Title: Triggers & Ties 8: Eggshells, Chapter 1

Author: Kuria Dalmatia

Rating/Warnings: FRM/R (profanity, adult content)

Characters/Pairing: Hotch/Reid, the BAU

Summary: It was an insight about victims that Aaron Hotchner never wanted to have: returning to the living space where one had been brutally attacked.

Word Count: ~9,700

ARCHIVING: my LJ... anyone else? Please ask first.

Feedback always welcome.

DISCLAIMER: The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television own Criminal Minds. Salut! I just took them out to play and I promise put them back when I'm done. I'm not making any profit just trying to get these images out of my head. Oh yeah. And DC Comics owns the quote.

VERSION: February 2010, started in Maastricht, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium. Finished June 2010.

TIMELINES/SPOILERS: Season 5 "Faceless, Nameless". This story takes place in the 34 days between 5x01 and 5x02.

COMMENTS: This isn't a pleasant fic. We tend to take our anger, fears and frustrations out on those closest to us. Medications that help heal us also can have vicious side-effects.

While TPTB seemed to have forgotten they gave Hotch a brother in Season 1 ("The Tribe"), the fans didn't. So, I gave a reason why that, well, Sean Hotchner wasn't around during the whole Reaper deal. BTW, I'm not obsessed with Hotch puking in a sink or him threatening Reid with a gun. It just happens. And, having been on a few prescription cocktails for various things (knee surgery included), I know from personal experience that there are such things as serious side-effects.

Yeah, there may be some HIPPA issues floating around Hotch's after-care but, hell, do you really think the Team would not stick their fingers in the pie? Didn't think so.

Thanks to both Theras and Pharmawriter for help with cutlery and chests, and again to Theras for medical terminology and procedure. To MomBailey1973 for a ton of handholding and pushing hard on a few scenes. To Pabzi for the cheerleading and the crit. To Lady_of_scarlet for the beta and commentary. Thank you.