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By Les Miserables 1998

I do not know what it is about you that opens and closes
Only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses
Nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.

Somewhere I have never traveled, e.e. cummings

Olivia looked at the woman across from her.

"Kate, I just can't get Alex out of my mind. Believe me, I am trying. There has to be another reason she broke up with me."

"Well, Liv, at least I got you out of the apartment." Kate smiled.

Kate and Olivia were old friends, nothing more. They had attended the academy together. Kate was still a beat cop and loved it.

Olivia took a swig of her beer. "Yeah, it does feel good to be out." Olivia managed a smile.

"You deserve so much more, Liv. Kate placed her hand on top of Olivia's.

"Liz." Alex was shocked. "Uh, what are YOU doing here?"

"In a gay bar?" Liz asked.

"Well, yes." Alex looked at the woman sitting beside her. This was incredible. Liz Donnelly in a women's bar. Alex had to know more.

"Liz," Alex began. "I had no Idea that you…" Alex stumbled on her words.

"That I what Alexandra? That I prefer the company of women?" Liz helped Alex finish her sentence.

"Well, yes," Alex replied. "What about Richard?"

Liz laughed. "Richard is someone who looks good on my arm in public, nothing more."

"So, I guess I owe you an apology. " Liz continued.

Alex looked confused. "An apology for what?"

"For prying into your business and assuming that you and Detective Benson were together. I guess I was wrong," Liz explained as she motioned to Olivia and her companion.

Alex didn't say anything.

"Those two look comfortable," Liz added.

Alex forced herself to look over to Olivia. As she did she saw the brunette gently place her hand over Olivia's.

Alex felt a lump in her throat. How could this be happening?

Alex suddenly felt a surge of anger replace the hurt. She turned back to Liz.

"Would you like a drink?" She asked the older blond.

"Well, why don't we get some dinner. Let's get out of here." Liz countered.

"That sounds good," Alex said getting off the barstool. "Let's get out of here."

Olivia turned white.

"What's the matter?" Kate asked.

"I don't believe this." Olivia mumbled.

Kate looked to the bar. "Who's over there?"

"Oh, God." Olivia felt physically ill. "That's Alex at the bar. With another woman." Olivia was floored.

Kate didn't say anything. She let Olivia continue.

As Alex rose from her seat at the bar, Olivia saw who she was with: Liz Donnelly.

A million thoughts raced through the detective's head. Finally everything made sense.

"That's why she broke it off with me." Olivia muttered aloud.

"What did you say?" Kate was curious and worried about her friend. The last thing Olivia needed was to see Alex, much less with another woman.

"I am so stupid," Olivia sad with a sad laugh. "You see the woman with Alex? That's her boss. No wonder she was so freaked when Liz found out about our being together. She left me for her boss. Shit."

Kate let Olivia get it all out. "What do you want to do?"

"I just want to go home, " Olivia said.

"Damn, why can't we get a taxi?" Alex was clearly frustrated.

"Why don't we just walk for a while." Liz took Alex's arm and they began to walk.

"Isn't this sweet."

Alex turned to see Olivia standing outside the bar with her brunette companion.

"Well, Alex," Olivia sneered, "I know you like older women, but this is a stretch." Olivia pointed at Liz.

Liz just smiled smugly at Olivia.

"Olivia," Alex began, "This is not what you think. Liz and I were-"

"About to get some dinner," Liz finished.

Oliva took Kate's hand. "Come on, baby, let's go home."

Alex watched as the two women disappeared down the street.

"What about that dinner?" Liz asked.

"I don't think I'd be good company." Alex replied.

Liz took Alex by the shoulders. "Listen, forget about them. I'm offering a good dinner and, I hope, some good company. Come on." Liz urged.

About that time a cab pulled up.

"That's a sign." Liz said as she opened the door to the taxi.

Alex said nothing as she got in.

The End


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