“What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?”
The question is directed at Alex and Kelly, both woman smiling at each other before Alex turns to answer Nia’s question.
“We’re having dinner, just the two of us. J’onn is going to look after Esme so we have the whole night alone.”
“First time in a while,” Kelly adds, with a smile. They both adore Esme, and Kara thinks they probably would’ve included Esme in their Valentine’s plans if J’onn hadn’t insisted.
Kara had offered multiple times to look after her niece on Monday night herself, but when Alex’s response was always that Kara should ask Lena on a date so she’d have plans for Valentine’s Day too, Kara had stopped asking.
It’s not like Kara doesn’t very much like the idea of asking Lena out, but things have felt so perfect recently, so right, and she doesn’t want to risk losing that.
She doesn’t want to lose the way Lena is currently pressed into her side, tucked knees resting against Kara’s thighs and the warmth of Lena’s shoulder against her own.
“What about you?” Kelly asks, bouncing the question back to Nia.
“I’m making dinner for Nia,” Brainy answers.
Alex laughs in response, but judging by the way she immediately clamps her mouth shut, she hadn’t meant to.
Brainy frowns. “Is that not what I’m meant to do?” he asks, looking between Nia and Alex. “I thought cooking a meal for your partner was considered romantic?”
“It is,” Kelly intervenes. “That sounds like a nice evening.”
Brainy relaxes, even more so when Nia takes his hand and presses a kiss to his cheek.
Kara is so happy her friend could stay with Nia.
“What about you two?” Nia asks, this time directed at Kara and Lena. There’s a mischievous glint in Nia’s eye that Kara doesn’t like. She also doesn’t like the knowing smirk Alex is sending her way either.
Lena replies before Kara can, not that Kara has any plans herself, besides maybe eating too much chocolate and being sad that she’s found the love of her life but she’s still going to end up alone.
“I’m unfortunately working, it’s never-ending when you’re the boss, so no nice date for me,” Lena laughs, and if Kara wasn’t paying as much attention she might have missed it, but as it happens, she’s always paying too much attention to Lena, so she catches the way Lena’s tone is slightly off, the joke not quite landing for Kara as the others laugh. “What about you, Kara?”
“Why don’t we have dinner together?” Kara asks, the words out of her mouth before she can fully think them through. Lena’s eyes widen and Kara suddenly realises exactly what she’s done, quickly tacking on words to the end of her question so she doesn’t ruin what’s still rebuilding between them. “You’re single, I’m single, we can have a friend date, just me and you. There’s no one else I’d rather spend the evening with.” Kara swallows, wonders if she’s being too honest. “If you can get out of work, that is?”
“One of the perks of being the boss is I can take the evening off whenever I like.”
Kara’s already grinning. “Is that a yes?”
“That’s definitely a yes,” Lena smiles, cheeks red as her hand falls over Kara’s, threading their fingers together.
Kara suddenly feels hot all over, sure her cheeks are also just as red as Lena’s now. She needs to get herself under control, it’s just dinner with her best friend, said best friend who’s now holding her hand and smiling at her with such soft affection that Kara has to use a great deal of self control not to just lean over and kiss her.
A throat clearing across the room reminds Kara they’re not alone, and Kara turns to find four sets of eyes on them, all much too knowing for her liking.
Bless Kelly, for changing the subject, but Kara’s not really listening, too busy thinking about the fact that she’s having dinner with Lena on arguably the most romantic day of the year.
Not that that matters, they’re just friends, the day means nothing, it’s just going to be a normal dinner with her best friend.
“I can’t believe you finally asked Lena out.”
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, and Kara may in fact be freaking out a little bit. She wants tomorrow to go perfectly, doesn’t want to discount herself in Lena’s mind as a romantic partner before she’s even gained the courage to ask Lena out properly.
“You could’ve if you didn’t add the whole “friend date” part to it. I’m one hundred percent sure Lena would’ve said yes to a proper date with you if you’d just given her the chance.”
“I didn’t invite you over to discuss my failure of a dating life, I asked you over to help me pick something to wear tomorrow.”
“Who cares what you wear? You’re just having dinner with a friend, nothing more, right?”
Kara gives her sister a shove, who just laughs in response.
“Okay, okay, I’m sorry.” Alex picks up a blouse. “If in doubt, blue, remember?” She points to a pair of dark jeans too. “Casual, but not too casual. And those pants make your ass look great.”
“Which is something Lena said last time you wore them, though I don’t think she meant me to hear.” Alex raises an eyebrow. “I still don’t know how you can’t tell that Lena likes you too.”
Kara’s knows her cheeks are red, can’t help but blush even though the compliment is secondhand. She sighs, they’ve had this conversation before.
“Just think about it? You’re basically going on a date with her tomorrow, and it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect time to say something. I saw her when you were gone, and I’ve seen her since you’ve been back.” Alex levels her with a serious look. “She loves you, trust me, okay?”
Kara swallows down the hope that always rises in her chest when she talks to Alex like this. She can’t let that hope get too big, or it’ll crush her when she finds out Lena doesn’t have feelings for her in return.
Kara’s nervous as she makes her way up to Lena’s apartment. Alex’s words sit in the back of her mind, and she will tell Lena how she feels, just not today. Today is all about having a fun evening with her best friend and giving Lena the Valentine’s Day she deserves.
Which to start with, is Kara picking up Lena for their “date.” It’s irrelevant that they’re taking Lena’s car service to the restaurant.
The moment Lena opens the door, Kara’s breath catches in her chest.
“Rao, you look incredible,” Kara breathes.
At first, Kara doesn’t even realise she’s said the words out loud, mind too busy stuck on Lena. She’s wearing a dress that sits tight against her skin, and low enough in the front that Kara has to make a real effort to keep herself from staring. The dress is dark red, a colour that matches Lena’s lipstick, one side of the dress hanging off Lena’s shoulder.
Her hair is loose and wavy, also tossed to one side, and the whole image is just too much for Kara’s poor brain to handle all at once.
It’s only when Lena responds, pink cheeks, that Kara realises her mistake.
“Thank you, so do you.”
Not that Kara would really class it as a mistake, not with the way her words bring a shy smile to Lena’s lips.
“Are those for me?” Lena prompts, when Kara has apparently failed at the whole not staring thing.
“Oh.” Kara fumbles, looking down at the bouquet of flowers in her hands. “They are.” She breathes out her nerves, extending her hand out towards Lena with a smile. She’d bought Lena chocolates too, but had gotten nervous and eaten them all on the way. “Happy Valentine’s Day.”
“You shouldn’t have,” Lena says, as she accepts the flowers. “But thank you, they’re beautiful.”
So are you , Kara thinks, which is incredible cheesy but at least she has the presence of mind not to say it out loud.
“Okay,” Kara says, holding out her hand towards Lena, wiggling her fingers for Lena to take. “Are you ready for the best date ever?”
Lena laughs, catching Kara’s hand and threading their fingers together. “I can’t wait.”
Kara has to keep reminding herself that this isn’t actually a date, despite everything around them telling them it is. The light in the restaurant is dimmer than it usually is, hearts hanging in the window and a candle between them on the table. They’re surrounded by couples at other tables and the waitress definitely gave them a look as she took their order.
But it’s not a date, it’s just dinner with her best friend, as much as she wishes it were more.
She’s not going to let that get her down though, because dinner is delicious and Lena is laughing as she tells her a story and if this is all she gets, Lena just like this, then it’s enough.
Kara slips her hand into Lena’s as they leave the restaurant, and despite the chill in the air, Lena agrees to walk back to her apartment instead of calling her driver again, which is definitely just Kara wanting to prolong the evening a bit longer.
They make it all the way back to Lena’s building, up to her apartment, with Lena’s hand still in Kara’s. The whole evening has been perfect, the best Valentine’s Day Kara has ever had, and she doesn’t want it to end.
“Thank you for tonight, I had a great time,” Lena smiles.
They’re lingering outside Lena’s door, Kara in no rush to leave.
“Better than working?”
Lena shrugs. “Yes, but only just.” She manages to hold a straight face for only a few seconds, but Kara knows it’s the pout on her own face that breaks Lena and then she’s smiling again. “Okay, it was definitely better than working. So again, thank you. It’s the best Valentine’s Day I’ve had in a long time.” Lena pauses. “Or ever, in fact.”
“It’s the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had too.”
Kara wasn’t sure she’d ever find this sort of love on Earth, on a planet not her own. But she has, and even if today is meant to be for couples, that doesn’t mean she can’t spend it with her best friend instead.
“Since this date is going so well, how do you feel about prolonging it a little longer? I can offer hot chocolate, snacks, and a movie, if you’re interested?” Lena asks.
Rao, she really does love her.
Just the invitation to spend more time with Lena is enough for Kara to say yes, the food and movie is just an added bonus.
Kara grins. “I’m more than interested.”
Lena beams in response and Kara falls a little bit more in love.
Which is how Kara finds herself twenty minutes later, curled up on the couch next to Lena, in a pair of Lena’s comfy clothes that had at one point, been hers anyway, a cup of steaming hot chocolate on the coffee table and more snacks than even Kara could eat spread out in front of them.
There’s a movie on the screen, but Kara’s not paying attention. Lena’s head is pillowed on her shoulder and she can smell her shampoo and it’s entirely distracting.
“Oh wait, I almost forgot!” The words are barely out of Lena’s mouth and then she’s up, leaving a cool rush of air in her wake.
Kara watches, curious, as Lena crosses the room, pulls something from her bag, before she walks back over the Kara.
She retakes her seat, legs tucked under her, looking entirely too cute for words, wearing a sweater that also used to belong to Kara.
Lena holds out her hand, a red envelope in it.
“Happy Valentine’s Day.” There’s that shy smile again, cheeks slightly tinged pink as she holds the item out for Kara to take.
Kara takes the offered envelope, her heart doing stupid flips in her chest as she does. This means nothing, just a friendly gesture, just like the flowers were for Lena.
She still thinks it’s cute that Lena got her something too.
Kara laughs when she pulls the card from the envelope, only to be met with a cartoon version of herself on the front of the card.
“You make my heart soar!” is written across the front as the cartoon Supergirl hovers over National City.
“I didn’t even know they made these,” Kara laughs.
“Neither did I but when I saw it, I had to buy it. The lady behind the counter gave me a knowing look, I think she recognised me.”
Kara laughs again. “Thank you.” She opens the cards and her heart skips again as she sees Lena’s neat writing on the inside.
“Happy Valentine’s Day, Kara.
I’m glad I get to spend the day with my favourite person, I can’t think of anything better than spending a day celebrating love than spending it with you.
All my love, Lena.”
The message is short, but it still makes hope swell in Kara’s chest, so much so that she’s speaking again before she can fully realise what she’s doing.
“We should do this again.”
“Hmm?” Lena hums. “Spend the next Valentine’s Day together?”
“No. I mean, I hope so, but that’s not what I meant.” Maybe she should’ve planned this better than just blurting out of her feelings for her best friend. But she doesn’t want to keep them inside anymore, wants Lena to know exactly how she feels about her, how loved she really is. Kara steels herself. She’s Supergirl, she’s meant to be brave, but this is probably the scariest thing she’s ever done.
“I mean, we should have dinner again sometime. Or watch a movie. Or go out for coffee. Or do anything really, as long as you’re clear that I’m not asking you to spend time with me as just friends, but I’m asking you on a date.”
Judging by Lena’s sharp intake of breath, she knows exactly what Kara means, despite the fact it wasn’t said as eloquently as she would’ve liked.
“Lena,” she says, laying her hand over Lena’s. “You’re the best person I know, the bravest, the kindest, the smartest and definitely the prettiest, there was no way that I couldn’t fall for you. You’re my best friend, and I don’t want that to change, but I also don’t want to keep pretending I don’t have feelings for you. We said no more secrets but this is a big one I’ve been keeping from you. You mean everything to me.”
There are tears in Lena’s eyes, but Kara’s not done, now that she’s started, she wants to get it all out.
“I knew as soon as we met, that you were special, and I don’t know how I got so lucky that through everything, we’ve only gotten stronger together. These last few months since I returned from the Phantom Zone have been hard, but they’ve also been so good, because you’ve been here and you finally know all of me, you get to see all of me and I’ve never been happier.”
“I’m in love with you,” Kara says, leaving no room for misinterpretation. “And I’d really like to take you out on a proper date, if you’ll let me.”
“I…” Lena starts, stops, closes her mouth again and then just sits there for a long moment, clearly thinking. It’s long enough before Lena finally speaks, that Kara starts to panic that she’s made a huge mistake and is going to have to move off world to avoid the embarrassment of confessing unrequited love to her best friend. “I’m trying to think of something to say to show how much your words mean to me, how much you mean to me, but honestly, I’m coming up blank. You’ve caught me a little off guard, I never imagined you might have feelings for me too.”
“Please don’t be sorry, never be sorry for words like that.” Lena cuts in. “I just never even entertained the idea that you could have feelings for me too, too afraid of how much it would hurt when you didn’t return my feelings.”
It takes Lena mentioning it three times, for Kara’s brain to register what Lena’s just said.
“Wait, you have feelings for me?”
Lena laughs. “Why do you sound so surprised? I should be the one who’s surprised, considering you asked me out on a date, but made sure me, and everyone else in the room, was aware that we were only friends.”
Kara grimaces. “I panicked, okay? I didn’t want to scare you away with my feelings for you.”
Lena’s still smiling. “So instead, now you tell me I mean everything to you, that you’re in love with me and that you’ve never been happier?”
Kara bites her lip. “Should I not have said all that?”
Lena reaches out, slides her hand along Kara’s jaw, cups her cheek. “You definitely should have,” Lena says shifting closer. “Because I’d have been too scared to say all that myself but I feel exactly the same way.”
Kara feels frozen, eyes wide. Of all the ways tonight could’ve gone, this is not one of the ways Kara had imagined.
Okay, it was, she imagined confessing her feelings, she imagined kissing Lena after finding out she felt the same, but that had been a fantasy, a far-off idea she’d entertained that she never thought could actually happen, but now Lena’s eyes are dropping to her mouth and her palm is warm against her cheek and this is turning into the best night of Kara’s life.
“So, back to your earlier question, I’d love to go out on a date with you.”
“Definitely,” Lena smiles. “I don’t even care what we do, as long as it’s with you.”
Kara shifts closer, lets the magnetic pull that’s always been between them tug her closer. “That’s kind of cheesy, you know that, right?”
Lena laughs. “That’s rich, coming from you.” She’s moving closer too, Kara didn’t know her heart could beat this fast, but it’s reassuring hearing that Lena’s heart is beating just as quickly too.
Kara doesn’t get to respond, not that her brain could come up with much anyway, not now because she can feel Lena’s breath on her lips. And then she feels Lena’s lips on hers instead, warm and soft and so much better than anything she could’ve ever imagined.
“Best Valentine’s Day ever,” Kara mumbles, she can feel Lena’s responding laugh against her lips.
“Agreed,” Lena hums and then they’re kissing again and Kara doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.