Dec 22& Dec 23, Criminal Minds, Gen, The Snowmen & Traditions
Title: The Snowmen Author:alti_angel (altaira) Fandom: Criminal Minds Characters: team Rating: PG Word Count: 668 Disclaimer: The characters within do not belong to me Prompt: dec 22 snowman A/N: a bit creepy again, sorry. Also not beta read
Reid made sure to walk between Rossi and Morgan as the hiked in to their more recent crime scene.
It was a quarter mile hike, and lining the whole trail were snowmen, standing like sentinels.
It was even worse when they got to the crime scene. It was encircled by snowmen, all the same height. Coal eyes all looking at the bloody center.
Coal eyes all looking at them, watching them.
Hotch waved them to join him near the center, where the body had been found.
Spencer looked at the snowmen on either side of him, placed so the seemed to be turning towards facing the center instead of facing each other. He shivered, and it wasn’t from the cold.
“Reid, are you joining us?” Hotch yelled and Spencer forced himself to step into the ring of snowmen.
“So does everyone agree this was probably where she was killed, and not a dump site?” Hotch asked.
All those present nodded, except Spencer who was constantly scanning the snowmen and scooting closer and closer to Hotch.
“Morgan, see if you can see any other foot prints or anything. The sheriff said the officers that responded and first went over the site were very freaked out, so they might have missed something. Rossi, call Blake and see if she had info from the coroner yet. Reid, help me figure out the diameter of the kill site and this ring.”
Morgan and Rossi got to the tasks right off but Reid just stood, eye wide and fear filled face.
“Reid!” Hotch yelled.
Spencer jumped and inched closer to Hotch again.
“The diameter of the kill site?” Hotch asked.
Reid looked down. “The blood is in a perfect circle.” Reid muttered and shuddered. “That is so not natural.”
“Diameter and then ideas on how the unsub managed it.” Hotch said.
Reid swept his eyes along each of the snowmen watching them and then at the blood.
“The snowmen are in a perfect circle, too.” Reid said. He looked to the opening in the ring of snowmen, the two slightly turned and leading to the path lined with snowmen facing each other.
“The circle of blood is the same diameter as the wide between the snowmen on either side of the path, four feet. It might not be just the single victim’s blood, the unsub might have needed more blood to get a solid four foot circle of blood. Can we go yet? They are looking at us.”
“They are snowmen; they are not looking at us. As to those….up before the kill?”
“I would think they would have to be. It took a lot of time to do this.” Reid said.
Reid was now standing against Hotch’s back, completely plastered against him. “Please can we go now?”
Hotch sighed. “Rossi, help Morgan and then you two head in with the Sheriff and his people when you all are done. Reid and I are going in now to see if we can link this to the other murders and start a geographical profile.”
Rossi waved and Hotch and Reid left, Reid plastered up against his back and watching the snowmen with terror filled eyes. When they got back to the SUVs, Reid jumped in and the moment Hotch had joined him, locked the doors.
“Really?” Hotch asked as they pulled off onto the dirt road that led them out to the road back to town.
Reid was still shivering, and he wasn’t entirely certain it was from just the cold.
“Hey, Rossi hates clowns and Morgan wouldn’t even enter that corn maze in October.” Reid said.
“They were snowmen, Spencer!”
“They were looking at us! They were terrifying!” Reid said.
Hotch looked through the back window to the snowmen facing where the path met with the road and the other vehicles were still parked. They were the only snowmen with arms as well, and long sharp sticks tangled in the arm branches to look like spears.
“They were kind of creepy.” Hotch agreed.
Title: Traditions Author: alti_angel (altaira) Fandom: Criminal Minds Characters: Team Rating: PG Word Count: 370 Disclaimer: The characters within do not belong to me Prompt: dec 23 Christmas candles A/N: not beta read
Aaron Hotchner pulled out his December list and started marking off the yearly antics pulled by his team that made December in the BAU offices what it was.
Garcia had disabled the fire alarms so to burn her Christmas candles, and lit them right up without checking the first Monday after the first weekend and set off the fire alarm and made everyone have to evacuate until the floor could be cleared.
Morgan had rigged Mistletoe over Reid’s desk and then made Reid kiss everyone who came to talk to him…and tackled Reid as he tried to remove the mistletoe, sending Reid flying off the desk and crashing to the floor and sending him off for a check over at the academy infirmary. Thankfully the blood was contained to the desk and chair this year and no one had to pay to have the carpets professionally cleaned like last year.
JJ had already screamed like a banshee after walking into the conference room and tossed a whole plateful of cookies into the trash, because all the evil temptations were ruining her good intentions. Morgan bellowed quickly afterwards about how horrid and demented JJ was for daring to do such a thing to the wonderful cookies. Garcia, luckily has faced this many years now and no longer hacks into financial records after such behavior. She just sweeps in with a replacement plate of cookies.
Rossi has a crock pot of Muller Cider in his office, rum spiked mulled cider.
Reid has been wearing Christmas Socks for two weeks.
Garcia’s hat this week is an elf hat. Last week was a blinking Reindeer headband.
Blake is a new addition. So far, Hotch has notice she tends to jingle. She doesn’t wear the big jingle bells like Garcia. But she wears little ones that have a soft jingle to them. Ear rings mostly.
They’ve covered half Hotch’s list so far. But it is only the second Wednesday of December, so there is still time.
He wonders if Morgan will remember to tie Reid to his chair with big red or gold ribbon. If he doesn’t pick up that antic up, Hotch might have to himself. Then take a picture and send it to Emily.