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...
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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HIGH SCHOOL TRIO OF PERVERTS CAUGHT ATTEMPTING TO FILM GIRLS NAKED IN THE SCHOOL SHOWERS.
Chloe had to admit it, she was proud as hell of Diana. The cover story of that day's Luthor Torch had the blonde having to print extra since more and more people were asking for copies and they'd run out. Not only had Diana gotten the video, but she'd had Van help her capture images from the video to place in the story itself, and they'd uploaded the video onto the Luthor Torch website to collaborate with the story being run. Already Diana was being surrounded and praised by the girls of the school, receiving annoyed looks from the boys, and a threat of vengeance from the three boys who'd been pulled into Principle Kwan's office first thing and suspended for their acts. Diana was taking everything in stride with a little smile, and thankfully seemed to have her mind off of the whole Charles and Cassie situation, even if only for a day.
Another huge shocker was the fact that Mikhail had accurately predicted the result of the game versus Jefferson and that had caused such an uproar that tons of letters from their readers (and comments left for him on the Luthor Torch website) proved that his was going to be a very popular column in the future. Already tons of the students were asking him to predict this or that, and the boy would have a lot to go through and choose from if he so desired to. His predictions were also making his astrological blurbs popular as well, people taking them more seriously than they would have otherwise because, as she'd been hearing people whispering in chuckles and giggles to each other, Mikhail Knows All!
Chloe was glad for the madness; for having to print more and more copies because the edition was so scandalous. It was incredibly popular and everyone wanted to make sure they had a copy. The blonde kept herself busy making sure the extra copies were evenly distributed, relieved for the chaos because it was a bit of a distraction for her as well. She had so much on her desk, on her mind. There was Byron, her brother, who might be chained somewhere in someone's dungeons and needed her help. There was Adam Knight, who'd been cursed by her father and was yet more proof at how she was so lucky to have been raised by Gabe instead. And then there was Cassie and her murderous intent.
There was so much on Chloe's plate, she was sorely tempted to slip back into a fantasy and just escape, but she'd learned from her last stint into escapism and it'd taught Chloe something. This was her life, like it or not. She couldn't keep trying to find a way out, escaping it; this was it. She was just going to have to get used to it, get over herself, and figure out what her next steps would be.
Of course, the Cassie situation came first, whether she wanted it to or not, and Chloe might be putting up a brave face for the others but she was worried as hell about this ever nearer confrontation. Things between her and Cassie had never been great and she knew this wasn't going to make things any better between them. Chloe figured by the time this was over, she could kiss goodbye any chance of her and Cassie somehow coming to terms with each other. And damn it, that sucked balls! But it was just how things had to be because she couldn't let the blonde kill Mr Meade, no matter what he'd done. She had to save the relationship between Cassie and Diana. She had to save Cassie from the darkness inside of her.
Phone buzzing, Chloe answered the call, going to the window. "Yeah?"
"So, Jake's pushing hard to get there a bit earlier," Faye announced in her ear. "He hasn't slept and has been driving straight. The idiot." She sighed. "He said he'll be there around three in the morning tomorrow. But he'll be useless to you considering he'll probably collapse of fatigue."
"Thanks, we'll be waiting for him." Hanging up, Chloe tapped her phone to her cheek before turning and closing her eyes tightly. "You keep doing that!"
Adam Knight blinked in surprise. "I keep forgetting that you're able to see me more and more now."
"What do you mean more and more?" Chloe opened her eyes only to narrow them suspiciously at him. "Are you telling me that there are times that you're around and I don't see you?"
Adam cleared his throat, gaze darting away.
Chloe's eyes widened. "How long have you been around me?"
He scratched at him chin, clearly uncomfortable. "I've been your father's shadow since I was a child; he was the only one who could see or hear me, even though he ignored me as if I wasn't there anyway." He took in a deep breath. "I stopped shadowing him when he came to Smallville."
Chloe stared up at the uncomfortable looking guy, eyes widening further, realizing just how long he'd been around her. "Ever since then?"
He nodded slowly.
"Why?" She blinked, confused, running her hand over her face. "Why stay with me if I couldn't see you?"
He cleared his throat, gaze falling on the newest edition of the Torch. "Ah! I see they've been caught. Good. It took a lot out of me to actually tilt that damned camera away from the shower stalls."
Chloe blinked once more, even more shocked. "You're the reason they were unable to get any sort of decent footage?"
"Not that it would have been decent." Adam made a face, still avoiding her gaze. "I've never – I've been tempted to – but I haven't – I've never looked."
She suddenly got what he was saying and felt a blush rising up her neck. "Um, thank you, for that."
"No problem." He ran his hand over his head, clearly embarrassed.
She rubbed her neck, the small scars there throbbing slightly, had been since yesterday but were growing worse.
His blues turned on her and narrowed slightly. "Are the fang marks hurting?"
"You know about that?" Why was she surprised? Supposedly he'd been hanging around her for a while now! He must have heard about the situation during the many times it'd been discussed (especially between her parents, her father still unable to forgive Moira for that incident).
"I, uh, I was there that night." Adam cleared his throat. "I helped pull her off of you... really weakened me though; took me weeks to get back to normal."
Chloe's eyes widened even further, basically bugging out, as she stared at him, her blush growing darker. "You were in my bedroom at that time of the night?"
"I, uh, I, it was, I never." He groaned, blushing hard as he brought his hand to his face. "I don't have anywhere to stay, to sleep, and the, uh, the rug you have in your room is comfortable."
"We've been sharing a room, for months." It was Chloe's turn to cover her scarlet face with her hands. "I change my clothes in that room."
"I look away," he swore.
"I bathe! I use the toilet!"
"You have a great view from your bay window," he declared. "I haven't – I find myself having to look out of it quite often."
She thought of all the things she did in her bedroom and went beet red, face burning as she stormed to him and began slapping his chest. "You idiot! You don't just decide someone's rug is comfortable and – and – you idiot!"
He grabbed at her wrists, stopping her movement, blinking as he gazed at their hands, obviously still unused to being able to touch or be touched. "I'm getting stronger."
"Change the topic why don't you." She glared, still flushing.
"No, you don't get it, I'm getting stronger." Adam clasped her wrists a little tighter in awe. "I've never been able to do this before, not without dissipating into nothing but energy for a couple of days."
Chloe raised an eyebrow. "Inside me is the magic that cursed you. Of course it's different."
"But I couldn't touch John."
Chloe paused at that one, eyes wide. "What?"
"I couldn't touch him." Adam was still staring at his grip on her wrist before he let go and moved his hands so that his palms were touching hers, his fingers on hers. "His magic willed me away, to live a half existence." Adam's breath stuttered as his thumbs brushed hers. "I was growing weaker, I was getting desperate. It's been harder and harder to – to interact. And then – and then you saw me and I freaked out." He laughed derisively. "I ran, which I'll admit, was stupid. I even put up an illusion of a wall, using up very precious energy to hide – and yet you still found me, still saw me, touched me."
Chloe's eyes widened. "Why are you getting stronger?"
"I think – I think it's the same reason why you're able to see me more." Adam blinked, a little smile tilting his lips as he let go of her. "I think it's because you want to see me more."
She sputtered, pushing away. "Don't be ridiculous."
There was a knock on the door and it opened, her father sticking his head in. "I thought I heard you talking to someone, must have been hearing things."
Chloe sent Adam a little look before smiling at her father. "Come on in, dad. You know me, I talk to myself all the time." She waited for him to close the door behind him, ushering him to a chair and pressing a kiss to his cheek. "So what brings you to my corner of the world today?"
"Honey, you know I've been laid off." Gabe began with a sigh. "And you know the house we live in belongs to Luthorcorp, that it's used to house the managers of their facility here."
Chloe nodded, sitting on the edge of her desk, eyeing her father in worry. "We're going to have to move house, huh?"
"Not just that, honey, we might have to move town."
Chloe's eyes widened. "What?"
"There's nowhere I could work here, but there's a job opening in Grandsville." He eyed her worriedly. "I wouldn't be making the same amount I was here, but we'd manage somehow."
Chloe wanted to tell him no, wanted to tell him that she didn't want to leave, not when two of her Circle members were here. But that would be so selfish of her, wouldn't it? Especially considering Gabe Sullivan wasn't even really her father and yet was doing so much to make her happy and well taken care of.
"I know that your friends are here and-"
"It's only an hour's drive away from Smallville," Chloe interrupted with a little smile, pushing off of the desk to bend on her knees next to her father. "As long as we're together that's all that matters, dad."
He smiled with relief, leaning down to cup her face. "I have such a great daughter."
"I have a better father," Chloe whispered truthfully, reaching up and wrapping her arms around his neck, hugging him as he returned the gesture. "We're going to be fine, papa, don't worry so much."
Over Gabe's shoulder, she could see Adam leaning against the wall, smiling softly, but sadly, at them as he watched silently.
Chloe pressed one last kiss to Gabe's cheek before pulling away, smiling brighter for his sake. "Anyway, I've just about whipped this newspaper into shape. I'm sure the one at the Grandsville High School needs me more."
"True." Gabe stood, looking around. "I have to admit though, this place is a dream."
Her smile turned somewhat sad before brightening when he turned to look at her. "I can live without it."
Gabe shook his head, smiling as he ruffled her hair. "See you at home, kiddo."
"Dad! My hair!" And yet she was laughing as she tried to fix it, waving at him as Gabe opened the door, nearly bumping into Diana, Whitney and Greg.
"Gabe!" Diana grinned, reaching up on her tiptoes to press a kiss to his cheek. "Did you see that my story made the front of today's Luthor Torch?"
"No, I hadn't heard." He smiled. "Congratulations – that's great. Can I have a copy?"
Chloe reached for one and went to pass one to him.
Gabe raised an eyebrow at the heading. "I hope these boys got suspended."
"They have," Greg assured him.
"Great job, Dee." Gabe ruffled Diana's hair affectionately before moving passed them. "I'll give this a read at home!"
Diana watched him go, grinning brightly, before straightening her hair as the group entered the Torch.
"So, why do I have a feeling Gabe wasn't just here to see the new office?" Whitney asked as he closed the door behind him.
"He wasn't." Chloe sighed, leaning hard against her desk once more, gaze going to where Adam was still standing before returning to her Circle members. "We're moving."
Diana's eyes widened. "We are?"
"What?" Greg blinked. "That's a bad joke!"
"Where?" Whitney frowned, sitting down.
"Grandsville," Chloe announced as the door opened and Mikhail and Lucas (who'd been arguing) stopped as they saw the group talking. "He can't find a job here but there is one in Grandsville and it's only an hour's drive away."
Mikhail groaned. "That's even farther from where I'm staying!" He threw himself onto a chair. "I'm already getting up an extra hour early to make it to Smallville for this damned school. It'll be a two hourcommute to Grandsville!" He glared at Chloe as if this was all her fault. "I vote against the move."
"I don't expect you to change schools." Chloe couldn't see the issue here.
Mikhail leveled her with a glare. "The only reason I'm in Hicksville, Oh Tiny One, is because you are here. If you leave, I have no reason to be here, do I?"
"Two hours to and back." Lucas shivered. "That's just torture. I vote against the move as well."
"Me three," Greg declared.
"When did this become a vote?" Chloe wanted to know, eyeing them in confusion. "It's not my choice either, guys, but we don't have any other option."
Adam cleared his throat. "That's not exactly true."
She looked up at him, eyes narrowed. "What do you mean by that?"
Adam's eyes widened at her in shock.
She frowned in confusion as to his expression. "What?"
That was when she felt the confused looks on her and blushed, remembering all too late that the others couldn't see Adam, and that with everything that was going on, she hadn't found the right time to fill them in on his existence.
Mikhail frowned, looking from Chloe back towards Adam and then back at her. "You're doing that thing – father used to do that sometimes, hardly ever, but just sometimes."
"Yeah." Lucas frowned. "It used to happen more when we were younger, hardly ever when we got older. I almost forgot about it until now."
"What are you guys talking about?" Greg wanted to know.
"I noticed her doing this yesterday but thought nothing of it." Diana looked worried now though. "Are you okay, Chlo?"
Whitney though, was silent, looking between Adam and Chloe before clearing this throat as he returned his gaze to her. "Is there someone there we can't see?"
Chloe's gaze went to Adam's and met his before taking in a deep breath and nodding. "Yeah."
Diana's eyes widened. "Are you serious?"
Scratching the side of her face, Chloe's gaze went to Adam again before returning to her Circle mates and told them all she knew.
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Davis clutched at his head, images racing before his eyes far too fast for him to really catch a good glimpse of any of them. He could hear a voice whispering in his ear, but like the images, he couldn't focus on the voice or the words. All he knew was that he was in agony, blood dripping from his nostril as he tightened his grip on his head. Something was about to happen, he didn't know what, he didn't know to who, or why he could feel it... But it was going to happen.
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The rest of the school day passed without much of interest, and considering Jake would probably be arriving sometime after two in the morning, everyone was hurrying to prepare for what was going to no doubt be a fight. Chloe was the only one remaining behind in school because she was supposed to cover the next day of auditioning for the school play, and to be honest, there was nothing she could really do at this moment. Everyone was taking care of everything and she needed some rest before everything, so she sat through the auditions, surprised by the fact that many of the students were talented actors.
She took some pictures during the rehearsals, stayed behind after them to get a quote from (an enthusiastic and bubbly) Mrs Harmon, and then made her way back to the Luthor Torch office to prepare everything for the next day's edition.
Van had a good post-victory piece from Jason and the boys, with great pictures of the game itself and of the footballers and coach celebrating after the win. There were pictures of Smallville students who'd gone to support the game, as well as quotes from them. Even Principle Kwan was featured in it.
Lucas' piece on the cheerleaders was far too flirty for her tastes, but he'd gotten the task done and had more than enough information on the big costume party the cheerleaders were throwing in honor of the Golden PomPoms Charity, which according to the girls, was to help cheerleaders who'd suffered grave injuries "while in the service of the Sisterhood of the PomPoms" and help them with their physiotherapy costs and such for those who didn't have medical insurance. Chloe had looked it up because it sounded bogus, but damned if she hadn't found it was a legitimate charity.
Mikhail had already left his newest piece which promised that something "major" was going to happen in Smallville "food-wise" and seemed more like a teaser than an actual article but she was going to run it anyway.
Diana's article was basically an answer to the many fan letters she'd gotten and she was also asking for people to send her "social issues" they thought needed some checking into.
Chloe stopped in the middle of what she was doing, self conscious as she looked around, not seeing Adam but that apparently didn't mean that he wasn't around. "You out there?"
She took in a deep breath and lowered her gaze to the screen as she finished organizing things and started the printing of tomorrow's edition so it could be just handed out. Considering that Jake and Mr Meade were arriving after midnight, and Cassie and the others were on their heels, Chloe had a feeling she wouldn't be in tomorrow and wanted to make sure that the edition was ready to go straight out. Thankfully Van was around and more than capable with computers in case anything happened.
There was a knock on the door.
Chloe looked up. "Come in."
Jason peeked his head in. "Hey."
Chloe straightened, things having been awkward between them since the little dream thing she'd subjected everyone to the first day of school. "Hey."
Jason cleared his throat as he entered the room, closing the door behind him. "I saw the light under the door while I was on my way out and decided to come and say hi. We haven't, uh, talked, in a while."
"We've both been busy." She stood, going around the desk to meet him. "Plus, a lot of stuff happened and is still happening. It's been crazy."
"Tell me about it." Something seemed to be troubling him but he gave her a small smile. "It's kinda late for you to be here by yourself. Not really safe all things considered, don't you think?"
"I can take care of myself." She smiled, pulling a strand of blonde hair behind her ear. "Then again, every time I say that, I end up in trouble."
"You do." He nodded in agreement.
Licking her lips, Chloe moved a little closer. "How are you doing?"
"Fine, just, you know, busy, like you said." He ducked his gaze. "So you knew Davis before you met me, huh?"
Surprised at the change in topic, Chloe blinked. "I didn't know him. I saw him, once, while I was helping at the Luthorcorp facility here. We exchanged a smile and some words, that's it."
"Right." He nodded.
"Why?" She was curious as to the question.
"You kissed Lex after you kissed me in the dream." Jason changed the topic completely all over again.
"To be fair, he kissed me." Chloe wondered why Jason's face darkened at that. "I kissed you."
"I think I might have kissed you just as much," Jason mumbled, apparently displeased about this. "I was supposed to get you to wake up, but instead I gave in and didn't do as I was told to."
Chloe clasped her hands behind her back. "I see."
"No, you don't." He laughed darkly, shaking his head as he sighed. "I disobeyed a direct order, that's – I don't do that."
Chloe stared up into his face as she moved a little closer almost unknowingly.
"If you kissed Oliver that would mean you've kissed all my male friends."
Chloe stepped back with a frown. "Excuse me?"
Jason groaned, running his hand over his face. "Ignore me right now, please."
"What is going on, Jason?" Chloe eyed him.
"Lex won't talk about what happened between the two of you," Jason grumbled. "He usually always talks about every little encounter the two of you have, over and over again, analyzing every little reaction your magic or brain had. That's how he is, I know that, and I expect that. What I don't expect is for him to go silent over it. A silent Lex – that's never a good thing in my opinion." A muscle jumped in his cheek. "It means he's thinking something either he doesn't want me to know or knows I won't like hearing."
Chloe frowned at him. "What are you talking about? What would Lex be thinking that you wouldn't like?" She frowned darker, a bit worried now. "Would I not like whatever he's thinking?"
"I don't know." Jason's gaze was greener than usual as he eyed her. "Would you?"
He was being so confusing and vague it annoyed her.
"I think, for right now, it would be better if we don't interact very much, especially in school." Jason pulled away, dark emotion in his eyes as he looked away from her, going towards the door, hesitating with his back towards her. "Chloe?"
"Yeah?" she asked softly.
"Lionel Luthor and his Circle are going to be here tomorrow." He sent her a look over his shoulder, that darkness still in his eyes and yet it was tinted with worry. "Keep alert and be prepared. I don't want you getting hurt." His grip on the door tightened. "If you need me, just call and I'll be there... even if it's my parents."
And with that, he slipped out the door, closing it behind him.
Leaning against the desk once more, Chloe hugged herself tightly as she sighed deeply.
Too many damned things were happening tomorrow.
Groaning, Chloe covered her hands with her face, feeling very much like Jason had just broken up with her despite the fact that they'd never actually been together. She took in a deep breath, wiping at her eyes as she pulled her hands from her face, telling herself that this wasn't the time to act like a spurned teenaged lover. Jason might have asked her to keep her distance from him, but he'd also told her in his own way that he'd fight his parents to keep her safe, and damn it, that meant more in the long run!
Anyway, she didn't have time for a romance at the moment. She had too much family drama. There would be no way she'd have the time to concentrate and a guy would only get in her way and be a nuisance and-
A kleenex appeared in front of her.
Chloe didn't jump this time, merely yanking the tissue from the guy leaning against the table with her, dabbing it against her eyes. "Thanks."
"He likes you," Adam muttered, arms folded over his chest, eyes on the closed door. "I think he just realized how much he actually likes you... And he's not comfortable with it at all."
"I'm not an easy person to like." Chloe continued to dab at her eyes with the kleenex.
"Don't be too sure about that." Adam disappeared from her side.
Chloe turned her head to the side, facing where he'd been and reached out, hand going through the air, finding him truly gone.
Another sigh escaped her lips as she pushed away from the desk and grabbed her things, heading towards the door.