Here is the fourth chapter for The Last Flower!
"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered." ~ Tom Stoppard.
For a whole week and a half Reid had not gone to work. For the first two days Reid had called in, and told Hotch that there was still some family business that he had to take care of, which was technically not a lie. However, after that Reid had been calling in sick. Reid knew that his team was worried about him; after all he rarely missed a day of work. He had received multiple calls from Morgan, Garcia, JJ and Prentiss, each of them asking him if he was okay and if they were allowed to visit him. Reid had left them all messages telling them he was doing just fine on his own, and that they couldn't visit him because they might get sick.
Reid hated lying to them. It made him feel bad.
Besides it wasn't as though he didn't want to go to work. It was more the fact that... he couldn't. Lily refused to let Reid out of her sight. Reid understood why though. She had lost her mother, who she had been incredibly close with, and Lily didn't want to take any risks of losing Reid too.
Reid knew he would never be able to deny Lily of what she wanted. If he did attempt, she'd look up at him with her beautiful almond-shaped chocolate brown eyes, bat her thick eyelashes at him, and flash him a brilliant smile. And that was enough to make Reid crumble and lose all will. She was just so adorable.
Lily was smart. She knew how to play people, and how to get what she wanted.
Reid shook his head. He shouldn't have expected anything less of his daughter. She was only four years old and she was already in grade one. At this rate, she was going to end up like him, graduating high school at twelve.
Signing, Reid looked at the clock on his wall. It was nearly 7:00 AM. Lily would be getting up soon. For whatever reason Lily, unlike other kids her age, didn't like to sleep in, she was an early riser.
Reid got to his feet and placed his cold coffee on the table in front of him. He made his way to the kitchen; he would have to prepare breakfast for Lily.
Lily, each morning, would change her favourite breakfast meal. First, it had been waffles. She had then changed it to eggs, from there, she moved onto cereal. And now, knowing her, Lily had most likely changed it to bacon.
Just as Reid had reached the kitchen, there was a knock on the door.
'Who could that be?' Reid wondered. No one ever came to visit him.
Reid headed over to the door and opened it, only to be greeted with a group of people he didn't really want to see right now... his team.
"What are you doing here?" Reid questioned immediately, getting ready to shut the door on them if he had to.
"We came to visit you." Morgan told him simply, slipping past Reid, and inviting himself into Reid's apartment.
Both JJ and Prentiss came in as well; both of them were looking at Reid closely.
"You don't look very sick." Prentiss observed.
"Well I am."
The rest of the team- Garcia, Hotch and Rossi- had also entered Reid's apartment at this point.
"If you're so sick, why aren't you in bed, resting?" JJ raised a brow at Reid.
"I was feeling a little better today." Reid lied.
JJ nodded her head. "I see."
"You guys should leave." Reid said, resisting the urge to bang his head against the wall. "I don't want any of you to get sick."
"I don't think we'll get sick." Rossi spoke.
Reid's eyes quickly flickered over to the clock. It was now 8:10. He had already wasted ten minutes. Lily would be waking up any minutes now.
"Is there something wrong?" Rossi asked. "Are you expecting someone or something?"
Reid internally groaned. "N- Yes! My favourite show is coming on soon."
Rossi nodded his head.
"Well then," Reid opened the door to his apartment, which had been shut when Garcia, Hotch and Rossi entered his apartment. "I'll see you all next week, at work."
Garcia was about to speak, but the sound of a door opening and closing down the hall made everyone go quiet.
Morgan looked at Reid with a devilish smirk. "I see why you want us gone. You have a girl over."
"What! No! I do not!" Reid sputtered out.
The sound of feet coming down the hall towards the living room reached everyone's ears.
Everybody turned their attention towards the hall. A little girl- wearing pink pajamas- entered the room, rubbing her eyes tiredly.
"Daddy," She spoke in a tired voice, looking directly at Reid. "Who are these people?"
Well, that's the end of this chapter. Sorry it took so long for me to update. I've been quite busy with graduation activities. My teacher just keeps piling all this work on us, and it's actually beginning to get quite annoying.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this chapter. It took me a lot of brain power to write this. I kind of didn't know what I was going to do with this chapter. So I just wrote.
Sorry for any grammar mistakes, as usual. I'm not the best spell checker out there. I sometimes miss some of the stupidest mistakes.