Don't Shoot the Messenger

By Paul-Gabriel Wiener <>

Rated: G

Submitted: October 2002

Summary: A short Tank Ending to the L&C Pilot Episode. (For more information on TEs, check out the Tank Endings page at Annesplace.)


Clark flew towards the Messenger with desperate speed. Something was wrong, and he had to find out what it was. He rushed inside, ignoring the sounds of the shocked crowd below. Stepping into the shuttle's interior, he soon found himself staring at… Lois?

"Clark?!" she exclaimed, shocked and confused. "What are you doing here? How did you get here? And why are you dressed in that ridiculous get-up?"

Oh no. She'd recognized him. His wild dreams of playing the anonymous hero, finally able to use his powers in the open, had been dashed at his feet. "Better explain yourself quickly, Kent…" he thought to himself. "Well, I, uhm… that is…" Clark stammered, confused and off-balance, frantically trying to come up with a reasonable explanation.

Suddenly, there was a blinding flash and a resounding "BOOM!" The bomb, forgotten in the confusion, had gone off. The Messenger exploded, and Clark fell, in a burning heap, to the pavement. He got up, physically unharmed, dusted himself off, and surveyed the wreckage strewn about the landing platform. There certainly didn't seem to be very much of it.

"Look on the bright side," he told himself. "At least now, you don't have to worry about explaining yourself to Lois…"