City of Lights
Chaos erupted on the streets of Paris as Earth First began
a coordinated attack against several Luthorcorp facilities. As the
first-responders made their way through the destruction, no one took notice of
a mild-mannered reporter who casually walked toward the Eiffel Tower.
After a few minutes Clark finally arrived at the tower. He was startled
and angered to see Jeff Palmer there. Clark, already bitter after
Jeff's attacks that left several Justice League members dead or in a coma,
rushed to him. But as Clark got within a few feet
he weakened, and stepped back. Using his x-ray vision he saw that Jeff was
wearing Bizarro's kryptonite ring.
Clark's intrusion shocked
Jeff. Jeff pulled out some kind of weapon and aimed it at Clark. "You...", Jeff said, puzzled, "what the hell are you
Clark, filled with angst,
said, "You bastard. Steel and Ice are dead. Greg is in a coma. What do you
have to say for yourself?!"
Jeff replied, "I don't have time for a debate, Clark. I need to get to the
top of that tower."
Clark said, "I'm
heading to the tower. Tina is going to turn herself over to the Justice
Jeff looked down in disbelief, and let out a laugh. "You don't really
believe that, do you Clark? It's a trap."
Clark said, "Haven't
you killed enough people already? Now you're going to kill Tina too?! The
Legion of Doom is here right now, in Paris. Earth First is
attacking Luthorcorp. After they're done with Earth First the legion will come
"That's fine, Clark", Jeff replied. "At least I won't
have blood on my hands."
Clark replied, "You
attacked your own friends!"
"It had to be done, Clark!",
Jeff yelled. "Their sacrifice that has given me the
power to finally end this, and kill Tina!"
"You're mad!", Clark said disheartedly. He
looked down, ashamed of his former friend.
Jeff responded, "After Tina is gone the legion will go with her. Tina is
Lex's protégé and Lex is weak. Ever since Mxyzptlk's betrayal he trusts only
her. The rest of her gang is nothing but thugs. It's only a matter of time
before Earth First takes care of them."
Clark responded with
contempt, asking Jeff, "What do you know about the legion?! Are you so
sure that you're willing to risk the lives of your new friends? If you're wrong then it's Earth First who will lose. One of
their members is only sixteen years old. Her name is Imra
Ardeen. She deserves a second chance, Jeff! She
deserves to live!"
Jeff bitterly looked in Clark's eyes and said,
"Too many have died already. It's time to end this." He lifted his
weapon and pointed it at Clark. "Help me to end
this, Clark", he said.
Clark looked back at Jeff,
incredulously, and uttered the word, "No."
Jeff fired. His weapon hit Clark with red-sun
radiation. Clark fell to the ground, unconscious.