Chapter 41

Scarlett stood in front of the woodpile, looking out at the moonlight reflecting on the lake. She heard Spencer step up behind her, his hands moving around her waist as he pulled her back against his chest.

"Are Penny and Derek coming?" she asked, reaching up to touch his face.

"Right behind me," he said, rubbing his cheek against her hair.

"You smell good," he said, tucking his nose into her neck and breathing in her scent. "Patchouli?"

"Mmm-hmm, and sandalwood… Clarifying oils to help me center my spirit," she told him.

Scarlett bent over picking up a pouch at her feet.

"Are you ready, sweet sister?" she asked when she sensed Penelope come up to where they stood.

Penny nodded. "Tell me if I do anything wrong, okay?" she said as she followed Scarlett towards the bonfire.

Spencer could smell the same scented oils as Garcia passed by him. Derek stopped at his side.

"What are we supposed to do?" he asked Reid.

"Stay outside of the circle, save any questions until after Katy closes it, and just watch," he grinned.

"You can't do anything wrong," Scarlett was saying to Penelope. "We are just giving thanks and celebrating our blessings with love…"

She looked over at the guys. "And I would rather if you stayed inside the circle, in this case. If you don't mind?" she asked them.

"You are ours, so it would mean more…" she said quietly. Unused to sharing her rituals with others, Scarlett blushed slightly.

Spencer nodded and stepped forward. Morgan looked from Scarlett over to Penelope.

"Okay," he said. "I'm in…"

Garcia smiled, taking his hand.

Scarlett lit the bottom of the woodpile, setting the kindling to start to burn. Once it took hold, she drew a circle around them in the sand, dragging a long stick behind her.

Meeting back at their side, she took out an apple from her pouch, cutting it lengthwise across the middle, showing them the pentagram that was inside it, around the seeds.

"Everything in life has a root in the old ways and it's all a part of the circle, never ending, always complete."

She threw half into the fire, cutting the other half into four quarters and handing a piece to each of them. She ate her slice.

"We accept our place in the universe, knowing we are only a small part of it, with each of our light as a piece of the greater one, the One by all names, which binds us all to each other."

Scarlett opened the pouch, spreading different herbs into the flames. She held open the bag to Penny.

"Brightest blessings on this day and all days," Penny said her part and added her offering.

"We honor the old ways, keep their spirits within us, celebrating the connection, respecting that we would not be here today without them…"

She put in more herbs, sprinkling them to the other side of the fire. Again Penelope repeated the action.

"From merry meet to merry part, we hold each other within our heart," Penny recited.

"We honor the light and the dark today during the time when they are equal. We respect the fact that we must all work to keep the balance within us…"

Scarlett spread some more, walking around the circle.

Penelope added her third part.

"What you send out comes back to thee, always bide the rule of three…"

"And finally, we honor the love, within us, around us, and through us. The love of the God of all for blessings given, we ask for the continued blessing of Love."

"Blessed be…" Garcia added her last part, standing at Scarlett's side.

Spencer took Scarlett's hand, looking into her eyes, asking a silent question.

She inclined her head towards him, then to the fire.

"Go ahead, sweet boy. You can't send out an offering in a wrong way, as long as you have good intentions and your meaning is pure. Say what you want…" she told him, allowing him to put his own part into the ritual, instead of the one she'd planned to close out with...

He took a pinch of the dried herbs from her bag, moving to stand at the fifth point in the circle, completing the pentagram that she had started while she'd placed the offerings.

Scarlett raised a brow, but shouldn't have been surprised that he'd noticed the pattern she'd been creating...

"In offering of those who stood here before us, a part of our paths, that they may smile with us, sharing in our lives as they will, knowing that we remember and honor them…" he said as he dropped in the herbs.

Scarlett felt a small sob move into her throat, knowing that he did this for John…

Penny wrapped an arm around her, pulling her close.

"As we will, so mote it be…" Garcia stated softly, hugging her sister.

"So mote it be," Scarlett repeated, wiping at her eyes. She returned Penelope's hug, embraced Derek, and then moved into Spencer's arms.

Moving to the edge of the circle, she whispered some words to close the circle, and tugged his hand towards the beach, staying within the light of the bonfire.

"Now we get to dance," she smiled up at him, pulling him into her arms.

Penny punched some buttons into her phone, using it to control the Bluetooth speakers that fed throughout the house. She chose the ones that were set up for the lower patio and selected some songs from her playlist for the queue.

"Come Away with Me" by Nora Jones played through the air.

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can't tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won't you try to come

Come away with me and we'll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I'll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

Garcia leaned into Morgan's arms, starting to dance with him to the tune.

Spencer pulled Scarlett closer, listening as she sang along with the lyrics.

He looked up to the stairs when he heard footsteps…

"Is this a private party, or can we crash it," Will asked, holding JJ in his arms.

Scarlett grinned over at her friends. "I was hoping you'd get a chance to join us," she said.

"Only because your mom offered to watch the kids," JJ smiled. "Henry doesn't want to go to sleep yet."

"Too many s'mores," Will grinned. "He's on a sugar high…"

Spencer shook his head. "There's no such thing," he told them. "The body processes the sugar in the same…" he stopped talking when he heard Scarlett chuckle.

"You weren't being literal," he said, looking at Will.

"No. Not really," Will grinned.

"But it's good to know- if it was a thing, you'd be in a danger zone," Scarlett teased, poking Reid in the ribs. "I saw you eat about five of them…"

"I think it was more like eight," Derek added. "He grabbed some more while you were getting your herbs ready…"

"Narc," Spencer taunted. Derek raised a brow at him.

Penelope turned up the music to interrupt the beginning argument.

"Good song," Scarlett said, taking Reid by the hand, dancing a few steps along with the music.

Spencer grinned, spinning her around under his arm as 'Everything You Are' by Ed Sheeran sounded over the beach. He started singing along with the words…

I didn't mean to break your heart
I was just lonely
And everybody falls apart sometimes
I know you've found another one
But won't you just hold me tonight

Reid spun Scarlett out and she moved away from him, dancing around Penelope and then JJ. The girls moved to the inside of the circle that the guys created as they gathered around them.

I wish I never called you up
Nobody told me
And they don't know we don't speak anymore
So take a good look at us
Won't you just hold me tonight

Penelope laughed as Morgan moved before her, tilting the hat he was wearing forward a little, giving her a roguish grin and pulling her into his arms once again. Will took JJ by the hand, lifting his arm so she could spin underneath it, tucking her back against his chest.

And I will stop trying to fall in love again
And keep it a secret
It never works out, anyway
But I am not, anything like I was
'Cause you were the only one for me
Yeah, yeah

Spencer took Scarlett's hands, placing their palms together, moving to the beat. Scarlett laughed as he moved towards her, taking her hat from her head and placing it on his own.

"Cute look, Reid," JJ teased him.

He only grinned, pulling Scarlett close once again and burying his face against her hair. She felt him inhale deeply, pressing a kiss to the crown of her head then moving so he faced her again as he continued to mime the words.

Scarlett watched him, a smile covering her face, as he played around…

'Cause maybe I don't wanna lose a lover and friend in one night
If that's alright
I shouldn't have fucked with your mind
And your life too many times
Or maybe I don't wanna be lonely
Darling, you are my only love
Behind my truth lies everything you want

I never meant to sleep around
I was just lonely
You did the same, again and again and again
I know
So here's to the both of us
Here's to our story tonight

Oh I will stop trying to fall in love again
And keep it a secret
It never works out, anyway
But I am not, anything like I was
'Cause you were the only one for me

'Cause maybe I don't wanna lose a lover and friend in one night
If that's alright
I shouldn't have fucked with your mind
And your life too many times
Or maybe I don't wanna be lonely
Darling, you are my only love
Behind my truth lies everything you want

Will dipped JJ, pulling her back up and placing a light kiss to her brow.

Spencer caught Scarlett's eyes, holding her close as he sang the next lyrics to her…

He touched her cheeks, gently running his thumbs over her jawline.

When I see my future
It is with you
We'll get there
I want my children to be with you
We'll get there

He grinned at her as the music changed again; spinning her under his arm, then back to his chest. Scarlett reached up, stealing a kiss from him.

'Cause maybe I don't wanna lose a lover and friend in one night
If that's alright
I shouldn't have fucked with your mind
And your life too many times
Or maybe I don't wanna be lonely
Darling, you are my only love

Behind my truth lies everything you want
Behind my truth lies everything you want

Behind my truth lies everything you are…

Will shook his head as he watched Spencer laughing and goofing around.

"If you would have told me a little over a year and a half ago that Reid would have changed so much in this short amount of time, I probably wouldn't have believed you," he said to JJ quietly.

"Mmm. I don't think Spence would have believed it either- sometimes I think he doesn't even believe it now…" JJ grinned as she looked over at her friend.

She saw Reid spin Scarlett under his arm, pulling her back to his chest and holding her close against his heart. He pressed his lips over hers reverently, ignoring the fact he was surrounded by other people, forgetting his own inherent shyness.

"They bring out the best in each other…" JJ smiled softly, charmed by Spencer's actions.

"Can't ask for anything better than that…" Will said, smiling down at his wife, grabbing a quick kiss of his own. JJ wrapped her arms around her husband's neck, letting him lead her over alongside Scarlett and Spencer.

"I should have recorded you guys dancing together," JJ teased them when they got closer.

Spencer looked down into Scarlett's slightly unfocused gaze and kissed her.

"We already are…" he grinned as he held her tight, locking in the sights and sounds with all his senses, capturing the memory into his mind forever.

Hello readers!

Thank you all so very much for continuing to follow along with the Scarlett series, and my interpretation of Spencer Reid's life with his soul mate. I appreciate so very much the reviews, the discussions, and the opportunity to hear your opinions and thoughts along with wonderful suggestions for songs!

I have started to write the next installment… So keep your eyes open for "Watching Scarlett"… (Teaser: Motherhood and hormonal changes can be a challenge for anyone, but even more so for those of us with anxiety and depressive disorders, [not to mention PTSD] so let's find out together how Scarlett manages, and how Spencer helps her…)

I am interested in hearing what the readers may want to see, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, even if it's for a case or prompt, feel free to PM me and I'll be sure to credit you with any I may use.

Also, feel free to offer me any song/artist suggestions… As you can tell, music is one of my biggest muses. Check out my YouTube page under LadyBJKD for the playlist for the Scarlett Series. It includes songs mentioned within the series and others that will be used in the future.

If any of the readers would have any Reid fanvids to suggest or have the ability to put one together as a trailer that fits for Scarlett and Spencer's story (I don't, I wish I did!) I'd love to see it and promote it!

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