Title: Secrets Of The Soul
Pairing: Slight Chloe/Jeremy
Fandoms: Smallville/The Vampire Diaires
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When Chloe's dad dies in the safehouse explosion, Chloe is sent to Mystic Falls to hide. But then ghosts, a secret connection, and a troubled Jeremy Gilbert appear in her life...and once Chloe has the answer to her question, she's left with so many more.
Written for my Paranormal25 150 Prompt Table. Prompt used #33
: Gray Lady.
"Do you know how hard you were to track?"
Chloe turned towards the sound, gulping when she saw a beautiful woman with long red hair. She didn't know her, had never seen her before, but she knew who she was.
She was the one who was going to kill her.
"Lionel would have been bored if I'd made it easy for him." Chloe replied, trying to be brave and keep the tremor from her voice.
"Ah, yes, Mister Luthor." The redhead grinned, fingers growing into long claws. "He's promised great things for the person who can bring you in so he can punish you himself. When I found out where you were, I killed the traitor in your bodyguards and your bodyguards as well...and I covered up any track that might lead any of the others to you. I am bringing you to him myself and collecting the reward."
She'd prefer to die right now at the hand of this meteor freak than be sent back to Lionel.
The things he'd done were atrocious...and he'd make her pay for exposing them.
"Come come little kitty." The woman chuckled, claws extending further.
Chloe backed away and tripped on something, falling down on the grave of Evelyn Gilbert with a cry.
The woman laughed and came towards her, before suddenly stopping, eyes wide. "What the fuck?"
Chloe looked behind her, following the woman's gaze, and her own eyes widened when Evelyn Gilbert's ghost stood behind her, half emerged from her tombstone.
Suddenly Evelyn's spirit rushed out at the woman, entering her.
The woman's eyes were wide, terrified, as she brought her own claws to her neck and began to slice herself open, blood spurting everywhere.
Chloe watched, horrified, unable to even scream as the ghost manipulated the woman into mutilating herself until she was nothing but shredded, bloody skin.
And then the woman collapsed, dead, and the ghost left her body.
Chloe began backing up in horror as the ghost came towards her, her back hitting the tombstone.
Feeling the air around her grow colder, Chloe looked up in time to see Thaddeus before he stepped into her body.
There was cold.
There were shivers.
And then suddenly memories began to almost download into her mind of a young Scottish immigrant escaping Scotland, alone in the world and jaded from having lost his family, his fortune, and his will to live. He arrived in Mystic Falls and just worked, getting by day by day. Evelyn Gilbert was the town beauty and spoiled rotten by everyone, used to getting her way and what she wanted, and so when she set her eyes on him Thaddeus didn't pay her any mind. He wasn't impolite, but he hedged any questions, refused any invitations, and even ignored her sometimes, waiting for her flimsy fancy to wear off and for her to set her sights on a Salvatore or Lockwood or Fell.
And yet Evelyn persisted on, the weeks turning into months,
And slowly, so gradually he didn't even realize it, he'd fallen in love with the spoiled princess who followed him around town despite the gossip being said against her. Her dark eyes and hair, her surprisingly intelligent mind, her sharp wit, and that smile...they were things he began to think of constantly. They haunted him even during the times she didn't.
Still, Thaddeus knew that he wasn't the sort of man who married a woman like Evelyn Gilbert, and he continued on refusing her advances and her feelings. She deserved much more than a poor immigrant could give her. She deserved someone so much better than he.
And he knew that she would soon realize this.
She had to.
Chloe gasped, coming out of the trance, finding the ghost of Evelyn gone.
Thaddeus wasn't anywhere either, but something was different inside Chloe.
It was as if he'd disintegrated inside of her, giving her some of his memories before finishing her.
For the first time since she could remember, Chloe felt complete.
And that terrified her.
Was she the reincarnation of a soldier who'd died in the Civil War?
If so...that would mean that either Elena or Jeremy were the reincarnation of Evelyn...and Chloe wasn't ready to consider either option.
Instead, her gaze rested on the dead, mutilated before in front of her, and reached for her cellular, she called the only one she could.
"What do you think?" Elena asked, going to sit down on the sofa next to her aunt. "Can we safely guess where he was last night now?"
"I vote yes." Jenna nodded, chewing on her nail. "I don't know how I feel about it though. Is this a step in the right direction or another step in the wrong one?"
"Well, he didn't look high when he came to school, thats a first." Elena mumbled, worried as always about her troubled brother. "And you saw him, he was researching, studying. It mightn't have been homework but how long has it been since you've seen Jeremy do something like researching a topic?"
"Miranda and Grayson were still alive." Jenna sighed, hugging a pillow to her chest. "And when I took the snacks as an excuse to make sure they weren't just getting high or making out up there they didn't realize I was watching them for a while. And it was all innocent. I mean, they were really researching Evelyn and both very much interested in what they were reading."
"Evelyn?" Elena made a face.
"An ancestor of yours. Very tragic story. I'll tell you it one day." Jenna promised. "But the thing is, that's the kind of stuff Jeremy should be doing...not chasing after someone who obviously doesn't care about him."
"Maybe I should talk to her in school tomorrow. Get to know her better." Elena decided. "She's the 'Mystery Girl' of school because she doesn't have any friends, doesn't have any family, and doesn't say anything about herself." Sisterly worried entered the pretty brunette. "I'd like to get to know her better, especially if Jeremy's planning on hanging out with her more."
"I agree." Jenna nodded. "Although, I have to say, off the bat she seems nice-if not a little flighty." Jenna made a face. "The way she turned so pale and ran away for no apparent reason..."
"She's hiding something." Elena decided.
"Isn't everyone?" Jenna mumbled.
Elena had to agree to that. "Still, it won't kill her to have a friend."
"And you're going to make her see that?" Jenna grinned.
"Of course." Elena grinned brightly. "I'll start Operation: Make Friends With Chloe Alexander tomorrow."