"We've been out of the basement for five years now, Smallville! How can they do this to us?" Lois Lane, star-reporter, was very displeased as she walked down the stairs to the basement of the Daily Planet.

"I don't know, Ms. Lane, but it's leading around a field trip, not a death sentence," Clark Kent walked beside his partner, adjusting his glasses as they began to slide down the bridge of his nose.

"Speak of the devils," Lois muttered before plastering on a big smile, "at least it's not a large class."

Clark's eyes widened as he too spotted the class. Standing in the middle of the group next to a red-haired girl was the unmistakable Superboy. Clark gulped; he needed to get out of here, and quick.

"Lois, I'm not feeling too well, I think I'll—

"Don't even think about it Clark! You are not leaving me alone with them, plus you and I both know you don't get sick!" Lois whispered harshly.

Grabbing Clark's elbow to make sure he didn't escape, Lois approached the small class with her fake grin once again firmly in place. Why her fiancé was trying to escape was a mystery to her, seeing as he didn't use the code words for 'Superman related business,' she would just have to get it out of him later. Right now she had a class to lead.

"Hi! Welcome to the Daily Planet," Lois clasped her hands together in awkward enthusiasm, "Where are you guys from?"

"Happy Harbor High," a muscular boy with dark hair and light blue eyes answered.

"Thank you," Lois glanced at the name tag every student was required to wear, "Huh. Conner Kent. Any relation to ol' Clark over here?"

Conner glanced at Clark. He could recognize the face anywhere, even covered in glasses. It was the face that he shared, the face that he would one day grow into.


Conner and Clark had spoken in tandem.

"Jeeze, I was just kidding. No need to get so serious," Lois shook her head, "Now let's gets this show on the road…"

As Lois prattled on, Clark caught Conner's eyes and gave a slight, almost imperceptible nod.

Notes: This is the beginning of what I hope to be a series of snapshots revolving around Clark and Conner as they come to an understanding. Also to take note, the characterizations of Lois and Clark are heavily influenced by Smallville (especially Lois).

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