Every Me And Every You - Thirty Three
Seven hours later and you landed in Las Vegas. Given the flight times and the time difference, by the time you’d hired a car it was pushing 5pm.
You’d tried to call Spencer again before taking off and when you’d got into the airport with no luck. The first few times it had gone straight to voicemail, but now it was ringing out.
Not knowing where to go, you called Penelope.
“Hello, my little ray of sunshine. What can I do for you?” Ever cheerful, you could hear her smiling down the phone.
“Pen, I don’t suppose you’re still at work? I don’t know where Reid is and he’s not answering his phone. I know we’re not meant to, but I wondered if you could ping his phone.”
“I’m not at work, but I am at home. I can link up. Give me five minutes sweet cheeks and I’ll hit you back.”
She disconnected the call and you sat waiting impatiently in the hire car, wondering if you’d made the wrong decision by coming out here.
Seeing her name flashing up on your cell, you answered.
“He’s at his Mom’s hospital. Have you got sat nav, I’ll give you the address?” She read out the address and you programmed it in. A twenty minute drive.
“He’s been there for the last hour, I’ll keep my computer on and let you know if he leaves alright? Give him our love when you see him.”
“Thanks Penny, will do.”
You navigated the Las Vegas highway following the directions until you pulled up outside a fancy looking building. It certainly didn’t look like a hospital but you knew that Spencer paid a lot of money to have his mom cared for, feeling guilty that he’d wasn’t able to do it himself.
Parking up and finding the main reception, you asked for him, the friendly looking receptionist advising that he was here and that she’d send an orderly to go and fetch him from his Mom’s room. You waited nervously, still not sure whether you should have come or not.
A few minutes later you spotted him walking into the room, his eyes scanning around and wondering who his visitor was.
He looked tired, his voice mail to you had been left in the early hours of the morning so you guessed he was physically exhausted as well as emotionally. You knew he must have been super tired as he wore his glasses, an accessory that rarely made an appearance now.
When he spotted you he did a double take, squinting through his lenses. You gave him a small smile and a little wave as he crossed the room to you.
“Y/N? What are you…..” he trailed off, his voice small and raspy the way it got when he was upset.
“You said you needed a friend right?” You opened your arms to him and he embraced you, burrowing his head into your neck.
“You came…. ” he whispered, his words barely audible.
“Is it okay that I did? I’m sorry I didn’t pick up when you called me this morning. My cell died, both of them would you believe it?”
“It’s more than okay. I can’t believe you got on a plane and came all this way by yourself. Does Hotch know you’re here?”
He pulled away from you and you could now see how red his eyes were behind his spectacles. Poor Spence.
“I didn’t find out until I got to work, Em said something to him about us being really close friends and we don’t have a case sooo. I tried calling to check it was okay but your phone was off and then when I got here, it just rang out. I had Penny work her magic to find out where you were. They all send their love by the way.”
“My cells in my bag on silent, I wasn’t ignoring you I swear… ”
“Reid it’s fine. You’ve had more important thing to think about. How are you, how’s your mom?”
He sighed, his shoulders heavy.
“I’m… okay, I guess. My mom…. Well, she’s more upset. It’s almost like the last twenty two years never happened and she’s still married to him. I mean, she knows she’s not, she’s lucid right now. But she’s just devastated. And I feel bad because I don’t feel like I’m as upset as I should be.”
“She did spend more of her life with him than you did Spence. Regardless of what happened between them, she’s probably got a lot more happy memories of him than you do.”
“I know, I just don’t know what to say to her or how to comfort her right now.” He rubbed his eyes under his glasses, blinking a few times.
“Listen, I need to find a motel or something, do you have anywhere booked yet? I can go find somewhere for us both and then come back and meet you. Do you have a hire car?”
“Yeah it’s outside in the lot. Don’t leave so soon after you’ve got here, please. There’s a hotel a few blocks away that always has vacancies, I stay there all the time when I visit. Come… come meet my mom if it’s not too weird. You might help distract her for a bit.”
“Alright, I can do that.”