By Nirvana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Summary: About a month after the honeymoon, Lois begins to suffer from morning sickness.
Author's note: This is my first fanfic so go easy on me, OK? The story is set about one month after Lois and Clark get back from their honeymoon. Enough said. Comments and criticism welcome. I hope you enjoy it.
"What do you want for breakfast, Lois?" Clark hollered from the kitchen of his apartment.
"Nothing, I never want to see food again as long as I live."
Clark put the large plate of French toast he was carrying on the kitchen table and walked towards the bedroom. Lois was sitting in bed propped up by about eight pillows.
"Lois, are you feeling OK?" Clark queried as he walked to her bedside.
"Oh yeah sure, Clark, never felt better, I absolutely love feeling like I want to hurl at the sight of food." Lois replied sarcastically.
Clark sighed. "Lois you've felt like this every morning since we got back from our honeymoon," Clark put his hands on his hips trying to look superior, "This has got to stop."
Lois grinned at the mock threat "Try telling my stomach, oh master."
"Oookkay…" Clark said as he sat down on the bed beside her and rested his head on her stomach. Lois giggled. "…Incoming message, incoming message, stomach mu…" Clark stopped mid-sentence as he became aware of a tiny heartbeat beating in harmony with Lois'. Clark's heart leapt with joy, could it be?
"Oh my gosh…" Clark whispered as he slowly sat up.
"Clark?" Lois questioned, completely confused.
"Oh my gosh…" Clark repeated.
"What is it, Clark? Clark is everything all right? Is something wrong?"
"Oh my gosh…" Clark wanted to say so much but for some reason these where the only words that came out.
"Clark, is something wrong with me?" Lois asked, her confusion turning to worry.
"Huh? No, Lois, of course nothing's wrong with you, everything's fine." Clark said starting to smile.
"Then why do you look so shocked? Then why wouldn't you answer me, Clark? What's wrong with me? If everything's fine then why wouldn't you answer me?" Now Lois was babbling.
"What is it, Clark? Is it anything serious?" Lois cut in.
"No of course no-.."
"Am I going to be alright, Clark? Because if-…"
"Lois, you're pregnant." Clark said, trying to find a gap in the sentence.
Now Lois was pacing "…something is wrong then… What did you say?"
"Lois, you're pregnant." Clark was beaming.
Now it was Lois' turn to be shocked "I'm pregnant?"
"How do you know? Are you sure?"
"Well unless you have two heartbeats for another reason…"
"Oh my gosh," Lois smiled, "Clark, I'm pregnant!!!!"
"I wonder if Perry will mind that we're two hours late." Lois said as they drove towards the large globe of the Daily Planet.
"Probably," Clark grinned, "but we have an excuse."
"Do we ever." Lois giggled as she leaned over to give Clark a gentle kiss.
They walked through the sliding doors of the Planet and headed straight to the elevator. A moment later the large steel doors opened to show the newsroom they knew all too well bustling with activity.
"Do you still feel sick ?" Clark asked as they started to walk down the ramp to join the hustle and bustle.
"Yep." Lois replied placing her hand protectively on her stomach.
"Then why do you look so happy?" Clark queried, now thoroughly confused.
"Because now it's worth it!" Lois grinned.
"Lois, CK!" Jimmy yelled rushing up to the two reporters. "Perry wants you."
"Oh shucks, do we really have to go to the principal's office?" Lois winged, faking fear.
"Clark! Lois! Get in here!" Perry hollered loudly from his office.
"I guess we do." Clark said as he and Lois bounded towards the Editor in Chief's office.
Jimmy smiled. Those two didn't know the meaning of fear.
"You wanted to see us, chief?" Clark asked as he pushed open the glass door of Perry's office.
"You two haven't gotten to work on time once this week." Perry said, not turning around. His voice was calm but it was filled with that warning tone that Lois and Clark had gotten to know well.
"There's a reason for that, Perry." Clark said glancing at Lois.
"You see I've been feeling really ill with morning sickness see and-"
"Lois, honey, to have morning sickness someone has to be pregnant." Perry turned to look at Lois whose hand was resting on her stomach.
Lois and Clark just smiled at each other, then at Perry.
Perry's voice dropped to just above a whisper, "Lois, are you trying to tell me what I think you're trying to tell me?"
"You mean the fact that I'm pregnant?" Lois asked just as quietly
Perry's mouth dropped open, "I'm going to be a grandfather!"
Lois and Clark just laughed.
"Lois, what in the Sam Hill are you doing here? You should be relaxing."
"Perry, this is me." Lois said in disbelief.
Perry slapped his forehead. "What was I thinking? Well in that case I have a story that I need you two on." Perry paused, a grin slowly creeping across his face. "Rather appropriately it's about the rumors regarding staff being under-trained in the maternity section of the Metropolis General."
"We're on it, chief." Clark said as he and Lois headed for the door.
"Hold it, you two!" Perry screeched, "I believe you two have a little announcement to make?"
Most of the journey to the Metropolis General Maternity ward was spent in silence. That kind of blissful silence that one feels when one is truly happy. That is until Lois spoke.
"Clark, I've been thinking." Lois began as the car stopped at a red light.
"Now why does that worry me?" Clark teased playfully.
Lois continued, "Chances are that this baby will be 'different'…" She gestured in Clark's direction and smiled.
"And?" Clark prompted
"And that could pose kind of a problem when it comes to choosing a hospital."
Clark sighed. This wasn't really something he'd given a lot of thought to. Part of him knew that everything was going to run smoothly but he wasn't exactly sure how to explain that to Lois.
She was the kind of person that needed an explanation.
Clark was awakened out of his deep thought by the loud honking of a horn.
"Earth to Clark? Green light!!" Lois said waving her hand in front of his face.
Clark started the car and turned into the correct road to Metropolis General. "Sorry about that." He replied.
Lois' face softened, "You where obsessing again weren't you?" She leaned over and stroked a stray lock of hair off his finely chiseled face.
"Obsessing isn't exactly the word_"
Clark took a deep breath, "It's just that you brought up something that I hadn't really given much thought to." He turned to momentarily look at Lois. "But one thing that I do know, is that everything is going to go fine."
Lois smiled. For some reason she knew he was right.
As it happened the rumors regarding Metropolis General turned out to be just that so it was less than an hour before Lois and Clark where on their way back to the Planet.
"How does Chinese sound?" Clark replied to the unasked question.
"How did you know I was going to ask for food?" Lois queried as Clark pulled up beside a gorgeous Chinese restaurant.
"Psychic I guess." Clark said, leaping out of the car.
Moments later he came walking out of the lavishly decorated building carrying three large containers of take away food.
"Ooohh thanks," Lois said, taking the large containers in her arms and walking towards a table and chairs seated in a nearby park.
Clark looked up at the trees as he followed her. He hadn't been so happy since he discovered that in his second marriage to Lois the woman he married was indeed Lois.
He had always wanted a family, especially since he moved to Metropolis. He couldn't help but miss coming home to have someone there waiting for him. He just hoped that he and Lois would be as great as parents to this baby as Jonathan and Martha were to him.
"Mum and Dad." Clark said walking up to the table where Lois was sitting. The table was littered with the empty plastic containers.
"We haven't told mum and dad yet." Clark continued. He gazed down at Lois who was finishing off the last of the rice.
"Thanks for saving me some!" Clark said sarcastically.
"Clark, you can't seriously tell me that you bought one single container of food for a pregnant woman?"
"Think of it as feeding two people. Now let's go get some Mexican, I'm starving." Lois got up and pulled Clark towards the jeep.
"Something tells me that this is going to be a very long nine months."
"Hi, Lucy, it's Lois. How are you?" Lois asked not really all that interested in the response.
"Oh well Clark and I are great and I'm pregnant and there really hasn't been all that much happening at the Planet lately."
"Yes, that does mean that your going to be an aunty."
"Lucy. Luce? Lucy, no you can't move in to help look after the baby. No, Clark and I are going to do just fine."
"No, you don't need to send us a book about pregnancy."
Lois sighed. "Kids." She lovingly placed her hand on her stomach. "Present company excluded naturally." **
"I'll get it!" Lois hollered as she bounded towards the phone.
"Hello, Lois speaking."
"Hi, Lois, it's Martha!"
"Oh hi Martha. How's Smallville?"
"Great, how's Metropolis?"
"Listen, we got a message on our answering machine today and I think it was from Clark but our answering machine cut out before he was finished, was it anything important?" Martha asked with no idea how important the message actually was.
"It was very important but it would kind of be nice to tell you in person if we could…" Lois was desperately hinting for her mother-in-law in invite them to Smallville for some great home cooking.
"Well why don't you and Clark fly down for dinner tonight, we're having Thai food."
"Sounds great. We'll see you in twenty minutes, OK?"
Lois and Martha said their good-byes and hung up. Lois stood up and walked over to the mirror attempting to find if her pregnancy was visible yet. There was no rush to tell Clark, who was relaxing in the other room that they had to leave in fifteen minutes, after all it only took him, say, five seconds to get dressed and ready. Lois smiled, she wondered what this baby would be like. It would be gorgeous naturally, after all it was related to her, but what about powers. Clark's powers weren't fully developed until he was eighteen but Lois couldn't help but think that that was due to the fact that he was raised by people that didn't have "special powers" as he did so he wasn't all that sure how to use them.
Lois Jumped as she felt a strong hand on her shoulder. "Clark!" She squawked, "don't scare me like that!"
"Sorry," Clark said.
She looked up at him. He was already dressed in his superman suit and ready to go. He must have over heard the phone conversation.
"Now why doesn't that surprise me." Lois thought out loud.
"Lois," Clark said, his grin growing broader "I think it's time for announcement number two."
Martha put down the phone and looked at Jonathan, her glasses where foggy from the apples boiling on the stove but the confused smile on her face said a thousand words.
"You don't think… I mean do you think it's possible?" Jonathan started.
"One thing I've learned about Lois and Clark, ANYTHING is possible." Martha finished as she walked over to hug her husband.
And there they stood chuckling to each other until the familiar 'wooossh' sounded from the verandah.
SEVEN MONTHS LATER
Lois still looked wonderful but her pregnancy was now more than evident.
"Well don't you think that we should start thinking of a nursery? I mean you are eight months pregnant." Clark whined as he and Lois stepped off the elevator at the Daily Planet.
"Sure we should. Listen, tell you what, how about we go baby shopping after work today?"
"Thar she blows, tis Moby Dick!" Jimmy hollered as he rushed up to Lois and Clark.
"Thank you, Jimmy. Every woman who's eight months pregnant really wants to hear that she looks like a whale." Lois said sarcastically.
"My pleasure." Jimmy laughed as he bounded in the other direction. "By the way, there's another parcel from Lucy on your desk."
Lois grimaced "Another parcel?! I didn't know there were that many gifts in the world!"
Clark slowly picked up the neatly wrapped book and began to peel back the flowery paper.
"'What To Expect When You're Expecting,'" Clark read out loud. "You know this is supposed to be a really good book."
"I don't need books, Clark, I am perfectly aware what goes on when one is pregnant." Lois replied holding her head up high.
"Of course you are, Lois."
"Lois, have you and Clark got the nursery ready yet?" Perry asked loudly as he walked over to the desk where his favorite reporters were.
Clark seized the opportunity to give Lois an 'I told you so' look.
Lois rolled her eyes, "We're going shopping this afternoon, Perry."
"Why not now?" Perry asked.
"It's a work day." Lois stated in disbelief.
"Yeah, and my best reporter is ready to burst any minute. Now scram!"
"Now we have:
I think that's about it…" Clark said as he put the finishing touches on the pink and blue nursery.
All of a sudden Lois felt a sharp pain "A contraction!!!!" She wailed, "We have a contraction!"
"Breathe, Lois, breathe…"
"Don't tell me how to breathe, Clark, get the car keys!" Lois yelled impatiently.
"Right, keys, of course we need keys, don't we." Clark babbled as he scanned the apartment for the elusive keys.
"It's gonna be OK, Lois."
"Ah! I found the keys."
"Clark, the contractions finished. It's OK now."
"Okay, so we just slowly pack the bags and leisurely drive to the hospital." Clark breathed deeply.
Lois felt another contraction coming, "Get me to the hospital, NOW!"
Lois let out the remainder of a deep breath. "How far apart are they now?" Lois asked turning to Clark who was checking his watch. He seemed to be suffering as much as she was.
"Relax, you're not the one in labour you know."
Clark picked up the moist cloth that was lying on the table beside Lois' bed and began to wipe the sweat off Lois' forehead. "I love you, honey."
"I love you tooowww hee hee hoo hee hee hoo!" Lois was having another contraction.
Almost instinctively Clark offered his hand as a sacrifice to Lois who derived great pleasure from attempting to tear it apart.Lois slumped back on her pillows.
"How are you feeling, Lois?"
"How am I feeling?! How am I feeling?! How would you be feeling if you'd been in labour for eight hours, Clark? How do think I'm feeling?" Lois' voice was filling almost the entire hospital.
At that moment the door was swung open by a handsome young man who looked to be in his late twenties. His short blond hair was well styled and he looked rather cheerful, he was obviously new to the maternity ward.
"Hi Mr. Kent, Mrs. Lane," He gestured towards Lois who still seemed busy glaring at Clark,
"My name is Dr. Smith. How is everything?"
"Just dandy." Lois replied staring at the man in disgust.
"So how long have you been in labour, Lois?"
"Uh, eight hours actually." Clark corrected
"Ahhh! Hee hee hoo hee hee hoo hee hee hoo!"
Lois reached for Clark's hand but ended up grabbing Dr. Smith's hand by accident. For this contraction there were two people screaming.
"I'll order the epidural now!" Dr. Smith said when he finally broke free of Lois' grip and hurried out of the room.
"Lois, are you sure you want drugs?" Lois glared at Clark, "I guess so."
"Clark, have you called Lucy?"
"Martha and Jonathan?"
"Perry and Jimmy?"
Lois smiled tiredly "Clark, we're going to have a baby."
Clark grinned, "I know."
"Ahhh! Hee hee hoo hee hee hoo hee hee hoo…"
"Three minutes apart now." Clark said glancing at his free wrist.
A female doctor walked in to check on Lois. After accessing her situation she smiled.
"Lois, honey, you're doing great. Dr. Smith will be here soon so just relax, OK?" She grabbed Clark by the collar "Mr. Kent, we gotta get you suited up for delivery."
"Lois, just lean forward for a minute so I can give you this epidural, OK?" Dr. Smith said softly as he helped Lois to lean forward.
"Oh oh?" Lois repeated, "What do you mean 'Oh oh'? Because that is really not something that I want to hear when I'm in labour and someone is behind me with an unnaturally large needle."
"The needle broke."
Lois threw her hands up in the air and rolled her eyes, "Of course the needle broke." Lois laughed a frustrated laugh, "It was probably designed by a man!"
Clark and Dr. Smith just smiled at each other.
"Oh my gosh!" Lois yelled, a look of panic crossing her face. "The baby is coming now!"
Dr. Smith checked. "Lois, don't panic, it's going to be fine. Now just breathe deeply…"
"Great! Now push ,Lois, push!" Dr. Smith yelled, attempting to be heard over Lois' screams.
"You can do it, Lois!" Clark added holding her sweaty hand.
"Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!" Lois wailed.
Within moments Lois' screaming was joined by that of a beautiful baby girl.
Lois wasn't screaming anymore. Now she was laughing and crying at the same time. Tears of pure joy were pouring down her cheeks and landing on her newborn daughter.
For a moment the Baby stopped crying, and opened its big blue eyes to take a first look at its very special family.