“Lex?” Chloe asked, unable to believe it as stood stood in all of his Armani glory inside the door, smiling at her.
“Hey, Sunshine.” Lex smiled tenderly at her. “Missed me?”
“Lex!” Chloe cried, throwing herself at him and hugging him tightly. “I can’t believe you’re here!” She pulled away, looking up into his face. “What are you doing here?” She frowned. “Are you okay? Are you in trouble? Do you need help?” She slapped his chest. “Answer me!”
He chuckled down at her, capturing her hand in chest, “I would if you’d only stop talking.”
She pouted, blushing slightly. “Sorry.”
The door jingled. “Pay up, Oliver, I told you she’d go into investigative mode immediately and she’d pile question after question on him.”
“This is unfair, you’re her best friend.” Oliver Queen frowned as he forked over the money to his grinning friend.
A gush of wind brought the appearance of Bart. “Hey ‘Licious!”
Chloe, completely blind-sighted by the appearance of the Justice League minus two, could only gape, before grinning and hugging them all. “What are you guys doing here?”
“We came to see you, mamacita.” Bart announced, placing an arm around her shoulders. “Is it cotton or lace today?”
Chloe raised an eyebrow at him.
Lex slapped him up the back of his head.
A growl was heard throughout the room.
Chloe’s eyes suddenly widened as she remembered the others in the store…most importantly, Jacob. Her gaze went to his immediately, seeing his dark amber eyes darkening, his fists clenched, his body trembling from the way he tried to control his need to shift.
Extricating herself from Bart’s hold, Chloe took a couple of steps away from the boys, noticing their curious and slightly wary expression at this move. “I’m really happy to see you all! But before we go to talk---let me introduce you to everyone.” She walked towards the wolves. “These are our friends, Paul, Embry, and---.”
“I’m Jacob.” The wolf stepped forwards, placing a casual arm around Chloe’s waist, eyes narrowed at the men.
Chloe closed her eyes and bit back the urge to slap him up the back of his head.
The League, in their civilian attire, shared looks before looking at Lex in a nervous way.
Lex just looked at Chloe and Jacob, thoughtfully. “Aren’t you a little young?”
Jacob growled, arm tensing around Chloe as his Achilles’ Heel in this whole situation was thrown in his face again.
Chloe sighed, putting herself in Jacob’s shoes, thinking of how she’d felt every single time (during the period where she and Lex had had to keep their relationship a secret because of her age) she’d had to watch women with Lex and not be able do anything about it.
It’d been heartbreaking.
The blonde leaned her forehead against him.
Jacob, shocked by this movement on her part, froze, all animosity leaving his face as he tore his glare from the others and just looked down at Chloe.
She turned to look at him. “Give me this, Puppy?”
Jacob sighed, nodding, giving her a small smile. “Sure.” He cleared his throat and left through the back door.
Paul and Embry stayed though, narrowing their eyes at the males who’d once been with their imprintees.
Lana and Lois weren’t so happy either.
Clark and Oliver looked down at their feet or at the antiques, clearly uncomfortable.
Lana took in a deep breath, grabbed Embry’s hand, and walked to Clark. “Clark Kent.” She spoke, causing him to look up at her in surprise. “I want you to know that I’m going to be the mature one of the two and say that I forgive you for being completely sexist and never telling me the complete truth until I found out on my own, despite me telling you about me. I also want to let you know that I’m happy because I’ve found a really great guy, who doesn’t keep secrets from me, and who loves me beyond any understanding of my part.”
She smiled up at Clark during the whole monologue.
Clark opened and closed his mouth a couple of times before finally finding his voice. “Th-that’s great, Lana, I’m, I’m really happy for you and I hope you—you and he are h-happy.”
“Thank you.” Lana smiled brightly, reaching up and her tiptoes and tapping Clark’s cheek. “And I sincerely hope that one day you’ll be able to find a woman who has the capabilities and desire to love you the way I did…though I doubt it.” Her grin brightened. “Have a great visit with Chloe.” And with that she pulled Embry out of the store behind her.
Determined, she walked towards Oliver, slapped him, and brushed past him to the doorway, stopping, not turning back. “What are you waiting on, Paul? A written invitation?”
The wolf, clearly surprised, hurried after her, pushing his way past the men.
“I got a craving for ice cream.” Lois could be heard telling him as they left the store. “You’re taking me to Port Angeles and you’re taking me to the best ice cream parlor in the place. And you’re paying.”
“More junk food?” Paul snorted, disbelieving. “If you keep that up you’re gonna get fat.”
They could hear Lois slapping him up the back of his head. “Shut up and drive, you overgrown, mangy, inbred fleabag.”
“Fleabag? I don’t have fleas!” Paul exclaimed. “Why do I put up with you, woman!?! At least Lana’s nice and Chloe’s fun! You’re just plain loud! And you’re just gonna get fat anyway!”
“Goddammit woman! Stop hitting me!”
“Stop opening your mouth and I won’t have to!” She hissed. “And what’s with all this praise for Lana and Chloe? You’re damned lucky you have me! You should be worshipping the heavens or whatever for getting me you ungrateful, uncultured, ignorant dog!”
“That’s it! I’m not taking you to get any goddamned ice cream!”
“Fine! I’ll just as Sheriff Swan if he’s feeling up to it!”
A growl. “If you don’t leave that man alone you’re going to be the death of him! Can you live with that on your conscience?”
“As if I’d let you touch a hair on Charlie’s head.” Lois scoffed.
“’Let’?” Paul fairly screamed at her. “Sure, like this maybe you can take me on, but when I become a wolf, you have no chance against me! I’ll leave you panting and unable to stand for days!”
“Wolf? Please, you and me both know you have a little problem in that department. You can never get it to work when around me.”
Inside of the shop, the League, clearly misunderstanding the situation, went pale, a couple of them shifting uncomfortably while the others looked kinda sorry for Paul.
“Let’s do this! Just you and me!” Paul snarled. “I’ll show you I have no problem! I’m just----a little nervous.”
Chloe bit her bottom lip at how this conversation was sounding.
“Okay then, we’ll go to the meadow up in the mountain. Should be isolated enough.” Lois issued the challenge, clearly sneering. “See if that’s enough to keep you from being so nervous and actually prove to me that you’re a man and not a very ugly girl!”
Clark shook his head. “How does Lois get her boyfriends to put up with her with that attitude?”
“She’s hot.” Bart answered.
“I’ll show you!” Paul could be heard as they stormed away from the shop. “When I’m done with you you won’t be able to say anything about my wolfness!”
“Who calls themselves wolves anymore?” Lex wanted to know.
“And when you fail AGAIN at least it’ll only be me and the birds and the bees to see your disgrace!” Lois exclaimed, following after him.
“I see she hasn’t gotten over her blunt sex talk in public.” Oliver rubbed his throbbing cheek. “Or her desire for outdoor sex.”
Chloe couldn’t help it.
She doubled over in laughter.
Sometime later, after
her laughing was over, Chloe invited the boys upstairs and served them something to drink as they sat around her table. She smiled, glad to see them again, all together. It reminded her of how things had been before the breakups.
“So, where are AC and Victor?” Chloe asked, referring to the two missing.
“AC felt this place was too far from the closest body of water,” Lex announced, he and Oliver headed up the Justice League, but while Oliver was the Green Arrow, leading the men in the ranks, Lex was the Watchtower, using his meteor-enhanced super-brain to hack into government facilities, and guide the Justice League while in the Clocktower. “And Victor didn’t want to leave him alone.”
“You know how AC goes crazy when Victor’s not around to pull on his leash and reel him in a little.” Oliver grinned.
“True.” Chloe grinned, thinking about their nudist friend. “So, tell me guys, I love you and all that, but I know that the reason you’re here is not
because you missed seeing my face.”
The men sighed, sharing a look.
“See, it’s like this.” Clark began. “We were going up against Lionel’s newest bad guy and Bart got caught. He was detained for a while and it wasn’t pretty.”
Chloe turned to Bart immediately, shocked and horrified. “Are you okay, honey?”
“Hours of torture and experimentation done on me were worth hearing that word from your lips.” Bart joked, but Chloe could tell the shadows in his eyes.
“You’re such an idiot.” Chloe grinned, reaching for his hand and squeezing it, before turning to the others. “So you came here to see if I could keep him here with me until he recuperates.”
we all wanted to see you.” Lex smiled. “Which is why we decided to come as a group.” He hesitated. “When you told me that you were planning on staying in a little town we’d never heard of before--,
“Located in the asscrack of nowhere
.” Oliver added.
“---We were all worried about you.” Lex finished, reaching forwards and drawing a strand of hair out of her face and behind her ear. “I mean, I understand that you want to have a normal life, the three of you, but to leave Gabe and all of us behind like that? We were worried that you were being forced against your will.”
“We’re just relieved to see that it’s only because of a guy.” And then Clark winced. “That came out wrong.”
Chloe smiled at her best friend. “Jacob is not the reason that I’m staying. He---he’s sweet, and he’s nice, and he’s helpful, and he’s an all-round great guy, and…” she sent Lex a little look. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t attracted to him, because I am…and he’s in love with me. He’s completely dedicated
“You have that affect on guys.” Lex whispered.
Chloe looked up at him in shock and pleasure. “Really?”
“But he’s kinda young
.” Bart announced with a pout. “You told me you didn’t dig younger guys.”
.” Chloe smirked. “And I repeat, I am not
staying here because of him.” Her smile faded somewhat. “After what happened to Dinah---seeing her lose her baby because of the job and how she just couldn’t---couldn’t live anymore after that---it made me realize that I want a normal life, want to have a family, without the whole saving the world getting in the middle of it.”
The men nodded, understanding.
“And I feel that there have just been too many coincidences happening since I came here for them to be coincidences.” Chloe motioned to the building for emphasis. “It’s like something’s telling me this is the place to have all I’ve ever wanted, and I really want to give it a shot.”
“And we want to support and help you in this decision.” Lex announced. “I want a partnership with the store.”
“Me too.” Oliver announced.
Chloe grinned cheekily, shaking her head at them. “What would two billionaires want with a partnership in a tiny antique shop?” She raised an eyebrow, and a hand, stopping them. “Wait, don’t tell me. This would become a chain
of antique shops located close to 33.1 facilities, or in towns where there are LuthorCorp or other dangerous criminal facilities, so you can keep an eye on Lionel and yet be completely conspicuous at the same time.”
“Why wasn’t she our Watchtower again?” Bart sighed. “She’s much cuter than Lex.”
Lex sighed and shook his head.
“She was busy being a part of the Terrible Three to become a full time member.” Oliver reminded him.
“We are not
the Terrible Three!” Chloe laughed. “And we had to take care of Smallville while you all gallivanted halfway around the world!”
“Who’s going to take care of Smallville now?” Lex asked, softly.
“The new generation.” Chloe whispered, knowing that while he understood her decision, he hadn’t agreed with it, and deep down inside, Lex never would.
Ever since he’d realized that his exposure to the meteors that day as a child had given him super-intelligence he’d used it to help fight the evils in the world alongside Clark, Oliver, and eventually the rest, and he couldn’t think of his life without the Justice League or going up against evil.
the quiet home life with a couple of children and a husband, and maybe a dog---or a wolf.What am I THINKING?
Chloe shook her head, getting rid of those thoughts for now.
“Why don’t you all stay here today? Spend the night?” She asked, not wanting to see them go yet. “I can show you around the place and then you can leave tomorrow refreshed.”
Oliver rubbed his cheek. “I don’t think Lois would be too happy about that.”
“That’s okay, she can stay with Lana at the Potter house.” Chloe grinned. “You can stay here with me.”
Clark smiled. “I’d love to stay.”
“Me too.” Oliver decided immediately once he knew Lois wouldn’t be around.
She turned to Lex.
He was smiling at her tenderly. “No need to ask about me.”
“Great.” She stood. “Let me give you all a proper tour of my home and the store downstairs, then we’re going to go to the family diner down the road and you’re going to have the best burgers you’ve ever had in your life!”
Bart stood up rapidly at the promise of good food. “Count me in!”
“Why don’t you invite this Jacob
along?” Lex surprised everyone by asking. “I want to get to know him.”
The men all exchanged looks.
Chloe raised an eyebrow. “Lex
“What?” He asked, completely innocent.
“Don’t give me that innocent expression, Lex Luthor!” Chloe pointed her finger at him threateningly. “If you try and intimidate that poor boy---!”
Lex clasped his hands around her finger and lowered it with a smile. “Just---invite him, okay Chloe? I really do
want to get to know him.”
Giving him a suspicious glare, Chloe finally pulled her finger out of his hold. “If you do anything when you think my back is turned---.” With that she reached for her phone and dialed Jacob’s number with trepidation.