"What!" Olivia stopped in her tracks and turned around to face her captain.
"In my office, you heard me. The rest of you get going. We don't have all day….Novak will meet you there with the warrant."
"Cap what about Olivia?" Elliot said asking the question on everyone's mind.
"Did I not make myself clear? Get out of here before you let the bastard get away."
"Yes sir." They all said making their way past Olivia.
"My office." Cragen turned around and went into his office. He left the door opened and waited for Olivia to come through. When she appeared he spoke in a monotone voice.
"Close the door." Olivia walked back up to the door and closed it very slowly.
"Sit down." She complied. "I don't want you there. That's the end of it. I know you have plenty of paper work to do on this case, so go work on it. You wanted in on this case, well you're on it. Paper work is a very valuable part of any case."
"Then why does it feel like you're taking me off. I should be out there arresting this SOB. I need to finish what I started."
"Why does it have to be you as long as it gets finished?" Olivia, he has nothing to loose. You go in there and he blows the place up, or opens fire. He has nothing to live for if he's caught. You got to think about that. It's not just your life I'm worried about. It's every officer that could possibly be killed in the line of duty because some sick freak is after you. You have to think about that. I've made my decision. You're dismissed."
"Yes sir." Olivia stood up and walked out of the office without an argument. The look on her captain's face was enough for her. She sat at her desk and looked at the paper work. She heard laughing from behind her and turned around to see Laura on the phone at her desk. Olivia smiled at her and turned around as she heard the conversation coming to an end. She picked up her pen and opened the file on her desk. She looked at the board with the pictures of the victims and decided to start on one of the older cases that remained unfinished on her desk. She tried working for about 30 minutes but her mind kept wondering to the girls that had come in a few days earlier. She thought about the bodies that spelled her name out in front of her apartment building. Eventually her thoughts went to Maureen and her encounter with the psycho they were after. She thought about all the death made because of some sick man's obsession with her. She thought about how they all had heard Elliot and her make love, how violated she had felt then. She was so overwhelmed that she didn't notice the tears that came, and she didn't make an effort to stop them. She never even noticed Laura standing beside her and nearly jumped out of her skin when Laura placed her hand on Olivia's shoulder.
"I'm sorry, I saw you over hear and wanted to come talk to you." Laura said sitting on the edge of Olivia's desk.
"It's alright. I was just preoccupied. I didn't even know that you had approached me, guess I was in a daze. What's up?"
"I could ask you the same thing. You looked a little more than preoccupied. Tears hardly come with preoccupation." Laura said gently.
"I was just thinking about the case. It's hard to believe that it's over. We got him. I'm just grateful that nobody else is dead because of me." Olivia wiped the tears from her eye and looked back at the board. Laura followed Olivia's eyes to the board and tried to change the subject.
"Well, I don't know about you, but I am hungry. We never got to that lunch the other day."
"Laura, I appreciate what you're trying to do here. But I need to get some work done."
"No, what you're trying to do is wait around here until they get back with this guy. But you don't need to so get up off your butt and let's go."
"You're crazy you know that. Let me get my coat and tell the captain." Olivia laughed as she got up and walked towards the captain's office. When she returned she had her coat in hand and nodded towards the door. "Let's go slave driver."
"I learned from the best." They laughed as they fell in step with one another.
Laura started talking about her niece that was born 2 days ago. Olivia felt the tug at her heart with the talk of babies. They waited for the elevator to come, and continued talking. When the doors opened Olivia and Laura instinctively moved aside to let the passengers off. Olivia looked up to see a man in handcuffs. As her eyes travel farther up north the hair on her neck began to stand up. She knew who it was and seeing her partners standing next to him only confirmed it.
"Hello sweet cakes."
"Shut up." Fin said pushing him off of the elevator. Olivia remained silent as they walked by. She stayed quiet for a while, most of the ride down actually.
"Do you want to go back in there?" Laura asked.
"So, you were telling me about your niece. When are you taking off to go see her?" Olivia immediately responded cutting her off. She did want to give herself the option of running back in their.
"Well…I plan on going this weekend. I'm not on call for once, so I figured then was as good a time as any."
"That's good. I hope you enjoy it."
"I will. It's in Atlantic City."
"That sounds fun. Will you stay the entire weekend?"
"I'm not sure you'll have a lot more fun without me. I've not been very good company lately."
"Well, with what you've been going through I can perfectly understand. But still it'll be fun. You can meet my sister and see the baby. Then we can have a girls night out. Get massages, go shopping, watching chick flicks…and I know a great restaurant we can eat at. And they have really hot waiters. I think it's a prerequisite for working there or something."
"I already have a man thank you."
"Oh yeah, I forgot, well just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you can't look at the menu."
"That is true! It would be nice to get away for the weekend. This case is basically coming to an end. There's no way he'll walk."
"Well, let me know what you decide."
"I think I'll go. Clear my head and have a massage. See a cute baby. How could I resist?"
"Great…it'll be so much fun I promise. I'll call you later tonight and we can work out the details. Now let's get some food. I'm starving."
"Lead the way…." Olivia held the door open for Laura as she walked outside. They fell in step with each other and began to walk to lunch.