Author's Notes: In this final chapter, everything comes full circle. Lois and Clark are both on a single mindset, and Oliver and Tess realize what their marriage could mean for them not only emotionally, but financially as well. I hope you enjoy it! Please read and review. Thanks, everyone! :D
Chapter 7: We Made It
All during the ceremony and afterwards while chatting with the bride and groom, Clark and Lois had these private and intimate looks that passed between them. It was amazing to both of them the understanding and communication that they shared.
After seeing Oliver and Tess off at the airport and politely declining their offer for a ride back to Metropolis, Lois and Clark turned to each other.
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" Lois asked her fiancé with a smile.
He smiled back. "Probably," Clark replied.
"First of all, do you hear anything? I mean … you know what I mean," Lois asked finding no need to explain.
Clark closed his eyes and after hearing no catastrophes in his head, he squeezed her hand.
Lois watched as a myriad of expressions appeared and then disappeared on his face, as if he were moving from one non-disaster to another, trying to decide which he could ignore or not, and then he looked at Lois and had to smile at her hopeful expression.
"Well, do we have a shot at this or not?" Lois was getting inpatient. If he could stand still for ten minutes for one marriage, then surely he could do it for theirs.
Instead of answering her, he picked her up and carried her to the far end of the tarmac where there wasn't much air traffic and quickly lifted her up into the sky and landed on top of their hotel in Las Vegas in seconds.
They were in their hotel room in moments and Lois changed with lightning speed. She was beginning to think she had a superpower, she dressed so fast. Having the forethought to pack a wedding suit, shoes and all, was something they always kept at the ready.
Clark really didn't need to change. He was all set in his dark suit and tie. "Are you ready to do this?"
They had the license too. Be prepared was their motto.
"You know I'm ready."
Back to the chapel and then it happened. Holding tightly to each other's hands, their faces glowing with joy and happiness, they were married in a ceremony and thankfully, no Elvis impersonator was on duty at the time.
Their wedding vows were exchanged without any trouble at all. They had tried to do this on several occasions since the first one had ended in disaster, but things never seemed to work out for them. It appeared as if it everything was going to work this time; no dire emergencies at all.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride," the justice of the peace told the happy groom.
But just before their lips met, Clark opened his eyes stunned this would happen now. "Are we legally married, I mean without the kiss?" He asked a stunned justice of the peace and Lois was also stunned as she stared at her husband.
"Yes, of course, it's just a tradition."
"I'm so sorry, but we have to leave now." He shook the justice's hand, picked Lois up and quickly left the chapel.
"Clark, what happened, what did you hear?"
"I'm afraid, Lois," he replied as he stared into eyes.
"Oh, no, what's happened, an earthquake, a volcano erupting, what?"
He grinned. "You could say that."
Lois was confused. "Just tell me what it is."
"I was afraid that if I kissed you in there, I'd never be able to stop. I have no control when we're together Lois," he said with all earnestness.
Lois's heart soared, her love for him like an unending circle, true and steadfast. "Oh, Clark, I don't think I've ever heard anything so romantic," she said and kissed him.
Kissing her back for a moment, he then streaked into an alley and leaped into the sky. No one could see them; that's how fast he was flying.
Moments later they were back inside their hotel room facing each other. He smiled and stroked her cheek as he leaned down and kissed her long, slow and deep bringing forth moans and sighs. Lois melted against him, wanting them to be rid of their clothes so they could touch skin to skin. He knew her need as he helped her remove all her clothes and she helped him remove his as well. They both sighed and came into each other's arms content to be together like this.
"I can't get enough of you," Clark whispered in her ear.
Lois sighed knowing how he felt. She only had two words to say. "Show me," she whispered in his ear.
Clark closed his eyes and smiled against her throat and immediately began doing exactly that. The room was so still that the only sound was their ragged breathing. Lois moaned as he kissed his way down her throat to her breasts applying his tongue to her aching nipple. She moaned again, louder this time as she arched her back, stroking his hair loving his mouth and hands on her breasts. He showed her just how much he loved and needed her. He dropped a kiss to her stomach. He stroked her between her legs and Lois opened them wider for him to pleasure her and he did.
Lois was trembling with desire as she cried out as tension coiled tight and hot in her belly and she could feel herself coming. He pulled back. "I want to feel you come around me," he said then he closed his eyes as he felt her tight sheath close around him. He took her mouth in a hot, wet kiss as he gathered her tightly against him. "I love you so much, Lois," he whispered in her ear, as he began that ancient rhythm and Lois matched that rhythm stroke for stroke.
"Oh, Clark, I love you too," Lois managed to say between pants and moans and then she cried out wrapping her arms and legs around him. She pulled his head down and kissed him long and hard as he drove into her again and again. Lois's climax caused him to come as pleasure shot through to his very soul moments later. They still lay gasping for breath a few minutes later.
He slowly pulled out of his wife's warm body and pulled her close to his chest sighing into her hair. "Go to sleep, sweetheart," Clark said and kissed her temple.
Lois sighed in answer to him and went to sleep content with her husband beside her. They both knew that these few hours and minutes that they shared were precious to them. They knew that their time together could end on a moment's notice, so they took advantage of those moments for they may have to last however long it took for them to be together again.
Clark closed his eyes, content as he too fell into a dream world.
Meanwhile, back in Metropolis:
Tess and Oliver arrived back at her apartment still in a bit of a daze, as the truth of what had happened in Vegas seeped into their minds.
Oliver put their bags down as they both stared at their wedding bands. She turned around and he was smiling at her arms wide waiting for her.
She went into his arms holding him close. "We're married Oliver!" She exclaimed so happy her eyes watered.
"Yeah, I know," he replied holding her close not wanting to let go. He kissed her then and she moaned and kissed him back. He stopped abruptly still a bit worried about her. "How are you feeling? Do you need to rest?"
"I'm fine, but I really need my husband to take a chill pill with the worrying about the state of my health."
He pulled her close again. "My husband?" he whispered smiling at those words.
She grinned. "Yes, my husband," she replied and kissed him again. He finally got the hint, picked her up and took her to bed. He managed not to hit a wall this time.
Soon they were in in bed clutching each other close. He stroked her hair. "You're so beautiful," he whispered and then he pulled her closer and kissed her ever so sweetly. It brought tears to her eyes, how sweet and tender Oliver could be.
Tess would never tire of kissing him and stroking him as she admired his body, his strong arms and powerful thighs. She couldn't believe he was really hers, but he was hers, all hers.
He rolled her onto her back kissing and stroking her in turn, and then he kissed her hard while thrusting his tongue inside her mouth ready to end their foreplay. Tess couldn't think about anything, Oliver was in control of her body and she wanted him to do whatever he wanted with her.
Oliver was living his sweetest fantasies, as he entered her then with a smooth glide and clutched her tighter against him, pushing and thrusting inside. She lifted her legs and arms pulling him closer, as she began to move restlessly beneath him and Oliver set a pace, stroking in and out of her lush body with full, deep strokes. He cradled her head in his hands and kissed her deeply, his tongue moving in time with his movements inside her.
All too soon, he felt her walls grip him, heard her cry his name as she shouted her pleasure and his orgasm rushed to meet him, and he buried his face in her neck as he pulsed repeatedly inside of her.
Tess blinked to clear the spots before her eyes. Smiling, she snuggled under his chin and held him close.
"I love you, Tess," he whispered, kissing her temple and holding her tight.
"I love you too, Oliver," she whispered back.
The next day at LuthorCorp:
They went into the office together and Oliver decided to tell Tess his plans. He'd been thinking about this for a long time, and with Lex gone and out of the picture, it was time for Tess to take control of the company and take it into the stratosphere but with a different name. He hoped she would agree.
He came into her office unannounced. "Hey, got a minute, it's important," he said coming to sit on her desk and Tess had no choice but to stop working and glance at him. He did look unbelievably attractive this morning she noted and grinned as he caught her look. "We don't have time for that, Tess," he said and smiled. "I want you to read this. We can't pass this up. It could mean billions for both companies if we do it right."
Tess could see how serious he was, so she looked over his business plan. "Something else you've been keeping from me. How long have you been thinking about this or do I want to know?"
"Not long, well, since Lex disappeared. He could come back Tess … I mean," he stopped when her face drained of color.
He took her hand. "It may not even happen, Tess, but if he does come back, we'll have complete control over everything. He won't see a nickel of your money, and besides if he sets foot in this town again, he'll go to jail for trying to kill you."
She took a deep breath then her breathing returned to normal. "I know," she said believing his words.
"So, do you like the idea?"
"Queen Industries re-merging with LuthorCorp, meaning LuthorCorp would no longer exist?" She asked thoughtfully, then stood up and walked over to the window thinking about it.
He didn't push her but let her think about it for a minute.
"We'd be working together every day?" she said and smiled at him liking that idea.
"Yep, when I could be here of course," her replied letting her know his other plans.
"Are you going back to being Green Arrow, Oliver?"
"Yes, after witnessing Clark's heroics, we've talked about putting the team back together," he stated and waited for her reaction, but she was too quiet. "You know, the team could really use you, Tess. You've become invaluable to us, not only to me," he said with a twinkle in his eye, "but we want you there, but of course it would be up to you."
"Well, I don't know, Oliver, the company ...?"
"Look before you decide or give me your answer, there's one thing you should know," he stated as came over to her and pulled her into his arms. "You're a hero, Tess, a true hero."
She smiled, loving that he felt that way about her. "Oliver, I'm honored, truly, but ..."
She looked into his eyes hoping to make him understand. "Everything is different now, I mean, I'd be there watching you on missions, getting hurt or maybe even killed. I'd see it, hear it, and I don't know if I could do that, Oliver."
He touched her cheek. "I understand, but just knowing that you're there watching over me, looking out for me, I know there's nothing that could hurt me. I know this."
He sounded so sure of himself, but of course, he was Oliver Queen, Green Arrow. "I'll think about it, and Oliver, thank you for asking."
Oliver had a feeling that she needed a bit more convincing as he took her hands in his, and kissed her ring hand. "One more thing, I know my priorities now, Tess, you, our marriage and building our life together; it means everything to me. You believe me, don't you?" She wouldn't look at him. He took her by the shoulders then. "I'll be here for you whenever you need me, night or day, no questions asked."
She sighed. "I know you mean that Oliver and I want to believe you, but …"
"No buts, Tess, we can do this."
She wanted desperately to believe him, and when she looked into his eyes, those doubts that use to separate them and push them apart weren't there anymore. She had every faith in him.
She went into his arms trusting him completely. "Let's do this," she whispered and smiled at the utter joy on his face.
"I love you, Tess," he said holding her close.
"I know you do," she replied and then she kissed him showing him just how much faith she had in them and their future.
A/N: They made it! Both couples reached that plateau that they desperately needed to reach: For Tollie, trust and commitment; and for Clois, marriage and true happiness. Thank you all for reading and thank you for taking this journey with me. Reviews are love! :D