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The New Circle 107A/? 
1st-Nov-2013 10:37 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 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.
A/N : NEVER been to Romania, so my information is from research. Sorry if I get anything wrong!

"Do you think the others made it?" Cassie hugged herself, cold as they walked the dark cave tunnel by the light of Mikhail's orb.

"Of course. We were separated for a reason." Mikhail raised an eyebrow. "Most probably to make us more vulnerable."

"We need to find Diana quickly though. While the fact that the Căpcăun took her given what we know about their taste in abductees is funny, the rest of it isn't." Cassie made a face.

Mikhail paused and turned to look at her in confusion. "What are you talking about? You know what that thing is?"

Cassie blinked. "You mean you and Lucas were zoning out on me? I've been reading from that book I got that night, remember? In the Courtyard? The one that had the information on the Pied Piper? It wasn't just about that town, you know! It was about Romania as a whole, and about its legends. And it mentioned that creature, the ogre with the head of a dog that kidnaps children and young ladies – mostly princesses." She took in a deep breath. "Though, it doesn't have four eyes, or eyes on its nape, or four legs or anything like what it said in the book. It's basically just an ogre with a dog head."

Mikhail eyed her before he shook his head and continued to walk. "I don't remember hearing anything about something like that. What does it do with the princesses? Marry them?"

Cassie eyed Mikhail. "It's a cannibal."

He eyed her in silence before he nodded. "I see."

Cassie licked her lips, worried as she stared ahead of them into the darkness of the cave tunnel. "We really need to find her, and soon."

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"They're not answering!" Greg hissed, the phone merely ringing and ringing. "I keep trying everyone's numbers, but Cassie and Diana always pick up whenever I call either of them so the fact that I haven't gotten in touch with them-"

"I'm sure everything is alright." Mrs Arkin fidgeted from where she sat on the sofa and watched the two young people walk around on her living room floor. "I'm sure they're just – asleep – or something."

Patricia paced the floor, nervous as hell. "Why didn't you come to me after talking to the Echo and tell me what you'd found out? I would have told you not to go to the Genesis Caves!"

Greg glared at her. "Do not turn this around on me! If you knew something, about anything, you should have told us! Even if we were searching for it or not! Give us a heads up just in case, in the future, we decide to search for it!"

Patricia frowned. "I didn't want to tell you about the Genesis Caves just in case you didn't know about them. The power that they hold might have tempted her to go after them despite my warnings, and that was something that I didn't want to risk. It's the same reason why John stopped entering what he found out about the Genesis Caves into the Echo's mainframe. He was planning on erasing everything just in case something happened to him and someone somehow got access to the Echo; I thought he had erased everything! This wasn't supposed to happen!"

There was a knock on the door and Mrs Arkin was more than happy to hurry to her feet as she hurried to open it and reveal the rest of Chloe's Circle, which had been left behind.

"What's going on?" Faye yanked off her jacket as she stepped inside. "That call was too cryptic and I didn't like it."

"Me neither." Byron frowned as he joined his girl's side, his eyes narrowed on Patricia before they turned to Greg. "Did something happen to Chloe and the others?"

Zatanna sat on the sofa's armrest as she stared at everyone in silence, eyes narrowed.

Greg continued to pace as his phone rang out once more and he redialed Cassie's number. "Ask her." He pointed towards Patricia, who'd gone to look out of the window and nibble on her thumbnail. "She says that they shouldn't have gone looking for the Genesis Caves, that Chloe can't go in them."

"Why not?" Zatanna wanted to know.

"According to her?" Greg threw his hands up in the air when the call went to voicemail. "If Chloe enters the Genesis Caves, she'll die."

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"How exactly does a tree grow underground?" Lucas wanted to know, staring at the small tree covered in deep pink flowers and heart-shaped leaves. "There's no sunlight, no soil, from what I see, the roots come up from the solid rock. How exactly is it possible that it is not only alive, but in full bloom like this?"

"You're forgetting that this is the Cave of the Original Balcoin Witch. The magic in here will be beyond anything you've ever dreamed of." Moira eyed the tree thoughtfully before she reached out and plucked a flower, gingerly bringing it to her mouth as she bit into it.

Lucas blinked. "Lady, what the hell are you doing?"

"Vika Balcoin was the greatest healer ever known, I doubt that anything in her cave will be poisonous," Moira mumbled between chews before gulping down the leaf. "It's actually not that bad; it has a sweet yet lemony taste."

He raised an eyebrow. "You do that often? Pluck flowers off of random trees and have a taste?"

She ignored him as she looked around as she rubbed her hands against the material of her wet pants. "Right, enough sight-seeing, we should probably find the others."

"Probably, yeah." He nodded sarcastically, the boy eyeing her oddly, his gaze going to the tree before he shook his head and followed her down a random tunnel.

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"Finally!" Patricia opened the door for Oliver as the blonde brought in the heavy bags as if they weighed nothing, and that was just with his muscles, not with magic. "Put them there on the table. We don't have much time; he should be arriving there any second now."

"You know, I work with you, not for you," Oliver snapped at her.

"You're working with her?" Faye blinked in shock. "Since when?"

"Please," Patricia tried, gaze on Oliver as they ignored the others.

The blonde rolled his eyes as he went to the table and set the bags on it, pulling her equipment out, thankfully treating them with the delicateness that the equipment needed despite his annoyance with her. She appreciated that immensely. Oliver set up the laptop and satellite receptors and such, the screens lighting up.

Patty's phone rang and she answered it immediately. "Yes?"

"It's not good, they're not here." His voice was grave. "The RVs they were traveling in are here, open and abandoned, but the people themselves are no where to be seen. I'm sending you footage now."

Immediately, images began to appear on the screens, showing the RVs he was talking about, the group in the Arkin house huddling closer to see better.

"There's no sign of them anywhere," her ally in Romania declared. "Patty, I think we're too late, I think they've found the entrance to the Genesis Caves." There was a pause. "I think they're inside."

The young woman closed her eyes tightly. "No."

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"You sure you're okay?" Jason frowned at Adam. "That gash in your forehead's bleeding pretty badly."

"I'm fine." Adam pressed the heel of his palm into the wound as they continued to walk. "I'm not going to slow us down."

The two of them had awoken together inside of the underwater cave and considering that they'd awoken with their backs against a dead end, they were following the only tunnel and option they had at the moment, hoping to come across the others.

"At least we know she's okay, and not scared or anything," Adam whispered. "We'd feel it otherwise."

"Is she alone or with the others?" Jason frowned as they continued to make progress down the dark tunnel. "The last thing I remember seeing was Zod grabbing hold of her, so he's probably the one with her."

Adam sent Jason a sideways glance as he took in a deep breath. "That's probably a good thing. I mean, he is the strongest of us, isn't he?"

Jason shrugged as he looked away.

Adam licked his lips as he cleared his throat. "I confessed my feelings to Chloe today."

Jason's eyes widened in shock as those hazels turned on the younger boy.

"She turned me down." Adam's gaze shifted away with a sad smile. "A part of me knew she would. She loves me, and she's even attracted to me, but it's not the same." Adam took in a deep breath. "I'veliterally been her shadow and seen her with you, with Whitney; she feels differently for the both of you, yes, but it's still a different love than what she has for me and I knew that." He looked away with a shake of his head. "Still was hard to hear though."

Jason frowned as he eyed the boy, not sure what to say, sure that anything he said to try and comfort the kid would just sound fake and/or condescending considering that he liked the same girl. In the end, he settled on placing his hand on Adam's shoulder. "Once we get back and don't have to worry about the Stones, or a war, we're gonna go and get drunk."

Adam blinked at Jason in confusion. "Huh?"

"When girls get a heartbreak, they have ice cream. Guys? We have beers," Jason informed the younger guy. "I know you're still new to this whole thing, but you, me, AC and Davey? We'll all go out and get drunk off our asses together. How's that sound?"

Adam eyed Jason pensively. "I've never been drunk."

Jason grinned as he clapped him on the shoulder. "It's decided then. First the Stones, then the Coronas."

Adam stared at Jason for a moment before he took in a deep breath. "Since Whitney's on Team Zod, I'm going to have to support Team Jason, huh?"

Jason smirked darkly and shook his head as they continued trudging onwards. "Thing is, Adam, I'm not too sure he's Team Zod."

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It was the warm hand on her cheek, and the voice calling her name, that drew her awake.

Diana groaned, her head was inflamed and hurt like hell, her gaze blurry, but even in the darkness, she could make out a familiar face that leaned over her. "Whitney?"

"Are you okay?" Whitney stared down at her, his hand on her forehead. "You have a lump forming from where that thing must have just dropped you."

It took her a couple of seconds to realize what he was referring to, and when she did, she shot up into a sitting position and cried as the pain shot straight to her head.

"Be careful." Whitney frowned as he examined her forehead, an orb floating in the air next to them, offering a little light. "It's going to bruise just as badly as it's swelling. That's not good."

Diana brought her hand carefully to the lump and winced. "Where is that thing that took me? And where are we?"

"I'm not too sure. When I woke up, it was nowhere to be seen." Whitney looked around him. "My guess is that now that we're in the caves, it didn't need you anymore, so it just dropped you and left."

Diana's eyes widened as she slowly got to her feet. "We're in the Genesis Caves?"

Whitney nodded as he helped her. "We've gotten split up, most probably on purpose."

"We've got to find the others." Diana took a couple of steps and walked into an electric wall which crackled hotly, driving her backwards.

Whitney sighed and nodded. "You didn't give me time to warn you."

Diana closed her eyes and sighed. "We're trapped, huh?"

"Yep. That circles around us. There's no way out of it."

"Great." Diana sat back down. "Just great."

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"What sorts of tests did you go through whilst claiming your other caves?" Zod's eyes were reptilian as he kept a couple of steps ahead of her in the tunnel, his fingernails similar to claws. "I already have an idea of what to expect given the creature that abducted your sister, but what else should we be expecting to find in these watery depths?"

With her magic on the fritz, it was impossible for Chloe to get even her lizard eyes to work so she was close to blind when it came to looking into the dark tunnels they passed. The girl had no choice but to trust Zod and follow where he led. "I really didn't have any tests claiming them. The only Trials I had were when I became the Firstborn after John Balcoin's death, but I abolished those Trials without completing them."

He sent her a glance over his shoulder. "What did you have to do in those Trials then?"

"Well, lots of different stuff." She took in a deep breath. "There were physical Trials, where I actually battled monsters, and there were Trials that tested my intelligence, and then there were Trials that had to do with just how strong my allegiance to my family was."

"Let me guess," he chuckled darkly, "you had to choose to die for them only to find out that it was only a test and you were never in actual danger of dying."

"No." Chloe shook her head, remembering that particular Trial. "They made me believe I was completely in love with someone, and made me choose between living happily ever after with him, or staying and choosing the betterment of my family."

He paused, the Dragon's gaze on the shadows. "You chose your family."

"Yes." She nodded.

"That was the right choice."

Her gaze went to his back. "Do you really think that?"

"Yes." He moved once more. "Should I be forced to choose between those options myself, I would have picked the same."

The made her somewhat sad as she followed him. "It would be nice not to have to choose one or the other."

"You don't," he replied. "It's been decided for you. In two years' time we'll begin with the salvation of our race and conceive our first hatchling together."

She tripped on air and then shook her head at him. "You're ridiculous. I've told you a million times already: I'm not having your kid."

Zod sent her a look over his shoulder. "You're right, you're having my hatchlings. Plural. I'm thinking about five. To start with."

"Five?" Chloe's mouth fell open. "To start with?"

"I'd settled on two before Apokalips was destroyed," he reminded her. "I believe five is only fair now that it's gone."

"Only fa – Are you the one who's going to be pushing those kids out? No! It's me!" She snapped and stomped her foot. "No! I refuse-!" And then she thought of something and went pale. "Wait a second – do you call it hatchling because – they hatch?" She began to hyperventilate. "Baby Dragons hatch." Her eyes widen. "Would I lay eggs?"

Zod turned to fully face her.

She began to fan herself in desperation, eyes wide in horror. "I know human women give birth to half Dragons like they would normal babies but I'm half Dragon so does that mean because I'm already somewhat Dragon I'd have the chance of-?"


"I'm not a chicken!" She closed her eyes against the mere imagery. "The sounds – the-the-!"


"Do Dragon females lay eggs?!"

"Yes, they lay-"

"Oh my gods-!"

Zod surged forwards and pinned her against the wall, his hands pressing her wrists into the rock and his mouth covering hers, forcing the hyperventilating girl to have to breathe in through her nose deeply. He stayed like that, his whole against hers until finally his lips released hers loudly.

They hadn't been kissing but Chloe was breathless as she stared up into his reptilians, her chest rising and falling. "I was having a panic attack."

"I noticed."

She lowered her gaze and let out a long sigh. "While the egg thing isn't really – it's not the reason I'm-"

"I know."

She turned her gaze to the side and took in a deep breath. "You still can't pick up her scent?"

Zod stared down at Chloe before he lifted his head and took in a deep breath. "I could lie to make you feel better."

The girl leaned her head against the hard rock. "You could."

He eyed her before he pulled away. "It is not how I operate though, and you can handle the truth."

Chloe nodded as she pushed away from the cave wall. "The truth is that if she was dead, you'd be able to smell her blood saturating the walls of this place."

Zod gave a dark smile as they began to walk once more. "It is better that I don't smell her then, is it not?"

Chloe licked her lips. "Yes, it is."

Suddenly, Zod turned his head in time for a creature to roar and race out of the darkness. The same monster that had kidnapped Diana came slamming into Zod at breakneck speed and rammed him into the cave's wall with such force that everything shook.

Chloe's eyes widened in horror but she couldn't even scream because something reached out from the darkness of the tunnel behind her and wrapped itself over her mouth before it yanked her inside the murky darkness within.

2nd-Nov-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Ohhhh yay!!!! New chapter!

Yay everyone is alive separated but alive.
Can someone please punch Patricia? Why would they have to run anything by her? Someone really needs to punch her.

Love the bonding between Jason and Adam. I see a bromance happening. Love that he said they would go and get some beers after getting the stones.
Ohhh Adam, Whitney isn't team Zod he is team Whitney.

Love Chloe's panic attack but then who wouldn't at the word hatchlings?
2nd-Nov-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
I would pay good money to see the Teague/Tentagel pub crawl.

No one is on team Zod (except some readers). Mostly because Zod doesn't get the reference.
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