A/N: In this last chapter, Clark and Lois try to adjust to their new status, as friends and family send along their congratulations, but their happiness is tempered by the disappearances of two friends who had become essential to all of them. Bring on S10! Please read and review! Thanks!:D
Chapter 10: Everything
Clark was right about everything changing. As they exited the elevator, they saw that everyone was glued to the monitors watching Clark's heroics. "Put your glasses on, Clark, NOW!" Lois urgently whispered as she loosened his tie a little and pushed his hair back from his forehead.
"Lois, that's not going to fool anybody now," Clark said but he put his glasses on anyway, and he decided to slouch a little too. It couldn't hurt.
A co-worker came up to them then. "Did you see those videos, guys? There's a man in blue tights, red boots and a cape flying around helping people, rescuing people, and he's saving lives too. He's amazing!"
Lois and Clark briefly glanced at each other and answered him at the same time. "Really?"
The Watchtower, the next day:
"You're getting married?" Chloe exclaimed shocked by the news. "Now, at a time like this?" She asked looking between the two of them for an explanation.
"No, Chloe," Lois answered her cousin. "Clark and I decided that a long engagement would work for us, under the circumstances." She went to her then and put her arm around her shoulder. "We know what you're going through and finding Oliver and Tess is our top priority."
"We will find them, Chloe," Clark said determined to help.
Chloe hugged Lois back relieved. She smiled at Clark then. "That was some splash you made yesterday, Clark. After all these years, you're still full of surprises."
"He sure is," Lois said smiling at her fiancé.
Clark and Lois shared one of their 'looks,' and Chloe was truly amazed at the love flowing between them. I've seen those looks before, but this one was definitely different. It was time.
Chloe put on one of her bravest smiles. "Congratulations, you two. I mean that. I've watched you two for years wondering when you were going to admit how you feel about each other." Her eyes watered. "I love you both so much, and I wish you all the happiness in the world."
"Thank you, Chloe. We love you too," Lois said giving her another hug. "We'll always be here for you, no matter what," she said also getting emotional.
"I know you will," Chloe said wiping at her eyes.
"Alright, let's get to it. You said you contacted all the League members, and still no word?" Clark said checking the monitors.
"Yes, nothing at all. His cell hasn't been used, no movement on his bank accounts, his apartment is collecting dust, no one has seen him at Queen Industries or LuthorCorp, and it goes on and on. It's the same with Tess too. It's like they've both vanished from the face of the Earth," Chloe said and glanced at Clark afraid she'd hurt his feelings or something. "I'm sorry, Clark," she said worried about his reaction.
"It's alright, Chloe really," Clark said and began to pace.
"What are you thinking, Clark?" Lois asked.
"I'm not sure. I have a few things I need to check out first, then I can answer your question. I don't want to say anything."
"Is it bad news?" Chloe asked. "Please just tell me what it is Clark. It can't be any worst than what I'm thinking."
Clark sighed. Besides Lois, Chloe was the strongest person he knew. He began to pace again. "Ever since you told me about the circumstances of Oliver and Tess's disappearances, the woman hovering outside Tess' hospital room, Oliver seemingly surrounded by people in a confined space and then disappearing in moments, I checked the crystals at the Fortress for information about … alternate universes and different dimensions."
"You can't be serious?" Lois exclaimed.
"Lois, this is Metropolis and you can't forget Smallville, can you? You've lived here long enough to realize anything can happen," Chloe said finding no need to elaborate.
Lois grinned remembering. "Of course, you're right, Chloe, but I just thought of something. Suppose they were transported to the future like me?" Lois suggested. No one answered her. She looked between her cousin and her fiancé wondering what was up. Chloe looked shocked and Clark wouldn't look at her. "Chloe, I know everything. Clark told me everything last night. He had a lot of secrets to reveal. Let's just say it was a long night," she stated quirking an eyebrow at her fiancé. Clark wouldn't look at her.
He finally raised his head and he had the good grace to look sheepish. "Umm, Lois, there may be a few other things to talk about," Clark stated avoiding her eyes again.
"What things?" Lois asked crossing her arms.
Chloe was getting worried and decided to change the subject. "Guys, can you do this later? I have a few ideas about what Clark said earlier."
They didn't answer her or refused to acknowledge her remark.
Lois raised an eyebrow waiting for an answer. "Smallville?"
"Well, it's not like you remember it," Clark said and inwardly winced, immediately regretting it.
"Oh, no," Chloe mumbled.
Lois turned her head to look at Chloe. "You know, don't you? We'll be right back, Chloe," she said and grabbed Clark's arm and dragged him to the other side of the room. "Move it, Smallville."
Chloe sighed and went to get some coffee. This could take a while, she thought.
As soon as they stopped walking, she crossed her arms again. "Well, spill it, and I mean everything, Clark."
Clark sighed again. He didn't know what had possessed him to say anything about what happened in the future, but he hated keeping things from her. That wasn't the kind of engagement or marriage he wanted. "Do you remember Valentine's Day, when you and I became infected with the red meteor rock?"
Lois narrowed her eyes, remembering. "You said nothing happened that day," she said hoping he hadn't lied to her back then.
"Nothing happened beyond kissing. I promise, Lois. We kissed a lot, but nothing more than that," he assured her.
"What else? There's more, isn't it? I'm listening, Smallville."
He looked her in eye then hoping to show his regret at not telling her the truth. "Your memories of our time in the future, I left out something, something important." He paused. "Lois, we made love," Clark confessed bracing for her reaction.
She backed up a step, trying to digest this information. She shook her head trying to understand why he would keep this from her. "We made love … in the future, and you took that away from me?" Her eyes became bright not believing he would do such a thing. "How could you?"
He took her by the shoulders then. She tried to pull away for him. "Lois, please listen and hear me out. I told you before that those memories were killing you. I had no choice but to take them away from you. I couldn't stand by and watch you die. You have to believe me. Please tell me you understand why I did it."
She raised her head to look at him trying with everything in her to understand. "But you should have told me this last night. Why did you really keep this from me? I want the truth, Clark."
He dropped his arms and thought about it for a moment. "Lois, I cherished those few hours we shared in the future. I tucked those memories away deep in my heart. They sustained me through all the months of what happened with Zod and the Kandorians. They became a part of me, and I didn't want anyone else to know, including you. It was selfish of me, I know that now. I have no excuse, but the one thing I do know Lois, I don't want any more secrets between us. I wanted you to know the truth and that's why I told you about myself; that's why I told you the truth today. Do you believe me?" He pleaded with her hoping she would forgive him.
She looked at him then. She knew about keeping cherished memories that no one knew about but her, and they were a part of her too. It was like giving a part of your self to someone. They still had a lot to learn about each other, about trust and about giving to another person. She understood. She took that step towards him, raised her hand and touched his chest directly over his heart. "You said they were tucked away in here?"
"Yes, they're there," he replied hoping they were back on track.
"I want them, Clark, all of them," she smiled and then she showed him exactly what she wanted from him. "I want every kiss, every touch, every caress, every .." she didn't finish.
Clark grabbed her then and kissed her hard. "Mmm," Lois moaned into his mouth. She kissed him back, running her fingers through his hair. She came up for air after a moment.
"Clark, I have confession to make too," she purred.
"What is it?" He asked kissing her throat.
"I lied about the faulty lie detector," she said and smiled against his ear kissing it softly.
He pulled back and smiled from ear to ear. "I knew it. My head believed you at the time, but my heart was another matter altogether."
She touched his chest again. "This old thing believed me?"
"Yeah, it did. It took me a long time to listen to it, but you wore me down," he laughed then.
"Oh really? I wore you down? You pursued me," Lois stated smiling.
"Since when?" Clark asked curious about her answer.
"Well, it's hard to say when exactly. You've always wanted me since the day we met. Even you admitted that," she paused for effect. Clark opened his mouth to deny it, but she continued. "Oh, I know when it was. It was when you decided to take that job at the Planet and get a desk directly across from mine. If that wasn't a declaration of 'I want you,' then I don't know what is," Lois said and dared him to deny it.
"You're joking right? Lois, it was a job. I needed a job and you gave me the application, remember. You just happen to work at the same place, that's all," he said trying to convince her.
"Uh, huh, keep telling yourself that Clark. You may believe it one day."
Clark just shook his head at her. They could debate this for hours and not get anywhere, not settle anything. There is one way to settle this, he thought.
Chloe came back just then, coffee cup in hand, which immediately fell to the floor at the scene before her. She immediately left the Watchtower and went to get another cup! Smiling to herself, she'd call first before she came back!
A/N: Wow, this story started out as a one shot ... 24,000 words later! My Muse had her way with me, that's for sure! *lol* If at the end of the final season, or even midway, if my Muse wants to go at it again, I may add a few one shots to continue this story. I hope you liked it! Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks to all who reviewed and took this journey with me. Reviews are love.