Chapter Twenty Seven-The Whole Truth
Spencer tried to settle his nerves as he rang the doorbell to Rossi’s place. He knew what the dinner was about, even if the rest of the team had been told it was to celebrate his newest book hitting some selling milestone. Aaron had driven with him back to his place after work and Spencer had driven Aaron’s car as they’d drove in together that morning to the office. They’d spent the day in the office working on the case files for the case in Akron, Ohio. Garcia’s first stint as their liaison had been good from Spencer’s POV, but he knew that Aaron was going to be stepping up now and working on the media side when they were on the case. Garcia would do as much as she could, but she was going to be staying in Quantico. Spencer would make sure and help Aaron as much as he could, including drafting press releases and even making sure that the locals kept to that.
Chapter 26-First Date
Spencer laughed as Aaron was draped along his back as he tried to open the door with his face buried in Spencer’s neck, leaving what was bound to be an impressive hickey. Aaron’s other hand was holding his head exactly where he wanted it. Spencer took pity on the man and took the keys from him, opening the door and moving to the alarm and deactivating it. The door was slammed shut then Spencer was being slammed in the wall.
Spencer knocked on the door to Morgan’s apartment. When the man opened the door he looked at Spencer in shock.
Chapter Twenty Five-Blindsided
Spencer heard the knock on his door and looked at the time. It was eight in the evening. Hotch had made the comment that Jack was spending the weekend with the extended Brooks family at some kind of reunion. Spencer had wondered how long it would take for Hotch to arrive at his place. JJ’s leaving the team had hurt Spencer. It hurt everyone, including Hotch and he knew that Hotch would want to alleviate that pain by using him. And he was okay with drowning his own pain in Hotch. It wasn’t healthy but losing JJ like she had been lost to the team was something that Spencer had never seen coming. He’d deal with it later, acceptance, and all the other levels of grief but for now, he wanted to rebel.
Chapter Twenty Four-Watch
Spencer shouldered his new go bag as he stepped into the elevator for Hotch’s apartment. It was long after Jack’s bedtime. Hotch had asked him to come over and bring a bag as he was staying over. It made sense given that Spencer had an early meeting with Garrett from IRT. He’d been wanting his help for two weeks and either their team had a case or his did. He really hoped that Jack was in bed because he was not sure that he could take the boy after their last case. All he could see was webcams, video cameras, spy cams, and death everywhere. His skin was crawling. He was happy that Hotch had reached out first because he wasn’t sure if he’d have actually been able to do it.
Chapter Twenty Three-Uneasy
It was still daylight and there were people milling around so Spencer didn’t let himself into Hotch’s apartment. He tried to think as little as possible about the case and the journals he had read. He figured it was why Hotch had texted him to come over. While he was good at compartmentalizing things, it would take a while to get the words put where they belonged and a distraction was perfect. He figured that Hotch had his ex-sister-in-law watching Jack and wanted Spencer to be out of his comfort zone so he focused less on retreat and more on anything else.
Chapter Twenty Two-Changes
The knock on his door surprised Spencer. He looked at the clock, closing his book, it was eight at night. If it was Hotch, he’d just let himself in. Spencer looked out the peephole and just stood there. It was Hotch. Spencer looked at his door. It was locked but not deadbolted, nor chained. He hesitated before opening the door. Hotch smiled at him but he didn’t move to enter the apartment.