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Olive Queen was quite please with himself.

Really, it was pretty brilliant that he had purchased controlling power at LuthorCorp. Now it would be much easier for them to keep an eye what Tess, and by association Lex, was doing. This was one of the best ideas he had had in a while.

And that's exactly what he was bragging about as he spoke on his cell phone to Lois outside the board room. The Board of Directors were currently behind those doors, arguing with this new bit of information. "You should hear them going at it, Lois. They're furious." He laughed, because it was just too good.

After their talk the night before, Oliver had decided to stop keeping things from Lois. It was just ridiculous. She knew all of them; she was bound to get involved sooner or later. Oliver would rather that Lois knew everything she could so that she would be prepared, as opposed to going into a situation blindly.

On the other end of the line, Lois laughed. She was stuck at the farm, so she was glad that Oliver had taken time after his meeting to call her. She was bored out of her mind with Clark or Chloe to amuse her. "It sounds like you're having a grand old time over there, Ollie."

"I really am. I—" He stopped talking abruptly. After a tense, silent moment, he said, "Hold on, Lois."

Lois sat up straight on the couch. "Oliver," she said, but it seemed that he had pulled the phone from his ear and couldn't hear her anymore.

Lois tried not to panic, but then she heard Oliver shout "Everybody down!" What could only be described as a loud explosion sounded on the other end of the phone. Then the line went dead.

Cursing loudly, Lois dialed Clark's number with shaking fingers. She pressed the phone tightly to her ear as it rang… and continued to ring. "God damn it, Clark! Pick up!"

It went to his voice mail. She couldn't waste anymore time trying to call him again, so she called Chloe. If her cousin didn't pick up, then she had no idea who she would call. She found herself fervently praying that Chloe would answer the phone.

After the fourth ring, she did. "Hey, Lois. What's up?"

Lois didn't waste her time with any preamble. "Oliver is hurt!"

"…What?"

"I was on the phone with Oliver and something happened! It sounded like an explosion!" Lois jumped up and off of the couch, going for her jacket. She grabbed her car keys and went right out the door. It might take her a little bit to get to the city, but she would get there, damn it. "You have to call Clark, or something. I tried to call him, but he didn't pick up."

She heard Chloe let out a quick curse and then heard her scramble from wherever she was. "Okay. Maybe you should stay at the farm, Lois. I'll go find Clark, and you just—"

"Screw that!" Lois was already driving down the road. "I'm not just going to sit by if Oliver is hurt! I'm going into Metropolis now. I should be at the hospital by the time they get there."

There was a long pause before Chloe said, "Just be careful, okay?"

While Lois appreciated her cousin's worry, she was more concerned for Oliver at the moment. "I'll be fine."


Clark took a sip of his coffee. Lana did the same, smiling at him from across the table. They were currently in a café after spending all night running around the city. Seeing as how Lana somehow managed to fuse a super suit to her skin, Clark had thought it would be a good idea to explain her new abilities to her.

He had the feeling that she was hoping for a little bit more than that, but she didn't say anything, so neither did he. Given everything that he had just found out, he wasn't entirely sure if he was comfortable with jumping right back into a relationship. And he felt just weird now, knowing that Lana did all of this because of him. Or he was at least part of the reason.

Lana took another sip of her coffee. "Listen, Clark," she said. "I was thinking. Now that things are different… now that we're the same… I was thinking that—"

Before Lana could finish, Chloe ran up to them. The two occupants at the table looked up at the blonde woman in surprise. She was wearing a look of absolute panic on her face, her hand tightly clutching her cell phone as she panted from the exertion of running.

"Chloe? Are you okay?" Clark asked.

Chloe shook her head. "No. Lois called."

Without waiting for Chloe to finish, Clark jumped up from the table. His coffee got knocked over, but he didn't care. "Why? What's wrong? Is she okay?"

"She's okay," Chloe said. "But Oliver isn't. There was an explosion at LuthorCorp."


They were careful when they arrived at the hospital. Chloe had given them the heads-up that Lois was already there, so they didn't speed into the room. When they got there, Clark and Lana saw that Oliver was already awake and Lois was parked by his bedside.

"Hey, Oliver," Clark said. "How are feeling?"

Oliver lifted a shoulder. "Like I've gotten blown up."

"The only reason he's alive right now is because the table protected him," Lois said. She shook her head. "I don't even understand how this happened."

Lana gave a little snort. "I can think of one person who would do this. Lex."

Clark ran a hand through his hair. "We should check out the board room." When Oliver nodded his head in agreement, Lana grabbed Clark's hand.

"Come on, Clark," she said. "Let's go."

"Hold on a second," Oliver said. He looked over at Lois before a smirk came on his face. "Take Lois with you."

Clark and Lana blinked before they said in unison, "What?"

Lana was glaring at Lois and trying to make it seem like it wasn't obvious. Clark, on the other hand, was glaring at Oliver like he was going to rip him in half. Lois was pretending not to see either of them, and Oliver just had a shit-eating smirk on his face.

"Yeah," he said in an innocent tone. "Lois would be good for your investigation. She's a great reporter, so she's really good at finding things. I'm sure an extra pair of eyes would help, anyway."

Lois stood up and pulled her jacket back on. "Chloe is coming to sit with Ollie. I don't have a problem going with you guys to check the board room out." Her eyes connected with Clark's, and she dared him to say something.

Clark knew that there was no getting out of this one. "Alright," he finally said. "Just stay close. For my sanity, please?"

Lois grinned at him. "Would I do anything different?"

Clark shook his head. "I'm not going to answer that question."


"Clark, are you sure that this is a really good idea?" Lana said through barely parted lips. They were walking slightly behind Lois. With their super hearing, they could barely talk and still hear each other.

Clark gave Lana a sharp look. "Yes, I'm sure. Lois will be fine."

Lois looked over her shoulder at them. "Is everything okay?" she asked darkly. They had arrived at the building, and, among all the chaos, found that it was easy to get into the building and then the board room.

"Yeah," Clark said. He cleared his throat, because the feeling in the room had just become incredibly awkward. "Everything is just fine. Are you sure that you'll be okay looking through all of this?"

She glared at him. Lois actually glared at him. "Yes. I'll be fine."

"Just don't lift anything too heavy," Clark said. "I don't want you to hurt your back even more."

For some reason, her glare melted away a little bit and Lana glared at him. "Okay," Lois said quietly.

They began to search through the debris for several long, silent minutes. As Clark shifted another large piece of the ceiling, pain shot through him. He dropped the ceiling and backed away from the spot.

"Clark!" Lois and Lana both saw him, but Lois got to him first. She put a hand on his back. "Are you okay?"

"Yeah, I'm fine," Clark said. He looked at Lana and mouthed the word 'kryptonite.' She nodded her head and went to search the area. Lois, with one hand still on his back, looked over to see what Lana was looking at.

She tried to hide it, but Lois saw it. "What is that green stuff?" she exclaimed. She looked over at Clark, who winced when it was revealed. "Clark, is this what made you sick?" She stepped away from him and bent over to inspect it more closely. "Wait a second. I've seen this around Smallville before."

Lana was still burying through the debris, and she touched something else. The glowing green of the rock disappeared, and Lana pulled a computer chip of some sort from the mess. She held it up into the light so they could all see it better.

Clark was obviously better, and he stood up a little straighter and nodded his head at Lana. He took the chip from her and looked down at it. His eyes widened when he recognized part of the logo on it.

"Queen Industries," he said.

"What?" Lois tripped over a piece of the wall in her haste to get over to Clark. She grabbed onto his arm to catch himself as she bent to look at the chip. "There is no way that there was a chip from Queen Industries in that explosive. Oliver wouldn't try to blow himself up."

"Maybe it was an inside job," Lana suggested. "Or maybe he's just not telling us something."

Clark turned the chip over in his hands. "Why would Oliver try to hide something from us?"

"Didn't it seem like he was trying to hide something?" Lana said. "At the hospital, I mean. He was pretty quick to get rid of all of us at the hospital."

Lois glared at Lana so fiercely that Clark thought holes were going to melt through her head—and he was the one with heat vision. She put her hands on her hips and whipped around to face the raven-haired woman.

"Oliver's not trying to hide anything from us," she snapped.

"He's done it before." Lana turned to face Clark. "When he found me, Oliver was trying to hunt down Lex to kill him."

Lois blinked in surprise while Clark's jaw set. He shook his head as he asked, "Why didn't you tell me?"

"I thought I talked him out of it, but I guess it didn't work. He seems to have his own plan." Lana shrugged her shoulders. "We all have our secrets."

Lois shook her head. "Well, maybe we should show it to him and let him explain."

Clark tightened his fist around the chip and tried not to crush it to dust. "I don't think we can trust Oliver anymore."

Lois made a scoffing noise and pushed Clark's shoulder. "Are you kidding me? Oliver is supposed to be your friend. You can't just say that about him!"

"He went behind my back," Clark said. "He didn't tell me what he was planning on doing."

Lois threw her hands up in the air. "Look, I don't even pretend to understand what you're all doing. It just makes my brain hurt, quite frankly. But I'm getting fed up with the way you're acting. Stop hiding your stupid secrets from each other. It's not going to help anyone if you don't tell Oliver what's going on. What if someone tried to kill him, huh? I bet you'd feel like crap if something happened to him because you didn't tell him anything."

Clark was staring at Lois with his mouth completely open. Somehow, Lois was completely changing the way he did things. And he didn't really think that he minded.


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