Game Face

Author: m

Overall Rating: Mature/18/NC17

Disclaimer: They aren't mine. Damn.


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Prologue – Two weeks earlier: The Night of the People v. Walker verdict

"What did Carmichael mean when she said that you owe her a song?" Elliot turned his attention to his partner who was looking at the ceiling as if she were hoping it would fall down on them and spare her whatever impending misery Carmichael was alluding to.

"Yeah," Fin and Munch echoed as they each took a small step forward so they were standing that much closer to Olivia.

Olivia sighed and resigned herself to her fate. "Okay, first of all – never, and I mean never, play Truth or Dare with that woman," she lectured her squad mates as she pointed emphatically at Abbie who had hopped the railing separating the gallery from the business half of the courtroom to give Serena a congratulatory hug. "And, second, I need your help."

"What kind of help are we talkin' about here?" Fin asked, immediately wary.

Olivia sighed and motioned for the guys to follow her off to the side of the room, away from the small cluster of lawyers. "We're talking breakfast and good coffee from that fancy place on the corner for a month if you help me out here," she pleaded.

"Wow," Fin nodded. "That's serious."

"I know," Olivia groaned and pinched the bridge of her nose as she shook her head in disbelief.

"If you have a migraine my third wife's second cousin is an acupuncturist," Munch offered.

"I'll keep that in mind," Olivia rolled her eyes at him. "So – are you in?"

"Of course," Elliot answered for the group and the other guys nodded their agreement. "Just tell us what you need."

"Okay, see, here's the thing," Olivia started to explain in a hushed whisper. The guys crowded in to hear better and she was at the tail end of explaining what she needed to happen when she felt Alex's hand on her elbow.

"You guys ready to go?" Alex asked tentatively.

Olivia looked up at the guys. "Are we?"

"Yeah," they all nodded.

Olivia turned to take Alex's hand in her own. "Yeah, we're ready."

"You're not really going to do it are you?" Alex whispered hesitantly as she allowed the brunette to lead their motley group down the aisle and out of the courtroom towards the bank of elevators that would lead to the back exit of the courthouse.

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Olivia paced in the corner of the bar, oblivious to the fact that it was definitely more full than usual or that Danny behind the bar was looking rather expectantly excited about something. She also failed to notice when Liz Donnelly entered the bar with Maggie and Matt Cabot on her heels.

"Okay Liv, you got this one," Elliot tried to pump his partner up as Fin and John joined them at their usual table in the back. Olivia was standing in front of the table looking like she was about to face the firing squad and he had been left to make sure she didn't do something stupid like down a bottle of Jack while Fin and Munch disappeared to, as Fin put it, 'take care of things for our girl here'. He look at Fin questioningly, and was answered with a small nod while he mouthed the words, they all know. "Just … put your game face on and do it," he turned his attention to Olivia.

"Yeah, game face Benson, you got this," Fin encouraged as he caught the eye of a few of his old buddies from narcotics and nodded. They, in turn, grinned and started passing instructions along to those who were standing closest to them, and so on and so forth.

Oblivious to the firestorm of instructions that was flowing through the bar around her, Olivia stared at the ceiling and groaned. "You guys all know what you're supposed to do?" she double checked and was answered with three bobbing heads and three identically goofy grins. "You are all enjoying this too damned much," she mumbled.

"You got this Liv," Elliot assured her.

"Okay, yeah," Olivia bounced on the balls of her feet. "Yeah. Okay, let's go," she nodded as she led the way across the bar to where Alex was perched gracefully on a stool.

"Excuse me, miss?" she tapped Alex on the shoulder.

The bar went silent.

"Yes?" Alex swung around on the stool, a silly smile similar to the ones Elliot, Fin and Much were wearing plastered on her face.

Olivia gritted her teeth for a moment, Game face Benson – you got this, before she began to sing, "You never close your eyes anymore, when I kiss your lips. There's no tenderness like before in your fingertips … You're trying hard not to show it …"

The entire bar blew up, "BABY!"

Alex clapped a surprised hand over her mouth as her eyes grew large as saucers. "No way," she whispered as she stared out at the bar, the bar that was now enthusiastically serenading her.

"BUT BABY, BABY I KNOOOOW IT."

By this point Alex was blushing scarlet to the tips of her ears and Olivia was grinning like everybody else in the bar. The place was packed full of raucously singing cops, lawyers and a couple random guys that Fin had pulled in from the street. Everybody was being spurred on by Abbie Carmichael, who had kicked off her shoes and was now jumping up and down on the bar, waving her arms along with the beat, and singing along as loud as she could.

"YOU'VE LOST, THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'. WOOOOOA THAT LOVIN' FEELING … YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELING NOW IT'S GONE …"

Danny, behind the bar, had his video camera out and was playing amateur cinematographer, capturing the entire event on tape for posterity; and Maggie Cabot was standing on a table in the back with her own video camera zoomed in on Alexandra's face, making sure to capture Alex's expressions through the entire song.

"GONE, GONE…"

"This is amazing!" Liz Donnelly climbed up onto the booth and hollered into Maggie's ear as she clapped and sang along.

"We are so breaking this video out at Thanksgiving!" Matt grinned up at his sister and Liz.

"WHOA-OH-OH-OH-OH"

Maggie turned her attention away from the tiny screen on her camera long enough to share, "Abbie wants to edit the tapes together and stick them up on YouTube."

"DA-DUM, DA-DUM, DA-DUM-DUM-DUM"

"Genius," Liz crowed. "Damn I love that girl!"

"DA-DUM, DA-DUM, DA-DUM-DUM DUM."

Alex laughingly pulled Olivia down onto her lap and wrapped her arms around the brunette while Elliot took over the lead vocals, "Baby, baby, I get down on my knees for you … if you would only love me, like you used to do-oooh, yeah."

The entire bar chimed in again at full volume, "WE HAD A LOVE … A LOVE … A LOVE YOU DON'T FIND EVERY DAAAAY."

Alex, who was now laughing so hard that there were tears coursing down her cheeks, tucked her chin onto Olivia's shoulder to watch the show while Abbie, who was still intent on leading her flock through the finer points of the song, began pointing emphatically along with the lyrics, "SO DON'T … DON'T … DON'T … LET IT SLIP AWAAAAAAY."

Elliot, grinning like a maniac, took a graceful bow as he handed the floor over to Fin and Munch who tag-teamed the next section rather impressively with Fin taking the lead, "Baby"

And Munch the echo, "Baby"

"Baby"

"Baby"

"I beg of you please"

"Please"

"I need your love"

"I need your love"

"I need your love"

"I need your love"

"So bring it on back"

"So bring it on back"

"Bring it on back"

"So bring it on back"

They both held their hands up victoriously when they finished their little section and the crowd obligingly chimed back in, "BRING BACK THAT LOVIN' FEELING, WHOA, THAT LOVIN' FEELING, BRING BACK THAT LOVIN' FEELING … 'CAUSE IT'S GONE … GONE … GONE … NOOOOOO"

Elliot grabbed Olivia by the hand and pulled her back out with the rest of the squad for the grand finale, for which they all dropped to one knee in front of Alex and clasped their hands dramatically over their hearts, to sing enthusiastically, "BRING BACK THAT LOVIN' FEELING, WHOA THAT LOVIN' FEELING … BRING BACK THAT LOVIN' FEELING 'CAUSE IT'S GONE … GONE … GONE … WHOOOOOA."

Alex, still blushing to the roots of her hair, clapped enthusiastically once the song was finished and jumped up from her chair to pull Olivia and all of the guys into a gigantic laughing group hug. "You guys are amazing!" she yelled over the crowd's cheers and catcalls.

"Our pleasure honey," Fin smiled as he reached over Olivia's back to squeeze the blonde's shoulder affectionately.

Olivia, still laughing, leaned in close to Alex and told her, "I love you Alex."

Alex turned to look at Olivia, her blue eyes twinkling with laughter, "I love you too Liv."