Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Lex/Jamie, Clark/Bruce (Clark does not appear in this chapter), Lionel Luthor, Melody, Evangeline, Ollie/Dinah (Ollie does not appear in this chapter)
Series Notes: In the 23rd century, Earth is a technologically-advanced society that practices the ancient institution of slavery. A Great Trial crashes down upon the House Of Wayne. Can Bruce and Clark’s relationship survive? Will the Family’s strength be enough to see them through this Time of Fear and Darkness? The entire series can be found here.
Genres: AU, Drama, Slavefic
Rating: (this chapter): G
Summary: Does the Family have a solid lead to follow?
Date Of Completion (First Draft): October 29, 2008
Date Of Posting: October 13, 2009
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 808
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
And all was revealed.
Lex frowned as he looked over Lexcorp’s quarterly reports. Ordinarily he was very interested in the reports, because he liked to know exactly what his company was doing and what kind of profit had been made.
He didn’t really care today.
He was too worried about Clark, and by extension, Bruce.
The lack of clues was frustrating but not surprising. Professional slave-stealers rarely left any behind, and the rate of recovery was fairly low.
He didn’t want to think what would happen if Clark was lost forever.
He wanted to see Bruce healthy and happy. For far too many years he hadn’t really enjoyed life. Clark and later, Dick, had given him that: the chance to enjoy life again.
“Master?” He looked up to see Jamie regarding him with concern. “Is all well?”
Lex felt warmth spread through him. “I’m fine. I just wish Bruce was.”
Jamie’s emerald eyes were sad. “I am asking the Gods for his safe return.”
Lex cocked his head. “I didn’t know you were religious.”
“Not in the usual sense. I mean most churches don’t allow slaves to attend services. The Pagan religions will, or at least some of them.”
“Do you pray?”
“Sometimes.” Jamie happily accepted Lex’s unspoken invitation and curled up on his lap. “The Gods and Goddesses don’t promise salvation or that if you have faith, all will be rewarded. They promise the turn of the seasons, maybe love or caring if you’re lucky, but don’t make you feel guilty for having normal human urges.”
“Aren’t you a smart one?” Lex kissed Jamie’s temple. “Pray for Clark and Bruce, my katare.”
Jamie nodded with a small smile.
The phone rang and Lex answered it. “Bruce! Any word?” Disappointment flitted across his face. “I’m sorry.” Jamie watched his Master’s face. “I’ve had people on it, but nothing…” Lex listened, frowning. Interruption, he mouthed. Lex amused himself by rubbing Jamie’s back, the blond smiling. “Bruce, what…?” Lionel entered the room, raising his head at the mention of Bruce’s name. “Edmund Caldwell?”
Melody held the cellphone tightly to her ear. “Thank you, Evangeline. Don’t worry, I won’t mention your name.” She snapped the phone off and hurried down to the hall to Dinah and Ollie’s room, knocking on the door. “Mistress!”
The door opened. “Goodness! What is it, dear?” Dinah asked.
“I think I may know who has Clark!”
Dinah’s eyes widened and she grabbed Melody’s shoulders. “Who?” she demanded.
“Evangeline, my old friend on the Caldwell staff, says Master Edmund left the house the day of Clark’s disappearance, not a few weeks before like people said.” Her eyes were solemn and a little afraid. “He really hates Lord Bruce.”
Dinah’s eyes grew just as solemn. “We must tell Bruce.”
She and Melody hurried to the library.
Melody was frightened by how tired Bruce looked. The young Master was not doing well.
“So nothing?” Bruce frowned as he held the phone. “Damn, Lex…”
“Bruce!” Dinah said urgently.
He saw her intensity and asked, “What?”
“Melody says that one of her contacts at the Caldwell estate says Edmund left the day of Clark’s disappearance when he was supposed to be off-world.”
“Edmund?” Bruce’s eyes widened, then narrowed. “Where did he go?” he asked Melody.
“My…my contact didn’t know, but his sons Harrison and Halliburton plan to leave for the weekend.”
Melody shivered. Those three monsters together were up to something; she knew it. She tried to shut out the memory of Danny's screams from the basement of the Caldwell mansion.
Bruce fingers gripped the phone hard. “Yes, Lex, Melody says that the sons are planning to take off for the weekend. Damn, why didn’t I check Edmund out more closely? Just because he was said to be off-world didn’t mean…” Bruce rubbed between his eyes.
Lex frowned. “But even if Edmund is the kidnapper, he must have at least a dozen places around the world. At which one would we find him?”
Lionel was standing at the bookcase. He snapped his fingers. “The cabin!”
Lionel hurried to the desk. “The Caldwells have an old-fashioned cabin up in the Adirondacks. It’s early in the season and unlikely that anyone else would be up there.”
Lex heard the unspoken unlikely anyone would hear Clark’s screams.
He relayed the information and heard voices on the other end of the line again.
“Thanks, Lex. Melody can give us directions. I’ll let you know what happens. Oh, and tell Lionel he may have saved the day.”
“Good luck, Bruce.”
Lex sighed as he hung up.
“Let’s hope the cabin is the right place.”
Lionel nodded as Jamie hugged Lex, worry in his green eyes.