Thanks for everyone who has supported this fic. I've decided to end it here, because it was a good place to end it, and I would like to write some other stories. That does not mean however, that I won't be writing more for Elliot, Olivia and Josh sometime in the future.
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Josh got out of his bed, feeling very small in the big room. He put on his slippers and pajamas that Olivia had bought him, and then picked up Ruggles. He opened the door to his room and made his way down the hallway to Olivia's room, where he tentatively knocked on the door.
His courage was bolstered when he heard Olivia's voice, urging him to come in. He opened the door and saw her sitting up in bed, Elliot sitting next to her.
"Morning, handsome," Olivia grinned at him. "How'd you sleep?"
"My room's big."
Elliot looked at him. "Too big and scary?"
"As long as you check for monsters, it's okay."
Olivia smiled at him. "Come on up here, Josh. There's plenty of room if you want."
He hesitated for a moment, working through the idea in his mind. Finally deciding it was safe, he made his way over to the bed and, with Olivia's help, climbed up.
"You didn't leave," he murmured when he was finally snuggled up to Olivia.
She frowned and ran her fingers through his hair. "Of course I didn't. Why did you think I would?"
Olivia's hands framed his tiny face, making sure that his dark brown eyes stared into her own earnest ones. "Listen to me, Josh. Your Mommy didn't leave by choice. She wanted to stay with you. And as for me, well," she smiled at him, "I'm always going to be here for you. I promise."
"Forever and ever?"
Olivia smiled at him. "Forever and ever."
Josh nodded. "Okay."
Olivia looked over at Elliot, who shrugged and gestured for her to go ahead and explain.
"It's where kids can go and play with other kids."
"When do I have to go?"
"Not for a while yet," Olivia assured him. "When you're ready."
He nodded. "Okay. I'm hungry."
"How about you go downstairs and wash up? Olivia and I will be down in a minute."
Josh nodded and slid off the bed, taking Ruggles with him. When they were alone in the room, Elliot turned to Olivia, lifting an eyebrow. She squirmed under his gaze.
He just stared at her.
"I'm not going to keep him bundled up in here forever. It's not good for him."
"I knew you knew that."
"You're an ass."
"I knew you knew that, too."
She smirked. "I still love you, though. Even if you are an ass."
He grinned, kissing her tenderly. "I love you, too, even if you are stubborn and irrational sometimes."
Olivia chuckled as she got out of bed. "Don't forget I can still kick your ass, Stabler."
Elliot watched avidly as she slipped on a robe. "Oh, I look forward to it."