“Chloe, you said it was urgent. Anything wrong with Lois?” Clark, who had just arrived at the Talon, asked, worried. Two days had passed since he and Lois had kissed. They hadn’t talked since it and every time Clark called her, she ignored it. He thought about knocking on her door, but restrained himself, realizing it was better to give her space.
Chloe frowned. “What? No.” She sighed. “Have you seen the Daily Planet this morning?”
Clark looked puzzled. “No.”
“Okay. God, I can't let you read this in the paper.” She paused. “Lex proposed to Lana.”
He looked surprised. “What did she say?”
“She hasn't given him an answer,” she said, passing him the newspaper she was holding.
Clark looked at it with eyes wide-open. “It says here it's because of me. Is this true? Chloe?”
Chloe remained silent, but her face showed clearly it was true.
“It doesn’t matter anymore,” he said, giving the newspaper back to her.
“What?” She said, taken by surprise.
“A year ago it was me who proposed to her, and at the time I really believed we’d end up together. But here we are now, she’s living with Lex and I’m… Uh, maybe what we had just wasn’t meant to be.”
Chloe was still surprised at his speech. She never thought she’d hear Clark giving up Lana. “Not that I don’t see your point, but do you really think Lana can be happy with Lex?”
“It’s her decision to make.”
“Wow. What has caused all this change?”
Clark didn’t reply, he just looked at the door of the apartment above the talon.
Clark had decided to stay at the Talon after Chloe left to work, hoping Lois would come down and bump into him. Unfortunately for him, she decided to live a reclusive life for the day.
He kept looking at his cell phone waiting for a text or call from her, anything. He then looked at the door of her apartment. So close. He was fighting against the will to go there and talk to her, about the kiss, about them. Feel her lips against his. But he was also scared that next time they see each other she’d reject him for good.
Why Lois had to be so complicated to deal with?
There’s one thing he could try at least. “Lois, can you hear me?” He whispered, hoping her super hearing would pick up his voice. “Lois. Please.”
Clark sighed, no response from her. He turned to leave, disappointed, when a man stopped in front of him. Lex. He looked at him with anger, resentment. Someone saw the article in the Daily Planet and didn’t like it one bit.
Clark tried to walk away, but Lex had something else in mind. “You must be enjoying this, aren’t you? Right now you must be thinking you can talk her out of making the biggest mistake of her life by marrying me.”
Clark sighed, annoyed. He turned to face Lex. “No, Lex, I don’t plan on convincing Lana of anything. Whether she decides to marry or not, it’ll be her decision.”
“I don’t believe in you. I know you, Clark –“
“I don’t have to listen to you,” Clark said, turning to leave again.
“If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay away from Lana!”
Clark angered and glared at Lex. “It must be eating at you that she's hesitating... Wondering why she hasn't given you an answer.”
Lex had a serious expression on his face, but there was a hint of a triumphant smile on his lips. Clark was exactly where he wanted him to be. “I guess it would... If I didn't know what the answer was going to be. You see, I highly doubt she'll say no, Clark... Now that she's carrying my child.”
Clark looked shocked as he watched Lex leaving the Talon.
Lois was sitting on the couch of the living room of her apartment staring at the newspaper in her hands. The article was none other than the news of the day, the love triangle formed by Lex, Lana, and Clark. She was almost relieved she hadn’t started anything with Clark, it’d be awkward dating him and then read that his ex girlfriend was still in love with him. Or worse, her name included in this media gossip mess.
She had liked the kiss, though. A lot. It was gentle, passionate. It made her feel hot, wanting to give all of herself to him. But something inside of her made her stop it, and she had no idea what. Was she feeling guilty? Why? They’re both single and right now the only kryptonians on Earth. Wasn’t she sure of her feelings for him? She could try to deny her feelings for him, but her eagerness to kiss him again was saying otherwise. Was she actually afraid they would work? The guy who she had dismissed several times in the past, her best friend now, could he be the one who’d stay by her side until the end? What if he’s just one more person in her life who’d left her behind? Could she face it?
Then, there was Clark. What was he thinking about the possibility of Lana still loving him? Was he thinking in getting back with Lana? What would happen to them if he does? What if the kiss actually meant something for him and he actually wants her? He had texted Lois, asking her how she was doing, that they needed to talk. They need to talk.
She wanted to scream, but being called the crazy lady upstairs wasn’t in her plans.
There was a knock on the door. Lois looked unsettled, fearing it was Clark. She used her x-ray vision to see who was and sighed in relief, followed by a frown. She got up and answered it. “Oliver.”
“Hey,” the blonde man greeted her, smiling. Lois kept looking at him with a confused expression. “Uh, won’t you invite me to come in?”
“Oh… Yeah. Of course. Come in,” Lois said. Oliver entered the apartment. “It’s weird you showing up like that. I’ve been trying to call you those past few weeks and you never answered it,” she added, a little uncomfortable.
“Yeah… I’m sorry about that. I needed to clear my head… Forget you.”
Lois closed the door of the apartment and crossed her arms. “You promise me we’d still be friends.”
His smile grew wider. “And that’s why I’m here.”
She smiled back. “So we’re good? No hard feelings?”
Oliver nodded. “We’re good.”
Lois went to sit on the couch, Oliver following her. He caught sight of the newspaper and picked it. “Wow, look at that. Lex must be pissed off. Boy scout, on the other hand… Do you think he’ll go after her?”
Lois took the newspaper out of his hand forcefully. “You’re not here to talk about Smallville’s love life,” she said, a hint of anger in her voice.
Oliver frowned at her. He then took a deep breath. “I’m really not. I came here actually to ask you to join my team.”
“Your team?” Lois asked, puzzled.
“It’s a group of super guys I’ve been working with those past months.”
“And what exactly are you guys working on?”
“Uncovering secrets. Mostly involving Lex.”
Lois heard the key word. “I’m in. When do we start?”
Oliver chuckled. “We’re following some leads right now. I’ll let you know when we’re gonna need you.”
She then realized something. “Wait, aren’t you gonna tell Clark? He could help us.”
He averted his eyes. “Clark and I don’t exactly see each other eye to eye. He’d definitely be a great addition to our team, but I’m not sure he’d agree with our methods.”
“You could ask him.”
She rolled her eyes. “You know, if you weren’t so focused on competing which hero concept is the right one, you could actually be best friends.” She then shrugged. “But hey, your team, your decision.”
Oliver sighed. She had a point. The question was, could he and Clark ever work as true partners?
The next day, Clark was sitting on the couch of the loft looking at a picture of him and Lana and the article of yesterday. They went separate ways with nothing left but hurt. Was this the definitive end for them?
“Sorry that you had to find out like this,” Lana spoke as she climbed the stairs.
“It's okay.” Clark put down the newspaper and put the photo back in his yearbook. “You don't have to tell me every little detail of your life anymore.”
Lana stepped closer to him. “Clark, we both know that a proposal is more than a little detail. And as messed up as it is... You were the first person that I wanted to tell.”
Clark kept quiet.
“Clark, you said that you didn't love me anymore, and I tried to cut everything off, but I'm not made that way. Even if we're not talking, you are still a part of my life, and I'm not trying to deny it anymore. I'm trying to put it into perspective.”
“I guess we both need to do that,” Clark said, uncertain. He then took a deep breath. “I know about the baby. Lex told me.”
Lana swallowed hard. “Does it change things for us?”
“No, things had changed between us way before it. This baby only proves it. I guess I’m finally ready to admit this is the end for Clark Kent and Lana Lang.”
She looked hurt. “Are you sure?”
“For the first time in a long time, I know what I want to do.”
Lana nodded, fighting back the tears. She started to leave, only stopped by Clark’s voice. “I hope Lex makes you very happy.” She then left without any more words.
Clark watched her leave, saddened by the whole situation. He went to sit back on the couch, pondering on what to do next.
Clark knocked on Lois’s door, waiting nervously for her to answer it. Lois was in the kitchen when she heard it. Even without her superpowers, she could sense it was Clark. She hesitated to answer it.
After taking deep breaths, she approached the door. She might as well get over with it. “Who’s it?”
She took another breath.
“I brought food. Tacos, from Mexico,” he said.
She finally opened the door. She had barely eaten all day.
“Hi,” he smiled shyly at her.
“Hey,” she smiled back. She then pointed to the bag of food. “May I?”
He handed it to her. “It’s all yours.”
She took it and went to sit on floor of the living room. He sat there, too. “How… How have you been?” He asked.
“Fine,” she replied, her mouth full. She then swallowed it. “You?”
“Good. I’m good.”
“It must’ve been crazy for you yesterday… With that article and all, I mean,” Lois said, trying to sound as cool as possible.
“Are you kidding me? Your ex-girlfriend, who you love since forever –“
“I don’t –“
“Was proposed by your worst enemy. She didn’t say yes because she’s still in love with you. That must’ve unsettled you.”
Clark raised an eyebrow at her. “They’ve been together for a long time, it was natural Lex would eventually propose to her. Besides, what you don’t know is that Lana is pregnant.”
“What?” Lois was shocked. Clark nodded his head, his face was serene. “I’m sorry,” she said sincerely.
“It took be my surprise at first, but I’m fine, Lois,” he smiled at her, putting his hand over hers. She stared at him surprised. “Things had changed for her… And for me.”
She retreated her hand and stood up. Clark got up, too. She started to head to the kitchen, but Clark grabbed her arm, stopping her. “We should talk about the kiss.”
“When I want to talk about it, I'll send up a smoke signal,” she replied, a little aloud.
She tried to free herself, but he tightened his grip. “Why are you running from it?” Clark asked, releasing her arm.
Lois sighed. “I just think we’re spending too much time together and in the process we’re seeing certain feelings that aren’t real.”
Clark laughed ironically. “This is not a real reason.” Clark moved his head close to hers. “I like you. That’s a real reason.”
She stepped back. “Clark, we’re in such a good place right now. Why mess it up with something that could be only attraction.”
He stepped forward. “How do you know it’s only attraction? Don’t you have the curiosity to explore those feelings?” His gaze met hers. “We can be something great.” He leaned in.
Clark then kissed her. She tried to fight against his soft lips on hers, but her desire to be consumed by them was stronger. He placed his hand on the back of her neck for support. His lips kept brushing hers, while his tongue gained access inside her mouth, finding hers. The intensity of that lip-lock made Lois’s body grow hotter with lust.
Lois then broke the kiss. “No,” she said, breathless.
“Lois –“ Clark, also breathless, tried to calm her down.
“No, it’s wrong. We shouldn’t…”
She looked frightened. “I said no. Listen, it’s better we end this now before we have a worst headache in the future.”
He grabbed her arm, his eyes pleading. “You can’t –“
“You should leave.” Lois grabbed his arms and started leading him out of the apartment. “We shouldn’t see each other for awhile. I’m sure after some time apart we’ll come to our senses and laugh at this stupidity.” She then slammed the door in his face.
She breathed hard and leaned her back against the door. She cursed herself for feeling bad at that moment. She closed her eyes, trying to regain focus, when her super hearing picked a song. A heart. It was beating fast, really fast. It was his. It was Clark’s.
He was also leaning his back against the door and breathing heavily. The sound of her heartbeat, even faster than his, was all he was listening at that moment.
The sound of his heart started to soft Lois. He wanted her as much as she wanted him. He was scared as her. Why run from it at all?
She opened the door of her apartment. “Clark.” He turned to look at her, his body trembling. “This is really happening, isn’t it?”
He nodded, shyly.
She smiled slightly and then jumped into his arms, kissing him hard. Her hands cupped his face, while his arms tightened around her waist. Her tongue tasted his lips before it found his tongue.
“Careful next time you jump on me, you can tackle me now,” he joked during kisses.
“I could tackle you with or without powers.”
He smiled. “I bet so.”
They kept kissing and smiling, enjoying their moment. They were still unsure of what the future reserved for them, but they’d face it together, stronger than ever.