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The New Circle 32B/? 
12th-May-2013 02:24 pm
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!

"Maybe we should come back then," Pete declared after having heard everything that had been going on in their absence.

Clark wanted to tell them yeah, to come back immediately, that they were needed and missed, but he understood that it would be selfish of him. "Everything's handled for now. We're going to be fine."

"But this Luthor Circle..." Lana's voice came in nervously. "They don't sound like a good influence to have around Chloe. And if they supposedly own her, you all need us there to fight alongside you."

"We're just trying to get her through the Trials alive and we don't even really know what they are." Clark sighed. "To be honest, I think it's probably better if you two are our secret weapons."

Lana was silent.

Pete sighed. "She's my sister, Clark. If she'd just told me all this when we spoke, I would have come back right away."

Clark closed his eyes. "Which is why you should stay. She wants you to be able to get through your own troubles and problems before even thinking about hers. You need this and right now you should do what you're doing. If things change and we need you, I'll call you guys and let you know."

There was silence and then Pete sighed. "Keep me up to date with what's really going on there, okay? Please?"

"Of course, she's your sister but she's my best friend." Clark took in a deep breath. "The second I know she needs you, I'll call. Until then, good luck on your little mission."

"It's not really little." Lana cleared her throat. "If we're successful, imagine what we can learn."

"Right." Clark nodded before hearing his father calling for him. "Hey, I've got to go, talk to you all later."

"You too," Lana announced.

"Take care, Clark." Pete sighed.

"You too, Pete." Clark listened until there was nothing but dial-tone, sighing as he hung up. "Be careful."

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"Are you okay?"

Diana nodded, holding the payphone to her ear as she watched Whitney where he was waiting with their food in his hands. "Yeah, I am."

"Where are you?" Adam Conant asked. "Everyone's been worried about you."

"I'm fine." She looked up at the ceiling of the payphone booth before making a face. "I need a favor."

"You aren't okay." The frown was obvious.

"I am. I swear." She took in a deep breath. "I need you to go into my home and send me some books that I need. They're, uh, our types of books."

He went silent. "What's going on Diana? What have you gotten yourself into?"

"It's not so much for me, Adam, it's for someone else." At his silence she sighed and lowered her gaze. "How are you?"

"You're changing the subject." And yet he sighed and answered. "I'm fine. Melissa and I – we tried – but we're better as friends."

"Oh." She was a little surprised at the thought of Adam and Melissa together, but shook it off. "I'm sorry." The brunette turned to Whitney when he knocked on the glass of the payphone's booth and motioned to his truck. She nodded, getting what he was saying. "I'll see you back at the flower shop," she told the blonde.

Nodding, Whitney took their bags towards his truck.

"How's Grant?" Adam asked oddly.

"I don't know." She didn't even know why she was telling him the truth. "He split on me."

"What?" Adam's voice was a snarl. "He left you all alone? Jesus, Diana! Come back home!"

"I'm fine Adam." The girl worried her bottom lip. "I-I'm with family."

"I thought your grandmother was the only family you had-." And then it must have hit Adam because he went quiet for a moment. "Oh."

"Yes." She licked her lips.

"Who?" His voice cracked a little.

"My eldest sibling – I've met another as well, Pete, through Skype."

"Wow." Adam took in a deep breath. "The other two?"

"They don't know them." Diana made a face. "Could you please send me those books? Just courier them to an address I'm going to give you."

"Are you okay Diana?" Adam asked softly. "Are you in trouble?" He paused. "They might be your siblings, but they're Balcoins."

Diana's gaze lowered to her feet. "So am I."

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The door opened and Chloe looked up from the computer, surprised to see someone she didn't recognize. Smallville was small enough so that you knew everyone at least by their face, so the fact that this face was completely unfamiliar had her both curious and wary, yet the blonde didn't let it show as she smiled.

The woman sent her a smile back, eyeing the flowers thoughtfully for a moment before making her way up towards the counter. "I'm a little lost."

Chloe felt a little less wary. "Figured as much. People rarely end up in Smallville otherwise. Where are you actually trying to go?"

"Granville. I have an aunt there."

"Oh, you took the wrong exit from the Metropolis highway, it's the second turn off and not the first, the first brings you here." Chloe nodded, understanding what was going on now. "But the good news is that there's a road that leads out from Smallville to Grandsville, do you have a map?"

"Yep." The woman reached into her bag and pulled it out, opening it.

"Okay, so we're here..." Chloe showed her exactly where they were and where she should be going, repeating it when she saw a little odd look on the woman's face and figured she might still be a little confused. "And then you just follow this road and in 45 minutes you're in Granville."

The door opened and Whitney entered, carrying two plastic bags that smelled delicious. "Diana'll be here soon."

She nodded to him before returning her smile to the woman. "If you follow that route then you'll get to your aunt in no time."

The woman eyed her silently before smiling. "Thank you, it was nice to meet you." She held out her hand. "I'm Gina."

Chloe smiled, bringing her hand up to shake that hand. "Chloe. If you ever get lost around Smallville again and need some help, I'll most probably be right here."

"That's good to know." Gina nodded before turning and leaving, stuffing the map into her bag.

Whitney watched her go, waiting for the door to close behind her before raising an eyebrow and turning to Chloe as he pulled out the containers of food and drinks from the plastic bags. "She's a witch."

Chloe turned to him in shock. "How could you possibly know that?"

"Didn't you see her bracelet when she was shaking your hand? They had not only protective stones on it, but concealing charms as well." Whitney eyed the door once more before shrugging. "She's in magical hiding."

Chloe turned to look at him thoughtfully. "I wonder what Circle she belongs to."

"Probably none." Whitney laid down her coke and box of food in front of her. "She could be a warlock, shunned from her magical community because of something she did."

Chloe's gaze returned to the door. "She didn't look like what I thought a warlock would look like."

"Yeah well, you don't look like what I would expect the firstborn of the witch's devil to look like either." Whitney passed her a straw. "Appearances are always deceiving."

The door reopened and Diana strode in.

"Take this one for example, she doesn't look like your sister." Whitney shrugged. "Another point in my favor."

Diana raised an eyebrow. "What am I missing?"

"Whitney thinks the girl that just left here is a warlock," Chloe announced.

Diana blinked. "Really? The pretty brunette?"

"I said she was a witch – never said I thought she was a warlock, just that she could be." Whitney passed Diana her food and drink before grabbing his own. "Anyway, she's heading towards Granville so we probably won't see her again." He turned to Chloe. "Word on the street is that Farmer Jenkins, Royce MacMillain and James Dawson were all seen at a strip joint in Memphis. There's pictures circulating."

"What?" Chloe blinked in shock.

Diana raised an eyebrow. "So Lex's cover story is starting, I see."

"No one's going to believe that all of them have just decided to up and leave Smallville at the same time," Chloe insisted. "Those three? Maybe. But the others?"

"We'll just have to see whatever Luthor cooks up." Whitney shrugged, not half as worried as he should be. "I'm more concerned about us finding out what the next Trial is going to be and when it'll take place. You need to be prepared this time."

"My mother's on it; says she might have a source who can give her more information on it." The blonde made a face. "She said that she was going to check it out with Lex because he might have some useful sources as well." The girl shook her head. "They're going to kill each other."

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"She's found other Balcoins?" Faye blinked in utter shock, the first to react after Adam had laid the bomb on them moments before. "And there's a guy?" She smirked. "Is he hot?"

"I don't know, that wasn't important." Adam didn't even have the strength to be annoyed with Faye. "All I know is that she's staying with her and Cassie's "oldest sibling" and had met the other through Skype."

"So is the oldest sibling a guy or girl?" Melissa wanted to know.

"I don't know," he admitted once more, still a little awkward around her after the rushed kisses and awkward chemistry they'd had and then the short and failed relationship. "She never specified."

"It doesn't make any sense," Cassie finally spoke from where she'd been death silent the whole time. "Diana left here because she couldn't deal with magic or the fact that she was a Balcoin – so why is she not only dealing with magic again – but associating with Balcoins?"

"Maybe she just didn't want to deal with us and you," Faye pointed out in her careless way. "Maybe she wanted a fresh start with a new sibling."

"Really nice Faye." Jake shook his head at her.

"What?" Faye wanted to know, looking at them all. "I'm only saying what everyone else is thinking. Diana skipped town and found herself a new home and a new family. A new Circle. We're chopped liver to her now."

"Diana isn't like that," Cassie defended, standing up rapidly, taking in a deep breath. "I think she's in trouble. I think this call was a cry for help."

"She didn't sound like she was worried or scared." Adam wouldn't meet Cassie's gaze.

"This is Diana," Cassie reminded. "And she's in the middle of Balcoins. They can't be trusted."

"She's a Balcoin too," Adam reminded also. "So are you."

"But it's different." Cassie was adamant about that. "We're different."

"She doesn't think so." He ran a hand over his spiky hair. "She called herself a Balcoin."

Cassie's eyes widened as she collapsed onto her seat.

Faye blinked, seeming impressed with Diana all of a sudden. "So when do we leave?"

"Huh?" Melissa raised an eyebrow.

"She told you where she was, right?" Faye asked Adam. "So you could courier her all of her father's occult books?"

He nodded slowly. "Yes. She's in Smallville, Kansas."

"Kansas," Faye spoke the word as if it were a death sentence before shaking her head and standing with resolve. "Well, let's get going and deliver those books in person! We're not going to understand anything about what's going on and Cassie's going to be even more annoying than usual if we don't go and see that Diana's really happy there without her. So let's do it. Let's go." She grinned, her single dimple deep in her cheek. "It's time for our first road-trip."

Cassie finally spoke, eyes dark. "I'll start packing."

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Diana laughed hard, hand to her mouth, face red.

"It wasn't funny," Whitney grumbled, swallowing his bite. "I had to sleep with an icepack to my nuts for days afterwards!"

"You deserved it for tormenting me so much back then." Chloe held no sympathy at all, smirking at the memory of the baseball hitting home and driving the jock to the ground that day during PE.

"I was trying to get you to awaken because Clark had chickened out of it!" Whitney gasped in mock outrage.

Chloe just stuck one of her fries in his mouth.

He made a face at her before beginning to chew on it.

In mid-laugh Diana went dead quiet as she frowned.

"Is everything okay?" Chloe asked, noticing the change in the brunette's mood immediately.

"Yeah. It's just weird." Diana appeared both confused and uneasy, rolling her shoulders. "I just had a cold chill race down my spine."

13th-May-2013 07:30 am (UTC)
Like that Diana and Whitney are joining together to see if there's a way to break the hold that the Luthor circle has on Chloe.
Wonder what Diana sensed?? Also what sort of trouble can Diana's circle bring?

And are Tess and Oliver still with their captors???

Can't wait for more
14th-May-2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
Diana somehow sensed that the others are coming to Smallville, which is something she's not ready for given the fact that she doesn't want to even think about her past, much less face it---or Cassie and what happened between them.

Tess and Ollie are *still* captive, the Circle who has them is filled with serious business kinda people.
14th-May-2013 06:52 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!
14th-May-2013 12:33 pm (UTC)
THANKS! *Sherlock icon is MUCH appreciated* Please excuse me while I drool! lol
14th-May-2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'm so in love with this story that it's unfair to the other tics on ffnet since I just keep re-reading this one until you grace it with updates. It's an illness...Happy belated birthday girl!
15th-May-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
i never liked cassiy and adam...so, can wait for them to meet chloe...

i'm a day late it seams but still... Belated Happy Birthday!
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