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Okay, so maybe next time Chloe decides to bring a friend home from Milliways, she shouldn't do it in the middle of morning rush hour. Even on a Sunday, the Talon is hopping. It is (in Chloe's opinion, anyway) the only place in all of Smallville where you can get a decent cup of joe.

The girls get a slight glare from Tom the cook the as they walk into the kitchen from Milliways. Chloe immediately makes a u-turn and the doors flap again as she leads Eirene inside the Talon proper.

Finally letting go of the other girl's arm, Chloe gestures grandiosely to the room. "This? Is the Talon. Lex's only decent businesses enterprise. I live upstairs with my cousin Lois, who's thankfully out shopping right now. Which means we have plenty of time to concoct a cover up story and figure out what you want to do with your time here."

Before Eirene has a chance to really get a good look of the room, Chloe's pulling her in the direction of the stairs. Getting rid of that bag is totally her first priority today.

Date: 2008-04-07 07:32 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (shock or awe)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Chloe will have to permit Eirene a few seconds of staring. Even Milliways never prepared her for a place like the Talon. Hell, Clark trying to describe the place once never prepared her. She gawks at the pseudo-Egyptian graffiti and the collision of color on her way up the stairs.

"I LOVE this place."

Date: 2008-04-07 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"I'll admit that I was skeptical at first, but Lana definitely did good with this place," Chloe replies, beaming. She's happy Eirene approves of the Talon. Aside from Milliways and the Planet, it's her next favorite hang out.

As they walk up the stairs (it's not that much of a climb; only to what would be the third floor in an apartment building), the dimmed reddish light of the cafe fades into a typical hallway bright light. They pass a storage closet and then Chloe stops at the next door.

"Okay, it's not much, but it gets me out of living with my dad. And, trust me, when your best friend is a wannabe superhero, you need all the excuses to get away that you can."

She unlocks the door (the key from Riley jingling next to a picture keychain of the couple) and walks into the living room, shrugging slightly. "My bed's big enough for both of us, so you don't have to worry about taking the couch or anything. Um, just put your bag anywhere, okay?"

Date: 2008-04-07 07:53 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (beaming smile)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene very much approves of the Talon. Or, at least, the small portion of it she saw. She may decide to live at one of the tables later once she sees the rest of the coffee house. For the moment, she's more focused on getting up the stairs without tripping (because of the gawking) and is rather relieved with the flat hallway.

"Yeah, that would be a problem. He really is too much of a boy scout for his own good." And Eirene can get away with that because she looked the term up a while back. "But, enough about your best friend. The guest shouldn't make the host feel uncomfortable right?"

The moment she steps in, the blonde emits a sigh. "Oh, look at this. Wow. Lots of open space. I can deal with here for a few days." The bag is set politely just to one side of the counter.

"In case it becomes an issue, I have a bit of a problem with small, enclosed spaces. Oh, hey. I like that keychain." Mainly because she knows both parties ... or, well, sort of. Ahem.

Hesitantly: "Thank you."

Date: 2008-04-07 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe nods, filing that information in her head.

"You're not the only one. I was, um... kind of buried alive once. It's amazing what that sorta thing does to your previously lacking case of claustrophobia."

But she smiles and flops down on the couch.

"But you're totally welcome. Seriously, it's no problem at all. It'll be fun to have someone aside from Lois around for a while." Chloe bites down on her lip and frowns at that. "Speaking of Lois... we need an excuse for your presence. I'm thinking cousin? Dad's side of the family isn't very big on the whole reunion thing, so Lois doesn't know most of them. Mind being Eirene Sullivan for your duration in Kansas?"

Date: 2008-04-07 08:04 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (beaming smile)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
That stops Eirene dead in her tracks, having been moving around and looking at things. Hey, she's nosy. "Really? That's harsh." The ex-goddess frowns, biting her lip again (its becoming a habit) before coming to a decision. "Me too. My brother buried me in a pit for several years. Wasn't afraid of small spaces before that, but ... I still ocassionally have nightmares."

Yeah, she's pissed off now on Chloe's behalf. A mortal should never have to go through something like that. "I hope Clark ... dealt with whoever the perpetrator was." Which is as close as she can get to wishing violence on someone.

And now for something completely different. Eirene follows suit, sitting at the other end of the couch, and tilts her head in thought. "Eirene Sullivan. That's not ... wow. That's not bad. I usually go by Irene Thallo, but then I don't have to hide who I am at home, so ... yeah. I would be honored to be a cousin of yours here."

:D

Date: 2008-04-07 08:09 pm (UTC)
hero_farmboy: (caught in the headlights)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"Chloe?" An all too familiar voice bellows mere seconds before the door opens and the resident Boy Scout just walks right in. "I looked for you at the Planet but they said you'd gone on lunch, which you totally never do, so..."

Clark stops dead in his tracks, eyes darting from one blond to the other.

Give him a minute.

Then, very slowly, "What's going on?"

Date: 2008-04-07 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe stands from the couch and walks over to Eirene, smiling very brightly. It's been a while since she's felt this happy. It's kind of nice to have a girl friend to be honest with, after all.

"Clark, you remember my cousin, don't you? Eirene Sullivan?" Beam, beam, beam. "She decided to come visit on spring break since we haven't seen each other in years. Totally Uncle Zeke's fault, of course."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:17 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (beaming smile)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Something pained passes across Eirene's face the moment she hears that voice, but it's mostly gone by the time Clark physically appears. She's quick to her feet, and takes half a step towards Chloe, a smile appearing at the other blonde's genuine pleasure to have her there.

Except she can't quite get away with trying to introduce herself to him, so there is merely a waggling of fingers in his direction.

"Hello. Chloe said she wouldn't mind visiting, and my sisters were driving me crazy, so. Yes. Totally my father's fault. This is my first trip away from my home."

And isn't it exciting!
Edited Date: 2008-04-07 08:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-04-07 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
Not really, no. They'll have to excuse Clark's lack of enthusiasm and excitement. It in his genes.

"This isn't funny." To Chloe, "She has to go back."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Oh no he didn't!

Chloe now takes a step towards Clark, arms crossed over her chest.

"I think, after everything we've both gone through, my cousin and I deserve some time on the town. She's never been to Metropolis before. I promised I'd show her around and I'm not going back on my word."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:25 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (all too human)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene opens her mouth to protest, or agree, she's not even sure what will come out, but Chloe beats her to the punch. So instead of jumping in, which she totally will if she thinks it's necessary, the blonde closes her mouth and watches.

So not coming between best friends, thanks.

Date: 2008-04-07 08:29 pm (UTC)
hero_farmboy: (discerning)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"She's not your cousin," Clark replies, hazarding another quick glance Eirene's way. "And it's not safe here, Chloe. You know that."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"But she is my friend," Chloe insists. "I promise to take very good care of her, Clark, and have her in by nine every night."

Cue a Clark-specific eye roll. Seriously, can he be any more over protective right now?

"In the end, this is her choice, not yours."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:34 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (serious)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene has adopted her version of a neutral expression for Chloe's sake. Because if just Clark was in the room, she'd probably be yelling at him right now.

"I'd like to stay. Chloe's my friend, too, but I don't want to be the cause of a fight between you two."

That's her two cents on the subject. Also, there are not sneaky little glances towards the boy scout. Not at all.

Date: 2008-04-07 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
He's just going to glare at them some more, although mostly Chloe. And it has nothing to do with it being easier to look at her, not at all. She's just the one he's more mad at. Absolutely.

"Fine," he finally answers. "But don't expect me to come running when the two of you find a way to get yourselves in over your heads over something."

It's an empty threat and he knows it. And he knows they know it (or at least Chloe does). It just feels better to say something.

Date: 2008-04-07 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Another eye roll. "Believe it or not, Clark, we can get through a week without your assistance."

They've been arguing too much again lately and it bothers Chloe. Maybe having Eirene around for the next few days will help. Although, given the rate Clark's acting right now, she's not sure at all.

Her voice soften and Chloe sighs. "It's just going to be some harmless girl bonding time. I promise."

Date: 2008-04-07 08:53 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (that's a blush)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Yeah, that whole 'coming between' them? Eirene meant it metaphorically, because right now she is literally stepping between them. "Okay, Clark. Stop. Just stop. Please. I'll stay out of your way as much as I can while I'm here. You won't even know I'm around."

Well, she can hope anyway. And now that the foot-in-mouth portion of today is over, she'll just slink back to the counter and try not to blush more than she already is.

Date: 2008-04-07 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"This doesn't have anything to do with--" he stops just short of saying us, and then sighs, throwing his hands up in defeat.

"It doesn't matter. I wouldn't be okay with you bringing anyone here. Just-- do what you want and try to stay out of trouble."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe gives him a look that distinctly says 'I bring Riley here all the time and you have no problem with that.'

"We will."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:06 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (listening)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Luckily, Eirene cannot interpret that particular look on Chloe's face, because there is a coffee cup within easy reach that practically vibrates that it wants to get tossed at Clark for being a jerk.

But, really, she's just standing there like a coat rack and listening.

Date: 2008-04-07 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hero_farmboy
"Good." And for now, that's the final word on the matter. Because Clark thinks if he opens his mouth again, things are just going to get so much worse.

So with a final glare to each of them, he's gone before anything more can be said.

Date: 2008-04-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe flashes Eirene a wry smile after Clark runs off, running a hand through her hair. She looks clearly apologetic.

"Sorry about that. Clark kind of has a bad habit of barging into my apartment whenever he feels like it."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:23 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (all too human)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene was raised to be polite; to her elders, to her mother, to her siblings, and especially to her host. So while Chloe will be subjected to a two-minute rant about throttling the man who just left, it is said quietly and in Greek.

Then: "Hey, no problem. I can just duck somewhere next time he shows up, if he's brave enough to, and pretend to be a chair or something."

And: "My best friend can be annoying too. But he's always armed."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe chuckles at that. "Is the whole armed thing supposed to be good or bad?"

Date: 2008-04-07 09:37 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: (happy)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Visibly, I mean. Clark is always armed too, but he looks harmless. Teja wears armor and wields an axe most of the time. He died in battle, though, so I can understand the attachment to his things."

Date: 2008-04-07 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"Teja? Dark haired guy lacking a serious sense of humour?"

Date: 2008-04-07 11:44 pm (UTC)
eirenikos: ("and then..")
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Met him, have you? That would my brother-not-by-blood. And I apologize if he offended you with some of his notions."

Date: 2008-04-08 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe shakes her head, chuckling.

"Nah. He was pretty defensive of you and pretty annoyed at Clark, but I think that was pretty much to be expected."

Date: 2008-04-08 12:18 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (profile right)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene makes a face, sighs, and moves over to flop down on the couch.

"Yeah, he totally would be. I'm kind of his little sister, sort of, and well, he thinks Clark ... he doesn't think well of him, I'll put it that way. Which totally kills me because I love them both."

Date: 2008-04-08 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
She sighs, echoing Eirene's movements.

"I feel the exact same way every time Riley and Clark come face to face."

Date: 2008-04-08 01:14 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (smiling over shoulder)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Maybe we should toss all four of them into a room and not let them out until they play nice."

Date: 2008-04-08 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"I wouldn't do that to Riley," Chloe says with a fond smile. "He tries. Way much more than Clark."

Date: 2008-04-08 01:20 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (laughter)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Ah. He's the one I don't know very well, but since you think highly of him, so shall I. Also, he's very goofy and I like goofy people. Riley could sit outside with us. Eat popcorn."

Date: 2008-04-08 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"He's seriously easy to get along with."

That smile's not going anywhere right now.

"And he cares and he's a complete dork and completely lovable... and oh my god, I must sound like an idiot right about now, don't I?"

Date: 2008-04-08 01:34 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (beaming smile)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Actually, you sound alot like me when I try and describe the way I feel about Clark. So .. we're both idiots? But your Riley is easy to get along with."

And getting a straight answer out of hers, even if he isn't hers anymore, is like trying to pull teeth.

Date: 2008-04-08 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe knows that one all too well.

"He's definitely my breath of fresh air," Chloe admits with a shrug. "I didn't realize that a relationship could pretty much be that easy till I met him. I mean, we had our problems - mostly cause I was sixteen when we first met and not exactly legal - but aside from that? ...well, I can't imagine being with anyone else right now. Ever."

This conversation almost ranks Wall of Weird status. It's always been too complicated to talk about Riley to Lois or Lana and Clark never wanted to listen. And yet? Talking about Riley seems totally natural.

Date: 2008-04-08 02:07 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (smile 2)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Wait." There is a mock gasp of surprise. "Relationships are supposed to be easy? In what rulebook does it say this?" But her eyes are twinkling in jest. Also, being as old as she is - the age difference between herself and the few lovers she's had is pretty much cradle-robbing.

"Then he's your true love. Those, despite what the books and the movies say, are incredibly rare. Eros must think you're pretty special."

Small grin.

Date: 2008-04-08 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe shrugs uncomfortably about that. The jury is still out when it comes to true love and soulmates and all of that. All she cares about is the very fact they work.

And that she's happy.

Chloe jumps to her feat and walks towards the counter to get her purse. "So, um, anything in particular you want to do while you're here?"

Date: 2008-04-08 02:15 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (thinking)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Eirene picks up on a little of that due to years of reading body language, but doesn't bring it up. Being polite is a good thing.

"Uh..."

Oh-so eloquent. Blue eyes shift from Chloe to the ceiling, studying it while she thinks. "My wishes are pretty simple. I would like to see your home, and go shopping, and perhaps see the lake that Clark told me about. If that's alright."

Date: 2008-04-08 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
Chloe nods, grinning more steadily again as she rifles through her wallet. "I can totally do that. Smallville Mall or Metropolis?"

Date: 2008-04-08 02:21 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (happy)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"Whatever you think would be more impressive? Because I'm putting myself in your hands."

There's a brief pause.

"Also, my treat. You've got a rich cousin."

Date: 2008-04-08 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
An eyebrow goes up as she gives Eirene a look.

"Seriously?"

Date: 2008-04-08 02:24 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (laughter)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
Now Eirene unleashes one of her brighter smiles.

"Oh, very serious. I am prepared to spend lots and lots of mortal money just to see what it feels like."

Date: 2008-04-08 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] torch-reporter.livejournal.com
"Very cool."

Chloe beams at her and snaps her pocketbook shut.

"You ready, cuz?"

Date: 2008-04-08 02:31 am (UTC)
eirenikos: (giggling)
From: [personal profile] eirenikos
"I think so."

Eirene rises to her feet and rifles through the duffel for the little purse she brought, slinging the long strap across her shoulders.

"Absolutely. Let's go outspend the Rockefellers."

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