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Déjà Vu

Chapter 38: Written

Lois stood before Clark in shock, a million emotions and thoughts tumbling through her mind. Clark, his blue eyes bright and hopeful, waited with an air of quiet expectation. His palm was still held out toward her, gold band glittering in the light from the console. To the side, Jason was standing quietly, wide-eyed. Jor-El and Lara’s images were still as well – paused, possibly… but it felt as if the entire chamber waited with held breath. Through the turmoil of feelings, a tiny voice whispered to her, almost too quiet to hear, Say Yes! She tried to open her mouth… she needed to say something… anything…

“What?”

A small smile turned up the corner of Clark’s mouth, and he repeated, “Will you marry me, Lois?”

Lois blushed with embarrassment. “Oh, yes, I know… I didn’t exp—I’m just… It’s so…” A little louder, the inner voice called to her again, Say Yes! She swallowed and looked around at everyone. “I’m just surprised, that’s all.”

A slight flush stained Clark’s cheeks as well. “I surprised myself, actually. My mother – I mean, my adoptive mother – knew I was thinking about it… I hope she doesn’t throttle me for asking you before she’s gotten the chance to meet you… but with the Fortress restored, I knew I had to ask now.”

She was amazed again at how easily he could surprise her. Say Yes! insisted the inner voice. “It’s… wow. I mean, Richard and I just…” Lois’ eyes drifted toward Jason again. If I feel shell-shocked right now, I can only imagine how he’s feeling… Jason met her questioning gaze with a quizzical look of his own. Worriedly, she continued, “It’s only been a few days. People at work – what will they think? I mean, Perry knows, but just imagine the watercooler conversation! And we just told Jason about it… and…” She realized she was babbling and stopped suddenly. With a serious look, Lois added, very slowly, “With all the talk about me and Superman… it would be awfully odd-seeming, don’t you think?”

Clark’s face fell. His fingers gently closed around the shining ring, and he began to retract his hand. Lois reached out to catch his wrist. Say Yes! “I didn’t say no…”

He brightened quickly, and looked back at her with an eager, hopeful expression once more.

“I’m sure we can figure something out… after all, when has this relationship ever played by the rules?”

But once again, Lois’ eyes were drawn to Jason. This isn’t a decision I can make alone… She crouched down beside him, taking his hands in hers. He looked back at her in that lost little boy way he had, the one that made her want to gather him into her arms and shield him from every kind of pain. But she pushed through her anxiety, her heart fluttering madly, and asked softly, “Kiddo, you’ve found out so much in such a short time, haven’t you?” Jason nodded, biting his lip. “Clark and I love each other very much. If we didn’t, you wouldn’t be here now. But, I don’t want us to do anything that would make you upset. What do you think about all this?”

Jason stared at her intently a moment, then turned his eyes up to Clark, who was looking like he was trying not to shift nervously from foot to foot. Then Jason gazed at the still forms of Jor-El and Lara, before finally coming back to Clark and Lois again. Lois desperately tried not to interrupt his solemn contemplative gaze – so like his father – but it was difficult, as anxiously as she awaited his answer.

He took a breath. “Mommies and Daddies should be married,” he stated firmly, lifting his chin.

Lois pulled him into a tight hug, tears springing to her eyes. “Yes, they should.” She pulled back to cover his cheeks in kisses, as he faintly smiled and wrinkled his nose. Say yes! The insistent mental voice grew louder. Still kneeling at Jason’s side, she turned her face up to Clark. “We’ll have to hide it for months…”

Clark’s face remained serious but the intense feeling lurking in those deep blue eyes reflected his heartfelt happiness. Then he smiled with amusement, fending off her weak arguments easily. “How is that any different than what we’ve always done?”

“We’ll have to find an apartment…”

He shrugged. “I know a guy...”

“And Richard…”

That silenced him for a moment, and she smoothed Jason’s hair idly before standing again. Then Clark spoke, voice low. “I know – it’ll be hard on him. We can hide it from him as well…”

“And that went so well the last time,” she added self-deprecatingly. “He’s probably expecting it, just not so soon…” And with that, she had countered her last argument.

Clark seemed to sense she was out of ammunition as well. “So, Lois…?”

Say yes! Say yes! Say… “Yes,” she exhaled, “I’ll marry you, Clark.”

Lois was in his arms so fast that her head started to spin. He tilted her backward slightly as he seized her lips between his own, kissing her thoroughly. The feel of his firm chest and strong arms embracing her so powerfully as he kissed her made the room spin even faster.

A giggle sounded beside them, and they broke apart. Jason stood there, a small hand covering his mouth, his eyes practically dancing with merriment, and she felt a mixture of relief and embarrassment. Of all the reactions he could have had…

Lois stepped back expectantly, and held out her hand toward Clark. It hovered in the air a moment, and she frowned when he didn’t grasp it in response. “Isn’t this where you slip that pretty thing on my…” Her words trailed off as she suddenly noticed that the ring was plain gold… no diamond… She gave Clark a puzzled look, dropping her hand to her side.

Clark smiled sheepishly, and then turned serious as he began to explain. “There’s more. I love you, Lois, more than anything. If we hadn’t been so rash the first time, if I hadn’t left in a fit of brooding…”

She touched his arm, consolingly, “Now, Clark…”

He shook his head decisively. “Let me finish. If things had been different, if I had committed to you the way I should have in the first place, then we might have already been married for a few years. No broken hearts, no lives in a shambles.” The regret was naked in his eyes.

Lois felt a wave of compassion for her tortured hero. “We were young, in love, not really thinking things through, Clark. No one could blame us if they really knew the whole story.”

“I could, Lois. And so, I have to ask you again.” He took up her hand where it rested at her waist, and asked again, “Will you marry me?” His eyes turned positively soulful. “Right now?”

Her mouth dropped open in shock. “Right… now…?”

Clark pulled her close against him, running a tender hand down the line of her jaw. “I want for us to be together, completely – mind and body, heart and soul,” he said in low, husky voice. “I wouldn’t be able to do that unless I make the ultimate commitment to you.” She shivered, enthralled by his nearness, his words. Somehow it didn’t matter that everyone, including their son, was watching them. “A marriage of the heart, witnessed here in front of my family. It would be just as legally binding on Krypton as the sealed scrap of paper we would get in Metropolis.”

He backed away then, to give her space, and her arms ached to continue their closeness. Clark went on, his tone growing more even, more reassuring. “But if you want to wait, we’ll wait. We’ll date, and we’ll ‘get engaged’ and we’ll plan a wedding, and marry in front of all of our friends and family. I’ll help you find a good place for you and Jason to live, and I’ll look forward to the day when I can move in with you, to be your husband…” He paused, eyes pregnant with meaning, “…in every way possible.”

Is there some sort of subtext that he can’t easily voice with Jason standing right there? Lois murmured under her breath, “So help me understand. Are you saying that we can’t be… together… unless we’re married?”

He nodded, apologetic resolve in his eyes.

“Of all the noble… crazy… old-fashioned…” she grumbled. It was times like this that she marveled that she had somehow overlooked the farm boy inside the hero. As she shook her head with bemusement, the little voice came back again. Say yes!

Aloud, Clark stated consolingly, “I’ll wait as long as you need… you need to be sure this is the right step for you. No matter what you decide, my pledge to you will be the same now as it will be one hundred years from now.” And then he stepped close to her again, taking her in his warm arms. Bending down, he breathed in her ear, “But it will take every ounce of my superhuman strength to stay away from you.

“Oh, yes…” she shuddered, almost overwhelmed by her own ecstatic response to this hint of his desire. She blushed again with embarrassment. “I mean…”

He waited patiently, and she knew, as she titled her head to look up into those azure eyes, full of love unending, that there was no other way she could answer.

“Yes, Clark. Let’s get married. Right now.”

“You’re sure?” he rumbled softly.

She started to make some sort of snarky remark… But for once, nothing came to mind. Only this man was capable of breaking down her defensive walls so completely. “Yes, I’m sure. You’re right. We’ve wasted enough time already,” she told him matter-of-factly, but the fluttering of her heart betrayed her nervousness.

He squeezed her hand reassuringly, his face glowing with profound happiness. Then he looked down at little Jason. “Do you mind holding this, Jason?” Clark held the ring out to his son.

Jason shook his head, grinning slightly. He held both hands out, cupped to receive the ring. Clark placed it inside them gently.

“I don’t have a ring for you, Clark…” she murmured. “I wouldn’t even know what to get you… I don’t suppose you…?” She arched an eyebrow questioningly at him.

He smiled tenderly, and then reached into his cape again. The ring he produced was an exact replica of hers, just larger. He settled it into Jason’s waiting hands beside hers.

Then Clark turned to the images of his parents, who were still, expectant, and intoned as if following an ancient script, “Father, Mother, I come before you today to present the woman I wish to marry, Lois Lane. She is strong, pure in heart, and is of good character. She will be a fine addition to the House of El.”

Together Jor-El and Lara replied just as formally, “We have found her so, and judge her fit to enter into contract with you.” Jor-El went on alone, “This joining cannot be entered lightly. Have you determined to commit to her fully, creating bonds of law that should not be sundered?”

“I have, Father.”

Lara spoke next. “As strong as the bonds of law are, the bonds of love are even stronger. Are you willing to devote your heart to her completely, twining your lives together irrevocably?”

“I am, Mother.”

The two faces turned to her, then, and Lois shivered. There was something so ancient, so otherworldly, yet so universal about this ritual. “Lois Lane, our son, Kal-El, has selected you as his marriage partner,” Jor-El said. “Do you wish to enter into this contract as well?”

A slow smile parted Lois’ lips, and she looked up at Clark steadily. “Yes.”

Jor-El repeated the words he had asked of Clark, “Have you determined to commit to him fully, creating bonds of law that should not be sundered?”

“I have.”

Lara added her portion. “Are you willing to devote your heart to him completely, twining your lives together irrevocably?”

“I am.” Lois squeezed his hands firmly.

“Do you have anything to say to your bride, Kal-El?”

“I do, Father.” Clark brought her hands up to kiss them, and she felt dizzy for a moment, hit with déjà vu once again. He had done the same thing right before they had been intimate the first time, she remembered. “Lois, my love, my light. Even though I grew up on Earth, I never really felt I belonged to it, somehow. I was always different, and no one could explain why…” He let go with one of his hands to gesture around them. “…until I found the crystal, and learned of my history and destiny. I had determined that I would always be that ‘strange visitor from another planet’ – on Earth, but not of it.”

He rejoined their hands once again, as he continued. “But then I met you, Lois. From the first moment I saw you, you mesmerized me with your vivacity and courage. You were everything I strove to protect and came to love in humanity. And when I discovered that as alien as I was, you loved me, accepted me… well, I was overwhelmed. I wanted to cast everything aside and become human, mortal, so that I could be with you forever. If only I had realized that it didn’t matter to you what or who I was.”

Clark squeezed her hands. “And now I can do what I should have done all those years ago. I pledge my all to you. Everything in me that is Kryptonian, and everything in me that is human. I will love you, and our son, our miracle child, for the rest of my days.”

He let go once again, to take the ring from Jason, pausing momentarily to ruffle his hair gently before turning back to Lois. “This isn’t part of the Kryptonian ceremony, but the Kansas farm boy in me couldn’t do anything else. With this ring, I thee wed.” He slipped the ring on her finger, and an exhilarating charge coursed through her body. She couldn’t tell whether the feeling was real or imagined, only that she felt spiritually sealed to him now.

Lara asked, “Do you have anything to say to your groom, Lois Lane?”

Lois thanked the heavens that she was quick on her feet. “Yes, I do. Clark, when I first met you, there was none of that magic you just described. I am ashamed to say that I completely overlooked you. It wasn’t until you first appeared as Superman that I lost my heart to you. But the more I got to know both sides of you, the more I suspected you were the same person. And once I learned, everything made sense. I can truly say at this moment that everything I love and admire about you is present in both sides of you. I wish that the world could see you as I do, but in some ways, I love the special bond we share.”

She plucked the second ring from Jason’s palm, giving her perfect little boy a joyful, open smile, and moved it to the edge of Clark’s finger. “I pledge myself to you, Clark. May my love give you the strength to bear your burdens and to be everything you are destined to be, and more. With this ring, I thee wed.” She slid the golden circle onto his finger. At her touch, his body temperature seemed to rise even farther, warming the air around them.

Jor-El and Lara intoned together, “The two hearts are made one, bound for eternity. The House of El and the House of Lane will be forever linked.” Their voices rang throughout the enormous chamber, and the echoes slowly died away.

Lois smiled up at Clark, tears welling in her eyes, and found that his eyes sparkled wetly as well. “What now?”

“May I kiss the bride?” His smile was half shy, half pure, unalloyed happiness.

Lois didn’t answer with words; she reached up to thread her fingers into his shiny black locks, and pulled him down into a lengthy kiss. As his arms went around her back, they both heard giggly applause coming from the small hands beside them.

- - - - -


Turning her wedding band idly between her fingers, Lois sat on the edge of a crystalline chair. She had insisted that Clark and Jason continue their discussion of his history, to take advantage of the restored library. She had finally taken the opportunity to explore the Fortress, wandering around the different chambers and looking at everything. It was no longer cold inside, and several times she had placed a hand on the face of one of the large pillars, just to test it. The gleaming surfaces fairly pulsed with life and warmth now, as if the entire structure was as happy as Clark was to have it back.

She didn’t mind the extra time to be left alone with her jumbled, happy thoughts. As much as she wanted to spend time with Clark now – and oh, she did – Jason needed it much more.

It was hard to describe what she was feeling right now. Clark had completely turned her world around in just a few short days. And the wedding a few hours ago – she knew she would never forget it, no matter what type of public ceremony they repeated for everyone in Metropolis. This was the marriage that would be written on her heart, not to mention the stars.

She began to place the ring back on her finger, when the light caught the inside of the band. There was something written there, inscribed on the gold… but so tiny that she couldn’t read it. She squinted at it for a few moments, tilting it every which way to get a better view…

A soft footfall beside her startled her out of her examination. Her eyes traveled up a pair of red boots, across his form-fitting red and blue suit, and up to his radiant blue eyes. But Jason wasn’t beside him. “Where’s…?”

“Asleep. He started yawning a little while ago, and when we were sitting at the table, he started to rest his head on his arms. The next thing I knew, he was fast asleep.”

Lois smiled fondly at the image. “He’s always done that. He’ll be out like a light all night long. I don’t blame him – he’s had to take in an awful lot of information today.” Lois looked around, but didn’t see where Jason was lying down. “Where is he sleeping? Did you put him in the…?” She stopped. For whatever reason, she couldn’t finish the word ‘bedroom.’

“No. In fact, I was able to use the console to create a small, comfortable room of his own for him. I covered him with one of my spare capes – I think he’ll be warm enough.”

“I’m sure he’ll be fine…” She looked down at the ring between her fingers again. “Clark? Is there something written here, inside the band?”

He gave her a secretive smile. “Yes, there is.”

“What? It’s so small, I can’t make it out…?”

“Well, even if it were bigger, you couldn’t read it. It’s in Kryptonian.”

“Kryptonian? What does it say? ‘I’m always around?’” she teased.

“No,” he laughed. “It’s from the ceremony. It says, ‘The bonds of love…’” He touched his own band to indicate it was inscribed as well, “‘…are even stronger.’”

Lois regarded it for a moment, another wave of love and desire flooding her. She slid the ring back on, and took his hand in hers. “Even stronger than you?”

“A thousand times stronger.” With his other arm, he drew her close. He kissed her lightly on her parted lips, and then laid gentle kisses down her jaw line toward her ear. “I have been waiting to do this since the moment I laid eyes on you in that plane,” he murmured against her skin. The vibration of his lips sent feathery tingles shooting through her. Lois shuddered in pleasure, knowing that the fantasies that had been troubling her the last few days were finally going to become reality. “It has taken everything I had to stay away from you until the time was right.”

When he finally reached her earlobe, he whispered, his warm breath tickling her ear, “And my strength is almost gone.”

Next: Chapter 39: Forever - Unedited | PG-13

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mark_clark
Jan. 28th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Lois was very surprised at Clark's question and she had to take her time to fully absorb what he asked of her. I liked how she stumbled with her thoughts because this was a big decision that she was going to make and it didn't just concern her and Clark, it also will affect Jason. She didn't immediately say yes and that worried Clark but Lois reassured him that she wasn't saying no either. I really liked how she asked Jason about the proposal and his answer meant that he gave his mom and dad his blessing. Plus during this time, either Lois' heart or conscience continually told her to say yes but it was good that she thought it through. In the end, Lois finally said yes.

With that decision made, Clark made things even more interesting by asking Lois to marry him now. That was definitely a surprise and a very good one. Again, this made her think because there are a lot of things that they would have to do or keep from a lot of people. But, she finally agreed to be married in front of Clark's family in a Kryptonian marriage ceremony. I found it totally like Clark to not show his love physically to Lois if they are not married and her reaction was totally her. Good job on that part.

I found it fascinating that both Jor-El and Lara presided over the ceremony. It was touching and sweet. Their vows to each other were definitely from the heart. Of course, when Clark asked to kiss the bride, Lois took charge and kissed her new husband, a husband of the heart.

Even though they spent a little time apart after the ceremony, Clark was not to far from Lois' mind or vice versa I would imagine. Once Jason was asleep from everything that went on that day, Lois and Clark had some time together. It was nice to see that Clark had inscribed their rings with what was said during the ceremony. Another tender and sweet moment.

It will ber interesting to see where the story goes in the next chapter and I eagerly await to see how that chapter will unfold. As always, an excellent job with this chapter.
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Plus during this time, either Lois' heart or conscience continually told her to say yes but it was good that she thought it through. In the end, Lois finally said yes.

I wanted to put an author's note in somewhere, about how "Say Yes!" was a common theme of my reviews, and that this was a little nod to all those people... but I decided against it. Her heart was telling her that, but her head needed to have its say first.

I found it totally like Clark to not show his love physically to Lois if they are not married and her reaction was totally her.

This is something that pressed heavily on my heart for this story. There was a definite reason all of the steamy scenes (except the Rain chapter) were in Lois' head. Clark has been chastising himself for a long time over their earlier indiscretion, as much as he treasures the memory. He's an old-fashioned boy at heart.

Even though they spent a little time apart after the ceremony, Clark was not to far from Lois' mind or vice versa I would imagine.

Oh, no. More on that next chapter! *kisses*
bistyboo1974
Jan. 28th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
I don't have a lot of time this morning (heading off to work soon, as you well know -- ARGH!) but I just had to pop in here to express how absolutely, perfectly beautiful this chapter was!

I can't wait to read it yet again when I get back home, so I can give you some well-deserved feedback... ♥
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Can't wait - hope your Open House didn't suck too much. I'm just about to head to mine.
ancarett
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! What a beautiful chapter. You surprised me so much and yet everything followed from the previous revelation or choice so logically and perfectly in character, it seemed to just flow. I loved Jason's part. I loved that Lois thought about it all and realized that waiting would be the wrong choice. What a lovely ceremony and a great ending to the chapter (with hopes for even more fun to come)!
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really stressed about this chapter - it actually refused to be outlined. It wanted to be written from start to finish with only a basic mental outline. So I'm glad it flowed, glad it surprised you! Glee!
sean_montgomery
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
It's still beautiful. *melts*

Oh, what a chapter you have, Barb. Simply a masterpiece. The hesitancy and ultimate resolve at the end had perfect timing. A wedding ceremony in the Fortress? Not what I was expecting, but a beautiful thing to read anyway, especially with Clark's reasoning before hand. You can take the boy out of the fam, but you can't take the farm out of the boy. And it's a beautiful thing to read.

This makes me ready for the next chapter, though. It's going to be twice as nice just because of this one. ; )

Well done, Barb! Bravo! *claps*
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad for your reaction, as I told you before. No matter how many times I thought this out, I couldn't do it any other way. As unexpected as it was... *hugs*
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alphielj
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Swoon and sigh...

How very romantic. Love the line at the end about how his strength to resist her was gone. But I have to wonder... if they can't be together until they are married, how were they together before?
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
This is the way I see it:

The first time it happened, Clark and Lois were caught up in the heat of the moment. All secrets laid bare, love proclaimed... He gave up everything to be with her, thinking it was forever, and that marriage was the next logical step. But of course, we all know that came crashing down before they even made it back to Metropolis.

This time, he's regretting his "rash" behavior of before. He doesn't want a repeat, no matter how unlikely. So he asks her, fully accepting that she might reject it, to wait this time until they're married, no matter how hard it will be on him. But based on the comics version of the character (and you might remember that Clark was similarly hesitant to be intimate with Lois in the Lois and Clark television series), I believe this is the way he would behave.

I did play my cards very close to the vest with this, so I kind of expected a few questions. Not that I don't love some of the other versions of this (yours and bistyboo1974's spring to mind immediately), because I do. This just seemed like the only way I personally could go with the characters. :)
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elliania
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
That was so perfect! And oh my God, Jason was so cute with all his giggles!! I love that child!

But the wedding, wow! How intense! How magic! Loved it!!! **still dreamy**

Thanks for that wonderful chapter!
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Jason was the roughest one to write in this chapter, believe me. I knew what I wanted him to do, but how to make it seem natural? I hope I succeeded.

The ceremony was also a rough one. I wanted it to sound authentic enough - no idea whether ANYTHING like that had been attempted in the comics... so I was writing by the seat of my pants there. *hugs*
dreamers_dh
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
That was nice... the farmboy and the kryptonian. Sometimes different, sometimes the same. You describe the man Clark very well. I think this is how it could be. The right way. Wunderful.
Now I'm waiting for the next chapter and Richard. I know I didn't like him befor but in your story he is a great man and I hope he will be a good man too if he get the news (I don't think the two can handle it as a secret!).

Very good part!

*hugs*
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
That's definitely how I see Clark. A mixture of the farmboy and Kryptonian. It was fun to try to mix those two cultures here.

Richard... he'll be back for one last hurrah. And Lois' statement about how "That went so well last time..." Well, we all know how Richard is in this story. The man has eyes.

kalalanekent
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
WARNING! Huge Review ahead! Using some of my notes, B, if you don't mind. I'll be posting another review tonight at FF.

(Lois stood before Clark in shock, a million emotions and thoughts tumbling through her mind. Clark, his blue eyes bright and hopeful, waited with an air of quiet expectation. His palm was still held out toward her, gold band glittering in the light from the console. To the side, Jason was standing quietly, wide-eyed. Jor-El and Lara’s images were still as well – paused, possibly… but it felt as if the entire chamber waited with held breath. Through the turmoil of feelings, a tiny voice whispered to her, almost too quiet to hear, Say Yes! She tried to open her mouth… she needed to say something… anything…) Such a great image. The movie’s starting up again.

(Lois blushed with embarrassment. “Oh, yes, I know… I didn’t exp—I’m just… It’s so…” A little louder, the inner voice called to her again, Say Yes! She swallowed and looked around at everyone. “I’m just surprised, that’s all.”) You could say that again. Breathe, Lois. :)

(A slight flush stained Clark’s cheeks as well. “I surprised myself, actually. My mother – I mean, my adoptive mother – knew I was thinking about it… I hope she doesn’t throttle me for asking you before she’s gotten the chance to meet you… but with the Fortress restored, I knew I had to ask now.”) Knowing Martha, you’re getting fussed at, boy.

(With a serious look, Lois added, very slowly, “With all the talk about me and Superman… it would be awfully odd-seeming, don’t you think?”) *LOL* Nope, not at all. What’s so odd about being involved with both?

(He brightened quickly, and looked back at her with an eager, hopeful expression once more.) Oh my God, I love him. Aww, Clark.

(“I’m sure we can figure something out… after all, when has this relationship ever played by the rules?”) Here, here!

(Still kneeling at Jason’s side, she turned her face up to Clark. “We’ll have to hide it for months…”) That is *so* not going to be easy for these two. I can see this slowly killing them. :D

(Lois was in his arms so fast that her head started to spin. He tilted her backward slightly as he seized her lips between his own, kissing her thoroughly. The feel of his firm chest and strong arms embracing her so powerfully as he kissed her made the room spin even faster.) *Swoon, happy grin* Perfect reaction.

(A giggle sounded beside them, and they broke apart. Jason stood there, a small hand covering his mouth, his eyes practically dancing with merriment, and she felt a mixture of relief and embarrassment. Of all the reactions he could have had…) YAY! Now that was even *more* perfect.

(Her mouth dropped open in shock. “Right… now…?”) *Was biting my lip, teary-eyed- until this point, then had to laugh at her startled comment*

kalalanekent
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
(He backed away then, to give her space, and her arms ached to continue their closeness. Clark continued, his tone growing more even, more reassuring. “But if you want to wait, we’ll wait. We’ll date, and we’ll ‘get engaged’ and we’ll plan a wedding, and marry in front of all of our friends and family. I’ll help you find a good place for you and Jason to live, and I’ll look forward to the day when I can move in with you, to be your husband…” He paused, eyes pregnant with meaning, “…in every way possible.”) Well, I got that loud and clear. It’s a wonder no one else in the room did. *snicker*

(“So help me understand. Are you saying that we can’t be… together… unless we’re married?”

He nodded, apologetic resolve in his eyes.

“Of all the noble… crazy… old-fashioned…” she grumbled.) Can’t…breathe…laughing…too hard…

(“But it will take every ounce of my superhuman strength to stay away from you.”) In the words of my Lois at the proposal, “Sold."

Can I just say that you worried about absolutely nothing? This entire setup, start to finish, was utterly beautiful. From asking Jason what he thought to the vows themselves, I can see this clear as day, B. You are a marvel. I hope we’ll at least be as good with the wedding. Your proposal has ours beat. *hugs*

(Lois didn’t answer with words; she reached up to thread her fingers into his shiny black locks, and pulled him down into a lengthy kiss. As his arms went around her back, they both heard giggly applause coming from the small hands beside them.) *snatches up Jason and just hugs him with mutual happiness*

(For whatever reason, she couldn’t finish the word ‘bedroom.’) And just where is your mind, Mrs. Kent?

(With his other arm, he drew her close. He kissed her lightly on her parted lips, and then laid gentle kisses down her jaw line toward her ear. “I have been waiting to do this since the moment I laid eyes on you in that plane,” he murmured against her skin. The vibration of his lips sent feathery tingles shooting through her. Lois shuddered in pleasure, knowing that the fantasies that had been troubling her the last few days were finally going to become reality. “It has taken everything I had to stay away from you until the time was right.”

When he finally reached her earlobe, he whispered, his warm breath tickling her ear, “And my strength is almost gone.”)


Well, kiddies, there goes some of the tension B has sent untold chapters building up!

This has got to be one of your all-time best, Barbara, and your talent shows strikingly here. As always, I bow before the brilliance that is the ECQ. They’re going to kill you for the ending, BTW. XD

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN...Or Mom, as I call her. ;)
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chickadilly
Jan. 28th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Ahhh - I'm off to work so no time to say much but ... OMG! You made me get all teary eyed. Beautiful. *sniffles*

htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I had to go to work for a little while, too (open house... grr), but I hope your day was made a little brighter!
kabuki_party
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
this chapter was so sweet, so romantic that I had to take a break between each paragraph. Yeah, I'm pretty sure my heart melted into a pile of goo. This has to be the best chapter, writing wise. oh.my.GOD. *happy satisfied sigh* thank you for writing this story!
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Are you still goo? Better be careful, someone could slip! *hugs*

Anyway, best chapter writing wise? Aw, thanks! That means a lot to me. :)
therealmarajade
Jan. 28th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
*fans herself* That last part - and Clark's last line - was very VERY hot and, OMGINEEDTHENEXTCHAPTER! XD

But this chapter, this entire chapter, was so POWERFUL, so perfect, so...fitting! I especially loved this:

She started to make some sort of snarky remark… But for once, nothing came to mind. Only this man was capable of breaking down her defensive walls so completely.

This was Lois's characterization SPOT ON! Perfect!

Loved their ceremony, loved that Jason was happy and giggling with his parents! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 28th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
OMG, I've been dreaming the next chapter! But it's not fully formed, so I can't start writing it yet.

One of my favorite parts of their relationship is seeing Lois' reactions to him. She's just overwhelmed, unable to do anything but love him, no matter how battle-hardened the rest of her is.

Sweet little Jason. It's good that he's happy. The adults in his life love him very much, and he's not threatened by this - it just seems right to him.
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jenn_1
Jan. 28th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh Wow! I don't really know what to say this. Only Wow! Oh! And can't wait till the next chapter. ;D
htbthomas
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
See, you had a few words to say... ;) I can't wait for the next chapter, either. I hope I don't struggle with it, like I always do with steamy bits. *crosses fingers*
wikkibird
Jan. 28th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Damnit, you just had to end it there, didn't you? That was a perfect chapter and I was all set to keep reading and you ENDED it there. Damnit. LOL

I loved the way he tempted her into saying yes by basically saying that he wouldn't touch her in that way until they were married. Nothing like a bribe, I say. ;)

Good job, I can't wait until the next chapter!
htbthomas
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Well... what did you expect from the ECQ?? lol. Of course I would stop before the "good stuff".

But I promise it will be in the next one, okay?

It was a bit of a bribe, but she wanted to say yes even before he did that. :)
sunlike
Jan. 28th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Printing the chapter. will beb back later to leave my humble review :)

P.S: I love how you guys support each other everytime a story is posted! I wish I could have that kind of support... :S

*hugs*
sunlike
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Ok, here I am *grins* Wow what a story! And I can´t get tired of saying what a wonderful writer you are! It shows by the amount of admirers you have and the quality of your stories!

Loved, loved clark´s proposal! Could the man be more romantic? No, I don´t think so! Like Lois from TAOLAC said: for a man who came from the stars he was quite a romantic! :D

I think the marriage itself couldn´t be more appropriate! In the Fortress, with their son as a witness... I´m just sad that Martha couldn´t assist it as well, but it was quite moving!

And the cliffhanger! Oh Barbara (?) (sorrry, if this is not your name, I was under the impression it was, but now I´m not so sure :S), please don´t let us hanging too long :)
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bistyboo1974
Jan. 29th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I've tried to come in here TWICE to post a proper review. Let's see if it gets done this time... *hides the telephone* ...after all, the third time is supposed to be the charm! ;-)

Clark seemed to sense she was out of ammunition as well. “So, Lois…?”

Say yes! Say yes! Say… “Yes,” she exhaled, “I’ll marry you, Clark.”


Did you hear me scream the first time I read this? Because I did. Loudly. *grins* A very, very, very joyful scream!

A giggle sounded beside them, and they broke apart. Jason stood there, a small hand covering his mouth, his eyes practically dancing with merriment, and she felt a mixture of relief and embarrassment. Of all the reactions he could have had…

And such an appropriate, five-year-old reaction, too! I love it, and I love Jason! *snuggles him*

“But if you want to wait, we’ll wait. We’ll date, and we’ll ‘get engaged’ and we’ll plan a wedding, and marry in front of all of our friends and family. I’ll help you find a good place for you and Jason to live, and I’ll look forward to the day when I can move in with you, to be your husband…” He paused, eyes pregnant with meaning, “…in every way possible.”

*fans self* Whoo, Clark. Every way possible! WHOO!

“I’ll wait as long as you need… you need to be sure this is the right step for you. No matter what you decide, my pledge to you will be the same now as it will be one hundred years from now.” And then he stepped close to her again, taking her in his warm arms. Bending down, he breathed in her ear, “But it will take every ounce of my superhuman strength to stay away from you.”

“Oh, yes…” she shuddered...


*more fanning* 'Oh, yes' was my reaction, as well. Damn, Clark! Rawr!

The two hearts are made one, bound for eternity.

I'm a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic... The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut. Discuss!

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Okay. ;-) I'm better now. *grins* But, seriously. The whole 'ceremony' was just so...perfect. GUH! The Kryptonian exchange, the Lois and Clark's personal vows. I'm really choked up, and this is my fourth read-through! You worked magic here, Barbara. Really. Truly!

“What? It’s so small, I can’t make it out…?”

“Well, even if it were bigger, you couldn’t read it. It’s in Kryptonian.”

“Kryptonian? What does it say? ‘I’m always around?’” she teased.

“No,” he laughed. “It’s from the ceremony. It says, ‘The bonds of love…’” He touched his own band to indicate it was inscribed as well, “‘…are even stronger.’”

Lois regarded it for a moment, another wave of love and desire flooding her. She slid the ring back on, and took his hand in hers. “Even stronger than you?”

“A thousand times stronger.”


And this is where I nearly died. Toppled over, right onto the keyboard, DEAD. And that's a compliment, btw. You've infused so much of what I love about these two here! ♥ I am in heaven with this chapter!

Oh, my...and the 'honeymoon' still yet to come! *is giddy* I can hardly wait! His strength is almost gone! GUH!!!!!

htbthomas
Jan. 29th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Did you hear me scream the first time I read this?

Other than figuratively? No. But there were several places that I predicted a scream, and wasn't disappointed. As well as a little bit of "verklempt"-ness. ;)

I'm so glad the Kryptonian ceremony went well. I stressed over that a bit. I was blocked for the longest time. So this makes me happy!

Yeah, well, the honeymoon is still to come, but I will seriously be wanting your opinion ahead of publishing! I'm not very experienced writing that kind of thing! *is nervous*

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