Author's Note: Dedicated to my real angel, Kerry (aka lijep). Je t'aime, mon ange. Pictures of the flowers in Olivia's bouquet are at my forum, Babydykecate's Images for her SVU Fanfic. BTW, Nina Cassady, Marquesa's girlfriend is the new detective on L&O:CI. The actress was previously on Conviction along with Julianne Nicholson (Christina Finn). Thanks for all your reviews, you were all indispensable. Cate.
Olivia snuggles into Casey, as they doze on Christmas morning. It is softly snowing outside as the sun rises, but the women refuse to acknowledge the new day. They are still tried from the party they'd had the night before. They'd invited all the girls over: Marquesa, her girlfriend Nina, Christina Finn, her girlfriend Alex Cabot, and Serena Southerlyn and her girlfriend Alexandra Borgia. They'd ended up sitting around the fire, chatting about ex-girlfriends, politics, and making fun of the guys… that turned into impersonations of them. Everyone agreed Casey did the best Munch. We'd finished many glasses of wine as they laughed and cuddled with their girlfriends. When the party was finally dwindling down, the merry women piled into taxis while singing endless good wishes for the holidays.
As Casey and Liv closed the door they laughed endlessly at the silly good cheer of the women. They could only stop by kissing each other. Satisfied that the living room was in good in enough shape, they headed to bed. Exhausted, they quickly stripped to their undies, and dove under the sheets. Curled tightly around each other, they coved each other in thousands of tiny kisses until they feel asleep.
Now that morning had come, they are hesitant to leave each other's arms. Olivia takes a deep breath, enjoying the soft ginger smell of Casey's hair. After an hour more of dozing, Olivia is starting to get anxious for the Christmas gift giving. She carefully slips out of Casey's arms, puts on the lime and cream plaid flannel pjs Casey bought her and pads her way to their living room. She lights the fire and turns on the Christmas tree lights. Then she heads into the kitchen. She starts making French toast, crapes with lemon and sugar, and hot cocoa. As she finishes, she grabs a few leaves of the mint plant growing by the stove, and uses it and cocoa as a garnish. She then arranges them all on a tray. She goes back into the living room, and grabs a small wrapped box and a card, adding them to her arrangement. She opens the cupboard under the sink, retrieving the bouquet of ranunculus, lilacs, chrysanthemums, and two calla lilies that look remarkably like hearts. She ties a light lime velvet ribbon around the delicate vase and sets the bouquet on the tray. She makes sure everything looks perfect, before carefully balancing the tray and heading to the bedroom.
She finds Casey sleeping like a cat on their bed, legs stretched out and her upper body curled tight. Casey is so peaceful, so fearless, so happy… that Olivia hates to wait much longer, but she's not sure she can stand the wait. She sets the tray on the chair near the bed, and gets back into bed. She starts covering Casey with the lightest, softest kisses. As Casey, stretches and fidgets, fighting waking up, Olivia kisses Casey nose. As Casey begins to open her eyes, Olivia kisses Casey on the lips.
"Good morning, sweetheart. Sleep well?" Olivia asks.
"I sleep wonderfully, as I always do in your arms," Casey says with a smile, "so it's Christmas morning…"
"It is, and…" Olivia grabs the tray from the chair, "Merry Christmas, Casey."
"Liv! That's so sweet… hey what's this?" Casey asks.
"Just a little gift for you."
Casey quickly unwraps the box, uncovering a beautiful leather case. She opens the box quickly, her face full of excitement. She gasps as she finds a simple silver band. As she examines the ring in the light streaming from the window, she realizes there is an inscription.
"my life, my heart, my strength, my weakness, my love, my angel. (which is followed by etchings of fluttering wings) my Casey. always yours, Olivia," Casey reads softly, with great amazement.
"Liv!!!" Casey says with tears in eyes, trembling slightly.
Olivia pulls Casey into her arms, and rocks her gently.
"I love you with all my heart, Casey. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, no matter what. Will you be mine?" Olivia asks as she brings Casey to face her.
"Yes," says Casey, her voice breaking. "I love you so much, Liv."
"I know," Olivia says, brushing away Casey's tears, "That's why you're my angel."
The women kiss, falling back against the pillows. As they cuddle, Olivia slowly feeds Casey breakfast in between kisses. When they finish, they put the tray back on the chair, and cuddle. They had soon forgotten about the rest of presents under the tree, too happy to think of anything but the safety of each other's arms.
THE END/LE FIN