Criminal Minds

Breaking the Rules

When you're young, adults tell you to never break the rules. They tell you that the rules are there so that you won't get hurt. Nobody ever externalized that price and let you in on the secret that someone else might get hurt.

As my team and I stood around the dead phone connection, his last words hanging in our ears, the price is so much worse than Sean or I getting grounded.

"Agent Greenaway did not have to die like that."

We tell ourselves that her death is not our fault – but who sent her home? Who broke the rules this time?