A/N – This is just a short drabble that came to me regarding last night's episode.
A Mother's Love
"She was so brave…," Hotch whispered hoarsely, his tired, swollen eyes never leaving his confused son as he curled into Emily Prentiss. Jack's arms clutched Emily's neck in a death grip, his face buried in the side of her neck as he cried silent tears. Like his father, Jack Hotchner had that unique heart wrenching ability to cry without ever making a sound. Unlike his father, the trait was not a protective mechanism, a holdover from his abusive childhood. No, Jack had had a mother and a father that loved him without reservation, so much so that his mother had given the ultimate gift, her life, to protect him.
"A mother's love is selfless, Aaron. Haley did what she had to do to keep her son alive," JJ whispered, knowing, without question, she would have done the same in Haley's place, willing inserted herself between a monster and her offspring. Haley had bought Hotch time. There was no way she couldn't have know what she was doing…what it all would mean. Before the divorce, she and Haley had been friends. She'd watched the woman change after she had a child. The Haley Hotchner she had known before… the small boy clutching Emily had come in to her life would have fought with every breath in her body for her survival. But like most women that had children, Haley, like JJ, had learned there were some things in life worse than mere death. Like the death of your own flesh and blood.
So Haley had sacrificed herself. She'd insinuated herself between her little boy and the Reaper. She'd cheated death…just not for herself. She'd cheated him out of her son. The brave woman had taken a calculated risk. And she'd won. Not her own life. But, something infinitely more important to her. She'd died knowing her and Aaron's son would live.
Her eyes going to where Jack sat huddled against Emily, JJ whispered, "And no one can take that away from you. Or him."