Well, I come bearing a new chapter! Sorry for the waiting, between classes and holidays and all that stuff I just didn't have quite the time to write this, but here it is! I hope you enjoy it. I'm quite happy with the outcome, even though it isn't what I had originally planned for this chapter. Self-beta'd, so forgive the mistakes. Thanks for the reviews! They really make my day. :)
Disclaimer: Everything you recognize is not mine, though I still wish I could have Emily and JJ all to myself.
"You've reached Garcia's realm of knowledge," The chippy voice of the tech analyst came to her ears, and she smiled at the familiar greeting. "Tell me what you need and my magical self will make it happen."
"I'm in love, Garcia." JJ spoke before she could really consider what she was saying.
"Well, I'm flattered, Jayj, really, but do I need to remind you that I'm taken?" Garcia attempted so sound serious, but the Press Liaison could hear the smile on her voice.
"Not to burst your bubble, my lovely crazy person, but you're not the object of my affection." She teased, grinning as she heard the other woman snort.
"I know you're not in love with me, silly girl. I know everything, remember?" Even though she knew JJ couldn't see it, Garcia couldn't help but roll her eyes. She loved her family more than anything in her life, but she couldn't understand why it was so hard to believe that she was omniscient. "May I ask how you came to that conclusion?"
"What, you don't wanna know who I'm in love with?" JJ asked, ignoring the question the other woman threw at her.
"Did you not hear what I just said?!" Garcia exclaimed, her voice exasperated. "I've known for a long time that you fell head over heels for our dear Emily, the stranger."
"You do?" The blond Press Liaison asked confusedly, her eyebrows forming a perfect frown. "But what if I was talking about somebody else? You couldn't be so sur--"
But Garcia didn't let her finish. "Jayj, I swear to God, if you continue to question my knowledge I will be forced to send a mass e-mail to our team with photos of a young – and very much naked – JJ running after a soccer ball!"
"How did you even get--" JJ stopped her speech midway, and closed her eyes briefly to regain her focus. "Nevermind, I don't wanna know. But please make sure you keep those pictures to yourself."
"That's the plan, my dear sunshine. Unless, of course, you continue to insult me with your silly questions." Garcia said, and JJ knew that she had a smug expression on her face. "Now, do tell me how you finally came to your senses about your feelings for our mutual friend."
"I don't know how it was, really," JJ confessed. "One day it all just clicked together. Couldn't keep my mind off her ever since. And well--"
"And you just decided to tell me now?" The tech analyst interrupted, a fake sadness in her voice. "I'm hurt, Jayj. I thought I was your best friend."
"Oh, shush," JJ said, though Garcia tell she was kidding. "I just, I didn't know how to tell you."
"Well, seems to me that you handled it pretty well." The other blond teased and then became serious. "But don't you think that maybe you should get to know Emily better before you dive head first into this whole thing? I mean, I love Emily dearly, and she's obviously crazy about you too, but we have to agree that we know practically nothing about her life outside the BAU."
"You think she's crazy about me?" The younger blond asked, her voice full of hope, because even though she was quite sure that Emily did like her, she couldn't help needing some reassurance on that particular fact.
"How many times will I have to tell you?! I'm omniscient!" Garcia exclaimed, throwing her hands in the air in a sign of frustration. "And besides, that's not the point."
"What are you implying, Pen?" JJ knew very well what her friend was talking about, but she thought it was better to play Garcia's game for now.
"Nothing," Garcia quickly said, which was enough to indicate that she was implying something, but didn't want to outright say it to JJ. "I just think you should take things slowly."
"Yeah, well, I might have something to tell you about that..." JJ said, the smile in her face growing so big that she was sure she'd end up hurting her mouth or something like that.
"JJ? What have you done?" Garcia's voice was a mix between fear and curiosity, so JJ promptly began to tell her the events that took place Saturday after she left Emily's house.
After she left Alicia and Cameron in the living room, she made a cup of coffee for Emily and herself, before they both engaged in a pleasant conversation that they could so easily fall into. She'd always been surprised by how little it took for her to allow Emily to be a part of her life. When the brunette joined the BAU, the other members of her team weren't very pleased with the addition, but JJ was immediately drawn to the new Profiler, like she simply had to get to know the other woman. Her first impression wasn't wrong; in fact, she soon realized that Emily Prentiss was one of the most unique person she'd ever met, and that with each passing day, she became more and more attached to the brunette. She should've seen from the beginning where it was heading – with all the flirting and the subtle touches – but deep inside she knew that she was afraid of what would happen once she did admit her feelings for Emily. And at that moment, she couldn't help but to feel stupid for denying herself for so long what she could have had with Emily if she just had taken the first step and reached for it.
"Your sister is a lot like you." Emily said, as she took a sip of the coffee JJ had just handed her. "Cameron and her are really cute together."
"They are," JJ agreed with a smile. "Can you believe I was the last to know?"
"Really?" Emily asked, surprise taking over her features. "With the way you two are with each other, I could swear you'd been the first to know."
"I thought so too," she shrugged. "Ali said she didn't wanna tell me over the phone. I can understand, but thinking about it now, makes me wish I hadn't gone three whole months without seeing them."
"Then why did you?" Emily asked before she could stop herself. "I mean, I'm sorry, it's really none of my business."
"No, it's okay." JJ said, squeezing Emily's hand to prove that she meant her words. "It's just-- I don't know, really. I always wanted to leave East Allegheny, and I kind of hated going back there. And Alicia has school so she can't fly here all the time, so Mom and Dad have to stay there with her because they don't really think it'd be a nice idea to leave her alone, you know? Teenager and all. It just sort of happened and I never really did anything about it. Now, though, I wish I had."
"It's never too late to change that, JJ." Emily said, her tone soft and concerned. She didn't like to think how she'd feel if Alexis and Sophie moved to another town and didn't visit her, but she was sure it wouldn't be a nice feeling. At all. And she knew that even though JJ didn't like the town she grew up in, she did miss her family. She could understand that with the job they had, the blond woman probably didn't have as much free time as she wished, but it still didn't change the fact that she could have squeezed a visit between here and there. She wouldn't judge JJ, though. Not even if she could do so, because it meant a lot to her the fact that the woman was opening up to her about that. She knew JJ wouldn't share those things with just about anybody; she liked to put up a strong face. At the same time, though, JJ thought it was pointless to try and hide things from Emily, because the brunette probably knew her better than anyone else. And if felt nice to confide in her. More than that-- it felt right.
"I know." JJ agreed, after she snapped out of her daze and took a sip of her coffee. "I plan on doing exactly that. I miss having them around. Maybe once Alicia graduates, I can convince them to move out here. Mom was having a fit about her coming here to live with me anyway. So maybe Ali can help me with that. Mom really can't handle saying no to both of us."
"I wonder who can." Emily muttered under her breath, but JJ heard it somehow, and it made her smirk at the brunette.
"What are you saying, Ms. Prentiss?" JJ teased, her tone suddenly dropping an octave, which consequentially made chills run down Emily's spine. "That if I just bat my eyelashes I can have my way with you?"
"I'm not-- it's not--" She took a sharp intake of breath as JJ stepped closer, almost pinning Emily to the counter, blue eyes focused on brown ones. "It's a possibility." Emily breathed.
JJ's smirk grew wider. She didn't know what she was doing, but she just felt something pulling her towards Emily, and she figured that she was done fighting her feelings for the brunette. Emily had been completely honest with her and the least she could do was offer her the same courtesy. So if Emily wanted to run out the door after she was finished, then so be it. She wasn't going to spend another night wondering what might have been. She was done with it. She didn't know from where in her coward self this burst of confidence was coming from, but she figured she might as well get a hold of it before it was gone and use it the best way she could. And she couldn't think of a better way to use that confidence than being honest to Emily.
"It is?" She asked, taking a step closer. She watched as Emily's eyes traveled to her mouth and she couldn't help but licking her lips in anticipation.
"JJ?" Emily's voice was hoarse and it made incredible things to JJ's body, even if the brunette wasn't aware of that. In fact, Emily seemed a little confused and hopeful at the same time. Mostly confused, though. "What-- what are you doing?"
"You have a little bit of cream--" JJ explained, closing the gap between their bodies. "Here, let me help you." And before Emily could even open her mouth to say something, she felt JJ's lips on hers, and whatever remark she was coming up with got caught up in the middle of her throat.
Emily knew that, if she ever got the chance to kiss JJ, it would never be quite as she had imagined. She figured it'd be weird, sloppy and would probably involve JJ's hand across her face once it was over, but she also thought it'd be really amazing while it lasted. She never really considered the idea that JJ would be the one initiating the kiss. And at that moment, she didn't really think that amazing could even begin to describe what it felt like to have the other woman's lips pressed against hers. The kiss was tentative, just a peck that lasted longer than it would normally have, but it was enough to make Emily go weak on her knees. JJ's lips were everything she'd ever dreamed of and so much more. They were soft, and she could taste coffee mixed with cherry that she knew came from the woman's lip gloss, but that she immediately connected to JJ's mouth. Now she knew that she'd never be able to eat something cherry flavoured without remembering that kiss.
When JJ closed the gap between their mouths, she thought that she was probably going insane and that she was about to ruin everything she had with Emily. The confidence she was feeling before immediately left her, but she just couldn't find it in herself to pull back and tell Emily that she was sorry and it would never happen again. No, she couldn't do that because the minute her lips touched Emily's, she was sure she was in heaven. She felt like she could lose herself in that kiss. JJ knew, in that moment, that she was going to do whatever it took to make Emily hers, because she didn't think she could live without kissing those lips everyday for the rest of her life. She could taste the remnants of Emily's coffee on the kiss, but there was something else that she couldn't recognize, that she just knew it was Emily. And JJ knew deep inside herself that she would never find something like that in her life, no matter how hard she looked for it. Emily was unique in each and every way.
Their lips came apart far too quick for their liking, but JJ figured that she should at least give Emily the chance to run away if she wished to do so. She had put her cup of coffee in the counter behind Emily, but the brunette still held her own cup between them. JJ thought she could see the brunette's hands shaking, and she really thought that Emily was about to scream at her and then run away.
"Shh." Emily cut her off, placing her cup next to JJ's and immediately putting a hand on the back of the blonde's neck as she pulled her in for another kiss.
This time the kiss wasn't as chaste as the first one. JJ's hands traveled to Emily's waist, and when she ran her tongue over the brunette's lips seeking for passage, the other woman didn't waste time in granting it. As soon as their tongues met, JJ couldn't help the moan that escaped her throat, and as Emily's hand tangled in her hair, she was pretty sure she'd pass out from the sheer pleasure of it. The kiss was a mix of coffee, cherry, Emily, JJ and everything that both woman so desperately craved for, and it was a while before they came apart again. JJ knew she only did so because she really needed to breathe, otherwise she was sure she could keep kissing Emily for the rest of her life.
"Wow." Emily breathed, resting her forehead against JJ's. She wasn't sure she could form complete sentences at the moment.
"I know," JJ agreed, pecking Emily's lips. "I've been dreaming about doing that for a long time." She confessed.
"Really?" Emily asked before she could stop herself. She didn't want to sound so surprised, but the thought of JJ actually thinking about kissing her was unbelievable, let alone dreaming of it.
JJ chuckled. "Yeah." She sighed. "You really don't look at yourself, do you? You're amazing, Em. I'd be crazy not to notice that."
"JJ, I-- I really don't know what to say." Emily said, feeling pretty stupid about having to admit that, but figuring that it was no use lying to JJ.
"It's okay," the blonde smiled. "We don't have to talk about it right now. I just really needed to do that, and I couldn't wait anymore."
"I'm glad you did it." Emily said, playing with the hem of JJ's shirt. "I'm not sure I would have the guts to do it myself."
"Yeah, I figured I'd put you out of your misery." JJ tried to joke, and was secretly pleased with herself when Emily grinned at her, her eyes shining with happiness.
"I honestly don't know what I'd do without you." Emily retorted, using the same tone, but JJ could tell that the words hid a different meaning, and she found herself nodding to Emily's affirmation. She didn't really know what she'd do without the brunette either. "I'm not sure where this leaves us, though."
"Let's not rush things, okay?" JJ asked, though Emily knew it was a rhetorical question. "We'll take baby steps and see where it takes us. Besides, I wouldn't want Alexis and Sophie to chase me away."
Emily smiled at that. "They wouldn't."
"How can you be so sure?" The blonde woman inquired, raising a perfect eyebrow at Emily. "From what I've heard, they've been pretty successful."
"They loved you." Emily said with a shrug. "And besides, I wouldn't let them. And they do want me to be happy."
"I know they do." JJ nodded, and smiled. "I want that as well. It's why I think we should take it slowly. This is all new, and I know they--" She was cut off when Emily's lips touched hers again, and she immediately forgot what she was even talking about.
"You were starting to ramble." Emily said, chuckling to herself. "Believe it or not, they already know something is up. Actually, because of them, Mother gave me quite a hard time on Christmas. And then you having lunch with us today, well... they know I don't usually do that."
"You don't?" JJ's question was nothing more than a whisper.
"No, I don't." the brunette shrugged. "I have to protect them, Jennifer. I wouldn't bring someone in our lives unless I planned to keep them there. And from the way they gave you the third degree, I'm pretty sure they are quite aware of what you mean to me."
"Oh. My. God." JJ breathed, realization just dawning on her. "That was what the whole boyfriend and girlfriend thing was about it, wasn't it?"
"Yeah," Emily grinned. "I was sure that you'd passed the test when they asked if you could stay for dinner."
"They're smart." JJ declared. "Just like you."
Emily blushed. "Yeah, they are."
JJ closed the gap between them once again and kissed Emily one more time. She just couldn't get enough of the brunette, and even though she knew they still had a long way to go, she was sure that what she felt for Emily was stronger than anything she'd ever felt before. The kiss wasn't rushed; in fact, it seemed as if they were both trying to memorize everything they could about each others mouth, and were very glad on keeping that pace. However, as a sound coming from Emily's pockets filled the kitchen, JJ knew that it was time to call it a night.
"It's Sam." Emily informed as she checked the caller ID. "Alex and Sophie are probably falling asleep and I promised I'd be there to tuck them in."
"It's okay," JJ said, and for the tone in her voice Emily knew she meant it. "I already kept you longer than I should. I don't want to get on their bad side."
"I don't think that's possible." Emily grinned and kissed JJ softly again, and started to move towards the front door, JJ close after her. "I had an amazing day. Thank you so much."
JJ shook her head. "No, I should be the one thanking you, Em."
"Bye girls!" Emily called as she walked through the living room where Alicia and Cameron were still perched on the couch. "It was nice to meet you, and in case I don't see you again before that, have a nice trip back home."
"Thanks Emily." they said in unison, and then Alicia threw her a wink. "It was nice meeting you too."
"Goodnight, Em." JJ said, placing a small peck on the older woman's lips and giving her a hug. "I'll see you Monday."
"Monday." Emily agreed, and left the house, the huge grin on her face matching the one plastered on JJ's.
"Okay, you what?!" Garcia exclaimed into the phone, gripping her desk to prevent herself from falling into the ground. "Rewind there a little, sugar, I'm confused. What was Emily doing in your house on a Saturday night?!"
JJ smiled. "She was dropping me home." She informed the other blond matter-of-factly. "She invited me over for lunch, that turned into dinner, and then she took me home."
"She invited you over?" Garcia asked. "You mean you had lunch in her place?"
"Yes, that's exactly what I mean, Garcia." The blond woman said, shaking her head slightly, even though the computer tech couldn't see it.
"Okay, hold on a second." Before JJ could even say something the line went dead and in mere seconds Garcia burst through the door, her eyes wide with excitement. "You met them?!"
"If by 'them' you mean Alexis and Sophie, then yes, I certainly did." JJ confirmed, not hiding the grin that took place on her face.
"And you spent the day with them?!" Garcia was so excited that JJ was sure the other woman was about to start bouncing off the walls. It was quite amusing, if she was being honest to herself.
She nodded. "Yup."
"And then Emily took you home and you kissed her?!" Her voice rose an octave, and JJ frantically started to motion to her, telling her to keep quiet. "Sorry."
"I did. And it was amazing." JJ said, her tone a little dreamy. "God, Garcia, I'm so in love with her."
"Ohmygod, finally!" Garcia squeaked and moved around JJ's desk to envelope the younger Agent in a bear-hug.
"Penelope, I need to breath here." JJ said and the other woman immediately let her go, the glow in her face still in place. "I really don't get it, you were just telling me to be careful and to take things slowly... and now you're so excited that I can almost see you going around and screaming about this to everyone who'd like to hear it. Just for the record, you're not allowed to do that."
Garcia slumped on one of the chairs across JJ. "I didn't know that she'd taken you to meet them." She confessed. "I didn't want you to dive head first into that before you knew what was expecting you. But the fact that she actually took you to meet them changes everything."
"How long have you known?"
"About the them?" JJ nodded. "Since she got here, actually. I have to run a background check on every Agent on this unit, so it was bound to show up there. Once we became friends, she allowed me to meet them. It's not something she does all the time, Jayj. Emily is beyond overprotective with those little girls."
"I know," JJ agreed with a smile. "And they're overprotective with her too."
The Tech Analyst tilted her head to the side as if she was thinking about something. "So, what happens now?" She asked her friend.
"I don't really know." JJ confessed with a shrug. "I told her we should see where this takes us, and not rush things, you know? There's too much at stake, I don't wanna screw up."
"You won't, I'm sure." Garcia comforted with a smile. "But I'll make sure to keep this to myself just in case. It's going to be hard, but I'll do it because I love you and Emily. You deserve this, Jayj. You both do."
"Thanks, Pen. I appreciate it." As soon as the words left the blond's mouth there was a knock on her door. "Come in!"
Emily entered the room, closing the door behind her and looking between both woman, an eyebrow raised. "Is there a fire or something?"
"Fire?" Garcia inquired, her voice laced with confusion. JJ was too busy staring at Emily to actually say something. She was pretty sure she was almost drooling, but Emily looked good. Well, she was a bit suspicious to talk about that because she always thought that the brunette was looking good, but that morning it was something out of proportions. It wasn't the clothes she was wearing, but rather the glow in her face as she talked to them. She was even more stunning than JJ could remember, and that was saying something.
"Yeah," Emily confirmed. "You ran so fast through the bullpen that I actually took a bet against Reid that you could take Flash on a race any day. And even though he swears that no one can beat Flash on a race, I'm still willing to believe that you'd give him a run for his--"
"No, Em, no fire." Penelope interrupted before the brunette could come into full contact with her inner geek self. They both knew that once that happened it was impossible to make Emily stop rambling about all sorts of things that nobody but Reid would understand. She looked between JJ and the brunette – who still had her mouth open as if she still wasn't quite finished with her ramble – and got up, deciding that it was time to leave them alone. "I came to see if JJ's camera was properly attached because something happened and I can't really see anything that happens in here..." She winked at the younger blond, and moved around Emily to leave the room. "It looks fine, though, so maybe it's something else. I'll go check it and leave you two to talk. See you later, my loves."
"Later, Pen." Emily and JJ said in unison.
As soon as the door closed behind them, Emily found herself pinned to the door, JJ's lips on hers. "Hey."
"Hey there." Emily whispered, her lips brushing against JJ's. "How was the rest of your weekend?"
"Not as amazing as the beginning of it." JJ answered in the same tone. She knew she'd never be able to find a way to thank Garcia for giving them some privacy like that. The woman truly was an amazing friend.
"I know what you mean." Emily agreed with a smile. "What was up with Garcia?"
"I called to tell her about my amazing Saturday, but there came a point in our conversation where she just had to come here to either beat or hug the crap out of me, so..."
"I see," the brunette giggled. "Well, Morgan was pretty worried. And I can't really blame him."
"Sorry about that." JJ said before she kissed Emily again.
"I think the kissing is a good way to say you're sorry, but I'm not quite convinced." The brunette teased, and closed the gap between their mouths again, enjoying the feeling of JJ's soft lips moving against hers and the thrill that came from the fact that they were doing that in their workplace. "I actually wanted to ask you something."
"You did?" JJ asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Yeah," Emily nodded. "I was wondering if you'd like to go on a date with me next Friday? If we don't have a case, of course. I've dreamed so much about that and I really wanna do things properly, so I figured that taking you on a date was the right thing to do, since I kind of already messed up things by taking you to meet the family first, which might have scared you away, but it didn't and now I really want--"
"If you'd stop rambling, I'd love to go on a date with you." The blond said, her eyes shining with excitement. She thought there wasn't anything more adorable than a rambling Emily, but if she let her, she'd never get to say anything, so she thought it was better to cut her off and just give her answer.
"Oh good." Emily breathed. "Well, Friday it is. I should let you get to work now, so I'm just gonna go back to my files and if you need anything just--"
"I'll let you know." JJ interrupted, kissing Emily one last time that morning. "I'll be thinking about you." She whispered.
"Good," Emily grinned. "I'll be thinking about you too."