A/N: As promised the two finally get together. . . I have at least on more chpter planned. I'll try to post it soon.

"Hello Lex," Chloe greeted as she smiled up at him.

"Good evening Chloe," he returned with a smile of his own. Even in the dim lighting of the club Chloe could see that it was a genuine smile, rather than his usual smirk. The same smile she saw every week.

While Lex would never admit it, he loved the Friday nights when he and Chloe met at the club. They had begun the tradition when she'd moved to Metropolis to attend Metropolis University.

Before they could begin the usual round of verbal judo Lex's phone rang. He pulled it out and glanced at the caller ID, then back at Chloe. "I have to take this. I'll be back in a minute."

She watched as he turned and walked back outside, away from the loud music, so he would be able to hear the caller. Once he was out of sight she walked to the bar. Since she was always at the club in the company of Lex the bartender never carded her and she ordered her usual drink.

"Everything okay?" Chloe asked a few minutes later when Lex returned.

"It's fine," he assured her.

She held out the glass of top shelf brandy she had ordered for him, then raised her own glass. "To the weekend."

With an indulgent smile Lex touched his glass to hers then took a drink. "So how were classes this week?"

"The same. But there was one interesting thing," Chloe said, then paused and took a slow sip of her drink.

Lex was so fixed on watching her lips as she drank that he didn't even register that she hadn't finished the thought.

"Aren't you going to ask what was interesting?" she prompted.

"What happened that was interesting?" he dutifully asked, to keep her happy.

"Well, you think that by now Mr. Fulton would be used to the stuff I'm able to get for the newspaper, thanks to you. But he was again shocked when I brought in my article from that interview you set up for me with the Senator."

"It was my pleasure. I take it the interview went well?"

"Really well, and again, thanks for setting it up for me. And all the other things you arranged for me," she said. As she took another drink Chloe thought about what Lex had done for her. He'd arranged for her to have Press Passes to events that a reporter for a college paper would never have access to and then he'd set up interviews for her with people the Daily Planet was trying to get interviews with.

As he finished his drink Lex thought of what he'd done for Chloe, and wished he could have done more. He still felt anger at his father for getting Chloe fired from her position at the Daily Planet and had tried to make it up to her by making sure she could get any story she would have been able to if she still had her column at the Daily Planet. He also enjoyed how happy the things he was able to do for her made her. He loved seeing her smile up at him, and considered that the only thanks he needed.

Seeing that Chloe had also finished her drink he held out his hand to her. "Dance with me?"

"Of course," she replied with a smile as she put her hand in his.

People made way for them as they walked to the dance floor.

As they danced Chloe worked up the nerve to do something she'd been wanting to do for a while. By the time Lex led her outside she decided it was now or never. "I took a cab here tonight. Could you give me a ride?"

"Of course," he answered, happy to have a little more time with her.

Once they were in the car Chloe made her move. "Could. . . could you take me to the penthouse tonight, instead of my apartment?"

Lex forced himself to keep his eyes on the road. "Chloe, what are you up to?"

"Nothing. Just, can I stay with you tonight? At the penthouse?"

"Alright. There's a guest room," Lex said, unable to tell her no.

"Thank you."

The rest of the drive past in silence, Chloe hoping she'd have the courage to go through with the rest of her plan and Lex wondering what she had planned. He knew there was more to it than her just wanting to spend a night at the penthouse. He also knew it would take all his self control not to go to Chloe when she was in the room across the hall from him. It's why he'd also made sure to never be alone with her. To make sure they spent anytime together in public places, he didn't trust himself alone with Chloe. He wanted her to much. Needed her to much. Loved her to much.

It wasn't long before Lex was holding open the door to his penthouse as Chloe entered. After closing the door he turned to face her, intending to ask her what she was planning.

Before Lex could say a word Chloe leaned up and kissed him. Several minutes later the kiss ended. Chloe leaned back in Lex's arms. He easily supported her weight and looked into her eyes.

"Lex, remember when everyone had to tell me the truth and you told me not to ask you if you loved me?" "Yes. I remember. And you said you'd ask me sometime later. Are you asking now?"

"Yes, I am. Do you love me?"

For half a heartbeat Lex considered not answering, but didn't consider lying. He'd promised her that he wouldn't. "I love you, Chloe."

"In that case I don't think I'll be needing the guest room," she informed him, her voice a seductive purrr.

It took all Lex's self control not to pick Chloe up and carry her to his bedroom. "Chloe, it's not that simple. I love you, but . . ."

"But what Lex?"

"I don't want to hurt you. Yes, my father is dead and no longer a threat, but I am still his son. He destroyed my mother. I won't take the chance that I might do that to you."

"Lex, you may be your father's son. But you're also your mother's son. I love you, and I trust you. I trust that you will protect me like you always have."

"That's what I'm doing now Chloe. Protecting you from myself."

"No, you're pushing me away because you're scared. There's a difference. And there's nothing to be scared of. You won't hurt or destroy me, because you love me. Just like I love you. Give us a chance."

"This is what I knew would happen. You'd ask me to give us a chance and I can't tell you no."

"I'll have to remember that," she teased.

Lex silenced any further teasing by kissing her deeply. After ending the kiss he picked her up in his arms. Chloe wrapped her arms more securely around his neck, and rested her head against his chest as he carried her to his bedroom.

A/N:

Kathy: I'm glad the show had Chloe tell Lex about Lionel. It was great wasn't it??? I'm glad you're liking this story.

Autumngold: Thank you, and you're welcome. Hope you liked this chapter where they get together.

Kezz: THANKS!!!!

Seida: Thank you.

Sunny Angel: I do think Chloe and Lex are great together. Thank you for the review.

Lady Quotes: I'll have to look up that song. Maybe use it in the series of song fics I'm writing. Thanks.