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Picks up at the end of "Infiltrated" when Olivia walked up to Casey in the courthouse.


"Where have you been?" Casey asked as Olivia quickly walked towards her.

"Boy have I got a story to tell you," Olivia smiled.

After court they all walked out together.

"A friend of yours has been hanging out at the precinct," Munch told Olivia.

Olivia smiled, "She has?"

Elliot nodded, "I think she even won over Novak."

Olivia looked at Casey, "Really?"

Casey smiled and nodded, "She's a good person. And she's not as scary as you all painted her to be. I heard Branch called her the other day."

"Really?" Olivia beamed.

Casey nodded, "Branch thinks she's God's gift to prosecution. I knew that before I took this job."

"So," Fin smirked, "How was being an eco-hippy?"

"Alex told you?" Olivia asked.

Elliot nodded.

Olivia rolled her eyes, "Some of those people are insane and most of them need something better to do." She looked at her watch. "I should go."

"No," Elliot replied, "I'm supposed to stall you for another hour."

"Stall?" Olivia raised an eyebrow.

"C'mon," Fin smiled, "Let's go to O'Malley's and you can tell us your story."

Olivia recounted her story to the best of her memory. Then they talked about what a disaster Dani Beck was.

Elliot's phone rang. "Stabler…Hey Alex." He then had the attention of everyone at the table, "Sure…I'll see you tomorrow, bye." He hung up and looked at Olivia, "You're free to go."

"What's going on?" Olivia asked Elliot.

Casey snickered next to him.

"You know something too?" Olivia asked Casey.

Casey shrugged, "I may intimately know Alex's best friend who may or may not have told me something or nothing."

Olivia thought for a moment then asked, "Serena Southerlyn?"

"You rang?" Serena asked from behind Olivia.

"Hey," Casey smiled.

Serena walked over and Casey pulled Serena onto her lap.

"So everyone knows something?" Olivia asked and looked at all the shaking heads, "Good or bad?"

"Shut up and go," Elliot handed her, her jacket and walked her out.

Olivia took a deep breath, "I'm pretty sure I know what's going on."

"I figured you would," Elliot replied.

"And you know what?" Olivia asked, "I'm scared to death."

Elliot shrugged, "Love does that."

"How did you know?" Olivia asked.

Elliot rolled his eyes, "I've seen you stare at Cabot for five minutes at a time and not hear a thing she's saying, plus you get that little smile when she walks in. You two stand so close sometimes I can feel the heat and you can hold each other's gaze until someone else interrupts. You're definitely in love with her."

"What about her?" Olivia asked.

"Is she in love with you?" Elliot put his hands in his pockets and smiled, "You better go find out huh?"

Olivia hugged Elliot, "Thanks."

"Anytime," Elliot replied, holding his partner close.

Olivia hailed a cab and gave the driver her address.

When she got up the stairs to her floor, she slowly walked down the hallway to the door to her apartment. She paused outside of it and took a deep breath. She could smell something wonderful creeping out the edges of the door.

She took out the key Elliot gave her and unlocked the door. When she opened it the soft sounds of Norah Jones floated around her as the smell of fantastic Italian food. She looked at the coffee table between the couch and TV. There were candles lit and two places set with steaming tortellini already on the plates. She smiled softly and closed the door behind her.

She dropped her keys on the entry way table and took her jacket off. "Alex!"

The kitchen door swung open and Alex strode out in jeans and a tight black shirt. She smiled when she saw Olivia, "Hey."

"Hey," Olivia smiled back.

Olivia pulled Alex into her arms and just held her there. Alex breathed Olivia in. She smelled like the sheets on her bed and her couch. She smelled exactly like Alex remembered.

"How was court?" Alex asked as she pulled way.

Olivia shrugged, "Long."

Alex smiled, "Go ahead and have a seat. I'll be right back." Alex walked back into the kitchen and returned with a bottle of Chianti.

She poured some in both wine glasses on the table before setting the bottle on the end table next to the couch and seating herself across from Olivia.

"This looks fantastic," Olivia smiled over at Alex, "Did you make this?"

Alex nodded.

"Wow," Olivia picked up her wine glass and raised it in a toast, "To learning new things about each other."

Alex smiled, "To being ourselves."

"Cheers," Olivia added, clinking her glass with Alex's.

They ate in relative silence with Olivia saying how fantastic it was a few times. When they were done, Alex took the dishes to the kitchen and returned with a huge cannoli.

"Don't tell me you made that too," Olivia looked at Alex who set the plate down between them.

Alex shook her head, "This came from the bakery down the street."

They split the cannoli and then sat back finishing off the wine.

Olivia decided the breech the subject, "You said we have some things to discuss."

"I did," Alex smiled then sipped her wine.

"Well?" Olivia smiled back at the coy ex-ADA.

"I got a job," Alex replied.

"In the DA's office?" Olivia asked.

Alex nodded, "Bureau Chief."

"Wow," Olivia pulled herself up onto the couch and patted the seat next to her.

Alex rounded the table and sat next to Olivia, facing her. "Yeah. Meaning I get to hire a deputy chief and an assistant."

"Have anyone in mind?" Olivia asked, knowing Alex was avoiding talking about what she meant for them to talk about.

"Do you think Casey would be my Deputy?" Alex asked, "But I don't know if I want to take her from SVU."

"It's hard to find someone who can prosecute SVU crimes properly," Olivia replied, "If you want Casey, I'm sure we could break someone else in."

Alex bit her lip, "I could take Serena Southerlyn. She's wonderful at what she does." Alex shrugged, "I'll just let them decide."

"That's what you wanted to talk to me about?" Olivia asked.

"No," Alex looked into her wine, then polished it off. She looked at Olivia as she set her wine glass down.

"You don't have to say anything if you're not ready," Olivia breathed. She set her glass down and took Alex's hand.

Alex gave Olivia a small smile, "I love you, Liv."

"I love you too," Olivia replied.

Alex let out her breath, "That was easier than I thought."

Olivia leaned in and kissed the young Bureau Chief. Alex dropped Olivia's hands and slid them up to Olivia's neck. Olivia pulled Alex toward her and onto her lap. Alex deepened the kiss.

Alex seductively got up and pulled Olivia to the bedroom.