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Little Magic Required (2/2)

Author: serafina19
Title
: Little Magic Required
Rating: PG
Timeline: Roulette and Warrior with a tinge of AU (sort of)
Summary: Zatanna decides on a more direct approach when she confronts Oliver about how he feels about a certain blonde sidekick.

Part 1




Part 2

The next time Oliver saw Zatanna was the night after the Angel Warrior comic book debacle. Oliver had once again been a bystander in what Chloe and Clark had gone through, but at least this time, it didn’t lead to him being chained to a pole. Work with Queen Industries had kept him busy, but tonight, he knew that he needed a night off. That's why he decided to come to Watchtower, as Oliver wanted to get caught up to speed for the last few nights, maybe even convince Chloe to relax after the resulting events from her… date last night.

So when the computer announced Zatanna’s presence, Oliver couldn’t help but laugh. To this point, tonight had been uneventful, as a quiet night of target practice was a welcome reprieve. However, whenever she was around, uneventful, quiet… words like that didn’t tend to stick around.

Hearing the door open, Oliver glanced towards her, recognizing the familiar grin Zatanna gave him as she entered the room. "I heard you were in town," he said as he picked up an arrow, ready to fire another shot. "Just when you think you're done with your father's business right?"

"Coming from the man who inherited his father's business."

"Touche." Oliver considered another shot, but decided to walk forward and remove the arrows from the target instead.  "Looking for Chloe?"

Zatanna nodded. "I was hoping to apologize.  Again."

"Your family likes putting her though a loop, don't they?"

It sure seemed that way, as it always felt like Chloe was the one that was hit the hardest. "I assure you it's not personal."  After all, the girl couldn’t seem to catch a break lately. Zatanna hoped that Chloe would find a way to embrace the positive, but considering she had been caught in a life sacrificing spell and a confrontation with a super villain within the past year, Zatanna had braced herself for just about anything.

"Don’t worry about it too much, Chloe was a magnet for trouble long before you came to town.” He pulled back the string, adjusting his aim slightly before taking the shot. “A family trait once you get to know Lois."

"Yeah…” Zatanna drew out, not surprised by his comment. “Let’s just say that I'm trying to avoid Lois right now." It was only a matter of time before Clark came clean to his girlfriend, it was in the man’s nature. And based on what little she knew about Lois Lane, Zatanna figured that she wasn’t one to shy from getting her knuckles bruised.

"So you've met?"

"I …may have tried to seduce Clark..."  Hearing Oliver laugh as he picked up another arrow, Zatanna shrugged innocently. Next to him, Zatanna noticed the single malt and glasses next to it. She was tempted to pour herself a glass, but she thought better of it.

It wasn’t as if she truly expected Clark to change, and there was a part of her that regretted using magic on him. "It probably wasn’t my brightest moment, but it's also not every day that you find someone with similar gifts.” While the kiss was worth it, Zatanna wasn’t completely right about fantasy. It has its power, but feeling the real thing, when the timing works out… that’s what everyone strives for. “And hey, at least I acted on my curiosity. Of all people, you can't mock me for that."

"Right,” Oliver said, tempted to roll his eyes before placing the bow down to fill up his glass. “This again."

Zatanna merely grinned, as while she didn’t know Oliver as well as the others, the fact that his kneejerk reaction to that comment was grabbing a swig of alcohol practically made her case. "I can't help if you make it too easy to spot."

"Zatanna..."

The magician merely pointed her thumb towards the door. "I ran into your friend John on the way here... would you like me to prove how obvious you are?"

She had been meaning to introduce herself to John for a long time, but time hadn’t permitted her until now. In the end, it was probably for the best, as their encounter gave Zatanna some pretty good insight. Apparently, John had been the unintended third wheel on something that was probably supposed to be a date last week, and based on Oliver’s expression, even he knew that she had him beat. "I mean, at least Chloe buries her head in her work, something you could help her with."

Oliver scoffed, not entirely sure what to say to her anymore. Had he thought about it since Chloe saved his life? Of course, but it wasn’t that simple. Nothing was when it came to her. "I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm not exactly any less of a workaholic."

"But you know how to have fun. I don't think Chloe has let herself have fun since Doomsday."

"She just went on a date," Oliver pointed out before taking another sip. They all knew that she deserved a night away from Watchtower, but Chloe lived by her own rules. It was something he admired about her, but unfortunately those rules also had a way of limiting her.

Meanwhile, Zatanna was focused on the tone Oliver had used to speak his last sentence. “It may have been a date, but it was with a teenager trying desperately to impress a girl twice his age, not to mention that he knew Chloe is the mother of superheroes.” Her eyes narrowed, trying to figure out how Oliver saw this as a big deal. “Even without the transformation… that’s real competition you’ve got there, Oliver.”

Zatanna added a scoff, but Oliver seemed intent on ignoring her.  It wasn’t as if he hadn’t tried, but that dinner with her and John happened only because their mutual friend gave her that extra push. On his own, Oliver had seen all the signs, and she never seemed to genuinely want to take that chance. Until then, he was willing to wait, because the last thing he wanted was to push her to do something that she wasn’t ready for.

When the silence had settled in, Oliver figured the conversation was as good as dropped, but instead, Zatanna insisted on walking around Oliver, speaking while she stood a few feet behind him.   “Plus, there’s the fact that you’re here… almost waiting for her to walk through the door after a tough day.”

“Why are you here again?” Oliver asked as he turned his head to face her once more.

“To apologize,” Zatanna replied innocently, knowing that the tone would heighten the glare in Oliver’s eyes. It was truly amazing to see how much could be told through physical cues.

“Tell you what… I’ll pass on the apology for you, how does that sound?”

Sure enough, before Zatanna could reply, the computers’ announced that Chloe was in the elevator, leading to the other woman’s grin widening. “I think I’ll handle it at the elevator. Nice seeing you as always, Oliver.”

Oliver wasn’t entirely sure he could say the same, but talking with Zatanna got him to wonder if she was right. Chloe did go out without too much outside influence, and if that was possible, maybe there was a chance that she was willing to move on.

“Later Zatanna,” he eventually replied, a sentence she heard just as the doors closed. It didn’t take magic to know that she had gotten to Oliver, but she knew that she couldn’t push his buttons anymore. Not when the real reason she came all this way was about to exit the elevator.

Once the doors opened, Chloe’s eyes had widened, but before she had a chance to greet her guest, Zatanna spoke up. “Chloe, hey. I wanted to –”

Chloe held up her hand, so Zatanna stopped talking. “It’s okay, really.” Okay maybe wasn’t the best word, but considering everything Chloe had gone through lately, she had seen worse aftermaths than this.

“How are you doing?”

“Been better,” Chloe replied honestly.  “The last few days have been quite interesting, which seems to be the status quo when you’re in town.”

Zatanna shrugged, as she couldn’t exactly argue with that point. “Magic makes things unpredictable, which usually makes life more fun.”

Chloe chuckled. “I’ll keep that in mind the next time I’m falling from the top of a high rise.”

“As they say, magic has a price, but they usually forget the lesson within.”  Zatanna glanced over her shoulder to look at the closed doors behind her, wondering what would happen when she walked away. “Clearly your last bout with magic taught you to embrace your chosen profession.”

Narrowing her eyes, Chloe considered her words, understanding the point Zatanna was trying to make. She supposed there was a silver lining in all this, the lesson of wanting to have a life outside of Watchtower. It had been ringing in her ears lately, but unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy. In the end, Chloe wasn't about to forget that the few times she allowed herself to let go of Watchtower for some hunky human fantasy, as Lois so aptly put it, the consequences were far from ideal.

Nonetheless, she smiled at Zatanna as she walked past. “I’ll … keep that in mind.”

Zatanna nodded, watching as Chloe disappeared behind the doors, the distinctive thwack of the arrow hitting the target just before the door clicked shut. It wouldn’t take much for her to be a fly on the wall inside, maybe even perform a spell free of charge, but Zatanna knew that it would be better for everyone involved if she just walked away.

When it came to Chloe and Oliver, things like magic had done enough damage in their lives, so having a sense of one normal night together would probably be welcome. However, that wasn’t the real reason Zatanna got into the elevator to leave Watchtower for the night. Deep down, Zatanna could see that all the signs were there, and maybe, just maybe, magic wasn’t needed to bring them together anymore.



~End~



Sera's Scribbles: Hopefully you enjoyed this. I probably rushed this part too... but I didn't get it up today, it'll be another week.  As a head's up, I might be on temporary hiatus as I need to buy a new laptop soon. This one's on its last legs.



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Comments

( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
madlenita
Apr. 16th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for new story, Zatanna and Oliver alking about CHloe, i always like this.....
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Awesome to hear. Thanks!
kachica
Apr. 16th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
enjoyed the reading and the conclusion of this fic and I hope you get to buy a new laptop soon.
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm starting to narrow down my laptop options, so hopefully the wait won't be too long.
chlollifan84
Apr. 16th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
Great fic! Love it! Thanks for this.
I hope your laptop problems won't last too much, we would miss you a lot!
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
Aw thanks! I'll try not to be away for too long.
scout09
Apr. 16th, 2014 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you didn't get Chloe/Oliver burnout from completing LYR. Zatanna played such an indirect yet important role in their story but we never got to see her take on it. I love that you've given her that opportunity here.

Correct me if I'm reaching here, but I liked the distinction you made between this conversation and the one he had shortly afterwards with Chloe in regards to his target practice. Oliver considered another shot, but decided to walk forward and remove the arrows from the target instead. Zatanna seems to interrupt the flow of his session, whereas with Chloe he doesn't miss a beat. If that's to demonstrate his comfort with her, or if he's trying to put her at ease by 'going about his business' I'm not sure, but I do like the two different tones of these scenes.

So happy you're continuing to write after the bear of a last piece you just finished. Thanks for sharing! :D
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you didn't get Chloe/Oliver burnout from completing LYR.

Honestly... I kind of did. This was mostly written when I posted the first part and getting that last bit seemed to take forever.

That said, I'm glad you liked it because I love your "reaching." There are times like these when I write something and someone catches a deeper meaning that I didn't realize, but I'll take it almost every time. That whole paragraph, I was like Yeah, I meant to do that .

As for my continuing to write, well, if nothing else, I have two unfinished stories to work on. One of which I've ignored for a long time, so... wish me luck ;)

Thanks as always.
malugargula
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
Amazing! Just perfect
:)
Hope you get a new nb soon lol
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm hoping to get a new one soon :)
deliuzzo
Apr. 18th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
I always wondered if the show producers have Zatanna deliberately made ​​the "Cupid" to Chloe and Oliver.

In your fic Chloe seemed to me in the crosshairs of Zatanna much more than Oliver.
It was as if the young sorceress saw her like a flower that threatened to wilt.

Zatanna was an opportunity for Chloe and Ollie to start a new life, leaving everything behind.

I love desperately stories that deepen the ninth season, and when the stories are yours, then happiness is complete.

Never stop writing, thanks Evening

Edited at 2014-04-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
They definitely seemed to hint at that... which was how this was born. Chloe always seemed to be affected by whatever Zatanna did, whether it was intentional or not, who knows, but I wanted to play with it.

Aw thanks! I play with season 9 a lot... in fact I think I've written Warrior in about 5 different ways, but I'm glad you're enjoying each take.

Well, I don't know about 'never' but I have a few storylines still up my sleeve.
meetin4
Apr. 19th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
She may not have spelled magic on Chlollie to be together but she has inserted a few words which help Oliver could see the sign expectantly and encourage him to make his move. Love Zatanna! Her appearance is always a good outcome for them. Thank you for the story. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it although there were no direct interaction between Chloe and Oliver. Hope you have a relaxing Easter Weekend!!!
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
She is an incredibly fun character, one I waited much too long to write, to be honest. I'm glad you enjoyed this little piece and I hope you had a great Easter too!
mark_online
Apr. 20th, 2014 11:58 am (UTC)
Oliver's always wary of Zatanna because of her magic but in this instance, she's given him the little push he needed and we all know how it played out.
No matter how many stories are written about Warrior, I never get tired of it because that scene was what made me realize what Chloe and Oliver could really be while I'd missed all the previous little signs (Roulette). Looking back on it, I wonder how I ever managed to miss these.
I'm also very sorry about your laptop, I'm sure you wore it out with all these stories you've written with it (poor thing). On a serious note, maybe this forced hiatus will have a positive effect on your muse and you'll come back to us with even more ideas (I really hope so!). Not that I can complain about what you've given us up until now.
serafina19
Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
Part of the reason I wanted to write this story was because of how Zatanna seemed to intimidate Ollie. Or at least, that's what it seemed to me. And well, she isn't exactly subtle most times.

Thanks, I'm glad to hear that. I've must have covered this episode in at least a few different ways. I've always been bummed about missing the signs in Hex, as Roulette was my moment, but then again, I'm also able to enjoy the scenes twice in completely different ways.

Yeah, between school and fics, this laptop has been loved. I think the cold winter extended its life for a year... but it's time. The hiatus is well-timed though, I need a break after LYR, especially to finish the stuff I keep abandoning. That's priority number one once I have a laptop that doesn't overheat all the time.
sv_chlollie_fan
May. 4th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
Nice story,even without any interaction between Chloe and Oliver,though I have to admit it wasn't easy to get through the part with Oliver's having lois picture...anyway,well done.
serafina19
May. 6th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Considering the events of Crossfire, it felt like there needed to be some mention of Lois. When the world is crumbling around him, he wanted to hold onto something good, which as you know, includes that relationship. It isn't easy, but I couldn't ignore the facts.

I'm glad you enjoyed this nonetheless.
jessicakadie
May. 6th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
Aaaahhh! Loved it, awesome, awesomely fabulous, in love, awesome, perfect, did I already say awesome? Loved the first part to this, already said how much I love fics written around this episode, and loved how you finished this ficlet. And look how awesome you made it without even any Chloe/Oliver interaction? And always love some Zatanna thrown in there, awesome :)
serafina19
May. 8th, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm glad you enjoyed this so much, especially without any Chloe/Oliver interaction. Thanks so much :)
dreammaker101
Jun. 2nd, 2014 12:37 am (UTC)
I love your take on offscreenville conversations between Zatanna and Oliver. Zatanna has had such an impact on Chloe and Oliver’s love story, but we don’t really see her interact with them in that regard. I love this because I totally imagine that no one ever called Oliver out point blank on his growing attraction towards Chloe and urged him to act on those feelings. So cute that Oliver’s feelings for Chloe are obvious to J’onn and Zatanna. But I imagine J’onn being more subtle and sympathetic to Oliver’s pining, while Zatanna is all up on Oliver’s face teasing him.

What really struck me is how you say that once again, Oliver was a bystander to what Chloe and Clark had gone through as a result of magic gone awry and Zatanna’s intervention. It made me think of the ending in Hex, when Oliver tells Chloe that he wishes he had a hit of Zatanna dust so that he could obtain the clarity that Chloe and Clark experienced, and Chloe responds, “You already know what you really want. We all do. We just don’t listen.” What I really love about this story is that Zatanna does not need to perform any magic spells. Zatanna just talks to Oliver – and she knows the right buttons to push! Oliver doesn’t need magic for clarity. He knows what he wants. All he needs is to listen. Another great job! Love your stories.
serafina19
Jun. 3rd, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
Well, I love your take on my writing. I'm sure I've told you this already, but there are times I wish you could see my expression when I read your comments because sometimes you point out things that I hope people notice or things that I never considered.

Zatanna does tend to be a bit more direct with her approach, and I don't think it's a stretch to say she enjoys bothering Ollie about it. I kind of wished they used her character more often, but I get that's not always realistic.

All he needs is to listen

Great call-back to canon. The way I see it, there's usually magic in subtlety too, and while this isn't exactly subtle, in a way, it is for Zatanna. As you imply, she knows how close things are on her own and decides a nudge is all he needs, not magic.

Thanks as always for the feedback!
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