Disclaimer: The characters are not mine. I just play with them. No money is made so no harm is done.
Author's Note: Man, it is so weird. This story is from the movie 'Losing Isaiah'. I watched it twice because it touched my soul seen I've seen it before, so I don't know. I was moved to create such a story. Well anyway. I hope you enjoy it. I surely enjoyed writing it. It wouldn't leave me alone. It's been stuck in my brain for like two weeks.
Story Notes: Olivia and Elliot have been married for three years. Legally Olivia's last name is Stabler, but for identity sakes, she is still known as Detective Benson. Olivia is also four months along in a very rough pregnancy. It's her first so there. The kids live with OE because Kathy wanted to move to another state. OE have just passed their review. They were put under a three year inspection because they were involved and wanted to stay as partners. The movie is called Losing Isaiah, but I wanted them to have a girl so I changed my story title to fit it so. So, I think that's it. Enjoy.
"Mommy, mommy." Little Isabel ran into the squad room and towards her mother's desk. Halfway there she was scooped up by Elliot.
"Is your mommy the only one you see around here?" Elliot said, tickling his little girl on her side.
"Daddy... please...stop!" Izzy managed to say between fits of laughter.
"I'll stop when you say Hello Daddy, I love you." Elliot walked Isabel over to her mother while she continued to wiggle in his arms.
"OK, Daddy, I love you. Mommy help me." Isabel was slowly lowered into her mother's lap. "Thank you, Mommy." Kathleen and the twins walked in shortly after.
"Isabel, why did you run off like that?" Kathleen walked over to her. Isabel looked up at her mother with puppy eyes.
"Don't look at me that way. Why did you run away from Kathleen?" Olivia tried to be stern with her, but she felt her stance fading with each flutter of her little girl' eyelids.
"I sorry, Mommy." Isabel leaned forward and hugged her. Olivia hugged her back but then pulled away from her to chastise her daughter.
"You don't need to apologize to me." Olivia put her down on the ground and turned her to face Kathleen.
"I sorry, Kacheen." Olivia nudged her forward and she walked over and hugged Kathleen's leg.
"It's ok, Izzy. You just had me worried." Kathleen looked up at Olivia and smiled. "Hey, she really wanted to see you guys when we left the preschool, and so I thought we could drop in for a really quick hello." Kathleen offered an explanation for the question that was on both of the parents' minds.
"It's fine. You guys are a breath of fresh air in this stale place. So, where are you headed?" Olivia asked pulling Isabel back into her lap.
"Kasheen said we could get ice queam." Isabel quickly answered. Olivia looked up at Kathleen.
"I said we could get ice cream after we had dinner tonight." Kathleen said trying to cover for herself.
"You said we get ice queam on way home." Izzy countered.
"Well, I was just joking, you know. Ha ha. Come on now, Dad and Liv have a lot of work to do before they can come home." Kathleen grabbed Isabel's hand and pulled her towards her.
"I want to stay here with Mommy and Daddy." Isabel started to whine.
"Isabel your mother and I will be home soon enough ok." Elliot knelt in front of her. "Now you be good for your sisters and brother." He hugged her and she started walking towards Kathleen.
"Bye dad, bye Liv." The twins said as they began to follow the other two towards the door. Olivia and Elliot watched as they walked away. They were about to start working again when a woman in a suit came into the station with an envelope in her hand.
"Detectives Elliot and Olivia Stabler."
"Yes, that's us." Elliot and Olivia looked over at her. She walked to them and handed Olivia the paper.
"You'll be expected to show up for court tomorrow morning. Consider yourself served." She turned around and walked out. Elliot and Olivia looked at each other before she opened the letter. She read it aloud.
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stabler. We are sorry to inform you that custody of Isabel Stabler has been revoked. The rightful parent of so said child is suing for custody and due to evidence; the court has no other options than to return full custody of child. You are so summoned...to bring Isabel Stabler to Family Court at 10am for the child to be returned to her mother. Signed Judge Gwinzy Notto." By the end of the letter Olivia was shaking. She handed Elliot the letter and sat down. She suddenly didn't have the strength to stand anymore. Elliot read the letter again and put it down on the desk before kneeling before his wife who was now visibly shaking and crying.
"Liv honey, you can't get worked up about this. I'm sure it's a mistake. There was nothing wrong with the adoption. We both know that. Honey, just calm down."
"Calm down? They want to take my baby away from me." She leaned forward and into his arms. He hugged her while she cried into his shoulder. He looked over at Munch and Fin when they entered. They stopped at the scene in front of them. Munch was about to say something when Elliot shook his head silencing him. He nodded his head towards the letter on Olivia's desk. Fin walked over to it and picked it up. His face grew hard as he read the letter. He handed it to Munch who mirrored his expression.
"Hey you guys, I'm sorry." Munch said placing the letter back on Olivia's desk.
"Thanks." Elliot whispered. Olivia's crying had subsided and she raised her head and turned to look at them.
"Don't be sorry. It's not your fault. It's theirs. It's her's. Elliot." She said turning to face him. "I have to go home." Olivia said trying to stand up.
"Hey hold up, don't try and overdo it. Like I said, things will be fine." Elliot said placing a hand on Olivia back to hold her steady.
"I am supposed to turn her over tomorrow. I want to go home now. I can't be here right now." She said trying to put her coat on.
"Fine, I'm going with you." He said going to his desk and grabbing his stuff. He went back over to Olivia. "I'll call Kathleen. I'll tell her to take the kids straight home and that we'll meet them there. Just hold on ok." He said. Olivia was no longer crying. Her initial shock was wearing off and anger was taking its place. Elliot sensed the change and led Olivia out of the squad room towards the car.
When they arrived at the house everyone was in the living room waiting on them. Kathleen jumped up when she heard the door open. She went into the hallway and saw Olivia. She immediately knew something was wrong.
"Dad, Olivia. What's wrong? What's going on? I wasn't going to give her ice cream. I know how hyper she can get."
"Kathleen, your father and I will be in there in a moment. We'll explain everything then." Olivia said taking her coat off. She hung it on the rack and leaned against the wall as Kathleen slowly turned around and walked back into the other room. Elliot stood in front of Olivia and rubbed her arms.
"Honey, it's going to be ok. We'll just tell them that something's happened. They won't take her from us." Elliot pulled her into a hug.
"We'll have to call Casey in a minute. Right now, I just want to see the kids. We have to pack. If we don't bring her and her stuff we'll be held in contempt. The best thing to do is just work with them." Olivia took a deep breath and started towards the living room. When Isabel saw them she jumped from Lizzie's arms and towards Olivia.
"Mommy. I love you." Isabel said hugging her legs. Olivia started crying again and knelt down in front of her.
"I love you too honey. No matter what ever happens, I love you." She hugged Isabel and cried.
"Mommy, don't cry. I good girl." Isabel said wiping her mother's tears.
"Honey, you're always a good girl." Olivia grabbed her and held onto her like there was no tomorrow. Elliot walked up behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders while she cried.
"Dad, what' going on. Why's she crying?" Lizzie looked worried. Elliot looked at the children unsure of where to begin.
"We got a letter today, about the same time you guys left. It was from the court." Elliot swallowed the lump in his throat and tried to continue, but it was difficult. He had started crying himself and he was now red with anger. "The courts say the adoption wasn't legal and we have to turn Isabel back to her birthmother." He wiped his tears away leaned over and kissed Olivia's head. He followed by kissing Isabel's.
"But they're wrong aren't they. They can't take her away from us, can they? It's not fair. She's ours." Kathleen was crying now too. Soon they were in a group hug and everyone was crying except Isabel who couldn't quite understand what was being said.