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Aug. 14th, 2015 06:48 pm
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 It had started a week ago. Spencer wasn't completely sure what had triggered it, but he had a feeling it was something to do with the fact that he'd finally read the official report on Tobias Hankel. It was something he'd put off for over a year, but it was always on his mind... It was no surprise really that he'd found himself accessing the file at nearly three in the morning, his laptop not nearly as comfortable as a paper file as it rested on his knee.

Only a day later he was having nightmares. ...By the end of the week he was craving something he hadn't wanted in a very long time.

Getting over his addiction to dilaudid had been hard, and the temptation to return to it was constant even when Spencer was at his best. So when the itch started to become unbearable, he finally forced himself to return to his meetings, sitting near the back and taking comfort in the fact that he was surrounded by people who were struggling with the same things. ...It made him feel less alone. Less weak.

After the meeting he'd made his way to his favourite coffee shop, where he sat at his usual table, with his usual order, and his usual stack of books. His gaze was slightly sunken, and his face gaunt and tired as he sipped his coffee with one hand, and turned pages with the other.

Date: 2015-08-15 02:35 am (UTC)
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Hex went to his meetings religiously and with more enthusiasm than he went to church. When he went to church. Usually he was far too busy with work or the gym to bother with Mass. But he'd gone to his meeting tonight and left feeling positive for the first time in a while. He'd not heard from A in quite a while, for which he was grateful. He checked the time and knowing Spencer was a creature of habit he made his way to the man's coffee shop to see if he was there. It was impetuous and he hoped that A wouldn't see him enter the shop and cross to Spencer.

"Care for company?" he asked hopefully.

Date: 2015-08-15 03:17 am (UTC)
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"Well. Well enough. Getting used to posh life and posh food and I've got me calendar shoot coming up for a 2016 feature," he said, looking at Spencer fondly. "How have you been?"

Date: 2015-08-15 03:25 am (UTC)
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Hex looked down and reached up to rub the back of his neck the way he always did when he was nervous and didn't want to tell the truth.

"Yeah, erm, it's alright. It's been busy for me as well. I'm going to get a drink, yeah? You want another coffee?"

Date: 2015-08-15 03:38 am (UTC)
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Hex went to the counter and ordered a coffee fr Spencer and a cold berry tea drink for himself. He brought them back and hoped that enough time had passed that Spencer would be willing to move onto something else.

"You look a bit tired. Are you sleeping?" he asked, unable to keep from worrying over the man.

Date: 2015-08-15 03:52 am (UTC)
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Hex looked at him for a long moment, waiting for more. But when none came he didn't push.

"You can always join me if you like," he offered. "Just to sleep. Might help to not be alone."

Date: 2015-08-15 04:00 am (UTC)
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"What sorts of nightmares?" he asked, equally softly, not wanting to broadcast something so sensitive.

Date: 2015-08-15 04:08 am (UTC)
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Hex's heart sank at that and he reached across the table to touch Spencer's arm.

"Maybe having someone beside you is exactly what you need right now," he said.

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Date: 2015-08-17 03:38 am (UTC)
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Felix did not make a habit of interrupting people who were surrounded by books. He hated being interrupted, himself, when he was trying to read. It wasn't really the books that interested him, this time, it was the man. Felix recognized him, or thought he did, or... just recognized that darkened, hungry, longing look for something that wouldn't be sated with a few cups of caffeine and an intellectual indulgence. One didn't often see that look on those studying such advanced subjects.

He had a coffee to stay in a large ceramic cup, a leather satchel with his own reading material, and an outfit of pale lavender shirt, bold striped tie and dark trousers that was almost sedate for him. He also wore a multitude of silver and moonstone rings on each finger except for the thumbs. "Forgive the intrusion," Felix said brightly to the young man, "but is that book as comprehensive on the subject as it's advertised? I believe it's on my list but I simply don't have time for another surface overview."

Date: 2015-08-17 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Felix elicited his phone from a trouser pocket with his free hand, looming unintentionally over Spencer's table as he tapped it to life -- the latest model but not one of monstrous size. "Where is my list... there it is. Yes, that's the one. I suppose most people would find an entirely comprehensive volume to be tedious, but there are times one prefers all of one's reference in one place, isn't there?" He paused only briefly before asking, "Pardon me, have we met?"

Date: 2015-08-18 02:20 am (UTC)
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"Felix Harrowgate." With his name in the tabloids recently, Felix had had to introduce himself to people less often. He was beginning to remember a conversation with Doctor Reid, in a cafe much like this one. Perhaps this exact one; Felix didn't remember.

"That being said, I won't mind if you prefer I don't join you."

Date: 2015-08-18 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Felix had been a bit devious, and he was pleased to see it had worked. By suggesting he might not join Spencer, he immediately secured the invitation, and now had someone intelligent and interesting to talk to. Perhaps it wasn't terribly ethical, but after all, this was just a conversation in a café.

He settled himself down into a seat and tucked his phone away again. "Thank you, darling," Felix said, offhand enough that he clearly referred to everyone as darling. "I've been grappling the bureaucracy at work today, you can't imagine what a relief it is to talk to someone unaffiliated -- and with such fine taste in reading material."

Date: 2015-08-19 01:53 am (UTC)
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"Consulting agency," Felix responded dismissively. "Public relations, organizational psychology, political campaigns. We don't do your work, we just make you look better doing it." He flashed a brief smile and shrugged; making his work sound uninteresting was a specialty of his. Nearly everyone talked about their work. Refusing to do so would actually be more suspicious.

"You're a doctor? I always wanted to pursue an advanced degree, but I never found the time. What's your field?"

Date: 2015-08-19 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Felix's unusual mis-matched eyes sharpened with recognition when Dr. Reid mentioned the FBI. "This might be something of a wild guess, but you're American and you work in the same field, so forgive my presumption. Do you work with Mister Aaron Hotchner by chance?"

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