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The New Circle 98A/? 
14th-Oct-2013 01:32 am
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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.

Chloe was keeping her trip to Apokalips secret as she hoped to be in and out quickly and did not want certain people (namely Lionel Luthor) finding out about it. She felt uneasy about going without being able to say goodbye to Faye and Byron, who had yet to arrive, but had asked Diana to tell them bye for her, knowing that there was no way she'd be back before they arrived in Smallville. She just hoped that Mikhail was wrong and this wasn't a trap. It was a thought that was going through her mind as she walked towards Zod alone, the girl having told her friends and family to stay away and, even though they'd wanted to go to the caves with her, they'd respected her wishes. They all had things they needed to do for her while she was gone anyway, to have ready for when she returned.

Zod stood by the entrance to the caves, an empty bag slung over his shoulder, watching her in contemplative silence.

Chloe made her way towards him, only speaking once she'd reached him. "How do we do this?"

He didn't speak, merely held his hand out towards her.

Licking her lips, Chloe hesitated a second before placing her hand in his.

Suddenly, Zod pulled her towards him, her chest hitting his, her breath escaping her lips audibly as his mouth moved over hers and swallowed the sound.

Confused and shocked, Chloe clutched at Zod's shirt and whimpered as she arched into him instinctively. Her eyes fluttered closed as her lips moved on their own, her mind a blank web of heat as his hands went to her hips and pulled her against him. Chloe didn't understand what was happening, wanted to ask, but every time she tried to pull away, he'd flick his tongue or do something that would melt her thoughts away into nothingness. And then his fingers trailed heavily up her hips, almost painfully so, sure to leave bruises against her pale skin as they slowly lifted her shirt during their travel upwards. That in itself was delicious, and that was before his fingertips touched her scales and left her a mindless mess of electric pleasure. Chloe's knees gave out on her, the only thing keeping her up was his hold, the girl crying out wantonly into his kiss as his fingers continued to merciless tease those scales until she was near a frenzy, desperate. Chloe rubbed her thighs together, warm and moist, tingling and needy, kissing the Dragon deeper, adding teeth to the mixture as she clutched at his hair painfully and rolled her hips against the throbbing proof that he was far from unaffected.

As Chloe's teeth trapped Zod's bottom lip, she cried out and bit down when she felt his hands transform, the Dragon's fingers now claws, the four fingers on each hand (not including his thumbs) slicing across the symbol of the House of Zod on her lower back. The pain mixed with pleasure into something Chloe hadn't felt before, her teeth piercing through Zod's bottom lip, tasting his blood, her grip on his shirt tightening as she cried out, arching harder into him, closing her eyes tightly. The world around them spun, the girl horribly dizzy, most probably from blood loss as Zod's claws dug into her skin. And then they pulled out.

Chloe's eyes fluttered open, remembering that dream, the eight slashes on her back. She licked her lips, pulling away from Zod, stumbling away, before reaching and pressing her hands to the tender skin, wincing as she pulled her fingers away, staring at the blood covering them. "What the hell-?"

Zod stood, blood from his burst bottom lip draining down his chin as he lifted a blood-covered digit and licked it.

Chloe eyed him in confusion, wary.

"We triggered the return when we drew each other's blood over the symbol of the House of Zod I'd engraved on the ground beneath our feet in front of the caves." The Dragon cleared his throat as he tried arranging his pants before looking around him, his eyes suddenly narrowing. "Something's not right."

That was when Chloe suddenly realized that they were not in front of the Bleeding Caves' entrance anymore, the girl's green eyes widening as she twirled around slowly, taking in the dark purple field they were in. "What part of Apokalips are we in?"

"The Viridian Fields." Zod kicked off his shoes and placed them into the bag he'd brought with him, pulling off his shirt and throwing it inside the bag as well.

"What are you doing?" Chloe turned to him, eyes wide on his naked chest.

"We need to move quickly, faster than we could while I was in my human form. I'm not going to transform to my true form – my half form will be enough to get us where we need to go quickly and stealthy enough." He began working on his pants, hooking his fingers on his waistband and yanking them down along with his underwear.

Chloe twirled around so her back was to him, face burning. It was due to this that she missed seeing the transformation, but she could feel the burst of magic exploding warmly behind her. She licked her lips, hesitating a second before turning around to see that Zod's humanoid form was gone. Instead in its place was a very dark purple Dragon of medium-size. His scales were a mixture of ragged and feathery looking types, sharper spikes seeming to frame his face, which was broader and less angular than she would have expected. There was something about him that seemed almost half Hellhound-ish, a demonic look in those eyes, his body and scales covered in scars that proved that he'd fought and lived, and that so many others hadn't been as fortunate.

Zod turned those reptilian blues on her, motioning with his head towards his back before lowering on his front legs.

Taking in a deep breath, Chloe picked up the bag and slung it around her shoulders before hesitating a second because those scales looked sharp and she didn't want to cut up her hands. She was already cut up as it was.

The Dragon snorted at her in impatience.

"You're not exactly wearing a saddle or otherwise rider friendly, are you?" She glared at him, tapping the dull side of a sharp scale to make her point. "You've scratched me enough for one day Mr. If you want to hurry up more, you can leave me and go."

He grumbled deep in his throat.

"Don't think just because I don't understand what you're saying doesn't mean I don't get the gist of what you're saying." She hit him with his bag just for the hell of it before taking in a deep breath and beginning the climb, careful with his scales and finally managing to straddle the back of his neck, grabbing hold of the more feathery scales that were there as she tried to anchor herself to the Dragon. "I'm going to fall off and die."

Zod let out a sound that was suspiciously close to a laugh before taking off into a rapid sprint.

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"What do you mean she can't see me?" Lex frowned as he eyed AC. After what had happened earlier, Lex had known that things weren't the best between his ally and himself and he'd known that it was best to come and speak to her himself, and yet it would seem that the Tentagels had somehow gotten a strong hold on the Balcoin girl during his absence. There'd been rumors that Chloe had had something to do with Adrian Tentagel getting back his long lost son Adam, and it seemed to be true as Adam was not only around, but AC was too, and both of them were being roadblocks. Lex did not appreciate that in the least bit. The Luthor House mightn't have had much of a presence the last couple of months but it had always been an important part of this thing and he wasn't about to let any of the other Six try and think they could take their place.

"I mean," AC finally looked up from the iPad he was typing something into, seeming to be going through some sort of inventory list, "that she can't see you. Plain and simple, Lex. Since when was plain and simple something you couldn't get?"

A muscle jumped in Lex's cheek as he moved closer. "You don't seem to get that I'm not my father, Arthur. Chloe and I are allies."

AC smirked, moving the iPad so that the screen was turned and pressed to his chest, hiding whatever it was he was doing from Lex deliberately, provokingly. "Is that so?"

"Yes." Lex nodded, realizing what AC was doing, that the blonde was obviously working on something on Chloe's orders and throwing the fact that Lex wasn't cleared to know in the guy's face. "Now I need to see her. She must have awoken by now and her… husband… will allow visitors."

"She is awake." AC admitted that much with a nod. "But she still can't see you."

Lex was about to hex the Tentagel heir. He'd never liked any of the Tentagels much, but AC especially, and he knew that the feeling had always been reciprocated. "She can't see me or you're not even going to tell her that I want to see her?"

AC had the nerve to smirk at that last part. "Look, Lex," he took in a deep breath, "we're never going to be friends, you and I. But Chloe has taken me in and she saved my brother. I owe that girl more than I could ever repay her. I wouldn't screw her over if I felt that whatever you had to tell her was important. Whenever I see her, I'll let her know that you need to see her." AC's smirk had faded, his expression determined. "But for right now, know that you're not important enough for me to waste everyone's time just to mess with you by telling you that she can't see you when she can."

Lex narrowed his eyes as he realized that there was something else going on here, something big. Something was going down. "I understand. Let her know that it is urgent that I speak to her." He nodded. "Thank you, AC." The Luthor heir turned and walked away, hands in his pockets, eyes narrowing further.

What the hell was going on?

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What the hell was going on?

Everything everywhere was dead or dying.

Chloe held on tightly to Zod as he raced from one creature to the other, some of them gasping their last, agonized breaths in terror, most of them having already died hours previously. She could feel his tensed confusion, his determination, the girl tightening her grip as his speed intensified the moment they spotted their first Dragon. It was an old Dragon, she could tell from how faded its scales were, the designs barely distinguishable. Zod stopped running, stopped moving for the first time, recognition obvious in his reptilian eyes as he stared at the much larger, lifeless creature.

Without warning Zod took off once more, as if someone had lit a fire under him, and Chloe soon realized why as they came across the bodies of more and more dead Dragons, some of the bodies in the process of decomposition. Some of the Dragons weren't old, some of them were young, some were even hatchlings and she'd been unable to keep the cry from her lips as she stared at their young faces in horror. Even if they were inhuman faces, even if she hadn't known these people, she felt nauseated, so horrified and sickened to the core at the degree of the death that surrounded them.

The scent of death must have been getting to Zod because every now and then he'd move his hand to his nose, as if trying to block the scent, and she was gladder than ever that she didn't have the Dragon super senses.

Finally they came to the Courtyard and Temple, bodies of Dragons littering the Courtyard and making it hard to walk. Chloe actually cried out when the Dragon flexed his wings and took flight, the girl not having even considering flying a possibility for some reason. And yet the sight of the bodies of the Dragons that littered the hills surrounding the Courtyard and Temple, and well into the Courtyard… It left her without the ability to make any further sound, the blonde finding herself caressing Zod's scales, feeling the Dragon trembling in fury beneath her.

There was no sign of life anywhere, but that wasn't what had made Zod tremble that way. No. It was the large Omega sign that had been burnt on the ground of the Courtyard and had been invisible to the eye while on the ground, mostly covered by the bodies of the Dragons, and yet visible once in the air gazing down.


This was Rao's doing.

"Why?" Chloe whispered, finally speaking since they'd found the first bodies. "What would he get out of this?"

The Dragon's only answer was to descend sharply, the dark purple creature landing smoothly, fluidly, before turning his head towards her expectantly.

She could read that gesture somehow, slipping off carefully, holding the bag with his things tightly to her chest as she gazed around her at the large bodies like mountains around her, dried blood pooled at her feet.

Magic exploded around her as Zod shifted once more, turning into his humanoid shape. "There is no word in our language that can describe what he has done."

Chloe shoved Zod's bag into his chest, firmly looking away from his naked form, still a bit shaky, confused. "I don't understand why he would do this. These are his kindred. It's the humans and witches he sees as beneath him. Why would he destroy other Dragons? It doesn't make any sense." She gulped, leaning closer to a body. "And how did he do it? I don't see a claw or bite mark on any of these bodies. Don't Dragons usually physically fight? I mean," her gaze returned to him just as he pulled on his pants, "your body pays homage to every battle you've ever fought."

"We have to get to the Temple." Zod slipped on his shirt, leaving his shoes off, forgotten on the Courtyard floor as he turned to extend his hand out to her.

Chloe stared at the hand for a second before placing hers in his.

Zod's hand tightened around hers as he began leading her towards the entrance of the Temple. They hurried past the bodies, up the steps and paused a second at the open doors before entering the large building.

The last time Chloe had been in the Temple, she'd been unconscious when she'd entered so she hadn't been able to appreciate the beauty and majesty of the inside of the building. This time she was also unable to enjoy it though, blood splattered everywhere. Within, the Dragons were in their humanoid form, the bodies here different from the ones outside of the Temple. These looked as if their chests had exploded. The blood within was still somewhat wet, making the ground slippery, and also proving that whatever had happened here hadn't happened that long ago.

Grip tightening on her hand, Zod continued to lead Chloe through different winding corridors and hallways, the girl getting more and more lost as they came upon more bodies. There seemed to be more men to women in the Dragon communities, even in the children, and she remembered the whole scarcity of females comment.

Finally, they stopped before a large set of doors, magic radiating from them visibly.

Zod let out a breath of relief. "The shield is up. Someone must still be alive inside."

"What is this?" Chloe asked, eyeing the large doors.

"The entrance to the Hall of the Ruling Council." Zod placed his hands on the doors, hissing as the magic burnt him, the Dragon pulling his hands away, staring at the doors in confusion. "That shouldn't have happened. It should have recognized me and let us in."

Chloe hurried to him, eyeing his hands in worry. "You're hurt."

"I'm fine." His gaze was still on the doors. "What happened here?"

"The hell you're fine, you're bleeding." She pressed his injury, watching his fingernails turn to claws instinctively in response to the pain. Slashing one against the hem of her shirt and then tearing it off, Chloe used the material to wrap one of his hands. "You're no good to anyone if you're hurt. Be more careful." For some reason, Zod was silent and while she wanted to look up at him and see why he didn't have some sort of dismissive and/or condescending comment, Chloe tore off another bit of her shirt, bandaging his other hand and tying that together as well, only looking up once she was done. "Now, we'll find a way into that room, and whoever is in there, without you getting more hurt, okay?"

Zod stared down at his bandaged hands before clenching them tightly despite how much that must actually hurt him, the Dragon nodding as he turned his blues on the door.

"I wish I could be useful." Chloe stared at the door as well, shaking her head. "Not only is my magic hibernating right now, but the last time I was here, my magic acted weird. My shield even shattered and my shield is one of my strongest abilities."

Zod sent her a sideways look, his expression thoughtful. "You were killing your Balcoin magic at the time though, were you not?"

Chloe opened her mouth, and then closed it, having to admit that he was right on the money. "But that doesn't change the fact that my magic's still not working right now."

Zod continued to look at her thoughtfully.

Chloe frowned, turning to face him. "I'm not going to like whatever you're planning right now, am I?"

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Faye hugged her mother tightly, emotions conflicting within her. On one hand, her mind was on everything the others had filled her in on concerning Chloe and what she was doing right now, and on the other hand, she hadn't seen her mother in a very long time, they hadn't parted on the best of terms, and now here they were, together again, in Smallville of all places. Faye had even seen Melissa! Faye had been keeping in contact with her bestie by phone, though she had to admit that she'd been slacking off and that the communications between them had started getting less and less frequent, but it had been great to see Melissa and know that she was safe and sound (and still crushing on the human mountain that was Clark Kent) but Dawn Chamberlain was a whole different ballgame.

It wasn't that she didn't love her mother, because she did, it was probably what made it so hard actually. She couldn't really reconcile her picture in her mind of her mother with what she'd learned was truly her mom. Then again, she knew Diana felt the same way about Kate and Charles.

"I'm so happy to have you in my arms again and that you're safe and sound." Dawn's voice shook with her happiness as she pulled away, cupping Faye's face, staring into her eyes. "Have you lost weight? Have you been eating properly? I've been so worried about you. Have they been treating you properly?"

"Yes, mom." Faye pulled away, somewhat uncomfortable with this level of mothering and yet loving her mother for it at the same time. "How are you?"

"I'm fine." Dawn cleared her throat. "They took Charles. We have to get him back. Who knows what they'll do to him – or what they'll do if they take those demons inside of him."

"You think that's why they took him? To extract the demons from him?" Faye couldn't see why Rao would want demons. How she saw it, he was way more powerful than those demons could ever have wished to be.

"Why else would he have taken him, honey?" Dawn wanted to know, determined. "I know your, uh, friend doesn't like me because of what Charles and I did to Amelia – but she said she'd let me stay because of you. That you were a close friend."

Faye couldn't keep the smile off of her face and felt like a total dork. "As you can tell, I'm something of a big deal around here."

Her mother gave her a tender smile before taking in a deep breath. "I need your help, Faye. I need you to talk to Chloe Balcoin, I need you to use your influence on her."

Faye stared at her mother before backing away. "I've talked to Mrs Marshall, she'll rent you the studio apartment behind her glass blowing shop in town at a good price. That's all the help I can give you, mom." With that, she sighed and turned, hugging herself as she walked away, blinking away tears.

14th-Oct-2013 07:54 am (UTC)

Love that AC was annoying Lex it reminds me of the Aqua episode where Lex was taunting AC.

Well Holy shit!!!! What the heck is Rao up to?????

Faye's mom is a bitch!!

and oh yeah TEASE!!!!!!
15th-Oct-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
YEEEESSSS! *and I haven't even begun*

You have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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