Disclaimer As always don't own nada
Summary Two lost souls seperated by circumstance only to be woven back together through destiny.
A/N An AU take on season four.
"I feel like I'm never going to see you again."
His words cut through her silent reprieve shattering an otherwise perfect illusion that she could actually handle this. Closing her eyes against the meaningless frustration of it all she turned away from him. She breathed that more deeply, trying to rein in any ounce of control she had left. After all what was the point in crumbling, she knew this was all going to end sooner or later. And the simple truth of it was he was still just a boy, a boy who was leaving her. The burning sensation of holding back the tears began to choke her. Her chest became tight as she tried to just breathe through the madness of it all, breathe through the onslaught that was carroding away at her. Knowing she couldn't change it, couldn't avoid it, couldn't escape it. Accepting it for what it was she straightened her back, squared her shoulders and turned to face the fate that awaited her.
"We never know what the future will bring." Her hazel eyes watched as his shoulders slumped at her unsubstantial belief. She knew he hated the words like destiny and fate. Hated everything they represented. And at one time in her life she could truthfully say she firmly agreed with his notions. But that was until fate decided to change her plans, irrevocably for the better. She came to Metropolis searching for her sister, instead she found the one person she wasn't expecting, a person she can now say she was probably always looking for.
"I've never met anyone quite like you." His hushed words seemed to drift their way across the room surrounding her in a reality far from her own. "You don't know how thankful I am that you came into my life when you did." He implored.
A wry smile quirked at her lips. "I think I have an idea."
"You saved me." He whispered. Her eyes met his and the intensity there made her heart pound relentlessly in her chest. Deep green begged her to believe his plea. The honesty in those eyes touched her more than she could put into words. And considering how much she liked to talk, that was quite something.
She took a deep breath. "That's what I'm here for, one save at a time."
The light smile that adorned his face lightened her heart. He was going to be okay. They both were.
"I have to go now." He choked out.
Her head seemed to nod aimlessly as her feet stayed solidly fixed to the floor, ignoring the cry in her head that she should just run to him. But she couldn't move. Oh God. Her breath started to come out in tiny, little gasps as he began to move towards the door. What are you doing? Still her feet wouldn't obey her commands. He reached the door, his hand grasped the handle. Oh God! His eyes found hers again. The door opened. Move dammit! The last look he gave her seemed to spur her body into action because as he walked out the door she ran towards it.
He spun round his body silhouhetted against the morning light. "What?" She would have laughed at the evident concern in his voice if she wasn't......oh ya know experiencing one of the most painful moments of her life.
"I need to know your name." She urged. Her hands clasped around his face, fingers skimmed over his cheeks, eyelids, jaw, lips. "Please." She breathed against his mouth. "Tell me your name Kal, your real name."
His eyes closed at her touch. "Clark." He sighed out. "It's Clark."
She chuckled. "Never would have taken you for a Clark."
His eyes opened a familiar twinkle gleaming through the changing colour. "And I wouldn't take you for a Joanne?"
She rolled her eyes.
"Fair's fair." He whispered.
"Lois, my name's Lois."
He nodded his head his mouth curving into a smile. "Lois."
A shiver went down her spine at the sound of her name being uttered from his lips for the first time.
"I'll never forget you."
She fought back the desire to stop him there. She knew he needed to say this to her, and if she were honest with herself she needed to hear it. So by the power of sheer will she managed to keep her composure. Relying on wit as a defence she quipped back with her trademark smirk. "Well I am unforgettable."
Clark gulped as he replied. "You don't realise how true that is Lois."
Lois could have sworn her heart ceased movement when he leaned in. His lips seeking hers as they'd done so many times before in the weeks prior to this moment. Only this time it was all too final. An overwhelming surge of emotion crushing down on her. A parting of ways. A bittersweet goodbye. A feather light touch, not nearly enough but all they could offer each other for fear of breaking.
And as his lips left hers Lois felt a light breeze brush across her skin, opening her eyes she found herself alone. The door to his Metropolis apartment still wide open. He was gone.