A/N: Well, here we are at the end of the story. I wanted to thank everyone who stuck with me until the end! I hope I didn't bore you too much. *lol* I can't wait for Smallville Season 9 to get here, so Clois can move forward, hopefully, and Clark can find his way. It seems like they took 3 steps forward and 4 steps back in Season 8! I hope it's not more of the same in S9. Anyway, thanks again to my wonderful beta, Hana, who has been with me since Chapter 3! It's been a wild ride, hasn't it, hon?! Ok, then, I hope you like this final chapter, and please R&R. Thanks!
Chapter 14 – A Dream Realized
"Thank you … Superman." She had to grit her teeth to keep from smiling at him. "Well, if there's nothing else, your story will be in the next issue of The Daily Planet."
"I'll look forward to reading it. Thank you, Ms. Lane. Good night." He hopped up on the ledge, raised his arms in the air, and leaped off the building from fifty stories up.
"Good night." Lois' mouth was on the floor. She snapped it shut fearing flies would enter if she didn't close it. Wow, I'll never get over seeing that, she thought.
Lois headed back to the bullpen to put the finishing touches on her article. The next morning, she showed it to Perry, and he couldn't believe his eyes. "How in the world did you get this, Lane, and why didn't you tell me about it?"
"Now, Perry, I wanted to keep it all to myself. I didn't want any leaks or anything. The story of the century, remember." She hoped Perry didn't see it as not trusting him, because she did.
"Well, I suppose in this one case, I'll let it go." He'll have a talk with her later. Lane was an excellent reporter, but she tended to go out on a limb a lot, getting herself in all kinds of jams, getting hurt, all for the 'story.'
"This is pretty detailed. When did you get the interview?" Perry hoped she wasn't out late at night when she could have gotten hurt or worse.
"He contacted me last night, and I met him on the roof. It was perfectly safe. He even watched over me until I made it home." She thought she saw him in the sky a few times.
"Ok, then. Get out of here so I can read this." Good job, Lane, he thought.
"Thanks, Chief." Lois was feeling pretty good, and she could see on Perry's face how proud he was, although he would never say it.
The real story broke the next day. Lois Lane's article, I Spent the Night with Superman, was all the rage. The issue sold out in hours. They had to reprint several times to keep up with the demand. Lois Lane, Kal-El, and Superman were on everyone's lips. People began to wonder how Lois Lane was able to get the exclusive interview. Was there something between them? And what did the title of the article mean ... I Spent the Night with Superman?
Lex Luthor read the article with a sneer on his face. His name was Kal-El, or Superman, an alien from another planet, and he was here on earth, helping people with no thought to himself, wanting no gain, or recognition. It all seems incredible, but here it is in black and white.
What did it all mean, this … Superman appearing now at this particular time, when he was preparing to come back to Metropolis and regain everything that had been lost to him for almost three years? He didn't know, but this Superman would not foil his plans. No one would do that.
Later that day, Lois opened her desk drawer and there was another note from Clark, asking for a special date tomorrow night. Lois couldn't help but wonder what this was all about.
The next night, Clark arrived early to pick Lois up. She wasn't ready, but she opened the door anyway. Clark stood there looking like he had stepped out of the pages of GQ Magazine, and holding a dozen red roses. He looked wonderful, Lois thought, a feast for my eyes, to be sure. "Smallville, wow, you look fantastic, and you're early. What's going on? You've been acting weird all day, even for you."
Clark had only one question for her. "Are you hungry?" He needed to keep her guessing so she wouldn't get the hint too soon.
"I can see you're not going to answer my question. Yes, I'm hungry. Where are we going? Wait, before you answer that, would you zip me up, please?"
Clark looked her up and down then. "Lois, you know I really like that dress. Red definitely becomes you." He didn't hesitate this time. He proceeded to zip her up, and couldn't help taking advantage of the view. He moved her hair aside and kissed her throat.
Lois leaned her head to the side to give him better access. Lois sighed. "Oh, you remember it. You don't have a problem with it, do you?" Lois couldn't help herself, smiling over her shoulder at him.
"What do you think? Come here, you." He turned her around, pulled her to him, and kissed her.
She kissed him back, but only for a moment. "Now, Clark, don't start. I'm anxious to see where we're going. Do we have reservations somewhere?" She was getting excited about the evening.
"No, I thought we'd wing it, if you know what I mean." He winked at her.
I did not just see Clark Kent wink at me, Lois thought, amazed. What is up with him tonight?
The next thing she knew they were at the farm, and there on the dining room table was an elaborate dinner for two, with delicious smells coming from the kitchen. There was even soft music playing too.
"Let's eat." Clark set the food on the table, and he helped her to her seat. Clark's heart began to pound. So far so good, he thought. "So, do you like it?"
"It's delicious. You know I love Italian." What is he buttering me up for? Lois asked herself. "Clark, do you need help with a story or something, because you don't have to go through all of this trouble. All you have to do is ask."
"No, Lois, it's nothing like that. It has nothing to do with work." This is it, Clark thought.
"Its bad news isn't it? Clark, please tell me what it is. You're worrying me." What could it be? Then it hit her … a special dinner, just the two of us, roses, candles, and even romantic music. He's going to propose to me. She looked at him then, and she could see it in his eyes.
"Lois." He took her hand. "Yesterday was the second most wonderful day of my life, but meeting you was the best thing that's ever happened to me. You know how much I love you, don't you?"
Lois' heart was beating so fast, she could barely breathe, but she managed to nod her head, yes.
"Lois ... will you marry me?" Hope and love were clearly written on his face. There was no mistaking it.
Lois' eyes filled with tears. She didn't hesitate. "Yes, Clark, I'll marry you."
Clark was ecstatic. He pulled Lois into his arms, holding her tight. Dinner was forgotten, everything else was forgotten. They came together in a soul searing kiss that lasted for a good while. "Oh, the ring. Do you like it?" He put the ring on her finger. "Lois, were you surprised, even just a little?"
Lois held up the ring admiring it. "Clark, it's beautiful. I love it. And, yes, you had me fooled, but once we got here, I could see you had something up your sleeve, but everything was perfect." She touched his cheek. "I love you, Clark. I'm so happy." Lois couldn't stop her eyes from tearing up again.
"I'm happy too, honey." She looked radiant to him. He picked her up, twirling her around and around.
"Clark, put me down, I'm getting dizzy." They both laughed and laughed, happier than they've ever been.
Lois and Clark were married in just a few short weeks in a lovely ceremony in Smallville, witnessed by family and friends, and a few surprising guests, without their 'costumes.' They traveled to Hawaii for their honeymoon, while the gang looked after everything while Clark was away.
They were in their hotel room, about to fall asleep. Clark lay watching her, still amazed that Lois was his wife. He wanted to enjoy every last second he had with her here … alone. Clark was smart enough to know that any 'alone' time that they could capture from day to day would be cherished by both of them. She snuggled up against him, as he wrapped his arm around her waist, as his other hand stroked her arm.
"Lois…" Clark started softly.
"Hmm?" Lois responded, as her fingers made circles across his chest.
"I've been thinking and making a few plans and I wanted to tell you about them." Clark hoped Lois would agree with his plans for them.
"Well, I spoke to Oliver briefly at the wedding, and he turned me on to a few properties we can look at when we get back. I think one of them will make you very happy." He couldn't wait for her to see this one particular place. It was in a high rise building, looking out over the city, with a huge balcony, for easy access for his other job, and it was close to the Planet.
"Clark, that's wonderful news. I'm glad you took the initiative." She smiled to herself, knowing he was worried about her reaction. Then she thought, now is as good a time as any. "Clark, I have something to tell you."
"What is it, Lois?"
She took a deep breath. "Clark, I'm pregnant." She watched his face closely, trying to hold back a smile.
"What did you just say?" Clark must have heard her wrong. It couldn't be.
"We're going to have a baby." Lois smiled then, loving the look on Clark's face.
"A baby, we're having a baby. This is incredible news, honey." Clark pulled her to him, holding her tight. He was finding this news unbelievable. "I can't believe it. Weren't you on the pill? Are you sure? When did this happen?" Clark was rambling.
Lois smiled at him, chuckling at his reaction. "Yes, Clark, I'm sure. I took several home pregnancy tests, and I have been a little tired lately. Honey, I know we hadn't talked about this, believing that it couldn't happen, but you were right, and Jor-El was mistaken. Do you remember the week you went missing, and the night you returned from the Fortress?
"Of course I remember that night." He touched her cheek, smiling at her, remembering.
"Well, I'm pretty sure that's when it happened. That week was pretty crazy for me, and I'd forgotten to take my pills." Lois sighed, also remembering that night. "This little one was meant to be."
"Lois, I can't believe this. Jor-El seemed so certain that it couldn't happen. Have you seen a doctor? How are you feeling? How many weeks are you? Why didn't tell me this before the wedding." Clark was rambling again.
"I thought it would be a wonderful wedding present. And no, I haven't seen a doctor yet, because I wanted to tell you first. I feel fine, Clark, and I think I'm about eight weeks. No more questions, ok, you're wearing me out." Lois chuckled.
"I'm sorry sweetheart. I'm just so excited. This is the best news ever. As soon as we get back home, we'll both go see Dr. Hamilton." He smiled and touched her cheek. "You're going to be a wonderful mother, Lois."
"Well, we'll both have our hands full with this little one, that's for sure." Lois sighed, touching her stomach, and thinking about their child and all the plans they'll make together.
It's as if all their dreams and fantasies had come true. He was living his life out in the open, not hiding or deceiving anyone. He was helping people, and he felt this life was his true calling, but being a husband and a father, he never imagined it would happen for him. A father, I'm going to be a father, and I'm married to the most beautiful woman in the world. He pulled her to him, holding her close, and looked into her eyes. "I love you, Lois."
"I love you, Clark."
Then, the world seemed to fade away as they came together, each believing that their lives together had truly begun.
A/N: I hope you enjoyed my first fan fiction story of Smallville's Lois and Clark. I'm finishing up a Livejournal "12Days_of_Clois" challenge fic, which will be a follow-up to this story, and it's scheduled to be posted next week. Thanks for reading, everyone.