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"So Liv," Fin looked over at Olivia, "What are you doing for Christmas?"
Olivia shrugged, glad that Elliot had taken an early vacation so he wouldn't invite her to his house for Christmas. "What about you?" She turned the tables.
Fin smiled, "I'm spending it with my son. Trying to do things right for once."
"Good for you," Olivia smiled back.
The clicking of heels in the eerily quiet squad room made them look up. Alex Cabot strode in with her usual grace and rosy cheeks from the cold.
"What are you doing for Christmas?" Olivia asked Alex.
Alex stopped by Olivia's desk. She looked at her watch, "It's almost Christmas?" She dropped her hand to her side, "I knew there was a reason my mother called me three times yesterday. Um, I have no idea what I'm doing for Christmas. Why?"
"We're just sharing our holiday plans," Olivia leaned back at her chair and looked up at Alex who was now at her usual perch on the end of Olivia's desk.
"What are you two doing?" Alex asked looking from Olivia to Fin.
"I'm spending time with my son," Fin added.
Then Alex looked to Olivia, "What about you?"
"I'm…" Olivia paused, "I don't know."
"Well you're not spending it here," Cragen told Olivia.
Olivia looked up at him in a silent challenge.
"No," Cragen added, "No one should be alone on Christmas. Why don't you and Alex get together?"
"Yeah," Fin added, "You could do each other's hair."
Alex smiled, looking down at Olivia, "So, how 'bout it? We can have a pillow fight."
Olivia laughed and thought it over quickly, "It would be nice not to be alone."
"Great," Alex beamed, "I'll see you at my place tomorrow."
"What time?" Olivia sat up in her chair.
"Four?" Alex asked.
Olivia nodded, "I'll be there."
Alex's phone rang as she stood to leave. Before she picked it up she turned to Fin and Cragen, "Merry Christmas."
As she got to the door, they heard her answer her phone, "Hi mom."
"So," Olivia looked up at Cragen, "What do you get an ADA for Christmas?"
Cragen smiled a fatherly smile. "Don't get a present for ADA Cabot. Get one for Alex."
Olivia knew Cragen was up to something. He got that twinkle in his eye. It happened when a perp took the bait for a trap.
Olivia raised an eyebrow at him.
"Merry Christmas Liv," Cragen smiled before walking back to his office.
Olivia looked at Fin, "What's going on?"
"Huh?" Fin asked, looking up from his desk.
"Something's up," Olivia added, rolling in her chair over to Fin's desk, "And I want to know what it is."
Fin smirked, "It was Elliot's idea."
"I'm going to kill him," Olivia looked back at Fin, "What was his idea?"
"To get you and Cabot together on Christmas. Well Elliot and Cragen," Fin replied, "I didn't think it was going to be that easy until Cabot walked in and said she didn't have anything to do for Christmas."
"So she has no idea either?" Olivia continued her interrogation.
Fin shook his head, "But I think you should make the most of it."
"Make the most of what?" Olivia asked, shocked.
"You know, have fun," Fin replied, "Girl talk or whatever you females do when you get together."
Olivia shook her head and chuckled, "Okay."
She rolled back to her desk and locked everything up. The grabbed her coat, said Merry Christmas to Fin, and left.
"Stabler," Elliot answered his phone when Olivia called from her cell in her car, on her way to look for something for Alex.
"I know all about your sneaky little plan," Olivia replied, "Fin rolled on you."
"Did it work?" Elliot asked. She could hear the smile in his voice.
"Yes," Olivia sighed, "But now, I'm on my way to get her a present. What the hell do you get a successful, smart…"
Elliot cut her off, "Hot. You were gonna say hot."
"You know what?" Olivia asked, "Now I wish I'd never told you."
"If you'd never have told me," Elliot went on, "I'd have figured out sooner or later. Besides, would you rather spend Christmas at the precinct, catching up on paperwork or with the woman you're secretly in love with?"
"I never said I was in love with her," Olivia corrected.
"Fine," Elliot playfully huffed, "The woman you have a huge crush on. Which is code for in love with. And you were never going to make a move so I had to do it for you."
"Gah!" Olivia pulled to a stop outside her apartment building, "You're a pain in the ass when you're right."
"What are you going to get her?" Elliot asked.
"What did you get Kathy your first Christmas together?" Olivia got out of her car and walked into her building.
Elliot chuckled, "Diapers and baby clothes."
"You're not helping," Olivia sighed, walking up her stairs.
"You can find something," Elliot replied, "Anyway, I gotta go. Enjoy yourself Olivia and make the best of your time with Alex. Merry Christmas, Liv."
"Merry Christmas," Olivia replied and hung up.
Olivia lost herself deep in thought as she opened up her apartment door. "What am I going to get her?"