Author's note: Hey everybody! First fanfic is up and ready to go! A few things: 1. Please read and review. I want your feedback whether it be good or bad. Any feedback can help improve the story. 2. Expect at least 2 more fanfics based around this story: an AU and some ideas that I couldn't place in due to length and structure. 3. This story was written to fit the canon of the series up to Season 8. From there on, it's fair game.
Thank you for reading. One more thing: the dates written are based off the episode airdates. And remember the original character we'll meet in this story. He might be of importance. Anyway, enjoy the story!
October 16th, 2005: Washington, D.C.
SSA Dr. Spencer Reid was waiting outside the stadium for the Washington Redskins game. He was there for a date with his best friend and secret (yet obvious) crush, SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau. His mentor, SSA Jason Gideon, gave him the tickets as a birthday present and suggested that he ask out JJ. They had agreed to meet at the stadium and, being the way he was, he was there much earlier than he needed to be.
He was dressed in his usual attire: a dress shirt, corduroys, a tie, a sweater vest, dress shoes, and mismatched socks. A young man with a backpack slung over his shoulder close by noticed this and walked up to him.
"You're not seriously here for a football game in that get-up are you?" he asked. "You go in there looking like that and they'll give you hell about it."
"I don't have anything really casual," Spencer said.
The young man removed his backpack. "It just so happens that I keep a spare set of casual clothes here in my bag. Don't worry, there clean. Take it. Trust me; it'll save your ass." He removed the clean clothes from the bag and handed them to Spencer. When he saw the look on Spencer's face, he added, "Don't worry, I'm not a psychotic creeper."
"Um, thanks," Spencer said. He went to the bathroom and changed into the casual clothes. He returned with his dress attire neatly folded under his arm. He handed them to the young man, who put them in his backpack.
"I'll get these back to you after the game. Right at this spot," the young man said. "So, what's your name?"
"Dr. Spencer Reid. And yours?" Spencer asked.
"Daniel Johnson. Danny, if you don't mind," he responded.
"Nice to meet you, Danny."
"Nice to meet you too, Dr. Reid."
They talked for a while about their lives. Danny was a 19-year-old college student studying criminology and psychology at Georgetown. He lived on his own, but didn't say why. He just said it was a bad memory. Then Danny started asking Reid questions.
"What do you do?" he asked.
"I'm a profiler for the Behavioral Analysis Unit branch of the FBI," Reid answered. Danny just stood in shock.
"How old are you?" he asked.
"I just turned 24."
"How did you get into the BAU?"
"I'm pretty much a genius. I have an IQ of 187, an eidetic memory, and can read 20,000 words per minute. I graduated high school at the age of twelve. I currently have PhD's in chemistry, mathematics, and engineering as well as BA's in psychology and sociology. I was terrible at the physical aspect, so special exceptions were made to get me into the BAU."
Danny's jaw dropped. "Wow," was all Danny could say at the moment. Then he was able to continue talking.
"So, why are you here?" he asked.
"I'm here on a date with my co-worker, Jennifer Jareau. We all call her JJ. She's a huge Redskins fan. I honestly didn't even know that had anything to do with football."
Danny laughed. "So, do you have any knowledge on football, doc?"
"I spent half the night looking up the sport, so I hopefully know what to do."
At that moment, a taxi cab pulled up, dropping off a casually dressed JJ. She was dressed in sneakers, jeans, and a Redskins jersey. Her long hair was pulled up in a ponytail. Reid stared at her for a few moments.
"Hey, doc. Wake up, doc!" Danny yelled. Reid came back to his senses. "I'm guessing that's her. I'll meet you here after the game to give you your clothes back. Good luck, Spencer." Danny walked away.
Spencer's date with JJ went just fine. Nothing overly bad happened. True, he spilt beer all over the guy in front of him, but JJ had scared him by trying to hold his hand. She eventually was able to get him to hold her hand. He met with Danny after the game like they agreed. Spencer introduced him to JJ. He had explained the situation before the game to her and she didn't mind. She was actually thanking Danny for helping Spencer.
Spencer drove her home from the game. When they reached her house, he got out, opened her car door and led her to her house. When they reached the door, they stared into each other's eyes.
"Well, Spence, that was a really amazing date. I loved it," JJ told him.
"Even with me spouting off my statistics the entire game?" Spencer asked her.
"Especially with you spouting off statistics. Remind me to go to you when I want a prediction for a game. Your prediction was perfect, Spence. Just like you."
Spencer was shocked at the statement that was just made. "You think I'm…. perfect?"
"Of course, Spence." She stared for a moment. "So maybe we could go out again sometime?"
Spencer couldn't believe what he was hearing. She wanted to go out with him again. He didn't know what to say. All that came out was, "I would love to, JJ."
Then, she did something that shocked more than anything else that night. She took his face in her hands and pulled it to hers and engaged him in a passionate kiss. JJ had always had feelings for Spencer, and now she had the bravery to act on them. She smiled at him and walked inside.
"Good night, Spence," she said.
"Good night, JJ," he replied.
"I love you." She had put him into shock once again with her words. He didn't know what to say at first but the words eventually came to him.
"I love you, too, JJ."
They began secretly dating. Whenever they were asked about the date, they responded with the words "Top Secret." She was there for him after he killed Phillip Dowd and he was holding her hand tightly as Gideon poured out the eight wedding rings Karl Arnold, "The Fox", took from his victims. They were practically inseparable.
However, a month later, Spencer willing risked his life to free hostages on a train in Texas, one of which was their co-worker SSA Elle Greenaway. All he needed to do was perform a sleight of hand, but it was still too risky. JJ confronted him once he and Elle were safely off the train.
"What the hell were you thinking Spencer?!" she asked. She never called him Spencer unless she was mad at him or she was speaking to him as a lover. This was obviously the former.
"I didn't have a choice. It was that or everyone on that train would've been killed. It was the only way," Spencer told him.
"We had other options. But, no. You had to act like a hero and save everyone at your own risk."
"JJ, please calm down."
"No I won't. Did you even think about me losing you in that situation?"
"JJ, I was more worried about the hostages who were in mortal danger than our relationship." Spencer immediately regretted what he said. He didn't mean it the way it came out. But he couldn't take it back.
"Really? Our job comes before our love?" JJ asked accusingly. "If that's how it is, then you can find a new girlfriend. We're through."
"JJ, wait! I didn't mean it like that," he yelled, but she already stopped listening and walked away. Spencer stood there heartbroken by what had occurred. He continued working, still hurt by the break-up.
Months later, he visited an art gallery in Los Angeles owned by an old high school classmate of his with Gideon. There he was introduced to Lila Archer. For months he had been hurt by his and JJ's break-up and was still affected by it. Even though they were on good terms (she'd helped him with using chopsticks), Spencer never felt the same around JJ. He still loved her and wanted her back. However, the second he saw Lila and her smiling at him, he forgot all about their break-up. He was so stunned, he was stuttering to even say his own name.
Gideon went off with one of Lila's friends to look at art while Spencer and Lila talked and looked at art. Gideon came back and told him that they were leaving. Spencer left, nearly running into everyone on his way to the exit.
After he and Gideon finished teaching their profiling seminar for the L.A.P.D., the lead Detective, Owen Kim, asked if they could stay behind and help investigate a local murder. A famous young actress, Natalie Ryan, and her fiancée were murdered in her home. When Det. Kim mentioned previous murders of a producer and another young actress similar to Natalie's murder, Gideon surmised that LA had a serial killer. Gideon and Spencer called in the rest of the team to help investigate.
While the team was meeting with Det. Kim, a man came in saying he was a talent agent who had a client who was worried about her safety after she received a message in a magazine article about Natalie's murder. The client turned out to be Lila Archer. The message on the article said, "You owe me." She had previously met with the murdered producer about a project, but he chose to cast Natalie Ryan. The other murdered actress bore a resemblance to Lila. She mentioned getting a mysterious gift of her favorite flower, red anemones, on the 7th of every month. They had determined that Lila had a delusional stalker who was killing off people to further her career.
The next day a message was left on Lila's trailer from the stalker asking her why she went to the police. Lila continued working with Spencer and his co-worker/best friend SSA Derek Morgan staying behind at the set while Gideon, Elle, and their Unit Chief, Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, went to meet with Lila's manager, only to find him dead. He was murdered by the stalker. Gideon told Spencer not to tell Lila, but he needed to get her to safety. They drove to her house so she could pack some things. He found himself looking a collage Lila had up on the wall. She had taken the time while he was looking to change into a swimsuit. She decided to go for a swim, despite Reid's insistence that she was in danger. She kept insisting that he join her in the pool. He refused, but Lila tricked him and pulled him in the pool. After he fell in, she began to kiss him. She kissed him consistently. He eventually started kissing back, but his guilt for not telling her about her manager overcame him and he admitted the truth. Lila was immediately angry with him.
Meanwhile, they had a lead on the stalker. They found a sleazy paparazzo stalking Lila for photos, but he wasn't the killer. Spencer tried to talk to Lila, but to no avail. However, he realized that the collage on the wall was actually Lila's life story since college scrambled up. The guy Spencer went to high school with gave Lila the collage claiming it was from him, when it was really from a secret admirer who he said was Maggie Lowe. Maggie worked on Lila's show. Apparently, she developed a fantasy romance with Lila and killed people to further her career. Spencer was able to disarm her without anyone getting hurt.
The next morning, Spencer and Lila bid each other farewell. After talking to Morgan about what happened in LA, Spencer realized something. When he was kissing Lila, he was imagining JJ was the one he was kissing. He realized that he truly loved her and really needed her back.
When she came into work the next day, Spencer went into her office and talked to her about what happened, including Lila kissing him.
"The thing is when we were kissing; I was imagining you as the one I was kissing. I love you, Jennifer Jareau. What I said in Texas isn't what I meant. I meant that I was worried about rescuing the people who were danger at the moment. The whole time on that train, I was hoping that I could not only save the hostages, but make sure that I come back to you. I'm sorry that I hurt you and I can only dream that you would ever want to get back with me," Spencer explained.
JJ couldn't quite meet his eyes. When she did, she grabbed his tie and pulled him closer to pull him in for a passionate kiss. "A dream that's coming true," she told him. "I'm sorry about what happened in Texas too. I overreacted. You were a hero. I shouldn't have gotten so mad. I love you Spence."
They officially were dating again. Once again, they were always there for each other: when the Fisher King came along, they held each other through it; when Elle left, JJ was Reid's shoulder to cry on. They promised to always be there for each other. It was a promise they intended to keep. Like before, they were practically inseparable.
However, about a year later, they had a case in Georgia that resulted in JJ getting attacked by vicious dogs and Spencer being kidnapped by their UnSub, Tobias Hankel. JJ was a little scarred from the attack, but Spencer was very scarred by the incident. Tobias had two personalities besides his own: his father Charles Hankel and a vigilante archangel named Raphael. Charles beat and tortured him, Raphael forced him to choose who lived and who died, and Tobias, in honest sympathy and good nature, injected him with dilaudid to ease his pain. The drug brought back painful memories, but that wasn't the worst of it. Charles' anger got out of control to the point where he had actually killed Spencer. Raphael revived him and Spencer hinted his location to his team. Charles was forcing him to dig his own grave by the time they arrived. When he was distracted, Spencer grabbed the gun Charles threatened him with and aimed right at Tobias's chest. Charles affirmed there was only one bullet in the gun, but Spencer was lucky that the first shot had the bullet. Tobias fell, the personalities of Raphael and Charles now dead. He thanked Spencer and passed away himself.
After that case, Spencer was extremely different. He was addicted to dilaudid and as a result told JJ that she needed to move on. He didn't want her loving a drug addict. He gave up love to keep her from blaming herself that was too come. She moved on relatively quickly, as a few weeks later she was flirting with a New Orleans detective named Will LaMontagne. They started seeing each other for a while. It was really going somewhere.
Spencer was sad he gave up his love for JJ so she could have someone he thought would be better. But he didn't regret it. He hoped maybe one day, they could get back together.
So, what do you think? Review the story and let me know what you think. And for reading this, here's a short little summary as to what's coming up:
JJ and Reid wake up to a little bit of a surprise.
Short and sweet. Doesn't say much, but it also says everything. Tell me what you think it means. Thanks and I'll see you next time!
(Sorry for the update, but I realized that I was a little inaccurate in my days. I apologize.)