Once the BAU team had cleared the police station and started their trek to the hotel, Emily glanced at JJ worriedly. The blonde was staring out of the window with an unreadable expression on her face. Emily frowned and placed her hand on JJ's thigh, breaking the trance the blonde had fallen into. Smiling at Emily, JJ linked their hands and leaned her head on Emily's shoulder. Emily turned to kiss JJ's head and sighed.

"Are you sure you're ok?" Emily whispered into blonde hair.

"Yeah." JJ yawned. "Just exhausted."

"We still need to talk." Emily pointed out.

JJ nodded into Emily's shoulder. "I know. But can it wait until we get home?"

"Of course." Emily chuckled.

"Are you staying in my room tonight?" JJ picked her head up and gave the brunette a knowing smirk.

"I was actually thinking about staying in my own room tonight." Emily said nonchalantly.

JJ's jaw dropped. "You're lying."

"Nope. I'm tired." Emily covered her fake yawn with her free hand. "You understand, right?"

JJ raised an eyebrow and sat up straight. "You're still lying."

Emily put her head on the seat and closed her eyes. "I'm probably going to pass out in the 10 minutes it takes to get to the hotel."

JJ narrowed her eyes at the older profiler. "Oh, it's on." She whispered and stared out the window again.

"I'm hungry." Reid suddenly spoke up from the front seat. "Can we stop and grab some food?"

"Reid, for how skinny you are, you sure do eat a hell of a lot." Morgan chuckled. Glancing in the rear view mirror, Morgan looked at the girls. "Are you two hungry?"

Emily suddenly perked up and smiled. "Starved."

JJ rolled her eyes and nodded. "I could eat."

"Food it is then." Morgan chuckled and punched some things into the GPS to find somewhere to eat.


"So what's up with you two now?" Morgan pointed his fork at JJ and Emily before stabbing his steak.

"We're together." Emily said at the same time JJ said "We're figuring it out." They turned to each other and shared a confused look.

"Whatever it is you're obviously not on the same page." Reid mumbled under his breath and took a big bite of his potato.

"We're figuring it out?" Emily scoffed.

"We still have a lot we need to talk about. But this is not the time nor the place for it." JJ hissed.

Emily clenched her jaw at the blonde and turned her attention to Morgan and Reid. "So what do you all think about this case?"

Morgan shrugged. "I think he's a twisted dying man who got his rocks off by torturing people."

"I don't think it's him." JJ rubbed her temples.

"JJ, he confessed." Reid furrowed his brows. "There's nothing else we have to go on besides that."

"But you don't think it was a little convenient how we were here for only a couple of days before we caught him? He got 'bored' that easily?" JJ pressed. "Look at all of the case information compared to how easy this was for us to close it out. It shouldn't have been that simple." She sighed heavily. "It's never that simple." She whispered almost to herself.

"I agree that everything did seem a little elaborate for how quickly he gave up, but maybe he was getting to tired to play the games." Reid said.

"And we're not even going to stay to talk to the surviving victim? There could be more we need to know." JJ stated, the frustration evident in her voice.

"What's there to know, JJ? We got him. The rest of it is up to the local PD to deal with. They're the ones who need to find the information to build their case." Morgan jumped in.

JJ tossed her napkin down. "Whatever." She stood up. "I have to use the restroom." She walked toward the bathrooms without a backwards glance at her friends.

"Ok, what the fuck is up with her?" Morgan immediately turned to Emily as soon as JJ was out of earshot.

"I have no idea." Emily said sadly. "She definitely hasn't been herself lately though. She's so much more… Angry."

"She's opening up to you now though, at least last night made it look like that." Reid added. "Have you asked her flat out what's wrong?"

"No, but I plan on it as soon as we get home." Emily looked in the direction that JJ disappeared.


Once back at the hotel, the four agents had parted to go to their separate rooms to pack and sleep before leaving the next day. Emily and JJ hadn't said a word to each other since the restaurant, and without a second thought both went to their respective rooms instead of staying together.

About an hour later, Emily was standing at the foot of her bed zipping up her go-bag when there was a knock at the door. Sighing and tossing the bag in the corner, she slowly opened the door, surprised to see JJ standing there with a sheepish smile and a bottle of wine.

"Hi." JJ said softly. She averted her eyes and shifted nervously on her feet before looking back at Emily and holding up the wine bottle. "You up for a couple glasses of wine and an apology?"

"Come on in." Emily stepped aside so the blonde could enter the room. Watching JJ sit on the edge of the bed, Emily closed the door and went over to the desk to grab two of the plastic cups the hotel provided. "Not exactly classy, but it'll get the job done." Emily chuckled when she handed the cups to JJ.

JJ smirked and twisted the cap off of the wine bottle. "Not exactly classy, but it'll get the job done." She mimicked Emily and gestured to the cheap wine. "I couldn't find a corkscrew, so I grabbed whatever wine had a twist top. No guarantees on how it'll taste."

Emily laughed as she sat down next to the younger woman and took the cup of wine offered. Taking a sip, she shrugged. "It's not that bad actually."

"Good." JJ set the wine bottle on the bedside table and scooted so that she was sitting more fully on the bed and leaned against the headboard. Taking a deep breath, the blonde frowned. "I'm sorry."

Emily took another sip of wine and turned to face JJ. "What's going on with you, Jayje?"

JJ ran a hand through her hair and set the cup next to the bottle. Bringing her knees to her chest, she wrapped her arms around her legs and rested her head on her knees. "I've just been… God. I don't know. There's a lot going on that I don't know how to handle."

Emily moved so that she was sitting across from JJ so that she could look at her better. "What's going on. You've been so distant and angry lately."

"Do you think Euless was right? Am I a control freak?" JJ blurted.

Emily chuckled. "Honestly, yes. But it's not a bad thing. You just like to stay on top of things."

JJ smirked. "You would know." She quipped.

Emily rolled her eyes and lightly smacked JJ on the leg. "Not what I meant."

"I know. Look Emily, I know that I haven't treated you well over these past few months. I wish I could go back and do things differently, I really do. I don't know what I was scared of. I still don't know what I'm scared of."

"Can I ask why earlier today you had no problem making it pretty damn apparent that we're together and telling me you love me and worrying for my safety, but tonight you totally did a 180 when Morgan asked what was going on with us?"

"I'm not good at opening up. You should know that. I tend to keep things private, especially around the team because I don't want to be profiled. What I told Morgan is true, because we do have a lot we need to talk about and work out. But that doesn't change anything I said to you earlier today. I do love you, Emily, but this is new territory for me."

"Why?"

"Love is scary. It's terrifying, actually. It's giving 100 percent of yourself to someone. It's relinquishing that control to open up and trust someone enough not to hurt you." JJ looked Emily in the eye with a pained look. "And with this job it's even more scary, because the chances of something happening to you and me being left behind to pick up the pieces are extremely high. That's why I kind of freaked earlier today." She admitted softly.

Emily moved so that was closer to JJ and wrapped her arms around JJ's legs. "You're right, there is a chance something could happen to me. I feel the same way about you. You can't let that stop you from letting me in." She leaned forward and kissed the blonde on the forehead. "I love you, Jennifer. And that right there is going to push me to make sure that I come home to you every night."

"You can't promise that though." JJ whispered.

"You're right, I can't. I won't make a promise to you that I might not be able to keep. But like I said, I will try my damnedest to come home to you every night."

JJ moved so that she was straddling the brunettes lap. Leaning down, she kissed Emily slowly. Wrapping her arms around Emily's neck, she pulled back to rest their foreheads together. "I'm sorry. I'm going to try to be more open. I love you."

Emily smiled. "I love you too." Kissing JJ again, Emily pulled back. "Now you want to talk about why you've been so angry lately. And you still haven't told me where you run off to on the weekends we're home." She furrowed her brows in thought.

JJ pushed Emily back on the bed and stretched herself out on top of the older woman. "I think we've talked enough for one night, don't you?" She husked in Emily's ear and pulled her earlobe with her teeth.

"That's so not fair." Emily said, her breath hitching in her throat.

"Life's not fair. Get used to it." JJ smirked before bringing their lips together.


Sorry it's short. I just wanted to get it out to you all. Next one will be much longer and have more JJ/Emily talk time, more case information, and more team bonding goodness. : )