Character(s): Clark Kent/Lois Lane, Martha Kent
I usually write Clark Kent as basically a human being with superpowers, I admit it. Part of that is because most fics I see that treat him as an alien tend to make him creepy and scary, two things I could never see Superman being. This story is definitely an exception--Kal-El is distinctly alien, struggling with an unbreachable gap between Kryptonians and humans, and yet never comes off as anything other than the canon Superman--loving, humane, and kind. It's a beautiful story about transcending our upbringings and becoming full adults, and it works on both the alien and the very human level.