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“Yes, Clark, you are absolutely correct. The whole world is looking to Metropolis tonight where the last preparations for the wedding of the year are in full swing. The Krypton arena and the surrounding area have been closed to the public in a three mile radius from what we have learned and not a lot has leaked about The Paragons concert where lead singer and all around superstar Kara Danvers is said to be marrying her boyfriend, award winning new comer, Mike van Daxam aka Mon – El, live on stage tomorrow evening. What we do know is that The Paragons arrived late last night while Mike hasn't been spotted in the city yet.

The Paragons' world tour will continue after a month-long break in August with their big shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas before they will cross the pond to play some highly anticipated gigs in Europe.

This is Leslie Willis for CatCo live from Metropolis and now back to the studio to my colleague Clark Kent in National City. Good night.”


Meanwhile in a hotel suite high above the city

Kara Danvers was staring at her phone in disbelief, silent tears streaming down her face.

She had received the video from an unknown number about half an hour ago.
A video of Mike heavily making out with his ex-girlfriend Imra.

A video that must have been recorded yesterday because she had spotted the flowers a fan had given her that very morning in the background.

How could he?
How could Mike do this to her, how could he be so cruel?

Tomorrow was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, not...this.

Alex was pacing the room like a caged animal and Kara had to admit that she was scared that her sister would do something stupid.

But Kara had been so heartbroken and she hadn't known what else to do, other than talking to the one person she knew she could trust.

Alex had always been that person.
Alex was that person to this day.

Being famous wasn't easy.

Yes, it had its perks, of course. But there were also the down sides where Kara couldn't trust anyone because the risk was too high that someone would try to make money off of her, would use her for their own fifteen minutes of fame.

It had happened before and Kara had been burned badly. She wouldn't make the same mistake again and so she had stuck to her small circle of friends (basically just the band members, her parents and her manager) but the only one she truly confided in, no matter what, was and would always be, her sister.

I'm going to kill him!” Alex growled and poured herself another drink, “You have to call Cat. She has to cancel the wedding and then I'm going to...”

Alex.”

Kara dropped the phone on the white leather couch at last and wiped at her cheeks frantically.

I can call her if you'd rather take a bath. I should totally draw you a bath,” Alex rambled, seemingly irritated and a little helpless.

No one is calling Cat. She'll have a conniption,” Kara answered and got up, “I'll take you up on that bath though.”

Kara, you aren't really considering going through with this wedding, are you? Please, tell me that you won't marry that lying, cheating son of a...I beg you. You deserve so much better,” Alex pleaded.

Kara shrugged, “So everyone keeps saying and yet...he was supposed to be my happy ending.”

Alex crossed the room in a few quick strides and pulled her defeated sister into her arms, “You'll find it; Kara. I promise you. Just be patient. But it isn't Mike. It can't be. Not anymore.”

She felt Kara nod against her shoulder, “I know.”

Then let me call Cat,” Alex tried again but Kara shook her head, “No.”

Alex took a step back and met her sister's bloodshot eyes, “Why not? She'll know what to do. She can clean up this mess and you don't have to deal with it tomorrow. In fact, you won't even have to see him tomorrow.”

But I want to,” Kara countered, still shaken by recent developments, “I need to. I need closure.”

Okay,” Alex nodded but she wasn't convinced that it was a good idea, “What's the plan then?”

I don't have one yet. I need to sleep on it, can you understand that? I mean...my whole life is about to change. Just not the way it was supposed to.”

Kara's last words were barely a whisper, her posture defeated.

I'm so sorry, Kara. Really, I am. Is there anything I can do for you?”

You can draw me that bath that you promised me,” Kara stated before she disappeared in her walk-in wardrobe.

Her sister watched her worriedly, unsure what to do.

She should call Cat, Alex knew that but she couldn't go behind Kara's back because her sister would never forgive her.

She had to trust that Kara knew what she was doing but that was easier said than done.


After a mostly sleepless night Kara and Alex were sitting on the balcony of Kara's suite, eating a meager breakfast containing mostly coffee. And some cut up fruit for Alex.

Cat will be here any minute,” Alex tried again because surely Kara wouldn't marry that traitor now.

We have to make some sort of announcement, Kara. Please, be reasonable. I know you thought Mike was the one but don't waste your future on him. He's not worthy of your love.”

Kara dropped her head, “I know you are right but”

But nothing! Kara, you might as well pick some random stranger off the street and marry them. Even that has a better chance of success than marrying that lying bastard,” Alex was slowly losing her patience.

She had never really been Mike's biggest fan but Kara had been happy and so she had stayed out of it but this was madness.

She couldn't even believe that he had the gall to cheat on her sister, that lousy cretin.

The thing was that Kara had a history of failed relationships that had left her sister heartbroken because Kara simply had too good a heart.

She was decent and kind and despite their incredible success Kara had never changed.

Not like their former keyboarder Siobhan who had gotten so arrogant that they had to fire her eventually because she had started to treat everyone outside of the band like slaves and maids.

That had been in the early days of The Paragons of Hope though.

Now, in their tenth year, on their third world tour, the band was family.

Some random stranger off the street.

The words kept echoing in Kara's mind and she had to shake her head to somewhat clear her mind.
She couldn't just marry the next best person, now could she?
It would be madness.
But so would be marrying Mike.

She knew that.
Of course Kara knew that.

She couldn't believe that Mike would cheat on her, with Imra of all people.

Kara wasn't sure what she would do because everyone expected a wedding but Alex was right – she couldn't marry Mike.
She would need some time to think.

I'm going out,” Kara announced all of a sudden but got stopped by her sister's ninja-like reflexes.

Going out where? The final rehearsal starts in fifteen minutes. Cat is going to murder you if you miss it!”

When she didn't answer Alex turned her around, eyes filled with worry, “Kara?”

I need to be alone for a while. Tell Cat...You know what, don't tell her anything. I'll call her. I promise I'll be back by noon. And not a word to anyone, Alex. I don't want to drag anyone else into this right now. This is my life and I have to make a decision about what I want to do with it. It's a choice I have to make on my own.”

Alex sighed heavily, “Okay. And no matter what...I'll always support you, you know that. Right?”

Kara nodded, “And I you. Love you, Alex. See you later.”


Lena Luthor was standing in her lab, studying test results through the lenses of her black-rimmed glasses.

So close but not good enough.
Lena knew that the breakthrough was within reach and yet.
She was missing something.

Her hand slammed onto the table out of its own accord, frustration getting the better of her once again.

The sound caused her colleague and best friend Sam Arias to look up, “That's it. Lena, you need a break.”

I can't. I need to figure this out, you know how much depends on it!”

Sam sighed but walked over to her friend anyway, “I know, Lena. I know. But if you keep going like this you'll burn out. When was the last time you slept properly? When you went out?”

I can do that once...” Lena tried but got interrupted by Sam who shook her head vehemently, “No. No, this won't do. You are coming out with Ruby and I tonight. We've got tickets for The Paragons.”

Lena looked at her in confusion, “The what now?”

Sam gasped in outright shock, “The Paragons of Hope? Kara Danvers? Ring any bells?”

No, can't say it does,” Lena replied nonchalantly, “Is that a...band?”

Only the most successful band in the country for years. Lena!”

But Lena only shrugged, unimpressed, “I don't see what the big deal is. So, you've got some concert tickets. What's the big deal?”

That the Krypton has been sold out for months and Veronica can't go because she is in Paris, so you totally have to come with us. You haven't seen Ruby in forever. And no, it's not negotiable. I'll call Lex on you if you try to say no.”

Lena's eyes went wide, “You wouldn't!”

Sam held her gaze, expression deadly serious, “Try me, Luthor.”

A defeated sigh escaped Lena's lips, “Fine. Okay. I'll go with you. But you're helping me with my samples.”

Deal.”


“Aunt Lena, it's sooo cool that you are coming with us,” the teenage girl flung herself at Lena in excitement, causing Lena to chuckle, “I've missed you too, sweety.”

Kara is awesome. Her voice is super beautiful and she is an amazing songwriter,” Ruby gushed, “You'll like her.”

Lena smiled, albeit unconvinced, because she really couldn't care less. She'd rather be in the lab and work on her research but she had promised.
This one evening.

She would take a break for a couple of hours. Maybe Sam was right and it would do her some good.

Tomorrow she would return to the lab with a fresh mind. At least she hoped so.

And mom totally has the hots for Kara's sister Alex. She's the bassist,” Ruby added conspiratorially, causing a Cheshire cat grin to appear on Lena's face, “Oh, I see how it is, Arias.”

Shut up!” Sam nudged her with her shoulder and chuckled in amusement, “Just wait till you see Kara. Such a shame she is getting married to that sleazeball Mike.”


The concert was in full swing, The Paragons had performed their greatest hits, and Kara had just vanished to change her outfit.

Lena had to admit that she was a truly talented woman, Ruby and Sam had been right about that.

But it didn't matter.
Was it a nice evening?
Yes.
Still.
None of it mattered, she had better things to do.
More important things.

A guy named Mon-Eel or something was currently singing a trashy love song and the audience was going wild but Lena, Lena only wanted to go back to her lab.

This wasn't her world.

When Kara reappeared to deafening applause a couple of minutes later, wearing a beautiful wedding gown, well, if Lena had been speechless for a second nobody noticed because everybody was so enthralled by Kara's outfit that literally no one paid any attention to her in her green converse, black jeans, nerdy Star Wars t-shirt and black rimmed glasses. Her ponytail didn't make her more attractive either.

Kara on the other hand was stunning.

Mon-Gel was grinning stupidly and Lena rolled her eyes in annoyance, causing a chuckle from Ruby at least, who gave her a thumbs up.

Who was crazy enough to get married live on stage while half of the world watched?
Lena couldn't help but wonder why anyone would share such an intimate moment with millions of strangers.
It made no sense to her, not at all.

Kara's hands were trembling, Lena could tell and when she looked up she saw tears glistening in Kara's eyes.

What was going on here?

I know everyone came here tonight for a wedding. For my wedding,” Kara said with a voice as shaky as her hands, “Unfortunately, that wedding won't happen.”

People gasped in shock all throughout the room and Mon-Hell rushed forward but Kara gestured for him to stop while the rest of the band looked at them in confusion.

You see, I thought I had finally found true love but it turns out I might have been in love with an illusion, seeing as Mike has already found his one true love long ago. With his ex-girlfriend.”

People began booing and screaming profanities at the man who seemed to be cell shocked as he yelled, “Kara, what are you doing?”

The bassist, Kara's sister Alex, rushed over and grabbed him by the neck, only to shove him off the stage to another round of deafening applause.

Can I please have some light? I want to see the people I am talking to,” Kara asked while the first tears rolled down her cheeks.

I have this incredible life and this amazing career, thanks to all of you. But the one thing I can't seem to get right is love,” Kara admitted, “I think maybe I wanted it too much, maybe I tried to force something that wasn't meant for me but here I am in this beautiful dress...and maybe it's time I did something different.”

The room was deadly silent as Kara took a deep breath, “My sister said something to me this morning. She said I might as well marry a complete stranger as it had a better chance of making me happy than getting married to Mike. And maybe she was right.”

Her eyes started to roam the room as people started screaming and hollering.

Take me” and “I'll marry you” could be heard from countless people but Kara paid them no mind.

Her eyes focused on the one other person in the room who was crying.

A young woman who looked a bit nerdy but Kara couldn't help but to notice how effortlessly beautiful she was anyway.

You,” Kara pointed at her, “Would you come up on stage, please?”

Lena was turning her head left and right because clearly Kara couldn't mean her but Ruby's excited screeches and Sam's attempts to shove her forward made her realize that maybe Kara meant her after all.

But why?
And what for?

A security guard showed up next to her and gestured for her to follow her and so she did, albeit robotically.

People had dug out their mobile phones and were filming the whole thing, whispering words of disbelief and confusion as Lena walked by, aware that nobody understood why Kara Danvers, international superstar, would pick her of all people.

She almost tripped up the stairs but then she stood right before Kara Danvers who looked at her with inquisitive eyes through her tears and Lena didn't know what to make of it.

Alex was there too, while the rest of the band had decided to stay out of it in an attempt not to cause a bigger scene, Lena assumed.

"Kara, what are you doing? When I said that...that's not what I meant. Are you crazy?”

“No, I'm tired,” Kara admitted and handed her sister the microphone before she turned her attention to Lena, “Why are you crying?”

Lena shrugged, “I'm just as heartbroken as you, I guess. I know what it feels like to be cheated on and I'm sorry, truly sorry, that you have to go through that. You don't deserve the pain and Mon-Whatever clearly doesn't deserve you.”

The statement caused Kara to chuckle despite the fact that she was still crying.

You aren't married or anything, are you?” Kara asked all of a sudden, “Do I need to be worried about any jealous boyfriends or girlfriends?”

Lena barked out a laugh, “I wish. But no. Are you actually serious about this?”

She had thought it was a joke. Surely Kara Danvers wouldn't marry just anyone in front of the whole world.

Lena wanted to laugh again until she caught the desperation in Kara's sparkling blue eyes. A world of pain was reflected in them and as much as she wanted to say no, she couldn't bring herself to do it.

It wouldn't be legal anyway, right?
It was only for tonight, wasn't it?
What could it hurt?

Kara hesitated before she stepped forward and took Lena's hand in hers, her voice barely a whisper, “Marry me?”

Lena nodded, dumbfounded, because she didn't know what else to do.

An older woman appeared on stage, dragging what appeared to be a justice of peace along.

I hope you know what you are doing,” the woman said, directed at Kara, before she nodded and left the stage in a hurry.

The tall, black man seemed to be entirely confused.

Shall we?” Kara asked carefully, causing him to nod hesitantly.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are gathered here tonight to celebrate the union between Kara Danvers and...and...”

Kara looked at her expectantly and Lena felt herself blush at least ten shades of red. She cleared her throat awkwardly, “Uh right. Lena. Lena Luthor.”

Kara gave her a small but grateful smile and Lena couldn't help but to return it.

We are gathered here tonight – to celebrate the union between Kara Danvers and Lena Luthor,” the man continued, seemingly uncomfortable, “Kara, do you take Lena to be your wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, for as long as you shall live?”

Kara nodded, “Yes. Yes, I do.”

The man turned and focused on Lena, “And Lena, do you take Kara to be your wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, for as long as you shall live?”

Lena waited for a moment, expecting Kara to change her mind, for someone to scream stop, but nothing happened as the whole audience seemed to be collectively holding their breath.

Sure,” Lena croaked out, “I mean yes. Yes, I do.”

By the authority vested in me by the State of California I now pronounce you wife and wife. You may...”

He didn't get any further because in a moment of bravery Kara stepped forward and closed the distance between Lena and herself, wrapped her arms around Lena's waist and kissed her with a determination that left Lena momentarily breathless.

Applause and disbelieving murmurs echoed through the arena and brought Lena out of her haze in the end and her eyes grew wide as she could hear Sam's and Ruby's ecstatic hollering in the distance.

What had she just done?





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Flashlights were blinding her from all angles and Kara panicked.
What had she just done?

She had to get away, away from the cameras, away from this.
From everything.

Kara grabbed Lena's hand and pulled, dragged her with her, off the stage, down the stairs, through the corridor, all the while a whole entourage of reporters, band members and camera people were following them, almost hounding them but Kara didn't slow down.
She felt Lena hold on tight, trying to keep up with her but they came to an abrupt halt only seconds later when Mike stepped out of his wardrobe, “What the hell did you just do, Kara?! God, you are so dramatic.”

Kara froze and Lena, who had just bumped into her, took a step back, unsure what to do.

“Do you really think that's the solution? Marrying some nerdy fan?”

When Kara, completely overwhelmed and unable to form words, didn't reply, Lena decided that enough was enough, “I'm not some crazy fan, douchebag. I didn't even know who you people were till...nevermind. But don't blame your mistakes on Kara. You cheated. And she's free to do what she wants because she doesn't belong to anyone.”

Her heart was racing and people gasped in surprise while Lena blushed furiously.
She squeezed Kara's hand and started towards the exit once again, Kara in tow.

But then she turned once more, looking straight at a dumbfounded Mike, “And it's Doctor Luthor to you.”

They stormed out of the Kryton arena only moments later where countless camera flashes illuminated the night sky and jumped into a waiting limousine.
It was only when the car started moving that Lena noticed that Kara was still holding her hand.

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The first minutes of the drive had been silent until Kara had mumbled that she didn't want to go back to the hotel just yet because she had no desire to face any more reporters.

Lena had almost suggested that they could go to her apartment but had stopped herself at the last minute because no.
Kara was a stranger and this whole wedding thing was just a publicity stunt anyway, so no.
Definitely not.

“I know a place,” she had said in the end and had directed the driver, Hector, to a secluded park on the outskirts of Metropolis where she was sitting on top of a wooden pick-nick table now, next to Kara, who was holding the water bottle from Lena's bag in her shaking hands. She was still in her wedding dress which had gotten all rumpled during the whole ordeal of them “fleeing” the crowds but neither of them cared.

“Are you...okay?” Lena asked hesitantly because she didn't know what else to do. She was in over her head and it was also getting late.
And she had to wake up early because she had lost a whole evening in the lab when she really couldn't afford it and...
But she didn't want to just ditch Kara after what had to have been one of the shittier days in the blonde's life.

She watched Kara shrug helplessly before she let out a defeated sigh, “I will be.”

“I don't know you...or your band...but from what I heard tonight...you're really good. So, for what it's worth...you deserve better. And not because you're a great singer or songwriter. Or famous,” Lena rambled before she felt herself blush again, “You're a beautiful woman, Kara Danvers. When the time is right...love will find you.”

“I'm not so sure about that. Then again...” Kara stopped mid-sentence, “Shit. I kissed you without even asking you if that would be cool. I'm so sorry, Lena. I don't even know...are you even...you know...into women?”

Lena barked out an unexpected laugh, “A little late to worry about that, isn't it?”

Kara paled, Lena could tell, even though they were only illuminated by the moonlight, “God, what a mess. Sorry I dragged you into the madness that is my life.”

She didn't know why but Lena put her hand on top of Kara's and squeezed it gently, encouragingly, “It's fine, don't worry. You tried to make the best out of an awful situation. Though you should have found someone more...glamorous? Because I really am just a nerd.”

“That's not a bad thing,” Kara replied and took a sip of the water before she remembered something, “Hey, are you really a doctor?”

Lena nodded, “Yep. I work in cancer research...which reminds me that I have to get going soon because I have to be at work very early.”

Kara's eyes grew wide, “So sorry for keeping you. Come on, Hector can drive you home.”

Before Lena could protest Kara was dragging her back into the car and they were back on the road only seconds later.

“Cat, our manager...she'll give me hell. And she'll have a million and one questions. Can we meet somewhere tomorrow? Or...” Kara checked the time on her phone and noticed that she had 32 missed calls and numerous unread messages. There were also a million notifications from her social media apps. Hell.

“Well, later, seeing as it is past midnight.”

“Why?” Lena looked at her in confusion, “It was a publicity stunt, was it not?”

“Yeah,” Kara sighed, “Yes, of course. But...”

When no further reply came Lena raised her eyebrow, “Kara?”

“I am, you know. Part of the LGBTQ+ family. I never really talked about it, but I am. And the fans and I...I don't know. Just drop by at my hotel after you finish work...if you want. Okay?” Kara answered, a hopeful look in sparkling blue eyes.

Lena nodded, dumbly, “Okay.”

They arrived in front of Lena's apartment building a few minutes later and Kara studied the area curiously, almost as if she wanted to memorize it.

“We're staying at the Red Sun,” Kara announced as Lena got out of the car, causing Lena to turn around with a chuckle, “Of course you are. Only the best for the superstar.”

Kara blushed, “Cat makes all the reservations.”

Lena nodded in understanding, “Good night, Kara.”

“Bye, Lena. In case I never see you again...thank you. For everything.”

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Lena had ignored all missed phone calls and messages and had gone straight to bed, well aware that her alarm would go off in less than four hours.
She had dragged her tired body out of bed at an ungodly hour, had cursed herself for letting Sam talk her into this concert stuff to begin with, and had made her way to the lab in the pouring rain.
It would be a challenging day, she could already tell.

To Lena's shock and horror Sam cornered her the second she was through the door and how was that even possible?
Sam never came to work at 5 am.

“What the hell, Lena?! Where were you? Why didn't you call me back?! I was worried sick!”

“What are you doing here? And be quiet. I've got work to do. You damn well know that,” Lena fired back, grabbed a chart and entered her lab, only to be followed by Sam, “Oh no, Lena. You are not ignoring me!”

“Kara and I sat at a park for like half an hour to decompress and then her driver brought me home. The end. Nothing spectacular to tell,” Lena put on her lab coat and got some vials out of a fridge, “Now, would you mind?”

She nodded towards the door but Sam didn't move, “Nothing spectacular?! You got married in front of millions of people, Lena. Lex saw it on the news. He's ecstatic!”

Lena groaned in exasperation, “It was just a PR stunt, Jesus! I don't even know that woman. She's also an international superstar. It's not like I'll ever see her again.”

Sam's face darkened, “Is that what she said? That she doesn't want to see you again, like ever?”

“No. She wants me to show up at her hotel later,” Lena mumbled while she checked something on her chart.

“Why?”

Lena only shrugged, “No clue. Not like I'll go.”

Sam grabbed her arm and spun her around, “What?!”

Lena let out a small huff, followed by a sigh, “Sam, I have no time for this! I have important work to you. You know I do. Lives depend on it! And Kara just found out that her boyfriend cheated on her and she did something reckless, on a whim. Something she will probably regret the second she wakes up. It wasn't real. Hell, I had never seen her before or heard of her before, for that matter. It's not like we'll live happily ever after. Surely, you know that.”

“Whatever,” Sam rolled her eyes, “But you're going to that hotel later. And if I have to drag you there myself.”

“Absolutely not!” Lena's eyes sparkled furiously, “I have no time!”

Sam pulled her phone out of her own lab coat, “I'm calling Lex.”

Lena's eyes grew wide as she watched Sam head for the door, “Don't you dare! He is sleeping. He needs rest. I swear to God...”

“Sam?”

“SAM!”

But her best friend only walked out of the lab, paying her no mind.

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It was already past noon by the time Kara finally got up and appeared in the living room of her suite where her manager had a heated discussion with her sister.

“Finally!” Alex's hands shot skywards while Cat poured a mug of coffee and handed it to Kara wordlessly who managed to nod weakly.

“What on earth, Kara? What on earth were you thinking?! You're all over the news and everybody is trashing you for your recklessness. You made a fool out of yourself,” Alex growled before she covered her eyes with her right hand, “My god, when I said that...I was exaggerating, I was...I didn't think you'd be that stupid. You'll probably never get rid of that nerdy girl, she'll probably stalk you.”

“She doesn't even know who I am,” Kara said before she took a sip of coffee.

“Oh, this gets better and better,” Cat added sarcastically while she typed something on her phone, “Leslie demands an interview. We'll say it was a PR stunt, that Lena Luthor is some acquaintance who agreed to do you a favor. We'll play it down. Good thing is she seems to be a reasonable person. She's a smart woman. We'll offer her some money for her research and we should be good. I mean it's not like we filed the papers, so it's not a real marriage.”

Kara processed everything her manager was saying for a moment before she put down the mug, “Maybe we should. File the papers, I mean.”

Cat's and Alex's eyes went comically wide but it was her sister who spoke first, “You can't be serious!”

Kara shrugged, “I told her to come by later. We'll talk then. I need a shower and I need to think but even I have read the news. And you are right, Alex. In everyone's eyes I'm a total fool and everyone pities me because my next relationship has fallen apart. Nothing has ever worked out for me when it comes to relationships. So, I might as well give this a shot. Why the hell not. Cat said it herself. She's smart. She's a doctor for heaven's sake. I could do worse, no?”

“Kara, darling,” Cat tried to deescalate the situation because she was well aware that the sisters were two seconds away from a nasty fight that nobody needed, especially not at this moment, “Go, take your shower. I'll order food in the meantime. And once Lena is here, well, I guess we'll talk.”

“Thanks, Cat.”

Alex wanted to say something but after Cat glared at her she opened the mouth and remained silent. Kara took the opportunity to dash off into the bathroom, well aware that Alex would be livid in case Lena would agree.

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Lex had called about an hour ago and had told her to move her ass to the hotel Kara was staying in and all of Lena's attempts to tell him to stay out of it had been futile.
And because she simply didn't have the heart to deny her brother anything Lena found herself in an elevator to the top floor of the Red Sun.

She was nervous as hell and she didn't even know why.
It wasn't like she was really married to Kara who had only found out that her fiance had been cheating on her the day before yesterday.
It wasn't as if there was anything going on between them.

Kara would go back to her superstar life soon enough and she would, well, she would try to achieve that break-through in her research that she was desperately hoping and praying for.
But as soon as the elevator doors opened and she appeared in the suite Lena could hear two women argue.
One of them was Kara and the other one had to be her sister if Lena wasn't completely mistaken.

“This is insane! Kara, you can't honestly think this could work. You aren't even out. Nor do you know if she's into women!”

Lena cleared her throat to announce her presence and the room fell silent immediately, “In case you are talking about me. I'm totally gay. And now, could someone please tell me what is going on?”

Alex cursed and headed for the elevator but turned around before she got in, “This is not just about you, Kara. It affects everyone. We will support you, no matter what. Of course. But please, at least have the decency to inform us about what is going to happen before we stand at the sidelines like idiots again. We are a team. This is not a one woman show.”

And then Alex stepped into the elevator and pushed a button, “I'll get Cat. I'll see you later.”

“Well...hello? I guess,” Lena tried but Kara only shook her head, seemingly disappointed, “I'm sorry, Lena. You have to excuse Alex. She's so mad at me. It's not her fault.”

“Care to tell me what's going on?” Lena asked again and took a step closer.

Kara gestured for Lena to take a seat on the big white couch in the spacious living room.
Lena did as instructed and took a seat and so did Kara, a respectable distance between them, but Lena could tell how nervous Kara is anyway.

“I think it might be better if we wait for our manager,” Kara rasped out but Lena wouldn't have it, “Just tell me what's going on, Kara. I don't have much time.”

“I, well...I was wondering if we...if you would possibly agree to actually file the papers to make our marriage...official,” Kara stated and looked away, not able to hold Lena's intense gaze.

“Why on earth would you want that?” Lena wasn't sure she understood. It didn't make sense.

Kara tensed before she took a deep breath, “Because everyone is laughing about me again. How I am simply incapable of making a relationship work. And I'm tired. I need a break. It's not a real marriage. We would just spend some time together, get to know each other. I'm not saying you have to date me. And it would be just for a couple of months. Till this whole madness dies down.”

“Kara, I can't. The one thing I don't have is time,” Lena replied, “And I think it's a horrible idea. I'm not made for the spotlight. Your life and mine...we are so different. I don't even think we could be friends.”

“I'd donate a million dollars to your research,” Kara blurted out, causing Lena to scoff, “So, you are trying to buy me.”

“No! God, no. But you would be doing me a huge favor and I figured I had to do something for you too. I'll donate the money either way as you have already helped me out but...I read all the messages from our LGBTQ fans and...they are all so excited and...it breaks my heart to think,” Kara shrugged helplessly, “It's not easy being...you know.”

Lena sighed, “I know. And while I appreciate the thought, I don't want your money, Kara. Of course we could use it but that's not why I helped you last night. I didn't expect anything in return. I'm not that kind of person.”

Kara gave her a small smile, “I believe you.”

They sat in silence for a couple of minutes and Lena caught herself internally debating whether she should do this or not.
And why was she even considering this?

“If I were to agree,” Lena broke the silence eventually because she was driving herself mad, “You would have to work around my schedule.”

“I'm sure that could be arranged,” Kara assured.

“I'm serious. I can't afford to be away from the lab for too long. Not right now,” Lena replied, her expression leaving no room for argument.

“Okay,” Kara nodded.

Lena got up, “Okay. I really have to get back to the lab. But you can come by my place tomorrow evening. I'm sure you'll have papers for me to sign or something? I won't be back before nine though, just so you know.”

“Sure. Okay,” Kara agreed before she scribbled something into her notebook. She tore the piece of paper off and handed it to Lena, “My number. Just in case.”

“Thank you,” Lena took the paper and put it into her bag, “Just for the record...I think your sister is right. I don't think it's a good idea.”

“I'm not that bad,” Kara tried to joke but Lena saw the pain and the insecurity in sad, blue eyes and it dawned on her that this would be a lot more complicated than she had thought, “Not what I meant, Kara. I'm sure you are quite the catch. It's me who isn't. Because I'm kind of married to my job.”

And with that Lena made for the elevator but before Lena could push the button to call it to the suite the doors opened and the woman who she assumed was the manager looked at her in confusion, “And where do you think you are going?”

“Back to work?” Lena was still trying to process what she just had agreed to and she had no time to have a discussion with that woman now on top of it, nor the mental capacity as her mind was reeling enough as it was. And she really had to focus on her job.

“I don't think so.”
The woman shoved her back towards Kara, “Leslie Willis expects you at the studio for your interview in two hours. We have to prepare.”

“I can't. I have to go,” Lena replied, more adamant this time.

“What could possibly be more important than an interview with CatCo?!”

Lena steeled herself for a discussion, “My brother's life.”

Kara's eyes went wide but she composed herself quickly, “Lena, go. Cat will reschedule. If Leslie wants that interview as desperately as she says she does...we'll figure something out.”

Cat Grant looked between Lena and Kara in confusion.
What was going on here?

“Thank you,” Lena gave Kara a small smile, “I guess I'll see you tomorrow?”

“Sure. I'll bring dinner. I hope you like Chinese?”

 

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“Will you ever introduce me to that wife of yours?” Sam asked as she came bursting through the lab door, only for Lena to sigh in annoyance, “Go away. I have to finish up so I can go home.”

“To your hot date with your super hot new wife,” Sam sing-songed.

Lena swirled around, eyes sparkling dangerously, “Just stop. It's nothing like that and you know it. It's not real, Sam. It's a PR thing. We'll do some interviews together and that's it.”

Sam watched Lena curiously, “And you aren't the slightest bit tempted to get to know Kara? To...you know...actually get to know her?”

“There's no point. I have no time to get to know anyone and you damn well know it. And all that aside...Kara is crazy famous and traveling with her band most of the year. She's never around. I'd never date anyone like that. And she literally just broke up with her cheating boyfriend. I am no one's rebound. Not to mention...what could a woman like Kara ever see in me?”

Sam's heart broke for Lena because she was well aware that her friend was simply incapable of seeing her own brilliance but that didn't mean the rest of the world was blind to it too. If only Lena would give someone a chance to show her.

Could Kara be that person?
Probably not.
Lena was right about two things: Kara's last relationship had come crashing down only recently and she was gone more times than she was around.
And Lena needed more than that, deserved more than that.
Hell.

Lena turned to write something down on a chart, hand shaking from exhaustion and Sam vowed to do better by her friend.
She knew how much was depending on Lena's work but it couldn't go on like this.
Lena had run herself into the ground for the last fifteen months and something had to give.

She put her hand on Lena's arm to get her attention, “Lena. Go home. I'll finish this up for you.”

“No, it's fine. I can do it. Ruby is waiting for you. Nobody is waiting for me,” Lena replied while she kept on writing.

“Ruby is at a sleepover. Let me do this for you. I know you are exhausted. Just go home. Have a lovely dinner with Kara. It doesn't have to be more than that. Just a dinner with someone other than me. We both know how many times you skip food to begin with,” Sam turned serious, “You need to take better care of yourself and don't try to deny it.”

Lena shrugged in defeat, “I know but...I'm going to see Lex this weekend.”

“Good. He will be so happy to see you,” Sam gave her an encouraging smile, “And your mother too.”

Lena nodded, “Okay, I'll leave. But no stupid questions tomorrow.”

“I promise,” Sam assured, “No promises on Ruby though. She is dying to meet Kara, so you better make that happen.”

Lena chuckled, “I'll see what I can do.”

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She had texted Kara on the way home that she could be at the apartment at eight if she wanted because it was barely 6.30 pm by the time Lena walked through her door.
It would give her time to shower and clean a bit and if Kara would show up earlier she would also leave earlier which made Lena hope that she could get a decent amount of sleep for a change.

To her big surprise Kara had replied within a minute with a series of emojis, much to Lena's amusement.
She had no clue what it meant but the thumbs up in the middle had her under the impression that Kara had agreed.

When she had found herself in front of her closet Lena had caught herself debating about what to wear for a moment before she had rolled her eyes at herself.
God, she was getting pathetic.
There was no point in trying to impress Kara Danvers because she would never achieve that, no matter how hard she tried.
And so she had put on her favorite black yoga pants and a loose green sweater that was hanging off of her left shoulder and that had been the end of it.

She had brushed her hair but decided to leave it down and open because the tight ponytail she had them all day during work had caused her a slight headache. It was also the reason she put her black-rimmed glasses back on instead of switching them for contact lenses because she just wanted to be comfortable and not worry about forgetting to take them back out before bed later.

Thankfully her apartment wasn't all that big, so there hadn't been a lot to clean but now that eight o'clock was creeping closer Lena worried that Kara would be uncomfortable in her apartment as it wasn't half as luxurious as the places Kara was used to staying in.

Lena didn’t even want to know where Kara lived when she wasn't touring.
Probably in a mansion or a penthouse.

The knock on her front door almost made her jump out of her skin and Lena answered with a hammering heart.
This evening was off to a good start, wasn't it?!

Much to Lena's surprise Kara was wearing black/white Vans, black sweatpants and a baby blue hoodie. She was also carrying bags full of take out that smelled delicious. And her smile was rather disarming.

“Hi.”

Lena stepped back to grant Kara access to her apartment who headed straight for the kitchen counter, so she could put the food down.

Lena's kitchen was an open space, integrated into her living room. There was a small dining table in the corner that she had already set up but now that Kara stood in her home she felt ridiculously nervous.

“Do you want something to drink?” Lena asked because she was dying for something to do, especially now that Kara was studying her apartment.

She was eyeing it with curiosity though, not judgment, much to Lena's relief.
It was something.

“Sure,” Kara said before she headed towards Lena's massive bookshelf that took up most of the back wall, “Damn, you really are smart, aren't you?!”

Lena blushed furiously and she quickly pulled the fridge open, hiding her face behind its door, mumbling to herself to get her shit together.
“W-ine? I think I have a nice white wine to go with dinner.”

“That would be lovely.”
Kara sounded relaxed and happy.

Once Kara had stilled her first bout of curiosity she helped Lena get all the food onto the dining table and Lena couldn't help but laugh when she saw the amount of potstickers Kara had bought.

“What?” Kara shrugged but blushed, “My all time favorite food. And I'm not ashamed to admit it, I'll have you know.”

“It's fine. I just didn't think...what with your lavish lifestyle, you know...” Lena felt a little helpless because she didn't want to offend Kara but she knew absolutely nothing about her. Till the day of the concert she didn't even know Kara existed.

“I'm sorry. I don't mean to be rude. It's just...I have no idea what I'm even trying to say,” Lena shook her head in embarrassment, causing Kara to chuckle, “You know, it's quite refreshing that you don't have the first clue who I am.”

Lena's eyes grew wide, “It is?”

Kara shoved a potsticker into her mouth and nodded but only answered once she had swallowed her food.
“You have no idea. Everybody thinks they know me but they only know the person I become as soon as I step on stage. Or during interviews. It's a mask, a facade. Kara Danvers is America's sweetheart. Always dressed up, makeup in place. Always smiling. It's exhausting.”

“So, you aren't trying to impress me?” Lena raised an eyebrow in challenge, an amused smirk on her face while Kara sputtered, “No. I mean, shit...I...nobody pays me any mind when I run around wearing a hoodie. I can just sneak through the streets usually without people recognizing me. Especially at night. It's...”

“Relax,” Lena gave her a warm smile, somehow enamored by Kara's panicked expression, “I get it and it's totally fine. I'm not exactly dressed to the nines either, am I?”

“I like that,” Kara admitted, “I think you are the first real person I've talked to in years. I mean outside of the band, my family and Cat. There are not a lot of people who know the real me.”

Lena tilted her head, “Well, tell me then...who is Kara Danvers.”

“Actually, it's Zor-El. My real name is Kara Zor-El,” Kara replied and watched the confusion on Lena's face, “Alex's parents adopted me when I was ten. After my parents died in a car crash. Our parents were neighbors. And friends. Alex and I basically grew up together, almost like siblings.”

“Kara, I'm so sorry,” Lena reached across the table without thinking and squeezed Kara's hand gently, “I'm adopted too. But Lionel was my biological father. Had an affair when his marriage was in a tough spot. When my mother drowned he took me in and...Lillian later adopted me. I was only four when my mother died and I don't remember her much but...it's hard to grow up an orphan. Even when you end up in another family.”

“Yeah,” Kara nodded, “It is. I'm sorry too.”

“Thank you,” Lena replied earnestly. It was a difficult topic to this day but she felt somewhat “better” because Kara understood.
They had found some common ground rather unexpectedly and it made Lena feel a little bit lighter.
Braver.

“Where do you live when you are not touring the world and what do you do in your free time?”

Kara chuckled, “Believe it or not, but I'm quite boring, actually. I do have a house in National City but I spend most of my free time at home in Midvale. My parents' place...well, it's mine. And I go home whenever I can to feel closer to them. And to see Eliza, my adoptive mom. Ever since Jeremiah left her...Alex and I, we feel bad for leaving her alone so much.”

“I can imagine,” Lena couldn't even imagine living out of a suitcase for the bigger part of the year.

“Don't get me wrong. I know how fortunate we are. We've had a great run with the band and we have seen many beautiful places. But being famous has its downsides too. Most people you encounter want something from you. Money, fame. Or they are crazy obsessed with an idea of who you think you are. It's creepy. Of course there are also a lot of really sweet fans but it's not like you can afford to let your guard down,” Kara admitted with a sigh.

“That sounds rather difficult. But you are rather honest with me, aren't you? Why?”

Kara looked up and met Lena's questioning eyes, “Well, seeing as you are doing me a massive favor and we are in this together for now...why not try and make the most of it. What's the worst that could happen? Us becoming friends? If you wanted to sell me out you could have already done so but I have a feeling you aren't the type. You are so unlike anyone I've ever met, Lena.”

“Likewise. Can't say I've met anyone famous before,” Lena chuckled, “It's bizarre, I'll have you know.”

Kara laughed out loud at that, “Noted. So, where was I? Right, what am I doing in my free time? Well, I write songs. And I read a lot, same as you, if your book collection is any indication. I love to go hiking with my dog and camping.”

“You have a dog?” Lena couldn't hide her surprise, “How do you do that when you are traveling so much?”

“Krypto. He is around three. We found him as a stray when we played in Detroit that year. He was still a puppy. Total runt. It was love at first sight,” Kara explained and pulled her phone from her pocket to show Lena a pic of her beloved companion.

“He is adorable,” Lena admitted when she caught sight of the goofy looking grayish dog with his cropped ears, “What breed is he?”

“Pitbull or some other bully breed mix. I know they have a pretty bad rep but he is the sweetest guy. And he usually travels with us in our tour bus. At least here in the States. But he is home in Midvale at the moment because I was supposed to...you know...honeymoon with...”

“Oh, right. Are you okay? How are you holding up?” Lena wanted to smack herself for not asking that sooner.
Kara had experienced something pretty dramatic after all.

“Honestly? Better than I thought. Of course, a part of me is sad but on the other hand I'm also glad that I found out before I married him, you know? And the more I think about it I realize that I think...I really was more in love with the idea of this relationship than him. I mean there were always some red flags. He's talented, sure but a bit of a problematic guy...I think I just hoped something would finally work out for me and yet here I am...kinda glad that it didn't because ultimately he wouldn't have made me happy. Not in the long run,” Kara answered truthfully.

Lena nodded in understanding, “Well, then it truly was for the best. At least it sounds like it.”

“Yeah,” Kara pulled an envelope out of her sweatpants, “Before I forget it. Cat told me to give you this. It's a copy of the prenup and the NDA and all that other stuff we need to sign. So you can take a look at it.”

Kara seemed to be uncomfortable giving it to her but Lena simply took the envelope and smiled, “Of course. I'll check it out and have it signed by tomorrow if that is alright?”

“Sure. And maybe we could schedule an interview with Leslie before she hounds us both down in the street?” Kara asked carefully, “I understand that you are very busy, Lena. And I promise to try my best not to interfere with your work schedule but...”

“I get it. How about Friday afternoon. Would that work?” Lena wanted to know, “Because I am leaving work early to pack. I'm going to visit my brother this weekend.”

Kara nodded, “Sure. I'll spend my break here in Metropolis anyway. I figured that would be the easiest for you. The one thing you could maybe accompany to is a gallery opening of a friend. It's in two weeks and...it's in the evening, so maybe that could work for you?”

“If I know in advance I can schedule everything and it should be fine,” Lena agreed.

“Thank you,” Kara gave her a grateful smile, “Do you...do you think we could hang out sometime? As I said...I know you are busy but I could...bring you dinner. Or cook you dinner if you'd like that. The band is leaving in the morning for their well deserved vacation and I...being famous I kinda lonely. I don't have a lot of friends here.”

Lena wanted to say no because she had no time to socialize and she wasn't even sure why Kara would want to spend time with her but on the other hand – they were somehow married, so, maybe she could make a bit of an effort after all.

“I'm pretty busy at the lab at the moment but if you want...you could come by tomorrow. I could show you around and we could have lunch?” Lena suggested and to her big surprise Kara seemed delighted, “I'd love to.”

“It's only a five minute walk from here. Right around the corner. That's why I got the apartment here in the first place,” Lena added, “I'll text you the address.”

“Great," Kara beamed before she grew serious again, “So, your brother...”

“Lex. He's Lionel's and Lillian's son and he's my best friend. He's also very sick,” Lena said and felt the tears welling in her eyes.

“I'm so sorry, Lena.”
This time it was Kara who reached across the table and squeezed her hand, “Is there anything I can do to help? What do you need?”

“Time. What we need is time. To figure out how to help him,” Lena replied, voice shaky.
It was a truly touchy subject for her and she hated how emotional she got whenever she tried to talk about it because she couldn't afford to be emotional.
She had to keep focused, Lex's life depended on it.

As if on cue her phone started ringing and Lena immediately pulled herself together before she answered the call and her brother's face appeared on her screen, “Lex, is everything alright?”

His bald head still gave her pause and the dark bags under his eyes were a stark reminder that she hadn't seen him in weeks.
He looked weaker than ever but he seemed to be in good spirits, “Sam tells me my new sister-in-law is at your place...”

Lena blushed furiously, “I'm going to kill her!”

Lex only chuckled, “No, you won't. And now don't be rude, Lena. Won't you introduce us?”

And what should she do other than comply.
There was nothing she wouldn't do for her brother.
Defeat, that was what it was.
Lena sighed heavily and gestured for Kara to join her.

Kara, whose face appeared right next to her own only moments later, “Hello Lex. It's a pleasure to meet you.”

“Likewise,” he smiled, eyes sparkling, “I don't know if my sister has told you already but she's finally made some time in her busy schedule to visit little old me.”

Kara chuckled at his antics, “She's mentioned it.”

“Wonderful. I hope you aren't busy this weekend because mother and I are expecting you too.”

Lena closed her eyes and took a deep breath in an attempt to stay calm.
Of course her brother and her mother would have to get themselves involved in this madness.
God help her.

“Wouldn't dream of missing out on it,” Kara assured.

Lex clapped his hands together, “Splendid!”

“You do realize that this marriage is a PR stunt, yes?” Lena threw in, somewhat desperate.

“Semantics,” Lex replied, “Seeing as you are too busy to even visit us...what are the chances you'll ever meet anyone else. So, we'll take her. She's pretty!”

“Lex!”
Lena turned at least ten shades of red and Kara couldn't help but laugh.

“Mother thinks so too,” Lex added with a grin and Lena wished the ground would swallow her whole.

“Try not to give your sister a heart attack,” Kara said eventually, “She's got important work to do.”

“Yes,” Lex agreed, “She does. She's brilliant, Kara. You'll see.”



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Kara showed up at the lab around noon as promised with a bag full of food and Lena couldn't help but to feel flattered.
At least a little.

Luckily for her, Veronica, their boss, wasn't around, so she could sneak Kara into her lab without anyone noticing because Lena really didn't want that kind of attention from her co-workers. They were here to do serious and important work, not to gush over a celebrity.

She showed Kara around in her little world and to her big surprise it didn't feel as intrusive as Lena had thought it would. She usually didn't invite anyone into her lab except for Sam, who was her best friend next to Lex, and they were also colleagues.
And the occasional visit of her goddaughter Ruby when she was picking up her mom but that was about it.

On the rare occasion that she allowed someone else into her sanctuary it was strictly work related and yet she had invited Kara.
Kara who had shared so much about herself last night and Lena was still in awe that someone like Kara deemed her trustworthy enough to do so.
Because really, there was nothing special about her, was there?

She studied Kara while her visitor, well, her wife really (and would that ever not be bizarre?), looked around with curious eyes, taking it all in.

“Wow,” Kara said once she met Lena's intense gaze, “I...uh...I have no idea what all of this is but it's impressive, just from looking around.”

Lena blushed but tried to shrug the compliment off, “You get used to it pretty fast when you see it every day.”

“Now don't cut yourself short, Lena. You are crazy smart, I can tell,” Kara countered with a smile, “Can I ask a couple of questions once we've had lunch.”

Lena nodded, pleased by Kara's interest, “Of course. Follow me into my office.”

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They had a bit of small talk during lunch but when Lena was ready to return to her lab, and therefore work, she remembered the papers she had to give to Kara.
She took the envelope out of her bag and shoved it across the table, “Read and signed.”

Kara beamed, “Thank you, Lena. Thanks for doing this with me. Truly, I mean it.”

Lena gave her a small smile, “You are welcome.”

Once back in the lab Lena pointed towards her chair, “You can sit there if you want. Just please, don't touch anything.”

Kara nodded, “Understood. Can I...I brought my...my notebook. I'm trying to write new songs. Would you mind if I took some notes?”

“No, that's fine,” Lena agreed although she wondered what it was that could inspire Kara in a lab that researched cancer and cancer treatment but then again she wasn't a musician, so what did she know?

“If I'm overstepping, please tell me,” Kara said before she cleared her throat, “What is your brother suffering from?”

Lena took a deep breath.
She didn't want to talk about it but seeing as Kara would come with her to visit her brother she might as well get it over with, “Simply put. An autoimmune disease and a very rare form of Leukemia. It makes his treatment very complicated but as long as we can keep it contained and it doesn't spread to his organs there's still time.”

“Thanks for telling me,” Kara's voice was soft and encouraging, “And I'm truly sorry that your family is going through that.”

Lena nodded in acknowledgment before she got a new set of vials and went back to work because she couldn't afford to lose more time.
She needed every second she could get.

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Kara had stayed way longer than Lena had anticipated but she hadn't minded the silent company as Kara had kept scribbling in her notebook.
If Lena was really honest she was curious what Kara had written about but she hadn't dared to ask.

Once in a while Kara had taken a small break and had asked Lena a question or two about her work and Lena had tried to answer them in simple terms because she actually wanted for Kara to understand.
It didn't mean that she thought Kara stupid, on the contrary really, but Kara didn't have the medical knowledge that one needed to fully grasp what she was doing.
But Lena had found a way to make it work and it had brought a bit of lightness to the seriousness of the situation and she realized that she had needed that.

Kara had disappeared around seven but much to Lena's surprise she had received a message about half an hour later.
It was Kara asking her to let her back into the lab.
She had brought dinner.

Lena had been so touched by Kara's thoughtfulness and they had shared some delicious Indian food while Kara had told her some stories about her beloved dog and how she thought about bringing him to Metropolis next week because she missed him dearly.

“Before I forget it,” Lena asked as she took a sip of water, “I have a favor to ask.”

“Ask away,” Kara asked before she shoveled the last bit of her dish into her mouth.

“Ruby, my goddaughter...she's a great fan. Her mom, Sam, is my best friend next to my brother...they dragged me along to the concert and well, Ruby...she would love to meet you,” Lena wasn't comfortable asking, she just wasn't sure why because she was doing Kara a massive favor after all.
But Kara was on a well deserved break, wasn't she?

“Oh sure, not a problem!” Kara said and chuckled, “Maybe we can all have lunch or dinner together in case Alex comes to bring Krypto.”

Lena gulped because she knew that Kara's sister didn't like her. But maybe it would indeed go better with Sam and Ruby there as well.
“Sure.”
Well, she didn't sound convincing at all, not even to her own ears.

“Listen,” Kara reached across the desk and squeezed Lena's hand, “I know Alex behaved poorly the last time you saw her. But it's nothing personal, I assure you. She doesn't even know you. She's mad at me right now and I can see why but she's usually a very nice person.”

“Okay,” Lena agreed.

“Oh, right. And Leslie agreed to do the interview in my suite. Do you think you could be there around three? Shouldn't take long. I thought we could leave right afterwards, then we should be in Argo around five?” Kara asked carefully, “Unless you don't want me to go. I would totally understand if you wanted to go by yourself.”

“It's fine. Lex would send me right back to get you if I showed up alone after he explicitly invited you,” Lena chuckled, “And I'll try to be there at two-thirty, so we can discuss what we are going to say. I have a meeting with Veronica and an investor at one but I should be able to leave the lab around two.”

Kara nodded, “Okay. Good.”

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Kara had told her not to work too late when she had left about ten minutes later but Lena had only replied that she couldn't make any promises.
Kara had laughed.
Kara had also shown up with either lunch or dinner the rest of the week and had spent some time at the lab without disturbing Lena because she had written for the most part.

It had left Lena feeling warm inside.
And appreciated.
It felt nice, truly.

But it also made her sad because all of this was only temporary and she had to fight so hard not to get lost in the attention and the comfort Kara currently provided because it all would be over soon.

Kara would return to her world of traveling and fame and Lena would stay in Metropolis, living her little life.
Nothing and no one could change that and Lena doubted that they really would be friends once all of this would be over because she was so busy and Kara, well, on a normal day, she was even busier than her.

So, she better not get used to this.
Whatever this was.

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Kara had sent her driver to pick Lena up on Friday, much to Lena's surprise, and now that she was on the way up to the suite she realized that she felt ridiculously nervous.
Apparently, talking to Leslie Willis was a big deal and she didn't know what to say to begin with because what was there to say?
They were currently married so Kara wouldn't look like a complete psychotic fool and once things would calm down they would “separate”.
And that was that.
It was a PR stunt, nothing more.

Of course, Lena was well aware that they had to sell it a bit nicer but how?
She had been so busy at work that they hadn't had a chance to talk about it, rehearse anything.
God, this was all so stupid!

Cat Grant was there when she entered, looking her up and down with a critical eye while she talked on the phone, and Lena panicked.

She was wearing a dark blue suit with a vest and a matching button down shirt and black heels because she had been in this meeting with Veronica, who was her friend but also her boss. And Morgan Edge had been there as well and seeing as he was one of their biggest investors she had needed to dress somewhat appropriately for the occasion but now Lena felt like a fraud because this wasn't her and everyone would think she had just dressed up because of the interview in an attempt to try to impress or look better than she was or some such nonsense.

Kara entered the room and stopped dead in her tracks as soon as she caught sight of her, eyes going wide, “Lena! You look...great.”

“Do I? I should have changed, shouldn't I? It's just..:I just came straight from work, from my meeting and I didn't think...” Lena rambled and was surprised when Kara stepped closer and pulled her into a hug, “It's fine. Don't worry. As I said. You look great.”

Some of the tension bled out of Lena at Kara's words but then Cat Grant joined them and she was back where she started.

“Jess will be here to do your hair and make up in a minute,” was all Cat said, “Oh, and you two might want to have a little chat about what you are going to say.”

Lena was irritated by the manager's attitude but before she could have said anything an Asian woman with a friendly smile appeared and told her to sit down.

Kara excused herself to change her clothes and Lena sighed.
This interview would be dreadful, she could tell.

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Kara had come back wearing a black jumpsuit with a v-neck and black heels and Lena had been surprised, to say the least.

Jess had told her to keep her hair down while Kara's was now in a ponytail, both of their make up was dramatic, but only slightly because Jess had said one could never go wrong with smokey eyes.

Now that they were sitting on the couch together, Leslie Willis across from them, Lena doubted that they would be able to pull this off without looking crazy.
God, this whole thing had been a ridiculous idea and it would end in disaster, she was sure of it.
Especially because they were doing this interview live.
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Leslie had just introduced herself and the two of them.
That had been the easy part.

“So, Kara,” Leslie began, “You decided to marry a complete stranger instead of your fiance last week. And not just a stranger but also a woman.”

Kara nodded and smiled, “That's correct.”

“Was this really a spontaneous thing or was it in any way pre-planned?” Leslie looked at them curiously and Lena couldn't tell which the woman would prefer but she answered truthfully, “I had never heard of the band before. Or Kara, for that matter. Ask anyone.”

Leslie chuckled in amusement, “I find that so hard to believe because everyone knows Kara Danvers.”

Kara chuckled as well, “I found the one person who didn't. Bizarre, isn't it? But no, none of this was planned. Quite frankly, I could have done without finding out the night before my wedding that my fiance had been cheating on me.”

“Speaking of which,” Leslie tested the waters but when Kara didn't stop her, she continued, “Have you talked to Mike since that night?”

Kara shook her head, “No. There's nothing to say.”

Leslie looked at her in surprise while Lena remained calm and quiet although she definitely had a few choice words for that dude but it wasn't worth it. And it was also not her battle to fight but Kara's.

“Nothing?” Leslie asked, not sure what to make of the answer.

“See, Leslie,” Kara took a deep breath, “Did it hurt that he cheated? Absolutely. But ultimately he did me a favor. And the person who sent me that message, who also released it to social media after the concert...fairly sure it was Imra but that's neither here nor there. They did me a favor because what good would it have done me to marry him? He would have kept lying, cheating. When Mike and I met...it was a bit like a dream, you know? And I think I fell in love with the idea of what we could be. I missed all the signs and the red flags that should have put me off this relationship. Was I a mess when I found out? Sure. But I've thought about it a lot since that night, reflected, and came to the conclusion that I'm really better off without him.”

Lena smirked, which didn't go unnoticed by Leslie, “Is it possible that the woman you decided to marry instead has something to do with it?”

Kara laughed, “In a way, yes.”

Lena and Leslie looked at Kara with equal amounts of shock but Kara only shrugged, smiled and said, “Lena has shown me nothing but kindness since I first saw her in the crowd. She hadn't known who I was at the time and yet she was moved by my pain. The whole arena was screaming for me to take them instead, to marry them. And she didn't. She felt compassion but she didn't want anything from me.”

“And that's why you chose her I assume?” Leslie was a bit awed by Kara's answer, she had to give her that.

“Yes,” Kara agreed, “I know what I did, what we did...is a bit...let's say unconventional and some would even say I had a psychotic break but I assure you...I am fine. I'm having a great time here in Metropolis right now, I am working on new songs and I have the great privilege of getting to know this incredibly smart woman and watch her work. It's quite inspiring, let me tell you that.”

Lena felt herself blush furiously and was glad for all the makeup Jess had put on her.

Leslie turned her head and attention to Lena then, “How are you feeling about all of this, Lena? And why did you agree to marry a stranger? As Kara already said...it's rather unconventional.”

“You see,” Lena took a breath to collect herself because she hated to be put on the spot like that, “The history of marriage goes all the way back to Mesopotamia. For a long time, and I mean thousands of years, marriages were arranged to secure heirs, to gain money, power, land. It wasn't about love. It was a business deal. And yes, it sounds horrible but that's how it started. Were those marriages happy? I don't know but they lasted, did they not? Yes, I am aware that divorce wasn't a thing back then and women didn't have many rights but we are living in different times now. It was my choice. Nobody talked me into it. I chose to do this with Kara and I think at the very least we can agree to support and respect each other and that's already more than most people have in life. So, I am as busy as always with my work and I get to spend some time with Kara, who is surprisingly understanding. And interested in my life which I appreciate tremendously. We might not be in love but I think we are in a good place.”

Kara nodded in agreement, “Absolutely. We are getting to know each other and so far we find that we get along just fine. What's the worst that can happen? Us being friends? Then it's already a win and definitely worth it because real friends are hard to find these days. Especially when you live a life in the public eye.”

“Or are as busy as I am,” Lena added with a somewhat amused smile.

“From what I can tell you are very in tune with each other,” Leslie observed, “And you make a beautiful couple, even if you are not together.”

Lena felt herself blush again and Kara beamed, “Thank you, I think so too.”

“There's only one more question people are dying to get an answer to,” Leslie stated, “Kara, you've always dated men and now you married a woman. How come?”

Kara hesitated for a moment but Lena gave her an encouraging smile and so she said what she had wanted to say for years but somehow never dared to which was ridiculous, seeing as both her sister and their bassist, Maggie, made no secret of being into the fairer sex, “I've always known that I'm bisexual but when my sister came out as a lesbian and then Maggie, I didn't want to steal their spotlight, you know? They were so brave. And at the time it didn't matter because I was with Adam for a short while and then eventually I started dating James, so...I felt saying it out loud would raise expectations for me to...you know, date a woman, make a statement. And I was in a relationship at the time, so that wouldn't have been possible and quite frankly, back then I couldn't have handled the pressure.”

Leslie nodded in understanding, “Fair enough. I think everyone should come out on their own terms or not at all if they don't feel safe enough to do so.”

Lena wasn't sure where she found the courage to speak up but she did, “And before you ask. I've only ever dated women. It's never been a secret but well, it also wasn't public knowledge up until now, I guess.”

All three women laughed at that before Leslie sobered up and said, “It was lovely seeing you both. Truly. I think it's safe to say that the whole world is curious about what the future holds in store for the two of you. I sure am.”

“Thanks for having us, Leslie,” Kara and Lena said in unison and burst out laughing again.

Leslie Willis wasn't sure what it was, she couldn't put her finger on it, but something told her that the fairytale Kara had been talking about in interviews so much over the years, the fairytale she had been looking for so desperately for so long, might have found her at last.

 

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Cat had been pleased with their interview and it had left Lena somewhat relieved because she didn't know what to make of the band manager.
Apparently, Cat Grant wasn't a woman of many words but Lena had the feeling that one look from her could melt ice if need be and she definitely didn't want to get on the woman's bad side.

Kara had changed into a pair of ripped jeans, a shirt with Grogu's face on it and a navy blue leather jacket. She had also switched her heels for a pair of Converse and Lena had melted a little at the side.

Kara had only grabbed her overnight bag and shrugged, “What? You think you are the only nerd here? Sorry to disappoint you, wifey!”

Lena had barked out a laugh and shoved Kara gently before she had rolled her eyes and stepped into the elevator.
Kara had followed with an amused chuckle and Lena had felt lighter than she had felt in years.
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“Do we need to make a stop at your apartment? Do you need to bring anything?” Kara asked on the way down to the garage where she unlocked a black Mercedes G63.

Lena shook her head, “No. But thank you. I have spare clothes at home.”

“Okay. Then let's go,” Kara announced with a smile and climbed into the car. Lena followed suit.

And two minutes later they found themselves on the road to Argo.
On the road to visit Lena's family.
On the road to visit the in-laws.
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Lena had dozed off ten minutes into the drive and Kara had studied her with worry in her eyes.
She couldn't even begin to imagine how heavy a burden Lena was carrying or how much pressure she was on.

Kara was determined to cheer Lena up but she didn't know how because Lena didn't really care about anything but the research, which was understandable, of course.

And yet Kara could tell how exhausted and drained Lena was.
Maybe Lex would have an idea because Lena didn't give much away.

Lena kept everything close to her chest, including her pain, and Kara was well aware that doing so wasn't healthy.

By the time they reached Argo it was almost 5 pm and Kara followed the instructions of the GPS until they reached their destination – a bungalow type house in the outskirts of town.

 

“Lena,” Kara whispered as she stopped the car in the driveway and killed the engine but Lena didn't stir.

“Lena.”
Kara tried again, louder this time but nothing.

She unfastened her seatbelt and leaned over to shake Lena's shoulder gently.
It earned Kara an undefined mumble and caused her to chuckle which finally caused Lena's eyes to fly open, “What's going on?”

“We're here,” Kara nodded towards the house and Lena's eyes grew wide, “I fell asleep, didn't I? Oh god, I'm so sorry. Why didn't you wake me?!”

“You were tired and you needed the rest,” Kara replied simply, “And quite frankly, you deserved it.”

“Thank you,” Lena gave her a small smile before she looked at the house and tensed which didn't go unnoticed by Kara, “Are you okay?”

“Yeah,” Lena answered while she tried to fix her hair, “I'm happy to be here and to see my mother and Lex, don't get me wrong. But it's hard.”

Kara covered Lena's hand with her own and squeezed it gently, “We're in this together now, Lena.”

“For now,” Lena mumbled, “But for how long?”

The question caught Kara off guard but of course Lena was right.
How long until life would drag them in different directions again and then what?
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Lillian Luthor opened the front door with a huge smile and pulled her daughter into a heartfelt hug, “Lena, honey. I'm so glad to see you.”

The sight warmed Kara's heart.

“Hi mom,” Lena blushed furiously as she stepped back, “This is Kara. Kara, meet my mother...Lillian Luthor.”

Kara held out her hand and Lillian shook it enthusiastically, “It's my pleasure to meet you, Misses...”

“It's Kara, Misses Luthor.”

“Lillian.”

 

They entered the house under Lillian's watchful gaze, “So, Lena. Honey. Care to tell me how you ended up with a wife? Normal people go to a concert and bring home a band t-shirt, not the band.”

Lena groaned in embarrassment but Kara only chuckled, “Well, technically it's my fault. I was in a bit of a predicament and Lena was generous enough to help me out.”

“So I've heard,” Lillian admitted, “And for what it's worth...I'm truly sorry.”

Kara gave her a grateful smile but Lena interrupted before her mother would start a full interrogation, “How is Lex? And how are you holding up, mom?”

“Same as usual. There are good days and bad days. Today is a not so good day I'm afraid. The last round of chemo has really taken a toll on him. He's sleeping a lot but he's in good spirits,” Lillian stated, causing a nod from Lena.

“Why don't you go to your room and get changed, so I can finish dinner. Let him rest some more. He's so excited to see you. The both of you.”

Lena nodded again, “Of course.”

“Is there anything I can do to help?” Kara asked, looking at Lillian but Lena's mother only shook her head, “It's sweet of you to ask but no. Just go with Lena, she can show you the house.”
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Once in her room Lena realized that she hadn't thought this through.
Where would Kara sleep?

The couch in the living room was not made for sleeping because the living room was small, seeing as it had once been Lex's bedroom.
But after he had become sick they had turned the larger room, that used to be the living room, into his room.
It gave him access to the terrace as he never left the house other than to go to the hospital for treatment and it provided the space for all the equipment the physical therapist needed.

“Uhm...” Lena looked from her bed to Kara and back, blushing furiously.

Luckily for her Kara caught on without Lena needing to say anything, “I can sleep on the couch. Or if that's not an option, there's always the floor.”

Lena looked appalled, “I won't make you sleep on the floor!”

“Couch it is,” Kara shrugged as if it would be no big deal.

 

“See, here is the thing,” Lena pinched the bridge of her nose, “We turned our living room into a bigger room for Lex. So, the living room is small and that couch...it's not for sleeping. You'd ruin your back.”

“Well,” Kara gave Lena an encouraging smile, “We're both grown ups. We can share.”

“Okay,” Lena said more to herself than to Kara, “I'm sorry. I know you're used to better accommodations. We had a bigger house when Lionel was still alive but with Lex being so sick and the hospital bills. And mom can't work because she's taking care of him...”

“Lena.”
Kara stepped closer and held out her hand.
Lena took it hesitantly.

“I don't care. I told you, I'm still living in the cabin my parents built. I don't care how much money you have or don't have. Quite frankly, I have more than enough. It makes no difference to me. And I understand how difficult a situation you are in as a family. It's fine. Really. I don't mind.”
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They had eaten dinner without Lex because he had still been out cold when Lena had gone to check on him and Kara had answered all of Lillian's questions about life as a famous singer with the patience of a saint.

“So, you're basically having a month-long break from the tour right now,” Lillian took a sip of water, “And what then?”

Kara nodded, “Yes. Then we're going to play two big gigs. Los Angeles and Las Vegas. And afterwards we'll play ten shows in Europe and five in South America before we return home the week before Christmas. And of course, the end of our current world tour in National City on New Year's Eve. Afterwards, well...that's undecided as of yet but I'm working on new songs. So, I guess we'll release another album.”

Lillian seemed to be impressed but Lena had lost her appetite.
It was exactly what she had feared.
Once Kara's break would be over Kara would be lost to her.

Her mother sighed dreamily, “I'm a bit jealous, I have to admit. I always wanted to see Paris. Lionel and I had made plans to go but then he passed away. And ever since Lex has become so ill, well. Maybe, one day.”

Kara nodded in understanding, “One day you'll see Paris.”

She turned to look at Lena, “Is there a place you would like to go to if you could?”

 

“I don't know. Never given it much thought to be honest. Traveling isn't that high on my list. I am usually so busy, when I have time to myself I love to stay home and curl up with a book. And just enjoy the peace and the quiet,” Lena explained, “I'm not necessarily an adventurer.”

Kara understood because a lot of people who had busy and demanding jobs were homebodies when they had time off.
But Lena's answer didn't necessarily help her to figure out how to cheer her up.
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Lillian had prepared some oatmeal and fruit for Lex because he didn't have a big appetite these days before Lena had told her to just rest up and watch her soap or something, that they would check on her brother and allow Lillian a rare evening off.

Lillian had nodded gratefully and had retreated to her own bedroom while Lena and Kara had entered her brother's room, only to find Lex staring at them expectantly, “My, my. What a sight for sore eyes you are. The both of you.”

Lena rushed to his side and hugged him with own arm, all the while balancing his food with the other, “How are you feeling?”

He smirked at her, “Better now that I get to see your wife up close.”

Lena groaned, “Here we go.”

Kara chuckled in amusement and stepped closer, “Hello Lex. It's a pleasure to meet you.”

“Likewise, sister-in-law. Please, take a seat,” he gestured towards the chair next to his bed.

Lena rolled her eyes, “Oh, I see how it is. Should I just go?”

Kara took a seat and Lex barked out a laugh before he started coughing which instantly alarmed Lena, “Are you okay?”

He waved her off, “Fine, fine. Wrong pipe. Don't be so dramatic.”

Lena put the bowl with the oatmeal onto the bedside table and grabbed herself another chair, “Do you need help?”

Lex nodded, “I'm afraid so.”

Lena sat as well and started feeding her ghostly pale brother, who resembled a skeleton more than an actual living being.
He had lost so much weight, it was deeply concerning.

 

Lena asked him a couple of questions about his condition and what the doctor had said and Lex answered dutifully while Kara watched their interaction with a smile and an aching heart.
If Alex would be sick, God, she wouldn't know what to do.

And here Lena was, all calm and collected, feeding her older brother as if it would be the most normal thing in the world.
It was admirable, truly.

“So, Kara...” Lex began once he had finished half of his oatmeal, “I see you and my nerdy sister share the same taste.”

“So it seems,” Kara replied with an amused smile.

“That's good,” Lex approved, “It's a good start.”

Lena eyed him warily, “A good start for what?”

Lex rolled his eyes, “For a marriage, duh. It's a good thing that you have something in common, wouldn't you agree?”

“Lex,” Lena sighed in exasperation, “How many times do I have to tell you that it's not a real marriage. Kara and I, we are barely friends. Soon she'll leave and tour with her band again and I will be staying in Metropolis because I have work to do as you well know. Marriage takes more than that.”

“And a lot of marriages have been built on less,” Lex countered before he turned his head to look at Kara, “Right?”

“Right,” Kara agreed, “Lena, I don't know how it's all going to work out or what is going to happen in the future but I won't go back on tour and forget that you exist. Or walk out of your life and never talk to you again. That's not going to happen.”

Lena wasn't convinced but she nodded, “Okay.”

Lex seemed to be satisfied with the answer. “I expect postcards from all the cool places you'll go to, just so you know, sister-in-law.”

“Duly noted.”

Lena rolled her eyes and put the bowl back onto the bedside table because she knew that her brother wouldn't be able to finish the food.

Lex grinned at her, “You did good, Lena. She's hot.”

“Lex!”
Lena blushed furiously, “Please, stop. Haven't you embarrassed me enough for one day?”

 

“Oh, come on, Lena. Cut me some slack. I have to make a lasting impression on my sister-in-law,” he winked at Kara who chuckled, her eyes sparkling with amusement.

“Will you stop?! Kara is not...”

“What?” Lex asked her curiously, “My sister-in-law? Newsflash, Lena. She is. You married her in front of the whole world. You can't deny that. Or did you mean hot? Ouch.”

“That's not what I said. Kara is very beautiful, obviously,” she blushed even more, “And yes, theoretically she's your sister-in-law.”

Kara eyed Lena curiously, heart hammering in her chest.
Lena found her beautiful then?

“So?” Lex challenged and Lena raised her hands in defeat, “Fine. You are right. There. Happy now?”

“Very,” Lex smiled triumphantly, “And she's not a science geek like Andrea. So, she won't stab you in the back either.”

Lena's face fell at the comment and Lex froze, “I'm sorry, Lena. I...you know what I meant.”

It took Lena a moment to compose herself before she took his hand and squeezed it, “I know. And you're right. Definitely bonus points for that.”

Kara watched them in confusion.
Who the hell was Andrea?
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Lex had drifted off to sleep eventually, worn out from medication and illness, and Lena had shown Kara to the bathroom, so she could get ready for bed.

When Kara returned to Lena's bedroom she found Lena sitting on her bed in her pajamas, tears streaming down her face.

Kara rushed to her side and knelt down in front of her, taking Lena's right and in hers while she wiped Lena's tears away with her free one, “Lena, what's wrong?”

“Nothing. It's just...I'm sorry I'm such a mess,” Lena pulled her hand free and covered her face with both, “God, I'm so exhausted. It's all too much. And seeing Lex so weak...he looks like death warmed up.”

“Hey,” Kara got back to her feet and sat on the bed, back resting against the headboard. She patted the spot next to her and Lena complied, her movements heavy.

 

“He will get better. It just takes time,” Kara tried to sound optimistic but she wasn't sure that she succeeded.
Lena was right.
Her brother looked more dead than alive.

“I know. And I need to pull myself together and get on with my work. I love being here, it makes me so happy to see him. And my mother. It's hard for her too. But being away from the lab makes me anxious. I can barely sleep because I worry so much. That I'm losing too much time and...” Lena sobbed as fresh tears streamed down her face.

Kara wrapped her arm around Lena's shoulder and let her cry while her heart broke for Lena.
Lena, who was so strong and yet so fragile, so driven and barely holding it together.
Lena, who bent over backwards to save the brother she loved so dearly.

When Lena finally calmed down Kara cleared her throat, “It might not be any of my business and you can absolutely ignore the question if you don't want to talk about it but...who is Andrea?”

Lena took a deep, grounding breath and wiped the tears from her cheeks once more, “My ex-girlfriend.”

“Oh.”
Kara wanted to slap herself for asking because she could tell it was not a happy story and the last thing she wanted to do was to cause Lena more pain.

Lena's voice was hoarse from crying but she spoke anyway, “Might as well get it over with...Andrea and I...we met in college. We started out as friends but became closer rather quickly and eventually we started dating. God, I was so in love with her. And so was Jack, apparently. He was a fellow student and the three of us used to hang out together a lot. Gosh, I was so stupid. I thought Andrea cared about me but in truth...she only cared about herself. We did our master degrees, we became doctors. Started working at Metropolis General while Jack left for New York. Andrea was weird about it but I didn't think anything of it at the time. Initially, I had wanted to become a neuro-surgeon but then I decided to focus on research because Lex had been dealing with his auto-immune disease for years and he had been miserable. And an opportunity arose for me to extend my studies in Switzerland. I applied for a scholarship, worked on the thesis the professor expected with the application. I barely slept for weeks. I worked so goddamn hard.”

Lena took a deep breath, “I had a shift at the hospital the day of the deadline and I was late, so I called Andrea and asked if she could email it for me. And email she did it. In her name. Stole my thesis, got the scholarship. And then she left for Switzerland. With Jack.”

 

“No!”
Kara was completely outraged.

“Yeah. They had been sleeping together for a while. I'm not even sure what was worse. That she cheated on me or that she stole my thesis and stabbed me in the back twice,” Lena shrugged helplessly.

“What a bitch!”
Kara was reeling.
How dare that woman treat Lena like that!

“Sam introduced me to Veronica in the end and it all worked out. Without them I couldn't do what I'm doing now. And Lex would have even less of a chance,” Lena explained, “Sam and I have always been friends, ever since we were kids. But her parents divorced when we were still in highschool and she moved to Boston with her mother. She only came back when she took the job at the lab here in Metropolis. And I am so glad she did, I don't know what I would have done without her,” Lena admitted.

“I'm glad you had her,” Kara made a mental note to be extra nice to the woman once they would meet up with Sam and her daughter.

Lena leaned her head against Kara's shoulder, “Thanks for listening.”

It was more of an exhausted mumble and Kara nudged Lena gently, “Come on. It's time to get some sleep.”

Lena nodded and both of them slid down into a lying position.
Kara juggled around to grab the covers from the end of the bed but managed to pull them over Lena and herself in the end.

She could tell that Lena was upset, hurting and vulnerable and before Kara could think better of it she pulled Lena close and wrapped her arm over her protectively.
Lena tensed for a moment before she shuffled even closer and her head on Kara's shoulder.

“I'm so sorry you had to go through all of that, Lena. But it's not your fault. You didn't deserve any of it.”

“I was stupid to think she loved me. I should have known better,” Lena rasped out, causing Kara to shake her head vehemently, “Nonsense. You are so smart and kind. And beautiful. Funny if you want to be, strong when it matters. If that Andrea chick didn't appreciate that...well, it's her loss.”

Kara waited for a reply that never came because Lena had fallen asleep, worn out from the emotional rollercoaster ride the evening had turned out to be.

 

Kara listened to the sound of Lena's breaths while she lay awake and vowed to herself to do everything in her power to make Lena happy.
Fake marriage or not, Lena deserved it.

Lex had been right when he had said that Lena was brilliant.
Not that Kara had doubted him but the more time she spent with Lena, the more she realized it too.