Reckoning and Courier by latxcvi. Of everything written post-Exodus season two, this is one of my absolute forever-favorites, just for the sheer *intensity* of Lex. And Lex's exquisitely appropriate revenge. If you haven't read, go *now*. I am so not kidding.
Breathing Amber by harriet_spy. Lana, past, present, and future. It's freakishly chilling, in that way that makes Lana make *sense*. Written during the first season, but trust me, just as utterly true now as it was then. Futurefic.
Many Waters by liviapenn. Post-Heat coda. Lex and that damned wedding dress. Just breaks my heart. Every. Time.
Red Is a Primary Color by ingridmatthews. Pete fic is as rare as a unicorn, but on the other hand, most of it is extraordinarily good. Futurefic, presidency of Lex. There are a lot of things I love about this story--it's a discernibly different Pete, but exactly the same, too. He's VP of the United States, he's achieved everything he ever wanted, and for some reason, it never occurred to him there'd be a price to it. It's--*amazing*. Haunting. Really *damn* good.
And for the Lexana among us--oh please, like that isn't our big guilty pleasure, furtively reading it when our AIM friends aren't looking and--oh, wait. That's just me.
Crisis series by Christie. It's one of the first I read, way back in season one. Futurefic. Interestingly, it works even now, though this Lex is not quite as broken. I love the Lana here--this Lana on the show I would have loved. This Lana I would have *shipped* with Lex. It's wonderfully written and vivid and is pretty much the reason I could never quite ship Lex/Chloe as my het of choice. Because this? Is just too good.
Mmm. Pretty. It makes me happy. Though not significantly cooler, sadly.