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Liv’s Office - Tuesday Morning

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“Come in.” Liv yelled out from her desk while keeping her eyes glued to the paperwork that lied before.

Sonny entered slowly. “Ready whenever you are Cap.”

Liv looked up at him, removed her glasses and nodded. “Alright, let’s head out.”

She quickly gathered her things together, got up from her desk and her and Sonny exited her office together. However, before they left the squad room they took a quick detour to Fin’s work station.

“Carisi and I are on our way to JFK to fly down to Fort Bragg now. I need you to swing by Private Johnson’s apartment to give her an update on what’s going on and to see if she’ll be willing to testify. Take Velasco with you whenever he gets back from getting coffee.”

Fin nodded and started to respond before being interrupted by Amanda, who had just come out of the bathroom and plopped down at her own desk across from her sergeant’s. “I can go with Fin. I know Velasco has a good rapport with her, but I do too.”

“Well unlike Velasco, Fin, and everyone else in this squad room, you still haven’t gone to get your yearly physical yet.” Liv reminded her detective. “And until you do, your benched.”

Amanda rolled her eyes. “Come on, Liv. Really?”

Liv put her hands up in the air. “That call came from McGrath. But honestly Amanda, it’ll take you what, an hour? I don’t know why you haven’t done it yet.”

Amanda sulked and locked eyes with Sonny, looking for an ally, but instead of defending her he agreed with the captain.

“Don’t give me that look.” Sonny laughed. “Liv’s right. Stop stallin’ and go get it done.”

“Fine.” Amanda grumbled out as she picked up her work phone and dialed her primary doctor.

Both Sonny and Liv looked at each other, shook their heads and chuckled. They then hurried off together out of the precinct.

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Fort Bragg, NC

Soldier Support Center - Tuesday Late Afternoon

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“Did you get us an Uber yet or do I have time to run back in to use the bathroom?” Liv asked as she placed her sunglasses on top of her head.

Sonny motioned for her to go on. “No, I didn’t. I’ll wait til you get back.”

Liv nodded and headed into the building.

Sonny loosened up his tie, grabbed the handkerchief from his suit pocket and began wiping away the sweat that had started to form on his face as a result of sitting out in the hot North Carolina sun. He decided to stand up and walk to a shady, more secluded area underneath a tree when his phone buzzed; a FaceTime from Amanda.

“Hey!” He answered cheerfully, happy to see that she had called him.

‘How are things going?’ She asked in a much more subdued manner from the empty staff break room.

Sonny sighed. “They’re goin.’ Liv and I made some pretty decent headway down here, but there’s still a lot that needs to be worked through. We’re gonna grab a quick bite and then we gotta bunch more meetings lined up. I’m definitely not gonna be home until really late.”

‘I figured.’ Amanda said as she nodded her head slowly. She then added, ‘Is Liv with you now?’

Sonny shook his head no and, taking note of her very serious and monotone sounding voice asked, “Is everythin’ okay?”

Amanda took in a deep breath and exhaled slowly. ‘FaceTime probably isn’t the best way to do it, but…I don’t want to wait to have this conversation.’

A concerned Sonny furrowed his brows. “Manda, what’s goin’ on? Did you end up gettin’ your physical done today? Did…s—somethin’ come up, w-wrong?”

Amanda shook her head. ‘I did end up getting it done but no, I’m fine. I promise.’

He sighed in relief, but still felt a bit anxious by the demeanor she was outwardly displaying before him. “Then what’s this about?”

Amanda took her fingers and started to wipe away the tears that had begun to well up in her eyes. ‘I don’t think I can call you my boyfriend anymore.’

A now very flustered Sonny struggled to string his words to respond. “W-what? What…d-do you mean? Are you…breakin’—“

She cut him off and with a grin said through tears, ‘I can’t call you my boyfriend anymore because in a few months you’re gonna be my baby’s daddy and I think that’s an even better title.’

It took a second for Amanda’s words to register, but when they finally did he instantly found himself overcome with emotion. Sonny’s mouth quivered open and his eyes instantly softened. “You’re…”

‘I’m having your baby, Dominick Carisi.’ She said as she wiped her eyes again. ‘Our baby. I’m pregnant.’

A single tear from each eye slowly fell down his cheeks as a big smile formed on his face.

Amanda sat up a little bit straighter in her chair. ‘I know this is…really unexpected and there’s…a lot we’re gonna have to figure out. But I want you to know that I’m very, very happy about this and I hope you are too.”

“Of course I am.” Sonny said through a grin as he rubbed his eyes. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted.”

He paused for a moment to look at Amanda as he soaked in her beauty and the beauty of this moment before finally telling her, “I love you. I love you so much.”

‘I love you too.’ She said in between sniffles.

It was at that moment Sonny noticed Liv walking over to him.

“Liv’s comin.’” He told her as he tried to compose himself. “I’ve…gotta go.”

Amanda nodded, and then added, ‘You can tell her if you want.’

Sonny smiled brightly. “Ok. I will.”

‘Bye.’

“Bye.”

Sonny ended the call and placed his phone in his pocket.

“Tell me what?” A curious Liv, who had picked up the tail end of the ADA’s conversation with Amanda, asked.

A still shocked, but smiley Sonny placed a free hand on his forehead and shared the news with her. “I’m gonna be a dad.”

Liv’s eyes widened in surprise and her jaw dropped. “You and Amanda are having a baby?”

He vigorously nodded his head up and down.

She gave Sonny a small smile and briefly placed a hand over her heart before bringing him in for a hug.

After a short, but meaningful embrace, Liv slowly pulled away from him and rested her hands on his shoulders. “I’m really, really happy for you both. But I’m especially happy for you. I don’t know if you remember this but you said something a while back that really stuck with me. It was around the time of the Howard case…right before Fin and Phoebe’s wedding. We had been running around together pretty much the whole day and you had just ended a…difficult phone call…and you said to me that you thought at this point in your life you’d be married with kids by now. And I know it hurt your heart that you weren’t and how you felt that dream might never come to fruition. And while I know you and Amanda aren’t quite there yet, it’s so good to see everything start to come together for you. Because there’s no guy more deserving of that happily ever after than you Dominick Carisi Jr.”

Sonny remained quiet for a long while as he took in his former boss’s words before responding.

“Thank you, Liv.” He said as he smiled softly at her. “It means a lot to hear you say that.”

Liv nodded as she released her grip and checked her watch. “Doesn’t look like we have time for lunch anymore.”

Sonny shrugged and chuckled. “Im fine with skippin’ it. There’s enough adrenaline runnin’ through me for the both of us to get through this next round of talks.”

Liv gave him a small smile as the two made their way back into the building. “And the sooner we finish up here, the sooner we can get back home.”

Sonny nodded and exclaimed, “God, I can’t wait to see her.”

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Sonny and Amanda’s Apartment - Early Wednesday Morning

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Liv and Sonny were able to fairly quickly wrap up their talks and deals with army officials on the base to help aide the case they were working on at home. However, the duo had been plagued with issues —a longer than expected layover and an out of the way connection—on their way back that severely delayed their return to Manhattan.

It wasn’t until around 1a that Sonny had finally made it back to his and Amanda’s apartment. Knowing her and the girls were likely all in bed, he tried his best to enter as quietly as possible. When he did he was pleasantly surprised to see Amanda fast asleep on their living room sofa. He carefully set his briefcase down by the door and walked over to her.

Sonny kneeled down to Amanda’s eye level and gently caressed her cheek in an attempt to wake her.

After a few moments, the sleepy blonde’s eyes slowly started to flutter open.

“Hi.” She groggily whispered out, smiling.

“Hi.” A grinning Sonny quietly repeated back to her. “How are you?”

“We’re good.” Amanda said as she placed a hand on her stomach. “Really good.”

He placed a hand on top of hers and looked down at her stomach for a long while in awe before releasing his hand to bend down and pick up the two yellow tulips he had hidden from her view.

“One for baby and one for you.” Sonny said as he handed them to her.

Amanda smiled as she brought the flowers to her nose and smelled them. “How about a kiss?”

Sonny grinned as he directed his eyes back toward her stomach. He very gingerly lifted her shirt up and gently placed a kiss just above her belly button. “One for baby…”

He then brought his gaze up to Amanda and very slowly connected his lips to hers for a sweet, but sensual kiss. “And one for you.” Sonny whispered.

He rested his head on Amanda’s forehead. “I love you both so much.”

“We love you too.”