Author: Nadia Mack
Disclaimer: I Own Nothing
Summary: One world. Two Clark's. Can you tell the difference?
Author's Notes: I've been playing around this and thought, "hell yeah I'm gonna do it!" lol Hope you all feel the same way. Special thanks to Sonia (Sunrei) for proofreading this little fic of mine and Marcy (VisionGirl) for making that fantastic poster(s) for it. And she came up with the title too. Right on!
Clark Kent arrived home looking very upbeat. He greeted his parents happily before grabbing the cordless phone and jogged up the stairs to make a call. He dialed the familiar set of numbers before he even reached the top, the other line clicking as the person he called answered.
"Hello," said a feminine voice.
Clark spoke through the receiver. "Hey Lois. Are we still up for dinner tonight?"
Lois chuckled. "You called me up for that. You know I am"
Clark smiled even wider. "I just wanted an excuse to call you that's all." He glanced at his wrist watch and noted the time. "What do you say we meet up early?"
Lois grinned. "Again?"
Even though Lois is living in Washington D.C. for the summer and Clark in Smallville, not even distance could keep them apart. They've been together for a few months now and things were going great.
"Fine," she agreed. "Just make sure daddy doesn't see you. I don't want your parents to have to pay air fare to get you back to Kansas when I know you don't need it."
Clark remembered that day clearly. It only happened last week when he super speeded across the country to see her. After spending the day together, they ran into her father, General Lane at the Lincoln Memorial and in order not to make the 3-star General suspicious, he had called his parents to buy him a one-way ticket back.
Suffice to say, it was a close call and he was glad that his parents backed him up 100.
"Don't worry. I'll be extra careful. I'll see you in ten – "
"Minutes?" Lois finished.
Clark swooshed through his bedroom to get dressed and swooshed right out of the house, into the streets and various other states to reach his girlfriend's door. He fixed his attire and hair before ringing the doorbell.
The door opened and he was greeted with an amused Lois Lane on the other side, the phone still held against her ear.
"If only they built pizza delivery boys like you," she quipped offing her phone and reaching out to his belt to tug him towards her.
"Miss me?" he asked, giving her a deep kiss on the lips as he cleared the distance between them.
Lois returned his kisses with equal fervor.
At the same time but in a different world, Clark Kent arrived home looking sadder than ever. He greeted his mother with a forced smile before grabbing the cordless phone. He walked up the stairs with no urgency and made a call just as he sat on his bed. He dialed the familiar set of numbers and after a few rings, they finally answered.
"Clark? What's up?"
"I was wondering if I could come over today. There's something I needed to talk to you about."
"Okay sure, just give me a – "
Clark swooshes out of the house and swooshes in Chloe's dorm room at Metropolis University.
Chloe sighed. " – second." She could tell her best friend just went through another encounter with his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend or well… she couldn't figure it out when it comes to him. "Is everything okay?" she asked but she knew better.
Clark smiled sadly. "Not really"
Chloe cleared her side of the bed and waited for him to sit down to tell her.
"What happened?" she asked with obvious concern for her best friend.
"We tried talking and it just – " he couldn't find the right words to describe everything that's been happening between him and Lana.
"Won't work," she guessed for him. "Clark, maybe that's just another reason why maybe you and Lana weren't meant to be…"
Clark didn't want to believe it. It's been a part of his dreams for so long that he just couldn't let it go.
"Do you?" she asked skeptically. "You're unhappy. Lana's unhappy. And even when you were together, you still weren't happy"
Clark sighed. A part of him knew that she was right but that wasn't something he could acknowledge. Letting Lana go is just something he couldn't do. Not right away and not like this. Not when everything between them is a complete mess.
Chloe grabbed her book back and gave him a sympathetic smile. "Then I'm sorry for you Clark. I really am." She lays her hand briefly on his shoulder before leaving. "I've got to get to class. We'll talk more later, okay?"
Clark nodded half-heartedly.
"Okay," he said sadly.
With his right arm wrapped around her neck, Lois and Clark walked into the National Air and Space Museum, one of the many museums Washington D.C. is known for. He pressed a soft kiss on her forehead as they walked into the sight of a massively huge room with a variety of aircrafts displayed in every area.
Clark looked up and swallowed hard.
Lois notices and gives him a nudge.
"Come on. You can't honestly still be afraid of heights."
"I'm working on it," he admits wounding his pride.
The two made their way across the room and into one of many others. They reached Apollo 11, the command module that first landed astronauts on the moon.
Clark stared at it thoughtfully.
Lois watched him knowing exactly where his thoughts where at.
"It's amazing, isn't it?" she asked, breaking Clark out of his concentrative state.
"Yeah, it is."
"It's okay to think about it, you know"
Clark smiled, thankful that his girlfriend was so supportive and elated that it didn't bother her in the least bit. It thrilled him to be able to share that part of himself with her without fear of rejection.
"My dad tells me that I'm here for a reason, but I know it's something more than that."
"Oh yeah and what's that?"
Clark gives her a loving smile and then a kiss. "To find you," he said softly kissing her once more.
Clark sat alone in his loft thinking about everything that has happened since he learned what he really was. Sometimes he'd wish that he had never known. That his father would have remained steadfast and not tell him.
But he knew it couldn't be avoided forever.
Now feeling completely alone, he spends most of his days and nights here in solitude. He guessed now he knew exactly why he had called it his own 'fortress of solitude.'
Even in his solitude he couldn't escape his loneliness.
He turned to look out through his window when he noticed something strange. Different. He couldn't see any stars up in the sky. He stood up to take a closer look when he saw a sparkle.
Before heading to walk Lois back to her father's place, Clark stopped in the park overlooking the Washington Monument. He found an empty bench for them to occupy so they could watch the sun set together in the distance.
Lois cuddled into his warm embrace, lifting her legs up on the bench as her back lay against her boyfriend's chest and his arms wrapped around her.
They felt peaceful.
Lois looked up and saw something beautiful.
"Smallville, look up there," she pointed up into the sky with a single finger.
Clark stared at what she was pointing at and saw the sky suddenly change. A splash vibrant of colors swirled in every which way.
"Wow," he said. "Is that normal?"
"I don't know. It looks like some kind of electro static discharge"
Clark stared at her with a smirk.
Lois shrugged. "What? Just because I barely attend my geo physic's class doesn't mean I don't do the work."
Clark shook his head with a grin when suddenly; a quarter of a mile away from them, a bolt of lightning hit the ground.
"What the – "
Lois and Clark got up off the bench. Clark turns to her. "I'm gonna go and check it out. Stay here and I'll be back."
"Clark – "
"Lois, please!" he pleaded with her, squeezing her hand at the same time for reassurance. "I'll be back, I promise."
Lois nodded weakly and let him go.
Clark super speeded into the corn field, tracing where the lightning had fallen. The lights in the sky started moving again and this time, more ferocious as ever. All he could do is stand there and watch. Not knowing what was happening.
Clark kneeled down to the spot where the lightning hit letting his hand hover over it as if trying to figure out what caused it. He looked up into the sky that now looked clear before turning around and looking at the monument where Lois stood by.
And that's when it happened again.
Lightning pierced through the sky and hit the very spot he stood. He learned in high school that the chances of being struck by lightning are about one in three million, so just imagine what the chances are for being struck twice in the same place.
Clark fell backwards when another strong lightning hit nearby. He got up and ran as fast as his powers would allow him.
He stopped and looked around, stalks of corn were burned to a crisp, he found himself in a huge circle that felt oddly like something he had been part of before. He stepped backwards when he hit something behind him making him fall back on the ground.
It was a body.
Clark leaned forward and gave him a light tap on the back, his clothes looking half burned.
"Hello," he said in a whisper. "Sir, are you okay?"
He x-rayed his body for any internal injuries and was surprised to see none. He was breathing too, so that meant he was alive.
Who is he?
Slowly, he moved around him to see his face.
What he saw is the last thing he ever expected.
End of Prologue