Disclaimer: Sadly I don't own Criminal Minds and I'm not making any profit off of this story.
Summary: Kevin pushes Penelope too far. Aaron is there to pick up the pieces.
Not sure exactly where this came from. Sat down to write something else and this is what I ended up with.
"Hey Kevin," Penelope called as she hurried into the front hall to grab her shoes "I'm really sorry to do this but I have to go into work."
There was a loud clattering of something hitting the floor in the kitchen and Penelope tensed as Kevin came around the corner.
"Now?" he asked looking upset "But we were just about to have dinner. I've been working on it for the past two hours. You just got home!"
Penelope frowned at Kevin's little rant "I'm so sorry Plum Sauce, but you know how my job is, if we receive and offer of request and it has merit, we have to go in."
Kevin was shaking his head "But it's not like the team is going to need you right this minute. You're really not needed in the briefing room. You could have dinner with me and then go in after your team is already on the jet."
"Kevin," Penelope said sadly "you know that's not how it works. Besides Hotch is on his way to pick me up, he should be here within ten minutes."
Kevin gaped at her "Why would he be coming here to pick you up?"
"Don't you remember?" Penelope asked as she bent down to put on her heels "My car is in the shop."
"You could have asked me to take you?" Kevin's voice was full of accusation.
Penelope rolled her eyes "This was just easier. Hotch drives right past my apartment on his way to work and he offered. I wasn't going to turn him down."
Kevin was shaking his head harder now "I knew it," he grumbled "I knew this was going to happen as soon as I heard your phone ring. I was hoping just once, just once! That you would pick me over them but no. I'm never going to be number one to you Penelope; you will always put the team first."
Kevin was gesturing between them wildly and his eyes were glowing with anger.
Penelope walked over to him "Kevin please, I'm sorry, we'll talk about this when I get back."
She placed a calming hand on his arm but he yanked it away.
He was glaring at her and Penelope suddenly felt fear rush through her as she saw the absolute anger in his eyes.
"Kevin?" she asked weakly.
A second later she felt a stinging pain across her cheek, where Kevin had just struck her.
Her hand flew to her cheek and she gasped, staring at him in disbelief.
He was shaking with anger.
An image of Penelope's biological father flashed through her mind as she stared at Kevin.
Her father had been a mean man who used to beat her mother to a bloody pulp. He would come home angry after a night of drinking and come up with any excuse to hit her.
Penelope had always vowed that she would never allow any man to strike her. If one ever tried she would be strong like her mother and leave him just as soon as she could get her bags packed.
As Kevin opened his mouth to say something Penelope snapped.
She began to scream at him.
"How dare you! How dare you slap me you bastard! Who do you think you are?"
And as she screamed she stepped forward and pushed him hard, her hands colliding with his chest.
But that didn't even come close to quelling her anger.
She pushed him again, her hands becoming fists and beating against his chest.
"You're no one, that's who. You're just a sad excuse for a human being. Everything always has to be about you Kevin. You selfish idiot. No matter how much time I spend with you it's never good enough, because as soon as the team needs me you become a jealous son of a bitch."
Again she pushed him, harder than she had before.
She just barely heard his voice apologizing.
"I don't know why I bother with you Kevin. I always thought it was fate that brought me to you after I had been shot, but now I realize it was just fate playing a cruel joke on me."
Kevin tried to turn and move away but as Penelope's hands came down once more he lost his balance and fell head first into the table by the door where they kept their keys and items such as that.
His head smashed into the corner of the table and he fell to the floor with a thud.
He lay their unmoving.
"Oh my god Kevin," Penelope cried instantly regretting her actions.
She ran to him and knelt down by his side. He was bleeding from a cut right above his eyebrow where he had hit his head.
Penelope tried to wake him up but he didn't stir.
"I'm so sorry," Penelope cried as she dug her phone out of her pocket. Without a thought she dialed 911.
"Hello," Penelope said tears rolling down her cheeks as they picked up "My boyfriend, he's hurt. He fell and hit his head." She had enough sense to leave out how it had happened. "He's bleeding and unconscious. Yes, please hurry."
Penelope gave them her address before she hung up the phone.
A few seconds later there was a knock on the door.
Penelope didn't move.
She knew it couldn't be the EMTS just yet.
"Garcia?" she heard Hotch's voice calling through the door "You were supposed to meet me outside, are you there?"
Penelope couldn't make herself move, she just continued to sob.
There was a moment of silence before Hotch's voice came again "Is that you? Are you okay?"
Penelope reached up and unlocked the door before her arm dropped back to her side.
Slowly it opened.
When Aaron saw the scene on the other side he inhaled sharply.
"Oh god, what happened?" he asked stepping inside he moved towards Penelope.
"He…fell," Penelope stuttered and then her quiet voice added "I pushed him."
Aaron's eyes widened.
"What?" he asked in disbelief.
"He slapped me and I got angry. I pushed him and he fell." Penelope wiped a tear from her eye "I know it's no excuse…I'm so sorry."
Aaron had his arms wrapped around her within seconds.
She looked up at him shocked; she couldn't believe he would willingly touch her. Not after this, not after she had possibly just murdered her boyfriend.
But Aaron knew better than that, he knew Penelope would never purposely hurt anyone.
He and the team had been worried about her. They had seen the signs in Kevin. They knew he was jealous and bad tempered and they worried that things would get ugly for their friend.
He had never expected this though.
Kevin must have underestimated Penelope.
He had hit her in anger thinking that she would cower and become complacent. But Penelope had always been strong; he bet Kevin never imagined that Penelope would fight back.
To be honest the idea had never crossed Aaron's mind.
He knew Penelope wouldn't take that treatment but this, it was unthinkable.
"This isn't your fault Penelope," Aaron said to her "everything will be okay."
Penelope didn't fully believe him, how could this really be okay? But still his presence was comforting and his reassurances although unwarranted made her feel better.
She let her head drop against his shoulder and began to cry.
He rubbed her back soothingly.
That's when they heard the sirens.
Aaron helped Penelope stand up as the paramedics ran into the apartment and began to work on Kevin.
Two police offers hurried in afterwards.
They began asking Penelope questions about what had happened.
She started to tell them but Aaron squeezed her hand before she could say anything about pushing him.
He knew how this looked and he wasn't going to let Penelope go down for it.
"We're going to need you to answer some more questions down at the station," One of the officers said.
"Okay," Penelope agreed as her eyes followed the paramedics as they wheeled out Kevin's prone body.
"I'm coming too," Aaron said.
"Sir, you're not authorized…"
Aaron cut off the officer as he took out his badge "I'm coming."
They both nodded reluctantly and led the way.
Aaron quickly but gently squeezed Penelope's shoulder "Everything's going to be okay." he told her again, meaning every word.
He was not going to allow anything bad to happen to Penelope, not ever again.
A/N: Thanks for reading. I'm contemplating whether to leave this as a one shot or not.