Disclaimer: I don't own them, I just like to play with them for a while
Summary: Elliot and Olivia get closer as a case threatens to pull them apart
A/N this is my first fanfic, so please be nice! I hope you like it!
Flashbacks are in italic
"Ahhhhhh!" Olivia squealed as she ran from her bathroom into the living room of her apartment.
She still couldn't believe how her life had changed over the past nine months.
It all started one night after work when she answered a knock on the door only to find Elliot standing there.
Olivia was sitting on her couch watching some late night show on TV when she heard a knock at her door. She was surprised to find her partner standing in the hall in front of her. They had been drifting apart lately, and she couldn't understand why. She opened the door enough to let him in, and closed it behind him.
"You okay Elliot?" She asked, the sunken look on his face made her concerned. In fact, he looked completely drained. Her eyes followed his hollow form to her couch, and she sat down next to him.
Elliot was too tired to keep up the wall he had built between him and his partner. He needed her now more than ever.
He sat with his head in his hands, and let everything he had been keeping form her flow out. Without looking up he said, "It's over Liv, Kathy filed for divorce last month, and we finalized it tonight. I get to have my kids every other weekend and Wednesday nights. I know that I've been shutting you out lately, but I thought I could handle it. I was at O'Malley's tonight, and started walking back to the hotel I've been staying at, but I didn't want to be alone, again, I'm so tired of being alone."
His last words broke her heart. He looked up at her, his eyes glazed over with tears, and the residual affect of the alcohol. She didn't know what to do, or say. She pulled him close to her, and just held him.
Over the next three months she helped him find and apartment, and was there for any support he needed. She even set him up on a few dates with the few still single friends she had.
Then one night the phone rang, waking Olivia from a sound sleep. She reluctantly picked it up thinking it was Cragen calling her into a case.
"Benson" she said wearily into the phone.
Olivia was surprised when she heard her partner's voice come through the receiver.
"She's engaged" he said
"What, wait, who?" Olivia asked quite confused.
"Kathy, she's engaged to a doctor from the hospital. Ed, Dr. Ed, we had dinner with him and his ex-wife a few times." He answered flatly.
All Olivia could manage to say was "Elliot, I'm so sorry"
"I don't know why this bothers me so much Liv, I mean, I haven't been in love with Kathy form a long time, but, I just, I mean, we were married for 20 years, and it only took her three months to find someone else." He continued. "Was I really that terrible of a husband?"
His final words made her heart break. She wanted to tell him right there that he was the most wonderful man she knew, and that he deserved so much better than Kathy. She wanted to tell him that she loved him, but didn't want to open that can of worms, especially now.
SO she simply said, "You sound like you could use a friend, and a drink, Gimme 5 minutes, I'll be right over." Olivia hung up the phone before he could protest.
Olivia took Elliot to the bar a few block s away form his apartment. They had a few drinks, and then she took him home. He invited her in, and offered her some coffee, after it was almost 1 A.M. and they had to be at work by seven, and neither of them wanted a hang over.
He sat next to her on the couch. "Thanks Liv, for everything I mean." He said looking down into his cup.
"No problem" she said with a smile. "You know I'll look for any excuse to get a drink!" She joked.
Elliot laughed slightly. It was the first time in a long time Olivia saw that smile that never failed to make her melt.
Elliot moved closer to Olivia and took her hand in his, and look into her chocolate eyes, that he loved getting lost in. "I mean it." He said. "These past few months, you've been there for me more way more than any partner should." He continued.
"Well," She said, "that's cause you're not just my partner, you're my best friend." She smiled at him. He was so close that it took all she had to restrain her self from kissing his luscious lips.
Fortunately for Olivia, she didn't have to restrain herself for long, because Elliot's hand slowly moved from her hand, to her hair, and he pulled her to him. She closed her eyes, and took a deep breath as he lips came crashing down on her. She put her coffee cup on the table, never breaking their kiss, and wrapped her arms around Elliot's neck to deepen the kiss. They finally pulled apart, and both smiled like teenagers after they've had their first kiss.
That had been six months ago, and the two had managed to successfully keep their relationship from their coworkers to their surprise. Although, they weren't certain that Munch and Fin weren't suspicious, they figured that they were safe as long as nobody said anything.
Olivia wasn't certain where the relationship was headed, buts he did know that she was happier than she had ever been.