Title: Route 40

Author: Meredith

Rating: PG

Spoilers: major ones for Reckoning

Summary: Alternate 'Reckoning.' What if Jonathan wasn't the one to die the second time?

Warning: Character Death, Major Angst

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters, just the idea for this story.

Feedback: This is my first fic that I'm posting online, so I'd really appreciate the critique.

Clark looked around the Talon, spotting Lana and Lois talking. He sighed with relief, turning to look for Chloe to thank her. He walked over to his parents just as the victory announcement was broadcasted. In the middle of hugging his father, his phone rang. He glanced down, smiling when he saw Chloe's name.

"Chloe, where are you?"

"I'm on my way back."

"Back from where?" Then he knew. "No..."

"I took Lana's phone when she wasn't looking. I went to see Lex. He could tell I knew your secret."

"Chloe, stay away from Route 40!" He ordered, quickly moving toward the door and glancing at his watch. 10:58 PM. "Chloe, stop your car. I'm coming to get you."

"Oh god, Lex is behind me."

"Pull over!"

"Clark? Can we talk?" Lana appeared in front of him.

"Clark!" Chloe screamed as Lex tried to force her off the road.

"Lana, not now." He hurried away, outside. "Chloe, I'll be right–"

"Clark!" The sickening sound of a crash and her scream paralyzed him momentarily before he sped off, memories flooding his mind.

/ "I know you've been thinking about that all day, so I figured we'd get it out of the way and be friends." /

/ "I want to let you in on a secret. I'm not who you think I am...I'm the girl of your dreams masquerading as your best friend." /

/ "Can you imagine being from another planet? The experiences you could share?"

"It wouldn't freak you out?"

"Compared to most people, I think aliens would be a step up." /

/ Chloe's grave, then finding her alive /

/ "I wish I could say that I'll always be there for you, but somehow I get the feeling that may not be a promise I can keep." /

/ "You trusted me." /

He stopped next to the wreckage of her car. It had flipped multiple times, the windshield shattered. So where was Chloe?

/ "Hey. I think it's time you switch into Super Clark mode now."

"Super Clark."

"I know you run faster than a speeding bullet, Clark. Take me along for the ride." /

"Chloe?" He called out. "Chloe!"

/ "You're a good friend, Chloe."

"Obviously not good enough." /

/ "Your secret will never ever leave my lips. No matter what." /

/ "Clark–I think you're so amazing. You save people's lives and take zero credit for it. To me, you're more than just a hero. You're a super hero." /

Where was she? Her care was there, and the blood, and–


/ "Clark, with all that you are able to do, I can't help thinking that your destiny is more than just milking cows and raising barns." /

/ "I do have one confession: I really liked being the only one who knew about, you know, you. For lack of a cheesier word, it just made it special." /

"Oh god, Chloe." He knelt next to her, feeling for a pulse.

/ "I'd die before I'd ever betray you." /


"Clark!" Jonathan was suddenly there, pulling him up. "There was nothing you could've done."

/ "I'd die before I'd ever betray you." /