I don't own any characters from the Law & Order franchise.

Continued from Dark Blue. This is a whole knew phase in Alex and Olivia's life together so I thought it was appropriate to put it in a whole new story.

Olivia offered the ring to Alex, "I can't stand the thought of living my life without you right there with me. Alex," she paused, "Will you marry me?"

Alex stood completely still, stunned. Then tears brimmed her eyes. She sank to her knees and wrapped her arms around Olivia, managing to choke out, "Yes…yes. I will marry you."

The flow of tears that Olivia was holding back started to fall. Olivia took the ring in her own shaking hand and slid it onto Alex's finger.

Alex kissed Olivia then looked at her ring. A large diamond was raised in the middle of a line of smaller diamonds around the platinum ring.

Alex wiped the tears off of her cheeks and smiled at Olivia who drew her in for a long, searing kiss.

"Thank you," Olivia whispered.

Alex reached up and wiped away Olivia's tears. "I could say the same thing to you. Thank you for letting me spend the rest of my life with you."

Olivia pulled Alex close again. Alex initiated the next kiss and lowered the detective onto her back. Alex paused looking into the detective's eyes and sweeping some hair off of the tan skin, "I love you."

"I love you too," Olivia smiled.

Alex smiled back and kissed Olivia fiercely. They preceded to make love as an engaged couple for the first time in that small rowboat under the stars.

All the way home, a smile never left the faces of the betrothed lovers and they never broke physical contact with each other.

Once home, they stripped each other of their annoying clothes and went for round two.

An hour later, Alex still lay awake looking at her hand, more specifically her engagement ring, intertwined with Olivia's hand. Her eyes traveled down the bare arm of her lover to her barely covered chest that peacefully rose and fell with each sleeping breath. The moonlight that lit the pond hours before was now cascading through the open blinds.

Alex smiled. Olivia wouldn't be happy that the blinds were left open, the next morning when the sun woke her from sleep, but Alex would wait a few minutes to close them so that she could enjoy the soft light resting lightly on her fiancée's skin.

Alex shifted her head so that she could see Olivia better, but the motion woke up the detective.

"I'm sorry," Alex whispered.

Olivia looked over at Alex and smiled, "No need. Why are you still awake?"

"I'm just thinking," Alex replied.

"Well don't think too much," Olivia rubbed her thumb over the knuckles of Alex's ring bearing hand, "You might remember that in your stunned state you told me that you'd marry me."

Alex smiled, "I remember saying yes and I'll remember it for the rest of my life. I love you."

"Then what were you thinking about?" Olivia asked lightly.

"I was thinking about the long running joke in my family that I'd never get married," Alex replied, looking at her ring, "Lucky for me, I found someone who is patient enough to put up with me."

"Lucky for both of us," Olivia added.

Alex put her head on Olivia's shoulder and snuggled the rest of her body closer to Olivia's, "My mom is going to flip out when I tell her I'm engaged."

"Well, I…" Olivia paused, "She already knows."

Alex raised her head to look at Olivia, "What?"

"I asked her for permission to ask you to marry me," Olivia replied.

Alex's eyes lit up and she beamed. "You did?"

Olivia nodded.

The blonde swooped down and captured Olivia's lips with her own, adding, "You are so sweet." Alex finally settled back down on Olivia's shoulder, "Who else knew?"

"Just your mom and Serena," Olivia replied, "Serena helped me pick out the ring."

Alex smiled against Olivia's neck, "You're so amazing. And now you're mine forever."

The name of the story is yet again a song title, which I don't claim to own.