I watched Pete’s Dragon (2016), so, y’know how it goes. AU idea.
The Lanes are moving after the Gen (prob not a general yet, but whatever) gets new duty orders. They decide, for whatever reason, to drive across the country, make a road trip out of it.
The car crashes.
Just off of a scenic route, six-year-old Lucy climbs out of the destroyed car and into a thunder storm.
She understands the concept of death, ever since her grandfather and dog died in the same month the previous year. She understands that her mother and father and sister aren’t moving and there’s a lot of blood and they’re probably dead. She understands that she is alone.
Alone, and scared, and hurt, and the storm is getting worse.
She runs into the forest.
Years later (the exact amount tbt, the movie has it at six, but I dunno) the DEO starts to gather reports of potential alien activity in the Nebraska National Forest. J’onn, Vasquez, Vasquez’s wife, Erin, and recently orphaned Alex and (re-orphaned) Kara move to the town closest to the activity. J’onn and Vasquez are undercover with whatever agency makes the most sense for the mission.
(why the girls are with them will be figured out at a later date, maybe nobody else can be trusted with a pre-teen Kryptonian who just lost her second set of parents)
Alex and Kara go to the local school, where Alex becomes quick friends with Maggie.
Maggie, whose father is one of the loggers who keeps reporting activity. Maggie who lives with her forest ranger aunt after her father kicked her out. (Maggie who nearly cries when she meets Vasquez and Erin, queer and happy and married and in love).