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She Wouldn't Be Gone

By Jill Harper

Romance / Drama

Chapter 1

Criminal Minds

Erin Strauss

She didn’t want to end her life like this, not at the hands of The Replicator. One minute he was beside her telling her this was what she deserved and the next he was gone. She briefly remembered standing on the side walk and hearing Aaron Hotchner’s voice in the distance, the next his arms were around her guiding her back to the bench behind her. She began to shake, the cold breeze around her and she found herself leaning closer into Aaron.

“Aaron, I don’t want to die, not like this.”

Her cries became stronger and louder by the second, Hotch doing all he could to try and keep her calm.

“It’s okay Erin, we’re going to get you to a Hospital. We’ll get you through this.”

“It’s not true you know, what you said about me favoruing my Son over my other Children. It’s not true, I love all my Children so much. Let them know that…”

“Erin, you’ll be able to tell them yourself. We’re getting you help.”

“He made me drink it….the alcohol, he had a gun to my head. I tried so hard to stop him, I swear I tried.”

“Ssssh, try not to talk Erin.”

Hotch looked up to see Dave running towards them, the panic on his face evident. He sat down on the bench, taking Erin and bringing her into his arms.

“Erin, can you hear me. Talk to me bella.”

“Dave, the ambulance…” Hotch asked.

“It’s on it’s way, Morgan called it in. Tell me we got to her in time Aaron.”

“I don’t know Dave, I just don’t know.”

Dave sat cradling Erin as JJ, Morgan, Reid and Blake made their way over. Hotch got up and took them all aside to give Dave some time alone with Erin.

“Hotch, how’s she doing.” JJ asked, her voice shaky.

“She’s not good, she’s very weak.”

They all looked up when the sirens echoed. It came to a stand still as 2 paramedics came rushing towards them and made their way over to Erin and began examining her.

“Sir can you tell me what’s happened.”

“She was drugged.”

“Has she been drinking.”

“Not volunterily believe me.”

“What’s she been injected with, do you know?”

“A drung called MDMA.” Dave replied.

“MDMA, jesus…Adam, we need to get this woman toi Hospital right now.”

“It’ll get the trolly.”

The Team stood aside as they watched the paramedics putting an IV into Erin’s arm. Each of them looked as terrified as the other, all afraid for the woman in Dave’s arm. Erin was lifted gently onto the trolly as Dave followed them, his hand grasping Erin’s.

“Aaron, I’m going with her.”

“Of course you are…..go. We’ll get Curtis, don’t worry. Go be with her.”

Hotch watched as Dave left in the ambulance before turning to back to his Team.

“I know this is a tough case for us all but we need to stay focused on this right now, we need Curtis dead or alive.”

“Somebody should phone Penelope and let her know what’s happened.” JJ said.

“Right JJ, you call Garcia and we’ll meet you at Curtis last known address.”

JJ nodded in agreement and watched as they all drove off in the SUV. Morgan stayed behind, just in case Curtis was still around the area.

Penelope grabbed her phone the second it rang in fear of bad news.

“JJ, thank god. What’s happened, I’ve been so worried. Did you get him.”

“Not yet, he erm…got away. Penelope, he did get to one of us.”

“Oh my god, Derek…oh no, not Reid….”

“Garcia stop….it’s Strauss.”

“What?”

“He broke into her hotel room, he forced alcohol down her throat and then injected her with the MDMA drug.”

JJ noted the long silence from Garica’s end and was almost certain she heard sniffling.

“Garica, are you okay.”

“JJ….is she dead.”

“She was still breathing when the ambulance took her away but she wasn’t in a good way.”

“I’m coming to New York.”

“Garcia I don’t think….”

“I’m coming and you can’t stop me JJ.” She said, through tears.

“Okay but be careful. They took her to St. Luke’s Hospital.”

“Thanks JJ and you guys be careful okay and for god sake keep in tough.”

JJ hung up as Morgan approached her, squeezing her arm.

“Is my baby girl okay.”

“She was a little upset but she’s fine. She’s on her way down….hey, did she know about Strauss and Rossi.”

“I’ve no idea, why?”

“I’ve just never seen her get this upset over Strauss before.”

“We should go.”

“Huh, oh yeah right.”

To Be Continued….


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