Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Clark/Bruce
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
General Summary: Fresh-off-the-farm Clark discovers new experiences in the Big City.
Summary: Clark, forever searching.
Date Of Completion: August 18, 2007
Date Of Posting: August 27, 2007
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 417
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: greeneyelove requested “Clark and Bruce meet and have a one-night stand (or so they think) and then they discover who the other really is" from my DCU GSB Fic Request Meme. All chapters can be found here.
ONE PERFECT NIGHT
Clark and Jim parted amicably the next morning, and Clark walked on air all day. Eager to enjoy such companionship again, he returned to the bar that night, an hour later than the previous night, trying not to appear too eager, but Jim wasn’t there.
The next night, he arrived an hour earlier than the night he had met Jim, but Jim wasn’t there.
On the third night, dismay filled his heart as a sign on the door read: CLOSED BY ORDER OF THE METROPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Clark tried other bars but felt uncomfortable in all of them. His desperation for human contact drove him to go to a sleazy hotel with a man, who was infuriated when he changed his mind. Only his super-strength saved him from getting raped.
Shaken, Clark swore off the bars, telling himself it wasn’t as if Jim would be in any of them, anyway. Anonymity and one-night stands were the way of their kind, right? It wasn’t as if he’d be sharing milkshakes at the local soda fountain with Jim, like he used to do with Lana, would it?
But Clark remembered they had dated, and then Jim had helped him lose his virginity, fiery yet gentle, and Clark knew one-night stands weren’t for him. He was too emotional, giving his heart as well as his body.
So he studied hard, helped back home as much as he could, came close to sleeping with a male student but it never happened, honed his powers, saving people in secret, until he was ready.
In 1938, he started full-time work at The Daily Planet, and debuted as Superman.
He found himself fascinated by tough, ambitious, beautiful Lois Lane, but she would always be unattainable, because while he admired, respected, and even loved her, he didn’t desire her.
He found it a little awkward when he met Jimmy Olsen, but as long as he used ‘Jimmy’ instead of ‘Jim’, it was all right. The redheaded cub reporter was vivacious and eager, but Clark’s heart was elsewhere.
One night, and I’m mooning like a schoolgirl!
But he couldn’t deny what he felt, and there were times when he looked around in a crowd on the street, hoping to see Jim, or in a movie theater, or in the park. It was a little painful to watch Clark Gable movies now.
He wondered if he was condemned to wander around in loneliness, always searching for his companion of that one perfect night.