Title: Chloe, InterruptedSeries: Asset SeriesSequel to: Little Miss MuffetPairing: Chloe/DeanRating: TDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: Lois is back, Dean and Chloe are keeping their relationship a secret, and now the person Chloe fears the most is loose and after her. When the blonde is sent somewhere to be safe, she meets someone who is supposed to play a big part in the future. Are these coincidences, or is someone pulling the strings?
When Lois and John arrived, John manhandled his way into the common room despite the fact that it wasn't a "visitation day" (which the receptionist kept telling him as he trailed after them). Lois didn't know what John was up to, but his worry, his wide-eyed franticness, froze in his face as they entered the common room. It was early morning but there were still a few of the patients stumbling along. But they weren't who John was looking at. Lois followed his gaze to find Chloe sleeping on a sofa next to a handsome young blonde male, who was sleeping seated up with his back against the sofa she rested on. It was obvious that they'd fallen asleep talking.
A smile lit Lois' face. Chloe had found a boy. How adorable was this? The guy was very attractive, with blonde hair and tanned skin, and a light dusting of freckles on his face.
Amused, Lois moved towards them and ignored John's call for her as she shook her cousin awake. "Wakey wakey."
Chloe's eyes flew open, and for a minute she looked worried, and then her expression morphed into confusion. "Lois?"
"Hey Baby Cuz." Lois smiled and hugged the girl. "Who is the cutie?"
"Adam?" Chloe asked in confusion as she pulled away.
Adam woke up with a yawn and then blinked when he saw Lois. "Uh, hi."
"Hey." She smiled at him. He had blue eyes and he was just adorable. Now this was the type of boy she'd always seen Chloe with. Sure, he looked about eighteen, so he was a little older than her, and he was in an asylum, but she trusted her cousin not to fall for an axe murderer. "I'm Lois Lane, and you are?"
"Uh, Adam, uh, Milligan." He blushed darkly as he shook the hand she offered.
Adorable. Simply adorable. She approved!
"Adam." John's voice was odd.
Adam's features shifted darkly as he looked towards the man. "Father."
Lois' eyes widened in shock. John Winchester had another kid? Are you kidding me? This was completely out of the blue! And yet… as she stared at Chloe… she realized that the blonde had already known this.
Adam turned to look at Chloe, a strange expression in his blues.
Chloe reached out and squeezed his shoulder. She willingly touched this boy, and comforted him. "You have this."
He reached out and patted her hand. "Thanks. I do."
As Adam stood and went towards his father, Lois slipped onto the edge of the sofa and grinned. This was the first time ever she'd be able to tease her cousin about a boy and she was going to make sure the girl suffered. This was so close to normalcy, to what a teen girl should go through, that Lois felt giddy. Her cousin was getting back to a normal life. Dean's parenting had seriously changed something inside of her cousin, and Lois would forever be grateful to him for that. "So?"
"So what?" Chloe seemed confused as she tore her gaze from Adam and John and turned those greens on the brunette.
"Don't play coy with me, missy." Lois grinned and nudged her shoulder into Chloe's. "There's so much vibage between you two it's insane!"
"Vibage?" Chloe made a face. "Between me and Adam?"
"Yes, it was so cute." Lois grinned brightly. "And, considering he's John's son, well, Adam's basically an age-appropriate Dean. You have my total blessing to finally dig into the Winchester family tree."
A strange expression covered Chloe's face, almost like she was horrified.
"You're trying to force me to leave just so that you can hide me from the rest of my family!" Adam snapped loudly at John. "You didn't even tell me I had brothers! How could you do that to me?"
Lois turned to look at the drama unfurling before her with a sigh. John needed to be more understanding of the situation. Of course Adam was going to freak out like this. He had brothers for crying out loud! And why exactly was Adam here to begin with? Had John stashed him here so he could take care of the Moira situation, or had he been here all along? Was there a reason why John hadn't let his two worlds collide?
"I can't explain everything now, but—." John froze.
Lois followed his gaze and saw Dean Winchester had also forced his way through, and the receptionist looked about to have a nervous breakdown. Lois had a feeling that the only reason the security guards hadn't hauled Dean away was because he looked like he'd been through a trainwreck and not a car accident. His hazels narrowed on his father and Adam - almost as if he knew - and then they shifted onto her… and then onto Chloe. Something changed in his expression as he moved towards them.
The brunette stood. "Well, it was about time that you—."
Dean moved passed her and yanked Chloe up so that she was standing on the sofa. "Are you okay?"
"Dean?" Chloe's eyes were wide in shock as Dean patted her down, looking for injuries. "What are you doing here?"
"There's an ambulance outside," Dean's voice was horribly gruff. "Did that girl who attacked you—"
Lois' eyes widened. Someone had attacked Chloe?
"—try something again?" Dean's eyes narrowed.
"No, she—Karen's dead, Dean." Chloe framed his face. "But that happened yesterday. The ambulance is probably on standby. They had to take one of the girls here to the hospital to be checked out, Adam and I as well. We all only got back, but I think they're keeping someone here just in case something happens - which it won't."
Lois opened her mouth to ask why Chloe had been in the hospital. Was she hurt?
"Are you hurt?" Dean's large hands framed Chloe's face, much like her smaller ones had his. "Who touched you?"
"The person's gone, Dean. Adam helped me. We stopped him." Chloe smiled into Dean's face. "I'm so happy to see you."
The muscles in his arms tightened. "Do you know how much I've worried about you?" Dean's voice was hoarse.
Lois opened her mouth to tell him that, while she appreciated his worry, Chloe was obviously fine and didn't need to be crowded. She also wanted to mention Adam to Dean, wanted someone to join her cause and tease Chloe like every older sibling should.
"Wade wasn't really your soulmate." Dean's words confused Lois into silence. "You wouldn't believe the driving companion I've had, Chlo."
"What are you talking about?" Chloe stared at Dean in confusion. "Spencer said—."
"Heaven put those matching soulmate symbols because they wanted to force you to be with Wade." Dean smiled. "They wanted you to be with him because he would be able to father the future Michaelsword and Luciferblade. That's all. And they only put those symbols there because of us."
Her eyes widened. "Who told you all of this?"
Lois felt, oddly, like they'd forgotten she was there - that they'd forgotten everyone was here. There was an intensity in which they looked at each other, touched each other, that suddenly had her very much on edge.
"Would you believe me if I said Castiel did?"
Wait, wasn't that the name of the angel Chloe had said was in the alternate timeline?
Chloe's eyes widened. "He's made contact?"
Dean nodded. "We spent the whole drive together. He taxed my patience but I can see why you liked him."
Chloe smiled brightly.
Dean's thumb brushed against her cheek. "I've missed seeing that smile."
Chloe's smile grew as she leaned into his touch.
And then, with a hissed curse, Dean Winchester floored Lois Lane as he brought Chloe Sullivan to him in a deep, desperate kiss. This wasn't a peck on the cheek or nose or even lips. No. There was nothing brotherly about this. In fact, Dean looked like he was going to consume her baby cousin. Chloe whimpered and flung her arms around his neck, pulling him in closer and slipping her fingers through his hair.
Around that time Lois' mouth fell open.
"So, that's the boyfriend," Adam declared. "So that means he's my brother, Dean."
Lois' eyes widened as she turned and hurried towards Adam. "Boyfriend?"
"You didn't know?" Adam asked curiously before he flinched. "Oops. My bad."
"Boyfriend?!" Lois felt whoozy.
Adam, obviously worried, grabbed her arms to steady her.
"How could you be with them all this time and not realize it?" John huffed from behind them. "She's his damned eyeballs."
Lois turned to look at the couple as they kissed as if they were the only ones in the world, and she decided she needed some alcohol, posthaste.
"Lois is still in shock," Chloe whispered. Lois was in the front, talking to Adam, who'd left the asylum with them. He hadn't gone with his father, as John had wanted, and had instead taken the front passenger seat and helped Chloe by keeping Lois busy.
"Yeah." Dean whispered back, seated next to her in the back seat of the Impala, in pain due to the meds wearing off. "That wasn't my smoothest move, but hell, I couldn't take it any longer. She had to know." He wrapped an arm around Chloe's shoulders. "We should've told her that day at the hospital, it's my fault, but we're going to find a way to work through this. You're not going anywhere ever again."
A smile touched her lips as she burrowed into him and closed her eyes. "I love you."
He closed his eyes and smiled softly. "I love you too."
Lois stared through her rearview mirror at the two asleep in the back and frowned. Dear god, how had she been so blind? They were such a couple! And Dean's actions should've clued her in sooner! She knew why they hadn't told her, and it pissed her off. Chloe was so young! She needed a guy like Adam! Not a guy as old as Dean! And yet… Lois had never seen her cousin the way she was with Dean. She was happy and comfortable and looked like she felt safe. Lois had never known Chloe to feel safe.
I AM SO CONFLICTED, DAMN IT!
"They seem really in love." Adam sent them a look before he returned his gaze to the road. "You obviously don't approve though."
"He's older than I am," she grumbled.
"You think he's taking advantage of her?" Adam asked curiously.
"Dean? No, but—." She sighed. "I don't know what I think right now."
"Then why don't you not make a decision right now then?" He asked. "Watch them. With a cool head. And see what you feel afterwards. That way you won't regret any extreme decision made under extreme emotion."
Lois eyed Adam with narrowed eyes. "You're kinda smart for a kid."
"I am not a kid! I'm nineteen!"
"Really? You look younger."
He pouted and huffed as he looked out of the window.
Amused, Lois smirked and continued driving.
Dr Volchek gazed out of the window long after John Winchester had driven away in his truck, and a Chevy Impala had taken away both Chloe and Mr Milligan. He wished that he could've had a longer time with the both of them, he was sure that he'd have been able to help them both. But they'd self-interned themselves, and the policy was that those who entered willingly, left willingly. Plus, there was cleanup to do. The mystery behind what had happened to his patients was finally solved, at least somewhat. He doubted this "Jimmy" character had been able to enter the establishment and do what he had on his own. His appearance was obviously tied to Henry Porter going insane and murdering everyone - but how exactly did it tie in?
"I can't believe I never realized that Jimmy was the one I was looking for - that he wasn't just some dorky patient. He was right there in front of me, and I never saw passed his disguise. Hell - I bullied him!" Harriet sat on the chair opposite his desk, a pout on her face.
"I cannot believe that there was some sort of malicious entity in my establishment, preying on my patients." Dr Volchek's eyes narrowed. "How he managed to show himself to you all - and yet keep hidden from the faculty..." He sighed. "This is most troubling."
"At least he didn't laugh in your face." Harriet's eyes narrowed. "Not only was he playing me, and totally outpowered me, but I was saved by a Halfblood."
"She's not just a Halfblood." Dr Volchek's gaze shifted to her reflection in the window. "She's the Matriarch's direct descendant. She's the first in line to succeed."
"You mean the only in line to succeed." A muscle jumped in Harriet's cheek.
"Viktor could have another daughter," Dr Volchek reminded.
Harriet snorted. "Who would give it to him?"
"If it meant being the mother of the potential future matriarch? Any unmarried Dalakis would." Dr Volchek finally turned to look at her. "What did you think of her?"
"She looks like Aunt Madelyn, a lot." Harriet sighed as she leaned back. "It really put me on edge with her." Her eyes narrowed. "What did you think about her?"
"I think she's fascinating," he replied truthfully.
"She's got spunk." Harriet looked like she hated admitting that. "She might look like Aunt Madelyn, but she's not weak like Aunt Madelyn was. I mean, she defeated whatever the hell Jimmy was. Sure, she had help from the Unblood, but I saw her eyes when she entered the room and saw "Jimmy"." Harriet paused and nibbled on her bottom lip in thought. "She wasn't going to leave until "Jimmy" was dead."
"Madelyn was never weak." He frowned. "She was powerful—."
"Oh please, spare me your inner fanboy monologue. She lacked the strength of will this girl has." Harriet glared. "She gave up and committed suicide. That is the biggest sign of weakness that a Dalakis could ever show! This girl though? From what I've heard, she's done nothing but fight to stay alive. She's gone up against a denizen of creepy-crawly things and she's the one still standing, not them." She looked annoyed. "Halfblood or not, that girl might be exactly what the family needs."
"So why did you antagonize her?" He was intrigued.
"I already told you why." Harriet let out a huff. "She looks too much like Aunt Madelyn. It really creeps me out!" With a shiver she licked her lips and darted a glimpse to the side before those dark orbs returned to him. "On another note, I saw Aunt Lenore last night in the room during the attack. She was with the Halfblood and Unblood. I think she brought them there to destroy "Jimmy"."
His eyes widened. "You saw Lenore?"
"She had a kabuki mask on the top of her head. Really theatrical."
He collapsed on his seat. "I've heard rumors - but I've never seen her. Why hasn't she shown herself to me?"
"Um, you did kill her, dad."
He let out a sigh. "There were circumstances and you know it."
"Whatever." Harriet rolled her eyes. "Now that that creep is gone and the patients are secure - can I hightail it out of here? I mean, spending time with you is great and all, but I've got an assignment due that I really need to work on."
"Of course." He nodded and stood. "Call me when you're home so I know you've arrived at the compound safe and sound."
Rolling her eyes, Harriet saluted, and then, with a flash of darkness, was gone.
Sighing, Dr Volchek turned in his chair to stare at the portrait in his office of a pretty young woman and her younger brother - him. "Lenore, you're going to have to forgive me one of these years." He then turned and rose from his seat to stare out of the window once more.