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 got the idea for this story after I watched the Criminal Minds episodes The Big Game and Revelations (which I loved by the way) and rewatching the sixth and seventh seasons of Buffy on DVD. Why a Willow/Reid pairing?
1. Reid is my absolute favorite character in Criminal Minds plus he’s so cute and adorable (like Willow was during seasons one, two and three of BtVS).
2. I wanted to try a different pairing and take a crack at writing a Criminal Minds fan fiction story.
This is my first attempt at a Criminal Minds fan fiction so please be gentle. Also, this story will be similar to Safest Place To Hide, the BtVS/Da Vinci Code crossover I was working on and put on hiatus so for those of you who have read it, don’t be surprised if you see any similarities. If you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend that you do to see what I mean. Anyway, on with the story and please 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.
Summary: While in Washington D.C helping to build a school for Slayers, Willow meets a certain F.B.I agent (Reid) after bumping into him in a tour and she befriends him. After a year apart, they reunite but then Willow discovers that Reid has a developing heroin addiction after a traumatic incident causes him to give in to the deceiving world of drugs and addiction. Sensing that he needs help in overcoming his addiction and wanting to redeem herself after losing a Slayer to drugs, Willow takes Reid under her magical wing and begins to help him rediscover the value of life and the true meaning of love while at the same time fight her own demons following her own addiction to magic and her actions in Sunnydale four years earlier. Unwittingly, Willow also uncovers a connection between Reid, Buffy and Dawn that will change their lives and their families forever.
Everybody Wants To Be Loved
Who can say
Where the road goes
Where the day flows
And who can say
If your love grows
As your love chose
-- Enya, Only Time
February 3, 2006
“This place is huge!! You could easily get lost in this place!!!”
Willow Rosenberg smiled at the words of one of the Slayers as they strolled down the lobby of the J. Edgar Hoover building a.k.a the F.B.I headquarters to meet with their tour guide. It had been a wild three years since the destruction of Sunnydale and the activation of Potential Slayers all over the world. After three years setting up shop in Rome, Buffy and Giles both decided to return to America and open a school for Slayers in Washington D.C. That was a year ago and now Willow is here in the capital city with a group of new Slayers and taking them on a tour inside the F.B.I headquarters on their free day.
“You could.” Willow said to herself quietly and just as she turned around, she bumped into something hard causing her to drop the binder she was holding in her arms.
“Oh, I’m so sorry, I wasn’t …” Willow stopped when she saw who it was she had bumped into. A young man stood before her looking every bit as flustered as she was. He looked very cute and adorable with brown hair and the cutest brown eyes Willow had ever seen. He was dressed in a dark vest with a suit jacket and dark pants.
“No, I’m sorry. I wasn’t watching where I was going.” The young man replied quickly. He picked up the binder and handed to her. “Are you here for the tour?”
Willow nodded her head. “Yeah.” She said. “Are you?”
“Actually, I’m one of the agents who work here.” The young man answered with a smile.
A confused frown etched on the Wicca’s face at his words. “A little young to be working for the F.B.I, don’t you think?” As soon as the words came out of her mouth, she regretted them and she felt her face turn red with embarrassment.
“I’m sorry.” Willow said quickly. “I shouldn’t have said that. I didn’t mean it in a bad way. You must be a genius if you’re in your early twenties and be working for the F.B.I instead going to college. It must be …”
Willow’s cheeks grew hot when she realized that she was babbling and she felt even more embarrassed. ~He must think that I’m complete idiot!!~
The young F.B.I agent obviously didn’t think so and looking every bit as nervous as she was because he said. “No, that’s okay. You haven't offended me at all. I get that from a lot of people, Miss …”
It was at that point that Willow realized that he was asking for her name and she cleared her throat. “Rosenberg. Willow Rosenberg.”
“Miss Rosenberg.” The agent said and he held out his hand for a handshake as he spoke again. “I’m Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid.”
Willow blinked in surprise as she took his hand. “Doctor? You got a PhD or something?”
“Three of them, actually.” Reid replied.
The Wicca choked on her own spit at his words. ~Three PhDs? You’d have to work three times as hard to get three PhDs. He must be a genius.~ As she pulled herself out of her thoughts, Willow gave Reid what she hoped was a steady smile.
“Your parents must be proud of you.” Once again as soon as the words were out of Willow’s mouth, she regretted them when she saw the smile on Reid’s face fade and was replaced with a sad expression.
~Way to go, Willow! You hit a sore spot. You upset a guy you hardly know!!!~ Willow mentally berated herself for her thoughtlessness and for being so naïve. She looked back at Reid with an apologic look on her face.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that I …” Willow started to say but was cut off when Reid spoke to her.
“Miss Rosenberg, it’s all right. You don’t have to apologize.” He said to her gently.
Willow smiled at him gently. “Okay. First of all, call me Willow.” She said. “And secondly, I do have to apologize. I didn’t know that I hit a sore spot with you when I mentioned your parents. I mean, I barely know you but I know that it’s a touchy subject with you. I …”
~She’s beautiful when she blushes like that. She’s also cute when she babbles.~
That was the one thought that ran through Reid’s mind as he looked at Willow and he bit back a laugh when he saw that her face turned as red as her hair in embarrassment. He felt an instant attraction to her the moment that he had laid eyes on her. She looked so beautiful and innocent that he couldn’t help but feel some sparks flying between them and Reid was sure that Willow was feeling the same way about him. It was the first time in his life where he had met someone who attracted him physically, spiritually and emotionally for reasons that were beyond him.
“Miss … I mean Willow, it’s okay.” Reid said catching himself in time.
Willow gave a sigh of relief. “Oh, okay. I was worried.” Then Reid heard someone shouting behind him and he turned to see that the tour guide had arrived and she was calling to gather everyone involved in the tour. He turned to face Willow again.
“Rats, I better go. My tour is starting.” She said in mock anger. She wrote something down on a business card and gave it to Reid.
“That’s my phone number.” Willow replied with a smile. “If you want to talk, you can give me a call. Day or night.”
Reid was stunned. In all of the years he had been living, he never had a woman give him her phone number voluntarily. But then again, Willow was different than any of the women he knew in his life. She was sweet and kind with a tendency to babble in a cute way. Not trusting his voice at the moment, he nodded his head. Willow grinned at him before she went to join her tour group.
“It’s good to meet you, Spencer Reid.” She shouted at him in a cheerful voice.
“It’s good to meet you too.” Reid shouted back. Then he pushed the button and waited for the elevator that would take him to the BAU office. As he got on the elevator a few minutes later, all that Reid could think about was Willow and he smiled when he pictured her smiling face. He kept that image in his mind as he pushed the button that would take the elevator to the B.A.U office.
“What’s with the smile, Reid?”
Reid looked up from the file he was looking at to glance over at whoever was speaking. He saw that Derek Morgan had a smile on his face as he was looking at the young genius. All that Reid could think about all day was the young redhead woman whom he met in the lobby and her smiling face occupied his thoughts all day despite the work that laid ahead of him. As he was glancing at Morgan, he wasn’t sure whether to tell him about her or just to keep it to himself but upon looking at the smile on his face, he made up his mind.
“I met someone in the lobby today before I came to the office.” Reid answered with a smile. “A woman.”
Morgan’s smile turned into a grin at Reid’s words. “A woman, you say? Was she gorgeous? What’s her name?”
Reid felt his cheeks grow hot as he spoke. “Her name was Willow and she’s very beautiful. She does have a tendency to babble but in a cute way. She gave me her phone number.” He took the card out of his pocket and showed it to Morgan.
Morgan looked at the card before looking back at Reid with a grin. “I never thought I’d live to see the day when a woman would give you her phone number voluntarily.”
At that point, Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau walked by the desk and she joined in the conversation with a grin on her face. “Did I just hear that a woman gave Reid her phone number?”
“This morning.” Morgan replied with a grin. “Her name is Willow.”
JJ bit back a laugh when she saw that Reid was blushing and ruffled his hair a little bit. “Are you going to call her?” she asked.
Reid, Morgan and JJ turned to see Elle Greenaway standing in front of them with a grin on her face as she was looking at the young genius and then she eyed the card in Morgan’s hand. Reid was about to say something when Morgan beat him to it.
“A woman named Willow whom our resident genius met this morning.” He said. “She gave him her phone number.”
Elle’s grin grew bigger at his words and then she laughed when she saw that Reid’s face had turned beet red with embarrassment. JJ took pity on the young genius and she glanced at him with a gentle smile.
“Go ahead, Reid.” She said. “Call her.”
Morgan handed the card with Willow’s phone number back to Reid and gave the young agent a reassuring grin. Nodding at his friend’s grin, Reid picked up the phone and dialed the number on the card.
“Hey, has anyone seen my winter coat?”
“Ow! Shannon!! That’s my foot!!”
“Hey, watch where you point that thing!!!”
“What the hell?”
“Okay, girls! Listen up!!”
~I’m so glad Faith is in charge of the patrolling tonight. Otherwise, I’d be strangling one of those girls right about now.~
That was the one thought that ran through Buffy Summers’s mind as she felt a headache coming on. It had been a rather busy month for everyone involved in the building of the school for Slayers in Washington D.C. After hiring a dozen or so instructors, Buffy and everyone else in the Scooby Gang were given a break by doing what they wanted before resuming training the following day. While Buffy, Xander, Faith and Giles went to the Library of Congress, Willow and a large group of Slayers went on a tour in the J. Edgar Hoover building. However, when they returned to the new Watcher’s Headquarters later that day, the Slayer suspected that her best friend had found more than a good time.
~According to Shannon, Willow was talking to a guy which she hasn’t done in years since the whole fiasco with Oz. Not only did she talk to him, she also gave him the phone number to here which is huge. She’s never flirted with guys after Oz or Tara’s death or even after she broke up with Kennedy. Then again, I think it’s about time she started to go out again. I mean … ~
Buffy was suddenly derailed from her thoughts when the phone rang on a table near the living room. Groaning, she went to the table and answered the phone.
“Hi, can I speak to Willow Rosenberg, please.” A young man’s voice said on the other line.
“May I ask whose calling?” Buffy asked.
“My name is Spencer Reid. She gave me her phone number.” The Slayer’s lips curved into a smile at his words.
~So this is the guy Willow gave the phone number to. She didn’t say anything about him sounding so cute.~ She thought as she turned her head and yelled at the top of her lungs.
“Wills!!! Your boyfriend’s on the phone!!!”
Buffy bit back a laugh when she saw Willow coming down the stairs dressed only in her bath robe. It was obvious that the Wicca was in the middle of changing her clothes when Buffy called her to come downstairs. Willow gave her best friend a look that promised pain if she did that again, then she took the phone from Buffy and said.
“Hi, Willow?” Reid’s voice came out as clear as a bell. “It’s Spencer Reid. We met earlier today at the lobby of the F.B.I headquarters.”
Willow smiled upon hearing the sound of the young profiler’s voice. “How can I forget something like that? How are you?”
“I’m good.” Reid replied sounding just as happy to hear from her as she felt. “What about you?”
“I’m doing great.” Willow said. “So, tell me about yourself, Dr. Reid.”
There was a pause before Reid spoke again. “Just call me ‘Spencer’.” He said with the cheerfulness still in his voice.
The smile on Willow’s face turned into a grin at his words. “Spencer.” She whispered softly and as she listened to Reid talking to her on the other line, she felt excitement of talking to another man rush though her. It was something that she hadn’t felt for a long time since she broke up with Oz years earlier and since she started going out with Tara and later Kennedy. But there was something about Reid that reminded the Wicca of her high school years. It was almost as if he was just as socially challenged as he was a genius just like she was during high school before and after she met Buffy.
Willow was so lost in her thoughts that she almost didn’t hear Reid call out her name on the other line. “Willow, are you there?” At that, she felt her cheeks grow hot and she inwardly groaned.
“Sorry, Spencer.” The Wicca said apologically. “I kind of got lost in my own head. Can you repeat what you said again?”
“That’s okay, Willow.” Reid said gently. “As I was saying, I was born and raised in Las Vegas. I graduated from high school when I was twelve and from college when I was eighteen.”
Willow almost choked on her own spit at his words and she stared at the phone gaping. “What was your IQ? 200?”
“187, actually.” Reid replied.
~Goddess!!! He must have been the butt of every joke in high school and in college!!!~
“Let me guess, you were hated by everyone back in high school because you were a kid and a genius?” Willow replied with a knowing grin creeping onto her lips.
“Pretty much.” Reid answered. “I was loved by my teachers but hated by everyone in the student body.”
“Sounds a bit like me when I was in high school.” The Wicca replied. “I was very smart back then so I was loved by my teachers but I was envied by most of the student body.”
“Where are you from?” Reid asked. “If you don’t mind me asking.”
Willow smiled at the timidity in the young profiler’s voice. “I was born and raised in a town in California called Sunnydale about two hours away from Los Angeles.” A.K.A the Hellmouth but I don’t think Spencer needs to know about that yet.
“Sunnydale. Wasn’t the town that mysteriously turned into a crater about three years ago?” Reid asked.
~Courtesy of the First and of us.~ Willow thought to herself as she answered. “The one and the same.” She was pulled out of her thoughts once again when she heard some voices in the background and then Reid’s voice sounding very embarrassed and nervous.
“Um, W-Willow.” He stuttered. “Listen, I know that we’ve just met and it’s probably too early but I was … w-wondering if you, maybe, want to go out to dinner or a coffee.”
~Am I hearing that right? He’s asking me out on a date?~ Willow was flabbergasted and in shock. ~I haven’t gone out on a date with a guy since Oz!!!~ Taking a deep breath and making up her mind, Willow spoke in what she hoped was a steady voice.
“I love to.”
“Really?” Reid sounded surprised and relieved. That made the Wicca feel an ounce of pity for the young profiler. ~He’s probably never had any luck with women.~
“Really, really.” Willow replied with a smile.
“Great.” Reid said in a cheerful voice. “There’s a café that had just opened up. It’s not far from the F.B.I headquarters. I can pick you up around seven on Friday at your place or you can meet me at work. Whatever you want.”
~Perfect!! I have some stuff to do at the school on Friday anyway so I’ll just meet Spencer at work after that.~
“I’m going to have to meet you at work, Spencer.” Willow replied. “I have some stuff to do around where you work anyway so I can meet you at work after I’m finished running my errands.”
There was a pause on the other line for a few minutes before Willow heard Reid’s response. “Okay, that’s fine. It’s great.” He sounded nervous and excited. “I’ll see you Friday.”
“See you Friday.” Willow replied with an excited twinge to her voice. “Bye, Spencer.”
“Bye, Willow.” Reid said and as she hung up the phone, Willow could hear the giggles of most of the Slayers and Buffy who was trying in vain to keep a straight face. The Wicca felt her cheeks grow hot with embarrassment knowing that her best friend and most of the Slayers in the room overheard the end of her conversation with Reid.
“Bye, Spencer.” Buffy said in a teasing voice and with a laugh.
“Shut up, Buffy.” Willow replied sounding every bit as embarrassed as she felt. As she went upstairs, however, her embarrassed look turned into a grin thinking of her upcoming date with Reid and the first that she had with a man for some long years.
~This has turned out to be a very good day.~
Once again, this is my first Criminal Minds fan fic so please be very gentle and I'm sorry that Morgan, JJ, Reid and Elle are a little OOC but there is a reason for that and I promise that this will get better. Anyway, please review and remember no flames. I will ignore them and I don't have the patience for them. I will update ASAP so keep an eye out for one soon!!!