Authors Note: ok we're going to pretend that Hotch actually had to leave and join the white collar division so Haileys still alive and all that jazz. If you can flow with Hotch sleeping with Reid you can imagine this *shudders*. I will also give you a heads up, I hate Hailey Hotchner with a passion and that may affect how I write her character so I apologize in advance if she's OOC. So anyway on with the story.
"Aaron, are you ok?" Hailey asked, reached a hand out to her husband's shoulder. Hotch quickly put a smile on his face and looked back to her.
"I'm fine," He said with a cheery voice. Hailey grinned from ear to ear as she picked up the next box.
"I still can't believe we're moving to New York! This is going to be so exciting!" Hailey said and carried the box out to the moving van. The second her eyes were off of him Aarons smile disappeared.
"Daddy's lying," Jack said. Aaron's heart leapt as he turned to see his son had come from his room with a box in his hand.
"No I'm not buddy, Daddy's just going to miss his friends. Don't tell Mommy ok? I don't want to make her sad too" Aaron asked as he knelt down in front of his six year old son, whom was a pretty good profiler in his own respect.
"Ok, Daddy," Jack said.
"Do you need any help with that?" Aaron asked. Jack shook his head.
"Nope I got it," Jack answered and walked towards the door.
"You're so strong," Aaron said and grabbed a box himself.
"There's someone here to see you Aaron," Hailey said in a threatening stern voice. She gave him a fierce look and her arms crossed over her chest.
"Who?" Aaron asked, truly curious as to who could visit him and put that look on her face.
"The team!" She snapped at him. It physically hurt Aaron to resist the impulse to roll his eyes.
"Come on Hailey, It's really not necessary to talk about them like that, they are my friends!" Aaron replied. Anger threatened to rip through his 'happy' façade but he held it back as best he could.
"They most likely just want to say good bye, Did you even invite them in?" Aaron asked.
"And I'm the bad guy again!" Hailey snapped. Aaron hung his head and looked at the box in his arms.
"I'll get rid of them," Aaron said and walked outside.
Aaron gave his first genuine smile in days at the sight of his team. Morgan, Prentiss, JJ, Reid, Garcia, and Rossi were standing in the driveway next to the moving van. Rossi had been called out of retirement to rejoin the team and Morgan had been made team leader.
"What are you all doing here?" Aaron asked.
"Well we were going to help you pack but I suddenly think She-wolf won't allow it," Morgan said, stepping forward and taking the box from Hotch. Morgan put the box into the van. Jack was at the edge of the van on his tip toes trying to put his box in.
"She thinks you all are going to get me to change my mind," Hotch said as he picked Jack up and set him in the van. Jack walked down into the truck and set his box down.
"Well we know that's not happening," Morgan said as Jack came back and sat on the edge of the truck.
"So we're here to say Good bye and give you good bye gifts," Garcia said and stepped aside. There was a giant vibrant gift box behind her.
"You didn't have to Garcia," Hotch said as she handed it to him.
"Now I know you are going into White Collar Crimes which is an absolute snooze fest so you have everything in there to make your own super fun zone in one of your drawers," She said.
"Thank you Garcia," Hotch said and gave her a hug.
"I'm going to miss you and your hard work and no play attitude, it made all the time you did smile and play that much more special! And you always look so sharp in your suits, It's just not going to be the same," Garcia said as she hugged him tightly.
"I'm going to be lost without you too Garcia," Hotch told her.
"Hey, if you ever need super-fast help with your cases, call me Strauss will never know," Garcia told him.
"I just might," Hotch smiled. JJ stepped up and handed Hotch an envelope.
"None of the rest of us were quite as creative as Garcia about know what to get you for gifts but we wanted to make sure you got a chance to see New York City so we all chipped in to get you gift certificates for restaurants, Yankee stadium season tickets, and all kinds of fun stuff for you to do now that you'll have a 9-5 life. You should enjoy it," JJ said.
"Thank you all so much," Hotch said and looked to each of them.
"Don't ever hesitate to call any of us, man. You can use us as a sounding board or anything. And you better believe now that I have a couch to sleep on in New York I will be visiting," Morgan said as he stepped up to Hotch and held out his hand. Hotch grinned.
"Any time, that goes for all of you," Hotch shook Morgan's hand and Morgan pulled him into a hug.
"I'm gonna miss you man," Morgan said.
"You're going to be a great Unit Chief and don't let Strauss wear you down," Hotch told him. Morgan nodded and stepped back from Hotch.
Hotch got a hug from each member of his team even Rossi.
"It sucks that I'm coming out of retirement just in time for you to leave. We had some great times working together!" Rossi said. Hotch shrugged.
"Yes we did," Hotch said.
"Aaron!" Hailey called 'sweetly' from the front door. Everyone looked up to her and back to Hotch.
"And there's our queue to leave, Good Luck Hotch," Morgan said and shook Aaron's hand again. Hotch nodded, exchanged final good byes, and even got in another hug from Garcia before his team left. Hotch took a deep breath and composed himself as he picked up the box Garcia had given him. He slid it into the truck. He knew Garcia, he knew if anything could break down his walls, and make him reveal how pissed he actually was about all this, it would be whatever was in that box. He just couldn't open it yet. He decided to wait until he got to New York and to open it away from Hailey. As for the envelope he was going to put that in his brief case.
"Alright let's get the rest of this packed up," Hotch said and forced another smile. Jack didn't smile back. Hotch just helped him down and went inside to finish everything up.