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The Return of Lex Luthor 81/?

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 Eighty-One

There was no time to ponder the moral implications of Darkseid, who Orion had told them was now known as Boss Dark Side to his followers, taking over a human body. Especially a man like Dan Turpin. Not when they had to save Julia.

As expected, Clark received a call from Corelli at the Daily Planet. Lois was still working with him, but she was confined strictly to desk duties. Any stories she was working on had to be done by phone or video link. Lois chafed at the restrictions, but they were for her own good, her husband told her.

It was Lois who got the call.

“Lois Lane.”

“Ms Lane? I was wondering if you would be able to contact Superman. I need his help.”

“For what?”

“I don’t know if you remember me, Ms Lane. We met over a year ago. My name’s Corelli.”

“I remember you,” she said, keeping her guard up. Clark chose that moment to come in and she waved him over. He listened in on the call. “What can I do for you Mr Corelli?”

“Look, your husband came by to see me about the church I’m involved with not so long ago. He did say that if I had any concerns that he could easily contact Superman. There are things happening here that, well, do concern me. I would like to talk to Superman about it.”

“Un-huh. Okay, I’ll see if I can contact him and get him to come by.”

“Thank you Ms Lane.” Corelli went on about how much he admired her work and Lois just nodded and thanked him. She hung up and looked at Clark.

“You know it’s a trap,” she said.

“I know,” he said. He pulled the Justice League communicator out of the desk drawer. “That’s why I’m not going in alone.”

Lois got up and put her arms around him, kissing him. “Be careful,” she said. “And don’t ...”

“Don’t worry. I’m going to do my best to make sure she doesn’t get hurt.”

Clark quickly changed into his Superman uniform and flew to the building. He knew he’d been right about the trap when he saw the four Furies waiting for him.

“Ladies,” he said.

“Superman,” Plastique grinned evilly. “You’ve interfered for the last time.”

He saw her steel herself and knew she was about to use her power. But Impulse was already on the case. He ran in front of Plastique, making her turn, puzzled.

“Over here,” Impulse said, grinning as he leaned casually against a lamp post. Plastique tried to blow up the lamp post, but he’d already moved at lightning speed. She turned, confused, then ran at super speed. But Impulse, who was faster than even Superman, easily evaded her.

The second Fury stared at Superman, who had flown above them. He signalled with a small gesture of his hand and Green Arrow took aim. The Fury used telekinesis to sweep the arrow out of harm’s way, but didn’t count on the Wonder Twins. Zan had turned himself into a swirling mist, while Jayna had become a snarling panther, which pounced. Blinded by the mist, the Fury didn’t see her coming and couldn’t evade.

Diverting the third one’s attention was easy. Hawkman and Manhunter worked together, using a double pronged assault. The Fury might have been strong, but she was no match for the Martian, and she was quickly knocked off her feet.

Talia rushed Superman, who side-stepped her with ease. He saw that she was beginning to show her pregnancy and was careful to avoid any direct confrontation with her. Wonder Woman quickly went into action, using the lariat of Truth to bind Talia’s arms. The lasso was strong. Stronger than the powers given her by Darkseid and she struggled in her bonds.

The battle was short, but decisive and soon all four women were rounded up. Superman used the method Orion had taught him, drawing the New Genesis word for freedom on the faces of the captive women. Each resisted at first, trying to pull away from their captors, but as soon as Superman was done, each fell to the ground, unconscious.

As Superman had each League member take the women away, he saw Corelli watching. Turning, he saw the one person he had never expected to see. Dan Turpin. Or at least, what used to be Dan Turpin. Now the former police officer was more alien than human.

***

Julia woke in what looked like a hospital bed. But as she began to take stock of her surroundings, she realised she was in a lab somewhere. She started to get out of the bed, but the door of the lab opened and Lex entered. He quickly came to the bed.

“Don’t get up,” he said softly.

“How did I end up here?” she asked. “Last thing I remember was ...” What was the last thing she remembered. She searched her memory, trying to make sense of it. She’d been in some kind of warehouse, in some sort of prison.

She lifted her head and stared, wide-eyed at Lex. “Darkseid. He ...”

“We know, sweetheart. We know. That was weeks ago.”

She looked at him, puzzled. “Weeks?”

“Sweetheart, you were taken over.”

“Taken over?”

“Darkseid took over your mind. You’ve been working with the Furies.”

“Oh my god! Did I ... was anyone hurt?”

“Luckily, no. But several people were kidnapped. J’onn J’onzz managed to extract that information and they’re all safe. We got them back.”

“Oh, Lex. What have I done?”

“This is not your fault. You weren’t yourself,” he soothed. He glanced toward the door. “There’s someone here who would really like to see you.”

Julia looked in the direction of the doorway, brightening as Lois and Clark came through. Lois immediately came to the bed and hugged her friend.

“We were so worried,” she exclaimed.

“Lex was just telling me ... god Lois.”

“It’s okay,” the brunette said, holding her friend close. “We understand.”

Lex looked at Clark. “I’m betting Darkseid’s not too happy with us right now.”

Clark took Lex aside. “Yeah. We heard that he sent some of his Intergang goons on a rampage. They’ve been trying to track the girls, but ...”

“They’re all secure?” Lex enquired.

Clark nodded. “There’s more,” he said quietly. “Orion’s dead. He was shot with some kind of radion bullet.”

Lex frowned. “Radion? You mean it’s radioactive?”

“We think so. Bruce is having it analysed. He thinks it may actually be able to be reproduced to kill Darkseid.”

“Darkseid’s a god, Clark. Gods are supposed to be immortal.”

“Yet wasn’t there something in Greek mythology that there was supposed to be a weapon capable of killing the Greek gods?” Clark reminded him.

“You’ve been watching too much Xena,” Lex returned, chuckling.

“The thing is, I still think killing Darkseid is a last resort,” Clark told him. “I don’t believe in killing if I can help it.”

“That’s always been your problem, Clark. Notice your enemies don’t take that into consideration.”

He turned to the knock on the door, then back to Julia.

“Sweetheart, we want to do a scan on the baby. Make sure everything’s okay.”

Julia looked at him, glancing at Lois, who held her hand tightly, then nodded. She looked at her friends. “Stay?”

“Of course we will,” Lois said warmly, rubbing her friend’s shoulder as the lab technicians brought in the equipment.

Lex had also brought in an obstetrician, who would be working with the equipment. He made Julia lie down and make herself comfortable, moving the screen so she would be able to see what was on the screen. He quickly explained that they now had 4D imaging which meant they would be able to get a clearer picture.

A nurse put a drop of gel on Julia’s stomach. She jumped.

“That’s cold!” she complained. The others chuckled softly and she glared at them.

“Don’t worry, honey, I had to go through the same thing,” Lois told her.

The obstetrician gently ran the transducer over her bump and an image appeared on the screen.

“Well, looks like you’ve got one very healthy baby here,” the obstetrician told her. “Very strong heartbeat. And yes, I can see the sex organs. Would you like to know what you’re having?”

Julia considered that for a moment, then nodded. Her eyes were filled with tears as she continued watching the screen, seeing the shape of her baby. The baby she never thought she’d have.

“It’s a boy,” the obstetrician said. But Julia was too occupied with the way the baby was moving inside her to have heard him. She squeezed Lois’ hand, tears flowing freely now.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered, once the obstetrician had packed up the equipment.

“For what, honey? Crying?” Lois patted her friend’s hand.

“It’s just ... I never thought ... I ...”

“Sweetheart, we understand,” Lex told her.

And he did. He’d always known how much she’d wanted to be a mother, and when they’d been together, it was something he had wanted to give her. That was why he had resorted to the hormone injections. He knew now that it was wrong, but his intentions had been good, he believed.

He was relieved that after everything that had happened in the last few weeks, the baby was healthy.

The doctors wanted to keep Julia under observation for another night, making sure that whatever Darkseid had done to her had been completely reversed. Lex made sure that she was comfortable, promising to check on her a little later. She was clearly worried herself about what had been done to her, and what she had done while under the influence and he didn’t know how to reassure her.

He returned to his office and made the call he had been putting off.

“How is she?” Bruce asked gruffly.

“I’m surprised you’re not here seeing for yourself,” Lex told him. “Since it’s your child she’s carrying.”

“After what happened between us, I thought it was best I keep my distance.”

“Did you never stop to think that maybe she wants to see you?”

“Lex, we both know she and I can never be. I don’t want her becoming too dependent ...”

“For christ’s sake, man, she loves you. All she ever wanted was for you to love her back.”

“She knows how I feel about her. But I’m trying to keep her out of danger.”

“And you’re doing a ‘bang-up’ job, Bruce. Considering what’s been happening to her in the last few weeks. Did it not occur to you that if you’d given any indication of even wanting to commit that she might have been safer with you? No, of course not.” Lex sighed. The man was an imbecile. “Oh, and FYI? We did a sonogram. She’s having a boy.”

Lex rang off before Bruce could answer, his head in his hands. Idiot!

Satisfied that Julia was not suffering any after-effects, the doctors were willing to let her go home the next day, with instructions to rest. Lex drove her home. He was surprised to find Bruce waitiing for her.

“Julia ...” he began.

Lex stepped in front of Julia, glaring at Bruce.

“Haven’t you done enough?” he said.

“Lex ...” Julia said quietly. “I need to talk to him. Alone, please.”

Lex glanced at Julia, but her expression was firm. She touched his arm lightly and nodded slowly. Lex retreated to the kitchen to make coffee and herbal tea.

Julia looked at Bruce now.

“I know why you’re here,” she said. “There’s some things you need to hear. I found out some things that you should know. Like who my father really is.”

“I already know,” he told her, putting up a hand. “It made no difference to me about Ra’s al Ghul being your biological father.”

“Wait. When did you ...?”

“I talked to Dr Klein and did some DNA comparisons. I saw some photos of your father – of Max Walker, and I realised there was no way he could be your father. So I confronted your mother about it. You were studying for the bar exam.”

Julia remembered. He’d gone away on a business trip. But to Asia, or so he’d told her.

“So you lied to me? And then you had the nerve to confront my mother but you never once told me the truth! How could you do that?”

“You know my history with ...”

“I don’t care!” she practically yelled at him.

“You know what he tried to do in Gotham. What he and the League of Shadows have been doing for hundreds of years.”

“I still had a right to know,” she told him.

“And your mother should have told you the truth years ago. Instead she let your father bully you and screw you up so badly that you tried to kill yourself!”

Julia sighed. “Okay, you have a point. But ... I ...” She wondered whether he hated her for what her biological father had done. Ra’s al Ghul had been his mentor, teaching him to fight, but only because he wanted him to join the League of Shadows. He wanted to destroy Gotham because the city seemed too decadent. They’d been destroying civilisations that way for centuries. And when Bruce had refused, Ra’s al Ghul had revealed the truth. That he was the one behind Bruce’s parents murders.

Then again, she decided, Bruce had slept with her even knowing the truth about her heritage.

“You are not your parents, Julia,” he said softly.

She sighed. “It doesn’t matter. Bruce, I’ve had a lot of time to think about what happened between us.”

“Ju ...” She put up a hand to stop him.

“I thought about something Rachel said. That the Bruce Wayne she knew died a long time ago. And she was right. I realised something. There is no Bruce Wayne. He’s just an illusion. And that’s the man I thought I was in love with. The truth is, you might say you love me in return, but you’re not capable of it. You’ve closed yourself off to it. And as much as I hate that, I’ve come to accept it.” She exhaled slowly. “So I’ve made a decision. I don’t want to see you anymore, except on Justice League business. When the baby’s born, you can choose whether you want to see him. It’s your right as his father. But you and I are over. Completely. As much as it pains me to say it. I don’t want to be friends, Bruce. You and I can never be friends after what we’ve shared.”

“I’m sorry,” he sighed. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t be what you wanted me to be.”

“No,” she said sadly. “You’re not. That would imply that you actually had a heart.”

Lex came out as Bruce left. Julia was still standing in the middle of the room. She was crying quietly. He put his arms around her and let her cry on his shoulder.


Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
ctbn60
Sep. 16th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
INSERT UNHAPPY SAD POUTY FACE!

I'm so glad that they rescued the girls and they are getting them help. Hell of a round up plan you came up with. I'm glad lex, clark and lois were with her when she found out the baby was okay and a boy. The ending is so sad. *sniffle* At least she isn't alone. Lex can be a good friend to her now. I think he is man enough to be.

Lovely chapter honey!
phoenixnz
Sep. 16th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
There was never going to be any other ending to the Bruce/Julia relationship. I tried, they tried, but Bruce is too stubborn for it to ever work. Like she says, there is no Bruce Wayne.
As for Lex, since he manned up and took responsibility for his actions, he's become better for it. He'll never completely trust the League, but he'll accept them, I think. And yes, he will be a good friend to Julia.
eternal_moonie
Sep. 17th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Totally AWESOME new chapter!!!!

I totally LOVE it!!
phoenixnz
Sep. 17th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
So glad you like this one, hon. The ending was painful for Julia, but it had to be done.
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