I really enjoy your writing style! Supercorp prompt: we now know Lena is actually 24, how would Kara, Alex, Maggie etc... find this out and would her being so young change how reluctant the superfriends are to trust her? I havent seen an author tackle this age canon issue with Lena being even younger than Kara.
Thank you! Hope this is what you had in mind :)
Lena looks up as Jess knocks and enters her office, a certain blonde with the ability to mimic sunshine in tow.
‘Thanks Jess’ Lena smiles as Kara comes to stand in front of her and waves a small paper bag at her.
‘Donuts?’ Lena questions.
‘I’ve seen the news, it seemed like a donut kinda situation…’ Kara offered as she jiggled the bag.
Lena sighed deeply, one of the scientists for L. Corp had been using the company’s resources to work on a side project, one that involved creating weapons to ‘protect’ people from aliens. NCPD had carried out a raid on the scientist’s apartment and once the weapons had been uncovered it hadn’t taken long for some of the lower level news outlets to jump to conclusions, linking the Luthor name and the anti-alien rhetoric.
Lena pinched the bridge of her nose, ‘I have no idea what I need to do to distance myself from my family name. No, that’s not true… there is no way. I will always be a Luthor.’
Kara held out the bag of donuts and Lena took it with a smile. She headed towards the couch and sat down, taking out one of the donuts and passing the bag back to Kara.
‘I mean, this isn’t what I signed up for! Did I want to help run Luthor Corp when I was younger? Of course! But that was long before I realised what being a Luthor actually meant.’ Lena tore little pieces off of her glazed donut and alternated between popping them into her mouth and waving her hand around in exasperation. ‘Now? I’m running a company that no one wants me to run, purely based upon my last name… I’m only twenty four for god sake! This is not quite how I imagined life after graduation; continually cleaning up the disaster trail left behind by my family…’
Kara listened; she knew Lena just needed to rant and there were very few people in her life who Lena could let go with. She paused as something Lena said registered just as she was about to take a big bite of her donut.
‘What?’ Kara questioned.
‘Huh?’ Lena responded, stopped in the middle of her train of thought.
‘How old did you say you are?’ Kara replied, sure she had misheard.
‘I’m twenty four…’ Lena said slowly, confused as to why Kara felt the need to clarify her age.
‘Twenty four…’ Kara repeated, somewhat dumbfounded.
‘Yes! Kara, are you ok?’ Lena asked, starting to get a little concerned.
‘I just didn’t realise you we’re that young!’ Kara replied sheepishly, ‘I’d always assumed you were older than me what with running L. Corp and having a Masters degree.’
‘Two Masters degrees’ Lena grinned.
‘You’re just… so… young!’ Kara giggled, ‘are you sure you should be running L. Corp without adult supervision?’
Lena rolled her eyes. ‘Are you sure you’re ok getting up to my office, or do I need to install a chair lift for you?’ Lena teased back.
The banter continued until Kara had to leave; as she walked towards the lift, she couldn’t help but think about the amount of pressure that was on Lena for someone so young.
The following day Kara had lunch with Alex and Maggie and as per usual, the conversation shifted round to work related topics.
‘You should have seen the stash of weapons this guy had been building’ Maggie said, shaking her head, ‘we don’t think he actually managed to sell any, but things could have gotten really bad…’
‘How’s Lena?’ Alex asked, ‘Did she really not know what was going on in her own company?’
‘Seriously?’ Kara asked incredulously.
‘Ok! I know, but I still have to ask!’ Alex replied defensively.
‘She’s navigating the PR nightmare; I went to see her yesterday, took her some sweet treats to help. I think she just feels so helpless at times; nothing she does will ever be good enough… She’s spent her entire life being told she’s not really a Luthor by the family she was desperate to be a part of, and now spends her whole time being told all she is is a Luthor. I really wish I could help somehow…’
Maggie and Alex shared a look; it was obvious that Kara has a bit of a crush on the Luthor, but they had decided not to push it, but rather let Kara figure things out by herself.
‘Oh!’ Kara said with a mouthful of fries, ‘did you know that she’s only twenty four?’
Kara nodded, ‘She’s twenty four and running a multi billion dollar company by herself. She has no family and the only two people she considers to be her friends are actually the same person!’
‘Invite her to a film night’ Alex offered, ‘look, you trust her and that’s enough for me. Invite her and we can get to know her.’
Kara’s stomach flipped at the thought of including Lena at a Superfriends night and she quickly texted Lena, asking if she was free that weekend.
Lena felt slightly nervous as she walked towards Kara’s apartment; on the other side of that door were Kara’s friends and family, one of whom had arrested her… She gave herself a pep talk, took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
She couldn’t help the grin that crossed her face the moment she saw Kara open the door. She placed her bag down and headed towards the sofa to sit among Kara’s friends.
Kara followed behind, quickly poured Lena a glass of wine in the kitchen which Lena took gratefully and introduced all her friends. She went to take a sip of her wine but paused when she heard a teasing voice;
‘Ms. Luthor, I’m gunna need to see some ID; can’t have any underage shenanigans taking place with me present…’ Maggie winked.
Winn squeaked and James covered his mouth to stifle a chuckle.
Lena paused for a second before it dawned on her; if her age had been a shock to Kara, it must have come as a bit of a surprise to the rest of them.
Kara slapped Maggie on the arm and shot her a look, before sitting down next to Lena
‘We have a selection of films to pick from’ Winn pipped up from his cushion on the floor.
‘There are some horror films in there, so we got you this…’ Maggie grinned as Alex leaned over the side of the couch to pick up the bag she had placed there earlier and popped it on the table in front of Lena.
Kara’s eyes narrowed in suspicion as her sister and Maggie as they both tried really hard to keep from giggling.
Lena raised an eyebrow and reached for the bag, she laughed when she saw what was inside; a cuddly dinosaur.
‘That way, you have something to protect you, if you get scared during the film…’
‘Guuuuys’ Kara whined, ‘you promised to behave!’
‘Look Little Danvers, we’ve spent the last few months thinking Lena was nearly thirty, and kinda treating her as such…’ Maggie started to explain, ‘now we know that she is in fact the baby of the group!’
‘It’s fine Kara’ Lena interrupted, ‘the teasing- it’s kinda nice… to be treated as Lena, rather than a Luthor.’
‘If you’re sure..?’ Kara asked concerned.
‘I am. Plus…’ Lena dropped her voice to a whisper, her heart racing as she leaned in closer to Kara, ‘if I do happen to get scared during the film, I can always cuddle up to you instead…’