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Title: The Kent Identity
Author: danceswithgary
Pairing: Clark(Kyle)/Lex
Rating: R
Warnings: Highlight here => This is a spy thriller and people die (not OTP). A pet's death is mentioned.
Spoilers: None
Word Count: 33980
Archive: Fine, just let me know
Summary: When your entire life has been a lie, whom do you trust? A remix of The Bourne Identity.




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The Kent Identity



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Chapter One

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The first thing he noticed in his darkness was how hard it was to breathe. The salty air was thick enough to chew and his chest seemed to have an anvil resting on the center of it. Shifting his right arm in a misguided attempt to dislodge the unexpected weight triggered an explosion of pain in his upper back, flashes of red sparking beneath his heavy eyelids. He felt vulnerable, and a slight noise to the side signaled possible danger. With a groan, he ignored the scream of torn muscles to lurch upright, burning eyes forced open wide to scan his surroundings. A few feet away, a balding man stiffened visibly and then glanced back at him over a wool-clad shoulder, unshaven face blanching.

Jumping down from what he now recognized as a table, he stumbled toward the balding man, shouting, "What are you doing to me? Who are you?" A lack of clothing barely registered as the floor lurched and swayed under his feet. His fist grazed the stubbled jaw with no real force behind it, and the other grabbed his shoulders before he could fall over.

Watery blue eyes commanded his attention as the bald man explained forcefully, "You were in the water, hurt. We pulled you out and I have been treating you." A jerk of the head and flicked glance to the side pointed out a pile of scraps on the floor, pieces of a wetsuit. "I am Giancarlo. I act as the ship's doctor. Who are you?"

The dense mists were encroaching again as his tongue fumbled the reply, his erstwhile rescuer having spoken in French in response to his original questions shouted in English. A French phrase floated upwards as his body slid down bonelessly to the wooden planks.

"I don't know."


. . .



The reflection in the tarnished mirror remained a mystery, his identity a puzzle waiting for a solution. Chestnut-brown curls tumbled over a wide brow and brushed the neckline of a ragged gray sweater, while eyes of an indeterminate color widened in bafflement. It seemed a pleasant enough face, most likely in the mid-twenties, a strong jaw and straight nose balancing full lips and ordinary cheekbones. Teeth all his, straight and even, except for the sharp, overlong canines that had sparked a few quips about vampires. Oddly enough, his beard tended to be several shades darker than his hair and he wondered if he usually spent a great deal of time outdoors, possibly explaining the gold tones of his skin as well as the lighter hair.

A flush bloomed along those cheeks when he realized that he was stooping again in order to look in the silvered glass. His height was often a joke to the boat's raucous crew. They had spent some time looking through their extra clothing to find pants and shirts long enough for the castaway, and had teased about stork legs and beanpoles until he'd recovered enough of his strength to deter their gibes. He'd earned their respect as he worked alongside them, bringing in the fishing nets and storing the catch in the deep, ice-filled hold.

"Personne?"

Turning away from the mirror, he nodded at Giancarlo. The older man had entered the room carrying a small stack of magazines, which he placed on the table. Picking up a length of rope, he examined the intricate tangle of knots and then commented in his guttural French, "What's this, Personne? You tied these knots? So, it's starting to come back."

Having reluctantly accepted the name the doctor had suggested, French for 'nobody,' Personne shrugged and replied in the same language, "No, it isn't coming back. The knots are like everything else. I just found the rope, and I did it without even thinking about it. It's something else I can do, just as I can read, write, add, or subtract. I can make coffee..." At Giancarlo's snort of laughter, he amended the statement. "...I can make bad coffee. I can shuffle cards and set up a chessboard...and beat you every time. I'm not even sure what nationality I am, since I speak French and German as well as English."

Giancarlo dismissed Personne's worries with a Gallic shrug. "It will come back, I'm sure. It has not even been two weeks since we pulled you out of the water. You are lucky to be alive after everything your body has been through: two bullets in your back, another one that grazed your temple, and all that water in your lungs. Now here you are, healthy and strong as an ox, just missing your memory."

Picking up one of the magazines, Personne flipped through it quickly and then tossed it back on the table, partially covering a map he'd laid out. "Nothing looks familiar. I have nothing from before except this." He held up his left hand and pointed to the heavy stainless steel chronograph on his wrist. "Well...and that capsule you took out of my hip."

Giancarlo nodded. "So you'll go to that bank and find out more. It is very different...even clever...to hide an account number that way. Perhaps...." He shook his head. "No, I know I've never seen anything like it before."

Personne reached into his pocket and pulled out the metal piece in question, an inch-long cylinder with a button that activated a red laser display showing the name of a bank in Zurich and an account number. Giancarlo had removed the cylinder from a badly healed scar on Personne's right hip, the same day he'd been fished out of the stormy sea. Looking between it and the doctor, he asked, "What about the other pieces? Have you discovered anything about them?"

Sighing, Giancarlo walked over to a cupboard and opened it. Reaching inside, he pulled out a small metal box and then closed the door. Turning back to Personne, he held it out. "Nothing, I'm afraid. All I can tell you is that they are possibly irradiated, since the lead shields you from the effects."

Nodding, Personne took the box and held it in his broad palm and flipped open the lid. He touched the small pellets inside and hissed in pain, then closed the box with a snap. "They still hurt me, yet they do nothing to you or anyone else in the crew. I don't understand why they were implanted under the skin on my back where I couldn't see or reach them."

"Perhaps that answer is also at the bank, Personne." Giancarlo shrugged again and sighed in mild frustration. "I could see that once they had been removed, you healed very quickly, so maybe it is a new medical procedure. I am an old practitioner, not up on the newest techniques. Your skin is tough now. I could barely cut through for the last few as you healed."

Shoving the small box and the capsule back into his pocket, Personne frowned and shook his head. One hand crept up to rub his temple where a faint scar lingered. "Too many questions, Giancarlo. I can't...."

Clapping his hand on Personne's shoulder, Giancarlo reassured him with a smile, "You need to rest. It will come back, I'm sure."

Personne's face reflected his discouragement. "What if it doesn't come back? We dock at Marseilles tomorrow and I don't even have a name."

Giancarlo reached into his pocket and pulled out a small wad of francs. "We took up a collection and the captain matched it. You earned it. It's not much, but it will get you to Zurich. You'll find your name there. I'm sure of it, Personne."

Part Two

Date: 2008-02-08 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cinderella81.livejournal.com
Love the movie, and I love this already ... I can't wait to see where this goes and how it plays out!

Date: 2008-02-08 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dm-wyatt.livejournal.com
Oooh... Awesome start!

*grins*

I can't wait to read more. I LOVE this series of movies, so I'm looking to see how you will turn this into a Clexian tale.



Date: 2008-02-08 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladydey.livejournal.com
Oooooooh, I am really looking forward to reading how you mix all my favorite - read Lex - characters into this movie. This should be fun.

Date: 2008-02-08 04:28 am (UTC)
kyanoswolf: (clex tux)
From: [personal profile] kyanoswolf
This is going to be good. A good start with the kryptonite implants in Clark's back. I cannot wait to see how you integrated Lex and Clark into this story.

Date: 2008-02-08 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rednihilist.livejournal.com
*rubs hands together* Hmmmm. I'm curious and interested to see the changes you make to this story in order to fit it to our boys. I anxiously await your next update!

Date: 2008-02-08 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] touchstoneaf.livejournal.com
okie. color me intrigued. been so long since i've seen that movie, this is all unfolding like a new thing for me; just enough few faint flashes of memory to make me wonder exactly where our other protagonist will fit it.

which only makes it all the more fascinating, wondering what your ever-challenging mind will come up with next.
*perches to wait*

Date: 2008-02-08 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hangebokhan.livejournal.com
Ok, so, you know I have been wating for this story since I saw it on your pronpt list ^_^ I am intrigued to see if you keep Lex as Lex or Marie!Lex. You might want to read the book because it will definatley help you with the spy venacular and details that they gloss in the movie but will be critical in the written format. For instance, although it is glossed over in the movie, it is a very inportant point in teh book that it looks like he got plastic surgery to soften all his features so he could blend in anywhere. However, the book and movie do deviate, if you want to keep Marie/Lex alive, the books might be your best recourse.

Back to the previous Lex thought though, I really hope you keep him as Lex Lex, owner of LexCorp, badass extrodinare. The movie really changes Marie, in the books she is a type of investment banker, she helps him withdraw money in such a way that the money is almost untraceable for their flight across Europe.

Anyways, that is my yennie, feel free to ignore my incoherent rambelings!

-Han

Date: 2008-02-08 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hangebokhan.livejournal.com
I am very glad, Movie!Marie is just not somone I can see as being Lex, thank you oh so much for writing this!

Date: 2008-02-09 06:03 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I could see Movie!Marie as Lex if he were hiding from Lionel. If he'd been underground for a long time, staying off the grid, maybe.

--Jessica

Date: 2008-02-10 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hangebokhan.livejournal.com
Ohhhhh yeaaa, that is actually an amazing idea!

Date: 2008-02-08 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownghost.livejournal.com
i haven't seen the film or read the book, but i'll give this a go!

Date: 2008-02-08 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] me-ya-ri.livejournal.com
You have now officially covered more than I've seen of the movie but it's great so far! I can't wait to see where you go with it. I'm sure it'll be a wonderful ride!

Date: 2008-02-08 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gildinwen.livejournal.com
You know I didn't comment on the ending of "Intentions" Which I loved and me not commenting makes me feel so ad *facepalm*. I just wanted to say that I am really enjoying the start of this story, and can't wait to see how it plays out considering I never saw the films or books.

Date: 2008-02-08 10:20 pm (UTC)
ender24: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ender24
i definitely cant remember the movie, but i will looking forward to watch it, after you have finished your series, just to compare :)

ahh, tell me lionel is the lovely use of kryptonite :D

Date: 2008-02-08 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theclexfactor.livejournal.com
OMG! FINALLY!!!

And you started out so beautifully. I can't wait to read more! Thanks for remembering this!

Date: 2008-02-08 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lapetite-kiki.livejournal.com
I haven't seen the movie, so this is an unknown adventure!

Date: 2008-02-09 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carolandtom.livejournal.com
I just saw today, and liked, "The Bourne Ultimatum" but I don't remember much from the first movie. This is a very good start. I look forward to your take on the story.

Date: 2008-02-09 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roxymissrose.livejournal.com
don't know the movie, but it's a fascinating begining! I can tell it's going to be exciting! *buckles on helmet*

Date: 2008-02-09 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zephyr-macabee.livejournal.com
Another movie that I haven't seen, but I know something about the plot. I will be looking forward to your re-mix.

Date: 2008-02-09 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosy5000.livejournal.com
Very interesting so far... especially with the Kryptonite.

*grabs pop corn and patiently waits for more* :D

Date: 2008-02-10 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jakrar.livejournal.com
Great start! And I'm so eager to see how this is going to work out. *settles in to wait for the rest of the story*

Okay

Date: 2008-02-11 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrea9562.livejournal.com
As usual I am so very hooked. *g*

*hugs*

Date: 2008-03-07 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selinamoonfire.livejournal.com
I just started watching the Bourne Identity on USA, but stopped because it was so edited. ICK! I did see this part though.:D

I'm excited, wondering how you're going to fit everything together.

Oh...I hate pointing this out, but I think you'd want to know. There's a typo in this chapter *blushes*

Turning away from the mirror, he nodded at Giancarlo. The older man had entered the room carrying a small stack of magazines, which he placed on the table. P Picking up a length of rope,...

I don't think you want that extra capital P in there.
Edited Date: 2008-03-07 05:00 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-05 12:30 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ctbn60.livejournal.com
I haven't seen the movie but I am totally engrossed and am glad I have quite a few chapters to go!!

Date: 2010-03-19 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-moonie.livejournal.com
totally awesome start!!!

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