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    Broken Song (NC-17) Part 3.2 7/9/19

    Notes: How is it going out there N~S? Here we are in 2019 and things are just a mess in the real lives of some of our Smallville favorites (Really AMack?). I had this story and never did much work on it until recently. I still love this pairing and had some time to revisit their never realized on screen love story. I know I have graveyard work that never got its due so maybe I’ll look at those too. Music keeps me going. So chapter titles are songs I think of when ChLex met up. All Chloe POV.

    Title: Broken Song
    Author: Letia84
    Rating: NC-17 For adult language, sexual content, and some violence
    Disclaimer: I do not own these characters. Own by DC and Warner Brothers
    Summary: It is eight years post Season 3 of Smallville. Chloe and Lex have broken up. To move on Chloe has run off to California and she is married. After Lex reintroduces himself into her life Chloe has to decided to stay married or repair the broken song she shares with Lex.

    Part 1: Hello (Song by Adele)

    Chloe was on high since boarding the plane to arrive in Metropolis. She was getting an award. A top honor from the Daily Planet that lead many investigative reporters to the Pulitzer Prize.

    “You’re looking good Chlo.” Caleb pulled her flush against him as she tried to pin in her earring. “This dress looks amazing.” He breathed in her sent and they were going to be late if he kept going. His hands smoothed down the floor length gown and she had to stop him.

    “Stop messing with me.” Chloe wiggled in his grasp trying to get away. Turning to look at him he was smiling ear to ear.

    Caleb Huntsman was always smiling and it was one of the things she loved about him. Her husband was a fiction writer, a lover of baseball, and he always smiled. She attributed his joyful nature to being raised in the California sun. After meeting through a dating website for coffee they hadn’t been apart for the last two years. Married after only six months of dating seemed crazy at the time, but looking at him smiling Chloe knew she had made the right choice.

    He looked too good at the moment in his only tux. It was the same one they got married in. He had smoothed his normally wild sandy hair down and shaved showing off a baby face.

    “You look good too.” Chloe reached up to kiss the tip of his nose and turned back to check herself in the mirror.

    “Lois and Clark are meeting us, right?” He spoke moving to lean against the sink of the hotel bathroom they were in.

    Chloe nodded. Mrs. Lane promised to leave her jealousy at home. She may have been the one working at the Daily Planet, but it was Chloe's investigative work at the Star City Registrar that had been picked by the Planet. Lois had nothing to be upset about. She had won this award and the Pulitzer Prize when Chloe was still in college for her in depth reporting on Superman. As it stood reporting on Superman was all Lois did these days.

    “We better get going.” She poked Caleb's midsection and darted out for her shoes.

    “Don’t start that game.” He caught her arm before she could make an exit. “You know you can’t run from anyone in this dress.” A swift motion and he pulled her in for a kiss. It was just the right amount of pressure and a little tongue before she pulled away.

    “Will play when we get back.” Chloe spoke through hooded eyes.

    “Yes, because I have always wanted to have sex with someone with a Pulitzer Prize.” Another smile formed on his lips.

    Chloe couldn’t help but return his grin. “I don’t have it yet.”

    The night progressed just as it should. Three awards were going out to journalist for investigative reporting, feature writing, and feature photography. Chloe would receive hers last. It wasn't unusual for the Daily Planet to single out someone that didn’t work for them, but they had to be extraordinary to be honored by them.

    “Thank you all again for coming tonight to celebrate our Daily Planet Reporters Awards.” Perry White took the podium in the over-sized banquet hall of the M hotel. “We all know the people selected for this award are on the short list for the Pulitzer Prize and our final awardee is very deserving of both awards. She has been an invaluable asset to Star City uncovering the corrupted police forces human trafficking ring. In this age of the superhero we often look to a Dark Knight in Gotham, or an Archer in Star City, or our very own alien in red tights to save the day.”

    Chloe looked over to her old friend Clark Kent and he was adjusting his glasses. Whenever someone talked about Superman he checked his disguise.

    “However this time it was a reporter. Someday I hope she realizes she belongs at the Daily Planet and not the Star City Register, but right now please help me give a hand to our recipient for excellence in investigative reporting, Mrs. Chloe Sullivan.”

    Seated at her round table Chloe stood while everyone applauded. Here biggest fans were surrounding her. Her father the proudest hugged her before she walked up the podium. He looked stronger than ever and she was so happy he could make the long flight into Metropolis from Star City.

    Shaking hands with Perry White, Chloe looked at the crowd and knew exactly what she was going to say. “Thank you Mr. White for those kind words. I'll admit that when Mr. White called I thought he was offering me a job again. In fact he did offer a job.” Chloe paused for the crowd to chuckle. “An after I said no he said I was lucky because my answer didn’t change the fact I would be given this year's investigator award.” That line got a louder roar from the crowd.

    This was her moment and she was enjoying every bit of it. “On a more serious note Mr. White was right we are living in the age of the superhero. I went undercover to produce this story and without the protection of a superhero I wouldn’t have written a word. Superheroes hide who they are, but if my protector is here we share this award.” She caught Clark’s eye and he pushed his glasses up smiling at her with pride. It was Green Arrow that helped the most, but Clark had introduced them once he found out what she had planned.

    “I also don’t want to think of this story as a victory. It may be a victory for those saved, but there are still thousands of men, women and children being brought to America as slaves. Human trafficking is a horrific practice that needs to be crushed.” Chloe paused again letting the seriousness of her statement sink in.

    “I want to thank the Daily Planet board for seeing me as I am. I’m reporter or better put a truth teller. My father said telling the truth wasn’t really a job, but if anyone could make it one it would be me, so thank you dad for believing in me. I also want to thank my husband for trusting me to come home every night while working through this investigation.” Chloe looked at Caleb and his smile was still secured in place.

    “And lastly...” Chloe paused. Reaching the end of the speech she took stock of the room one last time. It was during that time she caught a glimpse of him.

    The bald head of Lex Luthor was hard to miss in a room. He was listening and looking right at her. Her words got caught in her throat. Everyone was waiting for to speak and Lex Luthor was there staring at her.

    “Finally…” Chloe paused again when Lex started to turn one corner of his mouth up into a smirk. She looked away shaking her head and blinking to get her focus back. “Thank you to Eva Doe for trusting me to help her.” Chloe thought back to the woman that risked her life to help save a shipment of people coming in from Europe. She had to thank her and Chloe wished she was there that night to share the award, but she was save away in protective custody.

    The applause started slow because it was obvious she having trouble. She played it off as getting choked up about the award and not because she had seen Lex. It had been nearly eight years and he still had an effect on her.

    Leaving the stage she was greeted by Lois for hug. “Next year this award is mine.” Lois was followed by Clark.

    He pulled her into a bear hug and she disappeared in his huge frame. “Great job Chloe.”

    Caleb was after him. “I love you.” He said smiling ear to ear. She hugged him almost crying. They had been through it while she was investigating. It was another reason she married him. Caleb had learned to handle the way she needed to work.

    “I love you too.” Chloe spoke before kissing him lightly.

    When he pulled away more people were waiting. “Go your public awaits.” Nudging her around Chloe was greeted by people she knew from their names in a byline of various newspapers and they all wanted to shake her hand.

    Her face was hurting from smiling so much, but she had to keep it going. Others from the Daily Planet and Register were giving her congratulations. At the end of the line was the last person she wanted to see.

    “People that win this award usually get the Pulitzer Prize next.” Lex Luthor spoke extending his hand to her.

    She took his hand for a firm handshake as she answered. “I know.” The warmth and strength of the handshake was almost mesmerizing.

    “I'll be at that party too.” He was still shaking her hand in his perfectly fitted tux.

    “Oh, okay.” Chloe answered suddenly unaware that people were staring at them. She let go of his hand and made her way back towards her safe circle.

    Chloe needed to pull herself together. She just received the biggest award of her career and Lex Luthor was ruining it for her. “Caleb I have to go to the ladies room.”

    “Lois wants to toast. Which is code for do shots at that bar.” He announced pointing to Lois forcing Clark towards the bar. Lois knew very well Clark couldn’t be drunk but he could fly her home with ease and let her sleep off her own buzz.

    “Okay, go get mine. I’ll only be a moment.” She retreated to the ladies room. Shaking hands along the way she looked back and Lex was looking at her. Peering right through her. She turned and started to move faster.

    The bathroom was empty. Chloe took a seat on a plush red sofa and stared down at her hands. Lex Luthor had been far from her thoughts for so long seeing him now was making her feel like a seventeen year girl again.

    Her mind started racing as to what he meant by being at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony as well. Then she settled on one thought. “Caleb.” she whispered softly then moved as quickly as she could in her dress.

    Chloe scanned the room and found Caleb taking a shot with Lois and Clark. Lois was going to be the life of party if she couldn’t be the honoree. Breathing out a sigh of relief Chloe was glad Lex was far from her smiling man.

    “Congratulation Mrs. Sullivan.” Someone was coming at her and Chloe shook a few more hands before finding a new hiding place.

    The Metropolis grand hotel had a lovely balcony with no one on it. “I can't believe it.” She breathed out the words taking in the fresh air.

    “Believe what?” There he is was again. The cool tenor of his voice couldn’t be mistaken. She didn't want to turn and look at him.

    Chloe just waited until he was next to her. When she felt him there she answered. “That I won.”

    “Of course you won. You broke up a human trafficking ring that arrested thirty dirty cops and a state senator.” She looked over to him and the pride in his eyes couldn't be mistaken.

    She knew the story. She lived it. She went undercover and pinpointed each and everyone of those dirty cops. “Well I think you just wrote my book blurb.”

    “I want the royalties for it when you use it then.” They both nervously smiled at the joke until he ruined the moment. “You look stunning up there.” He said it so casually. As if there wasn't any history between them.

    “Thank you.” Chloe looked away into the night air and the city lights.

    “It's been a long time.” He brushed his hand over her bare shoulder. “I would think you could look at me.”

    The motion made her tenser. When she finally looked at him a familiar pull was there. Lex always brought something out of her. It was something she thought was gone. Right there in the night air she was reminded of Lex’s power over. She had to shake it off and defend herself from his charms.

    “Why are you here?”

    He looked cross now. “I own the Daily Planet. I'm on the board that selects the awardees. I have to be here.”

    She knew all that, but she had to say something to break the tension. “Sorry. I just thought we had an agreement.” Referring to the messiness of the past didn’t please him further.

    His lips tighten before he went on. “We share a twisted history. I just be wanted to be a part of this moment in the present. I know how important being a journalist is to you.”

    She looked at him. Really looked. A few lines had formed on his face, but he looked the same. His body was well fitted into his dark tux and crisp white shirt. Lex's eyes were still the storm seas she had stared into many a time. Going over his looks it made her lick her lips. This was what she was worried about. Seeing him clouded her judgement.

    “I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.” Chloe referred to a bit of their history that wasn’t so bad,

    “It's one of the few things I can be proud of from my time in Smallville.”

    Working against Lionel Luthor brought them together. Lex saving her from his father’s evil clutches made them a team for a time. It was a tangled mess from the start. Yet together they were for time.

    They shared a private moment just looking at each. Lex’s eyes roamed down then up and Chloe could swear he was checking her out. The warm summer air couldn’t beat back the chill she suddenly felt.

    “There you are.” Caleb called out and the moment was over.

    Chloe watched him approaching behind Lex then take his usual place next to her. “I was just getting some air and...”

    “And Lex Luthor was keeping you company.” Caleb finished placing his hand at the small of her back.

    Lex had never seen her with any other man. His face was completely blank. “You must be the husband.” His hand extended to him.

    “Caleb Huntsmen.” Her smiling man took Lex’s hand grinning.

    “Nice to meet you.” Lex said smiling back then looking at her raising an eyebrow.

    “Chloe has only said nice things about you.”

    Caleb knew what Chloe thought he needed to know about Lex Luthor. It was all very nice things. The worst of it she kept hidden. The naughty and kinky bits she tried to bury.

    “That's good to know.” The answer was followed by Lex smirking. ”I was just about to offer your award winning wife a job when you found us.”

    “You hear that Chlo?” Caleb said with excitement.

    “What job?” Things just shifted into an odd place. Lex was meeting her husband and she wanted out of the forced exchange. Now he was trying to extend his time with her.

    “The Luthor Corp energy plant will be turned on for a forty eight hour test run. We need press but I want to keep it small. A personal professional touch is needed before the test run so people know what to expect.”

    “We were just talking about the power plant. Right Chlo?” Caleb pressed himself closer to her. It was like he was trying to claim her. It must have been Lex’s starting pushing him to do it. Chloe could see Lex tightening when Caleb made the move. Lex’s right hand made a fist then flexed again.

    They were talking about the power plant alright. The whole world was. Only a few stories had been produced about it. A lot of Luthor Cope money was poured into the project. Lois had not gotten far with finding out anything at all. Everyone was thinking it was a weapon. Clark hadn’t breathed a word about it. If something was wrong with the place Chloe hoped Clark would take care of it. Leaving Kansas put her far away from her high school troubles.

    Chloe pressed a little closer to Caleb. This encounter wasn’t going to get the best of her. She had a good life and part of it was standing right next to her. “I’m going to say no.”

    “Chlo you have been talking about this place for months and now you're getting the scoop.” Caleb looked to Lex and spoke “She has been saying she really wants to snoop around in there.”

    “I’m pretty busy.” Chloe looked at him pleading for him to stop.

    “No you’re not.” He shook his head.

    “Caleb.” Chloe looked at him poignantly. They were having a spat in front of Lex Luthor. She needed it to stop now.

    “There is no need to answer now.” Lex rescued her from it going on any further. “I’ll send the information to your editor and you can think it over.” Lex was smirking still, clearly enjoying this moment.

    “I'll do that.” They were free at last or so Chloe thought.

    “It was nice to meet you Caleb...” The men shook hands again making Caleb release her. “...and congratulations again...” He moved his focus to her, pulling her to him with her left hand and gave her hug whispering into her ear “Chlo.” It was a short hug then he was off. His final word made Chloe angry.

    He said her name shorten like Caleb did. That little word said so much without saying anything. He was judging her.

    “He’s nothing like you said.” Caleb spoke and Chloe was reminded that her smiling man knew very little about Lex Luthor. “You should consider that job.”

    “I have the book to think about.” She really didn’t. It was writing itself.

    “You have most of that done.” There was the truth. “You know you have a break coming. You said you have a few small articles then nothing.”

    “I know, but…” Chloe was going to think of another reason not to do it. The only thing coming to mind was her and Lex use to be lovers. The sight of him had her spun. If she been alone with him any longer on the balcony he may have to tried to kiss her.

    All those insane thoughts were quelled when Caleb started suddenly kissing her instead of letting her finish. There had to be a worried look on her face and he was trying to make it better. “Tonight is your night.” He spoke and Chloe's eyes were still closed. “Let’s get back to that. You can think about this later.” She opened her eyes to find him smiling at her. She just loved that grin.

    They went back into the ballroom and the music had started. They had a great time. Lex had disappeared. When his presence was lost Chloe was back to normal. She was able to get back to the way the night should have been. Drinks, dancing, and her lovely husband.

    TBC
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    Just stopping by to thank you for posting this. I'm so glad your Chlex muse is alive and kicking- seeing those WIPs taken out of the graveyard would be a treat.

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    It's interesting. I didn't think I would ever enjoy reading a Smallville fic again with that particular character in it. But I was wrong. I can definitely separate the fictional Chloe from the real live actress (or is that actor now?) and that is certainly a good thing. So thank you, letia84 for keeping the fandom and this pairing alive.

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    Part 2: Together Again (Song by Evanescence)

    When Chloe entered the bullpen of the Star City Register she was greeted with a round of applause. She lifted her cup of coffee in the air and took a bow.

    “Thank you everyone.” The wonderful moment was cut short by her editor coming her way.

    The flight back into town was long but it cleared Chloe’s head of Lex Luthor. She was able to wake up Monday morning and come into the office free of him.

    “Welcome back Sullivan.” Rebecca Gordon had been the editor at the Register for fithteen years. The woman had the grey hairs to prove it. She had made Chloe a better writer and her open mind was always appreciated. Leaving the paper to work for Perry White was out of question with an editor like Rebecca.

    Coming at her quick Rebecca got right to the point. “You should have stayed in Kansas.”

    “You're trying to get rid of me?” Chloe faked a frown at her. ”I just won an award for this newspaper.” They spoke moving through the bullpen towards Chloe’s desk.

    Luthor Corp had gotten to Rebecca. There was no way she was going to write that story. Once they were at her station Chloe was going to sit, but Rebecca snagged her coffee from her hands. “Hey?”

    “I’m serious Sullivan. Get on a plane and get to Smallville.” It was the last place Chloe wanted to be. Rebecca peered at her over thick rim glasses with raised eyebrows. “Luthor’s people are giving you an exclusive tour of their labs.”

    Rebecca knew how excited Chloe got for an exclusive. Now wasn’t one of those moments.

    Chloe had done stories involving Luthor Corp but they were from the safe distance of her California dream.

    “Can’t you send someone else? I have some lingering stories to get done before I leave for my break to work on my book.” It was all true, but she wanted say I can’t be near Lex Luthor.

    “It’s an exclusive. I'm surprised you aren’t begging me to go. Pass your features off, but keep the mayoral race piece. I want your angle on that.” Rebecca sipped Chloe’s cup of coffee and walked off with it. “Thanks for the cup of Joe and congrats again Sullivan.” Rebecca went to hide in her office, which meant conversation over.

    Chloe liked her job and planned on keeping it. That meant she had to go back to Kansa. She was most likely going to be meeting with the scientist involved and Lex didn’t have to be there. With all that Lex had going on there was no reason for him to be there.

    Doing as she was told Chloe passed off her work and went home to pack and break the news to Caleb.

    <****>

    Kicking off her heels at the door Chloe moved through the house searching. “You here?”

    “Office.” His voice sounded and she turned to the first door down the hall.

    Their place had finally become something respectable. After a massive renovation there was an open floor plan, an office with dual desk for writing, and of course the master bathroom with an oversized tub. They carefully choose each item together.

    He was indeed in the office focusing on his laptop clicking away at the keys. “Hey.” Chloe kissed his cheek and he pulled her back to brush his lips to hers.

    “Hey yourself.” He smiled at her when he was finished.

    He didn’t seem at all concerned she was home early so Chloe cut right to the truth. “Rebecca is sending me back.”

    He clapped his hands together and spoke. “I knew it. You're going to the Luthor Corp.” He was still smiling and it was the first time Chloe was annoyed by his signature look.

    “Not because I want to.” She grumbled.

    He glanced at his laptop to click save. “What’s the big deal? You love an exclusive.” Chloe just stood there thinking of another excuse other than feeling a twinge of attraction towards her ex. She may not have physically cheated but her thoughts had betrayed her marriage.

    Her mouth opened then closed and Chloe was at a loss for words. Caleb must have read her frustration and pulled her into his lap. “You live for exclusives.” He spoke placing soft kisses on her jawline then he moved down to nuzzle her neck.

    “Yes, but…” Chloe couldn’t think when he was kissing her. She leaned her head back and his arm stayed around her waist while the other hand raced down her cheek to her breast. His fingers searched for her nipple through her blouse and bra. The sensation was good and she found her reason to stay. “If I leave you can’t do this anymore.”

    Caleb rested his hand and looked up at her. “I’m doing this now because I know you're going to take the job.” He kissed her lightly then went on. “I know you Chlo. I’ll be busy anyway working on my book edits. His hand went back to squeezing her nipple. “Now let me give you a reason to come back quickly.” With that he was at her neck again.

    She did want to know what was going on in that building. There was no reason for her not to go. Instead of thinking of seeing Lex. Chloe had sex on the floor of her home office with her husband.
    He gave her a reasons to return quickly.

    <*****>

    At the entrance of airport security Chloe was squeezing Caleb’s neck for dear life. “Have fun.” He whispered in her ear.

    “It will be work not fun.” Chloe whispered back.

    “You think your work is fun.” He pulled her back to look at her. “Can I ask you something before you go?”

    Chloe nodded checking her boarding pass. “Of course.”

    “Will Luthor be there?” She looked up at him and his brow was furrowed. It was rare that Caleb was worried about anything. He didn’t grow up like she did in the meteor capital of the world.

    “I don’t see why he has to be. I’ll need some quotes from him, but I can do that on the phone. The people I talked to said as much when we spoke.” The Luthor Corp lawyer she spoke to told her what would happen during the tour. “Can I ask why you're worried about that?”

    “I don’t know.” He shrugged then motioned to fix the strap of her laptop bag. “At the awards ceremony he seemed to be looking at you a certain way.”

    “What do you mean looking at me?” She knew very well the way Lex was looking at her.

    “Chloe he seemed attracted to you. He seemed to get upset when I was touching you. Then he gave you that hug goodbye.” Caleb went from worried to upset.

    Chloe started laughing but Caleb wasn’t joining in. “You’re not kidding?” Her play wasn’t taken so well.

    He rolled his eyes at her. “I know when men are looking at you.” This talk was ruining the great moment Chloe had in the office the day before. She didn’t want to fight with him and have it be the last thing they did before she left.

    “Men don’t look at me.” Chloe shook her head trying to take the talk off Lex.

    “No, they look you just don’t notice.” Caleb looked around them and nodded his head towards a guy passing them. The man was looking at her and he nearly ran into another person's rolling suitcase trying to catch one last glimpse of her.

    Chloe pulled her fingers through her long blonde locks then she tried to reassure him. “Well Lex wasn’t looking at me. He can have anyone he wants.”

    “Yea and he looked like he wanted you. His eyes keep roving up and down you in that dress and you looked damn good in that dress.” Caleb pulled her waist towards him. The talk of the dress made him happy.

    “Well you have nothing to worry about. I only have eyes for you.” She kissed him to prove her point.

    He pulled away again to speak. “You said you were friends right?”

    No matter what she did Caleb was focused on this. “Yea just friends. A long, long, long time ago.” Chloe tried better and kissed him again moving her hands through his wild sandy hair. “Were we at the same party?” she said against his mouth.

    “Yes and I know what I saw.” He spoke and she groaned stepping back from him.

    “Okay. You saw what you saw, but I know for a fact that I am your wife and I could care less if Lex Luthor or any other men are looking at me.” Chloe put her foot down on the subject.

    “Same goes here. I am only looking at you.” He smiled finally dropping the subject. “But we are talking women not men for me.” The comment made her laugh.

    “I’ll be back before you know it.”

    Chloe said her final goodbye then headed for security. She had a long plane ride to think about what Caleb said. She thought she was the only one that noticed. If Caleb could sense it then maybe it wasn’t Chloe making things up in her head.

    <*****>

    In the middle of nowhere Chloe was starting to worry. Smallville had plenty of hidden nooks and crannies. The sight of security guards along the rode cued her into knowing she was close.

    “We are nearly there.” The driver of the black BMW spoke still keeping his eyes on the road.

    “I was starting to wonder.” Chloe pulled her pen and pad out then attached her recording pen to her blazer. She picked a pants suit and flat shoes in case she needed to move through some difficult spaces.

    The building appeared out of nowhere. The massiveness of it made Chloe sit back in her seat. The car pulled through a metal gate that looked electrified. Whatever was in this place it was heavily protected.

    The car pulled up to the entrances and Chloe checked that her bun had each strand of hair firmly in place. The driver opened the door and when she looked up she was greeted.

    “Welcome to Luthor Energy.” Lex lent his hand to help her out of the car. She didn’t take it.

    Of course Lex Luthor was there. He had stared her up and down at the Daily Planet Honors. Now he wanted a second look.

    His dark suit was firmly in place. It was like he was pressed each morning with a fashion plate. Once she was standing before him the car drove away so there was no escape. “The guards will take your bag.” He spoke again.

    “Can I record?” Chloe pointed to the pen in her lapel.

    “Yes, but no cameras.” He answered coolly.

    “I remember what the lawyers said no photos except the ones you are going to give me.” Chloe looked passed him and saw the double doors wide open for her. She wanted in there. If this was her seventeen year old self she would have dressed all in black and tried to get in the place in the dead of night.

    “Then let's go.” Lex extended his hand to show the way.

    Chloe could sense his eyes looking at her as she moved passed him towards the door. She wanted to tell at him to go away, but she was here as a professional. There were eyes everywhere and it would be rather cruel to belittle their boss.

    Once through the doors Chloe was greeted by the two lead scientist. They exchanged pleasantries then moved on. Both men seemed eager to show off what they had done and spoke at a rapid pace. She was glad she had the recorder to catch it all.

    The halls of the places were all white and metal. It was like something out of sci-fi novel.

    They directed her through the building explaining that most of the facility housed something that produced the unlimited electricity. She was assured that the process of creating the energy ended in a nasty waste like nuclear energy. Chloe shot a few questions their way and Lex followed close behind the three silent.

    His presence wasn’t necessary just like Chloe thought. Only there he was. When she glanced in his direction he was looking at her.

    “Okay Mrs. Sullivan through these doors is the answer to all your questions and the world's energy problems.”

    They entered a lab with several clear boxes that held one item. Meteors rocks were everywhere. The green Chloe knew well. There was also red and her interactions with it were far from pleasant. There was also black meteor rocks that Chloe knew nothing about.

    “Gentlemen I know these rocks well. I know they don’t make any energy.” Chloe looked at Lex and he was smirking at her statement. If Clark knew any of this existed he would have brought the building down. “They only harm Superman.”

    When Chloe had left Smallville she hoped Lex would have found something other than the meteor showers to obsess about. This room proved he had no such luck.

    “Well we found one that doesn’t do so much harm to him.” Lex finally spoke up.

    After all these years Chloe didn’t know if he pieced it together. He had so many clues just like she did. Seeing it first-hand put all the clues together. “It doesn’t hurt him much?” She replied to him.

    “It doesn’t harm him at all in fact.”

    The omission meant Clark got tested, but there was no telling if he he wanted to or was forced to. “How would you know that?”

    “We tested him.” He answered with a shrug.

    Chloe felt her grip tighten around her pen. A tiny bit more pressure and the thing would break. “So you called up Superman and said let me expose you to different rocks from your home world?”

    The sharp back and forth had the scientist silent. “He knows what we are doing?” He was moving in on her invading her personal space.

    “He knows?” Her face twisted and the wheels were turning. Lex smiled seeing her try to work it out. Chloe thought of her talks with Clark of late and nothing came to mind about speaking with Luthor Corp on their rock collection. “I’ll need a quote from Superman.” She answered.

    “You can get in touch with him. Just scream out like you're in danger. He loves to save a damsel in distress.” He was really close to her now. The closeness was bothering her, it was making her feel the sort of thing she didn’t want to feel. She chose to focus on her curiosity.

    The scientist were silent staring at each other when one spoke. “We want to show you the meteor that’s going to change the world.”

    “Fine show me.” Chloe’s eyes moved towards the scientist and they started moving towards the far wall. One of the men went to a computer typing in a few lines of code and the white wall was suddenly glass.

    Before them was the largest meteor Chloe had ever seen and the color was a deep orange. “It's orange.” Chloe whispered moving to almost put her nose against the glass.

    “We just take a small part of this one and use that to produce the energy.” She was listening to whoever was speaking, but Chloe couldn’t take her eyes off the stone.

    “Chloe, this is the future. The alien world that Superman came from has so many answers to earth's problems.” Lex’s voice was close to her and when she turned he was back in her personal space again.

    She moved to back away from him turning to the people with answers. “How does it work?” Both men seemed pleased with themselves and went on explaining.

    They spoke in the white lab of meteors for an hour. According to the scientist the place was guarded so well because they had large collection of meteors to use for experimentation. Most of it was classified. There were endless possibilities for evil deeds in this lab. Yet she was assured nothing had been done that would warrant the government shutting them down.

    Her head was swimming in information. The only thing she didn’t know was what the hell Clark was thinking.

    At the exit of the building Chloe shook hands with the scientist then clicked off her recorder pen. A guard appeared with her bag and she was ready to be off.

    “That's it?” Lex waited until they were alone to speak.

    She looked at him trying to think how he managed to do this. He must have dug up all of Smallville to find that orange rock. “Yes that's it. I'll see you and the scientist in two days.”

    They agreed to meet and make sure Chloe’s explanation of the science was correct. Of course he insisted he be there to give his own input. She agreed to meet at Luthor Corp giving her the chance to get out of Smallville.

    “I feel like we should say more.” He moved closer and Chloe stepped back.

    An uneasy feeling was forming. He was always looking at her with illicit intentions “Why did you ask me to write this article?”

    “So I could get the best story written.” He stepped towards her again this time she didn’t move. Whatever he was thinking he wouldn’t do anything to her while he was under close watch.

    “You have an army of reporters at the Daily Planet, including my cousin who's not a bad writer.” Chloe moved in on him. “In fact she is the person that gave the world the exclusive on Superman.”

    “I didn’t want Lois Lane. I wanted you. The person that can see the truth about what I’m doing here. You understand better than anyone.” Chloe wasn’t going to get into the messy past, but Lex did it for her leaning in close to speak in a hushed tone. “We both know that you can just ask him. I’m telling the truth. This meteor is the real gift to the world not him.”

    All this talking in code made Chloe more confused. He was speaking like he knew. All their fights about this and now he knew. They still wouldn’t be together if he knew or not. They were twisted layers of secrets.

    She couldn’t let anything go. A promise to Clark years ago bound her and it was a promise that went both ways. Backing away from him Chloe answered. “I have some writing to do.” As she turned on her heels to leave he reached for her.

    “There is more.” He let go of her before going on. ”We should talk.”

    “Talk about what?” Chloe wasn’t sure she could take much more.

    “I haven't seen you since…” Before he could go on Chloe had to stop him.

    “You asked me to write. Now let me go.” She made her hasten steps out of there. She had to get to Metropolis to speak to Clark right away.

    In the back of the car again she pulled her phone from her bag. A few swipes and she was sending a text.

    We need to talk. Now!!!

    Chloe waited for what seemed like forever for her phone to buzz. When it finally did she was already halfway to Metropolis.

    Meet me at the Daily Planet

    Clark finally got back to her and she was already headed in that direction.

    <*****>

    For so many years she wanted to be surrounded by the walls of the Daily Planet, but things change. At the moment Chloe wasn't thinking of her childhood dream. She just wanted to get answers from Clark.

    In Smallville for less than a day and she was already in the thick of it.

    He must have heard her coming because he was meeting her at the entrance of the building. The three exclamation points in her text message looked to have him worried.

    They exchanged a hello and moved into a copy room on the first floor. Chloe locked the door for good measure.

    “Where is Lois?” She started. Her cousin knew somethings but she didn’t know all of it. It was better if Lois didn’t know it all.

    Clark adjusted his glasses as he answered. “Out on assignment.”

    ‘“Great.” Chloe heaved in a breathe then let out her building anger on Clark. “Why didn’t you warn me? You let me walk into that place and I got totally ambushed by Lex.”

    He looked at his shoes searching for the words. “Because I didn’t know what he was going to show you?”

    “Well he showed me a gigantic orange piece of kryptonite.” Chloe stretched her arms in the air for emphasis.

    “I know.” He said casually.

    Tilting her head to the side Chloe wondered how the hell he put his tights on in the morning without knocking himself out. “So you knew about the new meteor.” Clark paced the room craving a groove into floor. “Just tell me Clark”.

    He stopped walking to look at her. “You left to get away from this Chloe. To get away from me and my problems. It's been eight years I didn't think Lex would try to pull you back in.”

    “Pull me back into what?” She questioned him on the edge of her seat.

    “He knows who I am Chloe.”

    She wanted to say duh. “Lex said as much today.”

    “When you left he came to see me.” Clark sighed reliving the moment. “He said he would find out. He said nothing was holding him back now.”

    Lex was obsessed with all things alien when she left. The obsession was clouding his judgement. Leaving was supposed to wake him up. When Chloe left she didn’t look back.

    Clark should have told her this. She did ask to be left out of his world, but today he should have said something. “What did Lex do?”

    “I took something from him. It was hidden for me, but he followed the symbols to it first. I had to take it from him.”

    Chloe knew all about the bread crumbs in the form of krypton symbols. “It was the piece that fit into caves.”

    “Yes. It's what lead to my past and sent me towards my future. Image my surprise to find Lex there, in my fortress listening to the words of my father.” Clark gave her pained look about the memory.

    This she knew a little about, but Lex manage to do what he had obsessed over. “What did he do?”

    “Nothing.” He said plainly.

    After knowing all the time Lex spent searching it was to believe once he found it he did nothing about it. “He had to have done something Clark.”

    “He said he would be watching me that's it. After that he was different. He threw himself into Luthor Corp.”

    “Clark you didn't see him then. He was beyond obsessed and from the looks of the lab I saw today he's still just as obsessed.”

    “I have scanned the building. I know about the collection of meteor rocks.”

    “Why does he need them?”

    “He said that I couldn't be all that came from Krypton. If the green meteors changed people there had to be more. Lex has been searching for meteors for years.”

    “You mean the only things that can hurt you.”

    “Well three years ago he asked me to meet him.” Clark turned away from her. “I didn’t trust him. I had Arrow hide out and come with me in case something happened to me.” When he turned to look at her again Chloe was so panicked at what he would say. “Lex told me he found the orange meteor and asked if I wanted to check if I was immune to it.”

    “Are you immune?” Chloe touched his shoulder to look at him.

    “Yes hundred percent immune.”

    “So Lex was telling me the truth.” Stepping back relief washed over her.

    “If he said that then yes it was the truth. Trust me I have looked Chloe. The energy he’s created with the orange kryptonite seems to be a good thing.”

    Searching his eyes there was more Clark wasn't saying. “You still don't trust him?”

    “No. I want to. We started off so well, but after what he did to those people.”

    She put up her hands to stop him. “Clark I don't want to talk about that.”

    “You asked me not to talk about him Chloe. You said you wanted out of my world and into your own.”

    Chloe remembered those words. She did want out. She got out and now she was getting pulled back in. “Clark new rule next time you know I'm about to walk into a LuthorCorp building please tell me everything you know about it first.”

    His face relaxed at last. “I don't know why he asked you in the first place. He knows what it meant for you to leave.”

    “I don't know either, but Clark I have to go.” She reached up to give a quick hug.

    “Where are you going?” He answered as she pulled away.

    “I have an article to write.” She pointed out the headline with her hand in the air. “Luthor Energy solves world's energy crisis.”

    At the door Clark said one last thing. “I’m sorry Chloe. I promise to keep an eye on this.”

    “I know you will.” Chloe hoped he wouldn't find anything. For once she wanted this thing to have a happy ending.

    <****>

    Meeting at Luthor Corp was a good idea. The two lead scientist were there giving her minor correction under Lex’s watchful eye. They were seated at an oversized oval boardroom table made of marble.

    The room was flooded with light from the floor to ceiling wall of windows. The world could look in on them but they were placed high above any other building.

    “I think that's it.” Chloe closed her laptop. She was done with this painful experiment. She thanked the scientist and Lex said his goodbyes to the men.

    “I’ll see you both Monday.” Lex’s business voice suddenly disappeared once the scientist were clear of the office. ”You don’t have to rush off.”

    She looked at him dressed in his business best and all his smooth skin then looked away before her thoughts went sideways. “I wrote the article. Job done so I should get going. I have a long flight ahead of me.”

    “Chloe we need to talk.” He was up from his seat on the other side of the oval table.

    She was trying her best not to look up at him. Looking at him in the power planet when they were alone made her uneasy. Clark had made it clear he wasn’t a villain in this. He was actually doing something good for the world. All those facts didn't change the past.

    Placing her laptop into her leather bag she was ready to rush out of there. “Lex we are finished.”

    “But you spoke to him. Didn’t you?” He forced out the next part. “To Kent.” He knew the truth and it appeared he still didn’t want to accept it.

    “You just say it like that. What if someone was listening?”

    “I trust this place.”

    “Well congratulations. Looks like all your hard work paid off.” Chloe wanted to say his obsession. Pressing his buttons didn't seem like the best idea.

    “Yes it did. The world will be changed after the energy test.”

    “Again congratulation Lex. You win.” Chloe stood trying to make a run for it.

    “I haven’t won yet.” He stepped in the way of the exit. “There is still one thing I want.”

    “I’ll see you in month.” Chloe breezed past him nudging his body out of the way. The power plants test run was in a month then this would all end.

    She’d be free in her California dream.

    “And in three months after that.” He spoke and she turned back to look at him.

    Chloe rustled with her bag trying to understand.

    “What?”

    “We break ground in Star City in three months. I know this test is going to go well. The Midwest will be secured. The west coast will need its own power plant. I'm sure your editor at the Registrar will want you to write about it.” His smug tone was making her angry.

    It was all coming into focus. “This is why you asked me?” Her mind was racing. He didn't think she was a good writer. It wasn't to say he knew all about Clark.

    He was looking for something. Something Chloe thought was long gone. “You're just trying to weasel your way back in.”

    “Back into where exactly?” He questioned as if he didn’t know.

    “You know.” Chloe was going to tear out of there until he grabbed her arms pulling her towards him.

    He looked at her and it was going to consume them both if they didn’t look away. “Is it working?”

    “Let go.” She spit back at him.

    “You can leave whenever you want.” He breathed in and loosed his grip, but didn’t move away.

    Chloe’s eyes widen and she wanted to smack him. Her body didn’t listen and became plant against him. “Why are you doing this?”

    “Your a smart woman Chloe.” He kept her in place with one arm around her waist and the other pulled her hair out of her ponytail into a mess down her back while his fingers pulled through her hair and he smiled while he did it. “You know what I want.”

    She knew all his moves very well. It had been so long but she was still responding. “Well you can’t have it.” All she had to do was pull away, but she just stood there.

    “Chloe I stayed away like you asked.” He leaned into her nudging his nose against her chin. “I just had to see you when you won that award. Chloe Sullivan all grown up seconds from a Pulitzer Prize.” He breathed in her scent when the words hit her.

    All grown up. She had grown up. Chloe knew better than to fall for this.

    “Let go.” Chloe rustled in his grasp and got free.

    Her mind had to jump start. “Here I am all grown up Lex. You should try it.” She saw her bag had dropped to floor. It made her push out a harsh breathe. Only Lex could make her this angry.

    He snickered at her like he thought her reactions were amusing. “I wasn’t sure until now.”

    “Sure about what?” She narrowed her eyes at him waiting to be enlightened.

    “If we could still do this dance.” His grin grew.

    “You think we're dancing? We are fighting. We are always fighting.” Chloe looked away going for her bag. With her attention away he was after her again.

    Lex gripped her shoulders and pushed her back until her legs were pressed against the marble table. “This is what we do Chloe.” He was talking and Chloe was frozen again. “You always enjoyed a good fight.”

    He pulled her towards him to pressing his lips against her own. She closed her eyes and pressed herself back into him. All of sudden she was on fire. One of his arms went around her and the other smoothed over her breast.

    “What the hell are doing?” She spoke but the words didn't come out. “Stop.” She tried again and nothing.

    All she got was his mouth. His hot mouth devouring her. She did the unthinkable. She reached for his groin and he was hard. Chloe squeezed his growing arousal and his goarn sent vibrations over her tongue.

    He released her mouth then moved to kiss down her neck. “We always danced well together.” Lex spoke kissing his way back up to her lips.

    Lex could look at her just so and she’d give in. For the first time in eight year's Chloe gave in.

    She moved to undo the zipper of his freshly pressed slack. Her hand dipped in passed his boxers and she found what she was looking for. He was indeed hard and Chloe stroked him free. Suddenly they both groaned when he reached to cup her between her legs over her pants.

    Her hips rocked towards his hand and suddenly he let her mouth go to breathe. “We need to take these off.” Lex stopped her fondling and turned her around. He reached around to undo the button then the zipper while playfully biting her neck. He pulled everything down her legs in one swift motion.

    Chloe kicked her flats off and used her bare feet to get her pants off the rest of the way. He pressed himself against her whispering at her ear. “Bend over the desk.” He instructed.

    Chloe did as she was told placing her upper body down against the cool marble. She could hear him behind her removing his pants in hurry then the sound of a wrapper was torn open. He had a condom on him.

    “Damn him.” Chloe thought to herself. He knew they would do this. It may have been a hope, but he knew. Her thoughts were cut short when she felt his hand on her.

    He was reaching between her folds to rub against her finding she was wet. “Lex.” She pleaded with him to move on.

    He took the hint and reared back slightly then he was pushing his way into her. He groaned enveloped by her wetness then repeated the smooth motion over and over like he was trying to find just the right spot.

    Chloe leaned her bottom into his last thrust trying to make him do more. “Faster.”

    Hearing her desperation he did as he was told. Their skin starting to make the sweet sound of thrusting. He was pressing her into the marble trying to get closer to her body laid on the table. She wasn’t in pain, but she would be soon.

    “Won’t last.” He grunted through his teeth. Seconds after he spoke she could feel him coming.

    He pulled out of her but didn’t leave her. His hands went to the void he left. Lex was going to make her come with his skilled fingers. She bucked back into him trying to find a steady rhythm.

    “Let me turn.” She demanded.

    He moved out of the way for her to spin around. She looked at him half naked and softened with the condom still on. The view shifted quickly because he was on her again kissing her hard. His hand didn’t rest either going back to work.

    She fused her eyes shut and tried not to think about anything, but what he was doing. “Lex.” She moaned his name as she came.

    “Next time I’ll last longer.” He whispered in her ear. “It’s just been so long without you.”

    “Next time.” Chloe repeated. The words implying this was just the start. She nudged him back from her ear to look at him.

    He was happy. They had just had sex of course he was happy. She watched him stride across the room. He pulled paper from a box of tissues taking care of himself.

    Chloe looked down at herself not really letting what just happened hit her yet. Her blazer was open and a few buttons of her blouse were undone. She went to do the buttons of her blouse and found her right breast outside of her bra. It all happened so fast she didn't know when he got her that way.

    She righted herself into her bra then secured her blouse and blazer. Before she could reach for her panties Lex was handing them to her.

    “Your flight is tomorrow morning, right? We could have dinner.” He was grinning at her. Lex’s pants were on, his shoes we’re on, and his suit coat was all back in place like nothing had just happened.

    Yet something did just happen. “No!” Chloe snatched her panties from his hands and rushed to put the rest of her clothes on.

    “Chloe…” He started.

    “No!” She stopped him again. He was so casual like everything was fine between them. She was trying to put on her shoes and nearly fell over.

    “Chloe.” He said her name catching her in time before she hit the floor.

    “No!” She said it again looking for her bag.

    “Wait.” He pulled her to him again. He was going to try it again. Lex was going to confuse her with one of weapons, his lips, his body, or his voice.

    “I said no!” She forced him to let her go. It was what she should have done earlier. It was too late now.

    “I understand you're a little upset, but what just happened is alright.” Lex gestured his hand to her then back to him. “It's just how we are together.”

    “We are not together.” Shaking her head no they were far from together.

    “I know, but…” He tried again.

    “No but. I'm married.” She was slammed back to reality now when she said the word. “I’m married, married…”

    Chloe kept repeating the word because she had forgotten it for the briefest of moments when Lex looked at her the way he had so many times before things got complicated. Before it became too complicated for her to stay with him.

    Caleb was waiting for her. Her sweet smiling man was waiting and the thought made her dry heave.

    Lex was at her again sliding his hands down her arms. “Calm down and breathe Chloe.”

    Chloe looked at him and he was calm. Too calm. “Why are you so damn calm?”

    “Because I knew this would happen.” He knew already with a condom all ready to go in his pocket. He’d chosen a floor with just a boardroom. They were isolated and he knew getting her alone would make her forget.

    “Didn't you hear me?” She shook him off again. “I'm married!” She remembered now.

    “I don't care about him.” He raised his voice and Chloe backed away from him. “I care about you.” He finished calmer.

    “I have to leave.” Chloe got her things. Her mind was frantic now. She was an adulterer. A cheater. She was a whole host of things she never wanted to be.

    “I said we could have talked first. You didn't want to talk.”

    “No more talking.” She interrupted him and opened the door to leave.

    Chloe made a b-line for the elevator. He was following her. They waited in silence until the elevator door shut with them inside.

    “Things are different now Chloe” He was talking pushing the button to send them down. “You know they are. That's why you did this.” He stood near. It wasn’t close but there wasn’t much room to get way in the elevator.

    She was silent. Her focus was on the numbers counting down.

    “You said I was obsessed.” Floor 22,23…

    “I changed.” Floor, 20, 19….

    “You spoke to Clark. You know I changed.” Floor, 10, 9…

    “You can’t avoid this.” Floor 2, 1….

    The elevator dinged and the doors opened. The lobby was empty except for a few guards at the front desk.

    “Chloe.” He said her name again this time it sounded like a plea.

    She forced herself to turn and look at him one last time. “I can’t be around you Lex. You know that. It’s why I asked you to stay away from me.” Looking down at herself she didn’t feel right anymore in her own skin. “You claim you're different. Well I'm different too. I love someone else. I can't go back down this road again.”

    “You didn't seem concerned for him a few moments ago. You could have left, but you stayed.” It stung to hear the truth of what just happened. It made her walk away from him faster.

    Chloe walked out of Luthor Corp. She waved off the driver that was going to take her to her hotel and walked. The clerk at the hotel said Luthor Corp had upgraded her room. When she entered there was a vase of expensive flowers that didn't match the rest of the room. She knew where they came from.

    She moved towards the lovely bouquet and plucked the card up to read.

    Here is my private cell. Call me. Either way I'll see you in a month. LL 604-555-3769

    The tears finally came. Chloe ran for bathroom. She had to scrub away the feel of Lex Luthor before she flew home to her husband in the morning.

    TBC



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    Part 3.1: Unfaithful (song by Rihanna)

    Home at last for the last week all Chloe had to do was try to forget about sex with Lex. Sex that was adultery. The word made her queasy. She told him to stay away from her. He asked her to write the article to prove he was different. He wanted to show her they were still all about the fighting and fucking.

    Lex said call him.

    Sitting at her desk it was all she could think about. Him behind her grunting like a caveman. The thought was making it impossible to work. The piece she put on the back burner to go to Kansas had to get done.

    The blank document in front of her had her painting a mental picture of Lex’s lips descending on her. “Damn it.” She muttered quietly. Chloe wasn’t going to get any work done.

    She told her assistant she was leaving and went home. Being surrounded by her life with her husband would get her mind off Lex. Sitting alone on her sofa Chloe was wondering if she should just go find Caleb.

    The last few days she avoided him the best she could. She felt if he looked at her to long he would see what she had done. Caleb asked before she left if there was anything to worry about when it came to Lex. When she said no it was the truth. Rather it was what she thought was the truth.

    At that hour Chloe knew Caleb was at the gym. The pictures of them around the house weren't enough, the smell of him in their bed room wasn’t doing it, and the sneakers he kept leaving in the middle of room weren’t reminding her enough of her smiling man.

    “Damn it.” She muttered again slumping back down on her sofa. Chloe looked at her cell phone sitting on the coffee table.

    “Call him.” Her iPhone spoke to her.

    “Can’t.” She answered her own phone out loud.

    “You are alone. You can call him.” The phone replied.

    “No.” She spoke again and realized she was going insane. She was arguing with her phone.

    “Just do it or you won’t be able to get anything done today.”

    The phone replied or it was her subconscious. Lex had to be at the office now. Reaching into her pocket of her suit jacket Chloe pulled out the card from the flowers with Lex’s number. The little piece of paper was a sign of her sickness. She should have tossed it in the trash.

    Chloe picked up the phone and swiped putting the phone number in. Maybe if she spoke to him she could stop thinking about him. Her finger hovered above the phone ready to call. She had already cheated. The lie was linger over her like a dark cloud, but there she was wanting more.

    She pushed call on her phone and placed it to her ear. “Yup I’m insane.” She spoke as the phone rang. Their fucked up attraction was taking a hold of her.

    “Luthor.” His voice was cold.

    “Hello, it's me.” Her voice was quivering. “It's Chloe.”

    “Chloe?” He spoke questioning.

    “Is this a bad time?” She asked.

    “Well it depends.” Lex’s voice became smooth. It sounded like he was happy she called.

    “Depends on what?”

    “Where is…” He started.

    “Don't say it.” She cut him off before she could say it. He was going to ask about Caleb. Lex wasn’t allowed to judge him. He didn’t know him. Lex wasn’t allowed to know him.

    “Where is he?” The word he was just like saying his name.

    Chloe squeezed the iPhone in her hand wanting to toss it and end call. The phone would break then he couldn’t call back and she couldn’t call back either.

    “Chloe, did you hang up.”

    His voice snapped her out of destroying an expensive phone she couldn't live without. “He’s out.” So many lies for Caleb, but to Lex she told the truth. It meant something. What that something was Chloe was trying to figure out.

    “Okay, then I'm not busy.” He answered and sounded relieved.

    “Are you sure?” Chloe was trying to get out of this call. She called him. She had been thinking about him since she left Metropolis. Now she had him on the phone trying to run from him.

    “Well I just finished yelling at my scientist. I hate delays. Now I'm reading over legal documents. They are terribly boring and I'd much rather talk to you.”

    “Oh.” She breathed out. A few moments ago the hardest part was calling now she had to say something.

    “If you're still there tell me what you're doing.” He broke the silence.

    The question was easy to answer. “Well I was at the office and couldn't focus on my article. So I came home to take a break.”

    “What's it about?” He asked and sounds genuinely interested in her day.

    She could feel him smirking on the other side of phone. They slipped into talking easily. It was making Chloe feel better. When it should have been frightening.

    “Well the article is not difficult to write. Just a puff piece on the mayoral race.”

    “Really? You haven't found any dirt on the candidates?”

    “Nothing that hasn't already come out, they're both squeaky clean.”

    “No one is squeaky clean.” He said in a low voice. It was like he was talking about her.

    The chit-chat was a strange. It was years since they had a casual conversation. When they were in front each it was a fight.

    “I know, but you know I have looked.”

    “Oh yes I know you have looked and looked…” Lex let the word trail off. “Sounds like this article you could write in your sleep. Why are you blocked?”

    “I was thinking…” She paused thinking of the right words.

    “Thinking about me?” He questioned.

    “Yes.” Chloe said with a long sigh. Admitting you have a problem was the first step people say.

    “Hold on a moment Chloe.”

    He was busy. This was her moment to hang up. She shouldn't have called. Better yet her husband could come home any moment. “I can hang up if you're busy.”

    “Not busy. Just hold on.”

    She could hear him speaking to his assistant. “Hold my calls. No one comes in my office. Thank you.” There was the sound of his office phone hanging up before he continued. “Now you're thinking about me?” He questioned.

    “Yes...” She admitted again.

    “I think about you.” He a hummed low and deep into the phone. “I keep picturing you bent over the marble table. I can’t use that room anymore. It smells like you in there. Lavender shampoo and a hint of honeysuckle in the fragrance you wear.”

    If anyone saw her they would see her cheeks completely red. He was just as sick as she was thinking about that day. “I didn't call to talk about that.”

    “Didn't you?” He hummed again, almost purring. “Then what exactly about me were you thinking about if it wasn’t me taking you from behind.”

    “I didn’t call for that.” Chloe tried to sound convincing. It was all she could think about. “You said I could call. I called. But I don’t want to talk about that.”

    “Yes you do. You can’t work. Your home alone thinking about me and called. If we lived in the same city you would be in my office right now and in less than ten seconds you would be bent over my desk working on round two.” He was reading her like an open book.

    There was no telling what she would do if she was near him again. Her thoughts had betrayed her all week. She had barely touched her husband all week thinking about Lex.

    Was she that far gone? It didn’t seem like she was that far gone. Caleb had been great all week. He had missed her. He welcomed her home with flowers and kisses. He listened to her stories about her time away and told her about the book tour that was set to start very soon for him. He was a good husband. He wanted to be with her the night she returned. Chloe didn’t want to taint their bed. She claimed to be too tired.

    “I’m not that far gone.” She answered with uncertainty. “I don’t know what I am doing.”

    “I can’t decide for you. If you call I am not going to hang up. If you come to see me I am not going to send you away.” He exhaled into the phone before going on. “If we are going to do this Chloe. I have nothing to lose. You’re the one who has to make the tough choice.”

    He was right. She had Caleb to lose. It would be a big loss. “I don’t know what to do.”

    “You need to be sure.” The question seemed pressing. For some reason after eight years she was still unsure of her choices when it came to Lex.

    “Sure of what?” She asked to see where he was going.

    “Of me.” Lex said plainly. “You left believing things about me that I’d like to explain. I respected your wish to have a new life. Yet the moment we saw each I knew I couldn’t do that anymore. I think you know it too.”

    Lex was right. She broke up with him for a good reason. She got married for a good reason. All those reason seemed to go out the window when they were together again.

    “I don't know what I think.”

    “There are things to say, but right now I think you need something for me.” He cleared his throat. “Now tell me where you are in the house?”

    Chloe raised her eyebrows. “I'm sitting on the sofa.”

    “Do you have a guest room?”

    “Yes we have a guest bedroom.” She answered confused as to where he was going.

    “Go in there and sit on the bed.”

    The word bed made it clear where he was going. She questioned him anyway. “Why?”

    “You know why.”

    “No I don’t.” She played dumb.

    Lex let out a harsh breath before he spoke “We are going to have phone sex Chloe and it will be more comfortable for you if you were in a bed. Just not the bed you share with...”

    He was going to try and talk about Caleb again and she cut him off. “Stop. I’m moving.” She quickly stepped into the room when he spoke again.

    “Lock the door.” He instructed

    “I’m alone.”

    “You can never be too careful.” He was right. Caleb could come home and see her doing what she was about to do. What she shouldn’t do. What she had to do at that moment.

    She did as she was told. “I’m moving to sit on the edge of the bed.”

    He breathed out as he answered her. “Now tell me what you're wearing.”

    “My grey suit. Blue blouse. I kicked off my black heels off at the front door.” Chloe looked down and she had hit the major points.

    “Pantsuit or skirt?”

    “Skirt.” Chloe spoke touching the hem of her skirt with her free hand.

    “Mmmm... Wish it had been a skirt when you were here.” His voice vibrated in her ear. It was like he was there.

    Chloe undid the buttons of her blouse. “How about you? What you are you wearing?”

    “A red and white flannel shirt.” He purred.

    She laughed. Thinking of Clark’s high school wear was the last thing she wanted right now. “Really, what are you wearing?”

    He chuckled back and then suddenly his voice was soothing again. “Black slacks, no tie, and a deep purple button down shirt.”

    “No suit jacket?” Lex was always in a well fitted suit jacket.

    “No, I take it off when I’m at my desk alone.”

    Chloe could see him sitting in his office chair with the phone pressed to his ear focusing on her every word. “Tell me. Can I undo those purple buttons?”

    “No need, I’ll rip it open.”

    “Waste of a good shirt.” It was a cheesy line, but the thought of it made her feel a pull between her legs.

    “I have more.” He said smugly.

    “I know you do.” She answered squeezing the phone in her hand.

    “Chloe my shirt is off, now what?” He seemed to be getting into this as much as she was. There was slight hitch in his voice.

    “You rip my blouse open too.” This was something she would never do. She was doing well, but not as well as Lex to rip up clothing, but anything could go on the phone.

    “Done and done.” His voice hitched again. “Tell me about your bra.”

    “Black, lacy, and tight. I always wear my bras tight.”

    “You do. Your spilling out of it aren’t you? You really should be sized properly.”

    “It fits fine. I just like to stay secure.” The little disagreement made Chloe wanted him more.

    Lex breathing pulsated in her ear before he spoke. ”Well I’m undoing that tight bra Chloe.”

    She breathed out deep when he spoke like his hands were there doing just what he said. Chloe happen to be still in her blazer and opened blouse. She fussed the blazer off her shoulders.

    “You still with me?” He questioned. “If you are tell me which nipple needs attention first?”

    “Both. You take the left in your mouth and grab the right with your hand.” Chloe dipped her free hand into her blouse grabbing her right breast to massage it.

    “Sounds like me, but I’d gently put my teeth on the left breast to make you squeal.” Chloe responded to his words with a soft moan. “Are you touching yourself Chloe?”

    She nodded like he could see her then remembered he couldn’t. “Yes, rubbing my breast.”

    Another low hum pulsated her ear. “Good, I want you to lift your skirt.”

    “Skirts up. It’s getting hot in this room.” She admitted when the cool air touched her bare legs.

    “Tell me what I would do next.” He demanded an answer this time.

    “You move up to my neck.”

    “Yes, and your hands would be grabbing my head pulling me up to your lips.”

    “Yes, I do need a kiss.” Chloe leaned back on the bed and let her hand glide down to her center over her panties. “Lex I’m moving my hand down.”

    “I’m undoing my zipper.” Lex’s response were as quick as her own.

    “Are you hard?” Her voice was almost begging. She was so needy for him.

    “Very much so.”

    His answer made Chloe push up into her own hand. “After we kiss then what would you do?”

    “I’d have to get you out of that skirt, followed by your panties.” He groaned. It was the same sound he made when he entered her from behind a week ago. He had to be stroking himself.

    “Keep going.” She closed her eyes and tried to picture him, while she was dipping her hand into her panties to find her throbbing clit.

    His breathing was quickening. “I lose my pants as well and you take in the view.”

    “It's a good view. You're always so hard.”

    “When it comes to you yes I am.” He was groaning into the phone now.

    Chloe turned on to her stomach and started to ride her fingers going in and out of her wetness. She pressed phone to her ear trying to get closer to him.

    “Tell me what you're doing Chloe.”

    “I’m humping my hand. Now keep talking.”

    “We never established where we were.” He answered.

    How could he be thinking about where she thought? It didn’t much matter now that they were both near a release. “Who cares? Just keep talking.”

    “Your right. Because I’m buried inside you Chloe.”

    “Oh Lex.” She gasped into the phone. It was like the thing was glued to her ear. It was as close to him as she was going to get at the moment.

    “You always say that when I go deeper.” They were both breathing hard now.

    “Do you take me fast or slow?” Chloe questioned trying keep him going.

    “It has been too long it would be impossible for me to go slow.”

    “Yea.” Chloe moaned trying to keep the phone at her ear and her other hand treating her throbbing arousal.

    “Are you going to come for me Chloe?”

    “Yes if you keep talking.”

    “I’m taking you like you like. Fast, hard, and it's been so long I can’t take much more.”

    “Are you going to come?” She turned the question on him feeling her release only seconds away.

    “Yes. It won’t be long now.” He groaned and the sound vibrated in her ear sending her over the edge.

    “Lex, I’m…” The word was cut short as she came. The sound must have did the trick for him to because he was saying her name breathlessly.

    They both took a moment to breathe. Chloe turned on to her back and examined her now wet fingers.

    “Chloe.” Lex spoke breaking the silence.

    “Yes.”

    “Call me anytime.” He had already said this in Metropolis.

    “This is wrong. How did I do this...”

    He cut in breaking her thought. “I already told you. It’s how we are when we are together.”

    Chloe mulled it over. She just cheated again. It was on the phone, but it was still cheating. Lex Luthor had just helped her get off. “Then we need to have our heads examined”

    “Good you think about how to get that done.” He paused and she could feel that smirk of his again. “I have to go now.”

    “Good bye.” Chloe answered a little upset it was over.

    “I hope you can focus on your article now.”The phone clicked and he was gone.
    Chloe lay in her guest bed wondering what the hell was wrong with her. She felt the tears coming and pushed them back. She pulled down her skirt and went to wash her hands.

    Once she done she went into the office to finish the mayoral race article. It was just in time for Caleb to come home.

    “Chlo?” She heard Caleb’s voice at the front door.

    She couldn’t look at him. Not after what she had just done.

    “Chlo you here? I saw your car but you could be out for a run.” He called out again.

    Chloe still couldn’t answer. It didn’t matter if she loved him. Cheating on him because of an old attraction was wrong.

    “There you are.” He spoke at the door of the office. “Article done?”

    She looked at him smiling at her. He was sweaty from his work out. He was in his gym shorts and tee shirt. He looked good. Better than good. Caleb was a good man. She was happy with her choice the last two years.

    The tears were trying to come but she pushed them back. ”Yes I just emailed my editor.”

    “I’m going to shower. Think about what you want for dinner.”

    “I could come with you.” Chloe answered him. The feeling of Lex was all around her and she had to get it off. Her husband was what she wanted and what she needed.

    “Oh, sounds good to me. I’ll get the water going.” He ran for the bathroom. Caleb loved shower sex. He’d wash her hair gently and she’d wash his hair. They would rub each other all over with soap until their slick bodies came together and Caleb would fuck her against the tile wall. It was good sex in the shower.

    It was good that night like any other time before. It only made Chloe feel worse. She vowed not to call Lex. Not to see him again.

    She loved her husband.

    Chloe called Lex twice more that month before going back to Kansas for Luthor energy test run.

    <*****>

    A month came and went and Chloe was in Kansas. Away from the sunny mornings in California. Smallville had two hotels and she was in the best they had. Martha said she could stay with her, but there were too many high school memories there. Waking up alone didn't help for what she had to do today.

    Her follow up piece on the Luthor Corp power plant hand to get done. They would flip the switch and see if it worked. Lucky for her the world would be there watching to see if it worked.

    In the wee hours of the morning they were going to turn it on. Chloe dressed in her dark pants suit. Skirts had been her downfall on the phone.

    She arrived just as the rest of the press did. The Star City Register photographer was already at the building taking a few snaps. Looking at the setup of the event Chloe told him where she thought the best angles would be. When he walked off she turned to find her place with the other reporters, but Lex was right in front of her.

    “Hello Chloe.”

    She swallowed over the lump forming in her throat. The last time they talked she painted a verbal picture of her on her knees pleasing him. It was all she could think about when she heard his voice.

    There was a moment when the corners of his lips turned into a smile, but suddenly his control took hold and he stopped “I trust your flight went well.”

    “It was fine.” She moved to leave but he spoke again.

    “We should meet after this.” Lex wasn’t wasting anytime.

    “I'll have a story to write.” She wasn’t going to let herself be moved so easily this time.

    “It can wait.” His eyes peered at her then he glanced around to see who was looking. To anyone else Lex was giving her a quote for her newspaper. It was very different on the receiving end.

    “No it can't.”

    “You can't be serious.” He moved in closer to her. “I know he's on a book tour.”

    He was right. Caleb was going to ten campuses in two weeks. He had to get the book out there. He had to go. He left her confused brain alone in the same city as Lex Luthor.

    “We don't discuss Caleb.”

    “Fine by me, but I’m right.” He was hovering over her now and she nodded in reply.

    “I don’t think it's a good idea.” The fight see to go out of her the closer Lex was to her.

    “I'm not going to fight you.” He moved close enough to whispering in her ear. “Come to the manor. I'll wait until four.”

    He walked off after that. Chloe was left there thinking about those phones calls. All the moaning and groaning on the phone. All the imagining of his hands as her own touching her. All of his words were swimming in her head. She wasn’t confused anymore.

    She was demented.

    The ceremony started once Chloe took her seat. Lex looked good up there. He was in a dark suit with a white shirt, and a power tie. He said a few words and flipped the magic button. A whizzing sound started and the lights went off, but seconds later they were back on. This test run would be forty eight hours. The machine would go off again and they would analyze what needed to be changed.

    Chloe couldn’t stop looking at him during the whole thing. Controlled, strong, and charming the crowd. It was making her squirm in her seat. When it was over she spoke to her photographer and got the hell out of there before she did something crazy.

    Sitting in her hotel Chloe wanted to go to airport. She’d wait till the first flight left for California. When she was at the breaking point a text came through.

    Can’t call but I wanted to say I miss you. Also I fear the next generation of English majors are all idiots.

    Caleb wasn’t having the best time but he was thinking of her. She was thinking of someone else. She messaged him back.

    The power planet didn’t explode and the lights are still on here in Smallville. So today was a success.

    She pressed send as she thought of what Caleb was doing right at that moment. Whatever it was it wasn’t what she was about to do.

    Going to the Metropolis to spend some time with Lois. I miss you too.

    After hitting send she noted the time. It was nearly four. She just let the time tick away. She'd have to call Lois and drive her rental car to the city.

    How busy are you tonight? Thought you’d be at the opening of Luthor Energy.

    Before she could look at the time again her phone buzzed.

    It’s nearly four.

    It was Lex texting. Chloe deleted it and her phone buzzed again.

    Superman saved some people in a fire. Perry says always follow the man in tights.

    “Yes. Lois.” Chloe whispered.

    Of course. Superman sells newspapers, but you didn’t answer my question.

    Another buzz.

    Sorry, not busy. Let’s meet after 8 when my copies goes in. Drinks!

    That was nearly four hours from now. She needed three hours to drive, with an hour to do whatever she wanted. “No.” She yelled to herself out loud.

    Coming over. See you around nine.

    When she clicked send it was the start of the lies.

    Looking at the time again she had minutes before it was four. She grabbed her purse. Darted out to the car to go to Luthor Manor just in time to see Lex driving passed her. She waited at the gate to see if he saw her.

    Looking in her rear-view mirror she watched him turn around. Lex pulled up behind her, then the gate opened. She pulled into the grounds slowly then sat in her car waiting until Lex walked up to her driver's side window.

    He tapped the glass for her to roll down the window. “Leave the keys someone will park it.” Then he walked off. She was suppose follow, the lie was set. She just had to get out of the car.

    Lex waited at the front door for her. When she finally joined him he smacked her ass as she walked in the door. “I’m glad you changed your mind.”

    Chloe was on knees now enjoying the length of him. She bobbed her head up and flicked her tongue at the top of his cock. He groaned just like she had been listening to on the phone.

    When she took him back into her mouth she hummed a little moving up and down his shaft. She remembered he liked the vibration from the humming.

    “You forget nothing.” He moaned and nudged her on with a hand at the back of her head.

    This wasn’t what she came into town for but it was what she was doing. The slap on the butt was all she needed to get her to focus. They kissed their way into the study, which hadn’t changed since she was in high school.

    The leather sofa was where they ended up and Lex tried to get her pants off. She had changed by then into some light colored jeans and an old Stanford tee shirt. He was going to go down on her but Chloe didn’t feel she deserved it.

    She was playing with his emotions, her husband’s and her own. Instead she made him sit down and undressed him from the waist down. Currently he had a hand full of her hair letting her work him over.

    “Ah, ah, ah…” He was getting louder and she knew it was coming.

    The orgasm was jerking hips and Chloe did her best to swallow. When he soften she looked up at him and meet his eyes already looking at her. “It’s better in person then on the phone.” Lex spoke smirking down at her.

    She stood up and went for the bar in the room. Filling her glass with whatever was closest Chloe downed the contents.

    “Are you alright?” Lex was whispering in her ear just behind her.

    She sighed harshly picking up the decanter again for another go.

    “Take it easy, that's an expensive scotch.” He pulled her against him. “A fine scotch should be savored.”

    Instead of drinking from her glass Chloe pressed herself to him. His hands moved down her body. She could feel it happening again.

    This time she forced him off her. “Stop.” She moved across the room taking a long swig from her glass. Savoring wasn't on her mind at the moment.

    “I told you already this cannot be helped.” He didn't move from his spot as he went on. “Some people are just drawn to each other.”

    “I’m sorry it's not okay to feel like I’m throwing away my normal life for this complicated fucked up attraction.” This time at least she was still dressed. She just had to button her jeans back.

    “It’s not fucked up.” Lex didn't know how wrong he was. “I can prove it.” When she turned to look at him half naked he looked so sincere.

    Her phone buzzed. Chloe searched around the room for her purse not knowing where she dropped it when they enter the room. “Hey babe.” She said to Caleb answering it right away once she founded it at the entrance.

    The phone call backed Lex off.

    “Are you okay?” Caleb asked. He could hear the nervousness in her voice.

    “No, I’m okay.” She lied. Things were far from okay. Her mouth had just been on another man's parts. “I’m going to meet Lois. I have a long drive ahead.”

    He sighed into phone sounding concerned. “Good. You need to relax.”

    “I do?” Chloe wasn’t hiding her feelings as well as she thought.

    “You seemed to be a bit on edge the last few weeks. Enjoy your time with Lois. I'll call in the morning.” He paused and breathed out. It sounded like he missed her. “I love you.”

    “You too, talk soon.” She ended the call and placed her down on the nearest surface.

    “You didn't say you loved him back.” There was Lex again just waiting to get a word in.

    “I have to go.”

    “I thought you were staying.” He motioned her to turn and look at him. “We need to talk.”

    Chloe wiggled out of his grasp. “My lie says I’m seeing Lois.”

    “Tell her you got caught up doing something else.”

    “What something else?”

    “I don’t know.” He snapped back at her.

    There it was. The truth. She shouldn’t be there with him. There was no good reason for her to be there. “I need to get driving.”

    “Wait what about you?” His eyes seemed concerned. He’d gotten off she should too.

    “I don’t deserve it.” Chloe started crying. It came out of nowhere strong and hard. His arms enveloped her and it made her cry harder. “This is wrong.” She muttered pulling away.

    “You can't beat yourself up every time something happens.”

    “Every time? How many more times do you think this will happen? Why are you doing this anyway?”

    “Because, I know you. You want me. You have always wanted me. It was the lies that made you leave. I am ready for the truth now.”

    Lex sounded so sure of himself. “I don't know what I am doing. I have to stop.” Chloe wasn’t sure of anything.

    “You don't know because we have been apart and you have been with someone else.”

    “Don’t talk about him.”

    “Why not?”

    “You don’t know him. How good he is or sweet. How he makes me laugh. How he knows what I want to eat before I do.” She was crying again thinking of Caleb and of what she just did. Her chest heaved and she almost fell over.

    “I hate seeing you like this.” Lex moved in on her. When he pulled her in this time she felt his nakedness below. There was only one thing that could make the guilt go away. It was when they were in the act of doing something.

    Her body flexed and she grabbed his member with her right hand then reached up to kiss him. Of course he kissed her back and had to taste her tears. Her hand stroked him while they kissed until he was hard again. Their bodies swayed between the desk and the sofa. The desk had worked so well before Chloe wanted to go there, but Lex was moving them to the sofa.

    He pulled her hand away and nudged her back. She was fully clothed. He went for her unbuttoned jeans and snagged his fingers into her panties to take them down with her pants. “Sit down.”

    They were back where they started and he wanted to go down on her. “No you sit.” He was at her pleasure and did as he was told. His slacks were discarded on the floor and that’s where she found the condom packets. Three. He must have thought she was staying awhile.

    She handed it to him and waited for the condom to be in place before she straddled him then plunged down as he breathed in.

    Her mind went blank and she just rode out her frustrations on him. His fingers dug into her flesh trying to make her stop, yet there was no stopping her.

    Lowering her head she caught his mouth in a sloppy kiss then buried her face in his shoulder. “Can’t think.” She moaned.

    With her words he scooped her up and turned them around so he was on top. His hips went back and he was thrusting at quick pace. “Ah Lex.” Escaped her lips at the change of depth.

    She looked at him above her giving her the best he could bracing his arms to keep some of his weight off her. Her orgasm was building but she didn’t want it to. Just for a while longer she wanted to feel how good he was, but it was too late and she was shattered.

    He was coming shortly after her losing the power to stay up leaning into her. They were half on and half the sofa. “Just give me more time.” Lex spoke moving and taking his warmth with him. “You still need the truth.”

    He sat quietly waiting for her to answer him. The guilt started to creep back in. “I’ll call you later.”

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    Part 3.2 Unfaithful

    Chloe was feeling pretty good at the moment. Having tequila shots with Lois and singing karaoke had put her in a good mood. Visits with Lois were rare being so far away. They made it count when they were together.

    The guilt of what she had done just a few hours before may have led to more drinks then Chloe needed that night.

    It had been a long day, but Chloe was wide awake in her hotel room. Clark had gotten her there safely. She didn’t remember a word she said to him. The wind rushing by as he flew her back to Smallville was all she could focus on. When they landed Chloe asked if anyone had ever vomited on Superman. Clark didn’t think it was funny, but Lois burst into laughter.

    Clark was pretty upset with them both. They were giggly drunk and he was the cleanup crew.

    Finally arriving in her room at two in the morning Chloe found her phone dead. She plugged it into her charger next to the bed. When it came to life she looked at the last text received.

    I know you're out with Lois. Drink lots of water please. Love you.

    It was Caleb in a few words. He knew she needed to blow off some steam and he wanted to make sure she was alright. She texted back that she loved him instead of calling. Hearing his voice may lead her tell him everything.

    She was just up. Restless. It was the sex from earlier. She was a walking fashion plate of Lex Luthor was here.

    In her restless state Chloe opened her Facebook app and went through her friends. So many were married now. Some of them even had kids.

    “Damn Facebook.” Chloe grumbled and closed the app. It was all a lie. No one put the truth. It was all beautiful scenes, smiling faces, and happy kids.

    No one posted about their last fight with their spouse. No one posted about paying the rent or losing their job. No one ever posted about sleeping with their ex-boyfriend that was obsessed with aliens.

    “Just call.” She grumbled and swiped to Lex’s number.

    “Chloe?” His voice sounded like he was asleep.

    “It’s me.” She giggled into the phone. “How can you sleep? We just fucked today and now you sleep.”

    “I guess Lois showed you a good night out.” She could hear him sitting up in bed.

    “I’m going to hell Lex.” She admitted the truth or what seemed like the truth at the moment. Caleb was worried how she was and she was sucking another man’s cock.

    “No you’re not. Where are you?” His voice was back to normal now.

    “In my hotel room. Do you want to come over?” Her thoughts were so far gone. She knew what she was saying. She knew she shouldn’t say it, but there was no stopping her. “I want to see you.”

    “I’m still at the manor, but…” He sighed into the phone before going on. “You're drunk Chloe.”

    “Yup!” She giggled again. “I had to get drunk. It’s what happens when I see Lois. I had to maintain the lie you know.”

    “You didn’t have to go…” He started and seemed poised for fight then suddenly he stopped. “Chloe go to sleep.”

    “No.” She whined like a child. “You don’t want to see me?” Chloe thought she was giving him the voice she had used during phone sex. There was no telling what she sounded like.

    “I do want to see you, but you’re…”

    “Yes drunk.” She replied faster. “Now get moving. I am in room…wait I don’t know.” She paused to think how Clark knew which room. He must have asked the front desk. “I’ll look at the door. Dammit!” Chloe hit her foot on the armchair on the way to the door but she made it there. “205.”

    “Are you okay?

    “I’m fine. Drive fast.” She hung up before he could answer. Until he got there Chloe decided to have a solo dance party.

    Over the thump of her music she heard a knock at the door. “Lex.” She opened the door smiling, but he was less amused. His eyes trailed down and she was only in her t-shirt.

    “Where are your pants?”

    “Well…” Chloe moved into the room with him following after. “Clark took Lois away from me. He said Lois had an early morning. They were really going to do something kinky because Lois told me.” She paused to stop her phone from blasting in the room. “So I got dumped here and I called you and I have been bouncing around the room. It got hot and my jeans were tight so I took them off”

    As she spoke Chloe demonstrated each of her actions. She didn’t notice Lex cross his arms in front of him. If she was actually looking Chloe may have noticed he was a little annoyed with her.

    “Why aren’t you asleep?” Lex grabbed her and held her arms to stop her from moving.

    “I can’t sleep. My mind won’t stop going.”

    “It will stop if you stop moving.” He squeezed her to make her stop.

    She tried to move again but he forced her to stop. “Don’t tell me what to do.”

    He let go of her at last. “I’m not trying to tell you what to do.”

    Her mind was going a mile a minute. “Can we dance?” Chloe went for her phone at the nightstand and started to play from her slow songs.

    “I suppose.” He wrapped his arms around her waist and started to sway them to the music. It slowed her down and when she looked up at him he was looking back warmly. “I wish we could talk.” He said moving them away from the bed to open space in the room.

    “We can talk.” Chloe hooked her arms around his neck looking up into his eye. “I'm drunk not stupid all of a sudden.”

    “Why did you call me?” He turned her around and placed her back against him.

    The giggles started again and it was hard to stop, but Chloe tried to focus on her answer. “You know why I called. This an affair. Can you call it that when it's only happened twice in person and a few times on the phone?”

    “Chloe.” He muttered her name turning her back around to look at him.

    She keep her space between putting her hands on his shoulders. “Don’t you Chloe me. You said call. I called.”

    “You're right, I said call.” They grew silent and danced to the rhythm. The gentle motion drew her back to him making her arms snake back around his neck.

    “Did you try this with someone else?” Chloe questioned starting to feel like she was slowing down.

    “Try what?” He questioned nuzzling her hair. It was blonde mess but she could feel him breathe her in.

    “This?” She pressed closer to him trying to make him understand.

    “You mean date someone else?”

    “Yes, date someone else.” Chloe started to hum along with the song waiting for an answer.

    “Yes.” They both kept swaying to the soft guitar and Chloe thought he was going to say more. It was like pulling teeth trying to get an answer. “And…”

    “It didn’t work out.” He ended shrugging his shoulders.

    “Why not?” Chloe asked him smoothing her hand against his bald head.

    “They were vapid creatures, not really worth my time.”

    The giggles were starting to come back. Chloe had to push them down to finally get some more answers. “Not one in the bunch without gold digger tendencies?”

    “There was one.”

    “Her name please.”

    “Samantha Bush. She was a lawyer.” The answer made Chloe’s mind drift about who this Samantha Bush was. Chloe had found someone she was happy with. It was good to hear that Lex could have as well.

    “You call her Sam.”

    “No, she hated that. She was tough. A good lawyer. I tried very hard to make it work with her.”

    “Why didn’t it work?” Chloe could see him trying. Candle lit dinners. Overpriced gifts. All the things he tried on her that she told him she didn’t need or want. It was just him she wanted.

    “She wasn’t you.” He spoke looking into her eyes. The tequila hazy was starting to fade the more Lex looked at her. “I wasn’t willing to settle. I didn’t want Samantha to have half a partner and I didn’t want to give myself partly to someone that I knew wasn’t you.”

    She was starting to get upset with him. He was judging her choices again. “So you think I settled for Caleb.”

    “No, I just think being apart made you forget me. You only think about the bad parts. There were some good parts Chloe. There is still some good here. I can show you.”

    The only thing she had been reminded of so far was one part of Lex. “You mean the sex. We always had good sex. You remember that time we did it in your BMW. That was good.” The rambling was still on so the tequila wasn’t completely gone yet.

    “I remember that very well.” He spun her around and as she turned the room did as well. ”Do you understand what I’m saying?”

    Chloe pressed herself to him trying to stop the spinning of the room. “Yes I understand it. I didn’t forget. I just stopped thinking of you, but I hoped you would move on and be happy.”

    “I was never happier than when I was with you.”

    His words burned in her ears. It could have been her drinking but Chloe thought she was feeling something for Lex she hadn’t felt in years. She reached up to kiss him as the song ended. He kissed her back gently.

    “I want you to go to sleep.” He whispered against her mouth.

    “Okay. You too?” Chloe moved towards the bed and didn’t wait for answer.

    He quietly followed her. Lex helped her into the bed and moved to the other side. It may not have been the night he wanted, but it was all he was going to get. Chloe nuzzled her head into his chest.

    Lex was right if she was still she would fall asleep. In a matter of seconds she was out. Even though Chloe had fallen asleep her mind was still wondering. She was dreaming of the past.

    <*****>

    “Right after this they will take you to the safe house.”

    “I remember.” Chloe checked her hair pulled up tight. Lex kept repeating himself and it was making her nervous. “You prepared me.”

    He stroked his hands down the length of her arms. It was a motion she was used to. Chloe had decided it was his way of touching her without giving too much away. Their eyes meet and Chloe thought the moment had finally come.

    They were alone in the courtroom office just before she was to speak to the grand jury. Lex could just reach down and press his mouth to hers and reassure her that everything was going to be okay. The moment she thought it was going to happen it didn’t because Lex was pulling away from her.

    His back was turned to her looking at the door. “You don’t have to do that you know.”

    “I don’t have to what?” He turned back looking innocent.

    “I can handle it you know. You can just go ahead and do it.” Chloe had played this game for weeks.

    “Go ahead and do what?” As he spoke he moved a little closer to her.

    “Lex it’s okay.” She started to take her own steps to close the space between them. “Every time you look at me I keep thinking it's going to happen then you pull away.”

    Last night may have been his worst thwarting of her advances. During a hug goodbye last night Chloe brushed her lips against his cheek. It was an invitation for him to do more yet he ran out of the room before she could say anything.

    When they were finally in front of each other again Chloe twisted her arms around his neck.

    He finally got the hint when she pressed herself against him. “You shouldn’t want this.” He spoke folding her his arms.

    “But I do want this.” He was holding her the same way the night before. Making the first move seemed to scare him away.

    “You're just getting to the hard part of this.” His eyes lowered slightly to look at her lips then moved back to her eyes. Chloe wasn’t seeing things. Lex wanted it her. “You don’t need this too.”

    “I can handle it.” She answered.

    His words were saying no but his body wasn’t. She was surrounded by him and when she spoke his grip tightened. “You should be afraid.”

    “Of you?” Chloe smiled. When they first meet maybe he was intimidating, but not now. “I’m not afraid of you.”

    “But I am afraid of you.” Their noses were touching and he wasn’t going to deny her this moment. There was no reason to be afraid of her. The world was open to him. If anyone should be afraid it was her.

    “I’m harmless Lex.” Chloe spoke and he was finally disarmed. His lips were warm and smooth covering her own. She liked the feeling so much she nudged him closer to her letting his tongue slip into her mouth.


    <****>

    The dreamy memory of the kiss was fleeting because she was drifting to a moment she didn’t care for.

    <****>

    “Lex I tell you they were kissing.” Chloe dropped her fork thinking of the moment.

    “Lois and Clark?” He grinned.

    “Yes. Ever since she’s been in town they have had this strange back and forth of fighting and flirting.”

    Lex let his hand brush against her cheek. “I am familiar with the concept.”

    She smiled at the gesture, but Chloe didn’t see them the same way. “We are different. This was freaky. Lana left and Clark has been nothing but mopey. Now all of a sudden he’s kissing my cousin.”

    “Lana Lang’s spell has been broken. It’s a good thing.”

    Chloe shook her head. She had to get the image out of it. “I’m sorry. I’m talking too much about this.”

    He placed his hand on top of hers. “I asked how your day was.”

    “Well I’m done. How was your day?” Chloe placed her other hand on top of his.

    “Well when we are done in here I want to show some more symbols.”

    “More symbols.” Chloe moved her hands away from him to push her food around the plate. He had been nothing but symbols since her return to Smallville.

    “Yes, several match those on the Kawatche cave walls. They were found in China. How could the same drawings be made by the Kawatche people and people in ancient?”

    “I don’t know Lex.” She watched his thoughts racing. He was so focused on learning the truth that it was bordering on obsession. “Maybe we can talk about something else?”

    “You know how important this is. Every time I get a little closer to understanding a piece of the puzzle it's stolen from me.”

    Lex had just nearly died in a plane crash retrieving another piece of the puzzle, but he wasn’t letting the search go. She was too busy hiding from Lionel Luthor’s assassins to know how far it went. The only reason he told her about the crash was due to the bruises he suffered.

    Chloe got up from the table. “Where are you going?” He questioned.

    Turning to look at him Chloe wanted to scream at him, but she did her best to control her voice. “You could have died a week ago.”

    “But I didn’t.” He said with a smirk. He certainly healed quickly, but Lex wasn’t invincible.

    His ego was bigger than she realized at times. “Yes your fine this time, but you're willing to take a gamble with your life again.”

    “Chloe I am so close…”

    She cut him off before he could go on. “What if you’re not close? Think about it Lex. These clues just lead to more clues and more clues. When does it end? When you're dead?”

    “Look you're just getting back to the real world. I’ll understand if you don’t want to talk about this now.” He moved to stand up next to her then took her into his arms.

    Chloe rested there breathing in his scent trying to focus on anything but Lex trying figure out what Clark was. His secret room was overflowing with clues but he hadn’t gotten his answer yet.

    She pulled away from him and folded her arms between them to ward him off. “Lex I don’t want you to let this search consume you.”

    His face twisted at her words. “Your one to talk. Wall of Weird.”

    He was right Chloe did obsess with the strangeness of Smallville. Yet after surviving Lionel Luthor her desire to find truth in the weird was fleeting. Her life could be so much more than the cornfields of Smallville and she wasn’t going to get any closer to her dream of the Daily Planet chasing aliens.

    After Lana left Clark told her everything. The only reason he told her was because of what she was doing to bring Lionel down. At last he placed his trust in her.

    Lionel had taken an interest in her Wall of Weird. Chloe just wanted the fast track to her dream. She had played with fire and was certainly getting burned. The only reason Lionel trusted her was because of all the clues she had found out about the meteors changing people. The obsession nearly got her killed by one of those meteor infected people.

    “You haven’t been by the Torch lately. The wall of weird is gone.” It was her first step to safety.

    “What do mean gone?” A look of shock washed over him.

    Gesturing her arms in the air Chloe told him what he didn’t want to hear. “I mean I got rid of it. All my files are gone too. I have had my fill of looking for clues and getting nearly killed to figure out what they mean.”

    “This is because of my father.” He moved in on her placing his hands on either side of her arms. “I’m sorry I wasn’t there at the end.”

    What he was doing would normally calm her. This time it was fueling her anger. “No you weren’t there Lex. You were out looking for more clues.”

    “I did everything right. You were safe. I thought I was two steps ahead of my father. It's why I had you moved in the first place.”

    Lex had done everything right. She didn’t blow up into tiny bits because of his hard work to keep her safe. “I don’t blame you. You saved me, but Lex who is going to save you. Clark told me about that room you have of him”

    “That room is about me. Clark is a part of that room and you know why.” There was something she did know he didn’t. It may make him stop looking or it could make things much worse.

    “I don’t want to fight with you.” She sighed harshly. It always went this way. It was time for some truth. Maybe it would make him see what he was doing was wrong. “I love you.” Chloe replied.

    “You love me?” His questioning tone meant she had him.

    “Yes and I’d like you to stay alive long enough for me to enjoy your company.” Chloe pulled her fingers through her short hair then moved towards him. She cupped his cheek in her hand while he closed his eyes. “If you keep looking I’m afraid you will get hurt or worse killed.”

    “I can take care of myself.” He finished his reply with a kiss. It was just as hot and smooth as the first one they shared.

    “How do you fight the unknown?” Chloe spoke against his lips. Her eyes roved up to him as she went on. “Obsession is dangerous Lex.” She was so close she couldn’t gage his reaction.

    “I have it under control.” He kissed her again propelling them towards the nearest wall. “Trust me Chloe.” Lex tilted back slightly so he could look her in the eye.

    “I love you too.” After he spoke his mouth devoured her.


    <****>

    The dreamy memory was fresh in her mind when Chloe woke up. The morning light was burning Chloe’s eyes even though the blinds were closed. She turned her head and realized she wasn’t alone but on top of a man’s chest. She turned her head up and took a quick look at Lex sound asleep.

    Her dreams were full of him last night. Now her head was starting to remind her to never drink like that again with Lois. She tried to move but Lex’s arm had her caught.

    She wiggled away from him and went for the bathroom. Looking at herself Chloe didn’t like what she saw. She just hand on old college t-shirt. At the time it made sense to take off her pants. It was so hot in that room. Now she felt exposed.

    With a sigh she looked away and went for her toothbrush. For some reason she tossed everything from her toiletry bag all around the bathroom. After her teeth were taken care of Chloe washed her face clean then she took a brush to her hair.

    When she was satisfied she was presentable enough she walked out of the bathroom to find Lex on the phone. In a hushed voice he seemed to be making sure things were going well at Luthor Energy.

    While he spoke Chloe avoided him and went for her phone. It was fully charged and she noted the time. It was way past ten in the morning. There were a stream of text and one phone call.

    The first few texts came from a drunk Lois. It looked like she was just as restless as Chloe was last night. The last text was from eight in the morning. Caleb had messaged her. The missed phone call was from him too.

    She was going to return his call when Lex spoke. “Chloe are you alright?”

    Looking up at him she didn’t notice what he was wearing last night. He was in a black t-shirt and black slacks. It looked like he was all in place expect she could see his bare feet. “I can’t answer that.”

    “Do you remember what I said last night?” He started to move in on her and there she was half exposed with a ringing phone.

    Looking at the phone she had a text from Caleb. “I have to answer this.”

    “No you don’t.” He rushed at her faster holding onto her hand with the phone in it. “Answer me first.”

    Chloe thought about the night's events. The only thing she could focus on was him saying he was happiest with her. If all that was true he would have tried harder to keep her. He would have moved past his obsession to see that something better waiting for him. It was too late to go back now, yet here he was in her room looking at her after naked body.

    “Lex I need to call him back.” She pulled her hand away from him. It looked like he wanted to leave but he plopped onto the bed.

    Chloe retreated back to the bathroom. Once she looked at the time again she knew it was too late to call. Caleb must have texted before his book reading starting. He believed she was alone and she wasn’t. She had to say something to him.

    I have a terrible hangover. I have got to get myself together for tomorrow when the power switches back and Luthor Corp gets results from the test run. I’ll call you around lunch my time.

    When she exited the bathroom Lex was exactly where she left him. “That was quick.” He quipped.

    “Why are you still here?” Chloe went right into it.

    “You asked me to stay.” He answered.

    It was true. There were things she had done Chloe would never do. The power Lex had over her was stronger than she wanted to admit. “I know, but why? I have no intention of letting this continue.”

    He looked down at his hands pressing them together. “I should have done this sooner.” Looking up at her Chloe hadn’t seen him so sad since she told him she was leaving Kansas. “Just come with me somewhere today.”

    “Where?” Chloe questioned.

    “You have to trust me.”

    “I don’t. That’s the problem.”

    “You trust me enough to have sex with me.” He waited for her witty come back. Nothing came to her because he was right. “Please just trust me a little more.”

    The word sex made her uneasy. At the manor yesterday they were all over each other. It was a mistake that she couldn’t repeat.

    “If I go will you leave me alone?” Maybe bargaining was her way out of this.

    “What do you mean?” He stood up waiting for her answer.

    “I thought I made this clear when I moved to California. I can’t see you.” Still pants less Chloe backed up a little scanning the room for where she tossed her jeans.

    “I know, but I told you…”

    He wanted to say how they were drawn to each, but she stopped him. “No, you don’t get it. I am married. I can’t keep doing this. It's obvious to me you don't understand the situation I’m in. You have tried to keep your distance, but seeing me brought something up for you “

    “For me.” What she said had him mad. He was coming towards her. “So you and I in the boardroom was just my doing or at the manor yesterday when you were on your knees. I was all alone. You call me all last month to get off, but again that was just me. How about last night when you called me for a sleepover. I see you and it only brought something up for me. What's happening only means something to me.”

    He was gripping her arms by the end of speech. His closeness was forcing her to think about each moment she allowed herself into this mess. “I…” Chloe started and stopped. There was nothing she could say to defend herself.

    “Do you remember what I said yesterday?” He went back to his question from earlier. She nodded in response. “There is still some good here. Please let me show you that.” He let go of her after he spoke taking a step back.

    Chloe put her phone down on the nightstand. A simple word was all she had to say. He would get himself together and he would go after she said it.

    Nothing was ever simple between them.

    “Did I really make you happy?” The question wasn’t important. Chloe had her answer when he chose his obsession over her.

    He put her face between his strong hands. “Yes.” It was simply answer for complicated questions.

    His omission was too heavy for her to carry. Chloe backed away from his touch before they were kissing. “You can’t depend on me to make you happy.”

    “I want us to be together. If you go home to your husband and I never see you again I’ll have to live with that. What I can’t live with is not telling you the truth.” He paused stepping back before he finished.

    “I know you have meteor powers.” He took another step back from her. It looked like he was bracing himself for whatever her powers were.

    Chloe’s eyes widen like a cartoon character. “Oh.” She whispered.

    TBC



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