Other Pairings: Chloe/Oliver
Genre: hurt/comfort, romance
Timeline: Alternate Universe - AU
Chapters: 49 Table of Contents Series: None
Word count: 164318; Read Count: 31938; Completed: No
Clark and Chloe's friendship blossoms into a fast and intense romance, and the two of them couldn't be happier, even in the midst of their changing personal relationships and involvement with the fledgling Justice League, and their dissolving friendships with Lana Lang and Lex Luthor. However, an unintended pregnancy throws their lives into upheaval. Chloe struggles with the consequences of bringing a child into such a dangerous world, and Clark wonders if he can ever keep his family safe, as Lex descends deeper into dark and twisted projects driven by his obsession with the mystery of Clark Kent.
Chloe struggles with her crumbling relationship with Jimmy during a time of change and upheaval. Clark struggles with juggling both his hero and everyday duties. In the midst of this tumultuous period in their lives, they seek solace in the strength of their friendship and take a much-needed vacation together, a cruise. But on the high seas, away from their problems, they decide to cross the friendship boundary and change their relationship forever.
Six years ago, Chloe left her life in Metropolis behind to be a foreign correspondent in Singapore, making sure to keep her life as far from Clark and Lois's as possible. She settles into a quiet routine taking care of her son with George Dean, a secret service officer for the U.S. Embassy. When her son survives an explosion at the embassy that should have ripped him apart, her secrets come unraveled as does the reason Lois has never gotten fully down the aisle with Clark. Relationships degrade, alliances change, and suddenly Chloe has to deal with Clark back in her life and the son she'd tried and failed to keep hidden after a night of indiscretion. Everything would be much easier if they could be friends over it, but everything, as it always is, runs so much deeper---more intimate---with them...
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After his experiences in "Labyrinth," Clark is extremely relieved to see Chloe alive and well.
Months after walking away from her in Doomsday, Clark returns to Chloe…but finds her a changed woman from the one he left behind.