CHAPTER 12: I LOVE YOU

The doctor ran over to the EEG machine.

"I don't believe it." he said dumbfounded.

"What? What's going on?" Elliot asked still holding onto Olivia's hand.

"She's showing some brain activity." was all Dr. Carter said. Nobody said anything. Nobody felt anything. They didn't want to get their hopes up.

"You all should leave." Doctor Carter said. "Except for you." he continued and pointed at Elliot. "You seem to be the reason behind this."

Elliot was feeling mixed emotions. He was ecstatic that Olivia seemed to be getting better, but he was also angry. She could be awake already if he had kissed her sooner. After a few minutes, Doctor Carter approached him.

"I have good news." he said. "She will wake up. She is breathing on her own, and her heart is beating by itself. She might not wake for a few days, but she will be alright." Elliot went outside to tell the others. Casey couldn't say anything, but she was all smiles and crying happy tears. Munch and Fin each smiled and hugged Elliot.

Don finally spoke; "I'm sorry Elliot." he said. Elliot looked at him surprised.

"For what?" he asked Don.

"Well I was the one who let Kathy go to the house. I told detail to let her in." he explained hanging his head like a child getting scolded by a parent.

"Don, it's not your fault." Elliot assured him. "You didn't know what she was going to do." he continued. Don didn't say anything else, but he didn't have to.

"Did the doctor say when she'll wake up?" Munch asked.

"Within a few days." Elliot replied.

"Good." was the last thing Munch said before he left. He had some work to do at the precinct. Don had to leave too; he had some stuff to run by IAB.

"The DA gave me the rest of the week off. I have some vacation time coming up anyway." Casey said.

"Me too." Fin added. "We'll stay here with you man." he continued.

"That's okay, you guys don't have to -" Elliot began, but Casey cut him off.

"She's our friend too Elliot." she said touching his shoulder affectionately. "We want to be here when Olivia wakes up." She smiled at him in a sisterly manner. Then Elliot smiled as he watched Casey step back and Fin put his arm around her.

"Are you two a couple now?" he asked them.

"Hey, that's our business." Fin said with a smirk.

Fin and Casey went to sit down, so Elliot went back into Olivia's room.

"Hey Liv." he said. "Casey and Fin are a couple now." He would've sworn he saw the corners of her mouth turn up, but he knew he was imagining it. "I wish I'd told you that I love you sooner than I did. Even though you know it now...well, anyway...I never loved anyone as much as I love you. Not even Kathy." He swallowed back the bile that rose in his throat at the very thought of his ex-wife. "We stayed together because of the kids. There was never any love." Hours later, Elliot was asleep in the waiting room. Visiting hours were over, so he wasn't with her when Olivia started moving the fingers on her right hand up and down...

Around 6:00 the next morning, Casey awoke to her cell phone ringing.

"Hello?" she asked sleepily. Instantly she was wide awake. "Okay, we'll be right there." Elliot wondered why she said 'we' but didn't say anything.

"Fin, Fin wake up." she said poking him in the ribs. They had fallen asleep watching a movie in Casey's pristine living room.

"What's goin' on?" he asked only half awake.

"Elliot just called from the hospital. They think Olivia's waking up." she said happily. Fin was awake now.

"Let's get down there."

When Casey and Fin arrived, John and Don were already there.

"Is she awake yet?" Casey asked Don.

"No. Elliot's in there. The doctor thinks if she can hear him, she'll wake up sooner." he replied. Meanwhile, Doctor Carter was speaking to Elliot.

"Talk to her some more." he said. Doctor Carter was standing at the EEG machine watching it intently. "Her brain activity goes up when you do." Elliot nodded.

"Olivia honey, please, wake up. John and Don are here. Casey and Fin are too." He looked at the doctor.

"Keep going." Doctor Carter encouraged him. Elliot turned back to Olivia.

(Olivia's POV)

All I could see was the darkness all around me. But I was fighting my way through it to find him. I could here him all around me; like speakers pointing at me from every direction. He was talking to me. There was another voice there too, but it didn't matter. I stayed focused on Elliot's voice. There was a break in the darkness. A light. It wasn't death, I had seen that light already. This one was different somehow. I wasn't sure why, but it was. I ran to it. I knew it was my way out.

(narrative POV)

Elliot watched Olivia eagerly. He was still talking to her, but what he said didn't matter. Her fingers started moving again. Elliot smiled.

"I love you Olivia. So much." he said. Her eyelids fluttered open. She looked for his face immediately.

"El – Elliot?" she called to him weakly.

"I'm here." he said, tears of joy slightly blurring his vision.

"I'm here honey." he leaned down and hugged her as hard as he could without hurting her. He pulled away and kissed her. They were together again. They always would be.

"Elliot?" Olivia said.

"What is it honey?" he asked.

"I love you." she told him.

Elliot chuckled before he answered. "I love you too."

THE END

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