Cafe Tales (Criminal Minds FanFiction)

Violet is the only survivor of a series of shootings in DC. The BAU is sent to talk to her, Morgan and Reid specifically. But wait. Reid and Violet have a past! Will this compromise the case at all? What about when Morgan decides to get close to her. How will Reid take this news? And what about Sebastian, Violet's four year old son?!


3. Chapter 3

Chapter 3

The rest of lunch was completely awkward. Spencer wasn’t sure what to say and Derek and JJ were definitely anxious to ask questions but were unsure whether they should or not. As we were all cleaning up, Sebastian doing his part and mine, I decided to speak up.

“It wasn’t really much, you guys. It was just something personal. Don’t worry about it.” Derek and JJ turned to me. Derek turned and looked at Reid and JJ.

“Can I talk to Violet alone?” He asked, standing his ground. I looked down at Sebastian who was attempting to get back up on the bed.

“Sebastian, can you go back out into the hallway with Spencer and JJ?” JJ held out her hand and smiled at my son.

“I’ll get you a cookie.” Sebastian got excited and ran over to her, taking her hand. Reid wasn’t so willing to leave. He hovered in the doorway, staring at me like I would ask him to stay. I waved him out and a sigh escaped his lips.

His eyes widened as if he hadn’t meant to sigh so loudly or even at all. He spun around and shut the door, nearly running down the hallway.

After a second, I turned and looked at Derek. I watched him walk over to the chair and pull it next to the bed. He sat down and took my hand in both of his. His hands were large and warm. I didn’t want to seem rude, so I didn’t move.

“If there is anything wrong, you know you can talk to me.” There wasn’t as much as a hint of a question as Derek spoke. I could only nod to him. I didn’t really know what to say to him. I mean, I know that he’s just doing his job but still.

“I’m sorry. Can you guys just leave? I need to be alone with my son right now.” I looked at Derek then through to door at everyone else.

Spencer was crouched down, saying something to Sebastian. Sebastian had the cookie that JJ got for him in his hand. He smiled at Spencer then broke the cookie in half and handed it to him. Spencer started to laugh and I couldn’t help but to smile.

It was an adorable scene, no matter how you looked at it. I could tell just by this that Spencer was good with kids.

“He spends a lot of time with JJ’s son.” Derek said, noticing that I was watching him. I nodded to him again but didn’t take my eyes off the scene outside my hospital room.

“Can you send him back in here?” I felt bad. I shouldn’t have yelled at Spencer like that. I need to apologize before he leaves. I can’t leave things like this. I can’t lose him again.

“Yeah. Hold on.” I glanced over at Derek as he walked over to the door and opened it. “Hey, Reid. She wants to talk to you.” He walked out the door and it shut. Spencer stood up, the half of the cookie still in his hand. He glance at me as Derek told him something. He nodded and crouched back down, looking at Sebastian. He said something to him and ruffled his hair then stood back up, walking into the room.

He walked over to the bed and stood next to it. I watched as the door shut. Derek sat down and started to play with Sebastian. I could tell that Sebastian was having a blast.

“He likes you. That’s unusual. He usually doesn’t leave me aside to go with his nanny.” I smiled slightly, it not reaching my eyes. My smile dropped and I looked at Spencer. “I’m really sorry about earlier.”

“No, I should be the one apologizing. I went too far. I should not have looked into your past. I should have just called.” Spencer seemed to be acted different than usual. Well, at least from when I knew him.

“You’ve changed, Spencer.” This got him to look at me for a second. Then his eyes returned to the ground.

“Yeah. A lot has happened…” It seemed as if he was going to explain but the door suddenly opened. Derek came in with Sebastian in his arms. His eyes looked to Spencer, who was now looking at him.

“Hotch called. There’s been another shooting.” Derek walked over to me and set Sebastian down. “JJ will stay here with you two. We need to meet Hotch and Rossi at the café.”

Sebastian curled up on my chest and waved to the two men. Derek shot us a smile and walked out the door, talking to JJ. Spencer looked at me and I smiled at him. He then nodded and started to walk for the door.

“No!” Sebastian sat up quickly and held out his arms to Spencer. Tears were welling up in his eyes. “Don’t go!”

I looked at Spencer then to my son. “He has to go. He’s got to go to work.” Sebastian refused to accept it.

“No! Stay!” He was now starting to cry. Spencer walked back over to the bed and looked at Sebastian.

“Hey, I’ll be back. I’m going to catch the man that hurt your mom.” Spencer ruffled Sebastian’s hair and smiled at him. Sebastian stood up and nearly jumped onto Spencer to wrap his arms around his neck. I felt a slight pain in my chest. It wasn’t a bad pain. The scene in front of me actually made me fairly happy.

My son hugging an old friend and telling him that he doesn’t want him to leave. Sebastian never got along with anyone. I hadn’t brought many guys home since he was born but even when we were out shopping, he would glare at the cashier if he was a male. Just last month he started yelling at someone because he was walking too close to me on the sidewalk. A complete stranger.

“I will be back.” Spencer repeated, peeling the boy off him. “Keep your mother safe until I get back. You got that?”

Sebastian nodded his head, his hair flopping around as he did so. He then put his hand to his forehead in a salute. “Yes, sir!” The small child then pointed at the older version of himself. “You come back!”

Spencer laughed at the child. “Don’t worry. I will.” He looked over at me and smiled. “I’ll be back as soon as possible.” He placed his hand on mine.

I smiled at him and nodded. “I’ll see you then. Come back with good news.” He just nodded to me and walked out the door. JJ walked in and sat down in the chair. Sebastian waved to Spencer and Derek through the glass. After they were finally out of sight, he sat down and looked at me.

“Mommy?” He said, looked at me with pleading eyes. I looked over at JJ and she smiled at me.

“What is it, Sebastian?” I turned my attention back to my child.

“Can Reid come home with us?” Even JJ started laughing at that.

“I don’t think so, Buddy. He’s a busy man. And I’m going to be here for a couple days.”

“He can stay here!” He started to pout. This is the first time he has been so persistent on something.

“Ask him when he gets back.” I decided to leave it at that. Spencer could explain to him that he can’t. I decided to talk to JJ instead. “Derek told me that Spencer spends a lot of time with Henry.” I didn’t really know where I was going with that but I knew that once she started talking about her son, she wouldn’t be able to stop. That’s something I’ve learned as a mother.

“Yeah. Henry is his godson. One Halloween, Henry decided he wanted to go as Spence. It was the cutest thing.” Her motherly smile returned as she looked down at her wedding ring. “He is adorable.”

“He sounds it. Maybe I’ll get the chance to meet him.” I was sure that that wasn’t going to happen but I figured it was a good thing to say in this situation.

“Yeah. Maybe.”

The conversations continued about things that our children have done. Spencer showed back up at the hospital at about eight at night. This time he had someone new with him. The new man looked like he was the boss. He looked like he hadn’t smiled. Ever. I could also tell he was a father.

“Violet, this is Agent Aaron Hotchner.” The man held out his hand and I shook it politely. Sebastian climbed to the end of the bed and put his arms out for Spencer. Lucky for me, he did so on the leg that wasn’t shot.

“How are you feeling?” Agent Hotchner asked. I looked down at my leg and shrugged.

“I’ve been better. They said I should be released, most likely, by tomorrow.” I placed my hand on top of the blanket where I had been shot. I knew that it was going to leave a scar. But I guess it would remind me of this time.

My eyes drifted to Spencer and Sebastian. Spencer was standing at the end of the bed and Sebastian was wrapped around his neck.

“Do you recognize this?” He held up a plastic evidence bag, like the kind on TV. Inside it there was a silver charm bracelet. I recognized it but I wished I didn’t.

“Yeah. That’s the bracelet my parents gave me. I gave it back to them the day I left. The day I found out I was pregnant with Sebastian.” I looked over to Spencer and he was looking at me. We both knew that we wouldn’t be able to hide the information about my parents anymore. Not since they were obviously related.

“It was found at the last crime scene.” Spencer spoke up, his eyes not leaving mine. “Do you have any idea why?”

“I think we all know why.” I glanced around the room. “They are involved.”

“You don’t look too shocked about this.” Agent Hotchner pointed out. There was a hint of a question in his voice and I knew I would have to tell him why. My eyes went back to Spencer.

“I’m not. They are both wanted criminals. For pretty much every crime in the book. You probably know them. Spencer does.”

Agent Hotchner looked at Spencer. He stayed silent. That’s when I decided that showing them would be better.

“Spencer. Help me.” I kicked my uninjured leg off the side of the bed. He put Sebastian down and walked over, helping me to stand up. My wound started to sting slightly. I turned around, with Spencer’s help and untied my robe. I held it so that it covered my bare chest but revealed my back. My back which was completely covered in scars of all sorts. From whips to knives to cigarette butts. There was not a spot on my back not covered with some sort of scar.

“My parents did this. Not only to me but to at least a hundred others. From their own children to random prostitutes. All died. All except me.”

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