"Excuse me, I need to know where Jennifer Jareau is." Hotch barked.

"She is on the sixth floor, ICU. Room 6203."

They went up to the sixth floor and this time they actually spoke.

"Do you think she's okay?" Emily asked.

"She will be, if she's in ICU she's alive and we can't really ask for more right now."

"You know she coded for a few seconds in the helicopter? I just yelled at her that she had promise. Does that make me selfish?"

"No, absolutely not. JJ already sees you as family, she appreciates you. I don't know why she refuses to break any promise but you'll be able to ask her soon, we're here."

A doctor was walking into her room when they got there.

"I'm her supervisor, can you tell me condition?"

"We were able to fix the internal bleeding, we have her on strong pain medication mainly because of the severe bruising, and some antibiotics have been administered as well for the canine bite to the left arm. She has to limit the use of her right arm for the next two weeks or so, we have her back bandaged, it appears the corner of a counter stabbed into her back. We fastened a U-Plate to two of her ribs, two others were cracked. She should be out of the hospital within three weeks."

"Oh thank god, when will she wake up?" Emily inquired.

"When the sedatives wear off, the pain killers won't make her too drowsy. It's a miracle she didn't slip into a coma with that head injury, it's a pretty bad concussion but I'm not too concerned."

Hotch let out a relieved breath that he had done the right thing keeping her awake.

"You can stay with her as long as you're quiet. She might be confused when she wakes up but she won't feel pain."

With that the doctor left and Hotch and Emily sat down on either side of the bed, grabbing one hand carefully.

"She's always looked small, but now? She looks so tiny and pale." Emily felt like crying.

"I know when I had to keep her awake… she kept begging to sleep, to die. To realize that JJ is actually so young, to be reminded that she isn't the superwoman she normally seems like. It was so hard to see her plead and break down like that." Hotch admitted.

"Yeah, I don't think I'll ever forget the look on her face when shoulder was popped back in."


Hotch looked up to see Haley and stood to give her a hug.

"Oh thank god Aaron, I was so worried. Sorry, am I hurting you?"

"No, it's fine. I really need this hug."

When they finally let go of each other Haley saw JJ and Emily.

"Oh hello, I'm Haley. Nice to meet you."

"I'm Emily, just a shame it has to be under these circumstances."

"Of course, is everyone okay?" She asked.

"Everyone will be eventually, don't worry honey." Hotch answered.

"God, I can't believe that's JJ. She is such a sweetheart."

"Everyone is asleep, why don't you take a seat." Hotch offered.

"Hotch, you can go and rest. I'll stay here for now." Said Emily.

"No, if she's going to wake up soon I'd like to be here." Hotch declined.

"Aaron, I'm going to go and see Penelope. Where is she?"

"Room 4036, she might be asleep."

"That's okay. I'll be back soon."

Haley hugged her husband again and waved at Emily before walking away.


"Is she waking?"

"Prentiss I'm going to go get the doctor."

"Hey JJ, calm down. We're in the hospital now." Emily comforted JJ as her eyes fluttered open.

"Hello Jennifer, I'm Doctor Lucia. You are in the hospital."

After checking JJ over and removing the oxygen mask she left the team members alone.

"I kept my promise."

"I know you did sweetie."

"How is everyone? Hotch is that you?"

Hotch moved closer to the bed.

"Yeah it is. How you feeling? Everyone will be out within a week, Reid within two."

"I don't really feel anything. Did you see if I got a cute medic?" JJ teased.

"Nope, sorry to tell you but they were pretty old." Emily answered.

"So I see you two got a shower…"

"The things we take for granted… and hey you got a sponge bath!" said Hotch.

"Awkward. Thank you guys."

Emily and Hotch asked "What for?" at the same time.

"For taking care of me, for not telling me to shut the hell up when I was being mean and ungrateful."

"Oh come on JJ, you were hurt and exhausted." Hotch reassured her.

"Besides it was kind of selfish to make you promise to stay alive when it must have been hard." Emily admitted.

"I'm glad you made me. I just don't have the capability of breaking an honest promise."

"Do you mind me asking why?" Emily asked.

"When I was younger a lot of people broke a lot of promises, I told myself as long as a promise was honest and good I would never break it." She answered.

"You look tired, get some rest. I'll be here when you wake." Emily promised.

Hotch gave her a light hug and kissed her temple before leaving to check on his other team members, relief flooding his body that they would all be okay.

Leaving it here for all of those who don't want to hear about the recovery, posted the first chapter of the sequel. The sequel deals with the after math for those of you who do want to read about how they cope. Thank you so much to those who review and please continue to review. Cheers, Primrose.