Epilogue: Only the Beginning

Present Day-

Lana blossomed without the worry of the Genevieve Teague investigation. Socially, she was becoming a very popular person, and her attributes were spreading through Metropolis like wildfire. She still continued her work at the museum, and became involved in several charitable organizations, most which helped disadvantaged children. Now that she was a Luthor, she was discovering that there weren't many doors closed to her anymore.

Unfortunately, Lana's father was absent in her life. He was not able to shake his fear of her marriage to Lex and stayed away. She ignored his pleas not to contact her siblings though, and gained their mother's permission to meet them. She regularly talked to her sister, Lindsay, and sent her gifts in boarding school. Her brother Jackson was less interested, but he was young yet, and Lana was patient.

Nell became a more attentive Aunt, and they spent a lot of time together, shopping and going to the theater together. The person Lana spent the most time with though, was her new best friend Rebecca Faulk. She had given birth to a son, and named him Nicholas, famously proclaiming that her son would marry a Luthor if only Lana were to give birth to a little girl.

Lana grew very accustomed to her new surroundings. She even managed to get along with Lionel, which was amazing. They played cards in the evening, and often Lex could hear her scream out, "Lionel, you're a goddamned cheat!" To which he would laugh, and say that she was just a bad loser. The truth was a little of both.

It had been like pulling teeth at first to get her to spend money, but she was definitely warming up to it. One thing that she'd never claim to absolutely love were the gifts she received. Companies sent books, music, tickets to events and other freebies in the hope that she'd simply talk about it to other people, promoting the stuff. Also, because she was so constantly captured on camera by the paparazzi, vendors from the best boutiques would send her clothes, jewelry and other items to try out. If she didn't like them, she sent them back, and if she did, they sent the bill to Lex. Her old bedroom had now been converted into a dressing room, and Lex had a door put in their bathroom to connect to it.

Lex could see that the day was fast approaching when her fame might actually eclipse his own, and that was something he truly looked forward to. Well, for the most part anyway.

He walked down the stone path of the now completed Japanese Garden. It was dusk, and the lanterns glowed softly, throwing their light over the pink rhododendrons. He found Lana on the humped bridge that crossed the pond, looking out over the water with a hand covering her swollen belly. Their baby was due in another 10 weeks.

Hearing his footsteps, she turned to look at him and smiled. "Mr. Senator," she greeted.

THE END

Sources and Notes: I had so much help while writing this story. I did research at the following sites...

For the city of Metropolis- http://en. ; http://supermanica.info/wiki/index.php/Metropolis

For Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet- ; http://en. Hatley Castle- ; http://www.hatleypark.ca/about-us/hatley-castle.htm ; the Charity Gala in Chapter 11, I referred to Smallville episodes Bound and Rogue, both which have such functions.

For the description of Chloe and Gabe's home in Chapter 7, I referred to Smallville episode Dichotic, which featured them living in Pleasant Meadows- a Luthorcorp subdivision.

For Chloe's "vacation" spot in the Yukon- http://www.city.whitehorse.yk.ca/ ; ;

For the description of Lionel's guest house I referred to Smallville episode, Lucy.

For the mayor of Metropolis- http://en. the U.S. Senate- http://en. general Smallville stuff- http://smallville. Friedrich Nietzsche- http://en. ; http://en. ; "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146"

For Lex's Campaign I referred to Smallville episodes Exposed and Fanatic. And also- http://smallville. Claire's House I was heavily influenced by the movie Eyes Wide Shut (don't hate, lol ).

For Jason and Genevieve's relationship, I referred to Smallville episodes, Recruit, Commencement and Forever.

For the Metropolis Museum, I referred to Smallville episode Rogue.

For the Borough of New Troy, and the subsection Little Bohemia- http://en. , I also drew descriptions of Little Bohemia by comparing it to Greenwich Village in New York City.

There are many places where I took artistic liberties with the characters history. For instance, many things in Lex and Lana's shared past were invented by me (ex. Lana hiding her jewelry from Lex after he was briefly accused of being a bank robber; Lex watching Lana sleep in her drawing room during mid-season 3; Lex giving Lana a bracelet for her birthday after returning from the island). I tried to keep everything that I made up believable.

For the Luthor Estate, I referred mostly to the real place that it is based on, Hatley Castle. Most of the rooms inside, I invented (ex. Breakfast Room, Lana's Drawing Room). The Italian and Rose gardens outside are real, as is the description of how to reach them. The Japanese Garden is real also, and was designed and created in 1907 by Isaburo Kishida. All of the descriptions of the garden are as faithful as I could make them (having never actually been there to see for myself). I included some plants that I knew would be there, and I also added in some that are native to Kansas to keep it authentic.

Many of the episode titles came from poems and other works.

Chapter 12: Night, the Beloved - "Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"

Chapter 13: Essential to the Whole- "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint Exupe'ry"

Chapter 16: Staring Into the Abyss - "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Aphorism 146"

Chapter 17: Every Mile is Two in Winter - Quoted from Jacula Prudentum, 1651 by George Herbert.

Writing this story was an adventure! I posted chapter one on February 17, 2007 and wrote at a blistering pace to complete the story before the end of the Smallville hiatus. If it weren't for the support of my gal pals at DTS, I never would have finished. Thank you guys so much for all of your great comments and well wishes. I truly hope you've enjoyed reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Britt, March 13, 2007