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AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is my second SVU fic. I was in a really good mood and I though "I know! I'll write a sequel to 'A Little Space'!" Well, this is what turned out. I hope you like it. All feedback, bar flames, is welcome.
ARCHIVING: Only with the permission of the author.
SEQUEL: To A Little Space.

A Little Less Space



Olivia awoke when she felt the body beside her move. She adjusted her position to match her partner's. Alex was facing the far wall and Olivia spooned her back. They had been together for 8 months now. Their colleagues had accepted their relationship from the get go. It was one of their main concerns at first.

Elliot, Fin, and Munch were all brothers to Olivia and they had been behind them 100%. They knew how much they cared for one another and actually helped them have free time together by swapping shifts and doing overtime. Liz and Cragen also knew, and as supporting as they both were, they stated equally that if either women are lacking in their jobs because of the other, they would be forced to take action.

That 'action' is the only major issue they are concerned about. When they have issues with a case, they either agree to disagree or leave it at the door. Although this didn't always work, they sometimes spent a case in uncomfortable silence. It was all soon passed as they cared for each other too much to let the case stand in the way of them being happy together, which is what they were, happy.


This time Olivia moved. She had been having a nightmare about Alex being attacked in the courtroom, a nightmare she often had. She gasped and shot up, scared out of her wits. Alex woke up with the sudden movement and automatically rolled to face Olivia.

"What's wrong?" Alex asked, her voice hoarse from sleep.

"I, umm, it was, umm…" Olivia sighed and lay herself back down, she let her head fall into Alex's open arms as several tears started to fall from her eyes.

"It's ok, you're safe." Alex tried to comfort the crying woman in her arms. Olivia very rarely cried and Alex knew that it must be something really bad to have affected Olivia this way.

Olivia wrapped her arms around Alex and held her tightly, adamant about never letting go. She was scared about losing Alex. It is what she feared above all else. She couldn't bear to lose the woman she was in love with, never.

"I love you." Olivia whispered.

"I love you too, Liv." Alex kissed the top of Olivia's head.

They held each other for a while, Olivia trying to keep Alex safe by not letting go, and Alex trying to make everything ok by not letting go. They had the same solution to different problems. It's funny how people start to think alike after working together for years and living together for 2 and a half months.


Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, be-thwap…

"Olivia? Did you hit the alarm again?" Alex said sleepily.

"Would you be mad if I did?" Olivia replied, sounding a little guilty.

"No. But we've already had to buy a new one since we got this place."

"It's not my fault it wouldn't shut up."

"I know honey, but seriously, smashing it with the butt of your pistol really wasn't necessary."

"I know, I know. Do you want the shower first today?" Olivia decided that thoughtfulness was her best way out of this.

"Only if you don't mind."

"I don't. I'll cook breakfast."


Olivia moved to get up but was pulled back down into Alex's arms. After a flash of those bright blue eyes Olivia knew why she was summoned. Alex leaned over Olivia, almost pinning her down. Alex bent down and softly kissed Olivia's lips. Olivia really did love waking up with this woman.


"Now?" Olivia knew she wouldn't get away with it but couldn't help herself.

Alex grinned. "I don't have court between 1 and 2. Take it or leave it."

"I'm taking you… I mean it." Olivia replied slyly.

"You better, or no more after work showers for you!"

"I'll be good, I promise!"

"Good. Now, what's for breakfast?" Alex asked, running her finger along Olivia's collar bone.


"You mean yogurt?"

"Ummm, yeees, I mean yogurt."

"You know, I could accuse you of having a one track mind."

"But then you'd be up the creek without an Oliv… I mean oar."

"Mmmhmmm." Alex looked at her sternly.

"You know, I don't like breakfast, or work, or lunch, or dinner for that matter."


"Because, my dear Alex, there's too much space."


"Yes. Space. I don't like it. You know this."

"Indeed I do. But you know we can't help there being space, even if we want a little space to ourselves."

"Meaning you and me right?" Olivia had to make sure.

"Of course."

"We wouldn't want to have a little space by ourselves, alone, now would we?" Olivia purred.


"I though as much."

Once again the two women kissed, this time more playful. It would be a while before they would have the chance to be alone like this, too long in their minds.


Olivia hugged Alex from behind and kissed her cheek. "Miss me?"

"Always. Miss me?"

"Too much for even I to comprehend."

"Riiight. I'll take that as a yes?"

"Yep." Olivia sat herself across from Alex.

They were at the same restaurant that they had been sitting just over 8 months ago, having the "I thought you wanted space?" conversation. They had come a long way since then.

"Whoa!" Olivia exclaimed.

"What?" Alex replied, slightly alarmed.

"Nothing, don't worry, its just… nothing."

"Olivia, what is it?"

"It's just… this is where we were sitting right before I testified at the Myers trial. Weird ha?"

"Very. The same table?"

"Yep. Even the same seats."

"Whoa…" Alex looked around.


"Did you ever think at the time that we'd be here, today, having lunch as we are?"

"A couple? No. Friends? Yes." Olivia smiled warmly.

"We'll always be friends, Liv. And I hope to God that we'll always be together as well."

"So do I."

"I think we need some space though."

"What?!?" Olivia's heart was pounding.

"For us. Tonight. Make sure you don't stay late; you'll miss out on tea, which means no dessert either."

"I… I won't be late." Olivia uttered wide-eyed, then smiled. She loved how Alex would make these gestures that made her feel special and showed that Alex loved her.

"Good. There's way too much space between us while we're at work."

"Way too much space." Olivia agreed, grinning at the best attorney she knew, her attorney. "I think we need a little less space."

The End

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