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10 December 2010 @ 06:28 pm
ficlet: lonely no more  
Title: Lonely No More
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing/Character(s): Oliver-centric, Oliver/Chloe, Bart, AC, Victor, Dinah
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: all characters belong to CW/DC Comics
Word Count: 788
Spoilers/Warnings: none/none
Summary: Oliver reflects on the holidays and family.
Author's Notes: written for stargatejunkie from scifiland holiday gift-giving.

No matter what anyone said, nobody ever got used to being alone. Oliver knew that from experience. He was good at pretending he was fine, but that’s all he was doing … pretending. It hadn’t been easy when he was a kid, and it wasn’t easy now.

The holidays were always the worst, because it reminded him of how he didn’t have any family or anybody special to share them with. Even back at boarding school, everyone went home, and sure, he went back to his house … but it wasn’t a home. It hadn’t been a home since his parents died.

His friends had tried to invite him over, but he always declined. Seeing their happy family would only make him feel even lonelier.

Over the years, he found ways to distract himself during the holidays- at first, through lavish vacations and beautiful women, and then, after that dreaded island experience set his priorities straight, through work, both at Queen Industries and his nighttime job as Green Arrow.

Everything changed when he met Bart Allen. He brought the kid in to work with him in saving the world, and he somehow became the little brother Ollie never had. The kid had a tough life, especially after he developed his powers. That Christmas was the first one he really celebrated, because he wanted to make it special for Bart, after all those years of living on the street. It had turned out much better than expected and was actually the best Christmas he had had since his parents were alive.

After Bart, he met more members, starting with Victor and then AC. Though they worked together, Ollie knew it was more than that. He was truly gaining something he never thought he’d have again- a family.

A brief stay in Smallville resulted in him meeting Chloe Sullivan, who would late join the team as Watchtower. A second trip to Smallville brought him their final member, a woman named Dinah Lance.

Ollie even managed to find love with Chloe. Though they started out as friends, slowly, she not only made her way into their small family, but into his heart. Even during their first date, he knew that this was going to be different than any of his past relationships.

These days, Ollie looked forward to the holidays. Chloe and he decorated, bought gifts, stuffed stocking ... it was perfect.

On Christmas morning, he was woken up by all too familiar voice yelling, and running around.

“Come on, everyone, wake up! It’s Christmas! There are presents to be opened!”

Ollie groaned and opened his eyes, blinking a few times, his eyes getting adjusted to the light. Squinting at the alarm clock, he groaned when he realized that it was only 5:30 in the morning.

“One of these days, I’m going to drug Bart’s hot chocolate on Christmas Eve,” came a murmur next to him. “That way, he’ll sleep through the night.”

Shifting, he looked at the woman next to him and smiled. Chloe smiled back, despite her obvious exhaustion.

“You’ve been saying that for years,” Ollie reminded her.

“Yeah, well, I’ll get around to it one day,” Chloe insisted.

“Admit it, you like him waking us all up,” Ollie teased.

Chloe shrugged. “Until we are ready to have children of our own, Bart’s a pretty good stand in.”

At that, Ollie outright laughed, though inside, he was dancing. Chloe wanted to have kids with him, and she had said it with such ease that his heart swelled with love.

Suddenly, the door swung open and a very awake Bart sped in.

“Aren’t you guys out of bed yet?” Bart demanded. “What part of there’s presents don’t you understand?” Even though he was in his early twenties, Ollie was convinced he would always be a kid at heart.

“Merry Christmas to you too, Bart,” Oliver joked.

“Yeah, yeah, Merry Christmas,” Bart responded. “Presents?”

“Not until Chloe gets her coffee,” Oliver instructed. Bart pouted and Oliver just raised an eyebrow. “Do you want to deal with Chloe before she has had her coffee?”

At that, Bart cringed. “I will go have it ready.” Then he sped off once more.

“I’m not that bad, you know,” Chloe said, swatting him playfully.

He grinned. “You’re perfect … once you’ve had your coffee.” She mock-glared and he just chucked. “Anyway, this buys us a bit more time.”

Giggling, Chloe nodded, unable to disagree with that statement. Ollie leaned forward. “Merry Christmas, Chloe.”

She closed the remaining distance, their lips meeting in a gentle kiss. “Merry Christmas, Ollie.”

No longer did Ollie have to just pretend he was okay. He was perfect, knowing that between the team and Chloe, he would never be alone again.
 
 
 
Cori: Chloe_Holidaysxymami0909 on December 11th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Awwwww so so sweet! :-D
svgurl: chlollie lovesvgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you think so! Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :D
Nicole // Kiki . Tori: Clark and Chloe [SV grin]stargatejunkie on December 11th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Omigosh, this was perfect! Thank you so much! :D :D :D :D :D :D

They're one big happy family and it was about time Ollie realized it. ;)
svgurl: chlollie happysvgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Omigosh, this was perfect! Thank you so much! :D :D :D :D :D :D
Yay! I'm so glad that you liked it. I was debating between Chlollie and Dinah/Ollie but I'm more experienced in writing Chloe/Oliver so that's what I went for. You're more than welcome. :D

They're one big happy family and it was about time Ollie realized it. ;)
They really are, and Ollie should realize that. I love scenes when the JL bonds (like the end of the s9 ep, when J'onn, Chloe and Ollie went to dinner) and I wish we had more of them. At least there's fanfic! ;)
saavikam77: Destinysaavikam77 on December 11th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Awww... :) So sweet, perfect antidote to the generally uncertain note tonight's ep left us on.
svgurl: chlollie happysvgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! :D

perfect antidote to the generally uncertain note tonight's ep left us on.
Oh yeah, that was really a doozy, wasn't it?

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!
phoenixnzphoenixnz on December 11th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Aww, I was right there with Ollie at the beginning, then cheering for him on the rest. Sweet story hon
svgurl: chlollie smirk/kisssvgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Aww, I was right there with Ollie at the beginning, then cheering for him on the rest.
That makes me very happy. I try to portray Ollie in a sympathetic light. :D

I am also glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment! :)
eternal_moonieeternal_moonie on December 11th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Absolutely loved this story svgurl!

You totally rock!

Edited at 2010-12-11 10:34 am (UTC)
svgurl: chlollie s9svgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Absolutely loved this story svgurl!
I'm very glad to hear that!

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment. :D
Jenjlvsclrk on December 11th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Adorable! I love the banter about the coffee - Chloe's a lot like me in that respect. So much fun.
svgurl: chlollie happysvgurl on December 12th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked it. :D

I love the banter about the coffee - Chloe's a lot like me in that respect.
Hee! Coffee is an essential part of the day. *nods* ;)

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!
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svgurl: chlollie thanksgivingsvgurl on December 13th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad that you liked it!

You just put a huge grin on my face!
Yay! That's what I was going for. I am happy to hear that I succeeded.

Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! &hearts