Title: A Thing of RadianceCharacters: Chloe, Bobby, Sam, DeanFandoms: Smallville/SupernaturalRating: MDisclaimer: Dont ownSummary: When Chloe found out about the ugly truth of her past, she went to find her father, Bobby Singer. Now hunting and living with him, Chloe must keep her meteor abilities hidden from other hunters or they might try to hunt her. According to Bobby she should especially keep it secret from a hunter named John Winchester, who only saw black or white...good and evil...and then Sam and Dean arrive.Written for my LiveJournal Paranormal25 150 Prompt Table. Prompt of the day # 11: Radiant Boy
"Lois! Lois wake up!" Chloe tried to shake her cousin awake, but the light cast from Dante's fiery body proved that while Lois's heart and pulse beat calmly, the girl wasn't about to awaken. "Lois please." The blonde turned the Hellhound. "Where are we?"
Dante's expression proved that he not only knew where they were, but that he was highly unnerved. When the Hellhound was unnerved Chloe could barely keep her terror from rising.
Neko let out a yowl which sent chills racing down her spine.
Dax flew up into the air and sent a ball of fire into the darkness around them, which caused the sound of feet shufffling away to bounce off of the walls around them.
The sound caused Chloe's eyes to widen as she looked up in realization that in the thick black around them there were things she couldn't see.
Suddenly Dante yelped and disappeared, along with the light his body gave them.
"Dante?" Chloe's voice choked as she looked around her in the darkness that'd descended with his disappearance.
Neko snarled, those glowing eyes the only thing that proved that it now stood in front of Chloe protectively. And then it cried out and the glow disappeared in a blink of an eye.
Dax swooped around them rapidly and breathed a ring of fire which caused creatures to hiss and draw back in the darkness.
"Chloe?" Lois' voice was soft and painful.
The blonde stared down at the girl whose head rested on her lap. "You're awake!" She helped Lois to her feet and then hugged her before suddenly Dax cried out and could be heard hitting a hard surface as the fire died and left them in total darkness.
"DAX!" Chloe raced out towards the sound and tripped on something in the pitch dark, falling on her face hard in front of something that breathed down on her. She stilled despite the terror that raced through her. The creature moved closer and Chloe closed her eyes, resigning herself to her fate...
...and then the creature bucked her head softly with its snout.
Blinking in utter confusion as to why she was still alive, Chloe sat up in time to have a bumpy tongue run up the side of her face.
Something else patted her arm with its paw, and while it had claws it was careful not to scratch her as she stood up with its two front legs pressed against her shoulder.
Slowly the darkness began to disappear, replaced by a light which was slowly growing stronger and stronger. Chloe couldn't tell where the light was coming from, it just seemed to be everywhere. As were creatures. There were monsters all around them in the underground cavern, too many to count. There were manticores and chimeras and minotaurs and so many more types of creatures that she had no idea what they were. Some were humanoid, while others were just a mixture of different animals, and some, well, she couldn't even describe what they were.
Suddenly the creatures parted ways and left her as a pig made its way through the part in the crowd. The pig morphed into a dog, and then into a cat, and then into a snake before it took its final shape, that of a small white butterfly. Chloe's eyes widened as somehow she knew what this was, and what it had done. "You." She stumbled to her feet as she stared at the creature that fluttered in front of her face. "You're the one who brought us here!"
"What is it?" Lois asked softly.
"It's an Alp." Chloe raised her chin. "It attacks during the night, controls peoples dreams and creates horrible nightmares."
"Not only that," a voice echoed off of the walls, "but it's a little known fact that with the right power backing it, it can not only create nightmares, but visions." There was a soft, tinkering laugh. "As well as channel the power of its master."
Lois looked around. "Who-?"
A woman emerged from the darkness of a cavern. She was beautiful in a dangerous looking way, her lips sharply pulled up and her eyes dancing with infernal amusement. "The Alp isn't the most physically potent creature, but it is powerful. And with its many abilities, including invisibility, well, I found it the perfect soldier for this battle."
Chloe narrowed her eyes on the woman and wondered if it was her imagination or if she saw shadows raising from the woman's body almost like a dark aura. "What have you done to my charges?" She raised her chin. "If you've hurt Dante or Neko or Dax I'll-."
"They are untouched, mostly." The woman drew closer. "For being of light, you attract creatures of destruction." She moved towards Chloe and stood behind her. "I am Eris."
The blonde's eyes widened and she felt faint. "The Eris?"
The woman grinned, and it was all teeth. "You've heard of me."
"What's going on?" Lois wanted to know, still surrounded by creatures. "Who is this woman?"
Chloe could hear the strain in her voice. "Lois, meet Eris, the goddess of chaos, strife and discord."
Lois' eyes widened. "Say what now?"
"Uhuh." Chloe nodded.
"Goddess?" Lois needed clarification. "As in-?"
"As in a female god," Chloe squeaked.
"Right. Of course." Lois took in a deep breath. "I need to sit down now." She did just that.
Eris snickered at Lois before she turned her eyes on Chloe. "Let me guess. You're wondering why I have brought you here."
"Not really-not right now at least," Chloe admitted, still visibly shaken. "I'm wondering whether I'm supposed to bow or kiss your hand or say 'Hail Eris' or something." She let out a breath. "I'm rusty when it comes to divine salutations."
Eris merely stared at her for a couple of seconds, blinked, and then chuckled into her palm. "I like you. The last Lighthouse was such a boring little prude."
"So you do this often then? Chitchat with Lighthouses, Your Discordedness?"
"Discordedness." Eris looked more and more amused. "You're adorable." She then raised an eyebrow. "You want to ask something, it's visible on your face, what is the question?"
Chloe cleared her throat. "I don't want to be rude."
That amusement grew. "I give you permission. Ask away."
"Okay," Chloe cleared her throat. "The whole golden apple story, was that true?"
Eris paused and then snickered. "They happily took off their clothes for that idiot Paris to judge them, so was their incredible vanity. It was a sight to behold, those three preening peacocks."
Oh. Wow. This was... Chloe was close to fangirling right now.
Eris seemed to realize this and while she still smirked, her expression was more thoughtful. "Your companions are not touched. They were subdued, that's all. We needed to talk."
"Thank you." Chloe knew that the goddess of chaos didn't need to reassure her, so she bowed her head gratefully.
"You're so mannerly," Eris mumbled to herself. "The last Lighthouse demanded release and called me all manner of rude things before she even let me introduce myself. She was quite... tedius." Her gaze went to Lois. "She didn't have an Acolyte either. There hasn't been one since the first Lighthouse." She smirked. "You are very strong, Acolyte. You could sense my presence within my messenger. I commend you."
"Uh, thank you." Lois obviously wasn't exactly sure how to act.
Chloe knew how she felt. "I, uh, I don't mean to be rude-."
"Why are you here." Eris turned back to Chloe. "That was what you were going to ask, am I not right?" When the blonde nodded, the fiery-haired goddess smirked. "Well, I'm here to sow discord, of course." She motioned towards the creatures around her. "Are they not worthy of sanctuary?"
Chloe opened her mouth and closed it. "I don't understand the question. I-I give sanctuary to any creature who won't hurt-."
"No." Eris shook her head. "You give sanctuary to any creature my cousin wants you to."
Chloe blinked. "Come again?"
"None of the other Lighthouses have ever listened to me, but then again none of them had already bonded with creatures from both sides." Eris raised an eyebrow. "You do not know this, but you a part of a game."
"A game?" Chloe narrowed her eyes.
"Well, it's more like a petty dispute, but it's become a sort of oneupmanship between my cousins." Eris rolled her eyes, clearly embarrased by her family. "Normally I'm all for fighting and chaos, but this has lasted too long and, to be quite honest, the whole thing is kind of lame." She folded her arms over her abdundant chest as her hip jutted out. "Persephone and Aphrodite have let this go on for far too many centuries and while I've let them have their spat I can't just sit here and watch as innocent creatures get hurt just because of them."
Lois stood slowly. "I'm so confused."
"Persephone and Aphrodite?" Chloe choked on those names.
"Of course they're the ones behind this whole thing. Why do you think you have to die before you become a Lighthouse? You're picked while your soul's in the underworld." Eris rolled her eyes. "The reason why there have hardly been any Lighthouses is because Persephone and Aphrodite can never agree on anyone-they both have to agree to who the Lighthouse is you see. Persephone uses her husband's powers to bring back the deceased-Hades is so whipped its disgusting-and the games are afoot! The Lighthouse is imbued with power from both goddesses and while she is supposed to be a protection to all creatures, Aphrodite and Persephone usually end up swaying the Lighthouse to house only the creatures they care for." Eris raised an eyebrow. "Selfish little bitches."
"So, wait, why do those two have a beef with each other?" Lois wanted to know as she approached them slowly.
"Well, Aphrodite's the goddess of love, beauty and sex, right? She's had her share of everyone, except for Hades." Eris shook her head. "So she tried to change that. Persephone wasn't too happy and, well, let's just say that Aphodite was using a lot of magic for a couple of centuries to glamour away what Persephone did to her."
"Wait, I don't know Greek mythology all that well, but didn't Hades, like, kidnap Persephone and force her to be his queen?" Lois reached them.
"Yep." Eris nodded. "But after she realized that she could get away from her overly controlling and emotionally dependant mother for a couple of months each year, as well as boss Hades around, Persephone decided she didn't really mind it. Plus, Hades is hot."
"I see." Lois blinked.
Suddenly a thought came to mind and Chloe's eyes widened as she blushed, hard.
Eris turned to Chloe and smirked. "You've just realized the sex part, haven't you?"
"What sex part?" Lois looked between them.
"She's realized that the reason why the ritual for the barrier included sex, and why she has to continue having sex with the guardians to keep it strong, is because of Aphrodite." Eris snickered.
"Goddess of love, beauty and sex..." Lois' eyes widened.
"While the bond between the Lighthouse and her Guardian is strong, so will the barrier be strong, and no god but Aphrodite or Persephone, and no messenger but theirs, can enter the sanctuary. Considering you had two Guardians, it was only through John Winchester's actions that I was able to break through and get my messenger within. But I want it to be made clear that I had nothing to do with John Winchesters' actions, and although he is not my servant I apologize for the pain you went throug due to them." Her smile disappeared from her face as the Alp morphed from its butterfly shape into a large and monstrous form. "What I was at fault for was the fall out between you and your Guardians. I had to use my power of discord and chaos to further break the bond between you three, and I apologize for any needless suffering, but it was only when your bonds were broken that I could bring you here."
Chloe didn't know what to think, what to say, except: "What do you want me to do?"
Eris sighed. "I want you to open your sanctuary to all, truly this time. Any who seek refuge, who refuse to hurt, should be allowed into that safety. This sanctuary shouldn't be a game to keep two bored and grudge-filled goddesses entertained. It should truly live for its purpose." Her expression went grim. "There is darkness growing on this world, and a war that is knocking on all of our doors. These creatures are innocent and should be protected as such."
"No disrespect intended," Lois began. "But you're the goddess of discord and chaos. Shouldn't that be what you want?"
Eris smirked. "You don't understand that chaos and discord are tools. One neighbor will toil harder to better himself just because he wishes to compete with his neighbors. There is certain strife which builds your character, which makes you stronger and helps you rise from your tribulations a better person. Chaos is not always a bad thing. Sometimes it is quite necessary."
Chloe could understand that. "If the creatures that come to the santuary truly won't hurt each other, or hurt humans, then I'd take them. I'd take all the creatures here." She took in a deep breath. "Though I don't know how to change the barrier or the purpose of the sanctuary, much less where I'd put the creatures or how I'd afford their upkeep."
Eris nodded. "Leave that to me." She then snapped her fingers.
Suddenly Dante and Neko appeared next to the girls, and then in a blink Dax flew around them before the firelizard perched on Chloe's shoulder and rubbed her head against the blonde's cheek.
"Thank you." Chloe smiled in relief to see her friends fine.
"Unlike the other Lighthouses, you accept the dark with the light. Normally the Baneko and the Hellhound shouldn't have been able to cross over, they are from Persephone's realm and from the majority of creatures you now house it is obvious that Aphrodite should be the dominant, controlling power. With the last Lighthouse it was Persephone whom she had bonded with, and whose creatures were protected. Other than the first Lighthouse, none has ever bonded equally with both." She shook her head. "But when I saw that you had two Guardians I began to suspect the truth of it." Eris wasn't smiling. "There is darkness in this world, Lighthouse, darkness so black even I am worried of the chaos that will be upon us." She let out a sigh. "Do this for me and I will have one less thing to distract me." She then smirked. "Although I will have Aphrodite and Persephone on my back for having cheated and gone around the "no god but them can go into the Lighthouse or sanctuary" rule."
Chloe stared up at the goddess and once more asked: "What do you want me to do?"
"You don't seem to know it yet, but each of your Guardians is tied to a different goddess and they help you draw from those powers, which is why you are so strong." Eris came forwards and rested her hand against Chloe's stomach. "Those children you have in there also draw from the goddess tied to their fathers."
Chloe's eyes widened. "What?"
"Twins." Eris clarified. "One with the blessing of Aphrodite, one with that of Persephone."
"But I thought John-."
"No. He killed a single child. These were conceived last night."
"Last night?" Lois turned to Chloe. "You're holding out on me!"
Chloe's eyes widened and she fought the urge to stumble.
"If you promise to be a Lighthouse to all, I'll promise that confusion, chaos, strife and discord will fall upon those who try to breach the dome surrounding your santctuary." Eris expression was grave. "If you promise to do as I bid it, you will have my favor. And protection."
Chloe stared up into those eyes. "If all the creatures will live within the dome... who else is there to try and breach the walls?"
Sadness filled Eris' face. "Sometimes a father's sin falls upon his children."
Chloe didn't quite understand what that meant, but she felt that it wasn't her place to ask. "If there will be harm to none, human or creature or humanoid alike, if they can all live peacefully and harmoniously as a community, I'll give them all refuge."
Lois licked her lips and came forwards. "I'm not sure why I'm here, I mean, I'm not the Lighthouse and I still don't even know what the Acolyte is supposed to be, but you brought me here for a reason." She took in a deep breath. "Chloe's right. If they're innocent, if they won't harm anyone, then I think it's wrong to not let them be protected."
Eris looked between them and smiled before she nodded and placed her hands on the girls' heads. "You have Chaos' Favor." Her piercing eyes landed on Lois. "You do not know it yet, but as Acolyte you are far more important than you realize. You and the Envoy have a part to play in this story."
"Envoy?" Lois blinked in confusion.
Eris nodded. "As the Acolyte is kinswoman to the Lighthouse, the Envoy is kinsman to the Guardians."
Lois' mouth fell open. "You're talking about Adam?"
"He is not strong enough as yet to be of service, but slowly he will become what is needed." Eris turned to Chloe. "Beware the servants of the Progenitor."
Chloe's eyes widened. "Oh my god."
"What?" Loiswanted to know. "What is it?"
Eris' expression was severe, and then there was darkness.
"Something has shifted in the dome." Missouri, still on the outside, stared at the barrier which was visible to her in the form of a living shimmer. "Its power is changing."
Pamela sat in the front seat and dealt cards on the front passenger seat. "The Tower. I keep getting the Tower."
"Makes sense, that means change, doesn't it?" Missouri kept her gaze on the barrier.
"That's only one of its many meanings," Pamela corrected. "Another is the destruction of something that is established so that a new beginning can start. I can't-I usually get a good understanding from the cards around it, but all I'm getting is chaos, but, it doesn't seem, I don't know how to explain it." She picked back up the deck and began to shuffle the cards before she lay them down again.
Shivering at the power in the air, Missouri watched a myriad of rainbow colors shoot through the barrier. "It's as if three distinctive powers are at play here, and they clash over and over again, causing sparks and cascades of electricity to rain down on us."
"Oh my god."
Missouri turned to face the other woman. "What is it?"
"The Empess, the 3 of Cups, the Ace of Wands, the Sun..." Pamela looked up at her. "I think she's pregnant again." She grinned. "Those boys are fast workers."
Missouri slapped her up the back of her head. "Get rid of that perverted image you just conjured up, I don't want it in my mind!"
Pamela snickered as she brought back the cards and shuffled once more.
"Try to look up something useful this time, and not just the poor girl's sex life."
"Hey! It was useful! I wanted to figure out more about the bond between her and the boys," Pamela defended herself. "And apparently they bonded quite frequently."
"Don't make me slap you again."
Rolling her eyes, Pamela dealt the cards and stared at the spread.
Lips pursed, Missouri came to look at them. "What is it?" The cards face-up were the Five of Wands, the Lovers, and the Devil. "What do they mean?"
"Well, you said there were three distinctive powers. These cards represent those three powers."
"The Devil isn't very encouraging."
"The Devil never really represents what everyone thinks it does." Pamela rolled her eyes.
The sound of engines racing towards them caused the women to look behind them at the road to see two cars rapidly approaching. One was the Impala. The cars slammed to a stop and Dean Winchester was the first one out, followed quickly by Sam Winchester and Adam Mulligan.
Dean hit the barrier first and was repelled backwards. "Sonofabitch!"
Sam helped his brother up and then moved carefully to the barrier and placed his hand on it, only to be visibly electrified and forced to remove his hand witha hiss of pain.
"What's going on?" Adam wanted to know, eyes wide.
Missouri raised her chin as she watched the dome slowly start to expand sideways and backwards to cover the enormous forest and vast abandoned farming land on either side of the Singer Salvage Yard. "Change."