Story: It’s Not Over (sequel to ‘Not Alone’; can be read as stand alone)
Pairing/Characters: Collie (aren’t you used to this by now?)
Disclaimer: don’t own anything
Spoilers: through 6x14 “Trespass”, slight “Promise” spoilers (only that Lexana got married); “Freak” never happened in my world
Summary: It took them long enough to get together. But that doesn’t mean the relationship will be perfect. Through the fights, the lies and the tears, will they stay together? SORRY, CRAP SUMMARY. Please read anyway. :D
Previous Chapters: Here
The Talon was fairly empty. He ordered, got his drink and found a seat. Taking a sip, he frowned. Leaving hadn’t helped. If he closed his eyes, he could still imagine Oliver, imagine the way his eyes used to light up when they saw him, imagine the way his deep voice said his name . . .
“Clark,” a familiar voice said excitedly. No, it wasn’t the right voice. It was too feminine. He looked up and his heart sank. Lana . . . with Lex. The last people he wanted to deal with at the moment.
“Hey guys,” he said politely, “How’s everything?” He hoped they would get the hint that he didn’t want company.
But apparently, he didn’t make it clear enough. Lana took the seat across from him and Lex slid in right next to her. They both had their drinks in hand so he couldn’t even suggest they go order while he made his escape.
“Everything’s great,” Lana said happily. “We saw you sitting all by yourself and decided to join you.”
“That’s nice,” Clark said, forcing a smile. “Where’s Laila?” A beautiful name- apparently it had Arabic origins and meant ‘dark beauty’ or ‘night’.
“Laila is with Nell,” Lex explained. “She decided to give us some alone time.” And Clark never thought he would be wishing for the days where Lex and he would avoid each other. Now that Clark was no longer a threat, Lex was friendlier.
“Well,” Clark said, “You guys should get some alone time. I was just leaving anyway.” He stood up, thrilled with an excuse to go. “I’ll see you guys later.” He turned around and came face to face with Oliver.
Oliver’s face showed shock at seeing him so soon and by the expression in his eyes, he was still upset. Clark’s heart skipped a beat, as it did every time Oliver was close by. He mustered up a smile, as if not to throw Lex and Lana off.
“Clark,” Oliver greeted him.
“Ollie,” Clark said softly.
“Funny to run into you here.” Oliver’s voice was pleasant enough but there was an underlying coldness that only Clark could notice. Each icy word was a prick to his heart.
“Just getting some coffee,” Clark clarified.
“Well, so was I,” Oliver replied. “I’ll leave you to it then.” Without a glance back, Oliver walked away.
Clark forgot his surrounding for a second and was unable to hide the pain in his eyes as he watched Oliver walk away.
“Clark?” Lana’s gentle voice brought him back to reality. He glanced over, startled to see Lex and Lana having watched the entire exchange. “Sit down, Clark.” This time her voice was more commanding, a ‘don’t mess with me’ tone.
So he did as he was told and took back his seat. “You’re upset,” Lana whispered. “And from what I just saw, I think Oliver Queen had something to do with it.”
“It’s not his fault,” Clark was quick to protest and blushed as he saw surprise in both Lex and Lana’s faces.
“We didn’t say it was, Clark,” Lex responded, his voice surprisingly nice.
“You’ve just been so happy lately,” Lana continued, “And now something’s changed. Did you and Oliver have a fight? Chloe was mentioning that you guys are close friends . . .” Lex shot a glance at Lana, clearly she hadn’t mentioned this to him.
Clark frowned a little. It was time for the big reveal. “Yeah,” he admitted, “We’re close, we’re actually more than close friends.” He met their eyes. “Oliver and I . . . Oliver and I have been seeing each other.”
“You guys are dating?” Lana asked. She was taking the news well. Lex, on the other hand, hadn’t said anything at all. “I didn’t know you were interested in men, Clark.”
“Neither did I,” Clark confessed.
“How long have you known?” Lex questioned, finally breaking his silence.
“A couple of years,” Clark said. “I mean, it took me a while to accept it. This is Smallville. You can’t exactly come out.” Seeing Lana’s expression, he was quick to add, “I am bisexual, not gay.” Lana looked relieved, pleased to see their relationship hadn’t been a sham.
“So how long have you and Oliver been together?” Lana pursued. He liked this Lana, the one that he used to be friends with. The one he could talk to about everything and anything. It was nice to have her back.
“6 months,” Clark said. “We met through Lois, and we became friends shortly after. He went back to Star City. He returned shortly, though, after . . .,” he hesitated for a moment. Those were not good events. After what? After Clark broke into their engagement party and kidnapped Lana while on RedK? After he tried to kill Lex in the barn? After Lana had again gotten a stalker, who turned out to be one of Lex’s security guards? After Clark and Lex had a nasty exchange, where Lex presented him with the wedding invitation, aiming to hurt? No need to bring back bad memories. “At the end of February,” he finished. But Lana and Lex caught his hesitation and knew exactly what he was talking about.
“So you guys got together then?” Lex wanted to know.
Clark let a soft smile come up, as he remembered the first time Oliver kissed him in the barn. “Yeah, that’s when we got together.”
“Does anyone else know?” Another question from Lana. Clark felt as if he was being interrogated.
Now he was a little embarrassed. “Yeah, Lois, Chloe, Jimmy, my mom,” Clark bit his lip. “And Lionel.” Bart, Victor and AC knew too but he didn’t want to bring them up.
“My dad knows?” Lex seemed a little upset at his father keeping secrets.
“It’s not his fault,” Clark explained. “He’s been spending a lot of time with my mom so he found out. I asked him not to tell you guys.” Lex calmed down at this, obviously used to being kept out of the Clark Kent circle of secret keepers.
“Why Clark?” Lana quizzed, looking puzzled. “Why hide it from us?”
“I don’t know,” Clark shrugged. “We haven’t been all that close lately. I didn’t know how you would react.”
“Do you love him?” Lana asked.
“With all my heart,” Clark said, relieved to finally tell someone.
“Does he know that?” Lana questioned, a slight chiding to her voice. She would be a great mother. She could get her children to confess to everything with just a glance. Just like his mom.
“No,” Clark said miserably. He missed Oliver. He missed the times when he got excited at the sound of one of Oliver’s cars driving up. He missed kissing Oliver, running his fingers through that wonderful blonde hair, how he fit in his arms just perfectly . . .
“Tell him,” Lana said. “He deserves to know.” Lex was also nodding along with the advice, which was funny, because Clark knew Lex couldn’t stand Oliver.
“He’s furious,” Clark said, in a voice so quiet, that Lex and Lana could barely hear him. “We’ve been fighting so much . . . just this morning, he stormed out. I don’t know if he even wants us to still be together, much less love me.”
“Love is worth risking everything for,” Lana said. “If you want to be happy, you have to tell him the truth. I’m guessing some of your secrets are keeping you apart, as well? Don’t bother pretending that they aren’t there, Clark. If you don’t want to talk about it, that’s fine but we know you have them.”
Clark flushed. “Yeah, I mean, he knows part of it but he doesn’t know everything. I don’t know how to tell him.”
“Clark,” Lana advised. “I’ve told you before that two people cannot be together, not truly, if they have secrets and lies between them. If you want this relationship to work out, you’re going to have to tell him the truth.”
“You’re right,” Clark agreed. “I know you’re right. It’s just . . . no, you’re right. I am going to tell him.” He was full of new resolve. He wanted this relationship to work and damn it, he would make it work. He smiled at them. “Thank you both. I really appreciate the help.”
“You’re welcome,” Lana and Lex said in unison. Clark couldn’t help but laugh at that. They were cute. Once again, he was pleased at the good influence Lana had on Lex. He may have lost his first love and his first male crush to each other but at the same time, he regained two of his closest friends. It was a good trade off.
“I’m going to leave you to enjoy the rest of your day,” Clark joked. “I think we’ve had enough of the depressions.” He stood up and waved.
“You’ll be fine,” Lana assured him. “You both will. And Clark, don’t be a stranger.”
“I hope you’re right,” Clark said. “And I won’t.” He walked out of the Talon, happy. His relationship with Oliver wasn’t over. There may be a few cracks but now it was time to fix them. But how?