So there’s this guy, right? His name is Ted Kord. He’s the head of Kord Industries, but instead of running around telling everyone how great it is and that they should buy his products, he makes good products because he enjoys it. (He’s much happier just telling the press what they’ve accomplished and what’s coming next, than trying to gain favor with the problem. Just do your best and do what’s right.)
Did I also mention that he’s a hero? Not just “he’s a good man” kind of hero, but an honest to god super hero, who wants to help people because he can with all his wealth and ideas and gadgets.
But he doesn’t always realize how good he is. He eats things that are terrible for his body, food standards that 21st century people think are terrible, and he wears funny clothing (not that he thinks they’re terrible. He says they have personality) that covers his outline and he locks himself up with whatever invention he has at the time. He doesn’t think he’s that smart, even though he’s the best inventor within his company (maybe even the country). Whenever he tries to hit on girls, he only tries on the ones he knows are going to reject him, because he knows that any relationship with him won’t last, because, really, who’d want to stick around for him?
But then there’s Booster. Booster Gold. Michael Jon Carter. He’s from the future, where he messed up bad. Got in a lot of trouble and came to our time to find that long lost glory. He’s bright smiles and golden looks, and he’s got enough products endorsed on him to push on you. He came her for the fame and that’s what he’s getting, ain’t nobody getting in his way.
And he’s Ted Kord’s best friend.
See, when Booster looks at Ted, he sees everything. He sees this guy who’s smarter than Batman and doesn’t even know it. He’s humble and good and hella funny and wonderful in every way since he came to this time period. And Booster thinks he’s fucking beautiful for that.
And I can’t tell you how happy Booster it makes him when he looks at Ted and Ted looks back at him like he’s just as good, like he’s a hero not some washed up athlete who destroyed himself in the race to fame and stole a bunch of equipment to runaway here and try again.
And the reason Ted looks at him like that is because Booster is a hero. Despite all his whining and claim to want nothing more than fame and all those melodramatic cologne commercials…Booster does care a lot about saving and protecting the innocent. And Ted knows just how smart Booster is, because the man from the future can understand most of their culture and speak their language fluently and still make jokes that are funny in their time era and still get shit done.
But then Ted died. He died a hero but it eats away at Booster because dammit he could have saved him. He’s from the future, he should of known from all that information he has in that pretty head of his and in his little buddy Skeets.
Booster couldn’t save Ted, not even if he tried to rewrite history. And it still hurts if he travels back to see him, because it just reminds him that Ted’s not coming back. Ted’s never going to see how awesome Jaime Reyes is as the new Blue Beetle and how much of a wonderful addition he is the Beetle legacy or know how proud he’d make Ted.
And despite the fact that Booster is a time traveler, he will never have had enough time to tell Ted how much he cared for him.