Title: Little Town, Big Secret
Rating: T to M
Summary: Emily accompany's JJ to a wedding in JJ's home town. Can they keep their secret in a town whose favorite pastime is gossiping? Can they hide their feelings and still have a good time?
Authors note: Some of these chapters will be rated M but I will put up a notice when that time comes. Thank you again to Tazlvr2001 for being my wonderful beta. I hope you all enjoy!
Disclaimer: I do not own any part of the show or the ladies.
JJ reached over the console and took Emily's hand in hers, intertwining their fingers and giving a gentle squeeze. "I'm sorry I didn't tell them."
Emily was looking out the passenger side window, lost in thought. She turned her gaze to JJ and smiled warmly. "It's ok, really. I didn't expect them to know. This is just going to be a little weird."
JJ brought Emily's hand to her lips and kissed the back of it. "I would have told them. I just haven't had a moment. I will tell them."
Emily leaned her head back on the headrest and closed her eyes, enjoying the feeling of JJ's lips on her skin. "Don't worry Jenn. It's up to you. I'm not going to pressure you. I just want you to have a nice weekend. I'm not sure this will really be the best time to tell them."
JJ was more than happy that Emily was so understanding to the fact that she hadn't told her parents about their relationship, but because Emily was being such a sweetheart, it made JJ feel even more guilty. JJ brought Emily's hand down to her lap, resting them comfortably on her thigh. She could not get enough of Emily and the feeling was mutual on Emily's part. The blonde wanted constant contact with the profiler. She felt like she needed it. Emily had explained it to her once by saying that since she had struggled so long without her, now that they were together she never wanted to let JJ go.
Apparently she meant it emotionally and physically. Because of that fact, it was going to make this weekend particularly difficult. The pair were always very professional at work, but everyone knew about them. So when they gave each other encouraging touches, or rested a hand on the others forearm while they spoke, their team let them be. They were all happy the women had come to their senses and finally gotten together. They were able to sit with each other on their jet rides, and share hotel rooms without fear of judgment or consequence.
This, however, was going to be something different. JJ was coming home, to her parents' house, to attend her friend's wedding. Her parents knew of Emily, but only knew her as a co-worker and close friend of their daughter's. JJ's mother would have preferred JJ bring a date to the wedding but had said she'd rather her go with a friend then no one at all. Since JJ herself didn't even know she was attracted to women until Emily, her family hadn't a clue.
"Which friends are these again?" Emily inquired, repositioning their hands into her lap so she could run her fingers up and down JJ's arm. JJ could feel the tingling on her skin where Emily's fingers touched and smiled happily.
"Their names are Brian and Ashley, and to be honest, I don't know why I was invited to this thing. I haven't seen or spoken to either of them in years. We were friends when I was in school, but everyone was friends with everyone in our town. There weren't enough people to be choosey about whom you hung out with, and I'm basically only going because apparently it would make my mother 'so happy' and since she 'never asks me for anything' I couldn't say no."
Emily turned to look back out the window at the countryside and thought about what JJ had said. "It couldn't have been that bad. It's truly beautiful here."
JJ looked at the familiar scenery around her, "No, it's not all bad. It's just hard in a small town - nothing really to do when you're younger, and even less to do when you're older, unless you count getting married and having babies. Which is just fine, but I wasn't going to find anyone to fall in love with here."
"Thank God!" Emily exclaimed.
JJ continued to explain the trials and tribulations of small town life - the lack of privacy, the gossiping and the pressure to conform to a certain way of living and behaving. JJ's family was very sweet and loving, but the rest of the people in their town could apparently be very cruel. Emily listened intently and began to understand why JJ didn't go home very often.
About an hour later JJ parked her car, took a deep breath and got out. Emily shut her door and stretched, feeling her joints pop back into place after the long ride. She took in her surroundings, "This place is so cute. I liked all the little shops we saw coming in, maybe we could stop in a few. Is this your parents' house?"
JJ came around to the back of the car, opening the trunk, "Yup, this is it."
Emily smiled, "You guys have a white picket fence?! How sweet."
JJ didn't bother looking up, "Alright, alright...I'll show you around later, right now can you help me with my bags?"
Emily smirked, "Don't you mean, help you with your baggage?"
JJ pulled one of the suitcases from the trunk and set it on the ground, "Laugh it up Prentiss, you just wait..." JJ's weak threat was cut short by a loud shrieking noise, almost like a pig squeal. Emily's eyes widened and she looked at JJ for an answer to what exactly that was, and noticed that JJ was staring behind her, "Hey mom!"
JJ's mom was running up the little stone walk way, screaming and clasping her hands. "JENNIFER!! Oh I am so glad you are home!" JJ dropped the bag she was holding and soon became the victim of a bone crushing hug. Her mother was rocking her back and forth, petting her hair. "It is so good to see you. I can't believe how long it's been, you're way to skinny..."
JJ gave an embarrassed smile and managed to pry one of her arms loose so she could turn to Emily. "It's good to see you too mom. I want to introduce you to someone." Emily shyly stepped closer to the women. JJ's mother had such tunnel vision when she saw JJ that she didn't even realize anyone else was there. "Mom, this is my close friend and colleague Emily Prentiss. Emily, this is my mother, Judy."
Emily extended her hand, "It's so nice to meet you Mrs. Ja...." Before she could finish the name, Emily had the wind knocked out of her as JJ's mother attacked her with affection. She got the same hug and rock JJ did and couldn't help but smile. She looked over Judy's shoulder at JJ and raised an eyebrow. JJ just smiled and shrugged her shoulders.
"Oh Emily, Jenny has told us so much about you. We are glad you could come. It's so nice of you to give up your weekend to come here. We were hoping JJ would bring a fella, but apparently she's not into making me a grandmother anytime soon."
"MOM!" JJ squeaked. "I'm sure I'll have much more fun with Emily then some 'fella'. And for the record, you already ARE a grandmother."
Judy just shrugged her shoulders and took Emily by the hand leading her toward the house. "Emily you are just so pretty, do you have a boyfriend? I bet you do. He is probably so handsome."
JJ could barely hear Emily's response as she disappeared into the house. "Oh no, it's no problem guys. I've got this," JJ said to herself and she began dragging their bags into the house.
She got halfway there before her father came running out, "Jenny, let me help you with those!" He took both bags and gave his daughter a kiss on the cheek. "It's so great to see you kid, and I'd love to catch up, but I think you should go save your friend before your mother marries her off to the first neighbor she sees."
JJ ran into the house and was met by Emily coming out of the kitchen with a glass of wine and a huge smile. "Hey, your mom is so sweet. I'm sorry I didn't help with the bags, but she kinda caught me off guard. Did you know that your neighbor Barry is a Doctor, and he volunteers at the shelter, AND he's single?" Emily dramatically faked excitement while talking about Barry.
JJ frowned, "Judy strikes again...Just so you know, Barry is a podiatrist, he doesn't volunteer at the shelter so much as he once dropped a bag of clothes off at the Salvation Army. AND he's single because he has no sense of humor, horrible breath and hair plugs."
Emily gave JJ a grin and took a sip of her wine. "Sounds charming," she said sarcastically.
"Yeah well prepare yourself. You are the new available meat in the Jareau household, and apparently my mother's new project, seeing as how I've already said no to all her 'potential suitors' she's going to have a field day with you."
Emily thought for a moment, "Hmm maybe I can find a 'fella' and you'll be going to this wedding alone after all."
JJ feigned being angry, "Well good luck and God bless Emily Prentiss. I was going to try and help you, but now you're on your own. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy!" They both smiled at each other and laughed. Emily had to literally stop herself and leave the room to go back into the kitchen before she leaned in and kissed the other woman. JJ had wanted to do the same thing. "Damnit! This is going to be a long weekend," she thought and cringed. Then followed Emily into the kitchen to get herself a glass a wine. She was going to need it.
Emily was introduced to JJ's father, John, and to her sister, Janet, as well as Janet's husband, Jared and their daughter, June. JJ's brothers, John and Jeremy, were going to stop by tomorrow to see their sister. They all sat in the living room and talked. Emily was enjoying herself. She waited till JJ's family was distracted by their own conversation before leaning over to JJ and whispering, "I feel kind of out of place. Should you guys start calling me, Jemily?"
JJ gave her a little slap on the leg, "Very funny! I don't even have an answer for you as to why they did that to us or why my sister continued it. They just like 'J' names. Not only that, but my brothers where called by their middle initial and our last initial. So we had a JJ, a PJ and a DJ."
Emily put her hand to her mouth and pretended to be horrified. She took JJ's hand and started petting it in a soothing manor. "Aw you poor baby, I feel so bad for you. The torture you kids must have gone through!" JJ pulled her hand from Emily's and gave her another swat. Emily just leant out of the way and started giggling.
When the giggling stopped, she leant back on the cushions and tried to stifle a yawn but Judy saw it. "Oh you girls must be so tired from your drive! I think it's time we all go to bed. You have a big day of visiting ahead of you Jenny, and Emily, there are a few people I'd love for you to meet!" JJ just rolled her eyes and sighed, getting up and following Emily and her mother. Judy waved them down the hall with her, "Now your father has taken your bags to your room, I hope you don't mind sharing."
Emily gave JJ a knowing smile, "No Mrs. Jareau, that won't be a problem at all. We do it all the time when we go away for work."
Judy looked relieved, "Oh good, because we gave Jenny and Janet's old room to Janet and her family, since it's bigger." Emily nodded and JJ listened to her mother ramble on until it occurred to her, "If Janet has our old room, that must mean..." Judy opened the door to their room, "Here you go girls! Have a good night. Don't stay up too late! I know how you girls love your girl talk!" With that, Judy gave JJ and Emily a hug goodnight and headed out of the room. JJ's mom closed the door behind her, leaving one very horrified girl and one shocked, if not slightly amused girl.
JJ turned to Emily, "I am so sorry." Emily was trying not to laugh, or let her disbelief show on her face. JJ turned back to the sight in front of her, "I am SO sorry," she repeated. They both stood there, just staring for a while, neither one knowing exactly what to do.
Then Emily finally spoke... "Bunk beds..."