Disclaimer: If I promise to get him back by midnight, can Spencer come out to play for the day?
Selena sighed as Reid's mouth went up and down.
"Amanda, can you please go with your Aunt Maggie and stay with her?" she asked the little girl.
"Yes, ma'am." Amanda said.
"Good girl." Selena said, kissing the girl's forehead.
"Come on, Pamanda." Maggie said, taking her from her mother.
"I'll show you to the break room." JJ offered, leading them out.
When they were gone, Selena turned back to the others.
"Spencer, will you please wipe that look of panic off your face?" she sighed. "She's not yours. She's only eight."
"Why did you name her Diana?" he demanded.
"Because I've always liked your mom." Selena said defensively. "I still visit her whenever I can."
"The hospital never told me." He murmured.
"I asked them not to." She said. "I wasn't in a good place when I started visiting her regularly and I didn't want you to find out."
"What are you talking about?" he asked.
"I was-Look, do I need to tell you all this?" she asked.
"Anything you can tell us about your life might help us figure out who our unsub is." Hotch replied.
"Fine." Selena said, sitting down.
They all sat down around the table and she took a deep breath.
"When Spencer and I went our separate ways, I was in my last year of my doctorial studies." She started. "After he left, I threw myself into my studies and my composition, but a few months later, my mother was killed in a hit and run. She was my only family, and suddenly I was on my own for the first time in my life. I didn't handle it particularly well. And when I say that, I mean I went totally off the rails.
I went to parties and drank, and when someone offered me cocaine at one of the parties, I took it. Within a year, I had dropped out of New England and I was living in a crappy little apartment, everything I had going to feed my addiction. I spent a few years like this, until finally, one night, I was walking back from my dealer's place, higher than a kite, and someone jumped me.
I don't remember much except that I woke up in an alley and I knew that I had been raped. My way of dealing with this was to simply go home and work on getting even higher. I probably would've continued on like that until I killed myself, if I hadn't started getting sick a few weeks later. I went to the hospital and found out that I was pregnant."
"So Amanda's father…" Prentiss prompted.
"Was never caught." Selena confirmed. "They ran Amanda's DNA, but there weren't any partial matches, so they didn't think he was in the system."
"I would've thought you would've gotten an abortion." Reid said softly. "You always said rape was a situation where abortion should be allowed."
"And I still stand by that." She told him. "But when I was faced with the choice, I couldn't blame her for what her father had done, so I decided to keep her. Which brings me to Tyler. He was a nurse at the hospital. He helped me get clean, helped me stay clean. He was the first guy I had let get close to me in years, and he was kind and he cared about me. But when Amanda came, he decided he wasn't ready to be a father, and I didn't blame him, so I let him go."
"What about Howard Lawrence and Richard St. Claire?" Rossi asked.
"I met Howard a few years after Amanda was born." Selena said. "And we were only together for a month. Amanda became attached to him quickly, but he didn't want me to finish my degree and we argued about it, so it ended.. Richard, on the other hand, was very supportive of my career. He loved Amanda and me, but I wasn't as sure, so when he asked me to marry him, I said no. That was only a month and a half ago."
A tear slipped down her cheek and she angrily wiped it away.
"Did you have other partners?" Morgan asked. "Ones you didn't introduce to Amanda?"
"Of course." Selena replied. "I'm very careful about who I let near my daughter. There aren't many of them, but there are a few guys I dated, but never felt serious enough about to bring home to meet her. At least they don't seem to be turning up dead."
"You should probably still make us a list, just in case." Hotch told her.
"I want to know what is going on." She told them. "I want to understand why this is happening to me. Am I in danger? Is Amanda?"
"We won't let anything happen to you or Amanda." Reid said immediately. "I promise."
She took a deep breath and stood up.
"I really need to check on my daughter and make sure my best friend isn't corrupting her, although that seems to be a lost cause at this point." She said with a slight smile.
She headed to the door, but Reid stopped her as she reached the door and the others pretended to not pay attention.
"I'm alright, Spencer." She said softly.
"No, you're not." He replied.
She closed her eyes and a tear slipped down her cheek. He sighed and wrapped her in a hug. She hesitated for a moment before wrapping her arms around his waist tightly and burying her face in his chest.
"I missed you." She whispered.
Reid sighed and rested his cheek against her hair.
"I've missed you, too." He replied.
Selena took a deep breath and pulled away.
"I have to go check on Amanda, and you have a job to do." She told him.
He nodded and let her move to the door. She opened it to leave, but paused.
"You know, I may not have supported you going to the FBI," she said softly, "but I'm glad you found a place you really fit in."
She smiled at him softly and left. Reid turned back to the others and found them all studiously looking at their files.
"Shut up." He told them, sitting back down.
Morgan snorted and the others tried to hide grins with varying success.
"So." Prentiss said. "I think we need to adjust our profile."
"I told you I thought this guy had a reason for killing these people." Rossi said. "I think we're dealing with a stalker, one who has a problem with anyone who's ever been serious enough with Selena to be viable as a father figure to Amanda."
"It's probably someone she knows." Reid added. "We need to look at all the men in her life."
"I hate to point this out, especially if it is someone she knows, but Amanda's biological father has never been found." Prentiss said. "It's possible that he's the one doing this, in the belief that he's protecting his family. Which means, if it is someone she knows, it's someone she's known for a long time."
"We need to deliver the profile." Hotch said, standing up. "Reid, why don't you go give it to Selena and Margaret, see if it rings any bells."
Reid nodded and quickly left.
"You realize, Reid might know this guy, too." Morgan pointed out after the genius had left. "If it's someone who's been in her life this long, he might date back to when Reid was with her. And if he's been obsessed with her all that time, her ex-fiancé is someone he's really going to hate."
"So Reid's definitely going to need protection." Rossi agreed.
"Oh, that's going to go well." Prentiss muttered.
Reid went to the open the door to the break room, but it suddenly opened and Margaret stepped out, shut the door, and leaned against it.
The two stared at each other for a moment.
"Spencer." Margaret said.
"Maggie." Reid replied.
"I haven't seen you since you walked out on Selena." She said.
Reid glared at her.
"I see you still don't pull any punches." He said. "And as I remember it, I walked out because Selena threw me out."
"She cried for a month after you left." Maggie told him. "Is it any wonder she went off the rails when she lost the rest of her world? When I came back to help with Amanda, she was at rock bottom. Maybe it would've still happened when her mom died, even if you had been there, but the thing is, losing both of you destroyed her! As much as I hate what was done to her, if it weren't for Amanda, I honestly think she would've wound up killing herself. And now, you get to swoop in and be the knight in shining armor and save her from all the bad in her life, but I'm afraid of what happens when you leave again! You two always had this power over each other that scared me, and so help me god, if you use it to destroy her again…"
"Do you think I didn't suffer too?" Reid hissed. "I loved her! She's the only girl that I ever let get that close to me. When I left, maybe I didn't fall apart like she did, but I threw myself into my work. I delved deeper and deeper into the minds of the most twisted people on the planet, trying to escape. She's not the only one who hit rock bottom. She took cocaine? I was addicted to Dilaudid. I was captured by an unsub, beaten and tortured, and shot so full of drugs, that when it was all over, I stole the unsub's stash right off his dead body. She was the only one who could ever get me to slow down, and without her, I just kept going further and further. I needed her to keep me sane and I didn't know how to cope without her. You say we've got a power over each other and that it scares you, well it scares me too. But I have never intentionally hurt her, and I never will."
Maggie studied him as he broke off, breathing heavily.
"You've grown up, Spencer." She said softly. "I can't decide if that's a good thing or not."
They both jumped as the door opened and JJ stepped out.
"Selena says, and I quote, 'Tell them to stop threatening and sniping at each other and get in here'." She told them.
Reid laughed slightly.
"Thanks, JJ." He told her. "The others are about to go give the profile, if you want to join them. I've got it here."
She nodded and moved away. Maggie sighed and opened the door.
"After you." She said.
Reid stepped around her and entered the room. Inside, mother and daughter were sitting at the table, playing a game.
"Is that my chess set?" he asked, walking over.
"JJ got it out of your bag." Selena said. "I hope you don't mind."
"I don't." he replied, squatting down next to Amanda. "You like chess?"
The little girl nodded, focusing on the board.
"Amanda, this is an old friend of mine, Spencer." Selena said.
"Do you ever play other people?" he asked Amanda. "Cause I know you don't play your mom. I tried to teach her, but she just never could quiet seem to get it."
"I play myself." Amanda replied, looking up at him. "Mommy taught me, but she says she doesn't like losing all the time."
"Yeah, she refused to play with me, too." Spencer said. "Do you want to try me?"
"Sure!" she said happily, starting to reset the board.
"Okay, let me just talk to your mom and your aunt real quick, and then we'll start the game." He said, standing up and motioning for Selena to follow him.
"Here." She said, handing him a piece of paper. "It's everyone I've dated. I can't remember a lot of the names between you and when Amanda was born, but I put down what I could."
"Thanks." Reid replied. "I'll have Garcia start running them."
"I heard you say your team was about to deliver a profile." She said. "What have you guys come up with?"
"We think this guy is a stalker." Reid told her. "He may even be someone you know, consider a friend. We think he's killing off guys in your life that he feels you might allow to become father figures to Amanda."
"If he's obsessed with me, why would her care about who's in Amanda's life?" Maggie asked.
"You think it's him." Selena whispered. "The man who raped me. Amanda's biological father."
"But you said I might know him, think of him as a friend." She whispered. "You think the man who attacked me is someone I know? Someone I let near Amanda?"
She started to breath heavily and Reid helped her sit down.
Maggie quickly went to Amanda as Reid tried to calm Selena down.
"We don't know." He told her. "But it's a possibility. We think, in his mind, he's protecting his family. I need you to think about them men in your life. Who have you known the longest? Who's been the most interested in Amanda's life? Just think about it and talk to Maggie. Let me know what you come up with."
Selena nodded as Maggie came back.
"I'll stay with her and see what we can come up with." She told Reid. "You go distract Amanda with a game."
He nodded and stood up, walking back to the table.
"Is my mommy okay?" Amanda asked him.
"She's just scared." Reid told her.
"Why?" the girl asked.
"Because someone is hurting people she cares about." Reid replied. "But don't worry, 'cause my team and I are going to catch him and make sure he doesn't hurt anyone else."
"Then mommy won't be scared?" Amanda asked.
"Nope." Reid replied, smiling. "Now, how 'bout that game?"
A/N: So, what did you guys think? Let me know!