Pairing: Chloe/Olivia Lennox
Fandoms: Smallville/She's The Man
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When Chloe's crazy family force her to undergo the family tradition and go to Illyria as a boy, she's sure she's going to be found out, labeled a pervert and expelled. She never expected to make friends, enjoy the fashion, and start fitting it. She also never expected to try her hand at matchmaking...and fail so spectacularly.
Written for my Chloe Femslash Table, Prompt #10: Backfire
A/N: Was too long so had to be cut into two parts
Of course Monique lived in a mansion.
Chloe stood in the corner, laughing with Olivia, Maria and Toby, while Duke stayed by them cradling his drink and smiling. They were all slightly tipsy by now, Andrew very well on his way to utterly drunk if the way he was making a fool of himself on the dance floor had anything to say about it. Lights flashed, Sebastian's group rocked the house, and Monique was incredibly enough his biggest fan. The girl just stood off to the side watching him with utter worship in her eyes, only tearing her gaze away from him long enough to brag to her jealous-looking friends.
"I don't know man, considering we're in enemy territory, this party kinda rocks." Toby announced, taking a sip of his beer.
Apparently Illyria and Cornwall, the school Monique and most of her friends went to, were bitter rivals.
Chloe had attributed nerves and caution to how the Illyrian group had stuck together, but considering that the Cornwall students didn't seem to care, well, Chloe had been expecting Duke to ask Olivia to dance.
The girl looked incredible in a purple dress and clearly wanted to dance if the looks she kept sending the dance floor had anything to say about it.
As Olivia gazed at the dance floor Chloe took this opportunity to glare at Duke, motioning subtly to the blonde and then the dancers.
He paled, shaking his head.
She pointed her finger at him threateningly.
He flinched, shaking his head before taking long gulps of his beer.
Olivia returning her attention to them stopped Chloe from continuing to try and convince Duke to man up.
Maria gazed at them all before shaking her head and turning to Toby. "Wanna dance?"
"Hell to the yeah!" He grinned.
Olivia watched them go longingly.
Chloe once more took this opportunity to show a fist to Duke, despite knowing that she would never be strong enough to actually go through with it and beat the crap outta him if he let this opportunity slide.
Somehow, it seemed to work. "Olivia?" Duke cleared his voice when it sounded weird. "Would you like to dance?"
Olivia froze, sending Chloe a quick look. "I don't think we should leave Cody here by himself."
"Oh! Don't mind me!" Chloe grinned, pushing them towards the dance floor. "Have fun you two!"
Olivia frowned slightly at her before sighing and turning to Duke, giving him a forced little smile as they went to dance.
Complimenting herself on a job well done, Chloe watched them dancing for a while, before flinching and being unable to take it anymore. It was the most awkward thing she'd ever seen in her life.
Turning her back on the catastrophe, Chloe scanned the crowd while taking a sip of her drink…before it suddenly slipped through her fingers and fell to the ground.
It-it couldn't be.
Dashing from the spot, Chloe pushed through the crowd and made her way towards a group standing in the corner laughing together. As she drew closer she couldn't believe it despite what was right before her eyes. "LANA?"
Despite the nearly deafening music the girl looked up, eyes widening. "Oh my god."
And then Chloe had an armful of Lana Lang.
"I can't believe it!" Lana held on tightly. "We were so worried! You changed your phone number and we couldn't get in contact with you! And then your uncle told us that you'd been sent away and wouldn't tell us anything else….but you're here!"
"And you're here! Why? How?" Chloe pulled away only enough to look Lana in the face.
"Aunt Nell married and moved here. I'm going to Cornwall." Lana smiled up at her. "Oh Chloe, I was so worried about you!"
"Sorry." Chloe dove back in for another hug, holding Lana tightly, relishing the comfort of an old friend, memories of a time in which she didn't have to bathe at ungodly hours to hide the fact that she was a girl, or bind her breasts, or say "dude" every couple of seconds. "I promise to explain every second of craziness to you but I need you to do me a big favor right now without asking why."
"Okay." Lana promised, pulling away slightly once more. "Anything."
"I need you to pretend that I'm your childhood friend…Cody Lane." Chloe made a face.
"Cody as in a…guy?" Lana pulled away enough to finally get a good look at Chloe and only now seeming to realize the new haircut and boyish attire. "Oh, this has got to be an interesting story!"
Chloe smiled brightly at her. "It's more crazy than anything else."
"Only you." Lana shook her head, obviously highly amused with this turn of events.
"What's going on here?" A surprising voice asked.
Chloe turned to see Monique of all people watching them intently. "Uh, nothing."
Lana wrapped her arms around Chloe's, hugging her chest to her arm. "Monique, thank you for inviting me to your party. I never would have known Cody lived so close to where I moved."
Monique was a sharp little woman, and her eyes widened. "Oh my god. You're that Lana?" She suddenly sniggered. "Oh, blondie's gonna love this!" And with that she turned and left, heading away from her friends and surprisingly enough towards where Toby, Maria, Duke and Olivia were once more standing and talking.
Chloe frowned, wondering about the comment before shaking her head, returning her attention to Lana. "I can't tell you all the craziness that's going on right now, but can you give me your number? I'll call you and we can get together somewhere quiet and I'll let you in on what's been going on."
"Sure." Lana smiled. "Where's your phone?"
Chloe reached into her jacket and pulled out her cell, handing it to Lana.
The brunette entered her digits before taking a picture of herself and saving it to the phone. "Here."
Chloe sent a curious look towards her group of friends, who were watching her intently. "Oh dear god."
"What?" Lana asked, sending a look towards them as well.
"They think I'm in love with you, so if Monique's gone over there to gossip…they think I'm making a move!" Chloe turned her back on them, highly embarrassed.
"What a tangled web you've woven." Lana blinked, before evilly reaching out to straighten Chloe's jacket. "You need to tell me all in detail tomorrow."
"I will." Chloe promised. "But I better get back to my friends and start some damage control. They're going to annoy the heck out of me now because I was seen with you, hugging you, exchanging numberswith you!"
Lana grinned, surprisingly mischievously, before pressing a kiss to Chloe's cheek. "That is for disappearing on us and making us worry so much."
Chloe shook her head at her friend, unable to keep herself from smiling as she returned to where the others were.
"She's Lana?" Toby pounced on the issue immediately the second she reached the group. "Little Yoda, you have taste!"
Duke agreed, giving her a thumbs up. "She seems to like you more than you said she did."
"You hound dog you!" Toby went once again for the hair.
It was always the hair!
Chloe used Duke's massive body as a shield. "Seriously, stop picking on the short dude. It's not cool."
"I'm not picking on you! This is brotherly pride! It's something you wouldn't recognize considering you've got pure sisters." Toby assured her before turning to Maria and Olivia, who'd both been extremely silent. "Didn't she look like she was really into our little man? His Juliet finally is interested in our Lil Romeo!"
"Stop referring to me as Little or Lil!" Chloe honestly didn't care, but it was a way to move the issue away from Lana.
"Embrace it Little Yoda." Toby grinned playfully.
"Dance with me." Olivia grabbed Chloe's hand and pulled her out into the dance floor in time for a slow song to come on.
Chloe stood there awkwardly for a moment. "I don't know how to slow dance."
Especially not as a boy.
"That doesn't matter." Olivia declared with odd determination, coming closer and wrapping her arms around Chloe's neck, resting her cheek against her chest. "Just put your arms around me and follow my lead."
Gulping, unable to understand why she felt so nervous all of a sudden, Chloe wrapped her arms around Olivia's tiny waist, following the girl's subtle movements when she began swaying to the music.
They swayed in silence, Chloe finding it surprisingly easy to fall into this rhythm.
She didn't notice a smirking Monique talking to Duke, who went still, expression hurt.
She definitely didn't notice Toby's eyes widening in shock as he turned towards Maria and asked her something which she refused to answer.
"Your heart's racing." Olivia commented softly, knowing what she was talking about considering she was resting her cheek above it.
"I'm scared I'm gonna step on your toes." Chloe tried for a joke.
Olivia tightened her hold and turned her head so that it was facing Chloe, her breath bathing the short-haired girl's neck.
Goosebumps filled her as that warm breath hit her skin, causing Chloe to close her eyes in shock at the pleasurable sensation.
"Are you in love with her?" Olivia's voice was soft, hesitant.
"Lana?" Chloe asked, trying to ignore the fact that those lips were nearly brushing against her neck. "No. We're very good friends. That's all."
"She matches your type perfectly." Olivia sounded nearly bitter. "Down to your last requirement."
Now that she thought about it, Lana kinda did fit her 'type' pretty perfectly.
"She's in love with my best friend, Clark." Chloe didn't understand why she felt the need to make Olivia understand this. "She loves me like a sibling. She never will love me in any other way."
There was a pause, and then Olivia rubbed her cheek against Chloe softly. "Her loss."
Chloe smiled at that, tightening her hold on her dancing partner.
They continued to dance in silence until the song changed to a more upbeat one, and then returned to the group.
Immediately Chloe noticed something. "Where's Duke?"
"He uh, had to go." Toby wouldn't meet her eyes.
"Is he okay? Who did he catch a ride with? He came with us!" Chloe was immediately worried.
"He's fine." Monique snorted, seeming far too amused for some reason. "He just needs a little alone time."
"He also, uh, took my car." Toby flinched.
"How are we getting home them?" Olivia frowned, arms wrapped around Chloe's.
"You're not." Monique sighed, seeming quite put upon. "You can crash here for the night, a lot of these people are since it's friday. Tomorrow you can hitch a way back to Illyria with Sebastian."
Chloe's eyes widened in horror.
Toby passed her a beer. "So drink and be merry!"
Chloe may have drunk more than she should have.
That was the only reason she could give for what happened much later that night.
The pain of having slept with her chest binder was what awoke the blonde later the next day. For a moment she was confused, disorientation magnified by the pain. All she wanted to do was unwrap her chest and give it the break it deserved. The blonde sat up in bed, and reached under her shirt, beginning to undo the binding, when she realized that she wasn't in her bedroom, and wasn't alone either.
There, lying next to her, leg curled around hers, was a softly snoring Olivia Lennox…
…whose underwear was on the floor.
Chloe's eyes widened in shock and horror.
She'd escaped to the bathroom, locked it, and bathed, her chest relieved to finally have the binding off. A part of her wished she could get away with leaving it off but the blonde knew that she'd never be able to get away with it.
And anyway, it could all very well be blown thanks to whatever the heck had happened to her last night!
It wasn't that she didn't remember…because the eternal flush on her face betrayed she did…it was just that Chloe didn't understand exactly how or why it'd happened. She couldn't really even make out how it'd started!
But she was horrified with herself.
Not only had she betrayed Duke's trust…but she'd basically had…with Olivia…while the girl thought she was a guy!
And even though only hands and lips had been involved...
...this was just so messed up!
Chloe cringed, hiding her face in her hands in shame.
This needed to end!
The blonde took in a deep breath and unlocked the bathroom door, to find Olivia on the bed, awake, sitting up and looking confused and hurt.
Oh dear god. She remembered.
Olivia looked up at the movement in the doorway, pulling the sheets higher up despite the fact that she was still wearing her dress.
Chloe hesitated in the doorway, not sure how to handle this.
"You're a girl." Olivia whispered, close to hyperventilating. "Why are you a girl?"
Chloe flinched, knowing she didn't have a good explanation.
Her family was insane.
"I've always been a girl." She leaned against the doorframe, hugging herself, unable to look at the other female. "When my father was killed I went to live with my uncle only to find the mother who'd abandoned me there. They made me take on this identity and go to Illyria as a boy without any other explanation than that it was 'necessary'."
"You don't actually expect me to believe that!" Olivia cried.
"Why would I make that up?" Chloe wanted to know. "And anyway, if I didn't have adults behind this how do you think all the fake identity paperwork were accepted by the school?"
Olivia frowned at that one, unable to deny that.
"I'm sorry…I never meant to…" Chloe groaned, covering her face. "I don't know what happened last night! I'm supposed to be helping you hook up with Duke and then I-and I never meant-I didn't want to hurt anyone and I can't understand what happened!"
"That's what happens when you pretend to be a guy and treat everyone around you like a fool!" Olivia's voice wobbled with tears as she got up from the bed. "I won't tell anyone what I know…but I'm going to find my own way back home." And with that, she left.
Chloe watched the door slam shut behind her, and closed her eyes tightly as she slid down the doorframe to the ground.
"What do you mean you don't want me to help you with Olivia anymore?" While Chloe was relieved, she couldn't be more confused as she stared up at the much taller guy.
Duke sighed, appearing quite sombre. "I realized she doesn't like me like I like her."
Chloe bit on her bottom lip. "But if she knew you…"
Sure, guilt over her betrayal of Duke's trust might be the reason why she was fighting this.
"Nah." Duke gave a sad smile, shaking his head…before finally giving a genuine smile. "But if you could maybe arrange a date for me with your sister Lucy, I might be able to forgive you."
Chloe decided not to question that, and grinned. "I'll see what I can do."
She had a feeling it wouldn't be hard to get Lucy to agree to this.
Olivia ignored and avoided her, and when she absolutely couldn't, like in Chemistry, the conversation was merely about whatever they were doing academically.
Chloe figured it was better than she deserved considering the other girl had made good on her word and hadn't told anyone about Chloe's deep dark secret.
It didn't mean that the girl in boy's clothing didn't wish it was different though. In the absence of their friendship she realized just how much she'd looked forwards to their Chemistry together, to the jokes shared, the smiles sent, the way she could just talk to Olivia without feeling worried that she wasn't sounding 'manly enough'. She missed the way Olivia used to pay close attention, listening intently, a tender smile always on the edge of her lips. She missed the way the beautiful blonde would open up about herself and her family.
She missed…she missed Olivia.
But Chloe had messed things up way too badly to ever expect to go back to how they were, so she kept her head down and made sure to stay far away from the other blonde to keep from bothering her more.
She also concentrated on prepping Duke, getting him mentally ready for the upcoming date with an eager Lucy.
"Dude, I can't do this!" Duke hyperventilated as he paced the room, dressed up and ready to leave. "Your sister is hot! She's just doing this out of pity! I'm going to make a fool os myself and-!"
"Duke!" Chloe stood, going to the jock and slugging him on his arm, something she realized worked with him. "You are hot."
Duke's eyes widened, his voice a squeak. "Excuse me?"
"You are hot, an athlete, and you're probably one of the nicest people alive." Chloe glared at him, unable to take someone so awesome like him doing this to himself. "My sister likes you. She doesn't do pity dates. She likes you! So you owe it to her to give this a chance without flaking out on her!"
From his bed, Sebastian grinned. "She's right, roomie. You're not the ugliest guy out there, and Lucy was flirting big time with you. Everything will be fine."
"And Lucy will most probably hold up the conversation, so you're good on that department." Chloe encouraged, having warned Lucy about Duke's awkwardness…which the brunette had remembered from the last time and found "adorkable". "Just enjoy yourself, Orsino, and treat my sister well."
That sounded like something a brother would say, right?
Apparently it was, because Duke straightened and nodded. "Definitely. You know I will."
Duke cleared his throat. "Uh, so what's with you and Olivia lately? Have you two been fighting?"
Sebastian looked up from his guitar. "I noticed that too actually, and Andrew says you're not getting texts from her all the time anymore." He strummed some strings. "According to him you've been getting messages from Lana instead."
Duke frowned. "Are you two getting back together?"
"We were never together to begin with." Chloe reminded, hedging the issue.
"According to Monique, you two are going to be spending next weekend together." Sebastian insisted. "Toby's considering calling you Little Cassanova."
Of course he was.
Duke turned towards her. "Things are getting serious!"
Chloe was going to have to talk to Lana about telling things to Monique of all people. "It's not like that."
"Why not?" Sebastian asked a very good question.
"It just…isn't." Chloe growled, running her hands through her hair, which needed a new cutting. She was getting too many "Bieber" comments lately.
Thankfully it was time to see Duke off, and with a playful joke about what she'd do to him should he hurt her "sister" (referencing some of the many tortures of the movie which had scarred them all) Chloe sent him off.
She and Sebastian stood by the window, watching as below Duke got onto his motorcycle and rode away.
"You know, if you need anyone to talk to, I'm here." Sebastian surprised her by saying.
"I'm not that worried." Chloe scoffed. "This is Duke we're talking about. It's Lucy I should be worrying will take advantage of his virtue."
"I mean, I mean about the other thing." Sebastian sighed, turning to face her. "That night at the party you got pretty drunk at one point and Monique and I realized that our suspicions were right. You're a girl."
Chloe froze, turning towards him in horror.
"She won't tell anyone, if anything this knowledge makes her feel superior to everyone." Sebastian assured Chloe quickly. "And I haven't told anyone, and I won't. But I'm guessing the reason why you and Olivia aren't…is because she found out."
Chloe couldn't keep the tears away as she nodded.
Sebastian, used to dealing with teenaged girls thanks to his girlfriend and twin sister, motioned for her to sit on his bed. "Kleenex?"
"Thank you." Chloe followed him and sat down, grabbing the box he offered, refusing to think what other uses they could have had for it.
Sebastian sat down next to her, hesitating a second before rubbing her back.
Her story just came blurting out.
Lana's new uncle was a mischievous man with a mustache who had apparently known Chloe's uncle from the army. He'd been quite unfazed when she'd shown up in tomboyish glory, having announced his knowledge of this "family tradition" and seemed quite in approval of it. According to the man it made for better spies, able to impersonate whomever, no matter the gender, and that he applauded Sam for his unconventional yet very innovative ways. He'd also commented on being surprised that Moira had let Chloe join in on the "family tradition" since she'd retired from the army during her pregnancy.
That was the first Chloe had ever heard about her mother being connected somehow to the army.
Aunt Nell wasn't quite so comfortable with the cross-dressing girl in her home, yet she kept her peace and stayed in the kitchen.
"I don't really blame her." Chloe admitted as she and Lana sat in the mall, drinking shakes as they watched passersby. "I mean, I think they think I'm lesbian and having a secret affaire with you."
"I think my virtue's safe with you." Lana giggled, before noticing her expression. "What is it?"
Chloe sighed, and told her friend about the confusing event that'd happened with Olivia the night of Monique's party.
Lana listened to everything, to Chloe's worries and guilt and confusion and her stark feeling of missing Olivia, and then she cleared her voice softly. "Chloe? Have you considered that you actually like her? Romantically?"
"Yeah." The blonde admitted in a squeaky voice, refusing to look up from her shake. "But it doesn't matter. I betrayed her. I-I can't believe-she has every right never to forgive me! I mean! I took advantage of her friendship and-!"
"Well, to be perfectly fair, from what you've told me I think she liked you back…or Cody you at least." Lana sighed, reaching out to place her hand on Chloe's. "It's why she's so hurt. She sounds like she reallyliked you…and I saw how she pulled you out onto the dance floor after you went back to them. She was jealous. Of me." Lana's lips twitched in amusement. "If anything, she might have taken advantage ofyou too. She must have realized by now how oblivious you are to romantic interest, and thought that with the help of alcohol she could get you to loosen up maybe."
"Olivia wouldn't have done anything like that to me." Chloe frowned, realizing how defensive she felt on the other girl's behalf. "You just don't understand, Lana, because you don't know her. But Liv's sweet and cute and innocent and nice. There's no way that she'd ever do that." Chloe hung her head low. "There's no way that she'd ever do to me what I did to her that night. And she has every right to hate my guts right now."
Lana sighed, obviously hating to see her friend so hurt. "When can you go back to being yourself again?"
"I talked to mom on the phone and she said I have to finish the school year." The blonde shook her head. "She says the same thing your uncle did, about this being a family tradition thing and that if I'm to have a larger, more intimate position in her family I'm going to have to go through this hazing."
"That's just harsh." Lana made a face. "You shouldn't have to pass tests to be accepted into your own family."
Chloe shrugged, throwing the rest of her shake into a nearby garbage bin, leaning forwards and resting her elbows on her knees. "I can pull this off. I just don't want to." She took in a deep breath. "So far Olivia, Sebastian and Monique know. The others I'm sure I can keep fooled, but it makes me feel icky, knowing that I'm keeping such a big secret from them."
"They'll understand in time if they're your real friends." Lana assured. "I mean, look at Sebastian. He figured it out and he's keeping your secret."
Chloe smiled at the reminder. "That's true."
Lana smiled back at her, reaching up to play with her hair. "You remind me of Justin Bieber with this haircut."
Chloe groaned, turning to face her with a pout. "That's what they're calling me at school you know, "Bieber". I need a haircut."
"But I like this!" Lana complained, voice tinged with laughter.
"You know you like it!" Lana giggled, continuing to play with the blonde hair.
"Cody!" Another voice broke into the moment, causing both girls to turn and see a group of girls from Illyria approaching, Olivia pale and following behind with a worried looking Maria.
"Hey girls." Chloe kept her gaze on the front three, avoiding even looking in Olivia's direction. "What'cha doing on Cornwall territory?"
"You know sports rivalry can never defeat a good sale." Jana grinned.
Suzie pouted at Lana. "Who's she?"
Lauren flicked some of her long blonde hair behind her shoulder. "I heard your conversation you know. You are not cutting your hair."
"I agree!" Suzie made a face. "It's cute."
Chloe pouted. "I don't want to be cute."
Jana's shrewd gaze went to Lana. "So you're the girlfriend everyone says he's been hiding."
Lana raised an eyebrow before smiling serenely at the girls. "I'm so glad to finally meet some people from Cody's school. He's always talking about everyone so fondly." She stood, gazing at Lauren's shirt. "That's so pretty. It matches your eyes."
And immediately Lauren was won over.
Chloe sat on the bench, watching as the three girls in the front congregated around Lana and began chatting happily.
She felt an intense gaze on her but refused to look in Olivia and Maria's direction.
It fascinated her how good Lana was with her own sex, how she knew exactly what to say and do to have everyone tripping all over her.
The only time Chloe had ever been somewhat popular with her own sex was when she was pretending to be a boy.
"You got that here?" Lana's eyes widened. "In which shop?"
"Come." Lauren grinned. "We'll take you there."
"Great!" Lana smiled brightly, turning to Chloe. "Let's go!"
And maybe this was why Chloe wasn't popular amongst her own sex.
The thought of shopping didn't make her eyes twinkle like Lana's…instead…it sounded quite boring.
"You guys go on ahead." Chloe stood, running her fingers through her hair. "I'm going to get a haircut."
"But why?" Suzie moaned.
"It's his hair guys." Maria surprised her by speaking up. "He can cut it if he wants to."
"Thanks." Chloe sent a quick look in the brunette's direction before turning to Lana. "Call me if you need anything?"
Jana and Suzie made silly love-sick noises.
Lauren rolled her eyes. "We'll take care of your girl, Cody, even if she is from Cornwall."
And with that they hurried away to shop for whatever it was that had caught Lana's eye.
Rolling her own, Chloe snorted and shucked her hands into her leather jacket's pocket, making her way towards the hair salon she'd seen on a lower level.
"How much longer do you plan on keeping this up?"
Chloe nearly tripped in shock, turning around to see that Olivia hadn't left with the others, and was instead behind her, eyes narrowed.
"Uh, till the end of this school year." She replied, uneasy and unsure as to why the girl was speaking with her. "Mom won't let me out of it until then. And even then she's disappointed that I want out so badly."
A ripple of emotions crossed Olivia's features as she stared at Chloe. "I don't understand this whole situation."
"I don't either." Chloe lowered her gaze, taking in a deep breath. "But I want you to know that I'm really sorry and I never meant to hurt you."
Olivia lowered her gaze, silent.
Silence reigned between them, awkward and cold.
Chloe sighed as she pulled a strand of hair out of her face and behind her ear. "You should probably catch up with them before they wonder where you've disappeared to." She turned and began walking away again, relieved and grateful that Olivia hadn't thrown her apology in her face. The girl in boy's clothing doubted that things would ever be the same between them, but maybe this time she didn't have to feel so ashamed and avoid the other girl.
There were hurried footsteps and then Olivia fell into step with her, gaze cast down. "Halfway through it I realized…I mean…there was nothing down there."
Chloe froze and turned to look at the longer haired woman.
"But I still went through with it. I pushed my shock out of the way…and the alcohol helped a lot." Olivia gulped, face and neck dark red. "As did the fact that I'd already cum twice and was about to cum again."
Chloe's face went red and she was unable to look at Olivia for completely different reasons than mere seconds ago. "I don't really remember much, just instances I think."
Olivia nodded, gaze on her shoes, before she cleared her throat. "So. Haircut. Huh?"
Relieved for the change in topic, and confused as to why exactly they were talking to begin with, Chloe nodded. "I'm sick of being teased about looking like a girl."
Olivia's expression was hilarious. "But you are…you know..."
"I know. You know. Other's aren't supposed to." Chloe replied, her smile genuine as she shook her head, unable to believe that she was conversing this openly with Olivia again.
"You're not going to…I don't know…do a crew cut or anything drastic like that right?" Olivia made a face.
Chloe shook her head. "I was thinking maybe an Ivy League cut?"
"Oh god no." Olivia shook her head rapidly, seeming quite horrified at the very thought.
"Please Olivia, don't hold back, tell me what you really feel." Chloe laughed.
"It's just-I've always really liked your hair." Olivia looked away, obviously still somewhat uneasy. "What about a skater cut?"
"I need something a little more masculine. I'm pushing androgynous as it is." Something which she really kinda liked…but she needed to enhance the "masculine" if she wanted to get the boys (especially Toby) off her back.
Olivia began naming off male celebrities whose hairstyles were either too long or cute for Chloe's purposes, but she listened to them nonetheless all the way to the salon. She was still debating with Olivia when her time came, and the debate soon included their hairdresser, who proved their salvation as he finally suggested one that he assured her was quite masculine, but yet wouldn't sacrifice so much of her hair…and wouldn't involve shaving anything off…which was something he'd promised Olivia.
In the end Chloe had to admit that they'd done the right thing leaving her hair in the professional's hands, and she praised him as she got up to pay.
"No problem." He winked at Olivia. "Keep a hold on her. She's cute." He smirked. "If she'd have been a boy I would have gobbled her up."
Chloe had to admit it, she was embarrassed yet utterly flattered. "We're just friends."
It also unnerved her that he knew without a doubt that she was a girl.
He looked between them. "Pity."
They left the salon in awkward silence, neither looking at the other, instead intent on everything and everyone else around them.
"What's your name?" Olivia suddenly asked in a soft voice.
The girl in boy's clothing turned to look at her in surprise, before her gaze went to her comfortable shoes. "Chloe."
"Chloe." Olivia whispered. "It's pretty."
"Thanks." Chloe shucked her hands into her leather jacket's pockets.
"There you guys are!" Suzie's voice reached them, and they turned to see the girls returning with multiple shopping bags in their hands. "We thought we'd lost you!"
"Yeah." Lauren looked between them. "How funny you end up here, Liv. I thought there was a bathroom on the other floor."
So a bathroom break had been Olivia's excuse to leave the herd?
"It wasn't sanitary." Maria came to her friend's rescue. "We'd gone in there earlier and it was horrible, the whole place had this rotten scent."
"Ewwww." Jana shook her head.
Lana looked between them, curious, her gaze going to Chloe.
Chloe nodded and smiled.
Lana smiled brightly and came towards her. "You look so cute."
"Lana." Chloe groaned as Suzie, Jana and Lauren admitted they actually liked the haircut.
"So handsome then." Lana laughed, running her hair through Chloe's styling it.
Olivia looked between them before biting the inside of her cheek and lowering her gaze.
"Hey." Olivia gave her a little smile during Chemistry when she arrived to their table.
Chloe tried ignoring the way her heart raced and just gave a smile in return, relieved beyond words by the fact that Olivia seemed to have forgiven her enough to try and salvage their friendship. "Hey."
"I need to talk to you." Olivia went straight to business, leaning closer.
Curious, Chloe reciprocated the action, failing to notice Duke and Sebastian sharing looks at this new development. Even Andrew and Toby were watching from their tables. It wasn't a secret that they'd all noticed Chloe's estrangement from Olivia lately.
"It's Malcolm." Olivia made up a face. "He's been asking me out lately and it's annoying. I've always had a good excuse to turn him down without being really rude but I haven't lately, so when he asked me last night I told him I couldn't because I already had a boyfriend."
"Oh." Chloe's gaze lowered before she cleared her throat and shook her head, gaze returning to the pretty blonde. "I didn't realize-I mean-." She scratched her cheek, pursing her lips. "Who's your boyfriend?"
Olivia gazed at her for a second, worrying her bottom lip, before answering. "You are."
"Huh?" Chloe's eyes widened.
"It's a kill two birds with one stone situation." Olivia declared. "We're scratching each other's back here. I'm keeping your secret and helping you continue with this little charade…and you keep Malcolm away from me. It's win win."
Chloe stared at Olivia, eyes narrowing in confusion as she studied her face. "Liv…you're asking me to pretend to be your boyfriend."
"I'm asking you to be my boyfriend." Her voice lowered, as did her gaze. "If you only pretend it won't fool anyone."
Confused, Chloe wished she could see Olivia's blue orbs so she could judge this situation better…but she realized that she owed it to the girl.
Plus…it didn't sound half bad.
And that worried her slightly.
"Okay then." The girl in boy's clothing feigned casualness as she shrugged. "I'll be your boyfriend and I'll make sure to keep Malcolm far away from you."
"Good." Olivia grinned suddenly, brightly, as she looked up at her. Her gaze then narrowed. "He's watching us again."
Chloe turned to look at the guy who sat in the table behind her, when Olivia reached over and grabbed the front of her lab coat, pulling her towards her in a surprising kiss which left her shellshocked andwarm.
Murmurs immediately burst out from their classmates.
"GET A ROOM!" Someone laughed.
"I knew there was something between those two!"
"Little Yoda For The Win!"
Their teacher was hardly amused.
Chloe and Olivia pulled away, and the short-haired blonde hated that she was blushing scarlet, staring at the smile on Olivia's face, feeling like she was in a trance.
Her mind was only able to process one reaction...
"Is this okay with you?" Chloe leaned in the doorway.
Duke held a soccer ball in his hands and smiled. "I already knew she liked you."
Chloe's eyes widened as she pushed away from it. "Huh?"
"That night at Monique's party? I realized I didn't have a chance." Duke admitted with a sigh. "The only reason I didn't pound your face in was because I realized you were just as blind as I was about her realfeelings."
Chloe closed the door behind her and leaned against it. "Oh."
"Plus…I really like your sister." Duke's smile went adorkable.
Chloe smiled brightly. "Tell me more."
Chloe leaned on the bleachers, watching Duke and the others practice. She'd agreed to meet Sebastian there so that they could all go out to Cesario's and eat after practice was over. It was supposed to be a 'boy's night out' but Sebastian had texted to warn that Monique had decided she was coming and that she was bringing two friends along with her whom he thought could double with Toby and Andrew. It was obviously quickly turning into a couple's night, and so Chloe had taken it upon herself to text Lucy and invite her along, which her cousin had been more than happy to agree to. She'd then hesitated only a second before texting Olivia as well, letting her know the plans just in case she was interested.
Things were still in their new stage, and Chloe didn't know exactly how this was supposed to work. Were they only 'together' whenever they knew Malcolm would be around or was this a fully detailed charade with lots of witnesses? She really needed to talk to the blonde about these things and settled the ground rules so that she didn't accidentally cross a line and make Olivia uncomfortable.
Sensing movement, Chloe turned to see Olivia making her way up the bleachers towards her. "Hey."
Olivia didn't answer, only hurried her pace up the bleachers and then once she was in Chloe's row she straddled her, pressing her mouth to hers in a searing kiss before Chloe could even sputter in surprise.
Opening her mouth to the kiss, Olivia slid her fingers through Chloe's hair, tightening her hold. She whimpered into the kiss as Chloe's hands went to her hips after a moment's hesitation.
Kissing Chloe with desperation, desire, urgency, Olivia pulled closer and ignored the catcalls from the field as the soccer team finally noticed them.
"Oi!" The coach called up. "This isn't some motel! Break it up!"
Olivia finally pulled away, staring into Chloe's shocked yet dark green eyes. "I think I like you."
Chloe's hands were still on her hips, her breathing erratic, a blush climbing up her neck. "I think I like you too."
Olivia grinned, gaze lowering as she cleared her throat. "We'll go slow…this is all so new and confusing." Her gaze rose to Chloe's. "But I really like you."
Chloe stared as her silently before reaching out to cup the back of her head, and brought her in for another, this time slower, kiss.
Things were far from perfect and they'd have a lot of problems they'd have to deal with…
…but for now they allowed themselves this moment.
Until the coach called up to them again at least.