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Chapter 3: Red dress.

Late on a Friday night and everybody besides Lois and Clark had gone home. "Right, I'm off." Lois announced, as she turned off her computer and put on her coat. "I have a date."

Clark scoffed.

"What's that supposed to mean?" Lois asked, wondering what his response was going to be,

Forcing himself to not sound jealous, Clark replied, "Well, you don't have a very good reputation with men; you tend to scare them away after one month." He smiled, "I'm sorry, Lois, but as your best friend, I felt obligated to tell you that." His eyes met her and he could tell that she was not offended by what he said; ever since his recovery, the two of them had become closer and Clark now regarded Lois as his best friend, even above Chloe. Lois walked off and Clark sighed; he did not like it when she dated people, but he convinced himself that that was because the men whom she dated tended to be horrible.

An hour later, Lois walked back into the Daily Planet, with Lois. Looking up from his computer, Clark asked, "Lois, did you have a good time?"

Lois hesitated, then nodded. "Yeah, it was good. Er- Chlo, can you give me a ride home? I just need to pack some stuff up?"

Reluctantly, her cousin nodded; she knew that Lois and Clark were closer than they had been this time last year, but she also did not want her cousin to be exploited emotionally by Clark, just because he was too blind to see what was right in front of him.

As soon as Chloe was gone, Clark put on his jacket and asked, "How was your date?"

Lois sat down on the desk and sighed, "It was-I don't know-he was a jerk, so I left. What is it about me and men? Do I attract the biggest stinkers in the world? Anyway, I'm going to call it a night, I'll see you on Monday." She slipped off the desk and walked towards the door.

Clark stood up and called, "Lois." She turned around and he bit his lip, before telling her, "You-you look really great in that dress, Lois. Really great." He smiled and was happy to see her smile back. For a second, their eyes met and Clark felt a tether to her which he had never felt before, but before he had time to analyse this feeling, Lois broke the gaze and walked away.