Elliot woke up the next morning with his arms around a naked Olivia. He lightly kissed her shoulder and rested his head on his elbow so he could watch her as she slept. They didn't talk about much during dinner just enjoyed being back in each other's company and played with Noah. Once they got him off to sleep they made love throughout the night and slept in between. He had a really hard month away from her and wanted to soak up as much of her time as he could.
He began to lightly stroke her hair and pulled her flush with his body.
"Mmmmm, someone's wide awake I see," she purred.
"Well I'm not wide awake. Still a little tired," he responded.
"I wasn't talking about you," she wiggled her ass against his erection and laughed.
"Well he's always wide awake when you are around. He can't help himself."
She turned to face him and looked him in his eyes still not quite believing their relationship was at this level. "Have I told you how happy I am to have you back?"
"Only about ten times," he said while kissing her on her nose before moving to her lips. "I'm glad to be back with you too. I missed you so much baby." He closed his eyes and held his forehead to hers.
"We didn't get a chance to talk much yesterday. How was the undercover mission?"
"I don't want to talk about that right now. I just want to lay here with you for as long as I can before you have to go back to work." He kissed her neck and slowly moved around to her lips. "You know you could always call in today and we could stay in bed all day."
"Hmmm that's very tempting," she said kissing him back and turning over to straddle him. "But I'm already kind of in trouble so I need to be on my P's and Q's."
"Trouble? For what?" Elliot asked concerned.
"It's no big deal," she said continuing to move down to kiss his neck and his shoulder blades. "IAB stopped by to ask questions because I let Hank have a few minutes alone with a perp. I think it will be fine but whenever they start crawling around you never know."
"Oh don't I know. Let me guess. Tucker?"
"Umm no . Brian actually."
Elliot immediately stopped her in her tracks.
"As in your ex-boyfriend Cassidy? He actually gave you a hard time?"
"Elliot let's not please. In case you haven't noticed I'm straddling you naked, I don't really want to talk about my ex right now."
"So what do you want to talk about?" he asked pulling the covers back so there were no barriers between them.
"I actually don't want to do much talking." With that she lined him up at her entrance and whispered in his ear. "I'm ready for you baby." She slid down upon him and soon they were lost in each other effectively blocking out all the noise of everything else.
"So are you ready to tell me about IAB and you being in trouble?"
"Are you ready to talk about what happened when you were undercover?"
They were having breakfast before Lucy came and Olivia had to leave for work. Noah sat on Olivia's lap while he played around with his dry cereal instead of eating it.
"Not yet," he said solemnly.
"You are like a dog with a bone. It's not that serious. He said he was just doing a run of the mill interview because there were some questions about how Hank got access to the inmate. He said everything was fine and I was clear."
"But you don't believe him?" Elliot questioned. He could tell she was holding something back.
"I don't know it could go either way."
"I thought you and Brian were on good terms. Why would he lie to you about that?"
She took a deep breath and told him the truth. "I didn't get a chance to tell you yet but Lizzie and Maureen came by the office to see me last week."
"How did that go?"
"It went good. Great actually. They want us to all get together sometime."
"See. I told you they were ok with us being together," he said placing a kiss on her lips. "But what does my daughters visiting you have to do with Brian?"
"He showed up while they were there and I told him who they were. He wasn't too happy about it."
"Ahh, because that means if they were around then so was I," he said putting the pieces together.
"So now Cassidy has an issue with me? We didn't have issues when we worked together. I assume he's upset because you and I are together."
She paused again. Every time the name William Lewis was mentioned she felt the atmosphere in her house change.
"It's not just about you and I being together. He just thinks I'm stupid for being with you because you weren't there for me when everything happened with Lewis. I know why you weren't there but that's not for me to get into with Brian so I didn't even bother."
He walked over to her and kissed her on the forehead.
"I'm sorry you had to deal with that. I don't want you to always feel like you have to defend our relationship to people."
She placed Noah back in his high chair to let him finish eating his breakfast and then walked into his embrace.
"It's fine. We knew that people would have questions. If that's the biggest problem we have then I'm good with that. Plus like you said it's not like people didn't think we were already sleeping together or had the hots for each other so they can't be too surprised," she said trying to lighten the mood. "Brian's just embarrassed because Lewis made some stupid comment in court about you having romantic fantasies about me and he feels like it turned out to be true. He'll get over it. Eventually," she said before placing a quick chaste kiss on his lips and grabbing her coat.
"What?" she asked confused. "I told you that Lewis taunted me about you."
"Yeah how do you know Brian's embarrassed about that?"
"Because he said so."
"He told you that?!" Elliot asked surprised. "When?"
Olivia immediately realized that she said too much and tried to clean up.
"El it's fine. I can handle Brian. It's probably nothing and I'm pretty sure he won't go back on his word I was just worried for nothing." She put her arms around his neck and kissed him softly trying to calm him down. "Ok?"
He got ready to ask her something else but Lucy was coming in and the mood was lost. Before he knew it Olivia was leaving out to work and he dressed to get ready to run an errand of his own.
Elliot knew the IAB building well for all the wrong reasons but he wasn't stupid enough to corner Brian in there. He waited until close to noon when he figured he would exit the building to go to lunch. His face flicked in anger and recognition when he saw Brian exit and head to his car shortly after 1pm. He followed him to the parking garage and was glad that he was taking a late lunch because there weren't that many people around to see anything.
He wanted to wait until Brian got to his destination before he confronted him but he couldn't take the chance that wherever he was going had a lot of people there. He immediately pushed him into the car before Brian knew what hit him.
"What the fuck?" Brian said turning around stunned. "Ahhh Stabler. I should've known you would show up before too long."
"Start talking now before I bash your fucking skull in," Elliot seethed. He was standing so close to Brian that they were sharing the same air and any slight movement would quickly escalate the situation. Elliot's chest was heaving from adrenaline and his veins were flexing in his forehead from anger.
"I see some things never change. You were always ready to run off half cocked," Brian said with that signature smirk that always annoyed Elliot.
"Oh see you have that wrong. Because if it were like the old days then the better part of your neck would be under my fingernails right now and you wouldn't be doing much talking. I'm going to ask you one time. What did you say to Olivia?"
"I told her the truth. That she was dumb as hell for having you back in her life when you weren't there for her but she always had a weakness for you. I have no idea why but she's never made the best personal decisions."
"Yeah I think her relationship with you is a good example of that," Elliot shot back.
"I was the best thing that could've happened to Olivia. Yeah it was rough after Lewis but I was there for her. Where the hell were you? Laid up with your wife and kids and not answering your phone when she reached out to you."
Elliot stepped back at Brian's words hitting hard. Although logically he knew he had his reasons for not being around during that time it still didn't hurt him any less. Brian recognized that Elliot retreated and went in for the kill.
"Do you know what that psycho put her through? She didn't sleep for months! He burned her! Drugged her! Beat her up! And in the midst of all that he was putting her through Lewis said she was talking about having some romantic fantasies about you. I didn't believe him but clearly he was telling the truth."
Elliot eyebrows furrowed in recognition. "You told her that?" he asked in a low deadly voice.
"Yeah I told her that. She ask—", Brian couldn't finish his sentence before Elliot's fist connected with his jaw sending him to the ground.
"You son of a bitch," he said as he grabbed him by his coat from the ground and punched him again. Brian tried to stand up quickly and swing on him but missed and Elliot turned him around and twisted his arm behind his back to restrain him.
"You really are a prick you know that. You don't think I know what she's been through! You don't think I've seen the burn marks and try like hell not to acknowledge them because I don't want to hurt her!" he screamed letting his arm go. Brian turned around and they were once again face to face.
"If you could throw an experience like that back in her face because you are pissed that she is with me then you are no better than the creeps we arrest everyday. No matter what you think of me and us, she didn't deserve that," Elliot continued. Brian doesn't say anything just picks at the blood on his lip. "There are enough IAB suits to go around and since you obviously can't keep personal away from professional stay away from Liv's unit. If something comes up involving her or any one from her squad make sure someone else gets the case," he said matter of factly and began to walk away. "Oh yeah and that Hank thing. Make sure that stays ok and doesn't come up again."
"Or what?" Brian finally asked.
Elliot turned around abruptly and was right back in his face.
"Try me. You know full well what I'm capable of. I'm sure you've looked through my jacket since you have access to it. You said some things never change and I can tell you one thing that definitely hasn't. You hurt Liv in any way, you will regret it."
He turned to walk away again. "Have a good day Detective Cassidy."
Olivia spent her morning on the phone with Noah's caseworker who suggested that Noah start spending some time in daycare so he could have daily interaction with kids his own age. Although she planned to enroll him, she couldn't help but think that she couldn't wait until his adoption was final and she wouldn't have to keep dealing with his caseworker any longer. She was tired of being checked up on and ready for everything to be legal.
After an afternoon meeting with her team she walked back in her office to find Ed Tucker waiting for her. They had been having drinks and becoming more friendly lately so the sight of him no longer made her go oh no here we go again.
"Lieutenant Tucker. What do I owe the pleasure?" she asked.
He stood up and stared at her in a way that reminded her of the old days when her and Elliot were always in some type of trouble so she became a little worried.
"Well I initially came here for one thing and now it's about something else," he said putting his hands in his pocket.
"Ok…..care to elaborate?"
"I came here to tell you that the folks down at 1PP aren't happy with a Sergeant running the unit. They want a Lieutenant in here."
Olivia closed the door to make sure no one heard their conversation.
"With all due respect I thought I was doing a good job here. We've had some major wins lately."
"And that hasn't gone unnoticed. That's why I told them you already applied for the Lieutenant exam."
"But I haven't."
"Well apply for it."
"Ok. Was that what you came to tell me?"
"Yeah initially," he said staring at her intensely. "Initially until one of my detectives came back from lunch with a busted lip and a black eye."
"Ok. Not following."
"Detective Cassidy apparently had an unfortunate incident happen to him this afternoon. Would you know anything about that?"
Olivia paused as she let his statement wash over her. Then it dawned on her about the conversation she had with Elliot that morning. Tucker watched her go through the motions and put the pieces together for her.
"So you and Stabler…it was only a matter of time," he said watching her reaction. Olivia didn't confirm or deny.
"I could tell how much you two covered for each other back when you were partners. I always saw something there."
"You think Elliot did this?"
"Don't you?" he asked. "Don't bluff me Olivia. I can tell he's the first person you thought of."
"What are you going to do?"
"What I have to do. You deserve to be over this unit Olivia. No one has given more to Special Victims than you have. Don't let Stabler and his antics cost you your job. No one at 1PP is going to have much faith in a Commanding Officer whose boyfriend is running around avenging her grudges with an ex-lover."
Olivia nodded in acknowledgment.
"What are you going to do?" she asked again.
"I'm issuing a warrant for the arrest of Elliot Stabler."