The Confession: Chapter 3
When Clark had finally gone back to school, he still wasn't feeling very social. He went to all of his classes but when he had to be around large amounts of people who were offering false sympathy, he took to hiding in the Torch office. It made him sick to hear everyone's false pity. The only two people he felt he could even remotely talk to at the moment were Chloe and Lois. He still had to address what Chloe saw but he had to just pick his moment.
Chloe also had a change of opinion. Like most others, she was not fond of Alicia but after the truth came out about who attacked Lana and what he did to Alicia, Chloe saw the girl who Clark had strong feeling for in a different light. She was better.
Since seeing Clark at Alicia's grave made Chloe open up to him without bluntly saying that she knew what he could do. Her friendship was all she could give to him in his time of need. She had been calling him nightly or stopping over to the Kents' every few days and she was surprised at how much he was actually talking to her. Clark was opening up more than he ever had before, like he knew that she knew and was literally taking her up on her offer of an open ear. And like his abilities, she would not betray his trust in her.
One day during lunch, Lana approached Chloe out of nowhere.
"What is up with Clark lately?" Lana asked rather indignantly.
Chloe looked up from her salad with a sheer look of disbelief at Lana. "Have you been in a box for the last week?" she retorted. "Be lucky Clark is here at all after what happened." She added as tactfully as she could.
Lana rolled her eyes at the mention of last week's events. "How can he still be going on about this? It's not like he's the only one who has lost someone that they cared about."
Chloe looked up again as she felt almost anger building up at what Lana was saying so callously. "I am going to pretend that you did NOT just say that for Clark's sake. But in response, you did not see Whitney gunned down by a military assault rifle. Clark found Alicia dead, hung in her own barn. It is not nearly the same thing."
"I don't see much of a difference in it. People kept telling me to move on." Lana shot back. "And why are you defending Alicia? You didn't like her either."
"My opinion changed when I found out the truth." Chloe responded, trying to keep her cool in check. "When I found out that she didn't attack you, I took a closer look at her and found out that Clark was right. She was better. Unfortunately I found out too late to tell her that. You still blamed her for the second attack, even when you were told who it was." She said as he voice was quickly getting more agitated. Then a realization hit Chloe. "You were jealous of Alicia." She stated directly to Lana.
"I was not." Lana said, clearly insulted by the insinuation. "I have Jason. Why would I be jealous of Alicia?"
"Because, even though you were the one who finally cut Clark completely loose, you still don't see him with anyone else but you even though you are free to go with whoever you want." Chloe stated rather matter of factly.
"He hurt me first, Chloe. I did what he wanted. And he was the one jealous of me with Jason. I had to warn him not to tell anyone." Lana shot back.
"Yeah, he screwed up last year and he knew that." Chloe admitted. "But he wasn't jealous of Jason…he was hurt. He was hurt that you didn't tell him as the friend you claimed to be about Jason and he was hurt that you threatened him about not telling anyone about Jason. I don't know if you really understand this or not but jealousy acts a lot different than hurt."
Lana looked as if she was going to shoot some other lame retort back but suddenly became speechless at how she was getting blamed on all of this. "Where is Clark? I want to talk to him."
"I am not telling you." Chloe stated rather bluntly. She knew Clark was catching a few lost winks in the Torch office but she wasn't about to tell Lana that.
"I just want to talk to him, Chloe."
"No, you don't." Chloe sighed. "You are going to bring something up about last week and Alicia and you are going to upset him whether it be intentional or not. And when that happens one of two things are going to happen. One, you are going to make him cry again or two; you are going to royally piss him off. I have seen the fringes of his temper and I will not be around when he goes full blown on you. Now just drop it Lana and give Clark a little more time to get back to being himself again." She said as an end all and walked off, leaving Lana in the cafeteria.
Later that night, Clark made his way over to Chloe's place. He had finally had made up his mind to come clean to her about what she saw. He had heard what she did to Lana during the day and he felt that was the right moment. He knocked on her door and shoved his hands into his pockets to keep them from shaking as she opened the door.
"Hi Clark. I was just about to call you." Chloe said with a smile.
"I have something to talk with you about and it just didn't feel right over the phone." Clark admitted as she let him in and closed the door behind him.
"What is it Clark? It seems serious…more than usual." Chloe asked as she sat down on the couch next to him.
"I wanted to talk to you about what you saw the night Alicia died." Clark stated seriously.
Chloe's attention was captured. She wanted to understand what she saw but still be open.
"You think I am a meteor freak now, don't you?" Clark asked quietly. "I saw your face that night."
Chloe shook her head. "I don't think that. I don't know what to think."
"I am not a result of the meteors." Clark started before changing his train of thought. "But what I am about to tell you can not go any further than us. Only a few people know about this and I would like to keep it that way."
Chloe nodded as her eyes urged for Clark to go on.
"As I said, I am not a result of the meteors…I am the cause of them." Clark stated as calmly as he could. "I was not born here. I was born on a planet called Krypton and it exploded when I was a baby. My birth parents sent me on a sort of life raft here to save me. I was born with these abilities and the meteor rocks, Kryptonite, are the remaining pieces of my home planet."
Chloe sat in silence for a few minutes, processing what she had heard and suddenly so many things started to add up. "What else can you do?" she asked curiously, with no hint of malice or fear of what he just told her.
"Well…" Clark started as he stood up and started to pace the floor. "You already know about the super speed and amazing strength. I am also nearly indestructible except when I am around green Kryptonite. I am sort of allergic to it and it makes me sick and useless. Red Kryptonite has a different effect."
"What does Red Kryptonite do?" Chloe asked as she was soaking up all this new info understanding her best friend more.
"I'll give you a hint…Metropolis last year." Clark said as he looked down to the floor.
"Ahhh…so it's like a drug that makes you Mr. Hyde." Chloe deduced to Clark's affirmative nod. "That explains a lot. So what else is there?"
"I have super hearing." Clark replied.
"So that's how you heard my infamous conversation with Lionel." Chloe interjected to another one of Clark's nods. "Now I get why you were so furious with me. Next?"
"Heat vision…" Clark said to a very confused Chloe. "I'll show you. Hold up that newspaper there." He told her as she complied. A few quick flashes later, the newspaper was ablaze and Chloe quickly doused it in the sink with water.
"Now that was cool. Is that how that symbol got burned on your barn?" she asked to receive a nod for a reply. "Is there anything else?"
Clark nodded. "X-ray vision." He said quietly as he looked up at her face to see an arched eyebrow. "Chloe, I could tell you what color underwear you have on right now but I won't since I am a gentleman."
Chloe was definitely curious about this one. "What color underwear do I have on, Clark?"
Clark blushed but then made a quick glance. "Navy blue." He replied with the blush still in his cheeks as Chloe shared it because he was right and she laughed.
"I bet you had fun with that one." She said with a laugh.
"I told you I don't abuse it. But when I was learning to control it I did kinda get a glimpse of the girls' locker room." Clark said with a smile.
"Now I know why you were always running off to save Lana." Chloe stated.
"She seemed to be a bit more accident prone than you." Clark said with a smile. "And I heard you told her off good this afternoon. Thanks for that."
"Anytime. You would have done the same." Chloe said happily. "Now, who else knows about this?"
"Besides for my parents, Pete knew and Alicia but you knew that one." Clark admitted.
"How did Pete find out?
"He found my ship and I kinda had to tell him. Unfortunately, it unnerved him a bit after a while. That's why I hesitated to tell you." Clark said honestly. "But then I remembered how you kept my secret when I was in Metropolis, even under pressure from everyone including me and I knew you can handle it. You are stronger than most."
"No, just a true friend." Chloe said with a warm smile.