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Clex fic: Containment [Nov. 9th, 2010|07:36 pm]
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Title: Containment
Rating: PG
Warnings: Spoilers for S10
Summary: Clark's final battle with Darkseid comes to an unexpected end.
Words: 1434



High above Metropolis, Darkseid throws Kara around like a doll.

Kara's eyes stare at Clark, begging him to end her suffering. But it’s Darkseid's voice that speaks through her:

"No one is truly pure of heart, Kal-El. When you tell them they are, they get proud, they get careless and they let you in without knowing it."

"Let her go," says Clark.

"I will now," says Darkseid. "It's you I wanted."

He drops Kara and surges into Clark.

"You let me in. You took me in willingly."

"Yes, I did," says Clark. "And now you're staying."

* * * *

It's been days now, possibly weeks; Clark has lost track of time. They lurch around the Metropolis skyline, sometimes veering out across rural Kansas. They even fly over the farm once, which hurts Clark's heart. He doesn't expect to live to see the farm again.

He may not be able to defeat Darkseid but he can contain him; he can let the battle play out within his own body to save innocent civilians from harm.

Darkseid takes control every now and then; when he does, Clark summons the last of his energy and pushes him back. Darkseid's frustration is building and it's sapping his power, just as Clark's own power is draining. Darkseid's voice never stops, a constant throb in Clark's mind:

"I will conquer you. I will conquer them. You cannot stop me; I cannot be stopped."

Then Clark lets Darkseid surge out, just briefly, before yanking the leash back again.

He is not strong enough to destroy Darkseid; Darkseid is not strong enough to escape him. They are only strong enough to destroy each other.

He's grateful that Lois has been nowhere in sight, despite the crowds of reporters covering the Blur's every tortured movement. Lois out of the way means…Oliver? Or Chloe? Lois would never have left him voluntarily.

Once, he glimpses his mother's face in the crowd below and has to close his eyes. Any Achilles heel, any way Darkseid can get the upper hand; he can't allow it.

Darkseid roars, an angry beast:

"You will die. I will kill you. They will all die. I will kill them."

Yeah, thinks Clark. Anti-life equation. Blah blah blah. Sing a new tune once in a while.

He supposes it won't be long now. He can feel himself ebbing, his body preparing to separate itself from the world.

He wants to see his friends again, to hug his Mom. He wants to drink lemonade, feel the sun on his face, test his speed against Bart's.

Best not to think about any of it, best to build a mental wall that Darkseid can't punch through.

They land, with a thump and a stagger. Familiar place. Clark knows this place….it's the roof of the Planet. His vision is fogging.

This may be the end. He may die here. He can feel Darkseid struggling inside him. No words are left now, just a throb of rage.

"Well, now," says a voice. That voice. For a moment, Clark thinks it must be from his own head, a dying brain playing tricks.

Lex Luthor is there, standing on the roof.

Clark stares at him. And it’s really him, not another clone. The real Lex, wearing a black suit and black gloves.

Clark doesn't know what to think and Darkseid examines Clark's confusion. If this was his mother standing on the roof, Darkseid would know Clark's feelings and instantly exploit them, but his emotions towards Lex are a tangled skein of wool.

Darkseid takes the upper hand and speaks through Clark:

"Why are you here, human?"

Lex gives a graceful shrug.

"To watch. To watch two alien threats destroy each other instead of Earth is very gratifying."

Clark can feel Darkseid reaching out to Lex, considering him. Here is power.

"We'd have defeated you anyway," says Lex. "You have no idea, the forces at my command. With the push of a button, I could destroy you."

It's bait and Clark can feel Darkseid rising to it. Lex has a plan. He's inviting Darkseid to take him over – why?

Small twitch of Lex's right hand. And then, in an instant, Clark understands and just as quickly shoves the thought out of his mind before Darkseid sees it too.

Lex has a plan. But Clark's plan might be a little different.

"In the end," says Lex. "The House always wins. Time to fold your cards."

The surge of Darkseid trying to leave his body nearly buckles Clark but he can't, he won't let go. Darkseid's dark tendrils brush against Lex and Lex drops a purple ball behind him. The portal opens.

Clark feels Darkseid register the change, there's a flicker of panic, but the creature isn’t quick enough….Clark summons the last of his strength, lunges forward, pushes Lex past the portal and Darkseid straight into it. Then he picks up the purple ball and throws it as hard as he can.

There's a back rush of air, Darkseid's final protest as the portal closes. It's strong enough to knock Clark off his feet, off the roof. He's falling, with Lex still locked in his arms.

He's going to die. Again. But Lex doesn't have to. Clark shifts so that Lex is on top of him. Hopefully Clark's body will cushion the impact. For a brief moment, Lex's eyes look into his…and then there is only darkness.

* * * *

"Clark? Are you coming back to us?"

Clark doesn't want to wake up yet. He's comfortable; there's a toasty warmth pressing against him.

"Clark?"

Clark opens his eye a crack. Emil's face is hovering over him, with the Watchtower ceiling above.

"How…?"

"J'onn J'onzz and Hawkman netted you," says Emil. "But it was a close thing."

"Lex?"

Emil jerks his chin and Clark turns his head slightly. The warmth pressing against him is Lex, sound asleep.

"He wouldn't let you go," says Emil. "Which was a solvable problem. But then you wouldn't let him go, which was more difficult. So I drugged him until we could figure out what to do."

"You drugged him? Against his will?" says Clark.

"Oliver wanted to kill him," says Emil. "Also against his will. And I'm fine with that too, if that's what you decide."

Clark shakes his head, the memories settling like silt.

"Kara. Is she-"

"She's safe. Cyborg broke her fall. She's out of town, with Lois. Neither went voluntarily of course, but we thought you'd want them safe."

"Yes," says Clark. "Thanks."

Lex stirs in his arms, murmurs something. He's waking up. Clark says:

"Emil, can you give us a moment?"

"I can. But are you sure…"

"Yes," says Clark "And I don’t want an audience."

Emil gives him a quizzical look but nods and leaves.

"Watch that one," says Lex, from Clark's shoulder. "Trouble ahead."

"Oh, you should talk," says Clark.

"Mmm," says Lex, sleepily. "You clone yourself a few times and it seems like a good idea. Until the clones take over and start replicating themselves."

"Yeah, I hate when that happens," says Clark. Then he has to choke back a laugh because after the torment of Darkseid, ending up here, in bed with Lex Luthor? That's the happy ending.

"You saved me," says Lex. "That's going to annoy a lot of people."

"You were going to sacrifice yourself for the world," says Clark.

"I've always been willing to do that," says Lex. "I just got it wrong last time."

Clark has a sudden flash of Lex, looking down at him with tenderness as the Fortress crumbles around them.

"I know better now," says Lex. "I know you."

"I'm still an alien," says Clark.

"You internalized a world war," says Lex. "You made your body a battlefield. You offered yourself up for a slow, agonizing end to save humanity. No one else could do what you did, Clark. No one would have had the strength to contain the monster, nor the goodness to resist him."

Clark suddenly feels like all the air has been knocked out of him, again, and he has to close his eyes. He can feel Lex's eyes on him, feel Lex's breath on his cheek.

"I know my future," says Clark, without opening his eyes. "I saw it."

He listens to Lex breathe.

"It was a good future. Clear-cut. Simple. You weren't there."

Silence. Lex slowly draws a finger along Clark's cheek. Clark feels a corresponding ripple along his spine and opens his eyes.

"But it also didn't feel completely real. Because you weren't there."

"I'm here now," says Lex.

Which means the future is, once again, up for grabs.
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[User Picture]From: gildinwen
2010-11-10 12:49 am (UTC)
Awwwww I want this to happen on the show- well the hugging and possibly implied future sex between Real!Lex and Clark can happen off screen I guess- but I want this to be the ending.
, Clark being the most honest and good superhero ever which helps to contain Darkseid? Lex being a BAMF? and helping save the world? The two of them saving the world together?
*crosses fingers*
YES PLEASE!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:29 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Clark being the most honest and good superhero ever which helps to contain Darkseid? Lex being a BAMF? and helping save the world? The two of them saving the world together?
It's my dream ending...in the Justice League show, Clex also team up to defeat Darkseid so there's precedent. But with Sv one never knows....

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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2010-11-10 12:58 am (UTC)
Awww, that was sweet. The only thing is I don't know how to write up a bookmark for it without spoiling the surprise that is Lex's appearance. Though I suppose that's pretty much a given!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you!

The only thing is I don't know how to write up a bookmark for it without spoiling the surprise that is Lex's appearance. Though I suppose that's pretty much a given!
Heh, yep! I'll never write a Lex-free fic!
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2010-11-10 01:04 am (UTC)
Wow. Just the pick me up I needed! Now if only the powers that be would get a clue and take your story and make it happen!!!!

Totally wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

Now if only the powers that be would get a clue and take your story and make it happen!
Pretty men can save the world and then cuddle afterward, it can happen!
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[User Picture]From: xparrot
2010-11-10 01:32 am (UTC)
I have no idea what's going on in SV "canon" with Darkseid or who Emil is or what future Clark saw or anything else - but AWWWWWWWWWW. Every epic battle in SV should totally end with Clark & Lex snuggling in bed together ^^
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:37 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

This is Emil - he's been a good occasional addition to the show:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor_Hamilton

what future Clark saw or anything else
In a recent episode Brainiac 5 showed Clark a happy future as Superman, with Lois. It annoyed me because showing Clark his future, kinda denies him the agency to create his future. He comes back and tells Lois his secret....because he sees in the future that he's told her his secret.

Every epic battle in SV should totally end with Clark & Lex snuggling in bed together
I totally agree!


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[User Picture]From: herohunter
2010-11-10 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh, this was just beautiful, hon. Clark is a real *hero* and Lex came to his rescue in his time of gravest need.

"But it also didn't feel completely real. Because you weren't there."

"I'm here now," says Lex.

Which means the future is, once again, up for grabs.


From your comments about SV's new season, I realize how needed this part was. Great job!

Thanks for sharing; it really was exquisite!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:42 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

From your comments about SV's new season, I realize how needed this part was.
My feeling this season is that the writers intend to play it very safe. No playing with the text, or subtext....just text. Ticking off the remaining boxes: suit, flight, marriage to Lois etc. And I would love if they had the courage to upset the apple cart a little, take a risk or two, throw a little Smallville canon out there.

Clark is a real *hero* and Lex came to his rescue in his time of gravest need.
Wonder Woman once defeated Darkseid by putting part of her soul inside him & I wouldn't mind seeing that plot play out for Clark. And with Darkseid, I hope they go the Justice League route (if Michael returns) and have Lex on Clark's side.
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[User Picture]From: cinderella81
2010-11-10 02:16 am (UTC)
*bounces* Fantastic! Just ... beautiful ...

If only it were real ...
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:42 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

If only it were real ..
Aw! Just a little wish fulfilment on my part :)
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[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2010-11-10 02:17 am (UTC)
I love this. I really really do. So very awesome. Taking the canon (grr...) (;p) and then turning it on its head by bringing back our awesome hero Lex. What a wonderful scenario! Loved Clark taking the road to contain Darkseid until the end... but at the end was Lex. Lex, willing to sacrifice all: "I've always been willing to do that," says Lex. "I just got it wrong last time." {{heart breaks}} Lex realizing Clark is good, and Clark realizing he needs Lex, the real Lex in his life to make it real. Very wonderful! :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

Loved Clark taking the road to contain Darkseid until the end... but at the end was Lex. Lex, willing to sacrifice all
The last time we saw the real Lex, in Arctic he was willing to die to save the world & I think he would do the same against Darkseid.

In his first Sv appearance, Darkseid taunted Clark with his "darkness", while remarking on Kara and Lois's "pure hearts". I found that all very implausible.

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[User Picture]From: ladydey
2010-11-10 04:16 am (UTC)
This was lovely!

My one of my absolute favorite parts of the JLU series was the ending where CLex, but specifically Lex Luthor, saves the world from Darkseid. I just every time I think about it I smile, because yeah, just yeah!

Thanks so much for this, it made my evening.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!

My one of my absolute favorite parts of the JLU series was the ending where CLex, but specifically Lex Luthor, saves the world from Darkseid. I just every time I think about it I smile, because yeah, just yeah!
I love that so much too. It was a surprise, yet completely consistent with his character. Would love to see Smallville attempt something similar.
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2010-11-10 04:23 am (UTC)
I've actually gotten back to watching SV this season and I would SOOOOO love to see it end this way. Especially if it ended with Clex in bed. ;D We can dream, right. hehe

his emotions towards Lex are a tangled skein of wool.

Love that description for Clark's feelings for Lex.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-10 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon!

I've actually gotten back to watching SV this season and I would SOOOOO love to see it end this way. Especially if it ended with Clex in bed.
Heroic Clark + SelfSacrificial Lex + Cuddles = My Dream Ending!
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From: paradox18
2010-11-10 10:58 am (UTC)
I loved this, this was just so good. I really like your fics
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! That's very nice to hear.
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[User Picture]From: danceswithgary
2010-11-10 02:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for super superheroes and reformed villains!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 01:35 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2010-11-10 02:41 pm (UTC)
Aww! If only they actually did something like this on the show rather than whatever predictable simplistic rubbish they have actually got planned. If Lex were to return I'd like to see Clark teaming up with him for the greater good.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 01:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!

If Lex were to return I'd like to see Clark teaming up with him for the greater good.
The boys being forced to work together would be so hot - all that sexy, Clexy tension!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Forever CLex!
Always in LOVE.
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[User Picture]From: maigie2010
2010-11-11 04:25 am (UTC)
WOW!!! Just WOW!!!! Containment FTW!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 04:32 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks very much!

(That icon is STUNNING!)
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[User Picture]From: jh_july001
2010-11-11 05:18 am (UTC)
I didn't watch S10...but this is so beautiful/sweet! <3
"I'm here now," says Lex.
AWW!!;_______;
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-11-11 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! With the end of the show closing in, I keep thinking about the best endings for Clark & Lex!

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