Fandom: Criminal Minds
Pairing: Emily Prentiss/Jennifer Jareau
Disclaimer: No, they are not mine….“Criminal Minds” belongs to CBS (unfortunately).
Summary: Four, five, two. That’s the parcel number where Agent Jennifer Jareau will be placed tomorrow at the Northbrook Cemetery.
Authors Note: As always, thanks audiopineapple for the beta.
A/N 2: Italics are always flashbacks.
4 months. It has been four months since the first letter. I can’t take it anymore. All the harassment, threatening.
And not just at my workplace. Not anymore.
Today, I found a message in my apartment, on the kitchen table. This is the last straw. For God’s sake, this is where I live!
He stalks me, sends me pictures about myself when I do the shopping, have lunch or take in the newspaper. Dozens of photos anywhere I go with a red X sign over my head. This obsession is getting out of control. Last month I got a necklace with a heart pedant from him and the words “Love till death do us apart” were engraved on its back.
It truly freaked me out.
16 death threats. One in every week on random weekdays. I know exactly when and why it started, I clearly remember the date. It was one of my happiest days of my life.
Every one of them was delivered to my workplace except this last one.
It’s Emily and me, having a coffee nearby my flat. She laughs at some stupid joke and I laugh widely with her. However, this time the red cross is over both of our heads. I stop in my tracks, unable to breath for a moment, refusing to acknowledge the magnitude of this.
This has to stop now! I can’t let anything happen to Emily. I can’t let him to ruin my life. God, I don’t even know who this man is.
I have to make a decision despite all the pain it will cause. I just hope she will forgive me in time.
Flashback – one and a half month before the shooting, Quantico, FBI building
It’s 9pm and I’m still at my office. Everybody went home hours ago for tonight, only I and Hotch are still here.
He knows about the threats from the beginning but I haven’t shown him the last picture that I got two weeks ago, because I know what his reaction will be.
I’ve made up my mind about what I have to do and today I have to tell him. He will not be pleased but it’s the only way out of it.
I knock lightly on his door, he is obviously surprised but invites me in and we sit down.
“JJ, I thought everyone went home. What can I do for you?”
With heavy steps I stride to his table, not saying a single word I just give him the last photo. My hands tremble a bit, hardly noticeable but Hotch sees right through me.
“One more? But I thought it has stopped because there were no more threats delivered here…”
“No, not here…at my place. Two weeks ago.”
“What? JJ, this is getting serious. In your house? Why haven’t you told me?”
“I needed to arrange some things first. It can’t go on like this. It’s not only about me this time. If something happens to Emily…I know we talked about this before but I don’t need protection.”
“JJ, I can’t do that. I have to…” – he interrupts me but I’m not having any of this. I have to do this, he should know better.
“No, hear me out. I won’t let him take away my life. I know he won’t stop until I’m dead. So I will give him what he wants. The only place where he will show himself is at my funeral, you know that as well, we can catch him there. I don’t want to look after my shoulder all my life. We have to do this the right way.”
He knows exactly what I am talking about, we had a heated argument before on this subject and he was strictly against it. Although, I can see on his features that he is considering this option now, can hear the wheels turning in his brain. He is not fond of the idea but my strong determination is so visible, he knows that I won’t take no for an answer.
“When?” – He asks with a chilly voice and resigned face, not able to fight with me anymore.
“When it’s time. I will let you know.”
“What about the team?”
“She…they shouldn’t know anything. It’s best for everyone…you need to promise me you won’t tell them. I have to deal with this alone but I also need your help. Yours only.”
“Okay. I will help with on one condition though.”
“You will tell me everything from now on, every little detail, you can’t hold back anything. You have to trust me…”
Hopefully, in one month, it will be all over. Until then I need to make sure that everything is going according to the plan and then wait for the right time.
The right time. I don’t think that there is a right time for what I’m planning to do. I was so happy 5 months ago until this nightmare has started. I tried to ignore the threats with all my being but they got more and more violent each time and I’m not strong enough to handle the situation anymore.
I know the team would help me no matter what, would be by my side in no time, hunting down this bastard but I can’t drag them into it. It’s my own battle.
And defeat is not an option.
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