Disclaimer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer belongs to Joss Wheldon and Criminal Minds belongs to Jeff Davis. The story title doesn’t belong to me either. It’s from the song You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) by Josh Groban. Please don't sue me, I'm completely and utterly broke and it's for entertainment purposes only.
Timeline: Post-season 7, BtVS and post-Revelations; Criminal Minds
Pairing(s): Willow/Reid (something new), Dawn/Reid (friendship), Buffy/Morgan, Xander/OC
Author's Note: I sincerely apologize for the delay. RL got in the way as usual. Anyway, this chapter will reveal some surprises regarding Gideon, Buffy and Dawn. Also, later in the story; a character in the Buffy-verse will return in the most unexpected way (hint: he/she died in season five and made an appearance in season seven). So enjoy my latest offering and review. Remember, no flames. I will ignore them and I don't have the patience for them.
WARNING: This story will contain graphic scenes of violence, drug references and coarse language. This will also contain spoilers for the Criminal Minds episodes The Big Game and Revelations and from the Buffy episodes Wrecked, Seeing Red, Villains, Two to Go, Graves, Selfless and Chosen.
Morning is waking up
And sometimes it’s more than just enough
And all you need to love
Is in front of your eyes
In front of your eyes
-- Josh Groban, February Song
“Okay, let me get this straight, Wills found a tape that was made by your mom and according to her, Willow’s new man who’s a F.B.I agent is your younger brother?”
Buffy sighed and nodded her head as she glanced at Xander, Giles, Faith and Dawn. After watching the tape that Willow found, the Slayer called everyone to the classroom for an emergency meeting and played the tape for them. After they were finished, their reactions were mixed. Poor Dawn looked like that she was going to faint upon hearing what her sister and the Wicca told her about Reid being their brother. Her face was red and her eyes were wide with shock and disbelief. Xander, Faith and Giles were also shocked and found it hard to believe but the proof was in the tape and in the photos that Joyce left behind. It was hard to believe that she had kept her role in Reid’s life a secret from her own daughters but Buffy knew that her mother had reasons why she didn’t tell her and Dawn about their brother.
Buffy was so engrossed in her thoughts that she almost didn’t hear Dawn say quietly to herself.
“That’s explains it.”
The Slayer narrowed her eyes at her sister. “Explains what?” she asked.
“Why he looked so familiar.” Dawn explained. “That day when I went to the F.B.I building to drop off that letter to Agent Gideon, I bumped into Spencer and another agent. I kept staring at him and I realized that he looked very familiar. He looked a little bit like me except for the eyes. At first, I thought I was nuts for thinking that he could be related to us.”
“Well, D. You’re not.” Faith said dryly. “The proof is in that tape that your mom made for you and B and those photos.”
“What I don’t get is why.” Xander spoke up. “Why didn’t she tell you guys about him? I mean, don’t you think she should have told you?”
Buffy sighed again. “I found an old journal in the box and according to one of the entries, she was going to tell us about Spencer but after she found out that I was the Slayer, she got scared not wanting to put him in danger she decided not to tell us about his existence. She was pretty torn up giving Spencer up to his parents but a promise was a promise and she couldn’t turn away from that. No matter how much she loved him.”
Giles stood up from his seat which was near Willow and went over to the phone. Buffy and Willow glanced at each other before turning over to the Watcher.
“What are you doing?” Dawn asked.
“Calling Jason.” Giles replied. “He must know about this since he is Spencer’s supervisor.”
The former Key felt her heart give a horrible jolt at the thought of Gideon knowing of what her sister had found. It was obvious that either Buffy or Willow wanted Reid to know this bit of information. Neither did Dawn but she knew that the senior agent needed to know.
Giles must have sensed the uneasiness that the three women were feeling because he said. “Don’t worry. Jason won’t tell him until you are ready to tell him yourselves.”
“How well do you know Agent Gideon, Giles?” Buffy asked.
“Well enough to know that he can keep a secret.” Giles replied as he dialed the number to the F.B.I building. After three rings, the voice of a secretary rang out on the line.
“Federal Bureau of Investigation, how can I help you?”
Giles took a deep breath before he spoke. “I would like to speak to Jason Gideon, please.”
“One moment, please.” The secretary said before the line went blank. Again after close to three rings, the voice of Jason Gideon rang out on the other line.
Giles smiled at the sound of his old friend’s voice. “Jason? This is Rupert.”
“Hello, Rupert. Long time, no see.” Gideon replied sounding very pleased to hear from the Watcher. “How long has it been? Seven years?”
“Seven long years.” The Watcher said. “Its funny how time flies.” Then he sobered up a bit as he spoke. “But as much as I would love to catch up with you on old times, Jason, I’m afraid this isn’t a social call. I have information that will concern you greatly.”
“Concerning what?” Gideon asked sounding surprised and suspicious.
“Concerning one of your agents.” Giles answered evenly. “A Dr. Spencer Reid.” Then the Watcher told Gideon about the tape and the photos that Buffy and Willow found and what they revealed. After he was finished, Giles waited for a response and he was relieved when he heard Gideon’s voice sounding every bit as shocked as the Watcher felt moments earlier.
“Why did he tell me about this?” He asked.
Giles sighed. “I’m afraid Dr. Reid doesn’t know about this.” The Watcher replied. “And Buffy, Dawn and Willow don’t want to him to know that just yet. It’s been very difficult for them to accept this, Jason and I don’t want to make it harder for them by forcing them into a family reunion. Not to mention that Willow and Dr. Reid have just started a relationship and the last thing that the both of them need is an unexpected can of worms to be opened. They just need some time to digest this and then when Buffy, Willow and Dawn are ready; they’ll tell him.”
There was silence on the other line for a few minutes and at that point, Giles was afraid that Gideon would disagree but to his surprise and relief, he heard his old friend speak in a weary voice.
“I won’t say anything for now.” Gideon said with a sigh. “But you better tell Miss Summers and Miss Rosenberg that they better tell him soon. He needs to know that he has family out there.”
Giles let out a sigh glancing at Buffy, Dawn and Willow as he spoke. “I know.” He said. “I’ll let them know.”
After a few minutes, Gideon spoke again asking a question so unexpected that it caught the Watcher off guard. “Is it possible that I could meet Buffy and Dawn? Just to talk to them about the situation?”
Giles blinked and pinched his nose in shock. He had been expecting his old friend to ask some questions about the discovery but this was not one of them and as he kept his eyes fixed upon Buffy, Dawn and Willow, he wasn’t sure if they would agree to visit Gideon but he knew that he could try to convince them to meet with him to discuss the situation.
“If I can try to convince them to meet with you then I don’t see why not.” He said slowly. “You’ve met Dawn already so I don’t think she’ll object. It’s Buffy, however, who could be a bit harder to convince. She’s … not very trusting when it comes to strangers. At least not at first.”
“Understandable.” Gideon replied. “Get her to call me when you discuss this with her and Dawn.”
“I will.” Giles said. “Thank you, Jason.” After saying his goodbyes to Gideon, the Watcher hung up the phone and turned around to face the Slayer and the rest of the Scoobies. He winced when he saw Buffy narrow her eyes at him.
“Okay, Giles.” She said in an even voice. “Spit it out. What did Agent Gideon say?”
As soon as he ended his phone call to Giles, Gideon dialed another number. What the ex-Watcher told him about Reid stunned him beyond belief that the younger agent has two sisters who had just found out of his existence just the previous night via a videotape that their late mother left behind five years ago. One of them Gideon had just met the previous day when she came to his office to give him a letter. As he waited for his call to be picked up, Gideon couldn’t help but wonder how he didn’t notice the resemblance between Dawn and Reid when he met the former Key three days previous.
“Speak if you want to hear the truth.” The voice of Penelope Garcia rang out on the other line.
“Garcia, I need you to pull some records on someone named Joyce Summers.” Gideon said. “See if she volunteered to be a surrogate mother between March and June 1981 in either California or Nevada.”
“Any reason why?” Garcia asked sounding a little concerned and suspicious.
“Just do it.” Gideon said in a gentle but impatient voice. He heard only a sigh and the sounds of keyboard clicking on the other line as Garcia did her work. After a few minutes, he heard her voice again this time sounding very surprised.
“Joyce Summers signed up to be a licensed surrogate mother in March 1981 for …” Then Garcia sounded stunned as she said her next words.
“For John and Diana Reid. Aren’t they …”
“Reid’s parents?” Gideon finished for her. “They are.” Then what Garcia said next confirmed what Giles had been telling the senior agent over the phone for the last twenty minutes.
“She became pregnant four months later and then gave birth to Reid on April 12, 1982 in a hospital in Las Vegas. Two days after the birth, she gave him over to his parents and signed away her parental rights as part of the agreement she made with them. Her name is put down on the birth certificate as the mother also part of the agreement just in case proof was needed to show that she was his biological mother.”
“Is there a copy of the birth certificate in Reid’s file?” Gideon asked letting all of this sink in.
“Yeah, do you want me to print up a copy?” Garcia asked still sounding very shocked and stunned.
“Make it so and send it to my office.” Gideon answered. “Reid has other family out there and they’ll be here later. They will need to see it and anything else you found on their mother.” Then as he hung up the phone, Gideon pulled out the photo of someone he hadn’t seen since his college days so many years ago. Someone he had once loved more than life itself and still does despite her death five years ago.
“Joyce.” Gideon whispered as he held the photo of himself and his college sweetheart in his hands.
Three hours later …
“Remind me again, Dawnie. Why did I agree to do this?”
Dawn sighed and gave Buffy a writhing look. It had been hours since Giles made the phone call to Gideon and while the former Key and Willow trusted the man completely, Buffy was harder to convince that she could trust the senior agent and to agree to meet with him to discuss the situation that had unexpectedly befallen them.
~And for good reason. I mean, the last time Buffy got involved with government officials; she almost got killed stopping their experiment. One major difference is that we’re going to talking to an F.B.I agent and not somebody from the Initiative.~
“Because Agent Gideon is Spencer’s boss or one of them anyway.” Dawn said with a hint of annoyance in her voice. “And he happens to be a very nice guy, very trustworthy and doesn’t try to make you feel uncomfortable.”
As she stepped out of the elevator, Dawn was asking herself why she thought Buffy would go along with the plan when she felt her sister tugging at her shirt pulling her backward toward the Slayer.
Dawn turned and glared at her. “What the hell are you …” She stopped, however, when Buffy cleared her throat causing her to turn around to face two agents. One of them Dawn recognized as Morgan. The other was dressed in a normal suit and tie with dark hair and eyes.
Morgan smiled when he saw Dawn. “Miss Summers.” He said sounding very glad to see her. “Nice to see you again.”
“Likewise, Agent Morgan.” Dawn replied. Then she saw that Morgan was looking at Buffy with the smile still on his face. “Oh, this is my sister, Elizabeth but she prefers to be called Buffy.”
The suspicious look on Buffy’s face faded and replaced by a cheeky grin which she sent at Morgan’s direction. “Nice to meet the best friend of my best friend’s boyfriend.” She said.
“The pleasure is all mine.” Morgan said with a hint of a flirty tone in his voice. Then he turned to the other agent standing next to him and began the introductions.
“This is Agent Aaron Hotchner.” Morgan said. “He’s one of the supervisors of the B.A.U.”
Buffy and Dawn turned to Hotch and they both smiled at him politely. “I’m pleased to meet you, Agent Hotchner.” Dawn said and she held out her hand for a handshake. To her surprise, he took her hand and shook it looking straight into her eyes as he did.
“The pleasure is mine.” Hotch replied with a small smile. Then he turned to Buffy. “You must be here for Agent Gideon.”
The Slayer nodded her head. “We are.” She replied. “But how did you …”
“He told me about the meeting.” Hotch said. “He didn’t say why but I’m sure he has his reasons for it.”
~You have no idea.~ Buffy thought as she kept her eyes fixed upon Morgan and Hotch. Then she turned her gaze to see that another man with dark hair and eyes was coming down the stairs. He was dressed causally with a buttoned up shirt and dark pants and looked very seasoned.
That must be Agent Gideon. The Slayer thought and her suspicions were confirmed when she heard Dawn say in a polite voice.
“Hi, Agent Gideon. It’s good to see you again.”
The agent that Buffy assumed to be Gideon smiled at Dawn gently. “It’s very good to see you again, Dawn.” Then he turned to regard Buffy with the smile still on his face.
“You must be Elizabeth. Dawn’s sister.” He said holding out his hand.
Buffy returned Gideon’s smile. “I am. My friends and sister call me Buffy.” She said. Then as she was shaking Gideon’s hand, she almost choked on her own spit when she saw a younger-looking agent dressed in dark vest with a light dress shirt and red tie enter the office. He had brown hair and eyes and looked exactly as Willow had described him.
~Oh, my God!!! That’s him!!! That’s Spencer!!!~
Buffy felt numb as the younger-looking agent known as Spencer Reid walked toward her and Dawn with a little smile on his face. It was obvious that he recognized Dawn because he looked at her with the smile still on his face.
“Dawn, nice to see you again.” Reid said smiling.
“Likewise, Spencer.” Buffy heard Dawn say with a cheerful tone in her voice. Then she felt Dawn’s elbow dig painfully into her stomach pulling her out of her stunned stupor and she narrowed her eyes dangerously at her sister before turning her attention to Reid.
“Hi, I’m Dawn’s sister; Buffy.” The Slayer said and to her surprise, she saw a flicker of recognition in Reid’s eyes and on his face.
“I know who you are.” The young profiler said with the smile still on his face. “Willow told me about you during our date three days ago.”
~Mental note: ask Wills questions about this later.~ Buffy thought to herself as she looked at her newly discovered brother straight in the eyes for a few minutes before she switched her focus on Gideon who was watching the exchange with interest in his eyes.
~Okay, this is awkward.~
At that point, Buffy let out a nervous giggle. The smile on Reid’s face faded and was replaced with concern and confusion and Dawn’s own face turned bright red with embarrassment and she threw her sister a death glare. Buffy was saved from saying something when Gideon cleared his throat and he said.
Buffy and Dawn shook themselves out of their stupors at that and they turned their heads toward the senior agent nodding as they did. As they started to follow Gideon to his office, the Summers sisters turned around to face Reid.
“Nice to see you again, Spencer.” Dawn called out.
“You too, Dawn.” Reid replied. To Buffy, he called out. “Nice to meet you, Buffy.”
“Nice to meet you too, Spencer.” Buffy replied not realizing what she had just said and as she went inside Gideon’s office, she couldn’t help but gape at all of the things she saw inside. It looked more like a college professor’s office than the office of a F.B.I agent with all of the artefacts, paintings and books inside of it. The Slayer looked at a desk and saw that there were photos covering the whole table assuming them to be family photos. She was engrossed with her surroundings that she almost didn’t feel Dawn poking her in the ribs with her elbow.
Buffy shifted her focus on her sister. “What?” she hissed.
“I think Agent Gideon wants to start.” Dawn said with a writhing look on her face
The Slayer glanced up to see that Gideon was sitting at his desk waiting very patiently for her to sit down. Feeling her cheeks grow hot, Buffy sat down on the chair in front of her while Dawn took the seat next to her.
“Sorry.” Buffy apologized sheepishly. “I tend to take in to my surroundings when I visit a new place.”
Gideon smiled at her. “That’s all right, Miss Summers. You don’t have to apologize.” He replied.
Buffy returned the senior agent’s smile. “Call me ‘Buffy’. The whole ‘Miss Summers’ thing makes me feel a bit old.” She said. Then her smile faded and was replaced with a serious look as she spoke her next words.
“Giles told us that you wanted to talk to us about Spencer.”
Gideon nodded. His face also looking very serious. “I do. But before I get into that, there’s something I have to tell you both and it won’t be easy to hear.”
“About what?” Dawn asked sounding a bit concerned.
“Your mother, Joyce Summers.” Gideon answered. Both Buffy and Dawn didn’t miss the softness in his voice as he uttered their mother’s name but they were both now confused.
“What about our mom? Did you know her?” Buffy asked.
“Actually, I did know her.” Gideon replied. “She and I were college sweethearts. We met during our first year in college. She was studying art and I was studying law. We fell in love after a year and then we dated for three years. Then we broke up after graduation and took different career paths. Joyce became a struggling artist and I took a job in the local police force that took me to a job in the F.B.I. Despite that, we remained friends even though we married different people and had children. Joyce supported me after I divorced my wife and I supported her when she divorced your father. I even remember the last conversation we had. It was …”
“On the day she died.” Buffy finished for Gideon remembering the last time she saw her mother alive. It was when she was on the phone talking to someone. At the time, the Slayer didn’t know who she was talking to but now she did.
~And he’s sitting in front of us. I didn’t know that Mom and Agent Gideon were college sweethearts. There are a lot of things that Mom didn’t tell us about herself. I wonder why she didn’t tell us about this. Agent Gideon must’ve been devastated when he found out of her death. Wait, if he was her college boyfriend; why didn’t he show up for the funeral five years ago?~
Dawn must’ve been asking herself the same question because she said to Gideon. “If you were Mom’s college boyfriend, then why didn’t you show up for the funeral?”
Gideon suddenly looked very sad as he answered. “I didn’t know that your mother had died until a week later when my son sent me a letter telling me the news. I loved Joyce very much and of course, I was devastated when I learned of her death …”
“Wait, your son?” Buffy asked sounding confused.
Gideon nodded. “My son, Stephen, from my first marriage.” He said. “He met Joyce once during an art convention and worked alongside her in her art gallery until her death.”
Buffy nodded in understanding and then she decided to change the subject. “Okay, now that we know about you knowing our mom; how about we get to the real reason Dawn and I are here? To discuss Spencer. How long have you known him?”
“I’ve known your brother since he first came to the Bureau two years ago.” Gideon replied. “He was hired immediately after he received his third doctorate.”
Dawn’s jaw dropped. “Third doctorate?” She exclaimed. “What the hell is his IQ? Two thousand?”
“187, actually.” Gideon answered. He bit back a laugh when he saw Buffy and Dawn looking at him with shocked looks on their faces. The Slayer was the first to recover from her shock.
“Okay, on the tape, Mom mentioned that Spencer was a genius.” Buffy said. “But she didn’t say anything about him being a super genius.”
Gideon smiled at her. “He has a photographic memory and can read 20 000 words per minute.”
~Giles would definitely love to have Spencer in the new Council!!!~ Buffy thought with a smile. ~Reading 20 000 words per minute and having a photographic memory would be helpful for researching demons and other supernatural stuff.~
“You know what, Agent Gideon …” Buffy started to say but she was cut off by the senior agent.
“Buffy, you’re welcome to call me ‘Jason’.” Gideon said.
“Jason.” Buffy started again. “Tell us everything you know about Spencer. From the beginning.”
Two hours later …
Reid barely paid any attention to the papers on his desk and focused entirely on the window of Gideon’s office. He had been in there for two hours along with Buffy and Dawn. The shocked look on the blonde-haired woman’s face haunted his mind since she first arrived at the office. Then there was the resemblance between her, Dawn and the young profiler. But Reid resembled closer to Dawn than he did with Buffy. He and the younger Summers sister have the same hair and lips but different eye colors. While Reid’s eyes were brown, Dawn’s were blue. It was almost as if he and the Summers sisters were related somehow.
~But that’s impossible!! I met Dawn only three days ago and I’ve just met Buffy today. Unless … ~
Reid was suddenly derailed from his thoughts when he heard Morgan say to Elle.
“Dawn has a gorgeous sister.” The agent said with a smile.
Elle rolled her eyes. “Yeah, really gorgeous.” She said rather sarcastically.
Reid barely resisted the urge to give his best friend a glare and tried to focus on the papers on his desk. Elle must have noticed his quiet form because she walked over to his desk and stood in front of him.
“Penny for your thoughts?” She asked with a smile.
Reid greeted Elle with a small smile of his own. “I was just thinking about Dawn and her sister. They look so familiar to me.” He said.
“How so?” Elle asked suddenly curious.
“I don’t know.” Reid replied. “Dawn looks a little like me except for the eyes. She has blue eyes and I have brown eyes. Buffy, well; she has the same color of eyes as my mother and maybe the same hair color. I mean, I’ve only met Dawn three days ago and I just met Buffy today. But for some reason, I feel some sort of connection to them and I don’t know why.”
~Could Reid have some family members he doesn’t know about?~
That was the one question that ran through Elle’s mind as Reid’s words echoed in her mind like a tape recorder. At first, she wasn’t sure what he was trying to tell her but then as he spoke of the resemblance between him and the Summers sisters, Elle understood the confusion he was feeling and the suspicions that he was feeling in his mind about the sisters. Just as she was about to say something, Elle and Reid both looked up to see Buffy and Dawn coming down the stairs with Gideon close behind them. When the Summers sisters reached the bottom of the stairs, Dawn walked toward Elle and Reid with a smile on her face.
“Hey, Spence.” She said in a cheerful voice.
Reid returned Dawn’s smile. “Hey. How did it go with Gideon?” he asked.
“It was …” Dawn paused before she spoke again. “An interesting conversation.” The former Key inwardly groaned at the looks on Elle and Reid’s faces. ~God that was lame!!~
“W-what I meant was …” She started to say.
“That’s okay.” Reid interrupted gently. “I think I understand what you’re trying to say.”
Dawn breathed a sigh of relief and she was about to say something when she heard Buffy’s voice yelling out to her.
“Dawnie!! Come on, we need to go.”
The former Key turned to yell at her sister’s direction. “Coming!!” then she turned back to Reid.
“Oh, by the way.” She said as she took a piece of paper out of her pocket. “Willow wanted me to give you this. It’s about your next date.”
At first, Reid didn’t know what Dawn was talking about but then he remembered a phone conversation that he had with Willow the night before discussing where they were going out for their next date which was only in a couple of days.
“Thanks.” Reid said with a smile.
Dawn grinned at him. “Not a problem, Romeo.” She said and she bit back a laugh when she saw that Reid’s cheeks turned in a dark shade of red at her words.
“See you later.” Dawn said with the grin still on her face and as she turned to follow Buffy to the elevator, she heard Morgan say to Reid in a teasing voice.
“Reid, my man; you’re a chick magnet.”
At that point, Dawn had to cover her mouth to keep from laughing and she felt her face turning red and growing hot. Once she was safely in the elevator; she started giggling like mad. Buffy must have heard what Morgan said to Reid because she also started giggling hysterically. Both sisters were giggling so much and so hard that they started laughing uncontrollably. Even as the elevator came to a stop at their destination leading them out of the building, they kept on laughing.
This took me a lot of time and a lot of patience to write this so please be kind to me. Again, I apologize for the delay. I'll try to update ASAP but don't expect my updates to be speedy. So please review and remember no flames. I will ignore them and I don't have the patience for them.