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Title: Connections to the Past
Author: Daylyn
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Rating: PG-13 (FRT)
Pairing: Hotch/Reid
Word Count: ~ 2,500
Disclaimer: All characters belong to their copyright holders. No profit is intended.

Summary: On the flight back from Idaho, Hotch realizes that he has to talk to Reid about the similarities between this recent case and Reid’s torment at the hands of Tobias Hankel.

Author’s Note: SPOILERS for Episode 5.22, “The Internet is Forever” specifically and Season 5 generally (including events from Episode 5.09, “100”). Also SPOILERS for Episode 2.15, “Revelations”.

This takes place in my Five Dinners universe, specifically in the timeline between dinner #4 and dinner #5. (All “Five Dinners” stories can be found here).

My only real disappointment with Episode 5.22, “The Internet is Forever” was that it really didn’t make the connection between the current case and what happened to Reid when he was kidnapped. This is an attempt to rectify that.


Connections to the Past
By Daylyn


Aaron sat at the front of the plane as they flew back from Idaho, ostensibly writing his report. However, he was actually watching the team out of the corner of his eye and their delayed reactions to the events of the case. Aaron noticed that everyone’s attention (except Rossi’s) was on Reid, whereas Reid was sitting in the back of the plane as far from everyone else as possible. His posture was extremely defensive; he sat with the table down, book in front of his face, and messenger bag clutch tightly to his lap. The few times anyone had tried to approach him, he stood abruptly and hurried to the lavatory or kitchen area. It was quite apparent that Reid did not want to talk. However, that did not stop the rest of the team from glancing worriedly at him and from nervously refusing to interact with each other.

Aaron cast a surreptitious glance at Reid. Reid just clasped his bag closer.

Rossi came and sat across from Aaron. Rossi indicated the team with a quick thrust of his chin. Aaron could almost feel the nervous energy radiating off the others, like hungry animals caged in a zoo. Aaron thought that they would actually be pacing if they weren’t on the jet (and would have incurred everyone’s wrath, Aaron’s included).

Rossi cleared his throat and Aaron’s attention went back to him.

“You want to tell me what’s going on?” Rossi asked. “Everyone is kind of acting like they have pants full of fire ants.”

Aaron gave a slight, amused snort. “It’s the… case,” he answered.

“I gathered that,” Rossi said with a touch of impatience. “But what’s so different about this case. We even rescued the killer’s last victim, which is as close to a win as we get.”

“Yes. But we had to watch over the Internet as he killed his fourth victim.”

“O-kay. And why is that causing this?”

Aaron glanced at Reid. “It brought back some bad connections.”

“Such as? Help me out here, Aaron.”

Aaron sighed and forced himself to not look at Reid. “There was a case in Georgia a few months before you came back. I’m sure you’ve heard about it – it was the case where Reid was captured by an UnSub with dissociative identity disorder.”

“Ah. Yeah. He was held captive for…”

“Two days. The UnSub had posted all of his killings online. He watched his victims through their webcams, which he gained access to them by doing technical service.”

“And?”

“And… he forced us to watch over the Internet as he beat, tortured, and actually killed Reid.”

“Ah.”

“Yeah. That’s not all. He tried to force Reid to choose the next victim from the screens in front of him. Reid refused, but then was forced to choose someone to live, not die. Reid had to watch as the UnSub killed someone he hadn’t chosen.”

“He felt responsible.”

“Yes.”

“And everyone here remembers what it was like to helplessly watch Reid in the killer’s hand.”

“Yes. And to watch the death of his last victims.”

“Well, that does explain why they’re all freaked out.”

Aaron snorted. “Yes.”

“Are you going to talk to Reid?”

Aaron looked at Rossi in surprise. “What?”

“Are you going to talk to Reid?” Rossi repeated slowly and patiently. “He’s the one who really suffered and the one who could use the most support. He’ll accept it from you even if he won’t accept it from anyone else.”

“I… don’t think so…”

“Look, you can’t keep avoiding him.”

“I’m not avoiding him,” Aaron said, a bit too defensively he realized.

Rossi just gave him a steady look. “Talk to him, Aaron. He needs you to.” Rossi smiled briefly and grasped his shoulder as he walked away.

Aaron swallowed, glanced at Reid again, and realized that Dave was right, both with the fact that Reid needed him and by the fact that Aaron was avoiding Reid. He had been ever since he had essentially dumped Reid… Spencer… after Haley’s death. Aaron had ended their brief intimate relationship and, frankly, he wasn’t sure how to interact with Reid now. He appreciated it, he truly did, that Reid was striving to keep some sort of friendship intact and was making efforts to provide distractions for Jack. Aaron also appreciated it that Reid made sure that they were never alone. Aaron was a profiler, after all, and it was pretty obvious what Reid was doing, ensuring that there were no expectations for further intimacy, no matter how much Reid might want it. And one thing Aaron could tell is that Reid… Spencer… still had feelings for him. Or else he would not have gone so much out of his way to help support Aaron.

Aaron looked at Reid again; the young man was miserable. It was easy to see that he had been heavily impacted by this case.

If Aaron was honest with himself, he had to admit that he still had feelings for Reid… Spencer. Even if he couldn’t, or shouldn’t, or wouldn’t be intimate with him. Aaron gritted his teeth. Dave was right; Aaron had to talk to Reid. What sort of supervisor, what sort of friend, hell, what sort of man would he be if he just let Reid suffer through this alone. He’d done that once before, after the whole Tobias Hankel debacle. He regretted that decision. He knew he couldn’t do it again.

And so Aaron found himself on the tarmac after they had landed, watching as Reid began to stalk off. He knew that he had to act now or never. Aaron called out, “Reid, I’d like to speak to you for a moment.”

Aaron could sense Reid’s reluctance as he fell back. The rest of the team continued forward; there was almost a sense of relief emanating from them.

“What?” Reid asked. His tone wasn’t quite petulant, but it was pretty damn close.

“I’m going to give you a ride home,” Aaron said.

“I’d rather take the train.”

“Actually, that was an order.”

*****

The last thing, the absolute last thing, that Spencer Reid wanted to do was talk to Aaron Hotchner. But he knew better than to actively disobey a direct order. Whatever else they had (or had not) been to each other, Hotch was still his boss and Spencer respected him too much to not do as he was told.

Spencer slid reluctantly into the passenger seat of the car. Hotch began driving. He obviously remembered the way to Spencer’s apartment. Spencer thought that was almost a tragedy.

Spencer felt raw. He had felt raw since they had watched the live Internet footage of the UnSub as he murdered his victim. It was too much like Tobias Hankel; being forced to watch someone die and knowing there was no way to stop it. He knew it and the whole goddamn team knew that he was struggling with it (except Rossi, of course, for which he was grateful). He wanted to scream at them to leave him alone, to stop profiling him, to stop wondering if he was okay. Instead, he did his job.

He knew, however, that he wasn’t okay. And, sadly, the team knew that too.

He thought, briefly, of trying to score some dialudid, but decided he wouldn’t give any of the UnSubs the power over him to make him start using again. It was, however, a damn tough decision and one he hoped he could abide by.

Spencer glanced over at Hotch, but the man was silent as he drove. Spencer wanted to scream, to demand to know what Hotch wanted, to demand to be let out of the car. He did none of these things. They drove in silence.

Hotch drove to Spencer’s place and then parked in front of the building. He turned off the engine. Spencer went to open the door. Hotch briefly touched his arm and then let go.

“I’m crap at this,” Hotch said. “But you know that. I won’t ask if you are okay. I know that you’re not. I won’t ask if you’ll be okay. I am fully confident that you will be.”

“So then why are we here?”

“Is there anything I can do to help?”

“No,” Spencer said immediately and far too quickly.

“Talk to me, Reid,” Hotch said.

“There’s nothing to say.”

Hotch silently raised his eyebrow.

Spencer sighed in frustration. “Yes, this case obviously brought back memories of my time with Hankel. Yes, I’m upset. No, I’m not going to do something stupid.”

Hotch nodded. “Why are you upset?”

Spencer looked away. “I don’t like being reminded just how weak I am.” He went to get out of the car.

Hotch grabbed his arm. “No. I will not let you leave believing that about yourself. I told you… before... when we were…” together, Hotch didn’t say, but Reid heard it. “I told you,” Hotch continued, “that you were one of the strongest people I know. I fully stand by that statement.”

“Hotch, I’m the only agent you have who actually got himself kidnapped.”

Hotch scowled at Spencer. “Let’s see. Just briefly, off the top of my head, Morgan was knocked unconscious by Foyet and the only reason he wasn’t killed was because he was out cold; Elle was held hostage and shot; Garcia was shot; Prentiss has gotten numerous concussions, including when she was knocked in the head by the UnSub in Milwaukee who was using his son as bait; and JJ was recently hit in the head and almost knocked unconscious and killed by the UnSub in the Dante case in L.A.”

Hotch looked Spencer directly in the eyes, his expression hard.

“And then there was me,” Hotch continued, his eyes boring into Spencer’s. “Foyet, essentially, beat the crap out of me, stabbed me nine times, among other things, and dragged my half-dead, bleeding body to the hospital. Not to mention the other horrors he caused. ”

Spencer swallowed. “Hotch, I didn’t mean… I—”

“Any one of us, at any time, could be the victim. Any one of us. So far, the only member of the team who hasn’t given me a heart attack yet is Rossi. I expect him to do something ridiculously stupid soon. I’m sure he’s planning it right now.” Hotch smiled briefly, but it quickly faded. “Look, I know that watching what you went through will never compare to actually having gone through it, but you don’t know what it was like watching as Hankel played Russian roulette with you, telling you to choose one of us to die. Had I been there, I would have told you to choose me, just to stop what he was doing to you. And then you did – you did choose me – and you sent me that message as to where you were. That was exceptionally impressive work. I was proud of you.”

Aaron clasped Spencer on the shoulder. “You are a damn good agent, Dr. Reid. It has been both my privilege and my honor to work with you. Don’t let any UnSub… or anyone… ever make you doubt that.”

Spencer felt a lump in his throat. He blinked rapidly as he tried to emotionally process Hotch’s words. He could hear the unfeigned pride in Hotch’s voice. “I don’t know what to say. I… thank you.”

“You’ll be fine, Reid. I know this was rough, but you’ll be fine. Go home and get some rest. Call me, and I mean that, if you need to talk.”

Spencer nodded. “Good night,” he croaked. He managed to get out of the car and walk toward his apartment building. He then heard Hotch’s car door open and turned around to face him.

“Reid… Spencer,” Hotch began, “I also wanted to tell you that…despite the ‘boy band’ remark I made, I like the haircut.” Hotch looked like he was blushing slightly under the streetlight. “You look… good.” Hotch was looking at Spencer with an intense stare, but the intensity was different from the look he had given in the car. This look reminded Spencer more of when… they had made love and Hotch had looked at him as he moved inside of Spencer.

Spencer licked his lips.

Hotch swallowed.

Spencer felt arousal slam into him. He gasped slightly.

Hotch’s breath caught.

They stood silently for a moment, and Spencer would have sworn that he could feel desire radiating between them. Hotch finally said, “Good night, Reid,” and then got back into his car and drove off.

Spencer took a shuddering breath and then forced himself to turn around and head into his building. He knew, no matter how much he wanted to avoid it, that he would be jerking off to thoughts of Aaron Hotchner that night.

*****

Aaron wondered what the hell he had been thinking. He had managed to go six months without letting Reid… Spencer… know that he still wanted him. And then Aaron had blown that in about 15 seconds tonight.

But the problem was that Aaron did, if he was honest, still desire Spencer.

Aaron sighed as he drove. He couldn’t do that. Not to Jack, not to Spencer, not to anyone. He couldn’t subject his son to the ridicule of growing up with a ‘gay’ dad. He couldn’t subject Spencer to his still deep rooted sense of loss and guilt over Haley. He couldn’t subject Jessica to ‘replacing’ her dead sister with a male lover. He couldn’t subject his team to his blatant breaking of the fraternization rules. He couldn’t do any of that. Could he?

Besides, Spencer was too young. Aaron was 15 years older – 15 long, hard years that had certainly taken their toll on his psyche. Spencer deserved someone… better.

But a small part of him, a niggling part of him that sounded, strangely, like Haley, told him that the only time he had felt true contentment in years had been during those few evenings with Spencer, especially the aftermath of their lovemaking which was, in some ways, more intimate than the actual sex. And that Spencer had chosen him and had said he had wanted Aaron for years. Besides, didn’t Jack deserve to have a father who was actually happy and could show him that love should not be so strictly defined.

Aaron realized that he had no idea what he should do. He just knew that the ideas he thought were ‘right’ may, in fact, actually be completely wrong.

Aaron knew he had to think, seriously, and be very certain before he approached Spencer again. His pain over Haley’s loss was still too raw and he refused to hurt Spencer any more with his uncertainty. And Aaron knew that the one lasting legacy that Foyet had on his life was to make him uncertain about so much. Aaron’s confidence had been shaken, badly, even if the team didn’t truly realize the extent of it. He knew he could not rush into any decision. And there was a lot to think about.

Aaron drove home to his son, thinking all the while.

Date: 2010-05-24 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bowie28.livejournal.com
The title gave me a heart attack for a moment. I seriously thought you'd finally finished your CM/SH crossover, lol.

That being said, this? Most excellent way to rectify the lack of angsty Reid in the latest episode. The boyband comment still feels like a moment from a crack fic, lol, but I'll take all I can get you know. And I agree with Hotch, Reid looks more than good with the new hair.
Edited Date: 2010-05-24 08:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-05-24 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
I seriously thought you'd finlly finished your CM/SH crossover, lol. LOL too. No. So sorry. Still (definitely) working on that. Damn RL/job getting in the way of writing fanfic, especially epic fanfic writing. But don't worry -- the Epic Crossover will not be abandoned!

Thanks! Yeah, there definitely should have been more Reid (and team) angst. I liked the episode, but they kind of ignored a blatantly obvious connection there. Really, just a simple acknowledgment would have done it. Oh a more shallow note, I like the haircut too. I liked the Jesus-hair, but this looks pretty damn good. And I liked Hotch's snarky "boy-band" comment -- it's a subtle showing of his healing and willingness to now, slowly, begin to joke.

Glad you liked this.

Date: 2010-05-24 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jujuberry136.livejournal.com
Loved the line about Rossi planning something to give Hotch a heart attack any day now- serious giggles!

Great exploration of what was unsaid in this episode about the similarities between the case and Hankel.

Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2010-05-24 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Really, you know that Rossi has got to do something that will give Hotch a heart attack soon. Although Rossi kind of is the most "reasonable" of all of them.

Thanks! I'm glad you liked this. I definitely felt that there should have been some exploration (or at least acknowledgment) of the similarities between the cases.

Date: 2010-05-24 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jomk.livejournal.com
Ah, leave it to my wonderful writers to do what should have been done in the show. This was wonderful, of course, and then I had to go back and read the whole thing for, I think, the fifth time. It just keeps getting better and better. :)

Date: 2010-05-25 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you so very much! Yeah, the show kind of missed the boat on this. But that's what fic is for, right? I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you (continue) to like my stories.

Date: 2010-05-24 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowena-dawson.livejournal.com
Wow....

I really liked this, angst and all.

I too was EXTREMELY UPSET when they didn't mention a certain Tobias Hankel in the episode. I enjoyed your version of what SHOULD have happened. :)

Date: 2010-05-25 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thanks! The show definitely should have at least mentioned (even in passing) the obvious connection between the cases. Well, that's what fic is for, I guess. So glad you liked it.

Date: 2010-05-24 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daftfear.livejournal.com
THANK YOU!

:D I kept thinking, through the whole episode, "Reid is totally going to react now... ok ok, maybe now?" and they DIDN'T deal with it!

You have saved my brain :) And I love the bit about Rossi planning something, too. Made me laugh like a loon.

*flailsquee*

Date: 2010-05-25 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Yeah, they definitely should have at least mentioned it. *sigh* I love the show, but sometimes.... would a little continuity be too much to ask for???

And you know that Rossi totally goes home and plans ways to drive the team crazy.

Thank you!

Date: 2010-05-24 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] impulsiveanswer.livejournal.com
I wish there'd been something like this in the actual episode! What happened was too similar to the Hankel case to let that go without even a passing acknowledgement. And you wrote it very well, from Spencer's defensiveness, Hotch reluctance, to the spark between them when Hotch finally comforted him and told he liked the hair. You really captured the essence of two damaged-but-still-standing people starting to find their way back to each other.

Date: 2010-05-25 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the kind words. And yeah, the show really shuld have at least mentioned the connection.

Date: 2010-05-24 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wideyeddreamer.livejournal.com
I'm going to be a parrot here and agree with what everyone else has been saying. I remember seeing the preview for this episode even and going "Haven't they already kind of done this storyline?"

Except, because of my nerdly love for each member of the BAU team, the one where they have to watch Spence was a lot worse for me. (I may or may not have cried during it)

So I'm glad you tied that in.

Also, this So far, the only member of the team who hasn’t given me a heart attack yet is Rossi. I expect him to do something ridiculously stupid soon. I’m sure he’s planning it right now.” Hotch smiled briefly

Brilliant.

Date: 2010-05-25 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! I think there's a bit of a general feeling that the show should have at least mentioned the similarities between the two cases. Grr...

And you know that Rossi totally comes up with ways to drive the team crazy.

So glad you liked this.

Date: 2010-05-25 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wideyeddreamer.livejournal.com
Yay for almost matching icons! :)

I loved that moment between them. All shipping aside, they have a great friendship on the show.

Date: 2010-05-25 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
I agree. I really like the relationships and interactions between all the characters, but I have a soft spot for Hotch and Reid's friendship. When they click, they actually work together seamlessly.

Date: 2010-05-24 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martina66.livejournal.com
I love your writing and I love this series, but I really, really want them back together, please write more...................:))

Date: 2010-05-25 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! And actually they do get back together in the original fic, Five Dinners and a Breakfast. This fic just takes place during in the timeline when they're not seeing each other. But don't worry... I have more 'togetherness' fics planned.

Date: 2010-05-25 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martina66.livejournal.com
lol......yes, I remembered just after I posted you,...............I soooooooooooo love this series............not quite sure why........... but I just adore them together and the way you write them, am hoping you can post really soon, thank you...............

Date: 2010-05-25 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martina66.livejournal.com
More "togetherness' is entirely good...................:))

Date: 2010-05-25 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneflewtoofar.livejournal.com
hi

I spent yesterday reading all your fiction like a crazy stalker and had a blast, you really write beautifully. I'd forgotten how awesome holmes/watson can be. Thanks for giving me so much to read on a holiday monday.

mary

Date: 2010-05-27 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words. Wow.

Yeah, Holmes and Watson is a love of mine, although oddly I've fallen out of the fandom now that it's so popular due to the film. I also found the CM fandom (I actually just starting watching the show last summer in repeats) and fell in love with Hotch and Reid... so... yeah. But I will definitely write more Holmes/Watson stuff (and I know that I still have to finish my WWI fic).

Actually, I am in the middle of writing the Epic Crossover, which is a CM/Sherlock Holmes crossover which sort of began as a crack discussion but has now morphed into a whole LONG story (with mad scientists, explosions across time, intrigue at the U.S. Embassy in London, the hunt for Jack the Ripper in Victorian London, and Hotch/Reid established and Holmes/Watson preslash. Um... yeah... really.)

Anyway, I'm thrilled you liked my stories. Thanks again!

Date: 2010-05-25 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enmuse.livejournal.com
Well if you want to smack me with angst with RL connections... He couldn’t subject his son to the ridicule of growing up with a ‘gay’ dad. Fucking hell. That was one of the most tragic conversations I have ever had with someone - a mom saying she wasn't going to date women anymore (she's bi) because she doesn't want to put that burden on her son. Hell, it's why I'm still very nervous to ask why my mother stopped dating back when I was in forth grade. I'm 99% sure that wasn't the case, but I still have that small fear...

Away from that, this story was well-written. Clearly I should have watched the entire episode. :p

Date: 2010-05-27 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear about that mom. That's kind of a sad commentary on the world.

I didn't mean anything disparaging by that remark, btw. I think that Hotch, even a bi-curious Hotch, would at least consider the impact of his relationships on Jack. Especially since he is likely carrying a boat load of guilt over Haley (and Jack). I can see him wondering how any relationship he has would affect his son. Also, for all the open-mindedness that CM shows concerning homosexuality and the team's reaction to it, Hotch and Reid are still in the FBI and law enforcement has a reputation for being a bit homophobic. I think these would be issues that Hotch would consider.

I certainly didn't mean to smack you in the head with RL angst.

Glad you liked the fic, though. Thank you!

Date: 2010-05-27 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] enmuse.livejournal.com
I didn't mean anything disparaging by that remark, btw.

Oh I know you didn't! Gah, internet and tone of voice loss :p Believable situations/thoughts/etc make stories all the better. I'm all about angst (although I want happy endings!) so the comment didn't bother me at all. It just hit me how very true the sentiment is. I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who have similar thoughts. It just breaks my heart. :\

Keep on writing! I'm enjoying your fics. :D

Date: 2010-05-28 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Yeah, it's true that the internet does not lend itself to tone of voice. I kind of figured that you knew that I was all about the angst and I thought that you weren't bothered, but it's always good to be sure. *g*

I'm "glad" that you felt that the sentiment rang true because, sadly, I think there is an element of truth behind Hotch's concern. I wish there wasn't, but... there world is a messed up place sometimes (far too often, really).

One of my goals in writing is to try and be realistic and portray "real" characters with "real" concerns who react in a "real-life" manner. I don't know if I'm always successful, but that is one of my goals. Well, that and happy endings to angsty stories. I want to depict things that ring true, even if they are sometimes uncomfortable.

Ack! I'm rambling.

Thanks again for your comments/compliments. I really appreciate them.

Date: 2010-05-25 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_nextboldmove_/
When show has canon error, such as FORGETTING TO BRING UP THE TOBIAS HANKEL CASE DURING A CASE WHERE VICTIMS ARE BEING KILLED ON LIVE WEBCAM...come read good fan fic. Oh yes, and this was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2010-05-27 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you. Although their was an implication of bad memories from the looks on Reid and JJ's faces as they watched the killing, I still would have liked a one sentence acknowledgment. *sigh*

So glad you liked this!

Date: 2010-05-26 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agenyus.livejournal.com
First, to the author: this fic is made of gold! A very, very good follow up after the credits ;) I'm not a H/R shipper, but somehow I got hooked up with your series, so more please?

Second, to everybody: they DIDN'T FORGET. When they are watching the live feed, JJ and Reid are shown toghether, there is not dialogue, just Reid taking a very defensive posture with a closed up expression and JJ moving away from the monitor with a very pained expression; both are clearly remembering. It's not long and it's subtle, but it's there.

Date: 2010-05-27 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm especially excited that you like my series even though you're not a H/R shipper. That's quite a compliment.

I agree that there was an implication that Reid and JJ were remembering Hankel from the looks on their faces. Nonetheless, I would have loved even one sentence (or even someone on the team looking at Reid) as an acknowledgment to the continuity. Especially since they have actually done several "continuity acknowledgment" sentences this season (off the top of my head -- Reid acknowledging Gideon while at the chess game in the park, Hotch and Rossi acknowledging Hotch's injury and his almost loss of hearing while Rossi was brandishing the automatic weapon, Garcia remembering being shot, Garcia being a hacker who was caught by the FBI). Nonetheless, Reid and JJ's reactions were well done.

Anyway, thank you for the compliments on my series. Woo hoo! More fics are planned/coming soon(ish).

Date: 2010-06-07 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travelinthedark.livejournal.com
okay i totally <3 this. especially since, for some reason, i've been all into the angst-fic lately. but, can i just say?

excuse me hotch but you a are very very stupid man.

my eyes possibly watered when hotch was reciting all the bad things that have happened to the team. :(

stupid(awesome)angst!!!

Date: 2010-06-08 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yes, sometimes angst-fics are just utterly necessary. Yay for angst! Um...

And yeah, Hotch was being a bit stupid here. Although, in his defense, (since this is part of my "Five Dinners" universe), he does come around in a few months and approach Spencer again. And he was definitely going through a Very Angsty Time himself. (although one of the things I loved about this episode was his "boy band" remark to Reid, if only that it shows Hotch beginning to heal enough to make snarky comments again).

The team has had some bad things happen to them, haven't they? *hugs team*

Glad you liked it. (And yes, still working on the Epic Crossover, don't worry).

Date: 2010-06-10 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] travelinthedark.livejournal.com
the boyband remark *was* awesome. and i seriously have been all about the angst, and i don't know why! i read it and i know it's going to hurt, but i can't help myself. :/

but this was gooood angst :)

Date: 2010-06-20 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robinsson.livejournal.com
i loved your fic! thank you!!!

Date: 2010-06-22 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! So glad you like it.

Date: 2010-06-27 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] innerslytherin
I loved the boyband comment. Hotch's sense of humor is always so dry and unexpected. *swoon* And the way Dave kicked his ass into gear, and Aaron quit avoiding him and ruined his cover of not wanting Spencer. Lovely. And then at the end, with him thinking that voice sounded like Haley urging him to be happy. She was so wonderful at the end, even after all the mistakes she made in their marriage. She would want him to be happy.

Date: 2010-06-28 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
I loved the boyband comment in the show; it was so wonderful to see Hotch's snarky sense of humor again (I took it as a sign of him slowly healing). And Dave is definitely the kick people's ass into gear type of guy (I adore Dave, actually). I do think that Haley would want Aaron to be happy -- I think their relationship was complicated and they both made mistakes and neither one could provide the support the other needed. But I really do think that she would want him to live his life and find happiness).

Thanks for commenting on everything, btw. Glad you liked the fics.

Date: 2010-06-30 02:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] innerslytherin
I've been meaning to catch up on your fics for ages, and finally had time to do so. I just love them! :)

Date: 2010-08-06 09:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babyara.livejournal.com
Really good even that... I mean, maybe you'll tired of my comments but really I like so much the way that you write this two *_____________________*

I even like to read how Hotch take that decision to come back to Reid, to leave Reid to be part of his life again *______________*

Date: 2010-08-08 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daylyn.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love getting comments; it's such a compliment. And I'm thrilled you like my stories enough to comment. You put a smile on my face when you do.

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