Chapter 38:  Portrait

“Wake up, sweetie,” Olivia murmured, straddling Alex’s waist and looking down at her.  It was 5:15 a.m.


Alex sleepily forced her eyes open and smiled up at Olivia.  “Good morning, baby.”


“Happy birthday, beautiful,” Olivia said, leaning down to kiss her.


“Thank you,” Alex said.  She brushed some hair out of Olivia’s face.  “I love the way your hair falls in your eyes when you look down at me.  It’s so sexy.”


Olivia grinned.  “What can I say?  I aim to please.  That’s why I made you breakfast,” she said, getting off Alex, picking up a tray off the nightstand, and placing it across Alex’s lap.  It contained French toast topped with fresh berries and powdered sugar along with three slices of Canadian bacon, scrambled eggs, and freshly squeezed orange juice.  There was also a single long-stemmed red rose beside the plate.


“Aww, thank you, sweetie,” Alex said, leaning over and giving her a kiss.  “Ooh, I love French toast!”


“Not just regular French toast.  They’re stuffed with a cream cheese and strawberry filling I made,” Olivia said, smiling proudly.


Alex looked at her in happy surprise.  “Oh my god, you didn’t!”


“I did,” Olivia replied.


“Oh, I can’t wait to taste!”  She excitedly reached for her knife and fork to cut into her French toast, but Olivia took her utensils away.  Alex pouted.  “Liv!  Why must you tease me?”


“No, I wanna feed you,” Olivia said, cutting off a piece and holding it out to Alex’s mouth. 


Alex’s eyes rolled up to the sky.  “Oh my god, this is delicious.  Never in my life have I had French toast this good.” 


Olivia blushed.  She always loved it when Alex praised her cooking.  “Thank you, sweetie.”  She cut off a piece of the Canadian bacon and scooped up some eggs for Alex.


“These eggs are extra cheesy,” Alex observed.  “They’re really good.”


“Well, I know how much you like cheese,” Olivia replied.  Alex expectantly held open her mouth.  Olivia smirked and hurriedly prepared another forkful.  “Apparently I’m not fast enough for those little chompers.”


“What can I say?” Alex asked around her mouthful.  “I’m starved!”


Olivia chuckled.  “What else is new?”


“Well, actually—” Alex began.


Olivia filled Alex’s mouth with another forkful of food.  “Baby, it was a rhetorical question.”


“Today is going to be such a long day,” Alex said, picking off a raspberry.  “Is it bad that I don’t even wanna go to my party anymore, but I just wanna stay in bed all day with you?” 


Olivia laughed.  “Sweetie, I’d like nothing more than to stay in bed with you all day, but you’ve been planning this party for weeks!  You only turn 16 once.”


Alex sighed.  “I guess you’re right,” she replied, accepting another bite of French toast and drinking some orange juice.


Olivia dipped a finger into some of the cream filling.  Smiling, Alex sucked it off and said, “Yummy.”  She reciprocated by dipping her finger into the filling, lifting Olivia’s top, and tracing it over her nipples.  After sucking the filling off, she said, “Yummier.”


Olivia smiled.  “I didn’t know that my nipples were also on the menu.”


“I had to wake them up,” Alex responded.  “Didn’t want them to miss out on this awesome breakfast.”


“Which is almost gone,” Olivia observed.


“I just want to bury my face in your boobies,” Alex said, grinning and pushing her tray aside when she was finished eating. 


“Good, cuz the pokies wanna wish you ‘Happy Birthday’ anyway,” Olivia teased, lifting up her top again and dangling her breasts over Alex’s face.


“Thank you, pokies,” Alex said, smiling and playing with her nipples.  She then pulled Olivia directly down on top of her and held her face in her hands.  “My, are you gorgeous.”


“So are you,” Olivia said, kissing her lips.  “So how does it feel to be 16?”


Alex grinned.  “Wonderful.  I feel like I’ve waited forever for this day.”


“Aww.  Well, listen.  I have some very special presents for you,” Olivia said, giving her another kiss.


Alex giggled.  “Do I get one of them right now?”  She lightly squeezed a nipple.


Olivia smiled.  “I dunno…we’ll have to be quiet.  When I made breakfast no one was up, and the last thing I wanna do is wake them and get caught.”


“We’ll be really quiet, I promise,” Alex said.


Olivia chuckled and stroked Alex’s neck.  “I dunno, Al.  I don’t mean to brag, but never have I known you to be quiet by the time I’m through with you.”


Alex playfully shoved her shoulder.  “Liv!”


“I bet I can make you come by just kissing you,” Olivia challenged.


Alex laughed.  “Oh, please!  I bet you can’t!”


“Is that a dare, Miss Cabot?” Olivia asked with a grin.


“I believe so, Miss Benson,” Alex answered.


Olivia stripped off her wife beater along with her shorts and panties.  She then settled back on top of Alex and pulled the covers up over them.  “Shall we begin?”


“Yes, let’s,” Alex said, licking her lips and highly anticipating her next move.


Olivia helped Alex out of her tank top and slowly massaged the soft flesh of her breasts.  She flicked her tongue at her nipples and then took the tender flesh into her mouth to suck firmly but gently.


“Mmm…Liv,” Alex moaned as Olivia let go of one of her nipples with a soft plop.


Olivia moved up to capture her lips and began nibbling lightly.  As soon as Alex parted her lips, Olivia tilted her head and slowly pushed her tongue inside to circle hers.  Sucking it tenderly, she pressed their breasts together and grabbed a handful of Alex’s hair.


Alex slid her hand down to Olivia’s center to find her bundle of nerves.  As Alex pinched her clit, Olivia pressed her tongue harder against Alex’s before chasing it around her mouth.  Alex curved a finger and started to push it inside Olivia’s sex when Olivia pulled back.


“Trying to break my concentration, Alex?”


Alex giggled.  “No.  I’m just trying to give you pleasure, too.”


“Oh, trust me.  I’m getting it,” she replied, straddling Alex’s thigh.


“I can tell.  Gosh, you’re wet,” Alex said.


Olivia brought her tongue up the side of her neck and said, “Doesn’t take much when it’s you.”  She once again consumed Alex’s mouth.


After a few more minutes, Alex whined, “Liv…Liv, stop!  You’re cheating!”


Olivia laughed.  “How am I cheating?”


“Because you keep rubbing your crotch against my thigh…you’re getting your juices on me!”


Olivia smirked.  “Not like it’s the first time.”  Lifting herself off her thigh a little, she dipped her fingers into her sex and brought some of her own wetness to her tongue.


“Oh fuck, Liv,” Alex said as she watched intently.


Olivia slipped her tongue inside her mouth again.  Alex moaned as Olivia massaged her tongue with her arousal.  The taste of Olivia was enough to drive her crazy.  Olivia plucked off a rose petal and sensually traced it over Alex’s nipple.  Her nipple rose to meet the delicate, silky texture of the petal.


It wasn’t long before Alex was shuddering lightly against her.  Olivia pulled back with a smug smile.  “See, told you I could make you come by just kissing you.”


Alex smiled.  “Liv, you didn’t just kiss me.  You were rubbing my breasts, too.”


“And you liked it, didn’t you?” Olivia teased, dragging the petal over her nipple again.


Alex sighed contentedly.  “That feels really good.”


Olivia gave her a lopsided grin.  “As good as my tongue?”


Alex smirked.  “Not that good.”


Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.  “Miss Alexandra, are you awake?” Janice asked.


The girls scrambled to get their clothes on.  “Shit!” Alex muttered.  “Um…yeah!  Hold on a sec!” she yelled.  She jumped out of bed and rushed over to the door to open it.  “Yes?”


“Happy birthday,” Janice greeted her, walking in and setting a large vase of pink roses on her desk.  “These are from your father.”


Alex bent over to smell the roses.  “These are lovely.  I’ll have to go thank him.”


“What would you like for breakfast?” Janice asked.


“Oh…” Alex began, quickly looking at Olivia before turning back to Janice.  “Liv made me breakfast this morning.  But thanks.”


Janice smiled politely.  “I’ll take your tray.  Is there anything else you need?”


Alex shook her head.  “No, thanks.”


Janice turned to Olivia.  “Would you like anything?”


Olivia smiled.  “No, thanks.  I’m fine.”


After Janice made her exit, Alex ran over and pulled Olivia out of bed.  She then jumped in her arms.  “Today is gonna be soooooo great!”


Olivia grinned and bounced Alex against her waist.  “I know.  I’m so excited for you, sweetie.  So what’s first on the agenda?”


Alex leaned down and planted a quick kiss on her lips.  “Take a guess.”


Olivia laughed.  “Getting the license, huh?”


Alex nodded excitedly.  “Yes!  We’re going down to the DMV as soon as it opens!”


Olivia put her down on the floor.  “Are you ready?  Did you practice your parallel parking more?”


Alex nodded again.  “Yep!  I’m all set!  Then I’m driving us to the spa.  Full body massage, facials, sugar mochi polish, manicure, pedicure, waxing—”


Olivia gaped at her.  “Wait, waxing?  What kind of waxing exactly?”


Alex grinned.  “Well, I had just planned eyebrow but we can also do full Brazilians if you’d like.”


“No way!” Olivia said, shaking her head vigorously.  “No, no, no, no, no!”


Alex laughed at Olivia’s apparent discomfort.  “It’s ok.  I was saving those for prom anyway.”


Olivia looked at her in disbelief.  “Never.  Prom night I expect to get some and I can’t get any if my pussy is on fire!”


Alex laughed again.  “We’ll get them a few days earlier.”


Olivia still shook her head.  “No way in hell.  I’m supposed to leave the spa with a smile on my face, not tears.”


Alex decided to drop the subject for now.  “So after the spa, we have to get our hair done.”


“Then comes the best part, right?”


Alex raised an eyebrow.  “Putting on our dresses for dinner?”


Olivia shook her head.  “No, it’s when we party beforehand in the bathtub.”


Alex smiled.  “I should’ve known.  But we can’t party for too long.  The makeup artists will be here at 3:45.”


“Cool,” Olivia responded.  “Anyway, I wanna give you your first real present.”


Alex clapped her hands excitedly.  “Ooh, I can’t wait!”


Olivia smiled.  “You gotta close your eyes, though.”


Alex closed her eyes and Olivia went into the bedroom across the hall.  When she returned, she brought with her a large painting covered by a brown tarp.  “Keep them closed…” Olivia murmured as she pulled the tarp off.  “Ok, you may open them now.”


Alex opened her eyes and tears immediately pooled.  She looked up at Olivia with shock, appreciation, and love.  “Oh my god, Liv…” 


“Do you like it?” Olivia asked nervously.


Alex studied the portrait, which was of her posing in a standing split scale on the balance beam.  She gingerly ran her fingers over the painting.  “I love it.  Gosh, this is beautiful.  The details, the color, the grace…everything is so…perfect.  How long did this take you?”


Olivia grinned proudly at Alex’s praise.  “Several weeks.”


“How did you hide this from me?” Alex asked in wonder.  “I had no clue you could paint!”


Olivia laughed.  “I put it in my attic.”


Alex wrapped her arms around Olivia’s neck and hugged her tightly.  “This is the most wonderful birthday present I’ve ever received.  Thank you so much.”


“You’re very welcome,” Olivia replied, hugging her back.  “But I’m sure it won’t compare to all the other things you’ll get today,” she mumbled.


“No, Liv,” Alex said, placing her hands on her cheeks and looking into her eyes.  “This is the best.  Nothing else can even begin to compare.  I’ve never had any portraits done of me.  I know this is purely from your heart.  You worked so hard on it, and painting isn’t the easiest activity.  Everything else I’ve gotten, everything else I will get, can be replaced.  This cannot.”


Olivia gave her signature lopsided grin.  “Not even your Range Rover?”


“Not even it,” Alex said, kissing her softly.


“I know how much gymnastics means to you,” Olivia responded.  “I wanted to do something to show you how proud I am of you.”


“I love you so much,” Alex replied, kissing her again.  “Come on, help me hang this up on my wall.”


“Which wall?” Olivia asked, helping her lift the heavy frame. 


“The one to the right of my bed.  I wanna be able to turn on my side at night and stare at it for hours.”


Olivia smiled.  “Ok.”


After the painting was firmly secured on Alex’s wall, they stood back and admired it.  “It looks so gorgeous.  That’s the perfect spot for it.  Wait, get a picture of me under it,” Alex said, running over to get her digital camera.


Olivia took a couple pictures and then Alex took the camera from her.  “Ok, your turn!” she said.


Olivia laughed and posed while Alex took the pictures.  “I’d raise my leg above my head but I don’t think I’m that flexible.”


“Oh, trust me.  You’re very flexible,” Alex assured her.


There was another knock at the door.  “Who is it?” Alex asked.


“Mom and Dad,” Madeline said through the door.


Alex opened the door and greeted her mother and father with a kiss.  She turned to her father and thanked him for the roses.


“You’re welcome, sweetie,” John replied.  He turned to Olivia and waved.  His eyes then caught sight of the painting above her.  “That is an absolutely beautiful painting, Alex.  Is this a present from Olivia?”


Alex nodded excitedly.  “Yes!  And Olivia painted it herself!”


Her father nodded appreciatively while Madeline went over to examine the painting.  “It looks professional, Olivia,” she complimented her.


Olivia blushed under the attention her painting was being given.  “Thank you,” she responded shyly.


“You certainly have quite a fine talent, young lady,” John told her.


Alex put her arm around Olivia’s shoulders and replied, “Yep.  She certainly does.  So what’s up?” she asked, looking at the present in her father’s hand.


John looked at Madeline with a knowing smile and then presented the gift to Alex.  “I hope you enjoy this, Alex,” he said.


Alex tore off the wrapping paper to reveal a 17-inch MacBook Pro.  She could barely get it out of the packaging fast enough.  “Oh my god, I was drooling over this in the Apple store!  Thank you so much, Daddy!”


Her father gave her a kiss on the cheek.  “You’re welcome.”


“I also have a special present for you, but it’s not going to be delivered until early afternoon,” Madeline said.


“But Mom, Liv and I have spa appointments at 12:30,” Alex reminded her.


“I know, dear.  But the test won’t take that long and I already called to make sure you get yours first.”


Alex grinned.  “Really?”


“Yes,” her mother replied with a smile.  “Well, your father and I will let you enjoy your new laptop.  Make sure you’re ready at 9:30 sharp so he can take you to the DMV.”


“Ok, Mom.  We’ll be ready,” Alex promised.  She hugged her father tightly and exclaimed, “I’m so excited about my license!”


John patted her back.  “I know, darling.  But remember to drive safely.  I don’t want anything happening to my little girl.” 


Alex gave him a look.  “Come on, Daddy.  You know I’m gonna be careful.  And I’m not a little girl anymore.”


“I know, sweetie,” he said, giving her a kiss on the forehead.  “I’ll see you in a couple hours.”


After her parents left, Alex grabbed Olivia’s hand and pulled her over to her bed.  “Let’s play with my MacBook!”


Olivia grinned.  “You’re so cute when you’re excited.”


Alex powered up her laptop.  “I’m so glad this has a fully-charged battery,” she muttered.  As she went through the setup process, she groaned, “Ugh, is it really necessary for them to greet me in a thousand different languages?”


Olivia laughed and patted her back.  “I know, sweetie.  You wanna play.”


“Ooh, it has a built-in iSight camera!” Alex exclaimed.  “Come on, Liv!  Let’s make a video together.”


“Right now?” Olivia asked in wonder.


“Yes, right now!  But first let me take a pic with it for my user profile.”


Olivia reached over and pulled down Alex’s ponytail.  “I love it when your hair is down.”


After taking the picture, Alex said, “Ok.  Let’s play!  Time for me to begin my video archive of my awesome girlfriend.”


Olivia smirked.  “Why do I have a feeling this could get us in trouble?”


Alex gave a sly smile.  “No, Liv.  Trouble is more like this,” she said, pulling Olivia to her in a passionate kiss.  When the kiss ended, she replayed the video for them to see.  “Wow, you’re so hot when you kiss.  I’m definitely saving this.”


Olivia shook her head and laughed.  “That is pretty sexy.  Will you email that to me?”


“You know it,” Alex replied.  “Let’s make another.”  She pressed her lips to Olivia’s and slipped her hands under her top.


Olivia removed her hands and pulled back.  “Hold on a sec, baby.  The pokies are camera shy.”


Alex laughed.  “Come on, sweetie.  I won’t lift your shirt all the way up.  I promise.”


They resumed their kissing and then watched the new video.  “Your little moans are so cute,” Olivia observed.


“So are yours,” Alex replied.  “We should say something to commemorate my birthday.”


Olivia pulled Alex into her lap and whispered, “How about I sing you ‘Happy Birthday’?”


Alex blushed.  “Ok.”


Olivia kissed Alex again and then turned to the camera to sing “Happy Birthday.”  When she finished, Alex had tears in her eyes.  “Liv, that’s so sweet.  God, I love you so much.”


“I love you, too,” Olivia replied, linking her fingers with Alex’s.


Alex stopped the video and saved it under a special name.  “This is my favorite one.  And you can see both our rings.”


“Make sure you send every single one to me.  I want to put them all on my iPod,” Olivia said.


Alex smiled.  “I will right now.  Just let me set up my wireless.  Putting them on iPod is a good idea.”


“Aren’t you glad you have me around?” Olivia asked, laying her head on her shoulder.


Alex smiled.  “Yes.”  A few minutes later, she composed an email and said, “Ok.  They should be waiting in your inbox.”


“Just make sure no kinky stuff is done with that iSight,” Olivia joked.


“Not even when I’m away at cheerleading camp this summer?  I was thinking about how I could send you all these videos of me in my spankies…”


Olivia grinned.  “Well, I guess we can make some exceptions.  Just don’t let Abbie see them.”


Alex rolled her eyes.  “Trust me, she won’t.  I hope she doesn’t even make team.  But anyway, let’s not think about her.  I want my birthday to be perfect.”


Olivia nodded.  “Ok.  We can still get a couple hours sleep before we have to get up.”


Alex smiled and closed her laptop.  “This day is a dream come true.”  She turned on her side to face her painting and Olivia wrapped her arms around her waist.  “You made me look like such a champion in this portrait.”


Olivia sighed happily.  “That’s exactly what you are.”