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The New Circle 46B/? 
10th-Jun-2013 09:01 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!

Faye Chamberlain felt seriously short as she stared at her reflection, or, well, Chloe's reflection. She'd always wanted to know what it would be like to be a Balcoin, to be more special than the ultra important Cassie, and even if this only was for a day she was getting her way. For once. It was odd to smile and not see the single dimple but she figured if that was all the sacrifice she had to make then fine.

Dressed to the nines despite Chloe's wardrobe not really being to her taste, Faye sent her blonde reflection a flash of a smile before clearing her throat and leaving the room. She'd heard the murmur of voices below and knew that the Circle must be waiting for Chloe to go somewhere, so she'd just changed into something nice which was appropriate for most places in a hick town.

She was going to play this right because damn it, if her friends didn't realize Chloe wasn't her then at least she wanted to make sure that Chloe's friends didn't notice the switch either. Her ego would never let her live it down otherwise.

Going down the stairs, Faye smiled as she saw everyone turn to look at her, Diana standing. She pranced into the living room. "So, what's on the menu for today? What are we doing?"

The three sent each other little looks.

Diana stepped forwards. "You feeling okay?"

"Of course, sissy." Faye smiled at the weirdness of calling Diana that before turning her (now) green eyes on the two boys. "So I was thinking, since we don't have school until the building is finished, why don't we go to Metropolis and have some fun?"

Whitney eyed her in silence.

Greg raised an eyebrow. "Is there shopping involved? Because I don't do shopping."

"I need new shoes, but I wouldn't bring boys around for that." Faye rolled her eyes as she reached for Diana and looped an arm around hers, feeling so weird to have to look up at Diana now that she was so insanely short. "Let's go and have some fun."

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So, apparently the group had a routine of eating at Adam's father's restaurant after school ended each day.

Chloe was somewhat silent, sitting between Adam and Melissa, Jake and Cassie sitting opposite them. She played with her food, feeling a bit more guilty now that Cassie was involved in the whole thing, but she had already agreed and damn it, she wanted one normal day. Just one. And if she was being selfish then she didn't care. She wasn't the head yet, should enjoy this little freedom while she still could.

"Faye." Adam nudged her with his shoulder.

"Sorry!" She looked up, noticing everyone watching her oddly.

"Are you okay?" Jake asked. "It's not like you to be so quiet."

"Of course. I was just thinking about something." Chloe tried to act all uncaring with a shrug. "So, what's all the nudging about?"

"We were asking what you were wearing for tonight's party." Cassie raised an eyebrow. "Melissa said that you'd bought a costume from months ago but have been keeping what it is under wraps."

A party.

A costume party.

Oh wow.

That was normal, wasn't it?

Chloe's smile was genuine. "It's a surprise."

Even for her!

"What was it last time? Little Red Riding Hood?" Jake wanted to know.

Had it been?

"Surprised you remember given the fact that you were busy trying to get us killed that night." Adam snorted.

"Did you hear something?" Jake asked Melissa. "It sounded like the voice of someone who willingly absorbed dark magic."

Adam looked away, a muscle jumping in his cheek.

"Will the two of you just stop it?" Cassie frowned. "We've all made mistakes."

"I haven't," Melissa reminded everyone.

"Callum." Jake pointed his fork at her.

"That was an almost mistake," Melissa defended. "And I'm done with the dangerous type. I'm – I'm more into the sweet type now."

"Are we talking about Clark Kent?" Jake chuckled.

"Maybe." Melissa pouted. "If he'd actually answer me back. I think he mightn't like me as much as I thought."

"He does," Chloe spoke before even thinking, everyone's gaze turning to her. "He really likes you."

"How would you know this?" Adam asked curiously.

Chloe's eyes widened, realizing she'd just messed up. The girl cleared her throat and played indifferent. "Because Chloe told me."

The table went silent.

Cassie tightened her grip on the table. "You – You've been speaking to Chloe?"

"What?" Chloe tried to think of a way Faye would answer this. "Am I not allowed to?"

"No, it's just that, uh," Cassie cleared her throat, obviously uncomfortable and not sure what to say. "I didn't realize you two had gotten close during our trip to Smallville."

"I wouldn't say close," Chloe hedged. "We just talk sometimes."

"And whenever I mention her, you go silent." Cassie's gaze lowered to her plate. "You've been playing it close to the chest. That's surprising." She gave a little crooked smile. "I would have expected you to throw it in my face the fact that you're closer to my sister than I am. That she likes you better."

That was... unexpected.

The way Cassie acted, Chloe wouldn't have guessed that the girl would have cared either way.

"I'm sure it's not that Chloe likes Faye better," Adam assured. "But they did talk more. You two really didn't communicate much while you were there."

"Still." Cassie leveled Chloe with a look. "She's my sister. Not yours. If I have issues with her then you shouldn't use them to your advantage and-"

"You're a brat." Chloe couldn't stop herself and just eyed her little sister in shock.

"Excuse me?" Cassie gasped.

"You have no right to be angry right now. None." Chloe eyed the girl levelly, speaking calmly but sternly all at the same time. "When you arrived in Smallville you alternated from telling Chloe that Diana needed to stay away from her for her own safety, to being jealous of the fact that she had the power of Francis Balcoin in her, to being wary about the very same thing. You never once actually tried to sit down and talk like sisters do; to get to know her. You made her think that you didn't like her. That you resented her." She slammed her hands palms-down onto the table. "Given your actions, you have no right to know sit here and tell me off for – what exactly? Trying to steal your sister? A sister you've never actually shown to give a damn about?"

"You would never be able to understand what I'm going through right now!" Cassie snapped back, slamming her hands on the table as well, facing off. "You're a spoiled brat who thinks everything should be given to you and revolve around you and you've always resented me! Resented my place in this Circle, resented that I had dark magic, resented that Jake liked me, resented that John was my father and not yours – so what? You've decided that you'll finally be able to one-up me by taking my place in a Circle that would be headed by my sister?" She sneered. "Yeah. I know about that."

"Seriously? Who is the conceited one here?" Chloe shook her head, ignoring Melissa and glaring at Cassie. "Not everything in this world revolves around you."

"No, of course, it revolves around you." Cassie shook her head in disgust. "Faye Chamberlain, the spoilt little rich girl who hates herself so much she's constantly trying to be someone else." She leaned forwards. "I've had enough of you and your attitude."

"My attitude?" Chloe knew that she herself wasn't being attacked, but still, damn it, her issues with Cassie were coming to the surface. "Why don't you talk about your attitude?"

"Because my attitude is just fine," Cassie snapped.

Chloe laughed, it was an ugly sound. "Your attitude stinks."

"Oh yeah?" Cassie straightened.

"Yeah." Chloe did as well, for once glad for Faye's height. "I get it, okay? I do. Your mom was killed badly. You came here and found out you were a witch, had dark magic, and had to get accustomed to how that completely messed up your life and your plans for it. Then your father, who should be dead, arrives and he makes you feel like you might not only get control over your dark magic and not have it overload and control you, but you might have a family again. That desire to have a family is magnified when your grandmother gets killed. So you cling to him and then to Diana when you find out about her being your sister because despite everything that happened between you two and Adam, somehow you were still close. And then you lose Adam too. It's like everything is falling apart. All you have left, all youreally have left, are your father and sister." She stared into Cassie's green eyes, seeing the truth in them as they grew darker and darker with pain. "But then you realize that your father is going to kill all your friends and other innocents; he can't be trusted. You kill him." It was still hard for Chloe to say that, to imagine it, still unable to truly see John as the bad guy. "That only leaves you with your sister but she boltsthe first chance she gets and leaves you all alone. You're worse than when you came here the first time because you might have lost your mother, but at least you didn't have magic screwing you over. And then you find out about your sister, that she's fine, and she's staying with other family. Another sister. You feel useless, worthless; you feel replaceable. I. Get. It."

Cassie gulped.

"You've suffered Cassie, I get it, you have no idea how much I get it. But you need to get over it or you'll become a bitter person who hates herself." Chloe licked her lips, unable to stop herself from speaking. "You need to get that while you've suffered, so have others. Their lives have been screwed over just as much as yours has. Diana found out that her father isn't her father, but instead someone she considersevil is. And then not only does she have her dark magic – the taint she hates so much – forced onto her, but she has to kill the man who is biologically her father, and also loses the man she loves as a father because he is catatonic by ingesting demons to save her. He's in constant agony with them inside of him and it's only the spell binding them to him that keeps him from ever being the father she needs from him. So she clings to a boy who only was with her because of her real father and he abandoned her as soon as she reached her family because that's what her father wanted." Chloe leaned forward. "She then finds out that because she killed her father, this other sister is trapped to become a slave and the guilt she's already being consumed by grows worse. She sticks around and tries to do her best because it's the only way she feels she can redeem herself. She feels trapped between the Circles, doesn't really know her place and it's a very sad, very lonely position."

Cassie swallowed, tears beginning to accumulate in her eyes.

"I – Chloe gets it." She felt so odd talking about herself in the third person. "About four months ago, she didn't know she was a witch, that she was bound to some other Circle as some sort of living crystal so they could use her dark magic for their own gain, or that she was also the Firstborn of six children and that even though she hasn't turned seventeen yet, as the oldest living Balcoin she'd have to start Trials to prove her worth to lead the remnants of an almost extinct clan that apparently the fate of the magical community as a whole rests upon. She was abused by the power-hungry bitch that wanted control of the first Circle she was contemplating joining, and then found out that she'll probably never have a real relationship because every single time she kisses a guy they go zombified. She'll never know if someone's with her because they love her or because they're Enthralled to do so. So, before all this, she meets a man, the only man she thinks she can trust, her father. He tells her that he has so much planned for her, he helps her, and then he gets killed before she can get to know him, to learn what she needs to know. Maybe he could have helped her with the Enthrallment, maybe he could have found some other way to free her, but she'll never know because you and Diana killed him. And she gets it. She understands why it was done. She wishes things had been different, she still wants to believe he might be alive but she knows he's not and that she's at a great disadvantage because of it. Not only does she have to go through life threatening Trials, but she's putting her friends in danger as well, and even if she lives through this she's going to still be trapped by a pact that she might have been able to escape with John's help." Chloe laughed darkly. "And then she meets another sister, one she met in dreams before, one who resents her openly and makes her feel as if she's a danger to Diana. Which she knows she is. She does. She understands your resentment and she resents you too. You killed John. You're partly to blame for what she's going through. But that doesn't matter. You're family, and like you, she doesn't have much of that anymore. But you made it very obvious you were only there for Diana and didn't want anything to do with Chloe and she respected that, gave you your space and respected your decisions, your feelings."

Cassie sat silently, her head tilting down.

Adam, Melissa and Jake looked very worried yet almost afraid to talk.

"Do you understand what it means to be Firstborn, Cassie? Do you understand the fact that her life isn't hers anymore? That she can't plan a future for herself? Even if she ends up finding a way out of the blood pact, she's still going to be a slave to the Balcoins!" Chloe slammed her hands down once more, the table shaking. "She's going to have to dedicate her whole life to trying to slowly rebuild the Balcoin clan, her every thought, action, everything is going to have to be fueled by this need. She's going to have to put away every single dream she's ever had." Chloe hated the fact that her eyes were filling with tears and her voice wavering. She paused for a moment, stabbing at her eyes with the palms of her hands and clearing her throat before continuing. "She's turning seventeen soon, and she doesn't know if she'll be alive for the party. She doesn't know if she wants to be alive for the party. The only reason she fights is because she doesn't want anyone else to have to go through these Trials too."

Cassie looked up at that, horror on her pale face.

"Her mother thinks she's evil, thinks that she can help her not be by being by her side, but it's obvious in her eyes that she's beginning to feel it's a lost cause. 'There's no Hibbins in her, only Balcoin. Only John. And John – John was evil. I'm scared that it's only a matter of time'." She lowered her gaze. "I've heard her say that when she thought I wasn't listening." The girl cleared her throat. "But that's not important. It isn't. All I'm saying is that you really should know the whole story and not just mourn your own. There are other people suffering out there, Cassie. Not just you." Her nails dug into the table as she stared dead into those eyes. "So if you decide you want to get your head out of your ass and want to actually get to know Chloe instead of sitting there bemoaning the fact that you're alone and I'm trying to steal her from you, then pick up the goddamn phone and call. Until then, I don't even want to look at you." With that she grabbed Faye's bag and stormed off, rubbing the palms of her hands into her eyes, knowing she was ruining her makeup but not giving a damned.

Behind her, she could hear Cassie break out crying, and while a part of her felt guilty as hell, Chloe continued on.

There were hurried footsteps and then Jake caught up to her, walking side by side in silence.

She didn't look at him, merely staring ahead, not sure where she was going.

Jake didn't speak, not until they were in the parking lot. "So, how did the switch happen?"

Chloe froze, turning to look at him with wide eyes.

Jake's gaze turned to her. "I know Faye enough to know that she wasn't the one who just gave that speech. She would have called Cassie a bitch, used magic, and probably tried pulling her hair."

Despite it all Chloe gave a little laugh through her tears, still wiping at her eyes. "I shouldn't have gone off on her like that."

"It was bound to happen." Jake shrugged. "You should have heard the arguments Nick and I used to have."

Silence befell them.

"I think I might have unknowingly switched us," Chloe admitted finally, eyeing him as she clutched at her necklace. "I just wanted so badly not to be me for one day. To be normal. To have fun. To not have to-" She gulped, licking her lips. "When Faye called and suggested we not tell anyone and just be the other for a day – I couldn't say no."

Jake stared down at her before a crooked little smile touched his lips as he nodded. "It'll be our secret."

"Thank you," she whispered.

"No problem, think of it as a way to repay you for not killing me when I attacked you back in Smallville." Jake gave a sheepish smile as he began walking again. "I never did apologize to you, did I?"

She shook her head.

"Well, I'm sorry. We all are. It was stupid and reckless of us. We should have known better." Jake shrugged. "Though, I think getting our asses handed to us was a great lesson. We're much less likely to spell first and ask questions later."

Once again Chloe laughed, slowly feeling a little better. "Good."

He sent her a wide smile.

They continued walking together, and when he reached a truck and opened the door for her, Chloe slipped in.

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Faye was having fun. She was gonna have to see if she could find a way to burn down their high school without getting caught once she got back. She admired her gorgeous shoes, knowing Chloe would thank her for her additions to the wardrobe. So what if she'd lied to the boys and after a few hours had taken them all to the mall to buy stuff? They should have expected these sorts of things by going out with girls.

The curtain was pulled across her changing area, and Faye turned, eyes wide at the hunk that slipped in with her. "You might be handsome, but I'll scream rape."

He rolled his eyes. "You need to come with me now. It's a matter of life and death."

"Really? You're going to try paraphrasing a terminator line on me?" Faye snorted, hands on her hips. "Listen here, Mr Tall Dark and Pervy, I'm not going anywhere with you when I don't even know your name."

"What are you talking about?" He frowned. "It's Lucas. You know that."


Did Chloe know this guy?

"You okay in there, Chloe?" Diana's voice was odd.

"Of course!" Faye called out before giving Lucas a look over, voice lowered. "Look hot stuff, work on your lines and then come again some other day. You can't get by on looks alone these days. Sorry, bud. You're out of luck." With that she pushed around him and slipped out, joining Diana with an innocent smile. "How about some coffee?"

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"Where's Chloe?"

Moira raised an eyebrow, looking at the files in front of her. "I don't know, home I think."

"Are you sure about it?" Gabe asked, voice desperate.

"She hasn't left the house for three days now, Gabe. I doubt today her attitude will have done a complete 180 and she's out prancing about happily somewhere." Moira frowned at the information in front of her. "Why?"

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Whitney caught the look in Diana's eyes as Chloe, arm looped around Diana's, talked about something the boys (who were holding all the damned bags) couldn't hear.

"That's not Chloe," Greg mumbled, looking through one of the bags before pulling out a lacy red thong. "But I do like her style."

"I know that isn't Chloe, as does Diana if her freaked out expression is anything to go by." Whitney grabbed the thong from Greg and threw it back into the bag. "The question is who is she?"

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"So I'm guessing this isn't the first time you've been in Faye's bedroom." Chloe smirked, eyeing the place with interest since it gave her a look into Faye herself.

"Let's just say I became a savant when it came to sneaking out of that window." Jake grinned brightly, hands in his pockets. "Her mom caught me once. It wasn't pretty."

"I can imagine." The blonde picked up a picture of Faye, Melissa, and a blonde guy with leather jacket that reminded her a bit of Greg.

"That was my brother, Nick."

Chloe turned to look at Jake before putting the picture back. "Sorry."

"It's fine." Jake sighed, looking away. "So, in three hours the party is gonna start. Want me to come and pick you up? No one will think much about it, they'll just think that Faye and I are on again."

"Thank you, for helping me." Chloe hugged herself. "This is really nice of you."

"Yeah, well, everyone deserves a nice, normal day without any drama, and so far you haven't had that at all." Jake shrugged. "Tonight needs to make up for it." He turned his gaze towards her. "Consider it a thank you for taking Diana in and treating her so well."

Chloe smiled. "Okay."

Jake nodded, backing away. "I better go before Mrs Chamberlain returns home and gets the wrong idea."

"That would be awkward," Chloe agreed.

Flashing her one last smile, Jake waved before showing himself out.

Chloe looked all around the room before going to the bed and collapsing on it, smiling.

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Faye was seriously enjoying messing with Diana, Whitney and Greg. She had no idea how Chloe acted around them, but it was fun being the Chloe she envisioned, especially since apparently Chloe was boss. If Chloe wanted to do something and said that was what they were going to do, the others didn't question it, just like everyone always did of Faye back home. If Cassie wanted something, they bent over backwards to give her her way, but no, not for Faye Chamberlain.

Sighing, Faye eyed her reflection in the bathroom, having left the three outside talking and holding her bags. There was only some old woman in the bathroom with her but Faye ignored her, just staring at Chloe's face in the mirror.

She wondered if her friends had realized Chloe wasn't her yet.

Not that she cared or anything.

Shaking her head, Faye put on a smile, telling herself her friends would notice. That despite it all they were her friends and knew her. She eyed the smile on her face, lowered it a degree so it didn't look so forced, and then walked out of the bathroom-nearly colliding with a man. "Watch it, gramps!"

"I'm so sorry, please excuse me." He smiled down congenially at her, dressed to the nines.

"Sure." She shrugged, trying to sidestep him, but he moved with her blocking her way. Greens narrowed as Faye glared up at him. "If you're going to hit on me let me just say-"

"Miss Sullivan, I must admit that you wound me by not having a faint notion as to who I am."

Faye's eyes narrowed. "Who-?"

But then the woman from the bathroom emerged and pressed a cloth against her mouth and nose and Faye's eyes rolled in the back of her head as her knees gave out and everything went black.

11th-Jun-2013 05:11 am (UTC)
shriek....lionel luthor?....
11th-Jun-2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yep, the Magnificent Bastard himself!
11th-Jun-2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Faye! Chloe! Come on, guys, you didn't think something like this would happen?
11th-Jun-2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
They were both just so happy to be the other for a day I don't think they really thought any of this through!
11th-Jun-2013 06:23 am (UTC)
Whenever I'm readin your stories I completely block everything out!!

I'm glad that Chloe told Cassie off. Hopefully that will help Cassie get her head out of her ass and remember that she isn't the only one that is going through stuff!!

Well shit!! You and you're cliffhangers!!!
Can't wait for more!!
11th-Jun-2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Good! Especially if it's bad stuff that's being blocked out!
The ChloexCassie confrontation was definitely going to happen, even if Chloe did it in Faye's body she's gotten her point across and important stuff off her chest. Plus, Cassie realizes it was Chloe and while she's going to need some time for everything to sink in...

I know. I'm evil :P
11th-Jun-2013 10:01 am (UTC)
Wow! Nice one!
i so want for Chloe to find a way out and have a normal life:(
11th-Jun-2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Though sadly I doubt she'll ever have a "normal" existence at all.
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