It's Always the Job
Olivia barreled from the airport and hurried to call Elliot. It was the evening before he left the next morning for this assignment and she knew she wouldn't have much time with him. She was determined to get in as much time as she could. She texted him from the car.
Hey just landed. Meet me at my place?
Already here. Hurry up beautiful.
She arrived to her apartment exhausted from the flight but was excited to see her two favorite guys. She turned the key to her door and was unprepared for the scene in front of her.
"Hey Olivia!" Eli said running up to her. She noticed the little boy had his pajamas on and despite how excited he was to see her she could tell he was tired. He gave her a hug before heading back to play on the floor.
"Hey there. Welcome home," Elliot said coming to greet her with Noah in his arms. He gave her a hug and had to hold back from kissing her unsure if she felt comfortable with that type of affection in front of the kids. "I'm sorry I didn't mean to spring this on you with Eli being here. He wanted to stay with me as long as he could befo—," Olivia kissed him cutting him off mid sentence.
"Oh gross daddy you kissed a girl," Eli said.
They both laughed.
"It's ok. I'm just glad I got to see you before you left and I definitely don't mind the company," she said before placing another peck on his lips. "Hey Noah. Come here sweetie."
"I relieved Lucy a few hours ago. Apparently she has a date tonight so she was happy for the relief."
"So you are bonding with the nanny now too? I'm impressed," she said walking towards the kitchen. "Wait is that food I smell?"
"It is. Nothing fancy, just spaghetti. The boys have already been fed, bathed and on their way to bed they just wanted to stay up to say good night to you."
Olivia stood in the kitchen dumbfounded. It was times like this that she was really reminded at how much Elliot changed in the time they were apart. She couldn't imagine that he would've done anything like this before.
"Are you ok?" he asked concerned. "If I overstepped I'm sorry."
"No you didn't. I just can't believe you did all this," she said getting a little emotional. "Thank you."
"You are welcome."
"Can I put them to bed? Since I missed out on all the fun."
"How about we do it together?"
Olivia carried Noah into the nursery while Elliot carried Eli over his shoulder after he put up some protest to going to bed so soon. Olivia put Noah in his crib and kissed him while Elliot put Eli in the day bed and gave him a hug. They switched up and said good night to the other child.
"Olivia I'm not tired. I want to stay up with you and daddy," Eli whined while stifling a yawn.
"You seem pretty tired to me. How about this? You go to sleep now and then we will wake up early and make daddy breakfast in the morning before he has to leave."
"Promise?" Eli asked holding out his pinky finger.
"I promise." Olivia said wrapping her pinky in his. "Now good night. Sweet dreams."
"Yes Eli," Elliot said exasperated. His son was relentless when it came to bedtime.
"I've got a secret to tell you."
Elliot bent over to listen and chuckled lightly after. "Me too son. Me too. Now good night."
"Good night Daddy and Olivia."
As Elliot closed the door, Olivia eyed him waiting for him to tell him what Eli said.
"Didn't you hear him? It's a secret," he said teasing her.
"Oh really. Well I guess since you won't tell me," she pretended to yawn, "I guess I'll just go straight to sleep."
"Oh no you don't," he said grabbing her and leaning her against the kitchen counter. "We still haven't had a proper greeting."
"Hmmm, and what's that?" she moaned.
"How about I show you?" he kissed her and made his way down her neck. "I couldn't stop thinking about you Liv. These last couple days, I can't get my mind off you," he said between kisses.
"Me too. I was trying so hard to concentrate in Chicago. Every free second I had I just couldn't you off my mind baby," she whispered beginning to remove his shirt.
Elliot lifted his arms so she could get his t-shirt off. "You haven't even had dinner yet. You sure you don't want to eat something first?" he asked as she toyed with the waistband on his sweatpants.
"Mmmm, I have an appetite for something else," she took his hand and led him to the bedroom. She locked the bedroom door and proceeded to finish what she started with his sweatpants. "We have to be really quiet," she declared as she slid his pants down.
"You think you can manage that Sergeant. You didn't do so well with that at my place," he countered while unbuttoning her blouse.
"I'm sure I can." He moved to unbuckle her pants and immediately reached down into her panties.
"You sure about that?" he asked while starting to kiss her neck and rubbing her core at the same time.
"Mmmm, yeah. I'm sure," she breathed out. When he stuck a finger inside of her she bit her bottom lip to stifle a groan but he was right, it was really hard for her. She wasn't usually the vocal type in bed but the way Elliot made her feel was unlike anything she experienced before.
"You're dripping baby," he whispered in her ear.
This time there was no foreplay. He finished taking off the rest of her clothes and gently pushed her on the bed. He entered her soon after her head hit the pillow. Olivia buried her head in his shoulder upon impact to stop herself from screaming. Elliot pulled her into a kiss as he continued to move. He moved slowly at first taking long deep strokes that drove her wild. Her vision blurred in ecstasy as they moved back and forth in unison. It wasn't long before she was going over the edge. Elliot tried to hold off his climax but he followed her soon after.
"I'm sorry," Olivia apologized kissing him on the chest.
"For what?" he asked confused.
"For practically pouncing on you the second I walked in the door."
He laughed and kissed her on the forehead. "For the record baby, you never have to apologize for that. Ever."
"Good. So are you going to tell me what Eli said now?"
"Are you going to tell me what you and Kathy talked about?" he teased. "Why are you so worried?"
"I don't know I guess I'm feeling a little self conscious about how your kids are doing with all of this. I talked to Kathy and she seemed fine but the kids are another matter. I just thought that maybe Eli said something that pertained to the situation."
"Well first of all Eli is seven so there's not too much wisdom he will have to give about the situation but I can see this is really bothering you. He just said that he likes you."
"Are you really shocked by that?"
"I know he's only seven El but being here like this with me, you and Noah that's got to be weird for him so for him to say that in that particular moment is a little shocking."
"Ok, I guess I can get that. So how does it feel for you? You seemed a bit off guard when you came in."
"That's an understatement," she said as she got up and pulled on a t-shirt and yoga pants from her dresser.
"Where are you going?" he asked tentatively. He wanted to ask her more about what she said.
"I'm going to fix some of that spaghetti. Thanks to you I am now famished."
She returned a few minutes later with a plate and two forks.
"I wasn't sure if you got a chance to eat with the kids here so I bought you a fork too."
They ate a few bites in silence in bed. Olivia couldn't help but smile and stare at Elliot as he ate.
"This is the second time I've caught you smiling and staring at me. What gives Benson?" he asked as he wiped his mouth.
"Is that a bad thing?"
"No just wondering what you are thinking that's all. You walked out before you got a chance to finish about being taken off guard when you came in."
"Well not in a bad way. I just didn't.. I ummm…I guess I don't really know how to explain it."
"Can you try just a little? I'm feeling a little on edge here Liv."
"Like I said it's not bad. I am taken aback because it's weird that this doesn't feel weird. Does that make sense? I came in and saw you with Noah and Eli fixing dinner and me coming home from work and it just seemed so…familiar. Like this is the way it should be. You know I've never had a family. Noah was my first shot at that and I was worried when I first got him that maybe I shouldn't date anyone because I didn't want to mess up our routine. I didn't want to have someone else for him to get used to and I didn't know when I should introduce that person to him you know all that stuff that I'm pretty sure all single moms go through. But everything about us and this has just been.."
"Familiar?" he finished for her and taking the empty plate and putting on the nightstand.
"Yeah. When I used to think about you and me when we were partners I just couldn't picture a scenario where it would work out. It always seemed like with all the other factors like work, the kids, Kathy, me and my stellar romantic record and you with your charming ways that it would just be too difficult."
"I think that's why they say timing is everything. Honestly if we would've tried to get together back then I don't know that it wouldn't have been as difficult as you imagined it would be."
He decided to switch gears.
"You didn't tell me about Chicago. What's this case you were working on?"
"Brief version. Remember the rapist/murderer that painted the victims' nails green?"
"Well they found a body in a fire and I definitely think it's him. We are trying to see what his tie to Chicago is. I've been working with the Sergeant out there and he and I have worked on a couple cases together before. He's got a good squad."
"Hmm. Should I be jealous of Sergeant…?"
"Voight. Hank Voight."
"Should I be jealous of Sergeant Voight?"
"No. He and I have had drinks before and conversed but nothing serious."
Elliot paused for a second not realizing that his joke had stumbled upon something.
"What?" she asked noticing the change in his demeanor.
"Oh come on Elliot seriously? I'm surrounded by men in my line of work all the time. That hasn't changed."
"You're right. It was just different before."
"Well you certainly made your feelings known back then too."
"I wasn't that bad. Not as bad as I could've been. I don't think you realize how much male attention you actually get."
"Well it doesn't matter. I only have eyes for you. It's been that way for a long time."
"I'm going to work to make sure it stays that way," he said kissing her again. "And that work starts now." He said kissing his way down her body. They made love again and drifted off to a peaceful sleep.
Olivia thought she was dreaming when she heard a ringing phone. Elliot jolted awake wondering if it was his but they soon realized it was Olivia's.
"Benson….Hey Hank….Oh god…yeah what time is your flight leaving?...ok let me know when you land I'll meet you and your team at the precinct."
"Everything ok? What time is it?" Elliot asked sleepily.
"It's 3:30. That was Hank. This guy took one of their own. Girl named Nadia that worked at the station. They just discovered she was missing and they think the guy is heading towards New York so Hank and his team are on their way here."
"What time are they landing?"
"They are trying to get on the first flight they can so they will probably be in first thing. I need to call the team to make sure they are on alert and ready to be there early this morning and put out an APB on the car he was last spotted in."
With that she got up to go in the bathroom and start making calls. Elliot couldn't go back to sleep. His flight was early anyway so he threw on some clothes, went to the kitchen and put on a pot of coffee. He suspected that Olivia probably wouldn't be able to drop him off at the airport and it made him a little sad but it was part of the job. At least he got to spend time with her before he had to leave.
"Hey you didn't have to wake up. We can lay down for a bit longer, Hank and his team haven't even left Chicago yet," she said emerging from the bathroom.
"Yeah but that's a short flight. I'm sure they will be here pretty soon and you need to get ready."
"I'm sorry I probably won't be able to drop you off," she said apologetically.
She came up behind him and wrapped her hands around his waist and settled her chin on his shoulder while he poured them both a cup of coffee.
"It's always the job hunh?" she asked.
"Yeah but don't worry about it. If the job inconveniencing our plans is the biggest problem we have in our relationship then I'll take it."
"Well not exactly. We still need to tell your children formally about what's going on."
"Oh yeah about that. I kinda already did that."
They were cut off by Olivia's cell ringing. "Sorry."
"Benson. Yeah ok. Ill meet you guys at the station for 6:30. Amaro is already on it, we have the license plate and description out to everyone in the area and my team is already en route to the station. Ok. See you soon."
"Yeah. Now you were saying. You told the kids about us."
"Yeah it just kinda happened. They were all at the house when I came back in town even Dickie. Maureen and Kathleen brought it up while we were outside making small talk and they are on board. Even Dickie. He and I got a chance to talk later that night just man to man. They have been through so much and they just want everyone to be happy. So it's really ok," he said handing her a cup of coffee.
"Wow. Yeah I guess that is another hurdle out of the way."
"So like I said, if it's always the job that's the issue. I'll take it. Because nothing is worth losing this," he said motioning between the two of them. "Even sleep deprived and heading off to be away for the next few weeks with no contact it's still worth it to be standing here at almost 4 in the morning with the woman of my dreams and our sons in the next room and feeling like everything will be alright."
Right on cue Olivia's phone rang again. Elliot wagged his eyebrows before kissing her and pointing to the bathroom to let her know that he was going to shower. After a few minutes, she wrapped up the call with Fin, texted Lucy to see if she could come earlier than normal and made her way to the bathroom.
Elliot was startled to see the shower curtain slide open and Olivia climbing in. She walked up behind him and placed a kiss on his shoulder blade as he turned around to face her.
"You're right El. As long as we have this, it will all be ok."
They showered and made love again before going their separate ways. Elliot stayed behind to wait for Lucy to get Noah before dropping off Eli and catching his flight while Olivia headed to the station to meet Hank.
He was going away on a potentially dangerous undercover assignment and she was going to track down yet another serial rapist and murderer but for the first time the ugliness of the world that surrounded them didn't take away a piece of their happiness.