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Title: Scion, 5/8
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Smallville/Superman Returns/Legion of Superheroes crossover. Mostly set in the Smallville universe, with a few comics/toonverse touches.
Rating: PG
Word Count: Part 5: 1,955 words
Betas: van_el, mark_clark
Summary: Chloe, Clark and Lois encounter a strange visitor… from another dimension.

Author’s Note: Make sure to check out the above link to a summary of LoSH, if you are confused about Querl and Imra. And Happy Father’s Day!

Previously: Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4

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Clark heard Jason’s heart rate shoot up just before he cried out in fear. “No!”

“We won’t let that happen, Jason.” Clark immediately recognized the terror in the boy’s voice. The sound recalled the images of Jor-El and Jonathan to his mind – he couldn’t put Jason through the same devastating loss.

He turned to Querl. “I’m still not sure I can trust you, but I don’t seem to have a choice.”

“This is the right choice, Kal-El. I promise,” Imra said, reaching out her hands to both Clark and Jason. “Your trust is not misplaced.”

Clark immediately bent down to kneel in front of Jason. This wasn’t just his decision. “Hey, Jason, what do you think? Should we trust them?”

“You’re going, right?”

Clark nodded.

Jason looked up at Lois with concern. “Is M—Lois going, too?”

“Well, I—” Lois began, but Imra’s melodious voice cut in.

“I’m afraid she can’t go. Miss Sullivan must stay behind as well. Only the two of you…”

Querl added, “The time stream is already in considerable flux.”

“And there is limited space in the Time Bubble.” Imra indicated to the golden pod behind them.

“That, too,” Querl agreed.

This news made Jason frown. “I really want to get home…”

“I assure you that this is the way to do it,” Querl put in, but Jason kept his eyes locked on Clark’s.

Lois knelt on the other side of Jason. “Go with Clark. He’ll keep you safe.” Above Jason’s head, Lois flashed Clark a look that said, You’d better, or you’ll have to deal with me! “I’ll miss you, kiddo. It was great to meet you.”

Chloe came to stand behind him. “I’ll miss you, too. And Clark,” she went on, placing a hand on Clark’s shoulder. “Come back, okay?”

Lois’ face twisted in embarrassment. “Yeah, you’d better come back. Who else would I have left to pick on?” She grinned briefly in that tomboyish way she sometimes had, before scowling. “And you owe me a way more detailed explanation about all this when you get back, too.”

“I promise.” He grinned back. She was so mercurial.

To Chloe, he asked, “You remember how to get back through the portal to Smallville?” She nodded, staying silent.

He held out his palm to Jason. “Ready to go?”

Jason nodded and took his hand. Clark stood up. They walked toward their odd visitors, who shared a concerned glance before turning their attention back to Clark and Jason.

Clark stopped in place. “What?”

Querl opened his mouth, but then shook it decisively. “It’s not important now… and it can wait until I bring you back home.” He looked into Clark’s eyes earnestly, almost hopefully. “I promise to tell you then.”

Clark pressed his lips together. He was about to protest, but his vision blurred for a moment and he suddenly felt a wave of resolve. It’s more important to get Jason back, anyway. It’s not as if I haven’t kept my share of secrets, too. “All right. I’ll hold you to that.”

Querl smiled in relief. He tapped a sequence on his arm controller and the golden pod – the Time Bubble – opened a portal in the side. He gestured for everyone to precede him. Clark gripped Jason’s hand tighter and stepped inside.

The portal closed behind them and Clark looked around. There were a couple of seats floating over a metallic floor, with a holographic display of some sort hovering in the middle, not attached to anything visible. Querl walked over to the display to enter some commands. “This shouldn’t take long.” The walls suddenly shifted into a swirling vortex, and Clark fought a sudden queasiness. Jason had dropped his hand and was staring around him in wonder.

“So…” Clark started, trying to get his mind off of the walls, “you’re called the Legion of Superheroes, right? Why did only two of you come?”

“The ripple effect caused by the alteration to the timeline is disruptive and destructive – causing many different catastrophes to deal with. As a result, none of the other Legionnaires were free to travel in the Time Bubble with us,” Querl explained, not looking up from the display. “And with the timestream being hazardous to traverse – it would have been risky to send more, especially when they are needed now.”

“And we were uniquely suited to traveling to the source of the timeline disturbance,” Imra said serenely.

Jason broke from his trance. “Really?” he asked, clearly curious. “Querl is really good with computers… what is your power?” Clark turned toward her, just as curious.

“I—”

At that moment, the swirling stopped. “We’re here,” Querl announced.

The doorway opened and Jason ran to look outside of the Bubble. He gasped. “We’re home!” Then he jumped out. They followed him as quickly as possible.

Clark looked around. They appeared to be in an office, nothing remarkable about it – a couple of framed pictures and newspaper articles on the wall. He had just determined that the articles were taken from the Daily Planet, when the Time Bubble vanished in a flash of light behind them.

“Are you sure this is the right place?”

“I think so…” Jason walked over to the door, and cracked open the doorway to peer out. A wide smile suddenly grew on his face. “Mom!” Jason rushed out into the next room.

It was too late to stop him, so Clark used his X-ray vision to keep track of him. The boy had made a beeline for a woman working at a desk halfway across the bullpen. She looked up toward Jason and Clark was struck speechless. The hair was different, there were a few more lines around her eyes and mouth, but it was distinctly… Lois.

She put her arms around Jason, kissing him on the top of the head. With his super-hearing, he overheard her say, “What’s up, Munchkin? Have a good nap?”

Querl and Imra walked calmly toward the doorway to follow Jason. “Wait!” Clark held up a hand in alarm. “You can’t just walk out there like that—!” Even if he’d never been to this reality, he doubted they would pass for the average person on the street.

“Don’t worry, Kal-El. It will be fine.” Imra smiled. “You were curious about my talents? Watch.”

She stopped just outside the door, and lifted her hands to her temples. Her eyes began to glow an eerie shade of magenta and waves of power seemed to roll from her. “You will not notice anything amiss. Go about your daily business.” Clark looked out across the bullpen, where everyone except Jason and Lois were frozen in place, their eyes glowing the same bizarre shade of pink. A moment later, she lowered her hands, and the trance was broken. Everyone moved about as they had before.

“You can control minds?” he asked, deeply troubled.

“Yes. But I assure you, it’s only for their protection. They were never meant to see us. If Mordru hadn’t interfered…”

By this time, Querl had walked past them. No one so much as blinked at the sight of a green-skinned young man with robotic arms. The three of them quietly made their way toward Lois and Jason.

Lois was still focused on Jason, stroking his hair back from his eyes. “I’m glad you’re happy to see me… but what brought on this…?” She trailed off when she realized that they had company.

Her eyes widened. “Holy—” She grasped Jason close to her. “Who the hell—?” Her eyes frantically traveled between Clark Querl, and Imra, and then back to Clark. “What happened to you? And why is no one else freaking out here?”

“It’s okay, Mom. They’re with us.”

Lois looked down in surprise. “With us?”

“Lois Lane.” Querl held out a hand to shake, which Lois ignored. “Allow us to introduce ourselves. My name is Querl Dox, and this is Imra Ardeen.”

“Nice to meet you,” Imra said. “I have placed a mental block on anyone observing us. They will ignore us almost completely.”

“We are travelers from the 31st century. We are here to—”

Lois didn’t let him finish. “Are you just going to stand there looking foolish, Clark? What the hell happened to you, and…” She dropped her voice to a bare whisper. “…where are your glasses?”

He blinked. He supposed he had been standing there looking flummoxed. This Lois was so much like his own Lois, but she had grown into a… force of nature… He tried to find his voice. “I’m not Clark. Well, not your Clark. He’s…”

“He’s on his way home!” Jason supplied, pointing at the television monitors.

On a live feed, the monitors showed a red-caped figure sailing through the air, one fist held straight in front of him. Below the video, the news crawl read, “Superman Returns from Successful Moon Mission.” A subtitle below added, “Space Program finally back on track?”

She hardly reacted to the knowledge that all of these newcomers knew about Clark’s dual identity. “If you’re not my Clark, what kind of Clark are you?”

“I’m…”

“I think I can explain this, Ms. Lane,” Querl put in hastily. “This is a younger Clark Kent, from an alternate dimension. Your son, Jason, was sent to his dimension through a magic spell cast by the sorcerer Mordru. I brought both of them back here because we hope to stop the havoc Mordru will certainly wreak on this timeline.”

“That’s true, Mom. I was there. It was like here, but all different! And there was this lady named Chloe, too.”

“Chloe?” Lois asked, puzzled. “My cousin? I haven’t thought about her for years…”

Well, that answers that question… Chloe will be relieved to hear she exists here. “You two are pretty close in my world.”

“Is your husband due back soon? I think he should be here before I explain any further,” Querl asked diffidently. “Do you have a ‘signal watch’..?”

“A watch?” Lois snorted. “No. But just a minute.” She cleared her throat, but then spoke in a lowered voice. “Clark! You’d better get back to the Planet ASAP. We’ve got visitors.”

Lois looked back up at all of them. “Take a seat. He shouldn’t be long.” As they pulled chairs toward her desk, she regarded Clark with surprised appreciation. “Wow.”

“What?” Clark asked, highly uncomfortable under her gaze.

“It’s just…” She swallowed. “If my Clark had looked like you do back when we first met… I don’t think I would have ignored him for even one second…” She winked. Imra chuckled beside him.

Clark blushed. The Lois of the vision Jor-El had shown him had reacted almost the same way. Of course, his own Lois had first met him while he was stark naked… and she was hardly throwing herself at him.

Querl tried to help. “Well, you must admit that was the point – he needed to blend in to separate himself from his hero persona…”

“Lois?” A querulous shout came from the direction of the elevators. “What’s all this?”

Everyone turned to see a tall, awkward man in a brown suit clumsily making his way toward Lois’ desk. “Clark!”

The Older Clark got within five feet of him and then stopped. He ran his gaze over the three of them slowly, warily – Younger Clark guessed he was using his X-ray vision on them. When he finished, he ran a hand through his hair in confusion. “Well, I’ll be darned.”

He looked at Querl. “You’re clearly some sort of robotic alien.” Gesturing at Imra, he said, “And you’re surely human, though I’ve never seen eyes like that before…” And then he looked at Younger Clark. “And you…”

Younger Clark’s lips twitched in amusement. “Jor-El forgot to tell you about this possibility, too?”

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Next: Part 6

Comments

( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
professorjulia
Jun. 15th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
A force of nature... darn skippy! I love how Lois just rolls right over all the explanations. Like a tank, that girl. :D

I squee mightily at this, and await more!
htbthomas
Jun. 15th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Canya tell who my movieverse Lois takes after? :D

Yay for more squee!
laramoon
Jun. 16th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Oooh! Most excellent! :) I am loving this fic - have I told you this before? You have the characters down so, so well, I can totally hear the voices in my head, it rings so true. Excellent work!!
htbthomas
Jun. 16th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Even if you did tell me before, I don't mind hearing it again! :D *hug*

Character voices are the thing I really work at, so that makes me really happy!

I'm actually in the middle of leaving you a little feedback, too!
penumbra
Jun. 16th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
She hardly reacted to the knowledge that all of these newcomers knew about Clark’s dual identity. “If you’re not my Clark, what kind of Clark are you?”

Clark Kent comes in a variety of flavours.

I love this fic more and more. I know I keep saying this, but I really can't wait to see how it all plays out. This fic is so much fun to read -- the way the characters play off each other. It's awesome.
htbthomas
Jun. 16th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
He certainly does! And each with their own particular aftertaste! ;)

It's a good thing! Better that than less and less, right? And I love character interaction, too. I hope it stays fun!
svgurl
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
This was great! I loved the update! And you said you wouldn't have it up.

I'm glad to hear Chloe existed in that world too. That's cool. I loved the interaction between SR!Lois and Clark though.

As they pulled chairs toward her desk, she regarded Clark with surprised appreciation. “Wow.”

“What?” Clark asked, highly uncomfortable under her gaze.

“It’s just…” She swallowed. “If my Clark had looked like you do back when we first met… I don’t think I would have ignored him for even one second…” She winked. Imra chuckled beside him.


At least this Lois appreciates him! ;) I love the idea of Clark blushing and being all embarrassed.

Excellent chapter! The last line was perfect. I can't wait to read all about the two Clarks interacting!
htbthomas
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, I thought the chapter was going to be twice as long! But I got the okay to split it in half (not that the second half is done, it's only started). So I guess it can be linked after all - though there's not as much Lois as I'd want in a "Lois themed" fic. :)

This Lois is a bit more bold, sort of what I imagine SV!Lois will become once she's Clark's secret-keeper. Plus, you know how she likes to tease Clark. ;)
becs1024
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I am ridiculously excited for the Meeting of the Clarks, and I don't care who knows it. :) And yay, the coolest part of Imra's power!
htbthomas
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
That's going to be fun!

Imra's power raises all sorts of interesting issues with the movieverse, doesn't it? ;)
autumnrae89
Jun. 16th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! \0/

Still denying the epicness?

Plus I get in line for the can't-wait-for-the-two-Clark's-to-talk line. :D

I expect SV!Clark will have to ask SR!Clark, "Why Lois?"

Did I mention WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?!!!!
htbthomas
Jun. 16th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Still denying epic. It might turn into mid-length. :O But I'm still tentatively ballparking 12-15K words.

:)
mary_v
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
LOL! That last sentence KILLED ME! Ok so you officially have the best concluding sentences, ever.
I am soo in love with this fic! I cannot wait for more!:DD
htbthomas
Jun. 17th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's my trademark, after all. I never feel like a chapter or story is finished without a good ending line. :)

More in about a week!
babettew54
Jun. 17th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! Space-time continuum is about to get all screwed up!! *LOL* I love this. And Lois flirting with 'younger' Clark will be in my brain for quite a while! *LOL*

It's not an epic! It's not an epic!! Ok, then!

We want more, please!:D
htbthomas
Jun. 17th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Can't you just see Margot (who is my movieverse Lois) doing that? She is such a tease. :D

More is coming! Just not a hundred thousand words worth of more. ;)
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elliania
Jun. 18th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love it! I would have love Lois (from Smallville) to follow, too, and I must admit I got a little disappointed at first, but then, the chapter was so nice, I didn't bother anymore. I adore what you're doing with this story and can't wait for the next chapter!!
htbthomas
Jun. 18th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
You know, I agonized over bringing Lois along. But in the end, there wasn't any good reason, and Querl would not have allowed it, for reasons I haven't told you yet. ;)

So I had to leave her behind. But she'll be back, I promise.

I'm glad that the rest changed your mind! Thanks for reviewing!
seacrystal
Jun. 21st, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Brainy and Imra are so crazy. I'd be dropping my jaw so far if someone green comes up to me and tell me they're from the 31st century blah blah. It's fortunate Lois simply dismissed them as such.

Hee! I love that part when Lois asked him what kind of Clark he was. :D She doesn't like... watches?

And now I'm also curious as hell what is it that Brainy has to tell Clark before they went into the Time Bubble!


htbthomas
Jun. 21st, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think Lois is used to a bit of weirdness in her life. She rolls with the punches! :) And having a watch to call Clark amused her. Why use a device when you can just whisper or shout? :D

You will find out what Brainy was going to say, I promise! But later. ;)
genclay
Jun. 21st, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
This is great!

I just found it and will be a:Dn avid reader from now on
htbthomas
Jun. 21st, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you in next parts!

Did you catch Part 6 after this?
lilyoftheval5
Jun. 23rd, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Clark immediately bent down to kneel in front of Jason. This wasn’t just his decision.
That was spot on; the very thing that makes Clark Superman.
Pity that Lois didn't get to go.
htbthomas
Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
One thing I like about Clark in general is his concern for everyone else.

And as for Lois, you don't know how I agonized about not bringing her along... seriously. I wanted to. But I just couldn't find a logical reason. And Querl in canon would never have allowed it either.

Thanks for coming over to read! *hugs*
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saavikam77
Jun. 29th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, man!! ^_^ I love the first meeting of SV Clark and SR Lois. XD She is *definitely* a force of nature. :p
htbthomas
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, I enjoyed writing that part a lot! Maybe he'll look at his own Lois in a different light...? :)
kalalanekent
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
*LOL* This chapter was absolutely awesome. Lois' instant attachment to Jason has been one of my favorite parts of the story. And seeing Jason reluctant to leave her? *heart breaks a little* And the look she gave Clark? Priceless!

Your Younger Clark's voice has been perfect throughout. His instinctive protectiveness of Jason isn't as obvious as Lois', but it's heart-warming nonetheless.

I could see the arrival back in the movieverse? Totally bought it. Completely. And Lois' reaction to Jason hanging on for dear life? Spot on, as was her reaction to the sudden weirdness.

And the flirting destroyed me. Absolutely beautiful. Is it wrong that I saw Margot doing this, even if TW is my Jason? Thankfully I can see him as both, removing the squick factor.

The man is now red head-to-toe. *snuggles him* And I have to say that I agree her. He is gorgeous.

And the very ending? XD That was totally for the win. I could SO seer SV Clark doing that.

*snickers and moves onward*
htbthomas
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I actually imagined Margot in this part, too. :D Or Margot's sassiness in Kate's body anyway. My movieverse images are a big mishmosh, really. I have to go now, but totally looking forward to the rest of your thoughts on this thing!
mark_clark
Aug. 9th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's too bad that Lois couldn't go with them but the timestream has enough problems as it is. So, it was just Jason and Clark.

Once in Jason's dimension, it didn't take him long to search for his mom and find her. Clark's reaction to seeing this dimension's Lois was perfect. She pretty much resembled his Lois except for being a tad bit older. I really loved the part about there being a Chloe there. She definitely will be relieved to learn that she exists in Jason's dimension.

I also enjoyed the end of the chapter when Clark arrived. He surely took things in stride when he met the Legionaires. Then there was Clark. Not much of a reaction but we will probably see one in the next chapter. But Clark's comment to him was perfect for the situation.
htbthomas
Aug. 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Lots of people were disappointed with Lois not coming along... but it just didn't make good story sense. My heart hurt when I made that decision. :(

Clark pretty much had his shock when he met Jason - but there are greater shocks to come! :D
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