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The Seduction Plan 12/21

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 Twelve

Lois sighed, putting down the paper.

“You’re hovering,” she said.

Kal looked at her. Okay, so he had been hanging around her room a lot. But she’d been shot three days ago. What did she expect? He worried about her. He went back to what he’d been doing, which was pacing the room like a cat in a cage.

“Don’t you have somewhere else to be? Like, I don’t know, dinner with your family?” she asked, irritated.

“I normally have dinner with Lex on a Monday.”

“So why don’t you go and leave me in peace? You keep pacing like that you’re going to wear a hole in the floor.”

“I’m just worried about you.”

“Well, don’t,” she said. “I’m fine. The doc says I can get out of here day after tomorrow.”

“I like worrying about you,” he said softly.

Lois raised an eyebrow at him. “That has to be the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say. No one likes worrying about anyone. Are you nuts?”

“What does that mean, anyway,” he sighed.

“Beats the hell out of me. You know, I’m not so good at this relationship stuff either. I mean, the best example I’ve had of a relationship is my parents. And my memories of that are pretty vague.”

“I know what you mean,” he said nodding.

Lois patted the side of the bed and made him sit.

“Look, I get that you’ve been worrying about me. And judging from the fallout of yesterday’s article in today’s paper, I’m not surprised.”

There had been more revelations in that day’s paper. The company name had been no coincidence. EdgeCorp was run by Morgan Edge. Or rather, Morgan Edge Junior. With the profits from his various criminal schemes, Morgan had sent his son to the best college where he’d studied business and economics. When he’d graduated, he had used his father’s funds to invest in a number of small companies, under the banner of a major corporation. EdgeCorp had made its reputation on dodgy investments and shady deals and was known for a lot of backroom negotiations which, more often than not, resulted in various opponents disappearing.

The only corporation they had never been able to beat was LexCorp. But only, Kal realised, because Lionel had seen to it that if EdgeCorp tried, then everything he knew about Morgan Edge and his dirty dealings would end up headline news.

Kal had learned that another shell company of EdgeCorp, Galaxy Communications, had tried to buy the Daily Planet before Lex had managed to convince the board to sell to LexCorp. Knowing what he now knew about Morgan Edge, Kal was relieved.

“What’s wrong?” Lois asked.

“I just keep thinking about how it all happened. The whole thing with Morgan Edge. It’s funny that you ended up working on two different stories yet they involved the same people, more or less.”

“We worked on,” Lois reminded him. “You cracked the case.”

“But you set the ball rolling,” he said.

Lois grinned. “Okay, enough with the mutual admiration society. Let’s just say you did good, Luthor, and leave it at that.”

“Okay,” he agreed.

He wondered. Where did they go from here? He’d told her how he felt, and she hadn’t said a word about it since then. He took her hand, gently caressing the edge with his thumb.

“Don’t,” she said, pulling away.

“Lois,” he began.

“No, Kal. I mean, I get it. I do. But you can’t just come in here, tell me you love me and expect me to just forget what you did. You made it sound like I’m the one who did the breaking up, although it’s not like we had anything close to a relationship to break up, I mean we’d only known each other a week and all we’d really done is have lunch together twice and ...”

“Lois, breathe.”

Lois paused and looked at him, hazel eyes huge. Kal took the opportunity while she got her second wind.

“Look, I’m going to have my say,” he told her. “And yes, I made a bad decision. You’re right. You were right, the day we came back from Smallville. I was going to break it off. Because I thought that you deserved better. I thought that you were better off without me because I’m a Luthor, and it’s a difficult enough life as it is for me. I mean, there are certain, uh, expectations, I guess, when you’re a member of one of the richest families in the city. And I’m not being immodest. It’s a fact. But I forgot that you’re a strong woman, and I had it pointed out to me, on more than one occasion, that I was being unfair to you by taking that choice away from you. I had no right to do that, and I’m sorry.”

“So tell me something, Kal Luthor. When you first met me, you had me pegged as one of those shallow types who would fall into bed with you without a moment’s hesitation. Like one of those bimbos you used to hang out with.”

“They weren’t all bimbos,” he said, wincing. Then sighed. “Okay, so maybe I did set out to get you into bed, but along the way I realised that you’re an amazing woman. You’re beautiful, smart, tough, gorgeous, certainly the sexiest woman I’ve ever known, and I’ve known a few ...”

“Don’t try and score points, Luthor.”

He smiled beatifically. “It’s still the truth,” he said.

“Not helping your cause any,” she said.

“What do you want me to say? I can offer to prostrate myself before you, walk on hot coals for you, swallow a live goldfish for you, but I can ... what?” he said as she giggled.

“Swallow a live goldfish?”

“It was a dare back in college. My roommate at Princeton dared me to do it.” Kal’s stomach would have churned, if it wasn’t made of steel – metaphorically speaking.

“I feel sorry for the goldfish,” she commented. “But I get the point.”

“Good. Because let me tell you, I don’t really think I’d want to do that again,” he said, scrunching his nose.

“I’ll settle for the cheeseburger,” she said with a laugh. “Which you still owe me.”

“You’re really set on this cheeseburger, aren’t you?” he said.

“Yup. So chop chop, Luthor. I’m hungry.” She waved her hand, in an almost regal fashion. It was no wonder Jimmy often referred to Lois as ‘her Highness’.

He bumped into Martha on the way out. She smiled at him.

“How’s Lois?”

“Bossy,” he said.

She chuckled. “And you’re loving every minute of it, aren’t you?” she said looking at him catching the  twinkle in his eye.

He grinned sheepishly. “Yeah, I am.”

“You know, your father and I knew as soon as we met her.”

“Really?”

“He used to wonder if you would ever settle down, but I’m glad that you chose Lois. I think she’s good for you.”

“Me too,” he said. “Martha, I ... Just, thank you. For being there the last couple of days. I want you to know how much I appreciate it. You remind me a lot of my Mom and I’d like to think she’d be happy that you and my Dad are getting married.”

“I knew Lillian, a long time ago. Of course, she was a few years older, but we did socialise in the same circles. Your mother was a wonderful woman.”

“I miss her,” Kal admitted. “I mean, I was only little when she died, but I still think about her.”

“As you should Kal,” Martha told him. “She was your mother. Even if she didn’t give birth to you. Biology doesn’t make someone a parent. Good or bad.”

Kal nodded. “You’re a wise lady, Martha. I see the changes in my father, and I think we have you to thank for that.”

Martha patted his arm and smiled warmly at him. For the first time since his mother had died, it almost felt as if he had found her again.

“I better go get Lois her cheeseburger before she decides to send out a search party. Do you need anything?”

“No, thank you. How about I keep Lois distracted while you go get the food?”

Kal sped off, heading to Lois’ favourite take-out place, and ordering the cheeseburger. He’d learned a lot about Lois in the last two days. Her favourite meals, her favourite restaurants. He’d discovered she was a terrible cook and tended to eat take-out a lot.

When he got back with the package, the burger making a small grease spot on the brown paper bag, he saw Lois had another visitor. Lois was talking animatedly with a pretty brunette. Kal looked her over. In his days of womanising, he supposed he would have taken the girl to bed. She seemed pretty enough, with almond eyes and glossy dark hair. But she wasn’t a patch on Lois.

The girl turned and smiled at him.

“Hi, you must be Kal. Lex has told me all about you.”

“Lex?” Kal looked out into the corridor.

“Oh, he’s around somewhere,” Lois told him. “Is that my cheeseburger?”

“Just the way you like it, your Highness,” he said.

She glared at him. “Don’t you dare! I may let Olsen get away with it, but you, on the other hand ...”

“Me what?” he challenged.

“Trust me, rich boy, you really don’t want to go there.”

Kal found a seat and made himself comfortable.

“No, tell me Lane, I really want to know.”

“Forget it,” she growled. “You still have a long way to go before I will even think about giving you another chance. So don’t even think about it.”

Kal pouted. “You’re killing me here, Lane.”

Martha and Lana were grinning at him and he felt like a mouse being played with, and Lois was the cat. But he let her play anyway. He supposed he owed her that much. And he did understand. She still wasn’t ready to forgive, and he had a lot of work to do before she would trust him. But the fact that she was starting to tease him again was a good sign.

He turned his attention away from Lois and looked Lana over.

“So, you and Lex? How did that happen?”

“We ran into each other one day last week. Lex called and asked me out to dinner.”

“And that’s about all you’re going to get out of her, little brother,” Lex retorted. “I swear, one headline and he thinks he’s a bona fide journalist,” he added, to no one in particular.

“Better than being a corporate shark,” Kal returned, watching as Martha’s eyes twinkled in amusement. He hummed the theme music to Jaws.

Lex glared. “Cute, little brother. Very witty,” he said dryly.

“I try,” Kal grinned.

Lex reached over and tried to muss his hair, the way he had done when Kal was little. Kal pretended to aim a punch at his brother.

“Watch the suit,” Lex told him. “It is Armani, after all.”

“If they say clothes make the man,” Kal quipped, “what does that make you?”

“The man who signs your pay cheques,” Lex winked. “Since, technically, you’re actually my employee. Publisher or no.”

Kal glared at his brother. “You and me, Lex, mano o mano, later,” he threatened, grinning like an idiot.

“That’s man to man, dork,” Lex returned, grinning wickedly. “Didn’t they teach you anything at that fancy college of yours?”

Kal heard a chuckle from the bed. Lois was fighting back snorts of laughter and Martha and Lana were also hiding grins as they watched the antics.

“You’re such a doofus,” Lois giggled. Kal would never have admitted it in a million years, but he decided he rather liked the way Lois called him a ‘doofus’.

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Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
ctbn60
Oct. 16th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Okay they are just way too cut together here! lol. I liked this chapter. It really made me smile.
phoenixnz
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yep, there's hope for Kal yet, LOL
eternal_moonie
Oct. 16th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
they are so cute together! The banter and the passion! LOVE this new chapter of yours!
phoenixnz
Oct. 16th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you caught the underlying passion between them. But yeah, I loved writing the banter.
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