Author's Note: Sorry guys. I've been on hiatus with all my stories, including this one. And will continue to do so. But decided to post what I have.
Italics are flashbacks.
Her heart pounded within her chest as her eyes fluttered open. She'd had yet another one. The nightmares had plagued her sleep for weeks now... Ever since it had all happened... Swallowing nervously, JJ sat up, still shaking constantly. Her blue eyes flickered to the clock on her bedside. Four AM.
"Okay," she spoke aloud quietly, reaching up to rub her eyes. It was obvious she wouldn't be getting back to sleep. Defeated, she got to her feet and began the long journey down the hall. Fumbling for the light in the bathroom, she yawned. Once in, she immediately turned the water on and began scooping it up in her hands to splash on her flushed face. The feeling of being refreshed came almost instantly and she sighed in relief. Already the nightmare was pushed to the back of her mind.
Therapy. She had therapy in four hours. Out of habit, she peered into Henry's room and like every other time, she sighed in relief when she saw him sleeping soundly, his little chest rising with every breath.
She hadn't had time to react when she heard the glass shatter. The first thought that came to mind was 'Henry.' She was in between her room and his room... Her gun was in her bedroom. Could she make it? Her FBI instinct told her that was where to go, but her motherly instinct was a whole other story... There was no chance to try for either option because it was then the hard blow hit her head and she fell to her knees. The world began to spin and darken and it took mere seconds for her to crumble to the floor.
Shaking, JJ added some more sugar to her coffee as she waited for Taylor to get here. Taylor was an 18 year old University student in the area who sometimes watched Henry for her. The knock at the door startled her, and the spoon clattered to the floor.
Taking a deep breath, JJ made sure to compose herself and walked over to open the door. A fear caught her in the chest, and she froze briefly. They still hadn't caught the guys, and she was so sure any day they'd be back to finish her off. It took her awhile, and she peered out the window to be sure of who it was.
A relieved sigh escaped her, and she opened the door to allow the smiling red head to enter the room.
"He still sleeping?" she asked cheerfully, trying not to stare too much at JJ, whom reminded her much of a zombie at this point.
JJ nodded wordlessly. "Garcia should be here in about four hours, I'll give her some money to give to you."
"That's fine," Taylor said, setting her bag down on the counter.
Though she had her shoes on and was ready to go out the door, JJ froze. It was so hard for her to leave Henry... alone. If she was here, she could protect him.
"Arm the alarm once I leave," JJ said quietly, grabbing her purse off the coat stand.
"Of course," Taylor agreed, nodding trying to give her client a reassuring smile. She didn't know exact details of what happened, but she knew something had happened and if it hadn't been on the news, that an FBI Agent had been attacked in her own home, she'd have known by the difference in Jennifer's personality.
"And make sure to check before letting Penelope in."
"Of course. You don't have to worry. He's safe with me," Taylor said, giving JJ another smile.
JJ forced a smile back before stepping out of the door. She waited for a moment to be sure she heard the locks click and to hear the beeping of the buttons as Taylor set the alarm system up.
"Okay, here goes," she said ready to get into another painful therapy session.
"Wake up," the voice told her harshly.
She forced her eyes open and the light caused her to become aware of the pounding pain in her head almost instantly.
"What do you want?" JJ demanded, the anger in her tone nearly causing the intruders to shrink back, but they weren't easily frightened and definitely not by a small blonde woman.
"That remains to be seen."
As they turned her over, a relief almost set in. All three men were wearing masks. They were protecting their identity. Which could only mean that they didn't intend to kill her. However, she was careful to realize that this didn't mean they wouldn't. And Henry... There were three men. One of them was a heavier set man, with a plain black ski mask. One was a muscled man, wearing a green mask. A part of her told her this was the leader and the last man stood off to the side, wearing a grey mask and he appeared to be quite small and he was refusing to meet her eyes.
"Where's my son?" she snapped, trying to sit up.
A sharp blow to her ribs knocked the breath out of her and she collapsed again.
"That's for us to know, and you to find out. He's safe, for now." The man was careful to add on the last bit and JJ got the message. She had to do what they said, or they'd hurt Henry.
"Please don't hurt him," she begged, the fear for his life making it difficult to breath.
"That all depends on you," the harsh voice responded, a hint of amusement in his voice.
"Are you ready to listen?" another one of the intruder's asked.
Feeling completely lost, vulnerable and helpess, JJ nodded.
"You must have been terrified," Dr Kyte started off, giving the Agent a sympathetic glance.
"I was," JJ said, being careful to put emphasis on the was part.
"You don't have to lie to me here, Agent Jareau. This is where it's safe for you to tell me these things. I can assure you that acknowledging you're still afraid after such a traumatic event is not going to keep you out of work. However, if you continue to lie to me and not co-operate that very well may."
A part of JJ froze, and her eyes shot towards the clock on the wall. Another fifty minutes of this...
"Why is the Bureau taking this all so seriously all of a sudden? Is this because of what happened with Elle?" JJ asked, crossing her arms defensively.
"You're trying to keep the conversation off yourself which is not a valuable use of our time," Dr Kyte said with a frown. "The Bureau has always taken such cases seriously. You've been through a terrible ordeal, and I'm here to help you. Yes, it is my job to give progress reports but I can assure you that my goal remains the same. I want to help you."
Her voice cracked slightly, and her chin trembled. "I couldn't scream."
"You mean you were paralysed with fear? " Dr. Kyte inquired after a few moments of silence.
"No," JJ broke off again. "They wouldn't let me."
"That's right. Because you're going to do exactly as we say," the heavier intruder said, the small, mocking laugh in his tone causing the anger to rise in her chest, temporarily pushing the fear to the side.
"We're going to do whatever we want to you, and you're not going to make a sound," the one with the green mask said with a grin.
The heavier man left the room briefly and returned holding Henry. "If you scream, your son gets hurt. One scream and he gets cut. A second time, and we break his arm. The third time and you'll never find his body..." He let his voice trail off to get the emphasis through, and JJ swallowed.
She hadn't intended to scream, she knew it'd get her nowhere but that's when she saw the knife... They intended to torture her. "I understand," she said softly. "But please take him out of here, he doesn't need to see this."
"You're right," said the leader, forcing a false sympathetic tone. "No one deserves to see their mother sliced up. Take the boy back to his room and tie him to the bed."
"He's only a child," JJ objected.
"Can't take any risks, love," the leader spoke again, running the knife softly against her cheek. JJ held her breath as the knife made its way, without leaving a mark, down her side before reaching her hip and that's when the cold blade pierced her. Tears now flowed freely down her cheeks as she struggled not to make a single sound as the burning hot pain made itself known.
Thanks for reading guys. I think the rating to this fic will be changing to an M rating shortly. Probably after the next chapter, just to forewarn.
Thanks again for reading, and for all your lovely reviews from the last chapter! 22! Wow, was not expecting that.
I'm also aware that part of the flashback from the first chapter is in this one as well. I felt expanding on it some more would be good.