Person No. 1 likes to randomly scoop up Person No. 2 and kiss them on the forehead.
The first time he did it, she didn't think anything of it.
It was just a small act of relief and apology.
She'd just returned from Central City where she'd been assisting Barry in taking on Zoom. It hadn't gone as planned and she ended up as a hostage of the evil speedster and didn't remember anything from then until she'd woken up in Star Labs, surrounded by Team Flash and the original members of Team Arrow. Oliver was the one to tell her that James had called Clark... Again. She had planned on yelling at him when she saw him next, but that changed as soon as she landed in her apartment.
"Are you sure you're alright?" Alex asked her for what seemed like the billionth time.
"Absolutely, shaken up if anything. I'll be fine though."
Just then, the door opened, James and Winn flying (figuratively, obviously.) through the door.
"Are you okay?" Winn asked, causing Kara to roll her eyes.
"She's fine, Winn." Alex told him, knowing her sister was tired of that question, dragging him into the kitchen to get drinks for everyone.
James looked at her for a moment, taking two strides towards her before pulling her towards him and lifting her off the ground slightly and hugged her tightly.
"I know you're probably pissed with me for calling Clark, but I had to, Kara... None of us knew what to do." He whispered to her. She hugged him back and shook her head.
"I'm actually glad you did. Who knows what would have happened to me, and Barry, Oliver and the others for that matter, if you hadn't."
"I'm just glad you're okay." He admitted before kissing her forehead lightly.
She'd later deny any accusations Alex, Felicity, Caitlin and the other girls made about her staying up and dissecting the action for any hidden meanings.
The second time, it really took her by surprise.
She really didn't expect it, especially in such public and professional setting.
He'd been home in Metropolis visiting his mother, Clark, and Lois while she'd been in Star City shadowing Felicity for an article. It had been two weeks since they'd seen each other and their "reunion" was quite non- platonic.
"Where is she... She should have been back like an hour ago." James muttered as he stood outside of Cat's office, waiting for Kara to appear.
"You really gotta chill out. She probably just lost track of time, she doesn't really get to talk to Felicity in a non-Superhero context often." Winn assured him, his voice quieting to a whisper as his statement ended, getting tired of the other man's anxious activity.
"Yeah, you're right. I'm just gonna go and work on the new layouts."
"Alright, you do that."
James turned on his heels to head back to his photo lab, taking a quick glance at the elevator- which remained closed, before entering his lab.
"Hey James!" Winn called to him. James popped his head out of the room to find Winn standing a few feet away, phone in hand.
"She's on-" he was cut off by the ding of the elevator reaching its destination.
"Hey guys! I'm sorry I'm late, Felicity and I lost track of time. Cat's not here yet is she?" Kara started babbling the moment the elevator opened, smiling at the sight of her two best friends.
Winn began opened his mouth to greet her, but James had already moved from the doorway of his lab, lessening the space between Kara and himself before shooting her a smile.
"Hey, how's the Star City gang doing?" She smiled.
"They're great... Felicity is getting stronger, both physically and mentally. Oliver's campaign is going great too."
"I'm glad they're doing good, but I'm even more glad that you're home."
"More like a friendly face." James laughed, wrapping the small blonde in a hug, her feet lifting off the ground a couple inches, before dropping a quick kiss on her hairline.
Kara's thought process stopped for a moment at the action and she opened her mouth to stutter out only God knows what when she was interrupted.
"KIRA! You've been here for five minutes now and I've yet to receive my latte!"
James released Kara, and she giggled nervously, a snort occurring as she began to stutter.
"I- uh, I guess I'll see you later?"
The following task of dodging Cat's prying questions about her stuttering and flushed faced, definitely proved to be a difficult one.
When it happened the third time, Kara hadn't seen it coming.
It didn't surprise her all the much when it happened, though.
It had been a few hours since Kara had woken from her Black Mercy induced coma. After a meal, if you could consider it that, of pot stickers and ice cream, Winn and Alex (at the request of her sister to get some rest) left for their own homes. This left James and Kara to clean up the apartment.
"So, how much damage do I have to undo with Cat tomorrow?" Kara asked him as she wiped down the counter.
"Well I do think the rumor is that someone heard the phrase 'crocodile tears' spoken."
Kara's head fell backwards as she groaned.
"You're kidding, right? Please, please tell me you're actually joking."
"For your sake, I wish I was."
"I'm dead... Cat is literally going to kill me, then she's going to bring me back so I can clean it up."
"I'm sure it will be fine... Besides, you've been her assistant for so long that it would be stupid of her to let you go."
"Are we talking about the same women? Sometimes I honestly think we're talking about two completely differe-" Kara was cut off by James's hand gripping her arm and turning her around.
When he pulled her into his chest this time, the impact shocked her and made her gasp softly. Unlike the last two times this had happened, Kara didn't freeze up or become tense, only held her breath in anticipation. There was a moment where she wanted to speed up the process by hovering off the ground, but she also knew James needed this... He needed to know that she was okay, that she was safe. When her feet began to leave the ground, until she was almost standing on her tiptoes, she smiled and hugged James just a little tighter, minding her strength as she did so. At the feeling of his lips on her forehead, she exhaled and inhaled, breathing in the scent of him, finding comfort in it.
"I feel like I'm always saying this, but thank God you're okay. I was honestly so worried."
"It would have been okay, you know, if I hadn't-" James interrupted her.
"Kara. Don't talk like that. I couldn't even think about what would have happened if things had ended differently today." Kara shook her head against his chest, just then realizing they were still locked in their hug.
"Then don't think about it, it didn't end that way. Everything is alright." She assured him. James opened his mouth to respond, but then his phone rang out throughout the apartment.
"It's Lucy." He told her. "I should probably answer this, considering I've been AWOL most of the day. I'll see you in the morning at work though, okay?"
"Of course, I'll be cowering behind my desk out fear of being reprimanded by Cat."
"It'll be okay. Let me know if you need anything, okay?"
"Will do." She nodded.
Later that night, as she laid in bed trying to sleep, Kara was left awake by anxiety induced from the question left bolded in the front of her mind after her moment with James. Why did she always get these feelings when she was with him, if she knew he wasn't available?
When it happened once again, Kara can't believe she hadn't seen it coming.
Really, when she looked back on it, she should have expected that sort of reaction.
She'd just had another failed date- she really thought this one would work out- and had gone back to the office to finish sending out a few emails, when James walked out of his lab. He'd been spending lots of extra time there since the break up with Lucy.
"Kara, what are you doing here? I thought you had plans?" He asked her.
"I did… The guy was a dud though. I don't know why I keep trying online dating… It never works out." She sighed, trying to focus her attention back on the email she was writing.
"Kara… are you okay?" She looked up, her features glossed over with a look of defeat.
"I will be… I just, I don't know why I'd think that I'd be able to find someone to be with unless I wanted to reveal who I really am."
"You don't have to tell them about her… Anyone who has half a brain would be so lucky to be able to be your friend, let alone something more than that." James told her, his voice soft and quiet, full of hidden adoration.
"I don't really think that's-" Kara attempted to refute his claim, shaking her head.
"Yes it is, Kara. You're amazing, and I'm talking about you, not your powers."
"Well, it doesn't seem like many guys think that."
"Well, they're morons, and you deserve a lot better than any of them if they can't see how obviously wonderful you are." Kara sighed again, picking up her phone to check the time.
"Crap… I told Alex I'd be home an hour ago. I should get going." She explained, packing her bag and starting for the elevator.
"Alright, I'll see you in the morning… Hey Kara, wait a minute." James called to her, taking a few strides to stand in front of her.
James didn't say anything, only wrapped his arms around her tiny, defeated frame and pulled her to rest against his torso. She let out the breath she was holding, let her bag fall to the floor and wrapped her thin arms around James's waist.
"I- I just-" She started; speaking loud than either of them knew was necessary.
To solve the problem, James lifted her up so that her chin could rest on his shoulder, eliminating the space that required the loud volume.
"It's okay, Kara… you don't have to explain anything to me." Before Kara could stop them, the tears she'd been holding back falling onto his shoulder.
"I just- I wish that one of these days, one of these dates would work out."
"It will, Kara. You just have to find someone who realizes how the person who is inside you, is just as amazing as the Superhero she helps you be." He told her pulling away from their hug slightly.
"I like to think Supergirl helps me be a better Kara Danvers."
"Well, I think Kara Danvers is even greater than Supergirl, because she's the heart and soul of Supergirl… Plus she's a pretty amazing person."
"Thanks James… Well, I better get home before I have to be back here." She told him, attempting to pull from the hug.
James pulled her back though.
"Kara, I mean it… You really are amazing." He looked her in the eyes, and Kara finally understood… She was finally someone he loved. He finally wanted to be with her.
He lifter her head by her chin, and pressed his lips to hers softly, before parting them and then lifting her to her toes before pressing them to her forehead like he'd done on multiple occasions, but this one was different, more tender, more meaningful… More Loving.
When she got home, still grinning like an idiot, she didn't even acknowledge Alex's cinnamon bun joke, or fight her on inviting the Star and Central City girls over to analyze the entire interaction.
For a girl who could fly, breathe ice and shoot lasers from her eyes, she'd never felt more on top of the world than in that moment.
This time, she completely and totally expected it.
Actually, she anticipated it and maybe even, sorta, kinda pushed the process along.
She'd just finished a fight with Metallo, a cyborg, who like Reactron had a Kryptonite power source, one that had taken Kara down faster than any other villain she'd fought had. When she says she'd finished a fight though, she means he kicked her ass. That's what she gets for trying to take on any of the Fort Rozz Prisoners without the D. E. O. as back up. After being flown out (Again…) back to the D. E. O., Kara laid under the sun lights recovering when she heard James and Winn enter the main observation room of the facility.
"She'll be alright, you guys… She's strong, and we've got her in the recovery room under the lights to help her regain her strength." Alex told them, leading them around the table and to the room Kara was sitting in.
"I told her she shouldn't have gone after him without you all." James told her sister. "I was so worried something worse than what did happen, would happen."
The fear was evident in his voice, breaking Kara's heart… She hated when she worried him, or any of her family and friends, but especially James. There was just something about how he reacted that made her feel horrible when she was the reason he was worried. At the sound of James sighing in worry, Kara jumped up off the table and used the little regained power she had to speed to him.
"You had me so scared, Kara… I was so worried." He whispered after steadying them and wrapping his arms around her.
"I'm so sorry, but I'm okay, I'm here and I'm okay." She assured him. Forcing the little bit of power she had, she floated up and leveled herself with him, resting her chin over his shoulder.
"I know… I know." He pulled away slightly to rest her forehead against his own.
"I'm alright, I'm okay, James… I'm okay." He nodded against her forehead, kissing it softly, pausing before pulling away.
Kara turned to look at Alex. "Can I go home now?"
Alex nodded. "Of course, I'll stop by with take out when I'm done here, okay?"
"I'll keep an eye on her, Alex." James nodded at the older of the two Danvers sisters before Kara began pulling him towards the exit.
Later, back at Kara's apartment, James didn't let Kara out of his sight. His fear from earlier in the day, still present, but he knew she'd be alright.
And even if she weren't, he'd always be there to make sure she was.