Title: LIttle Red & The Big Bad Number
Sequel to: Number Nine
Universe: Numbers Series
Characters: Chloe/Lucas, Lois, Lucy
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Like the old fairy tale the four each had a character, a part to play...and Granny, Woodsman, Wolf and Red played their parts to perfection, whether they realized it or not.
Lucy didn't know what game Lois was playing, but she didn't trust it. Instead of teaming up with her sister and keeping that foul beast away from their cousin, Lois seemed to be trying to win Lucas over. The brunette spent more and more time with him, actually taking up his training. While he had his Legacies to work with his Cepan had died when he was quite young and he hadn't truly been trained in combat, and Lois had decided to spend her time correcting that. She was a harsh and strict trainer, but she wasn't as cruel as Lucy would have been, and the youngest of the four housemates could see that Lucas was fully committed to becoming more lethal.
Chloe seemed a bit bothered by the time Lucas and Lois spent together though, and Lucy decided that whatever her sister was doing she'd overlook for now because it was working in Lucy's favor.
"You can't stop me!"
Lately, their arguments had begun with those four words.
"You wanna bet?"
That was always the first rebuttal.
"This has nothing to do with you!" Chloe snarled, storming around her bedroom and throwing things into her suitcase. "I'm going to go to Michigan and visit Mister Kent!"
"The hell you are!" Lucas stormed around after her, grabbing the things she'd packed and putting them right where they'd been before.
"Oh I am!" She growled, throwing a handful of underwear into the suitcase before going towards her socks drawer.
"Don't be a fool you idiot!" Lucas snarled, grabbing that handful of underwear and storming passed her as she walked to the suitcase, yanking the drawer open and depositing the underwear back where they should be. "You're going to get us killed and I haven't stayed out of the Mog's radar only to be put back on it because you can't be rational!"
"You're not going to be in the Mog's radar." She turned to grab her combat boots. "There's no reason why you would be on their radar from me going to Michigan!"
"It's obviously a trap you naive child!" He snapped back. "Hasn't the fact that your dearly beloved Five hasn't freed his own father say anything to you? He's smart enough to realize it's a trap and the Mogs will be waiting for him to act!"
On principle Lucy wanted to be able to contradict Lucas and show him up in front of Chloe, but she was forced to sigh from where she was leaning against the doorway. "I hate to say this, but I agree with him. It's obviously a trap set to lure Five out. You'd be an idiot to go and show yourself. They're after you too, and they mightn't even capture you immediately, they'd wait to see where you went and you'd lead them right back to us."
"But..." Chloe stopped, back to them, having been about to grab her blade. "He's all alone...in prison...for murder."
"Chloe, this is a war." Lois spoke, eyes narrowed. "I'm sorry about Clark's father, I am, but you need to stop thinking with your heart and remember that that's why you have a mind. Stop being led around by your emotions or you'll not only get yourself killed, but you'll kill us all too."
Chloe flinched, head lowering, shoulders slumping. "Mister Kent...is a good man...like my father." She hugged herself. "If Clark knew where my father was being held...he'd..."
And Lucy finally got the infernal fervor.
While Chloe did care about Jonathan Kent and what happened to him, it really didn't have anything to do with Mister Kent at all.
This had to do with Uncle Gabe.
Lucas sighed, giving the ceiling a murderous look, before closing his eyes, shaking his head, and taking in a deep breath. "I'll take you."
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned towards him. "What?"
"If you have any chance of getting in and seeing him without setting off a million different Mog alarms...you'll need me." Number Nine ran his hand over his hair. "Hopefully we don't all die horribly because of this."
No way was Lucy going to allow him and Chloe to leave by themselves!
That wolf would try devour her cousin for certain if she did!
It was times like these in which Lucy could understand the overprotective Woodsman who must have been keeping a protective eye on Red Riding Hood as she made her journey through the woods.
During the first days of their living together the youngest brunette had been annoyed when she realized that Lucas and Chloe referred to a certain tale she'd never heard before, but she'd been too proud to admit that the stupid wolf might know something she didn't, so she hadn't asked Chloe to explain the Little Red, Big Bad Wolf, Granny and Woodswoman references. Instead, Lucy had twisted the arm of one of the many idiots who'd thought she was an easy target, and the man (nearly crying from agony) had sobbingly recounted the tale of Little Red Riding Hood to her. Apparently it was some sort of kids' story, and in it the Big Bad Wolf used this young girl's innocent, trusting nature against her, ending up having her grandmother for supper and would have done the same thing to the stupid little kid if it wasn't for a woodsman who'd been nearby and had saved the girl from the wolf right before he devoured her.
Lucy liked to consider herself that woodsman, holding that ax, ready to swing it into Lucas' gut.
In some stories the wolf had already eaten Red Riding Hood and the woodsman kills the wolf and guts him, pulling both the girl and her grandmother safely out of the creature's stomach.
Apparently, in fairy tale land, wolves swallowed their victims whole instead of chewing them into itty bitty pieces.
Then again, if Lucas was the wolf and Chloe the kid, then Lucy could understand the tales somewhat.
If Lucas got the opportunity to 'eat' Chloe he'd devour her whole too...not leaving any little bit of her behind.
He'd monopolize and somehow would end up taking Chloe away from them, and considering her cousin was probably the only good thing to happen to Lucy the tiny brunette wasn't going to allow it.
Even if he was Chloe's Number.
As long as Lucas didn't know it, as long as Chloe didn't even suspect it, Lucy had the advantage.
The last thing she needed was Lucas realizing he might have some right to Chloe.
Once he realized that Clark wasn't her Number Lucas was going to be an unstoppable force, and no ax or nuclear warhead Lucy could get her hands on was going to be able to stop him from eating Chloe up. This was why whenever she saw those two getting closer, drawing together, Lucy would bring up Number Five, knowing what hearing about him did to Lucas. It put up some sort of wall between them because Chloe utterly adored her best friend and Lucas just didn't know that the love she had for Clark wasn't that kind. It hurt his ego to see her glowing or smiling softly at Five's name, and he'd pull away to lick his wounds for a while.
He was never gone for long, but it was enough of a breather for Lucy to try and figure out her next move.
"You guys can't go to Michigan and that's final." Lois frowned, shaking her head, face betraying her protective worry. "We all know it's a trap, and I'm sorry Chloe, but my father is missing too and even if I found out he was alive and held somewhere I'd leave him there. It's harsh, it's cruel, but it's what must be done. It doesn't mean I won't wish to god that I could go and save him, to let him know that he's not alone. But we can't do that. Doing that would put us, our families, friends, allies, and the world in jeopardy."
Chloe closed her eyes.
"I'll take her." Lucas reaffirmed, placing a hand on Chloe's slumped shoulder. "Even if I have to pull some strings..."
"No." Chloe whispered, surprising them all as she shook her head. "Lois is right. I-I'm playing right into their trap. If Clark himself hasn't tried to free Mister Kent...then there's a reason." She closed her eyes tighter. "It means he understands that we're in a war better than I do."
Lucas left his hand on her shoulder, his expression betraying how much it disturbed him to see her like this.
Lucy felt her grip on her mental ax slip slightly, but she shook her head and tightened that grip.
She was not going to lose to this wolf!
"I just-I-I'm sorry." Chloe lowered her head, hand going to her chest, to where her pendants used to rest. "I don't even have Clark's crest and dad's wedding band anymore and..."
Lucas's eyes widened a fraction. "Your father's wedding band?"
She nodded sadly. "It's the only thing I had left of him. I can't believe I lost it."
Lucy didn't know why exactly she kept herself from telling Chloe that Lucas had the necklace with the pendants she treasured so much. It would piss the blonde off completely and send the wolf back so many steps it would hinder him incredibly. That alone should have Lucy pointing to Lucas and outing his deed to Chloe, but Lucy just couldn't do it.
And it annoyed her.
"I-I thought the ring was Five's." Lucas whispered, bringing a hand to his forehead, eyes widening, face paling slightly. "I didn't realize..."
"It doesn't matter, I was reckless and lost them." Chloe whispered, shaking her head, before smiling up sadly at him. "Thank you, Lucas, for being willing to go on a suicidal mission with me."
This was the moment where he'd usually smirk and lean in closer, being every bit the dangerous wolf Lucy had to keep away from her cousin as he delivered a very blunt and sexual comment to Chloe.
Instead, Lucas couldn't even muster up a smile, still somewhat pale, eyes frowned.
"Are you okay?" Chloe noticed the change just as quickly as Lucy did, reaching up and brushing a lock of brown hair out of his face. "You don't look so good."
"I'm fine." Lucas backed out of her touch, clearing his throat as he shucked his hands into his jeans pockets. "I need to go do something."
With that he turned and left.
Lois watched him with a small, knowing glint in her eyes.
Lucy raised her eyes at her sister before making a face at the door.
For a couple of seconds there, the Big Bad Wolf had looked like a wolf pup running away with his tail tucked between his legs.
Lucy sighed and turned her gaze to her cousin.
Chloe eyed the door with confusion, before her own gaze went down to the hand whose touch Lucas had backed out of before fleeing. Hurt flashed through her green orbs as she curled those fingers into a fist and let it fall to her side. "You should probably go after him, Lo. Something's not right."
"Why should I be the one to go after him?" Lois wanted to know, eyebrow raised.
"Because you two are...close." Chloe gulped around the word, heading towards her suitcase, slowly unpacking the little Lucas had yet to get around to doing himself. "He might tell you what's bothering him."
Lois mumbled something darkly under her breath that Lucy, who was closer to her sister, kinda thought sounded like 'his conscience probably just kicked him in the ass', but Chloe didn't seem to have heard, lost in her own thoughts.
Lucy folded her arms over her chest, having figured the same thing as her sister.
Without a word, Lois accepted her cousin's request and left, following after Lucas.
Chloe waited a second before going to the window and gazing down. She was silent for a while, before hugging herself.
Curious as to what the blonde was watching with such intensity, Lucy joined her silently, eyebrow raising when she saw Lucas and Lois standing down below having an intense conversation. It didn't look like an angry one, but Lucas was throwing around his arms and stabbing at the air now and then, annoyance and strong emotions on his usually blank or lecherous face.
Lois rolled her eyes, folding her arms over her chest and tapping her foot, obviously not quite believing whatever bullshit he was trying to get passed her and letting him know it.
The two walked away, still obviously arguing amongst themselves in a companionable fashion.
Lois laughed and reached out to ruffle Lucas' hair.
Lucas batted at her hands, sending her a glare with no heat as they turned the corner and disappeared from sight.
"He really does have a problem with people touching him, doesn't he?" Chloe commented, shaking her head.
"He's a brat." Lucy gave her two cents on the whole matter.
Chloe's lips twitched. "He's a wolf. They're not tame like dogs you know. They're cautious and wary of humans. One miscalculated move on the human's part can send the distrustful wolf back to the safety of the woods and you will have lost out on a rare opportunity."
Lucy frowned slightly at her cousin. "It's stupid to risk getting hurt because of your need to heal some stupid little wolf. It's better to stay out of the woods and in the safety of the path."
Chloe's lips curled in a smile as she gazed out of the window. "I have no fear nor no one should, the woods are just trees, the trees are just wood."
The young brunette blinked. "Huh?"
"Red Riding Hood says that in Into The Woods." Chloe explained, smile soft. "I just thought it fit, somehow."
Smile still on her face, the blonde went to continue unpacking.
Turning to watch her cousin, Lucy gave a little sigh, resting her mental ax down by her feet for a second as she eyed her cousin and came to an uneasy conclusion.
Little Red was going to stray from the path to Granny's house, and she was going to do it on purpose.
Lucy bit her bottom lip.
What good was the Woodsman if Little Red didn't want to be rescued?