All she wants to do is go home to her girlfriend and her dog. That’s it.
Instead, she’s here listening to some fucking old, sexist, pimple of a man rant about her new technology that she introduced today.
“… that’s why we shouldn’t have let a woman run this company! … She has no idea what she is doing… She is putting this company at risk…”
Lena tunes him out and starts thinking about when she gets welcomed home by their dog Krypto. He’d jump on her, might knock her down if she didn’t take her shoes off quick enough too.
There would be boxes everywhere, too. Kara had said yes when she asked her to move in and Lena couldn’t be more excited. After 2 years, it was time. The compromise was they would have to wait a month in order for Kara’s lease to end, AND Kara wasn’t allowed to use her powers. Lena always wanted the experience of moving in with someone, the laughs, and yes even the fights.
She smiles, she can’t wait to get home.
Finally, she’s brought back to reality…
“LEX WOULD BE ASHAMED TO SEE WHAT THIS COMPANY HAS COME TO!!!”
That’s the moment that she loses it.
“Mr. Buchanan, I don’t know how many times I’ve said that this company is nothing like the one that my brother ran. We do not invest in chaos, war or hate. I, for one, am very happy with that fact. I will never run this company like Lex did. Furthermore, I am sick and tired of your sexist, anti-alien, testosterone-driven rants about my technology and the way I’m running this company. Now, I’ve dealt with it for three years and I’m finally done.”
She stands up and glares at him.
“Here’s what I propose: you either step down or I will leak all of your indiscretions, and ALL of your investments to the media.” She states as she slides a packet to him.
Within the packet are pictures him being intimate with women who are not his wife in a dingy hotel room, alleyways, massage parlors, and even in his own bed. There are lists of his investments and how much he’s invested in them. Most of them are… shady, to say the least.
“You wouldn’t- you can’t just- you won’t do-” He sputters as he looks through the contents.
She interrupts him “I can and believe me when I say, I will. Not only will your wife leave you because of the pictures, the people will turn against you, your investments will be gone, you will be ostracized, bankrupt- because we all know it’s really your wife’s money that you are spending- and you will be forced to step down from this board. As much as I would LOVE for that to happen, I believe myself to be above that. So, I give you a choice. Take it or leave it.”
She pauses, and looks around the room.
“Does anyone else have a problem? No? Good. Mr. Buchanan, you can let my secretary Jess know your answer by 8 o'clock tomorrow morning. A second later, you will be seeing all of this information on national news, and do not think you can escape it. I have contacts you can even begin to dream of having.” She picks up her things, and with a “Good day gentlemen.” she storms out of the room.
She is beyond angry. She has had to deal with these incompetent, hateful beings for as long as she’s been the CEO. She is completely done with the whole board, some of which have been here since before she took over. A few of them are still loyal to Lex, like Mr. Buchanan. She has been trying to get them to leave, but that is proving difficult. The only ways they can go are if they step down, or get voted off. Most of the old board she blackmailed out, of course, there are no records of her doing so, nor are there any credible witnesses. Her word is better than theirs, especially if she leaked a scandal or two.
“Fucking idiots.” She numbed as she walks by Jess and into her office.
She grabs her coat, and packs up her things.
“Jess, I’m leaving for the day. Cancel my appointments, and then you can go home.”
“Yes Ms. Luther.”
Lena stops and quirks her eyebrow at Jess.
“I mean, Lena” Jess replies with a smile.
Lena smiles “Better. Enjoy the rest of your day Jess.”
Lena practically runs to her car, eager to go home and leave her awful day at work behind her.
When she gets outside her apartment, - THEIR apartment- she takes a minute to collect herself. She lets her anger from the day go, and eagerly opens the door. “Hey Babe! I’m home!”.
She hears a bark and quickly throws down her stuff and takes her shoes off before a blond blur jumps on her.
Lena laughs, “Hey Buddy, ohhh, I missed you too!! Was today good?! Mine wasn’t as god as yours I bet! Thank you for all the kisses!” She gushes, as she loves on her adorable dog. After Krypto calms down a bit Lena asks, “Where’s your other mama??” Wondering why Kara hasn’t greeted her like she normally does.
Krypto barks and runs down the hallway to the master bedroom where Lena hears Kara squealing.
Lena opens the door, “I’m almost afraid to as-”
Kara excitedly interrupts as soon as she sees Lena, “I didn’t know you had baby pictures!!!“You were so freaking cute!!!! Well I mean they aren’t baby pictures, but they’re of you as a child and I thought you didn’t have any!!! But you do, and I HAD to go through them because you went through mine. I thought it was okay, but you’re not saying anything so I’m assuming it’s not? If I crossed a boundary-” Kara’s rant stops when Lena holds up her hand.
"Love? Say something please, or emote, because you normally have a reaction when I’m doing something you don’t like. But right now, you’re just… there.” Kara worriedly states.
Lena doesn’t say anything as Kara is talking. She picked up a few of the pictures and started to look at them. She drifts to the floor as tears form in her eyes.
Kara notices and superspeeds to Lena wrapping her arms around her, knowing something serious is going on.
“Hey love, what’s wrong?” Kara asks softly as she turns Lena’s head towards her and gently brushes the tears from Lena’s eyes.
Lena looks back down at the picture in her hand. It’s of her and Lex at the zoo when they were 8. A monkey is on Lena’s shoulder, her dad is handing it a piece of fruit. Lex’s arm is around her, her eyes are on the monkey, and Lex is laughing at her.
She remembers this day. it was her first trip to the zoo, and it was magical. Her favorite part was the otters and the monkeys.
Kara rubbing her arm brings her back to reality.
“That box,” gesturing to the box that the pictures came out of, “is from the Luthor Mansion.” She says as she tries to hold in her tears. “I always assumed that Mother didn’t save any pictures of me, because I wasn’t Lex. She was always very cold to me. In her eyes, I never did anything right. I honestly thought she never loved me. Apparently, I was wrong. I was so, so wrong.” She whispered as she looked to the multitude of pictures around the room.
She looks up to Kara, “She did love me. I always figured she only said that because she wanted something from me; but it’s true. My mother actually loves me.”
Kara held her tighter. “Turn the picture over” she whispers to Lena.
Curious, Lena does, and her breath hitches.
On the picture it said, “May 6th, 1999. Your first zoo trip. You loved the monkeys and otters the most. You absolutely despised the snakes after the King Cobra hissed at you. You hugged me at that moment because you were scared. You smiled more today than you have since you been with us. I love you my darling angel, Momma.”
Lena covered her mouth with her hand.
“They’re all like that” Kara whispers in her ear.
Lena shuts her eyes as tears flow out.
Kara holds her till her body stops shaking, carefully wiping Lena’s tears when they stop flowing, and kisses her forehead.
Lena takes a breath, and looks up, “Can we go through these together? I don’t know if I can do it alone.”
Kara nods with a smile, “Of course love. Do you want to move to the bed first though? I’m getting uncomfortable and I’m an alien. I can only imagine what you’re feeling.” she grins.
Lena chuckles, “Yes, Yes, the puny human is also uncomfortable.” with a kiss, she helps Kara up. Lena starts collecting the pictures from the ground as Kara moves the box closer to the bed.
That night they share laughter, tears, pizza on their bed (“Just this once” Lena states), and memories, becoming closer than ever before.
As they are going to bed, Lena starts thinking about her day. "You know, that was a beautiful surprise to come home to. I had the worst day at work.” she states, slipping on her pajama bottoms.
"Oh? Do tell.” Kara replies.
“Well Buchanan was raving about how I don’t run the company the right way, my technology will never sell, and then he finished his rant by saying Lex would be ashamed about how I am running the company.” She says, getting annoyed again.
“Oooofff, wrong move buddy. What did you do?” Kara asks, slipping under the covers.
“You know that information packet on him I’ve been amassing? Well, he has quite a few indiscretions, and a lot of investments that don’t make him look very good in the public eye. So, I gave him a choice.”
“Good for you! He needs to go.” Kara exclaims.
Lena looks up from brushing her hair, surprised, “I thought you were against me blackmailing them off?”
“That was before Dummie Number Three tried to assassinate you. Twice.” Kara gripes, “You’d think they would learn better by now.”
Lena chuckles, “Yeah, I have a super girlfriend that is always there to protect me, and catch me when I fall.” she winks as she climbs in next to Kara.
“And a super-cool mom that loves you.” Kara adds.
“She’s still the head of Cadmus.” Lena replies, looking at the picture on her bedside table of her family at the zoo.
“Yes, but she loves you. So, there is still hope.” Kara says as she puts her arms around Lena.
“That is true, she does love me.” Looking at all the pictures around the room, all with handwritten notes behind them.
“You know who also loves you?” Kara asks. “Me.”
“You’re a dork.” Lena chuckles as Kara’s lips meet hers.
“Goodnight, my love.”
That night they fall asleep in each other’s arms, with Lena’s childhood scattered on the furniture in the room, with their dog at their feet.
They didn’t get through all the pictures, but they will. After all, they have the rest of their lives together, and Lena couldn’t be happier.