Spencer leaned against the counter, looking out one of the kitchen windows. The sun wasn’t up yet, but he was. Aaron was still asleep in bed. It was Spring Break for the school, and Spencer had made sure he had no work to even think about during it. In the aftermath of Peter Lewis, Aaron found himself worked into a panic the one night he’d gone home with Jack to sleep after a few days of staying at Spencer’s, even with him in the guest room. So after a two a.m. rush to DC to calm down Aaron, Spencer had just had them stay at his house for a while. But Aaron and Jack hadn’t gone back home other than to get clothes.
Aaron only had a single thought as soon as the team was around him. Cruz had come and taken over the scene since Aaron was the one to kill Peter Lewis. He’d been silent while getting checked out by the medics. He knew he was going to be going to the hospital. To keep him for observation. Aaron was itching to call Spencer. The hallucination he’d been forced to have was prominent in his mind. Lewis had triggered a fear even he hadn’t been able to control. That was what had saved Dave and JJ’s lives. Because in his hallucination, Tara Lewis wasn’t on the team, Callahan was pregnant, and Spencer was on the team. As soon as he’d seen Spencer in his mind, he’d started to fight it and he’d won. The UnSub hadn’t been able to get away before Aaron had shot him. As soon as Lewis had gone down, Aaron had clicked his safety on, and threw his gun away, just to be safe. His phone was broken and he needed to call Spencer.
Spencer was waiting outside for Jack to be dropped off. It was still kind of dark out, but Spencer was expecting Jack at any moment. Hotch had a day in court, and was going to be busy for hours. A court case that had been set for three weeks from then had been jumped up in the dockets. The only saving grace was that it was local. The team was going to be scrambling to get all the documents needed for Hotch’s testimony ready for him. So Spencer was happy to go in early, just to give the older man some stress relief in not having to worry about Jack. Hotch had wanted to drop him off at Spencer’s but Spencer had an early morning excursion planned for the two of them. He needed some water from the pond, and with Jack it would be easier to carry what he needed back.
“Aunt Jessica needs a break,” Jack said as he flopped down into his normal chair in class. He was the first to arrive as his class before was next door.
Aaron felt his phone vibrate to tell him that he had received a text message. He wasn’t on a case, so he had it silenced. He was shocked when he read it was from Spencer. He set down his chopsticks and switched hands for his phone. He hoped that it was more than just him asking something about Jack. He was fast figuring out that JJ was right. He might have to force the issue.
Spencer hoped that February was a better month than January. He looked at the heads of his younger students and smiled. While running a drill still scared them, they were doing a lot better. The kids were split into groups of twos and threes working on a diorama. He was at his desk working on grading tests from the class before. It was the third day of the project for the younger students and Spencer had made the most of giving them class time to work on it.
“He can’t even come to Gideon’s funeral?” Morgan near screamed. Aaron looked at him and saw that Morgan was looking right at JJ. Even if the out of the blue question wasn’t pointed enough, Aaron would know who he was talking about with that alone. “Did you even tell him that he was dead?”