Preamble: This is a follow-up to the 1988 Superman cartoon episode, "Night of the Living Shadows". Since the series was subsequently cancelled due to low ratings, let's see what might've happened had those shadow-suits been reactivated........ All characters appearing in this story, save for incidentals I've created, are copyright DC Comics/Warner Bros./Ruby-Spears. Setting: Six months after "Night of the Living Shadows": Chapter 1: It had been six months since Lex Luthor had been captured and sent to federal prison on, of all things, income tax evasion, thanks to an expose by his ex-girlfriend, Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, who was now one of his biggest enemies. Lexcorp was basically running on empty. Chief scientist Sidney Happersen had emptied his lab and was removing the last of his personal effects when he thought he heard something. Tracing the source of the noise, Happersen found himself face to face with.......a living shadow. "No! This cannot be happening! Those suits were supposed to be destroyed!", he cried. "Oh?", the shadow replied. "Let's just say that this time, it's about giving back to Metropolis, one step at a time." With that, the shadow slithered out an open window, and into the night. Had Happersen cared to follow the trail, he might've seen it glide toward a car in the parking lot. Once there, the shadow solidified into human form and drove away. The next day, Happersen, frantic, went to Inspector Bill Henderson at Metropolis Police Headquarters, but was quickly turned away, his story dismissed as litlte more than the ravings of a madman. Later that same night, Lois had returned home after a long day at work, made longer with an interview with a foreign dignitary and his translator, who seemed to be more interested in mixing business with pleasure, but was met with a curt "no thanks" in the form of a kick to the family jewels when he tried to cop a free feel at the wrong time. After a hot shower, Lois was preparing for bed when she heard a noise in the living room. Wearing only a towel, she donned a bathrobe and slippers and crept toward the living room, only to find the living shadow, sitting on her sofa. "Please, don't be scared, Ms. Lane.", the shadow said. "I'm not here on behalf of Lex Luthor. Instead, I'm asking you for help against him." "Against him?", Lois asked. It was then that the shadow unmasked, revealing one Jessica Morganberry, Luthor's erstwhile secretary-girlfriend. "Have I got a story for you!", Jessica said. There was no sign of the bubble-headed ditz who'd been Luthor's armpiece for nearly a year before his arrest, but rather a mature, assertive young woman, one who'd been betrayed and scorned by Luthor, like Lois before her. "Excuse me a moment while I get dressed.", Lois said. "Take your time. We've got all night." ===================================================================== Ok, so Jessica isn't your average dumb blonde. But how did she obtain a shadow suit and learn how to use it? We'll see in chapter 2.