didn't care. He was just happy to have climbed all the way up here on his own without using any superpowers. Sure, he could have easily leapt the height of Mount Justice in two or three bounds, but he had wanted to do it this way.

The experience had been just as accelerating as Robin said it would be. He would have to thank the kid later, maybe finally agree to play one of those TV games with him. Sitting with his legs dangling over the edge, he drew in a few deep breaths. He could feel the muscles in his arms vibrating from the exertion and sweat running down his face and back. It felt so good! A small pleasured smile flittered across his face.

"I bet not even Superman's done this without flying or his super strength," Superboy said with a chuckle. Wiping the sweat from his brow, he leaned his head back. "Tt, I don't need any powers to be me."

Then a worrying thought entered his head. He recalled that Mount Justice use to be Justice League headquarters. Maybe he was just following in Superman's footsteps once again. As the smug, grinning face in blue spandex popped into his head, Superboy growled, slamming his fist into the ground beneath him. The ground briefly shook in response

Superboy felt a mixture of painful emotions burn in his chest. None of them he cared to put a word to, but he knew the reason. "That arrogant, too cheerful smile always beaming, always caring about the world... but never me," he grumbled, clenching and unclenching his fists. "Pleased to see everyone else that's not me. Never me." He fought back the tears that burned at the corners of his eyes. "Sometimes, I wonder if I would have been better off staying in Cadmus with the Genomorphs." He continued to grumble under his breath, trying to force his mind on to something more pleasant.

That's when a different smile came to mind. This one was pink and light, and bubbly laughter always accompanied it. Letting his eyes slide shut, Superboy could see her soft brown eyes accented against her smooth, jade colored face and radiant smile. He especially liked how a pinkish blush quickly covered her jade colored cheeks when she became tongue-tied.

Superboy felt his heart rate increase and warmth flood to his face. When he thought of M'gann M'orzz… Megan, the warmth in his face spread through him. She was a reason he was glad he joined this band of young heroes. She was a perfect reason.

Not that she was the only reason. Kaldur was another good reason. Superboy felt he could trust the Atlantian in so many small but important ways. More than that, he always felt relaxed around the oldest male member of Young Justice. Superboy was sure the word brother and best friend would be a perfect fit for the Atlantian, but he wasn't sure whether Kaldur would agree. Still, he was sure Kaldur was the only person he could openly talk to about matters that didn't always make sense to him.

As for the youngest, male members, Robin and Wally were nice enough, if a bit odd at times with their strange, juvenile habits. Robin was smart and witty. He was always willing to explain the technology stuff to Superboy. Wally… well, he was entertaining, particularly when he put his foot in his mouth. Of course, Superboy couldn't think of a time when Kid Flash didn't do that. Admittedly, he had almost nearly always broke into laughter with the rest of the team. Only shear willpower had stopped him.

Robin, clearly, didn't even try. Then again, those two were practically tied at the hip. They always seemed to stay in step with each other both on base and on missions. Of course, they were best friends.

As for Artemis, she was okay. He thought she was tough and fast, and a great marksman. All qualities he had to admire. Of course, he didn't know much more about her. At times, he felt she wasn't that approachable, not like Megan. Also, he didn't like how she kept talking about him when she didn't think he could hear. Sure, he was strong and fast, but he preferred not to be the center of attention or objectified by anyone.

As for the Justice League, Superboy really only knew Batman, Black Canary, and Red Tornado. There wasn't much to say about the robot, except he was glad that it left him alone when there was no mission. Black Canary was an amazing teacher and the only other person he had sought advice from. Batman was fair but judgmental, and a lot more open-minded than the smile in blue spandex.

Despite Batman's insistence that it was only a matter of time before Superman actually started to accept him, Superboy was less than convinced. To be honest, he no longer cared. At least, he no longer told anyone he did, and that was close enough for Superboy. He was fine with these few close individuals – friends, family, or whatever, he liked them well enough to trust them with his life. Megan… he thought he could trust with something more than that.

Blowing out another long breath, he watched as the dark clouds began to consume the sky above him. "Megan... M'gann M'orzz… has a nice ring to it."

"You really think so," chimed a familiar, feminine voice.

A shiver of fear ran up Superboy's spine. He leapt to his feet as warmth returned to his face. "M'gann," he said over his should with as much of a control tone as he could manage at the moment.

"Yes, Superboy, it is me," she said with that cheerful tone. His stomach did flips in response, but he managed to maintain most of his facial composure as he turned to face her.

Against the backdrop of storm clouds, she looked like an entrancing beacon of light. Her shoulder length hair flew freely behind her. A dark purple head band kept her bangs out of her soft brown eyes. The light purple sweater jacket was only a bit darker than her low-cut lavender shirt and matching miniskirt. One of her disarming smiles lit her face, but Superboy noticed that it didn't seem to reach her eyes. She looked worried. For a moment, he was afraid that she was reading his thoughts.

Pure panic took control of his tongue. He scowled at her and declared, "I told you to stay out of my head!"

M'gann took a quick step back from him, fear being very evident in her eyes. "I wasn't! I swear!" she stated, holding her hands up on defense. "Well, at least not on purpose. But I… I heard you from inside the mountain, and then…" She paused in speaking. A blush colored her cheeks as she dipped her head. "… I heard you say my name."

Superboy felt taken back. He drew his lips into a flat expression as all the knowledge that had been downloaded into him failed him. "I was… was just thinking about the team," he stammered, struggling for a moment to find a reply. "You're a member of the team. Right? Of course, you'd… you'd be… uhm…"

As he stumbled over his words, he watched her posture became more slumped. One of her hands moved to grasp the opposing arm, slowly gliding up and down it nervously. "Oh, right. I should have guessed that," she said with a deflated tone. "Hello, Megan… It was just me being silly and thinking...."

Superboy's eyebrows rose up his forehead. "Thinking what?"

M'gann cringed even more. "Nothing. Nothing important."

"Well, it had to be important enough for you to come all the way here to see me," he said forthright. "So come on. What is it?"

"No really, it's just silly girl stuff," she said as her face grew even redder.

"No, go on," Superboy pressed for an answer. He took a few steps closer. "How do you know I might not be interested in 'silly girl stuff'?"

Her gaze rose as she gestured towards him. "Well, you're a guy. And from what I've learned from Earth television, most Earth guys don't tend to like…"

"Yeah," Superboy said, crossing his arms over his chest. "Well, I'm not exactly most guys or from Earth... not really."

A small smile curved her lips. "True."

"So?" he said questioningly, unable to stop the smile forming on his lips. "Out with it."

Her smile fell for a brief moment as the redness of her cheeks continued to intensify. Her head dipped again. "Well, I thought… I thought you might be thinking about me because… because you like me."

In the width of a breath, a roar of thunder gave voice to the dark clouds hanging over them. Out of the corner of his eye, Superboy barely took notice of the first streak of lightening cutting across the dark sky. Most of his attention was on M'gann and her statement.

Like. That word did begin to feel right in explaining what he thought of M'gann. Still, somehow, it felt incomplete. There had to be a better word for his feelings concerning her.

With a small shrug and a serious expression, he admitted, "Sure. I like you."

Almost immediately, M'gann's gaze rose and her wide eyes looked at him with such a mixture of emotions that Superboy doubted he could put a name to all of them. "Really? You... you like me?"

"Sure," he confirmed, before elaborating, "but I like all the members of Young Justice." He paused, chuckling about his previous thoughts of the team. "Admittedly, some more than others."

M'gann pushed back a few strands of her hair behind her left ear. Her smile continued to color her face. "Yeah. I suppose I can see that." As he took in a breath to just watch her nervous activity, he saw the first few raindrops falling around them. He wanted to say more before they went inside, before this moment was lost to the storm.

"Like is a very common term. Over the past few days, I've learned that I like many things." Superboy said loudly, trying to talk over the patter of raindrops against the stone ground. "So like doesn't really describe you."

He saw her brow furrow as her head cocked to one side in confusion.

"Not to me," he elaborated, stumbling over his words. "I… I don't know… I can't find the right word, but I know what I think, what I feel about you is more than just like." He swallowed nervously as he felt his face grow warm again. "I should have told you that day with the baking mess and me zoning out in front of the static television screen, but I… I didn't. And then again... in the desert when you... you saved me. And I..."

The more he meandered in explaining, the more he noticed M'gann's smile widening. She didn't even seem to notice the way the rain soaked her hair and clothes. Of course, to be honest, he wasn't either. His hearts beat faster to the point he thought it might explode or stop all together. Neither event happened. Instead, M'gann drew closer and touched his shoulder.

"I think I understand, Superboy," M'gann told him, gliding her hand along his arm. "I don't quite know what to call what I feel about you either, but…" As his arms slowly unfolded, M'gann's hand found his. He lowered his gaze to it, watching as her small hand slid effortlessly into his grasp "… but we can find out together. I mean, if that's okay with you."

For a few moments, he could only hear the blood pumping in his ears. His gaze remained locked on their joined hands, watching their fingers interlock. He noticed how warm her hand was in his hand. It felt comfortable and right, and despite the warmth, pleasant chills racked up his arm. His heart was beating fast but steady.

Raising his gaze back to M'gann's face, he found himself beaming a broad grin at her. "I'd like that, M'gann... Megan."
Give Me a Reason

Disclaimer(s): All characters and things of Batman belong to DC comics, and Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the creators of Batman. Young Justice references belong to Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti. I'm simply borrowing them for creative output.

Summary: Superboy struggles to describe his life, particularly the part M'gann fills.

:iconlmbrake: drew a picture: Storms Will Pass that matches well with my fanfic. I suggest everyone to check it out. :)
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babyvfan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Love these two
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I agree. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comment. :)
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Cassmonsta Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think this could ACTUALLY happen, unlike a lot of the fanfics out there. If they werent already dating, this could be the startup! XD
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and could picture it as well. :)

I actually wrote and posted this story prior to them becoming an official couple in the show, but you still make a good point. That's why I wrote the story's ending as it is. One could see this as something that could lead to that relationship creation, since I left the story open-ended about whether the relationship started here or not. Otherwise, this could be, as you suggested, an AU. ;) Read it as you like.

Again, thank you for taking the time to leave you kind comments. I really appreciate the feedback. :hug:
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dicegirl2000 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student General Artist
*sniff* so beautiful
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Ok, that was just COOL
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
D'awww... thank you. I'm very glad you enjoyed it and could take the time to leave you kind comment. :)
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
You're ever so welcome and God bless :D :hug:
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lumen-a Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thaw was soooo adorable! great job!!
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
:giggle:

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind thoughts. I'm very glad you enjoyed. :)
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lmbrake Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconawwwplz:That was so cute! And I know what you mean, about my picture and your story! Hey, is it okay with you, if I link this fanfic from my pic? So other people can read it? It's so sweet! And very in character, which there's been a lack of, with YJ fics.
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Sure! Feel free to link away. :)

Would you be okay if I linked to your picture too?

And thank you so much for your kind review. You kind words means a lot to me.
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lmbrake Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yah, sure! And you are totally welcome! :cuddle:
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sohma0081 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this good
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
D'awww... thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)
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sohma0081 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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Rednin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
ah, this brought a smile to my face~
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I'm so glad it did. If nothing else, I want my stories to leave you with one of those. ;)

Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comments.
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The-G Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
:O Wow. That was awesome. :clap: I don't think I've seen anything or read anything about Conner and M'gann before...but after reading this it really makes sense. They both have the outsider kind of thing which would bring them together. :nod:

That was really well written. I really enjoyed reading it. :D It flowed so well and the characters were described in a way that made them feel alive. I think you captured the awkwardness of the moment at the end wonderfully. I actually started to feel a little uncomfortable...like I was there. ^^;
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Coming from you that's really a compliment. :excited:

I always strive to do my best, even with fandoms and characters that are new to me. I have to admit Superboy was quite a challenge for me, since (if you are familiar with the show) he is still a very unexplored character. There's personality there, but it has only been hinted at. Still, he interests me greatly because he's as a child who's read many books but never truly experienced. I wanted him to be like that in my writing: wise but naive, which leads to great frustration for him and difficulty for the rest of the team.

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story, and it was believable for you. btw, have you read the other story I've posted on here and my LJ called More Than Fond? It is a Dick and Barbara story that I wrote just before this one... where I was just starting to experiment with writing for the YJ fandom. Admittedly, I drew from other sources when writing them, since Babs hasn't yet appeared in YJ. I was hoping if you had some time, you could give it a glance for me. I really need some input on it. Pretty please? :?
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The-G Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
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I haven't seen Young Justice so I don't know what Conner is like on that show. =( But the way he was in this kinda resembled how he's been in the comics lately. He's not been anti-Superman but he's still trying to find some kind of identity for himself. Acting all tough on the outside but really unsure of himself on the inside.

I saw the other story. :nod: But I didn't read it straight away because I've let messages pile up and I've been trying to get through them. That's why I didn't read the second story right away...because I knew I'd rush through it so I could get back to the big pile of messages and deviations. I wanted to wait until I could take my time and enjoy it properly. ^^; So I will read it. I WILL! :D
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
True about Connor in the comics and the show. I'll admit I've only read a few of the newest issues, but I get the same feeling.

I'm sure the show is getting inspired by events and characters in the comics and vice versa, so that's not a big surprised. Then again, for a character, like Superboy, it's almost natural for part of his motives to be based around differentiating himself from not only a figure who he gets his hero name from but also one of his biological fathers. I mean, I think Wally went through something similiar when he was Kid Flash and later when he took over the Flash persona. I'm sure people could aruge the same for other young heroes who are following in the footsteps of legendary superheroes. I know my brother's mention Jessie Quick and Black Canary are going/have gone through following in the steps of their superhero parents.

As for the other story, that's okay if you wait awhile. I understand about needing to get other things done and a backlog of messages to go over. :/ So do it when you think you have the time. It's not like this is your birthday fic. That's still developing on my computer. ;)
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mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that was adorable. :D
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
:giggle:

Thank you. I'm so happy your thoughts so and were able to leave your sweet thoughts.
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Sapphygem96 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It's a very well written story....not to mention I love the Supermartain pairing. I think they're just so cute together! You did a wonderful job.
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
D'awwww... thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and the pairing. I have to say they are warming to me the more I watch them. Although, I won't be a true shipper of them, I'll definitely keep them in mind when considering future plot bunnies for the YJ fandom. ;)

Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comments. :)
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Sapphygem96 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
No problem.

I like the pairing, it's cute. You're story was well thought out and well written.
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Starlightlovesya123 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Writer
Very, very nice. You did an excellent job of keeping Supey reasonably in-character, and had some cute fluff without getting too cheesy. Your sentences flowed nicely, and the description was excellent; I could see it all happening. Great work! :D
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I have to admit Superboy is a difficult character to get right at this present time. I think this is mostly due to the fact that he hasn't been thoroughly explored yet in the series. He is a unique character type since he almost literally started with zero personality or experience. In most episodes, he seems to fall into the background, imo, and I'm left more interpreting his subtle facial reactions or lack of reactions. , Of course, he has grown some and I have a feelings bigger changes are ahead for him. By then, I hope to gain a better grasp on his character. :)

Thank you so much for your kind comments and taking the time to leave them. They mean a lot to me as I explore the YJ fandom. Btw, if you ever have suggestions or advice on future stories, please feel free to send them my way. I'm always looking for inspiration. ;)
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Starlightlovesya123 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Student Writer
I agree, Superboy is a very hard character to write about-- especially to write sentimentally about--because he has been developed so little thus far. But I think that you did an excellent job of interpreting what you did have to interpret, and it really paid off. The story was charming, sweet, and there was perhaps only one moment that I felt wasn't exactly in-character. That's pretty impressive when you're using a guy like Superboy.

And, yes, I'm sure that in time you'll know his character like the back of your hand. :)

You're very welcome! :D I love seeing good authors really giving a shot at some tricky characters, because it means they're willing to take a risk and to devote to it. I'm trying to do the same thing with several other characters, and may eventually move into the YJ fandom. And I'll certainly send any and all advice your way, whenever you'd like it! :D

Keep up the good work!
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WhiteDreamer12 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
thats the most sweet one shot story I have ever read!!!! ITS FREAKING CUTE!
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
D'awwww... ^^ Thank you!

I'm glad you found the story so enjoyable. This is the first time writing for these two characters, so I was a bit nervous on how well it would come across. I'm glad it worked for you. :)
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WhiteDreamer12 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Well your pretty darn talented for a first time with them! Now thans to you I kinda want to start shipping them! xD
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
:blush: Oops...

Oh well! :giggle: I'm at least glad I could tickle your fancy, and if you got more out it... that's just the cherry on top for both of us.
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WhiteDreamer12 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
:D
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DehFentom Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
Cute!^^
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AbbyRomana Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Thank you! c:

I'm so glad you enjoyed it and were able to leave your kind comment.
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DehFentom Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Hehe you are welcome!^^you jsut deserve the comment
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