Sorry it took so long to update, college gets in the way of stuff I really want to do. If it were up to me I'd be writing all day long. But, thanks everybody for all the great support on this story. It means so much to me. I've been looking forward to this chapter. It's been too long coming... but here we go.


They were still in the same place, in the same position, holding each other even when Kathy was near to them, she was beginning to wonder if it was
the comfort they were seeking for so long or the warmth of embracing the one who knew them best, or perhaps the person who mattered most? No matter.

Honestly, they might not have even noticed her there if she hadn't of said his name

Kathy trying to catch his attention coughed out, "Um, Elliot…"

It was then that they turned their faces from each other and looked at her.

Elliot surprised asked, "Kathy?... When did you… How long were you…"

"I've been here, a little while Elliot. Long enough."

Elliot and Olivia were obviously caught off-guard 'cause they hadn't completely let go of one another, they were still joined hips to hands.

They finally did let go when Elliot stammered, "We were just…"

"I know what you two were doing." Kathy cooly replied.

"That's why I was here Elliot."

"Why's that Kathy?" Elliot asked.

"I came to check on you, I know last night was hard on you. That father… and those poor children. I wanted to know you were okay. I see that you are." Kathy responded.

"I'm better." Elliot commented.

"Good to hear, but that brings me to something else… about last night, Elliot. It was a mistake.
I thought more about it. Maybe it would be best if you didn't move back in."

"I agree, Kathy. I don't want to confuse the kids or things between us anymore."
Elliot responded.

"It's just not fair to the family… is it?" Elliot asked.

"No it's not. I can't say I've always understood what you do or why you do it, why it took you away from your family. But, you're a good father Elliot, let's keep it that way." Kathy stated.

"I'm trying Kathy, I'm trying."

"I know Elliot, I know. And I'm trying to be the best mother I can be right now, you'll always be their father Elliot. Nothing will change that, not even me."

Elliot stated, "Maybe we haven't been handling this separated family thing the best way we can, we can't bring the kids into any confusion between us."

Kathy smiled, "At least we agree on something then Elliot."

"Yeah, I guess we can. Thank you Kathy."

Kathy turned to walk away, but before she did she said, "Elliot, just work things out for yourself okay, we will all be better off, once you figure out what you really want."

"Oh and Olivia, take care of him…"

Olivia replied simply, "I will."

Kathy glad to have some resolution with the situation, headed back to her car and drove off; leaving behind two slightly confused detectives.