Super-Stars of Space: The Universe and Mr. Leiber, Epilogue: Cosmic Dreams

by Libbylawrence

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Days later, Stacy Macklin found herself back on Earth. With a new purpose in life, she was happier than she’d been in years.

“I’m going to continue being Lady Lunar, and I’m going to prove myself to be a worthy heroine!” she vowed.

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Brice Rogers had other plans. Although he retained his own powers, he resolved to use them only in emergencies. The erstwhile Moonman now stood silently outside a graveyard near Smallville, where he paid his respects to his old mentor Robert Altus, while also wondering how the younger Altus was doing on Kronis.

I may have to visit Bob Jr. there someday, he thought.

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Alyssa the Golden Blade returned to Thronn, where she would finally have the time to mourn her husband and friends. Then, when she was ready, she determined to form a new Honor Team. With a few new recruits, the Honor Team would once again protect Thronn from threats both within and without.

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Queen Bee returned to the almost-deserted hive-world of Korll with plans of her own to repopulate the planet with drones of one type or another.

Slaves may be found on other worlds, and they will serve me as well as my former drones ever did! she thought.

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Star Sapphire began her lonely journey toward Zamaron in a ship given to her by the rulers of Dryanna in gratitude for her role in freeing the planet. But having no knowledge of the current status of the Zamarons, Remoni-Notra had little idea of what or who she would find there.

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As for Genia, she disappeared after departing from the others, and only her inscrutable mind could predict what her plans were.

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The infant son of Cobol the Starknight and Blackstarr was taken by Nestro not merely through space, but also through time itself until he reached a point some sixty years in the past, where the baby was placed in an Earth orphanage and later adopted by a loving family.

The child grew and prospered, eventually having a family of his own and a comfortable business that gave him plenty of time to daydream about heroes and adventure.

However, as this child grew into an old man, little did he realize that his casual heroic daydreams were able to alter reality itself. Retroactively his subconscious mind gave birth to hundreds of parallel Earths and alternate timelines in which one common factor dominated all else: each era or world had heroes of all kinds.

Although none of them would ever realize it, every one of those heroes and all they accomplished was made possible through the idle thoughts of Blackstarr’s time-tossed baby, who grew up to become Mr. Julius Leiber.

Nestro smiled when he thought of it all. One remarkable man had given birth to forces that kept order in the cosmos. It was amazing, yet also fitting, since his mother had been in tune with the elemental forces of nature, his father had been a sentinel of the stars, and his unofficial “godfather” had devoted his eons-old life to keeping order.

The Guardians of the Clockwork Universe indeed owed a great deal to both the universe and Mr. Leiber.

The End

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