Author's Note: Just a short little drabble of what I believe could be an alternate ending to the season premiere, "Nameless, Faceless". Please feel free to read and review. As ever, I don't own Criminal Minds, nor any of its characters.
YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT
He found her sitting by the windows, staring out over the hospital lawn. Stopping just behind her, he sighed. "You know he's never going to stop loving her," Dave said deeply.
"Don't, Dave," Emily said, her voice filled with pain. "Don't make it worse for me. I already had that figured out," she bit out, never turning.
"I'm not, Emily," Dave returned quietly, stuffing his hands in his trouser pockets. "But this…what you're doing to yourself…" he trailed off.
"What exactly am I doing, Rossi?" Emily barked, turning sharply to face him with pain filled eyes.
"You know what you're doing," he replied quietly. "You're waiting here, torturing yourself, hoping he'll call for you. But he won't. He wants his wife."
"Ex-wife," she automatically corrected.
"Semantics, Prentiss. In his heart, he never stopped being married to Haley. And somewhere inside yours, you know that. Don't do this…don't be just the woman that gets him by. You deserve better than that," Dave said, his voice low.
Lifting hurt eyes to meet his, Emily ground out angrily, "You're a prize bastard, you know that?"
"I've heard it more than once before," Dave agreed softly, nodding.
"I love him," Emily said brokenly, turning to look back out the window in an effort to hide the gathering tears in her eyes.
"I know. That's why you need to walk away now," Dave nodded, clenching his fists inside his pockets to keep himself from reaching for her.
"I hate you," Emily whispered.
"You hate that you know I'm right," Dave replied quietly.
Lifting her head and straightening her shoulders, Emily turned to face Dave again. "No, Rossi, I'm pretty sure I hate you," she said before heading toward the hospital's exit.
Closing his eyes as he watched her go, Dave shook his head. Opening his eyes, he wished he could tell her she wasn't the only one that wanted what she couldn't have. He knew just how she felt.