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Girl Talk 1/1 
15th-Apr-2011 03:40 am

Title: Girl Talk
Sequel to: A Ghost In The House
Universe: Adept Series
Characters: Chloe Sullivan-Gibbs, Abby Sciuto
Fandoms: Smallville/NCIS
Rating: T
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Chloe finally tells someone from her own team about her need to change her bonder, and Abby Sciuto is full of both cheerful optimism and wise advice.

"You can't be serious." Abby Sciuto gasped, horrified, as she scooted closer to the other girl on sofa. "Why haven't you told us about this sooner?" She reached out and hugged Chloe tightly, her body trembling with her intense reaction to the news before she pulled away, eyeing the blonde intensely. "Does Gibbs know?"

Chloe looked away and sighed, shaking her head. "Booth is the only one who knows."

"The guy from the Jeffersonian?" Abby pouted deeply. "Why does he get to know before we do?"

"Remember? Psychic mummy gave him and I full-exclusive looks into each other's deep dark secrets?" Chloe reached over and placed her hand over Abby's. "I didn't choose him over you guys or anything, okay?"

"Okay." Abby was still pouting, though less than before as she sighed a pulled a black lock of hair behind her ear. "But this is important, Chloe. If you don't find a new bonder soon you could go bonkers! Or die!"

"I know." She nodded.

"We can't let that happen!" Abby shot up to her feet, beginning to pace her living room floor. "We need a battle plan STAT. You, me, we're going to go over every available guy we both know and we're getting you that bonder. No ifs ands or buts!"

"I don't exactly know any guys, Abbs." Chloe sighed tragically.

"That's a lie!" Abby pointed out emphatically. "You know Tony, McGee and Palmer! All of them are single!"

"Rule #12." Chloe decided to just give an easy answer to Abby and not muddle with her whole theory that Tony and Ziva, and McGee and Abby were destined for each other...and Palmer just was not her type.

"Never date a co-worker. Right." Abby flinched. "Talking about rules...you're going to need to talk to Gibbs about this. He needs to know."

"Oh, I know he needs to know-and he's sensing something's up. You know him. He's Gibbs. The Great White. The Omnipotent All Seeing All Knowing One." Chloe sighed. "It's so damned annoying sometimes."

Abby smirked, sitting down next to her once more. "You're keeping your spirits high. Good." She clasped her hands together, grinning brightly. "And don't you worry! I know a lot of nice guys! Maybe someone from the Los Angeles Division? Eric? Callen?"

Chloe made a face, shaking her head.

"Why not?" Abby squeaked in disapproval. "Eric's sweet and intelligent! And he's kinda cute! And Callen..." She smiled broadly. "Handsome."

"I haven't met them in person, but dad does respect Callen and that obviously says a lot about him...but I don't know..." Chloe continued making that face. "I've seen pictures...I've been there during the video conferences...and I'm just not feeling it."

"Okay, okay, so no Team LA, fine." Abby sighed, leaning back against the sofa and twisting her mouth to the side thoughtfully. "We need to bring Ziva in on this." She decided quickly. "Ziva knows a lot of guys...I'll introduce you to the ones I know, she'll introduce you to the ones she knows...between the two of us you should be able to find one guy at least who fits your requirements so you can get rid of that bond with that man once and for all."

Chloe smiled, reaching out and hugging the woman she'd quickly grown to love like a sister since the moment she'd come to live with Gibbs. "Thanks, Abbs."

Abby squeezed her back tightly. "Don't mention it. Plus, I've always wanted to play matchmaker!"

Chloe chuckled as she pulled away, shaking her head.

"So, what exactly are your basic requirements in a bonder?" Abby wanted to know, obviously getting down to business.

"Well, the most important thing I need in a bonder is a strong, stable mind." Chloe responded without a second's thought. "On my best days I struggle with remaining sane, controlling my brain and the information I absorb or it feels I need to dish out. It's frustrating because I have no control or stability of my own. I need to draw from my bonder's state of mind, and so to help level me out he'd need to be extremely stable."

"Rules out a couple of my exes." Abby quipped, grabbing a cushion and hugging it to her chest. "What else?"

"I-I really haven't thought much more than that, really." Chloe worried her bottom lip. "I mean, he'd also have to be open-minded, I guess, for him to even believe me and my whole Adept story and the reason why I need to bonder."

"Does it have to be a guy?" Abby asked a good question. "Because I know more level-headed girls then guys."

"Well, no, it doesn't have to be a guy but I need my bonder to be male." Chloe responded, a bit embarrassed. "Part of the bonding ceremony deals with sex...and I really don't swing that way...so I'd need it to be a guy who became my bonder."

"Point taken." Abby nodded, running her hand over her head. "Chloe, we're going to have to bring everyone in on this. McGee, Tony...maybe even Gibbs and Ducky...they'd be really helpful in this and-."

"I don't really want to involve them." Chloe admitted. "I mean, it's so embarrassing to have to explain how much of a freak I am...and especially to men."

"You're not a freak." Abby scolded. "You are what you are and we love and accept you for who you are. And anyway, Rule #15."

Chloe sighed. "Always work as a team."

"Exactly." Abby smiled brightly, nodding her head to that. "And we're all a team...more than that we're a family...and you do realize you're the baby of said family, right?"

Chloe's lips twitched with amusement at that.

"I mean, McGee and Tony are going to be all over-protective older brothers with the guy and let's not even start on Gibbs! I mean, we have to ease Gibbs into the idea! Give him time to control his fatherly desires to murder any guy who shows sexual interest in his daughter, you know?"

The goth had a point there.

"And Ziva does that whole older sister thing where she pretends she is supportive but she makes sure he's treating you well or she'll spread rumors he's impotent or gay or something...or slit his car ties." Abby went on. "Ducky will be that uncle you want on your side to talk to Gibbs and make him see reason." She suddenly shot up from the sofa. "And Vance! We need Vance on this!"

"Why do we need Director Vance in on this?" Chloe squeaked, horrified.

"You're the only one in his Paranormal Division! He needs you and he knows it!" Abby was excited as she began pacing the floor once more. "If he knows that your getting a bonder is crucial to you being useful he'll order Gibbs to stand down."

"Gibbs would probably just quit." Chloe replied tiredly. "Or shoot him."

Abby frowned. "You have a point."

"Sadly, I do." The blonde agreed, running her fingers through her hair. "It's going to be so hard for him because of what happened to Shannon and Kelly."

Abby bit her bottom lip.

"I mean, after their deaths he never really recovered...never thought he'd have a chance at being a father again...and then he finds out about the big secret daddy and mom had kept from him all these years...Me." Chloe shook her head, still remembering the day when Leroy Jethro Gibbs had come to her house in Smallville. "And then he realized he had a daughter...one who needed so much protection...and he's been overprotecting me ever since getting me back because he's scared I'm going to get killed like Kelly."

"He loved Kelly with all his heart." Abby agreed. "But Chloe, he loves you for you, not because he has Kelly's death engrained in his mind."

"Oh, I know he loves me." Chloe smiled. "And I love the old guy myself...but sometimes it's stressful. Like now. I have to worry about my situation and about how he is going to react to the situation."

"Chloe." Abby sat down once more. "GIbbs adores you, and if he knows that this will save you, he'll find the perfect guy for you and make him be your bonder even if he has to press the nozzle of a loaded gun to the dude's back and force him to."

Chloe smiled at the imagery. "He would, wouldn't he?"

"He loves you so much." Abby smiled back at her. "You just need to sit him down like you did me, and have a heart to heart with him, open up completely. He'll not be very happy at first, but he'll come around, because he loves you and only wants the best for you."

Chloe nodded, taking in a deep breath. "I'll talk to him when I go home."

"Good girl." Abby praised, reaching out and ruffling the blonde hair affectionately. "And with the Great White tamed, tomorrow we can brief the rest of the team via a private meeting. If working together we can solve the most puzzling of crimes...finding you a guy will be a piece of cake."

Chloe watched the cheerful, excited goth, and hoped to god that Abby hadn't just jinxed them.
15th-Apr-2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Director Vance helping Chloe in her "love life"? lmao Oh, that'd just be so funny. Tony helping out comes in third on the hysterical scale after Gibbs. Still can't wait to see who the new bonder is gonna be. Any hints?!?!
15th-Apr-2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
No hints! LOL I'm evil like that.
I know, the thought of VANCE being matchmaker is just hysterical...which is why I couldn't help but throw it in...if only for a second. lol
15th-Apr-2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
yah.. hints?... love the picture of gibbs with a gun to the guys back.. he would do it..
15th-Apr-2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know he would! ;)
And nope, no hints :P
15th-Apr-2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I really like this. I hope we get to see everyone's reactions during the secret meeting *grins* that would be hilarious. I can't wait to see who is finally chosen as the bonder, the suspense is killing me *grins*
15th-Apr-2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether I'll post the Ultra Secret Group Meeting....am considering it but nothing's sure as yet :)
15th-Apr-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
The best candidates for the job? Everybody, say it with me! Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean. Sam and Dean.
15th-Apr-2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Your loyalty to them rocks my socks!!!! *even though I'm not wearing any socks at the moment...so you know it really rocked!* lol
15th-Apr-2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
I kinda have to jump on the Sam and Dean bandwagon...although, I'm not sure they fit Chloe's criteria of 'stable minded'... But you always do such a great job of pairing Chloe with slightly unconventional men. I love that she chose Abby to confide in. She is such an underused character. I hope you have the next part pencilled out so we don't have to wait too long. :D

15th-Apr-2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the faith! And yeah, Abby is just the type that others would trust and go to with their problems, especially Chloe :)
16th-Apr-2011 01:11 am (UTC)
I can't wait for the next installment and eventually when we discover who Chloe's bonder will be. I'm wondering if you have it set up a little because in Adept 2/2 when Gibbs and Chloe are discussing John Winchester you wrote the following:

Gibbs sighed as he sat down next to her, arm around her shoulders. "He's around my age. Too old for you."

"I know." Chloe pouted, leaning her head against her father's chest, bringing her blanket to cover them both. "All I'm saying is that a guy like that is perfect for me."

Of course you also wrote the following suggesting that Chloe might have more than one soulmate:

"Not yet. But there has to be someone out there for me, right? I mean. I know intellectually that I have a soulmate. I just don't know when I'll met him. But when I do, I'll know he's the one person in the world for me, who will complete me and make me whole." She paused. "Unless there's more than one person, you know, it's happened. Rarely, but happens." She paused and opened her eyes. "There are even two cases of a person having four soulmates."

And because no one man could fulfill all the requirements Chloe would need in a bonder, one might suspect you are setting her up as one of those rare people with multiple soulmates. My guess would be Dr. Reid, Sam, and Dean.

However you write it, I know I will enjoy it.

16th-Apr-2011 01:14 am (UTC)
LOL I love how you've been putting a lot of thought into this and referencing to segments back and all of that! But, of course, can't deny or confirm anything! You'll have to wait and see!
*dun dun dun*
16th-Apr-2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I loved it, I loved loved LOVED it. Only one thing...nothing against the story, more a me = freak...

Every time you wrote bonder I read boner...and giggled...every.single.time.

The story was AWESOME and Im so super sad Spencer Reid can't be her...bonder...*giggle*.

Great story :)
16th-Apr-2011 01:53 am (UTC)
LOL... "I need to find a *boner*"... *giggles* I understand your amusement :)
16th-Apr-2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm loving Abby in full matchmaking mode. For a goth she's just so damn adorable.

It's such a shame it can't be Reid. I love Reid.
16th-Apr-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
I know! She's totally adorable!
17th-Apr-2011 01:52 am (UTC)
I think you got it just right. Humorous, sweet, sad, and hopeful. Just what we all wish for in a dish session between gals.
17th-Apr-2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I wanted to make the conversation true to both girls and their personalities, so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed :)
17th-May-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Aww, this was lovely! I love that Chloe went to Abby to confide in and I also adore the sisterly relationship they have formed. Abby is always awesome and a pretty much perfect friend for Chloe, with her being a little “out there” herself, and not to mention her loving the supernatural and being completely nonjudgmental. Also Chloe’s going to totally need her help/support (and everyone else’s) when she finally tells Gibbs about needing a new bonder :-)

OMG!!! The idea of the whole NCIS crew getting all up into Chloe’s love life playing matchmakers, trying to set her up on dates, is seriously the funniest thing ever!!! Oh poor Chloe! I am curious about everyone’s pick for the ideal guy for Chloe would be though =)

You also got me *VERY* curious about just who you have in mind as Chloe’s bonder. I’ve been thinking and thinking and I really can’t think of anyone! *pouts* I mean Dean and Sam are awesome and all, but both aren’t known for their “stable minds” and would be a little to obvious.. Reid and Booth are both out.. I starting to wonder if you’re planning another crossover for the mysterious guy maybe? But if so, what fandom? Ugh! I’m dying here!! First I had the crazy idea of Covenant but I pretty sure Gibbs would have a heart attack and go into a coma if Chloe hooked up with either of those boys... It would be glorious though! Hehe!

Anyhoo, this was great and especially touching with not being too angsty. Thanks bunches!!

PS: Is there any chance of Gabriel showing up, even if only for a one-shot? I adore that crazy ass Angel so much and I can just imagine all the fucked up fun he would have with Chloe and her family/friends. Plus I want to see how Chloe fares against him :) It’s just an idea though, so no pressure!
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