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DV Ch. 26 - Fire in the hole!

*winks at mark_clark*

It clocks in at 2858 words before editiing.  So, without further ado...

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Clark set the heavy piece of marble down gently and soundlessly, looking deeply disturbed. “This doesn’t make sense at all.” His brow furrowed, deep blue eyes seeming to intensify. “I was sure that the substandard concrete was the link between all of the L & V buildings. But this one is ten years older than any of them…”
 
Lois completed his thought, “And built long before the company existed. Or before Mitchener held public office.”  
 
He nodded shortly, and jerked his head to the side.
 
“What?” she asked in a hushed voice.
 
“Two police officers are doing a circuit of the building. We’d better get moving…” Without preamble, he placed his hands firmly around her arms. She clamped her mouth shut to keep from crying out in surprise as the world spun into a blur of motion… and they were suddenly standing in an alley across the street from the collapse.
 
Lois released a heavy breath and tried to get her bearings. What a way to avoid being caught!

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It should be posted tomorrow some time.  Morning if I'm lucky, and my betas aren't too busy.  Afternoon if not.  Ta ta!

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coltdancer
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Woo-hoo!! Mystery, it is! And intrigue, danger...classic Lois & Clark! I'm ready!!

(Oooh, since it's only a teaser...will Mr. Mark be upset that I posted a comment before he did??)
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
No, he won't be upset... he likes to be the first reviewer, but he doesn't usually care about my other posts as much.

Love the icon! Got more where that came from?
mark_clark
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
Nope, I'm not upset. But I do appreciate what you said.
elliania
Oct. 1st, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Great! This teaser was super, I can't wait for more! :D
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
"Super"? Hee hee.

I hope it'll be ready soon! Still waiting!
jiggery_pokery_
Oct. 1st, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
Ooooh :D I'm all excited now! You'd better post quickly! (Although I have no idea what time the morning is where you are - probably midnight here or something stupid like that!)
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
I live in EST in the USA. Right now it's 6:30am. It looks like you posted your comment an hour and a half ago. So probably between 1 1/2 hours to 6 hours from now! Does that help?
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
Aha! I'm British and on GMT, so right now here it's 11:43 am. Of course! I already knew that the USA are five hours behind *rolls eyes*, but anyway, that's good news :) I'll go get on with my College work and hopefully when I come back there should be a nice reward :D Heh. Oh and one last thing, what on earth are you doing up at 6:30 am on a Sunday? xD
jiggery_pokery_
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:46 am (UTC)
Heh, sorry that was me. I'm a bit dopey because I was at a party last night *Yawns*
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
What am I doing up? I have a 3-year old who wakes up before or with the sun! Even though I went to bed at 11pm after finishing Ch. 26.... *yawn*
jiggery_pokery_
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
Aha! *Sympathys* Aww, is that her? She's so cute :) Ohh I really can't wait for the next chapter. *Hopes betas can go through it asap* :D
xynnia
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Hiya, I tracked you to Livejournal! I don't actually know what fanfic it is I'm leaving a comment on (though am I right in guessing it's Superman?); I just followed the link in your FF.net profile and found this! Anyway, I haven't seen Superman Returns yet but I hope to, and then after that (or maybe before, if I'm feeling impatient) I will read all your wonderful Superman fanfiction!

~enchantedsleeper
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Hey! Yes, it's a Superman fic. You should see the movie first, I think... but I could always give you a basic overview! There is also a novelization, though it leaves out a few important detail!

Thanks for reading all my Spidey fics this morning and coming over here!
xynnia
Oct. 1st, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
It's no problem, I enjoyed them so much! =D I'm going to read the other two you recommended to me as well ^__^

Yeah, I think I will rent the movie ASAP. My brother and I pondered going to see it with our cousins, but they weren't so interested.... I saw the trailers, however, and I really like the look of it.

Haha, if I am going to read Deja Vu, which site should I read it on? XD Maybe FF.net. 1223 reviews on that site alone - how amazing!
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Superman Returns doesn't come out on DVD until the end of Nov. :( So you may have to wait a while.

You can read the story wherever you like! Whatever is easiest for reviewing, really! *hint*

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
xynnia
Oct. 1st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Oh, this is SO frustrating! I've been trying to reply via my email service and my reply keeps getting wiped out!! >___< So I'm just doing it normally now. Anyway, what I keep on having to type out is that you seem to want me to get on and read your fic ^^ Which I can do if you want, since there've been a lot of anime cartoons that I know all about from reading fanfics and quizzes (ever thought of posting fanfics on Quizilla.com?)and yet haven't actually seen the series or read the mangas. I was thinking of reading your pre-Superman Returns fic actually, since in theory I wouldn't need to see the movie first.... would I? Oh, and I also visited your favourites and am reading one of the fics I found there ^^ The one where each of the passengers on the train meets Peter Parker - remember it? I told ya I was a sucker for the train scene XD

Oh, and thanks! Enjoy yours too!
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Oh, I definitely know which one you mean - "Strangers on a Train" by Jen K - one of my betas for my current story!! She is jenna_knight and new to LJ, if you want to tell her how wonderful that story is... :)
xynnia
Oct. 1st, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Oh, I have done, don't worry! ^^ But I will do again, if you like. I'm sorta new to LJ too. There's nothing in my own journal, if you look; I only got an account after I followed Nekotsuki (or WhiteAdelphi, on here) from FF.net to here in order to read The Zaibatsu Project.
I'm going to go to bed, in a sec - I've been staying up to re-read one of my favourites from today, 'Just Another Face On A Train'. Have you tried searching 'train' under the Spiderman category? Turned up some great results, I tell ya.
jenna_knight
Oct. 2nd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
You guys are so awesome! The Train scene is definitely one of my favorite movie scenes of all time. 'Just Another Face On a Train' is a great story as well.

Xynia, I hope you don't mind that I friended you.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Nope, sure don't! As of the moment though you might've noticed I'm not doing anything with my journal.

Oh, and htbthomas - the sites were Fanfiction.net, Gaiaonline.com, Sanriotown.com (yes, Hello Kitty XD it has a small forum for art, stories and the like), Fanstory.com (you get critique at a professional level there, but as a result you can't just post up any old thing or you'll get royally stomped upon - and they don't allow fanfics), Quizilla.com, LiveJournal of course, and this other site my friend writes on which I can never remember what it's called. Those are all the sites I can think of where one can write stories and have them read.
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Oh, and as you might've guessed, that was me writing the above comment. I'm off to reread all of the Spiderman fanfics I read yesterday XD Including Just Another Face On A Train, for the third time. I craaaave moooore Spidermaaan!
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Don't tell me you've already been through all the recommendations I gave you!! I have quite a few wonderful Spidey stories on my favorites! That should keep you busy for a while!!
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Haha, no, I haven't quite finished with them all ^^ I'm reading two at the same time, actually. But I wish that they would hurry up and make Spiderman 3... *grump* Oooor, better yet, that they would hurry up and make your trilogy into a film. And then call it Spiderman 3. :3

Have you read the fanfic Memories and Revelations? It does a brilliant MJ-POV take on the last 'act' of the second film, from when MJ and John are planning their wedding, through when she's kidnapped by Doc Ock, through to a bit beyond the last scene of the movie. It's really great <3 Another one I love is a one-shot called 'Human'. It has a really hilarious bit which I keep replaying in my mind. Oh, and 'Caught in the act of love' is brilliant too. I fell about laughing when I read it.
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Memories and Revelations is on my Favorites List - so yes! I have read the other two as well. They are also good. Aren't they on my C2 - Meant to Be Together? I run that, BTW.

Anyway Mem and Rev is by my beta extraordinaire betty brant. Awesome, huh? Wish I could get her over to LJ...
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Haha, I must've found it in there. Silly me ^^ I didn't look on your C2 though; I don't really get what C2s are and how they work and whatnot. My friend had one and I was.... on it, but nothing really happened.
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
*visits your C2*
OMFG.... I'M IN HEAVEN! *starry eyes* *clicks on about 10 stories at once* Which to read first??
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Aaaaaaaaand.... I see you found it! lol.
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
I sure did!! I've just finished reading Fear of Falling. Another Spidey fanfic to add to my favourites.... *mock-regretful sigh* I'm going to have to clear out some of my old favourites to make room for all these new ones - I have over a hundred. I am also never going to get round to doing my homework this evening. Awww.
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Read ANYTHING of jjonahjameson's and you won't be disappointed. She rocks! And she's really nice, too!
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Aah, yes, I've seen that username before. On a reviews list, I think. Thanks a lot! :D I'll be sure to get to and visit her profile, whether soon or at about midnight, when I still won't have gone to bed because I can't tear myself away from the Spiderman wonderfulness.

And my French coursework is due in for tomorrow. Hmm. I wonder how I'd survive on my field trip tomorrow if I pulled an all-nighter? =D
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
A C2 is just a collection of stories by in a fandom, usually on a particular topic. There's a link at the top of the Spidey section for all the C2's - I think mine is the best... but I didn't create it. hazelle did, and I took it over for her.

My topic is Peter and MJ romantic stories. Others have to do with Doc Ock, or Venom, etc. People can subscribe, so whenever a new one is added, they can be notified. I actually started reading Spider-Man fics from that C2. It holds a special place in my heart.
xynnia
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Aaah, that's so nice! I am -so- subscribing.
htbthomas
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Heya, it's enchantedsleeper!
Hey, your story is awesome, so it deserves to be recommended! *kiss*
mark_clark
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
A very good teaser and the rest was just as good. To everyone else, I am one of Barb's betas and I finished it. So I think she'll be posting any time now. Thanks for the wink, do I want to know what it was for?
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Well, it kinda looks like it'll be later rather than sooner. I have to take Ashlyn to a birthday party, which is an hour drive each way... so unless betty gets back to me in the next 30 minutes, it ain't happening until this evening. :(

Maybe I should post it half-betaed? On LJ only?

The wink was for "fire in the hole"!
ancarett
Oct. 1st, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so excited! Waiting happily for a new installment (and hoping you get more sleep tonight, poor you!).
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I hope I get sleep, too... I have a full afternoon, so no napping on the horizon. I hope I get the betaed version back before the rushing around starts up again!
bistyboo1974
Oct. 1st, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
*sighs*

I was hoping by the time I wandered back home, an update would be posted. Darn birthday parties! lol But since it's an October birthday party, all is forgiven. ;-) And now there's something to look forward to this evening. *grin* Hope Ashlyn had fun with the festivities...and that mom isn't too pooped from the whole shebang!
htbthomas
Oct. 1st, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know...

But I'm back now - and all my betas have gotten back to me! So now just have to plow through the edits. I hope that it will be up in the next hour. Fingers crossed!

Ashlyn, Mommy and Daddy had a great time, though! Happy Birthday, Caleb!
bistyboo1974
Oct. 1st, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad the birthday party was a success...and even gladder your betas have all finished looking over this latest part! *cheers* :-)

My heating pad and I (the newest OTP, after Lana's hand + Mr. Pointy) anxiously await the reading of your next chapter. *pops a couple pills and prays for the hour to go by swiftly*
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