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Tomorrow, Forever, Always
By Loopyem89


Alex Cabot was not happy; due to the shaky witness testimony of a 10 year old, another rapist had been allowed back onto the streets of New York. Her job as the ADA for the SVU unit brought her face to face with many monsters and she had witnessed much violence against innocent souls in society but it was the cases like this, the ones involving children that she hated the most. She was there supposedly to get justice for the victims and yet today she had failed and the guilt that she felt from that was a heavy burden to bear.

That guilt would have once followed her like an ever lengthening shadow but now that was no longer the case. She finally had someone by her side who understood how it felt; Olivia Benson had rescued her before the darkness was able to consume her completely and ever since she had become the beacon that guided her way.

At last stepping into the elevator that would take her up to their penthouse apartment; Alex now just wanted to forget about today's events and spend the evening with a certain brunette detective.

Upon reaching the apartment Alex made her way inside, calling Olivia's name as she entered. She knew the detective was around as her badge and gun had been set down on the table in the entrance way. Hearing no noise, the beautiful blond walked towards their bedroom perhaps expecting to find her love asleep on the bed; instead she found a single red rose along with a note.

'My darling Alex, I have a surprise for you. I know you've had a rough day so I want you to take an hour to sit back and relax. When you're done put on that favourite blue dress of yours and wait for a phone call ……… '
Liv xx

Alex was soon intrigued; the two of them had been together for more than three years now and throughout that time the New York City detective was always surprising her with flowers and other random gifts. However this time Olivia was being more mysterious then ever and Alex was left pondering exactly what her lover was up too as she did as she was told and moved towards the bathroom to have a relaxing soak.

While waiting for the phone to ring an hour later, Alex found herself taking in her appearance in front of the bedroom mirror. The royal blue dress clung to her in all the right places and the plunging neckline showed just the right amount of cleavage. It had become her firm favourite after she had brought and worn it on her first official date with Olivia, a date which had ended in their perfect first kiss. The ADA was soon shaken out of her reverie with the sound of the phone ringing. Moving towards the living room, she went to answer it.

'Miss Cabot, it's Joey from security. Miss Benson has requested your presence upon the rooftop terrace.'

'Thanks Joey, I'm on my way up.'

As Alex exited the elevator that took her up to the roof she soon spotted Olivia standing near the far edge looking out over the New York City skyline. Candles were spotted about casting a soft glow over the terrace and music could be heard filtering in the background. The blond couldn't help but stare at the detective who was impeccably dressed in black slacks with a matching suit jacket over a tight fitting blue shirt.

When Olivia turned around and laid her eyes upon Alex, words once again failed her and she couldn't help but take a moment to admire the woman who was walking before her. It never ceased to amaze her how the beautiful ADA was able to practically render her speechless every time.

The detective was grinning from ear to ear by the time Alex reached her, Olivia took hold of Alex's hand and twirled her around before placing a tender kiss upon it.

'Beautiful as always sweetheart' she whispered as she then pulled out another single red rose and handed it to Alex

'Oh Liv, this is wonderful.'

'Well I'm glad you like it and the night is not over yet' Placing her hand on the small of Alex' back, she guided her to the table which had been set up ready with a romantic meal for the two of them.

The night was warm and the sky was clear for a change. Not a word was spoken as the two women ate; they just sat enjoying each other's company, occasionally feeding each other little snippets from their plates. Once they had finished the two of them continued to sit in a comfortable silence while gazing into one another's eyes.

It was the moments like this that they cherished the most. Although the sounds of the city could still be heard, right now upon that very rooftop it was just them alone together without the rest of outside world to bother them, at least for a few hours anyway.

Olivia soon reached over to entwine her hand with Alex's. 'I swear you get more beautiful every time I look at you,' she said, a hint of wonder in her voice.

Alex smiled at her lover as she stood up and walked around to settle on her lap. She ran her hand down Olivia's face and leaned in, placing a soft kiss on her lips; the kiss grew longer as the detective pulled the blond closer. It was slow and long, a gentle duelling of tongues. Olivia finally broke the exchange, resting her forehead on Alex's she smiled. Bringing a hand up, she cupped the back of her lover's neck and pulled her head down to meet her lips. She tried her best to pour every ounce of love she held for this woman into the kiss.

Soon the familiar sound of Rosie Thomas's Tomorrow could be heard filtering through the speakers. It had become one of their favourite songs after they had danced to it on their first date and Olivia now saw this as the perfect moment to finally ask the ADA the one question that she had been wanting to ask for weeks. The detective moved to stand up and then offered her hand to the woman before her.

'Sweetheart, dance with me'

Alex moved to wrap her arms around the brunette's neck, while Olivia protectively wrapped hers around the ADA's waist. With their bodies perfectly moulded together, the two of them gently swayed to the music. Alex moved to nestle her face into the crook of Olivia's neck after she quietly murmured something into her ear. 'This is our song.' Olivia breathed in the familiar scent that was Alex before letting out a contented sigh

'And if you were to
Sail across the ocean blue
I would like to sail with you
I'd follow, I'd follow, I'd follow
You home

I would follow you
Anywhere you are going to
Tomorrow, forever, always

I would follow you
Oh, anywhere you are going to
Tomorrow, forever,
Tomorrow, forever,
Tomorrow, forever, always'

As they continued to listen and sway to the music Oliva turned her face in order to gaze and look into the crystal blue eyes of the beautiful blond.

'You know that I find it difficult to sometimes tell you how I really feel, it's hard for me to express my emotions but these words Alex are perfect to describe how I feel about you. I'd follow you to wherever, no matter what. I would go to the ends of the earth if only to make you smile. I would sacrifice everything in my life just to spend a moment with you in my arms.'

It was now Alex's turn to stare directly into the brunettes eyes.

She placed a gentle kiss upon the detective's forehead. 'I've never doubted your love for me Liv, never. You do so much to show me and everyday that I'm with you is a blessing, a dream come true. When all is said and done, you are a part of me. That's the way it was meant to be. People are brought together for a reason. I believe the reason that you and me were brought together is because we complete one another. I don't need you to constantly tell me I love you in order to know that I have your love.'

A small tear escaped from the corner of Olivia's eye. She still couldn't believe that this intelligent, caring, compassionate and not forgetting beautiful women wrapped in her embrace actually wanted to be with her. As the song finished Olivia took a moment to compose herself, she moved her hand to gently cup Alex's face before again entwining the other with the blonds.

'Alex when I first laid eyes upon you in the squad room I swear I think I fell for you almost there and then and now that I'm here, with you… I don't want to be anywhere else. You've given me everything I could ever want and every single morning that I wake up and see you next to me, I know I have everything I need to be happy. Me and you... we're a team and the truth of the matter, is that I can't live without you.'

Letting go of Alex, the detective then reached and pulled out the 9ct White Gold Diamond ring she had been concealing in her pocket. 'I love you so much Alex and I need you in my life. Tomorrow, forever, always. Marry Me'

The seconds that passed following her proposal felt like an eternity to the detective but as soon as she saw Alex's face light up with a dazzling smile she knew she had the answer that she wanted.

'Oh Liv yes…' she whispered. 'Yes, yes, yes! Of course I'll marry you, I would love nothing more.' Tears were streaming down Alex face as Olivia placed the ring on her finger. She moved to wipe away the tears on the blonde's face and then before the ADA had a chance to know what was happening the detective was lifting and swinging her around in her strong, safe arms.

Lowering her gently back down to the ground, Olivia cupped Alex's cheek. Her shaky fingers began tracing the ADA's face as she then leaned in and followed their path with her lips softly kissing Alex's temple, her eyelids, cheeks and the tip of her nose, causing her to smile until she felt the other woman's lips capturing her own. For the first time in her life the detective felt like everything in her life was sliding into place, like everything she'd ever been waiting for was finally here and now in the arms of Alex. Words couldn't express how happy she was at that very moment in time. She looked up at the starry night sky and let out a contented sigh before turning her attention back to the beautiful woman in her arms. This was it for Olivia now, tomorrow, forever, always…. and she wouldn't have it any other way.

The End

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