sure about telling your family about what happened to you?” Clark asked to
Lois. He was driving his mother and his girlfriend to the airport. They were
heading to Washington, D.C., where Martha would present the new project she was
working on. Lois decided to take the opportunity to finally talk to her father
and sister and tell them the truth. Most of it, anyway.
“It’s now or never,” she replied, a hint of uncertainty in her voice.
Clark nodded. He kept driving until they finally arrived at the airport. “I’ll go make the check in while you two say goodbye to each other,” Martha said.
Clark hugged her. “Good luck with your project, mom!”
“Thank you,” Martha smiled at him and then started to walk away with hers and Lois’s baggage.
Lois looked at him. “It’s amazing how accepting of us together she is. Now I feel silly to hide it from her for so long.”
Lois looked annoyed and then punched him on the shoulder. Unaffected by it, he smiled and wrapped his arms around her waist. “I’m gonna miss you,” he told her.
“Please, it’s not like you can go visit me in three seconds.”
“Two. Not that anyone’s counting.” He continued. “What I meant is that we’re still gonna be in different states for a whole week. I don’t know how I can survive with that,” he joked.
Lois chuckled. “Aww, poor baby.” She then gave him a soft and long kiss.
Clark studied her face and then tucked a strand of her hair behind her ear. “If you need to tell your family about me and my heritage, go ahead. You have my support to do that.”
Lois smiled slightly. “Thanks, Smallville, but I know my father. If I tell him about you, he’ll rather blame you than to face the idea that his daughter has changed.”
Clark sensed her tensing and touched her face with his hand. “Hey, you’re gonna be fine.”
She breathed hard. “God, I hope so.”
They kissed again. Lois pulled away suddenly. “I should get going. The security guy is coming ready to boot you out of the parking lot.”
He nodded unconcerned and pulled her body closer to his, giving her a long and warm kiss. “Love you,” Clark told her.
“Love you, too.”
He watched as she walked away, a smile spreading on his face.
Lois and Martha took their seats on the plane and waited for it to take off. “Our last trip together for work. Sorry again for quitting this job,” Lois spoke with an apologetic look.
“Don’t worry, sweetie. When I first hired you, it wasn’t because I thought you were perfect for this job, I just thought you could do better than working as a waitress. But neither of them are suitable for such an adventurous person like you. I think being a reporter might do it for you.”
“Do you think so?”
“I think you know yourself better than I do.” Lois nodded and smiled at that. “Are you nervous to meet your family?”
“Terrified,” Lois sighed. “It’s different from telling Chloe. She already knew about Clark and accepted him. And I live with her. Now my father and sister, we’re just so disconnected… I don’t know how they’ll react. Plus, my father is a military man. You know how someone in his position is paranoiac with forces beyond this world.”
“I think you’re selling your father short, Lois. In the few times I spoke to him, he always seemed to care about you very much.”
“I don’t doubt he loves me. I question if he loves his job more than me.”
Martha looked concerned at her. “That’s something you’ll have to confront your father with.” She continued. “At least you have Clark to support you now.”
Lois smiled again, her eyes sparkling at the mention of him. “Yeah, he’s great. He has a certain way to calm me down.”
Martha smiled back. “My son and the woman I consider like my daughter. I may be biased to say this, but I think you two are the perfect fit for each other.”
“You know, I should’ve picked up on your romance sooner. For those past couple of months, almost every morning I saw him, Clark had looked so happy. And the couple of times I saw him getting home late in the night, he had this huge grin on his face. I also heard him singing in the shower. My son isn’t a singing person, which makes me think it was because of you.”
Lois looked surprised. “That’s new.” She then gave a little laugh. “I gotta make Smallville sing for me someday.”
Martha chuckled. “Jonathan sang for me a few times. He was way better singer than he gave himself credit for.”
“Oh, I bet Mr. Kent was. With all due respect, he was a stud.”
“No arguing from me, I hit the jackpot with that one. Not only with him, but with our son, too. I had two brave and extremely handsome men by my side.”
“I really look up to you, Mrs. K. I want to be able to say that when I’m older.”
Martha looked touched. “Just keep living your life as you live it today, Lois. You’re doing fine.”
They spent the rest of the trip chatting about moments with their respective partners and work. Their bond, so strong, was clear to anyone who could see them.
Lois was sitting on the armchair of her father’s apartment when the man she was looking for entered the place. She stood up.
“Lois?!” Sam said, completely surprised.
He wrapped his arms around her in a tight hug. “Why didn’t you tell me you were coming?”
“I wanted to make a surprise.” Lois cleared her throat. “Uh, where’s Lucy? I kinda need to talk to both of you.”
“Your sister’s travelling through Europe. You’d know that if you called her.”
“You know very well why our relationship is strained.”
“Lucy made a mistake, Lo. Don’t you think it’s time you forgive her?”
Lois sighed. “Unbelievable. You spent more time mad at me because I failed the ‘family chain of command’ than at her.”
Sam nodded, his face serene. He went to sit on the couch. “I was harsh on you, I’m sorry. The thing is, after we track your sister, we had a heated discussion. She started accusing me of the same things you did.”
Lois crossed her arms. “Not surprising.” Sam shot her a look. “Sorry.”
“Lucy stayed on her room for weeks, sometimes crying, only leaving it to eat. She barely spoke to me. Then, one day, she finally opened up to me and apologized for what she did, explaining why she did it.”
She looked pensive.
“Your sister wanted to talk to you, but she was so ashamed to ever call you.”
Lois took a deep breath. “She should be here. That way we lay it all out.”
Sam frowned. “What is it you want to tell me, Lois?”
She started pacing nervously, her breathing uneven.
“Lo, what is it?” He asked, worried.
Lois took another deep breath. “Those past few months, they… Uh, they have been difficult for me. I… I’ve changed.” She paused, not finding the right words to say it. “Daddy, I…”
His cell phone rang, and for that Lois was glad. She needed to figure a way to tell him for once and for all.
“Excuse me, Lois.” Sam went to the kitchen to answer the call.
She was becoming frustrated as time went on and she hadn’t come up with a smooth way to start telling her father the truth.
Sam returned to the living room. “Lois, I’m sorry but I have to go. Can we leave our talk for tomorrow?”
Lois angered. “No, we can’t. This is important.”
“Lois, whatever it is, it can wait. They need me at the base.”
“I need you. For once, just for once, put your own daughter above your job.”
He sighed. “I’ll try to be back as soon as I can. I promise.” He then turned to leave.
Lois shook her head. It’s now or never. “I’m not human anymore.” Sam turned to face her, a puzzled expression on his face. “Or normal, or whatever word can be applied to my situation.”
“What are you talking about?”
She grew confident. “The change I was telling you about, this is it. I have super powers.”
Her father looked suspiciously at her. “What kind of joke is this, Lois?”
“I see, you want a proof.” Lois approached him. “Is that your phone, right?” She said as she reached his pocket and grabbed it. She held his cell phone with her thumb and index finger on each end of it. “I always wanted to do this.” She then pressed her fingers together, destroying it to pieces easily.
Sam opened his eyes widely, shocked. He then looked back at her. Despite the strength display, there was a fragility in her eyes. She was back to feeling nervous. “How?”
“You know Smallville. The place. Those things do tend to happen a lot there.”
He studied her body, concerned. “Are you feeling okay? Did you see a doctor?”
She shook her head. “I’m fine. I accepted it a long time ago.”
Sam sighed. “Why didn’t you tell me it sooner, Lo?”
“I was scared and, fortunately, I could count on other people. No offense, dad, but we’re not that close. We’ve never been.”
“You’re my daughter, I care about you, about what’s happening in your life.”
She turned her back to him. “I’m not saying you don’t love me. I’m simply stating a fact. We only see each other a few times a year, we talk on the phone once a month. If I didn’t come here, you’d never know what’s happening to me.”
Hesitantly, he placed his hands on her shoulders. “Lois…” He turned her around, making her face him. “Let me help you. We can find a cure for this.”
“There’s no cure, daddy.”
“We’ll find one. I had worked on meteor-infected people before, it’s dangerous.”
A small smile appeared on her face. “This one isn’t it, it’s a gift.”
“That’s not you.”
“It is me now.” Lois took a deep breath. “I didn’t come here so you could help me deal with this. I just thought it would be fair to you and Lucy to know the truth about me.”
Sam put his hand on his forehead, trying to ratiocinate. “I don’t know what to think. I can’t let you continue with this without seeing a doctor, Lois.”
“It’s more complicated than that, I can’t go to a regular doctor.”
Lois was breathing heavily. “I’m more than just a meteor-infected. And I prefer to leave at that.”
Sam held her arm, an inquisitive look on his face. “Tell me all the truth, Lois.”
“Daddy, I-I can’t.”
“Please, Lois. The truth.”
She sighed and then placed her hand over his. “I-I’m an alien.”
He gasped and unintentionally gave a step back. Lois was looking downcast. “What is that suppose to mean?” He asked.
“My body has changed. I’m not like you, or Lucy, or Chloe anymore. It functions now the same way a certain alien race.”
Sam looked confused. “How? How can something like that happen? How did you find out that?”
“I can’t give you all the details, dad. All I can guarantee you is that I’m the same Lois, just, I don’t know, an upgraded version of myself.”
“You can’t just accept it like that, honey. If what you’re saying is true, then the world is in danger. There are aliens among us.”
Lois’s heart started to beat faster. “You can’t tell anyone about this, dad. The world isn’t in danger, I swear.”
“Lo, it’s my duty –“
“I’m one of them now. If you reveal it to the world, you’re revealing me.”
“You’re being manipulated.”
Lois raised her voice. “And you’re back at being the stubborn father who don’t listen to your own daughter!”
Sam angered. “Watch your tone, young lady.” He took a deep breath. “You come in here after months to tell me you’re suddenly something else and expect me to just accept it like it’s a normal thing. That’s not how those things work, Lois.”
“How it’s gonna work then? You warn your higher-ups that there are aliens among us, they find me and help me? Because that is how those work, right? It’s impossible to imagine they would come after me, try to dissect me and find out about this alien race, or that I try to ran from them and become National Security priority number one, right?”
“That is not what I meant.”
“But that’s what is gonna happen. I lived long enough in the base to know what happens to people that America considers their ‘enemy.’” She looked deep in his eyes. “You’ll have to decide what’s more important for you, daddy, me or your job.”
His other cell phone rang before he could say anything. He went to answer it. Lois was taken by surprised when he took off the battery of his cell phone. “You are,” Sam said, firmly.
Lois swallowed hard. Somehow, she wasn’t expecting such a quick answer. Every time in the past she had confronted her father with this question, he had refused to answer it, be it because he thought it was foolish of her or because he genuinely didn’t know how to answer it.
Sam stepped closer to her. “I’m still not sure if I can accept if it’s permanent, but all I need to know now is that you’re fine. I need you to look me in the eyes and tell me honestly you’re fine.”
Lois looked at him, a wide smile spreading on her face, and nodded. “I’m okay, daddy.”
Sam then hugged her, tightly. “I love you, Lo.”
A lone tear fell down her cheek, letting herself be comforted in his embrace. “I love you, too, daddy.”
They pulled away after a couple of minutes. Sam wiped her tear with his thumb. “Anything else you want to tell me?”
Lois looked puzzled. “Hmm?”
“The new man in your life.” Her eyes opened widely. “We may not be the closest family, but we at least used to celebrate most of our Christmas together.”
“Why… Uh, why do you think there’s a boyfriend?”
“When you said you wanted to spend Christmas with your cousin.” He chuckled. “I’m not such a bad father, you know. I recognize the hesitation in your voice when you lie to go and see your boyfriend any time. Who’s he?”
“Clark…” She told him, shyly.
“The Kents’ son?”
“He knows about you?”
She nodded again.
He had a serious expression on his face. “Tell him to call me.”
Sam then cleared his throat. “Have you eaten yet?”
“I was too nervous to think in food.”
“Alright, I’ll make something for us to eat.” He headed to the kitchen.
Lois followed him, raising an eyebrow. “You’re cooking?”
Sam grabbed three eggs in the fridge. “Yes.”
“I live alone with your sister now. I had to learn something.”
Lois laughed. “And I thought there was no future for the Lane family in kitchen after its mother was gone.”
“If you’re expecting your mother’s magic in here, you’ll be disappointed.” He cracked the eggs in a bowl and started to beat it with a fork.
“You know, mom would be proud of you.”
“I don’t know…”
“I’m not saying you hadn’t made mistakes. But you’ve come a long way since the way you react after she died, sending Lucy to a boarding school and carrying me around like a bag to the military bases. For the first time in years, it finally feels we’re in good terms.”
Sam looked regretful. “I’m sorry I couldn’t be the father you two deserved.”
She gave him a warm smile, telling him everything was fine now.
Lois finally reached her hotel room in the middle of the night, feeling exhausted. She was surprised to find Clark laying on her bed reading a magazine. “I’m not even gonna ask how you got in.”
“Article about how to be a good journalist? You’re really taking this job seriously,” Clark smirked.
“Give me that,” she took the magazine out of his hand.
“How was your day?”
She sat on the side of the bed and took her shoes off. “Tiresome, but everything went well.”
“I told it would.”
She looked at him with a smile on the corner of her lips. “The general wants to talk to you. Let’s see if you can handle him.”
“I’m not afraid of him, if that’s what you thinking.” He sat up on his knees and held her, laying her down next to him. They both giggled. “There’s something I want to tell you, though,” he said, his expression turning serious.
Lois grew worried. “What is it?”
“Chloe. She might be a meteor-infected.”
Lois sat up again. “What?”
Clark sat up, too. “It’s a long story, but a colleague of us from high school was working for a doctor to identify meteor-infected people. She was abducted, but had no recollection of it. All we know was that they put a GPS device inside her and then was planning to kill her.”
Lois looked angry. “This was one of Lex’s doings, wasn’t it?”
“Officially, the charge of the crimes was put on the doctor who coordinated the project. And since he’s dead and the project closed, the police didn’t investigate it further.”
“That’s it. I’ll go comfort my baby cuz and then I’ll rearrange that asshole face.”
When she was about to get up, Clark grabbed her arm. “Lois. Chloe’s sleeping, it’s been a long day for her. And as much as I want to see Lex pay for what he’s doing, you going to prison won’t help our situation.”
“You’re just gonna let him get away with this?”
“No, I want to go there myself and punch him for what he did to Chloe. But if we really want him to pay, we have to find something to put him where he belongs, behind bars.”
Lois calmed down. “Breaking his nose would feel good.”
“I know,” he said as he caressed her hair. “Someday, maybe.” He leaned in, his lips touching hers gently. He laid her down back on the bed as his tongue slide inside her mouth. His hands caressed the skin of her waist and belly as their tongues tangled with each other. His soft and warm lips brushed hers, sending shivers down her spine. Her hands went to his head and her fingers ran through the hair of the back of his head.
Clark’s lips descended to her neck and he kissed and sucked it, tasting every little part of it. Lois gave a low moan. He traced the line of her throat and kissed it until he reached her jawline. He sucked it lightly and repeated the motion on her cheeks, ignoring her lips on purpose. He rubbed her nose with his lightly before his lips crushed on hers again. His hands slipped under her shirt and caressed her back.
Someone then knocked on the door of her room, making them broke the kiss. “Lois, are you in there?” Martha called her.
Lois closed her eyes. “Damn.” She looked at Clark with an apologetic look. “Sorry, I forgot I promise your mother we’d look into some résumés for the job of Chief of Staff.”
Clark got up, a disappointed look on his face. “Well, that killed the mood.”
“Are you mad at me?”
He smiled. “Of course not.” He leaned in to give a peck on her lips. “See you tomorrow.”
“Tell Chloe I’ll visit her as soon as I can.”
“I will. Bye.” He then left through the window, avoiding a possible awkward meeting with his mother.
Lois got up and arranged her hair. She was happy after making amends with her daddy, but the situation with Chloe worried her. She also would keep an eye on Lex, she had a feeling it won’t take long until she finally throw a well deserved punch on his face.