CHAPTER THREE

Sometime later, Kate was awoken by a gentle rocking motion. Disoriented, it took her a moment to realize that she was not at home, nor was she in her own hotel room. Memories of her activities with JJ and Hotch earlier came crashing over her. She waited for shame and guilt to follow, but found they did not.

A quiet moan drew Kate from her thoughts. She turned her head and realized what it was that had woken her up. Hotch was hovering over JJ, the comforter having fallen from their naked bodies. A small light from outside shined on them. Kate could see the sheen of sweat covering them both as Hotch moved gingerly in and out of her.

Tears came to Kate's eyes as she recognized that they were not having sex, but making love. A love that was forbidden due to their positions in the FBI and her marriage. She understood academically that JJ had feelings for Hotch from their conversation in the bar and she would have been a moron to miss that Hotch reciprocated after the looks between the two when she and JJ showed up at his hotel room. But the depth of their connection took her breath away.

Memorized, Kate was unable to look away. Hotch and JJ's eyes were locked onto the other's. He grazed her face with his fingertips while she stroked his back. They moved little, their bodies pressed tightly together, but Kate had never seen anything so erotic in her life. She only knew they came because Hotch put his head on JJ's shoulder.

Embarrassed to have spied on such an intimate act, despite their previous pursuits, Kate quietly turned away from them, keeping her movements deliberately in such a way so that they would think she remained asleep. Her cheeks were red and she was certain that they glowed in the dark. She held her breath when she heard Hotch whisper.

"I love you."

"I love you, too," JJ replied in a watery voice.

"I don't think I can keep doing this," Hotch confessed.

"Me, either," she agreed.

"I-" he paused. "What do you mean?"

"I love you, Hotch. It's killing me not being with you all of the time. I want to leave Will," JJ told him.

"Really?" Kate was surprised by the vulnerability in his voice. "What about work… and the team?"

"There's a PR firm that's been after me to join them for years. It's better pay and almost no travel," she said.

"Why haven't you taken it before?"

"Because-" JJ hesitated. "Because I couldn't bare to be away from you, not after the State Department, not after the baby."

Kate heard no more words after that, just the smacking and slurping of kisses. Soon, it was followed by the same rocking motion that had woken her. This time, however, it lulled her back to sleep.

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Two months later:

"JJ?"

"Kate!" JJ exclaimed. She hugged the other woman. "How are you?"

Kate smiled, awkwardly. "Okay. How are things with you?"

JJ blushed. "Better than I expected. The new job's fantastic. I love my boss and my co-workers are great. Not as great as the BAU, of course."

"Of course," Kate laughed.

"Will and I are in the process of getting a divorce, amicable, if you can believe it," JJ rambled on. "Turns out that he had fallen for a cop in another department, but didn't know how to tell me. He was so relieved when I told him that I was I leaving. And the boys are coming to terms with everything. Jack's a little better than Henry, but I think that's understandable."

Nodding, Kate agreed. "So, what are you doing here? This pharmacy is a little out of your way, isn't it?"

JJ cringed. "I wanted to avoid running into anyone that I knew." She paused. "It's a little out of your way, too, isn't it?"

"Yeah," Kate confessed after a moment. "I didn't want to run into anyone either. What are you here for?"

"Pregnancy test," JJ replied, sheepishly, showing her the pink and white box in her hand. "You?"

Kate took a deep breath. "Same." She closed her eyes. "Here's the thing: Chris and I tried for years to conceive with no results."

JJ's eyes widened. "You know that Hotch and I will be here for anything that you need."

"I'm hoping that, if this is positive, that Hotch will be okay with doing nothing," Kate explained.

"You're not planning on telling Chris?" JJ touched her shoulder when Kate shook her head. "Then, that's what we'll do."

Color returned to Kate's face as she breathed a sigh of relief. "How late are you?"

JJ turned crimson. "About two months."

"Same night?" Kate chortled.

"So, it would appear!" JJ linked her arm through Kate's. "Come on; let's go grab some ice cream around the block and take these tests. I have a feeling that we're going to need to celebrate."

THE END