Title: The New Circle
Fandoms: Smallville/Secret Circle
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Clark Kent, Pete Ross, Lana Lang, Whitney Fordman, Greg Arkin, Nell Potter, John Blackwell, Gabe Sullivan, Lex Luthor, Davis Bloome, Jason Teague, Tess Mercer, Oliver Queen, Patricia Swan...
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: Chloe Sullivan had a normal-ish life before the circle and John Blackwell turned her life upside down and gave new meaning to the unexplained weirdness that goes on in Smallville. Now life's a witch, she's a part of a circle she's not too sure she wants to be bound to, and not only do they have to worry about Witch-Hunters, but unknowingly to them another circle is on the hunt too.Wanna thank tenshinrtaiga for betaing!SPOILERS for Secret Circle Series Finale. Don't say you haven't been warned.
It was gone.
As her lips moved against his, Chloe could feel the spell evaporating into nothingness, finally pulling her lips from his, the sound of their parting shocking in the silence as she stared down at his handsome face. Already the burning was disappearing, his skin returning to its healthy sheen, his eyes still glazed over and yet color slowly returning to them as well.
Confusion filled Chloe as she stared down at him, easing him off of her lap and back down on the ground, managing to escape his hold when he reached out for her.
"Who are you?" he asked, sitting up, narrowing his eyes on her, obviously trying to focus on her and yet unable to, the blindness still strong. "It's you, isn't it?"
Unnerve fueled her confusion as she backed away and quickly pushed out of the room, finding the others around her in various stages of recuperation.
"What the hell happened?" Principal Kwan didn't seem to see her as he and a teacher hurried back towards the lounge.
"I don't know, but whatever it is, it's stopped!" the teacher declared as they pushed into the teachers' lounge, having come back for the guy.
Bringing her hands to her mouth, Chloe slipped through the throng of students, all confused and dazed, whispering in confusion about what could have happened. People were getting phone calls from their family. Apparently this wasn't an isolated incident. People all over town had been affected by whatever this was and that made Chloe sick to her stomach because that meant that whoever had cast this was powerful and she had a feeling that she knew who it'd been. But why would John do this? It didn't make any sense. She refused to believe he was behind any of it. No. She needed to talk to him as soon as possible.
Pushing through the throng, Chloe finally made it to the infirmary, managing to stick her head inside in time to see her Circle coming towards her, completely subdued, pale and obviously shocked by what had happened to them. Relief filled her as Chloe pushed passed some students leaving and stopped once she reached them, eyes wide as she eyed them. "Are you guys okay?"
"Yeah." Lana nodded, voice croaking as she watched Tina storm out before returning her attention to her friends. "But what was that?"
"It felt like I was burning from the inside out," Whitney wheezed, rubbing his chest.
"Talk about heartburn," Greg agreed, wincing.
"What was that?" Clark wanted to know, leaning against the door. "And why weren't you and Pete affected?"
"I think it was a spell... but it didn't seem to target a specific group." Chloe hugged herself. "Maybe some witch tried a power too strong for him or her and it got out of control?"
"That's terrifying," Pete whispered. "Who here could have power like that?"
"I'm fine," a familiar voice declared behind her and it was all she could do to not turn around and watch as the man she'd kissed walked past her, flanked on either side by Principle Kwan and Mr. Watson, heading towards the bed Lex Luthor was seated on the edge of, a hand on his head.
"Well, they've been properly introduced to everything Smallville, huh?" Greg smart mouthed. "They'll be out of this town by this evening."
"No," Lex responded to whatever Principal Kwan said, standing. "Jason and I will continue the tour of the school."
"We'll be sending the kids home for the rest of the day until we can figure out exactly what happened here," Principal Kwan declared.
"I'll be too busy to come here again," Lex stated in a near threat.
Principal Kwan cleared his throat, looking around before his eyes rested on Chloe. "Miss Sullivan!" She straightened immediately, eyes widening. "Why don't you show Mr. Luthor and Mr. Teague around while we evacuate the school?"
It would peeve her that he was having her give a tour while everyone else evacuated if it wasn't for the fact that this was exactly what she wanted – a way to get Lex Luthor to herself and get an interview out of him.
"Okay." Chloe nodded, noticing the way Lex eyed Lana, specifically her long, dark brown hair. "I'm Chloe Sullivan," she introduced herself, a little annoyed when he only gave her a little look before returning his attention to Lana.
"Jason Teague." The other guy, the one she'd kissed, was eyeing her oddly, gaze going between her and Lana before returning to her as he held his hand out.
Reaching out, Chloe hesitated before placing her hand in his and shaking it, feeling a jolt spark between them (thankfully not visibly), pulling her hand away with a little gasp.
Jason's green gaze narrowed slightly at her in fascination.
Lex's hand reached out between them, breaking the connection. "Pardon my manners, I am Lex Luthor."
Chloe stared at the hand before reaching out carefully and putting hers in his, a little relieved when there wasn't any sort of reaction, giving him a little smile as she shook it. "Nice to meet you Mr. Luthor, my father works for yours. He's the manager of the Luthorcorp Facility."
Lex's eyes widened marginally, his attention now fixed on her. "Gabe. Yes. I met him this morning. He seems quite pleasant and thoroughly competent."
She was sure that was a compliment.
"Do you want us to stay with you, Chlo?" Clark asked, eyeing Lex and Jason very uneasily.
"Yeah, it won't be a problem for us." Pete frowned, joining Lana's side and placing an arm around her shoulders, narrowing his dark gaze on Lex.
"Don't be ridiculous." Whitney rolled his eyes as he shrugged on his Crows Jersey, reaching out his hand to Lex. "Whitney Fordman, I'll be the one showing you to the football field and the locker rooms." He shook both Lex and Jason's hands before turning to the others. "See you later."
Greg snorted in amusement before motioning his goodbye and leaving wordlessly.
Clark and Pete looked less sure about this, but with one last goodbye, walked Lana out, seeming better knowing that Chloe wouldn't be left alone with these strangers.
"So." Chloe turned to the men, giving them a little smile as they began to walk. "Follow after me, gentlemen, and try to ignore the fact that people are piling out of here quicker than passengers of the Titanic."
Whitney rolled his eyes, dropping behind them, almost as if he wanted to keep an eye on Lex and Jason.
"On your right you'll see Mr. Marsh's Chemistry lab, which was completely refurnished after the freak accident of '09, in which one Mr. Bradley Cooper – and no, he looks nothing like the actor – added some chemicals wrong and left the whole class not only purple, but they also lost all their body hair and Melissa Smith spent a whole week convinced that gnomes were following her everywhere trying to feed her rubies and emeralds but never diamonds because she wasn't worth diamonds."
Lex and Jason peered into the now immaculate room, amusement in their eyes.
"To your left you'll see the janitor's closet, where many a hormone-filled hookup has been caught by the janitor himself... Though why a small, crowded, damp and dirty smelling place like that would illicit smooches is beyond me." She turned up her nose, shaking her head and shivered at the thought of being trapped in that closet, the thought terrifying. "Talking about illicit smooches, in this room over here Mr. Hunt and Mrs. Roper were caught by yours truly in flagrante delicto. It was quite a shock because, up until that moment, I thought Mr. Hunt was having a thing with Mr. Marsh from Chemistry… which I found out later he was…but that's a different story and a different classroom." She doubted that Principal Kwan had this in mind when he'd told her to finish the tour, but the man had put his funding over her safety and so she truly didn't care. "In this classroom over here, if you take in a deep breath, you can still catch a whiff of the dung bomb that Mitch Matheson set off to let Mr. Gregory know exactly what he thought of that F in Biology."
There was the sound of a choked snort of laughter.
Egged on, Chloe motioned to the next door, pushing it open as her tell-all tour continued. "In this room, groundbreaking history was truly made in Smallville High." She nodded solemnly, clasping her hands in front of her, seeing the amusement on Whitney's face. The Quarterback obviously knew what she was talking about. "In here, my refined gentlemen, the first ever Smallville High porn video was shot."
Lex nearly tripped.
Jason's eyes widened. "No way."
"Yes way. All the way… if you get what I mean." She gave a deliberately ridiculous wink. "It's all on spankwire, just google "Jerry and Colby: The Detention". Made them overnight internet stars."
"Don't bother trying to find it, it got banned." Whitney echoed from the back of the group. "People found out they were underaged during the time of the filming and had the site take it down."
"That's a pity. They had such passion for their art," Chloe replied with as straight a face as she could, shaking her head as she led the men out of what was dubbed The Porn Room… and was the only room in the whole school that the teachers were banned from using during detention. "Over here, in this bright and cheery corner, Kyle Frank's pig gave birth."
Whitney snorted, seeing Lex and Jason's eyes widened in shock and disbelief. "I think I have a picture of that on my phone."
"And now over here, gentlemen, you've stumbled into the heart and soul of this otherwise godless institution." She opened the door to the Torch and motioned the men inside, following in after Whitney. "Welcome to the Torch." The blonde sighed, folding her arms over her chest. "It might look very underwhelming at this moment, but that's thanks to some crack addict who thought it funny to come in here and trash the place when he couldn't find any money."
Or, well, that was the story they were going with.
Jason went to the taped up remains of the window.
Lex gazed around room before zeroing on the Wall of Weird, walking towards it with his hands in his pockets as he began to read the articles of the weird happenings that went on around Smallville. "Jason, come look at this."
Jason turned from the window and joined Lex at his side, eyeing the articles before sending Chloe a little look over his shoulder. "A hobby of yours?"
She cleared her throat, sharing a look with Whitney. "You could call the unexplained something like a fascination of mine."
"Fascination," Jason echoed, eyes on the articles once more.
Lex eyed an article in particular. "There was a freak meteor shower?"
"Ah yes, years back." Chloe nodded, coming closer and standing between the men, eyeing the article with the picture of a young, crying Lana Lang. "Most of the meteor ended up buried underground in the now defunct Heller Mine, but many of the pieces that'd broken off before impact destroyed a lot of Smallville. Killed many people as well." She eyed the picture of a crying Lana, the girl having lost both her parents in one day, right before her eyes. "The old people say that it was an omen of the dark things that were happening in Smallville at the time and that the reason why no one was warned about the meteor was because it didn't actually come from space."
"Is that so?" Lex turned his blue gaze on her curiously. "If it didn't come from space, where exactly did they think it came from?"
She shrugged. "There are many different conflicting versions to that story." The blonde moved from between them to sit on her seat. "All I know is that up to today NASA can't explain where that meteor came from or how they couldn't see it coming from miles away, nor do they have any record of it smashing through our atmosphere."
The men were silent, sharing looks.
"Gentlemen!" Whitney suddenly pushed away from the door. "Enough of Nerddom." He motioned to the door. "I'll show you where the warriors of the school..."
"...walk around in jock straps and high five each other every couple of seconds before giving each other manly slaps on the bum." Chloe rolled her eyes.
Whitney made a face at her. "Have you been peeking in on us?"
She grinned brightly at him. "You've caught me."
"I'd like to talk to you more about this-" Lex turned to Chloe, motioning to the articles.
"The Wall of Weird?" Chloe asked curiously.
"Yes." He nodded. "We will have to schedule an appointment to just sit down and talk."
Chloe's eyes widened. "Sure." This would be a good way to weasel an interview out of the guy! "Let me write down my number and you can call me whenever to set it up." Going to the desk, she wrote down her number on a post-it before holding it out to Lex, who reached for it and gazed down at the number.
"Thank you. Expect a call from me within the week." Placing the note in his pocket, Lex turned to Whitney. "Lead the way. Jason's probably dying to see the football field."
Whitney turned towards the other guy. "Do you play?"
"He was our school's star Quarterback. The coach cried when he graduated." Lex grinned, obviously teasing his friend. "What was it that they used to call you?"
"I don't remember," Jason replied serenely. "And if you do, I'll remember what you used to be called."
"We truly are old men, getting Alzheimers." Lex chuckled wryly as he turned to Whitney. "Please, lead the way."
Whitney nodded, motioning for them all to follow, his blue gaze meeting Chloe's and motioning for her to join.
She blinked and nodded, pushing off from the desk and hurrying after them, this time the one in the back as Whitney led them through the school talking about the Crows and their winning streak. Chloe took this opportunity to look at them from behind. They were both incredibly good looking men and she couldn't help but wonder exactly what the real reason they were here at the high school was.
Sure, Luthor might be trying to buy out the town more than it already was (the fertilizer employed around half the population of Smallville), but there was something else going on here. Any other normal person who had just experienced what these two had would have been shaken, to say the least. They were completely new to Smallville and its oddities and on their first day they'd been subjected to something incredibly weird and frightening for even Smallville standards... and they weren't even acting shaken. The two men had shaken it off ridiculously easily, Jason now talking to Whitney about the team's statistics and other things she just didn't follow.
Lex was silent, but it wasn't because he was bored. Chloe could recognize a fellow intellectual; could sense a familiar sharpness of mind, and knew that Lex was taking everything in like a sponge; the walls, the floors, the pictures, them. He'd slowed his pace just enough for him to be able to catch her out of the corner of his eyes (which wouldn't have been noticeable if she hadn't been watching for it), and he seemed to be sizing up Whitney as well.
Taking all of this into consideration, and also the way he had acted with the others, Chloe wondered exactly what Lex Luthor was really doing there. He'd seemed fascinated with Lana's hair for some reason, gazing at her eyes as if they held some mystery he needed to solve, and the glance he'd given the others proved that they interested him as well.
"Here we go." Whitney opened the door for the men and let them in, yelling inside. "Coach! Mr. Luthor is here!" He gripped Chloe's arm when she would have followed inside, letting the door swing closed between them as Coach could be heard greeting Lex and Jason. Whitney ushered Chloe away from the door, moving in the opposite direction, voice low. "Those two should have been running for the hills after what happened. I nearly am."
She nodded, keeping up with him.
"They make me uneasy," Whitney admitted as he gazed over his shoulder, obviously hating to do so when it meant showing some vulnerability. "The only reason I don't think they were behind whatever happened is because they were affected as well... but that could be the whole point."
"It wasn't them." Chloe shook her head, sure of it. "It was someone else. When I kissed him-"
"Wait, what?" Whitney turned to her, eyes narrowed. "Who did you kiss?"
Chloe stared up at him, worrying her bottom lip, belatedly realizing that Pete was the only one who knew about her kissing thing. "I might have forgotten to tell you something important."
Whitney narrowed his blues as his grip tightened on her arm. "Do you know those guys?"
Chloe shook her head. "No, and I don't want to talk about this here." She turned to fully face him. "Come home with me. Dad'll call to make sure I'm okay, he might even come in to check make sure I'm alright, but he has things he has to do, especially with his new boss here in Smallville." Her greens stared up at his blues. "Come home with me."
Whitney eyed her before sighing and nodding, loosening his grip on her arm until it fell limp at his side. "Okay. After you finish spilling your guts we can continue our search."