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Detective Robert Goren: Intimately Affectionate

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This series is a form of creative writing known as fan fiction. Detective Robert Goren is a regular character on the Dick Wolf television show, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. What follows is one longtime viewer’s breath of life into an already popular character.

I think people sometimes get the wrong idea about Detective Eames and me. At work we’re very professional, but outside of it, we’re actually very affectionate. Not sexual, mind you. It started when she was pregnant with her nephew. I really kept a protective eye on her while trying to appear as if I wasn’t. She didn’t want to be treated any differently than usual. Such a tough, tough little woman. She astounds me. I mean she wasn’t on desk duty until two weeks before the baby was born. She wouldn’t have had it any other way, either. But it was hard for her. I could see it in her eyes. I gave her a ride home the one night when she was probably seven months along. As she went to get out of my car I saw her struggle to get up. Just for a second, but that’s when it really clicked. This woman is too tough to even let on that she is needing extra care. I jumped out and helped her and for once, she allowed my help – was grateful for it.

That was a turning point in our friendship. I think that’s where the true, unspoken friendship really began. I spent a lot of time with her out of work from that point on. Here she was carrying this life, willing to give it to her brother and sister-in-law just to give them a child — a gift that they couldn’t have on their own, yet she had no one caring for her. Lots of back rubs, swollen cankle massages and movie watching from that point on. We really bonded then and by the time she delivered, she knew she wasn’t going to be alone in her situation. You know the natural sadness and grief that she would go through but couldn’t let her family see. Her first month post-baby was really rocky, though. No one but me really saw it. She was physically healing, grieving the baby she no longer carried, and didn’t have work to distract her yet.

Now, two years later we’re still extremely close. Friday, after the best Italian dinner I could ask for, we split a bottle of wine while curled up on my couch watching movies. I’ve never had a relationship with a woman like this before. One where I can curl up with her in my arms beneath a blanket and it’s not the least bit sexual. It’s purely nurturing. It fills a void that we both have.

We watched a few arthouse flicks Friday. My favorite was The Velocity of Gary. I favor obscure films, especially ones that are character-driven. I love when someone gets only seven minutes of screen time, but those few minutes are memorable – they really bring something to the film. Olivia d’Abo is such a scene-stealer, especially in this movie.

And Eames is right, she does resemble Nicole Wallace or how Nicole might have been while hooking in Thailand anyway.

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