Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters except for Elly.
Chapter 7: Family Portrait
The room had suddenly fallen silent
The room had suddenly fallen silent. Munch looked over his dark glasses perched on the end of his nose, his eyebrows raised. Fin cocked his head sideways, his arms still crossed.
"Olivia Benson?" Munch finally asked, breaking the silence.
Elliot nodded slowly.
Just then, a smiling, but ashamed Olivia stepped out of the office, followed by Cragen.
"Fin. Munch," Cragen said, seeing the two. "I was just going to call you down." He looked at Elly, who was looking back at him, a confused expression on her face. "You've already met Elly."
"Liv!" Much said.
"Baby girl!" Fin said.
Olivia hurried into both of their arms at the same time, her arms around their necks. "It's been so long. I didn't think I'd ever see you again," Fin said.
"Where'd you go, Liv?" Munch asked.
The questions and emotions were pouring into her like water. She didn't know what to say. "I – I…" she began.
"You didn't go see your grandma, did you?" Fin asked.
Olivia shook her head, lowering her eyes and feeling ashamed. "I had Elly," she said, looking back up at Elly and smiling shyly.
Everyone looked up to see Chester Lake slowly making his way down the stairs. "Lake," Olivia said happily.
"Olivia! Where'd you go?" he asked as he made his way down the stairs and hugged her.
"You just missed that entire conversation, didn't you?" she asked him playfully. "I had a daughter."
Olivia stepped aside to reveal Elliot whose arm was still around Ellen.
Lake looked from Olivia to Ellen to Elliot, and back again to Olivia. "With Stabler?" he asked, dumbfounded.
Olivia blushed and nodded.
"When did that happen?"
"Well, obviously. Seventeen years ago," Fin answered the question.
"I never knew you guys had a thing for each other," Lake responded playfully, a slight grin on his face.
"I love her more than anything," Elliot said, removing his arm from Elly and hugging Olivia around the waist from behind, resting his head on her shoulder. She leaned into him, putting her hands on his, and her head on his shoulder.
The room became silent as they looked on at the reunited couple and smiled.
"Hey, Liv?" Munch finally asked, breaking the warm silence in the room. "Were you ever planning on telling us?"
Olivia looked away and shook her head, holding back the tears. "I especially didn't want you guys to find out this way."
No one had a response and the room became silent again.
"You guys are like family to me, and to Elly, too." She smiled at Elly, who smiled back.
Elly turned back to the group and nodded at them. "It's true; I've never had any family except mom. I had never met you guys, but my mom told me so many stories about you, I felt like I did know you. You guys are family; you're like uncles to me. Uncle Fin and Uncle Munch," she looked at them, smiling, "Uncle Cragen and Uncle Lake."
"Aw, come here, munchkin," Munch said as he opened his arms and smiled. Elly accepted his invitation and hugged him.
Olivia could just see the picture now, sitting on her mantel with a black frame. Their smiling faces looking out at the world. Fin and Munch, Cragen and Lake, maybe even Casey, Huang, and Warner. But sitting in front, the most sincere smiles on their faces, were Elliot, Olivia, and Elly, their daughter.
Olivia smiled, knowing she'd have her family back. Forever this time.
A/N: I don't know where to go, so I'm ending it here. I hope you enjoyed it!