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The New Circle 48/? 
12th-Jun-2013 11:05 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!

"I, John Balcoin, do swear by lineage and blood, by magic dark and wild, to hand over to the Luthor Circle my Firstborn child. Whether male or female, take no mind, this oath I swear intending to bind, my Firstborn to the Luthor Circle given, in exchange for my successful mission. Lineage and blood, magic dark and wild, all within this Balcoin child, joined forever to the Luthor Circle from first awakening to eternal slumber, a living crystal to strengthen their numbers."

The pact kept repeating in Chloe's mind as they made their descent down the glass, spiral staircase. Images of her hurrying down this very staircase kept flashing before her eyes, the blonde unable to remember when she could have ever been in this place before, and her head hurt every single time one of those flashes happened in front of her. In the confusion, she missed a step and would have gone hurtling down the long flight of stairs had Faye's hand not reached out and curled around Chloe's arm, holding her in place.

Chloe grabbed hold of the railing and turned her head to smile at Faye when the images flashing in front of her showed a reflection in the glass; a reflection not her own, causing Chloe's eyes to widen as she realized something that had her reeling. "I was never here before."

"But you just said-" Faye frowned.

"I was never here." Chloe brought a hand up to her head. "But my father was."

Faye still looked confused. Then again, she didn't know that John's magic had been trapped in that crystal as well as Francis Balcoin's and was now residing within Chloe.

These weren't her memories she was seeing; they were John's.

Chloe looked up at Faye, urgency rising in her chest. "Come on. We have to hurry."

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"So, we're not going to do anything?" Jason stared at Lex's visage from the screen, unable to believe it. "You know better than I where she'd be right now and-"

"We will stay where we are," Lex interrupted, emotionlessly. "The game's over, Jason. Our parents won."

"This isn't a game Lex." Jason glared. "You know that she's better off with us than with our parents."

Something odd passed over Lex's face. "We don't do anything. That's an order."

And with that he ended the communication.

"Son of a bitch!" Jason snapped, pushing away from the desk.

Davis sat in silence, eyeing Jason oddly. "I don't feel the pain anymore. She could have already been claimed."

"Why do you feel things that relate to her?" Jason turned to Davis, frustration rolling in his throat. "You're not a Balcoin and you're not a part of her Circle. So why the hell do you have a connection with her?"

Davis' eyebrow rose. "Are you jealous?"

Something about that made Jason's stomach curl. "Jealous?"

"Yeah, jealous." Davis smirked. "You seem jealous." He leaned forward, something dark flashing in his eyes. "You've never been the jealous type before." His smirk grew. "Feeling insecure, are we?"

"Don't be ridiculous," Jason snarled before storming out.

Davis leaned back on his seat, dark amusement dancing in his eyes.

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They made it out of the stairwell and onto the ground floor. It was made out of white tile; highly modern and terribly cold. The girls could see a glass door a good distance ahead of them from which sunlight streamed in. This was their way out. They exchanged looks before hurrying towards the door at the far end of the room only for them to cry out as their feet stuck to the ground, the girls nearly falling and only just managing to stay tall.

Around them, doors they hadn't noticed opened, four older people appearing.

The other people from Luthor's Circle.

Chloe had a sinking feeling that Patricia's father was the missing person and she hoped to god that he hadn't been discovered as the one behind his daughter's actions and "dealt" with.

"Oh, great. Attack of the grandparents part 2," Faye smart-mouthed, trying to get her shoes free from the floor and yet unable to move an inch.

Chloe could somehow make out which were Jason's parents, the boy being a perfect mixture of the two on the left. There was a dark haired woman who reminded her of Davis, so this had to be his mother, and a blonde man who had to be Oliver's father considering Tess belonged to Luthor. She'd just knocked out Lex's father and now she'd have to battle the others' parents as well.

This could seriously turn on her like a pack of rabid dogs.

There was no winning, especially when the rules of the game were forever against her.

She gave her feet a little jerk, yet the shoes were firmly stuck to the ground... The ground which the people were now walking towards them on. "Take off your shoes."

"What?" Faye made a face. "I do not want my feet stuck to this floor!"

"Take them off," Chloe ordered, reaching down and undoing the straps of the shoes she was wearing, shoes she was sure hadn't been in her closet this morning. The blonde stepped out of them with confidence, her feet finding the floor cold but not intolerable and definitely not sticky.

Faye's eyes widened as she hurried to undo the laces of her boots.

Chloe took a step towards the four. "Let us go and you won't get hurt."

Jason's mother took a step towards her, beautiful and elegant, and yet her eyes... those eyes were deadly. "You're home, darling. You're not going anywhere."

"We don't want to hurt you," Davis' mother added. "But we will if you make us."

"The only reason I'd make you is if you try to stop us from leaving," Chloe promised them as Faye finally freed herself and joined her at her side. "And believe me, I'm not the one who is going to be hurt."

Oliver's father chuckled. "I like you."

"Let's all go upstairs and finish this once and for all." Jason's father took a step closer. "It's time for you to accept what's going to happen to you and stop fighting it. It'll be better for you in the long run." He took a step towards her.

"Come closer and you'll regret it." Chloe felt the need to warn him for Jason's sake.

He didn't listen, coming closer.

Chloe narrowed her eyes, the building beginning to shake.

He stopped, looking around him as everyone did the same.

Faye's eyes widened, stepping closer to Chloe as the shield from before domed over them as dust began to rain down on them, betraying its presence.

"This is your destiny, you were promised for this," Davis' mother spoke. "Don't fight it, little girl. Don't make this more difficult than it has to be."

The shaking grew worse, cracks beginning to appear on the tiles all around them.

Jason's mother turned her multicolored eyes on Chloe and it was all the blonde could do to keep from staggering backwards as the force of her magic hit the shield. The older woman could obviously sense it because she smirked.

Faye cracked her knuckles once more. "Leave granny to me. She and I have unresolved issues." Faye reached out and pressed her hands against the inside of the domed shield, smirking as she added her own magic to it, fortifying the shield and taking some of the burden off of Chloe and giving her more room to put power into the shaking of the building, which was damned hard.

The shield glowed bright red, spikes of power physically erupting from it, forcing the adults to take a couple of careful steps backwards.

A crack ran through the floor and up one of the walls.

A trail of blood began to trickle out of Chloe's right nostril but she ignored it, closing her eyes as she continued to focus on the walls and on the floor.

"This magic is too strong for someone as inexperienced as you to try to wield," Jason's father announced. "You'll end up hurting yourself. Stop it this instant."

"Don't be foolish, girl," Davis' mother snapped as a piece of the ceiling above separated enough for one to be able to look through the floors. "You'll kill us all. Your shield won't hold the weight of four floors."

Chloe didn't answer, merely clenched her shaking fists, that trickle of blood growing as well as the cracks on the walls and the upper floors above them.

A bit of the floor collapsed behind them causing Faye to gasp and turn to look behind her, mouth wide in a shocked smile.

Chloe's head was killing her, her solar plexus seeming to throb...

Suddenly the four collapsed as one on the ground, unconscious.

Faye blinked. "What just happened?"

An unfamiliar voice spoke. "I've sedated them. It'll only last for a couple of minutes at the most so you should try and escape now."

The girls turned to see a handsome young man standing in the doorway watching them.

Chloe eyed him, motioning with Faye to follow as the girls hurried towards the door. The building stopped its shaking but was structurally damaged. "Why did you help us?"

"And who are you?" Faye wanted to know.

"Name's Julian." He didn't outstretch his hand in greeting, both hands in the pockets of his expensive looking jacket. "And let's just say I like this place and didn't want you destroying it. Plus." He shrugged. "My old man's still inside here somewhere." He eyed them curiously. "Or did you kill him? Because I would have expected that to be the only reason he's not here yelling "SURRENDER"."

"Unfortunately, he's alive." Faye grumbled.

Chloe's eyes widened, wiping at the blood on her face. "You're Lex's brother?"

"Whenever either of us find it convenient." Julian raised an eyebrow, eyeing her. "Today, he found it convenient." He shrugged, nonplussed. "I had a debt to pay so I guess now we're straight."

Chloe paused, eyeing him in shock. "Lex sent you to help us?"

"Why not come himself?" Faye wanted to know.

"Let's just say, I mightn't be the oldest of Lionel's children, but I am the only one working autonomously. Considering I don't receive anything from the Luthors, and should anything happen to Lex I'd be the next in line, I get away with more than my older brother ever could." He motioned with his chin for them to follow him as he strolled out of the building, almost without a care, to where a vehicle and driver were waiting on them. "Yan will take you to Smallville, but dad knows about you now so I wouldn't feel too safe if I were you."

"Nice ride." Faye ignored the warning, slipping into the car. "I need a ride to the airport. And a plane ticket out to Chance Harbor. Like. Now."

"That can be arranged." Julian nodded to the driver, who nodded back.

"Thank you." Chloe cleared her throat. "No matter what the reason was, thank you."

His lips curled in a smirk. "Well, you had things handled. I just made sure that you didn't kill anyone I'd be compelled to attend a funeral for."

She smiled at him before slipping into the car.

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"Yan called, he had our man in American Airlines get the Chamberlain girl a ticket back to Chance Harbor. Apparently the reason she was there was because she switched bodies temporarily with your little Balcoin, who wanted one normal day." There was a pause. "Anyway, they're waiting at the airport for her flight to leave and then Yan will bring the Balcoin girl straight to you. I figured you'd want to see her."

Lex continued to eye his screens, storing away the information that apparently Chloe could body snatch. "How's dad?"

"Concussed." Julian didn't sound too worried. "He is suspicious that I helped them escape, but considering the fact that if I hadn't stepped in everyone would most probably have died, he hasn't said anything. I doubt he will."

Lex eyed the phone, which was on speaker, before shaking his head as he began typing. "You've done well."

"Now I can die in peace." The sarcasm was dripping from every word before he cleared his throat. "Are you sure you're not getting over your bald head with this girl?"

"What?" Lex eyed the results on his screen. "You don't think I can handle her?"

"Dad couldn't handle her," Julian replied point blank. "If she's blood-bound to us, then why was he unable to finish the binding?"

Lex finally looked up at that. "You mean he attempted the binding process?"

"Yes. He isn't saying much, but he did attempt to bind the body the other girl inhabited, which called the Balcoin soul in the Chamberlain body to the location they were in. He also tried with her body but she knocked him out before he could finish the chant." Julian sounded amused. "I've forwarded you a video file I got from security cameras inside and you can watch it for yourself. It'll bring a little smile to that blackened heart."

Lex received the email and began downloading the file attached that was named: Wish I Could Have Seen This When It Happened.

The second the footage downloaded, a screen popped up and began playing, showing their father trying to bind Chloe, who was crying out her own name.

"Be careful, brother. I think there's more to this Balcoin issue than we've been told," Julian warned.

Lex watched Faye appear, watched the confrontation between his father and the girl and eyed the takedown, surprised at the relative ease in which the girl managed to do what she did.

"Now this part will interest you." Julian could obviously hear the footage in the background.

Lex watched as the girls battled the remnants of his father's Circle now that Patricia's father had disappeared oh so conveniently. His eyes widened and he brought a hand to his mouth, watching the very foundations of the magically protected building shake and crack.

"And now, look at this part."

The footage then returned to above where Lionel was awake on the floor, smiling.

Lex narrowed his eyes.

"I'd be very careful if I were you." Julian sounded uncharacteristically concerned. "There's obviously more going on than meets the eye."

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Faye was getting a lot of attention in the airport for her outfit, but she was apparently quite used to being the center of attention and so the brunette didn't even seem to notice all the eyes on her. The brunette had bought some shoes from one of the stores in the airport (Chloe as well) and the two waited together, Chloe not wanting to go until she was sure the other girl was safely on the plane. They kept giving Yan (who stood some distance away) quick looks while they spoke.

"Get Lex to buy you a new phone once you get back. He owes it to you," Faye instructed her, hands on her hips. "It's his fault yours got lost while your body was being kidnapped."

Chloe wasn't going to ask Lex to get her anything, but she just nodded so Faye wouldn't press the issue. "Sorry about all the trouble I got you into." She shook her head, smiling wryly. "It was stupid to think that I could have a day without something dangerous happening. And I put you at risk because of my own selfishness."

Faye made a face, scratching her chin. "Well, I'm not going to lie and say that it was fun during the last part of it, but, uh, you know how I mentioned that Freaky Fridays usually happen in the movies because the parties needed to learn something from the experience?"

"Don't tell me you got some sort of epiphany." Chloe raised an eyebrow.

"I did, actually." Faye made a face. "Being a Balcoin sucks and I'm glad I was born a Chamberlain. We mightn't have all that fancy dark magic, but we also don't have the shit happening to us that you guys do." She looked away. "I used to think that the magic was worth it, but now I'm beginning to doubt that." Her hazels returned to Chloe. "Don't get me wrong, I still think that dark magic is totally wasted on Cassie and I'd have much more fun with it."

Chloe shook her head at the other girl.

"So, despite the torture, today was nice, huh?" Faye was apparently able to bounce back quite quickly. "I went shopping with the guys, used them as slaves, and they didn't complain once." Amusement flashed in her orbs, her dimple going deep. "Being the boss has its perks."

"I'm not the boss," Chloe corrected

Faye just mock saluted her in defiance.

Rolling her green orbs, Chloe chuckled. "All things considering, I did have fun today. The party was great."

"Damn, I missed it." Faye made a face before shrugging. "Whatever." The flight attendant announced over the speaker system that Faye's flight was beginning boarding for its first class passengers. "That's me." The brunette gave a crooked smile. "So, you know, if you want to re-live some other '80s movie and don't have someone to go along for the ride, I'm always up for some magicky fun." She began backing away. "But let's do something more along the lines of Teen Witch and less Friday the 13th next time."

"That sounds like fun." Chloe smiled.

Faye merely flashed her a smirk before turning and walking away, sending a backwards wave as she passed the flight attendant her first class ticket and boarded the plan.

Chloe stayed there, hugging herself, and only once the plane took off did she head towards a pay-phone and reached into her pockets for change.

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"She's fine." Whitney entered the living room where Diana, Greg, Gabe and Moira were accumulated trying to draw up some sort of plan. "She said she'll explain everything when she gets back, but that we shouldn't worry if she's late. She has something she has to do first."

Gabe frowned, standing. "How did she get away? If Lionel had her-"

"She should have been bound by now," Moira finished.

"Who cares?" Diana wanted to know, standing and going to the window, gazing out as she hugged herself tightly. "She's fine. That's all that matters."

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Chloe found him in the study, going over what looked like scans of brain waves. She figured that it was scans of her brain during the moments she'd Enthralled Davis and it caused her to pause as she stared at them as well. Since Lex was ignoring her presence in his room, she ignored him as well as she joined his side to get a better view of the scans as well as another image that actually mapped out her brain and the areas that'd been active.

She eyed the scans, tilting her head to the side as she stared at them. "There's heightened activity in the limbic system."

He leaned back harder on his seat, clasping his hands together on his chest. "What does that tell you?"

"Well, the limbic system is the part of the brain that controls emotions and dreams and such, so I guess that makes sense." Chloe made a face, leaning down to get a better look at the smaller screen on the table he sat at. "Also, look how the Hypothalamus is a completely different color than the rest of my brain. It feeds information to the Amygdala and acts like a regulator of emotion; controlling levels of sexual desire, pleasure, aggression and anger." Her eyes widened and a smile tilted her lips. "I wish we'd gotten a scan of Davis' brain at the same time because I bet you my Hypothalamus was somehow transmitting information to his." She bit down on her bottom lip, grinning at finally having some sort of progress on her ability to Enthrall. "This is amazing. I can't believe those sensors got all this information from me."

There was silence.

Chloe finally tore her gaze from the screen and turned her greens on Lex, finding him watching her intently. "What?"

"Nothing." Lex's blue gaze turned to the screen once more as he took in a deep breath. "According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, two parts of the brain, the insula and striatum, are responsible for tracking the way in which sexual desire develops into feelings of love. Lust triggers parts of the brain that controls pleasurable feelings, associated with sex and food, while love triggers parts of the brain associated with habits."

"How unromantic," she commented.

He ignored that. "From what I've observed of the men you Enthrall, your ability not only makes them want you, but they truly believe that they are in love with you. So your ability must target both parts of the brain simultaneously. What's interesting is this." He turned his gaze back on her. "The brain treats love like a habit that has been formed over time, so after lust may come love, and those feelings of love move to a different part of the brain that processes habits and reward patterns." His lips curled. "It's the same brain pattern you would find if someone became a drug addict."

"I'm addictive." Chloe was shocked at the fact that she'd forgotten John's warnings about that very thing, the blonde bringing her hand to her head.

"All things considered, I would appreciate it if you do not dose up my boys again."

She fixed him with a glare. "I didn't Enthrall Jason or Davis on purpose. Well, Davis was on purpose, but I didn't know he was one of yours."

"I understand that, but I would prefer it if we tried a different subject. One I don't need having his full wits," Lex replied, eyeing her thoughtfully. "I'd also like to recreate our experiment and see why my brain isn't affected by yours."

Chloe could feel a blush forming on her neck but she ignored it. "Fine."

"Good." He nodded, gaze going back to the screen.

Silence fell between them.

She waited for him to ask about her kidnapping, about Patricia, about what had happened with his father, about something. But Lex just remained silent.

Chloe cleared her throat. "About earlier, what you did for me-"

"It was in my interest to keep you from working for my father," Lex interrupted.

Rolling her eyes, Chloe went around the desk and pulled the chair back to where he was, plopping down on it. "So what else have you figured out from these scans? Jason says you've been in here ever since that day. You must have learned more than you are sharing with me."

"It's all very technical. You'd be bored." Lex's gaze was on the scans. "It would probably fly over your head anyway."

She smirked, sending him a sideways glance. "Then school me, Professor."

His lips twitched slightly yet he cleared his throat and reached out to type something into the keyboard. "Pay close attention, I don't repeat myself."

Getting comfortable in the seat, Chloe watched and listened attentively as Lex began.

13th-Jun-2013 05:14 am (UTC)
i still don't get those two... lex and chloe.. allies, friends frenemies?
and davis wasn't linked with lionel but chloe?... i really thought he feld lionels pain...

if lex has any more brothers or sisters he could make his on luthor circle ;)

thanks for another great chapther...
love, maple
16th-Jun-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think not even *they* get what sort of relationship they have!
Seriously! All he needs are two more and that's it!
14th-Jun-2013 03:21 am (UTC)
OMG I am being totally spoiled by the constant updates. I miss Smallville so much and you are so awesome for keeping Chloe (the best character) alive. Also while I watched the whole season of Secret Circle I didn't really lamet its cancelation, but you are making miss that show too! Le sigh. Thanks for the great chapter cant wait to read more soon!
16th-Jun-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
I thought once Smallville ended maybe my Chloe-spree would as well, but nope! It's still strong! lol
14th-Jun-2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I gotta agree with maple86 about Lex making his own Luthor circle the way his siblings just keep popping out!!!

It was really interesting seeing the scientific side of Chloe's power!!
And Chloe and Lex have another experimentation session planned can't wait. Especially for Davis and Jason's reactions!!
16th-Jun-2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
The Luthor seed was strong! Though he'd still need two more and there are no more cannon Luthor siblings :(

Magic and Science, the interest in them both is probably one of the things Chloe and Lex have in common that not many others share.
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