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05 May 2010 @ 09:00 pm
ficlet: just to see you smile  
Title: Just to See You Smile
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing/Characters: Chloe/Bart
Rating: G
Word Count: 872
Spoilers: season 8
Disclaimer: all characters belong to the CW/DC Comics
Summary: Bart makes it his personal mission to get Chloe to smile.
A/N: For my 50ficlets table, prompt: "smile"

“Wanna hear a joke, Chloelicious?”

Chloe looked up from her computer to see a smiling Bart Allen standing in front of her. Raising an eyebrow, she asked, “Do I have a choice?”

“Nope,” Bart answered cheerfully.

“Then go ahead,” she sighed. Even though she had work to do, Chloe realized that she might as well give in now. Besides, she would never admit it aloud, but she had a soft spot for the speedster standing in front of her. She liked the way he flirted with her and her heart did tend to skip a beat whenever he grinned, though she was good at controlling her reactions. Besides, he flirted with everyone … it wasn’t as if she was special or anything.

“Okay,” he said excitedly, clearly oblivious to her thoughts, “Two muffins are sitting in the oven. One muffin goes ‘wow, it’s hot in here’ and the other muffin says ‘oh my god, it’s a talking muffin’!” Seeing her unchanging expression, he added, “Get it? Cuz the second muffin is a talking muffin … too?”

Chloe raised her eyebrow. “Good one, Bart.”

Bart’s face fell. “Aww, that got tons of laughs the last time I told it.”

“Sorry,” she said, shrugging her shoulders. She hated to see him disappointed. “I guess I’m distracted; I do have a lot of work to do.”

“You’re always working,” he protested.

“Someone has to keep you all in check,” Chloe teased.

“Fine,” he relented. “Be a workaholic. I’ll go … but I’ll be back!”

“Is that a threat or a promise?” she retorted.

“It can be anything you want it to be,” Bart offered, winking. “C’ya!” And then he was gone in flash, before she could reply.

Chloe shook her head. She had no doubt he’d be back. Lately, he had been visiting her at least once a day, giving her various excuses for being there. She didn’t know what he was up to, but she did enjoy his daily visits.

As promised, it didn’t take long for him to show up again, this time bearing coffee. As she breathed in the scent of her favorite coffee, she sighed happily.

“Thanks, Bart,” she said gratefully. He seemed genuinely pleased by her reaction. He didn’t stay long, just chatting about some gossip he had heard, before taking off once more. Chloe was sad to see him go.

There weren’t many people in her life that she kept in touch with and she liked to pretend that she was good at being alone. Ever since her divorce, Chloe had thrown herself into her new role as ‘Watchtower’ but the truth was she was lonely. Being around Bart made her feel … alive again.

The next day, he arrived, bringing a bouquet of white tulips.

“My favorites,” Chloe said, surprised. “How did you know?”

“Didn’t you know?” he replied, grinning, “You’re my favorite subject … I know everything about you!”

Her lips twitched and she shook her head. “You are one of a kind, Bart.” His grin just widened at that.

This pattern continued for about a week, with Bart always bringing presents when he dropped by. They were nothing too extravagant, just little things he knew she’d like. Chloe was amazed at how much he had paid attention to her and remembered her likes/dislikes. No man had ever done that before.

But she had to wonder what he was doing and why he was doing all of this. While she hated herself for her suspicious nature, she had been burned too many times before and she couldn’t help it.

So, when he showed up with a box of Belgium chocolates, Chloe finally got the nerve to ask.

“What are you doing?”

The blunt question clearly threw him off and Bart seemed confused. “What do you do mean?”

“I just … you give me all these gifts and I wanted to know why,” Chloe explained.

At that, Bart shrugged. “I just want to see you happy.”

“Excuse me?” She hadn’t been expecting that one.

“You’re so sad all the time,” Bart told her, in a serious tone that was uncharacteristic of him, “I hate to see you like that … so I decided to make you happy again.”

“Why?”

“Because,” Bart said, “You have a beautiful smile and I miss it, that’s all.”

“You’re doing all this … just to make me happy?” Chloe echoed.

“Don’t you know, Chloelicious?” Bart questioned, “I’d do anything for you.”

Her throat tightened at his declaration, and she realized, for the first time, that maybe Bart’s feelings were more serious than she had given him credit for. And perhaps, she was special to him after all.

That gave her the courage to do what she had wanted to for a while.

“You okay?” Bart asked, worrying in her silence.

Instead of replying, she leaned forward and kissed him. He froze for a brief moment, unprepared for her actions, but within seconds, he was responding. This was nothing like Chloe imagined … it was so much better and she wondered where he learned how to kiss like that.

When the need for air became a necessity, they parted.

The smile on Bart’s face could only be matched with the one on her own.
 
 
 
saavikam77: Destinysaavikam77 on May 6th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
Awwwww!!! ^_____^

This was just too sweet for words. :D *loves*
svgurl: chloe/bart chemistrysvgurl on May 6th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! It was one of the few times I've written Chlart and I was a little worried. :)

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! :D
januaried: fandom + sv + chloejanuaried on May 6th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww! That was utterly adorable! *squee* :D
svgurl: chloe/bart chemistrysvgurl on May 6th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked it! I feel like the world needs more Chlart. ;)

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to review! :D
charlie_jae: The Covenant - Chasecharlie_jae on May 6th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yay. That was totally sweet. I like how he kept coming back.
svgurl: chloe/bart chemistrysvgurl on May 6th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
I am very happy to hear you enjoyed it!

I like how he kept coming back.
Bart's very persistent when it comes to his Chloelicious. ;)

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! :D
eternal_moonieeternal_moonie on May 24th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
LMAO!!! So good and sweet!!!
svgurl: chloe/bart chemistrysvgurl on May 24th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you enjoyed it. There's not enough Chlart out there, IMO! :D

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! :)
iluvaqtiluvaqt on November 18th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
So very sweet, and I love that Chloe's been hiding her feelings because she things he's like that with all the girls and doesn't want to be burned again.

And yay for Bart being persistent and not discouraged by her less than warm reception.
svgurl: chloe/bart chemistrysvgurl on November 18th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it!

I love that Chloe's been hiding her feelings because she things he's like that with all the girls and doesn't want to be burned again.
I can really see her being that way. She's been hurt before and has closed off because of it. Bart's naturally a flirt and she would imagine that he's just being his usual self, instead of risking her feelings. I am happy it worked for you!

And yay for Bart being persistent and not discouraged by her less than warm reception.
Bart's rather persistent, especially when it comes to his "Chloelicious". ;)

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!