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Déjà Vu: Chapter 4: Lunch

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Déjà Vu

Chapter 4: Lunch

Jimmy’s face was almost comical in its disappointment.

Closed for repairs.

The nostalgic 50s-style diner he had told them about looked like it had taken quite a hit in the recent catastrophe. What had once been a gleaming silver trailer, was now tarnished and dented. The pink neon piping was dull and lifeless. It was just as well, though. When she had passed by it before, she had never once wanted to try it. Something about the place gave her a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach.

“Isn’t Mario’s near here?” Clark asked, looking hopeful.

Jimmy grimaced slightly. “Yeah, I think so…”

“Mmm. They have a great chicken alfredo,” Lois put in. She was sure Jimmy would like it.

“If it’s money, Jim, I can treat this time,” Clark said kindly. “Goodness knows you’ve bought for me enough times when I forgot my wallet.”

Jimmy’s face warred between desire and embarrassment. But his stomach seemed to strike the deciding blow. “All right. Let’s do it.”

Clark smiled warmly, happy to help a friend. It was a nice gesture and she felt ashamed, really, that she hadn’t realized that was the reason for Jimmy's earlier hesitation. Clark was actually quite a perceptive and kind man… Lois had forgotten that about him.

After only a short wait, the three of them had secured a table near the windows. Her stomach rumbled loudly as she perused the menu, and she put a hand on her abdomen, abashed. Jimmy smirked, Clark looked at her with… was that… fondness? He looked away quickly, but she had definitely seen something in those bright blue eyes.

“I’m sorry, I guess I’m always hungry.” She began to worry. Don’t I have enough to deal with? I’m engaged to one man, have a child by another, and now I find my co-worker still has a crush on me? Back when they had first been partners, Clark had followed her around like a child, obviously infatuated with his colleague. She had basically ignored it then, though it had been flattering, to say the least. But now it was just annoying… one more thing to deal with. Her lips turned down in an ironic frown.

Jimmy misread her expression. “Or you don’t even stop to eat at all.”

Before she could respond to that, her cell phone went off in her purse. “And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on…” She snapped it open, ending the ringtone. “Richard?”

Lois? Are you on your way back?”

“No. We stopped for some lunch at Mario’s – do you want me to bring something back for you?” She glanced up. Jimmy was studying the menu, Clark was studying his hands.

Nah, don’t worry about it, I’ll grab something here in the building. Any leads?” he asked in a practiced tone. She smiled inwardly. He always sensed when she was onto something, even before she had mentioned it. But what am I onto? The reconstruction story? Or the mysterious gaps in my memory?

“I think we might be,” she said, focusing on their assigned story. She suddenly had a thought. “Richard, would you mind running a search for me while I’m out?”

Sure. I’m nearly finished with the article about the Superman rescue.”

“Great. Could you find out which buildings had the most extensive damage after the earthquake?” She tried to catch Clark’s eye for confirmation. He seemed to be busily focused on his cuticles instead. “Clark had a thought while we were covering the collapse.” The farm boy finally looked up. “He suggested that maybe the building materials were substandard… I want to see if this is just an isolated incident, or a much larger problem.”

Richard’s voice grew more excited. “Oh, excellent angle there. Should I let Perry know?”

“Tell Perry?“ Clark nodded his head. “Sure. But it’s just one lead. Tell him that.”

He’ll know that,” he answered in an amused voice, but then he seemed to realize something. “Oh, wait. You guys are on George Street, right? I know for a fact that the shopping district a few blocks over was heavily damaged. You might want to check it out before you come back to the office.”

“Sure, sweetheart. Thanks for the tip.” Clark was back to memorizing the ridges on his knuckles.

Lois,” Richard said. “I just realized, with all the excitement in the last week, we never really got to welcome Clark back to the Planet. He seems like a nice guy. What do you say we have him over for dinner tonight?” She began to protest, but he stopped her. “I could grill some steaks… make something appropriate for Jason…” he coaxed.

She relented. “All right, any day that I can avoid take out is fine with me. Let me ask him.” She tried to get Clark’s attention again – what was wrong with his hands, some kind of rash? “Clark?”

“Yes, Lois?” He looked hopeful, but sad. Why sad?

She shook her head to clear it. “Richard wants to know if you would like to come over for dinner at our house tonight. You know, welcome you back to town and all that.”

“Um, sure. What time?”

“I guess about eight o’clock?” She spoke these words into the cell phone receiver.

Eight sounds good,” Richard agreed. She nodded confirmation to Clark. “See you in a few hours, okay? Love you.”

“Love you, too,” she said, almost automatically, and ended the call. But it was true, wasn’t it? Even if she felt something for Superman as well? God, Lane, you tramp…

She ordered, her mind very much elsewhere, and was startled out of her reverie when a steaming plate of pasta was placed in front of her. She grabbed her blue cloth napkin and set it on her lap.

Lifting a forkful of food into her mouth, she looked across the table and abruptly snickered. Like a mama’s boy, Clark Kent was tucking his napkin into his collar. She had to hold her hand to her mouth to keep from spitting food everywhere.

“What?” He looked at her with such a confused expression, that she laughed again.

“Clark… do you see a checkered tablecloth? Gingham curtains? This isn’t your mom’s kitchen.”

He looked blankly at Jimmy, who was mimicking tucking a napkin under his chin.

“Oh.” His eyes suddenly lit up with amusement. “Uh, actually, Lois, in some cultures, this is the height of good manners. Not just at my mother’s table.”

She shrugged, still smiling, but then stilled. The royal blue napkin under his chin looked so striking. As she slowly tilted her head to the side, his smile disappeared, and he pressed his lips together. In her mind’s eye, his thick black frames flickered out of existence briefly. That blue set off his similarly-hued eyes in exactly the way that…

She rubbed her eyes tiredly. I guess I just can’t function on only a few hours sleep anymore…

Lois didn’t know what it was, but since just before leaving the Daily Planet this morning to cover this story, she was feeling increasingly lightheaded. Not to mention tired from lack of sleep. Little things, like the vision of Superman amidst the flames, or that napkin… were causing her to zone out completely. Vaguely she could hear Clark and Jimmy in the background, discussing football or something, but she couldn’t focus on anything. What is going on?

The meal flew by, almost without her noticing. The table was cleared, the check paid… and she found herself walking between Jimmy and Clark, heading down the street toward the shopping district. “You all right, Lois?” Jimmy asked, concerned.

“Yeah… no… I just haven’t felt like myself lately.” She pressed her eyelids tightly together and then tried to open them wide. “I didn’t get much sleep last night. I was up all night…” …thinking about, dreaming about, talking with Superman… “trying to finish my article.”

Clark turned to hover over her. “We can do this later. I think we have enough information, especially with whatever Richard dug up this afternoon. Let’s go back to the office.”

“Sure, sounds good.” She lifted her head, and noticed an odd sight. Directly behind Clark was a jeweler’s window, decorated in a winter theme. Lord, it‘s not even Halloween yet… They had really overdone it, with white fluff, pretend icicles and icebergs. But seeing the diamonds and jewels nestled among them caused a wave of dizziness.

“Lois?” Clark asked worriedly. His voice dropped in pitch. “What’s wrong?”

“I -- I don’t know…” she said, feeling shaky. The image of Clark, the wintry scene a backdrop for his concerned face, was bringing up a wave of powerful, but unknown emotion. She faltered, almost losing her balance, and he caught her in strangely strong arms. Clark whistled impatiently for a cab, and helped her in, somehow not at all clumsy.

She vaguely registered Jimmy getting in the front seat with the driver. Clark’s presence beside her suddenly seemed comforting, rock solid… and she felt reassured. He held her hand, an arm around her shoulder in a caring but friendly manner, all the way back to the Daily Planet.


Next Chapter: Chapter 5: A Lead

Comments

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empressaurelius
Aug. 12th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
*Waves* This is 777 from the Forever Devoted to Clois forum! Just dropping a comment to let you know I was here. ^___^
htbthomas
Aug. 12th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks!! Nice to see you here! I will add you right now. :)
ancarett
Aug. 13th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
O, cool! I am pleased to find your story on LJ. I find many things easier to read here than over at ff.net.

I had read your first chapter there and have now caught up. This is great stuff and I'm all excited to see what's going to happen when Clark shows up for dinner!
htbthomas
Aug. 13th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! When I saw that you were writing a Superman story (on one of bisty's pages) I went to check for it... but didn't see it. Is it in process? Or posted somewhere else?

Anyway, I am going to post another chapter tonight, and one every day after until caught up. Now it's up to 17. Thanks so much!
ancarett
Aug. 13th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
My story's still in process and I'm leery to post any of it until I get past a couple of plotting bottlenecks. Though I might post a PWP snippet at some point, just to get something out there again! This fandom's such fun (I was a devoted fan of the old "Lois and Clark" tv series so the movie's brought back memories)!

Currently I'm also making up some more Superman Returns icons.
htbthomas
Aug. 13th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Oo. Icons. I tried to make some today, but I'm a total newbie at it. I think they look dark and kind of amateurish... maybe I'll test them out soon. If you post them on your LJ, I would love to see them.
ancarett
Aug. 13th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
They'll definitely go up there and also get cross-posted to the superman_return community (which you should check out if you're not a member of it, already).
coltdancer
Aug. 20th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
...Clark was actually quite a perceptive and kind man… Lois had forgotten that about him...

...Jimmy smirked, Clark looked at her with… was that… fondness? He looked away quickly, but she had definitely seen something in those bright blue eyes...

...But now it was just annoying… one more thing to deal with...


First, she's thinking niceties, then she's annoyed! Poor Clark.


...Richard’s voice grew more excited. “Oh, excellent angle there. Should I let Perry know?”

“Tell Perry?“ Clark nodded his head. “Sure. But it’s just one lead. Tell him that.”...


Careful with that superhearing, Clark. ;)


“Lois,” Richard said. “I just realized, with all the excitement in the last week, we never really got to welcome Clark back to the Planet. He seems like a nice guy. What do you say we have him over for dinner tonight?” She began to protest, but he stopped her. “I could grill some steaks… make something appropriate for Jason…” he coaxed.

She relented. “All right, any day that I can avoid take out is fine with me. Let me ask him.” She tried to get Clark’s attention again – what was wrong with his hands, some kind of rash? “Clark?”

“Yes, Lois?” He looked hopeful, but sad. Why sad?


*le sigh!!* But, this does at least begin the seque to one of my favorite chapters...the dinner. :)


He looked blankly at Jimmy, who was mimicking tucking a napkin under his chin.

“Oh.” His eyes suddenly lit up with amusement. “Uh, actually, Lois, in some cultures, this is the height of good manners. Not just at my mother’s table.”


So positively adorkable. I love it!


“Lois?” Clark asked worriedly. His voice dropped in pitch. “What’s wrong?”


Oooh, do I love it when his voice does that!!
htbthomas
Aug. 20th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Adorkable! *snort*

Yes, it's fun to imagine what Clark must be thinking as he listens to that conversation. He's really awkward and it's more than an act!
bistyboo1974
Aug. 27th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
When she had passed by it before, she had never once wanted to try it. Something about the place gave her a sick feeling in the pit of her stomach.

*sniffles*

Poor Lois.

...we never really got to welcome Clark back to the Planet

*snort*

Literally. Back to the planet...EARTH! lol

I love how all of these little things are tugging at Lois's dormant memories. The royal blue of Clark's napkin, the wintry scene at the jeweler's... Great touches to niggle at the back of Lois's mind, to help her remember. :-)

Can't wait for dinner!


htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
...we never really got to welcome Clark back to the Planet

*snort*

Literally. Back to the planet...EARTH! lol



Yes, I am very fond of using double-entendre throwaway lines... I find them funnier that obvious jokes. :)

And this whole story got started as a list of eight things that would jog Lois' memory of the time that was erased. Oh, how it has grown...
sydgill
Apr. 20th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
This was fantastic!

Mariah Carey, Hero as her ringtone! Hilarious!

My favorite line: Lois you, tramp...

oh my gosh...your story is wonderful and i might end up leaving comments for every chapter! sorry if it gets annoying!
htbthomas
Apr. 20th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Annoying? That's wonderful! Please leave as many comments as you want! I love feedback. :)

And "Hero" - I teach music, and my choir is singing it for their spring concert! All because I put it in this story... lol.

Where did you find the story?
sydgill
Apr. 20th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Since i have your permission, you're going to be harrassed!

They're singing it because of the fan fic!?? Awesome! I would attempt it too if i sang! But i don't, so i'll just stick with appreciating the song choice!

I'm from the Twilight world...I have Alphie as an author alert on FF.net because of her Lion and the Lamb story for Twilight and I just got a recent alert for her new Supes fic and since it came at a perfect time i actually had time to read it!

I've been a Superman fan since i was six, but call it ignorance, i had no idea about fan fics or even considered joining a fandom like the Twilight Lexicon...

Actually Twilight has created a lot of firsts - i've always wanted to write, but never attempted in until now (i have some Twilight fan fics on FF.net) Now realizing that i could have been writing about some of my favorite things all this time, I want to make up for lost time...but your fic and Alphie's has me paralyzed! You two have written some amazing stuff! Great job, really!
htbthomas
Apr. 20th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
They're singing it because of the fan fic!?? -- It's more like, I was looking for a song to use for Lois' ringtone, and ended up using "Hero" - which then turned out to be in the textbook I use. So ta da! I chose it for the choir to sing this year. :D The kids have no idea.

Now realizing that i could have been writing about some of my favorite things all this time, I want to make up for lost time... -- I feel exactly the same way! I've only been ficcing since Sept. 2005. If only I'd discovered it sooner!
sydgill
Apr. 20th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Sept 2005, oh poor you!!! LOL...that's great...you've written so much great stuff...I'm gonna work my way through slowly!

And then of course will be the May 4th interruption! Oh gawd, i can already see my husband rolling his eyes at the next obsession...just when i thought i was getting over Twilight - i find Superman Fan Fic and now you and Spiderman - yikes!

Okay, my special little Superman info - I found the actual house that they shoot the Kent Farm scenes from Smallville!
htbthomas
Apr. 20th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Really? The Kent Farm? Awesome.

And my husband has long given up on me and my obsessions...
sydgill
Apr. 20th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yes the Kent Farm!! It's awesome...and now that moved to Langley, i'm only about 10 minutes from it. Actually i could go over there and get autographs from the cast but i'm much too much of a chicken....

If you're interested i'll go get you pics of the area and even the cornfield and road they used to film the Season Premiere when Clark lands in a corn patch butt naked and Lois finds him!

Plus there's the funny/crazy stalkerish story of how i found the Kent Farm - if you're interested i'll be happy to tell it...although i does prove that i'm slightly nuts....
htbthomas
Apr. 20th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
So are you in Canada? And I'd love to hear that story...
sydgill
Apr. 20th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yup...I'm Canadian...I was born in Vancouver, but i live in Langley a city very close by...

So you wanna know my story, eh? Hehehe...sorry i just asked that questions so i could say, eh, like a real Canadian!

So...i was watching the Smallville season DVD's and i had been through everything except for the commentary, so being the crazy fanatic that I am, i grabbed some popcorn and settled in to listen to them all.

At one point they started talking about the Kent Farm and how it was such a drag to drive the 45 minutes all the way out to the Anderlini Farm in Langley.

So i thought to myself, that's interesting....Anderlini Farm, sounds like a unique name...and 45 minutes out from the Vancouver Smallville Studio, wow...that must really be out in the boonies...

I couldn't stop thinking about it, and i thought, wouldn't it be so cool if i found it...i got on my laptop and started doing searches for the way to spell Anderlini - the name wasn't in the captioning and i wasn't sure how it was spelled...Finally i found a spelling that actually worked in our online phonebook and i got back about 20 different locations in Langley.

I figured i should narrow it down so i pulled up an online satellite image webpage and found all the locations on that map....I narrowed it down by selecting only the larger plots of land, since it was a farm that we were looking for afterall.

So i had my list of 8 locations and i conned my husband into going for a "drive"....Okay, so the ruse didn't last that long, he knew i was crazy, but thought this was a little too stalkerish, but he agreed in the end (after some pouting)...he never thought we would find it.

So, you probably think that one of those 8 places were it....well...no such luck! We went to all the locations and i was really mad and disappointed that i hadn't found it....my husband was laughing at my ranting and explained to me that Langley was huge, how did i ever think i would find it...

I cut him off and demanded that he turn down the street that we were approaching....He wanted to go home since i had gone through our list, and he'd be damned if he was going to drive like a lunatic through all these back roads...at the final second i screamed at him to turn, and he made a pretty dangerous turn at the last second...(sorry...i have to just stop and laugh at my stupidity here...hehehe....how he puts up with me i have no idea)

So, we're driving down this random road, and the whole time my husband is begging me to let him turn around so we can go home...and I keep saying, please, let's just go a little further.

Then, suddenly, i catch sight of this older looking, yellowish house and now both of our eyes are bugging out and i keep saying, no...no...it can't be...honey....is that it...

and he's like: Holy crap...it is....that's it Tage...that's it!

And i'm going: no....no....no...way...it can't be...

then.... *insert squeals of joy*

We went back a couple of times and talked to the owners of the place - they said we could come back and get autographs but i'm a little too shy for that...

We did see them setting up for the cornfield scene and I've been to the Talon, which is actually the Clova Cinema...and my husband has seen them filming downtown when he worked down there but i have yet to run into any of the cast...but if i tried a little harder i probably could :)

So there's my long winded story...sorry for the rambling!
htbthomas
Apr. 21st, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I am utterly stalkerish myself (I have that reputation among my f-list (friends list), too. That's so cool!
sydgill
Apr. 21st, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Heehee...we should start our own PI company's...that way we can make money from our crazy fangirl skills! LOL!!!

So have you found any interesting Superman/Spiderman Stuff through your abilities?
htbthomas
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
Not really - but I have found the names and addresses of some of my online friends. I actually talk to some of them more on the phone than online now!

I wish I lived close enough to anything superhero-related, but alas. Even Cleveland (where they shot a lot of the bank truck fight scene from Spider-Man 3) was too far a drive from Dayton. :D
brdwaybebe
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Clark smiled warmly, happy to help a friend. It was a nice gesture and she felt ashamed, really, that she hadn’t realized that was the reason for Jimmy's earlier hesitation. Clark was actually quite a perceptive and kind man… Lois had forgotten that about him.


Awww -falls more in love with Clark- such a nice guy. His "superness" goes beyond all those abilities. And it's nice to see Lois acknowledge it as well!



After only a short wait, the three of them had secured a table near the windows. Her stomach rumbled loudly as she perused the menu, and she put a hand on her abdomen, abashed. Jimmy smirked, Clark looked at her with… was that… fondness? He looked away quickly, but she had definitely seen something in those bright blue eyes.


Double awww. Something as silly as a tummy rumble and to catch him looking at her like that. Man. She is going to be puttng some things together soon!!! I also liked that he remembered how she liked hot dogs. That was so cute.



Before she could respond to that, her cell phone went off in her purse. “And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on…” She snapped it open, ending the ringtone. “Richard?”


ooooh nice choice of ring tone. A very telling choice hehe.



She relented. “All right, any day that I can avoid take out is fine with me. Let me ask him.” She tried to get Clark’s attention again – what was wrong with his hands, some kind of rash? “Clark?”


Oh Richard. You adorable thing you. I'd like to see Clark accept the invitation but.... -whimper- I have a bad feeling about Clark's hands



Lifting a forkful of food into her mouth, she looked across the table and abruptly snickered. Like a mama’s boy, Clark Kent was tucking his napkin into his collar. She had to hold her hand to her mouth to keep from spitting food everywhere.


Triple Awwwwww.



He looked blankly at Jimmy, who was mimicking tucking a napkin under his chin.
ROFL I love that Jimmy is mirroring him here.


The royal blue napkin under his chin looked so striking.....That blue set off his similarly-hued eyes in exactly the way that…


-squeak!!-


“Lois?” Clark asked worriedly. His voice dropped in pitch. “What’s wrong?”
“I -- I don’t know…” she said, feeling shaky. The image of Clark, the wintry scene a backdrop for his concerned face, was bringing up a wave of powerful, but unknown emotion. She faltered, almost losing her balance, and he caught her in strangely strong arms. Clark whistled impatiently for a cab, and helped her in, somehow not at all clumsy.


God, I am loving all of these little layers! The winter scene mirroring the fortress, clark's voice dropping a pitch out of Clark mod into one moare...familiar and her noticing the strength of his arms. I love that he drops all pretense of Clark subconsciously when it comes to her being in any kind of danger.

htbthomas
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
His "superness" goes beyond all those abilities. -- Don't we all love that about him? *swoons*

Something as silly as a tummy rumble and to catch him looking at her like that. Man. She is going to be puttng some things together soon!!! I also liked that he remembered how she liked hot dogs. That was so cute. -- it's so funny how much her tastes have changed in SR, right? All this organic and vegetarian stuff -- probably for Richard and definitely for Jason.

nice choice of ring tone. A very telling choice hehe. -- That was very popular back when I first posted this. I even had my choir sing it this year... lol.

ROFL I love that Jimmy is mirroring him here. -- He's just trying to help... :D Why can I not get Claire's alcoholic Jimmy out of my mind now? My Jimmy is nothing like that, but boy is hers funny.

God, I am loving all of these little layers! The winter scene mirroring the fortress, clark's voice dropping a pitch out of Clark mod into one moare...familiar and her noticing the strength of his arms. I love that he drops all pretense of Clark subconsciously when it comes to her being in any kind of danger. -- I think Clark is subconsciously doing some of these things, but he has no idea how close she is...
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