December 7, 2008

Three Minutes Chapter (11/18)

Chapter 11 Part A
(Chloe POV)

It was early and I was in the church that Lana and Lex were going to be getting married in later today. Why am I here? Because I am Lana’s Maid of Honor and regardless of how I feel about this marriage I made a promise to her…so here I am fulfilling it. I carried a box of wedding favors over to a table and set them down as I glanced around. People were running around to get everything just the way the soon to be Mrs. Luthor wanted it.

I shook my head. For the life of me…I just don’t know how we all go here. A couple of years ago I never would have believed that Lana would fit the part she is playing right now…looking back on it now I don’t think I ever really gave her enough credit. I just always thought she was this pink princess who was perfect and naïve…I was wrong. I started pulling out the favors and lining them up on a linen covered table.

There was so much that had to be done today and I honestly felt like I wasn’t going to make it through the day…it’s getting extremely hard to take a deep breath and just smile everything off…there are only so many people I can take turning there back on me…lately I’ve just felt like I’m losing everyone…including Clark. It’s been two weeks and I still haven’t moved back into the farm. Clark has been snapping even more lately because I won’t come back and last night we had a fight.

I called him to ask him to pick me up for the wedding because I didn’t want to go alone…I couldn’t it was too hard. I needed him there…I needed the support…but he refused to go. He said he wouldn’t take any part in it and he didn’t want me there either. I was still hoping Lana would change her mind so I explained that I needed to go…but as usual his stubbornness got the better of him and we yelled for a couple of minutes which ended with me hanging up on him and I haven’t heard from him since…I closed my eyes and held onto the table…I can’t keep doing this…

I sighed…this was it…if something didn’t happen today to stop Lana from marrying Lex…I was going to lose my best friend…because once she became Mrs. Luthor…there wasn’t going to be anymore pretending or tip-toeing around each other. As cliché as it sounded it was going to be good against evil…her an Lex against Clark and I…and I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to push our friendship aside and do what I had to do for the greater good…

(Lana POV)

I was laying on a bed in my doctor’s office at the Smallville Medical Center. Lex was standing next to me and we were having another ultrasound done. The doctor pointed different parts of the baby out to us and as I watched Lex watching the monitor I saw him grin. I smiled. This was it…the day I have been waiting for with anxious anticipation and dreading all at the same time.

It was early morning and this was our last appointment before we were officially married. The ceremony was taking place later today and even though I wasn’t around the mansion or the church I knew there were a whole bunch of people already bustling about taking care of all the details. Including my Maid of Honor…Chloe. Today would change everything between us…I've been avoiding the reality of my decisions since Lex opened the door and let me into the darker side of his life. But after today I wouldn’t be able to ignore it anymore. I now know everything Chloe has said in the past about Lex…is true…he has experimented on people…he did kidnap her when he found out she was a Meteor freak…and she is a large part of the new project he’s working on….and yet I still chose him…Does that make me a monster?

I shook my head and heard the doctor saying that him and Lex were going in the office to talk. I smiled nodded and they left. I got up and started to get dressed as I let my mind wonder again. I have always tried to live my life by my own set of morals…but lately the lines have been blurring and people I saw as friends…family…I’ve been looking at as enemies…threats…I’ve never been this conflicted in my life…and I only have myself to blame for it. I was putting on my shoes when Lex knocked.

“It’s open”

The door slid open and he smiled.

“I’m going to take off ok? I have a few things I need to take care of before the big day…so I’ll see you later?”

I gave him a tight smile and walked over to him. I leaned in and kissed him.

“I’ll see you later…I love you Lex.”

He gave me a strange look for a minute and then nodded.

“I love you too…”

And he walked out. As he walked out I felt the shift...this is how it’s going to be from now on…Lex and I against the world…against Chloe…Clark…and whoever else took their side…and for a minute I couldn’t breath…I told him that I could do it…that I could turn my back on the people I cared about to get the answers that I wanted…needed…but what if I couldn’t…what if later on down the line I couldn’t do what it takes to put my friendship with Chloe and my love for Clark aside…would Lex still love me? Would he still trust me?

I had thought I made this decision weeks ago…but I was wavering now and I wasn’t sure why…could I really do this…could I turn my back on Chloe when she was going to need me the most…when I knew what Lex was planning would destroy the person she is…her spirit…could I be that callus…I never used to think so. But now I’m not so sure…the thing that scared me the most was…there was a time when I would never even think of betraying Chloe and now my problem was that part of me wanted to…I got up shook my head and sighed. Today was supposed to be the happiest day in my life and instead it was completely bittersweet…I’d be gaining Lex and our son…and losing the girl I was and everything that went with her…

(Clark POV)

I was standing in front of my closet looking at my clothes. Nothing seemed to be right for today. Lex had personally come to invite me to the wedding…he said something about wanting me to be able to see what I lost…Nice of him wasn’t it? I wasn’t going though…today was just another day…I had chores and errands to run…and yet I couldn’t seem to move past my closet.

These past two weeks have been horrible and it’s basically all my fault. I’ve only seen Chloe a few times and it seems like every time I saw her I was snapping at her for no reason. I told her I’d try to open my self up more…I’d lean on her when I needed help and not take everything on myself…I hadn’t been true to my word…because there is so much going on inside of me and I haven’t let Chloe in on any of it.

She’s been dealing with so much and I don’t feel like adding on to the burden…I’m surprised at how she’s been keeping herself together this long…I shook my head and grabbed my blue flannel and started to get dressed. Last night though was by far our worst fight since the blow out in my barn.

She asked me to bring her to Lex and Lana’s wedding and I snapped at the idea of it. I knew why she wanted to go but unlike Chloe I’ve given up on hoping Lana will change her mind…I was trying to prepare myself for the fallout now…I didn’t know how far Lex and Lana would go and I was trying to come to terms with what I might have to do in order to protect Chloe…

Lana has been a part of my life since I could remember and even though I’m no longer IN love with her…I still love her. I don’t want it to have to come down to us against them…but I know it will. Lana has passed the point of no return…and instead of keeping Chloe close to me like I should be I’ve been pushing her further and further away…I got up and walked downstairs. I made my way into the barn and started chucking hay bales across the barn.

It’s time I came clean…time I explained to Chloe exactly what’s been going on with me…she needed me and I was letting her down but the difference between last time and now was I had the power to rectify this situation and I would…today…because after this wedding…Chloe and I were going to need each other more then ever…

I could feel the war on the horizon…almost like a feeling gnawing at my body…Today would be the end to the last of our innocence and the beginning of a fight I wasn’t sure we were ready for…in the coming days we’d all grow up a little bit faster…be thrown into unions a little too quickly…and hang on with dear life to the people we still had left in our lives because who knows when they’d be taken away…

(Lex POV)

It was late morning and I had just left Lana at the doctor’s office. We came in separate cars because I had an early fitting this morning for my tux. Today was the day I’ve been waiting for, for what felt like forever…it was the day Lana finally became my wife, the day that the last part of my project would be put into action, and the day that Clark Kent would finally see me get what he has always wanted.

I leaned back in my chair and studied my wedding band that I held between my fingers. This ring would stand for everything Lana and I had…such a minuscule piece of metal that would bind us together…I came clean with her a few night’s ago…about everything…I have never been this honest with anyone in my life…I have never been this…vulnerable…I trust Lana though and I can see she is having a hard time coming to terms with everything…but I’m not worried…in the end it will all work out.

I spun the ring on my desk and when it stopped I let it fall. I clasped my hands together, leaned up and rested my elbows on my desk. Today was going to change everything…when I first met Clark…I used to think that I had to fight the darker urges I had…banish them…and Clark helped me do it…he always did have a way of keeping me from going to far…but when he abandoned me…that security left…and I embraced the darkness…the only light that shines through now is Lana…and she’s slowly making her way into the dark with me…

I sighed. I know that Clark knows I’m behind what’s going on with Chloe…he doesn’t know everything but he knows enough. He would be furious when he found out what I had planned and that Lana agreed to help me…but it didn’t matter…Part of what I was going to use Chloe for is to find out his secret…and he doesn’t even realize it’s happening…

He’s said to me before that if I try to come after Chloe he would hurt me…I was counting on it. If Clark wanted a war…I’d give it to him…with Lana by my side through the whole thing. He’s been pushing Chloe away…and that’s honestly making everything easier…I got up and put my jacket on. I needed to run a few more errands before this afternoon.

I walked out and to my car. Clark and I weren’t friends anymore…and I was done being cordial…If he wanted to stop me…he was going to have to go through me and my wife…and I doubt he’d risk Lana’s life…he might be in love with Chloe now…but the love he shared with Lana…feelings like that just don’t go away…she’s still in his heart and that is a weakness I can and will exploit…

Earlier The Same Day

(Lex POV)


I propelled up in bed with sweat running down my face. I glanced around the room but Lana was nowhere to be seen. I shook my head. A nightmare…I haven’t had one of those in a long time…I was sitting in a large room with a projection of a ultrasound video of our baby on the opposite wall. I watched it silently and I could hear his heartbeat thudding around the room. After a minute I saw him move and when his face came into view his eyes were glowing white…

That’s when I woke up. I shook my head and got out of bed. I had a fitting this morning before our doctor appointment. I walked out of the bedroom and found Lana sitting in the study. I came over and kissed her head. She smiled up at me and I gave her a lazy grin.

“How'd you sleep?”

“Like a baby.”

At least one of us slept well. I didn’t want to worry her by telling her about my nightmare so I ignored it and smiled.

“Me too. But I don't know if I can wait. How about we just run off and elope?”

I raised an eyebrow and she chuckled at me and shook her head. Her voice was playful when she spoke.

“That would be a big waste of 400 game hens.”

I nodded.

“It's a big day. It's okay to be nervous.”

She shook her head and stood up. I placed my hand on her stomach and gave it a small rub. She leaned in and kissed me.

“I’m not nervous…I’m fine”

I nodded.

“I have a tux fitting before our doctors appointment this morning. So I thought we could meet at the hospital.”

She smiled.

“Sounds like a plan. I have a few things to do before then also. I have to go meet Chloe so I should probably get ready.”

She leaned up and kissed me then grinned.

“I’ll see you at the hospital.”

I gave her a half smile and she walked out. I should probably get ready to. I went to my office first because there were a few papers that I had to sign before the wedding and the shop was across the street so I decided to kill to birds with one stone. I was looking out the large glass windows when I heard someone come into my office. I heard my dads voice behind me.

“Busy day at the office?”

I turned around and faced him with half a smirk on my face.

“I just had some papers to sign before the wedding.”
He shrugged lightly and he spoke in a knowing voice.

“Or could it be you're avoiding the fact that you've got no one to be with today and nothing to do?”

I rolled my eyes. Leave it to my father to try and ruin any moment of happiness I might achieve…Fine I’d bite…let’s see what he has to say.

“Fine, Dad, you pegged me. I'm a little nervous.”

He gave me a small smile that didn’t seem entirely condescending.

“Do you remember, when you were just a little boy, I'd bring you up hereto the office?”

I looked back out the window and nodded.

“I used to pretend it was all mine to control, like I could just reach down and move all the cars, as if they were toys... pull all the strings and make people do what I wanted. But I guess it's all out of your control, isn't it?”

He raised a speculative eyebrow at me. His voice was slightly amused and non confrontational.

“I should hope I taught you better than that.”

I sighed and faced him.

“You know, Dad, ever since I’ve been with Lana, I wake up wondering, "Is today gonna be the day when she sees who I really am?"…but that isn’t something I need to worry about anymore.”

I paused and the look on his face changed. I walked closer to him and leaned against my desk.

“I didn’t think it was fair for Lana to go into a marriage with me…not knowing who I truly am…so I showed her…I tell her every dirty little secret and you know what dad…”

I looked up into his eyes.

“She’s still here. Ready to become Mrs. Luthor and you don’t know how happy that makes me. To know I don’t have to hide anything from her…because she excepts me for exactly who I am.”

His voice was hesitant as he spoke and he nodded.

“Well…I’m very happy for you Lex…I’m happy that you found a woman who can except all sides of you…that is truly rare. I’ll umm leave you to it then and I’ll see you at the church.”

I smiled and nodded. He walked out and I smirked…I know there is something going on with him. I haven’t figured out what it was yet but he obviously thought that I’d never be honest with Lana…and now that I was and she’s still here…he’s starting to get nervous…Good…that means whatever he was working on…he didn’t factor in my having Lana’s support and that meant the ball was in my court…

(Chloe POV)


I was walking down the hall’s of the Luthor mansion with Lana and trying to keep my attitude upbeat as I rattled off different ideas to her. When I looked over at her I noticed she wasn’t really paying attention to me. I shook my head.



No that I had her attention I continued.

“Okay, so you have your final dress fitting at 3:00, the limo's picking you up at 3:30, and you have wedding photos outside the church…”

I saw that her thoughts were drifting off again so I attempted to her attention a different way.

“..and naked-male jello wrestling at 5:00. Lana?”

She nodded then stopped and looked at me confused.


Ahh finally

“Look at me….You didn't sleep at all last night, did you?”

She laughed.

“Sorry Chloe…the baby was kicking a lot last night and I was way to wired to sleep much.”

I nodded. Guess she was excited…

I tried my best to sound sincere and happy for her.

“Well since this is your big day, I’ll cut you some slack for not listening to me.

She smiled broadly and chuckled.

“I think that's a great idea.”

We both laughed and my heart ached but I ignored it. I took a deep breath and let it out before I addressed Lana.

“Okay. What else can I do?”

She looked thoughtful.

“Well, if you don't mind, I hid Lex's wedding gift in the wine cellar so he wouldn't find it.”

I shook my head playfully.

“I guess "personal gofer" falls under the umbrella of "maid of honor." Oh, um, what does it look like?”

Lana grinned.

“Um, it is behind the Bollinger in the cooler. It's a little blue box with a white bow.”

I nodded. I can do this…I can scour the Luthor mansion all by my lonesome.


“Thank you…Oh and Chloe…I have to run out and check on how Aunt Nell is settling in. I should be back in about twenty-five minutes.”

Have fun with that…

“Ok…after I get the gift I’ll just head over to the church and start helping to set up…”

I saw her smile get bigger.

“That’d be great Chloe…Lex and I have a doctor’s appointment at 10:30 so this just works out great.”

She gave me a small hug and our stomachs bumped into each other and we laughed. She waved and headed out. There was something incredibly creepy about being in the Lion’s den…I walked down to the cellar and found the large walk in freezer. I opened the door went in and started searching. There was a lot of wine here.

“Holy Dom Pérignon. Aha. Here it is”

I heard the door starting to creak and moved over but didn’t get to it before it slammed shut.

“Ah! Crap!”

The door was locked and I was trapped inside this stupid refrigerator.

I groaned and rubbed my stomach.

“Perfect. Okay.”

I picked up my cell phone and called Lana…there was no answer…well this day just gets better and better. What the hell am I supposed to do? My eyes started to tear up. I couldn’t help it. Nothing was going right…and being calm at this moment while I’m trapped inside a huge refrigerator in Lex’s mansion completely helpless didn’t exactly give me warm feelings inside. I opened my phone again and dialed Clark. After a couple of rings he picked up and his voice was a mixture between relief and amusement.

“Shouldn't you be at the Luthor Mansion, arranging flowers?”

I gave a small chuckle that turned into a sob.

Clark’s voice got serious and a little frantic.

“Chloe…what’s wrong…are you ok?”

I nodded to myself and sniffed a little bit.

“That's just it...I am at the mansion, but I kind of need your help Clark…”

His voice was still frantic and I could hear wind on the other end of the phone.

“Where are you?”

I calmed down a bit and spoke softly.

“Downstairs in the wine cellar.”

I heard him call my name from in the mansion and I sighed in relief.


I rolled my eyes.


His voice came out confused the next time I heard it and it made me smile a little.


“Yes dufus…who else…hurry the baby and I are freezing in here.”

I heard him yank and then I heard a snap. I shook my head. Only Clark…

“The handle broke, Chloe. Hold on.”

I saw the door being lifted away from the hinges and then he was in front of me pulling me out and trying to warm up my body.”

“Thank you so much.”

He nodded but he wasn’t looking at my face.

“Next time you have a craving for a bottle of wine at 10:15 in the morning, go for a red.”

I smirked at him and he finally made eye contact with me and there was amusement on his face now that he knew I was ok.

He started putting the door back together as I spoke.

“Yeah, I’m sorry…I-I know you'd rather be tied to a boulder of Kryptonite than come down here for ground zero of the Luthor/Lang wedding, but I didn't have a choice. It wasn't my fault. Lana hid Lex's wedding present down here, and she asked me to come down and get it, and then the door shut.”

I saw him shrug and he sighed. when he turned around his face was serious again.

“I wanted to talk to you about that actually. I…I wanted to apologize for the way I’ve been acting lately. I know that you have to be here today and if you still want me to…I’d love to take you.”

I looked up into his eyes and gave him a small smile.

“I would…like that I mean.”

He nods and shuffles his feet a little.

“Chloe…I’m really sorry about the way I’ve been acting the past two weeks. You asked me for some time and I didn’t respect that…I…I just made it harder for you and I didn’t mean to. I’ve been going through some stuff and I know that’s no excuse…you need me and so I can’t just disappear on you or go hot and cold…you depend on me and I’m sorry that I haven’t been reliable lately…that’s gonna change though…I promise.”

He chuckled a little and looked back at me with a grin on his face.

“I told you from the beginning I was gonna make mistakes…I’m not so good at this Chloe…I’ve never had a relationship before were I could be completely honest with the person…so it’s hard for me to go from not being able to unload my feelings and issues to being able to…I know I haven’t done much recently to prove any of this to you…but I’m going to try my hardest to start now…”

Clark has never been one with words but his gestures have always made up for that. In the past two weeks though…his words were all right but his gestures have been off…I’ve been barely holding on by a thread lately and I didn’t have Clark there to comfort me. Everything’s been building up and I really didn’t know how much more I could take. I walked closer to him and he tilted his head and opened his arms. I moved into his body and he held me tight. I felt his sigh of contentment against my body and smiled.

“This doesn’t make everything better Clark…after the wedding I want you to come back to the Talon with me and we need to talk…I mean have a real conversation about what’s been going on with you for the past few weeks…because I won’t go through this again…This is your last chance.”

He nodded and I smiled…

(Clark POV)


I was holding Chloe in my arms for the first time in weeks and I can’t begin to tell you how good it felt. I moved her away from me and looked her over. Her face was flush and her skin seemed to glow. I smiled and placed my hand on her stomach.

“He got bigger.”

I rubbed some circles and when I felt him kick I grinned at Chloe and she smiled.

“He missed his daddy…”

Her voice was hesitant and it trailed off. My head snapped up and I looked into her eyes. I could feel moisture form in the back of my eyes and my voice was a little chocked up.

“I..I missed him too…and I missed his mommy beyond belief.”

I made sure she was looking at me before I finished.

“I was lost at the farm without you…not talking or seeing you was driving me crazy…I won’t pressure you to come back home…just know that I’m there waiting whenever your ready…”

She smiled.

“It means a lot…I should probably get going. I have to go to the church and start sorting some things out there can you pick me up at the Talon at around 3:20? I don’t want to go in the limo with Lana…it’s uncomfortable…”

I heard her voice quiver and I rubbed her arms. I tilted her head up to me so she was looking at me.

“Chloe…whatever happens today…you have me…and I have you…That’s enough…it’ll be hard to let her go…but we have to…if she goes through with this then she’s made her choice…and our first priority is to protect you, the baby, and everyone we love from Lex….and….Lana…”

I choked out her name and Chloe squeezed my arm. She nodded but there was a frown on her face.


she shrugged and glanced at me.

“I just…I guess I expected more…”

I raised an eyebrow.

“I expected more from you…we’ve been saying from the beginning that we wouldn’t let her marry Lex and here we are and you’ve already given up…”

I shook my head…

“Chloe there getting married at 5:00…what more an we do…it’s up to her now…I should probably get going I should finish up the chores before I pick you up tonight.”

She glared softly at me and her comment was snarky.

“Wait, that's it? You filled your damsel-in-distress quota for the day, and you're just gonna walk away?”

I sighed and turned to her.

“Chloe, what am I supposed to do?”

“I don’t know I just kinda always thought that you’d be the one who’d be able to get through to her you know?”

I shrugged.

“I already tried and she didn’t want to here it.”

Her voice was sarcastic.

“Good job. She's marrying a monster, and she's gonna be trapped in a reckless relationship.”

I gave Chloe a stern look and her face softened.

“Clark…I just want to make sure we’ve tried everything…exhausted every angle… before we give up on her…”

I looked at Chloe and saw how important this was to her. I sighed for about the millionth time.
“I’ll try to talk to Lana one more time…but if I can’t convince her Chloe…I’m done trying.”

She smiled, leaned up and kissed me. God she felt good….I hadn’t felt those lips in a few weeks…there soft and they taste like strawberry. I pulled her closer and deepened the kiss. A couple seconds later she pulled away and smiled.

“My hero…”

I grinned and walked her to her car before super speeding home to finish my chores before talking to Lana…

Chapter 11 Part B

(Lana POV)


I was sitting in the study relaxing and writing in the baby journal that Lex had bought for me when I first found out I was pregnant. I glanced up and was startled to see Clark standing there. I can’t possibly imagine what he’s doing here…he didn’t even knock…Lex and I were going to have to put in better security when we came back from our honeymoon.


He gave me a small smile that didn’t reach his eyes. His hands were in his pockets and he seemed nervous.

“How are you Lana?”

I closed the book and looked at him closely.

“I’m well…and yourself?”

He shrugged.

“I’ve had better day’s but then again I guess we all have…”

his voice faded out and he just stood there looking around. I wasn’t sure what to say to him because I didn’t know what he wanted. After a couple of minutes of silence he sighed and looked at me. His face was determined and his voice when he finally spoke was stern.

“I cannot let you go through with this... not until you know everything.”

I see what this was about now…it was another attempt to get me to back out of marrying Lex…I swear he is ridiculous. If I didn’t know he was with Chloe I’d think he was jealous. I am really getting sick of all of this and it’s time I finally put it to an end.

I stood up and waved him off stopping his voice before he started.

“First off Clark…this is not your home so I would appreciate it if you didn’t barge in like you owned the place…we have doors for a reason…knock…it takes two seconds but goes a long way.”

He looked shocked by my tone and I continued as I got closer to him. I spoke slowly and deliberately.

“I don’t need you to save me from Lex Clark…I’m a big girl. And for your information…Lex already has told me everything.”

He looked at me disbelieving.

“He’s lying to you Lana…there’s so much he hasn’t told you…About 33.1 about the Meteor Mutants…and his experiments…about kidnapping Chloe..”

His voice trailed off in desperation. I shook my head and my eyes grew cold.

“You’re wrong…He did tell me about it…all of it…”

Clark’s expression turned to one of realization and he stumbled back a bit. I nodded.

“That’s right Clark…Lex came clean…are you shocked? Are you shocked that he actually told innocent naïve Lana what he was really doing with 33.1 and everything else?”

I shook my head.

“Unlike you Clark…some people can be honest in a relationship…Lex gives me something that you never did…He gives me his trust…Even though he was afraid that his secret would make me see him differently he still told me…He gave me the option of deciding for myself…an option you never gave me…So go ahead…tell me I’m jumping into this marriage blind…”

He stood there and he was stunned.

“How could you do this?”

His expression held betrayal.

I never thought I’d see that look on Clarks face…at least not directed at me. I took a deep breath and quietly composed myself…this was it…I’m breaking the pattern right now and I don’t think that anything has ever hurt me this much before…but I made a decision and I planned to stick by it…to stick by my family…and that wasn’t Clark…or….Chloe anymore.

“I haven’t done anything Clark…I don’t know what you’re talking about. Now if you don’t mind I have things to attend to today…I’m getting married in a few hours.”

I walked over to Lex’s desk and Clark followed me, grabbed my arm and spun me around to face him. There was anger written all over his face and I could see his hands closed into fists so tight his knuckles were white.

“What do you mean you haven’t done anything? You know about what he did to Chloe…and you’re still with him? What the hell happened to you Lana? What happened to the girl I fell in love with? The one who was always there for her friends…who never let anyone else dictate her choices…”

I pushed his arm off me and gave him a cold glare. My voice was like ice and by the look on his face it cut through him deeply.

“She loved you…and you broke her”

He moved back as if I had slapped him.

“Get the hell out of my home Clark…and don’t come back…if you do I’ll have security escort you out.”

He gave me one last look. Hurt, pain, and disappointment was written on his face as he shook his head and started to walk out. When he got to the door he paused and his voice was quiet but I heard it anyway.

“Goodbye Lana…”

And he was gone. I clutched my stomach and sat down heavily onto Lex’s chair. I felt tears building in the back of my eyes and I tried to blink them away. It was better this way…with everything that’s going to be happening…distancing myself from them was better than trying to live a lie and pretending to be there friends while I go behind their back…

I glanced at the clock it was 2:30pm. I shook my head and stood up slowly. I have a wedding to get ready for. I left the room and went into Lex’s room and mine to shower. I stripped down and as soon as I felt the hot water beating down on me I let the tears come…I cried for the friends I willingly gave up, for the son who’d never get to know the amazing people I grew up with, and for the girl I used to be that I somehow lost along the way….

(Clark POV)


I walked out of the mansion….and super sped back to the farm. I stopped outside in front of the barn and stood there. I was supposed to be ready to pick Chloe up in thirty-five minutes and I could barely stand up straight. I sped into the loft and sat on the couch with my head in my hands. I felt a sharp pain shooting through my chest…and for a minute I though I was having some kind of heart attack.

Until I realized how stupid that thought was…I don’t get sick…I can’t have a heart attack. I took a deep breath. How could she say those things to me? How could she turn her back on Chloe…on me? I got up and slammed my fist through the wall and wood shattered everywhere. It looked like the wood splintered and exploded.


We knew this was going to happen…but knowing it and seeing it are two different things…I just…I can’t believe how cold she was. It was like looking at an extension of Lex…I’ve been saying all along that Lana has already made her choice but obviously I hadn’t believed what I was saying because if I did this wouldn’t be such a shock.

. I was going to have to tell Chloe…I was going to have to be the one to break her heart again…to tell her the girl that she has considered a sister for the past few years…knew all about what happened her and has been working with Lex for god knows how long…I shook my head and tried to calm my self…I had to tell Chloe but I wasn’t going to do it until after the wedding…Today’s the day I said I’d come clean with her…that includes telling her about Lana….

(Chloe POV)


There was a knock on the door and I called out from the bathroom.

“It’s open…come in Clark.”

I heard the door open and close. I came out of the bathroom and he had a strange look on his face but when he saw me he smiled. It didn’t reach his eyes.

“You look beautiful Chloe.”

I grinned.

“Thanks. You don’t look to bad yourself.”

I came over and kissed him. He kissed me back but not as thoroughly as he usually did. I moved away from him and looked into his face.

“What’s wrong Clark?”

He looked at me and I could see the pain in his eyes.

“We’ll talk about it later when we get back from the wedding.”

I frowned.

“But Clark...”

He shook his head and his voice was firm but soft.

“No. Chloe for once…just please…I promise to tell you everything when we come back here tonight…but for now…let’s just try to enjoy tonight as much as we can…ok?”

His voice was scratchy and his body seemed tired. I took in a deep breath. His conversation with Lana must not have gone the way he expected it to…I nodded and rubbed his arm. I got my jacket, which Clark helped me get into…quite the gentleman I have…and we started to walk out when he stopped me. I turned and faced him and I could see he was struggling with something.

“Chloe…I love you…so much…and I know I don’t say that nearly enough…so I just…I needed you to know that. And even though we’ve been fighting lately…you and…our son…are the most important people to me…and I’m here for you…”

I looked at him closely and stood there for a couple of minutes. He was making me nervous…what in the world could have possibly happened with Lana that would make Clark this unhinged…I swallowed heavily…well he obviously needed to get that out so I smiled as best I could and grabbed his hand.

“I love you to Clark…more than you know…and I’m here for you also…whenever you need to talk…which will be tonight…just so you know…”

I saw a smile form on his face. Bingo! That’s what I was going for. We went downstairs and he helped me into his truck. He got in and we left for what The Planet was calling…The Wedding Of The Centaury.
(Lex POV)


Crap! I’m getting married in about an hour and I left Lana’s wedding present at the mansion…I shook my head. I don’t know where I was today…I walked into the study and found Lana sitting in her white silk robe by the fire place…What is she doing here? She should already be at the church. My voice was hesitant when I spoke…oh god…she’s not changing her mind is she? I don’t know what I’d do if she left now…


Her body shifted and she turned to me. She looked sad but when her eyes landed on me I saw her face brighten up and some of the worry I had vanished.

“What are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be at the church with Nell getting ready?”

She stood up and walked over to me with a hand over her protruding stomach.

“Sorry…I’m running a little behind. I wasn’t feeling well a little while ago so I decided to shower and then just a few minutes before you came in I was coming in here to get something and I had the worst wave of nausea hit me and I needed to sit down.”

I frowned and moved over so I could brush my hand against her arm.

“Are you alright now? Do you need anything?”

She smiled.

“I’m ok now…I think it was just one of those passing things…but actually I missed the Limo…so if you could give me a lift to the Church that’d be great…I didn’t even need to change because I dress is already there.”

I grinned.

“Of course Lana…I just need to grab something real quick.”

She gave me an appraising look and then her face flashed panic.

“Why are you here? You’re not….back out are you because Lex….I swear if you leave me at this alter I’ll hunt you down and you’ll wish you’d never met me…”

Her voice was only half serious and I gave a hearty laugh.

“Of course not…what would make you think a crazy thing like that Lana? I ran out of here so quickly this morning that I forgot your wedding present...”

I reached into a draw, pulled out the small box and showed her. Her face seemed to relax and she nodded.

“Oh…well I have yours so let’s get this show on the road.”

I smiled. I lead her out to my car helped her get in and we sped off to the church. Ok maybe I didn’t exactly speed…but give me a brake my soon to be wife was 25 weeks pregnant…and when I’m in my cars I seem to be accident prone…so it’s better to be safe than sorry…I glanced at her and she saw me out of the corner of her eye. She smiled and squeezed my hand…this was it…today was going to be the happiest day of my life…

(Lana POV)


I could hear the processional music start to play and I readied myself at the front doors of the church. I took a deep breath. This is it…when I walk down this isle to Lex…there is no going back and I’ve made my peace with that. I spent the whole day going back and forth with my emotions…but not anymore I’m about to become a Luthor…and Luthor’s don’t waver in there choices…neither will I.

I held my head high and smiled at Lex from where I stood. I saw a grin break out on his face. Chloe was standing to his left and she looked a bit pale. She doesn’t want me to marry Lex and yet she’s standing here for my benefit…I’m sorry that I couldn’t be as good as a friend to her as she is to me…because tonight before we left for our honeymoon…Lex would put the final step of his plan into action…and I’d be by his side helping him do it…

I slowly made my way down the aisle and heads turned. I saw Clark sitting in on of the front rows as close to Chloe as he could get…Pathetic…no worries he wouldn’t be able to save her…not this time…I made it to the down the aisle and stood in front of the priest facing Lex as he began to speak addressing Lex first.

“Do you, Alexander Luthor, take Lana Lang to be your wife in the holy state of matrimony? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, and forsaking all others, as long as you both shall live?”

He looked at me and I could see the love shinning on his face…I felt cherished. He didn’t hesitate or waver just looked me right in the eyes and spoke deeply and emotionally.

“I do.”

I smiled and he reached over and put the band on my finger. I could feel the cold metal touch my skin and the band felt weighted when it was finally on my finger…like I could feel the weight of my decision…and I smiled…I can handle the consequences as long as Lex is by my side…The priest then addressed me.

“And do you, Lana Lang, take Alexander Luthor to be your husband in the holy state of matrimony? Do you promise to love him, comfort him, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, and forsaking all others, as long as you both shall live?”

I glanced out into the audience and my face fell on Clark’s…there was a glimmer there when he saw me look at him…a glimmer of hope that I wouldn’t go through with this…I gave him an icy look, turned to Lex and grinned.

“I absolutely do”

Lex sighed heavily in what sounded like relief as I slid the band onto his finger. And just like that out of the corner of my eye…I saw Clarks face close up…and the glimmer dies out…The priest spoke again present us to the people in the church.

“May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Luthor?”

As we walked down the aisle everyone was applauding except for two people…I walked down the aisle in Lex’s are I’ve never seen him this happy and I grinned…I made the right choice…I’m Mrs. Lana Luthor…and I couldn’t be happier…

(Lex POV)


We walked into the room Lana used to get ready and as soon as the door was shut I grabbed her and kissed her. She giggled and shook her head.

“Hold on their Casanova…we have guest here…let’s save it for the honeymoon.”

I laughed.

“I never thought it was possible to be this happy. How did I ever turn out to be the man who gets to spend the rest of his life with you?”

She grinned.

“You loved me…and were honest with me…”

I smile broadened. I’m glad I came clean with her…things with us would be better for it…

She stood up and looked around.

“I left my things outside let me go get them and we can go.”

She leaned up and kissed me.
“Okay. Mrs. Luthor.”

She grinned.

“Ohhh I like the sound of that!”

She laughed and kissed me again before she left the room as my father was coming in. he stopped her in the doorway and leaned over to kiss her cheek.

“Mrs. Luthor…”

He paused and then continued.

“Welcome to the family..”

She smiled.

“Thank you Mr. Luthor.”

He waved off her formality and I shoo my head.

“You’re married to Lex now my dear…there is no cause for formalities…Lionel will be fine.”

She nodded and patted his arm before walking out to grab her things. My dad walked further into the room and spoke.

“Congratulations, son.”

I raised an eyebrow but there was still a smile on my face.

“Thanks, Dad. And why do I get the feeling that's not all you came to say?”

He chuckled.

“Good to see the euphoria of your wedding day hasn't tempered your cynicism.”

I shrugged. Nothing ever would…its called caution…

“I guess old habits die hard.”

I saw his facial expression change and he looked at me with pity.

“She's made a desperate man of you, Lex.”

I looked at him and couldn’t quite decipher his meaning. He was up to something I just didn’t know what. I shook my head

“I don’t know what you’re talking about dad…”

He scowled at me.

“Don’t play the fool to me Lex...I wonder what would happen if your beautiful new bride new the truth about her pregnancy…”

My eyes went wide. How the hell does he know about that. He smirked and he nodded his head.

“Yes Lex….I know about you pumping Lana full of fertility drugs…about the lengths you went to in order for her to get pregnant…”

This was getting increasingly bad and I moved away from him….that is one secret I don’t think Lana would take well…she’d see it as a betray and I wasn’t willing to lose her now…

“Okay. You win. Whatever you want, it's yours -- control of Luthorcorp, 33.1...”

He waved his hand.

“You don't have to worry, Lex. You'll know when it's time for me to collect.”

The door opened again and Lana walked in with a smile on her face. She noticed the tension in the room and frowned.

“Sorry. I didn't mean to interrupt.”

My dad smiled and shook his head.

“Not at all I was just leaving…you two have a wonderful honeymoon… I’ll see you when you get back and we’ll discuss this business further.”

He walked out and Lana came over to me.

“Everything alright?”

I smiled.

“Perfect now that you’re here.”

She grinned and I held her tight…I’d find a way to fix this…my father was not going to get control of 33.1…I wouldn’t let him…

(Chloe POV)


As the ceremony came to an end I was standing with Clark and he had his arm around me for support. Lana and Lex appeared at the front door of the church and we were all gathered outside around them. I saw everyone shaking his hand giving her kisses on the cheek and congratulating them one last time before they left for there honeymoon.

Clark and I stood towards the side...glancing at them. As they walked down the steps both Lana and Lex caught our eyes…Lex’s eyes bored into Clark’s there was a knowing smirk on his face and his eyes were cold…Lana glanced at us next and the four of us were locked in a long stare.

I could see disgust in Lana’s eyes as she glared at Clark, moved closer to Lex and held onto him tighter. She had made her decision and she was letting us know it…loud and clear…When she glanced over at me her eyes grew blank and then I saw the tiniest spark of regret before she glanced away. When Lex turned from Clark to me his look sent shivers up my spine…His eyes were dark and lightly amused and the grin he sent my way was the look of a predator…

They got into the limo and as they pulled away Lana glanced back at us one last time before turning and snuggling up to Lex in the limo…Clark shook his head . he placed his hand on the small of my back and led me to the car. It was quiet on the ride home and he stroked my hand the whole way trying to send comfort my way…it wasn’t working…and I hated that he was so upset because he couldn’t make this better for me…I grabbed his hand tight and he lifted mine to his mouth and kissed it before turning his attention back to the rode.

I couldn’t begin to explain how much I was hurting inside right now…I didn’t want to have to go up against Lana…not because I was scared of her but because…she was like family…but now…now she has a new family that I’m no longer a part of…Lex was always trying to get to Clark…and now that Lana was officially a Luthor her and I would really be at odds. I wouldn’t let Lex hurt Clark…I’d do anything to protect him and my family

…and I suspect that Lana would do the same to protect Lex and her new family…I didn’t know what Lex was planning…but according to Oliver Lex was building an army…the war was starting… and the four of us were stuck dead in the center of it…And I just hopped for all our sakes that we all made it out of this alive…

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