Madcloisfan: I'm glad you're enjoying the story so far. I know it's been awhile since I last posted (like three years), so I hope this chapter continues the same way I had been going.
Beauty0102/thebestestfriendsforever: I'm glad you so enjoy the story that you came back two years later to re-read and post another review. It's been a long time, so I hope I can get back in the swing of things.
BlueMizuki: I'm sorry I haven't updated fast enough; hopefully this chapter will live up to expectations and the wait.
Teddy R. Lupin: Those are my favorites, as well. I especially like Christopher Reeve, who will forever and always BE Superman, in my eyes.
Nightwing 509: Glad you are so enjoying the story! I have to say, I quite like writing the scenes between Clark and Jason, myself :D
Jedaib: Dean Cain was good, but Christopher Reeve was the best, in my opinion and kudos to Brandon Routh for so well capturing the spirit of Clark and Superman that was begun with Chris!
Chocobore: It was always my intention to complete this story; three years ago (about the time I submitted my last entry), I got engaged and sort of forgot about my fanfics in the process of planning a wedding, getting married, and having a baby. Recently I was recalled to my story writing, however, when I watched SR on television, so hopefully I can get back on track and complete the story
Adventure-Seeking-Juliet: I'm glad that you think my story has the best Jason/Clark bonding. I just thought that there were a lot of stories with Superman and Jason getting to know one another that it would be a welcome change to have Jason get to know the "human" side of his father, too.
SongoftheDarquePhoenix: I know exactly which scene you are talking about and I have always loved that, too.
AlongForTheRide: I'm glad you think the idea was adorable, because this chapter will be about just the two of them "soaking up the rays".
CindyB: I have never seen a full episode of Smallville, so I can't comment on the Requiem episode. I will say, however, that what I remember of the previews it seemed to me that Smallville got progressively darker with each successive season. Jason is very cute, I agree, and that is why I especially love writing his character.
KitCloudkicker52885: A cross between the two, huh? That could be interesting I'm glad you're enjoying the development of Jason's character as much as I am.
JamesTKent: Thank you for saying it was a cool breakfast; that made my day :D I agree; Chris Reeve was the best Superman, and I think he was the most endearing Clark. Brandon Routh did a very good job trying to emulate him in SR. I also agree with your analysis of Dean Cain; to me, there wasn't enough "separation" of the characters to be convincing.
ReadingRed: That's interesting; you are the first person to say that you like Tom Welling and Brandon Routh over Chris Reeve. I didn't really see a full episode of Smallville, so I can't comment about how well Tom played the character or not, but I did enjoy Brandon Routh.
mamaXunicorn: George Reeves was the original Superman, but since he was in black and white, many people today consider Chris Reeve the original and best, and I agree
A/N: Sorry it has taken me soooo long to update. I sort of feel like I should just completely repost the entire story before I start posting more chapters, but then decided just to post. I'm going to start off slowly to kind of get back into the swing of things. This chapter won't have anything huge in it; it's just sort of a one-shot between Clark and Jason, but it's sweet and I hope will give a little insight into their feelings on their new situation.
Poll Results: Most people (myself included) thought that the late, great Christopher Reeve portrayed the best Superman, and that Brandon Routh did a very good job of emulating him. One person thought that Brandon Routh was the best adult Superman and that Tom Welling was the best adolescent Clark. One person decided that a cross between Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh would have been the best portrayal, and one person thought Christopher Reeve portrayed the best Superman, but George Reeves was the best Clark Kent.
"Daddy, can I ask you a question?" Jason asked, arms wrapped around Clark's neck while the two men floated above the cloud cover later that morning.
"Of course you can, Jason. Fire away," Clark replied, leaning his face toward the sun. You'll never know, Son, just how much it means to me to hear you call me "Daddy".
"Why aren't you and Mommy married?"
That was not a question Clark was expecting to hear from the four-year-old. "Wh-wh-what?" he stammered, reverting to his earthly persona momentarily. "Why would you ask me that?"
Jason looked thoughtful before he answered, "Well, my friend Tommy from school, his parents used to be married, then his daddy got mad at his mommy and left. Now Tommy has a new daddy, but he wants to know his real daddy."
Clark almost laughed aloud at the pout on his son's face, but forced himself to remain sober as he replied, "It's a little more complicated for your mommy and me, Jason."
"Don't you love mommy?" the child responded, tilting his head to the side and squinting to be able to see his father better.
If only you knew how much I love your mother. Her smile, her laugh, her enthusiasm for her work, her fierce defense of those she cares about. But most of all, Jason, I love your mother because she gave me you. She and I created you together; for that reason alone, I will love her forever. Clark sighed. He couldn't tell his son any of that. "It's really complicated, Jason," he repeated. "Love isn't the issue here; there are a lot of other things that factor in." Like how if anything ever happened to either you or your mother, I would die inside.
"I don't see anything hard about it, Daddy. Tommy's daddy left because he didn't love Tommy or his mommy anymore, so that must mean-"
Clark lifted his son higher in his arms so that he could look him in the eye. "Jason, I want you to listen to me very carefully. You and your mother are the most important things in the world to me. I love you both very much and there is nothing I wouldn't do for either one of you. But my – situation – in life naturally gives me some very big enemies who would not think twice about hurting you and your mom to get to me. I can't let that happen, Son; I won't let that happen, even if it means never being with you and your mommy like a real family. Do you understand?"
Jason nodded. "I think so. Like the bald man on the boat wanted to hurt me and mommy," he replied.
Clark cringed, remembering that horrible day. "Yes, Jason," he reluctantly nodded, "exactly like that."
"But Daddy," the child began, brightening. "Grandma is your mommy and bad men don't do things to her to hurt you. If you and Mommy get married, we'd be with you all the time and that means we would be safer. And nobody knows who you are, so how would bad men use us against you, anyway?"
Clark looked at his son with awe. "Are you sure you're only four, kiddo?" he smiled. "Because you talk like you're 24."
"Grandma said I was brilliant," Jason grinned goofily up at his dad. "Just like you!"
"She did?" Clark inquired. "When did she tell you that?" Clark could honestly not remember when his mother had been alone with his son for more than a minute or two since they had arrived the day before. Even then, he could hear everything that was said and did not recall this particular conversation.
Jason giggled. "No, Daddy, she didn't tell me; she told you. Last night, when I was drinking my hot chocolate with Lady. Grandma said that it was the Kryptonian jeans pool that made us brilliant. But why do jeans make us brilliant?"
"Not those kind of genes, munchkin. Another kind," Clark responded distantly. He heard that. From the front porch. He does have my hearing, doesn't he? And my vision. And someday he may fly. I have to tell her; I have to tell Lois who I am, and I have to tell her how I feel. "How are you feeling now, Jason? Better?"
Jason nodded enthusiastically. "Yes Daddy. Kind of tingly and warm all over."
"Sounds like the sun has done its work, then; let's go back to the farm and see if Lady will fetch a ball for us before lunch."
Clark tightened his hold on his son, and the Kent boys zipped back down towards Earth, leaving behind them only a white jet stream and the tell-tale sonic boom as evidence of their flight.
A/N 2: OK, I know this chapter was neither very long nor very exciting, but I had planned it that way. Someone had requested a sweet one-shot between father and son, and that is exactly what I had intended for this chapter. I hope it delivered!
Poll Question: What are your favorite Superman scenes, and why? Be sure to state which incarnation of Superman it is from (The George Reeves series, Superman I, II, III, IV, Returns, Man of Steel, Lois and Clark, or Smallville).