Title: Private

Challenge: The Great Alphabet Meme 2

Prompt by Pabzi

Author: Kuria Dalmatia

Rating/Warnings: PG/FRT (some mildly offensive language).

Characters/Pairing: Gideon

Summary: From where Gideon's standing, the only thing "private" about Shawnetta is if the man dresses left or right.

ARCHIVING: my LJ and FFNet account... anyone else? Please ask first.

COMMENTS: Unbetaed. February 2011.

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.

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"He's a very private man."

Jason Gideon refrains from rolling his eyes as he enters Kirk Shawnetta's cubicle. From where he's standing, the only thing "private" about Shawnetta is if the man dresses left or right. The coworker—Chrissy Baker—who shows him around is nervous yet eager to please. She's offered him coffee and fidgets as she waits.

"Miss Baker—"

"Chrissy," she quickly corrects. "We're pretty informal here. Even our CEO Raymond Gregware goes by 'Ray' not by 'Mister Gregware'. That's how we know when people call asking about him. You know. If they really know Ray or if they're just cold calling."

Jason offers up a small smile. "And Mister Shawnetta?" he prompts and isn't surprised when she doesn't cut him off. It's predictable really. "What does he prefer to be called?"

"Oh, Kirk," Chrissy smiles and playfully bats at his chair. "Everyone just called him 'captain'."

"Everyone?"

She blushes hard. "Okay. Okay." She looks away and then pitches her voice low. "That's what he wants people to call him but we don't…it's just too…silly.'

"Did you or someone else in the office ever tease him wanting to be called 'captain'?"

"Oh heavens no!" Chrissy exclaims and places her hand over her mouth. She whispers to him again. "That's just not polite."

Jason nods as he leans forward and leafs through the man's Daytimer. "Thank you, Miss Baker."

"Please, it's Chrissy," she correct with a smile just a little too bright. She doesn't move until he gestures her to step aside.

Jason refrains from letting out a sigh.

"Garcia's pulled Shawnetta's background," Morgan announces as he approaches them. Chrissy quickly introduces herself, gaze lingering a little too long on the vee in Morgan's shirt. Morgan greets the woman with a quick nod and is about to speak when Jason holds up his hand.

He gestures to Shawnetta's desk. "They say he's a very private man."

Morgan's eyebrows shoot up in surprise. He echoes, "Private."

"Yep. He doesn't talk much about himself," Jason adds.

"Really," Morgan says dubiously before shaking his head.

"Really."

"Well, that explains a lot about the profile," Morgan mutters as he pinches the bridge of his nose.

"What does that mean?" Chrissy chirps.

Neither man deigns to answer; instead, they shake their heads.

There is no doubt that Shawnetta is their UnSub.

Jason can't help but wonder if one person, one person, had ever bothered to ask Shawnetta about himself, if Shawnetta would have gone down the same path. He stops himself. He knows better than to think like that.

He knows better.

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