DISCLAIMER - Not mine, I couldn't afford the motor and household insurance bills. I promise I'll scrub them down and give them back to DC comics, the WB and anyone else who does own a slice of them when I'm done with them. Story, such as it is, copyright Karen Colohan, June 2003.

Author's notes - Written for the SV dodecal challenge #12 - Clark discovers Lex is in peril. Describe his reaction and, if you like, subsequent reaction. Spoilers for Exodus.

"LexCorp CEO missing in plane crash."

The Daily Planet's banner headline caught Clark's eye as he passed the news-stand. He stopped, staring at the photograph of Lex accompanying the article. A faint prickle of unease ran along his spine. A plane crash?

Clark's fingers reached towards the black and white image... then he remembered. Lex was married to Helen now. They would have been flying off on their honeymoon - together.

Dark brows drew down disapprovingly and Clark pulled his hand back. Sunlight caught the ring he wore, igniting crimson fire in the stone.

What was he thinking? Lex was old news. He'd offered him the chance to conquer Metropolis once, but he'd declined. Lex had liked to talk about ruling the world... Clark was going to go out and actually do it.

Without another thought for Lex's fate, Clark continued on his way.

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