See you later
Olivia could feel the slight warmth of the sun begin to warm her shoulder. She attempted to roll over to check the time on her nightstand but she felt something holding her firmly in place. It took a few moments before she finally realized that it was Elliot's arm around her waist holding her body flush against his. Slowly the memories of last night began to come to her. She wasn't at home in bed but in Virginia after she surprised him. They returned to his apartment where they made love well into all hours of the night. She would've thought it was all a dream if it wasn't for their naked bodies closely intertwined and the hint of soreness she feels in her limbs and between her legs. They had certainly made up for lost time. After their first time a second closely followed with Elliot taking his time and kissing every inch of her body. The memory brings a smile to her face and she reaches up to touch her swollen lips with one hand while rubbing his hand curled up at her waist with the other.
He stirs slightly and she is careful not to wake him up. She wants to take a few moments to take in everything that happened last night and watch him while he's sleeping. She's caught glances of him when he dozed off at her house a few times while they watched movies but this is different. This is much more intimate. He's wrapped into her body completely. His left leg is wedged between both of hers. His hip digs into hers and he's so close that she feels his breath on the back of her neck. Even in bed they fit perfectly. With Brian she would end up on the other side of the bed or when he would try to hold her she would get out of the hold because it was either too hot or uncomfortable. But with Elliot it's different. But then again everything with him always is. She could stay with him like this for hours but of course she has to get back home and he has to get back to work.
She takes a chance and tries to move over on her back so she can see more of him. Elliot is heavy and has a death grip around her so it makes it hard for her to move. It annoys her for a brief second that she can't move but then the significance of it is not lost on her. He's made so many references to not wanting to let her go or wanting them apart ever again that his grip on her is expected. The sweetness of the gesture makes her smile more.
She finally makes it somewhat on her back and begins to rub the forearm he has that's around her. The other one is behind the pillow he is laying on. Her eyes move to his chest and she sees a few of the battle scars that he has accumulated over the years yearning to reach out and kiss every one of them. They were so frenzied last night that she didn't get a chance to but she makes a mental note to do that another time.
"Do you like what you see Benson?" he sleepily asks from the pillow. "Busted." He's wearing a smile that she's gotten used to seeing over the time since they have reconnected that she rarely saw when they were partners.
"Yes I do like what I see. Very much," she reaches down to rub noses with him before placing a soft kiss on his lips.
"How did you sleep?" he asks rubbing her face and staring at her like he can't believe she's there.
"Good. Better than I've slept in a long time. You?"
"Well I didn't get too much sleep," he says wagging his eyebrows and earning a playful slap from Olivia, "but it is better than I've slept in a long time because you were here. Thank you."
"For the sleep or the sex?"
Now it's his turn to give her a playful tap.
"For both and just for coming out here. I know it couldn't have been easy Liv with your schedule and with Noah so I appreciate it more than you know," he says in a serious sincere tone.
"You are very welcome. I'm glad I came."
"And that you did, multiple times."
"Oh my god, you are ridiculous," she says trying to hit him but he is faster than her and captures her hands in his and pins them to the side of her head while leaning over her. She tries to wrestle away from him but he holds her down and just gazes at her. She begins to feel shy under his gaze and look down but he immediately reaches down and picks her chin back up.
"You are beautiful Liv. The most beautiful woman I have ever seen."
She's uncomfortable with the compliment and reaches up to tangle his lips with hers to distract him. As their kisses heat up, her phone rings.
"Oh no," Elliot groans in her neck.
"Relax that's probably Don. I texted him last night to call me as soon as he and Noah woke up."
Before Elliot can ask any more questions she's on the phone. He faintly listens to their conversation while perusing her body. He still can't get over the fact that she's in his apartment in DC. The cozy apartment had never really felt like home but like a hotel room. The kids minus Dickie had come up once to help him settle in. With Olivia in his bed and her clothes on his floor the place has more light and hope in it than it ever has before. His gentle rubs as she talks quickly turn into kisses on her arms, her neck, in her hair and whatever piece of skin is exposed.
He laughs at her attempt to really focus on her conversation with Don while he continues to kiss her. The fact that it is their old boss just spurs him on even more. He knows that for years Don was afraid of how close they were and knew they had feelings for each other. The irony that he is the one to watch Noah while she flew to to see him is not lost on him. He's also happy that she is able to find a father figure in him. He had suspected based on how ferociously he protected Olivia when he tried to enter back into her life at the wrong time that they had grown closer and was worried that they would lose touch when he retired but he couldn't be more wrong.
"Ok, thanks again Don. I land around 1:30pm and I'll be straight over there from the airport," she said wrapping up the conversation.
"Yeah thanks Don!" Elliot yells from the background shocking Olivia. He hears Don's chuckles on the other end of the phone mixed with some of Noah's babbling.
"I can't believe you," she says in mock irritation as she sets the phone back down.
"Oh please Liv. Don knows the deal. I think he always has."
"Yeah I guess he has. He and Noah are having a great time it sounds like."
They kiss a little longer before Olivia feels his erection at her hip."
"Really El? Already?" she laughs in between kisses.
"Sixteen years Liv. Sixteen. I have a lot of time to make up for," he begins to pull the sheet back that's still somewhat separating them. Olivia's legs separate instinctively and Elliot stares in amazement.
"Are you sure you aren't too sore?" he asks concerned.
"Don't flatter yourself Stabler," she says playfully using her right leg to coax him down further onto her.
"Oh I could do this Liv. Every morning."
"Someone has quite the sex drive."
"No I mean this. You and me. I don't want to rush you. I'm not trying to scare you but the thought of waking up to you every morning, the banter, the chit chat and holding you. I can't think of anything better."
He's immediately nervous at his confession and wonders if it's too much for her. He doesn't want her to retreat. She's given so much to him already and still surprising him with the way she has opened herself up to their relationship and to him again.
"I can't either. I love you El."
"I love you too."
With those words he sinks deep into her. She's ready for him. Very ready. And the sounds of their lovemaking fill the room.
Olivia wakes up a couple of hours later to the smell of food and the sounds of Elliot in the kitchen. She goes to the bathroom and picks up one of his shirts along the way to put on before she heads out to see him. In the bathroom she laughs at her reflection in the mirror. She looks like someone who has been thoroughly fucked judging by her hair that is going in many directions but she also sees someone who is calm and in love. She'd finally told him last night how she felt and immediately felt a huge weight lifted off her shoulders. She knows that Elliot knew how she felt before she told him but it felt good to be able to say the words to him after all this time and hear them back.
After taking care of her needs in the bathroom she heads to the kitchen to see what he has cooked. She hadn't eaten anything since she boarded the plane yesterday and after their activities last night, she's famished.
She turns the corner to see Elliot at the stove scrambling eyes with nothing on but sweatpants that hang deliciously low on his waste accenting the V shape that he has leading down to his pelvis. She is watching him move with such a comfort and grace around the kitchen that she doesn't think she has seen before. He's always been in such control of his body but she's used to seeing him tense and running after perps not this. This is Elliot in a relationship. In those moments when she would actually allow herself to think about him and what his life was like outside of work she often wondered what he was like just on a Sunday afternoon around his house. If he helped with the housework or did things in the yard. There was something truly endearing about him fixing her breakfast.
She crept up behind him and snaked her hands around his chest and placed a kiss on his back. There were so many sexy parts of him but she particularly liked his back. His arms were a close second. As she kissed him she was surprised to feel the desire start to loom low in her belly again. She couldn't believe she wanted him..again.
"You awake sleepyhead?" he asked reaching back to kiss the top of her head.
"Yeah, you should've woken me up. I could've helped you."
"Don't worry about it. You were so peaceful I didn't want to wake you," he said as he kissed the top of her head again and scooped some eggs on to a plate next to bacon and toast. "Have a seat. Breakfast is served and here's your cup of coffee."
"Hmmm I could get used to this."
"You should get used to this," he says placing a kiss on her shoulder.
They ate in a comfortable silence as Elliot watched Olivia completely devour her plate. He didn't give her much of a chance to eat last night before he dragged her out of the bar so he wasn't surprised at how hungry she was. He watched as she licked her fingers and thought it was the most adorable thing ever. It saddened him because he knew how much he was going to miss her.
"I have to get going soon to catch the second half of my class."
"Why don't I clean up in here and you go and take a shower?"
"Or we both clean up in here and we both go and have a shower," he counters and begins to play with the hem of her shirt.
"You are insatiable."
After having sex again in the shower and getting dressed, they prepare to say their goodbyes in the lobby of Elliot's apartment building.
"I'm sorry I don't have enough time to drop you off at the airport."
"It's fine El. I'm going to take the train and I'll be there in no time."
"Ill see you in a few days," she says as she hugs his neck and kisses him.
"Text me when you land."
She holds his forehead to hers for a few more moments before she reaches back.
She knows she will see him soon but goodbyes are harder now than they used to be. Maybe it's because before they would leave each other and not say goodbye. She went to computer crimes and to Oregon without a word to him. He disappeared from her life for almost four years and didn't say goodbye. This is why. Goodbyes were hard then when they couldn't express how they felt and acknowledge why it was hard to let go but they are that much harder now.
"See you later Liv."