Disclaimers: Characters and cannons belong respectively to the creators of Buffy and Smallville. In other words, I don't own squat.
Spoilers: Up to the end of Season 5 in Buffy, and beginning of Season 2 of Smallville I guess...
Setting: AU Season 6 in Buffy. And Smallville is AU season 2, I guess... But season one was their senior year. Cuz I say so. :)
Author's notes: In Buffyland, Tara does not exist. I love Tara, really I do, but I normally don't like writing her. So Tara doesn't exist. Willow still brought Buffy back from the dead. But Spike had no Buffy obsession.
Warning: A little cryptic at first, but all will be explained as the story progresses.
Pairings: Read and see.
Chloe Sullivan stepped off of the bus and into the bright sunlight of the small town. 'So this is Sunnydale.' She thought as she looked around. 'It's like a Californian Smallville.' She shook her head and slipped her sunglasses off the top of her head. After she put her sunglasses on, she searched her pockets for a crumpled piece of paper. After finding it, she walked to the side of the bus to collect her luggage. As she grabbed her small suitcase, she felt a slight vibration in her pocket. Sighing, she moved past the parked bus and set her suitcase down on the ground. Curiously, she pulled out her cell phone and flipped it open. She heaved a depressed sigh as she saw who was calling, but answered the phone nevertheless.
"Hi, Clark." Chloe said darkly. She had known he would eventually realize she was gone, and that he would try to call her. However, she hadn't realized it would be this quickly.
"Chloe? Are you okay? Where are you?" He asked, his voice full of worry and regret. "I've been so worried."
"I bet you have." Chloe said sardonically.
"And what's that supposed to mean?" He asked her.
"How was she, Clark?" Chloe said bitterly.
"What?" Clark Kent was confused.
"Lana. Clark. I saw you." Chloe choked out as tears streamed down her face.
"Chloe, I-" Clark began, but Chloe had heard enough and threw the phone into a bush. She picked up her suitcase and walked away from the bus depot.
Chloe didn't notice the blonde woman who picked up the phone. She also didn't notice when the blonde tried to call out to her. But she did feel the tap on her shoulder. "Would you just leave me alone!" She called out angrily and spun around to see a shocked blonde woman standing before her. Chloe blinked. She had been so sure of who it was that she was more shocked than the woman standing in front of her.
"Sorry." The strange blonde said as she held out the cell phone. "I saw you throw your phone, and I know you'll regret it. Trust me. I once broke my cell patr- practicing and the charges were horrible. Here." She held the phone out further. Chloe couldn't help but smile at the woman's kind gesture.
"Thank you." Chloe said as she took her phone from the woman. "Sorry about freaking out at you. I thought you were someone else."
The blonde nodded, immediately understanding. "Don't worry about it. I went through the same thing when my ex-boyfriend and I broke up. I would see him every where, even though I knew he wasn't coming back."
Chloe was floored. Finally someone who knew what she was going through. "Thank you. I'm Chloe." She set down her suitcase and held out her hand towards the blonde.
The blonde smiled and shook the younger girl's hand. "I'm Buffy Summers. Welcome to Sunnydale." She dropped Chloe's hand and turned to walk away.
"Wait." Chloe said stopping Buffy. "Do you know where this address is?" She asked as she held out the crumpled piece of paper towards her.
Buffy took the piece of paper, and looked at the name and address printed on it. After a few minutes she looked up at Chloe. "She doesn't live there any more." Buffy informed her as she handed the piece of paper back to Chloe.
"Oh." Chloe said disappointed. "I could have sworn her file said she owned that house."
Buffy smiled. "So you're a hacker, too. Is that how you met?"
Chloe shook her head. "No, Willow's my cousin."
"Okay, then come with me." Buffy said as she turned away again.
"Wait, where are you going?" Chloe asked as she picked up her bag and hurried after Buffy.
"To meet your cousin." Buffy said simply as she led Chloe to a nearby shop with a large sign reading, The Magic Box.
The Magic Box, which turned out to be shop that sold magical supplies, was in a state of activity when Buffy and Chloe walked inside. A middle-aged man dressed in tweed was scolding a group of young boys who had been caught shoplifting. Buffy smiled and waved at him as they walked past him.
"Buffy, is your friend here to buy things and make me more money?" The blonde standing behind the store counter asked bluntly.
Buffy sighed. "No, Anya. This is Chloe. She's Willow's cousin."
Anya nodded. "She and Spike are down in the basement having sex." She opened the cash register and began to count the money.
Chloe's eyes were wide. "I'm sorry, but did she just say-"
Suddenly a brunette man appeared behind Buffy. "Sorry, Anya and I haven't had a talk about private conversations lately. You're lucky you met her on a good day." He held out his hand. "I'm Xander by the way." Anya coughed pointedly from behind the counter. "And I'm also Anya's fiancé."
"Yes, he is mine, so don't try to steal him." Anya added.
Chloe smiled and took his hand. "Chloe." She dropped Xander's hand and turned around as the bell to the shop clanged. A young brunette, no older than fourteen entered the shop.
"Buffy, I so did not get this stain on your shirt. This new girl, Alicia, totally hates me." She stopped speaking as she noticed Chloe. "Um, hi?"
Buffy shook her head at the girl. "Chloe, this is my little sister, Dawn. Dawn this is Chloe, Willow's cousin."
"Hi" Dawn said shaking Chloe's hand. "Did Willow know that you were coming in today? Because she and Spike are probably down in the basement-"
"Dawn Summers." Buffy said angrily. "If you were about to say what I thought you were about to say..." She trailed off as Dawn just stared at her.
"Buffy, I'm not a kid, you know. My room is right next to theirs. I know a lot more than you think." She said, crossing her arms.
Chloe gave Dawn a confused half-smile, and shook her head. "So, Willow, and I'm guessing her boyfriend, Spike live with you?"
Dawn nodded. "Yeah, they moved in a few months after mom died and a few days after-" She stopped, and looked at Buffy. "You know, I'm gonna go do my homework."
"Good idea." Buffy said glaring at her little sister.
Chloe was confused. "I'm sorry, did I miss something there?"
But Buffy didn't answer her; her gaze was focused on something behind the reporter. Chloe spun around to see her redheaded cousin, and a peroxide blonde come out of a stairwell, which Chloe assumed, lead to the basement.
"And where were you two?" Buffy asked half-amused.
Anya sighed dramatically from behind the counter. "I told you already, they were having sex. I bet Spike was giving Willow very good orgasms." She said wisely.
"Anya!" The couple said in unison, along with Xander.
Chloe looked at her cousin, who was now beat red and trying to hide behind Spike. Xander walked behind the counter, and up to his fiancé. "Anya, what have I said about private conversations? You know, where you don't tell every one what's on your mind?" Anya pouted at her fiancé and he sighed. "Besides, we don't want to scare our guest away."
"Guest?" Willow asked curiously, and stepped out from behind Spike. Her face lit up when she saw Chloe. "Oh my Goddess, Chloe!" Willow said as she ran over to her cousin and pulled her into a hug. "What are you doing here?" She paused, and looked at Chloe. "You didn't tell me you were coming and I forgot, did you?"
Chloe shook her head. "No, it was kind of a last minute thing."
"Well, how long are you staying?" Willow was thrilled to see her cousin, again.
Chloe shrugged. "I'm really not sure."
Willow smiled. "Well, it doesn't matter anyway, you're staying with us. Buffy has a big house. Plenty of room for you."
"Really? Are you sure?" Chloe asked somewhat surprised. Willow nodded, but Buffy cleared her throat.
"Um, Wills, I think you're kinda forgetting about something." Buffy said as she looked pointedly at Spike and made a throat cutting action. Willow cringed, but Spike just laughed.
"Oh, very creative, Slayer." He scoffed at her.
"Spike!" Willow scolded, but his comment piqued Chloe's curiosity.
"You're the slayer?" She asked suddenly. "I researched you for my 'Wall of Weird' but I didn't realize she was a real person." Chloe turned her attention back to Spike. "I read about you, too. I think..." She looked at him again. "Some lady was convinced that the guy who inspired Billy Idol was a mutant. Is it true?"
Spike growled and Chloe was almost positive that his eyes flashed yellow. "I am not a mutant." He finally spat out.
"Sorry, I didn't mean." Chloe began, but stopped when she heard laughing behind her.
"You know." Xander said laughing. "I like you already, Chloe. Pissing Spike off within five minutes, that's a record. Not even Buffy's that good at pissing Spike off. Welcome to Sunnydale."
Chloe shook her head, but couldn't help but think, 'Maybe this is just what I needed to forget Clark.'
The end, for now