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FIC: Stargazer

Title: Stargazer
Characters: Lois/Clark, Kon
Words: 791
Notes: Set shortly after "Sins of Youth"
Rating: PG for language
Summary: Kon visits Lois and Clark in Metropolis.



Lois opened the door at the knock to find her husband's clone standing on the doorstep. "Good evening, Ms. Lane," he said politely, producing a large bouquet of stargazer lilies.

Lois hated stargazer lilies, but she took them in her arms and smiled. "Come in, Kon. Clark's just finishing the salad right now."

Clark emerged from the kitchen with a "Kiss the Cook" apron on and smiled at Kon. "Hey, Kon," he said easily, gesturing toward the table. "Have a seat."

Kon sat down while Lois arranged the lilies in a vase and put them on an end table. "They're beautiful," she said. As if it were a perfectly normal dinner with a perfectly normal guest. As if she sat around having meals with rapid-aged clones of her alien husband just any night of the week.

Well, she had known she'd be in for some weirdnesses when she married Kal-El.

"So...how's that group of yours doing? Young Justice, they're calling it?" The clone--she had to stop calling him "the clone," she kicked herself mentally. It didn't matter how he was created--born, it didn't matter how he was born, he was a boy.

The boy smiled wryly. "They're kind of a weird bunch." He paused. "We're kind of a weird bunch." He described the members of his team, doing an imitation of Impulse that got Lois laughing despite herself. "And then there's Robin. He's probably the weirdest. He's kind of creepy, really. So serious. Never has any fun."

"Well, he's a Bat at heart." Clark had reappeared at some point during the discussion of Young Justice and put a casserole of steaming lasagna on the table. "You'll probably be working with various pupils of Batman your whole life, so get used to them being secretive, stubborn, and single-minded."

Kon frowned. "Why are you using an oven mitt?"

Clark held up his hand in the mitt. "With a secret identity, you can't afford to get in the habit of acting like you have powers even in the privacy of your own home. You can't afford to get sloppy."

The boy scowled. "Doesn't sound like a lot of fun."

"It's not, particularly. But a secret identity does have its rewards." His eyes met Lois's warmly and they shared a brief flash of smile.

Kon moved his lasagna around on the plate. "I don't have a real secret identity. I can't. I don't have a--a family. Or a past."

An awkward silence. This is when a better woman than I am would step up and offer to be his family, Lois thought. She said nothing.

Clark finally said, "You're making your past every day, Kon."

The boy's eyes flashed up at him. "That's just a platypus." He sounded furious, but Lois and Clark couldn't respond other than to stare at him blankly. "A platypus," he repeated angrily. "Some bullshit phrase that sounds nice and doesn't help."

Lois tried not to laugh, she really tried. Clark succeeded. "I think you mean 'platitude.'"

Anger turned sullen. "Yeah. Well. Robin taught me that one." Another gleam of anger. "That doesn't mean it isn't a bullshit phrase that just sounds nice."

"No, it doesn't." Clark spoke simply. "But you've been doing your best to make a life of your own, connections and friends of your own. A past isn't necessary when you've got the present and the future."

"Another platypus," Kon said with a wry smile.

"I've got a million," said Clark, matching it. "You should hear me get going on 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way.'"

The boy rolled his eyes. "Pass." But the anger seemed to have burned out again. There was a pause. "...and family?" said Kon very softly.

Clark took a breath. "I'll take you to meet my parents in Kansas sometime. If you'd like."

Lois saw a flare of...something...cross the boy's face. It might have been hope.

It was gone a moment later. "That'd be okay," he said coolly, digging into his lasagna.

As he got ready to go later, Lois said tentatively, "You can sleep on the couch here if you like. It...folds out."

He looked at her for a moment, then leaned forward suddenly and pecked her on the cheek. "Thanks. But I've got my own place now."

: : :

Every year Lois goes to the statue and puts two things at the base: a bouquet of stargazer lilies and a stuffed platypus.

It's an apology of sorts. And a promise, if he ever finds his way back like his father did.

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miss_tress
May. 4th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
*bawls* That was so wonderful! I always wished we had gotten to see more of the weird family dynamic Clark, Lois, and Kon had.
jij
May. 6th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, DC kind of dropped the ball on that one, didn't they? I know they wanted to give Kon a very separate identity, but there were so many possibilities...*sigh*
miss_tress
May. 6th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
I will always love Action 823 with Kon hitting on Lana by telling her that half of his DNA is from Clark. *silly, happy sigh*
jij
May. 7th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
*snork* Oh, Kon. That...so him. :)
miss_tress
May. 7th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
And the fact that he's wearing a Batman t-shirt while he does so makes him even more full of win.
xenokattz
May. 5th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I totally did not sniffle. Honest.

*sniffle*
jij
May. 6th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Awww. *slips you tissues* Thank you!
ladymordecai
May. 5th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
I'm crying.

Oh, Kon! We miss you!
jij
May. 6th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
I like the idea that even Lois misses Kon. He really deserves to come back...

Thanks for the comment!
in_excelsis_dea
Jun. 8th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't cry or anything- until the very last sentence, with the platypus. I just have this image of Lois setting one of those purple Ty Beanie Baby Platypuses on the statue and for some reason, it made me burst into tears.

Lovely. So, very lovely. You managed to pack so much emotion into a a short fic. And managed to make me angry at DC again for killing him off and not doing much about his relationship with Clark. And that line, about a better woman than Lois taking him in... touching and painful and oh.

I just loved the fic.
jij
Jun. 9th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Oh...thank you! Kon is one of those characters that I love but almost wish had never existed because DC made Clark and Lois handle so much of that so poorly.

And that line, about a better woman than Lois taking him in... touching and painful and oh.

I don't always like Lois, but I imagine her as very aware that she's not always the most likeable, which is something...

I'm really glad you liked it! I found it terribly hard to write because I wanted Clark and Lois to just be like "Son!" and take him in...but that's not the way it works.
ex_felonazc
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I've commented on this one before, but if I haven't, I have been remiss.

Every time I read this, I cry a little. I MISS KON! <3
jij
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Man, you know, IF THAT IS KON IN ACTION COMICS and Lois is all alone after Clark heads into space, she so should have him over for dinner and a chat.

Please let it be Kon! Did you see the panel with him and Flamebird hanging out in Gotham?
ex_felonazc
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
*crosses fingers* After all, who talks endlessly about their TTK? Kon!

/wants
littlemissnovel
Jul. 16th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Love the family dynamics here :D
mithen
Jul. 17th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
It's a fascinating not-quite-family, isn't it? There was always a lot of possibility there, and I enjoyed touching on it a bit...
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