The sky burned red with the fading light of the setting sun, illuminating the broken and shattered skyscrapers of Metropolis as smoke billowed from fires caused by exploded fuel stations. The city had not stood a chance against the monster's destructive wrath.
It stood now in a crater that marked its battle with him. It stood victorious. Gripped in the monster's massive fist was a strip of red cloth.
It roared in triumph.
Something got the monster's attention. Its evil rage-filled red eyes turned to them. And it launched its massive spike armored body at her mother as Celestia could only watch in despair.
“No!” Celestia screamed as she woke from the nightmare. Her body trembled as she looked around.
“Tia!” he was there in an instant, holding her to him, shielding her. Clark had stayed in Smallville after what happened with the robot to help rebuild the damaged parts of the house, and each night Celestia had had a bad dream about robots. “It's ok. It was just a dream.”
“No, this was different. No robots. Just a...a monster. It felt so real. Like I was actually there. It-It killed you.” she sobbed. “I tried to stop it...but I just got in the way.”
“Oh, ok, it's ok. It's still just a dream.” Clark held her until she drifted back to sleep.