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21 October 2008 @ 06:02 pm
Make the Bodies Drop [SVU; Elliot/Olivia]  
TITLE: Make the Bodies Drop
CHAPTER 20
FANDOM: Law & Order: SVU
PAIRING: Elliot/Olivia
SPOILERS: Season seven-ish, pre-trilogy
RATING: PG for the conclusion
SUMMARY:


*****

"Here, Liv."

Olivia smiled at her partner, taking the proffered cup of coffee. "Thanks, Fin." As she blew on the steaming black liquid, she asked, "Cragen have anything for us yet?"

"Not yet. I think he's punishing us, though, for not doin' our paperwork for the last six cases. He says 'maybe something will have come in' by the time we're done."

She smirked, rolling her eyes, "Subtle," and she flicked her bangs out of her eyes, tucking her hair (hair that was now as long as her faux Liz-wig) behind her ears.

As if summoned by the mere mention of his name, Cragen poked his head out of his office. "Fin. Olivia. Turn on channel six."

Frowning, Olivia called back, "Okay," to his disappearing form while Fin grabbed for the remote and turned on the squadroom television.

The voice of the local anchorwoman's voice immediately filled the room:

"Though initially deemed a suicide, the coroner is now calling foul play in the hanging death of Rikers inmate Tony Valera. Valera was charged one year ago today with the murder of an exotic dancer at the Pink Flamingo as well as the rape of two others, and the attempted murder of an undercover detective from Manhattan's Special Victims Unit. Currently Valera's cell mate is being questioned, but beyond that authorities say they have no leads. Back to you."

Fin clicked the television off and glanced sidelong at his partner, who was still staring at the blackened television screen. "Liv? Y'alright?"

Instinctively, Olivia's fingertips went up to her neck, where a scar from her scuffle with Tony would forever be emblazoned on the skin. "Yeah," she murmured after a moment. "Yeah, I'm fine."

"Dude got what was comin' to him, right?"

She pressed her lips together and nodded. "Right."

"Hey."

She met Fin's eyes, and he tilted his head at her, voice compassionate.

"Don't feel weird if you feel something... feel weird if you don't. You can't chase your demons away in a year, 'Livia. Just ain't gonna happen."

Half of her mouth quirked in a smile, and she squeezed his arm, whispering, "Thanks," as her cell phone started to ring. When she saw the number, she instantly knew what the phone call was about, and she greeted her former partner with a simple, "I just saw."

"Oh, okay."

She frowned in confusion. "How did you know about it? Did Cragen call you too?"

"No, Carl did."

Olivia raised her eyebrows, only slightly surprised that the club owner still kept in touch with Elliot. "And what did Carl have to say about it?"

"Well, he's disappointed Tony didn't have to suffer through his sentence, but he's glad he's gone. Though his words were admittedly a lot more colorful."

She smiled. "I'll bet."

After a pause, his voice grew soft... almost knowing. "Y'alright?"

Her smile only grew, and she answered him genuinely. "I will be."

"Good. Because I don't want this ruining the fantastic dinner I've got planned for us."

Olivia smirked. "Isn't that on Friday?"

"Well yeah, but... I'm just sayin' I don't want that douchebag ruining the rest of the week."

"He won't, don't worry."

"Alright, good." She could hear the smile in Elliot's voice. "So I'll see you sometime between tomorrow morning and tomorrow night, right?"

"Yeah. You still on that stakeout with Munch?"

"Yep. And we're still gettin' nowhere but I'll try to get home as soon as I can."

The smile still hadn't left her face, only spreading at the belly-warming word 'home.' "Okay. Bye."


*****

"Bye." Elliot was smiling as he hung up the phone and placed it back in his pocket, turning to find his partner staring at him. That was when the smile faded. "What?"

Munch just shook his head. "You're a fool."

"Why? Because I'm dating the most gorgeous detective the NYPD has ever seen?"

Munch's eyebrows briefly flicked upward. "No, in that respect you're a God that I will forever bow down to. I mean you're a fool because of that look on your face."

Elliot shrugged. "What look?"

Munch rolled his eyes. "Like you're in love."

Elliot chuckled. "Well I am."

"Well can you be in love somewhere else, please? I'm getting car-sick over here."

"Then crack a window." He smirked. "Because sorry, pal. Ain't gonna happen."

Munch sighed, and after a moment of silence he asked, "So how's she doin'?"

"Says she's fine."

"Which means--"

"Yeah, which means she's still not gonna be fine for awhile. We're workin' on it. Together."

"I'm tellin' ya, seeing someone might be the best thing for her. Even one of our in-house shrinks. Hell, even Huang."

"She won't do it. You know Liv, she's gotta work through it on her own. Doesn't even want my help."

"I say everyone's better off this way," Munch surmised. "I mean, look at it like this: the guy strangled most of his victims, and then ends up getting hanged. I mean, if that's not karmic retribution--"

"I think Liv was kinda counting on him being in there for awhile, suffering."

"That wouldn't have brought her any more peace. Could've brought her less, come to think of it, because there was a chance with good behavior he could've gotten out." Munch shook his head. "No gettin' out of where he's gone."

"Yeah."

Another moment of silence reigned while each of the partners surveyed their surroundings, looking for the perp they were waiting on. Elliot took a sip of his coffee and shifted in the passenger seat of the unmarked car while Munch asked, "So what's the dinner for?"

"Huh?"

"The fantastic dinner you mentioned to Olivia. What's it for?"

"Christ, Munch, didn't your mother ever tell you not to eavesdrop?"

"I was right here!" Munch gestured to his close proximity, being in the driver's seat. "You could've whispered and I would've heard everything."

Elliot rolled his eyes. "The dinner is for Liv's birthday. It's on Thursday night, but we're all working, so we made a plan for Friday."

"Yeah? Where're ya takin' her?"

"Mangione's. She loves their alfredo."

"Nice. Where's the ring?"

Elliot's head snapped to look at him. "Huh?"

"The ring." Munch's expression never wavered. "Can I see it?"

"What the hell are you talkin' about?"

He rolled his eyes. "Oh come on. Mangione's? The salads alone cost like forty bucks." He held out his hand, palm up, and curled his fingers. "C'mon, lemme see it."

Elliot sighed and reached into the pocket of his long coat, pulling out a small velvet box and slapping it into his partner's palm. "Jeez, can't slip anything past you."

"No. Or Olivia, I hate to tell ya."

"Did she say something?"

"No," Munch shrugged, "But she's a smart woman, Elliot. You're taking her to a place like Mangione's on her birthday -- you don't think she's gonna read into that even a little?"

Weakly, lamely, Elliot replied, "She might not..."

"Yeah. Sure. Alright." Munch cracked open the box and inspected the ring. He nodded his approval, looking impressed. "Very nice choice, my friend. Marquis-cut diamond, platinum band..." Off Elliot's look, he tilted his head. "Please. I've picked out many an engagement ring in my day."

"And just how many of those were given back to you, Munch?" Elliot grinned.

He slapped the ring back into his partner's hand. "Whatever, congratulations."

Elliot chuckled. "Thanks, but she hasn't said yes yet."

"What are you gonna do?"

Now it was Elliot's turn to shrug, and he pursed his lips thoughtfully while he looked out the windshield. "I dunno, just... wait until it feels like the right moment to ask."

"No, I mean after you ask, and she says yes -- which she will, by the way -- then what? You two can't stay on the same squad."

"Then... I'll transfer to homicide."

"Really? Why?"

Elliot shrugged once more and took another sip of coffee. "I gave it some thought, and... Liv belongs here. In Special Victims. She's great with the victims, the witnesses... she can handle the perps better than anyone. I've seen enough, and... a lot of the shit that goes down with these kinda crimes is sometimes just a little too hard to stomach. It's too hard to keep the emotions in check. Especially when kids are involved."

"And you think kids aren't murdered?"

"They are, but... it'll be different, I think." He nodded definitively, as if making up his mind. "Yeah. It will be. This'll be the best decision, for both of us."

"Well good for you, man, I'm happy for you." Munch clapped him on the shoulder, and both partners stared out the windshield once more.

After another moment of silence, Munch broke it, voice innocent. "If she says no, can I have the ring?"

"She's not gonna say no! What do you want the ring for anyway?"

"I dunno, one of my next wives or something."

"You are sick."

"That's why you love me."

And as he bickered with his partner, Elliot Stabler knew in his gut that things were going to turn out okay -- great, even -- for him and Olivia. It would take awhile for both of them to move past what had happened at the Pink Flamingo, but he knew as long as they had one another, the demons would eventually fade.



FIN



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tonpep1tonpep1 on October 21st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I apologize for not reviewing sooner, I have no excuse. I really enjoyed this whole story and I think the ending was perfect.
a.: elliot/olivia; all we areregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for reviewing! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. :)
joaninha: running up that hilljoaninha on October 22nd, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I'm sad to see this story end because I enjoyed it so much but I'm happy to read how it ended. In fact I am still smiling from ear to ear.
:)
a.: liv; a girl like youregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much! It makes me so happy that you followed this fic all along and enjoyed it.

Thanks again :)
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a.: huddy; i need youregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Heeeee! Why thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed this fic! As tough as it was at times to finish it, I'm happy that I did :D

Thanks again!
Awesomeness Incarnate: fanficlowbatterie on October 22nd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
EEEE. Yay! I'm torn between happiness and sadness that this is over now, because it was freaking wonderful.
a.: cm/mh; sweetheartsregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Heeeee, thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it this whole time!! :D
Holly: [SVU] eo: lol hes touching herhollypop_04 on October 22nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWww even tho they werent together in that chapter it was still so perfect
a.: mariska; omg!squeeregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwww! Thanks, BB! Hehehe, glad you liked this and stuck with it all this time! ILU! ♥
karihopeless_childe on October 22nd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
have i mentioned that i love you?
a.: pam; you could be happyregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Hehehe. I take it to mean you enjoyed this chapter? :D

Thank you so much!
karihopeless_childe on October 28th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
the only thing more i can say is please continue to write for this fandom.
a.: elliot/olivia; this will be our yearregalish on October 30th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I absolutely will! They're one of my fave pairings :D
karihopeless_childe on October 30th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
*cheers wildly*
nicole: [eo] you can make me wholewickdstarcrunch on October 22nd, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
wooooooooooot. that was a perfect ending! :D
a.: elliot/olivia; all we areregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Thanks much!
nicole: [lc] she wears her heart on her sleevewickdstarcrunch on October 28th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
♥ =]
mod_feminist_85: pic#75800657mod_feminist_85 on October 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Great Story. Will you be writing more in the future?
a.: elliot/olivia; this will be our yearregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I'd love to write more in the future. Some more oneshots though, definitely, hahaha. I think I'll be taking a break from the multi-chaptered E/O fics for awhile.

Thanks again! :)
S-dawg: SVU - C/M chattingfearlessness on October 22nd, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
awwwwww cute. as much as I would love to read (and see!) the proposal scene, I love your ending. Sweet and simple. :)

LOOOVVVVVED the story. Interesting plot, great twists, EO lovin' and great incharacterness.

And as Squirt says in Finding Nemo: "You so totally rock dude!"
a.: cm/mh; you're my better halfregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Awwww, thanks so much! I really considered doing a proposal scene, but I tried to stay away from doing 'mushy' stuff in this fic just because I felt that would go out-of-character.

Plus, I figured it might've been more fun for you guys to imagine the possibilities :D

Thank you so much for reviewing the chapters! I'm so happy you followed this story and stuck with it, that means so much! ♥
S-dawg: SVU - EO 'complicated'fearlessness on October 28th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Definitely not a mush story :)

It's easy to keep up with a story when it's so(ten o's! lol) awesome.
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a.: elliot/olivia; don't want to let goregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwww! Thanks, BB! It was your support that kept this going so long, the gentle encouragement when I would lose inspiration. I appreciate it so, so much!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
summer14 on October 22nd, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
GREAT!! Oh, this was one of the best stories I've followed! And I love the ending, not too mushy, but still happy and sweet! Great job!!
a.: stock; another place to fallregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the end. I was trying not to get too mushy :D

Thanks again for reading and reviewing! I appreciate it.
celinejaneway: cutemariskachriscelinejaneway on October 25th, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
SWEET!! Thank you so much for finishing this story. It is by far my favorite EO story. Well written and entertaining to the last drop♥
a.: cm/mh; you're my better halfregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story and followed it all the way to the end. :D

Clo: EO - Blindedcitymusings on October 26th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
That was very nice.
a.: cath/sara; hold onregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
A: EO SVUvulcanicity on October 27th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
WOW! I absolutely loved loved loved loved this whole story! I read it all in the last two days and I have to say - it's fantastic! XD Well done!
a.: cm/mh; love stonedregalish on October 28th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this fic!

I love your icon, too! I did a bunch like that. That actually looks like one of mine, lol, but there's no credit listed in your pics. That's such a great photoshoot of them. So sexy.
Avulcanicity on October 28th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
XD

Thank you for telling me that! I'm just looking in your journal to see if it is one of your icons and then I'll credit...before I actually got LJ I saved a load of LJ icons but didn't credit them *fail* There's over 900+ that I have that are uncredited and I feel pretty bad so I'm about to do a big post with a photobucket link that people can look at and tell me which are their's because I feel pretty bad! D:
a.: cm/mh; you're my better halfregalish on October 30th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
No worries! I used to do that too when I was first starting out on LJ and didn't really know about the crediting thing. Now, I just always save an icon under the maker's username so I can remember :D
csi_nic on December 13th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
OMG! I was looking for E/O fics and came across this one... I've been reading it the entire day... couldn't get my eyes or my head off it... AMAZING! Definitely one of my top 3 e/o fics ever! congrats you're a great writer and write the characters perfectly. :) Please, continue writing this fandom, you write them beautifully and so real that one can't help but wonder if they're watching a real svu epi (crosses fingers hoping they actually become real... hehe)

P.S. There were some Munch lines that had me rolling with laughter... simply PRICELESS...
applejuiceloveapplejuicelove on March 10th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.
blindingsparkblindingspark on May 27th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I've got to tell you, I have been reading EO fics for a while now, and I'm INCREDIBLY picky, and this is the BEST one I've ever read. You captured the characters perfectly, which is a task in itself, as I've found, and the plot was truly brilliant. You managed to keep up the case's storyline without taking away from the Elliot/Olivia part of it. Seriously, this was really really brilliant. Thank you for this wonderful story - you're a truly talented writer.

PS,
I actually just joined LiveJournal, and do you mind if I add you as a friend?
or something... I'm not so sure what to do, hah.
a.: chris/mariska; whisperregalish on May 27th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so very much! That really means a lot to me; characterization has always been very important to me. I'm quite picky myself, as both a reader and a writer. If a fic I'm reading is all over the place with characterization, it kind of wrecks it for me. So I set out a while ago to make sure I don't fall into that "trap," as it were. God, that makes me sound pretentious. LOLOL! I SWEAR I'M NOT.

And casefile fics are really hard for me, so I'm glad you enjoyed that aspect of it. I think this is actually the very first casefile fic I've been able to complete. I tend to get stuck on the case details, so every other one I've attempted, for different fandoms, has been abandoned. So I really, greatly appreciate your comments! Thank you.

P.S. I don't mind at all! I've added you as a friend; all you'll need to do is "friend me" back - there are a few different ways you can do this on LiveJournal. If you mouse over my userpic in this comment, there should be a little box that pops up, and you can add me through there. Or, if you look at your profile, you'll see my username as someone that's added you. So if you click my name, you can add me through my own profile page.

If you've ever got any questions about LJ, feel free to ask! It's a pretty complex place as I've come to learn over the last four years, so I'm happy to help in any way I can. :)
blindingsparkblindingspark on May 27th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Yesss, characterization is COMPLETELY my pet peeve! I absoutely can't read stories, no matter how good they MAY BE, if the characterization is all wrong.
And yes, you're very welcome!
Thank you for sharing this story with us, haha.

And yess, I guess I have a lot of questions.
Like, what do I do? Haha, I'm sorry - I'm just reallyyy lost.
Should I message you, or something?
xD
Jessica: Smoochie28andoccrazy on January 25th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Awwww.
What a perfect ending to a perfect story. I'm just sorry that I wasn't on here to give you encouragement when you needed it :(...I've been an LJ douche!!

I think that leaving the 'mushy stuff' out is ideal for this pairing, because although I think these two can be tender, they are definitely NOT mushy.

You stayed so true to their characters throughout this fic, and the elaborate storyline was very impressive. I want to write EO, but I honestly don't know if I can even come close to the awesome-tastic-ness that is this story!! ;)