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The Seduction Plan 7/21


seduction plan Pairing: Kal/Lois
Rating: NC17 (eventually)
Characters: Perry, Lex, Kal, Lois
Feedback: Yes please
Genre: Drama, romance, AU
Disclaimer: Don't own the characters. Just taking off a few parts and changing them around and giving them new ones. Will put them back when I'm done.

Summary: Total AU where Kal grows up a Luthor and becomes publisher of the Daily Planet only to meet and decide to seduce its star reporter, Lois Lane.


Previously

 

Part Seven

Lex caught him before he could walk out the door. Kal tried to shake his brother off, determined to see Lois and demand an explanation.

“You go down there now, you’ll just make things worse,” Lex said. “She won’t want to see you.”

“Lex, I need to ... I have to tell her ...”

“Just what the hell did you do?”

“I broke it off. I did exactly as I planned to do.” He tried for a smile, but it didn’t work. He wanted to cry instead. And grown men, Luthors especially, didn’t cry.

“Yeah, uh-huh, so why do you look so goddamned miserable?”

“Lex, please ...”

“Please what? Let you make an idiot of yourself? It’s far too late for that, I think. Kal, it’s fairly obvious you’re falling for her.”

“And it’s wrong,” he told his brother, trying to avoid his eyes.

“What’s wrong with it? Is it because of the Blur?”

“No. Because of who I am. Because I’m a Luthor. She doesn’t need to know that world, Lex.”

“Lois is tough. She can handle it.”

“I’d rather she didn’t have to. Remember Helen? Remember what happened? We got bad press for weeks over that.”

“She chose to kill herself Kal.” At least, that was what they’d gleaned from the note she’d left, even if she’d said it was ‘all Lex’s fault’ that her life had been ruined.

“Yeah, but everyone was pointing the finger at you. Saying you were to blame.”

“People see what they want to see, and it doesn’t matter what we say or do, they’ll always believe their own eyes. And I don’t care what people think of me. I don’t think Lois does either.”

“It isn’t fair of me to put that kind of burden on her,” Kal sighed.

“I hate to belabour the obvious, Kal, but it’s not your choice to make. It’s hers.” He glanced at his watch, a Rolex he used for every day. “Now come on. We’ve got a Planet board meeting to get to.”

In other words, business as usual, Kal sighed. But it was better than the alternative. Sitting in his office and feeling utterly miserable.

Lois poured herself a strong cup of coffee. Her third of the morning. She could barely concentrate. She’d been up all night crying, feeling like a fool for having let Kal get to her. It was only in the early hours of the morning that she’d decided to write her resignation letter. He could bleat and beg all he wanted, but as soon as her three weeks’ notice was up, she was out of here. She wasn’t going to let Kal continue to make a fool of her.

She had seen Lex earlier. He’d seen how unhappy she was, but hadn’t commented. For that she was grateful. She knew he had a meeting with the board that day and she assumed Kal would be in the same meeting.

She sat at her desk, staring into space. She’d hoped the weekend would have been the start of something special. She had felt something and she just knew Kal did too. He might have been taught how to avoid the truth by the best of them, but he wasn’t that good at lying. She ...

Her thoughts were interrupted by her phone ringing.

“Lois Lane,” she fairly barked into the phone.

“Nice to hear your voice too, Lane.”

“Chloe?”

“Yup.”

“Oh god, cuz, I really need someone to talk to right now.”

“What’s up?”

“You know that guy that took over the Daily Planet?”

“Kal Luthor? Yeah, Oliver knows him.”

Lois was puzzled at the tone Chloe used when speaking about Oliver, but she let it go, pouring out the whole sordid story. Chloe listened, interjecting occasionally. When Lois finished, she let out a breath.

“Wow, Lo. You’ve got it bad, girl.”

“I’ve only known him a week, Chlo.”

“Yeah, well some people just get lucky I guess. I know it took years of friendship before ...” she paused, talking to someone else in the room. “What? Okay, hold on.” She turned back to the phone. “Lo, there’s someone here who wants to talk to you.”

“Legs?”

“Ollie?”

“Yeah kiddo. Listen, forget Kal Luthor. The guy might be my friend, but I’ve seen him be a real bastard with women.”

“Yeah, Lex tried to tell me the same thing.”

“Trust me, you’re better off out of it. The Luthors are not to be crossed.”

“They haven’t ... I mean they don’t ...They’re not into anything illegal, are they?”

“Nah, not since Lex took over. He’s really hunkered down and cleaned up the whole company since he turned it into Lexcorp. And you’ve gotta admire the guy. He’s got balls of steel, going up against the old man.”

“Yeah, speaking of which, I met Lionel at the weekend. He doesn’t seem at all like I heard.”

“Don’t be fooled,” Oliver told her. “The man’s a real shark. He might be retired, but he’s got his finger in a lot of pies.”

Lois nodded, forgetting that her ex-boyfriend couldn’t see her nodding. “So, what’s up with you and Chloe?”

“Uh, yeah, well, that’s why we called you.”

“We?” Lois queried.

“Yeah. Guess we’re going to be in-laws, Lo. Chloe and I are engaged.”

Lois sat there, stunned. Her little cousin was getting married? To her ex-boyfriend? She hadn’t even known that they were dating, although she had known they were friends. Especially since she and Chloe had discovered four years ago that Oliver was the Green Arrow.

“Congratulations,” she said, aware that she hadn’t spoken in a couple of minutes. She didn’t want to sound as if she wasn’t happy for them. Since she’d known the two of them had been dancing around their attraction from the moment they’d met. It was one of the reasons why it had never worked out for her with Oliver. “I mean it, Ollie. I’m happy for you guys.”

“Thanks, Lo. So, here’s Chloe again.” She heard him handing the phone over, then the definite sounds of a kiss. In spite of how miserable Lois was feeling in herself, she couldn’t help but be excited for Chloe and Oliver.

“So when’s the wedding?” she asked.

“Lo, we only just got engaged,” Chloe said in an exasperated tone. “February 14,” she admitted.

“Typical. You know Ollie only picked that date so he wouldn’t forget it. Valentine’s Day? Sheesh.”

“I heard that,” came Oliver’s voice, and Lois giggled.

“So, you’ll be my maid of honour, right?” Chloe asked.

“You know I am so there, cuz. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

“Great.” The two girls began talking about wedding plans until Lois was interrupted.

“Lane, call on line two.”

“I’ve gotta go, cuz,” she said. “Work stuff. I’ll call you tonight okay?” She ended the call and pressed two. “Lois Lane.”

“About time you stopped gossiping Lane. Got something for you. That tenement fire? It was arson. The wiring was definitely not up to code, but it was deliberate. Someone was trying to torch the place.”

Lois grabbed her notepad. “You’re kidding! Any ideas?”

“Maybe you should check with Intergang,” her source told her. “Word is, someone high up is trying to buy property in the area. At fire sale prices. If you get my drift.”

“What?”

“And you might want to check with your new boss. Especially where his old man is concerned.”

There was no way in hell she was going to talk to Kal about this. But maybe Lex could help. She glanced at the clock. It was just on lunch. Hopefully the board meeting had broken for lunch and she would get him on the phone.

She was right.

“Lex Luthor.”

“Lex, it’s Lois. There’s something I need to talk to you about. Storywise.”

“It’s really not a good time, Lois. How about we talk over dinner?” Then he sighed. “No, sorry, that won’t do. Kal and I usually watch a game on Monday nights.”

“Oh. No, that’s okay. How about lunch tomorrow? It’ll give me some time to do some legwork anyway.”

“Any hints on what this is about?” Lex asked.

“I’ll tell you tomorrow,” she said.

“Okay. I’ll swing by and pick you up around twelve thirty.”

Lex hung up, puzzled by the phone call and the tone in Lois’ voice. He sensed something big was up. Kal glared at him from across the room, where he was talking to one of the board members. After a few minutes, he ended the conversation and came over.

“Why were you talking to Lois?”

Lex sighed. He’d forgotten about Kal’s superhearing.

“Look, it’s just for a story,” he said.

“You made a lunch date with her. Tomorrow.”

“Kal, stop it. You blew your chance with her.”

“So you’re going to try for her?”

“No, I’m not,” Lex said. “I like Lois. But I’m not attracted to her.”

“Yeah, sure you aren’t,” Kal sniffed.

“Get over yourself, Kal. You dumped her. You can’t have it both ways.”

Kal looked mutinous. But he didn’t voice his objections.

He was still silent when they met at the penthouse later that night for the game. It was their ritual. Watching a game beamed in via satellite from anywhere in the world. This week, they were watching a rugby game. England versus Australia.

“This is like grid-iron, right?” Kal asked, munching on popcorn.

“Except the players don’t wear shoulder pads. Or helmets.”

Kal winced as one player performed what looked like a rather brutal frontal assault on the opposing member, tackling him to the ground.

“That looked like it hurt,” he commented.

“I have to admit I’m surprised there aren’t more injuries,” Lex answered. “But they’re tough.”

“You played this, didn’t you?”

Lex nodded. “When I spent three months at the London office, remember?”

“Yeah.” Kal watched in silence for a moment. “So, what’s this lunch meeting with Lois?”

“All she said was it was to do with a story. That’s all I can tell you, Kal. It’s not a social thing.”

“Better not be,” Kal muttered.

Lex had to admit, he was curious as to why Lois would come to him about a story. But as they sat down to lunch in Lex’s favourite seafood restaurant, he was even more intrigued.

“So, remember that fire I told you about on Friday night? The tenement? It turns out it was electrical, but it was deliberate. And they think it was organised.”

“Organised how?” Lex asked.

“Well, there have been rumours flying around that Intergang’s been buying up properties on that side of town. That they’re planning on knocking down the tenements and building a huge Cost Mart store.”

“Intergang? Lois, are you sure you should be getting involved in something like this? It sounds dangerous.”

Lois just offered him a small smile. “It’s my job,” she said. “Anyway, my source tells me that there might be some connection to your Dad. I know it’s a long shot, but ... I did some research and I found out a guy named Morgan Edge was running Intergang a long time ago. And that he and your Dad knew each other.”

“Look, Lois, I see where you’re going with this. And Lionel’s done some things in the past that could be considered immoral. Or unethical. But he would never be involved with organised crime.”

Or if he was, Lex thought, he certainly wasn’t now. The waitress approached and took their orders, giving him time to ponder the question.

“And I certainly wouldn’t condone Lexcorp being involved in anything of that nature,” he said.

“Yeah, that’s what Oliver said.”

“Oliver? Oliver Queen?”

“We dated for a while. Now he’s engaged to my cousin.” Then she gasped, covering her mouth with her hand. “Oops, I don’t think I was meant to say anything about that yet. The announcement hasn’t been made official.”

Lex waved his hand. “Ollie called me yesterday and told me.” He had to admit he was pleased for his friend, if a little envious. “He also asked me what was up between you and Kal.”

Lois looked miserable, her mood deflating in an instant. “I wish he hadn’t.”

“I don’t know, Lois. I think maybe you’re assuming too much where Kal is concerned.”

“No, I don’t think so. You told me what he was like, but I didn’t listen. And now I’m the one with egg on my face.”

“If it’s any consolation, Lois, Kal is just as miserable. He loves you.”

“Yeah, sure he does. That’s why he dumped me, right? And right after we ...”

“You two didn’t ...” Lex left it hanging.

“Not completely, no,” she admitted.

“I wish there was something I could say to make it better, Lois. I think Kal is wrong, doing what he did, but he had his reasons. He’s wrong, but then again, when Kal gets scared he doesn’t always think rationally.”

“I don’t think he’s scared.”

Lex smiled at her. “Trust me, Lois, he’s running scared. For the first time in his life he’s fallen for someone and he doesn’t know how to handle it.”

Lois remained silent after that. Their lunches were brought out and they ate, chatting about trivial things. As they were leaving, Lois bumped into a brunette woman. She stared at her.

“Lana?”

The woman turned and looked at her. “Lois? My god, I haven’t seen you since high school.”

“I heard you went to Paris to school.”

Lana nodded. “Art school.” She glanced at Lex, who nodded politely.

“Lex Luthor.”

She smiled. “Yes, I know. We’ve already met.”

He looked at her, puzzled. “We have? I’m sure I would remember,” he added, racking his brains. Lana was certainly a very beautiful young woman. About the same age as Kal.

“I used to live in Smallville. When I was ten, my aunt and I came to Metropolis for a riding event and we stayed at your father’s mansion. I went exploring and I found you in the pool with a girl.” She smirked. “I think you were teaching her the breast stroke?”

Lex felt himself reddening slightly, something he hadn’t done in a long time. He’d been with a girlfriend, swimming naked in the pool. They’d been having sex when Lana had walked in. She’d screamed, which, of course, had brought everyone running. Lex and the girl – and he was hard pressed to remember her name now, had both been embarrassed. Lionel had hauled him over the coals for that one, taking away almost all his privileges. He’d wondered at the time whether Lionel had been having an affair with the girl’s aunt.

Lois was chuckling merrily at him and he sent her a wry grin, before turning back to Lana.

“Wow! That was you? You’re, uh, all grown up now.”

Lana grinned back at him. She took out a small business card from her purse.

“I tell you what, if you ever feel like teaching anyone else the breast stroke, here’s my number. I’ll stop by.”

With another sly grin, Lana said goodbye and walked off, leaving Lex feeling a little dumbfounded. Lois was still chuckling.

“You Luthors certainly have a way with women,” she laughed.

Lois left work late that night, walking quickly through the streets to her apartment. She took out her keys and began unlocking all the deadbolts. A hand touched her arm, stopping her before she could open the door. She whirled around.

“What are you doing here? How did you get in?”


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Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Oct. 12th, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Another well thought out chapter honey! You rock!
phoenixnz
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks honey, you know how I like my plots and twists.
ctbn60
Oct. 12th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)

Noooo not Lana! lol I liked this chapter. Something tells me Lois is going to have her hands full with this story. Great chapter honey.
phoenixnz
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
What? Lex isn't allowed a little happiness too? And this Lana isn't as self-involved. There's only hints anyway.
As for Lois having her hands full, just wait for the next chapter. Let's just say that what happens will be a little unexpected.
iluvaqt
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
I was reading this story on K-site and I always try to find if the author posts elsewhere because I can't stand the character wars. I couldn't find it on FF.net and I can't believe my luck at finding it here completed! Yay. I love your story, the characterizations, the friendship and Lex and Kal's brotherly bond.

And yay, you made the Chlollier in me dance by getting them together, even if it is the side story. I love well rounded fics that not only tell a captivating story don't forget all the main characters. You not only moved Chloe on in a believable manner from her Smallville origins, but you continued to feed my DC heart with throwing in Star City mentions, Bruce and the Justice League too.

I can't wait to read these two open up to each other. It's obvious they've already both fallen. :)
phoenixnz
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
One of these days I'll have to write a Chlollie - I did sort of start one with Sacrifice and I do intend to add more to that. Just waiting to see how they reintroduce her to the show.

As for this story, who knows? There may be some one-shots and I could even explore how Chloe and Ollie get together ;)

I know what you mean about forgetting main characters. I didn't want to write the story and forget to mention others who are part of the SV universe, even the AUs. So even if they only get a mention, I've at least tried to do them justice.
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