Clark opened the door of Chloe's room at Smallville Med Centre, and poked his head in. He was glad to see that she was sitting up in bed, reading. When she spotted him, she smiled and marked her page with a bookmark, gesturing for him to come in. She was looking just a tiny bit chubby, Clark noted guiltily.

"I took a chance you might be here." He joked.

"Shut up." Chloe said in mock annoyance, throwing a gum wrapper at him.

Clark grinned and entered her room, closing the door behind him.

"Aww, so you're back to flannel." Chloe joked. "And I thought that blouse was so you."

"Ha ha." Clark said sarcastically, seating himself at the end of her bed.

There was a short awkward silence, before it was broken by Chloe.

"So, have you heard any word on Roy?"

"He was admitted to Belle Reve earlier this morning." Clark answered, glad for something to talk about rather than what they had both just been through. "A scientist found him passed out in the lab. Looks like we just missed him."

"Hmm, lucky." Chloe said. "You know, there's something I'll never get."

"What's that?" Clark asked

"If Roy was so sure that things were better this way," Chloe started. "Even so much as to think he could decide for us too, why did he tell us how to switch back?"

"Well, he was obviously insane, Chloe." Clark replied.

"Yeah…" Chloe said, not entirely convinced. "So, am I supposed to guess what's in the bag?" She asked, gesturing to the paper bag Clark had brought in with him.

Sheepishly, Clark reached in and pulled out the large pink dressing gown.

"Ah! The offending bathrobe!" Chloe laughed. "I wondered when I'd be seeing it again."

"Yeah, I figured you might be wanting it back." He said. "Plus, it didn't really go with the décor of my room."

Chloe laughed, but Clark was suddenly serious, deciding he couldn't put off what he knew he had to do any longer.

"Chloe, I want you to know, what I told you about me, I didn't only tell you because I had to." He said. "I've wanted to tell you so badly, every day of my life since I met you. And now it terrifies me, because I've been so lucky that you understand, but there's something else I've been less than honest about."

He paused, and looked up at Chloe, who was listening, intent. He continued.

"I've been concealing my feelings for you since day one. I have feelings that… I can't even begin to explain. And Chloe, this isn't easy, believe me. I would rather tell you my secret a hundred times more that let you in on how I honestly feel for you, but I have to, because I want you to know, and I want you to feel the same way for me."

Chloe sat, shocked, and looked as if she were about to say something, but Clark cut her off. He had to say what he needed to say.

"I know this is sudden, but this whole experience has made me realize that anything could go wrong, at any time, to prevent us from being together, and I have to get this out in the open, before something happens that we cant reverse, and I never would have gotten the chance to tell you how much I love you."

Clark almost had tears in his eyes from saying all this, and when he looked up, he saw that Chloe did too.

"You don't know how long I've waited to hear you say those words." She managed to utter.

Clark almost jumped for joy when he realized her response was all he had ever wanted it to be, but managed to retain his composure, and settled for leaning forward and sharing with Chloe a long, passionate kiss.

The End