Lois and Clark were standing out in a field of the farm, away from the house and the barn. Promptly after Lois accepted Clark’s offer to help, they decided to go out to help her to control her new abilities.
“Alright, Lois. First rule, don’t overuse your powers. You may not feel it right now because your body is powered, but once you’re back to normal, there’s a risk it could affect your healthiness. That happened to my father, our objective here is to avoid it to happen to you. Do you understand me?”
“Loud and clear, master El.”
“Seriously?” Clark sighed, already starting to regret his offer.
“Hey, this is the way I was raised,” she said, a smug smile visible on her face. “Always use respectful manners with your teacher.”
“Then why have you never used it before?”
“I’m using it now, master El.”
Clark shook his head. “Whatever.” He approached the scarecrow he put there when they arrived here. “Let’s work with your most dangerous power first. Heat vision.”
“Focus your eyes on this scarecrow. You’ll learn when to activate it to avoid incidents like the one with Oliver from ever happening again.”
Lois blushed. “God, that’s so embarrassing.”
“Don’t worry, you’re not the first.”
“Who activated yours?”
“I won’t tell you.”
“Let me guess, did it involve a pretty brunette?”
“Still not talking about it.”
Lois ruffled. “Fine.” Lois stood in front of the scarecrow, her eyes focused on it. She waited, and waited, and then sighed. “Nothing.”
“Okay, let’s try this. You… Uh… Think about a person you find attractive.”
She raised an eyebrow at him. “Do I look like a horndog to you?”
“Lois… No. Look, it’ll just help you, okay?”
“You know what would help me? The teacher sharing past experiences with his student. That would help.”
Clark crossed his arms. “Do you really want to know for learning or you just wanna to mock me?”
“We’re bonding here, Clark. It’s important we get to know what each other had been through,” she said, trying to sound as sincerely as possible.
Clark looked at her suspiciously, and then nodded. “My biology teacher. She was very attract… Attractive, and I started to feel hot… Err… And then I set the projector screen on fire.”
Lois tried to resist the urge to laugh, but she couldn’t. She laughed, very loud. Clark’s cheeks reddened in embarrassment. “Typical,” she mocked.
“What happened to all the boding talk?”
“Oh, we’re bonding alright!” She kept laughing.
Clark grew annoyed. “Stop wasting time and just do it, Lois.”
Her laugh stopped at his raised voice. “As you wish, master El.”
Clark sighed again.
She positioned in front of the scarecrow. “I still don’t know how to do it. I mean, I may found Oliver hot and all, but I’m gonna need way more than that to feel hot.”
Clark pondered it. “Try to think about things that excite you. A celebrity, your first time, a kiss you had. Things you like that... Uh… Would tamper with your hormones.”
Lois nodded and close her eyes and tried to do that. She thought about Oliver again, she was interested in him, but it still wasn’t enough to trigger her heat vision. Her thoughts went to David Coverdale, her teenage crush, but the hair and wrinkles quickly turned her off. Her first time was all kinds of awkward and the kisses, although she had good ones in her life, weren’t that memorable. She was almost giving up when her eyes opened and the scarecrow bursted into flames.
Lois’s smiled widely. “Ha, I did it!”
Clark smiled, too. “That’s great. What did you think of?”
“What?” Clark looked puzzled.
“I thought about monster trucks. There’s actually a new rally this Friday that I want to go.”
“That doesn’t make any sense.”
Lois put her hands on both sides of her waist. “It worked, didn’t it?”
Clark shook his head, chuckling. “You’re a mystery to me, Lois.” He looked around and then at her. “Okay, next power is easy to nail. Can you run?”
“What kind of question is –“ Clark raised an eyebrow at her. “Oh. Yeah, I did it only once.”
“You just need focus. See that tree over there? Watch me.” He superspeeded to a tree several meters away from them. “Your turn,” he yelled from there.
Lois started to run, but at human speed. “C’mon, Lois. Focus,” she told herself. She increased her speed and then she finally managed to do it at super speed. She didn’t count to pass through the spot Clark was, though.
She kept running through the woods and roads of Smallville. “Where’s the turn off button of this thing?” Lois only stopped when a hand grabbed hers.
“Running away already, Lois?” He smirked.
Lois shot him a look. ”I hate this power.”
“No, you don’t. You just need practice. Now,” Clark started to step away from her, a smile spread across his face. “Follow me.” He ran at a considerably low speed.
Lois took that as a challenge. Happiness took over her mind and body as she outran Clark. He increased his speed and in a couple of milliseconds was already at her side. They ran as fast as they could, looking at each other and grinning like two innocent kids.
Lois reached the scarecrow first, but was taken by surprise when Clark kept running. “Hey!” She ran after him.
Clark stopped at the barn, followed by Lois. “What are we doing here?” She asked.
“Your next task. X-ray vision.”
A smile curved on Lois’s lips. “Okay.” She looked at him, from the head to the feet.
Clark frowned at her. “What are you doing?”
“I gotta say, Smallville, you have a very impressive… Body.”
“What…” His eyes opened widely and he then grabbed a tool box and put it in front of the most intimate part of his body.
Lois laughed. “I’m just kidding.” Clark let go of the tool box. “Maybe.”
He put the tool box in front of his body again.
“Oh, please, it’s not like I haven’t seen it before.”
Clark looked annoyed. Seeing the smug smile on her face, he decided to play her game. “You have a great body, too.”
Lois raised an eyebrow at the way he was looking at her. “You’re bluffing.”
“Am I? It’s not like you have a very particular birthmark, right?”
Lois gulped, crossing her arms in a slightly protective manner. “I still think you’re bluffing.”
“I may or may not. It’s not like I haven’t seen you naked before, right?” The smug smile on his face was growing by the second.
Lois tried to cover her intimate parts with her arms and hand. “Stop it.”
“I’m just kidding.” Lois sighed in relief. “Maybe.”
She glared at him.
Clark turned his back to her, his lips curved in a self-satisfied smile. “Alright. I’ll grab some objects and hide it. You’ll have to find them with your x-ray vision.” He climbed the stair of the barn.
Lois chuckled. “You’d be a damn good elementary school teacher.”
Clark chuckled at her remark. After picking three objects and hiding them in the loft of the barn, he descended the stairs. “Okay, I hid a baseball, a lead box, and an octagonal disc. Remember, focus only in the ability you want to activate.”
He watched as Lois climbed the stairs and closed her eyes, concentrating on the task. Her face was calm, determined. Despite the hard time she was giving him, he admired her ability to smile in such a difficult situation, her most powerful and human one. He was pleased with himself for helping her, being a good friend to her. He even felt some sort of enchantment for her, which he was quick to dismiss.
Lois opened her eyes, happy that she managed to control her x-ray vision. She looked around and first found the baseball in the desk drawer. Next was the lead box, she found it under the couch. “I can’t see inside the box. What is in it?”
“Don’t open it, Lois. Once you find the octagonal disc, bring it and the lead box to me.”
“Got it.” She started looking for octagonal key, without success. “Damn, Smallville, where did you hide this?”
“You have powers, Lois. Use it.”
Lois rolled her eyes. “Big help. Thanks.” She looked around the loft again, more carefully this time, until she saw it, behind the bookcase. “Found it.” She went down the stairs holding it and the lead box, looking puzzled at the octagonal piece. “What the hell is this?”
Clark took the disc out of her hand. “This is the key to my Fortress.”
“Oh. And how this works?”
“The Kawatche Caves. There’s a secret chamber there where you put this key and is teleported to the Fortress of Solitude.” He offered it to her. “You can use it anytime you want.”
Lois looked puzzled. “It’s kind of your place.”
“Since when does it stop you from taking it over?” Clark said, smiling at her.
She tilted her head. “Thanks, I guess.”
Clark put the disc on his pocket and then took the lead box out of Lois’s hand. When he opened it, both him and Lois felt a sharp pain. “Oh, my God! What’s happening?” She spoke, her hand on her belly.
Clark then closed it, both him and Lois breathing heavily. “It’s kryptonite. They, the meteor rocks, they’re poisoning to us. They can kill us.”
“Then why you keep it here?”
“Because there are other types of meteor rocks as dangerous as this one. Red makes us lose our inhibitions. Silver makes us paranoiac. This one is the only thing that can stop us. There’s also the black one that is a variation of the green and can split people in two, usually their bad and good personalities.”
“So that’s our only weakness?”
“We’re also vulnerable to magic.”
“That time that woman hypnotized you…”
“Guess I’m not that safe even with superpowers.”
He gave a little laugh. “I’m sure you find a way to get into trouble.”
Lois shot him a look.
“Okay. Let’s head back outside.”
They stopped halfway through the walk when Clark spotted the truck. “How strong are you?” He asked.
Clark looked around to see if there was anyone watching them. The place was clear. “Lift this truck.”
Lois smiled, confident. “Piece of cake.” She lifted the truck with one hand.
“Now grip the truck with your thumb and your two first fingers.”
She did what he told her to do.
“Now with your thumb and first finger.”
She did it again.
“Very good.” Her smile grew wider at his approval, she was pleased with herself.
They ran back to the field. Clark had his eyes closed, concentrating on the sound around them. “What are you doing?” Lois asked, puzzled.
“Your last lesson for the day. Super hearing. I decided to let this one as your last task of the day because I believe this power is the one that hurts the most to learn.”
“What do you mean?”
“You’ll see. Close your eyes.” She closed her eyes. “Clear your mind, focus on the sounds around you.”
Lois started to listen to the sounds, first to the calm breeze of the farm, followed by the singing of the birds. Her hearing went beyond and then she started to listening to the sound of the cars on the road. Then, there were sound of people talking, arguing, and music, all together. She knitted her eyebrows. More sounds entered her ears as she started to hear planes, babies crying, yelling, and gunshot. She put both her hands on her ears, screaming in pain. “Make it stop. Please.”
“Lois! Lois!” Clark tried to call her, in vain. He then cupped her face with both his hands, making her to look up. “Hey, look at me! Breath, breath.”
She looked into his eyes, breathing heavily. The sounds started to decreased, his voice becoming the main focus of her hearing.
“Feel better?” He asked, concerned.
She nodded. “Yeah, just a little dizzy.”
“I think it’s better if we stop here for today.”
“I thought –“
“I’m fine, I can do it.”
Clark pondered her decision and then nodded. “Okay. But if I notice it’s too much for you, I’ll stop. Remember, we’re doing this to help you to control your powers, not testing your limits.”
“I know. Keep going, Yoda.”
“Ready? Close your eyes. This time focus on my voice.”
Lois closed her eyes, her ears became her main focus again. Her hearing was picking up all the sounds that were tormenting her before. The pain was becoming too much again. She then started to hear Clark’s voice. “Are you listening to me, Lois?”
“Good. Now, I’ll ask your simple questions and you’re gonna answer me, okay?” She nodded. “Your favorite band.”
“Thing that annoys you the most.”
She chuckled. “You.”
Clark rolled his eyes. “Thanks.”
“Anytime, master El.”
“You can open your eyes now.”
Lois opened and smiled at… No one. Clark wasn’t there. “Clark? Clark, where are you?”
“Making a sandwitch,” her hearing picked his voice.
“At the house?”
“In a second.” He superspeeded to her, a playful smile on his lips. He had a sandwitch in each hands, and then gave one to her. Both of them took a bite.
“Funny, I changed but my hunger is still the same.”
“Well, to survive all you need is the sun. But you still taste things, have cravings. You grew up like that, it won’t change whether you have superpowers or not.”
“Well, works for me. I really like to eat.”
“It’s really good, indeed.” After eating all of his sandwitch, he spoke again. “You were amazing today, I’m really proud of you.”
“We’re already done? Didn’t you mention that other power, super breath or something?”
“Artic breath. I’m still improving it myself.”
“Maybe I have this one. C’mon, teach me.”
“Fine. Watch me.” Clark pointed to the clouds in the sky and started to fill his lungs with air and then blew it. The clouds started to disperse, the sunset visible to them again.
She looked up. “Wow. I don’t know what is best, this power or the fact that we can look directly into the sun without sunglasses.”
“Uh-huh. Your turn.”
She repeated the same movements he did, without success. Her blow was still the same. “Great,” she sighed.
He patted her on the back. “Someday.” He looked at his watch. “I think that’s it for today.”
“Oh,” there was a disappointment in her voice. The truth was, she was enjoying those lessons and, especially, this time with him. Yes, they’ve been bickering the whole day, but they’re also having fun, learning from each other. She didn’t want it to end. “Hey, do you wanna grab a beer?”
Clark frowned at her. “Lois, I'm not really into the whole nightlife scene.”
“C’mon, a little fun won’t hurt you.”
“I don’t know. I don’t even have the legal age to drink.”
Lois gave a little laugh. “If I didn’t know already, there’s no way I’d find out you are from another planet, Smallville.” She put her arm around his shoulder. “Let’s go. The first round is on me.” They started to walk together.
“How does that taste?” Lois asked, chuckling at his disgusted face. They were at a bar in the main street of Smallville, sitting on the balcony.
Lois looked at the can in her hand, grimacing. “Yeah, it just isn’t the same without the alcohol effect. My Friday nights are ruined.”
“Well, we’re here for the company not the drinks, anyway,” he said, smiling at her.
She smiled back. “Lois and Clark openly friends, who’d thought it. Next thing I know we’ll start to work together solving mysteries.”
“Uh, Lois, we already did it. That was actually the first thing we did together when you arrived here.”
“I meant officially,” she replied. “I’m considering applying for journalism.”
“Yeah, I don’t intend to follow career as Chief of Staff and I really need to find my path in life. You guys always praise the articles I wrote for the Torch, so I thought, ‘Why not?’”
“Good for you. When do you plan to start it?”
“Once this whole kryptonian thing sink in.” She took another sip of her beer. “What about you? No career plans?”
“I don’t know. Dropping college may not have been my smartest move.”
“Well, if you want a not so biased opinion, you wrote some not bad articles for the Torch.”
Clark raised an eyebrow at her. “Are you suggesting I work with you.”
“No, of course not. I don’t share bylines.”
Clark looked suspiciously at her, but chose not to say anything.
She drank the rest of her beer and signaled to the barman for another one. “Two years. We’ve known each other for two years. The first time I left Smallville, I thought I’d only see you in Chloe’s birthday parties.”
“Hard to believe in it when we exchanged e-mails every other day.”
Lois grinned. “There’s a really fun element in busting your balls.” The barman handed her another can, which she was quick to open.
Clark took another sip of his beer. “I bet so,” he said, giving her a half-smile.
Her face turned serious. “Nonetheless, I’m glad you’re in my life.”
Clark looked surprised and then smiled. “I’m glad you’re in mine, too.”
They toasted with their cans. They started to share stories from their childhood, stories like the first time Clark used his superspeed, when he got lost and his parents looked for him the entire day. Lois told him about the first time she tried to start a tank, the despair of her father to try to get her out of there and how he grounded her for one whole month. They laughed at the many stories they told each other. They were happy, thrill to gave found a true friend and a confidant in each other.