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Déjà Vu: Chapter 1: Mystery



Title: Déjà Vu
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Lois slowly remembers details about the time that was erased. When she remembers it all, how will she react? 

A/N: Although this is a sequel to Superman Returns, it also owes heavily to the ending of the original theatrical release of Superman II (not the recent Donner Cut). One of the issues that I wish had been dealt with in SR is Lois’ memory wipe. The novelization and prequel comic seem to make clear that Lois truly believes that Richard is Jason’s father until nearly the end of the film. So how did she come to the conclusion that Superman was actually the father if her memory had been erased? Conversely, if her memory was not erased, as Bryan Singer has suggested in interviews, why does she not seem to know Clark's identity? It seems out-of-character to me that he would sleep with Lois without her knowing that vital fact.

This story explores Lois' point-of-view as she comes to terms with her memories, and deals with the consequences of Superman's decision to all persons involved. Enjoy!


Thanks to louisemcgregor , who suggested I post this on LJ, even though I'm not sure how many people will read it! (So many are reading on ff.net...) but here goes! 

Chapter Links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40

Déjà Vu

Chapter 1: Mystery

Lois rubbed an affectionate hand over Jason’s tousled locks one last time before standing to leave the room. They had been sitting together watching the stars for about an hour, hardly speaking.

“Mommy?” Jason had asked after a particularly long pause, “Do you think he’ll visit us a lot?”

She smiled and bent down to kiss the top of his head. “I think so. He said we would see him around, and I know he meant it.” Jason turned his head to look up into her face. She continued, “After all, Superman never lies…”

He nodded slightly, grinning. He trusted her implicitly - he was young enough not to think any other way. It warmed her, but scared her a little, that she held his little heart in her hands. Did he have any idea that Superman was his father? They seemed to have such a connection in the brief time that the Man of Steel and her son had interacted. She worried what this would do to him. So once again, she told herself she had made the right decision in keeping the truth from him until he was older.

Jason yawned, and blinked his eyes tiredly. “Maybe you’d better turn back in, sweetie,” she suggested.

“What if he comes back?” he protested weakly.

She placed a comforting hand on his small one. “I’ll wake you up if he does… I promise.”

“Okay,” he agreed, really too tired to argue. He crawled beneath the covers again, and was soon fast asleep.

Lois walked slowly down the stairs. She glanced at her computer in the den, the unfinished article, but found her thoughts too disorganized to continue. Maybe it was time to go to bed herself.

Richard stirred slightly as she got back into bed. He had always been a heavy sleeper, able to doze even when she was up late typing an article on her laptop right beside him. She gave his back a rub. He groaned in his sleep, turning toward her. The slight smile on his face pained her to the core.

There were so many secrets between them now… When Richard had asked her, point-blank, “Were you in love with him?” she had dissembled.

He’s Superman. Everyone was in love with him.”

But were you?” he had pressed, looking into her eyes for any hint of the truth.

No,” she had told him.

She had been afraid to admit it at the time. But from the moment she first laid eyes on Superman again on the rescued airplane, she knew that she still felt something. And then all of the emotions she thought she had long worked through came bubbling back to the surface. How dare he try to waltz back into her life again! She was happy… she had a great guy, a beautiful son… Her Pulitzer-winning article ‘Why The World Doesn’t Need Superman’ could probably have been entitled ‘Why Lois Lane Doesn’t Need Superman’ with very little alteration.

Leave it to him to prove her wrong with his first act of return. If not for him, she would be either frozen in space or reduced to bits. Later, on the roof of the Daily Planet, his presence had been so overwhelming that she had nearly kissed him.

It was just as well that she had missed the Pulitzer award ceremony. She would have felt like a fraud accepting the award for an editorial on a piece that was so clearly not true. Perry had tried to assure her that it didn’t matter, “Lois, Pulitzer Prizes are like Academy Awards. Nobody remembers what you got one for. Just that you got one.” But she secretly felt a bit relieved… Lex Luthor’s scheme had been good for something at least.

And she couldn’t forget what that ordeal had revealed as well. Her little boy, her brilliant, fragile, prematurely-born boy… truly was Superman’s son.

What disturbed her deeply was this: how had it happened? When Superman had left five years ago, she had been upset. Why hadn’t he said goodbye? Did she mean so little to him that she didn’t even rate a “So long, nice knowing you”?

Richard White had quietly entered her life, winning her over with his easy, confident manner and charming personality. And discovering she was pregnant so soon into their relationship made it easy to stay with him.

At her first sonogram, the doctor informed her that, although the baby was somewhat larger than it should be at this stage, it was not out of the realm of normal. So when she went into labor a few months early, no one had thought much of it.

Except Lois. Throughout her pregnancy, she had begun having flashes, vague but potent, of a very passionate nature. At first, she thought her subconscious mind, combined with the hormones, was dredging up fantasies of Superman again. Lord knows she’d had them enough when the superhero was still around. But the images invaded her dreams so frequently that she began to doubt herself. A particularly vivid image of his face, superimposed on a field of white, occupied her thoughts. Were these more than dreams? Had she… and Superman… made love?

But how could it be true? How does someone forget a night like that? Had she had one too many bumps on the head? They say you can only have so many of those before there is permanent brain damage. Did one of those concussions shake a few memories loose?

Late into her pregnancy, when her swollen belly had made it impossible to sleep comfortably, she had worried about it. After Jason was born, his health problems had all but pushed the possibility from her mind.

If she hadn’t seen Jason’s feat of strength for herself, she would still be denying that possibility. But she knew deep in her heart somehow that it was true beyond a shadow of a doubt. She had whispered to Superman what she suspected as he lay in his hospital bed. And Superman’s visit tonight confirmed it – he believed it as well.

Lois Lane would get to the bottom of this mystery. One person held the answers, and as soon as she could find a way to get the truth from him…

Suddenly, a loud knock from outside startled her. She looked over at Richard. He simply moaned and turned over. Grabbing her robe from the bedside chair, she headed outside and onto the deck again. In the dark, it was difficult see anything amiss. She waited, listened a few minutes, and turned back around.

Knock.

She felt the vibration under her feet this time. Something had banged against the wooden posts below the deck. She could hear faint taps as whatever it was moved with the lapping water of the river. Lois leaned over the railing, trying to get a good look at it. But she couldn’t see a thing.

She quickly went inside the kitchen, and dug inside a drawer for the flashlight, trying to keep quiet. She didn’t want to disturb Richard or Jason this late at night. But she couldn’t feel it in there at all, and she didn’t want to turn the lights on. Crap!

There wasn’t much else to do but go back to bed. She climbed the stairs, feeling a vague unease. Her insatiable curiosity would just have to wait until morning.

As she finally drifted off, she listened carefully for any other sounds from outside. If there were any more, they were too faint to make out. Dreams overtook her soon after.

In the pre-dawn light, just before the sun broke over the horizon, a chunk of dark, green-flecked crystal dislodged itself from the wooden posts of the deck, and came to rest against the soft mud at the foundation of the house.

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Next: Chapter 2: Odd

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
louisemcgregor
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Yay, you are posting ! m:))))
I can't wait for your next chapter ! m:)
htbthomas
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! I posted Ch. 2 today, and I will be posting Ch. 17 on ff.net and DI/DC2C tomorrow! *kiss*
coltdancer
Aug. 20th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
All righty...I'm not sure I can keep up with TRIPLE dipping reviews...at least, not in the capacity of DI and ff.net...but I'm stopping in. ;) Boo.

Hehehehe.
htbthomas
Aug. 20th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
My, my, my how will</> you do it? Don't worry about it, girl. Wherever you post, I love it.
bistyboo1974
Aug. 27th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, green crystals? Do I smell trouble? *bites nails*

Barbara, I am sooo excited to finally be reading this. You have no idea! I should be going out right now to run errands, but the darn grocery store will have to wait...I can't read just one chapter and leave! *gasps* I'm thirsty for MORE! And I'm certainly wishing for what Jason is...that Superman will be visiting. A lot. ;-)

htbthomas
Aug. 27th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
You certainly do smell trouble! *evil grin* And Superman will definitely be around, but not as either Lois or Jason expects. :)

How many will you try to read before having to shop?
bistyboo1974
Aug. 27th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well...

I'm STILL reading, and strongly considering leaving the shopping until after work tomorrow. PB&J won't kill me for ONE day! ;-) lol
ksarasara
Feb. 10th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
What a first chapter to try and get someone hooked! ;) I've never read SR fic, or any other L&C incarnation than the one I've known forever. *g*

Now, I do have a few questions before I dive in. *g*

1. How long is this?
2. Is it finished or a WIP or a WIP with a clear end in sight?
3. Not really a question, but if you tell me there's angsty Clark in here, I'm sold!

You asked how I felt about SR: I went in to the theater expecting not to love it because it wasn't my Lois and Clark. And, I think, because of that, I LOVED it! I was seriously wowed by it and, besides, I got Superman TEARS! I'd been dying for those. *g* Yeah, I'm a lot little irked by the whole Superman II memory thing and all that, but this fic looks like it'll fix that with lots of angst on the way. Yeah? Anyway, that said, I think I may want to find time to rewatch Superman II (it's been seriously a decade) and then SR before I dive in fully, that way I'll have fully soaked in the atmosphere of this L&C. ;)

So, look for me to comment here, but don't be worried if it's not right away. :D
htbthomas
Feb. 10th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for giving it a shot! Now for your questions:

1) It will be just over 100,000 words when finished, 39 chapters thus far.
2) It is a WIP, with only one chapter to go (Ch. 40). Within a week it will be finished (I usually update once a week or every 10 days when school's in session)
3) There is plenty of angst, mostly revolving around the love triangle between Lois, Clark and Richard. Some Jason angst, too, but not a ton. But since it is a completely Lois POV story, the angst comes through her thoughts, and the way the other characters react.

A lot of people ended up rewatching SII because of this fic. But it's not necessary. I did try to summarize what happened when anything is referred to. But it wouldn't hurt!

I'm very proud of this story. My longest ever, and most popular by far. It has 1742 reviews at ff.net, for example. Mind-blowing.
brdwaybebe
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
He nodded slightly, grinning. He trusted her implicitly - he was young enough not to think any other way. It warmed her, but scared her a little, that she held his little heart in her hands. Did he have any idea that Superman was his father? They seemed to have such a connection in the brief time that the Man of Steel and her son had interacted. She worried what this would do to him. So once again, she told herself she had made the right decision in keeping the truth from him until he was older.


I loved this passage. It's a heavy burden having the 100% trust of a child. It's a combination of joy and fear when such a thing happens and you put it well here. I also liked that Lois noticed the connection between the two. Even without the knowledge of his father, Jason clicks with Superman... Smart as Jason is I wonder how long he will remain in the dark...


Her Pulitzer-winning article ‘Why The World Doesn’t Need Superman’ could probably have been entitled ‘Why Lois Lane Doesn’t Need Superman’ with very little alteration.


ROFL AMEN sistah.


Leave it to him to prove her wrong with his first act of return. If not for him, she would be either frozen in space or reduced to bits. Later, on the roof of the Daily Planet, his presence had been so overwhelming that she had nearly kissed him.


Just goes to show you how strong their love is. He didn't need sonnets or a lot of pretty words. His very presence moves her. -sighs- Ah the romance!



At her first sonogram, the doctor informed her that, although the baby was somewhat larger than it should be at this stage, it was not out of the realm of normal. So when she went into labor a few months early, no one had thought much of it.


That's an interesting take that something in Superman would have a baby develop a little bit faster. So even a premature baby by human standards would be to term... Hmm I wonder if kryptonian women had shorter pregnancies?


Except Lois. Throughout her pregnancy, she had begun having flashes, vague but potent, of a very passionate nature. At first, she thought her subconscious mind, combined with the hormones, was dredging up fantasies of Superman again. Lord knows she’d had them enough when the superhero was still around. But the images invaded her dreams so frequently that she began to doubt herself. A particularly vivid image of his face, superimposed on a field of white, occupied her thoughts. Were these more than dreams? Had she… and Superman… made love?


I LOVE this idea of the flashes coming to her because of being pregnant. It's so intimate. That something of Superman is carried in his DNA, even beyond what genetically he gave to Jason...that the very experience of being pregnant breaks through whatever force was behidn the lip whammy. BRILLIANT!


If she hadn’t seen Jason’s feat of strength for herself, she would still be denying that possibility. But she knew deep in her heart somehow that it was true beyond a shadow of a doubt. She had whispered to Superman what she suspected as he lay in his hospital bed. And Superman’s visit tonight confirmed it – he believed it as well.



Lois Lane would get to the bottom of this mystery. One person held the answers, and as soon as she could find a way to get the truth from him…


This is where her reporter nature is going to server her well. She will get to the bottom of this! I love the idea of the fact that Superman gave himself away by coming to see Jason. Because he knew he gave Lois the lip whammy. So he could have denied it - of course he wouldn't. Boy. They have a LOT to talk about!Can't wait!!


Suddenly, a loud knock from outside startled her.


I was so sure it would be Superman! But Oh NO!!! Of all the places for K to show up! -curious as to how it found it's way there- I'm assuming the current dragged it but...we'll see!!

htbthomas
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Yay! You're reading! :D

It's a heavy burden having the 100% trust of a child.

I feel that all the time with my little munchkin, so I really feel that with her.

His very presence moves her. -sighs- Ah the romance!

I almost feel like these two have such an electric chemistry, drawn together regardless of the painful history between them.

That's an interesting take that something in Superman would have a baby develop a little bit faster. I was actually thinking that they might be a little slower. If she conceived Jason a few months before meeting Richard, then Jason was born 2 months premature...

the very experience of being pregnant breaks through whatever force was behidn the lip whammy. BRILLIANT!

Thanks! It just made sense to me that being so close to him would help the memories resurface, if only for a time.

This is where her reporter nature is going to server her well. She will get to the bottom of this! I love the idea of the fact that Superman gave himself away by coming to see Jason. Because he knew he gave Lois the lip whammy. So he could have denied it - of course he wouldn't. Boy. They have a LOT to talk about!Can't wait!!

I really use the reporter side of Lois in DV, if you like that, you should enjoy the whole thing! I feel the reporter relationship is the basis of my take on the couple. I love that part. And yes, they really do have a lot to talk about!!

Of all the places for K to show up!

All will become clear soon enough! On to your next review! :D
thrace_adams
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
I just started reading this and wow...sucked in already. Unfortunately I have a toddler and cannot do marathon reading sessions so can only do a little at a time, but read the first two chapters and was totally engrossed. Very intrigued by what hit their house and Lois idea. Looking forward to reading more.
htbthomas
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh, excellent! It makes me happy to no end when I get a new reader!

Just read it as you have time, and I hope to hear your thoughts as you go along. *kiss*
thrace_adams
Aug. 21st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Finally was able to get back to this and pound down chapters 3 & 4...and yeah, potty training my son has worn down my brain, I finally get the Deja Vu reference...Lois is having flashbacks to before...really well done..anxious to see why the diamonds in the jeweler's window caused her to swoon! Loved the fire scene...the image of him in the suit against the red blaze...HOTNESS!!!! Great job!
htbthomas
Aug. 21st, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, potty training is a big drain... I remember! We're still dealing with issues here and there and it's been over a year!

Anyway, thanks for the review! I'm glad you're enjoying it. The whole idea of deja vu is what started the story off, it was tricky keeping it going as time went on, though. :D

Read on when you can!
rukia_princess
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Wow, a great start! I'm off to read more!!!
htbthomas
Sep. 3rd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading this... and commenting! I love it when people find this story. ♥
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