Fandom: The Good Wife
Pairing: Alicia/Mattie (with unrequited Kalinda/Alicia and cannon Alicia/Peter)
Word Count: over 27,000 total
Disclaimer: I don't own this show... (and am not getting any profit from this etc etc)
Spoilers: Written after Season 4 Ep15 (with bit of eps embedded) but it goes a bit AU from there...
[Spoilers for Season 4]Mattie befriended Alicia and then declared her intentions to run against her husband. Bad timing or betrayal? And why can’t either of them just accept that they really shouldn’t have anything to do with each other?
Author Note: Thank you very much for reading and I hope you enjoy the ending - I still picture this as the ultimate Alicia end point (albeit maybe via a different route).
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SIX YEARS LATER
Alicia woke up to a dark room and an empty bed. She rolled over. The clock read 4:28. Two minutes until her alarm. She groaned and got out of bed, wrapping her robe around her, and made her way to the study.
She stood in the doorway to the study, watching Mattie at her laptop, until the other woman looked up.
"You're up early," Mattie commented, taking a sip of her coffee.
"I could say the same to you," Alicia said as she sauntered in, taking the chair opposite, "Did you even get to bed last night?"
Mattie nodded, "Meeting ran over. I've had a few hours but this drought is giving me a major headache. Nothing worse than irate farmers," Mattie quipped, taking another sip, "You'd think the second term would be easier somehow."
"When is Peter back?" Alicia asked.
"He's still planning on being back for tomorrow to visit the postgrad programs with Grace," Mattie replied, "Oh, and I heard from Zach. He won't be making it back from MIT this weekend."
Alicia raised her eyebrows.
"He wasn't calling to tell me that, he was calling about the internships in a company I part-own," Mattie clarified.
Alicia nodded. "Nice to have a rich step-mom," she offered as she stood up, making her way around the desk to lean against the drawer next to Mattie. She took the cup from Mattie's hand, enjoyed the warmth and smell of it before taking a sip.
"Hey, go make your own," Mattie teased.
Alicia swallowed the coffee, "According to the state of Illinois I own half of all your coffee for the past three years, I'm just taking my occasional privilege," Alicia countered with a smile before giving it back.
"Touché," Mattie responded with a sarcastic evenness, "Now go make your own."
"Will do," Alicia confirmed, leaning over to kiss Mattie. It was a brief meeting of their lips, the kind that happened frequently, and yet each kiss had the ghost of their first, a brief spark Alicia never tired of.
Alicia made her way downstairs. She had moved out of her apartment when Grace went to college but Mattie's mansion had always seemed foreign to her and so, as a wedding present, Mattie built them a house on the outskirts of Chicago. It was bigger than the house she had lived in with Peter but only in that Mattie insisted upon the indoor swimming pool, which sat in an atrium adjoining their reasonable-sized lawn, and an office for both of them. Alicia hadn't argued against either although, in retrospect, it would've been prudent to isolate their respective studies as they had a tendency to talk to each other through the walls.
The coffee was still warm and Alicia poured herself a mug, chafing it in her hands as her feet enjoyed the underfloor heating. She had originally decried underfloor heating as an unnecessary expense but it was now one of her favourite things about the house.
She took her coffee back upstairs, forcing herself past Mattie's door without a word, and entered her own study, clicking on the desk lamp.
Seating herself in the dark brown leather chair behind her desk she placed her coffee down and opened the top file. Her eye fell upon the letterhead they had decided was actually too stylised after they had paid the printer - Florrick & Agos - the F and the A curling together.
Soon after she had decided to divorce Peter she realised the only thing she still regretted was not heading out on her own - at the time she had needed the security but with everything turned on its head she reassessed what she really wanted for herself.
She had spoken to Cary, telling him to hang tight, and began to save. When Mattie found out what she was planning she tried to front Alicia the money but she refused, giving in only when they were engaged.
Alicia used her savings to pay Peter back the money he had fronted and then used the money Mattie had given her, with Cary's contribution, to start their own firm.
The first couple of years had been hard; particularly as Lockhart/Garner was not pleased to lose both of them and Kalinda at the same time, but they had patched what bridges they could and now were starting to make a profit. She was two months away from paying Mattie back, not that Mattie ever asked or even wanted it back.
Even when things were hardest she knew all the agony was worth it because this was hers, it was something she had created. And despite the rockiness of the road she had traveled she now had a career where she owned her own path, two children who were doing very well for themselves, an ex-husband she was on very good terms with and a wife she loved. She had finally achieved a life that felt like her own.
The phone rang, "Hi Cary," she answered, listening to her business partner carefully, a smile forming across her face, it was going to be a good day.