Emily woke up to the sound of her alarm clock going off. She groaned and rolled over to turn it off. When she saw that she still had an hour before she got up, she sighed and guessed that JJ had set it to wake her up. She turned to face the woman, gently shaking her. "Jay-Jay," She mumbled tiredly. "Babe it's time for you to get up."
JJ groaned and buried her head in her pillow. "No."
"Fine with me," Emily pulled the blonde's naked body close to her and closed her eyes to drift back to sleep.
Thirty minutes later…
JJ's eyes fluttered open and she rolled over in Emily's arms. She smiled at the sleeping brunette and leaned in to place a light kiss on her lips. She looked over her girlfriend's body to see the clock and cursed under her breath as she quickly got up from bed. The quick movement woke Emily up and she propped herself up on her elbows as she watched JJ frantically putting her clothes on.
"What's wrong?" Emily said through a yawn.
JJ put her shirt on and began to button it. "I'm going to be late. I don't even have time for a shower."
Emily sat up using the sheet to cover her chest. "Sorry, I tried to wake you. You can take a shower here. And you know you have an outfit here from a few weeks ago. I had it dry cleaned for you."
"Oh, thank god. Where is it?"
Emily nodded towards the closet. JJ went over to the closet and immediately found her suit. "You know you could just bring some clothes and whatever else over so you can stop having to rush home to get ready."
JJ placed her suit on the edge of the bed. "No, that's okay."
"It'd make things easier though."
JJ shook her head. "It'll start with a few clothes, then some products and the next thing you know we'll be practically living together. Things are fine the way they are."
Emily rolled her eyes and got out of bed. She grabbed her silk robe from the closet and slipped it on. "I wasn't asking you to move in. I was trying to make things easier for you. And what would be so bad about us moving in together anyway?"
"I like my own space," JJ said, nonchalantly. "We spend a majority of our day together. Sometimes I just need time to myself."
Emily folded her arms across her chest. "Oh, so you're getting tired of me."
JJ's shoulders slumped. "I didn't say that."
"You pretty much did." Emily gestured to her bathroom. "I'm going to take a shower. You can use the other bathroom."
JJ walked over to Emily and tried to take the woman's hand into her own. "Emily, come on. Please don't be like this."
Emily moved out of JJ's reach. "I'm not being like anything Jay-Jay. I'll see you at work." Emily turned around and went into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her.
JJ let out a breath. "Great."
Emily entered the area where she worked, setting her cup of coffee on her desk. She had bought one for JJ too in case the blonde hadn't had time to get one. JJ had been gone when she was finished with her shower and hated that they started the morning with a fight. She was still upset though. She went over to the blonde's office, knocking on the door lightly.
JJ looked up and was surprised to see Emily. "Hey."
Emily held up the cup of coffee. "Thought you might need this."
JJ gave Emily a smile of gratitude. "I do. Thank you."
Emily walked closer to the desk and handed it to the blonde. "You're welcome." She turned to leave, but JJ stopped her.
"I don't get why you're being like this."
Emily lowered her voice. "Not here, Jay-Jay. We agreed. At work, we're just colleagues."
"Fine," JJ huffed.
Emily exited the office and saw that Reid and Morgan had arrived at work. "Hey guys."
Reid smiled. "Good morning."
"I don't know about the good part," Emily said.
"Rough morning?" Morgan asked.
"Yeah," Emily said.
"Anything I can help with?" Morgan asked.
Emily shook her head. "I'll be fine." No one on the team except Garcia knew about her relationship with JJ and that was because their bubbly friend had walked in on them kissing in JJ's office. It had been late one night and they thought they were alone. Garcia had been excited for them and promised not to say a word.
Emily went back to her desk and allowed her thoughts to go back to when she and JJ had been caught by the blonde. As she sat there lost in thought, the sound of JJ's voice brought her back to reality.
"Briefing in the conference room in five minutes." JJ told the team before heading to the conference room.
As everyone sat down at the table in the conference room, JJ passed out the case file to each of them. "Four people in the Washington, D.C. area have been injected with some kind of poison. Out of the four only one person is still alive. They were shot with a dart and later showed signs of being poisoned. So far there is no cure." JJ picked up the remote on the table to use the PowerPoint. "Angela Smith, 35. She was the first victim. She was hit with a dart a week ago and died four days later. Mark Reston, 18. He was hit six days ago and died five days later. Keith Stone, 24. He was hit five days ago and died three days later. Sarah Cain, 17. She was hit yesterday and she is currently in the hospital."
"There's a gap," Morgan said. "Did he just decide to take a break?"
"Or the people he poisoned haven't gone to the hospital," JJ said.
"What do they have in common?" Reid asked.
"Nothing obvious," JJ replied.
"I'll call Garcia." Emily pulled out her phone and put it on speaker before speed dialing Garcia.
"The divine goddess herself speaking," Garcia answered.
"Can you run a search on Angela Smith, Mark Reston, Keith Stone and Sarah Cain? We're looking for anything that might link them together. Do they live in the same residential area?"
"Negative," Garcia said. "They all live in different neighborhoods."
"What about the neighborhoods?" Reid asked. "Are they middle-class, lower-class?"
"Middle-class except for Sarah Cain. Her parents are doing very well for themselves."
"So it's not that," Reid sighed.
"Try cell phone records," Hotch said. "See if they talk to the same people. Call us if you get anything. We're going to head out."
Emily ended the call and looked at Hotch. "What's the plan?"
"Morgan and Reid go to the areas where Angela Cash and Mark Reston were hit. Ask around. Maybe someone saw something. There could be cameras. Rossi and I will go check out the area where the other two were hit. Jay-Jay and Prentiss, you two go interview Sarah Cain."
The car ride to the hospital hadn't been as painful as JJ thought it was going to be. Emily stuck to talking about the case and didn't show any sign that she was upset with her. She knew it was because the brunette was serious when she said their personal life wasn't any place for work.
She entered Sarah Cain's hospital room and saw the brunette lying there looking seconds away from death. She hoped they would figure this case out before anyone else died.
"Hi, Mrs. Cain," Emily said to the brunette's mother who was sitting by the bed. "I'm Agent Prentiss from the FBI and this is Agent Jareau. We need to speak with your daughter."
Mrs. Cain nodded her head. "Sarah are you up for that?"
Sarah nodded slowly.
"Hi, Sarah," Emily said. "I'll try to keep this short, okay? Do you remember anything from the day you were hit with that dart?"
Sarah licked her lips and began to speak. "I was in the store. I bought a bottle of water and left. I was opening my car door when I felt it hit my neck. I didn't see who did it."
"Did you talk to anyone in the store?" JJ asked.
Sarah shook her head. "I'm sorry I'm not much help."
JJ placed her hand on top of Sarah's. "It's okay. You get some rest."
Prentiss and JJ talked with the mom for a bit before heading back to their car.
JJ sighed. "I hope the others are having better luck than we are."
JJ entered Garcia's office and plopped herself down in the seat beside her.
Garcia looked over at her friend. "Hey sugar plum, what's wrong?"
"Emily's upset with me," JJ said. She told the blonde what happened that morning.
"You two have been together for what? Seven months? Leaving some stuff at her place sounds like a good idea."
"I know. I don't know why I freaked out. I hate her being upset with me. She left the office without saying bye."
"Talk to her. Tell her how you feel."
"I don't even know how I'm feeling."
"Do you still want to be with her?"
JJ looked at Garcia as if she had asked the stupidest question in the world. "Of course I still want to be with her."
Garcia held up her hands. "Just checking. Go get your girl. You two will be fine. Just be honest with her."
JJ leaned forward and hugged her friend. "Thanks for listening."
"Anytime, my lovely. Anytime."
The blonde agent gathered her things and quickly made her way to her car. She had to make things right with Emily.