DISCLAIMER: Wow... I own a lot, actually... But only what does not belong to Dick Wolf.
A/N: Okay... Here it is. I'm sorry I made you wait, but I kinda wanted to update on the 15th, since it's the 3 month anniversary of this story. :)
ANYWAY... I tried to wrap things up as much as possible, but... tell me what you think.
10 years later...
"Tag! You're it!" shouted a little boy as he darted away from his friend.
His friend sneered at him and began chasing him. Their game of tag had turned into a two person game as their other friends left.
"I'm gonna getcha!" he shouted back. He was significantly smaller than his friend, despite being almost a year older. He wore glasses, because contacts irritated his eyes too much. He had a mess of short, black hair, and bright blue eyes.
His friend was a slender boy with blond hair, strong facial features, and green eyes.
He slowed as he chased his friend, gaining distance between them. He bent over and leaned on his knees, gasping for breath.
His friend, smiling brightly, glanced behind him to see if he was still being chased. His smile fell and he skidded to a halt. He rushed back to his friend's side. "Z? Z, are you okay?"
He shook his head. "In... haler..." he choked out.
"Right, right... Where's the inhaler?"
"Back... pack..." Z heaved dryly.
The boy rushed over to it and rifled through it until he found the inhaler and brought it back to his friend.
He took a deep breath with the inhaler in his mouth. He sighed, relieved, as he pulled it away. "Thanks Coop," he said, smiling at him.
"Cooper! Zander!" a woman shouted as she honked the car horn. "Let's go!"
Both boys turned to look at the woman. "Coming mom!" Cooper called. He looked back to Zander. "Where's Alise?" he asked.
Zander looked behind him. He pointed to his sister, reading her book as she sat on a bench not thirty yards away.
"Hey! Alise!" Zander shouted. "Aunt Alex is here! Time to go!"
She picked up her backpack and the three climbed into the car.
"Hey kids," Alex said.
"Mom?" Cooper started. "Can Z please stay the night?"
Alex laughed slightly. "You're with your father this weekend," Alex said. "You'll have to ask him."
Cooper folded his arms and pouted.
Cooper's father was a lawyer, just like his mother. A man named Reid Richardson. He was a tall man with thick brown hair and bright green eyes. He was very handsome, and he and Alex had gotten married before Cooper was born, almost ten years ago. Alex, though, decided to keep her last name.
They had been divorced now for almost three years. But, she and Casey had become fantastic friends since that day nearly eleven years ago.
Zander and Cooper had been best friends from day one. Zander, being so little, had taken a liking to someone his size, though a year younger. Now, Cooper stood several inches over Zander and they looked like polar opposites. Zander with his dark hair, blue eyes, and small, narrow figure compared to Cooper, a tall boy for his age, slender, blond hair, and green eyes.
And Alise was growing into quite the magnificent young woman. She had gorgeous black curls and beautiful brown eyes, just like her mother's. She was very academically bright, and she was quite the social butterfly as well. She always had her nose in a book, but always made time for important things.
She and Zander were very close, as well.
"Mom!" Alise shouted as they entered the small house, waving goodbye to Alex. "Dad! We're home!"
There was no respond from inside the house. "Mom? Dad? Are you guys' home, yet?" Alise called again.
Still, no response.
She shrugged. She slumped into the couch and flipped on the TV. Zander fell next to her.
Cragen and Munch were both retired and Elliot had been promoted to Captain. Olivia and Fin were still working as detectives with new, younger partners that neither of them were very fond of. Luckily, the younger ones came and went, unable to keep their stomach down after enough crime scenes.
"Kiddos?" a voice called, stepping into the room.
"Grandpa!" Zander shouted, jumping up from the couch.
Cragen stepped into sight and Zander flung himself into his arms. "Hey," Cragen laughed, swinging his grandson around. "How's it goin' buddy?"
"Great!" Zander replied enthusiastically.
Alise took her turn to hug Cragen. "What are you doing here, grandpa?"
"Your parents called and said they'd be a little late."
"Ooh, great. Just like always," Alise sighed, rolling her eyes.
"And they asked me to look after you for tonight."
Alise folded her arms and turned away, hiding the disappointment in her expression. She pushed back the slight tears that were coming to her eyes.
"Aw, come on, sweetie," Cragen tried to cheer her up, rubbing her back softly. "Let's go out and do something exciting for your birthday."
She turned back to him. "They promised they'd be here for my birthday this year, grandpa," she whispered. "They promised."
He smiled sadly, his heart breaking at the obvious disappointment in the little girl's eyes. "We'll do something exciting, just the three of us."
Alise smiled kindly at Cragen. After a short minute, she nodded submissively, smiling slightly. Cragen smiled, too.
"Where are we going?" Zander asked, tugging on Cragen's hand anxiously.
"I had a place in mind…" he said with a knowing grin.
"Grandpa!" Alise whined. "Why am I blindfolded? Where are we going?" she asked. She resisted every urge in her small body to yank the blindfold off her eyes.
"Now, now… just be patient, Alise," he told her, winking at Zander, who clung tightly to his hand. Zander smiled excitedly back up at him, bouncing slightly with every step.
They pushed open the doors and the end of the hallway. Cragen knelt down next to Alise. "Okay, you can take it off now," he whispered.
She anxiously yanked the bandana off her eyes and it fell limply around her neck.
The room erupted. "Surprise!"
Alise's jaw dropped and her eyes grew wide. She stood still for a long minute out of utter shock. A small smile finally crept across her mouth.
Everyone was there. All of Alise's friends, Cooper and Alex, Casey, Fin and Munch, Huang and Warner, Maureen and Kathleen, Dickie and Lizzie, even Simon and Eli, who was all grown up now… but standing in the front of them all, and probably the most important, was Elliot and Olivia. Each of them had broad, bright smiles across their faces.
Alise darted for them as they opened their arms. She flew into them, wrapping her arms around their necks as they lifted her off her feet, sandwiching her between them.
"You promised," she whispered, tears coming to her eyes slightly.
"We'd never miss a birthday this big, sweetheart," Elliot whispered back.
"You're thirteen now, you're a teenager," Olivia whispered.
They dropped Alise back to her feet and the party began…
"She's asleep," Olivia said, shutting her daughter's door quietly.
"Zander and Cooper, too," Elliot said.
"That party must have worn them out pretty fast," Olivia sighed, folding her arms.
The moon poured through the windows of the small house, illuminating it in a light of soft blue. Elliot looked at Olivia. The soft light made her skin glow and she looked especially beautiful.
"You're gorgeous," he whispered.
She smiled slightly, making her even prettier. "What's possessing you to say this?" she asked.
He shook his head slightly. "I'm just reminding you."
She blushed lightly. "Thank you."
Later that night, they both lay in bed, Elliot's arm wrapped around Olivia's waist as she rested her hands on his and his head resting on the crook of her neck. A slight tear ran down her face.
It ran into Elliot's jaw and he looked towards her, seeing the small, silent tears. He kissed her cheek gently. "What's the matter?" he asked quietly.
"I love our kids, they're so fantastic…" she responded after a long minute of staring out the window.
"I know they are," Elliot said, smiling as he thought about the first time Alise called him dad… The day after he found her again…
"I just…" Olivia paused, biting her lip. "I just don't want this to ever go away…"
Elliot simply kissed her jaw, just below her ear. She smiled slightly. "It won't," he whispered tenderly.
She turned over in his arms, snaking her arms around his neck as she looked up into his big blue eyes… She blushed slightly, thinking how just a decade ago, they were only friends and it seemed as though nothing would change that… Now they were here.
She smiled up at him. "I'm happy we're here."
He grinned back.
"Of course, I'm a little unhappy that it took twenty years, but… still." She shrugged, grinning playfully.
He chuckled slightly. Then, a serious look crossed his eyes again. "I'm glad I found you."
"I'm glad, too," she whispered back tenderly.
Then, he leaned down and touched her smile with his lips.
A/N: Okay! R&R please! Last chapter, so... Yeah, it's the last chapter. Officially. I'm sorry. But if you guys weren't satisfied with it, and YOU guys wanna go ahead and write your own... sequels... I wouldn't be opposed to that. :) Just give me credit, and (of course) just send me a link. ^_^
Of course, you don't have to. And I can't really imagine that anyone will, but still...
SO. Please R&R and tell me how you liked it! Thanks.
And, again: Thank you to all of my long time readers, who've stuck with me for every curveball. Thank you guys for every review. And thank you to the long time readers who maybe didn't leave reviews... AND, thank you to ALL my readers! I love you guys. :)