So I’ve been meaning to post this since that one-sentence-from-your-WIPs meme went around ages ago, but this is one of those snippets that needs a lot of context and explanation and the fic itself isn’t very good but it’s as much as I’ve got considering I’m never going to finish it and anyway, here.
SO. Once upon a time Hulu offered the entire run of the 1990s show Lois & Clark, and I watched every single episode back-to-back
except for the very last one which I still haven’t seen, because then it would actually be over. In the third season, there was an absolutely amazing, self-aware, occasionally-even-brilliant episode called “Tempus, Anyone?” in which Lois Lane was dragged by H.G. Wells into an intimidating alternate universe where she’d been missing for three years after a story in the Congo and presumed dead, Clark was engaged to Lana Lang and actively avoiding any type of superheroism, including even the concept of Superman, and Perry White was running for governor of a rather violent Metropolis against the evil time-traveling villain Tempus. And also Elvis Presley was the President.
(I know. Okay? I know. Sometimes you just have to roll with it.) (You can watch it here if you’re okay with slightly-jerky rips of 90s TV shows on websites best viewed through adblocking filters. If, you know. If you want.)
Anyway, at the end of the episode (spoilers!!), Lois, having completely upended AU Clark’s world by making him into Superman and then blowing his cover while at the same time unwittingly ruining his relationship with Lana by showing him what he’s been missing, leaves. Just leaves him right up on the stage as he’s introduced as Superman, goes back to her own universe and her own Clark, and AU Clark is never mentioned again.
Well, back in October of 2009, I had no fandom home and no real drive to write (and very little practice at it, either), but that seemed a pretty serious travesty to me. Somewhere in there was an epic adventure story of finding identity and self-worth and also Lois lost in the Congo somewhere while playing with the Superman mythos as he came to be who he was meant to be, and if nobody else was going to find out what happened to that Clark I had to at least try.
Except this is as far as I got.
Alt-Clark (as he’s currently called in the “Lois and Clark:TNAoS” fandom) did show up in a Season 4 arc Called “John Doe for President/Lois and Clarks”. In it the main Clark is caught between seconds and potentially “permanently lost” (i.o.w. Killed). Wells brings Alt-Clark to the Lois that shook his world (now married to Clark) to try and help defeat Tempus (and maybe save Clark). In it, he helps Lois and they almost kiss each other. I’ve never seen a story dealing with this showing how Alt-Clark might have come (at least in part) to have a life with Lois in that world (replacing Clark.) Your Alt-Clark feels like he would be just the right to me. We don’t know if he ever found his Lois but H.G. gave me the impression that they were going to try at the end of the episode “Lois and Clarks” Season 4 has some of the worst of the whole series but this arc is considered among the best and I encourage you to re-watch it if you can. Alt-Clark is my favorite to see stories about (although the ones where he finds his Lois have been rather overdone imo).