AN: Thanks so much for the reviews.So sorry it took so long to update.had a bit of writers block.

Elliot walked into his house, gently closing the door behind him. It was close to midnight and he didn't want to wake anyone up. He took off his coat and was surprised to see the living room light on.

"Kathy?" He called, but not too loud. His kids were still sleeping or at least he hoped they were.

Kathy walked out of the living room. "Shhh, you'll wake her."

"Wake who? Did Maureen have a nightmare?"

"No, come here."

Elliot walked over and looked in the living room. "Kathy what is she doing here?"

Lexy was sleeping on the couch with her back to them.

"Keep your voice down, I just got her to fall asleep."

"How did she get here?" He whispered. "If she's missing from the hospital why didn't anyone call me?"

"Let's talk in the kitchen so we don't wake her."


She grabbed his shirt. "Come on."

They walked in the kitchen and sat at the table.

"I called the hospital and told them that everything was fine."

"And they just let it go?"

"Well I sort of told them I was Olivia." She braced herself for the anger she knew was coming.

"Have you lost your mind?" He yelled.

"SHHHH! You'll wake her!"

"Kathy you can get into a lot of trouble for this," He said a bit more quietly.

"I don't care. I'll do whatever I have to do to protect that scared little girl."

"Including going to jail?"

"No," Lexy said from the doorway. "You have children to worry about, and I'm not one of them." She started walking for the door. "It was a mistake coming here."

Elliot stood up in her way. "No, it wasn't a mistake. Things are.complicated."

Lexy shook her head. "They wouldn't be that way if it weren't for me. I'm a burden in everyone's life."

"That's not true," Kathy said walking over to them. "You're not a burden. You're a child who needs love someone to take care of you."

"I grew up a long time ago!" She snapped. "I learned to live without love, without someone to take care of me. I can take care of myself."

"Then why did you come here?" Elliot questioned crossing his arms over his chest.

She diverted her gaze from his blue eyes. Why did she come here? She wasn't sure herself. There was something about Elliot and his family that made Lexy wish she was a part of it. She was a fool for thinking such a thing.

"It doesn't matter. I'm leaving now."

"I can't let you leave," Elliot told her.

"Sure you can. This way Kathy doesn't get in trouble."

"You let me worry about Kathy. If you walk out of here than Walker goes free. Do you want that?"

"I don't care!" She cried through gritted teeth. "It's not like I'm going home."

"So you think it's better to live on the streets?" Kathy asked. "With the murderers, rapists, all the people who could hurt you worse than Walker?"

"I've stayed on the streets before. I can make it on my own."

"You don't think Walker will find you?"

"I'm probably better off dead anyways!" She clamped a hand over her mouth. She hadn't meant to say that aloud.

"Lexy you don't mean that!" Kathy exclaimed.

"Just leave me alone all right."

She walked towards the door. Kathy went to follow, but stopped her.

"Let me talk to her."

Kathy nodded, and Elliot followed Lexy out the door.

"Lexy!" He called as he caught up to her.


"Where are you going to go?"

"Anywhere but this hell hole!"

He grabbed her arm.

"Let go of me!" She yelled.

"Just talk to me dammit!"

"And say what?" Lexy jerked her arm from him. "I'm a poor little abused girl and I need lots of help?"

"If that's how you feel," Elliot replied crossing his arms over his chest.

"Give me a break Elliot, don't shrink me!"

"I'm not shrinking you! I care about you!"

She looked down and then back at him. "Just not enough to want me in your family right?"

"That's not true!"

"Then what is it Elliot? I sure as hell as don't understand!"

"It's not that simple sweetheart! I would love for you to be apart of our family!"

"Then what is the problem!"

"I don't know if the courts would allow it! Especially after this! You're supposed to be in the hospital! We can get into a lot of trouble for this!"

Lexy shook her head. "It doesn't matter. I'm not worth it."

"That's the thing you are worth it! You're worth that and so much more!"

"You can keep talking but your words have no meaning Elliot."

"But mine do," A voice said.

Elliot and Lexy whirled around. Cale was standing a few feet away from them gone aimed in his hand. Instinctively Elliot stepped in front of the girl.

"What are you doing here?" He asked.

"I got out on bail sooner than expected."

"There's a restraining order against you." Elliot had his hand on his gun.

"I'm here to get my daughter," Cale said. "I went to the hospital, but they said she was in the custody of a Mrs. Stabler."

He could feel Lexy shaking behind him.

"What's the gun for Cale?"

"I want my daughter."

"Why don't you just hand me the gun?" Elliot reached his free hand out.

"Why don't you take your hand away from your gun before I shoot you?"

Elliot weighed his options. He'd die in the line of duty, but if he got shot now, Cale walked away with Lexy and he wouldn't be able to do anything about it. He slowly took his hand away from the gone.

"Lexy come out form behind him."

She took a step from behind Elliot.

"Come on Lexy," Cale coaxed her.

She took a step towards him and froze. Elliot could see shudders ripping through her body.

"Lexy MOVE!"

She jumped but didn't walk forward.

"She's too scared to move."

Cale wiped the sweat off his brow. "If you don't walk your ass over here now, you're going to regret it!"

His eyes were fixed on Lexy, leaving Elliot free to draw his gun, and shoot. Lexy screamed as the bullet entered Cale's chest, causing the man to fall back on the sidewalk, dropping his gun the process.

Elliot walked over and hugged her. Then he pulled back and looked at her. "Are you all right?"

She nodded and looked down at Cale. "Is he dead?"

He kneeled down and felt for a pulse. He shook his head when there was none.

"Elliot!" Kathy yelled as she ran over to them. "What happened I heard a. Oh my god!"

"Kathy take Lexy inside."

Kathy put her arm around Lexy's shoulder. "Come on baby."

Elliot waited till they were inside, took out his cell phone, and called the precinct.

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