So this is the final chapter, I've been struggling so much with it. I wasn't totally sure how to end this right but thanks to SunRise19 and EdibleSlaw I managed to come up with something. I know I said it would take a while to update but I didn't expect it to take this long. I really didn't want to rush this final chapter and come produce something rubbish, so hopefully this is okay.
I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has read this story and a huge thanks for the reviews and alerts and things. You guys are the best!
Disclaimer: Not mine.
18 months later.
Olivia had been driving for hours and hours, and that was just today. She'd been on the road for two days, stopping overnight at hotels before waking and carrying on with her journey. Elliot had wanted her to fly but she insisted of driving, knowing the journey would do her good.
She suddenly found that she had to pull over and stop for a while. It wasn't to rest or even to stretch her aching legs. It was to stand at the edge of tall cliff and look out at the sea and the orange and red sky in which the sun was setting, slowly sinking into the sea, or at least that was how it looked.
It was the most beautiful sight she had ever seen in her life and she suddenly wished Elliot could be here to see it with her. She wished he could be standing right behind her with his chin resting on her shoulders, his arms wrapped around her front, his hands resting on her swollen tummy.
Instead she rested her own hands on her pregnant belly. "Your daddy would love this." she spoke to the bump beneath her blue t-shirt.
She was almost five months pregnant and, carrying twins, she was showing more than most women would be at this stage. She took another minute to watch the sun and then she turned and climbed back into her car.
She stole another quick look, vowing to remember it forever, and then she pulled back out onto the dusty road. Her journey was almost at an end and she could see the beach down in the valley below. She could clearly see the few houses that littered the shore line, standing proud looking out over the ocean.
Alex was sat on the deck watching as her husband of 6 months played with their beautiful three year old daughter. True, she wasn't Alex's daughter by blood, but the moment she had met Harry she had fallen instantly in love with him and his little girl. The motherless child had taken an instant liking to Alex and saw her as her mother, much to Alex's delight. It had been a whirlwind relationship but Alex wouldn't have had it any other way.
"It's almost bedtime!" she called out to them as Harry scooped little Lucy up and spun around with her in his arms, his feet sinking into the soft sand beneath them.
"Yes Mommy!" Lucy shouted in-between giggles.
Alex just laughed and knew there was no chance Lucy would be going to bed on time tonight, she didn't mind, she adored the small girls company. She took another look out over the beach she loved living on so much. The gentle waves softly glided up the beach before retreating back. The setting sun made the water look orange, it was truly stunning.
She was about to turn and walk back inside when she heard a car coming down the gravel driveway. She stepped around the side of the house and watched with a smile as a familiar faced person climbed somewhat awkwardly out of the car.
Alex stormed forward and threw her arms around Olivia, who did the exact same thing. There was silence as they simply held one and another, friends reunited.
"God, it's been too long!" Alex said unwilling to end the hug just yet.
Olivia continued to hug her back for a while longer before she chose to reply.
"I know. I haven't seen you since the wedding." Olivia said as they finally ended their hug.
"And look at you." Alex said, gently laying her hands on Olivia's bump. "I bet El was impressed when you were told it was twins."
Olivia just smiled and recalled the moment clear as day, "I think his exact word was "Jackpot!"" She smiled.
"Aunt Livia!" cried Lucy as she half skipped half ran over to her.
Olivia crouched down and held her arms open for the little girl to run into. As soon as she did she pulled her into a tight hug and scooped her up. "I can't believe how big you're getting!" she said in disbelief.
"It's all this sea air," Harry told her with a smile as Alex took Lucy from Olivia's arm.
"You and El should really consider moving down here. We could be neighbours." He added as he gave Olivia a hug. "We've missed you." He told her sincerely.
"With a view like that," she said looking out at the sea, "I think we may just have to do it, and we miss you guys too." She smiled.
"Well come on inside. Alex has been slaving away over the stove all day and the food smells as amazing as always! I'll grab your bags for you later, Liv." Harry said as he grabbed Lucy from Alex and carried her into the house, tickling her as he did.
Olivia and Alex simply followed the sound of Lucy giggling, both smiling contentedly.
"This place really is beautiful, Alex. I forgot just how beautiful." Olivia said glancing at the stunning views that surrounded her.
"That's because you and El don't visit anywhere near enough."
"It's hard with El working. Since I left the department has been twice as busy and El seems to be the one left with all the cases."
"Are you still happy with your decision to leave?" Alex asked her.
"Definitely, working as a rape counsellor is one of the best things I've ever done." Olivia replied.
"I'm happy for you, Liv." Alex told her as she wrapped her arm around her best friends back, a move Olivia mimicked back to her.
"Thanks, Alex. So, what about you Miss Lady of leisure?"
"Mrs!" Alex corrected as she held her hand up and wiggled her finger upon which was a beautiful wedding ring.
"I'm sorry, Mrs Lady of leisure." Olivia said with a smile.
"Not quite. It's a job and a half keeping this place tidy and taking care of Lucy, but I love it."
"El keeps saying he thinks that I won't want to return to work once the babies are born."
"What do you tell him?"
"That he's probably right." she replied making them both laugh before the moved into the house.
Olivia was sat on the deck. She watched through the large glass sliding doors as Alex crept over to the couch and gently laid a blanket over Harry who had fallen asleep on the couch in front of the TV. Lucy was nestled next to him, she too fast asleep so Alex made sure to put the blanket over to too. Olivia couldn't help but smile as Alex bent down and kissed her daughters blonde curly hair and then her husband and then her daughter again.
She then grabbed the remote, turned the TV off and made her way towards the deck. She grabbed hold of two blankets off the back of the chair as she passed by it. She stepped out onto the deck and closed the sliding doors behind her. She passed Olivia one of the blankets then sat down in the deck-chair next to hers.
Both women wrapped themselves up in the blankets. It wasn't exactly cold but it was cosier with the blankets as they watched the stars twinkling up in the night sky.
"I can't remember when I last saw so many stars." Olivia confessed.
"That's city living for you. Harry and I fall asleep out here all the time watching the stars."
"It is amazing here, Alex. Lucy seems so happy growing up here. I want that for these babies." Olivia said as she stroked her belly.
"There's homes further down the beach for sale. God knows you would want to get away from the city. I wouldn't move back there if someone paid me."
Olivia knew Alex had grown to hate the city more and more after the Domain. She hated the crowds of people in the city and it had taken her a lot of therapy to be able to accept having strangers around her.
Harry and Lucy had been the best thing that could have happened to her. Harry had been no stranger, well sort of. They had meant during the trial of the Domain. His wife had been one of the women taken to it. She had not been lucky enough to leave it though as she had died there. It was this common ground that had brought Alex and Harry together. They'd helped heal each other.
Olivia smiled at her friend and held her hand out to her. Alex smiled and reached out and grabbed her friends hand. They sat there in a comfortable silence, listening to the waves and watching the stars.
Olivia was lying in what could only be described as one of the most comfortable beds that she had ever slept in, courtesy of Alex's guest room. She would have happily stayed here all day but she had a busy day planned ahead.
First she had to have breakfast cooked by Harry, one of the best cooks she knew, out on the deck. Then it was onto the beach to build sand castles with Lucy and Alex. They also fully intended to paddle. They were also going to collect shells and make necklaces with them and so much more.
She was about to open her eyes and start getting ready for the day when she felt a soft finger run gently down the side of her face. She smiled as she instantly recognised the touch and the familiar wake up call, but she was sure she must be dreaming it because she had come here last night without Elliot.
She was amazed when she opened her eyes to find him lying beside her, a huge grin on his face. "Morning beautiful." he said to her.
She wanted to ask what he was doing here but she had missed him that she pushed herself up and half lay over him and she kissed him hungrily. He kissed her right back with a similar hunger, his hand coming up to tangle itself in her hair. He hated being away from her.
She finally broke apart from the kiss and moved to lie beside him, wrapping her arm around him to stop him from going anywhere, not that he had any intentions to do so. He brought one arm up around her back and the other came to rest on her belly.
"How are our babies?" he asked her.
"Kicky." she told him, making him laugh.
He kissed her on top of her head, leaving his lips to linger there. "I couldn't stand being away from you for so long so I caught the red eye last night, arrived here a little while ago. Harry was telling me about all the houses for sale further down the beach."
"I think we should buy one." she told him. "There longer I stay here the more I dread going back to the city. It's so cleansing out here, El."
"I know, just seeing how well Alex is doing proves that, and I know you've been struggling with things again."
Olivia knew she often woke him up in the middle of the night when she woke up screaming from another nightmare. He knew how she panicked the moment a guy looked at her funny and he had to be the one to remind her he was there to keep her safe. He knew she just couldn't be the person she once was until she had a real change.
"We'll do it then." he told her.
The rest of the weekend seemed to go by quickly, too quickly. They had all enjoyed playing on the beach for most of the daytime, eating far too much food and relaxing on the deck of a night time.
Tomorrow Olivia and Elliot would be driving back to the city. However, they had indeed purchased one of the houses on the beach and as soon as all was finalised they would be moving into it. Lucy was possibly more excited than anyone that this was happening, so much so that she had fallen asleep early after tiring herself out jumping about with excitement.
She was now cradled in Alex's arm, snug under a blanket as the friends all sat out watching the sun set. They spent the night talking and planning the times ahead, things that could happen once Olivia and Elliot had moved. The more they talked the more they all wished it was happening sooner rather than later.
The sun was almost getting ready to set as Elliot loaded the last of their luggage into the car. Alex and Olivia were still hugging one and another. "I know you're gonna be back in a few weeks but I'm really gonna miss you, Liv." Alex said.
"I'm gonna miss you too. All of you." Olivia said, a little emotionally. Damn hormones.
The woman finally broke apart from the hug and whilst Alex hugged Elliot Olivia hugged Harry. Next it was Lucy's turn to give everyone, including Alex and Harry who were going nowhere hugs. Then with Lucy sat on her father's shoulders, Olivia and Elliot climbed into the car.
Alex, Harry and Lucy stood waving to them as they drove off. They continued to wave until they were out of sight. Harry couldn't help but notice the sad look on his wife's face.
He wrapped his arm lovingly around her waist and placed a soft kiss on her cheek. "Don't be sad sweetheart, she's coming back."
Alex turned to look at him and smiled. She held his face and kissed him. "God, I love you." she said to him.
"I love you too." he replied.
"I love you both!" Lucy giggled.
"Good!" Harry cheered as he pulled her down from his shoulders and he and Alex both tickled her. The moment he put the giggling girl down she set off running down the beach. Alex grabbed a hold of Harry's hand and they took off running after her.
"El, pull over!" Olivia said as they reached the top of the Valley
"Are you okay?" he asked as he pulled up into a layby at the side of the road.
"You have to see this!" Olivia beamed as she climbed out of the car.
Elliot immediately followed. He followed her across the empty road and came to a stop just behind her at the top of a cliff that overlooked the ocean below. He was stunned by the sight of the sun setting into it.
Olivia turned to face him, still beaming, "I wanted you to see this so badly." she said before she turned to face it again. "Isn't it amazing?"
"It's perfect." he said as he stepped right behind her and wrapped his arms around her, his hands coming to rest on her bump, his chin resting on her shoulder.
She smiled, "Now its perfect." she said and placed her hands on his.
They stood there in one another's embrace, watching the sun sink into the sea.
"Love you." Elliot said to her before he placed a soft kiss on her neck.
Olivia smiled and nuzzled her face against his. "I love you back." she replied, and they continued to watch the sun set.
Thanks so much for reading. I'm sorry to leave it here but I've given them both a happy ending and those of you familiar with my work will know I'm not usually any good at the Happily-ever-after thing so I hope this is okay.