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Title: Scion, 8/8
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 8: 1, 955 words
Betas: van_el, mark_clark
Summary: Chloe, Clark and Lois encounter a strange visitor… from another dimension.

Author’s Note: Been on vacation! Here’s the finale! And the news that the Legion will be coming to Smallville in season 8 makes me freak out about writing this story in the first place… Back around Part 3, van_el actually wanted to make a wager on whether the Legion would show up next season – he wanted me to turn this into an epic fic if they showed up in TV canon. But I wouldn’t take that bet. Whew, saved! ;)

Previously: Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 || Part 5 || Part 6 || Part 7

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Lois rocked her foot impatiently inside her heel. She and Chloe had only been back at the Planet for about thirty minutes – but it had taken them three hours to travel from the Fortress… to the caves in Smallville… back to Metropolis in Chloe’s car.

We should have just waited at that Ice Palace—Fortress thing—whatever… I mean, really, couldn’t Robot Boy have just returned Clark to the same moment in time that he’d left? Not to mention the fact that it would have taken Clark a matter of minutes to get them back here…

Lois started to watch the clock, even though she had been trying to avoid that all afternoon. Nearly quitting time. If they had waited, they would still be there now. Maybe freezing to death, too…

Why weren’t they back by now? Had something gone wrong? As the seconds ticked by, was she witnessing the end of her dimension as she knew it?

Lois dragged her eyes away, focusing instead on Chloe, who worked at her computer. She seemed unconcerned, except for biting the corner of her bottom lip the way she did when she was nervous.

Chloe had spent the drive filling Lois in on the last few years regarding Clark. It was amazing how much Clark and Chloe had managed to hide from all of them. And the drive had really helped her organize her thoughts on the whole thing. Intellectually, she understood all of their reasoning for keeping Clark’s background and powers secret… Personally, she thought it sucked.

Apparently, in Jason’s world, she was the one Clark trusted with this secret! And if she had been reading Querl and Imra’s comments correctly, his wasn’t the only world like that. What went wrong?

But then again, it made her a little nervous to consider a world like Jason’s. Sure, she’d be in the know… but then she’d also be married… to Clark! And mother… to Clark’s son! Hours after learning that information, Lois still wasn’t sure how she felt about it.

Granted, she and the farm boy might get along pretty well, there might have been a spark of chemistry there that one time with the lipstick… but he was just… he was too… hell, he was Smallville! She couldn’t deny that she was starting to view Clark in a different light, though…

A flash of light to the left startled her out of her thoughts, and drew her eyes. The light coalesced into the golden form of the Time Bubble. Finally!

It didn’t matter that the Bubble’s appearance in the middle of the Planet was causing shock and gasps of fear throughout the room – both she and Chloe leapt up from their chairs.

Imra stepped out of the Bubble first, her eyes glowing a strange shade of pink… but Lois zipped past her to tackle Clark in a hug, beating even Chloe to the punch. Clark oofed in surprise. His chest was hard as steel, but Lois didn’t care.

Lois suddenly realized what she had done and stepped back, awkwardly brushing her hair out of her face. “Welcome back, Smallville.” The Bubble vanished into thin air, leaving its occupants standing on the carpet of the bullpen.

Chloe threaded between them to hug Clark next. “Did everything go okay?”

Querl came around Clark’s other side, and both girls startled slightly. If he had seemed completely alien in the Fortress, he looked even more out of place here amidst the rows of office desks. “With Clark’s help, we were able to work together to defeat Mordru. The time stream has been restored in young Jason’s dimension.” He placed a robotic hand on Clark’s shoulder. “We were just in time.”

“Thank goodness,” Chloe sighed.

“Yeah,” Clark said, seeming to find his voice. He was staring strangely at Lois – she couldn’t really read the emotion behind his eyes. What had he seen in that other world to make him look at her that way?

Lois opened her mouth to ask, but Chloe spoke first. “Why is everyone frozen in place?”

Scanning the room herself, Lois noticed everyone’s eyes – except the five of them – were glowing the same odd pink as Imra’s. “That’s not shock… is it?”

Imra gestured around them calmly. “In their minds, these people see nothing out of the ordinary. It would be impractical to let them see us. When we leave, they’ll go back to normal, as if none of this happened.”

Querl nodded. “All Titanians can do this harmlessly.”

“She did the same thing back in Jason’s world,” Clark added.

She…? Lois frowned. As calm and benign as the girl appeared, the thought of a person, even a ‘superhero’ who could control minds was a bit disturbing. But Clark was seeming to accept it without a lot of fuss… “So…” she began, changing the subject. “What was it like there?”

“Did you get to meet the other Clark and Lois?” Chloe added with interest.

“Yes, I did.” Clark shrugged awkwardly. “It was… different. The other me is almost… larger than life. And people seem to love him there. And Lois…”

Lois held up her hands. “Wait! I don’t want to know!” Lois closed her eyes. “Just tell me one thing. Was she awesome?”

Lois opened one eye to see Clark’s smirk. “Of course she was. What do you think?” Turning to Chloe, he added, “And Chloe Sullivan was alive and well, though Lois hadn’t seen her in years.” That made Chloe grin.

“You are forgetting to tell them about the power you discovered, Clark.”

“Power?” Lois asked.

Chloe chimed in, “Did you finally…?”

“Well…” Suddenly, he was rising from the floor, hovering several inches from the ground.

“Whoa…” Lois managed.

“Oh, my God!” Chloe clapped her hands over her mouth in delight. Clark floated downward, blushing faintly.

Watching him easily display his superpowers in front of her, now that she’d had some time to think about everything, flipped a switch inside of Lois. This wasn’t just her flannel-wearing friend from Hicksville, USA. This was a person who she had known for four whole years without ever letting on that he could do all these amazing things. A person who had probably saved dozens of people – and maybe Lois herself – without taking any credit. What kind of person was he, really? The farm boy? Or this god-like alien? Lois suddenly wanted to know more. Much more. Starting with the people in front of her.

“So…” she said, turning toward the time travelers. “Now what? Are you going to have to leave… or can you answer some questions? It would be fascinating to know if there are disasters which might be prevent—”

“We must leave,” Querl cut in. “The longer we stay, the more likely that we will disturb the time stream here as well. Thus far the damage has been minimal.”

“Oh,” Clark said, seeming more disappointed than any of them. “Thank you for coming, then. And I’m sorry I didn’t listen earlier, when I had more time. I will try to remember everything you said.” He held out a hand to shake.

Querl took it, and held it fast, eyes widening in sorrow. “You’ve always been good about that.”

He shook Imra’s hand next, saying, “And thank you as well. I’ll never forget how you helped us.”

“Clark, thank you…” She smiled sadly, and lifted her hand to touch his cheek gently. “You don’t know what that means to me. It makes this so much harder…”

Clark’s eyes began to glow pink.

“Hey!” Lois pushed forward.

“What are you—?” Chloe gasped. Imra stunned them both with a look. With a touch of Imra’s gloved fingers to her own temples, Chloe’s eyes glowed eerily as well.

Lois found herself unable to move, unable to growl out a protest. Why are you doing this?! she raged inwardly.

I know this must rankle, Lois. But it is for the best. Imra’s voice rang in her mind, seeming to come from all directions.

Like hell it is! The three of us could do so much with this knowledge! We could be a team, righting the wrongs out there! Why would you take that away from us…!

Imra’s face grew even more sad. While this might be true, we cannot predict what kind of alteration might happen in your timeline. No, Lois… She took a small step closer, her magenta eyes shimmering in compassion. Clark must come into his destiny in his own time, and his own way. You must learn about Clark in kind, as well. The future shows this much, at least.

Why wait until the future… why waste any time!? This was ridiculous! Couldn’t she see that? Lois struggled mentally against her bonds to no avail. And why are you telling me all this, instead of Clark or Chloe!

Their lives will not be as greatly changed by ‘forgetting’ this day. I wished you to know why, if only for a few moments. Imra’s head tilted in thought. Tell me, Lois. Would you be as happy heading toward a future set on a fixed path? Or seeing a life filled with possibilities?

Imra didn’t let her answer… maybe she already knew… the world washed magenta and then went white.

- - - - -


Lois blinked and tilted back and forth on her heels. What in the world had she been thinking about just now? She’d been walking back to do something at her desk, and now she couldn’t remember what it was… Weird.

Lois lifted her eyes toward the clock. Still mid-afternoon. Plenty of time to figure it out before deadline…

“Uh…” a familiar voice sounded behind her, and she swiveled in alarm.

“Smallville! When’d you get here?”

“Just now. Coming by to… say hi…?”

“Hi.” He seemed as disconcerted as she was. It was going around or something. She called across the aisle. “Chloe! Did you know Clark was here?”

“No…” Chloe put a hand to her head, and then shook it. “Hi, Clark. You need help with something?”

“Not this time. Just in the neighborhood.”

Chloe smiled and began to type away at something on her computer again.

“Actually, Lois…” She looked up. Apparently he had remembered. “There’s something that you can help me with.”

“Oh?”

He darted a glance back at Chloe. “I’ve been thinking about what you said a couple weeks ago. About how I shouldn’t stay on the farm? Start trying to make a difference?” He shifted to block Chloe’s view. “I know that Chloe got her job back when Lex left the paper… do you think there are any positions open?”

“There’s always something,” she said, a grin starting to spread across her face. “I knew you’d see it my way!” Lois pulled an application out of her files, where she’d been saving it. “Are… are you trying to hide it from Chloe or something?”

“Well… I wasn’t the best reporter on the Torch staff, you know? I don’t know what she would think about me working here…”

“Oh, she’ll be thrilled, you know that.” Lois whapped Clark on the arm with the application before handing it to him. “What changed your mind?”

“I don’t know… I just realized that if I really wanted to go where the action was…”

“Plus, you’re here so much, they probably already think you work here,” she teased.

He laughed, his smile lighting his face. There was a confidence, a sense of purpose she hadn’t noticed before. Was it just making this decision that had caused the change? It was… attractive. She pushed the thought aside to examine later.

“You know, somehow I have this feeling you’ll get hired.” And strangely, she really did. She stood, sticking out her palm. “Welcome to the Planet.”

End.

Comments

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svgurl
Jul. 28th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful! What a perfect ending to an amazing story. I love the way you write Lois ... so true to SV!Lois. Same with Clark and Chloe.

Intellectually, she understood all of their reasoning for keeping Clark’s background and powers secret… Personally, she thought it sucked.

I could so see her thinking that! She'd know that it was for the greater good but she may still feel left out anyway.

It made sense that they had their memories wiped and I like Lois protesting but at the end, noticing Clark anyway.

Yay for Clark joining the Planet! Why can't you write for the show? It makes so much more sense in your fics.

And when I heard about the Legion, the first thing I thought about was you and your story. ;)

Anyway, fantastic work! I really loved it!
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's kind of strange now to me that I spent so many years thinking how hard it would be to write this version of canon. Who knew?

I'm really excited to see how they "Smallville-ize" the Legion next year. :)

And I have to give a little hint of Clois, right? ;)
babettew54
Jul. 28th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
That was awesome! Smallville has a lot going in this 'final' season! Amazing that the Legion is going to be on it! Guess I'll have to read up on them again!!

I really loved this fic! You really got the character interation down, totally meshed in my mind!! But oh, no, memory wipes!?? Brings back bad memories!! So much for both our Lois and Clark to think about, even before their minds were wiped! Lois is going to have to pull some strings to get Clark a job at the Planet. His resume must be pretty thin..!! Aw, well, we won't sweat the minor details. *hehe*

Thanks, Barb!!:D

Edited at 2008-07-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
It certainly does have a lot going on! I'm not sure how it will go, but I'm looking forward to it! :)

Yeah, memory wipes... it's totally canon, though. As much as we hated it in the movieverse, it's almost necessary here. Will they do it next year? Who knows?

I'm not sure how Clark'll get that job next year, either! Another thing to look forward to. ;)
laramoon
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Hee! This was so worth waiting for. :) Excellent ending to this story. :D Makes me wish they'd have episodes like this on the show. :happy sigh: Thanks for sharing!
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks! We can always hope for stuff like this... I always hold out hope, for some strange reason. :D

You're welcome!
kabuki_party
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I had a feeling you'd update this tonight! I liked the ending, and the story as a whole because I love it when different canons mix. Fun! This also reminds me of what's in store for the new season of Smallville..Lois and Clark at the planet, the two of them finally acknowledging they have feelings for each other. Also- at the SDCC, they writers said something about the "no tights, no flights" rule, that it was still "no tights" *grin* Did you see the trailer for the new season? Clarkinasuit,loisdrooling. SQUEEE!!!!!

also- have you seen the new episodes of psych? :)
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I finished it the night after I read the news! Just the kick in the pants I needed! :)

I tried to watch the trailer but it was too dark and shaky for me. I hope a better one comes out from the network soon!

I did see them! Cute and funny.
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becs1024
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
“Well…” Suddenly, he was rising from the floor, hovering several inches from the ground.

“Whoa…” Lois managed.

“Oh, my God!” Chloe clapped her hands over her mouth in delight. Clark floated downward, blushing faintly.


My heart = burst with joy. A very bittersweet ending, heavy on the sweet. This story was just a delight.

The Legion on Smallville (written by Geoff Johns) is going to be so weird. I'm very apprehensive. Can't you write the episode instead??
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!

Geoff Johns has done some great stuff, you know. Maybe it'll be good? *crosses fingers*
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professorjulia
Jul. 29th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
You know, when I heard about the Legion news, I gasped and said, "Scion! OMG, how did she know?!" Then I gasped and said, "She's from the future!!"

You are, aren't you? Tell me yes. Tell me that next year, we'll actually get to see this story. Because it was easily the best episode of Smallville, ever.

And I'm serious about that. :)
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
I am from the future! Shh. Don't tell. The Legion will come get me.

You are so awesome for saying it was the best. :)
seacrystal
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you actually pulled a mindwipe! Kinda reminds me of the Tempus episode, lol. And I love how Lois has saved the application for him, it's a bit like Lois in Birthright has taken away his resignation letter from the Planet before Perry saw it.

This has been a wonderful ride, Lois & Clark both on their way to greatness and happiness together. ;D

Thank you!
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I did! So far I've only had one reviewer upset about it (on ff.net). But it's happened in canon - so I felt I needed to do it here. :)

Thanks so much for all the reviews!
killingmytime
Jul. 29th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
That was great! I didn't comment before but now that it's completed I should tell you I think this is the first fic I actually read. The premise got me curious, and then the characters were written well, I mean as I was reading I could see them thinking/saying and doing everything that you put on the page. The story, the cliffhangers, the ending, everything was fantastic.
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! Your first fic of mine or first fic ever? That's very complimentary either way!

Thank you so much. *hugs*
autumnrae89
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
*Flails!!!*

AWW NO! I wanted Lois to remember. :( Guess this is probably how they are going to work it on SV as well.

I was having flashbacks to SMII when Lois was all dazed from the amnesia kiss when you described Lois going back and forth on her heels.

*Claps*

Love, love, love and more love for this fic.
htbthomas
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I honestly expected a lot more responses just like yours. But yeah, I totally expect SV to do that, too. If they don't, I'll be really surprised!

Thanks for the love! ♥
lilyoftheval5
Jul. 31st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
'But then again, it made her a little nervous to consider a world like Jason’s. Sure, she’d be in the know… but then she’d also be married… to Clark! And mother… to Clark’s son!'
That's our Lois. ;D Nicely put.

'Tell me, Lois. Would you be as happy heading toward a future set on a fixed path? Or seeing a life filled with possibilities?'
No brainer that one. It's one of the main reasons I believe that if Creator truly exists, neither she/he/it has any idea how it will all turn out. On a cosmic scale of course.

'“Welcome to the Planet.”'
*snickers* Was that intentional?


Thank you very much. The story wasn't what I expected, but it was in its own realm of awesomeness. I'm also glad that others enjoyed it too.
*lots of kisses* *lots of hugs*
htbthomas
Jul. 31st, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I believe in a Creator, and I think He gives us free will to explore all of those possibilities. Definitely not a predeterminist. But that's all another discussion! :D

Yes, that was intentional. ;)

Anyway, thanks for inspiring the story in the first place - even though I know it wasn't what anyone was expecting. It was a total spiral into weird places, and I enjoyed it way too much. *hugs and kisses back*
kalalanekent
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I... you...

ARGGGGGGGGG!

Dammit!

Woman!

*crosses arms and glares at you*

Okay, so I understand totally why she'd have to forget again, but still... *makes face, but bows to the ECQ* You've done it again!

This really was a wild ride and I feel sorry for those that stopped reading after the Legion stepped in. This is definitelky one of my favorite pieces by you now. All of the 'voices' were very clear, very individual, and very true. I'm so glad you decided to make this a multi-part.
htbthomas
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I knew you were going to react that way! I worried about you most of all... and believe it or not, I haven't had just a ton of negative reactions to it! *is surprised*

Yeah, I wish more people had hung in and gotten used to the Legion. Maybe a few more will give it a try later on. :)

Thanks for coming back to review all the chapters! *hugs and kisses*
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saavikam77
Aug. 8th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get to this sooner!

This was such a bittersweet ending! Poor Lois, learning all that and having no choice but to lose it. Seems so unfair. But I suppose Imra was right, in a way. I just hope Clark retains his ability to fly. :p

*applauds*

Wonderful series, hon. :)
htbthomas
Aug. 9th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, very bittersweet, I know... but I really felt this was the way to end it. Does Clark retain his ability? Well... I thought about adding a hint, but the two of them remember more about what happened than you'd think. :) Imra didn't take it ALL away. :)
mark_clark
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I figured that over time, Lois would start to form some kind of opinion on what has happened lately. Her emotional state is totally understandable since finding out about Clark, dealing with Jason and meeting a couple of time travellers. Also he thoughts on Clark changed as well.

When Clark returned, it sure was something to see Lois get to him first for a return hug instead of Chloe. I liked that.

Now that one timestream was fixed, that left one more. That meant Lois, Clark and Chloe would not remember what happened. I loved Lois' reaction to this because she really wanted to remember and be able to help people along side Clark and Chloe. But Imra was right in erasing their memories because their actions should not be dictated by advance knowledge.

I also liked the hints of attraction that Lois had for Clark after their mindwipe.

The ending was great. It looks like Clark may be working with the cousins at the Planet soon when his application gets accepted. Lois figures that it would and welcomed him to the paper.

Excellent job.
htbthomas
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Lois had a bit of time to work through everything - which was too bad, since she lost it all... or did she? In my mind, Imra left just a little bit of Lois and Clark's burgeoning feelings...
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