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Title: Hearts
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Rating: PG
Summary: "Nothing says romance like sending your boyfriend into anaphylactic shock."
Disclaimer: I don't own Criminal Minds or any of its characters.
Pairing/Characters: Morgan/Reid established relationship

A/N: Written very quickly as part of the M/R Valentine's Day Challenge over at morganreid_cm  .This is coming to you a mere four days after telling ltxyx</lj> that I'd never have the guts to write slash. As it is, I doubt this will become a regular occurrence for me, so fear not, fandom. Try not to choke on the fluff. Also, I have no medical background, so any mistakes are a result of my poor research.

Happy Valentine's Day!


14. Hearts


"The flowers were nice."




Reid cocked his head innocently. "Don't what?"


Morgan sighed, leaning forward heavily, his forearms resting on his knees. "Don't try to make me feel better about all this, baby boy. I messed up."


"How could you have known?" Spencer asked, his mouth twisting down slightly as he spoke. "I never told you I was allergic to strawberries. Only Hotch and Garcia know, and that's just because it's in my records."


Derek's expression turned somewhat bitter at the mention of the tech goddess, a small flare of jealousy at the thought of the romantic evening she and Kevin were no doubt enjoying at that very moment. He shook his head, watching as the nurse checked Reid's chart. Someone had strung colourful paper hearts around the walls of the hospital room, cheerfully beckoning in the holiday. Morgan couldn't help but feel like they were mocking him.


"I should have told you what was in that sauce before I fed it to you." He'd spent hours preparing that sauce, and the accompanying panna cotta, as a special dessert for their homemade dinner. He'd wanted everything to be perfect for their first Valentine's Day together.


In retrospect, he should have known something like this would happen; nothing about their relationship had been perfect, or even typical. Their first kiss had awkwardly taken place across the front seats of a Bureau SUV following Morgan's close encounter with a gun-wielding hostage-taker. Their first real date had almost resulted in the burning down of Morgan's house when Reid insisted on helping with the cooking. And their six-month anniversary had been marked by Spencer nursing two cracked ribs from a fall down a flight of stairs at a raid. From Derek's perspective, rushing his young lover to the hospital in the midst of a romance-induced allergy attack seemed like a pretty fitting Valentine's Day for them.


That didn't make him feel any less guilty about it, though. He sighed again, reaching out to grasp Spencer's hand on the bed. "I'm sorry, pretty boy. I really screwed up. I wanted to make tonight special for you."


"It was special," Reid insisted, the corner of his mouth quirking slightly. "I'll never forget it."


Derek raised an eyebrow. "Even without an eidetic memory, I doubt many people would forget being driven by ambulance to the hospital on Valentine's Day."


Spencer shrugged, conceding his point.


Morgan glanced up at the door just in time to see a man dressed as Cupid being rushed down the hallway on a gurney. The nurse had told them they weren't the only case of Valentine's-mishaps in the ER that day. Somehow, being lumped together with a drunken singing-telegram and two cases of food poisoning didn't make Derek feel any better.


"It was still pretty romantic," Reid commented after a moment, his voice soft.


The older profiler huffed a laugh. "Yeah. Nothing says romance like sending your boyfriend into anaphylactic shock."


"Histamines have to be released into the blood stream for Type 1 allergy-induced anaphylactic shock to occur," Spencer informed him, his voice taking on that familiar scholarly tone, even if it was a bit scratchy. "In my case, it was only mild respiratory distress and contact dermatitis - I'm still not sure it required a trip to the hospital."


"That's not what the paramedics said."


"They were being cautious." Spencer dismissed, leaning back against the pillow, his smile small and thoughtful. "Still the best Valentine's Day I've ever had."


Derek shook his head affectionately. "I guess we'll have to fix that next year," he said.


Reid's smile widened considerably at this remark, no small feat considering the minor swelling that still remained around his throat and lips. Derek couldn't get over how tiny he looked in the hospital gown - like a little kid trying on his dad's clothes.


"It's just a shame all that food had to go to waste," the genius commented, still looking quite pleased.


"Yeah," Morgan sighed, preferring not to think about it. "I guess Clooney'll be eating well tomorrow."


"But not the chocolate," Spencer insisted eagerly, a grin breaking over his face again. "He can't eat the chocolate, so we still have that."


Morgan shook his head, smiling in disbelief. Despite the fact that Derek was the reason he’d spent the last two hours being poked and prodded by paramedics and doctors alike, the younger profiler had managed to maintain a relatively optimistic - if not eager - attitude about the whole event. He’d been nothing but cheerful ever since he’d arrived home to find the surprise dinner waiting for him. Morgan thought back on all of the women he’d dated over the years – how big of a deal they’d made about having the ‘perfect’ Valentine’s Day, how upset they’d been when things hadn’t gone according to plan. And now, here Morgan was, fussing over the details, when Spencer couldn’t have been happier with the simple gesture of an evening at home and a romantic dinner for two, however disastrously it had all turned out. How did he ever get so lucky?


"You are something else, you know that, kid?"


Reid gave a lopsided smile. "But you love me."


Derek nodded, reaching over to give the younger man's hand a squeeze. "Yeah, I do."




( 56 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Awww. So cute! Poor boys, the do seem to have a rocky relationship with anniversaries and other "firsts"


Thanks for the fun fic!
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
LOL I figured between the two of them, things would have to be a bit rocky (in a good way). Thanks!
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
aww, I almost feel more sorry for Morgan :)
I have to admit I'd be a bit miffed about having to go to the hospital ;)
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'd be miffed about it, too. But Reid's easy (to please). ;)

Thanks for reading!
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
This is very cute and the first Reid/Morgan fic I've read! I enjoyed the sweetness and fluff thoroughly. You've written them both rather well! :D
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez - I'm really glad you enjoyed it (really really glad), but go read one of the *real* M/R slash writers! lol Romance and slash is definitely not one of my strengths. But thank you very much.
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
This is so cute.Awwwwww :D Valentines day might not be such a waste after all, if it produces this awesome fics!

Loved the boys characterizations and somehow I can just see them being dysfunctionaly functional. *sighs*

Lovely fic. And I have strawberry cravings now, hmmm.

P.S I admire anyone who can write fluff. For me it inevitably ends up cliched in the worst possible way *facepalm*
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
lol I'm not so sure *this* wasn't cliched in the worst possible way, but thank you! I'm glad you liked it. I think "dysfuntionally functional" is a great way of describing M/R.
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)

Gotta run or I'll be late for class, but I'm eagerly looking forward to reading this, okay? And I'll have more to say when I do!
Feb. 13th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
The anticipation was killing me during class, I just wanted to read this so bad...and it was even better than I hoped! It's such a perfect mix of adorable and hilarious and the boys are very much themselves and in character. I absolutely love how positive Reid is throughout the whole thing, and how much Morgan is trying to make him happy (without realizing that he doesn't need to try so hard). The description of their relationship is so wonderful, because of course they can't just have anything be simple (and, you know, if you wanted to explore their relationship further, well, I would not mind at all *coughPLEASEcough*). This fic is fluffy without being cloying or frivolous - just sweet and heartwarming and fun and I mentioned I loved it, right? Because I totally do.

Have no fear, hon, you owned this slash, seriously.
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Feb. 13th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
This is so adorably cute I may die :-D Thanks for writing it!!
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh don't die! I warned you not to choke on the fluff!

Thank you, though. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
aww, this is lovely & adorable :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Poor boys, lol. They are so sweet and cute, even with all the mishaps, eheheheh.
It reminded me my best friend's wedding - she got food poisening and spend her honey moon at the hospital with an old night gown and vomiting like crazy. There were some other guests (not me, luckily) but she was worth because she only ate the cake that had the foul cream. I guess Reid and Morgan would have something like that too on their weeding, lol.

I loved this sweet fic.
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that would be horrible! Yeah, I could see something like that happening with Morgan and Reid lol.

I'm glad you liked it! Thank you! *g*
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
OK. This is the cutest thing in the history of cuteness. Srsly.

I LOVE that you have Morgan call Reid "baby boy". Why this isn't happening on the show is beyond me.

Also, Reid so would be allergic to strawberries, their Valentine's Day would be like this, and Reid so WOULD be cheerful throughout.

Really, this was just entirely perfect -- the plot, the dialogue, the characterizations, all of it. Lovely, lovely, lovely. AND I'M GOING TO SQUEE ABOUT IT TO MYSELF ALL NIGHT AT WORK, SO MANY, MANY THANK YOUS FOR THAT.

Feb. 13th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you liked it (I've been having little anxiety attacks all morning in between packing over posting my first ever slash lol). And OMG *facepalm* for some reason I thought 'baby boy' *was* canon! Apparently I was foiled by fanon again lol. In that case, I agree, it should happen on the show.

Thanks again! I now return to packing with a smile on my face!
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Feb. 13th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
awwwwww! I loved it! It was sooo cute! I loved the summary line...it made me laugh :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
lol Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 13th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)

Oh, I love this! The list of mishaps punctuating their relationship is great! And you know, things like that really do make better stories than picture-perfect events, anyway. *G*

This is great. :D
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I couldn't see them having a relationship without a few mishaps, so I'm glad you enjoyed that aspect. *g*
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)

And in my head they are curled in a hospital bed together.

Feb. 14th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
*g* Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
That was very cute, how their entire relationship has been riddled with random disasters, but Reid is optimistic about it all.
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwww, so cute! I loved when Morgan called Reid 'baby boy'. I think something inside me died from the adorable.
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! Thank you very much!
Feb. 14th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
So adorable. I like a Reid that doesn't make a fuss over "small" things going wrong when someone is making a nice gesture.
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! I like to think that Reid would see Morgan's intentions more than the (disasterous) end result of them.
Feb. 14th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)

i've already said it on ff.net, but i still think this is absolutely adoreble, ♥.
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
You reviewed it twice? OMG you're awesome. <3 Thanks for taking the time - I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 14th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
That's great! I can so seem them like this, Morgan wanting everything to be perfect always and Reid just thrilled he's *there*.

I've done the ooooops didn't know that would kill you thing with a bf once, so I can utterly relate to this.
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
lol really? I'm sorry to hear that.

And thanks! Reid's just so easy to please, isn't he? I'm glad you liked it.
Apr. 9th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Aww > w< teehee! <3
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
lol Glad you liked it.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh man, gotta love Morgan for wanting their first Valentine to be perfect and Reid for still loving it, even though it's a total disaster. This put a huge smile on my face.

Thank you for sharing!
Nov. 17th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
This was way too sweet. Boys ♥ The ending had me grinning like a loon.
Jan. 21st, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it.
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Mar. 27th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you very much! I'm really glad that you enjoyed it, and that you didn't find it to be ridiculously schmoopy (I did worry quite a bit about that, as this was my first slash fic and I rarely write romance fics in general). I really appreciate the detailed feedback! :)
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, I loved this! Your portrayal of these two characters is so completely spot-on; I definitely think you should "get up the guts" to write slash more often ;)

I can totally see Reid being so happy about the Valentine's gesture Morgan made even if it did land him in the hospital. I also love that Morgan's house almost burnt down the last time Reid tried to cook! And the last three lines... SO perfect. Great story!
Jul. 18th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I have gotten a bit more comfortable writing slash over the last year, so hopefully I'll write some more in the future. I'm really glad the characterization worked for you - I did worry about making it too schmoopy or sentimental.

Thanks for reading! :)
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Aug. 24th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
This was so sweet and endearing, awwhhhh cute! Thanks for sharing ^-^.
Aug. 25th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed it :)
Dec. 28th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
I love love love this <3
Dec. 29th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
Jun. 14th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
There is humor under the sweetness. I liked this. :-)
Jun. 17th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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