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The New Circle 41/? 
4th-Jun-2013 08:38 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!

Diana wanted to believe that it was Moira's conversation with her that had her overly sensitive, and yet it really did seem as if Chloe was acting weird. The girl wouldn't meet her eyes and when she did, there was a questioning glint in those greens, one that was almost soul-searching. The blonde shrugged off Diana's questions on if something was wrong, had given a little smile and changed the subject, but Diana could tell that Chloe was keeping something from her. It wasn't because she was the Eye and Saw things. No. It was because she'd gotten to know Chloe well enough now to know that she wasn't being open and herself. She was quiet, pretended to be reading books to keep from having to talk, and whenever she thought Diana was busy doing something else she just watched her.

It just made Moira's words hit home so much harder.

Chloe was keeping something from Diana because she couldn't trust her.

And damn it, that hurt like hell.

Diana had thought she was doing the right thing at the time and yet now it was coming to bite her in the ass. She didn't like feeling this way, hadn't ever felt it since she'd arrived. She was on the outside and Chloe was being friendly and nice but she had a wall up between them. Diana could feel it and no matter how hard she tried to get past it and talk to Chloe, the blonde just made it stronger and smiled brighter and laughed off any fears the brunette had.

Thing was, Greg couldn't hide it as well as Chloe could. He knew whatever was going on and he didn't hide the way his eyes narrowed on Diana as he watched her like a hawk, almost as if waiting for her to do something, to attack. It was like a slap in the face.

But what really got her was Whitney. She was supposed to be working on that special little mission with him but he had called the whole thing off around the same time Chloe and Greg started acting weird.

Clark was the only one acting normally towards her.

Diana didn't understand what was happening and felt alienated and hurt. And Moira's words were haunting her. Was this really her fault? Had she really done so badly in telling the others? Moira – she'd been right when she said that the others really didn't need to know the specifics, and Chloe's group had no reason to trust the Chance Harbor Circle. Diana trusted them because they'd been her old Circle and she knew that they wouldn't hurt anyone, that they were the good guys, and that if they could help, they would. But the others didn't and she could finally see how she'd actually betrayed their trust.


She felt caught in the middle of a rock and a hard place.

Moira was right. She was caught between two Circles. She felt like she belonged here in Chloe's Circle, but she'd never stopped feeling as if she were a part of the one in Chance Harbor.

Sliding down the wall, Diana hugged her knees to her chest and stared ahead numbly.

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"I say she should go back to Chance Harbor," Greg declared in Potter's Potts. "We can't trust her."

"She mightn't know what's going on. Have you even considered that?" Chloe frowned at him. "You have to give her the benefit of the doubt. She could be innocent in all of this."

"But she might not be." Whitney didn't look happy at the thought, face impassive. "Really, what proof do we have that John Balcoin died? Her and Cassie's word. That's it."

"Adam was there too." Chloe reminded, thinking back to the day the curse nearly killed her friends, of the presences she'd felt once she'd connected with her father's spell while trying to save Jason.

"He's a part of their Circle, Chlo." Greg stood, coming towards her. "She is a part of their Circle. Not ours. Her loyalty is to them." He narrowed his eyes. "This could all be a trap for you."

"It doesn't make any sense." Chloe eyed the two determined men. "He died."

"How can you know that for a fact?" Greg pushed.

"Because I'm the Matriarch! Because the Trials were sped up! Because I have a Hand and an Eye – an Eye who I'm not trusting right now!" Chloe threw her hands up in the air in frustration. "None of that would be happening now if my father was still alive!"

"She's got a point." Whitney leaned against the wall.

"We saw John Balcoin," Greg pushed.

Chloe lowered her head, unable to deny that.

"This has to be explainable somehow." Whitney gave a groan.

"We need to talk to Diana," Chloe declared for what seemed like the hundredth time. "Even if she's somehow involved, we need to talk to her. Even if only to gauge her reactions."

The door opened and Clark entered, an odd expression on his face. "I have to leave."

"Where the hell are you going?" Greg wanted to know.

"France." Clark took in a deep breath. "I just got a call from Pete. He has everything arranged for me, says he needs me urgently in France and that he can't explain it until I'm there. He says it's a matter of life and death."

"I don't know if you've realized it, Kent, but this is a matter of life and death." Greg took a step towards him.

"Go." Chloe stood, going towards Clark and placing her hands on his arms. "Pete wouldn't have gone to so much trouble if it wasn't urgent."

"I think nothing's as urgent as the fact that your psycho dad might be still alive and stalking you." Greg pointed out.

"It's fine." She reached out and placed a hand on Greg's shoulder, giving it a little squeeze. "I've got you and Whitney to protect me. I'll be fine."

Greg's annoyance melted into a reluctant, crooked smile. "Well, when you put it that way..."

Chloe's smile was genuine though tinted with worry as she turned back to Clark. "I need you to promise you're going to be careful."

"I'm so sorry, I-!" Clark started.

Chloe pressed up on her tiptoes and hugged him. "I know."

Clark gulped before wrapping his arms around her tightly. "I'll come back as soon as I can."

She nodded before letting go. "When's your flight?"

"In an hour from the Metropolis Airport. I have to go immediately. Pete said not to worry about packing, that there was no time." He sighed. "I'll have to contact mom and dad after I reach France and they are gonna be pissed."

"Go on, then. You have a battle ahead of you. We're here if you need us." Chloe stepped back as Greg and Whitney shook Clark's hand before the farmboy gave them one last look before leaving.

Whitney stood next to Chloe, watching him leave, his hands in his letterman pockets.

Greg took position on her other side, scowling. "And then there were three."

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Davis had been silent ever since that phone call with Chloe, and while Jason probably would have lost it if he'd had to continuously listen to his best friend claim his eternal love for the girl – this silence was eating at him as well. Davis was usually a silent person so that wasn't it. No. It was the darkness in that face that was getting to Jason. He'd never seen that sort of murderous expression on his best friend's face and it wasn't going away.

To take his mind off of things, he'd left Davis alone for a while as he went through the Smallville Luthorcorp facility personnel files only to find that the only IT personnel listed was a greasy looking guy in his thirties. No cute girls at all. And from the records, Mr Greasey had been working for the facility for ten years now.

Which really begged the question: who had Davis been talking to that day?

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Cassie had been all "Circle-ness" since they'd come back. She was always with one of them (even Faye hadn't been able to escape her) and seemed to want to clean up her act. She was over at Jake's, cleaning and cooking for him, she worked with Adam at his father's place, and was hanging out more and more whenever Faye just wanted to go somewhere with Melissa. Melissa, of course, not only let Cassie tag along but seemed to really enjoy having her around. Faye wondered if everyone was putting up with this because they felt bad for Cassie or because they actually liked it. And she had the horrible feeling that they actually liked it.

"So you say he hasn't been answering your phone calls and he's being vague on the email." Faye raised an eyebrow. "He's a guy. Why are you surprised?"

"You don't get it, Clark's different." Melissa defended the boy from Smallville vehemently.

"How many times do I have to hear you say that before you realize that no guy is "different"?" Faye wanted to know.

"I don't know, I have to admit it, Clark seemed like a sweetheart." Cassie was, of course, there as they looked at clothes. "He doesn't seem like the type who'd just blow Melissa off like that. He looked like he really liked her."

"You think so?" Melissa blushed.

"Yeah." Cassie nodded, smiling softly. "He looked at you the way Adam used to look at me before we..." She then cleared her throat and picked up a dress at random from the rack. "This is nice, right?"

"Totally." Melissa, obviously on a high from what Cassie had said, was all smiles and sunshine.

Faye rolled her eyes. "So, Cassie, have you heard from Diana since you've come back?"

Cassie licked her lips, clearing her throat. "Uh, not yet."

Melissa sent Faye a look before smiling at Cassie. "I'm sure she's waiting on you to call first. You know, to let her know you arrived safely."

"What did you think about Chloe?" Cassie changed the topic completely as she finally stopped pretending she cared about the dress.

"In what way?" Melissa tilted her head curiously.

"Voldemort Barbie." Faye described the oldest sister with two words. She was awesome like that.

"I mean, she seemed nice enough, right?" Cassie made a face, ignoring Faye as she concentrated on Melissa. "A little preoccupied, but nice. Adam really seemed to like her, and he's usually a good judge of character. Better than me at least."

"I really didn't talk to Chloe much, but I know that Clark thinks the world of her and Clark's a great guy who I feel I could trust the judgment of." Melissa gave a little awkward smile.

"It was kind of – I don't think I took the whole situation well at all." Cassie groaned, covering her face in embarrassment. "I think I acted like a brat."

"No, you didn't." Melissa comforted.

"Yeah, she did." Faye countered.

Of course, they ignored Faye.

"Diana said something that's been making me think." Cassie sighed. "She said that she wasn't the only family I had left. It's taken this long for it to sink in."

Faye kept back the snarky comment she was gonna make about dumb blondes only because if she was really trying to get into Chloe's Circle, she was definitely going to have to stop using those type of comments and to do so, she'd have to get used to it from now on.

So the brunette just bit back on her tongue and pulled out a random shirt, pretending to be engrossed in it.

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Diana hugged her knees tightly, wiping at the tears in her eyes, trying to figure out what to do.

Chloe had invited her to keep her company at Potter's Potts but she'd pretended (as she had these last couple of days) that she was still too ill and stayed behind. She wanted to go but she needed to figure out some things before she could do so.

She really hated this divide growing between her and Chloe.

She hated it tremendously.

Diana just didn't know what to do, what she should do!


Suddenly, a feeling of dread pierced through her so harshly it left her in pain and without breath.

Diana's dark orbs widened, not knowing how she knew it, but that it was real.

Chloe was in danger.

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The door opened and Chloe looked up from where she'd been arguing with Whitney, surprised to see the girl from before, Gina, and a couple of guys.

"Gina." She smiled, ignoring the way Whitney and Greg tensed up behind her. "How are you doing? Did you manage to find your way to your aunt's?"

"Yes, thank you." Gina smiled as she came closer. "I found what I was looking for."

Chloe could see the tension in the room and yet kept her smile on her face. "Well, that's great." She refrained from looking at the men since Gina was the one closest to her. "How can we help you?"

"You can come with us," Gina replied. "Without a fight."

"Now why would I do that?" Chloe wanted to know, dropping the smile as she narrowed her eyes on them.

"Because we have men watching the houses of these two's mothers," Gina announced easily, pointing to Greg and Whitney. "And you wouldn't want them hurt, would you?"

Chloe's eyes widened, turning to look at Whitney and Greg before returning her greens to the woman. "Fine."

"Chloe-" Whitney started.

"Get to your mothers, make sure they're fine," Chloe hissed to him before moving towards Gina, holding her hands up as if she were going to get cuffed.

When Gina made to grab her, Chloe grabbed her wrist and pulled it with a jerk, causing the girl to be off balance as Chloe elbowed her in the face.

"What was that for?" Gina cried, holding up her hands to her face as one of the men grabbed Chloe and twisted her hands behind her back.

Whitney and Greg moved to help but Chloe shook her head for them to stop.

The blonde eyed Greg in silence before he nodded slowly and she turned her gaze to Gina. "That's for if you've hurt them already."

Gina shook her head. "Take her."

The men did as told, taking the sedate girl with them.

Chloe saw a group of cars awaiting ahead, the girl narrowing her eyes as the door was opened.

"Chloe?" a very unexpected voice asked.

Chloe's eyes widened as she turned her head to see Nell Potter walking up towards her.

"What's going on here?" Nell frowned.

"No time for this." One of the men declared before whispering something and sending Nell flying into the wall, knocking her out.

So they were witches.

Taking in a breath, Chloe stepped into the car and stared ahead of her as on either side of her a man slipped in to the car and sat.

The convoy made its way out of Smallville. Chloe gazed down at her hands and wondered just how long it would take Gina to realize that her bracelet was missing.

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Greg reached down and picked up the bracelet the brunette hadn't realized Chloe had taken from her during their scuffle. He realized why Chloe had allowed herself to be taken so easily and he gulped passed the lump in his throat at the thought of how much faith she was putting in him and his abilities at this moment. He couldn't let her down. But first he had to make sure that his mother was fine.

Slipping the bracelet into his jacket pocket, he turned to Whitney (who already had his mother on the phone). "We have to-"

The door opened and Diana raced in, wearing very baggy and unbecoming sweats. "Chloe's in trouble!"

"No shit, Sherlock," Greg snapped at her, still not completely sure she wasn't a part of this. "She's just been kidnapped by a group of assholes."

"Just, the both of you, stay there." Whitney ended the conversation and looked at Greg. "They were lying. Our mothers are at their weekly knitting club with a bunch of other women. They're safe."

"My mother knits?" Greg blinked in utter shock. "Since when?"

"Since she found out about you?" Whitney eyed him in shock. "She's reached out to Mrs Kent and my mom, who were both "in the know" and since they're in the club, she's joined in?" He shook his head. "You need to start paying more attention to things."

"Knitting..." Greg shook his head, unable to believe that one, before turning to Whitney. "We need to go to the Talon."

"There's an unconscious woman outside," Diana mentioned.

"You take care of her." Whitney made for the door. "Greg and I have something we need to do."

"I'm coming with you." Diana frowned as she walked towards him, eyes narrowed. "I can help."

"Just stay here," Greg snapped, already heading to the door.

"No!" Diana snapped right back, the door locking in front of him before he could step out. "I don't care if you have a problem with me, Chloe's my sister and I'm going to help, damn it!"

Whitney looked between them.

"And how do we know you aren't behind all this?" Greg snarled as he turned to face her, eyes dark. "How do we know pretty little Diana Meade isn't the evil mastermind behind everything?"

"Why in the world would you think that I would have anything to do with this?" Diana gasped in shocked horror.

"Maybe because you've been caught in enough lies," Greg hissed.

Diana clenched her fists. "I have never lied to you."

"Oh yeah? Wanna bet?" Greg snarled.

"Yeah! I do!" she hissed.

"That is enough!" Whitney finally stepped in between the two murderous looking dark haired teens. "Chloe's in trouble right now and we don't have time for this sort of bickering." He turned to Greg. "She's coming with us. We're wasting too much time arguing on that point." And with that, the locks on the door opened and he stormed out before pausing, eyes wide. "Nell?"

Greg hurried out after him, eyes widening to see Nell Potter unconscious on the ground. "Damn. Not the kind of home coming she was expecting, huh?"

"Wait, this is Lana Lang's aunt?" Diana was at their side.

Greg motioned to Whitney, grabbing Nell's legs while the blonde grabbed her arms, the two taking her inside before leaving her on the ground and closing the door after them. They'd come and check up on her later.

There was no time for any of these distractions, Whitney had been right about that, the three of them hurrying over to the Talon while Whitney texted Gabe and Moira about the situation.

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"For the record, you could have broken her nose if you'd lifted your elbow a bit more like this," the guy to her right declared, showing her what he was talking about as jerked his elbow. "It's probably only bruised, but you've got potential."

Chloe eyed him curiously. "I'll remember that next time."

He grinned broadly at her before nodding. "Do that."

What sort of kidnappers were these?

"So why didn't you actually use your magic? Not that, you know, girl on girl isn't nice to watch." The guy on her left asked curiously. "If you'd used your magic, there would definitely have been more of a fight – we were expecting that."

"I wasn't going to do anything that might force you all to hurt Mrs Fordman and Mrs Arkin," she replied truthfully, finding this the most civil kidnapping she'd experienced so far.

"Oh." The guy on her left nodded. "Though, to be truthful, we didn't have the time to scout for them. They're fine."

"Yeah, don't worry about them," the one on her right added.

"That's... good." Seriously though, what gives?

"And if she tries something, remember, raise the tip of your elbow a little higher next time." The one on her right reminded.

"Right." She nodded slowly. "You guys don't like her, do you?"

Both snorted.

Even the driver snickered up front.

"So, why are you bound in a Circle with someone who you don't like?" she wanted to know curiously.

"We're not bound." The one to the right made a face at it. "You think we'd be fool enough to not be able to use solo magic anymore?"

"I see your point." She figured if they were being civil, all things considered, she should probably do the same. "I think that's a big compromise. And when they say it's so the group can be protected – how are they more protected now that they can't use magic if they're in danger when no one else from their Circle is around?"

"Exactly what I've been saying!" the one on her left declared with a huge ass smile, hand out towards her. "I'm Brent and that's Trent – no relation."

"Chloe." She felt so surreal shaking Brent's hand, and then Trent's, almost as if she were meeting new guys from school and not her kidnappers.

"You've got a strong grip, speaks well about you," Trent observed as he let go of her hand.

She gave him an awkward smile. "Thanks..."

What the hell was going on?

And why exactly were they telling her their names?

Shouldn't they be hiding their identity?

Unless... Unless the plan was to kill her.

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Once they entered the Talon, Greg pulled out the bracelet and tightened his grip on it as it crashed over him like a wave, forcing the breath out of him as images began to move in fast, reverse succession. He saw Chloe getting that bitch in the face with her elbow, and then the brunette with a group of young men, and then the brunette in the shop with Chloe and Whitney, the blonde girl showing her something on a map.

The pain began to throb in his temples but Greg ignored it, tightening his hold on the bracelet as he stepped forwards, watching the girl watch Chloe, and then the image changed to the girl looking quite torn up but viciously pleased, one of the boys helping her out of a car.

Again the image changed and this time when it did it shocked Greg, the brunet unable to hide his surprise and then anger at the fact that this scenario hadn't crossed his mind before. How could it not have?!

Finally the images disappeared and Whitney and Diana were standing in front of him, identical looks of wariness and worry on their expression, Greg feeling a bit like an asshole for having accused Diana for being behind it all when it'd been someone else entirely.

"Well?" Whitney stood straight. "What did you see?"

"Do you know who is behind this and where they've taken her?" Diana clenched her fists.

"I don't know where they have her now, but I do know who will know." Greg slipped the bracelet into his pocket, lips a grim line.

"Who?" Whitney narrowed his eyes.

"The man behind it all." Greg met his stare. "Lex Luthor."

5th-Jun-2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Dun dun duñnnnnnnnn! Oh lex that sneaky bastard. I can't wait for more thrallled davis and jason chloe interaction. I actually liked seeing the chance harbor peeps b/c faye is just funny mean awesome just like cordelia from buffy. I can't wait to read more!
6th-Jun-2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, it won't be the last you see of them.............
5th-Jun-2013 05:49 am (UTC)
not really... really? lex... but why?
and i have to say... clark is weak... so are pete and lana... just to run off... after all the fighting they should know, leaving chloe would cause trouble... even if she has no problem with it, she needs her familiy and friends....
so my guess is, pete will not be her other hand... lana will somehow come in their way...

but who then?... and i so can't wait for an explication who and why the new circle is after the firstborn... maybe lex pissed them off somehow...

and ;), at least nell get's blown away the first she steps back in town ...

thank you again for this great story
6th-Jun-2013 01:11 am (UTC)
I can spoil the fact that Pete definitely isn't going to be her hand or any designation, only because I know it's not that much of a spoiler!

Haha, yeah, she's not too happy about that!
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6th-Jun-2013 01:11 am (UTC)
You will find out about the new Circle in the new chapter! :)
5th-Jun-2013 09:39 am (UTC)
wow! Over 40 chapters! You go girl!
6th-Jun-2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm rather proud of myself *beams*
7th-Jun-2013 06:21 am (UTC)
ohh poor Diana. Hope that Chloe and the others realize that she is not lying to them. She isn't is she??

Heee can't wait for Jason to find out that the cute IT girl Davis was raving about is Chloe!! Yeah, I'm evil like that!

Love that the kidnappers are giving her pointers about hitting someone with their elbow!!

WUT??? What is Lex up to???
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