Author: Blue Gold
Archive: www.midnightscribbles.com Pairings: Clark/Lex , Bruce/Dick
Summary: Smallville is in the middle of a rain patch, and Clark and Lex are kidnapped.
Disclaimer: I *sniff* do not any of the characters in this story
Spoilers: General All Episodes, Warnings: Angst,
Authors Notes: This is not following any cannon comic or for the show. Now a mini cast Batman = Christian Bale, Robin = your choice. For me he looks suspiciously like Nightwing with a hair cut.
Justin took Chloe’s hand as they walked up the stairs to the yellow farm house. “You can do it,” he whispered.
After three failed attempts to ring the door bell Justin glanced at the buzzer and it rang causing a whack from Chloe.
“Oh, Chloe, Justin, Clark’s…”
“We know Mrs. Kent, can we come in?” Chloe pulled a device out of her pocket and turned it on as she was led to the kitchen smiling when it remained green all the way.
“Hello, Mr. Kent,” Justin said nudging Chloe who looked up to see the man drying his hands on a dish towel.
“Mr. Kent,” Chloe said with a smile as she turned the device off and shoved it in her pocket.
“Chloe what was that thing?”
“It was to check for bugs Mr. Kent. A friend rigged it up for me in between looking for aliens. Anyway the point is Lex is alive and Clark is with him.”
“Oh thank God,” Martha said breathing a sigh of relief.
“How do you know this?” Jonathan asked.
“Lex contacted me. He doesn’t know who’s doing this and Clark doesn’t want to leave him,” Chloe said biting her lower lip.
Martha zeroed in on the gesture like only a mother could. “What is it Chloe? What aren’t you saying?”
“Nothing, everything is fine,” Chloe said her voice rising in pitch as Justin sank into a chair in defeat.
“Chloe the truth please.”
“I don’t know if it is…I didn’t even hear Lex’s voice. He said Clark was eating.”
“Okay, sit down, tell us what you think is going on.”
“Okay, Lex started asking questions about the effects of the meteor rock.” Justin flinched at the mention and Martha went to the fridge, and pulled out a peach cobbler that she had made for dinner.
“You don’t still have those nightmares do you sweetie?” Martha said sliding a slice towards him, and he dug in as Jonathan worked on Chloe.
“No the therapy helped, I’m just glad it was just dreams. I’m happy to see Principal Kwan even if he’s giving me detention. I still can’t believe I almost made it to his house one night when Chloe called,” Justin whispered as Chloe wrapped her arms around him.
“Now Chloe please tell us what do you think the problem is,” Jonathan asked as Martha rubbed Justin’s back.
“Its just Lex asked questions about the meteor rock and the exposure. Then he told me the people who captured them used meteor laced knock out gas. That was so strong it absorbed into their skin.
Martha gasped, as Jonathan shook his head. “We know it causes mutations and a period of mental instability. It might cause cancer, we’re still working on that, the way Lex made it sound, what if Clark is going through some horrible mutation? I think Lex is trying to help him while he’s in hiding from whoever tried to kill him,” Chloe said whimpering tears in her eyes, now the one being comforted by Justin.
“Chloe I’m sure that’s not the case or Lex would be just as sick,” Martha said trying to reassure the children.
“But Lex is already a mutant,” Chloe sniffed.
“How do you know that?” Martha asked.
“He heals way too quickly, as in a day to heal major bruises. And I’m sure he’s broken bones only to see him be fine in a few days.”
“Look, Chloe I’m sure Clark is fine, but the next time Lex contacts you have him contact us. We would like to get an idea of when he will be coming back. Also if this hasn’t blown over enough for Clark to come home Monday spread the word at school he’s helping out some family in Montana and should be back in a little while.”
“You really think so?” Chloe asked sniffing against Justin’s shirt as he took it all in stride floating his spoon to get another bite of the cobbler, sharing Mr. Kent’s grin.
“I told you, you were freaking out for nothing, I bet Clark is already a nice little mutant, and the gas didn’t do anything,” Justin added after swallowing.
“Are you still eating cobbler?” Chloe exclaimed pulling away. “I’m worried my friend might be dying and you’re eating peach cobbler?” She yelled smacking his shoulders lightly.
“We just got confirmation that your conspiracy theory was just that a theory. Try some,” he said having a spoon hover in front of her face. Chloe frowned but took the bite and smiled. “See,” Justin said with an easy smile.
“Chloe, Justin, thank you so much for bringing us this news. I’m glad Lex and Clark are both okay and please keep in touch,” Jonathan said giving them a not too subtle hint as he saw Martha was near the breaking point. “Let us know the minute you hear something.”
“Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Kent,” Chloe said as she stood and pulled Justin away from the last of the cobbler. The last bit floating after him.
“They are sweet kids,” Jonathan murmured as the door shut.
“Jonathan, what are we going to do? You know what those rocks do to Clark.”
“I know, but how else would Lex have survived the explosion that killed his kidnappers?”
Martha looked at Jonathan the hope clear in her eyes. “You think so?”
“I think Clark might have been hurt at first when they kidnapped him, how else would they have taken him? As much as I hate it, I think Clark is keeping Luthor safe at the moment. Let’s just hope the next time he finds a way to contact us.”
Chloe had barely settled in her driver’s seat before she looked over at Justin who was trying to buckle up and succeeding after a few seconds. Once he was settled she pulled away from the farm and began in rapid fire succession.
“They know something they are not telling,” Chloe said with a frown. “You think Clark really is a meteor mutant and just doesn’t want to tell us?”
“Well why would he? I told you to tell him about the boards. Not just the wall. If he thinks every mutant he’s ever met is a nut after Lana or Lex why would he want to admit being one?”
“Yes and I just had homicidal nightmares about killing our principal and my girlfriend. I am not the poster boy for sane. I’m just not a killer.”
“But he acted so weird when I told him about the wall.”
“Maybe he has a crappy mutation power like that guy who can talk to goldfish? Talking to cows maybe or corn. I mean if he had a really cool mutation he wouldn’t have been the scarecrow.”
“I don’t know, the Kents just seemed like they knew exactly what the meteor rock would do to Clark.”
“Yes but they weren’t worried,” Justin added. “Why don’t you just believe Lex?”
“Cause he’s Lex? He’s always saying like twelve things at once.”
“Chloe stop looking for a story,” Justin said with a sigh.
“I’m not looking for a story.”
“I just want the truth.”
“Which you have no proof that you didn’t already get. See if you can talk to Lex again once Ian sends you his files.”
“And when Clark comes back tell him about the board. And goldfish man. See what happens if you trust him. It goes both ways.”
“Lex?” Clark whispered and Lex who had been dozing in the chair by his bedside sat up with a start.
“Are we in a cave?”
“Why are we in a cave?” Clark asked attempting to sit up on shaky limbs.
“Here,” Lex said helping him sit. “What’s the last thing you remember?”
“We were in the mansion…going to get food…someone broke in,” Clark began and tried his best to scan Lex why his attempt at X-ray vision was doing nothing but giving him a headache. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine Clark. You’re the one who’s been unconscious for over a day and a half.”
“How do you feel?”
“I feel fi…” Clark stopped and began to catalogue his aches and pains. He felt as if he had gone ten rounds with a krypto-freak and turned human all at once. Everything felt sore and he had a vague nausea underling every thing else.
“I think I’m okay, a little tired. Why are we in a cave?”
“A friend of mine found us. Well the problem is that the people, who kidnapped us, were doubled crossed by someone. The world thinks I’m dead at the moment.”
“But…what about my parents?”
“I got word to them earlier, via Chloe. They know you are with me.”
“Okay, can I talk to them?”
“Once we get a confirmation about the security of your family’s line. Our end is untraceable but it won’t do if someone hears you mentioning me or your parents. Or even if I say something in the background if someone else picks it up.”
“That makes sense; I just don’t want them to worry.”
“I know Clark. Are you hungry?” He asked looking towards Alfred who was coming down the stairs with a tray. It was soup, water and a sandwich for Lex.
“Oh, I see the young master is awake. I will prepare another plate for him.”
“Make it two Lex said glancing at Clark with a smile that was tiredly returned. As Alfred placed the tray down and made his way back to the stairs, Lex inched his tray towards Clark. Clark picked up the sandwich and felt his stomach roll slightly at the thought and went for the soup instead.
Brining a spoon to his lips he wondered what the green gas had done and hoped that his skin hadn’t done that horrible thing of turning green there would be no way to explain that away. Looking at Lex he didn’t seem to be acting any differently but he did seem to have faint bags under his eyes. He slid the sandwich back over to Lex and shifted so Lex could join him on his bed.
“So who’s your friend?” Clark asked looking around the cave and smelling something he remembered from a school trip. “Batman?” He asked with a smile, “Lex? Wow really?! Batman?”
“Clark…” Lex started in a scolding tone.
“Okay sorry, how do you know Batman? Do you run around in tights too?” Clark asked laughing at Lex’s stunned look. “Nah there aren’t any purple superhero’s that I know about.”
“Brat,” Lex said smacking Clark shoulder lightly and causing the boy to exclaim in a howl of agony. Lex would have said it was contrived but he could see the shock etched on Clark’s face. Tears were coming out of the corner of his eyes as he griped his shoulder gasping for air.
“Clark, I’m sorry Oh God,” Lex whispered as Clark turned green, though a more natural shade. Lex took a step back at just the right moment and only ended up with a bit of soup on his shoes instead.
He popped open the water, and held it or Clark once he stopped dry heaving. Clark gargled some not bothering on ceremony since he had already vomited on the floor, than drank a small sip before handing the bottle back unable to even think about drinking more.
“Are you alright?” Lex asked his hand hovering but not daring to touch Clark again.
Clark shook his head lying back down wearily. Looking at Clark, Lex could see the fear clearly written on his face. Clark no more had any idea what was wrong with him than Lex did. They were both in an unknown territory and as much as Lex wanted to ask Clark about his origins now was neither the time nor the place.
Clark shut his eyes and really felt his body, his shoulder was still radiating agony and having been super strong for years he knew almost instantly that that blow was weak even by human standards. Lex had not been trying to hurt him in the least. So the question became what was going on with him. The only time he felt that much pain was when he received a blow and was already suffering the effects of meteor rocks.
Alfred returned, Dick close behind to see Lex had found the stash of sawdust and was using it to absorb the vomit. Clark was again lying down but the pained expression led them both to believe he was awake and had just shut his eyes.
Lex suddenly stiffened and walked over to the computer and typed in a few commands and looking at the results cursed.
“What is it?” Dick asked.
“I can’t believe how much of an idiot I am. I’m just as ingrained with the meteor gas as Clark was. Except my body is expelling it, in sweat mostly but its still there, creeping its way out of my system. I’m poisonous to Clark at the moment. Do you have somewhere where I could work it off?”
Dick smiled and walked over to the computer to a side keyboard and hit a few keys that lit up the other side of the cave where gymnastics equipment, free weights, and some bikes and treadmills were waiting.
Dick nodded and strolled over to Clark. “So, what are you?”