Disclaimers: I don’t own Aaron Hotchner, Jason Gideon, David Rossi, or Derek Morgan. They belong to Eddie Bernero and Mark Gordon. But SSA Jenna Plancini, SSA Alex Sheridan, and the various denizens of my fictional version of Waverly, Iowa do belong to me.
Rating: FRT, due to it being case-fic
Spoilers: 1.17, “A Real Rain” in particular, up to season 4 in background
Characters: Hotch, Gideon, Rossi; one OMC, one OFC, and various townsfolk.
Notes: a) This is a completed fic, written back in the fall of 2008 and archived originally at FF.net. My crop of WIPs is kicking my ass. And I suddenly recalled I had never reposted this to LJ! So, thus, a chapter a day, until it's finished.
b) Waverly, Iowa does exist, and I have tried for accuracy in detail, but this version is fictional, and any resemblance to real people is purely coincidental. Especially since I have never been to Iowa.
c) I am completely ignoring the various timeline weirdness and decided to have Rossi, Gideon and Hotch on the team at the same time. If that or the dates bother you, just stop thinking about them. :)
( “In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, /Who, squatting upon the ground, Held his heart in his hands, / And ate of it. I said, "Is it good, friend?" / "It is bitter – bitter", he answered, "But I like it/ Because it is bitter, And because it is my heart." -Stephen Crane )