It Only Took Eight Years

Title: It Only Took Eight Years
Fandom:  Criminal Minds
Year:  Season 2 through 10
Category: Angst/Romance
Ratings: Mature
Pairings: Aaron Hotchner/Spencer Reid
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for most of the seasons mentioned.
Summary: Spencer Reid has been harboring deep feelings for his boss Aaron Hotchner for a long time now. He finally gets the courage to tell him, but his fear make him run. Aaron is stunned and reflects back on his friendship with Spencer over the years and realizes that he may lose his best friend.
Words: 35, 224
Warnings: Minor canon temporary death, canon death of two characters, some canon-level violence
Tags: Male slash, Unrequited love, Courtship, Hurt/Comfort, Friends-to-lovers, eventual HEA, UST
Beta: DarkJediQueen. No non-consensual beta welcomed

Chapters 1 and 2

Chapters 3 thru 5

It Only Took Eight Years – Chapters 3 – 5

Chapters 6 thru 8

It Only Took Eight Years Chapters 6 – 8

Chapter 9 – 12

It Only Took Eight Years – Chapters 9 – 12