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The New Circle 44/? 
7th-Jun-2013 07:06 pm
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.
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"My Lady."

Chloe paused as she walked down the halls, servants hurrying around to prepare for the night's festivities, the blonde turning towards the male who'd called out to her. "Mr Bloome." She eyed him as he drew nearer.

He paused before her, staring down into her face. "I had hoped that the next time we would see each other would be under better circumstances, not with the threat of battle looming over us."

Chloe continued to stare up at him. "It is unfortunate."

"I-" He moved to raise his hand and caress her cheek and yet stopped himself at the last second before actually touching her, gulping as he lowered his hands. "I apologize for not being present to convey my condolences on the passing of your father. By the time I returned from my mission, you had already left the Luthor court and had taken the mantle of leadership." He cleared his throat. "It is with greatest sorrow that it has taken me this long to convey my sadness for his passing."

Chloe had never really known what to make of Davis Bloome. Ever since she was six years old, her father had sent her out, spending her summer months in the courts of Six, a different one each summer, alternating so that she could understand the differences in their courts and be better able to cooperate with them and the new leaders whenever she would take her father's place. The Luthor castle had always been one of her favored places to be; the court lively, the women cunning, and the men ruthless – and handsome. She'd grown to understand the Luthor men in general, but some of the other members of their court were not so easily understood. Davis Bloome had always been one of them. He'd always been quiet when she'd pass with Lutessa, always watching, always there with a gentle smile yet far from gentle gaze. "I accept your condolences."

"I-" Davis stepped closer, licking his lips as he finally raised his hand to her cheek. "You grow lovelier every time I behold you."

Chloe frowned as she eyed him. Many years ago she'd thoughtlessly Enthralled Davis when Alexander had greatly annoyed her, and while it was long ago and only once, sometimes she wondered if somehow traces of it mightn't remain inside of the dark haired man. It was the only reason why he would be so persistent when she showed no inclination towards him, merely courteousness. "Mr Bloome, please." She placed her hand on his and gently removed it from her cheek, letting it drop away from her as she took a step back. "Your actions are highly inappropriate, but I will overlook the over-familiarity. You merely meant to compliment me and I shall take it as such, but please refrain from touching me in the future."

Davis' hand clenched at his side. "Pardon my disrespect."

"I understand that none was intended," she assured him, giving him a small smile before letting her features go blank. "But my guards or brothers might not understand the same."

The hands he had clenched were trembling with the force of his clenching. "It is understandable. They protect their Queen until she can find herself a King to do so."

"I am not a Queen, Mr Bloome. Merely a leader." Chloe raised her chin, eyebrow raised. "And I do not need a husband to protect me."

With that, she turned and walked away, feeling his gaze on her back.

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"What happened?" Lucas snapped as they looked around them, unable to understand what they'd seen – how could she have disappeared the way she had? "Where is she?"

Patricia's eyes widened. "It couldn't have started already, could it?"

"What?" Brent wanted to know. "What couldn't have started?"

Mikhail ran his fingers through his hair. "Her Trials."

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A door opened and a hand reached out, grabbing her and pulling her into the room. The door was slammed shut and Chloe found herself pushed against it, a body pinning her against the wood, a smirk visible in the dimness of the darkened room. The room was shadowed greatly and yet she didn't need light to know the identity of the man who had yanked her into this room and was imprisoning her with his own body against hers. She knew that outline, recognized the smell of his skin, the curve of his lips.

"This is highly inappropriate beha-"

He kissed her, deep and hard and pressed her harder into the door as he did so.

Chloe whimpered, pushing him away enough to slap him hard enough to swing his head with the blow, the sound echoing throughout the room.

Lex merely turned his head towards her and smirked deeper as he slammed both his palms on either side of her head. "Now, is that any way to treat me after being unable to see me for so long?"

Chloe smirked back at him. "If I do recall correctly, you like it when I hit you." She leaned harder against the door and tilted her head back so she could look up into his face earlier. "You truly are an odd creature, My Lord, to enjoy such abuse."

Lex chuckled darkly, leaning down to kiss her again before pulling away enough to stare into her face. "How have you been?"

"The duties I have been raised for are not too hard for me to handle, if that is your question." She squared her jaw, all amusement gone. "And I am not just the daughter of the head of the Balcoin clan anymore, Alexander. You can not just think that you can pull me into rooms and have your wicked way with me." She placed her hand on his chest and pushed, sending him skidding backwards a couple of steps.

"That did not seem to bother you before," he pointed out, straightening his clothes.

"I wasn't in charge of my whole clan before," she reminded, straightening her own clothes. "I do not have time to play games with you anymore."

"Games." He gave a dark chuckle. "Is that what you call our plans to run away together? To leave our families and duties behind? To be together?"

She flinched, looking away from him. "Those were the whims of a fanciful child."

"Had news of your father's passing not reached you that night, we would have escaped in the morning hours and left, as we promised each other," Lex whispered.

Chloe's eyes closed as her fists clenched. "You do not know that."

"Yes, I do."

She gulped, telling herself to remember her clan, her family. "What is past is past and you have obviously moved on." Greens opened and Chloe raised her chin. "I congratulate you on the engagement. Patricia is truly a sweet woman, and I say that with sincerity."

"That ring should be on your finger." His tone was soft but furious. "You have condemned us to this fate."

"I have made my sacrifices for the betterment of this clan, of my family, just as each Soul before me." Chloe gulped, telling her voice not to quiver, for her to be strong. "I do not regret them." She turned to leave, hand on the handle when she felt him behind her. His hand slammed against the door, keeping it shut, the other encircling her waist and keeping her against him as he merely stood there, breathing in the scent of her hair.

Chloe gulped, closing her eyes tightly as she rested her forehead against the door, telling herself to be strong. As the head of the Balcoin clan, she couldn't be with Lex. He was to be the head of the Luthor clan and it would cause too much turmoil as one of them would end up leaving their own clan to be with the other, and in the end they'd hate the other for it. They'd also cause a divide amongst the Six that nothing would ever be able to repair. The Six needed to remain strong if the magical community was to remain strong. And for that, they had to continue the way they always had; the heads never mixing, keeping their families and clans, their lineage, separate and strong.

Lex tightened his grip on her and pressed a soft kiss against the curve of her neck.

Chloe's face twisted with her inner agony as she allowed herself to place her hand on the one he had around her, two stray tears making their way down her cheeks.

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Jason stared at his screen, unable to understand what he was seeing. It was just so wrong. He'd never seen Lex like this, so openly vulnerable as he held onto Chloe as if his life depended on her, and while Jason was sure this was all some sort of delusion like the Boogey Man trial, he still couldn't stand it. It shocked him how much he hated it. The Davis bit had annoyed him, but it hadn't really worried or made him uncomfortable, not like this scene.

Just the fact that there was so much emotion coming from Lex proved that this wasn't really him, wasn't really happening, and yet Jason was pretty sure that that was Chloe – or at least her subconscious form. Did this mean she had some sort of attraction to Lex? He didn't understand the whole story with whatever was happening, but he could read the subtext and the way they acted-

A cracking sound jarred him from his thoughts, those hazels widening as he realized that he was nearly crushing his phone with his grip. He loosened it and took in a deep breath, reminding himself that this wasn't real and instead cooled down enough to continue watching.

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Lex Luthor watched with an emotionless expression the happenings from the many screens that'd been taken over by the images of what he expected was another Trial Chloe was going through. The subject matter was a little confusing, especially this latest happenings, but he didn't react, merely watching despite the unease he could sense in everyone at the scene between his alternate version and Chloe's subconscious manifestation.

Folding his arms over his chest, Lex ignored their sideways glances and continued to watch.

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"I am sorry for your pain," Chloe whispered before opening the door and slipping out, closing it behind her, grateful for the fact that there was no one around. She wiped at her eyes, taking in deep breaths to calm herself and reign in her emotions. When she'd told Pete he would have to make sacrifices for the betterment of their family, of their clan, she'd been speaking from experience. It hurt a little, having Alexander here and knowing Patricia wore his ring, and yet she'd been genuine when she'd said she liked Patricia. If anyone should marry Lex, it should be her.

Walking away from Lex, and not for the first time, Chloe found her father's instructions truly serving their purpose. John Balcoin had prepared her for every situation he could have ever contemplated her going through, and being in love with someone who was bad for her clan was one of them. His teachings were ever present in her mind and Chloe knew she could prove herself to her people, her siblings, and herself. She could lead the Balcoins despite being so unusually young. This was a role she'd been born for, trained for, and she was ready.

"Sister." Cassie turned the corner, walking with determination as she joined her. "It is as you've ordered. Everything is going as you commanded."

Chloe nodded, eager to put more distance between her and the door behind which stood Alexander Luthor. "What news of the arrival?"

"Imminent," Cassie declared. "We've received ravens from the outlining posts. Lutessa Luthor should be in the castle within the hour." She smiled. "Diana says we shall be ready to greet her." That smile turned to a smirk. "Mikhail has actually done his part as well. Everything should be in place."

"Good." Chloe nodded, lifting her hand and placing it on Cassie's shoulder as they continued walking. "Everything needs to go without a hitch."

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Diana had to admit that she was a little surprised at the fact that Cassie was featuring so much in this fantasy of Chloe's, and that the two of them did not share the relationship they currently did. If anything, they seemed very close with Cassie constantly searching out their older sister and trailing behind her, almost like a puppy seeking approval. Was this a subconscious yearning of Chloe's? To be closer to the other blonde Balcoin? Or was this something else showing Chloe that Cassie would be useful to her should she gain her trust and loyalty?

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"My Lady Lutessa, you have welcomed me so many times in the past to your court, now let me finally introduce you to mine." Chloe reached out and smiled at the woman, whose face was completely veiled.

"Thank you for inviting my presence, Lady Chloe," Lutessa replied, motioning to a man in a mask beside her. "This is my guardian Oliver."

Chloe nodded to the other man in Lex's Circle before turning to her siblings. "My sisters, whom I have spoken to you of in the past: Diana and Cassandra. My brothers: Mikhail and Peter."

"And your other brother is not in attendance?" Lutessa asked curiously.

"No, he isn't." Chloe shook her head, although for the life of her she couldn't remember why he wasn't there, or truly even picture her brother, which worried her for a second but she shook it off to nerves, stress and the fact that she had many siblings. "Peter, please escort Lutessa."

"Of course, t'would be my pleasure." Pete, for his part, gave Lutessa a small smile as he reached for her hand, bringing it to his in a kiss before looping it around his and turning to look at Chloe.

Mikhail offered his sister his arm, and when she slipped her arm through his, they led the group into the castle.

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"Whatever this is, it's drawings its information from Chloe's mind," Lex announced, finally breaking the silence in the room.

"How can you be so sure of that?" Gabe wanted to know.

"Because she doesn't know what my sister or Oliver look like," Lex replied, blue eyes never leaving the scene. "It's why their faces are covered and why the sixth sibling isn't in attendance."

"That doesn't make any sense." Moira glared at him. "There's an extra sibling there, the lazy one. She doesn't know him so this can not be something that is coming from her mind."

"On the contrary. The only true new additions are Mikhail, Lucas and the other character who obviously was a subordinate of Lucas'." Lex sneered, unable to understand how they didn't see it. "Chloe was kidnapped before this Trial started."

Greg's eyes widened. "You think they're a part of the Circle that kidnapped her!"

"That would mean that..." Whitney paused.

Diana spoke, watching the handsome boy with dark hair escort Chloe to her seat in the exquisite dining hall. "He's really our brother."

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The festivities were underway and Chloe watched those around her while maintaining a guise of merriness.

Alexander was just as good at pretending as she was, knocking goblets with Mikhail and commenting on the tournament that'd taken place that evening.

At his side sat Lutessa and Oliver, the male silent, the female listening to whatever it was Pete spoke to her of, the veil hiding her true reactions to his words.

Davis and Jason drank and spoke to Diana and Cassie, Jason with a hint of mischief on his face, Davis with shadows dancing over his. Diana was doing her best and charming the men while Cassie, while friendly, was obviously not paying the conversation a hundred percent of her attention. The blonde's gaze continuously searched the room as if seeking for someone.

Lucas and his men kept guard, the young leader ignoring Lex and his group resolutely.

"Can I just say that the fact that you've left me refilling goblets has me particularly unhappy?" a voice mumbled as liquid poured into her goblet.

Chloe's lips twitched but she didn't look behind her at her mouthy maid in waiting. "It's your job to do so and you wanted it, or are you saying that you'd prefer not to work for me any longer?"

"It would not be so bad if I just had to do it for you like usual, but having to tend to the others just like any of the other normal maids..." And if there was something Faye Chamberlain didn't like, it was being considered on the same level as the other "help" in the Balcoin Castle. The brunette enjoyed the elevated status of being the personal maid in waiting to the head of the clan and the position it afforded her. "If another drunken man tries to smack my bottom I'm going to turn him into a frog."

"Stop complaining." Chloe eyed the contents of her glass. "I want to be here just as much as you do."

"Yes, well, then I have good news for the both of us." Faye held the pitcher close to her as she continued to whisper softly. "Whitney's sent word. He said the ravens have arrived. It's happening just as you predicted it would."

Chloe's lips curved in a smirk as she took a sip of her drink. "How soon?"

"According to Whitney? Imminent," Faye replied, the smirk obvious in her tone. "Shall I retire from the room and make sure that everything's ready?"

"Be swift about it." Chloe nodded, eyeing the drink in her goblet. "This might give me the opportunity to find a less mouthy maid."

Faye snorted, not at all worried about her position being usurped as she excused herself.

Chloe chuckled to herself, still gazing at the liquid in her goblet, anticipating the upcoming events and knowing that everything would rest on exactly how this turned out.

Diana's gaze turned to her, questioningly.

Chloe gave her sister a barely visible nod.

Cassie noticed the exchange, a smirk tilting her lips as she finally turned her attention to whatever Jason was saying.

Chloe's gaze went to Mikhail and Pete, former keeping the other busy and preoccupied.

The door opened and Greg appeared, making his way towards her as he leaned over, whispering so only she could hear. "It is time."

Chloe nodded, putting down her goblet. "Show them in."

Greg straightened and motioned to the men at the doors, the guards opening them, drawing the attention of those in the dining hall.

Lex's eyes narrowed as he stood. "What's the meaning of this?"

"My Lady Chloe, allow me to apologize for this short notice – but when I received word of the horrid job Prunella made of her visit, I knew I had to come myself to atone for her mistakes." Countess Marguerite Isobel Thoreaux gave a half bow as she strode into the room, flanked by members of her Circle and family, dressed for festivities.

Lana's hazels sought out Pete, a worried expression on her face when he wouldn't meet her gaze. Her two companions, Clark and Melissa, shared looks yet didn't say anything.

"You interrupt our festivities." Lex glared at the Countess. "We are celebrating the future union of Lutessa Luthor and Peter Balcoin. You are not welcome."

Lana's face went horribly pale.

Pete lowered his head.

"I see." Isobel raised an eyebrow. "Then I fear I have no choice but to invoke concilium delibero."

Chloe kept her face emotionless, fighting the smile that wished to form.

"Under what grounds?" Lex snarled.

Isobel opened to mouth, no doubt to antagonize Alexander further.

Chloe stood, drawing their attention to her and staying Isobel's words. "The grounds do not matter, concilium delibero has been invoked and as representatives of the Six, we're obliged to answer it."

Lex sat down, a scowl on his features, but he was unable to deny her words.

Isobel smirked, obviously feeling that she had the upper hand.

Chloe let the older woman believe that; let the proud head of the Thoreaux clan continue to be ignorant of the fact that she'd done exactly as Chloe had predicted she would and that everything was going according to the Balcoin leader's plans.

8th-Jun-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
OMGAWD!!! I'm so in love with this AU!!!! I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!
I want to know what is going to happen after the trials but I don't want to see this trial end!! Just love everything about it. Chloe being the leader of her clan, Chloe and Lex having an affair that ended because her dad died and she couldn't abandon her family and the intrigues!!! Ohhh just OHHHH!!! Sorry I'm geeking out but, I know I all ready said this, I love it!!!
10th-Jun-2013 04:56 am (UTC)
So happy to hear that!!!!
Sadly, this trial ends in the next chappie :(
8th-Jun-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
so chloes subconscious loved lex and is not overly fond of davis... poor jason... what form of trial is this?... can wait for more, thanks
10th-Jun-2013 04:57 am (UTC)
Well, I wouldn't say it loves Lex........
But yeah, she thinks Davis is cute, and interesting, but she really doesn't fancy him.
Lex figures out what sort of trial this is in the next chappie!
8th-Jun-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much for some Chlex action! (even if in overall it broke my heart, because there's nothing worse then two lovers that can't be together. It's worse than unrequired love!!
I wonder the same thin, does Chloe subconsciously want Lex? Oh, I so wish it was true! I always believed Lex was capable of such love, he just closed himself off as he's been hurt so many times.

Ok, I have to stop rambling about him.
That was a very good chapter. I can't wait to see where this trial is going!
10th-Jun-2013 04:58 am (UTC)
Yep, and that "it can never be" is driven home harder in the next chappie.
Well, there is a tie between them considering they are from Two of the Six original families...
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