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Birthday Fic: The Sound of Silence, 1/1

Title: The Sound of Silence
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Superman Returns
Characters: Lois/Richard, Clark, Jason
Rating: G
Word Count: 866 words
Summary: Clark has just told Richard and Lois the truth about his identity… and Lois’ reaction is not quite what he expected…
Author's Notes: A birthday ficlet for heartnut – who felt Clark should have come clean during the movie. ♥

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Jason squeezed his hand slightly – whether it was in support, or to silently break the sudden tension, Clark didn’t know. Maybe it was both.

Richard had compressed his lips into a small line, but he was overall not as shocked as Clark thought he would be. A considering expression came over Richard’s face as he slowly looked between Jason, Clark and his fiancée.

Lois, however… Lois…

Lois sat there at her desk, completely at a loss for words. Her mouth was slightly open – in shock, Clark guessed – and her body was almost preternaturally still. If he hadn’t been very aware of the rapid beating of her heart, he might have worried that she was going into heart failure.

And so the first person to speak was Richard. “Well, it certainly explains a lot. Your disappearances, the timing of your ‘world tour’…” He swallowed once, still trying to take everything in. “And Lois… you really didn’t know?”

Lois didn’t respond at all. She sat there staring at Clark, at not even his face, her eyes transfixed on a mid-point of his body. The only movement was the clenching of her hand around the handle of the coffee mug she had been using only minutes ago. The steam rose into the air, the drink completely forgotten.

“She didn’t…” He scrubbed a hand across the back of his head, “Well, it’s—it’s kind of complicated.” Clark didn’t have to fake the stutter in the slightest.

“Wow, I guess so…” Richard looked around the newsroom, which was virtually empty this time of night, but still lowered his voice. “You kept it secret for so long. So why tell anyone now?”

Clark paused. As soon as Superman had heard what had happened on the yacht from Lois, he had felt compelled to tell them the truth, after all, they were going to be raising his son. He couldn’t let them struggle through that alone, the way his parents had.

Clark glanced back down at Lois, waiting hopefully for a moment that she would respond. This… lack of reaction… it was the farthest thing from what he thought she would do after he revealed himself as Superman. He had thought she would scream, rage, cry, grow icy with anger… but this… He didn’t know what to make of it at all.

“Well, things are different now. For one thing, there’s Jason…” He looked down at his tousle-haired son, who smiled impishly, obviously delighted at this turn of events. Jason had wanted this ever since he had figured out Clark was Superman – and in addition, that they were somehow alike. Clark couldn’t suppress an identical grin of his own. As he looked back up at Richard, the smile faded, and his features became soberly serious. His voice strengthened and deepened as he continued, “The time for secrets is long past.”

Clark placed a tentative hand on Jason’s shoulder. “I want to help you and Lois out with Jason. It’s not easy to raise a…” Clark paused, trying to find the right word, “…a child with special gifts.” His voice lowered as he fought to control the emotion welling up in his throat. “I couldn’t be here the first five years, so it’s the least I can do now.”

Clark glanced again at Lois. Her hand had moved away from the coffee cup and was now beside her silver letter opener, but otherwise her expression appeared no different than before.

“So…” Richard scrubbed a hand through his hair. “Do you want…? I mean… you’re his…” He seemed to struggle with what to say, much as Clark had earlier.

“Do I want custody?” Clark blushed nearly as red as his cape beneath his suit jacket. “Oh, no! I would never take him away from you! I just want to help – if you’ll let me.” He looked nervously at Lois, whose hand was now clenched into a fist above the stapler she was always borrowing from him.

“Will you teach me how to do all those cool things?” Jason was not able to contain his excitement any longer.

“I’ll teach you as much as I can, I promise.” Jason didn’t really understand exactly why he and Clark were alike… but Clark knew that the time for explaining that had to come soon.

But only if Lois was on board… he suddenly wished she would scream, rant, rave, lash out… anything! Anything but this infernal silence.

His hearing suddenly picked up the sound of sirens – a lot of them. “I’m sorry, I have to… I have to go.”

Richard’s eyes blinked once in confusion, but then he startled, realizing what Clark meant. “Oh, of course, go. We can discuss this more later. And… thank you. Thank you for trusting us with this.”

Clark nodded once, then began to swiftly walk toward the elevators. He only went a few steps when he heard Lois finally speak, her voice nearly toneless. “Before you go…”

A heavy object hit the back of his head with a loud thump. Out of habit, Clark started to wince and rub it, turning around. But his hand fell back uselessly to his side as he looked at Lois in awkward consternation.

“Your stapler back.”

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Original prompt: “Clark decides to trust Lois and Richard with The Secret so Jason can know his father properly. This one would be rather big, lol, but you could do a funny version that involves Lois throwing desk objects during a late-night Planet session on a Superman story.” I decided to combine them somewhat. :)

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Comments

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heartnut
Oct. 12th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
LOL! I SO needed this this morning!

What a lovely gift! THANK YOU so much.

Oh, the joy! :) Lois is so funny... and she has good aim. ;) Jason was just a lovely kid to read about... makes sense that Richard would do all the talking... poor Lois, but she's just so funny.
htbthomas
Oct. 12th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked it! Hopefully your day will be a happy one - it's Friday, right? *hugs*

It's definitely fun to show Lois flustered isn't it? Usually she's a pretty good talker... but when it comes to Superman, you never know how she'll react!
alphielj
Oct. 12th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
LOL! Lois seems to be chucking a great deal of objects at Clark lately. I love how quiet she is only to open up with something so random as "Your stapler back." Of ALL the things she oculd say. HAHAHAHA!!

So when did you start this birthday ficlet thingy? I missed out!
htbthomas
Oct. 12th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's funny how many people had the same thought lately about Lois throwing things... :D About what she said, I'm imagining all the million reponses she was trying to decide between... and this is what came out. :)

I've been doing the ficlets since the first part of August. If you click my 'birthday fic' tag in the sidebar, you can take a look at the various ones, and looking at the request post could help you decide what you'd like to request.

Please request one, I'd love to do one for you!
fairfax_verde
Oct. 12th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ha! This made me smile. I think that would have been my reaction, speechless rage and then hurling something! Clark not telling the truth in the movie was so frustrating. I'm in awe of the way you can write these wonderful ficlets on demand.
htbthomas
Oct. 12th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
It was frustrating! He'll absolutely have to do it in the next one or we'll all boycott! ;)

Thanks for the praise, I find it really enjoyable to see what comes out from a writing prompt. Often the person's idea is much better than I could have come up with on my own, so I'm happy to run with it! ♥
saavikam77
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Haha!! :D Nothing says "Thank you" like a stapler to the head. :p

Bravo!
htbthomas
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
"Stapler to the head"! Reminds me of "Boot to the head"... lol.

Thanks for the laugh!
mark_clark
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, Lois stunned to silence. You definitely don't see that often. She did have a good reason to be once she learned that Clark was Superman. This was a very mature thing for Clark to do especially to tell Richard as well. Richard seemed to take it all in stride. I really liked Jason's reaction because he now had someone who is like him.

It appears that it will take Lois some time to come to terms with it and she may have to talk things out with Clark, in private. It was funny what she did at the end, in total Lois fashion. Throwing the stapler at poor Clark but at least she said something but in time she will say more and it would pertain to what she had just learned.

Great job, Barbara.
htbthomas
Oct. 12th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reviewing, Mark! I think it would have been a good idea for Clark to do this, too - but of course, where's the drama then? *facepalm*

Then again, who knows what they'll do in the sequel? We can always hope. :)
bistyboo1974
Oct. 13th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
All that deafening silence, and then to chuck the stapler at him! Oof! But, I definitely like heartnut's style. The idea to hurl office supplies at Clark was a good one. *lol* He definitely should've come clean in SR! ;)

Well done, Barb!
htbthomas
Oct. 13th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
Stapler-throwing is definitely a therapeutic activity! :D

BTW, I just watched the Pie-lette! I hope you're happy! Now to find 102...
bistyboo1974
Oct. 13th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
I am happy! I hope you enjoy watching 'Dummy' now!
winddancer55945
Oct. 13th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
That's a good reaction, throwing office supplies. It made me smile. Thanks
htbthomas
Oct. 13th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
It was a funny way to end it - I'm glad heartnut had that suggestion!
babettew54
Oct. 14th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
That was perfect. How sweet that Jason would show Clark support. The suspense of what Lois would do next was driving Clark and me crazy! Then…bam! Right up side the head! Perfect. LOL.

Thanks, Babs.
htbthomas
Oct. 14th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Babette! I'm glad that the suspense got you as well as the humor! :D
skalja
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Off topic!
Hey ... turns out I can't make tonight, so - I will talk to you next week, hopefully all caught up! :) Say hi to the others for me.
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Off topic!
Okay, no problem. You know, next time you can just send an email to my username @livejournal.com. It'll reach me. :)
skalja
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Off topic!
I keep forgetting where to stick the t's, is the problem, but okay! :D
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: Off topic!
lol, well, if you're like me, once you get it right, it'll be in your address book forever. :)
professorjulia
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm torn between bust-a-gut laughter and a prolonged "aww". (I tried to do both simultaneously and I think I broke something. :P )

You're just the best, and that's all there is to say. Loved it!
htbthomas
Oct. 16th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
LOL, now that would have been something to see! And thanks. :)
autumnrae89
Nov. 17th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I liked this one especially the line "The time for secrets is long past" very cool slightly confused by the use of the word scrubbed...or is it just me? i think its me. Good writing of Lois though if I were her i'd throw more than a stapler.

I can't wait for my birthday now lol damn february for being so far away. But also good 'cause when you're finished figuring out how to work the christmas gizmos its time for more... :)
htbthomas
Nov. 17th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
"Scrubbed a hand through his hair" is the motion when a person runs their fingers through their hair, feeling awkward and usually looking down at the floor. Does that help?

Hopefully with the other birthday fics you'll have plenty to read between now and February! Several Superman ones are in the works. Plus, my birthday is then, too... and I'm hoping that I get some in return from my f-list. ;)
jij
Feb. 17th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh...*sighs and giggles weakly*

You were making me really worried about Lois there! :) I definitely agree with Kal that no response at all is a Very Bad Thing. I was very relieved at the stapler, lol...
htbthomas
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
LOL. Oh yes, I can see why he was so worried!

And I guess you had a little time to go through your TBR folder again? *kisses*
jij
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
And I guess you had a little time to go through your TBR folder again? *kisses*

I found a little extra time! *dances* And it being your birthday it seemed appropriate I'd get to read something of yours...
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