The eighth Overlord Story. Lex Luthor, head of Lexcorp, reveals a dark secret to his son, Alexander
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Luthor tower, 2014
Mercy: Mr Luthor will see you now
Lex: Ah, Alexander, I'm glad you could make it
Alexander: Yes...I have the, uh, files you asked for sir
Lex: Alexander, there's no need to be so formal here
Alexander: Of course not si...Father.
Lex: Thats better son. Now, sit down, we have many things to discuss.
Alexander: Father, do you need a...
Lex: NO! I'm fine to walk by myself.
Alexander: I'm sorry Father, I didn't mean to...
Lex: It's fine son. Mercy, if you could...
Mercy: Of course sir.
Alexander: What...what's happening?
Lex: You'll see son...possibly for the first time in your life.
Alexander: I don't understand, where are we...
Lex: Underground. A converted bomb shelter to be precise. I don't expect you to know this son, but back in war time, this is where me and my family would huddle up, in fear of the darkness that was rapidly growing closer. We huddled together, so scared for our futures. Ha! if only we could have imagined there were more, far more terrible things to come.
Computer: Welcome, Mr Luthor.
Lex: Ah, here we are. My secret laboratory.
Mercy: Mr Luthor, if you'd like to follow me.
Alexander: How did she...
Lex: She didn't. This Mercy is an android. It's nice to keep a familiar face around. Makes the place less gloomy.
Mercy: As you can see Mr Luthor, the subject is stable, Brain scans show minimum damage from the procedure.
Alexander: What the... who is this?
Lex: Son, meet General Zod of Krypton. The good general has been of tremendous help to Lexcorp throughout the time he's been in our procession.
Lex: Come, look upon them, the fruits of our labour. This is what you helped build. Project Kr
Alexander:B...but I thought all that was theoretical, and even then...
Lex: Oh, he's very much real. This is the future Alexander!
Alexander: All this time, you've been sending me to these agencies, to petition for the rights for genetic research...when you've had this, hidden right beneath my feet.
Lex: It was necessary son. Who knows what could have happened if we'd waited for Geneva's permission.
Alexander: Do...they know?
Lex: Of course not!
Alexander: Are they...weapons.
Lex: We prefer the term 'precautionary measures' or, rather, we're preparing for the day when Superman can no longer stay in power, for the event that he is either overthrown, or dies. There'll be a hole in the line of command. And I'll be there to fill it, with my creations at my side.
Alexander: What's... wrong with her?
Lex: Oh, a genetic defect that means that she cannot survive in our atmosphere. To put it simply, she's oxygen intolerant. She can't metabolise the air, so she wears this mask, that converts the air to something more...agreeable
Alexander: How...how long have you been doing this?
Lex: Since I perfected human cloning.
Alexander: And...when did you do that.
Lex: Why, when we created you my boy.
Alexander: Me...I don't understand...
Lex: let me put it simply. you were supposed to be a replacement, for my real son, Alexander Luthor II. He died in 2006, when Superman incinerated him. you were created shortly after, to replace him. But you are nothing like him. Weak willed. Sickly. Pathetic. An all round disappointment. You are the past. Project Kr is the future!