Note: This was written as a bit of a drabble for crimeland for Garcia week! I pulled the idea from thin air and just fell in love with the idea. It seemed like something Garcia would own.
The coffee that she had been pouring missed the cup and splashed onto her hands, provoking a shriek and a moment later, her favourite
mug (painted with cats and rainbows) shattered on the floor. Her first reaction was to look down at the shards of the cup, and she saw the grey kitty’s face cut in half, and her eyes teared up behind her glasses.
“Hey hey hey,” came the concerned yet deeply soothing voice of Morgan, and he eased the coffee jug from her grip and put it on the counter. “You okay?”
She nodded numbly, still staring at the mutilated animal on the floor.
“Garcia, look at me.”
Garcia turned, her eyes rising from the floor and up at his face where his eyebrows were furrowed. “I’m fine, Morgan, really. Just an accident.”
He seemed ready to accept this for the time being and knelt to collect the pieces of Garcia’s treasured mug. He was swift and careful and in a moment he stood with the colourful crockery and moved to toss it in the bin. Garcia jumped for his arm and gripped it.
“Wait,” she said, her voice tense.
“Baby, it’s broken. You ain’t going to be able to fix it.”
“Yeah, I know, but...”
Morgan sighed and said, “you gotta let it go.”
It wasn’t that Garcia was a person who dwelled on things a lot: she had a few select items that she kept close to her heart and the rest was neither here nor there. But this mug... she couldn’t bare to let go of it.
“Morgan, I just... I want to keep it, ok?” she said, and with a determined move, she took the pieces from his hands and into her own. They were still warm from the coffee.
“Your hands – you’re burnt, Garcia,” Morgan said, sighing again. “What’s wrong with you?”
Morgan didn’t mean for it to sound accusing – he meant for her to talk to him about what was worrying her. But to Garcia’s ears, it was an
insult: a jab at her sentimentality and pathetic nature. She snatched her hands back from where he was touching them, defensive and withdrawn. Cradling the pieces of her broken mug, she turned on her heel and stalked off, leaving Morgan to deal with the split, sticky coffee on the floor.
In the sanctity of her office, Garcia let the cup pieces fall to her desk before letting herself cry. Her glasses became foggy, and she tossed them off to get better access to her eyes. The tissue came away with smudges of black and purple – her colour theme for the day – and she sank onto her chair.
Morgan didn’t understand the importance of the mug. It wasn’t just a perfect representation of Garcia’s personality – what with all the rainbows and kittens – but it had been the last present her parents had given her. It had been a silly gift – something her parents had known she’d hate, but she’d laughed and accepted it anyway, shoving it in the back of her closet and forgetting all about it til she moved out. That was when it hit her how important each and every moment she’d spent with them had been.
In her small den of humming computers and glowing screens, Garcia rubbed her eyes and decided that she had cried enough. With her eyes dry and her throat clear, she punched in the speed dial two, and heard the phone connect with Hotch.
“I have that information you want, Hotch. She had only one credit card...”
While she worked, Morgan hurriedly ran from the office to a small craft shop he knew of – he’d been there for presents once or twice before.
He knew the owner, who lived in the same apartment building as he did, and had called before coming down. As soon as the bell tinkered, an elderly woman swathed in ponchos of knitted green-and-yellow yarn waddled out with a box in her hands.
After polite conversation and Morgan’s feverent thank you’s, he drove back. The eyes of Reid and Prentiss followed him through the bullpen
and to Garcia’s door. He could hear her inside talking to Hotch, her tone professional and lacking just that hint of spark that was so typically Garcia – and he knew it was because of the mug. He smiled and shook his head, deciding to leave his gift outside the door for his girl to find.
When Garcia ventured from her office at 7:06pm, the last thing she was expecting was to trip over. Immediately blaming her heels combined with her weariness, she almost missed the box with a red bow lying at her feet. Stooping to pick it up, she read the tiny note attached: ‘great new memories but never forget the old ones.’
Peeking open the box, Garcia’s breath hitched: inside was a mug painted a neon green filled with lollipops and dancing dogs. She stared in awe at the beauty of the mug before clutching it to her chest and walking to the elevator, a decidedly Garcia-like spring in her step.
Based off the quote:
"So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty." –Haniel Long
1. Same Blood / The Academy Is...
2. Yellow Brick Road / Angus and Julia Stone
3. No One’s Gonna Love You / Band of Horses
4. Two of Us / The Beatles
5. Stay Together for the Kids / Blink 182
6. Re: Stacks / Bon Iver
7. Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet / Fall Out Boy
8. Interlude: Harry and Ginny / Alexandre Desplat
9. Helplessness Blues / Fleet Foxes
10. History / Funeral for a Friend
11. Manhattan / Kings of Leon
12. The Messenger / Linkin Park
( find the songs and explanations under the cutCollapse )
They look like:
And the rest can be found here if you're interested.
As a side not, I respect people who make graphics so much more. Screen capping, colouring and making icons of these shows is so draining. I just capped the episode, coloured + made icons for 6.18 and it has taken me about... 4 hours. Wow. It is, however, fulfilling, and I really enjoy doing it - and I hope others can find some enjoyment in it too.
Also, that episode was amazing! You should be aware that clicking the link to view the icons will give away some spoilers for the episode, incase you haven't seen it already.
Crimeland is a challenge based community about the tv show Criminal Minds. In this community you will compete in one of four teams, doing challenges, collecting points together and hopefully win the Case.
Challenges include graphics, writing, games and luck challenges. There should be something for everyone! Our teams are: Garcia, JJ, Morgan and Reid.
If you're interested, click here to apply.
Make sure you let them know it was me who sent you!
I have created a graphics journal, which you can visit over at twoeyesofcoal !
This may come as a surprise, because I've never really posted any graphics on my journal before, and I didn't really want to start. I hate flooding other people's flist with my works. So, I've created a seperate place for everything - mostly icons and banners. They're in the style of bright colours and HQ pictures, so hopefully they appeal to someone other than myself.
I've posted icons and banners, so far, of Supernatural, Doctor Who and Matthew Gray Gubler. I'm hoping to branch out soon, and make some more icons of other shows I really like.
Matthew Gray Gubler icons 
Doctor Who icons 
Supernatural icons 
A Dean & Castiel fanmix:
- Burn Burn Burn - Paper Moon
- Mercy - OneRepublic
- After the Last Midtown Show - The Academy Is…
- Bring Night - Sia
- Gauntlets - Paper Moon
- Losing My Religion - R.E.M
- The Luckiest - Ben Folds
- The Music (Interlude) - Paper Route
- The Special Two - Missy Higgins
- Closer - Kings of Leon
- You Already Know - Paper Moon
- Calling All Angels - Train
- Cosmic Love - Florence and the Machine
- Forever Young - Youth Group
( Cut for song explanationsCollapse )
I guess the most important thing I've learned since my youth to now has been to always be yourself, because nothing is more important than who you are. I learned the hard way as a kid, always trying to change myself to fit in with certain crowds and people who I thought were "cool", and after a while, you just get tired. You can't put on a face everyday and hope that it sticks - you have to be yourself. So eventually when I realised this, I just let everything go and settled into my own niche. That mostly consisted of converse and eyeliner and dyed hair and Green Day, and this really did not sit well with some people. But I was happy, and that's all that mattered.
It's one of the biggest things I always hold onto when I feel lost: I remember who I am and how I got to be here and what I've had to go through to get to this place. All the lost friends and the put downs, however subtle. All the scars and the tears. It's been such a bumpy road, but I am so much better off for it - I never forget that.
I hate that everyone on this show is obsessed with their reputation and image - I thought that the point of the Glee club was to kind of not care about all that: it was the place for misfits to just be themselves. Well apparently not. I mean, not everyone is obsessed, but majority are. Rachel's lethal, Puck's all bad-boy thing is hot, but.. still. He tries hard to maintain that. Finn's kind of fallen out of it all. Quinn is still mourning the loss of her cheerio/top bitch status. Mercedes and Kurt... I don't even know anymore. I just wish they were more comfortable in their own skin.
The "Physical" video of Sue dancing at the start, the one that got leaked, was hilarious hahahaha. I felt kinda sorry for her, since she wasn't used to such humiliation, and it always gets to me when she goes to her sister Jean. I find them so adorable. Sue is such a different person with her. Olivia Newton John's debut was so random/strange. Australian accents are weird.
PUCK NEEDS MORE SONGS. Fuck, I always get so angry when he sings a bit then nothing else. But I loved his debut in "Run, Joey, Run" - he's such a good singer. Also, I need to say this: I am sick of Rachel dominating every single song. I think she has a good voice, but she doesn't have to sing every song! Everyone there has an amazing voice, but Rachel always takes the lead. Tina and Artie and Kurt &c should have more solos.
Also, I didn't realise until this episode how much I kind of do like Jessie being with Rachel. Actually, I really just like Jessie in general. He doesn't seem obsessed with his reputation, thankfully, he seems to like Rachel (hard thing to do) and he has an amazing voice. I loved "Total Eclipse of the Heart."