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The New Circle 117B/? 
27th-Jan-2014 12:50 am
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Title: The New Circle
Fandoms: Smallville/Secret Circle
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Whitney Fordman, Major Dru-Zod, Greg Arkin, Cassie Blake, Diana Meade, Mikhail Balcoin, Lucas Dunleavy, Faye Chamberlain/Byron Moore, Adam Knight, Zatanna Zatara, Bart Allen, Clark Kent, Vika Balcoin...
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 struggled under the weight of the large basket and cursed herself for not having waited for someone else to arrive. It hadn't seemed that heavy when she'd set off. Bart had arrived and she'd wanted to leave him and Chloe to talk, and Cassie also hadn't wanted to give him time to question what was in the large basket. But now that she was halfway towards the Bleeding Caves, Cassie's arms were killing her and she couldn't believe that herbs could be this heavy. Then again, it was a very large basket and there were a lot of herbs and such inside of it. They'd needed a huge variety of them for the ritual that would be going on for this binding Byron would be undergoing, and the fact that they needed this amount of things for it made Cassie uneasy. With everyone else there were only an exchange of words, or even just intention, but with Byron there was this whole elaborate ceremony with gems and herbs! And damn, were there herbs!

Echinacea : Strengthening Spells

Eyebright : Mental Powers, Psychic Power

Honeysuckle : Psychic Powers, Protection

Horehound : Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing

Horehound : Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing

Knotweed : Binding, Health

Kava-Kave : Visions, Protection, Luck

Lily of the Valley : Mental Powers, Happiness

Lime : Healing, Love, Protection

Lotus : Protection, Lock-Opening

Mace : Psychic Powers, Mental Powers

Mugwort : Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection

Mulberry : Protection, Strength Mullein : Courage, Protection, Health, Love, Divination, Exorcism

Mustard : Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers Myrrh : Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality

Orris Root : Love, Protection, Divination

Pennyroyal : Strength, Protection, Peace

Peppermint : Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers Pepper Tree : Purification, Healing, Protection

Rose : Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection

Rowan : Psychic Powers, Healing, Protection, Power, Success Rue : Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love Rye : Love, Fidelity

Savory, Summer : Mental Powers Scullcap : Love, Fidelity, Peace

Spearmint : Healing, Love, Mental Powers

Star, Anise : Psychic Powers, Luck Stillengia : Psychic Powers Straw : Luck, Image Magic

Urva Ursa : Psychic Workings

Vetch, Giant : Fidelity

Yucca : Transmutation, Protection, Purification

It was a very long list of herbs/plants/flowers and was why they'd had to wait so long to do the ritual, as they'd had to wait to get everything in order. And then even after that they'd had to go over everything a couple of times. Chloe had had Whitney (their resident whiz when it came to herbs-who would've thought, really?) go through the list and it was a good thing too because apparently a lot of the herbs on the list Morgan Edge had given them that'd had to do with love and protection had also had to do with lust, and that would've been just awkward if that hadn't been caught beforehand! So they'd eliminated the ones that had anything to do with lust.

"You okay?" A voice chuckled from up ahead.

Cassie looked up as she struggled under the weight of the basket. "Of course I am."

Greg Arkin snickered as he hurried up towards her and yanked the basket out of her hands without so much as asking her if she wanted his help. "Did it never cross your mind to levitate the basket?"

She flushed because, no, it hadn't crossed her mind. "We shouldn't use magic for everything you know. Otherwise we'll end up like those fat, useless humans in Wall-e."

He smirked, as if able to tell she was pure mouth. "Airhead."

"Asshole." Her blush grew darker.

He grinned broadly, showing teeth, obviously enjoying teasing her far too much. "Just say thank you, and try catch your breath. Your face is all red."

She blushed even darker and hated it. "Are you saying I'm out of shape or something?"

He raised an eyebrow expectantly.

She pursed her lips. "Thank you."

He grinned brightly. "You're welcome."

The blonde couldn't help but grin back at him, something in her chest lighter. "You're a real dork, you know that?"

"I'm hurt!" He chuckled, hand to his heart. "And here I am, helping you!"

Cassie shook her head, slipping a blonde lock out of her face and behind her ear as she sent him a sideways glance, licking her lips. "So, what are the chances that this ritual goes through without a hitch?"

His smile slipped slightly as he eyed her. "Everything will be fine."

Cassie observed him thoughtfully, a little envious at how he seemed to easily hold the weight of the basket that she'd been staggering under. "You really think that?"

"I gotta believe that." Greg's gaze went to the path ahead of them. "And so do you."

Cassie's gaze trailed down his strong jawline before she cleared her throat and looked away as she clasped her hands in front of her and took in a deep breath. "And if not, it's why we're a Circle, right? For backup?"

He smiled a crooked smile and turned his dark gaze on her. "Something like that."

She returned the smile, and they walked the rest of the way to the Bleeding Caves in companionable silence.

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See you tonight. Love you HunkyBunny.

Clark smiled as he reread the text message he'd received from Melissa before he'd entered the Bleeding Caves, the boy feeling like he was walking on Cloud 9. Sure, it sucked that Chance Harbor had been destroyed, but for him personally, it had been the best thing to have ever happened. He'd never been as happy as he was now that Melissa was living in Smallville and so close to him that he could see her daily. And become his girlfriend. Just the thought made him grin like some idiot, and blush like one too.

"I must say, young love is a beautiful thing to behold."

Clark blushed harder as he cleared his throat and pulled off his bag, throwing it on the ground. "Aw, come on Jor-El, don't tease me so much!"

The Dragon Councilman smirked from where he was examining something through something similar to a microscope. "You must forgive me, Clark, but you practically exude it. I can't help it."

The young witch grinned and blushed harder as he cleared his throat and sat down next to the table he'd claimed as his own and unrolled a scroll. "I see you've taken time to eat the breakfast mom brought over."

"Your mother is far more intimidating than you are, I would not dare let her know I didn't eat her food." Jor-El checked the resolution of his magnification lens before he pulled away and shook his head. "I do not know how your father has such steely nerves. She is truly terrifying."

Clark bit down on his bottom lip, deeply amused that his mother terrified such a great Dragon.

Jor-El shook his head once more before he returned his attention to the specimens he was studying. "According to Major Zod, Lady Chloe believes that there might be another player in this mix."

Clark looked up and frowned. "What?"

"Of course this is confidential, but as you are my assistant you are to be confided in." Jor-El pulled away from the microscope once more. "I want you to go over the Scrolls of Rao, every single one of them. If there is someone else who could be involved, there should be at least a mention or a clue of who it could be in there."

Clark's eyes widened as he turned to look at the very large collection of scrolls that made up the Scrolls of Rao. "O-okay." He cleared his throat. "Today is the ritual, by the way."

The Dragon Councilman paused before he nodded. "I see. That's today." He cleared his throat. "So we can expect a major fluctuation of magic in the Caves today then."

Clark nodded.

The last surviving Councilman narrowed his eyes. "I wish to view this ritual."

Clark's eyes widened. "You want to leave this room?"

Jor-El hesitated for a moment before he nodded. "Yes, I wish to leave this room."

Clark grinned and stood rapidly. "I'll talk to someone and see what I can arrange."

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"…and so I said to myself: Self, she obviously needs a man who knows what he's doing helping in this time of upheaval." Bart leaned forwards across the desk and smirked at Chloe Sullivan. "So I've decided to volunteer myself for the job."

She eyed him in visible amusement. "Which job, exactly?"

"Any job, actually." He leaned closer. "You guys seem to be needing some extra hands on board and I've proven myself compatible magic-wise," he waggled his eyebrows, "so I thought I'd offer my services."

Chloe Sullivan eyed him thoughtfully. "That's really thoughtful of you, Bart, but you're a guest in my house, just like Viktor, Arthur, and Lex, his sister and Oliver. You don't have to worry about stuff like that just like they don't."

He could see what she was doing, and he could give as good as she was. "Thing is, 'Licious, I didn't come here for sanctuary. I came here to be a part of something. To be useful. You asked me to stick around once I arrived in Smallville and I did." He eyed her. "Admittedly, I did so partly because I thought you were seriously cute." He grinned when he noticed her blush. "But I did so mostly because I know I can be useful and I'm going to be useful."

"Whether I want you to or not?" She sounded somewhat amused, still blushing slightly as she eyed him. "I don't know what to think of you, Bart Sigan. I don't know you that well."

"Well, my middle name is Allen, my favorite color is red, and if there's one thing I am, it's never late. If I say I'm gonna be somewhere, I'll be there like a flash!" He grinned his trademark flirtatious grin at her. "If you want anymore you're gonna have to buy me dinner."

She let out a little chuckle and shook her head at him, obviously considering his proposal. "Why?"

"Because I like food and pretty ladies," he responded immediately, despite knowing exactly what she was asking.

Chloe chuckled once more, and yet raised an eyebrow and waited for him to respond.

Bart cleared his throat and licked his lips as he lost the flirtatious attitude, serious. "Because Rao Darkseid killed my family, my whole Clan, and while I detested my father and wont spill a tear over him there are people I want revenge over." He took in a deep breath. "And because I'll never be a part of the Sigan Circle ever again, and if I have to choose to affiliate myself with any other, yours seems like the best option. How I see it, you've got a Le Fay who hates her own people and yet seems devoted to you, and a Tentagel who could've joined his brother and started their own Circle but instead joined your Circle, and a Luthor who, if the rumors are right, can't stand to be in the same room as his own brothers and sister, and yet he somehow managed to join your Circle before many of your siblings." Bart raised an eyebrow. "Whether you've realized it or not, your Circles have adopting strays from the Six, and I have no qualms being the Sigan you're missing."

Chloe blinked and looked at him in shock, obviously not having realized what he'd just pointed out, and it made him want to join even more now that he was a hundred per cent sure that this wasn't a power-play on her part.

"Just… think about it." Bart cleared his throat as he began to back away so that she didn't feel pressured.


"Yeah?" He looked up.

She eyed him curiously, almost as if weighing his soul. "Thank you for offering, but we have everything under control today."

He fought the disappointment with a brave smile. "Okay. Just offering." He turned to leave.


He turned back to face her. "Yeah?"

"Come see me tomorrow?" She gave him a little smile. "We'll have a longer talk then. How does that sound to you?"

Bart grinned brightly as he nodded. "Sounds like a date."

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Whitney helped the others with the finishing touches and pulled back as he eyed the completed work with a proud smile. They'd done really well, especially considering that most of them were self-taught magically. The cavern was ready, the circles and patterns of gems perfect, and the floor covered with the different herbs. He could feel the magic accumulating, knew that this magical space was ready for the ceremony, and while a part of him was excited, another part was nervous as hell.

"Uncle Morgan's arriving!" Byron's voice rang through the caves, the boy by the entrance with Faye.

"Are we sure Morgan Edge being here is a good idea?" Cassie wanted to know, voicing everyone's unasked question.

"He's the one who gave us the spell we're using, and Byron's his nephew." Whitney gave a shrug. "Nothing we can do."

"Plus, Chloe gave him permission to come into the caves to watch." Clark, who'd come out help, reminded everyone.

"He still creeps me out." Diana gave a little shiver. "I feel bad for saying that, but it's the truth."

"We'll keep an eye on him," Greg promised her.

"Let's just get this over with." Mikhail ran his hands down his pants.

"Hey guys!" Pete announced as he appeared in the cave.

"Hey Pete!" Clark grinned as he went to hug his friend.

Mikhail frowned and turned to Lucas, voice lowered. "What is he doing here?"

Zatanna raised an eyebrow at Mikhail. "Chloe asked him to be here for the ritual."

Mikhail turned to look at her in shock. "She what? Why? He's not even a part of our group!"

Adam took in a deep breath. "She must've had her reasons. Like Morgan Edge, he's Byron's family."

"Barely," Cassie hissed. "Let's not pretend any of us are exactly the Brady bunch, but out of all of us Pete's the least likely to be voted the most popular. I mean-."

"Guys, let's just, stop it." Diana cleared her throat. "For right now at least."

"You guys seriously need to chill out when it comes to Pete." Greg shook his head as he went to greet his friend, a smile on his face.

Diana hesitated a second before she followed after.

Cassie tightened her clenched fists, voice lowered and angry. "If it was up to him and the Pink Tyrant we never would've gotten Chloe back. I'm not about to forget that! I left my home because of them!"

Whitney placed his hand on Cassie's shoulder. "Let it go, Cass."

Mikhail sucked in air through his teeth before he walked away in the opposite direction, Lucas following.

"I know he's your friend, Whitney, but just because he's my brother it doesn't mean I have to like him." And with that Cassie walked away as well.

Whitney sighed and palmed his face.

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Chloe hesitated outside of the Bleeding Caves, a hand to her solar plexus as a wave of power hit her so hard she could barely breathe. The world spun and she saw double of everything as she collapsed to her knees on the grass outside of the entrance.

Just. What. The. Hell. Was. She. Picking. Up. On?!

The blonde looked up at at the sky in the direction of the power and narrowed her eyes, feeling them make the shift instinctively as a growl rolled in the back of her throat. "I'm getting sick and tired of this little game of yours! If you're going to do something, do it already!"

Pushing up to her feet, Chloe wiped off her knees before she made her way into the caves, forcing her eyes to return human. She wasn't sure which cavern the others had chosen for the ritual but the path lit up at her feet without her having to even touch the wall anymore, and the blonde followed the lit path to the room, impressed to see the end result.

Her green gaze fell on Pete, who was talking to Clark, Greg and Whitney, and who she hadn't had a decent conversation with in far too long. "Pete."

He turned at the sound of his name and smiled brightly. "Chlo." He moved towards her and wrapped her in his arms in a tight, warm embrace. "We need to stop letting so much time pass between us seeing each other."

"I agee." She hugged him tightly, happy to have him here. "Thanks for coming."

He pulled away, smiled at her and flicked her nose. "Don't be silly. You know that if you need anything-if you call-I'll be there."

"Back at you." Chloe chuckled before her gaze went to Morgan Edge and she squeezed Pete's hands before she moved passed him to Byron's uncle. "Mr Edge."

"Miss Balcoin-Darkseid."

She refrained from correcting him, mostly because she doubted he'd care. "Thank you for all you've done. If all goes well, this will put Byron's mind at ease."

Morgan Edge nodded. "In the end, my nephew is all that matters to me."

She took in a deep breath before she looked up to see Jor-El arrive, Clark having already talked to her about the Dragon's desire to watch the ritual alongside Morgan Edge. "We're all here. Good. We can begin."

Faye slipped her hand into Byron's and squeezed it tightly.

Chloe sent her what she hoped was a reassuring smile before she turned her gaze on Byron and held on her hand.

Byron pressed a kiss to Faye's lips before he slipped his hand free from hers and went to Chloe, placing his hand in hers.

The blonde stared at her brother. "Are you sure you-?"

He squeezed her hand. "I'm sure."

She sighed and nodded. "Okay. Let's do this."

27th-Jan-2014 06:50 am (UTC)
WOW!! That's a lot of herbs!!!

Ohh no!! What the heck is going on with this Cassie/Greg/Diana?? I don't think the girls can take being part of another triangle again.

"Whether you've realized it or not, your Circles have adopting strays from the Six, and I have no qualms being the Sigan you're missing."

LOL!!!! Ohh Bart!!

I can see that the hostility between Pete and the rest of his siblings is still there.

Chloe hesitated outside of the Bleeding Caves, a hand to her solar plexus as a wave of power hit her so hard she could barely breathe. The world spun and she saw double of everything as she collapsed to her knees on the grass outside of the entrance.

Just. What. The. Hell. Was. She. Picking. Up. On?!

I'm with Chloe, What the Hell is she picking up on????
2nd-Feb-2014 12:25 am (UTC)
It definitely is! It's an intense spell that requires a lot of ingredients!

Yeah, the girls definitely have similar taste in guys………

The hostility between Pete and his siblings has been simmering for a VERY long time, but with everything going on Chloe really hasn't had time to really concentrate on trying to fix those burnt bridges. She's gonna wish she had.
27th-Jan-2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
Oh wow that's a lot of crystals and herbs. Good job Whitney spotted all those sexy lust plants because no-one wants accidentally incest spells.

Oooh more Diana/Gregg/Cassie love triangle. I think Diana and Gregg work better as a couple because they are a matched pair, both being eyes and all. But then Cassie and Gregg are in the same circle. No Diana saw him first! Plus I like her better. Still it's not going to be pretty when they realize they're actually in a love triangle (again).

Yay Pete's back. Double yay Lana isn't! Is Mikhail angry because he hates Pete for trying to become the firstborn or because with Byron joining the circle and Pete being one of Chloe's oldest friends he thinks he's Chloe's least favourite brother (or sibling since their sisters are already in the circles)?

Also Chloe shouldn't goad the creepy presence right before a tricky ritual. Hope it goes ok.
2nd-Feb-2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Exactly! Accidental-incest-due-to-spell would DEFINITELY be awkward for all involved! And Faye would DEFINITELY not approve! lmfao

Yeah, it's definitely revving up a bit more now. Diana and Cassie complement Greg in completely different ways, which is what makes exploring the triangle intriguing.

Mikhail is definitely (1) pissed off at Pete for the time he spent as First since Mikhail felt Pete usurped the position, (2) distrustful of him and his motives whenever he's with Chloe now, and (3) jealous and resentful of him and his past with Chloe.
28th-Jan-2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Great chapters, but I'm totally on edge that something bad is gonna happen. And I totally think there's gonna be a massive Pete vs his siblings showdown. And I know how that's gonna end... I love that you call Lana the "Pink Tyrant." I originally liked her character on the show, but the writers made her unbearable later on in the series.

Great job!

2nd-Feb-2014 12:32 am (UTC)
Well, this IS The Secret Circle, so you KNOW that *something* will probably happen. Otherwise it would be boring lol

Well, things have been simmering between Pete and his siblings for a while now, especially between Pete, Mikhail and Cassie.
28th-Jan-2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
gosh... i hope the ritual will go well, i would hate for byron or anyone else to be hurt..... and who the hell is the third player...

loved the update.. thanks for beeing so super quick...

love, maple
2nd-Feb-2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Well…the next chapter is up so you can see for yourself!!!!

Thanks!! :)
31st-Jan-2014 05:54 pm (UTC) - Who Is?
Who is that guy that above 'Bryon?' I mean, I know there's Clark and then above him is 'Bryon?' but who's above Bryon???
1st-Feb-2014 10:43 pm (UTC) - Re: Who Is?
no it's clark, than bart and than bryon ;)
2nd-Feb-2014 12:33 am (UTC) - Re: Who Is?
@maple86 is right. It's Clark, then Bart, then Byron. :)
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