SSAIC Aaron Hotchner was sitting at a red light, hitting his steering wheel in anger. Unable to fathom this day, this crappy day.
He reviewed the facts that led to his mini meltdown at the a stoplight.
-Jason Gideon was missing in action
-Spencer Reid was walking a tightrope after his ordeal
-Emily Prentiss had resigned
-He was suspended by Strauss, him, Aaron Hotchner, rule follower extraordinaire
-He was expected to transfer to White Collar
-He had just pissed off Haley. Badly!
-His team needed him
-Three team members gone in a day
-Horrid case of women with their hearts carved out of their bodies, a killer that was escalating
-Strauss, Queen of paper pushing, was out in the field, leading his team (leading them where he didn’t know)
A car beeped from behind him, a short little beep. A little “Hey buddy, the light changed, can you go, please?” honk.
He stepped on the gas pedal and drove another block before pulling to the side of the road. Leaning his head back on the headrest, he sucked in a huge breath and held it.
Slowly exhaling, he pulled his thoughts together: case, team, wife.
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