Elliot had spent the night at Olivia's apartment for the last two weeks. Nothing more was said about it until Elliot came home one day and said, "Liv, I need to talk to you."
She followed him into the family room. "What's wrong?"
He took a deep breath. "Kathy and I finalized the divorce."
She looked up sharply. "El, are you sure this is what you want?"
He nodded. "Yes, Liv. I'm sure."
Olivia sighed. "I can't do this, El." She turned away and started for the kitchen.
He grabbed her by the shoulder. "What can't you do, Liv? You're not taking me away from anything. You're not breaking up a family. You're not hurting anyone. Don't you want to be together?"
"Yes, Elliot. God, yes, I do. But I need some time."
"Are we going to be together, Liv?"
She sighed. "Elliot, I –"
"Liv, if the answer is no then the answer is no. I just need to know what to tell Caitlin."
Olivia took a deep breath. "I'll have a talk with her about it tonight, okay?"
Elliot nodded. "Okay."
* * *
That night after Olivia gave Caitlin her bath, she said, "Catie, I have a very important question for you."
Caitlin laid her head on her pillow. "What happened?"
"It's about Elliot."
"Oh," said Caitlin knowingly. "Okay."
"Catie, how would you feel if Elliot moved in with us?"
"So he'd be my new daddy?"
Olivia hesitated. "Yes. Would you like that?"
Caitlin nodded enthusiastically and gave her mother a kiss on the cheek. "Took you long enough to ask."