Title: Gentle (Part One)
Characters: Chloe, Sam, Lois, Lana, Dean, Mary, John, Ma, Pa
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: The thing that made an isolated, scarred ten year old Chloe notice fourteen year old Sam was the fact that he was gentle, incredibly so. She'd never seen someone that gentle before, hadn't realized someone like him existed.
A/N: In this universe NOTHING supernatural ever happened to the Winchester family (kinda like in the universe shown in "What Is And What Should Never Be") so the family are all alive and living in Lawrence. And, of course, NOTHING is canon in Smallville.WARNING
: Somewhat dark, contains child abuse.
Sam was looking worried.
As Chloe continued to spy on him day by day as he passed by her window, the blonde noticed that every day he seemed paler and distracted. He seemed to be very worried about something, and even looking around him as if he were searching for something. He'd nearly caught her staring at him a couple of times but she'd ducked in time, and by the time she'd looked back he'd be preoccupied with the cat and her kittens. But even while he was with them he seemed distracted-his mind elsewhere.
She wondered what had him like that.
"You watch him."
Chloe gasped and flung herself away from the window, turning to see Ma leaning with her hip against the doorframe, bathed in darkness. "Don't think I don't know that you sneak away sometimes, Chloe. And I know you sneak to a shop to see that boy." She entered the room, face emotionless as she went to the window and watched as he fed the growing kittens and mother cat. "You can't keep doing this, Chloe. If your grandfather finds out..."
"I haven't----I haven't said anything." Chloe whispered.
"I know. I've had you watched." Ma nodded, eyes still on the boy in question. "This is normal, you know? Interest in the opposite sex? But Chloe, you need to stop." She finally turned to Chloe, eyes narrowed. "You're not like other girls."
"I'm special." Chloe hung her head, repeating what she'd heard all her life.
"You and your sisters were genetically bred to evolve, Chloe." Ma told her. "Because your grandfather needs you to be different, he needs you to do your best."
She looked away.
"You can't-----have a puppy crush
on the cute boy next door." Ma leaned down and placed her hands hard on Chloe's shoulders. "Your life will be to serve your grandfather's will. To help him. And if you are to breed, it will be with another like you, so your grandfather can be safe and content." Her grip tightened painfully. "You don't want to let your grandfather down, do you, Chloe?"
Grandfather was scarier than Ma and Pa.
She'd only seen him once and that was one time too many.
"Good girl." Ma nodded, patting Chloe's head and turning her towards the window. "Now give that boy one more look and never look for him again. Forget him. Do you hear me?"
"Yes." Chloe whispered, tears filling her eyes as she looked up out through the window, as Sam stood, sighing.
He shook his head and walked out into the street, going to cross.
He wasn't paying attention, didn't see the cars coming towards him in both lanes until they were nearly on top of him, honking loudly, light blinding him.
Chloe's eyes widened in horror, placing her hands on the window glass. "No
And suddenly, the cars flipped backwards before reaching him, resting on their tops, wheels spinning rapidly in the air.
Every metallic thing around rattled viciously, bent sharply away from him.
Sam's eyes were wide where he'd been crouched, hands on his head.
The teenaged boy stood slowly, looking around him, confused.
Chloe watched in shock.
What----what had just happened?
She looked up at Ma, to see the woman looking down at her in shock.
"Did-?" Chloe cleared her throat. "Did you
"No." Ma's lips turned up in a smile. "You
"Come on Chloe!" Ma snapped, throwing the metal bucket at her.
The girl ducked and avoided it. "I don't know how I did it!"
Ma snarled. "Do something!"
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"Why won't you do it?" Lois asked, sitting up in Chloe's bed. "They'd stopped injecting you...but if you don't do it again..."
Chloe hugged her pillow to her chest. "But I don't know how
I did it---or what
Lana lay with her head on Lois' lap. "Maybe it's something about Sam that triggers your power."
The two other girls turned to look at her.
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"What if we go see the boy?" Ma asked at dinner after another unsuccessful attempt to get Chloe's powers to manifest themselves once more.
Chloe looked up from her meal, eyes wide. "To see Sam
Lois and Lana shared wide-eyed gazes.
Pa went still, face impassive.
." Ma nodded.
Fear coiled up in Chloe's stomach as she looked from Ma to Pa frantically.
They were going to hurt Sam.
She-she should've stayed away!
Now because of her
"Stop looking as if I told you I'm going to stab him." Ma snapped. "I just want to meet him." She twirled her fork in her hand. "Say hello." A sneer appeared on those lips. "Be neighborly
Chloe sunk into her chair, nausea rising in her throat.
It was worse than she'd feared.
They were going to kill
Chloe looked up in time to see the utensil jerked out of Pa's hand and zoom towards her at a frightening speed.
The girl ducked...as all of the silverware threw themselves at the wall behind her.
"I was fucking using that you cunt!" Pa snapped, standing and slamming his hand on the table.
"I'm sorry!" Chloe whimpered, trying to melt into the seat, praying to all holy that if he was going to hit her that he'd just use his hand this time.
It hurt less when it was his hand, and the marks disappeared quicker.
Ma grabbed her napkin and used it to whip his face.
"Fuckdammit!" He yelled, holding his stinging face.
Lana crawled out of her seat and onto Lois's, terror in her large hazel eyes.
"We want her to use her abilities, you numbskull!" Ma snapped at him. "Not
terrify her into subconsciously locking it away again!"
"I've had enough of you, you fucking bitch!" Pa lunged at her.
In seconds Ma pulled out one of the knives embedded in the wall and thrusted it up into Pa's throat, before slicing it open with a swift horizontal move.
The girls screamed in terror, and Lana began to cry, clutching onto Lois as if for dear life.
Pa's body fell to the ground, and he gasped desperately for air.
"Stop your sniveling." Ma used the top of her palm to wipe at the blood that'd spurted on her. "You were going to see it sooner or later. Textbook assassination is nothing like the real thing, I'll give you that, but when I saw my first murder I didn't bat an eyelash. And that's that I didn't have your advantages."
Chloe's chest hurt.
It was hard to breathe.
"You're going to be no damned good if this is how you react." Ma kicked at Pa as he began to choke on his own blood, trying to breathe yet unable to. "He would've snuck into each of your rooms at night if I hadn't kept an eye on him. So don't cry over this ass."
The girls tried to stop.
"I SAID DON'T CRY!"
They forced themselves silent.
"Good." Ma wiped the blood on the knife off on the table cloth. "Lois, take him down to the basement."
Lois went pale.
"Lana, take everything with blood down there too."
Lana closed her eyes tightly but nodded.
"Chloe." Ma turned to her. "Grab your gloves and the cleaning equipment and put what I've taught you to use." She fixed her hair while looking at herself in the reflection of the knife. "When I come down tomorrow morning I want to find this place spic and span. I don't want any trace of blood or a crime scene. Nothing police or anyone could find and use to track us down. Do you understand?"
"Yes ma'am." Lana whispered.
Chloe looked down at Pa, as he looked at her, struggling with his last breath.
The blonde screamed when Ma grabbed her arm and spun her around viciously.
"I said DO YOU UNDERSTAND soldier
Chloe looked up into those furious blue eyes. "Yes Ma."
Ma suddenly smiled brightly. "Good." She let go of the girl's arm, oblivious to the ugly, hand-shaped bruise already beginning to darken her skin as she smiled at the girls. "And when you're finished go straight to bed. We're going to the store tomorrow morning and we want to look our best, don't we?"
"Yes ma'am." They knew better than not to answer.
Ma smiled. "Good night girls." She paused before turning to Chloe. "Someone
is going to be getting her very own collar. Congratulations, I knew you had it in you." And with that she waltzed up the stairs.
Chloe collapsed to her knees on the ground, eyes welling up with the tears she'd had to suppress.
Lana doubled over and vomited.
Lois looked down at Pa. "He's still alive
." She looked up at the stairs and then down at him, breathing rapidly, close to a panic attack. "I can't----he's still----I-----."
Chloe reached for her hand.
Lois' bottom lip began to tremble, and she was still breathing erratically as she squeezed Chloe's hand tightly.
"I don't want to do this.
" Lana whispered, still bent over. "I don't want
to be that
"We don't have a choice
." Lois whispered, looking upstairs worriedly as she fingered her collar necklace.
this." Lana broke down crying, covering her face with her hands.
Lois and Chloe shared a look, and Lois went to hug the girl.
Chloe looked back at Pa.
He was staring unseeingly up at her, his body unnaturally still.
She reached over with trembling fingers and closed his eyelids shut.
She knew what the concept of death was-but this was the first time she'd actually seen it happen.
Was it always this brutal?
The textbooks made her believe so, but it was hard for her to wrap her mind around the idea of everyone in the world meeting their end in such a way.
The blonde pulled her fingers away from Pa, staring numbly at the blood covering her digits.
She wondered if a jerk was still a jerk if he was dead.
Or if he was simply dead.