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Kryptonian Consort 47/?

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!
Art: ctbn60

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: A shorter chapter here, but sets it up for the next phase.

Previously

Chapter Forty-Seven


Clark entered the inner chamber with the key in his hand.

“You’re my father,” he said, entering the key in the slot. “Talk to me. Tell me what you’ve done!”

Suddenly Clark’s whole body was enveloped in a bright blue light and it felt like he was back in the matrix. Jor-El’s voice rang out clearly.

“It was you who brought this upon yourself, Kal-El.”

“What did I do?” Clark shouted above the sounds pounding his ears, shielding his eyes against the bright light.

“I sent you here to unite the three elements.”

Which time? Clark thought. Since his emergence from the matrix? He was puzzled by the elements. A clue to one of the stones had been protected by Kryptonite. If they had been meant for a Kryptonian, surely they wouldn’t have been protected in such a manner.

“The stones?” he asked. “They have nothing to do with me.”

“But they do, Kal-El. For the knowledge of the universe is meant for you only. Yet you chose to deny your heritage. Today, you will witness the consequences.”

All he had wanted was to live a normal life. Go to school, be with the girl he loved, be with his family. What was wrong with that? Why had his birth father chosen to punish him this way?

“Then you sent the meteor shower?” he accused.

“I have done nothing, Kal-El. Human blood has stained one of the elements and awakened a great danger from the darkness of space.”

Had it given off some sort of signal, perhaps? Clark wondered. How else would it have triggered such an event? But he was clearly not going to get any kind of explanation from Jor-El.

“What can I do to stop it?” he asked.

“There is nothing you can do to prevent what is already in motion. But the meteor shower is just the beginning, Kal-El. I warned you that the elements could not fall into the hands of a human. The three must become one. It is the only way to save Earth from total annihilation.”

Oh god, Lois! His consort, his family was in danger.

“I don’t know where they are! I don’t have time to find them!”

“If you don’t unite them at once, you, my son, will be seared by a fire from the sky even you can’t survive. The future of mankind, the future of your bloodline, rests in your hands, Kal-El.”

How was it possible that Jor-El knew ...

“Please ... help me. I can’t do this alone!”

“I cannot help you,” Jor-El answered.

Just as suddenly as it began, the matrix was gone and he was back in the cave. He ran back to the farm. Dad looked around at him.

“Clark, just in time. Would you help me secure the truck?”

“I can’t. You have to go without me.”

“What?” Mom gasped.

“Need I remind you, Clark, that the last time we had a meteor shower, it was full of Kryptonite?”

“If the same thing happens today, it could kill you.”

Clark didn’t want to scare his mother by telling her what could happen if he didn’t unite the stones.

“Jor-El told me I have to find the other two stones right now and unite them with the one in the cave.”

He had never known his mother could be so possessive, but she was as she told him he wasn’t going on some suicide mission.

“Clark,” Dad said, “you might be stronger than steel, but you’re not invincible.”

“I know, Dad. But I’m the only one who can do this.”

His parents nodded reluctantly. His Dad looked at him with pride in his eyes. That was the one thing he loved most about his father. Even with all the crap he put him through, his father had faith in him. Clark hugged them both, fighting back tears. At least his parents would be safe. As would Lois.

He turned and headed for the barn, hoping there might be something in his photos of the Kryptonian symbols which would lead him to the other two stones. As he turned to head up the stairs, he saw Lana standing in the middle of the barn.

“Lana?” he said. She turned and looked at him. She was shaking, clutching her shoulder bag as if it was a lifeline. “I thought you already evacuated. Are you okay?”

“I’m scared,” she admitted.

“Lana, I know this meteor shower must bring up some painful memories for you. But this time it’s different. We have warning and we’ll be safe.”

“I’m not so sure,” she said. “Clark, I don’t know what’s going to happen to me.” She began digging in her bag. “I want you to have this.”

There was something off about the way Lana was talking. As if there was far more going on than she was telling him. She turned around, handing him an object wrapped in a black and red silk cloth. He slowly unwrapped it to reveal the stone they’d found in China. It was pointed at one end with a jagged edge, almost as if it had been broken, at the top. There was a Kryptonian symbol etched into it, looking almost like the universal symbol for infinity.

“Where’d you get this?” he asked.

“I wish I could say China, but ... Jason gave it to me,” she told him. “I hid it from him after ...”

“After what? Lana ...”

“Jason started acting strangely,” she said. “And there was a break-in at my apartment. I didn’t want to think he might have done it but it was either him or his mother. I’m sure of that now. She said ... she said he’d been protecting me.”

“Who? Mrs Teague said this?”

Lana nodded. “I keep wondering about Jason. If he ... like maybe he didn’t care about me at all.”

“I think he did, in his own way,” Clark assured her. “But sometimes I think there are some bonds stronger than, well, what you and Jason had.”

“I envy you, Clark. You and Lois. You care about each other. You love each other. That’s rare. I mean, anyone can see the strong bond between you two. She’s lucky.”

“I’m the lucky one,” he said, still looking down at the stone. “Lana, why are you giving me this now?”

“I had this dream. I think maybe it was Isobel. I don’t really know. But it was when we were in China and I was fighting you. You told her the stone didn’t belong to her. And I just feel that somehow the stone was meant for you.”

Clark nodded. “Lana, is this ... blood?” he asked, pointing to the stain, almost afraid to touch it. Now the things Jor-El had said made sense.

Lana shivered. “Remember all those times that I asked you for an explanation, but you said you couldn't give me one? That I had to trust you? Well, this time I need you to trust me.”

She looked up at him, eyes shimmering with tears, then reached up and kissed him on the cheek.

“I love you, Clark. As a friend. I hope we can always be friends.”

“Lana, you’re talking like we’re never going to see each other again,” he said.

“Goodbye,” she said, walking away without explanation.

***

Chloe had tried to call Lana on the cellphone with no luck and was surprised when she received a call from her friend. They were still struggling to get through the traffic to drive back to the farm. Lois looked at her.

“Why would Lana be at Lex’s mansion when she’s supposed to evacuate?” she asked.

“I don’t know, but I could swear that was Lex’s voice in the background. She sounds like she’s in trouble, Lois. I can’t abandon her. I mean, the mansion is just around that bend. If we could just get through this traffic.”

To Lois’ dismay, despite the way Chloe was manoeuvring her way around the queue of vehicles, they were stopped by a military cordon. A soldier in army fatigues and helmet approached the car.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey! Emergency vehicles only. Turn the car around immediately.”

Chloe looked at the soldier in protest.

“Our friend could be trapped inside,” Chloe told him, indicating the mansion in the distance. “We’re just gonna go grab her and then come right back.”

“I’m sorry, ma’am. No one gets through.”

“We’re way too close to turn away,” Chloe told her cousin. Lois decided it was time for evasive action. She got out of the car and approached the soldier.

“Hey! Soldier! Is this a road block or a lemonade stand you got here?”

The man frowned at her.

“Wait a second. I recognise you. You’re the ....”

“Daughter of General Lane,” she told him. “You might have heard of him. He talks real loud, smokes a stogie.”

The soldier was distracted by Chloe trying to get out of the car. “Hey!”

Lois quickly forced him to look at her.

“This barricade, it should be perpendicular to the road. Those channelisers should be further apart, and unless I need glasses, there should be reflectors on those I-beams.”

She was talking crap and she knew it and the man knew it too, but he nodded anyway.

“I understand that, ma’am, but I can’t let you through.”

Lois glanced at Chloe, who was sneaking out of the car and walking through the crawling traffic to pass behind the barricade.

“You’re a cub scout out here, soldier. Where’s your den mother? Baking brownies?”

She continued to try to distract the soldier until Chloe was out of sight. It was a pity the man was on to her.

“Miss Lane,” he sighed, “if your father hears of this ...”

Lois snorted. “Let me tell you something about me, soldier. You might think my father’s a tough guy, but he’s a pussycat next to me.”

“Oh really?” the man asked.

“That’s right,” she nodded. “You really don’t want to mess with me.”

The man grinned. “Would it be okay if I messed with you, say, Saturday?”

He just had to go there, Lois thought. She held up her left hand.

“See this?” she said, showing him the ring on her finger. The man’s smile dropped immediately. “Yeah, that’s right. I’m taken. And you don’t want to mess with my fiancé either. He’s a big guy.”

“Still can’t let you through.”

Lois huffed noisily. Chloe was long gone.

“Fine,” she said, tossing her head and stomping off to the car. The man immediately noticed something amiss.

“Hey, where’s your friend?”

“What friend?” she asked, putting the car in gear and backing it up enough to reverse onto the grass verge and turn it around to drive in the opposite direction. Her stomach roiled with nausea, but it was more out of worry for both her cousin and for her fiancée and his parents. She just couldn’t help feeling that something really bad was going down.

***

Clark entered the inner chamber. He’d cleaned the element so it was pristine and placed it next to the first one he’d managed to retrieve from Lex’s jet all those months ago. As soon as the edges of the two stones touched, the symbols on the stones and the table lit up.

Clark frowned as he watched. At first the symbols were in colours of blue and red, then they lit up bluish-white and emitted a sound which Clark guessed was an ultra-sonic frequency. It was the same sound he’d heard months ago the day he’d run to the state penitentiary, only for his mind to be transferred into Lionel’s body and vice versa. He clapped his hands over his ears as the sound assaulted his senses, causing agonising pain.

It almost seemed as if the two united stones were calling out to the third. And Clark suddenly knew where the third element was. Lex’s mansion.

Clark ran at super-speed, arriving within seconds at the mansion. At first, all was quiet. The stone had stopped calling to him. But as soon as he arrived in the library, it began again. Blocking his ears briefly, Clark located the source and ripped off the shelves leading to Lex’s vault. There it was, sitting on the shelf as if waiting for him.

There was something else waiting for him as well. The sculpture or whatever it was that had been protecting the drawing in China. Lex must have had it brought over. The Kryptonite gems in the eyes lit up at his presence. Clark staggered, leaning against the doorway, then reached out and grabbed the stone, groaning in pain as he fell to the floor, his stomach roiling with nausea and pain. Then everything went black.

He wasn’t sure how much time had passed when he started to come to. He opened his eyes slowly to see Chloe standing over him, looking worried. The pain was gone and he realised Chloe must have dragged him away from the Kryptonite. He smiled his thanks, watching as she got up, turning to the doorway, realising she was distracting Lex so he could speed away.

He ran out of the grounds and along the highway, just as the meteors began coming down. He spotted a little boy who had obviously run back for a toy and was now standing in the middle of the road as a meteor threatened to land right on top of him. Clark grabbed him, carrying him quickly to the side of the road, holding him close as he protected him against the force of the meteor hitting the ground.

The boy looked at him as he let him go.

“You’re not my daddy,” the boy said.

A man called and ran out between the vehicles. “Henry!”

“Daddy!”

The man scooped his son up in his arms and looked at Clark for a moment.

“Go! Go,” Clark told him. The man nodded and began to move away.

“Thank you,” he said.

Clark had no time to check out the devastation, knowing he had to get clear of the meteors before one of them hit him with enough Kryptonite to kill him. He sped back to the cave. He entered the chamber once more, still worried about his parents and his consort, but hoped at least they were safely away from ground zero.

He circled the stone table, wondering what was about to happen once all three stones were united. Taking a deep breath, he placed the third stone in the slot, watching as the three lit up once more then seamlessly joined to become a huge, diamond-shaped crystal.

The crystal rose into the air and hovered. The whole chamber lit up in a bright light. Clark watched the crystal for a few moments, wondering what next, then grabbed it. Searing pain burned into his hand and he screamed. It felt like his whole body was being ripped apart; his molecules separating then re-shaping. And suddenly he found himself on a snowy white plain, with no idea where he was or how he had got there.

***

Once the meteors began falling, a lot of people had just got out of their cars and started running. Lois had managed to avoid much of the devastation, driving along a dirt road near the caves, hoping to find Clark. Somehow she knew he would be there.

She was forced to try and drive another way around when she found the path was blocked by debris from a couple of meteors. Sighing, Lois turned the car around and drove up another dirt road toward one of the scenic lookouts over the town, stopping the car on the grass as she stared up at the smoke-filled sky. She got out of the car, running up the slope, her eyes burning with the smoke.

She stared in horror at the devastation. There were buildings burning where they had been struck by meteors. God only knew how many had fallen.

Lois wasn’t sure if her tears were from the smoke or the grief for the town she had come to call home.

“God, Clark,” she said to herself. Her stomach roiled again with anxiety. Where was he? Please let him be okay, she thought.

***

Clark had spent the past several minutes trying to get his bearings, but all he could see was snow and ice. He still had no idea where he was. All he could guess was that he was either somewhere in the southern hemisphere, where it was winter, or he was in the far north. Maybe even the Arctic Circle. It seemed logical enough. There was no greenery that he could tell and what looked like glaciers in the distance.

The crystal in his hand seemed to be vibrating and he let it go. It rose from his hand and hovered in the air. Stupid crystal, he thought. This was supposed to contain the knowledge of the universe? This was a powerful weapon that humans could use to destroy the world? So far, all he could see was a big piece of rock. Which could clearly float.

Clark grabbed it again and threw it as far away from him as possible, not even knowing why he did it. And the crystal once again seemed to have a mind of its own as it drifted away from him. Then it seemed to stop in mid-air, moving straight down into the ground. Clark gasped as the ground shook and something began arising. A huge, crystalline structure broke through the ice and snow, growing to at least twenty feet in height, maybe more.

Clark began walking toward the structure, plodding through the snow. As he entered what looked like a large crystal hallway, he stepped down into a chamber, looking around.

“Welcome home, my son.”

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Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Nov. 4th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! New chapter!!

Absolutely loved it sweetie!

*HUGS*
phoenixnz
Nov. 5th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you honey.
ctbn60
Nov. 4th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Great continuation honey. :)
phoenixnz
Nov. 5th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
Thanks C. The next phase won't completely follow canon.
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