Pairings/Characters: Clark/Bruce (past implied Clex)
Warning: Major character death (off-screen). Not Clark or Bruce.
Spoilers: For "Traveler" and "Fracture".
General Summary: Lionel’s chickens come home to roost.
Chapter Summary: Regrets laced with tears.
Date Of Completion: March 20, 2008
Date Of Posting: March 25, 2008
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 478
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Notes: The aria that Lionel is listening to in “Traveler” and in this story is "The Queen Of The Night" (It’s never a good sign on Smallville when a Luthor is listening to opera ;) ). Lines from that aria are the chapter titles. It appears my college music appreciation class was good for something! ;)
The additions to Veritas are my own, taken from an idea I had while watching the episode "Traveler" last night.
All chapters can be found here.
“DESTROYED BE FOREVER”
It was a cold, crisp day, golden in its autumn glory. The fields were golden with the last of the summer corn, hay wrapped up in bales, farmers getting ready for winter. Smallville had its rhythms of life and death that even the meteor showers could not fully eradicate.
The town’s cemetery was small but held graves from generations past. Bruce walked past the neatly-kept headstones, pausing at the Kent headstone, surrounded by so many other Kents, and said a silent prayer in honor of Jonathan. He moved on, spotting the tall, dark-haired man at the most elaborate headstone in the cemetery.
Bruce joined Clark at the grave. Leaves swirled around their heads as trees bent and swayed in the wind.
“I wish I’d known sooner, Bruce.” Clark’s voice was full of regret. “Lex…he suffered his entire life because of me. The meteors destroyed him that day, made him a ticking time bomb.”
Bruce put a hand on Clark’s shoulder. “It wasn’t your fault.” He sounded sad. “Sometimes our choices don’t matter, Clark. Sometimes it really is destiny.”
“I know.” Clark’s fingers entwined with Bruce’s. “I wish I could have helped him, though. He was so different when he first came to Smallville. Even our rift…I still couldn’t understand why he became so twisted, so evil in so short a time…I guess now we know.”
Bruce remained silent, remembering two friends from childhood days and regretting life’s ironies.
Clark sighed. “Though I suppose even it the meteors hadn’t hit, being raised by Lionel would have been three strikes against him. What I saw in his memories…”
“I know.” Bruce squeezed his shoulder.
“I sometimes wonder if Zod’s possession made things worse. I can’t imagine being taken over by such a malevolent spirit. Could it have triggered his meteor psychosis?”
“I know, I know, but I can’t help it, Bruce. Zod was my fault, too! If Lex hadn’t been my friend, hadn’t been in Smallville…”
Bruce gently held his trembling lover, regrets lacing the air like the smell of apples in an autumn orchard. Clark’s arms slid around his back. They stood in silence for several minutes, then broke apart.
Bruce spoke softly. “We can’t help our old friends sometimes, Clark. You lost Lex to insanity and I lost Harvey. They couldn’t help themselves.”
Clark sighed. “I know. They had no choice, but…evil like Lionel’s…” Clark shook his head. He looked with wide eyes at Bruce. “He was there the night my father died. Fighting with Lionel triggered his heart attack; I know it did! He killed Ollie’s parents. He killed…”
“If there’s a hell, Clark, he’s in it.” Bruce’s eyes glittered. “He won’t hurt anyone again, not you, nor anyone you love, ever again.”
They turned and walked away from the freshly-packed grave, a chill sweeping through the cemetery as an owl hooted.
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Note: The Veritas membership except for Thomas and Martha was detailed in “Traveler” and got me to thinking after I learned that Lionel had them all killed, including Ollie Queen’s parents. What would be the irony of Lionel hiring Joe Chill to kill the Waynes that night in Crime Alley, and Lex would hire a gunman to kill Julian in the same way? Not to mention that Lionel not only killed the parents of Green Arrow, but created the Batman as well.