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"WELL, WHO WAS IT?" Dave growled again.
"Dave!" Aaron shouted up to him. "Calm down! It's-"
"DON'T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN!" Dave roared. "IT WASN'T YOUR PEN THAT WAS STOLEN!"
At this, several agents around the Bull Pen chuckled and Aaron raised a brow. "Your pen?"
"YES!" Dave snapped, starting to make his way down the stairs. "It was on my desk when I left and now it's gone!"
"Dave," Hotch sighed, "You probably misplaced it. Look, you can borrow one of mine, I-"
"It wouldn't be the same!" Dave whined.
"And why not?" Hotch asked.
"Because." Rossi answered quietly. "Emma gave me that pen after my first case. She even had it engraved for me."
Aaron's eyes widened. "I'm sorry, Dave, I didn't-"
"It's okay." Rossi said brusquely. "I just need to find it."
Hotch nodded. "Okay. Come on." He clapped a hand on his friend's back. "I'll help you look for it. It's probably just under your desk or something." They headed back up the stairs, into Rossi's office.
"Thanks, Aaron." Dave said, bending down to look under the desk. "But I already checked there and I don't think-"
"Here." Hotch closed the door behind him and held out a pen towards Rossi.
Dave glanced back up and his eyes widened, seeing the gold pen with the words, "To Dave, love Emma", on it. Snatching it into his hand, he stared at it as if he had never seen anything more beautiful in his entire life. "Where did you find it?" He asked excitedly.
"Uh…actually, I had it all along." Aaron admitted, bashfully.
"What?" Dave leaned back a bit.
"I didn't know how much it meant to you." Hotch continued.
"But, Aaron, why didn't you just ask if you needed a pen? I would have-"
"No. That's not the point." Glancing back to make sure the door was closed, Aaron took a step closer to his friend. "I'm the "kleptomaniac"." Rossi's mouth opened in surprise but closed before he could think of a word to say. "It's for April Fool's." Aaron explained. "You told me that the team needed a break and I knew that getting the whole team time off would be difficult. So I decided to create a false case. This way, they can work on something that's not as toll-taking and still be technically "working"."
"And Strauss agreed to this?" Rossi said in disbelief.
"I convinced her that too many hard cases in a short period of time were bad for the team's psychological state."
"So Garcia's glasses?"
"In the freezer." Hotch smirked. "She'll find them soon enough."
"And the other items?"
"The reports are real but I didn't take them. People are just careless with their belongings; most of them are probably just in the back of their desk somewhere. I'm only going to take things from the team; and anyway, it's not technically stealing if they're still in the building."
"Whatever helps you sleep at night." Rossi rolled his eyes.
"Dave, I never would have-"
"It's okay!" Rossi held up his hands. "Really. I'm just glad to have it back."
"But you won't tell anyone, right?" Hotch asked, pleadingly.
"On one condition." Hotch looked at his friend with trepidation as Dave smirked. "You count me in."