A/N: Alright this is going to be another one shot… It's also going to be done from a prompt. Enjoy! This story will take place during 100 and Slave of Duty. This story will probably be five chapters or so but the first chapter is for the prompt.
Disclaimer: I don't own Criminal Minds.
T.V. Show: Will & Grace
Title Prompt: FYI: I Hurt Too
Emily Prentiss's heart was breaking as she saw what Hotch was going through. By this point they had been together for a little over six months but yet only two people on the team knew about it. Dave knew because Hotch needed somebody to talk to and JJ knew because Emily needed somebody to talk too. Emily knew that Hotch loved her because if he didn't then he wouldn't say the words but this was just causing her as much pain as it was him.
Hotch couldn't help but cry when he saw the lifeless body of the woman he used to love. And yes he meant he used to love. He would always love Hayley but only because she gave him his son. Finally that got through to Hotch. He needed to find his son. He took off running out of the living room and up the steps. He had told his son to work the case with him so he hoped that Jack knew what he was getting at. He found Jack in the exact place that he thought he would be at. He helped Jack out and pulled him into his arms.
"I worked the case with you Daddy." Jack said.
Hotch pulled back and looked down at his son with red eyes. "Yes, you did buddy. You did a good job."
Emily came up the stairs slowly and looked through all the rooms until she found Hotch with Jack. A sad smile graced her face when she saw father and son together. She walked into the room and over to the two Hotchner men. When Hotch saw her his eyes became glittering and hard. Emily actually gasped and took a step back from him.
"What do you want Prentiss?" Hotch asked in a harsh voice.
Emily couldn't stop the hurt from coming into her eyes at his tone of voice. She knew that he was hurting but he didn't need to be that way with her. She just looked at him with her mouth in a straight line.
Emily finally decided on what to say. "I was just coming to check on you Sir. But I will leave you alone now."
Emily turned on her heel and walked out of the room with her heart heavy in her chest. Hotch regretted the way that he talked to Emily but right now he couldn't do anything about it. He picked up his son and carried him into his bedroom where he told him to stay before leaving the room and going back downstairs.
When Emily got downstairs she pulled JJ to the side. "I'm going to leave. Aaron doesn't want or need me here. You guys will have the SUV's I'm going to walk."
JJ looked at Emily in shock. "I'm sure that Hotch does need you Emily. Don't go."
Emily shook her head. "No, JJ I need to go. You didn't hear how he talked to me. You didn't see the way he looked at me. I love him but I refuse to let him hurt me just because he is hurting. I just can't do it JJ no matter how much I want too."
JJ nodded in understanding. "Alright Emily I understand. If you need me you know where to find me or just give me a call."
Before Emily could walk out the door Hotch came down the steps. He saw Emily talking to JJ in hushed whispers and walked over to them.
"What's going on?" Hotch asked.
Emily wouldn't meet Hotch's eyes and looked over his shoulder as she said "Nothing that you need to worry about, Sir."
Hotch sighed and said "Well what are you two talking about?"
Emily finally looked into Hotch's eyes with her pain filled ones as she said "Like I said nothing you need to worry about. I'm no longer your concern Hotch. But FYI: I hurt too."
With that Emily walked out of Hotch's old home with tears in her eyes. She didn't even bother to slow down or stop when she heard Hotch yelling her name. She just kept on walking. She didn't know where she was going and she didn't really even care. All she knew was that she needed to get away before she broke down in front of him. She would not let him see how much he hurt her. She would not let him see how much he broke her heart.
Hotch stared in surprise as Emily walked away from him. He knew that he sounded harsh earlier but he never meant for her to actually walk away from him. He shook his head and with his heart in his throat he watched as she walked away and didn't even stop or slow down when he yelled her name. He went back into his old house but stopped short when he saw JJ glaring at him.
"Aren't you going to go after her Hotch?" JJ asked in a snide tone.
Hotch hung his head. "No, I will talk to her later. Right now I have other things I need to do."
JJ huffed and said "Well you just screwed up royally. I know that you're hurting Hotch but you're not the only one. That woman loves you but you hurt her. Don't be surprised that when you finally do try to get her to talk to you if she leaves you standing there again. I'm sorry for your loss but I honestly think you just lost more than one person today."
Hotch winched but didn't say anything. There wasn't anything he could say. He knew that he fucked up.