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The New Circle 28B/? 
26th-Apr-2013 12:11 am
The New Circle (Part 2)
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...
Rating: T
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!

Chloe backed away from the fire that beginning to consume the floor, just like Coach Arnold was; a wall of fire separated the two of them as smoke began to become an issue, clouding the room and making it harder to breathe.

Suddenly Coach Arnold chuckled, turning and heading towards the window. He wedged it open, eyeing the opening before turning to smirk at her over the smoke before climbing through… and closing it behind him.

The asshole.

Trapped within the growing blaze, Chloe realized that she hadn't really thought this one over all that well. But, to be honest, she hadn't thought that he'd destroy his office and the whole sports section of the wing. It was why she figured it would be a safe place to confront him.

Her pendant trembled against her heart, the blonde reaching to wrap her hand around it, remembering the day John had given it to her and told her to never take it off. It belonged to the Firstborn females. It was important. It had to be. Why else would he act the way he had about it?

Diana had said that he'd left Smallville to go to Chance Harbor because Cassie had found the Balcoin medallion, which he'd used to trap the powers of other witches in order to amplify his own.

Chloe wondered if this pendent was somehow similar.

Tightening her grip on the pendent, Chloe closed her eyes, forcing her fear down as she concentrated, wanting to get out.

The sound of a door opening behind her caused the blonde to turn and open her eyes. The previously closed door was now open, giving her a way out.

Smiling brightly despite the pain in her jaw, Chloe rushed out of the inferno as the ground she'd previously been standing on caught on fire.

The blonde hurried out of the locker room and reached to pull the fire alarm, the siren loud and deafening as it blared all around the school.

"What's going on?" a voice asked behind her.

The blonde turned to see Principle Kwan and… Jason… hurrying towards her. "I, uh, I saw smoke – there's a fire in there."

"Coach Arnold!" Principle Kwan's eyes widened. "He's expecting us!" He turned to Chloe. "Call the firefighters!" And with that he raced into the locker room.

Jason raised an eyebrow at her.

She raised one right back at him before motioning to the doors. "I have a phone call to make."

The doors opened once more as Principle Kwan ran out, coughing. "He's – he's not in there. He must have been smoking again! I've told him not to smoke inside! There were always burn marks and the scent of smoke in there – I knew this would happen! Damn it!"

Relief filled her at the easy explanation for what was going on. The blonde was in the middle of dialing and passed the phone to Principle Kwan so he could report what was going on.

Smoke began to creep in from under the door.

"Fire extinguisher!" Principal Kwan declared to no one, passing her back her phone before racing off.

Chloe felt a little bad for just standing there and watching him go, but she had more important matters to discuss. Turning to Jason, she asked, "What are you doing here?"

"How did the fire really start?" He countered before clearing his throat and stepping closer. "Are they gonna find a body in there?"

Her eyes widened. "Why do you automatically assume I killed someone?"

He raised an eyebrow.

She narrowed her eyes at him. "I didn't kill anyone." A sigh escaped her lips before she winced, bringing her hand to her throbbing jaw. "I should have, though."

The smoke was beginning to grow denser and Jason lowered his hand to the middle of her back, leading her away. "So I'm assuming you and the Dabbler got into some sort of argument that got… heated."

She tried to glare at him for the pun, but it was a good one. The girl reluctantly smiled up at him. "He's a real hothead."

Jason grinned down at her before shaking his head, a sigh escaping his lips. "Why did you straight out tell Lex you were the Firstborn?"

As Chloe stared up at Jason, she began to wonder if he'd known and hadn't told his friend. The thought was tantalizing. "Because I need him."

Jason eyed her before shaking his head, running lean fingers through his sandy blonde hair. "You don't seem to realize that the moment these Trials end – so does any freedom you've had up to this moment."

"Why do you care?" she countered, the smoke beginning to sweep across the darkened halls, none of the lights turned on. "I don't know much about this pact, but what I do know is that I basically belong to the Circle, so that would mean I belong to you."

He nearly tripped at that, the sandy-blonde casting her a wide-eyed look before turning her gaze away from her as he brought his hand to his mouth in a curious cough. "Lex wants me to confirm that despite everything, your… lunch date… is still going to go ahead."

"Now more than ever." She flipped her blonde hair behind her shoulder as she led them towards the Torch, the sound of sirens drawing closer. "We have a lot to talk about."

He shrugged, shucking his hands into his leather jacket's pockets, staring ahead of him as they walked.

"Are you… Did I…?" she trailed off, not exactly sure how to put this as she reached into her pocket and pulled out her keys. Slipping the key into the lock and twisting her wrist, the girl pushed the door open, closing the door after Jason had slipped in after her.

"Am I enthralled?" He seemed to have figured out her question, turning his back on her as he headed towards what had interested Lex before; the Wall of Weird. "Not anymore."

"Not anymore?" She followed him, fascinated and a little horrified to realize that yes, she had enthralled him. "What do you mean?"

"I mean that I was enthralled, but I'm not anymore." He kept his gaze on the article of the mysterious lights that had hovered over Smallville for three whole nights before disappearing without a trace. "With all the fighting and adrenaline during the fight, my body cleansed itself completely of any trace that might have remained."

Disappointment jolted through her body and yet Chloe suppressed it as she stared at the same article he was staring at. "I didn't mean to enthrall you – just thought you should know that. When I – When we – I didn't even know that I could do that."

"I know." He nodded, gaze still resolutely in front of him. "I just have one question."

"And what would that be?" She turned towards him, not at all ready to have him yank his hand out from his pocket and flick some sort of powder into her face. The blonde sputtered as she coughed, wiping at her face. "What the – Is this glitter?" And then she recognized it, her eyes widening in shock and confusion. "Why-?" But the rest of her sentence died as she could feel the same uncontrollable desire and need she had in Crouch End; her body burning as she found herself moving towards him resolutely, the sandy-blonde watching her approach and yet not doing anything himself. "You asshole," she whispered before pressing up on her toes and reaching up for his jacket's lapels, pulling him easily down by them. Their lips hovered, so close to touching, her green gaze raised to his hazel before shutting when she closed the distance between them.

Like before with Lex, this was against her will. She had no control whatsoever as her lips began to move against Jason's and his against hers, but a part of her liked this because it meant that she could kiss him without the whole enthralling thing happening. Her mother wanted her to enthrall every single male member of Lex's Circle, and even the female if possible. And yet, Chloe just wasn't comfortable with the idea or concept of having these grown individuals enthralled to her every desire like some sort of puppet. She'd seen Legend of the Seeker and Kahlan had not seemed to like it at all. It'd been a hindrance to her whole relationship with Richard, so Chloe…

...lost all thought when Jason's arms wrapped around her, one around her waist pulling her tighter to him, and the other cupping the back of her head, fingers clenched deep in her hair as he angled his head downwards and nearly lifted her off of her feet as he kissed her deeper. His teeth nibbled at her bottom lip before soothing the tenderness with his tongue, separating his lips from hers as he placed soft kisses up her tender jaw. Reaching her ear, Jason's voice was breathy, a little painful, as he whispered, "Damn it."

He tried to pull away, but in her state it made Chloe terrified and desperate, the blonde pushing him back hard, the unexpected blow causing him to stumble backwards into the table, barely keeping from falling as he ended up sitting on it. "What the-?"

Chloe wasn't the sort to blame magic, but there was no other reason for it in her mind as she somehow ended up giving a little leap and ended up straddling his lap, her mouth finding his immediately as she attacked his lips with her own. It felt more like a mission to conquer than a kiss to her; relishing and devouring his groan as his hands clamped down on her hips and pressed her hard against him so she could feel what she was doing to him.

It was so forbidden, so risky, to do something like this in a place like this with firefighters and a raging inferno in the building, and yet when Chloe began feeling the effects of the pixie dust begin to wear off, she grew frustrated and terrified because, damn it, she didn't want to stop! But she had to, because she still had no control over whether she enthralled someone or not, and she doubted that Lex would find her offer of an alliance that genuine if she re-enthralled his right hand man at the first opportunity she got.

She reached into his jacket pocket, looking for the pouch that he had to have inside with more of that powder.

Jason went still immediately as he yanked away from her, sitting her down roughly on the surface of the table next to him and jolting away from the table as if he'd been electrocuted.

Chloe could feel the last of the effects fading, leaving her a mess; the blonde's chest rising and falling with her breath, her thighs trembling and rubbing together, her eyes raising to meet his darker hazels in near desperation.

"It wasn't supposed to go this far," he whispered to himself, obviously a mess as well, breathing hard, an obvious strain against the front of his pants. "I just – I – go home, Chloe. It's not safe out here tonight." And with that he stormed to the door and stalked out of it, slamming the door behind him as he left.

Chloe remained there, seated on the table, feeling like a damned fool.

Obviously this had been some sort of test to see if she could enthrall someone if that pixie dust was involved – and she'd fallen for it and would have done something she would have regretted if Jason hadn't stopped her.

Chloe covered her face with her hands in shame and bent over, telling herself not to cry.

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It was the hardest thing Jason had ever done just to walk to his car and away from that school. The firefighters seemed to have gotten to the fire in time to keep it from spreading to the rest of the school but that section was completely destroyed. Not that any of this really registered in Jason's mind. He kept on reliving what happened inside the Torch; the feel of her hands, the sound of her whimpers, the taste of her lips and skin – and it was all he could do not to turn around!

When Lex had given him the job to ascertain whether Chloe could enthrall anyone if it was against her own will, Jason had taken the mission with mixed feelings. One part of him felt it was taking advantage of the girl and yet the other side of him wanted to know what it was like to kiss her without any of her magic involved making him like it. He'd wanted to know if what he'd felt every time they'd kissed – had been close to each other – had just been the product of her enthrallment on him.

And as he stumbled away he now knew for sure.

It was the girl.

Gods damn it!

It was the girl.

He couldn't blame the enthrallment anymore because while it did factor heavily, even without it, he was battling the intense desire and need this girl gave him.

Jason leaned hard against his car, casting a gaze in the direction of the boarded up window to the Torch. With the door closed, no one would be able to see what they were doing and with all the commotion in the sports wing, no one would even think to look in on the Torch, especially if the lights were off…

A car drove up, Diana Meade in the driver's seat.

That was enough to calm his passions and remind him that it was in no way proper for him to stalk back into that school, into that room, and ravage the brunette's sister.

Especially not when there was the obvious enthrallment to consider.

It bothered him though, how little the enthrallment really mattered to him.

Shaking his head, he gave Diana a little nod when she finally noticed him. Jason then slipped into his car and started the engine, speeding out of that parking lot as if the devil were on his heels.

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She was a master of control… or of ignoring her issues. Either way, it worked and Chloe was off of that desk and logged onto the computer, forgetting all about Jason Teague – or at least trying to. She immersed herself into readying tomorrow's issue (which was already finished, but she ignored that fact) and it was only the smell of smoke that made the blonde look up. She'd smelt it for a while but had figured that it was residue from the fire in the sports wing, and yet as the scent got stronger and stronger, Chloe looked up and realized that the wall behind her was on fire. One glance towards the door proved that the handle had been melted shut, locking her in.

Oh great.

Apparently the firefighters hadn't been as thorough as they'd thought.

"Coach Arnold?" Principle Kwan could be heard asking from the other side of the door. "What are you doing? There's smoke coming from inside there! Miss Sullivan?! Are you in there?"

"Help would be appreciated!" she yelled out.

"I'll call back the fire-" And then there was a loud thudding sound and all was quiet.

The walls all around her caught on fire in rapid succession, bleeding down to the floor.

Chloe climbed up rapidly onto her table, gazing around her in shocked horror until she saw her Wall of Weird.

It was destroyed.

All those years of work, of research.

"You're going to die now," Coach Arnold told her through the door. "And I'm going to stick around and make sure it happens this time."

"Chloe?" Diana could be heard on the opposite side of the room, pounding on the wood nailed broken window. "Chloe!"

She'd told Diana to knock on that when she arrived so Chloe would know she was there and could go out to meet her and give her a tour of the place. So given the fact smoke was pouring out through the little cracks, she could understand Diana's fear.

"Say goodbye to your little friend." Coach Arnold's voice sounded strained.

Chloe's eyes widened as she turned towards the window. "DIANA! RUN! GET AWAY FROM THE BUILDING! NOW!"

The blonde slammed her palms down on the counter, closing her eyes tightly, trying to recreate that shield – and then the room exploded as if someone had thrown a super-sized Molotov within. The force of the explosion caused the wood on the window and the door to shatter completely as it shot out like stakes, the wall cracking visibly, the ground breaking up and the roof crying out.

And then there was silence. Chloe was still on the intact table, fine despite the destruction all around her.

She couldn't see the barrier this time, but could feel it surrounding herself and the table, a little chuckle of relief escaping her lips as she gazed around her at the magnitude of the destruction.

Stepping carefully off of the table, Chloe raced out of the room, the bottom of her shoes sticking slightly to the ground from having been melted slightly by the heat. She nearly jumped through the doorway, pausing in shock when she saw the sight before her. Coach Arnold must have been leaning against the door to perform his magic within because when it exploded outwards, the jagged pieces of wood pierced through his entire body, the dead man's feet catching on fire.

A little behind him, still unconscious on the floor, was Principle Kwan. He seemed fine, his position flat on the ground having saved his butt, but the fire was beginning to make its way down the hallway.

Hurrying to the principal, Chloe grabbed his arms and began dragging him down the hall as fast as she could, which really wasn't that fast, but thankfully the firefighters must have seen that explosion because they were back on their way, their sirens loud and close. She concentrated on dragging Principle Kwan, coughing as the smoke began to get thicker, the school hotter and the flames closer.

The sound of hurried footsteps tapping loudly on the tile caused her to look behind her, eyes widening. "Diana?"

Her sister rushed towards her and Chloe dropped her hold on Principle Kwan as Diana wrapped her arms around Chloe in a terrified hug.

"I thought you were dead." Diana's voice was thick with emotion as she hugged the blonde tightly, almost afraid to let go.

Chloe's eyes prickled and there seemed to be a frog in her throat, the girl only able to hug back, only now letting her fear manifest as she clung to the taller girl.

Firefighters rushed in, grabbing Principal Kwan and getting him out of there before ushering the girls out and going to battle the flames.

Chloe and Diana pulled away, following the firefighters out of the school and into the parking lot. The girls were covered by blankets as they leaned against Chloe's car, watching the firefighters slowly lose control of the raging inferno – which consumed the whole school. Apparently Coach Arnold really had given it his all this time and there was nothing that could put out his swan song.

Thankfully, the rest of the students had been gone by then and the little faculty who'd been around were able to get out on time.

The janitor was gonna have one hell of a mess when he came in the morning though.

"Was this a Trial?" Diana wanted to know softly.

"Nah." Chloe shook her head. "This was me being proud and thinking I could handle everything on my own." She tightened the blanket around her. "Obviously I need to start relying more on other people, especially when they offer." She gave a little groan. "Whitney's gonna kill me!"

Diana sent her a slightly amused look. "He can be intense, huh?"

"It's the Quarterback in him; he really can't help it." She sighed.

"You know… when I first realized something was going on – my first thought was that Jason was behind it," the brunette admitted a little wryly. "I don't trust him or Lex and then I see him driving away and then smoke starts coming out of your room…"

"Nope. He had nothing to do with this." She sighed, shaking her head, lips tingling with a reminder of their kiss. "He pixie dusted me, we did a lot of kissing and both figured out for sure that when I have no control over the kiss, I can't enthrall anyone." She pursed her lips. "Not too sure how to feel about the fact that they know that now."

"You two –?" Diana blinked.

"I was a hussy." Chloe confirmed with a groan. "It didn't go further than making out, but still, I reached for more pixie dust and he stopped me. How embarrassing is that?"

Diana eyed her curiously before a little smile tilted her lips. "Well, at least he was gentleman enough to stop you before you could do something more than kissing. Most guys wouldn't do that."

"Most guys wouldn't pixie-dust you just to get a kiss." And then she thought about it and knew she had to take that back. "Well, it doesn't excuse his actions."

"Not at all," Diana agreed completely before sending Chloe a little sideways glance. "Is he a good kisser?"

"Diana!" Chloe gasped in mock horror before smiling a little. "Yeah."

"I knew it. He has nice lips." Diana grinned.

"He does," Chloe agreed, laughing softly, shocked that she could.

With everything that had happened tonight, she should be a nervous, crying wreck and yet here she was laughing.

The blonde watched her sister silently as the brunette eyed the fire-consumed building.

Diana felt the gaze on her, turning dark eyes from the inferno to the blonde, curious. "What?"

"I could get used to having a sister," Chloe whispered before leaning her head against Diana's shoulder.

Diana went stiff for a second before slowly resting her head sideways against Chloe's. "Me too."

The girls stood there in silence, wrapped in the blankets, until the school came crumbling down.

26th-Apr-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
I swear Chloe middle name shouldn't only be Trouble but goes looking for trouble.

I want to cheer madly for the kiss but don't like that Jason pixied her to find out if she could enthrall with it??
Do like that Jason realized that it was more than the enthrallment. Also liked Chloe and Diana acting like young girls and being girly about a kiss.

Can't wait for more.
30th-Apr-2013 04:34 am (UTC)
Definitely should be!
Jason doesn't like it either to be truthful.
26th-Apr-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
yes... now jason knows for sure... finally a potencial lover for chloe... and diana is a nice change to the normal chloe/lois you write (not that i don't love them together)

thanks for another wonderful update ;)
30th-Apr-2013 04:35 am (UTC)
I decided not to write in Lois into this story because I wanted to explore a sister!bond between the girls.
27th-Apr-2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
So Jason knows now that its Chloe and not her magic that gets him going lol ;-)

Coach Arnold finally got what he deserved and loved Chloe and Diana being all girlie over the kiss. I can't wait for the next up date :-)
30th-Apr-2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Exactly, I don't think he was prepared to figure that out.
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