Moments of Bravery

Detective Olivia Benson sighed as she reached her office on a cold January night.

"Never a dull moment here, that's for sure." she remarked to her partner, Detective Elliot Stabler.

"You got that right, Liv." he agreed as she sat down. Olivia was about to lean back in her chair when she heard a small voice.

"Help me." it begged, barely above a whisper.

"Did you hear that, El?" she asked quietly.

"No, I didn't hear anything." he replied.

"I heard a voice a couple of minutes ago." she told him. "It said, "Help me."

"You want me to go see where it came from?" Elliot asked as Olivia shook her head.

"It's okay." she said, rising. "I'll go."

She walked out of the office quickly.

"Is anyone there?" she called soothingly. "It's okay, I won't hurt you."

"Over here." replied the voice. Olivia walked toward the sound and saw a tiny girl huddled behind a chair. She was badly bruised. She held her arms out to Olivia, who picked her up gingerly.

"Hi, Honey, my name's Olivia." she said, speaking softly so that the young girl wouldn't be frightened. "Can you tell me how you got these bruises?"

"I got them when my daddy hurt my mommy." she replied.

"What's your name, Sweetie?" Olivia inquired gently.

"Hope." she answered with a slight shiver.

"Don't be scared, Hope." Olivia encouraged. "You're safe now. Did your daddy hurt you, too?"

Hope nodded hesitantly. "He said he'd make it worse if we told anyone." she answered.

"So, how'd you get out?" Olivia asked.

"I climbed out my bedroom window." she answered. "Mommy and Daddy are so busy fighting half the time that they don't notice when I leave."

Olivia's heart broke at that moment, both for Hope and for her situation. "Do you live close to here?" she questioned as she felt Hope shift in her arms.

She nodded. "About a block that way." she responded, pointing west.

"Do they hurt much?" Olivia queried, referring to the bruises.

Hope groaned in response.

"I'm gonna take you over to Rittenhouse." Olivia told her gently. "Andy'll have you fixed up in no time."
With that, Olivia walked out of the precinct with Hope nestled safely in her arms and headed over to see Andy at the RWHC.