Title: Two Of Hearts
Characters/Parings: Elliot/Olivia; Dean/Olivia; Munch/Alex; Fin/ Melinda; Cragen/Donnelly
Rating: Strong R
Disclaimer: If I owned them, Porter would've never come back and Elliot and Olivia would live in martial bliss.
Setting/Classification: Current, AU
Spoilers/Notes: Pre-ep to Spooked. Elliot's divorced and Eli's not his. Melinda's husband died.
Summary: Olivia's torn between two men. She's in love with Elliot, but she can't have him. Enter the returning Dean Porter, who comes back to stake his claim. Which man will really claim Olivia's fragile heart?
Author's note: So, next week will be a truly sad day for us EO fans all over the world. Dean Porter comes back. And based on the preview I just saw, with Dean and Olivia making out in her apartment, it looks like he'll be sticking around. I guess that's good news for a lot of Porter/Benson shippers out there (cries in frustration). All I can say is, Elliot needs to do something!
Enjoy and happy reading!
Lots of love, hugs and kisses from your resident writer and friend, Nina!
Special Victims Unit
One Police Plaza
Manhattan, New York
October 28, 2009
If there's one thing Detective Olivia Benson can't stand is being alone and miserable.
She can't remember the last time she's been on a date and her love life has been seriously lacking ever since she ended her last relationship.
Sitting at her desk, she was swamped with mounds and mounds of paperwork. The latest case they were working on was taking a huge toll on her and it's impact has a domino effect on her dating life. She's hasn't been on a date since she broke up with her last boyfriend and her trauma at Sealview and it brought up past images of what Harris had done to her downstairs in the basement that she didn't want think about again.
Then, there was her partner and best friend, Elliot Stabler. The man who knows and understands her more than anyone else in her life. Through their ups and downs, he's been the one constant stability in her life, her missing piece to the puzzle, her pride and joy. And it was no secret that there were some lingering sexual tension between them, but neither of them acted on it, even though he was married.
Well, now, things have changed. His divorce from his wife Kathy was finalized nine months ago, but they didn't jump into bed with each other when it happened. In fact, they still haven't done anything. Because of their strict no-dating-co-workers policy on the force, they kept their distance from each other romantically. However, their tight bond and friendship was back on track in a big way. They were able to joke, laugh and talk to each other more freely now.
However, and as much as it pains her to admit it, she's in love with her partner. Her partner who's now a single man. But, she knows she can never have him. Which is why she's been miserable on the dating scene for a long time. However, that would change when a certain FBI agent strolled through the precinct.
"Olivia Benson, how long has it been?" Dean Porter quipped when he took a seat on her desk.
She smiled at him. "It's been a while, Dean. What's going on? What makes you come back to New York?"
"Well, as you can see, the case you're working on has been moved to high profile. I'm on my way to see your captain," he told her.
"Is that all you came here for?" she quipped.
He leaned over so no one else can hear their conversation. "Olivia, the real reason why I came here is because I was wondering if you would have dinner with me tonight?"
Her eyes were wide open in shock. Dean Porter was asking her out on a date! Could her luck have changed right away?
"Are you serious?" she asked, her voice pitching high and squeaky.
He grinned. "Dead serious. And, to tell you the truth, I've always liked you; even when you were undercover in Oregon, I've liked you. So, what do you say?"
Since he's an FBI agent and since there's no law against a cop and a federal official dating, she reached over and thumped his nose playfully with her finger.
"Pick me up at my apartment at eight," she whispered. He smiled and hopped off her desk. He winked at her as he turned on his heel and began to walk away, just as Elliot walked in with files in his hands.
"What's Porter doing here?" he asked bitterly as he sat down at his desk and got right to work. It was no secret that Elliot and Dean don't get along very well and have made their intentions known to each other on several different occasions.
"Turns out our case just went high-profile. He's gonna be helping us out," she simply said.
"Oh. So, um, have you eaten?" he asked, changing the subject.
"No, why?" she asked, not even looking at him.
"Wanna grab a bite to eat when we leave?" he asked, looking at her intently. Truth be told, he wanted to tell her how he felt and he figured by them going to their favorite diner, he'll be more comfortable talking to her about his feelings.
She looked up at him with a sad smile on her face. "I'd love to, but I have a date tonight."
"Really?" he asked, looking surprised and disappointed.
"Yeah. Besides, I'm pretty much done with my files, so I'm gonna head out. I'll see you tomorrow," Olivia said as she grabbed her jacket and her things and began to walk out, leaving him alone.
Elliot felt his eyes grow heavy with sleep. There was no sense in him staying here any longer, so he decided to grab his things and head out himself. He thought a couple of glasses of scotch and a good basketball game on television would entertain him since he doesn't see his kids as much anymore.
Truth be told, his second attempt to make his marriage work with Kathy didn't work; even when their fifth child was born. However, even that didn't prepare him when Kathy revealed that Eli wasn't his son. That tore him up so much that he packed up his things and moved out because he couldn't handle staying there anymore; knowing what she had put him through.
Now that he was single, he thought he could finally tell Olivia how he felt. However, seeing that she's going on a date tonight, it's not gonna happen.
And that hurts so much.
Manhattan, New York
October 28, 2009
Looking at herself in the mirror, Olivia smiled because she knew she looked good. She rushed to get home after she got a text message from Dean that he was coming over in about 10 minutes. She thought about taking him to this fancy Italian restaurant downtown, but she decided a home cooked meal would be better for them. And boy, she had to really go all out to cook a delicious meal.
She had no reason to be nervous. Dean's been in her apartment before and he didn't come off as he was being perceived. Taking a deep breath, she ran her fingers through her auburn brown hair one more time to make sure everything was in place, then she went into the kitchen to check on dinner.
Someone knocked on the door, which startled her for a moment. She went into the living room and peered through the peephole to see who it was.
Dean arrived right on time. She opened the door and greeted him with a smile on her face.
"Right on time. I like that," she smiled as she stepped aside and allowed him to walk right in.
"Something smells good in here," he told her as he sat down on the sofa.
"I decided to cook for you. Dinner will be ready in a little while," she replied as she went into the kitchen to grab two glasses and a bottle of red wine.
"Well, whatever it is, I'm sure it's gonna be delicious," he grins at her.
"Thanks you," she told him as she sat down next to him and popped open the bottle of wine. After filling each glass with crimson red liquid, she handed one of the glasses over to him with a smile on her face.
"Cheers," they both said as they clinked their glasses together and then they took a sip of it.
"I must say, Dean, I'm really surprised you wanted to see me. I mean, the last time you were here, you didn't even give the time of day," she told him honestly.
He shrugged his shoulders. "I wasn't here for very long. Besides, I had to endure your partner's wrath."
"Elliot's very protective of me, that's all. He just wants to see me happy," she said, even though it pained her to say that to the man who was sitting next to her on her sofa, in her apartment. And it pained her even more that she turned down a dinner date with her best friend in order to be with the FBI agent.
"I understand. So, um, looks like I'm gonna be here for a couple of days at least. So, is there any chance we can get together again soon?" he asked with a hint of shyness in his voice.
Olivia considered her options. Since she was single and she was tired of being single, she decided to give him a chance. And since she can't be with Elliot; even though her heart was calling her a fool for not being with him, she decided to give it a go. Dean was single, available and he was handsome in his own way. And, don't even get her started on when the last time she got laid. She's been in a dry spell for the last couple of years.
"Absolutely," she beamed at him. He smiled at her and they clinked their glasses together again. However, they locked eyes for a moment. Pure silence filled the air as they looked at each other slowly. Tension filled between them as their faces drew closer to each other. Before they could react differently, their lips met tenderly and slowly. Olivia closed her eyes and felt the sensation of Dean's kiss from head to toe. It's been so long since she kissed anyone like this and since her attack, she hadn't even thought about letting another man touch her. But, somehow, Dean broke through her protective barrier and he's not rushing into anything right now.
Before long, she easily fell into his warm embrace. Any lingering thoughts about being alone again left her mind as soon as their kissing intensified. Dean ran his fingers through her long brown hair and kissed her more fiercely. Olivia allowed his tongue to intermingle with hers gently. Labored breathing filled the air as they started a full on make out session on her couch. When air finally became a problem, they broke apart.
"Dean, can I ask you something?" she asked, breathing heavily.
"What is it?" he asked, breathing heavily just as well.
"Will you stay with me tonight?" she asked softly.
He looked at her, wide-eyed and wondering if she meant anything she said. "Are you sure that's what you want, Olivia?"
She just nodded her head. He got up and grabbed her hand, pulling her up with him. Before they went into her bedroom, she went into the kitchen and turned off the stove because she didn't want dinner to burn when they get finished. She can always warm up the food later.
As they headed towards her bedroom, both Dean and Olivia realized that it's gonna be a night neither one of them will ever forget.
Coming up in the next chapter: Dean and Olivia make love, however, their happiness is short-lived when Elliot shows up at her apartment unannounced and catches them in a compromising position. Can he handle seeing the woman he loves move on? Stay tuned!
Oh, and by the way, I'm crying right now because I'm dreading the day that episode airs. I have a feeling Olivia will really fall for Porter!