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The Return of Lex Luthor 52/?



 
Genre: 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 [info]ctbn60 


It all started here 

Go back a step


 

Chapter Fifty-Two

Bruce had seen the exchange between Julia and Lex. His instinct had been to go to her and protect her from her ex, but he knew she needed to do this herself. He knew if he was ever going to get her completely away from Lex, she had to come willingly.

But he was pissed. Lex would not let go. For as long as Bruce had known him, Lex had been the same way. Once he latched onto something, it became an obsession. It had been the same with Clark, from what the younger man had told him.

When he saw the newspapers the next day, he had even more reason to be pissed. The altercation had been witnessed by two reporters for the Inquisitor. And they had insinuated that he and Julia had been having an affair! Bruce immediately called his attorney.

“I’m already aware of it, Bruce. Julia called me an hour ago. She’s filing a restraining order against Lex.”

“You know that won’t stop him,” Bruce growled. “And these headlines will just make it worse for her.”

“It’s not like she was going to get any kind of settlement in the divorce. The pre-nuptial agreement already put paid to that.”

“I don’t care about Lex’s money.”

Bruce looked up from pacing across the floor of the suite to see her standing in the doorway. He’d had the phone on speaker so she had heard everything. She walked toward him.

“Bruce, I’ve already taken care of it. Mr Connell is going to order a retraction from the Inquisitor. Or else they will face a defamation suit.”

Bruce studied her, blatant admiration on his face. She had grown up in the last month. He rang off, thanking Connell and looked at her. But whatever he was going to say was interrupted by Alfred.

“Sir, there is a reporter here. From the Daily Planet.”

Julia sent him an odd look. Alfred would have said Clark or Lois if it had been them.

“I’ll sort this,” Julia said.

“Julia ...”

“Bruce, this is my battle. Okay? Let me handle this.”

He watched her go, then glanced at Alfred, who was grinning at him.

“Spit it out, Alfred,” he said to his former guardian.

“It’s just ... I have never seen you this worked up over a woman since young Rachel.”

Bruce said nothing. Even though he knew Alfred was right, he still didn’t like it being pointed out to him.

Julia went to the door of the suite and looked at the blonde reporter.

“Can I help you?”

The woman smiled. “Mrs Luthor. I’m Cat Grant. The Planet’s society columnist. I was wondering if I could speak to you about your divorce.”

“And how did you know I was here?”

“Well, when a man like Bruce Wayne comes to town, people notice.”

“I see.”

Cat’s smile wavered just a little as Julia crossed her arms. “The story’s going to be filed with or without your comment. And just so you know, Lex believes what the Inquisitor printed.”

“Does he now? Well, let me tell you one thing. The Inquisitor has been misinformed. And if I were to comment, it wouldn’t be to a society columnist. As I’m sure you’re aware, Clark Kent and Lois Lane happen to be very good friends of mine, and they won’t appreciate hearing that you ambushed me, or that you invaded my privacy. And I will be speaking to your editor. Good day, Ms Grant.”

“You can’t stop the story.”

“Watch me,” Julia said as she unceremoniously pushed the blonde out the door.

***

Lois was the first to hear of it when she sat in at the editorial meeting an hour later. Clark was out helping the fire service with an emergency at a tenement block and she’d made the excuse that he was covering it.

Cat didn’t look at her as she spoke to Perry.

“I talked to Mrs Luthor this morning. She refused to comment.”

“You talked to her? Did you call her or ambush her at the hotel?” Lois asked. “And how the hell did you get up there in the first place?”

“I have contacts ... Perry, back me up.”

“You bitch!” Lois growled at the blonde.

“Lois, that’s enough!”

“No, Chief. She had no right ambushing Julia. This is a private matter between her and Lex.”

“Which was made public last night, in front of two reporters from the Inquisitor.”

“Which Lex probably set up,” Lois retorted. “He’s stalking her. He’s obsessed.”

“There’s still a story here, Lane.”

“Chief, I ...”

“Mr White?”

Perry looked up as his assistant came in. “What is it? Can’t you see I’m in a meeting here?”

“I’m sorry, sir, but there’s a Julia Luthor here to see you. She insists on seeing you urgently.”

Perry looked at Lois, then back at his assistant. “Fine. Bring her up to my office.” He quickly brought the meeting to a close. Lois glared at Cat before going out. She saw Julia.

“Are you okay?” she asked quietly.

Julia nodded. “I’m just going to sort things out with Perry. Are we still on for later?”

“Absolutely,” Lois smiled. “You know, Lex has probably set this up.”

“Probably. I filed a restraining order first thing this morning. Lex won’t be able to get within fifty feet of me without facing charges.”

“Are you sure you want to do this?”

“Lex is the one who declared war, Lois. He fired the first shot. I’m just countering.”

Lois sighed. Julia had had enough battles in her life. Now she had to deal with this too? She watched her friend as Julia walked to the elevator. She had certainly got tougher in the last month.

Julia entered Perry’s office.

“Mrs Luthor,” he said, looking puzzled.

“Mr White, I’ll get straight down to business. I’m sure you’ve heard already that Ms Grant tried to get some comment from me this morning ...”

“If you’re here to try to kill the story ...”

“I’m not that naive, Mr White. And you can quote the First Amendment all you like. I know I can’t stop you printing the story. Especially since it is already out there. So I’m going to give you my side of it. And I mean you, Mr White. And only you. Lois and Clark both speak highly of you and I’m going to trust that you will be fair and objective. Do we have a deal?”

“Of course.” She could see that Perry was flattered by Lois and Clark’s comments.

“Good. Now since Lex has thrown down the gauntlet, so to speak, by forcing this into the public arena, I feel it’s only right that I get my say. Firstly, I am not having an affair with Bruce Wayne. And the Inquisitor will find that unless that is retracted, they will have a defamation suit on their hands.”

“Ahh, the Inquisitor’s not worth the paper it’s written on,” Perry said.

Julia chuckled. “I’m glad we understand each other.”

“Why are you with Bruce, if you don’t mind my asking?”

“I’m staying with him until I can get on my feet. Or until Lex gives me a divorce. For my own safety.” Perry looked at her askance at that. “Perry, I can’t prove this, but from what Superman has told me, Lex has already sent men to try and get back.”

“You mean kidnap you?”

“Of course, we can’t prove it. And Lex will just deny it. Perry, this latest stunt of his is just another in a long line of stunts he’s pulled to get me to go back to him. Either that or he wants to humiliate me. And I’m not about to let him. I filed a restraining order against him first thing this morning, and I just got word from my attorney that the court has granted it.”

Perry nodded approvingly. “Why are you divorcing him? From what I heard you were happy enough. At least until you came to the city.”

“Let’s just say that my eyes were opened to what kind of man Lex really is.” She leaned forward. “Perry, what I’m about to tell you cannot be printed. Under any circumstances. At least, not without hard proof. I wouldn’t want the paper to be subjected to a defamation suit.”

***

Lois leaned back in her chair, chewing on her pencil.

“You know that’s bad for you,” Clark told her.

“I know. I can’t help it. I’m worried. I wonder what they’re talking about in there.”

Clark cocked his head, listening. “Jules is giving Perry her side of the story.”

Lois shot forward, her chair crashing as it was tilted upright. “Smallville, that’s a private conversation. I’m shocked!”

“You did ask,” he said, unrepentantly.

“Lex has got a nerve,” she said, tapping the pencil on the wooden surface of the desk.

“I know. He did set the whole thing up last night. I was talking to one of the guys at the Inquisitor. They got an anonymous tip. I think he was trying to embarrass her or something.”

“Well, he got a shock then, didn’t he?”

“It was pretty brave of her, but Lex isn’t going to take it lying down. I’ve heard talk from Luthorcorp that he was in a foul mood when he went back to the office last night.”

“I’d hate to be one of Lex’s assistants when he gets the court order then.”

***

Lex was still fuming as he tried to concentrate on his reports. She had turned on him. First she’d slapped him in front of the mediator, then she’d talked back to him in the restaurant. And she’d been such a quiet, compliant wife before he’d decided to return to Metropolis. Why hadn’t he listened to his instincts?

“Uh, Mr Luthor, sir?” His assistant – the second one he’d had in less than a month, since he’d fired practically all of his support staff, stepped nervously into the room. “There’s uh, a bailiff here to see you.”

“What?”

The man stepped into the room. He looked cold, almost unemotional. And he was carrying a document in his hand.

“Mr Alexander Joseph Luthor?” he said.

“The name is Lex.” Lex tried to turn on the charm, but the man wasn’t having it. Without another word, he thrust the paper into Lex’s hand and then turned and walked out. Lex read the paper. Fuck! A restraining order. She had really done it this time.

Lex ignored his babbling assistant and left the office. A short while later, he barged into the hotel suite, rudely pushing Pennyworth out of his way.

“Mr Luthor ...”

Bruce, hearing Alfred’s protests, came out.

“Where is she, Wayne?”

“Out. Not that it is any of your business.”

“The hell it’s not. She is my wife.”

“Julia is not a possession, Luthor. And she filed for divorce.”

“Which I’m contesting.”

Bruce rolled his eyes. “For god’s sake, Luthor, let her go. You lost her.”

“She’s not yours either, Wayne.”

“Which part of restraining order do you not understand, Lex? Do you know I am well within my rights to have you arrested right now?”

Lex turned and looked at Julia. “You had no right to do this,” he growled at her, waving the document in his hand.

“I have every right. You want to contest the divorce, fine. But I have asked you repeatedly to stay the hell away from me and you have ignored me. Now you have taken this public by going to the Inquisitor. You want to fight, fight it in court. Not in the media.”

“You started this, Julia.”

“No, you did, by conning me into marrying you in the first place. Now I’m giving you ten seconds to turn around and walk out of here or Alfred will be calling hotel security. And they will call the police.”

Lex made one more desperate attempt to get through to her. He went to her and grasped her arms.

“Julia, please,” he said, voice softer now. “I’m not ... it’s not what you think. You’re misreading the whole situation.”

Julia remained cold and unmoving. “You’re starting to sound like a broken record, Lex. Your ten seconds is up.” She glanced at Alfred, who was hovering in the doorway, glaring at Lex. “Alfred, would you please call hotel security?”

“Of course, miss.” He turned to go to the phone.

Lex considered the situation. The last thing he needed were charges brought against him.

“Wait!” he said. “There’s no need to call security. I’ll leave.”

He let her go and walked toward the door, then turned and looked at her, forcing a look of sadness in his eyes. But it didn’t seem that much of an effort after all.

“For what it’s worth, I do love you. I’m sorry it had to come to this.”

“Goodbye Lex.”

As he stood in the elevator, Lex sighed. There was a knot in his stomach as he recalled how coldly she had looked at him. He hated that. He remembered how she used to smile at him, look at him with so much trust. Why was it bothering him now?

He leaned back against the wall. He was still angry at how this had come about, but a tiny part of him wondered if maybe he deserved it. With an angry snort, he pushed that part of him away. It had no place here.




Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
eternal_moonie
Jun. 15th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Very awesome new chapter honey!

And that is a very good move of hers to file a restraining order... but will it work?
phoenixnz
Jun. 15th, 2010 10:05 am (UTC)
That's between Lex and his conscience. Lex knows he'll have to back off stalking her but it could mean he'll step up his other campaign now.
ctbn60
Jun. 15th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Nice chapter honey! If Lex steps up his other plans it could be a diaster all the way around for everyone. I'm so loving this.
phoenixnz
Jun. 15th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry, Julia's got the measure of him. She knows he'll try other means.
jlvsclrk
Jun. 21st, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I'd feel sorry for Lex if he wasn't so unaware of just why people inevitably wind up turning against him. I'm happy at how much Julia has grown in the last few chapters.
phoenixnz
Jun. 21st, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Lex still blames everyone else for his screw ups.
Julia isn't quite over Lex, as you will see in a few chapters from this one.
But things will eventually change. There's a hint of that in this chapter.
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