1:48 a.m.

Apartment of Olivia Benson

Tuesday, June 28

Olivia Benson lay deep in sleep, her head resting peacefully on a thin pillow. She sighed softly as she unconsciously rolled over. The small apartment was deathly quiet, having not even a leaky tap to break the silence. That was, until the phone rang.

Olivia groaned as she fumbled to find her cell phone on the nightstand. "Benson", she answered groggily.

"Hey 'Liv." It was her partner, Elliot Stabler. "Cap says we've got a DB - homicide called us over there. Corner of Main and Broadway."

"I'll be there in fifteen," Olivia replied as she climbed out of bed.

2:03 a.m.

Corner of Main and Broadway

Tuesday, June 28

"What do we got?" Olivia called to her partner as she climbed out of her car.

"Caucasian female, early twenties. M.E. places TOD somewhere between eleven last night and one this morning", Elliot replied.

"Okay…so why'd homicide call us?", Olivia asked as she and Stabler approached the body.

"Vic was raped and beaten before being strangled…with this", M. E. Warner replied, holding up a thin black cord.

"Killer left the murder weapon behind?", inquired Elliot.

"That's not the only thing he left…" Warner replied, motioning to a small white box lying near the victim's head. Olivia bent down and, slipping on a pair of latex gloves, picked the box up. She slowly untied the red lace ribbon holding the box closed and slid off the lid. Inside were a single red rose and a small slip of paper. Carefully, Olivia removed and the paper and unfolded it. It contained a type-written message:

My Dearest Olivia,

See You Soon.

Seemingly ignoring the message, Olivia handed both the paper and the box over to the nearest CSU investigator. "I want both of these dusted for prints ASAP." The young man nodded and placed them in an evidence bag.

"What did the note say?" Elliot asked his partner earnestly.

"Nothing…it was blank." Olivia replied curtly before heading back toward her car.

Elliot stood still, watching Olivia's retreating back. "She really thinks I can't tell when she's lying?" he asked aloud.

A/N Hey guys. Alright, this is my first fanfic, so I'd really appreciate it if you could let me know what you think. If there's something that needs changing, tell me, I'm open to criticism. Anyway, the next chapters will be much longer. Hope you enjoyed it!