"Close your eyes and blow."
"Where have I heard that before?" Ethan teases, and adds "Ow!" when Astrid smacks the back of his head. "Fine, fine."
Clark laughs, low and honest, and it still makes Ethan pause. He licks his lips and contemplates a wish.
"Wish for something you can *actually* have," Thomas says. Of everyone, Thomas knows him best.
"What's the fun in that?" Ethan asks.
Thomas shakes his head. Ethan closes his eyes and blows out the candles.
When he opens them, Lex's arm is still around Clark.
Next year, Ethan thinks, as he cuts the first slice.