Title: Lionel Luthor Attends A Wedding
Sequel to: Lionel Luthor's Successful Plan
Pairings/Characters: Chloe/Lex, Lionel, Lois
Disclaimer: I do not own Smallville
Summary: Now that his plan was a success, Lionel has to get used to Chloe's other family in her life, namely the outspoken Lois Lane, watch as Lois torments Lex, and gloat as they plan Lex and Chloe's wedding.
With the inclusion of Chloe’s birth family into their life things changed in the Luthor Mansion.
The situation was annoying at best.
The Sullivans weren’t exactly the most cultured people, and Lionel winced at the thought of how his Chloe might have grown up being raised by her father and his people.
Lionel still resented the role Gabe had taken in Chloe’s life now that he’d become a part of it, taking up time that had been solely Luthor’s, and at least Gabe and his brood weren’t thoughtless or fresh enough as to invade the Luthor home.
Well, that wasn’t entirely true.
One member of Chloe’s other family was over so much she seemed like a part of the furniture by now, but at least Lois Lane seemed different from the rest of her brood. Sure she was pushy and unrefined and at first Lionel had wanted to strangle her multiple times during their more peaceful confrontations, but still Lois truly seemed to care for the cousin she’d been unable to know growing up, and Chloe was truly happy in her company.
Plus, it became entertaining watching Lois and Lex buck heads over everything, and Lionel had to admit that Lois deliberately provoked his son and himself, seeming to get some sort of hellish satisfaction out of their red faces and enraged sputters.
Lionel had figured her out months ago and hadn’t let her taunts or provocations get to him anymore, would just smile and nod at her, but Lex, the poor soul, hadn’t figured out her modus operandi as yet, and if he wasn’t smart enough to do so Lionel wasn’t going to help him out.
“All I’m saying is that you nor the Magnificent Bastard are known for your good charity works or anything.” Lois announced offhandedly, sitting comfortably on the loveseat, munching loudly and unladylike on a snack one of their servants had brought for them. “The only reason a lot of people tolerate you two is because of Chloe.”
“Lois.” Chloe tried to scold her older cousin.
“But it’s true Chloe.” Lois pressed on, leaning forwards on the seat and swallowing the last bite of her snack. “Who is the one in charge of all the charity benefits Luthorcorp finances? Who is the one who heads the human relations of Luthorcorp? Who do the employees go to when they feel they’re being taken advantage of? Who do they trust to plead their case fairly with these two tyrants?”
Lionel cradled his glass of scotch as he sat closest to the fireplace, watching the scene playing before him.
He had to admit that the spitfire wasn’t exactly off her mark.
Lionel had groomed Lex to take over him for whenever he himself chose to retire, and in the hope that Lex would be smart enough to snatch Chloe up and make her family by law he’d groomed Chloe as well. Her character and her personality best suited the Human Relations aspect of Luthorcorp, and ever since she’d graduated high school she’d worked there.
Also, ever since she’d taken over employee productivity, attitude, and the basic ambience of the workplace had all increased and turned positive.
Lionel had even had a couple of workers he didn’t know greeting him with smiles in the morning.
The people loved Chloe, and more importantly, they trusted her.
“And also, you all need a new PR, pronto.” Lois announced, her finger going from an annoyed Lex to an amused Lionel. “You two are difficult and dislikable and too easy to turn into villains without help, but this Dickweed you have doing your press coverage and media and such make you two seem like not so funny versions of Dr. Evil and Mini Me to the general public.”
“I think, Ms. Lane, that as always, you exaggerate.” Lex grumbled, fingers to his temples, as if trying to fight a throbbing headache.
“Uh-uh.” Lois shook her head before grabbing her large handbag and shuffling through it. She then pulled out a copy of the Inquisitor and shoved it into Lex’s face so he could see the picture of his father on the cover.
LIONEL LUTHOR = ANTICHRIST?
The header read.
Chloe bit her bottom lip to keep from laughing.
Lois passed the gossiprag to Lionel, who made a face at the front page. “That is a horrid picture of myself.”
Lois grinned. “You’re being called the antichrist and you’re worried about your picture?”
“If there’s one thing about us Luthors you’re gonna have to get used to, Lo, it’s the fact that image is everything.” Chloe smiled, not noticing the pride in Lex and Lionel’s eyes as she counted herself a Luthor.
Lex grinned, pulling her closer to him and dropping a kiss to her temple before shooting Lois a smirk.
Lois looked between Lex and Lionel before sighing and then shaking her head. “One word of advice? Fire your PR manager.”
The conversation then changed to more pleasant topics, and while Lionel didn’t want to admit it, he was beginning to see some truth in Chloe’s cousin’s words. Michael really wasn’t helping his son’s and his image at all.
So he fired him.
That very same night.
On the phone.
While in the bathroom.
Lionel then went through a series of PR managers that never lasted more than two months, and he was beginning to worry whether he couldn’t find someone competent enough to handle such an important job.
Thankfully, a couple of months later Lionel had good news to distract him for a while. It’d happened during a family dinner out at Metropolis’ best restaurant, and Lionel hadn’t even batted an eyelash when Lois had appeared, decked in a surprisingly classy black dress.
Lionel had begun to expect Lois to be around, as had Lex, although the younger Luthor did so more reluctantly.
But not even Lois’ snark and attitude had dampened Lex’s smile that night, and when he got on one knee in the middle of the dessert and proposed to Chloe even Lois had smiled brightly. The brunette had reached over and rested her hand on Lionel’s arm, eyes glistening and happy, completely on her cousin and Lex.
Chloe’s green eyes were wide and amazed as she looked down at Lex as he knelt before her on the ground, ring held high. “Lex?” She whispered, the eyes of the whole restaurant on them and yet she only had eyes for his son.
“Chloe Ann Sullivan,” Lex whispered, eyes filled with adoration as he smiled up at her, diamond glistening in his hand, reflecting the light of the candles. “Will you marry me?”
Whispers and “awww”s filled the restaurant.
But those two only had eyes for each other.
Lois tightened her hold on Lionel’s arm slightly in anticipation.
It was then that Lionel realized that no matter how much Lois liked to harass his son, she could see his utter devotion to her cousin and she approved of him.
“Yes.” Chloe whispered, eyes watering, shinning with emotion as she went down on her knees on the floor next to him and threw her arms around his neck. “Yes!”
Lex’s face broke into a blinding smile as his arms went around her, pulling her to him, and the restaurant broke into applause and cheers.
Lois turned to Lionel and smiled.
Lionel returned the expression as they turned their attention back to the couple kissing, knees still on the ground.
News of the engagement was on the cover of every magazine in North America the next day. Apparently it’d helped the Luthor’s popularity rise as people were beginning to see the males as if they were human, and found the whole thing romantic and fairytale-like.
The press was all over it, and usually Lionel would worry about Chloe but Lois was her constant companion, and she somehow naturally could handle the press both professionally and yet have them fear her a little.
So Lionel didn’t worry about the girls as they went around town, busy with beginning wedding preparations. Chloe hadn’t wanted a wedding coordinator doing the work, had wanted to do everything herself with Lois’ help, and both Lex and Lionel always gave the blonde her every desire so they didn’t fight her on that issue.
Of course, maybe they should have, and they’d snapped when word of an attempted kidnapping reached their ears. Apparently their worst fears had been realized and someone had targeted Chloe. Not only that, but members of her bodyguard had been in on the kidnapping plot.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that Lois was black belt in karate and other forms of combat they might have gotten away with it. Thankfully though. Lois and the one bodyguard who hadn’t been on the attack managed to not only knock out the assailants, but tied them up and whisked Chloe to safety.
“They’re going to spend the rest of their lives in jail!” Lionel snapped, furious that his little girl had been in danger.
“I’m going to kill them.” Lex hissed savagely as he held Chloe tightly, protectively, more for his own sake than hers because she was calm while he was trembling with rage and terror. “They thought they could hurt you and I’ll---.”
“Lex, honey, please,” Chloe held him tightly, speaking soothingly. “You have to calm down. And you’re not going to kill anyone.”
“And it’s not like they were trying to hurt Chloe.” Lois pointed out, causing the two Luthors to turn to her. “During the whole thing they were apologizing to ‘Ms. Sullivan’ and telling her they weren’t going to hurt her, that the whole thing was to get to you two and that she had nothing to fear from them.”
The two men frowned.
“It’s true.” Chloe nodded, backing up her cousin. “They were all really nice to me considering the fact that they were trying to kidnap me.”
“I’m telling you guys, it’s all your fault.” Lois once more pointed between father and son accusingly. “You have to clean up your image otherwise Chloe is going to suffer more.”
“Lois, it’s not their fault!” Chloe snapped.
“So I was only imagining it when those guys said that they were sorry for putting you through this but the Luthors had to learn a lesson in humanity?” Lois snapped back, eyes fiery before she turned on Lionel, poking him angrily in the chest. “I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a millions times Luthor, clean up your act or at least suck up to the public better! Your image has always been that of a bastard, and Mini Me’s isn’t that much better, but if you don’t want Chloe to suffer you need a reformation and pronto.”
Lex hugged Chloe closer, resting his chin on her forehead and closing his eyes, breathing out a relieved breath as he finally seemed to accept that she was there with him, alive and safe and unhurt.
“Look, before I met you two in person I believed the same thing everyone else in the world does. I thought you two were two unfeeling tyrants and Chloe was the only one with a soul in the Mansion.” Lois’ voice had lost its anger as she sighed and ran her hand through her messy brown hair. “But then I got to know you, and while I still think you’re snobbish and need to come down a peg or two, I realize that you aren’t the feelingless creatures from the black lagoon ready to eat newborn babies for breakfast. But that’s just me---everyone elsestill has that image of you.”
“Fear invokes respect.” Lionel huffed.
“Fear invokes distrust, Luthor.” Lois snorted. “Respect is earned, and you haven’t earned it at all. You need to. Chloe has the respect of your people, and lately Lex has been earning it as well through his association with her, but you still need to do more. Not only will you suffer, but Lex and Chloe will as well if you don’t.”
Lionel had hated to admit it, but the chit had had a point.
He’d fired his PR manager, again, and had handled the issue with the press himself. He didn’t think he’d been making such a muck of it until Lois had pushed passed him during his speech to the interviewers and had started talking after hissing for him to shut up and stop making matters worse for himself.
He’d been so infuriated and shocked, but then he’d noticed the way Lois handled the cameras and the questions, her face blank, emotionless, her answers short and vague but enough to satisfy the camera crews and the newspaper reporters.
Stepping back, Lionel had let Lois handle the whole thing, watching her thoughtfully.
He didn’t think she thought much about it, just trying to protect her cousin by making sure he didn’t make his image as a tyrant and baby-consumer any worse by his angered words and promises of swift punishment. But Lois was doing a damned good job, and since neither he nor Lex trusted any bodyguards with Chloe anymore Lois had somehow moved temporarily into Luthor Mansion with them.
She hadn’t batted an eyelash when the maid had entered the room saying the New York Herald was on line one asking questions about the kidnapping and how the family was dealing with the aftershocks, and Lionel had told Lois to handle it. She was probably just relieved that he wasn’t doing it personally and mucking it up.
The newspapers began to cite their source as ‘the Luthor’s new PR manager, Ms. Lois Lane’, and Lionel realized that it didn’t sound too bad.
Their popularity had risen once more due to this incident, and the way the family had pulled together during it. Also, Lois’ way of handling the press and the story caused people to be not only outraged that someone as innocent as Chloe had been targeted, but also admire Lionel Luthor for being so protective of a child that wasn’t of his own blood.
CNN, BBC, E! all ran stories about how Lionel Luthor had taken in the daughter of a worker of his who hadn’t been able to take care of her, had personally paid for her mother’s treatments, and had even given the worker the job as manager of one of his plants.
Lionel had never wanted to talk about how Chloe had come into the family with the press, snapping at them to mind their own business, but Lois had told him this was a way of making him seem more like a human, a family figure others could relate to better.
He hadn’t wanted to do it, not seeing how this could help their cause, but then the response to those reports, especially the E! THS special, was outstanding. Lionel was suddenly a family man who’d taken in a helpless child and made her a part of his family, had given her the best education and doted on her.
He knew the truth to how he’d acquired Chloe was not so noble and quite dirty, but still, he enjoyed the publicity and the continual rise in popularity the coverage gave Luthorcorp and himself. He managed to sign deals with Gotham’s Wayne Enterprises and Star City’s Queen Industries, two contracts he’d been after for years and had been unable to get due to his darker reputation.
With all of this he didn’t know why Lois had seemed so shocked at his offering the job as head of his PR department. She’d blanched, then stuttered, and he’d never seen her so confused and surprised and flustered. The girl had been basically doing this work for him free, but he knew that she’d eventually find a job and that’d leave him without her work and the benefits, and so he’d come to her with a deal.
If Lionel Luthor was anything, he was a businessman, and yet striking a deal with Lois Lane had been hard as hell. She’d declined his job offer saying she didn’t know anything about PR and she was thinking of becoming a journalist of all things.
The thought had made him snort.
The Daily Planet was nothing compared to Luthorcorp, and just to prove that Lois wasn’t the only one who noticed things, Lionel closed the deal by offering her a permanent home with him, Lex and Chloe (Lois was all alone in Metropolis—one of the reasons her and Chloe had grown so close) and had bought a large quantity of stock of the Daily Planet in her name, making her part owner.
And so Lionel Luthor got his PR, and gave her all the time she needed to help Chloe plan the wedding.
“Shouldn’t you be in dress fittings?” Lionel smiled and stood, hugging Chloe as she came towards him in his office.
“Am I bothering you?” The blonde asked, looking at the pile of documents on his desk. “Should I come back at another time?”
“Child, you know you could never bother me.” Lionel smiled at the woman he considered his own daughter. “Is there something that you needed?” He looked around. “I’m surprised Ms. Lane isn’t with you.”
“She’s out taking care of the last minute details.” Chloe was nervous, but it was to be expected.
The ‘wedding of the century’ (termed that way by Access Hollywood) was this weekend, and wasn’t it a bride’s priority to become a nervous wreck?
“Lionel, I, I wanted to talk to you about the wedding.” Chloe looked up at Lionel, green eyes worried. “You know how it’s customary for the father of the bride to walk her down the aisle during the wedding, and my father’s going to be there…”
Lionel kept his smile on his face though he felt sad as he realized where this was going. He’d been expecting this.
“But while I love him he isn’t the one I really consider my father,” Chloe whispered, dropping her gaze and a blush splashing on her cheeks. “Lionel, what I’m saying is that I want you to walk me down the aisle. I want you there by my side on my most important day, like you always have been.”
Lionel was shocked, and the brilliant smile that lit his face was completely genuine as he pulled the nervous woman into his arms, kissing the top of her head. “It would be an honor for me to walk you down the aisle, my child.”
“Thank you, Lionel.” Chloe whispered, face buried in his shirt, arms around him, hugging him tightly. She sniffled, tears coming to her eyes. “Thanks for being conniving and manipulative, or otherwise I’d never have truly met Lex and I never would have been this happy.Thank you. I love you so much.”
He cleared his throat, feeling tears well up in his eyes but he didn’t shed them because Lionel Luthor didn’t cry. “I love you too.”
“Should I be worried?” An amused voice asked from the doorway.
They both looked up to see Lex smiling at them, some documents in his hand.
“Of course you should.” Lionel announced, letting go of Chloe and straightening his suit, face going business-like as usual. “She’d be smart to leave you for me.”
“Pedophile.” Lex smirked, coming towards them and wrapping Chloe in a tender hug. “I thought you were at dress fittings.”
“Everyone knows my schedule.” She pouted playfully, reaching up for the kiss he planted on her lips. “And I’m about to go anyway, I already did my fittings and Lois is going over the mega-huge cake and then we’re going to pick up her sister Lucy from the airport.”
Lionel sighed. “More Sullivans, how lovely.”
Chloe snorted in amusement. “Lionel, behave.”
He gave her an innocent expression. “When have I ever not behaved?”
Lex grinned, tightening his hold on his fiancée. “You really want her to answer that?”
Lionel pouted. “You two are always ganging up on me, it’s truly unfair.” He scratched his chin in thought. “I shall have to rally Ms. Lane to my side of the battle so it will be even.”
“Good luck with that.” Lex snorted in amusement. “More likely it’ll be her and Chloe against you and me.”
Lionel sighed melodramatically. “We shan’t survive the year, Lex my boy.”
Chloe giggled, shaking her head before pressing a kiss to Lex’s cheek and ducking out of his hold. “I have to go! Now you two try and behave! Especially you Lionel!”
“I behave!” Lionel called after her as she laughed and walked away.
Lex smirked at him.
Lionel frowned. “I do.”
“Sure you do dad,” Lex’s smile was amused as he passed him the documents in his hand. “Sure you do.”
The wedding was held in a large garden in the twilight hour of the day, fairy lights adding to the magical ambience. The ceremony wasbreathtaking, and everyone, the guests, the caterers, the select press they’d allowed to cover the happening, everyone was enchanted and silent throughout the whole wedding.
Chloe looked ethereal in her fairylike dress her veil trail behind her, floating slightly as it caught on the wind, and Lionel had never been so proud as he was when he walked her down the aisle and delivered her to his son, who was watching her with a look of utter awe.
Lionel then sat down, amused at the way Lois smiled dreamily at the couple from her position behind Chloe as Maid of Honor. She could be harsh and bullheaded, but moments like this proved she had inner femininity that just shone forth.
The vows were written by the bride and groom, and while Chloe’s were beautiful, Lex’s were the ones that had many women reaching for Kleenex.
“Chloe, the first time I met you I was hiding in my room, crying my heartbreak over the death of my mother, and you wandered into my room looking for the bathroom.” Lex chuckled along with Chloe and the others. “You were so young and yet you wiped my tears and comforted me and told me not to cry because you were there and you would be my friend.”
Lionel remembered that, and he cleared his throat, telling himself that it was not the time to get emotional.
“Then you came to live with us and my life, which had just been different shades of darkness began to become sunny once more.” Lex whispered, looking deep in her teary eyes. “You brought new meaning to my life, taught me what it meant to love and be loved in return in a completely true and pure way, with no expectations.”
Chloe smiled shakily and reached up to wipe at a tear.
“Even when I was too young to realize that I loved you I knew that I could never let you leave my life, because without you in it, it’d return to the darkness and the continual coldness in my soul.” Lex whispered, his voice breaking slightly. “You really don’t know how much I owe you.”
Lois sniffled in the background.
Lionel was much amused by her obvious efforts not to cry.
“I loved everything about you and I love everything today. Growing up you were my mother, my sister, my best friend, and my only love.” Lex announced, and Lionel had never known his son could be so poetic. “I loved when you would take care of me, fuss over me, argue with me because you knew I could do better than what I was doing, and the times you got angry with me and fought my teenaged rebellion. Somehow you got me through them.” He paused and grinned. “I remember the first time I came home drunk, bottle still in hand. You broke the bottle over my head. I never got drunk again.”
There was laughter in the crowds.
Lionel smirked, remembering that night too.
“I always try to be a better man, Chloe, because I know you expect it of me, and I will never let you down. We’ll fight, we’ll argue, and you might break a couple of more things over my head,” Lex grinned as Chloe chuckled, as did the rest of those watching. “But I promise to never stop trying, to never stop loving you or protecting you from this day forwards until the day we die.”
There went the awww’s again.
“I take you, Chloe Ann Sullivan, as my wife in sickness and in health, in wealth and poverty, till the day we die.” He whispered.
“And I take you.” Chloe whispered, her voice thick with emotion.
“With the power invested in me,” The judge finally spoke up again. “I now pronounce you, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Luthor.” He smiled. “You may now kiss the bride.”
The reception was filled with laughter and congratulations. Lionel was tired from having to shake so many people’s hands and having to utter so much smalltalk, but this was Chloe and Lex’s day and he could behave, he could.
The Father x Daughter dance started and he didn’t feel bad that Chloe danced it with Gabe, he had had the honor of walking the girl down the aisle so he could allow Sullivan this.
Lionel had to admit that the only one from Chloe’s biological family he truly enjoyed speaking to was General Sam Lane, Lois’ father, and Chloe’s uncle through her mother’s side of the family. The man was intelligent and knew his place and Lionel knew it was always good to have more connections within the army.
“Don’t you dare make friends with the General.” Lois hissed to Lionel as she made her way to stand next to him, watching as Lex claimed the danced from Gabe and began a waltz with his wife.
“May I ask why you find our association so horrifying?” Lionel asked, a little miffed.
“If you become friends with him he’ll want to visit.” Lois replied, pouting. “Visits from the General are never good and I get stressed, so don’t you dare get too friendly with him!”
Lionel suddenly smirked as he shook his head at her. “I shall try for your sake then, my dear.”
Lois sent him a sideways glance, an odd expression on her face, before she smiled and returned her attention to the two dancing. “Who knew Mini Me was a poet, huh?”
“It surprised me as well.” Lionel admitted. “He must have gotten that from Lillian.”
“So, tell me something Luthor.” Despite the fact that she now lived with him and worked for him Lois hadn’t learnt the concept of not being cheeky. “When you hijacked my cousin all those years ago, was this your sinister plot all along?”
He nodded, not denying it.
She observed him for a moment before her gaze went back to Chloe and Lex, who’d stopped dancing and were kissing on the dancefloor, so amazingly in love… “You’re an utter bastard.” She whispered, a tender smile on her face as she watched them.
“Thank you.” Lionel smirked, realizing she wasn't insulting him.
This was just how Lois worked.
The reception finally came to an end and everyone saw off the bride and groom to the limousine, which would take them to the Luthor’s private jet so they could start their honeymoon. Supposedly only Lex knew where he would be taking Chloe, but Lionel had helped Lex so he knew what surprise the blonde was going to get when they arrived at their destination.
Of course, he didn’t let Lois know that he knew, which didn’t help the brunette and her insane curiosity.
“Do you know how much the curiosity has been eating us? Especially this last week?” Lois asked. They were back home, in the living room in casual home-clothes, which meant Lacoste for him, and worn out Old Navy for her.
“I would have thought with the last minute details you two would have been too busy to be curious.” Lionel didn’t look up from the book he was reading.
Lois pouted around her spoonful of Ben & Jerrys. “You obviously know nothing about women, Luthor. We will always find time to be curious.”
He smirked. “I see.”
“How about a movie?” Lois suddenly asked.
Lionel looked up from his book. “A movie?”
“Yeah, you know, moving pictures and audio that come from that box?” Lois snarked, pointing her spoon to the television.
Lionel made up his face at her. “I know what a movie is, Ms. Lane.”
She smirked. “Come on then,” she patted next to her on the sofa. “Put down that old boring thing and let’s watch something together. It’s an order.” She then reached for the remote and turned the television on, searching through the channels. “Casablanca, It’s a Wonderful Life---.”
“They are nice movies.” Lionel announced as he put down his book and went to sit next to her as ordered.
“They’re old.” She snorted.
“They’re classics.” Lionel countered.
“They’re relics.” Lois countered back before grinning and deciding on a movie. “Here you go! Austen Powers marathon! You’ll finally be able to see Dr. Evil and Mini Me!”
Lionel raised an eyebrow, having heard her refer to him and Lex that way, and curious to see whom exactly they’d been named after.
That was the only reason why he sat down on that sofa and watched three god-awful movies one after the other after the other.
In the middle of Goldmember (who came up with these names?!?) Lois must have fallen asleep because her head came to rest against his shoulder.
Lionel saw it as his chance to escape the movie, but then sighed. Lois was tired. She’d been busy working for him and helping Chloe with the dream wedding and she deserved her rest. If he moved she’d wake up, the girl was difficult like that.
Somehow, while raising Chloe, Lionel had somewhat developed something similar to a conscience, and it bothered him when he thought about waking up the brunette resting against him.
Dammit, I knew I was going soft!
Sighing, Lionel got a little more comfortable and turned to watch the rest of the movie, Lois resting against him. And if he chuckled throughout parts of the movie it was completely irrelevant and didn’t mean he liked the movies, or the characters, or was amused by Dr. Evil or Mini Me.
When the movie finished Lionel turned off the television and reached for his book, settling back down and raising an eyebrow when Lois complained in her sleep and curled around him, snoring softly.
Shaking his head at her, Lionel smirked and opened his book to where he’d left off, and read, wondering how if Lex had gotten to the private island he’d bought for Chloe as a wedding present and if Lionel himself was going to be in trouble when Lois found out he’d known all along and left her in suspense.
His smirk grew.
This will be interesting.
And with that he turned the page and continued reading.