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Déjà Vu: Chapter 28: Trust

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Déjà Vu  

Chapter 28: Trust

Richard cast another glance at his computer screen. “I’m kind of busy right now… is it important?” he said in a polite voice.

Clark continued to hold himself firmly in the regal posture of his alter ego. “Yes, it is.”

A small frown marred Richard’s face, and he clicked his mouse a few times – to hide what he had been working on, perhaps? Then his face cleared and he turned his full attention on Clark. “All right. What is it?”

“If you wouldn’t mind,” Clark began, his native Midwestern courtesy blending into his request, “May we talk privately? On the roof?”

“Sure…” Richard agreed doubtfully and stood from his chair, the puzzled frown returning. Clark stepped back to let Richard move past him, and the two men headed for the stairwell.

Lois didn’t know what to do. Should she join them? Should she stay behind? She began to chew on her thumbnail… but her dilemma was soon resolved. As Richard entered the stairwell, Clark beckoned to her to join them, and then the door shut behind the two men.

Even then, she hesitated. Okay, Lane. Clark just asked you to come along… so why are you so terrified? He’s the one who should be reticent… For some reason, the very solution she had suggested earlier today – tell Richard the truth – now seemed absolutely insane.

Lois grimly forced her rigid limbs to move, and walked briskly, if somewhat jerkily, to the stairwell access door. She looked into the empty walkway past the door, and could barely register their voices and footsteps as they ascended quickly. You can do it, Lois. One foot in front of the other. Clark didn’t fall in love with you because you were a timid wallflower… and neither had Richard, if she were being perfectly honest. So up she went, plucking up her courage with every step.

When she reached the roof access door, she gently opened it just a crack to peer out at them. Maybe she could just watch the whole thing from here… Richard seemed at ease, if a little confused, and Clark still appeared confident. She hadn’t missed the revelation yet, at least…

“So…” she heard Richard say from her vantage point. “What did you want to talk to me about?”

“The reason I asked you up here, Richard, was…” Clark hesitated. He turned directly toward where Lois was peeking through the doorway. Pleading blue eyes, at odds with his calm face, sought her support. “…Lois and I have something to tell you.”

“Lois?” Richard asked in surprise.

Well, she was good and caught now. Grimacing, Lois pushed open the heavy door and stepped all the way outside.

Frowning, Richard asked again, “Why Lois? Is this something about your investigation?”

Lois came to stand beside Clark. “No, more about yours…”

“What? I don’t understand…” Richard looked perplexed, increasingly on edge because of her close contact.

Clark cleared his throat, and Lois noticed that he was still using the deeper pitch usually reserved for Superman. “Richard. In the short time I’ve known you, I’ve really come to respect you. You are a thoughtful, intelligent, and brave person…”

“Thank you, Clark, but…?” Richard eyes traveled between the two of them, confused and annoyed.

Clark continued in a soothing baritone. “So it’s not lightly that I… we…” Clark reached out for her hand. For a moment, Lois debated taking it, but then placed her fingers into his palm, holding onto it like a lifeline. “…have decided to tell you something very important.”

Suddenly, a series of emotions flashed across Richard’s face. Lois thought she could see deep confusion, suspicion, shock, anger, worry and disbelief… and with Clark standing there proudly, she was certain that at any moment Richard would piece it all together.

“Lois and I—” Clark began, but Richard cut him off abruptly.

“What is going on here?” He turned on Lois, a spark of anger in his eyes. “Just this morning, you all but admitted to me that you were starting a relationship with…” He didn’t finish the thought, and took a shuddering breath. “But was that just a cover? For…” He stuttered out the name in angry disbelief, “C—Clark?”

She met his fiery gaze with her own unflinching one. “Let him finish,” she said quietly.

Richard’s lips set in a grim line and he turned to Clark again.

Clark pressed on boldly, unhurriedly. “I have seen what a good father you are to Jason, Richard, and how much you obviously care about him and Lois. I know this is going to be very hard to accept… but please remember we have the utmost faith in you.” Clark’s voice lowered even further. “Yes, Lois and I are now together. She wasn’t lying to you – because…” He hesitated. “I am Superman.”

For a few tense seconds, Richard stood there in shock. His face went slack, his body went rigid, and only his eyes remained mobile. He frantically looked between the two of them, and Lois began to fear for his reaction, squeezing Clark’s hand tightly…

Suddenly, Richard unfroze and laughed in disbelief. “Is this some kind of joke? This is crazy…” It was an absurd thought – she of all people knew how absurd it seemed – but Richard trailed off at Clark’s steady, unrelenting gaze. For the first time, Richard seemed to take in Clark’s regal posture, his authoritative presence.

With a simple gesture, Clark removed the glasses from his face with his free hand, piercing Richard with the full force of his azure stare.

Lois could almost hear an audible click as the final pieces fell into place in Richard’s mind. He staggered back a step, spluttering, “But you, and she… how could… it’s not…” He covered his eyes with a trembling hand. “Oh, my God…”

Clark and Lois exchanged a momentary disconcerted look. This was not the reaction she had been expecting! After all the other things he had figured out on his own, Richard seemed completely taken aback by this news. And recalling the way he had behaved since Clark had asked to speak with him, it was obvious he had not been as close to the truth as they feared. Oh, no… did we do the right thing? she asked herself apprehensively, watching Richard closely.

Clark remained an impassive statue beside her. Only the slight tightening of his hand on hers gave her any indication that he was reacting at all.

Finally, Richard seemed to decide which question to ask first. “How long have you known, Lois?” He dropped his hand and looked at them in haggard shock.

Even though Lois had been expecting this question, it was still difficult to answer. The memory of their previous conversation about Clark’s height and weight was still fresh in her mind – and she hadn’t known then, even though she had known when Jason was conceived. But again, the whole memory issue was not any of Richard’s business… With a mental groan, she went with, “Just a few days.”

“But… Jason…” Richard started to pace in front of them, working out the timeline in his mind. “You didn’t know back then…?” He shook his head, trying to reconcile what he knew about Lois’ character versus this new information. “I can’t wrap my head around this…”

Clark spoke up in a reassuring voice. “I know it’s hard to believe… and I’m sorry we kept it from you before… I have always protected my ‘other identity’ very carefully. It’s been really difficult for me to tell anyone. The danger alone…” He swallowed, and went on. “But we felt you needed to know this secret in order for everyone to begin to heal and move on.” His voice softened, and he added gently, “Jason will need all the adults in his life to be there for him, to help him.” Lois wondered if he was thinking of his own adoptive parents as he spoke. “We can’t do that if we’re not all on the same page.”

“No…” Richard said, obviously still reeling in astonishment. His eyes slowly drifted to Lois and Clark’s still clasped hands. “I thought I had it figured out, you know?” A note of bitterness began to infuse his voice as he talked. “I was so sure you and the Big Guy got together during that General Zod business, and that afterward, his guilt drove him halfway across the universe…”

“That’s not the reason he left…” she began hotly, leaving the fact that she and Clark had gotten together during the Zod affair an unspoken truth between.

“So. You didn’t know about his double life back then?” he asked her in angry disbelief. “Who did you… sleep with…?” His eyes narrowed as he punctuated those words. “Was it Clark… or Superman?”

Lois recoiled from his naked anger. Clark flinched beside her. “Now wait just a minute…” he growled in defense of her.

“No, you know what? It doesn’t matter.” Richard’s fists clenched. “What matters is that you and she had a relationship… which obviously produced a child…. and no one ever bothered to tell me!” He spun away from them.

Neither one of them knew what to say – at least nothing that might not make the situation worse. What had they expected? That he would calmly accept Clark’s or Superman’s replacement of him? The best thing to do is to let him vent right now…

Preoccupied with watching Richard in sadness, Lois was momentarily startled by the sound of Clark's voice in her ear. “Lois,” he said tightly, and she turned to look expectantly up at him.

There was no mistaking what he was about to say. She marveled inwardly that with only a few days of remembering his secret, it as almost as if there had been no gap of time at all. “You have to go?”

Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Richard swivel back to them. Clark simply nodded, looking over his shoulder to the south.

“Go ahead. I want to research Robinson and Sons some more before the day’s over. I’ll see you back here later?”

“Yes… but I’ll do those flyovers before I come back. Are you…” He looked pointedly at Richard.

“I’ll be fine.” Her heart swelled at his protectiveness. She wanted to reach out to him, to kiss him goodbye, but in front of the man whose heart she had broken…? She had more tact than that.

He smiled that smile – the one he saved just for her. “I know you will.” Eyes full of emotion, Clark rose into the sky, spun around once to reveal his Superman colors, and sped off in a blur.

Richard let out a shaky breath behind her. “It’s one thing to know it, and another to see it, isn’t it?” he said in wonder.

“Yes…” Lois said softly, a touch of awe in her own voice.

Richard walked over to the edge of the roof, and gazed in the direction Clark had taken. “A lot of things are making sense now… the way Clark and Superman returned to Metropolis at the same time, the way he always looked at you, his frequent absences from work…” A look of comprehension settled over him and he said in amazement, “It was that dinner earlier this week, wasn’t it?” Richard turned around and stared directly into her eyes. “He spent too much time around that kryptonite I found under the deck, and it weakened him enough for you to figure it out!”

Lois dropped her eyes from his and nodded.

But Richard wasn’t finished. “He must have known it was under there… why did he agree to help me?” he asked, mystified.

“Because that’s the kind of guy Clark is,” Lois looked up again and answered quietly, simply.

“And… Oh, my, God! Babysitting his own son… all the things I said to him yesterday about what I was planning… how he seemed to be so good with Jason…” He groaned. “Why would he do that?”

She whispered, still in agony at watching his pain. “Be—”

“—‘Cause that’s the kind of guy Clark is?” he finished sharply for her, hostility overtaking him. “Apparently the same kind of guy that would steal any kind of secret moment with his illegitimate son… who would steal an engaged woman out of her happy family… and welcome her back into his bed with open arms!” He stopped just short of shouting in her face.

Lois had been feeling sorry for him, but now her ready temper exploded at the accusation in those words. “Do you think I’m some kind of slut, Richard White?” She was the one in Richard’s face now. “Yes! I spent last night at his apartment. But I slept on the couch! Alone!”

She knew that his emotions were coming out of a place of deep hurt and resentment, but she plowed on. “What kind of mother would I be if I jumped into bed with another man, with my only child asleep in the next room?” Her voice was turning shrill with affronted rage, so she lowered it and spat, “Not that it’s any business of yours!”

Richard didn’t step away from her as he replied in a tone as low and menacing as her own. “Just like you didn’t jump into my bed the moment he left you high and dry?”

Before she was even aware of what she was doing, the flat of her hand smacked across his face. Richard hardly flinched. Lois stepped back, still full of trembling rage, but devastated by the look on his face. “Oh, Richard, I’m so sorry…” She reached a placating hand toward him.

He cringed away from her, almost crumpling in on himself. In a small, broken voice, so different from the anger he had displayed mere moments ago, he said, “Don’t worry, Lois. You two were right – you can trust me. For the sake of Jason, you can trust me with this knowledge.”

“Richard… You didn’t deserve this… I really did love you…”

His head turned slowly back to hers and she saw bitter tears shining in his wounded eyes. “But it wasn’t enough, was it? He was just too hard an act to follow.”

“Richard…” Her voice started to break as well, while her heart clenched painfully.

“Just… go. I need to process this on my own. It’s too much…” He twisted away from her again, staring with inward-turned eyes over the boundless cityscape.

Next: Chapter 29: Connections

Comments

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bistyboo1974
Oct. 15th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, LJ is back...for a minute there, I thought I broke it in my excitement over reading a new chapter! ;-)

Well, much like I said over @ FF.net, I was torn between wanting to slap Richard and wanting to hug him. The poor man! No matter what, you've got to feel his pain at being in the dark about all of this. The revelation had to have hit him like a ton of bricks. I honestly thought he was closer to finding out the truth on his own, like Lois thought. Maybe with a little more time, he would have... Guh!

I really can't wait until the next chapter comes along. I'm terribly anxious to know how all of this is going to shape up!
htbthomas
Oct. 15th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was practically shocked when I saw you reviewed at ff.net, even though I already knew why... ;) Glad the site is back.

Anyway, I think poor Richard has just been dragged through the wringer... and I don't even want to BREATHE what's happening next. So, stayed tuned, guys and gals!
mark_clark
Oct. 15th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
The moment of truth has finally arrived for Clark as he asks Richard to talk to him privately. This is a huge step that Clark is taking in order to be with Lois but he feels that she is worth it. Luckily, Clark motioned for her to follow. I believe that with Lois being there, he thought it would make things easier on Richard.

As Lois followed, a whole swirl of emotions passed through her. I can understand the mixed emotions she was feeling because with Clark revealing that he is Superman to Richard is a BIG deal.

Just before Clark starts, he asks Lois to come out of her hiding spot to join him. I really like how Richard questions Lois being there because he would think that the reason Clark wants to talk to him is about the story he and Lois is working on. Boy, how wrong Richard was.

As Clark begins, he holds Lois' hand for support and this doesn't go unnoticed by Richard. Just before Clark can say that he is Superman, Richard jumps to the conclusion that Lois made everything about leaving him for Superman up. Lois then told Richard to let Clark finish and when he did, Richard was speechless. Richard just couldn't believe it and he didn't. When Clark removed his glasses, that's when Richard knew that Clark was indeed Superman.

Richard was very angry at this turn of events and rightfully so. But when Richard started talking about who Lois slept with, Clark or Superman, oh, man, I thought Clark would toss him off the roof. Clark is not like that, but he did defend Lois. Too bad Clark had to leave to take care of business as Superman. It was nice that he was worried about leaving Lois and Richard alone but Lois said she was fine.

With the revelation out of the way, things start to make sense to Richard about Clark. The way Clark went out of his way to help Richard at his place and then babysitting Jason. That surprised Richard that Clark would do that but as Lois told him, that's just what kind of person Clark is. Then Richard explodes and talks about the night Lois left him. Lois fired right back at him like the way I knew she would. Richard then said something that was way over the line and Lois smacked him for it. I was surprised that she didn't punch him for that comment about Lois jumping into Richard's bed the moment Superman left her high and dry. He really deserved it.

I figured Lois would apologize for it but I don't really think she had to. The good thing about all of this is that Richard will protect Clark's secret, at least for Jason's sake. It will take some time for Richard to come to terms over this but I think he'll handle it.

Another excellent chapter. The reactions from everyone involved were perfect. I still don't like Clark having to reveal that he is Superman but there appeared to be no way around it. Oh well, still, fantastic job.
htbthomas
Oct. 15th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
This is a huge step that Clark is taking in order to be with Lois but he feels that she is worth it. Luckily, Clark motioned for her to follow. I believe that with Lois being there, he thought it would make things easier on Richard.

Lois is definitely worth it. And whether it was for Richard's or his own sake, it was good that Lois could be there.

But when Richard started talking about who Lois slept with, Clark or Superman, oh, man, I thought Clark would toss him off the roof.

Toss him off the roof? Well, I bet he thought something pretty uncomplimentary... but you're right, Clark's not like that.

was surprised that she didn't punch him for that comment about Lois jumping into Richard's bed the moment Superman left her high and dry. He really deserved it.

Such violent reactions you were having here, Mark! Not that I didn't want to do it, myself. But as I said before, I think a slap is a more personal reaction than a punch, especially for a woman.


elliania
Oct. 15th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, my God! Amazing chapter!!!! I loved it!!!!! Richard's reaction was perfect!!! Did you get difficulty to write it? Personally, I just don't know how to write his reaction, but you were brillant, as always!!!

Lois reaction too was nice and real!! I particulary enjoy the conversation they had after the super Clark's departure!!

This was surely not an easy chapter for the characters! **Hugs Richard**, **Hugs Lois**, **Hugs Clark**! Now, I just can't wait for more!!!! :D
htbthomas
Oct. 15th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
It wasn't actually difficult to write the... um... difficult parts. Once Richard was good and angry, I found it somehow easier!

But yes, everyone certainly needs a hug right now!
ancarett
Oct. 15th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, poor Richard! Poor, poor Richard. This was a completely believable reaction. You could see the pain pouring off of him in this chapter. Lois and Clark were great (and I loved seeing this from Lois's point of view -- you chose well to keep that coherent) but Richard was and is the key figure here.

Wow! I'm just wondering where you can go now -- you've really broken new ground here and I love it!
htbthomas
Oct. 15th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Keeping this in Lois' POV has been a challenge and a joy. There have been SEVERAL points in the story (not the least of which is the ending I'm heading toward) where I have thought - "crap, I wish I could change POV's here."

But, you know what, it always turns out better when I stay faithful to Lois!

I've always used a 'rotating limited' POV for my other stories (except my Clark POV Then and Now which was very short), so doing a really long one has been a growth experience.

Now, as to 'new ground'? Well, I stand firm to my belief that Richard is a decent man who will ultimately do the right thing. I hope his all-too-human reaction here will only underscore that.
marwen17
Oct. 15th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I'm gonna say this but I'm glad Richard didn't have the Kryptonite there with him... it would have been ugly.

I love the tension that there's gonna be now between Jason's three parents and I liked that Richard assumed that Clark and Lois were together before he even THOUGHT of Clark being Superman, that my friend, was priceless.

Though I did want to slap Richard when he almost did say that my lil' Lo was a bitch, I mean he was entitled but I always expect him to keep his cool... guess you can blame that on those fics where the revelation goes like this:

Lois: OMG, Clark is Superman... and therefore he's your father, Jason.
Jason: OMG COOLNESS! I GET POWERS!
Richard: OMG, ain't that a cute family?

I just hope you can handle Lois breaking the news to Jason as realistically as you have dealt with Richard, because let's face it... he wouldn't be all flowers and sunshine when he did.

Loved the chapter, Barbara! I hope you keep up the good work.
htbthomas
Oct. 15th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Barbara: OMG, you get points for that, Mara! (ROFL, seriously)

Yeah, very few of the fics out there have taken Richard in this direction, have they? Is it because they just want him out of the way quickly? (And bisty, if you're reading this, I still love the way you handled yours) Or they think he's too nice? Heck, even nice guys get angry... My husband has zapped me GOOD time and again, and Lord knows, he would never hurt a fly.

I liked that Richard assumed that Clark and Lois were together before he even THOUGHT of Clark being Superman

I have to be honest and admit that this is an idea that betty brant had way back several chapters ago when we first discussed this scene. (We tend to discuss things WAY in advance, it seems like August...) Anyway, I thought it was a great idea, so in it went!

I just hope you can handle Lois breaking the news to Jason as realistically as you have dealt with Richard, because let's face it... he wouldn't be all flowers and sunshine when he did.

I hope I can handle it well - because, let's face it - Jason figuring out, Cool! My mommy works with a superhero! is way different than My mommy's leaving my daddy for a superhero!
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chickadilly
Oct. 15th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
You slay me! In a totally good way.

I'm seeing a lot of comments of folks wanting to slap Richard but I didn't. I'm not saying what he said was right (not by a long shot) but I caould understand it. I actually read this: “Just like you didn’t jump into my bed the moment he left you high and dry?” as two things. One it was a low blow and a pretty lousy thing to say, yes, but understandable. I sort of saw it as Richard's mind going in all directions and him seeing that in a whole new light. As in "oh. I really WAS just a replacement and ... oh. ouch." Again, yeah, low blow but in the heat of anger (especially when you just found out something that turns your memories in entirely NEW directions) people do say things that they don't mean. I'm sure once Richard gets a chance to sort things through he'll realize how that sounded and ... gosh ... I do SO HOPe that they can work it out because I love Richard too and want him to be happy someday. *wah*

Anyway, I don't know if it was intended to be read that way but that's how it came across to me. I've been in situations like that - where you are suddenly given information and everything you thought you knew about something is brought into a whole new light. It can be confusing at best and traumatic at worst.

Brilliant writing - I look forward to more. :)
chickadilly
Oct. 15th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Gtah. Please excuse spelling and typos there. *head desk*
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sunlike
Oct. 15th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Indeed, this is too much for Richard, but I´m glad he finally knows. I knew he would be the kind of man to not tell a think and protect the child who still his is "son". Afterall he raised Jason. Richard is a good man, and he´s human like anyone else. Thank you for this chapter, I´m amazed how wonderfully you cptured the character´s personalities.
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. There is SO much for Richard to process right now... *hugs him* He'll be okay in the end.

jenna_knight
Oct. 16th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Great chapter. I just reviewed at ff.net but basically I'm really curious to see how this will affect Jason and Richard's relationship. Before Richard knew the truth at least he felt like he was needed because Superman couldn't be there for Jason like he could. Now he knows that he can. Will he just step aside? And of course, I'm dying to get back to the mystery. I have no doubt that you will reveal everything in good time and that it will all fit perfectly.

Oh, and I loved the "native Midwestern courtesy" bit. Midwesterners are the nicest people around but then again I'm kind of biased.
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:57 am (UTC)
I think it might affect the way he thinks about the situation, but not so much the way he behaves. He is a good father, and he is the one who has given Jason stability in his life all this time. He wouldn't be easily replaced.

Ah, a Midwesterner I see? I'm not, but it's one of the reasons I moved out this direction in the first place!
leezh
Oct. 16th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Your story completely absorbs me! *grins I've just 'speed-read' the previous chapters, you know, and now I can't seem to think about any single criticism, other than: Update faster!!! LoL

You've done an amazing job with this. It just like transports me right into the story, and this is one thing that I like so much about it.

Hoping the next chapter is right around the corner...
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I bet it took a while to catch up, though! I always love it when I get new people. Feel free to friend me so you can be in the loop for updates (status and teasers). I generally update once a week, though every once in a while it's quicker or slower.
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alamo_girl80
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
*splutter-cough-choke* HOLY CHRIST on a Crutch! I just let my icon convey my next colorful metaphore!

NICE twist having Clark and Lois tell Richard together. I love that he laughed in disbelief, then went into ranting. Almost wanted Lis to back-hand him! *pumps fist*

Dang! Okay, now I really need to get on the ball with my ch 11 updates 'cause I be seriously behind everyone!

Wonderful, Barb!
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
THAT is a funny icon, all right!

I think I make you splutter quite often, don't I? ;)

And was it a nice twist... or a convenient way for me to keep this in Lois' POV? Hmm... lol. Thanks for the compliment.

Yes! Where IS that Ch. 11...?
mithah
Oct. 17th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
“‘But it wasn’t enough, was it? He was just too hard an act to follow.’”

And that’s the crux of it, isn’t it? How can true love in the form of Superman ever be competed against? Not that Richard didn’t do a damn valiant job trying to compensate to the best of his ability--he truly, deeply did love Lois, and she honestly thought she loved him, too…but it could never be enough, not with Superman back in the picture. Cripes, you’ve practically got me all teary-eyed over “the enemy,” Richard White! Ah, but who am I kidding, really? Richard ceased to be a mere plot device to me a long time ago; your story has engendered in me such compassion for him that I honestly like this guy--crazy, huh? Which is why this chapter was such a bitter pill to swallow. Clark is so utterly fantastic…but Richard’s not far behind. My God, Ican't believe I just said that! You have completely changed my opinion on Richard White, Barbara! Amazing. I don't know whether to thank you or e-slap you. ;)

As always, lovely writing, perfectly spot-on characterizations--you never disappoint me and continually surpass my expectations.

Cheers!
htbthomas
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
I don't know whether to thank you or e-slap you.

I think we've had enough slapping in this thread already...

No, really. That makes me so happy! I'm getting more compliments on my handling of Richard than I ever dreamed! To enjoy a story is one thing, to change your opinion of a character... I've crossed over somehow. Sigh. I've only read a few fic like that, and I'm not worthy to join their exalted ranks.
mary_v
Jan. 14th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Ohhh dear! I'm really happy you kept richard in the fic, but really it's just so sad what he's going through. Though no matter how much I pity him, I still am absolutely reeling from excitement over the fact that Lois and Clark are finally together! :D You made me ooooooooone happy shipper!:D

And somehow I don't see Jason freaking out over the whole "Superman is your father" bit, partly because Lois exposed him to his dad.

Brilliant work!!:D
htbthomas
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
I love Richard so much. It's as hard for me to write it as I bet it is for you to read it. But I am a Clois shipper. That's the only way to go. :)

And you've read onto the end, so I'll move onto that reply now!
brdwaybebe
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
“If you wouldn’t mind,” Clark began, his native Midwestern courtesy blending into his request, “May we talk privately? On the roof?”


LOL. The roof. How appropriate. Some interesting possibilities with that location too. heheh



Lois didn’t know what to do. Should she join them? Should she stay behind? She began to chew on her thumbnail… but her dilemma was soon resolved. As Richard entered the stairwell, Clark beckoned to her to join them, and then the door shut behind the two men.


Ohhh boy. LOL again, Clark knew she'd go nuts sitting there and waiting. I so love him. And plus, this story IS from Lois' POV.... so it's good to have her there to hear everything -rubs hands together nervously-



When she reached the roof access door, she gently opened it just a crack to peer out at them. Maybe she could just watch the whole thing from here… Richard seemed at ease, if a little confused, and Clark still appeared confident. She hadn’t missed the revelation yet, at least…


LOL Lois cracks me up. I don't blame her for hanging back and hiding a bit. I'd want to do the same thing. I love just the little thread os craziness in Lois. Clark is antedote for it..most of the time and it's so unny to watch her proces things and freak out the way she does.



“The reason I asked you up here, Richard, was…” Clark hesitated. He turned directly toward where Lois was peeking through the doorway. Pleading blue eyes, at odds with his calm face, sought her support. “…Lois and I have something to tell you.”
“Lois?” Richard asked in surprise.


ROFL. I can almost see Clark beckoning her. Way to sell her out but make her face this, big guy! ha!



Clark continued in a soothing baritone. “So it’s not lightly that I… we…” Clark reached out for her hand. For a moment, Lois debated taking it, but then placed her fingers into his palm, holding onto it like a lifeline. “…have decided to tell you something very important.”


::Squeak::



Clark pressed on boldly, unhurriedly. “I have seen what a good father you are to Jason, Richard, and how much you obviously care about him and Lois. I know this is going to be very hard to accept… but please remember we have the utmost faith in you.” Clark’s voice lowered even further. “Yes, Lois and I are now together. She wasn’t lying to you – because…” He hesitated. “I am Superman.”


I love the tension you're builing here, raising it with the lowering of Clark's voice, little by little until the crescendo!



With a simple gesture, Clark removed the glasses from his face with his free hand, piercing Richard with the full force of his azure stare.


Ooooooh boy.



Lois recoiled from his naked anger. Clark flinched beside her. “Now wait just a minute…” he growled in defense of her.


Oooooooh. Watch it Richie before he picks you up and throws you into the sun!



There was no mistaking what he was about to say. She marveled inwardly that with only a few days of remembering his secret, it as almost as if there had been no gap of time at all. “You have to go?”


OH MAN!!!!!! Talk about bad timing!



“I’ll be fine.” Her heart swelled at his protectiveness. She wanted to reach out to him, to kiss him goodbye, but in front of the man whose heart she had broken…? She had more tact than that.


My heart swells right along with hers. Aww.



He smiled that smile – the one he saved just for her. “I know you will.” Eyes full of emotion, Clark rose into the sky, spun around once to reveal his Superman colors, and sped off in a blur.


-swoon- Good Lord, woman! You're killing me here! I loved the reveal of the Primaries too. One turn and changed!



htbthomas
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
I love just the little thread os craziness in Lois. Clark is antedote for it..most of the time and it's so unny to watch her proces things and freak out the way she does.

Seriously. She is just a little crazy. And I love writing that!

-swoon- Good Lord, woman! You're killing me here! I loved the reveal of the Primaries too. One turn and changed!

Killing you? *rubs hands together* Excellent...
brdwaybebe
Aug. 2nd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
“And… Oh, my, God! Babysitting his own son… all the things I said to him yesterday about what I was planning… how he seemed to be so good with Jason…” He groaned. “Why would he do that?”


I was about to marvel at how well Richard was taking it heheh and then he flipped out again. Poor guy, this is a lot to take in.



Richard didn’t step away from her as he replied in a tone as low and menacing as her own. “Just like you didn’t jump into my bed the moment he left you high and dry?”


Before she was even aware of what she was doing, the flat of her hand smacked across his face. Richard hardly flinched. Lois stepped back, still full of trembling rage, but devastated by the look on his face. “Oh, Richard, I’m so sorry…” She reached a placating hand toward him.


Ohhh Richard that wasn't nice..or smart. I probably would have slapped him too.



“Just… go. I need to process this on my own. It’s too much…” He twisted away from her again, staring with inward-turned eyes over the boundless cityscape.


I'm glad he says they can trust him. That's good stuff. Even if he's only doing it for Jason. I'm half scared he'd going to through himself off the building though


htbthomas
Aug. 8th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
I was about to marvel at how well Richard was taking it heheh and then he flipped out again. Poor guy, this is a lot to take in.

Well, yeah, I think I would have kicked him in the shins if he'd taken this all in stride. I don't know if you glanced at the other comments, but Richard usually wrote himself. I never knew what he was going to do until I starting writing. It was uncanny!

thrace_adams
Nov. 5th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I just totally marathoned 8 chapters of this story!!! Started with chapter 21 and ended with this one..it was like a book, I COULD NOT stop reading!!! I'm only stopping now because I have to :( OMG this was so fantastic...Lois in his apartment...the vision of him in his undies (I almost fainted LOL ), then Jason and the blueberry pancakes - totally get the "over the allergy" thing now LOL. And Richard, poor Richard, he's so angry, so hurt - I feel so badly for him the poor guy...but investigating Superman and they thought he was already getting too close for comfort so they told him, and he took it rather well considering...but then Supes had to fly off, and poor Richard. Have I told you how much I love this story? I wish it would never end!!!! Until next time...
htbthomas
Nov. 6th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
I think that tends to be the concensus - it's hard to stop! Which pleases me very much. It's part of the reason I love writing cliffies, hooks people into the next part. :)

So now that you get the "over the allergies" -- do you want me to alter your prompt any? Don't worry, though, I was just going to write it in an AU of sorts to Deja Vu, like most of my birthday fics. :)

Dear hot Clark, poor woobie Richard. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the next section! :D
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