The chalice lay toppled on the shelf, its contents dripping onto the desecrated crime scene. Crumpled in a heap below was the unsub, the white frothing at his mouth a stark contrast to the crimson pool in which he lay.
Floating in a perfect circle around him were the bones of his latest victim, bobbing in and out of the blood like rotten apples.
Agent Derek Morgan looked at the crime scene in disgust. “We should’ve gotten here quicker.”
“This was only going to end one way for the unsub. No matter what it took, he was going to finish his ritual.” Agent David Rossi patted his fellow agent’s shoulder. “We were close, Morgan.”
“And next time, we’ll be better.” Agent Aaron Hotchner addressed the desolate faces of his team. “Come on, everyone, let’s go home. You’ve all earned a weekend off.”
As they shuffled out, Agent Spencer Reid watched the forensics team collect the chalice the unsub had fashioned from his victim’s skull and spinal cord. This would be a case the team never forgot.
© Jade M. Wong 2017
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction.
Also a sequel to Criminal Minds Fanfiction: Head Count. The photo prompts were so similar, my muse couldn’t help but connect the two.