Title: Second Best
Pairing/Characters: Collie, Clois, Oliver/Dinah & Chloe/Bruce
Disclaimer: don't own anything
Summary: Lois's view on Oliver's objection. Follows "Not Enough", "Heart of Glass" & "Expect the Unexpected".
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He had always played a part in their story. Once upon a time, they were the ones dating. Now it was his turn to be on the outside while she dated Clark.
But apparently, he was never on the outside. When she heard the objection, she couldn’t believe her ears. It was her wedding day, the happiest day of her life, but he was there to ruin it. Years ago, he had broken her heart and she thought she would never find the right man. But she had. She had never been as happy with anyone as she had with Clark.
Falling in love with Clark was something she hadn’t seen coming. But they worked together and suddenly, she found her heart skipping a beat every time he was around. Gone was her infatuation with Superman and in replacement, were feelings that went past friendship for one of her best friends.
She had taken the initiative and asked him out and was thrilled when he had said yes. Their date had gone fantastically and soon, they were in a serious relationship. Finding out that her Smallville was none other than the superhero who was always there to save her had not come as much as a shock. Clark was always saving people back in Smallville and now all the times he had suddenly shown up at the last minute made sense.
When he proposed, she had been ecstatic. Even before the actual proposal, she was hinting at marriage. Lois was a career oriented woman and had been so since she started rising in the ranks at The Daily Planet but with Clark, she could see herself settling down. She knew he would never make her quit and expect her to be a housewife. They were Lois and Clark- the most famous reporting duo in the journalism world. It only made sense that they fit outside the workforce as well.
And she thought he was in love with her too. Oliver and Clark’s friendship was nothing she had ever been worried about. Clark being interested in men was a thought that hadn’t even crossed her mind.
Now, hearing the reason for the objection, she felt a piece of her heart break off. He was in love with her fiancé, the man that she planned to spend the rest of her life with.
Who, for some reason, couldn’t tear his gaze away from Oliver. The look they were sharing . . . it brought her so much pain.
“Clark?” she said softly.
He turned back to her, confusion and desperation filling those green eyes she loved so much. Tears were filling her eyes but she willed herself not to cry. Why does this have to happen to me?
One look at his expression and the remaining pieces of her heart shattered. She knew him better than she knew herself and she could read his feelings. It wasn’t her he wanted.
Oliver loved Clark and apparently, Clark loved Oliver back. Oh God. Everything made sense now. Clark’s intense devotion toward planning the wedding over the past couple of months. Oliver and Dinah’s sudden break up. Dinah must’ve found out that Oliver was in love with Clark.
Now doubts began to fill her mind. Clark had disappeared randomly several times throughout the course of their relationship. Was their love just silent longing or had they done something about it?
According to rumors, Oliver had been acting strangely . . . could he have been acting like a dumped lover? Stop asking questions that you already know the answer to, Lane.
Everyone was waiting for an answer but Clark was remaining silent. She turned to the man waiting in the aisle.
Her throat tightened. He had won and she knew it. Clark wasn’t saying how he loved Lois and only Lois. Wasn’t denying Oliver’s claims that they were meant to be together. And now she was positive he had been cheating on her until recently.
She knew what she had to do.
“Ms. Lane?” the minister questioned, “Mr. Kent?”
Giving him a forced smile, she said, “Keep going.”
“Ms. Lane?” the minister asked.
“I said keep going,” Lois repeated.
Clark’s smile was sadder but he didn’t stop her. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Oliver freeze, sending pleading gazes toward Clark. But Clark refused to look at him, was only staring intently at her.
She heard retreating footsteps and the doors close.
The minister glanced at the crowd. “Does anyone else want to object?” No response and he continued. “Now back to the vows.”
“Do you, Lois Lane,” the minister said, “take Clark Kent to be your lawful wedded husband? To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer until death do you part?”
With a heavy heart, she gave her answer.
“No . . . I don’t.”