The Last Adopted Daughter of Krypton

Chapter 12

Wearing a Black leather costume, the upper part of the costume having a sweetheart neckline and her arms bared, coupled with thigh-high boots, eye mask and a brown wig, Lois entered a LuthorCorp facility. This was her second mission in Oliver’s group, the first in costume.

Arriving at an empty corridor, Lois caught sight of a camera and quickly fried it with her heat vision. She then started to use her x-ray vision to locate what she was looking for. “C’mon, lab, where are you?” She kept looking and then scoffed when she found it. “Underground. Typical.”

She pondered about what to do next. Should she use her super strength to break in or should she try to get in without making any noises? The second one sounded better. To get to the lab, Lois had ahead of her two guards coming to check on the fried camera, three in the next corridor, and three more in front of the elevator. On the floor underground, there were two guards and four scientists.

Lois used her superspeed to reach the elevator, passing unnoticed through the first guards. She hid in a corner near the elevator, waiting for someone to take it.

A guard approached and leaned his head to the retinal scanner. As he entered it and the door started to close, Lois whooshed to there. After the door closed, the guard kept looking at the door attentively, oblivious to Lois’s presence. With a cocky smile on her face, she raised her hand and with the tip of her pointer finger, she knocked the guard out. “Thanks for teaching me that, Smallville.”

Once the door opened, Lois quickly hid the unconscious guard behind some equipment in the corner of the floor. She looked around it, two guards protecting the door of the lab and four scientists inside. She thought about waiting until the guards left the door, but she realized that soon they’d notice the missing guard and they’d realize that the fried camera wasn’t just a faulty equipment.

Lois then appeared behind the guards, knocking them out the same way she did with the other guard. She took one of their cards and opened the door of the laboratory. “Alright, listen up smart guys,” she said, making the scientists look at her with a mix of scared and surprised expressions. “I am looking for two blood samples. Numbers 096759857 and 097693849.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” a woman said, her voice trembling.

Lois sighed. “Of course you do. Now, c’mon, I don’t have all day.”

A man, bigger than Lois, approached her, feeling confident. “What if we don’t obey you?”

She rolled her eyes and then blew some very expensive equipment out of the table, dropping it on the floor. “I will destroy this whole lab. How that sounds to ya?” She gave him a devilish smile.

Frightened, the man backed down. Another woman pointed to the fridge where the blood samples were kept. “Thank you,” Lois said as she headed to there. She started to look for it when a gunshot was heard. She turned around and looked at the floor, where she saw a crushed bullet. She looked at it and then looked up, astonished. “Did you just shoot me?”

The woman who had shot Lois dropped the gun on the floor, her eyes wide-open. The alarm of the building then went off.

“Seriously?” Lois sighed. She then super-read the label on the tubes and took the ones she was looking for. “Not cool what you did, guys.” She started to leave, smashing the gun with her foot on the way. Before the guards could arrive there, Lois super leaped to the roof of the building, opening holes in the ceilings in the way, leaving the scientists watching open-mouthed. “Stiletto to Green Arrow. I got it.”

Lois super leaped from a building to another until she reached Oliver’s penthouse. He was there waiting for her. “Ollie,” Lois greeted him.

“Legs,” Oliver greeted back. “The samples?”

Lois reached her boots, taking the tubes out of it. “Here.” She gave it to him. “Wouldn’t it be easier if I destroyed that lab with all the experimentation and documentation they had in there?”

Oliver shook his head. “Not yet. I’ll send those to be analyzed. What you did tonight will be enough to scare Lex and make him transfer this lab to his main one. Then we attack with full force.”

“Whenever you’re ready.”

The door of the penthouse’s elevator started to open. Lois try to sneak away, but Oliver grabbed her arm, signaling for her to stay. A young man in red came out of it. “Bart,” Oliver spoke.

“Hey, man,” Bart said. He then looked at Lois, from head to toe, smiling interested. “Hola, chica!”

Lois raised an eyebrow at him. “You are…?”

Oliver intervened. “Oh. Lois, this is Bart Allen. Bart, this is Lois Lane. You’re both on my team.”

They shook hands. “My eyes are up here, by the way,” Lois warned.

“Yeah, I like tall women.”

Lois looked at Oliver. “Is he for real?”

Oliver just laughed.

“So, Lois, what are you special at? Besides your looks, I mean.” Bart asked.

“I’m very good at poker,” she winked at him.

“Okay. How about I show you my power and then you show me yours?”

“That’ll be fun,” Oliver said.

Lois crossed her arms, smiling. “Let’s see what you got.”

A second later, Bart appeared behind Lois. “I just ran around you three times.”

Lois chuckled and turned to look at him. “Yeah, I saw it.”

“What?” Bart asked, surprised.

In less than a second, Lois appeared in front of Bart with a cocky smile on her lips. “You’re not the only one fast here, Speedy González.”

Bart looked shocked.

“Ha,” Oliver was having fun watching them. “Show him more, Legs!”

Lois grinned and nodded at Oliver. She held Bart by the shirt and lifted him off the floor.

“Hey, let me go,” Bart tried to free himself, in vain. Lois then freed him. “Okay, I get it. You have cool powers.”

“You don’t even know the end of it.”

“Don’t have to. I know a guy with powers like you.”

Lois looked at Oliver and back at Bart. “Have you suggested him to join Oliver’s team?”

“Nah, I doubt he’d accept it. He’s too straight up for stuff like that. He lives in a farm with his parents. I actually saw him today after I –“

“You don’t happen to know Clark Kent, do you?” Lois asked, surprise all over her face. The same on Oliver’s.

“What? Do you know him, too?”

Lois and Oliver exchanged looks before looking back at Bart and nodded. “Probably longer than you,” Lois said.

“You said you saw him today. What happened?” Oliver asked.

“Remember that guy you asked me to follow, Dr. Casselli? He pointed a gun at a hot friend Clark has, she works at the Daily Planet –“

“My cousin Chloe.”

“Chica, you just made my day. You tell me you have a sister and I start to call your family my heaven.”

Lois chuckled. “I do have a sister.”

“Can we go back to Bart’s story?” Oliver intervened, a little impatient.

Bart cleared his throat. “Yeah, okay. Uh… So, I saved Chloe, and Clark arrived there right away. We played a little catch me if you can game. He couldn’t. I said hello, anyway.”

“Wait, how long it’s been since you saw him?” Lois asked.

“About an hour ago.”

“Oh. Damn it, I left my phone back home.” Lois grabbed the bag of clothes she had left earlier in Oliver’s penthouse. “I gotta go.” She turned to leave.

“Wait,” Oliver called her. “What’s the hurry?”

“They must be wondering where I’m. We can’t take the chance of them finding out about us, right?” Or her boyfriend finding out she’s been hiding something from him.

“I guess,” Oliver didn’t sound so convinced.

Lois started to leave.

“Don’t forget to give me your sister’s phone number,” Bart shouted, but Lois had already left.

“Do me a favor, Bart, next time you see Clark, don’t tell him about me or Lois.”

“My lips are sealed, amigo.”

Lois reached her apartment, already in her regular clothes. When she got in, Chloe was on the couch working on her computer. “Where have you been? You left your cell phone here,” Chloe said.

“Yeah, I forgot. I, uh, had some business to do.”

“Well, you should call Clark. He wanted to talk to you.”

Lois grabbed her phone. “I will. Thanks.” She then went to her room and started to call Clark. He quickly answered it. “Lois, hey. I was wondering where you were.”

“I was… Uh… I was in a meeting for your mother’s campaign.”

“That’s weird. I asked my mother if she knew where you were and she said no.”

“Uh… Err… It was unofficial.” Lois then cleared her throat. “So, how that go in South America? Any lead on the Zoners?”

“No, no sign of any.”

“They’ll show up, eventually. They always do.”

“I hope sooner than later. They’re too dangerous to be out there.” There was a silence on the line. “We haven’t seen each other properly in a day. It feels like forever.”

Lois looked quickly at Chloe, who was still concentrated on her notebook, and focused her attention back to the call, lowering her voice. “I miss you, too.”

“How about we go somewhere to lunch tomorrow? Then we can do some harmless training,” he said in a husky tone.

Lois smiled. “I’d like that.”

--º--

Two days had passed since Lois’s mission. She went to Oliver’s penthouse after receiving a call from him. She got out of the elevator. “So, why did you call –“ Lois paused after seeing that Oliver had companies. “AC?”

“Lois?” Arthur Curry sound as surprised as her. “What are you doing here?”

“What are you doing here?” Lois asked him, emphasizing the question. They hugged, happy to see each other.

“You two know each other?” Oliver asked, confused.

“We dated for like a day,” she replied. “How do you know him?”

“Well, he’s in our team, too. Him and Victor Stone,” Oliver pointed to the black man next to AC.”

Lois extended her hand “Hey, nice to meet you. My name is Lois Lane.”

Victor shook it. “Nice to meet you, too, Lois.”

“So you’re on our team? What exactly you do?” AC asked.

“Well… Basically the same thing as Smallville.”

AC looked surprised. “What?”

“It’s a really long story…”

Oliver cleared his throat. “And we don’t have time for that. I called you here because Bart went on a mission last night and I hadn’t heard from him ever since.”

“What happened?” Victor asked.

“Bart infiltrated a place that was supposed to house the mainframe for 33.1. I reconned the target this morning. The place had been stripped clean. Everything's gone. The whole thing was a setup.”

“You should have handled me this mission. I’m way more resourceful than Bart.”

“We can’t risk you being caught by Lex.”

“What can we do then?”

Before Oliver could answer, the intercom rang. Clark was waiting in the elevator. “Hide yourselves. I’ll deal with him,” Oliver said.

“No, it’s going too far. Bart is his friend. They actually spent an entire morning in Mexico two days ago. He deserves to know what’s going on.”

“Yeah, man, Clark can help us,” Victor said.

“You know Clark, too?” She asked, more curious than surprised.

“He saved me from Lex Luthor.”

Lois smiled and looked back at Oliver. “Don’t you see? Everyone here really loves Clark and hates Lex. We should be working together!”

Oliver pondered it and then sighed. “Fine.” He authorized Clark’s entrance.

Clark, who had discovered the connection between Oliver and Bart and was ready to confront the first one about it, stopped at the sight in front of him. “Lois? AC? Victor?”

Lois approached him. “Clark, before you –“

Too late, realization had downed on him. “It’s not just Bart. You all are working for Oliver.”

“Not for me. Working with me. There's a difference,” Oliver retorted.

Clark ignored his remark and looked at Lois, disappointed. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I –“

Oliver intervened. “I asked her not to.”

Clark glared at him. “They all will end up in jail or worse because of your little vendetta against Lex.”

“It isn’t some little vendetta. I’m doing this to stop 33.1.”

Clark looked surprised. “You know about the 33.1?”

“Of course I do. And unlike you I don’t wait for trouble to show up on your doorstep.”

“That’s not true.”

“Then why haven't you done anything to stop 33.1?”

“I was busy with another problem.”

“What could be more urgent than Lex Luthor developing an army of superfreaks, Clark? That's what he's doing. He's starting a war.”

Clark’s expression softened. “What have you found out?”

“Not enough. And to make matters worse, Lex got Bart.”

“We have to find him.”

Lois, AC, and Victor looked relieved, glad that the heated argument stopped.

“On it,” Oliver replied. “AC, check the Luthorcorp manifests.”

“Gotcha.” AC went to check some papers. Victor did the same, while Oliver went to check some video images.

Lois approached Clark. “Are you okay?”

“We’ll talk later,” he replied, coldly.

Lois only nodded, hurt evident on her face.

“How long have you guys been working together?” Clark asked.

“I joined up about six months ago. Ollie and Bart had already been doing their thing.”

“What about your girlfriend... Katherine?”

“Dude, don't even go there,” AC spoke.

“She gave it her best shot. But with all this hardware in me...”

“I'm sorry, Victor,” Clark said.

“Ollie found me, I was living on the streets. He gave me a warm meal, roof over my head... And a reason to go on living.” Victor went to sit on the couch.

Clark and Lois smiled slightly at that.

Oliver approached AC, curious. “Did he just say something nice about me?”

AC laughed. “Maybe he's starting to rust.”

“AC, how'd you fall into all this?” Clark asked.

“I got into a little trouble sinking a whaler off the coast of Japan.”

“A little trouble? That's what you're gonna go with? Ollie had to save your scaly butt from getting filleted,” Victor said.

AC tittered. “I would have gotten out of it.”

“Oh really? Before or after they packed you into a thousand little tin cans?” Oliver mocked.

“Well, at least he would have been dolphin-safe,” Victor added.

AC looked annoyed. “Fish jokes. That's all I ever get are fish jokes.”

Clark gave him a tight-lipped smile, while Lois chuckled.

AC looked at Lois. “How about you, Lois, have you been seeing someone?”

Lois gulped. “Uh…” Both Clark and Oliver stared at her, interested in hearing her answer. “I… Uh… How about we focus on Bart, huh, boys?”

Oliver nodded. “She’s right.”

“And how exactly did you get him involved in this? He's never been much of a team player,” Clark asked.

“Looks like you two have something in common, huh?” Clark looked at Oliver, not amused by his remark. “Actually, um, I was out on patrol in Star City one night, and I came across Bart. He was helping himself to a free meal. I could tell he was a good kid, you know? He just needed a little direction, so I offered him a job.”

“Look where that got him.”

“I underestimated Lex. It won't happen again.” Oliver pressed a button, revealing a big screen with a map on it. Everyone gathered to look at it. “I've compiled a list of all LuthorCorp holdings within a 100-mile radius. Bart could be held in any one of those facilities.”

Victor crossed his arms. “That's a lot of real estate to cover.”

AC nodded.

Clark pondered it and then realization downed on him. “I think I know someone who can help us narrow it down.”

--º--

Clark and Lois arrived at the entrance of the Daily Planet. “Great way to start a relationship, hiding something like this from me,” Clark complained.

Lois angered. “Oh, just stop it. I couldn’t tell you, alright? Oliver asked me not to, and I respected his decision. Besides, it’s not like you include me in your business. You go to investigate Zoners in South America all by yourself and I can’t do my own thing without asking you permission? Nice.”

“It’s not that –“

“Forget it, we don’t have time for it.” Lois entered the building. Clark followed her. They headed to Chloe’s desk.

“You, Victor Stone and Arthur Curry are working for Oliver, too?” Chloe looked very surprised.

“Guilty,” Lois gave her a uncomfortable smile.

“Yeah, Oliver's been busy. Is there anything in your LuthorCorp intel that can help us find out where Bart's being held?” Clark asked.

“I don't know.” Chloe then remembered something and started to look at the papers on her desk. “Uh... Wait. When I had my feelers out for Dr. Casselli, I managed to shake loose some internal documents. In the last few days, there's been a flurry of equipment transfers to a place called the Ridge Facilities on the outskirts of Metropolis.” She found the paper she was looking for and gave it to him.

“Doesn't LuthorCorp move equipment all the time?”

“This isn't just a couple of forklifts, Clark. Half a ton of lead shielding, electrical pressure plates, more than $20 million worth of equipment to measure high-velocity particles.”

“It's Bart.” Clark then passed the paper to Lois. “Take everything and bring it to Oliver.”

“Okay. But you shouldn’t go alone,” Lois said.

“We don’t have much time. I can't let anything happen to Bart.” He then superspeeded to the facility.

Lois turned her attention to her cousin. “Okay, Chlo, give me everything you –“

“Let me go with you,” Chloe said. “I can help you guys.”

“Chloe…”

“If you’re worried about Oliver’s identity, don’t be. It all makes sense now.” Lois looked shocked. “The Star City – Metropolis connection, how much you helped me with that article, all of you guys working with him…”

Lois shook her head, chuckling. “You’re good.” Chloe grinned at it. “Let’s go.”

After Chloe packed everything she needed, Lois put her arm around her cousin’s waist and wooshed them out of the bullpen.

--º--

The door of the elevator of Oliver’s penthouse opened. “I brought help,” Lois announced.

Oliver frowned. “Uh, Lois…”

“Don’t worry, I know you’re the Green Arrow. I figured out about your green-leather fetish on my lonesome. Your secret is safe with me, by the way. It’s not like my cousin and my best friend are aliens, right?” Chloe smiled at him.

“AC, Victor, you can come out of the closet,” Lois shouted.

Chloe laughed. AC and Victor appeared in the room.

“Guess we're not that good at the whole "secret" part of this yet,” Victor said.

“Yeah, but you're great at getting caught by the villain,” Chloe retorted. They both shot her a look. “Anyway, I think Bart's being held at a place called the Ridge Facility.”

“That's down by the docks,” AC said.

“It's on our list of possible 33.1 targets.” Oliver went to check a schematic on the screen in the middle of the room. “All right, boys. And girl. You know the drill. Let's gear up and get out.”

Lois, AC, and Victor turned to leave and change.

”Oh, no,” Chloe said, worry in her voice.

“What now?” Oliver asked.

“Lead shielding. This isn't just for Bart. I think the Ridge Facility's being used to refine meteor rock. Clark's in trouble.”

Lois’s heart started to beat faster. “I’ll go there.”

Before she could leave, AC grabbed her arm. “Don’t do the same mistake he did. Don’t go alone.”

“You’re as much weak as him to kryptonite,” Chloe added.

She nodded in defeat, despite her fear for his safety. They all suited up then.

“Wow, cuz. That’s very… Wow,” Chloe was amazed at Lois’s costume.

Lois smiled. “Thanks. Oliver’s tailor made this. Although Ollie first suggested it to be green,” Lois remarked, disgusted.

They all shot Oliver a look. “Dude…” Victor shook his head in disapproval.

“What? I like green, and I think it would look good on her.”

Lois rolled her eyes. “Keep dreaming, Peter Pan.”

--º--

Lois took both Oliver and Victor with her to the Ridge Facility. “If things had worked out between us, I’d a very proud boyfriend,” Oliver said.

Lois forced a laugh. She was getting more and more worried about Clark.

At the entrance of the facility, Oliver shot a knock-out gas dart, making two guards to fall unconscious on the ground.

Oliver put a hand on his ear. “Green Arrow to Watchtower. We're in position.”

“Okay, there should be a security access panel near the east door. According to this schematic, you need to very carefully rewire the sys –“

“Or... I could just jack in and shut the whole perimeter down,” Victor said.

Chloe smiled, amazed. “You can do that?”

“Queen Industries upgrade.” Victor plugged in a wire from the access panel into his forearm and his eyes dilate, showing a computer display. “Accessing perimeter security.” He closed and opened again. “Perimeter neutralized.”

Oliver spoke again. “Aquaman, you're up.”

AC came up from the water beneath the facility. “Perimeter breached. Proceeding to target.” He then proceeded up a long ladder into the building.

Lois tore a huge steel door easily.

“You don’t look happy,” Victor pointed out.

“That’s because I’m not,” Lois said. She then stopped and started to use her super hearing, her chest hurting after she heard her boyfriend’s voice. “Smallville is in pain. I’ll go rescue him. You guys do what you came here for.”

“You can’t go there alone, you’ll end up just like him,” Oliver said.

“Don’t worry, I have a plan,” Lois winked at him. She then ran to where Clark was.

“Do you think there’s something going on between them?” Victor asked.

“What? No, I don’t think so. They are… They’re just really good friends,” Oliver replied. He couldn’t help but start to wonder, though, if there was any truth in his friend’s question.

Reaching the door, Lois restrained herself from going in right away. “Stiletto to Watchtower. Is the door lined with lead?”

“Yes. The door and the walls of the room are lined with lead.”

Lois then realized that a guard was coming in her direction. She ran to where he was and quickly knocked him out. Back to Clark, and without further hesitation, Lois tore the door and stuck her fingers in it, planning on using it as a shield. She had to do it fast before the effects of kryptonite could affect her.

Lois took a deep breath and ran to grab him. She managed to take him out of the room without any problem. She then threw away the door and hugged him. “You pigheaded. You scared me.”

Clark was still catching his breath. “I’m okay. You saved me,” he said, smiling.

From afar, Oliver was watching them with a raised eyebrow. He left before any of them could see him.

Lois put her hand on her ear as Clark stood up. “Stiletto to Watchtower. I got Boy Scout.”

Chloe smiled in relief.

Clark frowned. “Stiletto? Boy Scout?”

“Mine is only temporary. Oliver named yours and Bart’s ‘Impulse.’ You’re free to change it.”

Clark looked her over. “What’s up with the costume and the brown wig?”

“Disguise. You should try sometime. Which reminds me to ask, did anyone see you?”

“No.”

“Good. Now take this.” Lois handled him an earbud. “Watchtower will guide you to where Bart’s being held.”

“And where are you going?”

“Take the people out of this facility.”

“Why?”

Lois smiled. “We’re gonna blow up this place,” Before he could say anything, she spoke again. “Now go! We don’t have much time left.” She then ran to another corridor.

“Watchtower to Boy Scout. Let’s find Impulse,” Chloe spoke through the ear piece.

Clark managed to save Bart. Oliver planted bombs around the facility and had a brief encounter with Lex. Lois put the unconscious guards far away from the building as the rest started to leave it after the alarm started to ring. AC and Victor hacked into the 33.1 mainframe. It was time to leave.

The building started to explode. “Wow” was all that Chloe could say seeing the images of it. At the entrance of the facility, the six heroes walked side by side as the explosion kept happening behind them, looking strong and confident. Clark and Lois front and center.

--º--

“That was different,” Lois said, a genuine smile on her face. She and Clark were at the loft of the barn. “It was fun and exciting in a whole different level.”

“Yeah, I had moments I could consider memorable in my life, but this one was really special,” he said.

“I really wanted to tell you about it, you know? Sharing with you such an important thing for me.”

“I know. And I should know better you wouldn’t accept to be kept at arm’s length. I guess I was just afraid this day would come, the day when you’d realize you don’t need me anymore.”

Lois looked at him with tenderness. “Oh, you big dumb alien, of course I need you. I’ll always need you.”

His lips curled in a smile. “Good, because I don’t wanna lose you to those guys.” Clark got down on one knee and took something out of his pocket.

Lois gasped.

“Lois Lane, will you fight crime with me?” In his hand, the Crystal of El.

Lois chuckled, she had not expected that. “Yes,” she replied, a big grin on her face.

They hugged. “So should I start calling you Stiletto?” Clark asked.

Lois pulled away. “Oh no, please. It’s just a temporary name. I actually picked this one because I was wearing it on one of our dates.”

“For what it’s worth I think you looked beautiful in that costume.”

Lois blushed. “Sorry. Boots aren’t good for running and neither leather is a good material for a superhero costume. Villain maybe, but not superhero.”

Clark stepped closer to her. “You looked good in dark hair.”

“Oh yeah? It’s my natural color, you know?”

“It suits you.”

Lois stepped back. “I could dye it back, if you prefer.”

Clark stepped forward. “Would you do that for me?”

“I could do that for you.”

He smiled and then his lips crashed against hers. They fell on the couch, giggling as they kept kissed.

--º--

“Okay. Thanks.” Chloe was on the phone talking to a person from her work. “So the Daily Planet is running with the story that a gas explosion destroyed the ‘vacant’ LuthorCorp building down by the docks.”

“Vacant? Looks like the Luthor cover-up machine is in full swing,” Clark said.

“Did you expect otherwise?” Lois said, not the least surprised.

“Well, at least we got Bart out before Lex ran him into an early grave,” Chloe said.

“Come on. No worries. I had plenty of juice left,” Bart, who was eating a sandwich, told them, smiling.

“Could have fooled me, the way you cleaned out Mama Kent's fridge,” Victor pointed out.

Bart slapped Victor’s chest lightly with the back of his hand. “That's 'cause I like to stay fueled up.” Bart superspeeded to sit on the spot next to Chloe. “Just in case I need to, uh, spring into action,” he looked at her, flirty.

“I still have a boyfriend.”

“Yeah. Well, a man can dream, can't he?”

“Now you know why we call him Impulse,” AC joked.

“Impulse, Cyborg, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Stiletto,” Clark used a mocking tone in the last one, receiving a look from Lois. “What do you guys call your team?”

Bart got up and started pacing. “I don't know. I've been thinking that we need something cool. We need something like, uh... Like, uh...”

“I was thinking about something with the word ‘Justice’ in it,” Oliver, who had just arrived, spoke. “After all, that's what Lex is gonna get a big dose of. Victor and A.C. were able to hack into the 33.1 mainframe before we blew the building,” he added, showing them a pendrive.

“That was your other mission,” Chloe realized.

“Haven't met the computer yet I couldn't crack wide open,” Victor said.

“What did you guys find out?” Clark asked.

“That Lex isn't satisfied playing in his own backyard anymore,” AC replied.

“LuthorCorp is starting up divisions of 33.1 all across the globe. Wherever there's evidence of people with abilities, there'll be laboratories to do experiments on them,” Oliver completed.

“We can't let that happen,” Clark said, firmly.

“We won't.”

“Aww, look at you two not arguing for once,” Lois joked.

Oliver ignored her remark. “Team, our first target is a large facility on the island of Corto Maltese. You guys know the drill. Wheels up in 30 minutes. Get your gear.”

“You coming, amigo?” Bart asked Clark.

“Yeah, you got to come with us, man,” AC said.

“We could use the big guns,” Victor added.

“They're right, you know... You'd be a major asset to the team,” Oliver told him.

“I want to be a part of this, guys. I really do,” Clark said.

“But...”

“That problem I told you about ... The one that I caused ... I have to take care of that first.”

As the team gathered, they looked at Lois, who was standing next to Clark. “Lois? Aren’t you coming?” AC asked.

She and Clark exchanged looks. She then took a deep breath. “Sorry, guys. I’ll stay here to help Smallville with his problem.”

Oliver saw a tiny smile forming on Clark’s lips. He smiled slightly as realization downed on him. “This isn't the end of the story, Clark. This is just the beginning.” They shook hands. He then whispered in Clark’s ear. “You’re a lucky man.”

Clark looked surprised at Oliver. The blonde man smiled and nodded at him. Clark then did the same.

AC went to hug Lois. “It’s a shame, I was looking forward to work with you.”

“I promise you, we’ll have plenty of time to do it in the future,” Lois told him.

“I hope so.”

“Bye, Legs. Chloe,” Oliver said. “Come on, boys. Let's go save the world.”

Clark, Lois, and Chloe watched as the four men walked away.

“You two have some pretty amazing friends,” Chloe said.

“Yeah. We do,” Clark agreed.

The three of them looked between each other, smiling proudly.


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