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!
Okay so I did my best to write a chapter that was more humor and less angst, I'm not all that happy with it but hopefully I was able to pull it off.
BTW The way I wrote Clark and Oliver interacting in this chapter is how I would love to see them on the show!
Chloe made her way up the steps of the Kent porch, with Jake following closely behind. She felt him reach out and grab her hand in his and turn her body toward his. "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
"Jake, you promised you would at least try and get over this whole thing you have with Lois and Clark didn't you?" she asked. She felt her patience wearing thin; he had been trying to get his way out of this dinner since she'd told him about it.
"Well this is the first step." she wrapped her hand in his pulled him in the direction of the front door, "besides this was Lois's idea. She's willing to start over, so come on."
She needed Lois and Jake to finally start getting along, because worrying about the two of them being at odds was making an already unbearable situation even harder for everyone involved. She reached the door and knocked loudly before turning the handle and stepping inside.
Chloe let go of Jake's hand and removed her jacket as she made her way toward the kitchen, "Lois! Clark!"
"In here!" Lois yelled back.
Chloe and Jake made their way into the kitchen and Chloe walked toward her cousin smiling, "Dinner smells great Lo,"
"Thanks. " Lois said returning her cousin's grin.
"Do you need us to help with anything?" Chloe asked.
"Um… I was just about to make the salad, if you wanna chop some vegetables?"
"Sure," Chloe answered walking across the room and placing her purse on the table. She zipped it open and fished her way around until she found several small hair clips in the bottom and began to pin her hair back. When she looked up she saw Jake staring at her obviously not knowing what to do, Chloe motioned in the direction of Lois telling him silently to ask if there was anything else that needed to be done.
"Lois is there anything I can help you with?" he asked.
"Actually no, I think we've got it covered," She said turning and smiling at him, "but Clark's out in the barn, you could go hang out with him. I'm sure he would appreciate the company; he's avoiding the kitchen at all costs," she turned her eyes toward Chloe, "he said something about being as far away from the disaster area as possible," she told her, "I think he's still getting used to the idea that I can make food using the stove now instead of just the microwave."
Chloe laughed and turned toward Jake, "Go ahead; I think we've got it."
"All right," he said hesitantly and making his way out the back door. Chloe watched him walk toward the barn and then turned to Lois, "thanks for doing this. You and Jake trying to get along is really important to me, it'll really help things along while we do what we can to get the final arrangements for the wedding in place." She made her way to the counter and put on the apron draped over one of the stools beside it.
"Oh you mean like finally looking for the perfect dress?" Lois teased.
"Okay I admit it, I should have started looking months ago, but that's what we're doing this weekend," she pointed at her cousin, "and if you promise not to say anything else about my extreme procrastination, and manage to be pleasant all evening, I'll let you pick your own bridesmaid dress," she picked up the knife and began chopping the lettuce.
"So I take it that means if I don't behave you'll have me wearing the most horrible dress you can find," Lois said grimacing slightly.
"The absolute worst." Chloe confirmed with a chuckle and a nod.
"Oh fine, not another word about how appallingly far behind you are in planning your wedding."
"All right that's it, not only am I picking your dress now, you just earned yourself poofy sleeves… big ones."
Lois laughed loudly, "just remember I plan to marry Clark one day, and when I do I get to pick your dress."
"Damn. I never really think my punishments through, do I?"
"No you really don't." Lois answered smugly.
As Oliver stepped from his car he heard the sound of Clark chopping wood in the barn, so instead of heading straight to the house he walked toward the noise. As he got closer he heard Clark's voice. As soon as he heard the voice of the other person he knew who it was.
He stepped inside the barn and saw Clark with an ax in hand talking to Jacob Winston who was leaning against the tractor looking very out of place and uncomfortable with his current surroundings.
"Oliver, hey," he put the ax down and made his way over to greet his friend, "did you just get here?"
"Yeah, I heard you in here doing your thing. I thought I could give you a hand."
"Oh sure… I appreciate it," Clark said eying him. He could tell Clark had no idea what he was trying to do, so he made his way across the barn and picked up the top log on the pile. He placed it down in a vertical position then picked up the ax and slammed it down splitting the wood on two." How you been Jake?" he called across the barn not bothering to look at the other man.
"Fine." he replied through clenched teeth, "though I must say I didn't expect you to be here tonight."
"Oh right, well Lois, Clark, Chloe and I have all been friends for a really long time, so I've been known to come over for dinner occasionally."
He picked up another piece of wood and split it in two just like the first, he then did a third and then a forth, after the tenth he finally turned and looked at Jake, he held out the ax, "wanna give it a shot?" he asked with a smirk as he tried to keep from laughing at the unsure expression across the other mans face. But when Jake's gaze landed on Oliver's held back grin his eyes narrowed. He pulled off his suit coat and began to roll up the sleeves of his white dress shirt. He continued to glare at Oliver as he closed the distance between them and snatched the ax handle from him.
He turned away from Oliver and placed a log down. As he raised the ax above his head Oliver heard Jake mumble something under his breath and he made a mental note to ask Clark if his super hearing had caught what he had said. It occurred to him suddenly that Clark had been completely silent through the entire exchange. When he looked up he saw Clark was not staring at him disapprovingly like he thought he would be, but instead he seemed to be holding back laughter as well.
Eight logs later Jake turned to Clark, "Is that good enough?" he asked his breath slightly labored.
"No I'm gonna need more then that," he reached his hand out, "here why don't you let me take over for you."
"No Clark let me," Oliver interrupted stepping between them and grabbing the ax, his hand just above Jakes. "You've been doing this stuff all day. Don't worry," he then turned his gaze to Jake, "I'm not even remotely tired, and I've got a lot left in me." He still kept his eyes narrowed at Jake and really hoped that the man received the true message behind his words, and if the look on the other man's face was any kind of indicator did.
He got it loud and clear.
"I think I can handle some more," Jake said tugging the ax back and then returned to chopping this time more vigorously then before. Oliver continued to watch him, while he and Clark exchanged amused looks.
Twenty minutes later Oliver and Clark followed an exhausted and annoyed looking Jake toward the Kent farmhouse.
As they made their way into the kitchen Oliver saw Chloe leaning against the counter her legs crossed at her ankles and a glass of red wine in her hand. She looked beautiful, her golden locks pinned back and a huge smile stretched across her lips. She was so engrossed in her conversation with Lois that she didn't notice the three of them enter, but when she did her eyes quickly drifted from Jake to Oliver then back again before she turned to Lois and shot her a look that showed how much trouble her cousin would be in later when she managed to get her alone.
She set her glass down and eyed her disheveled fiancée's appearance, "What have you been doing?" she asked glaring at Clark who shrugged and did his best to look innocent.
"Clark was chopping some wood out in the barn, and I gave him a hand."
"Oh," her eyes landed on Oliver for a second and when she saw the smile on his face she glared at him as well. She walked across the room and placed a hand gently on his shoulder," are you all right?" she asked her voice barely above a whisper.
"I'm fine," he said firmly shrugging away her hand, "Is there somewhere I can wash up before dinner?" he asked holding up his hands which were now covered in blisters.
"Bathrooms up the stairs," Chloe answered. Jake turned away from her and made his way across the kitchen toward the staircase, "third door on the right," she called out to him.
"Thanks," he mumbled.
As soon as he was out of sight she turned back to Oliver," what are you doing here?" she demanded.
He walked over to the counter and picked a carrot out of her freshly made salad, "having dinner with my closest friends," he said with a smirk.
"This is not good," she said under her breath as she ran her hands over her face. "And you!" she yelled as she turned toward her cousin," what were you thinking inviting Ollie here, you said you were trying to get to know Jake better and start over, and the whole time this is what you had planned?"
"Chloe, I'm sorry but…"
"Please don't try and make some lame excuse right now about how you just want to see me happy and you only meant well, because I swear if you say any of that right now I'll scream!"
"Look," Lois said trying her best to keep her voice even, "believe it or not everything you just said is the truth, and I honestly believe that you need to open your eyes as to what you're doing, and why you're staying with someone who isn't who you and I both know you're meant to be with." He eyes drifted toward Oliver who did his best to remain silent throughout the entire exchange between the cousins.
Chloe followed her cousin's eyes until her gaze locked on his, "can you two please excuse us… my dear cousin and I need to have a chat."
Oliver opened his mouth to protest but a second later Clark was beside him an arm placed firmly on his shoulder, "we'll be in the other room."
Oliver followed behind him and once they were both sitting on the couch in the living room Clark turned to him, "I know it doesn't seem like it right now but believe me when I say you are making progress with her."
"How do you know?"
Clark gave him a small lopsided grin, "because I know Chloe better then a lot of people, she's my best friend and after everything we've been through I've gotten really good at reading her."
"Reading her?" Oliver questioned his eyebrows raised.
"Yeah," Clark responded vaguely not looking him in the eyes.
"Like I said we're best friends it's just something I kinda…" He stopped speaking as Oliver eyes him suspiciously, "Okay fine, I could hear the way her heartbeat changed when she saw you, okay?"
"You can hear her heartbeat?"
"Yeah well super hearing and all." Clark explained weakly.
Oliver leaned forward and in an over dramatic stage whispered continued, "you know the fact that you listen for changes in peoples heart rates is kind creepy right?"
Clark scowled at him, "It's not like it's something I just do for kicks, it's just… after all the times I've had to save her from one thing or another I kinda got used to listening for her, it's not that easy to just turn off."
Oliver grinned at his friends response, 'It's still kinda creepy." he teased causing Clark's frown to grow deeper.
A/N Okay kind of a short chapter I know, but I promise there's more to come in Chapter 10 including some Chloe/Clark interaction and finally some face to face Lois/Jake with some Oliver thrown in, hopefully you'll like it!
Read Chapter 11 HERE!