torched_reporter: (thoughtful)
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It seemed odd to Chloe that out of all of the places she could have come to think, she picked her office in the Planet. It would have been one thing if she was researching a lead, but this was a personal letter she had to write - write, not even type.

She owed him that much. After all the crap she had put him through, after realizing just how much she was still in love with him, she owed him.

They had come here once, on one of their first dates. It had been a silly idea and they had spent the time looking up his existence in her Earth. There had been a Riley Poole discovered. It had bothered her then. Now, Chloe didn't know what to make of it.

She sighed and stared at the blank piece of paper in front of her.

It was a letter she had no idea how to start.

Date: 2008-09-06 07:53 pm (UTC)
hero_farmboy: (attention elsewhere)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
There's something wrong with Chloe. Sure, Clark knows he bugs her a little more than he should and that she's stressed out at work with the new boss and everything, but she refused to help him. She's never done that before.

This, combined with J'onn and Kara having their own version of the Shootout at the OK Corral in his kitchen that morning was making him just a little worried. It wasn't until Lana of all people told him about Dr. Curtis Knox that the pieces started falling into place, and Clark knew he needed to find Chloe before she did something stupid.

Dangerous.

Both.

It didn't take him long to figure out where she was.

Date: 2008-09-06 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
She was almost surprised to see him back so soon. It was getting close to closing at the Planet and not many people were around. Not many people also had the habit of making the sorts of entrances Clark did.

Chloe flashed him a small, fake smile when he entered. There wasn't any enthusiasm on her face, though. He was probably back about the crystal.

It was times like this that Chloe wondered if she would ever be more than a search engine for him.

Date: 2008-09-06 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"Hey," he says softly, noticing that she still appears to be in a mood. He only hopes he can determine what that mood is, and why it's here.

"How's your article going about Dr. Knox?"

Date: 2008-09-06 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
He wanted something, didn't he? That was the only thing that could make sense in her mind as to why he was suddenly curious in her work.

"Uh, he's doing some interesting research," Chloe replied with a shrug, "but I don't -- I don't believe there's a story there."

This wasn't something she wanted to discuss.

Date: 2008-09-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
Well, if she's going to give him an opening like that, he'll take it.

"Neither do I." Clark sighs and steps further into the room. "Chloe, you're a good liar. You've had lots of experience keeping my secret, but I don't believe you're researching Knox for an article."

After a moment to let that sink in, "I think it's about the procedure."

Date: 2008-09-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
As much as she despised the days Clark used her as his own personal search engine, sometimes she hated the days where he did the research on his own even more. Chloe sighed, turning around in her chair to cover up the letter

(that contained all of three words: Dear Riley, I)

and face him better.

"Then you realize that he's my only hope," Chloe answered, serious and desperate. "Dr. Knox said he could fit me in at the end of this week."

Date: 2008-09-06 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
This week?

"Chloe, you don't know anything about this doctor." Okay, so maybe she knows a little, but it's still nowhere near enough to just hand herself over to this guy in less than a week.

Date: 2008-09-06 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Don't know enough? As far as Chloe is concerned, she knows the most important part.

"I know that he can give me a chance at a normal life."

He out of everyone ought to get that.

Date: 2008-09-06 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"Look, I understand wanting to have a normal life, I do." And he does. Possibly more than Chloe herself realizes. "But brain surgery is not the way to do it." Drastic measures are not always the best option. Clark knows that from experience.

Date: 2008-09-06 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
He doesn't get it. His whole life, Clark knew he was different. This was still a more recent development for Chloe, and not a good one.

"You don't understand, Clark. Going psycho or turning into a serial killer aren't the only two things I have to worry about."

Wouldn't life be much easier if it was? But that wasn't the reason why she was really doing this. Chloe knew why; it was something no one else seemed to understand.

"When I healed Lois in that dam, it almost killed me. Who's to say the next time I try and save someone isn't my last?"

Date: 2008-09-06 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
It's one thing to know you're different. It's quite another to find out you're an alien from another planet. Clark does understand.

But that doesn't seem to be getting through to Chloe, and given that he's decided her current mood is 'desperate', he can't really blame her. So it's time to try another approach.

"What are the side effects of the procedure?" Maybe he can appeal to her logic.

Date: 2008-09-06 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"Potentially memory loss."

A risk she had already decided was more than worth it. The stubbornness shone in her eyes.

Date: 2008-09-07 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
Clark can't believe this.

"Chloe."

Date: 2008-09-07 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
He had been there through all of it, lately. There was far more bad to outweigh the good. Far more memories Chloe would have preferred to loose rather than to keep.

In the end, she shrugged, keeping her face neutral.

"If I have to give up a bit of my past to gain a future, then so be it."

Date: 2008-09-07 01:36 am (UTC)
hero_farmboy: (clark doesn't like the sound of this)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
This is ridiculous. Clark's been there, with no memory, altered memories. Chloe doesn't know what she'll be getting into. She doesn't.

"You're going to forget everything," he stresses, trying to talk some sense into her. "You're going to forget your friends, your experiences... you're going to forget me."

That hits him harder than he expected. "You're going to forget me."

Date: 2008-09-07 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe nodded slowly, trying to look sympathetic. She placed a hand on forearm of his jacket and chuckled.

"People will be there when I comeback to fill in the blanks. In time, I'll be fine."

She trusted those she cared about most to do that for her. People like Clark and AC and... and maybe even Riley. She had thought about this already, thought about it long enough that no amount of worry would change her mind.

"Clark, if you want to save me, let me go."

Date: 2008-09-07 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
No.

That's his immediate reaction. For about a year now he's been terrified that she'll leave him. First he thought it would be for Riley, and honestly, he could have dealt with that, eventually. She'd be happy and he'd still get to see her through Milliways.

But to lose her completely? To have her not remember anything they've been through together? For her to choose this? It hurts. But it also smacks him in the face about how much this isn't about him.

"Chloe, are you really sure this is what you want to do?"

Date: 2008-09-07 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe nodded again, glancing only briefly at the piece of paper on the desk in front of her. She would have thought admitting to this would mean tears and heartache.

Clearly, her mind had been made up.

"Yeah. It is what I really want to do, Clark. I want a future."

Date: 2008-09-07 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
It takes about everything in him not to point out that she already has one and she's just too afraid to face it. But this isn't his choice. No matter how much it feels like he should have some say in this.

He has to respect her decision.

"This week, huh?"

Date: 2008-09-07 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"Yeah."

The fake smile came back in full force.

"Friday."

Date: 2008-09-07 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
He nods, trying not to feel as numb as he's getting.

"You, um, want anyone to go with you?"

Date: 2008-09-07 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
She hadn't expected the offer. For a few seconds, Chloe sat there and stared at him blankly. Then, she shook her head.

"I think this is one of those things I have to do on my own, Clark."

Date: 2008-09-07 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"Okay." He's done the same often enough. "You'll call me if you change your mind?"

Date: 2008-09-07 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
She nods, a small, genuine grin appearing on her face.

"Top of my speed dial. Still."

Date: 2008-09-07 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
The smile is likewise returned. "Good."

Then Clark starts towards the door, but stops himself just short.

"You're really sure about this?"

Date: 2008-09-14 09:38 pm (UTC)
hero_farmboy: (probably in a serious conversation)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
He sighs and nods back.

"Be careful, all right?"

And then he's gone.

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