Banner by miss_morrygan
Title: Everything Changes With Time
Author: brittany2922Rating: PG-13 for nowSummary: 4 years after the events of Lazarus, Chloe Sullivan suddenly comes back to Metropolis. But her relief to be home is short lived when she realizes how long she's been gone and how much has changed…
Characters: Chloe Sullivan, Oliver Queen, Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Dinah Lance, Bart Allen, Victor Stone, Author Curry, John Jones, Perry WhiteGenre: Angst/Romance
Warnings: Mild Violence/Language
I own nothing!
Spoilers up through episode 10x2 Shield everything after that is AU.
She felt the crunch of bones breaking as the hard fist collided with her nose and she felt the blood begin to trickle down past her lips and over her chin.
"Give us the names?" the man yelled at her through clenched teeth.
Chloe spit out the coppery tasting liquid that had made it's way into her mouth careful not to spit out the pill she had hidden in her cheek with it. She looked up at him keeping her expression staying hard, "Go to Hell."
He leaned forward and grabbed the back of her head nearly pulling the hair out from the roots, "maybe we could get that boyfriend of yours back here. Something tells me once he sees his little savior like this he will be much easier to convince."
"Do you really think you stand a chance against him now that his guard is up? He'll see you coming from a mile away, and this time he will take you down." She told him confidently.
"That's where you're wrong Blondie." He leaned in right against her ear close enough that she could smell the sweat practically pouring off him, "as long as I have you. I have control over him."
"You're right," she admitted.
He pulled back from her, "Glad you're finally getting smart about this, now I want the names. All of them."
"That's not going to happen." she said firmly just before she crushed the small capsule in between her molars.
As she felt the effects begin to take effect she silently prayed that the antidote would work.
Chloe shot up in bed her breath coming in short gasps. There were several events since she had been gone that she didn't remember but the memories of the day she 'died' still haunted her as did the memory of what came right after…
"Chloe Sullivan," a woman's voice said as Chloe fought against the darkness , her pulse began to race as she worried that maybe while the antidote had saved her life she still had some side effects that were affecting her vision.
"That was quite a risky stunt you pulled, how were you so sure the antidote would work."
"I wasn't." she answered simply.
"Well you're either incredibly brave, or the stupidest woman on the planet."
Chloe listened to the voice trying to figure out where she had heard it before, but she couldn't place it. She attempted to lift her arms but found them bound behind her back the cold steel of the handcuff painfully digging into her wrists as she fought against them.
It was then that she realized why everything was dark, it wasn't some side effect of the poison, whoever had her now had blindfolded her.
"What do you want?" she demanded through clenched teeth.
"Simple," the woman's voice said, "I want access to Watchtower's database."
"Watchtower?" Chloe asked feigning ignorance.
"Please don't play dumb Miss Sullivan, I am already well aware of your connection to the Justice League… that is what they call themselves isn't it?"
Chloe tightened her jaw there was no way she would give whoever this woman was the satisfaction of breaking her.
"No response. Okay well, how about we discuss your connection to the Green Arrow AKA Oliver Queen?"
She felt herself flinch at the mention of his name and knew the woman had to have seen it, but still she wouldn't respond.
This time when she spoke Chloe could practically hear the knowing smirk in her voice. "You traded yourself for him; you would do just about anything to help your little band of 'heroes' continue to run the streets playing vigilantes. Meanwhile, none of you will step up and do what's asked of you." She paused and Chloe heard the woman's footsteps as she moved not stopping until she was right in front of her. When she leaned in Chloe could feel her breath against her face, "I told your boyfriend once already that it was time for him to pay his debt to his country," suddenly the pieces began to fall in place.
Agent Amanda Waller, the White Queen.
"But he's not the only one. It's time for your whole team to join up and fight the good fight."
"You call this the good fight?" she asked shaking her wrists and making the handcuffs clank against the chair that was holding her.
"Well I'm sorry if you don't appreciate my tactics, Green Arrow didn't either, but that doesn't change anything," Chloe felt her back away. "Tell me how to access the Watchtower database!" she yelled.
"I think me taking a cyanide tablet shows you that I would rather die then betray any of them."
"I thought you might say that," she said her voice eerily calm now. Chloe heard a door open, "send him in."
Chloe felt her chest tighten feeling genuine fear at the uncertainty of what was to come next. Nothing was going as planned. She was supposed to be free by now but here she was a captive again.
The blindfold was ripped from her head and in front of her stood Agent Waller and a man about her age.
"Say hello to Felix Miss Sullivan, he's what you so kindly refer to as a Meteor Freak," Waller said gesturing to the man beside her. "Felix has a very special ability, he can get inside your mind and tell me anything and everything I want to know, but it will be very painful."
Chloe glared at her defiantly, "I'm not telling you anything, no matter what you do to me."
"Alright," Waller responded, "Felix."
He made his way over to her and knelt down. They were eye level now and he stared into her eyes. She felt herself unable to look away. After several minutes she noticed a small bead of sweat fall from his forehead and into his eye causing him to blink and break the trance.
Her pulse was racing; she knew the information that someone who gained access to her mind would be able to retrieve."
"Well?" Waller demanded.
Felix stood and turned away from her, "I can't get in," he said the shock apparent in his voice.
"What do you mean?"
"There's something blocking me from her mind." he shook his head in disbelief, "I can't get in," he repeated.
Chloe felt a surge of relief as she stared up and the astonished pair.
"She did something to me, drained me of my energy, I need to rest before I try to go in again."
Chloe continued to stare at them taking in their words, this wasn't the first time her mind had been able to fight off an attack, but that had been over two years ago and she had shown no signs of her ability since then.
As the two of them stared back at her, Waller's eyes were filled with rage, but Felix his eyes held something different, a look that was a mixture of uncertainty and admiration…
"Chlo?" Lois called from the bottom of the stairs.
"I'll be right there Lo," Chloe answered trying to keep her voice steady.
Her heart was pounding frantically against her chest. The memory had been so vivid; it was like she was living the whole experience over again. She needed to find a way to calm down and she thought maybe the best solution was to go spend time with Lois. Her cousin seemed to have a calming effect on her after everything that had happened, and she was grateful for that.
Chloe stood from the bed and headed down to the living room. When she reached the bottom of the stairs she caught a glimpse of Lois sitting on the couch a cup of coffee in one hand, the television remote in the other and a large bowl of popcorn in her lap. She walked into the room and sat down on the opposite end of the sofa, she looked at Lois and smiled weakly, "You bellowed."
"Yeah I know you were resting, but Clark left so I thought maybe we could talk, or at least sit and make fun of some reality TV stars together," she said pointing to the TV.
Chloe sat down on the couch and grabbed the bag of popcorn. She knew what Lois was trying to do, she thought that if she got Chloe alone she could get her to open up some more but she wasn't ready for that so instead the two of them stared at the TV in silence for awhile.
"Where did Clark go?" Chloe asked finally breaking the silence, "Did he have something else to take care of?"
"Uh… yeah," Lois answered not meeting Chloe's gaze.
She knew her cousin was trying to keep something from her, "Is everything ok?"
"Lois, for an investigative reporter you are a terrible liar. What's going on?" her cousin just stared at her biting her lower lip. "Lois after everything else I'm pretty sure I can handle whatever it is you're afraid to tell me." She sighed deeply, "you guys can't start keeping stuff from me, even if you think you're protecting me." she said softly.
Lois watched her for a minute, and Chloe knew she was trying to decide if what she was saying was the truth.
"Really Lois," she pushed, "I'll be fine tell. Please tell me what's going on."
Lois sighed deeply and leaned forward placing her cup on the coffee table then turning her attention back to her cousin, "Clark went to Oliver's…"
Chloe felt her heart clench at the mention of him, but she pushed the pain aside, "Okay… go on," she urged. She had somehow managed to convince Lois that she could handle whatever was going on and there was no way that she was going to start crying now and stop Lois from telling her.
"Their investigating what happened to you, where you've been." Lois told her quietly.
"What?" Chloe said her voice rising.
Lois looked up at her clearly taken aback by Chloe's reaction, "they just want to find out who had you and to make sure their punished." Lois explained.
"Lois you have to call Clark right now."
"Please Lo, just call him and tell him to come get me." She pleaded.
"Alright," Lois agreed finally.
Chloe watched as Lois picked up her phone and dialed Clark's number. She had just managed to get Oliver to leave and now she had to go see him again but that didn't matter now.
Chloe Sullivan had made a promise to someone she had grown to care very deeply for.
The same person who rescued her from her captors, her savior and she wouldn't break the vow she made to him.
In order to do that she had to stop Oliver and Clark from finding out about everything that happened over the past four years.
She had a promise to keep.
"So where do you think we should start?" Clark asked.
Oliver moved around his desk a small remote clutched in his hand he pushed a button and two screens lowered in front of the book shelf. "Everything I've managed to find out about her disappearance is right here he said pointing toward them.
Clark took a step closer looking over the information, "there's not much here." Clark noted.
"Tell me about it," Oliver agreed, "Chloe erased her entire identity before she traded herself it made finding information a little more difficult."
"Which is probably why she did it," Clark continued, "but they must have found the cyanide tablet before she could take it, ruining her escape plan."
"She took the pill Clark." Oliver said softly.
"Oliver she couldn't have. If she had, she would have gotten away from them sooner."
"Look Clark, I don't know where she's been, but I know she took the pill."
"How can you know that for sure?" Clark asked.
"Because of this," Oliver told him raising the remote and pushing another button a moment later a video feed began to play on the screens.
There was an old rundown warehouse then the camera landed on a small pile of chains bolted to the floor the camera moved shakily as he removed his glasses and tucked them into the collar of his leather tunic.
"Did you miss me?" a voice said from behind him, "You know I got to say we had something special the man said snidely. "You didn't crack on the first beating you made me work for it." he continued.
"I'm glad it was good for you too." Oliver replied turning to face the man.
He raised a gun pointing it at Oliver and cocked it.
"Take it easy there commando," Oliver said, "I'm just a guy with a bow and arrow."
"You're wasting your talent Queen you could make a real difference out there." He said circling around Oliver his gun still raised. "The tide is turning. People are getting nervous about vigilantes roaming the streets. Taking the decisions and the glory out of the hands of the suits in power."
"I'm not running for office I'm just putting bad guys in jail," Oliver retorted.
"Well that's gonna get harder the longer you and your little band of heroes stay half in half out. That's the beauty of my group. Everyone thinks we're dead." He said as he lowered his gun. "We could use you, but this is your one and only offer."
"You raise a good point." Oliver replied calmly before swiftly raising his crossbow and releasing a shot at the same moment the other man does. While his bullet hits his mark the other man's misses. "On the other hand you did just try to shoot me," he said rushing toward him and grabbing the hand holding the gun. He yanks it to the side as he delivers a knee to the mans gut and a punch to the side of his face.
He falls to the ground covering his face, as Oliver continues his assault on him desperate to get the information he came looking for. "Where's" … kick … "Chloe Sullivan?" Where is she?" He demands through clenched teeth. "I'm sorry" … kick … "I can't hear you. Where" … kick … "is Chloe" … kick… "Sullivan?"… kick.
"It wasn't a kidnapping," He said finally, gasping for breath, "it was a trade."
Oliver falls to one knee beside the man and punches him in the face again, "a trade for what?" he demands grabbing the man by the collar of his vest.
"You," he answers letting out a small chuckle as he does, "you would have been proud of her. She didn't crack. She downed a cyanide pill just to save your life." he continues licking away the blood spilling from the wound on his lip. "She's dead…"
The video ended and Oliver turned toward Clark expecting to see a look of disapproval on his friends face, but instead he sees what looks like approval of the actions he took to try and find her.
"Oliver," Clark started slowly, "just because he said it doesn't mean it happened. Maybe they found the pill before she could take it but still told you she did to get you to back off of looking for her."
"Clark he was telling the truth."
"You don't know that, you're taking that the man who kidnapped and tortured you and then took Chloe, at his word."
"Clark in our line of work we need to be able to read people, and I am telling you he was telling the truth, or at least he thought he was." He pointed toward the screen, "that man thought she was dead."
"Okay, say you're right then what happened after her 'death' what kept her from getting back here."
"I have no idea."
"Maybe we should…" Clark was cut off by the sound of his phone ringing.
"It's Lois," he said looking down at his caller ID, "Hello?"
Oliver listened to Clark's side of the conversation trying to figure out what was happening, if something had happened to Chloe.
"She wants me to what?" Clark asked hesitantly, "Lois are you sure she's up for this already? Earlier today she was…" he paused for a moment and Oliver could hear Lois's raised voice through the phone. "Alright, alright, you don't have to yell, I'm on my way." he said hanging up the phone.
"I've gotta go to the farm and get Chloe, she says she needs to talk to us right away."
Clark doesn't give a chance to respond before Oliver feels a gust of wind as he super speeds away.
A/N Sorry for the long wait! Also I know I changed the scene between Oliver and Rick Flag a little but I had to for the story. Thanks for reading!
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