After The Debut
(The following is a quick story with characters from the wonderful fantasy world of ~ExGemini. Any resemblance to characters from certain publications are to be considered strange coincidences and nothing more. This story takes place during the events of "Island Arrival Part 2" and contains subject matter that is not suitable for certain people.)
DJ's debut at The Glow nightclub was a raving success. Between the intense music and the surprise of the "Glow-vibe" experience, the majority of the female-dominant crowd left the club more than satisfied and "stimulated". Some left early. A few (but not many) left alone. Some even left still scantily-clad from the experience. But everyone left with a smile on their faces.
Only a handful of people stayed after the house lights went back up. Janet Van Dyne, the owner of the nightclub, had to double-check the receipts from the managers of the club, the restaurant, and the pub. DJ, of course, had to shut down his equipment, and especially after what had happened earlier that day with Circe and BlackFire, he couldn't afford to keep anything of importance out in the open.
Donna Troy and Kory Anders waited nearby DJ's stage as he began to shut things down. Both women were reduced to their lingerie from the evening's activities, which Kory was thankful she decided to follow her friend's advice and wear that evening. They both had slung their party clothes over their arms like jackets, patiently watching with satisfaction as DJ began disconnecting and dismantling.
Just then they were joined by a third person.
Power Girl came up to them wearing a simple white cloth draped over her right shoulder and tied into a toga by a bolt of red fabric. Her "special" necklace was draped around her neck, and her body also glistened with satisfaction as the fabric clung tightly to her physically perfect and statuesque form.
"Ladies, would you mind if I spoke with DJ really quick?" she asked the two.
Donna and Kory looked at each other briefly with a smile.
"Nope, no problem at all," Kory said with a grin. "Come on, Donna, I think this is a 'Lady Room' time."
Donna giggled. "Close enough, Kory."
Power Girl watched with anticipation as the two made their way to the restroom, leaving DJ all to herself. She took a deep breath and hopped on the stage.
"Hi," she said with a nervous smile. "Got a minute?"
"Sure," DJ said as he finished working on his laptop. "Takes a minute for the laptop to shut down anyway." He then turned to face her. "I saw you on the dance floor earlier. Pretty hot." He extended his hand to her. "Glad to finally meet you in person, Power Girl."
She took his hand, and as she did, he leaned in and kissed hers. She gave a slight blush at his gentlemanly gesture. "It's
it's Karen. KARA! Kara, actually!"
He leaned in and gave her hand another kiss. "Then it's my pleasure, Kara, to make your acquaintance in person."
Now she was really blushing. She gently withdrew her hand as she felt her nipples get harder underneath the damp cloth.
I actually had a somewhat serious question to ask of you," she said. "You came from Paragon City in Rhode Island, right?"
"Paragon by way of a few other places," he replied. "But yes, I am a registered hero there."
"Then maybe you can help me on something. I've been hearing about a woman that looks like me and has my powers over in Paragon City. Goes by the name of Galatea Powers. Have you ever heard of her?"
DJ put a hand to his chin and rubbed the late-night stubble on his jawline. "Galatea Powers? Nope, can't say that I do."
Kara gave a hard look. "Are you sure? I kept on hearing about stories of her exploits in Paragon City, taking on someone called Doctor Vahzilok
"Now him I've heard about," DJ interjected. "But not this 'Galatea Powers', and believe me, if there was someone who looked just like you there, I would have known about it. I know my team, the Legion of Infinity, is led by a woman named Laurel Conner, and she has similar powers to you. And then there's Starsupreme, but he's a guy and mentally he's not all there, if you know what I mean."
Kara frowned. "You're positive, right? Nobody like me?"
"It's hard to not notice someone like you, Kara. Unless maybe they're blind."
She giggled softly.
"But I have heard about alternate dimensions," he added. "And Paragon City is rife with a few alternate universes. It sounds like your Paragon doppelganger could be one of them."
"Oh," she said with a half-frown. "Hmm
so much for the copyright lawsuit. But while I got you here, there is something I have been meaning to ask."
"Okay," he replied. "What's up?"
She moved in closer to him. "Can you repeat to me what you told Nathan about me and my symbol?"
"You know, the cleavage-bearing hole in my outfit. You told Nathan something about it from my interview with Justice Illustrated. I want to know if you meant what you said."
"I still mean it," he replied softly. "You think that hole is a gap, but it's really not. It's you, Kara. That hole reflects your heart and your strength and your will. Everything that you have taken pride in before
Before he could finish, she put her mouth to his. Then she quickly stepped back.
"I'm sorry!" she exclaimed. "That was
"Somewhat pleasant," he replied.
"I don't normally do that," she said, blushing. "But
if you weren't already with Kory
" Just then she heard Kory and Donna returning. She leaned into him and gave him a kiss on the cheek. "Anytime
just call me, okay?" She took off her necklace and handed it to him. "One sec
DJ felt a rush of wind around him as he took the strange green necklace from her. Two seconds later he felt a second rush of wind and the necklace was replaced with something else in his hand.
"Thanks," she said with a wink as she finished putting the necklace back around her neck. "Can't do anything with this on, but not too many people around here know that, so let's keep that between us, okay?"
He looked down at what she put in his hand. It was a piece of paper with a phone number scribbled on it. He quickly put into his pocket.
"Girls," Kara said cheerfully to the approaching ladies. "You have a real catch there
keep an eye on him."
The two friends gave a quizzical look at Power Girl as she walked between them with a particular brisk step and almost sped out the door. Then they turned back at DJ.
"DJ," Donna said with a sly grin, "what did you two do?"
"Oh she just had some questions about Paragon City, that's all," he replied.
"That is ALL?" Kory said skeptically.
"Well, okay, there WAS something that I had told Nathan that she wanted cleared up," he added. "But that's it."
Then he closed the top of his laptop and slid it into the travel case. "NOW
who's hosting the after-party?"
"Excuse me?" Kory said. "I thought the party was over."
"Well you know the old song
" he said as he picked up the travel case and slung it over his shoulder. "After the party is the AFTER-party, after that is the hotel lobby
"I have not heard that particular song before," Kory said. "Can you sing some more please?"
Donna giggled. "Kory, I think he means where people go after the club is closed. You know, normally we just go back to Nathan's place, or sometimes to the suite that we share."
"Maybe that can be our after-party?" Kory asked with a grin as she took DJ's left arm.
"Let's find out," Donna said as she took DJ's right arm. "Hold on to your laptop, DJ; you're about to fly Air Titan!"
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