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The New Circle 73/? 
18th-Aug-2013 10:19 am
Chloe Purple Gown5

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!

"You won't find any reference to the Desolate Existence in your family Grimoire," Adrian Tentagel announced as he changed gears in his orange jaguar. "It's a spell so detestable, so dangerous, it's only told to the Firstborn by his predecessor close to his or her death." He took a right, following after Whitney and the others as instructed. "It is a spell that is only used when the caster is utterly desperate, because it drains the caster of much of his energy to keep the spell working – and because, should he break the spell, he and the one be-spelled are forever linked and he is uniquely vulnerable against the one he cursed."

"How so?" Chloe asked curiously, fascinated at the opportunity to have one of the Six there with her, talking to her so openly, as no one else had done up until this moment in her life.

"Because, as I previously stated, it's the caster's magic that is keeping the cursed one alive. It essentially creates a bond, a oneness between them. The caster's magic stops seeing the cursed as a stranger and more like a twin, I'd suppose." Adrian frowned, sending her a sideway glance as he pressed down on the gas. "It gives the cursed one a great advantage and heightens his or her chance at taking revenge since the caster's magic wouldn't take him or her as a threat immediately."

"That makes sense." Chloe pulled a strand of blonde hair behind her ear.

Adrian's penetrating stare fixed her to her seat. "Knowing this, are you still willing to release my son?"

"Of course." Chloe blinked in surprise at the question. "I am not my father. Adam is my friend. I trust him." She snorted. "He sleeps in my room for crying out loud; couldn't trust him more than that!"

Adrian blinked, eyeing her with a mixture of confusion and intrigue. "I see."

"It's a small house considering how many people live there." Chloe hurried to dispel any weird ideas he might have gotten from her comment. "Adam sleeps on an air mattress on the floor. Not in my bed. At all. We're friends. Not. Uh." She looked away. "Up until the other night, I had no control over my ability to Enthrall others so believe me when I say that nothing – I didn't – urgh!" She covered her face. "Verbal diarrhea ending now."

Adrian eyed her in obvious amusement before chuckling, shaking his head as he slowed down, seeing the cars ahead pulling up into the front yard of the house Chloe and the others were renting while their place was still under construction. "You are not what I expected of a daughter of John Balcoin."

"Can I take that as a compliment?" she asked curiously.

His amusement grew as he nodded, parking next to the other cars. "You definitely can."

Chloe grinned before exiting the car, smiling at her siblings and friends who were already piling into the house. "Welcome to Temporary Casa Balcoin." She motioned for Adrian to follow her, a little self conscious considering she hadn't been expecting visitors and the house was a bit of a mess, but she figured he was here for his son and wouldn't care too much.

Entering in the house, Chloe could see that a message had been written on the board: WHERE IS EVERYONE? I WAS CHECKING SOMETHING AND WHEN I CAME BACK, NO ONE WAS HERE. AND WHEN I WENT TO THE PARTY, NO ONE WAS THERE. WHAT'S GOING ON?

"Adam?" Chloe called, looking around and not finding him, frowning slightly. "Adam, are you here?"

The door to the kitchen opened and Adam arrived, frowning at her. "What happened? Why weren't you at the party? I found something out and-" He finally saw the man behind Chloe and his eyes widened. "Dad?"

"Yeah, we met at the ball and he knows a way to end this spell." Chloe gave a breathless, incredulous little chuckle.

Adrian looked around in the direction that the door had opened and closed in. "Is – is my son here?"

Chloe nodded, going to Adam and reaching for his hand, holding it. "He's here."

Adrian took in a deep breath, obviously trying to keep control of himself as he drew nearer. "Hello, son."

"Hi, dad." Adam's eyes were filled with unshed tears as he stared at his father.

Chloe squeezed his hand before turning to Adrian. "How do we break the curse on Adam?"

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This was the first time that Cassie had been inside of the Balcoin caves in person. She'd been inside once when she'd been inside Chloe's dream. When she'd had (what Faye liked to refer to as) her "Psychotic Bitch" episode, the cave had kept her out. It seemed to sense that Chloe had allowed her entrance this time and hadn't given her, or anyone else, any problems entering and Cassie was both intimidated, fascinated, and in awe of the whole thing. She could feel the power in each particle of rock and dirt and it made her uneasy, especially since she had managed to figure out that these caves responded instinctively to Chloe. If Chloe had wanted to, she could have allowed Cassie inside, trapped her, or could have seriously hurt her – or used its incredible power to kill her. Cassie somehow knew that it wouldn't have been the first time something like that had happened inside of these caves.

She could see the same unease she felt reflected on Byron's face, this apparently the boy's first visit to the caves as well. He kept looking around him, almost afraid to touch anything, to be near the walls. Mikhail, Lucas and Faye also seemed to be newcomers to the caves because they were curiously examining the contents in the room Chloe had left them in before she had disappeared into a tunnel with Adam and his dad, Diana, Whitney and Greg. Cassie had wanted to follow but she'd been told to stay put and so she did so, even though being here was really frying her nerves.

"Why are most of these books in Old German?" Lucas wanted to know curiously as he flicked through one of the books. "Who here speaks Old German?"

"These symbols..." Mikhail ignored his friend as he ran his fingers against a certain symbol on the wall. "They seem alive... like they share a single heartbeat."

Byron sat on the bean bag seat, hugging his knees to his chest, visibly uncomfortable.

Faye, on the other hand, looked quite at home on the other beanie bag. She hummed to herself and drummed her fingers in the air in time to the beat of the song she hummed.

Cassie gazed down the dark tunnel the others had disappeared into. She tapped her foot nervously as she hugged herself.

What was going on in there?

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They were in the main chamber, the largest chamber they'd found so far; the one with the large glowing Balcoin symbol that seemed to cast a soft light onto the whole chamber.

"This place is – it's magnificent," Adrian whispered, gazing around him in shock before turning to Chloe. "Miss Balcoin, I can't even begin to say how impressed I am right now."

"It's not like I made them." She was a little uncomfortable with his awe, especially considering how much more knowledgeable and such he was.

Adrian eyed her curiously before clearing his throat. "As this is the place where you find you concentrate your magic most, the two of you must go and stand in the middle of the symbol's shadow on the chamber. Usually the whole Circle should be here – I – I have yet to encounter a bound Circle that consists of less than Six – and yet nothing about you or your Circle seems to fit in with long established rules." Adrian cleared his throat, obviously unsure of how to proceed. "Your two Circle members should stand on either side of the room and your sister… you say she's your anchor even though she is not bound to your Circle?"

Chloe nodded. "She's my Eye."

"And yet so is he." Adrian frowned, eyeing the dark haired boy who belonged to her Circle. "I've never heard of two Eyes in a Balcoin Circle before."

Nothing associated with this girl was ordinary.

"I'm still her Eye." Diana, the sister, stepped forwards, the expression on her face and tone of her voice betraying the fact that she was insecure with the revelation of the other boy's new position as an Eye. "I can help."

"I'm sure you can." Adrian nodded. "You stay next to me, in case anything goes wrong."

"Wait, what could go wrong?" the blonde male Circle member wanted to know with a frown, obviously highly protective of the girl. Adrian had first noticed the girl when she'd arrived with the Bloome boy, and yet she really hadn't caught his attention until she'd started dancing with this boy. Part of it had been the fact that they'd obviously been horribly out of time and rhythm with the other dancers, and another part of it had been the fact that they obviously hadn't cared, just enjoying each other's company. It'd been refreshing to see something so spontaneous and real considering that Adrian was used to these get-togethers becoming more and more stuffy, rehearsed, artificial.

"Everything could go wrong," Adrien replied truthfully because had their positions been reversed he would have hoped someone would be this truthful with him. "It's a dangerous, dark spell, boy, and despite the power your girl has in her, she's still untrained."

The dark haired boy frowned. "Are we sure we want to do this blindly?"

Chloe sent both boys a little smile. "Come on, haven't I proven to be quite good at instinctive magic?"

"You don't want to push it though," Diana whispered by Adrian's side. "I'm sure Adam wouldn't mind waiting one more night."

"I don't-" Chloe turned to look to her side, gaze tilted up slightly as she seemed to listen intently to something Adam was telling her before frowning. "No. We're doing this. I promised you that the second I had the chance to help you, I would. I'm not backing out on that now just because he said that. I knew this would be dangerous, it's not a newsflash." Her face twisted slightly in annoyance. "I'm doing this whether you think it's a good idea or not." She turned to Adrian with a little sigh and a tired smile. "What do I do?"

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"First his date was poached and then she abandoned him mid-ball," Oliver announced, taking a large gulp of the wine in his goblet. "Dave's in a foul mood sulking somewhere right now, mark my words."

"Not that there was much of a ball once she left," Tess admitted, taking the goblet away from him and sipping from it herself. "Seeing her true reflection – it unnerved quite a good amount of people."

"It's a monster," Oliver reminded her. "Weren't you taken aback?"

"Of course I was. It was the closest thing to a dragon that I'd ever seen with my own eyes." Tess rolled her eyes at her boyfriend. "It's not something that you just forget."

"We're in way over our heads here, Mercy." Oliver stole back his goblet and finished it. "There's no way that any of us are going to be able to rein that girl in. I want no part in it. It's suicide."

The redhead sent her boyfriend a look. "Oliver, haven't you realized it already? No one was ever going to rein her in, own her."

Oliver frowned at her. "What are you talking about?"

"She was just introduced to the Six as one of them. My father held the ball that proved to everyone that she's young but extremely powerful and not to be messed with." Tess bit her bottom lip. "There's no way his plan is to try and claim her as his little slave and human crystal."

Oliver's eyes flashed dangerously. "But we were taken! We were tortured! We-"

"We were all tricked." Tess hated the way her voice wavered at that. "I'm not saying we went through what we did for nothing, but whatever it was for, they're not telling us."

"The hell they aren't." Throwing the goblet away, Oliver snarled as he turned and stormed away.

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Chloe held onto Adam's hand and stood on her tiptoes so she could reach out and cup his face, furthering contact and thus using both hands as conductors for her magic. She stared into his eyes, ignoring the worry there, knowing that the others were right when they said that this was dangerous and she should think about it first. But for too long now, she'd seen Adam and Byron ill and now that she had the opportunity to help one of them, she was not going to let it pass her by. She'd made promises, damn it! She needed to help get Adam back to the life her father had denied him! There was nothing anyone could tell her that would dissuade her from what she was about to do.

John Balcoin had taken the life from Adam Knight and had tied him to John's essence, his magic, so that he wouldn't truly die. To right what her father had done to an innocent child, Chloe was going to have to search deep inside her and find that life he'd taken (which should be stored in his magic somewhere) and funnel it back into Adam. The thing is that when John had stolen it from Adam, it had integrated with his own and become almost completely Balcoin. So when she funneled it back into Adam, it was going to never truly be completely Tentagel. The longer he was in control and lived his life, the more his Tentagel magic would supersede and regain control, but there would always be trace hints of Balcoin in his magic and that was where the "vulnerability" for her would lie.

Should, for any reason, Adam wish to attack her, it would take her magic a bit longer to realize it was an attack. The things was that John's magic wasn't the only one in her; Chloe had her own and Francis Balcoin's there, and she could feel they weren't properly assimilated as one inside of her so while John's magic mightn't sense the attack, hers (both the Balcoin and the Hibbins) and Francis' magic would. And once, if ever, the magics inside of her truly blended in with each other a hundred percent, her magic would be completely different from the bit in Adam and his would seem closer to that of one of her siblings, which her magic would be able to sense immediately and react to. It was why she wasn't too worried about the whole thing.

She wasn't about to explain that to Adrian Tentagel though. He was helping her now with this but that didn't meant she trusted him. He was getting something very important out of this so obviously he'd be as helpful as he could.

"Are you okay?" Adam asked softly. "Your face is red."

"Hush," she scolded him for breaking her concentration. "I'm trying to connect with you enough to sense the magic inside of me that should be inside of you. Stop with the distracting conversation."

"It's turning purple." Adam was totally ignoring her. "Are you in pain?"

"Adam!" she snapped, glaring up at him. "Stop distracting me!"

His eyes narrowed. "You are in pain."

Chloe sighed, closing her eyes tightly, trying to block his words out and concentrate on her search. It really wasn't pain, more like discomfort, the blonde searching inside of her for the power that belonged to Adam. She tried her best to concentrate but in the back of her mind, Chloe couldn't help but wonder how many others John had stolen magic from. Considering Adam was the only one who'd followed her around, she guessed he was the only one the Desolate Existence had been used on, but that didn't mean John hadn't taken the powers of other witches and added them to his own.

Hadn't Diana told Chloe about the amulet Cassie had found? The one John had wanted? Hadn't she told Chloe that it'd possessed the magic of a whole coven that John had killed to steal their magic? That the ghosts had haunted Cassie for revenge for their deaths? That John had been pissed when Cassie had destroyed the amulet and its power?

Were there other amulets out there or had he just assimilated the other magics into his as he had Adam's?

She felt sick to her stomach.

"Chloe, what's wrong?" Whitney's voice pierced the queasy haze. "What's going on?"

"Nothing, I'm fine." She took in a deep breath and opened her eyes, looking up into Adam's blues. "Help me here, Adam. It was your magic."

"Chloe-" he tried.

"Help me."

Adam sighed, bringing his hand up to cup her cheek, much like she was cupping his, moving their other hand so that instead of her holding his wrist, their fingers were threaded. He tightened his grip on her hand as his blues stared intently into her greens.

Immediately, Chloe felt the blacks of her eyes expanding as something inside of her reacted. She felt lightheaded, horribly dizzy as her lips parted, feeling the magic begin to burn inside of her as she tried forcing it back into Adam.

Suddenly the symbols on the walls all around her burnt brightly with blinding light as something inside of her erupted in agony, Chloe unable to keep the screams silent as something splintered inside of her. It was as if, within her, pieces of her magic were stripping away from the whole, the process horrifyingly painful, her whole body trembling as her screams filled the chamber. She could feel the magic crawling back out of her mouth before slipping through her parted lips, twirling in the air before entering Adam.

"Chloe?" Adam's eyes were wide and he tried to let go of her and yet seemed unable to. "CHLOE!"

She couldn't do anything but scream, her body seeming fused to him, the pain unending as black circles danced in front of her gaze.

"Chloe!" It sounded as if Diana, Whitney and Greg had yelled it at the same time, and as they tried to draw closer, they were repelled by the magic at work.

Something seemed to snap in the back of her mind and Chloe's eyes rolled into the back of her head.

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Agony-filled screams were echoing from every direction like a banshee shriek, the symbols all around them blinking insanely, almost as if they too were crying out in pain.

The teens left by themselves stood up immediately, subconsciously moving towards each other in the middle of the room, gazes on the multiples tunnels that opened into the room they were staying in. They couldn't tell what tunnel the screams were coming from, seeming to be coming from every single one and yet that didn't make any sense. The only thing they knew was the identity of the person screaming.

Byron was the first to react, racing towards the tunnel Chloe and the others had disappeared in, and yet he hit an invisible wall.

Cassie's eyes widened as she hurried to the other tunnel and held her hand out, finding an invisible wall there as well. "We're trapped."

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Diana Meade kept pounding against the shield that'd come up between them and Chloe, wanting to get in there and yank her away from Adam, but nothing she was doing was able to work. She couldn't even get through to Chloe and she was the Eye! Wasn't that her whole purpose? Or was it Greg's purpose now? Was the fact that she wasn't an official part of the Circle the reason why Greg had become an Eye? Was it to replace her? Was her purpose null and void now?

In front of their eyes, a figure began to take shape, Adrian gasping behind her as Adam Knight began to appear. He was taller than Diana had expected, and to be honest, looked nothing like she had envisioned either. He was older, probably closer to Jason's age than theirs, which surprised her because his innocence had always made her think he was around their age. He had brown hair, creamy skin, and blue eyes that were wide in horror as he stared down at Chloe.

"Adam..." Adrian whispered, taking a step closer.

Adam ignored his father, visibly trying to pull away from Chloe but they seemed fused together almost, as the magic continued to seep out of her screaming mouth and into him.

Chloe's eyes were rolled back in her skull, only the whites showing, her body going limp, Adam managing to keep her standing but barely.

"Chloe!" Whitney banged hard against the shield and each time he did, it became visible for a split second.

"If she dies..." Greg left the threat unfinished as he glared at Adrian.

Suddenly, Chloe's eyes rolled forwards and she blinked, staring up at Adam as the screams stopped, the blonde seeming to stare blankly at him.

"Chloe?" Adam whispered, voice strong yet worried. "Are you okay?"

She continued to stare up at him before pushing away, separating from him and turning to look at them all curiously.

"Adam-" Adrian moved closer to the shield.

Chloe turned to him and hissed,much like a snake would, her pupils expanding, her body swaying slightly as she eyed everyone.

"What's wrong Chlo?" Greg whispered, eyes narrowed.

She blinked in his direction, the enlarged black pupils shifting into a more reptilian shape, her skin beginning to seem almost scaly as she continued to eye everyone in a mixture of curiosity and wariness.

"What's happening to her?" Diana turned to Adrian, tightening her hands into fists.

"I have no idea," the man whispered, eyes wide, genuinely shocked as he gazed inside.

Greg licked his lips before reaching out and resting his hand on the shield. He breathed in and out before closing his eyes, the shield giving a little shiver.

Diana turned towards Greg, realizing what he was doing. He was using his TouchSight ability on Chloe's shield to see if he could See something that would explain things better – give them a little bit of insight into what the hell was happening.

"You have to have some idea as to what this is." Whitney glared at Adrian.

"I don't, I swear," Adrian hissed back. "My son is locked inside there with her! I wouldn't do this on purpose!"

"Her Balcoin magic must be fighting this," Diana whispered.

"Chloe?" Adam whispered, drawing the girl's attention to him. "Are you okay?"

"It's not the Balcoin magic doing this." Greg's hand slipped from the shield to press against his forehead. "It's her Hibbins magic that's at work."

"What does that have to do with anything?" Adrian Tentagel wanted to know.

And suddenly it hit Diana hard. "Her mother's a shapeshifter."

Whitney's eyes widened. "But I thought she hadn't gotten the shifter gene?"

"It's always been in her DNA." Adam frowned, keeping Chloe's attention on him. "The pain – the confusion in the magic – it must have activated the dormant shifter cells in a ploy to try and protect her."

"Yeah, but Moira's human mind was always in control of her body," Whitney reminded. "Chloe's consciousness doesn't seem to be present."

"What did her mother transform into?" Adrian frowned at the looks of distrust he was receiving. "Now isn't the time! What does her mother shift into?"

"A wolf." Adam spoke his first words to his father that the other man could hear. "Her mother shifts into a normal wolf."

Adrian paused, smiling at his son, before clearing his throat and shaking his head. "It means that she's caught in mid-shift. That's why she's still feral and yet not. The Hibbins magic is too weak to actually complete the shift, which is why the gene was dormant and she hadn't shifted before." He turned to Greg. "What else did you See?"

"Nothing much, just what I already told you," he took in a deep breath, "and hisses."

"Diana, you're going to have to get through to her," Whitney spoke calmly.

Diana's eyes widened. "I don't know if-"

"You can do this." The blonde caught her gaze, voice ridiculously calm given everything. "You've done this before when her mind's been somewhere else. You can connect to her. You're her Eye."

"So is Greg!" Diana cried out.

"He Sees things you don't, Diana." Whitney continued speaking calmly. "You can See things he doesn't. You're two different sorts of Eyes." He licked his lips. "Greg's Seen what he needed to to help us, now it's your turn." He gave her a little smile. "You can do this. I know you can."

Diana gulped, licking her lips, trying to push away her insecurity. Whitney was right. She could do this. She could.

Taking in a deep breath, the brunette turned to her sister, who was watching the hand Adam swayed slowly in front of him much like a cobra might the flute of a snake charmer. "Chloe?" When she got no response, the brunette cleared her throat and placed her hand on the shield, much like Greg had. "Chloe."

The blonde swung away from Adam, head tilted to the side, those reptilian orbs blinking as she eyed Diana curiously.

"Hey." Diana gave her a small smile, trying to connect with Chloe, wherever she was inside. "Chloe, it's me, Dee. Your sister. Remember me?"

Chloe moved fluidly, no recognition in those eyes, yet curiosity obvious as she reached the shield and paused, hissing softly.

"Come on, Chlo. I know you're in there somewhere." Diana smiled more genuinely, fascinated by the golden scales stretching across the bridge of Chloe's nose and her cheeks. "You need to take control again, Chloe. You need to change back now."

Diana closed her eyes tightly, concentrating intensely. Chloe, you need to transform back. She opened her eyes, staring at her sister. "Please, Chloe."

Slowly, with each blink, those eyes started turning human, the scales disappearing until finally Chloe blinked and her orbs were green once more. "Dee."

Diana grinned brightly, so utterly relieved. "Hey, big sis."

Chloe gave her a weak smile as the shield shattered like glass around them, the blonde falling into her arms, body shivering. "I need some serious pain killers right now."

Diana watched Adrian go to his son and hug him tightly, smiling as she hugged her sister as well. "You did it, Chloe."

"Good." Chloe yawned, resting her forehead against Diana's shoulder as Whitney and Greg arrived by her side. "Now, to celebrate, I want to go to sleep for a couple of years."

Suddenly she was swung around and Adrian Tentagel hugged the surprised blonde tightly, his voice choked. "Thank you."

Diana smiled as she watched Chloe awkwardly hug him back.

Whitney and Greg went to greet Adam, who hung behind, watching his father and Chloe.

Diana hugged herself tightly and smiled, watching everyone, but especially her older sister. Tonight had been hectic and she knew it would always be known as the night Adam became visible, and yet Diana would remember it for another reason as well. She'd remember it as the night that she decided to be bound to Chloe's Circle. The brunette had felt conflicted and confused until she'd faced the possibility of being replaced.

Standing there, there was no doubt in Diana's mind anymore what she was supposed to do or where she was supposed to be.

As soon as Chloe slept this one off, the brunette was going to ask her if she could become the third official member of her Circle.

18th-Aug-2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ohhh yay!!!!!! New chapter!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a perfect way to start a Sunday. Well any day!!

Wow!! Just wow!!
What is Adam going to do now?
Is the Hibbins gene still going to be dormant?
Ad Diana is going to ask to be part of the circle I wonder how the others especially Cassie going to react?

Can't wait for more!
19th-Aug-2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much :)
Well, he has a lot of catching up to do with his family!
Hmmmm, yes. It still is going to remain dormant.
Oh, very GOOD question!
18th-Aug-2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yay Adam's a real boy now! Well, he was always real but now he's solid, visible and no longer impersonating Casper. With added family reunion! Complete with hugs. Oh the feels.

I'm glad that the one eye/two eyes thing helped Diana realize she wants to join Chloe's circle. Is there going to be a fight over the last few spots? I predict lots of "Look at me Chloe, I'm way better than the others!" "Pick me!" "No pick me!"

Was Chloe turning into Scales? Because if she could shift into a giant winged snake that would be so cool!What did Adam need to tell Chloe before he was distracted by seeing his dad? Can Adrian help fix Byron?
19th-Aug-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Yes he is! It was time something good happened to the poor boy. And now he can start getting to know his family again.

Oh, Diana's addition is definitely going to stir up some feelings in the remainder of the group!

Something like that! Yes! Since Scales is Chloe's "True Reflection". But the problem is that the Hibbins magic is the shifter magic and Chloe's Hibbins magic is *seriously* weak.
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