Spoilers: Set in season 5 just before the trip to the Fortress in Reckoning and in another time

Plot: This is another time travel story, and that is all I am going to tell you….

Prologue.

"Lana, the way you've been... I can tell by the way you look at me that I'm losing you. And it's not your fault. There's something I should have shown you a long time ago." Clark mouthed into the mirror as he rehearsed his lines for what would hopefully be a defining moment in his life.

He sank into the chair, wondering if he was doing the right thing. He wanted to be with Lana so much; in fact he did not know anything different except pining for his love of the past four years. Ever since she moved to Met U, there had been a shift in their relationship, mainly due to his reluctance to share his secret with her and the fact he would freeze every time she tried to push things to the next level. He would not normally have taken such a big step until he realised he was pushing her into the arms of his nemesis, Lex. There was no way, he could let her end up in his clutches.

He had spent weeks planning this day and wondered how she would react to his secret and the simultaneous bombshell of his proposal…

Lois had managed to avoid Clark for the past few weeks since the impromptu lap dance she landed on him at the strip club. She made sure that her visits to her cousin were as frequent as her work as an advisor to Jonathan would allow. Eventually though, she had convinced herself that Clark was so besotted with Lana that he would not have given their close encounter a second thought. She decided to break the ice with him and make the first move on the steps to reconciliation.

Clark was deep in thought when he heard someone behind him.

"Lana…" he said as he turned around to come to face with a young dark haired man.

"Who are you?"

"Hello Clark…I am Rokk. I am from the future and if we don't act quickly your present, as you know it, will cease to exist…"

"Rokk…why should I believe you?" Clark asked calmly.

"You are Kal-el of Krypton, son of Jor-el. You arrived on the 16th October 1989 with the first meteor shower, where you were found by the Kent's in Millers Field. I am from the 31st Century. You have no idea how great your destiny is, and how many people you will go on to inspire."

"So what has happened to change history?"

"A evil scientist from my time altered the program of Brainiac 5 – a good version of the being you know as Milton Fine and sent him back in time to change things." Rokk looked at the contraption on his wrist. "Look, we have to leave now. In four minutes, this reality will change, and so will you."

"Why has this present not changed if the damage has already been done in the past?"

"Time is like a ripple effect, much like a wave coming into shore. It has already reached the past, but as long as we can get you back in time before it hits the present, you have a shot to change things back to how they should be." Rokk pulled out a ring. "Put this on… it is pre-programmed to take you back to the necessary time – 14th June 1989. I will meet you there with some friends and explain everything."

"Why should I trust you?"

"Because if you don't, your life is over." Rokk announced starkly and then flew off.

Clark took a deep breath, realising he needed to make a snap decision. Something told him that Rokk was telling the truth, so he decided to take the plunge. He slipped the ring on his finger, then suddenly he felt someone touch his shoulder and then a familiar voice. "Smallville….."

"Lois!" he replied in a panic, just as both of them disappeared into thin air….