A/N: This story was written as a sequel to Superman Returns, and even though I am a frustrated fan-girl I am also a screenwriter and very big fan of Superman, so don't expect this fic to be a chick-flick. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Anyway, despite all that I do hope you will like it, and I will try not to let you down. So please bear with me, as I hope to make this a Superman fan-fic worth reading (although I dream of make it a real movie, but first things first).

First chapter is very short but it's only an introduction. The story is split into 4 parts: Prologue, Puzzle Pieces, A history repeating itself and Epilogue. Right now I'm half-way through the story, rewriting some sections, the next chapter is a really long one so it will take some time to complete, but I will post it in smaller pieces.


Somewhere above Earth's atmosphere Superman floated, his heart filled with happiness and contentment.

'Clark, the universe is a big place. And you don't know who's out there. And even if you are the last... you're not alone.' (1)

His mother has been right, he wasn't alone … not anymore … he had a son. He and Lois had a son, and for that moment nothing else mattered.

- S - S - S –

Two days passed since Superman found out he had a son, and things weren't getting any better, neither for Superman or Clark Kent. He was slowly but surely crumbling on the inside … and no one will ever know. His son was raised by another man, the love of his life was marrying another man, he was being replaced by another man, but nothing made it hurt so bad as the fact that it was only his fault and that there was no way to change it. He will suffer so that others don't, he will continue to save the world … and watch over his family from afar. And with that thought Clark Kent entered the bullpen, oversized glasses to hide his identity and silly grin to hide his pain.

'NEW KRYPTON IN GONE!', was the main headline today on all news channels. On one of the screens the news clerk announced happily: 'Just a few moments ago the land-mass just collided with an asteroid and shattered … ', Clark's eyes wandered to the screen for several seconds just before he threw a look towards Lois' office only to see an empty seat. She was probably busy with wedding preparations. Lois finally accepted Richard's proposal, and it came as a shock for everyone. Truth be told it was a shock for her too, but she convinced herself it was the right thing to do. And Clark tried to do the same thing, but it was painful. Tears stung his eyes every time he thought about it. 'Calm down, Kent. It's the only way to protect them.', he scolded himself as he proceeded to his desk. He only spaced out for a second but it was enough to send Lois Lane crashing to the ground. Bumping into things and people wasn't an unusual thing for Clark Kent, but he usually did it on purpose and careful not to hurt anyone. But today, while he didn't move a millimeter, Lois was sprawled across the floor.
"Lois! Gosh, I-I-I'm so sorry!", he apologized helping her up. Lois looked at him with a bit shocked but as soon as she was on her feet she hurried to be on her way, she jus pretended nothing has happened.
"It's ok, Kent. I wasn't paying much attention myself.", she said before she sat back at her office. Lois Lane was apologizing to him? Something was wrong.
"Lois, i-is everything ok?", he asked cautiously.
"I'm fine. Just a bit tired.", she lied. And they both knew that she did, but it wasn't the right moment to ask further questions, someone needed Superman.

- S - S - S –

In a dark room, illuminated only by the light of a TV screen, a man was staring at the monitor in front of him. His eyes followed the image of Superman portrayed by the evening news, blue flecks of light rounded around his wrinkles, deepening the angered expression on his face as he began to speak to himself.

"Just look at him, so sleek, so powerful, so... beautiful, like some great golden god made flesh. Of course, any sensible god would demand absolute obedience in return for his favor. But, no, our Man of Steel protects us, and keeps us with no strings attached. The people? Hmph. They practically worship him anyway. Enjoy your reign while you may, Superman. For surely as night follows day, there comes a time when even gods must die." (2)

A tall blonde woman entered the room.
"Mister Luthor, project Applecore has hit the mother lode."
And in the dark, Lex Luthor just smiled.

Thank you for reading.

(1) – SUPERMAN Returns

(2) – SUPERMAN: Doomsday