January 24, 2011

Say Goodbye

Title: Say Goodbye
Rating: PG-13
Author: Sxymami0909
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing: Oliver/Chloe
Word Count: 1450
Song: “Goodbye” by Secondhand Serenade from Sxymami0909

It's a shame that it had to be this way
It's not enough to say I'm sorry

Maybe I'm to blame
Or maybe were the same
But either way I can't breathe
Either way I can't breathe

All I had to say is goodbye
We’re better off this way

Three years. That was how long it had been since she’d seen him in person and as she stood at the corner under the street light she caught the easy smile that slipped onto his lips as he walked down the street with Mia by his side, talking and laughing.

She had known that Mia would return to Metropolis at some point to help fight the coming darkness and that the teenager would help mend Oliver’s fractured heart. What Chloe hadn’t expected though, was for him to move on. She knew being sorry wasn’t enough, but had she known leaving meant losing him forever…she might have come up with another plan.

She couldn’t really fault him for it. Maybe she was to blame, leaving the way she had, but at the time it had been for the best. She’d never meant to stay gone for so long, but things had taken longer than she’d expected…and his pain had dragged out too long.

Chloe took a shaky breath, her hand dropping to her stomach as her eyes shifted past Mia to the table that stood a few feet in front of them. Dinah glanced up her smile bright when she saw them. She stood from her seated position the slight swell of her stomach only noticeable to someone who had spent hours sewing up skin tight black leather.

She watched as Oliver’s arm slipped to her back and he pressed a kiss against her cheek and Chloe felt her lungs burn. Her chest was tight with emotion as her heart sunk. She couldn’t breathe…her hopes that he would welcome her home, back into his life now were in shambles.

Everything she’d done had been for him and the team. She counted the days until it was safe for her to come home only to find that her home no longer existed. The man she’d fought so hard to get back to, had pushed through his pain and moved on without her.

Chloe tried to hold in her sob as her body leaned back against the light post. She closed her eyes, swallowed several gulps of air and focused on calming her raging emotions, something that lately, she’d had more than enough practice in.

When her eyes reopened, they were glistening with unshed tears. It was a shame that it had to be this way…that their happily ever after had been cut short… he looked happy now…so it was time for her to face the truth. Oliver had moved on…and now all she had to do was let go…say goodbye. They were better off this way…

Oliver pulled back from Dinah and she sat back down. He watched as Mia rounded the small metal table and sat next to the older woman. As his hand gripped the edge of the chair a wave of melancholy hit him. This was the first place he’d ever seen her as something more than just a team member.

It had been the first time he’d seen her as a truly amazing woman. A warm hand on his pulled him from his thoughts and Mia’s worried eyes studied him. “Are you alright?” He continued pulling out the chair and sat down.

Maybe he was to blame for her leaving, but he knew Chloe better than anyone and even after all these years he hadn’t been able to stifle the hope that maybe she’d come back to him. He gave Mia a small smile before nodding. “I’m okay Mia.” He turned his eyes to his team mate, eyebrow raised. “How have you been Dinah? Enjoying Gotham so far?”

She shrugged. “It’s okay, I’m not too sure I like this whole staying in one place thing for an extended amount of time though.” Mia grinned and Oliver chuckled as he motioned to her stomach. “I’m surprised he let you out of the city limits with the precious cargo you’re carrying.”

Dinah shrugged, starting to say something about Bruce, when Oliver tuned her out. She’d informed the team of her pregnancy two months ago and though he was happy for her he couldn’t help the ache he’d felt in his own heart.

There was a point when he thought maybe he and Chloe would be the first ones to settle down and start a family, but now…well it was just another thing that would never happen. At this point all he really wanted was to be able to say goodbye to her…if all he could have was closure then he’d take it.

After everything they’d been through maybe they were better off this way…A light breeze passed by them and the small of vanilla and coffee filled his nostrils. He sat up straighter and closed his eyes, listening to the wind. He heard Dinah’s voice call out to him and his eyes popped open in confusion.

Mia and Dinah exchanged worried looks, but he ignored them. The hair on the back of his neck stood on end and he spun quickly in his seat just in time to catch the sight of a woman turning away from him and heading down the street, blonde curls gliding in the wind.

He hadn’t seen her profile, but he knew that body. Even with the bulk from the green pea coat she wore. His eyes widened her name falling from his lips in a whisper causing Mia and Dinah to give him identical looks of sympathy.

“Chloe…” This time it was slightly louder a hint of panic in his voice as he stood the chair falling over at the force of his body. And then he was running, feet pounding against pavement, heartbeat echoing in his ears as he called out.


Heads turned, people stared, but he didn’t care. He saw her petite body freeze at the sound of her name and it only forced him to push his legs harder. She turned around slowly, not willing to believe what she was hearing and the minute her body was facing the café again he was in front of her, hands gripping her body as he cupped her cheek and brought his lips down on hers in a haste of movement.

It took her less than a second to wrap her arms around his neck and return the kiss, deepening it, mouths clashing, tongues battling for dominance as he kissed her until his lungs hurt. When they finally pulled apart they were both breathing heavy, and confusion filled her face.

“I thought you...I thought you moved on…” Her heart slammed against her chest as he cupped her cheek, warm brown eyes filled with affection as he spoke voice low. “I swear for someone so smart you’re awfully dumb.”

She frowned, slapping his chest lightly. “Hey…” He grinned before his expression sobered. “It’s been three years…” She swallowed hard and nodded. “I know.” He pursed his lips. “Are you back for good?” She nodded quickly, voice barely a whisper. “Yes.”

He studied her face before speaking slowly. “Things have changed…”

“I imagine three years will do that…” Silence settled between them, but it didn’t last long. He had to know. He’d waited so long for her to come home…for her to take his pain away…to tell him he was wrong for thinking they were better off without each other.

“Why’d you come back?” Hurt filtered over her features for a second, but she wasn’t backing down. He’d kissed her…whisked her into his arms and kissed her until she couldn’t breathe…he wasn’t with Dinah…that wasn’t his baby. She still had a chance and she’d be damned if she didn’t take it. Chloe swallowed heavily, straightened up and met his eyes.

“I came back for you Oliver…” He nodded. That was all he needed to hear. Strong arms lifted her off the ground, holding her to him. Her feet dangled above the ground, but she didn’t care. Her arms wound tight around his neck, head buried against his neck.

It was time to say goodbye to the pain, tear it down and start new. They stood there in the middle of the street people staring, but neither noticed. They knew it wouldn’t be simple, that they had things to work out, but that was okay. Chloe was home and to Oliver that was all that mattered. It wasn’t the journey that he cared about, but the destination. And he could see now that her destination had always been him.


  1. Oh my gosh, that was beautiful! :)

    I thought, at first, that was his baby (although I, nevertheless, did not believe the actually moving on part)... And it was sad.

    Wow, great stuff! <3

  2. That was amazing. "Her eyes glistened with unshed tears..." Mine were doing that as well. Great fic.


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