AUTHOR'S NOTE: catching up on my tv shows today. I'm sooooo far behind. Worked an eleven hour shift yesterday, thus the reason I didn't update. Sorry folks, but hopefully that doesn't happen again. Another cute fic that takes place before any of my other stories. One shot again, but can be read on its own.

DISCLAIMER: If I owned Criminal Minds, you can bet that Spencer and Lila would be an official item on the show and that JJ and Prentiss wouldn't be leaving the show for good.

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The past few days went by so slowly, Spencer Reid realized. Ever since that random phone call to his business line, his life had become boring again. Aside from the danger from a case, he'd settled into a normal routine: wake up every morning, make coffee and eat one slice of toast, go to work, come home, read, go to bed. This routine was ruined after the phone call.

The day started off like any other normal day at work, filling out paperwork, listening to the playful banter his happy coworkers participated in. Every one of them was in a good mood due to having no cases at the moment, their hearts were light. His phone rang and he answered it as he would any other day.

"Told you I'd call if I ever was in the area." A familiar voice responded after his professional greeting. He sputtered, nearly choking on the coffee he had just swallowed.

"L-Lila?" He gasped, his eyes going wide as his coworkers quickly quieted down, each one pretending to work while straining to hear his side of the conversation. His cheeks were bright red and his expression was one of surprise.

"Yup, boy genius, and I just got off the plane. Any chance you can be a gentleman and come pick me up so I don't have to blow money on an overpriced cab?"

On the way there, after explaining awkwardly to Hotch that he needed to go pick up Lila and he was given the rest of the day off, Spencer spent the drive in silent awe. After several months had passed and they had only exchanged brief emails, he didn't expect her to show up in town and call him to pick her up. It was a not entirely unwelcome surprise.

Lila had told him to pick her up outside terminal C, near gate 8, and as promised, she was standing there with her arms across her chest, searching each car for his familiar face. He watched as her face transformed into pure, unadulterated happiness as he exited his car to greet her. She was bundled up against the cool air in a pair of black skinny jeans, light pink ballet flats, a bright pink pea coat, light brown scarf and a matching hat covering her long blonde hair. She looked positively adorable as she squeaked, rushing forward to hug him tightly to her.

"You know, you really shouldn't leave your luggage unattended at the airport. Anyone can take it and do.." He was cut off with a chaste little kiss pressed against his lips.

"Shut up, Spencer and hug me properly." Lila demanded, taking his arms in her small hands to wrap them around her waist. He nodded, hugging her close.

"What are you doing here?" Spencer asked, once he had placed her luggage in the backseat of his tiny four door car. He wished for a moment he had driven one of the SUVS, but knew she would have said something snarky and smart ass about it.

"I just finished filming a movie and decided I wanted to take some time off in between roles." He glanced at her from the corner of his eye and nodded.

"Why'd you come here? Why not somewhere warm and tropical?" Lila rolled her eyes.

"Because there's only a Spencer Reid here and not in Maui. 'Sides, I missed the seasons and I wanted to see snow again."

He blushed and nodded again, pulling into the hotel parking lot where she was staying. "Well, thank you, Spencer. I'll let you get back to work. Will you come by later?" She asked, sitting still in the passenger side, staring out the window at the big hotel.

"I.. I actually have the rest of the day off." He said after a slight pause, watching her as she turned to grin at him.

"Well, what are you waiting for? Park your car and I'll go get checked in. Then you can show me the entire beautiful locale here." He snorted and she laughed as she reached forward to tug his hand. "C'mon now."

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"Let's go swimming!" Lila pronounced exactly thirty minutes after they had consumed their rather good room service meals. Spencer had been wondering why she was looking at the clock every minute.

"I.. I didn't bring a swimsuit, Lila." Lila jumped up from the couch and disappeared in her room, coming out a few minutes later dangling a pair of dark blue swim trunks.

"Here you go, I bought them especially for you. I hope they're not too big." She tossed them in his lap before disappearing again in her room.

Spencer cleared his throat. What other choice did he have but to change into the bathing suit and go with her to swim? She'd get him in the water one way or another, he knew that much, and would rather enter the pool in his accord. He changed as quickly as he could and left his white undershirt on, feeling a little bit too exposed in the warm air of the room.

Lila sauntered back out of the room, her curves covered by a fluffy white robe that she must have gotten from the bathroom. She grabbed her key from the dresser and took his hand to lead him to the pool. Because it was the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday, the pool was empty and Lila delighted in that fact. They had free reign of both the pool and the hot tub, the privilege of which she would take full advantage of.

She glided over to one of the stretch chairs and untied her robe. Spencer found himself unable to look away as she let the robe slip over her shoulders and onto the floor. He felt himself experiencing déjà vu. Instead of the tiny black bikini she had been wearing the first time they'd 'gone swimming', she was wearing a dark green bandeau top with matching boy short bottoms. He noticed then that she had lost a little bit of weight, but was still healthy looking and beautiful. She looked at him over her shoulder and smiled. Holding out her hand, she tiptoed to the edge of the pool, ready to jump in holding his hand. He shook his head and she shrugged, diving gracefully in alone.

For a panicked moment, he waited for her to come back up, breathing only when her golden hair appeared and then her face. "C'mon, Spencer, the water's warm and it feels really good." Her words bounced off the walls that surrounded them and he nodded, walking to the shallow end to test the water.

"Hurry up, Spence." She urged him, swimming towards him, her eyes boring into his. He shook his head and smiled.

"Patience is a virtue that you clearly lack, Lila. I'm merely letting my body acclimate to the temperature change so it doesn't go into a temporary shock. " Lila rose an eyebrow and started to kick some water around her, making sure each little wave went further up his leg. Finally, her patience running out, Lila stood up, letting her soaking wet hair trail droplets of water down her chest and back, to move closer to him. He found himself walking forward, his hands trailing through the water until at last, they found themselves caressing her bare shoulders, rubbing the back of her neck as she pressed herself against him.

This kiss was just as heated as the first one they had shared, but they took their time. Each inch of her mouth was explored with Spencer's tongue and she found out he didn't have a single cavity or filling.

They did nothing more than kiss that night. Both Lila and Spencer knew now that they had all the time in the world to do other things, to get to know each other physically and emotionally. He went to work the next day with a goofy grin on his face and Derek teased him constantly about it.

Spencer went over to her hotel again that night, bringing with him a bottle of red wine and some Chinese food take out. They spent most of the night just talking and getting to know each other without the pressure of her needing protection surrounding them. To their mutual surprise, they shared many things in common with each other like their passion for art (which they knew), their dislike of spinach and really big dogs.

Later when he kissed her goodnight and she asked him to stay, he didn't say no.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I felt this was much more in tune with their personalities and realized that a few of my pieces may be a bit AU. Oh well. REVIEW PLEASE! I'm dying to get feedback. I really like this piece a lot.