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The New Circle 39/? 
2nd-Jun-2013 08:23 pm
Chloe---spell
The New Circle (Part 2)
Title: The New Circle
Fandoms: Smallville/Secret Circle
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent, Pete Ross, Lana Lang, Whitney Fordman, Greg Arkin, Nell Potter, John Blackwell, Gabe Sullivan, Lex Luthor, Davis Bloome, Jason Teague, Tess Mercer, Oliver Queen, Patricia Swan...
Rating: T
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Chloe Sullivan had a normal-ish life before the circle and John Blackwell turned her life upside down and gave new meaning to the unexplained weirdness that goes on in Smallville. Now life's a witch, she's a part of a circle she's not too sure she wants to be bound to, and not only do they have to worry about Witch-Hunters, but unknowingly to them another circle is on the hunt too.
Wanna thank tenshinrtaiga for betaing!


It was the morning of the Chance Harbor Circle's departure and Chloe was out back, seated on the steps, staying out of the way. She'd felt somewhat uncomfortable in her own home because of the strangers, and the fact that she'd tried to kill them twice, so she'd decided to stay out of the way as much as possible. Especially today of all days. They'd come here because they'd been worried about Diana and she wasn't going to get in the way of their last bits of conversation, especially since she felt somewhat guilty that Diana was staying here instead of returning with them. Those six in there had been a Circle, and a strong one, before she'd come along and Chloe could get why Cassie wasn't exactly her biggest fan. She did have a way of disrupting previously cemented Circles, didn't she? Lana was going to be pissed when she came back and found out that not only did Whitney and Chloe still not want to be a part of her Circle, but that Greg had apparently decided to join Chloe's nonexistent Circle as well.

The door opened and closed behind her before someone she hadn't expected sat down next to her.

They were silent for a couple of minutes before he cleared his throat. "We'll be leaving in a couple of minutes."

Chloe turned her head to glance at him as he stared ahead of him. "Are you still in love with her?"

Adam thought for a moment before sighing, lowering his head. "I don't know."

She continued to eye him, waiting for him to continue, feeling somehow that this was a question he'd needed to be asked for a while now.

"How much did she tell you about her, me and Cassie?" Adam asked softly.

"Everything. Down to the potion you took to stop loving Cassie."

He nodded, gazing ahead of him. "It seems like a fading dream – the whole "I'm in love with Cassie" thing. I suppose it's the potion, it gives me a sense of detachment from the whole thing, almost as if it never really happened." He made a face. "I remember loving Diana, I understand why I loved her, but I think that while I can't remember why I loved Cassie or how I loved her – I can never really do that to Diana. I would never want to hurt her that way ever again."

And that in itself proved just how much he cared about her sister.

Chloe had to admit she liked this guy. She maybe wasn't in lust with him or anything, but she seriously liked him. Something about him had gotten her to stand down from killing the others and there was just a soft spirit within him that was refreshing. Also, she'd watched the way he'd been with Diana and knew that even if he wasn't sure if he still was in love with Diana, he did love her. She'd like him for that much alone even if for no other reason.

"Take care of her for me, will ya?" He continued to stare ahead. "It's one of the reasons why I took that magic – because I couldn't protect her or Cassie." He lowered his eyes and let out a dark little chuckle. "Even the magic didn't find me worthy. It thought I was weak, a "bitch-boy"."

Chloe flinched slightly at the memory of those words leaving her mouth that night.

"I knew right away what I'd done was wrong, but by then it was too late." There was a haunting expression in his eyes. "It was horrible. I had nightmares every night. I was so tired. It affected my Conant magic and I wasn't sure when it would work, when it wouldn't, and when it'd backfire." He let out a little sigh. "I could feel this other personality inside of me, one I hated, which was driving me and my actions. I was moody and, well, let's just saw I don't blame Melissa for ending things between us."

Chloe had a feeling he hadn't told this to anyone yet, that he needed to let it off of his chest and that she was the only one who'd really get what he'd been going through.

"I'd been worried about Diana when she just up and left with Grant. There was just something I didn't trust about him. But when she said that she was with her eldest sibling, the dark magic inside of me just reacted. I almost couldn't breathe for a second. It wanted me to find her so I'd find you." He covered his face with his hands. "I was so agitated that day we arrived in Smallville; so jumpy, so itchy. And the closer I got to the flower shop, somehow I just knew – and then the dark magic inside of me wanted us all dead. I knew it deep inside. I knew somehow it had manipulated our emotions and our reactions so that you'd end up fighting us and killing us. It was only after you'd finally taken that thing out of me that I could control myself enough to-" He let out a heavy sigh, finally letting his hands slip from his face. "I'm a failure, just like my father, unable to protect those I care about the most."

She frowned before reaching out and placing her hand on his shoulder, giving it a little squeeze. "I think you're stronger than you give yourself credit for."

He turned his gaze on her. "How so?"

"You saved everyone's life the other day and you didn't use one bit of magic." Chloe gave him a wry smile. "I'm distrustful of people by nature, even those closest to me I have to fight to keep from pushing away, but I like you. I guess you can say my spirit takes to you."

He blushed slightly.

"Maybe it's the light in you that makes us dark Balcoin girls just stop and look at you." She eyed him curiously. "You're a good guy, Adam Conant. Go easier on yourself."

Adam continued looking at her before smiling slowly. "Only if you stop trying to push people away."

"I am!" She gave a little laugh, not at all offended. "It's not easy but I'm trying."

"Well, while you're at it, don't give up on Cassie." Adam's smile was intact, but his eyes determined. "She pushes people away too, for the same reasons you do. It took her forever to stop pushing us away and actually accept that she was a part of a Circle." His grin grew wide. "You two are actually really alike." He held his hand out between them. "Deal?"

Chloe eyed the hand before smiling softly and putting hers in his. "Deal."

They shook hands, smiling.

Neither noticed Diana and Cassie watching them from the kitchen window, the brunette with a small smile on her face, the blonde with an unreadable expression.

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"You didn't!" Melissa gasped in shock, eyeing her seriously gutsy best friend.

"Why are you so surprised?" Faye wanted to know, eyeing herself in the mirror in Diana's room, which they had commandeered during their stay. "I should have been a part of this Circle anyway. Mom was desperate to have John's kid, everyone knows it."

Melissa raised an eyebrow. "Faye…"

"Plus, she has brothers." The tall, leggy brunette smiled at her reflection. "I can always correct mom's mistakes and become a Balcoin this way!"

Melissa palmed her face. "You're incorrigible."

"Oh please. Plus, you'll probably end up in this Lana Lang's Circle with Clark. Considering you said he promised Lang and Chloe's brother Pete that they'd all be in one Circle, and Greg and Whitney are definitely not going to budge from Team Chloe, Lang is going to need the numbers because she's going to be three short." Faye thought that over, not exactly sure why, if they had a choice, anyone would want to belong to a Circle that wasn't the Matriarch Balcoin Circle. This brother of Chloe's didn't sound too smart. Then again, neither was Cassie. Now, if Faye had been born a Balcoin, she'd have found all five of her siblings and joined into a Circle immediately. The thought of the potential of a pure Balcoin Circle was just…

Faye fanned herself.

Melissa knew her best friend well enough to not ask what was going through her mind.

"Plus, she challenged me." Faye turned away from her reflection to eye her best friend. "I don't think I've been challenged to show my worth before." She grinned. "Sounds like fun."

Melissa sighed, shaking her head. "You realize you're trying to steal Cassie's place in her rightful Circle, right?"

"She's just as rightfully a part of the Chance Harbor Circle," Faye pointed out. "She is the one who so obviously doesn't want to be a part of this one. So why shouldn't I take advantage of a stupid move like that?"

Knowing there was no way she was going to be able to reason with her bestie, Melissa just shrugged and left the room, Faye trailing behind.

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"What now?" Mikhail wondered. "We've found the Firstborn and we know what we need to know. What. Now?"

"Do we have any more use for those two in the dungeon?" Trent wanted to know, playing with the blade in his hand. "I could probably get them to talk more. Once people break-"

"We have no more use for them." The one sitting in the shadows stood, shaking his head. "Kill them."

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"Get in."

Chloe raised an eyebrow, eyeing the man who'd pushed open the car door and was half leaning out of it. "It's not the best of times right now."

Lex Luthor merely raised his eyebrow.

Gazing behind her where the others were still saying their goodbyes, Chloe slipped into the car and closed the door behind her, putting on her seatbelt. "So, to what do I owe this kidnapping?"

He smirked, putting on his shades before speeding out, finally catching the attention of the others. "We're behind on our studies."

She raised an eyebrow at him. "Really? This couldn't wait until the others were officially gone?"

"I didn't realize you all had become BFFs." His lips twitched at that teenaged word.

"We hadn't, but you're a rich boy, I'm sure even you were taught manners."

His lips twitched more visibly. "I have impeccable manners."

"When it suits you." She turned her gaze out the window, realizing for the first time that they weren't heading towards the Manor. "Where are you taking me?"

"Metropolis."

She turned her gaze towards him, eyes wide in shock. "What sort of field trip is this?"

"It's necessary," Lex assured her. "We've already proven that the Enthrallment doesn't work on me, and Jason won't play along, so unless you want to go kissing all the boys in your neighborhood, then I thought you might appreciate the anonymity of Metropolis."

Chloe leaned back hard on her seat, thinking about what he was saying and a little shocked because she hadn't really thought about that. He was very serious and, well, she was appreciative of that. The more he learnt the more she did.

Still, she made a face. "I'm not going to be kissing boys left, right and center, right? Because I don't want to get cooties."

He choked a laugh as he turned towards her, teeth showing in his grin. "Cooties? What are you? Five?"

"How about this, then?" She blushed slightly. "Do you know the amount of germs in the human mouth?"

"Staphylococcus epidermidis. Streptococcus mitis. Streptococcus salivarius. Streptococcus mutans. Lactobacillus..."

"Okay, okay!" Chloe interrupted his spiel of germs. "You're not helping your case. All you've done is given cooties various scientific names."

"Cooties." He laughed, shaking his head.

"Have you ever gotten someone back together?"

He turned his gaze towards her. "Excuse me?"

She didn't even know why she was talking to him about this. "I have a friend who broke up with his girlfriend because he thought she was cheating on him, but she wasn't and she says I have to get them get back together again because I'm the only friend of his she can stand." She pursed her lips in thought. "Thing is, I'm not exactly the matchmaking type. The closest thing I could think of is locking them in a closet or something until they talked things out, but that seems very fanfiction stereotypical."

"Fanfiction?" Lex raised an eyebrow.

"Every girl has her hobby." She sidestepped the question with a shrug, eyeing him. "Anyway, what do you have planned? How are we doing this?"

"I want to monitor your brain functions during the process and I have that equipment at my place in Metropolis, another reason why we're going there."

Chloe gulped, remembering that Diana wanted to come along so that Lex wouldn't get the idea of cutting into her or something. "How do you plan on monitoring my brain functions?"

"Nothing as dramatic as you're obviously imagining." He was, once more, highly amused with her. "I'll just attach two sensors to your temples and one to the back of your head with tape and they'll wirelessly transmit to the computer. It'll be painless." Sensing the way she eyed him Lex pulled off his shades and turned to look her in the eyes despite the fact that he was driving. "I promise."

She didn't answer, just stared into his eyes before looking out the window once more.

He put his shades back on and continued to drive.

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"What do you mean they escaped?" he snarled in fury as he gazed at his shocked men. "They were tortured within an inch of their lives, lost a finger each, and could hardly stay conscious! So how in the world could they have not only gotten out of their binds but this facility?"

"It seems impossible, unless they were helped." She joined him, raising an eyebrow, her protective, hiding charms swishing as she folded her arms over her chest.

"Are you accusing one of us of being a traitor, bitch?" Brent snarled.

"Say that to our faces." Trent tightened his hold on the blade.

Mikhail just leaned against the wall. "I'm too lazy to actually do something like that."

No one disputed that.

"That's not important right now," another voice declared as yet another male stood, languidly. "We know what we need to know. They're no threat to us. Not anymore." He turned to the first male. "We just need to act a little quicker than planned."

The other nodded, letting out a sigh. "Yes, we do." He shot a deathly glare to the others. "But we will re-address this little issue later. Be sure of that!"

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"You Luthors sure know how to make a girl feel romantic," Chloe quipped as Lex finished attaching the sensors to her temples, which were still a little sensitive from the attack from the Boogey Man. She also had a sensor taped over her heart and another against her solar plexus. It'd gotten a little awkward for her when he'd put those two on her but she'd refused to back down or offer to do them herself because she could feel how much her nervousness amused him. The sadist.

"Yes, we do. It's a natural gift." He turned his gaze towards the monitors, which were each receiving data from each of the sensors and transmitting them on the screen. She had no idea what any of the stuff she saw meant, but it must have been okay because Lex looked quite proud of himself. "Do try your hardest not to fall for me."

The girl couldn't keep the snicker from escaping her lips at that one. "Yeah, I will try my damnedest, but with this sort of treatment, it might all be a losing battle."

He chuckled, sending her a little look before going towards the monitors. "These will feed to my laptop in the next room. The John will come in here, you do your thing and keep it going for long enough to get a good reading." He pulled out a mask from behind one of the monitors and came to her, placing it over her face. "I don't want any random John to know what my little Firstborn looks like."

"Stop referring to them as Johns. I feel like a call girl. Also? I'm not your little Firstborn," she grumbled as she stared up into his face with a pout. "And anyway, shouldn't he be wearing some sort of sensor too so you can read how his brain and body react?"

"You have a scientist's brain, Miss Sullivan." Lex looked quite pleased with her. "Thing is, I don't know how powerful this thing is going to be or how it'll affect my equipment, so I'd prefer to have to redo the test and just test the subject being Enthralled than to hook the both of you up and experience an explosion."

She gulped at the very thought. "I see your point."

"Thought you would." He got up, looking at the clock. "Remember, the John thinks that this is a test on your lip gloss, which is supposed to "heighten" the feeling of a kiss for both parties."

"Yeah, yeah, go away already." She made shooing motions. "And stop calling him a John!"

Lex laughed on his way out.

Chloe grumbled to herself, sure he could hear all the names she was calling him as she just changed positions over and over again on the sofa as the minutes passed. The way Lex had been talking, the guy should have arrived by now, but another couple of minutes passed and she stood, getting fidgety now that she really had time to think about what she was going to do. Was she really going to have to kiss strangers now? Was that what she had to expect every time Lex wanted to check her powers?

Sure, it made sense considering that was how she was able to Enthrall people, and yet still… damn! The whole thing would end up making her unfeeling to kisses! They wouldn't seem so special and important to her anymore! And she resented that! And yet, if she ever wanted to have a normal kiss with a guy she liked and not worry that she was brainwashing him into becoming her mindless little slave, this was exactly what she was going to have to do. And that sucked, but it was something inescapable.

Sighing, Chloe threw herself back on the sofa and grumbled more against Lex as she thought back to her kisses, the first being Whitney the night when her power had awoken.

Now that she thought about it... Whitney had been her first and last kiss.

And she was kinda "married" to him magic wise.

Damn.

He'd never let her live any of that down if he ever found out!

Suddenly, the door opened and a tall, dark haired man stepped in, his eyes narrowing when he saw her. "Who the hell are you and what are you doing here?"

She sat up straighter on the sofa, recognizing him as the guy she'd seen while trying to fix the video link between the Smallville Luthorcorp facility and Lionel Luthor's computer. Even though he was handsome, she'd forgotten all about him and it was a shock to see him again.

This was the John?

Him?

Talk about coincidences!

"I asked you a question," his voice was a snarl as he stalked to her dangerously, fist clenching, static electricity crackling around it. "How the hell did you get passed the wards and got inside here?"

Oh dear god, he was a witch!

Lex had her practicing on witches!

And this one was pissed!

Or, uh, was this part of the rouse somehow?

She was so confused as she stood, staring up into his face, not sure exactly how she was supposed to be reacting.

He reached out and grabbing her by the front of her shirt, easily lifting her off of her feet and into the air as he snarled into her face. "I'm giving you two seconds before I-"

A test!

This was a test!

Lex was testing how her powers reacted when she was in danger!

That sneaky little bastard!

Reaching out, Chloe wrapped her arms around his neck and brought the shocked man's lips to hers as she kissed him. This was the first time she'd kissed someone since Francis Balcoin's magic had begun residing within her (apparently dormant for now) and she was a little fearful of how it'd affect the Enthrallment, and yet as her lips moved over his, she could feel the power within her humming to life and slithering rapidly up her throat (an almost ticklish sensation) and into his mouth as he slowly began kissing her back.

This was the first time that she'd actually wanted to Enthrall someone and it worked, the girl grinning into the kiss in pride before giving a little gasp when he let go of her shirt to cup her ass and give her leverage, easily holding her weight in his one hand as the other trailed down her thigh before encouraging it to curl around his waist.

He was – strong!

Chloe gave a little cry as they were twirled around, the blonde holding onto him in fear of slipping and falling – and then he was seated on the sofa and she was straddling him and not exactly sure how they'd managed that swift move without getting hurt somehow. She pulled away slightly, eyeing the way his lips glowed pink slightly before going back to normal, the blonde narrowing her greens at that new response before giving a little cry when his hand reached behind her head to pull her into another kiss.

Pulling away, Chloe stumbled off of him and cleared her throat. "I-uh-" It was only then that she realized she'd never really ordered someone under Enthrallment before and wasn't exactly sure how to do this. "How are you feeling?"

He just smirked at her.

She gulped, not sure exactly how to do any of this and knowing Lex was probably watching and palming his face at her and her efforts.

The annoyance of that thought filled her with courage as she turned to him. "Will you do something for me?"

"Anything." That was the first word from his lips since she'd kissed him, the man standing as he came towards hers only to fall on his knees before her, his hands rising to her hips, his lips pressing against her stomach.

Chloe's eyes widened and she knew she was blushing red hot as she stammered. "I-I." She cleared her throat, looking up at the ceiling as he began to rub his cheek against her abdomen adoringly. "Stand on your hands and then on only one."

He pulled away from her and then did as commanded.

Effortlessly.

Dear god.

Who was this guy?

Chloe just stared at him in shock as he balanced on his two hands before finally ending up on one.

The door behind her opened and closed and Lex's footsteps could be heard as he reached her side, eyeing the John. "He arrived sooner than I expected."

"I thought he was kind of late," Chloe murmured as she watched him.

"He's not your John." Lex folded his arms over his chest. "He's one of my men."

Chloe's eyes widened as she swung her gaze to Lex. "What?"

"You have a knack for unknowingly Enthralling my men." Lex seemed far from pleased. "I should probably be relieved Tess and Oliver are not here or you'd probably already have them as your pawns as well."

"Why are you angry with me?" she snapped at him, forgetting all about the guy on his hand. "I'm just doing what you told me to do!"

"I never told you to Enthrall Davis," Lex declared before turning and walking out of the room. "We're done for the day. Order him to the Quarantine Room until this wears off. I'm taking you back."

Chloe glared at his back before turning back to Davis and sighing as she pulled off the sensors from her, placing them on the table. "Enough. Stand up."

He quickly and easily did as told.

She gave him an apologetic smile. "Sorry about everything, but could you please go and stay in the Quarantine Room until you no longer feel the urge to follow my every command?"

"I shall happily die in there." Davis gave her a beautiful smile before leaving, determined.

Chloe groaned as she watched him leave, bringing her palm to her face with a little groan.

This was going to be so very awkward once the Enthrallment wore off.

Comments 
3rd-Jun-2013 05:59 am (UTC)
rolof.... i'm really!....rolof again,
seams lex isn't that great with planning like he thought...
and what will jason do... loved the updated ...thank you sooo much
4th-Jun-2013 05:11 am (UTC)
Nope, things aren't working out how Lex planned it at all!
7th-Jun-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
LOL!! Love that Lex was trying to make Chloe uncomfortable with the John's and just love, love that his plans backfired on him.

*giggles madly* heeee Chloe kissed Davis!!!! XDDDDDD

Does it make me evil that I want to know how Jason is going to react when he finds out that Chloe enthralled Davis??
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