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The Seduction Plan 9/21

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 Nine


Kal hadn’t wanted to go to the weekly meeting with his editors. He had a bad feeling about it, and he wasn’t surprised when Lois barged in right in the middle of it.

“Aw, Judas Priest, Lane,” Perry snapped, “can’t you see we’re in the middle of a meeting?”

“Sorry, Perry, but this is important. I have a big story about to break, and ...”

“I’m canning the story,” Kal said immediately, doing his level best to avoid her eyes. But somehow he was still drawn to them. He suppressed a shiver at the icy glare.

“Well, I’m not about to drop a potential Pulitzer prize winning story just for you, Luthor,” she snapped.

“You say that about every story, Lane.”

“Yeah, well this one will definitely take the trophy Perry.”

“And I thought I was quite clear about you not getting tangled up with Intergang,” Kal told her.

“Wait, wait, wait,” Perry said, holding up his hands. “Why have I been left out of the loop on this?”

“I apologise, Perry,” Kal said. “I should have come to you first. I was concerned that Lane might get in over her head on this one and I would rather drop the story than risk a reporter.”

Perry nodded. “Sounds great in theory, Luthor, but you’ve obviously never tangled with Mad Dog Lane. Trust me, she’s like a dog with a bone.” He glared at Lois.

Kal got up, realising Lois was not going to budge on this one. He turned to the other editors.

“Perhaps we should finish this meeting later,” he said. “Clearly Lane feels her issues take priority over running the paper.”

He walked out, but not before sending a glare in Lois’ direction that would have reduced anyone else to tears. But she glared back at him resolutely.

He sat in his office, chewing on a pencil, tempted to listen in with his super-hearing. But he decided against it. He deserved every bit of venom she felt for him. He’d slept with her then avoided her for two days and he couldn’t blame her for being angry at him. He was relieved that she had accepted the gift of the blouse and skirt, although he’d felt like an idiot walking into the boutique himself to choose it for her.

Lost in thought, he jumped when he heard the knock on his door.

“I think we need to talk,” Perry said. He came in and closed the door. “Now, I couldn’t help but notice the definite chill between you two. Maybe it’s not my place to say anything, son, but there’ve been rumours flying round the building that you and Lane have a thing going. Or at least you did. And judging from the look on your face, I’m guessing it ended badly. So I figured you could use a friendly ear right now.”

“Perry, I ... I slept with her, and I shouldn’t have.”

“Why? Because you’re the resident Lothario around here? Look, you wanna make with the Casanova act outside the workplace, that’s fine, but when you mess with my reporters ...”

Perry broke it off, studying Kal’s face. Kal didn’t think he had shown his feelings, but judging from the way Perry was looking at him now, he guessed that Perry knew the truth.

“Aw, son, look, I’m lousy at relationships. Got two divorces to show for it. But I’m guessing this has never happened to you before, has it?”

Kal shook his head, not trusting himself to speak. Perry sat on the corner of the desk and looked kindly at him.

“Listen, son, I know we pretty much got off on the wrong foot when you started here, but I am a good listener.”

“I don’t know where to start,” Kal sighed. “The thing is, I’ve always had my choice of women. I never gave any thought to a real relationship. And, yeah, when I met her, I thought she was just as shallow as all the others I’ve dated, but she’s not. She’s beautiful, brilliant, stubborn, pigheaded, and I .. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never felt this way about anyone.”

“And you think by getting involved with her you set her up to be a target for every nutjob who has a score to settle with a Luthor. Am I right?”

Kal looked at him, a puzzled frown on his face. How did Perry know? Perry smiled.

“Kal, I didn’t get this job for my looks.”

Kal found himself smiling for the first time in days. He nodded.

“Look, I’m no expert on women, but one thing I do know is that they don’t like those choices made for them. And Lois Lane is a tough woman. Trust me, the daughter of a four-star general? She can handle anything life throws at her. And she’s not going to care about some crackpot.”

“It’s not just them. It’s the tabloids. I mean, one minute I’m having an affair with Paris Hilton, the next I’m having wild orgies with the Olsen twins. I mean, seriously. For one thing, they’re not even my type.”

“And Lois is secure enough in herself to not buy that bullshit. You’re not giving her enough credit, son. As for her working on the story with Intergang, well, I have to say I agree with you. It’s dangerous. But I know Lois. And she’s not going to drop it on your say so.” Perry stood up. “Like I said, I’m no expert on women. But if you really do love her, talk to her. Give her the chance to make that choice for herself.”

As Perry turned to go, Jimmy burst in.

“Olsen what in the blue blazes ...”

But Jimmy ignored Perry and stared, red-faced at Kal. “You need to come outside. Right now.”

“Why?”

“Just trust me, boss,” Jimmy said. “And hurry.”

Feeling a huge knot in his stomach, Kal followed him, taking the stairs two or three at a time so eventually Jimmy fell behind. He ran out to the street where a crowd had gathered.

“They just came out of nowhere,” one person was saying. Kal rudely pushed past them, heart pounding in fear. There were yells of protest but he was beyond caring as he saw the still form lying on the pavement.

“Lois, god, no!” He knelt down beside her, seeing the red stain blooming on her blouse.

“Who did this?” he growled, looking up at the assembled crowd.

Jimmy knelt beside him. “The paramedics are on the way boss,” he said.

Kal looked at him. “Jimmy, you want to earn your stripes? Then I want you to start taking statements from everyone here. You got that?”

Jimmy nodded. “Sure boss.”

Kal didn’t even feel him turn away. He gently put a hand under Lois’ head, pulling her up. He knew he shouldn’t move her but he didn’t care. He gently turned her head toward him, his other hand on the wound. Glancing up, he realised there were just too many people around and he couldn’t use his heat vision. As much as he wanted to.

“Lois,” he begged. “Come back to me, please.”

There was a tiny movement and her eyelids fluttered. A small voice said his name. It sounded so far away that it broke his heart. But even as she tried to come back to consciousness, she slipped away again.

“No, Lois, please! Stay with me. Please! Stay with me!” He continued to beg until the siren heralded the arrival of the paramedics.

“Sir, we need to do our work. Please, sir, you need to let her go so we can get her the help she needs.”

Kal was barely aware of them pulling him away. But he looked up long enough to see the look of horror and sympathy on Perry’s face.

The rest of the evening passed by in a blur. Kal remembered going with them to the hospital. He remembered watching, feeling helpless as Lois was taken away on a gurney. He was sitting in a waiting area when Lex came in.

“How did you ...” he asked.

“Perry called me,” Lex said. “How is she?”

Kal shook his head. “I don’t know. I think she’s in surgery, but I ...”

Lex put a hand on his shoulder. “Don’t worry. Let me find out, okay?” He left the room. Martha and Lionel came in. Martha hugged him.

“Have you heard anything son?” Lionel asked.

“Lex called you,” he said.

“He figured you’d fall apart.”

If Kal had been a little more coherent, he might have rolled his eyes. As it was, his mind was on the girl in the operating theatre.

“Does everyone know?”

Martha snickered. “Yes, Kal. We all knew long before you did how you felt about her.”

“You were a little obvious son,” Lionel said with a smile. And for him to even acknowledge the fact, and be clearly happy his son had finally fallen for a girl said a lot about how Martha had changed him. “Anyone could see from the way you looked at her.”

Kal sighed. He couldn’t swallow the lump in his throat.

“It’s my fault,” he said. “If I hadn’t, if we ... I tried to stop her working on the story, but ...”

Lionel reached for his tall son, putting both hands on his shoulders. “Son, you listen to me right now. This is not your fault, do you hear me? You could not know this was going to happen.”

“I’m supposed to protect her Dad. I couldn’t even do that.”

Despondent, he slumped to the lumpy sofa, bowing his head. Lex chose that moment to come back in.

“Dad, Martha, I’m glad you’re here.”

“Any news, Lex?” Martha asked quietly.

“She’s out of surgery. They’ve put her in intensive care. They said it was touch and go for a while and she’s still on the critical list, but they’ve got her stable.”

“What happened?”

“The bullet entered about a centimetre away from her right ventricle. She’s lucky to be alive. If Kal hadn’t put his hand on the wound, she might have bled to death before the paramedics could arrive.”

“There! You see, son? You saved her!”

Kal just gave a low moan. Lex sat beside his brother.

“They said you could see her. Just for a minute. She’s still unconscious, but ...”

Kal nodded. Lex helped his brother up and led him along the corridor to the private room. Lois was lying in the bed, pale and still, an intubator inserted in her throat, giving her life-saving oxygen. Kal sank to his knees beside her bed.

“Lois, I’m so sorry,” he moaned. “I should never have done this. It’s my fault this happened.”

“Kal,” Lex said softly, “blaming yourself for this isn’t going to help the situation.”

“You don’t understand, Lex. If I hadn’t slept with her and then ...  Me and my stupid arrogance. Blind, selfish arrogance!”

He ran out of the room and was gone in a blur. Lex called after him, but it didn’t do any good.

Kal flew around the world but it didn’t ease the pain in his heart. He stopped to help people caught in the debris after an earthquake in the Antipodes, but it still didn’t help. He flew to Antarctica and raged in the cold darkness, setting off an avalanche, but it didn’t make him forget.

It was dawn by the time he made it back to Metropolis. He strode into his office, only to find Jimmy Olsen sound asleep over the keyboard of his desktop computer. He shook him gently.

“Jimmy?”

The redhead sat up, blinking sleepily.

“I only closed my eyes for a second boss,” he said, still clearly out of it.

“It’s okay, Jimmy. You should go on home. Get some rest.”

“I ... how’s Lois?”

“Holding her own, from what I’ve heard. Go home, Jimmy.”

“Okay. No, wait. There’s something I wanted to show you. I got statements from everyone who was there. They all said the same thing. That Lois was shot at by someone passing by in a car. She managed to duck and cover but one of the bullets still got through. And ... there’s this.”

Jimmy tapped a few keys and an image came up. There’d been a closed circuit camera stationed right where the shooting had taken place. And it had given a perfect view of the car.

Kal smiled. “Jimmy, you’re a genius. Thank you,” he said.

“Sure boss. No problemo,” he grinned back.

“Now go home,” Kal told him. “I’ll finish this.”

“What are you going to do once you find who did this?”

“Never you mind, Jimmy. Go!”

“Gone!”

Kal looked at the still image and picked up the phone. “Doyle?” he said, as soon as Lois’ police officer friend picked up. “It’s Kal Luthor. I need a favour.”

Doyle responded sleepily. “Do you know it’s six thirty in the morning?”

“I’m well aware of the time. I take it you’ve heard what happened to Lois Lane last night?”

“Everyone in the precinct knows.”

“Good. Then I don’t have to waste time with explanations. Take down this vehicle registration.”

“Do I look like the DMV?” Doyle barked, but he took the number anyway.

Kal rang off and went back to the computer. He began downloading everything he could find on Intergang, picking up the phone and dialling a number.

“Lex, it’s me. How is she?”

“She made it through the night. Kal, where are you?”

“My office. I needed to do something. I couldn’t just sit around and wait. Are Dad and Martha with you?”

“Yeah, they’re staying in the guest room. Kal, what’s going on?”

“I haven’t been able to confirm it yet, but I think Intergang might have put out a hit on her. I need everything Dad knows about Morgan Edge.”

“Kal, you need to stop and think for a moment. Morgan Edge has been dead for five years, from what I’ve heard. When Lois started digging around I did some digging of my own. It couldn’t be Morgan.”

“It has to be. No one else would make any sense.”

“There have to be other stories she was working on. Kal, have you had any sleep at all?”

“No. I can’t think about sleep right now. I need to find out who did this.”

“Kal, this wasn’t your fault. Running yourself ragged isn’t going to ...”

“I don’t care, Lex. The woman I love is lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life and I’m not going to stop until the people who did this pay.”

“So you finally admit it,” Lex said.

“I know it’s only been two weeks, Lex, but I ... I love her.”

“Yeah, I heard you the first time, Kal. Okay,” he sighed. “Let me talk to Dad. See what else I can find out. Just don’t do anything reckless, like going after them yourself and revealing yourself as the Blur, okay? Just think about it first.”

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Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
ctbn60
Oct. 14th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Agggg! This is wonderful. Things happened really fast. I'm glad Jimmy could figure out the car info. Can't wait to see if K al is right about Morgan. Great chapter honey!
phoenixnz
Oct. 14th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Everything serves its purpose and this will be no different. I'm glad you liked the chapter.
eternal_moonie
Oct. 14th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
AWESOME new chapter honey!!!

Kal loves her! Yay!
phoenixnz
Oct. 14th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yep, he loves her, poor boy. But it takes a near tragedy for him to wake up to that fact.
jlvsclrk
Oct. 14th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Phew! Even though I knew it was dangerous for Lois to go after Intergang, I wasn't expecting a hit. And yet, I love the way it's motivated Clark to go after them, even to the extent of using Lionel's information about Morgan. And he finally admits the truth!! So all told, things worked out well.
phoenixnz
Oct. 14th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
I needed a way to motivate Kal to become the man he was always destined to be. And this was it.
iluvaqt
Jan. 4th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
Wow I didn't expect that twist, and great way to set up an age old rivalry. I hope Kal deals with justice the right way, or Lois really won't be able to forgive him.
phoenixnz
Jan. 4th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
You may be surprised by what happens next hon.
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