kryptonian-at-heart said: -takes her hand, still in his kid form- i still love you, m’gann. no matter what form you’re in. -leaves a chaste kiss on her hand-
Thank you, Conner. I don’t know if you realize how much that means to me.
I love you, too. -squeezes his hand with her two Martian fingers, obviously still embarrassed but not as ashamed-
Well, it’s not like it’s being a white martian changes anything… I mean, you’re still you right? You still like TV and baking and Earth stuff right? -leans back slightly so he can see her in her entirety since he’s so short- I don’t get why the people on Mars don’t see that.
I am still me— just, I don’t know, white Martians are supposed to be less than people… Untrustworthy, disgusting… Green Martians are the majority, and it’s been a stigma against white Martians for years and years, ever since— well, I don’t want to get into Martian history, it’s pretty boring, you get the idea…
But, I mean, I’ve never felt as at home as I do here on Earth. And I was so scared of what you would think, what all of the team would think, because what if it was the same? What if everyone thought I was disgusting here, too? What if I had to leave? I mean, there’s no place for a monster on the team, I wouldn’t be able to help anyone or do anything… I’d have to go back to Mars— that would be the worst thing. I don’t want to leave Earth, and the blue sky, and the people, and my friends, and you… I don’t know what I’d do. I don’t know how I’d go on. After the kindness that Uncle J’onn and the team and the Justice League has shown me… I don’t think I could take going back and being alone again.
The same is here on Earth but I’m sure you already knew that. No planet is perfect and Earth is no exception… -wrings his chubby hands, trying to figure out what words will reassure her- I’m not good at this kinda emotional stuff, M’gann, but here goes… you saw that this team likes having you on the team and while many were surprised by your reveal, we still accept you. -pauses and averts his gaze- I don’t want to know what it would be like if you left us or me. -tripping over his words- The point is, yeah, you’re a White Martian, but that means nothing to us on Earth. Has Martian Manhunter said anything about this? You did reveal yourself to him after that last mission at the Watchtower…
He… isn’t very good with emotional things either. But he knew about, well, who I was already when he brought me here. I stowed away on his ship when he was coming back to Earth, and I guess we bonded. You’d know how that is! -chuckles a little at her own joke, trying to lighten the mood at least a little bit-
…I never really had a strong parental figure back on Mars. When you come from a family that’s the size of mine, most people don’t, you know? So when Uncle J’onn found me and we started talking, I had thought that he was going to send me back. But he knew what was waiting for me back home, and so he did me a kindness by letting me stay here with you guys. I think he’s a little relieved that we don’t have to keep it a secret anymore.
-grins at her joke- I know what you mean about bonding.
I remember you telling me about how big your family is but I didn’t expect it to be that huge! At least you have Martian Manhunter; he seems to be really pleasant outside of combat…. I don’t have to do the typical boyfriend-meets-father figure thing do I? At least, not today right? -looks down at himself-
Uncle J’onn is my father figure now— I would never ask you to take that place, it wouldn’t be right, I don’t need it, and wouldn’t it be kinda weird? -chuckles- I’m strong, and you’re stubborn! And we can do anything if we’re together.