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Birthday fic: Come Rain or Come Shine, 1/1

Title: Come Rain or Come Shine
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Superman Returns, [Future Déjà-verse.]
Rating: G
Word Count: 747 words
Betas: sean_montgomery (taskmastering!), coltdancer (ending help!) and mark_clark (beta-tastic!).
Author’s Notes: A birthday fic for brdwaybebe, who asked for a “ridiculously fluffy singing fic.”

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Lois leaned heavily against the elevator wall and rubbed at her eyes tiredly. These late nights were beginning to really take their toll on her. The farther into her forties she got, the more difficult it was to keep up her trademark Lois Lane energy. Oh, she still pretended like she was a driven twenty-five year old… but even the interns could do the math, when her strapping sixteen year old son hung around the bullpen so much.

And constantly being around that Kryptonian super-stamina doesn’t make it any easier to forget my age, either.

Lois sighed. This story she’d been working on would go ten times faster with Clark’s help. But he and the Justice League had been off-planet for several weeks now. He hadn’t been able to send even a short message this time about when he might be back. Luckily she had been able to fabricate a story about Clark working a deep-cover investigation. Lois had basically written off any sort of ten-year wedding anniversary celebration.

“He’ll be back, Mom.” Jason stopped playing, right in the middle of a phrase, and turned from the piano. She thought she had been hiding her depression better than that, but of course there was no way to hide biosigns from her son. “You shouldn’t worry.”

Lois put down her book, and grimaced slightly. “It’s what mothers do, okay? Now get back to practicing.” She added a wan smile for his benefit.

Jason nodded, switching gears to another piece. She had read halfway through the next page before she realized he was playing one of her favorites.


She smiled again, remembering. He was always working on new music, but he had a talent for keeping his parents’ favorites in his repertoire. The melody of one of the new ones – she hadn’t gotten around to asking Jason what it was called yet – had been running through her mind lately.

The elevator slowed to a stop and she straightened up, taking a deep breath. The nighttime staff was used to seeing her in here, but they didn’t need to know how tired she was.

As the doors opened, Lois strode briskly into the newsroom… but stopped after a few yards. The place was darkened, almost dead silent. Where is the night shift? Did something happen?

Suddenly, from the other side of the bullpen, quiet piano music started up – a slow, jazzy chord progression, as if someone had turned on a CD player. Which was odd, since most people used headphones or earbuds…

And then a single light switched on – a desk lamp – and a smooth baritone voice floated through the air toward her…

I’m gonna love you like nobody’s loved you – come rain or come shine


In the light of that single lamp, she realized that the music was coming from a digital keyboard and a voice she’d recognize anywhere…

High as a mountain and deep as a river – come rain or come shine


She walked slowly toward her husband and son, only gradually becoming aware that there were other people in the shadows, quite a few people in fact. But the music, combined with her relief at Clark’s return, was mesmerizing…

I guess when you met me it was just one of those things
But don’t ever bet me, ‘cause I’m gonna be true if you let me


Both Clark and Jason were grinning like fools – they’d obviously been planning this for a while – and her grin quickly grew into a full-blown smile. Clark took her hand when she finally came within reaching distance.

You’re gonna love me like nobody’s loved me – come rain or come shine
Happy together, unhappy together, and won’t it be fine?


Lois began to hum the melody – the same that Jason had been practicing lately, as Clark sang the last few lines.

Days may be cloudy or sunny
We’re in or we’re out of the money

But I’m with you always, I’m with you rain or shine


As Jason ended the song with a diminuendo, applause broke out all around them. The lights came on full, and shouts of “Happy Anniversary!” filled the air. Clark pulled Lois close for a kiss, and when it ended, he murmured against her mouth, “Surprised?”

“Well…”

“You’re not mad?”

Of course she wasn’t, but there were appearances to keep up. “Let’s just hope your gift…” she began with a wink, nodding toward the gift table, “…is something a little more ‘out of this world’ than tin.”

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Comments

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saavikam77
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Awww!!! This was so sweet! ^_^ Clark and Jason are such charmers. :p

I'm sure Christy will love it!
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I really see Clark and Jason as being good at charming the pants off of Lois (and others, though they probably often hide it). It's that super-charisma or something. :D

And she squeed all over IM and LJ, so yes, I think she liked it!
fyredancer
Mar. 20th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
That was absolutely heart-warming, thank you. =)
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - I'm glad the fluffiness pleased! ♥
babettew54
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Really sweet..ten year anniversary! *sigh* Makes me smile, and Clark 'working' with the Justice League, nice! Lois's remark at the end, out of this world, you know it will be...lucky girl!:D

Great song choice too! Thanks, Barb!:D
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see the two of them get to that point in any media... even in the comics they've only been married a couple years.

And Christy chose the song -- I asked her for one to use! :)
seacrystal
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
*flails*

And I love the idea of Jason being a pianist.

Thank you for this lovely piece! :D
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Hee. Being a musician, I took readily to Jason's (and Clark's by extension) musical gifts in the movie. My hope is that the piano incident would not have put him off playing. And I'm not the only one: in alphielj's In the Shadow of My Father series, Jason is a concert pianist!
fairfax_verde
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, that was so sweet, and I love the peek into Jason's future. You are such a romantic! <3
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
*huge smile*

I am, comes from being spoiled by my own personal Clark Kent for 15 years. ♥

Thanks for the review! ♥
thrace_adams
Mar. 20th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh this was lovely!
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
brdwaybebe
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVED IT BARB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-flails ridiculously-
It was the perrrrfect tone and the use of the song was so brilliant! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU !!!!!!

-jumps in circles-
htbthomas
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
YAY! *twirls*

I'm particularly pleased by the amount of bold!red!CAPSLOCK squee there. ♥
chickadilly
Mar. 21st, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! :D
htbthomas
Mar. 22nd, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
*warm fuzzies*
taro_twist
Mar. 24th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, another sweet one! And yet really different, too; have any of your other fics ever gone this far into the future of the Deja-verse?

In any case, I really liked it! Poor Lois, still trying to keep up her former speed (and trying to keep up with Clark!) even as age creeps up on her. And I love the idea of Jason hanging around the bullpen still as a teenager; I bet those interns are going to start flirting with him real soon. =P

And there's a Justice League now! Yay!

This was a great line, too:

Lois put down her book, and grimaced slightly. “It’s what mothers do, okay? Now get back to practicing.”

That was so Lois! Concerned but tough all at once. ;)

And I love the image of Clark and Jason singing/playing together in the bullpen by the light of that one lamp. Awwww *melts inside*

I almost didn't get the ending line, but then I remembered there were some pretty weird traditional gifts for certain wedding anniversaries--I can't believe tin is for the 10th anniversary. LOL! I'm sure Clark did better than that, though. *grin*

Thanks again for another heartwarming fic! :D
htbthomas
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
This is the farthest I've gone, yes. Dinner Plans was seven years ahead, this one ten. It just felt like the right amount of time for the plot bunny I had. :)

LOL, I never even thought about the interns being into Jason. Watch out! *beats off new plot bunnies*

I've always just assumed that there would be a JLA by now, first he'd meet Batman, then slowly the others... :)

I'm glad you liked this! Thanks for the review!
midori79
Mar. 25th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Aww, I all waffy now. I love stories set in the future and them happy:)
htbthomas
Mar. 25th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the WAFFY fics can really hit the spot! Thanks for the sweet reviews today!
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