Cher Enfant: The Series of Lauren Kent
Story 1: Peek-a-boo, Where Are You?
By Celine LC <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Submitted March 2000
Author's notes and thoughts and everything else:
This is my first attempt at fanfic. Actually it wasn't until
a few weeks ago that I even knew what fanfic was. Sad, but true! My
idea for this story was to focus on Lois and Clark. And, well, I did.
That was nearly all I focused on (but I have always liked to focus on
them rather than the bad guys!). I hope you find the plot somewhat
believable, at least more believable than the "Contact" episode or
the one featuring Katie Banks. My other idea for writing was to
continue with a series of stories about a new baby of theirs. But
first, please tell me about what you think of this first story.
List of Characters: (all are WB's, not mine, except Lauren; she's my
creation. Oh, and a few others also)
--Lois Lane --Hospital Receptionist
--Clark Kent --school secretary
--Mrs. Alexander --Rob Wells
--Mrs. Wilks --Three other schoolboys
--Dr. Lehman --Morgan
--Sergeant O'Malley --The "Crooks"(yet to be discovered!)
Cher Enfant: The Series of Lauren Kent
Story 1: Peek-a-boo, Where are you?
By: Céline LC
Written: From 16 October, 1999 to 3 November, 1999
Dédicacé ma petite chere, Lauren, qui j'adore beaucoup. Je t'aime
"You're doing wonderful, honey."
"Push! You can do this, Lois."
"Honey, I love you so much. You're doing magnificently. Keep
going, honey. It'll be over soon."
"Shut up, just shut up. I *am* pushing. Can't you see that?!?"
"Okay, now relax. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Oh honey, I can't
believe it's happening already. You're do--"
"Alright, Lois. Push! Breathe baby! You are almost done. Relax, now."
"Clark, just shut up. I do not want to hear you right now.
You are making me very *mad*. Just shut up, *supermouth*!"
"Push! Good, Lois."
"We're seeing the head. You are doing perfectly, Lois. Relax now."
"Oh Lord, will this ever be done? I don't know if I can push
any longer. God! Will this end?"
"Push. One more time and the head will be out," the doctor said.
"Did you hear that, Hon?"
"Aaaghhh! Yes, Clark, I heard it. I am so happy -- shut up!"
"We've got the head out. One MORE big push and the shoulders
will be out and the rest is a piece of cake."
"There we go."
A baby's cry filled the room. Lois let her head fall down to
the pillow with a sigh. Clark took his wife's hand and squeezed it.
His smile stretched from ear to ear. Lois again lifted her head to
look at the doctor.
"It's a little girl," said the doctor. He had wrapped the uncleaned
baby in a pink receiving blanket and handed the miniature bundle to
Lois. She awkwardly cradled the crying baby. Clark bent over and
touched the protruding hand of his newborn. Lois stared down at the
bundle in her arms. She smiled and felt a tear form in the corner of
her eye. Slowly, the baby ceased its constant scream. Its little fist
rested on Lois' chest. Clark placed a kiss on Lois' cheek. She felt
sweaty and warm.
"Hey, Lois. This is our little girl. She is so beautiful."
Clark looked back down at his precious newborn. "Hi, sweetheart. I'm
your daddy. And the beautiful woman holding you right now is your
mommy." He talked softly to the little child.
Lois smiled. She laid her head on the plush pillow which
rested behind her. She closed her eyes in the most complete
relaxation she had experienced in at least 36 hours, when she had
first began having her contractions. As soon as she did, the door
opened and a nurse came bustling in.
"Hi, my name is Nurse Alexander. You can call me, well, Nurse
Alexander," she said with a slightly smug voice. "Time to take the
She snatched the baby up, with little care, turned around and
walked quickly out of the room. Clark stood up and looked slightly
aggravated. Lois' expression was nearly blank. Clark shook his head
and looked down at Lois, who was looking at him with a small grin.
"Honey, she needed to be washed and dressed. They also need
to check her health," Lois said, reassuring Clark that everything was
fine. "They need to make sure everything is working right and
developed completely. A lot of parents don't even get to hold their
baby right after it is born. They usually get to see it *after*
everything is checked out."
Clark nodded and sat down on the bed next to Lois. She placed
a hand on his thigh and he touched her now flat stomach. Lois yawned,
causing Clark to yawn also. She smiled and placed her other hand on
top of the hand resting on her abdomen.
"We still need to find the perfect name for her," said Lois.
"I don't know that we have *the* name for her yet."
"Yeah. Good time to think of one, too," said Clark. "She's so
beautiful. What are we going to call this precious little girl?"
"First of all, is she going to have your last name or mine?"
"I was hoping she would take mine, Lois," said Clark. "This
is something I really looked forward to when we learned you were
pregnant. To be able to say 'this is my daughter, 'So-an-so Kent'."
Clark took Lois' hand in his and tenderly kissed it. "That is, of
course, if you don't have the desire to have her take your last name."
"Honey," explained Lois, "I didn't take your last name
because I felt attached to my own. I lived with it and worked with
it. I got hooked on it. Then I got hooked on you but I didn't want to
change this part of my life. Everything in my life was changing when
I got engaged to you. I wanted one thing in my life to remain the
same. I wasn't sure if I could handle a complete 'make-over' in my
life; so I kept my last name for a sense of *myself*. Do you
Clark nodded. Lois continued, "But that doesn't mean I'm
*not* a Kent. I am. You are my husband. I'd be honoured to have *our*
little girl have your last name. It's not a problem."
Clark looked at Lois and leaned over to place a kiss on her
lips. Desiring a short peck, he got more than he asked for as the
kiss lingered for a few seconds. He situated himself so his head was
near Lois' ear. He whispered a sweet nothing in her ear that made her
giggle and kiss his face.
"Back to the name-making process," Lois said.
"I like another process so much better," Clark replied teasingly.
"Let's just focus on *this* baby first, okay," said Lois,
with a roll of her eyes. "Is there any name you really like?"
"I like the name Lois," Clark said with a laugh.
"Come on, Clark," Lois responded, with a serious expression
on her face.
"Okay, okay, okay, okay. I would like it to start with an L,
in honour of her most beautiful mother."
"Alright. I won't complain," Lois said. "Any suggestions?"
"Lisa, Lori, Lana, Laura, Lynn, Lois, Leslie, Linda, Lara,
Loretta, Lauren, Lynette, *Lex*ie." Clark listed off a few names.
"Lexie? That is not even *funny*!" said Lois. "I did hear the
name Lauren. Do you like that?"
"Lauren Kent." Clark said the name and repeated it numerous
times. "I do. How about you? Lauren Kent."
"Yes, actually I like it a lot." Said Lois, speaking slowly.
"Okay then. 'Lauren' it is! Do you want a middle name?" asked Clark.
"It's not necessary, but if you would like it. I don't have
one," Lois said.
"We can make one up later," said Clark. "We don't need one now."
Lois didn't respond. She had closed her eyes and was trying
to sleep. Clark bent over and placed a wet kiss on her lips and held
his lips to hers. She opened her eyes and pulled his head away from
"You make it very difficult to sleep," Lois said. "Do you know that?"
Without answering, he took her head in his hands and brought
her lips to his. He kissed his wife and held her face against his.
Lois wrapped her arms around his waist and caressed his back with
firm, vertical movements. Clark worked his way to the crevice of her
neck, tenderly kissing every square inch of her delicate skin. Lois
closed her eyes again and took in the relaxing sensation of Clark's
passionate touches. Clark continued to nuzzle Lois. She let her body
become limp, her head stretched back, exposing a large portion of her
tender skin for Clark to nuzzle as he held her tightly around her
waist. He halted his kisses at her neck to look at his precious
lover. He laid her down gently on the bed. Her eyes were closed and
her body remained loose. Clark placed one more kiss to her forehead.
Lois had fallen asleep.
Clark got up from the bed and quietly left the room. He
headed toward the nursery to see Lauren. He saw twenty or more cribs
filled with sleeping or crying babies. He read the cards on each crib
looking for the one that read 'Lane, Lois'. He scanned through each
row, but when he reached the last crib he was disturbed at not seeing
the crib holding Lauren. He remained in deep thought until he was
interrupted by his name being called. He turned around to see who had
called for him. He was glad to see Lois' doctor, Dr. Lehman, walking
"Hello, Mr. Kent!" Dr. Lehman said, "Congratulations on the
birth of your baby girl. She is beautiful and healthy, as is your
"Do you know where she is?" asked Clark, sounding a bit
nervous. "I was expecting to see her here."
"Is she not in the nursery?" inquired Dr. Lehman. "She should
be in here, if not with your wife in the room. But there is a good
chance she still is in the lab getting everything fine-tuned and in
Clark furrowed his eyebrows and nodded his head. "I'll see if
she is in Lois' room. Thank you, doctor." With that he headed back to
Lois' room. On the way there he spotted a few kids with a video
camera. He smiled at them and stopped to talk.
"What are you guys up to?" he inquired.
One of the boys looked up. His eyes went wide. "You're Clark Kent!"
"I am?" Clark teased. "And who are you?"
"Rob Wells," said the boy, sounding proud. "And these are my
friends, Laurent DesLauriers, Patric LeDemain, and Marcel DeMai."
"Wow. Nice to meet you," said Clark, shaking each young man's
hand. "Are you working on a school project?"
"Yeah. For our Advantage Class. We are supposed to take a
video camera to important places in the city. I suppose the hospital
would be important enough. We went to the Daily Planet, to tape that,
but you and Lois weren't there. This was our second choice," Rob
explained with a big grin on his face. "You know, Mr. Kent, you are
my hero. When I grow up, I want to be just like you!"
Clark smiled and patted Rob's back. "Are you getting any good shots?"
"So far. We've caught every person and thing brought through
these halls for the past two hours. Pretty exciting things!" Rob said
in an animated voice.
"One bed had some lady with blood all over. We may not get to
use that," added Marcel. "Too bad."
Clark shook his head at the grotesque comment just made. He
began to walk away and said, "Well, good luck. Hope you get a good
The boys issued their thanks and went back to their work.
Clark continued on his way to his wife's room. When he reached the
room, he was surprised to find the door open a crack. He became
excited at the thought of it being Lauren returning. He rushed in the
room. At the sight of what was behind the door, Clark stopped in his
tracks. A woman stood near the bed and her face showed signs of
worry. This didn't concern Clark nearly as much as the look Lois had
on her face. Her lips were pursed as if she was going to break down
and sob at any moment. Her eyes looked near tears but were filled
with fear and insecurity. Her hands were clenched in tight fists and
she seemed relieved at the sight of Clark.
"Honey?" Lois said with a questioning tone. "Was Lauren in
the nursery already?"
"No, she wasn't," Clark answered slowly. "The doctor said she
was still with the nurse getting checked out."
"*This* is our nurse, Clark," said Lois in a terrified tone.
"*What*!?!" Clark spoke in utter disbelief. He put his hand to his forehead. "*What* are you talking about, Lois? *Our* nurse
already took Lauren. Mrs. Alexander."
Lois put her head in her hands and began to cry. Clark, still
contemplating the situation, sat down on a chair. Mrs. Wilks
continued to stand there transferring her stare from Lois to Clark,
then left. After five minutes of complete silence, Clark stood up and
went over to Lois. He placed a hand on the back of her bowed head and
nestled his nose into her damp hair. She was still crying and her
face remained buried in her arms. Clark lifted her head to look into
her eyes. He caressed his love's cheek in lingering, gentle strokes.
"Lois," Clark spoke in a cautious manner to his now fragile
wife. "She will turn up somewhere, I promise. The other nurse
probably got her schedule mixed up. Instead of picking up Toni Duda's
baby, she picked up ours. Okay. Just keep positive. And I'm going to
have *you know who* check out the building, alright? Any sign of our
little girl and she'll be in his care immediately. No questions
"How will he find *our* baby?" questioned Lois.
"He's memorized her precious cry already. He heard it and
instantly told himself that nothing ever would touch her in a harmful
way." Clark looked at Lois and gave her a reassuring glance that he'd
make sure everything would be fine. She looked down and said nothing
to him. Clark gave her one last kiss and loosened his tie. He turned
around and left the room.
He headed to the elevators, super-hearing the whole way for the cry
of his little one. He pressed the down-button and waited rather
impatiently for the doors to open. It seemed like an eternity passed
before the doors finally opened. He quickly got in and pressed the
button that would bring him to ground level. Another eternity seemed
to pass before the doors opened again. When they did, he wasted no
time before he was walking out the door and to the alley where he was
safe to change identities. In a flash, he was flying around the
building as the muscular superhero. He flew around the building,
every floor listening carefully for the cry he most desperately hoped
to hear. After multiple rounds, he flew in the door and stopped his
flight at the front desk in the lobby. The receptionist gave him her
"I need to scan this building," Superman said with as brave a
face as he could don at the moment. A child would have seen his fear
under his mask of gallantry and heroism. Concealed by his image as a
courageous superhero was the complete horror and panic that his
daughter *might* not be as safe as he had made it seem to Lois.
"Yessir. Go on ahead," said the receptionist. Immediately,
Superman was making his way through the halls at a quick pace,
looking into rooms and listening for any noise that would bring him
to his child. Within twenty minutes, he had the whole building
finished and everyone there on the look out for anything suspicious.
He flew back into the lobby. He sat down on a chair in the waiting
area, covered his legs in his cape, and put his head in his hands. He
was not going to let anyone see his emotion, so he got up and flew
out the door and high above the city streets.
He used his super-sight to scan over the surrounding area for
anything that might tell him who took the baby. As he got farther
away from the hospital, his hopes began to get further away from him.
Stopping tears was now out of the question and trying to hide them
seemed like a waste of time. He allowed his tears to fall freely. The
day that was meant to hold joy and pure happiness was torn from Lois
He flew to an isolated little hill and cried for all it was worth.
What could he do? This baby was so little and the world so big. Even
he couldn't make it right. On top of that, the child was so helpless
in this brand new world. What could she do to protect herself? The
answer to that question hit him hard. Nothing, the baby could do
absolutely nothing. She was completely defenseless to the world's
dangers. This made him cry even more. The questions that ate at him
multiplied with every second he sat there.
After he was all cried out, he put on his
I-am-going-to-damage-the-fool-who-tried-to-harm-my-love look and
remembered back to when Tempus had run for president. (John Doe is a
darn nice guy). He had used inventions from the future to make people
do things without knowing it. One of his stunts made Lois drive off a
cliff. After that, Superman went to Tempus and showed his pure anger.
(You stay away from her, or I promise you will see my ethics
*dis*appear). He now said the same about Lauren; he decided he'd do
anything to insure Lauren's safety. If anything happened to her, he'd
never forgive himself. After contemplating his next move and what he
was going to tell Lois, he flew back to the hospital.
He got to the hospital in a matter of seconds due to his faster speed
in flying and his new sense of bravery and hope. He changed his
identity in the adjacent alley and walked into the hospital as the
reporter who had left prior to his "treasure hunt". He took the
elevator to the maternity floor where he got off and headed for Lois'
"Honey." Clark spoke softly just in case his darling was sleeping. She wasn't.
"What did you find out?" Lois asked apprehensively.
"You need to stay calm, Lois." Clark tried to explain to her as
carefully as he could. "I couldn't find her anywhere near the
hospital or in the hospital. I flew around numerous times. Didn't
turn up anything suspicious. I'm going to get the police here. We'll
get this figured out in no time. Okay?"
"Oh, Clark, this is so awful," said Lois. "We were supposed to
protect this child when she was born. I was supposed to nurse her.
This wasn't supposed to happen. Today was going to be one of the most
precious and exciting days of our life. It wasn't supposed to get
wrecked by one of our usual happenings. Of any day in the world, this
is the one I did not want ruined, Clark. And it was, it was
completely ruined for us. I hate this so much. I can't believe it is
even happening to us. Why does everything special in my life get
messed up in one way or another? Every special event in my life has
been screwed up by some ignorant and evil person. What--"
"Lois, please," pleaded Clark. "I know this is hard. It is
tearing me apart too. I just cried for ten minutes, not understanding
why this is happening. But that has never got me anywhere and will
never get me anywhere. Action gets results. We can cry later. Right
now, we need to fight to get her back. And soon."
Lois just nodded and laid her head on Clark's shoulder. She
began to cry. Clark, despite his previous comment, allowed her to do
this for a few minutes. Lois quickly regained her composure and wiped
the tears from her eyes. She nodded to Clark, telling him she was
ready to get down to business. Clark picked up the phone and dialed
the local police investigator.
Lois looked out the window. She wondered where her newborn
was. She hadn't realized just how much she wanted a child. When she
learned she was pregnant, she hadn't gotten all that excited. She had
thought is was going to be just another thing to worry about on top
of everything else she stressed over. Now, after she'd given birth
and had the chance to see her newest priority, she had fallen in love
with her immediately; she had bonded with her. Now that she was torn
from her, stolen from her possession, her heart ached. She
desperately wanted that little girl back and promised as soon as she
was returned to her, she'd not let her out of her reach again. She
returned to reality when she heard Clark say his good-byes to the
"He's getting right on it. I told him everything we know.
Honestly, it wasn't a lot, just a bite into the novel." Clark talked
to Lois so delicately.
She nodded and smiled as much as she could. She returned her
gaze to her fidgeting fingers. A last tear fell from her eye.
Clark sat down and closed his eyes and slept. He was
awakened, not ten minutes later, by a visitor in the room. It was the
police investigator. Clark stood up and shook the man's hand and
greeted him with as much enthusiasm as his soul would allow.
"Hello, Mr. Kent," said the investigator, in a kind voice.
"My name is Sergeant O'Malley. I got here as quickly as I could.
These cases aren't to be taken lightly."
"Thank you, Sergeant," Clark said.
"I have a few officers questioning possible witnesses around
the hospital, and a few down at the station making calls to potential
onlookers, like taxi drivers, hotel concierges, and any other people
who could have come into contact with the kidnappers. I can't promise
you a *quick* recovery of your child, but a recovery, of course. If
you had waited any longer, you might not have been so lucky.
Alright?" Sergeant O'Malley spoke in a monotonous tone.
"Thank you, sir," said Lois in a serene and soft voice. She
looked at Clark to find his reaction to the Officer's news. She was
upset to see discord and panic in his eyes and his jaw was shaking in
pure horror. O'Malley read the body language, bid his adieus, and
left the room.
As soon as the door was latched, Clark let his tears fall freely.
Lois got out of bed slowly and walked sorely to Clark. She sat down
on the chair next to him and pulled him down to her lap, where he
buried his face into her shoulder and wept. Lois wrapped her arms
around his body and held him. She thought about how many times she
had cried on Clark's shoulder. She felt it was time she be his
shoulder and support in his time of need. She expected to cry, but
tears did not come. She needed to be strong. Although this man was
the man of steel, he still needed to be supported. He had his
difficulties and things he couldn't handle himself. That was what
Lois could do. Just be there for him. How could she expect him to
stomach all his feelings? In his chest a human heart beat. A heart
like everyone else had. It felt hurt and pain too.
She kissed Clark's head and rubbed her nose in his fine hair. She
could feel his irregular breaths and his chest heaved in a different
way as he sobbed nearly uncontrollably. She consoled his heart by
speaking to him soothingly. She caressed her husband's back and
continued kissing his head. Clark continued his cry for 5 minutes and
stopped. He remained in his position against his wife's chest,
feeling her heartbeat and steady breathing. This, he found great
comfort in. Lois placed one last kiss on his head and brought his
gaze to her eyes. She smiled and without saying a word, told Clark
that she believed everything would turn out okay. He smiled and got
up from Lois' lap. He took off his suit coat and rolled up his
sleeves. Lois perceived his action as his way of saying he was ready
to get to business. It made her smile inside. Quickly, she repressed
the smile, telling herself that this was no time to be happy. This
thought put a stern look on her face. She followed Clark downstairs.
As they went they talked about what they planned on doing.
"Let's go to the front desk and see if they had any
suspicious visitors or a guest list type of thing," said Clark. "They
may keep a list of all the visitors who come by the hospital."
"And we might recognize a name on the list as someone who has
hateful feelings towards us or might have a cause or reason for
devising this type of plan," Lois continued Clark's thought.
"Right," Clark said, enthused. Ding! The door to the
elevator opened up to the main floor. The team went straight to the
front desk. The receptionist was on the telephone. She held up a
finger telling them to wait a minute. They talked useless chatter as
they waited. A minute later, the receptionist hung up the phone.
"Can I help you?" she asked politely. "Ms Lane, you're a
patient here, am I right?"
"Yes, Ma'am," answered Lois. "We wanted to know if you keep a
daily list of the names of visitors to the hospital."
"I'm sorry, Ms. Lane," said the receptionist, sounding truly
apologetic. "I'm afraid we don't."
Lois and Clark looked at each other, both slightly discouraged.
"I don't want to be intrusive, but does this have anything to
do with Superman being here or the State Police?" inquired the
"Yes, Ma'am," said Clark. "Thank you for your time."
The two smiled at the woman and left the table, heading back
to the room. Again, they held their planning session as they walked.
"Let's get you dressed and we'll see if we can find Sergeant
O'Malley." Clark was onto his next idea. "We'll see if he turned
"Hopefully he did," Lois said in a monotone.
The elevator seemed to be taking a long time and felt rougher
than normal. It suffered a few harsh jerks, the lights went off, and
it stopped between two floors. Clark frantically searched for the
emergency button, but soon found out that it wouldn't be much help
since every alarm in the building was going off already. He then
fumbled around in the dark for the phone. He found it, but knocked it
off the jack. He found the hand piece and held it to his ear. He
found no dial tone. He cursed under his breath. Lois placed her hand
on his shoulder and quieted him.
"I can't believe this is happening." Clark seemed
uncharacteristically agitated and angry.
"Just relax, honey," Lois said. "Everything is going to be
fine. This gives us time to stop and think about what's going on. I
think we need to clear our minds and really focus on what could have
happened. We haven't ever *not* figured out a case we were assigned,
or not assigned in our case, when we were together. But one of the
conditions we had was practical thinking and pure concentration on
the subject. Right?"
Clark nodded. Lois continued, "I think if we can free some
space in our minds for this problem, we could figure out the answer
quickly. First, we need to find a way to clear our brains. I think
this room has set the perfect atmosphere for a fun necking session."
"Honey," said Clark. "Let's be serious."
"What makes you think I'm not being serious?" Lois asked,
actually sounding serious.
"How can you think of something like that at a time like
this?" Clark began to sound angry.
"What *else* am I supposed to be thinking about Clark?" Lois
raised her voice. "We are stuck in an elevator. There is *no* way out
right now. You're right, Clark. All I should worry about is our
little Lauren out there somewhere without us and probably in
prominent danger, but would that do me *any* ounce of good right now?
No, it wouldn't because there is *nothing*, absolutely nothing I can
do right now. We are stuck. This elevator is not going to move any
time soon. The electricity is out, the phones are out and we are
stuck between two floors in the hospital. All thinking about it would
do for me is freak me out more than I already am. Am I worried? Yes,
Clark. I am so worried my heart is beating twelve miles a minute and
has been since Mrs. Wilks came into the room. But I can't bear the
constant fear of it. I need to stop a while, relax and get my mind
thinking straight. Otherwise, I won't be an ounce of good. If *you*
can't settle down and stop acting so capricious about this, neither
will you. I know it is tearing you apart but you need to pull
yourself back together. And hold yourself together. You hear me?"
"I'm sorry, honey. I don't mean to be acting this way but I
am just so scared right now." Clark's voice was shaky. "I've never
been so scared in my life."
"I know, my love. I know you're scared." Lois spoke in a
softer tone. "I am too. I've been scared so much in my life, but
never this much. The only way I get through it is by keeping myself
together. And a way I feel better, always, is in the arms of the man
I love. All I meant by wanting to make love with you right here -- it
*was* a joke, but I wanted to be held. It makes me feel safe and
secure. That was all. My mind is on Lauren. I am dying inside, as are
you, but I wanted to take my mind off it for two or three seconds to
get my head straight. Do you understand?"
Clark nodded and as soon as he did, Lois threw her arms
around him and pushed her lips to his and deeply, deeply kissed him.
They sat down slowly on the floor, laid their shoulders against the
wall of the elevator, and deepened the kiss even more. The kiss
lasted for an eternity and when it was finished, both closed their
eyes and laid their head against the wall. They each took a deep
breath and when they caught it, they began the next round of fondling
and embracing each other. When their breath ran out, they'd break and
catch it as the other loved on the cheek or neck, and then they would
jump right back into their love making. Both were surprised when the
lights turned on and the elevator began to move -- both were glad the
lights turned on before they moved! Within seconds, the doors opened
and the lovers were able to leave their temporary prison.
The halls of the hospital were full of havoc and dismay. The
nurses, doctors and a few patients were out congesting the hallways.
Mothers went to the nursery to check on the well-being of their
newborns and older people were shaking on the verge of a
heart-attack. Lois and Clark grasped each other's hands and made
their way through all the masses of people in the halls.
"Caused quite a stir throughout the whole building," Lois
said as she gazed around the halls, looking at people's expressions.
"I hope nothing serious happened. Someone could have died in that
"We were in the elevator for over an hour," Clark pointed out.
"Didn't seem like it," Lois said to Clark, smiling. In the
hall ahead, they saw Sergeant O'Malley. They called for him and he
"Hi, you two. Where did you disappear to?" asked O'Malley.
Lois and Clark looked at each other and just smiled.
"Never mind. I don't think I really want to know," O'Malley
said. "We're really in a jam. We don't have a lot of information to
work with and that makes it hard for us to do anything that will get
us anywhere. It's like trying to find the real Elvis in a group of
Elvis impersonators, or a needle in a haystack -- in an expression
"Keep on trying, okay?" said Lois, trying to sound fine with
the news. Devastation was already hitting her hard. "We'll give you
everything we turn up."
"Thank you. I'll be working as fast as I can." O'Malley
looked sincere. "I just wanted you to know that I have my heart in
this. I love kids and know what they mean to the parents. I have two
beautiful little newborns. They mean the world to me. So I have a
little added incentive, along with the other men and women working on
"Thank you, sir," said Clark. "We appreciate that a lot."
The officer left the room. Lois and Clark looked at each
other, shrugged their shoulders and sat down. They sat thinking for a
"Wait a second!" Clark's voice boomed, thus ending the
silence. Lois looked at him, startled.
"When I went downstairs to see if I could see Lauren in the
nursery, there were a few kids video taping the halls. They were
right down the main hall on this floor," Clark explained.
"Maybe they -- Oh Clark!" Lois threw her arms around Clark.
"They said they got everybody who passed by on video for half
the day." Clark sounded ecstatically happy.
"Do you remember the kids' names?" asked Lois.
"Uhhh! Rob Wells," said Clark.
"Let's see if we can find this guy." Lois threw on a pair of
jeans and a tee shirt that lay on the floor of her room, grabbed her
jacket and headed out of the room. Clark followed right behind her.
The two went once again down the elevator and to the lobby desk. The
receptionist looked up and smiled.
"Hi, again. Can I help you?"
"Do you know which school had children here taking videos of
the hall?" asked Lois.
"I think, but I'm not sure, that it was a local school.
Greenwood Middle School," the receptionist said.
"Thank you very much," Clark said. He smiled, turned around
and headed out the door. Lois smiled and followed him.
"Let's go check out this school and see what comes of it,"
Clark said. They got in the car and started out. Lois took Clark's
free hand and squeezed it tight.
"Honey, I cannot tell you how excited I am," said Clark. "I
hope this will give us the answer we need to get our little girl
back. I can't wait to find these boys."
"If ever the video shows the kidnapper, I am not sure I'll be
able to repay those boys back," said Lois.
"Give them an A+ on their project and a graduation from the
8th grade!" Clark said with a big smile and a laugh.
"Right!" said Lois.
They pulled the Jeep Grand Cherokee into the Greenwood Middle
School parking lot. Lois squeezed Clark's hand again. They parked in
visitors parking and got out. Clark put his arm around Lois' shoulder
and they walked to the doors. They followed the signs to the front
office. Clark gallantly opened the door for Lois; she gladly accepted
his offering and walked in. The office secretary looked up and a
smile crossed her face.
"Lois Lane and Clark Kent," she said. "I love your work. I
never miss reading your stories. You two are a great team. Oh, and
you just had a baby. Congratulations!"
"Well, thank you," said Lois, sounding reserved.
"Can I help you?" the secretary asked.
"Yeah. We're investigating a robbery that took place at the
hospital and we are aware that there were a few of your students
videotaping there. We'd like to see this tape to find some evidence,"
Clark explained. "We'd like to speak to a young man named Rob Wells."
"Yes, sir," the secretary said. "If you don't mind, I'd like
a teacher with you, for safety measures. Not that I don't trust you,
but it is policy."
"No problem," said Lois.
"I'll make a call to his teacher and send you with Morgan,
here, to find the room. Okay?"
"Thank you," said Clark. A redheaded girl came out from the
copy room and invited Lois and Clark to follow her.
"How are you, young lady?" asked Lois.
"I'm fine, thank you," answered Morgan.
"That's great," said Clark. Silence took over again. They
made their way down the long hall. The halls were lined with gray
lockers and there were pep club posters scattered on the walls.
Finally the girl stopped.
"Here is Mrs. Leonard's room, Mr. Kent, Ms. Lane," said Morgan.
"Thank you, Morgan," Lois said.
They opened the door to a room full of kids working. The
teacher went right up to them. She was a tall, but very slim woman
who looked to be in her late thirties or early forties.
"I heard you wanted to speak to a student of mine," said Mrs.
Leonard. "Rob Wells. He's a sweet kid. *Rob*!" The boy got up
immediately and went over to where the adults were standing.
"Hey, Clark!" said Rob excited.
"It's Mr. Kent, please, Rob," said Mrs. Leonard.
"Hi, Rob," Clark replied. "You probably know my partner in
crime and wife, Lo--"
"Lois Lane, of course," interrupted Rob. "What's up?"
"It's, 'How are you?', Rob," corrected Mrs. Leonard.
"We're doing just great, Rob," said Clark. "We need your help."
"Sure, I'll do anything to help you two," Rob responded
"May we talk to him outside the room, ma'am?" Lois asked the teacher.
"I'm sorry, Ms. Lane." Mrs. Leonard shook her head, "It's
against school policy."
"Okay," answered Lois.
"Rob, we'd like to watch that video you made at the hospital,
if you have it available," Clark spoke in a firm tone.
"Sure. Why?" asked Rob, curiously.
"There was a theft and we're investigating the crime,"
answered Lois quickly. Rob's eyes opened wide, his eyebrows went up,
and his jaw dropped in shock.
"Do you mean my tape might be used as evidence?" asked Rob amazed.
"If it shows us what we need to see," said Clark. He turned
his attention to the teacher. "Mrs. Leonard, could we borrow this
young man's project for a few hours?"
"Of course, no problem, Mr. Kent," said Mrs. Leonard, as she
went to her desk and picked through a pile of VHS tapes. She pulled
one out of the stack. "Here it is."
She handed the video to Clark. "Use it for as long as you'd
like. I know it was done on time. The boys won't be marked late even
though it's not on my desk."
Clark smiled. "Thank you. And thank you Rob, for letting us
use your project."
Rob shook Clark's hand, smiled, and said farewell to the
Lois and Clark left the room and walked quietly down the
hall. They spoke not a word. They didn't need to. Their facial
expressions showed their emotions and all the answers they each
needed from the other. They walked out to the car. Lois took the
driver's seat and Clark the passenger's. They sat there idle for a
few seconds, then Lois held out her hand. Clark gave her a high five.
Lois rolled her eyes.
"What?" asked Clark with a laugh.
"The keys would help," said Lois. Clark dug through his
pockets. When he found them, he handed them to Lois, teasing her
slightly with them. "Thanks a lot, darlin'," Lois stuck them into the
ignition, fired up the engine and they were off. They drove to the
Daily Planet. They found a tight parking spot at the side of the
street. Lois stopped by it and was rather discouraged because the
squeeze was impossible.
"Clark," Lois sounded glum, "there is no parking left. What
is going on?"
"Elections, don't you remember?" said Clark.
"Oh, right," Lois said with a nod. "Did you vote?"
Clark shook his head. "Lois, just pull parallel to the
parking space and I'll show you some magnificent parking."
Lois gave him a strange look but did as he told her too. She
hopped out of the car, as did Clark. Clark walked over to the
driver's side window, leaned against the car, and gently, yet
mightily, pushed the car into the space. Lois closed her eyes, shook
her head, and smiled. Clark looked proud. "That was beautiful
"I'm speechless." And she was.
The two walked hand in hand into the newsroom. They
immediately heard two familiar voices.
"Lois? Clark? I thought you were going to take the week off.
And, Lois, did you not give birth today?" It was Perry.
"Hi, Perry," said Lois. "We ran into a problem at the hospital and it needed immediate attention."
"Am I supposed to be surprised?" Jimmy piped in.
"Well, no," said Lois sheepishly.
"The main thing is, how are you and the baby?" asked Perry.
"Fine, Perry, we're fine." Lois answered looking at Clark.
Clark looked down and kept silent. "But we need to get to work."
"Git on it!" said Perry. He went on his way with Jimmy right
Lois looked at Clark. His face looked grave.
"Clark, what is it?" asked Lois.
"Hon, you *don't* know if Lauren is fine," said Clark.
"You're right, Clark," said Lois. "I sure hope she's fine."
"Let's take the video into the conference room," said Clark,
changing the subject. They got up and went to the conference room.
They shut the door, locked it and inserted the video into the VCR.
The television automatically clicked on and they started the video.
After 20 minutes of fast-forwarding through the dull parts and Clark
super-seeing the whole thing, two hours of the video tape had been
viewed. Yet, nothing showed signs of the thief, or a child for that
"I just don't understand it at all," said Clark. "They were
nearly inside your room video taping the hallway."
"Maybe it's farther on." Lois tried to sound convincing, but
she, too, was not all too sure of it. "Let's watch the whole thing."
They pressed play and the video began again. Lois pressed
fast-forward and the screen began to move at superspeed. She didn't
want to try to comprehend the images, so she watched Clark scrutinize
the screen. Another fifteen minutes passed but the movie revealed
nothing. Lois placed her head on her two fingers and sighed. Just as
the video became fuzzy and the image was lost, Clark jumped up with
wide eyes. He took the controller and rewound the video and played it
on normal speed. When it got to the part he wanted to see, he paused
it. There was a woman on the screen. She had brown hair and she was
very tall and thin. Her hair was cut into a little bob and she
appeared to be very self-conscious about something. Lois furrowed her
eyebrows and shook her head.
"Clark, this woman does not have our child," Lois said,
agitated. "Face it, Clark. The person is not on the video and neither
is Lauren. It's a worthless tape to us. Let's just return it to Rob."
"Lois, look at the woman again and think real hard about
another *family* we've had to face." Clark sounded excited. Lois
concentrated on the television screen. After a few minutes of deep
thought, Lois' mouth dropped open and she uttered a sound of pure
"The Newtridge sisters have Lauren," said Lois. Her emotion
changed to anger.
"Let's show O'Malley!" Clark leaned over and hugged Lois.
We're going to get her back. Our little girl. And when we do, we'll
spend some quiet time with her at home."
"Let's not spend *any* more time here, Hon," Lois said. She
grabbed her jacket and hurriedly left the room. She whizzed past
every staffer, leaving Clark to apologize to them all. Lois got in
the passenger side of the car and Clark, the driver's seat. Lois had
her cell phone out and had turned it on. Her shoulders dropped
"Honey, what is it? Is there something wrong?" asked Clark nervously.
"No, I don't have the Sergeant's number," said Lois, disappointed.
"So, what?" Clark said, unaffected by Lois' concern. The trip
to the hospital was quick. As soon as they got the car parked, Lois
was out and walking toward the door. Clark shook his head and laughed
but followed her lead to the door. This time they passed the
receptionist and went right to the elevator. They rode up to the
maternity floor and when the doors opened, they walked right into the
"Clark? Lois?" He seemed surprised to see them.
"Hello, Sergeant O'Malley," said Clark. "I am so glad to have
found you so quickly. We've got evidence. Very tentative, but we have
reason to believe that the Newtridge sisters are to blame."
"That's a very strong accusation, Clark," said O'Malley. "Do
you have evidence that shows they were even here?"
"Yes, this video shows one of them at the hospital," Lois
piped in. "We'll show you."
They led the officer to the nearest television with a V.C.R, which happened to be in Lois' labor room. They slipped the tape
in and pressed play. Clark paused it to the exact place where the Newtridge sister could be seen.
"There she is, officer," Clark said.
"Okay, we'll find her," O'Malley replied. "I'll call the
local police and get everybody on it. We'll also notify the
surrounding counties. Of course, you know this is all circumstantial
evidence. They may not be the culprits."
"We understand. Thank you," Lois said.
And with that the Sergeant left in a hurry.
"Maybe Superman would be willing to help?" Lois suggested to
Clark with a smile.
"Was that a request or a demand?" asked Clark.
"Maybe both," Lois said, pushing him toward the window. Clark
opened the window and in one motion, switched identities and flew out
in a red and blue whirl. Lois still was surprised whenever he did
that, even after five years of marriage. She laid down on the bed and
sleep consumed her.
She didn't know how long she had slept, but a cold breeze woke her
from her slumber. A shiver traveled down her spine and goose bumps
formed on her arms and legs. She looked at the window and was
surprised to find it was open. She threw her legs out from under the
covers and walked over to close the window. She shut it and looked
out the window. It was a nice night but she felt it couldn't be
enjoyed without the company of her new family. How she dreamt about
being back together. It ate at her heart and tears began to form
again in her eyes. She sighed and slowly turned around. She nearly
screamed at the sight of Clark sitting on the chair in the corner of
the room. He had a very big smile on his face and his eyes had
regained the usual spark and gleam.
"I didn't see you, Clark." Lois sounded shocked. "How long have you
been here and why didn't you wake me?"
"I love to watch my little girls sleep," said Clark, motioning Lois
with his eyes to come see what was around the corner. Lois slowly
walked over to where Clark sat and let out a sigh of utter happiness.
"You've got her," Lois said ecstatically. "Why didn't you wake me up, Clark?"
"I told you. I love to watch my little girls sleep," answered Clark.
With that, he got up and hugged Lois, promising her that this
wouldn't happen again and that he'd make sure of it. Lois kissed him
then diverted her attention to their sleeping child.
The baby was perfect. She wore a pink kimono and had a white blanket
wrapped around her delicate body. It rose and sank with every breath
the baby took. She wore a cap to cover her fine, satiny, full head of
hair which shone a deep shade of black. Her eyes were tenderly shut
and her eyebrows were thin and flawless. Her nose was small and round
and her mouth was pursed. Her face was red, but the tint was dark,
without an imperfection visible. She had her tiny hands clenched in
miniature fists and held them near her chest.
Lois and Clark observed this beautiful, precious sight, with
gratitude and pure love, joy and satisfaction.