Hello everyone and welcome to my first ever Criminal Minds Fanfiction! I'm so excited! This is going to be one of those stories that will have random updates because of my other projects that I am currently working on.

For a while now I've been getting attached to Criminal Minds, especially to a certain Dr. Spencer Reid. So, of course this is going to be a Reid/OC Story. Hopefully, I do this story justice. So, please feel free to let me know about certain things or just to give me some advice on what I should watch out for. This also takes place in the beginning of season three.

So, with that said, I hope you guys enjoy this first chapter!

Disclaimer: I do not own anything except my OC characters. Everything else belongs to their respected person.


"To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience." - Saint Teresa of Avila

"Agent Hotchner, please, come in." Erin Strauss said as the door to her office opened, smiling at the person she hadn't seen for some time. A woman, in her mid-twenties, closed the door behind her. Her dark hair was pinned up into a loose bun with Chinese chopsticks sticking out of it, dressed in formal business wear with a pair of dark sunglasses shielding her eyes from the bright sunlight in the office. "How have you been?" Strauss asked as the woman sat down in one of the chairs in front of her desk.

"Pretty good. I just got back from a month long vacation. It did me some good to get away." The woman told Strauss with a smile under the sunglasses. The month long vacation involved the woman going to Great Britain, away from work, where she could focus on other things and not be numb to the emotions the job causes. "I know you didn't ask me here for a curtsy call. What do you need Strauss?" The woman asked, getting down to business.

"So much like your brother. You take after him a lot, I can see it." She paused in her speech. "Have you talked with Aaron lately?"

"Not as frequent as before but I have talked with him recently. I heard that him and Haley are going through a rough time." The woman answered her. "Why are we talking about Aaron?"

"I was am under the impression that your brothers team was disorganized and posed a threat to the BAU. However, now that I have seen first hand how well they all work together and how they...deal with field work, I dismissed it." Strauss said and the woman in front of her smirked.

"Not as easy as it looks from sitting behind that desk, is it?" The woman said, judging by the look on Strauss's face she knew that field work leaves a person with scars and nightmares for the rest of their lives if they allow such things to bother them. Even the most tough and experienced field agent could crumb from them.

"No, it isn't." Strauss said and folded her hands over the file she was looking through earlier, no doubt it is the woman's file she was looking through. "The reason why I called you here is because I'm calling in that favor you owe me. I'm not going to force you to do this but I want you to consider it before deciding. I can always ask for this favor for a different time." Strauss smiled and the woman in front of her shook her head.

"I'm not spying on my brother for you Strauss."

"I'm not asking that. I want to assign you to his team, work with them and just...keep an eye on your brother, remind him who he works for." Strauss said, leaning back in her seat, waiting for an answer. The woman thought for a moment as she weighed her options before looking up at the woman behind the desk.

"Do I still get my conditions?"

"A bit less but of course, you have full opportunity to take leave. I'm not going to hold you there if you don't want to." Strauss said before standing up, holding out her hand. "Do we have a deal?"

The woman stood and took Strauss's hand, giving it a firm shake. "We do."

"Report to your brother tomorrow morning. Welcome back to the BAU Special Agent Hotchner." Strauss said with a knowing smile.

"It's good to be back Ma'am." Agent Hotchner said with a smile as well. Agent Hotchner then took her leave, closing the door behind her softly. Agent Hotchner then took her leave of the FBI building in Quantico, Virginia; heading back to her home to finish unpacking from her trip.

It took the woman a matter of minutes to reach her suburban home. A small cream two story house waited for her on a peaceful family neighborhood street. The lawn has been freshly cut and the plants are well taken care of despite the month long abstinence. Agent Hotchner smile and waved to her next door neighbor who stood in front of his lawn, watering his plants. Once she got out of the car she went to the fence that separated the two homes with a smile. Michel is one of those people who always is looking to help someone out but at the same time, there's something about him that makes Hotchner question. He's always wanted to know more about her and what she does but when it comes to the FBI, there are always things you should never speak about.

"Thanks for taking care of my lawn Michel. I'll bake those stereotypical brownies neighbors do for each other." Agent Hotchner said with a smirk as Michel laughed at the joke they shared.

"No problem. I thought you might have a hard time with the others if your lawn looked dead so I decided to keep them off your back for you." He said to her with a flirty smile. "And I sure would like some of those brownies of yours." He said, trying a southern accent but failed. Agent Hotchner laughed before making her leave towards the front door.

"I'll see what I can do. Might be a while if I'm tied up at work." She called back.

"Always the workaholic. Take care of yourself and let me know if you need any help at all." He said in a joking way she knew very well.

"It's in the job description to be over worked and under paid." She said and waved before going inside. Inside the house, everything was neat and tidy. The walls were painted a deep earth green color with brown and tan furniture. Agent Hotchner put her keys into a bowl beside the door, hanging up her sweater and purse before moving into the house. Silent footsteps approached her and she smiled as a very large black cat walked towards her with what seemed like a smile. "Glad to be back Horus?" Hotchner asked her cat, knelling down to pet him. The cat meowed and start to purr as his owner petted him. "Yeah, me too." Hotchner got up and went into the kitchen where she picked up the phone to order take out. "Don't worry, I'll get your shrimp." She said to her cat as he sat on the kitchen counter where she made her order. The cat looked at her with his head tilted as if in his head he was thinking of something he wanted to say. The cat has always been strange since it arrived on her doorstep the day after Hotchner came back from the hospital. Once the order was placed, Hotchner went into the living room, her cat trailing behind her, where she dialed a memorized number.

"Hello?" A male voice answered the phone.

"Hello bro, how's G-man?" Hotchner said with a smile.

"Piper, I should have known. Jack is doing fine and so is Haley. How have you been? Last I heard you were still in Great Britain." Aaron said with a slight laugh.

"I just got back. The reason why I called is because I got a call from Strauss. She asked if I would like to be apart of your team." Piper said to him, petting Horus with soft strokes.

"I got a call from her earlier. Not that I'm not glad you're joining us but can I ask why?" He asked and Piper sighed.

"She wants me to keep an eye on you but I also felt like I could use a change. After my last case, I decided that feeling numb isn't the answer, so I went away so I could feel something again. Maybe this is a good thing Aaron." Piper said with a sigh, clenching her fingers as if they were stiff with cold.

"I hope you're ready. When are you coming in?" He asked.

"Tomorrow morning. Make sure you have a desk all neat and tidy for me." Piper smiled just as the doorbell rang.

Aaron chuckled and answered, "Will do, see you tomorrow." Then the phone went quiet. Piper turned on the TV and waited for the delivery man to arrive at her door. When he did, Piper paid for her food and returned to the living room where she watched the marathon of BONES. She gave Horus his shrimp and they ate in silence until the grandfather clock struck 10 at night. Piper sighed, cleaned up her dinner and went upstairs to take a shower.

In her bed room she laid out her penguin pajamas, bra, and underwear then went into the bathroom to turn on the shower. She quickly went downstairs, checking all the locks on the windows and doors before returning to the bathroom to shower.

"We need to get out of here!" Piper gasped as a searing pain came from her ribs.

No...not again...

"What about the others!? We have to find them!" Shakes racked Pipers body as the water pelted down on her, making her remember a storm, the wind raging; blowing water everywhere.

"They'll be fine but we have to get off this damn boat! It's going to sink to the ocean floor!" That voice...that dead voice made her head ache along with her chest.

"Alistair I'm scared! What if they don't make it!" Tears came down from Pipers eyes as she braced her hands against the showers wall.

"Jump! Jump Piper! JUMP!" A large explosion shook Pipers body, creating stars and a flash behind her closed eyes as she slipped, hitting her head on the side of the body, everything going black...

"Alistair wake up! Wake up! Wake up, don't leave me! ALISTAIR!"

"Pain is never permanent." Saint Teresa of Avila


And there's the first chapter! Please review and tell me what you think! Advice is welcome! Until next time!