By NostalgiaKick <>

Rated G

Submitted September 2015

Summary: When everything is destroyed, Clark needs a reason to stay in Metropolis.

Story Size: 366 words (2Kb as text)

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Disclaimer: All recognisable characters, story lines etc. are property of DC Comics, Warner Bros and December 3rd Productions. I own nothing.

Author’s note: #20 in the At First Sight series, set at the end of Barbarians at The Planet, while Clark is still in the Arctic.

This story is 20th part of the “At First Sight” series. Please visit the Series Guide for links to all the stories in the series.


Everything fell apart so quickly. It feels like I blinked and my whole world changed.

The Daily Planet is gone.

Jack is in prison. Jimmy is unemployed. Perry is retired.

And Lois is engaged to another man.


Love isn’t supposed to be this hard.

I always thought that I’d meet someone, we’d fall in love, and things would go from there.

Instead I’m sitting in the snow with tears freezing on my cheeks.

I love her. I am deeply, passionately, head over heels in love with Lois Lane. I want to spend the rest of my life with her.

And she wants to spend the rest of her life with Lex Luthor.

I didn’t think anything could hurt as bad as Kryptonite, but this does. It feels like my heart has been replaced by an aching void.

I’m not sure the ache will ever go away.

Every time I close my eyes, I see her face as she rejected me. I see the ring on her finger. I see her kissing Luthor.

I could’ve stopped it. She wanted Superman. All I had to do was give her him.

But I can’t do that. I am Superman, but he’s not really me. She doesn’t want the ordinary man under the cape.

She doesn’t want me.

I should walk away. I shouldn’t stay in Metropolis and torture myself, wanting her so badly and knowing that she’ll never be mine.

If she’d chosen a decent man — if she had a reasonable chance at happiness — I’d do just that.

But she hasn’t. She’s chosen Luthor.

She doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into. I can’t walk away and let the woman I love marry a criminal.

I have to stay. I have to do something.

I have to save her.