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Kryptonian Consort 37/? (Part Two)

Kryptonian Consort
Genre: Drama, romance, old school Clois, AU
Rating: NC17 (overall)
Pairing: Clark/Lois, Kal-El/Lois
Spoilers: Season Four on
Feedback: Would make my day
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters, or the scripts which are used liberally here, but if I did, oh boy would I have some fun!

Summary: Clark returns from the matrix where he has spent his summer only to meet the girl he decides is his destiny. And nobody better get in his way.

a/n: Banner once again designed by the lovely and talented miss ctbn60

Previously



Part Two

Next morning, Clark went to do his chores while Lois took a shower for her normal shift at the Talon.

Lucy came in carrying a full pail of milk.

“I hope you’re thirsty,” she grinned.

Clark straightened up, leaning on the rake.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“I figured I would help out and get the morning milk. I spent last spring break on my friend’s farm in the Swiss country side.”

“Well, you didn’t really have to do that,” he said.

Lucy shrugged. “I figured if I’m gonna stay, I have to pull my own weight.”

Lois came in, just as Lucy finished speaking.

“Hear that, Lois?” Clark said.

“Can it Smallville!” she growled. “Come on, Lucy, I’ve got to get to work.”

“Work?” Lucy frowned.

“At the Talon. It’s a coffee shop.” Lucy nodded.

“I should go and get changed then,” she said, going to pass her sister. Lois grabbed her arm.

“Stop flirting with Clark. He’s taken.”

Clark watched as the two sisters stared each other down like two gunfighters in a dusty street.

“Taken?”

Hmm, Clark thought. Looks like I’m not the only one who can get possessive. He went to Lois and put his arm around her.

“You heard Lois,” he said. “We’re together.”

Lucy looked from one to the other. “Well, I guess that explains the bedroom. I’ll just, um, go.”

Lois glared after her sister, then went to sit down on one of the haystacks. Clark sat down with her.

“You okay?” he asked.

“No. I can’t believe my sister has been here only a day and she’s muscling in on my territory.”

“If it’s any consolation, I didn’t appreciate it either.”

“Could have fooled me,” Lois grumbled.

Clark touched a hand to her cheek, making her look at him.

“Hey. I love you, remember? You’re my consort. And in case you hadn’t noticed, I didn’t tell her to sit in your seat at breakfast yesterday. But I thought it would be rude to tell her to sit somewhere else.”

Lois sighed and leaned against him. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I just ... you know, it’s like, as soon as she walks in the door, it’s like I’m fifteen again and chewing her out for bringing home a bad report card. Bad meaning she got a C instead of an A. And only because the general ordered me to do it. He never complained when I brought home Cs.”

“Hey, you are just as smart as Lucy. Smarter even. And you have something that she’ll never have.”

“Yeah? What’s that?”

“My heart.”

Lois snickered. “You’re such a sap, sometimes, Smallville.”

Chloe had offered to show Lucy around on her first full day in town. The Talon was busy that morning and Lois was run off her feet. She was standing beside a woman who was ordering so fast she found it hard to keep up.

“I need a half-caf soy latte, no foam, no whip, and a blueberry muffin top, hold the stem.”

That was the one thing Lois hated about waitressing in a coffee shop. Everyone had particular ideas about their coffee.

“Whatever happened to regular old black coffee?” she muttered as she returned to the counter with the order.

She saw Lex chatting casually to Clark as she began to prepare the woman’s order. Clark was grinning. She caught him glance at her with a teasing smile and Lois rolled her eyes. She loved him. She really did. But sometimes she just wanted to smack him.

Chloe entered the shop with Lucy in tow, spotting Clark and Lex and going over to join them. Lois caught the tail end of the conversation as she loaded up a tray with a few orders.

“Lucy’s just been filling me in on all her hidden talents,” her cousin was saying. “She was a violinist for the Zurich Youth Orchestra.”

Even Lex looked impressed and Lois knew it took a lot to impress the young multi-billionaire. She missed the rest of the conversation as she took the full tray out to serve the coffees. Only she slipped on a spot where somebody had obviously spilled their coffee and the cups crashed down to the floor.

“Oh crap!” she exclaimed.

Chloe came over to help her clean up.

“You okay, cuz?” Chloe said. “You seem a little distracted.”

Lois really didn’t want to tell her cousin just how much Lucy’s visit was bothering her. Not to mention the fact that Lucy was taking up time away from her beloved boyfriend. For once, Clark wasn’t chasing any meteor mutants, or any story for the Torch and they had planned to spend the rest of Sunday just being together. Lucy’s presence had put the kibosh on that.

Just as she finished her shift that afternoon, Lois saw Lana come in looking very upset and Jason chasing after her.

“Lana, look, I didn’t mean ...”

“Jason, I really don’t want to talk to you about this.”

“It’s just a misunderstanding!”

“You attacked him, Jason. How is that a misunderstanding?”

Lois made a note to tell Clark about this as soon as she got home. But once again, Lucy was hanging around and she never had the opportunity.

***

Clark was trying to sleep that night when he heard the creak of the floorboards. Someone was clearly trying to sneak out of the house. H e knew it wasn’t Lois. For one thing, she knew where all the loose floorboards were, and another, she would jump on him, or do something to wake him up.

He glanced up just as the door was opened, then quickly ducked his head and pretended to be sleeping as Lucy slipped outside. Waiting a few seconds, he dressed at superspeed.

He guessed Lucy was going to walk to her destination, not wanting to take the chance of waking anyone up by using one of the vehicles. He followed her into town, realising she was going to break in to the Talon.

She was down behind the counter, breaking into the cash drawer and had just pulled out a wad of cash when he approached her. She could clearly see him by the mirror from a make-up kit she’d placed on the top of the unit.

“I knew you had talents, but I didn’t think burglary was one of them,” he said.

Lucy grimaced. “I swear, I was gonna pay it all back. I’m not some criminal.”

Clark really wanted to sympathise, but since she’d come to town she’d done nothing but rub people up the wrong way and she’d upset his consort. He wasn’t having any of that.

“You do a pretty good job of impersonating one. Look, Lucy, I just don’t get it. I mean, why?”

He had to wonder why Lucy would suddenly leave the house so early in the morning and suddenly decide to steal money from the Talon. He thought back to the day before, and the odd man who had come in. Lucy hadn’t seen him, but he was sure the man had been watching her.

Lucy sighed.

“Do you have any idea what it’s like to be different from everyone else, to be a total outsider?”

Clark wanted to snort. Of course he knew. But then, Lucy didn’t know about his powers.

“I might have an idea.”

“At my school, I’m surrounded by the wealthiest kids in the world. So unless I want to be the school’s outcast, I had to be like them, look like them.”

It sounded to him like just an excuse. These girls clearly weren’t her friends, otherwise it wouldn’t have mattered. But obviously status in an exclusive girls boarding school meant everything. Clearly Lucy had a lot in common with Lex.

“I’m sure it would be an expensive undertaking. But do you really have to resort to petty theft in order to fit in?”

“Well, I tried using my credit cards, but they maxed out. So I went to this club owner who’s known for lending money to the credit impaired.”

Clark groaned inwardly. She’d gone to a loan shark. Lucy told him it was called something different in German, but that was the general idea. For a girl who managed to achieve straight As it wasn’t a very smart thing to do. And it just didn’t quite fit.

But he was sure the man who had been staring at her the day before was somehow involved in this.

“How much do you owe?”

Lucy looked reluctant to give him the information and he continued to stare her down.

“Fifty thousand US dollars. But most of it is just bogus interest.”

“Lucy, you have to tell your father about this.”

She shook her head. “I can’t. The general’s convinced I’m the embodiment of the perfect daughter.”

Clark rolled his eyes. He hated the way the general seemed to show favouritism over Lucy when really Lois hadn’t done anything that was so bad that she could be ignored or that she deserved the constant criticism.

“We can at least tell Lois.”

Again, Lucy shook her head.

“I don’t want to disappoint her.”

It was way too late for that. The sisters were already clearly at odds and Clark wasn’t sure whose fault it was. Lois was trying, but the hurt and resentment from the different way their father treated them was rearing its ugly head.

“Look, Lucy, if you’re in some sort of trouble, the best thing to do is just stay here and keep a low profile. Maybe there’s something I can do to help.”

***

Lois was shocked when she heard what Lucy had done.

“I knew her little hop, skip and a jump over the Atlantic wasn’t because she missed her big sister. Ooh, I could strangle her.”

“Honey, how is that going to help,” he said quietly as they sat in the barn. Lucy was asleep in their bedroom.

“Well, it would make me feel better.”

“And it’s not going to solve her problem. Look, why don’t you meet me at school later and we’ll talk to Chloe. See what she can find out about this guy.”

Lois put her arms around him.

“What would I do without you Smallville?” she said.

“I can think of a few things,” he grinned. He kissed her and she melted into the kiss, sighing softly. “I have to get to school.”

“Do you have to?” she moaned. “I wish you could stay here with me and we could ... you know,” she said, running her finger down his broad chest.

“Nice try, Lane, but the parents are still in the house and so is Lucy, and I really don’t think you want your sister walking in on us having sex.”

Lois pouted. “So not fair.”

He kissed her again, picking up his backpack. “I’ll see you later, okay? Meet me at the Torch after school.”

Lois walked in after three and saw Chloe busy at the computer. Her blonde cousin looked up at her, frowning.

“Hey, Lois. What brings you by?”

“I’m meeting Clark. Didn’t he say anything to you?”

“What about?”

“Oh, nothing important. I guess I’ll just wait for him.”

“Is everything okay?” Chloe asked. “You seem a bit down. You and Clark haven’t had a fight have you?”

Lois shook her head. “No. We haven’t had a fight. It’s just ... with Lucy being here we haven’t had much time together.”

“I can understand that. But Lucy’s going back to school soon. It’s only a few more days, right?”

Lois bit her lip. She had the feeling that Lucy didn’t intend going back to school at all. Things were definitely not right.

Clark ran in, looking a little flustered.

“Hey Smallville,” she said, overly brightly. He shot her a look, frowning.

“Sorry, got waylaid by Principal Reynolds,” he said. “He gave me one of those ... what are you planning on doing with your life lectures.”

Chloe rolled her eyes. “He’s had it in for you since sophomore year,” she said.

“Tell me about it.”

Lois frowned at her boyfriend. “Why would Principal Reynolds have it in for you?”

“Becuase of Lex. He was Lex’s headmaster at Excelsior and Lionel got him fired. I don’t even know why. Anyway, the first time I met the principal, Lex had just driven me to school.”

“Oh. Yeah, I can see why.”

Clark put his arm around her. “You okay?”

“I’ll be better when we can put all this business with Lucy behind us.”

He kissed her cheek. “We will.” He looked at Chloe. “There was this guy hanging around the Talon watching Lucy yesterday.”

“I need a little more information than that.”

“I think he’s some kind of loan shark near her school.”

“Still not enough to go on. Can you give me a description?”

“Hum, about six foot tall, dark hair, brown eyes, kind of weasely-looking, probably in his forties?”

Chloe rolled her eyes. “You just described about ten percent of the male population. I need more to go on.”

“He owns a club?”

Chloe began searching the computer, looking into businesses near Lucy’s school. There were only a few clubs in the area and she managed to track the man down within a few minutes.
Clark peered at the screen when Chloe brought up an image of the owner. Clark shook his head. Not him.

Chloe brought up a new image of the club itself. There was a man who could be seen talking to a group clearly trying to get into the club.

“Yeah, that’s the guy I saw,” he said.

Chloe tapped on a few keys and zoomed in on the image, running it through an Interpol database. It took a few more minutes, then she got the information they needed.

“Well, his name is Marcus Becker. He’s a bouncer at a club called Kronos in Zurich, with a resume chock full of felonies. According to Interpol, they think the club is a front for the kind of people you don’t want to owe money to.”

Lois growled. “I am so going to have a talk with my sister.”

Chloe grabbed her shoulders. “Lois, before you go all Lifetime heroine, remember this is not the school bully she’s dealing with.”

“But she is in trouble,” Clark said. “And I think we do need help.” He took her hand. “C’mon.”

Lois let Clark drive, staring quietly out the window of the car. Clark squeezed her hand.

“It’ll be okay. Lex will help. I know he will.”

“As long as he doesn’t want anything in return.”

“We’re not asking him for the money, Lo, we’re just asking for some ideas on what to do.”

“If these guys are a bunch of crooks, what good is Lex going to do?”

“Lex does have some power. Besides, we don’t have proof.”

“What about Interpol?”

“If they had proof, the club would be shut down by now.”

“So, what? You think we should get Lex to help us set some kind of trap?” she asked, turning to look at him since they’d got in the car.

Clark nodded soberly. “I think it is the only way to get these people off Lucy’s back. I mean, who knows what they could do to her.”

“I just don’t get how she could be that stupid! She’s supposed to be smart.”

“There’s a big difference, I think, between getting good grades and being street smart.”

“Are you saying she’s naive?”

“Yeah, I think she is.”

Clark entered the driveway of the mansion, parking the car in the front. They got out and went inside, hearing classical music. It sounded like Lucy and Lex were playing together.

Lois stood in the entryway of the music room and clapped her hands.

“Bravo, Lucy. Excellent performance.”

Lex turned and looked at her, smiling, clearly impressed at Lucy’s skill.

“I had no idea the younger Lane was such a virtuoso.”

“Oh, apparently there’s quite a bit about the younger Lane we don’t know.”

Anger flashed in Lucy’s eyes as she glared at Clark.

“Thanks, Clark. You’re pretty great about keeping a secret.”

Clark moved further into the room.

“Lucy, we just want to help you. That’s why we’re here. Lex, I was going to tell you about the money, but I think she might have already beat me to it.”

Lex looked puzzled. “What money would that be?”

Lucy bristled visibly. “I didn’t come here looking for a hand out. I can solve this problem myself.”

“And how exactly did you think you were going to be able to pay back the money, Lucy?” Lois asked, trying to keep a lid on her anger at her sister. “Stand on a street corner and play your violin for loose change?”

“There’s a reason I didn’t tell you,” Lucy argued.

“I don’t want to have to say anything to the general ...” Lois threatened.

Lucy’s voice was full of anguish. “You’re not mom, all right? So stop trying to be.”

All Lois wanted to do was slap her. Considering she’d spent the last twelve and a half years trying to fill the void their mother had left.

“Don’t you dare bring mom into this,” she spat.

Lex tried to intervene. “Ladies, please.”

It was Clark who brought a sense of rationality to the situation. He told Lex about the money and the man who had come to collect. Lex looked stunned at the amount, but Lucy was still resistant, telling them she could handle it on her own.

In the end, Lex had Lucy contact Becker and set up a meeting to repay the money. Becker told her he would call her back with a location for the meeting. Clark was even more worried as he went with Lex to watch him set things up. Lois had gone with Lucy to make sure that her sister was going to follow through.

“They want bearer bonds,” Lex told him, “which are impossible to trace. This isn’t amateur hour.”

Clark frowned at his friend. “I thought you had a policy not to deal with extortionists.”

“Well, this is different. This isn’t the first time I’ve dealt with these people.”

“You know Marcus Becker?”

“I know the men he works for,” Lex answered. “They’re a German crime syndicate, and they’ve repeatedly blocked my attempts to buy a hotel in Zurich through intimidation and blackmail. If I get this guy in custody, I’ll have something to squeeze them with.”

Clark didn’t like this one bit. It sounded almost like Lex was using Lucy as a pawn in a dangerous game with the syndicate. It seemed even when he was helping someone he had an ulterior motive for doing so.

Lucy came in, followed by Lois.

“Becker wants me to meet him at an abandoned warehouse at the corner of Market and Linden.”

Clark clutched his friend’s arm. “This isn’t worth getting hurt over, Lex.”

Lex looked at him. “No one’s getting hurt, Clark. All I’m doing is delivering the briefcase. The GPS device inside will lead my security team right to them.”

Lucy shook her head. “He said he only wants me there.”

“That’s not going to happen,” Lex answered. “I’m going alone.”

“Oh hell no,” Lois told him. “We’re going with you. He just told Lucy he wants her there. I’m not taking any chances.”

Clark sighed. He took Lois aside and she quickly whispered.

“You go to that warehouse, just in case.”

“Okay, but be careful,” he whispered back.

***

Lois squirmed uncomfortably in the tight space of the Porsche. She was squeezed in the middle between Lex and Lucy.

“A hundred grand, chrome wheels and thirteen speakers instead of a back seat? Oh yeah, I get the gear shift.”

Lex was clearly doing his best to concentrate on his driving.

Lucy sighed. “Are we there yet?”

Lois glared at her sister. “Have you ever been in a car and not uttered those words?”

Lucy rolled her eyes. “All I’m saying is, this guy’s not gonna be happy if we’re not there on time. He’s not the kind of guy you want to piss off.”

Lex sighed in annoyance. “Relax, we’re close,” he said.

He spoke too soon. A police car pulled in behind him, sounding its siren and flashing blue and red lights.

“Damn it!” he swore.

Lois looked at him, then glanced behind. It was definitely a police car. Lucy spoke up.

“Can you outrun them?”

Lois guessed he could, since he was in a Porsche, but probably only if he’d been on his own. With the two of them in the car, it was clearly a risk he wasn’t prepared to take.

“I’ll handle it,” he said, pulling the car to a stop. He got out. “Stay put.”

Lois watched as he went to speak to the officer.

“Excuse me, I appreciate your need to fill your speeding ticket quota, but can we make this quick?”

Lois heard the officer tell him to put his hands over his head. Lex balked, and the other man pulled a gun on him. Lois realised something wasn’t right when the man ordered him to get the bonds.

“Oh my god,” Lucy gasped.

It was Becker.

From inside the car, Lois could see Lex pulling the briefcase out of the trunk. Becker glared at him, opening up a trash bag. Lex clearly had no choice but to put the bonds in the bag. Then Becker knocked him out.

Lois got out of the car and tried to hit Becker, but he quickly got the drop on her, holding his gun to her cheek.

“You wouldn’t want Lucy to be an only child would you?” he said, his voice accented.

Clark was going to kill her. It was all very well for her to have lectured him when he’d gotten into that truck to try and stop those two boys from making off with the Luthorcorp payroll, but now she’d gotten into a similar situation.

Becker must have had a truck parked nearby. He forced Lucy to reverse the Porsche into the back of the truck and locked them both inside. Lois sighed and sat down on the hood of the car. She just hoped Clark would find them.

It felt like several hours later when the truck was stopped. Lucy sighed as Lois banged on the side of the truck, yelling.

“It’s no use. We are totally and utterly screwed.”

Lois glared at her sister. “Oh, let’s not jump to conclusions here. I have a history of getting us out of the jams you get us into. I’ll think of something.”

“Lois, this isn’t like us getting ourselves locked in the mess hall pantry or getting lost on our bikes in Bangkok.”

The back of the door opened and Becker stepped up inside. Lois glared at him.

“I don’t get it. You got your money. Why don’t you go back home, eat some Swiss cheese and live happily ever after. You don’t need us.”

Becker smirked.

“But I do. The Luthor well has only just been tapped. I’m here to strike it rich.”

“You son of a bitch,” Lucy growled. “You’re holding us for ransom?”

Lois glared at the man. My boyfriend is so going to kick your ass, she thought. But she didn’t say anything. Becker threw a bag at them.

“Eat up, girls,” he said.

“How generous of you,” Lucy said snarkily. “I thought you’d let us starve.”

Becker turned away. “The one with the sticker has no tomatoes.”

The truth dawned on Lois very quickly. He knew Lucy well enough to know she didn’t like tomatoes. Which meant that there was a lot more going on here. It felt like she’d been played. She turned to confront her sister.

***

Clark was fuming. He’d gone to the warehouse only to find it hadn’t been abandoned. When he started to think about it all, it had felt like a con. He strode into Lex’s study, telling his friend they’d been conned.

“That’s a pretty bold accusation, Clark.”

“The drop-off was a fake. There was no warehouse. And Lucy was the only one who knew about the GPS. How else would Becker have known to treat the briefcase like the plague?”

“I doubt whether Lucy would have had time to warn him,” Lex pointed out. “Don’t forget he’s a pro.”

“Still, things didn’t add up. I think it was part of a bigger plan. The way she ‘accidentally’ woke me up on her way to steal from the Talon. She knew I’d catch her in the act. Her sob story about not being able to fit in at school. It was all a setup to win my sympathy so I’d come to you for the money.”

Lex looked thoughtful. Then he nodded.

“She played us like a Stradivarius.”

And now it appeared Lucy had organised for her own sister to be kidnapped.

“Why would she do that to her own sister?”

“Well, they say sibling rivalries run deep.”

Lex’s assistant came in. “Line one, Mr Luthor. It’s Becker.”

Lex went to the desk and picked up the phone. Clark quickly tuned in with his super-hearing.

“Lex Luthor.”

“Place $500,000 in bearer bonds in the abandoned tractor trailer on Highway 54 just north of Cherry Hill.”

“That’s not how it works.”

Clark sped off, making his way to the highway exit to Cherry Hill. He stopped on a bridge overlooking the highway and saw the truck heading for him. He steeled himself and jumped.

***

Lucy was crying but Lois had to wonder if it wasn’t crocodile tears.

“I swear, Lois, it wasn’t supposed to end up this way.”

Lois was pissed. She was tired of having to get her sister out of scrapes, wishing the girl would just grow up and realise that not everything was about her. The fact was, ever since their mother had died, Lois had always been there for her sister. Even at the cost of her own happiness. And Lucy had almost wrecked that with her latest stunt.

“I’m sorry,” Lucy cried.

“Sorry’s not good enough. I want to know why. I want to know why you turned to a life of crime when you have everything in the world going for you. You’re as close to frickin’ perfect as it gets.”

Lucy’s expression was one of resentment.

“Because that’s what the general always wanted. I just went along and played the part. From the day I left for school, all I wanted was to go home.”

“Why didn’t you tell the general that?”

“How could I? It was clear he didn’t want me around. He wanted you.”

Lois frowned at her sister. “What are you talking about?”

“Why do you think he sent me off to school after mom died?”

“He sent you off to school because you were brilliant and you deserved the best education possible.”

Lucy sniffed. “Well, you can think whatever you want. But the fact is, I always envied you.”

“Me? I was being dragged around the world like a spare piece of luggage.”

“Yeah, but you had something I never had.”

“What?”

“You had Dad.”

Lois huffed. It couldn’t have been further from the truth. She didn’t have a father. She had a commander. An army soldier.

“Luce, I don’t think either of us ever had Dad.”

“I’m sorry I got you into this, Lois.”

“Don’t worry about it. We’ve been in far worse trouble than this.”

Suddenly there was the sound of something hitting the roof of the trailer. Lois looked at her sister, knowing it had to be Clark, but wondering how she was going to cover up for him with Lucy. Her sister looked scared.

There were gunshots, which had Lois worrying even more. Even though Clark was invulnerable, she still worried about him being shot.

The truck began to fishtail and it was all either of them could do to hold on. Then the truck stopped. About a minute or so later, the back of the trailer opened and Lois saw Lex holding a gun. She still didn’t trust the guy, but she was never so happy to see him in her life.

It took a few minutes to get everything sorted. As Lois went over everything with Lex, she looked around for Clark, but couldn’t see him. She guessed he was hidden somewhere, making sure she was okay.

Lucy was being led away by one of Lex’s men and everything looked to be resolved. But as she and Lex were talking about notifying the authorities, the Porsche started up and Lucy drove past. She mouthed an apology as she drove off.

Lois sighed, wondering what Lex was going to do to her. But he said nothing as he drove her home. Clark came out of the barn, clearly having beaten them there and Lois ran to him.

“Oh god, are you okay?” he asked.

“I’m fine,” she said, letting his warmth comfort her.

Clark looked at Lex. “Thank you.”

Lex nodded. “You should get her inside, let her get some rest.”

“Yeah, I will. Come on, honey, you must be frozen.”

“Yeah, I am,” she said. She glanced at Lex. “Thank you.”

***

Lois was still sleeping later that afternoon when Lex returned to the farm.

“Hey,” Clark said. “Any luck finding Lucy?”

Lex shook his head. “All that turned up was the car. Minus my $50,000.”

Clark sighed. “I know that Lois feels really badly about this, but there’s really no way she would have ...”

Lex held up his hand. “I’m not here to collect. Besides, having Becker in custody is worth a lot more to me than fifty grand.”

Clark guessed Lex now had some leverage against the syndicate, which meant his hotel deal in Zurich could go ahead.

“How’s Lois?” Lex asked solicitously.

“She hasn’t said much. She’s still pretty upset. I just don’t know why Lucy would do this.”

“Clark, just because you have the same blood running through your veins, it doesn’t make you family. Look at us, Clark. I’m a product of my father’s breeding. He needed an heir. But your parents chose you out of love. I’d take your family any day of the week.”

“I just think Lois and Lucy could have been closer.”

“Maybe one day they will. But that’s up to them. So quit blaming yourself for what happened.”

Clark looked at his friend. “Do you ever miss not having a sibling?”

“I used to, until I met you, Clark. You’re closer to me than any blood brother.”

Lois still didn’t want to talk about what had happened the next day. Clark went to school, feeling badly for his consort, but knowing this was something she had to work out on her own. He finished his chores that afternoon, hearing yelling coming from the barn. It sounded like Lois was having an argument with her father.

Mom looked at him as he came in.

“Dinner’s almost ready. Why don’t you go to the barn and tell Lois.”

Clark went out. Lois was looking through his telescope.

“I thought you said that telescopes were for geeks and stalkers,” he said, as he ascended the steps to the loft.

“Yeah, well, as was proven over the last few days, I can seriously misjudge people.”

“Um, mom sent me out here to tell you dinner’s ready.”

“Thanks.”

She was smiling, but he could see the pain in that smile. He held out his arms and she moved into them, submitting to the hug.

“How are you holding up?” he asked.

“I just got off the phone with the general.”

“Yeah, I kinda heard you arguing with him.”

“Well, apparently he is very disappointed in me for letting this happen and as far as my family chain of command goes, I am the weakest link.”

Clark would never get her family. “I’m sorry,” he said, holding her tightly. Lois had buried her face in his chest but she looked up.

“I don’t know. There’s something almost cathartic about telling a three-star general to go to hell.”

They sat on the couch, holding hands.

“You know, all these years, I thought I had my sister pegged. But in reality, she’s a complete stranger to me.”

“Even if that were true, I think if she called you tomorrow, you’d be there in a second to help her.”’

“Yeah, I would. She’s my sister.”

They sat quietly for a while, just holding each other.

“Um, Clark?”

“Yeah babe?”

“Uh, you know that thing we were talking about the other night? Before all this craziness happened?”

Clark thought back. Oh yeah, he thought. He brushed her hair out of her face.

“What is it?”

“It was a false alarm. I’m not.”

He kissed her gently. “It’s okay.”

But as he stared out into the darkness, he sighed softly, wondering why he was disappointed.

Comments

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eternal_moonie
May. 12th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
Absolutely LOVE it sweetie!!!!
phoenixnz
May. 12th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie. Sorry it got a little long. I kind of got carried away on this chapter. *g*
eternal_moonie
May. 12th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
*Big Jumphug*

Why I LOVE "Carried Away" chapters! :D
ctbn60
May. 13th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Nice twist on the original babe!! I enjoyed this chapter.
phoenixnz
May. 13th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Carol, I love skewing these episodes to suit my own twist.
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