Genre/Warnings: Derek/Spencer slash
Summary: Morgan was relieved when Hotch had annouced to the team that they would get two weeks off.
Disclaimer: I don't own the show or the doves, and ain't that sad?
Author's Note: This is in response to the comment_fic prompt: Criminal Minds, Morgan/Reid, Show me there is joy in the world. Enjoy!
Morgan was relieved when Hotch had announced to the team that they would get two weeks off. It had come not a moment too soon, as Reid was still struggling with his experiences with Hankel. He had come clean to Morgan about the Dualadid and promised to start going to NA meetings. But with the great weight of those secrets lifted from his shoulders, Reid still remained distant and withdrawn.
As the team gathered their things to go home, Morgan approached Reid, who was slowly loading his messenger bag. He sat down on the edge of the desk and asked softly, "Got any plans for your break, pretty boy?"
Reid shrugged, some of his soft curls falling in his face, and mumbled, "May go home to visit my mother, not sure."
Morgan decided to risk it and curled the fallen strands behind Reid's ear. "Why don't you come home with me? My mom has been dying to get to know you better."
"I don't know," Reid replied softly. "I wouldn't want to impose on your-"
"Nonsense," Morgan insisted. "My mom would love to have you there. I...would love it."
Reid looked him in the eyes and for an instant, his eyes were alive with emotions Morgan hadn't seen in months. But he broke the gaze quickly and said quickly, "I suppose it wouldn't be such a terrible idea. When do you want to leave?"
Morgan couldn't stop the huge grin from spreading across his face and replied, "The sooner, the better."
The first three days there, Reid slept like Morgan had never seen him sleep before. The dark circles that had taken residence underneath his eyes began to lighten and, with Momma Morgan's insistence, he ate something besides candy and bagels. Morgan even let his mom embarrass him beyond repair by showing Reid baby pictures and horrible school head shots. But it was worth the burning cheeks to see Reid smile a little more with each story and photo.
The day before they had to leave, Morgan came up behind Reid that morning and said, "I've got something planned for us tonight."
"Oh, what's that?" Reid asked, stirring in some coffee with his sugar.
"I'm taking you to the Navy Pier," Morgan grinned. "My mom used to take me and my sisters there all the time. My favorite ride was the Ferris Wheel."
Reid finally stopped stirring his sickly sweet coffee and took a sip. "Sounds like fun."
"Pretty boy, if you eat any more sweets, you'll go into a sugar coma!"
Reid ignored him, buying his fourth cone of cotton candy. Morgan rolled his eyes and herded him toward their final stop at the Pier. They took their place in line at the ferris wheel and by the time Reid had finished his cotton candy, it was their turn. Morgan tossed the empty cone in the trash and took his place next to Reid in the basket. After the attendant made sure they were secure, he returned to his control panel, and in a second, they were going. Morgan couldn't help but chuckle at the look of pure joy on his lover's face. He had one arm curled around one of Morgan's and his other holding the teddy bear that Morgan had won for him in a ball toss.
When they paused at the top, Reid laid his head on Morgan's shoulder and murmured, "Thank you, Derek. For this...for everything."
Morgan turned to kiss Reid's head and mumbled against his scalp, "No problem, pretty boy. I just wanted you to smile again."
"For a while there, I couldn't remember how," Reid observed sadly. "All I could think about was darkness and fear. Even long after you guys rescued me, I still felt trapped in that shack with Hankel."
He tilted his head up to look at Morgan and he took that opportunity to kiss Reid swiftly but truly. He buried one hand in Reid's hair, pulling lightly on the end, while Reid gripped his other arm, responding with enthusiasm. The Ferris wheel jolting back to life caused them to break their kiss, both of them grinning wildly. Reid brushed his nose against Morgan's cheek and whispered, "Thank you for reminding me that there is joy in this world."