Part 14
The Truth Will Set Us Free
By MacGateFan
Disclaimers in Part 1


Lex leaned back in his chair, reading Dr. Vance's findings. It looked like the meteor rocks embedded into the walls were hindering Clark's recovery. That would make sense if he was allergic to them. However, there had to be more to this...

And then he found it in the conclusion: '"Based on my findings, I believe that Clark Kent is not human and that he is, in fact, from another planet."'

"Oh my God," he whispered. Of all the things in the world, he was not expecting that. He had just thought Clark was another meteor freak.

"Excuse me, Mr. Luthor."

Lex looked up from the file. "Darius, I thought you were supposed to be guarding Lana's room."

"About that, Sir." Lex had a sinking feeling he knew already. "She's gone, isn't she?"

"Yes. Apparently there's a secret passage in there."

"Damn. Get Dr. Vance. Time to get more aggressive with this. I have a feeling the cavalry will be here sooner than I'd hoped."


"All clear!"

Sam nodded to Jonathan and followed the path as the other soldiers. Jonathan saw a few unlucky and unconscious people, no doubt Lex's security team. There was no sign of the billionaire, though.

They met up with Davis and Baker. "What do we have here?" Sam asked.

"This guy is Vance. Apparently he's been very bad," Baker sneered.

"We took care of any files, paper and computerized," Davis added.

The men looked at the lab. Jonathan could say one thing about these guys. They were thorough. "Where's Clark?"

"D-Down the hall and to the left." Vance gasped out nervously. "First room on the right."

"You two get him out of here and met up with us later."

"Well, Clark, it looks like this room won't let you heal so you're going to get a change of scenery. By the way, you won't be seeing Lana ever again." Lex almost laughed at the look on Clark's face. "I know what the two of you were planning."

Lex lifted him up and Clark stared at him, his eyes almost glazed. Lex had never felt as evil as he did right then. What had he done? This man had been his friend through thick and thin. He was the one person who was always there for him.

True, Clark had hidden his biggest secret, but it probably would have been better for the both of them if he had never known. "Clark," he cried, tears falling, "I am so sorry! For everything!"

Clark nodded weakly. "Let's just get out of this room first."

Lex knew he wasn't going to get out of this that easy. No, Clark would probably kick his has when he regained his strength. And if he didn't, Jonathan Kent most certainly would!

Just as they made it to the door, Sam and Jonathan arrived. "Let the boy go, Luthor," Sam growled.

"I'm trying to help him!" Lex explained.

"No you're not!" Jonathan screamed. "All you wanted from the start was to find out Clark's big secret. Now that you know, you're trying to kill him!"

"Please, Mr. Kent. I'm not. Maybe that's how this started..." He winced when he saw the looks on their faces. He was not getting out of here alive. "But I realized what a fool I've been."

Lex moved to adjust his friend. He had to get him away from that room! He took one step forward and immediately felt a sharp pain in his side. He fell to his knees, Clark dropping with him. This snapped Clark from his semi-conscious state.

"Lex!" He dragged his friend away from the meteor room and began to feel the effects wearing off.

"What are you doing, Clark?" Jonathan exclaimed.

"Dad, you don't really want him to die, do you?"

Jonathan stared at his son in wonder. Lex had nearly killed him and knew his secret, yet, Clark didn't want him to die. He knew that he had grown and that he was more human than anyone on this Earth could ever be.

"We should get out of here. Those guards will be coming to soon." Sam said, watching as Clark attempted to help Lex again. "Let me get him."

Jonathan took a hold of Clark. "Let's get you out of here, son."


EPILOGUE

Chloe watched as Pete and Clark played basketball. It had taken a month or so for Clark to return to his energized self and everyone was grateful. Pete was going to be heading to Wichita in a few days to live with his Mom. His parents were getting a divorce and Pete wanted a change of scenery. Chloe knew that if things hadn't changed already, they would be soon.

Lana decided to move to Metropolis with her aunt. She had finally gotten over her resentment of Dean. She knew that it was going to take awhile to be forgiven, but her going to the Kent house to let them know about Clark was a step in the right direction.

Lex was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Smallville Penitentiary for kidnapping and assault. Chloe had doubts that Lex could ever be rehabilitated. She just knew that once he got out, he was going to go after Clark again. Clark didn't think so.

As she typed in her online journal, Chloe glanced at her left ring finger. It was a small claddagh ring. Clark gave it to her as a promise that once they were completely finished with all schooling, they would get married. He said he loved her more than anything on this entire Earth. Chloe told him that the feeling was mutual.

"Chloe watch out!" Pete exclaimed.

Before she could even blink, Clark was in front of her, catching the basketball. He smiled at her sheepishly. "Sorry."

"Right, Superman."

"Stop calling me that."

"I thought you liked it."

"I hate it."

"Come on, man," Pete said, "You'll need a superhero name one day."

"Why Superman?"

"Because I thought of it," Chloe said with a grin.

Clark sighed and glanced over at Pete, who shrugged. "Superman it is."