Title: Prelude To Chaos
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Akito Sohma, Hatori Sohma, Lex Luthor, Gabriel Sullivan, Lana Lang
Fandoms: Smallville/Fruits Basket
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When Lex's newest potential business partner, Akito Sohma, is decided to stay in Chloe's home due to his illness, she thought she'd be stuck with a sick old dude. She didn't know she'd get caught up in the affairs of the vindictive 'god' of the juunishi.IMPORTANT.
I know that there's a BIG
difference between the anime and manga "Akito", but this is the anime Akito...which means Akito's biologically a guy.A/N
Since Fruits Basket is an anime, and I felt weird about putting Chloe with a cartoon guy in a banner, I've chosen actor Yamashita Tomohisa
to portray Akito Sohma
"I don't...understand." Seventeen year old Chloe Sullivan frowned, pulling a strand of blonde hair behind her ear as she looked from her father to his boss, Lex Luthor, and back. "Why do they have to stay here? Why not at some fancy hotel in Metropolis?" She pouted. "If this Sohma dude is as rich as you say, shouldn't he prefer to be in the lap of luxury instead of some mediocre home in the middle of a leafy hamlet?"
"Chloe!" Gabe cried, turning to his boss. "She means no disrespect, Mister Luthor, for the house you supplied for us to stay in."
Lex snorted. "Don't worry Gabe, I've gotten used to Chloe's...way of expressing herself." The bald billionaire turned his darkly amused attention to the faintly embarrassed blonde. "And as for your question, Mister Akito Sohma is very ill, and he left the comfort of his own home to meet with us about this partnership with LexCorp. He needs a more homey environment than a hotel can provide."
"What about the big ass castle you live in?" Chloe pointed out. "More then enough room there to shove the old fart into. Your beds are bigger too."
"Chloe!" Gabe cried once more.
Both Chloe and Lex ignored him, locked, as always, in a battle of wits they both seemed to enjoy.
Gabe never seemed to realize this.
Bless his poor soul.
"You've been to the castle, Chloe." Lex raised an eyebrow. "On a scale from 1 to 10 how homey is it?"
He had her there.
"Alright." Chloe frowned, giving in. "You said it's only going to be for a couple of days, right?"
"Three at the most." Lex nodded, smug at having won.
Gabe continued to look between them in obvious worry, not sure if this was going to end well or not.
He should have learnt a long time ago that when Chloe and Lex were in the same room they argued, a lot, very loudly, and sometimes were downright dirty in their insults and barbs...but that at the end of the day both walked away feeling morbidly satisfied from venting their frustrations out on each other.
It was somewhat of an abusive relationship, but it was effective.
"I'm not playing nursemaid to the old man." Chloe warned, pointing her finger dangerously in Lex's face.
Lex grinned, capturing said finger, enclosing his fingers around it softly. "I already have three maids who will come to take care of him night and day."
"Where will they sleep?" Chloe blinked, curious, not bothering to pull her hand from his grip. "We only have four rooms, and you said that the dude's traveling with his live-in doctor, so they'd take up the two guest rooms."
Gabe felt more relieved now that he realized things were cooling down between his daughter and his boss-both very scary and confusing individuals for him in their own way.
"They will come in shifts, so that solves that matter." Lex announced, smirking. "So, shall we shake on it? Peace?"
She raised an eyebrow before finally nodding, shaking the finger he still had holding.
He chuckled, shaking the finger.
Gabe let out a sigh and slowly eased himself into a seat.
Those two and their weird behavior were going to give him an early death.
He was sure of it.
"You should have given us more warning though, that was completely rude on your part." Chloe narrowed her eyes at Lex. "Just because you're a billionaire and my father's boss doesn't mean you can't be more thoughtful."
Gabe's pulse raced once more in utter horror.
Lex rolled his eyes in almost the same manner as a big brother whose younger sister was being more annoying than usual. "You know, if you don't change your attitude, Clark will never see you as a girl."
Gabe stood up once more, stomach sick.
Chloe tore her finger from Lex's hold and stabbed at his face with it angrily. "And if you don't change yours all of your marriages are going to continue to end in divorce long before the first year is up!"
Nausea swirled within Gabe sickeningly, terror in his eyes.
Lex and Chloe glared fiercely at each other, looking like they'd like nothing better than to murder the other.
And then, slowly, almost as one, the ferocity left their gazes and they smirked at each other, apparently at peace once more.
Gabe collapsed down on the sofa once more.
He should just give up and stop trying to understand this.
"Want an ice cream cone?" Chloe suddenly offered, all smiles and sunshine.
"Sure, why not?" Lex sat down on the lazyboy, stretching out, smiling at her as well. "It's hot even with the AC on, and Gabe and I still have to go over some things." He turned to Gabe. "Would you like some ice cream, Gabriel?"
Gabe only nodded mutely, not having the strength to do more.
"I'll be right back." Chloe smiled, turning to leave.
"Chocolate for me!" Lex called out after her.
"Well obviously." She snorted, disappearing into the kitchen.
Lex chuckled, reaching for his suitcase. "And to think I wanted a kid sister once."
Gabe sighed, leaning heavily back on his seat.
The only thing he could see good about Mister Sohma's visit was that Chloe and Lex would be on their best behavior while around each other, and Mister Sohma would probably ignore his daughter anyway.
There was no way things could be more weird or health-threatening than they were now.
Mister Sohma's visit could be considered a vacation.
If only he knew.
In the private Sohma jet, nineteen-year-old Akito Sohma coughed into his fist, his chest on fire.
"Akito-sama..." Hatori Sohma, his cousin and physician, was by his side.
"Get away!" Akito snapped, pushing him away, angry at him and everyone else.
At the whole fucking world.
"You are not well enough to travel, Akito-sama." Hatori began. "We should-."
"I want to do this! Now shut up! And go away!" Akito continued to cough, clutching at his chest. "Go!"
"As you wish," Hatori sighed, making that sound that made it seem as if the world was on his shoulders.
Akito wanted to claw at him.
Wanted to curse him.
Because of him and the rest of the filthy Juunishi he was dying-had been born only to die.
They were all waiting for him to die.
All hoping that the next time he fell ill it'd be the last.
And he wouldn't let them have the joy.
He'd die young because of this curse, and he'd make sure he dragged it as long as he could-and drag them all with him.
Finally, finally, the coughing gave way to silence.
His chest still burned though.
Akito's gaze went out to the window, at the vastness of the skies, lost in his own dark thoughts.