Banner By: Nivieniv
Title: Her Happily Ever After
Word Count: 940
Prompt: ‘Fairy Tales’ written for nienna87
When she was a little girl, Chloe thought fairy tales were stupid. While other little girls planned their weddings, played house, and waited for prince charming she wrote stories of wild adventures, planned her future as a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, and got herself out of trouble.
When she was a teenager, the day she met Clark Kent her theory on Prince Charming changed. You could only be saved by the same handsome farmboy so many times before you started looking at him as your savior…your hero.
So at the time it had broken her heart that he hadn’t seen her as his damsel in distress and so, that small belief in fairy tales that had been ignited through the years was tampered out by his confession that he thought of her as a friend and nothing more.
Still, Chloe had stuck by his side over the years and played his Girl Friday, helping him solve alien related problems when they arose and being there for him in other aspects whenever he needed. But still, in the back of her mind she hoped that someday he’d see her as more…that maybe one day she’d get her happily ever after.
In College it was Jimmy Olsen. When they reconnected the night of Dark Thursday in the Planet, a spark of hope swirled inside her. Maybe this would be her chance. Maybe he could be her happily ever after. He called her bright eyes and made her smile.
She realized now though, that while she cared greatly about Jimmy…it had never been that kind of love. He’d never made a shiver fall down her spine, or made her body tingle in anticipation with just a heated look of his eyes. His smile never lit up her world and made her want to get lost in it.
His voice had never made her weak in the knees. One touch of his callused palms had never made her tremble with desire. He had been sweet, kind, safe. She had been searching for normal and so she settled for someone who she couldn’t possibly be in love with.
Someone who never knew the real her, not until the end anyway, and what did it matter then? When Jimmy was murdered, she blamed herself, blamed her lies and deceit. Chloe closed herself off to the world, locking herself up in her ivory tower, the way the evil witch had locked up Rapunzel.
Which once again brought Chloe back to her thoughts as a child, fairy tales were stupid. No one ever lived happily ever after. There were no knights in shining armor…no damsels in distress. There was just life, the mistakes people made, and the consequences of those mistakes.
And then came Oliver Queen. If you told Chloe four years ago that Star City’s most eligible bachelor would be an intricate part of her life, she would have laughed and told whoever it was to stop inhaling the kryptonite laced crack.
She hadn’t seen it at first. Her heart was so guarded that she hadn’t been able to see what was right in front of her even after she had it. It wasn’t until months later when they’d exchanged those fated ‘I love you’s’, he was taken from her, and she was willing to trade everything and anything she had for him that she understood the depth of her own feelings. And it wasn’t until several more months after that when she walked back into his life that she finally realized what she’d been missing all those years.
It was a simple moment as she stared at him in the tangle of green sheets on a mattress in the middle of a disabled Watchtower, stroking her hand down his face lightly. Chloe had always thought fairy tales were where everything was perfect, you were loved, together and everything just fell into place around you.
Fairy tales weren’t perfect though…at first glance they seemed that way, but in reality they were life lessons and morals rolled strategically into a pretty picture. The princes the princesses, they all faced obstacles and challenges to get their hearts desire…to find that place where they belonged.
In a fairy tale they don’t show you everything is ideal, rather they show you that with enough determination and hope the boulder in your way can be surpassed and triumphed over. They give you a reason to believe you deserve to have someone cross mountains for you…someone who’s willing to make the same kind of sacrifice for you that you are for them.
And as her eyes glanced down on Oliver’s sleeping face she knew she’d finally found that. This was what she’d been waiting for. The feeling she had been missing with everyone else. Because this, everything around her right now…this was her fairy tale.
It wasn’t perfect…it had its ups and downs…it had its horrible moments and its wonderful ones. It had smiles and tears, laughter and gut wrenching sobs, but she wouldn’t trade one single second of it. Oliver was her knight in shining leather…and she wasn’t his damsel in distress…but his partner, his other half.
They saved each other and as Chloe laid in bed with him, Oliver’s arm wrapped protectively around her, his breathing steady and even, she could finally say that she had found her happily ever after. White knights and noble steeds be damned, her prince charming wore green leather and straddled heavy machinery and that’s the way she liked it.