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The Return of Lex Luthor 51/95

The Return of Lex Luthor, Fanfic cover by ctbn60Genre: Drama
Characters: Clark, Lois, Lex, OC, Perry White, Justice League
Pairings: Clois, Lex/OC
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?

a/n: Check out the wonderful banner by the lovely and extremely talented ctbn60

It all started here 
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Chapter Fifty-One

Clark grinned at them. “Sorry, we were in the neighbourhood.”

Julia rolled her eyes. “Cute Clark.” She went to the wet bar and grabbed two bottles of water, handing one to Bruce.

“We wondered how the meeting went,” Lois said.

Bruce looked at Julia pointedly. “Yes, how did the meeting go?”

She sighed and shook her head. “It was awful. Lex still refuses to agree even to the separation. As far as he’s concerned, there’s not going to be a divorce. He’s trying every trick in the book to get me back and I don’t think he’s even scratched the surface.” She sipped her water and looked at Bruce. “You know that savings account I have? He tried to get that money back. God, he owes me for the year I nursed him. Well, even the mediator agreed with that.”

“Agreed,” Bruce said.

Julia tapped her fingers on the glass bottle, wondering if she should tell Bruce the next part, knowing he was likely to want blood for it.

“As I was leaving he, uh, he kissed me.”

Bruce spluttered and choked on a mouthful of water. When he’d finished coughing he stared at her.

“What?”

She knew Bruce would react like that.

“I know what he was trying to do. He’s trying to confuse me, make me react to him. And I sort of did. Oh, not in the way he expected,” she added hastily, seeing Bruce’s face. “I slapped him.”

“That’s why you were upset when you came in,” Bruce said.

Lois went to her friend and hugged her, then turned to Clark.

“Can we kill him? Please, please can we kill him?”

Clark snickered. “You know we can’t.”

Lois snapped her fingers and gestured. “Damn!”

Julia laughed at her friends. “You guys crack me up.” She put her bottle down on the counter. “I should go take a shower.”

She returned to the room ten minutes later to find Bruce and Clark working together on the laptop, looking at the information she and Bruce had gathered on the Penguin. Lois was curled up on the sofa, drinking coffee.

“Want one?” she asked.

Julia shook her head. “Can’t. According to Bruce, I’m in training so I’m restricted to one coffee a day. Even then he tells me off.”

“Boy, he’s tough.”

Julia shrugged and smiled. “Guess he has to be. What’s up?”

“What’s going on between you two? We saw what happened.”

Julia glanced toward the middle of the floor, remembering, thinking how it must have looked to Lois.

“That? Oh we were just fooling around.”

“Looked like more than that to me,” Lois said.

Julia had to concede that point. “Okay, so maybe I do feel something. An attraction, I guess. I mean, he’s an extremely good-looking man.”

“Who’s in love with you.”

Julia looked at her friend, eyes widening.

“No, get out ... come on, he’s not ...”

“Well if he’s not then I’m a monkey’s uncle, or aunt, or whatever,” Lois said, frowning. “I see the way he looks at you. Especially when he thinks no one’s watching.”

“Lo, come on, Bruce isn’t ... you know his reputation. He’s a notorious playboy. I mean, I know, it’s just an image he sells. But he doesn’t believe in love.”

“Are you sure about that? Jules, I’ve watched him. He looks at you the way Clark looks at me. Like the whole room lights up when you walk in.”

“But I ...”

“You love Lex. Even after everything he’s done.”

“Yes. No. I don’t know. What the hell is love anyway?”

“Love is that gooey feeling you get when you see him. I mean, I still get butterflies every time Clark smiles at me. God knows, I’m not the easiest person to love. Sometimes I think I’m too hard, too tough, but then I look at Clark and I just melt. It’s not just about who he is. It’s how I feel when I’m with him. Like I’m the centre of his universe. Like I’m a better person just by being with him. By being loved by him. Does that make any sense?”

“Like maybe he ... encourages you, makes you want to be a better person,” Julia said slowly. Oh god, she thought, putting her head in her hands.

“Love isn’t just passion for each other,” Lois said. “And god knows, Clark and I have a lot of passion. It’s our nature. Sure, it’s part of it, but there’s a lot more to a relationship than physical attraction.”

“I always thought that was a myth. You know, about passion. Lex and I were never ... uh, passionate. I mean, yeah, we’d have sex and everything but it wasn’t the desperate need that I’ve read about. And I always thought of that as a plot device.” She sighed. “Maybe it’s me. Maybe I’m just ... frigid.”

Lois put a hand on knee. “You’re not. You’re a passionate woman. I’ve seen it and I’m sure Bruce has too.” She leaned forward, speaking softly. “Can I ask you something really, really personal?”

“Um, okay?”

“Did you ever have, you know, fantasies?”

“Before I met Lex, yeah.”

“What about when you were with Lex?”

“Uh, once. I thought ... there was this one time when we were having a huge fight – it was before we came to Metropolis – and he was being all ‘I know what’s best for you’ kind of thing and I sort of had this fantasy of showing him that he wasn’t the boss of me and taking what I wanted. And we are talking, you know, R-rated stuff.”

“And you just tried to tell me you’re frigid?”

Julia glanced over at the other side of the room, but Bruce and Clark appeared deep in conversation.

“The thing is,” she whispered. “Lately, I’ve been having these dreams, you know, about, uh, Bruce. And the dreams are really hot. I mean I wake up sweating and, feeling, well, you know ... and I really need to ... only I don’t ...” She was turning bright red. “Okay, can we just drop this because I’m scared he’s going to hear me, or Clark’s listening.”

“Oh don’t worry,” Lois assured her. “I know when Clark’s using his super-hearing. Besides, he may be Superman, but he’s still a male, and men are hopeless when it comes to listening to two conversations at once.”

“Oh that’s good.” She got up and grabbed another bottle of water, then curled up again. “So how are the wedding plans going?”

“Great,” Lois said. “We still haven’t decided on a venue, but Clark asked Oliver to be his best man.”

“Of course.”

“And I was wondering if you would, uh, be my maid of honour?”

“Are you kidding?” Julia nearly squealed. “I would love to be your maid of honour.”

“Just so you know, that means you have to plan the bachelorette party, and help me with the invitations. September the 25th is coming up fast, so we have to get cracking.”

“Oh goody,” Julia said rubbing her hands together. “Bachelorette party. Now I wonder where I can find a good stripper.”

“No way!” Clark said, coming over to them.

“Spoilsport,” Julia said, blowing a raspberry at him. Then she winked at Lois. “We’ll talk,” she grinned. “So, have you given any thought to where you want to get married?”

“My Dad offered the use of the base chapel, but ... I don’t know, I’m not really a church person,” Lois said.

Julia nodded. “I know what you mean. Lex and I ... uh, no, never mind that.” She thought for a moment. “You know, a friend of mine got married in these botanical gardens. They make a really beautiful setting. And if you get, you know like a marquee or a tent or whatever it’s called here, you could have shelter if it’s wet. Why don’t we go tomorrow and check out the gardens here?”

Clark looked at Lois and she looked back at him. Then he grinned.

“Julia, you are a certified genius. That sounds like a great idea.”

“Well, I know I’m a certified genius,” she chuckled. “I even have the certificate to prove it.”

“Smart ass,” Lois commented.

She looked at her friend. There was a glow and a confidence about Julia that she had never seen before. Whether it was because of the training she’d been doing with Bruce, or whether it was Bruce himself, but if she had to guess, Lois would say it was a combination of both. Julia shone.

Maybe she still had a ways to go. Lex had all but eroded her confidence completely in the short time they had been together. But something had changed in her friend. And if it was possible, she was even more beautiful now because her inner beauty was being allowed to shine through.

Lois had to admit that, from what she’d heard about Bruce, he wasn’t the most open person when it came to any kind of relationship. But it looked like he was good for Julia. And she was just as good for him. He seemed less taciturn. He had a softness about his face that hadn’t been there before Julia had gone to stay with him. Of course, as soon as he realised someone was watching, the mask went back on. But there were moments when he would be looking at Julia, without her being aware that he was watching, and he would get a look in his eyes that was almost tender.

“Honey?”

Lois looked at her fiance. Then back at Julia. “We should get going. We need to go home and change for dinner.”

“Are you guys living together now?”

Lois smiled at Clark. “Well, Smallville practically spends all his time at my place, but no, not technically.”

“Oh! Good!” Lois looked at her friend. Julia had the kind of expression on her face that showed she was planning something.

They had arranged to meet for dinner at the Metropolis Hotel restaurant. It was the kind of restaurant that Lois and Clark usually couldn’t afford on their combined salaries, but since Bruce was picking up the bill, they didn’t have to worry about anything except relaxing and enjoying the evening.

Julia ordered a glass of a light Riesling before dinner.

“I thought you didn’t drink wine?” Lois asked.

“Bruce has been educating my palate. I’ve been starting off slowly with some of the sweeter wines. But only one a day while I’m training,” she added with a look at Bruce.

“I said it before and I’ll say it again. You’re tough.”

“It’s her choice,” Bruce said simply.

“And don’t think I don’t appreciate all that you’ve been doing for me, Bruce,” Julia said with a smile.

And there was that look again. Lois saw the warmth in his smile as he looked at Julia. Oh yeah, he’s gone. Clark gave her a nudge with his foot. They’d already talked about Bruce’s feelings for Julia. Clark hadn’t believed her until she’d mentioned Bruce’s expressions.

Dinner conversation was kept casual. They talked about anything from politics to sports. Bruce was clearly knowledgeable about a lot of things and it became clear to Lois and Clark how comfortable Julia and Bruce were with each other. So comfortable that when Bruce started discussing the merits of American grid iron as opposed to rugby, Julia began arguing good-naturedly with him.

“Grid iron happens to be a tough game. And the players are superb athletes.”

“Oh please,” Julia shot back. “Your guys have to wear helmets and shoulder pads. Our guys don’t bother.”

“Which is why you find many of them retire before they’re thirty-five or are often out with injury.”

“Okay, I’ll give you that, but we still have some great athletes.”

“Name one.”

“Jonah Lomu.”

“A man who burned out before his career reached its peak.”

“He had kidney disease.”

“Fine. Point to you.”>

“Yes. I win.”

“Ah, I think I should point out that you guys are about even on points,” Clark said.

Julia glared at him. “Hey, who pushed your button?” she asked.

“I did,” Lois told her. “Like I’ve been doing since the day we met.”

Julia cracked up. Bruce chuckled softly.

“On that note,” Julia said, getting to her feet, “I think I need to pay a visit to the little girl’s room.”

“Don’t get lost,” Bruce commented.

“Har de har har, Wayne. Smart aleck.”

It was when she was on her way back to the table that she saw him. Lex. And he was clearly dining alone. He saw her and stood up, stepping in front of her.

“Stalking me, Lex?”

“I just wanted to talk. Without the lawyers around.”

“So you resort to spying on me? Is that it, Lex?”

“Your new boyfriend didn’t give me much of a choice.”

“Bruce is not my boyfriend. He is just a friend.”

“Yeah, right. I’ve seen the way he looks at you.” He grasped her wrist.

“Let go of me, Lex. I’m warning you.”

“What are you going to do? Make a scene?”

“If I have to.”

He looked pointedly around them. There were people watching the exchange, including what looked like two reporters.

“The press won’t like that.”

“I don’t care what the press like. And if you think you can use it to your advantage in court, well I’ve got news for you. Now get your hand off me.”

“Julia, don’t do this. Come home. Where you belong.”

“Oh, you mean in that cage you call a home?”

“What cage?” He looked puzzled.

“It’s metaphorical, Lex.” She growled. “Haven’t you heard the song White Bird?”

“No.”

She rolled her eyes. “The white bird is a metaphor. The chorus of the song says the white bird must fly or she will die. You can’t own a person, Lex. You can’t lock them up for their protection and think that they’ll be happy. I wasn’t happy, Lex. I was miserable.”

“You didn’t seem that way to me.”

“Well, I’ve learned a lot since then. And I’m not about to let you cage me again. Not now that I know what you are.”

“And what am I, Julia?”

“A lying, conniving villain who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants.”

“If that’s what you think of me ...”

“I don’t think, I know,” she hissed. She wrenched her arm out of his grasp and pushed him aside. “Don’t test me Lex,” she said as she walked away from him. “I’m not a doormat any longer.”

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Jun. 13th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I totally LOVE this chapter too honey!!

Absolutely lolled at Lois for asking if they could kill Lex and that Julia got cracked up by them.

You're doing a great job honey!
phoenixnz
Jun. 13th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hee, I knew that line would come back to haunt me. Glad you enjoyed the chapter.
ctbn60
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Looks Like Julia threw down the gauntlet. I know Lex isn't happy now (see icon) and he's been insulted in public. I'm sure he is going to ratchet things up a bit. I'm surprised Bruce and Clark didn't whomp his head. Or at least have to hold Lois back from him...lol Kill him indeed! Go lois.

I liked that Lois asked Julia to be her maid of honor. I'm looking forward to more honey.
phoenixnz
Jun. 13th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
The next chapter is going to deal with the aftermath of that little snippet. Lex is already in the wrong for trying to corner her and Bruce is going to be extremely pissed. Lois might have been facetious when she said kill him, but she and Clark are both really angry at the way Lex is treating Julia.
jlvsclrk
Jun. 18th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Yowsa! I loved this chapter but must confess I'm really worried for Julia. I just don't see Lex taking the situation well - the happier she gets with Bruce, the angrier he'll become. Of course, she's not exactly helpless and does have some powerful allies, but still... I worry.
phoenixnz
Jun. 18th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
You're right to worry. But don't worry too much. Julia is on to Lex, as you'll see in the next chapter. She's all growed up now, and she knows what she has to do to take care of things.
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