Chapter Nine: The Man With The Answer
‘The Truth in The Lie’
Oliver rubbed the back of his neck as he made his way out of the elevator and into the penthouse. It had been a long day at the office after the two days he had taken off when Lois was shot. All that missed work was catching up to him.
He shrugged his jacket off and tossed it on the coat rack before waving at the camera by the elevator and moving down the hallway. He breathed in a deep breath and caught the aroma of something delicious. He turned and made his way into the kitchen as he called out. “Mia…Chloe…you guys here?”
He stepped into the kitchen and paused leaning against the doorframe as he watched Chloe move around the stove. She glanced over her shoulder when she felt eyes on her and she gave him a bright smile. “Hey you, you’re back late.”
Chloe bent down pulling the oven open and checking the chicken being cooked. Lois had been released from the hospital earlier that day and she’d spent the morning and part of the afternoon helping her settle in at the farm. Clark had talked to Perry about working from home for the next week or so, that way Lois wouldn’t be alone, which he had readily agreed to.
After making sure things were squared away she’d come back to Metropolis and spent several hours at Watchtower checking in on everyone and making sure things were running smoothly. New schedules were made and they’d gone over the plan for Bruce’s fundraiser tomorrow.
Everything was set. No one was fighting and all the things that had needed her attention were saw to. It had been an incredibly productive day and for that she was glad because she had plans for that evening and not one of them involved the team, the mission or anything else related to the kidnappings.
Oliver’s voice broke her out of her thoughts as he moved into the kitchen while loosening his tie and sitting on one of the stools. “I had some work to catch up on from the last couple of days…” He glanced around her at the stove and raised an eyebrow in her direction. “Did you cook dinner?”
She closed the oven, reached up, turned it off, and spun around to face him with a small grin on her face. “I might have.” She took a step towards him and he reached out his arm pulling her closer so she was standing between his legs. His face softened as he ran his hands lightly over her back, voice low.
“That was really nice of you Sidekick…you know you didn’t have to do that.” She shrugged and draped her arms around his neck lightly while tilting her head, voice slightly unsure as she spoke. “These past two days have been kind of hectic and since Bruce’s fundraiser is tomorrow…and everything is all set with the team…I sort of thought maybe you and I could…spend some time together…”
She paused and bit her bottom lip, “I mean unless you have things to do, which would make perfect sense…” Oliver removed one of his hands from her waist and pressed a finger against her babbling lips. He gave her a crooked grin before pulling her closer to him.
“I think that’s a fantastic idea. I’ve been trying to get you alone for days…” He glanced around before looking back at Chloe. “Where’s Mia?” Chloe scrunched her nose and cleared her throat. “Um, she’s spending the night at Bart’s.”
Oliver’s eyebrows drew together, lips pursing as his jaw clenched. “Oh is she…” Chloe shook her head and moved her hands down to his arms rubbing them gently. “I know you’re upset that they didn’t tell you, but really Oliver…she’s seventeen years old and Bart’s a good guy…you know he is.”
He grunted and glared at her hands tightening on her side for a second, “Mm I’m still angry with you too for keeping it from me.” Chloe rolled her eyes nudging his knee with hers. “You were the one who wanted Mia and I to get along…be friends. She confided in me Oliver…I couldn’t break her trust, just like I’d never break yours if you confided in me.”
He let out a heavy sigh and nodded, pout slipping onto his lips. “I know, I know…I’m being irrational. I might not like Mia spending the night at Bart’s, but on a positive note that means we have this whole place to ourselves.”
Chloe swallowed hard and nodded, voice soft. “Yup.” He was giving her that look again and she could feel his large hand rubbing rhythmic circles on her lower back. His touch made her inhale sharply and she couldn’t help the way her heart sped up.
Oliver watched her expressions closely unsure of what she’d planned for their evening and not wanting to take things somewhere she hadn’t intended them to go. He slid his hand up her hip over the smooth fabric of her skirt, continuing up and ruffling the satin shirt she wore before reaching her neck, his thumb brushing against the soft skin there.
He felt her inhale deeply as he cupped her cheek and guided her head down to his. Chloe’s heart pounded against her chest as his lips closed gently over hers before she felt his tongue dart out seeking entrance to her mouth.
Her body moved forward of its own accord as she opened her lips beneath his letting him deepen the kiss. The minute she gave him access to the moist cavern of her mouth he wound an arm around her waist pulling her between his legs and stroking his tongue against hers.
Chloe moaned into his mouth, her hand extending to his waist, gripping his side tightly as she returned his kiss with the same enthusiasm that he exhibited. She could feel her chest starting to burn and she pulled back from him gasping for air.
He watched her tongue dart out and lick her kiss-swollen lips and he felt himself harden slightly. He was pretty sure she had no idea how incredibly sexy she was and that only added to her allure.
Chloe’s pulse quickened and Oliver dipped his head down, both hands now on her waist as he attacked her neck nibbling and sucking the skin until it was red before soothing it with his mouth. She let out a light moan as she gripped his arms.
His lips on her skin sent a shock of electricity through her, heat pooling low in her belly as she felt her body responding to his ministrations. No one had ever been able to evoke this level of arousal inside of her with the simple act of kissing and that thought only served to increase her need for him tenfold.
He felt her hand slide off his shoulder and down to his shirt before pulling it from his pants, effectively letting her slip her hands up and under it. Her small palms came in contact with his skin, the muscles of his abs clenching as she caressed her hands over them causing him to groan.
Her palms were soft and he could feel the hesitance in their movements and somehow that made it even more erotic for him. He moved a hand from her waist and brought it to the front of her shirt, his palm slipping beneath it and caressing her stomach gently.
He felt her stomach muscles contract as he moved his hand up. Callused hands gliding along her smooth flesh until they came in contact with the lace of her bra. He cupped her breast, palming it softly before brushing his thumb against her hardening nipple causing her to throw her head back and arch into his hand.
“Oh God…Ollie.” He took a deep breath and leaned his forehead against her neck trying to control himself as he continued to knead the pliant flesh beneath his hand as he spoke. “You’re so beautiful…” Her eyes slid shut when he tweaked her nipple, another wave of moisture pooling in her panties as she let out another moan.
When her eyes fluttered open again, she caught sight of the camera in the corner with the angle her head was facing and her body tensed against him. Oliver paused, his voice a whisper against her neck, hand still softly caressing her breast. “What’s wrong?”
Her voice was breathy as she spoke, “The camera Ollie…the team…they can see us.” He glanced up to where she was looking and he took a deep breath pulling his hand from inside her blouse and shifting as he rubbed her arms. “Victor said the feed would be down for a little bit…they’re trying to re-program something…why don’t we…move this to the bedroom? I can cover the camera in there…” His voice trailed off as she nibbled on her lower lip.
He waited for her answer and when she gave him a small smile and nodded he let out a breath he hadn’t even known he was holding. Oliver stood from the stool, took her hand and led her to his room shutting the door securely behind them.
She watched him as he unbuttoned his shirt and tossed it over the camera before making his way over to her, his lips once again descending on hers. She returned the kiss letting him deepen it as he walked her back until her legs hit the side of the bed.
He pulled back from her for a second, brown eyes dark as he drank in the sight of her. Chloe was nervous. She could feel the pounding of her heart through her entire body as he once again moved forward his lips dropping to her neck as he reached a hand up unzipping the side of her shirt.
She tensed again and he paused for a second leaning back slightly to catch her eyes. “Are you alright?” She nodded before dropping her hands to the hem of her shirt, yanking it over her head, and tossing it to the floor. If it was possible she saw his eyes darken even more as they dropped to her lace covered breasts. “Yes.”
He nodded before moving forward and reaching around her body to unclasp her bra. She held the front up and he blew a warm breath against her ear as his hand caressed right above the waist of her skirt. “Let it go Chloe…I want to see you.” She could feel a slow need building inside of her and the husky tone of his voice made her moan as she moved her hand letting her bra fall to the floor.
Oliver glanced down and swallowed hard. He’d been waiting days for this moment. She was gorgeous and that wasn’t even an exaggeration. He ran his tongue over his lips, voice light as he spoke. “You’re perfect…do you know that?” Chloe flushed as he bent his head down and twirled his tongue around her nipple, his other hand slowly slipping up her leg.
She cried out, one hand jerking out and gripping his head as Oliver’s mouth closed over her nipple sucking hard. “Jesus Ollie…” He grinned against her skin before releasing the small bud with a pop, “Have I mentioned I love it when you call out my name?”
It took her a second to form a coherent thought but when she did, she almost rolled her eyes. “Of course you do…it’s that ego of yours I’m telling you…one of these days you aren’t going to be able to fit through the door anymore because of it…”
Her voice trailed off when she felt his hand on the zipper of her skirt, amusement in his eyes as he worked the zipper down. “After tonight…you’re gonna be singing my praises Sidekick and then we’ll see about ego’s…”
She swallowed hard as he pushed her skirt over her hips and it slithered to the ground. He stood there just staring at her and she couldn’t take it anymore. She arched an eyebrow at him and reached for is belt as she spoke, a confidence in her words that she didn’t quite feel. “Someone is way too over dressed here…and it’s not me.”
He grinned and motioned for her to do what she wanted. “Is that so…I think you might have to help me out with that.” She unbuckled his belt and pulled it from the loops before tossing it aside. When she gripped the zipper to his pants between her fingers she hesitated briefly before meeting his eyes.
He caught her hesitation and sucked in a deep breath, voice barely a whisper as he spoke, “If you’re having seconds thoughts…now’s the time to tell me…it’s okay if you don’t want to do this now Chloe…I’d understand. We can take things slow if that's what you want.” Though he wasn’t quite so sure Oliver junior would understand, but they’d cross that bridge when and if it came.
She shook her head, pulling down the zipper on his pants and pushing them over his hips. “No…I want this…I’ve wanted this for days.” He let out a small groan as he kicked his pants aside, toed of his shoes and lifted her by the hips before tossing her on the bed.
“Thank god…” She chuckled lightly as he climbed onto the bed giving her a wolfish grin before prowling over her one hand coming up to grip her leg and placing it over his hip as he settled his body against hers leaning down to capture her lips with his again.
She could feel his hardened shaft through his boxers as he pressed his hips against hers slowly rocking them back and forth. The friction was driving her crazy as she arched her hips against his, hands caressing his back as she tried to bring him closer to her.
She broke away from his lips turning her head to the side to suck in a breath as his lips trailed down her neck to her collar bone. His kisses were intoxicating and his hands left a trail of fire in their wake that made her inner muscles clench in anticipation of what was to come. How had she gone so long never knowing this kind of passion?
He leaned in and placed several light kisses on her breast before twirling his tongue around one nipple while tweaking the other with his fingers. Chloe whimpered and raked a hand through his hair pulling him closer, trying to direct his mouth where she wanted it.
His hand slid between their bodies and up her inner thigh before brushing against her panty clad center.
“Oh god, Ollie please…”
He could feel how wet she was through the material and he couldn’t believe that he’d caused that. Pride swelled his chest as the most controlled woman he’d ever met came undone beneath him. He shifted propping himself up on his knees between her legs before moving her panties aside and tracing her slit, teasing her lightly.
Chloe threw her head back, body arching up when she felt his fingers touch her bare flesh. A moan was ripped from her throat as he continued to tease her. She bit her lip, eyes squeezing shut as she spoke between panting breaths. “Don’t tease…I need…god touch me Ollie.”
It had been so long since someone had touched her this way, and she didn’t think anyone had ever worshiped her body the way Oliver was doing. Taking his time to learn every inch of it and it warmed her heart. Oliver could hear her labored breathing, but he didn’t want to rush this.
He was still slightly baffled how they’d gotten here, but truthfully he didn’t care. All that mattered was the amazing, gorgeous, woman writhing beneath him. Her hair was fanned out across his pillow, face flushed with arousal as she made noises he knew she’d probably deny making later.
Oliver didn’t hesitate as he eased one large digit into her welcoming heat as he bent his head yet again pulling her nipple into his mouth sucking hard. She let out a loud moan as her body moving against his hand.
She should be embarrassed, she could feel her hips moving to the rhythm Oliver set, but she couldn’t bring herself to care as the sensations he was creating inside of her were fast taking over any rational thought she had left.
He flicked his tongue back and forth over her nipple as he added another finger and pressed his thumb against her clit, a mewling sound escaped from her throat as her body jolted under him. Chloe knew she was close. Her body was on a sensation overload.
Between the warm cavern of his mouth and the insistent thrusting of his fingers she could feel her release blooming on the horizon. Oliver knew she wouldn’t last much longer and when he felt her muscles tightening against his fingers he pinched her clit and that was all it took.
Chloe’s head slammed back into the pillow as warmth spread through her body, legs shaking as she came, his name falling from her lips loudly as she rode out her orgasm, his fingers still moving inside of her drawing it out.
Oliver let go of her breast with a pop and captured her lips in a heated kiss as he pulled his fingers free of her body. She returned the kiss as she moved her hand palming him through his boxers. He broke their kiss and shook his head.
“Don’t…” She frowned and he saw the uncertainty on her face. He leaned down placing a kiss on her neck as he let out a long breath. “If you touch me right now this is going to end a lot sooner than I want it too…I promise you’ll get your go later Sidekick for now…let me take the reins.”
Chloe wasn’t one to give up control easily so when she took a deep breath and nodded, voice soft as she stroked his cheek and said ‘okay’ he was surprised.
He shifted freeing himself from his boxers not bothering to push them all the way down as he lifted her legs spreading them and settled between her thighs. Oliver met her eyes as his fingers gripped the elastic of her panties and tugged, the band snapping against her skin making her gasp.
He grinned as she ran her hands up and down his back, caressing and stroking it and he shivered beneath her finger tips. He placed a gentle kiss against her lips and then her throat as he gripped his shaft and placed the tip of his cock as her entrance.
He was just about to push forward when Chloe froze her hand pressing against his stomach. He gave her a startled look, speaking quietly. “What it is…what’s wrong?” She licked her lips and opened her mouth twice before she finally found her words.
“Condoms…we need a condom.” Oliver closed his eyes jaw tensing as he swore to himself. Of course they needed a condom…and yet he was pretty sure he didn’t have one. He dropped a head to her shoulder and took a few deep breaths trying to focus and calm himself down before holding his weight on one arm and stretching over her slightly to the nightstand drawer.
He pulled it open and rummaged through it. “Fuck…” Chloe glanced up at him confusion on her face, “What’s wrong?” He shut the drawer and looked down at her, their bodies so close he could feel the moisture between her thighs on the head of his dick.
“I don’t have any…” Her eyes practically bulged out of her head, “Are you kidding me? How do you not have any…you’re…Oliver.” He glared down on her and shook his head. “Thanks…that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.”
She gave him an incredulous look, “You can’t possibly take offense to that…you know what I meant.” He sighed and nodded. “I know…but if you noticed I haven’t really been keeping much company lately…” She stroked his back lightly and she nodded voice light, “I’ve noticed.”
His face softened as he pressed a kiss against her lips. She groaned and cupped his face. He mated their foreheads together and she swallowed heavily before speaking. “It’s okay…” He arched an eyebrow at her and she wrapped her legs around his waist causing his hand to grip her hip tightly, nails digging into her skin.
There was a warning in his tone as he spoke, “Chloe…” She placed a small kiss against his chin and then his neck as she spoke. “I’ve seen your medical records I know your clean…and I am too…I want you so bad…please…”
Her begging only made his cock twitch and he bit his lip. He caught her eyes and he nodded as he moved his hand between them once again positioning himself at her entrance. Oliver new it was stupid, but he honestly didn’t care. He didn’t make a habit of having unprotected sex, but this was Chloe.
He braced one hand by her head the other gripping her hip as he pushed into her less than half way before pulling out and thrusting fully inside of her. Chloe gripped his arm, her body tensing beneath him as he stretched her almost painfully.
She shifted and winced slightly as he spoke voice strained. “You okay?” She nodded and gripped his side, “Yeah…just give me a second, it’s been a while.”
He nodded dipping his head to her neck and placing soft sucking kisses against her tender skin. He moved his lips down to her chest, opened his mouth, and captured her nipple, teasing the hardened peak with his tongue, as he slid a hand between them brushing his fingers against her clit.
Chloe groaned, her hands gripping his back as she moved her hips against his arching up and making him sink deeper inside the warm cavern of her body. Oliver released her nipple, bringing his lips back to hers as he started to move his hips slowly.
The pain ebbed away as her body grew accustomed to him inside of her and Chloe raised her hips meeting him thrust for thrust. Oliver's hand slipped down to her leg, pulling it up and away from his hip, tilting it as he entered her at a different angle causing her to whimper at the new sensation.
Her nails left crescent shapes below his shoulder blades as she gripped him tighter, trying to hold on for all she was worth as he hit a particularly sensitive spot inside of her causing her to throw her head back against the pillow, his name tumbling from her lips.
"Oh God more...harder."
Oliver sped up his movements at her demand, slamming into her harder with each stroke. Chloe’s body writhed wildly beneath his, her moans growing louder as he crashed into her body over and over again.
She could feel another orgasm approaching as he bent her leg further to the bed spreading her wider as his sweat slicked body plowed into her. He never dreamed she’d be this responsive and the sight of her abandoning her controlled exterior even further was enough to have him climbing over the edge.
Oliver felt his balls tighten and he reached a hand between them rubbing her clit, as he pistoned inside of her. Two flicks of her clit and Chloe came screaming his name her muscles pulsing and spasming around him. He felt her walls grip his cock, squeezing and clenching around him and he came crying her name as he spilled his seed inside of her.
Oliver collapsed on top of her, placing small kisses against her skin as she rubbed her hand gently over his back. They stayed like that for a few minutes while they caught their breath before he shifted off of her and onto his back.
He reached an arm out pulling her to his side as silence settled around them. Chloe lifted her chin slightly so she was leaning it against his chest and he glanced at her and arched his eyebrow in her direction. “What?” She grinned, “We just had sex…”
Oliver chuckled and smirked down on her. “We most definitely did…so…how are you feeling about my ego now?” Chloe snorted. “I still think it’s too big…” He shook his head and eyed her naked body. “Then it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me.”
Her eyes widened as his hand roamed down her naked back cupping her ass. “Oliver!” He grinned, leaned down and whispered by her ear. “Say it louder…” She slapped him lightly and he caught her hand in his with a laugh and brought it to his lips.
Her face softened and he caught her eyes, voice low. “We’re good right…things aren’t going to get awkward are they? I know we said we’d hold off until this mission was over to figure things out between us…but I want you to know…this is more than sex to me.”
He cupped her cheek, Chloe’s eyes glistening slightly as she looked at him while he continued speaking. “When this is all over…and we catch the bad guy…I’m still gonna want you…Can you handle that Sidekick?”
Chloe sucked in a long breath and covered the hand on her cheek with her own. She gave him a bright smile, honesty coloring her tone. “You bet your arrows I can handle that hero…when this is over, we’ll figure it all out.”
He smiled and placed a short kiss on her lips. Chloe snuggled up to his side and closed her eyes. Less than a minute later his stomach let out a loud rumble and she laughed. “Hungry Mr. Queen?” He hadn’t wanted to interrupt their post coitus cuddle with a plea for dinner, but it looked like his stomach had other plans.
He gave her a sheepish smile. “Sorry…I haven’t eaten since early afternoon.” She nodded as she moved pulling the sheet with her as she got up. Oliver watched her grab his shirt and put it on before tossing the sheet back at him. She made her way to the door, pulled it open, and glanced over her shoulder at him, hair mused, satisfied smile on her face.
He smirked. She shook her head already rolling her eyes and his grin widened at the fact that he didn’t even need to say it, because she knew him so well. He got out of bed, threw on his boxers and as he watched her go he couldn’t help thinking that he could get used to having Chloe in his life in this new capacity.
Oliver cleared his throat and the room quieted down, several heads turning to face him. He glanced around, his eyes straying to Chloe sending her a small smile. She grinned and winked at him before walking towards Watchtowers kitchen and starting a new pot of coffee.
Last night had been amazing. After Chloe reheated the food she made before he came home, they’d had a nice dinner which had been interrupted by Lex wanting an update on what was going on. Chloe had promised to stop by Lex’s office before the fundraiser and bring him the information they’d collected so far.
After she’d hung up with him, Oliver had scoured his apartment for condoms and surprisingly found a few hidden in his desk drawer. He’d come back into kitchen utterly proud of his find only to find Chloe booting up her laptop to work.
He had promptly dragged her away from her laptop like a cave man and proceeded to make her scream his name for several more hours until they’d fallen asleep in a flurry of sex soaked rumpled sheets. And he was almost positive that the grin on his face today wasn’t fooling anyone.
Someone talking brought his attention back to the present and he glanced around eyebrow raised, “What?” Bart rolled his eyes before speaking. “Bossman what is with you today I thought we were supposed to be going over the layout one more time for tonight’s shin dig.”
He nodded, brows furrowing, “Right. Dinah, A.C., Mia, Carter, you four will be attending the event. Victor, Bart, Courtney and J’onn you guys will be watching the perimeter. Chloe said she briefed you on your positions yesterday?”
They all nodded and he grinned, “Okay cool we should be good to go then. The fundraiser starts at six so Chloe and I will probably get there around six-thirty. You guys should be in position before hand though.” Oliver turned towards Victor. “Have you talked to Bruce?”
He nodded as he pressed a few buttons on the computer. “Yea, about an hour ago. He’s fueling up one of his jets and said it will be landing in Metropolis to pick me, Bart, Courtney and J’onn up in about two hours. This way we can case out the venue and set up perimeters around everything so that no one gets in or out of the event without us knowing.”
Oliver nodded, “Great.” He turned back towards the rest of the team and looked between Dinah, Carter, Mia and A.C. “You four can take the ride with Chloe and I. We'll leave early and just hang around Gotham until six thirty.”
They nodded as A.C. tossed a chip into his mouth before calling out to Victor. “Dude, did you reboot the video at Oliver’s place yet? When did the software upgrade finish?”
Victor turned in his seat and motioned to the computer. “Last night. It went back on around midnight. I’m rewinding and rebooting now, hold on I’ll stop it and play some to see if it worked.” He started pushing a few buttons as Chloe walked back towards the team mug in her hand, Eyebrows raised.
“What’s going on?”
Oliver shrugged, “Victor was talking about the upgraded video feeds.” Bart nodded and grinned at Chloe, “Yup, Vic figured out how to integrate audio so you guys wouldn’t have to use your coms anymore.” Chloe’s eyes widened a hint of panic in her voice.
Dinah and Mia watched as Oliver’s head whipped around as he called out to Victor. “Vic wait don’t …” But it was too late. Victor had just pushed played when Watchtower was filled with heavy breathing, loud moans, and the sound of flesh slapping against flesh.
Chloe’s eyes widened her mug of coffee slipping from her hands and crashing against the floor as she threw a hand over her lips. Oliver placed a hand over his face and shook his head. Seven sets of eyes went wide as something in the audio feed banged hard against what sounded like a wall before Chloe’s breathless voice filled the room.
‘Oh god…harder Ollie…yes yes yes…” there was the distinct sound of Oliver’s out of breath chuckle before his voice filled the room. ‘Sorry Sidekick what was that about my ego…have many times do I have to make you come before you admit it…”
A whispered ‘oh my god’ left her throat as her face turned bright red. Oliver glared at Victor who sat there shock on his face, hand poised over the keyboard. “Shut it off.” Victor shook himself out of his stupor pressing a few keys and the room was plunged into silence.
No one said a word. Oliver scratched the back of his head. “So…uh…that isn’t exactly how we intended you guys to find out about us…” His voice trailed off and Dinah chuckled. She tried to stifle her laughter, but the more she tried the louder it became.
Mia joined in a couple of seconds later and even A.C. and Carter cracked a smirk. Oliver frowned at their friends as Chloe spoke, voice slightly shrill. “This isn’t funny…” She moved away from Oliver and over towards the kitchen ignoring everyone as she went to find a broom. She was utterly mortified. How in the world was the team supposed to take orders from her after hearing that? She sighed.
Oliver watched her walk away the frown on his face deepening. When she was out of earshot he glared around the room. “Cut it out…you guys are going to upset Chloe. I know you think this is funny, but she obviously doesn’t…so please have a little respect.”
Their laughter died down and Dinah smiled, “We’re sorry…we just…well we’re happy for you guys. I mean it took you two long enough.”
Confusion filled Oliver’s face as he looked from Dinah to Carter, who smirked. “It’s true. We’ve sort of been waiting for the two of your to realize it…just make sure you treat her right or you’ll have us to answer to.” The rest of the team nodded. He opened his mouth right as Chloe made her way back, broom in hand.
He watched her as she tried to sweep up the mug shards before speaking softly. “You don’t have to do that…one of the guys can do it…you need to go meet Lex remember?” She paused in her movements and let out a short breath, pout gracing her lips.
He grinned as he brushed a curl behind her ear, voice lowering so only she could hear. “Think of it this way…now we don’t have to tell them…they already know.” She snorted and mumbled. “Yes because our sex life is exactly how I wanted them to find out…it’s embarrassing.”
He shook his head wrapping his arm around her hesitantly not sure if she would pull away from him or not. When she didn’t he nudged her chin up so she was looking at him. “You have nothing to be embarrassed about. We’re adults…they would have found out sooner or later. Besides…I guarantee you at least three of the men in this room are so wishing they were me right now.”
She chuckled lightly, thumb brushing against his chin, eyes softening as she spoke. “You’re nuts.” He grinned, “You like it…now get out of here and go bring Lex that info so we can go back to the apartment and get ready for tonight.”
She nodded before leaning up and cupping his cheek as she pulled him into a quick kiss. Dinah glanced at Victor and mouthed ‘mission accomplished’ as A.C. shook his head and grinned. They could have done without the audio proof, but they were glad their friends were happy.
Chloe moved out of Oliver’s arms and glanced at Victor eyebrow raised. “Do you have that file for me? The one for Lex?” He nodded, spun around and reached onto one of the other computer consoles. He lifted the folder and held it out to Chloe.
She gave him a small smile and took it. “Thanks Vic.” He nodded, “Sure thing Tower.” Chloe walked over to her desk and grabbed her purse and jacket. “I’ll see you guys later.” There were an echo of goodbyes as she moved out the double doors. Oliver watched her go head held high and he grinned. That was his girl.
He turned to Victor and pointed at the computer brows furrowed. “Now about that audio feed…”
Lex sat at his desk frown on his face as he flipped through the information in front of him. It had been a little over two weeks since Lana was kidnapped and he was starting to get impatient. He glanced up at Chloe and arched an eyebrow. “This is it? This is all you have? It’s been over two weeks Chloe…and you guys aren’t any closer to finding out where she is than when you started.”
Chloe glared at Lex arms crossing over her chest defensively. “Listen, my people are doing the best they can and even though it might not seem like it we have a ton of information that we didn’t have before. Look…this ends tonight. Bruce is hosting this fundraiser specifically so we can catch these guys.”
Lex studied Chloe’s face and pursed his lips, voice slightly calmer when he spoke. “You have a plan?” She leaned back in her chair crossing her legs and arching an eyebrow in his direction, a hint of amusement in her voice when she spoke. “Don’t I always?”
He nodded. “That you do…and this plan?” She tensed slightly, voice guarded. “Is on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.” Lex’s frown was back as he leaned back in his chair and shook his head. “If you plan to end this tonight, it’s unfair and slightly unrealistic for you to ask me to stay out of it…especially when my wife is involved.”
She opened her mouth and he pushed himself forward letting all pretense fall from his face, voice emotional as he spoke. “It’s been over two weeks since I’ve seen or heard from Lana…according to you this is the only chance we’re going to get…our best shot. Wouldn’t you want to know? Put yourself in my position Chloe.”
She studied his face for a minute before sighing lightly and reaching into her purse pulling out a pen. She motioned toward him, a hint of annoyance in her voice. “Give me a piece of paper.” He gave her a curious look, but reached into his desk and did as she asked.
For the next fifteen minutes Chloe drew out the basics of their plan of attack. No names or intricate details, just where Oliver’s ‘security team’ would be and how they planned to corner off the kidnappers. Lex was far from her favorite person, but she knew he genuinely loved Lana and she couldn’t imagine what he was going through.
And for once Lex was right, being in the dark was hard. If it had been Oliver who was kidnapped she’d want to be a part of every aspect of getting him back. The thought startled her, but she found it was the truth. Oliver had become a huge part of her life and...
Lex’s voice asking her a question shook Chloe from her thoughts. She answered it and continued explaining things to him as best she could without compromising the team. Lex watched her as she went over the plans with him. One thing was for sure, one way or another if Lex had anything to say about it this thing was ending tonight…
Chapter Eleven: A Night in The Dark