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Author's Notes: Well here we are at the final chapter. Lois and Clark both realize that the wait was finally over, that happiness was theirs for the taking, and that no one would stand in the way of their true destiny. Please read and review, and I hope you enjoy this final chapter. Thanks, everyone! :D
Chapter 12: Waiting for You
Several weeks after Conner had been settled in Smallville with his Mom, Clark finally found some time to get Lois to a restaurant on a Saturday night. It just so happened to be Conner's first night in Metropolis and he would be watching Jason this night. It was their way of putting their trust in him and Lois had to be convinced things would be alright.
It was a beautiful night for their special evening, and after she accepted his proposal, Clark was sure she would, they would go on a late night flight under the stars. Lois had no idea what he'd been planning, but the boys did and they managed to keep it a secret. He had the ring and true hope in his heart.
He stood at the bottom of the stairs and waited for her to join him. Glancing at his watch, they were going to miss their reservation. "Lois, are you ready yet, we have ten minutes to get there."
"What's the rush, Mr. Kent?" Lois asked smiling at him. She came down the stairs, evening bag under her arm as she put on her earring. Conner and Jason watched the scene at the top of the stairs each smiling and giggling with their hands over their mouths.
Clark was struck speechless; she looked wonderful. Her hair was long and loose around her shoulders, her dress was stunning. He loved the color, dark red and it fit her to a tee in all the right places. "Wow, you sure do know how to make an entrance."
Lois twirled when she hit the bottom of the stairs then she milked it for all it was worth. "Oh, you mean this old thing?"
"Come here you," Clark said and pulled her to him and kissed her. "Hmm, hungry?"
"Don't ask that or we may never leave here," she replied with a twinkle in her eye reminding him of their rendezvous in his apartment.
"Hmm, I have no problem with that," Clark said and smiled at her expression. "You are bad."
"And you love it," she said and kissed his cheek.
"I love you," he whispered suddenly serious.
She touched his cheek. "You're in a mood." Lois paused as she tried to read him. "I love you too." She smiled and took his hand. "Let's eat!"
"Remember boys, lights out in two hours!" Clark called before he opened the door.
"Goodnight, Dad, goodnight Mom!" Jason called then he shot a sideways glance at Conner. "Go on say it," he whispered.
"Goodnight, Mom … Dad!" Conner called.
Lois and Clark stopped and stared at each other, eyebrows raised then they both said… "Goodnight boys!"
Clark shook his head at their unusual family, squeezed her hand and headed out.
The restaurant wasn't far from the house. Their neighborhood was outside the city but it was a quaint neighborhood with inns and family-owned restaurants and the drive took only five minutes. This particular one was Italian, Lois's favorite, no large crowds and they knew the owners well.
"Mr. Kent, Ms. Lane, welcome, welcome!" Bernardo Rizzo welcomed his guests and showed them to their table. These two were very special to him. Mr. Kent and Ms. Lane had helped catch the robbers who had been terrorizing the neighborhood for several months and he couldn't be happier to see them.
"Where is your lovely wife this evening?" Clark asked as he shook his hand and looked around.
"Well, she's not here this evening; she's not speaking to me. I forgot our wedding anniversary," he replied shame-faced.
"Bernardo, how could you?" Lois asked teasing him a little.
"It's not my fault, Ms. Lane, it was several days ago. We had a special wedding party and things got crazy around here and I … I forgot."
"Now you know that's no excuse … wedding anniversaries are pretty special Bernardo. Have you tried to make it up to her?" Clark asked feeling sorry for him.
"I've tried flowers, candy, a special dinner, but no luck."
"May I make a suggestion?" Lois asked him.
"Please, I would appreciate any advice," Bernardo begged a little desperate.
"Well, give her something that reminds her of your special day, your wedding day. She won't be able to resist your apology … trust me."
"Oh, that's a wonderful idea, Ms. Lane, thank you, thank you, I'll do that … and I know just what to give her too. Oh, I'm sorry; I'll have a waitress bring your menus now. Thank you so much. Enjoy your dinner."
"Thank you, Bernardo," Clark said as they both watched him walk away.
"Not bad, Lane," Clark remarked.
"I have my moments," she said and smiled.
"Yes you do," Clark said returning her smile.
After dinner, instead of heading straight home, they walked along the quaint streets admiring the beautiful view and found themselves down by the river and found a quiet spot to talk.
Clark squeezed her hand as they walked along. Finding the courage to rescue someone and to do the things that needed to be done had never been a problem for him, but this, proposing to the woman of his dreams, the love of his life, that's something else. It took a special kind of courage to do that, but the question was did he have that courage?
Lois turned to him then, smiled and pulled him closer to her as if she couldn't get close enough. She sensed he had something on his mind.
Clark thought it best they talk about Richard, but in order for them to move forward and for her to accept his proposal, they had to discuss him, no matter how painful.
"Why didn't you marry Richard, didn't you love him?"
She frowned and looked up at him, trying to figure out what was going on. "Wow, talk about out of the blue. Why in the world would you ask that?"
He shrugged. "I've always wondered about it. I know you lived with him for a while."
She sighed. "Yes, we lived together."
"And you loved him?"
Lois left his arms and went to sit down on a park bench. "It's a long story, Clark." She sighed and thought about their relationship. "Richard and I were comfortable with each other, no pressure, no demands and it was … convenient for both of us."
"But he wanted more, didn't he? He wanted to marry you," he stated as he went to sit beside her.
"Yes, he did, but …" She hesitated.
"But …?" He prompted her.
She looked at him as she thought about her answer. "I thought I loved him, but I just couldn't do it."
He shook his head. "I think I understand."
"You do then explain it to me because I don't get it."
"I think you do, you just don't want to accept it.
"Accept what?" Lois was confused.
"The truth …" He stated then paused at her questioning look. He took her left hand and kissed it reverently then he looked into her eyes. "You were waiting for me, Lois." And with that bold statement, Clark got down on one knee, took the ring from his pocket and showed it to her. "Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife, Lois?"
Lois should have been shocked by his proposal, but she wasn't, not at all. She had wanted it from the beginning when she had first seen him that fateful night when he had first rescued her. Her heart had recognized him behind the glasses, but sometimes the heart is silent for a time, but now it was singing and she heard it loud and clear. She knew the truth. She touched the beautiful ring. "Are you sure, I'm not the most pleasant of people to be around, I'm argumentative, stubborn, hard-headed, and …"
He stood up and pulled her to him. "Shut up and kiss me," he whispered.
She happily obliged for a moment. They both pulled back and smiled. "Was that a yes?" He asked knowing the answer.
"What do you think?" She replied and held out her left hand.
He put the ring on her finger. Lois's eyes filled with tears she was so happy. "It's beautiful," she said admiring the lovely ring. "How long have you been planning this?"
"I can't remember, since the moment we met, I think," he replied finally admitting it to himself.
"You're joking right?"
"No, not really," he said and smiled at her doubtful look.
"Wow, you sure are a romantic, Mr. Kent," she said and put her arms around his shoulders.
"I do try," he said and smiled.
She stood on tiptoe and just before their lips met, she said. "Don't ever change!"
Moments later after Clark had changed, Lois found herself high above the clouds in her love's arms and she couldn't be happier than at this moment. It appeared to her as if they had actually made it. "Oh, Clark, I'll never get use to this," she whispered as she looked up at the beautiful night sky.
Clark smiled as he watched her lovely face. "Me neither," he replied happier than he ever thought he could be and what he was about to say could up that joy just a little bit more. "Lois, I have some good news and now seems like the perfect time."
"What is it?"
"I may be able to get my crystals back."
"Really, but Kitty said …?"
"I know but after what Kitty told us, I contacted NASA and it's possible they could still be there attached to the island and all we have to do is find them."
Lois was thrilled with the news. "Did you say we?"
"That's the best part. They agreed to help me in any way that they could."
"Oh, Clark, that's wonderful news. I'm so happy for you. I know what this means to you."
He pulled her closer. "I knew you would understand, and I was hoping at some point in the near future to tell Jason and Conner about their heritage."
"It's definitely something they should know when they get older. Speaking of those two, let's fly over the house and check up on them."
"Now Lois, I trust them, don't you?"
"Of course I do, but they don't have to know about it," she replied with a devious smile.
Clark knew that look, shook his head and headed to the house.
Meanwhile back at the house:
"Conner, I don't know about this," Jason said as he watched his friend stand on the windowsill overlooking the backyard. "You could fall."
"Jason, don't you remember, I've flown before."
"But you said that was your first time; maybe you should wait until …" Jason hesitated.
"Until what …?"
"I don't know, until you have help from somebody …"
"Oh you mean Superman?"
"Yeah, Superman could help you."
"He's always so busy, and I'm only here on the weekends and things are always busier for Superman on the weekends, more crime and more people in trouble."
"Please, Conner, don't do it," Jason begged really worried for him.
"I can do this Jason and one day, you will too."
Jason stared at him wondering again if he really could do it ... maybe he could just like his father had said.
Lois and Clark were within a few blocks of the house when Clark picked up on the boy's conversation. "There's a problem at the house, Lois; hold on."
"Is it Lex?"
"In a way, yes it is."
"Oh no, hurry Clark!" Lois exclaimed.
Conner was about to leap when Clark and Lois appeared before him hovering just outside the back window. "Go back inside, Conner," Clark instructed the boy.
Conner did as he was told and went back inside. Jason felt bad for Conner. He's in a lot of trouble now. He might not be able to visit on weekends anymore.
Clark changed while Lois waited for him then they both went inside the house. "Boys, get down here ... NOW!" Clark hollered up the stairs.
Jason and Conner came down the stairs both worried about their punishment.
"Ok, who wants to go first, tell us what happened," Clark said his disappointment very clear.
Jason and Conner glanced at each other.
"Well, I'm waiting," Clark said.
"It was me," Jason said.
Conner tried not to gasp at that comment.
"What do you mean Jason?" Lois asked shocked.
"I wanted to see him fly again, so I asked him, but then I changed my mind, but Conner wanted to see if he could do it again."
"Is that true Conner?" Clark asked watching him closely. He knew Jason was lying about part of it, but this was Conner's chance to come clean.
"Well, sort of," Conner mumbled.
"What do you mean sort of?" Lois asked.
"Jason didn't ask me to do it; I wanted to do it just to see if I could."
"I see," Clark said. "Jason, lying will not be tolerated, you know that."
"Yes sir," Jason mumbled ashamed head down.
"Go on now; we'll be up a little while to say goodnight," Clark instructed him then turned to Conner. "Take a seat, Conner, Lois and I will be right back."
"Yes sir," Conner replied.
They went into the kitchen. "Clark, you do realize he can hear everything we say."
"I know, but we should be in agreement about his punishment as his guardians."
"I know that, Clark, but I'd like to say something before we give him his punishment." Lois glanced at Conner and he looked terrified. "Come on."
Conner sat in a side chair while Lois and Clark sat on the sofa. "Lois wants to say a few words before we decide what to do," Clark told him.
Lois couldn't help remembering her dream and the more she thought about it, the more it made her think about rules and boundaries and how important they were especially if the person is super-powered and young. "I have a few questions first. Conner, did you know it was wrong to try and fly around Metropolis alone without permission or assistance?"
"No, I didn't."
"Lois?" Clark knew where she going with this.
"And did you fly while you were in Smallville with Ms. Martha?"
"Oh, no, she strictly forbids it," he hastily replied.
Lois raised an eyebrow at her fiancé.
Clark sighed. "Conner, it's late, Lois and I will decide your punishment in the morning, but … umm … goodnight."
"Alright, goodnight," Conner said but before he left, he had something to say.
"Congratulations," he said and smiled as he nodded at her ring.
"Thank you, Conner ... goodnight," Lois said returning his smile.
Clark shook his head and couldn't help smiling at him. "I screwed up, didn't I?" He mumbled as he slumped back onto the sofa and ran his hands through his hair.
"No, but things could have been a lot worst. Jason could have joined him. You know we have to set rules and boundaries for both of them; that is all they need. All children need that, if not, chaos would rule us all," she chuckled trying to lighten the mood a little.
"You do have a point," he admitted.
Lois frowned as she glanced up the stairs. "Do you know when Conner found out about you? He didn't even blink when he saw us flying."
"I have no idea, but you know you're right." He shook his head thinking about him. "He's full of surprises, that one."
She could read her fiancé like a book. "But you like him, don't you?"
"Yeah, I do."
"I do too," Lois admitted. "Jason misses him when he's not here. They talk on the phone almost every day after school."
"What are you trying to say?"
"Well, maybe not right away, but after his training in a few months or however long it takes, he could come here and live with us."
"You're serious, aren't you?"
"I'm very serious when it comes to my family; I don't play around," she stated firmly.
"You mean 'our family,'" Clark said and smiled as he pulled her closer.
She smiled in total agreement. "Yeah, our family," she whispered as they sealed their commitment with a kiss, a kiss of togetherness, hope and … love.
A/N: I hope you enjoyed it! Conner needs his own story doesn't he? Humm, thinking...! :D Thank you for taking this journey with me. And you know what I'm going to say… reviews are love! Thanks again, everyone! :D