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The Return of Lex Luthor 11/?

Author: Phoenixnz
Title: The Return of Lex Luthor
Genre: Drama

Characters: Clark, Lois, Lex, OC, Perry White, Justice League
Pairings: Clois, Lex/OC
Warning: Spoiler, season seven
Rating: Mostly PG but some chapters R
Disclaimer: The characters of Smallville and the DC comic universe belong to the producers, writers etc. The original character is mine but is not, I repeat, not a real person, although they are drawn from real life for the sake of realism. Any resemblance to anyone, living or dead, is coincidence.

Summary: Lex Luthor returns with a few surprises. And he seems to be a changed man. Can Clark trust him? Should he?


It all started here


Go back a step


 

Chapter Eleven

Julia smoothed down the silk of her dress, her hand shaking. Her first time going to a party without Lex. Or at least entering one without him and she was nervous. She wished Lois had come with her.

She liked Lois. After everything they’d talked about the other day, she liked the idea of having a woman she could confide in. And after the things Lois had told her, it was clear she missed Chloe.

Lois hadn’t talked much about losing her cousin and best friend and Julia hadn’t pushed. It was clearly still painful for the younger woman. She’d never been that close to anyone, so she couldn’t really understand what Lois was feeling. And Julia wasn’t about to offer to fill that void in her new friend’s life. It was too soon for that.

With a sigh, she made her way to the bar set up by the doors leading out to the balcony of the hotel ballroom and asked for an orange juice. She had seen waiters circulating, but most of them seemed to have glasses of champagne. She didn’t drink much.

She caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror above the bar. Lois had done a superb job with her make-up. Julia felt she actually looked the part of a billionaire’s wife, except for the glasses, but Lex had told her he didn’t mind her wearing glasses. She’d wanted to get lasik, or contacts at least but he’d vetoed it, saying it was too risky for her eyes.

She took the glass of juice from the bartender and began to turn back to the party, hoping Lex had arrived.

“You know, if you drink champagne quickly, it isn’t that bad.”

She looked up at the tall blonde man.

“I’m sorry?”

“It helps with the nerves,” he said with a wink.

“Oh god, is it that obvious?” she said.

“Only to me. I’m Oliver. Oliver Queen.” He held out his hand and she shook it.

“Wow! I can’t believe I’ve been in Metropolis over three months and this is the first time we’ve met.”

“Lex has told me a lot about you though. So do you prefer Mrs Luthor or Julia?”

She laughed. “Oh, Julia please. How did you know?”

“The nervousness kind of gave you away,” he chuckled. “Everyone else around here has been there, done that.”

“Hmm, should I be worried?”

“Not at all,” he said. “In fact, we’ve all been very curious about the woman Lex married. I have to say, you’re not at all how I pictured.”

“Is that good or bad?”

“Definitely good,” he said. “And may I say you look very lovely tonight.”

“She does, doesn’t she?” a voice said behind him.

Julia looked with relief at her husband as he kissed her on the cheek.

“Sorry I’m late sweetheart.”

“That’s okay. Oliver was very graciously keeping me company.”

Lex turned and smiled at Oliver, holding out his hand. The two men shook hands but Julia noticed very quickly that Oliver seemed wary. And Lex had a look in his eye she’d never seen before. She wasn’t that good at reading people but she sensed some animosity between the two.

“They’re about to serve dinner,” Lex said. “Should we go?” Julia nodded, letting him take her hand. She nodded politely at Oliver who smiled, then turned to the young woman who came to stand beside him. She was brunette, although it didn’t seem quite natural to Julia.

“This is Dinah,” he said, introducing her.

“Have we met before?” Lex asked as he shook her hand.

Julia didn’t miss the glance between Oliver and Dinah, who quickly shook her head.

“Ah, no. Not unless we met at the Daily Planet. I wrote a column for a while. I also had a radio show.”

Oh, she’s that Dinah, Julia thought, remembering Lois telling her about the woman she’d bumped into. While Lois disliked the woman, Julia figured she’d better give her the benefit of the doubt.

“So are you and Oliver ...?” she asked Dinah as the couple accompanied them into the other room for dinner.

“Uh, yes, for a couple of months now.”

“But you’ve known each other for a while, I take it?”

Dinah nodded. “We were friends first. And then, well, after ... he was sort of seeing this other woman. She died.” Chloe, Julia thought. This couple had had to deal with some painful issues before they could start being any more than just friends.

Oliver leaned over and said something in her ear and Dinah fell silent. They were escorted to different tables for dinner.

As Julia sat down, she glanced over at another table and felt a tiny shiver as she saw a man watching her. A man with dark hair and intense blue eyes. He saw her and raised his glass in a salute.

Bruce watched as Lex allowed the waiter to pull out a chair for his wife. Her photo does not do her justice, he thought. She was an incredibly attractive woman, if a bit shy, he realised as she saw him watching her and dropped her eyes. Lex also saw his gaze and he raised his glass, pursing his lips at the possessive hand Lex put on hers. Lex said something in her ear and she blushed becomingly.

“So that’s Mrs Luthor,” he said to himself. He looked forward to getting to know her better.

He’d had one of his people do some digging on the new Mrs Luthor. Since Lex had returned to Metropolis, there had been much speculation about what he was doing with this woman – his fourth wife. His agent had been very thorough.

Julia Walker had been sheltered for much of her life. Over-protected, was what his agent had suggested. Her parents had been mismatched from the start. The father a shy, recalcitrant man who didn’t appear to possess social graces. He kept his children, or at least Julia, on tight leashes. Her mother had been an outgoing person from a Catholic family who had married a man clearly not popular with her parents. He was considered to be beneath her.

Julia had a brother who was clearly heading down the same path as his father. Anti-social, unskilled in mixing in company. The young Julia had had a battle from the start. Her superior mind something to be envied by a father who had raised his daughter to believe she should never aspire to be anything but what they were. Poor, stuck in the lower middle-class mould she had been born to.

Bruce had no doubt that had the young girl been born in America, she would have been carefully monitored by those who observed such things as high intelligence. She certainly would have tested for the upper level gifted intelligence quotient, or even genius. But the system of education where she had grown up had little resources and certainly did not have the wherewithal to recognise such a unique gift in a girl so young. His agent had obtained early transcripts of the girl’s education and she certainly showed an aptitude which had either deteriorated or been repressed by the end of her formative years. Bruce had his money on the latter.

By her late teens, Julia had been diagnosed with depressive illness. She’d tried suicide at one point. Fighting an uphill battle with a controlling parent had taken its toll. But the episode had woken something in her. A will to survive, a will to live that was incredibly strong. And a toughness that wasn’t always apparent.

She’d rebelled against her father by choosing to study for a degree at university. Friends reported that Julia had spoken of her father’s doubts that she would complete what she started. By the time she graduated, however, her father had been diagnosed with cancer. Julia never got to use the skills she had worked so hard to earn.

Bruce’s agent had discovered that after her father’s death, Julia had flitted from job to job, unable to settle. Until a year before she had met Lex in Nepal, she had worked with a charitable organisation in India, before heading to Nepal. She’d been there a few months when Lex showed up.

Bruce had questioned Adam Ward himself, in his Batman persona. Everything Adam had told him seemed to be plausible. It was Lex’s behaviour that worried him. According to his agent, Lex had changed drastically in the years since his exile to Smallville. He’d become obsessed with the powers of the meteor-infected. And with Clark Kent.

And that was the reason why Bruce had had that information delivered to Clark. He needed to protect himself. Julia might be innocent in all this, but she was being used. Bruce was certain of it. She’d married the same kind of man her father was. Someone who liked to control her. Bruce didn’t think Julia was conscious of that. But a woman who was controlled was someone’s puppet. And Lex was using her to get to Clark. Either to get information out of him or to discover exactly what he was capable of. She was a scapegoat. And she didn’t even know it.

As dinner finished and the speeches were over, Bruce saw Lex leave Julia for a moment and he took his opportunity. He approached her with a glass of orange juice.

“My lady,” he said.

She turned and smiled at him, taking the glass.

“Thank you. That’s very gallant of you.”

“Bruce Wayne.”

“Julia Luthor.”

“Yes, I’ve heard much about you.”

“All good I hope?” she laughed.

Bruce smiled non-committally.

“Are you enjoying yourself?” he asked.

“As opposed to what?” she said, then bit her lip, as if wondering if she should have said that.

He just laughed. “I know what you mean. I hate these parties. Full of sickening sycophants who compliment you to your face and insult you behind your back.”

She said nothing, but her expression showed relief that someone else agreed with how she felt.

“So, um, I hear you’re from Gotham,” she said.

“Occasionally,” he murmured.

Julia raised an eyebrow, her mouth quirking in a faint smile. “Only occasionally?”

Bruce took a sip of champagne. “How is it, being married to Lex?”

Julia looked thoughtful. “Hmm, he works too hard, but other than that it’s great.”

Really? Bruce thought. Then why did you hesitate? He dismissed the thought. This woman needed to learn to relax, he decided. So he began by telling her stories of some of the women he’d dated, relating some of his less auspicious moments. Julia was laughing so hard that it attracted Lex’s attention. He came over.

“What’s so funny?” he asked.

“Oh, Bruce was just telling me some of the terrible things he got up to.”

“I swear it’s all true,” Bruce chuckled.

“Oh, I believe you,” she snickered. Lex’s expression darkened.

“Time to go,” he said, grasping her arm. Julia looked at him, suddenly sober.

“Lex ...”

Lex ignored her, turning back to Bruce. “Good to see you again, Bruce. If you’re in Metropolis again, I’m sure I could find some business deals you might be interested in.” In other words, stay away from my wife. Bruce got the message loud and clear.

Lex was silent in the car on the way home. He stayed silent until they were in the penthouse.

“What did you do that for?” Julia asked, rubbing her arm where he’d grasped it so firmly he’d bruised her.

“You were flirting with him.”

“What?” Flirting with who? Julia was puzzled. She had no idea what Lex was talking about.

“Bruce. You were flirting.”

“We were talking. He was just telling me some stories.”

“You were laughing.”

“They were funny. Lex, I ...”

“You are my wife, Julia. And I don’t like you flirting with other men.”

She frowned. “Lex, I wasn’t. I don’t even know how.”

He scowled. “Don’t lie to me.” He approached her, a bitter, angry look on his face and Julia shrank away from him. “And what the hell is this? What are you wearing?”

“I thought you liked it,” she said. “Lois helped me pick it out.”

“And that’s another thing. I don’t want you being friends with her.”

“So it’s okay to be friends with Clark but it’s not okay to be friends with his girlfriend?”

“You don’t know Lois Lane like I do.”

Julia glared at him. She wasn’t going to put up with this. She was his wife, but that didn’t mean he could tell her what to do. Or manhandle her.

“And how is that, Lex? Tell me, because I’d really like to know.” Lex seemed a little taken aback by her talking back to him. “You know,” she continued, “I put up with your mood swings, and your bitching when you were recuperating. I let you get away with it, and maybe I shouldn’t have because I guess it made you think you could take out your anger and frustration on me any time you wanted. Well, I don’t have to take that any more, Lex. And you don’t have any excuses this time. You don’t treat me like that. I was not flirting with Bruce. We were just talking. And if you don’t like it, well you know what you can do.”

Lex stood there, staring at her as if surprised she would turn on him like this. But he nodded, his tone bitter.

“Fine,” he said finally. “I’ll be in Smallville then. Call me when you’ve cooled off.”

He turned and walked out, leaving her standing in the middle of the floor.


Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
awesome new chapter!!

Loved the 'old' Lex and 'old' Oliver shining through when they shook hands!
phoenixnz
Apr. 5th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Julia is a lot better at reading people than she thinks as she spotted the enmity between them. Lex is beginning to show his true colours.
ctbn60
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome back honey! Hope you had a wonderful time

Whoa! That was a very interesting chapter. It seems Lex is starting to show his true colors. I feel bad for Julia with all Bruce said about her upbringing that she is going to be treated like this by lex.

Great chapter hon!
phoenixnz
Apr. 5th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's the first hint for Julia that something is wrong with her relationship, but Lex has under-estimated her if he thinks she's just going to forget this. The next chapter has more of Lex's manipulations.
jlvsclrk
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Way to stand up for yourself, Julia! I really enjoyed her interactions with Ollie and Bruce, but could kind of feel Lex steaming away on the other side of the room. Good insight by Bruce that she unintentionally married a man much like her father, but it does seem like she's a lot stronger now. I have a feeling she'll need to be!
phoenixnz
Apr. 11th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
It takes a lot to push her but Lex certainly pushed hard enough in this chapter. She is slowly going to start realising the kind of man she married, but she has a little ways to go before that happens.
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