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"I want you to come home, Elliot."

Those words had lingered in his head, the only thing that he could focus on. 

He watched her slip into the dark and contemplated following her, but he knew if he followed her, he wouldn't be able to stop himself from wanting to kiss her. He thought in that moment too, that he was going to kiss her. 

His eyes darted to her lips, and she felt like she was going to explode with how she was feeling. She looked up at him and at his lips, wanting him to make the first move, run his fingers through her hair, pull her head closer into him.

He rubbed the back of his head and headed back inside and sunk into the couch, Bernie just comforting him.

"You should tell her, Elliot." The older woman suggested.

"Tell who what?" Elliot asked, glancing at her.

"Olivia, you love Olivia." Bernie stated. He knew she was right and he just brushed it off, not wanting to have that conversation.

two weeks later.

Olivia glanced up, hearing his voice booming through her squad room. She knew that he shouldn't be here, and she knew that he would be risking himself by showing up. She quickly jumped to her feet, meeting his stare as he walked into her office. His piercing blues always burning into hers.

"What are you doing here?" She asked in a panic, glancing behind him and pulling him into her office and closing the door.

"Liv," He laughed, placing his hands on her biceps. "I'm done, I'm out." He looked down at her, and fuck, he wanted to kiss her right now. 

"No more UC?" Olivia question.

Elliot smiled and nodded slowly, feeling her relax against his hold. She closed her eyes and finally wrapped her arms around him, holding tight onto his waist, her face nuzzled into the crook of his neck. She knew that Fin was watching, he was always watching, making sure he wasn't going to fuck her up again.

Elliot wrapped his arms around her body, holding her tightly against his body. All he wanted since the hospital was to be in her embrace again, and he knew that he was too fucked up, too unstable, too deep in UC to let her get close. He vowed to himself that he was going to be there for her, make things right, work on them, before he let her get too close again. Him leaving fucked him up in every way possible, and he knew how much he had hurt her. Knew how much he had needed to be there for her, and she never let him really in on it. He knew they had a lot more to talk about, and he knew that it was going to take a long time for her to be able to trust him again.

"I'm home, Liv, and I'm not going anywhere." He buried his face into her hair, placing a gentle kiss to her skull.