Fandom: Criminal Minds
Category: Secret Sibling, Established Relationship,
Summary: Hotch knew he shouldn’t be jealous but watching how close Spencer and Gabrielle were just sent him off the end. He wasn’t ready for the truth of it.
There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins. ~Josh Billings
“So what do you have on her, Garcia?” Hotch asked as he slipped into the tech’s room. Garcia turned and looked at him. “You don’t send people out with your family before checking on them, even if they are of a different agency.”
“Gabrielle Turner, born December 9th, 1981. She went to UC California and Cal-Tech. Her IQ is unmeasured but I would say that she’s near our Junior G-Man. She started out in college learning cryptography but at sixteen she changed to add psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. She applied to the CIA and was accepted at 18 but finished her schooling while she went through training. She’s been on their team of serial killer catchers overseas for six years.”
“So she mirrors Reid a good bit?” Hotch asked. She was only a month younger than Reid. He thought about his lover, on the other side of the country, dealing with the estate of his mother.
“Very much so. The CIA was happy to keep her and she’s never shown a want to go anywhere else.”
“Then why did she agree to help on this case?” Hotch asked.
“I don’t know. Was she ordered?”
“Her papers say nothing. Keep looking Garcia. There is something there and I can’t put my finger on it.”
“Yes, Sir.” Garcia turned back to her computer and Hotch left her alone. He moved back out into the bullpen and watched his team. Morgan and Prentiss were standing in the kitchen, getting coffee and talking. Rossi was in his office and JJ hers. The only team member who was absent was Reid. The call had some in three weeks before and Hotch had made sure the younger man could spend all the time he needed with his now ill mother. She had passed just a week before and Reid was expected back within the week.
A case had come across their desk that had come with a CIA agent attached, Gabrielle Turner. Hotch had read over her jacket but there was nothing that stood out. Reading what Garcia had found, Hotch was sure that whatever her jacket said it was a cover. Why was the CIA putting an agent inside the FBI with a cover?
“Gabrielle Turner doesn’t exist before she turned twelve. She appeared on record at college at UC California. I can’t even figure out who she was before.”
“Witness Protection?” Hotch asked.
“I don’t know. I am afraid to dig too deep.”
Hotch knew that Garcia hated not finding anything but he also didn’t want to alert the CIA that he was suspicious of their agent. He trusted Turner as much as he could given that she was new to the team. The addition of her to the team was without an end date. Hotch wanted to find out why she was on the team but that would have to wait. There were cases that needed attention.
“Conference room in five.”
“Turner, what do you see?” Hotch asked as he handed over a case file. It was an old, closed case but he wanted to see what she was seeing when she looked at the photos.
Turner took the file and opened it, spending nearly ten minutes flipping through the pages before she looked up at him. He watched her read and he knew that she was lying about her reading speed. Her fingers itched to trace down the page much like Reid’s did when he read. Reid never hid how smart he was, why was she hiding?
“White male between twenty and thirty five. Never had a relationship last longer than a date or two. Parents were not interested in him. Likes to watch but the hesitation marks on the wounds mean that this was his first kill. He spent hours watching her before he decided to try and claim her as his own and when she rebuffed him, he killed her.”
The profile was dead on. It was also the exact same profile that Reid had given when the team had been brainstorming.
“Excellent. It was perfect except we found out later that it was his father who didn’t care about him, his mother had died when he had been a young man.”
There was something in her voice, something that he had heard in Reid’s voice when he spoke and tried to hide exactly how smart he was with some LEOs on cases. She had heard of the case before.
“Have you seen this case before?” Hotch asked.
“No, Sir.” Turner gave him a small smile and Hotch could tell that she wasn’t lying this time.
“Hotch?” Reid’s voice carried into the room as the young man appeared in the doorway. Hotch barely stopped himself from shooting up from his chair and pulling him into a hug. He was a day early. His flight from Vegas wasn’t even supposed to be leaving for another five hours.
“Reid, what are you doing here?”
Turner didn’t turn from her seat. She stayed seated but Hotch noticed the set of her shoulders.
“Got back into town early, there was a military flight leaving and I was able to convince them to take me with them. It landed fifty miles away and I hopped a bus. The rest of my things and what I am keeping of mom’s is on its way.”
Hotch couldn’t stand it. He stepped around his desk and moved to shake Reid’s hand. The tender look in Reid’s eyes as their hands touched told him all he needed to know. Reid needed him.
“The CIA loaned us an agent while you were gone. Doctor Spencer Reid I would like to introduce you to…” Hotch stepped so that Reid could see Turner and she stood up from her chair. The gasp that fell from Reid’s lips as well as the younger man brushing past him had Hotch on edge in seconds. Reid’s face lit up the second he saw her and she gave him a blinding smile right back as she opened her arms.
“Gabs!” was the only word from Reid’s mouth as he pulled Turner into a hug. The cry had the rest of the team moving. Rossi stepped out of his office with JJ as Morgan and Prentiss moved to the upper landing. All of them had to have heard Reid’s voice.
“Pretty boy, you’re back!” Morgan said as he stepped into the office. Prentiss, JJ, and Rossi followed. Reid wasn’t even paying attention to them. His lips were moving and Turner was nodding but there was only the sound of a whisper. “Reid?”
“Morgan,” Reid said as he turned, keeping an arm around Turner’s waist. There was something on his face that caused Morgan to stay back. “Hi guys.”
“Want to explain?” Rossi asked as he nodded his head at the woman beside Reid. The entire team was looking at Reid like they didn’t know him. Hotch could understand it. He was looking at his lover like he was a new person. Reid didn’t touch, especially in public. Even on trips to areas outside their comfort zone, to get out together and be able to be a couple, Reid didn’t like to touch. Even after nearly a year together, Reid rarely started things.
“We know each other from Cal-Tech,” Reid supplied.