Mark Clark (mark_clark) wrote,
Mark Clark
mark_clark

Smallville Fan Fic - Five Card Stud

Disclaimer: Characters are owned by those wonderful people at DC comics and the fine folks at Warner Bros., so that means that I don't.

Summary: Pete is back for a visit, so Clark and Chloe decide to throw a get together to welcome their friend back to Smallville.

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Five Card Stud

Chapter 1 – The Deal

It was an unusually slow news day at the Daily Planet, and the results could be felt everywhere, even in the basement where current intern Chloe Sullivan worked. These were the days that Chloe hated the most, but she was able to persevere. One of the ways that she coped had just walked through the door.

“What is a Kansas senator’s son doing visiting a lowly intern on this fine afternoon… or whenever it is?” Chloe asked with a smile.

“I was in the neighborhood, so I decided to drop by to see how you were,” Clark Kent greeted her.

“Well, thanks. It’s just what I needed… on such a slow news day.”

Clark could tell that it was indeed a slow day. The usual hustle and bustle of the Planet swirling around him was completely absent. He was about to tell Chloe the reason for his unexpected visit, when someone bumped into him.

“I’m sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going,” the young man said as he picked up himself and the papers that he had dropped off the floor.

Both Clark and Chloe assisted the poor guy and when Chloe got a good look at him, she immediately recognized him.

“Jimmy?” Chloe asked in astonishment.

“Hi, Chloe,” replied Jimmy, bashfully.

The two stared intently at one another for several moments, their expressions unreadable, all flurry of activity halted. Clark continued picking up Jimmy’s papers and, noticing that the pair still had not broken eye contact, he cleared his throat to break them out of their daze. What is up with those two?

“Should I leave the two of you alone?” Clark asked with slight smirk.

“No!” Chloe and Jimmy both answered emphatically.

“Sorry about that, Clark,” Chloe began, "Clark Kent, this is Jimmy Olsen." Clark and Jimmy exchanged greetings and a hearty handshake.

Taking a good look a Clark, Jimmy remarked with wide eyes, “Whoa. Grow 'em big in Kansas, don't they?

Both Clark and Chloe chuckled over the comment, both knowing secretly why Clark was built the way he was. Chloe added with a smile, "He’s also an intern here at the Planet, in photography.”

“What are all the newspapers for, Jimmy?” Clark asked as he handed the papers over to Jimmy, while Chloe did the some with the ones she collected.

Jimmy replied, “I’ve been going over several front-page pics from various papers to help me hone my craft. I would love to take one that lands on the front page.”

Chloe asked, “Do you mind if we have a look?”

“Sure, I don’t mind.”

Jimmy laid out the papers on Chloe’s desk.

“Aren’t these pictures amazing? The camera angle in some of these shots is spectacular. It makes me wonder how this guy does it,” he explained.

“You’re right, Jimmy. They are incredible, but some of them look a little grainy,” Clark mentioned as he studied the front-page pictures.

Chloe added, “And slightly out of focus as well.”

“Uh huh,” replied Jimmy. “But they show what’s important, no matter what the quality is. This guy always winds up on the front page of this New York paper. I would love to meet him and find out how he does it.”

“Maybe one day you will, Jimmy,” Clark said, giving Jimmy an encouraging pat on the back.

“Clark’s right, one day when you become a staff photographer, you may get a chance to go to New York and possibly meet this guy,” Chloe chimed in.

“Thanks guys, I appreciate all your encouragement.” Jimmy gathered up his papers.

As Clark helped him, he said, “By the way, Chloe, the main reason I’m here is that I received an email from Pete the other day. He’ll be in Smallville visiting family over the next few days.”

“That’s great news, Clark,” Chloe said excitedly. “I haven’t seen Pete since he left – it will definitely be good to see him again.”

“I feel the same way. Even though we’ve been emailing each other back and forth, it doesn’t compare to seeing each other face to face.”

“When will he be in Smallville, Clark?”

“This weekend. I was wondering if you could help me plan a little get together for him,” pleaded Clark.

“Sure, do have any idea where you want to hold it?”

“I talked to my mom about it and she said we could use the Talon.”

“That sounds good. If Lois isn’t too busy with your mom, I think I may be able to get her to help out.”

“You don’t have to worry about that I already talked to her and Lois said she would help.”

Chloe was surprised to hear that her cousin would do something like that for someone she had never met. And more importantly, as a favor to Clark. But, over the last few months, Chloe had witnessed a change in the relationship between the two. They continued to snipe at each other, but they were acting more like friends now.

“That’s good. I am kind of surprised that Lois would so readily agree to helping you with this,” Chloe replied.

“I think we have turned a corner in our friendship, especially with everything that has happened,” Clark said somberly, the death of his father still weighing heavily in his heart.

Chloe knew what he meant and gave his arm a comforting squeeze.

“So, who do you plan to invite to this little soirée that you’re throwing for Pete?”

“Well… you, me and probably Lois, if she wants to come, that is.”

“Since she’s helping with it, I don’t see why she wouldn’t want to stay. How about Lana?”

Lana’s name hadn’t really crossed his mind until now. Since the breakup, both of them had kept their distance from each other, but on occasion, they couldn’t help but run into one other. It would take some time before they would be friends again – at least, that’s what Clark hoped for.

“Lana coming is fine, but I don’t know if she would show knowing that I’ll be there. Feel free to ask her. Even though we’re not a couple anymore, I don’t mind. Besides, Pete is her friend too, so she should be there,” Clark answered. “This being short notice that may be all that could come.”

“I’m sorry to interrupt,” Jimmy asked once again back at Chloe’s desk after putting his papers away. “I overheard your conversation – did you say that you would be heading to Smallville over the weekend?”

“Yes,” both Clark and Chloe replied at the same time.

“I was wondering if I could hitch a ride with one of you guys I wanted to take pictures of those caves Chloe mentioned and since you guys will be there this weekend and I have nothing planned….”

“That’s fine with me,” Chloe said to Jimmy.

“Do you have a place to stay over the weekend, Jimmy?” Clark asked

“I never thought of that until you just mentioned it,” Jimmy replied, chagrinned.

“You can probably stay at the farm with me and my mom. I don’t think she would mind,” Clark assured him. “Plus, you can come to the party we’re having for my friend Pete.”

“Thanks a lot, CK. That would be great. Oh, um, you don’t mind me calling you CK, do you?”

“I kinda like it, Jimmy. It’s better than some other names I’ve been called,” Clark said, as a certain cousin of Chloe’s came to mind, with all the nicknames she had called him.

“So, when are we heading to Smallville?”

Chloe took a quick look at the time. “Do you think you can be back here in a couple of hours? I have some things to take care of here first, and then we can head out there.”

“Sounds fine to me. It’ll give me a chance to get ready for the trip. Thanks again for taking me, Chloe. And you too, CK, for letting be stay over at your place. Are you coming with us, or do you have your own car?”

“Um,” Clark began.

“Yeah, he’ll get back on his own. Besides, my little VW only really seats two,” Chloe explained, shooting Clark a look. He nodded, grateful he didn’t have to lie to Jimmy, so soon after just meeting the guy.

“Oh, okay. See you guys later,” Jimmy said as he left.

“Clark, I was wondering if you could…” Chloe lowered her voice so no one but Clark could hear, “super-speed me to the dorms to get some things together to take back to Smallville.”

“Not a problem. What are super-friends for?” replied Clark.
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