Story: Accidentally in Love
Pairing/Characters: Collie, Chloe/Jimmy, Lollie mentions of past Lexana & Clana
Disclaimer: don’t own anything
Warning: slash, mentions of m/m sex
Spoilers: season 7
Summary: Oliver returns to Metropolis on business. Clark’s depressed over Lana’s death. An unexpected encounter leads them to a friends with benefits situation, neither willing to get into a real relationship.
Not too long after Oliver left, Clark got a phone call. Picking it up, he found it was none other than Chloe.
“So where did you disappear to?” his best friend teased.
“Home,” Clark replied. “I guess I just needed to be on the farm this weekend.”
“Are you alone then?” Chloe asked, concern evident in her tone.
“Don’t worry about me,” he told her. “Kara pops in now and then.” He paused. “Oh, you’ll never guess who else came over.”
“Who?” Chloe questioned.
“Oliver,” Clark revealed.
“Oliver Queen?” Chloe asked, “What’s he doing back here?”
“He says he is in Metropolis for business,” Clark informed her.
“Does Lois know he’s in town?” Chloe wanted to know.
“I don’t think so,” Clark responded. “Oliver didn’t even mention her when we were talking. Her name only came up when I told him I was living with you and her.”
“Maybe it’s best she doesn’t know,” Chloe offered. “I mean, he did break her heart . . . and she’s happy with Grant.”
“Yeah, I mean, in the past few months when he called, he didn’t even ask about her,” Clark agreed. “I guess they’re over each other. But you’re right, no need to bring back any unpleasant memories. We know why he had to go but to her . . .”
“To her, it looked like he was just tossing their relationship aside for his business,” Chloe finished. “I know, Clark. Look, I promise I won’t tell her if you don’t.”
“It’s for her own good,” Clark concluded. “You have a deal.” They spoke a little while longer, and he hung up.
The night passed by quickly. Clark cooked dinner. His mother had taught him before he left and with practice, he had become quite good at it. Kara had joined him for dinner and they managed to spend a little time together before she went back to her apartment.
It was a beautiful night and Clark found his old telescope so he could gaze the stars. He was majoring in journalism but decided to go for a minor in astronomy. Clark loved writing too much to pursue a career in anything else but he took one astronomy class and knew it just wasn’t enough. His childhood love of the galaxies returned and he decided that he would minor in it.
He managed to go to bed at a decent hour, but he wasn’t too tired, as he was used to staying up late nights studying. But he made it to bed and found that he was more exhausted than he thought.
Clark had a pleasant night’s sleep and woke up to the sunrise. His apartment was nice but in Metropolis, there was no peace and quiet. The downside to the bustling city was that he never got a chance for a moment like he was experience now. Watching the sun rise over Smallville was one of the things he loved about small towns.
He knew he couldn’t stay on the farm forever but it was moments like this where he regretted living in such a big city. But he did love Metropolis University and it was a nice change of pace. However, he appreciated having somewhere to come home to when he got sick of the city.
Afterwards, Clark prepared to start his day. He usually took care of the house when he was home and maybe he would get some peace and quiet to get some studying in too. Taking a break in the afternoon to go see Kara at the Talon also sounded good.
In the evening he would head back to his apartment and complete just another day. Nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary. As long as he made it through, he would be happy.
Little did he know that ‘ordinary’ was the last word he would use to describe the rest of his day.
Oliver Queen was also beginning his day and he also had plans. It didn’t take long for him to find Lois’s address and today, he was going to go see her. He had no idea what he was going to say when he saw her but he hoped he would be able to wing it.
One last look in the mirror and he was out the door. Finding the apartment complex that Lois lived in was easy and his GPS system definitely helped. It was a nice building and he learned that she lived on the fifth floor.
He was intentionally walking slowly. As he approached the apartment, Oliver was more than a little nervous. It had been about a year since he had last seen Lois, last spoken to her and he had no clue how to approach her. Finally, he did reach his destination and stopped in front of the door. Taking a deep breath, he raised his arm and prepared to knock.
Inside, Lois was getting ready. She glanced at the clock and smiled when she saw the time. Grant should be here any minute. When she first met the handsome brunette, she had her doubts. It was her first day at the Planet and since she had started school again, she had been busy. But she couldn’t deny her attraction to him or how well they got along.
But the last time she risked her heart, she had it broken. Lois was never one to express vulnerability and she guarded her heart fiercely. Somehow, Oliver had managed to get past her defenses and made it into her heart.
Only to break it. His leaving had destroyed her. Outwardly, she remained tough, uncaring but inside she was dying. Especially on Valentine’s Day. For once, she thought she’d have someone to share the special holiday meant for lovers with but again, she was alone.
She didn’t recall what happened with Clark but remembering what she was wearing when she snapped out of the love trance, she figured she really didn’t want to know anyway.
The next few months, she tried to bury herself into the Inquisitor and finding articles that will gain her a better reputation as a journalist. That had almost gotten her killed and Chloe had died saving her life. Lois was smarter than she acted . . . she knew both Clark and Chloe were hiding something from her about what happened that day. But she wasn’t going to push it . . . not now anyway. She hoped that Chloe would tell her eventually.
It took time but she managed to get over Oliver and move on with her life. Then she met Grant. He was such a nice guy. Not a jet setting billionaire but a kind, hardworking man that she really clicked with.
When he first asked her out, she rejected him outright. She was there to do her job and there was no way she was dating a coworker, much less her boss. But over the course of the next few weeks, they had become friends and she felt she was ready to give dating a shot again. So one fine day, he had asked her to dinner, and she knew he had been expecting to be rejected but she had surprised them both by saying ‘yes’.
They had fun that evening and she had agreed to a second date. A second date turned into a third and before she knew it, they were a couple. Not that she had a problem with that but she made sure that she was taking this relationship slow. No way was she going to make the same mistakes she did with Oliver. This time, she was not going to get hurt.
It had been good so far and Grant was a great guy. Lois had no regrets. Today, they were going to go a movie. She had picked a black tube top and a pair of faded jeans, leaving her hair loose. Casual but she looked good.
A phone ringing snapped her back to reality. It was her cell phone.
“Lane,” she answered.
“Lois, it’s Grant,” the reply came.
“Hey Grant,” she said.
“I just wanted to let you know that I’m running a little late,” Grant said. “I had to stop by the Planet but I should be there in about ten to fifteen minutes. I’m really sorry.”
“That’s fine,” she assured him. “I’ll see you soon then?”
“Yeah,” he responded. “Bye Lois.”
“Bye Grant,” she said and hung up.
She made her way to the kitchen to get herself a drink of water when she heard a knock at the door. Lois frowned. Didn’t Grant just say that he was going to be late? Maybe Clark or Chloe had forgotten their keys.
Not thinking too much of it, she headed to the door and without so much as a ‘who is it’, which in retrospect could’ve been quite dangerous, she swung the door open. And she could’ve sworn her heart stopped.
Because standing in front of her was none other than Oliver Queen.
Lois looked even more beautiful than he remembered. Standing in front of her again, he was reminded of the first time they met. At least this time around, he knew she wouldn’t be mistaking him for a courier.
Her lovely brown eyes were wide with shock and he gave her a smile, unsure of what else to do.
“Hi there,” he said, his voice cool and calm, the opposite of everything he felt inside.
He was as handsome as the first time she saw him. Dressed in a pair of dark jeans and a brown sweater shirt, his hair in its usual spikes and a trademark half smile on his face, Oliver still made her heart skip a beat.
Quickly, she regained her composure. “Hi,” she said cautiously. “It’s been a while Ollie.”
“It has,” he agreed. “How have you been Lois?”
“Not bad,” she replied. “Come on in.” She moved out of the way, giving him room to enter.
“Thanks,” he said and slipped by her. Lois closed the door after him and met his gaze. She didn’t know whether she was doing the right thing . . . inviting him in. Grant would be there soon and this was her ex-boyfriend. But she needed to know what he was doing back.
Could it by any chance be for her? The first few months after their breakup, she dreamed of him returning to her, begging for her forgiveness and her love. Despite she said that she wouldn’t wait, part of her wished for him to come back. On the surface, she kept up a stoic façade but inside, there was still that little girl in her that wanted her happily ever after. When she was younger, she had read fairy tales to Lucy and back then, she had fantasized about her very own Prince Charming. As she got older, she learned to dismiss it as a childish delusion and hardened her heart.
Oliver was the closest she had ever gotten to a Prince Charming. He came into her life and swept her off her feet. But it wasn’t meant to be and she didn’t get her happy ending.
Why Oliver? She asked silently. Why did you have to come back now? Now, when my life is going okay? Lois watched him, waiting for him to start the conversation. He had showed up . . . and it was up to him to explain. She wasn’t going to make it easy for him.
She had her guard up, Oliver quickly realized. But he expected nothing less. He knew he had hurt her when he had to leave and he had some serious making up to do. Now if he only could figure out where to start.
“So,” he said, eyes drifting to his surroundings. “This is a nice apartment.”
“I’m sharing it with Clark and Chloe,” Lois informed him. Making small talk, Ollie?
“I know,” he replied before he could think about it.
This got a reaction. She raised her eyebrow. “You did? How?”
No point in lying. “I saw Clark yesterday,” he admitted. “He told me.” He winced inwardly when he saw her expression. That had not been the right thing to say.
This answer did not please her. Part of her pride was hurt that Oliver went to see Smallville first. And since when did they become such good friends? She knew they got along but she didn’t realize they were close enough to warrant a visit. Part of her was also hurt . . . she thought Clark was her friend and would at least warn her that Oliver was in town.
She was angry. Oliver was anything but dense and he could tell that her anger was not only directed toward him but Clark as well. Poor Clark had to live with her . . . he didn’t intend to cause problems in their friendship.
“Clark didn’t know I was going to come see you,” Oliver said quickly. “Nor was he the one who told me where you guys lived. I found that out on my own.”
The anger slowly faded. She still believed Clark should’ve informed her but she knew that he was probably trying to protect her. Despite the amount of times Lois insisted she could take care of herself, Clark always acted like her big brother.
“Okay,” she said. “Why are you here Ollie?” Might as well be direct.
Lois had always been one to get to the point quickly. Glad to know she hasn’t changed, Oliver mused.
“I came to Metropolis for business,” he explained, knowing fully he wasn’t answering her question.
Must you be so stubborn Ollie? Lois wondered. Oliver was no dummy and he had to know what she was asking. She couldn’t help but be disappointed he didn’t come to Metropolis just for her.
Stop it stupid, she chided herself, You’re over him, remember? Plus, you have Grant now!
“Fine,” she said, “You’re in Metropolis on business. But what are you doing here? In my apartment right now?”
“I wanted to see you.”
That was a response Lois didn’t see coming and it wasn’t an answer Oliver meant to give. Both were caught off guard and there was a silence for a few minutes, neither knowing what to say or do next.
Oliver decided to break it. “Lois, I know I hurt you when I left last . . . it was never my intention. I did love you, whether you believe it or not.”
“Then why did you leave?” Lois asked, her voice barely a whisper. But he heard it. And the distress in her voice made him want to hit himself.
“I had to go,” Oliver said, his brown eyes pleading with her to understand.
“Why?” Lois asked again, her tone raised. “You never give me answers, Ollie.”
“I have a lot of secrets, Lois,” Oliver replied, biting his lip.
“But if you loved me, you shouldn’t have kept any secrets from me,” Lois countered.
“I did love you,” Oliver insisted.
“But you didn’t trust me,” Lois pointed out sadly. “Oliver, I never would’ve judged you . . . you know that.”
“I know that,” Oliver agreed. “I just . . . didn’t know how to tell you.” Oliver took a few steps toward her, needing to be closer to her. “My secrets are dangerous, Lois.”
“And I can take care of myself,” Lois retorted. She paused and her voice dropped a note. “All I wanted to do was love you.”
Oliver’s heart clenched at her words. “I can explain . . . I’ll tell you everything.”
She shook her head. “It’s too late.” Even as she said it, it was killing her. Oh Ollie, why do you do this to me? I was supposed to have gotten over you.
The pain she was feeling was reflected in his eyes. Those gorgeous eyes that Lois could easily lose herself in. Every time he tried to remain cool, she would glance into those expressive eyes and see everything he was feeling.
And those eyes were torturing her. This was not how it was supposed to be.
They just stared at each other. But the doorbell ringing startled them both. Oliver removed any trace of emotion from his expression and Lois hurried past him to answer it. She knew exactly who it was this time.
She opened the door slowly and saw Grant standing there, with a smile on his face, oblivious to what was going on inside.
“Hey Lois,” he said cheerfully.
“Hi Grant,” she said, forcing a smile. “Come on in.”
He entered and looked puzzled when he saw Oliver.
Who is this guy? Oliver wondered. But they way they greeted each other proved to Oliver that Lois had been expecting him. Dread filled his stomach.
“Grant, this is Oliver,” Lois introduced them. “Oliver, this is Grant, my . . . boyfriend.” Grant didn’t notice the hesitation but Oliver caught it.
Boyfriend. One word and Oliver felt his heart shattering into a million pieces. She had moved on. Of course, she had moved on. When they last spoke, she said she wasn’t going to wait for him. Lois was a beautiful, vivacious, intelligent and charming woman . . . she obviously would have tons of guys knocking at her door.
But it didn’t stop the hurt. Oliver gave a fake grin at Grant, who clearly knew who Oliver was and what role he used to play in Lois’s life.
“It’s nice to meet you,” Grant said, sticking out his hand. Oliver shook the offered hand, even though breaking it sounded a lot more fun at the moment.
“Likewise,” Oliver said politely.
“So what are you doing in town?” Grant asked. He was trying to make small talk . . . it was an awkward situation for them all.
“I came to Metropolis for business,” Oliver said smoothly. “I was in the area and I heard Lois lived here so I thought I was just coming to visit.”
“That’s nice,” Grant said.
Lois looked between the two men, torn. Grant knew that Oliver was her ex but she appreciated that he was acting like the gentleman she knew him to be. Because she never in her wildest dreams imagined that she would be faced with this situation.
“Well,” Oliver said, “I’m sure the two of you have plans. I’ll just get out of your way.” He headed for the door.
“Oliver,” Lois said suddenly, capturing the attention of both men. She swallowed hard. “Thanks for stopping by.”
Oliver nodded, disappointment evident in his expression. But he gave her a small smile. “Goodbye Lois.”
“’Goodbye Ollie,” she replied and watched as he shut the door, exiting her life once again. This time, it was her watching him walk out the door.
“Lois?” Grant’s soft voice brought her back. She smiled at her boyfriend. “You okay?”
“I’m great,” she said, sounding more confident than she felt. “So how were things at the Planet?” As Grant started to tell her about what their boss said, she couldn’t help but let her thoughts drift.
Out of the corner of her eye, she glanced at the spot where Oliver had been standing just a few minutes ago.
And couldn’t help but wonder “what if”?