Title: Green Frogs and Ice Maidens.
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: Piazza, movie and guns.
Beta Reader: Mofalle and jamwired.
Green Frogs and Ice Maidens
A week had passed since Kyle had shown Bobby his comic book sketches.
Since then, they’d been constantly talking on the phone, exchanging
ideas. Bobby, a fanatic comic book reader, would call Kyle at all
hours of the night to discuss the rough Kyle had sent him via fax.
For the first time in his life, Kyle knew what it was like to have
a groupie. He liked the feeling.
Kyle went over to the closet, trying to decide what to wear. Bobby
had invited him over for the weekend. Just guys relaxing, he shook
his head. He had the ring. Why worry? He could change his appearance
at any time, and it wasn't like he was going on a date or anything.
He went and picked up his sketch pad. Kyle powered his ring, and soon
afterwards, his body was covered by the Green Lantern uniform. Using
his ring, Kyle miniaturized the sketch pad and put it in his pocket. Hopefully
he wouldn't bump into Batman while he was in Gotham. Kyle walked
over to his oak table. He knocked on wood just in case.
An hour flight, and he was in Gotham City, looking for the apartment
building owned by Wayne Tech. He followed the map Bobby had drawn
for him. Upon finding the apartment, Kyle's first thought was Either
Bobby is earning a lot of money as an accountant, or Batz is helping
him pay for the place.
He touched down on the terrace and knocked on the glass patio door.
A flustered Bobby appeared, opening the door, babbling about dinner
and peaches. Kyle found himself holding up his hand to stop Bobby
from rambling further. He stared at his friend who was blushing and
whose hair was sticking out in all directions. The apron Bobby wore
was covered in spaghetti sauce. Kyle found himself chuckling, then
laughing outright, holding onto his sides.
"Laugh all you want. I got attacked by our dinner, and there's
no way I am going to get Spaghetti sauce out of the ceiling. There
goes my deposit." Bobby moaned dramatically, stepping aside
and allowing Kyle to enter.
"I'll help clean up. So, I guess dinner is out?" Kyle
asked, trying to control his grin.
"Nah ... it's salvageable. Come on. Come on ... use the ringie
and clean up the place," Bobby said as he pushed Kyle toward
"Yes, master." Kyle teased. Along the way, Kyle quickly
glanced around, finding the apartment mostly bare: a TV, a couch,
books scattered around, one plant, an ant farm... "Bobby, you
have an ant farm?"
"Yeah, there's a no pet policy here. I had to smuggle them
For some reason, this logic made perfect sense to Kyle. They moved
into the kitchen that had spaghetti sauce splattered all over. He
looked over at Bobby who had started to fidget.
"I closed the lid, and went to eat a peach, and BOOM. The lid
came off and splattered." He motioned to the stains, "all
Kyle waited for him to leave the kitchen and when Bobby headed out
to the living room the Leaguer set about to clean the place. He created
six green elves resembling the JLA heroes; they carried mops and towels
with them and were singing the tune ‘Whistle will you work.’ The JLA-resembling
elves cleaned the kitchen from the floor to the ceiling. "Spotless
once again,” Kyle call out to Bobby.
"Thank you, Mr. Clean." Bobby called out to him from the
"Hey, Bobby, we’re not eating this? Are we?" Kyle asked
looking at the pan containing the spaghetti sauce.
Bobby came back to the kitchen, carrying a cell phone. "Nah.
Don’t worry. How about Pizza? Hawaiian, Veggie or Meat?"
Bobby grinned at Kyle and made the order. Kyle took out the miniaturized
sketch pad from one of his pockets. Using the power ring, he transformed
the pad to its original shape and changed into normal civilian clothes.
"This is a really nice place." At those words, Bobby just
raised an eyebrow. "I mean it's, um ..."
"It's okay. Batz pays for it." Ignoring Kyle's incredulous
stare, he continued. "He said I need a place that lets me have
as many exits as possible -- without drawing attention to myself.
Hence the terrace."
"You two seem pretty chummy." Kyle found himself saying.
"Nah. They just want to keep an eye on me. I mean there is
no way the Bat family is going to allow me to get into trouble. Also
there's a no power policy here. Can't use them except to save a life
or protect myself ... something or another." Seeing Kyle's puzzled
expression, Bobby explained. "I think you must have missed the
meeting when they discussed this, Kyle."
"The Leaguers. The only person who doesn’t attract super-human
villains is Batty. And there was no way Batz was going to let me
go by myself. Think about it. I can't breath underwater. Everyone
thought it'd be too dangerous for me to room with Plastic Man -- I
think, I heard J'onn murmur something about the Earth's demise. Wally
is married. Newlywed you know. Wondy's island has a no man's policy.
Mind you, I did offer to wear a dress. Though, Diana did offer to
take me up with her in Gateway City, but Supes, Aqua and even Batz
said no." Bobby paused, titled his head to the side and raised
a questioning eyebrow at Kyle. "J'onn just smiled when that happened.
Weird. And you weren't there, so they couldn’t ask you."
Kyle stared at Bobby in shock, his mouth hanging open. Drake went
over to him and raised his hand to close Kyle's open mouth. His eyes
twinkled in mischief.
"Oh..." Kyle looked at him, breathing in Bobby's scent
-- a mixture of soap and spices.
"So, I figure pizza, movie, bar, darts and ogle some chicks.
Not in that order necessarily, but it's a fail proof plan. Yes?"
"Yeah, sure." Kyle found himself agreeing, his emotions
in complete turmoil. What the hell is going on? He moved back
to the living room, telling himself to forget about it.
Five hours later.
"So. What’d you think?" Kyle asked Bobby as they left the
"Huh?" Bobby just kept staring at him, shaking his head.
"Sorry. I think I may have lost my hearing back there. What’d
Kyle reached in his pocket and took out a package of gum. He unwrapped
the gum, reached over to Bobby and stuck a gum stick into Bobby’s
mouth. "Chew." He told him.
Bobby just blinked several times at him and then started chewing
carefully. "Um ... thanks."
They had started walking towards a sports bar near the theater when
they heard a commotion coming from one of the alleys. It sounded
like people fighting. Bobby spit out his gum as they both ran forward,
checking for danger. There they found two skinheads standing over
a homeless man, using him as a punching bag.
"No powers, Kyle," Bobby whispered to him.
"But ..." He can't be serious, Kyle thought.
"I promised Batman, no powers. Cover my back. I'll take care
Bobby had informed the Leaguers that the X-men had trained with and
without the use of their powers, but this was the first time Kyle
had observed this. Now he understood what Harper meant about the
danger of "guys with tights" relying too much on their enhanced
powers, ignoring the importance of knowing hand-to-hand combat.
Rushing forward, Kyle and Bobby quickly dispatched of the two skinheads,
leaving them unconscious on the floor. Catching their breaths, they
turned to help the homeless man get up, checking him for injuries,
when a shot was fired. Four more skinheads had arrived ready to help
their fallen compatriots. Bobby quickly encased the men heading toward
them in ice.
"Damn." Kyle heard Bobby say. Before Kyle could make any
other comments, he noticed how the building in front of him seemed
to change shape. It went from being a three to a five story building.
Kyle moved beside Bobby. He pressed the comm. link on his watch. "Oracle."
Kyle called to the JLA member.
Soon a woman’s voice could be heard over the comm. link. "Yes?"
"Oracle, it’s Kyle. I’m in Gotham city with Bobby. Call for
back up. There’s … I think we are experiencing a dimensional shift.
The buildings in front of me are changing shape." That was all
that Kyle was able to reveal when suddenly the end of the alley was
engulfed in light.
"Kyle." Bobby shouted in warning as he reached over and
pulled Kyle behind a garbage dump.
They both stood and watched as a vortex opened up in front of them.
Soon an invisible force picked Bobby up, separating him from Kyle
and dragging the X-man toward it.
"No!" Kyle shouted as he immediately tackled Bobby from
behind, holding him down and shooting green rays toward the light.
He saw several bat-a-rangs fly into the vortex. He knew backup had
finally arrived. The light in front of them continued to flicker
on and off, then disappeared.
With the danger now gone, Kyle got up off the floor. "Bobby?"
Kyle called to Drake.
"You didn't have to hit so hard, you know." Bobby looked
at Kyle through half-closed eyes. "Let me up."
A slightly embarrassed Kyle helped Drake get up. "Are you alright?"
"Yeah." They both turned around and looked at Batman who
was standing behind them.
"I thought I said no powers." Batman told Bobby in a raspy
"They had a gun," argued Bobby, still dazed from the tackle.
They were the only ones in the alley. The skinheads were gone, scattered
ice shards the only indicator that they had been there, and the homeless
man had ran away.
"So, does anybody know what the hell that was?" Kyle found
"I don't know, but it wanted me," answered Drake, looking
at the spot where moments ago a circle of light had tried to drag
"Could it be..." Batman started to say and then stopped.
"What?" asked Bobby.
"We need to get you to the Tower. I need to discuss some things
with J'onn." With those words, Batman turned around and with
the use of his comm. called to his Batmobile. Kyle stared after him
in shock. That was the longest sentence he had heard come from Batman's
As the Batmobile approached, Batman turned around and spoke to Kyle.
"You're going to have to make your own way to the Tower. I'll
take Robert with me."
Bobby just shrugged his shoulders and got into the car, leaving Kyle
Damn! What the hell is going on, thought Kyle as he watched
his teammates depart.
He was late. Very late. Kyle knew they had started the meeting without
him, but it had taken him time to reach JLA headquarters located on
Earth's moon. Upon arriving, he first went to the conference room
only to discover it empty. He made his way to the lab and found Superman
and J'onn looking over some data. Batman was in the far corner with
Arthur, looking up at the screen that showed Diana talking with Bobby
in the practice room.
"What's going on?" Kyle asked.
"We're just going to test some theories." Superman answered,
glancing at the screen, concern for his teammates clearly written
on his face.
"Okay. Everyone ready?" Hearing Superman's question, Diana
and Bobby nodded to the camera and took their position. "Now!"
Kyle remembered they had done this before, tested Bobby's endurance
and control. Sometimes Bobby had been paired with another Leaguer
or he was made to defend by himself. The reports had shown that while
Bobby did have control over his powers, there was still some untapped
potential within him.
Looking at Bobby and Diana as they continued to fight heavy machinery,
Kyle wondered why Bobby stayed in his human form, dodging the rays.
Unexpectedly something hit Diana, and she cried out. Upon hearing
her, Bobby changed to his ice form and hurried to protect her.
Kyle felt the tension in the room increase, and that was when he
saw it. A shift. A flux. A flickering in the structure, changing
back and forth, showing both the practice room and the moon's surface.
A light appeared, and before it could take hold of Bobby, Flash left
his hiding spot and quickly grabbed hold of him -- taking Bobby away
from danger. Plastic Man and Wonder Woman took a defensive stance,
covering their fallen comrade. But it was not enough. They were
pushed to the side by an invisible force that reached out for Bobby.
"It's a telepath!” J'onn shouted to his teammates in warning,
feeling a slight pressure on the back of his mind.
As the flickering between dimensions continued, Superman told Kyle,
"form a protective barrier over the Tower. We'll try to stabilize
the situation from here." He then turned to Arthur and J'onn.
Kyle used the power ring and threw a protective barrier around the
Tower. From his position, he could see Superman and Batman quickly
looking over the computer data, trying to learn more about the attack
and where it was coming from. Inside the practice room, Diana used
her lasso to tie Bobby to her while J'onn with the help of Arthur
combated the telepathic attack. Plastic Man and the Flash defended
their positions, making sure nothing got through them.
The force that had tried to drag Bobby away from the JLA members
stopped. The light changed and a vortex was revealed. Again another
attempt was made to take Bobby, but this time the force was unable
to decipher between the X-man and the JLA members. The room shook.
All four JLA members, excluding Diana, were picked up and like rag
dolls, and they were thrown against the wall. Diana held onto Bobby
and started to chant a prayer. A barrier was formed around the princess
and Drake, protecting them from harm.
Just as the attack had begun to intensify, it then stopped. The
light disappeared, and everything went back to normal.
The JLA members picked themselves up from the floor and immediately
made their way to where Diana and Bobby stood. They continued to look
"Stand down, people. Everyone meet in the conference room."
Batman's voice could be heard via the comm.
Kyle, looking at the screen, could see Arthur talking to Diana. She
had untied herself from Bobby who looked a bit dazed. Less than ten
minutes later, everyone was in the conference room.
"So, can anybody tell me what happened?" Bobby asked the
"Emotional distress." Batman started to explain, "upon
learning Diana was in danger, you automatically changed into Iceman.
That combined with the distress you felt for her safety triggered
something within you, Bobby."
"I felt a telepath," stated J'onn. "Search the room
and zero in on Bobby. It was only when Diana used her lasso and tied
herself to you that it confused the telepath from being able to decipher
your unique signature. Bobby, you told us before that the X-men happen
to have powerful telepaths ..."
"Yes. Do you believe it was them?" Bobby asked in a hopeful
"Until we're absolutely certain of their true intentions, we
will view them as hostile. We wouldn't want you to be captured into
another dimension." J'onn looked at Bobby, his next words indicated
there should be no arguments. "Until then, no powers. Understood?"
"But if it is them ..."
"Bobby." Diana spoke up. "We need to be sure. This
is the second time they've appeared. Both times they’ve attacked
first to get to you. If it's them, you'll go back home. If it isn't
them, we'll protect you. Until we know for certain, Bobby, power
privilege is denied, and someone needs to stay with you."
"Diana," Bobby began to protest.
"Gotham city is still our best option." Diana informed
him, ignoring Bobby's protest. She looked around the table. "Kyle
will be moving in with you."
"What?!" both men shouted the question while the rest of
the team turned toward the princess.
"Temporarily of course," she informed them.
"But I have a life..." Kyle started to say.
"I don't want a roomie," Bobby protested as well.
Superman just smiled and said, "Perfect. Kyle, I'll help you
move some of your belongings over to Bobby's apartment.” Superman
turned towards the Dark Knight. "Batman, don't worry. The no
power rule will extend over to Kyle."
"No." Kyle said, backing away and covering the power ring
with his other hand.
"Kyle you can keep the ring, but no powers." Diana reassured
him. "Now, J'onn, when I tied my lasso around Bobby, I felt
the telepath ..." the princess informed her teammates as they
made their way over to the teleporter, leaving behind a confused Kyle
and a baffled Bobby.
- (biography) - (discussion)
- (stories) - (pictures)
- (links) - (updates)-