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"Wake up, Little Alice." A deep voice whispered in her ear.
Alice's eyes snapped opened and she gasped at the sight in front of her. She was back in Shit Head's basement. He was smiling maliciously at her, his eyes glinting with pleasure. He was standing over her, a knife in his hand, the light from the cieling glinting off of it.
"No..No please! Don't!" she pleaded, scrambling backwards until she hit the wall.
"No..please, don't!" he mocked her, as he stalked forward the knife raised in his hand.
"Please! Stop!" Alice pleaded, tears running down her cheeks.
Dark Eyes smiled and brought the knife down with a swish.
Alice woke up screaming in her hospital bed. Spencer hopped out of his chair and walked briskly to the side of her bed.
"Alice? Alice! Listen to me. He can't hurt you again. I promise. You're safe." he pulled her into a hug.
She was shaking and sobbing into his chest as he held her. Spencer rocked her back and forth, whispering comforting words into her ear.
"You're safe." he whispered again, kissing her forehead.
It took awhile, but Alice slowly calmed down. Her sobbing stopped and they were just silent tears now. Her shaking had subsided, and she clung to Spencer's shirt.
"I'm sorry." she said shakily, after a minute.
Spencer gripped the top of her shoulder and looked her in the eye with a stern expression.
"Don't you ever apologize. It's not your fault, okay? Promise me you won't apologize again." he moved his hands from her shoulders and grabbed her hands in his.
Alice glanced down at their hands. "I promise." she mumbled.
"I'm sorry?" Spencer said, telling Alice she needed to speak up.
"I promise." she said louder and withdrew her hands from his.
Spencer sighed and got up from her bed. Alice had been acting like that for the past two weeks. Sure, he understood she was going through a traumatic experience, but she was pushing him and everyone else away from her. They just wanted to help, but Alice wouldn't allow them.
Just as Spencer got off the bed, Dr. Hallows came into the room.
"How is my favourite patient today?" She smiled at Alice as she walked to the side of her bed.
Alice just shrugged and sat up straighter.
"Well, I need to check you out, and you can get your stitches out." Flora said cheerfully, wheeling her tools closer to her.
"Spencer, I'm going to have to ask you to leave. Why don't you go get something to eat?" she suggested in a motherly tone.
"Alright." he walked over to Alice and leaned down to kiss her forehead.
"I love you." he whispered in her ear. Alice just shrugged and turned her head away from him to look at Dr. Hallows.
"JJ, I don't know what to do." Spencer sighed into his phone as he sat in the hospital cafeteria with a cup of coffee on the table.
"The best you can do is be there for her, Spence. The rest she needs to work out on her own. She went through a traumatic experience, and she might just need to be given some space." JJ replied, the sound of Henry playing in the backround.
"I have given her space, but she just seems to keep pushing me away. And I get that. I'm a male, and she was kidnapped, tortured and...that...by a male also. It's only natural for her to try to stay away from me...But she seemed to be doing better last week, and then now, all of a sudden, she won't talk to me...She won't even talk to me." Spencer ran a hand through his messy hair.
"I don't know what to tell you, Spence." JJ sighed. "Why don't you try to talk to her about it. I'm sure she'd tell you. Even if she is pushing you away, she still loves you. That much is obvious."
Spencer sighed. "I guess. I got to go, JJ. I'll call if I need anything. Thanks for the advice."
"Anytime, Spence. And I know you're worrying about this, but we'll find the bastard that did this to Alice. I promise." and then she hung up.
Spencer ran a hand over his face and slumped down his chair.
He stayed like that for a couple of minutes before straightening up. He grabbed his coffee of the table and began walking toward the elevator on his way back to Alice's room.
Alice was sitting on her bed, waiting for Spencer to come back so he could help her to the bathroom. Dr. Hallows had left to take care of another patient, but she said she'd come back later to check on her.
It was a weird feeling, having the stitches being removed, but she soon got over it. It had taken 5 minutes for each one, and there were a lot.
Alice's head turned when she saw Spencer walk in with a cup of coffee. He sat down in the chair by her bed and they looked into each others eyes for a moment. Just a moment.
She turned her head away from him and stared straight ahead.
"Could you help me get to the bathroom?" she said quietly.
Spencer was startled that she had actually spoken to him. "Of course."
He got up and helped her move her cast ladden leg. As soon as she had both her legs were on the edge of the bed. Spencer grabbed Alice's hands and helped her stand. He then put his arm around her waist, and they both hobbled toward the bathroom on the other side of the room.
Once to the door, Spencer twisted the knob, and Alice grabbed the railing inside and hopped in. She closed the door, leaving Spencer outside. She made sure to lock the door before stepping away.
Alice stepped closer to the mirror, it was a full length mirror beside the sink.
She dropped her hospital gown to the floor, and tears clouded her eyes.
The scars all over her stomach from the whip were red and raw. She touched one with her finger and winced in pain.. The tears streamed down her face as she stared at them. They were ugly and she felt disgusting...Hideous.
She turned around and a small gasp was released from her mouth, not loud enough for Spencer to hear, though.
She hadn't thought there would be whip marks there, but there were, and they were just as raw as the others. There wasn't a lot, only from where the whip had wrapped around her sides. But right across her back, the word, 'Broken' had been written in between her shoulder blades.
Alice reached up and wiped her tears away quickly. Her fingers went back to her torso, tracing the pattern of the red and pink marks, the memories sprining to the front of her eyes.
A new batch of tears spilled over her cheeks and she sniffed quietly, hoping Spencer wouldn't hear her.
Shit Head had been ruthless in his torture. Not getting what he wanted, he forcefully took it and more.
Finally calming herself down, Alice allowed herself to finally inspect the wounds on her face.
Alice choked on the sob that worked it's way up her throat. She reached her hand up to run her fingers over all the scars that now marred her once flawless face.
She ran her hands over the first one. It went from the corner of her right eye to the bottom of her chin.
Alice's hands wandered to to the scar going from the top right corner of her lips to the bottom left corner of her lips.
They then trailed to the scar running across her cheek, just under her left eye. It was the smallest one.
Alice backed up against a wall and slid down it until she was sitting on the floor. She put her head in her hands and let out a loud sob.
She heard a knock on the door and someone mumble something, but she was too busy crying to hear or care.
"Alice?" she heard spencer say louder as he knocked on the door. She had locked it after she came in, so there were no worries of him walking in.
"G-go a-away." she sobbed into her hands. She pulled her legs as close to her chest as she could get them, without hitting her cast.
"Alice, honey, let me in." he said again, jiggling the handle to the door.
Alice pulled her head away from her hands for one moment.
"GO AWAY!" she shouted at the top of her lungs then placed her head back in her hands and continued crying.
Spencer whipped out his phone and dialed JJ's number.
"Jareau." she answered.
"JJ! I need your help!" he said frantically, running his hand through his hair.
"Spence, what is it?" Her voice raised in alarm.
"Alice locked herself in the bathroom, and she's crying. She won't let me in, and I have no clue what to do!"
"Okay, I'll be right there. Did you need the team , or just me?"
Spencer thought for a moment. "They can come, but I really need you, Emily and Penelope."
"Alright. I'll be there as fast as I can." she hung up and Spencer shut his eyes tightly.
He walked over to the door and leaned against it. He slid down until he was sitting on the floor, and brought his knee's up to his chest. He rested his head on his knees and sighed.