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The New Circle 83B/? 
2nd-Sep-2013 09:34 pm

Title: The New Circle
Fandoms: Smallville/Secret Circle
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Whitney Fordman, Greg Arkin, Cassie Blake, Diana Meade, Mikhail Balcoin, Lucas Dunleavy, Faye Chamberlain, Byron Moore...
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!

Adam, Byron, Mikhail, Lucas and Jake listened to the message from Greg after leaving Clark's. They'd gotten him to promise not to tell Pete or Lana under the excuse that they wanted to do the same to the other two and it would "work better" if the other two weren't expecting it. They didn't want the other boy to know that they suspected that one of the three could be a spy, a traitor, and that, while they hadn't completely ruled him out, so far he seemed clear. The little bit of memories that Adam had been able to find concerning Chloe had been enlightening and they now knew about another one of Rao's interrogators who seemed able to manipulate one's mind to the degree that they saw people that weren't there, and he'd said something about using "lust" as a base – which had made Adam wonder if he could use other things as bases. Slowly, they were piecing together more information.

But was it too slowly?

Greg, Diana, Faye and Cassie were in the Shadow Realm with Whitney and Cassie. The Shadow Realm for crying out loud! And they could be stuck there forever!

Byron was the first to react, slamming his fist into the wall. "I'm going to kill him."

Mikhail frowned, eyeing his normally tranquil, soft-spoken brother.

"If he leaves them there, I will tear him from limb to limb," Byron promised. "I won't need my Dark side to do that." And with that, the boy stormed away.

The others watched him go, worried.

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"What's wrong with our magic?" Cassie wanted to know, the orb of magic in her hand not half as bright as it should have been. They'd been walking in this fog world for what seemed like forever, although Diana had assured them it was only half an hour, but their magic was visibly weaker and it tired them more to use it. It was as if this place was draining them every time they used their magic. "I swear my light keeps getting dimmer."

Faye ignored her, instead concentrating before groaning, her feet killing her, not having expected to do this much walking when she'd chosen these heels. "He said I should be able to sense her but I don't sense shit!" She turned to Greg. "What about you, Cyclops?"

Greg ran a scarred hand through his hair. "I was following you."

"We're gonna die," Faye concluded.

Diana licked her lips, looking around them, dark eyes alert on the fog. So far they hadn't seen any living thing but that didn't mean that there wasn't anything out there watching them, stalking them. "Maybe we need to hold hands."

Faye raised an eyebrow. "This is hardly a Kumbaya moment."

Diana turned towards her. "Rao said he was sending us in because we were connected to her, remember?" She turned her gaze on Greg. "You See things better when you can touch something that's connected to it. That's why you're a TouchSight."

Greg slowly grinned. "Diana, I'm going to marry you one day."

Diana burst out in laughter. "Who says I'll have you?"

Cassie reached out and grabbed Diana's hand and then Greg's tightly.

"Don't race to hold mine," Faye grumbled, grabbing Greg and Diana's other hands. "I'll try to search out her energy and you connect to it and See whatever you can See." Her eyes turned to the sisters. "You two make sure nothing creeps up and tries to eat us."

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It was a cave deep within the belly of the earth, protected with countless magical sigils. It was cleverly hidden, almost invisible to the mortal eye, and Whitney would have run right past it if the person he was following hadn't been right in front of him and had slid under the gap under the large boulder that was hidden by a leafy bush. Whitney hesitantly let go of Chloe, letting her body slide in before slipping in as well, grabbing the girl and following after the fully covered person who magicked the entrance sealed, the sigils burning bright all around them. The person, still completely covered, lit a torch with a flint and motioned with a sharp movement of the head for Whitney to follow, the person's movements brusque, the Quarterback having no choice but to follow through the wet cavern, bowls collecting the water for drinking, until they finally came to a dry room, where it was obvious that this person lived.

Whitney looked around, wondering just what the hell he'd gotten them into and what the hell type of person lived in a place like this.

The person removed the head-covering, revealing a beautiful girl around their age with black hair and gray eyes. "Put her down on the cot."

Whitney hesitated for a second before nodding, doing as told.

"What happened to her?" The girl removed her heavy clock and gloves as she moved towards Chloe, eyeing her.

"I don't know," Whitney admitted, kneeling down over her.

"Who were you two traded for?" the girl asked.

"Traded for?" Whitney made a face.

The girl eyed him oddly. "Yes, traded for."

"No one." He frowned.

She continued to eye him oddly before reaching over and pressing her fingers to Chloe's pulse. "If you two weren't traded for someone then why and how are you here?"

"She came here accidentally and I was sent here to get her back," Whitney responded. "But when I found her, she was like this."

"Accidentally?" the girl hissed. "How can someone come here accidentally? Who the hell are you two?"

"Who the hell are you?" he wanted to know.

"How about the girl who saved your ass?" she snapped.

She had a point there.

Suddenly Chloe cried out as her eyes opened, staring unseeingly ahead of her once more as her body levitated into the air.

"Nonononono," Whitney hissed, throwing himself on top of her, straddling the girl and using his weight to force her down onto the mat, refusing to let her body be twisted in such inhuman ways in the air once more, the Quarterback pinning her wrists above her head. "Not again. I won't let it happen to you again." Her body jerked, spasming under his, trying to buck him off, but Whitney held on tightly, keeping her down, his eyes bleeding red as he tasted her blood in his mouth once more. "Wake up, Chloe! WAKE UP!"

Chloe began to cough, her lips parting as two delicate legs appeared, a butterfly slowly emerging.

"My gods," the girl next to Whitney whispered. "I can't believe it." She then reached out rapidly and yanked the butterfly out, crushing it in her hands, destroying its life before it could even try to dry its wings and metamorphose. "Keep her mouth closed! Don't let anything else out!"

"What?" Whitney turned his head towards her.

"Are you deaf?" she snapped. "That was an easy enough order!"

Whitney glared at the girl before staring down at Chloe. He was barely managing to keep her pinned under him as it was as she spasmed under him, the girl's eyes rolling back in her sockets, beginning to cry tears of blood, just like before. She coughed and out of desperation, he brought his lips down to hers, tasting the blood on her mouth. He could feel the fluttering against his lips but pushed against it, pushed his magic, forcing it back inside of Chloe, back within her despite the resistance he could feel as it clawed and tried to fight its way out.

"Good, now get out of the way!" The girl reappeared, falling to her knees next to them, a bowl filled with herbs, water, and something else inside. She sliced her palm, bleeding into the mixture before mixing the ingredients and bringing the bowl to the girl's lips.

Whitney covered Chloe's mouth immediately. "What is that?"

"It'll stop what's happening to her," the girl answered.

"What. Is. That?" Whitney narrowed his eyes on the concoction.

"I could explain everything to you but by the time I finished, she could have already birthed another one of those things and the fact that it was born, even if only for a couple of seconds, would have brought one of them a little closer to finding us. My protection sigils would be useless to hide us." The girl glared at Whitney. "So I commend the fact that you're protecting your Mistress, but you're going to have to believe that no one in this godforsaken place wants her alive more than me right now."

Whitney stared into her eyes, not knowing whether he could trust her or not, but he had no other choice really, removing his hand as Chloe began coughing once more.

As he watched the girl tilt Chloe's head back, brushing her thumb against Chloe's lip to remove the blood accumulated there before slipping the concoction into her mouth. Whitney wondered why Scales and Claws weren't reappearing. Maybe it had something to do with the sigils all over the cave somehow.

Chloe choked on the liquid.

The girl forced Chloe's mouth closed, working her fingers over Chloe's throat, somehow getting the girl to swallow, whispering some words he couldn't hear, gray eyes flashing bright blue.

Chloe gasped for air, clawing at her throat as the magic affected her.

"What have you done?" Whitney snapped, leaning down over Chloe.

It's why he never noticed the girl staring at her blood-covered thumb, whispering, "Dnuob yb doolb," before sucking the thumb into her mouth, eyes flashing bright blue in magic once more.

Chloe shot up in a sitting position, grabbing Whitney's shirt, gasping in deep gulps of air as she looked around her, visibly disoriented. "Where are we?"

"Thank the gods," Whitney whispered, wrapping his arms around Chloe tightly, almost scared to let go of her as he held her. "What do you remember?"

"I was supposed to be focusing on my prophet," Chloe mumbled into his shirt. "And then I was here, and then I was on a ledge and there was a presence that scratched my back and- Where am I? What are you doing here? Where is here? Why does my body feel so sore but my back feel fine?" She pulled away, reaching behind her to slide her hand beneath her shirt, finding no wound and apparently confused due to that fact. The blonde licked her lips, making a face. "Why does my mouth taste so weird?" She then seemed to notice the girl, her eyes widening slightly. "Hello."

Whitney frowned, letting go of her completely, turning to face the girl he didn't trust, even if she had saved them, twice. "Chloe, this is-" That's when he realized he hadn't even gotten this girl's name.

"You're a Le Fay," Chloe announced, shocking the hell out of Whitney, and apparently the girl too, if the widening of her eyes said anything about it. "Sorry, your coloring gave it away. And also your necklace. It bares the symbol of the House of Le Fay."

The girl reached for the pendant Whitney hadn't even noticed, looking away, expression disturbed. "I don't claim that House, I only keep this because it was my mother's. She was from the Le Fay House, her brother is Janus Le Fay. I have no love for that House, that Clan; should they die tomorrow, I'd only visit their graves to spit on them. He left my mother, father and I here to rot."

"What?" Whitney hissed, unable to believe his ears.

"How long have you been here?" Chloe asked the girl, eyes narrowed.

The girl looked away, licking her lips. "Since I was two."

Whitney ran his hand over his face. "How have you survived this long?"

"Because my parents were two of the smartest, strongest witches alive." There was pride in those gray eyes as she said that. "And they taught me all that they knew. They gave me the strength to carry on." She gulped. "Even after they-" She cleared her throat. "After."

Chloe reached out and placed her hand on the girl's. "I'm sorry."

The witch merely nodded.

Chloe took in a deep breath. "I'm Chloe Sullivan, this is Whitney Fordman."

"Sullivan?" the girl asked, tilting her head, eyebrow raised.

Chloe gulped, her gaze lowering to the cave floor. "Well, to be honest, I'm Chloe Balcoin-Darkseid."

The witch merely stared at her in silence before sputtering out a bark of laughter. "Well, damn. That explains a lot." She shook her head, a shocked smile tilting her lips as she outstretched her hand. "Chloe Balcoin-Darkseid, Whitney Fordman, let me introduce myself and welcome you to my humble abode." She took in a deep breath. "My name's Zatanna Zatara."

3rd-Sep-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
So many things to like! Zatanna? And she's Janus's niece? And she's been trapped here basically her whole life? I can't wait to find out more about that!

And Faye and Greg are official circle members! Also Faye is this prophet Rao went on about. Can I just mention how ridiculous he is? He just goes on about how little everyone else knows and how lesser they all are without. Ever. Explaining. Anything!

Also, I like the Scales/Claws conflict. More please.

Prediction: Lana will be infected. Something's not right with that girl.

Anyway. Thanks for the update and PPMS!
3rd-Sep-2013 06:17 am (UTC)
i just second everything @mimaful said....

Thank you so much for the great update
7th-Sep-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for always sticking around and reading&reviewing!
7th-Sep-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)

Yes, Zatanna :) Janus niece and basically a local/resident of the Shadow Realm :(

Faye has finally gotten her wish and gotten her way! (like she said *about damn time*). Yes you can, because he is.

Oh, they will never be BFFS!
3rd-Sep-2013 08:27 am (UTC)
ohhhhh nice way of bringing in Zatanna
what was going on with chloe?? why was she manifesting those things?

I wonder why Diana's and Cassie's power was dwindling, does it have to do with their dark magic?

what a bastard Janus is, trading his parents and baby sister but for what?? does this have to do with the deal, Janus, Lionel and John made?? And if it is who did Lionel and John trade??

you know me always want more!!!!!
7th-Sep-2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
I've been waiting to bring her in for a while!

The next couple of chapters will *slowly* clear that up... a couple of the things you've mention actually!

4th-Sep-2013 05:19 am (UTC) - comment
"My name's Zatanna Zatara."

80+ chapters and it never once occurred to me to wonder about her, even though she's the only Smallville character I know of with magic. Must be because your storytelling keeps me in your universe.

"Well, to be honest, I'm Chloe Balcoin-Darkseid."

Life has become very complicated for our heroine. Does anyone else laugh every time they happen to glance at the original summary? Chloe Sullivan had a normal-ish life before the circle

"If he leaves them there, I will tear him from limb to limb," Byron promised. "I won't need my Dark side to do that." And with that, the boy stormed away.

I like how you can put funny moments in between dark moments like these. The group teasing Lucas about his butt or Faye jumping up and down at being in Chloe's circle are so what I need after scenes like Chloe slapping Pete. That your sequence of events are building to something, but are also generous in giving a moment to turn off the adrenaline, are what makes this such a good read.

Every time Byron is mentioned, I think back to Chloe holding him and telling him that he's her baby brother. I really don't know how you're going to put the family lines in order, but I've gotta believe that Byron will be with Chloe.

I've come to the conclusion that I need to quit trying to figure this story out. I'm sure some literature major could figure out the tropes that would give the conclusion away, but, for now, I'm content that you have a plan and will finally let Chloe have a happily ever after.

I'm pretty psyched about Claws and Scales. I could picture so clearly Whitney gulping in this scene:
"She gave up the Balcoin position!" Claws stomped her foot. "She gave you up! The symbol on her palms is the Omega. Thus I am the manifestation."

"Oh screw you, Emo Barbie." Scales sneered. "She doesn't even know you exist."

Whitney found himself kneeling on the ground, Chloe curled on his lap, staring at the physical manifestations of her Balcoin and Darkseid magics in the beginnings of a catfight, unable to believe that he found himself in this situation.

It must be the girl in me, but I love how you put Claws and Scales in awesome outfits with heels (gold scale-like dress at the ball, masterfully outfitted!). Not sure if I want to see them throw down though. Scaly dragon vs. Darker Scarier Dragon, sounds messy. The only girl fight I've ever liked was Chloe vs. Dinah Lance in that virtual world from season 10 of Smallville (that's even with my love for Xena).

Ok, I know I just said I'm content, but please don't throw in some twist with a required equal trading of people traveling to and from the shadow realm like from the TV show Once upon a time and the wonderland universe. I am so scared that is why Diana and Cassie were sent and why Zatanna was stuck. I'm hoping that the blood bond that Zantanna did will bring everyone out Safely.
7th-Sep-2013 06:14 pm (UTC) - Re: comment
I've been waiting to bring her in since she's a legit canon character with magic and I just really like the thought of what she could bring to the group, especially considering all she's been through and what she knows.

I look at the summary sometimes and think about updating it but have decided to leave it. Maybe after the story is finished I'll go back and update the summary after each PART (since the story has been divided into Parts). But for now I'll leave it as it is :) (out of pure laziness).

The comedy is to make sure it isn't a depressing story! :) I can get a little *too* dark sometimes (hangs head), so I'm trying to give it moments of comedy to try and keep that from happening.

It's fun to write Scales and Claws and their clothes, you should be seeing more of that in the future... and there will definitely be a big fight scene coming up soon.

All I can say is... Hold. On. Tightly.

Edited at 2013-09-07 06:15 pm (UTC)
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