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17 June 2011 @ 10:25 pm
ficlet: checking in  
Title: Checking In
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing/Characters: Clark, Oliver
Rating: PG
Word Count: 580
Warnings/Spoilers: none/9.04 'Echo'
Disclaimer: all characters belong to the CW/DC Comics
Summary: Clark went back to check on Oliver.
A/N: for scifiland's 'different endings' challenge.

Am I doing the right thing? Clark wasn’t sure of the answer but that didn’t change his decision. Besides, he was already in the elevator; there was no turning back now.

He had left Oliver’s side to help make a save and even though Oliver insisted that he’d be okay, Clark hadn’t been as confident. After all, Oliver had been willing to die that night, an idea that still gave him chills. How could he possibly be okay? So after he had followed the sirens and anonymously assisted the police in catching the perp, he decided to check in on Ollie.

Stepping into the spacious apartment, he glanced around, finding Ollie on the balcony, staring out at the night. A few long strides and he was by the door, quietly watching, unsure of how to proceed.

"Well, don't just stand there, Clark," Oliver said, breaking the silence. "You can come closer. I won't bite."

Hesitating briefly, he closed the remaining distance between them. "How are you doing?" he asked.

Ollie shrugged. "Still alive. I guess that's all I can ask for right now." Turning, Ollie met Clark's gaze, brown eyes locking with green. "I have to admit that I'm surprised to see you again."

Swallowing hard, Clark admitted, "I was worried about you."

A wary look crossed over Oliver's features as he continued to stare at Clark. "Why?"

"Why what?" Clark questioned.

"Why were you worried about me?" Oliver clarified.

"After everything that happened tonight, are you really asking me that?" Clark retorted, incredulous. Immediately softening upon seeing Ollie's expression, he sighed. "Oliver ... I know I haven't been a very good friend to you lately, but I do care …"

"It's not your fault," Oliver murmured. "I haven't exactly been 'friend of the year' either. After how I treated you, I don't blame you for not being around. I’ve been pushing everyone away, I know that."

Not know how to respond, Clark paused, an awkward silence falling in between them. Finding his courage, he said, "Can I ask you something?"

"Sure," Ollie agreed.

He finally asked the question that had been lingering on his mind all night. "When you stepped off the podium ... did you really ... did you mean to?" The words got stuck in his throat.

"To die?" Oliver prompted. "Yes."

Clark knew it but getting the confirmation still felt like a punch in the gut and the horror he was feeling must've shown on his face because Oliver frowned.

"Why?" Clark managed to say.

Averting his gaze, Ollie sighed. "I don't know ... in that moment, it just seemed ... easier."

Closing the remaining distance between them, Clark put a hand on his shoulder, trying to offer comfort the best he could. "Oliver ..."

"I know, death is never the answer," Oliver said automatically.

It was the vulnerable look in Oliver’s eyes that did Clark in. Without another word, Clark pulled him into a hug. Oliver frozen, completely taken by surprise but that didn’t make Clark let go. This wasn’t what they did; this wasn’t how their relationship was … but this was what Oliver needed. If he was honest, this was what Clark needed too … to know that Ollie was alive and safe.

Eventually, Oliver relaxed into Clark’s embrace, arms slowly wrapping around his torso, hugging him back.

Clark didn’t know how long they stayed that way. What he did know though was that Oliver would be okay.

He’d make sure of that.
 
 
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phoenixnzphoenixnz on June 18th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
I really feel for Ollie here. Because he hasn't grown up in a normal family he hasn't had that guidance he should have had, and he missed out on a lot of hugs. I really love what Clark does here. And while Ollie seems a little taken aback by it, I'm glad that he starts to warm up to it (and it's clearly the slasher in me that starts to think something totally dirty here). Wonderful little fic, hon.
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on June 19th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I really feel for Ollie here. Because he hasn't grown up in a normal family he hasn't had that guidance he should have had, and he missed out on a lot of hugs
Very true. Money can't buy love and if Ollie lost his parents when he was 5 (which doesn't make sense as far as canon is concerned but w/e) so he really did miss out on a lot. I think he'd be much happier if more people hugged him. :D

I really love what Clark does here. And while Ollie seems a little taken aback by it, I'm glad that he starts to warm up to it (and it's clearly the slasher in me that starts to think something totally dirty here).
I'm am happy that it worked for you! So many times I just wished Clark had given Ollie a hug but it never happened so I wrote it instead. Clark may be used to hugging people but I think that it's new for him and Ollie so it would take Oliver a bit of time to get used to it. And nothing wrong with dirty thoughts. I contemplated making it slashy but it'd have to be much longer for it to be realistic.

I'm so happy that you enjoyed it though! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :D
saavikam77: Clark/Ollie Miss Yousaavikam77 on June 18th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Awww!! Oh boys. I'm glad Clark went back to talk to Ollie and show him that he cared.
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on June 19th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
They are rather angsty, aren't they? I really wanted it to happen in the show but I'll settle for fanfic, lol. I am happy that it worked for you though!

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :)
Jenjlvsclrk on June 18th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Nice! I'm glad that Clark went back again.
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on June 19th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you liked it! I desperately wanted this to happen on the show- I cursed the sirens for interrupting their moment. So i settled for writing fic. :D

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :)
ctbn60: SV_Oliver_ALonectbn60 on June 20th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Aww Oliver is so broken here. I'm glad clark could be what he needed at the time he needed him the most. Very sweet!
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on June 21st, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Aww Oliver is so broken here.
Yeah, he is. I was trying to make him how I saw him in 'Echo' ... he really was gone there.

I'm glad clark could be what he needed at the time he needed him the most. Very sweet!
It's what I wanted to see on the show. Since they never gave it to me, I wrote it myself. I am happy that it worked for you and you enjoyed the fic as a whole.

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!
whiteroses77: collie2whiteroses77 on June 21st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I know they didn't show it like this, but Smallville left a lot of things to our imaginations so I imagined something like this happening later as I watched it but maybe without the hug!

Nice little fic!
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on June 22nd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, there are a lot of holes, which can be frustrating as a viewer but fun if you write fanfic like we do. I always wanted Clark to go back and since it didn't happen, I wrote it. I would've made it slashy but I felt it would've had to be much longer for it to be realistic so I left it at gen. :D

I'm glad you enjoyed it though! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :)