Title: She's His ManPairing: Chloe/Duke OrsinoFandom: Smallville/She's the ManRating: T+-MDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: When Chloe is sent to Illyria as a boy for her own safety while Lex tries to find the traitor in his camp, she quickly makes friends with her roommate, Duke Orsino. Bored, she decides to become Illyria's official matchmaker, and has no idea that she's making Duke doubt his sexuality considering he thinks she's a boy and he's growing more and more attracted to her.
Duke didn't know what woke him up, but he did, and when he did all he could do was stare in horror at Andrew Aguecheek. He wasn't horrified that Andrew was in the room, but he was horrified at the fact that Chloe was sleeping next to Duke on the bed, her hands gripping at his shirt. Her clothes were rumpled and he knew it was more than obvious what they'd been doing before they fell asleep. He untangled himself from her and sat up in bed as he looked at Andrew, who seemed rooted to the spot.
"This isn't what you think it is!" Duke kept his voice low but urgent.
Andrew cleared his throat. "You, uh, really need to start locking your door if you're gonna do stuff like this with her, you know."
Duke opened his mouth to deny it when he suddenly paused and realized what Andrew had said. "You know she's a girl?"
Andrew blinked. "Of course I do. I have since the first day."
Duke collapsed onto the bed in shock. "Are you serious? How?"
It was Andrew's time to widen his eyes. "Don't tell me you actually thought she was a boy!"
Duke flushed. "I only found out very recently."
Andrew let out a snicker and moved to sit on Chloe's empty bed. "You're telling me that all this time you've been so obviously hot for her you thought she was a guy?"
"Laugh it up," Duke groaned. "I was sure I was gay. I was terrified."
Andrew sighed, all laughter gone. "That's not an easy thought to stumble across."
"No, it isn't," Duke agreed.
Andrew then cleared his throat. "Well, it seems I was the only one who figured it out. How any of you guys thought she could possibly be a guy is beyond me." He eyed the sleeping girl. "Is she in trouble?"
He shook his head. "This is basically witness protection."
Andrew's eyes widened. "How bad is it?"
"Multiple counts of murder. And attempted murder." He licked his lips. "She's the attempted murder part."
"Jesus." Andrew ran his hand over his face. "It's a good thing everyone is so horribly oblivious."
Duke nodded his head before he frowned. "If you've always known that Chloe was a girl, why didn't you say anything to us?"
"Her name's Chloe?" Andrew blinked at that before he cleared his throat and looked away. "And I didn't tell anyone because I understand the need to hide something about yourself."
Duke didn't understand exactly what Andrew was trying to say, but he felt it was important. "You know you can tell me anything, right?"
Andrew made a scoffing sound.
"I'm serious." Duke's eyes narrowed. "I'll still be your friend, no matter what."
Andrew's gaze rose to him and was surprisingly vulnerable for a split second before he stood rapidly. "I'm assuming that the only other people who know are Tess and Dinah."
Duke shook his head.
"Well, we're gonna have to get together and talk about what we can do to make this all more believable." He turned his gaze towards the bed. "Chloe, you're gonna need it considering I just heard a rumor that coach wants to give MacMillan and Connolly over to you to "do your thing" with."
Duke opened his mouth to ask Andrew why in the hell he was talking to a sleeping person.
Chloe turned in the bed and opened her eyes. "You're joking."
Duke's lips parted in shock. Just how long had she been awake and how had Andrew known?
"Nope." Andrew shook his head. "They have promise, but coach thinks they need a "strong hand" so he's going to assign them to you." Andrew made a face as he shivered. "And you don't want to let Coach Dinklage down. He's scary."
"He is." Chloe sat up and stared at Andrew. "Thanks. For everything."
He grinned brightly. "You're welcome."
"I'm sorry I didn't notice." Her face went serious. "I wasn't paying attention."
Andrew went pale and shot Duke a look before he turned to Chloe. "Y-you d-don't-."
"Don't worry." She got up and hugged Andrew.
Duke had a feeling she was whispering something to the blonde boy, and a part of him was seriously uncomfortable with his unofficial girlfriend doing this. Andrew wasn't exactly ugly.
Andrew gulped and nodded and gulped once more before he hugged her back.
She pressed a kiss to his cheek and finally pulled back before she went to Duke and seemed to sense how insecure he was at this moment because she flung her arms around his waist and leaned her cheek against his heartbeat. Her gaze was on Andrew. "I mean it."
"Thanks." He looked touched, his voice thick. He then cleared his throat. "Well, I'm going to go and see if Eunice and Malcolm are awake as yet."
Duke blinked. "Huh?"
"They crashed in our room last night." Andrew looked highly amused. "Toby was over the moon but I don't think he slept a wink. Eunice and Malcolm can be creepy, but Toby had his Edward Cullen thing going on too because he spent most of the night just staring at her as she snored on his bed." Andrew brought an embarrassed hand to his face. "He sat on the chair all night and creeped me the hell out with his Eunice Stare."
Chloe bit her lips in an obvious effort not to go: Awwwww!
Duke shook his head and hoped to god that he never got that bad. Then again, he had it easy. Unlike Toby, he had a friendship with the girl he liked, and he felt at ease to touch her, welcomed. So he figured he was blessed and lucky and he really needed to cut Toby some slack.
Andrew shook his head at Duke, as if able to read his thoughts. "I'm leaving before the sappiness in his expression drives me insane." He shot Chloe a grin. "I wish you luck. You'll need it!" And before Duke could defend himself, Andrew was gone.
Chloe turned towards Duke and smiled. "Am I gonna need luck with you?"
He grinned down at her and pulled her closer as their lips drew together.
The door flew open and Andrew stuck his head in. "I knew it! Dudes! Come on! I told you to lock the door!" With that he reached in, turned the lock, and closed the door, locking them safely within.
Duke and Chloe stared at each other before they began to laugh.
"Sebastian's coming back?" Duke blinked as he ate breakfast with everyone (or those who weren't horribly hungover and still sleeping it off at least) at Cesario's. "This is the first I'm hearing of it."
"Malcolm told us yesterday." Chloe took a sip of her coffee. "You want me to move out so your old roommie can move in?"
Duke shot her a look that had her cackling in evil laughter.
Andrew smirked into his plate.
Toby sighed happily. "When Eunice sleeps she looks like an angel."
Everyone ignored him.
"So what was Sebastian like?" Chloe asked curiously.
"He's okay, I suppose." Duke gave a shrug of his shoulders. "He was just very much into his music and not much else."
"Reminds me of someone and his soccer," Chloe teased.
"Hey!" Duke cried.
Andrew snickered. "It's kinda true though."
"Whose friend are you?" Duke wanted to know.
"I never said that it was a bad thing!" Andrew tried to defend himself.
Her phone buzzed with a text and she checked it. "It's from Tess. Says she needs to see me later about something." She texted back that she'd be over the shop soon and then turned to Andrew. "You will want to go check that book I was telling you about?"
He nodded. "I'll come with."
Duke raised and eyebrow. "Am I not invited or something?"
"Of course you aren't, this is a date." Chloe gave him a cheeky smile.
"Yep." Andrew grinned. "I'm totally stealing your roommate."
Duke rolled his eyes.
The new voice caused them to look up to see a very handsome brunet walking towards them.
"Sebastian!" Duke's eyes widened. "Hey man."
"Hey." Sebastian stopped in front of them and grinned. "What's up?"
"So you're really coming back," Andrew eyed him.
"Yep. What mom wants mom gets." He rolled his eyes before they landed on Chloe. "You're cute."
Her eyes widened.
Toby snorted, apparently awoken from his Eunice-induced trance. "Dude, no guy likes to hear that!"
Sebastian's gaze rested on Chloe before he smirked in intrigue. "Looks like Illyria is gonna be more interesting than I remember."
Chloe stared at him in shock and realized that he knew she was a girl. Somehow he could tell. He knew.
Duke cleared his throat and angled himself in such a way that his arm was resting on the back of her seat, his eyes hard on Sebastian.
The amusement seemed to grow on Sebastian's face. "Well, move over boys, I'm joining you all for breakfast."
Duke tried to remember exactly why he'd liked Sebastian Hastings. He knew for a fact that that had been the case because they'd spent months together in relative peacefulness, and when Sebastian had left Duke had worried that he wouldn't get along with his next roommate, but something must have happened while Sebastian was transferred out because he was rubbing Duke's last nerve. The guy spent the whole breakfast fixated on Chloe, the whole breakfast, and after that "cute" comment Duke was worried his ex roommate was gay and trying to pick up "Cody".
And Chloe needed to stop being so damned inviting. She should've figured out by now that Sebastian had narrowed in on her. She should be pushing him away and being unlikable or something. She should at least not as cute and appealing as always.
Her eyes widened as she leaned across the table. "No way are you a part of Hummingboard!"
He blinked. "You've heard about my group?"
"Heard about it? I love it!" She pulled out her phone and went through something on it. "I first heard about you guys through my cousin, Lois, she's a huge fan of indie bands who haven't really made it big yet but should. She's one of those "I liked them before they were mainstream" people, you know? She went to a couple of your concerts and downloaded some music from itunes and made me listen to them so many times I ended up having to download them from itunes too." She turned the phone to face Sebastian to reveal about eight songs listed under the artist: Hummingboard.
He let out a loud breath as he looked at the phone and then at her. "Oh wow. This is-I'm honored."
"I'm fangir-boying right now." She grinned brightly. "Are you the lead singer?"
Chloe's eyes lit. "You so totally killed it in Rockabye Boo."
"Thanks, I know that song is kinda ridiculous but-."
"It's one of my favorites." Chloe's voice was so earnest.
"-it's one of my favorite," Sebastian announced at the same time.
Chloe and Sebastian shared smiles.
Toby raised an eyebrow. "Are we gonna have to get you two a room or something?"
Andrew turned to look at Duke thoughtfully just as Duke said:
"No, they don't." Duke cleared his throat as everyone's eyes turned on him. "No rooms will be necessary."
Chloe stared at him with confused amusement.
Sebastian just looked amused.
So did Andrew.
Toby, on the other hand, was confused. "You don't think I meant that, right? I aint selling little Yoda to Sebastian." As an afterthought he added. "No way would he be able to afford the selling price."
Chloe burst out laughing. "Well, I'm glad to know that I'm valued!"
"You totally are." Toby turned to Chloe. "If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have been lucky enough to watch Eunice sleeping. Or talk to her. Or, or anything." He leaned across the table. "Cody, bro, you're the man."
Chloe smiled at Toby. "Yes I am."
Sebastian's amusement and intrigue grew...
...as did the bad feeling in Duke's gut.
"Are you sure you don't want to ask Duke to do this?" Chloe made a face. "I mean, he's more intimidating than I am." She looked down at her tiny body. "A lot more."
"Oliver will be able to pick up that there is no attraction between me and Duke, whereas you and I have great chemistry." Tess placed her hands on her hips. "Sure, it's as friends, but you can tell chemistry from no chemistry."
Chloe let out a sigh. "Can the guys come to back me up in case he wants to beat the crap out of me for stealing his girl?"
"Once again, I'd already broken up with him years ago, he's trying to get back with me." Tess made a face. "That's not happening."
"Okay, okay." Chloe sighed. "I'll tell your ex boyfriend to back off, that you and I are together now so he needs to back off."
Andrew, who'd been flipping through a book that had pictures of the greatest Broadway musicals, looked up at them. "I don't know if I'm comfortable with her telling a guy to back down. I mean, we'll be there, but it'll make her look less manly if we step in to save her."
Tess turned to Andrew. "Oliver really isn't the violent type."
"Let's hope so." Andrew made a face. "Duke isn't either, but I don't see him taking your ex punching Cody very well."
Tess grinned brightly as she turned to the tiny blonde in their midst. "I'm so glad he found his balls and actually told you how he felt about you."
Chloe flushed as she grabbed the first book she could find and flipped through it.
Andrew and Tess shared amused looks over her head.
Chloe closed her book. "What if he doesn't really like me?"
Andrew snorted. "He liked you so much he was worried he was gay."
Tess pulled herself up so that she was sitting on the counter. "And he totally hated me and Dinah because he thought we were threats. Once he realize we weren't he and I have gotten along great."
Chloe looked between the two of them, a little more relieved. But still... "He was in love with Olivia for three years. How could he fall out of love of her and into... something... with me?" She gave a little groan. "What if I'm just really easy and convenient?"
Tess' eyes widened. "How easy have you been?"
Andrew leaned closer, clearly interested in the answer as well.
Chloe flushed hotly. "We've only made out. Get your minds out of the gutter."
Tess and Andrew shared disappointed looks, they both had obviously been expecting something juicier than that.
Chloe was beginning to regret bringing Andrew today because now that Tess knew he knew as well, well, Chloe had a feeling those two were going to form a friendship from hell and gang up on her.
"Chloe, you just have to see how that guy looks at you to know that it's not just convenience." Tess pursed her lips.
"Plus, to be brutally honest, I think you might just explode his mind if you did more than kiss him at this point," Andrew admitted. "He's not exactly a smooth ladies' man and you were his first kiss."
Chloe's and Tess' eyes widened as they zeroed in on the soccer player.
"No way!" Tess squealed.
"Did he tell you that?" Chloe wanted to know.
"Not exactly..." Andrew hedged. "But I know for a fact that before you moved in he kept complaining that he'd die without ever having kissed anyone."
Chloe and Tess shared wide-eyed looks.
Andrew hung his head. "Don't tell him I said that. He'll kill me."
Chloe gave a little smile.
Tess was downright smirking as she wrapped her arms around Chloe's shoulders and pulled her to lean back against the counter. "Still worried?"
Chloe tilted her head and smiled up at the redhead.
"So, tell me about Cody." Sebastian leaned against the wall as the guys browsed the sports store.
"What about him?" Toby looked up from the shin-guards.
Sebastian gave a little shrug. "What's he like? Does he get teased? Because he's tiny."
"Yeah, he totally is tiny. When we first met him we couldn't believe he was our age. I mean, he looks like he hasn't hit puberty yet." Toby grinned. "But he's a great guy, and what he lacks in physique he makes up in attitude. Dude has 'tude."
Sebastian nodded as he watched Toby's expression and figured that the boy had no idea that kid was a girl, and Sebastian had no idea how anyone could be that blind. Cody was so very much a girl it was ridiculous. Even with the boyish clothes she just looked like a tomboy. The only thing that had him stumped is why (and how) she was going to Illyria as a boy. There was definitely a story there. Also, did Duke know she was a girl? Because the guy had definitely given Sebastian the "back off" look various times throughout the breakfast.
Either way, this Cody person must be something else to have stolen Duke's interest away from Olivia Lennox. While Sebastian had been his roommate, Duke had been head over heels (embarrassingly) in love with the pretty blonde girl. He'd been blind to all others and a mess with girls in general. Sebastian had been sure that Duke would somehow fumble his way into a relationship with Olivia and he'd been silently cheering the soccer player on, but this seemed like a much more interesting pairing.
"He's a serious playa too." Toby sounded very proud right now. "He just broke up with this girl who was a solid ten, hawt like you wouldn't believe! And you know who he's with right now? Hottie Tess."
Sebastian's eyes widened. "The redhead from the bookstore?"
Toby nodded. "He's saying it was an amicable split with Dinah and that she doesn't mind him and Tess being together, but if you saw the three of them together like we did, you'd be able to tell that the ones that had the real chemistry were the Codster and Tess. There's no way that Dinah didn't sense that and get pissed off."
Okay, maybe Cody was a girly looking boy. But Sebastian had been so sure! And Duke's protectiveness-. It had all seemed to point to... Then again, didn't Viola usually tell him that the obvious answer was usually the correct one? Cody could be a very girly boy who somehow used his girly looks to score with women.
He'd been so sure.
Sebastian licked his lips when he realized that it still didn't explain Duke's behavior. Unless...
Was Duke gay?
Damn. He hadn't thought about that! Maybe the reason why Duke sucked so hard with girls was because he secretly liked guys!
Okay. This was weird. He'd been that guy's roommate and he'd never gotten anything but a heterosexual vibe from him.
Talking about Duke, the guy returned to their side from where he'd been looking at some shoes.
Toby sent him a sideways look. "Aren't those way too small for you?"
Duke looked up from the pair. "They're for Cody, his shoes are about to wear thin." He made a face. "I don't know what he's doing to wear them down though 'cause it's not like he does a lot of running or sports in general."
Toby shrugged and picked up a wrist band.
Sebastian eyed Duke and wondered why Toby didn't find it odd that Duke was buying something like this for another boy.
Seriously intrigued, Sebastian figured he'd have a mystery to keep him from dying of boredom now that he was back in Illyria.