Title: Glowing Hope
Sequel to: Exit Speed
Universe: OFFICIAL Cave Series
Characters: Chloe/Lex, Lois, Annabel
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When someone from Chloe's past asks for her help, she is conflicted, not only about the job but about her relationship with Lex. With time running out does she really want to waste the precious time they have together?
Warning: Spoilers for The New Daughter. Takes place right after the movie.
Written for My paranormal25
150 Prompt Table. Prompt Used #87
. Famous Paranormal Case.
The battle raged viciously, neither side having a clear advantage over the other.
While the humans had the firepower, the creatures had the numbers, and ferocity.
Chloe found herself distracted, her attention not only on the creatures, but on Lex and Lois as well, eyes always finding them in the chaos in worry. The two were keeping up, firing their guns and reloading whenever necessary, but soon they'd run out of ammo and things would get even more complicated.
Seriously though, where did all of these creatures come from?
They were everywhere!
"Chloe!" Lois reached her side. "That scent! I smell it again!" Her fangs had descended in the heat of the battle. "I think it's human...but its different."
"Louisa." Chloe whispered, looking up at her cousin. "Can you get me to her?"
Lois nodded. "But we have to go now. The scent-something's wrong."
Chloe nodded, eyes searching for Lex. "Lex!"
He fired a succession of gunshots, sending multiple creatures flying back, before turning to her.
"Lois might have picked up on Louisa!" Chloe called.
"Go!" Lex ordered. "We got it here!"
Chloe hesitated, not wanting to leave him, but finally nodded and turned to Lois. "Take me to her."
"Follow me." Lois nodded, turning and firing, clearing the way, before racing ahead.
Shooting all creatures around them, Chloe followed behind Lois, trusting her and her superior sense of smell.
She grew disoriented though, zigzagging around the different dwellings, running as fast as their legs would take them.
The sound of gunfire and creatures shrieking and growling grew dimmer, proving that they were putting a little distance between them and the battle.
That worried Chloe, but she continued on, wondering whether to feel wary or relieved by the fact that there were no more creatures around her and Lois...or even following them.
Lois skidded to a stop in front of the open entrance of one of the hut. "There. The scent is coming from in there."
"Stand guard out here. If anything comes..."
"Shoot its balls." Lois nodded. "I know."
Smirking, Chloe slammed the new magazines up into her two Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm before training them in front of her, entering the hut, not sure what to expect once she did. The blonde's golden, feline eyes darted all around the large, hollowed out interior, making sure the room was clear before venturing in deeper, into the thicker darkness of the inner chambers. It was deep within that she came upon the trembling, crying body of the young child caught in mid-transformation, half human, half creature-almost dead.
And yet, it wasn't the child she'd been expecting.
"Sam?" Racing towards her 8 year old half brother, Chloe fell to her knees and put down her guns, horrified.
The boy was naked, half unconscious, body trembling violently.
All over him were a series of bite makes that spanned his entire body, obviously from where the creatures had bitten him, injecting him with the venom that would start the transformation they had desired in his sister.
This was why they didn't just take children to make into them.
Only a healthy female could completely transformation.
Sam was obviously dying.
"No no no..." Chloe whispered, shaking her head, refusing to believe this. "It's not your time!"
She couldn't heal others anymore, her mutation having, for no good reason, shut off when it came to healing others. She could still heal herself, but it was slower.
And even if she still could heal others, her powers had already proven themselves to be useless when it came to human/monster mutation and transformation.
Sam cried out in pain.
What could she do?
She had to be able to do something!
This-this was her little brother!
Tears filled her eyes, the image of Jack McAlister superimposing itself onto Sam in her mind, the similarities of the situation overwhelming and depressingly similar.
Suddenly, Chloe's eyes widened, remembering the only thing that'd prevented Jack from fully transforming while in that cave in Romania-the only thing that'd helped him until his mutation had won over and he'd made that deal with Weyland, being placed into cryosleep, half-human, half-something else...until they could find a cure.
Pulling out her Outcast hunting knife from its case, which was strapped to her calf, Chloe sliced a long, deep gash in her inner wrist and brought her wound to his mouth, cradling the back of Sam's head and rising it so that his lips met her skin.
"Come on," Chloe whispered, moving so that she was cradling his half deformed body on her lap, watching his throat work as he swallowed to keep from drowning in the blood. "Come on."
The blood had only been a very temporary fix for Jack, only containing his mutation enough for him to have a mediocre amount of control of it...
...but Sam had half of her DNA.
Chloe closed her eyes, holding him tight, praying to anyone who might be listening.
Unbeknownst to her, eyes closed tight, a lone tear made its way down her cheek and hovered momentarily at the edge of her chin before falling through the air and hitting Sam in his forehead. The tear soaked into his pores and traveled through his body, lighting it up in a faint glow, before fading into nothing.
The deformed side of Sam's body, the monster side, began to spasm.
Chloe's eyes opened, looking down at him, worried. "Sam?"
His dark, mud-like skin began to crack open like a dried husk, falling away from his body.
Like a snake shedding skin, the creature's side of Sam's body slipped off, revealing the healthy, unblemished, human body beneath.
Chloe looked down, eyes wide, unable to understand what'd happened.
His eyes opened, eyelashes fluttering, sleepy and confused. "Who are you?"
She held back tears, smiling shakily down at him. "That's not important right now. We're going to get you out of here. That's all that matters."
His eyes widened and he suddenly shot up, sitting. "There are monsters! They dragged me into the mound and-!"
"I know honey, and we came to rescue you." Chloe whispered, standing and helping him up as well, taking off her leather jacket and putting it on him to cover his nakedness, before picking up her guns and putting them in their holsters. "Sam, do you remember what happened to your father and sister? Are they here?"
His green eyes lowered to the ground, filling with tears as he shook his head. "They're not here."
They were dead.
Chloe closed her eyes with a deep breath before opening them, offering her hand. "Come."
He looked at her hand before placing his in hers trustingly.
Pulling out one of the Wesson & Smiths, Chloe tightened her hold on his hand and led him out of the dwelling, gun first.
Lois turned when they exited, eyes wide. "The kid?"
Chloe nodded, looking down at Sam as he huddled behind her. "Which is the closest exit?"
Lois opened her mouth before suddenly turning and shooting once, the bullet embedding itself between the eyes of the creature that'd snuck up on them.
It fell, dead.
Smirking, Lois turned to point east. "There."
"Can you get him there and out safely?" Chloe asked.
The brunette nodded. "Yeah. I'm almost out of ammo though."
"Here." Chloe passed her cousin her remaining weapons before turning to Sam. "She's going to keep you safe, okay?"
"Help him onto my back." Lois announced. "We'll go faster that way and I'll have my hands free in case something tries to get in the way."
Nodding, Chloe helped the boy onto Lois' back, watching as Lois took off, inhumanely fast.
And yet probably not fast enough, not while burdened with the weight of an eight year old-and weapons.
Looking around her, Chloe climbed up the course exterior of the dwelling and perched on top, having a clear view of everything going on around her.
She reached into her palm and pulled out the bow of light, and an arrow materialized in her other palm.
Arrow to drawstring, Chloe tracked Lois' movements, letting the arrow fly, embedding itself into the throat of a creature that'd been about to jump out in front of her cousin and half brother.
Lois halted as the creature fell dead, and when she saw the golden arrow dissolving, she looked behind her in Chloe's general direction and smirked before turning back and continuing to run, more confident, knowing that Chloe had their back.
Making sure that there weren't any creatures near the duo, the blonde looked around her and took a couple of steps back before charging forwards and jumping forwards, landing on the top of the dwelling in front of her. She stumbled, waiting until she regained her balance before repeating the action, again, and again. She then drew another arrow and fired it at the creatures that'd begun trailing Lois and Sam. She continued this, jumping from rooftop to rooftop, and firing, protecting the two until they reached the rope ladder and Lois jumped onto it, hurrying upwards to where the two soldiers pulled her and Sam up, letting her through the tunnel.
They were going to be safe.
Taking in a deep breath, Chloe turned towards the continued gunfire and jumped down from the rooftop of the crude, stone dwelling, racing back to the team.
Back to Lex.
Bow and arrow morphing into two sais, she threw them, one embedding itself in the back of the head of the creature Carter was struggling with, and the other severing the spinal column of the one that had grabbed Lex from behind and was about to bite into his neck.
The sais disappeared in a glitter of gold, only leaving their victims behind.
Two falcatas emerging from her palms, her fingers closing around the hook-shaped hilts as she threw herself into the battle, slicing at the creatures as they continued to swarm around them.
Lex had apparently run out of ammo as well, because he was wielding his katana with deadly accuracy. "Did you find her?"
They stood back to back, circling.
"It wasn't Louisa, it was Sam." Chloe responded, kicking the head of an injured creature that'd been crawling towards her. "Lois took him to the surface. He says Louisa and John aren't here."
Lex sliced the head off of an attacking creature. "I'm sorry."
"Sir!" Carter looked up. "They've finished delivering the packages!"
"Good." Lex nodded. "Call a retreat. Once we're aboveground we'll send these demons back to hell."
"Yes sir!" Carter nodded before turning to his men. "Fall back to the tunnels! Fall back!"
They fought they way back to the ladders and with the help of those above covering their backs, managed to make it up to the ledge.
They fell back into the tunnels, meeting up at the main entrance to the mound.
The moment the last soldier was out of the mound Lex stood at the entrance, hearing the sound of the creatures racing towards them, and then pulled out the trigger to the bombs they'd had placed all over the underground city and tunnels.
Chloe stood next to him, gazing down into the hole in the ground, her hand finding Lex's free one, their fingers threading together as she leaned her head against his shoulder.
Lex smiled, gaze on the hole as well. "Boom." And with that he brought his hand down on the button.
The ground beneath them shook and convulsed as the bombs went off.
A creature appeared, half emerged from the hole, in time for the fire from the explosions to race through the tunnels and up through the hole shooting up into the sky, killing it instantly.
Chloe frowned, feeling Lex's body trembling slightly.
She wrapped her arm around him, supporting him discreetly.
He was sick.
He shouldn't have to go through these sorts of things!
And yet he did.
Chloe looked up at him, heart skipping a beat when she found him smiling down tenderly at her.
"Is it over?" Sam asked Lois.
She nodded, ruffling his hair. "Yeah, they're not going to be hurting anyone anymore."
Lex leaned down and pressed a kiss to Chloe's forehead.
She closed her eyes and just enjoyed it.