Olivia stared at her partner through the mounds of paper work on her desk. She couldn't help but admire him. The way he stayed in control while he reviewed the files, even though what he was reading killed him inside. She didn't know exactly when it happened, perhaps when she first laid eyes on him, but she knew…she knew she had fallen madly in love with this man.
Olivia sighed, causing Elliot to come out of his trance. He never knew what she was really thinking and this hurt Olivia more than he would ever know.
"Everything ok, Liv?" Elliot asked. She couldn't help but smile. She loved when he used her childhood nickname. Every time he said Liv, she momentarily forgot what she was doing. Her grin widened slightly.
"What?" he said, smiling back at her.
"What?" She thought to herself. "I'm in love with you is what." Her thoughts are silent, never to let the world know exactly how happy he made her feel.
"It's nothing." She lied.
"Why don't we grab a cup of coffee?"
"I thought you'd never ask."
The two partners got up from their desks, and after 13 hours of working, they finally left the precinct. They walked in a comfortable silence over to Starbucks. Olivia, more than once, thought about how nice it would be to do this hand in hand. What she didn't know, was that Elliot was thinking the same thing.