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Five Card Stud - Chapter 2

Here's chapter 2 to my Smallville fic, Five Card Stud.


Chapter 2 – Ante Up

With a quick call to his mother to let her know that they would be having a guest stay over, Clark went into his well-practiced ‘Lois Lane visitor’ mode. He would be taking the couch, while Jimmy would stay in his room. But unlike when Lois first stayed at the Kent Farm, he probably wouldn’t be constantly fighting with Jimmy.

Remembering all of those encounters with Lois brought a smile to Clark’s face. Ever since she became his mother’s Chief of Staff, they had been getting along much better than in the past. Plus, for some unknown reason, she was constantly in his thoughts lately. Their relationship was changing and they were becoming fairly good friends.

Breaking Clark out of his thoughts, Jimmy asked, “When do you think we can head on down to the caves so I can take some snapshots?”

With a shake of his head to clear his thoughts, Clark answered, “We can go now, if you’re ready.”

“Just hold on a sec, CK, I’ll get my camera.”

As he waited for Jimmy, Clark heard the screen door open and close. To his surprise, the very person who had recently been gracing his thoughts just walked in.

“Hey, Smallville,” Lois greeted Clark.

Right behind Lois, Martha Kent followed. She ended a conversation on her cell phone and greeted her son. “Hi, sweetheart.”

“Welcome back,” Clark returned while giving his mom a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

“Were you able to stay out of trouble while we were gone?” Lois asked.

“Trouble? I’m usually the one who gets you out of trouble.”

Lois just sarcastically laughed off Clark’s comment.

Did I really miss all of this jabbing from her?
Clark thought.

“I’ve got everything I need for the…” Jimmy started saying as he came down the stairs. Then he got a good look at who had just entered the Kent home. A little shocked, Jimmy continued, “Madame Senator, it’s a pleasure to meet you.”

Jimmy greeted Mrs. Kent with a hearty handshake.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Jimmy and to have you as a guest in our home,” Martha replied with her usual warmth.

“Better than some guests,” Clark quipped quietly with a slight laugh.

“Clark!” Martha chided.

“I heard that, Smallville,” Lois said, annoyed.

Ignoring her, Clark began the introductions. “Since you have already met my mom, Jimmy, let me introduce you to my verbal sparring partner here, who just happens to be my mom’s Chief of Staff. Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane.”

“It’s nice to meet you Miss Lane,” Jimmy greeted.

“You can cut out the ‘Miss’ crap, just call me Lois,” she replied as she shook the young photographer’s hand.

“What are you two boys up to?” Martha asked, noticing the camera in Jimmy’s hands.

“Jimmy was interested in taking some pictures of the Kawatche caves to build up his portfolio,” Clark replied.

While Lois and Jimmy discussed what he could photograph, Martha took Clark aside. She asked him in a concerned voice, just above a whisper, "Do you think that's wise, Clark?"

“I can’t see why not. Besides, I’ll be with him the whole time. Like I said, Jimmy is just taking pictures to gain some experience and to be able show off how good a photographer he is.”

“Okay, Clark. I trust your judgment.”

“Thanks, Mom.” Then turning to Jimmy, he asked, “You ready?”

Jimmy enthusiastically replied, “Ready when you are, CK.”

Both Martha and Lois were a little puzzled by Jimmy’s response and they said together, “CK?”

“You know, CK, Clark Kent. It’s just a nickname I came up with. It’s much shorter than saying his full name,” Jimmy explained to the two women.

Recognition dawned in their eyes.

“It’s not that bad, I actually kinda like it,” Clark spoke in defense. Besides, I have been called worse, he thought, taking a look at Lois who had always come up with some sort of name to call him. But ‘Smallville’ has kind of grown on me.

“Just be careful down in those caves, you two. I want you both back in time for supper,” Martha told Clark and Jimmy.

Jimmy crossed his heart. “I promise not to get myself or your son into any trouble, Mrs. Kent.”

“We’ll be fine, Mom. By the way, what’s for supper?” asked Clark.

“Fried chicken.”

“I guess Jimmy is in for a treat, then.”

“Once you two get out of here, your mom and I can finish up some state business and fix dinner,” Lois told them.

That statement brought a gulp from Clark since he had been on the wrong end of some of Lois’ cooking.

“Lois is actually going to help you fix dinner?” Clark asked with a touch of surprise in his voice.

“Of course I am, Smallville. Mrs. Kent can’t do everything, you know.”

“If that’s the case, I’ll make sure that we have the hospital’s phone number on speed dial,” Clark replied with a smile, which was followed by a light punch in the arm by Lois.

“Clark, that’s enough,” his mother reprimanded him, even though a slight smirk crossed her face.

“I’m sorry, Lois. I just couldn’t resist.”

“Apology accepted, Clarkie,” Lois replied, not resisting a dig as well.

“Clarkie?” Jimmy asked.

“Never mind, Jimmy. We’ll get back as soon as possible. ‘Bye mom,” Clark said, giving her a kiss on the cheek. “’Bye Lois,” and with a twinkle in his eye, Clark gave Lois a kiss on the cheek as well. He was out the door and getting into the truck with Jimmy before either woman could recover from their surprise.

“What the…” was all Lois could say.

*****

True to his word, Clark brought Jimmy back in time for dinner. Throughout the meal, Jimmy regaled everyone with descriptions of the various shots that he had taken. He promised them that once his roll of film was developed, he would show them his shots. Lois was uncharacteristically quiet. She was usually an active participant in a conversation at the dinner table.

What in the world possessed Clark to do that, Lois thought. Ever since he had kissed her, that one simple, innocent act would not leave her mind. But the strangest thing was, she had actually liked it. Her friendship with Clark had changed over the passing months and she considered him a very good friend, even one of her best friends. They still fought every once and a while, but deep down, she had a great deal of respect for Clark. Of course, she would never tell a soul about that.

“Lois?” Clark asked.

“What?” Lois replied, brought out of her musings.

“Is everything all right? You were awfully quiet during dinner.”

“Sorry, I must’ve spaced out for a while there. I’m fine, really.”

“As long as you’re sure,” Clark said and Lois gave him a nod saying that she was. “Chloe, Jimmy and I were planning on heading to the Talon tonight to get a few things ready for Pete tomorrow. Are you still okay with helping out?”

“Yeah, sure, that’ll be fine.”

After helping with the dishes, and giving Chloe a quick call, the four of them arrived at the Talon.

Even though Lois had a key, they felt lucky it was still open. Once she told the staff on duty that she would lock up and to go home, Clark, Lois, Jimmy and Chloe had the place all to themselves.

“Jimmy and I will get some stuff out of the truck and we’ll be right back,” Clark told the cousins.

“Okay,” Lois replied as she watched both Clark and Jimmy leave. She then grabbed Chloe by the arm and practically dragged her over to a couple of seats.

“Lois, what’s this about?” Chloe asked, pulling her arm out of Lois’ grasp.

Lois thought for a moment and then just blurted it out, “This afternoon, Clark kissed me.”

Stunned by what she just heard, Chloe said, “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Back up a sec. Did you just say that Clark Kent kissed you?”

“Yep. Tall, dark and flannel kissed me and I have no idea why.”

“All right, how did he kiss you? Was it on the lips? Was it passionate? Was there tongue involved?” Chloe asked, but that last question she barely got out with a straight face.

Lois swatted her cousin on the arm and replied, “Jeez, Chloe. Get your mind out of the gutter. Clark just gave me a kiss on the cheek.”

“Is that all?” Chloe rolled her eyes. “I wouldn’t worry about it so much, Lois. Maybe you’re reading too much into it.”

“I don’t know…” Lois noticed that Clark and Jimmy were back. “We’ll continue this conversation later.”
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