A/N: Okay, I know it's been forever, but I've had problems finding lyrics and, as this entire fic has been chapters based on songs, I didn't feel I could very well just write for it without them…And yes, this song isn't exactly right for Perry White, but it is a possibility. Despite the fact Perry is a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners kind of guy and doesn't seem to get emotionally involved in stories, I think everyone who looked to Superman for a bit of inspiration lost something when he left, so that's where this chapter comes from… The song is called "Solitare" performed by Sissel. Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: I don't own the characters or the lyrics to the song!

King of Hearts

A little hope
Goes up in smoke
Just how it goes, goes without sayin´
There was a man
A lonely man
Who would command the hand he´s playin´

Perry White was not a young man. Not anymore. He was a newsman, husband, father. He'd seen some of the world's greatest atrocities and some of it's most awesome beauties. Kindness, indifference, hate, and love—he'd seen it all, written about it all. He thrived on all of it. He was a newsman through and through.

He commanded his newspaper and it's people like a chess player always moving, strategizing. The day Superman swooped out of the sky to save his best reporter, Perry White changed his strategy.

Despite the fact he had a loving wife and children, he always felt somewhat alone. He kept his work life separate from his personal one and with that separation came loneliness.

The day it became obvious Superman was really gone, a piece of him died. Some of his hope, one of the last corners of his idealism turned to ashes. The Savior of Metropolis, the Man of Steel who stood for Truth, Justice, and the American Way…had abandoned them without a word.

Life became routine again and the darkness started to encroach, regaining the ground it had lost when the hero had appeared. And Perry White still commanded his troops at the newspaper, though with less heart than he had before. He hadn't been so naïve to think Superman could save the world, but it had done everyone some good to have a hero to look up too. It had given them all hope. And now it was gone.

But the news waited for no man and so Perry kept moving, strategizing, but with less of himself than before.

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