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DV Ch. 35 Teaser

Well, I bet you thought the holidays had swallowed my Muse... but she came back from the depths!  Whee!  I'm going to a wedding today most of the day, so no writing or betaing until the evening.  However, enjoy this small sample from the 2,200 words that are currently complete (about 2/3 of chapter).

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“Can we stay here tonight instead of with Mister Clark?”
 
At Jason’s innocently-asked question, Perry White’s mouth opened in shock. “What the h—Clark?” 
 
Lois’ first impulse was to fly into excuse mode. “Oh, Clark babysat Jason last night… and I came over later to work on the Mitchener story… after what happened with…” She let her words trail off – they sounded hollow even to her own ears. And the uncomfortable assessing looks Richard and Clark were giving each other… Lois realized that there was no hiding it from Perry. 
 
But Jason… Lois placed a gentle hand on Jason’s shoulder and knelt to face him. “Sure, Munchkin. We’ll stay here tonight.” Jason didn’t know anything about the break-up, and this was not the time or place to do it. She would not explain what was going on to Perry in Jason’s hearing. “Why don’t you go in and put your pajamas on and I’ll be in soon.” Thankfully, all of the adults seemed to understand her hesitation. “Hey, Jason, want me to help you find something?” Jimmy volunteered, and his natural enthusiasm thankfully broke the tension. “You can show me that new game you got.”
 
“Okay,” Jason answered after Lois gave him an affirming I’m-just-fine-kiddo kind of nod. Their voices quickly faded as the two went up the stairs onto the deck and into the house.
 
When Jason was out of earshot, Perry cleared his throat and lowered his voice. “Now, don’t give me any bull, you three. I didn’t become editor-in-chief of The Daily Planet because I couldn’t see what was in front of my face.” His eyebrows drew down as he pointedly looked between Lois and Richard. “Is what I’m seeing true? Did…” He shook his head disbelievingly before continuing, “…Kent come between the two of you?”
 
“Well, I wouldn’t say that I—” Clark began timidly, just as Lois was also arguing, “Chief, it’s not that easy to---”
 
Richard held up a hand. “Wait, Uncle Perry. Don’t jump to any conclusions… yet.” Both Lois and Clark halted mid-sentence. Richard continued, voice remarkably emotion-free, “It seems that Lois and Clark had a relationship back before he… left… on his trip. When Clark came back they both realized they still had… feelings for each other.”
 
Lois was completely surprised, Clark seemed just as astonished. Richard is explaining this… defending us? Why? 

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ancarett
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, great teaser! Can't wait to see the full chapter when you've got the leisure. I've got about as much written of my fourth chapter so it might be ready someday soon.

I hope you have a great time at the wedding!
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
I did have a good time. The couple was so young and cute and deliriously happy. It was perfect. Even considering the fact that they decided to have a "dessert reception" with a chocolate fountain (And all children in the gathering went home with it in their hair, under their fingernails and rubbed into their clothing).

Well, I'll look forward to getting your chapter. I hope I get mine done tonight!
mr_beeto
Dec. 30th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't wait for the full chapter! This looks like it'll be good, as usual.
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
I hope it'll turn out well. I've got some interesting stuff planned, but my writing feels rusty for some reason... I guess betty will let me know...
mark_clark
Dec. 30th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Beautiful teaser you have here, my dear. I can't wait to see the finished product. Leave it to Jason the be the one to let something slip but he's just a kid and doesn't know any better. Lois, Clark and Richard have some explaining to Perry to do.
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
They all certainly do have a lot of explaining to do. All around. And not just to Perry...
ellalou73
Dec. 30th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
OH I live for these teasers that you and Brian give with your stories along with the updates. Out of the mouths of babes. I like what I read so far. Perry's nobodies fool and he's going to figure it out. I'm glad Richard is defending him even though like the characters in the story surprised but then not. HE's a good guy.

Okay update soon.

Ella
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like these teasers. They give my Muse the added boost to get the chapter finished.

And Richard is indeed good, and surprising... ;)
rogue_lane
Dec. 30th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
*huggles Richard* I just hope he doesn't have an agenda, because I love him so...

And Perry... oh freaking Jesus on a Pink Pony, damn! I thought he was gonna go all "WTF I'M A RICHARD/LOIS SHIPPER! YOU SANK MY SHIP, BIATCH!" on Clark. lol, sorry just got that impression

And Jimmy was so nice to take Jason away!

Can't wait for the chapter!
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Agenda? My Richardy-poo? Oh, no... but he's been doing some thinking...

LOL - Perry! He just MIGHT be thinking that...

See you soon!
leynalynn
Dec. 31st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Great teaser!
Jimmy is such a sweetheart for taking Jason away from the tense conversation. I loved that Richard isdefending Lois and Clark. Richard is a good guy. I can't wait to see more of Perry's reaction.
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Well, if I can get off my butt and start writing again, you'll see the full reaction pretty soon.
wikkibird
Dec. 31st, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow, when you said teaser you REALLY meant teaser! I really hope your muse smacks you over the head to continue soon! :-D
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:23 pm (UTC)
Is this your first teaser since friending? They are usually quite evil. In keeping with my general evilness.

I hope my Muse smacks me as well! I have another 400 words done, but that's it. :(
wikkibird
Dec. 31st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
I think so. I can so understand why you have the name of Queen Barbara Mistress of Evil Cliffies. *grin* But, it's all good. Keeps us coming back for more. It's like when my favorite author gives me a snippet of a book that's not coming out until late NEXT year and that's torture... but, thank goodness you don't torture us THAT much.
slicedpigeon
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
ho my gosh, i wait eagerly for the rest of it. I'm on my way to being a rabid fan of Deja Vu (It's an excellent story and i've been reading it since about a month ago). I hope i don't sound too fangirly here, but it truly is one of the best in Superman Fanfiction.

Best wishes to the bride and groom of the wedding that you went for.
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks. *blush* I know about fangirling a story. There are several I completely fangirl in Superman fanfiction, and a couple in Spider-Man that I do the same with. No shame in that. :)

I'm glad you jumped onboard - even if I'm getting close to the end.
slicedpigeon
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
haha thank you. I think i've basically read almost everything in the Superman section on F.F.net, and I especially love you, Tandrelmairon, alphielj, speakfire and Nautica7mk.

I had originally wanted to watch Superman Returns when it came out in theatres this year, but I had major exams in September and November, and therefore i had to wait until after the exams to watch, get addicted and try the fanfiction. :) I did hear that the sequel to the movie is coming in 2009 . Gack.
coltdancer
Dec. 31st, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh! How lurvely...a holiday/new year's wedding! I hope that it inspired you to write some more for us. *nudge nudge, wink wink*

Thank God for Jimmy,his honest good intentions, and his ability to pipe up at just the right moment. Back off, Perry!! (okay, okay...yes, I know that he is naturally going to be protective of Richard...but don't be so incredulous and disdainful when referring to our Clark!!)

What a right pickle we've landed in. And just where is Richard headed with this?

Okay, it's been 24 hours....where's the rest?? :D
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC)
The rest? Lounging around in my brain. I ran what I had done past bistyboo1974 last night, because I was feeling it was kind of rusty, and I got a little more done... but an active child and a lingering cold is getting the better of me right now.

If you would be available for betaing this evening, would you let me know? I think betty must be busy. And it's New Years Eve...
mikachoo108
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Can't wait!
I've never read one of your teasers before, coz up until now I've read it on FF, but WOW!! And damn you!! I want the rest NOW......*sniffle* you better post the rest soon... Anyways, I like that Richard's sticking up for them - he is a good man, after all. You know, I saw this movie the other day called The Notebook (really sweet by the way), and James Marsden (Richard) also plays the fiancee who graciously gives her up to her previous love. I feel kinda bad for him really, but I was backing the other couple so I don't really care. lol. Anyways, back to Deja Vu: I liked that Jimmy took Jason away. It's a bit much for his little brain to process, son of Superman or not. And I'm STILL waiting on the 'something'.....any chance of a look in in this chappy? Hope you post soon!
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Can't wait!
Yes, poor James Marsden is fated to play the other guy... *sniff* He needs a leading man role.

The 'something' will be hinted at, but you might be madder at me once you read it. You have been warned.
therealmarajade
Dec. 31st, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wee! A new chapter to look forward to reading in 2007! :D
htbthomas
Dec. 31st, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, it should be ready tomorrow!
mikachoo108
Jan. 1st, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
As usual, the teaser was amazing, even after reading it a second time. I had a question though - how do you embed a link in a post? Like, a link to a fic, like you did with this? I'm very confused :S
htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
Actually what I did there was called an "LJ-cut". When you create a post, if there's part that you want hidden from people's Friends pages (usually because of space, spoilers, load time for pics), you highlight it in Rich Text mode, and click the button that looks like lines with a zigzag below. (If you mouseover it'll say "LJ cut") Title it something, then click OK. You will then have a cut. Here's a link to the FAQ entry, for more info:

http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=75

For Links to pages outside your entry, then you have to click the URL or Link button. That should also be in the Rich Text mode.
sean_montgomery
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Lois was completely surprised, Clark seemed just as astonished. Richard is explaining this… defending us? Why?

*pokes Richard* Yeah, Ricky. Why are you defending them? Huh? HUH??

More is coming soon on this... right? *sticks out her bottom lip*

htbthomas
Jan. 1st, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
More is coming very soon. Pretty much in the next hour...
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