Title: Just ChloePairing: Chloe/PriestlyFandoms: Smallville/Ten Inch HeroRating: TDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: When she realizes that Lex can't keep her safe, Chloe fakes her own death and goes on the run from Lionel's assassins. This lands her penniless and dying for a good night's sleep three months later at Beach City Grill. She's scarred, always looking over her shoulder, and is pretending to be someone she's not, but somehow Priestly makes her feel like it'll be okay.
Priestly's ex was a goddess in human form.
Chloe stared at the girl, who was the star of the television series she'd been obsessed with before her life had gone to hell, and felt inferior in every way possible. Tish was beautiful, rich, amazing with people, and basically the life of the party. She intimidated Chloe without trying.
Piper, on the other hand, was a love. Chloe felt comfortable with her and her husband Noah, as well as adopted daughter Julia.
"So, tell me, how are things with Priestly?"
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned to see Tish behind her holding two cups.
Tish held one out to the girl.
Chloe receieved it with a small, shaky smile. "Thanks. And to answer your question, they're fine. He's a great guy."
"He is." Tish nodded in agreement. "I know that this must be weird, considering he and I used to be together, but I want you to know that this isn't me trying to intimidate you away from him or anything." She sidled closer to Chloe. "He and I might've been in a relationship once, but we were friends before and after that. I want to know that you feel the same way for him that he obviously feels for you. I don't want him to get hurt, not again."
"I care about him a lot." Chloe took a sip of the drink.
"Are you in love with him?"
She choked on her sip.
"I know it's none of my business, but I see the way he looks at you and I don't want his heart to be broken if you don't feel the same way." Tish cleared her throat. "He's got the tenderest heart ever, and it took him forever to become the him that he really was inside. I don't want-I just don't like the thought of something happening that causes him to lose the shine he's regained."
Chloe's gaze went to where Priestly (dressed in a kilt and wearing a shirt that read: I Was Born Intelligent But Education Ruined Me) laughed at something Noah was saying.
"Well?" Tish pressed.
Taking in a deep breath, Chloe turned to face the pretty brunette. "Whenever I say those words, the first person who'll hear them will be him. Not you." She raised her chin and met Tish's gaze straight on, defiant.
Tish raised an eyebrow before she smirked. "I like you. You'll keep him on his feet."
"I already do," Chloe promised. She then nibbled on her bottom lip. "What's Joshua Jackson like? I used to have the hugest crush on him when I was a kid. The Mighty Ducks was one of my favorite movies."
"I loved that movie too!" Tish lit up at the name of her co-star. "And to answer your question, Joshua's a dreamy sweetheart! So sexy." She grinned and nudged Chloe's shoulder. "Wanna meet him? I can introduce you. Of course, Priestly will be dead jealous, but that's half the fun in it."
Chloe smiled and shook her head. "Thanks, but I'm not the type to meet celebrities." She took a sip. "Other than you, of course."
Tish's grin grew evil as she looped her arm around Chloe's. "Am I considered a celebrity already? Tell me more!"
"Will you stop watching them with such worry?" Fuzzy snorted in amusement. "Tish isn't going to be mean to Chloe. And she's not going to scare her off either."
"If anything, she might try to steal her away as a best friend just to bug you." Noah hit it right on the nail.
"She does have that mischievous, competitve streak in her." Priestly eyed his ex and his current girlfriend fawning over something Tish was showing Chloe on her phone.
"Chloe's very cute, by the way." Noah took a sip of his drink. "She suits you, Boaz."
"How many times do I have to tell you to forget that name?" Priestly flushed, horrified at the thought of Chloe finding out what his first name was. "And yes, she does, doesn't she?" He grinned brightly as he eyed his girl. "I should've gone for a goth before. We really look good together. Complement each other. Of course, she's way cuter than me and so tiny and fragile and adorable and..." At the silence he turned to see Fuzzy and Noah sharing teasing grins. "What?"
"You are so horribly whipped, my friend." Noah chuckled.
"Look who is talking." Priestly raised a pierced eyebrow.
"Oh, I know I'm whipped." Noah grinned brightly. "I love being whipped."
"Good. Because Piper deserves someone whipped." Priestly grinned brightly at his friend's husband. "How's she doing, by the way? How much longer she got before she pops me out a godchild?"
Noah snickered. "Two months."
"She's nearly there." Fuzzy took a swig of his beer. "I think Jen would look good pregnant."
Both Noah and Priestly's eyes widened as they turned to face him.
"What?" Fuzzy blushed. "Just because I haven't gotten the guts to ask her to move in with me yet doesn't mean that I don't plan for our future."
"Nice going, Fuzzman!" Priestly grinned.
"And her whole family loves you, so that's always a plus." Noah approved before he turned his gaze on Priestly. "So. That leaves you."
"Leaves me, what?" Priestly blinked.
"When are you gonna meet her parents?"
Priestly frowned. "Not too sure she has them." His gaze landed on his girlfriend. "I know when she was growing up she had a father... but other than that I really don't know anything. He might've died for all I know."
Noah frowned slightly. "You haven't asked her about her childhood or family?"
"She doesn't like talking about those sorts of things so I try to respect that." He took in a deep breath. "I'm trying to wait for her to bring the subject up without me having to ask."
Fuzzy sighed. "She's very secretive."
"Was she hurt?" Noah wanted to know.
Priestly nodded silently. "But she won't tell me about it."
Noah frowned. "Boaz, what do you know about her?"
"To be honest..." Priestly gulped as he was forced to admit something that was bothering him more and more. "Nothing."
"I'm sorry, but the sub shop is closed for a private event."
"That's okay. I was wondering if you could give me directions to Handle's."
Chloe froze and her eyes went wide as she turned at the sound of that voice. She told herself that, like all the times before it, it really wasn't him. But when she turned her head her green gaze met his blues and she knew he knew. She took a step back and watched Lex Luthor smile at Jen and leave.
Her stomach clenched tightly. If he knew and was here, it meant Lionel knew. It meant she had to go and see him, immediately.
"Are you okay?" Tish frowned at her.
"Yeah, I-I forgot something. I'll be right back." She hurried to the kitchen and took in a deep breath, breathed in and out, before she turned and slipped out of the back door. The girl hurried down the alley way and looked left and right before she crossed the road and hurried in the direction of the pub Lex had mentioned as a clue. She didn't make it to the front door, a hand reached out and grabbed her from the alleyway before it. A hand covered her mouth as she was yanked into the darkness.
"I don't know whether to be mad or impressed," Lex hissed in her ear before he let go of her. "How are you?"
"How did you know where I was? That I was alive?" Chloe stared up at him.
"I've suspected it for a while, and then one of the people I had keeping an eye out for you reported a possible sighting which was confirmed yesterday."
She lowered her head. "I can't believe I was recognizable. I don't recognize myself."
"I wouldn't have recognized you myself, but that's why I have perfessionals working for me," he sighed. "The person who told me you were alive has been keeping an eye on you." He motioned with his head towards a motorcycle.
The girl with the green hair rested against a motorcycle.
Chloe's eyes widened. "She works for you?"
He nodded. "One of many."
Chloe groaned and leaned back against the wall. "I was going to appear in court on thursday, you know. I just figured it was safer this way."
He stood in front of her. "I'll keep you safe, Chloe. I know I've been doing an abysmal job of it recently, but I swear to you that you'll be safe. You'll stay with me until this is all over."
She lowered her gaze and fought the desire to selfishly say she wanted to stay. If Lex had found her it meant that Lionel would too. And Lionel would hurt the people around her to get to her.
Lex placed his hands on her shoulders. "We need to leave now."
She looked up at that. "No! I-I have to say goodbye!"
Lex shook his head. "No. It's not safe. You're coming with me, now."
"Get the hell out of my way!"
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned to see Priestly push passed the green haired woman, who swung around and twisted his arms behind his back, keeping the struggling guy from coming closer. Fear filled the girl as she stared in their direction. "Don't hurt him!"
Lex eyed her and Priestly before he gripped her shoulder tighter and motioned the woman to obey.
She did so.
Priestly shrugged away and shot the green haired woman a glare before he stormed towards them. His eyes were dark on Lex before they turned on Chloe, worried. "Are you okay?"
She nodded silently. At least she'd be able to say goodbye to Priestly. At least she wouldn't disappear and leave everyone worried about her. "Priestly, I have to go."
His eyes narrowed as they turned on Lex. "Who are you?"
"It's not important." Chloe didn't want Priestly knowing anything that could put him in danger. He was a kind, gentle soul, just like Zo always said, and she wasn't going to risk him getting hurt. "What's important is that I have to go away now."
"No." Priestly turned to her. "Is this him? Is this Alex?"
"You told him?" Lex glared at her. "How could you be so-?"
Priestly swung and caught Lex unawares, the blow sending the guy backing a couple of steps. "You bastard!"
"Priestly!" Chloe's eyes widened as she moved between them and held up her arms. "I know what this looks like but it isn't! I've told you that he didn't-he's-Priestly, stop!" She placed her hands on his chest and pushed as he tried to get at Lex, who merely stood there and wiped at the blood from his split lip. "Priestly, please!"
"Why?" He turned his glare on her. "Why would you-you've been running scared of him! I am not going to-!"
"So he doesn't know."
"Lex, shut up." She sent him a glare over her shoulder before she turned to Priestly. "I can't explain things right now, I-Priestly, I've been running from someone but it isn't Lex."
"Then who?" He clearly didn't believe her.
"I can't-I can't tell you. It's not safe." She wanted so badly to tell him, but telling him anything else would put him in danger and she wouldn't do that to him. She wouldn't. "Watch the news on thursday." She hung her head. "You'll understand then."
His eyes narrowed. "What will be on the news? That you were found beaten and killed? By this guy?"
"No." She pressed against his chest when he made for Lex again. "Please, Priestly!"
"Don't go with him, Chloe." His hands came down on her shoulder. "Stay. Whatever you're running from, I can protect you. We all can."
"No, you can't." Lex moved behind her. "I'm surprised she's still alive."
She sent him a look before she turned to Priestly and reached for his face, turning his gaze towards her. "I love you."
"Then don't go."
She closed her eyes and pulled away. "I'm sorry, Priestly."
"Screw this." He shook his head before he glared at Lex and stormed away.
Chloe hugged herself as she hung her head and fought tears as Priestly walked away and out of her life. By not returning those three words he'd told her exactly how things were now between them: over.
Lex cleared his throat. "We need to go."
She followed him numbly.
By the time Priestly had returned with reinforcements (Trucker, Noah, Fuzzy, the girls) Chloe and this Alex/Lex guy had already left. So had the green haired woman. Priestly had stared at the alleyway in shock and then might've had a mini breakdown. He didn't like admitting that. He hadn't thought she'd leave. He hadn't thought she wouldn't take her things. He hadn't thought that when he'd stormed away to find more people to knock sense into her (and for Trucker, Noah and Fuzzy to be backup against the green-haired ninja and this devil-guy) that that would be the last time he'd see her.
After realization hit, Priestly didn't know how he made it to thursday. She'd said that he'd understand on thursday, that the news would explain it all, and he and the others kept the news on that whole day. He found out that global warming was still a thing, japanese fisherman were finding mutated fish due to some nuclear waste or something like that that'd gotten into their sea, and that Kim Kardashian had done something or the other. He hadn't found out anything about Chloe, but he (and the others - including the regulars) kept an eye on the news the whole day.
He was about to give up when the news anchor spoke.
"In a surprising twist in the Lionel Luthor case, Chloe Sullivan, the key witness who was believed to have been killed in a fire at her safe house, appeared in court today alongside Alexander Luthor."
At the name "Chloe", Priestly looked up in hope, and yet when he caught sight of a blonde with thick sunglasses on and a buisness-style clothes, he sighed, disappointed. That definitely wasn't his girlfriend.
"Sullivan, who has survived several attempts on her life, faked her own death and lived on the run when the attack on her last safe house ended in the deaths of both the assassins after her, as well as the body guards assigned to her by Alexander Luthor." They showed a picture of this Chloe Sullivan as she grinned and leaned against a desk with a computer and the words THE TORCH above her. "Sullivan was the editor of her school newspaper, and started working for Mister Luthor-."
Priestly didn't hear the rest. He froze in shock as he stared at the picture of the cutesy, girl-next-door Chloe Sullivan and somehow saw his girlfriend. It was the eyes. They were unmistakable. The short blonde hair, natural colored makeup, and Banana Republic clothes couldn't hide her from him. Not when he could see her eyes. Those greens he knew like the back of his hand. And that smile...
He'd never seen her eyes sparkle so carelessly like that, or her smile as brightly like that, but he'd seen muted versions to it, and it wasn't something he could ever forget.
"Oh my god." Jen brought her hand to her mouth.
"Is that our Chloe?" Fuzzy was just as shocked.
Zo and Trucker shared looks, and Priestly would've realized that they'd always known, if he'd been paying attention to anything but the television screen.
"She's blonde?" Lucille gapsed while Benton barked at the screen.
The phone rang and Jen reached for it without taking her eyes from the screen. "Jen speaking, how-?" She nodded. "We're all watching it right now... No... We had no idea!" She turned to Zo. "Piper and Noah have just seen it."
Priestly moved closer to the screen as the news switched to a video feed of Lex Luthor and Chloe Sullivan.
Lex looked comfortable in front of the cameras, his hand on Chloe's shoulder. "I am sure you can appreciate that, as this is an ongoing and closed-door court case, we are not allowed to discuss the details of what is going on. But I can assure you that we will not rest until my father is behind bars for good, and justice is served."
Questions were yelled out, mostly to Chloe.
She stood there in that business-suit, her hair chin-length and naturally blonde. Her face was sombre, her eyes just like he remembered them as she remained silent and didn't answer any of the questions being asked. Her gaze flickered momentarily to a camera and it felt as if she was looking right at him.
Priestly clasped his hands tightly at his side.
Makeup, clothes, everything... That didn't matter. That was his girlfriend, and she looked like hell-raised over.
He stared at the attractive yet sad woman and wondered just what the hell she'd ever seen in a weirdo like him.
"We're doing it." Lex grinned as he sat in the chair across from the sofa she laid on. "The lawyers said that we should be able to get a quicker and more substantial convinction than previously expected."
"That's good." Chloe managed a small smile. She'd talked to her father on the phone, Lex had allowed her to call the man once her being alive hit the news stations, and both she and her father had cried over the phone together. He was currently making plans to come up and spend the rest of the court trial with her and Lex.
It made her happy and relieved to know that her father was safe and that he'd be with her soon, but despite that, and the fact that Lex was sure their court case would be victorious, she really couldn't smile.
Lex sent her a sideways glance. "Do you want to call him?"
She let out a deep breath. "He made it clear that he was done with me."
The young billionaire eyed her. "He was angry. He also didn't understand what was happening. It looked like you were choosing me over him."
"I told him I loved him, he knew me well enough to know it was hard for me to do that." She gulped down the desire to cry. "He knew I wouldn't say that and then just choose some other guy over him, not sexually at least."
Lex leaned forwards in his seat. "I don't know what to say, Chloe. As we both know, I'm the last person qualified to give anyone romantic advice."
She leaned hard against the sofa and turned to look at him. "The nightmare's soon over, Lex. That's all I need to worry about right now."
He eyed her, sighed, and leaned back.
Suddenly, the door burst open and Clark Kent surprised them both by being there, his eyes wide. "You both need to get out of here! Now!"