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The talent show was finally over. After what seemed to be a century of waiting, Kris had officially been the hit of the town with her performance with Robbie. Once the award ceremony had already taken place, families and friends gathered outside to congratulate the winners. Even though Kris and Robbie gave a great finale for the show, they didn’t take first prize…nor did they take second.

“The whole competition was rigged!” Mike insisted on complaining. “How you guys got honorable mentions is beyond me! I just don’t believe it.”

“Of course it’s rigged, Mike,” Ella shook her head at his naivety. “The school always plans to give the oldest students highest honors since it is their last year here. But, we really got to hand it to Robbie and Kris for making the night really spectacular.”

“That’s right!” Rainie squealed happily, picking up Robbie and cradling him on her hip. “My boy’s the bestest little talent the school has ever seen.”

Robbie cringed as his mother started smothering him but he was happy that she wasn’t crushing the shiny new metal he was wearing on his neck.

“Mom…” he whined. “Kris’ mom isn’t mushy. Why do you have to be?”

Kris was holding onto Ariel’s hand as she looked at her mother looking right back at her with a soft smile.

“Don’t do it, mom,” Kris warned with a stiff finger. “I’m not a baby.”

“I’ll do it!” Yi Zhen called out as she lifted Kris off the ground and gave her a big hug.

“GAH!” Kris yelled back in disgust.

“Aw, you’re such a sweet little girl,” Calvin cooed in response to her gagging.

“Get it off me, get it off me!” Kris half giggled and half whined.

“Hey!” someone called out from the side. It was Principal Feng with some good news. “I’m glad all of you are still here. I have some news to deliver for Kris and Robbie. Some of my colleagues and I have agreed to take in not only the winners of tonight’s show to perform at the annual Formal Ball in Cianjhen Harbor, but Kris and Robbie as well! What do you say? Can they perform for the town?”

And before Ariel and Rainie could object, Robbie and Kris had plans of their own.

“YEA!!!” they both screamed excitedly.

“Hold it!” Rainie butted in. “Your parents have yet to give their say into this and until we have settled this entire ordeal, there is no guarantee.”

To much of their dismay, Kris and Robbie immediately gave deep and furrowed pouts in front of Rainie. It seemed as if she had just told them there is no Santa Claus. But, it had no effect on her except maybe disgust since once she turned her head over, Mike had on the exact same expression as the kids.

“You have got to be kidding me,” she hissed at him.

“Well the 3 of you can settle this together,” the principal added just before he left. “If you change your minds, please contact me.”

“Isn’t that wonderful, kids?” Ella encouraged. “Maybe you guys can perform in front of entire town! Doesn’t that sound fun!?”

“Ella, don’t get their hopes up,” Ariel patted her friend on the back.

“MOM! You too!?” Kris moaned at Ariel, tugging on her pant leg. “C’mon, please???”

As the whining became more and more shrill, the kids started making fussy noises and behaving like…well children. Suddenly, as the whining ceased to go down, two strong hands cover over the little mouths abruptly to stop the incessant noise.

“Is that any way for a Supergirl to behave?” said a voice above the complaining.

“S..p..m..n!” muffled the two kids as they raised their arms up high in ecstatic flare upon seeing Joe hovering above.

“So you finally came,” Mike punched his arm hard. “Where have you been all this time?”

Lifting himself off from his kneeling position, Joe gave a sigh and shook his head not wanting to explain his painful journey here.

“You don’t wanna know,” he huffed.

“Up-sies, I want Up-sies,” Kris whined from below, with her hands still waving fanatically.

Smiling at her actions, Joe quickly lifted her up in his arms and cradled her gently. She locked her arms tightly around his neck and her head was now rocking softly on his shoulders.

“When did you get here?” Rainie added. “We all saw you on stage; it was hilarious!”

“Thanks,” he sarcastically quipped. “I just got here a few minutes ago. You have no idea how hard it is to climb barbed wire.”

“Well that explains the ripped jacket and torn pant leg,” Calvin laughed.

“Are you ok?” Yi Zhen continued to ask. “Seems like you took quite a beating.”

“I’m ok,” he smiled back at her. “Just a little tired.

Unexpectedly, Joe hears soft murmurs of gibberish flickering in and out of his ear. It sort of tickled him but it wasn’t meant to.

“Kris?” he tapped at her back. “What are you doing?”

More cooing could be heard but she just shook her head, as if she was digging herself a new home in his shoulder.

“Aw, it seems like Kris likes her Superman after all,” Yi Zhen quipped, nudging her arm on Kris’ side, causing Kris to yelp out a bit from the ticklish feeling.

“AH!” Rainie suddenly yelped, herself. “It’s getting late! Mike, we should be heading home soon. Robbie has a doctor’s appointment tomorrow.”

“We should get going to,” Calvin gently rubbed Yi Zhen’s arm to get her attention. “See ya tomorrow guys,” he ended as he and Yi Zhen departed the school.

“See ya, Kris. See ya Ms. Lin,” Robbie politely waved goodbye to his friends. “See ya, Uncle Joe.”

“Bye Robbie,” Ariel finally spoke, waving goodbye to Rainie, Mike and Robbie.

Once most of the parents had left the school, Ariel and Joe decided to head on home as well. With Kris unable to be pried off of him anytime soon, Joe helped carry her back to their apartment.

“Thanks for carrying her by the way,” Ariel casually mentioned to Joe as she opened the door.

“No problem,” he smiled back. “It’s not like I can get her off me anyways. Come on, Kris. You’re home now. Time to let go.”

“Nooo!” she continued to muffle into his shoulder, now tightening her grip on his neck.

Ariel even gave an apologetic look to Joe as she tried to tug at her daughter but nothing seemed to be working.

“Kris,” Ariel patted her daughter lightly on the back. “It’s time to go to bed. Say goodnight to Joe.”

“Can he tuck me in tonight?” Kris asked without looking at her mother, but still gave a deep pout.

“Joe?” Ariel asked with a cringe. “Do you mind?”

“No, I’ll do it,” he nodded slightly before heading towards Kris’ room. “Then will you let me go? I don’t want to go in to work tomorrow with a seven year old girl attached to me.”

Once he opened Kris’ bedroom door, Joe gently placed Kris onto her bed without flicking on the lights so it wouldn’t disturb her slumber. However she wasn’t letting go either.

“Kris? Let go,” he shook at her.

“No!” she hissed back with a hint of laughter.

“Oh so you like to laugh huh?” he childishly remarked with an evil gleam in his eye. Suddenly, he unleashed several pokes into her sides letting her cry out in fits of giggles and burst of sporadic laughter.

“OK, ok,” she smiled when she finally let go of his neck. “One last hug and I’ll go to sleep.”

“Sure.”

Joe took a seat on her bed and enveloped her into a tight squeeze before she let go of him and slid into her covers waiting for him to tuck her in.

“Now are we settled in nicely?” Joe asked, hovering close to Kris’ face. “I don’t need to come back here, do I?”

“No,” she nonchalantly rubbed her eye. “I’m good.”

“Ok then,” he gently tapped at her forehead. “Goodnight Kris.”

“mmm,” she murmured.

His daughter…the little munchkin can be so hysterical and crazy at one moment and so gentle the next. So forgiving as well. That’s what good about children; they have the ability to forgive so easily for things that had hurt them so deeply as long as you show them love. Just as he was about to lift himself off the bed, Kris just casually mentioned one last thing.

“Goodnight daddy,” she suddenly whispered as if it was the easiest thing she had ever said.

Gently taking his seat back down on top of the comforter, Joe looked directly at his daughter with a nonchalant expression plastered on his face. Did she just say what he thought she said? With two seconds of frozen disposition, Kris opened a single eye over to her father and giggled a bit at his stoic expression of shock and confusion.

“Didn’t think I knew did ya?” she smiled back hoping to not giggle too loudly. Lifting her body off the already tucked in comforter, Kris got up in a sit up position and placed her hand on her father’s stiff shoulder. “C’mon dad, it’s only obvious!”

Her words seem to confuse him even more. What was he supposed to say? That she was wrong? That she wasn’t old enough to know the truth? What made her think he was her father? Was it really that obvious?

“Kris-

“I’m not stupid,” Kris began. “You don’t have to explain. I know. You’re superman and I’m Supergirl. It’s only logical that you’re my dad. It’s all a conspiracy from “the man” to keep everything a secret. I know! Don’t worry though; I won’t say anything to anybody. You can count on me. But…I just have one question. What took you so long?”

“For what, hon?” he asked.

“To come back!” she flayed her arms wildly. “7 years man! You know how many Christmas and birthday presents you owe me?”

“14?” he shrugged lightly.

“A million!” she yelped back. “But I’m not the kind of person to hold grudges. I understand you had to go save people. You do, however, owe me one thing if nothing at all.”

“And that is?” he curiously asked. “A pony?”

“NO!” she growled. “You owe me…a baby brother.”

“Kris…” he softly laughed. “You can’t be serious.”

“You owe me,” she said with a stern tone and a stiff finger in his face.

“Tell you what, how about I tuck you in one last time for the night and I’ll talk to you tomorrow, hmm?”

In response, she puffed up her cheeks and gave a deep frown. He only laughed at her expression before squeezing her cheeks together and cramming her face till she looked like a fish. Once she was able to fall asleep, Joe lifted her up and tucked her in tightly into her covers before laying a brief kiss on her cheek.

“You’re a very good girl, Kris,” he whispered in her ear. “I love you.”

“Love you too, daddy” she groggily whispered back with her eyes shut tight.

Closing the door behind him, Joe took a deep breath as he crashed his back onto the wall. His heart was beating a hundred miles a minute when Kris had confessed. As confused as he was already on what he wanted to do with Ariel, Kris was a whole other ballpark. But now, what was supposed to do? Luckily Kris said she wouldn’t tell anyone, but what about her mother? And another thing…was it really that apparent that he was her father? Or it is just the intuition of a seven year old maniac?

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