The BAU works on what seems to be a simple case, right in their own office, but what happens when one by one the unsub targets them in the most malicious ways possible?
Notes: I do not own Criminal Minds or any of its ranger_zenchi, Help Japan Auction.
"Morning!" Reid said brightly, entering the bull pen with a tray of styrofoam cups. "Anyone want coffee?"
"Mmm…read my mind!" Morgan grinned and rose to take the cup.
"Sure!" Prentiss seconded.
Reid turned to Seaver, studying at her desk. "Thanks, but I already have some." She held up a travel mug.
"Thanks, Pretty Boy, I- SPSH!" Morgan cut himself off by doing a spit take, followed barely a moment later by Prentiss. "What the-"
"April Fools!" Reid snickered.
"What?" Seaver asked.
"It's ice water!" Emily rolled her eyes. "Very funny, Reid, you got us."
"Come on, man, jokes are supposed to be funny!" Morgan snapped, slamming his cup into the trash and storming off in the direction of the locker room.
Reid looked wide-eyed at the two women.
"I thought it was funny." Seaver offered."
Prentiss shrugged. "You fooled us."
Reid smile a bit. "Is Garcia here yet?" He asked.
Overhead, Rossi and Hotch leaned on the railing, watching.
"Well that was extreme." Hotch remarked. "Usually Morgan's much more collected than that."
Rossi shrugged. "Who can blame him? We've had four cases back to back in the past few weeks. I think we all need a break."
Hotch nodded. "Yeah, I guess so." Suddenly, he straightened up. "I think I'm going to go talk to Strauss; see if we can have a day or two of office work."
"Good luck!" Rossi sighed, clapping Aaron on the back. "Let me know if you need me to back you up!"
Half an hour later, Hotch sighed as he exited Erin Strauss' office and headed towards the bull pen.
"I take it it didn't work out?"Rossi asked, falling into step beside him.
"Oh, it worked." Hotch frowned. "But only to a degree."
"I'll explain it in a moment." Hotch replied as they reached the pen.
"Everybody in the conference room." Hotch called out, being met with groans and reluctant stirrings. When they had all gathered in the room. Hotch stood at the front of the room. "I know we've had a rough time lately so I talked to Strauss and I managed to get us… well, a less strenuous case. One we can work from here in the Office.
"Here at the BAU?" Rossi commented. "This should be interesting."
"It appears that there has been an increase in reports of missing items around the office. Mostly small things; watches, staplers, things that could be easily misplaced but also things like purses and wallets."
So we've got a kleptomaniac around." Morgan said dismissively . "So?"
"You know it's interesting." Reid interjected. "The name kleptomaniac is vastly overused. Most people assume that just because some steals repeatedly they do so compulsively but that's-" He broke off as he saw Hotch staring at him . "Right. Sorry.."
Hotch wanted a moment. "Strauss wants us to observe people and how they interact with others; try to find out who it is or even if it's just an unlucky month."
"You're kidding." Prentiss said. "We're finding a commot thief?"
"Cool!" Garcia and Seaver exclaimed at the same time. "This'll be just like Clue!" They smiled at each other in surprise.
"Okay so the lost and found is sending up the reports. Morgan Prentiss why don't you weed out which ones we can rule as just being misplaced. Garcia, Seaver, after they've done this, why don't you take security tapes for the times things went missing. Rossi, Reid, you and I will just watch people's behavior and interactions. Okay?"
They all agreed and then left to their designated tasks."