As It Seems

Chapter 4

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Sunday morning came too soon for Olivia. The case and her breakup with Aaron were making her exhausted. She got up and put on a pot of coffee. While she was waiting Marissa stumbled out of her room. Olivia made Marissa a bowl of cereal and then went to take a shower. A few hours later she was watching Miss Congeniality on TV. She had seen the movie a dozen times, but she loved it. Marissa was playing with her dolls on the living room floor. There was a knock at the door, she wasn't expecting anyone so her first thought was that it was Aaron.

"Just a second," she called out.

"Mommy, can I get it?" Marissa asked.

"Yes, but don't forget the rule," Olivia answered.

Marissa ran toward the door. " Who is it?" she asked.

"It's Elliot."

Marissa threw the door open excitedly. " Elly," she said throwing her arms around his legs.

"Hey princess," he said picking her up.

Marissa noticed Maureen was standing behind Elliot. "Reeny," she said happily.

"Hey 'Riss," Maureen said.

"Wanna go play?" Marissa asked as she wiggled out of Elliot's arms.

"Sure let's go," Maureen said. She took Marissa's hand and Marissa led her down the hall to the playroom. Marissa called over her shoulder to Elliot, " you and Mommy can play in the living room."

Elliot looked at Olivia. "You heard her, let's go play in the living room."

Olivia laughed, playing along with him she asked, "What game did you have in mind Mr. Stabler?"

"Well I was thinking doctor would be fun," he said.

Olivia laughed, but she was wishing he was serious.

"I don't think Aaron would like that though," Elliot said. He noticed the expression on Olivia's face grew dark at the mention of Aaron. " What's wrong?" he asked, ending the joke.

Olivia fought back tears as she replied, "Aaron and I, well, we broke up."

"Oh Liv, I'm sorry. What happened?" he asked, taking her hand.

"He proposed. Well actually, he proposed and I said no," she answered.

"So he broke it off because you aren't ready for marriage," Elliot surmised.

" Elliot I am thirty eight years old. I'm ready for marriage. I just don't think Aaron was right for me," she told him.

" Does Marissa know?" he asked.

"I don't know how to tell her," she answered.

"Want me to help out? I had to do it with Maureen," he offered.

"I would love it if you were with me," she said.

"Do you want to do it now?" he asked.

Olivia didn't get a chance to answer before a knock at the door interrupted their conversation.

"Expecting company?" Elliot asked.

"No," Olivia answered as she went to get the door.

When she opened the door she was less than thrilled to see who was on the other side.

"Aaron, what do you want?" Olivia asked.

"I'm here to get you back," he slurred.

'Oh great just what I need' she thought. "I'm kinda busy Aaron. Why don't you come back later?" she said trying to close the door.

Aaron pushed his way past her into the apartment. He spotted Elliot sitting on Olivia's couch immediately. "I should've known you'd be shacked up with this bastard," Aaron said. He stalked toward Elliot with his hand balled into a fist.

"Olivia and I were just talking. Not that its any of your business anymore," Elliot said, standing up.

Aaron swung his fist and Olivia heard it connect with Elliot's jaw. " You can have the bitch; she's just good for a few blowjobs."

Elliot knocked Aaron out after that comment. Marissa and Maureen had heard all the noise so they came out of the playroom.

"Daddy! What happened?" Maureen shrieked.

"Oh its nothing. Everything is fine," Elliot said.

"No its not. You got a bruise on your face and Olivia's boyfriend is out cold on her floor," Maureen stated.

"Maureen, will you please take Marissa to the playground? Your father and I will explain all of this later," Olivia asked.

"Ok. Fine," Maureen agreed grudgingly." Come on Marissa let's go." Maureen led Marissa out the door.

"Bye Mommy. Bye Elly," Marissa called.

"Bye sweetie," Olivia replied.

Once Elliot and Olivia were alone, Olivia let the tears flow freely. She sat down on the couch and dropped her head into her hands. She felt Elliot sit down beside her. He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her to him. Olivia buried her face in his chest and he rubbed her back soothingly.

As Aaron started to come to Elliot stood up and dragged Aaron to his feet. "I'll make you a deal. I won't arrest you for assault if you leave and never bother Liv or Marissa again."

"Fine," Aaron said. Elliot pushed him out the door and went back to his spot beside Olivia.

"Wanna talk about it?" he asked.

"I just don't get it. He was so different and sweet while we dated," she said.

"So he never hit you? Not even if he was drinking?" Elliot asked.

"No. Well once he pushed me, but we had both been drinking," she admitted.

"Liv, why did you stay? We deal with victims of domestic violence on a daily basis," he said.

"I know Elliot. That's why I never told anyone. We had been together for awhile and he was drunk, so I let it go. There was just that once," Olivia said. Elliot could see her eyes were shiny with unshed tears.

"Liv, I'm sorry that I pressured you to talk, but I'm glad you told me," he said taking her hands.

"El, what would I do without you?" Olivia asked.

"Well you will never know the answer to that because I'll always be here for you," he assured her. Olivia laid her head on his shoulder and Elliot wrapped his arms around her. They stayed that way until the girls arrived back.

"Dad! Liv! We're back," Maureen called out.

"In here," Olivia called back.

"Mommy! Elly! Guess what," Marissa said without waiting for a reply she continued, "Me and Reeny went down the slide and Reeny pushed me on the swings."

"Wow. That sounds fun," Olivia said, smiling at her daughter.

"Hey Riss, why don't you go get out the stuff to color and I'll come play in a minute," Maureen suggested. Once Marissa was out of ear shot Maureen started with the questions. "Okay what happened earlier,"

"Well the guy was my ex," Olivia said. " And is he was drunk and sucker punched your dad. Your father hit him after Aaron made a rude comment about me. It's all over though."

Marissa came out and got Maureen to come color with her. Once they were gone Elliot decided to find out more about Aaron's rages.

"Liv, when you and Aaron got into that disagreement, was Marissa around?" he asked.

"No. Thank God she was with Michael," she told him.

"That's the only time?" Elliot asked.

"Yea it was," she said.

"What was it about?" Elliot asked softly.

"Oh that's not important," she said.

"Yes it is," Elliot insisted.

"It was because of you," she whispered.

"What? Why?" Elliot asked stunned.

"He thought we were sleeping together," she said quietly.

"You would never do that," Elliot exclaimed. "Why would he think that?"

"I don't know," Olivia lied. She remembered every moment of that night. She and Aaron had went to an engagement party and had some drinks. Aaron had dropped her off. When she had got in she lit some candles and went to take a bubble bath. When she got out of the tub, instead of dressing she slid into her satin sheets naked. She picked up the picture of her and Elliot at a Christmas party. Before she even realized what she was doing her hand was sliding down her body. She slid one finger inside herself and began stroking her clit with her thumb. Closing her eyes she imagined it was Elliot's hands on her. Just as she reached her climax she called out Elliot's name. Her bedroom door burst open and Aaron came in screaming at her.

"I knew you and that bastard were fucking."

"No we're not and don't you dare call him a bastard," Olivia said rising to her feet.

"Don't you ever lie to me again you whore!"Aaron screamed. He shoved her and she fell back hitting her head on her night stand.

"Get out! Get the fuck out now!"

Suddenly Aaron had been at her side apologizing.

"Liv. Earth to Liv." Elliot's voice jarred her from her thoughts.

"Oh sorry El,. I was just thinking. What were you saying?" she asked.

"I was saying that after being your partner for seven years, I know when you're lying, which you are. What is the reason?"

"I can't. It's stupid," she said.

"You can tell me anything," he said.

Olivia let out a sigh. "Fine. I masturbated and orgasmed to your picture. Are you happy now?" she asked.

"Oh. Wow," he said