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The New Circle 102B/? 
20th-Oct-2013 07:33 pm
The New Circle Fanpic by Maple86smaller
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 any original material used in the television series or artwork, they belong to their respective creators. I have merely tweaked them for my story.
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.

Moira took her time in answering, not at all surprised when Chloe and her group finally came to her. She'd been waiting for this, although she had to admit she was surprised that they knew. She waited for a moment, standing on the porch, gaze going through the window to where Davis and Faora were inside talking with Clark and his parents, having a good time, not at all aware of the serious conversation happening or about how things were shifting so fundamentally just a couple of steps outside. She eyed the closeness between Faora and her son, a part of her wishing that she could share that same closeness with her own child, and yet another understanding why she'd had to sacrifice it and accepting it.

Finally, the woman turned her blues on Chloe. "Yes, I know where the entrance is."

She could see that it was taking a lot of control for Chloe not to snap at her, the girl closing her eyes for a moment and taking in a deep breath. "Where is it?"

"It's not a place I can just tell you directions to." Moira steeled herself for a fight, for the defiance that was ingrained in every inch of her daughter. "I have to be there with you, to show you the way."

Chloe stepped forwards, eyes narrowed. "Fine."

Moira could see the displeasure, the distrust on her daughter's Circle members. "That's it? No fight? No resistance?"

"I want to get there as fast as I can." Chloe moved closer yet. "And I knew you would not be content to just stay behind anyway."

Moira eyed the girl. "Good. So, when do we leave?"

"Now," she replied. "Sorry, you've just arrived, but it's important that we leave now."

Moira stared into those greens before nodding. "Good thing I didn't unpack."

Chloe raised an eyebrow. "So, where are we heading to?"

The woman eyed the people behind her daughter before returning those blues to the girl. "Right back to where we just came from: Romania."

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Jor had heard people arriving in the caves but hadn't gone to investigate, the Dragon instead focused on the mess of scrolls all around him. He couldn't stop for a moment or he'd see his wife or son being killed in front of his eyes. No. He had to make himself useful, had to make sense of what was happening, had to do something. It was why he pushed on, trying to understand why the Ruling Council of that day would have kept Dax-Ur's essence. There had to be a reason, though he couldn't rightly think of any right now. Still, that wasn't the only question. There was more to be asked about Black Zero, the Willowbrook, about what had happened to Rao, Steppenwolf-what Rao had done to Apokalips and how he'd done it… Why?

Jor closed his eyes against the image of his wife and son.



He shook his head.

He couldn't allow himself to break down, not now. He was the last remaining member of the Ruling Council, he was supposed to have died in Apokalips, and none of this was supposed to have survived. There was something in here that Rao didn't want them knowing, and Jor wasn't going to rest until he found out what it was.

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"What do you mean we need to stay here?" Byron glared as he shook his head, as close to pissed off as the blonde had ever seen him as he paced through the cavern of the Bleeding Caves. "I don't like that plan."

"I'm not naive enough not to know that Rao has to have some spies in our midst somewhere reporting back to him." Chloe had known that she was going to get a fight from them and had steeled herself for it. "If my whole Circle disappears, it'll be all he needs to know that I'm not here. He might still be molting and not come himself, but he can send in his army and I can't risk that happening. The less amount of people who know that I'm gone, the better, and the only way that I can do that is if I go with a small amount of people and if most of my Circle stays here and continues to pretend that I'm resting."

"It's a good plan." Zatanna, one of those slated to stay behind, leaned against the wall, arms folded over her chest. "It's sly, and if they can do what they have to and get back quick enough, no one has to ever know that they were even gone."

"Sly or not, this is the Genesis Caves we're talking about." Faye, who had also been slated to stay behind, was not happy in the least bit. "Echo-John said that they were booby-trapped against anyone who wanted to take the Stones of Power, which means you need as many of us as possible! You shouldn't be benching us! Screw Smallville."

"Your Prophet is right." Zod, of course, wouldn't have the best interest of the humans at heart.

Faye turned to look at Zod in surprise. "I might actually start to like you."

Zod ignored her, eyes on Chloe. "You need the full force of both of your Circles."

"They are my Circles, Dru-Zod, don't tell me what to do with them." She narrowed her eyes on him before she turned her gaze on the others with a sigh. "It's not just about protecting Smallville. When I talked to Francis the last time, he mentioned that the Genesis Caves would try me and that it would be especially guarded against Dragon magic."

"So you're just grounding us?" Greg glared, throwing his hands in the air. "Just because we're tied to the Darkseid side of you?" He then paused and his eyes narrowed. "You planned this all along, didn't you? You let us believe we were coming so we wouldn't fight you, but you never planned on letting us come along because we're joined to your Darkseid magic."

"Yes." She nodded in admittance. "You're in unnecessary, extra danger otherwise and I'm not going to apologize for doing what I have to do to keep you safe."

"We're in a war." Byron glared at her. "We're in danger anyway."

She glared at her usually adorable baby brother. "I've decided, Byron. You're not going and that's final."

"I don't get why not! I'm not tied to the Darkseid Circle!" Byron snapped.

Chloe's eyes widened as her greens went to Faye, surprised that the girl hadn't said anything to Byron, especially after having realized what she'd learned about their relationship.

Faye shook her head. "That was something I felt you had to tell him."

Byron frowned as he stared between the two of them. "What?"

Chloe took in a deep breath as she ran her fingers through her hair. "There's a slight chance-"

"Not slight-" Zod interrupted.

"Slight chance," she glared at the Dragon before turning back to Byron, "that you might be claimed for my Darkseid Circle."

Byron froze, eyes wide. "What?"

Mikhail shook his head. "You've got to be joking."

Cassie looked away.

"Because of your Dark Persona, there's a slight chance, and because of that chance, I don't want you to come." Chloe reached out and placed her hand on Byron's shoulder. "Vika was a Balcoin. I think the safest people to come are those with Balcoin blood or claimed by the Balcoin Circle. You have Darkseid taint, like I do. You'd be in danger like I am, and I'd be constantly worried about you. It's why I want you to stay here, with the rest of those claimed by my Darkseid magic."

Byron stared at her, his expression unreadable.

"Well, that works out well, except I'm not staying." Whitney, as always, defied her.

Chloe groaned as she turned towards him. "Please don't fight me on this."

Whitney raised his wrist and gave it a little shake, showing the bracelet. "According to the Dragon stuck to those scrolls in that chamber down there, these bracelets won't allow us to be too far from each other. It'll get painful for the one that's getting drained, which will be me, so if you want to help me, you'll let me come."

Chloe turned to Zod for confirmation.

The Dragon frowned, his eyes on Whitney thoughtfully. "I do not know whether he speaks the truth, or whether he uses your feelings for him against you to force you to let him come. I could always go to Councilman Jor for confirmation but he has locked himself in that room and refuses to speak to anyone until he finds the answers he is searching for."

Chloe turned back to Whitney, eyes narrowed as she pointed her finger in his face. "If that's a lie and you're only doing this to come with us out of some misguided need to protect me-"

Whitney reached out and grabbed her finger, clasping his fingers around it as he pulled her a little closer with a smile. "Stop complaining already. Get used to the fact that you'll always be stuck with me."

Chloe gulped, a little something fluttering in her stomach as she stared up at Whitney, her bracelet glowing slightly.

She didn't notice four gems light simultaneously on those four bracelets, the four men registering the flutters.

"If you die, don't come haunting me." Clearing her throat, she pulled away from Whitney and turned to Greg. "I need you to do some things for me while I'm gone."

She failed to notice the looks on three sets of faces, those three sets of eyes going to their bracelets, then to each other, before resting on her back as realization hit.

Zod, who'd already known, merely let out a little grumble.

Chloe, of course, had no idea that every time she was with one of the four, she had the chance of accidentally transmitting what she was feeling to all four through their connection, and that could prove to be very awkward indeed, especially if someone didn't clue her in.

She didn't know this of course, so when she turned and saw the looks she was receiving from the four guys, she wasn't sure what to make of them, the blonde feeling horribly self-conscious all of a sudden, especially when they didn't exactly say anything.

Finally Jason stepped forwards, hands in his letterman's pockets. "Considering what Whitney said about the bracelet, I think it makes sense that I tag along as well."

Even though they'd proven that he wasn't working for Darkseid, just the fact that she'd been made to have his children and end the world as they knew it made Chloe a little wary to be around Jason, but he had a point. And anyway, he'd never done anything to ever hurt her. He'd always helped her. He'd always been a friend. She gave him a small smile, deciding that she could not shut him out just because of who had a plan in the making because she would be a hypocrite if she did so. Hadn't Rao had had her made for the same purpose? Jason had looked past that. She should try and look past that as well.

The blonde nodded as she clasped her hands behind her. "Welcome aboard, Mr Teague."

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They'd said their goodbyes and slipped out in the middle of the night, Chloe leaving instructions with Greg to let her know whatever Lex learnt from his father about the Stones, though she doubted Lionel knew anything at this point. Diana felt the same way and she figured, even if Lionel knew that, he probably would keep it all to himself, the bastard. Then again, maybe everything was just getting to her as she stared out of the window of the airplane Marx had chartered for Chloe on such short notice, destination: Romania. It was a small, personal plane, but it would get them there and it would be fast and discreet, which was what they wanted.

"Have you talked to her since the showdown?" Cassie asked from the seat next to her.

Diana sent her younger sister a sideways glance. "Who?"

"Your grandmother." The blonde raised an eyebrow.

Diana shook her head. "I doubt she'd want to talk to me."

Cassie eyed her thoughtfully before she looked away. "What about Adam?" She then paused, sending a look over her shoulder to where Adam Knight and Jason Teague sat next to each other in the back. "The other Adam." The girl cleared her throat. "We should probably call him Conant from now on to avoid confusion, huh?"

"It's weird because we knew the other Adam long before we knew this Adam, but yeah, I guess I see your point." Diana could see why this Adam would keep his first name considering that he was now their, or at least her, Circlemate, and their lives would be forever joined. "And to answer your question, no, I haven't had time to talk to Ad – to Conant. With all that's been going on, I haven't had time to think much less actually do anything." She frowned. "I would have liked to talk to him though. And Melissa."

"Yeah, me too." Cassie nibbled on her bottom lip, blue gaze going to Diana before sliding away. "Have you ever thought about, I don't know, giving it another shot?"

Diana blinked, confused. "Me and Ad – Conant?"

"Yeah." Cassie nodded. "The thought must have crossed your mind once or twice, right? I mean, you two used to be together for so long before-"

"He left me for you?" Diana couldn't believe this was being brought up.

"He didn't leave you for me. You left him. Then we got together." Cassie made a face, clearly uncomfortable. "Anyway, it's not as if that's going to happen again."

"Why not?" Diana raised an eye. "What happened to the whole Conant and Blake 'destined in the stars' thing?"

Cassie snorted. "Did you forget that it was a curse and the one time Conant and I did the horizontal mambo, Jake nearly bit the dust because our love was the catalyst to one of our Circle members dying? That we had to do a spell to forever kill our love for each other just to save Jake's life? A spell – which I'm only going to admit now because I've finally stopped feeling anything for him – didn't work for me?"

Diana's eyes widened in horror. "Are you serious?"

Cassie sighed as she nodded. "Yeah. John said it was because my Balcoin dark magic was too strong for the spell to have any effect on me."

The brunette shook her head. "Why didn't you tell anyone?"

"And have them pity me?" The blonde shivered at the very thought. "I knew I was strong enough to eventually get over it, and I did, I have." The blonde licked her lips. "Which is why I'm asking you now: have you ever considered getting back together with Conant? Because I'd totally be okay with it."

Diana stared at her younger sister in contemplative silence, thinking the question over, before giving a shake of her head. "No, thank you."


"Really." Diana nodded. "I think, like you, I've moved on."

"Okay." Cassie smiled as she leaned hard against the seat and raised her bag of peanuts. "That's good, I guess." A mischievous smile tilted her lips. "Moved onto anyone in particular?"

Diana rolled her eyes. "No. You?"

Cassie shrugged. "There are just so many options."

Diana snorted in amusement. "Yeah, we're overflowing with them."

The sisters shared a genuine smile, and even though the conversation ended and silence returned, when Diana turned to gaze out of the window, there was a small smile on her face. Things between her and Cassie were slowly beginning to feel a little like old times again.

21st-Oct-2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Ohhh I was right, the genesis caves are near where Moira was hiding. Is there a reason Moira returned there after the incident with gabe.

Whitney reached out and grabbed her finger, clasping his fingers around it as he pulled her a little closer with a smile. "Stop complaining already. Get used to the fact that you'll always be stuck with me."

Chloe gulped, a little something fluttering in her stomach as she stared up at Whitney, her bracelet glowing slightly.

She didn't notice four gems light simultaneously on those four bracelets, the four men registering the flutters.

Oh how delicious!!!!!! *cackles madly and gleefully*
And yay for some Chloe/Whitney. XD And boy how do I love Zod being "I fucking knew it". Yes I'm still cackling madly and gleefully.

Please tell me that Cassie and Diana aren't falling for the same person.

Chloe took in a deep breath as she ran her fingers through her hair. "There's a slight chance-"

"Not slight-" Zod interrupted.

"Slight chance," she glared at the Dragon before turning back to Byron, "that you might be claimed for my Darkseid Circle."

Byron froze, eyes wide. "What?"

Mikhail shook his head. "You've got to be joking."

Cassie looked away.

In my madly cackling I forgot this bit. I kinda want to know what is going on their heads now that they know that Byron has been claimed for one of Chloe's circles.

Can't wait for more

Edited at 2013-10-21 03:37 am (UTC)
23rd-Oct-2013 05:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, Zod is very much like -.-; at that moment while everyone else is OoO
When do I ever clarify anything?!?!?!?!?! :p
Oh, I can at least say that neither of them were happy!
21st-Oct-2013 05:24 am (UTC)
till the momant both admit, they like greg

faye and byron i really didn'T see comming....
but the are sooooooo freaking cute... faye and her little darkling, lol
love it, that you give chloe and co. a little loving

i wonder, moria could led them into a trap, she's after all under raos powers.... mhhh

we will see....
thanks for another update
23rd-Oct-2013 05:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, opposites definitely attracted there, but Byron was the only Balcoin guy I could ever see with Faye. She'll definitely always have him wrapped around her finger though (and he'll probably like it).
21st-Oct-2013 10:55 am (UTC)
So many options.. all of them called Greg. *sigh* These two have ridiculously similar taste in men.

Someone really needs to tell Chloe about the awkward connection of awkwardness. Seriously before Adam blush burns his face off or the dragon boys kill each other. Not sure Whitney'll do.

I hope everything goes ok in the romanian genesis cave.
23rd-Oct-2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not going to stay a secret for TOO much longer, but there *will* be another incident or two that she won't be able to explain or get what exactly is going on! lol Whitney... Whitney gets the worse of it usually, he's got bad luck like that. That's all I'm saying!
21st-Oct-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Reading Binge! Love it! <3
23rd-Oct-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying!
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