Olivia's phone rang as they exited the hotel. She flipped it open and answered, "Benson."
"Hey Olivia. Did you get called in last night?" a man asked.
"Kurt," Olivia let out a long breath, "I…uh…yeah."
"Do you have dinner plans tonight?" he asked.
Alex opened the car door for Olivia who got in. Alex closed the door and walked to the other side.
"Actually can you meet me at the coffee shop down from your office in ten minutes?" Olivia asked.
"Of course," Kurt answered.
"Okay bye," Olivia closed her phone. She leaned her head back on the seat and closed her eyes.
"You okay?" Alex asked, pulling onto the street from the parking garage.
"I…have something to tell you," Olivia let out.
Alex nodded understandingly, "Okay."
Olivia took a moment to gather her words, but a moment turned into a minute.
"Would you like me to tell you what you're going to tell me?" Alex asked, but didn't wait for an answer, "Kurt's your boyfriend and since you asked him to meet you for coffee you're either breaking up with him or I'm dropping you off at your second date. Where is it by the way?"
Olivia gave Alex directions before adding, "You're right."
"About all of it? So you're breaking up with him on the second date?" Alex asked, lightly.
Olivia looked over at Alex who was smiling, "You're taking this a lot better than I thought you would."
Alex shrugged, "I never expected you to wait this long for me. Sure maybe a year max, but it's been five years. I completely understand you dating again. To be honest when I came back I almost expected you to be married with two kids and a dog."
"What would you have done then?" Olivia asked.
"I dunno," Alex sighed, "Hoped we could be friend while secretly being wholly heartbroken."
Olivia smiled and picked up Alex's free hand. She kissed her knuckles.
"How long have you been seeing him?" Alex asked quietly.
"A few months," Olivia replied, threading her fingers through Alex's, "He's a good guy. Sweet, funny, established." After a short paused, "I waited three years. I kept hoping that the next day, I'd wake up and you'd be at my front door. Everyone kept telling me that you may never come back and I didn't want to believe them," tears sprung to Olivia's eyes, "Then one day it clicked, you may never come back. After that it took a few months, but Elliot set me up with one of Kathy's friends. She was nice, but definitely not my type. Then as I started dating, I noticed a pattern in the women I dated. They were all tall, blonde haired and blue eyed. I was trying to find another you. But no one's blue eyes were as thoughtful as yours and no one's hair glowed in the sunlight like yours."
Alex pulled into a spot in front of the building where Kurt's office and the coffee shop where. She turned off the car and turned to look at Olivia. Olivia seemed to have more to tell, so Alex kept quiet taking Olivia's other hand into her own.
"Then I started dating men so I'd stop looking for another you. I refused to go out with anyone with blonde hair and blue eyes." She let out a brief smile which Alex reciprocated. Olivia's smile faded and she went on, "I started noticing a trend there too. All the men were smart, ambitious, and passionate. None of them were as brilliant as you. No one was ambitious while still caring about the people they passed on the way up like you did. No one was as passionate about things as you are." Tears fell down Olivia's cheeks. "I finally realized that no one was ever going to replace you and that I should stop trying, consciously or subconsciously."
Alex slowly reached up and gently wiped the tears away with her fingers. "I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. I'm so sorry I caused all that…"
Olivia cut Alex off, "No, you didn't cause any of it. It wasn't your fault."
Alex pulled Olivia as close as she could and whispered, "I'll never leave you again. I promise."
Olivia felt liked five years worth of pent up tears flowed from her eyes onto Alex's shoulder. She clung to the fabric of Alex's shirt as she tried to calm herself.
Alex stroked Olivia's hair and rubbed her back trying her best to make all the pain go away with those simple motions. She softly kissed Olivia's cheek and held her tight.
Olivia slowly pulled away and wiped her eyes. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to.."
"Don't be sorry," Alex smiled reassuringly.
Olivia smiled back and kissed Alex.
"Shall we?" Alex asked.
Olivia nodded and got out with Alex.
"I'll go grab some coffee," Alex said when they walked in, "Do you still drink it the same as you used to?"
"What do you think?" Olivia raised and eyebrow.
Alex chuckled, "Ah yes my little creature of habit." She kissed Olivia one last time before standing in line to get their coffee.
Olivia sat at a small table for two near the front and waited. She stole a few glances at Alex who was being chatted up by the man behind her. She smirked, she'd have to get used to people shamelessly hitting on Alex again.
"Hey Olivia," Kurt said, sitting across from her.
"Hi," Olivia leaned on the table.
"Have you been crying?" Kurt asked, concerned.
Olivia ignored his question, "I don't think we should see each other any more."
Kurt leaned back in his chair, "Why not?"
"It's just not working," Olivia stated, wishing he'd just let it go.
"Is there someone else?" Kurt asked.
Olivia glanced over at Alex who was picking up their drinks and walking to a table in the back, picking up a newspaper on her way. Kurt followed her eyes.
"Oh," he said, "She's that woman you have a picture of in the living room. The one that was in witness protection?"
"She's back," Kurt stated.
"Yeah," Olivia added.
Kurt stood up and Olivia stood with him. "I hope you two are happy together." He gave Olivia one last, lingering hug before walking out of the coffee shop.
Olivia walked back to the table Alex was sitting at. She looked up from the paper as Olivia neared, "He took it well."
Olivia nodded, "Yeah."
Alex folded the paper, "Are you okay?"
"You keep asking me that," Olivia grinned.
"I just want to make sure," Alex replied with a hint of a smile, "Long lost lovers showing up out of nowhere tends to startle people." Alex looked at her watch, "I'm gonna call Antonio real quick." She picked up her phone and dialed. She smiled fully a few seconds after putting the phone to her ear, "Hi honey…are you having fun?…good…ask Mike what time you're coming home….okay…have fun…I love you too." Alex hung up, "He's having a blast."
"Good," Olivia smiled and thoughtfully looked over Alex, "I never thought I'd see it."
"See what?" Alex asked sipping her drink.
"You being a mom," Olivia answered.
"Yeah well me either," Alex replied, "But now that I have him, I can't imagine life without him."
Olivia picked up her coffee and stood up. She held out her hand for Alex to take. "C'mon. I believe there's a bed in a hotel and a TV with pay-per-view waiting for us."