Pairing: Lois/Clark, Lois/Richard
Fic Title: Love Will Come Through
Why This Must Be Read: The thing I most disliked about the movie is oddly the thing I love most about this fic: the relationship between Lois and Clark (not Lois and Superman). In the newest movie, it seemed as if Lois barely even knew Clark existed, and that wasn't what I had in mind from all other permutations of the Superman tale. This fic does a lot to bridge the gap of how this Lois and Clark could become friends, and then more. It's perfectly in character, and does justice to Richard White's character. The voices sing true, and it's really a great exploration of a post-movie tale.
Perry assigns Clark to be her partner, and so they end up spending even more time together. Late-night research sessions, debates over the relative validity of another crazy theory, press conferences and interviews.
Richard isn't too happy about it, though he doesn't say anything.
"What is it exactly that bothers you about it?" she asks him one night after sex.
Richard sighs and rubs his face. "It's just, that with Superman, I know I can't compete." That surprises her, and she opens her mouth to insist that it wasn't true, but Richard holds up a finger, and so she closes it again. "With Clark," he says, "it's different. He's human. If I lose you to him, it's not because he can fly or that he saves the world. It's because I wasn't good enough."
She straddles his waist and kisses him deeply. "You're not going to lose me."
She wishes she knew that she was telling the truth.