Four years later
Lena drummed her fingers on the steering wheel as she pulled into the diner parking lot. She hopped out, rounded the truck, opened the door, and pulled out a small cooler filled with Kara’s latest batch of goat cheese. She thanked the man who held the door open for her.
“Lena,” J’onn said, taking the cooler from her and pulling her into a one arm hug. “How are you?”
“Good. I’m good.”
“Can you stay for a bite?”
“I can’t. I’m headed to Cat’s next.”
“Don’t be a stranger.”
“I won’t.” She waved at a few people that called her name, walked out, then climbed back into the truck. A few minuets later she pulled into the parking lot of Grant’s Grocery. Winter was fast approaching and while Kara went on one last hunting trip with Alex, Lena opted to stock up on staples they would need. It had been three days and she was ready to see everyone.
It would be the first winter in two years they were staying at the homestead and Lena was ready. After her sci-fi western, she’d taken the lead role in a romance, which lead to her second Academy award. Being able to kiss Kara when she won meant everything.
They’d had their ups and downs over the years, but Lena wouldn’t trade them for anything. The platinum band on her ring finger meant more than words ever could. They were in this together and Lena never doubted that. Kara always made her feel loved, wanted, and safe. Their wedding three years ago and been small and private. It was perfect. Lillian cried when Lena asked her to walk her down the aisle.
For the past year, she’d focused on directing and with eight television episodes under her belt and two independent films, one that won several awards, she was starting to feel like a director. Over the winter she planned on finally finalizing her documentary about Kara’s homestead. It had been four years in the making and she knew the finished product would be amazing.
Lena hummed and stepped out of the truck and made her way to the store’s entrance. She stopped and took in the town around her. National City would always hold such a special place in her heart, but this was her home.
Lena waved at George, who always sat on the corner of the block no matter the weather. He waved at her then went back to watching the traffic.
She walked through the automatic doors then slipped her sunglasses off and hooked them in the V of her sweater.
“Good morning, Lena.”
The first time Lena had met Ashely, Cat’s cashier, Ashely had been star struck, but over the years that had waned, thank goodness.
“It is a good morning.”
“Cat’s in her office.”
“That’s where I’m headed.” Lena started walking then stopped ten or so steps from Cat’s office when Cat stepped into the doorway. They’d become close over the years and Lena couldn’t ask for a better friend. She’d bounced countless ideas off Cat and every time Cat gave her invaluable advice.
Lena took a step forward but stopped when a second body popped up in the doorway beside Cat. A much smaller, squirming body who quickly latched onto Cat’s pants leg. That is until she spotted Lena.
Lena knelt and braced herself for the impact Emma would make. A moment later Emma threw herself into Lena’s arms and Lena stood, holding her tight. “My baby.” Lena peppered a laughing Emma’s face with kisses. “I missed you.”
Since Lena had to fly to National City three days ago and Alex was busy with Kara, Cat had agreed to watch Emma. Which wasn’t a hardship, considering Emma loved her Aunt Cat and Aunt Alex more than her and Kara sometimes. Cat was spoiling her more than Lillian and that was saying something.
“Did you have fun with Aunt Cat?”
Emma nodded her head and Lena pushed the blonde curls out of her eyes. Looked like a haircut was in order.
“Awesome.” Lena held up her hand and Emma high-fived it.
A week after their wedding, Lena and Kara sat down and talked about having kids. They both wanted them sooner rather than later and Kara had been surprised when Lena voiced she wanted them within the next five years. A year later they welcomed Emma into their family. The pregnancy had been a lot different than Lena expected but she’d powered through and they welcomed a healthy six pound, ten ounce baby girl. Kara blossomed at being a mother and they had a dozen photo album’s full to prove it.
Lena accepted Cat’s hug even with Emma clinging to her.
“How are you sweetie?”
“I’m good. Tired, but good.” Lena set Emma down, who ran to the corner of the room where her toys and bed were located. “It went well.”
“Good.” They turned to watch Emma. “She was an angel.”
Lena snorted earning a glare from Cat. “Of course, you would say that. She can do no wrong in you or Alex’s eyes.”
“And your point.”
“No point.” Lena chuckled and glanced around the office. Her eyes landed on a large framed photo to the left of her desk. Alex and Cat’s wedding photo. “It turned out nice.”
“It did. The suit was a good look on her.”
“Good grief, Cat. You like her in anything.”
“And your point.”
“No point.” Lena sighed. “Feels like a dream sometimes.”
“I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop, but you know what?”
“Now, I don’t care. If the other shoe drops, I’ll just buy a new pair.”
“You’ve learned something most people never do. Relationships take work, but the right ones are worth it.”
“The Danvers sisters are worth it.”
“You better believe it.” After a beat. “I can watch her longer if you like.”
“I don’t think so. If it was up to you, you’d have her year round.”
“I had to ask.”
“Have you and Alex thought about it?”
Cat jerked around to face her. “Are you out of your mind. I’m too old for that.”
“No, you’re not. If that’s something you want, you should talk to Alex.”
“We’ve talked about it, but I don’t know.”
“Don’t wait too long.” Lena pushed off the wall. “I hate to cut this short, but I need to get everything loaded then head home.”
“I had Carter load everything by the back door. You go load the truck and I’ll get her together.”
Lena pulled Cat into a hug before she could walk off. “I love you.”
“I love you too. Now go.”
An hour later, the truck was loaded, and Lena and Emma were on their way home.
“Is mama home?”
“Not yet. Her and Aunt Alex are still hunting.”
Lena quickly glanced at her daughter who was fast losing her ability to stay awake. Lena knew if she let her sleep now, she would be a beast later, but didn’t have the heart to wake her.
“Sleep well, princess.”
Kara lit up when she heard the truck pull into the driveway which meant her two favorite girls were home. Her and Alex had called it quits early since they bagged two deer, which they’d already processed. Now, Kara was taking care of the animals so she could spend the rest of the evening relaxing.
The last four years had been a dream. One she never wanted to wake up from. Having Emma was just the icing on the cake. She always wanted a wife and children, but never thought that was in the cards for her. Now she had both. Lena and Emma were her life and she would do whatever was necessary to make sure they stayed healthy and happy.
She’d been surprised when Lena voiced she wanted to spend winter at the homestead. But Kara quickly agreed. Truth was, she didn’t necessarily miss the snow, but she missed being away from here. National City was nice, but it wasn’t home. She’d learned to love it over the years but nothing beat coming back here.
Sometimes she would find herself staring down at her wedding ring in awe. Seeing Lena walking down the aisle almost had her in a puddle on the ground. She was a vision. They’d honeymooned in New Zealand, which had been at the top of Kara’s bucket list. Lena had promised to mark off more places in the future from said list. They planned on taking Emma to Disney World for her fourth birthday. Still a few years to go, but they both wanted Emma to enjoy it.
Kara locked the goat paddock then locked up the barn and made her way to the house. She grabbed a box out of the truck and piled it on top of the boxes Lena had already brought in. She could hear her girls upstairs so she hurried outside and quickly unloaded the truck. Boxes littered the entranceway, but they could clear that later. Kara took off her outerwear, washed up, then hurried upstairs.
Lena was holding down and tickling a giggling Emma.
“Mama, help me.”
Lena stopped her attack and turned a smile to Kara. “Well aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.”
Lena had been gone three days, but it felt like a lifetime. “Ditto, darling. Ditto.” Kara climbed on the bed and pulled them both into her arms. Emma quickly snuggled into her side and promptly fell asleep. She got that from Lena. Kara looked over her to Lena. “I’m glad you’re home.”
Lena leaned over Emma and kissed Kara, lingering for a moment then pulling back. “I’m glad to be here.”
“You look tired.”
“I am. I dare say this pregnancy is going to be harder than Emma’s.”
Kara wouldn’t dim her smile even if she tried. Having one child was amazing but two felt like a dream. After Emma, they’d decided on one more. They wanted them close in age, so they decided to wait a couple of years after Emma. At Lena’s latest appointment, they’d found out they were having another little girl. Kara couldn’t wait.
So much had already changed around the homestead, and while some changes had been hard, others came more naturally. After getting married, they expanded the house by three storage containers to make room for their growing family. A pole barn was also built to accommodate Lena’s studio and Kara’s workshop. Along with a state of the art security system and a gated entrance to the homestead.
Bringing a baby into this environment had been a learning curve, but after a few mishaps on their part, everything worked out. Though, she had a feeling, Emma would be getting into so much more and with a new baby on the way, they had their work cut out for them.
“Well, this winter don’t worry about doing anything. I will take care of you both.”
“Don’t be silly. We’ll take care of each other.”
When they were both asleep, Kara slipped out of bed, covered them up, made sure the baby gate was locked at the doorway and made her way downstairs. Once in the living room, she walked to the couch and picked up a willing Fluffy and petted her.
With Lena’s help she was able to quit fishing and was able to devote more time to making her K-Dan bags, which were even more sought after since she started embroidering them. Life was moving at a rapid pace, but she liked to take a step back and take it all in from time to time. Enjoy the life she was living and the people in it. Like right now. The boxes could wait a few more minutes.
Kara sat down on the couch with Fluffy still in her arms. “Who would have thought this would be our life Fluffy. Who would have thought.”