A/N: This begins just as the episode "Shattered" ends. Thanks to Alecsgirl
for the input that my new story needed some "background". This provides
that background so I'm including it as a prologue. It's posted separately
as "Through the looking glass" (any of you who've read it can skip to
chapter one, but I've replied to your reviews of "looking glass" at the
bottom of this post) but since it's so short I decided to include it here
instead of making the new / continued story a sequel. Hope I haven't
After watching Lionel get into the Limo then waiting until it left Chloe
got out her car and entered the hospital where Lex was. She met her contact
and slipped into the white lab coat he handed her then headed for Lex's
room. For a few moments she simply stood looking in through the one way
glass. She could almost hear his voice in her mind.
*I'll protect you.*
But now Lex couldn't protect her. She now needed to protect him. The
thought that fate, or whatever you wanted to call it, had a seriously
warped sense of humor crossed her mind. She had feared she would end up in
the position Lex was currently in. Drugged and labeled crazy to keep her
quiet, and ensure no one would believe her. She'd never imagined that Lex
could end up that way. Not with his very disciplined intellect and
unbelievable strength of will. She shuddered to think of how powerful the
drugs they'd used to break him would have to have been.
He looked up and "met" her eyes. She knew he couldn't see her, and his gaze
was unfocused. They were not the eyes of Lex Luthor. They did not hold the
sharp intelligence his eyes did, or the intensity. Her heart ached to see
the powerful, extremely self-possessed man she was used to reduced to this.
She still believed his story, and knew that Clark did as well. But both
would have to act as if they thought Lex was crazy, and didn't believe his
story. She was sure that by the time they let him leave the hospital Lex
himself would believe he'd been crazy, hallucinating. If he was allowed to
remember any of it at all, which she seriously doubted.
For his own protection she would never tell him the truth of the last days
and what he'd learned. Not until she had the proof he would need to bring
down Lionel. And since she was sure any proof was now destroyed, that would
be never. It felt like an almost physical pain to see Lex strong body
trapped by the straight jacket, just as his mind was trapped by the drugs.
She took the time to notice his other injuries. They didn't really concern
her all that much. She knew they would heal, probably before he even
remembered them. No her real worry was for his mind, and is she was honest,
his heart, not his physical injuries.
Chloe hated feeling helpless, and that was how she felt, helpless. There
was nothing she could do for Lex. No way to undo the damage done to his
mind. No way to get him away from this place. The only small thing she
could do to help Lex was to do nothing. She knew most would expect her to
write an article about how Lex Luthor had gone insane. It was an article
she would never write. Her heart refused to do that to Lex. Her
journalistic ethics rebelled against writing a story full of lies. He
hadn't *gone* insane, he'd been *driven* insane. It was a small, but
important, distinction. The devil is in the details, she thought. In her
opinion Lionel Luthor was the devil, and he was definitely in the details
of what had happened to Lex.
She was sickened by the thought that she worked for a man who drugged his
own son, and drove him to this point. All to hide his own crimes. She hated
having to act like she barely knew the man when they "met" at the Kent
farm. She knew him, knew him all to well. Knew what he was capable of. But
she did, grudgingly, admit that he loved Lex, despite what he'd done to
him. She was sure that Lex would simply have been killed by Morgan Edge
otherwise. At least this way there was hope that Lex would recover and be
able to go on with his life. Pick up the pieces. She vowed silently to
herself that she would be there to help him do it. To help him recover and
get his life back. Chloe figured she would explain it to Lionel by saying
she was keeping an eye on Lex for him.
Hearing people approaching Chloe looked though the glass one last time then