Author's Note: Again, thanks Michaela for the prompt. Hope ya'll like this short little one-shot. As ever, I don't own Criminal Minds.
The Nightstand Drawer
He'd only been looking for batteries. Damn him and his remote control dependency. Staring down into the nightstand drawer, he looked at the white stick with the two telling pale pink lines and swallowed. Positive. It was positive. He might not know much about the world of feminine products, but he knew how to read a pregnancy test…and that test was positive. Picking it up, he studied it. Such a simple looking little device…with the power to rock an unsuspecting person's life exponentially.
Hearing her exit the bathroom, Dave watched her advance across the room. Meeting his eyes, JJ immediately knew what he'd found. Even if he hadn't been holding the evidence in his hand, she'd have known he knew. The knowledge was in his dilated eyes…his rapidly rising chest. Biting her lip, she faced him. "I didn't know how to tell you," she confessed quietly. "It hasn't exactly been a topic that we've ever discussed," she continued, facing the man she'd been sleeping with for the last six months.
"No, it hasn't been," Dave returned slowly. "But I definitely think it's something we need to address now, don't you?"
"My decision is made, Dave," JJ said, resolve in her voice. "You can be as involved or as uninvolved as you choose to be, but I'm keeping her."
Startled, Dave looked at JJ's pale face. "Her?" he asked hoarsely.
Biting her lip, JJ nodded.
"How long have you known?" Dave asked.
"Ten very long days. I'm twelve weeks along," JJ confessed.
"You didn't think I had a right to know?" Dave asked unsteadily.
"I was going to tell you. I just couldn't figure out how," JJ sighed, sitting on the edge of the bed. "I meant what I said, Dave. You don't have to be a part of this."
"Not be a part of my kid's life? Do you think that little of me, Jen?" Dave asked, nailing her with a penetrating gaze. "You think I could walk away from you and pretend none of this ever happened?" he asked, gesturing around her bedroom angrily.
"We've never even talked about the future, Dave. I didn't know what to think. And I sure as hell didn't want you to think I'd tried to trap you!" JJ defended herself.
"Trapped me?" Dave asked incredulously. "When have I ever given you the idea that I would say something like that to you, Jen? When?"
"Dave, I'm not a stupid woman. You're a sought after man…"
"I haven't looked at another woman since I met you, Jen. I haven't wanted to! I still don't want to!" Dave shouted.
Softening, JJ shifted on the bed. "I'm not accusing you of anything, Dave. I'm trying to explain my thought process. Can you deny that you've not been used for your money and position in the past?"
Holding up a hand, JJ shook her head. "I didn't know if you'd think I'd done this on purpose. Hence, my offer of letting you off the hook. That doesn't mean I hope you don't decide otherwise. But, I needed to know that you have the opportunity to walk away unscathed."
"Jen," Dave said tightly.
"Yeah?" JJ returned, holding her breath.
"Do me a favor, okay? Take your offer and shove it up your pretty ass!" Dave yelled. "I'm not walking away from either you or my kid!"
Eyes filling with tears, JJ whispered, "You mean it?"
Agitation warred with the desire to pull the nervous woman into his arms and kiss her senseless. Opting for the option that would bring them both endless pleasure, Dave reached a gentle hand out to capture her arm, toppling her to him. Kissing her soundly, Dave murmured, "You know that you're an idiot, right?"
"Dave, if that's your idea of sweet talk…"
Cutting off her words with another kiss, Dave shook his head. "I'm going to be a daddy," he said in awe.
"Yeah, you are," JJ replied softly, relief edging her voice. "And you're going to be wonderful."