A/N: I have to say that I really did not see this coming when I started this story as a one shot (I say that every time), but as I went along, it just felt right, so very right to end it this way. I hope you agree. Anyway, in this last chapter, Lois and Clark have a real talk about the present, the past and what lies ahead for them. Please read and review! Thanks, everyone!
Chapter 5: A Special Gift
After speaking with Perry and telling him that she and Clark were back on track, and that they would return to the office the next day, she hung up the phone, took a deep breath and turned to her husband. "Well, I probably shouldn't say anything and I may be wrong but …I think I may be pregnant." She smiled from ear to ear and her eyes sparkled in that way Clark had seen several times before.
Clark was inwardly excited and thrilled by her words, but it wasn't the first time Lois had thought she was pregnant. "But you're not sure, right?"
"I know that look Clark, but this time I really think I am, and I don't know, I have this feeling inside ever since that night."
He smiled then. "It was quite a night, wasn't it?" He touched her cheek and smiled even wider remembering.
"Yes it was." She smiled back and cuddled her husband close. "So, once we return home and a certain date comes and goes, you'll see I was right, we will be pregnant Clark, I know it."
Clark didn't say anything, but held her close to his chest, kissed her temple, and soon they both fell asleep each dreaming of a dark-haired little boy with eyes the color of the sky.
The next morning, Lois awoke in their Paris hotel room and for a moment, she thought she was back in Hawaii on her honeymoon, as she stretched and reached for her husband but he wasn't there. She breathed in the aromas that tickled her nostrils. Something smells delicious. She opened her eyes then. "Clark?"
"Good morning sleepyhead?" Clark wanted so much for it to be true, that Lois was pregnant so he decided to put his feelings aside and treat his wife with hope and love. He was sitting on the bed in a bathrobe, hair damp from a shower, with a tray full of food including omelets, sausages, fruit, croissants and hot cocoa, not coffee, which Clark supposed Lois would have to give up, at least until they knew for sure she was pregnant. He knew it was going to be hard for her to give up one of her favorite foods, but he had no doubt she could do it.
"Good morning, what's all this?" Lois asked as she sat up and smoothed her hair out of her eyes.
"Lois, you must be starving, we haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon."
"Actually, surprisingly, I'm not that hungry, but I'll take the cocoa and a croissant. You can have the rest."
He frowned at her. "Alright, if you're sure, but you have to keep up your strength, you know, just in case."
Lois inwardly sighed as thoughts of Clark hovering over her, taking care of her, and waiting on her hand and foot. Humm, now that I think about it, that doesn't sound so bad.
"What are you thinking, and what's that smile about?"
"Oh, just that I'm very happy everything is fine between us like it should be."
Clark smiled. "Me too," he replied and leaned over and kissed her tasting cocoa and sweet bread.
"So, when do we have to go back?" She regretfully asked, hoping they could have a little more time.
"We have the rest of the day, but we should head back tonight," he replied as he ate his meal.
Lois sighed suddenly worried about what all of it could really mean for them. "Clark, what if I really am pregnant?" Her heart began to pound as the reality of it began to seep into her brain.
Clark removed the tray from the bed, reached for her and took her into his arms. "We'll handle it, no matter what happens." He silently sent up prayers that it be true.
Lois held him close, worried about the future, but also feeling blessed to have found this incredible man, someone who would always be there for her, would keep her safe, and love her even though they had both made mistakes.
"I believe you, Clark."
He kissed her forehead and held her close. "We're going to be alright, I know it."
"I hope so, because … we really hit a serious bump there Clark. I've never been so scared."
He stroked her hair and kissed her forehead. "I'm so sorry I hurt you, Lois." He paused afraid to ask her this question. "Do you … forgive me?"
Lois closed her eyes and held him tighter knowing she could forgive him for just about anything. "Yes, Clark, I forgive you."
Clark heard the hesitation in her voice. "Are you sure?"
"I'm pretty sure."
"What does that mean?"
"Well, suppose your younger self shows up again from the past, then what?"
"Lois, he won't show up again; that was the one and only time."
"I'm relieved to hear it, Clark, because you're enough for me to handle, but two of you, not something I want to deal with ever again."
Clark chuckled as he sat up and pulled off his robe. "Oh, you think you can handle me?"
"Clark, now you know you're putty in my hands, all I have to do is snap my fingers and you would come running," she teased smiling.
He knew that was true, but he'd be damned if he would admit it, so he ignored her remark. "We'll see whose putty and who isn't," he returned her smile but then he kissed her to wipe that knowing smirk off her lips.
Lois kissed him back knowing that Clark knew it was true, but to be honest, she was putty in his hands too, but she would be damned if she would admit it.
Round one, let the 'molding' begin.
A week later in Metropolis, early morning, Lois and Clark's bedroom:
Lois tried to wake her husband, as she shook his shoulder several times. "Clark, Clark, wake up."
Clark tried to open his eyes. "Lois, what time is it?" He finally opened his eyes and stared at his wife's glowing face.
"I couldn't wait anymore. It's time, Clark … time to pick out baby names," she replied still in a bit of a shock about it, as she held up the pregnancy test and there in blue and white was a 'positive sign" indicating that she was definitely pregnant.
Clark was immediately awake as he smiled and held out his arms. "Oh, honey, really, you're really pregnant?" He held her close as he realized Lois was shaking a little. "How are you feeling?"
"Terrified, just hold me and don't let go. I can't seem to stop shaking."
"You're ok now; just take a few deep breaths, there are you alright now?"
"I don't know, I can't believe it, but there it is." She held up the test again. "Maybe I should take another test. I have several in the bathroom just to be sure."
"That may be a waste of time honey, I have noticed a few changes in your body."
"Oh, you have, so soon?" Lois touched her breasts beneath her nightgown. "Well, they do feel a little tender, but it's only been a little over a week."
Clark smiled and held her close. "We should make an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible. Star Labs can help us and they'll be discreet."
Lois put her hand over her mouth, shocked that she had forgotten for a moment that their baby would be exactly like his father, but he'll be like her too, so he'll be unlike anyone else on the planet … special, very special. Her eyes filled with tears and then she started to cry.
"Lois, what is it?" He held her close.
"I'm being silly, must be hormones or something, but I can't help but worry about him, how very special he'll be, like no one else," she said touching her stomach.
"I know and it will be a challenge for us, but I think we'll be alright," he squeezed her shoulder.
She sniffed and wiped at her eyes. "I know we will. A baby, we're going to have … a baby." The idea was definitely sinking in now.
Clark began to accept that fact too, like it had finally sunk into his brain. "It's true, a baby, we're having … a baby."
Lois felt him shake a little too, and then they were holding each other close, each thinking about their childhoods and how they wouldn't wish that on any child, but together they would be alright; their family would be alright.
Clark pulled back, stroked her hair out of her eyes, and wiped her tears away. "I love you, Lois." He paused. "Thank you," he smiled and touched her stomach reverently.
Lois put her hand over his and smiled back. "I love you too, and you're very welcome."
Then they sealed their confessions with gentle kisses and tender caresses which all too soon became desperate and frantic, as Clark helped her remove her gown. He stared at her lovely breasts as he thought about how large and sensitive they would become, then his mouth went dry as he licked his lips, glanced up her body, met her sultry gaze, and then she beckoned to him with open arms and parted lips and he was lost.
Right now, at this moment, wrapped up in each other's arms, it was easy to forget everything but this perfect moment in time.
A/N: *happy sigh* I couldn't help myself … a baby. *happy sigh* I'd like to think Past!Clark may have had a little to do with that! Thanks to all my readers for taking this journey with me. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading. Reviews are love!
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