An upheaval in Clark's personal life with Lex leads to the Man of Steel taking drastic actions.
Rating: FRM (Contains mature and dark themes: very brief references to male-male sex; references to crime; some strong language; breakup of two major characters; serious psychiatric illness, including suicidality)
Categories/Warnings: AU, Futurefic, Angst
Spoilers for: None (This is a prequel to my shorter story "Close Call.")
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters of Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman, Lex Luthor, Lara, Jor-El, Lois Lane, or Lionel Luthor. I will not be making any money off this piece. Clark Kent/Kal-El, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Lara, Jor-El, the City of Metropolis, and the Fortress of Solitude are the original creations of Joe Shuster and Jerome Siegel and are the property of DC Comics, Warner Brothers, and Millar/Gough. The image of Superman is owned by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Lionel Luthor belongs to Warner Bros. and Millar/Gough. There may be other corporate entities, which I've unknowingly left out, that have full or partial copyright to all or some aspects of the above-noted characters and places. I've written this tale purely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!
(Author's Note: Clark Kent/Kal-El, including the inner dynamic of this dual identity, is portrayed very differently here than by actor Tom Welling. These large differences are intended and I hope readers are able to fully enjoy this piece anyway. I wish to extend my deepest thanks to Shimmer, who proofread this story in her usual thorough way and gave me a lot of extremely helpful feedback and suggestions. You're the best, Shimmer. This tale may be archived on any and all sites that are deemed appropriate for adult-themed fics such as this one. Please just inform me first of where you are archiving it. I gladly welcome any positive, genuine feedback. No flames please. Thank you.)
Fandoms: slash fiction
, Superman Characters:
Clark Kent, Clark/Lex, Lex, Lionel Luthor, Other, Other Female, Other Male
Adult Situations, Angst, AU, Dark Themes, Established couple, Language, m/m, partner betrayal, slash