By Karen Thompkins <email@example.com>
Submitted: October 2003
Summary: Superman gets a shocking surprise. Written in response to Tank's haircut challenge.
Authors note: This little story was written one morning in response to Tank's haircut challenge. It pretty much stemmed from a conversation with Kaethel while she was writing her own story, and a musing "it would serve Tank right if…" She had other plans, but my mind took the idea and ran. Thanks to Kaethel for helping me spawn the idea, and SQD for BR'ing it so quickly so I didn't forget about it.
Lois rounded the corner to see the criminal she was chasing holding a fire hose, pointed straight at her.
"NO!" she cried, but it was too late. A cold jet of water slammed into her, soaking her from head to toe and pushing her back against the wall. A gust of wind blew past her, making the water colder than it had been before. The flow of water slackened and finally stopped, allowing her to stand on her own again. She looked up to see Superman turning off the water and wrapping the villain securely in the fire hose.
"Lois, are you all…"
Lois stood up and started brushing the excess water off her clothes, but looked up when Superman trailed off. He was staring at her, shocked.
"Your… your… hair."
Her hand flew to her head, then she started glaring at the trussed-up bad guy. "I just got that. If you ruined it…" Lois started looking around her feet, then, finding what she was looking for, picked it up and started brushing it off and wringing it out.
"So? A lot of people are bald. Just not everyone can pull it off with wigs."
"What happened to your real hair?"
"Freak accident. Look, either we can stand here talking about my hair and the lack of it while I freeze to death, or you can warm me up and then take that guy to the police station. Well?"
Superman gaped, then realized what Lois was saying. He quickly used his heat vision on her and her wig, then flew off with the miscreant.
Lois looked at the hair in her hand and sighed. "I'm going to have to get a new one. Well, I have always wanted to be a red-head…"