Title: Jace Wayland's Unstealthy StalkingFandoms: Smallville/The Mortal Instruments - City of BonesPairing: Chloe Sullivan/Jace WaylandRating T+Disclaimer: Don't ownSummary: When Chloe stumbles into Jace Wayland and apologizes she doesn't realize she's not supposed to be able to see him due to his invisibility rune. And then there are misunderstandings. This is the catalyst to some seriously unstealthy stalking from the blonde Shadowhunter, who is determined to make her acknowledge he's there and stop pretending she can't see him.
The only thing she'd learnt so far while traveling through the Silent City, filled with bones and ashes of dead Shadowhunters, was that the Shadowhunter motto was: 'The descent into Hell is easy.'
That wasn't reassuring. If anything it was hella foreboding.
Chloe had done her best to keep an open mind (though not too open given the whole telepathy thing) and she'd at least had some sort of warning from Jace's description when she'd met Brother Jeremiah - who wore a long cloak, a hood, whose mouth was sworn shut and who had no eyes, merely sunken-in eye sockets.
She'd traveled through a hidden passage into the earth and under the cemetery and finally made it to where a row of Silent Brothers awaited her.
We have arrived. Brother Jeremiah motioned her forwards. Stand before the Council.
She glanced at Jace but he blinked, clearly confused, so the Silent Brother must have only spoken to her in her head, and she was never going to get this telepathy thing down pat because it was confusing and creepy.
The Council greets you, Chloe Sullivan. The Council spoke as one voice, like a crashing wave upon the sand on a stormy day.
The sound startled her, and that was that she'd finally gotten used to having Brother Jeremiah's voice in her head.
"I greet the Council back." She gave an awkward wave as she stared into their disfigured faces, refusing to back down. "So, how are we going to do this? Are the lights gonna be dimmed for effect? Will there be wine to loosen us up? A little music to help set the mood?" And there she went, rambling nervously.
State your name for the Council.
But… they'd just greeted her… by name.
Obviously this was part of the whole Vulcan Mind-Meld Ritual though so she fought pointing out how useless this whole thing was so far. "Am I supposed to do this mentally-?"
State your name for the Council.
Wow. Lots of help there guys.
Chloe licked her lips. "Chloe Sullivan."
Who are you?
Really? That was how this was gonna go?
"That's a really hard question to go with, don't you think?" And now she was just being difficult. "We could go with my name, but you already know that. We could go with who my parents are: Moira Laneara and Gabriel Sullivan. Or we could go with the more existential debate that that sort of question opens up. Who am I? Where am I headed? What do I want in life?" She opened her mouth to say more but suddenly her mind seemed to snap in on itself, like a rubber band, and she reeled soundlessly into a whirlwind of images cast against the insides of her closed eyelids.
Moira Sullivan sat by the window, a box in her hand, her eyes watery. The lid was open, words engraved on the top.
Entreat me not to leave thee, Or return from following after thee—for whither thou goest, I will go, And where thou lodgest, I will lodge. Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried. The Angel do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.
Eight year old Chloe watched her mother curiously, having seen the woman take out that box whenever she thought no one was looking. Chloe wanted to ask her mother about the box, but the child knew better, could see the sadness in her mother's eyes as she pulled out a lock of red hair… The picture… Saw her trail her fingers over the tattoo she usually kept hidden with her leather bracelet before she put everything away with a whispered: "Be strong, be safe."
Moira put back on her bracelet and flipped the cover closed, the initials J.F. on the top. The woman went to put the box away.
Chloe turned and pressed her back against the wall. She waited to hear her mother return to the living room from hiding the box before she ventured out with a smile on her face. "I've decided that I'm going to save up my allowance and sponsor one of those kids they show on tv-in the commercials."
"You don't say." Moira Sullivan smiled tenderly at her daughter.
"I do." Eight year old Chloe Sullivan shook her head of long, golden ringlets, cheeky smile on place. "Not everyone is as happy a person as I am you know."
Chloe cried out as her head began to hurt, her vision blurring.
"The block looks like it's holding quite nicely, as to be expected." Magnus stared into Chloe's eyes, the girl now younger, appearing to be three years old. He gazed up at a worried Moira. "Everything's fine. I think you imagined it."
"Are you sure?" Moira moved to caress her daughter's head. "Magnus, I'm telling you, it was as if she-."
"Moira, the block is in place." His voice was reassuring. "It's strong and stable. She's fine."
Moira closed her eyes and let out a sigh of relief. "I'm so worried about her all the time. If anything should ever happen to her I don't know what I'd do."
There was a loud wailing sound, almost like a police siren, and when the pain forced her eyes open, Chloe realized in disorientation that the sound was her screaming. Somehow she'd collapsed during this mind-probe, the girl lying on the marble in the fetal position, crying tears of blood, and blood coming out of her ears as well, a horrible ringing sound echoing everywhere and making her feel slightly insane.
Jace remained where he was, unmoving and yet was tense around the mouth and his hands clenched at his sides.
The block inside your mind is stronger than we had anticipated. The Downworlder was right, we cannot remove it without risking tearing your mind apart, or killing you.
Chloe groaned as she feebly got to her feet and wiped at her blood, her voice hoarse from the screaming. "So I just went through that fornothing?"
Silence met her demand.
Brother Jeremiah inclined his head towards Jace before the Brothers all stood and left, creepy and useless. Only Brother Jeremiah remained behind, he did have to lead them back out after all.
Once the other brothers left, Jace didn't seem able to hold himself back anymore and hurried over to her, cupping her face in his hands and examining her, wiping at her bloody tear streaks with his thumbs. "Are you still in pain?"
"I'm not talking to you." She was too tired and sore to be really angry right now, but she would be later. "I told you Magnus said this would be a waste of time and that it would hurt me. I told you-!"
Jace wiped at the blood that had dripped from her ears.
Chloe tried to snap at him and tried to get a rise out of him, to have him share in her horrible mood, but Jace was too busy trying to clean her up.
Finally he seemed to deem her presentable as he looked up at her greens once more. "Come on, once Brother Jeremiah shows us out of here I'm buying you lunch."
Jace had thought up taking Chloe to Taki both as a way to get her to have some of the best food in Metropolis, and as a way to finally get Chloe talking to Alec and Isabelle - which was why he'd called them and told them to come over for lunch as well. His conversation with the girl while waiting for Brother Jeremiah had opened his eyes. Just because the Institute and the Lightwoods were the closest thing to home and family tohim didn't mean she felt the same way. For some reason the girl still saw herself as a mundane and not a Shadowhunter and he was just going to have to change that.
Isabelle appeared and the conversation was awkward, especially with Izzy gawking at Chloe and automatically asking why she looked liked death warmed over. His adopted sister needed more girl friends, needed refinement. Jace had seen Chloe get along splendidly with her mundane cousin so he was sure the fault for the awkwardness lay with Isabelle.
And then things got worse when Alec arrived, because he hadn't arrived alone, he'd brought the mundane cousin with him.
Jace couldn't believe his eyes when he'd seen his adopted brother and the brunette walking in together.
Just what the Angel was going on?
Jace was trying to bring Chloe more into the Shadowhunter world and Alec brings in her mundane cousin to remind her of her mundane past? What the hell?
Chloe's eyes widened and for the first time in a while Jace had seen her light up as she got up from the booth and raced towards her cousin, who met her halfway, the two girls hugging each other tightly.
Isabelle rolled her eyes at the display and yet Jace could see the slight resentment in her actions. She wasn't used to hanging out with girls or having them for friends.
Chloe had then hugged Alec and then given the flabbergasted boy a kiss on the cheek for bringing her cousin.
Jace's whole day had been officially ruined.
"No, Downworlders are different because they were born here and they have souls." Isabelle seemed to have finally found something she could talk about with the girls. "Demons on the other hand come from other worlds, which only they can travel to, and they have no souls. They're like parasites, and they jump from one world to the next and consume all and give nothing back. It's why it's okay to kill demons."
"So there's tons of other worlds that only demons can travel to? That sucks." Lois made a face, her hand still on her cousin's although her gaze was on Isabelle. "Why do they get to have all of the fun?"
"Bad guys always do." Chloe shrugged.
"So true." Lois turned to her cousin. "They're always cuter and have the best weapons and vehicles too."
"Preach it." Chloe high-fived her cousin.
Lois grinned brightly and made the high-five count.
Isabelle gazed between them, clearly fascinated by their relationship.
Alec, on the other hand, seemed somewhat intimidated, before he cleared his throat and leaned forwards. "How did it go?"
Jace's eyebrows rose at the fact that Alec was asking such a sensitive question in front of the mundane. And then he saw the facade slip from Lois' features, the carefully constructed coolness drop away to reveal the worry there, and he realized that she'd known all along. Alec must've told her. He must've been with the mundane when Jace had called him to come over, and that was why she was here.
But why would Alec tell the mundane these things?
"Magnus was right." Chloe gave a small smile at Alec, seeming much warmer towards him ever since he'd brought Lois to the diner. "The Silent Brothers were no match for his block."
"Obviously." Lois rolled her eyes. "When you sound like a lame boy band..."
Chloe's eyes widened. "You thought that too?"
Lois, despite her obvious worry, gave a bark of laughter. "You too?"
The cousins shared evil looks of amusement.
The Shadowhunters present shared confused looks, obviously excluded and a little uncomfortable.
Jace was annoyed. He was very annoyed, especially with Alec. This was all his fault.
This was supposed to help Chloe bond with the Shadowhunters, not remind her how well she fit in with the mundies and make her miss her cousin more than she already had been!
"So, what now?" Isabelle leaned back and sipped her smoothie. "We're back to square one, aren't we?"
"We are." Jace nodded with a growl.
She was talking about the Mortal Cup, he was talking about getting Chloe onto Team Shadowhunter.
Chloe opened her mouth to talk when suddenly blood began to drip down her right nostril and the girl cried out as she grabbed tissue paper and brought it to her nose to stop the blood's flow. "Is there a bathroom here?"
"Sure." Isabelle nodded. "I'll take you."
"I'll come with." Lois sent Alec a steely look as she followed the others out.
Jace watched them go, eyes narrowed.
What if he'd been wrong?
What if the Silent Brothers trying to bring down the block had hurt her?
He clenched his fists.
Needing to let out his frustration somehow, he turned to Alec. "What are you doing?"
Alec straightened in his seat. "What do you mean?"
"Why would you bring the mundie cousin over?" Jace frowned, unable to understand why Alec, of all people, was hanging out with Lois. It made no sense. It almost felt like Alec was up to something. "Why would you tell her about what was going on? You know it's against the rules!"
Alex stiffened before he shifted and cleared his throat. "You know that she already knows almost everything anyway, she's the exception to the mundie rule. Anyway, you wanted Chloe more involved, right?" He licked his lips. "Not that I've seen much of her considering she doesn't leave her room and you end up spending all your time locked up in there with her..." he paused and took in a deep breath before continuing. "But she's been much more animated in this short amount of time that she's spent here with her cousin here than she has during her whole stay in the Institute."
Jace frowned. "What are you getting at?"
"I'm just saying that since the cousin knows about us there's no reason she can't come visit Chloe at the Institute and spend time with her there." Alec used his fork to push his food back and forth on his plate. "Lois is really interested in all things Shadowhunter and I see her wanting to see more of the Institute, learn more of the history, and drag Chloe along for the ride."
Jace leaned back hard at that realization that Alec was right. There could be an upside to having the cousin around, but Jace had gotten used to having the blonde to himself and he had to admit (even if only to himself) that a part of the reason he was hesitating was out of pure jealousy of the relationship those girls shared. He didn't understand it or his feelings towards it. He should want to do anything to tie Chloe to the Shadowhunter world for the Clave, and yet his only reason for wanting to forge a connection between her and his world was to help connect her with him.
He'd never felt such possessiveness before in his life and he didn't know if he liked it. On one hand it was exhilarating, on the other hand it disturbed him greatly how much this girl affected him. he knew he was acting out of the norm. He'd never been like this with any other female who'd caught his eyes, but with this girl it was different.
Everything had been different from the moment she'd fallen into his arms and her wide greens had risen to his golden, sending a jolt of wildfire through his veins.
"You okay, Alec?" Isabelle's voice heralded the girls' return. "You look a little green."
"I'm fine." Alec looked somewhat uncomfortable though, gaze on Jace.
Isabelle stared between them as she slid in and grabbed her fruit smoothie. "If you say so."
Chloe must've sensed Jace's pensive gaze on her as she and her cousin sat down, because she stopped in mid-conversation and turned to face him, eyebrow raised. "Do I have something on my face?"
He didn't answer her, merely raised his gaze to meet the cousin's. "You're not going to give up, are you? You've fully established yourself at Magnus Bane's and are going to become a fixture in the Shadow World."
Lois's expression was defiant. "You got a problem with that?"
He took in a deep breath and leaned back hard. "I suppose we'll just have to allow you to start visiting Chloe at the Institute, since you know about the Shadow World and are, for some inexplicable reason, a part of it despite being a mundane."
So did Lois, her defiance melting into uncertainty. "You saying I'm getting a Hall Pass?"
He had no idea what she was saying. "If you are asking me if you'll be allowed to visit at the Institute whenever you like-I'll talk to Hodge to make sure everything is official but if it's within reasonable visiting hours I don't see why not."
Lois grinned brightly.
Chloe was silent before she suddenly threw herself at Jace, surprising the Shadowhunter into a slight twitch of shock, as the girl hugged him tightly. "Thank you!" She pressed a kiss to his cheek and held him close. "Thank you!"
He gulped, eyes wide, not sure how it was that they'd made out before and yet this seemed so much more intimate to him. "Think nothing of it." He cleared his throat again, realizing he might have to thank Alec once they were alone for helping him make the best decision of his life.
Chloe pulled away and turned to Lois, grinning brightly. "You can visit!"
"I know! Isn't this awesome?" Lois chuckled. "You'll never get rid of me now!"
Jace's smile vanished.
Then again, maybe he'd just made a terrible mistake.