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Why Can't I Say that I'm in Love?

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Lena wasn’t mad at Kara. Nervous: yes. But not mad. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but it was what Kara needed to do. It was important to Kara. So that’s what Lena was doing. She had spent a long time preparing for Friday night so that it could go as well as possible. She spent two days bugging Siobhan to help her pick out something that she could wear on this “double date” that she would be having with Alex and Maggie.

Lena was supposed to go to Kara’s a little before five and then they were meeting Alex and Maggie at five thirty. Lena walked to Kara’s dorm and knocked on the door. Kara opened the door quickly and smiled when she saw her girlfriend. “You look amazing,” Kara said quietly.

Lena felt her face blush a little as she walked into the suite. “You look great too.”

Kara glanced at her watch and then back at Lena. “Fifteen minutes might be cutting it a little close.”

Lena felt her face turn even more red. “I’m essentially meeting your sister for the first time and trying to impress her. I don’t think post sex hair is the way to do that.”

Kara laughed. “That’s fair.” She pulled on Lena’s hands to pull her into her. Kara kissed her. “I guess we will have to wait until after.”

“Will you be able to wait?” Kara sighed a little dramatically. Lena leaned closer so that she was only an inch or so from Kara’s ear. “I’ll make sure its worth it.” She pulled away and smirked at Kara.

“Have I mentioned how awesome you are?”

“You can remind me.”

“I’ll remind you after dinner.”

Lena pushed Kara a little. Before Kara could push Lena back, Lena moved to the couch and sat down, pulling her knees and feet up. Kara plopped down beside her. “You’re a jerk.” Kara said pushing Lena’s knees.

“You’re just figuring that out?”

Kara rolled her eyes. She turned herself so that she was looking at Lena. Lena had started to play with her hands on her knees. Kara tucked some of Lena’s hair behind her ear and then held one of her hands. “Don’t be too nervous.”

“What if she doesn’t like me?”

“You are amazing. Plus Alex will see how happy you make me and that’s what she cares about the most. All of her over-protectiveness was because she didn’t want to see me get hurt; she wants me to be happy. And I am so happy when I’m with you. Hopefully she will see that.” Lena smiled and settled her hands. “Is there anything I can do to help you?”

“I just want to stay like this.”

“Of course.” Kara moved closer to Lena. Lena rested her head on Kara’s shoulder and Kara rested her head against Lena’s.

Kara stopped outside of the restaurant. Lena stopped and looked at Kara. “Thank you for doing this.” Kara tucked the stray hairs behind Lena’s ear.

“This is important for you,” Lena hoped it wasn’t too obvious how nervous she was.

“I haven’t seen Alex that much this week so I have no idea what to expect from her.”

“I’m okay.” Lena said, mostly to herself.

Kara opened the door and they walked in. Alex and Maggie were waiting at the front of the restaurant. Maggie smiled widely when she saw them. Alex gave a small smile. “Hey,” Maggie gave Lena then Kara a hug. She pulled away and her and Kara watched Alex and Lena nervously.

“Lena,” Alex said a little curtly.

“Alex,” Lena said trying to keep her voice from shaking.

“Come here,” Alex’s smile grew some as she motioned to hug Lena. It was a brief hug and nothing like a Kara hug. But Kara beamed at them anyways. “You’re basically Kara’s family, which makes us family.

Lena smiled back and felt her face turn a little red. She wasn’t used to people describing her as family. “You are,” Kara put her hand around Lena’s waist, pulling her close.

Kara and Lena walked hand in hand back to Lena’s dorm. “I knew Alex would warm up to the idea and that she’d love you.”

“You think so?”

“I know so.” Kara swung their hands.

Lena smiled widely, feeling herself fully relax. “I like holding your hand in public.”

“I do too. I’m sorry it took so long.”

“You weren’t ready and I’m glad we didn’t rush things.”

“Me too.” They fell into a comfortable silence. They walked into Lena’s dorm and Kara flopped onto her bed. “So obviously tonight was a big step.”

“Yeah.” Lena sat down besides Kara.

“And I don’t want to push you too much on one night,” Kara continued. Lena hummed a little, signaling that Kara should continue. “Do you have plans for spring break?”

“I hadn’t really thought about it. I guess hang out here.”

“I was wondering if you’d want to spend it at my place. I totally get if you think it’s too soon or anything. My mom said she wanted to meet you and I’m sure she’ll love you.”

“You want me to meet your mom?” Lena asked a little shocked.

“Alex was right, you’re family to me. Think about it, it’s okay if you’re not ready.”

“I’d love to meet your mom.”

“Really?”

“Yeah. I love you and I want to meet the people important to you.”

“I love you too.” Kara kissed Lena. “So much.” She said against Lena’s lips as they continued to kiss.