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The New Circle 51/? 
22nd-Jun-2013 06:13 pm
Chloe---spell
The Secret Circle Part Three smaller

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!



She hadn't wanted to go to him, but her parents had no answers to her situation, she wasn't sure how to contact Mikhail or his people and the light sensitivity was getting to the point that even with her eyes closed tight, the light was hurting her. So in the end, Chloe (as well as her Circle and parents) had had to make that trip to Luthor Manor and fill him in on what had happened in order to explain why she was the way she was right now. Lex had promptly kicked everyone out into the living room while he and Chloe sat in the laboratory – that hadn't been in his study before – the lights on low, enough so that she could open her eyes and have it not send a massive jolt of pain throughout her whole system.

"Is this enough light for you to be able to work through?" Chloe asked curiously as Lex shuffled through the contents of a drawer, obviously having problems seeing.

"It's fine." He pulled out a pair of goggles and slipped them on, grinning as he stood and went to the light switch, dialing the light all the way to 0 so that it was total darkness. His goggles then lit up green. "It wouldn't be the first time I've had to work with less than exemplary lighting."

The darkness provided relief to her eyes and yet made her feel vulnerable considering all she could see of Lex was those goggles and yet he could see her perfectly with the night vision technology. She fidgeted slightly on the chair, licking her lips as she stared towards the goggles to give her something to focus on. "You know, you should at least buy me dinner before getting me in a dark room alone with you."

He snickered. "I already have bought you dinner."

Oh, right, he had.

Chloe cleared her throat.

"The level of your mydriasis is fascinating." It seemed that he was concentrating on her eyes, which calmed her somewhat. "And you said this happened when you confronted this – Wisdom of the Ages?"

Chloe nodded, worrying her bottom lip. "I told them where to stick their rules, that the Trials were over for the Balcoin Firstborns and that if they didn't want to float around aimlessly for eternity, they would evaluate how much power or control they had over me and my decisions. Which, as I spelled out, was none."

There was a soft chuckle. "That mustn't have pleased them."

"Actually, I think it might have," Chloe admitted curiously, pursing her lips. "It confused me."

"So you've put an end to the Trials." There was an odd sound in Lex's tone.

Chloe frowned, hating not being able to see his face. She felt blind, and the blonde reached out with her hands on impulse, finding his face, fingers trailing down his features before pulling away. "You're frowning."

"My face was just groped," he informed her.

"It wasn't groped." She was glad for the darkness that would hide her blush. "I was doing the thing blind people do, I was seeing you. And you were frowning. So spit it out. What's going through that evil mind of yours?"

There was silence and then he chuckled, shaking his head. "I was thinking that it is curious that you ended the Trials, and yet I still have the winged snake on me."

"What?" Her eyes widened.

His goggles were trained on her. "What if you've stopped the Trials from happening to anyone after you, but you still have to finish yours?"

"No." Chloe shook her head, sure of this. "I won't have another Trial."

"Maybe not an official one." Lex's voice was contemplative. "But what if whatever you were supposed to learn or achieve with the tests I was supposed to be involved in is still something you need to accomplish, even if not in a Trial?"

She eyed his goggles thoughtfully. "Maybe."

"I'm going to lean your chair back, just relax." Lex followed through, tilting the chair back so that she was laying on her back, the man getting up and moving to go to a table and look through something before returning to her, placing what seemed like shades over her eyes. These weren't normal shades though, Chloe being able to see through them in light greens, the lenses beginning a visible scan on her pupils.

She could see Lex vaguely now, the man leaning over her and watching her thoughtfully before turning to the screens of his computers, where scans of her eyes and other information were popping up. He eyed the information before sitting down and typing in something, a whole different window popping up with writing she couldn't make out from so far away.

"That's some power." Lex continued to type into his computer. "To just be able to stop the Trials your ancestors have been subjected to..."

Chloe wiggled on the chair. "Why haven't you asked me anything about Patricia and the group that kidnapped your friends?"

He froze before slowly turning on his seat to face her. "What is there to ask?"

"Aren't you – aren't you at least curious?" Chloe sat up on the seat, eyeing in his direction. "I would be, if I were you."

Lex continued to look at her. "The only time I've come close to feeling like I was loved and could love in return was with Patricia, and then I find out it was only a lie, all planned so it could help her in her plans; her father's plans." His smile was ugly. "I'll find out enough when I find her and question her myself. Without the bracelet you took from her, she won't be able to hide from me for much longer."

"So you're hunting for them." Chloe gulped, not sure why she was surprised.

"She not only betrayed us, but she kidnapped my sister and Circle mate and had them tortured for days," Lex replied darkly. "She will pay for those actions. The Luthor Circle does not allow a traitor to live."

She felt a chill race down her spine, the blonde pushing off of the seat and yanking the shades off of her eyes. "This was a mistake. I'm leaving. Sorry for wasting your time." She had a basic idea of where the door was and headed in that direction.

"What are you doing?" Lex stood.

"I'm leaving. I should know better than to rely on you and your kind. I will not be indebted to you." She cried out as she walked into something, hissing as she leaned down to rub her shin. It was the table off to the right, which meant she was a bit off course.

Hands came down on her shoulders and turned the girl around. "What exactly did you expect? For us to just let those sorts of attacks against us go unpunished?"

"They did what they did to find and protect me, just as I'm sure the groups who are faithful to Luthor would have done had situations been different. As leader of the Balcoins, any group that is affiliated with my Clan is under my protection and my supervision, for me alone to punish or chastise. I can't just let you hunt them down and do nothing." She gulped back her rising nausea. "I have a brother in that Circle."And so do you... But Chloe couldn't say that last part. "I don't know him, that's true, but he's my brother, my Clan, and I will not-"

"Offer me something."

She blinked, confused, looking up at those goggles. "What?"

"Offer me something and I'll see if it's worth enough for me to spare those you want sparing." His grip on her shoulders tightened. "But bare in mind that no matter what you offer me, I won't let Patricia or her father go. Their fates have been sealed by their actions."

Chloe narrowed her eyes as she raised her chin. "If you think you can coerce me into agreeing to be bound to your Circle then you have another thing coming!"

He chuckled, apparently darkly amused, shaking his head. "Offer me something."

Chloe was completely confused by now, not sure what else exactly she could offer the bald billionaire.

"You lived through that fantasy of yours, Chloe. You know that, as allies, the Six needed to find a way of restitution should any of theirs sin against another of the Six." Lex was closer to her, his grip on her shoulders softening. "Offer me something as restitution for the acts of your people, Lady Balcoin."

Chloe's eyes widened, that fantasy life coming back to her like a blow, her blush returning full force as her heart began to race. "An alliance."

There was silence as he merely stared at her.

"I won't be yours, I won't belong to you, but I offer you my alliance should you, for any reason, go against your father, Tess, or Julian." She didn't say "siblings" because Lucas would be included in that. "I'm sure that you have your own reserves just in case something like that should happen, and I'm not offering my people in a fight, but I'm offering myself in one."

He continued to eye her in the darkness.

Chloe gulped, staring up at his goggles, hating once more not being able to see him when he could see her. "So, do we have a deal or what?"

"It's... a tempting offer," he admitted. "Though if you promised your Circle, it'd be more tempting."

"I'm not going to force them to do something that could get them killed." Her eyes narrowed at him. "But I'll do whatever I have to in order to help you win, should you need me against your family. Which you probably will soon when your father realizes you want the Firstborn all for yourself."

She nearly jumped when she felt the back of his fingers trailing down her cheek, her breath coming out faster, a little harder. "W-what are you doing?"

"Considering the offer," he replied as if nothing odd were happening.

Was he trying to intimidate her? Because if so, it was working!

And yet, she wasn't exactly scared.

The darkness, the inability to see, made her other senses hyperaware and it was beginning to drive her to distraction!

"Your pulse has accelerated, your breathing deepened, and the blacks of your eyes have completely taken over the green ring that was only barely visible before," Lex commented quite scientifically, reminding her just how well he could see her. "If I didn't know any better, Chloe, I'd think you're attracted to me."

"Of course I'm attracted to you." Chloe scoffed. "Doesn't mean I have to like you though."

There was a pause and then he chuckled, seeming highly amused with her. "There's something about you, Chloe. I can't exactly put my finger on it."

"Really?" she quipped. "Because you seem to find no problems putting your finger on me."

"Fine," he decided abruptly. "I accept your offer."

Chloe's eyes widened as she smiled. "So we bind it then?"

"You don't trust me to hold up my part of the bargain otherwise?"

"Do you trust me to?" she countered.

"You've got a point," he declared. "Fine, then let's bind this agreement between us." He cleared his throat. "I, Lex Luthor, swear on my lineage and magic, not to touch those in the Circle who are under Chloe's protection, as long as she promises to be my ally, mine, shall my father, Tess, or Julian ever come against me or I against them."

Chloe gulped, licking her lips, realizing he was waiting for her part. "I, Chloe Balcoin, swear by my lineage and magic, to be Lex Luthor's ally, only his, should his father, Tess or Julian ever come up against him, or he against them, as long as Lex Luthor or anyone else working for him, does not touch those who are under my protection." She reached out her hand, not used to oaths but the only one she'd done was a blood oath in which blood had to be-

Lex's grip tightened on her shoulders before his lips brushed over hers, stealing her breath away as her eyes flew open in shock.

"Wh-what?" Chloe gasped, hands going to his chest, pushing away slightly, wishing now more than ever that she could see him.

"This is how I seal a pact," he declared.

She gulped. "I have a feeling it's fascinating to watch you seal a deal with a guy."

He chuckled darkly, lips brushing over hers softly once more. "I don't seal a pact this way with guys. I'm not really into that."

"So basically this is sexual harassment..." she whispered, eyes fluttering shut as his lips continued to move softly, like the brushing of a butterfly's wings, against hers.

Lex didn't answer, merely pressing his lips harder against hers, and yet not truly hard. It was a completely different kiss from the ones they'd shared before. Both had been frantic, urgent, and yet this one was slow and soft. His grip on her wasn't restraining, wasn't stopping her from pulling away should she try; Lex's lips coaxing, not forceful, her lips parting for his of their own free will as the hands on his shirt stopped trying to push and instead gripped, pulling closer.

She could feel the magics within them reacting, lights exploding inside of the room like glowing fireworks.

Lex tore off his goggles, the bright bursts of light probably interfering with their night-vision. The billionaire let the goggles fall to the ground by their feet as he pulled her closer, hands rising up her shoulders and neck to cup her face, tilting her head back to grant him easier access as he continued his slow exploration of her.

Chloe's knees were trembling, her magic whiplashing out, the light bulbs exploding everywhere inside of the room.

Lex's lips tore from hers only enough for his to move in a soft question. "Are you thinking about Jason while I'm kissing you?"

The question shattered the haze she'd been in, the blonde's green eyes flying open as she pushed Lex away.

They were now on equal ground, unable to see the other.

The blonde turned her back on Lex and felt her way towards the door, opening it and slipping out, leaving him alone in the dark room as she stormed away to where her family and Circle were waiting on her.

Diana stood up. "Oh thank the gods, you're back to normal!" She smiled. "What did he do to get your eyes back to normal?"

"Yeah." Greg nodded. "We all felt a burst of magic that nearly sent us to the ground. Exactly what happened in there?"

Moira just eyed her suspiciously.

"I'm tired." Chloe walked passed them, calling herself all sorts of stupid for just losing herself in the moment like that with Lex Luthor of all people.

Of course he'd antagonize her like that after getting what he'd wanted.

He was just so damned-!

Argh!

Chloe clenched her fists as she stormed away, her anger masking the guilt eating away inside because despite the fact that she might have a crush on Jason, she had not been thinking about him at all during that kiss.

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Long after the front door slammed shut and two vehicles could be heard disappearing down the winding driveway, Lex remained standing in the darkness, not having moved.

He brought a hand to his lips, which were tingling, residual magic still in the air. The bald witch noticed the faint glowing on his palm and turned his hand palm-up, gazing thoughtfully as the winged serpent tattoo he'd mentioned earlier glowed a pink-purple.

"Interesting."

Rubbing his thumb over his lips, Lex sucked at the digit, at the lingering taste there, before switching on the lights.

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Diana blinked, sitting Indian style on the bed, eyeing her in shock. "Oh, wow."

Chloe lay on her back, staring up at the ceiling.

Diana cleared her throat, leaning closer. "Do you have a crush on him?"

"Diana..." Chloe whined, feeling like a spoiled kid having a tantrum. "He's an arrogant-"

"Hot dude with a great brain and attractive body." Diana tilted her head to the side. "Plus, in your fantasy, you and he were seriously in love."

"I'm not the one who came up with the situation; that was all a test made by them," Chloe grunted. "If it had been me, then Jason would have been the main love interest."

"Would it?" Diana questioned.

Chloe sent her a little look. "What do you mean?"

"Let's face it, you and Jason might be attracted to each other, but he's Lex's right hand man; he listens to Lex and obeys him." Diana frowned. "If Lex told him not to see you again, do you think Jason would rebel against that?"

Chloe licked her lips, pulling herself up to sit facing her sister. "I don't know."

"And that is why he wasn't the love interest. You've never been able to allow yourself to really let go with Jason because you're always worried he's doing what he's doing because Lex is the one who's telling him to." Diana hit the nail on the spot. "Whereas with Lex, you know no one tells him what to do and he's a leader in his own right; that he does what he wants, not what his father tells him to."

Chloe's gaze skirted away. "Okay, so maybe I have a little crush on Lex, but it isn't even on him, it's on his brain."

Diana bit down on her bottom lip but was unable to keep the smile from forming. "Is that so?"

"He's a scientific witch, okay? That's appealing." She let out a reluctant sigh. "But I really do like Jason. He's – he's unintentionally sweet."

"What about this Davis guy?" Diana suddenly changed the subject, frowning. "In your fantasy, there was some very weird sort of vibes between you two."

"I have no idea what that was about," Chloe admitted. "It's probably the guilt I feel for unknowingly Enthralling him while thinking he was the John Lex had brought for me. I really thought Lex was going to skin me for that one. I also haven't been able to see Jason since then because he's been in Metropolis babysitting Davis while he detoxes. It's made me – very uncomfortable – whenever Davis is mentioned. Lex always gives me this accusing look; as if I meant to Enthrall Davis."

"I really don't see what the big deal was considering that, sure, you Enthralled him. So what?" Diana rolled her eyes. "He's already out of rehab, so really, no harm no foul."

"I don't know," Chloe shrugged. "All I know is that tomorrow is going to be our first day at Luthor Academy and I'm already dead tired."

"It'll be interesting though, going to a new school." Diana grinned. "Maybe I'll be able to find me a cute guy of my own because you have two already and that's highly unfair."

Chloe smiled, voice sarcastic. "Yeah, I'm living the romantic's dream."

Diana bumped her shoulder with Chloe's. "So, any cute guys you can recommend? Any that aren't psychotic?"

"In Smallville?" Chloe made a face, half-serious. "I can't really think of any right now, but it'll probably come to me once we're there." She grinned. "It's going to be great to be able to have the Torch again!" She grew excited, slipping closer. "Lex wouldn't exactly tell me more than the fact that the office and some equipment are going to be there, but I'm thinking that Luthor Academy's Torch office is going to feature high grade equipment and not the dinosaurs we used to have to work with. I'm so excited!"

Diana smiled at her before sighing. "I hope I get to be in the same grade as you all. It'll be so lonely if I have to be in a grade below all by myself!"

"Well, dad talked to Principle Kwan and he said depending on how well you do on the test first thing, they'll decide whether to skip you a grade." It was Chloe's turn to bump shoulders with her sister. "You'll be fine; we Balcoins are smart and cunning." She grinned. "I hope you know you're going to have to start working at the Torch now!"

"Fine." Diana grinned, not at all put upon by the news. "What do you think I could do?"

"I'm not too sure. With both Pete and Clark gone and a couple of the others having left to go to school in Metropolis – I'm going to have to shuffle things and people around." Chloe was growing more and more excited at the thought of getting elbows deep into the Torch once more.

"You're loving every moment of this." Diana laughed.

"Completely!" Chloe nodded, sighing happily. "It will be nice to have at least a semblance of normality."

Diana nodded before slipping off of the bed and stretching. "Well, if we're to be beautiful for tomorrow, we better get a good night's sleep." She went to the door before turning towards her older sister. "Sleep tight."

"You too." Chloe smiled, watching her go and close the door behind her, before the blonde laid down in bed and turned off the lights. She yawned, pulling the covers to her chest as she returned to staring at the ceiling.

Closing her eyes, Chloe yawned once more, sleep descending on her. "Stupid Lex Luthor." She smiled, hugging a pillow to her chest. "I hope something goes wrong and messes up your stupid little opening ceremony." She grinned a little evilly, imagining Lex tripping on his way to the podium or forgetting his speech in the most important part of it.

The girl fell asleep to memories of wearing Faye's outfit, of the rush she'd felt taking down Lionel Luthor, the sleeping blonde unaware of the magic that rippled out of her.

Comments 
23rd-Jun-2013 09:11 am (UTC)
you are sooo evil.... so many hot witches for chloe, i really can't say i have a favorit anymore... she should just open up a harem ;)
24th-Jun-2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I doubt she'll open up the harem, but she'll definitely have her pick of the litter!
23rd-Jun-2013 11:32 am (UTC)
AWESOME new chapter
24th-Jun-2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Thankyousoverymuch!!!!
24th-Jun-2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
More chlexy kisses!! YAY!! I love Chlexy kisses!! but why did he have to bring up Jason???
And why does Lex still have the mark on his hand?? I wonder if Jason still has his mark as well!!
And now her magic is going to run amok!!
off to read the next chapter!
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