Sneeze Part 2
The farm was so quiet you could hear the crickets chirp. Clark was sitting and waiting for Dawn to say something. Dawn was sitting and waiting for Clark to say something. Finally Dawn decided to ask the first question.
"Are you a hell god?"
Clark's eyes shot up. That's where her mind went. No mutation no UFO just evil lord of darkness what kind of life has Dawn lived? "I'm not a hellgod or any kind of god."
"So your part demon?" Dawn asked trying to figure this out.
"No." Clark said answering and doing anything to avoid the truth.
Dawn can see the frustration setting in on Clark she knows he had no plan to show her his powers and she knew the door was an accident, but she needs to know whose side he is on. If not she'll have to tell either Willow, Giles, or Buffy and she knows where that will lead. Clark's a nice guy but so were Ben, and vampire Justin. Dawn decides on one last attempt before putting Clark on the possible slay list.
"Clark I know what its like to keep secrets. As a matter of fact I bet mine tops yours in a big way farmboy." Dawn bluffed.
"I doubt that." Clark replied not that he's planning to tell.
"Well it's not like most people can blow a door off it's hinges with a sneeze and then catch it before it hits anyone."Dawn countered."Besides we all have secrets."
"You first" Clark said this way he can check to see if Dawn's big secret is a lie she's a nice enough girl but he's taking a big risk with what he has to tell her thanks to that sneeze. Dawn mutters something under breath in a language Clark doesn't understand and starts.
"Clark how old do you think I am."
'Why do girls always ask that?' "18 or 19." Clark guesses.
"I'll be 5 in two weeks."
"What! How! What?"
Dawn smirked seeing the reaction on Clark's face. "I used to be this mystical ball of green energy known as the key I was guarded by a bunch of monks for thousands of years. Then a hellgod named Glory looked to use me to end the world just so she could go home. So the monks put me in a nice fleshy wrapper, hid the energy in my blood, and sent me to Buffy and our mother."
Clark activates his X-ray vision and sure enough right there in her blood there are little traces of green energy in every drop. It couldn't be kryptonite he'd be on the floor and he was sick before he even knew her. He realized Dawn told him the truth she trusted him.
Dawn got up and nudged him on the shoulder "Your up."
"I'm adopted" Clark said.
"The family portraits kind of make that clear Clark. "
Clark wasn't sure what to say the girl told him the truth he was just going to lie but to his surprise this part came out. "I wasn't born in Smallville" Clark took a breath.
"Yeah, Clark Kent UFO" Dawn quipped as a joke until she saw the discomfort and fear on Clark's face telling her she nailed it dead on. "Oh my god... I just... I was just kidding but you really are an alien…cool." Dawn said there are space demons but she never thought she would meet an actual alien.
Clark looked dumbfounded she doesn't even care and is sharing one hell of a secret of her own. "You took that a lot better then I thought you would."
"You could have killed me as soon as I caught you." Dawn pointed out so he's not evil. "Clark with everything I've seen it's what you do not what you are that matters." Dawn told him. He could have very easily let Lionel get squashed but he didn't. That's got to count for something. "So what guns do you have in your arsenal besides power sneezes, and teleportation?"
"I can't actually teleport Dawn I just run really fast, I shoot beams of heat out of my eyes, X-ray vision, see through solid objects, superhuman strength, I'm invulnerable and if I focus I can hear anything in Smallville."
"Wait!" Dawn covers her chest. "Go back to that see through solid objects part."
"I have to focus to use it like that and I don't." Clark said. "Can I please get a little credit here I'm an intergalactic traveler not a pervert."
At this point Dawn just started laughing at how easy it was to get a rise out of her new friend. "Look Clark I'm sorry I came out so strong it's just last time I saw someone as powerful as you a lot of my friends got hurt."
"So are we OK no secrets revealed to the world." Clark asked.
"Yeah we're fine." Dawn answered.
"Good because I have to go save someone before he runs his mouth and my secret is out."
Clark takes off down the steps and stops. He runs a little further before he stops again.
"There a problem Superboy?" Dawn asked.
"My speed's gone." Clark answered.
"How about a car?"
"My mom and your sister took it." Clark said stumped as to what to do now.
"Come on." Dawn ran up and ahead of him. "My car is a couple miles up hopefully you still have the strength to push it out."
'I wonder how she learned to run so fast.' Clark thought to himself.
Work was hectic at the Daily Planet ever since Dark Thursday. Dozens of journalists were rampaging through the office trying to make their name off the catastrophe. Chloe Sullivan of course had the best resources and stories. However she chose a long time ago that she wouldn't make a name for herself at her friend's expense. So today she is just helping Lois Lane with her problem.
"What do you mean you can't find anything on him?" Lois blurted out.
"I mean I can't find him Lois there is nothing on Alexander or Xander Harris." Chloe said looking through it's just a marriage announcement in a California newspaper that never had an actual wedding.
"So what do I do now?" Lois asked.
"Get a sample of his blood and bring it to me." Chloe quipped in a deadpan matter. "Or you go out and ask him about whatever it is that's bugging you."
Before they can finish their conversation two more people came down to see Chloe. One she could easily identify as Clark because of the plaid and the other a brunette whom neither Chloe nor Lois had any idea who she was. Lois just laughs as she hears Clark's runny nose.
"Uh oh does Clarky have the sniffles? " Lois jested.
"It's just a cold Lois" Clark said while glaring at her.
"Well, lucky for you, I have the perfect remedy…honey and a little bit of cayenne pepper. Works every time. First it makes you sneeze a bunch of times, but then I swear you're pretty much cured." Lois said.
"No!" Clark and Dawn scream at the same time.
Clark looks down at his feet. "I'm allergic to cayenne."
Lois rolled her eyes she never knew Smallville could be such a spaz. "Could have just said it without the dramatics Smallville. Chloe let me know if you find anything on what I asked about."
"Sure Lois." Chloe said as Lois leaves Chloe looks at Clark and his new friend. "What was that about and who's your friend."
"Chloe Sullivan, Dawn Summers, Dawn Summers, Chloe Sullivan" Clark makes the introductions.
"Nice to meet you." Chloe said "and the first thing."
"Big news" Clark said. "I sneezed."
"And?" Chloe asked.
"That's not normal for me." Clark said.
"Clark, nothing with you is exactly normal, but I wouldn't call sneezing today's headline."
"It is when" Clark can't finish the sentence as he is about to sneeze.
"Both hands both hands." Dawn whispers. Clark gets both hands up but even with the defense a strong gust still blew through the basement.
"Gesundheit" Chloe said. "How much do you know" She asks looking at Dawn.
"All of it except for his race, it was kind of a hand in the cookie jar moment when I saw him sneeze down his front door then run up and catch it." Dawn said.
"Oh" Chloe said now having someone else to look up. "Any word on Lex."
"We went to Lana before we came here." Clark said. "After we left she called a Robert Pontius."
"The highest paid PI in Metropolis." Chloe asked.
"Maybe Lex knew he was in trouble" Clark guessed "is there an address?"
Chloe went to work and easily found one. "515 Grant Street."
Clark once again tries superspeed but the result is the same.
"Come on you guys I'll drive there." Chloe said.
"Chloe, this could be dangerous to you and Dawn." Clark said.
"And especially for you the suns down and your already on fumes." Chloe replied.
"What does the sun have to do with this?" Dawn asks.
"I'll explain it all tomorrow Dawn when I'm not in a rush." Clark promised.
15 Minutes later the trio arrived at Pontius' office. It was huge and pretty much the exact opposite of what you'd expect of Private Investigator's office.
"Wow I have seriously underestimated the PI business." Dawn said "I was expecting cigarette buds and ceiling fans."
"I think this guy could afford central air." Clark responded before giving the wall a very determined glare.
Chloe has made her way to the computer and went to work.
"All right, I'm a decent hacker, but I'm not a miracle worker. You really don't give me enough credit for this stuff. It's not easy." Chloe said trying to get in the systems.
"Chloe" Clark called out.
"With these encryptions, it's gonna take me hours to get into Lex's account."
"Chloe" Dawn called out.
"Also I might be off my game after being out hacked." Chloe added.
"Chloe" Clark and Dawn shouted out.
"There's a hidden door in the wall." Clark said. He went to rip the wall off he got a little piece of it before his strength ran out.
"What's wrong?" Chloe asked
"Still not a hundred percent." Clark answered.
"Hey Clark what about a sneeze." Dawn asked not seeing a better idea.
"I can't force a sneeze Dawn." Clark said.
"Then blow?" Chloe wondered. "That might work."
Clark glared at her. "That's not funny Chloe."
"I'm not kidding. Clark, with a sneeze like yours, that says a lot about your lung capacity. Now just take a really deep breath and blow at it as hard as you can." Chloe said.
"It's a steel door not a birthday cake." Clark said
"I don't see anything else working Clark" Dawn said since she doesn't wan to call Buffy for help. "Come on. Let's see what you got. Huff, puff, and blow this door down."
With that Clark inhaled as much as he could and exhaled twice that. The door blew away like tissue paper.
"Oh god Clark" he turned around to see Chloe coughing trying to catch her breath with Dawn. "What did you eat today?"
"Peanut butter and Salami sandwich." Clark said. Dawn hid her head and weaseled to the other side of the room.
The three look into the now wide open safe and see pictures of a used furniture factory warehouse.
Chloe starts thinking "Okay, so either Pontius is interested in purchasing a used-furniture warehouse or –"
"This is where he thinks Lex is." Clark realized.
"Taxi's leaving let's go." Chloe said.
"No" Clark said.
"Why?" Both girls asked.
Clark started to answer easily enough. "I think that blow took whatever it was that was making me sick out of me. I'm feeling a lot better." And with that Clark was gone in a blur.
"Do you ever get used to that?" Dawn asked.
"Going on two years and I still haven't." Chloe answered.