Story: Words Left Unsaid
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Summary: follows “Snow, Surprises and Shelby”. Lois sees more than she lets on … and drags Chloe into the plan. Meanwhile, Clark and Oliver have lunch together while silently pining for each other.
The table is here.
He was about to make his way back into the house when a roar of an engine caught his attention. Maybe Oliver forgot something, ran through his mind. And then he wondered why he was so excited about the idea of spending more time with Oliver.
But taking a look at the car, he saw it wasn’t Oliver. No, it was Chloe and Lois, back from a day of shopping.
“Hey Clark,” Chloe greeted him, as they stepped out of the car.
“Hey Chloe,” he said, “Hi Lois. How was the shopping?”
“Shopping was great,” Lois said. “We just dropped our stuff off at the apartment.”
“And now you’re here?” Clark asked, with a smile.
“Oh come now Smallville,” Lois said cheerfully. “You missed us. Don’t deny it.”
“Of course Lois,” Clark said sarcastically, “Whatever would I do without you?”
“I have no idea Smallville,” Lois told him. “Luckily you don’t have to find out!”
“Oh yeah, lucky me,” Clark drawled.
“I don’t know how I put up with the two of you,” Chloe interjected.
“Can you put up with us inside?” Lois asked. “It’s cold out here.”
They made their way into the house. Lois looked at the empty glasses on the table. “So Smallville, did you have company? Or did you just feel the need to use two cups?”
“Oliver was here,” Clark told her. “We had hot chocolate.”
“I suppose he told you were broke up then,” Lois stated.
“Yeah,” Clark said, “You okay?”
“I’m fine,” Lois replied. “I just felt we were moving down different paths. When I imagined my future, it wasn’t him I saw in it.” She shrugged. “People break up all the time. He’s a great guy, just not for me. We’re still friends.”
“That’s what he said,” Clark said. Seeing her expression, he added, “About the whole being friends part.”
She nodded. “Yeah, we’re cool.” She turned to Chloe. “Speaking of relationships, how’s Jimmy?”
“He’s good,” Chloe told them. “Unfortunately, he won’t be here for Christmas . . . he’s spending time with the relatives. But he’ll be back for New Years Eve. And we’re going to exchange presents early.”
“He makes you happy?” Lois asked.
“He really does,” Chloe said, with a smile.
Clark was happy to hear that. It was about time Chloe found someone who would appreciate her the way she deserved.
“So how’s Oliver?” Chloe asked, addressing Clark.
“He’s fine,” Clark said. “Did you know his birthday is next week?”
“No way,” Lois said. “He never mentioned it to me.”
“He wanted to keep it low key,” Clark said, “But I thought it would be nice if we do something for him.”
“We should!” Lois said.
“Nothing too big,” Clark said, “It’s just, everyone deserves a birthday party.”
Chloe smiled at him. “I think he’d like that.”
He was going to begin to make plans but the phone rang and he went to pick it up.
“Kent Farm,” he answered and it was his mom. She wanted him to look up something so he picked up the cordless phone and walked upstairs.
He didn’t know that Chloe and Lois were continuing the conversation downstairs.
“Did you see that?” Lois asked, with a smile.
Chloe was puzzled. “See what?”
“Clark!” Lois said excitedly, “And his feelings for Oliver!”
Chloe almost choked. “You think Clark has feelings for Oliver? They’re friends, Lois, just friends. I don’t know if you realize this, but Clark’s straight. If the total obsession with Lana didn’t clue you in on that . . .”
“No, no, no,” Lois said. “Were you not watching him? He gets this look in his eyes when he talks about Ollie . . . it is way more than friendship.”
Chloe was doubtful but when she thought about, Clark did seem attached to Oliver. He was really in a good mood when they showed up and Oliver had just left.
“He’s not gay,” Lois agreed. “His feelings for Lana were genuine. Smallville is obviously bisexual.”
“Obviously,” Chloe repeated dryly.
“Even better,” Lois added, “I think Ollie has feelings for Clark too!”
“Hold on,” Chloe interrupted, “You’re accusing both Clark and your ex of being bisexual and interested in each other? And why aren’t you more bothered by this?”
“I’m not homophobic Chloe,” Lois said. “Oliver and I have broken up. We’re friends and I’d like to see him happy. And as much as Smallville and I fight, I like to see him happy. He needs to move on from Lana.”
“You think Oliver will be the one to help him move on?” Chloe asked. “Look, I have no problem with Clark having an interest in men but he’s my best friend. We tell each other everything. If he liked Oliver, I think he would’ve told me.”
“Not if he hasn’t accepted it himself,” Lois stated triumphantly.
Chloe sighed. “Lois, are you sure you’re not in over your head on this one?”
“I’ve seen them together, Chloe,” Lois said stubbornly. “There are sparks, major sparks. The two of them have chemistry. You can’t deny that.”
Chloe opened her mouth to argue and then she was hit with memories. Flashbacks of the first time she had met Oliver and the look he gave Clark before he left. How overly concerned Clark had felt when they suspected Oliver of taking drugs and Clark’s complete faith that he wasn’t a killer.
Maybe Lois wasn’t so off on this one after all. “What’s the plan?” she finally asked.
“Yes!” Lois cheered, “I knew you would agree eventually. We’re going to put the boys together.”
“Matchmaking is dangerous Lois,” Chloe said, “If there is the slightest possibility you’re wrong . . .”
“I’m not wrong,” Lois said, with a wave of her hand. “Trust me on this one. We shall plan and it will be perfect. They’ll never see it coming.”
Chloe had a bad feeling on this one but she knew Lois. Once she set her mind to something, it would be impossible to change it back.
What’s the worst that could happen anyway? Lois couldn’t do that much damage! A few awkward moments but that was it. Best-case scenario would be Clark finding love and happiness and she really did want him to be happy. Lana was pregnant with Lex’s child and though she had to keep that a secret from Clark, she knew it meant there was no hope of a reconciliation between the two.
Lois was right about Clark needing to move on and if Oliver made him happy, then so be it. Just as she was about to tell Lois how she felt, Clark returned.
He looked between the two. “You guys are awfully quiet,” Clark noted. “Everything okay?”
“Everything’s fine,” Lois told him. “We were talking before . . . besides, we’ve been talking all day.”
Clark was suspicious but he took her words at face value. Lois looked sneaky and her whole body language gave off the vibe that she was plotting.
Then again, it was Lois and whatever she planning, he probably didn’t want any part of it and it was best just not to ask.
“Okay,” he said. “Talk about anything interesting?”
“Just holiday plans,” Lois said. “Turns out that I’m not going away after all.”
“I thought you were going to be with your dad and Lucy,” Clark said.
“My dad is busy,” Lois said, “And Lucy is . . .” She sighed. “I don’t know where Lucy is exactly but I know she won’t be coming.”
Clark’s heart went out to her. He knew how much she loved her sister and blamed herself too often for Lucy’s less than perfect decisions.
“You always have a place with us, Lois,” Clark said sincerely. “We’d be happy to have you join us.”
“I think I’ll take you up on that offer,” Lois replied. “You’re going to be here too, right Chloe?”
“I will be here,” Chloe said. Clark had invited her to spend Christmas with them a few weeks ago and she had gladly accepted.
“Oliver will be here too,” Clark said.
“Really?” Lois asked. “I didn’t know he was sticking around for the holidays.”
“I asked him and he said he was,” Clark responded. “I invited him to spend Christmas with us and he agreed.”
Now Chloe was even more positive that Lois was on the right track. There was a look in Clark’s eyes when he said Oliver’s name. Clark may not have realized it but there was something going on with him and Oliver. Now it was just a matter of figuring out what.
“Christmas will be fun then,” Lois was saying. But she had a mischievous glint in her eyes and Chloe knew that she had plans. Whatever it was, Chloe knew she would be joining in.
“Actually,” Lois said, “We should be going. We just stopped by to say hi, Smallville. Our day isn’t over yet.”
“Well, have fun then,” Clark said.
“We will,” Chloe said and the two of them left.
The minute they were in the car, Chloe was on Lois’s case. “Okay, what’s the plan?”
“Now you’re into the plan,” Lois said smugly.
“Lois!” Chloe said, “Yes, I agree, there is something going on, at least on Clark’s end. So what are we going to do about it?”
“I figure that Oliver’s birthday party will be the perfect place to see what is going on between them,” Lois said, “We have to watch their interactions and make note of every glance, every touch.”
“We find out whether they have feelings for each other for sure,” Chloe said, “And I am assuming that the next phase of the plan will take place during the Christmas dinner?”
“Exactly!” Lois said. “If they do have feelings for each other, we shall be setting them up. Let’s just say mistletoe is going to be our best friend.”
“You think this will work?” Chloe asked. “We have to make sure they don’t figure it out.”
“Clark’s dense,” Lois said. “Oliver may be a bit of an issue but I can work with him. You know Smallville better than anyone . . . I’m sure you can come up with ways to pull one over his head.”
“Clark’s smarter than you think,” Chloe said, “But there are ways to trick him. When it comes to matters of the heart, he is blind.” It was true. For all of Clark’s superpowers, he had no clue what he was doing when it came to love. Chloe adored her best friend but sometimes, she really wanted to smack him over the head. It would be pointless and she’d only end up with a broken hand but there were days where she had been convinced it would make her feel better.
“So cousin dearest,” Lois said, “You’re in, right? We’re doing this together?”
“We’re definitely doing this together,” Chloe said. “Let’s plan.”
Lois grinned wickedly and Chloe felt herself growing excited. One thing was for certain. The boys wouldn’t know what hit them.