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The New Circle 110B/? 
14th-Nov-2013 11:48 am

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.

Cassie and Mikhail heard the sound outside, eyes narrowed as they shared glances and rose as they moved towards the windows.

"Diana?" Mikhail hissed.

"What's she doing out there?" Cassie couldn't believe it.

The two hurried to the doors and threw them open and stared at their sister, who appeared to be in some sort of trance in front of the church.

Behind her, Lex, Tess, John and Byron were just arriving.

"You're alive!" Cassie's eyes widened.

"What are you doing here?" Mikhail wanted to know in a hiss.

John ignored them, eyes narrowed on Diana.

"What's wrong with her?" Cassie's blues went to Diana, whose hand was clasped around her pendant and who was merely staring ahead of her blankly.

John turned to Mikhail. "Did you not see anything?"

Mikhail blinked. "See what?"

John frowned darker. "What's going on?"

"What chosen Balcoin were they talking about?" Tess wanted to know. "How did Diana get teleported down here and-John, if you know something that you're not telling us about-."

Cassie clenched her fists. "Did you try and have a child before Pete? A child you thought was miscarried or just didn't… I don't know… maybe you thought the girl didn't get pregnant?"

John narrowed his eye on her. "What are you talking about?"

Mikhail stepped forwards. "She is asking you if you tried impregnating another girl from the same Circle as Pete's mother."

John's eyes widened. "How did you know that?"

Mikhail and Cassie exchanged looks.

Diana suddenly gasped and took in a deep breath as her gaze lost its blankness.

Byron reached out and placed his hand on her shoulder. "Are you okay?"

Diana turned to him, eyes wide. "Lacul Sfanta Ana… we need to go there… Now."

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Pete was a bloodied mess, his now human body shreds as he tried in vain to push himself up to his feet.

Alia smirked as she stood over him, bloodied and bruised as well, humanoid once more. "Be glad that there's a no-kill order on you."

With that she kicked his face as hard as she could.

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"I saw this tree-or a shadow version of it-before I reached the caves." Chloe moved towards the flower-covered tree. "It was beautiful in its shadow form, and yet not surprisingly, so much more impressive in its true form."

Vika narrowed her eyes on the blonde. "You saw a shadow version of this tree?"

"Yes." Chloe reached out her hand and trailed her fingertips against the deep-pink flowers covering even the trunk of the tree. "What type of tree is it?"

"It is my own unique version of Cercis siliquastrum." Vika appeared uneasy as she hugged herself. "I believe it is more commonly known as the Judas tree." She moved closer. "You are certain you saw thisbefore you came into the Genesis Caves?"

Chloe nodded as she leaned forwards and took in a deep whiff of the flowers. "Along with the other shadows."

The unease grew on Vika's face. "Other shadows."

"Yes." Chloe's fingers trailed over a heart-shaped leaf. "The first one was of the dagger you used to kill me, then the next was of the dog-headed monster that you used to kidnap Diana and bring me here." It was a seriously beautiful tree. "Then there were other stuff."

"Other 'stuff' such as?"

Chloe turned to face Vika with narrowed gaze. "This bothers you."

Vika gazed away. "You were warned."

Chloe tilted her head. "I don't understand."

"Neither do I." Vika hugged herself tighter, uncertainty plain on her face. "You were warned about things that only I knew of, things not even Moira knew of, things only the… Genesis Caves knew of. Moira has never been this deep within the Genesis Caves, has never seen this tree, and I never told her the manner in which I would reveal the entrance so that her surprise would be genuine and no one would suspect her. There is no way that you could have known those things by any other source."

Chloe's eyes widened as she realized what the woman was trying to say, as she realized what was bothering her. "You think the Genesis Caves were warning me."

Vika turned her back on Chloe and hugged herself harder. "Why would they do that? They are mine. I am bound to them. I am a part of them. They know why I did what I did." And yet Chloe didn't need to see Vika's face to hear the doubt in her voice. "They would not… could not… would not go against me."

Suddenly magic flared through them.

Vika went pale, her eyes wide in horror. "No. It can not be."

"What is it?" Chloe turned towards her.

"She realized I am inside her precious caves, and she did not even realize it." A familiar voice announced behind them.

Chloe's eyes widened as she twirled around in shock.

Rao Darkseid stood there, but he didn't stand alone. Zod was at his side, as were others.

Other Dragons.


"No." Vika shook her head.

"Are you so weak that you could not even feel me breach your defenses, my love?" Rao asked as he drew nearer.

For every step forwards he took she took an equal step backwards. "I am not your love."

Rao's gaze flashed with what looked like a mixture of anger and hurt before they turned on Chloe in obvious question.

She raised an eyebrow. "Fancy bumping into you here of all places."

Confusion flittered over his features. "You have me at a disadvantage. You seem to know who I am, but I do not recall our meeting."

Chloe blinked, only now remembering that she had never been born, that he wasn't her father, and so he wouldn't know who she was. "Vika's told me about you."

He narrowed his eyes at her in contemplation. "I'm sure she has."

"What do you want, Rao?" Vika drew his attention to her.

"What I have always wanted." Rao turned his gaze towards her. "You kept me from my child once, and I will not allow you to do so again."

Chloe moved slowly towards the wall as her gaze went towards Zod, confused as to why he was with Rao, as to why and how other Dragons were alive and with Rao. How and why were things so different? Why were they in this dimension? And what did that mean for the humans and witches outside?

"I do not know what you are referring to." Vika lifted her chin. "Leave here, Rao. This place has nothing for you."

He snarled and reached out, his hands clasped around her throat as he raised her easily into the air. "I loved you once, Vika, but I will snap your neck if you continue to play with me. The magic that binds my Firstborn comes from within your Caves, the Caves I helped you create." He smiled, and it was all teeth. "I should have known when she wouldn't Hatch that you were somehow behind this-that only an Original would have such power."

Vika gasped desperately for air as she clawed at his tightening fingers, her magic whipping out at him and yet his own subdued her, visibly superior.

Chloe looked between them before her gaze went to Zod, her eyes desperate. She didn't know the other Dragons, didn't know anyone else, knew she couldn't do anything considering she was only a subconsciousness, but he could. "You have to stop him. He's going to kill her!"

Zod's gaze never left Rao or Vika, hands clasped behind his back. "Yes, he very well might."

"You can't let that happen."

"It is of no concern of mine."

She reacted on instinct as she moved towards him. "Damn it, Dru! Please!"

His body tensed and those reptilians turned to her as scales appeared on his cheekbones. "How do you know my name?"

Chloe stopped just inches from him, her eyes wide in shock as she realized what she'd just let slip. "I-."

"Bow before General Zod, mortal scum!" One of the Dragons snarled as he moved to slap her, but the hand went through her.

Chloe had moved her hand up to protect herself, and was a little shocked to have the hand go through her. "Wow." She then frowned as she turned to Zod. "Wait-you're a General? What happened to Major?"

Zod narrowed in eyes in confusion as he moved towards her slowly. "Who are you?" He reached out and his hand went through her as well. "What are you?"

"My lord!" A female voice announced. "I have brought him as you commanded." And then a woman threw a broken, bloodied male on the ground before their feet.

Chloe's eyes widened in horror as the blonde forgot all about the Dragons around them. "Pete?" She hurried to her brother's side and fell to her knees by him, trying to hold him but couldn't. "What have they done to you?"

He was unconscious, badly beaten up, sliced up, bitten, and losing much blood.

"You know the Firstborn." Zod's eyes were narrowed on her before his reptilian's turned on Rao, who was observing the girl while still slowly choking Vika. "If their magic wasn't already dying, I would suggest we find a way to use her knowledge to our benefit."

"Dying?" Chloe looked up at them, her blood frozen in her veins. "Magic is dying? But that's impossible. The only way that magic could die is if-."

"The last of a Six died," Rao drew closer, dragging a choking Vika along as he eyed Chloe with growing fascination. "Wylt, Sigan, Le Fay and Tentagel have lost every single blood relation, Luthor only has Alexander and Lutessa. Balcoin is fearing better, but as you can see, they'll be dead before the night ends too." He watched her curiously. "Witch magic will die tonight, as will witches…if they do not bare an Omega on their forehead and my special brand of magic in their veins."

"No." Chloe shook her head as tears formed in her eyes. "No." She turned those tear-fogged greens on the choking Vika. "You promised! You said that if I died-that if I was never born-you said that if I let Pete become his Firstborn things would be better!" She slammed her palms into the floor, her whole body shaking, the girl unable to even touch her brother as he lay dying at her feet. "HOW IS THIS BETTER?!"

Vika's eyes were confused and scared.

Rao dropped Vika to the ground, his eyes wide as they rested on Chloe. "It's you." He snapped his fingers together.

One of the Dragons appeared from the ground, holding something wrapped in blankets. At first she thought it was a baby, but then Chloe realized it was a Dragon's Egg, and she grew wary as she stared at it.

Vika's eyes widened from where she lay on the ground.

"Look what we found wandering through the tunnels, Lord Darkseid, General Zod." Dragons appeared from the tunnel, dragging Cassie, Mikhail, Diana, Byron, and Lex with them. "There was another one, a female, but we had to strike her down while she was fleeing."

Lex's face was ashen. "I will kill you for what you did to my sister."

The lead Dragon, who'd been speaking this whole while, sneered. "You are human now, with the little bit of magic I smell left in you, you couldn't even levitate a rock."

"Really, Nam-Ek, stop tormenting him so," a female sneered as she stepped forwards. "It is like watching a hulla play with its food."

Nam-Ek's lips curled in a smirk. "If I recall right, watching the hulla torture its prey was your favorite pastime, Aethyr."

"It is… But only when General Zod doesn't have us doing more important things to do." And yet her sneer and twisted into a smirk as well. "How can you call yourself a true Disciple of Zod if you let yourself be so easily distracted from the missions he gives you?"


Chloe's gaze tore away from the two "Disciples of Zod" and those greens widened as she stared at Diana in shock. "How do you know who I am?"

Diana struggled against her captors. "You're really you… I…" Diana continued to fight. "I know this will sound crazy but there was another reality, and in this other reality, we were sisters and lived together."

Chloe nodded. "I know."

Diana's eyes widened. "You do?"

Cassie and Mikhail shared narrowed gazes.

Byron seemed conflicted.

John frowned.

Lex observed everything.

"Pete?" Byron was the first to notice his brother and his condition.

"He needs medical assistance urgently," Chloe cleared her throat. "You need to get him to a hospital or a Witch Doctor, whichever is closest."

Mikhail let out a dark laugh. "Yeah, we'll get right on that."

Chloe narrowed her eyes on him. "I'm not asking you Mikhail Anton Mxyzptlk Balcoin! You're going to take him and you're going to save his life! You don't let him die! You can't!"

Mikhail blinked, eyes wide and shock obvious on his face. "I-you don't seem to get-." He took in a deep breath, his expression clearly disturbed. "Look, I don't understand anything about who you are or what you've done or anything, but you don't seem to get that there's nothing outside these cave walls."

A coldness began to go down Chloe's spine. "What are you talking about?"

"The Coldbloods have taken over everything, humanity is either dead or enslaved." Mikhail eyed her thoughtfully. "Even if they'd let us go, there are no hospitals or Witch Doctors to take Pete to."

"He's telling the truth." Cassie cleared her throat, her voice drawing Chloe's attention to her. "We're the last of a race that's on the brink of extinction. We're probably the last survivors of free humanity, right here in this cave. Only a very small percentage are enslaved or have the Omega, the rest are all dead."

"That can't be." Chloe let out a stuttered laugh. "The Thoreaux Circle and the Chance Harbor Circle, and Julian's Circle-."

"Dead." Byron's voice was a whisper when he answered. "They're all dead. Everyone is dead."

"No." Chloe shook her head, greens wide as the faces of Whitney, Greg, Faye and everyone else she loved flashed before her eyes. "That's a lie. That has to be a lie." She was so horribly cold. "When I was outside there was a world full of people and witches-there was a community of witches-it was growing strong." She was trembling. "I was the liability. I was the weakness." Chloe turned to Vika, confused and breathless and scared. "I was the weakness, wasn't I?"

Vika sat on the ground, shock on her pale face, tears filling her brown orbs. "What have I done?"

"No." Chloe shook her head violently. "No!" She moved towards Vika on the ground. "I was the weakness! Everyone's told me that! I'm a girl, I'm-I should have a boy!" She gulped back a sob as she forced Vika to look at her, both women on the verge of breaking down and the other could see it plainly on their faces. "It would have been better if I was a boy-the world would have been safer if I was a boy!" A sob escaped her lips as a tear made its way down the side of her face. "My own mother hated me, led me here to be killed, because it would help the world." The tears were falling free as Chloe stared into Vika's eyes pleadingly. "She only did it because it would save the world! She only-I-she-!" Chloe's face went blank and tears fell silently down her face as she suddenly realized an awful truth. "She led me to the slaughter for nothing." She let out an ugly laugh. "Wouldn't she be pissed if she found out all that effort she'd wasted on me was in vain?"

Vika let out a choked sob as she reached out and drew Chloe into a tight hug. "I killed you, not her. Blame me, hate me."

And yet Vika was the one here crying with her, hugging her, not Moira. Even from that day in the caves Vika had shown much more emotion, much more guilt and remorse. It was probably why Chloe had been having a hard time hating her killer this whole time, why, instead of pushing Vika away, the blonde instead crumbled into her embrace like a lost child and sobbed brokenheartedly like she hadn't allowed herself for too many years.

Vika's body trembled and her tears wet Chloe's hair. "I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry! This is all my fault. This has always been my fault."

Chloe just clung on harder and cried for everything she'd lost and would never get back.

14th-Nov-2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh! So much happening. What's going to happen next? Will the Genesis caves fix this? Will Zod help her? (Probably not, that's not in his nature...;P) Such a good chapter hun. Keep up the great work!

Cyber cookies coming your way. :D

15th-Nov-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
*munches on the cyber cookies, as you have already read the next chapter*
14th-Nov-2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ohh wow!!!

My mind is a jumbled mess with everything that is happening. This is so fucking good.

I need more!!!!!!
15th-Nov-2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you *bows*
14th-Nov-2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
whoo, nice update,
who was the dragon with the prophecy... and i just have to say (in my best nelson muntz way) HaHa!!!
ok... now fix it... please *big puppy eyes make*
befor the rest of them is killed... ;)

Edited at 2013-11-15 10:25 am (UTC)
15th-Nov-2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I had to google Nelson Muntz to figure out whose voice to put the HaHa in...and when I did I totally could hear it!
14th-Nov-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
*sniffle* At least now Chloe knows how important she was, how strong. Shame she and most of her friends (and the world) had to die before she realized.

I love that the caves tried to warn her, shame it didn't work.

Vika's "What have I done?" and her subsequent break down was quite gratifying.

Can't wait to see how they get Chloe back alive or never dead.
15th-Nov-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, it oftentimes takes the worse happening for one to realize things like that :(

Yes, Vika definitely didn't see that coming!
15th-Nov-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Nice chap!! Been waiting 2 weeks to find out what would happen next, lol.
15th-Nov-2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, was it 2 weeks???????
15th-Nov-2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Okay so like always I read, read, read and hardly review.. But now I am nd I just to have to say two words about this story of yours: " IT'S SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS! "

There a mouthful word for a brainful (which isn't really a word either) story. I'm so glad I found your work online; reading it has been awesome!

I can't wait to see what's next, nd please for the love of 'Dragons' (^_-) bring Chloe back before is too late. Nd I know people are throwing their bids in for Chloe to end up with Jason/Chloe (ChAson) , or Lex/Chloe (ChLex) , or Whitney/Chloe (ChItney?), or even Zod/Chloe (ZoLoe?) .... But why can't she have a have all of them? They each being out a side of Chloe and I've always heard "sharing is caring".... I'm just putting it out there for everyone to marinate on.

Nd Phoenix_173 gave you cyber cookies; I've got cake & punch to go with :)
15th-Nov-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, if I only got two words, those are two good words!

That's so wonderful to hear! I'm glad you're continuing to enjoy!


Ooooh! Punch!!!!!! And cake!
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