Fandom: Criminal Minds
Year: Season 9
Tags: Secret Child,
Pairings: Aaron Hotchner/Spencer Reid,
Spoilers: Up through Season 9
Summary: When LAPD Captain Kim arrives at the BAU with a case, Spencer’s life is turned upside down.
Warnings: Minor Character Death,
“Captain Kim.” Aaron greeted the man as he entered the round table room. The entire team had filed in just moments before the captain had arrived.
“Agent Hotchner. Thank you for assembling so quickly. I know that it’s rare that someone comes and pitches a case to you guys but my reason for coming is two fold.” Kim passed out folders to everyone on the team. “This case is a bit different.”
Aaron took a seat beside Reid, watching as Reid opened the folder. His eyes scanned down the page quickly, long before Aaron even had the first sentence read.
“So the victim is a Jane Doe?” Blake asked.
“Just finish reading please.”
Reid flipped through the pictures quickly, getting to the last one and then in rare show he flipped back to the second to last. His pointer finger fell on the tattoo. Aaron wasn’t even trying to act like he was reading his file anymore, the genius had gone stiff in his seat. He flipped back to the first page and then looked up at Kim.
“Where is she?”
“Section Chief Cruz has her in the bullpen.” Kim opened the door and Reid was up in a flash. Morgan was on his feet, following him quickly. “Adaline Archer. Daughter of the victim, Lila Archer.”
Aaron looked at the officer as the cry of “Daddy!” rang out through the office. That had the team moving. Aaron was the first out the door. Morgan was still on the stairs but Reid was standing by his desk with a young girl in his arms. She looked to be about five years old.
“What the hell?” Morgan asked out loud. Reid didn’t react. He just stood there holding the little girl and rocking her back and forth. Murmuring wafted up to Aaron’s ears. Nonsense meant to calm the little girl.
“Lawyer came to me on his own with a letter. Lila trusted me with getting Miss Ada to Doctor Reid here in Quantico,” Kim said as he came to stand beside Aaron just outside the room. “I was a little shocked when the name of the father was revealed to me.”
“Yeah, shocked is a good word,” Dave said.
“You don’t even know the whole of the story,” JJ said. Dave turned to look at her. “Gideon and Reid were giving a lecture to the LAPD when a case came up that then Detective Kim asked for Gideon’s help on. While Reid was in LA he met Lila Archer. The case ended up being about her. They kept in contact for a while after the case but he stopped talking about her not long after Georgia. I didn’t know he was talking to her again.”
“Having a kid with someone is a little more than talking,” Dave said as he looked at Reid again.
“Where my Boy Genius?” Garcia called as she ran into the bullpen. She stopped short when she saw Reid, who turned to look at her. “Oh.”
“Ada, remember me telling you about Aunt Penny?” The little girl in Reid’s arms just nodded. “This is her. Why don’t you go with her while I talk to Captain Kim?”
Reid set down Adaline and she was off, only stopping when she connected with Garcia’s leg.
“Come on Miss Ada. I have those pictures I’ve been meaning to send you in my office. We can laugh at your dad while he’s in here working.”
A giggle from Adaline and then the two girls were both out of sight. Reid finally turned to look at his team.
“Why don’t we take this in the room?” Aaron asked as he waved the team that was standing at the rail inside. Once everyone of them was inside, he pulled the door shut so that he could talk to Reid alone for a few seconds. “Reid?”
“I’ll stay here if you want but I am going to help on this case.”
“No, Reid.” Aaron stopped and closed his eyes for a second. “I want to make sure that you know what’s going to happen in there.”
“The team is going to spend an hour yelling at me and making me feel bad for hiding this before we focus on the case because you’ve had enough and want to give me space?”
That stopped Aaron. He knew that Reid had gotten better at social interactions but this was different. He could only respond by opening the door and waving the genius inside.