Welcome to the 2022 April A to Z Challenge! Each day (minus Sundays) in the month of April will feature a short work of fiction based on a random word beginning with the corresponding letter of the day. Those random words will be provided by various friends and family members throughout the month. Today’s word, quintessential, was provided by my cousin, Landon. Each story is loosely connected to the one before but will make more sense if you read them all in order. To go back to the beginning to see where this madness began, click here

One would not typically find a wealthy businessman in an expensive suit standing alone in a dark alley in Metropolis’ Suicide Slums. But here he was, Lex Luthor, waiting for the Boom Tube to appear.

For several weeks, his people had been tracking the use of Apokoliptian technology in the city of Metropolis. He knew that someone had been sneaking around with some nefarious purpose. But whenever he arrived at the latest hot spot, the individual was gone without a trace.

So Luthor became proactive in his search. He was able to develop a device that could predict the arrival of a Boom Tube. And now he was standing approximately ten feet from where the next one would open up. If, of course, his calculations were correct.

But of course his calculations would be correct. Lex Luthor may not have any super powers like that alien that the people keep looking to as their so-called savior. He couldn’t fly or see through walls. But his intelligence was rivaled by only a few on this planet. And his ruthlessness was rivaled by none. Superman may view him as the quintessential villain of their little story. But to Luthor, he was the hero.

It would be Lex Luthor who would ultimately come out on top. Lex Luthor who would one day defeat the Man of Steel. Lex Luthor who would show the world the fraud that this Superman really was. And when that time came, it would be Lex Luthor who would be lauded as the savior of Metropolis.

Perhaps gaining control of some Apokoliptian tech would be the next step to seeing that goal come to fruition.

Lex’s phone beeped, letting him know it was time. Suddenly a bright light flashed, a gust of wind blew through the alley, and a sonic boom sounded through the air. And when the light show was over, there, standing in front of Luthor was G. Gordon Godfrey, who had just returned from an audience with Darkseid.

“I know you,” said Godfrey, “You’re Lex Luthor.”

“I dare say there are very few who don’t know who I am.”

“I take it you’ve learned how to track my travels?” Godfrey asked.

“Indeed,” said Luthor, nodding his head to signal his security team.

Godfrey found himself surrounded by armed men, all pointing automatic weapons in his direction. He raised his hands and smirked. “How may I be of service, Mr. Luthor?”

Luthor approached Darkseid’s underling. “I just want to have a conversation. I want to know why you’re spending so much of your time in my city. I want to know what you’re hiding. I want to know what you’re planning. And I want to meet him.”

Godfrey couldn’t help but chuckle at Luthor’s arrogance. “I’m sure an arrangement can be made.”

“Let’s take a ride,” said Lex, escorting his new colleague to a waiting limousine.

These characters are not my own. Lex Luthor, Darkseid, and all related characters are the property of DC Comics. This is a work of fan fiction and is just for fun. Please don’t sue me.

Feature Photo by Kael Bloom on Unsplash


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