A very ornate chess set. Nice onyx. We hear a door open and close. Behind Lex, we see the blurry figure of Papa Luthor, as he says grandly, "Chess!" Oh, I know a song from it. Check it out: "One night in Bangkok, and the world's your oyster." Papa notes that Lex hasn't played chess in years. Lex sighs, like he's heard this a million times. Could it be true that Lex hasn't played? I thought he'd be an expert. "Why the sudden interest in such a complex game?" Papa Luthor asks. Lex says that a friend has become interested in the finer points. Papa says, deliciously, "I used to dismantle your two-dimensional assaults with alarming regularity, remember?" Ha. I'm not surprised. Papa asks whether Lex shouldn't teach his friend something less complicated, like hangman. "Thanks," Lex says, motioning that he wants back a chess piece Papa Luthor picked up. "I'll stick with chess." Papa says that Lex will lose, as always. Wait until he finds out who Lex is playing. I don't think losing will be a problem. Lex says that he's not playing to win; he's playing to instruct. How to lose! Ooh, chess-board burn! I sank your battle-rook! King me! Lex, wearing an almost-pink light purple shirt, goes to get a drink. "No mercy?" Papa Luthor asks. Lex asks what the hell he's talking about. Papa thinks that it was Lex who pulled the train trick. Papa says that kind of melodrama went out of style with silent movies. I couldn't agree more. "Wait. Someone tried to kill you?" Lex asks. Papa thinks Lex is faking innocence. Lex says that he brought Papa Luthor back to LuthorCorp to help the company, and that profits have never been higher: "Why would I want you dead?" Papa thinks Lex is still mad about the Apex takeover Papa attempted. Lex, taking a drink, says that seeing Papa Luthor fail miserably was retribution enough. Papa has been out-chessed all of a sudden. He decides that Lex must be telling the truth. Papa Luthor tries to get his head together, rubbing his temples. "I may not like you very much, Dad," Lex says, "but you're a valuable asset to LuthorCorp. Killing you would hurt the bottom line." Papa turns, and says wryly, "Your concern is truly touching." Lex comes to him and puts a hand on his shoulder. He says that he is concerned, because a threat against his father is a threat against the company. Papa says that he's been fending off attacks on his life since before Lex was born: "I think I can handle one more." Good luck with that. Papa exits.
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