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A/N: After thinking about it, I think it'd be great if I posted the rest of the story before Lazarus on Friday. 8-) So, I'm giving you guys a double-update – the last chapter and the Epilogue together. They're both short, plus I'm sure you guys don't mind. ;)
I hope you guys like what L&C see in that picture. And there's going to be another little surprise that I hope you like. If it doesn't make sense, I'll try to explain it at the end of the chapter in my bottom author's note. ) I hope you all have enjoyed this story. :)
Enjoy the rest of Switch…
Previously in Switch...
"I found some full albums," Lois said holding them up and sat on the couch. Clark pulled the album between them and opened it.
"So far, everything looks like I remember it," Clark said.
"Well no duh, you're like five in these pictures," Lois remarked, "Let's skip ahead."
"Here we go," Lois pointed to a picture of them, "I don't remember this being taken."
Clark took the picture out of the album and looked at the date on the back, "This is dated before I even met you – a year before."
"Looks like our past selves decided to stay in contact," Lois said and put the picture back. They skipped ahead a few pages and stopped on a page that made both of their hearts skip a beat.
Now the rest of Switch...
"That's…," Lois couldn't even get the word out.
"Dad… and Oliver," Clark managed.
"But Oliver said that he had some business to work out with your mom," Lois was confused, "Doesn't that mean she's still senator?"
"It looks like from these pictures on this page that Mom took over for my dad," Clark put some pieces of the puzzle together.
"Does that mean your dad is still alive?," Lois asked.
"He died about a year before I even met Oliver," Clark said, "And there's a picture of them standing together… I think it's safe to say it's a possibility."
They flipped a few pages and got another shocker – a wedding photo, "Chloe's married?"
"Looks like," Clark nodded and swallowed, "It looks like she's married to Bart."
Before they could flip through more pages in the album, they heard a noise in the kitchen. Quickly, they both got up to see what it was and stopped in their tracks. They were met with two faces they hadn't seen in a long time.
"Morning you two," Jonathan smiled, setting down some bags.
"Hey, Lois… CK," Jimmy nodded as he set down more bags.
"Oh my God, Jimmy!," Lois started to tear up and she engulfed the young photographer in a bear-hug.
"Lo-is, you're cutting off my oxygen," Jimmy squeaked and she let him go.
"Shouldn't you be out by Route 31 setting things up?," Jonathan asked. Clark shook his head. He was still in a little bit of shock. Jonathan just kept talking, "You know, to set up for the wedding?"
"We're getting married near Route 31?," Lois asked.
"Yeah," Jimmy laughed, "You thought it'd be fun because it's where you found Clark after he disappeared for awhile before his senior year of high school."
"Are you guys okay?," Jonathan asked.
"Not really. So much…," Lois shook her head and Clark finished her line of thought, "So much has changed."
"Changed?," Jimmy was confused.
Jonathan looked between Lois and Clark and everything started to become a little clearer to him, "Jimmy, why don't you get all the ingredients out for when Martha gets here. I need to talk to Lois and Clark for a moment in private."
"All right," Jimmy nodded and started to take things out of bags as Jonathan, Lois, and Clark went into the living room.
"I think I know what's going on," Jonathan started once Lois and Clark sat on the couch and he sat in his chair.
"You do?," Clark asked.
"Things have changed since you two switched back, huh?," Jonathan said. Lois and Clark nodded slowly.
"I hope they've changed for the better," Jonathan folded his hands together.
"You have no idea," Lois gave him a small smile.
"I always knew your friendship would blossom into something more," Jonathan commented, "And not just because I knew you'd be getting married from your visit to the past."
"How did you know then?," Clark asked.
"You were growing up," Jonathan answered, "You became less and less obsessed with Lana and just became good friends with her. Even she could see the spark between you and Lois. She's flying in this afternoon for the wedding with Pete."
"With Pete?," Clark asked.
"Yeah, they're married," Jonathan nodded.
"Looks like that relationship panned out," Lois commented.
"And Chloe's married to Bart?," Clark couldn't quite believe it.
"Yeah," Jonathan leaned forward with his hands still folded, "They're driving in for the wedding too. Chloe wouldn't let him run them in. It's not going to be that big of a gathering, just friends and family from both sides."
"Is Kara coming?," Clark asked, hoping that whatever changes that were made, he didn't change not knowing his cousin.
"Of course," Jonathan smiled, "J'onn too… as well as the rest of the Justice League. So it's going to be a little bit bigger, but so many people wanted to attend your wedding. Besides, there's enough room in that field."
"So all of these changes came about because Clark and I met earlier than what we remember?," Lois started to see the reason.
"I guess so," Jonathan shrugged, "I don't know what happened before."
"This is amazing," Clark smiled.
"I told you I was good for you, Mr. Kent," Lois teased and knocked Clark with her shoulder. They all exchanged smiles.
The next day…
"You look absolutely stunning, Lois," Martha placed the veil on her head, "I was waiting for the moment you'd be ready to wear it."
"It only looks good because it was yours, Mom," Lois looked back at the woman she's considered a mother for a long time.
"Just make sure my new brother-in-law won't tear it," Lucy grinned, coming up behind Lois and Martha.
"Shut it, Lucy," Lois hit her little sister on the arm with a small slap.
"I could just kill the General for not coming," Lucy sighed.
"I'm sure he wanted to come, Lucy," Martha said, "But it'd be a little hard for him to come from where he's stationed right now. Just make sure you get everything on tape."
"I will," Lucy said and tapped the video camera in her hand, "I can't believe my big sis is getting married to a farm boy… I thought you were into nerds with glasses."
"Clark has his moments," Lois smiled at her inside joke. She turned from the mirror, "Have I thanked Mr. Kent yet for walking me down the aisle?"
"Only about fifty times," Martha fixed Lois' hair so it'd fall just perfectly on her shoulders, "It's his honor, sweetheart… and I think it's about time you'd call him 'Dad'."
"I'm still getting used to…," Lois started and stopped. She didn't want to say she was still getting used to him being alive. The only two people who remembered the other timeline was her and Clark. Instead she said, "I'm still getting used to calling you "Mom", Mom."
"I'm sure he would love if you started calling him "Dad"," Martha assured her, "And I don't think your father would mind either."
"True," Lucy said, "He liked Clark's dad the last time he visited."
"Come on," Martha ushered her girls, "Let's get going. I'm sure the guys and the guests are already almost to your field."
"You never told me what happened in that field when you found Clark," Lucy turned to her sister as they made their way to the car.
"And I never will," Lois smirked and as soon as Lucy got in the car, Lois bit her lip at the memory.
"Ready to take the plunge, CK?," Jimmy came up behind Clark. Oliver and some of the other members of the league were setting up all the chairs in the field. It was at the time of year where everything was plowed.
"Yup," Clark took a breath, "I just can't believe that it's finally happening."
"I can," Jimmy commented, "It really took you guys long enough… Listen, CK, I can't thank you enough for choosing me as your best man. I mean, you've known your friend Pete from the sandbox and Oliver…"
"Stop right there, Jimmy," Clark cut him off, "They're my best friends too, but believe me when I say that I'm just glad you could be here today."
"I wouldn't miss this for the world," Jimmy nodded with sincerity.
"James," Kara popped up behind him, tapping him on the shoulder, "Could you help Chloe and I out for a moment?"
"Sure," Jimmy smiled and nodded back at Clark, following Kara to help out with the finishing touches of the ceremony.
Jonathan came up behind Clark with his hands on Clark's shoulders, "Ready, son?"
"Beyond ready," Clark said, "Is she here yet?"
"She just pulled up on the side of the road," Jonathan answered, "Oliver and Perry are helping with her train."
"Dad?," Clark started.
"Yes, son?," Jonathan signaled for him to continue.
"Could you, uh…," Clark gestured to his untied bow-tie around his neck. Jonathan smiled and with a nod, started tying it, "I've never been prouder of you son."
"Thanks, Dad," Clark was keeping his tears at bay.
"I better get to Lois," Jonathan finished with Clark's tie, "She can't give herself away."
Mendelssohn's Wedding March started to play. All of the guests sat on either side of the make-shift aisle in the field. The canopy that Oliver had ordered was a beautiful vibrant blue and stood over where Lois and Clark would be wed. Martha, Lucy, Chloe, and Lana were all standing on one side waiting for Lois; and Jimmy, Oliver, Pete, Bart, and Perry were waiting on the other side of Clark.
Lois' arm was through Jonathan's as they got closer and closer to Clark. Clark's eyes were locked with his soon-to-be wife's and he couldn't help but smile. As he watched his father and Lois come closer to him, he was overcome with a memory that only he and Lois shared:
"Look," Lois sat on the edge of Clark's couch in his loft, "Sometimes, you gotta tuck your feelings away until it's the right time – like stuffing dollars into a piggybank for a bike you can't quite afford."
"Except, I can't quite imagine there is anyone else out there," Clark replied, sadly.
"Well you never know, Clark," Lois started to assure him, "Maybe when you finally crack open that piggybank, you'll find that all this time you haven't been saving for a bike – you've really been saving for a Harley."
Clark managed to give Lois a small smile. There were times when she absolutely astonished him, "There are times when I think you don't know me at all… then others where I think you know me better than anyone."
"Well, that's what I'm here for, Smallville," Lois smiled, "One save at a time."
Clark came out of the memory once Lois and Jonathan approached. He barely even heard the minister ask his father who was giving Lois away to be wed. He watched Jonathan pull Lois' veil over her head and gave her a kiss on the cheek before taking his place behind Jimmy.
"Ladies and gentlemen," the minister started, "We're gathered here today in this field… Lois and Clark's field to finally join these two in matrimony."
All of the guests nodded in agreement at the word the minister decided to emphasize. He continued, "It is to my understanding that you two have decided to recite your own vows. Lois, would you like to go first?"
"As always," Lois smiled. Lucy stepped up and handed Clark's ring to Lois. She took Clark's hand and hovered the ring in front of the finger it would remain on for the rest of his life. She took a deep breath and began, "Smallville, we have been through so many things together – more than I can say or even imagine. We've been through the good, the bad, and even life-threatening situations. And through all of that, one thing is for certain… we have each other's backs. Whether it is emotional or physical, we're there for each other. Now we can start the greatest adventure of all."
She slipped the ring on Clark's finger with one of the biggest smiles she could ever give. Jimmy stepped up and handed Lois' ring to Clark as he took Lois' hand and did the same, "Lois. Lois Lane, what can I say? You crashed your way into my life and even though I didn't think so at first, I'll be forever grateful that you did. You're unlike anybody I ever met. Don't worry, that's a good thing. I admire so much about you – your drive, your compassion, your strength, and above all, your ability to love. You put your whole soul into everything you do and I can't wait to start the rest of my life with you."
He slipped the ring on her finger with the same big smile on his face. Lois and Clark looked to the minister, silently telling him that they were ready for him to continue. The minister smiled and looked to Clark, "Do you Clark Joseph Kent take Lois Joanne Lane to be your wedded wife? Will you honor her, comfort her, and keep her in sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, and forsaking all others, keeping yourself only to her, for as long as you both shall live?"
"I do," Clark's eyes danced with emotion.
The minister looked to Lois and asked, "And do you Lois Joanne Lane take Clark Joseph Kent to be your wedded husband? Will you honor him, comfort him, and keep him in sickness and in health, for richer and poorer, and forsaking all others, keeping yourself only to him, for as long as you both shall live?"
"You better believe it," Lois answered with a small laugh. Clark couldn't help but smile once again. He knew Lois had to be different.
"That's good enough for me," the minister laughed, "If there is anyone present who feels that these two should not be wed, let them speak now or forever hold their peace… It is my honor to pronounce you two as husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."
Clark grabbed Lois by the waist and dipped her down in a deep and passionate kiss. Their friends and family at their sides and in the chairs were on their feet applauding and whistling. He lifted Lois up and released her from the kiss.
As soon as they were done kissing, the minister proclaimed, "It is my pleasure to present Mr. and Mrs. Clark Kent!"
Clark picked Lois up bridal style and captured her mouth with another kiss with more applause. The guests got up and started to mingle, but one guest in particular strolled right up to Lois and Clark with a huge smile, "Congratulations."
"Zatanna," Lois was let back down to her own two feet, "Nice to see you in the right time."
"Me too," Clark said.
"I hope that all of your heart's desires have been fulfilled today," Zatanna continued with a knowing smile.
"They have," Lois put her arm around Clark's waist as he did the same. Zatanna gave each of them a hug and went on her way.
"You know, if I didn't know any better, I'd say that Zee gave us that magic watch knowing I'd open it early on purpose," Lois commented.
"Maybe," Clark shrugged, "She works in mysterious ways."
Jimmy started up some music as the rest of the Justice League moved the chairs to the side to make a dance floor. Lois and Clark were the first to start swaying to the music, "So, how does it feel to be Mrs. Clark Kent?"
"Wonderful," Lois tilted her head back to get a better view of her new husband, "How does it feel to be Mr. Lois Lane?"
"Amazing," Clark pressed his forehead against hers, "Now it's time for the rest of our wishes to come true." They shared another kiss and swayed to the music with their heartbeats beating in unison – and started floating a few inches off the ground.
Well… that's all I wrote. :) *hug* If any of you are a little confused as to how things changed, allow me to explain. Lois and Clark decided to stay in contact after they switched back, the memories of the future intact. Clark still was a little blinded by Lana – that didn't go away right away, Martha still lost the baby because Clark still destroyed his ship, and then fast-forwarding a bit, Clark eventually lost his Lana blinders and began to go with Lois. Lana and he just stayed good friends.
The main thing that might not make sense is why Jimmy is alive… well, after Lois and Clark started to date, events in the timeline began to change – one chain of event was changed and eventually they got to Season 8 and Jimmy was never involved with Chloe so Davis was no danger to him – so he lived. 8-)
If any of you are still confused at all, just let me know and I'll try to explain it as best I can. :D
I haven't started any new Smallville stories yet. I have one in mind, but I need to flesh it out and think of a title before I start anything. My Castle story is still in the works too… ;)
Please comment and tell me what you think! I hope you guys have enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. :) :D
Thanks to everybody who just read it. I appreciate you too! :D
Clois Forever! :D