By Alexis Waters <LoisLane9397@aim.com>
Submitted: January, 2008
Summary: Lois has an important announcement for her friends and staff at The Daily Planet. Will the events that unfold change her life forever?
© November 30, 2005
Lois Lane, star reporter for the Daily Planet, walked into the bustling newsroom with a gleam in her eyes.
"I've got an important announcement to make!" she proclaimed.
Nobody paid attention to her as they were too busy answering phones and meeting deadlines.
"Hey!" she yelled. "I'm talking here. Lois Lane has an important announcement to make!"
All eyes finally focused on her.
"Thank you. " She smiled. "I thought you should ALL be the first to know...that I'm getting married!"
"Excuse me?" The voices rose.
Then they grew silent as her co-workers were staring at her in amazement. The only sound heard was one of a continuous hum of unanswered phones echoing throughout the bull pen.
Perry White nudged her working partner and his employee, Clark Kent. "I want you to get an exclusive interview with her," he whispered.
"Uh, ah...okay." Clark reluctantly agreed.
Perry broke the silence. "What in the Sam Hill? Lois, honey, did you just say what I think you said?"
Lois started to giggle.
"Yes Chief, I did. I, Lois Lane, independent, head strong reporter, voted least likely to get married in high school, am GETTING married!"
"Oh! Ha, ha." Perry chuckled.
"That's wonderful news, Lois! Well, uh, congratulations."
"I wonder who Romeo is. Is it Luthor? I mean I see how the two of you have, well...you..."
"Sorry, Chief. But who is he, Lois?"
Clark approached. "Don't tell me Jimmy's right and it's Luthor?" he asked.
Lois laughed. "Sorry to let you down, but no, it's not Luthor; it's Superman!!!"
"SUPERMAN?!?" The newsroom erupted.
All Lois did was smile as she sat down at her desk and started going through email. She couldn't believe she'd pulled it off. She would let the belief go on for a couple more hours before telling everyone what was really going on.
Clark stood there dumbfounded. He shuffled his feet toward his desk and sat down. He was trying to find something to do, so he could ignore his initial shock, but nothing was working. Instead, he decided to go spend some time in the conference room.
Lois was very pleased with herself when she saw how her announcement affected her reporting partner. The farmboy deserved it!
After Lois was done getting things settled at her desk, she went over to the refreshment cart and poured herself a cup of coffee. She walked into the conference room to take a break. Clark was sitting at the table writing on a piece of paper.
"Oh hey...Lois, Perry just called. Superman's giving a press conference and he wants us to cover it."
Lois was surprised and excited. It wasn't everyday that the Man of Steel addressed the public, but it would still be nice to see him.
Superman held the press conference in front of Metropolis City Hall. A small crowd of reporters and authority figures gathered outside on the steps.
Lois wrung her hands in anticipation of what the superhero of her dreams was going to say. She looked back at Clark who gave her an uncomfortable smile.
"Excuse me!" Superman called out as he tested the microphone with his index finger. "I'm going to make this very brief, because I know we all have lives and time is very limited. Especially for us superheroes!" He chuckled.
Lois watched him and haphazardly ran her finger around a small section of her hair.
Clark watched Lois, rolled his eyes and sighed.
"Anyway, a lot of you, or probably most of you, know Metropolis' esteemed Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane."
Superman pointed to her, and Lois blushed.
"You might have also heard about our impending marriage..." He went on.
A sound of shock resounded through the air.
Clark threw his reporter's notepad to the ground and stomped on it.
"I called this press conference in honor of Ms. Lane and also to squelch any rumors before they start. Yes, it's indeed true. Lois and I are engaged to get married, but I regretfully have to call it off."
Another sound of shock, Lois remained emotionless.
"But this wasn't why I called this press conference." He continued on. "If this was the only case, I would've pulled Ms. Lane aside and told her in private to avoid embarrassment. I brought you all here to announce that a wedding will still happen because I'm appointing Clark Kent in my place!"
The crowd gasped in surprise and applauded.
Lois' eyes grew wide, as she exclaimed, "WHAT?!?"
"I love Ms. Lane with all my heart, but I also know that a man like myself can't be with her in a way that a good husband should, so I'm asking Clark Kent to take my place. Clark and Lois are good friends and excellent working partners, so I believe they will learn to love each other, just like I love her."
Lois looked over at Superman and gave him the "cut-it-out" symbol with her hand across her neck.
Superman continued to stand there feeling slightly awkward. "Anyway, that is all...thank you."
Before anyone had a chance to ask any questions, the familiar WHOOSH was heard echoing through the sky.
Lois quickly darted in a cab back to the newsroom. Clark, on the other hand, wasn't quite as lucky as a sea of people surrounded him with congratulations.
After struggling through a multitude of bodies, Clark was finally able to break free and return back to work. He was about to grab a donut when he felt himself being pulled back by the edge of his coat.
"Clark!" He heard someone whisper.
"Clark, I need to talk to you!" The fingers pulled harder.
He turned around and faced Lois.
"Oh, hello...future wife-to-be!" he exclaimed.
"Stop it, Clark! That's not funny!" Lois punched his shoulder.
"Ouch!" he yelped in pain.
"Whatever, you big baby! Sit down because I don't want others to hear."
Lois and Clark both sat down on the gray leather couch.
"So what is it you need to talk about? Oh...I get it! Secret wedding plans, huh? Hush, hush!" He smiled.
"No, it's not that. It will NEVER be that, because there won't be a wedding!"
"Now Lois...you heard Superman..."
"Superman doesn't know what he's talking about," she argued.
"What do you mean?"
"My announcement at work this morning about my impending marriage was a lie. I did it as a joke, and I wanted to get a reaction out of people...see how they responded."
"I know...I'm just as confused as you. I don't know why on earth Superman said the things that he did. At first, I thought, who cares if everyone thinks my joke is real; it would be nice to be married to the Man of Steel. But then he mentioned you and I was horrified! You're my best friend, Clark...and I could never imagine being romantic with you."
"Lois, I know you by now. I know you don't want to hear it, but I'm on to you...Things didn't work out your way, so now you're trying to back out of it. Well, I'm not going to fall for that!"
"No, Clark. I'm serious here!" she pleaded.
"Even if you are, it's too late. If you back out now, you'll only make yourself look bad. This 'publicity stunt' probably just boosted the Daily Planet readership through the roof, and the Chief will only be disappointed if you decide to do this."
"Claaark!" she whined.
"I have to get back to work; we'll go over wedding details later."
Lois was busy indulging herself in a chocolate sundae at the Fudge Castle, when her younger sister, Lucy, walked in.
Lois jumped as she felt a hand touch her shoulder.
"Lucy. Hey!" she said as she turned around and gave her a hug.
"I've heard the news...so congratulations!"
"What news? Oh, that...Lucy, I..."
"I have some news too!" Lucy proclaimed as she cut Lois off.
"I'm engaged too," she squeaked.
"What?!?" Lois exclaimed in shock.
"It's true Big Sis and get this, I'm going to be rich because I'm marrying a Luthor! I'm getting hitched to Lex Luthor!!!"
"WHAT?!?" Lois exclaimed again in shock.
"Yeah, I was going to tell you and Mom, but things happened so fast. One day I'm listening to Mr. Luthor give a speech at Met U. and then the next thing I know we're having dinner together!"
Lois unconsciously shoveled hot fudge sundae into her mouth as she listened to her baby sister in disbelief!
"I admit, it was weird going out with him at first. Let alone have romantic feelings for him. I mean," she continued, "you and Lex do have a history together."
"Oh God..." Lois mumbled.
But Lex chose me for who I am, and we both love each other. He's not with me because I'm your sister."
"Ah Lucy, isn't there such a thing called, 'age difference'?"
"Lois, age is just a number. Besides you can't choose who you're going to fall in love with! I mean you of all people should know. Who would've thought a simple farmboy from Kansas, your working partner, would end up being the man you were meant to marry!"
"Um...Lucy, about that I..."
"Hey!" Lucy interrupted. "We should have a double wedding!!! Wouldn't that be neat? You and me and Lex and Clark!"
Her sister was jumping up and down as she headed toward the door. "I'm going to go tell Mom right away!"
Lois grumbled a bit and ordered another sundae. Kent was going to pay!
"Oh Lois, Honey, you look so beautiful in your dress! So do you, Lucy."
Ellen Lane grinned as she looked at her two daughters dressed in their wedding gowns. They were so precious to her, and she could only hope that their nuptials wouldn't end up in disaster like her's.
"Are we done here?" Lois complained.
"Well only if you're absolutely happy with your dress. The wedding dress is the most important part of the ceremony!"
"Who said I was happy to begin with..." Lois muttered.
"What was that, Sweetheart?"
"Nothing, Mother, the dress is fine," she said as she gritted her teeth.
"Oh good!" Ellen exclaimed as she gave her eldest daughter a hug.
"You run along now...I know you probably have a lot of work to do at the Planet!"
"Lucy and I will finish things here, so we'll call you later."
Lois rolled her eyes.
Lois approached the coffee cart in the Daily Planet newsroom. She'd never been so happy to be at work in her life.
"Oh God!" Lois shrieked as the sugar she was pouring into her coffee cup, fell to the floor.
"Don't do that...you scared me!" she complained as she punched Clark in the arm.
Clark rubbed his tender skin. "I was just seeing how the wedding plans were going. You were gone for an awful long time." He grinned.
"There are no plans, remember?"
"Oh yes there are..."
"Oh no there aren't..."
"That's not what your mom said...uh I mean what our 'Mom' said. I hear you've already picked out your dress!"
"OY! She doesn't waste any time does she..."
"Well Clark, I've got some work to do, so I..."
"Oh, before you go, I wanted to let you know that the wedding has been moved to this Friday."
"The Chief thought that it would be great publicity for the Planet, especially with the double wedding and all."
Lois shook her head in disbelief.
"Besides, this will bring us closer to the honeymoon, and this time we'll have to share the bed!" Clark pulled her close and growled in her ear.
Lois looked up toward the sky. "Shoot me now, please!"
A soft hum emanated from Chez Joey's. Only Ellen Lane and 100 of her closest friends and family filled up the entire basement floor of the restaurant.
The guests were dining on fillet mignon and prime rib steaks. There was nothing too good for both of her babies.
"Kiss for the camera, Lois!"
"Oh come on, Sweetie. You only get married once or at least that's what you hope." Ellen laughed.
"Honey...this is an important time in your life; it's time to make memories."
"Mother, I'm not going to do such a disgusting thing!" she protested with her arms folded across her chest.
"If she won't, I will!" Clark forcibly grabbed her by the waist and pulled her toward him for a kiss.
The flashbulbs flashed all over the place.
"Yay!" Ellen applauded. "Thank you, Clark."
Lois slapped him across the face. "How dare you!"
She pulled away from the embrace and started storming off toward the restaurant exits.
She stopped when she felt a gentle hand touch her shoulder.
"Mrs. Kent, Mr. Kent, it's nice to see you."
"Oh please call us Martha and Jonathan. We wanted to congratulate you on your engagement to Clark. Frankly, we were a bit surprised at the whole rushing into things, but nonetheless, we know you and our son will be very happy together. He's a great boy."
"Martha, Jonathan, I..."
"Martha and Jonathan Kent!" Ellen shrieked like a harpy. "Isn't this a glorious day?" she exclaimed as she gave them both a big bear hug.
Ellen felt an arm wrap affectionately around her waist.
"Sam Lane! Did I tell you, you could do that?!? Just because you're here, doesn't mean I want to start something! I only invited you because you're the one who put these two things we call daughters into me in the first place!"
"I have to go get out of here..." Lois whispered to herself.
As she was walking through the double doors of the exit, something caught the corner of her eye. It was her sister and Lex hugging. Lex looked over at her and smiled.
"Arrgh!" Lois screamed.
Lois readjusted her veil as she looked at herself in the mirror. She was standing in one of the changing areas of The First Church of Superman.
Her dress swished as she walked over to the S shield shaped couch and sat down. She hiccupped a bit as she ran her fingers across it. The tears started to flow. "I love you, Superman..."
She had tried everything she could think of to get out of this fiasco. Sleep was scarce the night before, because her phone kept ringing off the hook.
She could've booked a trip to Mexico, but reporters were surrounding her apartment and the church. How bad would it look if she skipped out on her own wedding?
Hopefully, Clark would come to his senses. Actually, she had no doubt in her mind that he would. They'd go through the motions of the ceremony, and then they'd get it annulled tomorrow. They were both prize winning journalists, so they could come up with a creditable story.
Lois jumped when she heard a knock coming from the door.
"Just a minute!" Lois said frantically as she wiped the tears away and tried to pull herself together.
She opened the door; it was her mom and her sister, Lucy.
"Oh Honey, you look beautiful!" Ellen exclaimed. "Both of my babies look absolutely radiant!"
"Ready to get married?" She clapped with glee.
"Of course!" Lucy grinned.
Lois gave a fake half-smile.
Lois turned around to see Lex standing in the hallway.
"Did I tell you that you look absolutely ravishing tonight?"
"Ah, no and thanks." She blushed.
"And Lois...I don't want this marriage bond with your sister to stop us from what we were destined to be."
"Together, you and I belong together. I can feel it!"
"But you're marrying my sister! Don't you love her?"
"Love her? No, but I do love her family...especially you, my dear."
"Have you no shame?!? My sister is in love with you! God help her...but she is. I'd like to think that you feel the same way. You have her and the rest of my family fooled, but I, for one, was on to you. I warned her about you!"
Lex laughed. "You are so incredibly beautiful when your face flushes red in anger like that. You and I must rendezvous after the honeymoon."
"Oh my God!"
Lex grinned. "You don't become successful in business without being a great actor! Fortunately, your sister was naïve enough to fall for that."
Lois was about to attack him when her mother's voice arose from the hallway.
"Lois, Honey? We're about to start."
"You better go...see you soon."
Lex grabbed her by the waist and pulled her close.
"Isn't it traditional to kiss the bride?"
Lex kissed Lois' lips hard.
Lois felt like she was treading water as she walked with her father and sister down the aisle. Heads nodded and faces smiled as she went by. She looked behind her and saw Superman standing near the sanctuary doors. Her eyes searched his for any sign of emotion, but they remained empty as his arms were folded across his chest.
"Do you, Alexander Joseph Luthor take Lucy June Lane, to be your lawfully wedded wife, in sickness and in health? To have and to hold from this day forward, for as long as you both shall live?" The priest asked.
"I do." Lex smiled and winked at Lois.
Lois scrunched her nose.
"Do you, Lucy June Lane take Alexander Joseph Luthor, to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health? To have and to hold from this day forward, for as long as you both shall live?"
"I do!" Lucy loudly exclaimed and slightly giggled at her outburst.
"Do you, Clark Jerome Kent take Lois Joanne Lane, to be your lawfully wedded wife, in sickness and in health? To have and to hold from this day forward, for as long as you both shall live?"
"I do," Clark said as he flashed that famous Kent grin.
"Do you, Lois Joanne Lane take Clark Jerome Kent, to be your lawfully wedded husband, in sickness and in health? To have and to hold from this day forward, for as long as you both shall live?"
All eyes were trained on Lois, waiting for an answer. You could've heard a loose diamond from an earring drop, as Lois stood there in silence.
"Say it!" Clark whispered as he kicked Lois in the ankle.
"Ouch!" she shrieked.
"By the powers invested in me and the county of New Troy, I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Luthor and Mr. and Mrs. Kent. You may kiss your brides!"
The Luthors happily embraced and kissed.
Clark pulled back Lois' veil. She tried to push him away, but he held tightly onto her hands and kissed her squarely on the lips.
Lois entered Clark's bathroom. The wedding reception was finally over. She had never felt so humiliated in her whole life! Her mother kept crying and hugging her every chance she got. Before she even had time to think, Ellen handed her an already packed suitcase and sent her on her way. God only knew what was inside.
She removed her wedding dress and dropped it onto the floor. She looked at her unclothed body in the mirror. The thought of making love to Clark horrified her.
If things worked out, they'd fall asleep and get the marriage annulled in the morning.
Lois opened the suitcase and started rummaging through it.
"Mother!" She gasped as she found white lingerie which barely left anything to the imagination.
She looked through the rest of her luggage in the hopes of finding something else to wear to bed. They were dashed when she discovered she'd either have to wear that or nothing at all. Being naked was not an option. It would only tempt her reporting partner even more.
She sighed loudly as she started putting the outfit on.
Clark was waiting for Lois in bed when she stepped out of the bathroom. His eyes widened as he got out of bed and approached her.
"Wow, Lois...you look amazing! I can't believe we're married and I can only hope you'll grow to love and want me like I want you."
Clark took off his glasses and placed them on the nightstand.
You know he looks like...no it couldn't be. I'm just imaging that because I'd rather be with him tonight...she thought to herself.
Then he removed his robe and let that float to the floor.
Lois couldn't help but be slightly impressed as she looked his body up and down. He was dressed in black, silky boxer shorts. His chest was fairly well-defined. He must work out...she thought.
Clark moved closer and held onto Lois' hands.
"I love you so much, and I can't believe that we're finally married. Now we'll be able to spend the rest of our lives together. To think this was only a dream of mine and now it's real."
"Clark, no, we can't do this; it's not right. Let's get some rest and in the morning we'll get this thing annulled. We can deal with the repercussions of this later. I'll even take the blame."
"Lois, this was your fault."
"Well...whatever. Why don't I take the bed and you go take the couch. I'll see you in the morning."
"No, Lois, I won't! We need to give this a chance! We need to give our love a chance to grow. I believe in this too much to give up. I gave this marriage a lot of thought, and I want it to be much more than saving you from humiliation. Lots of people who are just friends start out as such and then become lovers. I want that with you, Lois. I've always wanted that with you."
"Even if I felt the same way, why would you want to be stuck in a marriage where the other person is in love with Superman!" she stated.
"You may think you're in love with him, but I think you're just confused."
Clark started running his fingers across Lois' shoulders. He undid the straps of her white satin nightgown. The moonlight made her look like a Greek goddess, which fueled his desire even more.
"I see the way you look at me. I can sense you're jealous whenever I'm near another woman. I know that you want me..." he whispered as he made a trail of kisses across her neck.
Lois lightly slapped him as she pulled away. "I can't believe I'm saying this...but you can be such a male sometimes!"
He laughed as he moved closer to her again and placed his hands on her waist.
"Give me a chance, Lois. Let me love you."
Clark affectionately placed a hand underneath Lois' chin and brought her face near his. He slowly and passionately started kissing her lips. Lois tried fighting him off, but she found her muscles relaxing a bit. She briefly paused as she looked deep into his eyes. "Damn you, Kent!" she said before going back in for the kill.
She moaned as Clark's hands caressed her back. His fingers found the strings of her bodice and untied it.
Lois shrieked as the dress fell to the floor, and she suddenly found herself naked in front of Clark. She quickly grabbed a sheet from the bed and wrapped it around herself. Her body trembled as she sat on the edge of the bed.
Clark sat down next to her and brushed some hair out of her eyes.
"Lois, you're beautiful! Please let me take care of you."
She allowed him to wrap his arms around her body and lay her upon the bed. He lay down on top of her and kissed and caressed her skin.
Lois moaned in pleasure.
"Clark..." she whispered.
"Shh..." Clark continued to kiss her as the sheet was slipping further off her body.
"Clark...mmm...this feels so good...this feels so right!"
"I know," Clark said between kisses.
"Oh Clark..!" The feelings were intensifying.
Clark was walking down the hallway of Lois' apartment complex when he heard what sounded like a voice in distress. He used his super hearing and discovered it was Lois; she was screaming out his name. The door was locked, so he kicked it in and quickly ran to the bedroom. He noticed Lois' eyes were still closed.
Lois quickly shot out of bed when she felt Clark shaking and telling her to wake up.
She gasped as her eyes were more in focus, and she saw Clark standing there. She was about to ask him what he was doing out of bed when he spoke up.
"Lois, are you all right? I heard you screaming my name, so I had to burst through the door."
"But my door has a triple lock, so how on earth did you get through that?"
Clark was about to give her an excuse about Superman letting him through the window when Lois interrupted.
"I was really yelling your name?"
"Yeah...you were so loud that I thought you were being attacked or something."
It suddenly occurred to Lois as to why she was yelling out his name. She was embarrassed. She couldn't believe that just seconds ago she was dreaming about making love to Clark, and she actually enjoyed it!
She couldn't show her vulnerability. She knew the inevitable was coming...
"So...what was this dream all about?"
Lois searched for the words. "Um...um...Uh, it was just a nightmare. Yeah, a nightmare," Lois reassured herself.
"I had a nightmare where you won the Pulitzer without giving me any credit."
"You know how I get, Clark." Lois grinned sheepishly.
"Only you would consider that a nightmare."
"Hey!" Lois took the stuffed animal that he'd won for her back in Smallville and threw it at him.
"Make yourself at home while I go get changed."
Several minutes later, she was ready to go.
"Hey Clark, what day is it?"
"April 1st or better known as 'April Fool's Day.' Why do you ask?" He laughed.
"Don't ask, Kent. Don't even ask..."