A/N: This is an AU story centering on Lois and Clark and their twins Lara and Jonathan. I should warn everyone that this is not a happy, happy story. The family will have a lot deal with. You can read about the twin's birth in my 12Days_of_Clois one shot entitled, Try Not to Panic. The story is posted at my profile. I'm not sure how long this story will be, maybe when they finish college, get married, or until they take to the skies. Who knows? I sure don't! *lol* I hope you like it. Thanks goes out again to Hana and Nicole for not saying 'no way' and sticking with me for the long haul. *hugs her betas* Ok, I'm done rambling. Act I: Awakening begins now. Please R&R. Thanks!
Act I: Awakening
Chapter 1 – X-Ray
"Umm, that is so good. Just a little more, please Clark?" Lois begged her husband.
"Lois, no more. That's your third piece of chocolate cake. Save some for the kids." He took the rest of the cake and put it in the fridge. Clark chuckled at his wife's expression.
They were in the kitchen of their Metropolis home, cleaning up after the kids' fifth birthday party. Chloe, Oliver, Martha, Perry, Jimmy, and Sam (the General), all managed to come by for the occasion. Lara and Jonathan were now in the living room watching a Disney movie.
"Oh, alright. It is pretty close to dinnertime." Lois sighed. She still couldn't believe her babies were about to start kindergarten in a month. Where did all the time go? It seems like I was holding them in my arms at the hospital just the other day, and now they're ready for school.
Clark noticed Lois' wistful expression and knew what she was thinking. He was feeling the exact same way. He understood. It would be hard for both of them. "Lois, Lois?" Clark tried to get her attention.
"What? Oh, sorry, Clark, I was just thinking."
"About what?" Clark felt talking about it would help them both deal with the separation when the time came.
"I was thinking about the twins. You know, we have no idea what powers will manifest themselves or when, for that matter. Are you sure they should be around other children, out in the world, where anyone could witness something?" Lois worriedly asked.
"Lois, we've talked about this before. They've only exhibited one power so far, and that's strength, and luckily nothing major has been broken. They've been good about controlling their impulses. I think having them stay at the farm during the day when they were younger where Mom could keep an eye on them has made a difference for them. She knew what to expect." He went to her and put his arm around her waist. "But it's time, honey, time for them to be out in the world and to meet other children. There's so much they need to learn and school is the place for that."
"Clark, I know, but I can't help worrying about them. If anyone found out, our lives would never be the same."
He went to his wife and gave her a hug. "It will be an adjustment for all of us, but I think the kids are ready for this. We've talked to them about their heritage and what it means for more than a year now. They're smart kids. Look at their stock." He winked at her.
"But Clark, they're still so young. What if …?" Lois began, but Clark cut her off.
"Now, Lois stop right there. You'll drive yourself crazy if you let yourself dwell on scenarios that will never happen. Please, honey."
Lois hugged her husband, closed her eyes, and tried to have faith that everything would be alright.
"Mom, Dad, come quick!" It was Lara, hollering from the living room.
Lois and Clark glanced at each other thinking the same thing. What's broken now?
Lara Ellen Kent was the image of her mother, with the same hazel eyes, same warm smile, but her hair was a warm shade of brown, reminding Lois of when she used to color her hair years ago.
Jonathan Clark Kent, the oldest by a few minutes, had the same jet black hair as his father, with the same basic features too, but his eyes were a brilliant blue, the bluest eyes his parents had ever seen. Now, those eyes were staring straight ahead and seeing nothing.
"Guys, what happened?" Lois asked as she and Clark entered the living room.
"Mom, Dad, Jonny is in a trance or something. He won't answer me. Something's wrong." Lara told her parents, worried about her brother.
"Jonny, Jonny, answer me." Clark tried to get his son's attention. He waved his hand in front of his eyes, but Jonny didn't move. He took the boy by his shoulders and shook him once. That seemed to awaken him.
"Dad, Mom, where am I?" Jonny was disoriented for a moment.
Lois put her hand on her chest, relieved he was speaking again. "Honey, you're ok now."
"Son, what happened? Didn't you hear us calling you?" Clark asked, confused by his son's actions. He sat down next to his son and gave him a comforting hug, trying to reassure him.
"I heard voices, but it was far away," Jonny responded.
"Can you tell us what happened, son?" Clark asked. "Take your time, alright?"
"I remember watching the movie. Then, my eyes burned and my head hurt for a second or two. Then I closed my eyes hoping to stop the burning and the headache. I opened my eyes after the pain stopped, but all I could see were odd shapes and strange visions, like everything was inside out. I blinked, but the strange shapes wouldn't go away." Then Jonny remembered something his Dad had told him. "Was that x-ray vision, Dad? I have x-ray vision now, don't I?" Jonny was becoming excited about that idea.
"Yes, Jonny, it appears you do. Now, we have to figure out a way to control it. What do you see now?" Clark asked.
"Everything looks fine now," Jonny said, looking around. "Hi, Mom, Lara."
"Hi, Jonny," Lara said. "You scared me."
"I'm sorry, Lara. I didn't know what it was. I'm sorry, Mom."
"Oh, honey, it's not your fault." Lois sat next to him and gave him a hug and kiss on his cheek.
"Come with me son. We have work to do. We won't be long. Everything will be alright, Lara." Clark kissed his little girl on her head. Then, he took Jonny by the hand and led him out the back door.
"Mom, will Jonny really be alright?" Lara asked her Mom.
"He'll be fine, honey. There's nothing to worry about."
"Will the same thing happen to me?" Lara asked, afraid of what happened to Jonny.
"Oh, honey, come here." Lois held her arms out to her daughter, and Lara put her arms around Lois' waist holding her tight. It was a little too tight, but Lois was used to it. She rocked her daughter and stroked her hair. "I know seeing your brother like that was scary, huh?" Lara nodded her head. "But he's fine now. He didn't panic and you didn't panic. I'm proud of you and your brother, sweetie." She turned her daughter to face her. "Lara, your Dad and I have tried to prepare you for this, but we have no idea when your powers will appear or which power that may be."
"I understand, Mom. I guess not knowing is what I'm afraid of," Lara said.
"But that's just it. There's no need to be afraid. Your powers are a part of who you are and your father and I wouldn't have you any other way. It's like learning to live with your nose." She tweaked her nose. "Or your ears." She tickled her ears. Lara giggled. "Honey, please try real hard not to be afraid." She lifted Lara's chin to look into her eyes. "And remember, your father and I will be here for you to answer any questions you may have about anything. And honey, no matter what happens we love you and believe in you always."
"I know Mom and I'll try. I promise."
"That's my girl," Lois said, tweaking her nose again. "Now, do you want some more chocolate cake?"
"Mom, isn't it dinner time?"
"I won't tell if you won't. Come on, sweetie."
Clark and Jonny were out in the backyard trying to work on controlling his newly acquired power … x-ray vision.
"Now, Jonny, concentrate on a spot on the fence, and tell me if you see anything on the other side," Clark said.
"Nothing is happening, Dad," Jonny said, feeling frustrated.
"It's alright, son. It may take some time for the x-ray vision to come back, and when it does, we want to be able to control it, so that it won't disrupt your life. Here, let's try this." Clark gave his son a square box containing a few household items. "Tell me what you see, son."
Jonny stared at it for a minute or two. "All I see is a box. Wait, I see something else. Is that a pair of scissors, a knife, and a loaf of bread? I did it, Dad."
"Yes you did, son. I'm so proud of you. Now, look me in the face, and tell me what you see."
"I see you, Dad."
"Alright." Jonny narrowed his eyes for a moment. "Wow, Dad, I see your skeleton, and muscle and I can see your heart beating. This is so strange." He closed his eyes, not wanting to see anymore. "That was weird, Dad."
"I know. The first time I saw a human skeleton, I was walking down the street, and it really freaked me out too. You're doing great son. We've done enough for today. Are you hungry?" Jonny nodded his head vigorously. "Let's go eat."
After the x-ray vision incident a few weeks before, Lois and Clark were expecting Lara's x-ray powers to come in, but they hadn't.
The first day of school had finally arrived. The kids were getting ready for school and it was time to catch the school bus, but everyone was running late. Clark was already gone on early patrol and Lois was herding the kids off to school before she headed to the office. Clark would get off early and meet the bus when it arrived later that day.
"Kids, hurry up, the bus will be here in about ten minutes! Jonny, Lara, come on, now! It's time for breakfast!" Lois hollered up the stairs.
"Coming, Mom." They both drifted down to their mother barely touching the steps. Lois stared at her two children in shock. When did this happen, and why didn't they say anything? I wonder if Clark knows about this.
The kids were herded off to school. They barely had time to have juice and a few mouthfuls of cereal before the honking of the school bus horn had them running to catch it. Their feet did touch the ground this time, Lois noted.
This is going to be some school year, Lois thought, as she waved goodbye to her two kids, shaking her head and wondering how they were going to deal with flying children.
A/N: This is going to be a blast to write. I love these two mini-Clarks! Thanks for reading, everyone. Reviews make my day!!