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The Seduction Plan 13/21

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 Thirteen

Kal was sitting in on an editorial meeting the next day. He and Perry had decided that the mystery reporter known as Clark Kent would remain a mystery, except between those who already knew. But the bullpen had been abuzz with the news of the new reporter and the staff in the meeting were no different.

They all looked at their boss curiously, but he said nothing, just listened in on the conversation.

“So has anyone seen this Clark Kent?” Cat Grant was saying.

“I heard he’s a freelancer,” Jimmy was saying, sticking to the story he’d been told to spread. “And he was already working on the same story when Lois got shot.”

“How is Lane, anyway?” Cat asked.

“Maybe you should ask the boss,” Jimmy said, looking pointedly at Kal.

Cat, blonde and pretty, in a too perky sort of way, stared at him. Kal stared back and Cat quickly looked away. Kal smirked. Nice to know he could still be intimidating if he wanted to be. As for Lois, it looked like he was never going to win on that score.  She clearly wasn't going to let him get away with trying that tactic.

There was a different buzz around the room and Kal looked up, startled to see Lois walking through the door. He opened his mouth to question her, but Perry beat him to it.

“Lane, what in blue blazes are you doing here? Shouldn’t you still be in the hospital?”

“I may be one of the walking wounded, Chief, but at least I’m walking. Besides, I couldn’t let a hack like Clark Kent show me up now, could I?’

A hack? Kal glared at her under his long eyelashes and she just stared back innocently at him, a hint of amusement in her eyes.

“What are you doing here, Luthor?” she accused. “Run out of babies to eat?”

“That your way of saying I’m an ogre?” he shot back.

She shrugged. “If the horns fit ...”

Kal stared at her, a puzzled frown on his face as she sat down with difficulty. Then she shot him a look and it dawned on him that she was putting on a show for the benefit of the others. There’d already been enough gossip about them through the newspaper and she didn’t want any more. Neither did he.

Cat stared at both of them and narrowed her eyes, biting her lip. But then Perry called them all to attention and she turned to listen.

Kal watched Lois. She still looked pale, and he wondered what she was doing out of the hospital. She was dressed casually in loose fitting pants and top and he guessed she was still in some pain. But she’d obviously decided to discharge herself from the hospital and there was nothing he could say that would make her rest. He knew if he did, she would go and do the opposite anyway.

After the meeting, he hovered, wondering if he should wait for her, but she sent him another look which told him he should just go back to his office. He was starting to learn her signals by now.

He decided to eavesdrop on the conversation between Lois and Perry.

“I want to finish what I started Chief.”

“There is no way in hell I’m going to let you do this alone. You can barely stand up straight, Lane. You shouldn’t have discharged yourself from the hospital.”

“Yeah, save it for the tourists Perry. I already know I’m about to get chewed out. I don’t need a double feature.’

“Lane ...”

“No, Chief. We both know there’s a bigger story here and I can’t sit around and watch while a hack from Nowheresville messes up everything I’ve worked for.”

“Kent is a good man,” Perry said. Kal realised the two of them weren’t alone, or else they wouldn’t be speaking in code.

Sighing, he tuned out, sitting back in the leather chair. Five minutes later, Lois walked in. She looked exhausted. He immediately went to her and made her sit on the couch.

“Don’t mollycoddle,” she said waspishly.

“I’m not mollycoddling. Lois, you were nearly killed four days ago.”

“I’m fine.”

“You’re not fine. You’re white as a sheet. You shouldn’t have left the hospital. I would have come and got you and taken you home if you were really that keen on getting out of there.”

Lois looked at him and sighed. “I know. I know you would, Kal, but this isn’t about you.”

He understood. Lois had always been self reliant and she didn’t need anyone taking care of her. He loved her independence, but she could be so bull-headed about it.

“Lois, you’re supposed to be resting.”

“I can rest. I’ll rest right here. But I have a story to work on. With you. Or did you think I was going to let you take all the credit?” she added with a grin. ”So, tell me, what else have you managed to mess up while I was down for the count.”

Kal picked up the folders from his desk and sat next to her on the couch. Lois lay back sighing tiredly, lifting her legs and putting them over his lap. They discussed the story quietly, planning which direction to go next. Since there was an obvious connection between Morgan Edge and the plant, which was now on the backburner because of the scandal involving Congressman Knox, as well as the tenements and the planned developments there, they decided to focus their efforts on finding Morgan Edge.

Lois’ eyes began to droop. She clearly hadn’t been ready to leave the hospital, but had obviously been determined to anyway. Kal took off his jacket and draped it over her, then grabbed a cushion and put it behind her head to support her as she dozed off. He quietly got up, doing his best not to disturb her and went back to his desk.

He worked on the computer for a while, glad that there were no phone calls to interrupt the calm silence while Lois slept. He was struck by how young and vulnerable she looked, but also how angelic she appeared while asleep. Lex would probably laugh at him for his fancy, but he didn’t care. He loved her.

There was a knock on the door and he looked up. Perry smiled at him from the doorway.

“How’s it going?” he asked, quickly noticing the sleeping form on the couch and keeping his voice low.

“Just working on a game plan,” Kal told him, also keeping his voice low.

“She okay?”

He nodded. “She fell asleep about half an hour ago. She shouldn’t have left the hospital.”

“Lois is stubborn,” Perry told him.

“You’re telling me,” he said with a fond smile and Perry chuckled.

“You’ve got it bad, kid,” he answered.

“She’s worth it.”

Perry left, still chuckling. Kal heard a soft noise from the couch. Lois was awake and watching him, her hazel eyes wide.

“So I’m worth it?” she said.

He moved over to the couch and sat down.

“Yes, Lois, you are.”

“Why?”

He shrugged. “Why is the sun yellow? Lois, I know a little about a lot of things, but I can’t explain how I feel about you other than I love you. I can’t get any more succinct than that.”

“Why do you love me?”

“You’re beautiful, smart, funny, charming ...” She snorted at that last one. “You challenge me, you make me think. Not just about who I am, but about what I do.”

“What about all that talk about being a Luthor, and ...”

“Like I told you, I had it pointed out to me that I had no right to take that choice away from you. I mean, I’ll never admit it to anyone else, but the thought that someone might come after you because of who I am terrifies me, but I can’t let my fears dictate my life.”

“No, you can’t.”

Lois sighed. After all the things she’d been through the last few days, the last thing she’d expected was for Kal to admit his feelings, least of all admit that he might have actually been wrong about a lot of things.

She’d been falling for him the moment they’d met. Even if she had mistaken him for the new mail room guy. She’d thought at the time how hot he was, and the discovery that he was none other than Kal Luthor hadn’t changed that. She didn’t care about the Luthor name, or the money. What she did care about was his arrogance, and the way he treated people.

He seemed different now, and she realised that love could change a person. Although she wondered if he hadn’t so much as changed as let the real Kal out. Because there’d been moments in the past two weeks where he’d let his guard down and shown her a different side of him. That was the side she’d fallen in love with. The sweet, charming, thoughtful side of Kal that hadn’t been bred out of him.

But the problem was, he was still raised by a man who was known to be ruthless and strict, even with his own children, and had been taught not to be ruled by his emotions. And she wondered if she could accept that side of him.

And Kal did have a point. Lionel Luthor had a lot of enemies and she could very well become a target of one of those enemies. It was the price she would have to pay if she wanted to be with him. And she did want to be with him. So much it hurt to be away from him.

“I don’t know,” she said finally. “Kal, you’ve ... you hurt me.”

“I know,” he answered.

“And you need to give me time to think about all this. I hear what you’re saying and I understand why you would have those fears, but I can’t let your fears be my fears. And it’s not just about that. You say you love me and that’s wonderful, but I have to know that this is not just some stupid scheme of yours to get what you want out of me.” She put up a hand to stop him as he opened his mouth to speak. “You can say it’s not a lie, or a scheme, but I need to have proof. I need to be able to trust you. I think I’ve earned that right.”

He looked grieved, but nodded his understanding. Lois curled her hand in his, squeezing gently.

“So, here’s what I think. I think we should take this slowly. I kind of like the idea of working together on this story, and all kidding aside, I’m proud of you for what you did. It can’t have been easy digging up all you did on a guy like Reese and you risked a lot doing it. I mean, yeah, at least you had the Blur, but what if he’d found out who you were? And it’s not just that. You’re a good writer, you could be a great writer, and I have a feeling we could be a great writing team.”

“Lane and Kent,” he smiled. “I like the sound of that.”

She smiled. “And of course, I’m always on top.”

“You’ll always be top banana to me,” he grinned, gazing at her meaningfully.

“Are you going to let me finish?”

“Sorry,” he said, sounding not in the least apologetic. Lois so wanted to punch him, but she didn’t have the strength to do much of anything.

He had been right. She shouldn’t have left the hospital. Or else, she should have called him and asked him to take her home where she could rest. She’d only spent two hours in the office and she was exhausted.

He seemed to notice her pallor and exhaustion.

“Let me take you home,” he said. “I can ask Martha and my Dad to stay with you, or I can stay and work from there, if you’ll let me.”

“I’d like that,” she whispered, leaning against him as he put his arm around her shoulder. “But I still want to say what I have to say.”

“It can wait,” he said.

Lois was startled to find herself picked up easily in his arms, but she closed her eyes and let herself drift as he carried her out of the office and into the elevator where he pressed the button for the carpark level.

Kal put her gently in the car, then zipped back up to his office to grab his papers, putting them in his briefcase, and zipping back downstairs only to find her dozed off once again. He stroked her cheek softly and she mewed quietly, her head shifting as if to seek out his touch.

He drove to her apartment building and parked as close as he could. Lois still slept soundly as he picked her up and carried her up the stairs to the lobby door. He took her keys out of her bag, but fortunately a neighbour was just coming out as he was about to insert them.

“Hey, I heard what happened,” the neighbour said. “She okay?”

“Yeah, she’s fine. Just still recuperating,” Kal told him.

“Anything I can do to help?” the man asked.

“If you wouldn’t mind getting the door for me. Lois isn’t exactly light,” he joked.

“Yeah, I hear ya. Still, she’s a great girl. You take good care of her now,” he said, following behind as Kal took her up the stairs and unlocked the deadbolts on Lois’ door. “You staying with her?” he asked, looking meaningfully at Kal.

“Just until she gets stronger,” Kal told him, ignoring the man’s pointed look of expectation. He wasn’t about to introduce himself, even if the guy was one of Lois’ neighbours.

He’d thought about taking Lois to the penthouse, but he realised that Lois would be more comfortable in her own bed and her own space and he didn’t think she was ready for that step. He understood what she was trying to say earlier. She wanted to take a few steps back and take things slowly. And he could do that. He knew if she was ever going to trust him, then he needed to listen to what she wanted and stick to her rules for now.

“Well, I’m Mike. If you ever need anything, I’m in 5B. Right across the hall.”

“Thanks Mike. I appreciate your help.”

He carried Lois to the bedroom and pulled back the covers, then undressed her as gently as he could without waking her. Leaving her to sleep, he went back out to the living room and called Perry.

“I’m at Lois’ apartment,” he said. “I’ll stay with her and work here so I’ll be on my cell if you need me.”

“Take care of her,” Perry told him.

“I plan to.”

Going to the kitchen, Kal looked through the cupboards, then the freezer. There were some microwave meals, but nothing that he would call nutritious. It was time to call in the troops.

He picked up the phone again.

“Hi Dad. Are you guys still at Lex’s? Great. I could use some help.”

Three hours later, Martha knocked on the door of the apartment. Kal opened it. He would have hugged her except for the fact that she was laden with bags of groceries.

“You are a life saver Martha.”

The redhead smiled at him. “You just show me where to put things. How’s Lois doing?”

“She woke up about an hour ago and I managed to get her to drink some tea. Then she went back to sleep again.”

Martha began unpacking the groceries in the kitchen.

“It’s the best thing for her,” she said. “She really shouldn’t have left the hospital.”

“Yeah, I know, but she’s here now. And she seems to be okay. She doesn’t say much about the pain, but I know she’s still hurting.”

“Let me tell you something about women, Kal. They can be martyrs when they want to be. Some women will go for days feeling as sick as a dog, but they will carry on regardless because they have families to take care of and a house to look after. Oh, I remember when Jonathan used to get sick. It would be like the world was ending, even if it was just a little cold.” She grinned. “Your father is worse. Believe me, strong men like your father and Jonathan are ten times worse when they’re sick. You’d think they were dying instead of just suffering from the flu, the amount of complaining they do.”

Kal couldn’t quite believe that about his father. But then he supposed that Martha had seen a sign of Lionel that he would never get to see.

“Somehow, I just can’t imagine Dad ...”

Martha chuckled. “Do you remember when he decided to go skiing in Aspen and he broke his ankle?”

Lionel had had to be on crutches for weeks, but hadn’t complained once to his sons. But it seemed that Martha knew differently. He’d obviously called her when it had happened, rather than call Lex and Kal, who had been in college then.

“Oh believe me, he kept complaining. If it wasn’t the quality of the food in the medical centre, it was the pain from the fracture. He got so mad when I just laughed at him.”

He would, Kal thought. His super hearing picked up on a sound from the bedroom.

“I think Lois is awake,” he said.

“You go take care of her,” Martha told him, “and let me worry about dinner, okay?”

“Okay.”

He opened the door to the bedroom and stepped in. Lois was sitting up.

“I thought I heard voices,” she said. He sat down on the bed.

“Martha’s here. I asked her to come. And she brought enough food to feed an army, by the look of it.”

“I like Martha. She’s nice. I think she’s good for your Dad. And you.”

“I like her too,” Kal told her. “I didn’t think I would at first, but yeah, she is nice. How are you feeling?”

“Okay. Not as tired as I was.”

“That’s good. Think you can stand to get up for a while and come and eat something? You haven’t eaten anything for a while.”

She nodded, pushing back the bedclothes and getting up. Her movements were still hesitant and he could see she paled slightly at an obvious twinge of pain. But she said nothing, letting him help her dress in the loose pants and top.

They went back out to the kitchen. Martha smiled at Lois and came out of the kitchen to hug her.

“How are you feeling sweetheart?” Martha asked.

“Still a little sore, but I’m getting better.”

“I’m glad to hear it.”

“Anything I can do to help?” Lois asked as Martha turned to go back into the kitchen and to her cooking. Martha shot Kal a look and grinned as if to say ‘what did I tell you?’

“No sweetheart,” Martha told her. “You just relax.”

Lois let Kal pull her onto the couch and she leaned back against him just loving the warmth of his body next to hers. She didn’t want to say anything to him but it still hurt like hell to move and it felt nice to have him take care of her. It was sweet and it really did feel like he cared about her.

Lois hadn’t had much experience at relationships. She’d meant what she’d told him about her disaster zone of broken relationships, especially with Ollie and Wes. Having someone take care of her like this was still new to her and she wasn’t sure what to make of this new attitude in Kal. But she figured why question it. He clearly understood what she’d said about earning her trust and she decided he was sincere about his feelings for her. But it didn’t mean she was going to let him off the hook that easily.

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Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
ctbn60
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Wonderful chapter honey. I really like this. I like your lois. determined and strong and Kal really being supportive. I adore martha too. I'm really loving this world of yours!
phoenixnz
Oct. 17th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I know, I just love bringing Martha into the mix. It's like she has the power to change all the Luthor men. And Lois will always be Lois. Kal never stood a chance LOL
eternal_moonie
Oct. 18th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Really LOVE this wonderfully written chapter of yours honey!
phoenixnz
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks honey.
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