Fandom: Criminal Minds
Tags: First Time,
Pairings: Aaron Hotchner/Spencer Reid,
Summary: He started out as a friend and then he became more and Aaron wasn’t sure exactly how to go about telling the man on the other side of the phone that he was in love.
Aaron Hotchner pulled his cellphone from his pocket, feeling it vibrate. The little blue icon told him that he had a new message. He looked around the jet but the team wasn’t paying attention him at all. Morgan was sitting in the far back chair listening to music and across from Rossi was reading a book, JJ and Prentiss were leaning over a magazine on the couch, talking. Reid was nowhere to be seen and since the plane was small and there wasn’t really anywhere to hide, the younger man had to be in the bathroom. Seconds later, the door opened and Reid exited the bathroom. It was a crazy day. The case had wrapped up when Reid had figured out where the UNSUB had to have been hiding the women he was taking. From there it was waiting for the UNSUB to return.
Reid had his phone in his hand and it was the first time that Hotch noticed that it was a newer phone. It looked like something that Morgan would use not Reid. He was smiling down at the phone and typing away with a single finger. He was typing faster with a single finger than Hotch typed with two. Reid had adapted to a very high tech phone easily.
Phone vibrating again, Hotch finally opened the message.
Not at the moment.
Hotch let the smile creep onto his face. Looking around to make sure that no one was looking at him, Hotch let the full smile out. Rossi had signed him up for a forum that cops the world over used to talk to each other. Hotch had balked at first but sitting at home, lonely for someone to talk to and not being able to talk to his team. What started as a way to pass the time had morphed into something that Hotch spent a great deal of his downtime doing, when he wasn’t with Jack.
Just got done with a case. Needed someone to talk to and didn’t see you on the forums.
The smile on Hotch’s face slipped some. He looked up to find that JJ and Prentiss were now laying down in chairs, Reid was draping a blanket over both of them. They looked up at him and smiled before closing their eyes again to get some sleep. Rossi was now stretched out on the couch and Morgan was out like a light. The jet was silent. Reid moved to sit down and Hotch noticed that he had two cups of tea in his hand. He set one down in front of Hotch and then moved to the seat across from Morgan, leaving Hotch to his area, alone.
Did you lose someone?
No. Not in the typical sense. We weren’t able to get to the victims in time and one of them died. If only I had been quicker.
Hotch sighed and closed his eyes for a second. The man that he only knew as LongHairedBadge worked on a police force somewhere in the United States but there were a great deal of cops in America. Nothing ever really got that personal for them. LHB as he was in Hotch’s phone was single and had never been married. All that LHB knew about him was that he was a widower. He’d never told the other man about his son, that wasn’t something that he needed to know. The app that they used to talk never shared information between them, other than a screen name. While it used a phone number, the number was secure.
You can only get there as quick as you can. Your fellow officers don’t blame you and you shouldn’t blame yourself.
My chief said the same thing.
There was something else wrong with LHB. All of his answers to even how he was doing were generally longer than that. He knew from LHB’s word choice that he was a younger man and a very smart man. Hotch wanted to get him and Reid talking, just to see who would win.
I wanted to ask you something.
Hotch looked at the words on the screen. LHB never asked questions like that. He just asked the question. Maybe this was what was causing the other man some worry.
You can ask me anything, whether or not I answer is the question.
🙂 I have a conference that I am going to in New York, it’s some big thing and I didn’t know if it was something that you were going to. My chief thinks that it would be a good thing for me to go to with him. I don’t know why he wants me to go, I alienate everyone.
I’m sure that you don’t and I will be going to the conference.
Hotch wondered if the man was going to ask to meet up. It was easy to talk to him but this was anonymous. He was going with Reid and Rossi to the conference and Reid was giving a presentation on geographical profiling. Reid hadn’t balked at all, just that he needed to go for the full week conference. The other members of the team were getting a week of leave. Reid wanted to go up and then come back right after the presentation but Hotch had seen how much sleep the other man wasn’t getting. Rossi was going to stay with friends while Hotch and Reid were going to share a suite. It would be the first time in a while that the two of them bunked together. Hotch was looking forward to it.
What presentation are you looking forward to?
Not really any of them. I’m going as a presenter.
Will you be there the whole week?
The sound of Reid shifting pulled Hotch’s gaze from his phone to look around the plane. He took a sip of his now cold tea. Reid was stretched out funny in the chair, his knees raised and his socked feet resting on the other chair. He looked like a small child and Hotch had to look away. He liked talking to LHB but he really wanted to talk to Reid the way that he talked to the other man. It was hard sometimes to see Reid staying at the edges of the team. The younger man went out with them on occasion after a hard case but he really didn’t do it unless he was shanghaied into it.
The happiest that Hotch had seen him lately was the day that he and Jack had gone to the museum and had found Reid there. Jack remembering him from get togethers that involved the extended BAU family, latched onto him. What was supposed to be a morning spent at the museum turned into an all day trip with Reid giving Jack a one on one tour of the place with all interesting facts.
The whole week.
Good. I need to try and get some sleep. My chief is giving me looks.
Hotch dropped his go bag on the floor beside his bed. He had half an hour before he was going to meet LHB in the coffee shop attached to the hotel. The other man was staying at the hotel as well.