A/N: New story. This one I'm really into, so I'm going to update as often as possible. JJ/Reid pairing. Maybe Emily/Morgan (to be unusual from everything I've read) later? Anyways, I hope you like.
Disclaimer: I got grounded for staging a protest…apparently I don't own Criminal Minds. Damn.
It was late. Spencer knew that. But he was delaying his return home for as long as he possibly could. He hated being alone. One last click of the Rubix cube had all the colours lined up.
"What are you still doing here, Spence?" a young woman's voice asked. Spencer looked up to see JJ, the woman he loved, standing in front of him.
"Got caught up with reports," he lied. JJ could tell straightaway he was lying, and she wasn't even a profiler. Placing her hand on top of his, she looked straight at him.
"Is everything ok ba-Spence?" she stammered, embarrassed by what she'd nearly let slip. Spencer didn't seem to have noticed.
"Yeah, everything's fine. I…I have to go," he stuttered. Standing up, he grabbed his bag and headed for the elevator. JJ touching his hand had thrown him off.
"Have a good night…Spence," JJ called, worried. She couldn't understand his behaviour. Watching his back, she listed all the reasons she loved him. His eyes, his frame, his IQ, his mind.
"But you don't feel the same way do you Spence?" she asked no-one in particular, before stacking some files and heading to her office.
Stepping inside, the feeling of loneliness that encompassed her heart washed over her. Letting the files fall to the desk with a muffled thud, JJ collapsed into her chair and let the tears run down her face. For the last couple of years, she had held all her emotions in, forcing herself to be the tough FBI agent everyone thought her to be. But what she saw every day, those horrible things that people did to innocent others, took a toll. But JJ had to be strong, for the sake of the team, and had held it all inside for so long.
The first time she'd met Spencer, her heart had fluttered, but for a long time, she was unsure of her real feelings for him. Then she'd met Will, that handsome Southern detective, who'd swept her away. But just 6 months earlier, Will had left while JJ was on a case in Seattle. No-one on the team knew yet. And now JJ was single, and felt more alone than ever. To make matters worse, she was in love with a man who she thought, deep inside, could never love her.
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Spencer sat in his car, mulling things over in his head. Why had he run from JJ? She wasn't Hotch, and Spencer knew that if Hotch had come up to him like that in the dark, he would have legged it. But he just couldn't understand why he'd done that. He'd probably left JJ hurt and confused. A knock on the window jerked him back into reality. A security guard was standing at the window, motioning for him to roll it down, which he did.
"I'm sorry sir, but I got to close the lot," the guard explained. Without thinking, Spencer got out of his car and headed back towards the entrance.
"Sir…hey, Sir!" the guard yelled. Spencer ignored him, and went straight for the elevator as soon as he was inside. The short ride to the BAU floor felt like eternity. Stepping out on the BAU floor, Spencer was greeted with darkness. He stumbled in the direction of JJ's office, where a light shone.
"JJ?" he called as he reached the door, and opened it.
"Spence!" JJ replied, shocked.
"JJ, I came to…are you ok?" Spencer started, noticing her tear streaked face for the first time.
"Why should I answer that? You never did!" JJ snapped, immediately regretting it,.
"I'm sorry…I'll just go," Spencer mumbled. JJ reached out and grabbed his wrist.
"Spence, wait. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have spoken to you like that," she apologised.
"No, it's ok," was Spencer's reply. JJ looked up at him. God, the urge to kiss him was almost unbearable.
"JJ…do you want to, I don't know, have…lunch or something tomorrow?" Spencer choked. JJ squeezed his hand.
"Lunch would be great," she replied.
"Great! So, uh, I'll pick you up at 11:30?" Spencer asked. JJ nodded.
"We better get going," she pointed out. Stretching up, she gave him a shy peck on the cheek.
"I'll, uh, see you tomorrow, Spence," she whispered. Spencer flushed and grinned, before heading back out to his car.