Kara realizes just how much she loves Lena with the unexpected help from Mon-El.
Inspired from the series finale BTS photos and this quote: “Don’t you get it? I can say goodbye to everyone else, but not you. Not you.” - @silvermoonwritings
“Kara, you were amazing back there,” Mon-El says grinning over at Kara as he leans over and rests his arms on the balcony railing of The Tower.
“Thanks, but I can’t take all of the credit. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t had the help of everyone. It was truly a team effort.”
Only a few hours ago, National City was filled with the sounds of terrified screams, warnings and commands shouted at one another and superhero and alien rivals crashing into buildings and pavement after being flung into the air.
Now, the city had gone back to its usual hum of nightly traffic and the evening life of its citizens. A calm resembling the feeling of a hot bath at the end of a stressful day.
Mon-El grins, eyes locked on Kara’s. “Stronger together.”
"Stronger together,” she repeats, yet it doesn’t quite have the same effect for some reason.
They let the hum of the city wash over them, enjoying each other’s presence in a comfortable silence.
After a couple of minutes, Mon-El speaks up. “Kara, there is something I wanted to ask you.”
“What is it?” Kara questions, turning her gaze towards him and away from a young raven-haired woman walking her Golden Retriever.
“You know Winn and I are leaving tomorrow and well, we were talking and wondering if you wanted to come to the future with us? Well, I was mostly convincing Winn of the idea...”
“Yeah, we could do great work together. Plus, it’d be nice to spend time with you again,” he explains, scooting closer to Kara and placing his hand over hers.
“Mon-El, that is really sweet of you to offer, but I can’t. I’m sorry...” Kara apologizes, shifting her hand out from under his and increasing the distance between them.
He crosses his arms, face falling in disappointment. “Why not?”
“National City in this time period is my home. These people living here with me are my home. I can’t say goodbye to...them.”
Mon-El fully turns his body towards her, resting one hand on the railing. “Kara, don’t you think this is our second chance together? I’ve grown. I’ve learned. I’m a better person.”
Kara mirrors his position, but places one hand on his shoulder. “Mon-El, I’m happy that you have evolved, but that is what you want, not what I want.”
“Well, what do you want then?”
Kara signs, turning away from him and looking out at the city.
“Is there someone else that I don’t know about?”
“Um...” Kara stammers, trying to wrack her brain for a response, but comes up empty handed.
Mon-El sighs. “It’s Lena, isn’t it?”
Kara doesn’t respond, but turns her head back in his direction. It’s as if the answer is written on her face with a bold marker.
“I wasn’t one hundred percent sure what was going on between you two, but after seeing you guys together these past few days and talking with you now, it all makes sense. It’s been hard on me and I’ve had to face the facts; what you two have, it doesn’t compare to what we had or what we’ll ever have.”
Finally, after a couple minutes of silence, Kara speaks up.
“Saying goodbye to you a few years ago was hard on me. Yet, I was eventually able to move on and Lena helped me through that. She and I have been through a lot together, both good and bad. Recently, we had a bad falling out due to her discovering my secret via Lex. It left me absolutely heartbroken. I tried to win her back several times, but too much damage had already been done. I had to give her time. Yes, we weren’t together for a while, but I never said a final goodbye. I couldn’t let her go. Eventually, she came back after realizing what Lex’s true plan was and how she was just a pawn in his game. Ever since, we’ve been working on rebuilding our relationship and honestly, things are better than ever. Now, I can’t ever imagine saying goodbye to her. There’s just so much...”
“That you love about her?”
Kara’s voice is a whispered confession in the night. “Yes.”
“Well, Kara Zor-El, Lena Luthor is the luckiest woman in the world.” The statement is not overly convincing, but it’s the best he can do.
Kara’s face immediately goes from its usual sun kissed tone to a light shade of pink and she looks down towards her red boots.
“I should go. It sounds like you need to pay Lena a visit and let her know your feelings.”
Kara looks back up at him, the pink receding from her cheeks. “Save travels,” she says, giving him a quick hug.
Mon-El strolls across the main floor of The Tower to the elevator on the other side. Goodnight Mrs. Zor-El-Luthor, he whispers as the elevator doors close in front of him, I had a feeling I couldn’t change your future, but I had to give it one last shot.
However, Kara doesn’t hear his words. As soon as he makes his way to the other side of The Tower, she shoots up into the air like a bullet out of a gun, closing her eyes and listening for her favorite sound, Lena’s heartbeat. After a few seconds of concentrating on the steady rhythm, she locates Lena in her apartment and zooms off in that direction.
She cautiously approaches, red boots landing quietly on concrete. It is late after all and the last thing she wants to do is scare Lena by slamming onto her balcony and bursting inside unannounced.
As Kara approaches closer, she notices Lena sitting on her couch, a blanket draped over her, glasses perched on her nose and is reading a book. Beautiful, is all Kara can think as she taps lightly on the glass window to announce her presence. Lena glances up, her face wide eyed and panicked at first, but it only takes a second before her lips curl into a smile and her eyes light up like a Christmas Tree.
Kara enters, obviously given the Lena Luthor sign of approval, switches from her supersuit into a pair of jeans and a blue v-neck and plops down on the couch next to Lena.
“So what brings you to my apartment at 11pm? I assume it couldn’t wait until morning?”
“I love you Lena Luthor,” Kara blurts out before she has the chance to register what Lena just asked her.
Lena can’t help the curl of her lips and the way her eyes start to fill with tears of happiness. She places her book down on the wooden side table behind her and slides closer to Kara. She grabs her hands, squeezing them tight and looks into the depths of Kara’s blue eyes that are currently glistening with love.
“And I love you Kara Zor-El,” Lena responds, leaning in and capturing Kara’s lips in a passionate kiss.