Author: Blue Gold
Pairings: Clark/Lex (eventually)
Summary: More green things landed the day of the meteor shower than rocks.
Disclaimer: I *sniff* do not any of the characters in this story
Spoilers: General All Episodes,
Warnings: Angst, AU
Authors Notes: Vague understanding of DCU, good but not crucial. Jor-El and Lara are the S: TAS incarnations with emotions instead of the colder film and SV versions. All will be explained.
[[[From lantern comes the gift we give--to shed light's grace on all that live!]]]
Lex was not scared. He was not scared at all. After all even if the helicopter did crash he could fly. Okay maybe he just wished he could fly. Glancing out of the window he let out a gasp and reached for his inhaler. Screw flying if he was going to make a wish it would be to be healthy. Never sick, not need an inhaler, never need to be in the hospital for days on end. Lex eyes were shut tightly deep into his healthy fantasy so he did not notice his father staring at him until it was too late.
“This has got to stop. Open your eyes, Lex.”
“Luthors are not afraid. We don’t have that luxury. We’re leaders. You have a destiny, Lex. You’re never going to get anywhere with your eyes closed.”
Lex opened his eyes and after a moment Lionel was satisfied and Lex let out a shaky breath. He had hoped he wouldn’t get another speech on the ancients or the art of war. He would much rather read his Warrior Angel comics while sitting with his mother, her fingers stroking through his hair when his father was away on business.
Oblivious to his entry into the earth’s atmosphere, Kal-El slept on in his stasis sleep as destruction rained down beside him, the small green ring still clutched in his hand. It’s Lantern, 47 light years away and gaining speed.
His ship landed amid the meteors striking the earth as the key tumbled free. The ship opening and the stasis released Kal-El as he began to wander about, exploring his new location, and managing to move about on his slightly longer legs.
Opening his hand the ring was already gone and shrugging Kal watched as a large beast landed near him. Hearing sounds; he wandered over and realized it was like one of his parents transport ships. Peering inside he saw two people and the man noticed him first. Smiling he watched as they escaped the vehicle and the woman scooped him up much like his mother always did. Smiling he wrapped his arms around her and wondered where his parents were.
Lex had tripped as he ran trying to understand that strange voice he was hearing. As he stood he saw a green ring float in front of him. He grabbed it and just as he heard the disembodied voice telling him he had been selected as he slipped it on his finger, there was an explosive burst knocking him from his feet and soaring through the air before he lost consciousness.
When Lex next woke he was rattling along in some kind of vehicle. He felt a if his entire body was aflame. When all of a sudden a tiny hand touched the top of his head, his last thought before he lost consciousness again was that he couldn’t feel his hair.
<<<…power to foil evil with me instill…my Green Lantern vow to fulfill>>>
Clark stared off the edge of Loeb’s bridge and was shocked when something bright green streaked from the sky and splashed into the water causing the water to glow emerald green and appear to boil. Clark was so engrossed in this he didn’t hear the screeching until it was too late even with super speed. For a moment his eyes locked with the owner of the car before everything went green yet again, and they both sailed off the edge of the bridge.
Forgetting about the green, Clark spurred into action pulling the unconscious man out of the car through the hole he made in the roof. Swimming to shore he began, CPR wondering if he was going to be too late, when he sputtered and coughed looking at Clark.
“I could have sworn I hit you.”
“If you did…I’d be…I’d be dead.”
Clark woke with a start. He had been having that dream about Lex constantly since that day at the river bank but this was the first time he remembered the green light. Getting out of bed he dressed quickly not sure why but he needed to go back there.
Speeding to the bridge he stopped a distance away when he saw a light flashing at the river base. He couldn’t make out the single person and knew the police were no longer interested in the scene short of keeping anyone from stumbling off the side of the bridge until the repairs were complete.
When Clark reached the bank he realized the other person was Lex. “Lex!”
“Clark? Shouldn’t you be at home sleeping, counting cows?”
Clark grinned. “I actually had a dream about the accident. It was something I had forgotten. A flash of.”
“Green? Streaking across the sky? Then the water boiling green?”
“You saw it too?” Clark asked surprised.
“Well I dreamt something similar. It was strange. I also saw a symbol.”
“Of what?” Clark asked as Lex looked him over.
“Clark you don’t even have a flashlight,” he said removing one from the inside of his trench coat and handing it to him. He took out a green ring from his pocket, and held it out to Clark. Clark took it and turned on the flashlight knowing it wouldn’t be normal to be able to see it in the dark even with the stars and moon out.
Looking at the green ring Clark looked at the symbol, a circle with bars across the top and the bottom feeling a strange pang of familiarity “What does it mean?”
“I don’t know I spent years researching it every chance that I got. I have never seen it anywhere else. You?”
Clark had the lie on the tip of his tongue and stopped. What was the point? It had nothing to do with his secret and it wasn’t as if he knew anything concrete. “It seems familiar, but nothing else.”
“Its okay, you might remember it from our first meeting.”
“I don’t remember it either; my father was kind enough to talk about how karmic this was. Seems your family drove me to the hospital where a three year old Clark was riding home with his new parents.”
“I don’t remember that time at all, I don’t even remember my parents Lex. How do you spend three years with people and forget them completely?”
Before Lex could respond the river glowed green yet again and started to churn near one corner closer to the bridge that had changed both their lives. A lantern shining green light rose out of the water and hovered towards Lex. Slipping the ring on his finger he approached the Lantern and took hold of the handle thrusting his hand into the lantern and speaking the words he had always known.
“In forest dark or glade beferned,
no blade of grass shall go unturned.
Let those that have the daylight spurned,
tread not where this green lamp has burned.”
Clark stared at Lex in awe as the man was engulfed in a green light and his clothes shimmered and changed. Where once Lex had been in a black trench coat, black slacks, and a navy turtleneck he was now in head to toe spandex. It was black and green, and in white emblazoned on his green chest was the symbol from the ring.
“Lex?” Clark whispered nervously.
“Kryptonian,” Lex replies hovering a few feet off the ground looking at Clark the now dimmed Lantern still in his hand.