I know it's been almost a year since I last update. And for that I apologize. I have a lot happen in the past year. I moved twice. I was sick for a while and even spent a few days in the hospital. And I had a lot of other stuff going on. But nevertheless, here's the latest chapter! Enjoy!
Location: SVU Squad Room.
"Listen up guys!" Cragen called out to Elliot, Munch, and Fin. "Since tonight is the Policemans Ball, I'm letting you guys leave early. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. So enjoy it while it lasts."
The detectives thanked their captain and began cleaning up their desks. Cragen closed up his office and exited the precinct. The three detectives began to talk among themselves.
"So, how's Liv?" Munch inquired.
"About to have a baby," Elliot replied. "But otherwise fine."
"Does that mean she's coming tonight?" asked Fin.
"Yes," Elliot answered. "She's gotten better since Grady's guilty verdict. I think it finally gave her the closure she needed. The doctor took her off bed rest. And it took a little sweet talking on my part, but I finally convinced her to go. I think it would do her and the baby some good."
"I agree," said a voice behind them.
The three of them turned around to see Dr. Huang sopping wet, holding a wet umbrella. "What are you doing here?" Munch asked.
Huang held up a file folder. "Cragen had me profile a suspect for the Anarchy rapist case. Your suspect didn't fit the profile, but I found a suspect that did. I looked him up in the FBI database and found a few red flags in his file."
"Cragen left already," Elliot told him. "And we're about to follow suit. Tonight's the Policemans Ball. I'll hang onto the file for now. I'll give it to him first thing tomorrow."
"That's fine with me," Huang handed Elliot the file. "Be careful out there tonight. It's really pouring down."
"Really?" Munch was a little surprised. "I thought Hurricane Warren wasn't supposed to hit us till sometime tomorrow night."
Huang shook his head. "It's just heavy rain. Warren is still south of here. I believe it's in the Maryland and D.C. area."
"Thanks for the heads up, doc," Fin put on his jacket and grabbed his keys. "I'm heading out! Munch, if you still want a ride home, you better move your bony ass!"
"I'm coming," Munch threw on his jacket. "See you at the party, Elliot."
"See you later," Elliot called back. He put the file into a drawer and locked it. Then he put the key in his jacket pocket.
Munch and Fin left the precinct. As Elliot readied himself to leave, he looked up and noticed Huang was still standing there beside him.
"Anything else I can do for you?" Elliot asked him, walking toward the elevators.
"Well," Huang said. "I heard you say Olivia was doing better. But what about you? Are you doing any better?"
Huang firmly pressed the down button in between the two elevators.
"Honestly," Elliot began. "I'm not sure. At first, I thought I was. I've been going to counseling. My nightmares stopped. And Liv has been very supportive. But lately, I started having nightmares again. Only they've changed."
"How so?" inquired Huang.
The elevator to the right of where they stood let out a ding. The doors swished as they swung open. Huang and Elliot stepped inside. Elliot first pressed the number 1 button for the first floor, then he pressed the button to shut the elevator doors. The doors immediately shut and the elevator slowly and quietly descended.
Elliot explained the nightmare about his family trapped in the burning house after the explosion. "But this time, it's Olivia and the baby trapped in the house instead of Kathy and the kids."
"It's natural to feel nervous about parenthood," Huang assured him. "Frankly, I'd be worried if you weren't nervous. Especially, after what you've been through. I'm sure Olivia is just as nervous. Have you talked to her about this?"
"No," Elliot shook his head. "I want Liv to focus on getting herself ready. This baby will be here before we know it, and I want what's left of this pregnancy to go as calmly and smoothly for her as possible."
"That's perfectly understandable," Huang told him. "But I still think you should talk to her. You wouldn't like it if she held something back from you, would you?"
Elliot hesitated for a moment. "No, I wouldn't. I guess you're right. I'll talk to her first thing tomorrow. Tonight, I just want her to have a little fun."
The elevators doors opened up to reveal the ground floor of the 16th precinct. Elliot and Huang stepped out of the elevator and proceeded to exit the building. "I hope you both have fun tonight," Huang smiled. "Now if you'll excuse me, I really have to get going before this rain gets any worse. Be careful out there tonight."
"Thanks, but I'm not scared of Hurricane Warren!" Elliot taunted. "He's nothing but an asshat!"
There they parted ways. Huang went about his business. And Elliot hopped in his car and drove home to Olivia and the baby. His family.
Location: Benson/Stabler Residence.
"I'm home!" Elliot called out.
He hung his jacket on the coat rack and his keys on the key hook.
"I'm upstairs!" Olivia called back.
Elliot walked upstairs to find a very pregnant Olivia in the bedroom, standing in front of a full length mirror doing her makeup. Her hair was done in smooth silky waves instead of the usual straight. She wore a floor length brown chiffon ruffle v-neck maternity gown. The back of the dress was still unzipped.
"Can you zip me up?" Olivia asked, as she added the finishing touches to her ensemble. Diamond teardrop earrings and matching necklace with one large diamond centered among a set of smaller diamond teardrops.
"Sure," Elliot zipped up her dress. "You look beautiful!"
He couldn't help but admire her. She looked like a goddess.
"Yeah right," Olivia said, sarcastically. "I'm huge and disgusting. I look like a cow. My feet are swollen and freakishly fat. I've changed my mind. I'm not going. They're all going to take one look at me and laugh."
She sat down on the bed and began to cry. Elliot sat down beside her and put an arm around her.
"You are beautiful," Elliot reminded her, handing her a tissue with his free hand. "And if anyone stares, which I'm sure everyone will, it'll only be because you look incredible."
"I guess I'm just scared," Olivia admitted. She dabbed at her eyes with the tissue. "My due date is approaching quickly. And I've been having new nightmares lately."
"New nightmares?" Elliot repeated.
Olivia nodded. "They always takes place after the baby is born. In some dreams, she's crying and nothing I do seems to console her. I'm at my wits end when I go into the kitchen to catch my breath. All the cabinet doors fly open and they're filled with alcohol, razors, prescription pain killers, rope, and there was even my gun sitting on the counter. And in other dreams, I would be rocking her to sleep in the rocking chair. And suddenly she would open her eyes. Except they were Grady's eyes. And she would speak to me in his voice, repeating the same things he said to me when he abducted me. I'd put the baby in her crib and tried to run out of the room, but the door would slam shut, locking me in. Meanwhile, his voice continued taunting me."
Elliot cupped her chin in his hands. "Grady is gone and will never hurt you again. And Granger is never getting out of jail. I know you're scared, but you need to give yourself a break. You've come too far to let yourself fall back. I'll always be here to catch you if you do fall. And I'll never let any harm come to you or the baby. And it'll take sometime, but I promise you things will continue to get better. Besides, it's natural to feel nervous about parenthood."
As Elliot found himself repeating Huang's words, he realized he would have to tell Olivia about his sooner than he anticipated.
"Did you feel this way when Kathy was pregnant?" Olivia asked him.
"Each and every time," Elliot admitted. "And I feel the same way now."
"You do?" Olivia was a little surprised. She imagined he would be used to the anxiety of impending parenthood.
Elliot nodded. Then he told her about his nightmares. As he spoke, Olivia began to feel a little better. It was nice to know she wasn't the only fearful one in their relationship. It was the first time in a long time Elliot talked about his family. Now she had to return the favor and make Elliot feel better. She had to be his rock the way he was hers.
"Look at me," Olivia embraced him and gazed into his sparkling sapphire eyes. "You are my rock. I've only made it this far because you've been there for me every step of the way. Including just now. By showing me that I'm not the only who's scared. You don't have to be strong all the time. It's okay to cry and miss your family."
"I really miss them," Elliot said, tears stinging his eyes. "So much it kills me sometimes. I think about them everyday. I guess I was just afraid that moving on with our new family would make me forget them."
"Oh, Elliot," Olivia kissed his tears. "They are still your family and always will be. Nothing will ever change that. I'd never let you forget them. And- Oooohh!"
Olivia held her belly with both her hands and began to breath steadily, inhaling deeply and exhaling.
"Liv!" Elliot became alarmed. He put his arms around her to keep her steady. "Are you okay? Is it time?"
Olivia inhaled deeply, then exhaled. "I'm fine. Just false labor pain. What are they called again? Those Braxton-Hicks things."
"Are you sure?" Elliot wasn't totally convinced.
"Yea," Olivia nodded. "It's already passing. See?" She steadied herself and stood up. "I've been having them a lot recently. Besides, I'm not due for a few more weeks. So are we going to this ball or what?"
"I thought you didn't want to go," Elliot was surprised.
"Well, I have a date," Olivia kissed him. "With this amazing guy who always there for me. And I hate to break it off and not be there for him."
"That's great," Elliot kissed her back. "Because I have a date with this beautiful woman who doesn't realize how incredible she is. And that makes me want to be a better man."
After a few more kisses and sweet words, Elliot took a shower and put on his best suit. A black tuxedo covering a white collared shirt and baby blue button down vest and tie. Meanwhile, Olivia refreshed her makeup and her hair. When they were finished, they took a look at each other "Wow!" Elliot grinned, captivated by Olivia's beauty. "You look even more beautiful, if that's even possible!"
"You don't look so bad yourself," Olivia straightened his tie. "I love it when you wear blue. It brings out your eyes."
She gazed into his deep crystal blue eyes and kissed him. Elliot wrapped his arms around her and kissed her back.
"I love you," Elliot pressed his forehead to hers and became lost in her amber brown eyes.
"I love you too," Olivia replied, not taking her eyes off his. Olivia never felt happier than she did now.
She couldn't wait to have their baby and become a family. Elliot must've realized it too, because he had never seen Olivia glow or look more beautiful than she did tonight. He too couldn't wait for them to become a family.
Finally, after even more kisses and sweet talk, they grabbed their coats and readied themselves to leave. Once they were outside, Elliot locked the front door. The rain was coming down rather steadily now. So he quickly helped Olivia into the front passenger seat of the car. Then he got into the driver's side and buckled himself in. As he put the key into the ignition, the car roared to life, sputtered, then stopped completely.
"That's odd," Elliot looked puzzled.
He turned the key in the ignition. Once again the car turned on, sputtered and stopped completely. So he removed the key from the ignition, reinserted it again, and started the car again. The same thing happened again.
"Must be something wrong with the transmission," Elliot guessed. "Or maybe the spark plug. Probably acquired moisture from this rain. Either way we're not going anywhere until I take a look under the hood."
"Don't try to fix it now," Olivia insisted.
"Why not?" Elliot asked.
"Because," she replied. "You'll get all wet and dirty. You'll ruin your suit. Why don't we just take the train? The closest station is only a block away."
"Okay," he agreed. "Only if you feel you're up to it."
So it was settled. Elliot took out his cell phone and called Cragen to let him know they were running a little late and would be taking the train. Then he and Olivia went back in the house and grabbed their umbrellas. As they walked to the station, Elliot held both umbrellas while Olivia held up her dress just enough so the bottom of it would not get wet and ruined. Slowly, but surely, they arrived at the station with both of their outfits in tact.
The train station platform was above ground. They had to walk up a flight of stairs then swipe their Metro cards to get onto the platform. Once they made it up there, Elliot found Olivia a dry seat on a nearby bench under the platform awning. To no one's great surprise, the platform was practically empty. As Olivia sat and rested her feet, Elliot shook out the rain water from their umbrellas, then sat down next to her and waited for the train.
Within minutes, the D train arrived and they boarded. Luckily, they found seats in an empty car. But they were fairly certain the car wouldn't stay empty for long. It would most likely fill up as they neared the city. Elliot and Olivia sat and stared out the window watching the scenery change from station to station. They noticed not too many people boarded, probably because of the rain. Their car remained empty, except for the two of them. The scenery turned to blackness when the train descended underground after the fourth station.
But they didn't get much further. Two more stops later and the train stalled for a moment, then began to move again. Then suddenly, it stopped, making the car lurch forward with such strength, Elliot and Olivia nearly fell out of their seats. The lights went out and the entire car was pitch black.
"Are you okay?" Elliot inquired.
He sat her up straight and put an arm around her to keep her steady.
"Yea, I'm fine," Olivia replied, a little flustered. "What the hell just happened?"
Suddenly, the auxiliary lights came on, but the train did not move.
"I don't know," Elliot shrugged.
Once he was sure Olivia was alright, Elliot stood up and peered out the windows on either side of the train car. It was too dark too see anything, yet the train remained motionless. Maybe if he opened the door he would be able to see a little better. Or maybe hear something.
"Do you see anything?" asked Olivia.
"Nope," Elliot answered. "I'm going to open the door and have a better look."
"Alright," Olivia said. "But be careful."
"I will," Elliot promised.
He walked to the end of the car and pulled open the door. In front of him, he could see the adjacent car. At first, he saw nothing, but he heard moving water, which he guessed was the rain. Perhaps from a nearby sewage drain. The glow from the auxiliary lights gave just enough light so he could see the ground beneath his feet. Below was rain water almost covering the wheels of the train. Elliot guessed it was maybe about two feet deep, more or less. The sound he heard was not from a sewage drain, but below his feet. The tunnel was flooded and Elliot was sure the water would rise.
"Um, Liv?" he said, his eyes fixed on the slowly rising water. "We have a problem."
"What is it?" Olivia became worried.
"The rain water is flooding the tunnel," Elliot told her.
"Oh, my God!" Olivia cried. "But I thought Hurricane Warren wasn't due to hit us till tomorrow night."
Olivia stood up to see for herself, but sat right back down when a sharp pain shot through her lower back. Then the pain slowly moved forward to her lower abdomen. She'd never had a Braxton-Hicks contraction this strong before. Could this be the real thing? She wasn't due for a few more weeks. So it had to be false. Right?
"I guess he changed his mind," Elliot said. "Either way, it looks like we're going to be here for a while."
"Ohhhh!" Olivia moaned in pain from her contraction.
"Don't worry, Liv," he assured her. "It can't get any worse than this."
She felt her contraction began to ease and she started to relax. She stood and took a step toward Elliot. But suddenly, she felt a soft pop followed by a gush of fluid in her lower abdomen. She looked down just in time to see warm fluid rush down from between her legs.
"El?" Olivia called out. "It just got worse."
"What?" Elliot became alarmed.
Elliot shut the door and spun around. Standing there behind him was Olivia with a large puddle of water surrounding her feet.
She looked up at him with pleading eyes. "My water just broke."
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