Title: Jace Wayland's Unstealthy Stalking
Fandoms: Smallville/The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones
Pairing: Chloe Sullivan/Jace Wayland
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When Chloe stumbles into Jace Wayland and apologizes she doesn't realize she's not supposed to be able to see him due to his invisibility rune. And then there are misunderstandings. This is the catalyst to some seriously unstealthy stalking from the blonde Shadowhunter, who is determined to make her acknowledge he's there and stop pretending she can't see him.
"Why are we even talking about this?" Chloe wanted to know, eyebrow raised in confusion.
"Because I think she was the catalyst to everything." Lois, as always, went straight to the point. "As a child you watched as your mother walked out on you and your father for some dude from her past. No matter how much you begged her not to do it she wouldn't even look back at you as they left, and that's messed you up when it comes to love."
Chloe thought that over and figured that her cousin probably had a point there. "I dream about it sometimes, you know. I scream and beg her not to go and I tell her that I love her but she still goes and leaves me alone in the house until dad comes back hours later and finds me crying in a ball on the floor."
"See?" Lois stopped the video game they'd been playing and pointed accusingly at Chloe. "Aunt Moira's always to blame for everything! Dad always said that the best thing that came out of his brother marrying her was you being born. And I agree with him."
Chloe's lips twitched in amusement. "She can't be blamed for everything, I'm sure."
"Give me a couple of days and I'm almost certain I can pin all of your issues on her." Lois seemed certain.
Chloe reached over and hugged her cousin. "I love you."
Lois hugged her back tightly. "I love me too."
Chloe cracked up, laughing loudly, as she knew had been her cousin's intent. "Why are you so awesome?"
"It's in my DNA, I can't help it, which mean's it's in your DNA too, so buck up, Little Grasshopper." Lois pressed a kiss to Chloe's cheek as she pulled away and unpaused the game once more, the cousins getting back to playing. "So… Cards on the table: Wade."
Chloe licked her lips. "How about… I… Fold?"
Lois blinked. "Really?"
Chloe, who really wasn't into poker, wasn't exactly sure she'd given the right message. "Depends. What did I just tell you?"
Lois' lips twitched. "Basically, you're not betting anymore, you can't win, no further interest in playing the game."
Chloe brightened. "I fold."
Lois sighed. "Damn it. I thought he'd be perfect."
Chloe kicked someone in the head, repeatedly. "I know you're trying to get me into the dating scene again, but I've been busy."
"Chasing the hooker, I know."
Chloe did an illegal move she'd learnt on a cheat website and took the other dude down. "He's not a hooker."
"You don't know that." Lois countered before she sent the blonde a sideways glance. "Where did you hear his name today?"
Chloe pursed her lips. "Would you believe me if I said his name got spelt in my cereal?"
Lois paused the game again. "Dude, aren't you just trying to see things now?"
Chloe glared at Lois. "You think I want to be crazy? It's why I have to go and see him! There has to be a logical explanation for all the crazy crap that's been happening to me!" She took in a deep breath. "And I'm going to find out tonight at his party."
Lois narrowed her eyes at Chloe. "We're going to find out."
Chloe narrowed her eyes back at Lois. "This isn't like Pandemonium. I'm going."
"Exactly, it's not like Pandemonium, you said these parties sound way more out there, which means you need someone like me to be there with you." Lois grinned, and it was all teeth. "I'm going with you to see the stripper who appears in your cereal bowl. That's it."
"Now, is he a hooker or a stripper, make up your mind."
Lois' lips twitched. "I'd be fine with either."
Chloe rolled her eyes, darkly amused.
"Stop making me wear shirts!"
"How many times do I have to tell you that that is actually a dress?" Lois rolled her eyes at Chloe as they walked towards the apartment. "It is. I swear it is!"
Chloe pulled at the edges of the dress and glared at her cousin, suspiciously, disbelievingly. "It's shorter than the shirt I wore to Pandemonium!"
"It's why I told you we weren't dressed skankily… then." Lois, for once, seemed to have a bit of shame.
Chloe took in a deep breath, swearing to never again let her cousin buy her clothes, as they drew nearer.
"How do you know this is the place?" Lois finally asked, much taller than Chloe now with her heels. "I thought you didn't have any info on this guy."
"I couldn't track anything down on him, he's like a ghost." Chloe hated to admit that. "But that night we went to Pandemonium some kid pushed this into my hand." She reached into her bra and pulled out something, passing it to Lois.
Lois merely eyed her, ignoring the ticket. "Did you just pull that out of your bra?"
Chloe shooed her gaze away from her breasts.
"That was so hollywood," Lois snickered before she gazed down at what was in her hands. "Oh wow."
"I told you, his name just keeps popping up everywhere." Chloe peeked at the ticket that said: "YOU (PLUS ONE) HAVE BEEN INVITED TO MAGNUS BANE'S MAGNIFICENT PARTY"
"No, I mean yes, I mean… he's kinda… eccentric, huh?" Lois was blinking at the picture of Magnus Bane under the address, the handsome asian man wearing a sequined fedora and bright yellow suit.
Chloe nodded. "Behold, the elusive Magnus Bane."
Lois nodded and passed the ticket back to Chloe. "Sorry I ever doubted you."
"One day you'll learn better." Chloe knocked on the engraved lion-shaped handle and the door opened to reveal Magnus Bane himself in a tuxedo top and… brief shorts. Chloe's eyes widened and she blushed as she lost her voice to utter shock.
Lois bit the inside of her lips to keep from snorting. "I prefer a boxer shorts kinda guy myself."
He raised an eyebrow at her as he gyrated his hips. "I don't like the way they dangle so freely in boxers. Briefs shorts keep everything where they're supposed to be."
Chloe went redder.
"I can see your point." Lois nodded, as if there was nothing weird with this whole conversation.
Chloe merely held up the ticket.
Magnus took it from her, eyed them both and made an odd little sound in the back of his throat. "This will be interesting." He opened the door wide and motioned them inside. "Welcome, welcome, to my humble party. I don't remember inviting you two but I do sometimes hand out a couple of freebies to my regulars and they hand them out so that's probably how you two lovely ladies got a hold of this." He motioned someone with drinks over. "Have drinks, relax, and enjoy the festivities!" He moved away, hands held out around him regally.
Chloe had yet to speak, still in shock over the underwear.
Lois eyed her before she shook her head. "Do you always appear in people's cereal bowl?"
He paused and turned towards them. "Huh?"
Chloe cleared her throat and reminded herself that she was the one who should be doing the investigating here. "This might sound kinda crazy."
He moved closer with a lopsided smile. "You'd be surprise at how little sounds crazy here."
Lois eyed the other people at the party curiously.
Chloe just concentrated on the host. "I've been seeing and hearing your name, everywhere, for the last couple of weeks."
He blinked. "Have you now."
"And this isn't some weird stalker thing." Boy did she know about weird stalker things. "I'm just trying to figure out why your name gets spelt in my cereal, or in the clouds, or in random people's cigarette smoke, or why I get given coffee cups with your name on it at the Talon, or why-."
He eyed her before he motioned for the two girls to follow him. "Walk this way." He then began to saunter away in a quite eccentric fashion.
Lois blinked. "He doesn't mean literally, does he?"
Chloe rolled her eyes and followed after him.
Jace had gotten in trouble, and not only that, but Hodge was suspicious. The only good thing was that Maryse and Robert were still in Idris and that an infraction this minor wouldn't get reported to Isabelle and Alec's parents, Jace's adoptive parents. He wouldn't have heard the end of it otherwise. As it was, Hodge had Alec and Isabelle sticking to Jace like ticks, and Jace was annoyed as hell about it. He loved his adopted brother and sister, really, he did, and normally he liked spending time with them, hell, Alec was his parabatai, that went to show just how much Jace cared about him… But right now Alec wasn't the person that he wanted to be around, especially not tonight of all nights.
He knew Chloe's schedule well enough by now to know that tonight was the night she planned on infiltrating Magnus Bane's party, and he hadn't figured out all of the details, but Jace hadn't planned on letting her go to that den of Downworlders alone. No way in hell.
"Where do you think you're going?"
Jace closed his eyes and stopped in his tracks as he let out a sigh and turned to face that voice. "Out."
"That part was obvious." Alec leaned against the doorframe, Isabelle behind him. "What wasn't obvious was where you were sneaking off to."
"Or why you don't feel you can tell us." Isabelle narrowed her eyes at him.
Alec gazed down at that.
Jace cleared his throat. "I just need some air."
"Don't you think you got enough air last night?" Alec's gaze shot up.
A muscle jumped in Jace's cheek. "Look, I know Hodge is worried about me, but I'm a capable Shadowhunter. I can take care of myself and I don't need babysitters."
"We're not babysitting you." Isabelle rolled her eyes. "Boys. They're so dramatic."
"What's going on, Jace?" Alec sighed, sounding tired. "You've got to let us in. How can we help you if you don't let us in?"
"But there's nothing I need help with." And there wasn't. Not at this stage at least. "When there is, you two will be the first to know, I promise." He turned to leave.
"Hodge wants you to stay in tonight." Isabelle reminded him. "Just for tonight, Jace."
His fist tightened on the doorknob. "I have to go out."
"Why?" Alec snapped, and it was a testament to how much this affected him because Alec wasn't usually temperamental. "What is going on with you?"
"Fine." Jace turned to them. "You two really want to know?"
Isabelle threw her hands in the air. "What have we been saying, you nitwit?"
Magnus Bane merely lounged in his seat and looked at her in contemplative silence after she finished telling him her story. And it was after she finished everything that Chloe realized just how insane she really sounded. She honestly wished she hadn't come, hadn't told him anything. It was truly insane. As was the fact that she thought invisible hot guys were stalking her (not that she'd mentioned that part). It was probably all in her head. Lois was probably right. Moira's abandonment for her old boytoy was probably all to blame for this somehow!
"You know, I didn't think it'd take this long, and when it did I figured you were dead."
Chloe blinked and turned to look at him in confusion. "What?"
Lois looked up from the portrait of Magnus, wearing a pink catsuit, riding a polar bear, swimming in a sea of bubbling champagne. "Huh?"
"You were supposed to find me sooner, earlier, when you were much younger." He leaned forwards in his seat and eyed Chloe. "The block I put on your mind must have been stronger than I anticipated."
Chloe blinked. "Wait-block?"
"You did something to her mind?" Lois twirled on him. "So you're not a stripper? You're a mentalist?"
He raised an eyebrow. "High Warlock of Metropolis, actually." He turned to Chloe in question. "Stripper?"
"You don't want to know." She waved that question away, her legs shaky. "Why did you block my mind? Did I see something I wasn't supposed to?"
Lois eyes widened. "Is she in the witchy witness protection program?"
Magnus's lips twitched again. "You could say something like that." He eyed the brunette. "You know, you're taking this fairly well for a mundane."
Chloe's eyes narrowed at that word.
Lois shook it off. "You don't want to know how many times this body's been possessed. It should be criminal." She sat down, heavily, onto a free seat and let out a heavy sigh. "Ghosts and now warlocks. On top of MFs what else is there in this world?" She looked up at the ceiling. "I'm going to have to invest in a better security system!"
Magnus eyed her before turning his gaze on Chloe. "She's good for entertainment sake, isn't she?"
Chloe felt bad for her cousin, but nodded nonetheless.
The warlock cleared his throat before he eyed the blonde. "So you're what, sixteen?"
"Seventeen," she corrected.
"Seventeen." He continued to eye her. "A woman."
"Hey hey hey!" Lois narrowed her eyes at him. "No funny business, Mister High Warlock of Metropolis."
"No funny business intended," he assured her, eyes still on Chloe. "I just think that it's your age-the reason why the block is beginning to come undone."
"I see how that could make sense." Chloe gulped. "So… Why did you block my mind?" She watched him carefully. "Obviously you wanted me to find you, that's why you put clues, your name. But if so why block me in the first place? I don't understand anything. What could I have seen that could've been so horrible-and if it was so horrible-why unblock it in the first place? Wouldn't it be better to leave it unblocked? Safer?"
"I agree with her." Lois put in her two cents. "I say whatever it is we keep it blocked." She then noticed another painting, this one of Magnus doing the tango with a cross-dressing frog, a rose in his mouth, and her lips curled in a smile. "I can't figure out which painting I like more."
The warlock didn't even look at her. "Easy. That one." He pointed to a different one.
The brunette craned her neck to see yet another painting she hadn't noticed until he'd pointed it out. "Oh, you're right. Best one yet."
Chloe didn't even turn to see what that one was all about but she figured it featured an animal somehow. "Getting back to the topic of this block…"
"I can't keep it up, it was never meant to stay on permanently, only until you were old enough to handle what was being blocked." He clasped his hands over his chest as he sighed. "To be quite frank, I'm surprised it's stayed up as long as it has on its own without my power feeding it." He eyed her. "Why hasn't Moira brought you back to me since your eighth birthday?"
Chloe blinked in surprise. "She used to bring me here?"
He smiled softly, and the look surprised her. "I've seen you grow up from a baby till you were eight. She asked for the memory to be removed from you so that you wouldn't have any questions she couldn't answer." The smile then faded. "And then she stopped bringing you to me, despite knowing how dangerous it was for me not to keep checking on the stability of the block on your mind and feeding power into it. I would've come to you but she had made sure not to tell anyone where the both of you lived." He narrowed his eyes on her. "How did she die?"
Lois snorted. "Please."
Magnus Bane sent her a sideways glance before those yellow/green eyes, which had vertical cat-like pupils now that Chloe really looked at him, narrowed on her. "Explain."
"What do you want me to explain?" The blonde shrugged. "She's not dead."
Magnus appeared completely confused. "Then why isn't she here with you? Why hasn't she brought you every year since your eighth birthday?"
"Hormones came a'knocking." Lois muttered.
Chloe ignored her and took in a deep breath. "She left my father and I sometime after my eighth birthday-left and never came back."
"Impossible. She would never abandon you." And Magnus seemed so sure about that that it hurt.
"She did. I was there when it happened." Chloe licked her lips, shocked that it hurt so much to talk about it, that girl had been so sure that she was over it by now. "She walked out of our front door and no matter how much I begged her not to go she wouldn't even turn back to look at me."
The confusion on Magnus' face was palpable. "What the devil happened?"
"Oh, I'll tell you what happened." Lois stood. "She had the choice between being a woman and being a mother, and she made the wrong damn choice."
Magnus narrowed his eyes as he suddenly went still. "There was a man involved in her decision to leave?"
Suddenly there was a commotion outside, it sounded like there was a fight about to start.
Magnus growled as he stood, going to the curtain that separated the room from the rest of the party. His eyebrows raised. "Nephilim? Who invited them?" He tilted his head to the side. "Though that one with the blue eyes is kinda cute."
Lois got up at the sound of cuteness and joined Magnus at the curtains. "The guy? You're right. He is. But he should stop downplaying it."
"I agree, he has so much potential." Magnus declared as his hands went to his thin hips in determination as if he'd just charged himself with a monumental task. "I might have to do something about that."
"Magnus, you wolf in sequined clothing you." Lois grinned and elbowed the High Warlock of Metropolis teasingly. "Gonna huff and puff and blow his pants off?"
"My reputation precedes me I see." He grinned back down at her.
Chloe stared between them in stunned disbelief.
"Chloe! Come here! Tell me these guys aren't hot!" Lois waved her over.
Chloe moved towards her numbly, not exactly sure how this had become her life, the blonde finding herself scrunched between Magnus and Lois, each of them putting an arm around her shoulders as they peered out at the "Nephilim", who were arguing with some of Magnus' guests.
"You see, this is why I don't invite the Shadowhunters to my parties. They might be pretty, but they're nothing but problematic." Magnus sighed. "Can't get along with others."
"Okay, Chloe, Magnus has dibs on the cute dark haired guy, and normally I'd pick the other cute guy immediately, but since I'm trying to get you to date I'm going to have to give you the blonde and-."
Chloe didn't hear anything Lois was saying, her eyes wide as she stared at Stalky McStalky and his two dark haired companions from Pandemonium Club. His companions were looking around, displeased as they talked amongst themselves, the argument with the other partygoers having ended, but the blonde was resolute, his gaze narrowed and on the crowd, apparently searching for someone or something.
Just what the hell where those three doing here?
Her heart raced in horror.
What if he found her here?
Oh god-she was gonna die!
His gaze shifted towards her, and she squeaked and ducked down and away, leaving Magnus and Lois at the curtain.
Lois blinked and turned to face her cousin. "Uh, Chloe?"
Magnus closed the curtain behind him. "Have you seen them before?"
"Yeah?" Chloe gave him a little shaky smile.
"Do they know?" Magnus pressed.
"I've tried pretending that I can't see them. The two brunettes believe me, but I don't believe MacStalkerson does."
"MacStalkerson?" Lois blinked before she glared at her cousin in horror. "He's been stalking you? And you didn't think to tell me?"
"I was the only one who could see him. How exactly did that sound?" Chloe threw her hands up in the air.
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" Lois snapped. "I would've believed you anyway!"
"In her defense, she seems to take these things pretty well for a mundane." Magnus seemed to be on Lois' side. "I believe she would've believed you."
Chloe took in a deep breath. "I know she would've. That's why I didn't tell her."
Lois frowned, all her anger gone. "I'm more confused now."
Chloe looked around her, uncomfortable. "They said they'd deal with me. Okay? If they could prove I could see them I'd be 'dealt' with. That didn't sound pleasant, and I figured that anyone who knew about them would be dealt with too, even if they couldn't see them."
Lois marched up to Chloe silently and smacked her up the back of her head.
"Ouch!" Chloe cried out in shocked pain. "What the-?"
"If you ever do something stupid like that again I'll make that seem like it was a caress! You hear me!?" Lois then hugged her, tightly. "MacStalkerson is going down! NO ONE threatens my cousin! Or hurts her!"
Magnus stared between, amused. "Except you, apparently."
Lois snorted. "That goes without saying."
Chloe closed her eyes and merely hugged her cousin back.
Magnus smirked as he reached into his tuxedo top and pulled out a card, flipping it in his fingers as he handed it out to them. "I'm going to go out and distract them. Meanwhile there's a back exit. You two-go to Lois' for the night and call me in the morning. We'll meet and finish our conversation then."
Chloe took the card and gave him a smile. "Thank you."
He nodded and smiled as he straightened his top. "Think nothing of it." He winked at Lois. "Wish me luck with the cute one."
Lois moved over to him and swatted his butt. "Blow his pants off."
He snorted. "I like you."
"I have that effect on men," she informed him seriously.
With a chuckle, Magnus Bane went to do his magic.
The girls waited, watched Magnus Bane converse with the Nephilim, and the second he turned the trio's attention elsewhere the girls ducked out of the room and dashed out towards the back of the apartment. They kept low and blended with the others there, Chloe wondering exactly who and what these other people were in here with them and yet deciding that she didn't want to know, not right now. Blondie McBlondo was a "Shadowhunter" which meant he hunted something, which meant there was something to hunt, and that didn't make her feel safe at all.
"Oh my god. People are leaving with rats." Lois grabbed Chloe's hand tightly as they finally noticed the back door and made their way towards it, relief a twin feeling in their guts. "Is that a normal party favor in warlock shindigs? Because if so, remind me to have a talk with Magnus about it tomorrow. Me and his party planner have got to sit down and talk!"
Lois was right, lots of people were leaving with rats, which, was really weird when you stopped to think about it. Why rats?
Who went to a party and said "oooh, I hope I get a rat out of this"?.
Shaking her head in confusion, and mild disgust, Chloe sent a look over her back, just to make sure that the Shadowhunters hadn't caught onto the ruse and weren't after them. They were fine, no one that she recognized where behind them. The blonde let out a little sigh and as the two girls finally piled out of the back door of Magnus' apartment and breathed in the night air, they shared little laughs and raced away, feeling more alive than they had in a very long time.
"So, that was a bust." Isabelle eyed the Downworlders carrying their friends who'd willingly drank the potions that made them rats. "Do you think that the euphoria you supposedly feel when you drink that potion really is worth the time you spend as a rat?"
"No." Alec looked shaken up. Then again, it wasn't every night you got hit on by a guy with glitter in his hair, a tuxedo top, and only brief bottoms.
Jace wasn't even listening to them, his gaze on those leaving the apartment. "I'm sure I saw a glimpse of her mundie cousin with Magnus before he came out and distracted us."
"He would be the perfect distraction." Alec then cleared his throat. "I mean, uh, you saw him." He looked away and ran his hand over his face, which was dangerously close to a blush. "He didn't even have on pants."
Isabelle wasn't going to laugh. She wasn't. This was a serious issue for her brother, even if it made him terminally cute to her.
"I'm going to her house to make sure she didn't get grabbed by a Downworlder while on her way back… But then again if Magnus Bane was distracting us, he obviously doesn't trust Shadowhunters and would've told her not to go there." Jace began to pace, like a lion in a cage.
Isabelle's amusement faded as she stared at her adopted brother, never having seen him like this before. Just what was it about this mundie girl that had him like this?
She sent a worried look towards her brother, knowing his feelings.
Alec merely looked away.
"The cousin's." Jace's eyes widened, his lips curling. "She'll go to the cousin's." He turned and stalked away.
Isabelle watched him go and pursed her lips before she turned to her brother. "You realize that since Hodge said we have to keep an eye on him we have to go too, right?"
A muscle jumped in Alec's cheek. "You realize that he's stalking a mundane girl. This is easily against the Law… somehow."
She raised an eyebrow. "Are you planning on reporting him?"
Of course he wasn't.
Alec was pale and tired as he sighed, as if the weight of the world were on his young shoulders. "Come on, before he does something else we'll have to get him out of trouble for."
Isabelle nodded and wondered exactly what they would do if it ended up that Jace wasn't just imagining things and this mundie girl really did see through their invisibility runes. What then?
Her gaze went to her brother in worry as they hurried after Jace.