Banner by miss_morrygan
Title: The Announcement
Summary: One year ago Oliver Queen and Chloe Sullivan's romance ended, but when Oliver finds out that Chloe is about to marry someone else he realizes that he has to find a way to win her back before she ends up married to the wrong man
Characters : Chloe Sullivan, Oliver Queen, Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and several original characters
Rating: this chapter T
Disclaimer: I own nothing!
Chloe leaned against the door frame just outside her apartment, she'd noticed as she pulled up that there was no light coming from ant of the windows. She hoped that Jake was already asleep, and the last thing she wanted was to wake him up and have to have a conversation about where she had been. A conversation she was guessing would lead to him questioning who she had been with.
She slung her purse over her shoulder and let her heels hang from two fingers. After unlocking the door she slowly nudged the door open, crept inside, and then closed it behind her. She stood against the door for several seconds listening for any sounds that would indicate that she had woken him up. When she heard none she silently padded her way into the living room.
"I feel terrible," Jake said to her through the darkness, "I shouldn't have talked to you like that." he cleared his throat before continuing, "It isn't your fault Oliver Queen came back to town, and the way I acted about Lois was uncalled for as well. She's your family, the only family you have around you anymore. It was wrong and I'm sorry."
Chloe walked in the direction of the couch and flipped on the lamp that sat on the table beside it. She looked toward the chair he was sitting in and watched as he stood and stretched his arms above his head trying to rid his back of the knots sleeping in the chair had caused.
"Why were you sleeping out here?" she asked as she looked toward the ground. She kept her voice low and even as possible hoping he wouldn't hear the guilt she felt in it.
"I was waiting up to apologize to you." he explained groggily. "I guess I dozed off."
"Oh, "she made her way around to the front of the couch and placed her purse down on one of the cushions. She began to unbutton her jacket, but she pulled the buttons from their holes slowly. She wasn't quite ready to look at him yet.
Chloe was worried that if she did he would take one good look at her and know the truth.
That she had went to see Oliver.
She could feel the blush his kisses had caused across her entire body. Once her coat was removed she laid it over her purse and turned toward him all the while trying to remember if she had checked the state of her lipstick before coming upstairs.
He made his way over to her and placed his hands gently over her upper arms, "I reacted badly to the whole situation," he told her before wrapping his arms tightly around her waist and pulling her body to his. "I'm so sorry," he said against her ear. He pulled back and smiled down at her, "I promise from here on out I'm going to trust you, completely, I promise."
Chloe felt a ball of guilt that had already begun to form in the pit of her stomach before she even entered their apartment begin to grow. He trusted her, and not a half hour ago she had been in Oliver's arms. Letting him kiss her all the while having to fight the urge to let him take her on every available surface of the clock tower.
She was a horrible person. A horrible, unfaithful woman. Here she was wrapped in the arms of the man she was going to marry in less then two months time. He was whispering a promise of faith and trust in her and she was desperately trying to push aside the memories of the kisses Oliver had given her not even an hour before.
Jake leaned down and brushed his lips gently against hers. He deepened the kiss and Chloe had to force herself to push the thoughts she was having comparing the way Oliver's lips moved against hers to the way Jake's did.
He released her lips and then pressed a final kiss to her forehead, "Can we just forget everything that happened tonight."
'Yes just forget everything that happened tonight. EVERYTHING' she thought "Consider it forgotten," she said aloud forcing a smile.
"Good." He released her and took a step back from her, "I'm gonna go take a quick shower, Are you coming to bed?" he asked.
"Yeah I'll meet you in there in just a few minutes."
Chloe watched him head toward the bathroom, and waited until she heard the shower start before heading to the bedroom and changing quickly into her pajamas. She slid under the covers and stared at the ceiling above her. She knew it was wrong but she let her thought drift back to Oliver and the things her had said to her.
Oliver had told her he still loved her, that he wanted to marry her, and that he had wanted to marry her before she even left him that last night in Star City.
The tears began to fall down her cheeks as she remembered the ring he had showed her. It was beautiful, an emerald and diamond ring that matched the way he described her eyes the first time he had told her he loved her.
At first glance it was absolutely gorgeous but once you looked deeper you realized it was more then that it was completely extraordinary and the color of the emerald was the most vibrant green she had ever seen.
She was sure the image of that ring was forever etched into her mind.
She lifted her hand where her current engagement ring sat. When Jake had given it to her the first thought she had was that it was too big and would probably weigh heavy on her delicate fingers.
She continued to stare at it, and for a moment she allowed herself pretend that it was a different ring she was wearing, that it was a different man in the bathroom taking a shower. That it was him that she was waiting in bed for. Him that she was going to marry, him that she was going to spend the rest of her life with.
She felt her resolve to stay away from Oliver begin to weaken. The sudden urge to leave her apartment and go to him was starting to overwhelm her.
She needed a burst of reality, and that's what she got.
The sudden images of him with that woman when she had tried to fix what had happened between them flooded her mind along with the many tabloid articles that had begun to circulate shortly after.
A moment later she heard the shower turn off and tried to shake away all thought of Oliver. She turned her back toward the door he would enter the room through, and did her best to even out her breathing; she hoped that he would think that she had already fallen asleep.
When he crawled in bed beside her he moved his body flush against hers and began to rub his finger tips gently up and down the length of her arm, "Chloe," he whispered against her ear.
Chloe continued to pretend she was asleep. The last thing she could do was be with him when thoughts of another man were haunting her.
He continued to caress her arm and even kissed the back of her neck trying to pull her from her slumber, but she remained still and kept her breathing steady.
After several more minutes she listened as he sighed deeply and felt the mattress shift under her as he turned his back to her.
Oliver sat at his desk visions of the night before when Chloe had come to see him were running through his mind. The entire encounter had not gone as he planned. He didn't even get a chance to put the plan he was so sure would work into action.
Instead he had gotten caught up by the fact that she was there, the flush of her cheeks as she paced in front of him and the fire in her eyes as she yelled at him.
That was his Chloe.
Stubborn, feisty, and weather she ever realized it or nor sexy as hell. His feelings of the previous night events were mixed, part of him was relieved, he relieved that she had come to him and actually let him kiss her, and she'd even kissed him back, however briefly. That kiss had given him hope as did her admittance that she still loved him. On the flip side of the coin though, was fear. Fear that his actions had shocked and scared her even more then his sudden return to Metropolis had.
What if she avoided him now, even more so then before, because of it?
There was also a part of him was worried that he had gone to far by showing her the ring and asking her to call off her wedding and marry him instead, but he was desperate to make her see the truth.
She belonged with him, no one else, and he only had a little less than two months to make her realize that.
Oliver opened the top drawer of his desk and looked down at the ring box and the jade bracelet that now sat beside it. They would stay in that exact spot waiting for her, and he would not rest until she wore them both.
The sound of the buzzer from his elevator pulled him from his thoughts of Chloe.
He slammed the drawer shut and reached across his desk hoping as he did that it was Chloe, but knowing that it wasn't, if it was she wouldn't bother ringing. She would come in, just as she had the night before, using the code he had never changed.
When he flicked the monitor on his eyebrows shot up. There in his elevator waiting to enter was the man who was about marry the woman he loved, Jacob Winston.
Oliver pushed the button and waited for the other man to enter.
When the doors finally opened he walked into the clock tower and made his way toward Oliver.
"What can I do for you Mr. Winston?" Oliver asked trying to hold back the smirk threatening to spread across his lips. The man was obviously agitated and that meant that he knew that he was a threat to his relationship with Chloe.
He'd be lying if he said he didn't enjoy the look of anger and uncertainty written all across Winston's face.
"Why don't you cut the formalities Queen, you know why you came back to town," he ground out his teeth clenched and his hands balled into fists at his side.
"Right so this is the conversation where you tell me to stay away from Chloe. That you're marrying her and I should just load up my jet and head back to Star City." Oliver replied with a small chuckle.
Oliver's blatant dismissal of his words seemed to anger Jacob even further. "That about sums it up, "he said wearing a deep frown.
"And I'd be willing to bet she doesn't even know you're here, does she?" Oliver asked shaking his head.
"No she doesn't but that's not important."
"If you honestly believe that coming over here behind her back and trying to run me out of town won't matter, then you don't know Chloe at all."
"I know her, truth be told I know her better then you."
Oliver snorted, "You can't possibly believe that."
"I do. That's why she's marrying me, and there is nothing you can do to stop it."
"If that's what you really think then why are you here trying to force me out of town?" Oliver asked his grin growing wider.
"Just leave. Leave town and let her go." He turned and stormed toward the elevator.
Oliver waited until he was halfway there before he spoke, "I'm not going anywhere," Jake turned at him and glared, "nothing you can say or do will make me give up on her. She won't marry you."
"It's a done deal."
"It's not over until she says I do." Oliver said and watched as the Jake climbed onto the elevator and left his apartment.
A/N Hope y'all like it, more soon! Next Chapter Chlo-Lo and Lois and Oliver
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