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And yet...I do not ask for tribute. There will be no twenty-foot… - Lex Luthor

And yet...I do not ask for tribute. There will be no twenty-foot high Luthor statue in a public place. There will only be changes. Done for the better of this world. THAT, is thanks enough for me."
Lex Luthor's answers ring from the camera set up in his office. His eyes turn and focus on one of the other screens near him, beaming images in midair. Clark Kent, Oliver Queen, and the panning around the audience.

Luthor then gives a sideways glance, noting a hastily waving hand.

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From: miss_kowalski Date: November 21st, 2008 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Kitty stands directly behind the production assistant currently waving a hand.

She certainly wasn't going to be the one waving at her boss. Idly checking her manicure (perfect, as usual), Kitty waits and occasionally looks down at the slim Blackberry clipped at her waist.
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 21st, 2008 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Luthor ignores the assistant for a moment, giving a glance. After repeated waves, he finally turns his full attention to her.


"....what? Are you...is it live? No...its pre-taped. So by the time you return home, you should be seeing it on the delay. As a matter of fact, go there and watch it. Repeatedly. Because you no longer have a job to worry about interrupting your viewing....GET!"

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 21st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
As the assistant sputters, Kitty looks over at her and smiles, a thin humorless slice of a smile.

"Thank you... Michelle, is it? Michelle. I'd recommend heading home, and I'll try to do what I can to mitigate the damage here."

Watching Michelle stalk away, Kitty turns back and waits for Luthor to finish.
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 21st, 2008 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
He notes the red light blink off, noting the show gone to commercial.

"What the HELL was that? And what's a Shreck anyway?"
From: miss_kowalski Date: November 21st, 2008 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
"Sorry, Mr. Luthor." Kitty bustles over, heels clicking on the concrete floor.

"She told me she'd wait until the commercial break. And I believe that that would be Schreck's, the department store, headquarters based in Gotham City." Her phone has buzzed a few times, signalling the arrival of new emails.
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 21st, 2008 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
"Well, since this is now the commercial break, and it was obviously so importa....a clothing store? A TAILOR is on this show with me?"

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 22nd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
"No sir, the owner of said department store. Quite a successful one, from what I've read in the Financial Times. Millions of dollars in business every year, sizeable donations to Gotham youth charities, seems to delight in pouring money into holiday extravaganzas for Gotham and thusly gets asked to be the official "Light Bringer" for the Christmas displays." She makes air quotes around the words, a roll of the eyes showing exactly what she thinks of that little job.

"There was something else... oh yes, shady business deals. He's known for them. Rumor had it that he almost got caught for having connections with Thorne and Maroni, but managed to hoist the blame off on a co-worker, who then conviently committed suicide." Kitty smiles brightly. "All hearsay, of course."
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 22nd, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
"A Department store? Isn't that...one of those things people go to see Santa Claus?" He asks with a bewildered look.

"Shady deals...ah, there's the meat of the matter. Sounds like the Terry Sloane business plan is still in effect. Look more into it. Use the rolodex if you need."

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 24th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
"Rolodex... oh sir, you do have a wacky sense of humor sometimes." As the crew is hurrying him back to his seat, Kitty is already tapping away at her PDA, turning on her heels and striding away back to the office.
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 24th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
--------------------The next day, same office------

"HE showed up!?" Lex has flown into a normal one of his rages. "this wasn't his press...this wasn't FOR him!" He fumes, stalking around the room. "Who the hell allowed him entry? He's doing it again! Taking the focus where it needs to be and putting it onto him!"

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 24th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Dressed in a slim pencil skirt and white button down shirt, Kitty is the model of calm and efficency. A pair of librarian-style glasses sits perched on the end of her nose, as she looks over the lenses at the frothing mess her boss has become.

There's a part of her that understands his seemingly unreasonable dislike of the man that everyone else in the world seems to love.

The rest of her just hopes that he never decides to point all of that rage at her.

So Kitty waits, holding a thin sheaf of papers listing out the reporters and other press that had received invitations to the press conference.
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 24th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
He stares out the window, resting his arm, and his forehead against the sleeve.

"He did it again. I'm doing the right thing. And he won't let it. He showed me up again.Again! Why?" With that, Luthor whips about, staring a hole into her.

"He's going to force my hand. I should have taken care of this when I had the chance. Left him...broken. Defeated! Left him just in a heap of his own failure. He can't...he won't take this from me."

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 25th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
There's only one thing that she can think to say in response to this.

"What are you going to do about it?"
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 25th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
He stops, his finger massaging on a button beneath his desk as he looks down. His gaze rises to her.

"Something I should have, a long time ago. And you can help me pick the instrument." Luthor clicks the button, opening up a virtual workshop in midair.

Diagrams, blueprints, and an array of formulas spring to life in his office, all made out of a green light. Lex stands in front of them, manipulating each into different areas in midair.

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 25th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Forgotten, the papers drift from her hand onto the carpet as she stands amazed at the display in front of her.

"These are... that's..." For the first time in a long while, Kitty is at a loss for words. What he's doing, what he's putting together...

"That's a suit, a mechanized power suit of some sort, isn't it."
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 25th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
"No. What this is...is an answer." He waves the designs of the suit over in front of her, as they adapt to her curves.

"I'm going to let you pick, what I finally put an end to him with. Today is the day you earn your money, Kitty."
From: miss_kowalski Date: November 25th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Green lights sparkles and glints along her arms as she raises them, turning her hands over.

"Oh, Lex," she breathes, "they're beautiful."
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 25th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
"and this...this is the key to it all." He pulls a long lead-lined tube from the side of his desk. "A present from his homeworld. Harmless in lower doses to humans, but lethal to him."

"But...when exposed to a specialized red solar ray?" He adjusts it and opens the cannister, revealing a bright gold light. "Beautiful, isn't it?"

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 25th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
At the sight of that golden glow, Kitty just looks at her boss.

"Kryptonite. Gold kryptonite. Said to remove powers completely."

She isn't taking her eyes off of him.

"And you're showing this to me? Why?"
man_of_stee_ll From: man_of_stee_ll Date: November 26th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
"Because, Kitty...There are many things that you should know about. If you are as trusted as you think you are, or in this for more than the surface benefits." His lips near her ear.

"I have power. Enough to do very bad things to people who've earned it. You...are trusted to learn how."

-As he finishes speaking, the face of the lead Lexcorp guard flashes onto a viewscreen, filling him in with information on Grodd's capture-

"I'll be there momentarily." Luthor depresses the button, sending the information away safely. "And you?"

From: miss_kowalski Date: November 26th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
He's close enough to hear her breath catch in her throat. This is the opportunity of a lifetime -- no matter which way she chooses to go.

One chance. Now or never.

"Of course, sir. Wouldn't miss it for anything." Kitty looks at him, green light playing across her features as schematics scroll across the screen.
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