Childlike Wonder

A/N: Zabe here! I'm responding to the Chit Chat March challenge. It was Back to Basics!

My Pairing was Reid/JJ and my prompts were Easter Egg Hunt, fresh flowers and baby bunnies

I decided to make this story a Friendship/AU. It's inspired by S7 E2. This is my take on how Reid and JJ solve their problem,

three years later. Hope you enjoy!

Mending Bridges (Sorta)

Friday, April 4; 10:15 A.M.

This is the final boarding call to Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Gatsby Cecilia Algernon-Reid heard the announcement and shook her husband, who was sleeping next to her, awake.

"Spency," She said. "My flight's just been boarded."

Dr. Spencer Reid woke up right away. "Already?" He yawned. "All right, well I'll see you next Tuesday."

Gatsby gave Spencer a look. "That's it? I'm going to another country for the weekend and all you gotta say is: 'I'll see you next Tuesday'?"

"I don't want to say goodbye?" Spencer shrugged.

"I'll only be gone for the weekend Spencer," Gatsby reassured. "Besides, this isn't the first time we were away from each other."

"It is as a married couple."

"You survived two days of torture; I'm sure you can survive a weekend filled with kids."

"It's not even about that." Spencer scoffed.

Gatsby gave him a hard look that made Spencer cringe a little.

"Okay, maybe it's somewhat about that."

Spencer smiled when he saw his wife's look softened. "Don't worry," Gatsby assured. "I'll be back before our kids can cause any damage. Besides, JJ will keep you sane."


"Yeah, we were both going to do the kids' weekend together before Remy pulled me in to meet his in-laws."

Spencer's smile immediately faded. "Why would you do that?" He interjected. "You know good and well how I feel about her!"

"It's nice to know that my genius husband is acting finally acting his age!"

"I'm serious, Gatsby. I do not want to have anything to do with Jennifer Jereau!"

Gatsby started to retort when her two best friends stepped in.

"Uh oh," Penelope Garcia lamented. "You told your Boy Toy about JJ, did you?"

"He was going to find out sooner or later," Remy Laurent said. To Spencer he said: "Look Reid, I do sympathize for you but I got my own problems like meeting my husband's parents. So suck it up, say goodbye and deal with it."

Gatsby gave Remy a look as he gathered his backpack. She then turned to Spencer who was struggling to regain his composure. Sighing, she came over and put her arms around him.

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you about JJ," She said. "And as much as it pains me to say this, Remy is right. You need to move on from what happened."

"I did." Spencer objected.

"It's been almost three years and JJ still has to walk on eggshells around you. You two used to be really close, you're Henry's godfather."

"She lied to me!"

"She had no choice! She was working for the Pentagon!"

"It's not even about that."

"Then what..."

"GATSBY ALGERNON-REID!" Remy called out.

"We gotta go!" Penelope added.

"I'm coming!" Gatsby called back.

Spencer and Gatsby headed toward the gate. Before she boarded her flight, Gatsby turned to her husband for some last minute instructions.

"Make sure Izzy doesn't eat any candy with tree nuts and Minnie doesn't ruin her spring dress. And tell David that his curfew is at 11:00 not 11:30."

"I got it, honey." Spencer assured. "You don't have to remind me. Just go have fun and I'll see you Tuesday."

"Can you try to get along with JJ for the sake of our children?"

Spencer nodded. "I'll try."

Gatsby smiled. "That's all I ask, Einstein." She kissed him on the lips. "I love you more."

"I love you best, Mariposa."

Gatsby gave Spencer one last hug and kiss before she rushed towards the gate, giving her ticket to the flight attendant. Spencer let out a breath he didn't know he was holding. His relationship with JJ was strained at best. At work, it was professional. They could still do their jobs without personal vendetta clouding their judgments. In their personal lives, it was different. Of course, Spencer spent time with his godson, Henry. And JJ spent a lot of time with his twin daughters. They just manage to avoid each other. Until now.

Friday, April 4; 9:25 P.M.

Spencer was reading the latest book he got from Barnes & Noble when the doorbell rang. He opened the door and saw Jennifer Jereau at his doorway.

"Hi, Spence." She greeted.

"Jennifer." Spencer greeted, coldly.

"Can I come in?"

Spencer stepped aside to let the young blonde in. They didn't say anything for a short while, both finding the situation awkward. JJ finally broke the silence.

"So, Gatsby's flight left this morning?"

"Yeah and she told me everything."

"You don't have to help me with this…"

"No, it's fine." Spencer said. "You and Gatz already planned this in advance so just tell me what you got planned and what you need me to do."

JJ nodded. "Okay." She took out some colorful Easter Eggs from her purse. " Gatsby and I managed to fill the eggs up with various candies last night. All you have to do is hide them for the hunt on Sunday."

"You do know about Izzie's food allergies?"

"Gatsby told me all about them. I got this under control, Spencer; trust me."

"Forgive me if I'm having difficulty doing so." Spencer bit back.

JJ was stunned to silence. She knew that Spencer was over what she did regarding Emily. He knew that she couldn't tell him the actual truth. She didn't have much of a choice in the matter. But she also knew another reason he was acting this way.

"How long is this going to go on?" She asked.

Spencer started to say something when a car honking outside interrupted him. David Luis Algernon rushed downstairs, grabbing his jacket, cell phone and iPod on the way.

"Hey, Spencer. Hey JJ." He greeted. "Bye, Spencer. Bye, JJ."

"Whoa, hold on." Spencer stopped him. "Where do you think you're going?"

"Spring Rock Festival." David explained. "I'm going with Tyler, Anna, Casey and Serena, and Tyler's older brother."

"Spring Rock Festival?" JJ repeated. "That's in Georgetown, isn't it?"

"You're not going." Spencer decided. "You know how far Georgetown is from Quantico?"

"Not really, Spence," David scoffed. "But I paid for these tickets two weeks in advance. We're staying in Georgetown for the weekend. I've even asked Mom if I can go, she said it was okay."

"So if I call her, she'll confirm everything you said?"

David nodded. "Have I ever lied to you?"

Spencer gave his stepson a look. "Twice. But go on, you don't want to keep your friends waiting. I'll call your mother."

"Thanks, Spence!"

"Just remember your curfew…"

"Is at 11 o'clock and not 11:30." David smiled. "See ya, Monday!" He gave JJ a quick hug before he headed out the door.

Once David left, JJ started to say something.

"Look, I know hanging out with me isn't what you wanted but can we try to get along for our children's sake?"

"I promised my wife I will be cordial so that's what I'll be."

"Thank you. Now let's get started on the mini bunny zoo."

"What zoo?"