Anyway You Slice It by Maveness
'Chloe knows, but half the fun is in the telling.' (pg-13)

Someone to Watch Over Me by SullivanLane
'Clark would always remember her that way, despite all that they had gone through.'  (pg)

Witness by Amy
'Before she could formulate any words, her
best friend was gone in a blur of light.' (pg)

A Faustian Bargain by Medie
'Chloe Sullivan puts it together...and finds herself with a choice to make.'  (g, stargate crossover)

A Definition of Power by Hope
'Since Chloe was being irrational anyway, why not go for the Unreasonable Hall of Fame?' (pg-13, s3 spoilers)

Americana Tails by Regina
'Chloe. Seriously. You‘ve known about me for almost a year now, and I‘ve spent the majority of that year doing your bidding.' (pg)

Fixate by JollyCynic
'When Chloe finds out, it's not Clark who makes her blood boil.' (pg-13, s3 spoilers)

Moment by Huffy the Campfire Slayer
'Chloe and Clark exchange their secrets and Clark ponders how the two of them can be walking such parallel paths, yet be on such different journeys.' (nc-17)

Windfall by Wiccid Sister
'An encounter in Burnham Woods leads to a discovery.'  (nc-17)

Countdown to the Inevitable by Tara O'Shea
'She'd known for seven years, four months, seventeen days, five hours, and twelve minutes by the time he finally figured out that she knew.'  (pg)

Twist by Chiriru
'Her own curiosity had made her hang on to the ring; it was her fault that he had it. She had to stop Clark before he hurt himself because of it.' (pg-13)

My Immortal by Paperbkryter
'She was tired of watching him bleed to death.' (nc-17)



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Packing stacks of yellowed newspapers into boxes, Chloe ignored the rabbling sounds of the bullpen around her. Mack Fletcher had a hot tip that Bruce Wayne had been spotted with a hooker in Rio de Janeiro, and Fletch had gathered quite a crowd describing the prostitute in question, down to the mole on her ass and inventive use of body mod for enhanced oral stimulation. Somebody needed to call him on his misogynistic bullshit fantasies, but it wouldn't be Chloe, not today. 

She had places to be; the last place she wanted to be. A pale pink nightmare of taffeta and tulle hung from the hook in her car, and a gold-edged invitation graced her dashboard. She was cordially invited to witness the marriage of Lana Louise Lang and Peter David Ross, and lucky her, she'd be witnessing it from the altar steps, costumed and accessorized by an egregious bouquet of miniature roses. 

Chloe didn't begrudge Lana her day; she and Pete made each other disgustingly happy, the kind of happy people could spot in the middle of a raucous party, the kind of happy that made even the hardest-hearted romantiphobe point out how right they looked together. They deserved a celebration. However, Lana also deserved a sound beating for her cotton candy sartorial aesthetic, and for naming Chloe the Maid of Honor, considering Pete's choice for Best Man.

Divine intervention, or, his usual scattershot approach to all things scheduled, had kept Clark from attending the rehearsals, so for two weeks in a row, Chloe had step-together-stepped up the aisle of Smallville Methodist by herself, cheeks burning with embarrassment when Lana insisted she should at least *pretend* Clark was there. Holding her elbow aloft for an invisible arm was bad enough; she wasn't looking forward to hanging on the real thing.

With a quick snap, Chloe dropped her boxes beneath her desk, then locked the drawers to keep scavenging journalists from raiding her Bit O' Honey stash in her absence. They'd probably try anyway, and she'd have to call maintenance to replace her desk - again. Already bitter about the possibility, she narrowed her eyes at Fletch and the gang as she tugged her purse over her shoulder and strode past. "Why don't you tell them how much you paid an hour to "interview" Miss Chi Chi, Fletcher?"

Okay, so she couldn't help puncturing his man of the universe routine; she considered it a design flaw. Satisfied by the waves of jeers that rose in her wake, Chloe as she jogged to catch the elevator. In three hours, she'd be in Smallville again; in twenty-four, she'd see Clark. From the occasional glimpses she caught when he walked past the Inquisitor building to raid Mo's Diner for lunch, he hadn't changed much. Correction, he hadn't changed at all, except for the ridiculously affected glasses she knew he didn't need.

Maybe he thought they made him look smart, or maybe Lois liked them- it wasn't something she wanted to think about in great detail, because that would require a depth of examination that would both hurt and sharpen her temper, all at the same time. She'd made all the appropriate lies and noises when Lois asked if it was all right to date him (oh no, it's totally okay; I've been over him for years, go for it) so really, it was her own fault when Lois *actually* went ahead and dated him, but that didn't mean Chloe couldn't be quietly bitter about it in the confines of her own head.

She had plenty of room to be bitter, too. Slipping behind the wheel of her latest cherry red Bug, Chloe cranked the engine and the radio up, the pleasant thrum of horsepower and alt rock buzzing her brain into temporary silence. That bliss lasted all the way to the highway, abruptly halted by some neo-Neanderthal jerk in a green SUV. Contrary to popular opinion, the absurd MSRP affixed to land-yachts did not actually confer to the owner the deed and title to Route 9. 

Which brought her back to bitter, and three hours' worth of driving filled with nothing but cornfield vistas and time to think. She lingered on the verge of a sneeze, degraded newspaper particles tickling her nose, and the musty scent of near-ancient Torch issues still permeated each breath.

The articles (the ones with her name on the byline and the breathlessly purple reportage she'd finally worked out of her system in college) seemed like a time capsule of her own naïveté. 'Hardcore Rage and Raging Hormones,' 'Torch Torched; Town Tormented,' 'Fire and Ice and Everything Not So Nice,' she must have suffered some meteor-induced environmental brain damage to write those headlines with a straight face.  Then again, she *had* ended up at the Inquisitor, so maybe she'd always been destined for deep tabloid insignificance.

Not like Pulitzer Lois, who'd gotten her start with stories Chloe had written - again not that she was bitter, except when she was. Lois had everything, even the audacity to fling herself on Chloe's couch and complain when Clark disappeared in the middle of dinner for the thousandth time. A couple more times, and Chloe would bite a hole all the way through her tongue, and on the upside, maybe she could use the existing wound to upgrade to a Rio de Janeiro hooker stud, wouldn't that be fun?

Chloe wasn't religious, unless an intimate faith in verifiable facts and disprovable fictions counted, but she knew that lies were sins and sins of omission were lies, so each time she smiled at Lois, shrugging in that carefree way she didn't feel while she reassured her that Clark was flaky but he didn't mean anything by his chronic unreliability, she stained her soul with a one-two venial punch.

Rationally, she knew she shouldn't be angry, but sometimes, when the moon was especially full, or her answering machine was especially empty, Chloe wanted to grab Lois by the lapels of her Donna Karan suits and shake her until her teeth rattled.

"Open your eyes, Lois," that's what she'd shout. "You write about it every day, put it together!" After all, Lois was twenty-six, not sixteen, she'd been in love before, and grown out of the starry-eyed stupid phase. The fact that Clark's vanishing acts tended to coincide with Superman's feats of heroism should have been obvious to her.

But they weren't, so Chloe would pop another antacid and smile, smile, smile though the world had an unnerving tendency to piss her off, lately. At least she could salve her own gullibility with back-issues of a high school newspaper; she knew the truth, now.

She'd known for a while actually, but Clark had made it abundantly clear that he didn't want to talk about it, so she never asked. She never even hinted. The one secret she'd managed to keep, completely and totally, and she couldn't even expect a pat on the shoulder for it, not, of course, that people should expect rewards for maintaining confidences, but a little latitude might have been nice considering she'd been sitting on the story of the millennium for years. At least she held her tongue because she cared, not like certain smooth-headed billionaires who'd probably mapped it down to the second and hour, when he'd finally reveal his hand.

Metropolis United Charities had been a sham; Social Services had absolutely no record of a three year old boy in or out of the system around the time the Kents adopted Clark, every kid she could find that remotely matched as a possibility was accounted for, oh, and Lex didn't exactly tell her to make herself at home in the mansion when she waited to foolishly feed him more and more information, but he hadn't told her not to, either. She had plausible deniability, unlike the Shrine of Creepy that spelled out Lex's obsession and Clark's real heritage for her in de-interlaced, monochromatic blues.

Lex never asked why she gave up the research lapdog position, which was good, because she would have had to lie, and she had a tendency to ramble until the truth came out anyway. There were probably cameras in the mansion, anyway- she used to wonder if he had them in the bedroom, too; considering how many wives had gone black widow on him, she wouldn't have blamed him- so he knew enough. He knew she'd seen the room, but her thoughts, her very private thoughts and revelations, stayed locked up in her head and nowhere else. Short of mind control and torture, that's where they'd stay, too.

Knowing Clark's secret felt like power; impotent power, because it's not like she could use it for anything, but a little was better than nothing. Besides, sometimes she still pulled out her favorite daydream production: Chloe Finally Gets Her Man.

Without reality to muddy things up, Clark was passionate, amazed at her dedication, and he couldn't keep his hands off of her when he finally discovered just how faithful she'd been to him since she'd sworn off adding integers to the things that didn't add up about him.

She turned the fantasy off before it got to heavy nudity time, though- now that she'd had real sex, she found it hard to maintain the dewy, soap-opera perfection of fantasy without something completely mundane slipping in. As infuriatingly clumsy as Clark could be in real life, she preferred that he never accidentally put his elbow on her hair, or have to stop to pull a stray pube off his tongue, in her dreams.

To say that the State of the Chloe Sullivan Address was conflicted when it came to the domestic matter of Clark Kent would be understating it by a magnitude. She was older, and smarter; most of the time, she had dates on Friday nights, even if none of those dates had taken as a permanent addition to her social life. She had a good job where her editor encouraged her to spend four days in the field in search of a teenager purported to possess the ability to walk through walls, and in spite of a few early, Ikea missteps, she had an amazingly cool apartment.

It was a good life.

Still, sometimes, she couldn't help but think Lois had the good life that should have been hers. Sometimes, she couldn't help blaming Clark, because there was no point in being a *little* irrational, when she could secure a place in the Unreasonable Hall of Fame.

Flipping the bird at yet another urban destroyer pulling a Lewis and Clark on the fast lane, Chloe muttered something nasty under her breath and jabbed at the CD player. She needed something up-tempo and angst-free, something that would put her in the mood for two of her oldest friends' wedding. Unfortunately, she had driving music, which trended toward loud and poundy, in the first six slots of her changer. If she hadn't been knotted up bemoaning her outcast state when she left Metropolis, she might have had the sense to put one of Pete's mix CDs in the player, but no... she planned to blame that on Clark, too.

She felt a vibration, and had enough time to curse the transmission for sensing the end of her warranty, when everything turned over. A flash of pink tulle whipped around her head, and the invitation, with its multiple sheets of vellum and tissue paper, exploded like a flock of frightened doves. Through a spidered windshield, she saw the SUV skid across the highway in front of her; then the sky, then the highway again before everything went red in a haze of shattered glass.

Floating away from the car, she hoped that God had a sense of humor. It was probably too late to convert, and besides, what if she chose the wrong religion? It would be just her luck to show up in heaven and find out it was actually Valhalla, sorry Odin, I thought you were a Jewish carpenter. Relieved that death didn't hurt, she *was* a little disappointed that it was so cold. Wind whipped around her, turning her fingers to ice, and after a moment, it occurred to her to open her eyes.

Clark smiled, a strange aura of confidence surrounding him. Once upon a time in Smallville, they were uncertain, or sheepish; sometimes brilliant, but they never stayed long, not like this one. "If you wanted a ride, you could have called me."

The only thing Chloe could think to say was, "You'd better not be God, Clark."

"Not even close." Dropping through a misty mass of clouds, Clark scanned the horizon. The earth looked like a quilt from up there, brown and green patches sewn together with white fences, farmhouse buttons and blue river ribbons. Forget the view from LexCorp Towers, *this* was the way to see Kansas.

Chloe craned to look over his shoulder, clutching an arm tight as her expression darkened. "What about..."

A vulnerable note crept into Clark's voice; she recognized that part of him; that hadn't changed. "Dead before I got there." With a deep breath, he dropped a few more feet, an exhilarating free fall that ended abruptly. "I'm going to put you down in the ravine. If anybody asks, you weren't wearing your seatbelt and you got thrown free."

Turning back to squint at him, Chloe exhaled a thin laugh. Just like him to finally show her what he could do, then expect her to lie about it. "Clark, Superman saves people all the time. I promise, it's not a conflict of interest."

"You're the only one who survived. People won't understand that I couldn't get there in time to save everyone." Pursing his lips, regret rippled across his brow, then a light went off, snuffed from within. Suddenly, he dropped again, the wind screaming around them, and Chloe's stomach fluttered, like she was taking the first hill of a roller coaster.

In the distance, sirens screamed toward the accident, and Chloe nearly stumbled when Clark set her on her feet again. Reaching up to brush the hair out of her eyes, she tipped her head back, poised to say something witty, or amazed, or maybe just to tell him that she'd always known, but she found herself wrapped up in his arms again, plastered to a field of blue. The kiss was unexpected; soft, covering her mouth, and she had the strangest sensation of falling as the world went black again.

"I told you, I'm fine," Chloe said, brushing Lana's hand away so she could place the last tiny rose in her upswept hair. Tipping her gaze into the mirror, she smiled when she met Lana's worried gaze, and shook her delicate shoulders. "I'll admit, there's a good chance I'm in shock, but physically, the paramedics- who were incredibly cute, but that's an incredibly bad way to meet guys, anyway... they said it was a miracle."

Nodding, Lana started to smile, the expression faltering with worry before recovering. "Still, I..."

"No, you nothing. I'm here, you're getting married, so I hereby proclaim today to be an officially good day." Cheerfully, Chloe swept around her, smoothing the department store dress they'd picked out at Fordman's at the last minute, a warm magenta that vastly improved on the dress currently soaking up rainwater in a junkyard, along with the remains of her crumpled car. "And... that's my cue."

Waving a Vanna White hand toward the door, Chloe let herself out of the dressing room and shook her head when she found the hall empty. She really would end up walking down the aisle by herself, but official good day or not, Lana was out of her mind if she thought Chloe would lift her elbow as if someone were on it. Wedding or not, she had *some* pride.

Just as the ushers opened the door, Clark jogged up, pink-faced and apologetic. "Sorry, I had a thing."

So that was his code word for heroics; she couldn't picture Lois letting a lame excuse like that that one go by, but jeez, she did, again and again. Too bad he was too busy with his "things" to scan Route 9 for possible accidents; maybe if he hadn't been busy with "things," she'd still have a car. Not that she was bitter.

Slipping her arm through his, Chloe marched step-together-step to Debussy down the aisle, soothing her irritation by imagining what would happen if she told Clark she knew.



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