Archive: A Small Drop of Ink, FF.net, XMMFF, 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 Fox.
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 weeks."
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
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, though.
After a quiet moment, he turned his attention back to her. "You gonna
"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.