Title: Winter Wonderland Chapter 12
Author's Note: For disclaimer, see chapter one.
Chapter 12: Christmas Morning
Alex wakes up to laughter coming from the living room. Grinning, she crawls out of the bed and sneaks quietly into the living room. Standing in the doorway, she watches Olivia and Lizzie – her niece – sort the presents under the Christmas tree. The sight warms her heart and she knows she could spend the rest of her life watching it.
Olivia looks behind her and smiles when she sees Alex watching her and Lizzie. She leans over and whispers something to the giggling toddler who then stands up and runs toward Alex.
"Aunty Alex," the four year old yells, launching herself into Alex's waiting arms.
Alex catches her easily and spins around. "Yeah, baby?"
"Aunty Liv has a question."
"What's the question?"
Lizzie bites her thumb and looks back at Olivia. Olivia nods. "She says she wants to marry you."
Alex nearly drops the little girl in her arms. "She does?"
"I do," Olivia says, walking towards Alex. She pulls the ring out of her pants pocket and holds it in front of Alex's face. "What do you say?"
Alex stares at the ring, completely speechless. "Are you serious?"
Olivia nods and kneels down. Taking Alex's hand in her own, she smiles. "Alex, from the first time I saw you, I knew I had to have you. You lit up my life in a way I can't even begin to describe. You were like the light from the sun, the halo of an angel, and Christmas lights in the city all in one absolutely miraculous person. And when you first looked into my eyes, I could swear my world stopped, and I could see everything that we could be. Every day when I wake up and I see you lying next to me in that bed, I see an entire future with you. I see our house, marriage, kids, the whole deal, and I'm not afraid anymore. I want this with you, Alex Cabot. I love you. I love everything about you. I love the little things you do like how you knock your glasses off the bedside table when you get up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water, how you bite your pen when you're thinking, how you tap your hand on mine when I'm driving, how you fall asleep at your desk when you're at home, how you almost set the kitchen on fire every time you try to cook, how you cry during sappy movies, how you watch reruns of the Golden Girls and The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh when you can't sleep, how you laugh, how you smile, how your eyes show all of your emotions. I love it all, and I want to spend the rest of my life learning new things about you. So I'm asking you this, Alexandra Elizabeth Cabot, will you do me the pleasure – the honor – of becoming my wife?"
"Say yes, Aunty Alex," Lizzie says.
Alex nods and quickly blinks back tears.
"Is that a yes?" Olivia asks.
Alex nods again. "Yes," she says. "Yes, Olivia Benson, I will marry you."
Olivia grins widely and stands up. Slipping the ring onto Alex's finger, she leans in and kisses her cheek.
"Did you say yes?" Lizzie asks impatiently.
Olivia nods. "She said yes, Lizzie. Good job."
Lizzie smiles and squirms out of Alex's arms to go tell everyone waiting in the kitchen.
"I love you, Olivia Benson," Alex says, kissing Olivia's lips.
"I love you too, Alex Cabot. I love you too."
That's it! That's the end. It's been a pleasure writing for you all. Thanks to everyone for the reviews and follows and favorites. I love you all.