Summary: A continuation of the episode "Season's Greedings" — what happened between Lois and Clark after listening to the Christmas carolers.
Okay, just bear with me here. I haven't ever written a L&C story before, so criticism would be great, since I am inspired to become a writer. I decided to write this because I think that maybe someone besides me wishes that we had just 10 more minutes of romance to make up for the ten episodes without it. (Or is it nine) Anyway, here it is:
Clark was lost deep in thought as the last caroler turned the corner. His head was still rested on hers, her hand was still warmly tucked into his. They stayed that way for a few more minutes, not wanting to let go, but knowing it would be best if they wanted to avoid the awkwardness on Monday morning. Lois finally said, still in a daze, "Well, I guess we.. better eat." Clark lifted his head up as they turned and walked slowly toward the table, looking down at their hands, then looking at each other. When Clark gently let go of her hand, Lois wandered over to one end of the table, while Clark picked up the knife and began to carve the turkey.
"I hope you like the dinner," Lois said nervously, breaking the silence. "A … actually, I've never really cooked a meal like this before, I just used to help Uncle Mike in the kitchen on holidays when I was little. It's probably not nearly as good as your mother would make."
Although the food looked delicious, he couldn't argue with that. He sensed Lois's tension, and replied, "Lois, I'm sure it will be perfect." He gave her one of those smiles that made Lois melt. He had always cared for her, always there for her maybe even—loved her. He had canceled all of his Christmas plans just to be with her when he knew she needed him. Why was it so hard for her to admit that she loved him? She answered herself quickly. One man, one name: Superman.
Clark took her plate, seeing that she was thinking to herself. It was the look that she always had on her face when she was confused, upset, or just thinking hard about something important. He placed the plate in front of her, and served himself. "Ready to eat?"
Coming back to earth, she sat down in her chair an answered a tiny little, "Mm..hm."
Trying to start up a conversation, Clark asked, "So, did anything interesting happen tonight while I was…uh..gone?"
"Well, Superman pulled us in a sled … through the air…to deliver toys to the orphan home. It was a pretty wild ride."
"Really? Through the air, huh?" He couldn't help but stifle a smile.
"Yeah. It was fantastic. You should have been there. Oh, Perry got a call saying that Alice was in a hotel downtown. She will get a *wild* visit from Santa tonight. Clark, you should have seen his Elvis Claus suit!! It was so…Perry."
" I can imagine Perry being that crazy … but I don't even want to think about his suit!!" Clark chuckled.
Lois laughed. "Don't try. It's going to give me nightmares for a week. Anyway, I also got Jimmy and Angela together. He turned into a pathetic love-sick puppy when he saw her."
Clark smiled. "It's always someone with Jimmy. I remember when I first started working at the Planet, Jimmy came crawling to me asking for advice on how to ask out your sister. He was so desper..er..dependent on others then. But you…you were a totally different story. You were so independent on yourself." He added, almost about to burst out laughing, "You were Lois Lane, top banana."
"Well, I had never had a good partner until you came along, and I was usually the one who had to call the shots. Anyway, it seemed impossible for a city girl from Metropolis and a *farm boy* from Kansas to become friends, I didn't even want to bother. I never thought we would become, well, as close of friends as we are now."
Clark was stunned. He had never seen her so honest with herself before. She had really changed. When "Silent Night" came on Lois' Christmas CD, he said," Lois, that was a great dinner. Would you… like to dance?"
"Sure," she replied nervously. She knew their relationship was becoming more than friendship, but she didn't want to be the one to make the first move.
They joined hands again, and danced closely until the song ended. They looked at each other longingly, knowing that their relationship had just taken a step up. Knowing that this is what they had both wanted for a long time, knowing that they were right for each other. but even so, they each knew that their friendship would last forever, nothing could ever change that.
It was Clark's turn to break the silence. "It's getting late, but I was wondering if you'd like to fly up to my parent's house tomorrow and spend Christmas with us. I have a…friend who can fly us up there, even on Christmas."
"Oh, no, I … I … I couldn't. I wouldn't want to intrude on your family time together."
"No, Lois, we'd all love it if you came."
"Okay, then, that would be really nice." She smiled at him as they walked toward the door.
"Well, I guess I'll see you tomorrow." He brushed her cheek. "Goodnight, Lois."
"Goodnight, Clark." She watched him from the doorway as he stepped out into the hallway. "Oh, and Clark?"
"Yes?" He stopped and turned around.
She walked toward him and kissed him on the cheek. As she drew back, she said quietly, "Thank you."