Downward Spiral Part I: Sequel to The Sins of the Father

A Smallville story by Merrie

Disclaimer: If I did own anything from Smallville, you would see my name in the credits, now wouldn't you? Alas, I've checked and it's not there.

Summary: Sequel to The Sins of the Father. Lex needs Chloe's help in a big way, but will she be around when he needs her?

Characters: Any and all, including Lance Thorne, and all new, problem causing OFC!!

Author's Note: First and foremost, this story is a SEQUEL!! If you haven't read the first story yet, please do!! Thank you!! Also, this story is also AU, hope you don't mind. Under the AU heading, I have resurrected Principal Kwan, because he is the only principal I know. This story also has a good dose of Chlexy goodness, but alas Chloe and Lex's relationship won't all be smooth sailing. That wouldn't be any fun now would it?

Rating: This story is rated PG-13 for language and drug use.

Chapter One: The New Kid In Town

Lance Thorne ran a hand through his short blue hair in annoyance, his face scrunching into a grimace at the sight of his new school. 'Why in God's name did we ever move here?' He wondered to himself for what seemed the hundredth time since he had awoken that morning. When his father said they were moving to Smallville, Lance thought he was joking. "Come on," he had said. "You can't be serious." His father's complete silence and downward glance had told him just how serious he was. "I'm sorry son, I know you wanted to start high school at Manchester, but I had to take a new job in the Luthor Corp plant. We have to be there in 6 weeks." So with no further ado, they just packed up their things and moved halfway across the country to some podunk town in the middle of Kansas of all places.

Looking up again at the front doors of Smallville High, Lance adjusted the black leather book bag on his shoulder and made his way inside. 'I might as well get this over with.' he thought grimly. Upon entering, Lance followed the signs that directed him to the principal's office. He hesitated in front of the closed door and raised a hand to knock.

"It's open, come it." A voice called out from inside. Lance took a deep breath and entered.

The man inside focused his dark eyes on Lance immediately, taking in his dark clothing and blue hair. It was obvious by the look on his face that he didn't approve of them. "And you are?" He said a bit coldly.

"My name is Lance Thorne, Principal Kwan. I just moved here from Indiana."

"Ah, yes. Mr. Thorne. I have been expecting you. Welcome to Smallville High School. Before you can start here there is something I need to go over with you, young man."

'Here we go,' Lance thought, holding back a grin. 'Ten to one it's about the dress code.'

"We have a very strict dress code here at Smallville High..." Principal Kwan continued on, but Lance tuned him out. 'If I am going to have to live here, I am going to dress as I please.' After a few minutes, the man seemed to have finished and Lance brought his attention back to him. "Do I make myself clear, Mr. Thorne?" he asked.

"Oh absolutely, Principal Kwan." Lance said, putting on a suitably chastened face. Kwan seemed satisfied at that. "Good. I trust I will have no trouble with you then."

"Oh of course not, Principal Kwan. No trouble at all." Lance replied, putting on an innocent smile.

"Good. Now, let's begin the tour."

"I don't care how it sounds, Clark. That's what happened!" Chloe Sullivan nearly shouted at one of her best friends, Clark Kent.

"I don't know Chloe. People flying as a result of eating meteor rock laced- " Clark was cut off by a man clearing his throat. He turned around quickly and found himself face to face with none other than Principal Kwan. "Oh, hello Mr. Kwan. Chloe and I were just talking about..uh..." Clark vainly searched for a cover story.

"We were just discussing a possible plot line for the short story I am writing, Mr. Kwan." Chloe cut in.

"I believe you should be working on next week's issue of the Torch, not some meaningless piece of fiction, Miss Sullivan." Kwan said with a frown.

"Of course, Mr. Kwan. Right away." Chloe said, trying not to look annoyed.

Kwan sighed. "I didn't come down here to yell at you, I came to introduce you to a new student. Lance Thorne." He waited as hesitant introductions were made and handshakes were given. "I was informed that he was interested in writing for the school newspaper, which is why I brought him to you. Also, please give him a tour of the rest of the school. I have to get back to work." With that, Kwan was gone, leaving the group to stand in awkward silence. After a few minutes, it is Chloe who finally breaks it.

"So where are you from, Lance?" Chloe asks.

"I'm from Fort Wayne, Indiana originally." He tells them, taking a seat. "My father transferred here to work at the Luthor Corp plant."

"Really? That's where my dad works. He's the plant manager." Chloe told him with a semi-proud smile. As annoying as her father could be at times, she still loved him and was proud of him.

"My father is the new head accountant." Lance informed her. "This is his first time working for the Luthors. Do you know anything about them?" Lance asked.

"You might say that." Chloe said with a grin.

"Yeah, she's dating Lex Luthor himself." Clark cut in, flashing a smile at his friend.

"You're dating him? Really?" Lance asked in a bit of shock.

Chloe blushed and glared at Clark. "Yeah, well, Clark here saved Lex's life the first day he moved here. Lex drove his Porsche off of a bridge, and Clark dove in and pulled him out." Chloe informed him, smiling at her friend. Two could play at that game.

"Man, I'm not sure I even know how to react to any of that. So what is he like? Will he treat my father well?"

"Lex is a good guy. I'm sure your father will be just fine. Chloe's is, isn't he Chloe?"

"Well, he isn't too happy Lex is dating me, but he has always spoke well of him otherwise." Chloe said with a small smile. "Anyway, Lance, it's good to meet you. What do you say we get started on that tour before school starts?" Lance nodded and they were on their way.

Lex Luthor groaned as a beam of morning sunlight flashed across his eyes. He was not ready to get up yet, but it seemed as if someone had other ideas. He rubbed a hand across his face and threw the black and purple silk sheets back, swinging his bare feet out of bed and onto the floor. Cursing as his feet came into contact with the cold stone floor, he quickly slipped his feet into a pair of plush slippers and made his way to his bathroom. As soon as he reached it, he looked into the mirror and grimaced. 'I haven't seen circles like that since I used to stay up partying until dawn back in Metropolis.' Lex mused, noticing the dark circles under his eyes. 'Nothing a little more rest and a hot shower won't cure.' Lex thought, turning to turn on the water for his shower. As he took off his pajamas, he couldn't help but glance at the line of injection marks on his inner right arm. Most of them were fresh. As much as he tried to tell himself that the marks didn't bother him, some small voice in his mind informed him otherwise. 'How could you get yourself addicted to heroin again, you damn fool?' That voice yelled at him. Lex pushed the voice away and stepped into the near scalding stream of water. 'It's not my fault.' He told himself. 'If that bastard Caldwell hadn't given me any in the first place, none of this would be happening.' Lex knew that if any of his new found friends here in Smallville found out what he had been doing, they wouldn't be his friends anymore. For a moment, Lex briefly considered that he was just being paranoid, and that his friends would be his friends no matter what. After a moment though, common sense took over, and he knew that wouldn't be the case. 'Oh God, what would Chloe think if she ever found out?' Lex couldn't bear the thought. 'I love her so much, and I don't want to lose her.' Some small part of his mind rationalized that if he wasn't addicted to heroin, he wouldn't have to be afraid of losing her if she found out. Lex pushed that thought away as well. 'It's too late for that. Much too late.'

'Well, that was uneventful,' Lance thought to himself. He had just finished his first day at Smallville High, and so far he was unimpressed. He briefly considered that he might be biased against it and the town in general because he hadn't wanted to move here, but at the time he didn't care. All he cared about was getting out of class and maybe meeting up with that Chloe girl again. 'There's something about her.' He thought with a smile. 'I think she seemed interested, I hope so. Maybe I can get at least one good thing out of this whole experience.' He walked down the main hall toward the Torch office, glaring at anyone who stopped to stare at him. 'Yeah, that's right. Everyone stop and look at the freak with his blue hair and black clothes.' He knew what they were thinking, he could feel the disgust and curiosity both coming off of them in waves. He nearly sighed in relief as his eyes came upon Chloe at the entrance to the Torch. 'Finally, a person who doesn't care what I look like.' "Hello Chloe. How was your day?" Lance asked, trying not to be too obvious in his interest of her.

"Oh hi Lance. It was fine. How about you? They haven't brainwashed you yet, have they? You have to watch out for that. We wouldn't want that to happen. Next time I'd see you, you might have changed your hair to a more common color and joined the football team."

Lance gave a mock shudder. "Can't bear the thought. Me, with a normal hair color? Not in this life." Chloe laughed, and Lance almost dropped his jaw in shock at hearing the sound of it. 'Even her laugh is beautiful.'

"Well I hope so. But even the most unlikely of people end up doing the stupidest things around here. Did I tell you that my best friend Pete is on the football team? Or that even Clark tried out for and made it once? Well, that was before the coach tried to burn me alive, but that's another story."

Lance knew that there was more to that story, but he figured he would hear more about it later. Chloe didn't seem the type to keep too many secrets. She was more of a 'this is who I am and I'm proud of it' kind of person like he was. 'Yet another reason why I like her. I've only known her for a few hours and I already know that she doesn't take crap from anybody.

"So, would you like to come with me and a group of friends to the Talon in a few minutes? It's our place to go and unwind after being here all day."

"I'd love to, but what is the Talon?" Lance asked.

"Oh! Sorry, it's one of the two coffee shops here in town. Now I know what you're thinking, but two is better than none. Also, it's owned by people I know and they make pretty good coffee. So, shall we go? My friends are probably there already."

"We shall. One small thing though, I don't have a car here yet, so I'll need a ride."

"Oh don't worry about it. I don't mind. Let's go." Lance smiled in thanks and gestured for her to lead the way.

'He seems like a nice guy,' Chloe thought as she and Lance walked out to the parking lot to her car. 'A little strange, and there's definitely something different about him, but that's ok. Oh God, he's staring at me. I hope he's not interested. I didn't seem interested, did I?' A thought occurred to her, and Chloe frowned. 'I wonder what Lex is like when he's jealous. But he shouldn't have to be. I mean come on, I just met Lance. So what if he has a nice lean body and broad shoulders perfect to lean your head on?' Chloe's eyes widened and what she had just thought about. 'Oh crap.' Chloe thought, closing her eyes in frustration. 'This is not happening. There's no way I can have feelings for Lance! I just met him for Pete's sake! Why does this kind of thing always happen to me?'

TBC

A/N: Sorry this took so long to post. Hopefully the next part will be up sooner. Thanks for reading, please review!