A/N: This story picks up right after my multi-chapter story Different. In that story, Lois knows about Clark, they're engaged, Clark revealed himself to the world, but he's not Superman, not yet! My muse was also sparked by those 'Homecoming' pics for S10.04 that came out the other day, and Tom's desire to see a few gone, but not forgotten, co-stars to return to the show next season. Here goes! Enjoy! :D

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Homecoming

After seeing Clark's heroics on television and on the Internet, Lana Lang could not stay away. As she stood on the farthest reaches of the Smallville High School gym scanning the crowd of familiar faces looking for a tall dark-haired man, her heart began to race. I have to see him just once more. Suddenly, her mind went back to the last time they saw each other. "I really should not be here."

"Lana Lang?" It was Lois. "What are you doing here?" Lana was silent. "I won't let you hurt him again." Lois grabbed her arm trying to escort her out before Clark came back.

"Lois?" What is she doing here? Lana thought.

Lois escorted her behind the bleachers hoping to protect Clark if he came back and was hurt by Lana's foolishness. "I know what you did to him, and please don't look so shocked. I know everything, Lana."

"He told you?" Lana couldn't believe it.

"Of course he told me. Why wouldn't a fiancé tell his future wife everything?" Lois smoothed her hair back behind her ear purposefully flashing her sparkler.

"Oh, I see." Lana knew deep inside that they had a connection, but she refused to accept it, to believe it, and now it's staring her in the face.

"You are a smart girl, when you want to be. You should leave."

Clark arrived just then from a rescue in Metropolis, straightening his tie and smoothing his hair in place. "Lana?" He stood frozen in place waiting for the kryptonite effects to send him to his knees, but it never came. He slowly made his way over to them. "It's alright, Lois."

"Clark? Stay away, she could hurt you."

"I'm fine, Lois." Clark put his arm around his fiancé and stared at the woman who had been such an important part of his life, but now, she felt like a stranger.

"Lana, what happened?"

Lana held up a ring with a 'blue stone' inside. "It's temporary."

Clark backed up knowing if he got too close, he would lose his powers. "And why are you here?" Clark wanted to know.

"To see everyone, to say hi, that's all," Lana said lying to him.

"Lois and I are engaged," he unnecessarily stated.

"She knows, Clark and I told her to leave. She's not welcome here."

"Is that how you feel, Clark?" Lana bravely asked.

"I want what Lois wants. You should leave, Lana."

"But we only just got here, Clark." Lex leisurely strolled up to Lana, put his arm around her and pulled her to his side.

Lois and Clark both gasped and said at the same time, "Lex?" They both instinctively stepped back.

"Is that any way to welcome home two old friends? It's good to see you both."

"But we thought you were dead," Lois said eyeing them both suspiciously.

"What do you want, Lex?" Clark asked now totally suspicious.

"To have a little fun," Lex said and glanced at Lana.

"I'm sorry, Clark," Lana said and pulled the ring off.

Even though he wasn't standing close, Clark felt the kryptonite effects immediately as he fell to his knees.

"Get away from him!" Lois reacted immediately, punched Lex in the face, shoved Lana to the floor, taking them both totally by surprise, grabbed the ring from her, and tried to get it close enough to Clark to protect him. "Get out both of you," Lois was furious. "You both forgot about me, didn't you? You won't forget next time because Clark and I are a team. What happens to him happens to me. Now, get out and don't come back!"

"Let's go, Lana. Round one goes to them," Lex said as they both left.

"Are you alright, Clark?" Lois said as she smoothed his hair away from his forehead.

"I will be once you get rid of that ring," he said trying to smile. "Thank you, Lois."

Lois returned his smile. "I'll be right back." Lois knew it had to be destroyed, and then she took the ring to the high school cellar and threw it into the furnace fire.

Clark saw Lois return, sat up against the wall and sighed. "Is it gone?"

"Yes, it's gone. Can you stand?" Lois asked helping him up.

"Some reunion, huh? I'm sorry I dragged you here, Lois. I know you didn't want to come," Clark said shaking his head.

"I wouldn't have missed it for anything," Lois said and looked up into his face.

Clark knew that look, as he leaned down just a little and kissed her sweet mouth. She kissed him back for a moment.

"Are you ready to go now?" Lois asked her fiancé.

"Let's go home."

TBC?

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A/N: Round Two, anyone? Let me know what you think! I hope you liked it, and thanks for reading. Reviews are love!