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"C'mon, Liv, let's get you in bed." Elliot propped a sickly Olivia Benson on his arm as he guided her towards the bedroom at the back of her tiny apartment.
"Oh, um, I don't think that's a good idea, I'll just stay out here." said Olivia weakly, gesturing towards the couch.
"Don't be ridiculous, Liv, you look awful. You could really use some rest." Elliot insisted, pulling her to the bedroom door.
"If you insist..." Olivia sighed, giving up the argument quite easily. She was attempting to get over the flu, and she was in no mood for an argument.
"I do. You really need to rest, or you're never going to get better." Elliot pushed the door open, but as soon as he saw inside the room he quickly drew one hand across his eyes and realized why Olivia was so keen on having him stay in the living room.
Alex was sprawled out in Olivia's bed, tangled up in the sheets, and not covered up anywhere near enough for it not to have been incredibly awkward when Elliot walked in. Olivia, who had been a few paces behind Elliot bracing herself rushed past Elliot and to Alex's sleeping figure. She pulled a blanket from the foot of the bed and laid it gently over Alex, tucking it in around her head and neck.
"You can look now, Elliot." Elliot slowly removed his hands from his eyes.
"So, um, you and Alex, then," he said. "How long?"
"Several months now, I was going to tell you, I just...." Olivia sat down on the edge of her bed. "I'm sorry for not telling you sooner. This wasn't how I intended to do it."
"It's alright, Liv. It's your life, you don't have to tell me anything, if you don't want to." this statement was followed by a rather pronounced silence. "At least you have good taste in women." he added jokingly.
"Better than yours, no doubt. No offense to Kathy."
"For some reason, saying that doesn't make it less offensive, but I'm sure she'll forgive you. Faster than I will, anyway." Elliot gave her a lopsided grin, but became a bit more serious before continuing. "I'm just a bit surprised, is all. I mean, Alex and everything. Whew."
"Yeah, well who did you think I got the flu from?"
"Ha. That's funny, I didn't realize the flu was an STD."
"Out!" Olivia made a pouty face and directed the other detective towards the door of her apartment. "Don't you have some super important case to solve without me?"
"Yes. You seem to be feeling better, at any rate." Elliot grinned and walked halfway out the door, and then leaned back in. "Feel better, Liv. Alex too. Say hi to her for me, okay?" With that, Elliot closed the door and left the apartment.
Olivia turned towards Alex's sleeping figure, rubbed her shoulder, and said, "I guess he doesn't have any objections, then." Olivia slipped into bed next to Alex, and put her arm around the gently snoring A.D.A. "Not that he could do anything about it, even if he wanted to."
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