A/N: First I want to say that I'm very, very sorry that it took 4 months to get this up. I didn't forget about the story I just had several reasons that it took so long. The main two being that I didn't know where to go with it and the second being that I wasn't interested in it at all. Things in my life haven't been going well and so that was keeping me from coming up with happiness for these two. But it really was bugging me that it wasn't finished so I made myself come up with something. I must admit that I don't really like it that much but I wanted to put it to bed. I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think!
Epilogue—One year later
"Hello? Anybody home?"
"In the dining room."
Olivia turned to the left and headed to the afore mentioned room. What she found made her laugh out loud. Elliot was giving Abby her dinner and she in turn was giving it right back. Most of her food appeared to be sticking to Elliot and his clothes.
"You wanna come give me a hand, instead of laughing at me. Your daughter decided that she doesn't want dinner tonight."
Olivia handed him a dish towel. "Oh I see when she misbehaves she's my daughter. So does that mean that when she's good she's your daughter?"
"Of course," smirked Elliot.
"Why don't you go get changed and I will finish feeding her and meet you on the couch."
"You don't have to tell me twice." As he was leaving he stopped and kissed Olivia gently on the forehead. "Love you."
"Love you." Olivia sat in the seat that he vacated and turned her attention to Abby.
While she finished feeding Abby Olivia reflected on the past year and the events that had led to where she was at this point.
She'd gone back to work at SVU a few weeks after coming back to the city. They had discussed what to do about work and possibility of a relationship, but had decided that it was the wrong time to try and begin a romantic relationship, mainly due to the fact that Elliot thought that Olivia needed to concentrate on Abby and work and getting her life back together. So she had been Elliot's partner and for awhile it was working.
As time went on as they worked and lived together both her and Elliot realized that the feelings that had been there before she'd disappeared were still there and very strong. They again discussed what to do and a decision was agreed upon.
They'd gone to Cragen told him everything. He'd been surprised but not too shocked. He'd speculated that Abby was Elliot's daughter but never voiced his suspicions out loud. He listened to the plan that they had come up with and agreed it was the best decision for everyone involved.
So that same day Olivia and Elliot had gathered their friends around and told them the truth. Again no one was too surprised at the news that the two were going to be together. Most wondered what had taken so long (besides the fact that Elliot had been married).
Olivia had explained that effective almost immediately she would transfer to the computer crimes division of the police department. The hours would be better and the risk to her life wasn't as great. Everyone was sorry to see her go but knew that she had good reasons for doing what she was doing.
She'd never moved out of Elliot's apartment and once they decided to pursue a relationship they moved into a bigger apartment.
Olivia's biggest fear was telling Elliot's children and Kathy. The kids had been delighted by the news. Dickie had only grumbled because he was still the only boy in the family. Olivia had cheered him up by telling him it only made him that more special and that he would be the only one to teach Abby everything he knew so Abby would have a male perspective.
Kathy, too had been understanding. A little disappointed at first but eventually had come to love Abby just as much as the rest of the family. Kathy and Elliot had become friends again and neither harbored ill feelings anymore.
Over time Olivia found that she and Kathy had a lot in common other than dating the same man and having kids. Olivia had asked Kathy once why she didn't hate her and Kathy had told her because Olivia made Elliot happy and that's all she wanted was for him to be happy. Life was too short to waste being angry over something that you couldn't control. Olivia couldn't have said it better.
She finished cleaning Abby up and took her to the living room to play for a bit until bed time. Just as she sat down she heard Elliot coming down the hall.
"Grab me a water please." She hollered.
Elliot stopped in the kitchen and grabbed two bottles and headed back to the couch. He handed hers over as he sat down.
She looked over and smiled. "Hi." She leaned her head against her shoulder as he put his arm around her. Together they watched their daughter play. After a few moments Olivia sighed.
Elliot peered down at her. "Everything okay?"
"Yeah, just tired. We had a complicated case today and ran into walls left and right today. I'm just glad to be home. I've also been thinking about some stuff. You do realize what today is right?"
"I do. I just didn't want to bring it up and upset you."
"I'm not upset. It's just hard to believe that two years ago two men grabbed me and then for the next year I didn't know who I was. It's also amazing that it was a year ago that I came home. I've just been thinking about the last year more."
"Have you come to any conclusions?"
"It's just amazing that I'm the same person that I was before this. Sometimes I feel like I someone else in the same body. Everything that I used to believe about myself has been turned around. Two years ago I was happy with my life. I had a great job that I loved. I had some friends, I was doing good. Now I look back and realize that I was only content and that I was settling for what I had because what I wanted didn't seem attainable. I barely recognized that I wanted something more, I had pushed it so far back in my mind."
Although he had a feeling he knew the answer he asked anyway to keep her talking, to admit how she felt. He knew it was like therapy for her, for both of them. " What did you want?"
"A family, a life, all consuming love, the American Dream….whatever you want to call it. And now with Abby and you in my life I can't imagine where I would be without you two. Probably still fooling myself into thinking I was happy with my life."
"And are you happy?" he asked worriedly.
"Deliriously. You and Abby are the best things that ever happened in my life. I just hope that I make you as happy as you make me."
"I don't know if that's possible. You showed me what love and living was when I was at my lowest. After Kathy left I didn't think that it was possible to love again. You proved me wrong. I thank God everyday for bringing you into my life. You and Abby are what brought me back from a place that I hope that I never see again."
"I love you Elliot."
"And I love you Olivia Stabler."
By then Abby had grown bored with her toys and crawled onto the couch and snuggled between her parents. As they sat there holding on to each other they all realized the same thing without knowing it. That being home with the ones that love you really was the best place to be.