Pairings: Chloe/Jacob, Lois/Paul, Lana/Embry
Disclaimer: I don't own Smallville/Twilight
Summary: Chloe, Lois and Lana head to Forks to get away from exes and their life in Smallville--to be normal for once as they celebrate graduating from high school. They don't know three things though. One is that they're wearing different colored kryptonite necklaces...two is that they've been imprinted on...and THREE is that Forks is the LAST place to go to if you're looking for safety and normalcy.
Written from paranormal25 prompt # 67: charm
The night had all the potential of being a disaster. On one side of the two joined tables sat the Justice League, and on the other side sat the wolves minus Paul and Embry. Jacob had brought backup, and Chloe had worried that this might break out into a fight of some sort…
So she was shocked stupid when after the first, initial discomfort, the wolves and the mutants started getting along fabulously. And Leah, well, Chloe was keeping a close eye on the female wolf. She’d acted all weird from the moment that she’d first seen Bart, and from the way that she’d knocked over her glass…twice…well, Chloe began to wonder if this imprinting thing wasn’t contagious or something.
But she really couldn’t give the weird-girly-Leah and the oblivious-Bart much of her attention, since it was mostly divided between Lex and Jacob. The two were sitting right across from each other, on the opposite side of the table from her, something, she was sure, had been intentional.
The males’ faces were serious, their gazes never leaving the other’s faces unless they turned to Chloe (and she pretended she wasn’t spying) before returning their attention to each other. Sometimes one or the other would glare at the other, obviously not appreciating what the other was saying, but unfortunately Chloe couldn’t hear the words being spoken between the two males, and she was horrible at reading lips so she stopped trying after the first twenty minutes.
“’Licious, these sandwiches are the best ever!” Bart announced with a grin, patting his stomach.
She turned to him, smiling. “Go easy Slick, or you’ll get fat.”
He chuckled. “You know it’ll take more than this to get me fat.”
“True.” She admitted. The only people she’d seen eat more than Bart, and still stay slim and trim, were the wolves. The blonde leaned closer towards Bart, placing a worried hand on his, face concerned. “Are you sure you’re okay?”
Bart’s smile slipped slightly as he tightened his hold on her hand, nodding. “I will be, ‘Licious.”
Neither mutant noticed the way that two wolves had narrowed their gazes on them, growling slightly.
Chloe looked up when Lex stood, and grabbed a growling Jacob by the back of his collar, pulling him out of his seat and towards the exit. “We’ll be right back.”
And with that they were gone.
Chloe bit her bottom lip, worried.
She’d known this dinner was a bad idea!
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” Jacob growled, slapping away Lex’s grip as soon as they were alone. He was angered and humiliated and really wanted to hurt this guy more than normal.
“What do you think you’re doing?” The bald billionaire who had had his mate for so many years asked in frustration, running a hand down his face in a calming gesture. “God, you’re such a kid!”
“Just, stop it.” Lex raised his hand in a commanding way. “Look, I know what you are, okay? It’s just how I work. I know what you and your pack are, even though no one else with me knows. They don’t have the super intelligence I have so there’s no way they could have figured it out.” He folded his arms over his chest. “Does Chloe know you’re a shifter?”
Jacob was shocked at the fact that his clan’s secret was so easy for a stranger to discover by just observing them. “Yes, she does.” He finally asked, calming down and taking in a deep breath, following Lex’s example and being civil about this. “She also knows that she’s my imprint.”
Lex closed his eyes and nodded, before opening them with a sigh. “I’d wondered if that was the case.” He looked down at his expensive looking shoes before looking back up at Jacob. “How old are you exactly? And don’t get annoyed. I’m not taunting you. I need to know.”
“Sixteen.” Jacob answered slowly, running a hand through his hair, not exactly sure what to think of this mutant. “I’ll be seventeen in a couple of months.”
“Only Chloe would get a puppy to imprint on her.” Lex chuckled mirthlessly.
Jacob shook his head. “Why does everyone call me that?”
“Because you are, a puppy.” The billionaire said without any malice. “Look, Black, you might have imprinted on Chloe, and your pack will know that and see nothing against the union, hell, they’d be backing you up to try and woo her as fast as possible, but think of it from Chloe’s perspective, will you?”
The wolf paused. “What do you mean?”
“Jesus.” Lex took in a deep breath. “You’re a minor, Black, she isn’t. You could get Chloe in trouble with the law.”
His eyes widened at the thought. “Jesus.”
Lex seemed more relaxed now that he saw the horror on Jacob’s face. “You have to give Chloe some time. She---we loved each other a lot, we still love each other a lot, and even though we know that we just can’t be together like that, we’re still healing. We---she---she needs a friend right now, Jacob, not another distraction.”
The wolf leaned against the wall of the back of the building, confused and surprised as he realized that Lex Luthor wasn’t challenging him for Chloe Sullivan, but he was trying to help him.
Even though Jacob could see that it was killing the other male to do so.
“Chloe gives off this aura of invincibility, but she’s actually quite fragile.” Lex leaned against the opposite wall. “She needs someone by her side now who can be that solid wall she won’t ever admit to needing to rest on. She needs a best friend who will be there for her, listen to her every problem, want the same things she wants, and just share her life with.”
“I want to be that—do that.” Jacob answered softly. “I want to do that more than anything, and I realize that you do too…but she’s the other half of my soul.”
“Soulmate.” Lex nodded, gaze downwards, just like Jacob, both uncomfortable with shedding their defenses like this with one another.
“I know that I don’t know her even a fifth of how much you do, and believe me that it irks me to admit to it, but I do want to know her as good as you and more.” Jacob kicked at a beer bottle on the ground as it began to drizzle slightly overhead. “And yes, this all began because I imprinted on her and my wolf goes insane around her---but I’ve gotten to know Chloe for Chloe these last couple of weeks, and I’m fascinated with her---not just my wolf.”
Lex motioned for him to continue.
“I mean, she’s smart and snarky, and she’s wickedly funny when she wants to be. She has all these ideas and I realize that if I ever want to convince her to give me a chance I’m going to have to better myself, and I don’t mind that at all.” He gave a little chuckle, leaning his head against the wall and looking up at the sky, letting the drops of rain fall on his face without complaint. “I know that my age bothers her, but I thought it had to do more with her thinking I was some immature, inexperienced, unworthy kid. I---I hadn’t thought of it from the legal point of view at all…and now that you’re pointing it out I feel really stupid for not having thought of it before.”
Lex made a little snorting noise. “Yeah, well, you’re a kid, it’s not surprising that that thought wouldn’t have entered your mind.”
Jacob ignored that.
“Another piece of advice?” Lex spoke up. “Stop getting all growly around her with other guys. Chloe doesn’t enjoy jealousy, and her and Bart might flirt a bit, but they’d never do anything together, they’re like brother and sister. So don’t give her trouble because he’s staying with her.” He paused for a second. “Bart---he’s hurt, and Chloe is the only one we knew who can get passed his whole strong act and help him get better, both physically, mentally, and spiritually.”
“Didn’t you ever get jealous by the way they touch each other so freely?” Jacob asked, curiously.
Luthor looked like a possessive guy.
“Oh, I still get jealous.” Lex snorted. “So I can tell you from experience that she doesn’t enjoy jealousy in a relationship. And she’s got a mean right hook which she will use if you piss her off.”
Jacob snickered good-naturedly.
“Also, get used to it, Black. Chloe has tons of men in her life who adore her one way or the other, we’re only a few. And we’re not going to stop seeing her or being the way we always are with her because it makes you insecure.” Lex warned him. “So if you really want a place in Chloe’s life, a permanent one, you’re going to have to start getting used to sharing her on some level with us.”
Jacob did not like the thought of that, but he could see the reasoning behind that piece of advice. “So you all are mutants, huh?”
Lex nodded. “And there’s more where we came from, so if you ever make her unhappy, you’ll have a mutant uprising that you’ll never recover from. We have friends that can do all sorts of things with only their minds.”
His mate had some pretty dangerous sounding friends.
He then grinned. “If I make her unhappy, I won’t even defend myself from the uprising.”
“Good.” Lex suddenly grinned back. “I call dibs on the first shot at you.”
The wolf and the mutant smiled at each other, a truce and understanding of some sorts having arisen between them.
They turned to return back into the diner when Jacob stopped and gave him a sideways glance. “How do you do it?”
“Do what exactly?” Lex asked, returning the look.
“How can you tell me this? Give me advice? Help me?” Jacob wanted to know, finally pulling on his hoodie to try and protect his head from the drizzle.
“I’m not helping you.” Lex snorted. “I’m helping Chloe. God knows, if she’s stuck with you for the rest of her life she needs someone to council you before she puts you down herself.” He paused. “Though, that might be interesting if she did.” And with a devilishly amused smirk he entered the building.
Jacob shook his head at the billionaire and snorted as he followed.