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Chlark Fanfic: Crisis, Chapter 42/Epilogue

Hi, All! 

So, we’re finally at the end of the first half of this intriguing story, after which I will take a fairly long break to focus on several real-life commitments (and also review the story from the beginning so that I can properly map out the second part). 

To everyone that’s read and enjoyed it since I first started this fic three years ago (ack!), I want to say a huge, huge Thank You for the wonderful way you’ve supported me in this journey, especially with such a sensitive subject matter.  Rest assured that I have every intention of completing this work, and I really hope I can return to it sooner rather than later (I have to, because I, er…may have left it on a wee bit of a cliffie, so…!) *ducks whizzing shoes* :-P

…but enough of that.  Ladies & Gents, I give you the last little bit of Crisis…for now.

Enjoy!  And feedback is much loved and most appreciated. :-)

Title:              Crisis
Author:          BabyDee1
Pairing:          Chlark/Kaloe

Rating:           NC-17 for disturbing themes
Warnings:     ***Angst***
Timeline:      Season 2-3 (Exodus – Exile; Clark’s RedK Summer & beyond)
Disclaimer:   All characters belong to the CW & DC comics 
Summary:     A violent encounter between Chloe and Clark threatens to destroy their friendship forever.
Feedback:      …would be appreciated. :)


Read previous chapter here.
Read story from the beginning here.


Chapter 42/Epilogue


Lionel banged the phone down in disgust. 

Stupid doctor.  He clearly wasn’t familiar with the business acumen of receiving expensive grants from wealthy benefactors.  Shut up, take the money, do what’s asked and keep one’s nose out of the finer details. 

Instead, he’d had the door slammed in his face, figuratively speaking, by the not-so-wise Dr Weismann. 

Lionel growled and clenched his hands into fists.  How he’d love to make the doctor’s life a misery after this.  The man deserved to pay for his insolence.  Unfortunately, the risk of his incriminating phone call going public was too great, and he had other things to worry about that getting revenge on the stupid man.  He made a note to himself not to do business with anyone of consequence at Smallville Medical Centre.  Even their doctors were hicks. 

Speaking of doctors…he pressed a hand over his midsection where the biopsy scar was still healing.  His own medical team were yet to give him the final prognosis on the last set of tests on his liver, but he knew deep down that the results would be the same; he was dying. 

His only hope of survival with any quality of life lay possibly with the erstwhile Clark Kent; but that was only if the boy’s origins were as he suspected.  He needed more information.  But how to get it? 

He leaned back in his chair and steepled his fingers as he thought.  His one contact at Smallville Medical Centre had been unable to locate the Kent boy’s file.  So far, he had only been useful in informing him of the comings and goings of any member of the Kent family.  So either the file was very well protected, or it didn’t exist.  He could always resort to kidnapping Clark to get the answers he needed, but the young man seemed to have made a habit of wriggling out of trouble.  Besides, he didn’t want to lay a trail of violence that could inadvertently lead back to himself or Luthorcorp.  And as the days went by and his condition worsened, he found himself making tactical errors and slipping up on occasion — like today. 

But he had to get to that file.  When Jonathan Kent had approached him all those years ago with his under-the-table adoption request, Lionel hadn’t really considered that the child they were seeking to adopt might be the person he had flown to Smallville to meet; he’d been expecting a fully grown man, not a wide-eyed toddler.  He’d assisted Jonathan, but only to get a foothold in the town, knowing that he could dangle the threat of the man losing his son to get him to do anything he wanted. 

But in recent years, young Clark had formed a close friendship with Lex, and it now occurred to Lionel that straight-laced Jonathan Kent would never have asked for his assistance; not unless he had something to hide.  And an alien child would definitely explain why he hadn’t gone through the proper channels to adopt the boy.  The Kent family was hiding some very big secrets, and he was anxious to get his hands on them…but how

His brow furrowed.  Hmm…maybe if he put the squeeze on the Sullivan girl again or her father, he might be able to glean a few grains of information.  His last communication with her hadn’t yielded any fruit; in fact, it had reduced the Sullivans to a very desperate situation.  And desperate people could be very…accommodating.

So he’d try again.  It was a long shot, but it was well worth a try. 

Smiling, he pressed the intercom on his desk. 

“Withers, fetch me Gabriel Sullivan’s personnel file, and get him on the phone,” he barked.  Assuming the man still had a phone.  It was probably a luxury at this point.

A few moments later, Withers crept into his office, looking highly distressed. 

“Um…sir?” he began hesitantly, “Gabe Sullivan’s file is no longer record.” 

***

Lionel blinked and sat forward.  “Excuse me?”

“According to Personnel, it’s been moved to archives,” Withers replied.  “From what I understand, sir, he’s gotten a new job and moved out of state.”   

What?” Lionel rasped.  “When was this?”

“I’m not sure…last week, I think?”

“Where has he gone?”

Withers frowned.  “Minnesota…or was it Wisconsin?  Somewhere up north, close to Canada.” 

“I see.  And who gave permission to move his file to archives?”

Withers shrank back.  “It’s standard procedure for all employees who’ve been out of our employ for three months or more, sir.”

“Well send down to archives for it!” he growled. 

Withers gulped.  “Uh…well, Sir…I—I’m afraid we just had a storage clear-out to Iron Mountain,” he said timidly.

Lionel barely managed to control his rage at this turn of events.  It would take months; years even, to dig the one file out of their off-site storage facility…assuming Gabe Sullivan’s file even made it to Iron Mountain. 

“Who authorised the move?” Lionel demanded. 

“Your son, sir.” 

As he’d suspected.  For whatever reason, Lex seemed bent on frustrating all his efforts to connect with the Kent boy. 

Traitor. He would deal with Lex later. 

I see, he said tightly.  “And what of Sullivan’s loathsome child?” 

“His child?” Withers echoed. 

“A girl; meddlesome brat with bleached hair that sometimes skulks around the premises looking for information,” Lionel explained irritably.  “Has she gone with him?” 

“I would assume so, sir.” 

Lionel thought hard.  The last time he’d pushed for information, he’d gone through the girl; maybe if he spoke to Sullivan directly and offered the man his job back with a super bumper salary and a substantial bonus to cover the relocation costs, he could force young Miss Sullivan’s hand.  An unlikely plan, but it just might work. 

“Do we have any way of contacting him directly?” he asked urgently.    “A company phone number, or email address…?”

“Er…no, sir.  Mr Sullivan has been out of our employ for several months now, and the details we have — had — are almost definitely obsolete.” 

“And no-one thought to maintain contact with him for future reference?” he yelled, enraged. 

Withers shook his head and stared at the ground.  “I’m sorry, sir.” 

So he was back to nothing.  Lionel’s jaw tightened, followed by his fist, and he waved the aptly-named Withers away without a word, glaring as the man slunk silently away. 

Once he was gone, Lionel tapped table with nervous fingers, thinking hard.  He needed information on the Kent boy, and he needed it soon, before the pain became unbearable. 

One by one he ran through all the options in his mind, filtering them until the obvious answer suddenly came to him. 

Of course. 

“Withers?” he barked, scribbling fiercely on a piece of paper. 

The hapless man appeared again.  “Sir?” 

“Dial this number,” he said curtly.  “Patch it directly through to me as soon as you’re connected.” 

He took the proffered note and nodded.  “Certainly, sir.” 

***

Epilogue


Lionel leaned back and drummed his fingers patiently on the desk as he waited; seconds later, the dial on his phone lit up as the call was transferred. 

“Who is this?” a gravelly voice roughly queried. 

“Oh, come now,” Lionel chuckled as he picked up the phone.  “Is that any way to greet an old friend?” 

There was silence on the line for several seconds.  Then: “What do you want, Lionel?” 

“I think you know,” he replied smoothly.  “After all, you stole it from me.” 

More silence.  Then: “I no longer have it.”

“Then it would be in your best interest to get it,” Lionel said in clipped, precise tones.  “Old friends we may be, but I will not hesitate to extend to you the same treatment I offer everyone else who dares to cross me.”

“Come on, Lionel,” the other man pleaded.  “We had a deal—”  

“Indeed we did,” Lionel said briskly.  “And your period of grace has gone on for far too long, Morgan.  I’m simply calling time on it.” 

Morgan Edge took a deep breath.  “How soon do you need it?” he finally asked. 

Lionel smirked.  Not that was more like it. 

“Have it on my desk by this time tomorrow,” he drawled.  “And believe me, that’s more than generous.  My business with the item is of a somewhat…pressing nature.”

“Then you’ll have it in twenty-four hours,” Edge growled. 

Lionel smiled and heaved a sigh of relief.  Where there was a will, there was a way…and he had a very, very strong will.  There was hope for him yet. 

“Excellent,” he replied.  “I’ll be waiting.” 

***

The End (…for now).


Coming soon Edited 09.10.16: OUT NOW: the beginning of Crisis II - The Healing

(banner by
ellashy)



(…and don’t worry — it’ll pick up exactly where this one left off!)

PS:  Thanks so much for all the love and supporting comments on the journey so far, everyone — I couldn’t have made it thus far without y’all! *group-smish* :-)

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I do like that Lex keeps thwarting Lionel at every turn--good man :)

And now we're going to have a sequel--YEAH!! :)

You know I love to write me some Lex. ;-) And you'll definitely see a lot more of him in Part II! :-)

Thanks for all your amazing comments, Kathy! Much appreciated. *huggles* :-)

Thank you for this chapter. Lionel reaction to news about Gabe files ... ;-) And poor his employer....
I can't wait for next part.....

Glad you liked it, Maddie. Thanks for all your support and comments through this journey! *hugs* :-)

And my prediction about the evil cliffhanger came true! (I'm sure, to nobody's great surprise!:))) Lionel wants to get his hands on Clark's blood, doesn't he? I can't imagine how Clark is going to get out of this one. Well, it's possible Morgan Edge is going to do something to get out from under Lionel's thumb, which could work in Clark's favor... And of course, Lionel is desperate because of his illness! How could I forget about it? This is why he needs Clark so badly. I have mixed feelings about Lionel knowing that Clark is an alien... I'm not a fan of the Traveller storyline at all. I think there's no possible way to reconcile this storyline with the way Lionel acted in the first few seasons of the show. However, you didn't mention Davis, and if he doesn't exist in this story, it makes Lionel's behavior a bit more plausible. Though again, I find it hard to believe that Lionel wasn't able to connect the dots and understand that the strange child that the two farmers needed to forge adoption papers for could be the Traveller. He would have either taken him from the Kents immediately or monitored him closely for his entire life. But it's the show's crappy canon. *sigh* You made this storyline make as much sense as it was possible without eliminating it completely.

Lionel's hissy fit was kind of hilarious. "Stupid hick doctors!!:"))

The new banner with Chloe and Clark is gorgeous.

What I really love about this story is that it has that *classic Smallville* feel despite the angst and darkness in the Chlark relationship. It has almost all the elements that drew me to this show in the first place (friendships, family dynamics, Lionel's machinations, Clark's sweetness...). Feels like watching the show when it was at its best. And we're even getting a summer break!:) I'm already looking forward to the next season... er, I mean the second part, and in the meantime I wil reread the whole thing all over again. Thank you very much for sharing this with us!

And don't worry that you've been writing this story "too long". Three years is nothing!:) Some people I know have been writing their story for TWELVE freaking years!!!

Edited at 2013-06-07 11:02 am (UTC)

"And my prediction about the evil cliffhanger came true! (I'm sure, to nobody's great surprise!:)))"

You know me well, Shezza! :-D

"Lionel wants to get his hands on Clark's blood, doesn't he? I can't imagine how Clark is going to get out of this one."

Well, Lionel doesn't know for sure who's blood it is, only that he bought it off his son's former squeeze and it helped stall his condition. Given that he knows Helen recently treated Clark at the hospital, he strongly suspects that it's Clark's, though - and he intends to find out. Eep. :-/

"Well, it's possible Morgan Edge is going to do something to get out from under Lionel's thumb, which could work in Clark's favor... And of course, Lionel is desperate because of his illness! How could I forget about it? This is why he needs Clark so badly."

Indeed. All that money, and none of it can help stop him from dying. It must make him feel pretty powerless.

"I have mixed feelings about Lionel knowing that Clark is an alien... I'm not a fan of the Traveller storyline at all. I think there's no possible way to reconcile this storyline with the way Lionel acted in the first few seasons of the show. However, you didn't mention Davis, and if he doesn't exist in this story, it makes Lionel's behavior a bit more plausible."

As far as this story goes, Davis does not exist. The end! :-)

"Though again, I find it hard to believe that Lionel wasn't able to connect the dots and understand that the strange child that the two farmers needed to forge adoption papers for could be the Traveller. He would have either taken him from the Kents immediately or monitored him closely for his entire life."

I guess he was expecting an adult, not a child, and probably didn't give much attention to the child in the Kent's care except that he was a way in to the community for him. Remember, he doesn't know that the Kent's picked him up in the field that day; for all he knows, the boy was already in the car with them when the meteors hit.

"But it's the show's crappy canon. *sigh* You made this storyline make as much sense as it was possible without eliminating it completely."

I try. :-)

"Lionel's hissy fit was kind of hilarious. "Stupid hick doctors!!:")) "

That was funny, wasn't it? :-P

"The new banner with Chloe and Clark is gorgeous."

ellashy is a manipping genius. I don't know how she does it, but I'm glad she does! :-)

"What I really love about this story is that it has that *classic Smallville* feel despite the angst and darkness in the Chlark relationship. It has almost all the elements that drew me to this show in the first place (friendships, family dynamics, Lionel's machinations, Clark's sweetness...). Feels like watching the show when it was at its best. And we're even getting a summer break!:)"

Oh wow, I didn't even think of that!!! :-D I'm so glad you like it, and it really is encouraging when people get the story and want to see more; I really do appreciate all the time and effort you put into your reviews. Thanks again! :-)

"I'm already looking forward to the next season... er, I mean the second part, and in the meantime I will reread the whole thing all over again. Thank you very much for sharing this with us!"

Enjoy the re-read, and take your time...hopefully I'll be ready to post again by the time you're done. :-)

"And don't worry that you've been writing this story "too long". Three years is nothing!:) Some people I know have been writing their story for TWELVE freaking years!!!"

*gasps* Twelve years?!? Egads, that's long. I'll try not to drag my heels on it, then! :-)

*huggles*

Thanks, hun - glad you like!

One AWESOME ending from start to finish!!

I have finally updated Forbidden Love at the other journal!!


Many thanks, and well done!

This was a hard fic to get through but I am so glad I did. I love your Lex, this is who I wish he had stayed...but we knew it was inevitable for him to become who he did. Anyway, i can't wait for the sequel. Any hints as to when to start looking for it. I shied away for Clark and Chloe for a long time being such a Chlollie fan. I do have a couple of Chlark bur I loved your writing of Chlollie so much that I have been making my way through all of your Chlark fics. This should keep me busy for a while. Kudos.

Liselle

"This was a hard fic to get through but I am so glad I did. I love your Lex, this is who I wish he had stayed...but we knew it was inevitable for him to become who he did."

Well, I'm hoping the power of fanfic will help me change that. :-)

"Anyway, i can't wait for the sequel. Any hints as to when to start looking for it."

I'm hoping September, but it'll probably be early next year. So...we'll see. :-)

"I shied away for Clark and Chloe for a long time being such a Chlollie fan. I do have a couple of Chlark bur I loved your writing of Chlollie so much that I have been making my way through all of your Chlark fics. This should keep me busy for a while. Kudos."

I'm so glad you like them, and well done for stepping out of your fic-reading comfort zone - I really appreciate it. :-) *huggles*

Its hard to believe that its been three years, wow!
Love the new banner for the sequel.

"Its hard to believe that its been three years, wow!

It has. Where did the time go?!? :-O"

"Love the new banner for the sequel."

Glad you like, Rhon. It's going to have a very hopeful feel, and I', glad the banner reflects that.

Thanks for all the lovely comments so far! Much appreciated. *huggles*

Wow, Dee! Just...WOW! That was an awesome ending to this fic and a fantastic setup to the sequel. I can't wait to get started on it! You've done an incredible job with this fic. I want you to know it's been a true pleasure reading it from start to finish.

"Wow, Dee! Just...WOW! That was an awesome ending to this fic and a fantastic setup to the sequel. I can't wait to get started on it!"

Patience, child! I'll probably return to it in January once I've made some headway into my other WIPs, fingers crossed. :-)

"You've done an incredible job with this fic. I want you to know it's been a true pleasure reading it from start to finish."

*blushes* Coming from you, that means the world. Thank you so much, babes. I'm so glad you liked it, and I fully intend to continue to do it justice!

*huggles*

The Anniversary of your birth

Happy Birthday Dee!!!!

Re: The Anniversary of your birth

How did I miss this? Many thanks, Danny! *huggles* :-D

Gripping story! I made the mistake of starting to read chapter 1 at bedtime, and now it's much too late to get any sleep tonight!

I'm hoping that Lex will be able to continue to lend a hand (and perhaps even be spared some of the worst of Lionel's abuses against him in season 3) in part 2, and that somehow Clark, Chloe, the Kents, and possibly even Lex will come out of this stronger and healthier than in canon, in spite of the horror that's been shadowing them for so long.

"Gripping story! I made the mistake of starting to read chapter 1 at bedtime, and now it's much too late to get any sleep tonight!"

I am so sorry, and so flattered at the same time! :-D If it's any consolation, I'm responding to your comment at three in the morning. Much appreciated! :-P

"I'm hoping that Lex will be able to continue to lend a hand (and perhaps even be spared some of the worst of Lionel's abuses against him in season 3) in part 2..."

Lend a hand, definitely. I'll do my best to spare him from some of Lionel's evil machinations, as well. :-)

... and that somehow Clark, Chloe, the Kents, and possibly even Lex will come out of this stronger and healthier than in canon, in spite of the horror that's been shadowing them for so long."

That's the plan, even though they still have a long way to go.

Many thanks for your awesome comments, Dorothy! So glad you like the story so far. :-)

So evil! Haha. Definitely feeling the ominous shadow of Lionel Luthor these last few chapters, where just as our favorite duo is trying to deal with their own crisis here comes more just waiting to mess with them.
This has been an exciting story, looking forward to when you continue down the path. :)

"So evil! Haha. Definitely feeling the ominous shadow of Lionel Luthor these last few chapters, where just as our favorite duo is trying to deal with their own crisis here comes more just waiting to mess with them."

A lot more. You know there's no way Lionel's going to back away from Clark and what he might have to offer, not now that he's dying. He's a man with nothing to lose, and therefore very dangerous. Eek. :-\

"This has been an exciting story, looking forward to when you continue down the path. :)"

Many thanks for your kind comments, I'm so glad you like it! I should be back on board with it in the New Year, fingers crossed. :-)

I'm sooo glad they're healing. Can't wai for Crisis II

Thanks so much for reading, hun. I know this was a tough journey for you, and I am so, so proud of how brave you are. Thank you.
Hope to start on Crisis II soon!

*smishes you tight*

Thank you hun :)
What are you writing right now?

I want to finish up my current Chlex WIP, Facade. Once that's done, I have a few Chlark stories and some Chlollie that needs some attention. :-)

It never ends!

I just came across this story and I loooove it! I can't wait for the second part!

Always great to welcome a new reader! Many thanks for your comments, so glad you liked it!

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