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02 August 2009 @ 01:33 am
"On a Day Just like Today..." (Chlex one-shot/PG): Challenge Winner  
TITLE: “On a Day Just like Today...”

CHALLENGE: Naughty-Seduction Forums´ July ´09- Challenge #2- The Safe House

AUTHOR: lexie aka lillianschild 

SUMMARY: Chloe reminisces one very special birthday

RATING: PG

SPOILERS: Season 8

WORD COUNT: 1,000


Today she was turning twenty-two and still, she felt as if she´d lived a lot longer. Five years ago she´d been full of dreams and projects- an idealist who believed the world could be changed by the power of her pen and her unquenchable thirst for the truth. She wasn’t that gullible girl any more.

As she looked at the Metropolis skyline from the balcony of the Ace of Clubs- away from the loud music and the inane talking and laughing she couldn´t find the heart to join in tonight- she found herself reminiscing that summer, the summer that had changed it all.

The green-eyed monster can make you do the most foolish and reckless things, and she´d fallen prey to it at seventeen. She´d been lured by the most cunning of devils and let herself be trapped in a mirage which almost cost her and her dad their lives.

Salvation had come from the most unexpected knight in dented armour, and she´d let herself be rescued only to be trapped in a different way. Two strong-willed and independent souls had come together under the oddest of circumstances and a strange alliance had been forged to slay the dragon which was threatening them both.

Her oppressive dungeon was changed for a secluded safe house on the beach and her dangerous jailor for a young man whose purpose in life had always been to break out of his own prison- a destructive iron maiden forged in the same hellish foundry as her cage.

The traffic was slimming down and yet, the sound of blaring sirens and distant shootings- so ubiquitous in a criminal-infested city like Metropolis- pierced her ears and made her wish she could obliterate the world around her and go back to that beach.

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again,” she remembered quoting one very special sunset- the last one they´d shared sitting side by side barefoot on the sand.

“I didn´t know you were so fond of Du Maurier,” he´d told her after a long pregnant silence.

“I´m not, but I ran out of books to read... And that passage for some reason kind of stuck in my mind.”

“You should have told me the last time I came. I thought the box I´d brought you a fortnight ago would last you until the end of the month.”

“So did I, but I haven´t been able to sleep much lately,” she´d confessed, staring at the horizon, too overwhelmed by emotion to look him in the eye.

“It´ll soon be over, Chloe,” he´d said softly, covering one of her hands with his as she wrapped her arms around her bended legs and rested her chin on her knees.

“I know, “ she´d whispered in a strangled voice, wondering if those words meant what she hoped.

“The trial´ll be over the day after tomorrow and he´ll be put away for life. He won´t hurt you, Chloe. I won´t let him,” he´d promised fiercely, fighting the urge to thread his fingers through her hair and bring her closer to him.

“I know,” she´d said, feeling the tears well up when she realised he hadn´t meant his words that way.

“Chloe, “ he´d said, resting his hand on her back only to feel her tremble. “Come. You´re cold; we should be getting back to the house.”

“No!” she´d exclaimed, pulling him down by the hand.” I´m fine. Let´s just stay for a while longer... until the sun sets. I want to remember this moment.”

“Are you sure everything´s all right?” he´d asked, wanting nothing more than to embrace her and never let go. “Chloe?” he´d insisted.

“I´m a year older today. Seventeen,” she sighed, trying to keep her lips from trembling.

“I know. I got you a present. I was going to give it to you before I left.”

“You were?”

“I am.”

“Will I like it?” she´d asked softly, blinking away some treacherous tears.

“I think you will. I wish I could give you more, but...” he´d begun responding.

“So let´s go and see what you got me, Mr Luthor,” she´d scrambled to her feet, cutting him off before he could say something that might make her heart ache deeper.

“Chloe,” he´d called, trying to catch up with her, his bare feet sinking in the sand of the dune on his way up.

“So... where is it? I want to unwrap my present,” she´d told Lex on crossing the threshold, her eyes unnaturally bright, feigning a cheerfulness she was far from feeling.

“I´ve left it on the coffee table,” he´d said quietly, cursing Lionel Luthor and fate for bringing them together much too soon.

“Tales of the Weird and the Unexpected,” she´d read aloud.

“There´s an inscription inside,” he´d told her, putting his hands deep in his pockets.

“Let there always be a mystery to solve and a story to write.”


“You OK?” asked Oliver´s voice, bringing her back to the present.

“Yeah. Birthdays make me a little reflective. What´s that?”

“I´m sorry to say it isn´t mine. Clark must have left it on my desk when he visited LuthorCorp this morning. Aren´t you going to open it?”

`Tales of the Weird and the Unexpected´ read the cover of the book she unwrapped.

“Isn´t there a dedication on the first page?”

“Yes,” she answered softly.

Happy birthday, Chloe. Here´s what I wish I could have said that summer: Will you wait for me?

“Someone´s told me you´re the birthday, girl,” Zatanna, a gorgeous woman in a top hat, told Chloe.
“Make a wish. Ready? Blow the candle on the cupcake, then.”

Take me back to that summer. I won´t let him leave the safe house this time.

“Do you like it, Chloe?”

“Tell me the words you really meant to write, Lex.”


THE END

A/N:

Chloe´s quotation in her conversation with Lex in the flashback corresponds to Daphne Du Maurier´s “Rebecca”.

The first two lines of her conversation with Oliver are taken almost verbatim from “Hex” (8x17)
 
 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
 
Jengreenlady2 on August 2nd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Great story! I hope Chloe does wait for him and give him a chance to say what he really meant to say that summer. :-)))
lillianschild: naughtylillianschild on August 2nd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Well, she´s travelled back in time so maybe with the right incentive, he´ll get him to say those words in the past or he´ll give her a clear sign and save her and himself a lot of heartache in the future- that is the present time.:)

thanks for reading and reviewing, Jen.
HeroHunter.  I, Storyteller.herohunter on August 2nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! I absolutely love it, hon! This makes for a wonderful AU, with them waiting to be happy, and avoiding so much hurt! Bless their hearts!

lillianschild: happy couplelillianschild on August 2nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and reviewing, Ash. It was a nice surprise, considering it isn´t slash.

Both Chloe and Lex have always had so much bad luck in their love lives that I just want them to be happy and, better still, happy together. When I saw that balcony scene and that book, the first one that came to mind was Lex and not Clark. It was just waiting to be written.

I´ve posted some other very short one-shots which are Chlex with the scales tipping towards Lex. You´re welcome to read them anytime. There´s a Season 8 inspired trilogy (my personal attempt to reintroduce Lex in a worthy fashion):

From Afar: http://lillianschild.livejournal.com/39707.html
Mirror: http://lillianschild.livejournal.com/40204.html
Lean on Me: http://lillianschild.livejournal.com/40823.html

And a Post-Doomsday one-shot: The Top of the World
http://lillianschild.livejournal.com/47096.html

There are a couple more I wrote for Father´s Day (The Father He Never Was) and the first fanfic challenge on NS (Wedding Jitters). You´ll find them all on my LJ.

You know, I´ve always preferred multi-chaptered fics but lately one-shots are the only stories my muse seems to want me to write, I´ve got at least four long fics to complete and decided to break a golden rule of mine by starting to post one of them without having actually finished it. I´ve got enough material to share every ten days for a little over three months; it´s a strategy to see if she agrees to do what I want her to do. Let´s hope it doesn´t backfire. lol.



Sally333chlavis333 on September 18th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
I liked this. So did Lex really send her the book on her B-day in Hex? Was he dead in this? hmmmmmmm I like how ended it. So intriguing!!!!!
lillianschild: toastlillianschild on September 18th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and reviewing. :)

Lex is definitely alive and kicking in the present just as he is on the show- I never bought the idea of his dying either in the Arctic or in the van.In my world, as in this fic, he did send her the book as a birthday gift- maybe not in person but through an emissary.

Hopefully, Chloe´ll be able to change the present for the better thanks to Zatanna.In any case, I believe a trip to the past such as this one would have been more productive than trading places with Lois in the present, don´t you think?
Sally333chlavis333 on September 18th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ah yep! Totally!!!
vodooman: squeevodooman on September 18th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
omg! how could I have not read this until now??? ahhhhh *fangirl-squee*
this is really great! and omg! it has such an opened ending... (which isnt really opened... because I already know that she'll be together with him... yeay!!!)

giggles... sorry!

anyway... love the way you wrote it! and I even think the conversation is sooo nice between chloe and lex.
but just a very silly question... does ollie know what the dedication inside said? did he read it?
lillianschild: naughtylillianschild on September 18th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
I´m glad you discovered it(Do you see what happens when you neglect NS for LJ? *cocks an eyebrow*). This one-shot was written for the second challenge organised by the forums- I penned "A Modern Persephone" for the third, which helped me won a second time in a row.

The dedication was private and the gift was wrapped so... in my world Oliver didn´t read it and Chloe kept it "hidden".

By the way, have you considered writing something for this month´s challenge? The topic´s "Who´s my Daddy?" and you have time till Oct 26th to send skauble your entry.
vodoomanvodooman on September 18th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
*blush* sorry...
I am trying to keep myself update on LJ... really... but I have really loads going on in RL. I always tell myself I'll read this or that fanfic later... and then I forget... so, I am really happy for finding this one...

actually... I am kind of trying to not write something for SV a little... I am trying to distance myself from the fandom...

I had one too many rows with a very strange fan-girl... she kind of wa.s... harsh??

anyway... so, it pissed me totally off... and I decided to not write SV for a while... Not that I will never write it again... I might start with the next season start or something... I just really dont feel like writing any SV fic at the moment... (even if I have looooaaaads of ideas for SV fics already...)

i am hoping it'll help me write other fandoms... I really need to get into writing for other fandoms... I think my mind is kind of a single-trak road... and I need to find other roads too....

did that make any sense to you? giggles...
lillianschild: too hotlillianschild on September 18th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
*blush* sorry...
I am trying to keep myself update on LJ... really... but I have really loads going on in RL. I always tell myself I'll read this or that fanfic later... and then I forget... so, I am really happy for finding this one...


Of course I was joking about your not coming to NS on a regular basis because I remember a couple of days ago you told me you prefer LJ. I tend to do the opposite since, as I told you in my answer to that comment of yours, NS is virtually the only place where people read an review Chlex. LJ is very- sometimes too quiet- when it comes to feedback on this ship or on ships with hetLex.And I DO want people not just to read but to SAY something. Silence is very depressing when it comes to sharing something you´ve spent a lot of time and love on.

actually... I am kind of trying to not write something for SV a little... I am trying to distance myself from the fandom...

I had one too many rows with a very strange fan-girl... she kind of wa.s... harsh??

That´s a real pity for I liked the one-shots you posted on NS a lot. Was the culprit a Chlexer? I hope not. Anyway it´d be a shame to lose you just because of ONE fan.

i am hoping it'll help me write other fandoms... I really need to get into writing for other fandoms... I think my mind is kind of a single-trak road... and I need to find other roads too....

did that make any sense to you? giggles...


I understand the idea of your mind being on a single-track. Mine is 100% single-tracked and focused on/obsessed with Lex.I don´t care about what´s going on with the rest of the characters on the show- with the exception of Chloe (though I won´t ever feel it in me to write/read Chlark,Chimmy, Chlavis or Chlollie). HetLex´s the only one for me- preferably as part of Chlex- so yes, I´m 1000% single-tracked.

I´m not following any shows at present so I haven´t been lured by any other fandom. The only tv programme I´ve ever considered writing/reading is JAG (I watched the 10 seasons when they aired) but the legal and military jargon´s too complex to put pen to paper.Chlex gives me a lot of freedom to work with.

I wish you good luck with other fandoms and hope you´ll come back to Chlex in some capacity.
paigeangelbsb on October 9th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
that was wonderful . loved how chloe was thinking back on her time with lex. loved the ending where she wished she was with lex .
lillianschild: smilelillianschild on October 9th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I´m pleased you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to leave your impressions.
purple_moon123: Michaelpurple_moon123 on October 11th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Why hadn't I read this before now???

So much love for this story. Love how she was remembering her time with Lex. And of course love her new wish. Much, much better than the one on the show!!!
lillianschild: smilelillianschild on October 11th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Oh, well, you should pay more attention to the challenges! *giggles* Joking aside, I´m glad you read it and found it enjoyable.

And yes, you´re right. I think her wish on the episode was a real waste.
purple_moon123: Chlexpurple_moon123 on October 12th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Since I don't write I tend not to pay attention to challenges.

They could of done something completely different and amazing but like always they do something half assed.
lillianschild: teh sexlillianschild on October 12th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Well, some of the stories submitted are pretty good. I suggested creating a special section for them in the fanfiction forum because once the challenges were over those who didn´t pay attention to them or those who didn´t arrive in time to know about them would have in all certainty overlooked the fics, and they stories would have ended up languishing there.Fortunately, Julie listened to my advice so if you´re interested, you can find all the entries to the four challenges that have been held so far in the fanfic section.

Have you nominated your favourite Chlex, Lex, and Chloe vids for the NS Music Video Awards? You have time till the 15th when the voting process will begin. There are over 200 nominees already and I´ve been giving Julie a hand with the approval of the links and such.

This period of the nomination process is open even to non-members. The voting will be held among members, though.
Ana: pic#73947820blackheart_me on October 11th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
awww, this was great!

I like how you grab the Hex episode and got this idea :)
lillianschild: toastlillianschild on October 11th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Much more interesting than what they gave us on the show, right?*winks*
Anablackheart_me on October 18th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
OMG I LOOOOOVE YOUR AVI!!
lillianschild: smilelillianschild on October 18th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Which one? The one where Chlex are toasting? Or where MR/Lex is embracing her from behind?
Anablackheart_me on October 18th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
The one where they're toasting :)
atemkpjmm on November 12th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Good luck on the contest!
lillianschild: toastlillianschild on November 12th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Misty; but I believe you misinterpreted the title. I already took part in the contest and won with this piece.

It´s been a long time. How are you doing? Are you still doing some Lex stuff or are you into another fandom now?