Pairings: Chloe/Jacob, Lois/Paul, Lana/Embry
Disclaimer: I don't own Smallville/Twilight
Summary: Chloe, Lois and Lana head to Forks to get away from exes and their life in Smallville--to be normal for once as they celebrate graduating from high school. They don't know three things though. One is that they're wearing different colored kryptonite necklaces...two is that they've been imprinted on...and THREE is that Forks is the LAST place to go to if you're looking for safety and normalcy.
Written from paranormal25 prompt # 67: charm
Warning: Character deaths.
Lois Lane had thrown a fit.
Jacob wasn’t surprised, as they all sat in the Clocktower, Chloe curled up in his lap, eyes closed as she slept. From what he’d gotten out of her, she admitted to have feeding on a human but not much, and that he’d been very much alive when Jane had taken him away.
As soon as they’d reached the Clocktower Lex had begun conducting as many experiments on her as possible to try and determine what exactly had happened to her when the vampiric venom had been injected into her blood stream, but he was only able to do so after Jacob had convinced Chloe to let him. The blonde couldn’t remember anyone but Jacob, so she didn’t see Lex as the man she’d loved for so many years. All she saw him as was a stranger with a needle in his hand.
And she’d been scared.
From Lex’s preliminary results, they realized that the bond between Jacob and her had done an exchange of sorts, so that the wolf in him and the mutant in her worked together to keep her from turning, but that she had some vampiric tendencies, like tougher skin (though not diamond-hard and glittering), a desire to feed (though she was sated quickly and had no venom) and drinking blood would help her healing powers be stronger.
They couldn’t figure it out though, how the blood helped.
It was just a vampiric trait similar to her mutant power, and it had enhanced it.
They did know that her mind was in shambles though.
Whatever the vampires had done to her to try and break the bonds between her and her friends, the fight between her bond with Jacob and its power had been massive, and Chloe’s mind was a scary mess of broken memories that’d been shattered and burnt and dusted away.
There was nothing else there.
She could remember her life from the moment she first laid eyes on Jacob, and yet nothing more.
There was only Jacob.
So Lois had thrown a fit.
Chloe was curled in his lap, refusing to be alone in this strange and unfamiliar place…which truly had been once a second home to her…slept off the aches of her body fighting the venom, and then fighting between her bond with Aro and her bond with Jacob.
Her ability to sleep helped the wolves in the room accept that she was still human…or as human as she’d ever truly been.
Zantana, Dinah and Andrea had already left, having their own city that needed their constant protection, but they’d made the League promise to call them and keep them informed on anything that happened with Chloe.
Sam, Quil and Jared had returned to Forks, to be with their mates, telling Jacob to call them if he needed any help.
AC, Victor, Bart and Leah were out getting food for everyone.
This was going to be another long night in the Clocktower.
“What are we going to do?” Lana finally asked, leaning against Embry as she looked at Chloe’s sleeping face. “She can’t remember anything, and you heard what Lex said, she probably will never remember anything. She’ll never be the Chloe she once was, that personality, the memories of the experiences that formed her character, are gone forever.”
“She’s still Chloe though.” Lois cut in from where she was pacing endlessly. “Memories or not, she’s still our Chloe.”
“And even if she doesn’t remember you,” Embry told his mate, pilling her closer to his heart. “You can always form new memories with her.”
“What if she doesn’t want to?” Lana whispered, tearing up. “You saw how she looks at us! We’re strangers! She’s confused and terrified!”
And with that she started crying.
Clark watched as Embry held Lana close and she buried her face in his shirt.
Lois cursed under her breath and stormed to where Paul was leaning against the wall watching her. The brunette surprised him by throwing her arms around his waist and hiding her face in his shirt as she held tightly, finally letting the tears she’d been holding fall as Lana spoke the fears Lois obviously had been battling these last couple of days.
Paul froze up for a second, completely shocked, before his arms went around her and he held her tightly, resting his cheek against the crown of her head.
Oliver watched them with a small smile.
Chloe whimpered in her sleep.
Jacob looked down at her, worried, wondering what she could be dreaming that had her face so disturbed. “Chloe.” He whispered, giving her a little shake.
She woke up for a second, gaze going to his face, before relaxing, giving him a relieved smile, and falling back to sleep, secure in the knowledge that he was still there.
While he hated the fact that this had been done to her, Jacob had to admit that his wolf rejoiced in the way she accepted him so fully now.
And yet, he didn’t want her to have had to sacrifice her memories and her friends for his wolf’s ego.
There were so many people who loved her…it was wrong to want her all to himself, no matter what his wolf wished.
“Don’t worry.” Oliver finally spoke. “If there’s anyone who can find a way to help Chloe it’s Lex. He will not rest until she is back to her old self again.”
Clark nodded his agreement. “So you two…don’t worry so much. Chloe will feel guilty when she’s back to normal when she realizes how bad you two took this.”
Lana sniffled against Embry before turning to look at Clark and nodding. “Okay.”
Lois ignored Clark, as she usually tended to do, and just continued to hold onto Paul, listening to the soft, nearly inaudible words he was whispering to her.
Jacob sighed, and then later retired to the room in the Clocktower that had been given to him and Chloe. He---he felt conflicted about sleeping in the same bed as her in this circumstance, but Chloe, mind still in shambles, had pleaded with him not to leave her, and he wouldn’t deny his mate anything.
Not when it was his fault, his negligence in taking care of her, that’d led to her mind being toyed and destroyed so brutally.
He wouldn’t touch her though.
Not---not like that.
He refused to let their first time happen while she was near insane.
He would wait for her to heal, and then they’d progress from there.
The wolf spent most of his nights awake, just watching over her, waking her if she had a nightmare, and holding her until she fell asleep once more. The situation taxed heavily on the blonde, as she tried her best to remember anything and yet was unable to recall even the simplest thing of those she’d loved so greatly.
“NO!” Chloe screamed, jolting up in bed, struggling desperately against him in her sleep-induced disorientation. “Stop!”
“Chloe! Its me!” Jacob wrapped her in his arms and trapped her arms against her body so that she couldn’t inflict any damage to either him or herself. “Calm down, woman. Calm down! I’m here! You’re safe!”
“No! Please!” She continued to struggle, still not completely out of her dream. “Please don’t take them away! NO!”
Jacob could hear as the door next to theirs, the door to Lois and Paul’s room, flew open and hurried footsteps raced out of it only to halt outside of their door, hesitating, Lois knowing her presence wouldn’t make the situation better and yet desperate to enter and comfort her crying, trembling cousin.
“Chloe.” Jacob brought his face to hers, trying to reach her. “C’mon love. Wake up baby. It’s me.”
He could scent tears not only belonging to Chloe in the air, and the arrival of Paul at Lois’ side.
“Please.” Chloe begged someone only she could see, breaking down in Jacob’s arms, clutching his shirt.
Tears of frustration misted his eyes as Jacob closed them tightly, enveloping her completely in his arms, trying to hide and protect her from the monsters that devoured her in her dreams.
His wolf pulled on her through their bond, and only then did she relax, falling completely back into sleep.
For now it was peaceful, but Jacob knew that in a couple hours more she’d be awake again screaming and crying.
It was like this every night.
Even after it had quieted down and Jacob was watching Chloe’s restless, sleeping face, he could still scent Lois and Paul outside of their door, and hear the sound of her sobs.Get better, Chloe.
He reached over and pulled a strand of pale blonde hair out of her face. Lois needs you. And so do I.
And yet a week passed, and it was the same routine.
Sometimes Lana joined Lois outside of their bedroom door when Chloe’s screams were just too loud to bear, both women’s scents filled with despair, their mates’ with impotence and rage and sorrow. Lex was known to make rounds, stopping by the door even when she wasn’t screaming in her sleep, just resting his hand against the wood before walking away.
The absence of Chloe, of their Chloe, was slowly deteriorating the group who loved her to such an awe-inspiring degree.
Jacob wanted her back.
He wanted her to call him Puppy…and even Tentacles.
He just wanted the real Chloe back.
He’d love her even if she never recuperated, he’d stay by her side for the rest of his life and battle the demons in her mind, but he didn’t know if she could survive long like this. She would go completely insane, and would be completely lost to them.
If she wasn’t already.
“NO!” Chloe cried out, struggling desperately against his hold. “PLEASE! NO!”
Jacob sat up and pulled her into him, pressing a kiss to the crown of her head, wolf already tugging, begging her to calm down, to slow the terrifyingly rapid beat of her heart before she gave herself a heart attack. “Baby, honey, darling, love…Please!”
“Please!” She echoed his cry, whether consciously or not.
Outside Lois and Paul stood, Oliver and Clark at their side, all talking softly to each other, Lois’ voice a desperate hiss.
“Stop! Please! NO!” Chloe sobbed heartbrokenly. “Bring it back! Give it back!”
“Calm down baby, please, you’re killing me.” Jacob whispered, a little more desperate.
This was one of her worst episodes yet.
He looked up as the door creaked open, seeing a pale, distraught Lois in the doorway, eyes begging him. He nodded. “Come.”
She looked so scared and yet relieved as she hurried towards them, hesitating at the bed, before climbing on, gulping, eyes filled with tears. “Baby Cuz?”
“Please don’t!” Chloe screamed against Jacob. “PLEASE NO!”
“Chloe.” Lois sobbed, biting down on her bottom lip to keep from breaking down, reaching forwards and placing her hand on Chloe’s thigh, rubbing it soothingly. “Calm down, Baby Cuz…Big Cuz is here…So is Pole Boy…” She wiped at the tears falling down her cheeks. “We’re not going to let anything hurt you ever again. We promise.”
Jacob and Lois’ gaze met, both teary-eyed and grateful for the other’s presence.
“Loey.” Chloe whispered in her sleep before calming down.
Lois went stiff in shock.
Jacob frowned. “What is it?”
“She called me Loey.” Lois broke down crying, bringing her hands to her face. “She used to call me that when she was three.”
They hoped…hoped that this was a breakthrough.
But it wasn’t.
Chloe still couldn’t remember anything when she awoke, and her nights were slowly yet surely getting worse.
It got to the point where Bart and Leah were sitting on the ground, backs against the wall, Embry trying to console Lana, and Oliver, Jacob, Clark and Paul had to physically restrain the screaming blonde in her sleep so that she didn’t hurt herself while Lois tried to get through to her cousin through her nightmarish haze.
Chloe’s heart had stopped twice.
But her powers would kick hours later and bring her back alive in a wave of agonizing pain.
Jacob was going to gone insane.
The wolf watched as Chloe slept still during her few moments of peace.
The door opened and Lex appeared, looking pale and haggard. “How is she doing?”
“Not good.” Jacob wiped his arm over his eyes, wiping the mistiness from them as he looked up at Watchtower. “Please tell me you’ve found a way to cure her, Lex.”
He shook his head with a sigh, sitting on the edge of the bed and giving Chloe a long, agonized look, before turning to face Jacob. “But I might have found someone who can help her---or at least better help us understand what’s going on.”
Jacob latched onto the little hope that gave him. “What are you talking about?”
“I tracked down an old member of the Volturi, Eleazar. He lives with his mate in the Denali coven. They’re vegetarians and live in Alaska. I just got off of the phone with him, and he’s seen something similar, though not to the extent that she’s progressed. He can help her.”
“A vampire?” Jacob snarled at the very thought. “No. They’re the reason why she’s like this in the first place!”
“Jacob, Eleazar is our only hope.” Lex ran his hand over his bald head. “There’s no other. He’s our only chance at helping Chloe.”
Jacob looked away. “I won’t leave her with vampires, Lex.”
“You won’t have to.” The Watchtower of the League announced. “I spoke to Eleazar, and although wolves and vampires aren’t known to be the friendliest of associations, he understands what one is willing to do to be with the one he loves, and he doesn’t mind you staying with them also.”
“He won’t mind me there?” Jacob finally let himself hope. “He’ll help her?”
“He’ll try.” Lex nodded. “He’s waiting for my call to tell him what you have decided.”
Chloe whimpered in her sleep.
“When do we leave?” Jacob asked, getting off of the chair and going to slide in next to her, attention solely on her now.
“Hell, why don’t we go now?” A voice asked from the doorway.
Both males turned to see Lois Lane standing there, determined.
Lex sighed, standing. “Lois, the invitation is for Chloe and Jacob only.”
“Let me talk to him. If he can understand how someone will do whatever needs to be done for a mate, he’ll understand that one will do whatever needs to be done for family, and those two are the last I got.” Lois narrowed her eyes at Lex fiercely. “I’m going too.”
In the end, Lois easily convinced Eleazar, and it was a tearful goodbye, since Lana was returning to Forks with Embry…Leah surprising everyone by stating that she wasn’t leaving Metropolis, instead staying by Bart’s side and joining the League.
Sam wasn’t going to be happy.
No one really cared.
So Oliver, Lex, Jacob, Chloe, Lois and Paul (who, like Jaocb, refused to let his mate be unprotected around vampires) set off on the Queen Private Jet for Alaska.
The Denali coven was waiting for them, the females which dominated the coven quite enthralled with the handsome males who would be joining them, but once Lois punched Tanya for making a pass at Paul, and Jacob ignored every single female in the coven…they left the wolves alone. Lex and Oliver thanked Eleazar for letting their friends stay, and then left, wishing everyone luck.
They all knew they’d need it.
Whenever Jacob wasn’t by Chloe’s side, he was with Eleazar, learning more about the power the vampire named Chelsea had, and how she broke bonds and forced others on the ones they wished to join the Volturi.
Eleazar had seen vampires battle the power, but he’d never seen one as shattered at Chloe, and he’d been truthful to the wolf, taking him to the side and telling him that he didn’t know if he could help her.
But Jacob and Lois didn’t lose hope.
The good thing about living with vampires was that there were many very strong people, who didn’t sleep, who could help hold Chloe’s body down as the nighttime began her horrors.
It took Chloe snapping during one of those nightmarish nights and biting Lois for a sudden breakthrough to occur.
As soon as she’d sipped the blood from her cousin she’d calmed down, going still, and looking up at her cousin in shock. “Lois?” In a second it was gone and she was fainted away…
But it was all that mattered.
Chloe had been drinking primarily from Jacob or animals hunted…but now Lois, refusing to believe that it was a fluke like last time, had insisted on being the ‘happymeal on legs’ the next time Chloe’s thirst descended on her.
Paul hadn’t liked it.
He hadn’t liked it at all.
But he knew better than going against a determined Lois Lane, so he, Eleazar, and Jacob had stood protectively around the females as a confused Chloe looked at Lois.
“Why?” Chloe asked, looking from Lois to Jacob.
“Just, humor me.” Lois gave her a confident smile as she offered Chloe her arm.
“But it will hurt.” Chloe pulled away from Lois, standing and shaking her head, going to stand behind Jacob. “I don’t want to.”
Lois stood up and followed her, pulling off her jacket as she did, wearing only a tube top underneath. “Come on, Baby Cuz. Channel your three year old self and bite.”
Chloe’s face scrunched up. “I was a biter? I---I don’t remember!”
Jacob began to worry as her heart rate began to rise once more.
“Bite me, Chloe. BITE ME!” Lois ignored his warning growl, shaking her cousin furiously. “Or do you not want to remember?”
“I want to!” Chloe snapped. “I do!”
“Then bite me!” Lois snapped back.
“I don’t want to!” Chloe screamed, trying to struggle away.
And then Lois slapped her.
Chloe stilled, hand to her face, eyes flashing black, her fight with her demon’s side visible on her face. “Don’t---!”
Lois slapped her again.
And Chloe snapped.
Snarling she pushed Lois against the wall and sunk her teeth into the flesh of her neck, the scent of Lois’ blood filling the air, causing Eleazar to stiffen and Paul to growl as he fought his wolf’s scream for him to tear Chloe off of his mate.
Lois winced in pain before bringing her arms up and hugging Chloe as she drank from her.
Jacob watched, heart breaking.
If this didn’t work…
Then he realized something.
Chloe was crying.
They both were.
Chloe’s arms went around Lois’ waist and Lois’s around hers as the blonde drank and they both cried.
It was the first time that Chloe had ever allowed anyone other than him to touch her.
She was calmer, more at ease when it was over, her saliva healing the bite marks on her cousin’s neck when she was finished. She’d looked up at Lois with the first spark of feeling other than frustration or fear, and that night, while she still suffered from the nightmares…it wasn’t as bad as it usually was.
To a vampire, blood was the most powerful thing that existed.
And the blood tie between Lois and Chloe was the key ingredient they’d overlooked.
From that day on Lois wouldn’t allow anyone else feed her cousin, and while Chloe wasn’t the girl Jacob had met, she was slowly opening up, she was smiling, and she was able to sleep longer and longer portions of the night without any nightmares to terrify her.
The blood seemed to make up for whatever had broken when her bonds had been ripped, her mind tattered, and Lois’ blood combined with Chloe’s healing abilities. With every feeding Chloe got stronger, and saner, until she was laughing and friendly and snarky like she’d once been.
“Don’t feel too bad, Pole Boy.” Lois clapped his back proudly the dawn after the first night that Chloe slept through the whole night without one interruption or nightmare. “My blood, like everything else about me, is just naturally superior.”
Jacob didn’t have it in him to argue with that.
He’d pulled the stunned brunette into his arms and hugged her before breaking down. “Thank you.”
She’d been stiff in shock, before her arms went around him and she hugged back, the two people who loved Chloe the most just so happy.
“Should I be worried?” Paul asked, amused from the doorway.
Lois and Jacob pulled away, laughing, before Lois went to Paul. “’Course you should.” With that she led him out of the room. “Let’s call the others and let them know.”
Taking in a deep breath, Jacob wiped at his eyes and smiled at his sleeping mate as he pulled off his shirt and climbed into bed with her.
The blonde gave a contented sound in her sleep and turned towards him. “Jacob.” She purred happily as his arms went around her in bed.
She mightn’t have her memories back, and she mightn’t get them back, but Jacob didn’t care about that anymore.
She was going to be okay.
That was all that mattered.
Chloe could make new memories, and now that she was sane once more, she could make new bonds with those around her.
Jacob pressed a kiss to her forehead and smiled, closing his eyes, before falling asleep next to her, dreaming of the future that’d just opened up to them.