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Title: Of Evil Eyes And Unlikely Alliances
Pairing: Chloe Sullivan/Whitney Fordman
Disclaimer: I do not own
Summary: When Whitney, sure that his ex's friend, Tina Greer, has placed the Evil Eye on him, he goes to the only person he believes will not only believe him, but help him as well. Chloe Sullivan isn't exactly the girl he thought she would be...but that's okay.
Note: Written for my Paranormal25 150. Prompt of the day #69
: Evil Eye
All around them the lights began to flicker on and off, on and off, and not only the lights, but the bed and such appeared and disappeared as well, proving that they had all been mirages. Ricky hurried to Chloe's side, and the blonde looked around her, confused and very intimidated by the way her mind had been so easily fooled by these illusions. She couldn't tell anymore what was real and what this illusionist wanted her to believe was real. And that scared her. She could be in a coffin, buried alive once more, and yet this time she wouldn't even know it, hallucinating this encounter and the conversation with Ricky.
"So screwed so screwed so screwed." Ricky kept chanting under his breath, grabbing onto her sleeve.
Chloe couldn't blame him for his slight melt-down but it wasn't helping her remain calm either. Ricky was almost a foot taller and more then forty pounds heavier than her.
He was beefy.
He was strong.
And he was terrified.
"We're going to be fine." Chloe whispered, eyes on the entrance of the cavern they were in, knowing that the illusionist could be here right now and they couldn't even see him or her.
"I'm not supposed to die this way." Ricky confessed, voice cracking slightly. "Grandma said I was going to die in a car accident when I'm fifty. I'm not fricken fifty and this is not a car!"
Chloe sent him a confused look. "Your grandmother told you when you're going to die?"
"Yeah." His eyes were on the entrance, gulping. "You haven't heard about Cassandra Carver? Seriously? I always get hell for it from the boys."
"Your grandmother's psychic?" Chloe made a face. "You'd think she would have foreseen your kidnapping."
He glared at her. "Why must you always nitpick? That's why a lot of people don't like you."
"I'm not nitpicking." Chloe glared back. "I just think that if your grandmother's a psychic she should've seen this one coming!"
"It doesn't work that way, okay? She has to physically touch you and-you know what? This is not the time to get into this with you!" Ricky snapped. "Meteor-powered Fatal Attraction going on right about now, remember?"
"Right." Chloe blinked, turning her attention back to the entrance. "One fight at a time."
"Smart girl." Ricky replied with a sharp nod.
They stood together, on edge, and yet other than the flickering nothing was really happening.
Chloe's eyes narrowed. "Hello?" She took a step forwards, but couldn't get very far since Ricky was still holding onto her sleeve. "Look, whoever you are who's doing this-this isn't romantic. It's scary and wrong and against the law. You don't win a girl by kidnapping her or threatening those around her." She cleared her throat. "You should have realized this after seeing the failures at wooing all of Lana's admirers have been. Did she think any of their stalking and threatening romantic? No. Did they end up with the girl? No. They ended up dead or in Belle Reeve, and I know you don't want to be faced with either option."
"I don't think you should be saying that." Ricky muttered.
She ignored him. "I don't know the real reason you're doing this, if you really actually like me or if there's another reason behind everything, but this is not the way to get things done. And to be completely honest with you, it's kinda cowardly how you're going about everything."
"Are you trying to get us killed?" Ricky snapped.
Once more she ignored him.
"Cowardly?" A bone-chilling voice, which sounded like a millions voices speaking at once, echoed through the cavern. "You dare call me a coward?"
So did Chloe, gripping his sleeve too, for moral support. "Yeah. You're being a real coward."
"Sullivan." Ricky hissed.
"You attack people, kidnap them, and yet you don't even have the guts to do so personally. You send out illusions or manifestations or whatever the hell you do. Why do you do that? Because you know you can't get hurt like that. You don't take any chances. You're not even putting your all into this kidnapping/hostage situation." Chloe cleared her throat, raising her chin, trying to hide the fear as she prayed her bluffing and fronting would pay off. "Here we are, trapped under Smallville, with no way out, and still you won't show yourself. Still you hide behind smoke and mirrors." Her smile trembled slightly. "And that makes you a coward."
"Oh fuck." Ricky cursed behind her.
There was a roar.
And then everything went black.
"Are you kidding me?" Tina groaned as she gazed at Persephane, who was barking into the entrance of the Kawatche Caves. "We have to go in there?"
Whitney ignored her, searching the back for something and his smile was grim as he pulled out a tire iron.
Lana fished out a flashlight from the glovebox before jumping out, turning it on, the light strong in the darkness. "We're ready."
"How do we even know Chloe's really in there?" Tina argued, giving the newly discovered and yet to be chartered cave system a suspicious look. "For all we know it's a trap, and that's not even Persephane, but an illusion. We'll follow it in, get lost, and no one will even know we came here. Fifty years later they'll find our dried out carcasses."
Lana turned to her friend. "Then you stay out here and phone Officer Maxwell to let him know what's happening."
"I'm not letting you go in there by yourself!" Tina gasped in shock.
"She's not going to be by herself." Whitney gripped the tire iron tight as he reached them, placing a hand on Lana's shoulder.
"Yeah, like I trust her with you." Tina snorted. "You couldn't even take care of your own girlfriend."
Whitney snarled and took a menacing step towards her.
"Enough!" Lana hissed, eyes vicious. "Chloe is in real trouble and you two need to grow up and put your petty differences aside! Tina, you're staying here and calling backup. No arguments!"
Tina gulped, before nodding. "Okay."
"And you, come on." Lana turned to Whitney, grabbing onto his jersey and giving him a yank to get him going as she stormed towards the cave entrance.
Persephane, seeing that they were following, dove into the darkness of the cave.
"Anymore bright ideas?" Ricky snapped, pressing his back hard to the cave wall, growls echoing all around them.
"Shut up." Chloe snapped back at him.
"Just as soon as you do." He growled.
"Will you two just shut up already?" Their kidnapper roared. "God! You're both so annoying!"
The teenagers went quiet immediately.
That voice had been close.
Chloe's eyes widened.
It couldn't be.
Ricky blinked. "You're a...chick?"
Chloe elbowed him.
There was silence around them.
The blonde took in a deep breath, licking her lips, head unable to wrap around the person she associated that voice with.
"Dr. Maxwell?" She cleared her throat, taking a shaky step forwards into the dark. "Dr. Maxwell, is that you?"
There was silence.
And then a sigh.
"If only you hadn't annoyed me into forgetting to use my Big Bad voice." The woman declared in the darkness. "You weren't supposed to realize it was me, you were supposed to get out of this alive, but I suppose you're too smart for you own good."
"I'd like to debate that." Ricky mumbled. "She didn't even realize that Whitney and Lana liked her."
Chloe shot him a glare. "The fact that I don't realize potential love interests is not the issue right now!"
"Actually, it is." Dr. Ginny Maxwell announced from the darkness. "You see, if you had, none of us would be in this situation right now."
Chloe blinked, clearing her throat. "Uhm, Dr. Maxwell? Not that I don't appreciate your, uh, feelings...but you're a little too old for me."
"Her age? That's
what you have against her? Her age
?" Ricky snapped. "The whole psychotic Single White Female thing isn't even being considered as an issue
"Not me you idiots!" Dr. Maxwell snapped, audibly at her wit's end. "It's my brother who's been in love with her since he was in high school! But other than being her little informant, he's been unable to even make a move on her because she's just so oblivious to what's so obvious and right in front of her face! My baby brother is the best man I know, and he hasn't gotten a girlfriend because he's pinning over a stupid school girl who doesn't even know he exists!"
"Wait. You're in league with Officer Maxwell?" Ricky squeaked.
"No." Ginny Maxwell snorted. "Tristan would never do something like his. That's why I had to do it for him."
"You were going to kill me for him?" Chloe whispered.
"No. I was going to endanger you and then he was to come and save you. That was going to open your eyes to see him in a different light. Finally. But then I slipped up, and now I can't let you live." Ginny Maxwell replied. "At least, after you're dead, my little brother will finally be able to get over you and find someone who's worthy of his affections."
"Wait, you have to understand Chloe on this one." Ricky surprisingly enough came to her rescue. "Even I didn't realize Dudley Do-Right had anything other than Big Brother-like feelings for her. And believe me, I can usually pick up on these sorts of things. And anyway, he's a grown man and she's just a high school girl. Maybe your brother didn't make a move because he knew it was wrong to have feelings like that for a girl and was waiting for her to, I don't know, graduate from high school before trying anything?"
"I guess we'll never know now, will we?" The good doctor asked, the voice closer and closer. "Don't worry, this won't hurt one bit."
And then there was the sound of a growl, and Dr. Maxwell's screams.
It sounded like it hurt.
Ricky and Chloe jumped towards each other, hearing the woman screaming, and the sound of an animal attacking her.
What the heck was down there with them?
Were they next?
Suddenly a light shone from the entrance of the cavern at the sound, showing Persephane on top of the fallen doctor, attacking ferociously, biting and clawing and keeping the woman pinned to the ground.
"Persephane?" Chloe whispered, eyes wide.
The light followed her voice and shone on her and Ricky.
"Chloe?" Whitney could be heard whispering. "Ricky?"
"You're alright!" Lana's voice trembled as she raced towards Chloe and flung her arms around her, hugging her tightly. "We were so worried!"
In seconds Whitney had joined them, arms wrapped around the hugging girls, pressing a hard kiss to Chloe's forehead before resting his forehead against hers. "I thought you were dead."
Chloe, still hugging Lana with one hand, slipped the other around Whitney and held on tightly.
"I'm fine too, thanks for asking." Ricky grumbled. "Way to make a guy feel special and cared about."
Persephane turned towards them and came running rapidly, barking and waving her tail.
"Persie." Chloe slipped out of Lana and Whitney's hold, and went to her knees, hugging her beloved dog.
"Is that...Doc Maxwell?" Lana whispered, horrified, shining her light on the limp figure on the ground.
"Yep." Ricky mumbled, going towards the doctor and hesitantly reaching down to press his fingers to her pulse. "It's still there. She's alive. She must have hit her head hard while thrashing around and knocked herself out."
Chloe took in a deep breath.
"I can't believe Dr. Maxwell was the one behind everything!" Lana whispered in horror. "Is Officer Maxwell-?"
"No." Chloe shook her head.
"That's how Sephie got Chloe's scent." Whitney's eyes widened. "Doc Maxwell came by, remember? She must have come back from the Caves, with Chloe's scent on her, and Persephane picked up on it and was able to follow it back here."
Chloe rubbed behind Persephane's ear. "Good puppy."
"Do you think SuperPup can get us back out?" Ricky wanted to know, picking up Ginny Maxwell's unconscious body with a grunt. "We need to hand the Good Doc over to the law."
Chloe sighed, looking down. "How am I going to explain this to Tristan?"
"Explain what?" Whitney frowned. "Why was Dr. Maxwell doing this anyway?"
As the group followed Persephane back out of the cave system, Ricky and Chloe explained what exactly had happened before their rescue.