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Title: Clark Kent for the Defense
AU/Fandom: Clark Kent, Esquire/Smallville
Pairing: Clark/Lex
Rating: Mature (at least)
Summary: Attorney Clark Kent is drawn back into the life of his former mentor, Lex Luthor, when Lex asks Clark to defend socialite Lana Lang when she is charged with murdering Lex's ex-lover, Jason Teague's mother, Genevieve Teague. Clark finds this murder case may be related to his own mysterious past.

Only Lana Lang could make a Metropolis City Jail orange jumpsuit look like haute couture, Clark thought as she was brought into the conference room. She didn't look like a woman who had spent the last few hours dealing with crime scene investigators and being booked for murder.

"I was told that my attorney was here to see me. I don't remember retaining you, Mr. Kent," Lana said derisively as she took her place at the table opposite him. She waited until the guard left them before continuing. "Who sent you? Lex or Jason?"

Clark pretended to take notes as he focused his attention on Lana's vital signs looking for any indication that she was concerned about the charges against her. Her pulse was completely steady. There wasn't the slightest hitch in her breathing. Clark hadn't met anyone this deadly calm in all of his dealings with criminal defendants.

"Lex Luthor called me. Since I was here making a statement in another case, I agreed to speak to you. I haven't agreed to take your case."

"Do you expect me to claim that I'm innocent first?" Lana challenged.

"Even the guilty are entitled to a defense." Clark doubted Lana had been innocent since junior high school.

Lana leaned across the table smiled at Clark. "Do you know how Genevieve died?"

"I've heard that she was stabbed." There was still no fluctuations in Lana's vital signs. She didn't even seem as excited by Genevieve's death as she would like Clark to think.

"She was impaled with the Stone of Flight. It's an ancient relic supposedly from China, but the markings on the stone are not part of any Chinese dialect and its provenance has always been in question. It was on display last night at the Metropolis Haldorf Hotel at the Metropolis Children's Charities Gala."

"It was part of Lillian Luthor's collection? How did such a relic end up in your apartment?"

Lana shrugged. "Genevieve has always been interested in Lillian's collection of unusual antiquities. Maybe you should ask Jason or your friend, Lex."

Clark's brow arched at that. "Are you suggesting that Jason and Lex were involved in Genevieve Teague's death?"

Lana shrugged again. "Genevieve is the one who made Jason break up with Lex. She told him that he had to marry an acceptable woman and produce an heir."

"Are you sure that's not what she told Jason about you? After all, an artist, no matter how successful, can't have been what a society woman like Mrs. Teague wanted for her son."

Lana laughed. "I don't think any woman would have really have been truly acceptable to Genevieve. She was a bit ... possessive of Jason and she never let either of us forget who held the purse strings."

Clark closed his notebook.

"That gives you motive."

"And how would I profit from her death? With Genevieve gone, Jason is free to go back to Lex."

"I see. I suppose the only question then is whether you want me to defend you knowing that Lex asked me speak to you?"

"You have an excellent reputation, Mr. Kent. I'm sure you'll do your best to get me acquitted. What can you do about bail?"

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