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Déjà Vu: Chapter 31: Voice

A/N: Well, I was good and distracted by the Spider-Man 3 trailer this week, and watching way too many Heroes episodes that had been collecting on my DVR (O_o -- thank you very much, bistyboo1974jenna_knight and therealmarajade) but I managed to get this done anyway!
 
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Déjà Vu

 
Chapter 31: Voice
 
Lois gripped her mini-recorder tightly and took a deep breath – she might have tried to shout, to scream around the hand clamped over her mouth – but the pistol stabbed harder into her back, and she choked it off, heart leaping to her throat.
 
“I would think twice about that, Ms. Lane,” Mitchener warned her, his pleasant tone jarring to her ears. “The Man of Steel may be faster than a speeding bullet… but can he stop a bullet at point-blank range?”
 
As fast as Clark was, Lois didn’t want to tempt fate by trying to find out the answer to that question. Not now, not when I have so much to lose… my little Jason… and what would losing me do to Clark…especially after we just found our way back to each other… All at once, Lois wanted to kick herself! Stupid, stupid, stupid, Lane! What the hell were you thinking, turning your back on a subject? That’s a rookie mistake… 
 
Mitchener continued to speak quietly during her mental tirade. “I’m going to remove my hand now, Ms. Lane. You will give me the recorder in your hand, and then we are going to walk silently to the parking garage. Nod your head, please, if you understand.”
 
Pulse pounding, her mind raced instantly through all the options she saw before her. She could scream anyway, and likely end up with a bullet through her chest for her trouble.  She could try to elbow him in the stomach, but what if his finger instinctively squeezed the trigger? She could try to kick his feet out from underneath him, or knock the gun out of his hands, but he was staying behind her and likely well out of reach. She realized unhappily that there was very little she could do if she wanted to survive; the best option was to play along and try to buy some time. Maybe on the way down to the garage, she could find a way to make a break for it…
 
Lois nodded, and gingerly held the recorder behind her back. What else could she do?
 
Mitchener slowly removed his hand from her mouth, still clearly expecting her to try something. When she didn’t, he plucked the device from her palm, switching it off with a click. He then spoke in a tight voice, “Very good, Ms. Lane. I regret the necessity of this, but please lead on. Remember, not a sound. Not even the barest whisper.”
 
The deputy mayor kept behind her and slightly to the side as they left his office, moved through the waiting area, and went into the hall. Though stunned by this turn of events, she had the presence of mind to cooperate. Luthor, I know how to deal with him…she thought, but this guy? I thought I had figured him out, and then he pulls a gun on me! There’s no telling what he’ll do…
 
Disgusted with her misjudgment of the man, Lois launched into a fresh round of self-recrimination. Why did you turn your back on him, Lane? Are you becoming reckless again, depending too much on your Super Safety Net? No, she argued back, I’ve always been reckless… even during the time Clark was away. I regularly scared Richard to death…
 
Or is love making you soft?
 
Mitchener wordlessly directed her to the stairwell by nudging her back with his gun, and they began a long descent down the dimly-lit stairs toward the basement. Lois prayed fervently that someone would happen by… For pity’s sake, it was only 5:00pm! But even if someone did run across them, who would suspect good ol’ Vic, ‘the nicest guy you’ll ever meet’? Especially when he was so courteously guiding his companion down a dark staircase with a hand resting lightly on her back? Her face twisted in an annoyed grimace.
 
I mean I suspected him of malfeasance, graft, under the table dealings… but murder? It all really came down to that. No matter how much Lois and Clark had suspected of him, none of it was big enough to make a man in his high position threaten to kill her! There must be something else… something so much more…
 
She paused on a step, struck with the thought. The last question I asked him was about helping friends in prison…while looking at his pilot’s license. Does he think I know more than I really do?  ‘Vic’ prodded her to keep moving, reminding her of the weapon at her back. So she kept walking, an odd expression stealing across her face. It was a good thing Mitchener couldn’t see it from behind, or she might already be dead. Only a few people – Perry, Richard, Clark, Jimmy – really knew this look for what it was. Mad Dog Lane had caught the scent of a story.
 
They descended for several more floors, until they reached the basement level. "Would you be so kind as to turn the handle, Ms. Lane?" he asked pleasantly, sounding for all the world as if he were inviting her to step out for a breath of fresh air or a nice summer walk. Could you be so kind as to throw yourself off a—
 
Lois suppressed the mental jab and braced herself, thinking that the noise of the door opening might disguise a whispered call for help. But is it worth it to try anything?  Inside, she warred between fear and curiosity. Just what is he hiding? What could be so important that he’s willing to kidnap me? The interview was only just starting to enter aggressive territory, and a seasoned politician like Mitchener should have been able to brazen out any number of tough questions…
 
No, it doesn’t matter, she decided boldly. No story is more important than my little boy knowing that I’m safe. She opened the door with a forceful push, deciding to risk it all anyway. But a sudden rush of air caught her off balance, making her stumble in her high heels. Her eyes widened, and she found herself hoping against hope that she would see that beloved red and blue… Clark…?
 
A second later, her heart sank. The parking garage appeared completely deserted. Several yards away was a sleek black BMW, obviously their next destination. “Now do keep walking straight ahead, Ms. Lane. That’s it.” Lois found herself gritting her teeth as the pleasantly patronizing tone of his voice grated on her nerves.
 
When they were within a few feet of the car, the trunk silently popped open, obviously controlled by an electronic key fob. The trunk was relatively empty, save for a duffel bag, a bundle of dry cleaning and a few odds and ends. Maybe he would stash her in the trunk… she hoped he would. If he had to drive the car, he couldn’t keep a gun on her, and he couldn’t keep her from shouting for help…
 
“Under the duffel bag, you’ll find some rope. Would you be so kind as to get it out and hand it to me,” he requested. Yes, and do you mind if I garrote you with it? she thought back at him, her mental tone sarcastically sweet.
 
But the longer the search took, the more worried she became. Hands shaking, she dug beneath the duffel bag for the rope. She hoped desperately that she would feel something that might help her escape. How long could she stall before Mitchener would get suspicious? 
 
He came around from behind her, and she saw his pale face for the first time since her ordeal had begun. His features were taut with tension, his eyes hard. For a moment, Lois glimpsed a glint of sheer desperation, in their cool depths. But his voice remained as smooth and carefully modulated as ever as he jerked the gun toward her again. “Please make haste, Ms. Lane. We haven’t got all night.”
 
Lois’ fingertips brushed against the rough hemp of the rope, and she pulled it as quickly as she could from underneath the bag. He held out his open hand, until she dropped the rope nervously into it.
 
Keeping the gun trained on her – it looked like a .22, but she couldn’t have said more – his fingers tightened around the rope. Mitchener dropped his gaze to the object in his hand, and his eyes darted between her paralyzed form and the rope several times. His eyebrows lowered in… annoyance? Confusion? Anger? Then eyes flickered with some indefinable emotion, and his lips tightened in a grim line.
 
I don’t think he can figure out how to tie me up, and still keep the weapon on me, Lois realized. Hope surged once again, and possibilities for escape branched out in a thousand different directions.  Maybe I can still make it out of here…
 
The deputy mayor stepped closer to her, raising the pistol to her temple. Or maybe not! 
 
“I’m sorry, Ms. Lane…” he apologized, wearing a strange, set expression on his white face, then his fingers tightened on the handle, only inches from her face. 
 
Her eyes spasmed shut in alarm, and a primal shriek tried to rise from deep within. “CL—!”
 
Pain stabbed into her temple like a blazing crack of lightning, cutting off the scream before its complete utterance. And then…
 
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Noise. It was the noise finally that woke Lois out of the whirling darkness. Her head throbbed dully, her stomach churned uneasily, and a low roar filled her ears. She could feel her body shuddering in resonance to the sound, creating sharp twinges, like fire, on the side her head with every vibration, and the clamminess of wet cotton consumed her mouth. She tried to swallow, but nearly choked on the sticky mucus congealing at the back of her throat. A gag? What an apropos term…
 
Keeping her eyes closed, she tried to move her limbs, and found in frustration that her wrists were tied behind her back, her ankles bound together. She twisted her wrists gently, then more firmly, until the rough fibers of the rope burned into her skin. It was just as useless to move her feet – the ankle bones ground together tightly when she moved them.
 
Lois finally risked opening her eyes, since they didn’t seem to be covered. She was lying on the floor of some sort of small aircraft. Wincing at the pain of moving her pounding head, she slowly craned her neck to look toward the cockpit. The door was open, presumably so that Mitchener could check on her, and he sat in the pilot’s chair, a set of heavy headphones over his ears. A memory stirred.   How many times had she seen Richard wearing exactly the same gear on family excursions? Only this time, the faintly familiar sight filled her with fear...
 
Where is he taking me? she wondered in agitation. All that was visible through the small section of the viewscreen was black starless sky. Just how long have I been out? He must have pistol-whipped me. She sucked in a breath. It’s a wonder that I’m not already dead…if he hadn’t hit me in just the right way, his blow could have been fatal. So either he’s had training, or I’m one lucky…
 
The plane suddenly hit a patch of air turbulence, and she let out an involuntary nauseous groan around the gag. But Mitchener either ignored her, or the deafening roar of the plane’s engines drowned out the small sound.
 
Her stomach clenched and a wave of queasiness unrelated to airsickness hit her. I have no idea where we’re going, how long I was unconscious… is Clark looking for me? How long before someone notices I’m missing… Richard? Perry? Anyone?
 
The air-pressure popped in her ears, and she felt the plane begin its descent. Mitchener's light tenor broke the silence, pitched to carry over the sound of the plane. “I'm sorry for your uncomfortable position, Ms. Lane,” he said, “but it couldn't be helped. No worries, though,” he added almost cheerfully. “We're almost there.”
 
He obviously knows I’m awake, uncomfortable and in pain… the smug bastard. He had barely done more than give her polite directions the whole time she had been his captive. If he would only say something, anything, to give her a clue about why he had kidnapped her, where they were going… She growled in helpless frustration. By keeping her silent at City Hall, unconscious in the car and gagged on the plane, he had done more than keeping her from calling for help. He had robbed her of her quick tongue, her probing questions, her voice
 
The plane touched down unhurriedly. She swallowed again, trying unsuccessfully to clear her ringing ears and dry mouth. As soon as all movement had stopped and the engines had ceased, Mitchener roughly removed the headphones from his ears and opened the hatch. Face set in a tense expression, he warned, “Now, for your sake, Ms. Lane, let's see some good manners. No funny business when I untie your feet.”
 
Lois thought seriously for an instant about defying him, but a glance at his white face revealed that his façade of politeness was beginning to show cracks. She didn’t know what he might do to her if she failed… and she still didn’t know why he had taken her… Her reporter’s instinct for keeping a low profile when on the scent won out over her fear.
 
He levered her abruptly to her feet, and grasped her upper arm firmly to lead her down the stairs. When her feet were once again on solid ground, she craned her head around to look at the brightly-lit airstrip. On three sides, she could see nothing but dark pines, and before them the land tilted upward. The jagged peak of a mountain cut off the bright moon. There were no other signs of civilization, no lights in the distance in any direction…
 
Just before Mitchener dragged her unrelentingly toward the peak, she thought despairingly, Where the hell am I?

Next: Chapter 32: Guests

Comments

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mark_clark
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Lois certainly has gone from the frying pan and into the fire. Right now, she's at the mercy of Mitchener. With the gun at her back, Lois didn't have much of a choice to follow the orders of her captor no matter how much she wanted to do otherwise. I really liked how Lois berated herself for getting into this situation and how it escalated to where it is currently. She also thought about her son and Clark, two very special people in her life and she could think about is how they would go on if something happened to her. Plus, Lois was her typical self as she thought that there was another story in here besides the one that she and Clark were working on.

Mitchener lead Lois to his car, which meant that she was now a hostage and got to who knows where. It was nice to see that Lois kept running scenarios in her head in order to figure out if she could find her way out of this situation. Unfortunately, Lois had that taken care of when Mitchener knocked her out and placed her somewhere in the car and taken to some unknown location. Poor Lois, she's really in big trouble and Clark/Superman is nowhere in sight.

Coming to, Lois realizes that not only is she tied up but in a plane as well. This must be some important place that Mitchener is taking Lois if he has to fly there. Even though she is bound and gagged, Lois only sees darkness when she looks out of the plane. So, that would appear that night has fallen and hopefully Clark, Richard, Perry and Jimmy have begun to suspect something about Lois not being at the Planet or anywhere for that matter. Lois' last thought at the end of the chapter sums everything up. Who knows where she is and what type of people she will run into, but I fear that Lex Luthor is probably lurking around there somewhere.

Clark and the others will have a heck of a time trying to find where Lois is. Only time will tell how things will play out. Another spectacular chapter.

The Spider-Man 3 trailer, the best damn trailer in the franchise. 'Nuff said.
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
I really liked how Lois berated herself for getting into this situation and how it escalated to where it is currently.

Yep, Lois Lane doesn't suffer fools gladly, even herself!

Plus, Lois was her typical self as she thought that there was another story in here besides the one that she and Clark were working on.

And I hope you saw that this is the biggest reason she kept quiet. Dead, she would never get to the bottom of this mystery!

It was nice to see that Lois kept running scenarios in her head in order to figure out if she could find her way out of this situation.

Well, Lois is very resourceful, but she just couldn't find just the right one... yet.

Who knows where she is and what type of people she will run into, but I fear that Lex Luthor is probably lurking around there somewhere.

Hmm. Everyone thinks Lex is just going to pop out and surprise us... where does that idea come from? ;)

The Spider-Man 3 trailer, the best damn trailer in the franchise. 'Nuff said.

Yeah, baby!
ancarett
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! This is even more dastardly of a cliffhanger than the last chapter, and that was dastardly enough! I'm going to be on pins and needles until the next chapter comes along -- that, and rereading everything to see what important clues I've missed that might help answer these questions. Eep!

Pins and needles, I say!
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Even more dastardly? *nods head regally*

If you really feel like re-reading, please do. There ARE a few clues I've kept back on purpose. (Can't give it ALL away). But you will see some things here and there. :)
ancarett
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
You're such a good writer, I knew there would be some clues. But the icon's still appropriate!

I've copied and pasted the newest chapter into my file -- 489 kbytes, 68 thousand words, wow!

Back to plotting out my own chapter three before I acknowledge that another work week's on the way!
sean_montgomery
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
Oh. My. God! BARB! What a chapter! I'm speechless! I can't wait to send you the review on ff.net!

What a talent you've got for balancing your romance with dramatic tension! Keeping Lois bound throughout the story and managing to keep us engaged with her thoughts and mental discoveries... I'm in awe! And in the final moment where the gun 'goes off' and she finds herself in an unknown location at the back of a plane...

WOW!

Now you've REALLY got me on edge for the next chapter! Bravo, Barb! Bravo! *stands and cheers*

htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
What a talent you've got for balancing your romance with dramatic tension!

Sean, have you read my Spidey stuff yet? If you like romance balanced with dramatic tension - that's where I learned to do it! The Spidey-verse is action-packed (as evidenced by the trailers I've shared).
sean_montgomery
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
*sheepishly hangs head* No, I haven't read your Spidey stuff yet. I really do mean to!

... eventually...
bistyboo1974
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Is it me, or did you end the chapter that way just so you could make use of one of those icons I made for you?? lol

This was intensely nerve-wracking, this latest installment of yours!

And where the heck is Clark?? Trying out the new Eggnog Lattes at Starbucks?? ;-)
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
Caught me dead to rights... ;)

And where the heck is Clark?? Trying out the new Eggnog Lattes at Starbucks??

If you thought that Superman would just come and save the day... you don't know me vewwy well...

Clark: "Mm. Frothy..."
bistyboo1974
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Nah, I wasn't surprised there was no swoop-in-to-save-the-day moment. It's just that I miss him so... *wibbles*

I know you'll bring him back in your own good time. But, he'd at least better have the good sense to pick up a latte for me while he's off sampling the new holiday flavors. ;-)

elliania
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
But! No! I don't even know if this ending is better or worst than the last one!! You are too evil for my little heart! *cry* Do we have to wait a whole week again???!! I won't survive!!

^-^ Amazing chapter!!
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
Aw, you still love me. Come here, while I give you a big hug. Watch out for that pointy crown, mind you...
jenna_knight
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
First off, don't you just love Heroes! It's so addicting and I'm glad you finally found time to watch it.

Great chapter. I can't believe you left us with another evil cliffhanger. I'm really curious to see where Lois is and why Mitchener is taking her there. Could a certain evil genius obsessed with land, world domination and destroying our blue boyscout be involved as well?

And you did a wonderful job with Lois. I love how much character depth you give her and her little insights. And I'm really glad that you decided that she would call out to Clark in her moment of need. I think your right that now she finally accepts his dual identity and in a way, this is who she sees now (Clark vs. the icon).

Amazing as always!
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
First off, don't you just love Heroes!

Yes! I'm only halfway through Chapter 4 right now. (Just heard the line "Is it cheating when Peter Parker takes pictures of Spider-Man?") Actually, Hiro is the reason I think so many people are addicted, but having lived in Japan, I LOVE the use of Japanese. Even my three year old goes silent to watch those scenes (she got Japanese with her mother's milk - literally - even though she doesn't speak it, save for a few phrases). I also love the unsubtitled bits that are thrown in. For example, after the very first scene with Hiro and Ando, after Hiro is dragged back to his cubicle, Ando mutters: "Bakana..." - which means, "Idiot..." - and they left that untranslated. So fun!

/end Heroes fanfest...

I can't believe you left us with another evil cliffhanger.

What? Really? ;) When we're on the downslope of the story? It's like I told sean_montgomery, I cut my teeth in the Spidey-verse. Action and suspense is inherent to any story there.

Could a certain evil genius obsessed with land, world domination and destroying our blue boyscout be involved as well?

Have I been hinting at that? *runs and hides*

I love how much character depth you give her and her little insights.

I think it's easy to do with Lois Lane. She is a highly nuanced character, and fun, fun, fun to write.
therealmarajade
Nov. 13th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
OH, YES, Hiro is DEFINITELY the reason why most of the Heroes Fandom is obsessed - and you haven't seen anything yet....MWUAHUAHUAHUAHUA! :D XD
therealmarajade
Nov. 13th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
And the plot thickens more!!! :P

Why did you turn your back on him, Lane? Are you becoming reckless again, depending too much on your Super Safety Net? No, she argued back, I’ve always been reckless… even during the time Clark was away. I regularly scared Richard to death…

Or is love making you soft?


Favorite part of this chapter!!! I do miss Clark terribly, though...where is he??? :P

Oh, as for Heroes...YAY! One more addicted! ;)

htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
I do miss Clark terribly, though...where is he???

That's kind of what Lois is wondering right now... :P

As for Heroes, see my above reply to jenna_knight! Squee!
therealmarajade
Nov. 13th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!! GAH! Where IS Clark? :P
kabuki_party
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
Wonderfully written as usual :) I can't wait till Clark swoops in to save the damsel in distress! hee!
htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Clark is doing his best... you know he is... I wonder what's going on? ;)
alamo_girl80
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Oh man, things are just not working out for Lois sans her Super!Backup, are they?

"All at once, Lois wanted to kick herself! Stupid, stupid, stupid, Lane! What the hell were you thinking, turning your back on a subject? That’s a rookie mistake…" - This would be a colossal FACE!PALM moment, wouldn't it? Hee!

"Could you be so kind as to throw yourself off a—" - HA! I can think of a few other colorfull phrases she might have for him..."Could you be so kind as to kiss my a-", *gigglesnort*

Okay, so where are they? Out where bodies have been disposed of? Where people won't find her remains? As conan said in the review to my chapter, NOT a good time to piss off the people when you're out in the "never to be IDed again" land. *cringe*

Nice cliffie, oh Queen de Cliffie!


htbthomas
Nov. 13th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
This would be a colossal FACE!PALM moment, wouldn't it?

Yay, verily. I had so many people comment on it (including my beta before publishing) that I wanted to explain why she was caught off guard. Still bashed herself over it, nonetheless!

I can think of a few other colorfull phrases she might have for him..."Could you be so kind as to kiss my a-", *gigglesnort*

I think your Lois would have said that out loud, regardless of a gun at her back! (Love her.)

Okay, so where are they?

Where are they? Hmm. Not telling... yet. It's so fun to read y'all's guesses...

dreamers_dh
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Okay, let me say the same: "Where the hell is she?"

A very good chap. Something like CSI or other series but not so technical and more intensiv. Is fantastic to see how Lois thoughts going. From the big story to her little son. Nothing is so important to her. I think she didn't knew it before.
I love the sentence "Or is love making you soft?" It so warm to see how she is changing. And I think this scene is like scenes may be without Superman the last years. She is always in trouble and not everytime there is a flying boy-scout to save her. I think she will manage this situation. She will kick Mitchener's ass *lol* and then she will wrote the story. With or without Clark's help.
Now I wanted to know how Clark is feeling. Doesn't he wonder where she is?

Great chapter!
htbthomas
Nov. 14th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
She will kick Mitchener's ass *lol* and then she will wrote the story. With or without Clark's help.

LOL! Maybe so! :) But somehow she never quite finds herself in mortal danger except when Clark is around. Even the plane crash (little though she knew it) he was around!

Now I wanted to know how Clark is feeling. Doesn't he wonder where she is?

Well, I hope to take care of how Clark is feeling later on. As for wondering... how long has she been out? How far away are they? Believe me, as soon as Clark realizes she's missing, he'll be hot on the trail.
oldromantic
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm doing as you suggested on your profile page of FF.net and coming by to say here as well! (I'm the "Em" that left a review on Ch. 31.) I've also added you to my flist and would be honored if you added me as well. :)

Thanks for the invite!! I still can't wait for the next chapter!

~Em :)
htbthomas
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just read your review (I hadn't checked email yet at the time) on ff.net. Yay! New readers and new friends make me happy.

Also other moms... *hugs* Although I think if I homeschooled, I would not get time to write at all, because every second I'm home my three-year old daughter wants my attention...

So glad you liked this. What led you to Superman fanfiction, if you don't mind me asking? You can see that I'm actually a TOTAL Spidey fangirl, but Superman plays a close second, and somehow I've established myself as one of the premier writers. How'd that happen?
oldromantic
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Also other moms... *hugs* Although I think if I homeschooled, I would not get time to write at all, because every second I'm home my three-year old daughter wants my attention...

*hugs* right back at ya! My youngest is 3, so I know what you mean. My older three kids pretty much take care of themselves now and my hubby is giving me more breaks these days. Homeschooling sometimes gets boring and tedious, so all of my free time is spent reading and writing. :D

What led you to Superman fanfiction, if you don't mind me asking?
Um...where to begin... Well, the first Superman movie came out when I was three, but that didn't stop me from falling head-over-heels in love with him. Then it was Captain America and any other superhero cartoon I could catch on TV. My favorite was Spiderman and Friends in the mid-80s, with Firestar and Iceman (I loved the latter two's romance), but I never did read any of the comics. (Shame on me!) I was most thrilled when the first two Spiderman movies came out and felt the same with SR. I saw each of the movies at least four times in the theatres and of course, bought the DVDs the day they came out. :D So yeah, I've been a fan for a long time.

As far as the fanfiction goes, I've been in TV FF for over four years, but even though I've written one movie-fic, it didn't occur to me until this week to check out FF.net for SR stories to read to help me with the confusion over the timeline. I'd seen all four movies, so I couldn't figure out how SR fit in, and the novelization did nothing but confuse me more (because Jason's real father wasn't revealed). I like your idea, though, of abandoning the last two movies and having SR be the continuation of S2, 'cuz that makes SO much more sense.

You can see that I'm actually a TOTAL Spidey fangirl, but Superman plays a close second, and somehow I've established myself as one of the premier writers. How'd that happen?
My kids asked me yesterday which one I liked best - Spiderman or Superman - and since Brandon Routh took over the role I fell in love with at 3, it's definitely now a toss-up.

And I hear ya about the writing thing... A few years ago, I had a huge following of readers of my many Alias fics, but that fandom is almost all but gone now. I still have a few that want to read the ends to my WIPs, but not nearly as many as there were. Ah, but it was a good ride while it lasted. :)

I'm so glad I "met" you! It seems like we have a lot in common. Of course, now I'm going to HAVE to go out and get caught up on my comics...
oldromantic
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, sorry about the long post ^up there. But I did want to mention that I'm (of course) a Heroes fan too! And my kids and I are so jazzed about SM 3 - May 2007!! *woot*
htbthomas
Nov. 15th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yay for more Heroes fans!!
htbthomas
Nov. 15th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
My older three kids pretty much take care of themselves now and my hubby is giving me more breaks these days.

Ah, I can't wait for those days to come...

Your fandom journey with Superman sounds VERY similar to mine. But instead of TV, I jumped into fanfic with movies. For some reason, I find it hard to get plot bunnies for TV shows, since I know that the writers are scheming up the continuation for the next week. Every once in a while I think I might write a Smallville fic, because I enjoy reading them, but so far, nothing.

The idea of only Superman I and II being the history for SR comes from Bryan Singer. Although, strangely, he doesn't consider the amnesia kiss to have happened. [Though he didn't say that in an interview until LONG after my story was well underway - grr.] If that's true - he'd better explain in the sequel why Lois knows Jason is Superman's son, but doesn't know about Clark Kent! I just can't believe Clark would sleep with her, without being completely honest about it.

I did watch the first 4 seasons of Alias, but the time conflict last year with other things caused me to fall away. And I also know what you mean about a fandom being gone. There's almost nothing (of quality, I should say) being written in the Spider-Man section right now. A few, here and there, and most of them are in my ff.net faves. But that will change when Spider-Man 3 comes out. I invite you to read my Spidey stuff! Start with It Has Always Been You (the first chapter is a little steamy, but tasteful, I think, and then the rest is tame).

I think one of the reasons why I am SO driven to finish this saga of mine is that I can already see the drop off on readership, so I want to take advantage of the readers that are there now! The DVD will help, I'm sure, but my goal is to have it done by the end of 2006. We'll see. :)

And comics? Looking for recs?
oldromantic
Nov. 16th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
The idea of only Superman I and II being the history for SR comes from Bryan Singer.

I did not know that!! I did look online for info about the timeline but not extensively, so I've been clueless. I agree with you that he's got some 'splainin' to do if there was no amnesia kiss, and we'd better get some more background in the sequel.

Yay, another Alias fan! You didn't miss much with Season 5 - I really think they destroyed too many characters in that season, especially in the last few episodes. Irina was NOT bad, dangit! *ahem* But I stuck it out because I've had the GREAT opportunity to be part of a board where one of the writers visited and chatted with us, and he wrote me (and several of us) into one of the S5 eps!! So that was very cool. (And ironically, he'll soon be related to Brandon Routh!! *blink*)

I've saved your Spidey fics to my computer :D and I will definitely be reading them soon...after I finish rereading "Déjà Vu" one more time. :D

And comics? Looking for recs?
Yes! For Spider-Man and Superman. There are sooo many out there, I know. But I would love to start reading them now.

How long have you been writing? And for what movies?
htbthomas
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
But I stuck it out because I've had the GREAT opportunity to be part of a board where one of the writers visited and chatted with us, and he wrote me (and several of us) into one of the S5 eps!! So that was very cool.

That's INCREDIBLY cool! I'm so jealous! Which episode - and what part were you written as?

Yay, you're going to read my Spidey stuff! :D

Okay, for a new reader of comics (which I was a year ago), I suggest this:

Spider-Man:
Start with Vol 1. of the Spider-Man trade paperback from the beginning of J. Michael Straczynski's (Babylon 5 creator) run as writer of Amazing Spider-Man.

http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Spider-Man-Vol-Coming-Home/dp/0785108068/sr=8-1/qid=1163697256/ref=sr_1_1/104-0615878-7131930?ie=UTF8&s=books

Superman:
Start with the recent Up, Up and Away arc by Kurt Busiek in Action Comics and Superman. It's new reader friendly (where I started recently).

http://www.amazon.com/Superman-Up-Away-Geoff-Johns/dp/1401209548/sr=1-1/qid=1163697380/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-0615878-7131930?ie=UTF8&s=books

Also, any All-Star Superman comic you can pick up is wonderful. They are all one-shots based on Silver Age themes with a modern twist.
oldromantic
Nov. 16th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Here's the 20-second clip of "my" role in Alias 5x10 - S.O.S. The blonde was new to Alias in S5 - she's Rachel Gibson, who worked at APO with Sydney and the gang, and in that clip, they're actually trying to break into the CIA! I'm the "Emily" that Rachel uses as her alias. :D Hee.

And I can promise you that when that ep originally aired, after I fell out of my chair, I jumped up and was running around the house for about fifteen minutes, calling everyone I know! I STILL can't get over it.

Thanks so much for the comic recs! I'll definitely start reading them!
htbthomas
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
LOL - that's hilarious, and EXACTLY what I would have done.

Heck, I just got mentioned in a fic that I love a few months ago, and I jumped around like a loon, so that would have me positively foaming at the mouth.
htbthomas
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
How long have you been writing? And for what movies?

Oops, I forgot to respond to this. I have been writing fanfiction since Sept. of 2005. I took creative writing in high school, but other than being married to a journalism major who improved my grammar (which was pretty good to begin with), and writing a gazillion research papers through my Master's degree in Musicology (music history and analysis), I have no formal training in writing. Whew, that was a convoluted sentence. My beta would hang her head in shame.

Which brings me to... my beta IS trained as a grammarian and writer, so she's REALLY helped me improve my skills. Any difference you see in the Spidey fics and Déjà Vu is due to her influence. :)

I have only written Spider-Man (both movies and comics) and Superman Returns. I'm a superhero/fantasy/sci-fi geek. That's what I read for pleasure, so that's what I like to write. Although my recent foray into mystery fiction is obviously showing in my writing here. But I like serial TV shows that mix fantasy with mystery, drama, suspense and intrigue. So Heroes, Lost, Alias... but I also like Veronica Mars (mystery) and Smallville (fantasy/drama). So Déjà Vu is definitely influenced by those things. :)
rogue_lane
Nov. 15th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Hi hon! This is marwen17, I had to get another account due to computer hacking and general evilness from another lj member, add me back?

PS: Will read and review in a couple of hours.
htbthomas
Nov. 15th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Sure, sweetie. Will add you ASAP! Looking forward to your thoughts, too. :)
taro_twist
Nov. 16th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
And the plot thickens!!!

First off, I really like the idea you had going throughout this entire chapter about how Lois was silenced and that her voice was her best weapon. It kind of makes me think of her as Saruman with his freaky persuasion skills ... lol. Although I am glad that she had the sense to hold her tongue earlier ... Lois might be quick witted and good at getting people to divulge info, but she's also just brazen enough that she might have gotten herself offed with a bold comment. ;p

I like how calm she is throughout all of this though. This is definitely still the woman who snuck up the Eiffel Tower to get an exclusive on terrorists! Although this line does a good job of showing how much she's changed since then as well:

No, it doesn’t matter, she decided boldly. No story is more important than my little boy knowing that I’m safe.

Aww.

And this:

and what would losing me do to Clark…especially after we just found our way back to each other…

Oh god, I don't even want to know what that would do to Clark. *cringes*

Her eyes spasmed shut in alarm, and a primal shriek tried to rise from deep within. “CL—!”

Pain stabbed into her temple like a blazing crack of lightning, cutting off the scream before its complete utterance. And then…


And whoa! What a terrifying moment. I almost thought she had been shot (and I also thought you were ending the chapter there, lol, but I guess you're not that evil yet ;p).

I am so so intrigued though! I can't wait to find out where she is exactly, and just what Mitchener's hiding. *shivers*

htbthomas
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
I almost thought she had been shot (and I also thought you were ending the chapter there, lol, but I guess you're not that evil yet ;p).

lol. Not yet. Yet, I repeat. ;)

I like the fact that you bring up Lois at the Eiffel Tower in SII. Yes, that's the Lois I love! But, she is a mother now, and in love again... so I think that would give her pause.
mithah
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
(Alas, I must apologize for the lateness of this review, Barbara. Feel free to e-slap me all you want.)

EEEK, this chapter!

Lois has a remarkably cool head when it comes to situations like these; she might be freaking the hell out internally, but she regains her bearings extraordinarily well externally, especially as her mind is working overtime at a frenetic pace, continually rationalizing and plotting her escape. Yano, now that I think about it, she'd make a damn good vigilante if she weren't an ace reporter! Haha. The fact that Lois is more concerned over what her death may mean to Jason, Richard, and Clark than actually dying says a lot about her character--it’s not dying she’s scared of, per se, but what it entails: leaving everyone she loves behind when they need her so much. If Lois Lane is anything, it’s not selfish! She may get a little crazy when pursuing a story, but it’s the thought of the people who love her (and whom she loves in turn) that keeps her from going totally insane. Excellent characterization.

And since this review is so late, I can’t berate you with cries for more--if I’m not mistaken, you’ve already posted the next chapter! Huzzah!
htbthomas
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
I think the quick-thinking on the inside, collected on the outside Ms. Lane is definitely a force to be reckoned with! Mitchener has no idea who he's messing with!

And yes, she does think of others in her pursuit for truth, no matter what the Lois-haters may say! :)

Now, why haven't you reviewed Ch. 32 yet? Hmm? ;)
sydgill
Apr. 22nd, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
She's yelling for Clark??? oh no....i hope that isn't going to be a problem...
htbthomas
Apr. 22nd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, yes, in utter terror, she did - oops, huh? But the scream got cut off before it fully emerged...
brdwaybebe
Aug. 2nd, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Lois gripped her mini-recorder tightly and took a deep breath – she might have tried to shout, to scream around the hand clamped over her mouth – but the pistol stabbed harder into her back, and she choked it off, heart leaping to her throat.


Oooh She is still recording. GOOD



“I would think twice about that, Ms. Lane,” Mitchener warned her, his pleasant tone jarring to her ears. “The Man of Steel may be faster than a speeding bullet… but can he stop a bullet at point-blank range?”


GULP!!!



All at once, Lois wanted to kick herself! Stupid, stupid, stupid, Lane! What the hell were you thinking, turning your back on a subject? That’s a rookie mistake…


Poor Lois. I was thinking the same thing hehe.



Mitchener continued to speak quietly during her mental tirade. “I’m going to remove my hand now, Ms. Lane. You will give me the recorder in your hand, and then we are going to walk silently to the parking garage. Nod your head, please, if you understand.”


Drat.



He then spoke in a tight voice, “Very good, Ms. Lane. I regret the necessity of this, but please lead on. Remember, not a sound. Not even the barest whisper.”


Crap. I thought maybe she could whisper for Clark. -worries- If he's listening to her heart though.... Maybe maybe??



Disgusted with her misjudgment of the man, Lois launched into a fresh round of self-recrimination. Why did you turn your back on him, Lane? Are you becoming reckless again, depending too much on your Super Safety Net? No, she argued back, I’ve always been reckless… even during the time Clark was away. I regularly scared Richard to death…


LOL well, admission is the first step toward recovery.



Perry, Richard, Clark, Jimmy – really knew this look for what it was. Mad Dog Lane had caught the scent of a story.


Ooooh hooo... -rubs hands together-



A second later, her heart sank. The parking garage appeared completely deserted. Several yards away was a sleek black BMW, obviously their next destination. “Now do keep walking straight ahead, Ms. Lane. That’s it.”


-grin- If he keeps saying her name, she won't need to call for help hehhe it'll find her!



Her eyes spasmed shut in alarm, and a primal shriek tried to rise from deep within. “CL—!”


EEEK!!! Oh that boy is gonna get his butthanded to him!!! -growls-



Where is he taking me? she wondered in agitation. All that was visible through the small section of the viewscreen was black starless sky. Just how long have I been out? He must have pistol-whipped me. She sucked in a breath. It’s a wonder that I’m not already dead…if he hadn’t hit me in just the right way, his blow could have been fatal. So either he’s had training, or I’m one lucky…


Uh oh.... I have a very bad feeling about their destination!! -chews nails-


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