3 months, that's how long it had been from that cold day in February when Rafael had kissed Olivia on the forehead and told her that he had to move on. 3 whole months she had gone without her best friend to talk to everyday, and her trying to work with their new ADA.
But thankfully after the first week of complete silence Barba reached out to Liv, he wasn't sure how she would react to him on the phone but was delighted when she wanted to talk to him. He told her he would send postcards for both her and Noah if that was okay with her.
Noah looked forward to every postcard from 'Uncle Rafa' it was his favourite part of the week and Liv wanted to share that with Barba, she did so by capturing a video of Noah running in through the door and going through the mail to find the postcard. His face was one that was the definition of happiness.
One of the days Noah was reading the postcard with Lucy and he looked at Lucy "Lucy can you help me write a letter to Uncle Rafa, I don't want mommy to know about the letter?" Lucy was surprised by Noah's request, she knew he missed the man but this was the first time that he asked to make contact with him.
Lucy looked at the young boy "Sure Noah, we can write a letter together to your uncle Rafa" By agreeing to write it with him Lucy knew that she would be able to check if she needed to give the letter to Liv before sending it to the address that Rafael had given them.
Noah told Lucy what he wanted the letter to say and she wrote it for him but he wanted to sign his own name so that Uncle Rafa would know it was really from him. When they read over the letter and Noah was happy with it Lucy slipped in to her bag with the promise to post it first thing tomorrow morning for Noah.
A week from Noah sent the letter they were at Noah's ball game, he had a big tournament today and all the kids were warming up with their dads, or male family members, the coaches had decided on this to try and get families more involved.
Liv and the squad along with Stone were all there for Noah, Fin came over to Noah "Hey little man do you want me or Uncle Sonny to warm up with you?" Noah shook his head saying no
Looking around Liv felt so guilty as Noah was the only one on his team not out there warming up with a male family member, not all were dads, as some had dads that worked outside of New York. She came over to her son running her hand over his curls "Sweet boy, why don't you let Uncle Fin or Uncle Sonny warm up with you?" Noah shook his head again "No mama I asked someone to come here and warm up with me"
Liv was confused as she had no idea who Noah was talking about as everyone they knew was here, and she knew that Nick, Munch and Cragen weren't in town this weekend. Before she could ask him who he meant, Stone was standing beside them and Liv tried to smile and be nice, even though she had no idea what he was doing here. Stone looked at Noah "Noah, you know that I used to play Ball and I would love to help you warm up"
Noah was getting frustrated with everyone asking him and he went to answer Mr Stone when someone behind him caught his attention and Noah squealed "Uncle Rafa" and the young boy was running as fast as his little legs would allow.
The whole squad turned around hearing Noah, they were convinced that Noah had to have been mistaken, but there before they're eyes was Rafael Barba in Jeans, t-shirt and with a slight beard. When Noah got closer Rafael scooped him up in to a hug, hugging him tight, he realised how much he had missed this little boy. Rafael carried Noah towards the squad as the young boy didn't want to be set down.
Noah smiled proudly at his mom and her squad "See Mama I told you that I had asked someone to be here with me" Liv was shocked she wasn't even sure how or why Rafael was here but she wouldn't lie it was so good to see him, Rafael smiled "well there was no way I was going to let you down Mi Amigo. Now you mentioned something about us having to warm up, so let's go"
At the mention of playing ball Noah squirmed to get down out of Rafael's arms and ran to get a ball for them to throw. The squad stood in shock watching Barba who just smiled watching Noah run back to him, he looked at Olivia "I'm guessing Lucy and Noah didn't get around to telling you that they had invited me to come here today? If you want I can leave"
Olivia shook her head "No, stay, Noah wants you here and so do I Rafa, I'm just really surprised to see you, you didn't mention last night on the phone that you would be actually seeing me today"
Noah came running over pulling on Rafael's hand "Uncle Rafa, lets play" Rafael looked at Noah and chuckled "okay Amigo I'm coming" Rafael looked at Liv "I promise we will talk after the game" he squeezed her arm gently as he went over to Noah as they played catch as if they had been playing catch together everyday, Rafael and Noah looked so at ease with each other.
Stone looked at Olivia "I didn't realise that you were still in contact with Mr. Barba, Lieutenant" Liv looked at Stone " I don't really see any reason that the DA's office would need to know that I'm still in contact with Rafael"
Sonny smiled watching Barba with Noah "It's good to see him back where he belongs, with his family, he looks different somehow" Amanda nodded "he looks like he's not carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders" Fin looked at them both "that’s because he doesn't have to listen to Carisi go on about his crazy law ideas" That got a laugh from both Olivia and Amanda especially when they seen the face Carisi was pulling.
Stone looked at them all "You's realise that he's not back, I will still be your ADA that won't change" Liv went to speak but Fin got in before her "Were well aware of that counsellor but were glad to have Barba back with the family, it's where he belongs, whatever job he decides to do"
Liv was getting pissed off at Stone's attitude about Rafael, Amanda noticed the look on Liv's face "hey guys how about we go and get decent seats on the bleachers to make sure that Noah can not only hear us but can see us too" Carisi went in to full on Italian family mode, getting the small banner that he had made for Noah, and he had brought snacks for everyone that his mother had made the night before.
Rafael ruffled Noahs hair and wished him good luck when their coach called them in, he came walking back over to Liv and he smiled taking the bottle of water that she offered to him "thank you, I am thankful I got back running the last few months or I think you would be taking me to a hospital right now, I forgot how much energy Noah has" he chuckled softly as he took a drink from the bottle watching Noah.
Olivia looked at Rafael "So... how come you didn't tell me last night on the phone that you were coming back to the city?" Rafa wiped his mouth and looked at Olivia "Liv, Noah sent me a letter a week ago, Lucy helped him write it, and he asked me to be here today that everyone had to bring an important male in their life, in the letter he asked me not to mention it to you unless you brought it up.. so when you didn't I guessed that he hadn't told you yet..Maybe he was afraid I wouldn't show up" Rafa looked down swallowing hoping that the young boy who held a very special place in his heart didn't think that he would let him down.
Liv put her hand on Rafaels arm "He was probably afraid that I would get angry that he asked without telling me, You know what my sweet boy is like, he worries too much at times.. Come on lets go join the others I'm sure Carisi has plenty of questions for you"
Rafael groaned playfully "Oh come on Liv I'm here today for your son can't you threaten to put Carisi on Desk Duty if he starts asking me too many questions?" Liv shook her head laughing "I'm not sure even that would stop him, come on Rafa he hasn't seen you in 3 months, he hasn't taken the same shine to Stone" Rafa shook his head laughing walking with Liv towards the rest of the squad including Stone.