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Chapter 20

Alex looked around the bedroom with a careful eye, searching for anything that either she or Liv might have forgotten to pack, but nothing caught her eye. The room was pretty well spotless. The bed was stripped with the sheets piled on the floor near the door for the housekeeper to collect for the wash, and their towels, still damp from their morning shower, were piled atop those. She'd opened the drapes once they were both dressed and the morning sun streamed through the large windows warming the room and for the life of her, she couldn't find anything else to do.

"Hey," Olivia murmured as she slid in behind her pensive looking lover and gathered the blonde in her arms. "You okay?"

Alex nodded and smiled softly to herself. "Yes. More than okay. Today we head home and start the rest of our lives together."

"Mmm," Olivia hummed as she pressed a tender kiss to Alex's neck. "I like the sound of that. Should we go have some breakfast before we hit the road?"

"I think that sounds like an excellent plan," Alex replied as she spun in Olivia's arms to wrap her own around the brunette's neck. "I love you."

Olivia smiled and leaned in to kiss Alex gently. "As I love you."

Alex shuddered as a pleasurable chill ran down her spine at the feeling of Olivia's lips gliding against her own. "We better get moving," she murmured, kissing Olivia chastely for emphasis. "Because if we stay in here and you keep kissing me like that, we're never going to get out of here."

Olivia licked her lips and grinned, but before she could respond the sounds of arguing voices interrupted her. "Who's that?" she wondered.

Alex furrowed her brow and listened closer. "Sounds like Jill. C'mon, let's go see what's going on," she said as she pulled away from Olivia's embrace. She crossed the room quickly, unlocked and opened the door to the hall and, remembering the year of the errant lacrosse ball, tentatively stuck her head out to see what was going on. "Oh my," she chuckled.

"What?" Olivia asked as she followed Alex out into the hall. "Oh," she murmured as the 'what' became instantly obvious.

Jill and Adam had obviously been wrestling inside Jill and Lindsay's room over something sparkly before their fracas spilled out into the hall. The skinny DDA was jumping around like an angry monkey and Adam was laughing hysterically as he danced and dodged her reaching, seeking hands. From where they were standing Alex and Olivia couldn't see exactly what it was, but by the nearly fuchsia hue of Jill's skin it was undoubtedly something embarrassing.

"Give it here," Jill growled as she shoved Adam back into the wall.

Adam laughed and held the object straight up above his head so that Jill couldn't reach it. "Nuh-uhhhhh," he sang as he squirmed away from her. "I can't believe you got a sparkly one!"

"What is it?" Olivia muttered.

Alex cocked her head and stared intently at the item in her brother's hand until she realized what it was. "Oh my god," she chuckled. "Let's just say it's a good thing Woody is safely packed away."

"Oh," Olivia drawled.

"Dammit Adam!" Jill screeched. "This isn't funny. Give. It. Back!"

Olivia looked from the sparkly dildo to Alex and grinned. "Didn't Abbie have a sparkly one?"

Adam hopped around Jill and ran back into the DDA's bedroom as he sang, "Nah-nah-na-na-na, you can't catch me."

"That's right!" Alex laughed as she reached down to take Olivia's hand, tugging the detective into step as she moved to follow the show into Jill's room. "Maybe Lindsay and Abbie are genetically predisposed to liking sparkly strap-ons," she hypothesized as they stopped inside the door to watch Jill execute a perfect flying tackle which sent both she and Adam onto the unmade bed. "Wow, wonder when she learned how to do that?"

"They better watch out for those open suitcases," Olivia noted. "It'll hurt if they land on one of those reinforced corners."

"Do I want to know how you know that?" Alex smirked.

"Probably not," Olivia muttered.

"Give. It. Back," Jill growled as she dove for the toy in Adam's hand.

Of course, this was the moment Lindsay wandered out of the en suite, looking down at the shirt she was finishing buttoning up as she asked, "Hey, Jill, have you packed Edward? Whatever bag he's going in is going to get check…," her voice trailed off as she noticed the three gaping mouths staring at her and the look of murder in her girlfriend's eyes. "Good morning."

Alex arched a brow and asked, "Edward?"

Olivia and Adam blew up at the dry, almost conversational tone Alex managed to inflict into her question causing Lindsay to flush scarlet to the tips of her ears and Jill to flop face first onto the bed to hide. "Um… well…," the Inspector stuttered.

Jill bolted upright and pointed at the ceiling. "I will pay you to forget this ever happened."

Adam laughed and pulled out his iPhone to take a picture of the toy. "Not gonna happen baby-cakes," he told her. "We all have trust funds… a few hundred isn't going to buy our silence."

Olivia, feeling bad for the obviously mortally embarrassed couple, took hold of Alex's elbow and steered the blonde back through the door. "I'm hungry," she said loud enough to make sure her voice would carry. "Let's go get breakfast before we hit the road."

Adam turned and dropped the sparkly dildo onto the bed. "You're leaving?"

"Yeah," Alex nodded as she shrugged out of Olivia's grip and moved across to grab her brother by the arm and march him out of the room as well. "Which means you have exactly seventy minutes to explain to my why the hell you never told me about Paul."

"Okay," Adam laughed as he wormed his way out of Alex's grip. He punched a couple buttons on his phone and then slid it into his pocket with an evil, impish grin on his face. "My work here is done anyways, let's get some grub!"

"What does he mean his work here is done?" Lindsay wondered aloud.

Down the hall a door crashed open with enough force to rattle the pictures hanging on the wall. "ADAM!" Bryan's voice screeched. "Why the hell did you send me a picture of a sparkly dick?"

"Oh fuck," Jill groaned.

"Isn't this a direct violation of Cabot rules of combat 14A?" Lindsay asked, impressing all the Cousins present with her recollection of their family rules.

"Nope," Adam replied gleefully. "You weren't 'in the act'… it's legal. Completely, blissfully legal. I'm sure you'll be hearing from Jake and John…"

"ADAM!" Jill's brother's voices yelled in perfect unison.

"Right about now. See you at breakfast Skittles!" Adam laughed as he hurried down the hall toward the stairs.

"I'm going to kill you!" Jill screamed at Adam's retreating back as he skipped down the steps. She turned to Lindsay and scowled. "We need to get some dirt on that guy, quick."

"You guys are vicious, you know that, right?" Lindsay replied.

"We raise lawyers in this family," Jill retorted. "You were warned before you agreed to come out here with me. Now, after breakfast and Alex leaves, we're going to toss his room to see what we can find. Our flight isn't until later this afternoon."

"We?"

"Do you want to get lucky ever again?"

Lindsay sighed in defeat. "I guess we're tossing his room later."

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Olivia squeezed Alex's large suitcase into the trunk beside her own and slammed the hatch shut with a resounding thud. She absentmindedly wiped her hands off on her jeans as she turned to where Alex was saying goodbye to her family. She stood and watched the mass of blondes interacting for a few moments, enjoying the easy familiarity the group shared. They were a good family. Not just because of money, but they genuinely cared about each other.

"Get your ass over here and say goodbye properly, Olivia!" Adam hollered across the drive at her.

She caught Alex's eye and grinned, before she began walking back toward the group. "What?" she drawled as she slid in beside Alex and wrapped a protective arm around the blonde's shoulders.

"Get over here," Adam grinned as he yanked her away from his sister and pulled the stunned detective into a strong embrace. "You're good for Alex. Take good care of her for me, okay?" he murmured.

Olivia smiled and hugged him back. "I promise."

"Good," he replied as he released her and stepped away. "Well, you've survived your first Cabot Clan holiday. You going to come back for more?"

Olivia looked over at Alex and smiled. "Yeah, I think I can manage that."

"D'aaaawwwwww," the Cousins sang.

"Give it up, you lot," Maggie laughed as she pushed through the crowd to pull Alex into a fierce hug. "I'm happy for you, Alex honey," she whispered. "She's a keeper, don't screw it up."

Alex chuckled. "I'll try my very best not to," she assured her aunt as she watched her mother approach. "Thanks for everything, Mom," she murmured as she pulled her mom into a hug.

"Good luck, Baby," Carolyn whispered as she squeezed her youngest tightly. "If you need help with anything, just let me know."

"Of course," Alex replied softly.

"Good," Carolyn said as she stepped back and wiped at her eyes. "Well, you two had better get on your way if you want to make it back to the city before dinner. Traffic is probably going to be a mess," she elaborated as she pulled Olivia into a hug. "Take care of my little girl, Detective Benson," she murmured.

"I'll do my best ma'am," Olivia assured her.

"I know you will." Carolyn smiled.

"Well, on that note," Jill called out, "call me when you get the you know what figured out and we'll talk. That's going to require some major planning Cuz."

"The what?" Olivia asked, looking askance at Alex who was glowering at her cousin.

"Never mind," Alex grumbled, still shooting daggers at her smirking cousin. She should have never told Jill about the ring her mother gave her for Olivia. "Don't forget Edward," she smirked at her cousin.

The Cousins, who had all been enlightened on who 'Edward' was over breakfast, laughed as Maggie asked, "Who's Edward?"

"Nothing, mom," Jill blushed and Lindsay looked ready to head for the hills.

"Let me tell you about Jill's friend Edward," Adam drawled with a wink goodbye to his sister as he wrapped an arm around his favorite Aunt's shoulders and reached for the phone in his pocket.

"Don't you dare, Adam Christopher Cabot," Jill growled.

"Bite me, Skittles," Adam retorted as he pulled up the file on his phone. "This is Edward." He turned the screen toward Maggie, and a curious Carolyn who had snuck in to see what her son was talking about, so they could see the picture he'd snapped earlier.

"Adam!" Carolyn admonished.

Maggie just laughed and turned to her daughter and Lindsay. "Sparkles?"

"And on that note," Alex called out, "we'll be going."

"Bye!" the group called out laughingly, the lot of them waving as Alex and Olivia slid into the ADA's little car.

"So," Alex sighed as they started down the long, winding drive. "You glad you came?"

Olivia bit her lip and smiled. "Yeah," she replied. "I'm glad."

"Me too," Alex murmured, reaching across the center console to place her right hand on top of Olivia's left. "Me too."

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Alex pulled into her parking space in the garage under her building and killed the engine as she looked over at her sleeping lover. She sat in the silence for a moment, reflecting on the past few days and all the insanity that had inevitably occurred. And Olivia had handled it all marvelously. She is going to make a fine addition to the family some day, Alex thought to herself as she toyed with the ring she'd slipped into her jeans pocket. Someday, I will make her mine.

"Mmm," Olivia murmured as she stirred, awakened by the absence of movement now that the car was stopped. "Sorry," she apologized as she stretched. "I didn't mean to fall asleep."

"Don't worry about it," Alex assured her as she leaned across the gap to kiss the still sleepy brunette tenderly. "We're home."

Olivia smiled and nodded. "Home," she repeated.

"Home. Our home," Alex elaborated, her heart taking flight in her chest as she said the words. "Our home," she repeated softly. She liked the sound of that.

A lot.

The End.

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Author's Note: Well, this has been quite a ride, hasn't it? Many, many, many thanks to all of you who have read and commented on this fic and the antics of the Crazy Clan Cabot, your kind words and suggestions were more appreciated than you'll ever know. It was an absolute joy to hear how much you all were enjoying the crazy characters that were spawned from my twisted imagination, and I am hoping the third installment in this story line – there is a proposal to be made and a wedding to be had, after all – doesn't disappoint.

So, again, thanks to you, my readers, for your time spent reading this story and your lovely comments. Muse and I probably wouldn't write this stuff if it weren't for you.

*Muse pours each and every one of you a shot of tequila… enjoy!*