A/N: A part of me wishes this episode had happened this way. I am not a fan of Tucker's but I tried being nice. I don't own any of the characters. Enjoy.
All Benson was planning to do was attend a Conference. That is until Lucy told her that the other family she worked for told her they didn't need her because Luca was sick and Lisa was acting strangely. Since her Squad thought she was attending a Conference, she didn't call "the boys" to tell them that she was checking on something. After she rang the doorbell and Lisa let her in, things were about to get worse.
Fin had suspected that Benson has had feelings for Sergeant Hank Voight of the Intelligence Unit of the Chicago Police Department for some time now. In fact, it was quite obvious to him, especially during the Yates' case. He'd ask her about it but she'd avoid the subject. He had called the one person he knew would know and that was Detective Erin Lindsay. She confirmed his suspicions and the two of them were trying to play matchmaker to get their respective leaders together. Hank had showed up at the Precinct after Fin, Dodds and Carisi returned from a rape investigation.
"Sergeant Voight, good to see you."
"You too, Fin. Is Benson here?"
"No. She's at a Conference all day. This is Sergeant Mike Dodds. Dodds, this is Sergeant Hank Voight from Chicago. We have worked on a few cases with them."
"Nice to meet you, Sergeant."
Then Barba came in.
"What's going on? Where's Liv?"
"She's at a Conference."
"I was at the same Conference and I would have seen her. She never showed up. Sergeant Voight, it's nice to see you again."
Carisi came in with Lucy, who had just showed him the text from Olivia.
"Lucy just got this text from Liv and I'm not sure what it means."
'Pick up William from daycare and take him to his play date with Lewis.'
Fin and Barba both looked at each other.
"Liv's in trouble. She's referencing William Lewis."
"We're going to need all the help we can get with this. Voight, I'll explain everything to you on the way."
"That would help."
Lucy left to go pick up Noah, while the guys went to see if they could find out what was happening with Olivia. Once they arrived on the scene, Fin and Carisi posed as truant officers. They were both suspicious after their conversation with Tess, so they knew there had to be others inside.
"The track we did on Liv's phone says she's here."
"Then she's here. We'll find her."
Inside the house...
Olivia's face was now bloody and now all she wanted was to be holding her son. A part of her really wished Hank was around because she could really use his help right now, even if it was done his way. Joe had raped Tess but there was nothing she could have done to prevent it. She just wanted to get the kids out of there safely.
"Who do you trust and who cares enough about your life that has a lot of pull with the NYPD?"
Olivia thought about it. As much as she hated to admit it, Tucker cared. She called him and he agreed to help out. In her heart though, she wanted that person to be Hank.
SVU and the rest of NYPD had set up their Command Center outside. Hank was ready to help out if they needed him. He was starting to realize that he was seeing Olivia as more than a colleague and friend. Deep down, he really wanted to be the one to go in there to bring her out even if it meant risking his own life. He would do anything for her. Then Tucker arrived.
"Captain Tucker, what brings you here?"
"Lieutenant Benson contacted me. I have had experience in hostage situations and I take the hostage negotiation refresher course every year."
"This is Sergeant Hank Voight from Chicago PD's Intelligence Unit. He's a friend of Liv's and is willing to help in any way he can. Sergeant Voight, this is Captain Ed Tucker from IAB."
"Nice to meet you, Sergeant."
"You too, Captain."
Barba came into the trailer and rolled his eyes when he saw Tucker, who was now on the phone.
"Why is he here?"
"Liv called him."
"I have no idea. If someone can get into the house, we could get her out of there a lot quicker."
Tucker heard their conversation as he hung up from talking to Joe.
"Detective Tutuola, hostage situations take a lot of time because we have to see if we can agree on terms. We want everyone out of there safely. I think we can all agree that we want Lieutenant Benson to come out of this alive. Sergeant, I have this under control, so why don't you go back to Chicago and she will call you when she wants to talk to you."
"I'm not leaving New York until I know she's safe and sound. I'm also not leaving unless I hear it from her that she doesn't want me here."
Hank, Fin, Barba and Carisi stepped outside and went somewhere where Tucker couldn't hear them.
"He's just doing this to make himself look good, isn't he?"
"It wouldn't surprise me."
"Same for me."
"I have never said this to anyone but I think I am in love with Olivia. I haven't felt this way about a woman since my wife and she's be dead for 6 years."
"Honestly, I have suspected it for a while now. So has Lindsay. You gonna go against Tucker's wishes?"
"If I have to. I need to be the one to get her out of this. I at least need her to know how I really feel. If she doesn't feel the same way about me, fine."
"I'll help you in any way I can."
"Me too, Sarge."
"I care about Liv too but Fin is right. The quicker we get her out of there, the better. I'd rather see Sergeant Voight get her out of there than Tucker any day."
Then Dodds found them.
"What's the plan out here?"
"You gonna go squealing to Dodds Sr.?"
"No. I just don't like Tucker. I want Lieutenant Benson and the family to get out safely and the sooner the better."
"Voight wants to be the one to go in to get her."
"Do we know if there is a back entrance?"
Dodds went to talk to someone from CSU. They knew of one and then they walked to the back of the building blocking Hank from Tucker's view once Dodds told them what they were up to. They all went back into the trailer. By that time, they had Ralph in custody and had sent Dodds in with the paramedic to get Richard out. Hank managed to get into the basement and came up the stairs. He peeked around the wall to see Dodds and the paramedic stripped down to their underwear wearing bulletproof vests. Olivia caught a glimpse of him and felt relieved. Once they took Richard out, Tucker called and told Joe his SUV was there. Joe had sent Roxie out to check the SUV. Hank pulled his gun and put it to the back of Joe's head.
"Drop the weapon!"
"Who are you and how did you get in here?"
"That doesn't matter. All that matters is that the Lieutenant and the children get out of here safely."
"The kids can go but I am taking her with me and I will get out of here alive."
Hank could see the tears in Olivia's eyes and it nearly killed him to see her face bloody. Joe turned around and then he and Hank started fighting. One of the guns went off. Joe shot Hank in the shoulder. Olivia's phone rang and it was Tucker again. She said she and the kids were fine but Joe shot Voight in the shoulder. Tucker said he was not aware that Voight had entered the building and then he noticed the looks on Fin, Dodds, Carisi and Barba's faces. After Olivia hung up, she smirked at Hank, who was quickly losing blood. She knew he had done this on his own. After Roxie had surrendered, Olivia took Hank's vest off of him and took his shirt off to put pressure on his wound. She put her arm around him and the other one around both kids as best she could. Joe still held the gun to her head. The paramedics were waiting with the gurney as soon as they walked out. Olivia made sure Hank was on there before they continued. She released Tess and Luca and they ran toward Tucker. As Joe was about to put her in the back of the SUV, she punched him. Then he was shot in the head.
Tucker and Carisi grabbed her.
"I'm fine. Thank you. I need to see Hank."
Carisi helped her get in the back of the ambulance with Hank. She sat next to him, took his hand and kissed him, not caring that her squad, Barba and Tucker could see them. After the paramedics closed the back of the ambulance and got in, they left for the hospital.
"Hank, I need to confess something to you."
"I love you and I have been since we first met. I wished you were here to help me out of this situation but I didn't think it would happen. I'm glad you were here and willing to put your life on the line to save us."
"I love you too, Benson. Lindsay told me to come here because Fin said you needed me."
"I think we've been set up. That's ok. I don't mind."
"I don't either. Tucker is probably mad at me for doing what I did."
"So what. Let him."
"What if he threatens my job? I don't have the best relationship with IAB in my own city and I'm sure I won't in yours.
"If he does, I'll take care of it. Don't worry about it. All I am worried about right now is you getting better, so we can finally be together. I don't care about the long distance. I'm happy when I'm with you. I'm always secretly hoping we get a case with CPD Intelligence, so I can see you and Erin. I really miss you both. It's been too long."
"I know it has. We miss you too."
She kissed Hank again and then they arrived at the hospital. Hank went to x-ray and Olivia got her face cleaned up. Hank ended up needing surgery, so they took him in, while Olivia waited. Fin, Carisi, Dodds and Barba arrived before Tucker did.
"Liv, how's Voight?"
"He's in surgery."
"I called Lindsay. She will be on the next flight out. Tucker is not happy."
"I don't care. He has told me that he has feelings for me but I never really responded because I don't have feelings for him. I love Hank and have for some time. We're going to make this work. I know we will. I think I am going to take some time off to take care of him while he's recuperating. I'll let him stay at my apartment with Noah and me until he is ready to go back to Chicago."
"Take as much time as you need, Lieutenant."
Tucker arrived at the hospital and found them.
"Lieutenant, we need to talk in private."
"Whatever you have to say to me, you can say in front of my Squad."
"Actually, this can't."
"I already told them you admitted you had feelings for me. What else is there? I don't have feelings for you and never have. For the last 14 months, I have had feelings for Sergeant Hank Voight and I finally admitted it to him. I love him and want to be with him even if it is long distance. He loves me too, which is why he was here in the first place. Don't even think about threatening his job because as far as I'm concerned, he's the one that saved me. He put his life on the line to get us out of there."
"I know that. Fin, Dodds and Carisi said they helped. I kind of had the feeling that he might have been more than a friend when he was here. I know I haven't been the easiest person to get along with over the years and I arrested you for a murder you didn't commit but I'm not a bad person. I just wish this unit would see that."
"I'm starting to. Joe asked me who I trusted and who cared enough about my life that has a lot of pull in the NYPD. The only two people I could think of were you and Chief Dodds but I do remember you saying once that you had experience with hostage situations. I appreciate everything you did and I hope we can at least be friends."
"Yeah. I think we can, as long as that's ok with your Squad."
"It's fine with me as long as you cut us some slack."
"Behave yourselves and I will."
"We have been."
"For the most part, you have. Is Voight going to be ok?"
"He's in surgery right now. I'm probably going to take some time off to take care of him while he is recuperating until he's ready to go back to Chicago."
"Does he have any family?"
"He has a son and a grandson. He also has Detective Lindsay, who is almost like a daughter to him. She's on her way as soon as she can get a flight."
"I'm going to head back. I'll need to get statements from both of you."
"Ok. Thanks again."
Tucker kissed Olivia's cheek and then he left.
"Wow! I've never really seen him act that nice before."
"He was pretty supportive with all the drama associated with Noah's adoption. I just couldn't see myself in a relationship with him. Like I said, I'm fine with us being friends but nothing more."
"It may not be such a bad thing to be on the good side of someone from IAB just in case."
Several hours passed and Erin arrived in New York as did Justin. They met each other at the airport and rode to the hospital together. Hank was already out of surgery and Olivia went to be with him. She kissed him and then sat down next to his bed. She kissed his hand as she held it.
"I love you so much, Hank Voight."
Erin and Justin arrived at the hospital. They found the waiting room where everyone was.
"Fin, what's going on?"
"He's doin' fine. He's out of surgery and Liv is with him right now."
"Good. This is Justin. Justin, this is Detective Odafin Tutuola and Detective Sonny Carisi from SVU. This is the ADA, Rafael Barba. You must be Sergeant Dodds?"
"That's right. You're Detective Lindsay, right?"
"It's nice to meet you, Justin."
"Are they a couple?"
"They are. We were witnesses to the first kiss, which happened in the ambulance. They both admitted to us separately that they loved each other."
"Fin, I'm going to go call Rollins to let her know what's going on."
Carisi left and went to call Amanda.
"Liv said she is planning to take some time off to take care of Voight while he is recuperating until he is ready to go home."
"Good. Hopefully he'll let her. He can be pretty stubborn sometimes."
"She said he can stay at her apartment with her and Noah."
"Liv's adopted 2-year old son."
"Dad is really in love with someone?"
"Yep. He has been for over a year now. They just never realized it until now."
"She must be someone pretty special if Dad loves her. He hasn't loved anyone since Mom."
"Yeah, I know. You'll like her."
"The question is, will she like me?"
To be continued...
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