Author's Note: And the third story LIVES! So here it is. My third story in what I call the "Don't Forget" collection. Starting off after Reid's rescue in "Revelations", JJ forces herself to Reid's side. And this time, she is not going to let him push her away. A nice little AU of sorts. It takes off of the original story, but tangents off so that JJ and Reid can be together (like they should have in the first place!).
Just to clear a few things up: Henry will appear later. I intend to stick to the canon in some form with this story. Maeve will appear as well, just not as a love interest (it's not going to be easy, trust me). Danny, however, will NOT appear. His purpose was mostly to help JJ and Reid get back together in the original story. Since they're already together in this story it makes no sense to have that. And finally, the question I know is rattling minds is "What about Will?" To be honest, I went back and forth on the idea for a while, but I decided to put him in the story. He will briefly be refenced in this story but will play a large role later. Where in the story? That's for me to know and for you to find out in due course. But you can probably take a guess where he'll appear (go ahead; I want to hear these guesses).
Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the actual story.
As usual, read, review, and enjoy!
February 7th, 2007: Georgia – Tobias Hankel Case
If only the case hadn't happened. Spencer was ready to make JJ his forever. He had the ring and a plan. Then the case, and then he was taken by Tobias Hankel.
JJ wished she had listened to Garcia when she said that she would not want to see what was on the computer screens. But, she didn't. And she saw the worst thing she could see.
She saw her boyfriend – the man she loved – Spencer Reid lying dead on the floor of the shed Tobias Hankel was holding him in. It was too much for her to bear. She ran out of the room in hysterics. She loved him and now he was dead. Morgan came running after her.
"JJ, I'm sorry," he said.
"He can't be dead. He just can't be," she said in between sobs.
"JJ," he began. "I don't know what to say. Right now I want that son of a bitch's head on a silver platter so I can burn it."
"I love him," she said.
"I know you do. We all love him."
"No, I mean I'm in love with him. He's the love of my life. And now he's dead." She broke down in tears.
Morgan paused and stared in shock. "You mean you two were together?"
"Oh, my God, JJ. I can't possibly imagine what you must be feeling right now." He enveloped her in a hug.
"Guys!" they heard Hotch yell from the computer room. "You're gonna want to see this."
Morgan and JJ ran back into the computer room to see Tobias Hankel on the screen performing CPR on Reid. They thought that it was useless; until Spencer started coughing and breathing. Spencer had been revived. He was alive!
JJ was happy, but also horrified at the same time. Spencer was alive, but Hankel still had him. She listened as he made Reid choose one of the team members to die.
"No," they heard Reid say. Hankel kept telling him to, pulling his trigger to reveal an empty chamber every time he refused. But, he had an idea.
"I choose… Aaron Hotchner." The team listened and stood in shock at his answer. "He's a classic narcissist, thinks he's better than everyone." He then purposely misquoted Genesis 23:4 hoping his team would understand what he meant.
Hotch caught it and JJ read what Genesis 23:4 actually said. "I am a stranger and a sojourner with you. Give me property for a burial place among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
"He wouldn't get it wrong unless it was on purpose," Hotch said.
"He's in a cemetery," Morgan confirmed.
They searched deeper into Reid's conversations with Hankel to find out exactly where he was. When they did, they wasted no time to go and find Reid before Hankel killed him again, for good. They found nothing until a gunshot rang out in the cemetery. They followed the sound to where it came from and found a traumatized Reid, Tobias's revolver in hand, kneeling over Hankel's dead body.
Hotch pulled him up from the ground, where Reid proceeded to hug Hotch. "I knew you'd understand," he said. Gideon, Morgan, and Emily all got the chance to hug him before JJ got to him.
She ran up to him and hugged him and held him close and tight, as if they were never going to meet again. Then she pulled his head closer and kissed him passionately with the team watching.
"JJ, the team," he said when their lips parted.
"I don't care. They already know." She proceeded to kiss him again. "I thought I lost you. I'm never letting you out of my sight ever again. Clear?"
He smiled a little. "Crystal clear." She once again passionately kissed him. They stayed that way for a few minutes, until their need for oxygen overcame their desire for love.
The ambulance arrived a few minutes later to take Reid to a hospital to get him checked up. He had suffered severe beatings over the past few days, not to mention the times Tobias's real persona tried to help with dilaudid. JJ refused to leave his side the entire time.
In his mind, Spencer could only think about the ring he had in his pocket. He wanted to propose after the Super Bowl, then after they solved the case and captured Tobias. But now was not the time to propose. Now was the time to recover and start over.
The doctors cleared him for travel and gave him one small dose of the drug so they could make it back to D.C. without him having to suffer from withdrawal until they got home.
JJ had Spencer stay at her house during his withdrawal times and his recovery. JJ dealt with all of Spencer's withdrawal issues and his PTSD. If anything, she loved him even more than before. But he still seemed a little different.
A few weeks later, the team was called to New Orleans to solve a case involving an UnSub who was emulating Jack the Ripper. The lead detective, William LaMontange, tried to flirt with JJ the entire time they were in New Orleans. JJ, however, refused his advances, keeping her focus on Spencer and his condition. After they got home from New Orleans, Spencer seemed like he was back to his normal self. She was happy. He was happy. Everything was perfect.
Okay, not the best way to start off a new story, but it's much harder to write a story without having something canon to work off of.
To xs18: I'm aware that I'm mostly explaining again. I'm working on it. It will be better. I assure you of that.
Anyway, leave your thoughts in a review and check in next time for the chapter, which is:
JJ and Reid experience the happiest night of their lives.
Until next time! See ya!
-D.C. al Coda