Fandom: Criminal Minds
Year: Season 10 (Summer 2015)
Category: Re-Established Relationship,
Pairings: Aaron Hotchner/Spencer Reid,
Spoilers: Up Through Season 10
Summary: Aaron knew his son read at a high level for his age. He hadn’t expected this.
Aaron had always considered himself intelligent. Haley had been intelligent as well. He knew that Jack read at several grade levels above his actual age but he hadn’t thought much of it. It just meant harder books. He wasn’t ready for this at all. Jack was turning ten in October and he hadn’t hit the attitude yet where Aaron felt he needed to check his room for things.
Jack though needed a new mattress so while Jessica had Jack away for a few days visiting the extended family with her father, Aaron had figured it was a perfect time. A new mattress, new sheets, new pillows. Jack would be happy. What he had found under the bed though was something that surprised the profiler a great deal.
Science texts, math texts, all at a high school level. He wouldn’t have thought anything of it except that the books were well used and stuffed with papers with equations and all in Jack’s handwriting. What Aaron remembered of science and math, Jack was doing it correctly. Without even really thinking, he pulled his cell phone from his pocket.
Can you come to my house? I need to talk to you. He knew that it could take a while so he pocketed the phone and picked up all the books in Jack’s room and took them to the dining room. He separated them into four piles. Math books, science books, fiction books, and books that Aaron knew were on his age level.
The chime from his phone surprised him when he was making the fourth trip from the room. He looked at his phone. Twenty minutes away. I was on the subway going home. Can my ice cream stay in your freezer while we talk? Aaron laughed.
There was no reply but Aaron didn’t expect there to be. Reid rarely ever texted back after his questions were answered. While the rest of the team seemed to think that he was a technophobe, Aaron had figured out what the actual cause was. He’d watched Reid look at things on a computer and then compared it to reading on paper. He was so much faster on paper and he knew that tablets wouldn’t be able to keep up with his speed. The team also seemed to forget that his science degrees, there was no way he escaped Cal-Tech without a very big working knowledge of computers and how they worked.
Moving into the kitchen, Aaron grabbed the container of coffee that was in the back of his cabinet and started a pot. He also looked at his sugar shaker and refilled it. He grabbed the mug that he’d found for the younger man at little shop in a local mall. Reid hadn’t been over since he’d bought it. He set the mug down by the coffee pot and sugar and moved back to the dining room. He looked at the books. There was still at least one more stack in the room. He moved back to grab them.
Aaron was standing looking at the books when the doorbell rang. As soon as he opened the door, Reid handed off a bag and Aaron recognized it. It was from Jeni’s. There was probably several tubs of their espresso ice cream in it. Aaron popped into the kitchen to put them up.
“Want a cup?”
“Sure. What do you need, Hotch?” Reid followed him into the kitchen and Aaron got to watch his eyes when he saw the cup. “Where did you get that?”
“My little secret.” Aaron handed over the cup, prepared just how Spencer liked it. The look he got for that sent a shiver down his back. It had been five years since their relationship had ended. Since Aaron had ended it and just in the past two years had their friendship had really come back. “Go look at the math books on the table.”
“Okay.” Spencer gave him a weird look and then moved into the dining room. He picked up the top math book and started looking through it. “Does this have to do with a case?”
Spencer picked up book after book, flipping through each page inside as well as looking at the paper. “Self taught. The handwriting is young though. Younger than the high school level the work…Jack?” The genius looked at him with wide shocked eyes as he took in the rest of the table. The science books, the fiction books, and then finally Jack’s age level stack of things.
“I found them hidden under the bed and stuffed around in weird places.”
“We’ve discussed his reading level before but Hotch this…” Spencer held up a stack of papers from one of the science books. “Where is Jack?”
“With Jessica on a trip to see some the extended Brooks family with her father. I was swapping out his mattress with a new one.”
“When is he due back?”
Aaron watched as Spencer nodded to tell him that he heard but he was thinking. A quick text was shot off and a reply came a moment later and Spencer went right back to thinking.
“What do you want to do?”