An excerpt from


by Samuel Hawkins

As the shadows of a mid-summer evening began to fill the room, Martha Kent began to speak.

For the last time.

"Itís funny.  Jonathan and I knew each other all our lives.  Played together as kids.  Went to church together.  Started school together.  Learned to read together. 

But we never had eyes for each other.  He was going to marry Jeannie Miller, and I was going to marry Luke Patterson.  It was just the way it was going to be.

Iíd barely even seen Jonathan in the two months since weíd graduated.  I was three weeks away from marrying Luke.  Jonathan and Jeannie were set to get married that September.  We were all set to go down the road that had always been there waiting for us.  And that was just the way it was going to be. 

But the way things are going to be are never the way things are.

It was a Saturday afternoon.  I was in Tuckerís Boutique trying on my wedding dress.  My mother was with me, and we were giggling like schoolgirls and having a good old time.  I had on my dress, and was looking at myself in Mrs. Tuckerís big mirror, when up in the corner of it, I saw the strangest sight.  A face was floating there like ... a ghost or something, and it took me a second to figure out what it was. 

When I did, I couldnít believe it. 

It was Jonathan, standing outside, his face pressed into the store window.  To this day, I canít describe the look he wore.  It was like he was ... seeing me for the first time. 

Maybe I canít describe it, but I knew exactly what it meant.  I turned around to face him, and he didnít blush or move or flinch or anything.  He just kept looking at me.  And I just kept looking at him. 

After a while I just nodded. 

He didnít have to ask. 

I just went ahead and answered. 

About that time I realized that Ma was talking to me, wondering what was the matter.  I just looked at her and smiled, then hugged and kissed her, and headed out the door, Ma and Mrs. Tucker both yelling at me because I still had on my wedding dress. 

But I knew I was going to be needing it. 

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MARTHAíS STORY Copyright 2000 Samuel Hawkins.  All rights reserved.  This story is neither authorized nor endorsed by DC Comics.  Superboy, Clark Kent, Martha Kent, Jonathan Kent, Lana Lang, Lex Luthor, Jor-El, Lara, Pete Ross, Chief Parker, Professor Potter, Mon-El, Ultra Boy, Smallville, Metropolis, & Krypton are TM DC Comics & © DC Comics, Joanne Siegel, and Laura Siegel Larson.

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