For Lena: One thing I’ve been wondering is about your feelings surrounding Lillian’s arrest and your role in that – all leading up to Lillian’s escape. If given the chance and necessity, would you do it again?
Think of the toughest question you can come up with for either Kara, Lena, or Alex, and I’ll try to answer it as close to canon as possible.
Lena wonders why she agreed to this, to open herself up to questions she knew would tear her up inside; but she also knows the world needs to understand her better if they are to see how different she is from Lex and Lillian.
Clearing her throat, and furrowing her brows as she mentally repeats the question in her head, Lena finally says, “I’ll address your last question first, if it’s all the same to you.” she says with a practiced, yet believable smile.
“If somehow I were sent to the past, would I do it again? Yes.” Lena says categorically. “If the chance presents itself in the future, will I do it again? Without a doubt.” Taking a deep breath, she prepares herself to explain her answer. “I know it’s my mother we’re talking about, and I know most people would rather die than send their moms to jail, and therefore they assume I’m a cold-blooded bitch who doesn’t feel an ounce of sympathy for her family, but–” There’s a smirk on Lena’s lips, the kind of smirk that comes from the satisfaction of finally being able to say something that has being bottled up inside one’s self for so long.
“But when that question is imposed on people, they immediately come up with scenarios that could possibly justify whatever action their mothers have taken. How could I possibly justify the genocide of the entire alien population of National City?” Lena asks, and for the first time, she seems almost vulnerable. “And you wouldn’t ask Supergirl or Superman to not use their powers, would you? You wouldn’t ask them to be complacent, mere spectators while tragedy unfolds right in front of them. And I’m not saying I’m anywhere near as powerful as they are, and I’m definitely not suggesting that I should be viewed as a hero, all I’m trying to say is that I did what was right with the power that I had. I see what I did as my civic duty.”
Taking a deep breath, and offering a small smile to the journalist, Lena tries to remember the first part of the question. “Now concerning my feelings about it–” Lena laughs humorlessly, averting her gaze from the person sitting across from her if only for a second.
“I feel…” Lena’s shoulders come up as she tries to think of a word, only to slump back down as she breathes out, “horrible.” There’s a sad look in her eyes, that later on the reporter would be sure to mention in her article. “As it were with Lex, I wish I could have gotten through to my mother, I wish I could make her see that aliens aren’t a threat to us… It hurts to know that I’ve lost my family…and it hurts even worst to know they are alive, but are unreachable…”
Sighing and looking out the window to collect her thoughts, Lena continues, “But the key difference between Lillian and Lex is that I didn’t see the horror that he caused coming… But I did with Lillian. I saw the signs, and even though it hurt knowing that the one person left of my family was going down the wrong path, I knew I couldn’t turn a blind eye to it.
“I did my part; I called the police, I testified… I didn’t try to paint Lillian as a monster or a saint– I like to believe I recounted the facts as they were, and even though I wish things were different, I wouldn’t have done things any other way.”