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26 June 2006 @ 10:13 am
Uncertainities  
Title: Uncertainities
Universe: Legion of Super Heroes vol 5
Rating: PG
Summery: A little Brainy/Lyle interaction written for amarin_rose. Mild spoilers for very early in the series.

"Lyle, you've got a visitor!"

The Invisible Kid rolled onto his back and sat up. Sun Boy's mom flashed him a grin. "Who is it?" he asked, reluctant to get up. He didn't particularly feel like facing anybody, not after all the trouble his dad had caused the Legion. The ones that weren't avoiding him outright were treating him like someone you wouldn't want to find on the bottom of your shoe.

There was no missing the sparkle of amusement in Mrs. Morgna's eye. "It's Querl Dox."

"Brainy?"

Lyle was up and out of the bed before she could answer the question, and he didn't register her amused chuckle as he rushed past her and down to the living room.

Brainiac 5 was the only person who hadn't treated Lyle any differently after the Youthreg 101.72 fiasco.

No, that was a lie. Brainy had treated him with more respect.

But Lyle hadn't actually seen Brainy since he'd moved in with Dirk's parents. The Coluan rarely left Legion headquarters, and never without reason. Seeing him standing in the Morgna's living room, inspecting a hologram of Light Lass and Lightning Lad, was a bit of a surprise. Brainy looked decidedly uncomfortable. He was twisting his flight run around his finger, something Lyle knew he only did when he was anxious.

"Brainy. Hey." Lyle said, panting only a little from his run. "What brings you here?"

Querl scowled at his flight ring. "Star Boy and his imbecilic inability to recognize bombs. He has once again managed to destroy a goodly chunk of Legion Headquarters, including several of my laboratories." His _expression grew darker. "Rokk decided that since it would take some time for them to be rebuilt, it was high time I, and I quote, 'reminded myself what the sun looked like'." His lip curled in disgust.

"But... what brings you here?" Lyle asked again.

"It occurred to me that as I was forced to go amongst the lesser intellects that congregate around the headquarters that if I must spend time outside, it would be best spent with someone with sufficient intellect to be worth spending time with."

"Oh." Lyle blinked, not feeling all that intelligent at the moment. "Where'd you like to go?"

"Anywhere but here."
******
Their first stop was, unsurprisingly, the museum. Both Legioneers were history buffs... which was generally true about most members of the Legion.

Lyle felt his knees go weak when Querl spent almost half an hour describing the shortcomings of President Zarkon, finishing by calling the founder of the United Planets a 'jumped up, fish-faced petty tyrant with delusions of grandeur.'

They found a man selling ice cream in an old-fashioned push cart outside the museum. It was Lyle's idea to get some, but Querl insisted on paying. They chose to walk ("to see the sun Rokk is so fascinated with," Querl said derisively) to Gil's Old Fashioned Diner, and establishment that had served as headquarters for the Legion when it was first formed.
It was while they were walking, slurping down their melting ice cream cones, that Lyle gave voice to the thought that had been bouncing around his skull since they had left the Morgnas.

"Brainy?"

"Yes?"

"Is this a date?"

There was a plop as Querl dropped his cone. The Coluan stared at Lyle, blinking several times as he twisted his flight ring to and fro. The Invisible Kid found himself wishing he had a vidcorder. The look on Brainy's face was priceless. Nobody was ever going to believe this.

Querl cleared his throat. "Yes," he finally said.

"Oh. Alright." Lyle hid his grin behind his ice cream. "So, about those modifications you've been talking about making to the flight rings..."

Querl latched on to the topic like a drowning man to a life perserver. They spend the rest of the walk talking about changes Querl wanted to make to the flight rings. Lunch was occupied with a discussion on how to improve the transporter. The walk back to the Morgnas was filled with a debate about the possibility of time travel.

The two Legioneers fell into a silence that quickly turned uncomfortable as they approached the Morgnas door. Querl started twisting his flight ring, and Lyle shuffled along beside him, his tongue feeling thick and clumsy in his mouth.
They reached the door itself, and Lyle pressed his palm to the lock. "So. I guess I'll see you..."

Querl reached out and pressed his fingers against Lyle's jaw, turning the human's head until they were facing each other. The look on the Coluan's face was one of intense concentration. He leaned in and planted a very quick kiss on Lyle's lips.

Lyle found himself a bit disappointed with the kiss.

"Clearly there is more to it than the books indicated," Querl said, frowning with annoyance.

"You could try again," Lyle suggested.

Querl arched an eyebrow, and the corners of his mouth twitched. "Yes... I suppose I could."
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Amarin Rose: Bitch Pleaseamarin_rose on June 27th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Brainy is sure about everything -- except when it comes to his heart. This was so sweet, and I love it.

Title: Uncertainities

Also, come and request other characters over at my journal. What is with the lack of girl love? No one has request Steph, Cass, Helena, Dinah, Selina, Babs...
The Typo Queen: Great Green Brainy Sex Goddorksidefiker on July 19th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the title.
Amarin Roseamarin_rose on August 8th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Welcome! :)
Em: | Geniuses | Explaining |scribblefish on March 2nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I know this is an old fanfiction, but I love it! I keep coming back to read it often.

Brainy/Lyle is awkward, dorky love.