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Birthday Fic: Scion, 1/8

Title: Scion, 1/8
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Smallville/Superman Returns crossover. Mostly set in the Smallville universe, with a few comics/toonverse touches.
Rating: PG
Word Count: Part 1: 1,208 words
Betas: van_el, mark_clark, jenn_1
Summary: Chloe, Clark and Lois encounter a strange visitor… from another dimension.

Author’s Note: A belated birthday fic for lilyoftheval5. The core idea for this story is somewhat similar to my 2006 fic Dissonance, which is set in the Spider-Man universe. The plot is quite a bit different though, so apologies to any of you who notice a resemblance. :)

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He floated high above the ground, invisible to the naked eye… invisible even to X-ray, infrared, or even telescopic vision… with a string of failures in his past dealings with Earth’s heroes, it was best to be infinitely cautious.

No, not failures, he reminded himself, simply unsuccessful attempts. When one had an infinite lifespan, the past was insignificant. His time spent planning to conquer Earth was merely a molecule in the time stream, the Earth a gnat hardly worth his attention.

Still, a gnat which needed to be swatted.

Before him were the windows of the Daily Planet building, Clark Kent’s place of employment. In the 31st century, his ‘home’ time period, Kent’s identity was known, his life a subject for the history books. No man, human or otherwise, was as greatly revered in Earth’s history as Kal-El, son of Krypton.

Kal-El had proven troublesome in the 31st century, as well as in his original timeline, even as Superboy. Perhaps if he could not defeat the Kryptonian in his own dimension – at least not yet – he could dispose of him in this alternate reality. Particularly this one – one in which Superman did not yet have any superpowered allies.

He brought his golden-gloved hands up, waving them in a series of patterns that no mere mortal could duplicate, and intoned a few short phrases:

Invok'd by the power of the Scar of Scath's
Depart from here the scion of Krypton's last!

He lowered his hands with a satisfied nod. He would come back later to be sure of his handiwork, but for now there were other worlds to control. Without even a discernable shimmer to mark his passing, the sorcerer Mordru disappeared.

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He shuddered and opened his eyes slowly, adjusting to the evening light coming through the blinds, the only light in the room. He had been having a very strange dream, one with all swirling colors and nauseating light. But as he stretched, the sounds of the Daily Planet soothed him.

He came to a sitting position on the couch, the black leather squeaking under his weight. He wondered whether his dad had returned yet from his mission to the moon. It would probably be on TV if he went into the bullpen…

Wait… the leather squeaking…?

With a start, Jason White’s eyes fully adjusted to the office he was sitting in. This was not the same room he’d gone to sleep in. He had never been in this room before – he would have remembered – his mom had told him he’d inherited his good memory from his dad.

Had someone kidnapped him? Maybe Lex Luthor, the bad man from a couple of years ago?

Frantically, he leapt to his feet, searching for some sign, some object that would give him a clue…

…and his eyes landed on a copy of the Daily Planet. He lifted the paper from the desk – he didn’t recognize the name plate – and tried to read the words quickly. At seven, Jason was getting faster, but he wasn’t as fast as his dad was yet. After he had turned a couple of pages, he sighed with relief. Under a small article on the city council was an article by Lois Lane.

So he was in the Daily Planet, somehow. Listening again, he could hear the sounds of reporters typing on computers, and getting interviews over the phone. When he focused intently, he could hear the printing presses far below in the basement. But why did everything look different? He’d only curled up to take a nap for an hour or so – he hadn’t been sleeping that long!

Setting the paper back on the desk, Jason crept toward the door of the darkened office and slowly inched it open.

The door opened onto the bullpen floor, which was filled with desks and computers, people and noise. It looked very different though, the colors all wrong. And worse yet, he didn’t see anyone he recognized at all…

He spied the elevator at the far end of the room and made a decision. If he could get out of here, and onto the roof, maybe he could shout for his dad. If he was back from his mission, he should be able to hear him anywhere in the world. If not…? Well, he was getting better at waiting. Really.

Jason slipped out of the doorway and closed the door behind him with a quiet click. He walked quickly, trying to make a beeline for the elevators, smoothly weaving in and out of the busy reporters crossing his path. Most people ignored him in the bullpen he knew well, so hopefully he could make it out of here without anyone noticing…

“Hey,” a female voice called from the right. “Are you lost?”

He stopped. Something in the voice sounded familiar – a tone of concern he associated with his mom… He turned and saw a young blonde woman, her fingers paused over her keyboard in mid-stroke.

“Um…” he said, biting his lip. “Maybe.”

Her eyes twinkled and she tilted her head. “Maybe?”

“Yeah. I’m…” He struggled with the right thing to say. He still wasn’t sure if someone had brought him here on purpose, or if this was some big mistake. Finally, he decided on the most important truth. “I’m looking for my parents.”

She stood, and came over to him, crouching down slightly to face him at eye level. “Well, my mom is about as tall as you, except she has brown hair, kind of curly.” It was weird. This lady looked a lot like his mom, actually. “And my dad is really tall, with black hair and—”

Suddenly the young woman’s eyes flickered to the left, toward a man who was coming from the elevators. “Chloe,” he said. “Did you get a chance to…?” The man trailed off when he realized she was talking to Jason.

Jason did a double take. “Da—Clark!” The man looked almost exactly like his dad – or really, just like his dad had looked in the pictures from Smallville. But instead of a business suit and glasses, he was wearing a red jacket, t-shirt and jeans.

Clark’s face took on a puzzled smile. “Do we know each other?”

He doesn’t know who I am! “Uh…” Jason stammered, thoroughly confused.

“He’s looking for his parents,” Chloe said, gesturing to Jason. “A woman with brown wavy hair, and a tall man with black hair. Did you see anyone like that coming in?”

“I might have…” His dad – or the younger version of his dad – looked upward in thought. Exactly the way his dad looked when accessing his perfect memory. “Were they together?”

“Um…” Jason ran a hand through his hair, his eyebrows drawing together in a distressed frown. He had no idea where he was, or what to do! Was he still asleep?

“Oh, hey, Smallville,” a familiar voice called from behind him. “Who’s this?”

Jason turned slowly – almost afraid to look into the face he knew he’d see. But as soon as he saw her, it didn’t matter that her clothes and hair weren’t exactly right. He suddenly felt an outpouring of overwhelming relief, and raced the distance between them to rush into her unsuspecting arms.


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Next: Part 2

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May. 22nd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
This a wonderfully awesome idea! Can't wait for the next part!

*uses my combo icon in celebration*
May. 22nd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Awesome icon! I have no crossover icons, so my Jason one would have to do. :)

The birthday girl requested this, and even though I'd done a Spider-Girl ends up in Spider-Man's world fic, it was different enough that I went, what the hell! :)

Next part within a week, okay? :)
May. 22nd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
eeeee!!:DDD I love it so much so far!!:DD I can't wait for more!!!
May. 22nd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
So glad! I've had so few multi-part plot bunnies lately that it was fun to let this one run wild! :)
(no subject) - mary_v - May. 25th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 22nd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I love this! Jason coming into the SV world! What a great plot idea. I really am enjoying it so far. I can only imagine Lois's expression at being called 'Mom'.

Great work! I can't wait to see what happens next!
May. 22nd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm working on the scene with her reactions (as well as the other two) right now. It's been fun, to say the least. :)
May. 22nd, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
OK. You totally got me. From the summary, I was posative the strange visitor was Clark. Posative.

This reminds me of a wierd combination of Tempus from LnC and I story in the Kryptonsite forums Clois fanfic section. I love it! XD
May. 22nd, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Heehee. I didn't want to give away who it was, but I couldn't help using my Jason icon anyway. Clark would have been fun, too! ♥
May. 22nd, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
ahh! this was so COOL! I love fics involving different dimensions, alternate realities and characters, etc. I thought at first it would just involve the two Clarks- but having Jason as the main character! Great idea! I'm eagerly awaiting the next part :)
May. 22nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
I like them, too, though I haven't found that many in the SR fandom. You've read Sana's Written in the Stars?

Anyway, it won't stay Jason's POV, there are some things that need Clark's or someone else's here and there.

Hopefully more within a week!
(no subject) - kabuki_party - May. 22nd, 2008 02:27 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 22nd, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Aaahh, this is awesome!! :D Lois is about to have a fit, I bet. :p And poor Jason! I hope they can get him back to the right universe soon, and safely!
May. 22nd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
LOL, I guess you'll find out soon! (I promise - that scene is mostly written now.)

Thanks, darling!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
This is so totally going to be a fun ride. Worlds colliding! :D I love how Jason managed to hold himself back when he first saw Clark, but simply rushed to Lois when he saw her, lol.

The opening reminds me of the latest Action Comics, all that ominous and foreboding doom.
May. 22nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I hope it is going to be fun! There are a few details that I need to work out, but the plot bunny demanded more than 1000 words on it!

My reasoning with Jason's reserve with Clark is that he's used to keeping Clark's secret in his own universe, but Lois has always been there. And kids usually run to Mommy whenever they're scared or confused, illogical though it may be. :)

And oo, thanks, nice compliment!
May. 22nd, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Yes!!! *pumps up her fists* Perfect!
I'm really fired up to see more. I like how you have written Jason and the setting is even better than I imagined.

You made me so happy! So even though I'm going on a long weekend, with rain on the programme for the whole four days, I'm going with a smile on my face...
May. 22nd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I was hoping I would do your request justice. :)

Maybe when you come back from your long weekend, the next part will be up! ♥
(no subject) - htbthomas - May. 27th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 22nd, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh, awesome! I'm so looking forward to the rest of it!
May. 22nd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Great! I'm hoping to have the next part within a week! :)
May. 22nd, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, my goodness! That was so good! How in the world will Lois and Clark handle this little 'addition'? *hehe* Poor little guy, he's so confused. Excellent start!

Amazingly, I just posted an SR/SV cross-over vid. We must be on the same wavelength!! *LOL*

I can't wait for the rest! Thanks, Barb.
May. 22nd, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I saw that! Though my birthday girl had the actual idea, so maybe you and she are on the same wavelength! This is only the second crossover I've done, but it's proving really fun so far!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not a huge fan of Smallville!Lois/Clark. But I really do enjoy this. Oh, what chaos can be created with this...

I've been thinking over how Smallville could be crossed with the comics, but a cross-over with the movie sounds extremely entertaining as well. And Jason's so sweet.

Can't wait for more!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
I definitely know Smallville has issues... and it's interesting that I somehow am addicting to watching and grousing anyway. :D

I think Smallville is probably one of the easiest Superman universes to crossover with other things, though. Particularly because of the fact that "anything can happen" (whether it's canon or not). ;)

Thanks! I hope to have the next part in about a week!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Now, see, this is a perfect example of why precision is important in magic. Mordru said "Depart the scion of Krypton's last" -- he obviously had forgotten/not known about Jason, and the power went there, instead. This could be fun!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yep, Mordru definitely wasn't aware of Jason when he cast the spell. Part of the reason is that no one in the SR universe (at least in my own fanon) knows that Jason is Superman's son except Lois, Clark and Richard.

So yes, so far it has been a lot of fun!
May. 22nd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I love your plot bunnies. This is great.
May. 22nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I also have to credit the birthday girl, though. :) She was the one who suggested Jason in the Smallville universe. ♥
May. 22nd, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
More please this is excellent!!!
May. 22nd, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll hopefully have another part soon!
May. 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh, can't wait to see what happens next ...
May. 23rd, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh? Now I feel pressured to make sure it's good! :D *crosses fingers*

Thanks for the review!
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