By NostalgiaKick <email@example.com>
Submitted: June 2017
Summary: Reeling from his exposure to Red Kryptonite and trying to cope his broken relationship with Lois, Clark comes to terms with his own limits of the mind and heart.
Story Size: 409 words (2Kb as text)
Disclaimer: All recognisable characters, plotlines etc. are the property of DC Comics, Warner Bros and December 3rd Productions.
This story is the 41st part of the “At First Sight” series. Please visit the Series Guide for links to all the stories in the series.
Everyone has their breaking point.
I’ve always considered myself to be a strong person- mentally, as well as physically. I’ve had to be, to do what I do.
Is it possible that I’ve finally reached mine?
The payroll truck was bad enough.
Since becoming Superman, I’ve never stood idly by and let a criminal commit a crime.
But that’s exactly what happened yesterday.
I could have stopped the payroll truck robbery, but I didn’t.
And then today…
Today I let Perry White be kidnapped.
Perry is my friend, and more. I owe him an incredible amount, as both Clark Kent and Superman. He took a chance on Clark, and in doing so changed my life forever. He welcomed an unknown alien with powers that send some people running for the hills, and in doing so laid the groundwork for the reception Superman received from the rest of the world. He’s defended me, saved me from prison, advised me, and always- always- believed in me.
How could I let them take him?
What is wrong with me?
Could it be stress? Is it possible that the strain of everything that I do on a daily basis- juggling two lives, what I see and do as Superman- has finally caught up with me? There’s no denying that the last few months have been more than ordinarily taxing. Mayson’s death, my relationship with Lois- which seems to be becoming more complicated and painful by the day- and Lois’s relationship with Scardino; it all adds up.
Maybe Lois is right. Maybe I do need to speak to a psychiatrist.
If I can’t get on top of this- if I can’t protect the people and things that need protecting- then what good am I? I created Superman so I would no longer have to stand by when things went wrong, but in the condition I’m currently in, I’m worse than useless. If I can’t do what needs to be done, then how can I continue to be Superman?