Author: Kat Lee
Character/Pairing: CLex (Clark/Lex), Jonathan/Martha
Challenge/Prompt: 1_million_words A to Z challenge: M
Warning(s): Future AU
Word Count: 916
Date Written: 3 July, 2016
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to DC Comics, not the author, and are used without permission.
They've been walking in warm, golden sunshine for about a half hour when he stops suddenly and turns to her. "Do you think he would have ever understood?" he asks softly, realizing both that perhaps he should have asked this question sooner, not that it hasn't already been on his mind many, many times over the coarse of the last several years, and that it wouldn't change anything that's happened or about to happen regardless. He'd still go through with his plans for he knows what he's about to do is the right move for him, even if his father could never have understood or given his approval. He loves the man he's about to marry with all his heart, and marriage is intended for two people who love each other.
Martha doesn't hesitate as she smiles warmly at her son. "Yes," she answers empathetically, "with time. He probably never would have admitted it until this very day, but there's no doubt in my mind that he would have come around to you boys and the love you share for each other. If it wasn't for poor Lex's family, he would have warmed to the idea sooner. Your father always wanted two things for you, Clark."
He smiles. "Which was?"
"Your happiness and safety. You're always happiest when you're with Lex, and don't think I haven't realized the measures he's taken to keep you safe. He loves you and wants to keep you safe just as we do, but he has the money and power to make it happen."
"Mom, I'm not marrying Lex for his money!"
Martha laughs. "I know, Clark. You'd never do that. We raised you well, and one of the most important things we taught you was to follow your heart. That's what you're doing today, and that's why I know Jonathan would have eventually come around to accepting yours and Lex's love for each other. He might not have liked Lex any more than my father liked him at first -- even less, perhaps --, but you two are meant for each other."
"I've seen the way he looks at you, Clark, and I know how he waited for you to grow old enough to really be able to make your own decisions. I know you thought you loved Lana for a long time -- you tried hard to love her --, but she never made you happy like he does. And I've never seen Lex truly smile unless you were either with him or being mentioned."
She hugs him. "You've got something rare," she continues, "but it's something your father and I shared and always wanted for you. You're with the right person, and the two of you are going to have a long, happy marriage. He would've been happy for you just as I am." She kisses her son's cheek, then smiles up at him, her green eyes dancing with joy. "Now let's go get you hitched."
Beaming, Clark takes her arm in his and continues back toward the chapel. "You know," he comments, blue eyes darting carefully around their surroundings, "I still can't believe he pulled this off."
"Pulled what off?" she asks. "You've been planning this wedding together for months."
"Yeah." Clark nods. "But there's no press." They have painstakingly poured over each detail of their coming ceremony together, but Lex was still worried just that very morning that reporters would crash their wedding. Yet they've managed to keep the word from getting out. They have only a few guests, and the one reporter among them has been a friend to them both for years. Chloe possesses exclusive rights to their story, but she isn't allowed to leak the wedding for another two weeks.
Martha squeezes his arm gently. "Like I said, he's determined to protect you." She knows very well that any one who dares to show up unannounced will have a nasty retaliation awaiting them. She might not approve of all of her future son-in-law's methods, but she knows, and approves, that Lex will stop at nothing to protect Clark.
The music begins to play as they enter the church together. Clark stops when he sees Lex waiting for him at the altar in a white tuxedo. "Mom," he whispers, practically glowing, "this is the happiest moment of my life."
"I know," she answers, beaming back, "and so does your father." She proceeds through the church with her son, but with every step, she feels Jonathan's presence. She knows he's here today, and she knows he's blessing not just Clark but both their boys. She remembers telling him, many years ago, that this moment would come to happen. She remembers how vehemently he argued with her against it, but it's clear to her now that he's accepted the fact that their son can never love another.
She's there to give their boy away in Jonathan's place, but she knows what they say is true. They're not losing a son; they're gaining another and their son's happiness for the course of Lex's life, if not his own. She smiles and nods as she hands Clark's hand to Lex, knowing this is where they belong and that her son will be happy and loved. She steps back and holds her left hand behind her, where she can feel Jonathan's phantom fingers entwining with her own.
"This is it," she whispers to him, and she can feel her husband smile as their sons kiss. She smiles through her own joyful tears and applauds.