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08 July 2011 @ 01:05 am
fic : Gridlock (Hotch/Reid, PG)  

Title: Gridlock
Author: Bow (bowie28 )
Pairing: Hotch/Reid
Rating: PG
Warning: Fluff
Spoiler: None
Word count: 480
Beta: None.
Disclaimer: FICTION

Summary: This must be the worst anniversary in history.

Author’s notes: Written for vanessasquest  who requested ‘G for Gridlock’ on my long overdue H/R alphabet memes. Takes place a little further down the road. Hotch might seem a little jittery, but sometimes Hotch’s like that in my head. As always, feedback is love.  






This must be the worst anniversary in history: losing the reservation and being stuck in traffic for over an hour with a date who has been fidgety more than usual. He should have been more persistent and ordered in. They could be watching one of Spencer’s TiVoed documentaries on the couch right now. Hell, they could be ignoring the documentary and having sex on the couch right now. Instead he’s been watching his boyfriend of one amazing year abusing the car stereo buttons while dissecting all possible reasons for the damn gridlock. He is this close to turn on the siren and have the road cleared so that Spencer would stop freaking (him) out.

When Spencer’s reaching for the stereo again, Aaron grabs his hand. “Leave it.”

Spencer seems startled but doesn’t protest. Aaron lets go and watches Spencer look away and out the window, leg bouncing in frustration.

“We’ll come back tomorrow. I’m sure Jess won’t mind watching Jack again.”

He gets silence as a response and starts to wonder if he’s missed something. After all this is Spencer’s first long-term romantic relationship.  

“Spencer.” He reaches out and stills the bouncing leg. Spencer turns around, frowning.

“If I can help it, this is not going to be our only anniversary.”

With that, for the first time since they got in the car, Spencer gives him something akin to a smile.

“You’re sweet, but another twenty-four hours are not gonna work.”

His heart drops. Surely Spencer’s not breaking up with him over a gridlock.

Spencer reaches inside his jacket and pulls out a white envelop.

Surely Spencer’s not breaking up with him with a letter.

After taking the envelop, he must have been staring at it because Spencer says, “Open it.”

Aaron does and finds no letter of any kind. Instead there are two plane tickets to Las Vegas, Nevada.

He looks up and finds Spencer stiff in the seat. “My mom’s been asking.”

Aaron doesn’t understand how he can feel like the biggest idiot and the luckiest man alive at the same time.

“Jess knows. So does JJ. For the next three days we won’t be disturbed unless there’s an emergency.”

They’ve been tiptoeing around each other about this: he never pried when he caught Spencer writing a letter and Spencer never tried to discuss its content with him. They knew too well how easily it could turn everything upside down.

It kind of does now.         

“Are you…?”

“I’m sure. Will you…?”

“I will.”

This time Spencer’s smile is open and inviting. Aaron leans in and their lips meet halfway. Spencer tastes like he always does, coffee and sugar. Aaron’s never craved the taste more than he does now.

When they finally part, all the other cars are still there, stuck in this hellhole of a traffic with them. Only this time around, Aaron doesn’t mind it too much.






SSA Aaron J. Hotchner: Being as human as possible around him.baufatherfigure on July 7th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
[There's a slight lip twitch upwards. Like he's almost smiling.]

...if you aren't careful, he may do that some day to me.

I just thought I would let you know it's cute. Good work.
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Oh you make me blush! Why, thank you, sir. XD
mildly_neurotic on July 7th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Very nice. Well written and sweet.
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's nice to write something (almost) angst-free once in a while. :)
Bluespire: Reidbluespire on July 7th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Absolutely darling. You nailed the way Spencer seems to behave whenever his mom comes up. Nice work. :)
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's written in two hours. I'm glad it came across well. :D
Sandymtnhi32 on July 8th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
Awww. That was cute. I love a little fluff now and then...
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
And I like writing fluffy stuff once in a while. Thank you. :D
impulsiveanswerimpulsiveanswer on July 8th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Adorable and very in-character, from Spencer's figity nature and his discomfort discussing his mother to Aaron's exasperation and hidden insecurities. Well done!
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
You got all that from this? Awesome! I'm glad it turned out okay considering I wrote this somewhat on a whim. lol Thanks the Lord for all these new pics from the new season. I needed some inspiring.

Thanks so much! :D
daylyn: CM header hotch reid whiteboard_flutterbdaylyn on July 8th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
Lovely and sweet. Totally brightened my day.
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it did some good. Aside from indulging my own need for H/R fluff of course. Thanks so much for coming by. <3
me_and_thee: Kevin/Scotty by risingstripesme_and_thee on July 8th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how much I miss them. I can't get enough of these new pics from S7 set. XD

Thanks for coming by. Always a pleasure to see you here. <333
me_and_thee: BriJus by true_fellingsme_and_thee on July 9th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Unless they're awfully spoilery, would you mind linking me to the pics? I still haven't got around to watching anything past episode 6x06, so I've been out of the loop for a while... ^^"
Bowbowie28 on July 9th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
They're not... I don't think...

Check out the first few ones from here : http://ikydu.tumblr.com/

Sharmel: mgg/tgwshgenerationxhero on July 23rd, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
This may have been short but it definitely was wonderful. I love how you write their characters, you almost always get them dead on. I can't believe it took me a few weeks to find your wonderful update. xD