Alt S5b Plot Bunny, Pt 2
When Supergirl visits, desperate to clear the air between them, Lena's heart lodges in her throat. Will Jack die anyway?
All she can do is send Supergirl away and hope that if Lex is watching, she can prove that she's willing to play ball.
"Save your breath," Lena replies coldly. She rises from her seat, pulling herself to her full height. "I remember everything."
Kara can't quite hide her disappointment, as if she'd actually hoped they might get a do-over. The realization curdles in Lena's stomach, and the chill that edges into her voice isn't entirely fake.
"Lex may be a lot of things," she purrs, "but he's not one to let me forget how my best friend lied to me for four years."
"Leave, Supergirl." Lena glares at her. "There is nothing for you here. It was foolish to believe there ever was."
Supergirl leaves with tears in her eyes, and when she vanishes so does Lena's anger. She sinks heavily into her chair, trembling in the aftermath of the confrontation. It's less than a minute before her phone buzzes with an incoming text.
It's from Lex.
Hopelessness swells in Lena's chest. She buries her face in her hands, fighting the urge to sob.
And so Lena works with Lex. She writes his speeches, stands at his side during press releases, and though Kara is disappointed and hurt, she leaves Lena to her choice. Lex doesn't utilize Lena in any of his real plans-- he leaves her with LuthorCorp, where she can be monitored without any risk of sabotage.
It eats away at her, slowly but surely. As the weeks pass, she loses weight and sleep from the stress, and though she pretends everything is fine, it's not long before Jack confronts her.
"You're not happy," he says one night, having waited in the living room until late in the night, when Lena finally returns home. He stands with his hands in his pockets, eyes concerned but shoulders hitched defensively.
"Of course I am," Lena starts, only for Jack to take her by the wrists and gently look her in the eye.
"Give me some credit, all right?" he says softly. "I know you've been avoiding me--"
"You have." Not accusing, not outraged-- just concerned. His thumbs trace soft circles against her wrists. "Ever since Lex's Nobel ceremony, you've been different. You've pulled away from me."
"Jack." Tears burn at Lena's eyes, and she ducks her chin to hide them. But Jack lifts her chin again with a gentle touch.
"I love you, Lena. I don't want to be the cause of your unhappiness."
Lena blinks, and her tears spill over. She grips his hands tightly, even as she shakes her head. "No," she whispers hoarsely. "It's not you--"
"But it is something." Lena's only response is a shuddering sob, and then his arms wrap around her, holding her close. "Tell me."
And she does.
Lena tells him everything-- about the change in realities, how he didn't follow her to National City until it was too late, and how he died. How Lena killed her brother, but even that wasn't enough-- how Lex was resurrected and now has her under his thumb. How she's afraid, every moment of every day, of losing Jack all over again.
When she finishes, Jack simply stares at her for a long moment. Then, wordlessly, he takes her in his arms again, hugging her tight.
"We'll stop him," Jack promises quietly. "Together."
For the first time since waking up in this new reality, Lena feels the tension bleed out of her. They aren't in the clear yet, and there's no guarantee they'll succeed. But one thing has changed.
She's no longer alone.
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