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.MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Despite how many times Lois swore she didn't care who John "and his slutty dick" slept around with, the near maniacal way she threw herself into Ric's vampire hunter training once the news of John's hookup with Ruby DeMonique broke, spoke otherwise. Chloe gave her cousin the space she needed though, didn't push or pry, and supported her in this new endeavor of hers. Plus, the ball was only two days away, things in the hotel were increasingly tense, especially with Katherine, and since the breakup and with everything happening Dean and Sam had been stopping by more and more, which hadn't made Damon or Stefan any happier. So all in all, things were tense with a capital T. At least Damon and Ric seemed to have patched up their differences and were buddies again, which was a good thing. Damon needed Ric as his one and only friend in the world, he couldn't risk losing that friendship and Chloe was relieved that they were thick as thieves once more.
Katherine was in a sulk, especially concerning Stefan. She was ignoring him, and when she wasn't ignoring him she observed him and visibly pouted, obviously not happy with something. It all stemmed from that "rough day" that had ended in great car-hood sex for Chloe, and the blonde couldn't help but wonder exactly what had happened between Katherine and Stefan for the brunette vampire to be this way with her "favorite".
The pain of the vervain dulled Chloe's thoughts though, the blonde biting back the scream as she finally finished the glass and put it down. She was getting through it quicker now, and while it wasn't less painful she found the pain more tolerable the more she had to endure it. Maybe she was building a higher tolerance to the pain, maybe she was just too scared at the thought of being Compelled by the Originals. All she knew was that every day drinking vervain was a little easier.
"That's insane," Sam sighed as he knelt and passed her a bloodbag.
"What's insane is you passing me blood to drink," she mumbled as she took the bloodbag from him and sunk her fangs deep within the plastic greedily, desperate to soothe the pain of the darkened burns over her skin.
Everyone was out at the moment except for her and the boys.
Lois was with Ric and Stefan, the vampire having agreed to help the hunter test the girl on some of the things she'd trained so far.
Katherine and Damon were both out, separately, doing god knew what.
Dean and Sam had arrived half an hour after the others left and approximately ten minutes after Chloe started her vervain drinking, the blonde having purposely waited to be alone to do this.
"Why would you wait until everyone's gone?" Dean wanted to know as he paced the floor. "What if you got hurt?"
"This isn't enough vervain to really hurt me," she promised. "It's just enough to make sure that it's saturating my system, which is what I need for the ball."
"This is torture." Dean turned to face her, clearly unhappy.
"I'm fine." She tried for a smile but stopped when she realized it would be bloody.
Sam merely passed her the other bloodbag and took the empty one from her hand.
Chloe mutely sunk her fangs into the plastic bag and drank.
Dean shook his head. "So it's been decided that you'll be Sam's date and Lois will be mine."
Chloe nodded in acceptance.
He frowned. "You could have questioned it a bit."
She gulped down the blood and looked between them. "Okay then, why?"
Dean huffed. "Our manager. He said the fans will love it."
Chloe tilted her head.
"Remember I said that there are Lois/John and Lois/Dean fans?" Sam asked. "Well, now that dad went and did what he did, the balance has tipped and the fans seem to have all jumped ship to Lois/Dean because they say that John obviously doesn't love her like Dean does to two-time her with a demon."
Chloe blinked. "They do realize that you're not the characters you play on Paranormal, right?"
"I've stopped asking myself that question because I think I'm not going to like the answer." Dean made a face as he folded his arms over his chest.
Chloe's lips twitched in wry amusement.
"Dean and I are going to spring for the dresses," Sam suddenly cleared his throat as he changed the subject drastically. "I can already see you about to argue with us, but stop. We're doing this for Lois."
Chloe closed her mouth immediately.
"With all she's going through, Dean and I figured that a shopping trip with you to get some gowns would be exactly what she'd need." Sam was the picture of discomfort. "So just let us pay for it and help that way."
Chloe looked between the two guys, her heart clenching tightly. "You've really taken care of her while I've been gone, haven't you?"
"'Course," Dean scoffed as he looked away.
Chloe smiled and threw her arms around Sam, hugging him tightly despite the empty bag of blood still in her hand and the burns still on her body. "Thank you." She pressed a soft kiss to his cheek and rose to hug Dean, whose discomfort merely grew. The blonde breathed in Dean's scent as her eyes slipped closed and she pressed a soft kiss to his cheek as well before she pulled away and smiled at the brothers. "You guys are the best."
"I wouldn't-." Sam began.
"Yeah, we are." Dean smirked.
Sam rolled his eyes.
Chloe chuckled in amusement. "So, I'm going to be able to see Dean's ballroom dancing lessons in action, huh?"
Dean deflated and groaned as he covered his face in embarrassment. "Sam, you and I are going to talk."
Sam grinned as he pushed up from the ground and threw Chloe the last bag of blood. "Oh come on, think of how much you'll be able to show off!"
"I agree, Dean Wesson-Smith looked like a pro in The Last Waltz," Chloe assured Dean, a teasing smile playing on her lips. "I was seriously impressed. Who knew that under that gruff exterior was a verifiabletwinkletoes?"
"Twinkle-?" Horror covered his face as Dean groaned harder. "Someone, shoot me."
Sam did as well before he cleared his throat and turned those blue/green gaze towards her. "I know that Damon has been telling us to stay away because the paparazzi or someone working for the Originals can follow us and find out about this place, but-."
Chloe interrupted him with a shake of her head. "Don't worry."
Sam frowned. "We don't want to selfishly put you in danger."
"Lois works with you and lives with us," Chloe reminded. "His argument is moot considering that it would be much easier for someone to just follow her."
Sam thought about it and nodded slowly.
"Thank you for worrying, though." She took in a deep breath. "I truly believe we don't have anything to worry about Originals-wise until this ball at least." The blonde thought for a moment. "Whatever they are planning, I really think it has to do with that ball."
Sam frowned as he eyed her. "You think they're planning on doing something there?"
"I don't know, according to Dean, Kol says they just want to talk, but they could do that anytime anywhere, why there and then?" Chloe hugged herself. "It seems very suspicious to me."
Dean opened his mouth to say something when his phone rang. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the Samsung Galaxy, narrowing his eyes when he saw who it was, and brought it to his ear as he answered. "Yeah? I'm busy." His frown grew. "Okay. I'll see you in a couple of minutes." Ending the call, Dean shook his head. "It was dad, he's having issues with the script and the producer, and was threatening to go wring Jenkin's neck."
"I'll stay." Sam motioned to where Chloe was. "You go deal with him."
"You'd swear this man is a teenager," Dean growled as he shoved his phone into his pocket. "I'll come back for you."
Sam nodded. "See you later."
Dean nodded, his gaze on Chloe. "See you in a bit."
Chloe smiled softly as she waved.
Both Chloe and Sam watched Dean storm out, grumbling to himself as he did, before they moved to the sofa and collapsed onto it.
"Dad's been in a snit ever since the Ruby DeMonique video was featured on E!News," Sam admitted as he leaned his head back and gazed up at the ceiling. "He's blaming them for Lois not answering any phone calls, and not talking to him on the set."
Chloe turned so that she leaned with her back against the armrest, seated Indian Style, and faced Sam. "So it's E!News' fault that she broke up with him for good this time, and not the fact that he slept with someone else?"
"Basically." Sam let out a deep sigh. "I love him, he's my father and all that so I guess I'm forced to love him and even feel sorry for him somewhat, but sometimes I just want to strangle him."
"So you're saying that he's suffering now that Lois has cut him off?" Chloe leaned sideways against the sofa.
Sam took in a deep breath. "Here's the thing: my father isn't one to show emotion. That being said, he's being a more miserable bastard than usual, so I can say without a doubt that he's being affected by losing her." Sam's blue/greens turned on Chloe. "I think he's finally realized how much he actually cared about her, and he probably doesn't like the fact at all."
"Your father's a real work of art."
"To be fair, he 's always said the only woman he'd ever loved in his life was my mother, and that he didn't have the ability to love anyone else after her." Sam's gaze returned to the ceiling. "And he's usually upfront with his women about that fact, so he's probably told Lois the same thing, so she knew what she was getting into when she started a relationship with him."
Chloe sighed. "She's always been in love with him though."
Sam nodded. "She's told me as much." He twisted his lips. "It makes me really want them to work out. He mightn't deserve it, but, well, he's my father, you know? I want him to have someone who loves him the way she does, or did." He sighed. "I don't know if she still loves him like that after the Ruby thing." His gaze returned to Chloe. "Does she?"
Chloe shrugged. "I don't think she even knows if she does."
Sam sighed as his gaze returned to the ceiling. "How has she been doing with this whole situation?"
"Good." Chloe licked her lips. "Ric's been a godsend, really. If it wasn't for him being available and willing to train her 24/7, I don't think she'd be handling it so well." The blonde paused when she noticed the odd expression on Sam's face. "What?"
"Nothing." Sam shrugged as he got more comfortable on the sofa.
Chloe narrowed her eyes at him. "Don't give me that, something's ticked you off."
Sam licked his lips. "Well, I know my dad got himself into this mess, and I'm not defending him-."
"You better not be."
"But I'm just saying that these Mystic Falls guys sure seem to like to swoop in and meddle during relationship problems, that's all." Sam wouldn't look at her. "It just seems like a pattern, a convenient one."
Chloe blinked, shocked. "What about any of this is convenient?"
"Lois is your last real link to us, that's all." Sam wouldn't look at her. "It would be convenient for Damon if his best friend seduced her over to the dark side."
Chloe stared at Sam in shock. "Oh wow. I would have expected this from Dean, but not from you."
Sam flinched. "I'm not-."
"This has nothing to do with Damon." Chloe frowned as she sat up straighter. "If anything, Alaric does his best not to show the fact that he's crushing, big time, on my cousin whenever Damon is around, because Damon can be a big dick about these sorts of things." She narrowed her eyes at Sam. "This isn't some conspiracy, a premeditated plan between the two of them to take your ally away from you." She stood as she shook her head. "She's in pain right now and I can't believe-."
Sam reached out and grabbed her hand. "I know, I'm sorry. I'm disgusted with myself right now."
Chloe's gaze lowered to Sam in silence.
Sam sighed as he lowered his head in shame. "Can you please just ignore everything I've just said? Believe it or not, dad's not the only one who's been on edge and a total dick these last couple of days."
Chloe frowned slightly as she sat back down. "What are you talking about?"
"I think it's the stress getting to us," Sam admitted sheepishly. "But I've been noticing dad, Dean and I acting out more than usual. Then again, Jenkins is riding our asses, they've changed our filming schedule to some even more ungodly hour in the morning, and it's harder and harder to sleep at night-so we're not exactly rested in the mornings."
Chloe frowned darker. "And this whole Originals thing isn't helping."
"It's helping our career." Sam sneered. "The people on the show love it, and they also the fact that we've been invited to this ball. The writers are already trying to figure out how to write the Originals into the show in a positive way-considering their less than positive portrayal of vampires in the past." He snickered. "I overheard a couple of them discussing maybe making it so that the female Original, Rachel, and I had had a brief love affair when my character was in Stanford, before I met the Jessica character."
The blonde tilted her head to the side, darkly amused. "So they're definitely scrapping the 'Chloe-as-Sam's-Soulmate' theory then, huh?" She was a little relieved because it meant one thing: "The mini story arc they wanted me to do in Paranormal must have been scrapped."
Sam's eyes widened. "I never heard of this. Who told you the writers had a story arc planned with a return for you?"
He blinked. "Oh… this is making more sense now!"
Chloe's relief was melting away. "What is making more sense now?"
"Well, because the Originals are hot topics the writers thought that characters based off them would help the ratings spike, and not only that, but and I quote something I overheard: 'by meeting up with her again he realizes the consequences of a vampire princess falling in love with him and how it affected him and his life without him knowing, especially when she brings someone else along with her'." Sam ran his fingers through his hair. "I thought they were going to do something like make her have gotten pregnant by Sam Wesson-Smith, which we all know vampires can't become because they are dead, but with the information you're giving I'm thinking they might bring your character into the mix."
Chloe blinked. "How so?"
"Well," Sam leaned forwards. "In the episode you appeared in, your character had a mysterious 'benefactor' that not even Lois' had ever met, right? It's the reason why, when your character disappears on a hunt with your boyfriend, Lois' joins up with our team, because she wants to find out who that benefactor is. Who has been supplying your weapons? Who has been giving you money? Who has been giving you information and orders all these years-and why? Also-why are you missing? Her character found the dead monster you were hunting, so obviously you made it out of the hunt alive."
Chloe's eyes widened as she made the connection. "You think they're going to write that my character works for the Originals-has been working for them all along."
Sam nodded. "It makes perfect sense."
Chloe leaned back hard against the sofa.
"This would actually be one of the most interesting and original plot-twists they've written in a while," Sam admitted sheepishly. "With the Original-craze, and with you coming back out of the woodwork, it would be the perfect way to combine both of the things making the most noise in Hollywood and spike our ratings to a new height."
"I have to hand it to your writers, for once they have a half-decent storyline." Chloe took in a deep breath. "When did my life become a poorly researched nighttime supernatural drama?"
Sam reached over and placed his hand on her shoulder, his thumb working over a tension knot. "Everything will be alright."
Her greens met his blue/greens, and she sighed, wishing she could believe that as fully as he did.