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This story takes place during the episode "Infiltrated" where Olivia is undercover with the FBI. The story starts right after the "What are you? 12?" line.

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"I want someone else," Olivia shook her head.

The public defender looked offended, "Fine. We have one other public defender. Stephanie."

He stepped out and called, "Stephanie! I'll trade you." He walked off and had a conversation with a woman where Olivia's couldn't see or hear.

Then a tall blonde woman turned the corner, reading from a file. "I'm Stephanie Taylor, your public defender. If you'll give me a second, we'll discuss your situation."

Olivia was stunned. The woman standing in front of her was not Stephanie Taylor. It was former ADA Alexandra Cabot.

Alex closed the file and looked up. When she looked up she froze. Their eyes locked for a few seconds before Alex let out the breath she was holding and set her file on the table, "Persephone James?"

"Stephanie Taylor?" Olivia asked back.

"My last case, and they give me a eco-hippy," Alex slowly smiled. She sat across from Olivia.

"You're last case?" Olivia asked.

Alex nodded, "I'm going home." She quickly looked around, "I'm tired to being someone I'm not. I'll take my chances in New York City."

"You're risking your life," Olivia quietly whispered.

"This isn't a life," Alex replied, looking at her hands, "Anyway, did you assault the officer?"

Olivia smirked, "Do you think I assaulted him?"

"Alright Persephone," Alex started writing, "I'll talk to the judge and get you out of here within the hour."

"How long have you been a public defender?" Olivia asked.

"Too long," Alex replied, "How long have you been an activist, Persephone?"

Olivia shrugged, "Too long." She looked at Alex for a long while, "So why don't we go get some coffee after you get me out?"

Alex smiled, "I'd like that."

The other public defender walked in, "Hey Stephanie, what does mens rea mean again?"

Alex's mouth dropped open, "How did you graduate from law school?" She turned around to look at him.

He just stared dumbly at her.

"The mental capacity to knowingly commit a crime," Alex sighed.

"Thanks," he smiled and walked off.

Alex looked back at Olivia, "I can't wait to get out of here."

"Which brings me back to the fact that you're risking your life," Olivia replied.

"I've been living the life of six different women in six different states," Alex looked Olivia in the eyes, "I can't do it anymore. If I'm going to die, I want to die as Alexandra Cabot in the city I love."

Olivia looked into Alex's eyes and saw she looked determined.

"Hammond called me yesterday," Alex sighed, "They caught half of Velez's gang and Velez himself is back in Columbia. It's not completely safe, but it's safer."

Olivia nodded and thought for a few minutes, "I have a proposition when you get me out of here."

Alex stood, "I'll get on that. I'll also be here when they let you out."

"I'm counting on it," Olivia nodded.

When Olivia walked out, Alex was waiting outside.

"C'mon," Alex smiled, "There's a place down the street with great coffee."

They got coffee and sat down.

"So what proposition do you have for me?" Alex asked.

"Stay at my apartment," Olivia replied, "I know it's pretty safe there."

"Liv…" Alex trailed off.

"No," Olivia took Alex's hand, "You're probably going to be there before me. Please? For me? So I know that you're still kinda safe until I get back."

Alex tilted her head to the side. How could she argue with that? "Okay."

Olivia gently squeezed Alex's hand and pulled it away.

"Persephone?" T-Bone asked.

"T-Bone," Olivia smiled, "This is my legal aide attorney…" Olivia looked at Alex.

"Stephanie Taylor," Alex looked at the him.

"What are you talking to her for?" T-Bone asked, crossing his arms.

"I was telling her what really happened," Olivia told T-Bone, "For court."

T-Bone nodded, "I'll see you tonight." Then he walked off.

"T-Bone?" Alex smirked.

"Don't ask," Olivia replied with a smile.

Alex took a long, deep breath, "I'm leaving tonight."

"What time?" Olivia asked.

"Midnight," Alex replied

Olivia looked around, "Let's go talk somewhere else." She stood and Alex followed her.

They walked down the street. As they walked, Olivia's phone rang.

"Hello?" She answered, "Okay, bye."

"You need to go?" Alex asked.

Olivia shook her head, "You mind coming with me to meet my handler."

Alex chuckled, "Handler?"

Olivia smiled and nodded.

They met at the park around the corner.

"Who is she?" handler asked as they walked up.

"Alexandra Cabot," Alex replied.

"She knows me from New York," Olivia replied, "We used to work together and she's in Witness Protection right now."

Handler nodded.

"Where's the key to my safe deposit box?" Olivia asked.

Handler took it out of his pocket.

Olivia took it from him and handed it to Alex, "The keys to my apartment, my badge, my gun, and my wallet are in my safe deposit box at the bank by my apartment."

Alex nodded. "Thanks."

Handler spoke up, "If you get nowhere else in the next few days we're sending you home."

"Okay," Olivia added, "I'll keep on them."

Handler looked at Alex, "You know when I get back to New York maybe we should go out sometime."

Alex raised an eyebrow.

Olivia stepped between them, "You need to concentrate on the case right now."

Handler nodded then walked off.

Olivia turned to Alex who was smiling.

"What?" Olivia asked.

Alex shook her head, "Nothing." Her phone rang. "Taylor…The James case…Can you do me a favor?…" Alex chuckled, "Thanks Hank…bye."

Olivia looked at her watch, "What about my case?"

"They're dropping all charges," Alex replied.

"Sounds like that deputy has a thing for you," Olivia started walking.

Alex kept in step, "He does."

They walked in silence for a few minutes, stealing glances and enjoying each other's company.

"I'm not sure if there's anything to eat at my place," Olivia replied, "But I don't want you to go out when it's dark."

Alex nodded, "Okay."

"I'm sorry," Olivia looked down, "I'm just worried."

Alex smiled, "It's okay, but you don't have to worry. I'm pretty much off of Velez's radar. It's been three years."

"I know," Olivia sighed. She took Alex's hand, "I'm still worried though."

Alex bit her lip. "We have some things to talk about when you get back."

Olivia seemed to know what Alex was talking about. "I know. I'll try to get back as soon as I can."

"Take your time," Alex added as they got back to the courthouse, "I'll need some time to prepare my speech."

"Speech?" Olivia asked.

Alex smiled, "Yeah, you'll see what I'm talking about later."

Olivia smirked as they stopped by her car. She looked at her watch, "Can I drive you to the airport?"

"Sure," Alex nodded.

They picked up what little of the things Alex acquired that she wanted to keep and were at the airport a little early. After checking Alex's bags, they stood by the gate.

Olivia pulled Alex into a hug. "I'll see you later."

"Don't make it too long," Alex whispered.

"I promise I won't," Olivia replied.

"Now boarding for the Redeye to JFK," a woman's voice came over the speaker.

"That's me," Alex pulled away.

Olivia nodded, "Bye."

"Bye," Alex kissed Olivia's cheek. Then boarded her flight.

Olivia sighed and left the airport for her meeting with T-Bone.

TBC...