Title: Fallin' In Love

Author: Ebony-Jayne

Notes: It was just another child abuse case when Detective Olivia Benson found herself falling in love…Just decided that there were enough sad, dark stories out there so I thought I'd try to write a happy nice one!

Disclaimer: I do not own the characters or the show or the storylines on the show. I do, however, own the characters that I make up so please don't steal them. Any resemblance to anyone or anyplace is a coincidence.

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Chapter One: Amber and Mollie

"Amber Johnson says that her foster parents were hitting her and pushing her around. She's back at a group home for the moment so Olivia, you and Elliot can go and check that out. Munch and Fin you guys have an alleged rape in the middle of a department store," Captain Donald Cragen assigned his Detectives to the two cases he had just received.

Olivia put the coat she had just taken off back on while Elliot got the address from Cragen.

"Elliot, can I see you for a second?" Cragen asked.

"Sure," Elliot turned to Olivia. "Meet you in the car?" he asked.

"Sure," Olivia responded. She turned and left the squad room.

"Elliot do you really think your partner is up to this?" Cragen asked.

"Honestly?" Elliot asked. Cragen nodded. "I really don't know," he answered with a sigh. He was relieved to know that he wasn't the only one worried about Olivia. In recent weeks she had become quieter and more withdrawn than ever and with that came even more grim determination to solve the cases that came to them. It had become an obsession for her and it wasn't a healthy one.

"Look, if she doesn't sort herself out soon I'm going to have to step in. This just isn't healthy. She spends every waking moment here and often sleeps here too. She needs a distraction or a hobby or…something," Cragen told Elliot.

"I'll see what I can do," Elliot promised.

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"So Amber would you like to tell us what's been going on with your foster parents?" Olivia asked the pretty fourteen year old in front of her.

"Well when I first arrived it was good. Annie and Henry were really nice and they had three other fostered kids. But after a few months, things started to change. One night I got in five minutes after curfew and Henry slapped me so hard I hit the ground. Then everything I did was wrong and warranted being hit. I don't know if he hit any of the others," Amber looked down and sniffled. "I don't know what I did wrong," she said softly. "But it must have been bad."

"Amber, this is not your fault. OK. Now can you tell us any of the other kids names?" Olivia asked taking the girls hand.

"Stacey, Michael and Hailey. Oh and they had little Mollie for a couple of weeks but she just couldn't seem to settle in so she came back here," Amber told them.

"Ok now are any of the other kids here?" Elliot asked.

"Stacey, Michael and Hailey are in another home in Brooklyn but Mollie lives here," Amber told them.

"Ok we'll have a little chat to her later after we ask you some more questions," Elliot told her. They spent another twenty minutes talking to her and asking her questions before they went to find Sally the social worker and talk to Mollie.

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Twenty minutes later Olivia was sitting with an absolutely gorgeous little three-year-old on her knee. Mollie was chatting animatedly about how she had skinned her knee the day before because she ran too fast up the path.

"But then Sally gave me a cuddle and I feeled better," she finished.

"That's good," Olivia told her.

"Do you have a badge 'Livia?" Mollie asked.

"Yes I do have a badge," Olivia told her.

"May I see it? Please?" Mollie asked excitedly

"Sure," Olivia grinned at Elliot and he saw it reach her eyes. He hadn't seen that happen for way too long. He watched as she unclipped her badge and handed it to the little girl who took it and examined it carefully. She was a beautiful kid. She looked like he imagined Olivia had as a kid. She had huge brown eyes, short dark curly hair and a big cute grin that showed off a neat row of little teeth. He turned his attention back to them when Olivia spoke again. "So Mollie, do you remember living with Annie and Henry?" she asked. Mollie leaned into Olivia's chest leaning her head on Olivia's shoulder still looking at the badge.

"Yeah, I didn't stay there very long. They wasn't nice," Mollie told her.

"What did they do," Elliot noticed that Olivia cuddled her a bit tighter as she asked that.

"They hurted the other kids sometimes," she told them.

"Did they ever hurt you?" Olivia asked her.

"Nope. Here you can put it back on now," she handed the badge back. "You're a preddy Police lady 'Livia," Mollie told Olivia.

"Thank you Mollie," Olivia smiled.

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On the way back to the precinct Olivia couldn't stop talking about how cute Mollie was.

"But wasn't she just adorable Elliot?" she asked for what seemed like the thousandth time.

"Yeah she sure was," he told her again. Elliot couldn't help but feel annoyed at Olivia's constant talking about the kid but it was good to see her smiling so much.

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Olivia couldn't get the little girl out of her head. Mollie was so cute when Sally had led her into the room she had immediately come over and hopped up on Olivia's knee. She had told her all about why there was a band aid on her knee and seemed to like her. She was buzzing all night until she went to sleep where for the first time in a very long time she had pleasant dreams.

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