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On Impulse 7/24

On Impulse Fandom: Smallville
Genre: Romance/drama, AU
Pairing: Bart/Chloe, Clark/Lois
Rating: R to NC17
Characters: Bart, Chloe, Clark, Lois, Oliver, Aqua, Canary, Cyborg, Lex, Lionel
Disclaimer: The characters belong to the producers and writers of Smallville
Warning: Some scenes may disturb
Spoilers: Season Four: Run, Season Six: Justice, Hydro, Season Seven
Feedback: Is like a drug - gimme more

Summary: Bart comes to town to spend time with his girlfriend Chloe. When she disappears, he turns to Clark and Lois for help.

A/N: Awesome cover by ctbn60

Previously

Chapter Seven

After they’d checked the Talon, the three decided it was best not to call the police. They’d track down Chloe on their own. Clark called Lana and they met her at Isis, using the equipment there to see if they could track Chloe’s whereabouts. They tried the hospitals first.

“I’ve already tried,” Bart said.

Clark looked at his friend.

“I know. But you can’t check every floor. This way we can find out if there have been any Jane Doe’s admitted in the last 72 hours.” He put a hand on his friend’s shoulder. “Trust me Bart. This is the only way.”

Lois went out to get coffees for all of them. She offered to get food as well, but even Bart couldn’t eat, which was unusual for him. Clark realised that showed the depth of Bart’s feelings for Chloe. It was sobering. Chloe was his best friend, yet she had been dating someone in secret for a year. Someone he was also beginning to count as a good friend.

Clark knew sometimes the burden his secret had on Chloe. They’d argued about that a year ago. Being the one he always turned to for help when he needed it had to be hard on the girl who had been his best friend since eighth grade.

Well, now she had her own secrets. Clark realised that Bart knew about her meteor power. But had she told Lois? After all, it was because of Lois that she had learned what the power did. Chloe had absorbed Lois’ death, when her cousin had been stabbed while investigating Reeves’ Dam.

As he watched Lana work, hacking into hospital records and police files, he thought about how much he relied on Chloe. How much he took her for granted. He knew now he’d be lost without her. Their relationship might be totally platonic, but she was as close to him as a sister and he couldn’t lose that.

Lois must have come in while he was deep in thought. She put the coffees down and went to him, hugging him.

“Hey, Chloe will be okay,” she said. “I know she will. She’s tough.”

Clark looked at her, unable to hold back the depth of emotion in his eyes. Lois punched him playfully in the arm.

“Well, she is a Lane, Smallville, even if by marriage, and we’re bred strong.”

Lois’ ‘tough girl’ look got a laugh out of him at least.

Neither one of them noticed Lana looking strangely at them. Or the look of sadness and resignation that appeared on her face. She made a sound and they turned and looked at her. Clark had a guilty expression.

“Sorry, guys,” she said. “Nothing from the hospitals, or police.”

Clark sighed. He really needed Chloe in these situations. Bart stopped pacing in the other room and came in, grabbing the coffee handed to him.

“So where do we try next?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” Clark said, shaking his head.

***

Chloe realised she had been strapped down again when she woke. But she hadn’t expected to wake up in the lab. She struggled against her bonds when she saw the doctor holding what looked like a scalpel that was already covered in her blood.

“No, god no,” she screamed, fighting to get away even though she was strapped down so tightly that escape was impossible.

“Somebody put her under again,” the doctor ordered.

“No,” another voice said. “I want her awake for this.”

Chloe tried to look in the direction of the voice. The doctor paused, scalpel in his gloved hand.

“You can’t be serious,” he said to the other man.

“I’m very serious.” As he stepped into the light, Chloe knew who it was. Just as she thought.

“Lex, you sick bastard. Let me go.”

“I’ll have you know my parents were married,” he smirked at her.

“Fuck you,” she hissed.

“Aww, I’m hurt Chloe.”

She continued to struggle. The doctor looked at the orderly standing beside the gurney.

“Will you strap her down tighter? If she continues to struggle like this I could end up cutting an artery.”

The orderly moved to obey. Chloe kept fighting as the straps were tightened.

“Chloe, keep still,” Lex advised as he stood at the side of the gurney, just close enough for her to see him. “I’d hate for him to slip.”

“You’re such a fucking liar,” Chloe hissed. “You couldn’t care less either way.”

“Such language,” Lex tsked, smirking down at her. “You know, it’s no wonder you can’t get a boyfriend, with that mouth.”

“Shows what you know,” Chloe retorted.

Lex smiled evilly. “You mean to say someone is mad enough to go out with a freak like you?” He chuckled. “Don’t tell me, let me guess. It’s that freak you went out with for what, like five minutes, way back in high school. What was his name? The one who could move things with his mind?”

Chloe didn’t answer. She was too busy trying to hold back the screams of pain and fear as the doctor cut into her, taking more tissue samples from her organs.

“Why are you doing this?” she asked Lex.

“After the debacle at Reeves Dam I needed more samples. Besides, I’ve decided you’re very useful to me,” he said coldly.

There were moments when she wishes she hadn’t saved Lex’s life. But there were bigger issues at stake. She knew if she hadn’t done what she did, Clark would have died too, or at least ended up in some catatonic state or coma, his mind forever lost within Lex’s.

“Why?”

“Well, so far, Chloe, you’re the only meteor freak, apart from myself of course, that I know of, that hasn’t gone completely psychotic. I wonder why that is? Besides, your healing power is quite remarkable. Imagine what potential it could have if I could harness it.”

Chloe sighed, wincing in pain. “I guess I shouldn’t be surprised you’d go to these lengths to get what you want. After what you did to my mother.”

“Come on, Chloe, I was really only trying to help.”

“By turning her into one of your drones? That is what you intended, isn’t it, by forcing her to use her power?”

“I did have a drug developed that brought her back,” Lex argued.

“And you threatened to kill me if she didn’t do what you wanted. Very altruistic of you.”

“You really misjudge my motives,” Lex said, glancing up at the doctor who was stitching Chloe up. “Don’t you realise the impact the work we’re doing here could have on mankind?”

“Yeah, right, like my healing power can cure cancer or something,” Chloe spat. “Then you profit from all the patents you get for the cures.”

“Well, I’m not running a charity here Chloe,” Lex said smugly. “Now be a good girl and co-operate.” He glanced up again at the doctor. “Now you can sedate her,” he smirked.

Chloe felt the sharp sting of the needle and felt cool liquid entering her vein which slowly began to burn. Her head swam and she fought against the waves of dizziness as the world seemed to spin.

“Say goodnight Chloe,” Lex said as she sank down into the welcome darkness.
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