You Don't Know Me

By Kathryn Picson (


Summary: A post-honeymoon conversation between Lois and Clark that the author describes as "one big total WAFF."

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wrote this short fanfic/long scenario in a matter of about 20 minutes and did some revising once or twice the day after. The events do not directly follow the honeymoon episode "Soul Mates" because this was written before it aired. It is just one big total WAFF (warm and fuzzy feeling) with absolutely no A-plot. It's really just a short conversation between our two favorite lovers.

It was actually the song "You Don't Know Me" that inspired this little story, and I had a debate with myself whether to write about 2nd season Lois and Clark or the present Lois and Clark. I chose the present-day Lois and Clark because I don't like to see Clark suffering from frustration (and impatience!) and Lois suffering from galactic stupidity.

Incidentally, the Brian McKnight CD that I got the second song from has a lot of songs that could be applied to all the ups and downs of Lois and Clark's relationship. FYI :-)

This was originally published as a Fanfic for the SuperFoLCs newsletter in October 1996. Some additional revisions have been made since then.

The author welcomes any criticisms and comments at Happy reading! — Kat


"Lois … I have loved you from the moment I saw you. I love your humor; your passion, the way you just dive right in even when you shouldn't, because you refuse to just watch the world. You demand that it be a better place and because of you, it is. And today, I want to give you as much of the world that I can. So I give you my heart, my soul, and our future."

— Clark Kent, "Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding"

"Clark, you're my best friend. Until I met you, I never had a best friend. Falling in love with you has been so easy. I don't know why I fought it for so long. You have such gentle grace and such quiet strength. And mostly, such incredible kindness. I've never known anyone with as pure a heart. And so today, I give you my love, and my honor, and our life together."

— Lois Lane, "Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding"


The night Lois Lane and Clark Kent returned from their honeymoon, they were exhausted. It had been *fun*, of course, but exhausting. Lois never knew how much she longed for her own bed … actually it was their new bed. She and Clark had even missed out on their wedding shower just so they could buy the mattress from a special place that was holding it especially for them (but that's another fanfic <G>).

Lois collapsed on the new bed in their new bedroom. It was a sweet two-bedroom townhouse, perfect for the two of them. "I wonder if Perry will give us another day off?" she wondered aloud as she grabbed a pillow and hugged it close, glad to finally be settled in.

"After four weeks off, I doubt he'll want to go one more day without his favorite reporters," Clark called from downstairs.

Lois sighed loudly. Clark carried all four of her matching suitcases along with his single one. He still used the same one he had been all these years, an old battered suitcase that had the letters "CK" embossed on the side.

"Come join me, honey," Lois said, sitting up and holding her hands out to her husband. She wore a seductive smile on her face, one she knew he couldn't resist.

Clark peered at her from above his glasses, a tiny smile creeping up on his face. He set the suitcases down in the corner, never taking his eyes off her for a minute. But then his expression changed to a playful one as he came to a realization. "Hey, I thought you were tired."

Lois grinned sheepishly. "Not *that* tired! Besides, I want to christen our new mattress."

Clark walked over to the stereo and turned it on, soft blues pouring out seductively, teasing them. Clark sat down next to Lois, who had already thrown her jacket onto a chair. She was wearing a bright yellow sundress, not very sexy, but Clark was turned on nevertheless.

He sat down next to her, looking intently into her beautiful brown eyes. "You know, Lois, three years ago I would never have imagined that I would have married the sexiest, most intelligent, sensitive, brilliant woman I have ever known in my entire life. And to know that she's sitting here on *our* bed, waiting for only me … Not *Superman*, but *me*, Clark Kent … it's mind-boggling …" Clark's face was serious. Lois put her hand on his.

"It was only a matter of time," she said softly, a smile still tugging at her lips. "Do you really think I could resist you for that long? Can you just see us in 50 or 60 years, still waiting to be married? Come on."

Clark looked at the stereo, and noticed the song that was playing. It was an old blues standard, done by Ray Charles and a million other melancholy musicians. He remembered practically wearing out his 45 record of it, not so long ago. Memories of coming home from Lois Lane's apartment and calling his friend Wes Overton, a deejay at the local radio station, to "play it one more time." Or days when she had had a close brush with death only to brush him away as well, her endeavors saved only for Superman. Yet despite all, she had fallen for Clark Kent, her best friend. It truly was mind-boggling.

"Lois, do you know this song?" Clark asked carefully

Lois listened for a moment, then nodded. "I've heard it before. Some deejay on W-MET used to play it a *lot* late at night." Nights she sat alone, waiting for Superman, the supposed man of her dreams … only to later realize that the man of her dreams wasn't the one who flew to her window every night, but the one who walked her to work every morning and walked her to her door in the evenings and listened to her moan and gripe about everything under the sun.

"That's because I requested it a *lot*," Clark said, looking into his wife's eyes. "Because every time I looked into the eyes of the woman I loved … she was in love with someone else."

Lois' eyes got wider, and she listened intently to the words, trying to imagine what Clark Kent's life had been like, before the revelation. She lay back against Clark, and hummed in her sweet voice with the melody:

"You give your hand to me

Then you say hello

I can hardly speak

My heart is beating slow

And anyone can tell

You think you know me well

But you don't know me …

No, you don't know the one

Who dreams of you at night

And longs to kiss your lips

And longs to hold you tight

Oh, I'm just a friend

That's all I've ever been

'Cuz you don't know me …"

"Oh, Clark," Lois' eyes were laced with tears. "I never knew …"

" I know … it's okay. I'm okay." Clark held her in his arms, afraid to let go … afraid that the song might take him back to those two years when she "didn't know."

"I never knew the art of making love

Though my heart aches with love for you

Afraid and shy, I've let my chance go by

A chance that you might love me, too …"

"Lois, you don't know how many times I've wanted to love you the way I've always wanted … to take advantage of you while I was Superman," Clark said. "Every time I would fly out your window, I would kick myself for not staying longer … but I couldn't do it." He looked sincerely into her eyes. "I loved you too much."

Lois responded by saying nothing with her words, but burrowed her head in his neck, just glad to be near him. She didn't care if he was Superman … because she loved Clark Kent.

"You give your hand to me

And then you say good-bye

I watch you walk away

Beside your lucky guy

You'll never, never know

The one who loves you so

Well, you don't know me …"*

Clark stared at the wall, hardly noticing Lois next to him. He was remembering the past three years, when he had been all alone. "Then you went with Lex … and then sometime with Dan … and Dr. De—"

"Let's not go there, Clark!" Lois interrupted, pulling Clark's face back to face her own. "But I hope you do know this … I've loved you for a very long time. I kept telling myself that I didn't. Perhaps that was a mistake … but maybe all along I really knew that you *were* Superman. And I was protecting myself from the *real* you. Because I never thought I could deserve that.

"Now that I *really* know you, I've realized that I love you even more. I love *you*, Clark Kent. And I will love you with all my strength; the only way I know how." With this, Clark was satisfied. The mournful saxophone was fading into nothing, and another song began to play …

Lois and Clark shared another deep stare into each other's souls.

"I meant every word when I said that I have loved you from the beginning," Clark said, pulling Lois closer. Lois gently removed his glasses and set them on the nightstand.

"And I still mean every word when I say that I'll love you till the end."

The two finally succumbed to their desires, solely belonging to each other. Husband and wife finally knew each other completely … and Clark Kent knew that his wife truly loved him for who he was.

"I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles

And the heavens open every time she smiles

And when I come to her that's where I belong

Yet, I'm running to her like a river's song

She give me love love love love

Crazy love, she gives me love love love love

Crazy love …

She's got a fine sense of humor when I'm feeling low down

And when I come home to her when the sun goes down

She takes away my trouble, takes away my grief

Takes away my heartache, in the night like a thief

She gives me love love love love

Crazy love, she gives me love love love love

Crazy love …

She's got a love love love love crazy love

Yes I need her in the daytime

Yes I need her in the night

I want to throw my arms around her

To kiss her, hug her, kiss her, hug her tight

And when I'm returning from so far away

She gives me such sweet lovin' brightens up my day

And makes me righteous and makes me whole

And it makes me mellow down to my soul

She gives me love love love love

Crazy love, she gives me love love love love

Crazy Love …"**


* "You Don't Know Me" written by Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker, Unichappell Music, Inc. Lyrics taken from "Heart to Heart," performed by Diane Schuur and B.B. King, 1994. (The Ray Charles version is featured in the movie "Groundhog Day.")

** "Crazy Love" written by Van Morrison WB Music Corp/Caledonia Soul Music. Lyrics taken from "I Remember You," performed by Brian McKnight, 1995.

10/12/96 Revised 2/24/97