Title: Forever His
Story Category: Criminal Minds
Disclaimer: I do not own Criminal Minds, which is owned by the Mark Gordon Company. I just own Alexander Langston, Gabriella Chambers and Roxanne Hammond...I also don't own Nickelback's Far Away, N'Sync's Gonna Be Me, and a quote from Saturday's Warrior...so please don't sue
Inspired By: Nickelback's Far Away in a twisted reincarnation sense
Summary: He's always loved her as Alexander Langston and Spencer Reid. When it comes down to it, he will find her...because she was always meant to be his.
Characters: Alexander Langston(OMC)/Spencer Reid, Roxanne Hammond/Gabriella Chambers(OFC)
Pairings: Alexander Langston/Roxanne Hammond, Spencer Reid/Gabriella Chambers
Universe: AU with Canon ties...
Diana Reid was, in fact, having a good day as she read her son's latest letter. She shook her head when he'd said that Gabby had needed some convincing to embark on a relationship with him. The problem with the previous women her son had limited contact was that they weren't Gabriella Chambers, she reflected as she set his letter down and wrote in her journal. She was glad that Spencer and Gabriella were thinking about settling down and having a family – that was what her son needed right now.
"Mrs. Reid, do you remember me?" She looked up at the very woman she'd been thinking about.
"Gabriella, yes, please have a seat." She gestured to the chair across from her. "I just got Spencer's letter. Is he doing well?" Gabriella laughed softly.
"He's doing fine. He's on a case right now, but I wanted to see how you were doing." Diana nodded. She noticed that Gabriella's childhood exuberance had been tempered, as if it had been in excess. That was one of the things that Spencer had liked about her when they were growing up.
"Forgive me for prying, Gabriella, but you seem more reserved." Gabby nodded at Diana's observation.
"Life and five years of being a cop does that to you." Gabby shrugged. "I love your son very much." It was obvious that she did. Diana noticed that her blue eyes sparkled every time she spoke of Spencer. She still felt that for William despite the fact that Spencer's father left her.
"Spencer didn't tell me much about your relationship other than the fact that you two are thinking of settling down and giving me grandkids." Diana commented.
"It's a possibility." Gabby responded neutrally. Diana smiled as she wondered what Spencer had thought of that idea. He probably didn't like the idea of his girlfriend in danger and had tried to talk Gabriella out of going back to the police force.
"Spencer try to talk you out of it?" She asked.
"If you can call what he did trying to talk me out of it." Gabriella laughed, then shook her head. "Your son doesn't have much in the way of social skills." Diana nodded, agreeing with her son's girlfriend. "But he is getting better." Gabby was smiling.
"He became more withdrawn after you moved." Gabriella nodded. "I always thought that was the worst decision your parents ever made." Gabriella shrugged again.
"But I was here when he needed me." Diana smiled again.
"That's one of the things that Spencer loves about you, the ability to look on the bright side of things." Gabby laughed. "As well as your laughter. He missed that the most."
"A mother knows." Gabriella murmured. Diana wondered why she was looking at the table fiddling with her hands when she said that line. "A mother always knows."
"Are you crying, Gabriella?" She asked.
"Sorry, Diana." Gabriella quickly wiped away the tears. "I was thinking of the child I would've had if..." Diana stared at her, unable to believe what she was hearing.
"You had a miscarriage?" Gabriella looked up and nodded. "Dear, I am so sorry. That is always the hardest on a mother. I had a couple before Spencer. Then, when he was born..."
"Why mess with perfection?" Both women laughed at Gabby's reiteration of the line she had told Spencer a few months ago. "My mother is having another baby."
"Let me guess, you're not too thrilled?" Diana asked.
"I don't know what I feel about this. I wish that I could say that I feel fine with it, which I don't. Every time I try to talk to Spencer about it, he wants to analyze me." Diana laughed. Her son could go overboard with Gabby on occasion, which led to a lot of their arguments as kids. "If I wanted to be analyzed, I'd go to a shrink to have it done."
"You two were always like that as kids. William used to call it the older sister/younger brother complex." Gabriella frowned and then made a face. "It's true, Gabriella. Sometimes, Spencer's following you around annoyed you as much as it would an older sibling. Once, he came home crying because you didn't like him anymore, or so he said."
"I never said that!" She cried out indignantly.
"No, but Spencer has always been good at reading body language. He said something once to the effect of that you thought he was stupid." Gabriella shook her head. She'd never thought that Spencer was stupid. She thought that he was thick-headed, yes, but never once had she thought him stupid. "You may not have said it, Gabriella but your friends reinforced it into his head after you left. Of course, Spencer wouldn't believe the worst of you. He never could."
"I never thought that about him. I always thought he was stubborn as a mule and sometimes, thick-headed but never have I even thought that Spencer was stupid, Diana." Diana nodded as she listened to the woman that would, hopefully, become her daughter in law.
"I didn't mean to upset you unnecessarily, Gabby. I just assumed that you knew and didn't care that Spencer went through that after you moved." She watched Gabby close her eyes and shake her head, briefly wondering if she had misjudged Gabby in Alexa's place.
"I've got to go, Mrs. Reid." Gabby got up and left.
Gabriella sat in the dark of her bedroom, crying. If she had known that her actions would have hurt Spencer after she left, she would've - hell, she had no idea what she would have done. Her phone rang. She ignored it for a few seconds. "Hello?" She asked as she answered the phone.
"Hey..." Spencer's voice came through the speaker and she tried to wipe away her tears. "What's wrong?" She tried to calm herself. Spencer didn't need to know that the visit with his mother had upset her. He'd insist that she not have any contact with Diana if he knew.
"Nothing, really. Had a nightmare." She lied, hoping Spencer would buy it.
"You don't have nightmares, Gabs." Spencer disagreed with her. Then he changed the subject. "I called to let you know that I'm at the airport and that Morgan's driving me home. I'll cook dinner tonight." She frowned. Spencer had cooked dinner last time he was home, so therefore it was her turn to cook dinner for them tonight.
"It's my turn." She protested lightly.
"I know that. Just let me do something nice for you tonight. You've been restless lately after going back to your job." He pointed out. Gabby shook her head. She'd been worried about Spencer lately, especially since he was on back to back cases sometimes.
"Spencer, I...Really, I'm fine." She tried convincing her boyfriend.
"You don't sound fine. You sound like you're trying to convince me that you're fine when you're not." Spencer sounded like he was upset with her. "You and I both know that's not true." She sighed, upset that her boyfriend knew her so well.
"I'll see you when you get home." She quickly said and before Spencer could say another word, she hung up to call Brian Jackson, her best 'guy' friend. "Hey Brian."
"Gabby...you okay?" Like Spencer, Brian had always been concerned for her well-being. "You...sound upset. Is Spencer treating you right?"
"He's not even home right now. I need you to do me a favor. Can you take me to get two pregnancy tests at Wal-Mart?" Silence fell on the other side of the phone line. "Brian?" She heard a snicker from Brian's girlfriend.
"You think that you might be pregnant?" Brian finally asked. Gabby had to admit that the possibility seemed a bit farfetched, due to the fact that five weeks ago, Spencer had been in the hospital for anthrax exposure.
"I haven't had my period for about eight weeks straight, Brian." She answered, doing the math. "Oh god. Those dreams the other night..." Gabby trailed off, thinking of her dream about her first pregnancy.
"I'll be right over. Leave a note for Spencer so he doesn't worry." Brian hung up and Gabby quickly scribbled a note for her boyfriend, sticking it to the space above where they kept their guns locked up in her room. Spencer would usually go in her room first to secure his gun and to make sure she had secured hers.
When she got home, Spencer was already cooking dinner for the both of them. She tucked the pregnancy tests under the sink and heard, "Gabby?" from Spencer.
"Yes, I'm here." She said as she entered the kitchen. "Sorry about worrying you earlier."
"I thought my mom had upset you with whatever she'd said. She wouldn't tell me the exact phrasing, but she said that you had just up and left after as if you were upset." She should have remembered that Spencer was close to his mother and that Diana would tell her son.
"I'm okay now." Spencer put the meatloaf in the oven, washed his hands and then dried them on a towel. "Really, Spencer."
"Are you sure?" he asked. She nodded and shivered as he stood in front of her. "Are you cold..."
"I'm going to take a shower." She told him. He nodded in response and watched as she headed into her room. She shut the door before going into the bathroom with her favorite baby blue nightgown. To cut down the waiting time, she takes a long shower. As she absently towels herself off, she looks at the screen. Two blue lines, clear as day. So, conception had to take place – there was only one day it could have taken place on in her mind – two weeks before Spencer had contracted the anthrax. "Oh god." she muttered.
"Gabby, dinner's ready." Spencer announced as he knocked on the door. Gabby gulped. Telling Spencer that she was having a baby would be hard enough with his fear of schizophrenia but over dinner would be a disaster.
'Put it off. You've got enough time to tell him about the baby' a voice sounded inside of her. She shook her head. Spencer ought to know about the child they were going to have. "Spencer…we need to have a talk." Spencer sat down, giving her an expectant look. "I think I'm pregnant."
Spencer blinked, and then stared at her. "You're pregnant now?" He asked nervously. Gabby nodded as he rubbed his hands over his face.
"I forgot my birth control…I'm sorry." Her boyfriend looked at her. His next response shocked her.
"Actually, I'm not. Hopefully, your mom will stop hounding me as if it were my decision to make you have a baby." She smiled wryly; Spencer had a point.
"Are you happy about me being pregnant?" Because it wasn't too late to have an abortion even though it would tear her apart to even do so. "Spencer, I want you to want this child too." The man she loved just shrugged his shoulders.
"I don't not want to raise it." Gabby rolled her eyes. That sentence didn't even make sense. "I don't want you to raise the baby alone, Gabs. I just need time to adjust, okay?" He clarified.
"Fine." She ground out through her teeth. "Just make sure you're adjusted by the time the baby arrives. I won't have my child thinking that his or her father doesn't want them." She shooed him out the door, shut it and then locked it. Sitting on the floor next to the door, she cried.
The next day, Gabby had managed to arrange to have lunch with her friends. "I don't know what to do anymore because I'm certain that Spencer doesn't want this baby." She was crying on Brian's shoulder while explaining to Zoe and Claire. Her friends were supportive enough, but part of them sided with Spencer. It wasn't as if she didn't know Spencer's feelings about children of his own.
"You did tell us that he said that he needed time to adjust. I mean, men are like that." Brian shrugged. Gabby smiled at her main guy friend. Brian Jackson was her lifesaver.
"How much time do I give him to be accustomed to the fact that I'm having his kid? I wish there was a manual on this." Brian cracked a smile while Zoe and Claire laughed. "I think he should be scared that I want to raise his kid." Both women laughed even harder as Brian joined in.
"If I was Dr. Perfect Brains, and I'm not by the way, I'd want to make sure I had a say in how you raised my kid." Brian pointed out after he was finished with his bout of laughter, making Gabby shake her head.
Brian saw Dr. Spencer Reid enter the building. Even though Gabby's boyfriend looked geeky, Brian did not doubt for a second that this was one genius you did not tangle with. Even if you chose to tangle with him, you did it at your own peril.
"What? You shivered, Brian." Zoe asked.
"Spencer's here, Gabby... and he doesn't look happy." Brian pointed out to his best friend. Gabby inclined her head as if to say she'd heard him.
"I knew that Mom and Dave wouldn't keep their mouths shut." Gabby muttered as Spencer headed their way. Spencer walked towards them as if he was stressed out by not being able to talk to Gabby. Actually, Brian could see why Gabby had fallen in love with the genius. Dr. Reid reminded him of Jonathan Chambers in the way he was protective of Gabriella, although Jonathan Chambers had been her father, rather than boyfriend.
"Gabs, can we talk? Please?" Gabby shook her head wordlessly, and Brian knew Spencer was almost to the point of begging to talk to Gabby. "Please?"
"No." was all she said. "Not right now."
When she got home, Spencer was waiting for her. "Can we talk now?" He asked, biting his lip. Gabby ignored him as she secured her gun. Coming back out, she ran into Spencer, who had been behind her. He looked like hell.
"Yes." She sat on the bed. "What is it?"
"I'm sorry that I was a insensitive moron and making you think that I don't want our child. I'm just scared, Gabs. It's not just the schizophrenia, what if he or she inherits an even worse neurological disorder?" Gabby smiled in amusement.
"Insensitive moron? Sounds like something Morgan would say." Spencer shook his head.
"Morgan coached me. Said you deserved better than that. Even JJ agreed." He sat beside her. "Can I..." He trailed off as he gestured to her belly. Gabby grinned and brought his hand to rest against her flat abdomen. "You're going to be showing soon." he pointed out.
"Don't remind me." Gabby muttered.
"You're going to be even more beautiful when you do..." Spencer murmured. "Not that you aren't normally..." The idea that her genius was backtracking with his words struck her as funny.
"That compliment, Spencer Reid," She said with a small chortle before continuing, "is going to need some work." He looked at her sheepishly, as if he couldn't believe that she wasn't mad at him for what he just said to her. "What did I do to deserve you?"
"Is that a compliment or..." She raised her eyebrows at his questioning.
"Take it as such, Spencer." Gabby instructed softly. Spencer smiled and just hugged her tightly. He reflected on their conversation before his anthrax episode and found that he was happy about her pregnancy. Not that he wasn't worried about it, but he was happier than he had been after she drifted out of his life.
"I want you to know that I am happy about this…I just wasn't expecting it to happen so soon, Gabs." She pulled away and looked into his hazel eyes, smiling as she did so. He found himself privately wondering what he had done to deserve her.
A/N: I hope that this turned out well...Please Read and Review.