Chloe Sullivan's letter (aka the "fever letter") to Clark Kent was an emotional response to his severe illness following exposure to meteor rock spores featured in the Season Two episode Fever.
Faced with the prospect of losing Clark forever, Chloe wrote down her feelings to read to him to "eliminate embarrassing eye contact."
She visited Clark at his home, asking Jonathan if she could just sit with him while he slept. However, after reading the letter to a sleeping Clark, he murmured Lana Lang's name in his delirium. In tears, Chloe did not say goodbye and left before Clark woke up.
At the Torch office, the heartbroken Chloe crunched the letter and threw it into the wastebasket, where it was later picked up and read by Lana.
Somehow, the letter remained in Chloe's possession and was squeezed among books in the Talon apartment bookcase. When her fiancé Jimmy Olsen accidentally found it and confronted Chloe in jealousy, she argued that she wrote it when she was 15 and "it was a schoolgirl crush". Later she finally shows it to Clark and admits that she wrote it six years earlier for him, who finds out that she really had loved him.
The text of the letter is below:
- I want to let you in on a secret, Clark. I'm not who you think I am. In fact, my disguise is so thin, I'm surprised you haven't seen right through me.
- I'm the girl of your dreams masquerading as your best friend.
- Sometimes I want to rip off this façade like I did at the Spring Formal, but I can't because you'll get scared and you'll run away again. So I decided that it's better to live with the lie than expose my true feelings. My dad told me there are two types of girls: the ones you grow out of, and the ones you grow into. I really hope I'm the latter.
- I may not be the one you love today, Clark, and that hurts. But I'll let you go for now, hoping one day you'll fly back to me. Because I think you're worth the wait.
- The letter contains several possible allusions to Clark's future alter-ego, Superman:
- "I'm not who you think I am..." - a reference to Clark's future double-life.
- "my disguise is so thin..." - a reference to Clark Kent's mild-mannered reporter disguise, in which he simply wears glasses.
- "I'm surprised you haven't seen right through me" - a reference to Clark's X-ray vision.
- "one day you'll fly back to me" - a reference to Superman's ability to fly .
- "rip off this façade" - Superman rips off his shirt when he is going to change from Clark to Superman.
- When Clark asks Chloe to the Spring Formal and apologizes for taking so long, Chloe replies that it is "worth the wait".
|Chloe Sullivan in Smallville|