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The New Circle 57/? 
3rd-Jul-2013 11:57 pm
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.
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"Driving 500 miles a day would mean that Jake would arrive here in three days, but I'm sure he's going to try and up that because they're not sure they can keep Cassie from realizing that Charles isn't in Chance Harbor anymore," Chloe declared, pacing the floor, relaying Faye's message to her Circle and parents in her living room later on that day. She'd even called in Mikhail and Lucas because they were a Balcoin and a Luthor, and supposedly wanted to become a part of her Circle, so she figured this would be a better test of that than anything she could ever have thought up. "She's smart. She's going to realize soon and be on their trail, which means we won't have that much time to figure things out once Jake and Charles have arrived here. We'll have to have some sort of action plan already in place."

Diana was silent, staring out of the window, hugging herself tightly, pale as ice.

Chloe frowned at her before shaking her head and turning to Whitney. "We need to think of some sort of game plan."

"Well, obviously we need a place where we can hide Charles, a place she wouldn't know of." Whitney made a face.

"What about the Bleeding Caves?" Greg wanted to know, leaning against the wall.

"The what?" Lucas made a face.

"She's been there once, in a dream we shared." Chloe frowned. "But it's still as good a place as any."

"Wait, you shared dreams with her?" Mikhail picked up on that part, eyes narrowed.

"And with Diana, before we met." Chloe nodded.

"Then why not with me?" Mikhail wanted to know a good question.

Chloe took in a deep breath. "Well, to be honest, I haven't had a shared dream with any of my brothers."

"I think it's during times of our deepest sorrows that she shared our dreams." Diana continued to gaze out of the window. "Cassie saw her in nightmares where she relived her mother's death. I was trying to come to terms with everything after John's death when I saw Chloe. It was after our dark magics were activated that we started seeing her."

"Your magics reached out to her unconsciously," Gabe declared from where he sat. "She's the eldest sibling, it is her duty to be there for you when you need her and it's your right to rely on her."

"So what, us boys have never felt that we needed someone's help that badly?" Mikhail made a face, obviously thinking it was pure bullshit.

"Not sure," Gabe admitted. "When John died, he took so many secrets with him."

Chloe cleared her throat, not even wanting to think about John after what she'd learnt earlier on about what lengths he was willing to go to. "We're off topic."

"She's right," Moira agreed, sipping a glass of tea – which was really odd because Chloe had never seen her drinking tea before. Then again, there was a lot about her mother that she didn't know and probably never would. "What's important now is to figure out why Cassie would believe that Diana's adoptive father would kill her mother and-"

"Because he did," Diana whispered, all gazes turning to her in shock, the brunette gulping and finally turning her tear-filled dark eyes to them. "I only found out right before the end, before he took the demons in him to save us, and I left. I – I couldn't believe that he – he was such a wonderful father and I know he loved me." Tears began falling down her face. "But I couldn't believe that he was capable of such a thing!Why would he kill Cassie's mom? I can't think of a good reason! And I wanted to tell Cassie, but I still love my father and I don't want her killing him. Especially not when he's so vulnerable now."

Chloe sighed, going to her sister and wrapping her in her arms, holding her tight as Diana clung to her, crying.

Silence filled the room.

"I'm sorry, Diana," Greg sighed. "But if he really did kill her mother and grandmother, then I don't think it's fair to stop her."

"I don't know about Jane, I never heard anything about that." Diana shook her head, holding tighter to Chloe.

"But you know he did kill her mom." Greg cleared his throat. "And if I knew exactly who'd killed my father, I know I'd be doing exactly what she's doing."

"Sometimes you don't have that right." Mikhail surprised Chloe by speaking up, voice dull. "Sometimes you know who killed your father, they're in the same room with you, and you just have to hold back and move forwards."

Diana flinched, knowing he was talking about her.

Chloe held on tighter, feeling like Diana was about to break apart.

"Killing for vengeance's sake; it will create a darkness in you that you will never be able to heal from," Gabe declared, bringing everyone's gazes to him. "Everyone in this room knows what it means to have suffered, to have lost something – someone – who was important to them." His gaze swept over the teens, who nodded slowly. "You might feel shattered or not whole, but it's made you stronger. You understand the necessity of family where you can find it, of being together, of strength in numbers. Every single one of you has lost someone and it's brought you here."

Chloe gulped, staring at her father, her only true father.

"The Balcoins' strength was always their dark magic, but it was always their greatest weakness as well," Gabe informed them gravely. "It always gave them unparalleled strength, but it was also the reason they were nearly destroyed, why they were able to be nearly destroyed. Because that darkness, if not held in check, could cloud your mind, your reasoning, could taint your every impulse. You don't see reason, you don't understand the concept of compassion or forgiveness; all that exists is the darkness and the need for more power. For revenge. For hatred. For blood. Dominion." His gaze leveled Chloe. "In the end you'll be just like Charles Meade; catatonic, unable to do anything of your own will because of the demons wiggling beneath your skin."

She held on tighter to Diana, unable to look away from his gaze, a cold chill running down her spine.

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"Look me in the eyes and tell me you had nothing to do with this," Faye whispered, staring into her mother's ashen face. She'd known that her mother had been supposedly dating Mr Meade, but if anything they'd been conspiring together. Now though, finding out about Mr Meade and seeing her mother's reaction when Faye had broken the news to her, caused a seed of dark doubt and suspicion to take root in the girl's chest. "Tell me, mom. Swear by my birth that you didn't know Mr Meade killed Cassie's mother and grandmother! Swear that you had no part in it!"

Tears filled in her mother's eyes, but she couldn't deny it.

Faye shook her head, backing away from her mother, tears filling her own eyes. "No."

"It wasn't – we'd just wanted our magic back," Dawn Chamberlain tried to explain, stepping closer to her daughter. "To get it back we needed Cassie in Chance Harbor, we needed her to be a part of your Circle! We – we knew that Amelia would never bring Cassie here of her own free will."

"So you killed her?" Faye's voice broke with emotion as she continued to back away.

"I didn't – Charles did."

"But you knew what he was going to do, you were in league with him!" Faye slapped at her mother's hand when she tried to touch her. "She was your Circle mate, mom! How could you guys?"

"Our magic had been taken away – we just wanted back what was ours," Dawn pleaded.

"And her life was worth it? Jane's life was?"

"Jane wasn't supposed to die – Charles had tried using a Witch Cruid against John, but John had switched his with Jane's and when Charles threw the match inside, it killed her," Dawn whispered.

"I can't believe I'm hearing all this," Faye whispered back, her whole body in shock. "How could you do something like this?" Faye tried to breath, tried to keep from hyperventilating. "I get about wanting more power, okay? I tried stealing Cassie's magic for crying out loud! But when I realized that the spell was hurting others, I stopped it because magic isn't worth more than anyone's life."


"No!" Faye backed away. "Leave my room! Go! Now!"

Dawn cried as she turned and left the room.

Faye stared around her, disoriented with the feelings racing through her before the brunette collapsed to the ground, hugging her knees to her chest as she cried.

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"Why are we protecting him?" Mikhail asked when they were alone in the kitchen, the blonde washing up dishes as he just stood idly watching her. "Because he raised Diana?"

"Because if Cassie kills him, she and Diana will never be able to get over that," Chloe responded, gaze on the dishes in the sink. "Everything that I do now has to be in the best interest of the Balcoin family, and those two hating each other will only bring us more destruction and pain."

He continued to eye her, not sure what he thought about his oldest sibling. When he'd thought about the Firstborn, wondered what he or she would be like, he'd imagined someone more like his father. Not only in the power department but character wise as well. Mikhail had never felt the urge to try to live up to his father's standards, to be like John, because he'd been sure that the Firstborn would be all that and more.

And yet the girl in front of him wasn't like their father at all. Had she been more like John Balcoin, she'd have let Cassie kill Charles and then made Diana understand that it was the fairest judgment that could have been passed. He'd have somehow manipulated things so that in the end, people saw things his way. He'd always done that.

This girl though, Mikhail couldn't understand her logic or way of thinking. This wasn't about her but it was affecting her greatly, she was empathetic.

"Everyone's in so much pain right now, I can understand why they're acting the way they are." Chloe continued to look at the dishes as she washed and rinsed them off, putting them away to dry. "It's almost like Balcoins are cursed to keep hurting each other." She finally put down the dishes and turned to look at Mikhail, her eyes surprising red. "Don't think I don't know how you feel either, that I don't know that you want revenge for your father's death."

"Our father," he whispered.

Chloe took in a deep breath. "I understand why you'd want that, it's natural. Everyone in there knew you were talking about Diana and Cassie and what they did to John. Don't think I don't appreciate how you're handling things or how hard this must be for you."

Mikhail wasn't one to speak about feelings, growing immensely uncomfortable as he looked away from her.

"We don't know each other, we're not family except for blood, we don't have the bond or ties that makes true family." She pushed away from the sink, making her way towards him until she was right in front of him. "We're practically strangers."

He licked his lips.

"I have another brother," she whispered. "I love him dearly. I have for many years." She hesitated before reaching out and grabbing Mikhail's hand with her damp one, shocking him into turning to look at her once more as he could feel his magic reacting within him at the touch. "I'd like to love you too."

Mikhail just stared down at the tiny girl, eyes wide and shocked out of his wits. He didn't know what was affecting him more; her words, the sincerity in her eyes, or the way her magic connected with his and he could sense as it tried soothing the silent pain inside of him. "Balcoins…" He cleared his throat, unnerved at the coaxing, soothing magic which made the resentful anger that'd been accumulating within him towards Cassie and Diana begin to slowly disintegrate. "We're not a loving bunch."

"That needs to change." She tightened her grip on his hand.

He gulped, his eyes stinging for some reason and he blinked, looking away, not saying anything, but found himself reciprocating the grip on Chloe's – on his sister's – hand.

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"So you agree then."

Gabe turned to raise an eyebrow at Moira. "On what?"

"That the Balcoin dark magic is something that she doesn't need," Moira pressed, having taken advantage of the fact that Diana was upstairs resting in her room, Chloe and Mikhail were in the kitchen, and Lucas, Whitney and Greg were out on an errand. "Cassie wouldn't be half the threat she is if she didn't have it in her."

"Chloe has much more magic in her than Cassie does. It will be fine." Gabe was sure of that. "She'll find a way out of this."

"You don't get it, Gabe. You said it yourself; dark magic is strong, yes, but it's all consuming and Chloe has more of it than anyone else has ever had." Moira reached out and grabbed Gabe. "Francis Balcoin was the first witch to ever have dark magic and you know the rumors that have circulated as to how it came about. If they're true, the fact that she has so much in her – and his magic! The source magic of allBalcoin black magic. Gabe. You must realize how dangerous this is!"

"She's strong enough to handle this, Moira."

"Don't you find it all too convenient, the timing of all of this?" Moira hissed, coming closer. "You know what's happening in three days."

"I'm surprised you know." He sneered.

"Low blow, Gabe." Moira shook her head, pulling away. "Low blow." With that, she turned and stormed to the guest room she was staying in, slamming the door shut behind her.

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"I'm surprised that Lex Luthor didn't try anything with Lucas and me," Mikhail declared, pulling away from Chloe and going to the kitchen, highly uncomfortable and confused. "We were a part of a group who kidnapped and tortured his sister and her boyfriend. I'm surprised he didn't seem to want any sort of revenge. Or is that his way of trying to wait until our guard is down?"

"I made a deal with Lex; he's not going to touch most of you." Chloe's words stunned him. "And I say 'most' because Patricia and her father – there was nothing I could ever promise to do for him that would make him not get back at them." She sighed. "The rest of you though? You're all under my protection now. Whatever that's worth."

Mikhail stared blankly in front of him into the fridge. "Why would you do that?" He slammed the door closed and turned to look at her in utter confusion. "We're family, yes, but for all you know, I could be secretly planning something against you! Why would you put yourself in a position of indebtedness to that family for us?"

She merely stared at him. "I just did."

"But that's stupid!" Mikhail ran shaking fingers through his chin-length, straight brown hair. "I could be planning to kill you! I could want you dead! I-!"

"Are you?" Her voice was tranquil.

He looked up at her, his unease from before growing, but masked by his confusion. "No."

"I'm glad to hear that." She gave him a half smile.

Mikhail just stared at his older sister, unable to understand her. She held such power, she was supposedly the Great Winged Serpent that'd been prophesied to bring the Balcoins out of the depths they'd sunk. He'd thought his father was the Balcoin savior and after his death, Mikhail'd expected her to be the female image of John. And yet… and yet… He couldn't understand her or her reasoning or why she'd do something like that for him. Not when he hadn't even proven that he was worth the effort. With John, he'd had to spend his whole childhood proving himself, proving that he was useful in his own way, and even then he'd known that John had always found him inferior. He'd disappointed his father so many times, in the end he'd stopped caring – or had learned to act that way at least.

"I – I'm going to help the guys." And with that he turned and slipped out of the house through the back door, knowing he was running and not sure from what.

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Jason didn't know exactly how to approach this whole Chloe thing now that he knew that his best friend had had a thing for her before he did. If he'd known about Davis' attachment prior to everything, things would have been different and Jason wouldn't have allowed things to progress the way that they had… but they had. He was staying away though, out of respect for Davis, at least for now. Anyway, he had the team to keep him preoccupied and Chloe seemed to be busy as well, so that made things easier he supposed.


Jason lay on his bed, staring at his phone, before letting it drop to his side as he sat up at the knock on his door. "Come in."

Lex opened the door and strolled in, eyeing the room. "I didn't realize you lived in a pigsty."

"We're not all OCD," Jason smart mouthed.

"It's called cleanly, not OCD," Lex assured him, eyeing the room in displeasure before shaking his head and turning his blues on Jason. "Father has just called to inform me that he'll be arriving in Smallville in three days' time."

Jason stood immediately. "He's making a play for Chloe."

"It would seem so, and he's not hiding his motives or the fact that he knows that I know who the Firstborn is and where she is," Lex agreed, a pensive expression on his face. "Obviously he has something planned and we are, as always, in the dark."

"Well, look at the bright side," Jason tried to a joke, "things can't get any worse."

"Your parents are joining him on this little trip." Lex raised an eyebrow. "Everyone's parents."

Jason's eyes widened in horror at the thought of his parents, especially his mother, here in Smallville. "Fuck me."

"No thank you." Lex snorted, looking around the room, still obviously displeased with the state it was in as he toed a discarded piece of clothing with the toe of his designer shoes.

"Well, it can't get any worse than that." Jason was sure of it.

"Marx called Davis the night Davis was Enthralled and said it had something to do with John Balcoin." Lex raised an eyebrow. "When Davis returned and was Enthralled, he'd come from the meeting with Marx and for obvious reasons didn't get to tell me about his meeting until much later."

"Why would Marx contact Davis about John Balcoin?" Jason frowned. "Does this have to do with the package Chloe took from him that night at Crouch End?"

"Not exactly. It would seem our little friend realized that we were the ones who helped her escape him that night." Lex made a face. "And he used John's name as bait to try and get Davis to tell him where she was. According to Davis Marx seemed much more interested in finding Chloe than in recovering whatever it was that she took form his vault that night. Of course, Davis figured it might be a trap and outsmarted the little man, but Marx is nothing if not persistent and his men have been spotted in Smallville today."

"What?" Jason's eyes widened.

"Of course, they don't know her name or what she looks like, so Chloe should be safe for now at least." Lex made a face at a plate with a half eaten sandwich on the ground.

"I'll deal with it," Jason promised.

"I've already handled the situation, they've been… distracted. But Marx will get them back on the right track soon enough." Lex went to a window and opened it. "Proper ventilation is our friend, Jason. Renewal of air is a good thing."

Jason ignored him. "Is this all of the bad news?"

"Of course not, when has our life ever been that easy?" Lex sneered. "It would seem that there is no trace of either Swan in the country, but there are fifty different tickets that have been found in their names going to fifty different destinations worldwide. It would seem that, for now at least, they've managed to slip through our fingers."

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She'd received the message from the boys that they'd managed to get part of it done and had parted ways with Mikhail and Lucas, everyone having gone back home. Chloe had sent a mass text message to all, thanking them, before bathing, changing into her night clothes, and then going into her sister's bedroom.

Diana sat by the window in her nightdress, staring out of the window.

Chloe made her way to Diana's bed and sat down on it. "It's going to work out somehow, I promise, Diana."

"He's done such evil things. Sometimes I think Greg is right, that I should just let Cassie kill him." Diana closed her eyes and leaned her forehead against the cold glass of the window. "But he raised me and he loved me and I couldn't have ever asked for a better father."

Chloe stared at her younger sister before getting up and going to sit next to her on the bay window.

Diana wordlessly moved to lay with her head on Chloe's lap, curled up like a child drawing comfort from her mother.

Chloe wasn't good at mothering, had never really seen it in action herself except when it'd come to Mrs Kent with Clark, but her little sister needed her and she was going to be there for her. The blonde leaned hard against the back rest and ran her fingers softly through Diana's long, dark tresses, her gaze out of the window.

Diana's began crying.

Chloe just closed her eyes and continued to comfort her sister the only way she could.

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Walking always helped clear her mind, Moira hugging herself as she breathed in the night air. Things were quickly slipping through her fingers and she wasn't exactly sure what was right or wrong anymore. She was confused, conflicted, and knew that she was going to have to talk to Chloe soon. The day was coming way too quickly and she knew that she owed it to the blonde to tell her the truth before it was too late. And yet, every time she tried to get the courage something would happen and Moira would back down. At first, she'd wanted to grow closer to the girl before she told her, but it was obvious that that wouldn't be happening any time soon. Not soon enough at least.

Taking in a deep breath, Moira realized she couldn't keep stalling. She needed to go back home and talk to her daughter.

That was when something came down hard against the back of her head and all went black.

4th-Jul-2013 05:42 am (UTC)
really liked the interaction between Jason and Lex but especially Chloe and Mikhail.

So on top of chloe dealing with the new crisis there's a new mystery. and what is happening in three days???

6th-Jul-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Mikhail still can't figure Chloe out, or understand her reasoning for doing anything!

Yes! And I can't tell you!
4th-Jul-2013 06:43 am (UTC)
... i'm in a constant state of wonder... your imagination just seams endless....
what will happen in 3 days.... why has marx come to town....
will lex pursue his attraction to chloe or will jason be the lucky one....
who is ghostboy... did his family never wonder what happend with him.....
questions... so many...

thanx for another great update
6th-Jul-2013 12:36 am (UTC)
Awww! Thanks! Thankfully my inspiration has been thick for this story!
Those questions should be answered in the next couple of chapters - so I can't say anything!
Lex... Jason... I can't comment!
You'll find out who he is in the next one!
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