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The New Circle 96C/? 
10th-Oct-2013 05:27 pm
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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.

Even Moira was shocked and confused with that one.

"I don't understand." Davis took in a deep breath, looking around the group before returning his confused black gaze to his mother, so visibly lost, it was heartbreaking. "If I'm not a half Dragon, what am I? And why can I sense Chloe? Why didn't you tell me that Lionel's my father?"

"Lionel Luthor is not your father." Faora stared up into her son's face with sadness, licking her lips before taking in a deep breath. "Honey, Edward Teague was your father."

Jason's eyes widened.

Genevieve, on the other hand, did not seem surprised by this revelation.

"What?" Davis tore his gaze from his mother to stare at Jason, his best friend – his half-brother – and then returned his confused dark gaze back to his mother. "But – what – I don't – what does this have to do with-?"

"With Chloe?" Faora finished, taking in a deep breath. "When I was in Apokalips-"

"Faora…" Lionel shook his head. "That's enough."

"No, Lionel." Faora narrowed her dark eyes on him. "I'm done keeping secrets about my son from my son."

"This isn't only about your son." Lionel's voice was a low growl. "I am commanding you to stop."

"What are you hiding now, Lionel?" Moira pushed, drawing his attention from Faora, trying to give the woman a reprieve, trying to give her a moment to maybe gather some courage to finally stand up to Lionel Luthor once and for all and clue everyone in on what she knew. "What don't you know about my daughter?"

"Maybe you would know if you didn't keep abandoning her." Lionel raised an eyebrow.

Moira sneered at him, pissed that people kept throwing that in her face. Did they not understand that every time she left, it was for a good reason?

"Davis, one of the reasons why you're connected to Chloe is because your magic from that realm has been active for a while now," Faora spoke, turning away from Lionel. "And your magic, your specific sort of magic, is linked to hers. It can almost be considered familial."

"Faora!" Lionel snapped.

She ignored him.

"Darkseid," Jason whispered. "You're saying Davey has Darkseid magic in him."

Faora shook her head, turning to face her son's half-brother. "No. I said he wasn't a Dragon. He isn't a Dragon."

Tess narrowed her eyes. "Then how is his magic linked to hers? I don't understand."

And then Moira did, the woman taking a step back, eyes widening as she gasped, the sound drawing attention to her. "I've had it all wrong. I thought he was – I never – oh gods." The woman ran shaky fingers through her hair as she took a step back, her blue eyes turning to Lionel. "You took the Steppenwolf."

Lionel's face was fury incarnate as he snarled at her. "It is none of your business what I did or did not do."

"What are you talking about?" Lex wanted to know. "What's a Steppenwolf?"

"It's none of your concern, Lex," Lionel drawled, eyes narrowed on Moira, warning her to back off.

"The hell it isn't," Lex snarled. "I am done with you and your secrets, dad!" He turned to Moira. "Please. What are you talking about? What did he do?"

Lionel's eyes were dangerous, promising all sorts of vengeance if she dared speak.

Moira stepped closer to Lionel, not looking away from those eyes as she opened her mouth. "According to what John told me, the Steppenwolf essence was offered to them. It was the essence of a Salamander that had evolved unusually far, enough to shift into human form, enough to name himself, and name himself he had: Steppenwolf. The Dragons had Steppenwolf killed but bottled his essence for further study to see why he'd managed to evolve when none of his other kind were even close to that stage of evolution. John, Lionel and Janus turned down the essence, or John thought they had, because it was unstable essence that, while linked to Dragons, Rao warned could cause mutations and no one wanted to take the chance, to risk it." Her eyes narrowed on Lionel. "You took it behind their backs."

"Meddling woman," Lionel snarled. "You will be sorry."

"No, she will not." Tess narrowed her eyes at her father. "You need to start talking, father. The time for secrets has long finished!"

Lionel eyed them before snarling and storming away.

Genevieve shook her head in disappointment, following after him.

Faora stayed with her son, taking in a deep breath. "When Lionel found out you were with us, he took us to Darkseid and I took my plea to him personally. I begged for your life, and while he told me that the life of a human boy meant nothing to him normally, he was curious to see the effects that grafting the Steppenwolf essence onto a living mortal might bring. He believed it would save your life, but warned it might bring unforeseeable mutations in the future, asked if I could live with the consequences of my acts." The woman took in a deep breath. "I told him I would and he informed me that that would be the price for the Steppenwolf." She wiped at her tear-filling eyes. "He had one of his Dragons perform the ritual, and while you slept for days afterwards and woke up back home without any memory of Apokalips or of the past months, you got better. I was so happy, so relieved when the Witch Doctors couldn't find anything wrong with you." She gave a watery smile. "I know that you might hate me for what I did to you but-"

Davis grabbed her shoulders. "I could never hate you, mom, but a deal with Darkseid? Unforeseeable mutations? Price for the Steppenwolf?"

"You're fine. Years have passed and no mutations have happened. You're fine." Her smile was brilliant. "And if there's any price to pay, I'll gladly pay it a million times to have you alive and healthy." She smiled up into his face. "I love you. You are my son."

Davis rested his forehead against hers with a sigh. "I love you too, mom."

"I still don't understand how this means he can feel Chloe." Lois turned to Julian, voice lowered. "He's not even a half Dragon like her."

"They're both from the same place though, and they're both lizards, which makes them somewhat related," Julian responded. "Also, since his Salamander powers were active a long time before her Dragon ones were he was picking up on a lot of things. I've been listening to the Major speak and while his arrogance is off-putting, it's also informative, and it seems that the Dragons are not only the Top of the Food Chain where they come from, they are literally Royals. Others of their species, other lizards, they have a special connection and instinctively seem to know their hierarchy."

"How do you manage to spend so much time around that ass?" Lois growled. "I want to punch him all the time."

"You better get used to it." Julian gave a little chuckle. "Seems he's your cousin-in-law."

Lois went pale in horror at the thought.

"I don't see what the big deal is," Dinah finally spoke, her voice hardly over a whisper as she hugged herself tightly, shivering slightly. "She's the scary one."

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"What's wrong, bro?" AC asked, finally having caught up with his younger brother, who seemed to be walking nowhere fast.

"Nothing," Adam announced, hands in his jacket pocket, staring at the ground as he continued to walk, not slowing down at all. "I'm just walking. A guy can walk, can't he?"

It was not like Adam to snap, so it just confirmed to AC that his little brother wasn't fine at all.

"Look, I know you're worried about her, but Chloe's fine." AC matched his brother's strides easily, looking around him, not used to these soulful chats. These were usually his mother's forte but she wasn't here and his brother hadn't had a chance to really have many of her chats so AC owed it to Adam to pass on all he'd learned from their mom. "She'll sleep off her tiredness and be back to herself in no time flat."

"That's not it – not to say that I'm not worried – it's just that – married?" Adam finally looked up. "I mean, that has to be a lie, right? She would have told us if it was true, right?"

AC shrugged. "Don't know her that well. You tell me."

Adam frowned, obviously not liking that answer. "I don't know." He lowered his gaze once more. "I don't like him."

"He thinks she should leave us all to die." AC made a face. "Not much to like."

Adam shrugged half-heartedly.

AC sighed before slugging his brother's shoulder. "Come on Ad, don't be a wimp. If there's something you want to tell her, you should."

Adam shrugged once more, just as half-heartedly as before.

The brothers continued walking in silence.

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"I'm not saying anything." Zatanna walked away from the group, the files she'd gotten from the Mayor's office tucked under her arm. "You want answers? You wait until she's awake and get confirmation or repudiation from her. I am not going to say anything either way."

"We're her Circle, her family. We have a right to know!" Cassie threw her hands in the air. "We care! We only want what's good for her!"

"I'm sure you do, but that doesn't change the fact that, either way, it is Chloe's business and I am not going to discuss it with anyone." Zatanna looked both ways before crossing the street, ignoring the group crossing two steps behind her.

"It makes sense though, why he'd help." Diana was pressing the issue. "If he thought he had a right to her, he'd want to protect that right by protecting her. But how are they married? How does a Dragon get married? Because I know a ceremony wasn't conducted so it has to be something magical, something that I'm guessing is instinctual. Something that maybe even he cannot even be to blame for. Maybe the magic picked them for each other."

Zatanna paused on the sidewalk, sending Diana a narrowed little look. "You sound knowledgeable in Dragon mating."

"So you're saying they are mated?" Greg whimpered.

"I never said that." Zatanna didn't even look at him. She had her eyes narrowed suspiciously on Diana. "As I said before, speak to Chloe about this. She is the only one who should answer any questions you have on subjects about her love life, or lack of it." And with that, Zatanna walked away, and this time the group let her.

Diana and Greg shared looks.

Cassie frowned, narrowing her eyes at them.

Victor turned to Whitney. "How are you?"

Whitney looked up, nodding. "I'm fine."

Victor raised an eyebrow. "How sure are you about that?"

A muscle jumped in Whitney's cheeks, his eyes flashing red as they turned to look at him before the blonde turned and stormed away.

Victor folded his arms over his chest. "I thought so. He's not doing so well."

Cassie's blues were wide. "What the hell just happened with his eyes?"

"Is Chloe bleeding?" Greg asked, worried. "The only times I've ever seen his eyes go like that are in battle when she's hurt."

"No." Diana shook her head, gazing after Whitney. "I think that's all Whitney this time."

Victor watched Whitney's back as the boy stormed away and nodded. "I believe so as well."

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"How are you?"

Jason had to let out a little dark laughter as he looked up at Davis. "Shouldn't I be asking you that? You've just found out you're a lizard."

Moira and Faora had disappeared together, no doubt to talk, both having earned Lionel's fury for having discussed what they had, and probably needing the other's allegiance. Julian, Lois and Dinah had gone as well. That left Lex, Tess, Davis and Jason in the backyard. Only the gods knew where Oliver was.

Davis chuckled, shaking his head. "I'll have time to have a nervous breakdown later, I suppose, but, uh, how are you with the news about me being your, uh?"

"Half-brother?" Jason gave the guy who'd been his best friend a crooked smile, reaching out to place a hand on his shoulder. "You've always been a brother to me, Davey, even when I've wanted to punch you." He paused. "Especially when I've wanted to punch you."

The relief was palpable on Davis' face when he smiled, dimples going deep. "Good. Thanks. Me too. I mean you, too. The punching part included."

Jason smiled, taking in a deep breath as his gaze went to the house.

Davis' smile fell as he licked his lips. "Are you okay?"

"I'm fine." Jason shrugged. "Shell-shocked. I mean, I didn't expect to have a brother-"

"I mean about the marriage." Davis cleared his throat, shoving his hands into his jeans pocket and looking at the ground. "You keep glancing towards the house."

Jason looked away immediately, shoving his hands into his jacket's pockets. "Do we even know who the hell the guy is? I mean, I don't know about you, but I don't like him. I know I haven't been around lately, and before we left, I wasn't exactly hanging around twenty-four seven or anything, but, I just, I don't like him."

Davis didn't say anything, gaze going towards the house. "Did you feel something weird from him?"

"Yeah. Dislike. And I return it, a thousand times." Jason narrowed his eyes before turning his gaze on Davis. "Uh, how are you taking this? I mean, you, uh, kinda had a thing for her too and-"

Davis shrugged, shaking his head. "Let's be honest, Jace. Despite this connection and need for acceptance that I have when it comes to her, she and I will never be or have what you and she had. I've come to accept that."

"What we had." Jason lowered his gaze. "Right."

Davis frowned. "I didn't mean-."

"No, I mean, you're right." Jason cleared his throat. "Especially with that – whoever he is – who I don't like – they can't be married though. She's only seventeen, for crying out loud!" Jason ran his fingers through his hair. "I need to talk to her about this as soon as she wakes up."

"It is not our place to comment and after what just happened, unfortunately our alliance with Chloe is most probably tentative at best, so you will not do anything to rock the boat," Lex ordered, finally speaking to them as he took in a deep breath, moving closer. "I don't know who that man is but he seemed powerful and if they're really married, you need to respect that."

A muscle jerked in Jason's cheek as his hazels met Lex's blues.

Tess joined them. "Why did you leave Smallville? It was against orders."

"We know," Jason replied, point blank, far from apologetic.

"We found Moira." Davis also did not seem apologetic.

Lex narrowed his eyes at them.

Tess opened her mouth.

"Where's Oliver?" Jason wanted to know.

Tess sighed as she looked around. "That's what I would like to know."

11th-Oct-2013 01:29 am (UTC)
Does it make me evil that I'm giggling madly about the reactions of Whitney, Adam, and Jason to Chloe being "married"??????

So Edward was the baby daddy. I just assumed it was Lionel, you can't blame me he's quite the slut. But I do like that Jason and Davis get to be half-brothers.

Steppenwolf?????? You really like to threw those curveballs don't you!!!!

So I won't be cursing you to the high heavens this time. But I will ask for more!!!!
12th-Oct-2013 05:12 am (UTC)
Yes, you are evil. WELCOME TO THE CLUB, YOU ARE HOME! *passes you chocolate and drink of choice*

Everyone assumed it was Lionel, even his kids! He seriously had issues with keeping it in his pants back in the day!

Yay! You caught the reference! *dances around*

12th-Oct-2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Well at least I'm in good company.
*gladly accepts the chocolate and at the moment tea would be great*
11th-Oct-2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
you are the queen of twists....
i was so sure that davis was the other half-dragon... really!!!
and i sooo love that jason, whitney and adam are jealous ... zod really is a bad little dragon...

ah i feel overwelmed .... so many secrets... more overwelming please !!!!!
12th-Oct-2013 05:14 am (UTC)
I do try *bows, dramatic music playing in the background*

It was definitely obviously that Davis was special :) I just was evil and let everyone assume it was a different sort of special :p

He seriously is! But that's why I love him :)
13th-Oct-2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Excellent episode. Loved lots of it, but a Special Big Hug to Zatanna for keeping her mouth shut. I know, I know, it's probably part plot device like us not accompanying Diana and Greg to the Golden Mirror in Chloe's psyche so we have to guess what/who they saw there. But I still love that Zatanna tries to make up for the forced blood bonding and/or keep faith with the person she bonded to even against her bonded's family.

Lex really needs a wake-up call, as does Tess, about the free will nature of binding a broken circle. Davis and Jason and Oliver don't HAVE to rejoin, especially if Lex keeps giving orders. I wonder if Davis and Jason will try to get into Chloe's circles, start their own, or re-bind to Luthor, Jr.'s.

Can't wait to see!
14th-Oct-2013 12:15 am (UTC)
That's exactly why Zatanna is keeping her mouth shut. It's her own way of trying to redeem herself a little, her own form of restitution, even though she knows its very little it's something.
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