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Obsession
Genre: Sequel, drama
Characters: Lois, Clark, Chloe, Bart, Lex, Oliver, Justice League, Batman
Fandoms: Smallville, Batman Begins, Dark Knight
Spoilers: Season Eight - From Episodes Committed
Disclaimer: The characters belong to the producers of Smallville and the writers of DC Comics etc, etc, etc
Feedback: Please, or evil Lex will be knocking on my door

Summary: A sequel to On Impulse where Lex has somehow managed to dodge the criminal conviction and now has his sights set on not only Chloe, who has some amazing new abilities, but also Clark. And now the gang has something else to worry about - Doomsday!

The prequel is hiding behind here trembling at Lex's evil power.

Chapter Twenty is here washed up on an island waiting for rescue.



Chapter Twenty One


Regan strode uneasily into the study. Lex glowered at him.

“Well?”

“Still nothing.”

Lex growled. “I bring in that fool Marcos so Kent and Lane would be too busy running around trying to cure Queen, while you have men break into the Daily Planet files and the farmhouse and you tell me they came up with nothing? What the fuck am I paying you for?”

“Sir, I ...”

“Forget it!” Lex snapped. “You find me the creature or you can find yourself another job!”

Regan walked out, glad to still have his head at least. Lex had been known to do worse in the past as retribution for failure. As he walked out, one of Lex’s bodyguards came in, accompanied by a stocky man with greasy, shoulder-length brown hair and blue tinted glasses.

“Sir, Mr Schott here to see you. He says he has an appointment.”

Lex looked at the man, then waved the guard out.

“Tell me what you can do for me, Schott,” he said.

“Whatever you like. I’m very good with explosives.”

“So I hear. What will it take for you to take out Oliver Queen? Permanently?”

“Oh, it would be my pleasure, Mr Luthor.”

The man giggled, leaving Lex in no doubt as to the state of his sanity. But Lex could care less. As long as it got rid of at least one thorn in his side. Oliver’s company had been making moves on some of his business interests, and he wasn’t going to take that lying down.

And it would, in a sense, kill two birds with one stone. Getting rid of Oliver would ensure that Clark was left with fewer allies. With the Joker keeping Batman busy in Gotham, the Dark Knight would have little opportunity to join the ranks of the Justice League, so when the final battle came down between the creature and Clark, it would be just the two of them. And if Lex could find a way to control the creature, he could make sure it won.

***

Lois sat down on the corner of Clark’s desk.

“What’cha doing, Smallville?”

Clark looked up at his girlfriend. He’d been checking the local reports for any hint of Lex’s latest activities, but nothing had come up.

“Just thinking,” he said.

“Honey, I know you’re worried about Lex and what he might be up to, but until he makes a move ...”

“I know, I know. It doesn’t stop me worrying though.”

“Excuse me, I’m looking for Lois Lane?”

Lois looked up at the young woman standing in the doorway.

“I’m Lois. Can I help you?”

“Well, I hope so. My name’s Julie Barrett. I need you to do a story about my sister.”

Lois frowned at her. “Why?”

“Because she disappeared yesterday and the police won’t do anything to help her.”

“I’m not sure how I can ...” Lois began.

“Please. She’s the only family I have,” the young woman said, the anguish clear in her expression. “She just got engaged and she and her fiancé disappeared right after their engagement party.”

Clark frowned. It didn’t sound like a story, but there was something about it.

“My name’s Clark,” he said, smiling at the young woman. “What’s your sister’s name?”

“Lindsey. Her fiance’s name is Brad.”

“Can you tell us more about your sister? What does she look like?”

Clark began taking notes as the girl talked.

“I think there’s a story here.”

Perry White looked up at them, a deep frown furrowing his brow.

“What makes you say that?” he asked in response to Clark.

“Our source at the 14th Precinct says there have been three other reports of couples going missing in the past month. All recently engaged.”

Perry looked at Lois, who shrugged. “I think Clark might be on to something,” was all she would say.

“All right. I’ll give you two a day to find out what’s what. You either come back with something resembling a story or you drop it. Is that clear?”

“Yes sir,” Clark nodded.

They left Perry’s office to return to the bullpen. Clark noticed Lois was strangely quiet.

“What is it?”

“I don’t know.”

“Lois ...”

“Let’s just work on the story. Although I’m not sure at this point if there really is a story to tell.”

Clark looked at the folder of notes they’d already gathered.

“Look, all four couples had these places in common,” he said, showing her the name of the bakery, the stationery shop, and the jewellers. “Let’s just go check out the stores and see what we can find out.”

“I’m still not convinced,” she said, “but okay. Grab your coat.”

Both the stationery shop and the bakery were a bust. Neither owner could tell them any more about the couples.

“Well, that was ... fun,” Lois said.

“I wish you would take this more seriously,” Clark told her.

“I am taking this seriously. I get it, okay? I mean, you’re right. When three couples ... sorry, four, disappear and their accounts haven’t been touched, there’s something hinky about all of it. But we have more important things to worry about. Like finding this Destroyer creature.”

“Lois, I’m with you one hundred percent on that, but we still have jobs to do. And Julie did ask you to do this. We can’t just put a hold on our lives and go searching for this monster. I’m already practically working night and day as it is.”

Lois sighed. “That’s the problem, Clark. I feel like you don’t have time for us any more.”

Clark sat her down on a bench.

“Lois, why would you say something like that?”

“You’ve barely spent five minutes with me in the past month. I mean, except for work. I thought we were a couple?”

“We are, honey, you know that.”

“But that’s the thing. Remember what I said when I broke up with Ollie.”

Clark turned and touched her cheek, caressing it gently.

“Lois, I would never leave you behind. I promise you I will never do that to you. You’re the girl I want to spend the rest of my life with. And I know that my being the Blur complicates things, but I am committed to us.”

“I just ... sometimes I feel like I’m competing with every person in Metropolis who wants your help. I can’t do this right now. I ... I need a break.”

Clark sighed. “Okay, we’ll talk about this more later. But right now, let’s just get this story done.”

“What do you want to do?”

“Well, it’s couples who are disappearing right? So ... why don’t we pretend to be a couple that just got engaged.”

“And are out shopping for a ring, maybe?” Lois said. She got up, grabbing his hand. “Come on.”

They entered Cameo Jewellers, the bell dinging to announce their arrival. Clark saw Lois scowling at him.

“You know, you could smile. That might make this more believable.”

“In short supply, Lois,” he said, smiling tightly.

A tall blonde haired man came out from the back of the store and looked at them enquiringly.

“May I help you?”

Lois’ voice was a little too highly pitched when she spoke, making Clark wonder how this was ever going to work. But it had been partly his idea, so he went along with it.

“Well,we are finally out ring shopping. Who’s the luckiest girl in the world? I am.”

Clark tried to sound relaxed, in contrast with the rapid fire approach from Lois.

“Some friends of ours said that your store is the best place in town to find engagement rings.”

The man led the way to a display of diamond engagement rings. They all looked way too expensive for Clark’s salary. He’d figured that if he did ask Lois to marry him, he would make his own ring for her.

“Is there a piece you’d like to see?” the store owner asked.

Lois looked thoughtful, studying the rings.

“Well,” she said with a sigh. “What about this one? Pumpkin?”

Pumpkin? Clark cringed inwardly at the pet name. Sure, he called her ‘honey’ and ‘sweetheart’, although the latter usually earned him a sharp punch to the shoulder.

“Anything you want, muffin,” he returned, seeing the sharp look from Lois. Oh, he was going to pay for that later. He looked at the jeweller. “Must be great seeing so many happy couples come through here every day.”

The man smiled.

“It certainly is. It’s very fulfilling helping to solidify the bond between husband and wife.” He took out the ring Lois had pointed out. “Excellent craftsmanship,” he said, almost caressing it. “A perfect circle. No beginning and no end. Try it on. See how it looks.”

Lois took the ring and immediately handed it to Clark, holding out her left hand.

“Don’t get stage fright, poodle. You’re gonna have to do this centre stage in front of a packed house sooner than you think.” She chuckled at the jeweller. “He has performance anxiety.”

Lois was sooo going to pay for this when he got her home. But the jeweller didn’t even notice the way Clark thrust the ring on her finger.

“Look at that. Perfect fit.”

That was half the problem. They were a perfect fit. But lately it seemed as if one of them was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. And Clark didn’t know how to deal with that. He knew that Lois was the girl he wanted to be with. But she had been so distant at times. He had been busy trying to build up the Blur’s reputation, and that had been partly Lois’ idea.

But he’d been so worried about what Lex was going to do, considering his ex-friend had been suspiciously quiet for the last month following Oliver’s brush with death – and Clark was dead certain Lex had had something to do with that as well. And Kara believed Lex was going after the Destroyer as well.

They continued talking with the store owner for a little while longer, pretending they wanted to check out some other stores as well and returned to the office. But Lois was beginning to suggest that the whole thing was a dead end and they had wasted their time.

As soon as they returned to the bullpen, Lois decided she wasn’t going to pursue this.

“I still think there’s something going on,” Clark insisted.

“Fine,” she told him snippily. “You investigate this on your own. I’ve got more important things to worry about.”

Okay, that did it. He grabbed her arm and pulled her into the supply room.

“Lois, what is wrong with you?”

“What is wrong with me? Clark, you’ve been obsessing over Lex and his activities for the past month. Now, suddenly you want to drop it and chase after something else.”

“Okay, maybe I have been obsessed with Lex, but you know what he did.”

“I know, Clark! I was there, remember?”

“Lois ...”

“No. I meant what I said. I need a break. From us.”

“Damn it, Lois, don’t do this. Don’t walk out on us. We can fix this.”

“How? When you’re not here, you’re too busy being the superhero. You’re never around these days. I’m ... I’m going to go stay with Chloe for a couple of days. I just need some time to think.”

Clark was left to stare after his girlfriend’s retreating back. With a sigh, he went back to work, trying to figure out what the hell had happened to his relationship.

He was surprised to find a message from Julie asking him to call her.

“It’s Clark.”

“They’re home. I don’t know what you did, but thank you.”

Clark frowned. “Can you tell me what happened?” he asked.

“Well, it was really kind of strange,” she said. “They said they were abducted by a guy in a mask.”

“Give me your address,” he told her, writing it down quickly. “I’ll be there as soon as I can to talk to your sister.”

Clark left the office and headed to the apartment. Lindsey was blonde and a few inches taller than her sister.

“I’d really like to know what happened,” he prodded Lindsey gently.

“Brad and I were just leaving our engagement party when we heard what we thought was a shot. When we woke up, we were strapped down to chairs and hooked up to what looked like a lie detector. Except ...”

“Except what?”

“Well, there were two bodies in the room. And they ... they looked like they’d been fried. Or something.” Lindsey shook with the memory.

“Tell me about the man.”

“Well, we didn’t see his face. But he told us that he was going to test us. Our love for each other. And if we lied he ... he would electrocute us. We begged and begged him to let us go, but he said that he wished someone would have done this for him and his wife. That she’d made a commitment to him and she’d lied. He said that too many people rushed into marriage. That they were ... how did he put it? Ignorant to the burden of truth that comes with that level of commitment. And that having the test would just solidify the bond between husband and wife.”

Clark stared at the girl. He knew who had taken them.

“Thank you,” he said. “You’ve been very helpful.”

He called Lois on her cellphone as he left the apartment but her voicemail picked up.

“Lois, it’s me. I know who this guy is. Lois, pick up.”

He tried Chloe’s apartment over the Talon.

“I thought she was with you, Clark,” Chloe said when she picked up.

“No. She said she wanted to stay with you for a couple of days.”

“Are you guys fighting?”

“Yes, no, I don’t know. Look, if you see her, tell her to call me. I’m going to check something out.”

He supersped to the jewellery store and x-rayed the store. There appeared to be a large room in the basement. And he could see two skeletons.He found the door and hit it. The door went flying, smashed into little pieces.

Running down the stairs, he could see Lois chained to a chair.

“Lois.”

“Clark!” She turned her head and looked at him. “Am I glad to see you. This psycho ...”

“I’m going to get you out of here,” he said, reaching for the chain.

“Not so fast,” the jeweller, his face disguised by a plastic mask, said behind him.

Clark felt the telltale signs of Kryptonite. Wide-eyed he stared at Lois, his stomach heaving.

“No,” she whispered. She shook the chains holding her fast. “Clark, Clark, fight it.”

Then the man lashed out with a heavy wrench, catching Clark on the side of his head. Clark felt himself sinking down into unconsciousness.

When he woke, he was chained to a chair right opposite Lois. The jeweller was hooking up some kind of contraption. Clark looked down and could see a pulse monitor on his finger.

“I know who you are,” Clark told the jeweller.

The man took off the mask. “Then I suppose I won’t be needing this anymore. Now that we’re all acquainted. Let’s begin.”

“What’s the point?” Lois asked. “Now that we’ve both seen your face, you’re gonna kill us anyway.”

“Don’t be so certain.” He smiled at Clark. “You must really care about her, storming in here. That’s very gallant of you.”

“Yeah, he’s stupid that way,” Lois said, looking at Clark with an apologetic expression.

He nodded. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly the best plan, but how was he to know the guy had had Kryptonite? And he wasn’t about to leave her to it.

“Let her go,” Clark said, trying for his best ‘Blur’ voice.

The man shook his head. “After her turn, you’ll get yours,” he said. “Actually,” he added, looking Clark over thoughtfully, “I changed my mind. I’ll start with you instead.”

“What is this?” Lois asked, as the man turned with a switch in his hand. “Some kind of game?”

“No, it’s a test, to reveal how much you two have been hiding from one another. If you pass, you’ll want to invite me to your wedding.” Yeah, like that’ll ever happen, Clark thought. “If you fail ... well, the guest list will be the least of your worries.”

Clark could hear the sizzle of electricity charging.

“First question. Have you ever cheated on your fiancée?”

Clark looked at Lois.

“No,” he said firmly.

He waited for the buzz of the electric shock. Then the man turned to Lois.

“And you. What are you hiding from your fiancé?”

“Nothing. Just stop. This game is insane!”

Clark could just see the lie detector. The needles swung wildly. Lois was lying. She was hiding something from him.

“Wrong answer,” the man said, pressing the button. Clark felt the shock of more than 50,000 volts through his body and he screamed in pain.

“Clark, Clark,” Lois screamed, sounding anguished. “Clark, please be okay.”

“Tell him!” the psycho screamed back at her.

Lois hesitated. She had tears in her eyes as she looked back at Clark. The pain of the electric shock was receding.

“I’m scared,” she said. “I’m scared that you have a destiny so much greater than mine and that there’ll come a day when you won’t need me. I don’t want to be left behind. Not again.”

Clark looked at her.

“Lois, there will never come a time when I don’t need you. You are everything to me. You’re the one person I can trust to keep me safe, to keep me human.”

“Very nice,” their captor said. “I actually believe you.”

Clark saw the man twist his wrist and realised his wrist-watch had Kryptonite embedded in the band. He looked at Lois, flicking his gaze to the watch and back to her. Kryptonite, he mouthed. She nodded.

Clark looked around. There was a drain nearby. He looked again at Lois and she got the message.

“Last question,” the man said, moving back to Lois. “Do you love this man?”

She hesitated. Clark hoped that she was doing it on purpose. The jeweller moved closer.

“Speak up so he can hear you,” he said.

Lois looked straight at Clark, despite the man waving the switch in her face.

“Yes,” she said.

The man turned his head toward the read-out of the lie detector. That was when Lois took her chance and grabbed the watch, the length of chain giving her just enough leeway, and she flung it into the drain. Immediately Clark felt his strength coming back.

He quickly broke the chain and grabbed the man, shoving him into the wall and knocking him out, then broke Lois’ chains. Lois flung her arms around him.

“Clark!”

“Shh, shh, it’s okay. Let’s get this psycho behind bars where he belongs and then I’ll take you home and we’ll have a long talk, okay?”

“Okay.”

It was several hours before they could get back to the farmhouse and Lois was starving. Clark quickly cooked some omelettes, despite the late hour. Lois sat back with a satisfied sigh.

“Thanks, Smallville.”

“Good to hear you calling me Smallville,” he said with a gentle smile.

“And here I thought you hated the name,” she smiled back.

Clark snorted. “I guess it grew on me.”

“Clark, I ...”

“No, Lois. Let me go first. You were right. I’ve been so obsessed lately with trying to figure out what Lex was up to that I’ve been neglecting us. The thing is, what Lex did to me, it scared me more than I want to admit. But through it all, the one thing that kept me going was you. I know I’ve said that before, but it’s the truth. Lois, you are the one person who reminds me who I am. I might be Kal-El, or the Blur, but you remind me that I’m also Clark Kent, and that means more to me than you’ll ever know. And I needed you to know that. I love you, Lois. And I don’t ever want you to feel that you can’t come to me and tell me when you think I’m getting too caught up in something.”

“Clark, I love you too, and I’m sorry I got so mad at you. I just ... worry.”

“You had every right to be worried. I guess I kind of forgot that we’re a team. You and I. And I’ve been thinking about something. It’s been on my mind a while, but ... Lois, I want to, um, formalise our partnership.”

Lois frowned. “You want to ... I mean, aren’t we partners anyway?”

“I’m not talking about that, Lois. I want to marry you.” He got down on one knee before her. Lois sat on the couch, staring at him. “I know I don’t have a ring, but, um, wait a second, I have something that will ...” He sped out and was back before Lois could blink, going back down on his knee.

He opened the small, tissue-wrapped package.

“You might think this is kind of ... I don’t know, gaudy, but, I was given this, a long time ago, and was told it was for the true one in my life. You are that true one, Lois. I feel it in my heart. And I know it’s not an engagement ring, but ...”

Lois stared at the silver bracelet in his hand. His thumb ran over the small turquoise jewel in the centre.

“Clark, it’s beautiful. Is it ... Kawatche?”

He’d told her long ago of the legend of Naman and Sageeth.

“Yes, it is, Lois.”

She looked at him, her hand shaking as she reached for the bracelet.

“Yes,” she said.

“Yes?”

She slipped the bracelet on her wrist and threw her arms around his neck. “Yes. I’ll marry you, Clark Jerome Kent.”

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Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Jan. 14th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
AWESOME new chapter of Obsession!
phoenixnz
Jan. 14th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie, I'm going to try to get this finished if possible.
svchlollie
Jan. 14th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
yay. finally u updated this!
phoenixnz
Jan. 14th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yep, Gibbs threatened to set up the Gibbs' robot to keep smacking me upside the head until I updated, lol.
svchlollie
Jan. 14th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
:) lol. Will we see more chlart
phoenixnz
Jan. 14th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
There will be in the next chapter.
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