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The Promise

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Lena and Sam stood in line at the high-end coffee house surrounded by other young professionals. The coffee house was overpriced and overrun with aspiring actors and actresses all hoping to get discovered. Lena was dressed to intimidate and impress with her short black dress and her long suit jacket. Her shiny black hair was smooth as silk and she wore an intense red lip.

“I’ve heard this place is good”, Sam said with a cheerful smile.

“I feel like I’m going to be sick”, Lena said nervously.

“Babe, everything is going to be fine.”

“Sam, this deal could make or break my career. If I get this, there’s no stopping me.”

“But look at you. Look at how stressed out you are. All you do is work. You don’t eat, you don’t sleep, and you sure as hell don’t fuck.”

Lena looked around embarrassed and grabbed Sam’s arm.

“Jesus Sam! Use your inside voice”, Lena whispered.

“Sorry. I just mean that you don’t have a life. Maybe this isn’t what you want.”

“Listen, I have worked my ass off trying to get to this place in my career. I need this. This is all I know.”

“Know more. You’re boring”, Sam said with a playful chuckle.

“I love you too.”

“So, what are you going to say?”

Sam looked over at Lena and noticed she was distracted by something or someone to be more precise.

Lena watched her talking to the woman behind the counter. She was radiant. Her long blonde hair, her adorable smile, those glasses and the blue eyes behind them. She was wearing a little dress shirt and slacks. She looked soft and warm. Lena had never felt such an intense attraction to anyone in all her life. Everything in her wanted to go up to the beautiful grinning blonde and hug her or kiss her mouth until they ran out of breathe.

That smile. Look at that smile. It breaks my heart.

Lena heard the woman speak and she was a goner. That voice. That voice was incredible. That voice gave Lena a tingle where it mattered. It was sweet and kind but Lena could imagine how sexy it would be to have her whisper in her ear as she made disturbingly hot passionate love to her.

“Lena! Lena! Are you listening to me?”, Sam asked grabbing her arm.

Lena snapped out of it as the woman walked away. She shook her head and rejoined the land of the living.

“Yeah…um…sorry Sam. Just…did you see that woman who was just ordering coffee?”

“No. Where?”

“Never mind. What were we talking about?”, Lena asked.

“No, who did you see?”

“There was just this woman. She was stunning and her voice. Wow. “

“Where is she? You’ve been living like a monk. I’m getting you laid”, Sam said with a pump of her fist.

“She’s blonde. She’s with another woman who had short hair. She was wearing glasses and a cute little dress shirt and slacks”, Lena said with a little upturned grin.

“Weird.”

“What’s weird?”

“I don’t think I’ve seen you smile like that…well ever. We definitely need to find her.”

When they got up to the front of the line they both ordered drip coffees to save time. They were not surprised to find out that a drip coffee would take just as long as the rest of the ridiculously pretentious drinks on the menu. They paid and stepped out of line to locate the object of Lena’s desire. They moved quickly around the coffee house to find the woman who had instantly captivated Lena’s attention and yearning.

They looked all over but they couldn’t find her. Lena looked up and saw the blonde and her companion walking towards a white BMW in the parking lot.

“Shit! She’s leaving”, Lena said.

“Go out there and get her”, Sam said.

“What the hell am I supposed to do? Should I run out there and say “Oh hi, you don’t know me and I know I’m completely insane but would you agree to marry me and have babies with me? Seriously.”

“You’re adorable. Look at you. You’re actually flustered. If you don’t go out there, I will.”

“Bena! I have two drip coffee’s for Bena!”, the barista said.

“Are you fucking kidding me? Bena? How does that make any sense. I clearly said ‘Lena’.”

“It’s now or never babe. Go out there. She is about to pull away in her gorgeous brand new BMW.”

“Come on. Let’s grab our coffee. She’s gorgeous but I guess it wasn’t meant to be”, Lena said disappointed.

Lena and Sam walked over to the counter to pick up their coffee. The barista gave Lena a little smile. She was tattooed and had a lip piercing. Women like that made Lena nervous.

“Sorry. We were out of Sumatran so I gave you my special dark blend. I think you’ll like it.”

Lena didn’t hear the barista or care much about what she said.

“Umm…thanks”, Lena said turning around quickly.

Sam gave the barista a flirty smile and mouthed a silent “Thanks” to the woman.

Lena gasped and felt all of the air leave her body at once. The beautiful blonde stood only inches away and smiled sweetly. Her blue eyes were so intense, Lena couldn’t help but stare into them like a crazy person. Lena could swear the woman smelled like fresh laundry and ripe strawberries. She felt a warmth spread down between her legs and she choked a little.

Oh my God. I want to taste you. Wow. Did I just think that? Lena!

“I’m so sorry, the beautiful blonde said. I just left my…”, she started to say reaching around Lena and grabbing her cell phone from the counter. Their bodies were excruciatingly close.

Lena was speechless. The woman’s voice had an effect on Lena. She could feel a tingle travel quickly through her body and rest between her legs again. She was so turned on she shook a little.

“I…umm”, Lena barely managed.

Sam grabbed Lena’s arm and pulled her out of the way.

“I’m sorry. You’ll have to excuse my friend here. She has a very important meeting and she’s a little nervous. Please forgive her”, Sam said with a sweet grin. “This is Lena”, Sam said pointing to the now almost catatonic Lena.

Lena looked out the window and tried to avert her eyes.

The woman gave Lena a kind smile.

“No apologies necessary. Good luck with your meeting”, she said so sweet and so genuine Lena thought she would die. “I’m Kara. It’s nice to umm…meet you?”

Lena looked into the woman’s eyes and let out a little grunt. Kara gave her one more sweet smile and turned to leave.

Lena watched in agony as the most beautiful woman she had ever seen walked out of the coffee house and out of her life forever.

Sam let out a chuckle and gave Lena a pat on the back.

“Wow babe, no game. Absolutely zero game. What happened? That was just hard to watch.”

“She smelled like fresh laundry…and strawberries”, Lena said staring at the door completely distracted.

“She was adorable. Run after her”, Sam said.

“Shit. Shit! Shit! Shit! What the hell is wrong with me?”

“It’s not too late to run.”

“She’s gone and I’m a fucking moron.”

“Damn babe. I’ve known you for years and I have never seen you look this useless. Was it love at first sight?”

“Nah. She is too soft and sweet. She would never be into me.”

“Come on. Did you see that smile?”

Sam turned back to Lena who still looked shocked.

“You know her name is Kara. You have to hang out here and see if she comes in again.”

“So I can act like a mute moron again? I don’t think so. I’m good.”

“You’re adorably pathetic babe. We need to find that woman again.”

“She’s gone Sam.”

“I don’t know. I get the feeling you’ll see her again at some point. Come on, let’s take a seat and you can tell me what you’re going to say at the meeting.”

“She really was beautiful wasn’t she?”, Lena asked.

“She was. She was cute and the perfect opposite of your badass Prada gayness.”

“I’m an idiot.”

“Not at all babe. If you’re meant to be, you’ll see her again.”

Lena looked over at the door and her heart hurt.

God. Her voice. I wish I could have a second chance. I could listen to that voice forever. She lit a fire in me. She lit a fire deep deep inside of me.

“Come on…let’s go sit down and get you calmed down for your meeting.”

“What the hell is wrong with me Sam?”

“So much babe. What specifically?”, Sam asked trying to joke.

“That woman was…I don’t know why she had such an effect on me. Shit.”

“Stop beating yourself up.”

“That woman she was with was stunning. I’m sure she’s her girlfriend. I just need to shake this off.”

“Are you still nervous about your meeting?”

“What meeting?”, Lena asked distracted.

“The meeting you have in an hour babe. Earth to Lena.”

“Shit. Sorry Sam.”

“Come on. Let’s find something else to talk about. What are you doing this weekend? Did you want to go to yoga or something?”

“I have a dentist appointment tomorrow”, Lena said.

“Oh no. Are you serious? Shit. You do not do well at the dentist. This is not your week. Didn’t that last dentist fire you as a patient?”

“He did. I freaked out and punched him in the face.”

Sam exploded into raucous laughter. Lena looked around the coffee house and everyone was staring.

“Thanks Sam. As if I wasn’t already dreading it enough.”

“You’ll be fine. Why are you going?”

“Stupid wisdom teeth. All four of them are killing me. I waited as long as I could. I’m going to a new dentist. A friend at work said she is the best dentist in LA.”

“You’re going to do great babe”, Sam said unconvinced.

“No I won’t.”

“No, you won’t but it seems cruel to be honest at this point.”

“Do you want me to go with you tomorrow?”

“Do you want to come with me?”

“Hell no but you’re my best friend in the world so I have to offer but I would literally rather poke myself in the eyes than see the hot mess you’re going to turn into at the dentist. I love you babe but I think you’re taking an Uber.”

Lena couldn’t help but laugh. Sam wasn’t always the most supportive best friend but she made up for it by making Lena laugh. Lena felt like Sam kept her young when she was feeling too serious.

Lena stared out the window and froze again.

“It’s okay Sam. I get it.”

“No, now you look sad babe. Now I feel like a bitch,”

“You’re not a bitch”, Lena said. “I’ll be fine.”

“Are you sure? You look so depressed.”

“It’s not the dentist or the meeting. I just wish I had been brave enough to talk to that woman or at least form words. God that was embarrassing.”

“Like I said babe, you need to hang out at this place like every day. At least you know her name.”

“Kara”, Lena said with a dreamy smile. “I love her name. It’s soft and warm just like her.”

***

The next morning Lena walked from her office parking garage to her new dentist’s office.  She normally hated walking anything more than a block in her heels but she needed the fresh air and three Los Angeles blocks seemed reasonable. The anxiety was already starting to set in and she could feel her body reacting as it usually did when she was going to the dentist. Her chest was tight, her knees were weak, her hands shook uncontrollably and her heart pounded so hard she kept her finger over the emergency button on her phone just in case her heart gave out. 

Lena knew her fears were unreasonable. She knew that dentists were healers and good people. Her fear began with her first appointment. She was six years old and had just moved to Los Angeles with her father, step mother and brother. Her brother Lex had playfully filled Lena’s head with horrific images of dental monsters and torture to give her a fun scare. Little did Lex know that 30 years later, Lena would still be horrified to even think of sitting in an exam room with a dentist. 

“Fuck. If anyone at the office knew how insane I was about the dentist I would be fired on the spot”, Lena muttered aloud as the medical building came into view. 

Lena was considered a tiger in her company. She was the head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Kurosawa Global. Kurosawa Global was a massive conglomerate that provided investment and real estate applications to businesses around the world. 

Lena’s job was to find other, smaller companies and knock them down to the ground, beat them to a pulp and take all of their assets. Lena had no qualms about the ethical ramifications of her job. All she cared about was the challenge. She wanted a job that was interesting, provided new and exciting adventures every day and allowed her to climb high on the ladder without limit. 

Lena’s job was perfect for her and she put 110% of herself into her work. This didn’t afford her much downtime. She slept, on average, about four hours a night. She always worked late into the evening and arose in the wee hours of the morning. It was vital to Lena that she not waste any potential working time with sleeping or doing anything unnecessary.

Lena walked up to the medical building. Every step she took toward the door filled her with more anxiety and terror. 

Lena reached for the door and her heart pounded hard in her chest. She took a deep bracing breath and walked inside the lobby. The waiting room was filled with other patients including quite a few children. Suddenly, Lena felt very silly. She was no less nervous but now she felt like a nervous idiot. 

The woman sitting behind the front desk gave Lena a kind smile and waved her over. 

“Good Morning”, the woman behind the front desk said with a bubbly tone. 

“Um…Hi. My name is Lena Luthor. I have an appointment at 8:45”, Lena said nervously. 

“Are you okay hun? You look a little pale.”

“I’m just going to be honest. It’s only fair to you. I’m a total fucking disaster. I’m terrified of dentists and I’m feeling a lot of anxiety right now. I’m just going to apologize ahead of time for being such a mess.”

“Okay sweetheart, my name is Maggie. Everything’s going to be okay hun. Dr. Danvers is the best dentist. She specializes in clients with fears and I can promise that you will take one look at her and fall madly in love. She’s a sweetheart.”

“My last dentist had huge hands and smelled like sawdust. He was terrifying. I kept picturing him in clown makeup and it wasn’t pretty.”

Maggie let out a little chuckle but stopped when she realized Lena was dead serious. 

“Okay hun, take a seat and we will call you in a few minutes.”

Lena gave Maggie a crooked smile and found a reasonably child-free area to sit and meditate in the waiting room. She sat and closed her eyes and tried to think about anything but the crushing fear that was taking over. 

I need time. Hopefully they call all of these people before they call me.

A disgruntled patient exited the exam area in a huff. He was tall and lanky and reminded Lena of a creepy man on stilts. 

“I don’t get it. All I did was ask her if she wanted to go out. She could have said no.”

The nurse looked around the waiting room and smiled. Lena listened closer as the nurse lowered her voice. 

“Dr. Danvers doesn’t date patients and she doesn’t feel comfortable continuing your treatment with the way you behaved. Please leave.”

”She’s just a stupid bitch. Whatever!” 

The man stormed out and the whole waiting room seemed on edge. 

Seriously? Real original you mouth-breathing-douchbag. 

Lena watched the nurse call a few patients.

Maggie waved the nurse over and pointed in Lena’s direction. They both looked over and talked in hushed whispers. 

Always love being looked at like a zoo animal. Let me guess what she’s saying. “That crazy woman over there is melting down. Call security.” Fuck me.

Lena was shocked to see the nurse start walking towards her. She stopped about a foot away and gave Lena a warm smile, free of judgement. 

This doesn’t feel right. Usually their eyes are full of judgement when they ask me to leave.

“Good Morning Ms. Luthor, my name is Nia. I’m doctor Danver’s nurse. Why don’t you come with me?”

Lena was very confused. There was a whole waiting room full of people. 

Why am I being called before them? Is there a back door I don’t know about?

Lena took a deep breath and stood up. She felt a little faint. Nia grabbed her arm to steady her. She walked her back into the exam room area. They made their way down a short hallway past some other examination rooms with patients all waiting mid-exam. Nia guided Lena into a different room. The familiar horror show chair was missing and instead there was a soft recliner. There was a tv, a few candles and soft music played. 

“I don’t understand”, Lena said. “This looks more like someone’s living room than a dentist’s office.”

Nia smiled. 

“That’s the point. Here, put your purse down here and take a seat. Would you like some water?”

“No. I’m fine. I can barely eat or drink anything with the pain I’m in. It’s excruciating.”

“On a scale of 1-10 where is the pain?” 

“Nine and it has been that way for a few weeks.”

“Wow. Okay. Here, try this”, Nia said laying a warm heating pad over Lena’s lap.

“What’s this?”

“Just something to help you stay warm and relax.”

“Wow. That actually feels really soothing.”

“Dr. Danvers is a brilliant woman. You’re more than just a patient to her. She wants you to feel safe.”

“Well Nia, I feel a little better.”

“Good. Would you like to watch some TV?”

“No thank you. I’ll just close my eyes and meditate a bit. I have kind of a pre-game warm up.”

Nia grinned. 

“Just remember to breathe and relax. It will all be over soon.”

“Thanks Nia.”

Nia made her way out of the exam room and Lena closed her eyes. She began to whisper under her breath. 

“Don’t freak out. Don’t freak out. Stay calm. Don’t punch the dentist.”

All of a sudden, Lena felt someone walk into the room. She felt a bracing hand on her shoulder and she distinctly smelled clean laundry and ripe strawberries. 

Great. I’m hallucinating. Yes, I can’t get her out of my mind but now my senses are betraying me.

“How did your meeting go?”

Lena opened her eyes and saw the beautiful blonde from the coffee house staring back at her with the sweetest, most disarming smile. She was wearing scrubs and her hair was pulled back out of her face. Lena’s gaze was swept away into the blue of her eyes and her mouth suddenly went dry. 

“Um…I…”, Lena barely managed. 

Okay. Hopefully a meteor hits this office and I die because that was so fucking embarrassing. What is wrong with me? Why is my moth incapable of forming words when I hear her speak or see her smile?

“I see you’re as talkative as you were the other day”, Kara said with a sparkle in her eyes. 

She moved a hand to Lena’s arm and spoke so softly, Lena could feel the familiar warmth spreading through her.

Jesus. Am I really getting turned on at the dentist office. This is so weird but that voice…my God. Look at her smile. She is so beautiful I could cry. I just want to grab her and kiss those lips. She is so radiant.

“I…I’m really sorry. This is really embarrassing, Lena said with a dorky smile. 

“Why are you apologizing?”, Kara asked sincerely.

“I can’t seem to form words when you’re around.”

“Well, I’ll take that as a compliment”, Kara said sweetly.

“My meeting was good. I think I killed it.”

“That’s great”, Kara said rubbing Lena’s arm.

Fuck.

“Thanks for asking. It was kind of you to remember”, Lena said a little more relaxed. “How was ummm…the rest of your day?”

“Good. My sister Alex and I ran a couple errands and then I came to work.”

Her sister Alex? YESSSSS! She’s her sister. Fuck yes! Why does this feel normal? I’ m at the dentist and I’m calm.

“So, what brings you here today?”, Kara asked returning to the business at hand.

“I think all of my wisdom teeth are having a problem. I am in so much pain I can barely drink anything.”

Nia appeared in the doorway.

“Everything okay in here?”, Nia asked.

“Nia, why don’t you stick around for a little bit”, Kara said.

“Sure.”

Nia sat down in a chair next to Lena and grinned. 

“Okay Lena, I’m going to do a visual examination and then we will get some x-rays. I promise everything is going to be okay”, Kara said with a sparkle in her eyes. “I’ll take good care of you.”

Lena felt completely calm and completely safe. 

“That sounds good”, Lena said grinning like an idiot. “Thank you for promising. Other dentists never promise.”

Kara moved a hair out of Lena’s face. It was a simple gesture but her touch was soft and warm. Lena wasn’t afraid of Kara. She trusted her and she had no idea why.

“Just breathe and let us know if you need anything to make you more comfortable.”

“I’m perfect. Thank you”, Lena said. 

Kara grinned and put a hand on Lena’s arm. 

“Yes, you are.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“I hate this place. I don’t know why you always insist on coming here Kar.”

“It’s close to work and they don’t judge me when I don’t order coffee.”

“I still don’t understand your no coffee policy.”

“Some of my patients come in and they have the worst coffee breath ever. You smell that enough and you will literally drink motor oil before you’ll drink coffee. Besides, all of my patients require a softer touch. I can’t be all amped up on coffee all day”, Kara said with a smile.

“I feel you judging me Kar.”

“Alex, I don’t have the time to judge you. We need to run these errands and I need to get back to work. I have more patients to see in the afternoon.”

“Kar, you need to take a breather. I know you have a big beautiful knew car to pay off but you need to take some time for yourself.”

“Why did I let you talk me into buying a BMW? It feels like…”, Kara started to say before Alex interrupted.

“Sexy? A symbol of success?”, Alex asked.

“Douchey. It feels douchey. I was fine in my old car.”

“You’re the number one dentist in Los Angeles, a magazine said so. Come on. You need to look the part.”

“I’m the number one dentist in Los Angeles because I am kind to my patients, treat them with love and understanding and I don’t act like the douchebags that drive brand new BMWs.”

Kara and Alex got to the front of the line. Kara smiled sweetly at the woman behind the counter. All of Kara’s smiles were warm and kind. People looked at Kara and they instantly adored her and trusted her. People’s reactions to Kara annoyed Alex to no end because the same people who adored Kara looked at Alex like she was about to say something gruff. That was usually true but just for once she wanted a stranger to smile at her like they smiled at Kara. Alex was constantly pointing out to Kara how unfair it was.

“Hi, what can I get you?”, the woman behind the counter asked.

“Hi, we’ll take a large green tea and a small macchiato”, Kara said cheerfully.

The woman behind the counter called out the order. The barista grinned at Kara and started marking the cups.

“Name?”, the woman behind the counter asked.

Alex looked over at Kara who was mesmerized by something behind them.

“Kar…Kar?”, Alex said trying to get Kara’s attention.

Alex gave the woman behind the counter an embarrassed smile.

“Sorry. Just write Alex.”

The woman gave her a cool nod and Alex quickly paid. She grabbed Kara’s arm and quickly dragged her out of the line and towards the waiting area to wait for their drinks.

“Okay, what the bloody hell was that? Earth to Kara, come in Kara.”

“I…I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know Kar? Are you okay? Do you need a doctor?”

“No. I just saw someone”, Kara said still distracted.

“Someone you know?”, Alex asked confused.

“No. I’ve never seen her before but she was so beautiful. Like other-worldly beautiful. Like a supermodel walks amongst us beautiful.”

Kara was in a daze. She felt like she had been struck by lightning. She set her cell phone down on the counter and shook her hands. They were tingling. Everything was tingling.

“Kar, I need you to concentrate on today and not stand around fantasizing about supermodels in douchey coffee places. God, I hate this place”, Alex said looking around at everyone drinking their ten dollar cups of coffee.

“Sorry Alex, it’s just…she was so beautiful.”

“Jesus Kar. Go and get her number so you can return to reality. We need to get stuff ready for mom’s birthday party. I swear, between your practice and your weird supermodel fantasies I can’t get you to pay attention to anything these days.”

“Oh my God no. I could never ask her for her number. Are you crazy? She looks like she would eat me for breakfast…okay and before you say something crude I understand how bad that sounds.”

Alex gave Kara a playful punch in the shoulder and let out a huge belly laugh.

“I bet she would eat you for breakfast, lunch and dinner!”

“Alex!”

“Sorry. I know but come on. You set yourself up.”

“Seriously Alex. She was incredible. She had this unreal long shiny black hair and these lips. My God…those lips. They were so red.”

“Dalex! Order for Dalex!”, the barista yelled.

“Dalex? What the fuck Kara? We are never coming back here again. How does a normal name like Alex become Dalex? Fuck it. I’ll go get our order. You go outside and get some fresh air.

Kara looked around the coffee house but she didn’t see the woman anywhere.

Even if I saw her I would never be brave enough to give her my number or ask her out. She’s her and I’m just me.

Alex grabbed their drinks and motioned towards the back door.

“Come on. Let’s get out of here before I shoot someone with my gun.”

“Alex…you are a frightening combination of cranky and armed. God help us all.”

Kara and Alex walked out the back door with their drinks and headed towards Kara’s car.

“Look at that car Kara. It says “I’m the best dentist in Los Angeles!”

“It says “I am overcompensating for something”. It says “I am flaunting my money”. I’m trading it in for something more reasonable.”

“Come on. Mom’s party needs to get planned Dr. Slacker.”

“Shut up cranky cop.”

They both started laughing hysterically.

Kara patted her pants to grab her cell phone.

“Shit! I forgot my phone. I think I set it down on the counter. Let me run in and grab it.”

“Okay Kar but hurry.”

Kara ran back inside the coffee house. She walked up to the counter and froze in place.

Standing at the counter was Kara’s gorgeous supermodel. She was even more breathtaking up close. Her skin was smooth alabaster white and her eyes were so deep and green, Kara could feel her heart skip a beat.

Screw it. Maybe I’ll just buy a new cell phone. I don’t really need a cell phone. Okay, maybe I do. Shit. Look at her legs. My God. She is so beautiful. Shit!

“I’m so sorry”, Kara started to say as she tried to reach around the black-haired beauty.

As Kara moved closer she could feel an electricity pulse between them. The woman smelled like peaches and cream and her lips, her gorgeous lips were too much to bare. All Kara wanted was to kiss her lips passionately but she was too stunning.

“I…umm”, the woman said.

Shit. Did I interrupt something? She seems irritated. Her face looks uncomfortable.

The supermodel’s companion pulled her out of the way and gave Kara a little smile.

“I’m sorry. You’ll have to excuse my friend here. She has a very important meeting and she’s a little nervous. Please forgive her”, the companion said. “This is Lena.”

Kara gave Lena a little smile but she wouldn’t make eye contact with Kara.

Of course she doesn’t want to look at me. I am so far beneath her.

Lena stared out the window and Kara’s heart broke a little.

Kara gave Lena her most charming smile.

Be cool Kara.

“No apologies necessary. Good luck with your meeting. “I’m Kara. It’s nice to umm…meet you Lena?”, Kara said hoping to break through the woman’s cool exterior.

I just want to make her smile. I could die happy if I could just see a little sign of happiness.

Lena looked into Kara’s eyes and let out a grunt. Kara couldn’t get a read on the woman. She looked sick or irritated. She wasn’t really sure what she looked like but she knew she had failed to bring a smile to Lena’s face and it for some odd reason it made her sad.

Well, that was a fucking failure. I guess I was right. She is way too good for me.

Kara gave Lena a little smile and made a quick exit out the back door.

Alex was standing outside the car looking irritated.

“What took you so long?”, Alex demanded.

Kara walked up to the brand new BMW monstrosity and climbed in. Alex climbed in after her.

“Kar? Are you okay? What’s wrong?”

“I think I might have just fallen in love with a supermodel.”

***

The next morning Kara got into the office early to prepare for her insane schedule. Ever since she was featured in the Best of LA magazine as the number one dentist in Los Angeles, her schedule had blown up.

Nia begged Kara to start refusing patients but Kara wasn’t just a dentist. She was an empath and a healer. She created an environment for her patients that made them feel safe and that was very rare.

Nia once described Kara as the kindest and most magnetic personality she had ever encountered. Kara, of course thought the compliment was sweet, but she never understood why people were so soothed by her.

Kara changed into her scrubs and pulled her hair back. She looked at herself in the mirror.

“How could I have ever thought that Lena would ever be interested in me? I just wish she hadn’t been so cruel. I would have given anything to look into her eyes. Why am I thinking about a woman I don’t know? Why can’t I get her off my mind?”, Kara whispered to herself.

A loud knock at her office door disturbed her thoughts like a brick being thrown through a plate glass window.

“Come in”, Kara yelled out uncharacteristically flustered.

The door swung open and Nia stood in the doorway holding Kara’s schedule for the day.

“Hey Dr. Danvers. How was your evening?”

“I didn’t sleep well. Actually, I didn’t sleep at all. How was yours?”, Kara asked a little deflated.

“I’m sorry to hear that. Is everything okay? Are you feeling okay?”

“Yeah…I guess.”

“What’s wrong?”

“Come in and close the door.”

Nia walked in and closed the door. She sat in one of the chairs across from Kara’s. Kara chose to sit next to her in the other guest chair.

“Okay, but this is ridiculous. Please promise me you won’t laugh.”

“Of course I won’t laugh sweetie.”

“I love you Nia. That’s why I hired you. You have a good heart especially when dealing with crazy people like me.”

“You’re not crazy. What’s wrong?”

“I met someone. I mean I saw someone. Wait no, we exchanged names but OH MY GOD I sound insane.”

Nia leaned forward and rested a hand on Lena’s arm. She gave her a warm grin.

“Come on Kara. Breathe. What’s going on. I have never seen you this flustered.”

“Alex and I went to that new coffee place she hates.”

“I love how much she hates it. It makes me smile when she gets all aggro cop on the pretentious baristas.”

“Nia! That doesn’t sound like you.”

“What can I say? They bother me too and Alex is so deliciously mean to them. Okay…so continue.”

“Your hetero-crush on my sister makes me laugh so hard.”

“I don’t have a crush on Alex. I just think she is a total badass who makes a leather jacket look so freaking hot. Okay. Maybe a small crush but I love my man. Come on. Tell me what’s wrong.”

“There was this woman there. How do I describe her? She was perfect. Long black hair, piercing green eyes. I mean the kind of green that breaks your heart it’s so green. She had this smooth alabaster skin and her lips were so red Nia. So red. She was so breathtaking I almost fell over like a complete dork.”

“You are so adorable. Did you talk to her?”

“I tried and she wasn’t having it. You have got to understand…this woman was a freaking supermodel. Her clothes, her makeup, her legs. God, her legs.”

“Okay hornball, reel it in.”

“She had absolutely zero interest in me. She wouldn’t even look at me. I felt like a complete idiot.”

“So?”, Nia said trying to get the truth out of Kara.

“I can’t get her off my mind. Every second since our encounter I have wished I had more game. I wished I was better at flirting but I am just a failure. I wished I had nicer clothes.”

“Kara, you make a ton of money. Why don’t you wear higher end stuff?”

“It’s not me. No matter how much money I make, this is me.”

“I love that about you”, Nia said with a big grin.

“I know it’s stupid. I just felt something strange when I looked at her.”

“Strange?”

“Like I never wanted to let her go. Like I wanted to know what she wears when she sits on the couch and watches a movie. Like I wanted to know what it would feel like to cuddle with her during a stormy night.”

“Woah. Okay. Are you saying this was love at first sight?”

“Of course not. I don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe in attraction at first sight.”

“So that’s what you felt?”

“I don’t know. She made my chest feel all warm and weird and she wasn’t even nice to me. Can you imagine what would have happened if she had been kind? God, I am boring myself. You must be so over this.”

“Not at all. You’ll get through this. You know as well as I do that you are way too busy to even consider dating anyone right now.”

“So true.”

“And even if this woman wanted to go out…would you really be able to balance her and everything else going on in your life?”

“Probably not.”

“So there you go”, Nia said with a wink. “Come on…let’s get this day started. Let’s go check out the waiting room and see how bad your day is going to be.

The women both stood and Kara gave Nia a hug.

“Thanks for listening to me babble sweetie.”

“Anytime Kara. I do have one piece of bad news.”

”What’s wrong?”, Kara asked.

”Tall, dark and creepy from the other day is here. He is waiting in exam room two.”

”Why? I fired him as a client on the spot.”

”Maggie said he made the appointment under the guise of having pain but I know he is just here to talk to you.”

”I hate to ask but...”, Kara started.

”I’ll handle it sweetie. It’s not a problem. He won’t be the first creep I have to kick out and he won’t be the last.”

”Thank you so much. I feel like I’m on a thin thread here.”

”Hang out here and I’ll take care of everything.”

Kara gave Nia another warm hug and smiled. 

“What would I do without you?”

”Don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere.”

Kara sat back down behind her desk and buried her face in her hands.

“How can I like someone I don’t even know. How is she consuming all of my thoughts? I’m insane. That’s it.”

Kara could her a raucous next door in exam room two. She could hear Nia escorting the creepy patient out. It was a sad state of affairs but Kara found herself having to turn down a lot of invitations for dates. She was convinced that the only reason people were so attracted to her was because she was helping to soothe them and relieve their pain. The truth was, Kara was stunning and sweet and the combination of the two lured men and women in like a moth to a flame.  

Usually when men asked Kara out, she was nice and gave them the same speech. She would tell them that she could never date a current or former patient for professional reasons. She would tell them that she was flattered and hope that they could move on. Tall, dark and creepy was aggressive and rude and when Kara gave him the usual speech, he called her a frigid dyke and Kara was forced to ask him to leave. She told him that his behavior was unacceptable and she was would no longer be his doctor. At the time, Kara was shaken but believed it was all over. Now she could hear Nia loudly inviting the man to vacate the premise and she considered herself very lucky to have such a versatile and sweet nurse who could also scare away the weirdos. 

Kara heard the man leave and walked out into the hallway and over to Nia. She stood in the doorway as Nia started calling other patients to be seen. 

“Garcia, Dani Garcia, Tam, Jonathan Tam and Ramos, Javi Ramos”, Nia called out. The three patients all stood up and walked into the back. Kara’s other nurse took them back to the examination rooms.

Maggie waved Nia over. Nia moved quickly to Maggie’s side. 

“Everything okay? Any problem children this morning?”, Nia asked.

Maggie looked over at Lena.

“Oh yeah. You have a real nervous Nellie over there in the corner. She’s a hot mess. She has been super honest about it but I think you and Dr. Danvers are going to have to give her the special treatment.”

Nia looked over in the corner and saw a woman with long black hair, green eyes and ruby red lips.

“Shit.”

“What?”

“Shit.”

“Nia? What is it?”, Maggie asked.

Nia looked back and saw Kara’s face. She stood there stunned. She looked like she had seen a ghost.

“Shit.”

“Okay, now you’re freaking me out. What is it?”, Maggie asked concerned.

“Nothing. Get her into the quiet room as soon as you can.”

“You can take her now. She’s the only special case this morning”, Maggie said handing Nia her file.

“Perfect”, Nia said.

Nia walked over to the stunning woman. She looked inside her file and skimmed.

Nia could see Lena was crawling out of her skin with nerves. She knew she was going to take some extra work to calm down.

Nia stood in front of Lena and gave her the most disarming smile.

“Good Morning Ms. Luthor, my name is Nia. I’m doctor Danver’s nurse. Why don’t you come with me?”

Lena stood up but she looked shaken. Her face was gaunt and pale. She seemed a little uneasy on her feet. Nia grabbed her arm to help steady her. As she guided her back to the quiet room, she looked at her and she could see why Kara was so taken with her. She really was exceptionally beautiful even if she was a broken hot mess.

Nia guided Lena into the quiet room.

“I don’t understand”, Lena said. “This looks more like someone’s living room than a dentist’s office.”

Nia smiled.

“That’s the point. Here, put your purse down here and take a seat. Would you like some water?”

“No. I’m fine. I can barely eat or drink anything with the pain I’m in. It’s excruciating.”

“On a scale of 1-10 where is the pain?”

“Nine and it has been that way for a few weeks.”

“Wow. Okay. Here, try this”, Nia said laying a warm heating pad over Lena’s lap.

“What’s this?”

“Just something to help you stay warm and relax.”

“Wow. That actually feels really soothing.”

“Dr. Danvers is a brilliant woman. You’re more than just a patient to her. She wants you to feel safe.”

“Well Nia, I feel a little better.”

“Good. Would you like to watch some TV?”

“No thank you. I’ll just close my eyes and meditate a bit. I have kind of a pre-game warm up.”

Nia grinned.

“Just remember to breathe and relax. It will all be over soon.”

“Thanks Nia.”

Nia made her way out of the exam room and found an almost catatonic Kara standing outside of her office.

“Kara, get a grip. Everything is fine. That is her isn’t it?”, Nia asked.

“Yep. That’s her. What the hell? How on earth is she is here? She is really here right? Am I hallucinating?”

“Yeah. She’s here and having a full on panic attack in the quiet room.”

“Isn’t she stunning?”

“She really is. I didn’t get cold and distant from her sweetie. I got totally freaked out.”

“Should I cancel her appointment?”

“Sweetie, she needs you. She’s a mess. No other dentist will help her.”

“I can’t let her suffer. Is she in pain?”

“Excruciating pain.”

“Okay…let’s go.”

“You go and I’ll be in shortly.”

“I can’t do this alone. Where are you going?”

“I need to make sure Maggie has everything under control.”

“Go and help her Dr. Danvers. It’s what you do.”

Kara gritted her teeth and smiled nervously. Nia grabbed her hand and squeezed it before she made her way back forward to the reception area.

Kara walked down the hall and into the quiet room. She saw Lena sitting in the chair ringing her hands nervously.

“Don’t freak out. Don’t freak out. Stay calm. Don’t punch the dentist”, Lena said.

Kara smiled.

She’s nervous. That’s adorable. Look at her. She is wearing five thousand dollar shoes and she is crumbling. I wish I could just wrap my arms around her and hold her. Jesus Kara, that’s a good way to lose your license. Shit. This is bad. I can’t take her on as a patient.

Kara placed a hand on Lena’s shoulder to calm her down.

“How did your meeting go?”, Kara asked with a little smile.

“Um…I…”, Lena said adorably shaken.

Be cool Kara. She’s freaking out. You can’t freak out too.

Kara moved a hand to Lena’s arm and spoke softly.

“I see you’re as talkative as you were the other day”, Kara said attempting to be flirty.

“I…I’m really sorry. This is really embarrassing, Lena said with a dorky smile.

“Why are you apologizing?”, Kara asked sincerely.

“I can’t seem to form words when you’re around”, Lena said with a little upturned grin.

Oh my God. Did she just say that? Does she mean…? No. She probably just means…shit. Why can’t I stop staring into her eyes?

“Well, I’ll take that as a compliment”, Kara said sweetly.

“My meeting was good. I think I killed it”, Lena said calming down.

“That’s great”, Kara said rubbing Lena’s arm.

Why am I rubbing her arm? What is wrong with me? Oh my God. I can’t do this. I like her and I can’t do this. Where the hell is Nia?

“Thanks for asking. It was kind of you to remember”, Lena said a little more relaxed. “How was ummm…the rest of your day?”

“Good. My sister Alex and I ran a couple errands and then I came to work.”

Good job Kara. Let her know that super gay Alex is not your girlfriend. I don’t know why. It’s not like I can be with this exquisite creature. Fuck. Look at her. It’s not like it would be at all appropriate to tear her clothes off and make love to her right here.

“So, what brings you here today?”, Kara asked trying to focus.

“I think all of my wisdom teeth are having a problem. I am in so much pain I can barely drink anything.”

Nia appeared in the doorway.

“Everything okay in here?”, Nia asked giving Kara a look.

“Nia, why don’t you stick around for a little bit”, Kara said with desperation in her eyes.

“Sure”, Nia said grinning knowingly.

Nia, for the love of God, please help me. You can see what this is doing to me. Helllllpppppp!

Nia sat down in a chair next to Lena and grinned.

“Okay Lena, I’m going to do a visual examination and then we will get some x-rays. I promise everything is going to be okay”, Kara said staring into Lena’s eyes.

Lena’s posture began to soften. She looked more relaxed.

“That sounds good”, Lena said with the sweetest, warmest smile Kara had ever seen.

Nia sat back and gave Kara a look that said “Look at you flirting with a patient. What exactly do you think you’re doing? You have no social life and this woman is a super model so I feel comfortable letting this shit show happen. I love when you look like a flustered idiot.”

Fuck.

Kara reached up and moved a hair out of Lena’s face. She gave Lena her most charming smile.

Look at you. Look at your smile. You are so beautiful I can barely breathe. I can’t believe I just did that. I can’t stop touching you. What is wrong with me?

“Just breathe and let us know if you need anything to make you more comfortable.”

“I’m perfect. Thank you”, Lena said.

Kara grinned and put a hand on Lena’s arm.

“Yes, you are.”

Nia looked over at Kara and silently mouthed “What the hell?”

Nia shook her head and Kara suddenly felt a pressure on her chest. She knew that she was completely screwed. She was already falling for the beautiful woman in her chair and she had no idea what she was going to do.

***

The moment Lena left the office after the appointment, Kara pulled Nia into her office.

“Holy shit Kara! You have it bad and she does too. Did you see that smile?”

“Call her tomorrow and ask her if she will agree to see Dr. Guzman. She’s excellent. Just tell her that I have taken on too many patients.”

“Why? She needs you sweetie. She’s a mess.”

“So am I. That’s why. She makes me feel like a hopeless lovesick mess.”