Requested by @21lanes: Reid and the Reader have been best friends for years, and she harbors a secret crush on him. When he starts seeing someone else, she’s jealous, but when he asks for her help in surprising his new girlfriend, all hell breaks loose.
It’s not fair, the effect Spencer Reid as on her. Her heart rate
speeds up, her palms sweat, the air feels too warm, and she immediately forgets
whatever else she was supposed to be thinking about the moment he walks into
view. Similar symptoms occur at the sound of his voice, or when she receives a
text from him, and of course when he appears unbidden in her mind. No, it’s not
fair. And yet, she can never bring herself to mind much when he makes her feel
They met at a criminology conference in DC. As a mystery writer,
she wanted to do some in-depth research, and while she left with new material
for her book, she also left with a new friend. Spencer sparked her interest
almost immediately, and they became fast friends. Even from the start, he had a
way of making her feel comfortable and putting her at ease. For three years he
was her best friend – and still is – but last year something shifted, and one
day she looked at him and realized what she felt for him went so much deeper
than friendship. That’s when it began, that nervous fluttering and anxious
happiness. It took weeks for her to realize what she felt for him was love, and
she’s never been able to admit it out loud.
What if he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings? What if it ruins
their friendship? She can’t imagine not having him in her life, even if it
means never acting on her feelings. And yet, when he smiles at her, the rest of
the world slips away. Does he even realize it, the effect he has on her?
so my mother has always had kind of a
weird thing about meryl streep:
“there’s just something i don’t like about her.” “there’s just
something about her face that doesn’t appeal to me.” that kind of thing.
meanwhile i’ve never heard my dad mention meryl streep at all.
last night my dad called for help with
his computer. i literally told him to turn it off and turn it back on again and
he was not even a little bit offended. “what a good idea! i’m so glad I
called you!” anyway while we were waiting for his computer to boot up
again, i brought up donald trump. trump has really bonded me and my dad
politically so i figured we were gonna get into the press conference, the
russia hacking…I was ready.
my dad: did you see what he said about
me: yeah…hey, isn’t it wild how trump’s
press secretary was gonna eject that cnn guy from the conference?
my dad: he said she was overrated.
my dad: now i don’t know how you feel
about meryl streep… [dramatic pause for me to share my feelings about meryl
streep; i have none]…but i think she is the greatest actress alive.
my dad: …and he called her overrated!
first of all, he’s wrong, second of all, how childish! the behavior of a toddler!
me [trying to find common ground]: he’s
always like that. remember when hillary called him putin’s puppet in the debate
and he was like, you’re the puppet?
my dad: this is worse because it’s a
non sequitur! what does her acting have to do with it? which, by the way, is
superlative. her acting is superlative.
me [internally]:OMG MY FATHER IS A
MERYL STREEP FANBOY THIS IS WHY MY MOTHER HAS HATED MERYL STREEP HER WHOLE
LIFE!!! MY PARENTS ARE HUMAN BEINGS IN A RELATIONSHIP!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
me [out loud]: ok, is your computer back on now?
my dad: have you seen sophie’s choice?
as it turned out, restarting the
computer solved one of his problems, but i was then unable to successfully talk
him through how to copy a document to a folder or save it to a flash drive.
“okay, what happens when you right click?” “i don’t know.”