I posted this last night onmarikology's Kryptonsite's Clark and Chloe thread "Scenes of a friendship". I thought I would share since it pretty well received.
Title: An Apology
by: Sue Denim or excelaunt
Summary: Crimson, Clark apologizes for his comment to Chloe.
Warning: not-beta read
Martha stood in the frame of the open door, ushering Chloe in. She took Chloe’s thin overcoat which matched her elegant dress, but did nothing to keep her warm in February. Chloe quickly removed her shoes, and she shrunk down to Martha’s eye level.
The women had survived the very sudden and completely unnerving return of Kal-El,
“That was some engagement party.” Martha said. “I’ve got the kettle on, do you want some tea?”
Martha didn’t really give her son’s friend a choice. She gently placed her hand to the small of her back and lured her into her kitchen. While there Chloe took her mug from the shelf and chose a lemon flavored variety to sooth her nerves. The hot water seeped through the bag and Chloe took a moment to enjoy the beverage. Every ounce of her being was put into remaining calm, for her sake, but for Martha’s and Clark’s as well.
“I take it everything’s okay?” Chloe asked, her hands cupped the warm mug of tea. “
“He’s in the barn.” Martha said. Chloe noticed that Mrs. Kent was frowning. “He’s recovering.”
“Good” Chloe said.
“She’s fine.” Chloe said. “All back to her normal, talkative self.”
“How are you?”
She turned her head to the barn, opened her mouth to speak, but changed her mind. Martha smiled warmly at her, understanding what the problem was.
“He feels terrible for what he said.” Martha said.
Chloe’s head bobbed in agreement. “He should. Did you hear what he said to me?”
“I’ve known you for a long, long time. I saw your reaction. It chilled me, the way he teased you.”
Chloe straightened her spine and lifted her chin so her voice would carry. “I resent being treated like I live in his back pocket. I deserve better. And you deserve better.”
Chloe felt a small tear escape her eye. She didn’t realize she was this upset. It really wasn’t that big a deal. “I came by to make sure all the ducks were in a row.”
“Time heals everything Chloe.” Martha said. She pointed to the barn and raised her eyebrows into her hair line. “I can see how hurt you are still.”
“Thank you for the tea” Chloe said. Martha wanted Chloe to go to
“I better go and get ready for a day of covering
Chloe laughed, trying to switch her emotions into something lighter.
She exited the house and stood on the porch for a minute. She wanted to march into the barn and demand an apology from
Talking with his mother was a sure fire way to safely communicate the things he needed to know, yet remain somewhat aloof to the whole mess.
Chloe walked to her car, keys in her hand, when suddenly,
“Please don’t go yet.”
Chloe sighed. With the timbre of his voice she could hear his self torment. She knew him well enough to know he was reliving the events of the night and crucifying himself over his behavior. Her heart broke with pity, and she no longer could hold it against him. He was high on something he didn’t even mean to take.
“You don’t have to do this
“Chloe—you deserve better. Better than Jimmy Olsen, definitely better than me.”
She thought she could hear his heart beat as he stood in front of her, his mouth loose, silently and patiently waiting on her. Her respiration crystallized in front of them, feigning an appearance of mist.
“I forgive you.” Chloe finished. “Now, I’m freezing and I really want to get home.”
“Well, you’re goin’ two for two tonight.” Chloe said. “You’re squeezing me too hard.”
She cuddled up next to Clark, who was a lot warmer than the horrible red jacket he was so found of.
“What can I do to make it up to you?”
“You can tell me what’s going on here.” She patted his chest. “We don’t have secrets
“Hey” Chloe said. “It’s me. I’m not Lana. You can tell me things, even if they’re about me.”
“I’m upset with you, a little bit.”
“Oh God, Clark. That was ages ago. You’ve been carrying that around for nine months. Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I was going to, but then Jimmy Olsen showed up and I realized that you had given up on me. I can’t say I blame you, but it really hurt.”
Chloe’s eyes sparkled as
“Of course I’ve thought about it, Chloe. I don’t think I could have survived the Phantom Zone without that kiss on my mind.” He shrugged but his eye contact didn’t waiver. “I like the idea that one day we might go into new waters.”
Chloe no longer felt so cold. “We’re not in that place right now, though. I noticed tonight you still have some Lana issues.”
Chloe chuckled, loudly. “So, you’re a normal guy then, huh?”
“If we get there, we get there. If not, I still have the best friend in the world.” Chloe said. “The important part is, we forgive each other when we admit we did wrong.”