This is so 🥺I changed it to reader rescues him, but Emily is a big part of the story!
It was a pretty light day around the office. Hotch and Rossi were in meetings all morning and afternoon and the rest of the team busied themselves with paperwork.
You didn’t have that much to catch up on so Derek tried to push his files off on you, but you stood your ground.
“Oh no you don’t-“ You told him with a laugh, taking the large pile that he’d placed on your desk and placing it right back on his. “This is why you shouldn’t procrastinate.”
“This is why you shouldn’t procrastinate-“ He mocked you in a high pitched voice, earning laughs from Spencer and Emily.
Emily gently nudged one of the files from her desk across to yours and you pushed it back softly.
“No!” You laughed. “I’m not helping anything with their files!”
“Even pretty boy?” Derek asked and Spencer’s cheeks turned bright red.
“Even the prettiest boy.” You confirmed sending a small smile Spencer’s way. His nose twitched softly as he turned back to his work.
A few hours passed and you were bored out of your mind. Hotch and Rossi were still in meetings and since you’d finished all of your files, you went to see if Penelope needed any help with data entry. When she told you she had nothing for you to do, the two of you chatted for a bit before you made your way back to the bullpen.
Derek has gone to the bathroom and you quickly grabbed a few files from Spencer’s and Emily’s desks before taking a seat at your own and getting to work.
“Not a word-“ You told them both upon Derek’s return and they both bit back small smiles.
That was hours ago. The sun was about to set any minute, which meant it was almost time for you to go home. You were bored out of your mind and it felt like it was taking hours for mere minutes to pass.
You found yourself in the break room, pouring yourself another cup of coffee you really didn’t need when Emily rounded the corner with a wide grin.
“You’ve got to see this!” She beamed waving for you to follow her.
“What?” You asked, taking a sip of your coffee.
“Derek asked Spencer to go grab him some paperclips from the supply closet and then locked him in there!” She laughed and your eyes widened in horror. “The two of them have been fighting to get the other to open the door but Derek’s holding the handle! Reid’s losing it!”
The supply closet lightbulb went out a few months ago and no one bothered to fix it. You usually propped the door open when you needed supplies, but knowing that Derek had trapped Spencer in the closet made you take off into a sprint.
“What’s wrong?” Emily asked, chasing after you.
“He’s afraid of the dark!” You explained as she furrowed her eyebrows.
As soon as you saw Derek with a wide smile on his face and his hand on the door handle, your heart shattered when you saw it shaking with Spencer’s struggle to get out.
Above their laughter you could hear his soft whimpers on the other end and you pushed Derek out of the way and opened the closet quickly.
Derek and Emily shares confused looks as Spencer dropped to his knees and you wrapped your arms around him as he struggled to catch his breath.
“I’ve got you-“ You soothed him, rubbing his back softly as he clung to you. “You’re ok.”
Derek and Emily has no idea that Spencer was afraid of the dark, why would they? He’d only told you, his best friend, in confidence, and as soon as they found out they felt absolutely horrible.
They just wanted to play a little joke on him to make the time pass but didn’t realize how far they’d taken it.
Both of them apologized and once Spencer finally calmed down after a few minutes of you running your fingers through his hair, you offered to drive him home.
He was feeling better, but still accepted your offer anyway because he wanted to spend more time with you. Yeah, you were his best friend, but you were also his crush and he would’ve been a fool to turn down spending more time with you.
That night you fell asleep on his couch and he made a mental note to thank Morgan and Prentiss for locking him in the dark closet because if they hadn’t, you wouldn’t have saved him and he wouldn’t have gotten to spend the first night of many with you.
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