Lena shook out her hands and bounced on the balls of her feet. Alex had called earlier to let them know they were on their way. Most of her nerves had dissipated over the past week but a few still lingered. This would only be the second time seeing Eliza and Jeremiah again.
A few days ago, Kara called them, and allowed Lena to talk to them about everything that happened. Lena apologized to lying to them, but they waved off her words. Eliza said it was clear from the first time they met there was something special between her and Kara. It made her feel better that they didn’t hold anything against her.
They’d already changed the sheets on the beds and cleaned after they feed the animals that morning. Kara also dragged the sleeping bags up from the cellar and they were currently airing out beside the woodstove. A bundle of blankets and sheets were folded neatly on the coffee table for Carter to use.
Kara had also dug out her stocking, stating everyone else would bring theirs. When Kara presented her with a stocking for her and Fluffy, Lena dragged her back to bed and showed Kara how much she appreciated the gesture. Then they changed the sheets again.
All three stockings were lined up neatly, hanging off a shelf Kara had cleared for this purpose. Kara had been adamant there was room for everyone’s. Lena wasn’t sure. Kara had also sewed a new sweater for Fluffy so she wouldn’t feel left out with all the festivities.
Fluffy currently lounged on the tree skirt, staring up at the twinkling lights. Kara was worried Fluffy would attack the tree, but Lena knew better. Fluffy was too lazy to anything other than lay under it.
Every time Kara would place another gift under the tree, Lena second guessed her gift choices, but it was too late to change them now. When two arms snaked around her waist, Lena leaned back, soaking up the feel of Kara. Something she would never take for granted.
“Are you ready for everyone?”
This was the third time Kara had asked her today. “I am and the next time you ask me I will be as well.” Lena laughed when Kara spun her around.
“You’re cheeky today. You keep that up and I’ll take one of your gifts out from under the tree.”
“Will you now?”
“I cross my heart.” Kara crossed her heart then pointed to the ceiling. Lena didn’t have to look to know what was there. Kara had taken to hanging mistletoe everywhere, even though Lena would kiss her whenever she wanted.
Lena raised up to fulfill the request when the front door swung open.
“Break it up you two,” Cat said.
Lena kissed Kara anyway then wiggled out of Kara’s arms. Cat walked in, followed by Carter, Eliza, Jeremiah, and Alex brought up the rear. “Cat.” It was the first time they’d seen each other since Cat came to National City. Lena only hesitated for a moment when Cat wrapped her in a hug.
“I’m glad you two are happy.”
“We are.” Lena accepted Alex’s hug next.
“Kara,” Alex said. “Come help me with the bags and gifts.”
“Let me grab my coat.” Kara kissed Lena’s cheek as she walked past her.
Lena found herself alone with Eliza. “Eliza.”
“Lena, it’s good to see you again.”
Eliza slipped her arm through Lena’s. “Do you and Kara have everything ready?”
“Yep. All we need from everyone is to relax.” They stopped by the woodstove. “I know I’ve said it—”
“Lena, we’re not mad about anything that happened. We both feel that you two are made for each other. We’re good.”
“Okay. I really…”
The smile on Eliza’s face eased all of Lena’s doubts. “Yes.”
“Have you told her?”
“Not in words. I mean.”
“Ladies,” Cat said, walking up to them with three cups in her hands. “How about a toast?”
Lena accepted the glass of eggnog, ninety percent sure Cat spiked it. Lena held her cup up. “To finding yourself.”
“To family,” Eliza said.
Cat smiled. “To falling in love.”
“I’ll drink to that,” Alex said, sliding behind Cat, still in her coat, and wrapping an arm around her waist. With her other hand she held her own cup up. “To best friends.” She shared a smile with Kara.
“To being happy,” Jeremiah added.
Carter stepped up to Cat with his own glass. “To being together.”
Kara lifted her glass. “To all the adventures still yet to come.”
Lena lifted her glass to her lips and took a sip. Yep, Cat spiked it, but it was good. She relaxed when Kara pulled her into her side.
She still couldn’t believe the last couple of months happened. The outcome far outweighed she went through to get there. The future wasn’t set in stone, but they had a plan and that was the important thing. Everything else they would tackle as it came.
Kara pulled Lena into her arms inside their sleeping bags later that night. Carter was sound asleep on the couch. Everyone else was settled into their rooms. All day, Kara would seek Lena out, but Lena never once looked out of place. It had eased Kara’s nerves to see Lena so comfortable with everyone. Lena sighed in her sleep and Kara pulled her closer.
In years past they would open one gift on Christmas Eve and Lena had insisted everyone open hers. Kara knew she was apprehensive, but she shouldn’t have been. Everyone loved their gifts. Kara knew she would have to hear Alex rave about the otter picture Lena had commissioned for her. The otter wore hiking gear and on her shirt was aname tag that read Alex. It was cute and Alex already proclaimed it was going in her office when she got home.
Jeremiah and Eliza loved their gift cards to the movie theater and a few gift cards to local restaurants for them to have date nights. Cat was happy to receive cat sculpture for her office. She’d only made a few snide comments about it, but Kara knew she was thrilled. She knew Lena was worried about Carter, but he’d been ecstatic to receive a signed poster of his favorite actor.
Kara glanced at the tree where her gift still sat. A Janome MB-4S Embroidery machine complete with a ton of extras. One thing Kara always wanted to do but didn’t have the money for was to start embroidering some of her K-Dan bags. She didn’t have time to hand stitch, so this would be perfect. The fact that Lena listened, then got her something she wanted and could use meant everything. It was an amazing piece of technology and she would have saved for years to be able to afford it. She couldn’t wait to start playing around with it.
“If you don’t go to sleep Santa won’t come,” Lena whispered in her ear bringing a smile to Kara’s lips.
“Did I wake you?”
“No.” Lena ran her hand over Kara’s elf covered pajama top. “Why are you awake?”
“Just thinking. I can’t wait to try out my embroidery machine.”
“I wasn’t sure you would like it.”
“Are you kidding it’s awesome. I’ll be able to do so much more with it and pad my back account in the process.”
“Good.” Lena continued to run her hand on Kara’s stomach.
“I hope you like what I got you?” Kara didn’t have a lot of extra money to spend so she hoped Lena liked it.
Lena raised up to look in Kara’s eyes. “I’ll like anything you got me. Besides,” she lay her head back on Kara’s shoulder. “Being here with you is enough. Being able to share this with you and your family means the world to me.”
“I love having you here too. Raise up.” Lena did and Kara stood and walked to the tree. She picked up the gift she was looking for and joined a now sitting up Lena. “Here.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes.” Kara made sure Carter was still asleep and nodded for Lena to go ahead. Kara’s heart was in her throat as Lena tore the paper and opened the box. She watched Lena take out a photo album and open it.
“Kara.” Lena turned the first page and stared wide eyed at her.
“Is it okay?” She’d debated about making a leaf photo album of their time together but knew this was the way to go.
“Oh, good.” She moved to beside Lena. “I picked up the first leaf when I was walking to the hospital to meet you for the first time. The second one at the hotel after the accident. This one,” Kara turned to a page, “Is from our unlucky hunting trip.”
“This is more than I could have hoped for.”
Kara’s fingers shook as she turned to the last page that held a brown, seen better days, leaf. This one I picked up today.” She turned the page and slipped the notecard out and held it to her chest before looking up and catching Lena’s eyes and turning the card over. On the card were the words, ‘The day I told Lena that I’m in love with her’.
“Oh.” Lena took the card and ran her finger along the words before standing and grabbing a pen. She sat back down and under Kara’s words wrote, ‘The day I told Kara I was in love with her’.
Kara sniffled, shut the book, and set it to the side before turning back to Lena. “I knew from the beginning I would never be able to keep a distance from you. From the moment I laid eyes on you, my emotions were all over the place. You blew into my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” She cupped Lena’s cheeks. “I love you. I’m in love with you. I can’t guarantee everything will run smoothly, but I promise I will always be here. Right by your side, even if you’re hundreds of miles away. I’m not running, I never will. I welcome all the hurdles we’ll have to jump because we’ll do it together. I love you.”
“Oh, Kara. I love you too. Far longer then I’m willing to admit. You’re it for me. You always will be. I don’t know how I know that, I just do. I feel so much when I’m with you and it scares me, but you’re worth it. We’re worth it.” She lightly kissed Kara’s lips. “I love you.”
“Say it again.”
“I love you.”
“One more time.”
“Kara Danvers, I love you.”
Kara lay back and pulled Lena down next to her. “Lena Kieran Luthor, I love you too.”