There were days when members of the BAU team seriously considered retiring, days when cases were hard to deal with, when cases got to someone. However, they never acted on that thought. They always found ways to deal, found comfort in each other's presence. The BAU were a team but they were also a family. They were always there for each other no matter what, no matter what time, whether it be day or night, they were there for one another. After all, it was kind of hard to pretend everything was fine when your surrogate family were some of the best profilers, hard for the others except a certain blond technical analyst who had a knack for acting; Penelope Garcia.
Garcia was a kind-hearted person by nature so she always took cases a little personal and hard no matter what. But the recent events had brought her down, her usual peppy and positive mood had become rather dark. First trigger was Kevin, nice as he was, she didn't want to marry him and live on a farm, also she didn't love him. Second trigger was her apartment getting broken into. Third trigger was spending 4 days locked in her office trying to get a hacker out of the FBI's system, eventually achieving but also getting questioned by Chief Section Strauss about her ability as one of the best in the FBI. Fourth trigger was the Boston case where a man had kidnapped 7 children, tortured and murdered them, videotaping at the same time. Hotch had asked her to watch the video's to find anything relevant that could help the case but with a soul like hers, it was hard to do. After telling Hotch for the 2nd time she hadn't found anything and was finding it hard to watch the video, he had yelled at her; ''You're part of a profiling team, start acting like a part of the team and try harder!'' She understood where he was coming from, he was on edge, just like everyone, and the kids reminded him of Jack. She knew he regretted what he said, that he was sorry but it still hurt non-the-less. Final straw, the final trigger, was finding out that the man she was in love with had been dating the BAU's Barbie for the past 6 months. She knew she didn't have a chance with him, but it didn't stop her from feeling all the emotions that she felt when she saw them in the parking lot.
Putting all that together is what brought Penelope Garcia to Section Chief Strauss' office with her resignation letter in hand. ''Ms. Garcia, are you sure about this?'' she asked while looking over the letter, ''yes m'am'' answered Garcia. Strauss looked at her carefully, reading in between the lines, ''Ms. Garcia'' she started but got cut before she could utter another word, ''m'am, a lot has happened lately, both on a professional and personal level. I think it be best if I left, that way I wouldn't be compromising cases. I've thought about this a lot and I believe this is the best way'' she said and watched Strauss think about what she had just said. ''I could give you personal time instead'' she said, ''I think it's best to leave. I promise to be good, I won't hack into anything'' answered Garcia. Strauss looked over Garcia carefully and knew she wouldn't be able to change her mind, ''very well. I will give this to Agent Hotchner before I leave today'' she said and signed the paper. Garcia let out a breath she hadn't realised she'd been holding and thanked Strauss, ''Ms. Garcia, tell him before you leave'' called out Strauss as Garcia was leaving. Garcia nodded and left, feeling a burden lift her shoulders. The team had left early in the morning to handle a case in Chicago, which is why Garcia went to see Strauss after they had left. She had exactly one week to clean out her office and leave before the team came back and tried to stop her, so she'd be extra careful; taking out the boxes after everyone had left and making sure she wasn't on video call with the team when they called. Everything went as planned and by Sunday she was ready to leave. Her apartment had been cleaned for a while now, she had her plane ticket ready, in the name of her brother, and she had sold Esther to her downstairs neighbor. She slept in HIS office at night, on HIS couch. Finally, Sunday came and a couple of hours before the team landed, Garcia looked around the empty BAU one last time and left.
Back at the BAU, the team had finally arrived in a good mood. The case had gone well; they had caught the Unsub and his last victim was still alive. They went to their respective desks and started their reports before heading out to a local bar. Hotch and Rossi went to their offices and closed their doors not wanting the noise of the happy team to bother them; the team was supposed to start their reports but instead were talking loudly and joking around. Hotch sat down and started to go through his mail, seeing he had a letter from Strauss, he opened it and his happy mood became darker and darker as he read the letter. Opening his door, he knocked on Rossi's and headed out to the bullpen, waiting for the latest to arrive before giving them the awful news. ''What's going on Aaron?'' asked Rossi when he arrived and saw Hotch's dark mood. ''I don't know how to tell you so I'm just going to say it'' he said, ''tell us what Hotch?'' asked JJ. Hotch sighed, ''Garcia resigned'' he said. The whole teams mood went down; Reid put his head in his hands, Emily and JJ were crying, Morgan was trying to call her and Rossi couldn't speak or let out a sound, he was completely shocked and heartbroken. ''Can't be! It can't be!'' yelled Morgan before getting up and leaving, nobody following him because they knew where he was going. Half an hour later, Morgan arrived at Garcia's apartment building. Seeing her car there, he had hope and went straight upstairs to her apartment. He knocked a couple of times before starting to bang, ''Baby girl!'' he yelled, not caring that the neighbors would hear. He took out his keys and unlocked the door, only to find himself in a completely empty apartment. Sinking to his knees, he put his head in his hands and started to sob, missing his Baby Girl more than anything.
David Rossi arrived at his mansion with a heavy heart. He had been in love with her and now she was gone, it felt like part of him was gone too. He made his way to the liquor cabinet in the corner of his living room wanting to become numb, needing to become numb, to forget about the day's events and hoping to wake up only to realise this was all a dream. Arriving at the cabinet, he sees a light blue envelope with his name on it, taking it out and knowing who it was from, he gently opened it and read
My dearest profiler,
I'm sorry for leaving, I'm especially sorry for leaving without saying goodbye, I'm even more sorry for not saying this to you myself, but I couldn't leave without telling you the truth. The truth is, I'm in love with you. It was getting harder and harder to concentrate, to put aside my feelings for you and it was starting to compromise my work as a technical analyst because I couldn't stop thinking about you. I fought so long to put aside my feelings, tried to make myself understand that it couldn't happen between us. I hope that one day you'll forgive me for leaving and for not telling you how I felt. Please know that you made it easier for me, when things became rough, you were always around to make my day better and for that I am eternally grateful. I left without saying goodbye because I knew that if you asked me to stay, I would've. I'll always carry you in my heart, always and forever. All my love,
David sat down on the couch and started to cry. He held on to the envelope as if it was life or death. He could smell her scent coming from the envelope and his heart broke even more than it had already been. She loved him, just like he loved her and now she was gone. He now had to live with the knowledge of losing the woman he was madly in love with and that hurt more than her leaving. The only comfort he now had was the envelope that he held to his heart.
I might add another chapter but I haven't decided yet, I'll let you guys decide. Comments are appreciated as always :)