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They Told Me All of My Cages Were Mental (So I Got Wasted Like All My Potential)

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“Lena?” As soon as Kara says her name, she’s hears a glass break from the kitchen.

“Hey look, I made a metaphor,” Lena says with a bit of a slur.

“Are you here alone?” Kara immediately moves to go clean up the wine glass that Lena broke.

“Sam is running my company and Ruby is at a friends. What news from the front?” Lena is definitely drunk, but holding it together quite well.

“Nothing yet,” Kara says. She’s working on it, but she’s not really to tell Lena what she knows.

“You know you’re terrible at hiding things from me,” Lena says as Kara moves to throw away the broken glass. Lena looks up at Kara with a glint in her eye. It’s almost flirtatious.

“I wouldn’t be too sure of that,” Kara says. She’s really hoping Lena doesn’t pry and they can just move on to talk about literally anything else.

“What did you say?” Lena takes another swig of her wine and looks back up at Kara. She’s decided she wants to revisit that statement. Anything to distract her from the possibility of her poisoning children.

“I uh - nothing. I was just -“ Kara is truly at a loss for words. Did she really think Lena wouldn’t hear that? Now she just opened up another can of worms that she really shouldn’t have.

“What secrets are you keeping from me, Kara?” Lena starts to tease Kara and looks up at her with another flirty look in her eyes. Lena’s eyes follow her as she goes to sit down at the bar next to her.

“Nothing, Lena. I’m more worried about you. I won’t stop until we find something to prove you incident.”

“Oh baby, don’t worry about me. I’m not worth the trouble,” Lena says and takes her free hand to grip Kara’s upper thigh. Kara freezes for a moment and shudders when Lena squeezes the inside of her thigh and lets go.

“Lena.. you’re really drunk right now, how about we go lay down on the couch?” Kara needs to take a quick breath and recover for a moment. She didn’t expect Lena to be so forward.

“Mmm you’re too sweet, babe. Have I told you how much I love you?” Lena finishes off the rest of her wine and leans over into Kara’s space and her lips get a little too close to Kara’s.

“Okay, now let’s get to the couch, before you say something you’ll regret.” Kara moves to help Lena up. She grabs her by the waist and walks her over to the couch.

“I know I won’t regret that when I’m sober,” Lena is truly on a roll tonight, she’s not even sure if she trusts herself enough to believe she won’t regret it in the morning.

Kara lays Lena down on the couch and sits on the edge beside her. Lena’s hands move above her head in an attempt to find a comfortable sleeping position

“Come closer,” Lena says again and Kara’s eyes go wide. She’s not sure what move she’s expecting Lena to make, but she goes with it. She gets close enough so that her ear grazes Lena’s lips.

“Don’t think I have forgotten how bad you are at keeping secrets from me, Supergirl.”

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Lena wakes up to sound of someone moving around in the kitchen behind her. Her head is pounding as she looks around at her surroundings. She almost has a small panic attack because she forgot that she is staying at Sam’s. She looks over at the coffee table before she gets up and sees two painkillers and a tall glass of water. She makes a mental note to thank Sam when she sits up. It takes her a moment, but when she does sit up, she doesn’t hear Sam’s voice calling her name. It’s Kara’s.

That’s when it hits her. Sam didn’t take care of her last night, Kara did. She also remembers saying that she loves Kara AND she called her Supergirl. Goddamn it. This should be interesting. 

“Lena, are you okay?” Kara says and Lena is finally snapped back into reality.

“Yeah, my bad, my head is foggy.” Lena stretches, but stays seated on the couch.

“I hope you’re hungry. I made you some French toast. Figured you could use nice breakfast after your night.”

“Thank you, I appreciate it.” Lena flashes Kara a warm smile and glances at the clock on the wall. “Where’s Sam?” Lena is wondering why Kara is still at Sam’s at 9 am

“Sam had to go back into work and Ruby is still at her friend’s house until noon so I decided to stay the night and take care are of you.”

The only thing on Lena’s mind is what she said last night. She knows Kara must remembers everything she said.

Lena gets up and walks over to the bar stool that she sat at when Kara walked in on her breaking a glass. She figures she’ll eat her breakfast and then bring up what she said last night. She has to, she’s not going to pretend she doesn’t remember. That would be unfair to Kara. Before she even takes a bite of the french toast that Kara so kindly made for her, Kara decides to bring up their conversation first.

“So about last night..” Kara starts, but doesn’t finish the thought.

So they’re going to get into this before breakfast. Not ideal, but they have to start somewhere. Lena puts her fork down and looks up at Kara. Lena is usually the one to find Kara’s eyes, but she’s having trouble looking at the blondes unreadable expression.

“How much do you remember?” Kara continues. Lena can sense that she’s nervous.

“For starters, I remember breaking a glass.” Lena chuckles, trying to break the tension in the room.

Kara takes the same seat she took last night while consoling Lena. “Anything else?”

Lena is starting to believe that Kara isn’t trying to break the tension at all. Kara is baiting and looking to build on it.

“I guess we can start with when I called you Supergirl.” Lena says and looks back up to Kara to gage her reaction. Something tells her that was not what Kara was looking to hear.

“Oh - yeah you did. How long have you known?” Kara asks.

“Do you remember the night that Jack died? You came into my office to comfort me the following day. Do you remember what you said to me?” Lena knows Kara wouldn’t forget. 

“I promised to always protect you.” Kara says and looks up to catch Lena’s eyes for the first time.

“The first thing I thought was ‘how is this sweet, kind, and awkward reporter going to protect me?’” Lena laughs as she recalls the memory. “It took me all of the two minutes you held me to figure it out. You meant what you said and you kept your promise. I was safe because Supergirl was always with me; with or without the glasses.”

“So you’re not angry with me?” Kara’s eyes begin to glisten over with tears.

“How could I be when it was your secret to tell? I figured you would tell me when you were ready. It’s honestly too bad that drunk me ruined that for you.” Lena reaches over rubs Kara’s back for reassurance.

“It’s really okay. I’m just glad you know.” Kara leans into Lena’s touch and wipes away a fallen tear.

Kara folds her hands and rests them in her lap. She looks down and plays with her fingers. Lena can tell that she wants to bring up the other thing she said last night. The thing that Kara wanted to talk about all along.

“Do you remember grabbing my thigh and leaning in very close to me?” Kara asks. She’s still looking down at her fidgeting hands.

Lena’s eyes go wide. No, she did not remember that. Why is that the one thing she doesn’t remember about last night? She must have been too caught up in the moment to realize what she was doing.

“No, that’s something I most certainly do not remember.” Lena looks up at Kara and reaches over to grab her left hand so Kara has the chance to look at her when she confesses her love for the blonde.

“I remember one last thing.” Lena says. She continues to hold Kara’s gaze and Kara gives her a small smile.

“I definitely remember saying that I love you.” Lena pauses and sighs. “I’m so sorry that I said it to you when I was drunk. That was my mistake.”

Kara’s face suddenly read with a look of worry. What if Lena regrets saying it and she’s letting her down easy?

“Are you saying you don’t love me back?” Kara looks panicked.

“Oh no! Of course I love you! I was just about to say that that is one thing that drunk me got exactly right, but that’s not how I wanted to tell you.” Lena leans in closer to Kara. It takes her almost two seconds to realize what Kara actually said.

“Love you back? So you love me too?” Lena’s face lights up again and before she can say anything else, Kara let’s go of Lena’s hand, places her hands on lena’s cheeks, and kisses her gently.

“I was hoping you remembered, I was worried.” Kara breathes a sigh of relief as she settles back down on to her bar stool.

Lena is still trying to process what just happened as she begins to open her eyes again. That certainly cleared things up for them.

“I need to get drunk more often.” Lena laughs at her own joke as she stands to pull Kara into a warm hug and a kiss on the cheek.

With the tension broken and love confessed, they both settle in for the morning with some coffee and french toast.