chapter eight: Swann's Way
Hi there.. for people who read my story, hehe. I'm sorry if this chapter is missing any pizzaz or detail. My mind is blank, and i've been busy today with college stuff. I want to finish this a.s.a.p. because this week and the next few weeks, i'll be busy preparing things for the summer term in college.. woo! I also wrote a chapter of a new story i will be writing after i'm done with this one. LOL. This chapter is pretty short, but Reid gets to show his true geeky-ish self and give the team the missing piece of their case.
"Ready?" Aaron asked, at the door of the room. Spencer was putting on a different shirt, as the other one was covered in blood at the sleeve. He rolled the sleeves down, to cover the band that was wrapped around his arm.
"Y...yes" he replied, feeling a bit anxious. Hotch opened the door of the room, and stepped out, followed by Reid. He wrapped an arm around the younger man, and Spencer held on to him tightly.
"Be yourself, Spencer. Remember" Hotch whispered before letting go.
They walked downstairs, as Aaron called JJ's cell. They were all in the police station, where the unsub had left a strange voice message. Hotch drove, with Reid in the passengers seat. Not a word was said during the entire ride, which lasted around five minutes.
As Spencer got off the car, he caught a glimpse of Prentiss watching him with anxious eyes. He followed Hotch into the office, and sat down on a chair in the corner, tugging at his shirt sleeve, stretching it the lowest possible.
Reid knew where the unsub was. He wanted to literally scream it out, but he wasn't exactly sure. He needed to hear the voice message sent, to confirm his thoughts. He had known since the team interrogated him in the office, the day he was working on the map. He hadn't said a word, because he wasn't so sure, and because he had been angry with the team. It vanished from his mind, during the time that he was feeling horrid, but as he slowly came to the light of the situation, he worked it out in his mind even more and more.
Spencer Reid is a genius, with an eidetic memory, an IQ of 187, and he can read at 20,000 words per minute.
Garcia popped up on the screen of the laptop placed in the middle of the big oblong shaped table. The others grouped up, ready to hear the voice message.
"Ready Garcia" spoke Emily. Garcia typed into the keyboard, and the man's voice was heard clearly.
"Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves, and not anything else, and by the immobility of our conceptions of them."
The message ended, and Morgan laughed sarcastically.
"What is that supposed to mean?" he asked.
Spencer Reid is unique.
"It means..." Reid started, the answer at the tip of his tongue. Hotch looked over at him with a questioning look, which all the more made him nervous.
"Reid? Do you know?" Emily asked, gently.
"It means that the unsub is quoting from 'Remembrance of Things Past' by Marcel Proust, and it also means that he is probably located somewhere in relevance to 'Swann's Way'. He probably has some severe trauma, and he feels like he's in his own world. He's also very intelligent. A person of low intelligence would not take the time or dedication to read Proust. The narrator in the novel, spoke about his childhood, and his very small recollection of from when he lived in 'Combray'. His memory was of when a family friend of higher class, Charles Swann, visited in the evening, and he couldn't get a good night kiss from his mother. He had even written a letter to his mother, to be taken to her, but he didn't give it to her because he thought it would be a failure. He spent a whole lot of time talking about that memory, and I assume the unsub has motherly issues if he finds some connection to the narrator and his childhood. In his childhood there were two walking paths containing beautiful scenery: the one by Mr Swann's house, and Guermantes way. Later on, he experiences a memory of his childhood when he tasted madeleine cake dipped in tea in the 'episode of the madeleine'. The specific quote that the unsub quoted comes from the beginning of the novel when he was laying in his bed, thinking about sleep and of his past. I don't know much about the victims, or what he did, but he didn't sound like he was reading off a paper, and that tells me that he is intelligent, as I already mentioned. " Reid joked.
"Are you joking, or are you serious?" Hotch asked.
"I'm serious. Search for a location by that title, in the area that you are looking for" he replied, and looked down at his socks. They look boring when they are matched.
Garcia quickly looked up the information, and found the place.
"Swann's Way is the road in which his house was when he was raised! We found him, guys" Garcia cheered, and gave the information to the team. They all stared at Reid, point blank. Morgan walked up to him, and put a hand on his shoulder.
"That's our Reid" he said. Reid felt his stomach mix up, but with excitement. He smiled, and moved his hand over his face, trying to cover himself.
JJ, Rossi, Morgan and Prentiss walked out quickly, and Hotch stayed behind for a few seconds, smiling towards Spencer.
"See?" he said, Reid blushing.
"Go on with the team before they decide to leave you here. I'll be waiting" Spencer laughed lightly, and wrapped his arms around himself.
"We'll be back" Aaron said quickly, before exiting the room. Spencer leaned back a bit on the chair, and smiled. It felt like he had completed a great goal. He hadn't even talked to them yet, but just by giving the missing piece to finding the unsub, he felt so accomplished.
Spencer is Spencer?