Banner By: Franica
Title: What It All Means
Word Count: 1540
Summary: This is a tag to episode 10.15 ‘Fortune’ if you haven’t seen the episode and don’t want to be spoiled don’t read this.
Oliver’s hand slid down her back caressing it lightly as she held onto his side, a light breeze blowing softly around them. As they turned the corner she shifted her head back slightly so she could glance up at him, eyes curious, voice soft. “How long have you known?” His eyes drifted from the street in front of them to his wife.
Wife. Chloe was his wife. His chest felt like it was going to burst, the emotions from the past 24 hours finally catching up with him. He didn’t know it was possible to be this happy. Oliver swallowed hard to moisten his throat as he arched an eyebrow, amusement dancing in his eyes.
“About your job hunt or about our getting married under the influence in 80’s garb? By the way if memory serves me correctly you made quite the Madonna…” She chuckled lightly her arms tightening around him as she rolled her eyes before her smile dropped slightly. “Either, both…”
The fact that he knew she’d been looking at jobs accounted for his strange behavior the past few days and the way it almost seemed like there was a slight distance between them at the party for Clark and Lois last night, before the magical champagne of course.
His voice interrupted her thoughts as he spoke lightly. “As far as our nuptials go…I’ve known since we got back from the casino…I found the paper in my pocket…and really, drunk on magic or not…there’s no one else I would have tied the knot with, it’s only you.”
Her face softened as he continued talking. “About you leaving…The Star City Register called the apartment three days ago…said they looked over your resume and would love to offer you a position…so I told them to call back and leave a message because you weren’t home and I didn’t want to forget the details.”
She met his eyes and nodded. When she had heard the message on the machine that day Oliver had still been out, so she had just assumed he never heard it, but now that she thought about it, some of his actions from that point on made sense. Her eyes teared up as he paused in his movements and shifted so they were facing each other.
He raised an eyebrow at the sudden look of tears in her eyes confusion on his face. “What?” She shook her head reaching out a hand and placing it on his chest. “I’m sorry…I’m sorry I didn’t tell you right away, but Oliver you have to know I wasn’t going to just pick up and leave --”
He cut her off with a finger to her lips, head tilting slightly as he spoke. “I know that.” Her brows furrowed. “You do?” He chuckled lightly and nodded. “I’m not going to lie…when they left that message I was hurt and slightly confused as to why you wouldn’t just discuss it with me seeing as after everything we’ve been through you wanting to actually have a life that involves more than Watchtower, really isn’t a horrible thing at all.”
He grinned slightly at her, his hand sliding up to cup her cheek, voice lowering slightly. “But I never questioned your feelings for me. Chloe I think you’re past the fear of commitment…we both are and honestly if you were trying to run from me…from us why in God’s name would you run to my home town?”
A bubble of laughter fell from her throat as she nodded tears still present, but a bright smile on her face as she moved in closer to him. “Do you know why I accepted the job this morning?” He caressed her back with his other hand as he let out a small ‘hmm’.
“It was because of my half of the marriage certificate…when I called the chapel…they said Clark and I never got married and before he could say anything else I hung up in relief…but I couldn’t toss away the piece a paper…because it looked so official and…” she hesitated, her voice barely a whisper as she gazed up at him with big eyes. “a part of me was hoping that just maybe it was us…a part of me knew drunk, hyped up on magic, either way there’s only one man I would tie myself to for the rest of my life…and that’s the man who’s seen me at my worst and best and understands me better than I understand myself.”
Oliver’s eyes brimmed with tears as he smiled down at the blonde in his arms before reaching forward and tucking a stray strand of hair behind her ear. “So you took a job in Star City?” She nodded giving him half a grin as she spoke. “I was going to tell you about it later tonight…let you know that even though I’m leaving I’m here and ready whenever you head back to Star City…that even though my life’s no longer in Metropolis…it will always include you. But that I knew your life was in Metropolis now, and how you’re a hero and I wouldn’t let you give that up because of me…and more stuff like that.”
She shrugged lightly, as her hand slid up his chest, a finger brushing against his chin, voice soft. “I never had any intentions of ending us though…in all the muddled thoughts I’ve had about life and who I am and what I want lately…you’re the one thing I’ve never questioned. Whatever I do…wherever I go…I want you to be a part of it. It wasn’t going to be a goodbye…just a see you later.”
He nodded as his thumb brushed back and forth against her cheek, his eyes boring into her, mouth curled into a smirk, but the seriousness in his gaze was not lost on her as he spoke. “I don’t think you quite understand yet Chloe…but I’d cross oceans for you….forget town borders and stateliness. I would move across the globe if that’s what you wanted…what you needed.”
He dropped his hand and motioned around them. “Metropolis is just a place. It’s not my home…it never has been. The only thing tying me here was you. Oliver Queen billionaire CEO has offices throughout the world…I could work from anyone of them and Green Arrow…well Star City is his home and I’m sure they’ve been missing him.”
He shrugged while giving her a boyish grin. “Metropolis already has it’s hero…where I live doesn’t determine whether or not Green Arrow will continue to help people, just like you settling down won’t make you any less of the hero I see you as.”
Chloe bit her bottom lip, a smile slipping onto her face as he continued speaking. “The only different now is you’re the one with the secret identity…not me. Quite the couple we make…billionaire CEO by day…vigilante hero by night...while my wife…billionaire reporter by day…superhero recruit and inspirational leader by night…”
Chloe laughed loudly as Oliver once again pulled her to his side and continued leading them down the street grin on his face. She let out a long breath as her hand rested on his chest. A comfortable silence settled between them as they made it to the end of the street and paused, the road in front of them veering left and right.
Her voice broke the silence of the moment as they stood there on the empty Metropolis corner. “So…what now?” Her head tilted up towards him as he glanced down on her a thoughtful expression on his face. “Now we take off…run away together? I mean eventually I’ll have to come back clear out the penthouse and tie up a few loose ends, but until then…it’s just you and me with a whole road of possibilities in front of us. So what’ll it be Professor…your choice…pick a path…do we veer left or right?”
Chloe returned Oliver’s smile, and he caught the peaceful look on her face as she leaned up and pressed a light kiss against his lips before speaking in a quiet voice, their eyes never leaving each other as she shrugged. “It doesn’t matter…left, right, straight…as long as I’m with you whatever path we take will be the right one.”
He nodded eyes burning with unshed tears. Tears of happiness, joy…fulfillment that he’d never thought he’d get. He cupped her cheek lips brushing against hers again as he mated their foreheads together. “Right answer Mrs. Queen…”
Her face broke out into a beaming smile. “I like to think so Mr. Queen…god I love you…” Oliver bit his lower lip and nodded. “And I love you…let’s go home…”
She stared at the grin on his face, the love in his eyes and for the first time in years Chloe Sullivan…or rather Chloe Queen felt a peaceful calm take over and the jumbled mess of thoughts settled. This was her life now and she embraced it with open arms, warmth and a feeling of rightness settling over her. So this was what happiness felt like?
She used to wonder what it all meant, life, death, and everything in between, where her place was amongst it. But this moment right here…well this was what life was all about. Chances, risks, leaps, happiness and love.