Summary; See ch1
Disclaimer: 13 chapters later, and I still don't own them!
A/N: This is the last chapter, so I hope that everyone enjoyed this story! I'm almost finished with writing the sequal, it may even be up by tomorrow!
I have gotten a ton of reviews for this story! (and I love it!) I jsut hope you like the sequal as much, there is some major action in it! So stay tuned!
"Old friend?" A young man asked, taking the seat that had only moments ago held Elliot's shaking frame.
"Ahhh, yeah." Olivia muttered, still in shock that her partner had just admitted he loved her. The man she had loved for years finally told her he felt the same way and she just let him walk right out of her life.
"I'm Ted, what's your name?" The man asked.
"Um, can you excuse me?" Olivia asked, ignoring him and getting up. She rushed out the way she had seen Elliot flee minutes before.
"Where is she going?" Casey asked form her table.
"I'd say to find that guy." Ben said.
"Well, it's about damn time!" Casey smiled, getting up herself.
"Where are you going?" Ben asked, following her.
"After years of watching them denying their feelings for one another, do you really think I'm gonna miss this?" She asked as she rushed out after Olivia.
"Elliot! Elliot! Wait!" Olivia called, running after Elliot down the street of the city in her heels and dress. "Elliot! Please stop!" She called after him.
He kept walking until he heard someone hit the ground and Olivia curse out loud.
"Damit!" She shouted as her ankle twisted and she went down onto the cold concrete sidewalk.
Elliot spun on his heels and rushed over to Olivia. "Are you okay?" He asked, concerned as he extended his hand to his partner.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Damn heels." She muttered under her breath. She took his hand, and allowed him to pull her up.
"You think it's broken?" Elliot asked, helping Olivia to support her weight.
"No, I just rolled it." She said, bending and flexing it just to make sure it was okay. "Why the hell didn't you stop Elliot?" She demanded, turning her attention back to the man in front of her.
"I just. I made a mistake going there, and I'm sorry." He answered, letting Olivia carefully settle back onto her own two feet.
"You can't just show up and tell a girl something like that out of left field, and then walk away Elliot!" She scolded.
"Liv..." He began.
"No Elliot, I listened to you, now it's my turn to talk." She said deliberately. "Damn you! You didn't even give me a chance to fully understand what you said before you took off!"
"My time was up." He tried joking.
"Bull." Olivia called him. She then looked into his eyes. "Did you mean what you said Elliot? Now before you answer, I really want you to consider it, because I have been hurt too many times before,and I'll be damned if I let you break my heart Stabler." She said.
Elliot opened his mouth to answer, but Olivia stopped him before he could talk.
"You also have to remember that no matter what you say, we still have to be partners. You need to be one hundred percent sure that this is something you really want." She finished.
Elliot placed his hands on Olivia's biceps, he noticed the goose bumps rise on her skin at his contact, and didn't even try to conceal his grin.
"Olivia, I've thought long and hard about this, and I wouldn't even be here if I wasn't sure. I know that this is worth it because I've tried to imagine what my life would be without you in it, and I can't bare the thought. I try to think about my life if I were to keep living like this; never telling you how I feel, and I can't do that either. Then, tonight, I wanted to punch something when I saw you going out, looking that… beautiful, to meet other men." He exhaled.
Olivia smiled, and looked down at the pavement. No one had ever been able to make her feel the way he could. Elliot made her feel beautiful, and wanted, and that embarrassed her slightly.
Elliot lifted her chin so that he forced her to keep eye contact with him. She deserved to hear what he had to say. "I'll say it again, Benson, I love you." He smiled. "But what about you?"
"You said it yourself Elliot. I'm looking for the one man whom I can connect with on another level. To love and be loved. To be able to look into someone's eyes, and just know that I'm in the right place, the only place I could ever want to be." She smiled.
"And?" Elliot pursued.
"And, until this moment, I never thought I'd ever get what I wanted; what I needed. I've been looking for a man who was almost perfect. I was ready to settle for second best because I never thought that the one man I have ever really found myself fallingin love with would ever love me back." She revealed. "So, Elliot, I love you. I love you." She finally said.
"So, we love each other." Elliot stated.
"Yeah, I guess we do." Olivia smiled as she pushed a lock of hair behind her ear. Neither were sure what they should do next.
"God, it feels so good to finally get that out." Elliot chuckled, to lighten the mood, and make himself and Olivia more comfortable.
When he noticed Olivia shiver from the cold, he slowly ran his hands up and down her arms. His hand slowly made its way from her shoulder to her cheek, and he cupped her face in his hand.
"I love you." He whispered as he searched her eyes. He didn't need a vocal response to be able to tell that she felt the same. Her eyes said it all.
"You already told me that." She whispered back, as she lifted her lips to meet his in a gentle kiss. She pulled away just enough so that their lips were still grazing each others as she said, "But I love you too." Then she returned her lips back to his.
As they stood there under the street lamps of the city Elliot pulled Olivia closer. One hand slid gently to the back of her head, while the other found the small of her back. Olivia let her hands travel up his chest, and wrap around his neck, as they parted lips to deepen their kiss.
When they finally pulled away for air Casey finally made herself known.
"Well, it is about time!" She laughed from the corner, startling both Elliot and Olivia and causing them to jump away from each other like two kids being walked in on by their parent. "Please, don't let me interrupt." She smiled.
"Ah, we were just leaving." Ben said, embarrassed for interrupting the couple. "Come on Case." He said, taking her by the hand.
"Now be good you two, and Olivia, you fill me in tomorrow at lunch!" She called as Ben dragged her away. "Oh, and I hate to say I told you so, but didn't I tell you you'd find a diamond?" She called from around the corner.
""Night!" was the last thing heard from both Casey and Ben before they disappeared into the cool city evening.
"She was right you know." Olivia said as she leaned back into Elliot's warm embrace. She patted his chest gently with her hands. "I did find myself a pretty nice gem."
"So, you ready to take this plunge?" Elliot asked, hoping he already knew her answer.
"As long as you'll be there with me, and made sure I never hit the bottom, I am so past ready." She laughed before capturing his lips with hers once again.
Pulling away once more, Olivia took Elliot's hand, and together the two walked off into the night. Alone under the lights of the city two partners, friends, and now lovers hearts finally beat as one.
Like I said, stay tuned for the sequal
I just want to thank everyone who reveiwed, and especially the people who seemed to review for just about every chapter! I love hearing from you all.
And another thanks to the readers that have been reading and reviewing my stories since I wrote Tradition back overt he summer, you guys have kept me writing. When I wrote it I had fully intended to stop there!
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