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Title: Inaccurate Perceptions
Summary: After the unexpected death of her parents, Chloe Sullivan was adopted by Lionel Luthor and raised as his own. Now twelve years later, Chloe is ready to break out on her own, move away from the confines of the Luthor mansion in Smallville and begin classes at Met U. All on her way to living her lifelong dream of becoming a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Daily Planet. But everything she knows is about to change when she begins to investigate recent terrorist attacks on her family's company and finds out that the Luthors are not what she always believed them to be.
Characters: Chloe Sullivan/Luthor, Oliver Queen, Lex Luthor, Lionel Luthor, Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Bart Allen, Victor Stone, Author Curry, Dinah Lance, Mia Darden
Pairings: Chloe/Oliver, Lois/Clark, AC/Dinah, Bart/Mia
Rating: Mature/ NC-17 (Eventually)
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Drama, Angst, Romance, and some Humor
Disclaimer: I own nothing!
A/N Just a heads up on a few things before you start to read this story…
1. There will be several mentions of events from Smallville canon, but in order to fit them into the story the way I wanted to they may not happen in the proper timeline.
2. There will be parts of this story where Lex seems OOC that will mainly be as a result of his relationship with Chloe and I'm hoping to mix in enough interaction with other characters to show plenty of canon Lex.
3. Oliver's first appearance in this won't be until chapter 3.
4. My hope is to update this story every Monday and Friday hopefully RL will allow for that schedule.
Chloe Luthor marched into the study; the large white envelope with the Met U logo pressed firmly between her chest and folded arms. It had taken her almost two weeks to find a time when both her adopted brother and father would be available for what she was sure would end up being a very unpleasant conversation.
She forced away her worries of the certain tension that would no doubt occur as soon as she told both men the reason she'd insisted on seeing them. No matter how nervous she was she had to do this.
She was ready.
Ready to move on from the confinements of her family's Smallville estate, and move on to the next chapter of her life.
Her father had forced her to move to the small secluded town just after her fifteenth birthday and she had spent the three years since then in nearly complete social seclusion.
Even going to school, public or boarding, had been denied to her. Instead her father had taken the time and money to hire her best tutors available. Apparently they had done their job well somehow without even attending a normal high school she had still been accepted to every college she had applied to, and while most people would have went straight to one of the Ivy League schools she had been accepted to, she had landed on Met U.
It was the perfect choice.
She hadn't told anyone yet, not even Lex, but she had decided several months ago to go after her lifelong dream of being a reporter at the Daily Planet and the best way for her to accomplish that was to attend the closest college and apply for one of their coveted internships.
Now there was only one obstacle left for her to overcome, she had to find a way to convince her brother and father that it was time to let her move away from the mansion and on to the Met U campus.
She settled herself into one of the large oversized chairs and placed the envelope gently on her lap as she waited for the two men to arrive. She glanced down at her watch and realized that, as always, they were both running late.
Chloe rolled her eyes, they were always running late, especially recently.
Over the past few months Luthorcorp had been suffering. There had been several terrorists' attacks against their research and development labs. Lex had been ranting about it to her on almost a daily basis.
After finding out about all the trouble this radical group had cost her family she had decided that as soon as she had the research tools of the Daily Planet at her disposal; she was going to do everything in her power to discover who these men were and expose them to the world, it was the least she could do after everything the Luthor family had done for her.
Just after her parents death ten years ago Lionel had found her living in a small Metropolis orphanage. He had been there giving a press conference about Luthorcorps most recent charitable endeavor, funding several children's homes around the city.
He had told her the story more times then she could count, after one conversation he had fallen in love with her and her sassy nature. He always ended the story by telling her that he had never thought he would have a chance to have a daughter and that he knew after talking to her for five minutes that she was meant to be a Luthor.
It hadn't taken long for him to have all the paperwork filled out and processed, and within two weeks of meeting him she was moving out of the orphanage and into the Luthor penthouse.
When she had first moved in Lex had been away at boarding school, and honestly he was what worried her the most about her new family. She had never had any siblings, and as much as she had always wanted at least one she didn't know how the true Luthor child would react to her sudden presence in his home. Her fears had been unfounded though, Lex had welcomed her into his home much like his father had, with open arms. The two of them became fast friends and it didn't take much time after that for him to truly become the stereotypical overprotective big brother. Normally someone being that way with her would have annoyed her, even at the age of eight, but for some reason with Lex it never had.
Chloe nervously fidgeted in her seat and her gaze fell onto the envelope in front of her again.
The guilt she felt about leaving Lex behind after all these years was the only hard thing about moving back to Metropolis. She didn't want to abandon him. She knew Lex and Lionel's relationship had hit a few bumps over the years, but recently the tension between father and son, had hit a pinnacle. She couldn't help but feel guilty about that. Ever since Lionel had exiled Lex to small town life several years ago she had been playing referee between the pair but lately, ever since she had realized what she really wanted to do with her life, she had become completely engrossed in her college planning and fell short in her peacekeeping responsibilities. She just hoped that one of their many arguments wasn't what was currently holding them up.
Chloe looked down at her watch again and rolled her eyes, they were both now over half an hour late. She sighed heavily and snatched up the envelope from her lap before it could fall to the ground as she rose to her feet. The guilt she had been feeling just moments ago was starting to be pushed aside to give way to annoyance at the two most important men in her life.
She stomped toward the door of the study fully prepared to tell them both what she thought of them the next time she saw them, but just as she reached out to grab the handle the door opened and Lex walked in his cell phone planted where it always was lately… against his ear. He held up his finger gesturing for her to hold on a minute and shot her an apologetic smile.
She felt her anger toward him melt away when she saw the tension he was wearing in his shoulders.
Lex continued his argument for several more minutes, he ranted to whoever was on the other end about leather clad terrorists, bombs, and lack of any leads. Finally he demanded some kind of results by the end of the week before he ended his call and slammed his phone down to his desk.
He turned to her and gave her another small smile, "I'm so sorry, Chloe, I know you asked us both to be here, and neither of us seemed to be able to make it on time."
She held up her hand silencing him, "it's fine really, I know you've got a lot going on right now, and you're forgiven, but… where's dad?"
"He should be here soon," Lex assured her, "I spoke to him about fifteen minutes ago and he was already on the company helicopter headed this way." He walked across the room and poured himself a scotch neat then turned back to her, "so do I get some kind of clue as to what this meeting is all about."
"I think I should wait until he's here too." she tried as hard as she could not to glance down at the large envelope she still held in her hands.
Lex narrowed his eyes at her for a moment. "Would it be safe to assume that whatever you need to discuss with us has something to do with that envelope clutched firmly in your hands?" He asked not breaking eye contact as he pointed in the direction of her hands
Chloe rolled her eyes, that was one thing she had grown to hate about her relationship with her adoptive brother, he could read her like a book, and she always got the impression that he got a kick out of being so close to someone that he could read them so well.
"As a matter of fact it does, but you still have to wait until Dad shows up… sorry." she answered with a shrug.
As if he sensed that he was the topic of discussion Lionel Luthor walked into the office and immediately headed toward Chloe. He stopped in front of her and leaned down pressing a kiss to her cheek. "So, what is so important that we couldn't discuss it over the phone?"
"What no time for small talk?" Chloe teased as she silently prayed that her regular, everyday snark would lighten them both up enough to give her a chance to convince them that this was the best path for her.
"After all these years you should know how unnecessary I find such things as small talk."
Lex snorted at his father's remark, "unless it's with some disgruntled board member you're trying to win over, the rest of us just have to take what we can get."
Chloe's head whipped in his direction her lips pursed, "Why don't you both sit down?" she asked tightly as she gestured toward the couches on the other side of the room. She watched them both make their way across the room and rolled her eyes. She really hoped they would listen to reason. If they did by the end of the summer she would be living somewhere completely new and finally starting the life she was meant to have.
She grabbed a bottle of water from the bar and made her way toward them… 'Time to face the firing squad' she thought with a small nervous chuckle.