A/N: Sorry it took so long and it's so short! I'm a 19 year old trying to buy a house right now, and I just don't have a lot of time to do anything but work right now!
"Reid! JJ! We're here." Morgan shakes the two awake. They are both groggy, but get up.
"JJ, will you stay with me tonight? I don't think I want to be alone." Spencer looks so weary, and just a little afraid. Even if she wanted to, she couldn't refuse him.
"Of course I will. I just want to be with you because I almost lost you today. I couldn't be away from you if I wanted." She wraps her arms around his waist and walks with him to her car. He leans heavily on her because his foot is almost useless.
"You guys gonna be okay?" Hotch seems concerned for both JJ and Reid.
"Yeah, Hotch. We'll be okay. We're just going to go home and get some sleep." JJ appreciates the concern, but she really just wants to get out of her clothes and get some rest.
They arrive at Reid's house and they both are so tired. They walk to his room, and both of them pull off their clothes. Spencer automatically pulls out a shirt for JJ to wear, and a pair of pajama pants for him. They both crawl into the large, comfortable bed and JJ tucks herself against his chest. His lips rest against her forehead, and they lay together in silence for a while. After some time, JJ places a hand on each side of him and leans up to look him in the eyes.
"Spence, I'm so glad you're alright and here with me. And, I want to say that, even though I know you only said it because you thought you weren't going to make it, I love you too." Tears form in his eyes, and she's crying as she says this.
"JJ, I said I loved you because it's true, not just out of some need to say it to someone before I died. I meant it then, and I mean it now that I know I'm not going to die. I love you." He does the only thing he can think of and kisses her with all the love that he has. He knows that she understands his sincerity.
Soon enough, they settle back down in each other's arms to sleep. After the business is settled, they both feel more at peace. It's a relief to Reid to know that JJ doesn't think him strange for confessing his love so soon, and it comes as a shock to know that she returns that love. He realizes just how lucky he is, and vows to never take it for granted. JJ, for her part, is shocked at how easily loving Reid comes to her. It's as if she's always done it, as if he's always been a part of her. They both know with absolute certainty that they are in it for the long run.
When Spencer wakes up, he's a little disoriented. He's not quite sure where he's at or who is snuggled up to him, but he has to admit that, despite that, he's happier than he has been in quite some time. As the fog of sleep clears away, he remembers everything. Yesterday had been both the worst and best day he had ever had. Being beaten and drugged by Tobias had made it the worst, but JJ saying she loved him had made it the best. His joy over JJ definitely outshines his despair about what he suffered at the hands of Tobias and his multiple personalities.
JJ wakes up to find herself entangled in Dr. Spencer Reid. All the relief she felt at finding him safe comes rushing back to her. She doesn't even want to try to remember how devastated she felt at not being able to help him. For the moment, she just wants to relish in him and how he's making her feel right now. She feels secure in his arms, and she can just forget about everything that is going on outside of this bedroom. In this time, in this bed, it's only her and Spence, and she plans on taking full advantage of the fact. As she lifts her head off his chest to give him a wake-up kiss, she's a little surprised to find that he's already awake. After the trauma he suffered, she thought he'd sleep in. His wide brown eyes prove her wrong, however.
"Good morning, Spence." She greedily takes the kiss she so desperately wants and needs. He returns it with no qualms at all.
"Morning, JJ." Through the bruising and the tear stains, she can see a man who is truly happy, and her heart leaps just knowing that she is a small part of that happiness.
They go about their morning routine, each taking showers. JJ, having no clothes at Spencer's, has to wear a pair of his boxers and one of his oldest (and smallest) shirts tied in the middle of her stomach. Reid thinks she looks more amazing than he's ever seen her. Reid himself just changes into a pair of sweatpants, and leaves his shirt off. He figures that he is allowed to be comfortable in his own house, and JJ doesn't seem to mind.
They end up on the couch, watching some made-for-television movie that they're only half paying attention to. Each is in their own world thinking about the other. Spencer has gotten past the point where he can't believe she is with him, and JJ has reached the same point. Now beyond all their insecurities, they are able to relax in each other's company completely. JJ turns over to look at Spencer, and accidently brushes his ribs too hard. He winces, but assures her nothing is wrong. She insists on checking everything out. The only bruising she can see, other than on his face, is along one side from his hip almost to his armpit. She can't believe she didn't see it before. She goes to the kitchen, and makes him put some frozen peas on his side because it also looks quite swollen. Though Reid doesn't think it's necessary, he doesn't object to JJ taking care of him. It's quite nice, in fact.
"JJ, I've been thinking." The sentence comes out quite slowly, as if he's not sure he wants to say it.
"That's dangerous!" She jokes back. He's unable to keep himself from smiling.
"What are we doing here?" His voice leaves no room for interpretation on her part. She knows what he's asking.
"I honestly don't know, Spence. I'm thinking we're gonna date for a while, then maybe move in together, then possibly get married and have children. Does any of that sound bad to you?" She nuzzles up to him.
"Actually, I was thinking we should make step two happen a little sooner rather than later." He grins at her, if not a little shyly.
And with that thinly veiled suggestion, JJ slowly moves in with Spencer Reid. It starts with a couple overnight bags, and then moves onto pictures and soon, all that is left in her own place is the furniture. They live a peaceful co-existence in what was formerly Reid's house. They set a routine of waking up together, and then alternating who makes coffee and who gets to shower first. Sometimes they eat, and sometimes they have no time to because getting out of bed gets delayed by lots of cuddling and loving mornings. They even start packing a single bag for their out-of-state cases and sharing hotel rooms. The rest of team has noticed how close they've become, but generally don't mention the relationship so as to not make anyone uncomfortable.
On one of their rare weekends off, Spencer suggests they take a trip to New York for a couple of days. Though not accustomed to his spontaneous side, JJ agrees. She doesn't realize that he actually wants to have a romantic weekend, though. He tells her to pack some of her nicer things, but she still thinks nothing of it.
When they arrive at the hotel, Spencer has a very luxurious suite booked for them. He carries their bags up to the room, and makes JJ wait in the hall for a second before she enters. When she does, the room is dark, except for a couple of candles, and Spencer is sitting at the table with two glasses of champagne waiting for her.
"Oh, Spence. You didn't have to go through all of the trouble!" She is extremely flattered, but also shocked by this unusual display of romanticism.
"I feel like you don't get as much romance as you deserve. I wanted to show you how much I love you. Beyond this, though, I don't really have anything planned. I figured I would wait and see what you wanted to do." She crosses the room and pulls him into a tight embrace, then pulls away and kisses him softly.
"I don't need romance, silly. I know how much you care about me. I do love the candles and the champagne, though." She grabs their glasses and pulls him to the bed where they curl up and sip the sparkling wine.
"Actually, Spence, I think I'm hungry." She smiles up at him because they're constantly joking that she eats like a large man and he eats like a child.
"I am too. Do you want to see if there's a steakhouse or something around here?" She shakes her head.
"We're in New York City. Let's go get some pizza!" It's then that he realizes that what they have is real, and he doesn't have to do anything other than be himself around Jennifer to make he realize that he loves her.
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