Title: She's His Man
Pairing: Chloe/Duke Orsino
Fandom: Smallville/She's the Man
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: When Chloe is sent to Illyria as a boy for her own safety while Lex tries to find the traitor in his camp, she quickly makes friends with her roommate, Duke Orsino. Bored, she decides to become Illyria's official matchmaker, and has no idea that she's making Duke doubt his sexuality considering he thinks she's a boy and he's growing more and more attracted to her.
"No." Chloe shook her head as she stared at the building. "I can't do this. I won't do this."
"Yes, you will." Lex leaned over her and opened her door. "You'll only have to stay here until I can figure out who the spy in my camp is. Otherwise you wont make it to the trial." He raised an eyebrow. "If you were able to pull the wool over my father's eyes for a year I'm sure you can handle this easily."
She glared at him angrily and yanked the car door closed once more as she turned to face him in his stupid car. The movement brought their faces extremely close and their annoyance was mirrored in each other's expression. "One thing is pretending to be working for someone. The other thing is pretending to be someone of the opposite sex!" She glared at him. "I'm going to get found out and end up in television and then Lionel won't have problems figuring out where to send his assassins!"
Lex let out a sigh, as if telling himself to be patient. "That's not going to happen. You'll be fine."
"No. I won't."
"You'll have your own room." Lex raised an eyebrow. "You'll be fine." He leaned over her and opened the door once more. "Now get out before I make a scene and embarrass you in front of your new classmates."
She narrowed her eyes at him. "I hate you."
"I have everything worked out. Just don't do something stupid and get found out."
She took in a deep breath, grabbed her suitcase and backpack from the backseat, and glared at him as she exited the car.
The second she closed the door Lex sped away.
Pulling on the strap of her backpack, Chloe took in a deep breath as she gazed at the large and ridiculously rich looking Illyria Academy. She felt terror unlike anything she'd ever felt before but tried to tell herself that everything would be fine. She'd have her own room and keep to herself. She'd work things out somehow. All she needed to do was stay hidden until Lex could find out which one of his employees was actually on Lionel's payroll. Then she'd be able to "transfer out" and be able to be herself again in a safe house somewhere without the fear of another close call.
She squared her shoulders and walked towards the office so she could get herself situated and find out where her dorm was. She'd been given a map to the school as well as directions to her room, which she'd be sharing. The girl had nearly had a heart attack at that, Lex had just promised her that she'd have a room to herself! And yet apparently something had gotten mixed up somewhere and she was sharing with some guy named Duke Orsino. He sounded like a royal pig.
Without much enthusiasm, Chloe made her way (by help of the map) to the dorm rooms and finally found her own. She hesitated outside of the door (able to hear voices inside) and steeled her shoulders. She wasn't exactly sure how she was going to do this. Lex had said that he had everything taken care of, but somehow that didn't seem likely. Already he'd messed up terribly.
Realizing she was only going to be able to depend on herself, Chloe took in a very deep breath and then opened the door...
...to reveal three boys, one of them very hot and very shirtless.
She looked away and cleared her throat as she reminded herself that she was a guy now and that they wouldn't appreciate another guy staring at them and blushing. "So, which one of you guys is my roommate?"
The guys turned to look at her and blinked.
"You're Cody Simmons?" One of them asked.
"How old are you?" Another wanted to know, shocked.
Chloe cleared her throat. "Seventeen."
"No way." The same guy shook his head. "You're so tiny!"
"That's Toby," the shirtless guy motioned to the one who'd called her tiny before he motioned to the blonde next to him. "This is Andrew." He then gave a careless little acknowledgment. "I'm Duke."
The shirtless hunk with abs of steel had to be her roommate.
She forced a smile and reached out her hand.
Duke stared at it for a second, sent a look at his friends, and then shook her hand oddly.
"Nice to meet you all." She moved towards her bed.
"So, why did you transfer to Illyria?" Toby wanted to know, hands on a soccer ball.
"I got kicked out of my last school," Chloe dropped her suitcase and backpack on the floor before she turned to Duke. "Which is your bed?"
He motioned with his chin to the one closest to him.
"Perfect." She tried the softness of the other bed and sat down. "So. What happened to your last roommate?" She was comfortable talking to guys given the fact that she'd always spent her time with Pete and Clark, and she supposed that made this a little easier. "Do you snore or sleepwalk nude?" She threw herself down on the bed. "Because those two things would be deal breakers."
Andrew and Toby snickered at each other.
Duke raised an eyebrow. "I don't snore or sleepwalk naked. He just transfered to a school with a better musical program."
"I see." She looked around the room at the multiple posters of soccer players. "So I'm assuming this high school is more sports oriented."
Duke eyed his posters defensively. "What? You don't like sports?"
She shrugged. "Don't really care for it, but don't have anything against it." She stretched. "So what's there to do around here?"
"We hang out at Cesario's," Andrew offered. "A lot of kids from Illyria do. They have great food."
"Noted." She figured this wasn't so bad, but they were all still giving her wary little looks so she figured it was time to bring out the big guns. She let a little mischief show on her face as she leaned forwards. "What are the girls like here?"
Immediately they relaxed and grinned, all talking at once about the girls that went to school here.
She had a feeling they'd been worried she was gay, and her question had put them all at ease.
Seriously, that was discriminatory, but it was working in her favor so she didn't complain about it like she would've had she been a girl.
"Shut up, Eunice has a little something-something." Toby defended.
"You mean headgear and craziness?" Andrew snorted.
Toby glared at him.
Chloe's gaze turned to Duke, who merely snickered at his friends. "What about you?"
His eyes widened before he flushed and shrugged. "No one, really."
Toby and Andrew snorted in amusement as they shared looks. "He's a liar." Toby leaned his elbow against Andrew's shoulder. "Our boy here has been in love with the same girl for three years now."
"She doesn't even know he exists," Andrew added.
"Gee, thanks guys." Duke glared at them.
"Really? Why doesn't she?" Chloe wanted to know, because Duke was freaking hot.
He shrugged. "She's dating a college guy." He cleared his throat, clearly unhappy with this conversation. "What about you? Do you have a girlfriend?"
"Nope. I'm here fresh off the boat, single and ready to mingle." She gave them a cheeky grin. "I didn't think it made any sense to come to a new school, with new babes, while attached to someone else. So I dumped her."
"Wow." Andrew blinked.
Chloe shrugged and realized that she could bluff a lot of this. just as long as she didn't get too close to anyone. "So, I guess, you'll have to show me around and point out the really cute girls in school... as well as which ones have boyfriends because I do not want drama."
A knock sounded on the door. "Cody? Cody Simmons!"
Chloe blinked in confusion, not recognizing that voice but knowing it was her name. "Uh, I'm going to see what that's all about." She moved to the door and opened it to reveal a hot girl who was taller than her with her heels. "Uh, yeah? You're looking for me?"
The girl smiled brightly and reached down and kissed Chloe, right on the mouth.
She froze in confused horror.
"You didn't think I'd just let you disappear like that, did you?" She played with Chloe's hair.
Chloe was a little terrified.
The girl looked behind her at the others. "Hi, I'm Dinah Lance, Cody's girlfriend."
Chloe suddenly realized what was happening. This was part of Lex's "I've got everything covered". He'd employed a girlfriend for her.
She was going to kill him.
"Nice to meet you." Toby's eyes were wide.
Andrew stuttered his greeting.
Duke blinked a couple of times.
Dinah smiled at them before she hugged Chloe tight. "Well, baby, I have to be going but I'll talk to you soon!" And with that she was gone.
Chloe stared after her, still shocked stiff.
Suddenly Toby, Andrew and Duke were all around her, congratulating her and patting her on her back.
"She's a solid ten, dawg!" Toby grinned brightly.
"So hot!" Andrew agreed.
Duke chuckled. "I thought you said you'd dumped your girlfriend."
"I, uh, did." Chloe ran her hands over her hair as she tried to think a way out of this one.
"Obviously she's not going to just let you go." Toby sounded envious and a little dreamy. "What I wouldn't do for love like that."
Andrew eyed his friend curiously.
Duke eyed Chloe. "You've obviously got skills when it comes to girls."
She bit back a laugh at that. "Let's just say that I have a way of knowing what women are thinking."
A strange twinkle appeared in the guy's eyes. "I'm going to put on a shirt, and then we're going somewhere."
She frowned. "Where?"
This kid was tiny, girly, and didn't look a thing like a ladies man, but then again, what did Duke Orsino know about ladies? This new roommate of his had to be doing something right if he'd managed to hook a "solid ten" like his girlfriend. Duke, despite being assured that he was physically attractive, hadn't been able to get Olivia to look at him once, and he had a feeling that if he could get this kid, Cody, to tell him the sceret to whatever it was he did, that he'd finally be able to make Olivia Lennox his girlfriend.
But first he had to make sure that this kid actually had the skills, and that this Dinah girl wasn't just his one lucky break.
"Nice." Cody eyed the shop.
Duke really wasn't that interested in it, he was more interested in the shop girl. Not because he was actually interested in the shop girl, but because she was hot and a lot of guys liked her but she'd never gone out on a date with anyone, or showed any sort of interest in anyone who flirted with her and asked her out.
Cody didn't zero in on the girl immediately like every other guy there, instead he actually browsed the store a bit. He seemed to forget that Duke was there and just lost himselfin the books.
Duke took this time to really look at the boy. He found it hard to believe that they were the same age. Whereas Duke was large and his muscles defined, this boy was tiny and looked very fragile. His haircut was one of those adronygous ones that seemed so popular nowadays, and his wrists... his wrists were so delicate. Duke blinked when he realized that he'd been staring at those wrists for a while now. He cleared his throat and looked away self-consciously.
Not appearing to find something, Cody gazed around before his greens rested on the shop girl. He moved towards her, not realizing that this was exactly why Duke had brought him here. He leaned over the counter and his hands moved as he began to talk.
While at first the shop girl had tensed and eyed him with thinly veiled dislike, as the conversation went on her frown turned into a smile and she even leaned forwards a bit against the counter, displaying her cleavage.
Cody didn't look down once, instead gazed straight into her eyes as he continued to talk.
The shop girl smiled at Cody, downright smiled, and Duke took a step backwards in shock. He hadn't known that girl could actually do that. Damn. What exactly was Cody saying to her? He moved closer, curiously, and got a bit of the conversation.
"People are so ridiculous. It was obviously a poltergeist." Cody raised an eyebrow. "And don't get me started by telling me that there are no ghosts in that universe because it should be common knowledge by now that poltergeists aren't spirits but are instead-."
The redhead grinned. "-the physical manifestations of people under strenuous situations who have some sort of psychokinetic ability-."
Both stopped, looked at each other, and grinned brightly.
"Okay, I like you." Cody held out his hand, those thin wrists catching Duke's attention once more. "I'm... Cody."
The girl smiled and shook the hand offered. "Tess."
"Nice to meet you, Tess." Cody grinned. "Now that I've gone horribly off-topic-do you have that book in?"
The redhead moved towards the computer and wiggled her finger at the shorter boy in a come-hither way as she began to type into the computer. "Sorry. It seems we're out of stock."
"Darn." Cody sighed.
Tess eyed him before she smiled. "How about I order it for you and call you when it's here?" She leaned her hip against the counter. "Just give me your number and I'll put the order in."
"You are my new favorite person, Tess." Cody grinned and reached for the pen and paper the girl passed him. "People will write sonnets about you."
Tess snorted in amusement as she recieved the paper back. "How about I give you my number in case you can remember the name of that other book? You can call me and I'll put in the order."
"Okay, I'll write a sonnet for you." Cody smiled.
Tess reached for Cody's hand and wrote her number on the pad of his palm. "Call me."
"Will do." Cody grinned at her. "Thanks again, Tess." He gave a little wave before he marched off and noticed Duke. He eyed Duke oddly before he shook his head and moved towards him. "So, while I love a good bookstore, wanna tell me why you wanted to show this place to me?"
Duke watched Tess watch Cody, and then he grinned and threw an arm over the boy's shoulders. "You and I are gonna make a business deal."
Cody narrowed his pretty green eyes at him.
Duke cleared his throat and shook his head before he forced a smile. "You're going to help me make the girl I like fall in love with me."
This was so messed up.
Chloe sat between Duke and the wall at Cesario's while the large boy relayed the plan to Toby and Andrew, who'd been waiting with a table for them.
"Wait, Hottie Tess gave you her number?" Andrew looked dumbfounded.
"Do you know how many guys have died in battle over less?" Toby wanted to know.
Chloe blinked at them before she turned to Duke. "How is it that that is what they're fixating on and not the fact that you want me to teach you to be a lady killer? Which, I'm saying from now, I don't know how to be."
"No use denying it, I've seen it in action." Duke played with his straw. "I think it's an innate ability you have, that it's god-given."
Chloe rolled her eyes before she motioned him away from her. "Up. I need to go to the bathroom. Where is it?"
Duke got out and pointed in a general direction.
Chloe moved towards the bathrooms and only just stopped herself from going into the girls room. She took in a deep breath and entered the one with the boy symbol on it instead. She got into a stall, closed it, and peed. While she was there she wondered just how using the guys' bathroom was going to work out for her, both in being caught-and having to see things she really didn't want to see. This was going to be a challenge.
She then got out, washed her hands, and stepped out of the bathroom in time to bump into someone.
"I am so sorry!" She bent and helped the girl pick up her bag's contents, which had spilled on the floor along with her drink. "I'm uncoordinated and not used to this place, and I'm just so sorry."
"It's okay." The voice was soft and slightly amused. "I know those doors open outwards. I just wasn't thinking."
Chloe passed the girl back her things and looked up at her as they stood once more. She was pretty, with long blonde hair and blue eyes. "I'm so sorry about that. Let me buy you another drink."
The girl's eyes widened. "You don't have to-."
"Please, I made you drop your drink." Plus, this was Lex's money, so she wasn't going to be cheap. "I'll feel like less of a klutz."
The girl pulled a strand of long straight hair behind her ear and smiled softly at her. "Thank you."
"No problem." Chloe grinned as they moved towards the counter and she let the girl order before she pulled out enough cash to cover it.
"You really didn't have to do this," she announced with that small smile as they moved away from the counter.
"Are you kidding? I wouldn't be able to sleep at night for feeling so bad!" Chloe wondered if guys really did stuff like this or if it only happened in books and movies. She wasn't too sure, but the guys in her books did stuff like this so she was sticking to what she knew. Clark didn't count. His and her relationship had never been a conventional girl/boy one, so she was going to base the guy version of herself off of her many favorite book-boys. "I'm Cody, by the way." It was hard for her to remember that while introducing herself. "Nice to meet you."
"Olivia." She shook Chloe's hand, smile soft. "Where do you go to school?"
"Illyria. Just transfered."
"No way, I go there too! You're going to love it." She grinned brightly before her friends called her over. "See you later, Cody."
"See you later." She gave a little wave to the girls at the table and then turned back to face her own in time to see the looks on the boys' faces. She frowned slightly and moved towards them. "What's with the expressions on your faces?"
"That's her." Duke motioned to the table of girls. "That's the girl I want help with."
"Wait, you like Olivia?" Chloe turned to look over her shoulder at the girls who were giggling and nudging Olivia teasingly. "She's pretty. You have nice taste." She gave a little shrug and motioned for him to get out of her way so she could sit down again. "I don't see why you would have problems talking to her, though. I mean, she's friendly enough."
Duke looked down at his hands as he sat down once more. "I have an issue when it comes to talking to girls."
She narrowed her eyes. "What sort of issue?"
"You can't what?" Chloe was confused.
"He can't say two words without verbally tripping himself up," Toby was quick to supply.
Duke slouched against the table and covered his face with his hands as he groaned.
Chloe was shocked that such a hot guy like Duke would have those sorts of problems. She leaned back and observed him and admittedly felt pity for the guy. That helped her make her decision. "Well, we'll have to work on getting you comfortable talking to girls in general before we work on your ability to talk to Olivia. And it'll have to be gradual otherwise it could get a bit creepy for her."
Duke yanked his hands from his face and smiled up at her with a hopeful expression. "Ok. Yeah. That sounds great." He grinned. "See? I'm learning something already!"
Chloe grabbed a fry and eyed him as she took in a deep breath.
Apparently she'd just found a project to keep her from dying of boredom while she was stuck in Illyria.