A/N: I know it's been a long time, but I finally feel motivated to continue this fic again ;). Now, you guys were brought up to date with Lois' and Lionel's past, so from now on, the events of this story will progress in the present time line.
Without further ado, here's the next chapter.
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Chapter – 10:
"It's okay, Clark. It-it's alright," Lois murmured, as he finally let her put her arms around him and hold him close to her heart. Inside, she was a mess. She was mighty glad to find out that Clark Kent was indeed the 'Traveler'. But it also meant that he had the power to hurt her and Lois didn't know if she would be able to handle him until she could get Clark to her father.
"I didn't do it, I didn't," Clark whimpered scared, the ringing in his ears somewhat gone. What he didn't realize was that he was too shocked at the crack on the floor, which seemed like he had created, and hence his attention got diverted.
"I can help you, Clark," Lois stated carefully, as she slowly looked him in the eye. "Will you let me?"
"Did you...do you know something? Is this related to why I can't remember anything from that night?"
"Do you trust me?" asked Lois, trying to gauge Clark's reaction.
"I-I do," Clark answered, after some hesitation.
"Okay, Clark, then you've got to do as I tell you. I want you to stay here until I come back, okay?"
"Where are you going? Are you going to call the cops?" Clark asked alarmed.
"No, no, not at all, Clark," Lois reassured. "I'm just going to call...Lex. He's your friend, and he'll help you. You know that, right?"
Lois knew Clark valued his friendship with Lex, and she played that.
"Yes, you're right. I can wait for Lex. But I need to talk to my parents."
"No, Clark," Lois almost shouted, getting panicked. "Th-they will be informed, but not until we find out what's wrong. I mean, you don't want to worry your parents for nothing, do you?"
"No, my father has a heart condition. I..."
"Exactly, Clark. No need to get him all worked up. I'll be gone for a couple of hours and fetch Lex."
"Alright, I'll wait for you," Clark said with a small smile, though he was clearly very shaken. Lois tried to return the gesture, hoping that it would make Clark trust her more, when she felt it.
Suddenly, Lois was swept away with this intense desire to love Clark. It was both emotional and physical in nature. She had felt this way before, in her sleep while she dreamt of the caped alien, but it had never been this strong.
As she looked at Clark, she could see the same desire in his eyes and that he also was trying to fight this unnamed, unseen pull between them. Her stomach tightened in knots and she could see Clark visibly shaking to control himself.
He had been trying to avoid her eyes the moment he felt the first wave of lust and love wash over him, but the moment she said his name, Clark couldn't help it. He placed his hand on her cheek slowly, then pulled Lois for a kiss.
Clark wanted it to be soft, gentle, slow. They both wanted it, trying to fight the desire between them, but the attraction was so strong that it turned out to be a hungry, fierce and passionate kiss as their lips meshed with each others, their lips parting to allow their tongues to tangle with one another's.
Lois became breathless and Clark saw that she needed air, and that was when he realized he could hold his breath and not feel any discomfort. Suddenly scared again, he let her go.
"I...I should get going," Lois muttered, moving away from him. Weirdly enough, the kiss had been relieving. She had not been all hot and bothered, like she used to be after each of her dreams. Her father's words about the alien trying to trap her into a mesh of seduction and passion made Lois hurry out of the room.
Before she exited through the door though, she looked back at Clark, who was still on the floor.
"You'll stay, right? You'll not go anywhere until I get Lex, right?"
"I'll wait for you forever," Clark replied, not sure where the words were coming from. Lois also felt this ache in her heart, as if she would be betraying herself if she reported to her father about this alien, this Naman. Fearing she was getting ensnared in Clark's trap, Lois quickly made her way out.
Lois of course, had no intention of telling Lex anything. She only pretended in front of Clark. The man she really wanted to talk to was her father, Lionel Luthor. However, he was not picking up her phone. Not knowing what to do, Lois decided to talk to Helen. She was one of Lionel's most trusted employees. It appeared though, that even Helen was not answering her phone.
Exasperated, Lois decided to drive back to Metropolis. She broke every speed limit and reached the city in record time – just in a little over an hour. No one would question her if she used the front entrance, but her gut told her to use the secret separate entrance that lead directly to Lionel's cabin. She also parked her car in a space Lionel had made specifically for himself, one where there was no camera.
Surreptitiously, Lois made her way into her father's cabin though a private elevator. Once inside Lionel Luthor's office, she found it empty, like she had expected. However, considering she really needed to talk to him, Lois decided to call Helen again. She didn't want to walk outside and scare her father's new secretary, who probably had no idea about the secret entrance to her boss's office.
Helen Bryce still didn't pick up the phone, though.
Frustrated, Lois began to look through her father's drawers and shelves, hoping to find some appointment diary, and maybe some contact number. Coming up empty handed and seeing that time was running fast as it had been over two hours since she had left Clark in the Luthor mansion, Lois decided to give her father's laptop a try.
She got stumped when it asked for password and was disappointed when she was denied access after pressing L-O-I-S. However, her spirits lifted when after many tries, T-R-A-V-E-L-E-R was accepted and Lois was able to log in on her father's computer. She realized how much her father worried about her that vanquishing the alien who wanted to kill her slowly was his first priority and hence, the password.
There were many files on the screen that Lois was not interested in, but she did find what she was looking for – there was a file, outlining her father's day to day meetings. There was nothing that said about the CCA she had heard or where he was now, but there was an appointment for a video conference with Helen Bryce.
Lois realized the conference had started almost ten minutes ago, and hurriedly logged off and then shut down the laptop. Helen was most likely having the conference in her own office room, and Lois decided that if she hurried, she would be able to catch her father. Lois would have liked to talk to her father face to face, but a video conference was better than nothing to celebrate her victory – she had found Naman.
Knowing that she would have to take the extra measure of entering the office via the main entrance, Lois quickly made her way down the elevator, then took her car to the basement parking lot and entered Luthorcorp from the front of the building.
No one stopped her as everyone knew her to be the daughter of their employer, and seeing that it was so late, a lot of employees had even left office for the day.
It was quiet as she made her way towards Helen's office. She peeked in her father's quarters and cursed herself for being silly. She could have easily gotten out from the front door of Lionel Luthor's office for it looked like his secretary had already left.
Shaking her head, Lois was about to enter Helen's cabin when she heard her father's loud voice. Lois stopped and listened on, wondering why he was so angry with Helen.
It would turn out to be the best decision Lois Luthor had made in her life.