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Ficlet: Double Dare (PG13, DCU)

And so it came to pass that I wrote something to disturb the heck out of myself... Consider it Lord King Bad Fic, even.

Title: Double Dare
Rating: PG13
Summary: Nothing designed by Lex Luthor should *ever* be considered safe.
Author Notes: Unofficial sequel to Double Agency, only with half the sense and twice the disturbing content.


"You murdered Luthor."

The boy reclined in what had been Lex Luthor's chair. He had changed everything else in LexCorp's head office, but had kept the chair for reasons only a Luthor would understand.

At least Superman hoped it was Lex Luthor's genetic inheritance showing through, instead of his.

"I killed Lex, yes. That's a matter of public record, actually. Are you here to deliver me to justice?" The boy offered his wrists for a second, and then shook his head. "Didn't think so. After all the information about LexCorp's hidden operations I have brought to light, there isn't a jury in this planet who would convict me."

Superman turned to look through the window wall in the penthouse office. "And now LexCorp is yours."

"Yes. Not quite what he had in mind when he cloned me, I presume."

Superman looked back to the boy. "I expected more from you. You were a hero."

The boy sighed. "That wasn't me. That was somebody else who had the same genes I do, and different psychological programming. Of all people, I think you should know better than anybody that biology doesn't define who we are, or the limits of our potential."

"Your is nearly unlimited. You could have done anything!"

"Of course. I could have used Timothy Drake to get to Bruce Wayne, as Lex intended. I could have turned into an assassin. I could have called myself Superboy, yes. I guess I could have, in time, replaced you as Superman. Instead I simulated, schemed, and acted, and here I am."

"Another Lex Luthor." There was bitterness in Superman's voice.

"No. Neither him nor you. Myself."

Superman sighed. "You must feel so alone. I wasn't always there for Kon when he needed me, but despite my misgivings about your recent actions, I promise I will be there for you."

The boy smiled. "That's... generous, but unnecessary. After all, I have access to all of LexCorp's resources now." A lead-lined panel in a wall opened, and a young woman stepped through, black hair framing a sharp, cynical smile. "And rather well-defined interests."

The young woman sat over the desk, giving the distinct impression that it was hers. "He promised to show me Paris if I called you Smallville, but I'm betting you can best his offer."

Superman blanched, stepping away unconsciously.

The boy inclined his head questioningly. "No?"

.finis.

Comments

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vespa331
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
I...probably shouldn't be as proud of this Kon as I am.
__marcelo
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
If it helps, I'm rather proud of him myself.

What's worse, I think Tim is. Sorta.
sockich
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
*shrieks*

*shrieks more*

*SHRIEKS LIKE A FUCKING LUNATIC BECAUSE YOU HAVE KILLED MY BRAIN*

"No. Neither him nor you. Myself."

Oh. Oh, I like him. I like him loads. *nodnod*


...so, what happened to Tim?
__marcelo
Dec. 28th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
He's... evaluating whether to accept his offer to come work with him?

Purely to keep an eye on this new LexCorp, you understand *Tim's Robin-blank face*.
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rubynye
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
The boy sighed. "That wasn't me. That was somebody else who had the same genes I do, and different psychological programming. Of all people, I think you should know better than anybody that biology doesn't define who we are, or the limits of our potential."

This Kon is much more dynamic and literary (as in a literary character) than canon could have allowed him. And like other commentators, I'm really impressed with him. But then, I'm a New Yorker. :)
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Heh. Thanks, that's high praise!

One of the many balls I think DC dropped with regards to Kon was his mind. Granted, he was a teen (nobody is at her/his intellectual best at that age *g*), and he worked with Tim, who is rather impressive, but still - he had at least half of Luthor's genes, and Clark is no slouch either.

I don't think he should have necessarily been like the co-clone I wrote in here, I loved how physical and open he was most of the time, but there were possibilities there, I feel, that weren't explored.
roachspit
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
You are my favorite person ever for breaking my brain like that. I love how your twisty version of the kids always makes more sense than DC's canon.

PS: And then he clones Steph and they convert Tim and Cass and Jason, and the kids take over the world, right? Right? Please? *whimper*
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)

PS: And then he clones Steph and they convert Tim and Cass and Jason, and the kids take over the world, right? Right? Please? *whimper*


Weee! You know, that's not a very unlikely scenario at all. Kon and Steph get Tim, Tim and Steph get Cass, and there's no way Jason will resist that level of mischief.
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ladyvyola
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
I think we need the Kon2-n-Tim take over the world fic now.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
I bet they could do it without most people noticing... *g*
trunks_angel
Dec. 29th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
You are so very very very VERY awesome and need to be worshipped repeatedly and when you do take over the world, can I join your forces?

AKA - *FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAIL TAKE TWO*
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Truth be told, this is already part of my plan. *rubs hands in evil glee*
razorsmile
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
*cue maniacal laughter*

PS
I like your new layout rather a lot.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think this Luthor might *finally* start mass-producing the kind of tech the DCU usually keeps off the hands of civilians... if nothing else, to piss off the JLA.
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katarik
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
Holy freaking *crap*.

This is a very Timmish Kon, and also very very scary. And a very *Lex* Kon.

*eyes the Titans* *eyes Wonder Girl*

*eyes Batman*

Also! SMALLVILLE.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
*nods gleefully* I see it as the other logical branch - if you have a Supermanish Kon, then there should also be (at least in potentia) a Luthorish Kon.

Bruce is going to be *real* grim. *g*

Also! SMALLVILLE.

I keep wondering why people seem to be afraid mostly of this new Kon - she's a Lois Lane clone ferchrissake. With who knows what in her genome, plus all the resources of LexCorp... and dating a guy who's a mixture of Lex and Clark, only totally neither.

If I were Bruce, I'd start making protocols for *her*.
petronelle
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
I wailed in fear, but secretly I respect you for being able to scare me as much as you do.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
*is awfully proud*
lazar_grrl
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
I know I've said this before, but you have the best AU ideas. Someone needs to hire you for Elseworlds.

Superman looked back to the boy. "I expected more from you. You were a hero."

The boy sighed. "That wasn't me. That was somebody else who had the same genes I do, and different psychological programming. Of all people, I think you should know better than anybody that biology doesn't define who we are, or the limits of our potential."


I wonder if some of Clark's bitterness is due to how one of them managed to do fine without him (however much he wanted Superman's approval), while another without him turned into a scheming manipulator par excellence. Think of what the Kid could have done if he'd had Superman behind him, if this one took down Luthor, albeit lethally.

Superman sighed. "You must feel so alone. I wasn't always there for Kon when he needed me, but despite my misgivings about your recent actions, I promise I will be there for you."

Oh, how generous, Saint Clark. Good response on Kon2's part.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
*grins* I know what you mean about Superman's reaction to the situation; he was, all in all, a terrible mentor/father figure for Kon, and this new clone is, rather than the chance to "do things well" he'd wish him to be, further proof that he isn't even necessary or wanted in that role.

In that context Lois' clone... Hmm. I wasn't thinking about Supes in particular while writing this, but I guess I must have had some pent up issues about the man, given how much grief I gave him here.
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comixologist
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)
MADE OF WIN.
__marcelo
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
MADE OF WIN. And genetic material of suspicious origin. But he's made mostly of win, yes. :D
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__marcelo
Dec. 30th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
That makes it two of us! :D
wickedvirtue
Mar. 3rd, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Made of win, indeed.

Everytime I see one of your AUs, or hell, any little fic, really... I think to myself, why doesn't someone from DC go lurking around LJ so that they can see the consensus view of characters from the fans. I mean, these two fics... it'd give them a hint (or five) for what to do with Kon, Tim, Clark and Lex. Luthor-ish Kon! Goddamn-freaky Tim! We would eat it up and sales would rocket and there would be smiles all around.

And if they took a cue from you, there'd also be a fair amount of quivering and whimpering in corners, but no one said we didn't ask for it. ;)
__marcelo
Mar. 4th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
There are two or three fanfic writers around that make me wish I had enough money to make it interesting for DC to publish them. Not just for medium-loving reasons - I think it'd make bundles of cash. :)
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