On their 13th birthday they started wearing long sleeves, stopped talking to their best friend, Vicky, about soulmates, started scouring the internet, and got very, very afraid. Alex Danvers, on their 13th birthday learned something they hadn’t ever considered. Their soulmate is either a boy named Margaret Sawyer, or a girl.
Meanwhile 14 year old Maggie Sawyer is staring at everything she owns laying on her front lawn. Her parents are shipping her to Midvale to live with her aunt, because Maggie couldn’t hide those curly letters that make up Alexandra Danvers, forever. Not when she was constantly wanting to trace the letters hidden under her hoodie sleeves.
But time moves on, Maggie starts school at Midvale High and everything is fine, well, until her aunt is sick. Until her aunt can’t care for her anymore so she runs. A small latina kid living on the street is nothing unusual she thinks. She’s tough, she can make it work.
And Alex? They have a new little sister, a 13 year old who asks Alex one night if it’s weird if the letters on her wrist spell a girls name. Alex who nods slowly, rolls up their sleeves, showing a frightened Kara their wrists. Kara who smiles and shows the calligraphy, beautiful letters spelling out Lena Luthor across her own wrist.
“Your soulmate has better handwriting than mine Kara” Alex laughs out wondering when they will meet the people they are made for.
No one is more surprised than Maggie when one day as she runs from a group of boys who are mad she picked their pockets, and slams right into a solid mass.
“Hey watch it kid you nearly knocked over my sister!” Alex yells looking down on what they think is a 12 maybe 13 year old girl.
“Maybe you shouldn’t take up the entire sidewalk!” Maggie retorts looking over her shoulder to see if she lost the boys.
“Hey are you okay?” Kara asks Maggie, quietly pointing towards a cut on her arm that is bleeding slightly onto her blue hoodie.
“What?” Maggie asks confused at the clear softness of this girl, the kind of girl Maggie would pickpocket at the mall. “Why are you being nice to me?” Maggie looks angrily between the two girls wondering if she has wandered into a trap of some kind.
“You’re bleeding,” Kara replies before looking towards Alex, “We should help her Alex, She’s clearly in trouble.” Kara has begun to pout.
“We don’t even know her!”
“She, is also standing right here! Not wanting your help at all I might add.” Maggie glares at the siblings.
“Please Alex!” Kara whimpers nearly in tears.
“Okay, okay, if she agrees.” Alex says shaking their head. “Would you come with us to patch you up? My little sister is kind of developing a hero complex.” Alex says curtly.
“I repeat, I don’t even know you!” Maggie exclaims confused at these two.
“Hi! I am Kara, Kara Kal, uh Danvers, Kara Danvers,” Kara trails off holding out her hand, a huge smile on her face.
“Nice to meet you,” Maggie finds herself replying before she even notices, the younger girl's transparency and warmth is surprisingly refreshing after nearly a year on the streets alone.
“Wait did you say Danvers?” Maggie asks daring to hope, but cautious because Danvers could be a common last name.
“ Yup! And the grouch is my sibling Alex.” Alex nods their head at this, while Maggie acknowledges the lack of the word sister.
“I am Maggie, Maggie Sawyer,” Maggie answers peeking over at Alex and daring to hope that the look crossing their face was recognition.
“Okay now that we are acquainted let’s head home!” Kara grabs Maggie’s hand and runs towards home.
Following them Alex is freaking out, there's no way. Did Kara just find my soulmate? And did she not notice the implications? As if they hadn’t spent the last 6 months talking about Lena and Margaret, as if they hadn’t comforted Kara when another Luthor came to light as a known alien hater. As if they didn’t watch as Maggie’s handwriting got messier on Alex’s wrist while Lena’s got fancier somehow.
All too soon they arrive at the Danvers household and Kara points Maggie towards the couch. “You sit there, Alex can you grab your First Aid Kit?” Kara asks over her shoulder.
Alex heads up to their room to grab their kit while Kara talks to Maggie, “Hey Maggie can I ask you something?”
“Sure kid,” She replies a little overwhelmed at the size and cleanness of the Danvers house.
“Well two questions actually, one is your name short for Margaret and two are you homeless,?’ Kara asks all this at a rush nervous about when Alex will come back downstairs, but wanting to be sure that the suspicion she has, she knew a few homeless kids back on krypton who were as flighty as Maggie appears to be.
“Okay that was fast,” Maggie laughs, “But yes to both I guess.” Maggie shrugs hoping this girl isn’t going to judge her after she was starting to like her. “That was some pretty top quality deduction kid” Maggie says smiling at how Kara read her as homeless.
“I knew a few homeless kids back on Kry-, Back before I was adopted.” Kara says quietly. Maggie nods at this because she too could pick out homeless kids, even before she was one, it’s easy to see if you know how to look. But now Maggie thinks to ask Kara a question before Alex returns. “Hey Kara is Alex gay?” Maggie asks tentatively.
Kara smiles, they like girls if that’s what you mean, they don’t consider themselves gay so much as queer since they are so rarely in a feminine head space.” Kara pauses, “I should not have told you that.”
“No, you shouldn’t have but it’s okay Kara, can Maggie and I have a minute?” Alex asks walking over to the couch.
“Uh yeah, I am going to start my homework!” Kara exclaims heading towards the stairs.
“I think you mean you're going to google LL for the 5 th time this week.” Alex laughs out.
Kara shrugs, “Just ‘cus you found MS doesn’t mean the search ends Alex” Kara laughs running up the stairs.
Alex turns to stare at Maggie and sees the girl staring at her, “LL? MS? You use initials for your soulmates?” Maggie is surprised.
“Well we haven’t told our mom yet so,” Alex shrugs.
Maggie finds herself reaching towards Alex, “I get it you don’t have to explain,” Alex looks down at Maggie's outstretched hand, “you know, if we hold hands now everything changes right? We will either confirm or deny the thoughts in our heads, we will be connected, always able to sense the other at least a little. You ready for that Sawyer?” Alex asks head tilted slightly.
“Honestly Danvers, I am terrified, but,” Maggie rolls up her sleeve to show the name Alex Danvers. “I’ve been tracing the name Danvers for the past nearly two years and I have smiled as Alexandra became Alex before my eyes, and I have watched you be fearless in the face of a hardened street kid.” Alex can’t hold back their laugh at the idea of this girl she thought was 12 as a “hardened street kid.”
“I am trying to be sentimental and you laugh, wow, my soulmate is rude.” Maggie looks insulted.
“Nom, no you are definitely frightening,” Alex says grabbing Maggie's hand.
Suddenly the world seems to slow down, images from their lives flashing across their eyes as they grasp each other's hands tighter.
“Alexandra! Kara are you home?” Eliza calls walking into her living room and being shocked to see her oldest child in the middle of a soul merging. She stops cold as Kara comes barreling down the stairs, “mom wait!” She calls just moments to late.
Maggie and Alex are staring into each other's eyes, understanding filling their eyes as they embrace.
“Their name is Alex,” Maggie says quietly, angrily as they stand and move Alex behind them. “Their name is Alex, they are nonbinary, and I,” Maggie pauses to channel her inner fierceness, “I love them! We are soulmates, and I hope you can respect that.” Maggie glares up at Mrs. Danvers. Alex moves to stand next to Maggie, holding her hand and looking up to their mother timidly.
Eliza nods curtly, “I like this girl Alex, she won’t take your crap.” Eliza smiles at the couple in front of her.
“You’re, r-really okay with this?” Alex asks moving closer to their mother as she pulls them into a hug. “Alexan- Alex, only closeted kids start wearing solely long sleeves mysteriously on their 13th birthdays.” Alex takes a half step back and stares up at their mom. “So that means?” Alex looks fearfully over to Kara.
“Yes I know that Kara has a feminine name on her wrist as well.” Eliza turns back to Kara and motions for her to join the hug. As she bounces over Maggie looks on feeling awkward.
“Are you going to join this hug, uh” Eliza pauses for a name.
“Maggie, and uh sure,” Maggie walks over, not used to hugs after two years without them.
After hugs and a pause where Eliza makes them all hot chocolate and snacks before dinner arrives. They aren’t having potstickers for once since Maggie, as a guest, wanted pizza.
“So, who do you live with Maggie,” Eliza asks wiping her hands on a napkin.
Maggie, who has been shoveling food in her face, it’s been ages since she was truly full, pauses to swallow then answers, “No one. Ma’am” She looks down, before peeking at her fingers wrapped around Alex’s, worried the mother of her soul mate will try to keep them separated. Nodding knowingly Eliza asks, “Because of the name on your wrist?”
Eyes starting to burn Maggie simply nods, and Alex pulls her into her chest. “Mom can we talk more tomorrow? Maggie can stay the night right?” Alex looks at their mom pleadingly.
“Well I am not sending the poor girl off to sleep outside, you’d probably go sleep out there as well, and besides, she’s my daughter now too.” Eliza says smiling at the couple. “But I have a few rules, first, Kara do you mind if Maggie sleeps in your room tonight?” Eliza asks looking over at her youngest child. Kara shakes her head looking at the love on her siblings face. “Okay, so Maggie will sleep in Kara’s room, Kara will sleep in Alex’s room and tomorrow we will evaluate our living arrangements, okay?”
“Okay!” all three teens reply in unison. Eliza shakes her head as they laugh. “Okay, I am headed in for the night, don’t stay up too late just because it’s friday, and Kara, when I check later you better be in Alex’s room, do not let them convince you otherwise.” She looks sternly as they all look back at her innocently. Eliza heads upstairs murmuring, “finding their soulmate at 14, my child is extraordinary.”
“Kara do you mind if Maggie and I have some time together for a couple hours, I know I said we could watch a movie tonight, and we can in about 2 hours, is that okay?” Alex asks timidly, not used to splitting their time.
Kara nods knowingly, “It’s fine Alex, take your time, and remember this when we find Lena Luthor, because I am going to be occupied as well.”
Laughing at their sister's determined face they turn towards Maggie who has huge surprised eyes, “Maggie what’s wrong?”
“What’s wrong? Your little sister just said Lena Luthor!” Maggie says loudly.
“Shh Maggie, don’t yell, what’s the problem?” Alex looks at Maggie confused, sensing her fear through their bond.
“Well the Luthors are dangerous!” Maggie says unsure how they could be this dense.
“Are you saying what I think you're saying?” Alex asks. Looking to their sister with a frown.
“Yeah Alex, she is confirming what I wanted to tell you tonight, Lena Luthor is almost definitely Lex Luthors baby sister, and, she’s starting at midvale high on monday.” Kara looks slightly sick.
“Little Danvers don’t look so sad, if Lena is your soulmate I am sure she is amazing because you are the kindest person on earth.” Maggie says, a determined set to her mouth. Alex smiles at their soulmate, very proud that the powers that be choose such a strong person as the other half of their soul.
“Okay Kara don’t panic, let’s wait till monday to deal with this okay, and hey you can stay with us if you are worried, I don’t want you upset alone.” Alex says peeking at Maggie to be sure she isn’t upset at this development, and seeing her nod slightly.
“No, no, I am just going to study, see you all in a couple hours, and we can talk more tonight before bed, kay.” Kara says heading up the stairs.
Maggie turns to Alex who is watching their sister walk away. “She’s stronger than she looks, she’ll be okay.” Maggie says nuzzling Alex.
“Yeah I know, but still, it’s my job to protect her. But enough, we have 2 hours of alone time, what do you want to do.” Alex asks looking into Maggie’s eyes. Scooting closer to Alex and wrapping her arms around them she replies, “Could you just hold me for a bit longer.” Maggie says quietly, sounding vulnerable for the first time.
Squeezing Maggie Alex replies, “That sounds amazing.” And Alex slides them back until they can lay flat and snuggle. Maggie smiles into Alex’s shoulder, feeling for the first time in a long time that they are home.