Foe disclaimer, please see the first chapter.

A/N: before anyone asks. I didn't include the story about the whole nurse thing here. Now don't get made at me. Because so many people were interested in that, I decided to do a kind of prquel. It will be short, but it will explain.


One year later

Olivia sat on the couch in the middle of the night, glass of water in hand and a smile playing on her lips as she thought back to the night she had just had.

Alex and Olivia had just finished moving in together. Alex's brother, James, who had been discharged from the Army about a week after Olivia was discharged from the hospital, had helped with the move, bringing the now six year old Jimmy along to help. As a reward, Jimmy was allowed to spend the weekend with the couple. That morning, being a Saturday, had found all three occupants awake early and Jimmy itching to go to the park. They played Frisbee for a little while, but Jimmy soon got bored and wanted to feed the ducks. This activity conveniently found Alex going off to get the group some refreshments.

When they were all tired of the park, the small group went back to the new apartment to just chill. They watched movies, ordered pizza, and just hung out. Around 8, Jimmy's bed time, there was a minor disagreement. James had implemented a small rule, "no drinks just before bedtime." Both Alex and Olivia thought that was a reasonable rule for a small child. Jimmy, on the other hand, disagreed and tried his hardest to get his favorite aunts to break it. "Livia, can I please have some pop?"

Knowing what he was doing, Olivia just smiled and shook her head. "Sorry, Little Man, but we are all out."

Jimmy sighed and tried a different approach with Alex. "Aunt Alex, is it ok if I get some juice?"

"Why don't we go and by some tomorrow, buddy?"

Jimmy, clearly getting frustrated at not being able to outsmart the adults, tilted his head to the side. He finally just threw out both of his hands in an exasperated manner and said "Got Milk?"

Alex and Olivia just broke down into fits of laughter. Jimmy, resigned to follow this rule, walked off to his bedroom to get ready to go to sleep. After composing themselves, Alex and Olivia made sure he was all tucked in. Alex read him a story while Olivia went back out to the living room to look over some files.

Instead of going back to active duty with FDNY, Olivia had been approached personally by the commissioner to teach at the academy. She wouldn't be allowed to go back to active duty with the NYPD because the Nelson case involving the Hogan case was a much publicized event and Olivia's name alone could prejudice a jury. However, both Alex and Olivia were alright with the turn of events. To Olivia, it meant she could have some influence on incoming law enforcement. To Alex, it meant Olivia was no longer in danger and she didn't have to worry about her not coming home at night.

Finishing reading through the files, Olivia placed everything on the table. She leaned back against the couch and closed her eyes, relaxing. It was then that Alex came back.

"You alright, Liv?" she asked as she sat next to her girlfriend.

Olivia smiled and wrapped her arms around the blonde. Opening her eyes, she looked into the still concerned face. "Never better" she responded. However, the concerned look stayed in place. "You ok sweetheart?"

Alex bit her lip. "Yes…no," she sighed. "Actually there is something I have been meaning to talk to you about."

"Whatever it is, it will be ok," Olivia assured her. Alex wasn't one to get nervous if they needed to talk. She made a living using words, so it was a little unsettling to see her so out of sorts.

"Well," Alex began. "We have been together for a little over a year now. I knew a long time ago that you were it for me. But lately I've been wanting something more."

"More?" Olivia asked, slightly shocked. She knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Alex, in fact she had been planning on asking later that month. Off the top of her head, Olivia couldn't think of what else she had to give.

Alex nodded. "I want a baby, Liv," she told the brunette. "And not just any baby. I want to feel your baby growing inside me."

As tears started to form in Olivia's eyes, a smile formed on her lips. She knew that it was possible for Alex to carry her child, she just didn't know it was something Alex had wanted. They had often talked about a future family, but Olivia thought that it was still in the farther future. Needless to say she was a little surprised. "Hold that thought for about two minutes," she told Alex. She got up and walked into their bedroom.

Alex could hear her searching for something but she had no idea what it could be. Exactly two minutes later, Olivia came back, the smile still present. Instead of sitting back down on the couch though, she knelt in front of Alex. Alex gasped when she saw the small box. "Alex, you had me completely captivated by you ever since the day you walked into my hospital room. Every time we spent together after that just made me fall even more. Including the little scene inside the pizzeria." Olivia smiled at the memory. Alex did too, although tears were now threatening to spill. "I am completely in love with you. And if we are going to be starting then I want to do this right. Alexandra Renée Cabot, would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?"

Unable to form the words, Alex could only nod her head eagerly. She watched as Olivia slipped the ring on her wedding finger. Because words had failed her, she relied on actions. She leaned forward and captured Olivia's lips with her own. She tried to poor every ounce of passion and love she felt for the woman who she was going to spend the rest of her life with.

Finally pulling apart, Olivia looked at Alex and smiled. "I will give you a ring everyday if it gets you to kiss me like that."

Alex laughed and wrapped her arms around Olivia's neck. "I am so very much in love with Olivia Benson and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."

Olivia stood up, bringing Alex with her, and pulled her into a hug. She watched silently as Alex lead her to the bedroom, where they could celebrate the new direction their relationship had just taken.

Now, even hours later, Olivia could still not wipe the grin off her face. The most beautiful woman she had ever known had agreed to marry her. She was brought out of her thoughts by the sound of tired shuffling coming in her direction.

"What are you doing out here?" her fiancée asked.

Olivia smiled. "Getting something to drink and thinking."

"Thinking about what?" Alex asked as Olivia stood to come and join her back in the bedroom.

Olivia looked at her meaningfully. "Just about what an amazing year it has been."

Alex smiled softly. "It has been a pretty amazing year, hasn't it?"

Olivia returned the smile. As they snuggled back into bed, Olivia wrapped her arms around Alex from behind, her hand unconsciously taking Alex's now ring clad one. She began to softly run her thumb across the ring. "You know what though?" she asked the blonde.

"What?" Alex asked sleepily.

"It's only going to get better." She didn't need to see to know that Alex was now smiling. With a smile of her own, the two lovers drifted off to a peaceful sleep.