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Birthday fic: Trust Me, 1/1

Title: Trust Me
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Superman Returns
Rating: PG
Word Count: 748 words
Summary: “After the millions of scenarios he had run through his mind, this was the very last one he would have wished for.”
Author’s Notes: A birthday ficlet for thrace_adams. Thanks to van_el and mark_clark for the beta.

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“Oh, my God, Clark, you’re a life saver,” Lois moaned as she bit into her Kung Pao chicken. Clark smiled shyly at the compliment. He was really enjoying being partners with Lois for the second time, especially now that she and Richard had parted ways. They were starting to click again, the way they had before he had left for Krypton. But this time, Clark was determined that he would handle the situation differently.

“Um, you’re welcome, Lois.  Any time.”

She smiled back briefly, and plucked another morsel from the take-out carton.  “I would have gotten it myself, except...” Lois gestured vaguely toward Jason, who had just carefully pried open his own container of snow peas. 

Clark silently opened his portion of dim sum, trying to contain the warmth that spread through him watching the two of them.  It was almost like a family meal, sharing food together around the conference table.  Lois was eating her food with relish - she never did anything halfway - and he froze, face heating, as she licked the ends of her chopsticks off in turn.  He tore his eyes away with difficulty to glance toward Jason, the reason for his newfound determination to make things right.

But when push came to shove, Clark was at a loss for just how to tell them.  Well, tell Lois, anyway.  Jason seemed to already know, though he was remarkably circumspect for a five-year old boy.  He seemed to subconsciously know that telling his mother her partner was Superman was a job for... well, Clark. 

He had run through a million different scenarios in his head, ultimately rejecting each one because it just... didn’t seem right.  How did you tell the mother of your child that you’d been lying to her for years?  Pretending to be two people?  No matter how much he had told himself it was for the best in the beginning of their relationship, now it seemed like the worst of all possible screw-ups. And to tell the absolute truth… he was terrified of what Lois would do. He gave a mental shake of his head. If anyone knew that the Man of Steel was afraid of a five foot five brunette...

Suddenly, beside him, Clark noticed Jason’s heart begin to beat rapidly. Alarmed, he faced his son, who had dropped his plastic fork from nerveless fingers. He was beginning to turn pale, his body wracked with a loud wheeze as Clark watched.  “Jason!”

Lois had leaped to her feet, snatching her purse from beside her chair and digging frantically inside. “Something must have accidentally gotten mixed into his food!  Hang on, honey!  You’re going to be okay...” With a furious shake, Lois dumped the contents of her purse onto the conference table.  “Dammit!  The epi-pen isn’t in here!”

Within seconds, Jason symptoms had increased. He was now sweating visibly, swaying in his seat. Clark didn’t hesitate - he swept the little boy into his arms and headed for the door. 

“Clark! What are you doing?” Lois asked with a panicked voice, cell phone in hand.  “We’ve got to call 911!”

“No, Lois,” he asserted, his alter-ego’s confidence threading through his tone.  “It will take them several minutes to get here, and that’s time we can’t afford to lose.”  With sure steps, Clark made his way to the elevator.

“And what do you think you are going to do?” Lois dashed across the newsroom floor, and latched onto his arm with almost superhuman strength. 

Clark looked directly into her eyes. “Please trust me, Lois. I can get him help faster than the EMT’s can get here.”

Something about the way he spoke seemed to stop Lois in her tracks. The elevator doors began to close in front of him, sliding across his vision. At the last moment, Lois halted the elevator doors before they closed completely.  Joining him inside, she didn’t argue further, she simply stated, “I’m coming with you,” as the doors shut with a final thump behind her.   

Clark looked down at the little boy in his arms.  He was even paler than before, and coughing weakly. Clark closed his eyes.  After the millions of scenarios he had run through his mind, this was the very last one he would have wished for. When his eyes opened a second later, they almost glowed with determination. “Then come.” He wrapped one arm around Lois’ waist, and the other around his son as the world blurred in a rush of speed.

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Original prompt: Lois, Clark, and Jason are at Lois’ house eating dinner - Richard is out of the picture - somehow - maybe he figured out Lois was still in love with Supes, I don’t know - anyway, whatever they are eating, little Jason has a food allergy - a previously undiagnosed unknown food allergy and goes into anaphylactic shock. Lois jumps into action with the inhaler and maybe an epi-pen but they need to get to a hospital and when she goes to dial 911, Clark tells her, “I can get us there faster.”

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( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh, that was heartwarming at the beginning but it then leaves you hanging with regards to her reaction! Very crafty writing!
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
Well, thanks! I struggled a lot with what tone to use on this piece. Glad you liked it! ♥
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Wonderful writing. :)
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Aaaargh! Damn you! lol I was all excited 'cause I knew you were writing this and you cut us off at the important part! What happened?! Did she throw a stapler? HELLO?! But other than my need to know what happens I give it 4 and a half stars. (It would have been 5 but that happens when you give a cliffhanger)
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Well, when you read the work of the ECQ, there's always that risk! :D

In my mind, she got through the trauma of making sure Jason was okay, then well... I'm sure anger and shock would be involved. ;)
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Nice!!! Loved the flow, the build up in tension ... excellent as always :)
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, Anya! ♥
Nov. 19th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Wow. That was really good. But, seriously, what happened? Is she mad? Is Jason ok?
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
If I were to follow my train of thought here, Jason would be saved just in time - and Lois would hold off being mad until the crisis was over. But, oh yes, the sparks would fly! :D
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Ooo, lovely AND evil! Very nice, very nice! *applauds*
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
Ooo, nice review! "Lovely and evil" indeed. :D
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
It's fics like this that make me want to read a lot more Superman fics! Especially yours. Lovely job. :)
Nov. 19th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! It always warms my heart when someone reads something of mine that is out of their normal fandom. *hugs*

And of course, I've written about a million Superman fics. Take your pick! LOL.
Nov. 19th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Ooh, such a GREAT ending! *Flail*
Nov. 19th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
I was pretty happy with that ending, too! ♥ A lot of possibilities there, right? :)
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Nov. 19th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Ooooh!!! This story is LOVE!! I adore when Clark give his secret away to save his little boy!!! Well, of course I adore that kind of scenario!!! :D :D :D

Edited at 2007-11-19 05:32 am (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I should have known you would like that! ;) Thanks for the review!
Nov. 19th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
What a way to have to show Lois who he is. I'm glad Clark was there to help Jason, and eep for no epi pen..
Nov. 19th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Yes, he would have chosen a much different way, but when push came to shove, what could he do?

Nov. 20th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Awww... *loves this* Sometimes, it's better to be forced to take that leap.
Nov. 20th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if that's the only way Clark would reveal himself in the movieverse. I'm really glad that comics Clark didn't do that, but there are a lot more dramatic possibilities the other way. :)
Nov. 20th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I LOVED IT!!!!! I LOVED IT!!!!! Happy Birthday to me!!!!! This has been one of the best b-day's ever! I've gotten two vids and a fic!!!! My hubs took me on vaca and my son made me a necklace what more could I ask for a b-day! Thank you for my fic I loved it!!!!! (could you write a sequel LOL )

Nov. 20th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it! I struggled with it, as you know, but it turned out pretty good! :)

Also glad that you had a wonderful birthday. ♥
Nov. 24th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
It all started out so nice and sweet. Aww, Clark having his ‘family’ together, enjoying their meal, and each other. Then, something happens! I loved the set up to this little story. Clark, once again, debating whether to tell Lois the truth, then fate takes over. It happens in the worst possible scenario. Mere seconds changed everything!

Thanks, Barb. You’re amazing!!
Nov. 24th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Aw, amazing? Thanks! I especially enjoy hearing this when I struggled a bit with a prompt. I think it was adding Clark's indecisiveness that made the story work. :)
Mar. 8th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
I just finished a movieverse scene with Clark eating kung pao mock duck with Lois, Richard, and Jimmy while working on a case, so this story gave me an extra giggle!

Lois was eating her food with relish - she never did anything halfway - and he froze, face heating, as she licked the ends of her chopsticks off in turn.

Oh, I do so love your understated sexy moments. *sighs happily*

And the ending was so perfect. "Then come" is so wonderful in its simplicity and starkness, and I like to think Lois wasn't as surprised as she might have thought. :)
Mar. 8th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
I wrote one of those "understated sexy moments" in a fic recently, and I thought of you the whole time... :D

It's funny, I haven't thought beyond the ending to what Lois actually did! I'd always planned to just leave it there. *is evil*
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