Guy Gardener wrote:
It's called survivor's guilt. While not to blame for causing their deaths, he still feels guilty over being involved in their death.
He's never said sorry or noted the most peripheral compliance in the situation. And Lana never said boo either. it's a non subject on smallville.
Wasn't it an ongoing thematic thread in the first season, once Clark realized that his arrival coincided with the Langs' deaths? I seem to recall a big reason for keeping his secret from her was that he feared that she would blame him. At least that's about the only impression I retain from the Green Pendant Days.
She was carrying that baggage so hard, she was wearing her parents' deaths around her neck. He was terrified of her finding out, as I recall.
Not to say he should bear any
responsibility for the event, though.