I was kinda surprised at the reaction I got from the first chapter, but inwardly pleased. I have to admit the first chapter wasn't my best, so I figured I owed it to you guys to write a better chapter. I hope you like this! :D
Chloe had never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so when she woke up in her apartment with all of the JLA boys looking down at her she was worried. She looked around and saw Clark sitting next to her looking relieved, Oliver was perched near her bed looking both angry and relieved that she had woken up.
She bit her lip and slowly sat up, "So um what did I miss?" She asked, if it was possible both Oliver and Clark seemed to share the same idea and folded their arms. "We were so worried about you Chloelicious." Bart said, the image however was ruined due to the fact that he had his hand in a bag of chips.
Victor looked more solemn than usual, and A.C. for once wasn't cracking jokes. "What happened?" asked Oliver in a deadly quiet voice. Clark gave him a raised eyebrow and Oliver toned down his angry expression. "That is, what do you remember last?" Clark asked with concern in his whole being.
Chloe sighed and sank back onto her pillows, "I was being held at one of Lex's 33.1 labs and all of a sudden…Captain America burst in. Before I knew what was going on he dispatched the guards and the scientist and led me out to safety, On our way out, Iron Man crashed down and he was….severely wounded. I didn't want him dying when I could just save him, so I.." She trailed off when she noticed Clark and Oliver's matching stony expressions.
Oliver pinched his nose and looked down, "So you healed him?" he finally said. Chloe nodded, hating that she felt like a toddler being punished. More words might have been said but at that moment Lois burst into the room, "So you found her Smallville? And did the circus arrive in town?" She added upon seeing Victor and Bart in uniform.
Before they could answer, Lois's eyes landed on her cousin "Oh Chloe! thank goodness I was starting to debate wether or not to call the general." She hurried to Chloe's side and enveloped her in a bone crushing hug. Chloe was grateful that Lois was the type who preferred not to ask questions right away.
Lois suddenly pulled away from her, "I swear Chloe I was this close to blowing a gasket or something, what happened to you?" She demanded. So much for the no questions Chloe couldn't help but think complete with sarcastic jibe.
She glanced over at Oliver and Clark, but they were both still frowning at her so much for an undercover story she thought. "I um well, there was a uh gas leak at the Isis Foundation and um I may have been too engrossed in a story to notice…" She trailed off, hoping that Lois would pick up on what she was trying to say.
Lois's eyes widened in understanding, "You passed out?" She asked then she turned on the boys, "Why didn't you take her to the hospital?" She demanded. Oliver gave her an affronted look, "What? You don't trust Dr. Hamilton, he looked her over and said that she would be just fine."
Lois frowned, "Well I don't know about you two but she doesn't look fine." She said and gestured at the bed with a stabbing finger. Chloe groaned, "Lois I'm fine all I need is a little bed rest." She said in an upbeat tone of voice. Lois just shot her a disbelieving look and folded her arms mimicking Clark and Oliver's postures. "All right then, get out of bed." She said in a triumphant sounding voice.
Chloe inwardly winced, there was no way she would be able to stand up on her own and she knew that Lois knew it too. She slowly slid the covers off and slowly got in a sitting position, even that much work caused her to almost collapse from exhaustion.
She bit her lip and slowly set her feet on the ground, just as she was about to admit defeat someone knocked on the door. She almost sagged in relief, Lois gave her a dark look and then strode towards the door.
Lois gasped when she peeked through the peephole, she shot an unreadable look in Chloe's direction. "Who is it Lois?" asked Clark, Lois didn't answer him and stared instead at Chloe, "Look cuz if that guy outside isn't yours can I call dibs?" She asked in a stage whisper.
All of the JL boys looked extremely discomfited by this and gave Chloe dark looks, she gulped and shied away from Oliver who looked….well jealous. She was relieved that she was fully dressed, even if her clothes were still grungy from not having been worn. She suddenly glanced down and realized that her shirt was still missing and she was still wearing the doctors coat. Lois noticed the same problem and glared at the men that were still grouped around Chloe's bed, "Well I hope one of you Neathendral's can open the door and the rest of you can go over there." She said and gestured to the living area of Chloe's room. Once they had cleared out, Lois turned to Chloe before firmly shutting the door and heading to Chloe's closet.
"I don't know who it is Lo." Chloe admitted meekly as Lois picked out a red v neck shirt and tossed it in Chloe's direction. Chloe struggled to find the strength to pull it on and was relieved when Lois came over and helped. They both paused in their efforts when they heard someone finally answer the door. It sounded like Victor was the person who had opened it, both Chloe and Lois shot each other worried looks when they heard Oliver's voice quite clearly. "Yeah, well Chloe is doing a lot better now she doesn't need some flowers."
Lois's eyebrows went up, after helping Chloe finally put on her shirt she glanced at the door "I'll handle this." She said and smiled warmly at Chloe before striding towards the door. She made sure to block Chloe from view as she left. Chloe bit her lip and slowly crept towards the edge of the bed, she could hear Lois's voice also quite loudly.
"So, you know my cuz?" then there was a pause before a male voice responded, "Yes ma'am." Chloe's eyes widened, she knew that voice! She could almost hear her heart thundering wildly, it seemed Stripes was always going to surprise her. She wished that she wasn't so weak, otherwise she would have burst through the door and demanded answers.
She was stunned that Stripes was risking his identity for her, it was always a huge leap for another hero to trust an unknown. Lois's voice sounded again, "So how did you two meet?" She demanded. There was a pause, than Stripe's voice replied, "We met at the Isis Foundation." Chloe tensed, uh oh not good.
She once again cursed her weakness, Clark and the other JL boys would not take this well. They didn't approve of Chloe meeting and dating strange men without their approval ever since the Davis Bloome incident. She could picture Oliver and Clark do something drastic, she furrowed her brow and decided that trying to get to the living room wouldn't hurt. She hadn't even gotten her feet on the ground before she collapsed. She fell with a small scream, she landed hard and winced there was a pause from the other room and then her door burst open.
"Chloe!" Lois cried and hurried forward but Stripes beat her to it, Chloe's eyes widened when she was pulled up by a pair of very nicely toned arms. She almost gulped and could feel the blood rush to her cheeks, she was being held tenderly in the arms of a man who looked like he could match Clark for strength.
Her eyes drifted upward and met a pair of stunning blue eyes, he had blond hair that was parted neatly to the side. And his tight white shirt was doing nothing to conceal his finely toned abs, she was sure she was blushing madly. She felt like a teenager with a crush and gasped when he carried her with ease back to the bed.
"Thank you." She whispered, and was hyper aware of everyone's worried gazes on her. She looked up at Stripes and wished that she knew his name so that way she could act like she knew him. He was mouthing something to her and she grinned as she realized that what he was mouthing was his name.
Clark didn't look happy at Chloe's reaction to Stripes and was giving him the look, come to think of it all the guys were giving Stripes the look. She swallowed hard and smiled up at Stripes, "So Steve, how have you been?" She asked, hoping that she had gotten it right.
From the relieved look on his face, she had guessed right she mentally cheered and then smiled innocently up at the rest of the gang. "I've been doing my work, I heard about the gas explosion are you ok?" he asked.
Chloe's jaw almost dropped, how did he know about the fake gas explosion? She wondered. "Oh um, I'm doing a lot better thank you." She said with a small smile. Oliver looked ready to start punching Stripes er Steve through the wall, "So where do you work Steve?" he demanded.
Chloe bit her lip and listened as Steve shot Oliver a strained smile, "I work at Stark Industries as a corporate manager." He said quietly. "You work for Iron Man?" blurted Bart and then looked down when Oliver glared at him.
Lois smiled, "Wow, any chance you could set me up for an interview with-" Whatever Lois was about to say next as Clark stepped on her foot, causing Lois to glare up at him, "Ow, Smallville watch where you put those feet of yours." She scolded before Clark sent her a semi- apologetic look.
Steve looked like he was struggling not to laugh, "Well, Miss Sullivan I hope you get better." He said gently before leaving, there was a stunned silence for a good ten minutes before Lois arched her brow at Chloe. "Chloe, if you don't date him I will." She said and grinned saucily at Chloe.
I hope you liked the update, and I apologize for the wait….I've been involved in four separate RP groups that are pretty demanding. Anyway please review ^^