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Codependent

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Kara and Alex weren’t always this close. There was a time when, if Kara was crying, Alex would pretend not to hear. When, if Kara was watching with longing the content of Alex’s plate, she would pretend not to see. The list goes on and on.
But now, it's like they can’t even spend more than a day away from each other. Of course, they don’t have the same relationship that other sisters have. Or even foster sisters. They’ve been through a lot more than most people together. And not even from the time Kara became Supergirl, but as soon as she arrived at the Danvers’.
Even if Alex was trying to pretend she didn’t exist most of the time, she was still there when Kara really needed her, most of the time to keep her powers or her birthplace hidden. She would swoop in like she was always in the same room and hide holes or bent metal when Kara was emotionally vulnerable and forgot her strength. Alex would quickly steer her away, or divert the conversation so no one would remember Kara saying something odd.
It left Kara very confused by this ever changing behavior. Being on a new planet, and being thirteen, she didn’t understand a whole lot.

But Kara now understood. She understood she invaded Alex's home, stole her parents, isolated her at school because she had now a weird foster sister.
Understanding everything made her just love Alex more. She didn't think it was possible, but she hadn't realised the bitterness she kept inside all those years. The bitterness plus the guilt didn't really help her get close to Alex at the beginning. But she got over that, and Alex got over her pride.
So now they were closer than ever, not really realising it wasn't that common because it was so natural for them.
It's not like they didn't realise they loved each other more than any other person in their life, it's just that they didn't care because they were there for each other, and that's all they ever needed. Eliza encouraged such behavior, telling Alex to always protect her sister like it was her only goal in life. She was much softer on Kara, but told her to listen to Alex and stay close to her. So that's what they did, happy to be together, and happy to make Eliza smile when they followed her instructions. 

They became really dependent on one another, but neither of them minded because they cared for each other so much. And because neither had a significant other or other people that could become more important. They knew that they were all that they needed, if they had to choose a person to spend the rest of their life with, they would choose each other. And somehow, that didn't hint they loved each other more than they thought.
And when they talked, it was like they were one person, talking for the other, not going to the bar without the other. 
They didn't realise how much people started to notice how... odd it was for sisters behave like this.

People who knew who Kara was understood, to a certain point, because they knew she needed stability, and Alex was her rock from the moment she landed. Eliza was starting to see the truth, but kept lying to herself. And Kal-El was never here, so he wouldn't notice.
However, people who didn't know who she was, found it weird, because, most of the time, they thought they were real sisters. And if they found out they weren't, they'd think they were dating.
Of course, knowing them both, even briefly, people knew to keep their mouth shut and not ask questions. Because Kara was so nice and got flustered so easily, and because they somehow knew Alex would make them disappear.

So their relationship continued like this, until, of course, it didn't. It couldn't keep going like for ever, not with their feelings in the way, and their day to day life. And, you know, a near death experience from Alex and Kara revealing herself to save her sister.

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Codependent.That's what she heard people say. Having super-hearing wasn't always a privilege. A burden more like it.

She knew her and Alex were close, but they weren't codependent. Please. She did stuff by herself. And Alex too. For starters, they didn't work together.

Okay, not that she didn't try, but Alex was really vague about her job, and Kara didn't why. It's not like she couldn't keep up with her, being from an advanced species. She was smarter than Alex for Rao's sake. Technically. Everything here was just so... old.
Meaning it was really different from everything she learned on Krypton. If she would commit to it and actually read research papers and science books, then she would be on par with Alex, if not more. Easily. She even tried back in the day, so she could understand and talk with Alex about what she was passionated about. But she quickly realised that Alex was happy to teach Kara, to be useful.
So Kara stoped trying to learn, and learned to listen and understand when Alex was talking with her. Alex had this glint in her eyes everytime she talked about she loved, and it was rare enough that Kara did everything to see it as often as she could.

So yeah, she could work with Alex, but it was better for Alex if she didn't. So it wasn't like they spent all day together, they had jobs ! Different jobs !
And, they didn't live together. Well, they each had their own apartment. They just often were in the same one at the same time. Not always. Most of the time. She didn't remember the last time she slept alone, but that doesn't prove anything ! They just had gotten used to sleeping together, because of her nightmares when she first came to live with the Danvers. Codependence. Sure.

She didn't see why she had to change anything just because people were talking. They were comfortable with each other, knew each other inside and out... Why did she have to change her perfect life ?

Well. She did have to prove them wrong, because they were starting to get on her nerves. They didn't just talked amongts themselves now, they came to her. Well. He. Winn. Her best friend. He got invited to their game nights, so he saw them together, in their home. Being as close as he was with Kara, he knew they weren't real sisters. 

One game night, when he was trying to figure out what to do not to lose, he looked up from the board game. He was sitting on a chair in front of the sisters sitting on the couch, with the table between. They were sitting next to each other, shoulders and tighs touching, and were talking in low voices while looking at each other in the eyes. He stopped for a moment, and really looked at them. They were looking at each other with such fondness, a soft smile on Kara's lips, and a smirk on Alex's.
As he came to the realisation, his heart sped up and Kara's head snaped in his direction. Alex's eyebrows raised, wondering what her sister heard, and her eyes followed her sister's. Winn looked at them with wide eyes, looking a little... scared ? 

"You okay there, Winn ?" asked Kara, sounding surprised. Alex was looking at him with interest, an eyebrow still raised in a silent question.

He looked down, fidgeting a little with the cards in his hands, like he was thinking about his next move. "Yeah, why ?  I-I didn't say anything" he answered nervoulsy. Why was he nervous ? It wasn't like she could read his mind.

Kara narrowed her eyes suspicioulsy, watching him for a couple of seconds before answering. "I don't know, it seemed like you had something on your mind. Nevermind."

Alex looked at her sister, and decided to question her later, preferably not in front of the ignorant Winn. Who, by the way, was in love with Kara. Yeah, not a small cruch. And she wasn't happy about for some reason. He was nice enough, but was he good enough for her ? No one was, so no.

Alex started their conversation again, even if she knew Kara was still a little distracted.
But the night ended well, Alex was proud of herself after destroying Winn at the game, and Winn left after saying goodbye with a lot on his mind.

After this night, he decided to talk to Kara. He tried to be subtle, but come on, he's Winn.

 

Kara and Alex were just fine this morning. They got up, got ready and went to Noonan's for a quick breakfast. They just had the time to drink their coffee inside, so they sat down to enjoy the little time they got. They were sitting across each other, and didn't even realised they were leaning forward while talking. 
Of course, Winn walked pass Noonan's and looked inside like every morning, hoping to see Kara getting Cat's latte. So he saw Alex and Kara really close to each other, like they were alone in the coffee. He wanted to take his time and prepare a speech for Kara, but that sent him over the edge, and decided to talk to her as soon as possible.

He kept walking, a little irritated. And he knew why, he wasn't so dense as to miss the fact he was actually in love with the lovely, bubbly ever so kind blonde. So he had to do something about her and Alex. Not that he wanted to damage their relationship in any way, but he thought that if Kara kept going like this, in wasn't ever going to change. Be it her relationship with Alex, or with him. Either way, he had to just give a little push, or she was going to stay stuck.
In love or not, he wanted what was best for her, and if this was Alex, so be it. But it would be nice if it was him. He hoped so. God, he really hope so.

So he waited for Kara to be available. Well, more like he waited for Cat Grant to stop screaming for/at her. And because he was Winn, he waited for Kara not to have this defeated face she usually had after an especially rough morning with Cat.
He went to her desk and gave her a chocolate bar to try and cheer her up. She looked down at her desk where he put it, gave him a bright smile and sarted devouring the snack. He shook his head with a smile. It was the little things in life.

He was starting to hesitate to talk to her. Now that he thought about it, she seemed happy. And he was happy being alive. Because if she ever talked about their conversation with Alex, he wasn't sure he would see the sun again. Or anything, ever again. But he had to be brave, because even for him, they couldn't stay like that, in that grey area. They had to move, to a direction or another. Whatever the outcome, he would always be her best friends. But he was worried she wouldn't be his if she didn't take well what he had so say.

But no pain, no gain, right ? He took a deep breath, turned in his chair to face Kara.

"Psst !"

Kara looked up from the tablet where she was frantically typing, her eyebrows up. "What is it Winn ?"

He got really nervous all of the sudden, but moved through the fear. "Could we talk ? Like, I mean, when you're free of course. It-it doesn't have to be right now, you know. But just, when you can ? Maybe ?"

She frowned a little, really curious about his reaction and what he wanted to talk about. So of course, being the little awkward alien that she was, she got a little nervous too. "Yeah, yeah, of course. I just have to finish some emails for Miss Grant, then I can take a little break. That okay ?"

He smiled because she was always there for him, even when he couldn't talk like a normal person and stressed her out too. "Sure, perfect. Thanks !" He gave an awkward thumbs-up and got back to work. Or pretended to, as he had nothing to do. He decided to update his blog. You know, about aliens.

Ten minutes later, Kara stood up and went over to his desk. 

She patted him on he shoulder to get his attention. "Hey, I'm free for a bit, you wanted to talk ?"

He jumped a little, surprised, and looked up to see big blue eyes watching him nervoulsy. He wanted to smile and reassure her it wasn't a big deal, but he didn't want to lie. So he just gave a little nod with a smile, and stood up as well. "Yeah, can we go somewhere a little more... Private ?"

She got even more nervous and nodded. "S-sure."

She followed him to an empty hallway, and stopped when he did.

They were both fidgeting, as you do, Kara waiting for him to speak, and Winn trying to get his thoughts in order.

With no more patience to give, Kara began to ask, "So, what did you wa-" before getting cut off.

"I wanted to know if you were seeing anyone" he blurted out suddenly.

Kara, so surprised, just asked dumbly, "What ? Who ?"

He released a little shaky chuckle with his head a bit down, and looked up to keep going. He could do this.

"I was wondering if you were seeing someone." As he said it, he could see Kara understanding where he was going with this, and decided to change course. "You know, because you're either with me, and the rest of the time you're with Alex. So I wondered if you had like, a b- boyfriend or something. Or a girlfriend, either or." Seeing Kara's dumfounded expression, he kept talking.
Yet another mistake. "I- I meant, you know, like, we don't see each other often outside of work, and you only talk about Alex. B- but maybe, just another friend ? Friends ?" He couldn't stop now, the nervousness getting the control. "Not tha- that's it's bad if you don't, I mean I know a lot of foster siblings, and some of them also became codependent, and- and, I mean it's okay, you just-" and he finally stopped talking. Kara was red as a tomatoe, and was looking at him with wide eyes.

"Winn !" she hissed. She looked around to check they weren't alone, because she wasn't going to try and trust her super-hearing when she was this agitated. "I'm not- we're not- I mean, I don't understand what you're saying !" she whispered-shouted, too shocked to really whisper. "We're not codependent, come on ! I mean, we're close, but you know why ! I had to lean on someone, and it just has always been Alex, but, well, you know, I do stuff without her !"

Winn was really starting to regret approaching the subject, but it was too late. "Kara...." He took a deep breath before looking at her with kind eyes. "When was the last time you went out without her ? And I mean, with other people, not just alone on a-a walk or something. Because I know you go out when you're hungry, and, I mean, I'm not saying it's all the time..." He grinned to let her know he was jocking, to relax her a little.

She looked at him for a few seconds, trying to answer, but she just looked like a fish opening and closing her mouth, trying to find what to say. "W-Well... I mean, I choose not to, but I can totally do that !" she said a little too loud, turning the heads of a few colleagues passing by. She cleared her throat, closed her eyes for a second to try and relax her shoulders, and tried again. "It's true I don't go out a lot without her, and maybe I should, you know. So, I'll try to go on a date. There."

He really didn't expect that. "A-a d-date ?"

"Yeah, I mean, I'm not seeing anyone, and Alex has to go to a convention tonight. I mean--, it hasn't anything to do with her not being there ! It's just, you know, g-good timing. So, there. I'm going out tonight. Not alone, and" she added looking right in the eyes, "without Alex. No biggie. I can have multiple friends. I can do this." she added the last part barely above a whisper, mostly to herself.

She could do this. She just had to want it. But now, she told Winn she was going to. So she had to. Well. Now, she had to find a date.

She was already in her own world, trying to figure out how to get a date for the same night, while trying to sort out her feelings. She had a lot to do.
She turned around to go back to her desk, forgetting about Winn and the fact that she didn't take her break.

Winn stayed where he was, mouth agape, staring where Kara was just a second ago.
It didn't go how he thought it would. A date ? A date ? How did he manage to get Kara out of her comfort zone and go on a date... With neither him or Alex ?

He messed up. Big time. He wasn't happy about it, but he knew someone who would be even less happy.

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Once she got back to her desk, she tried to focus on the emails she was supposed to answer to for Miss Grant. But her mind kept replaying the conversation with Winn, making her doubt. Was she codependent ? She always got the impression of needing Alex more than Alex needing her, so maybe... No. She was a little dependent on Alex, but codependence was a big word. The kind of word that gor you into therapy.

And okay, maybe she wanted to go to therapy to deal with all her past trauma, and some present feelings she had from being an alien in a world full of humans. But precisely, she couldn't, because she was an alien in a world full of humans. She couldn't talk about her planet, because she was supposed to be born on this planet. So she was stuck. But she was lucky she had Kal-El (sometimes), and Eliza. And Alex. Alex was her everything, she knew the real Kara, not just the happy, bubbly kind blonde.

She also knew her screaming at night, while she saw her planet exploding in front of her. She knew her crying because she forgot her strength and broke something. She knew her sitting alone in the dark on her couch, because she felt isolated from everyone, even though she was surrounded by people who liked her. She knew at her best, and at her worst. And she loved every side of her.

As Kara loved every side of Alex. The big nerd, talking about science. The very sleepy Alex, who barely closed the door before letting herself fall face first on the bed before falling asleep immediatly. (Somehow, Alex was so very tired often since she got her new job at the lab). The Alex that drank too much during a rough week, or around the day of her father's death. But also the Alex who stopped drinking when Kara asked her to, even if all she wanted to do was forget for a while.

Alex was always there for Kara, like Kara would always be there for Alex. No matter what.

So really, no need for therapy when you had the best friend, confidant, sister in the whole world. Universe even.
But she also wanted to show she could be on her own. Just because she didn't want to didn't mean she couldn't. 

She started typing a text to Alex, asking her for advice on how to get a date for tonight, when she realised... She couldn't. That was the whole point ! Shoot ! She had to do this by herself. Sure she could. She could find someone to go out with tonight. And if she couldn't, she would just go to a bar and meet people there. People liked her. 

She looked up to see Winn making his way to his desk, looking a little lost in his thoughts, and she got an idea. She got up and went to him, standing between him and his chair.

"Hey, so I thought about what you said, a-and like I said, I'd like to go out with someone tonight. So I was wondering..." He looked at her, full of hope, his heart starting to beat really fast. "If you knew someone you could set me up with ?"

His face fell instantly, not knowing he could feel so much disappointment in so little time.

"Do you- I mean, I'm free, if-if you want ?" he stammered.

She gave him a big smile, loving him for offering. "Winn, that's so nice ! But you said I only went out with you or Alex, and I should meet people." Okay, that wasn't exactly what he said. "So I have to meet new people. But if you want, we'll go to lunch tomorrow."

She looked at him, expecting an answer, but he was just staring at her, looking a little sad. "Winn ?"

He looked like he got out of his stupor. "Y-yeah ?"

She chuckled, shaking her head a little at his friend's antics. "Do you know anyone who would want to go out tonight ?"

"Oh ! Hum, no sorry, I actually don't have that many friends... And, well, most of them are from around the world. You know, on-online games." He squished his eyes shut, not believing he just said that. "And the others are already with someone. Well, actually," he started to ramble because it sounded like a fake excuse (which it was not, he wouldn't do that to Kara) "one of my friends is single, but he's not really into women. N-not that he doesn't like them ! You-they're very lo-likeable" he laughed nervoulsy, not knowing how to stop talking now. "He just-"

And Kara laughed loudly, her head thrown backwards, cutting him off. "I get it Winn, it's okay. He prefers men, it's simple, that's fine." She laughed a bit more, and said before returning to her desk, "I'll just have to figure out another way, don't worry. Thanks anyway !" She flashed him a smile before leaving.

Winn stood there for a few more seconds, feeling flustered, and quickly sat down, taking deep breath to calm down. He hesitated a bit, and turned around "Hey, Kara." He waited to have her attention before suggesting "you could look online. You know, dating sites. I'm sure you'll find someone nice and available for tonight. It's a big city after all." He didn't even stammer, probably because he was accepting the fact that she won't ever be intersted in him. Not with her reaction after their conversation.

She smiled brightly, surprised. "Thank you Winn, that's a great idea ! I'll go and sign up on s--"

She didn't have the time to finish her sentence before Cat Grant cut her off. "KIERA ! My office, NOW !"

She winced because of the loud voice, and she was sure than even without super-hearing, people would still have their eardrums damaged. She didn't know why she yelled even though she could see Kara at her desk. She took a deep breath as she stoop up, and made her way to her boss' desk.

"Yes Miss Grant ?"

"Kiera, I know you and the Hobbit are friends--" she began.

"Wha- Hobbit ?" Winn ?

She kept talking like Kara didn't even talk, "But if you could take your crush somewhere else, I would appreciate it. I don't like office romance, even though it's allowed." A pause. "Unfortunately." she added, muttering.

Kara looked at her boss with big eyes, looking lost. "Office ro--" And it clicked. She suddenly became red from her neck up. "Miss grant !" she squealed a little too high. "We are not... Involved ! He's my friend, my best friend, but I don't see him that way, and he-he doesn't either." 

She looked like she was going to implode, so Cat took pity on her. "Fine. If it's not romance, I would still like for you to stop talking to him every five minutes, and actually do your job. I don't pay your miserable salary for you to gush around like school girls."

"Y-yes Miss Grant, I'm very sorry, it won't happen again," she said shakily. "Would that be all Miss Grant ?"

Cat was already back to work, looking at some papers in her hands. She waved her hand, a clear movement of dismissal, without saying anything. Kara got the message, and quickly returned to her desk, frustrated. Office romance. What was with everyone today ? Couldn't she have a little peace ?

With a big sigh, she sent a few emails before looking at a few dating sites before settling for the more serious looking. It didn't really looked like something she'd do, but desperate times called for desperate measures. She signed up, and found a few men she could be interested in. She messaged one, and decided to wait a bit.

Half an hour later, she got a notification from the dating site, and saw that the man answered her. They chatted for a few minutes, before she asked him if he'd be available for a casual date tonight. She was pleasantly surprised when he affirmed he was. She felt a wave of accomplishment growing inside of her, because she just got a date, on her own. It was quickly replaced by an emptiness she didn't understand. Surely she should be happy.
But she would normally mope around when her sister wasn't there, and now she had to go get dressed up and meet someone she didn't know. For all she knew, he could be a serial killer ! Not that he stood a chance against her, but still.

So she had a date at 7 in a local bar. When she suggested a casual date, she didn't really mean this casual. Oh well. Maybe she'd have to cut the evening short, who knows...

The afternoon passed in a blur as Kara worked her butt off and simultaneously mentally prepared herself for her date. Before she knew it, it was 6, but couldn't leave before because of Cat.

"Miss Grant ?" she tentatively asked, walking timidly through her boss' office.

Cat didn't look up from her computer, just hummed to say she heard her.

"I actually have plans tonight, and I was wondering if I-I could leave on time ?" Receiving a glare from anyone is never pleasant, but one from Cat Grant is terrifying. "I mean, could I leave a little... early ? Maybe ?"

Cat continued to glare at her for a few seconds, enjoying seeing her squirm, and finally said "Fine, go do what millennials do on Wednesdays nights, you're free for the evening Kiera."

Surprised, a big smile made its way to Kara's face and rocked a little on her heels to keep herself from accidentally flying. It happened once or twice...

"Thank you Miss Grant ! Do you need anything before I leave ?"

"No Kiera, just go. I'll see you first thing tomorrow, we need to discuss the future of the Tribune," she said in a weary tone.

"Of course Miss Grant, have a good evening."

She quickly collected her things, a little worried Cat would change her mind, and made her way to the elevator. She still had to take the bus to her apartment and find something to wear. She would be home by 6:20, so she'd have to use her super-speed to get ready. Thank Rao for that super power. 
Once she got out of the elevator, she texted Alex. "Need your help ASAP, meet me at my place, won"t take long promise. Love you." She needed her sister to reassure her before her date, to calm her nerves.

Frustrated at having to take the bus, she sat down near a window when her phone vibrated. "The things I do for you. I'll be there around 6:30, hope it's not one of your surprises again. I'm warning you Kar, I'm armed." Armed ? Just because she tried to surprise her sister once and had thrown some confetti, not at her per say, but in her general direction, and Alex had jumped back, back to the wall in the hallway, didn't mean she had to come armed now. Armed. She didn't even know how to use a gun, please.
She quickly typed a response before putting her phone in her bag. "Sure Jan. It'd totally harm me. Just please help me choose some clothes, I have a date tonight and I'm a little nervous. You'll be on time for your plane."

Arriving near her bus stop, she stoop up and waited for the bus to stop. She got out and walked the few meters to her apartment while checking her phone. Weird, Alex didn't answer. She always answer, except if she's in the lab. Maybe she was driving and couldn't answer.
She made her way up to her apartment at exactly 6:25 and saw her sister nursing a drink between her hands, looking out of the window.

She was surprised to see her like this, she didn't even hear Kara come in. She quietly closed the door and walked up to her sister.

"Alex ?" she whispered.

Alex jumped a little and turned quickly around to see her sister watching her worriedly.

"Hey Kar, I didn't hear you come in," she said while giving her sister a one-armed hug.

Kara squeezed Alex a little more before letting go to look at her face. "Yeah, I can see that. You okay ?"

"Yeah yeah, I was just lost in thoughts" she answered with a little smile. That didn't fool Kara.

"Okay... You know you can talk to me Al, about anything. Right ?" 

She looked at Alex with so much hope and sincerity in her eyes that she couldn't lie. Plus, When Kara called her "Al", she couldn't say no to her. "Yeah I know. It's nothing." She sighed. "It's stupid. I was just surprised because you didn't tell me you had a date tonight before the last minute. And I thought... You wanted to keep it a secret for some reason, and only told me because you wanted me to help you choose what to wear." She looked down during all her speech, feeling insecure. She also felt jealous, but she didn't want to seem too clingy, her sister could have a life outside of her of course. It was healthy. She had to let go.

"Oh ! No no, Winn just- he said- well-" she couldn't tell Alex what Winn told her ! Nope, no way. "Well, we were talking, you know, at work," Alex was watching her with a amused expression, "and he asked if I was seeing anyone." At that comment, Alex didn't look amused anymore. She had a dark expression on her face, not liking where this was going.

"Winn asked you out ?" she asked a little too coldly.

Kara's eyebrows shot up, then she frowned. "Winn ? No, of course not ! He just asked, because-because well, he was curious I guess, or whatever," she muttered the last bit. She was still frustrated with her best friend, but she knew he asked because he was worried about her. "Well, and when I said no, he suggested that I should, you know, so I-I... I kind of..."

Alex wasn't convinced about the Winn part, but Kara seemed flustered and mumbled the end of her phrase. "Sorry, I didn't quite catch the end there," she said with a smirk.

Kara took a deep breath, feeling her cheeks becoming red. "I said, I kind of si-signed up for a dating site, and that's how I got the date. Anyway, it happened like after lunch, so I didn't really tell you last minute, I just had a lot of work to do, and I didn't want to bother you at work and decided I could do this myself, because I tend to dep-not depend," she chuckled nervoulsy, "but I often ask you for advice and wanted to leave you alone today, to not stress you out, because you have that conference thingy, and-"

She suddenly felt hands on her shoulders, and snapped out of her rambling to see Alex watching her and trying not to laugh. "Kar, it's okay, breathe." She waited until Kara took three deep breath before she dropped her hands from Kara's shoulders. "It's okay, it was stupid of me to feel insecure like that. You have a right to have a life where I'm not always involved in everything you do." Just when Kara wanted to say she did want Alex involved at all times, Alex continued. "And it's okay Kara, it's healthy. You need to meet people, and have friends outside of me. I don't have to always be there you know. I just want you to be happy."

She looked at her with such love in her eyes that Kara felt herself tear up a little. She didn't know if it was because Alex cared so much for her, or because Alex thought Kara didn't want her always with her. Alex smiled tenderly before shaking her head, chuckling shakily, and declared "Come on, I need to help you so I can go catch my plane. Important convention and all that. Science stuff," she added with a smirk. She didn't like lying to Kara, but it was better than having her in danger.

She turned around to go to the bedroom when she heard Kara whisper "nerd" behind her. 

"You know, I don't have super-hearing like some annoying aliens, but I'm not deaf either."

Kara passed in front of her with super-speed, and smirked at her. "I know," she teased.

They both relaxed, their banter familiar.
After going through a few clothes, Alex hold up two shirts, a red and a blue one. "Choose one, and let me go catch my flight. The work day isn't over for some of us," she said smiling.

Kara hesitated before pointing to the red one in question. Alex put back the red shirt with the other clothes, and handed over the blue one to Kara. "Good choice. When in doubt, always choose blue. It's your color, it brings out your eyes," she said, looking fondly into Kara's eyes.

Kara felt her cheeks heat up for some reason, and became embarrassed by the compliment. "O-Okay, yeah, blue. Sure." She chuckled nervously and turned around to hide her red cheeks.

Alex rolled her eyes, not believing a being this perfect still wasn't used to compliments, even little ones. "Okay, now that that's done, I'm gonna go, okay ?"

After getting herself together, Kara peeked at her watch, and saw that it was already 6:48. "Shoot, I'm going to be late !" She looked around, searching for nothing in particular, or maybe just serenity. "Alex ! You're going to be late ! Do you need me to fly you ? Will you get there on time ?" she asked, panicked.

Alex laughed. "Kara, it's fine. I don't have to be there an hour before the departure, contrary to your beliefs. Don't worry." She watched her sister calm down. "Now, relax, go get changed quickly, and go on your date. It's going to be fine. He'll love you. And if he's an ass, well. You know my number. I will come back from Geneva to kick his ass, okay ?"

Kara always the protective side of Alex, it sent butterflies in her stomach. Or maybe they were already there, they seemed to fly around everytime Alex did something nice for Kara. Which was a lot.

She gave Alex a fond smile, with so much love in her eyes. "Yeah, okay. Thanks Alex." She went to hug Alex before she had to leave. "Have a safe flight" she said, face against Alex's neck. "And call me as soon as you arrive. And if you need me, you know my number, and I'll come, okay ?" She looked up to look Alex in the eyes, showing her sincerity. "I'll always come, no matter what. Faster than a speeding bullet," she added with a little smile.

"Yeah I know, thanks Kar." They looked at each other for a few moments, not talking, not moving. Just enjoying each other's presence. "Now go, get ready ! I'll call you. I love you," she said before kissing her on the cheek and leaving.

Kara was still watching the door where Alex just disappeared, when her phone beeped. She blinked, realizing she didn't move for a solid minute, and sped to her phone. It was Winn. "Good luck for your date tonight ! Tell me everything tomorrow at lunch :) ". It was sweet. She was so lucky to have Winn in her life. She shook her head, sending a quick "Thanks !" and sped to her bathroom to get ready in a record time. It was now 6:56, and if she didn't use super-speed to go to the bar, she was going to be late. Considering she was the one to suggest tonight, she had to be on time.

She quickly showered, got dressed, put a little make-up, put her hair in a high (but not too high) ponytail, and ran to the bar. Arriving in a dark alley next to the bar, the looked at her watch. 6:59. Right on time, perfect.

She walked up to the front of the bar, noticing he wasn't there. She shot him a text "Hi. Just arrived at the bar." She waited a few minutes before her phone buzzed in her hands. "I'm inside. Blue shirt."
She took a deep breath, and walked in. She looked around for a few seconds before recognizing him from his profile picture. She shook her shoulders a bit to try and lose some of the tension before walking to the table where he sat, nose in his phone.

She approached him, and when he looked up she gave him a shy smile. "Hi, I'm Kara," she said, offering her hand.

He took it, looking at her from head to toes before smirking. "Hey. Scott. Nice to meet you, you're really beautiful."

She tried to formulate a coherent answer, but, well... Tried is the key word here. She chuckled, a little too loudly, "Th-Thanks, you too." There was a pause where she looked at him, petrified, and he was just looking at her with the same smirk, and an eyebrow raised. "I-I mean," she felt heat rising to her cheeks, "n-not beautiful, we-not that you're not, you know, but I guess the c-correct term would be handsome ?" she finished, more asking than saying.

He laughed out loud, smile not reaching his eyes, still looking at her. "Thanks. Please, sit."

She let out a shaky breath and flashed him a small smile. She knew she would be out of her confort zone, but not this much ! Gosh, she really had to put herself together. Not that she wanted to have a second date with Scott. She was often oblivious, but sometimes she wasn't, such as tonight. And she saw how he looked at her. Maybe he would surprise her, but she didn't have much hope.

"Did you wait long ? I'm sorry if I was a little late," she said, trying to start a conversation.

"Oh that's okay, you can't always be on time. You can buy me a drink if you want," he said.

Ah. Alex told her about guys like that. Trying to guilt women into apologizing, even when they did nothing wrong. Good trick. So, no second date for Scott. I don't want to waste my evening with him. I have shows to watch. She gave him a fake smile, and answered "Sure." She shot her arm up, calling a waiter. "I'd like an iced-tea please." She looked at him, waiting for him to give his drink. She saw a look flashed in his eyes as she told her drink. She couldn't get drunk, so it wasn't necessary to waste money on expensive cocktail. Plus, it would be odd if she wasn't the least tipsy. She'd better play it safe, especially with this guy. "A Scotch," he said.

The waited nodded, and went to get their drinks. While waiting, he scrolled through his phone, laughing sometimes. Kara felt so uncomfortable, she wanted to text Alex, but she must be on the plane by now. The waited came back with their drinks, putting them on the table. Kara gave a bill, telling him to keep the change.

Scott looked up from his phone, and put it away to take a sip. A cleared his throat to have Kara's attention. "So, where are you from originally ?"

She looked at him, a bit panicked. How could she not foresee this line of questioning ? "You mean wh-where I was born ? N-North..."

His phone beeped loudly, saving her from further embarrassing herself. He took his phone to look at the screen. He laughed, then without even a glance in her direction, said "Hold on, I have to take this." He stood up and made his way to the entrance of the bar. She had a bad feeling, so she used her super-hearing. She heard him talking to a waitress, asking her number.

So that was a bust. And Winn wondered why she never went out without Alex. Well. Evidence right here. Her disappointment lasted only a few seconds, before being replaced by sheer terror. She suddenly heard the news, saying the flight 237 headed to Geneva was experiencing a loss of altitude. She stayed frozen for what seemed like an eternity, but was really a second, before shaking out of her stupor. "Did he say Geneva ?!" she asked loudly to no one. What a shitty day ! "Alex !" she gasped, before getting up and running out of the bar.

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She didn't even bother to run at human speed, too terrified to pause and think. She ran out, and tried to stop in the alley where she first arrived but ran into the wall. She grunted because it made her lose precious seconds, and began running again, not bothering dusting herself off.

She ran, but more at human speed to make sure she could take off before the end of the alley. She took off her jacket to be as free as possible, and jumped once, not reaching more than three feet. She tried again, jumping up to sixteen feet, and felt her heart soar at the idea of flying again. She refocused immediatly, thinking of Alex, and tried a third time, actually managing to really fly. Once stabilised, she took off faster than she ever did into the sky.

She easily located the plane with her super-hearing, though she could have without it, with all the noise it made because of the engines. She sped towards the noise, and stopped once she saw it. She felt like her heart stopped too, and she was petrified. Alex was in there ! She had to move, she had to act, had to do something !

She steeled herself, squared her shoulders, and sped forward, to place herself just above the plane. Of course, because of the engines troubles, something detached itself from the plane and collided straight with her. She didn't even bother to protect herself, just making sure to catch it and letting it drop into the water.
She finally placed herself above the plane, x-rayed the jet to locate Alex, and once she foud her, she made her way under the plane and went to the window where her sister was. She just needed to see her, and Alex to see her, and make her understand she was going to save her.

So she peeked at the window, and seeing Alex with her head resting on the headrest, eyes squeezed shut and her hands clutching the armrests saying over and over "I'm sorry Kara, I'm so sorry, I love you," like a mantra just made her sick. She "lightly" (for a Kryptonian) tapped on the window to get her sister's attention. She heard Alex stopped muttering her mantra, and saw her head turning slowy towards her, and heard her gasp. She had her eyes opened wide, terror and confusion and relief written all over her face.

"Kara...?" she whispered, not believing what she was seeing.

Kara gave her a small nod, not managing to smile, and rested the palm of her hand on the glass, putting a little too much force and almost broke it, trying to convey all of her resolve. Alex had tears running down her cheeks now, and put her hand on the window too, matching her sister's. They stayed like that for what felt like an eternity, when Kara mouthed "I love you", and disappeared. She heard Alex's breath catch before heading in front of the plane to try and stop it from going any faster. 

She positioned herself a few feet in front of the plane, before putting her hands on it and slowly pushing to slow it down. At first, she thought she wouldn't have the strenght to actually slow it down, but it turns out she almost stop it in less than five seconds. She felt bad for a second because the passengers must have felt the abrupt stop, but she quickly focused herself on her task, and thought about what to do now. She obviously couldn't let the plane fall from this high up, so she had to come up with a solution. And quick. 

Before the plane started to actually fall -she didn't stop it completely-, she sped under it to support it. Putting her hands flat against the frame, she looked around and saw that she was above the ocean, nothing under them. Not having to worry about people and buildings, she carefully began to fly down until her feet touched the water. She then, even slower than before, entered the water, still holding the plane horizontally, and disappeared completely under water.

Everything was calm for a moment, the water helping block out all the noise from the city, and she let herself float with her eyes closed. Suddenly, all the passengers started to scream, from joy, pain, fear, and Kara suddenly opened her eyes. Alex. She resurfaced next to one of the wings, the one which was from Alex's side, and propped herself up with difficulty. She slowly stood up, the weight of what she had just done dawning on her.

But she just had to turn her head, and see Alex watching her with the same wide eyes than before, but without the fear, to realise she had nothing to be scared of. She did what she had to do. She couldn't let Alex die. She took a shaky breath, while looking Alex right in the eyes, as she imagined what would have happened is she didn't hear the news. If she hadn't made it in time, if Alex... She wouldn't have been able to live with herself. A world without Alex wasn't a real world. It would have no meaning. Alex was her everything. 

As the realisation slowly creeped in, she quickly turned her head away from Alex. It's just the adrenaline, it's everything that happened today, it's this day. Today really sucks. That's it.

She glanced towards Alex, seeing her still watching her. She wanted to wave, as stupid it would have been, but stopped herself because she felt herself tremble. She didn't know if it was because of the rescue, or the sudden epiphany, so she settled on a small smile, and received a tiny nod in return. She went to the back of the plane to grip it without being seen by the pilots, and carefully dragged it to the shore, where she sent one last look in Alex's direction -thank you x-ray vision- to check on her quickly, before shooting off to the sky.

As wet as she was, she couldn't risk going home through the stairs, so she went to her window and opened it with a little bit of super-strenght and made her way inside. She was exhausted and just wanted to shower and sleep, but she was too restless for that. Despite being drained, she still felt the adrenaline cursing through her veins and just wanted to do somethingScrew it, I'm going to get Alex.

After everything that happened to her tonight, she knew Alex would also be traumatised. She almost died. God. She must have been terrorised. She had to get to her, and reassure her, and just be with her.
She used super-speed to dry her hair and change her clothes before flying off to scene of the accident. She landed a couple of blocks away, trying not to be seen, and started power walking towards the plane landing. She used her super-senses to locate quickly her sister, and walked up to the plane. She heard sirens in the distance, having been faster than she thought. She slowed down once she got close to the shore, and saw people slide on the evacuation slide. She looked inside to find Alex, and saw her helping people stand, and reassuring them.

Of course she would help everyone. Rao, she really loved her. Like a sister of course.

She waited patiently, or not so patiently, pacing sourronded by passerby, checking on Alex every few minutes. Kryptonians experienced time differently, okay ?

She suddenly a very familiar heartbeat speed up. She looked up, and saw that not only Alex got off the plane, but that she was just a few feets away. She must have been lost in thoughts for missing her like this. Or tired. Or a combination of both. She didn't really care, and only saw Alex, everything fading around them. It was just them.

She ran to her, at human speed so she wouldn't hurt her, and wrapped her arms around her neck, and settled her face into Alex's neck, breathing in deeply. She felt Alex's arms hold her around her waist, putting her hands on Kara's shoulder blades. They stayed like that for a while, not wanting to move, but Kara felt Alex trembling. After one last queeze, she held Alex at arm's lenght, still holding her by the shoulders.

"You're trembling Alex," she said softly.

Alex chuckled shakily. "So are you." She looked at Kara with an indescribable expression.

"I-" she looked at her hands and saw that she was trembling. "Sorry, I..." she shook her head a little, not able to finish her phrase, feeling a little light headed.

"You have nothing to be sorry for Kara. You..." she hesitated, glancing around, before continuing. "You saved everyone. You saved me. Kar, I..." She tried to keep talking, but no sound came out. She was feeling too emotional, and confused, and so many other emotions. 

"Of course I saved you, I love you." She didn't even noticed she only talked about Alex, and not about the other passengers. She frowned suddenly. "Why are you trembling ? Are-are you in shock ? Oh my god, you're in shock, aren’t you ? I-I... You-" She looked around frantically, not knowing what to do, being in shock herself. "I should get you a hot beverage ? Right ? Stay right here, I'm gonna-"

She didn't have time to finish her sentence before she felt hands on her face, forcing her to look towards her sister. "Kara, I'm okay." She paused, wanting to make sure Kara was listening and hearing her. "I'm okay. I promise. It's just a bit chilly, and I'm wet because I helped some of the passengers get down of the slide." She stared into beautiful, wide, panicked blue eyes. "Kara listen to me," she started whispering, "you did it. We're all safe. Try to relax. I'm here." 

When she felt Kara trembling even more, she started to worry. She knew Kara was in shock, but seeing her like that was aweful. She heard her gasp, and it quickly turned into a chocked sob. "A-Alex, I th-thought I l-lost you, I can't--"

She couldn't even finish talking, as she began full on sobbing, taking Alex into her arms and holding her as tightly as possible. And Alex understood. "Kara, I'm safe. I'm not going to leave you, okay ? I won't ever, ever, leave you. I'll always by your side, no matter what." She rubbed tenderly Kara's back, because she knew it appeased her. Human contact was always the best way to ground her in case of a panic attack or, in this case, being in shock. "I'm right here," she whispered, holding the back of her head with her free hand. "I'm here," she repeated, over and over again.

Losing your entire planet and everyone you love will give you a big, nice, aweful fear of abandonment. At the age of twelve no less. Process those news on a new planet where you can accidently break a door, or, as easily, kill someone. Trauma after trauma, death after death, and Kara was still who she was. She couldn't believe she got to know someone so strong. So so strong, but so delicate. She made her mission in life to protect Kara from everything she could, but tonight... She could only be there for her.

After a while, she finally felt Kara relax, but still held her to let her know she won't leave. They seperated to take a deep breath, Alex smiling a smile reserved jut for Kara, and wiped away the last tears on Kara's cheeks with her thumbs. She felt a urge to protect Kara, even more intense than usual. "I love you," she said again, just having to say it in this moment.

Kara looked at her with a smile full of love for a second before replying, "I love you too, Al."

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They were still lost in each others eyes when they heard the sirens getting closer. They looked around to see that a lot of people were around them and the other passengers, either trying to help those who were hurt, or just trying to film everything.

Kara never took her hand off Alex, always touching her in some way. Fingers intertwined, a hand on Alex’s elbow, shoulder against shoulder… She didn’t even notice doing that, but she unconsciously had to make sure she touched Alex, make sure she was really here, really okay.

Feeling her sister’s insecurity, Alex reached out to take Kara around the waist with one arm, and took Kara’s hand with her free one. Kara turned her head to look at Alex, offering her a shy smile. "We’re just going to wait for the police to ask us a few questions, and we’ll get out of here. Okay ?" Alex tried to reassure Kara.

But Kara just frowned and shook her head. "What ? No Alex, you need to be looked at. You were just in a plane crash !"

Seeing Kara’s rising panick, she squeezed her waist to have her attention. "Kara, I’m fine. I’m not hurt, I promise. We-I’ll just give my statement and we’ll go home."

Just when she finished her sentence, she felt her phone vibrate in her pocket. Well, at leat her phone was waterproof.

"Crap," she muttered under her breath. When she saw Kara looking at her worriedly, she shook a head minutely with a wry smile. "It’s work. I have to answer." Kara looked like she was about to protest so Alex put her hand on Kara’s elbow. "I’ll be quick, I promise. It must be important given the time. They must have seen the news and want to see if I’m okay."

Kara huffed. "That can wait Alex !"

"Kara, please. Just a minute, okay ?" she asked. She had to take this call, she didn’t think it was a coincidence the plane a DEO agent was in almost crashed.

Kara looked at her for a few seconds, really not liking this. "Fine. They have one minute Alex. I’m not kidding."

Alex kissed her cheek before walking away while answering. "Danvers."

Kara continued to watch her sister walk away and didn’t listen in on her conversation, always respecting her privacy. Meanwhile, she counted in her head, making sure the phone call didn’t last more than one minute.

When she was at 38 seconds, she saw Alex hung up and coming back towards her. "Did you listen ?" she asked.

For a second, Kara thought she was worried, but she must be imagining things because it wouldn’t make sense. « Of course not, why ? Is everything alright ? ». She was worried now. "They didn’t fire you, did they ? You didn’t mean to miss the conference, I’ll-" she was mad now.

Alex stopped her immediatly. "Kara, I’m not fired. I just… We need to go somewhere."

Kara was confused now. "Somewhere ? Where ? Wait, you mean now ?"

She took a deep breath and released it slowly before answering. "Yes, now. I’m sorry. It’s about the plane." She paused. "Kara, I’m not-I… Look, I can’t really tell you now, but you need to trust me, okay ?" She looked at Kara seriously, and Kara was looking at her so confused. "Please," she added, to show her sister it was important.

Kara was still looking at her, searching Alex’s face for a clue, when they heard the police. She turned her head towards the police cars, but kept her eyes on her sister. "Okay. But I want to know everything as soon as possible. Especially if it involves you. And the plane."

Alex looked relieved, her squared shoulders visibly relaxing thanks to the approval of her sister. "Of course, as soon as I can, I promise."

What was that all about ? Did Alex working in a lab was somehow related to the accident tonight ?

She was lost in thoughts when she heard Alex speak. "Excuse me officer ? Can I give you my statement now so I can go home and rest ? I’m not feeling… Well," she said, pretending to lose her balance a little. Alex was something else, manipulating the officer.

Kara stayed glued to her sister’s side all through the conversation with the officer, never not touching her. Being an accident, or so they thought, they didn’t have many questions for Alex. She said she didn’t know what happened, and didn’t see anything. Kara knew she was lying to keep her presence a secret, even if other passengers must have seen her.

She was worried about Alex. She didn’t seem to be in shock, which was odd considering the gravity of the accident. She has been this close to die, and she seemed just fine. Well, she looked worried, but not even about herself. She kept glancing in Kara’s direction, so she guessed she was worried about her, having revealed herself to the world.

Frankly, it wasn’t that big of a deal. She could just stay hidden in the shadows, not using her powers ever again, like she did until tonight. Well, if no one reconised her of course. She didn’t think anyone would though, in her hurry, her glasses and hairband fell when she flew for the first time in years, in that back… Her glasses ! She had to find them, Jeremiah’s glasses !

The officer left a couple of minutes ago, but Alex didn’t say anything, watching her sister seemingly lost in her own world. Suddenly, she felt her tense under her arm and heard her take a breath. "Alex !" she gasped, eyes wide. "My glasses ! I lost them ! Th-They must have fallen when I flew from the bar, I-I have to get them !"

Alex looked at Kara with understanding. "Kara, breathe, it’s okay. We’ll go get them before leaving for… Before leaving."

Kara’s chest was rising and lowered quickly, but with Alex’s hand rubbing her back, she took a shaky breath and calmed down. "Y-Yeah, okay. We’ll just- do that. Yeah." She looked into her sister’s eyes. "Thanks," she added with a small smile.

Alex just smiled back before saying, "Come on, let’s go. We’ll go back to the bar, grab your stuff, and then we’ll go to my work."

Her head snapped in Alex’s direction. "Your work ?! Alex, can’t it wait ? I know you like what you do and everything, but-"

"I told you it was important. And I need you to come with me. I also have to introduce you to some people."

Kara felt a shiver running through her spine. She squinted suspiciously. "You need to introduce me, an alien," she whispered the last word,  "to you co workers. Who work in a lab." She paused, trying to make Alex understand what it sounded like. "A minute after you almost died in a plane crash. Alex-" she began hissing.

"Kara, Kara !" Alex stopped her, her eyes wide and her heart going fast. "What are you trying to say ?" she asked, not believing what she was hearing.

"I don’t knowAlex !" she said in a shout whisper, now angry and confused. "You won’t tell me anything, and even if I don’t regret anything I did tonight, I’m freaking out !" she finished, looking around, the panick starting to come back full swing.

Alex didn’t believe she didn’t think about what she told her sister, not under the circumstances from tonight. She quickly backpedaled. "No no, you’re right," she hastened to say, "I’m sorry, I… I didn’t think. I just…" she let out a breath to try and calm down. "Kara, look-" She looked around, and decided they needed more privacy. She took Kara’s hand and led her away to an isolated corner. She tried again, her hand still holding Kara's. "Look, I’m not really… working in a lab." She paused, letting Kara digest the information.

"Wh-Wha-" she couldn’t say a coherent question and took a deep breath. "I-I don’t- you lied to me about that ? Why ? "

She looked so confused, it made Alex’s heart ache. "I was trying to protect you, I swear. You need to trust me." She looked her sister in the eyes, her own never wavering. "I work for the government. After what happened tonight… Kara, we don’t think it was an accident."

Kara felt her heart rate going up dangerously, and lost touch with reality for a second, feeling light headed.

"Kara !" Alex hissed, "your eyes !"

Kara quickly squeezed her eyes shut, eyebrows furrowed, focusing on Alex's hand around hers. She took a couple of deep breath to relax, not wanting to destroy everything with her laser-eyes. She waited a few seconds after being sure she wouldn’t accidently hurt someone, and slowly opened them again. "Are you saying someone was targeting you ?" she asked through gritted teeth, not bothering hiding her fury.

Alex's face was a mask of seriousness she only saw when something was wrong, like when the guys bullied her at school and Alex tried to talk about it with her. "It's a possibility, yeah," she said, giving a tight nod. "We need to investigate and confirm it. And find the people who did this. It's an act of terrorism, trying to kill so many people !" she said, obviously shaken up by the fact that the passengers almost died just because she was on that plane.

"Yeah... I'll help however I can Alex," she said soflty, trying to reassure Alex she wasn't alone in this. 

"Thanks, Kar," she answered with a soft smile. She cleared her throat to continue. "So, now that you know, we need to get going. I'll explain the rest later, we don't really have time," she said, starting to walk.

Kara catched up with her with two large steps. "Do you want me to fly us there ? I'd go faster alone, but I'm not leaving your side," she said, leaving no room to argue.

Her sister watched her for a beat before affirming, "Yeah, it'll save us some time. Just... I don't want anyone spotting us-you and risk reconising you. I'm not risking you even more."

She took off her hoddie she wore for plane rides and roadtrips (comfy clothes were mandatory for long journeys according to Kara) and gave it to her sister.

Kara looked at the wet hoddie with an eyebrow raised, question clear on her face. "Wear it, and put on the hood."

She took the hoddie, put in on and put on the hood, obscuring her face, and they walked to an empty spot. Alex was just going to ask Kara how she wanted to carry her, when the ground disappeared from under her feet and let out a yelp. She blinked and found herself being carried bridal style. She was going to tell Kara to put her down and carry her like a normal person when Kara beat her to it. "It's the most secure way to hold you while flying Alex, don't start whining," she said with finality. She grinned for a second, then returned to being serious. "Put your hands around my neck and hide you face on my neck. It'll hide you, and protect you from the wind."

She didn't wait for Alex to do what she was commanded, and took off to the sky. Gently. Alex quickly hold Kara by the neck, but only put her cheek on Kara's shoulder, so she could see the scenery. It's been a decade since they went flying together. It was bringing back so many memories, making her heart clench. It was easier back then. Even though everything was still raw for Kara, they were already close. There was no secret, not like now. She let herself smile when she realised there would be no secret soon.

Her heart started beating faster however when she also realised she didn't know how Kara was going to react. She was working for the government branch her dad died for (or because of). She was arresting aliens left and right, not bothering giving them a trial. Well, only the dangerous ones. Still. They were refugies like Kara, and she didn't know if her sister would take their side over hers.

It was too late though, it wouldn't do any good worrying about it now. And she regretted nothing, would do it again in a heartbeat to protect Kara. Even if it cost her her sister, she'd rather live miserable knowing Kara was safe, rather than have her close but in constant danger. She did what she had to do.

She tightened her hold on Kara, making the most of the moment, and felt Kara holding her closer as well. She was her sister, they were always there for each other. She didn't need to worry, Kara would still be there for her, even if she wasn't happy with Alex's decision.

They finally reached their destination, and Kara gently put Alex down, still holding her to make sure she kept her balance. They looked around the alley for a minute before Alex heard Kara grunt.

"What is it ? Did you break something ?" she asked walking towards Kara, who was looking at a wall. Getting closer, she understood why Kara looked so miserable. Her purse was burried at least twenty inches into the concrete. She snorted.

Kara looked irritated. "Shoot. I must have threw it with too much force, I wasn’t really focusing... And I'll destroy it if I try to pull it out." She crossed her arms, tilting her head, trying to find a solution.

Alex shook her head with a smile. "Go find your glasses, I'll take care of this." Kara looked at her dubiously. She raised an eyebrow, and said with a grin, "Go, I got this. I'll have you know, I'm an agent. I can take a purse from a wall."

Kara lost her relaxed posture at the word "agent", and gave a firm nod before walking away trying to find the missing item. She looked around with x-ray vision, and quickly found the lead-lined glasses on the ground, at least sixty-five feet from the back door of the bar. She picked it up, and checked it for any scratch, but they were as good as new. Thank you Jeremiah.

She turned to join her sister and help her with the purse, but found her waiting for her, arms crossed, back leaning against the wall. "Took you long enough !" she joked, obviously proud with herself.

"Yeah, well, I'm no agent," she replied more curtly than she intended. But she wasn't going to apologise, the betreyal hurt.

Alex's face fell, and reached for Kara's hand with her own. "Kar..." she whispered sadly.

"Don't, it's fine," and kept her hands behind her back, avoiding contact. "Just- let's just go to- wherever you work. We don't have much time, remember," she said, never looking directly at Alex. She still stole a glance when she heard Alex shakily gasp. She took a breath, seeing Alex looking down at the floor misty-eyed, wringing her fingers. "Come on Alex," she said softly, before taking her hands in hers. She looked at her with a kind face, making her understand she'll get over it with time. She was still her sister.

She squeezed her hands before letting go and carrying her bridal style again. She saw Alex hesitate before slowly putting her arms around her neck. "So. Where to ?" Kara asked.

There was a pause. A deep breath.

"The DEO."

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Alex steeled herself for Kara's reaction. She closed her eyes, waiting for Kara to say something. Instead, she felt her freeze and somehow trembling at the same time. She slowly opened her eyes again to see her sister watching her with a terrified expression. She had her eyes opened wide, mouth agape an wasn't moving a muscle, except for the light trembling she obviously didn't control. Or notice.

They stared at each other for long seconds, Alex scared of what Kara was going to say -or do-, and Kara petrified.
Of course Kara knew what the DEO was. They did hear a bit of the conversation between Jeremiah and Hank Henshaw. Well, the whole bit actually, thanks to Kara's hearing. So they learned quite a lot that night, but kept it to themselves. They kept trying to find new theories to Jeremiah's death, how it happened, maybe protecting someone, or even saving the world. That's how Alex stayed sane after everything. Her dad didn't die in vain. And even without their theories, they still knew for sure he did it to keep Kara safe.

Finally, Alex decided to break the silence "Kara-" she whispered, only to be interrupted.

"The DEO ?! Alex, wha- you're kidding, right ? Right ?" she shouted. Lucklily they were in that dark alley, away from prying eyes and ears. "I-I'm not- I don't understand how-"

She kept shaking her head, as if trying to deny it. She was shaking harder now, and super-sped to put Alex down (safely) and stepped backwards until her back was up against the wall. She was frantically looking around, like she was trying to find an answer somewhere. Her throat was tightening, her heart was racing like never and she couldn't remember what was happening. before Kara was having a full blown panic attack. Hello old friend. She tried to breathe deeply and slowly, like Eliza taught her, but she just couldn't. 

Not being able to calm herself down like she got used to only stressed her out more. She couldn't control her hands now, and black spots appeared around the edges of her vision. As if it wasn't already bad, her powers were acting up. Nothing dangerous, but her x-ray vision kept being turned on and off without any control over it. She kept blinking, trying to get her normal vision back, but to no avail.

For a few minutes, she didn't even feel Alex's hands squeezing hard her own, and only looked down at the floor. Suddenly she felt a weight on her nose, blinked, and only saw normally. She blinked again to see if it would last, but she saw Alex's skin and not her bones. She realized she had Jeremiah's glasses. Alex stepped closer and embraced her as tighlty as she could. She knew Kara, and Kara not only liked human contact, but craved it, especially during panic attacks. It helped ground her to reality, and the pressure helped calm down her heart rate.

They stayed like that for a moment, and more Kara was coming back, more she was aware of her surroundings. Well, mostly Alex. Alex was everywhere. She felt Alex all around her, she smelt her (her shampoo and salt ? Oh right, the plane crash into the ocean), saw her from the corner of her eyes, and she heard her. "I'm sorry. I'm here, you're safe, I promise. You're safe Kara, no one's going to touch you, I promise. You're safe with me, it's okay," she said over and over again.

Kara was starting to calm down, only slightly shivering now, and drained. Man, using so much her powers today, being in shock, almost losing Alex, and now a panic attack ? Come on ! Didn't she deserve some serenity ?

She sniffed, and Alex released her hold a bit so she could wipe aways Kara's tears with her sleeve. Kara didn't even notice she was crying. She sniffed again and looked at Alex. She still didn't know what to think. She was exhausted. Breathing steadily and deeply, she closed her eyes and laid her head on Alex's shoulder, realising they were now sitting, her back still against the wall. Alex's left arm was around Kara's shoulders, rubbing her left arm, while her right hand was clutching Kara's hands, her thumb gently strocking Kara's knuckles.

"How are you feeling ?" Alex asked softly, not stopping her movements.

"Don't know..." she mumbled, really tired. "Better I guess." She didn't develop.

Alex sighed. "That's good." She paused, seemingly gathering her courage. "Look, Kara... I'm not..." she huffed, annoyed with herself for not finding the right words when it mattered the most. "I know you're scared after what I just told you, and... It is a big secret. It's a lot. I get it. Just- I promise you I'm still me, the same me you always knew, okay ?" She looked into Kara's eyes, worried. "The DEO really changed a few years back. We arrest aliens that are dangerous, but treat them right and... And I can protect you that way. I'm doing this for you Kara. Not because you. You know I'd do anything for you. That's just... One more thing." Her eyes were stinging now, almost releasing tears, but she didn't care. She could let herself be vulnerable with Kara, only with her. "I'm sorry for lying to you, it was the worst, I-I'm not sure how long I could have kept going."

Kara stared into her eyes for a few beats, trying to process everything. It was like they were having a blinking contest, but no one would laugh when one would lose. She wanted to be still mad at her, but seeing her like this... She couldn't take it. Not strong, fierce and kind Alex.

"You're right," she finally said, "it's a lot. I'm not sure what I feel about... Everything. I'm- I mean I love you, that will never change. I don't like knowing you're putting yourself in danger like that." She removed her hands from Alex's to change position and turning herself to be face to face with Alex, taking her hands in her own this time. "I'm not sure I understand everything either, I think we-we need to talk."

Alex finally let her tears run free. Kara put her left hand on Alex's right cheek to catch one of the tears, and leaning in to kiss the others on the opposite cheek. Alex's breath caught and she froze. Kara then put her forehead against Alex's and closed her eyes, basking in her warmth. "Y-Yeah," Alex whispered, her voice unsteady. "Thank you Kara, for-for not running away, and for staying," she murmured. "I don't know what I would have done if-if y-you didn't want to see m-me again," she continued, her voice breaking.

Her sister slid her hands down to her neck, thumbs rubbing gently Alex's cheekbones. "Hey," she whispered, looking straight into her eyes. "I'm not leaving you. Ever. I promise. We'll get through this, okay ?" Alex gave her a little nod and Kara smiled a little. "Okay." She took a deep breath, ran her hands over her face, trying to pull herself together. She slowly stood up on her legs still shaky, and held out her hand to Alex. She smiled encouragingly.

Alex slitghly hesitated before take Kara's hand and got up too. She shyly kept Kara's fingertips in hers. "Thanks Kar. I love you."

She smiled fondly at Alex. "I know Alex. Me too." She then looked up to the sky and sighed. "So, I'm exhausted," she declared with a low chuckle. "Do we really need to go to the DEO tonight ?"

Alex grimaced, and said apologetically. "We really do, I'm sorry Kara. They just- they don't know you, so you need to at least introduce yourself, so they can relax. Make them understand you're on our side." Kara looked like she was going to cut in, so she quickly continued. "I know, I know, you are. Of course you are. But they don't want a pinky promise from me, they want to be sure. They're government." Kara noticed Alex didn't say "we", but "they". It put her at ease. "And you can crash there. We have ton of beds because of the night shift and everything. I can even get you a room for yourself if it helps. I'll surely join you anyway, I'm also pretty tired." She looked at Kara. "Too many emotions," she chuckled.

Kara snorted. "Understatement of the year." She paused, deliberating for a moment. "Okay, we'll go tonight. But I'm not leaving your side, not even to sleep. I'll just float around you, like an annoying balloon than can never deflate," she added with a grin.

Alex actually laughed, relieved. They were still okay. "Yeah ? That's okay, I'll just tie your ankle to my wrist with a long, strong string or something." She shook her head with an amused expression. "So, let's go balloon. The faster we're there, the faster we can go to sleep." She stretched out her arms, eyebrows up. "Come on little alien, I'm waiting," she teased with a wide grin.

Her sister chuckled, and picked her up in her arms. Once she was settled, Kara tightened her grip for a second, and took off.

 

Kara was flying towards the DEO under Alex's guidance. But she was going slowly, wanting to enjoy the calm before the storm. Well, more like the calm between two storms. Still, she wanted to enjoy this closeness, out in the sky. Now that she knew the truth, she was calmer. Alex was fine, she was alive, and she loved Kara enough to lie to her for years just to protect her.

With this new information, she saw Alex in a different light. Of course, she always knew Alex was very protective of her, has proved it mutliple times in the past. But it was to shield her from unwanted attention from guys, or sad movies. Or even her own thoughts, when she felt she wasn't good enough, and didn't deserve to survive Krypton's demise. Alex was always there to keep the guys away from her, or to remind her she did deserve to be here, if just to live a somewhat normal life. And if that wasn't enough, she would always remind her she made her life better when Kara arrived. Maybe not at first, she did clog the bathroom after all. But now, she couldn't imagine her life without her, and remind her she would't be this happy without her new sister.

But this, the DEO, the fighting against dangerous aliens... It was a whole new level. She felt her heart soar with love, so much love she was afraid she'd implode. She tried not to think too much about the love she felt for Alex. Being this close together, flying, flying to the DEO, to catch the person responsible for trying to kill Alex, it definitivelly wasn't a good time. She decided to just avoid the issue altogether. Yeah, good plan. 

 

Finally, above nothing but the desert, Alex told Kara to begin descending. There was a long pause before Kara talked. "Well-I mean... Where is it ?", she asked.

Alex snorted, and answered with a grin, "They wouldn't exactly be a secret agency if everyone could see them on Google Earth Kara," she explained with a light chuckle. "It's also lead-lined," she added with a sombre expression.

Embarassed, Kara cleared her throat and turned her head to hide the blushing. "R-Right, sure. Of course." She paused. "Hum, before we do that though, should I, like, change ? I mean, wouldn't it bad if they reconise me ?" she asked, unsure. 

Alex pursed her lips, before saying, "Sorry sis, but this ship has sailed." When she received a glare, she huffed. "I didn't say anything Kara. Trust me, if I could make sure no one would know you're not from this planet, I would. No, they... They just know. Your arrival on Earth wasn't exactly stealthy," she finished with a shrug. However, sensing Kara remaining tense, she quickly added. "Hey, it's all good though. I know them. It's okay. I'm pretty highly ranked, so I make sure to keep it that way, don't worry." She sweetly smiled at her sister. "I got your back. Always."

Okay, with words like that, it wasn't exactly easy to avoid her problem. For exemple, she felt heat rising to her cheeks and a big goofy smile made its way to her face. No control whatsoever on any of those reactions. Great. "Okay, I guess if you say so. I do trust you Alex," she added more seriously.

Alex gave her a loopsided smile while squeezing her shoulder. "I know." She stopped sqeezing, and patted twice, "Come on, let's get this over with."

They slowly started coming down, Kara on high alert, all her senses buzzing, ready to detect any threat. She didn't to though, Alex was her free pass into the lion den. Once on the ground, she put Alex cautiously put Alex down, and noticed that she kept Kara's hand in hers. It instantaneously calmed her, but still kept her powers on alert. Just in case. 

They made their way inside, put were stopped at the entrance, about fifteen guns pointed at them. Well. At her. Alex was known here, no one was stupid enough to aim at her. They'd discover later it was safer to point a gun at her rather than at her sister, as bulletproof as she was.

Before Alex could even take an angry step forward, ready to disarm and painfully ask to retreat everyone here, Kara was in front of her in an instant with a mask of fury. Ready to protect her from anyone who would be foolish enough to even think about hurting her. The soldiers wavered just a bit under Kara's expression, and the evident protective stance.

Alex tightly gripped Kara's right shoulder so she could feel the pressure, even being this tense. "Kara, let me go talk to them." Not feeling Kara move an inch, she added, "They listen to me. They don't know you and they're soldiers. They react like they were taught to. Trust me."

She saw Kara falter. "I do. But," she added, louder so everyone could hear her, "if I see anyone try to hurt you, I won't hold back." Eyes still on her sister, Kara was all seriousness, no teasing present.

Not knowing why, Alex felt shivers run down her spine. Maybe it was fear, knowing what an angry Kryptonian could do. But that was ridiculous, Alex has never been afraid of Kara. Not since she saved this mother and her baby from the burning car that day on the beach anyway. So she filed her reaction for later, and nodded.

She walked up to the little army. "Put your arms down." She waited for them to do as she said. But they didn't, only looked at each others, not knowing what to do in this situation. She gets it. "It's an order," she added. While showing Kara with her arm oustretched in her direction, she continued. "She came in peace. In case you hadn't noticed, you're all still alive. I'm sure you all saw what happened tonight." When she received uncertain nods, she declared, "As all of you know, I was in that plane." She pointed directly at her sister, anger taking over. "She saved me. I'm alive thanks to her, so show some damn respect !" she concluded with a rising voice.

There was a long, silent pause, before all the guards put their guns down, and stand to attention, showing their understanding. Low murmurs of "sorry" was all that could be heard in that instant. Alex exhaled, relieved, and turned to smile to her sister. Rather than seeing a smiling, proud, or even guarded Kara, she only saw awe. Her smile turned bashful and motioned to comes so they finally could go inside.

Kara practically skipped to her sister, giddy, all anger forgotten. "My gosh Alex !" she whispered. "Who are you, like the Director or something ? That was so cool, I can't believe you didn't tell me before !" she gushed. Alex looked pained at the mention of her lie, but Kara just kept going, like it wasn't anything bad. "If I were you, I would have told you so long ago, just so I could brag !" she finished with a giggle.

Alex was looking at her like she had grown another head, but still kept an amused expression. "I'm not the Director Kara, I'm just an Agent."

At the mention of Alex's status, Kara quickly sobered up. "Right, you did say you were an Agent earlier."

Alex frowned, not understanding the changing behavior. Just like after the her rescue, she took her hand and lead them in a quiet spot. "Kara, what is it ? You seemed... Happy when you thought I was the director. What's the difference with being an agent ?" she asked, confused.

Kara was watching her intensely, gathering her thoughts. "Being the director means having power, but most of all it means doing all the boring paperwork, and other boring stuff. I've seen it. Well-I mean, not from a secret agency," she whispered the two last words, making it hard for Alex not to laugh, because they were in said secret agency, "but I know the more power you have, the less you... Actually do."

Alex searched Kara's face for a moment, trying to understand what she was saying. "I'm not sure I'm following."

She put a hand on Alex's forearm, holding it too tightly. "What I mean is, even if I don't know the ranks, I'm pretty sure you're a soldier too, right ?" At Alex's hesitant nod, she continued. "You must have trained a lot, and for a lot of situations." She paused as she realised something. "That's why you weren't in shock earlier, wasn't it ?" she asked a bit louder, lost in her sudden realisation.

"Y-Yeah, I mean, that was not the first ti-", she quickly cut herself off, finally getting where Kara was going with this. She let out a raspy "Oh."

"Yeah. That's what I thought. See- Alex, I don't want you to risk your life for me," she said fervently. "Not for me," she repeated in a whisper. She sighed, closed her eyes and rubbed her forehead, sure she was getting a headache despite never having one before. Sensing Alex not having an answer to this right now, she concluded. "We're tired. And emotional after everything that happened today. Can we like- talk about it later ? A full night of sleep later ?" she asked with a soft smile.

Alex visibly relaxed, obviously not ready not have this kind of conversation. "Of course," she reassured, putting her hand above Kara's who had soften her grip. "You're right, and we do need to go debrief."

They turned to go back to the entrance only to see all the guards silently observing them. Both embarassed, Kara because she didn't know them, and Alex because she did know them, they kept walking side by side. They made their way to the big hall, where all the monitors were, and where the activity never died down. Alex walked surefooted, confident. Kara noticed she also seemed to stand taller, her chin higher, as if being here made Alex more confident in herself. Like she belonged here. She felt so proud for her sister, it made her misty eyed.

She sniffed, and quickly rubbed her eyes to get rid of any unwanted tears. Alex glanced at her, curious, but she shook her head with a soft smile. Her eyes twinkled with love, and Alex understood, her heart missing a beat. She smiled back before taking a deep breath to try to make the weird feelings in her stomach stop. Meanwhile, Kara was doing the same thing for the same reason.

After her heart slowed down, Kara really looked around for the first time. It was getting increasingly difficult focusing on anything other than Alex. Especially after her epiphany. And almost losing her. She had a hard time sorting out her feelings between those two events, but she didn't spend much time trying. Anyway, she looked around and was surprised by how normal it seemed. Sure, everyone was more or less armed, there were monitors as big as her bed all over a big hall, and it was shockingly quiet. But still. For a secret government agency that hunted aliens, you'd think the base would be... different. It strangely put her at ease.

Until she heard someone calling for her. "Danvers !" 

Both sisters turned around, Alex standing immediatly to attention as she instantaneously reconised the voice. Kara, however, kept her nonchalance, before she felt a nudge from her sister. Getting anxious in this unknown environment, she stood straighter and kept her arms alongside her body.

"Sir," answered Alex.

A tall, imposing black man walked up to them, standing tall, hands linked behind his back. He glanced back and forth, from Alex to Kara, and from Kara to Alex. "What is this ?" he demanded in a imposing low voice. Kara was certain it would be a soothing voice if it wasn't so distrusting.

"Sir, I came with her so you two could meet," she said, voice unwavering, though Kara could sense some hesitation. She discreetly brush her shoulder against Alex's to remind her she wasn't alone. She glanced at Alex, seeing her suppressing a smile. "She saved my life, sir. She's not and never will be a threat. I brought her so you could see for yourself. I understand I acted selfishly and I am ready to face the consequences."

She heard a low inhale from her left, and knew Kara was going to meddle. She couldn't, or being suspended or fired would not be the only punishment tonight. She quickly grabbed her arm and held on as tightly as she could while giving her a hard look, shaking her head almost imperceptible. Kara quietly huffed in resignation and looked straight ahead, arms crossed. Alex released her grip and returned to her original position, waiting for her director to speak.

He was silently watching their interaction, thinking. He looked straight into Alex's eyes for a moment, maybe waiting for her to apologise, she didn't know. He seemed to reach a decision as he called over his shoulder, "Vasquez !"

An Agent with short brown hair stoop up from her position in front of a computer, in front of all the big monitors, and came literally running, coming to a halt next to the man. "Yes, Sir ?"

"Bring me the kryptonite handcuffs," he ordered.

The Agent, Vasquez, quickly glanced at Alex looking a little worried. "Yes, Sir." And she quickly ran in another direction before hearing Alex explode behind her.

"Kyptonite ? Sir, you know what it does !" she said angrily.

Next to her, Kara looked ready to bolt, terrified. The only thing keeping her in her spot was Alex. So she squeezed her eyes shut and clenched her fists, trying to keep her breathing under control. It wasn't looking good for her.

"I'm not killing her, Agent Danvers.", he answered, sounding... exasperated ? "We just need to restrain her during interrogation. You know it's protocol," he continued, his voice softer.

Alex was still looking infuriated, and asked, "Is it really necessary, Sir ? She came here willingly, and you know who she is. She's my family." Her voice trembled trying not to shout.

Kara was still trying to breath deeply, eyes still closed, afraid of her laser vision. She suddenly felt a light pressure on her right fist and quickly reconised Alex's rough hands. She understood now why her hands were rough since a couple of years ago. All of the training must have not been easy. She focused on the feeling on her hand, Alex's thumb gently stroking her skin.

"I know, Agent Danvers. But protocol is still protocol." He glanced at Kara, mesuring his next words. "If it can make you feel better Miss Danvers, you have no reason to worry. You saved one of us tonight," he said gently.

Alex snapped her head towards her boss so fast it made her neck cracking. She never heard him talk so kindly to someone. He always looked so stoic, almost robot-like. She still kept alert, in case it was a trick, but she didn't think so. He was always straightforward. She felt Kara relaxing her fist until her hand was opened, gently holding Alex's.

She took a shaky breath before speaking for the first time since the man's arrival. "I understand. I don't like it, but I do undertsand. I'll cooperate with everything you need." She slightly paused. "Concerning tonight," she added. She wasn't here to reveal all of her secrets. She knew they knew who she was, here on earth, and where she came from, but that didn't mean they knew everything. She still had a right to privacy.

She felt a squeeze on her hand, and looked sideways to see her sister smiling proudly. She returned the smile, and felt herself relax even more. Thank Rao for Alex.

"Thank you Miss Danvers," he said. She just answered with a nod. She closed her eyes and sighed. The night was far from over.

Just as Alex opened her mouth to say something to Kara, Agent Vasquez came back with something metallic that looked heavy. Kara sighed again. She straight out her arms in front of her so the agent could handcuff her. She quietly waited as Agent Vasquez did her job, clicking big parts of the restraining object, and she felt Alex silently vibrating with hidden rage. With not so well hidden rage. She gave her a look, widening her eyes for a microsecond to let her know she needed to calm down.

Alex gave her a displeased look, but clenched her jaw. She turned her head a bit so she could close her eyes and just relax without having her boss see her.

As Vasquez finished clicking the last metal parts, she asked, unsure. "Sir, this is Nth metal. She can't get out of it, even without using the Kryptonite. Do I keep it turned off ?" she asked.

Even Kara could see it was her way to help the situation a little, and she was eternally grateful, even if it didn't work. She still hoped though. She never heard of the Kryptonite stuff they kept talking about, but it couldn't be good. It was obviously to keep her powers inffective or make her weak. Either way, she knew she wouldn't like it.

Even Alex tried to hide her small smile at the unasked help from her colleague. She looked at her boss, hopeful.

He kept his gaze on Vasquez, searching her face for something. He seemed to do that a lot, like he was trying to see right through them somehow. Right. "Turn it on. On level one, she'll barely feel it, but it is protocol," he said.

Kara felt Alex relax her grip on her arm and exhale, relieved. She was too. Vasquez nodded and turned on the emitter on level one with a code. Kara faintly feel even more tired than before, and felt a slight pain all over her body, like she exercised to much, or slept on an uncomfortable couch. She waited a beat to see if she'd feel more symptoms, but that's all she felt. Really tired a little sore. She could handle that.

"You're alright ?" asked softly Alex.

"Y-Yeah, I think so. I'm feeling really tired, but I was before coming here so it's not surprising. But now I feel a little sore, like all over my body. But nothing serious. Don't worry," she said with a small smile.

Alex looked at her for a moment before nodding. "Okay. No, yeah, that's normal. It's good you don't feel too much the effects." She looked at her boss. "Get we get the interrogation and paperwork over with, Sir ?" she asked wearily. "We had one hell of a night, we'd like to go to sleep. Oh, but we're going to sleep here, so we'll be there tomorrow." And like an afterthought, "If that's okay, Sir."

He nodded, looking at them both. "Okay," he agreed. "Just for this once," he added, as if he didn't want to agree with too many things tonight. "Let's get moving," he ordered. "Let's go to the meeting room, I don't think I need to scare her to keep her honest," he added with a mischevious look.

Alex felt her mouth open with shock as her boss began walking towards the meeting room after dismissing Agent Vasquez. "I don't think I ever saw him like that," she whispered to Kara, not believing her eyes.

Kara chuckled. "What, he doesn't show emotions ? He's human Alex, grow up," she teased.

She gave her a loopsided grin, before her face turned into a kind expression, reserved only for Kara. "I'm sorry you have to be handcuffed Kara. Hank doesn't... He's not bad, he just needs to cover our butt, in case there's ever an investigation," she explained.

"No, I get it Alex. It's okay," she said looking into her eyes. "You don't have to justify his actions to me. I trust you, and you wouldn't be working for a bad person."

"I love you," Alex said, not meaning to say it in this moment, but thinking it so hard it just slipped out. She shrugged internally because it wasn't like she never said it.

But Kara felt herself blushing nonetheless, because it held a different meaning in her head now. "I love you too."

Alex smiled and put her hand on Kara's back to guide her. "Come on. I want to sleep. In a comfy bed." They both sighed dreamily.

They stepped in the room a couple minutes later (damn this agency was a big place), and they sat down. Kara to the end of a long table, Hank on her right a few seats over, and Alex on her left, in the seat next to her.

Hank watched them both, thinking of how to start. "So. I'd like to make this quick for both of our sakes." The Danvers sisters nodded at the same time. "I just need to go over some basic questions, and make you sign some NDA."

"Okay," answered readily Kara. "Whatever you need." She had her hands on the table, and Alex had to resist the urge to reach out.

"Thank you for cooperating this fully Miss Danvers." Normally he wouldn't need to question people, or at least to really, because he could read their minds. He only asked questions to follow the procedure. Tonight though, he did have to, because he couldn't read Kryptonians' minds. It frustrated him, having gotten used to being able to do it. But it wasn't so bad, it gave him a little taste what it felt like to be human. A bitter taste, but still. "So, first, what is your relation with Alexandra Danvers ?"

Kara almost laughed at the quick grimace that made its way to Alex's face at the mention of her full name. Only Eliza called her "Alexandra" when she scolded her, so now she only answered to "Alex". "She's my sister. My adoptive sister," she specified, wanting to be thorough. She wanted to be precise, that's all. No other reason.

Alex shot her a quick glance, a bit surprised Kara made the distinction. They didn't have for a long time. Maybe Kara felt different after all. She filed it for later.

"Do you have any family ?" At the confused look of Kara, he clarified. "Birth family."

Alex turn her head fully to look at Kara, this time reaching out and squeezing her knee. Kara looked melancholic and a few years older everytime she talked about her family. "Just my cousin. Superman," she answered truthfully.

Alex and Hank exchanged a look, before continuing. "Okay. When you arrived, how old were you ?"

"Thirteen," she instantly replied.

Hank made a noise of acknowlegment. "Do you know if your powers differ from Superman's since he arrived as a baby ?"

Kara tensed, not liking his curiousity about her powers. "I don't know." He raised an eyebrow, not really believing her. "I had to hide my nature for most of my life, therefore hide my powers. I tried to getting used to them. I mean, I got used to them so I could control them, but I tried not to rely on them. If it felt too normal, I risked exposing myself, and risking my family. My Earth family," she explained. "So I don't know. Plus, I didn't really see my cousin that often, so we didn't have time to talk about it," she added.

For strangers, Kara sounded confident, her voice clear. But Alex knew better, and she heard the sadness and longing.Damned, Kal-El. What a shitty family you make. She put her right arm behind Kara's back, laying it on the back of Kara's chair so she could rub her back a little, giving her a little courage. Kara gave her a tight smile in gratitude.

Hank watched her for a second. "Okay. Last question. Would you ever turn your back on humanity, to join other aliens for exemple ?" he asked in a steady voice, like he didn't ask the most ridiculous question ever.

"Never !" she exclaimed, standing up in at the affront.

Alex followed her to put her hand on her shoulder, trying to calm her down, giving Hank a dirty look.

"I needed to ask," he simply said, before getting up as well. "Alright, seems good to me," he declared, like it was no big deal. "Alex," he said, walking up to them and begining to remove the handcuffs. He first turned off the Kryptonite and Kara sighed happily, giving him a grateful smile. "Take your- take Kara upstairs and ask Melany to give you the SK-2413 in triplicate. Have Kara read everything, or explain it to her, and sign it. I need it before you're both asleep," he said with a knowing look.

He fully removed the handcuffs and Kara rubbed her wrists. "Thank you," she simply said.

With nothing further to add, Hank nodded in their direction before leaving for his office.

"So, that went well," Kara said, breaking the silence.

Alex turned to look at her with a bewildered look. "It did.=," she slowly said.

"What, you thought it wouldn't ?" she asked, curious. And anxious. If she thought so, why did she agree then ?

"No-I mean yeah, but well. It went really well, and it was over so quickly. It was the easiest interrogation I've ever seen," she explained.

Kara nodded, undertstanding Alex wasn't used to easy. "Well, good for us. Anyway, should we go get the forms ? You can explain it on the way so I don't have to read it," she said with a grin.

Alex huffed, shaking her head. "Excuse me, who has super-speed and super-intelligence again ?", she asked while walking to exit the room.

"I don't have super-intelligence Alex, you know that. Kal-El doesn't. I just- learned some stuff on Krypton. It's nothing big. And it certainly doesn't help my day to day life," she added, looking thoughtful.

At that, Alex paused, Kara almost bumping into her sister. "What do you mean ?"

Kara just shrugged. "Nothing. Just- I know some stuff I'm not supposed to know because I don't have the degrees or certificates to go with my knowledge." Alex was looking at her with wide eyes, not believing she didn't think of this before. How could she have missed this ? Kara shrugged again, trying to appease the growing panic and guilt she could see growing in Alex. "I just have to be careful, that's all. I slip sometimes, but I always say I read something on Wikipedia and that I don't even know if it's true or not." She snorted. "Once, I almost told Winn he made a mistake in his code, but the look he gave me almost scared me." She fully laughed now. "You should have seen h-his face, I thought his eyes were going to pop out," she continued, making a plop sound to illustrate her story. "The good thing is, his look made me realise what I was doing and I told him my cousin showed me "some computer stuff" a while ago. Right !"

Her laugh turned into a chuckle, and finally looked at her sister, realising she wasn't laughing. She was pursing her lips. It can't be good. She frowned. "What ? It was funny !"

"Why did you never told me ?" she asked sadly.

Kara saw her pained expression, and understood. "Hey, no, none of that. Alex, no guilt trip, okay ? We had enough for one-or two life times. I didn't tell you because it's no big deal, and I don't want to burden you with yet another thing, just because I'm an alien. We get to be normal sometimes, I want to keep having these moments, that's all."

Alex was going to say something, but stopped, then said "We'll table it for now. I do understand Kara. But I don't think you're right. We'll talk about it later. Tomorrow."

Kara just nodded, at least happy Alex knew. And happy they were closer to being asleep. Sleeping, such a beautiful concept.

They walked up the stairs to go see Melany, Alex explaining quickly what the NDA included to Kara, and asked for the forms once they reached the administration office. Kara super-sped the signing process, not wanting to keep her temporary bed waiting.

Finally, finally, they made their way down to the on-call rooms, Alex choosing an empty one and locking behind themselves. There always was a couple of spare uniforms, or more like sweat pants and comfy sweater. They quickly changed and climbed in a bed together. They didn't even try to sleep alone. It was already difficult enough on a normal night, but tonight they just needed to feel each other, to feel they were okay, alive. Free.

They got settled, Alex spooning Kara, as always. And just before falling asleep, they murmured "I love you" at the same time.

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They were in each other's arms on the bed, eyes closed, room quiet in the dark. Kara had her back against Alex's front, Alex spooning her, in the exact same position they fell asleep in. She knew Alex was awake because her breathing was faster than when she was asleep. Same with her heartbeat.

"Alex ?" she asked tentativly.

Alex humed in question, too comfortable to speak.

"Why did you apologise to me ?"

She mumbled something, Kara only hearing it because she was Kryptonian. "I mean, on the plane, I-I heard you. You kept apologising to me, even though you were about to die." She paused after feeling Alex tense around her. "Why ?" she asked again, soflty.

That was a question she wanted to ask since she heard Alex on the plane. It was a curious thing, apologising for something that wasn't your fault. And in this case, it definitively wasn't Alex's fault.
The tension was palpable in the dark, and Kara was scared Alex was hiding something. Again. I can only take this much betrayal.

She took her time, thinking about how to put it. After deliberating for a few moments, she decided to go with the truth. Kara heard a sharp inhale before Alex sarted talking. "Because... I was hiding so much from you. My line of work is... Dangerous." Kara held Alex's arms around her waist tighter at the reminder. "And I thought I was going to die before I could tell you the truth."

There was a pause, and even in the dark, back turned to Alex, Kara could feel there was more. "That's not everything, is it ?" she asked after the pause continued for too long.

Alex gulped, her mouth suddenly dry. She wasn't sure she was ready for this conversation, but Kara asked. So she had to answer, even if it was difficult for both of them. "Kara, you- you know you have powers here." Kara frowned, not following. She just waited for Alex to speak again. "And..." she sighed, frustrated for not being able to find the words.

"Alex, whatever it is, you can tell me. I can take it. Is it... Bad ?" she asked, slightly afraid of her answer.

"No, Kara," Alex replied hurriedly. "I mean- I'm not hiding something else from you, okay ?" she assured, planting a kiss on Kara's head. "I swear. It's just- God, we both know you lost so much already." Kara looked down at their intertwined arms and hands. "And I felt so bad for leaving you alone. I mean, I know you're not alone, you have Kal-El, and Winn," she said the last name through gritted teeth, not having forgiving him yet. "And with you personnality, I know you can have as many friends as you'd like, if you'd just let yourself. But I-I just..." she sniffed, the emotion getting too much. "I didn't want you to think I abandonned you," she finally admitted.

It wasn't a secret Kara had abandonment issues. With her entire family dying, then her cousin abandoning her to strangers, and having her foster father diebecause of her. It was a lot, especially for a forteen years old. And Kara didn't have the possibility to talk about it with a therapist due to her being an alien. Aliens were not common yet, so specialists didn't exist for them.

Alex's breathing was getting shallower and Kara felt her shaking. She untangled their arms and turned around to face Alex, putting her hands on Alex's cheeks and her forehead against hers, just like she did in the dark alley. "I know you wouldn't abandon me Alex. You know I know that, right ?" she asked rhetorically. "My parents sent me away, they didn't just die, leaving me alone. Kal-El left me with complete strangers just after having lost everything. You're my only constant Alex. And I know you," she kept talking, soflty, trying to calm her down.

Alex closed her eyes, trying to get her emotions and breathing under control, but it was difficult when Kara was saying all these things. How could she have lucked out and ended up with this perfect being ? She certainly didn't deserve her, but no one did. She sniffed again loudly, and hesitantly said, "Kara, I know we never talked about it, but... Because of your powers, you-you do know you're going to outlive me, right ?" After everything that happened, she had to lay it out in the open, once and for all. No more secrets, no more unsaid things.

Kara's hands stilled on her cheeks as Alex opened her eyes, and saw the anguish and pain in Kara's eyes. Of course she knew. They saw how Kal-El still looked twenty-five when he was actually closer to forty. That's why he moved from Smallville, not being able to hide his age. Kryptonians had powers under the yellow sun. It also gave them resistant skin, and regenetive cells. It wasn't a surprise they didn't age as fast as humans. 

It was Kara's turn to close her eyes as she took a shaky breath. "I know Alex, you think I don't ? I'm not stupid," she snapped. She instantly regretted it. "S-Sorry, it's just not- Can we not talk about it ? Like, ever ?" she asked, sadly looking Alex in the eyes.

"We won't talk about it. For now. But we have to, if we want to come to terms with it. We can't live with the sword of Damocles hanging above our heads," she answered soflty. Today was a time for honesty, even it meant talking about hard things and not immediatly agreeing with whatever Kara asked. She kissed Kara's forhead before rubbing her arm up and down.

"Right," whispered Kara. "You don't want to leave me alone, but you risk your life everyday."

Alex straightens at that. "Kara, I'm doing this for you !" she defended.

Sitting, Kara was clearly getting worked up. "Gee, thanks Alex !" she answered sarcastically. "I don't want you to," she continued, more seriously.

"Well, what about what I want then ?" Alex exploded suddenly. "What did you feel when I was in that plane Kara ? Because I'm ready to bet anything that's what I'd feel if you we-were in danger. And I-I'd die if-if something ha-happened to you," she finished, sobbing.

Kara didn't feel angry anymore, just guilty to have made Alex cry. Alex was also in a sitting position, back to the wall, knees against her chest and head burried in her arms around her legs, shoulders shaking. Kara positionned herselft next to Alex, taking her in her arms and putting her head against her chest, putting her own head on top of Alex's. She gently stroke her cheek with her left hand, her right one rubbing Alex's right arm. "I'm sorry, but I'm here, I'm okay." She paused. "You're protecting me, just like you said. I don't like it, but you're doing it. You did it. I'm safe," she whispered.

Alex had her left ear pressed against Kara's chest, hearing her heart so clearly. And now, it was beating faster than normal. Of course, she wasn't surprised because of all the emotional talk they were having. Just after waking up. Ugh.

She felt her own heartbeat slowing, trying to breath at the same time as Kara, easily following Kara's chest rising and falling. "I'm sorry about everything".

Contrary to popular belief, Alex didn't have an easy childhood. People thought so because she was so close with her sister, and had an okay relationship with her mother. And after all, plenty of people had only one parent.
But what they didn't know was that Kara was an alien, and her well being was entrusted to her very young by her mother. Said mother that was never happy with anything she'd do. If Kara had a mishap at school, it was Alex's fault for not being close enough to watch her. Sure, because being in class wasn't a good enough excuse. She also lost her father because, one night, she decided to go flying with her sister. Then, trying to protect said sister, she took a job at a secret government agency huting aliens, thus lying to Kara the whole time.

So Alex wasn't a stranger to guilt. In fact, she wasn't sure she ever lived without feeling it rooted deep inside of her. To be honest, it was exhausting.
Also, knowing she was too close to Kara for it to be healthy didn't help. Because of her selfishness, Kara couldn't go out and make friends and have a real life of her own. Instead, she spent every waking moment with Alex. She knew it worked well for Kara, because Kara loved her and she knew her powers, so she could be herself. Plus, she didn't have to go out and be out of her comfort zone with Alex. But Alex still thought she deprived her sister of a real life. But she still couldn't stop.

And now, it all came down pourring out. She felt so bare, having her emotions exposed like this, but even then she didn't mind. Not if she was with Kara. Sweet Kara who would never judge her, she always felt so safe with her even if she did the protecting most of the time.

"You have nothing to be sorry for, Al," Kara said softly, sartling Alex. Feeling Alex's disbelief, she continued. "I know you're feeling guilty... For a lot of things. I'm saying it doesn't matter, because you were only protecting me. How could that be wrong ?" Knowing Alex so well, her thought immediatly went to Eliza. "And Alex, you know your mother's wrong, right ?" she asked gently, gentler than she deserved she thought.

"She's not wrong about everything Kara," Alex replied, tense. She knew her mistakes and owned them.

Kara just kissed Alex's hair. "I know you believe she has that right to make you feel..." She paused, inhaling, gathering strenght to stay calm. "She can't make you feel this bad Alex, even if she's your mom. It's not right. Don't think I haven't noticed, I just- I didn't think it was my place to say something. Especially because 90% of the time it's about me. But if we have to talk about the hard truth then I'm not going to stay silent anymore. You're protecting me everyday, I just want to do the same, in any small way I can."

Alex removed her head from Kara's chest and put her left cheek on Kara's right shoulder instead. She took Kara's left hand that fell from her cheek when she moved her head, and held it with her left hand. "Logically, I know that. She just- I can't stop feeling so... Inadequate with her. I'm never good enough, no matter what I do. And it's not your role to protect me from my mom. I should be able to do it myself."

"It doesn't mean you have to, Alex," she said, squeezing Alex's hand. "It may not be my role, but it doesn't matter. It's selfish of me then, because I can't stand to look at her being... mean to you".

"She's not mean," Alex huffed. "She just has high standards."

Kara's right hand gently stroke Alex's hair. "Whatever you say. Meanwhile, she never demeaned me. And before you say anything, that's exactly what she's doing to you. It's not meant to be mean, because she's a good and kind person. But I don't think she really knows how to be different with you. And it certainly doesn't mean you deserve it. If anything, she should feel guilty," she ended vehemently.

Next to her, Alex stopped breathing, shocked by the bitterness in Kara's voice. "Wow," she muttered. "You certainly held on to that one for a long time, huh ?" She put their intertwinded hands on Kara's heart, trying to appease her somehow.

Kara didn't bother answering, just grunted. She didn't want to get angry again when she could enjoy Alex's close proximity. Rao, she shouldn't have thought about their closeness right now. She felt the tip of her ears starting to burn and quickly looked away. What was happening to her, that was clearly not normal. She couldn't understand this sudden... Change of heart.

She felt Kara's heartbeat getting faster under their hands and raised her head to look at Kara, but saw her with her head turned towards the opposite direction. She tugged at Kara's hair to get her attention. "Kar, what is it ?"

"Nothing," she mumbled back. "I'm just- trying to keep calm," she lied. Well, it wasn't exactly a lie, because she was trying to keep calm, but for a different reason.

"Hey, it's okay," she softly said, putting her right hand on Kara's opposite cheek to make her look at her. "I'm over it. Mostly. It's a work in progress, but that's okay. Okay ?" she insisted.

Kara was staring at her lips now. What was wrong with her ? She snapped her eyes upwards, head thudding against the wall. "Okayy !" faigning annoyance. She took a deep breath, and smirked as she looked at Alex again. "I guess my super-brain can handle that," she teased.

Alex narrowed her eyes. "Yeah-" she drawed out. "About that."

Kara frowned. What now ? "What about it ?" she asked, fidgeting with the end of her sleeve.

She was still squinting, suspicious. "You say you know a bunch of stuff you're not supposed to. Care to enlighten me ?"

Kara relaxed, that was an easy subject. "Oh, it's just the studies were a little more... advanced. So, you know. I'm just ahead in a bunch of subjects."

"Like what ?" Alex asked, obviously curious.

"Well, I guess history doesn't matter now," she began, smiling self-deprecatingly. "I'm really good at math here, and most of the science on Earth is actually really easy, and I wasn't one of the best. What else..." she bit the inside of her cheek, thinking about it. "I guess that's about it, but being bioengineered gave me quite a head start on pretty much everything. That's why I paint pretty well and I learned english quickly. I'm not talented or really smart, I was just made that way."

"Mmh," is all Alex answered, clearly lost in thought.

"What ?" asked Kara, frustrated by the lack of participation from Alex.

She looked up to look Kara in the eyes, searching. "Just- I thought about when we were young, you know. You never understood what I told you whenever I spoke about science. So I just stopped after a while, even if you seemed to enjoy when I tried to explain it to you." she recalled thoughtfully. "Did your brain need more time under the sun to fully develop here ?" she asked, genuinely curious.

Kara flushed bright red, recalling this little detailDang, I let my guard down. "We-Well, n-no, not, I mean- I don't really-" she stammered, chuckling nervously. She wouldn't have had a problem admiting the truth before. Before last night. She didn't know why, but now it felt like more, like it wasn't appropriate anymore. "Y-Yeah, maybe you kn-know, I'm not su-sure," she answered lamely.

Alex became suspicious again, now with good reason. "Kara."

That was enough. "Okay, yeah, I mean-you were not nice at first Alex, and I just- I wanted you to like me. So I let you tell me about all your science projects and you seemed so proud, I thought it was a good approach." Seeing her pained look, she quickly added with a smile, softer, "But then, I saw how happy you looked when you explained things to me, happy to teach me something you actually easily could. Not like Earth customs or difficult stuff, just what you were passionate about. And it made me happy too," she closed her eyes, smiling at the memory. "But I think I screw up along the way because you stopped," she chuckled sadly.

Opening her eyes, she felt her heart not skip a beat, but multiple. Alex was also full on blushing now, making Kara blush again when she had it finally under control. "O-Oh." Alex Danvers didn't stammer. But she did right then. "W-Well, I was scared I sounded patronizing always explaining everything like that, that's why I stopped."

To stop herself from staring again, she quickly diverted her look and tried to change the subject. "Yeah, yeah, that makes sense. So. Your rooms are cool here. And you even have spare change, that's nice. Handy. Noice." Kara internally face palmed.

Alex snorted. "Dork," she chuckled. "But seriously Kara, I don't want you to hide," she added.

"I'm not--"

"You kinda are," Alex cut her off. She gently punched Kara in the shoulder. Gently, not for Kara, but for her own hand. Making the mistake to put force behind the punch once was enough. "And you know, you talked about having normal moments together- but being normal means being ourselves, not being like everyone else. And I want you to be normal with me, meaning no hiding super-intelligence - Yes, I am calling it that - and being honest with each other." She gently put her hand on top of Kara's, trying to make Kara feel her honesty. "Kara, please. I just want you to be free- to be happy. I'm just trying to make that easier when you're around me."

Cheeks pink, Kara looked at Alex shyly. "I'm always happy with you Alex," she said with such a softness and truthfulness that Alex's breath hitched. "But I promise I'll try to be more... Honest. Even though I'm always honest with you, you know," she added with a gentle smile.

Alex's heart skipped a beat and she paused. That was weird, what was her heart's problem ? She quickly regained her composure. "Yeah, I know. Me too Kara. I mean, except for the DEO stuff..."

"No kidding," Kara teased with a grin. She bumped Alex's shoulder with her own, playful.

Alex grinned back and just let her head fall on Kara's shoulder, somehow still tired even with a long night sleep. She sighed contentedly. Kara just laid her head on top of Alex's, closing her eyes and enjoying the moment.

With no more secrets between them, they both felt closer. They didn't think it was possible, being impossibly close already before, but they somehow managed. And they were happy about it, not having to tell other to know the other also felt happy about this new found closeness.

There was still something not said between them, though it wasn't to hide it but because they didn't know what it was. Yet.

They both felt this new pull to each other not knowing what it meant. Like their closeness, they didn't think it was possible wanting to spend even more time together than before. It'd be fine, but not knowing if the other felt the same proved to be scary as heck.

Though Kara was closer to finding out what these feelings meant, she was even farther to handle it than Alex. Being socially awkward didn't help figuring out her feelings either.

Alex was most likely to take more time to realise her feelings, but she'd need less time to figure out to do about it. 

Their future sure was getting interesting.

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Without realising it, they dozed off again feeling lighter than ever after their deep conversation. So really, no one was surprised when Kara flew into the wall across from them when an agent suddenly opened the door. Well. Alex wasn't.

She simply sit up and rubbed her eyes. "What is it ?" she asked with a croaky voice. 

The agent just stared wide eyed as Supergirl grumbled, trying to step out of the hole she made without making the whole wall collapse. "Hum- I-" He shook his head, trying to focus. "Agent Danvers, Director Henshaw would like to see you." He paused, looking briefly at Kara. "Both of you."

"Fine, we're coming. Just give us a minute."

With a nod, the agent left, carefully closing the door behind him.

With a yawn, Alex glanced at her sister and snorted as she watched Kara trying to dust herself off. She was covered in dusty white powder, looking obviously annoyed with the situation. "It's not funny Alex," she said, not even looking up.

With an eye roll, Alex got up, stretched up, and made her way to Kara. With a soft smile, she started helping her, removing little bits of the drywall from her hair. "What's got you so grumpy ?" she joked.

Kara huffed. "I didn't have an incident in years. I'm mad this-this agent broke my winning streak." She looked up to see Alex watching her unimpressed. "Okay, maybe not years. I mean, I have some... accidents, but nothing too obvious or this big," she pouted as she looked down at herself again. It wasn't easy to remove the white dust off the black shirt and sweat pants.

"It's fine Kara," sighed Alex. "It was out of the blue after a difficult day. You can't expect to always have a hold on your powers, especially when you're asleep." Alex countered.

Kara stopped trying to dust herself off and looked at Alex. "Yeah, I guess. It's still frustrating though."

"I know," Alex grinned. She removed the last piece of drywall from Kara's hair and took her hand. "Come on. It's no use trying to get yourself presentable, you won't be able to remove all the white dust off dark clothes," she said while turning away to go see Henshaw. She started tugging on her hand but Kara didn't move. She turned around with a questionning look before seeing Kara with a mischievous grin. "Wha-" 

In less than a second, Kara was hugging her while laughing loudly. "If I'm all dirty from this wall, you'll be too !"

"You're diabolical" Alex groaned, but with a playful glint in her eyes. She wanted to retaliate but Kara had her in a tight hug, not allowing any movement.

"Right ?" Kara laughed while rubbing her face anywhere she could reach, Alex's hair, her shoulder, her neck. The last one had her shiver for some unknown reason and she felt like she had to take a step back from the situation, from Kara. Weird. Kara felt her sister tensing so she lessened her hold to look at her. "Alex ?" she asked uncertainly.

Alex looked towards the door. "Sorry, I'm a bit tense still. And Henshaw called for us, meaning he should have some new information about the plane."

Kara tensed too, Alex could feel her tightening her hold again, before letting go. With a determined look on her face, she nodded. "Yeah, sorry. Let's go see what they found."

Internally sighing with relief, Alex nodded too and they left the room, white dust and drywall still everywhere. They marched down the hallway until they reached the big hall with all the monitors. They joined Director Henshaw, standing behind agent Vasquez who was typing on her computer and speaking to each other in low voices.

As they approached, Henshaw turned his head just a bit to aknowledge their arrival before looking back at Vasquez's computer. "Nice of you to join us agent Danvers. Miss Danvers," he greeted.

"Sir", Alex said with squared shoulders and hands behind her back.

Kara shifted nervoulsy next to Alex, not knowing how to behave in this environment. She cleared her throat before awkwardly saying "Hello" a little too loudly. She winced and saw from the corner of her eye Alex trying to hide a smile. She stomped on her feet, gently.

Alex shot her a dirty look before returning her attention to her director. "Sir, did you find something about the attack ?"

He turned to them before nodding. "Whoever did this, they're careless. Plus, having your... sister gently put down the plane instead of it crashing help us greatly." Kara tensed automatically at the pause before 'sister'. He looked at Kara. "Thank you Miss Danvers. We wouldn't have made this much progress in this little time without you."

Kara froze under the praise, and her cheeks became slowly redder by the second. "We-Well, it's, you know-" she scoffed nervously, gesturing it was no big deal with her hand. She glaced at Alex, who nodded encouragingly with a small smirk. "Hum, it was my pleasure."

Henshaw just kept looking at her for a few seconds, and was it a ghost of a smile ? , and began walking away. "We did a little digging, and our friends left quite the souvenir," he said over his shoulders.

Kara and Alex glanced at each other before following him. They walked down some dark hallways and Kara was completely lost. "You think I'll ever find the exit if you leave me here alone ?" she whispered to Alex.

Alex quickly put her hand over her mouth to stifle her laugh. "I think you won't be lost long Kara." She paused, making Kara think it was a compliment. "After a while, either the rumbling of your stomach will alert everyone that you're lost, or you'll sprint through every wall in here to get some food." As Kara watched her incredulously, she kept whispering. "You know, even when you just woke up, you can form a Kara shaped hole in a wall, so I'm confident you could hole you way out, don't worry."

Kara just squinted, as if trying to laser-vision Alex. At Alex's raised eyebrow, she just turned to look ahead and crossed her arms, obviously pouting. Henshaw just turned into a room and Alex nudged her sister to get her to be serious. They were about to find out what the DEO discovered about the attack. Kara straightened her back, dropped her arms alongside of her body and gave Alex's hand a quick squeeze before taking a deep breath and walking inside the room.

There were a few tables in the middle of the room with agents standing above one of them, looking at something on the table. They seemed to keep their distance though, as if scared it might bite. Maybe it's an adorably bad kitten.

Upon Henshaw arrival, the agents looked up and backed away from the table. "Any progress ?" he asked.

One of the agent started talking. "No sir, we can't seem to really... Understand its origin. We know it's alien, but we don't know from where."

"We know what it is," another agent cut in, "but we're not sure how to open it."

"So you've got nothing," he sighed. He turned to face Alex and Kara. "Agent Danvers, Miss Danvers, you may be able to help us here."

Kara felt a weird buzzing, like an energy coming off the thing on the table she couldn't see. She didn't feel at ease and Alex felt it. She glanced at her sister to see her squirming next to her, looking worried. Alex furrowed her eyebrows and without her eyes leaving Kara, she asked "Sir, what it is ?"

Without missing a beat, Henshaw answered. "A bomb. Of alien origin apparently. That's what broke the plane's engines. It wasn't strong enough to make the whole thing explode, but we think it's because they wanted people to think it was an accident. A crash would have burried the evidence, but now..."

Kara's head snapped towards the Director, looking alarmed. "A bomb ?"

Alex was looking at her confused. She must have known it was something like that that caused the engine failure. "Kara, what-"

She looked at Kara, eyes widening in surprise as her sister pointed at her. "You, you are not coming closer to that thing;" she spat. She continued talking before Alex could speak. "I'll take care of it. Alex, I'm bulletproof, nothing is going to happen, trust me."

Scoffing, she crossed her arms, shaking her head. "You cannot be serious. I'm a trained DEO agent, I-" she stopped talking as soon as she saw tears in Kara's eyes. "Kar..." she whispered.

Letting out a shuddering breath, Kara clenched her jaw, determined. "No", she croaked, "I am not letting you get anywhere near danger again if I can help it," she said, her voice cracking.

Alex looked at Kara in the eyes for a few moments, seeing the sadness and the fear shining through unshed tears. "Okay," she said soflty. "Okay. I'll just-I'll be right by the door, okay ? I'll be close, but not too close."

Seemingly satisfied with her answer, Kara nodded then looked down at her hand when Alex tightened her hold. She didn't even noticed she grabbed Alex's hand in her panic. She gave Alex a small smile before taking a breath and turning to face the director.

"Director Henshaw, I'll take a look at your bomb," she declared.

"Be my guest."

Glancing at Alex over her shoulder, she lifted an eyebrow as she waited for her sister to step back to the door. With a resigned sigh, Alex slowly took a few steps back, stopping only when her back touched the wall.

Kara turned her back to her, and moved towards the bomb. The buzzing she felt earlier was getting stronger as she came closer to the source. "I feel a buzzing coming from the bomb," she said to the room, in case the information was useful.

Alex stiffened but stayed at her place. "What do you mean ?"

"I-I'm not sure. Like I can feel its energy. Maybe because I'm also not from Earth," she said uncertainly. "The closer I get, the more I can feel it." She paused, not reaching the table yet, and turned to Alex. "I don't like this. I feel like it's not going to end well." Looking into Alex's eyes for what seemed like an eternity, she took a decision. "I want everyone out of here." When everyone started protesting, she raised a hand. "It's just a precaution, I have a bad feeling. You can stay in the hallway to supervise me."

They calmed down a little, with a little exception. Alex was looking at her with anger and betrayal. "What the hell, you think I'll let you touch that when you just told us you could feel its energy ? Not a chance !" her voice quivering a little, fists tight at her side.

"Enough." Henshaw's voice resounded clearly in the room. Everyone fell silent, even Alex. "Agent Danvers, I understand your worry, but this is bigger than all of us. We are here to protect this planet, and trying to kill one of us is a crime." Alex was looking traight ahead, clenching her jaw to stop herself from talking back. "Miss Danvers may be our only chance to figure out how this works. Without her, we could lose precious time and, next time, they may achieve their goal," he finished sombrely.

Alex knew her director was right, but Kara's safety was the most important thing here.

She cleared her throat, trying to get rid of the knot she felt in her throat. "Sir, this is my family we're talking about, she's-"

"A civilian, who willingly offered her help. I'm not going to refuse the help of an alien, not when the bomb is not from this earth."

Kara was watching the interaction while holding her breath, waiting for the final decision. She didn't want her sister to risk her job to try to protect her. She was bulletproof, that had to count for something.

Before Alex could answer, she super-sped in front of her and held her shoulders. "Alex, it's fine. I'll be careful, okay ? As much as you don't want to lose me, I don't want to lose you. I want to see you again, always," she whispered softly. They became more candid since last night, but she didn't want everyone to hear what she wanted to say.

Alex gripped Kara's arms tightly, almost trembling. "I want to see you again too," she whispered back. It was like a mantra they said to each other when they wanted the other to know how much they loved the other. After so much loss in their life, especially in Kara's, it isn't always obvious that people will stay. It was as much a statemtent as it was a promise, a promise to do everything to see the other again.

Kara could see so many emotions in Alex at this moment, and suddenly it was too much. She couldn't keep looking into her eyes because she also felt too much. After a final squeeze on her shoulders, Kara let go and Alex reluctantly did the same. She saw a change in Kara's eyes just before she diverted her eyes, but she didn't have time to think about it.

Under Henshaw's gaze, Alex slowly left the room, but stayed in the hallway where she could see Kara and the bomb. "Recipe for disaster if you ask me,she grumbled under her breath and Henshaw shot her a dirty look while she saw Kara look at her with a glare.

Kara turned her back to the agents and Alex, and walked over the dangerous weapon. The buzzing intensified as she approached and she felt uneasy, but she had to take a look. For Alex. Once standing above it, she bent down a little to take a closer look. It was squared shaped, all white and round edges. Very modern. You wouldn't guess it was dangerous looking at it, but she could feel it. Although she could feel its danger, she felt kind of drawn to it.

She hesitantly reached out with her hand, pausing just a milimeter from the bomb. She tentavely touched it, and the buzzing stopped. There was a second of silence, then a blinding white light, and everything stopped.

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The ringing in her ears was so loud she couldn't hear anything else. Which was rare considering she usually could hear every little noise in the neighborhood. She felt herself coughing but couldn't feel anything else, and her vision was so blurry she could hardly make out shapes.

Blinking a few times to try to see more clearly, she began regaining feelings in her body and realised her throat burned for some reason. She was really disoriented and could only cough some more, feeling too dizzy to stand up. She laid on her side to breath more easily, palpating her neck to try and feel if there was something wrong with it. Feeling nothing but smooth skin, she tried to move but felt herself unable to do so.

Still confused, she waited for her vision to clear. After a moment, she could somewhat see and realised she was facing Alex. Alex ? Alex's mouth was moving, but all she could hear was the loud ringing. She shook her head a little, closing her eyes at to movement, then indicated her ears, telling Alex she couldn't hear her.
Alex furrowed her eyebrows even more and nodded her understanding. She mouthed simple words to reassure Kara, "You're okay," "I'm okay," while gently rubbing her arm.

After a few minutes, the ringing lessened and Kara could hear again. She tried to speak but she was wheezing, so she slowly sat up with Alex's help and looked around. It was chaos. There were holes in the walls, the tables apparently vanished and everything was covered in thick black dust. Still confused about everything, she didn't realised she was in the hallway facing the room. What was she doing outside if she couldn't even move ?

She coughed a few times, just enough to be able to speak. "What happened ?" she croaked. She could see the unshed tears in Alex's eyes.

"You-" she started hoarsely as if she has been screaming. She cleared her throat and tried again. "There was an explosion. I-we don't know what happened exactly, one second it was fine, then the next... I-I'm not sure, there was a bright light, I couldn't see, and suddenly I was thrown against the wall behind me, I think it was you. A-and seeing as I don't have any broken ribs, I don't think you were- I mean, I think you just reacted and... Protected me," she shakily exhaled with a smile of gratitude.

Kara closed her eyes, trying to make sense of it all. She focused, trying to remember what happened. After a few seconds, she started remembering. After the bright light, she was so scared about what might happen to Alex that she didn't even think, she just super-sped to her and tried to cover all her body with her own. She was there just in time too, because less than a second later, the explosion destroyed everything around, resounding loudly in the hallway.

She inhaled sharply, suddenly very worried about Alex. She burst her eyes open and grabbed her by the arms, trying to spot any wound she might have caused. "Did-Did I hurt you ?" she asked, fear evident in her voice. "I remember, I super-sped to you and tried to protect you, b-but with my speed- I didn't th-think Alex !" she said completely panicked, trying to scan Alex's body with her x-ray vision but still having trouble seeing clearly and breathing.

Alex stopped her movements by taking her hands and lowered her head to catch Kara's eyes with her own. "Kara," she said softly. "I'm fine. A little sore, but better than if I hadn't been protected by a super alien," she declared clearly with a soft smile. "You saved me. Again."

With a disbelieving look, she scoffed. "Saved you ? I endangered everyone by-by touching the-" she stopped abruptly, looking at the room, frozen. "Where is it ? Is everyone okay ?" She was so focused on Alex that she forgot about anyone else. She felt shame and guilt twist her stomach.

Following her gaze, she quickly caught on. "The bomb is still here, looking as new and shiny as ever. Didn't even move really, except for the fact that it's on the floor now. And everyone is basically okay, save for a few who were knocked out but nothing serious."

Kara felt relief flood her but shook her head with her eyes closed, confused. "I don't understand. Why did it detonate at my touch ? And why am I... hurting ? I feel aweful," she declared while srunching her noise in obvious distate about her new situation. 

Alex looked apologetically at Kara before explaining. "Well, I think it's because it was of alien origin. You're not badly hurt, mostly disoriented, because you're Kryptonian." Looking around her, seeing the agents coughing but getting up as they helped each other, she sighed, relieved. Everyone was fine because Kara made them leave the room, and only Alex was directly in front of the entrance, wanting to see how Kara was progressing with the bomb. She was lucky to be in one piece really.

Director Henshaw was already back in the room after making sure everyone was okay, crouched 4 feet away, inspecting the bomb himself. He couldn't feel the buzzing from the weapon, but maybe his psychic powers were protecting him without his knowledge. He internally kicked himself for putting his agents and a civilian in danger, just because he didn't feel its energy due to his origin. Not wanting to cause another explosion, he stood up and turned around to make his way back to the sisters.

He stopped by the door, taking the scene in front of him. Kara was sitting against the wall, facing the room, and Alex was on her right, her left arm around her shoulders, slowly rubbing Kara’s shoulder. She was holding Kara’s hands with her right one, laying on Kara’s lap, squeezing lightly every now and then to keep her awake and focused.

The scene in itself wasn’t odd for two sisters, but Alex’s thoughts… That was new . It wasn’t a declaration of love repeating itself on a loop, but rather a general warmth and fierce protectiveness directed towards Kara, and Kara only. Kara, who occupied 80% of Alex’s thoughts, the rest being busy worrying about the last two days’ events. It has always been there of course, but it got stronger now. More noticeable, psychic powers or not.
He couldn't read Kara's thoughts though, because she was Kryptonian, and he didn't know her well enough to try and guess how she felt about Alex. But he could easily guess that, whatever happened, they'll always be there for each other, not matter what.

"I never felt so lucky to be Kryptonian," Kara murmured. "Well, except when I saved your plane," she said looking at Alex with a small smile.

Melting inside, Alex returned the smile with a light squeeze around Kara's hands. "We should get you to the med bay and lay you down under the sun lamps."

Kara's eyebrows shot up, surprised. "Sun lamps ?"

Alex diverted her eyes, looking at their joined hands. "Yeah, I studied the notes my parents made of Kal-El. I mean, we already knew your powers came from the sun." A shrug. "We just worked on it for a while and I-we think it works."

Kara opened her mouth to speak, not quite sure what to say, but Henshaw beat her to it. "What Agent Danvers is trying to say, Miss Danvers, is that she spent nearly a year working on it, and she made it work. We didn't have a Kryptonian on hand to test it, but I trust that she did an impeccable job, as always," he said while walking to them, stopping a few feet away, hands on his hips.

Kara haven't seen Alex blush this hard for a long time. Alex gulped and lowered her head to hide her blush, but it was too late. She heard a light chuckle coming from Kara, and looked up, ready to tell her to stop teasing her. But she only saw Kara with a fond smile, and her eyes just... Full of love. The blush deepened and she cleared her throat to diffuse some of the tension between her and Kara. Well, she felt the tension, but Kara wouldn't. Probably. She didn't even know why she felt this tension.

She felt a light squeeze around her hand, startling her out of her daze. "Thank you," simply murmured Kara, voice soft.

Alex just smirked, the one reserved for Kara when she felt a little shy about something. "Come on, time to recover under the sun lamps," she announced.

Feeling really sore when trying to stand up, she put her hands on her knees to make it easier. Once relatively stable, she extended her hand to Kara, helping her next. Kara groaned and faltered before Alex stabilised her by putting her arm around her waist.

"Well that's brutal. Feeling sucks," Kara declared. Seeing Alex's worried look, she gave her a loopsided smile. "It's fine Alex, just a little light headed and my muscles are... aching ? I think that's what it is. But nothing bad, I'm just not used to it."

Chewing on her bottom lip, Alex took the decision to put Kara's arm around her neck, holding this hand with her own to help her walk, Kara's height making it a little easier. Her other arm was around Kara's waist to keep her from walking too much left.

"Do you need help or can I go start cleaning up ?"

Having forgotten anyone else around them, both sisters startled, heads shoting up to see Henshaw next to them, arms crossed and just a hint of a smile. "Ye-Yes Sir, I'll just go help Kara lay down in the med bay- if that's okay, Sir," Alex stammered.

Pausing before answering for effect, the Director eventually nodded. "Of course Agent Danvers, take care of Miss Danvers, she looks like she needs it."

Turning her head towards to opposite direction, Kara muttered a "thanks" sarcastically, making Alex snort rather indelicately. She tried coughing to cover it up, but from the look of her Director, it didn't work. Time to escape.

"Thank you sir, call me if you need help," she called loudly over her shoulder, dragging slowly Kara with her into the maze of hallways.

"Sorry," whispered Kara with a little grin, looking the opposite of apologetic.

"Sure you are," Alex huffed, still having her lips turning upwards without her permission. At least Kara was well enough to be a little shit.

They made their way up to the med bay, both aching everywhere once there. Stopping in front of the bed, Alex slowly removed Kara's arm from around her and let her lean against the metallic table which was against a big window next to the exit. In front of the table and Kara was a metallic bed with a sort of lid above it, very conffin like.

"That's reassuring," she mumbled.

Alex, who was connecting a bunch of wired around the coffing, asked without looking up, "What ?"

"If I lay on this... bed for too long, am I going to turn into a bat ?"

At that, Alex looked up and asked again, "What ?". Feeling confused, she followed Kara's eyes and looked at the bed. Indeed, it was bare of any sheet and the sun lamps covered most of the surface with a space just wide enough to lay under them. But come on, it was... Not black. "Kara, I think the sun lamps defeat the whole purpose of a coffin."

As if Alex didn't say anything, she continued with her snarky comments. "I bet you don't push those out of the way. You have to lift them up, don't you ?"

Groaning, Alex linked multiple cables to a big machine, which turned on with an aubible click. "After the explosion, I forgot for a few moments that you sense of humor was aweful. I was blissfully ignorant." She pushed some buttons and after a couple of seconds, the sun lamps roaring to life with a low humming sound, blinding them both while Alex tried to dim the intensity. Taking a deep breath, she turned around, facing Kara, feeling anxious. "There, everything's set. You, uh, we'll just try for an hour to begin with, see if it works."

"Hey," Kara called softly. "It'll work. And if, and that's a big if, if it doesn't work, then I'll just rest like a human. Like you will," she declared, leaving no room for arguing.

Alex rolled her eyes good-naturedly, deciding against telling Kara she had way worse over the years spent in the field. "Fine. But first, you get in there. And if you behave," she added with a smirk, "I might even get you some food." She left the part where the food from the DEO wasn't exactly gastronomy. It wasn't bad, it was... edible. She took what looked like a wristband and put it on around Kara's upper arm after pushing her sleeve back. It was linked to the big machine, which started to beep when Alex finished putting the wristband on Kara. It beeped a little faster than humans, but at a normal rate for Kara.

With everything going on, Kara actually forgot about food. Alex's words, however, woke up the monster hiding inside her stomach and he growled to life. "Food ! I haven't eaten since..." She paused, trying to remember. She chuckled, remembering her disastrous date and made a note to kill Winn. Remembering Winn made her think about CatCo, which made her think about... "CAT !" she gasped loudly.

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She gasped so loudly Alex actually jumped. "Cat ?" she wondered. "Miss Grant ? What does she have to do with f-"

But Kara didn't let her finish, didn't even listened to her. "Oh my god. Miss Grant ! I'm late ! I'm going to be fired ! What am I talking about, I'm already fired ! That's it, it's over, I'm fired and I'm going to live under a bridge somewhere and I'll have to-"

In her panic, Kara wasn't even hearing the loud beeping getting worryingly quicker, and suddenly felt herself being slighlty shaken by Alex, grabbing her by the shoulders. She knew she had to get Kara to calm down quickly if she didn't want her to get into a full panic attack. 
She focused her eyes on Alex, feeling calmer already. Alex had a way with her, her presence or her heartbeat centering her when she felt lost. Alex was always there, no matter what, like a light in the dark. Gee, was she cheesy when it came to Alex.

Taking a breath to regulate her breathing, she looked Alex with a worried expression. "Alex, I didn't let Miss Grant know I wouldn't come to work today. What time is it ?"

As Alex was going to reach for her phone in her pocket, she saw Kara do the same, but glanced at the time anyway. 11h16. Uh oh.

Kara hissed when she looked at the time but quickly stopped breathing when she saw all the notifications she had. Holding her breath as she read the texts, she slowly let it out. Winn is on his way to redemption. However, when she reached the last text, she groaned. Or maybe not.

As she waited patiently, Alex tried to read Kara's micro expressions. It wasn't hard after all the time they spent together, but Kara couldn't seem to keep one expression for long. Looking relieved, then a little smile -gratitude ?-, then the crinkle appeared only to leave its place for the full furrow of her eyebrows. Frustration. It's not that she didn't care whether Kara still had her job or not, but she cared more about her well-being, and she just wanted her under the sun lamps. Deciding to hurry up the conversation a little, she asked "What ?"

"Well..." Kara paused, pursing her lips as if trying to think how to phrase what she wanted to say. "Winn- I told you he kinda convinced me to go on that date... Last night ? Was it last night ? Gosh, I feel like it was a lifetime ago," she shook her head, in disbelief at the events of the last two days. "Anyway, when I didn't show up this morning, he got worried at first, asking if I was alright. I was meeting a stranger after all, and he doesn't know I'm basically invincible." A pause. "From humans at least."

Alex sighed, Kara's rambles were normally cute, but now it only separated her from resting. "Kara, get to the point. Or tell me while laying on- in the coffin." She actually liked that joke, being even funnier because the bed was the further thing from a coffin, with the meterial and the sun lamps, but it was also true it reminded her of a casket. She decided to rename the bed from now on, even if Kara wouldn't have the use for it after today. After all, it was the last time she would get hurt.

Kara actually cracked a smile. "I knew you liked my jokes," she grinned. At Alex restless look, she huffed. "Fine. So, he was worried at first, but then he- he thought I-" she flushed bright red, looking away from Alex's brown eyes, and threw up her hands, flustered. "He thought I spent the night with the man," she rushed out, "so he said he covered for me and to- you know what, I'm not even going to say- I'll just punch him next time I see him." At Kara's admission, Alex's eyes grew wide, and she felt an uncomfortable weight pressing down her stomach and she felt her heart beat quicker. Luckily, Kara was so irritated she didn't notice the change. "Okay, not punch him, I do want him to live. I'll just push him with my pinky finger, that should be gentle enough. I mean, it should hurt him enough. Maybe."

Turning her back to her sister, Alex feigned checking all the wires already perfectly plugged in so she could count to ten, slowly releasing her breath. Kara just stopped talking, obviously still embarassed by Winn's wrong guess, and waited for Alex to say something, looking down at her wriggling hands. Once Alex was sure her voice would be stable enough, she turned around. "All I heard was that he covered for you, so you better get your butt on this bed", she said seriously, all patience and jokes seemingly forgotten. At Kara's dumbfounded look, she raised an eyebrow, challenging her sister to protest.

Kara sighed quietly with a resigned look, knowing Alex waited long enough for her to finally test the sun lamps, and that Cat Grant wasn't nearly as important as her health to Alex's eyes. "Fine," she said with a small smile, easing the tension.

"Wait," Alex said. Kara stopped by the bed, looking at Alex. "Are you hurt, like really ? No lying," she warned. "It doesn't do any of us any good, so just tell me."

"Honestly, I don't feel so bad." Seeing Alex still worried, she added "I promise. The worst pain I feel is on my ribs, but even I can tell it's not that bad," she said genuinely.

"Show me," said Alex sternly.

Kara pursed her lips to keep herself from sighing because she knew she would be worse if the roles were reversed. Though she knew Alex was giving everything she had to stay calm. For her. So she wordlessly lifted a side of her shirt, showing the slightly bruised ribs.
Alex got closer, and bent down a little to take a closer look. She touched gently the area, testing the tenderness. Kara hissed at the contact, Alex's fingers were cold but she felt a warm sensation where she touched her. Alex eyes shot up to meet Kara's and quickly removed her hand.

"Sorry," she said sheepishly before straightening up. "Old habits." She cleared her throat while Kara tried to control the blushing she felt on her face, lowering her head as she put the shirt back down. "Well, it's a little bruised, but nothing bad, just like you said. In any case, I wouldn't be able to do anything, except give you medicine. But we all know how that'd go." They both chuckled at the memory of Kara testing a medicine for a headache and becoming immediately dozy to everybody's surprise. The drugs didn't treat her pain, but made her, well... Drugged. "Anyway, a few hours under the sun lamps should do it."

Standing next to the bed, Alex lifted the sun lamps up, allowing Kara to lay down, helping her with her other hand. Once Kara was laying down uncomfortably, she lowered them again carefully, noting Kara's eyes tightly shut. Taking Kara's hand in her own, she gently rubbed it with her thumb. "Hey, you okay ?" she murmured.

With a mouth turned downside, Kara squinted at Alex. "Fine," she answered quietly, as if not wanting to disturb the silence only broken by the beeps of the machine. "Just a little bright is all," she lied. Not a total lie, it was blinding.

"Don't whine, I didn't get the chance to test it. Just- bear with it for a bit, it's only temporary." Alex then sighed with pursed lips, tightening her hold for a moment before letting go. She heard the beeping speed up as she moved away, proof that Kara lied and didn't want to be left on her own. She returned five seconds later with  a chair, sitting comfortably before taking Kara's hand back in her own. "You won't be alone Kar, I'm not leaving your side."

Alex had the advantage of having spent most of her life by Kara's side, whether during good times, like when she discovered the wonders of Earth food, or bad times. Bad times being the nightmares, every night for the first few months of her arrival at the Danvers'. Alex knew them as well as Kara, having been by her side every single night -after getting over her hate for her new sister of course. So it wasn't difficult to guess what Kara felt, being in a confined space. Even if the sun lamps were a bright contrast in comparison to the deep dark space, she knew Kara was still having trouble with small spaces. Even elevators weren't her favorite way to go all the way up to CatCo last floor, she still speeding up the stairs when she could, having checked there were no cameras beforehand.

Having gotten used to every trauma Kara still suffered, there was no pity in her eyes, only understanding and love, and Kara couldn't resist the grateful smile she felt showing on her face.

Wanting to lighten things up a bit after all they've been through, Alex tried to make Kara laugh. Or at least smile, a real one. "If it's too much, I can get you those big sunglasses people wear after eye surgery," she joked.

Eyes still closed, Kara snorted and tried to compress her smile. "You should know I won't refuse if you offer seriously. I'd like to see you in here, with your weak little human eyes."

Never stopping caressing Kara's hand with her thumb, she huffed in mock offense. "Rude. Don't forget I have the key to the most precious, most coveted item here."

"What, nuclear codes ?" Kara deadpanned.

"No." She paused for dramatic effect. When she felt Kara would most likely start to whine, she declared with a proud, clear voice, "Food."

The monster living in Kara's stomach was obviously still very much alive if the noise coming from him was any indication, and Alex couldn't help but chuckle at the racket. Kara blushed slightly, too tired and used to it to be really embarrassed.
Alex stretched her hand so she could wheel back a little on her office chair while still holding Kara's hand, craning her head towards the exit while waiting for an agent to pass. She didn't have to wait long as an agent walked by a few seconds later, and called her out. When the agent stopped and looked at Alex through the window, Alex waved her in. Still unsure as to why she was being called in the med bay by Alex Danvers, the legend, she slowly backpedaled and stopped by the door.

While Kara was curiously watching the scene, Alex seemed comfortable asking for five sandwiches, four packs of chocolate cookies and four bottles of water from the vending machine. The agent quickly nodded and hurried off to complete her task. For Alex Danvers !
Turning back to her sister, she shrugged. "You need to eat, and I'm not leaving your side," she answered Kara's questioning look, which quickly turned into an amused one. 

"You know it's a lot of food, even for me. Especially from a vending machine Alex, I know I vacuum-eat everything but... I still have standards."

Alex sighed. "That's what's fastest for now. And not everything's for you Miss Vacuum, I do need to eat too. Although, you'll probably eat half of my sandwich. And one of the packs of chocolate cookies is for my Director." Kara raised her eyebrows, surprised. She thought she was the only one of them fetching food for her boss. "He thinks we don't know what he eats when he's stressing about something, but we all see him sneak a biscuit or two from his pocket."

Kara didn't see it before, but Alex obviously had a deeper connection with her Director. She felt a surge of jealousy rising up to her throat, which felt tighter suddenly. She gulped, trying to push the feeling aside, before asking "Are you two close ?"

Alex laughed out loud at Kara's question, quickly dying out and replaced by a light chuckle. "Not close, no. I just- I respect him a lot, and he tutored me from day one. I guess I didn't tell you how I came to work here yet." She put her hand up, stopping Kara's undoubtedly multiple questions. "I will tell you, but you really need to rest," she pleaded.

Reassured by Alex's response, Kara nodded with a soft okay, and they waited in a comfortable silence for the agent to come back with the precious food, interrupted only by the beeps of Kara's heart.
Even knowing the sound was different, Alex couldn't help but marvel at being able to hear Kara's heart as Kara could hear hers. She got it now, how comforting it was hearing the proof of life and well-being of a loved one. She relaxed her shoulders, closed her eyes and sighed contentedly, just enjoying Kara's presence, knowing she'll be okay, sun lamps or not.

Just as she started to relax again, she heard hurried footsteps approaching. She turned her head to see the agent slowing, approaching quietly with her hands full of food. Out of the corner of her eye, Alex saw Kara smile, eyes still closed. Of course she recognized the sound of the plastic wrappers.

"There you go," the agent said shyly before handing Alex all of the food. "I bought different flavors, I hope that's alright," she asked hesitantly.

Alex smiled gratefully, trying to get everything balanced in her arms, but ultimately giving up and putting it down on Kara's body. "Hey !" she called indignantly, a pout making her way on her adorable face.

Ignoring her sister, Alex smirked so that Kara could see before turning back to the Agent. "It's perfect, thank you Agent..." she trailed off.

Surprise quickly replaced by the mask of a soldier, the Agent straightened up, arms behind her back. "Agent Kolt, ma'am."

With an approving look, Alex nodded. "Well, Agent Kolt, thank you."

Still looking right ahead, all shyness forgotten, she answered, "No problem ma'am."

And with that, she turned around and left quickly. Alex took her place back to Kara's side, about to take the food off Kara when she heard her chuckle. "What ?" she asked, eyebrow raised.

"You're respected here," she said with a fond smile. 

Narrowing her eyes, she took one water bottle, one pack of chocolate cookies and one sandwich and put them on the floor next to her, intent on giving them to Henshaw. "Why do you say that ?"

Still looking at Alex fondly, Kara said "You should have heard the speed at which her heart was going. Plus, she may or may not have said some stuff under her breath. With a shaky voice. It was like she met her hero." She paused, looking at Alex rolling her eyes, cheeks slightly pink, before continuing. "I don't blame her," she said softly.

Alex snorted, feeling her cheeks burning. She always felt the need to deflect any compliment sent her way, never feeling like she deserved them. And she certainly wasn't used to having this part of her life opened to Kara, having hid it from the start. "I'm no hero, I just have a high rank here, that's all," she said.

"I still think it's more than that but fine, keep your awesome secrets to yourself Agent Danvers," she teased with a smirk.

Rolling her eyes again, Alex just stood up to lift the sun lamps so Kara could sit to eat. "Hold on." She left the room and came back less than a minute later, not that Kara was counting, with a pillow in her hands and put it behind Kara's back before giving Kara a sandwich. She knew better than to give her the water bottle now, Kara had a tendency to devour without pausing to drink. Or Breathe.

"Always taking care of me," she murmured before removing the plastic from the sandwich.

Alex looked up from her own, and answered "Always" with a soft expression reserved for Kara.

Already mouth full, Kara smiled with crumbs everywhere and ham hanging from her mouth. Alex just watched her with an amused expression, not even laughing, having gotten used to Kara's antics long ago. Munching readily on her sandwich, Kara was to focused to see Alex just staring at her with a dopey smile on her face, and suddenly shaking her head and starting quickly eating her own meal.

She had to admit, these sandwiches weren't half bad. They were definitely tastier than the food at the cafeteria, though they were less nutritive. DEO food was tasteless, but made for soldiers on a strict diet for those who wanted. Alex didn't really need it anymore, she was in more than good shape, but it didn't hurt from time to time.
Like after sister's night, which consisted of potstickers and pizza and soda, and chips, and candy, and hot chocolate, and sometimes alcohol. Did she need to keep going ? Because she could. And ice cream, and chinese food, and... All the food you could imagine.

And if she had to work out for hours the week following those nights, who was she to complain ? Those nights were the best. Even though they practically lived together now, they didn't always have sister's night, which was a movie or TV show with an insanely amount of greasy food. They sometimes just read a book, or Alex played a game while Kara watched enthusiastically. Kara always liked watching people play better rather than playing herself because it stressed her out, and watching was like watching a movie, but more fun. Alex didn't really understand, but it was always fun to play while Kara shouted "Behind you !" or just screamed because an ennemy appeared suddenly when she didn't expect it. She really was scared easily, which proved to be a fantastic pastime for Alex. Not so much for Kara.

Last time she got out of the shower while drying her hair with a tower, eyes focused on the floor, Alex just jumped out from nowhere and Kara found herself against the ceiling. Towel on the floor and bits of the ceiling in Kara's hair, she slowly came down, a hand on her heart and an angry pout. Alex just smirked and made her way back to the couch, like nothing happened. She should have known. She knew Kara. She knew her and she was a trained agent.
Just as she was about to sit down, she heard a swish sound and found herself butt on the floor, startled. From behind her, she heard Kara giggling, then laughing uncontrollably and turned her head to see the couch ten feet behind her. She huffed, angry with herself for falling for Kara's pout, thinking she wouldn't do something to retaliate.
She crossed her arms, not liking this new development. But this was Kara, and a few seconds later, when Kara could once again breathe, she heard rustling and the next second she was on the couch with a fluffy blanket around her and a cup of hot chocolate in her hands.
She felt Kara hugging her from behind the couch, arms around her neck. "Sorry," she mumbled, cheek against cheek, before putting a quick kiss on said cheek and going back to the bathroom. Oh yeah, she has to wash her hair again. Alex couldn't even be proud of scaring her sister anymore because she felt bad Kara felt guilty for taking the couch from under her. Really, Kara was too good for this world. Safe to say it was the last time Alex scared her sister.

She chuckled at the memory, and shook her head with a small smile when Kara sent her a questionning look. She realized the lost herself in thoughts when she saw that Kara was already at the end of her third sandwich. She bent down to take a water bottle and gave it to Kara, not needing to be asked. They knew each other too well for the need to ask for these kind of things.

"Thanks," Kara mumbled around a mouthful before swallowing and emptying the water in seconds.

Alex reached for another one, handing it to Kara wordlessly. Kara put down her empty bottle and chugged half of the bottle in two seconds. She made a noise of contentment and smiled at Alex, seemingly satisfied with her feast. Smirking, Alex raised an eyebrow. "So, was the food good enough for Miss Vacuum, or was it by pure necessity to gobble three sandwiches in a minute ?"

Kara placed her hand over her heart, eyes wide and scoffed, falsely offended. "How dare you Agent Danvers. It is by pure politeness that- yeah okay, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." She couldn't keep a straight face for long while lying. Or just, you know, joking.

"Right," she teased, rolling her eyes. Kara really liked when Alex did that, it never failed to make her smile or laugh depending on the situation. It reminded her- or rather, Cat reminded her of Alex when she did the same thing.

As predicted, once she finished half of her sandwich, she glanced at Kara who was not so subtly staring at it. Sighing with a smile, she was about to give it to Kara when it suddenly disappeared with a rustling sound. She blinked and saw Kara chewing as sneakily as possible but looking very guilty, her eyes looking at the apparently very interesting ceiling.

Alex huffed and took a pack of chocolate cookies, popping one into her mouth. "I was going to give you two of those, but now I'm taking one for myself."

Kara gasped at Alex's nerve, but quickly choked as she still had food in her mouth. She tapped her chest, trying to dislodge her maybe-future-murder-weapon while Alex did the same on her back, looking between mildly worried and amused. Kara couldn't really choke as she didn't need to breathe -not for a long time anyway- but it was never pleasant to have something keeping you from inhaling -or exhaling apparently. After a couple of seconds Kara coughed and took a deep breath, airway finally free. As she rubbed Kara's back to provide some comfort, she whispered "I think that's a sign that you need to be nicer to me. Also, karma."

Kara gave her the stink eye while she controlled her breathing, the beeping slowing down as she did so. Alex just shrugged and sat back down. After pretending to ignore her sister -which didn't last more than three seconds-, she rolled her eyes -again- and gave her a pack on chocolate cookies. Before Kara could grab it, she took it just out of reach. "Drink before, to help the food down after your almost death. I'm not cleaning up if you- you know", and she made a noise vaguely resembling someone vomiting.

Kara groaned, not especially psyched to think about vomit while eating, but took the cookies and gulped down the rest of her water. "Thanks," she grumbled while squinting at Alex. After taking a bite of the biscuit, she smiled, the near-death incident forgotten. "Those are actually really good," she exclaimed after swallowing. She learned her lesson.

Alex smirked, eating her last one. "Yeah, that's why Henshaw like them so much. I think that's the best food here. Otherwise we have to go out to eat as we can't order, secret government agency and all that, and we don't really have the time to go out."

Kara just humed, happily munching, and Alex smiled, happy to be able to talk about it freely with her now. Even if she could tell the whole world, it wouldn't matter if she couldn't tell Kara. It was physically painful to keep secrets from her. She felt so light now, happy. She didn't think anything else could make her happier.

As they were both finished with their food -Kara having also finished Alex's water-, Kara laid back down and Alex put the sun lamps back on top of Kara who quickly closed her eyes shut.
Alex sat back down and resumed her previous position, hand around Kara's. They stayed like that for a few moments, Alex checking Kara's vitals every few minutes, seeing improvement. She couldn't believe she did it, the sun lamps worked. She was proud, but more relieved that Kara could heal faster.

After a few minutes, Kara's breathing evened out, quietly sleeping. She didn't want to leave her alone, but she wanted to check on the situation downstairs, see if Henshaw needed her help. Also, she wanted to give him the sandwich, water bottle and cookies. The man never ate if they weren't careful, and they took care of each other here.

She inched closer in an awkward position so she could plant a kiss on Kara's head before standing up to go see Henshaw. As she tried to go however, she felt Kara's hand holding tighter. She turned back to explain to Kara she won't be long but instead of a worried Kara, she looked at a sleeping Kara, holding her hand tightly even in her sleep.
She wasn't even surprised, it wasn't the first time, but it never failed to warm her heart, seeing Kara so attached to her. It was selfish really, she should want her sister to be okay sleeping alone, but in a way, she liked having Kara need her.

With a loving smile, eyes only for Kara, she sat back down. Elbows on her knees, she covered Kara's hand with her other one, trying to deliver all the love and tranquility she could through her hands.

Just in case Kara took longer to wake up or heal, she took out a pen from her front pocket and wrote something on each plastic wrappers.

After a while, she leaned back, head resting on the back of the chair and closed her eyes.

An hour and a half later, Hank Henshaw found them both in the same position they fell asleep in, Kara's hand still clasped in Alex's. With a warm smile on his face -he could smile, he was alone. Kinda. -, he made his way into the room.
He saw plastic wrappers on the floor and went to throw them out when he noticed some still full. He was going to let the food there for the sisters to eat later, but he saw something scribbled down. Upon closer examination, he recognized the handwriting and chuckled softly.

Shaking his head at Alex's obvious softness she tried so hard to hide, he picked up the sandwich and chuckled again when he saw the cookies. Of course.

Later, when he was eating the sandwich on his way back to the explosion site, agents found it odd the Director felt the need to write his name on a sandwich clearly coming from their vending machine. And some wondered what "K.D & A.D"  under his name meant.

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Alex jerked awake, the sudden movement making lose her balance and fall from the chair. As if that wasn't enough, her hand was still clenched in Kara's, so of course Kara held tightly enough to not let go, even as Alex took her with her as she fell. 

That sure wasn't how they expected to wake up. Alex was on her back, all air stolen away from her lungs because of the weight that fell on her. Said weight, Kara, was on her stomach, head in the crook of Alex's neck because of the fall. She groaned before of the rude awakening and looked up when she heard Alex hiss in pain.

"My hand Kara !"

Kara looked towards their hands to realize she was still holding on, and too tight by the looks of it.

Kara let out a small gasp of surprise, quickly releasing Alex's hand. "Sorry ! I'm sorry Alex, are you okay ?" she asked, looking down at her sister.

Said sister grumbled under her breath, gently rubbing her damaged hand with a scowl. "It's fine Kara, nothing's broken," she said with a sigh. She looked up and watched Kara who was staring at her hand with a worried expression. Alex's heart rate sped up and she froze. The blue of Kara's eyes was so profound she could get lost in it. She found herself staring but couldn't convince herself to stop it. How could she have missed the depth of Kara's eyes until now ?

At the sound of Alex's heart doubling in speed, she looked up to see Alex's eyes staring into hers, never blinking or looking away. She unconsciously stopped breathing, losing herself in her feelings for the first time since her epiphany. They just stared at each other for a moment, wide eyed, like the other held some kind of key to unlock the secret of the universe. 

Kara heard footsteps approaching which made her come out of her stupor, suddenly realizing how close their faces were. In an instant she stood up with a strangled sound -between a yelp and a gasp- while her mouth opened and closed, looking like a fish and face red as a tomato. "S-sorry," she stammered, voice high-pitched. She was suddenly very aware of the rapid beep echoing loudly in the room, betraying her emotions, and hastily removed it, throwing it on the bed.

Alex seemed to come to her senses as well, shaking her head lightly, the pain in her hand forgotten. What just happened ? She knew she had to say something somehow. "Um-" she started, and what a great start, but was interrupted by the Director coming in. 

He was walking determined, but halted at the scene in front of him.

Alex was on her back on the floor, propped up on her elbows, looking at Kara completely confused. And in front of her, a good ten feet away, stood Kara looking down at the floor, as rigid as he ever seen her (and after having handcuffed her and seeing her approaching a bomb, he thought he already saw her at her worst), bright red from the neck up.

None of the sisters said anything, just Alex looking at Kara, and Kara looking anywhere but at Alex, visibly very flustered.

Henshaw cleared his throat, trying to get their attention. Both of the sister's heads snapped in his direction, like they suddenly remembered he was there at all.

He repressed a smile at their obliviousness. "So, after our little... incident from yesterday," he started, both sisters looking abashed, "we concluded that the bomb react to the presence of Aliens. That much was clear. However, thanks to Miss Danvers," Kara looked up in surprise, "we were able to identify what made the bomb explode."

Alex, still on the floor, started to get up to look more professional and straightened up. "What is it ?"

Henshaw looked at Alex. "As you know, Aliens give off a different energy than Humans." Kara's eyebrows shot up at that, taking in the new information. "The bomb seems to have the ability to read people's energy and react accordingly."

He paused, letting the Danvers' digest the information. Kara's face was tight with worry, and Alex looked thoughtful and was the first to react. "This is not good," she muttered.

Kara frowned. Alex was not one to state a simple fact like this, so she must mean something else. "What do you mean ?" Kara asked.

All shyness from before got lost in the seriousness of the situation, and Alex calmly explained. "Well, that's advanced technology. Like, really advanced, even for Aliens. So, they must be really powerful to find this kind of weapon and powerful enough to protect themselves from whoever that sold it to them. I'm convinced it's a group, someone working alone wouldn't be able to get their hands on this type of technology. Even sellers are smarter than selling it to just one person, it'd be irresponsable and dangerous for them."

Kara rubbed her forehead with her hand, a clear sign (amongst many others) of stress and frustration. She let out a long sigh, already tired of everything. She felt like they hadn't stopped moving or worrying since it all began, not a minute to stop and just breathe. "So, doesn't that narrow down the suspects ? A big group is more likely to get itself noticed than just a couple of crooks." She nodded to herself as she kept thinking. "Can't you use the technology used for the bomb to find the people who did this ? Surely you can do that with everything you have here. Plus, when we talk about Aliens, it's more than just science like you have on Earth. It's more... Intuitive I guess. The energy may have left a mark... We may be able to trace the energy back to the bomber..." The Crinkle appeared as she mumbled to herself, thinking of ways to find the persons responsible.

Alex nodded her agreement before noticing the look her Director gave her, like he was surprised. Ah, right. "She's a little... smarter than your average alien." When Henshaw just lifted an eyebrow, she sighed, looking over to Kara before diverting her eyes. "Kara has, like, super-intelligence," she rushed out, getting it over with.

Kara snapped back to reality and rolled her eyes so hard they almost flew off. "I do not, thank you very much. I'm just from an advanced species, that's all." At Alex's snort, she huffed, squinting at her. "Being bio-engineered has nothing to do with it, it's just... easier to learn new stuff," she said, shrugging self-consciously. 

It was Alex's turn to roll her eyes, a shadow of a smirk on her face visible to Kara only. Henshaw inhaled deeply, taking in the information. Boy was he glad that the strongest and maybe smartest alien was on their side. "Well, we could put your brain to good use, if you don't mind. It'd help us greatly to find the people who tried to... hurt Agent Danvers. For her security." He knew using Alex's near death would make Kara agree quicker, even if it was kind of a low blow.

Kara crossed her arms, standing tall and puffing out her chest in clear sign of strength. "Of course I'll help," she huffed, offended he'd think she wouldn't help in any way possible. "No need to manipulate me, Director. I know my priorities."

The Director raised his eyebrows slightly, showing his surprise, while Alex quietly gaped at her sister. Where did that come from ? Alex felt a mixture of worry and pride at Kara's quiet outburst. 

As the silence stretched out, Kara looked between Henshaw and Alex and settled her eyes on Alex's, brows furrowing. "What ?"

Alex stayed quiet for a few more seconds, slowly trying keep her new and weird feelings in check. "Nothing, you just seem a bit more... assertive ?"

Kara shrugged. "Like I said, I know what my priorities are and what I have to do."

Alex couldn't seem to stop staring at Kara, stunned at her sister's determination. That wasn't exactly new as no one could stop Kara when she decided to do something, but Kara defending herself, and from a person of power no less, was new. 

Henshaw was silently watching their exchange, having a clearer idea of how Kara felt towards Alex. He nodded to himself before speaking up. "I do apologize then, I can see how much you care for her," he finally said, face still carefully emotionless. "I'm going to debrief the team, then you can both join us to work on this," he said before leaving the room and closing the door behind him.

The room was quiet as Alex stared at Kara who stared at the floor. "So... You're standing up for yourself. Against Director Henshaw," Alex chuckled but genuinely surprised.

Kara frowned. "I'm not standing up for myself," she replied. "It's for you," she added after a beat.

Taken a little aback, Alex's eyebrows shot up almost to her hairline. "Me ?"

Eyebrows still furrowed, Kara titled her head to the side, confused. "Well, yeah," she said like it was obvious. "I mean, he tried to make me remember what we were doing here, like I forgot you were almost murdered," she said with venom. "Like you didn't mean anything to me, like I didn't care enough," she said, visibly angry as she looked down. 

Still surprised by every emotions Kara showed during the last couple of minutes, she came closer and took Kara's hands in hers. "I don't think that's what he meant," she said softly, meeting Kara's now sad eyes as she looked up. "He just-" She sighed. "He just wants to catch whoever did this. He appears a little stoic, but he cares, I've seen it. And he doesn't know you. And we deal with dangerous aliens everyday, it's not that easy to just... accept aliens could be good. Especially as good as you are," she said with such kindness Kara felt a squeeze in her chest.

She dropped her head on Alex's shoulder, giving in. "Well, he should do a better job at showing his emotions then, or he's going to get punched one day," she huffed.

Alex's right hand released Kara's to pat gently her hair as she chuckled. "I have a feeling it already happened. Though you could learn a thing or two from him."

Kara's head snapped up as she backed away a bit to look at Alex's face, a frown still on her face. "What ? Why ?"

Alex just smirked, reaching out to rub Kara's crinkle with her thumb, relieved when Kara didn’t pull away. "You could never hide how you felt, but that's a new level," she shrugged. At Kara's squinted look, she gave her a lopsided smile. "What, don't be like that. I like it when you're protective of me."

Kara felt her face slowly heating up and quickly looked down, trying to hide her embarrassment. "I-I'm not-" She sighed as she resigned herself to her fate, feeling caught at having inappropriate feelings towards her sister. She felt mortified because she knew what she was feeling was different, but she had to remember Alex didn't know and that Alex also was protective of Kara. "Okay, maybe I am," she mumbled. She chanced a glance at Alex, head still hung low.

She didn't have to worry though, because Alex just looked at her with unmasked love. She shook her head a little, smile still in place and tugged at Kara's hand. "Come on, let's do this thing !" If she sounded somehow chipper after Kara's show of protectiveness even though they were headed to find the ones who tried to kill her, it was purely a coincidence. 

Kara chuckled at Alex's antics and happily followed her sister out of the room, hands linked.
They made their way downstairs, joining everyone and stopped once behind the agents that were facing the Director. They both crossed their arms and listened attentively. 

"-why we're leaning more towards the idea of a large group rather than a few people," he said, voice clear and loud. He made eye contact with the sisters and resumed his debriefing. "Miss Danvers thinks the criminal may have some sort of trace left from the bomb, from its energy. So, get on it," he said with finality. 
As the agents scattered, everyone with a goal in mind, Henshaw made a beeline for the sisters. "I'd like to suggest something, but only if you both consent," he started speaking as he approached them.

The two women shared a look before nodding at Henshaw to continue. "We need Miss Danvers to take a closer look at the bomb, but as I said, we all saw it's not a good idea. We still need her brain though, but she can't come near the weapon." He looked at Alex then. "So I was thinking of getting you to inspect it with Miss Danvers telling you what to do through your earpiece."

Alex felt Kara getting ready to protest, so she quickly put her hand on Kara's arm to stop her, shooting her a soothing glance before looking back at her Director silently inviting him to keep going. "Let him speak," she whispered, too low for anyone but Kara to hear. Under her hand, she felt Kara's muscles minutely relax.

Henshaw nodded. "Right, I'm not quite finished. I had many agents going near the bomb since we discovered it and nothing happened." He silently thanked H'ronmeer that he hadn't had the time to go see the bomb himself before Kara, and looked at her directly. "Humans are safe, Agent Danvers would be safe," he pushed. "She would be your eyes, ears and hands, and you would share your knowledge through the earpiece, trying to find something out, something a Human couldn't."  

Alex agreed with Henshaw's idea, it was quite ingenious. Although, she wouldn't need to be Kara's eyes and ears as she could see and hear everything from a 60 miles radius if she focused enough. She still needed to be her hands though.

When she glanced at Kara, she saw that she was looking worriedly at her, weighing the pros and cons. Alex smiled encouragingly at her, no trace of fear or doubt showing on her face. 

Kara rubbed her forehead, closing her eyes as she lowered her head, chin touching her chest. "Fine," she sighed before locking eyes with the Director. "But if at any moment I want to stop and get Alex out of there, she's out of there."

The Director and the Agent both nodded, satisfied with Kara's conditions. 

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"Wait !"

Both Kara and Henshaw turned to see Alex still rooted on her spot and gave her matching confused looks. "What ?" asked Kara.

"I need to examine you first, see how you respond to the sun lamps."

Kara sighed. "Alex, can we do this later and get this over with ? I feel fine, I promise," she said, trying to convince her sister.

But Alex was determined. "Kara, the more we wait, the more incorrect the results will be. Plus, I need to check you ribs."

"My ribs," Kara deadpanned. "What about yours ? If you check mine, someone will have to check yours too," she stated, crossing her arms for good measure. 

Rolling her eyes while groaning (reminding Kara of a grouchy teenage Alex), Alex let out a long sigh. "Fine. Let's get ourselves checked out," she said as she began walking without waiting for Kara.

Kara looked between Alex and Henshaw, not sure what to do. "Um, I'm just gonna..." she trailed off, pointing awkwardly towards Alex with her thumb, before turning and following her quickly.

She caught up to her on the stairs and they walked up in silence, side by side. Once at the top, Alex turned to Kara. "Go back to the room where the sun lamps are, I'm gonna get the doctor to look at my ribs," she said as she kept walking backwards.

Kara nodded and made her way to the med bay, sitting on the bed/coffin with her legs dangling as she didn't reach the floor. Oddly, the bed was as high as a table, so her feet didn't even graze the floor, which was new as she was quite tall.
She was swinging her legs while playing with a strand of hair when Alex came back with a doctor. 
Kara looked up to see a tall woman with a white coat on, and a warm smile on her face, so Kara smiled automatically. 

Alex always said she was warm, and everyone liked her because she was always smiling, being nice to everyone as opposed to Alex.
However, it was Alex that was always surrounded by people and Kara was more of a loner. Until they became close that is, and then it was always both of them together.

The doctor kept walking until she was in front of Kara, a hand held out. Kara hopped out of the bed and shook the doctor's hand.

"This is Doctor Hamilton," she presented as she walked closer to Kara, ready for the check up.

"Nice to meet you," Kara smiled easily.

"Likewise," answered Dr. Hamilton, voice soft and reassuring somehow.

Alex was getting impatient and she didn't hide it. "Okay, okay, introductions over," she declared, separating the two women by putting herself between them.

Dr. Hamilton huffed a laugh and stepped back while Kara just rolled her eyes with a small smile, used to Alex's restlessness. She felt her shirt ride up and looked down to see Alex already at work. She grabbed the edge and pulled it up, easing the access to her ribs for Alex.

Alex was leaning over to inspect the area closely and let a little whistling. "Like nothing happened," she whispered, pleasantly surprised as she ghosted Kara's ribs with her fingers.

Of course, Alex had already seen Kara's quick healing through the years, but the bruises disappeared completely in under an hour. It would normally have taken at least 24 hours for Kara to not feel the pain anymore, but now she stood, feeling nothing with her skin as white as it normally was.

"I told you it would work," Kara said as she covered herself up again.

Alex straightened and put her hands on her hips. "You did," she drawled with a light blush. "Didn't mean it would have." She paused, still recovering from the fact that she did it. And Kara was okay. "Though I shouldn't be surprised, I am me after all," she teased with a smirk.

Kara rolled her eyes again (it quickly became a habit with the Danvers sisters) before making a show of looking around, frowning. "Excuse me," she said, looking back at Alex. "I'm looking for my sister. She's about this tall," she continued, putting her hand next to Alex's head, "and she's a little less of a jerk than you," she said, looking at Alex right in the eyes, who was looking at her dumbfounded but amused. "Oh wait," she said, all of a sudden looking serious. "No she's not."

Alex huffed, pretending to be offended, and was going to talk back when they heard a snort behind Alex. Alex turned around as Kara looked over her shoulder to see Dr. Hamilton covering her mouth with one hand, trying to hide the amusement they could clearly see in the way her eyes were squinting. 

Alex crossed her arms defensively, not used to being made fun of. She turned her head to scold Kara but she saw her with a big smile, evidently happy for having made the doctor laugh. And also, possibly, for having a moment where they went back to their normal selves, just teasing and taking care of each other. Not wanting to break the moment, she played along, relaxing a little too. "Says the one stole all of my food this morning," she deadpanned.

Kara fake gasped, putting her hand above her heart in mock hurt. "How dare you, you ate the whole... half. That's... something ! And you had a pack of cookies by yourself, I didn't even take one."

It was Alex's turn to roll her eyes, but she still smiled softly. As she was going to reply, Dr. Hamilton clasped her hands together, resulting in making both sisters jump a little, startled. "Well, as much fun as it is to watch you two, I seem to remember you calling me to check your ribs. And as you are human, I think," she whispered the last word, looking innocently away, "I don't believe you healed quite as quickly as Miss Danvers here."

Kara tried to contain her smile as Alex squinted in her direction, feeling betrayed because she knew Dr. Hamilton won't let her go until she was properly attended to.
She internally groaned but huffed at loud, making her distaste for the situation obvious. She looked uncomfortable now, as if Kara's presence was bothering her. Somehow sensing it, Kara asked "Do you want some privacy ?"

She would have said yes if not for the hurt look her sister had. She quickly grabbed her hand and shook her head. "No, stay."

Relaxing visibly, Kara smiled and leaned on the bed, hand still in Alex's.

Dr. Hamilton closed the distance between her and Alex and made a gesture with her hand, flapping it up and down. Understanding the move, Alex slowly pulled up her shirt, looking in the opposite direction of Kara, uncomfortable again.

Kara frowned, not understanding Alex's problem, but one look at her ribs and she couldn't hold back the loud gasp as the noise of metal bending echoed loudly. She brought her shaking hand up to her mouth, as if trying to prevent other sounds from coming out, but quickly lowered it and slowly edged closer to Alex, leaving a dent on the edge of the bed, looking at the bruises. It wasn't the few bruises here and there that caught her attention, but two distinct hands shaped bruises at either side of Alex's torso. The doctor hissed and looked up at Kara, seeing her devastation. She quickly stepped back, knowing what was coming. 

Kara inhaled shakily, passing her hand through her hair, trying to calm down. Alex still held her other hand, and squeezed it to get Kara to focus on her. "Hey. Kara, look at me," she asked softly. When Kara just looked down at their joined hands with misty eyes. "Kara," she said louder, cutting through the fog Kara seemed to be surrounded by. She slowly looked up, looking so ashamed and sad, as the tears finally fell. "This is not your fault." As Kara looked down again, not believing a word Alex was saying, she dropped her hand in order to take Kara's face in her hands, forcing her to look at her. "This is not you fault," she repeated vehemently. "It was either this, or much, much worse." She wiped the tears with her thumbs, rubbing gently Kara's cheekbones. "I don't think you thought I was serious when I told you you saved me. Again might I add," she said, bringing Kara's face closer so she could kiss her forehead in gratitude, lingering just an instant too much.

Kara had her eyes closed, trying to breathe evenly. She took a deep breath and opened her eyes, looking into Alex's for a moment. She glanced down quickly before looking at Alex again, worried. "Does it-" She gulped, trying to talk around the knot she felt in her throat.

Alex understood however. "It doesn't. It doesn't hurt Kara, I promise. It's just a bit tender, but you know I mark easily. It's all good," she said with a loving smile. Seeing nothing but honesty in Alex's eyes, Kara nodded. "Plus, if I want to buy you that ring you saw the other day, I won't have to measure your finger in your sleep, I can just do it on my skin. So useful," she joked, trying to lift the tension.

It worked as Kara let out a breathy laugh, eyes crinkling with relief, and straightened up making Alex drop her hands at her side. She sniffed loudly and rubbed her hands on her cheeks, trying to get rid of the incriminating evidence of her slight break down. She let out a long breath and smiled at Alex, tears still in her eyes. Alex smiled back, relieved Kara believed her, she didn't want her to think it was her fault when it so clearly wasn't.

"Um, I didn't really have the time to properly inspect the bruises Agent Danvers," said quietly Dr. Hamilton. 

Both sisters startled, again, as they forgot she was still here. "So-" She coughed, trying to clear her airway so she could speak clearly, like a normal person. "Sorry Doctor, I'm ready." She had a light blush on her cheeks, embarrassed of the scene they caused in front of her colleague.

The Doctor waved her hand in a dismissive gesture before coming back in front of Alex, leaning up close and touching every rib delicately, inspecting every bruise. She was very thorough and that's why Alex liked her. She was a no nonsense kind of doctor and was serious about her work. 

Alex didn't lie when she said it didn't really hurt, she barely felt it when the doctor poked her at certain places, trying to see how she reacted. She just held Kara's hand, squeezing as she smiled at her.

After a short moment, Dr. Hamilton straightened up and removed her rubber gloves, tossing them in the bin next to the table. "It all seems okay. As Agent Danvers said it is a little tender, but that's nothing to worry about. No fractured ribs, no cuts, nothing. You just have to take it easy, try not to lift heavy weight for a while. Aside from that, you're good to go," she concluded with a smile. You could feel it wasn't a fake, polite smile, but a real, warm one.

Kara was happy Alex was in such good hands, and had such a genuine and kind colleague. She didn't know a lot about this place, but she knew the work they did could darken some people inside, dulling their kindness. She was glad Alex and Dr. Hamilton were still bright inside.

Alex nodded, satisfied with her assessment. "Thank you Amelia."

"Thank you Dr. Hamilton," added Kara, really grateful.

"My pleasure," answered Amelia, smiling. She waved a little at Kara before exiting the room, seemingly going back to work.

Alex let out a breath through her nose, somewhat relieved the whole thing went well. She's been scared Kara would take it more badly, so she was relieved to see Kara trusted her to tell the truth.

"She's really nice," commented Kara, voice a little rough after crying. 

Alex turned to her, seeing her eyes red, still shiny from recent tears. "She is."

Kara breathed a light laugh. "That's it ? You're on first name basis apparently, and more importantly, you respected her diagnosis. You didn't even counter her once !" she exclaimed, arms flailing in disbelief. 

"We work a lot together when I'm not in the field," she shrugged. "And I agreed with her diagnosis because it was the right one," she said, sending Kara a look.

Kara shook her head, scoffing. "I can't believe how reluctant you are to admit that you're, well, that you respect her at least ! Actually, scratch that, I do believe it. And even when someone's right, you still like to correct them just to show off a little," she said, a hint of laughter in her words.

During Kara's tirade, Alex's face became a bit redder than usual because she felt caught. She wasn't used to showing her esteem towards anyone else than Kara, especially in front of Kara. She felt like she did something wrong, like she somehow cheated on Kara even though they weren't... Like that. Where did that come from ? She felt a shiver run down her spine and tried to suppress the odd things she was feeling. 

She frowned, crossing her arms. She knew it was a classic gesture of defensiveness, but she felt the need to do so anyway. "Well, of course I respect her. I wouldn't spend everyday working with her if I thought she was useless at her job," she replied. 

Chuckling, Kara nudged Alex's shoulder with her own. "I'm just teasing," she said, smiling. "I'm glad you found someone to work with who you respect. It's a good thing, you don't have to put your walls back up."

She deflated then, leaning against Kara and passing her hand through her hair. "I know," she sighed. "Habits. Sorry."

Kara gave her a lopsided smile while shrugging with one shoulder, a very much meh gesture. Alex smiled back, still not believing she had the amazing luck to have Kara in her life and gave her a one armed hug, squishing her cheek against Kara's shoulder. She always wanted to give off power and confidence, trying to appear taller than she was, but she didn't mind feeling little next to Kara. On the contrary.  

Inhaling deeply, she let go of Kara after squeezing her shoulder and put her hands on her hips, like she often did. "You ready ?" she asked, already knowing the answer.

"Yeah," answered Kara, determined. "The sooner we do this, the sooner we catch those-those-" she spluttered, not finding a word powerful enough without swearing.

Alex snorted loudly. "It's amazing that you never swear Kara, truly. But some situations call for it. Like now. You can say 'bastards'," she suggested. At Kara's speedy shake of the head, she smirked. "Not good enough ?" she teased. "How about 'moth'-"

Kara quickly put both of her hands on Alex's mouth, feeling enough flustered from the first insult. "No ! That's-That's fine, the first one's good ! Let's keep this one, yeah !" she squealed.

Alex shoved Kara's hands away so she could let out the laugh she was holding in while Kara mumbled unhappily. Alex's laugh turned into a chuckle as she shook her head, trying to calm down. "Alright, alright, let's get these jerks," she smoothed, using Kara's worst insult. 

Kara smiled shyly, shrugging awkwardly, but used to being teased about her politeness even in tense situations. Understatement of the year. 

They exited the room and walk down the stairs, making their way to Henshaw where he waits for them. With the bomb. That already exploded twice. And this time, there'll be no hold-up.

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As they walked down the several corridors -Kara staying close to Alex so she won't get lost-, Kara wiped her moist hands down her pants, a clear sign of nervousness.

Alex noted rather early on that Kara didn't fidget with her glasses when she was with Alex. Granted, she wasn't wearing them now, but she usually reached for them even when she wasn't wearing them when she was with other people, an old habit. But she didn't with Alex. Like she felt normal enough to forget the glasses, to forget she needed them most of the time to damper her powers. And Alex felt lighter every time she remembered that fact, giddy with the knowledge she made Kara feel normal.

She still had nervous tics though, such as rubbing her hands on her pants or fidgeting with the edge of a clothing. On her couch, she would take a cushion and lay it on her lap, playing with the corners or a loose string. So when Alex detected her anxiousness, she stopped her by putting her hand on Kara's arm.

"Hey, it's okay. It's gonna be alright. You'll be just on the other side of the room, with a glass so you can monitor my every move." As Kara still looked unsure, she added "Plenty of agents came by and inspected the bomb. Nothing happened. As nothing will happen to me. Last time was unlucky, but we know better now. And..." she pursed her lips. "We don't have much of a choice."

Kara looked into her eyes for a moment trying to determine if it was worth the risk. But, logically speaking, she knew Alex would be safe. Even if the worst thing occurred, she would be ready to save Alex in less than a second. She'd be ready now.

"Okay," she nodded, determined. 

They walked in the room adjacent to the one where the bomb was in, joining the Director. He had his arms crossed, already not liking this, "this" being putting one of his agents at risk. But having no choice, he didn't voice his worry. "Let's do this," he said and they all nodded their agreement. "So, you have your earpiece that you wear at all times," he began, looking at Alex. "We'll talk to you with our own. It'll be just us listening in, just in case. We sill don't know how the bomber knew you'd be on that plane."

Kara's eyes widen as she realized she didn't think about how the bomber knew Alex would be on the plane. Shoot.

Before Alex could leave the room, Kara put her hand on Alex's shoulder and gave it light squeeze. "I'll protect you if anything happens, I'll be ready this time," she promised, talking about the present situation and if the bomber ever showed himself.

Alex smiled at her, putting her hand over Kara's, before turning away and marching, determined, closer to the bomb.

She took a deep breath, keeping it in for a few seconds before releasing it back out. She was ready, she could do this. Kara did and she didn't have any training. Kara did it for her. She could easily do this for Kara. She'd do anything for her, that was just another item on the list.

While Alex prepared herself to go in, Kara turned to look at Henshaw. "How do you think the bomber knew ? Do you think you have a mole here ?" she asked, worried. If there was indeed a mole, then her sister was in constant danger.

Henshaw scowled, not liking this idea but thinking the same thing. "I had my doubts because I trust everyone here, but I can't see how the bomber would have known otherwise. So yes, I think it's safe to assume somebody's leaking information."

Kara clenched her jaw, trying to remain calm in light of this new information. She slowly let out the breath she didn't realize she was holding in. "I don't like this," she stated. "I won't let Alex stay here until we catch whoever's working with the enemy. I won't risk it," she said while shaking her head.

Sighing, Henshaw put his hands on his hips, looking a little more relaxed at the idea of having Kara helping him keep Alex safe. He hasn't told Alex yet, but he suspected she knew, she was smart. Too smart. That might be why she was targeted. 
He hasn't told anyone else really, afraid of tipping off the mole, not knowing who it was. He was surprised the person had pulled this off without alerting Henshaw of the situation, with his whole mind reading ability. He was glad to still be in hiding and having exactly no one knowing about his powers. So convenient.

He nodded, agreeing with her. "I agree," he answered, surprising her a bit. "You should stay with her for the time being, away from the DEO. You'll be able to keep her safe," he said, looking into her eyes steadily, as if trying to read her mind. As if. 

"I will," she affirmed, face serious. "I'll do anything to protect her Director," she promised.

With a hint of a smile, he gave her a knowing look. "Oh, I don’t doubt it." Feeling her face heating up, she quickly looked away, trying to distract herself with anything. I know he said. Of course he didn't know. She barely knew ! Finding nothing that could hold her attention in the bare room, she looked at Henshaw again, but he was looking in front of him. She followed his look, seeing Alex walking slowly towards the bomb. "If your home isn't safe for Agent Danvers," he continued like he never stopped talking in the first place, "We have safe houses we could put both of you in. It's just in case, but know it's an option. I don't want anything to happen to Agent Danvers," he quietly stated.

Kara smiled then, relieved he seemed to care about Alex. Alex was right, he does care. "Thank you," she answered softly.

He only grunted in response, his cold exterior trying to hide his kind heart.

"I'm in position," came Alex's voice through their earpieces.

Alex and Kara made eye contact through the big glass separating them and Kara gave her an encouraging smile. Alex nodded, serious as ever.

"Copy," replied Henshaw. "Follow Miss Danvers' instructions from now on." He paused. "And no funny business Agent Danvers," he ordered. "Only do what she tells you to, no unnecessary risks, or you'll be suspended," he informed her.

Alex frowned at the other end of the room, not liking being babysat, by her little sister no less, but nodded nonetheless.

Kara just pursed her lips to keep herself from laughing. She was enjoying this situation way too much for the danger they were actually in. Well, mostly Alex. "Okay Alex, I can see from here. Just keep your distance while I try to see if I can catch anything odd from here without you touching it," she said, trying to keep her voice gentle as to not make Alex feel like she was ordered.

She nodded, keeping her distance as requested, and looked at the bomb too. Two pair of eyes couldn't hurt, even if Kara's could see better than hers even all the way in the other room.
She waited a couple of minutes, knowing Kara was watching it with her zoom-like vision, then with her x-ray vision. If the time she waited was any indication, she was being thorough.

She glanced at Kara after a while, trying to gauge her expressions, but Kara just looked focused, The Crinkle making its appearance. When Kara looked up, she realized she's been staring but kept her gaze locked on Kara's, lifting an eyebrow to silently ask So ?

Kara shook her head. "Nothing," she said. "I'm not even feeling its energy, maybe it needs time to recharge," she mused out loud, a thoughtful look on her face. After a few seconds, she seemed to come back to reality. "Anyway, I didn't get to really touch it last time. Just made contact with the tip of my finger and then-" She made a gesture imitating an explosion, with background noises and everything. She was invested, okay ? Henshaw just scowled at her, his favorite expression apparently, and she sobered up. She cleared her throat awkwardly and reached for her glasses, but tugged on a strand of hair when she just felt her face instead of the frame. Alex hid her chuckle behind a fake cough, fooling exactly no one. "Anyway, I'd like you to tell me what you feel when touching it. It might help me figure out what it's made of."

"Okay," nodded Alex.

She got closer to the bomb, and ever so slowly, gently touched it with a feather-like touch, only hearing the heavy breathing of an anxious Kara. She waited a few seconds, everyone holding their breath, but nothing happened. She breathed out, getting more and more confident with every passing seconds, relaxing her muscles.

"Okay," she whispered to herself. She started softly touching it with her thumbs, feeling the material. "It's smooth and cold," she described to Kara who nodded. Even without touching it, it seemed that way, the color almost glowing with its whiteness.

Alex suddenly gasped, quickly removing her hands, holding them up high as if trying to keep them as far away as possible.

Kara immediately tensed, on her toes, ready to jump in if need be. "What happened ?" she asked panicked, fists clenched at her side, trying to stay where she was. It wouldn't do anyone any good to take Alex out of here only to detonate the bomb by accident just because she was scared. 

"Um, I'm-I'm not sure," she slowly answered. "I was putting a bit more force, see the hardness of the bomb, but..." she trailed off.

"But what ?" asked Henshaw, curious.

"It wasn't. Hard, I mean. It was soft, like-sort of like a leather cushion or something," she tried to explained. 

"Oh," let out Kara, surprised, lowering her shoulders.

Alex's head turned towards Kara, intrigued at the tone of her reaction. "What ?"

"It's... It's Tokrethil," she answered, the name rolling off her tongue so naturally. "I may be wrong, but I don't think so. It makes sense. The buzzing, the energy, and the almost transparent color... It's just like I remember it..." 

She had that far away look she had when she thought about Krypton or her life from before. "Do you know more ?" asked softly Alex, wishing she could hug her sister so tightly even Kara would tell her to ease up.

Kara audibly gulped, trying to stay impassible. "It's from Thanagar. They also created Nth Metal, which you obviously know about," she said absentmindedly. "They created the hardest and softest material I know, and Tokrethil is the softest."

Alex frowned, confused. "How can it stay in a specific shape if it's as soft as you say ?"

Kara had The Crinkle on her forehead, indicating some kind of uneasiness. "I'm not really clear on the details as I was young, but from what I remember there's a shape you choose, and whatever may happen, it will always come back to the chosen shape. Must be because of the particles..." She bit the inside of her cheek, thinking. "That's why they chose it. Because the bomb would be reusable. It's practical, especially with how much it must have cost them..." she trailed off, pieces of the puzzle forming a blurry shape, but a shape nonetheless. Something gnawed at her deep inside her mind, trying to resurface.

Alex sighed. "Why though ? Wouldn't it better to destroy the evidence ? It's not like..."

Kara and Alex made eye contact, realizing at the same time what was one of the missing piece of the puzzle. "They wanted to come back and retrieve it. They thought there'd be no survivors, the plane crashing into the sea," Kara breathed out. She wiped her head towards Henshaw, almost grabbing his harm in alarm. "Do you have security footage of the crash site ?" she asked quickly, vibrating with energy, the possibility of identifying the criminals (or one of them) making her feel restless. She shut her eyes, shaking her head, "I mean, where I dragged it. Do you have eyes on that area ?" she asked, voice getting louder with excitation.

"I'll have to check," answered calmly Henshaw, though she could see he was anything but. They were getting closer to catching the ones responsible for everything and Henshaw couldn't wait to get his hands on them. "I'll do it in my office so no one will see, using a private line. We can't risk being discovered when we have our first lead."

Kara nodded and could see Alex nodding too, not surprised by the fact that Alex seemed to know there was a mole. And they were going to find them, then catch them, keeping them far away from Alex.

 

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After Director Henshaw left for his office to look for the security footage, Kara and Alex went back to the room where they slept.
Kara swung the door open and promptly closed it, making Alex bump into her.

"Ow, what the hell Kara," she complained, rubbing delicately her sore nose. "You're a freaking wall, you know this !" she scowled. It wasn't the first time it happened.

Kara spun around, back against the door and arms slightly outstretched to block Alex from going in. She knew her face was red now and she must look like she just saw a ghost, lips turned downwards and eyes wide in alarm.

Alex's heart rate spiked up for a moment, fearing the worst, but quickly realized Kara didn't look scared, she looked... mortified ?

Alex squinted at her in suspicion and raised an eyebrow in question, crossing her arms, trying to appear imposing. Well, she was, but not to a Kryptonian. "Kara ?"

"Um, maybe- you know, you should-" she stammered, obviously flustered. "Maybe like, can you wait a minute before going in ?" she almost pleaded.

Alex stared at her blankly for a few seconds before the realization hit her, and laughed loudly, surprising even herself. "You-" she tried to say between breaths, "you just don't want me to see the mess you made this morning," she wheezed out, barely being able to breathe.

If possible, Kara's face became even redder to the tip of her ears and she frowned, very embarrassed. "I just want to clean up real quick," she explained, visibly displeased by Alex's reaction.

Calmer now, Alex was still chuckling but could talk normally. "Come on, I was there this morning, even if half asleep. You know I don't mind you making a mess," she smiled, shrugging. "I know you make efforts at home, but I couldn't care less about your slip-ups," she said reassuringly. 

Still red, Kara nodded, slowly opened the door and Alex stifled a whistle. It really was a mess. No one came in the room when they were not there because they heard what happened to the wall this morning, so no one cleaned up. Alex almost thought they got the wrong room and walked in the room where the bomb exploded earlier. "Well," she said loudly, "let's get to work then." She turned to close the door and felt a gush of wind, so she turned back and everything was more or less cleaned up. "Wha- Kara, I was gonna help !" she pouted.

Kara smiled sheepishly, shrugging one shoulder. "It's faster this way, and you should take it easy." At Alex's confused look, she rolled her eyes. "Your ribs, you dummy," she explained, gesturing in Alex's direction with her arm.

It was Alex's turn to roll her eyes and huff. "She said not to lift heavy weight, I think I can manage a little cleaning up," she countered. "What am I gonna do at home, let my apartment get dirty and never vacuum or anything ?" she challenged.

"Yes, because I'll clean up !" Kara smiled brightly. "And before you can say no, that's not up for discussion. Plus, it's not like it takes me long."

Alex knew Kara could be protective and a little smothering when she was hurt, years of playing sports being the proof, but Kara going out of her way to come and clean up at her house because she had a few bruised ribs was another thing. Of course, that's because she didn't know they were going to live together until the criminals were caught.

So she pursed her lips to stop herself from pushing Kara away, a habit she never really could break. "Okay," she sighed. Seeing Kara beam this much just for being able to help Alex like this made it worth it and she smiled back. "Thanks Kar," and if possible, Kara beamed even more, almost blinding Alex.

"No worries !" she answered with her bright smile, like she couldn't wait to come every few other day to clean up Alex's apartment. 

"I'll wait for you with pot stickers on those days then," she promised and Kara squealed of joy and carefully engulfed her in a big hug while Alex laughed in delight. 

After a moment, Kara let go of Alex, her hand still lingering on her arm. "Can't wait to come vacuum," she said honestly, which caused Alex so laugh again.

"You and food," she chuckled, shaking her head. "The biggest love story of History," she teased.

Kara just shrugged, not even embarrassed, smile till in place.

"By the way, how did you clean up all of the dust ?" she asked.

"Let's just say I can use my breath for something else than blowing a cake in your face while trying to blow out a birthday candle," she answered with a smirk.

"Right," Alex snorted, cheeks pink at the reminder, pushing playfully Kara's shoulder.

Now they had to get ready because Director Henshaw was trying to find one of the criminals.

Kara had left her wet clothes dry on a chair in a corner, but it was covered in salt now because of the ocean, so she decided to stay in the DEO clothes. Plus, they were comfy.
Alex hadn't had the chance to change before because the Director called them to debrief, and they went straight to inspect the bomb after having their injuries checked out. Or rather, Alex's injuries.

"I'm gonna go change into my uniform," Alex let Kara know before turning to leave.

Kara almost told Alex not to because they wouldn't stay here anyway, but she figured seeing Alex in uniform might send the mole off track. So she just nodded and sat patiently on the bed, waiting for her sister to come back.

While waiting for Alex, she began to think about everything that happened but tried to stay away from her... feelings. She had to stay focused on the threat, she had to think how to announce to Alex she wanted her to move out of her apartment to move in with her for her security. Normally she wouldn't be worried asking Alex to move in with her, they practically already lived together, but if she told Alex it was for her safety then it wouldn't be as well received. But she didn't care, Alex will move in even if she had to somehow force her. Well, move in or they would both move in a safe house.

Her mind drifted off, imagining them living together, always returning to each other at the end of each day. Sisters night every night. Cooking together again, like when they were younger. Talking about their days, and Alex being truthful now. Cuddling on the couch, in the bed before drifting off to sleep. Falling asleep and waking up everyday with Alex by her side. She dreamily sighed because it really seemed perfect. For all the awfulness of the situation, at least she'll be able to enjoy more time with Alex. That wasn't so bad.

She shook her head, trying to stop thinking about Alex like this. It wasn't the time, she could do more soul searching once everything was over, once she caught the one who planted the bomb on the plane. 

Which made her think... Someone had to put the bomb on that plane and detonate it. And that someone had to be alien to be able to set off the weapon. So that meant...

Just when she stood up suddenly, Alex opened the door dressed up in her all black DEO uniform. She stopped in her tracks seeing Kara's look. "What ?" she asked worriedly.

Kara just stood there for a few seconds while Alex closed the door, looking right ahead as she processed the information. She then turned her head quickly to face Alex, flailing her arms around. "Alex ! Alex, I think I got another lead !" she said loudly, not believing she hadn't seen it before.

Now all ears and very curious, Alex closed the distance between them and put her hand on Kara's arm to ground her. "Tell me. Slowly," she instructed, knowing an excited Kara could be a verbal diarrhea.

Kara nodded rapidly, taking the time to sort out her thoughts. "Okay, yeah. Okay, so, the bomb," she began. "The bomb was on the plane, with you." God, Kara trying to explain things slowly was... so slow. "And we know they need an alien to detonate it. We also know the bomb didn't explode until after the plane took off." Kara could see Alex slowly understanding what she was saying, a look of realization appearing, mouth a little agape. "Alex, the bomber was on that plane," she proclaimed. Alex gasped silently, looking nowhere as the wheels turned inside her head. She didn't realize she was gripping Kara's warm tightly until Kara put her hand on hers, squeezing lightly. "Alex, we can find them. We just have to get the list of the passengers' names of the plane."

Alex looked up then, looking into Kara's eyes and felt the urge to be close to her, the closest possible. So she did the only thing she could think of and hugged her tightly, her head hidden in Kara's neck, Kara immediately reciprocating the hug. Cheek on top of Alex's head, Kara began gently rubbing her back, always trying to reassure her sister.

Loosening the hug, Alex put her hands on Kara's cheeks while Kara's hands traveled down on Alex's hips. "Kara," she said intensely, "You're a genius ! I mean, of course you are, super-intelligence and all that," she trailed off while Kara mumbled, surely complaining about the super-intelligence thing. "But you're a genius !" she exclaimed again. She put a hard kiss on Kara's forehead before letting go, Kara already missing her warmth. "We need to see Henshaw", she stated excited, vibrating with energy.

"Right," Kara agreed, nodding determined.

She suddenly registered Alex's outfit and felt like she couldn't breathe for a second, heart beating out of her chest. Alex was just dressed in DEO uniform, black polo and pants with her gun fastened to her right thigh, ready for use at any moment. That was a new look for her.
Kara felt a mixture of fear, because that meant she was ready to fight, and of something she wasn't quite ready to name yet.

She shook her head a little, snapping out of her thoughts she definitely shouldn't have. As she looked up, she saw Alex waiting for her at the door, hand on the handle, eyebrow raised. "You coming ?" she teased.

Blushing, Kara cleared her throat. "Ye-Yeah, of course." Smooth.

Alex smirked, used to Kara spacing out, held out the door opened as Kara walked out and closed it behind them.
They walked to Henshaw's office and Alex didn't hesitate for a second before knocking.

"Come in," came the muffled voice.

Alex opened the door immediately and, once again, waited for Kara to come in before closing it behind them. "Sir," she nodded respectfully.

"Agent Danvers," he said back, sitting at his desk. He gestured to the chairs in front of his desk, indicating them to sit as well.

Alex didn't waste time and started talking before she was seated. "Sir, we think we have another lead."

He raised his eyebrows at this new development. "That's good news," he said, surprised. "Because I can't seem to find a camera having a good angle of the crash site," he announced. "I'm, unfortunately, not the best with computers and I can't ask someone else. I would trust Agent Vasquez but that's not her specialty either."

"Oh..." Kara breathed, visibly disappointed, looking down. She felt a pressure on her knee and looked up to see Alex smiling at her, squeezing her knee gently to reassure her.

"That's okay," said Alex, still looking at Kara, before letting go and looking at Director Henshaw. "It's okay because Kara had a great idea," she stated proudly.

"I don't know about great idea," Kara mumbled, embarrassed to be put in the spotlight, not used to it. Having to hide all of your abilities and having to blend in tended to make you go unnoticed and underappreciated. 

Alex rolled her eyes and kept talking like Kara didn't even speak. "The bomb, which is from Alien origin, needs an alien to detonate it." She paused, letting her Director time for the information to sink in. "Sir, they would have needed an alien on the plane to set it off," she declared.

Henshaw sit back on his seat, impressed. "That's... Well done Miss Danvers."

Kara's cheeks went pink. "That's- I'm not-" she wriggled her fingers together. "Thank you," she eventually said. She cast a glance in Alex's direction and could see the pride and love in her eyes, which made her blush even more. She reached for her glasses but came up empty and lamely scratched behind her ear, yet another nervous tic.

Alex cleared her throat to try and take the attention away from Kara. Which worked because Henshaw looked at Alex, expecting an elaboration of her previous statement, and Kara sent her a grateful look. "We would need to look at the list of the passengers and investigate from there. As an alien, the bomber would have a stolen identity or a shady one at the very least."

"Yes," Kara chimed in. "My cousin and I have forged ID documents. License driver, adoption papers, you name it. It's really well done, especially mine because Kal-El came before me, but you can see little flaws if you search far enough. It'll be a long investigation, but if the bomber was on that plane, we will find them," she concluded.

Alex nodded her agreement. "Can we ask Agent Vasquez to help us ? You said you trusted her," she asked.

Henshaw shook his head, putting his clasped hands on his desk. "No, she'll have a different mission." At Alex's eyebrow raised, he continued. "I would like her to assure your security until we catch the perps."

"My security, Sir ?" she scoffed. "I can defend myself, thank you very much," she said a little too harshly.

"Alex," Kara warned. "You do need protection." When Alex was going to counter that she didn't, Kara cut her off. "Alex, do you realize what it meant for this person to be on that plane to kill you ?" She paused, letting Alex trying to figure out where she was going with this. "He was prepared to die with you. He believed so much in their cause, whatever the heck it is, that he boarded that plane with the full intention of dying," she said, worked up now. "They're willing to sacrifice anything to reach their goal, and right now that goal is you. I'm not leaving out of my sight," she declared.

Alex was a little taken aback from all of this, she couldn't believe she didn't think about what it meant for the bomber. She frowned, not liking this. She couldn't even figure out why a group of people would want her dead this much. "I'm-" She shook her head, still trying to digest everything. "Fine", she finally conceded.

"Great !" exclaimed Kara, her sombre expression disappearing in a second to show a bright smile instead. "It's settled then, you'll move in with me !"

Alex's head snapped back towards Kara. "Your place ? Come on, I don't need to be babysat by an agent and my sister," she said defensively, crossing her arms.

"Yes, you do," Kara countered, scowling. "I just told you I won't leave you out of my sight, I was being serious."

Alex sighed, pinching the base of her nose. "Fine. But we can't move in to your place Kara. If there's a mole, they know you're here and they know who you are. You apartment's not safe," she pointed out.

Kara's scowling deepened. "Oh, right. Well, we'll use one of your safe houses then," she said lightly, looking at Henshaw.

Alex looked at Henshaw, surprised Kara knew about those. He nodded. "We- Well, I will have one ready for you shortly. Go collect your things in your room and wait for Agent Vasquez and I there. I'll call her up to explain everything and we'll meet you there."

Both sisters nodded and got up to leave. As Alex reached for the handle, she turned her head to look at her Director. "Thank you for this, Sir."

He looked at her for a beat before looking back at his computer while grumbling a "You're welcome."

Kara and Alex shared a look, pursing their lips to hide a smile before leaving the room.

Packing their things was quick as they had nothing. Alex gave Kara a backpack so she could put her wrinkled and salted clothes in it and put her glasses back on her nose. It felt familiar in a situation which was anything but, it grounded her a little. Not as much as Alex but it helped nonetheless, lessening her super-hearing and super-vision.

Alex changed back into her clothes from before to avoid suspicion as she wouldn't leave the DEO with her uniform on if not for a mission. She still kept her gun though.

They sat on the bottom bed, next to each other in silence, waiting for Director Henshaw and Agent Vasquez. They didn't have to wait long as a few minutes later there was a knock on the door. They both stood up, Kara staying where she was while Alex went to open the door. She stepped aside to let them in and quietly closed the door, returning to her spot next to Kara.

"I got Agent Vasquez up to speed here," he began. "She agreed to help keep Agent Danvers safe at all cost. You'll have a safe house near Miss Danvers workplace, because she'll need to keep working, and if need be she'll be near the apartment." He raised a hand to stop Kara from talking. "It would be suspicious for you to stop working now, at the same time Agent Danvers stopped coming to the DEO," he calmly explained. It seemed to work because Kara slowly nodded. She didn't like but he was right. And Agent Vasquez will be there.

"Where will Agent Vasquez live ?" asked Alex.

"The safe house is more like a safe building, so she'll be at the apartment next door when Miss Danvers will be with you. When she's not there, Agent Vasquez will take over," he answered.

Alex wasn't thrilled at the idea of never being alone but she knew it was necessary. Well, always being with Kara never bothered her, but she knew Agent Vasquez was the quiet type and the silence will be uncomfortable. But she'll suck it up if it meant surviving, she wouldn't risk dying and leaving Kara alone. "Okay," nodded Alex.

Kara smiled, relieved she didn't put a fight. "Seems good."

"Okay," said Henshaw. "So, Agent Vasquez will drive you two to your new apartment," he announced.

"Um, what about my clothes ?" asked Kara.

"I also need clothes," Alex added.

Henshaw crossed his arms, thinking. "I'll allow Miss Danvers to go get her stuff from her place while Agent Vasquez drives Agent Danvers to the safe house where there will be some clothes. I don't think it'll fit your tastes Agent Danvers, but it's in your best interest to stay in, so the clothes won't be much of an issue. Though you can take more DEO clothes if you'd like, we have plenty."

Alex was this close to pouting, so Kara intervened. "We can't go back to your place Alex, they might be waiting for you, we can't risk it. Plus, you left some of your clothes at my place, I'll just take it with me," she reassured Alex.

"Okay, thanks," she smiled.

"Okay," Henshaw grunted, visibly irritated by Alex's priorities. He took out three phones from his pockets, handing them to Agent Vasquez, Alex and Kara. "Those phones are only for us four. The lines are completely safe and only we know of their existences. The phone numbers are already programmed in. Use it instead of your usual phones for the remaining of the mission," he instructed. 

They all nodded their understanding and took the phones before putting them away.

"Okay, that's it. We shall have no contact unless necessary," the Director announced. "We can't have the mole suspect something. I'll file a leave of absence form for Agent Danvers and will send Agent Vasquez to an undercover mission. No link between the two of you, that's safer." He paused, looking at them all. "Well, that's it. Take care, each of you. They're dangerous, and seem to know what they're doing, be on your toes, watch each others backs. Good luck Agents, Miss Danvers," he dipped his head in acknowledgment before leaving. 

And just like that, it was only Alex, Kara and Agent Vasquez in the room with a hole in the wall.

Kara recovered first, surprisingly, and extended her hand to the agent. "Agent Vasquez, nice to see you again. I'm glad you're the one Director Henshaw chose for this," she said warmly.

If Agent Vasquez was surprised at the personality of the younger Danvers, so different from the stoic and impassible one of Alex Danvers, she hid it well. "Nice to see you again and free, Ma'am," she answered, shaking her hand. "And you can call me Susan, Ma'am," she added.

Kara let her hand fall back at her side and smiled. "Well, if you're Susan then I'm Kara."

Susan nodded without another word, very professional.

"Okay, let's get going," said Alex, grabbing Kara's backpack and handing it to her. "We'll drop you off when arriving in town, we can't take you all the way to your place, just in case. I'll pay for the cab, I don't want you to fly or walk, it's not safe after the plane crash. Everyone will be looking for someone suspicious."

Kara put the backpack over her shoulder, ready to leave. "Okay," she nodded, agreeing with Alex's logic. "I'll be as fast as I can." At Alex's look, she quickly corrected herself. "Okay, not-not as quickly as I can actually can, just, you know, I'll be quick. But not too quick. Human quick, like- like Human people, like-" she rambled speedily.

Alex was just trying to keep a straight face through Kara's monologue, wanting to see how long she would keep it up, but a snort cut Kara off.

They both turned their heads to the direction of the laugh to see Agent Vasquez pursing her lips and looking mortified at having actually slipped. "So sorry, Ma'ams," she apologized promptly, back straight and hands behind her back.

Alex rolled her eyes. "At ease, Agent," she huffed. "Although this is a mission, we better keep it casual or we won't last long. I'm talking about our sanity," she half-joked.

Agent Vasquez hesitated for a couple of seconds, staring at Alex as if she was trying to see if she was serious. She finally relaxed when she saw Kara smiling encouragingly at her, and nodded. "Sorry. It was just the first time I've seen someone talking so fast for basically nothing," she admitted, a hint of a smile to show she didn't mean it in a bad way.

Kara became red, surely from head to toe, and hid her face into her hands. "I can't help it," she groaned, embarrassed. 

Patting her on the shoulder in sympathy, Alex laughed lightly. "You should be used to it by now," she teased. "I know I am. Though it never gets old." She looked at Agent Vasquez. "My game in life is timing how long she'll last if I don't interrupt her," she stage whispered.  

Kara looked up suddenly, staring at Alex with a look of betrayal. "You what ?" she gasped. "You're joking. Are you joking ? You must be joking," she said in disbelief. 

Alex laughed a little louder, shaking her head. "I'm really not. You actually came close to one full minute. Can you guess when it was ?" she asked, with a mischievous smile.

Kara took a second to think, and it was enough to remember the time. She didn't want to replay the entire scene in her head, her face already burning up with embarrassment. Let's just say it involved a bath and a door that someone forgot to lock.

Not wanting to humor Alex by answering her, she just lightly flicked her ear, but hard enough to hear a Ow, come on Kara ! before turning to leave. She stopped by the door which she opened, and turned to look at Alex. "You coming ?" she asked at a stunned Alex, echoing Alex's earlier words. Oh, how the tables have turned.

 

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The three of them made their way to the underground parking lot and took the car the Director gave them for the mission.
It was weird for Kara to leave the base by car, driving through the desert. After twenty minutes, it made her realize just how far they were from the city.

"Do you drive here every morning ?" she asked Alex, curious.

She let out a sigh with a weary expression. "Yep. Every. Morning." Seeing the question in Kara's eyes, she continued talking. "Takes almost an hour. But that's okay, I can drive as fast as I can once in the desert, so it has its own kind of fun," she smirked.

Kara chuckled, not surprised. "Well, at least you enjoy it."

Alex smiled back at Kara before focusing once again on the road. Vasquez was the one driving but she wanted to watch their surroundings, always on the lookout.
After a while, they arrived to the limits of the city and stopped to drop Kara off.

She got out and walked up to Alex's side, bending to talk to her at the window. "I'll take a cab from here, grab our things and join you," she said to Alex who had rolled down the window.

Alex nodded and gave her a piece of paper. "That's the address." She paused. "Be careful, please," she asked. They would be soon safe, or as safe as they could be, and she didn't want anything to happen to her sister while she wasn't there to protect her.

"Alex," she chuckled. "I can take care of myself," she said kind of smugly.

Shaking her head, Alex grabbed Kara's hand which was on the door to get her attention. "They have alien weapons Kara. Weapons that can hurt you. The sun beds are there for emergencies, please don't make me use it again," she pleaded, voice barely wavering in the end. But Kara caught it.

She squeezed back, staring into Alex's eyes to convey her earnestness. "I'll be careful, I promise. I'm taking this very seriously."

After a beat Alex seemed satisfied with her answer and nodded, giving Kara her hand back. "Text me when you leave. And when you're at your place. Just- Keep me updated, okay ?"

"Sure," Kara smiled, seeing the worried look on Alex's face.

She watched them drive away and breathed out, trying to remain calm. It was the first time she was alone, and away from Alex, since it all began. It made her anxious, well, more anxious than usual. She had severe anxiety issues, more obvious in their dire situation.
She didn't let the feelings of dread and anxiousness stop her, she could let herself feel the weight of everything once at home, curled up on the couch with Alex. She had to stay strong for a little bit longer.

So she called a cab and waited near a café as it would have been suspicious for a woman to wait alone in the dark. A few minutes later it arrived and she got in, sending Alex a text telling her so. It was a ten minutes drive so she arrived quickly and darted out of the cab the moment it stopped, having given him the change before.
She sped up the stairs, hearing no one near, and swiftly made her way into her apartment. 

She promptly closed the door behind her with her foot and didn't waste any time as she pulled out a big suitcase, put it opened on her bed and began gathering hers and Alex's clothes. 
She took several choices for her as she still had to work, and took everything Alex had at her place, which wasn't a whole lot. She added their toiletries and a fluffy blanket, because that's what they needed.

She was going to close the suitcase but paused, thinking for a moment. They were going to spend days, maybe weeks or months in this safe house, feeling worried and scared, always looking behind their backs. She didn't want to spend this time in a cold, non-decorated apartment that belonged to neither of them.

So she decided to take a few memories with her, just to make this safe house a little more homey, even if she always felt at home with Alex. In a safe house, in a deserted warehouse, in their little tree house in Midvale, anywhere was home with Alex.
She wanted to forget about their situation while at home though, so a few more items definitely wouldn't hurt.

She took a few pictures out from her box of memories, mostly ones with Alex on it, placing them carefully in the suitcase and stopped, hesitating. 
She didn't look at them often, but just knowing they were near made her feel better, made her feel like Krypton was still fresh in her memory. So she turned and took the two most important paintings she made, one of the landscape of Argo City, and one of her parents. She painted them so much when she arrived at the Danvers that their faces were almost as good as reality. 

She closed the suitcase and tucked the paintings under her arm, grateful to be tall and to have long arms, and cast one last glance over her apartment. She loved it. It was Alex's before it was hers, and she could see little reminders of that fact all around the place. A little dent here, a burnt mark there... Well, some were hers but, come on, most of it were Alex's of course.

She inhaled deeply, silently saying goodbye to her place, for a while anyway, and put her hand on the handle to open the door.
She suddenly felt a buzzing and reacted immediately, out of the window less than a millisecond later while she felt the warmth of the explosion graze her back.

She didn't stop flying until she was high enough to be concealed by the clouds, looking down on the catastrophe that just took place. She just stared at the flames, feeling numb, reality feeling so far away.
She heard people screaming, saw them pulling out their phones to film everything, felt the wind on her face, but everything was distant, barely there.

When she heard her phone ring however, it brought her out of her inner turmoil and pulled it ouf from her back pocket.
It was a text from Alex, telling her to keep her updated.
She took a deep breath, her eyes tingling, and carefully texted back, saying she would be there soon. She couldn't tell Alex yet, otherwise she would fall to pieces right then and there, and she couldn't afford to waste any time. She had to be with Alex as soon as possible.

She flew for a few miles, distancing herself from the commotion, and quietly landed in an another dark alley before calling for another cab.
As soon as it got there, she got into the car, putting her stuff next to her and telling the driver the address.

She closed her eyes, her head against the window, trying to think about Alex only. Everything was worth it, losing everything was worth it if it meant Alex was safe.
The small vibrations of the window kept her tethered to the present. She kept up her breathing exercises, resulting in several odd looks from the driver, but it kept her calm nonetheless. 

She felt like it was a lifetime later that the cab stopped, giving her the total to pay. She gave him the money, awkwardly took her belongings and got out of the cab. He drove away immediately, leaving her alone on the curb in the dark.
She stayed that way for a moment, rooted in her spot, just breathing in the fresh air.

She heard a honk in the distance which startled her and pulled her out of her thoughts. She tended to space out during particularly hard times, so it wasn't surprising it happened a couple of times in the last thirty minutes.
She shook her head to clear her mind and took her phone out, texting Alex to say that she was in front of the building.

Less than a minute later, Alex exited the building with Agent Vasquez in tow. Alex's steps faltered when she saw Kara's eyes, and sped walked to her, taking the paintings and suitcase to put them down and take Kara in her arms.

They didn't talk as Alex hugged her, Alex giving Kara silent comfort. When she heard Vasquez shifting behind her, she loosened the hug but kept one arm around Kara's shoulder, squeezing gently. Kara was sill quiet.
Vasquez already took the suitcase but had trouble with the paintings, so Alex took one of them.

They quietly walked up the stairs, Vasquez in front of them to give them a semblance of privacy in what looked like a tense moment.
Once at their door, Vasquez just put the suitcase next to it with the painting. "Good night Ma'am's," she softly said, retreating into her own apartment, leaving them both alone.

Alex wordlessly opened the door and let Kara in, pulling the suitcase with her with the paintings under her arms. She didn't have arms as long as Kara's but she was more dexterous. She put them own gently next to the door, and turned to see Kara, back turned to her, hugging herself as if trying to keep from falling apart. She heard a sniff and sprung into action. Cautiously.

She slowly closed the distance, carefully going in front of Kara as to not startle her in her current state. "Kara ?" she softly tried, hesitantly touching her hand.

Kara sniffed again, trying hard for a few seconds to keep the tears in, but finally gave in and let the floodgates open wide. She collapsed into Alex's arms without warning, Alex catching her easily, resulting in a big bear hug. "Oh sweetie," she whispered worriedly, rubbing soothingly Kara's back. 
She slowly walked them to the couch, sitting down as gently as possible, Kara looking so breakable in that moment.

She had red puffy eyes, tears running down her cheeks endlessly and had trouble breathing because of the sobbing.
They stayed in that position, Kara in Alex's arms, Alex rocking them both gently in a calming way, for a long while.

Alex wondered what happened to have Kara in this state, it's been a while since she cried this much. She was always smiling brightly, no matter what happened, so it was easy to forget. Forget Kara didn't have an easy life, that she suffered from anxiety and PTSD and that she wore a mask for everyone. Everyone but Alex. Alex didn't forget.
She guessed seeing her apartment, knowing she wouldn't come back for a while, made her feel sad, which would explain the paintings she took.
She kept whispering it's gonna be okay every other minute, Kara only whimpering back.

After a while, Kara wasn't crying anymore, just periodically sniffed, calmer than before. "Are you okay ?" Alex whispered, trying to not break the silence.

Kara silently nodded against Alex's chest, tightening her hold around her waist. Alex waited a few minutes, letting Kara recover from her slight melt down. She was rewarded a moment later. "It's gone," Kara croaked, voice strained from all the crying.

Alex frowned, not following. "What's gone ?"

Inhaling deeply to stop herself from crying again, Kara closed her eyes. "Everything," she whispered, her voice breaking.

Confused, Alex straightened a little, loosening her hold and putting a little distance between them to see Kara's face. "What do you mean ?"

Her eyes still watery, she sniffed again before a single tear fell. "There was a-an explosion," she sniffed again and Alex's muscles immediately tensed, but she let Kara speak. "I got out right be-before..." She bit her lower lip to swallow back a sob, rubbing angrily her eyes to wipe away her tears.

Alex abruptly stood up, feeling like her heart wasn't in her rib cage anymore because she didn't feel anything for a couple of seconds, before it all came back. Then she felt like her heart was going to leap out of her chest, and felt nauseous. She left Kara for less than an hour and she almost didn't see her again. And it was her own fault.

Kara silently watched her from her seated position, letting Alex digest everything.

Alex's muscles began aching after a few minutes because of how tense she was. "You're trembling," Kara said softly, snapping her out of it.

She looked Kara dead in the eyes and didn't miss a beat. "How ?" Her voice was hard, vocalizing her tensity.

Kara scrunched up her nose in confusion, brows furrowing. "I don't-"

"How, Kara ? What happened exactly ?" she asked again, her voice hard as she tried to remain somewhat poised.

Kara flinched a little at the harsh voice of Alex. "I'm not-" she began, shaking her head and trying to remember details she was too shaken to remember before. "I just got home and closed the door behind me... And quickly thrown the suitcase on the bed and put our clothes in it," she recounted, the Crinkled appearing because she was concentrated.

Alex nodded slowly, wheels turning inside her head, trying to imagine Kara doing everything, when a thought came to her. "How did you escape ?"

"I flew..." she said slowly, frowning, but Alex was already shaking her head no.

"No, how did you know ? I mean, you have soot on your back and face, so it must have been a close call," she elaborated, taking a deep breath as she realized how actually close she has been to never see her sister again.

"Oh, I felt the same buzzing as the one I felt with the other bomb," she explained. This she remembered clearly.

Alex quickly sat down again close to Kara, frantic. "When ?" she asked hurriedly.

"Um, when I put my hand on the handle," she answered, realization hitting her as she spoke the words. She gasped, putting her hand over her mouth. "The bomb was the handle," she said in disbelief.

Eyebrows furrowed in displeasure, Alex nodded. "I think so. But I don't know why it didn't detonate when you closed the door coming in then," she said pensively.

"I closed it with my foot in my haste," Kara admitted. "I wanted to hurry, I didn't like being far from you, especially with everything that's happening..." She didn't realize she was nervously wringing her fingers until Alex clasped her hands in hers, rubbing her knuckles with her thumb. "But I took the time to take my favorite paintings and some pictures, I wanted to make this place a little more homey. I thought I would have time to go back and get the rest, but n-now it's all gone," she sniffed loudly.

She looked up to see a look of anguish on Alex's face when she softly called her name. "Kara, I'm so sorry I wasn't there. I should have come with you, I should have protected you," she apologized rapidly, barely breathing between sentences. "I'm so sorry Kara, I should have-"

She stopped when Kara squeezed her hands a little harder than comfortable. "You have nothing to be sorry for Alex, nothing," she stressed. "It would have happened either way, and I may not have been able to get you out in time. I'm glad you were safe here. I don't want anything to happen to you, I want you safe, always," she said fiercely.

Alex was breathing hard, trying to keep calm, mainly for Kara. She stared at her for a few seconds, trying to believe her. She searched her face, looking for even a shadow of doubt but there was none, her eyes never wavering. 
But Kara believing what she said didn't mean she was right, didn't mean... She shook her head lightly, looking down at her lap. "I'm not worth it Kara," she whispered, almost inaudible. But Kara heard it loud and clear.

It was always a big issue for her, and admitting it out loud was both terrifying and liberating. Kara knew she felt that way, but she never said it in so many words.

She felt cold when Kara let go of her hands, but warmth spread through her cheeks when Kara grabbed her face, this intense look still on her face, staring into her eyes. "You are worth it Alex, you're worth everything. I don't want any of this if you're not here to share it with," she boldly asserted. "I can't- I can't lose you Alex, I won't."
The breaking in her voice at her last words made Alex's eyes water and the tears immediately fell, her bottom lip quivering.
Kara pulled her into her chest, soothingly stroking her hair. "I love you Alex," she added softly. 

It was odd, taking turn comforting one another in such a short amount of time. Usually, one would spend an entire evening comforting the other over a broken heart, or in Kara's most common case, a broken item at work or an important one at home.
However, this wasn't a normal situation. So it was odd, but it didn't feel odd, almost natural. They were always there for one another and that was just the proof. 
Kara always thought she'd risk her life for Alex, but now she knew she'd risk her life for her. She also knew she'd die for her. And she suspected Alex felt the same, working at the DEO all these years for her.

She didn't realize she fell asleep, but suddenly Alex jerked awake and her head shot up, looking in every direction, feeling confused as to where she was. She heard grumbling from underneath her and looked down to see Kara sprawled on her back, her right arm dangling from the couch, grazing the floor. "Come back to bed," she tiredly mumbled.

Alex chuckled quietly, tucking a strand of hair behind Kara's ear. "We gotta get you to bed first," she whispered. Kara just buried her face into the cushions, clearly not wanting to move and Alex quietly sighed, amused. At least that hasn't changed. "Come on, we can cuddle in bed," she added, her secret weapon.
At that, Kara's head peeked out from the couch, a little drool at the corner of her mouth. Alex snorted, not being able to keep this one in, finding Kara just too adorable. "Fly a little so I can bring you easily," she whispered.

Happy to be taken care of with the promise of cuddles with Alex, she let herself float a little, weighting nothing more than a couple of pies. Pies were the base unit of the International System of Units, were they not ?

Alex just dragged her effortlessly to their room and lovingly tucked her in, kissing her softly on her forehead as Kara hummed happily.
She smiled softly at her so strong, so delicate little sister and promptly slipped under the covers.

As promised, Kara immediately closed the distance and wrapped Alex in a koala hold, burying her face into her neck instead of the cushion. Alex was far more comfortable, that was no question.

They quickly fell asleep, the weight of the past events knocking them out.

 

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Hot. She was feeling so hot. Everywhere she looked, there were flames. Flames coming from the explosion, surrounding her. She was looking for something, or someone, but she couldn't focus. She was hot and so scared, and she felt she was running out of time, so she couldn't waste any. She took a deep breath and ran through the flames with her arms barely covering her sweaty face and hair.

Her throat was dry and burned, and her eyes stung but unable to produce tears. She kept looking around, the place falling apart around her, still looking for the thing that was missing. She knew she had to find it, not matter what. Felt this emptiness in her chest and somehow knew she wouldn't be able to fill it without what or who she was looking for.

So she kept looking until it became too hot and she could barely breathe, still trying to shout over the crackling of the fire. "Hey, is someone there ?" she screamed, voice raw and hurting.

Suddenly, she saw a blurry shape on the ground, unmoving, and ran towards the unknown.
She bent down to avoid a falling beam, and quickly resumed her run.

Upon arriving in front of the silhouette, she immediately recognized the person lying there, face covered by soot and dried blood. "Kara !" she gasped loudly.

She felt like she couldn't breathe, couldn't inhale, could only exhale. Blinking rapidly, she tried to get her vision clear because it was all still blurry.

She startled, suddenly feeling a warmth on her cheek, and heard a soft murmur. "Alex ?"

Still feeling confused, she could only blink repeatedly and try to control her breathing, still erratic, heart beating so loudly it hurt. Then, she felt a slight pressure on the same cheek and turned her head to see what was happening.

The first thing she really saw was an intense, deep blue. A blue she'd recognize anywhere. "Kara ?" she asked weakly, disoriented.

"Yeah, it's me," she said, a little hesitant. Kara stroked gently Alex's cheek, staring intensely into her eyes, visibly worried. "You had a nightmare," she whispered. "Sorry about your cheek, I kind of pinched you to make you... come back," she added sheepishly. 

Alex felt the need to sniff and realized she was crying. That's why it was all blurry. She squeezed her eyes shut, trying to get rid of the tears and the memories that she knew would haunt her for a long time. She put her head into her hands, elbows resting on her knees.

"Sorry," she croaked, voice raw from screaming and crying. "What time is it ?" she added, noticing the room was dark.

Fingers buried into her messy hair, she felt sweat all over her, drenched because of her nightmare. And because of Kara's body temperature she reminded herself. She was taking deep breaths, trying to calm down, her heart still beating wildly. 

"It's still night time. And you have nothing to be sorry about," came the soft reply, along with a soothing rubbing on her back. After a silence, Kara hesitantly asked "Do you want to talk about it ?" She paused when Alex didn't answer. "I heard you say my name... You sounded so scared," she whispered, sadness written all over her face.

Alex peeked through her bent arm, trying to gauge Kara's emotions. She didn't really need to see her to know usually, but right now her own emotions were so high and mixed up that she needed to cheat a little.
She saw the clear worry and uncertainty on her face, hesitant on what to do now that their places were reversed. Alex was normally the one comforting Kara after her nightmares, murmuring soft words and giving her ice cream until she fell asleep again in her arms.

She sighed, straightening a little and sat back against the headboard, head falling backwards while she looked at the ceiling for a few seconds before looking back at Kara. "It's just- after yesterday, I'm really afraid to lose you..." she admitted. She wasn't going to go into the details of the nightmare, there was no need to worry Kara further.

Kara nodded in understanding, having guessed what her nightmare has been about after hearing her calling out her name. She took her hand and squeezed lightly, making Alex feel her presence. "I'm okay. I've got mad reflexes," she joked weakly, before going back to being serious. "Alex, I'm going to be careful. I won't leave you," she solemnly swore, staring intensely into Alex's eyes.

"I know," said Alex, looking down at their hands.

"Come on," whispered Kara, tugging Alex's hand. "Let's go back to sleep." When Alex turned to face Kara, Kara smirked. "Nope," she just said, turning back Alex so that her back was against Kara's front. Alex huffed and rolled her eyes but was silently pleased Kara understood she just needed to be held, especially by the person she dreamed was dead.

They shuffled a little, finding a comfortable position for both of them, Kara's left arm around Alex's waist, and her right one under her neck. Alex's left hand found Kara's above her stomach, and her right one also found Kara's in front of her face. Being able to see they intertwined fingers relaxed her, as well as feeling Kara's breath on her nape.

Kara's body warmth, hotter than Humans, loosened the tension she felt in her muscles. She slowly fell asleep while Kara softly brushed against her fingertips with her own with a feather-like touch.

 


 

She slowly woke up, quietly groaning as she stretched her sore muscles, feeling the sensitive ribs moving along her movements. 
She looked at her side and smiled at the sight before her, Kara still asleep with her trademark drool on the corner of her mouth slightly opened while she snored silently. 

After falling back asleep in Kara's arms, she had a restful and dreamless sleep and couldn't be more grateful. Having Kara as a sister was surely the best thing that could happen to her, or to anyone, and she felt blessed to be the one being the closest to Kara. It was like a privilege, because Kara didn't let anyone in, not really, so Alex was the only one to really know and accept her.
Of course there was Eliza, and she was great with Kara, but she didn't feel like she could honestly open up to her because she felt like a burden. She already took Jeremiah from her.

At first she felt like she could share everything with this new family. With this full, happy family. But by the time she got a little better, gotten mostly used to being on Earth and being near Humans, Jeremiah died. In this moment, everything shifted, everything changed.
Eliza tried not to show her sadness, tried being strong for her daughter that just lost her father, and strong for her adopted daughter that just recently lost her whole world.
But they would catch glimpses of sadness and anger through a cracked mask she carefully wore all the time.

From then on, Eliza radically changed. She didn't seem to realize it though, but the whole dynamic changed in the house. It wasn't a house where you could be honest anymore.
Always had to hide your powers, or your sadness. Before, that was only for the outsiders. Before, you could be yourself when in the house, surrounded by family.
But after her husband's death, Eliza forbade any use of powers. It was like if she didn't acknowledge it, it didn't exist, therefor couldn't hurt them.

Alex changed too, withdrew a lot, spending her time alone locked in her room. Of course, it was also Kara's room, and even after the tragedy, she could't lock her out. Especially after they became close, just before her dad's death. It was like everything happened at once.
So Kara also spent her time locked in their room, silently sitting on her bed while Alex did the same on her own bed. After a while though, Kara began to come closer, offering her comfort through her presence.
At first, she only sat on the floor, back against her bed. Then, she laid down, her head closer to Alex's bed.
Gradually, inch by inch, she edged closer to Alex. And Alex let her, appreciating the closeness without having to ask for it, not having the strength to. Until one day, they found themselves in Alex's bed, shoulder to shoulder, while Alex actually talked about her father for the first time since the tragedy.

And for the first time, Kara didn't resent Rao for what happened to her because that meant she could relate to what Alex was feeling, could comfort her and honestly say she understood. She didn't know it, but Alex secretly felt the same, and they both felt guilty about it.
From that moment, they became inseparable. Alex lost her father but gained the most important person in her life. And though Kara lost her adoptive father she knew for just a year or so, she felt like the universe finally apologized by giving her another reason to live. Alex.

So Alex was the only person she was a hundred percent honest with. Her other friends, well, Winn, was still mostly kept in the dark. He only knew she was adopted because they knew each other from the beginning of her career as Miss Grant's assistant, and knew about Alex of course because she constantly talked about her. But he really didn't know anything else. Still, he fell in love with her kindness and dorky humor in less than a minute.

Alex tried to show her love too, tried to open up to Kara. It wasn't easy, she got used to keeping things close to the vest because of Eliza, but she still made efforts, for Kara.

A deep inhale took her out of her deep thoughts and she watched as Kara adorably squeezed her eyes shut while furrowing her eyebrows and buried her head into the the pillow. She then stretched her arms above her head, apparently too sleepy to even notice she slightly splintered the headboard with her hands, then curled up, edging sleepily closer to Alex.

"Hey sleepy head," greeted Alex, whispering as to not disturb the comfortable silence.

"Mornin'," mumbled Kara, putting her head on Alex's left shoulder, sighing happily. 

Alex smiled down at Kara, content. Even after her nightmare, waking up next to Kara was enough put her at ease. "Wanna get breakfast ?"

Her eyes still heavy with sleep suddenly became alert, a happy smile stretching her rosy lips. "Yes !"

Chuckling, Alex waited for Kara to release her from her hold to get up, immediately making the bed. Kara silently helped her with her own side of the bed, yawning lazily as she made her way out of the bedroom, Alex following closely.

The bedroom door lead directly to the living room, with an open kitchen on the right, near the front door, not unlike Alex's place. Though Alex's apartment was bigger, this one could quickly become more homey if they put personal stuff around.

But Kara didn't give the apartment a second glance, just went straight for the kitchen, Alex still trailing behind.

"Sit, I'll make pancakes," said Alex, making her way into the kitchen, going through the drawers and the cupboards, taking the ingredients out.

While she busied herself preparing the batter, she saw Kara intently watching her out of the corner of her eyes and she sighed. "I'm okay Kara, really."

Kara startled, evidently surprised to have been made, thinking she was being sneaky. Sure. "Sorry," she mumbled, embarrassed. "I'm still worried, I don't think I ever heard you scream like that," she admitted, looking at her hands before looking up to Alex who was still mixing the ingredients. 

Alex sighed with a soft smile, happy to have someone that cared so much. "I know, I'm sorry I scared you. It's just- everything just kinda caught up to me you know. But we're safe here," she declared. "We'll eat breakfast, spend a lazy morning in, together. Then we're going to talk with Vasquez about the explosion."

Letting out a long sigh, Kara dropped her head into her crossed arms on the kitchen counter. "Do we have to ? I don't wanna talk about it," she mumbled.

She felt a pressure on her shoulder and looked up to see Alex leaning over the counter, her hand on Kara's shoulder. "I know sweetie," she softly said. "We just have to get through this to move forward."

Kara watched Alex for a few seconds before resting her cheek against Alex's hand on her shoulder, closing her eyes. "I know."

She smiled when she felt Alex awkwardly trying to brush her fingers against her cheek in the weird position she was in, and freed her by straightening her head up.

With a final squeeze, Alex let go and went back to the food.
Pouring the batter into frying pan, she quietly hummed a song, dancing a little. Kara chuckled, shaking her head. "I forgot you did that."

"Did what ?" she asked without looking up.

"Dance when you're cooking. You so rarely cook that I forgot..." she teased with a smirk.

"How dare you ?" Alex scoffed, putting her hand over her heart. "I won't allow you to talk to me that way while I'm feeding you."

She had a glint in her eyes that Kara took a little too long to make out, resulting in her having her face full of batter. She spit a little the batter out of her mouth, surprised Alex would waste food like that ! "Wha- What are you doing ?" she spluttered. 

Alex just laughed at Kara's face, which was a mixture of red from the surprise and the color of the batter. "You face !" she laughed harder.

A smile tugged at Kara's lips, eyes sparkling, happy to see Alex laugh so much. It hasn't been an easy couple of days, and definitely not as easy life overall. If she could draw out this moment, this happy, carefree and easy moment, she would. So that's what she did.

With a mischievous smirk she grabbed the bowl of batter and hugged it close to her chest, slowly moving away from a now outraged Alex. "That's cheating !" she complained. 

Her smirk staying in place, Kara shook her head. "Nope," she said, accentuating the last syllable. "I didn't use super-speed, you were just too busy mocking me to notice my sneakiness."

Alex took a defensive stance, ready to fight to the death, but a snort came out. "Sneakiness ? Please. Without you powers- you know what, even with your powers you can't be sneaky. Oh boy, did you try. E for effort Kar," she teased, though it was all true. 

Kara just huffed, minimally hurt by Alex's claims. She could be sneaky. She squinted in mock concentration, trying to intimidate Alex, trying being the key word here. She squatted a little, ready to pounce, a big grin on her face.

Seeing Kara coming from a mile away, Alex internally rolled her eyes and jumped to the side, effectively avoiding Kara's attack.
She rolled to the side, already on her feet, ready for the next attack. She still flinched at the movement, having forgotten about her ribs.

True, while her plan has not been flawless, she still thought it wouldn't go terribly. Well. It... didn't, not really. Kinda. 
While she thought about her apparently faulty plan, she just kept on sliding some egg Alex dripped while cooking. 
She crashed into the wall next to the front door, not too far from her paintings, but didn't actually break anything because she didn't put strength into her jump to avoid hurting Alex.

All of the scene undoubtedly made Alex laugh even harder, tears accumulating in her eyes before falling on the floor because Alex was doubled over with laughter.

Kara pouted, her bottom lip popping out, while she looked at the slight mess she made. 
It wasn't that bad, the bowl just broke in two, clean, no shards of glass everywhere, just a little of the mix on the floor and on Kara's head. Unsurprising as she was currently back to the wall, legs in the air while she carried her weight on the top of her back, with her being upside down like a darn bat.

How she saved the bowl from complete destruction was, as Alex guessed, sheer luck, but Kara will deny it until her dying breath.
She was a little hurt by the failure of her attack and Alex's clear mockery, so she decided to take one last try.

Swiftly getting up, flying a little to help the process, she got ready to strike again.
While Alex was still laughing, though significantly less than before, she noticed Kara's stance and sobered up rather quickly, sensing the danger. 

"Kara," she said shakily, traces of laughter still in her voice. "Kara, don't," she warned, actually a bit scared for her cleanliness. A Kara playing was funny and a worthy opponent, but an embarrassed Kara was downright dangerous, capable of beating Alex at her own game.

Kara smirked at the fear she found on Alex's face, and ran, laughing evilly.
Alex caught Kara's wrists that threatened to drop the rest of the batter on Alex's hair. Now, Alex wasn't shallow, she didn't care about her apparence, but she knew, thanks to her shared childhood with some annoying alien, that batter was a bitch to wash out.

Kara put a little pressure on Alex's hands, slowly and so carefully raising the bowl over Alex's head, tipping it just a bit.
In doing so, Kara found herself almost flushed against Alex and she didn't think it was a good idea, not a good one at all. 

Both holding the broken bowl over Alex's head, their breaths caught at their sudden closeness. Kara knew she had to look away, but she couldn't find in herself to make the tremendous effort it would take her, so she just kept staring into Alex's beautiful eyes. 
For her part, Alex was feeling a little unsettled, not used to feeling what she was currently feeling. She didn't know what it was, or why she felt it, and couldn't really think about it because of their closeness. Everything about this moment was so confusing. 

She noticed Kara's eyes getting darker and that the was minutely getting closer, seemingly not even noticing it.
Her heart was beating wildly, trying to fly out of her chest, her head pulsing slightly, when the moment broke because of a loud, loud  sound.

She watched as Kara came back to normal, blinking as if suddenly remembering where she was, and her face flushed red fast.
She couldn't help the snort that came out, laughing at Kara's embarrassment because her stomach growled, like it didn't happen a million times before. Kara dropped the bowl, almost falling on Alex's face but only grazed her, finding the floor with a loud thud in the now deafening silence.

Kara quickly stepped back, back colliding with the counter in her haste, face even redder than before as she realized what she was actually going to do. She turned around to hide the look of horror she knew she had, hands gripping tightly the table, barely holding back her strength to avoid completely destroying it.

She tried to stay calm but felt like her feelings were completely out in the open. She was mortified. 

Glancing quickly over her shoulder, she said "Sorry, I'll take a shower to wash the batter off." After that, she promptly left, leaving a even more confused Alex behind her. 

After a good twenty minutes, Kara finally came out of the bathroom, hesitantly coming to the kitchen which was once again clean.

"You should have waited for me to clean everything," she said, chuckling nervously, fiddling with her glasses now back on her nose.

Alex frowned at Kara's awkwardness.  The way her nose scrunched up when she laughed made the glasses rise a little, but as adorable as it was, it wasn't going to distract Alex. "I was going to, but you took longer than I thought so I just did it..." she said slowly, still frowning, not understanding Kara's behavior.

Kara kept looking away, before looking at Alex and looking away again. "Ye-Yeah, I was just, you know, getting used to the new shower," she lamely explained, now looking at her nails.

"Right," Alex drawled, not buying any of it. She crossed her arms over her chest, a habit she got when she felt vulnerable. And right now she did, because Kara wasn't her normal self and she knew it was about her somehow. "So, wanna tell me what's bothering you ?" she asked bluntly.

Kara's head snapped up, looking like a deer in the headlights. "What ? No-nothing," she sputtered, not even hoping that she was convincing. She sighed, looking away once again, crossing her arms as well, unknowingly imitating Alex. "I just- I don't know, I feel weird lately," she admitted honestly, still not saying the whole truth. "And with everything happening, I- I'm not sure how to just- just be. And I'm scared," she confessed, feeling lighter than she thought she would be without telling Alex everything.  Well, she couldn't really tell her everything as herself didn't really understand.

Alex's confused look morphed into an understanding one, switching into big sister's mode and immediately came closer to Kara who was now hugging herself as she felt vulnerable, very much like the night before.

"Hey," called out softly Alex, hugging Kara. "It's okay to be uncertain about some things, I can be too," she said calmly. "Whatever you're feeling is valid, and I'll accept you no matter what. You can tell me anything, you know that, right ? But if you want to keep this to yourself, if you're not ready, that's okay too. I'll be there anyway, annoying you with my constant presence." She pulled away, staring into Kara's eyes and slowly, gently removed her glasses. "You don't have to hide with me."

Kara felt a soft smile appear slowly on her face, her heart bursting with love. She buried her face into Alex's neck, her favorite place, and squeezed a last time before pulling away, smiling at Alex's open face. "I know, thank you."

When she understood Kara wasn't going to say any more, she nodded before putting a soft kiss on her forehead. "Okay. Now, let's go eat," she said as she took Kara's hand, tugging her towards the kitchen.

Which was only about five steps further. As Alex was going to the side of the kitchen where the hotplates were, Kara stopped her by gripping her hand tighter and made her sit down where she sat before. "I'll do it, you already cleaned everything," she asserted, secretly feeling guilty for feeling earlier. And before. And after.

 Alex gave Kara an impressed look as Kara cooked even less than Alex. Kara rolled her eyes seeing Alex's look. "What ? You don't cook," she said defensively, raising her hands in mock surrender. 

"I can make pancakes, thank you very much," she huffed. "If you can remember, I made you pancakes before," she said as she made another mix, the other one wasted and not enough to begin with. 

Alex actually took a moment to think, trying to remember Kara with a frying pan in her hand. She inhaled suddenly, thinking she remembered, but by the lack of speech and the scowl, it was a false alert. Kara squinted at her, using super-speed to mix everything together. She was getting really hungry.

A minute later, Alex blurted out a "Ah !", like a revelation hit her. "When Bobby and I broke up in high school, you tried to make me breakfast. Is that what it was ?"

Kara wrinkled her nose, not even taking offense at Alex's little dig. "Ugh, Bobby," she said in obvious distaste.  

Teasing forgotten (though it wasn't really teasing, she really never figured out what Kara tried to make that day), Alex's eyebrows shot up in surprise. "What ?"

Eyebrows furrowing, Kara glanced at Alex. "What what ?" she asked almost absentmindedly, look returning at the food cooking.

Alex huffed impatiently. "The way you said his name. You didn't like him or something ?"

Angrily flapping over the pancake, Kara scowled at Alex. "Of course not, he dumped you. How stupid could he be ?"

Alex's eyebrows didn't lower from the moment Kara repeated Bobby's name. "Um, he didn't dump me, did," Alex said slowly, watching Kara's expressions.

Kara froze, eyes glued to the pancakes on the plate. "You did ? But you seemed so upset, I thought..." Kara trailed off, thinking back.

Alex sighed. "No, I did. He said something I didn't like so I ditched his ass," she said casually, shrugging. 

"What ? What did he say ?" she quickly asked, ready for a fight.

But Alex just shook her head. "I'm not going to repeat his vile words, no use to force me Kara," she warned.

The truth was that Bobby insulted young Kara when she was still trying to find her footing into this new world, full of fear and grief. Alex wasn't able to stop herself and actually punched him in the nose, effectively breaking it and shutting him up. He never walked close to either of the Danvers again after that, quickly looking away if he accidentally made eye contact. Alex had been rather proud of herself, avoiding detention too as he was too scared to tell anybody.

Kara huffed, visibly displeased at being denied something from Alex that usually never held anything like that back from her. "Fine. Keep you secrets," she said with the hint of a smirk.

"Okay", Alex nonchalantly said back, shrugging one shoulder while looking at her nails. 

Kara groaned loudly, just to let the frustration out before sliding over a plate of pancakes to Alex. She finished cooking her own pile, as high as a mountain, and sat next to Alex, happily munching her food, anger forgotten. Thank you, food. 

After breakfast, they cuddled on the couch watching Netflix, as promised.
After a couple oh hours, Alex stretched her arms above her head while Kara stifled a yawn. "Want to do something else ?" Alex asked.

"Like what ? We can't really go out," recalled sadly Kara.

"We could hang your paintings," proposed Alex, trying to cheer Kara up.

It worked as her whole face lit up, happy with offer. "Yeah, I'd like that," she answered with a smile. "I also have some pictures," she added with a bright smile as she got up to go get them.

"Great, go grab them," said Alex with a fond smile.

Her smile widened when she saw that most of the pictures were of them both, smiling happily at each other. "There, that's all I took," she said with a smile that didn't quite reach her eyes and Alex knew she thought of everything she lost.

"Hey," Alex said, gently grabbing Kara's hand. "I know you can't replace everything you lost, but maybe we can try ?"

With her Crinkle in its place, Kara was visibly confused. "I'm not going to buy everything I lost Alex. Plus, it's okay, it's just stuff."

But Alex was already shaking her head no. "I meant your paintings," she said softly. "We can try repainting them ?" she offered hesitantly. "I mean, I saw them a bunch of times and I saw you paint Krypton over and over again when you first arrived, so I thought..." she trailed off, now unsure of herself, worried it would only somehow hurt Kara. Seeing tears in Kara's eyes made her backpedal quickly. "I'm- I'm sorry, I shouldn't have- We don't have to, you know, remake them, I know it's not the same and-"

Seeing Kara smile through her tears made her stop, and waited for Kara to say something. "That's a great idea Alex, thank you," she honestly murmured, sniffing and wiping away the few tears that fell.

Alex smiled shyly and took a picture to distract herself for a moment. They were pressed against each other, cheek to cheek, smiling wildly with the beach behind them, hair floating because of the wind. 
The beach in Midvale was their safe place. They had a few safe places, such as the roof of their house, or the tree house, but the beach was different. Eliza and Jeremiah didn't follow them there, and they couldn't be overheard at the place they chose. 
The roof was freeing, with the sky above them and cool air around, but Kara would often stop speaking suddenly and Alex knew her parents were within ear shot. During those moments, interrupted in listening to Kara's life before them, just would just look back at the sky and point out some constellation Kara didn't know. 
The tree house was another story. It was their own little house, high enough to be free to talk about anything. But it was confining, the shed quickly becoming to small for them, and the roof prevented them to be able to see the open sky.
So the beach was their favorite, open and wide, away from their house, the scent of the ocean dancing around them. Day or night, their little spot behind a dune was always clear of people, giving them the privacy they wanted, needed. 

"I loved that beach," suddenly said Kara.

Alex glanced at her, seeing her staring at the picture with a far away look. "Yeah," she murmured. "Me too. I miss it."

Kara looked up with a soft smile. "We should go back. We haven't seen Eliza for a while, she'd be happy to see us. And we could enjoy the beach at the same time."

"Yeah," Ales sighed, not really excited to see her mother. Having her on the phone was stressful enough, being near her for a whole weekend promised some tough lectures on how she wasn't enough. She suddenly gasped loudly, eyes wide with horror, hand coming up to her mouth. "Mom !"

Kara was looking at her worriedly, not following. "What ? What is it ?"

Alex stared at Kara for a couple of seconds, not believing she actually forgot. "Kara," she said slowly. "Kara, I didn't call mom. Just must have seen the news... But I haven't really checked my phone since the plane..."

"Oh. Well, she didn't call me, maybe she hasn't seen it yet ?" she offered, hopeful. 

"Really. An alien appeared, saving a plane, and she just happened to miss the news of the year ?" she deadpanned, not half as hopeful as Kara. "She must have called me, but Henshaw took my phone... Shit. Shit !"

"Alex, calm down, it's okay. If she saw the news, she just must be worried about me, not even sure it was me. She didn't know you were on that plane. Breathe," she instructed calmly. 

Alex took a deep breath, holding it in for a few seconds before letting it out. "Right. Yeah, right, you're right. She doesn't know... Kara," she said looking at her dead in the eyes. "She can't know it was you, okay ? She'll disown me or something, just- don't tell her, please ?" she pleaded. 

Kara frowned, not liking the fear Alex radiated from the thought of having her mother know Kara exposed herself. Knowing it was an old, rooted problem that wasn't going to fix itself with a few well-said words, she just nodded. "Yeah, sure. I won't tell her," she promised.

Alex exhaled sharply, the anxiety lessening with each passing second. "Okay. Okay, thanks. Sure." She paused, trying to calm her racing heart and after a moment it did. "Okay," she repeated, calmer now. "Let's hang some art," she said overly cheerful.

Kara was still a bit worried but knew she couldn't do anything to really appease her sister, so she smiled and picked the picture Alex had in her hands before freaking out. "Yeah. Where do you want to put this one ?" she asked, tilting the picture to show it to Alex. 

"Bedroom," she instantly answered like it was obvious. "It's my favorite, I want to be able to look at it before going to sleep," she explained with a shrug of her shoulders, trying to sound nonchalant.

Warmth spread in Kara's heart and into her whole body, bursting with joy at Alex's explanation. Even if she felt a little more than Alex towards her sister, it was okay because she could see Alex loved her as much as she could. "Sure," she breathed, not trusting her voice to be steady if she spoke louder. 

Smiling, she went into the bedroom and put in on the nightstand on Alex's side. She would see it too either way, with her being glued to Alex all night anyway.
When she came out, she saw Alex with the painting of her parents in her hands, staring at her pensively. She turned her head when Kara came closer, eyes glued to the painting. 

"I guess it'll go in a closet or the bedroom," said sadly Kara. "We can't very well have people see it. It's too obvious."

"Actually, we can put it anywhere you want," declared Alex with a soft smile. "It's a safe house. People can't come here. Sorry about your social life by the way," she joked, before being serious again. "You can choose where you want it. Any place," she said, looking into Kara's misty eyes.

"Yeah ?" she asked shakily with a watery smile.

"Yeah," nodded Alex, handing the painting over to Kara.

Sniffing, Kara took the painting, holding it like it could vanish at any moment. She looked around, taking in the setting of the apartment for the first time. She noticed it was really bare of any decoration, all white and clean like you saw in magazines. 
She bit the inside of her cheek, thinking, before deciding on the wall next to the front door. She took one of the nails she took with her from her place and nailed it into the wall, gently, and hang the painting. 

"This way, I can see them anytime I leave or come home," she said emotionally. 

Alex came next to her, brushing her shoulder with her own to make her feel her presence. "It's perfect," she just said, looking at the painting with a smile.

She often wondered what it would be like to meet Kara's parents. Would they like her ? Would they be proud of Kara ? Would they be like Kara remembered ?
She inwardly sighed, remembering it was no use wondering about all of that now. It was too late.

"Where would like to put the other one ?" she asked, going to grab it and giving it to Kara.

This time, Kara didn't hesitate and walked over to the couch, stepping on it to reach the wall behind. It was a the scenery of Krypton, or Argo City to be exact, painted in horizontal, so it went perfectly above the couch.

She stepped back, Alex joining her once again next of her and gazing at the scenery. "It's beautiful," she commented, lost in the painting Kara did.

Kara gently pressed her shoulder against Alex's in a silent thank you, again too embarrassed by the compliment. "Yeah," she whispered. "It really was."

Glancing at Kara briefly to make sure she wasn't crying, she slipped her hand into Kara's, interlacing their fingers and giving it a squeeze before rubbing the back with her thumb. Kara closed her eyes, feeling content in this moment.
She could hang her paintings where she wanted, a reminder of Krypton, and had Alex close to her, closer than ever before. She put her head on Alex's, being taller, smiling when Alex shifted to place her own on Kara's shoulder.

They stayed like that for a moment, just enjoying the presence of the other.

After a while, Kara straightened up, knowing Alex wouldn't do it first because she wanted to be there for Kara, however long she needed, and took a breath. "Let's go put the other photos I took. Oh, and I took something else too," she added with a secretive smile.

Alex raised an eyebrow in question but quietly went over the other photos, watching as Kara went back to the suitcase in their bedroom out of the corner of her eyes.
As she was watching a picture of Eliza, Jeremiah, Kara and her, Kara came back with her hands hidden behind her back.
Alex put down the picture to face Kara, a hand on her hip. "So, what's the mystery item ?"

Kara had an goofy smile, bouncing slightly in excitement. She waited for a few seconds, probably to build the suspense, before holding out the fluffy blanket, shouting "TA-DA !" in triumph. 

Alex's eyes widened in surprise before she burst out laughing. "I don't know how I didn't guess," she admitted, still laughing before coming closer to feel the blanket. "It was a really good idea," she said, taking it to put it on the back of the couch.

Kara smiled, sitting down on the couch and putting the blanket that Alex folded on her lap. "Because I'm mysterious," she joked.

Alex rolled her eyes good-naturedly before settling in next to Kara, taking half of the blanket for her. "Sure you are."

Kara scoffed, pushing playfully Alex's shoulder before taking the remote to resume the show they were watching earlier. Her head found its way into Alex's shoulder after a few minutes, and Alex put her cheek against Kara's head, softly tracing her lines of Kara's fingers with her own.

After a while, Alex's phone rang. She sighed, the nice moment they shared coming to an end. She reached for her phone and looked at the screen.

"It's Vasquez. Henshaw sent her a message saying he heard about the explosion," she announced. "We have to go talk to her, get on the same page and figure out what to do next."

Kara, tense next to Alex, put her head against the cushion. "You won't do anything next," she declared seriously. "You're not even supposed to leave this apartment."

Alex sighed again, rubbing at her forehead, guessing it was going to be a recurrent argument. "I'll leave if I have to, Kara. Or if I want to and it's safe. I'm not dumb."

Kara's head shot up from the couch to look at Alex with an alarmed expression. "That's not what I said ! I'm just- I don't want you to risk your life again," she said honestly. "I'm not trying to control you Alex, I'm sorry."

Alex pursed her lips, guilty at having lost her cool. "I know, I'm sorry I snapped... This whole situation really got me tense. I know you worry."

"Yeah," Kara whispered. "Me too."

They sighed in unison, chuckling at their synchronisation. "Come on," she said, patting Kara's knee. "Let's get this over with so wen can order chinese and eat greasy food while watching TV."

Kara smiled, this was her Alex, and got up. Alex quickly changed her clothes having been in her pyjamas since the morning, and joined Kara at the front door. Kara got out first, looking outside to see if it was safe. She nodded in Alex's direction and she followed Kara. They knocked at Vasquez' door and waited for her to open it. They didn't have to wait long as she opened with half of her body hidden by the door.

Alex rolled her eyes and pushed it open, making Vasquez step backwards with a small objection. Kara gave her a apologetic smile and trailed behind Alex.

"You can put away your gun Agent," Alex teased, without having to turned around to guess why Vasquez didn't opened the door wider. 

Kara did however turned to look at Vasquez in surprise who huffed but while putting it away in a drawer next to the front door.

"Do you want something to drink ?" she offered.

"Just water-"

"Whiskey-" Kara and Alex said at the same time. When Kara gave Alex a dirty look, she looked away and mumbled "Water for me as well, thanks."

Vasquez hid her smile by turning towards the kitchen, filling three glasses of water.

They were sitting around the round kitchen table a minute later, each with the glass in their hands, having recapped the situation.

"That confirms the mole theory. They knew Kara was leaving and that she's an alien. Otherwise they wouldn't have put this bomb, just a normal one," Vasquez pointed out.

Nodding, Alex tapped absentmindedly on the glass in her hands. "Yeah, Director Henshaw already knows. He's going to be on the lookout."

Kara was silent next to them, staring at the water in her glass. She wondered how long it was going to take to catch the people responsible for this whole mess, she couldn't stay inside all day long, she still had-

"Work !" she shouted suddenly, getting up rapidly and sending the chair flying behind her. It fell a few meters further with a loud sound, but fortunately breaking nothing. 

Both Alex and Vasquez startled, Alex spilling her water all over the table and quickly grabbed her phone to save it from drowning. She took a rag to quickly wipe the water before it fell on the floor. " Wha-"

"I can't believe I actually forgot to go to work, again !" said Kara, throwing her hands in the air, desperate. "I'm such an idiot !"

Frowning, Alex threw the cloth at Vasquez so she could finish wiping her mess and made her way to Kara. "Kara, didn't she give you the day ?"

"No ! She gave me yesterday, but certainly not today ! I'm so fired, this time it's certain, it's over," she rambled. "I don't even have my phone... How will I contact her ? How will she contact me ?" she panicked, her voice getting higher.

"Kara, hey. It's only," she quickly glanced at the time on her phone and winced. They slept in. "It's not that late," she amended. At Kara's look, she pursed her lips before continuing. "Okay, it's a little after eleven. She may be a little mad, but she won't fire you, she adores you."

"She doesn't a-"

"She at least needs you," Alex said, cutting off Kara. "She won't fire you." She paused, looking for a way to appease and help Kara. "I'll go with you," she blurted out. 

Kara stopped dead in her tracks, hand still in her hair as she was passing it through her hair because of her anxiety. "Huh ?" she asked dumbly.

"I'll go with you," she repeated. "I'm still connected to law enforcement, I can feed her some lie to cover for you."

"Alex, you're part of a secret agency, I doubt you're willing to reveal this information to the The Queen of all Media just to help me," she said slowly, like Alex somehow lost her intelligence during the night.

Alex scoffed and crossed her arms at the jab. "I'm a little smarter than that, thank you very much," she scowled, satisfied when Kara looked properly chastised. "We have a little trick to our badge," she said with a smirk, reaching for it in her back pocket. She pulled it out and showed Kara her DEO badge quickly changing into an FBI one, feeling smug when Kara gasped from the surprise. "So I'll just make something up if she doesn't want to listen to you. I'm not going to let you get fired because you helped me."

They stared at each other for a few seconds before a deliberate cough brought them out of their little staring contest. They both turned to see Vasquez watching them with a hesitant look. "I don't wanna interrupt Ma'ams, but... Won't your apartment exploding will be cause enough to miss one morning at your work ?"

The sisters just stared at her, not believing they didn't think about that. "Oh." Kara let out. "Oh yeah. I guess..." she said, relieved. "I just have to avoid being fired for yesterday, then we're good." She shivered, thinking about talking to her boss about her absence. "I'm going to die. I'm invulnerable and she's going to kill me."

Alex chuckled at her sister's antics, but still offered her help because she knew Cat Grant was no picnic. "I'll go with you then, like I said. I got your back," she winked.

Kara flushed, and coughed awkwardly to try and forget Alex winking. "But wouldn't they just follow me to get to you if I still go to work ?" 

Alex smirked. "Technically, I'm on vacation far from here, Henshaw made sure of that. They'll believe I went into hiding. They're not really wrong, but I'm actually staying closer than they think. That's also why it's a one bedroom apartment. If they do research about the place, they'll think you're living alone because it'd be too small for two persons. We're lucky to be used to living in the same room, this place is gonna be a palace for us," she said, referencing at their bedroom in Midvale, when they didn't dare to go out and face Eliza.

Kara chuckled and tilted her head, looking at Alex with a nostalgic look. "Oh yeah, we did practically lived in that room..." She paused, thinking about Alex's offer. "Okay, you can come I guess, if Agent Vasquez is with you when I'm not," she conceded. 

Alex nodded at the same time as Vasquez. "Okay, let's get ready and go to CatCo."

 


 

Kara got ready using super-speed and Alex quickly showered and washed her hair. It was at time like these that she was happy they were short and dried quickly.
She got out of the bathroom with clean clothes and hair glistening and joined Kara where she waited for her in the kitchen. When she heard Alex coming, she half turned around, eyes glued to her phone. "Hey, can I give the new numb-" she stopped when she looked up in the middle of her sentence, eyes locking on Alex's hair.

She realized now that she liked her short hair more than she originally thought, enough to make her brain short-circuit. "What ?" asked Alex as she finished putting on her leather jacket. 

"Um-" She shook her head, trying to pull herself together. "I- um, can I give my new number to Miss Grant ? I'll get really fired if she can't contact me," she explained, finally finding her words.

"Oh, um," Alex frowned, thinking. "I don't know," she mumbled, munching on her lower lip. "It's best not to. I'll get you a burner phone with another number, it's safer. This way they won't be able to trace it back to you or us. Even if the lines are clear on ours, we can't mix our 'complicated life' with our 'everyday life'."

"Okay," Kara nodded, taking her bag. "Let's go then, we'll get one on the way."

And just like that, they left the safe house for the first time. Vasquez was driving again and Alex was on the passenger seat. Kara was on her own on the back seat, nervously rubbing her hands against her legs. She was nervous because she worried Miss Grant wouldn't let her come back to work, and because it'd be the first time Alex came to her workplace.
Plus, she was worried what Winn was going to say. She couldn't lie, or not well, and he'll ask her how the date went. She couldn't very well tell him it was a bust and that she spent the last few days with Alex, never leaving her side.

"Stop gnawing your lip," Alex called out.

Kara's head snapped up to see Alex looking straight ahead, but she saw her watching her in the outside rear-view mirror. She tried to smile but she knew it looked more like a grimace so she just stared out of her window, looking people walking, taking a coffee, on the phone... It all seemed normal, not unlike her life three days ago, though if felt like it was a lifetime ago.

They stopped to buy a burner phone before stopping in front of CatCo, Kara looking anxiously the big shiny letters on top of the building, and took a deep breath before getting out of the car.
Seeing Alex waiting for her outside made her relax, and she smiled easily this time.

"Come on," said Alex, smiling back.

They walked to the entrance, Vasquez leaving to find a spot to park, and Kara walked close to Alex, pushing people away with her shoulder a little more forcefully than usual to avoid people bumping into Alex. She was still recovering from her ribs after all.
Alex hid a smile behind her hair by lowering her head, seeing right through Kara, feeling her stomach flutter at the sweet attention.

Kara held out the door open for Alex, and they walked up to the security desk to ask for a badge for Alex.
After a few minutes, just as they were about to enter the elevator, Kara stopped dead in her tracks. Alex turned, looking at her curiously before stepping aside to let other people in the elevator.

"What ?"

"Uh... I forgot to get Miss Grant her lunch..." she said dejectedly. "I think I forgot to put my head on this morning."

Alex pursed her lips. "After everything that happened, it's not surprising you're a little out of it Kar," she gently said. "And it's okay, it happens. You can't always be at 110%." She paused, thinking. "You know what ? Go get her lunch. I'll go up and talk to her, explain things to her," she said, nodding as she talked.

Kara hesitated, unsure if it was such a good idea to let Alex and Cat Grant alone. Together. In the same room.
Alex raised her eyebrows, silently telling Kara to hurry the hell up, and shoved her playfully to convince her. "Go, I got this," she pushed.

Kara nodded, her body already towards the exit but eyes still on Alex, as she slowly walked away. With one last glance, she turned around fully and sped walked to come back as soon as possible.

Alex sighed and pushed the button of the elevator, waiting with her arms crossed. She received odd looks, but she understood. She was dressed all in black, save for her dark grey shirt, looking like someone who could take a large man down. She also knew that her gun was visible with her arms crossed, pulling her jacket close to her back. She resisted smirking, because looking impassible was scarier.
So she just focused on what she was going to say to Cat Grant.

The elevator dinged, pulling her out of her thoughts, and she got in, pleased when people seemed to keep their distance.
She didn't know which floor she had to go to, but she guessed The Queen of all Media would be on the last one, looking down on her subjects.
She inwardly scoffed, already bothered by Cat. She didn't like her from the start because of how she treated Kara, especially in the beginning. It was better now, but mostly because Kara became tougher, not because Cat became softer.

She was getting antsy, more and more looking forward to having a little chat with her sister's boss.

As she left the elevator, she cracked her hands and looked around, searching for-

"Winn !" she called out, approaching the little man.

Winn startled at the loud voice, the bullpen usually quiet except for Cat's shouts. He turned and his face lost its colors when he saw Alex walking up to him. "Oh, h-hey Alex, how's- how's it going ?" he greeted, stammering and bouncing nervously his leg up and down.

Alex smiled, but it wasn't the warm smile she gave Kara, or even the polite one she gave the others. It was the fake smile, the one where it was meant to look like it was fake.

"Hey Winn," she said sweetly, overly cheerful. "So, what's up lately ?"

He knew something was wrong, and he had an inkling of what it was. "Um- you know, not much," she replied, trying to look anywhere but in her eyes.

"Well," she said as she rounded his chair and settling behind him, putting her hands on his shoulders like they were friends. Well, they were, but if she happened to squeeze a little too tight for his liking, then it was on him. "You know, something funny happened a couple of days ago," she began, voice low and menacing to his hears, but friendly for others who might be listening.
She smirked when he gulped audibly. "Yeah," she drawled. "You know what I'm talking about, that's my pal !" she said while patting his shoulder hard with her right hand; her dominant hand.

He cringed at the movement, aware that he had to explain now. "Ye-Yeah, it's not- Alex, can you like, sit or something ?" he asked nervously, looking at Alex from the corner of his eyes.

She waited a few seconds before doing so, making him stew a little. She sat down, crossing her legs and hands intertwined on her lap, ready to listen. "So. Spill," she said, bite clear in her words.

"Right," he said, shuffling in his seat, clearly uncomfortable. "I just-," he sighed, deciding to be honest. "I'm... interested in Kara, as you probably guessed, and I wanted to push her in the right direction. For her !" he quickly added at Alex's dark expression. "Really ! I just wanted her to-to meet new people because she spends her time with either you or me, and I thought it would do her some good to go out there, you know. And yeah, if she thought I was the right person for her, it would have been a plus, but she obviously doesn't," he mumbled, a little bitter. Not against Kara, just at the situation. "So I told her that your co- your closeness may, like, get in the way." Alex tensed at his words, remembering Kara talking about this conversation and tripping over the same word. "She didn't agree though," he added under his breath, Alex hearing him anyway.

She clenched the armrests tightly, leaning forwards Winn. "What did you say to her, exactly," she asked through her gritted teeth, visibly fuming.

He recoiled a little, fearing for his life at this point. "Wha- What ?" he stammered.

"I think you used a particular word that bothered Kara, and I want you to tell me. Now," she said menacingly.

He heard his heart beating loudly in his head, his breathing becoming  a little shorter and quicker than before.

"I- I said you two were codependent with-with each other," he answered quickly, not wanting to enrage Alex further. It was not the best tactic though.

She took a deep breath, trying to avoid throwing him on his desk and doing something she might regret. "Wh- Why would you say something like that ? Just to get her to be closer to you ?" she asked in a calm voice.

He scowled at that, truly hurt at the implication. "I would never do that Alex, come on !" He looked around when he more or less shouter the last two words, gesturing to people to get back to work. He pursed his lips before continuing, whispering. "I swear, I would never. It's just something that I noticed, that's all. It doesn't have to be a bad thing, though," he said gently with a look of understanding.

She pinched the bridge of her nose, already tired of this conversation. She wasn't surprised Kara was behaving weirdly when they saw each other before her date. "Just- don't say stuff like that to her, it's a touchy subject."

She wasn't going to say she already knew they were, but didn't want to change. Plus, Kara needed a constant, and Alex was more than happy to be this constant. She didn't know if Kara knew though, even if she suspected that she didn't. Kara still had trouble seeing what was really normal behavior to what wasn't, little social cues she missed. 

She slowly got up, taking her time to organize her thoughts, and leaned down, head just next to Winn's, cheek to cheek.

"If you don't want to find out what I can do to your internal organs with just one finger, you'll never say anything like that to Kara. Ever," she whispered, threat out in the open for him to see.

He shuddered as he gave her a shaky nod, to which she smirked and tapped gently his shoulder, letting him know the worse was over. 

Now. She still had her original mission she needed to complete : talk to Cat freaking Grant. 

She looked around for a second, immediately finding her office. She was at her desk, typing on her computer with several pairs of glasses on her nose. She looked like she was this close to fire anyone who would dare to come close right now. Good thing she wasn't an employee then. 

She walked towards her office determined, Winn whimpering quietly behind her as he guessed where she was headed. 
Once at the opened glass doors, she knocked, waiting for Cat to look up, leaning on one of the doors.
She crossed her arms when she understood she wasn't going to have an answer anytime soon, frowning at her attitude. 

After a minute or so, Cat sighed without ever looking away from her computer. "What do you want ?" she asked, apparently already bored with the conversation she didn't have yet.

Alex walked closer, sitting without being asked to, leaning on one side with one arm on the back of the chair, looking very laid back. "Hello Miss Grant," she greeted. 

Cat's eyebrows shot up in surprise, and she slowly looked up to see who would be bold enough, or rather stupid enough, to do this. She removed the several pairs of glasses she wore with deliberate slowness. "Yes, you know my name, good for you," she deadpanned. "Can I know to whom I have the displeasure to speak to ?" she said, eyes squinted in wariness.

Alex smirked at the poorly disguised insult. She straightened, interlacing her fingers before her, forearms on her thighs as she leaned forward. "Agent Danvers," she introduced herself. "I'm with the FBI," she continued when she saw curiosity in Cat's eyes, showing her her badge.

It was Cat's turn to smirk, smelling a story there, and a good one at that. "Would you perhaps be related to my average assistant, Keira ?"

Alex's expression darkened, but she kept her cool. "Kara, yes. I'm her sister."

"Really," she drawled. "It's funny, you look nothing like her," she pushed.

"Miss Grant," she inhaled sharply, stiffening. "I didn't come here to discuss my relation with my sister," she warned.

"Oh ? Why did you come here for then ?" she asked with a raised eyebrow, leaning back into her massive chair, a smug smile on her face. Like she somehow knew more than Alex did. 

She sighed, trying to convey her sincerity. "Kara was worried you would fire her for her absence yesterday and this morning. Truth is..." she looked at her clasped hands, biting at her lower lip in guilt. She blew out a breath before making eye contact with Cat. "Kara helped me with some critical work yesterday, and because of that, because of me... Someone blew out her apartment yesterday night," she admitted.

Not what she was expecting, Cat straightened in her seat, now looking really... worried ? For Kara ? "Exploded ? Is she okay ?"

Alex stared at her for a beat, surprised at her reaction before pursing her lips in an attempt to hide her smile. "She is, she got out just in time," she nodded, relief washing through her as she reminded herself that Kara was safeshe made it. "She found a place to stay for now, but wanted to come back to work as soon as possible."

Cat glanced over Alex's shoulder, searching for the familiar blond hair. "Well, where is she then ?" she asked with feigned nonchalance.

Not able to hide her smile any longer, she just let it show. "She went to get your lunch."

Cat hummed, absentmindedly putting an arm of one of her glasses between her lips. She suddenly seemed to have an idea, a smirk slowly making its way onto her face. "So, you're actually covering for her."

Alex frowned. "No, I'm here because I'm her sister, otherwise it would have been another agent. I have a colleague waiting in the car downstairs if you'd prefer," she challenged. She didn't know where Cat was going with this, but two could play. 

 "So it really was an FBI case she helped with ?" she asked innocently.

Alex nodded, leaning back into her seat, crossing her arms again. "Yes."

Cat hummed again, a clear agenda in mind. "And how could she possibly be of assistance ?"

"If you're fishing for a story, don't waste your breath Miss Grant," she said harshly. She reconsidered a second later though, not wanting to jeopardize Kara's job. She sighed, closing her eyes for a second. "But if it can ease your worry, she was close to me when it happened and she had the skills we needed." From the look in Cat's eyes, she knew she said something wrong, so she quickly added "She speaks many languages, it was necessary at the time." It wasn't even a lie, Kara was fluent in many Earth and other languages.

"Funny, I didn't see it on her resume," she remarked while making a show of looking at her phone, like this conversation bored her.

"She's not big on showing off," replied curtly Alex, her patience wearing thin. She tried to hold on until Kara came back though.

"No, she's not, is she," Cat murmured, staring into Alex's eyes with a glint in her own that Alex really didn't like.

Alex squinted in suspicion. Cat Grant seemed to be a step ahead, even if she didn't know about what exactly. "What a-"

"I got your lunch Miss Grant !" shouted a little too loudly Kara, coming half running with messy hair and glasses askew. Alex got up automatically, glancing at Kara before looking back at Cat to see she didn't even spared a peek at Kara.

Cat and Alex kept staring at each other as if trying to read the other's mind until Kara put down the bad in front of Cat. "Salad wrap ?" asked Cat, already knowing the answer.

Kara bobbed her head up and down, still trying to catch her breath (did Kryptonians could even lose their breath ?). "Of course," she answered breathlessly.

She seemed to notice the tension and took a step back, still scared of her boss. She took a place next to Alex, sliding her hand in Alex's and gave her a grateful look with a shy smile.

Alex smiled back at Kara, squeezing her hand in response and looked back at Cat. Cat, who was watching them with a growing smile (if you could call it a smile as it was closer to a grimace, or, okay, a smirk then) as well as a knowing look to complete her honest to god scary expression.

Alex kept her stance, tall and back straight, and Kara, well... Kara was basically hiding behind Alex. Okay, not really hiding, just- half hiding. She had an arm linked with Alex's, fingers intertwined, looking for courage.
Alex frowned, not liking Kara's reaction to her boss' mood.

Kara took a breath, getting ready to face the music. "Miss Grant, I'm sorry I wasn't here yesterday. And this morning. I'm-"

"Yes yes," cut off Cat, gesturing vaguely with her hand. "Agent Scully here already explained everything."

"Agent Scu-"

"So you have nothing to worry about," she said, cutting Alex off this time. "You job is safe. Just make sure to come properly clothed, having your wardrobe disappear in a fire isn't an excuse. Though it can be an excuse to replace everything," she said easily, as she hadn't just insulted Kara's fashion sense.

Kara nodded happily, just thankful to still have her job. "Thank you Miss Grant."

Alex was about to bite back but Kara tugged at her arm a little too forcefully to stop her, shaking her head minutely. So Alex kept her mouth shut, nearly biting her tongue to make the task easier.

Cat was watching the interaction with curiosity and a touch of amusement, obviously having foreseen such a reaction from them if her pleased expression was anything to go by. It didn't sit right with Alex to be watched like that, like mere experiments Cat was enjoying toying with.

Outside, she wore a mask of impassiveness, but inside she was fuming, hating more and more this woman.
Kara though, was radiating with joy and relief at still having her job, so Alex couldn't really well keep being mad when she smiled at her like that.
She gave a little one in return, careful at what expressions she displayed in front of The Queen of all Media.

"Well, now that that's done," she said a little more louder than necessary, breaking the tense atmosphere. "I have to go back to work," she said, giving Kara a meaningful look, silently saying she couldn't stay in Kara's workplace much longer. She was supposed to be in hiding.

"Yes ! Work, you have work, you're a working D-FBI agent after all," she rambled, totally busting Alex.

Alex, which internally face-palmed, but just gave Kara a tight-lipped smile. "Yes, so. Miss Grant," she said, taking a step towards her and  held out her hand to shake Cat's. "It was a pleasure," she said sharply, obviously lying.

Cat hummed before taking Alex's hand and shaking it firmly. "Yes, a pleasure indeed Agent Scully," she smirked.

Alex sighed, rolling her eyes once back turned to Cat and facing Kara who was looking torn, not liking the two women she respected not liking each other.

Glancing hesitantly towards Miss Grant, Kara looked back at Alex. "Come on, I'll walk you out. I'll be right back Miss Grant," she called out over her shoulder, yanking Alex towards the exit. 

Once they reached the doors, Kara sighed in relief and walked faster towards the elevator. "What was that ?" she whispered loudly.

Alex scowled, freeing her arm of Kara's tight hold, making a show of rubbing her arm. "What ? Something bothers me in that woman, I can't tell what though..." she answered, looking pensive while gnawing at her lip.

Pouting, Kara whined unhappily. "Alex, can't you just get along with her ? She's my boss, and I respect her. You would too if you knew her !"

"Yeah, I don't think so Kar. Plus, I don't have to get along with her. I'll probably never see her again," she shrugged. 

"Yeah...", conceded Kara. "Anyway, thank you," she added more seriously. "I don't know what you said to her, but I still have my job," she smiled brightly, pulling Alex into a short hug, kissing her on the cheek as she let go. "I owe you !"

Cheeks slightly pink, Alex huffed to divert the attention so her sudden shyness. "You don't, it was the least I could do after you rescued me, like, twice."

Kara chuckled, tilting her head in a very Kara way. "That's normal, dummy !" They spent a minute staring at each other, something they seemed to do more often recently, getting lost into the other's eyes, until someone came and excused himself so Alex would move so he could push the button to call the elevator. 

They both coughed awkwardly at having been caught in a private moment and Kara waved Alex goodbye as she entered the elevator.

Once they couldn't see each other anymore, they both blew out a breath at the same time, somehow relieved to have some time to themselves. They didn't understand why though.