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Holding on and Letting Go- Ross Copperman
It's the end of the beginning. A cry. A rush. From one breath, is all we're waiting for. Sometimes the one we're taking, changes everyone before. It's everything you wanted, it's everything you don't. It's one door swinging open, and one door swinging closed. Some prayers find an answer. Some prayers never know. We're holding on, and letting go.
Metropolis- Earth 1
Six Months Later
Six months had passed, and since then they had moved back to their home in Metropolis, as Clark and Lois carefully formulated their plan to bring him back to the world, getting Chloe and Oliver to create the right paperwork to make it believable in case anyone got suspicious. It was a shock to everyone when Clark Kent walked into the Daily Planet for the first time, and Perry White nearly had a heart attack when he saw the man who came back from the dead. He had his old desk back across from Lois in their old office. He dawned the familiar black framed glasses and the typical mild-mannered persona everyone was so used to. The first couple of weeks, he would get approached at least 4 times a day asking what had happened, where he went, and how it felt to wake up after two years of being in a 'coma'. Clark had explained it so many times that it became so much easier to tell the story they had made up to anyone who'd ask him without hesitation. And over time, people had accepted him back with open arms without a second thought, especially Jimmy Olsen Jr.
Lois had decided to write a piece on Clark Kent's journey back to life, to make it seem normal, to ensure the world they weren't hiding anything. They worked on numerous stories together, the feeling of being partners in crime gave Lois a sense of pride and joy at being with her husband again. They would continue their usual banter whenever she got herself into trouble chasing a lead.
Lois had once again gotten herself in a dangerous situation three months ago during one of her investigations in which Clark had to save her from. They had gotten into a fight that night over the fact that she goes in too deep to a point where she could get seriously hurt to which Clark had brought up the fact that he wouldn't know what he'd do if he lost her, which opened up Lois' eyes at the fact that she asked him to give up something for her, and so she found it fair to give up something for him as well, in order to keep one another in their lives. And so she stopped chasing dangerous leads where she knew would be a risk. She did it for her son, for her husband, as he did for them.
About a month after Clark Luthor was sent back to Earth-2, Chloe and Oliver had moved back to Star City together. Chloe is now expecting their first child, to which everyone was ecstatic about once the news spread. They hadn't heard from Bruce much as he had faked Batman's death, disappearing forever with Selina. Another hero, who calls himself the Nightcrawler, was shining a light on Gotham over the last few months. Oliver had tracked him down, and asked him to join their league to which the Nightcrawler was objective about, but he gets help now and then.
Tess and Emil were taking things slow as she continued to look over Queen-Luthor industries in Metropolis, while Oliver continued business in Star City.
Everything was going well, everyone was happy, and everyone had learned to accept the fact that Clark Kent had retired from being Superman, to which he was happy about as long as Lois was happy. He would take Chris to daycare every single day, and have some father-son time with him while Lois worked on her stories.
One night, Clark was cleaning up Chris' face in the sink when he spilt chocolate pudding all over his face, "You know we eat with spoons for a reason" Clark said with a chuckle while wiping his sons face, when his super hearing heard someone landing on his balcony. He turned around with his son in his arms, walking towards the balcony to see Diana, in her Wonder Woman costume. Clark's eyes widened when he opened the door, "Diana, what are you doing here?"
Diana smiled at him as she walked in, "I came back to Earth to seek you out. I have a proposition for you Clark." She began, "I have a mission on my hands, I've tracked down someone who calls himself Xotar, he's come back in time from the 120th century. He's tracking down the Injustice Society and is out to become invincible. Hal and I are going to find him before he wreaks havoc and bring him back to his own time and destroy the thing that brought him here in the first place. I could use some extra invincible hands... you interested?" She said in a hopeful tone.
Clark raised his brows, "Wow... uhm" He turned to look at his son in his arms, turning back to her, shaking his head, "I can't Diana"
She drew her brows together, "What do you mean you can't? Clark we need you."
"I told you I can't. I'm not Superman anymore, I'm done."
She shook her head , taken aback, "What do you mean you're done-" He had never mentioned this to her the last time she had seen him. Where did this come from?
"I mean I can't do this to Lois" Diana opened her mouth, but didn't know what to say, "I can't put her through all that worrying about me, not after what's happened."
Diana's lips parted as she shook her head, "I understood you not doing your duties because you had just come back, I understood the need to recover after our last battle. But now you're telling me you're never going to be Superman again? Is this what you want? Do you want to just live your life as a mild mannered reporter, knowing you can do so much more?" Clark sighed as he didn't answer her. Diana took a step towards him, "One day your son's going to grow up and look up to his father as this beacon of hope for people... what do you think he'll say if he finds out his father had this amazing gift, but gave it all up."
"I'm giving it up for him, I'm giving it up for my family Diana if you had one you'd understand" He bit back. Diana flinched at that, to which Clark winced, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to-"
"It's okay... really I get it. But let me ask you this... doesn't it bother you when you hear people crying for help, and not do anything?"
Clark sighed, "Of course it does, I hear everyone around the world crying for help at all hours of the day. I have to choose to ignore them though, for Lois. I love her, I'm not gonna give her this kind of life again, it almost killed her."
She scoffed in disbelief, "So you're not gonna fight for what you want? You're not gonna fight to protect these people? If you actually told her I'm sure she'd understand. I like Lois, I really do, but she has to realize she can't keep you from who you truly are."
He replied sternly, "She's not. She would never do that, she's never kept me back before, she's always told me to embrace my true destiny and be the hero the world needs me to be before anything else. She's been selfless, she's put the world before our relationship time and time again. She even refused to marry me the first time because she thought she was holding me back from saving people as much as I could. I know the kind of person she is... she's just scared now. She lost me once, and she's scared it's gonna happen again and I won't put her through that if she's not ready."
Diana's lips parted as she looked at him for a long time, "And what if she'll never be ready?"
Clark turned to look back at Chris, "They're my family Diana, I have to put them first considering what she went through when I was gone. And if she's never ready, then I'll never be Superman again, and I'm okay with that, really. Besides, you're all out there doing what I did for two years without me, you're doing a great job at it."
Diana didn't look convinced, but slumped her shoulder as she gave in, "I just want you all to be happy. I don't want you looking back in a couple of years resenting her for making you give up who you are... I just hope being Clark Kent is enough."
Clark nodded back at her, "It is..." Diana nodded back at him, wanting to fight him on this, wanting to do something to convince him to become Superman again, but thought better of it, and turned to leave, "Let me know how it goes with Xotar."
Diana smirked back at him, "Why don't you come and find out, we could beat him a lot faster."
He squinted his eyes at her, "Nice try..." With that, she left, both unaware that Lois had overheard their conversation on the other side of their door, composing herself before she walked in. Clark turned to the noise and smile at her with so much love, "Hi honey..." He approached her and kissed her softly, as Lois stared back at him, pressing her lips together, not knowing what to say.
They had dinner together, and put Chris down to sleep. Clark walked into the living room to see Lois on the couch, staring out the window. She turned to see Clark staring back at her, and she smiled up at him, "Hey you..." She spoke softly, gesturing for him to come sit down. Clark followed suite as he sat beside her, Lois placed her hand on his chest, as Clark took it in his hand and kissed it, smiling back at her. Lois' smile faltered a little before she spoke, "You know how much I love you right?" Clark didn't answer as the question confused him a little, but his gaze answered for him as Lois continued, "I know... how important Chris and I are to you. And I know how long it took to find yourself, what you're meant for, and who you were meant to be, you went through a long journey full of trial and hardships. And I know how important it was... for everyone, to accept your destiny. Clark I understand all of that." She breathed out.
Clark pursed his lips and replied cautiously, "Okay..."
She swallowed hard as she gripped his hand, "That's why I understand how hard it was to give that part of yourself up... for me. I know it was... selfish, and unfair of me to ask you to give up being Superman."
Clark shook his head at her, "Lois you didn't ask me to give it up. I won't look back full of regrets if that's what you're worried about. I was Superman for a long time... I know when enough is enough."
"Is it enough Clark?" She asked, "Be honest with me, please. Is being Clark Kent enough for you... am I enough?"
He raised his brows at her, "Are you really asking me whether you're enough or not?" She looked unsure of herself as she looked away, running her hand through her hair while he spoke, "Lois... you are everything. More than enough. I'm happy, I promise you I'm happy... This was my decision you didn't force me"
Lois scoffed, "That's the thing... I did force you didn't I?" She shook her head to herself in disappointment.
"No... Lois look at me" She turned to him, "You did NOT force me. I don't know how else to tell you that."
Lois sighed at him, deep in thought, taking his hand in hers and he looked down as she placed a newspaper clipping in his hand, "I want you to read this... it was J'onn's eulogy at the memorial we had for you."
He sighed as he held up the paper, reading it out loud, "Though we gather here today, bowing together in sorrow and loss, we share a precious gift. We are all of us privileged to live a life that has been touched by Superman. The Man of Steel possessed many extraordinary gifts and he shared them with us freely. None of these gifts were more remarkable, than his ability to discern what needed to be done, and his unveiling courage in doing it, whatever the personal cost." He looked up at Lois, speechless as she encouraged him to continue reading, "Let us all strive to accept his gift and pass it along as an ongoing tribute to Kal-El of Krypton, the immigrant from the stars, who taught us all how to be heroes." He took a deep breaths as he let those words sink in.
Lois wrapped her arms around herself, as she had a distant look, "There are times when I want to be selfish and tell you that I don't... I don't have the courage to share you with the world anymore... Then I reminded myself that the world doesn't know Superman as a husband or a son or a reporter. They know Superman as a saviour, as a symbol of hope. You were a gift to them Clark." She said, knowing this was going to be hard to say, "I remember because I truly believed in that, I invoked that to the public whenever I wrote about you. I can't take that away from them, because if I do... I'm not just taking their hope away, I'm also killing a part of you... and I can't do that... I can't stop you from being who you are." Clark watched as she stood up, and left the room, only to come back with a large box in her hands, placing it on his lap. He looked back at her confused when she encouraged him to open it, and so he did. He stared back at the red 'S' symbol on his Superman suit.
Looking up at her, he shook his head, "You don't have to do this Lois..." He said softly.
Lois cleared her throat, nodding her head, "I know... but I want to. These past six months have been great, and you've been amazing. I just... I know you had to make this choice, and you had to give something up for me and I never want you to have to give up ANYTHING. I didn't just marry Clark Kent, I married Superman as well. I love you Clark, and I really do believe in your true calling, which has always been this. And as hard as it is for me, I believe you'll come back to me. I want you to be happy, after working so hard to find yourself, I won't hold you back baby. I was scared before... but I'm not scared anymore." She shrugged, "Consider this my big romantic gesture for everything you've done for me..." Taking a deep breath, she cupped his face, "You were born to be a hero, so go be a hero... I'll always wait for you. Just be safe. That's all I need from you."
He hesitated before speaking, "I'm not doing this unless I know you're gonna be okay..."
Lois shook her head at him, "I WANT this Clark. I want you to be Superman again, that's who you are... so go save the world."
Clark didn't know what to say, as he grabbed her and kissed her hard, without letting her go, he deepened the kiss, when Lois had to breathe, his lips lingered along her skin, "I love you..." She noticed him tilting his head as he heard someone needing him more than her right now. He looked back at her, needing the reassurance, as she rested her hand on his cheek gently, with a nod. He smiled back at her, standing up as he super sped into his costume, Lois let out a deep breath as she looked up at him in his suit, he extended his hand to her as she took it and led her to their balcony, gripping her shoulders, he kissed her forehead, "I'll come back to you, I promise."
Lois smiled back at him and nodded, "I believe you" She replied in a soft whisper, she closed her eyes, feeling a breeze sweep across her face, as she opened them, she was standing alone. Taking a deep breath, she looked out into the city as she witnessed the familiar red blur cross the sky.
Earth-2: Daily Planet
Eight Years Later
Lois paced around her office as she spoke on the phone, "Well you can go ahead and tell the Senator that this is a newspaper, this isn't some tabloid magazine out to find any scandal, we found one that was actually true... I'm not printing a retraction for the truth he's the one who got caught red handed, and I'm sorry but he's got what's coming to him for what he's done." She listened in on her call as she rolled her eyes, letting out a deep sigh as she kept listening, unaware of another presence at her door, "Listen if you don't like what my paper publishes then you can move out of Metropolis, it's not my fault you're job is on the line, that award goes to the Senator, the guy you're actually working for!" Without another word, she slammed the phone on the dialer, letting out a frustrated groan.
She heard someone clearing their throat, as she spun around to see Clark Luthor leaning against the doorframe, as her gaze hardened on him, crossing her arms as he had an amused smile on his face, "Trouble in Paradise?" He asked.
Lois narrowed her eyes at him as she huffed, shaking her head, "Nothing I can't handle." She mumbled, trying to look busy.
Clark pursed his lips and nodded, "Good. I knew I promoted the right person for the job."
She stopped what she was doing to glare back at him as she held her head up defiantly, "Apparently not good enough." She spat out, he furrowed his brows at her in confusion, implying for her to explain, "I just got back from Gotham... after being invited to accompany Bruce at the Gala, I got a suspicious email indicating a hot lead about my findings on the Egyptian tomb they shipped over here... only to find out there were no leads and that source who emailed me never showed up to our meeting" She shrugged, "Hell I don't even know if there even was a source for that matter. I basically missed the Gala and flew back to Metropolis for nothing." She narrowed her eyes at him, gritting her teeth, "A little suspicious don't you think?"
Clark took a deep breath, stepping into her office, "Lois-"
"Don't 'Lois' me I know it was you Clark!" She let out an exasperated sigh, "What the hell was that about?! You send me on a wild goose chase cause you can't stand any time I spend with Bruce Wayne?!"
He scoffed at her, "You know I don't like the guy. I see the way he looks at you..." He continued as she scowled at him, "I don't want you around him, especially alone at a party given your history with him." He warned in a low tone.
Lois huffed in rage, "You don't tell me what to do. I can do whatever the hell I want, and Bruce is a FRIEND!" She threw her hands in the air, "God that was seven years ago and we've all changed, you need to get over yourself, no matter how many times I've told you you never listen!"
"That's cause I know better!" He exclaimed, "And that message about Egypt wasn't a lie" Lois looked up in confusion and curiosity as she tilted her head at him, "They found a chamber buried under the tomb they brought here at the last place you visited, there were carvings on the walls. It's not any language from Earth"
Lois raised her brow at him when he handed her a folder with pictures, she furrowed her brows at him, "This doesn't even look Kryptonian" She looked back up at him as he nodded in agreement.
Clark Luthor nodded, "It's something else" She stared back at him and he could see her eyes light up and smiled inwardly, "I thought you could go to Egypt and check it out... just cause you're editor-in-chief doesn't mean you need to just attend parties and stay in this office."
She stood agape as she couldn't help the amusement on her face, "Well, you really out did yourself Mr. Luthor... this still doesn't excuse what you did. I was supposed to be at the Gala, and meet some pretty important people."
"You could do that without being Wayne's date for the evening." He said with irritation, rolling his eyes at her.
She pursed her lips as she put the folder on her desk behind her, leaning back she stared up at him, "What... after all these years you don't trust me?" She raised her brow at him.
Clark smirked as he walked towards her, "Of course I do... it's him I don't trust..."
She squinted her eyes at him, "We've all moved on Clark. Bruce doesn't have feelings for me anymore."
He shook his head with a scoff, "Yeah, that's why he wanted to bring YOU as his date. What, he couldn't think of anyone else to be his arm candy for the night?"He said as Lois detected a hint of spite and jealousy in his voice.
Pulling at the corner of her mouth, she gazed up his form, meeting his eyes, "And who should I have brought as my date? You?"
He bore his eyes into hers as he leaned in, "It'd make more sense. I don't want people thinking you're off the market... ever." He spoke in a low tone.
She squinted her eyes at him, "You don't own me Luthor..." She said in a seductive tone.
He smirked back at her, "Hmm, I can think of ways to change that... Mrs. Luthor." She chuckled softly as he tilted his head and took her lips in his, as they kissed deeply.
Lois pulled back breathlessly, holding onto his shoulders as he had her caged against her desk, "I'm still pissed you know. That Gala was important to me" She said.
Clark Luthor smiled back at her, grabbing her waist, "I'll hold a charity Gala and invite whoever you want. I just expect one thing in return, you won't be anyone's arm candy, but mine..." He leaned in to kiss her again when she covered her mouth with her hand.
She rolled her eyes at him, "Get off your high horse Clark just cause you think you can hold a better Gala doesn't make this issue go away. You need to learn to trust people, there'll be other events like Bruce's, you can't just pull me out of these things whenever you want just cause you're having testosterone insecurities." He narrowed his eyes at her as she chuckled, cupping his face, "There's only one man I'm always gonna come home to, no one else. And I make sure everyone knows that." He looked back at her deep in thought, before he finally sighed and nodded at her.
Grinning back at him, she leaned in and pressed her lips against his, as he cupped the back of her neck, deepening the kiss, leaning forwards, as Lois felt herself leaning back towards the table. Grabbing his shoulders, she began pushing, as Clark pulled away in confusion.
"We can't do this right now... Lucy called me earlier, Ella got sent home from school"
Clark looked alarmed, "What happened?"
He pulled away while Lois straightened herself out, "Apparently our four year old daughter thought it was funny to pour paint in another girl's school bag, and then ruin her drawing"
Clark raised his brow at that, "Paint? What did the kid do to her?"
Lois scoffed, "It doesn't matter what she did, she can't stoop low and do that to someone. We have to teach her to take the high road"
Clark rolled his eyes, "And what, kill them with kindness?" Lois glared back at him in disbelief while Clark sighed, "Alright, we'll talk to her."
Lois raised her brows and let out a laugh, "Oh no WE won't do anything. I'm sick of playing bad cop ALL the time, you're going to sit her down, since she's daddy's little girl the little devil will probably listen if you actually take these things seriously."
She was about to walk away when he grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back against his chest, leaving kisses along her neck, feeling her relax under his touch, "I can't fight against those puppy dog eyes she gives me." He spoke against her skin.
Rolling her eyes, Lois replied, "Yeah I wonder where she gets that from..."
Clark chuckled into her ear, "Hey that's how I got you remember?"
"Yeah yeah keep telling yourself that Supes" She laughed as he began tickling her, when he finally stopped and turned her around to face him, Lois' smile faded when she saw him staring intently at her, "What?"
He sighed, brushing a strand of hair away from her face, "I just... I'm so lucky to have you." She looked confused at that, "I've never been so happy in my life, there was a point where I thought I lost everything, I almost lost you forever because of my past mistakes and I thought I'd never get what I really wanted, but I did. I got it all... and that's all because of you... thank you for taking a chance on me. You changed my life."
She grinned at him, leaning up to kiss him, "Thank you for giving me a reason to... I love you." His heart soared as he heard her say that. He's heard those words escape her lips many times, but every time she said them, it still gave him the same feeling it did when she said it the first time, "Now remember the game plan, you take care of Ella, and I'll take care of Lara" She pointed her thumb to herself.
He furrowed his brows at her in concern, "Something happened to Lara too?" He chuckled, "Who knew our two year old would be getting into trouble already." Lois shook her head at him.
"She has the flu, poor baby's puking everywhere." Clark looked disgusted at that, while Lois joked, "Tell me again why you're their dad? You only take on the easy, fun roles while I do all the hard stuff..." He raised an eyebrow at her, crossing his arms when Lois gave in, "Alright, except for the cooking, I'll give you that."
He kinked his eyebrow at her, "But I reward you with the full benefits in the bedroom when they're asleep." Lois gasped softly when he grabbed her bottom, as she pulled away from him laughing.
"Alright let's get out of here..." She said while tugging his hand out of her office.
"Aye Aye Chief." He said while Lois scolded him for calling her chief the rest of the way home, and demanding he bury the hatchet with Bruce when he comes to Metropolis next week. He continued to bicker with his wife, feeling nothing but love, joy, and warmth inside from being around her and their two girls.
It took him a long time to figure out she was the one he wanted, a long time to realize she was his soul mate, she was the one his heart belonged to, she was the one he wanted to live his life with. And even then it took him a long time to be with her, a long time to convince her to open up her heart, to break down her walls she built against him and take a chance on him, twice. To love him, to marry him, to be his wife, and to be the mother of his children. It's been a long journey. And now finally... happy... he felt happy.
After 53 Chapters, 16 Months, around 200 000 words, and over 400 reviews, I can finally say: THE END!
I want to thank ALL of my wonderful readers, the ones who've left reviews and even the ones who haven't and still stuck to this story from the beginning, being super patient with my updates and giving your inputs and opinions on every aspect of this storyline. You guys were my encouragement to finish this story. I can finally breathe with relief after stressing chapter by chapter.
Thank you all so much I'm gonna miss anticipating your reactions after posting up each chapter, but I'm so happy I'm finally done. This is the longest story I've ever written and I hope you all enjoyed reading.
Thank you once again (Takes a bow, wipes tears with a smile!)
P.S. I do have an idea of a spin off sequel of Earth-2 after Clark Luthor comes back and his story with his Lois and how they actually ended up together before the whole marriage/kids bliss. So stay tuned for that;)
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