Title: Multiple Universes Hypothesis
Characters: Chloe, Lois, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard & Others
Fandoms: Smallville/Big Bang Theory
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: While at first Sheldon dismisses the new neighbors, he quickly begins to wonder if they aren't spies sent to spy on his research, which is quite flattering. Chloe and Lois on the other hand are only trying to blend in...and protect the universe, of course.
Chloe and Lois had brought over enough to pay for their food, and Chloe concentrated on enjoying the Chinese while Lois threw herself into the vintage video games. The brunette had always been a gamer, and the fact seemed to fascinate the men in the room. Apparently Penny was an avid gamer as well, though she admitted to preferring Age of Conan, and she and Lois were already plotting to team up and conquer the cyberworld together. The boys seemed far too eager for this super-villain-like duo to do their worse on the unsuspecting online gamers.
But that would have to be another night, as tonight was Vintage Video Game Night.
Apparently Dr. Cooper ran a tight schedule, each day had its assigned chores and activities, and it fascinated Chloe to see just how far his obsessive compulsiveness went. Some of these peculiarities were that he never ate in strange restaurants since there was the risk of non-standard cutlery, which he found insulting since three tines made a trident and not a fork. A movie experience had to include Red Vines (not Twizzlers) and Icees (not Slurpess), and he refused to go on his own since he needed someone to be there in case he was in the need for someone to perform the Hiemlich Maneuver. He'd also never live in a city where the streets were laid out in a whole and spoke pattern, such as Washington D.C.
Most interesting of all, he had a spot on the sofa which was "Sheldon's Spot" in which no one else was allowed to sit on. She'd received many groans when she'd asked Dr. Cooper exactly why he'd claimed that spot as his, but she'd been admittedly fascinated by his response. Apparently in the winter that spot was close enough to the radiator to remain warm and not so close as to cause perspiration, while in the summer it was directly in the path of a cross breeze created by opening windows in certain key places. It also faced the television at an angle that was neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, but not so dar wide as to create a parallax distortion.
She also seemed to make him somewhat uncomfortable for some reason. It was almost like he kept watching her out of the corner of his eye, ready to catch her doing something she shouldn't be. He afforded Lois with similar alertness to begin with, but once he'd realized she had eyes for nothing but the games he'd seemed to deem her less interesting (or maybe less of a threat? Why the word 'threat' came to mind she did not know) but he continued to keep an eye on Chloe. Anyone else might think attraction had a hand in how he was acting but this was Chloe, and she knew better than that, knew not to flatter herself like that and not feed her ego. This was something else. He didn't trust her. The way he stiffened up and lost concentration in his game (thus losing points and sometimes lives) whenever she so much as moved…well…it left her intrigued.
A part of her wondered if this had anything to do with her reaction to his work. He'd removed the boards and from a comment Leonard had made he'd placed them in the safety of his room.
He'd also excused himself very awkwardly and very, well, it would have seemed suspiciously…once she and Lois had arrived saying he'd forgotten something in Leonard's car and would be right back. He'd been gone for a while but when he'd returned he'd seemed vaguely pleased with himself and while that left her curious (since he hadn't brought back anything with him) she was still more fascinated with his oddness to really comment on it.
"So, did you all know the guys who used to live in our apartment were into serious demon worship?" Lois asked casually as kicked Howard's butt in whatever video game they were playing.
Chloe had lost interest a while back, and had found herself reading a book she'd brought down with her, never having been much of a gamer herself.
"What?" Penny squeaked from where she was enjoying dessert, eyes wide in horror. "They were?"
"You're joking." Howard's eyes were just as wide as he forgot all about the game.
Raj leaned in and whispered in his ear…apparently the cute Indian had a thing about talking to women. He couldn't. Unless he was drunk.
"I know they were scary…but still." Howard mumbled.
"How do you know that they were satanists?" Leonard asked, pushing his glasses higher up the bridge of his nose.
"The stuffed rams head and the pictures of demons attacking girls propped up on a really messed up altar was something of a clue." Lois grinned as she pulverized Howard's immobile avatar and won the game.
"Oh my god." Penny whispered in shock. "That's horrible! What are you guys going to do?"
"Get new cleaning people for starters considering ours are scared shitless by el diablo." Lois shrugged, yanking the controller out of Howard's hands (only now did he realize he was dead and complained about it) passing it to a silent Raj. "Does anyone know where the closest metaphysical store is by the way?"
"Metaphysical-don't tell me you actually believe in that hokum!" Dr. Cooper cried out.
"It's not 'hokum'!" Penny disagreed vehemently. "I tell you the supernatural is real!"
"Real hokum you mean." He snorted at her. "Science has proven time and time again that-."
"Oh, I don't know. What about quantum mechanics and the fringe sciences?" There was something about Dr. Cooper that made Chloe want to all-out battle him sometimes. "Also, much that was once thought "hokum" by science was later rescinded and with better technology proved. The world's actually round and not the center of the universe. With Kirlian photography you can actually take pictures of auras. Edgar Cayce could accurate pinpoint problems and their cures while in hypnotic trances. There have been events that no one has ever able to debunk, no matter how hard they tried."
"They didn't try hard enough." Dr. Cooper frowned at her.
"You realize many people believe the idea of multiple universes being hokum, right?" Chloe went for the heart, sinking her teeth in.
"It is not hokum!" Dr. Cooper gasped in horror and offense.
"There's no proof that there's more than one universe." Chloe shrugged, leaning back.
"There's been evidences, things that the greatest minds haven't been able to explain!" Dr. Cooper snapped at her. "But just because inferior, closed minds cannot grasp the concept doesn't mean that it isn't real!"
Her lips twitched and she could feel the victory. "Exactly."
For a moment he obviously didn't understand what she was getting at…and then he did…and he frowned darkly at her yet didn't comment on it, eyes narrowed.
It was only then that she realized that everyone had stopped what they were doing and were watching them, Dr. Cooper's friends with wide-eyed expressions of shock, Lois with a smirk of amusement, having known her cousin would get the last word.
"So," Chloe turned to look at Penny. "Do you know of a metaphysical shop nearby?"
"I know a little place not too far away." Penny seemed all too smug and pleased as she sent a look in Dr. Cooper's direction. "They have their own website as well, I'll email you the URL."
"Thanks." Chloe smiled.
"Wait, you have their emails?" Howard turned to Penny, mock insult in his tone. "And why don't we have those precious details as well?"
"Because I don't want to hurt you should you send me something inappropriate." Lois replied as she and Raj battled it out, seeming quite on par with each other.
"Maybe I like being hurt." Howard nearly purred, his face and voice pure insinuation.
Lois snorted, not even bothering to look up from the game. "Yeah…don't even imagine what you're imagining right now. Never happening."
Penny looked disgusted at Howard, yet very much resigned to accepting that he was like this and yet she still hung out with him.
Chloe didn't really have a problem with Howard, he was a very vulgar version of Bart, and while the little man could be a little too out there with his sexual insinuations she did find some of what he said funny. Then again, it could just be the vague association she made with Bart that made her feel that way.
Speaking of Bart, Chloe wondered how he was doing. Last she'd seen of him he hadn't been doing too well and the blonde felt a sliver of guilt worm its way inside of her at actually having fun while her friends were battling and in danger. She hated having to hide out while they did all the dangerous stuff, and yet she had to remind herself over and over again that she and Lois were doing something very important as well. Even if it didn't feel that way.
She needed a moment and turned to Leonard, noticing Dr. Cooper tensing immediately. "May I use the bathroom?"
"Sure!" Leonard nodded, pointing to where it was.
"Thanks." Standing, Chloe went to the bathroom and turned on the light, closing the door behind her and leaning against it as she took in a deep breath.
Shaking her head, Chloe went to the mirror and gazed at herself, telling her reflection that she was doing the right thing, that she was helping to protect millions of lives by being here. That she wasn't a coward for having taken the easy road. That she wasn't betraying her best friends because she'd actually been enjoying her time in hiding. She tried convincing herself of this but she'd been a part of the evil-fighting team for far too long now and this time away from the forefront was eating at her. She felt useless and impotent. She hated it.
That was when her gaze caught sight of some colorful papers resting above the toilet and her eyes widened as she recognized something. "What?"
Turning, Chloe raced to the comic books that'd obviously been left there for reading material and on the covers she could see faces she recognized. Something cold weighed in the bottom of her stomach as she picked up the others. Superman. Batman. The Flash. Even the Green Arrow!
She flipped through the comic books, terror filling her as their real names, occupations-everything about them were written in these comic books!
"Oh my god." She barely managed to put down the toilet's cover before collapsing onto it, her legs giving out on her. "I can't believe this."
Sheldon congratulated himself on another job well done. No one had even suspected him or his plans and now he'd be able to catch these spies redhanded! He'd know their plans and be one step ahead of them! He, of course, was a genius. It'd been too easily to con everyone into thinking he was going somewhere to do something else when in fact he'd made it to their apartment and installed a camera in the apartment he'd unlocked thanks to googling how to pick a lock. It was actually easier than he would have expected. Obviously he'd have to reinforce his own locks posthaste.
And now he was back safe and sound in his apartment, eyeing the enemy.
The bathroom door opened and a very pallid Chloe exited, her eyes wide and haunted.
For a second he was surprised at the change in her appearance.
"I'm sorry, I'm not feeling well." And with that she brushed passed them all and raced out.
Lois' eyes narrowed in worry as she handed the remote in her hands to Penny. "Night guys. Thanks for having us over."
And with that she hurried out after her 'cousin'.
"Well…" Sheldon stood and stretched, yawning, trying to make this believable. "On that note, I'm very tired and need my rest. So I'm going to be going to my room. To rest. Nothing else." He then hurried to grab his computer and raced into his room.
Locking the door behind him, despite the fact that no one was allowed in his room anyway, Sheldon put on the earphones and sat down on the bed as he brought up the link to the wireless cameras he's installed and hidden around the apartment. He watched the door as Chloe (if that was even really her name) hurried in, the door not closing as Lois (real name also in debate) grabbed it and opened it, entering in as well.
"What is it?" Lois locked the door behind her. "What happened?"
"They know." Chloe turned towards her, looking absolutely sick. "They know."
"Who knows what?" Lois went towards her, seeming worried. "What are you talking about? Have they found us? Do we need to move?"
"No-I-!" Chloe collapsed onto the sofa. "People know about the Justice League here."
Sheldon blinked in utter confusion.
Horror filled Lois' features. "What? What do you mean they know about the Justice League? That's impossible!"
"I thought so too, but Lois, they have comics about them!" Chloe seemed near tears. "In these comics their real identities and everything are common knowledge!"
"Not their weaknesses too." Lois whispered in horror as she collapsed on the sofa next to Chloe.
"Yes. At least the one I briefed through about Clark spoke about Kryptonite." Chloe closed her eyes and covered her face with her hands. "If information like this got into the wrong hands-!"
"How can they know about this? We live in a different dimension!" Lois stood up once more and began to pace. "Are you telling me that things that are myths or just stories in one world-are true in another?"
Sheldon felt his whole body go numb as realization hit him hard like a ton of bricks.
These girls weren't communist spies.
They were…aliens…from another world! Another dimension! Another reality! Another universe!
One in which the Justice League of America was real!
And they were a part of it! Or at least knew the members quite closely!
He began to hyperventilate, unable to believe this.
They were the proof that the Multiple Universes Hypothesis was real!
"The only thing is that apparently some of their information is wrong." Chloe ran a shaky hand through her hair. "In the comic book it insinuated a relationship between you and Clark, and didn't mention Lana."
Sheldon's eyes widened.
Lois…couldn't be Lois Lane…could she?
"Okay, at least we know that not all information is a hundred per cent accurate." Lois breathed out in relief. "Did you see anything about yourself?"
"No. I wasn't mentioned." Chloe frowned. "That could be a good thing though. The less information known about me the better."
"But you have to be mentioned somewhere, especially if I am." Lois insisted, shaking her head. "And you only saw a couple of comics, right? There's got to be more out there and you have to be in them. You're a part of the Justice League. You're Watchtower. When Brainiac possessed you he left you with a brain faster than the fastest supercomputer. You're probably one of the smartest people in the combined worlds. Right now, you're the only reason the dimensions haven't crashed and the worlds ended."
"The both of us are." Chloe interjected. "But none of that matters if the wrong person traces us to this reality..and finds out about the trove of information on the Justice League that exists here!"
"We picked the wrong world to jump to, didn't we?" Lois flinched.
"Yeah." Chloe whispered. "It might be better if no one ever found us again."
Lois appeared horrified at that, yet her gaze went to the closet and she closed her eyes. "We need to stop the tracking transmission to Watchtower."
A silent tear slid down Chloe's cheek. "We can't ever be found."
Sheldon raced to his wallet and pulled out his Justice League membership card, which he'd joined when he was five years old.
This news…this shifted his world…and Sheldon didn't know what he was supposed to do.
A part of him wanted to squeal and race to their apartment and demand information…and yet another part of him understood the importance of what was happening…and he knew that they would never trust him and let him into the inner sanctum if they knew he'd bugged their apartment.
Sheldon sat down on his bed.
He was going to have to get back in that apartment and get rid of all evidence against him before they found out.