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This chapter is basically just to get you into Conner's mind. Showing you how he feels about both his fathers and his life.
This chapter's picture is of Lex. Or at least what Lex looks like in my mind. It's up on my profile for those of you that are interested.
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The sudden high pitched whine deafens him momentarily before the familiar voice breaks through the chaos.
Come Superboy. You're presence is needed.
Without complain, struggle, or hesitance, Conner takes one last glance at the people in the room before walking almost silently out.
"Where are you going?" a strong hand lands on his shoulders and he looks up to find Superman frowning down at him.
"I have to clear my mind." He responds easily, sickened by how easily he can lie to the other Kryptonian.
"Don't take to long alright? We've got to get back to Smallville before the sun goes down." The man responds with a trusting grin.
Conner doesn't respond, only walks out of the room and towards the garage.
There, he mounts sphere and beckons Wolf. Both don't need words to realize what's going on with their owner. They only move as they've been taught to do and take the teenager towards the coordinates he's punched into Sphere's computer base.
The ringing doesn't stop until they reach the source; a deserted island just off the coast of Florida.
Mangroves grow wildly where they land and Conner doesn't hesitate to jump off sphere and into the murky swamp-like water.
"Hello?" he calls in annoyance after a few minutes of mosquitoes trying to bite through his skin.
"Glad you could join us." A smirking tone breaks through the silence and Conner forces himself not to jump in shock. Turning, he finds the bald man he's been asked to refer to as 'Father' .
"What do you want?" Conner asks and crosses his arms.
"Your help." The man answers, a smirk playing at his lips.
"What do you want?" Conner asks again, this time forcing the words out through clenched teeth.
"Come." Lex sighs and turns to start walking away. Conner follows him easily enough until they reach a dryer patch of land. "Under those roots." Lex points and watches as the clone tears apart the trees in order to get to the prize below.
"What is it?" Conner asks, staring down at the metal machine that was hidden by the leaves.
"An old project. Lift it and bring it with you."
"Why? What do you need it for?" Conner asks.
"What have I told about that incredibly annoying characteristic of yours?" Lex asks in annoyance and huffs when the boy still doesn't move.
"Why do you need it?" Conner asks again.
"It's for research Conner. Now be a good boy and bring the machine." Lex mutters and raises an eyebrow at the boy, daring him to refuse.
"Whatever." Conner huffs and takes two handfuls of metal before lifting it easily. "It's lead." He mutters after trying to use X-ray vision.
"Of course. All my machines are." Lex mumbles dismissively.
"Why?" Conner asks and groans when a branch hits him square in the face.
"So that nosy Kryptonians like yourself don't peek." Lex answers easily.
"Curiosity killed the cat right?" Conner mutters and huffs.
"I believe you got that curiosity from your…other donor."
"You mean superman?" Conner asks and places the contraption on the floor in order to allow himself rest.
"Yes, him. why did you stop?"
"I can't hold it up for long without getting weak. I need some time to rest." Conner answers and sighs. "…why can't Superman hear the call?" Conner asks suddenly with a frown.
"I've had it specially engineered for your ears only. I can't have someone accidentally hearing it." Lex answers and waves as if the answer weren't important.
"What kind of research are you doing with this?" Conner asks and runs a hand over the smooth metal of the triangular ship-like object he'd been holding.
"It holds important information on the human mind. It was on an air plane in 2009 heading to Luthor Corp. the plane crashed a few miles away from hear. That container was dropped in order to save it. I need the information now."
"What do you plan on doing with this information exactly?"
"Calm down Conner. I'm not doing anything that will break our little deal." Lex says in a bored tone.
"Nothing of that sort?"
"No mind control and nothing that will hurt your precious Superman." Lex confirms and huffs.
"Why do you pretend not to care about him?"
"What nonsense are you sputtering on about this time?"
"I can see the care. You don't want to hurt him, but you put on the act because you're afraid."
"Nonsense." Lex scoffs and turns away. "Let's keep moving. It'll be getting dark soon."
"Right." Conner sighs and lifts the ship again.
He'd noticed before. The way that Lex looked at Superman when he thought no one was looking. There was care and curiosity along with something else he seemed to hide a bit better. Same went for Superman. He'd always do what he could to keep the bald billionaire safe and even went out of his way to defend him when the other Leaguers insulted him.
He's rant on and on about how he was simply defending his 'play mate' but Conner knew better. He could see what was lying under the surface. Sure it'd freaked him out at first but now…it seemed…natural. And reassuring.
"Keep moving!" Lex calls back. Conner nods to himself before walking quicker.
Conner knew that he shouldn't be helping this man. He was bad…mean…and not sane. But…was it wrong to want to be close to the man that pretty much gave birth to you? He knew Lex was the one who put the process of creating him in motion. He also knew that underneath all that crazy…there was a smart and caring man.
Conner enjoyed being around his Father, even if there was times that the man could be beyond crazy. Sure Lex wasn't completely good nor was he harmless but at the same time…neither was Conner.
Lex had been there when Superman wasn't. Lex had been the first to step forward and actually claim him. Yeah, it was for him own evil purposes but…at least he was there. And at least he didn't reject him.
Clark was there now…but Lex had beaten him to it.
"Come on." Lex calls and looks back at the boy. Conner breaks through some branches and finds a small plane.
"Where do you want it?" He asks and places the machine on the floor.
"Leave it there. Come." Lex instructs and walks towards the plane. Conner follows and boards the plane.
After a few months, Conner had grown used to the planes and expensive cars.
The seats were leather, the carpets thick and lush.
Conner saw men moving around the machine and strapping it onto the plane.
"Where are we going?" he asks and sits in one of the seats.
"Metropolis." Lex answer and sits across from him.
"I have to get back to Happy Harbor." Conner says with a frown.
"Why? Is superman waiting for you?" Lex asks, his eyes flashing with anger.
"Yes. So are Robin and Kid Flash and Batman. I have to get back." Conner answer, his blue eyes hardening as well.
"What do you find so interesting about those people Conner? You could have a much better life if you just let me take care of you." Lex sighs and waves over the flight attendant. She pours him a glass of wine before scurrying off.
"I like saving people. I'm good." Conner answers.
"A normal life…everything you could ever want or need. It all awaits you in Metropolis." Lex bribes and smiles slightly when doubt fills Conner's eyes.
"No. I like my life the way it it." Conner mumbles and looks out the window. They've left for the sky and Conner smiles slightly when he spots Sphere and Wolf flying off towards Happy Harbor. They'd meet him at the usual place and they'd get back to Happy harbor soon enough.
"If you ever change your mind Conner…the offer is always open."
They're arguing again.
Wally screams one insult, Jason turns red before screaming back. Roy will chuckle before coughing and glaring. Bruce will huff on annoyance. And then the cycle starts all over again.
"…didn't get replaced!" Wally screams, the first part of his insult was too jumbled for me to catch.
Jason's eyes widen slightly before he turns an angry shade of red then he takes a deep breath before screaming out,
"Oh yeah? Well at least I can get a girl's number without bribing her!" he spits back. The stupid insults are thrown back and forth again before Bruce finally had enough and pulls Jason into a tight head lock.
Jason struggles for a few seconds before sighing and calming down slowly.
Wally scoffs before he's pushed roughly by Roy.
"You two act like babies!" Roy growls and crosses his arms.
"nu-uh!" Wally whines and pouts.
There's some more arguing between them, words that are too quick for me to read and some jokes that are too soft for me to catch.
"Hey Supes!" Wally chuckles and I turn to find Conner walking into the room.
His shirt had a few mud streaks on it and his jeans are wet from his calves to his boots.
"What happened to you?" I ask and watch as everyone take in his appearance.
"Um…Wolf ran into the beach. Had to go get him." Conner mumbles softly, his cheeks turning a soft shade of pink.
"Tough. You should really train him." Wally mumbles and nods.
"Yeah…" Conner nods slightly and smiles awkwardly. "I'm gonna hit the showers. Where's Superman?" he asks.
Vibrations fill the room again and I watch his eyes sadden before he nods and walks off.
Clark had left half an hour ago as soon as we received word that there was trouble in Metropolis.
After giving Wolf a bath and taking a shower myself, I walk into my room. I lay on the bed and look up to find the multiple glow in the dark stars that had been there when I'd moved in.
"So much for this day being the best of my life." I mumble to Wolf when he curls up beside me. He whines and nudges my shoulder with his head.
I'm about to slip off into sleep when there's a knock at my door.
"Come in!" I call and sit up before rubbing the sleep out of my eyes.
The knock comes again and I sigh as I stand up. After opening the door, I find Robin standing there, His shades still off and his eyes fixed on the symbol on my Superman Shirt.
Oh and if any of you have not read Songsix's stories, you really need to. She's insanely talented and deserves all the praise she receives. A little sad that she'll be leaving but…can't really blame her. It's hard not to get hurt when you're a part of this fandom.