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The New Circle 47/? 
12th-Jun-2013 08:36 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!

Oh wow.

Chloe stared at herself in the reflection of the mirror, still not used to seeing Faye there instead, but not minding it too much as she stared at herself in the costume that the brunette had been keeping under wraps for a very good reason. It was, well, it wasn't something that Chloe herself would have bought but it fit Faye and her personality perfectly. It was a Mord-Sith outfit, like Cara's from Legend of the Seeker, two Agiels and thigh holsters having come with the costume as well.

Chloe really hadn't ever met anyone else who watched Legend of the Seeker, which had always been a favorite little pleasure of hers, and so if Faye did, Chloe was going to have to check out this Merlin series she'd been talking about. Maybe she'd like it.

Pulling the Agiels out of their holsters, Chloe posed in front of the mirror, channeling Cara, before laughing and straightening.

There was a knock on the window.

She jerked around, eyes wide, and the window slammed open, revealing a surprised Jake.

"Honey?" Faye's mom's voice called.

Jake ducked and hid as Mrs Chamberlain opened the door, peering inside.

Chloe turned towards the beautiful blonde woman. "Hey."

"What was that sound?" Mrs Chamberlain asked curiously. "It sounded like something broke."

"The window was a little stuck, but it's open now, and not broken." Chloe gave her an innocent expression.

Dawn Chamberlain eyed the girl and gave a tender smile. "You look gorgeous, honey. So beautiful."

Chloe's smile slipped slightly, feeling bad for impersonating this woman's daughter. "Thanks."

"You've grown up so much," Dawn sighed, going over to where she was and grabbing a brush, motioning for Chloe to sit down so she could brush her hair. "I know we've had our differences, and I know I should have told you about the fact that you had magic – but I want you to always know you can count on me to be there for you. You're my precious daughter and I love you so much."

Chloe stared at Faye's reflection in the mirror as Mrs Chamberlain ran the brush through those straight locks before beginning to style it for her. "Thank you."

"Oh honey, you don't have to thank me for that." The older woman pressed a kiss to the crown of her daughter's head. "I'm your mother."

Chloe's eyes prickled with tears, always having wanted a mother to do things like this with, but she fought the tears and kept the smile on her face. "I probably don't tell you this ever, and if you ever bring it up I'll probably deny it, but I'm lucky to have a mother who loves me like you do."

Dawn Chamberlain swallowed, tears in her eyes before she nodded and went back to work. "And don't you forget it, young lady." She finished the high, Mord-Sith braid. "There you go. Perfection."

"Thanks." Chloe smiled, slowly standing. "I think my ride's here."

"Well, you enjoy yourself, okay? But not too much." Mrs Chamberlain smirked.

Chloe could see where Faye had gotten it, returning the smirk, dimple deep. "Now you know I can't promise that." She exited the house, shaking her head at the differences between Faye's relationship with her mother, and Chloe and Moira.

"Nice." Jake's voice caught her off guard despite the fact that she'd known he was there. This was the first time she saw his costume, the blonde deciding he made a good Indiana Jones.

"I know, right? This is so cool. She's going to be annoyed that I'm the one who wore it technically." Chloe grinned, twirling so Jake could appreciate the outfit. "I'm going to enjoy it though." She clasped her hands in front of her as they walked towards his awaiting truck. "I really haven't gone to a party before, so I'm lamely excited." She shook her head. "I guess Faye wouldn't be and I'm being totally out of character..."

Jake sent her a sideways glance. "So what do you do for fun then?"

"On a good night?" She sent him a sideways glance. "Not getting killed is pretty high on that list."

Jake shook his head. "While life is definitely a good thing, I can see why you'd want to switch bodies for a while with someone else." He sighed. "And you chose the best person to switch with because Faye has always wanted to be a Balcoin ever since she found out what a Balcoin was. She's got to be loving every second of it."

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When Faye came to, she realized two things. One was that she was tied to a chair and two was that her magic wasn't working. It was then that she looked down and saw a familiar powder encircling her, the girl cursing. Witch-Hunters. Seriously? Of course she'd switch places with Chloe in time for the girl to be captured by the remaining Witch-Hunters out there! This seriously bites!

She still struggled.

"Miss Sullivan, if you would restrain from hurting yourself I'd be appreciative," a suave voice declared from the shadows as the man from before arrived.

"Right." Faye raised an eyebrow, eyeing him. "Like I care about your feelings right now."

"I would think you'd be smarter than to antagonize your captor when you are so clearly vulnerable and at my mercy," he declared.

"Real brave of you, tying up a teenage girl and encircling her in Colocasia Root." Faye sneered at him. "Let me go and we'll see just how vulnerable I am against Witch-Hunter scum like you. You're all cowards. It's why you never face witches head on and only attack from behind using grannies as your secret weapon."

"Witch-Hunters." He chuckled darkly before coming closer, bending on his knees to eye her. "I'm disappointed in you, Miss Sullivan. I would have thought any daughter of John Balcoin to be smarter than this."

"Well, I'll somehow find a way to live with your disappointment."

"My son must be glad he doesn't have hair or you'd have him pulling it out," the man declared thoughtfully. "I'm surprised he is still trying to hide you from me and keep you for himself."

"Your son?" Faye raised an eyebrow.

"How terribly disappointing that I have to spoon-feed you like I would a babe." He shook his head, standing once more and straightening his suit. "Since it seems that you did not inherit your father's brain, let me spell it out for you." He raised an eyebrow. "I am Lionel Luthor."

Faye's eyes widened as she suddenly realized what the hell was going on and who'd kidnapped her. "Oh crap."

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"What do you mean she's missing?" Jason stood, eyes narrowed.

"She's been acting weird, unlike herself; almost as if she was a different person altogether." Whitney's voice was in his ear. "But then she disappeared after going to the bathroom and I got a phone call from her father saying that he saw Mr Luthor in Metropolis."

"Lionel's supposed to be in Star City right now." Jason froze, eyes widening. "The only reason he would be here is because – he knows."

"Exactly," Whitney announced. "I think he has Chloe."

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The party was going strong by the time Chloe and Jake arrived, the two sharing smiles as they entered. The Mord-Sith and Indiana Jones were getting looks from everyone, mostly appreciative ones, which Chloe could get because Jake and Faye were beautiful, and together they were just unfairly good looking. They were a beautiful looking couple, complimenting each other perfectly. She wondered why exactly they kept being on and off.

She searched the crowd, finding Faye's friends.

Melissa was dressed as a French maid, ignoring a couple of guys who were trying to hit on her, instead texting on her iPhone.

Adam danced with a redhead, the guy dressed up as Beetlejuice.

Cassie was the Queen of Hearts, holding a small heart scepter, half listening to something a guy was telling her.

"Wanna dance?" Jake asked.

Chloe eyed the hand he held out to her and smiled, nodding. "I really can't dance."

"Good." He grinned, pulling her into the dance floor, the blonde in brunette's body smiling as she let herself be pulled.

She stood awkwardly at first before slowly getting lulled by the careless fun being had around her. It reminded her of a much grander scale version of the small party they'd had at the Talon, and Chloe forced herself to dance despite knowing that she really couldn't. She laughed, especially when she realized that many others couldn't dance either and just didn't care. The girl let that spirit fill her, as well as the infectious happiness and enjoyment all around her. She finally let herself relax, let herself be Faye, and let herself enjoy something without second guessing and questioning what sort of consequences her every action could have.

She laughed and had fun, forgetting for a while that she wasn't Faye.

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"For the last time, old man." Faye struggled against her restraints. "I'm not really Chloe Sullivan. We've switched bodies so it makes no sense to even try binding me to you because it's not going to work!"

"That is a very creative excuse," Lionel declared as he prepared something on a table behind her.

"It's not," Faye growled. "Because of creeps like you, Chloe, the real Chloe, wanted out of her life for a day and you were stupid enough to kidnap me instead of her."

"Now, now, let's not call each other names."

Faye snarled as she pulled on her binds. "Fine. Try and bind me. See if it works!"

He wasn't listening to her, humming to himself.

Faye closed her eyes and hung her head, letting out a long sigh.

Being a Balcoin was definitely not as fun as it was made out to be.

She wanted to be herself again.

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Chloe didn't want to be herself ever again.

She hadn't had fun like this in a very long time, even before the magical crap.

The whole night had been one dance after the other, and not always with Jake either. She'd bounced from one side of the room to the other, Faye quite popular with the boys, the blonde going from one to another and another. The music was always upbeat and never anything slow so she didn't have to worry about actually dancing – since what everyone was doing was really shaking up and down and not real dancing.

Finally, Chloe broke free, smiling at her latest dance partner before going to get some punch, tasting the alcohol in it and blinking as she realized this was her first ever spiked punch. Wow. That smile grew as she took another sip of the drink, not wanting to get drunk. Not tonight. She was having way too much fun.

It was hot though, with all the bodies and the dancing and leather, Chloe fanning herself before deciding to slip outside for a second for some fresh air. She moved out onto the porch outside and took in a deep breath, enjoying the cool as she stared outside, enjoying herself.

"So." Melissa's voice startled her. "How exactly did you switch?"

Chloe turned to look at her in surprise. "How long have you known?"

"Faye doesn't own that necklace. I know every single one of her pieces by heart and that ain't one of them." Melissa pointed to the one John had given Chloe. "And anyway, Faye would have probably grabbed Cassie's hair earlier on."

Chloe chuckled, shaking her head, Jake having said something similar. "What's the issue between them?"

"No idea, really," Melissa admitted. "Sometimes, I think Faye feels she's being replaced."

Chloe nodded, staring ahead of her, placing the cup of spiked punch on the porch's railing.

"So how did you switch?"

"Not sure." Chloe held onto her pendant. "I think – I just wanted to."

"And it happened? Just like that?" Melissa sent her a curious look. "I didn't know you could do that."

"Me neither," Chloe admitted.

"Firstborn thing?" Melissa asked.

"Maybe, I don't know." The girl turned to look at the much shorter brunette. "He really likes you, you know. Clark, I mean."

Melissa blushed. "Does he now?" She smiled brightly. "Tell me more."

Chloe opened her mouth to do so, when she felt a jab of power sear through her chest, knocking the breath right out of her lungs.

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His hand was pressed hard over the crown of her head, his voice raising as he kept chanting the same words, power rising more and more with each repetition. "A promise I now collect... body, soul, intellect... Balcoin Firstborn crystal be... surrender to your destiny!"

"NO!" Faye screamed, trying to get out of his grip, the power seeming to want to tear her apart from the inside. "PLEASE! STOP IT!"

"Surrender to your destiny!" Lionel roared.

"PLEASE!" Faye closed her eyes tightly, the pain entering her bones. "CHLOE!"



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The images in her head were killing her, confusing her, but Chloe was sure that they were real. Faye was in trouble, most probably because she was in Chloe's body.

"I have to go," Chloe whispered, nearly swaying as another wave of pain rushed through her. "Something's wrong with Faye."

"You really aren't Faye," a voice whispered.

Melissa and Chloe turned to see Adam and Cassie standing there.

Chloe opened her mouth but then the pain was numbing, her knees collapsing as she grabbed her pendant, which flashed white, and by the time her knees hit the floor, she wasn't on the porch anymore, instead finding herself in a room with a man standing behind a bound Faye, trying to cast a spell on her. A spell which was torturing her and the fault for the pain Chloe was feeling.

He looked up when she appeared, eyes wide. "How did you get in here? It's impossible!"

Chloe pushed to her feet before pulling out the Agiels, despite knowing they were only for decoration, pointing one menacingly at him. "Step away from my friend."

"It took you long enough," Faye groaned in pain. "I keep trying to tell this idiot I'm not really you but he's not getting it. Dumb fuck."

The man kept looking between them in confusion. "You're not a Balcoin. I know you. You belong to the Circle the other blonde Balcoin belongs to. You're nothing but a Chamberlain."

"Hey!" Faye snapped. "Don't diss my family!"

Chloe eyed the man, taking in his suit, his hair, the very way he held himself. She'd never met him, but she recognized him from the portrait in Luthorcorp. "Really, Mr Luthor, I would have expected a moreclassy way of going about this. You disappoint me."

Lionel removed his hand from Faye's head, eyeing Chloe thoughtfully. "I would hate to disappoint a lovely young lady."

"You know, I've just gotten a hold of a certain bit of information that makes me question everything." Chloe held his gaze. "If one of the Six falls, the whole magical community does as well for some reason. It's why my family was never truly extinguished, why they were protected, helped." She raised an eyebrow. "The Balcoins are important to the Luthors because without us, you're just like any normal mortal. Sowhy hamper the chances of the Balcoin family returning to their former glory by asking for the Firstborn?" She took a step towards him, as did he towards her. "Why not ask for the youngest child? That way, you'd have a Balcoin with dark magic to work for you and you wouldn't be putting everyone on the line." There was a pause as she eyed him. "Makes me wonder what about this pact you haven't shared with anyone, Mr Luthor, including your son."

Lionel eyed her for a moment before smirking, giving a little bow. "It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Miss Balcoin."

"Wish I could say the same, Mr Luthor, but to be truthful, this introduction leaves much to be desired." She narrowed her eyes. "Now, if you excuse me, my friend and I are leaving." She went to move towards Faye when Lionel reached out and placed his hand on her shoulder.

"A promise I now collect..."

"Chloe don't let him finish that!" Faye cried out.

The brunette in her body needn't have bothered, Chloe already slamming the Agiel into Lionel's chest. It was a prop, merely for decoration to finish the look, and yet she could feel the power shooting out of her like millions of vaults of electricity, causing Lionel to yell and collapse to his knees.

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Davis grabbed his head, crying out as pain surged through his body.

"Davey?" Jason hurried to his friend as the dark haired man collapsed to the ground.

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Leaning over Lionel's body, which twitched erratically as if electricity was coursing through his veins, Chloe pressed the Agiel harder into his chest before using the other and slamming it into his head, knocking the leader of the Luthor Circle unconscious. She felt numb as she did these acts, feeling the magic inside of her reacting and acting, couldn't understand why he hadn't used his magic against her. Maybe he'd been in too much pain, she wasn't sure, but the blonde didn't care, putting the Agiels back into their holsters and stalking towards where Faye in her body was tied to a chair.

She paused before the Colocasia Root powder before breaking the circle by disrupting the powder with her boot.

Immediately, Faye's magic worked and she broke her binds, the girl stumbling off of the chair and heading towards Lionel. "I'm going to kill him!"

Chloe caught her as she stumbled. "Maybe later. We need to get out of here."

"Well then, beam us up, Scotty." Faye grabbed her.

"It doesn't work like that." Chloe leveled her with a look. "I think that only worked because he was torturing my body, so it called my soul back."

"Great," Faye grumbled, letting go. "So, I'm guessing wherever we are is fully guarded."

"Most probably."

"Good." Faye grinned, cracking her knuckles. "I have some anger issues I need to work out."

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Lex sat in the dark of his office, staring at the scans of Chloe's body and brain when she'd been Enthralling Davis.

Jason had called to tell him about the situation with his father, Chloe, and now Davis.

He didn't move, just studied the scans once more.

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Faye was obviously enjoying getting back at the people responsible for kidnapping her, the brunette sending spell after spell as they fought their way through the guards. She was obviously made for chaos, loving every second of it as she swung around, sending spell after spell, not caring what (or who) got damaged. She was getting her revenge, and while that was all good, fighting with emotion left you at a disadvantage.

A witch crept up behind Faye, hitting her with a spell that knocked the unsuspecting girl to the ground, crying out.

Chloe's eyes widened and she grabbed her pendant, white flashing, and then she was dizzy and in pain for a second before that shield covered her completely, the blonde standing up, finally back in her own body. She smirked at the witch before turning her palms out at her sides, the shield exploding and sending a blast of power outwards that swept through the room, throwing everyone back but Faye, around whom another one of Chloe's shield had been erected.

The brunette, in her own body, eyed the blonde in awe as the shield shattered, no longer needed. "That was so cool."

Chloe turned towards her. "We need to go now. These were just pawns. I have a feeling the other chess pieces are right behind."

"Chess pieces?" And yet Faye followed her as they continued moving. "How do you even know where to go?"

"Because I've been here before." Chloe brought a hand to her head, shaking the pain searing through it. "I don't know when, I don't remember it, but somehow I know this building." She turned and opened a door. "Through here."

Faye slipped in without question, the lights turning on to reveal a spiral staircase. "Good call, boss!"

Chloe rolled her eyes, walking past her and beginning the descent.

12th-Jun-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
So good. I haven't said anything for the last couple of chapters cause I've been hoarding all this goodness up. Wow. So many twists and turns! Lionel got what he deserved, even if he is a glorious bastard.

Can't wait for more!

13th-Jun-2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Ah yes, there's something about that man that I love and detest him all at the same time! He's one of those special characters.
14th-Jun-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I got a giggle of Faye telling Lionel that he was stupid for not realizing that she wasn't Chloe!!
Well at least Chloe got to have some fun before her reality came crashing down.

And did chloe figure out a way out of the deal John made!! And what is going on with Davis??? And major props to Chloe hitting Lionel with the ariel!!!
16th-Jun-2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Faye's just mouthy like that lol
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