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The New Circle 88B/? 
15th-Sep-2013 04:10 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!

They'd been walking for hours in the cold night, both men silent, when the shadows moved and the creature appeared in front of them, backlit by the light of the moon. Jason stood where he was, staring at the white wolf, somehow having known this woman was alive. Each time he'd come across a wolf carcass that hadn't been hers, his conviction had grown. Whoever had killed the people of the town had been looking for Moira Sullivan, and when they couldn't find her in human form, they'd taken to looking for her in wolf form, slaughtering all the wolves in the surrounding mountains. And yet none of the bodies had belonged to her.

"Unbelievable." Davis shook his head as Moira transformed before them.

The shifter, now in human form, pulled up her wolf's pelt around her naked body. "When I caught whiff of your scents, I couldn't believe my nose and had to come make sure I wasn't losing it." Her blues narrowed on them. "What are you two doing here?"

"We could ask you the same thing." Davis stepped forwards. "Why come to this crappy little town after killing Gabriel?"

Moira flinched, looking away at the mention of the murder. "I wasn't in control at the time."

"We know." Jason stepped forwards. "Chloe sent me here."

Moira looked up at that.

Davis turned to Jason, not having heard this part yet.

"I wasn't sure why, but now I think she had a suspicion you were still alive and wanted me to confirm it for her." Jason took in a deep breath. "That was a really shitty thing you did back there, abandoning her again after doing that."

Moira looked away, face pale. "It was for everyone's good. He'd possessed me. Once you're touched by him, once you have enough darkness in you that he has the ability to take you over, he has a certain power over you. I couldn't let myself be a tool used against her so I had to stay away. Although I expected him to exert himself, to possess me again, and he hasn't." She licked her lips. "When the second possession didn't happen I figured there'd be an assassination attempt, maybe he doesn't have as strong a foothold on me as we both thought he did, but I hadn't expected it to be this thorough. It would be flattering if it didn't mean I was trapped here in hiding."

"Jason's been filling me in on some of the things he knows, though obviously not everything," Davis sent Jason a little look before turning his dark eyes on Moira, "but you mind telling me why we should trust anything you say right now? How do we know you're not being controlled by someone else right now and that you're here to kill us?"

"How do I know that you two aren't here to kill me?" Moira pointed out, making a good point. "That was my first thought when I picked up your scent. 'He's sent someone I know this time.' But then I wondered, maybe he didn't send you two. Maybe she did." Moira ran her tongue over her canines. "I still feel her sometimes, through the bite I left with her. It's connected us, as I'd planned. Ever since she was taken, something's been wrong with her."

"Taken?" Jason frowned, stepping forwards.

"What do you mean?" Davis asked.

Moira eyed them before snorting. "I can't believe it. How do I know this and yet you don't?"

"Know what?" Jason continued walking towards the woman. "Who took Chloe?"

"He did," Moira replied. "The man behind everything." She took in a deep breath. "He doesn't have her anymore though. I almost wish he did. She'd be safer tonight if he did."

Jason stopped in his tracks, his anger ebbing, melting into confusion.

"Lady," Davis' voice was just as confused as Jason's mind, "what the hell are you talking about?"

Moira stared at them before shaking her head. "You two numbskulls have totally isolated yourselves, haven't you? You have no idea what's going on in the outside world right now."

"I think we've already made that clear." Jason narrowed his hazels. "So why don't you cut to the chase and tell us what the hell is going on? What's happening out there?"

Her blues met his gaze head-on. "Mass genocide."

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"How?" Chloe stared at the fully regenerated Balcoin Book of Shadows in her hand.

"I don't know," Zatanna admitted. "It's one of the mysteries. But the BoS of the Six are tied to the heads of the Clans."

Lana's head lowered, the girl looking horribly defeated. "Pete's going to die tonight and it will have been for nothing. He wasn't even the First. A book didn't even accept him."

Chloe turned to Lana and frowned, going towards the girl and grabbing her chin, tightening her grip on it and raising the pointy tip, greens narrowed on those shocked hazels. "That's all you care about?"

Lana's shock turned into fury as she glared back. "Of course not." She stared defiantly back at Chloe. "But it angers me that I seem to be the only one who sees the raw potential he has." She clenched her fists at her side. "He's going to die, Chloe. He's going to bleed out before we can get help. We both know this. And I will have been the only one who truly saw Pete Balcoin as an incredible man, friend and witch... and not merely tossed him to the side and never given him a chance because he's viewed as inferior to you."

That one actually hurt, Chloe letting go of Lana's face, shaking her head, disgusted. "I've never seen him that way. It's why I wanted him to take my place."

Lana flinched, looking away, obviously ashamed. "I know you don't, Chlo. I didn't – I'm sorry – I'm taking it out on you and I shouldn't. I'm sorry." She took in a deep breath, tears filling her eyes as her voice broke. "He's going to die."

"Stop saying that." Chloe's voice broke as well.

With a cry, Lana launched herself into Chloe's arms, sobbing as she clung to the blonde, apologizing for being rude and mean and even called herself a bitch once or twice as she cried and told Chloe she loved Pete and just didn't know what she was going to do without him. The girl broke down in Chloe's arms, far from the composed, defensive warrior she'd been two minutes earlier.

Chloe let the Balcoin BoS fall to the ground at her feet as she wrapped her arms around the girl. 'Guys, give me a second with her. Greg and Diana, stick around outside. I need to see the two of you.'

The group nodded, leaving except for Mikhail, Lucas and Cassie. They weren't so happy about leaving Chloe with Lana, so Faye, Byron and Greg had to nudge the three into moving, the trio not looking happy at all and yet finally complying, sending the two girls little looks over their shoulders.

Finally, when they were alone, Chloe held Lana close and let the girl cry, having a feeling the brunette hadn't let herself cry for a very long time and that this wasn't just about tonight. The blonde felt a little awkward because, out of everyone from the Thoreaux Circle, Lana was the one she'd bonded with the least and she felt that maybe Lana had needed the girl bonding. At least Lana had had Pete, but now Pete was gravely injured and Chloe was worried as well, but she realized with shock that she was cold enough to put the rest of her family, and the town, and the battle, over that fact in her mind. Lana, on the other hand, couldn't concentrate on anything else but Pete and it was obviously destroying her.

"I'm sorry." Lana sighed as she pulled away and wiped at her eyes. "This can't be easy for you and I've made things more conflicting than they had to be." She looked up at the ceiling. "To be honest, if Pete were fine, he probably wouldn't have even disputed your claim to returning to Matriarch." She licked her lips. "Between you and me, he really didn't want to do this. I wanted him to though. I really did."

"Why?" Chloe asked, realizing that this meant a lot to Lana.

"Because it's a big deal, and because he deserves it." Lana shrugged, looking away before closing her eyes. "And because you don't know what he's done for me."

Chloe's eyes narrowed. "What do you mean?"

"I mean, Pete has done things for me that I can never begin to repay, ever." Lana couldn't meet her eyes, licking her lips nervously. "And I wanted to use this opportunity to help him build himself up. Help him build an empire for himself. You know?"

Chloe nodded slowly.

The brunette sighed. "You can't force these things though." She closed her eyes. "I told Aunt Nell she knew where to stick her Circle." She covered her eyes with her hand. "This is going to be an awkward conversation." The brunette turned to leave.

Chloe reached out and grabbed her shoulder.

Lana turned her head, looking back at her.

Chloe stared at her eyes. "He's not going to die."

Lana gulped, not saying anything, but her expression went horribly vulnerable.

"He's not," Chloe promised.

Lana continued to eye her before a soft smile touched her lips and she sighed. "He better not."

The two girls shared a smile before Lana left.

As soon as she was gone through the mouth of the cavern, Greg and Diana entered, the two dark haired teens silent as they made their way 'til they were standing in front of the blonde.

Chloe eyed them thoughtfully. "You're probably wondering why I asked you to stay back while I sent the others away."

"The questions crossed our minds," Greg announced as Diana nodded.

Chloe eyed the two before reaching her hands out towards them and turning them, palms up.

The dark haired teens eyed her palms.

A half-smile played on Greg's lips. "So, do your hands just get bored and go for different looks or something?"

Diana, on the other hand, grinned brightly, dark eyes shining. "Does this mean what I think it means?"

"I think so, yes." Chloe stared down at her palms, the Omega symbol completely seared into her left palm and the Balcoin symbol now seared into the flesh of her right one. "I'm the Firstborn and recognized heir to both the Balcoin and Darkseid Clans." She smiled softly at the two designs before lowering her hands to her sides and staring at the teens. "When tonight is over, I'm going to see Rao."

"What-?" Diana's smile dropped immediately into a frown.

"But I'm coming back," Chloe assured her softly, reaching out her Balcoin hand to Diana and her Darkseid hand to Greg. "I'm not leaving you guys again. I've learnt my lesson. No matter how strong I might be, I need my Circle, because without them, I'm weak."

"I don't know about that." Greg snorted. "You're pretty much badass all on your own and don't need us one bit." He folded his arms over his chest. "We went in as a rescue party and had to get our asses saved, time and time again, and then once again when we were back you locked us in here and did all the fighting yourself." He licked his lips. "And that's while you're untrained." His dark eyes trained on her. "Rao's a dick, don't get me wrong, but I'm beginning to see why he looks down on us if you're an example of just how superior he is to us."

Diana looked away, silent.

Chloe looked between those two and worried that this was the message she was sending across every single time she tried to protect the ones she loved. "You guys really have no idea how important you are."

Diana looked up.

Greg remained silent.

Something churned inside of Chloe, the blonde bringing one hand to her solar plexus and the other to the pendant John Balcoin had given her. She could feel her magic reacting in her, she wasn't sure what it was doing, but she tried to ignore it, eyeing Diana and Greg thoughtfully. "Greg, if you guys hadn't been in trouble, I wouldn't have been able to do what I did when I was in the Shadow Realm. It's because I knew you were in danger that I could do what I did. Ask Whitney. Up until a little before, I was basically a Damsel in Distress. The only reason I've been able to do anything that I've done tonight is because I knew that my family and friends were in danger and needed me there. Right now I'm scared and tired and my solar plexus hurts like a bitch..." She took in a deep bitch. "But this isn't the time to sit down and cry no matter how much I might want to. As long as Darkseid's people are still out there then no one's safe. My family and friends, my town, my Clan... is not safe. You guys are not safe. And I can't take that. It gives me this... I can't explain it. It's not an adrenaline rush. That's not the right word. But it's a sort of strength..."

Greg reached out and placed his hands on Chloe's shoulders, stopping her. "Hey, Mama Bear?"

She flushed, embarrassed. "What?"

He sighed, staring into her eyes. "To quote the Prophet, you might be 'Voldemort Barbie', but even He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had followers he relied on to complete tasks and he didn't do everything on his own." His grip on her shoulders tightened. "I get that you want to protect us but, damn it, Chloe, the next time you lock us out of the fight like that I will not hold Fordman back as he goes all red-eyed, berserk, and out of control around Muggles while your blood is being shed."

Her eyes widened, not having even thought about that.

"So if you're going to be You-Know-Who, get used to having Death Eaters and a twisted version of the Order of the Phoenix working for you, and use them." He glared at her. "I know you're worried about us and that you're trying to protect us, but what would have happened if the Caves hadn't disobeyed you and let down the barrier when that witch got past Claws and Scales? If Van hadn't shot him-" Greg frowned. "You've got to start thinking about yourself as well, Chloe, or you're going to have a well-intentioned mutiny on your hands because we've only just gotten you back and we're not about to lose you again." His gaze went to Diana before he cleared his throat and turned his dark orbs back onto Chloe. "I'm about to lose even more of my hard earned cool points here and go back to being the lamest version of Bug Boy everyone probably still has stashed in the back of their minds but, Chloe, we need you." He reached up to cup her face, forcing her to look him in the eye. "You're the glue that keeps this family together, because even though I mightn't be a Balcoin, I still consider you all my family and…" He cleared his throat, ducking his head in a groan. "Oh god, I'm about to lose every single bit of coolness I ever had." With a deep sigh, Greg returned his browns to Chloe. "I lost my dad, Chloe. Mom and you guys are all I have left. Don't you ever try and take that from me again. You got that?"

Chloe stared up into Greg Arkin's eyes and gulped, reaching up to cup his face much like he was doing hers as she licked her lips. "Greg, I know you're never going to believe me, but I think Bug Boy's pretty cool." She gave a soft little smile, her eyes suspiciously wet. "And I think of you as my family too, that's why I do what I do, and I'm sorry if I unintentionally hurt anyone doing that. It's never my intention to do so."

Greg stared at her before sighing and nodding, resting his forehead against hers. "We know that, Chloe, but it's a Circle. That means you're not alone; means you rely on us to help protect you, too."

Chloe's hands on his face slid down his neck to his shoulders, trembling slightly in restrained tears, having missed these people so terribly.

"And here goes my last ounce of cool." Greg sighed in defeat as he pulled her to his chest, resting his chin on the top of her head as he let her cry softly into his shirt, the boy hugging her tightly.

"I don't know," Diana whispered to their right. "I think Chloe's right. I think Bug Boy's got something going for him. The Harry Potter references alone are appealing."

Greg chuckled, shaking his head. "You women are teases."

Chloe smiled, pulling away from Greg, wiping at her eyes as she took in a deep breath. "Greg, you're right. I do need you guys, I've always known that. But I'll work on my over-protectiveness. And later I'll have to have you tell me who exactly my Prophet is because you seem to have some information I don't." She cleared her throat. "But right now I actually need the two of you to help me."

Diana nodded. "Just tell us how."

Chloe licked her lips. "When I went to Apokalips-"

"So that's the Shadow Realm's official name?" Greg interrupted.

Chloe nodded. "Yes. We have a lot to tell each other once this night is over." She took in a deep breath. "When I was there, something happened to me and Greg, you mentioned something about me being blocked and you Seeing something you didn't understand."

He nodded.

"Thing is, I don't want to connect to my Caves fully like I have to to do what I'm about to do, without knowing what's going on with me, or what happened to me in there." Chloe responded. "I need you two to See what's wrong with me and if it's even safe for me to connect with the Caves. Make sure that there isn't any risk of me somehow infecting them with anything from that realm."

The two brunettes shared looks before nodding.

Diana cleared her throat. "Never done anything like this before, but we'll definitely give it our best."

Greg grinned. "Don't worry, you're in good hands."

Chloe looked at the two of them and knew it, smiling at them. "I know."

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"How do you know all of this if you're out here just like we are?" Davis wanted to know, frowning, obviously not convinced of Moira's story of Rao Darkseid's joint attack on the Six Houses and the magical clans that hadn't allied with him.

Jason had to admit as well that he found it hard to believe that during the time they were hiking in the mountains, a war had started.

"You don't have to trust my word, I can prove it," the witch announced, chin raised. "Follow me." With that, she flipped the hood over her head and turned, magic hot, white and blurring, a howl echoing throughout the night as a white wolf began hurrying away.

Davis and Jason shared a look, knowing it could be a trap and both very wary as they began to follow.

16th-Sep-2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Why must you make me feel just a bit bad for Lana? Huh? Why?

Ohhh how I loved the mini reunion between Chloe, Greg and Diana. And Greg's speech just perfect especially for all the Harry Potter references. Lol Chloe still doesn't know that Faye is her prophet. Can't wait to see her reaction.
Can't wait to to also see what Greg and Diana see in Chloe.

Wow Jason and Davis are really isolated if they don't know what is going on with darkseid. Does that mean that Davis isn't infected by darkseid but someone else or is there is else something else wrong with him??

Can't wait for more!!!!! XD
17th-Sep-2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Because, while Lana can be annoying as hell, she's not evil (except for the moments when she is). lol

They needed that reunion, and Greg might have lost his "cool points" but Chloe needed to hear all of that!

They are VERY isolated! Moira is much more in contact with the outside world than they are.
16th-Sep-2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
i'm with Chloe and Diana bug boy's got it going on. With the Harry Potter references and the hugs!

How the hell did Moira know about the genocide? They're in the middle of nowhere.
17th-Sep-2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Greg just needs to start believing that and he'll stop trying so hard to be someone he isn't and be happy with who he is... which is what Chloe's been trying to show/tell him. :)

She's not as isolated or out of touch with the outside world as the boys are, even though she's in hiding.
23rd-Sep-2013 05:36 pm (UTC) - Couple Things
In case I continue to lurk, please know that I love this fic and have almost worn out my refresh command checking for updates! (No pressure ;->)

After re-reading the last 11-12 entries, I found some interesting questions you'll probably answer later but I'm curious.

1) Luthor Secondborn's Circle is still surviving - Julian? Tess is in Lex's Circle, if any, and Lucas is either part of the Lost Boys or Chloe's posse, making him unbound or a Balcoin. Plus, you said that the Lost Boys were taking a hit, so....

2) What Pete did that Lana can never repay - ooo, the secrets of France. I hope we'll see more of this, especially if Pete stays a big player.

3)Why is Moira in Romania - is this just somewhere she went to hide out and there were wolves there or is there another plot twist in the offing? Will Moira come back and try to convert her Darkseid claim to Chloe's control - Jason does know about that, IIRC - or just keep sniping from the wilderness? Neat twist with Wizarding/Witch Wireless.

4)Scale Display and what it means - I hope this is just a chemistry thing between dragons or Darkseid and unknown (cough*Zod*cough) bloodlines or maybe another of those dragon customs Chloe won't feel herself bound by. Yes, the Major's delish, but all Dragons are arrogant pricks and the Major's not much better. Chloe needs a mate with a conscience - i.e. human - to keep her on the light side. I like Chloe and Jason - except for his backing down before the ball and going with his mother's choice, but that was very in character for Smallville's Jason.

5)Voldemort Barbie - if Greg's right, who exactly are the Death Eaters and who's the twisted Order of the Phoenix?

So many more questions, but I just wanted to drop a line to say thanks and let you know I'm wondering about this story. Great Job!

24th-Sep-2013 04:56 am (UTC) - Re: Couple Things
1) Yes, the "Secondborn" is Julian, as Tess would be the "Thirdborn" but she doesn't have her own Circle, and is a part of Lex's. Similarly Lucas is the Fourthborn, but he's, as you said, a part of another Circle/unbound.

2) Now that would be telling.... *innocent smile*

3) Moira had a reason for being in Romania! And that specific place! But she wouldn't be telling the "numbskulls".

4) Not the last you'll see of either the Major or Jason.

5) Death Eaters would be Team Darkseid Circle, and Twisted Order of the Phoenix would be Team Balcoin Circle.
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