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Title: It’s Your Birthday, Lois Lane
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Smallville
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,400 words
Summary: Clark decides to do something nice for Lois’ birthday, possibly at his peril. No spoilers for Season 7 by request.
Author’s Note: A birthday fic for oxy_irony. Her prompt: “a Smallville Clois birthday theme.” Thanks to (who else?) mark_clark and van_el for beta help.

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“Well, that was weird.” Clark watched Lois stalk out the newsroom, an expression of bemusement on his face. “All I did was point out a minor typo... she didn’t have to bite my head off.”

Chloe smirked and set down an armful of files. “Have you met my cousin?” she teased.  Her face grew more thoughtful as she added, “But yeah, that was pretty rough, even for her.  I think she might be upset because it’s her birthday.” Chloe pulled out her chair and sat down at her desk.

Clark tilted his head.  “I didn’t know it was her...  Why would that make anyone upset?”

Chloe opened her mouth for a moment... and then shut it quickly, shaking her head.  “Never mind. Let’s just say that birthdays weren’t exactly cake and balloons and pony rides for her growing up.”  Turning back to her computer, she clicked on her word processor to open a file. “I’m lucky she lets me give her a present and buy her a cake.”

“What about the cake the two of you made for me...?”

“That’s different somehow.  She doesn’t mind celebrating someone else’s birthday, just her own.”  She hardly looked up as she began to type.  “Now if you’ll excuse me I need to get this finished if I’m going to get the cake and still make it in time for dinner.”

Clark stood there for a moment.  For some reason, a store-bought cake and a dinner didn’t seem right.  Before he could really think through what he was doing, he began, “Well, I could...”

“What?  Pick the cake up for me?  That’d be awesome,” she said from around the pen she had just placed between her teeth.

“No. I could make her a cake.”

Chloe dropped the pen from her mouth in shock.  “You?  Is this some new ‘power’ you’ve picked up?”

“No!” He shot her a look of annoyance which just caused her to grin widely.  “You live in the same house with a cook like my mom, you pick up a few things.”

“All right, Emeril, you think you can have it done by 6pm?” Chloe asked, leaning back with crossed arms. “I mean, barring any Meteor Freak emergencies.”

The challenge in her eyes made him straighten his back. “Of course.” He turned and headed for the elevators. “6pm!”

“Make sure it’s chocolate!” she called, and he gave her a thumbs up as the elevator doors closed.

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Now standing in his kitchen with the mixing bowl in front of him, Clark wondered whether he shouldn’t have just gone looking for a stray tornado to tackle instead.  He’d gotten everything mixed together, but there was no telling whether it was the right consistency or not.  Taking a deep breath, he poured the mixture into the cake pans and then placed them in the oven.   Only time would tell if he had made something edible.

“Though it wouldn’t be hard to top Lois Lane’s cooking...”

As if by magic, Clark heard the sound of a car engine coming up the drive.  He turned to scan outside... Lois!  He thought briefly about super-speed cleaning the kitchen, but that would do nothing about the cake in the oven.  What the heck is she doing over here, anyway?

“Hey, Smallville!”  Lois opened the screen door and walked in without even knocking. She wore one of her work suits, and held a briefcase in her hand. “Do you know where your mom kept...?” Lois’ words trailed off as she sniffed the air.  “What is that smell?”

Clark had just hidden all of the mess under a towel, and came out of the kitchen to greet Lois.  “Hey, Lois.  Where did my mom keep what?”

Lois’ eyes roamed the room as she set down her case, never really settling on him at all.  “Where she stores her old files,” she remarked absent-mindedly.  “I’m doing some research on a story, and I remembered some legislation she was working on last year... Is that chocolate?”

Clark gestured toward the stairs, trying to distract her attention.  “I think she left a few boxes of files in storage in the attic, I can help you look for them.”

But Lois completely ignored him and went into the kitchen. “Are you baking something?”  Oh, no, I didn’t want her to know I was the one who made it... He sprint-hopped across the carpet. When he entered the kitchen area, she was bending down to look in the oven.  “A cake?” she asked with undisguised disbelief.

“Yeah.  So you want to go get those files...?”

Lois came toward him, scowling, her original idea for coming here seemingly gone. “That had better not be for me.”

Clark thought through, and discarded several ideas.  But instead of dissembling, he simply said, “And if it is...?”

He expected a tirade, but instead she went back over to the oven, grumbling.  “Of all the brainless, corn-fed ideas...”

“Well, you did make a cake for me, once.” Even if it was lopsided... and blue. “It’s only fair.”

She stood suddenly.  “You’re lucky it’s chocolate, or you might have ended up with a face full of it later.”  Walking past him, she headed toward the stairs.  “Come help me get those files.”

Clark stifled a grin as he followed.

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After a fruitless search in the attic and a little over an hour later, Lois had managed to convince him that she needed to help frost and decorate her own birthday cake.  With all his worrying, he was pretty pleased with how well it had turned out.  She was currently frosting the sides of the cake (‘because the icing is the best part’), a look of complete concentration on her face.  Somehow she had managed not to get any on her clothing, but her face was sporting a couple of chocolate patches.

Picking up the can, she scraped the inside.  “Do you have any more of this?”

Clark put down the tube of green frosting he had been holding.  “No, that’s the last of it.” He looked down to see the problem.  Lois had used all of her portion and only covered about half of the cake.

“What? You don’t have another can?”  She frowned, dropping down to search in the underside of the kitchen island.  “You should always have two of them!  They never give you enough to finish a whole cake.”

Especially when you eat a couple of spoonfuls right out of the can, he thought.  But aloud he said, “I bet we could spread the frosting around a little from the top and the side you finished...” He took a spare butter knife from the drawer and began to thin the icing in places, especially the places Lois had worked on.

Lois stood up and shrugged.  “I’ll just have to take a bigger piece, then.”

After a few strokes of the knife, he had everything covered but a tiny corner. And as he pondered what to do, his eyes were again drawn to the specks of chocolate dotting Lois’ face.  Feeling a sudden burst of mischief, he gestured with the knife toward her face.  “And if we use some of that icing on your face.  There’s probably enough to frost a whole slice...”

Lois pierced him with a stare.  “Tell me you are not about to touch my face with a knife.”

“Should I use a spoon, then?” he teased, moving closer. “Or maybe it would just rub off, there’s so much of it.”

Clark touched her cheek with a laugh, expecting Lois to squirm away... maybe get into a playful chase... but the spark that leapt between them at the slight contact froze them both in place.  He could see by the confusion in her eyes that she hadn’t expected it at all. 

Before he could regret it, he pulled her close for a tentative kiss... which deepened quickly. She tasted sweet, much sweeter than the chocolate that mingled in their kiss. He placed a hand under her hair, and she gasped and lifted her hands to thread her fingers through his wavy strands.  He felt lost in her touch, so lost that he heard the sound of the front door too late...

“Whoa!” Chloe exclaimed in shock, and Lois and Clark pulled away from each other as if they had just been splashed with cold water. Chloe’s shock quickly turned into an amused leer.  “Happy Birthday, Lois.

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Comments

( 38 comments — Leave a comment )
svgurl
Jan. 6th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
This was brilliant! I really loved all your characterizations. Clark trying to make Lois a cake only for her to find out was just too adorable then.

And their banter was SO them. It made me smile.

The ending was just perfect. Chloe wins at life (and so do you for writing her like that!).

Thanks for writing this and sharing it with us!
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The idea was just too fun not to write. And I think Chloe might be the easiest character for me to write on the show... I love her. Just don't want her with Clark. *points to your icon* ♥
svgurl
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
chloe is really easy for me to write too! but i'm clois all the way. i sometimes read chlark but CLOIS wins always. ;)

and i love my icon and it seems a lot of people do. it was made by scoopgrrl. she always has great ones, with cute text. :D
ancarett
Jan. 6th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Hah! This was lovely fun for my favourite couple -- great job making grumpy Lois and do-good Clark come together over chocolate.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Can you believe this was my first SV!Clois? I'm doing another one for chickadilly next week. :)
chickadilly
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
*bounces* :D
ancarett
Jan. 7th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
*glee* That makes me very happy!
penumbra
Jan. 6th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, this fic is awesome.

I loved every word of it -- you showcased a lot of the things about Clark that I love and find adorable. Lois's reaction to him was priceless, and so her: making a show of resisting, then involving herself in the process. And Chloe's involvement was really fun.
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome? Thank you!

I tried to use the most endearing traits of all three principals... so I'm glad you liked that! *hugs*
chickadilly
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
That was great! :D

I so love your Chloe voice - you write her so well. :D
htbthomas
Jan. 6th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
I love Chloe, really! I guess I should be finding lots of reasons to use her in your upcoming fic, too? ♥
chickadilly
Jan. 6th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
LOL Well you could if you were so inclined ... ;D

I mean - I wouldn't object. :D
oxy_irony
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I love it. I love, love, LOVE it. No joke. If I believed in the "memory" tool thing as a reliable guide, I'd use it. Instead, I'm going to bookmark this, post the link (if that's all right with you) on my journal to spread the wealth, and I'm going to come back and read it over and over whenever I want.

I think I'll add a new folder in my bookmarks for stuff people make for me. I've had banners and a video made, but now I have my first ficlet! *HUGS IT LIKE MAD*
htbthomas
Jan. 7th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
But are you sure you like it? *worries*

;D

Please post a link anywhere you want! I'll probably repost this at ff.net, and maybe FD2C and DI, after all, I'll probably give a couple people a heart attack that I ACTUALLY wrote some SV!Clois... :D And it's all thanks to you! *hugs*
oxy_irony
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
SVEET. "It's all thanks to you!" I You ROCK MY SOCKS.

But seriously, Barbara, THANK YOU. I'm definitely spreading this around when I have the time. Do you think I can convince some of my non-SV-fan friends to read it? *Ponders*

Oooh, FD2C. Haven't been there in ages. I wonder what their reactions would be- then again, they probably don't remember me, except J. *Shrugs*

You get a banana for your wonderful, amazing story. In fact, you get two!

htbthomas
Jan. 7th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Heh, I haven't been either place in ages, either... but hey, that's where the Clois fen congregate, so might as well. :D

I love dancing bananas! Clark does, too!
oxy_irony
Jan. 7th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
'Spose so. Say "Hi" to everyone from me, please. :)

*Laughs* He sure does! *Winks*
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htbthomas
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really enjoyed writing it, so I'm glad you enjoyed it!
seraphkre
Jan. 7th, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
eeee!! Love this! Happy Birthday to oxy_irony, too! :D It's so nice to read a Smallville fics that are WITHOUT teh drama of the show. ...the unending, superficial, this-would-have-been-solved-in-two-episodes-back-in-seasons-1-and-2 drama that plagues the show, now.

:O oops! sorry... my opinion got away from me, there. ::blush:: ::stuffs SV opinion back into dark corners of mind::

Truly, I enjoyed this a LOT! Much fun! and chocolate cake! and gleefully snarky Chloe! Whee! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 7th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
Yes, drama is Crackville's thang, isn't it? You aren't alone in that thought. But I still keep watching, hoping for the anvils of destiny to hit poor Clark. :)

Thanks for reviewing!
babettew54
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Now I know why 'cake' is my downfall! I loved this. It was so sweet of him to bake her a cake for her birtday. And Lois dreading BD celebrations for herself is not surprising considering. So I really liked it and the 'kiss' at the end was (dare I say it!) 'icing on the cake'!

Thanks, Barb!:D
htbthomas
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, someone had to say it! :D

Thanks, Babette! *hugs*
seacrystal
Jan. 9th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
lol at Lois frosting her own surprise birthday cake. I love all the references towards Lois' own blue rum cake that she made for Clark.
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Speaking of that cake, I used to have an icon of that loaded... but I've obviously replaced it. :D

Thanks for the review!
scoopgrrrl
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
This was awesome! It made me squeee with happiness at the end there! Write more pleeeaasssse ;-) your the best!
htbthomas
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Oo, thanks! More? Do you mean of this storyline? Probably won't be able to. But I am going to be writing more Clois here and there, I promise! :) Something completely silly and cracky is posting later today, even. :D
mary_v
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
XD I totally loved this fic- Especially how Chloe walked in on them after. Brilliant work!:D
htbthomas
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
See, I think Chloe would so ship the two of them if Clark or Lois showed the slightest interest. So, this is probably my wish fulfillment! :)
mary_v
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
LOL as in RPF? (Thanks to your fic for teaching me about that term!:P)

And wish fulfillment should be a law, I say.
htbthomas
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I guess in the Smallville world, it would be RPF... :D That is a hilarious thought, Chloe writes RPF, which is why she was SO knowledgeable in the other fic...
mary_v
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
LOL yes. Chloe is a closet RPF Smut writer. Can you imagine?
laramoon
May. 23rd, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
I know I read this a while back, I'm convinced I have. And it's just as cute and sweet as the first time.

Makes me wish SV was more about Lois and not all about Lana. /sticks out tongue.
htbthomas
May. 23rd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. It's terrible the way they just ran that relationship into the ground. Ah, the whims of network television...

And thanks!
legendsinlove
Jul. 4th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
This is adorable! And I love that Lois decided to help decorate her own birthday cake! lol
htbthomas
Jul. 4th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I've always seen Lois as someone who isn't completely stuck on tradition. And this way, she gets a cake she likes! :)

Thanks for reviewing! ♥
xenokattz
Jan. 8th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yes another fic that I have bookmarked for re-reading but didn't comment on. Bad, bad Katt.

You've got the banter down straight-- or rather, Lois' snark and Clark's eye-rolling. *L* They're so sweet in their own snarky way!
htbthomas
Jan. 9th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
But you are making up for it! *gives you a cookie*

I love their banter. What's not to love, right? :D I think this might have been my very first SV fic, or close to it. I'm glad you liked it enough to come back to it. :D
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