Title: My Feet Never Touched the Ground
Characters: Clark Kent/Tess Mercer
tamingthemuse Prompt: #275 ~ Tranquil
Content Warning: Spoilery for Season 10, kinda? Also, AU.
Summary: It was so quiet, on the roof of the Daily Planet at night.
Author’s Note: Written for the Anon Meme for the prompt Smallville, Clark/Tess, and the lyrics to “Heavy in Your Arms” by Florence and the Machine. Based off a pre-existing Clark/Tess AU I’m writing with smokeandsong.
Disclaimer: I do not own. They belong to Miles and Millar. I’m just borrowing and will put everything back where I found it.
It was so quiet, on the roof of the Daily Planet at night. It was the kind of silence that made you feel like you were alone in the world, even though you could see all the people filling the world around you at the same time.
The paper was one of the few assets that Tess had kept when Lex had taken over LuthorCorp. True, it was an asset that Lex himself had bought, but she knew better than to let him keep it. She had the paperwork done up to have the titles transferred over to her long before she came up with her plan to keep Clark safe. This was to protect the rest of the world from Lex. A person that powerful, with his ambitions, shouldn’t hold a piece of media like that. The paper would stop being what it was and turn into a mouthpiece for all of Lex’s interests. She loved the paper too much to let that happen. She transferred the deed officially, and after Lex tried to kill her, placed Perry White in charge as editor-in-chief and made herself more of a silent partner.
It was one small victory on the way to win the war. It wasn’t much, but at least it was something.
Hiding herself from the rest of the world was harder than recovering from the actual attempt on her life. Lex didn’t remember who she was, what he had lost, but that didn’t mean that if she made herself a visual target, she wouldn’t be found so that the job could be finished. She bought herself a small penthouse in Metropolis, managed her assets from the comfort of her own home, and gave Clark a place to come home to. It’s strangely domestic, and not the role she’s accustomed to at all, but it was nice, in it’s own way, and something she wanted to hold on to.
That didn’t stop her, however, from occasionally standing on top of the Daily Planet just to watch the sky. It was quiet up there. It was far enough away from the rest of the city that the cars and sirens almost didn’t reach her ears, and she felt the most isolated and alone. It’s a clear night, and if she paid attention, she might be able to see a streak of red and blue flying across the sky.
That’s not tonight, however. Tonight was the faint feel of a breeze coming up from behind her, and the feel of his arms wrapping around her waist. She leaned back into him with a smile, letting her arms rest over his before speaking.
“I’m never late.”
“You’re always late,” she says with a laugh as she turns around to face him. “You’re always getting distracted.”
Clark just grinned at her. “Not by something that doesn’t matter.”
“Considering you called this little meeting, makes me wonder what was so important that you’re five minutes late.”
“Armed robbery,” he smirked. “Police call came when I was on the way.”
She sighed. “I suppose that will have to be acceptable.” She pushed up on her toes slowly to kiss him, his arms tightening around her as he did.
“I want to show you something,” he said softly. He pulled away, resting his forehead against hers. “Do you trust me?”
She nodded. “Of course I do.”
“Good.” He scooped her up off the ground, and before she could say otherwise they were shooting up into the sky.
There’s a small shriek as she clung to him, surprised by the sudden movement. Not that she didn’t trust him to hold on to her, but the force was unlike anything she’d ever experienced. They shot straight up into the air, and then forward, and all she could really do was hold on for the ride. Eventually they came to a stop, just hovering over Metropolis. She could see all the lights flickering up from the city streets below them, and she smiled.
“This is amazing,” she whispered, leaning into him. It was so quiet, just the clear calm of being far away from everything else, and for a small moment there, it truly felt like they were the only people on the planet.
Clark smiled, pressing kiss to the top of her head. “Forgive me for being late?”
Tess smirked at that, before tipping her head up to look at him. “I thought you were never late.”