SMALLVILLE, THE FLASH, & ARROW CROSSOVER

(Note: These events take place after Season 10 of "Smallville", but ignore the Season 11 comic story.)

INT. - FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE - DAY

The large ice structure based on Kryptonian technology still impressed the son of Jor-El, though he'd been familar with it for over ten years by now. Lex Luthor had once succeeded in collapsing it, but the Man of Steel had rebuilt the Fortress and sought his father's help in preventing a second attack of that magnitude. At this very moment, the hero deemed Superman stood at the main controls, speaking with Jor-El's disembodied voice. He often came back here, to learn from his father's recorded knowledge and train to better harness his powers. Only a few people knew of this place's location: Superman's lovely bride Lois Lane, her cousin Chloe Sullivan, and the Kent family matriarch, Martha. Oliver Queen had been killed in battle just one year earlier, and for the second time Superman had refused Chloe's plea to go back and save the man she loved. It wasn't easy on anyone, but Chloe had suffered emotionally more than most, including himself.

At that precise moment, the ringing of a cell phone echoed across the chamber. Removing a control crystal to deactivate his father's program, Clark Kent retrieved the phone from a pocket hidden in his cape. The voice that greeted him was cheery and playful, never ceasing to make him smile or blush.

LOIS

"Hey there, Superstud."

CLARK

"I am not a horse, Lois...and please, no riding jokes."

LOIS

"Please, Smallville; we both know I don't need a bit or bridle to reign you in."

CLARK

"Is there another reason for you calling me at the Fortress?"

LOIS

"Aw...still having Kryptonian daddy issues? You're so cute when you're blushing."

CLARK

"Lois!"

LOIS

"Okay, okay; I spoke to Chloe just now. She and John found something very odd at the Watchtower; he called it a...temperature analogy?"

CLARK

"Its 'temporal anomaly', Lois."

LOIS

"Whatever! They said that it showed up maybe 5 minutes ago, but didn't know what triggered it. John said he last saw one back on Mars, like 50 years ago or something. We even ransacked Tess' old Checkmate files; nothing."

CLARK

"I'll be right there."

INT. - WATCHTOWER - DAY

Now dressed in casual attire, Clark Kent knocked on the main door. A muffled voice sounded from inside, followed by some computer sounds and the locks opening. Clark hadn't visited since Oliver's funeral, and figured treading lightly was better for all involved. The first face he saw was John Jones, also called the Martian Manhunter...who promptly greeted him with a long-overdue hug.

JOHN

"Kal-El; it has been a while."

CLARK

"Too long, I know. I'm just glad at least you understood my reasons for being distant."

JOHN

"We all have different ways of greiving, Kal-El...as you well know. Mrs. Sullivan has been better in recent months, though she still retains a somewhat short temper."

Suddenly, another voice echoes through the building...causing Clark to freeze in his tracks.

CHLOE

"You would too, in my position John...and I'd appreciate you not speaking of me behind my back."

CLARK

"Listen, Chloe...about Oliver..."

"One more word from you about my husband, and I fetch the Green Kryptonite. My son is now fatherless, and remains so because of you."

Emboldened a little, Clark decides to fight back, regardless of the risk.

CLARK

"Weaken me if you must, Chloe...but Oliver Queen was a fighter long before either of us knew him. It was his choice to fight beside all of us, just as it was also his choice to love you and Connor."

In spite of her small stature, even while wearing heels...Chloe was not afraid of the man she'd grown up with since junior high school. Looking him dead in the eyes, her words are like venom, though Clark sees small tears coming down her face.

CHLOE

"He is gone because you refused to save him...just like Jimmy. Both my husbands have aided in your cause, and both are dead because of it."

CLARK

"And how many other lives would you have me save as well, Chloe? My adoptive father's? Tess? Moira? Lois' and Lex's mothers? How many would it take, to satisfy your rage? You know I'm no God, Chloe - I don't have the right. By reversing someone's death at every opportunity, we render their sacrifices meaningless. As much as you want both Oliver and Jimmy back, think about this: would they want you trapped in hate, instead of treating their choices with dignity? Jimmy used his last moments to save you from Davis...and Oliver being selfless is what made you fall for him. Its been a year, Chloe; hate me all you want, but don't think for a moment you're honoring those you lost."

Chloe's stunned into silence, but her face is still a mixture of anger and pain. The tears are more steady now, and she tries in vain to hold it all in. A few moments pass, and she breaks, retreating toward a couch not fair from the main computers. Suddenly, Lois comes through the door...and upon hearing Chloe's sobs, runs straight for Clark.

LOIS

"What the hell did you just say to my cousin, Clark?"

CLARK

"I said nothing but the truth, Lois. I kept my distance for a full year, and when I came here, she ripped into me. In the past I have backed down, attempting to preserve the peace...but the line had to be drawn somewhere. We both have lost those we love, Lois."

LOIS

"Yes, but not a spouse. How would you react if I suddenly died? Would you still refuse to use that Legion ring, even to save me?"

CLARK

"It would be the most difficult choice of my life...but yes. I can't hold others to a standard I refuse to live by."

Fumbling a bit, Lois says nothing, and goes to comfort Chloe. Meanwhile, John simply examines the computers, and motions for Clark to join him.

CLARK

"I'm sorry you had to deal with all this, John. It must be tough, knowing you could bring back your family and people."

JOHN

"Indeed, Kal-El; it is something I have spoken with the Legion about, on several occasions. They have helped me remember that death is what makes life so precious. But, getting back to business..."

CLARK

"I came back to help you with that, and was dragged into a circus."

JOHN

"Well, the anomaly appears to be stabilizing for now, but I haven't been able to ascertain what's on the other side. The radiation levels seem to suggest its a doorway of some kind."

CLARK

"Space or time?"

JOHN

"It doesn't resemble any time-travel method I'm familiar with...but it could be a dimensional rift. They're exceedingly rare, though; I've only encountered one in my lifetime."

CLARK

"That reminds me - how old are you, anyway?"

JOHN

"By your current American calendar, I am approximately 317 years old."

CLARK

"That's...something."

JOHN

"Another subject, for another time."

CLARK

"Okay, then; moving on..."

JOHN

"The energy signature of this rift has a biological trace. I've never heard of beings who could open these at will."

CLARK

"Any idea where it leads?"

JOHN

"I'm afraid that even with my knowledge, there's only one way of answering that question."

CLARK

"Can you determine if the energy is safe, for humans or us?"

Pushing a few buttons on the main computer, John's commands result in a series of charts, graphs, and other statistics.

JOHN

"It definitely appears safe, but we won't know for sure until we try."

CLARK

"Where's it located?"

JOHN

"According to this...Central City. Its about 200 miles from here."

Scribbling down a note, Clark grabs a rubber band and a small paperweight.

CLARK

"Be back in a minute."

John monitors his screens, and hears Clark through his transmitter.

CLARK (V/O)

"I threw the message into the rift; just waiting on a response."

A few moments pass, and Clark's voice sounds again.

CLARK (V/O)

"It worked; we got a reply. Whoever opened this thing wants to meet us, ASAP."

JOHN

"Did they identify themselves?"

CLARK

"Uh, yeah...but you ain't gonna believe this. Its either impossible, or a really cruel joke."

JOHN

"How so?"

CLARK

"The reply back was signed with one name: Oliver Queen."