"Metropolis Confidential"

by Viv


EMAIL: viv_ngan@yahoo.com.au
SUMMARY: A summer spent alone in Metropolis prompts Chloe to get to know a certain friend better. A series of emails exchanged between friends. Future-fic.
CATEGORY: Chloe/Lex, Clark/Lana
SPOILERS: Smallville Season 1.
ARCHIVE: Please contact me first. Mostly I'm going to agree.
DISCLAIMER: All characters on 'Smallville' that appear in this story are owned solely and exclusively by the WB, etc. I am not intending to profit from anything, 'k?
AUTHOR'S NOTES: Just an idea I had on the way home from work. Hopefully, a piece of fluff that brings a smile to your face. If not, just ignore it. ;-D Feedback always welcome!

"Metropolis Confidential"
by Viv

From: Chloe Sullivan csullivan@metu.edu
To: lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 11:00 AM ET
Subject: Great to catch up

Lex,

How are you? It was great to catch up with you last night. I swear, Clark was just moaning to me how we never get to see you any more - at least, not since you've taken up the mantle of running your corporate empire. How's that going anyway?

Okay, down to business. Call me crazy, but I'm actually thinking of taking you up your offer - you know, the part about a leisurely interview with you to help me out with my summer internship at the Planet and not the part about ... well, never mind.

I know you're crazy busy these days running the LuthorCorp empire and all, so just get back to me whenever. Or let your secretary get back to me whenever. I mean, hopefully before the end of the day. Or maybe by the end of the summer. Either way is cool.

Okay, so needing a caffeine break right now,

Chloe

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From: Lex Luthor lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
To: Chloe csullivan@metu.edu
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 12:00 PM ET
Subject: Re: Great to catch up

Hi Chloe,

I'm fine, thanks for asking. How are you?

Colour me surprised to have received your email. Honestly, when I uttered those fateful words last night of 'maybe I'll let you interview me sometime' never in my wildest dreams did it translate into 'why don't you interview me for the Planet today'. But having said that, I do seem to remember that I owe you an interview, as I seem to recall our first and only interview ending with you being (unfortunately of course) thrown out of my study window.

But I can't promise anything. I'm so busy these days that I have to schedule an appointment with myself, but ... we'll see. I'll have Linda (my assistant) check for times on my schedule. Does that satisfy you?

On the upside, it certainly was good to catch up with you, Clark and Lana last night. I've been so busy this past year that I've had trouble distinguishing where work ends and my life begins. You're still going to be a reporter aren't you? Ambition is a good thing to have, but so is determination and drive. Let this be my parting words of wisdom to you on this bright and sunny day.

Regards

Lex

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From: Chloe Sullivan csullivan@metu.edu
To: Lex lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 4PM ET
Subject: Re: Great to catch up

Lex,

Well, I honestly didn't think you'd go for it. But 'we'll see' is a lot better than 'not in this lifetime, not ever' so I'm kinda glad. Colour me grateful! ;-D

Sorry for the dig. But seriously, do you really write like that? I mean, with all the 'regards' and the 'words of wisdom' and all? I know I'm still relatively young and uninitiated in the ways of the world, but ...

Okay, okay I'll stop now. I'm onto my fourth cup of coffee which is to say, I'm kinda hyped and raring to go. Which is kinda sad really, since I'm sitting here at my pathetically small desk with absolutely nothing to do and I'm way too juiced to go to do some research on a story or anything as sensible as that right now. Which is why I'm speed typing my way through this email, repeatedly insulting my one and only chance to journalism greatness and all its attendant fascinations. Sorry Lex!! Pretty please forgive me, with the hugest juiciest cherry on top? ;-D

I can see that we're not going to make any headway on this interview thing. Lucky we're friends then!

You're still going to be a reporter aren't you? Ambition is a good thing to have, but so is determination and drive.

What made you say all that stuff? I know from Clark that you tend to get philosophical and moody at times, which seems pretty interesting, until you scratch that shiny silver-as-new surface to discover the grit and dirt lurking underneath. Not I'm saying you're dirty or anything like that. Not at all.

Seriously though, to answer your question - yeah, I'm still gunning to be a top rate reporter one day. That's why I'm suffering through this hell called interning at the Planet this summer, instead of hopping around the world or going back to Smallville like Clark and Lana. I think that ambition and determination are inextricably linked, and there's no use having one without the other. I'm sure you understand. Frankly, I don't think many people in Smallville does.

Anyway, thanks for the quick reply. Don't be a stranger!

Chloe

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From: Lex Luthor lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
To: Chloe csullivan@metu.edu
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 8:00 PM ET
Subject: Re: Great to catch up

Chloe,

At the risk of making myself sound painfully vulnerable, it was great to read a friendly message amidst the barrage of warring words I've had hurled at me today. You'd think that a LuthorCorp offer of buying soon to be redundant shares at a good 5 cents above market price would be met with joy, not scorn and hate felt with "a passion of a thousand suns" (the current majority shareholder's words, not mine obviously). Even though it might have been viewed as a hostile takeover by LuthorCorp, but can't people remain calm and civilised regardless? I was honestly fearing for my life.

Sorry for the dig. But seriously, do you really write like that? I mean, with all the 'regards' and the 'words of wisdom' and all? I know I'm still relatively young and uninitiated in the ways of the world, but ...

Young and uninitiated Chloe? Well, I might just be able to help you out there. And yes, that's the way I really write. I tend to think it paints me with a poetic lustre. ;-D

What made you say all that stuff? I know from Clark that you tend to get philosophical and moody at times, which seems pretty interesting, until you scratch that shiny silver-as-new surface to discover the grit and dirt lurking underneath. Not I'm saying you're dirty or anything like that. Not at all.

Well thanks ... I think. It's not really very flattering, is it?

I think that ambition and determination are inextricably linked, and there's no use having one without the other. I'm sure you understand. Frankly, I don't think many people in Smallville does.

I agree with equal (or maybe even more) frankness. They are inextricably linked, because one cannot achieve greatness without great sacrifice and hard work. But at the same time, one cannot overcome the obstacles that life throws in your path without some high degree of determination.

Have a good night.

- Lex

PS. I have dropped all 'regards' and 'words of wisdom' for fear of being ridiculed by a certain blonde Planet intern.

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From: Chloe Sullivan csullivan@metu.edu
To: Lex lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 11:00PM ET
Subject: Re: Great to catch up

Lex,

Two emails from you on the same day! Aren't I the luckiest intern in the world? ;-D

I've had a god awful day. You know I was telling you how juiced I was on caffeine this afternoon? Well, the inevitable happened - I totally crashed down from it, and to add insult to caffeinated injury, Perry (the editor) suddenly realised I had jack all to do, and started heaping all this research stuff on me, which would have been fine under normal conditions, but obviously not when I was coming off a caffeine rush so high it rivals Mount Everest in sheer magnificence.

And to add insult to even more painful injury, I've suddenly realised how lonely it is without Lana here. I mean sure, I totally bitch to Clark when she's around, since she manages to take up 99% of the closet space and also, she physically needs these ridiculously long showers which means maximum bathroom hoggage, but I kind of miss having her to talk you, you know? And I can't believe I'm even saying (well, writing) this, but Metropolis isn't really all that fun when you're here without your friends, you know?

Maybe you don't know. I can't imagine it being very lonely way when you're surrounded by people to do your bidding 24/7!

Chloe

PS. We should really get a new subject heading!

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From: Lex Luthor lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
To: Chloe csullivan@metu.edu
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 8:00 AM ET
Subject: A completely new subject heading

Hi Chloe,

Note the new subject heading as requested by you. I think I must be the most obliging multi-billionaire in the world.

So you and Lana don't get along? That's a surprise. I mean, considering the fact that you live together and everything. Haven't you roomed with her for the past two years already? Are you guys fighting over Clark again? (that was a joke, okay?)

Well, your life at the Planet makes mine sound woefully dull and boring. Being head of LuthorCorp isn't actually as glamorous as it sounds. I mean, there are drones to fight off, shareholders to placate and really, very boring deals that must be sealed with people I'd rather feed to a pack of rabid wolves than talk to. But talk I must, for the sake of the company and the world. And also incidentally, me.

Maybe you don't know. I can't imagine it being very lonely way when you're surrounded by people to do your bidding 24/7!

Believe me Chloe, I most definitely know. Think of it this way - when you're at the top, no matter how well-liked you are, you'll always be alone. Because people put you on some sort of pedestal when you're obscenely rich like I am, for no other reason beside the fact that you are rich. Not for you, or your talents - for your money.

Hope you have a good day.

- Lex

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From: Chloe Sullivan csullivan@metu.edu
To: Lex lex.luthor@luthorcorp.com
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 10:00AM ET
Subject: Friday Blessed Friday

Friday Blessed Friday!

I never thought I'd see the day when I'd get tired of a news room. Not that I'm really tired of it per se, just want to break out of it for a while. It's such a grind, you know? But hey, I guess as you get older, you'll eventually get to see everything. Well, more stuff anyway.

We seem to be having some sort of strangely Victorian exchange of confidences, aren't we? I mean, it didn't even occur to me to pick up the phone and actually talk to you until now! Not that I'd actually do it right now, since I'm swamped with important stuff like taking down lunch orders and making sure every gets their morning caffeine fix (including me!).

You sound like you're not really enjoying this economic domination of the world very much Lex. I mean, here you are, obscenely rich and all, and ... I don't know, I get the feeling you're kind of lonely. I don't know, just ignore me, I'm talking crazy.

So you and Lana don't get along? That's a surprise. I mean, considering the fact that you live together and everything. Haven't you roomed with her for the past two years already? Are you guys fighting over Clark again? (that was a joke, okay?)

Oh no, don't get me wrong, I love Lana. I mean, she's one of my best friends. I know we used to have the Clark wall of China thing before, but that's totally over. It's great to have someone to live with and did you know she actually likes the cooking and keeping the house clean stuff? Amazing.

But you know, even the best of friends can get on each other's nerves. Especially after two years of rooming together!

Oh gotta run,

C

(c) September 2002