A/N: This final chapter is an epilogue and a look into the future where the twins have grown up healthy and strong and true to their Kryptonian heritage. Thanks again to my wonderful beta for hanging in there with me. What a wild ride! Please R&R. Thanks for reading, everyone! :D
Chapter 14 – Ten Years Later: Epilogue
"And let us not forget, in ten years, they'll be teenagers and we both know what that's like." Clark shook his head remembering.
"Oh my god, Clark teenagers!" Lois gasped as they stared at each other not quite believing it could really happen. Then, they shook their heads, smiled and hugged each other knowing that they'll be together as a family, and that's all that mattered. They would be there for each other no matter what.
Together forever, the way it should be!!
Ten years have passed since Lex Luthor nearly destroyed the Kent Family. He was still behind bars, serving multiple life sentences for his countless felonies and other major crimes. Lois, Clark, Lara and Jonny have moved on with their lives. Clark Kent's identity is still a secret to the outside world. Lois Lane-Kent finally got that Pulitzer Prize for journalism for her series of articles on the end of the Middle East conflict. And the twins, well, let's just say they have grown up and their parents could not be more proud of them.
The Kent Farm:
Lara and Jonny were upstairs getting ready for their special flight with their Dad. He told them he had planned this since they were five years old. Lara still remembered that day they had all traveled to the Arctic when Jor-El had told them what powers they would inherit from their Dad. In ten years time, Jonny would be exactly like their father, while she on the other hand, would not inherit her father's optic or breathing powers, meaning x-ray vision, heat vision and super breath. They had flown with their father a few times during the year, but this trip would be something very special. Lara hadn't let it bother her about her missing powers, but now that they were older, able and willing to help their father, she felt useless and unsure.
Lara sighed. She was looking at herself in the mirror. She liked the blue mini skirt, red boots, cropped red tee with a gold and red "S" on her chest, but she didn't feel like she should be wearing this costume at all. She added her mask and she was ready. Might as well get this over with.
Jonny had never felt more powerful. He was standing in front of the mirror dressed all in black like his father use to when he was The Blur. He had a silver "S" on his chest, black jeans and a mask. He was so excited to be doing this. He couldn't wait.
"Kids, are you ready? Let's go!" Clark yelled up the stairs to his kids.
"Coming, Dad!" Lara said coming out of her room.
"I'm ready!" Jonny yelled coming out of his Dad's old room.
They both bumped into each other knocking themselves against the opposite wall.
"Hey, watch where you're going, Jonny," Lara said rubbing her arm.
"Sorry, sis. Are you alright?"
"I'm fine. You just startled me. So, I see you're wearing Dad's old costume," Lara said trying not to be envious.
"Yeah, do you like it?"
"Sure, it looks great on you." Lara paused. "Well?"
"Jonny? My costume? What do you think of it?" Lara asked, hands on hips, daring her brother to say something that would get his butt kicked.
"Ummm, it's great, sis. It's ... very colorful."
"Thanks, Jonny," Lara said rolling her eyes.
Lara suddenly had a thought, as she grabbed her brother's arm. "Are you going to bring up the beacon again? It's way past time, you know."
"Do you think Dad still carries that thing? It's been over 10 years now."
"You know Dad, of course, he does. We have to convince him we can take care of ourselves. We're not kids anymore."
"Look, Lara, I agree, but today isn't the day for that. Let's just show him that we're strong like him, and we don't have to worry about anyone doing anything bad to us."
"That's easy for you to say, Jonny. You're fully powered, while I ..." She couldn't say it. "Forget it, let's go, Dad's waiting."
Jonny followed his sister, feeling like the worst brother in the world.
Lois was in the kitchen with Martha when the kids came down the stairs. "Well, well, well. Would you look at that?" Lois said. She was so proud of her babies, she was speechless for a moment.
Martha looked up and tears immediately came into her eyes. "Oh, my."
Clark was in the suit standing over by the front door waiting for the kids. He turned when Lois spoke and when he saw them, he put his hands on his hips and smiled the proudest smile that ever appeared on any father's face. "Well, it looks like you're both ready. I have to say kids that I really like your costumes, and the masks are a good idea for now." He walked over to them then and enveloped them both in his arms. "I love you both very much," he said trying not to cry.
"I love you too, Dad," Lara said.
"Yeah, me too," Jonny said.
"Can I get some of that too?" Lois asked smiling at her family.
"Sure Mom, I love you," Lara said holding her mother tight.
"I love you, Mom," Jonny said giving his mother a hug.
"Be careful out there," Lois felt the need to say.
"I love you all very, very much," Martha said smiling through her tears, as she held out her arms to her grandbabies.
The kids ran to their grandma like they always did when they saw her, enveloping her in a hug too.
"We'll be careful, honey," Clark said giving his wife a kiss on the cheek. "Let's go, Lara, Jonny. Remember what I said, stay close to me and do whatever I tell you."
They nodded, kissed their grandma's cheek, and followed their father outside.
Lois and Martha watched from the porch, as they sprinted out to the cornfield not far from where the spaceship that had brought their father to earth all those years ago had landed. They stood in a circle facing each other, each with their own thoughts.
Lara took a deep breath and stared at her father and brother. This is it, she thought. The moment of truth has arrived. Will I be able to fly by myself? Dad has always held my hand or was always close by. This flight will be different.
I'm ready for this, Jonny thought. He hadn't told his father, but he had practiced floating a lot in the past year, and he knew he could do this.
I knew this day would come, but standing here like this with my children looking at me with such adoration and affection, I couldn't be more proud. Clark nodded to his kids, raised his arm in the air and took off.
Lara was right behind him. Then Jonny followed his sister.
Clark looked over his shoulder and the kids were close enough that he could reach out and touch them. He decided to fly faster to test them. "Now, kids, follow me!"
They had reached the stratosphere and the sun was getting hotter.
Lara could feel the effects of the sun and something was happening. Her eyes became blurry. She shook her head trying to clear her vision. She could see her father and Jonny up ahead going faster and faster. She couldn't keep up. "Dad! Jonny!"
Jonny and Clark turned and saw her loose altitude. They were beside her in a few moments.
"Honey, what happened?" Clark said pulling her up beside him.
Lara could feel and hear her father next to her but she couldn't see him. "Dad, something's wrong with my eyes. I can't see you."
Clark stared into his daughter's eyes. He knew that look from before. Lara's x-ray vision was coming in. "Try and stay calm honey. It will pass in a few moments." He turned to his son. "Jonny, it looks like your sister will have all of your powers after all. Her x-ray vision just came in."
"Really, Dad? That's great, Lara. Are you alright? How do you feel?" Jonny asked excited for his sister.
"I'm fine I guess. I just can't see anything. Wait a minute ..." Lara blinked and she could see her father's skeleton and then his muscles and then his heart. She turned her head and she could see the same thing looking at her brother too. "This is so strange, Jonny," she said smiling at her brother. Her eyesight returned a few moments after the x-ray vision went away.
"I wonder if she has super-breath now too, Dad?" Jonny asked his father, hoping it was true.
"We'll test that when we get back on the ground. Let's continue our flight, guys. Are you ready, Lara?"
"I'm ready, Dad," Lara said feeling confident and ready for anything.
"Great, let's go!"
As they flew around the world several times, Clark watched his children. They were flying ahead of him, laughing and joking with each other. He smiled. He couldn't wait to tell Lois the good news.
Lois, meanwhile, was in the barn helping Martha clean up, and she suddenly felt light headed. Her heart rate sped up and then she fainted. She landed on a bed of hay, so she didn't hurt herself.
"Lois?" Martha was beside her in a moment.
Clark arrived a moment after that. He knew Lois was in trouble.
"Lois?" Clark said lifting her up in his arms. The kids landed a minute after that. They knew there was only one thing that would cause their father to fly so fast.
"Arghhh," Lois moaned touching her forehead.
"What happened honey?" Clark asked his wife worried about her.
"Clark, she fainted," Martha said.
"Let's get you inside." He carried her inside the house and laid her on the sofa. He took her hand. He listened to her heart beat. It was strong and true. "Oh, my," Clark said, not believing his ears. He hadn't heard that sound in over 15 years, but he knew what it was. "Relax, honey, I'll get you some water." He silently motioned for everyone to follow him into the kitchen.
Martha, Jonny and Lara wondered what was happening. Clark had a smile on his face from ear to ear.
"Clark, why are you smiling?" His mother asked and then it dawned on her. "Clark, is it ... ?"
"Yes, I just heard," Clark said, pulling his mother into his arms.
"What, what is it, Dad?" Lara asked, but couldn't help but smile at them. They seemed so happy.
"I'll let your mother tell you. Go on up and change. We have some celebrating to do in a little while. I want your mother to rest for now. Go on."
Lara and Jonny shrugged their shoulders and went upstairs. Martha went upstairs too, giving Lois and Clark their moment.
Lois sat up then taking the glass of water from Clark and taking a sip. "Where is everybody? Clark, what happened?"
"How are you feeling honey? You fainted in the barn. Do you remember?"
"Yes, I do. That was odd. I never faint."
He smiled and touched her cheek.
"What's that smile for?"
To answer her, he lifted her up off the couch, and sat her in his lap. "Just let me hold you for a moment, alright?"
"Clark, I'm fine. It's nothing. Please don't worry about me."
"I like worrying about you. I live for it."
"Yeah, you do, don't you? I don't know why I waste my breath," Lois said smiling. She put her arms around his neck and held her husband close.
"I love you, Lois."
Lois pulled back and stroked his hair. "I love you too, Clark, forever and ever," she said as she laid her head on his shoulder.
Somewhere in the far north:
At that moment, someone stood on a hilltop looking out as far as the eye could see. The binoculars that were placed in front of her eyes enabled this person to see the magnificent structure. There it is! It's still there just as Luthor said it would be. He's not crazy!!
A/N: I couldn't help myself! I hope you liked it. My Muse came back with a vengeance on this epilogue. I'd written one several months ago and it was about the time my writer's block hit, so it wasn't what I had envisioned, so I trashed it. I like this ending so much better. I just hope I have another Lara and Jonny story hovering in my brain somewhere! I want so much to continue writing about them. Please let me know what you think. Reviews help me improve. Thanks for reading, everyone! :D