Chapter 34: The Final Battle When the portal to the phantom zone collapsed, General Lane stormed towards him. ?I demand to know what you just did? Was that a black hole you created?? Such technology was beyond acceptable, in his eyes. This could very well be technology that he will be forced to take away from Superman. The U.S Government will not allow a weapon that can create black holes to kill people, to be in the hands of any private citizen. ?No, I did not kill him. I sent him to what is known as the Phantom Zone. It serves kind of like a prison, but the atmosphere, there, will keep him alive and healthy, while keeping him from doing any more damage. It was the only way I could save his life.? ?Talking about saving lives, I need your help, Superman. A fellow reporter of mine, Clark Kent, has gone missing.? Lois asked, almost embarrassed that she had almost forgotten about him in all the craziness. ?Is he a tall man, kind of goofy looking, with glasses?? Superman asked. ?You?ve seen him?? ?Don?t worry, Lois, he is safe. I rescued him from Lexcorp tower,? He assured her. "So that dungeon we found was for Clark Kent, not you?" Turpin deducted. "What happend to you?" "Metallo had me in a tight situation for awhile. I apologize to everyone for my long absence. Now, if you don?t mind, I have to stop Metallo from killing Luthor.? ?I think I know where you can find both of them,? Lois said. * * * * Lex entered his secret hideout which he had built several years ago. Only Mercy knew of its whereabouts, but the problem was that she had become a loose cannon. How long this hideout would remain secret, he could not estimate. He did not imagine her to have loose lips right away; but then again, his faith in her had taken a massive nose dive. For now, at least, it would be safe enough to hide from the authorities, Metallo, and the defective clone. That blasted clone had cost him everything. Somehow, he had made a mistake in trying to manipulate Superman?s DNA to create the clone. It appeared that Superman had more complex DNA than he had anticipated. He should have known as much. This was a catastrophic mistake that was costing him everything. If he could lie low long enough, he could rebound from this and rebuild his empire. Building his secret lair down underneath Metropolis was a stroke of genius. No one ever came down to the abandoned subway tunnels, let alone search them hard enough to find secret entrances. It took many years to turn the storage rooms and parts of the tunnels into a massive penthouse-like lair. Lex headed for his desk when his desk chair spun around. Sitting there was Metallo, and his eyes beamed straight for him. ?You have a quaint little place here. If I was fully human, I might have actually enjoyed your pool.? ?What? How did you find this place?? Lex was angry and confused. It was impossible for him to have found this hideout. ?It wasn?t all that hard,? he gloated, standing up from behind the desk. ?How I found you, really isn?t that important; what?s about to happen to you, is.? Lex grinned; his moment of shock had disappeared as quickly as it came. ?Do you really think that you can catch me unprepared?? He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, single button control. ?All I have to do is press this button, and your Kryptonite heart gets ejected from your chest.? Metallo ceased his approach. The human half of his face clearly showed disdain towards Lex. He should have known Lex would have something up in his sleeve. ?Now, I would much rather you refocus your attention towards killing Superman, but if you come any closer to me, I will not hesitate in shutting you down. I created you and I can destroy you.? ?The boy scout will die by my hands, in my own time. You, on the other hand, have a much shorter life expectancy. You are already passed your expiration date.? ?It?s a pity,? Lex replied dryly. ?After everything I have done for you, you spit in my face. I suppose I should be able to find another way of Killing Superman.? Lex pressed the button on the remote.