Alt Title: Day 12 – Dead-Slayer Love
Summary: **The ‘Love Interest’ Part of the 2013 LiveJournal’s Twisted Shorts FaD** series. Chloe finds a new hero during Dark Thursday…and a little something extra.
Characters: Buffy, Chloe, Lionel, Lois & Clark.
Word count: 1618.
Challenge: for the livejournal 2013 August Fic-a-Day Challenge.
Timeline: post-‘The Gift’ for BtVS; end of season 5/early season 6 for Smallville.
Warning: not that I can think of at the moment.
A/N: Let me know if you have any ideas for fandoms that you’d like Buffy paired with (especially female).
Disclaimer: BtVS/AtS characters belong to Joss Whedon/Mutant Enemy. Smallville characters belong to DC Comics & WB. I claim no rights to any copyrighted material. Please do not copy or take this story without my permission.
Chloe felt terror in every cell of her body when she was pulled from Lionel Luthor’s car by the rioters. Why had she turned down Clark’s offer to get her out of Metropolis? Just as she was about to get struck by one of the men, she was dropped to the ground.
When she looked up, she saw a woman dressed for the desert, and she was knocking the criminals unconscious. Once the immediate area was clear, she looked down at Chloe and Lionel and asked, “Is there some place that’s secure you can go to?”
Lionel looked just as shocked, but he replied, “My office in the Luthor building, but it would be almost impossible to get there before we were grabbed again.”
The woman closed her eyes and tilted her head as if she were listening for something. When she opened her eyes again, she pointed to the building next to them. “Is this the Luthor building you are talking about? I mean, I know it’s a Luthor building, but is it the one you need to go to?”
“It is,” Lionel replied warily. Even though she had saved them, he was unnerved by the ease with which she fought all the people nearby. It reminded him too much of Lex’s new abilities.
She nodded her understanding. “That is where the one I need to defeat is, so I will take you with me.” She managed to get them to the office, but not in time to stop Zod from flying off with Lana in his arms.
While she and Lionel were working out what to do next, Chloe realized that the woman was still standing there with them. “Who are you?” she asked.
The woman seemed puzzled by the question. “I had a name once…before the Zone. What was it? Raya called me…I guess it would translate as ‘Champion’ in your language. For now, you may call me Champion.”
“Where did you come from?” Chloe asked the next question that came to mind.
“Zod’s prison,” Champion replied. “When he was making his escape, I felt somebody pulling me out as well. I was finally going home. But this home needed me more, so I followed Zod here. Buffy Anne Summers!” she added abruptly.
“Excuse me?” remarked Lionel, a bit perplexed by the woman in front of him.
“My name from before. I am Buffy Anne Summers,” she said with a slight smile. “Do you know where Zod might have gone so I can defeat him and save this home?”
It was a little strange that she kept referring to Earth as ‘this home’ instead of planet. At the moment, however, Chloe was more worried about the computer virus that threated to destroy the civilized parts of it. “To save the world, I need to stop Zod’s computer virus before it shuts everything down,” she told Buffy.
“Then I shall help you before I kill Zod,” Buffy replied in her oddly formal speech. “May I carry you?”
Chloe barely had enough time to nod and say goodbye to Lionel before Buffy picked her up and flew out the window.
In between giving Buffy directions to Lex’s mansion in Smallville, Chloe asked her about her old life and the Zone.
“My powers changed in the Zone,” Buffy explained. “I was strong and fast before, but nothing like I am now. And I couldn’t fly before. I don’t know if it was the Zone that changed me or the portal I jumped in that sent me to the Zone.”
“You jumped in a portal? Why?” Chloe demanded.
“To save my home,” was the obvious response. “And to save my sister from having to jump.”
There was that phrase again. “You keep talking about your home and this home. What’s the difference?”
“Both are Earth, but they aren’t the same Earths. I may not have made it back to my Earth anyway, so it was an easy decision to come to this one to protect it from the likes of Zod.”
It was fortunate that Buffy was with Chloe when she tried to shut down the Kryptonian virus because it took somebody Clark-like to break the cursed thing. With the foreign signal gone, the satellite controlling Earth’s systems shut down, allowing people to bring their computers back online again, albeit with a great deal of hesitation.
“Where do you want to go now, Chloe?” Buffy asked. “I can’t take you with me to fight Zod.”
“Umm, how ‘bout the Smallville hospital? I can keep tabs on things there and you should be able to find me once you beat Zod,” Chloe suggested. She surprised herself by believing that Buffy could defeat Zod, just like she believed that Clark could. A tiny part of her thought Buffy stood a better chance because she wouldn’t see it as killing Lex like Clark probably did.
Several hours later…
When Buffy came back, she told Chloe that Clark had returned to stop Zod without killing Lex. Apparently, Raya had told him about Buffy and that he might run into her on Earth. It was that somewhat removed introduction that saved them from having a violent one. He certainly wouldn’t have trusted anybody from the Zone otherwise.
The next month…
As a thank you for her help, Chloe helped build Buffy an identity for her new home, and the Kents invited her to stay at the farm. Martha insisted when she found out how Buffy helped them.
Chloe was spending a lot of time driving back and forth between Smallville and Metropolis during that time. Partially because she enjoyed Buffy’s company and wanted to get to know her better, and partially because she had a very awkward reunion with Jimmy Olsen at the Daily Planet – the guy she lost her virginity to a couple years back. He wanted to resume their old relationship, but she felt their time was in the past. She just didn’t feel that spark with him.
Speaking of sparks, the one she had for Clark was dying as well – which confused the hell out of her. Especially when she finally realized who that spark had transferred to.
“Earth to Chloe!” Lois said, snapping her fingers in front of Chloe’s face. “Cuz, you gotta get over this crush you have on Smallville. If it was going to happen, it would have by now.”
“Huh?” Chloe realized that the direction she was gazing at happened to be where Clark was baling hay. What Lois didn’t realize was that it also had Buffy doing the same thing. “It’s not what you think,” she tried to explain once she figured out what Lois was talking about.
“And just who is this Buffy Summers, anyway?” Lois continued to rant, but off-topic slightly. “Is she crazy like his other girlfriends?”
Chloe had to clear one thing up immediately, “She’s not his girlfriend!”
“Did I hit a nerve, dear cousin?” Lois teased. Then she noticed that Chloe sounded more upset about the idea that Buffy having a boyfriend than she did about Clark having a girlfriend. “Do you like her?”
“No!” Chloe instinctively denied, then thought better of it, “I don’t know…maybe? She saved my life that Thursday, and it’s not just about her doing that. It’s… I don’t know how to explain it! She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever known before.”
All teasing was gone from Lois’ voice when she inquired further, “Does she like girls at all? I don’t want you getting hurt. I will kick her ass across Kansas if she hurts you!”
Chloe chuckled at the thought of Lois being able to fight Buffy. “I haven’t talked to her about it yet. I’m still trying to come to terms with it myself. A month ago, I thought I was strictly het-girl material, and now I’m having not-so-het-girl thoughts about Buffy?”
On the other side of the farmyard
“Do you think Chloe forgot that we can hear her talking from here?” Buffy asked Clark surreptitiously.
Clark looked incredibly uncomfortable talking about his best friend with the object of her new crush. “I’m guessing so. Maybe we should go over there so they stop?” he pleaded.
Buffy laughed softly, then nodded in agreement.
“Before we head over, can I ask you if you do like girls, and if you do, have you thought about Chloe that way at all?” he asked. “While Lois might not be able to stand a chance at kicking you across Kansas, I think I do.”
“I never did before the Zone, but I started to care for Raya before I came here. While it wasn’t love, it was definitely fondness,” Buffy explained. “And what’s not to like about Chloe? She’s smart, and funny, and knows the truth about me.” She waited until he was right near the telephone pole when she added, “Not to mention, she’s totally hot!”
“What did you say to Smallville?” Lois asked once the girls stopped laughing at Clark for walking into the pole.
“Oh, I was just telling him that I thought your cousin was a complete babe,” Buffy answered as Lois was taking a sip of lemonade. She smirked, proud she got two people with basically the same comment. “C’mon, Chloe, let’s go grab a bite before their clumsiness rubs off on us.”
Chloe’s face was burning in embarrassment. “You heard me, didn’t you?” she hissed quietly.
“I did,” Buffy confirmed her fear. “But it doesn’t change the fact that you’re beautiful, smart, wickedly funny, and I’d be lucky if you agreed to go out on a date with me.”
Feeling her confidence return, Chloe grinned and said, “And if you’re really lucky, I may let you kiss me good night.”
A/N: I liked that stopping point for how little time I have left in the day to post.