Sooo, this is my response to PYOP challenge. Pairing X get lost in the forest during a camping trip. Erm, this is the woods. Are they the same thing?
Anyways, it's probably not what you are expecting. I watch too much Charmed, Buffy, Supernatural. You'll see it is defiantly off-canon. Not to mention, this is my first "real" (long) story. Hope it's not too confusing. Tell me what you think! :)
Everything is un-betaed. Forgive me?
Behind Every Whisper
She was running. Her blonde hair whipped behind her while her clothes were plastered to her sweat-soaked body. The shoes she wore on her feet squished in the mud and brown splatters painted their way up her legs.
The adrenaline pumping through her veins further heightened her senses to her surroundings. She could hear the branches and leaves rustling as she pushed them out of her way. Her tongue ran across her lips and tasted the coppery, tang blood that easily slid down her dry, scorched throat. The hairs on the nape of her neck stood straight while sending goosebumps down her spine. She could feel them watching her from the shadows. Following her and matching her every footstep with their own.
Suddenly a hand wrapped around her ankle and pulled her down. She rolled onto her back and watched as the hand slid back into the ground. She watched with wide eyes in both fascination and fear. Her heart was racing and her whole body was shaking. Her breathing became short and forced. With the adrenaline building up, she tried sitting up to continue running when she noticed the trees were quickly closing in on her. Faces started to mold their way through the bark. Hands reached back up around her torso and neck before pulling her into the dirt as well. Her rough voice screamed, but was never heard.
Just as Emily Prentiss was getting comfortable after turning her alarm off, her phone started to vibrate on the nightstand next to her.
A muffled groan escaped past her lips as she dug her head deeper into the white, plush pillow.
She reached over and flipped her phone up to read Caller I.D. When Morgan's name popped up she sighed exasperatedly. She hit the 'talk' button and pressed the phone to her ear. "What?"
"Ouch. Someone's in a bad mood." Morgan chuckled on the other end. "Are you ready? I should be at your apartment in 15 minutes."
Prentiss rubbed her sleep crusted eyes with the back of her hand. "Ready for what?"
"You're kidding!" When he didn't hear a reply he reiterated slowly. "You are kidding, right?"
"Um, no. I have no recollection of last night," She looked down at her attire. She still wore her suit pants. Her blouse was white and wrinkled. And she was only wearing one sock. "but I'm guessing by what I'm wearing and the fact that I have a killer hangover, we went drinking after the case?"
"That would be one thing that happened last night." He laughed while coming to a stop at a red light. "Do you remember making plans to go camping today?"
"No, because I never would."
"Oh, but you did, Princess."
"I did?" She laid back down on the pillows and rubbed her temples with her fingers. "Is everyone going?"
"Yes and yes." He chuckled as the light turned green.
"Yes, it was her idea actually. She told us she wouldn't trust anyone else to help her get over her fear of the woods. But she wanted to experience it before she dies. That's when we found out you've never been camping either."
"I couldn't have been sober."
Morgan ignored her last statement. "I should be there in 5 to help you pack." They hung up and within minutes Morgan was at her doorstep like promised.
They had her bags pack in about 30 minutes and were heading out to pick up Reid.
Within a few hours all 7 BAU members, plus Jack and Haley, were setting up tents in the small, open space they had found.
"Let's make S'mores!" Reid shouted excitedly.
"Kid, I don't think you need anymore sugar." Morgan grumbled. He was right, Reid had been prattling off about statistics and activities they could do to occupy themselves for the weekend.
Reid's brow scrunched together before he replied, "But I haven't had any sugar."
"Hey," JJ perked, "I wouldn't mind S'mores. It'll probably help settle the butterflies swarming in my stomach."
"Well, okay then." Hotch said, "Looks like we're having S'mores."
Jack could be heard clapping from behind his father.
"We'll need to build a fire first." reminded Rossi. The team started looking for branches and twigs to start the fire. When they couldn't find many pieces of wood, Morgan and Prentiss volunteered to look deeper into the woods.
It was still fairly light out, but with the sun was quickly going down, they had their flashlights just in case.
"Wow, it got cold really fast, didn't it?" Morgan looked over at Prentiss while speaking. She'd been silent, speaking only a few words, since they'd arrived. Right now she had her hands in her pockets and was biting her bottom lip. "Are you okay?"
"Huh?" She looked up at him surprised, as if she just heard him speaking.
"You're not afraid of the woods are you?"
"What? No." Her eyes where wide while she starred at him.
He changed his demeanor from humorous to serious when he looked into her eyes. He never meant to scare her when he dragged her along. "Emily, it's okay if you are. We're all afraid of something. Heck, you wouldn't be the only one. JJ's afraid as well."
"I know. And I'm not. I just-I don't know. I have a bad feeling about this." Her eyes returned to their original concentration of watching the ground pass around her.
"Well, don't worry about that. I'll protect you." He got a smug look on his face when she laughed softly at his joke. Earlier that day they were talking about how Morgan would always play the knight in shinning armor. He laid his left hand on the small of her back while he turned on one of the flashlights to continue looking for wood. "Come on, let's get this over with."
Little did they know that beady eyes were following them from the silent abyss in the shadows.
Honestly I don't know when the next update will be. I promise I'm constantly trying to work on it, but this stress from school is really slowing me down in more ways than one. I'm putting this last. I'm trying to get Honor Roll before the 6 weeks is up, Wednesday, but that's hard. Not to mention 6 clubs and Color Guard. But do keep an eye out for another update sometime, don't know when, but sometime. :)
Tell me what you think! :D