Title: The Enemy of My EnemySequel to: Tinseltown Rumor MillUniverse: Chloe & The Brothers SeriesRating: MPairings: MANY. Damn. Uhm. Main? Chlalvatore and Schlean; Lois/John; Lois/AlaricDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: The whole world now knows about vampires, and most of it has been compelled by Klaus, via the "coming out" broadcast. With the Salvatores and the Winchesters unable to see eye to eye on anything, Lois learning the way of the vampire hunter, and someone from the past returning to 'help', things are about to become crazy. And, of course, E!News is happily covering it all.
Ric's eyes lit up visibly as they pulled up towards the large cast iron gates to the humongous place. "Oh wow. I know you said it was big but I wasn't expecting this."
In the backseat, Katherine whistled as she leaned between the two front seats and looked in front as well, her eyebrow raised. "You've got to be joking."
Chloe sent the vampire a look. "What?"
"It looks haunted, for one." Katherine made a face.
Chloe hesitated a beat before decided to bluff for a reaction. "What if I said it was?"
Katherine sneered before she paused. "Wait, are you serious?"
Even Ric looked a little taken back by that one.
"I'm sure no one is going to cry if you don't stay with us," Chloe assured her.
Another muscle ticked in Katherine's cheek even as she smirked. "Why would I risk the chance though?" She raised her chin. "I was a very important person in both Stefan and Damon's lives, and I'm sure once they see me they'll want to waste no time catching up." That smirk grew. "We'll probably stay late into the night."
Alaric snorted. "Yeah… I don't know about that one. Damon will probably try and stake you within the first five minutes."
Katherine turned her dark, unhappy eyes on him. "He might be unhappy with me right now, but once Damon cools off he'll understand why I did what I did."
Feeling on edge, Chloe opened the door and emerged from the car as she headed towards the security box by the gate and flipped the lid open. She hesitated, knowing that there was no turning back once she did this, but this was the only place they could do this and she knew that they wouldn't mind. It would only mean that she should be expecting a call, very soon.
Licking her lips, Chloe placed her hand down on the screen, letting it scan her prints until it beeped, and then pulled her hand away and moved so that her eyes could be scanned.
"Identity confirmed: Watchtower." A tinny voice announced from the security box. "Proceeding to phase two."
She blinked. Phase two? Since when had there been a phase two?
Suddenly the screen went blank, and a dial-tone could be heard.
Chloe's eyes widened. No way. There was no way that-!
The screen suddenly showed somehow she hadn't expected to see, Oliver Queen sitting at his desk, his hands clasped in front of him, eyebrow raised. "Sidekick, long time no see."
"Ollie," she gulped, having been psyching herself for a phone call, not for this. "Hi."
He did not look pleased. "So, you're alive."
She flinched. "I deserve that."
He didn't deny it.
The blonde felt horrible and guilty and awkward as she stood there staring at him. "How's Dinah?""
"Relieved to know that you're alive, though pissed off to have found out through E!News, along with the rest of the world." Oliver Queen was seriously pissed off with her. "She's planning on joining Lana and Clark when they come to visit you."
Chloe blinked, surprised that Dinah really cared that much. It wasn't like they'd been besties, and considering that Dinah and Oliver were together now she would have thought that a mere phone call or message through someone else would have sufficed. "Oh, I-."
"You're lucky Bruce wasn't the one who answered this."
Seriously, just how pissed off was Ollie?
"He, Dick, Helena and Barbara have been working night and day and have barely spent a day out of the… uh… you know where." Oliver leaned closer to the screen as he kept his narrowed eyes on her. "Otherwise he probably would have noticed the beeping before me and picked up and then you'd be in the shitter."
He was acting as if she wasn't in the shitter now.
Chloe deserved it though, which was why she merely kept her head lowered and allowed him to say his mind.
Oliver merely sighed though. "It must be bad if you went there, knowing that you'd have to face one of us, and we all know confrontations are not your strong suit." He sighed once more. "Chloe, I'm sorry, I-I'm just glad you're alive."
She nodded silently.
He leaned back hard on his seat and ran his hand over his face. "How can we help?"
Her voice was soft. "I just need some friends invited in."
"Invited in." He raised an eyebrow. "So, we're talking vampires."
She hesitated before she nodded.
Oliver frowned. "Chloe, do vampires have to do with your disappearance a year ago?"
Chloe looked up at him finally. "I know I don't have the right to ask you for anything, Ollie, but you and Bruce co-own this place, and we need someplace safe."
Oliver frowned at her in silence before he took in a deep sigh. "We're not finished talking. I'll be getting in contact with you later. You owe us an explanation as to what the hell is going on there."
Chloe nodded slowly before she motioned to Katherine.
The vampire emerged from the car and sauntered towards them, eyeing Oliver with a smirk. "Well hello gorgeous."
Oliver raised an eyebrow. "This one of them?"
Oliver frowned as he leaned forwards. "You have my permission to enter."
Katherine smirked. "Thank you."
Chloe's "Thank you" was much more humble.
Katherine was much too amused.
Oliver's screen went blank.
"So, I'm counting six." Katherine turned to Chloe. "No matter what you like to think, you and I are not too different. My big sin was being unable to choose between men I loved, and from what I hear, you have the same exact problem."
Chloe frowned as she eyed Katherine, unable to deny that.
"So what's the big difference between us that makes me the villain?" Katherine placed her hands on her hips before she turned and stormed towards the gates, pushing them open.
Chloe turned to look at the vampire, whose words rang hauntingly in her head.
Exactly what did make them so different? If anything, in that regard, Chloe was a hundred times worse than Katherine considering that the brunette had only been torn between two men, and the blonde was currently torn between four.
A frown touching her lips, Chloe made her way back towards the car.
"What is it?" Damon sent Stefan a look.
"It's Chloe." Stefan's gaze was on the screen of his phone. "She's just texted us the address of the place we're going to be staying. She says to let her know before we arrive because she needs to meet us outside. Apparently we need to be invited in."
"Smart, that way no other vampire can get into the house." Damon's gaze went to the front before he frowned. "Oh god, I hope it isn't with the Wonder Brats."
"I doubt they'd have us." Stefan licked his lips.
"Maybe that's what this little talk is all about." Damon's grip on the steering wheel tightened.
"No use worrying about it now." Stefan was, as always, boringly right. "We're almost there and we can find out when we do."
Lois didn't recognize the car in the front but knew that the fact that there was a car inside the gates at all meant that her hunch had been right and this was where her cousin had gone to. She got out of her own car and went towards the security box, flipping it open and slamming her palm down on it and letting it read her before pulling her palm away and letting her eyes be read.
"Identity confirmed: Legs." She was seriously going to kill Oliver for making that her overall codename, but considering that the gate opened she didn't complain too much, merely entered her car, drove up, and parked next to the other car. The girl looked up at the rearview mirror to make sure the gates were closing and then jumped when she realized that Chloe was suddenly standing next to her door. "Jesusfuck! Don't do that!"
The door opened, and an unhappy Chloe frowned at her. "What are you doing here?"
"You think a year apart made me forget how you think?" Lois rolled her eyes as she reached into the passenger's seat and grabbed a bag, pushing it into Chloe's chest. "Here, take this." She emerged from the car and went to the backseat. "My other stuff's in the backseat, and I have our other stuff in the trunk. The essentials."
Chloe held the bag tightly to her chest. "You shouldn't be here."
"Who's ride is that, by the way?" Lois motioned with her chin to the car.
"A friend rented it when he arrived," Chloe hedged. "Lois, you really shouldn't-it's dangerous."
"I know, you're going to have those two vampires around you." Lois frowned at the thought as she grabbed the bags from the back and passed one to Chloe before slinging one of the straps around her own shoulder and grabbing the handle of the humongous suitcase, which could thankfully be wheeled around.
"It's not them I'm worried about." Chloe sent a look towards the house as she fixed the strap around her shoulder and even took the other from Lois as well, obvious much stronger now as a vampire. "Katherine's here."
Lois hesitated a second before she somehow managed to yank the ridiculously huge suitcase out of the back of the car and to the ground, and slammed the door closed. "Met her for a split second, she seems like a bitch."
"Well, she won't win Miss Congeniality, that's for sure." Chloe moved to block Lois' way when the brunette turned towards the building. "Which is why I'm sure you can understand why the thought of you and her sleeping under the same roof does not sit well with me."
Lois stared at her cousin, who was burdened down with all of her bags, before she let out a little sigh. "I'm not leaving, Chlo."
The blonde stared at her before she looked away. "You think I'm going to just disappear again without saying goodbye, just like Dean does."
"I get why you did why you did." Lois licked her lips. "But I also get what you are now, Chloe. You're a bloodsucking vampire, and I realize that I've missed out on a lot of this whole new person you've become." She steeled herself. "I'm not going to miss out on anymore. We've always been the most important persons in each other's lives, above jobs and boyfriends, and that hasn't changed for me."
Chloe stared at her in silence, and for a split second Lois was scared the blonde was going to tell her that it had changed for her. And then Chloe gave a whimper, dropped Lois' bags to the ground, wrapped her arms around Lois tightly and hugged her. "I'll protect you."
Lois let out a little sniffle and would have hugged Chloe back, but the way Chloe was hugging her had her arms locked at her sides so she was unable to reciprocate the action. "I don't need protecting. Just teach me how to protect myself, and how to be useful."
"I-I know the perfect person to that sort of stuff," Chloe's voice was hoarse as she pulled away, a smile on her face. "He's the friend who rented the car, actually. He hunts vampires."
"Right," Lois nodded, having forgotten about the vampire hunter who was friends with vampires. "How does a vampire hunter befriends vampires? I'm curious."
"It's a complicated story, you'll have to ask him one day when he's drunk." Chloe picked up Lois' stuff once more. "Come on, I'll introduce you to Ric. We'll come back for the things in the trunk."
Lois nodded with a smile as they moved towards the entrance of the converted, abandoned hotel, which had once been a base of operations for the JL but had long since been abandoned and all intelligence on their operations scrubbed when they'd moved to their next HQ. It was now one of their many safe-houses located all across the globe.
On the way in they nearly ran into a tall, handsome blonde male who'd been on his way out.
"Sorry!" The guy blinked before his eyes widened. "You're Lois Lane!"
Lois blinked right back at him. "Guilty as charged."
Chloe looked between them curiously.
"I, uh, I watch Paranormal." The guy cleared his throat as he scratched the back of his head. He then shook his head as he held his hand out towards her. "Where are my manners? My name's Alaric Saltzman. I'm a friend of Chloe's, Damon's and Stefan's."
"Lois Lane, but you already knew that." Lois reached out her hand to shake his, admiring his strong grip. "So, Chloe said I should wait till you're drunk to ask-but how does a vampire hunter make friends with vampires?"
"Lois!" Chloe's eyes widened.
"No, it's okay." Ric's lips twitched as he nodded. "It's a very long, complicated story."
Lois eyed him thoughtfully. "You can tell me while you're training me then."
"Training you?" Alaric blinked, his gaze going to Chloe, only now seeming to realize how burdened down she was and taking some of the bags from her.
"She's going to be staying here, I can't get her to leave," Chloe gave a sigh. "So I was thinking that maybe you could give her lessons on how to protect herself, especially with the Princess of Darkness hanging around."
"I can hear you," Katherine's voice echoed from somewhere in the building.
Chloe ignored that, eyes on Ric, who nodded. "Thanks."
"No problem," the hunter gave her a small smile. "Considering she already has prior martial arts knowledge, and has the proper personal motivation, I think she'll take to this quickly."
Lois grinned brightly, admittedly excited at the prospect of not only having managed to get Chloe to accept the fact that she was going to stay here, but learning actual vampire hunting techniques from an honest to god vampire hunter. This day was suddenly seriously looking up.