When the Past Calls. With [livejournal.com profile] chloeas.

Feb. 8th, 2011 10:10 pm
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Oliver stood on the balcony of his penthouse suite apartment that night, staring blankly out over the city, then finished off the glass of whiskey, shutting his eyes as the liquid burned his throat all the way down. Letting out a breath, he pushed himself away from the railing and moved to set the glass down.

Lex Luthor was alive.

He was still trying to wrap his mind around that information. He didn't really understand how it was even possible. He rubbed a hand over his face as he made his way back into the penthouse.

The silence was shattered by the ringing of the telephone. He debated for a moment whether to bother answering it at all. It was either someone from Queen Industries calling with a work question, or it was a telemarketer. It was the only two kinds of calls he ever got.

Sighing as he glanced at the caller ID, he rolled his eyes at the 'Number Unavailable' reading.

Telemarketer.

Awesome.

He picked up the phone and pressed it to his ear. "So what are we selling tonight?" His voice was flat.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
Chloe held her breath when she heard his voice. She hadn't seen Oliver since Jimmy's funeral, but she hadn't spoken with him since he found her in the Watchtower, covered in Jimmy's blood as he lay dead over her lap, Davis' body bleeding out just a few feet away.

She couldn't remember what their conversation was, but she would never forget the horrified look on his face as he walked through the door and that one memory just came rushing back to her even after all this time.

"Oliver," she said, letting out her breath slowly, "it's Chloe."

Date: 2011-02-09 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
Oliver froze when he heard the voice on the other end of the line. A long moment passed in silence.

He opened his mouth to speak even as his brain tried to tell him that there was no way Chloe Sullivan was calling him. Even if he had known more than one Chloe in his life--which he didn't--he would have recognized her voice instantly.

"...oh," was all he managed to say.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
Chloe took a deep breath and willed herself to relax. He didn't sound like he was going to be saying much and she had a lot to say before he decided to hang up because he didn't want to hear from her.

"I assume you've heard the news?"

Date: 2011-02-09 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
The news.

Right.

Lex.

"I heard," he answered, his grip tightening just a little on his phone. He didn't have to ask how she'd gotten his number. He of all people knew what kind of techno-magic she was capable of. He might have had all of his old lines disconnected, but he knew when she got something in her mind, she wouldn't be dissuaded.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
And she hadn't been, it hadn't even been all that hard to get his number, all she had to do was trace the cell signal coming from his penthouse in Star City and get the number for it, it had taken her all of thirty seconds.

"You're the first person he'll come after."

Date: 2011-02-09 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
Oliver was silent for another moment, then he drew in a breath and let it out slowly.

"And?"

Date: 2011-02-09 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"You need to be protect," Chloe told him, her voice was neutral, but she was holding back from sighing, Oliver had never been one to care for his own well being much.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
He raised his eyebrows a little, looking toward the still-open patio doors and rubbing the back of his neck.

"I'm being careful."

Date: 2011-02-09 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"Can you make your way to Metropolis?" She asked, her voice a little quieter than before, she'd been tracking everyone's activities over the years and she knew Oliver hadn't been back to the city at all during all this time.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
Oliver drew in a breath and let it out slowly. "For what purpose?" he asked just as quietly, not sure what she was getting at.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"So I can track more easily his activities when he comes after you and take him down before he can hurt anyone else." She said simply, it was the truth, she was planning on doing that, but she also had a better chance of keeping him safe if Lex came after him while he was in Metropolis.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
He blinked at that. "You're planning to single-handedly take out Lex?" There was a hint of disbelief in his voice, but it was just barely there.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"No," she said, not offering further explanation for a second, "but if you're interested, I need all the help I can get." She added, she didn't need his help besides tracking Lex down, but if he was offering it, she was sure he needed the closer too.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
He was silent for a long moment. "I'm not sure about this, Chloe." He shut his eyes, sitting down slowly on the sofa in the living room.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
Chloe held her breath and nodded a little, "I wasn't looking forward to being back in the city either, Oliver. But you know what he's capable of and the thought of new 33.1s starting to pop up makes me sick to my stomach, we need to do what we can, while we can, before he regains his power, we don't have time for doubts and fears."

Date: 2011-02-09 05:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
"I'm not afraid of him," he said without hesitation, a tiny hint of defensiveness creeping into his tone. His jaw tightened a little, and he forced himself to take a deep breath. "Have you found evidence that he's starting up 33.1 again?"

Date: 2011-02-09 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"Not yet," Chloe told him, her stomach turning at the thought that he might already be working on it, "but he knows about Clark, Oliver and I have no doubt he will be even more curious to find out what Clark can do and even how to get abilities to himself."

Date: 2011-02-09 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
He rubbed his hand over his face, shutting his eyes once more. "Who else have you talked to?" His voice was distant.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"Just Lois." She told him, her chest tight.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
He leaned back against the sofa's cushions for a moment. "All right." His voice was quiet.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"All right?" She echoed, stilling completely. She didn't think it was going to be that easy.

Date: 2011-02-09 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
"It'll take me a couple of days to get some things here in order, but...I'll be there," he said quietly, his own chest tightening a little at the thought of going back to Metropolis.

Date: 2011-02-09 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
Chloe pulled the phone away from her ear and took a deep breath then nodded a little and pulled the phone back, "okay," she told him, nodding once more, "I'll contact you on this number when you're in town."

Date: 2011-02-09 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
Oliver held his breath for a moment. "All right. I'll talk to you in a couple of days then."

Date: 2011-02-09 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeas.livejournal.com
"Stay safe, Oliver." She told him quietly, hesitating just for a second before hanging up.

Date: 2011-02-09 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dl-greenarrow.livejournal.com
"You too," he murmured even though she'd already hung up. He set the phone down on the sofa, and stared at it blankly.

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