Yes, we're at that point again. This is the last chapter of my story. I know, it wasn't as long as "Chemicals React" but this was a little more fast paced. Hoped you all enjoyed it! Thank you again to all the people who reviewed so nicely.
Story: 24 Hours
Pairing/Characters: Collie, Lexana, mentions of past Clana & Lollie
Disclaimer: don’t own anything
Spoilers: through 6x14, Trespass
Summary: The only constant part of life is change. And
In high school, Lex had always tried to convince him of the joys of poetry. His idea of romance was spouting love poems and eloquent quotes said by some famous person at a woman. Most of it bored him but he remembered one particular one that always stood out in his memory. The author of Love Story, Erich Segal had said it best. “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
And wasn’t that relevant in his current situation? It had taken Oliver’s life being put in danger and some zoner, of all people, to see he had fallen in love. He hadn’t even seen it coming. All those actions he had taken, the ones that the woman had mentioned, he never thought there may be more to it.
What a fool he was. Some woman who barely knew him saw through the feelings he hadn’t even seen himself! His love for Oliver was so different than his love for Lana had been and yet it was much stronger.
Not that it mattered. Nothing mattered anymore. His love had no chance of being reciprocated.
10 hours ago:
When he walked into the penthouse, everyone was immediately on their feet, all talking at once. They had clearly been waiting and worrying for hours. Then they took a good look at him. And everyone was suddenly silenced. He knew he looked like a mess but he didn’t want to waste time getting cleaned up.
He gave her a small smile. “Don’t worry, Chloe. It looks worse than it is.”
Giving the others a reassuring smile, he reached into his pocket and pulled out the tube.
“What’s important,” he said, “Is that I got the antidote. We have to go to see Oliver.”
“Dude, I think you need to see a doctor,” AC said.
“I’m inclined to agree,” Chloe said, brushing a finger over his burn wound. He winced lightly, his injures not completely healed.
“I’m fine,” he said insistently. “Look everyone, I’ll heal. We have to get this to Oliver. We don’t know how much time he has left!”
His declaration seemed to snap the group back to reality. They all started making plans. AC and Victor were going to take the plane while Clark and Bart were going to head over to see the doctor with the antidote. Chloe decided she would stay there, in case of emergency.
After finalizing their plans, Bart and Clark were off. They arrived at the doctor’s office pretty quickly, both hitting their top speeds.
The doctor met them at the door and ushered them inside.
“How is he doctor?”
The doctor glanced at him. “I feel as if I should be asking you that question.”
He gave him a small smile, “I’m fine, don’t worry.”
“My amigo is stubborn,” Bart said. “But how is Oliver?”
“He’s fine, for now,” Dr. Michaels informed them. “I assume you have the antidote?”
“I’m assuming your current state has to do with the means you had to take to gain this,” Dr. Michaels commented. “But I won’t ask.”
“And I appreciate that,”
“But are you sure you don’t want me to look at those injuries?” Dr. Michaels offered.
“No thank you,”
“Now that I have the antidote, I’ll get to work,” Dr. Michaels said. “Stick around, I’ll keep you updated.” Then he was gone, leaving Bart and Clark alone.
“Amigo?” Bart said hesitatingly, “Are you sure you’re okay?”
He’s so young. The boy before him was younger than him and had been through so much.
Bart grinned. “It’s cool. I’m the one who would understand. They don’t call me Impulse for nothing.”
“I know,” Bart said confidently. Noticing
That was as far from the truth as it got but
As a child,
From day one, he knew when he got older, he wanted a marriage like his parents. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for each other. It wasn’t perfect and they had their fights but at the end of the day, they were in love. And that was all that mattered.
That was what made the realization that he may be alone forever so hard to bear. Cassandra’s vision for me hit him hard. She saw him surrounded by graves, watching all the people he loved most die. What kind of future was that?
He thought it hurt when he lost Lana but this was so much more painful. The worst part was that he had never even been with Oliver. With Lana, he had the memories but with Oliver . . . all he had was the emptiness of unrequited love.
8 hours ago:
No results had come yet. Dr. Michaels was running tests and
Nobody was saying anything and the silence was driving
Chloe’s hand on his knee brought him back from his thoughts. She gave him a smile and
“Are you okay?” she asked. “And don’t give me that ‘I’ll heal” bull either. I don’t care about your physical injuries because I know they’ll be fine. But are you okay?” She could read him like a book.
“I don’t know,” he said honestly, “I really don’t know. It’s like, all of a sudden, everything’s different.”
“That zoner really did a number on you, huh?” Chloe asked, keeping her voice low, so the others wouldn’t overhear.
“She just made me see things in a different light,”
He nodded. “Thanks, Chlo.” They shared a smile.
“I have used the antidote,” Dr. Michaels announced. He paused for a moment, “And I’m very happy to say that it worked and Mr. Queen is in the clear.”
There were cheers throughout the room. Bart was grinning, AC looked relieved and Victor had tears in his eyes.
“Can we see him?” Bart asked eagerly.
“He’s out of the coma stage,” Dr. Michaels told him, “And the drug is out of his system. But he is asleep at the moment. You can go in and check on him but you must remain quiet.”
“Then maybe Bart should stay here,” Victor joked and just laughed when he saw the glare that Bart shot him.
The atmosphere was calm and relaxed, now that they knew Oliver was okay. But
“All right guys,” AC said, “Let’s go check on our leader.” AC, Bart, Victor and Chloe started to head toward the room but
Chloe was the first one to realize he wasn’t following them. She turned back and looked at him.
“Come on amigo,” Bart said, “If it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t be alive!”
“Give Oliver my best,”
After he had gotten home, he had cleaned up and went straight to bed. He had been exhausted from the busy day. Many people had tried to contact him and his cell phone had been ringing nonstop. It came to the point where he just turned it off.
Oliver was alive and safe but as long as
Admitting it to anyone else would still be a little too much for him. Maybe Chloe. He realized she was worried about him and she was going to find out the details about the zoner sooner or later. She was probably home so when he was feeling up to it, he’d give her a call and they could sit down and discuss what happened.
But not yet. For now he had to reflect on what happened and think about what steps he was going to take to make sure it wasn’t going to happen again. It was becoming more important than he find the zoners. Once he had finished that task, he could go do his training. His lack of knowledge on his home planet and his inability to make the best use of his powers were really hurting him.
Trying to distract himself from his feelings, he picked up the sander and began to sand a nearby chair. He had meant to do so anyway . . . might as well stop putting it off. It was working too until a voice interrupted his thoughts.
“Looks like you're working out some issues there,” a voice called from behind him.
Keeping his voice calm, he replied, “Just doing a little honest work, Lex. You should try it sometime.”
He could hear the smirk on Lex’s face as he said, “Why start now? My life's perfect.”
Spinning around, he met Lex’s gaze. “What do you want?”
“Nothing,” Lex replied, “I just wanted to take a little sleigh ride down memory lane, visit the scene of the crime.” He pointed to the area above the stairs. “Hey, here's where you took my fiancée after kidnapping her . . . right before you tried to kill me.”
“I wasn’t myself that night,”
“Sorry?” Lex repeated, “What, that you didn't finish the job?” He chuckled, the noise annoying
“That was her choice,”
“You never do,” Lex pointed out. “That's all right. You see, I understand the allure of trying to unravel the mystery of
That was a low blow.
“Are we done?” he asked coldly.
Lex wasn’t phased. “Nothing left but the formalities.” He handed
“Is that really what you want, Lex?”
“What I want?” Lex echoed. “What I want is to make Lana happy for the rest of her life. And I want you to be there on our wedding day . . . to see what you lost.” The underlying bitterness in his tone was evident.
“Now isn’t this a friendly conversation,” a too familiar voice interrupted.
Oliver was making his way into the barn and stopped when he was at
“Lex,” he greeted, his tone chillier.
“Oliver,” the reply came. “I thought you went back to
Oliver smirked. “I did, but I came back.” He looked between
Brown eyes met green and
“What do we have here?” Oliver said, “Well, well, a wedding invitation.” He looked at Lex expectedly. “I didn’t realize you do home deliveries now. Playing courier?”
Lex’s eyes narrowed. “I wanted to hand it to him personally.”
“I’m sure you did,” Oliver said. “Is this conversation over?”
“It’s definitely over,”
Lex’s eyes showed surprise but his expression remained stiff. “Yes, it is over.” He turned and headed for the door. “Be sure to RSVP soon,
Once he was sure Lex was gone,
“Don’t worry about it,”
“When I woke up,” Oliver said, “There were several people by my bed side. Bart, Victor, AC . . . even Chloe was there. But you weren’t.”
“Why?” Oliver wanted to know. “You saved me . . . you found that antidote but you couldn’t be there to see me when I woke up? I don’t understand.”
“It was my fault,”
“How could it have been your fault?” Oliver demanded. “You didn’t drug me.”
“But I might as well have!”
“I have a lot of enemies Clark,” Oliver said, “Any one of them could’ve done this.”
“But it wasn’t any of them,”
“What do you mean?” Oliver asked.
“The person who did this,”
Not meeting his eyes,
It was Clark who stopped often to make sure that nobody was around. It was a dangerous conversation they were having and
When he was finished, he took a seat on the steps. He had remained vague about the most recent zoner. He just said that she was in love with his biological father and wanted revenge.
He didn’t say anything when Oliver took a seat next to him, even though being in such close proximity to him was killing him inside.
“But why me?” Oliver asked. “Why not Lana or Chloe or even Lois?”
Time for the big reveal. This was the point where
“Because I don’t love them,” he said. Silence. Oliver wasn’t saying anything. Now what?
“What are you saying?” Oliver asked. He was still there.
“She saw something that I didn’t,”
He stood up suddenly and walked away. With his back to Oliver, he said, “I’m so sorry Oliver. I never meant for you to get caught up with my problems. Now that you know, we can put some distance between us. Unless it’s an emergency, I don’t think we should be in contact with each other. It’ll be safer that way and we won’t have a repeat of this incident.”
Oliver interrupted his rant. “What if I don’t want to put distance between us?”
Oliver stood up and walked toward
“That’s too bad,” Oliver replied, his voice hoarse, “Because I am. I love you, Clark
Oliver took this opportunity to invade his personal space. He cupped
“Oh Oliver,” he said, ready to apologize. They never talked about that kiss.
“Sshhh,” Oliver said, “Don’t speak. It was the oddest feeling. I found that I wasn’t angry at you for kissing Lois but at Lois for kissing you. That I was jealous of her and I wished it was me you were kissing.”
“We can’t do this,”
“Doesn’t matter,” Oliver said, “As long as I get to be with you, I will cherish every moment. Especially now that I know you love me too.”
Oliver gently wiped away his tears. “I know, and I love you too.” Leaning forward, Oliver’s lips met
“We’ll be okay,
They smiled at each other, neither making a move to part.
In twenty-four hours, his life had changed. But
THE END! :)