Notes: For Medie, Surprise Pairing. Prompt: Chloe attends the LuthorCorp annual Christmas party
Keywords: Futurefic, AU, Christmas
Clark, Chloe, Lois, Lex... anyone in the
Smallville/Superman/DC Comics realm I deem necessary.
Chloe Sullivan circulated the room with a champagne glass in her hand, its long stem clasped between the midnight blue gloves which covered her hands and matched her dress. She was generally bored with the whole party thus far. Metropolis hadn’t changed much since she’d last been there as a journalism student in Met U’s grad program. Same snooty people, both in and out of the business she’d chosen as a profession and the same types of snakes and weasels at every party. Tonight was no different.
There were entirely too many of them, including Chloe herself, who had come from all the way from
"Chloe?" A familiar, yet distinctly changed voice queried from behind her and Chloe turned, coming face to tuxedoed chest with
Well, almost a little too friendly, Chloe thought as she disentangled herself from the clinging hug to look at her one-time crush. He was beaming at her with the slightly goofy grin he always used, though Chloe also detected a hint of longing in the farm-boy-turned-reporter’s eyes.
"Currently..." Chloe tossed back at him, noting how he’d given her appearance not only a once but a twice over. "I’m with you, Kent." He grinned and she threaded her arm through his when he offered it. They walked, mingling with the crowd as they chatted about little things.
It was kind of cute, Chloe decided as she sipped her champagne, considering everything that lay between them. "Have you seen Lex yet?" she asked in a lull in there conversation.
"He probably is."
Lois approached them, smirking. "If Cue Ball hasn’t shown his face yet, you know it has to be something. Rumor has it, he went and got himself hitched."
"I have my sources, Smallville," Lois chided, not telling him who those sources were. "Did you by chance tell Chloe how beautiful her dress was yet?"
Lois rolled hers at her cousin and excused herself to go work the room in an attempt to dig up more dirt on Lex. Or to find him and demand an interview. Chloe turned back to her companion. "You didn’t have to let Lois bully you into saying that, you know," she told him.
"She didn’t bully me," he protested. "I wanted to. You look... " He flushed a little and turned his head, looking into the crowd. Music had begun to play, piped in from some unseen speakers. People were beginning to dance. "Would you like to dance, Chloe?"
It reminded Chloe of when he'd asked her to the Smallville Spring Formal, nervous but hopeful that she'd say yes. The outcome of this dance wouldn't be anything like that one. She took his arm and let him lead her into the middle of the rest of the throng.
"You and Lo here together?" she asked casually. Lois had certain physical traits
"I guess I was," was Chloe's comeback. "Lois here for the story? Or the hot billionaire..."
"You know Lois,"
Lois was dancing with Lex, whom she'd somehow managed to find at last. Chloe's eyes narrowed as she watched her cousin dance with their host. Lex looked like the leading man out of an old movie. The tails of his black tuxedo fluttered a little behind him as he moved with Lois to the rhythm of the music.
"Is she interviewing him?" Chloe snorted. Lois was, indeed, talking rather animatedly to Lex.
"Looks like it,"
As the night neared , the rumor had circulated that yes, there was a mystery wife and Lex would make her identity known to them by the last dance of the evening. After dancing with Lois, he worked his way through most of the women in the room.
"He's smooth," Lois snarked, watching Lex work the crowd.
Chloe nodded in agreement. "He sure is," she muttered as she watched Lex switch dance partners yet again. "At least he's giving every woman here one last thrill."
Lois had sent him off to get them both more champagne once she finished dancing with Lex for a second time. "He asked about you and the Flannel King," she told Chloe.
"Really?" This was a twist. "What did he want to know?" Chloe asked, just as the song changed to a slower tune and the golden clock on the wall chimed .
"If he'd mind giving me back my wife..." Lex's voice materialized beside the cousins and he held out his hand to Chloe. Taking it, Chloe let him lead her out onto the dance floor.
"Does he now?" Lex sounded amused.
Chloe kissed him back and the world shrank to just them. Lex and Chloe. Chloe and Lex. Everything--and everyone--else faded into the Christmas-colored background.