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Déjà Vu: Chapter 37: Heritage

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Déjà Vu

Chapter 37: Heritage

At the first sight of the Fortress of Solitude, Jason gaped in awe. Although this was Lois’ fourth visit, she felt a fresh sense of wonder at its sublime majesty, especially seeing it through her son’s eyes. She looked at her son’s little face, watching the fear and worry of before giving way to excited anticipation.

She could only imagine what he was thinking right now. The cool guy Mommy worked with, the superhero he had seen through almost immediately, and connected with deeply, was his father. Awe, worry and amazed disbelief had to be mixing together in his child’s mind. He had not questioned the truth, at least not aloud – not when all the adults important to him had confirmed it. But even if he had questioned it, the seismic shift he was experiencing inside must make the truth impossible to deny. Like the five-year-old’s version of Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation – I have powers, I must be his son – probably made the most sense.

They smoothly glided down through the immense dark crystal pillars, gracefully interweaving at unearthly angles. Seeing it again, she felt a vestigial sadness at its cold, crystalline beauty, now as dead as the world that spawned it. Lois turned her attention to Clark, his red cape rippling gracefully behind them as they descended. A look of deep sadness passed across his face and she knew he was heartsore about seeing this monument to his long-dead homeworld a shadow of its former glory. Did he feel another deep pang of hurt at the sight? Not only was he absolutely certain that Krypton was gone now, but his only link to it was gone as well… Her heart went out to him, as she watched him reaffix his mask of confidence for his son.

“Here we are, Jason.” Clark spoke in a quiet, cheerful voice, as he set them both down gently near the center of the structure. “This is where I learned where I came from.” His somber gaze traveled to the lifeless console. “Where I met my Kryptonian father for the first time.”

And the place where Jason was conceived, Lois thought with fierce pride. For some reason, it just felt right that this was the first place they’d brought their son after revealing his heritage to him.

“It’s so…” Jason seemed to search for the words. “…big. And cold…” He shivered, and Lois pulled him closer for warmth.

“I’m sorry… I wish I could make it warmer in here.” Clark gestured futilely over to the console. “After Lex Luthor stole the crystals, it just hasn’t been the same here.” He swallowed as if to push down his loss, and looked down at his son. “I could warm you up with heat vision, if you want.”

Jason’s eyes grew wide and he nodded quickly, eagerly. Lois watched Clark move the beam from her son’s feet to the top of his tousled head, the air rippling with heat as it traveled upward. The overflow warmed her just enough as well. And this time, there was not even a hint of eroticism in the gesture… instead, it felt almost like a warm blanket enveloping the two of them.

Jason shivered again, and she was sure it wasn’t from the cold by the faint smile that lit his small face. He then looked around again, more carefully. “So how did you find this place? Did you land here or something?”

“Well, it’s kind of a long story… My parents, the Kents, told me that they had found me and adopted me, that I was different. They warned me to be careful. But they didn’t tell me just how they found me.” As Clark talked, he slowly led them through the wide chamber toward the console, faintly illuminated by a shaft of natural light in the darkness. “After my father died, I found a green crystal…” He paused, remembering, “It somehow… called to me. I knew I had to take it up north. When I got here, I tossed it well away from me, into the snowy plain.” With a small smile that just touched the corners of his mouth, he added, “And this is what grew from that tiny ‘seed.’

“I’ve never really spent much time here… except right after it was created. This is where I learned all about my heritage.” He stepped with them onto the console dais. “There was a vast store of knowledge contained in the crystals here…” His face turned grave and sorrowful once again, and he traced the edges of one of the empty slots, lost in thought.

Jason looked absolutely awestruck with the sight of the gleaming device, even as dead as it was. He slowly reached a tentative hand toward it, and then flinched back. “Is it okay for me to touch it?” He looked back at his father questioningly.

Clark simply nodded.

As Jason gently touched the sides, standing on tiptoe to peer into the empty holes, Clark continued. “I wish that you could have seen my Kryptonian father’s image. Jor-El was quite impressive. A little bit stern and frightening, actually. But he had so much to teach me.” Clark began to settle a hand on Jason’s shoulder, possibly unsure of whether his touch would be welcomed, but going ahead anyway. Jason’s attention was completely riveted to the alien technology, and he didn’t react at all. “I hope I can be as helpful as he was in explaining all about Krypton.”

Full of unnamed emotions, Lois stayed silent, wanting to give Clark and Jason as much time to bond as possible. It was amazing to see them together, all barriers down, all secrets laid bare. To her eyes, it was almost as if a glow surrounded them, like a soft focus filter on an old Technicolor movie…

Wait a second.

That’s not just my imagination…
There was a dim, unnatural glow, growing stronger by gradations, at the base of the console. The same glow she had imagined seeing the last time she was here.

Lois stepped closer, unconsciously putting her hand on the side of the device. Suddenly, the light from within doubled, then tripled in intensity, and Clark grimaced, placing a hand to his temples.

“Ahh…” he groaned slightly, wincing. He stepped back, as if to distance himself from the now fully illuminated console, shining in the shadows.

“What’s wrong?” Lois asked, turning away from the console and worriedly placing a hand on his arm. She didn’t spare another moment to wonder why the console was behaving so strangely. Any time Clark felt any sort of pain, she was immediately concerned.

“I don’t know…” His eyes pressed together briefly and he shook his head. “It’s like a psychic… shout…” He pinched the bridge of his nose and frowned.

At the same instant, out of the corner of her eye, Lois noticed Jason bending down slowly, as though spellbound. When she turned back to him, she saw his hand outstretched, its movement assured and confident this time, toward a bright point of light on the face of the console. Before she could warn him to be careful, she watched as his index finger, almost in slow motion, merged with the spot, creating a dazzling fractal beam that spread in all directions…

When her eyes readjusted, Jason was standing before them, trembling, with a vivid green crystal cradled in his palm. A hidden panel seemed to be closing, the edges blending back into the surface of the device. In a small voice, Jason apologized, “It seemed to call me…”

With an air of extreme shock and reverence, Clark lifted the emerald crystal from his son’s hand, while Lois hugged Jason to her side.

“I thought this was gone forever… that Luthor took them all…” He momentarily closed his eyes again, obviously overwhelmed, and then opened them only to fix them on the object he was holding as though it were a treasure. He stayed frozen in place for a few endless moments, staring into the heart of the crystal as if trapped there.

“Um, Clark…” Lois cleared her throat gently. She released Jason and touched his shoulder tenderly. “What if we… put it into the console?”

He started out of his fugue state, giving her a startled, slightly sheepish smile, and then gingerly tilted the precious gemstone into the middle slot. It settled in with a slight click.

“My son.”

At the sound, light – cold, beautiful white light – grew, radiating outward from the console, until the whole of the vast structure was transformed from a chill tomb to a place of luminescent warmth.

Lois and Jason both jumped as the deep, penetrating voice echoed in the cavernous room. Beside her, Clark gave a gasp of relief that sounded almost like a sob. Lois looked up into the splendor of the tall, leaning pillars above. She was met with the image of a white-haired, lined, but handsome visage of the man she could only assume was Clark’s father, Jor-El. She had only seen his mother, Lara, the time before.

The phantom locked eyes with Clark, whose vibrant blue eyes were sparkling with tears, and they nodded in mutual recognition. “Father,” Clark greeted, his voice soft with emotion.

Then the regal head tilted downward and pierced the eyes of her little boy. “My grandson.”

Lois shivered. Jason trembled beside her, caught in the patriarch’s gaze, and she wrapped an arm protectively around his shoulders again. How did he know? Some sort of DNA recognition? But then how did Luthor manage to access the information…?

“Kal-El, the father crystal has responded to the blood of the House of El. In the event of a cataclysmic data loss, this crystal was stored within the apparatus, in a state of hibernation,” Jor-El’s image intoned.

A backup system, she thought, almost giddy with all of these strange experiences. Somehow, the crystal had responded to their combined touch.

The relief seemed to radiate from Clark in waves. His voice growing stronger, he replied, “I am very glad to see you again, Father. I was afraid I would never…” He stopped and shook his head, seeming to decide it didn’t matter now. “Father, as you must already know, this is my son, Jason.” Smiling down on him, he placed a hand on Jason’s shoulder, more firmly his time. “And his mother, Lois Lane, my…” He paused to look into her eyes, and then held out his other hand to her. “My soulmate.”

Lois gave him a shining smile as she took his hand, feeling a frisson of pleasure as his fingers wrapped around her small hand and his words echoed in her mind and heart.

“The system has detected that the boy is indeed your progeny.” Jor-El’s voice was grave. “I would not have imagined this was possible when we sent you here to Earth.”

Lois stiffened. Was that a faint bit of disdain she detected in his voice? The chill of respectful fear that had filled her when he first spoke was replaced with affronted anger.

Clark squeezed her hand. He must have detected her heart rate rising. “I never imagined it, either… but I am thrilled that it was possible. I am not the Last Son of Krypton after all.” Another warm smile suffused his features at the last statement, and he turned his azure gaze on Jason as he spoke, eyes full of pride and love.

Suddenly, another ghostly voice echoed through the enormous room. “Kal-El, the choices you made five years ago have had farther reaching effects than even I imagined.” The form of Clark’s mother, Lara, appeared in the crystal beside Jor-El, her golden beauty a contrast to his somber whites and grays.

“Mother.” Clark nodded in greeting. “It’s true. I regret some of the choices that I made back then. Trying to balance my personal needs with the needs of the world – this has always been a terrible struggle for me. So much that I abandoned the planet you sent me to protect in order to go chasing after shadows.”

As he spoke, his tone and words more formal than she ever remembered hearing from him before, the pitch of his voice grew deeper and sterner. “I thought I had to give up the one to have the other. First, I gave up my abilities to be with my true love, with almost disastrous results. Next, I obliterated her memory of the event and tried to become fully Kryptonian, even going so far as to go searching for our homeworld.”

Clark’s voice resonated in his chest, and he emphasized the next part carefully. “Now that I’ve returned, I see it was a fallacy to believe it is ever as clear-cut as that. You made me believe that I had to choose either ‘powers’ or ‘love.’” Slipping his arms around them, Clark drew both Lois and Jason closer to him. “In my son, and his mother, I see new possibilities.

“I tried to follow your rules, but I found that I could not. I need my family around me, supporting me. Only then will I be able to go on ‘saving the world.’ Power must be tempered by love.”

Lois had been watching Clark with mingled surprise and admiration during his speech, but now she turned to the faces reflected in the crystal structure. Jor-El’s face seemed even graver, while Lara’s was thoughtful. She hoped that the two would release him from the rigorous duty to which they had bound him, as she held their little silent, frozen-with-awe proof between them.

Clark continued, “I plan to be a father to my son in every way possible… and I will not give up my love of his mother.” He tightened his arms around them and stopped there, waiting bravely for some response to his strong remarks.

“Kal-El,” his father began.

Lois braced herself, ready to fly to her love’s defense in a heartbeat.

“You have made your decision, and I can see you will not be swayed.” Then, for the first time, the severe voice gentled. “The instructions we gave you were guidelines, my son, to safeguard the fragile Earth and its people, to prevent your powers from inadvertently causing harm or chaos. They were also there so that you would have some boundaries and guidance as you grew into and assumed your powers.”

“Excuse me,” Lois called to him sharply, unable to keep silent any longer. Jor-El tilted his head toward her, and arched an eyebrow. She stepped out of the protective circle of Clark’s embrace. “Don’t you think it’s a little unreasonable to expect C— Kal-El to follow the rules of a long-dead people?” She felt strange arguing with an artificial construct, but she would not hold her tongue. “He has lived here almost his entire life, was raised here… and now he has a family here!”

Lara smiled, possibly recognizing a kindred spirit in Lois. “Of course, some of these guidelines no longer apply now that you are fully mature, Kal-El. You are obviously intimately linked with Earth now.”

Jor-El’s tone, though not disapproving, now sounded somewhat… resigned. “I hope that your son will bind you even more strongly to the Earth and its people, so that you will never think of leaving it again.”

“I will not,” Clark affirmed with a brilliant smile of relief.

“It seems that you have found a remarkable woman in Lois Lane. She has won your love and produced a beautiful son.” Lara turned her twinkling eyes on Lois. “On behalf of the House of El, I welcome you as a daughter.”

“Thank you.” Lois spoke to Lara’s image, but looked into the eyes of Jor-El, who remained silent. He pressed his lips together, but nodded in acknowledgment. There was a solemn pause.

Lois figured that, at this point, Clark would begin to guide Jason through his history, now that the knowledge stored in the crystals had been miraculously restored to him. But instead, Clark lightly turned her toward him, taking both of her hands in his. “Lois, I’ve told you that I will never leave you again. I promise you that with all that I am. But if I’m going to have a relationship with you, the mother of my child, I’m finally going to do this the right way.”

Lois froze, almost unable to comprehend what was happening. He let go of her hands, and reached behind him inside his cape. “Here, in front of our son, and my parents, I want to ask you…” When he brought his hands forward again, nestled within was a sparkling band of gold. Her heart pounded as Clark’s eyes met hers.

“Will you marry me?”

Next: Chapter 38: Written

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mark_clark
Jan. 20th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
The moment of truth had arrived for young Jason, his first visit to the Fortress of Solitude. His reaction to the structure was not unexpected especially being a young boy. It appeared that as Clark explained things to both him and Lois, Jason began to accept that he was different. That was a good thing especially with all the changes that have happened around him lately.

I thought it was neat to see Jason ask how Clark got to Earth and he thought that he first arrived in the Fortress. It was interesting how Clark told both Jason and Lois about how the Fortress came into being and what he had learned from his father after that had taken place.

Jason was amazed at what he was seeing and learning from his father. But what happened next I found fascinating. Jason found a green crystal that when finally used, brought the Fortress back to life again. I never really cared for the console being destroyed and the FoS being without power. Your explanation of the crystal being found was great and the return of both of Clark's biological parents fit in with what was going on wonderfully.

Lois and Jason's reaction to seeing Jor-El and Lara was exactly how I pictured it would be. I really liked how you had Jor-El as stern figure while Lara was a little more down to earth. I enjoyed seeing Clark talk to his parents about the events that lead up to why he, Lois and Jason were there. He did a wonderful job of taking responsibility of his actions and being committed to his new family. This part of the story reminds me of some of the things that Clark went through on Smallville concerning his father. Plus, Lois sticking up for Clark was great and totally in character. It was nice how Lara welcomed Lois into the family and think both her and Clark appreciated it.

But the final part was the most amazing when Clark proposed to Lois. I never saw that one coming, but it's a nice surprise. It will be interesting to see how Lois answers and Jason's reaction to it.
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
It appeared that as Clark explained things to both him and Lois, Jason began to accept that he was different.

He is starting to accept things, true. But it won't be an overnight change. Eventually he'll become the Jason of Christmas Times Five. :)

Your explanation of the crystal being found was great and the return of both of Clark's biological parents fit in with what was going on wonderfully.

I was waiting to do this for such a long time. It was a relief, completely, to post it finally.

But the final part was the most amazing when Clark proposed to Lois. I never saw that one coming, but it's a nice surprise.

HEE! I love surprising people! Only one person other than betty knew that was coming, and she didn't find out until this week! As I told you on chat, the reasons for Clark's sudden proposal will be explained next chapter. :)
mr_beeto
Jan. 20th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's great to see the family coming together at the FOS, and I'm particularly relieved that Kryptonians realize the importance of backups. :) It was a great family reunion there, with three generations of the House of El.

Nice surprise ending, too. I wasn't expecting that so soon.

Good job.
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm particularly relieved that Kryptonians realize the importance of backups.

I wondered what you would think about that. Your fic is the only one I've read that really delves into restoring the Fortress. (Of course, I haven't read them all). When you did yours, I thought. Neat! But thank goodness it's different than what I plan to do! 'Cause I would hate to feel like I was copying you.

Yeah, the surprise is a surprise to Lois as well!
jenna_knight
Jan. 20th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved this chapter. I think the DNA recognition was really an interesting spin. I love that even though Lara and Jor-el are gone, the technology allows them to process new information and recognize that they have a grandson.

Kal-el is not the last of Krypton. That has to be a relief to them, but I also like that Jor-el was a bit skeptical. I think that's exactly how I would imagine it.

I can't even comprehend what must be going through Jason's mind right now. He must be overwhelmed with this new information about being the son of Superman as well as the experience of the Fortress.

I just melted when he called Lois his soulmate. And I about DIED at the end. Another evil cliffie. But I have a feeling that Lois will say yes *wink*.

Did you get my comments? Sorry it took me a little longer than I thought last night.
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I think the DNA recognition was really an interesting spin. I love that even though Lara and Jor-el are gone, the technology allows them to process new information and recognize that they have a grandson.

In Superman II (both versions), Kal-El was able to have full conversations with the artificial constructs, along with being able to process new information. So I based this scene with them on that. And it was fun to have both parents together, too.

I can't even comprehend what must be going through Jason's mind right now.

Poor thing. A lot. But most of it is just information overload. He's okay. :)

I did get your comments. And thanks! Sorry, I didn't email back... but I made the changes, they're in there with all of the other edits. *hugs*
bistyboo1974
Jan. 20th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
“Will you marry me?”

*faints dead away*

Oh, dear! The ultimate cliffie! O_O

“Now that I’ve returned, I see it was a fallacy to believe it is ever as clear-cut as that. You made me believe that I had to choose either ‘powers’ or ‘love.’” Slipping his arms around them, Clark drew both Lois and Jason closer to him. “In my son, and his mother, I see new possibilities.

New possibilities. *sighs* I love it. LOVE. IT.

This was such a great chapter. I don't even know where to begin! Jason being the 'key' to bringing life back to the Fortress was beautiful. Clark's pledge to Lois, spoken in the presence of his parents and child...it made my heart nearly burst!

Jeez, this was so wonderful! But am I going to be able to survive the waiting period between now and the next installment?? I need to know Lois is going to say YES!! *bites nails*

htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Jason being the key... that was one of those complete flashes of light that you get... you know? Only thing was, I had it months ago! I had to wait all this time to use it.

And Clark proposing in front of his parents was one of those, too. :) Glad you liked!

You can wait, hon. I promise it'll be worth it... although I can't promise that the cliffie at the end of THAT one will be any better.
ancarett
Jan. 20th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
That was an amazing installment. I loved your spin on the crystal situation (very important) and the whole series of conversation. And what a joyful cliffhanger!
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
The crystal situation! Isn't it fun to try to figure out what to do with that? I like your ideas, too.

Hey, that's true - joyful, not evil!
oldromantic
Jan. 20th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! *happydance*

Will be back later with more comprehensive thoughts when I'm able to form, you know...thoughts. :P

*goes off dancing*
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
You know, this is the second chapter in recent memory that has made you speechless. Please come back!! No!! ;)

*big kisses*
kabuki_party
Jan. 20th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
*heart swells*
That was a GREAT chapter! You captured the emotions of it perfectly. I love Clark in this, in fact of all your chapters I think it's the most Superman-esque scene yet- the way he carefully chooses his words, how suddenly regal he becomes. *shrugs* sounds silly, but eh. and I swooned like a little schoolgirl at the end, especially with the "I want to do this right, In front of our son, and my parents.." *sigh* he really is that wonderful, isn't he?
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I was trying really hard to make the scene between Clark and his parents sound Superman-like. Great! The language is much more formal whenever he is there, or when Jor-El is speaking.

Yes, Clark really is that wonderful!
sean_montgomery
Jan. 20th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Well, good gravy and potatoes! What a chapter this was! Full of discovery and joy and romance and... phew! I don't even know where to begin!

I'm glad the questions I had about the console finally got answered. ; ) I had a feeling it would involve the entire family, and I love how you brought it together here. Legacy collides in this chapter - Jor-El and Lara see their son again, Kal-El has tremendous relief at seeing them again, while making his point about his place on earth, and Jason gets to see the side of his family that makes him unique. I can only imagine the thoughts running through his head - I wonder if relief is mixed with awe here...?

And that cliffe? Pure E.V.I.L. Completely and totally E.V.I.L. As in, I was flailing in my seat, running around the room in circles kinda E.V.I.L. And I can't wait to see what her answer is going to be. : )

Awesome chapter, Barb! Can't wait for the next!

Now to get to that Super!Review...
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
I almost called the chapter Legacy because of the reasons you mentioned, but it reminded me of another fic out there... lol.

And Jason? What a trip, huh? Like a crash course on Krypton.

And E.V.I.L. is in my name, right? I live to please.
alphielj
Jan. 20th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I think we all kind of guessed taht somehow Jason would "turn on" the crystals or something, but I don't think anyone saw the proposal coming! WOW! And so help me, if she says no then I will personally reach through the computer and SLAP her! LOL!

I loved the way Jor-El responded to Jason as a member of the House of El. You know how badly that went off in my own fic. Now that I read your version of things, I almost wish I had done something nice like this. Oh well. Someone has to be the mean one in the fandom. That way I can enjoy the nice fics.

My favorite part, though, was Lois observing father and son together for the first time. I've been tempted to do something like taht in my own story once all the trouble has past. Lois watching an adult Jason talking to Clark about something Kryptonian or having to do with powers is just so appealing to me. Considering how much I liked the comment in this chapter, I very well just might.
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Nope, only one person knew the proposal was coming until this week, when I told one of my betas. A definite surprise, right?

You know, it's funny, I had to fight myself to keep the Jor-El and Lara scene from being angsty. I wanted some happiness here!

And I'm glad that you liked Lois noticing the two. I look forward to seeing that in yours!
ellalou73
Jan. 20th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Alright ready for review two. Again I'm really glad to see that they brought Jason here after what he had gone through. I felt bad for Clark as I did in the movie when he landed and found that the Fortress was dead to him.

I kind of hoped that something would happen to bring it back and I thought it was wonderful that Jason was the one who with his father was able to bring the Fortress back to life, kind of like what happened with the first one.

I always figured that Jor-El would kind of dissaprove at first of his son's involvement with an earth woman. He's always seemed a little arrogant, and I don't mean that in a bad way he just doesn't get it. I did like the fact that he acknowledged Jason as his grandson and that he knew.

Lois sticking up for the man she loved was touching, and I cheered for her on that. She's not going to let Jor-El belittle her family and I also liked her interaction with Lara, and that the two of them seemed kindred spirits.

He asked her to Marry him, what a way to end the chapter. I had a big grin on my face when I realized what you were doing with that. Alright go write more I have to know what happens next.

Ella
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
I thought it was wonderful that Jason was the one who with his father was able to bring the Fortress back to life, kind of like what happened with the first one.

I was going for that - just as Clark created the first one with the green crystal, Jason helped to activate the first one.

He's always seemed a little arrogant, and I don't mean that in a bad way he just doesn't get it.

That's completely true. He doesn't understand Earth ways, he seems above them. But Clark is as much a product of Earth as Lois is, and he doesn't hold to the exact same tenets.

Lois sticking up for them. :) She wouldn't be Lois if she didn't!

What happens next will be coming soon... maybe a week. Maybe less.
elliania
Jan. 20th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Beautiful chapter m'dear! It was so touching when Clark realise than his forteress is still "working"! Thanks to Jason! The kid must be a little bit lost in all that adult conversation, though! ^^

And the ending! Again, your ending is fabulous! And the way he called Lois 'My Soulmate'! Awww! Simply beautiful!!

::love::
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
I think Jason is definitely overwhelmed here! Poor thing. But he'll be okay.

The "My Soulmate" line is very popular! It made me shiver writing it, so I had high hopes.

Thanks again!
cyranothe2nd
Jan. 20th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
I like everyone, melted when Clark called Lois his soulmate. Awwww...
Loved Jor-El's reaction to Jason and to Lois. A little disapproving, a little stern, but still basically accepting. He would have been a wonderful father.
Lara's little interpay with Lois was cute. I wonder if it was Lara that turned Jor-El's hair grey? :D
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Yay! Someone likes Jor-El's disapproval! lol. I enjoyed writing that bit. Lara turning his hair gray? *snort* Maybe so!
kalalanekent
Jan. 20th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
And there it is, ladies and gentlemen, the infamous proposal!

Such a beautiful and visual chapter, B. You perfectly captured a moment I'm looking forward too, as well. I loved their arrival at the Fortress, most especially Jason's wide-eyed wonder over all of it. The way you've handled Jason's journey of discovery as to whose child he is has been wonderful. He's a smart boy and this was the best way to handle it, even if the telling him was difficult.

LOVE that Jason was the one to find the crystal. Most especially the way it happened. "It seemed to call me." Beautiful.

*LOL* over the introductions. Perfect characterization on both Jor-El and Lara. Applause to Kal-El for making his intentions baldly clear. He's going to have both, there's no point in arguing about it. Lois had to speak up and good for her! As long as I live, I'll have respect for Jor-El, but I'll never like him.

The proposal was just perfect. And you worried at Christmas. I love your version. *hugs*

Excellent work as always, bar none. Yay, B! Can't wait to see what happens next.
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Infamous? Only to you guys! You were the only ones who knew Clark would propose at the Fortress - not even betty knew until this last week.

The way you've handled Jason's journey of discovery as to whose child he is has been wonderful.

Thanks! I worried over this so much. It's nice to see it come to fruition.

And it's great to hear that you approve of my Jor-El and Lara! You're one of the authors I totally trust on this subject.
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mithah
Jan. 20th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Whoa! Now here's a cliffhanger I don't mind! I was totally not expecting a proposal to come out of this! But it's about time, huh?

I was also totally not expecting Jason to "reactivate" the Fortress--regardless of my surprise, it felt so right.

I loved, loved, LOVED Lara giving Lois her blessing into the House of El (sounds kinky, hehe); talk about one seriously out-of-this-world family reunion! Despite the chilly nature of the Fortress, this was one way heartwarming chapter. I got happy chills when Clark called Lois his soulmate. :)

I hope Jason's holding up all right; and Richard, too--I can't believe it, but I'm actually worried about the guy and what the ramifications of a "super" engagement might do to him...but hey, it had to happen sooner or later! We all know Lois and Clark are meant to be. Aw, yeah! Bring on the next chapter!

Cheers!
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Definitely a few surprises in here, aren't there?

Yeah, Lara is one of the good things about the Lester version of Superman II. Loved her. And she just seemed like she should be the one. Tempering Jor-El's sternness and all that.

Jason's overwhelmed, but okay. Richard? Poor thing, I know. Sigh.
sunlike
Jan. 21st, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
*gasp* That was definitely a surprise! :O

clark taking Lois and Jason to the Fortress to show his son their heritage and the recuparation of the crystals... and the cherry on the top of the cake: the marriage proposal!

Lovely! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 21st, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Definitely a surprise-filled chapter. I'm glad it did that for you!

Thank you for continuing to read and review!
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