A/N: Hello everyone. I know Is houldn't be strting another story, but I just can't seem to stop myself. I have this posted on another site, and it's gotten some good feedback. Let me know what you think.
Disclaimer: It's mine, all mine. Ha, I wish.
"Oh come on-just a few questions." Chloe pleaded.
"I said no. I don't have time." Lex told her.
"Lex, this has the potential to be a history making deal. I'm not accepting a 'no comment' on this one." she retorted, folding her hands across her chest.
Lex sighed. He had assumed that rumors of his deal with Warren Steele was what had prompted her visit. As if something of this magnitude could have possibly escaped her radar.
"One question." he said after a few moments.
He stared at her. "One."
She returned the stare. "Two. Or I camp out outside of your office all day tomorrow screaming at the top of my lungs about the millionaire playboy who seduced me and then refused to support me and my unborn child."
Lex's mouth dropped open. "You wouldn't."
Chloe shrugged. "Not if I get my two question. Complete with multiple-sentence answers. No yes and no answers accepted."
Lex took a sip of the scotch in his hand. He had known Chloe long enough to know that she never gave up once she set her mind to something. And apparently she had set her mind to publishing the exclusive interview about his latest deal. One that would make him easily the most powerful business world. He had tried to keep the details a secret. Though it seemed Chloe would not permit that any more.
"Fine. Ask away." Lex replied tiredly as he sank into his chair.
Both Lex and Chloe were too wrapped up in their interview inside the Luthor mansion to notice the light that flashed in the woods just beyond the grounds. Or the girl that was now watching them through the stained-glass window at the other end of the room.
Snippets of their conversation drifted out to her. They were talking about the deal with Warren Steele.
"I'm too late." she whispered into the night.
She pulled her black leather jacket closer around her body as she walked away from the house, wondering how she was going to fix this now.
LEX LUTHOR TO TAKE CONTROL OF STEELE CORPORATIONS screamed the headline of the Torch the next day. Chloe had stayed up until dawn to finish the special edition of the paper. She couldn't help but feel more than a little proud that she had scooped the story of the year right out from under the noses of the world's top papers.
"After quickly establishing LexCorp as one of the most prominent forces in the business industry, CEO Lex Luthor surpassed even his own father Lionel Luthor, head of LuthorCorp, by adding the multinational conglomerate Steele Corporations to his company's holdings." Clark read as he walked into the Torch after school the next day.
Chloe looked up at him from her place behind the desk. She looked exhausted but thrilled nonetheless. She had been fielding calls from major papers all day inquiring about her breaking the story, and asking for details.
"You have no idea what it feels like to have all of those idiots at the Daily Planet who dismissed me call and practically beg me for a story. Or how good it feels to turn them down." she beamed at him.
"Well, it wouldn't be the first time." Clark said as her sat down at his own desk across from her.
"True, but this time there were no near death experiences, trials, or FBI agents involved." she answered as she read her fifty-second email of the day from one of the nations top news sources.
Clark quickly dropped the subject. Chloe had been more than a little ticked when papers and TV stations from all over the world called her incessantly about her involvement in Lionel Luthor's trial. Then they had wanted her as the interview, now it was they wanted her as the reporter. There was a big difference.
"Exactly how did you persuade Lex to give you this interview?" Clark inquired with a raised eyebrow.
She grinned slyly. "I have my ways."
"I bet." Clark replied.
"Just what are you implying Clark?" a voice interrupted from the doorway.
They both looked up as Lex swaggered into the office, his own copy of the Torch tucked under his arm. Dressed in his requisite black suit and lilac dress shirt, he instantly looked out of place among the bright décor. As did his sour expression.
"Something wrong?" Clark asked with his usual obliviousness.
"Just the thirty phone calls asking what a high school reporter has on me to make me give up the private details of a multi-billion dollar deal." he answered with his gaze locked on Chloe.
She fought the urge to squirm under his intense gaze. Lex made her nervous when he looked at her like that. She had been hearing that same question all day.
"What did you say?" Clark inquired.
"Just that it was nothing quite that…unseemly. But when they realized that Chloe was the same one who testified against my father, it led to a whole new set of questions." he told Clark, his eyes still fixed on Chloe's.
Again Chloe had to fight the desire to move. People had been implying that same thing about her and the Luthors for as long as she could remember. And they had just gotten worse since the previous summer. But she didn't want Lex to know how uncomfortable they made her. "People are always going to find something inappropriate in situations like these." Chloe said as she got up and walked over to the coffee pot she had set up in the corner.
"So what brings you here Lex?" Clark asked him to change the subject. He knew that the rumors had always bothered her, more for her father's sake. He was also the only one who seemed to notice the chemistry between the two of them.
Lex was still staring intently at Chloe as she sipped her coffee. His gaze never wavering, he replied "I'm holding a press conference tomorrow to formally announce the deal. I thought you'd like to come."
Chloe nearly dropped her cup out of excitement. "Are you kidding? I'm the one who broke the story, remember. Of course I want to go!"
"Good. It's in Metropolis. I'll pick you up at noon." With that, left the office.
Lex walked out the front doors of the school, never noticing the eyes watching him from the hiding spot next to the stairs. The same eyes that had been so intently focused on him and Chloe the night before.
She breathed a sigh of relief as he got into his car. Eavesdropping outside of the newspaper office had been hard enough to do without getting caught, but trying to dodge Lex when he came out was almost impossible. What if he somehow recognized her? "No," she thought, "he couldn't possibly." She didn't look that much like her grandmother.
She moved back towards the door to listen to Chloe and Clark, wondering how she was going to get into that press conference.
A/N: Well, what do you think? Should I go on? Let me know.