Sequel to: Number Five
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Lois Lane, Lucy Lane, Mogadorians
Fandoms: Smallville/I Am Number Four
Disclaimer: Don't Own
Summary: Chloe has been training with Lois and Lucy and just can't get close to her cousin's standards. Her relationship with her mother isn't any better, Lucy resents her, and then Mogadorians attack while the girls are trapped in a cave.
"You're putting too much strength here and not enough here. If you landed a blow you could break your wrist." Lois Lane announced, tapping the places she was finding fault with, hair up in a high ponytail and wearing shorts, combat boots, and a sliced up shirt. "Also, you're punching with your first, not your shoulder. Don't pull back to punch, you're giving everyone the heads up that you're going to punch them. Just go like this, see? It's quick, effective, and isn't anticipated."
"I give up." Chloe Sullivan groaned, sitting down and grabbing a bottle of water. "I wasn't made for fighting." She looked longingly towards the small cabin in the middle of the mountains that they called their home. "Why can't I just concentrate on the technological parts? I'm good at those."
"Because you can't throw fake IDs at the Mogadorians when they attack." Lucy Lane chuckled from where she was letting out her frustration from her latest argument with her father out on a sand-bag, body glistening with sweat. "If they attacked us now you'd be dead in seconds."
Chloe glared at her younger cousin. "Yes, well I wasn't trained from baby-hood to be Super Soldiers by my military father to fight some alien war."
"Yes, not everyone has had the luck we have." Lucy twirled, bringing her knee up into the sandbag, causing it to swing viciously, before she turned to face her cousin, wiping the sweat from her brow. "But you're going to have to catch up, and fast. For your own good. Out of the three of us, for some reason, you are the only one who apparently is going to be destined for a Number, so you're going to have to pick up the slack and show you're worthy."
"Lucy." Lois frowned.
"Worthy?" Chloe glared, standing. "Excuse me?"
"Also, you shouldn't be wearing Five's number, his Mate should." Lucy continued, pointing accusingly at Chloe's chest. "When a Number gives a girl his symbol it means something. It's disrespect to both his mate and your Number for you to be wearing Five's crest on you." She stalked towards Chloe and made to snatch her necklace, but ended up with her hand being smacked away. "You're Numbered, stop acting as if you're Numberless like us, and show some respect."
When Lucy made to grab the necklace once more, Chloe sidestepped her and whacked her hand away. When Lucy kicked out at her she grabbed the leg before it could hit her and used it to yank Lucy towards her, unbalancing her and easily knocking her to the ground before descending on the younger girl and straddling her body, pressing down warningly on her neck.
There was silence as the two girls looked at each other.
And then Lucy burst out into a large grin. "Now was that so hard?"
Realizing she'd been played, Chloe blushed and pushed off of her younger cousin, offering her her hand.
Taking it, Lucy got to her feet and brushed herself off. "Aunt Moira did that to me when I was being problematic at first. She pissed the hell outta me and I just used what I had learnt to shut her the hell up."
Chloe reached up to clasp Five's necklace.
"What she said about the necklace is true, though." Lois replied, leaning against the wall. "It's not a rule, but usually if a Number gives away his crest its to his chosen one."
"So when your Number sees you wearing some other dude's crest, he's gonna flip." Lucy grinned mischievously. "I'll love to see that."
"Clark and I are just friends." Chloe frowned, not liking the feeling that she had to defend their friendship.
"We know hon." Lois quickly responded.
Chloe sighed and turned, walking away from the sisters. She sent a glance in the direction of the cabin where her mother, father, and Doll were, and looked away, not wanting to see them either right now. Instead she walked into the deep forest that surrounded them on every side. Ever since she'd had to leave Smallville, she'd been trapped on this mountain with the mother she'd never known and the cousins she hadn't really gotten to know...and the lessons they could give her. Uncle Sam had given his daughters over to Moira to teach and train, all of them knowing that a battle with the Mogadorians was just around the bend and that they'd need as many capable soldiers as possible.
Chloe couldn't help but feel a little resentful at how easily she'd been pushed aside and forgotten.
The only reason why her mother had brought her into her life was because she would have died otherwise...and she was apparently important for her mother's beloved little war.
Shaking her head, Chloe moved deeper into the forest, hands trailing over the coarse bark of each tree she passed. Not for the first time her fingers clasped the pendant handing against her chest, wondering about her best friend, and how he was. Was he safe? Had he found others like him? Or had the Mogadorians found him?
Sighing, she moved forwards, heading towards the small waterfall that emptied out into a chest-deep lagoon. She gazed at the beautiful (even if it was a little murky) green tinted water, the heat of the day ever so more pronounced by the refreshment the water promised. The blonde didn't even take off her clothes. Sandals still on her feet she jumped in, the cold water causing goosebumps to fill her skin as she surfaced, sandals touching the moss-covered bottom as she wiped the water from her face. Those green eyes opened as she turned towards the waterfall, and she dove under the water once more, surfacing in the little ledge behind the waterfall itself.
Pulling herself up, nearly slipping a couple of times due to the moss, Chloe raised her hand which had the bracelet Moira had given her which while decorative, also doubled as a light once in darkness, lighting up more intensely blue the darker it got once she activated the hidden switch. It was solar charged, and lasted for days without having to be recharged. So with hand raised, the millions of tiny normally see through orbs lit up, and she could see the cave that led deep into the mountain. She'd discovered this entrance and had ben fascinated with it, keeping the finding to herself, and every time she came she'd venture in a little deeper until her claustrophobia won out and she was forced to return to the lagoon. But one day she'd gather up her courage, and some supplies, and she'd go in as deep as the cave took her.
It was her ultimate goal.
Taking in a deep breath, the blonde pressed on a little further, the darkness consuming around the blue orb of light around her. She nearly slipped once or twice on the miss growing on the humid floor, but continued on, finally coming up to the fork in the road, where the cave tunnel branched off into two smaller ones. She always found herself stopping here, gazing into the darkness of both veins, admittedly too intimidated to just pick one and venture forth.
"You know, this is kinda cool, in a horror movie-esque sorta way." A voice announced from the darkness.
Chloe screamed and twirled around, slipping on a patch of moss and falling on her ass, her two cousins eyeing her.
"Are you okay?" Lois asked, carefully making her way to Chloe, her own bracelet glowing.
"She landed on her ass. She's got padding." Lucy teased, joining her sister as she reached her cousin and held out her hand. "Though you kinda deserve it for not telling us about this place. Its kinda awesome."
"You've been here forever, if you hadn't found it by yourselves I figured it was your fault." Chloe muttered, accepting their help to her feet, as she rubbed her bottom. "So you followed me or something?"
"Something like that." Lois nodded, gaze going to the two tunnels. "What's on the other side?"
"No idea." Chloe shrugged. "I've never picked a tunnel."
"In our life we mightn't wake up tomorrow because a Mogadorian blade has been slammed into our hearts while we slept unawares." Lucy philosophized, entering one of the tunnels. "So I say live the moment without any hesitation."
Lois and Chloe shared looks before following after her, their combined lights lighting up the tunnel brightly.
"I can't believe I didn't discover this cave." Lucy muttered petulantly from the front. "I must have swam a hundred times in this lagoon and yet I never found this entrance. It's annoying."
"Will you stop being so competitive?" Lois rolled her eyes at her younger sister.
"Why? It's how we were raised, wasn't it?" Lucy wanted to know, eyes ahead of her. "If Aunt Moira had raised Chloe too none of us would be able to get along because we'd all be competitive and hard and...well...you know Aunt Moira would have pitted her and you against each other from the very second you were deemed old enough to hold weapons."
Chloe frowned at the thought.
Lois sighed. "Yeah well, Chloe was raised by her dad, not Aunt Moira."
"Lucky her." Lucy muttered darkly to herself before putting more distance between her and the two older girls.
Lois sent an apologetic glance in Chloe's direction before calling towards her sister. "We should go back. We haven't told Aunt Moira where we are, she's going to be pissed if she comes looking for us and can't find us."
"Too bad for her." Lucy snapped from ahead, trudging forwards.
Sighing, Lois and Chloe shared a look, silently following.