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Lena can hear the giggles from across the apartment as Kara tries to get Esme to brush her teeth, cajoles her into her pyjama’s, ready for bed. Lena’s not sure how the little girl still has any energy left, she’s exhausted after the long day they’ve all had. She’s sure that if she closed her eyes right now, warm and comfortable on Kara’s couch, she’d fall asleep herself.

“I have to say goodnight to my godmother before bed!”

Lena hears the shout before she sees Esme, who runs out of the bedroom, barrelling across the apartment straight towards Lena.

Lena’s heart swells, Esme grinning as she practically launches herself at Lena, the only thing stopping Lena from being winded by the attack is Lena holding out her arms to catch Esme. Even then, she’s slightly breathless from the impact.

“Goodnight, my darling,” Lena smiles, arms around the girl as she presses a kiss to the top of her head.

Esme pulls away, tilts her head back to see Lena, who brushes some of Esme’s wavy hair behind her ear. “Goodnight, aunt Lena,” Esme beams.

Lena’s not sure how she got so lucky, to have this amazing family in her life.

“Come on, kiddo” Kara calls, Lena glancing up to see Kara watching them from across the room, a soft smile on her face.

Lena’s heart swells again.

Kara holds out her hand towards Esme, wiggles her fingers. “Let’s get you to bed.”

Esme pouts, a move Lena knows she learned from one of the Danvers Sisters as she slips out of Lena’s lap. Esme takes Kara’s hand, Kara shooting Lena one last smile before she leads Esme towards the spare bedroom, a room that’s going to be Esme’s for the next week while Alex and Kelly are on their honeymoon.

It doesn’t take long for Kara to return, a tired smile on her face as she flops unceremoniously onto the couch beside Lena.

“It’s going to be a busy week with her, isn’t it?” Kara says, though Lena knows Kara doesn’t mind one bit, that she loves having her niece to stay.

“I’m afraid it might be.”

Kara sinks further into the couch. “I’m exhausted.”

“So am I.” Lena reaches out, lays her hand over one of Kara’s. They haven’t had time to talk since the wedding, with helping to pack everything up and then the whirlwind that is Esme, but she’s been worried since she spoke to Kara earlier, clearly she hadn’t been okay. “How are you doing, after today?”

Kara frowns. “After my sister getting married?”

Lena squeezes her hand. “No, you were questioning whether you should stop hiding who you are. I haven’t seen you wearing your glasses since.”

Lena loves that she gets to see Kara like this, as truly herself, no glasses, hair down, on her couch wearing sweats and a t-shirt looking completely comfortable with who she is.

“I’m good,” Kara smiles.

“Yeah?”

“Yeah, I am, thank you. I think it’s time I finally show the world who I am. No more lying, I don’t want to hide anymore.”

“You don’t have to.” Lena tangles their fingers together. “And I’ll be here for you, every step of the way.”

This time it’s Kara that squeezes their joined hands. “I know, thank you,” Kara repeats.

Lena stifles a yawn with her other hand, feeling comfortable and warm with Kara’s hand in hers and the knowledge that her friend is okay when she’d been upset earlier. “I think it might be time for bed.”

“Wait, I...there’s something else I want to talk to you about first.” Kara lifts her hand, clearly nervous as she goes to shift glasses that aren’t there and ends up running her fingers from loose hair.

“Are you okay?” Lena asks, nerves clear in bright blue eyes now.

Kara swallows as she nods, but Lena doesn’t believe her this time. “Are you sure?”

“I love you,” Kara says, unprompted but far from the first time they’ve shared the sentiment.

“I love you, too,” Lena smiles, even if the meaning behind her words is slightly different than Kara’s. They’d talked about their friendship this afternoon, and Kara is her best friend, but it’s never been just friendship to her, even through it all, there’s been something different lingering beneath the surface, a feeling that Lena knows is more than the friendship they always talk about, to her at least.

“I know.” Kara pulls her legs up onto the couch, twists until she’s facing Lena, her legs tucked beneath her. She reaches for Lena’s other hand, pulls them both into her lap. “But that’s not what I’m trying to say. I’m done hiding, all of me, and a part of that, is the fact that I’m in love with you.” Lena gasps, but Kara’s not done. “I’ve been waiting, hiding, wondering if I should ever tell you or keep that a secret too. But secrets only destroy things, and I don’t want this one to destroy us.

“I don’t want to lose you either, and I know if I wait too long, I’ll always regret not telling you. I just want to be completely myself, and I, Kara Zor-El, am completely in love with you.”

Kara... ” Lena breathes, as tears make her vision blurry.

“Hey, don’t cry,” Kara says, dropping one of Lena’s hands to wipe a tear that spills down Lena’s cheek.

“When the love of my life has just told me she loves me too, I think I’m allowed to cry,” Lena says with a wet laugh as she wipes at her own face. Kara’s just said something that she’d never thought she’d hear, so forgive her for getting a little emotional. She always thought she was destined to be that person who’s hopelessly in love with her best friend, watching from a distance when Kara eventually found someone she wanted to be with too.

Turns out she’s the one Kara wants to be with.

The thought does nothing to stem her tears, it only makes them worse.

Lena can see tears in Kara’s eyes now too.

“You really love me?” Kara asks, as Lena lifts her own hand to Kara’s cheek, brushing the tears away that hit her thumb. Lena’s touch lingers, Kara’s cheek warm and soft under her palm.

“So much,” Lena breathes.

Kara tilts her head, and then the soft skin of Kara’s cheek is replaced by the soft skin of her lips as Kara presses a kiss to Lena’s palm.

Lena shudders at the contact, her whole body heating at the gesture. This is more than she ever thought she’d get.

Kara tilts forward, her forehead falling to rest against hers and suddenly Lena can’t breathe, all she can smell is Kara’s shampoo, all she can feel is Kara against her and warm breath washing over her face.

“Are you okay? Your heart is beating really fast.”

Lena huffs out a breath. “I’m really good.”

Kara tilts away, but only a little, so she can look at Lena. Lena’s met with blue eyes and a soft smile and she feels herself falling a little bit more in love, which Lena didn’t think was even possible.

“I’m really good too. Like so good,” Kara beams, the move drawing Lena’s attention down, to soft lips, free of the lipstick Kara had been wearing earlier.

When Kara’s tongue darts out to wet pink lips, Lena knows she’s a goner.

They meet in the middle, like this was always going to happen, like they’d always been heading in this direction even if neither of them had known it before now.

Kara’s mouth is warm against her, the touch light, like she’s almost scared to kiss her properly. Lena scared too, scared this is a dream, scared she’ll wake up and Kara will be gone. But in all the times she’d imagined kissing Kara, it has never felt this good.

Kara hums as she pulls away, Lena almost chasing the contact, but she doesn’t, she wants to open her eyes and see Kara’s reaction, to make sure Kara really wants this as much as she does.

Kara looks dazed when Lena opens her eyes, before a blinding grin spreads across her face.

“You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do that.”

Lena lets out a relieved laugh. “I think I might.”

Kara tilts forward, but not to kiss Lena again, her forehead falling to rest against Lena’s once more. Her nose brushes Lena’s. “I think this is my favourite day ever.”

Lena thinks she might cry again. She presses another quick kiss to Kara’s mouth. “Mine too.”

“You’re staying the night tonight, right?”

Lean shifts backwards, tilts a suggestive eyebrow up.

“Not for that!” Kara splutters. “I just, I mean, I want you to, I-“

“Relax, darling,” Lena laughs. “I’m only joking, we can take things slow.” She squeezes Kara’s hand. “And of course, I’m going to stay.”

Kara lets out a breath, slight pout on her face, cheeks red. “That was mean.”

“I’m sorry,” Lena says, ducking forward again to kiss Kara, this time on the cheek.

The look on Kara’s face now says she’s forgiven. “If I can get Nia and Brainy to babysit tomorrow night, will you have dinner with me?”

“Are you asking me out on a date?” Lena asks, despite how the rest of the night has gone, her heart still speeds up at the thought.

“Yes, I want to do this right.”

Lena lifts their joined hands, presses a kiss to the back on Kara’s. She’s never going to tire of being able to kiss her now. “Dinner sounds perfect.” Lena stands, tugs Kara up with her. “Come on, we should get to bed, I’m sure Esme will be up early tomorrow.”

“She’s already excited about going to the zoo tomorrow so I’m sure she will be.”

They get ready for bed side by side, like most nights recently. And when they slip into bed, Kara tugs her close, just like usual too.

Lena thinks that maybe she should’ve seen this coming, because this isn’t something friends usually do.

Not that it matters now, because their feelings are out in the open, and she’s lying in bed with the woman she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

She didn’t try to catch the bouquet today (partly because she knew Nia wanted it) but mostly because she never thought she’d get married, never thought she could have a life with the woman she loves, but now, even though they literally got together like half an hour ago, she can’t help but wonder if she’ll one day have what Alex and Kelly got today, if one day they’ll have their own little girl asleep down the hallway as they lie in bed together.

It’s a silly thought but it’s one Lena wants with every fibre of her being.

Kara presses a kiss to the side of her head. “Goodnight.”

Lena smiles, her heart skipping in her chest as she snuggle closer to Kara. “Goodnight.”

(Lena gets woken the next morning by a little voice at the end of the bed, asking if she can have pancakes for breakfast. She doesn’t even care about the early hour, because she’s wrapped in Kara’s arms, who presses a kiss to her forehead before she disentangles their bodies, intent on making breakfast for her favourite niece.

They take Esme to the zoo together, Kara’s hand warm in hers the whole day as they tell Esme all about the different animals.

Alex and Kelly guess that they’re together about five minutes after they get home, which is half Esme’s fault and half Kara and Lena’s fault because they can’t stay away from each other.

Not that they ever could, but this time it’s different, this time when Kara pulls Lena into her lap at games night, Lena doesn’t need to pretend that she’s not completely in love with her best friend, this time she can just kiss Kara in response).