Title: Ever After Finally Came
Fandoms: JLA Unlimited/Torchwood
Pairings/Characters: Bruce/Clark, Connor/Tim, Barbara/Kara, Roy/Dick, Alfred, Ianto Jones, Dinah/Helena/Oliver, Diana/Steve, Wally West, John Stewart/Shayera, Ace the bat-hound, Krypto, J’onn Jones, Yvonne Hartman and Captain Jack Harkness, eventual Jack/Ianto
Summary: He was originally designed to be the ultimate weapon whose singular mission was to guard and protect Earth from off-world dangers. Custom-designed using the integrated DNA of Superman and Batman, Ianto Jones is Torchwood One’s greatest creation. Yvonne Hartman and her team of sycophants followers truly believed him to be the world's best hope for survival against alien incursion. Yvonne's hidden agenda of using Ianto to restore the British Empire to its former glory and beyond was destined to come true until the Justice League learned of their plans. Now, after rescuing Ianto from Torchwood, Bruce and Clark find themselves unprepared for fatherhood and during the learning process, they unexpectedly find their relationship changing into something legendary.
Art by: ctbn60 see more here
Disclaimer: I do not own JLA Unlimited or Torchwood
Author Note: This is set in the JLA cartoon universe but does have elements of Comics
The 21st Century is when it all changes, or at least that's what Alex Hopkins, leader of Torchwood Three, told Captain Jack Harkness shortly after he killed every member of his team and left their blood-soaked corpses for Jack to find. On New Year Eve, just moments before the start of the new millennium, Alex killed himself. With one last terrified whisper, "We're not ready," and a desperate look at Jack that begged forgiveness, Alex put a handgun to his head and pulled the trigger. His suicide was a horrifying final act of a once brave and forward-thinking man.
The worst part was Alex Hopkins was right. Mankind really wasn't ready for the reality that awaited them.
The new millennium brought forth the age of heroes and villains and while most of the world embraced these costume-clad individuals, others feared and hated them.
Fortunately, these people were few in and between.
Under the forceful and single-minded leadership of Yvonne Hartman, Torchwood One held a unique view on the matter. Yvonne wanted a hero of her very own, one that was completely loyal to her and Torchwood's cause. After an extensive investigation and evaluation of every known hero on the planet, she came to one conclusion.
None of them fit her ideal of the perfect champion.
No, she decided, the only way she was going to get what she wanted was to create one of her own, one that she could mould into her idea of the perfect hero who would defend them from threat alien invasion. Her perfect hero would combine the strength and powers of Superman with the skills and brains of the Batman. Thus equipped, he would be the perfect saviour for planet Earth.
It took many years, numerous failed attempts and millions of pounds, but finally, Yvonne Hartman had her hero. Her scientists were able to obtain blood samples from both Superman and Batman by visiting the scenes of their various battles and collecting exemplars from their defeated opponents.
The day Ianto Jones was born was the proudest of Yvonne's life. To make things even better, her scientists were able to splice a man-made gene into his DNA strands that sped up his growth by a factor of three. By the time Ianto reached his first birthday, he would be three years old; they could have increased the rate of growth, but they didn’t want to push him too fast and too hard. They were convinced that by age three he would begin to show signs of his emerging powers.
Standing in the doorway of Torchwood's nursery, Yvonne Hartman smiled and what she considered motherly pride filled her eyes as she watched the barely one-year-old boy manipulating his wooden blocks. As expected, he was already beginning to show signs of his Krypton powers; they were emerging even faster than expected. Beaming with pride and excitement, Yvonne whispered, "with the powers of Superman and a mind like Batman, you will be Torchwood One’s ultimate protector."
‘Aliens will think twice about coming to our planet!’ Unlike the 'teach-them-a-lesson' and 'give-them-a-second-chance' practices of Superman and Batman, Yvonne was determined that Torchwood would make sure that Ianto had no problem putting an enemy of the country and a danger to their Queen down for good.
Unfortunately, there was something Yvonne Hartman never counted on, and that was the Justice League finding out about her plan.
Yvonne was so sure that she'd covered all her tracks but somehow she missed something, something that led the Batman to finding out about her plans. But then again even if she had gotten careless in her planning, she honestly believed that the Justice League would never be interested in Torchwood.
She was wrong, so very wrong, because she forgot one very important thing, the Justice League had the Batman.
Seated in front of his Batcomputer the hero known as Batman wore a scowl that grew darker and his eyes hardened at the data displayed on his screen.
Long before he helped the super heroes form the Justice League, Batman had made it a point to keep a carefully discrete eye on all secret government agencies. When he found out about Torchwood One and Yvonne's unspoken mandate to return Britain to her former glory, he was determined to keep an even closer eye on them. Their official motto, 'If It's Alien, It's Ours,' made him very worried for the safety of a certain alien. Although he would never tell Clark how he felt, Batman was truly concerned about a powerful alien hunter group sinking their claws into him.
'He might think I like him or something,' Bruce snorted and his scowl growing deeper. 'Still, this is a matter for the League; we cannot allow Torchwood or any government agency thinking it's okay to create their own superheroes.' The fact that Torchwood One had used his and Clark's DNA to clone a 'designer hero' was beside the point.
"Time for the Justice League to have a little talk with to Torchwood One."
Seated at the table, Bruce gripped the edges of the table so tightly his gloves strained over his knuckles. He sought out Clark and held his gaze for a moment before he began. "Torchwood One is creating a hero of their own using DNA from Kal and me." Batman wasted no time getting to the point of why he called the meeting.
As he had expected, there was an immediate roar of indignation and anger from his fellow Justice League members.
Hawkgirl slammed her mace onto the table. "This is an outrage! We cannot allow such a hateful organization to have control of their very own Superman! Who says they would stop at only one?"
Next to her John Stewart nodded his head. "She's right! If they make a successful clone then who's to says they won't make an army of Supermen? There are a lot of races out there who have stories of what happens to those who meet Torchwood One." John had a sad look on his face; "they never return. They quickly discover that making contact with Torchwood is a death sentence," he paused to allow the horrified gasps from the others to die down. "And that's if you're one of the lucky ones."
"I do not trust anyone who says 'if it's alien, it's ours.' They have no right to lay claim to anyone like that." With her own mother and sisters once held as slaves, Diana could not and would not stand by and watch as another sought to enslave innocent beings. Diana herself was a child who had been created as a gift for her mother and she would never let another like her ever be used as a weapon.
Diana eyes held the sharp, determined look of someone ready to go to war, and it was a look that the others were quickly adopting.
All that is but one. While the others were formulating a plan to move against Torchwood, of their member was staring intently at the data on the screen.
'A child, I have a child.' Struck dumb by the information in front of him, Clark heard the rapid thudding beat of his own heart. Even though he had Connor, he'd never had the chance to raise him; 'I wasn't there to see his first step and hear his first word. No, I will not let another child be raised as a lab rat in order to become nothing but a weapon.' His failure to get Connor away from Project Cadmus made him absolutely determined that he was not failing this child as well.
Letting the din from the others wash over him Batman focused on the one League member who had remained silent. He sighed deeply as he saw the look in Clark’s eyes and he instinctively knew what the Man of Steel wanted to do. "Superman, do you have anything to add?" Bruce had been sure that once Clark learned there was a child involved, he would do whatever it took to rescue him from the clutches of Torchwood One.
Reluctantly, Clark finally tore his eyes off the screen and met Bruce’s understanding gaze, which he held for just a moment, and finally he looked at the rest of the Justice League's founding members and his eyes hardened. “I've known about Torchwood One for some time, my parents warned me some time back that Smallville’s strange goings on have gotten their fair share of unwanted attention from Torchwood and UNIT." His hand came down hard on the tabletop, making more than one superhero in the room jump with surprise.
When he spoke again, Superman's voice was low, deadly and filled with determination. "We cannot allow one organization to play God and create living beings for their own unsavoury purposes. If we allow them to get away with this then other organizations like S.T.A.R. Labs will see this as the chance to keep doing it again and again. We cannot allow them to think that we will turn a blind eye to such actions!”
Superman's final words were met with a rousing chorus of agreement.
‘Why am I not surprised that Clark is reacting like this? He’s a Boy Scout all right and but he does have a point, but I can’t help feeling that there's another reason for him to react so strongly and I believe it has to do with Connor.’ Bruce knew Clark well enough to know that he saw Connor as a son, 'Which means, he probably sees this boy as another child who needs him.' Bruce sighed deeply as he realised the truth about the Man of Steel; 'His soft heart is one day going to be his undoing.'
'Although,' Bruce acknowledged ruefully,' if it were Dick or Tim's DNA I would do everything in my power to make sure that child was never used as a weapon!' After spending hours sorting through Torchwood One's records, he'd learned about their plans to speed up his growth. But it was the fact that the infant imprinted on Torchwood One's leader, Yvonne Hartman, as it's mother figure, it would never to be able to go against her. It would follow her every wish, be it innocent or deadly, without question. It was a recipe for a disaster simply waiting to happen.
"People! Please, quiet down!" J'onn chose that moment to speak up but it took several more attempts to be heard above the din. Once the League had regained their seats and he had everyone's attention, he continued. "We need to make a plan. Torchwood is a very dangerous organization and they are not to be trusted in any way. We know that they have no compunction regarding the taking of innocent alien lives, which means we need to assume that ruthless behaviour extends to us as well. We can't just go storming in there without a well thought-out plan."
Never one to sit quietly and listen, Hawkgirl once again made her opinion known. "Why?" she demanded and leapt to her feet again. "We should just go in there and demand the child! He rightfully belongs to Superman and Batman! He should be..."
Batman interrupted her, "the child doesn't belong to anyone!" but his words went unheard.
"I hate to admit it but that actually doesn't sound like a bad plan." John wasn't normally one to go in all heavy-handed but he couldn't get the faces of all those who'd lost someone to Torchwood One's ruthlessly cold grip out of his mind.
Superman wasn't used to feeling so helpless and he looked from one superhero to the next, trying to listen to them all but his mind was in too much turmoil. The thought of any child being made into a weapon made him sick to his stomach. The fact that the child had been created from his and Bruce's DNA made him all the more precious. No one knew that he'd had a hopeless crush on Bruce for years but Clark didn't fool himself; he knew Bruce only saw him as a friend, at best. No, Clark knew that his feelings for Bruce would always stay one-sided but the idea of raising a child that was half Bruce's filled Clark's heart with a delicious warmth and brought a small smile to his lips.
"I hate to use our powers like this, but the fact is the Justice League is well-known by the public whereas Torchwood operates in secret. I have a feeling that if we were to drag them out of the shadows and into the open, not only would they hate us but we would gain a powerful enemy." Trying to be the voice of reason, Clark reminded them that, "In a public battle, I am Earth's hero and the people would be in my corner and we all know that the power of the people’s voice can sway Governments."
Behind the anonymity his cowl, Bruce raised an unseen eyebrow; he couldn't quite believe what he was hearing from the Man of Steel. "Are you actually saying that we should just walk into Torchwood One and blackmail them into giving us the child?" He was flabbergasted; Clark was suggesting that the Justice League commit a criminal act. That was not something Bruce ever thought he would hear from Superman, a hero who stood for truth and justice.
"Wow! That sounds like a plan I would suggest. I'm suddenly very afraid." The Flash gave an overly dramatic shiver as he leaned back in his chair. "You don't sup..." One Bat-glare in his direction later and Flash immediately zipped his lips closed and stilled. There was no way he was making Batman any angrier; after all, he did like living.
"I agree with Kal; we should not seek war if we can achieve our goal through other more peaceful means, even if they might not be the fairest or most honest of ways.” Diana’s warrior spirit knew that sometimes the under-handed tactics worked the best; she may not like it, but it was a useful way to avoid battle and save lives. ‘And if this Torchwood is as bad as they all say it is, then we must act swiftly and decisively.’ No matter her personal opinions, the Amazon Princess knew she would do whatever Superman and Batman thought was the best course of action.
Bruce surveyed the heroes in front of him and it became clear that most, if not all, were siding with Clark and he gave in to the inevitable. “It seems we’re all in agreement. I believe that a visit from the founding members of the League should be more than enough to make Torchwood understand that we will not stand by and watch as they make their own hero for their own purposes.”
Clark smiled gratefully at Bruce. “Then it’s agreed; let’s go pay Torchwood One a visit.”