FIC: Summer's End (X-Men/Smallville Crossover -- 1/1)
- Title: Summer�s End
Archive: A Small Drop of Ink, FF.net, XMMFF, Chloe
Crossing, LJ. Anyone else want it?
Summary: Chloe and John have to say good-bye.
Disclaimer: As always, not mine. Chloe belongs to
Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Tollins-Robbins. John
belongs to Stan Lee, Marvel Comics, and 20th Century
Author�s Note: This was suppose to be a drabble, but
turned into a small vignette. It�s the fourth story
in the Chloe/John saga, which includes �Sparks�, �The
Warmth�, and �Safe in Your Arms�.
John Allerdyce leaned against the bridge�s railing,
absently flipping his lighter open and closed. �You
sure you�ve gotta leave next weekend?� he asked as
his hazel eyes stared intently ahead.
Chloe Sullivan stared down at the water below them,
which made small ripples in the street lamp light.
�Yeah. I don�t want to, but school starts back in two
Closing his lighter permanently, John straightened up
and looked at her. �Then don�t go. Stay here.�
�Then how would I ever be a reporter?� Chloe laughed
as her green eyes met his. When he didn�t answer, she
became serious. �Promise you�ll write?�
�Yeah, whatever,� he shrugged, a strand of brown hair
falling into his eyes.
He sighed. �Sure, but don�t tell anybody.�
Even though his statement left her extremely curious,
the intrepid blonde had to repress her urge to ask
questions. After dating the fire-controlling mutant
for a summer, she had learned that there were some
things he wanted to keep hidden. Instead, she smiled
as she motioned locking her lips with an invisible
key. �Don�t worry; you�re secret is safe with me.�
John turned around and glanced down at the small
creek. He didn�t know why Chloe�s leaving was
bothering him so much. Normally, he could just forget
her and move on. That wasn�t the case with her,
After a quiet moment, he turned his attention back to
her. �You gonna write back?�
�Now that�s a silly question,� Chloe answered. She
stepped closer to him and wrapped her arms around him.
�If I wasn�t going to write back, I wouldn�t have
given you my address.� She cocked her head to the
side and grinned. �Besides, you�re unforgettable.�
He chuckled as he pulled her closer. �That�s true.
How could you ever forget John Allerdyce?�
Leaning her forehead against his, Chloe sighed. �I�m
gonna miss you. I don�t want to go back to Lana and
her whining about Clark�s disappearance.� A month
earlier, Chloe had finally told John the whole story
about Clark and Lana, and Clark just deciding to leave
Smallville without a good-bye.
�Hey, if she ever bothers you, let me know, okay?�
John lifted her chin to meet her eyes.
Chloe nodded. �Okay.�
With that, they said nothing else. Instead, they
shared one last embrace in the lamplight.
"You can turn off the sun, but I'm still gonna shine." ~Jason Mraz, "The Remedy"
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