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This was really meant to be a oneshot, but it developed a mind of it's own.


The four tireless detectives were working a late as usual. Some trying to catch up on paperwork, others sorting through pages and pages if phone numbers.

Elliot was seconds away from banging his head on the table. The pages were maddening full of numbers and they were starting to switch places.

Olivia blinked at the computer monitor. Hours of staring at the screen was starting to make her eyes water.

Fin had been up so long, it took him a second to remember how to spell his name on what seemed like the millionth form.

Munch's brain had long since drifted off while he stared at the wall. He was sorting out his favorite conspiracies and thinking up some new ones.

Olivia yawned and leaned back in her chair, "What time is it?"

Elliot checked his watch, "It's eight fifteen."

Fin's head dropped to the desk, "I'm exhausted."

"I'm finally done," Olivia sighed and turned off the computer.

"Feel like staring at some numbers?" Elliot asked.

Olivia shrugged, "Sure. I've got nothing better to do."

Elliot wrote something down on a sticky note and put it on a stack of phone records he was handing to Olivia. "That's the number we're looking for."

Olivia looked at the sticky note. "Okay."

"Hey," Fin looked across his desk to a daydreaming Munch, "Munch." There was no response. "Hey!" He finally threw a pen at the detective.

"What was that for?" Munch asked Fin.

"You were off in la-la land," Fin smirked, "And I need the stapler."

Munch picked up the stapler off of his desk and handed it across to Fin, "Sorry about that. Long day."

A few seconds later, the lights around them, flickered and went off.

"Did I just go blind?" Elliot asked into the darkness.

"If you did, I did too," Olivia replied.

There was a crashing noise around the doorway and a "Son of a bitch!"

"Alex?" Elliot asked.

"Yeah," Alex huffed.

"Are you okay?" Olivia asked getting up from her desk, but stopped next to it because she couldn't see where Alex was or if she was moving.

"I'm fine," Alex replied, "I just tripped over something in the floor."

"Oh," Fin said, "My bad. I shouldn't have left that chair there."

"Why would you leave a chair in front of the door?" Munch asked.

"I didn't know the power was going to go out," Fin stated. He glanced out the window and was only able to see the streetlamps far off in the distance, "Looks like it went out all over the area."

Olivia felt a hand on her arm and Alex's voice, "Who is this?"

"It's me," Olivia replied, sliding her hand around Alex's waist, "Are you sure you're okay?"

"Yeah," Alex added, "I'm not sure where all my shoes are. And pretty sure there's paper all over the floor."

Olivia felt in the darkness for her desk. When she felt it, she pulled Alex along with her and finally found her chair. "Why don't you sit down?"

"Okay," Alex could barely breathe with Olivia's body pressed up against her side. Of all the times for the power to go out and a chair to be in front of the doorway it had to been when she was first realizing the depth of her feelings for the female SVU detective.

She let Olivia guide her into the chair. She felt Olivia's hand move up her back as she sat down before finally coming to a rest on her shoulder.

"Hey Cap," Elliot's voice came out of nowhere, "The lights are out…No it looks like it's around the entire block…alright." There was sounds of the receiver of Elliot's phone being dropped into the cradle then Elliot spoke again, "Cap's on his way. He's going to try to see what's going on while he's on his way."

"So do we just sit here in the dark?" Olivia asked, her hand still placed on Alex's shoulder.

"I guess," Elliot replied, "But someone should move that chair."

"Fin should," Olivia stated, "He put it there."

"Why did you put a chair in front of the door in the first place?" Munch asked from across the room.

"I think I was moving it and you needed help with something," Fin replied to his partner.

"The first time you drop what your doing to help me, you almost kill our ADA," Munch retorted.

Fin stated, "I already apologized. You're not dead are you Cabot?"

There was silence.

Olivia gently squeezed Alex's shoulder to bring her back to the present. "Huh?"

"See?" Fin told his partner as he stood out of his chair, "She's fine."

Alex could feel Olivia's hand run up her shoulder and up her neck, past her face, and through her hair, "Are you really okay?"

"Um…" Alex paused trying to catch her breath, "Yeah, I'm fine." Alex wished she would see Olivia's face. Alex was nervous that Olivia could tell that she was breathless from her touch.

There was a loud snapping noise. "Oh damn."

Alex new exactly what made that sound and smiled, "You just broke one of my shoes, didn't you?"

"I'm sorry," Fin sighed.

"It's okay," Alex replied.

"I think I'll just stay away from you from the rest of the night. I might ruin your suit or break your leg." Fin added.

"That sounds like a good idea," Alex smiled.

"Hey Liv," Elliot called, "Since you're closest, why don't you and Alex go into Cragen's office and see if there's any flashlights?"

"Okay," Olivia replied. Olivia ran her hand down Alex's arm and wrapped her hand around Alex's. She helped Alex up and then slowly led her toward Cragen's office.

Olivia felt her hand jerk back and Alex hiss, "Damn it."

"Are you okay?" Olivia asked, concerned.

"Yeah, I just kicked someone's desk," Alex sighed, "Or another chair."

Olivia reached into the dark and grabbed Alex's other hand, "Maybe you should stay closer." She placed one of Alex's hands on her shoulder. She kept Alex's other hand in her own hand and started toward the office again.

Olivia took a few steps before stopping abruptly causing Alex to run into her back. The feeling of Alex's breath on her neck caused chills to run down Olivia's spine. "Problem?"

"I can't find the doorknob," Olivia breathed.

Alex put on hand on the other side of Olivia and grabbed the door knob right away. Olivia, who was leaning on the door when it opened, stumbled in.

"Sorry," Alex apologized.

"It's okay," Olivia replied, feeling around in front of her for Cragen's desk.

"Hey," Alex called to her, "You left me back here."

Olivia smiled and turned around. Keeping her arms out in front of her, Olivia's hands found Alex's waist in a few steps. Olivia felt the muscles tighten under her hands and smiled to herself. She'd been clued in to the ADA's crush on her by her fellow detectives, who saw what Olivia was apparently blind to. Needless to say, Olivia was thrilled.

Olivia smirked, "Are you okay?"

Alex was flustered at this point and managed to say, "Yeah."

Olivia took a daring step closer to Alex. When Alex felt the breath on her cheek, her knees threatened to give out. "Liv…"

"Yes?" Olivia asked, quietly.

Alex was quiet for several seconds before attempting to reply. "I um…"

Olivia smiled and decided to put Alex out her misery, "How about we go get something to eat after we get out of here?"

"I'd love to," Alex replied with a relieved sigh.

Olivia took a step back and took Alex's hand, "Have you ever seen a flashlight in here?"

"I don't think so," Alex replied, "I do know there's a bottle of whiskey in the bottom drawer of his desk that apparently only comes out with I've been steamrolled by a judge."

Olivia felt the edge of the desk. "Watch out the desk is right here."

Alex reached out with her free hand and grabbed the desk. They let go of each other's hands and started searching the desk.

As Olivia was searching a bright light appeared, then shone in her face. "I found it," Alex smiled.

Olivia definitely couldn't see anything when Alex pointed the light away. She felt Alex take her hand and pull her out of Cragen's office.

"Took you two long enough," Fin said.

"Sorry," Olivia replied, "Alex kept getting lost."

"I did not," Alex defended herself. She pointed the light to the door and saw the chair had been moved, but her papers and one of her shoes was still on the ground.

"Where's my broken shoe?" Alex asked, starting to clean up the mess.

Fin lifted it up off of his desk and Alex saw the heel was dangling off. Alex took it from him and put it next to the other shoes.

Olivia bent down to help her with the papers.

Booted footsteps came toward them and Cragen stepped in with a flashlight.

"Hey Cap," Munch said.

"They said the power probably won't be up until tomorrow morning," Cragen stated, "You all should get out of here and take the morning off."

Alex finished putting her papers back in her attaché and stood. She slung her attaché over her shoulder and picked up her shoes.

"What happened to you?" Cragen asked Alex.

"Don't ask," Fin replied.

"What happened to Elliot?" Alex asked, moving her flashlight over and shining it on a sleeping Elliot.

"Hey El," Olivia gently shook him.

He woke up, "Huh?"

"Go home," Olivia replied.

Elliot stood and stretched, "Okay."

"I'm outta here," Fin stated, "Sorry about everything Cabot."

"Don't worry about it," Alex replied.

"I'll head out with you," Munch told Fin and they walked out together.

Elliot pulled out his keys, "Do you need a ride Alex?"

Alex shook her head, "I brought my car." She turned to Olivia, "Do you need a ride?"

Olivia nodded.

"Okay," Alex looked down at her feet, "Do you have any extra shoes?"

Olivia shook her head, "Sorry."

"It's okay," Alex shrugged. She led the other three out the doors. Once they reached the outside door, Alex stopped and looked at the ground.

"Piggyback ride?" Olivia asked Alex.

"Are you serious?" Alex asked back.

Olivia smiled and turned around. Alex hopped onto Olivia's back. "Wow, you're light."

"I don't know it that's a compliment or to be offended," Alex smirked.

"Where'd you park?" Olivia asked.

"That way," Alex pointed down the street.

Elliot smiled knowingly, "You two have fun."

Olivia shot him a look that said shut up before you get kicked in the shin.

"I'll see you ladies tomorrow," Cragen smiled.

"Bye," Alex waved as Olivia started off toward the car.

"Which one is it?" Olivia asked, passing parked cars.

"That one," Alex pointed to a silver car parked by the curb. Alex unlocked her car with the keyless entry and Olivia took her to the driver's side.

Once Alex was in, Olivia walked to the other side and got in.

"Where are we going?" Olivia asked.

"Since I don't have any shoes," Alex stated, "I thought we could go to my apartment and order in."

Olivia beamed, "Sounds great to me."