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Good News! Chapter is a-comin'...

You should be getting the full 5600 word chapter sometime tomorrow morning!

Previously, in the last evil teaser for Déjà Vu...

Lois risked a look back at Clark, slumped against the wall. Her heart stopped and her stomach roiled painfully in what felt like another backflip. Blooming across the royal blue fabric, just above and to the left of the ‘S’ shield, was a dark crimson stain. The wild shot must have ricocheted and hit him! 

(The Story Continues)...
 
“Richard!” Lois jerked her head wildly toward the fallen superhero, who had not made even one sound of pain at the wound. “Get him out of this room. Please. There’s kryptonite!”
 
Richard looked over at the crates, noticing them for the first time. He nodded shortly and moved quickly over to Clark’s terrifyingly still form. Mitchener started to rise up on his elbows, and Lois aimed and pumped a bullet into the parquet flooring only inches from his hand. Splinters showered across his forearms. Even to her ears, her voice had a dangerous edge. “I said… Don’t even twitch!” 
 
“Lois…” Richard warned, hefting Clark up carefully under his arms. She began to cast Richard an unapologetic look, but then her eyes fell on Clark, whose head was lolling to the side as Richard dragged him toward the door. Is he unconscious? Or worse…? She looked back at Mitchener, now curled up on the floor and muttering something incoherent. Her eyes narrowed vindictively. I should have drilled a hole in that baby-soft, manicured hand…
 
As Richard got close to the doorway, she realized that the deputy mayor’s cowering body was still keeping the door ajar. She couldn’t let it fall shut again… Making a wide circle around him, she caught the edge of the door in her free hand, and ordered, pistol gleaming in the light, “Give them room.”
 
She was almost disappointed when he didn’t argue, scooting carefully away from the door. Richard, grunting with effort, slowly dragged Clark all the way into the hallway, smearing a trail of bright blood in their wake.
 
As his red boots cleared the doorway and moved out of sight, Lois’ heart clenched. If not for the sleazeball still in front of her, she would be out there with him… The sound of dragging ended. “Richard! Is he all right?” she called over her shoulder frantically.
 
“I can’t tell right now. There’s a lot of blood, Lois…”
 
Lois felt a rush of furious anger, and her hand tightened around the handle of the gun. A murderous red haze was clouding her mind. Lord help me, if Clark doesn’t come out of this okay… She gave an inarticulate growl of frustration out loud. But we need him alive in order to pin this destruction on him, she reminded herself. And he’s the only link we have to Luthor right now. “Richard, could you please come and take over for me?” She let a wicked edge enter her voice as she added, “I’m not sure I can trust myself not to accidentally wing him.”
 
Brow furrowed with concern, Richard came into the doorway, and slipped the gun out of her palm with a smooth motion. Their eyes met, and his were soft with a concern and compassion that tugged at her heart. “It looks bad, Lois. I checked for a pulse… but I don’t even know if his heart works the same way…” He shook his head. “How long do you think he can last?”
 
“Once he’s away from the kryptonite…” Emotion prevented her from finishing the sentence. Blinking back the tears that threatened, Lois gave Richard’s shoulder a grateful squeeze. Then she raced to Clark’s side. Kneeling beside him, she tried to inspect the wound, tearing the thin fabric of his blood-stained suit away from it with her fingernails. Richard was right, there was a lot of blood.  But the wound was deep, and she had no idea how she would begin to try to get the bullet out…

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sean_montgomery
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
*bites her lip - hard - and does her best not to run around the room while screaming*
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Sean, Sean, Sean - didn't I warn you to careful about that?!?

*hands you some body armor*
sean_montgomery
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
*hands you some body armor*

Interesting thought... is there such a thing as 'lip armor'? :D

But, last I can recall, you warned me about the condition of my carpet - thus my biting my lip and not running around the room in circles. ;)
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
That IS true, but I worry that with the sorry condition of that carpet, there won't be any padding when you crash to the floor.
sean_montgomery
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
there won't be any padding when you crash to the floor.

*squeaks* What's THAT supposed to mean? Am I going to be crashing to the floor sometime soon?! 0_0
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
LOL! It's not that bad, I promise...

That DID sound ominous before, didn't it?
sean_montgomery
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
*groans* For a second there, I thought you were going to top one e.v.i.l. cliffie with something WORSE!

Surely something good happens in 5600 words, right?

(5600 words... good lord, woman!)
ancarett
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
Eeek! Don't leave us hanging for long, please!

Eeeeek!
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
I'll try not to! But I doubt it will be any earlier than about 8am EST.
wikkibird
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Only 8 AM? Sweet! I'll be sitting here at 7:59 AM waiting for it. *snort* :-P
wikkibird
Dec. 10th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
You are EVIL. *cries*
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
E.V.I.L R ME.
elliania
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
**cries of frustration** Can't wait 'til tomorrow!!
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Is that icon a wish for some of that in my fic?

It'll be here in the morning. Sleep well, my friend.
elliania
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
LOL! I don't know... maybe ^_______^ I just love this icon! *giggles*
chickadilly
Dec. 10th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
Ahhhhhh! I have to work tomorrow - and I'll be spending the day worrying now! You are ebil! :)

(*ahem* Great teaser though! XD)
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
Well, you're on what? Mountain time? It should be about 6am your time. How early do you go in?
chickadilly
Dec. 10th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
LOL!!!!

I'm afraid I won't be coherent. I never am in the morning. But maybe I'll try to get some caffiene and get up early ...

Hehee!!!
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
I'll be joining you with the caffeine... my daughter wakes up at the CRACK of dawn. (Why, oh, why do sleeping-in-ers birth morning people! It's like a natural law or something.)
chickadilly
Dec. 10th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
Hee, maybe she hasn't grown into her sleeping in habits yet. I used to get up at the crack of dawn when I was little too. Especially on weekends because the morning cartoons were very important. LOL

Now if I don't have to get up I'm not up until at least 9 or 10. LOL
kalalanekent
Dec. 10th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
OMG, B! You had definitely better go to church tomorrow after a teaser like that. *waiting nervously with the rest of the pack, biting her lip and exchaging worried looks with Sean*
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I will pray fervently for my immortal soul, too!

Naw, again, I say... I would never kill our Supes! When you read the rest, you'll see that I am not 100% pure evil.
kalalanekent
Dec. 10th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
:D You sure about that? ;)
ellalou73
Dec. 10th, 2006 09:55 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see what happenes next, I want Lois to drill a hole in the guy. I know that they need him alive but grr for what he did to our guy. This is great as usual.

Ella
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
During the writing of this chapter, I wanted to drill a hole in him, too! One particular section with him was exceedingly difficult to write!

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the rest in a few hours.
dreamers_dh
Dec. 10th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Argh!
That was very mean and painful to read! Okay, you warned us but nevertheless it was hard...

It seems that you haven't been in the right "christmas mood" if you could write such dramatic things. I think I should push you a little bit *lol* Go this way (http://www.dragonbook.de/adventskalender/bilder/piccies/fwtbt.jpg) *rofl*

Very mean teaser but mean teaser means good story!

Thanks and best wishes!
Sissi
htbthomas
Dec. 10th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I will have to go check that out very soon - right now I'm in the midst of formatting and posting!

But the chappie is up on LJ right this minute. :)
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