Title: The Artist Eye.
Pairing: Green Lantern/Iceman.
Rating: Slash m/m
Disc: The X-men characters are owned by Marvel and company.
The JLA characters are the property of DC comics and their associated
Summary: Follows, 'Bobby's World.'
An X-men is lost in the DC universe.
Beta reader: Mofalle, who allows me to kidnap her and jamwired
who makes me work really, really hard.
Series: Heroes and Circumstances.
The Artist Eye
A month had passed since Bobby had joined the JLA, and Kyle had to
admit he was a bit jealous to the ease in which Drake got along with
the other members. Maybe it was his past experience with the X-men,
but Bobby, a.k.a. Iceman, was now part of the team, fighting along
side them as though he had been doing this all his life.
But it wasn't just during their missions that he got along with the
JLA members; he was also able to build friendships with them outside
of work. He played practical jokes with Plastic Man, pulling some
stunts even Kyle had to admit were daring and death defying. That
Batman and Aquaman had not yet killed him was a miracle in itself.
Drake had even created the Oreo cookie midnight run with Martin Manhunter
and introduced J'onn to Twinkies. In his spare time, Bobby shared
picnics with Diana, making everyone speculate where that relationship
was headed. He also threw snowballs at the Flash and actually hit
his target on several occasions. Bobby later revealed that a friend,
Quicksilver, had once helped him practice.
With Superman, however, Kyle had noted that Drake seemed more reserved
calling him the Fearless leader and on some occasions, when Superman
used his heat vision, One-eyed. Kyle suspected Superman was secretly
pleased to be compared with Bobby's mentor. It was only with Kyle
that things were strained; both of them were still trying to find
equal footing and for some reason unable to reach that point.
"So," he asked Wally who had come to relieve him of Watchtower duty.
"Haven't you heard?" Wally asked him, a faint grin forming on his
"No." Kyle wondered if he really wanted to know, because he could
claim ignorance when Batman or Aquaman came hunting for Drake. Kyle
still remembered what had happened when Drake had frozen Batman's
cape and the silence that had followed.
"He's in Gotham." Wally informed him mischievously.
Oh, god. It got worse. "Doesn't he know that ..."
"Batman invited him." Wally told him.
"What?" He couldn't have heard that right.
"Yeah, gave him the documentation he needed to pass himself off as
an accountant and told him he should apply to Wayne Tech."
"No." Kyle denied. Nobody. Nobody traveled into Gotham. Next thing
he knew they would be telling him about Drake's upcoming marriage
"Really." commented Wally, and it was then that Kyle realized that
he had said the last statement aloud. "Actually, I think if that were
to happen, Arthur would definitely kill him," chuckled Wally. "Hey,
Kyle, how come you and Bobby aren't ..."
"Best-buds?" Kyle finished for him.
"Oh ... maybe your ring isn't the only thing that's green." Wally
commented knowingly upon hearing the sarcasm in Kyle's voice.
"Look, I'm just saying you should try to hang out with him. I mean,
Kyle, he did save your life."
Kyle left Wally in the Watchtower. He could still hear his friend's
reproach. What is wrong with me? Am I really so jealous of Bobby
Drake that I refused to be friends with him? It was true. Drake
had saved his life, risking his own in the process, and he was the
one who had brought Drake to the JLA's attention but ... Kyle still
remembered how Drake had welcomed Wonder Woman's comforting embrace.
At the time, J'onn had been reading Bobby's thoughts and emotions,
so the whole team had been able to hear and sense how Drake's initial
attraction to Diana later turn to confusion and then sorrow. Once
they were able to find out who he was and the team had gotten past
Drake's cockiness, he'd been accepted by them -- the JLA becoming
the X-men family Drake had recently lost. All of them had tried to
get along with Drake except Kyle who was still finding it difficult
to get to know the guy. Kyle looked at his ring. Maybe it was time
he got to know Drake. What would be the harm? he thought as he walked
toward the portal that would transfer him back home.
Two weeks later.
Bobby was in the pool, teaching Liann, Roy Harper's daughter, how
to swim. He was having fun enjoying himself on this holiday weekend.
He had a job working as an accountant for this high-tech company.
He had friends. New friends who accepted him and had helped fill the
void left by the family he had lost. But he still felt lonely, like
he didn't belong. He wondered whether the hurt would ever go away.
"Uncl' Bobby. Uncl' Bobby." The little girl cried out as Bobby lifted
"Come on, munchkin. We better leave the pool before we start turning
into prunes." He took her out of the pool and wrapped a towel around
"Hey, Drake!" Liann's father called out from the terrace.
"Liann, Hon. Jesse is inside. She's waiting to take you out for some
ice cream." That was all he needed to tell his daughter who squiggled
out of Bobby's arms to the ground, running inside.
"Kids." They both said, sharing a grin.
"Hey, a bunch of us guys are going out tonight. You're welcome to
"No, that's okay. Thanks for asking." While Bobby was thankful for
the friendship offered, he found that right now he wanted to be alone.
A part of him still felt like he had betrayed his friends, his former
teammates. People weren't replaceable. //Then why do I feel like a
traitor for making new friends?//
"You're sure?" Roy asked him. Arsenal just kept staring at him, and
whatever he found there made him back off for now. "So, Bobby, I have
been meaning to ask you ..." Bobby prepared himself for the worst.
This was after all Roy, the Titan's prankster. "What's Gotham like?"
Bobby just found himself staring at the other man, not understanding
the question. "I mean, none of us heroes are allowed into Gotham without
Batman's permission or being chaperoned by one of the Bat-members
and ... well ... I hate to say this, bud. You ain't a member."
"Actually, now that you've mentioned it, I haven't really run across
any of them. I've kind of been busy being Bobby Drake."
"No news yet as to when you could go back home?" Roy gently asked.
"J'onn is working on it."
Roy touched Drake's shoulder, offering his support. He hoped to never
experience what Bobby was going through. To lose everything. Everything.
"Bobby, you're sure? I mean, you don't want to join us?"
Bobby smiled. "Yeah. I have to go back to Gotham anyway."
"Look. Stay. Tomorrow is still a holiday. We're probably going to
have a barbecue or something."
"Roy, I don't think ..."
"Hey, if you're lucky, the bat family may even make an appearance."
Both of them knew that aside from meeting their mentor, Batman, Bobby
still hadn't met Nightwing or Robin, the younger members of the Bat-clan.
"They'll be here?" Bobby asked.
"Oh, yeah," Harper reassured him, instantly dismissing the possibility
that the Bat-clan may not show up. "Come on, Ice-boy." Roy pulled
Bobby toward the Titan Tower. "Hey, have you ever played darts?" he
innocently asked the other man.
"Actually, I was pretty good ..."
Three hours later.
Kyle entered the Titan Tower only to discover that it was virtually
empty. Only Vic had bothered to stay behind. After some discussion,
Vic had informed him that Drake was outside probably near the waterfront.
Kyle found himself looking for Drake, silently searching for the misplaced
X-man. He found Drake near the beach, talking to an ice sculpture.
"Hank," Kyle heard Bobby say. "I miss you. I mean, the Leaguers are
nice and all, but they're not you guys. You know?" Drake paused as
though gathering his thoughts. Hearing Bobby's words, Kyle found himself
pausing not wanting to reveal his presence to Drake. Instead of moving
forward towards the beach, Kyle instead looked at the 'Hank' sculpture.
So this is what Beast looks like, he thought. From where he hid, Kyle
could see Drake creating another ice sculpture. This time it was that
of a woman.
In a way, Kyle thought, she resembled Diana. Kyle could now understand
Drake's fascination with the Princess. The female ice sculpture had
wavy long hair; she was tall and slim. A smile hovered over her lips,
but unlike Wonder Woman, she wore a full-body costume with an X clearly
marked in front.
"Hey, Jean, guess what? I'm making friends. I'm even working as an
accountant for a guy that could give Warren a run for his money. Looks
department too," he snickered. "The boss is also a bit dippy. I wonder
if having so much money has something to do with it? Because for a
while there I was thinking he was Warren's doppelganger."
Another figure was made beside the two ice sculptures already on
the beach. Kyle could see as Drake with his outstretched hand created
a sculpture in front of him. A small whirlwind of snow rapidly came
together to form a muscular being who gazed upon the night sky. The
form was that of a man, an angel to be precise, whose wings were expanded,
readied for flight.
Kyle looked down at his ring. It seemed he and Bobby shared a few
things in common. Kyle glanced back at Drake, noting how the light
of the full moon reflected off the ice sculptures.
"Warren, my feathery friend, I've met this Greek Goddess with a bod
..." Bobby whistle softly. "I'm saving her for you, bud. Okay maybe
not, since you're still with Betsy." The whistling continued. "I'm
actually thinking she might be perfect for Logan. You know, her softness
to smooth his rough edges. Her name is Diana, and she's my friend.
You can stop snickering. It's just my luck," he moaned playfully.
"All the great babes just want to be friends with me, Bobby Drake."
Even from this distance, Kyle could hear the pain and longing in
Drake's voice. Unconsciously his hands tightened into a fist, part
of him becoming jealous at Drake's feelings towards the Princess.
He watched as Bobby walked a bit further down the beach and away from
the ice sculptures.
Kyle found himself grinning when Bobby paused to wiggle his toes
on the wet sand, but his grin soon faded when Drake looked to the
ground, picked up a pebble and angrily threw it back in the water.
From where he stood, Kyle could clearly see the way Bobby's shoulders
hunched somewhat in defeat. Drake picked up a stick and on the wet
sand wrote the word 'X-men.' Kyle watched as the tide came in and
erase what Drake had written.
A few minutes passed and Bobby turned back towards the three ice
"I wanna go home, Hank. It's been a month, and I still miss you guys
like crazy." Drake fell silent.
Kyle saw him again approach the 'Hank' sculpture. Drake hugged it,
turning into Iceman the second his fingers touched the ice.
The loneliness of this act went straight to Kyle's heart, and without
a second thought, he called out to Drake. "Bobby."
Drake turned around and immediately the three ice figures turned
into water, hitting the sand and wetting it.
"Green Lantern." Drake acknowledged him.
Kyle slowly approached him, and they both stood staring at each other.
Kyle realized he would have to make the first move. "Actually, my
name is Kyle Rayner," he offered, revealing his face behind the mask.
Drake -- who had changed back to his human form -- continued to look
at him, measuring Kyle's words and actions. Kyle moved closer to Drake
and with the use of his ring created an image of Alex, his dead girlfriend.
"I never wanted to be a superhero. I was happy drawing comic books,
having a perfectly normal life when this Guardian thrust this ring
upon me." He paused and met Drake's understanding eyes. Brown warm
eyes. "I thought it was all fun and games, and then ... then I lost
Kyle found that he couldn't look at Bobby anymore, and instead he
gazed out towards the water, feeling the slight breeze, letting the
sound of the waves hitting the shore calm him. "She was the world
to me. The reason I breathed. The reason I woke up in the morning.
The one I held in my arms at night. She died because of me," he whispered
Bobby moved forward and his hand gripped Kyle's shoulder, offering
comfort. "I was too inexperience, to cavalier, to young. I almost
didn't survive losing Alex. I ... I just want you to know that if
you ever need someone to talk to, someone who knows what it is like
to lose their world ... I'm here. Okay?" Kyle didn't know what else
to say in the continued silence. Maybe this was a mistake. He turned
around to leave, but Drake called him back.
He paused. Drake walked up and stood in front of him. Kyle noted
how Drake continued to look at the ground. "Thank-you." Bobby told
him, finally glancing up. "It hurts, you know."
"I know." Kyle confirmed.
"So, you're an artist?" Bobby asked.
"Comic book?" Drake smiled tentatively.
Kyle was surprised to see respect and shyness in Bobby's eyes. He
really was not used to seeing either expression directed at him. Impulsively
Kyle offered, "Bobby, would you like, that is, I can show you my sketcher
-- if you're interested?"
"Yeah, I'd like that."
They both moved in unison, walking back towards the Titan Tower.
The silence that before had been antagonistic now had a more comforting
feel to it.
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