It had been an excruciatingly long week for the team and none of them had had more than a couple hours of sleep. It was twelve in the afternoon on a Friday, and they had just gotten back from a tough case in Milwaukee, so J.J., Morgan, Garcia, and Reid had already left for the weekend while Rossi, Prentiss, and Hotch stayed to catch up on unfinished paperwork. When Prentiss was done, she got up, went to Hotch's office, and knocked on the door. It opened and he was standing inside.
"Come in." He smirked and took her hand.
He brought her inside his office, put his hands on her hips, and kissed her.
"You know, Jack is very excited for Sarah's birthday. He's been talking about how much he loves spending time with her and wants to get her something special for her birthday."
"I'm glad that they're getting along so well, Sarah has always wanted a little brother. But what exactly is Jack planning on getting a 14 year old girl?" She laughed.
"Well, he has been asking if you guys could come over for a 'special birthday dinner'. He wants to make her dinosaur mac n' cheese with pudding cups for dessert." She laughed again wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him back.
"We would definitely love to come over, especially if there's that kind of gourmet food involved." Their laughter was interrupted by the ringing of Emily's cellphone. She looked at the caller I.D. to see it was Sarah and answered it.
"Hey! We're going to Aaron's house for dinner tomorrow night. It-"
"Mom? I'm really scared....there's somebody inside. I-I didn't get a good look because I ran into my room and hid under my bed and then I called you." She put the call on speaker and held it in front of her so both her and Hotch could hear.
"Sarah, slow down. You need to be as quiet as possible."
"I'm trying, but I can hear him coming closer. I'm so scared." Sarah's labored breathing became louder when a faint voice echoed throughout the hall.
"Come on out, Sarah. I'm not gonna hurt you...I promise," the voice chuckled.
Emily froze in disbelief; she didn't think she would hear that voice again.
"Sarah, honey, I need you to stay calm. That's him." Emily heard her daughter's silent whimpers on the other end.
"Oh god no! Is he gonna hurt me?"
"I don't know, but you have to be brave for me. Can you do that?"
"I'm too scared. Please help me, Mo-" All of a sudden, there was a blood-curdling scream and silence.
The familiar, husky voice flooded Emily's ears once again.
"I told you I'd be back. I'll be waiting." And the line went dead.