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The Return of Lex Luthor 66/?

The Return of Lex Luthor


 
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: Banner by the lovely and extremely talented [info]ctbn60 

It all started here 

Go back a step


 

Chapter Sixty-Six

Lex was not satisfied with the way things were progressing with Plan B. Ever since the Penguin had been caught in Gotham, he had been focusing on the plan. The trouble was, he had to rely on other parties to put it into action. And they weren’t co-operating. He sighed. He would have to meet with his co-conspirator and get things moving.

There was a buzz from the phone and he picked it up.

“Yes?”

“Sir, there’s a woman here to see you. She says she’s your ex-wife.”

Julia? No, that couldn’t be right. His assistant knew Julia. Who else could it be?

Dipping into the drawer on his left, Lex’s hand sought out the gun he usually kept locked when he wasn’t in his office. He wasn’t about to take any chances.

“Sir?” His assistant was waiting for an answer.

“Send her in,” he barked, hand unconsciously tightening on the gun as he lifted it slowly out of the drawer.

He looked up as the doors opened and stared in shock at the brunette.

“Lana?”

Lana just smiled knowingly.

“Some things never change, do they Lex? You’re still as paranoid as ever.”

Frowning, he stared at her, then looked down as she nodded her head. He hastily put the gun away.

“What are you doing here?” he said.

“Maybe I just wanted to see what you’ve become the last three years. I mean, the last time I heard from you, you were threatening to blow up the entire city of Metropolis.”

“That wasn’t me,” he denied quickly, but even he knew his denial was too quick for her to believe him. He mentally kicked himself. What the hell was wrong with him lately?

Lex decided to try for a different approach and sat back, trying to appear more relaxed.

“So, Lana, what brings you to Metropolis? I heard you were in Europe.”

“I was,” she nodded. “I’m now living in New York.”

“Anyone special in your life?”

Lana’s glance was amused. Lex smiled back, even though he knew his smile was more like that of a shark’s these days. And she clearly wasn’t buying the routine.

“As a matter of fact there is,” she said. “You remember Pete Ross?”

Lex nodded. “What’s he doing these days?” he asked, as if he didn’t know. The truth was, he kept an eye on everyone who remotely had any connection to Clark. He knew exactly what Pete Ross was doing and who he was dating.

“I, uh, met your wife ... or should I say, ex-wife,” Lana said.

Something stirred in Lex. Call it protective instinct, he thought, or possessiveness, but he didn’t want Lana anywhere near Julia.

“You stay the hell away from her.”

Lana blinked her brown eyes innocently. “Why? She’s a lovely woman, Lex. I’m rather surprised, actually, that after three years with you, she’s not been corrupted by your influence.”

“You don’t know anything about my wife,” he glared at her. “And she doesn’t need your poison.”

“Ex-wife,” Lana corrected. “And you’re a fine one to accuse me of poison. When you poison everything you touch.”

“Get out, Lana. Go back to New York and stay the hell out of my life.”

“Or you’ll do what, Lex?” She canted her head and studied him. “Isn’t it odd that we seem to have been having a civil conversation but as soon as I mention Julia you become defensive all of a sudden.”

Lex suddenly began to feel himself grow warm under Lana’s gaze. He fought the urge to fidget, feeling like a nervous schoolboy with a crush on his teacher, or the eight year old being harshly chastised by his father for some small misdemeanour.

“What’s so special about this one, Lex?” Lana said softly, continuing to study him. Lex tried to keep his gaze steady, but it was the same as it always was when it came to Julia. He looked away and Lana huffed quietly. “You’re in love with her,” she said, sounding incredulous. “Oh my god. I don’t believe it. The great Lex Luthor has actually fallen for one.”

“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” he snapped, even then knowing he’d done exactly what Lana expected. He was screwed. He was so screwed.

***

Laughing, Lana left the Luthorcorp building and strolled down toward the local cafe. Julia looked up from the table as Lana entered.

“I ordered for you,” she said. “I figured you wouldn’t be long.”

“He hasn’t changed much, has he?” Lana said with a smile.

Julia shook her head. “But I’m right, aren’t I? I can see it.”

“You were right. When it comes to you, he’s ... well, how do I say this?”

“He’s pretty much screwed. I always wondered if all those looks he used to give me were real.”

“Trouble is, I don’t think even he realised his real feelings for you,” Lana said. “Not until I pointed it out to him. He’s in love with you, Julia.”

Julia sighed. “I know. I mean, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure until you said so, but I did feel something the other day when he came by the hotel. I haven’t quite got a handle on the power yet.”

“What are you going to do?”

“I do love him, Lana, but I don’t know if I’m in love with him. And I don’t know if I love him enough to forgive everything he’s done. He’s killed people. He tried to kill Chloe. He’s been working with organised crime. And he’s trying to hurt Clark. No matter how I feel about him, I can’t just pretend that stuff isn’t happening.”

“And there’s Bruce. He’s in love with you too.”

“I know,” Julia said again, with another sigh. “Lois told me.” She huffed. “It’s funny. Practically my whole life I was ignored by men. I didn’t date in high school – no one ever asked me out. And now there are two men in love with me and I don’t know what to do.”

Lana smiled at the waitress and took her coffee, then leaned forward and spoke reassuringly to Julia.

“It seems pretty clear to me who you’ve chosen. You and Bruce believe in the same things.”

“Yeah, but he has so many walls around him.”

Lana lifted her coffee cup and sipped. “Sometimes you just have to go with your instincts. Let whatever happens, happen.”

“I don’t know. I mean, every instinct in me is telling me the next move is mine. But I’ve always been taught that it’s the men who make the moves in romance.”

“Seems rather old-fashioned,” Lana said, crinkling her nose. “But hey, who am I to talk? I’ve fallen, really fallen for two men in my life. I married one and the other married someone else. Not that I’m not happy for him. I mean, Lois challenges him, keeps him on his toes, you know? And she makes him happy.”

“I’m sure Pete feels the same way about you,” Julia told her. “I mean, from what you’ve told me already.”

“Yeah, he says it all the time. And I have to admit it’s kind of nice not having to go through all that angst all the time. You know, before I knew about Clark, his secret, I mean, I never knew where I stood with him. I mean, one minute we were close, like really close, and the next he was running away.”

“I’m sorry.”

Lana shook her head and smiled. “It’s okay. I think maybe I did the wrong thing in stealing Prometheus. Part of it was so I could step Lex from having it, but another part of me thought it was about keeping up with Clark. And I realise now that wasn’t what he needed.”

Julia looked sympathetically at her. Lana had talked it over with Clark a long time ago and they’d both realised that she had been so busy trying to keep up with him that she had forgotten who she was. It was almost the same thing that had happened with Julia.

Lana touched the other woman’s hand.

“You know, Clark is really happy that you’ve been working on your studies as a lawyer. And he loves that you helped start the Justice League. He’s really proud of you, you know? I bet your Dad would be too.”

Julia shrugged. “Well, I don’t know about that. But I’m glad that Clark supports me in this. When I started thinking about the League, I just felt that Clark shouldn’t have to bear the weight of the world alone, you know? I mean, people look up to Superman and he’s a leader. But it’s as Clark is always saying. He’s there to guide people – to bring out the hero in everyone.”

“You admire him, don’t you?”

Julia nodded. “He’s been there for me in more ways than I can possibly say. He’s saved my life twice. This is just my small way of being there for him.”

“Not small at all,” Lana told her.

“So what are your plans now?”

“I’ll be heading back to New York tomorrow. Back to school.”

Two years ago, Lana had decided to go back to school to study for a degree in Fine Arts. She still used her abilities to help others, but she still had an interest in art. She had used her credits at Met U to put towards the degree and was about to start her final year.

“What about you? “ Lana asked finally.

“Bruce and I are going to back to Gotham tomorrow, but I’m having dinner with Martha Kent.”

Lana raised an eyebrow curiously. “Oh?”

“Mm. Martha might have heard some things in Washington about Checkmate. All I can say is, I’m glad I’m sitting the bar exam in November.”

“Why?”

“Let’s just say that there are some serious noises in the Senate about Superman. He’ll need someone on his side who understands politics, and the law.”

“Which is where you come in?” Lana prompted.

“Which is where I come in.”

***

Amanda Waller got into the limousine with difficulty. She walked with a limp these days, after having been injured trying to run from the burning castle which had once housed Checkmate headquarters.

“Well?” a voice beside her said.

She turned and looked evenly at her companion.

“It’s not as easy as you may think. The Senate has more important things to worry about than Superman.”

“Did you not make it clear to them the potential threat?”

“Of course I did. But Superman has done a lot of good for this country, and for the world. And there are some in the Senate who do not feel comfortable with pursuing the line of enquiry.”

“Superman is dangerous, Ms Waller. Not to mention the fact that he is an alien.”

“You must understand ... Checkmate was compromised by Zod, we have limited resources ...”

Lex leaned forward and glared at the dark-skinned woman.

“You have the entire resources of Luthorcorp at your disposal, Ms Waller. Now I suggest you bring up the deadline, or I will find someone else who has the capability of bringing Superman to his knees.”

Waller visibly gulped. “Yes sir, Mr Luthor.”

Lex watched her leave the limousine with satisfaction. Superman was the only thing standing between him and the woman he loved. He could admit that now. He loved Julia. He might have let her go, but it didn’t mean he wasn’t going to get revenge on the people who had taken her away from him. And Superman was the principal player in that little drama. He couldn’t destroy him by conventional means. Or criminal.

Let’s see how you handle the United States Government, Kal-El, Lex thought with an evil grin. Plan B was going to succeed. He was sure of it.


Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
jlvsclrk
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh my. Lex, dear Lex, why do you keep digging yourself in deeper? And of course he blames Clark for losing Julia - it couldn't possibly be his own fault. Good thing Julia is preparing herself to help - i'm looking forward to the showdown on plan B.
ctbn60
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
I LOVE THAT ICON!!! hehehe!
phoenixnz
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Lex is a dumbass! He still refuses to take responsibility for what he's done, even though deep down he knows what's happened to her is his fault.
A showdown is coming. And Julia will play a big part in that.
ctbn60
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Lex Lex Lex. Well plan B is interesting to say the least. It is a good thing that the good guys have an idea what's going on so they can at least be prepared. I think Julia might find a good partner in Martha! Can't wait to see what you plan out!
phoenixnz
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
All I can say is, I've done my research on Plan B and Checkmate. Especially when I started planning this out. Get ready for the showdown.
eternal_moonie
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
absolutely AWESOME new chapter honey! Lana AND Waller! AWESOME!!
phoenixnz
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
That's the last you'll see of Lana though. She only gets a brief appearance, just for closure, since SV never did that. We writers are forever correcting their mistakes, aren't we?
eternal_moonie
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, you're so right about that one.

How are you doing honey?
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