By Jenn Ayotte (email@example.com)
Date Submitted: October 1, 1997
Summary: Clark takes Lois to Smallville to help celebrate her birthday. But what kind of "surprise" is he planning?
This story takes place with Lois and Clark as best friends, and of course in love with each other, though not admitting it. In fact, Lois hasn't really even admitted it to herself yet. (Thoughts are noted with a single apostrophe.)
They were both looking forward to this weekend. Lois was going to Smallville with Clark for the weekend. She had met Clark's parents several times, and this would be the third weekend she had spent with Clark in Smallville.
But this was a special occasion. It was Lois's birthday and Clark had asked her 3 weeks in advance to be sure she wouldn't have any other plans. He was planning something really special, but insisted that it be a surprise. This of course drove Lois mad for 3 weeks, which seemed to last an eternity for her.
"When are you going to tell me what you have up your sleeve, farmboy?" Lois asked as they boarded the flight to Kansas.
"When the time is right, Lois," Clark teased.
He loved to see her like this. He also cherished the weekends she spent with him. Lately, Clark had been picking up signals from Lois. Although he's not sure, he thinks she might have the same feelings for him that he has for her.
"Fine, be that way," she said with an evil grin as she began tickling him in the vulnerable spot that Martha said drives him crazy. She knew he was up to something, but after a while gave up, knowing he wouldn't spill the beans.
On the plane, Lois was lost deep in her thoughts. Lately, she had been thinking about Clark a lot; sometimes even seeing him in a whole new light.
She was very confused about her feelings for him, and usually tried to avoid thinking about it. After Lex, she had told herself she wouldn't get involved with anyone else. She was too afraid of getting hurt again, and even though in her heart she knew Clark would never hurt her for the world, she didn't want to take the risk of losing him as her best friend. She didn't even know if he felt the same way about her.
During the flight, Clark could see how focused Lois was on her thoughts, and wished he could read minds instead of fly. He had tried to get her attention a few times, and Lois finally snapped out of it.
"Huh?! Oh, sorry Clark, I guess I was just daydreaming. Did you want something?" She babbled on. She hoped he didn't notice.
"No. I just thought you would like to know that we will be landing in about 10 minutes. I noticed you didn't hear the announcement."
"Oh. Thanks. So, will you tell me now?" She couldn't wait anymore. This was killing her.
"Nope. You will find out eventually. Don't worry." The reality of it was that Clark couldn't wait much longer either. This weekend was going to be special because tonight, after a surprise party his folks had planned, he was going to tell her how he felt about her. He had it all planned out. He just hoped her response was a good one.
Before they were even out of the rental car, they were greeted by the Kents with huge smiles on their faces. They knew Clark's plans, and couldn't wait to see the results.
"Lois, honey, how are you? Happy birthday!! I'm glad you could make it!" Martha said in one breath.
Lois was overcome by her welcome.
"Hi Martha, Jonathan. Thank you. I'm fine, how are you?" She tried to answer all the questions at once and in order, but somehow knew she didn't succeed. Seeing that silly grin on Martha's face convinced Lois that there was definitely something weird going on, and now she knew for sure that she wasn't going to find out until they wanted her to.
Lois couldn't believe that they had planned such a party for her, with- out her knowing a thing about it. But by the look on the Kents' faces, she knew that they were still hiding something.
Clark thought the guests would never leave. 'Finally', he thought.
After helping get the house back in order, he went over to Lois.
"Lois, can we go for a walk?" he said gently taking her hands, "I really want to talk to you about something."
Looking up into his gentle, hopeful eyes, wondering what was going on, she thought to herself, 'Does he actually think I could say no to such an adorable face?'
"Sure. What's going on?" she asked hesitantly. Now she thinks she might have a pretty good idea of what's going on.
"Oh, nothing. I just want to talk. Go grab something to put on, it is a little chilly outside tonight."
"Okay. Just give me a sec., I will be right back," she said slipping her hands out of his grip. She hurried into Clark's old bedroom, which she used so often she had 2 drawers of her own. She grabbed a sweat-shirt, and sat on the bed to think for a second.
Lois knows she has seen that look in Clark's eyes before, but she can't quite remember …. 'Ah-hah!! I know!' she thought. 'He had that same look in his eyes when he told me he loved me to try and stop me from marrying Lex.'
'But, wait, he took it back. No, this can't be happening. I swore that I wouldn't get involved with anyone else I work with for as long as I live.'
Lois was so into her own world, she didn't even notice that Clark had called for her a few times, had come upstairs, and was now sitting on the bed beside her trying to attract her attention.
"Oh, I'm sorry Clark. Are we ready?"
"Wait a minute Lois, is everything alright? Lately you have been spacing out, missing conversations, and every time, you have this look on your face that is beginning to scare me," he said half laughing.
"Don't worry. I'm okay. Trust me. Let's just go."
As they were making their way through some bushes, Lois began to get suspicious. They had been walking for a few minutes, and she had never been this far into the woods behind the Kents' house.
"Are we there yet?" Lois asked, hoping the answer was yes.
"Just about. Close your eyes, and no peeking," he replied with a huge grin on his face.
"Oh, come on. Why? What's going on?" She demanded to know now as she whined. So Clark placed his hand over her eyes, and led her through an opening he had discovered as a child.
"Okay. Now," he said, uncovering her eyes.
Lois was speechless. She just stood there with her mouth hanging open. He had led her to a little brook with a picnic set up, and surrounding a blanket were about three dozen roses. The brook looked beautiful in the moonlight.
"Wow …" That was about all she could get out by now.
Meanwhile, Clark had butterflies in his stomach about what was going to happen next.
"Lois, I have something to tell you …"
Everything was perfect. They could both feel it in their hearts. As the minutes passed, he proceeded to tell her everything he had wanted to for a very long time.
Sometime later on that night, they both fell asleep, in each other's arms, content under the moonlight, with the sweet smell of roses …
Thank you again for taking the time to read the story.
Jenn- one of the most obsessive fans of L&C you will ever meet in your life.