Title: The Omega’s World
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters: Spencer Reid, Aaron Hotchner, Jack Hotchner, OFC, OMC
Pairings: Spencer Reid/Aaron Hotchner
Genre: A/B/O Dynamics
Word Count: 3119
Warnings: Omega’s are in charge
When Omega’s rose up against Alpha rule, they decided to try to change things for the better. But, in their misguided attempts at equality, they have become what their enslavers were. Now, Alpha’s are treated like second class citizens. Unbonded Alphas, or those with broken bonds are held in Alpha Pens, which are basically like apartment houses, but with guards and a Governor. An Alpha can only leave if they are claimed by an Omega. Aaron Hotchner, after two years in the Pens has now been claimed, but will he be able to open himself up to bonding, or will he tell his Omega to go to hell.
Spencer Reid was walking through the Alpha pens trying to come to a decision. He was a little uncomfortable about doing this, he hated the pens, but didn’t know what else to do. He didn’t think this was any better than how Omega’s had been treated until the revolt in the early 1960’s when the Omega’s rose up against the slavery and oppression forced on them by Alpha’s. Now, his kind was doing the same thing. It had started slow, and by the late 1980’s Alpha’s had been forced to register and when they emerged, taken from them homes and put into pens where they were ‘educated’. Spencer didn’t want to think about what that actually meant.
After he had emerged as Omega, and with his intelligence he was not only protected, he was pampered. His Mother and Father had gone out of their way to get him the best education possible. Even his Mother’s mental illness didn’t hold him back. When he turned sixteen and had his first heat, his father had found an Alpha for him. At first, it was awkward and he hated that his parents had done it, but after a while he had come to care very much for the man. He had been older than Spencer, but not by a lot. On his urging, Spencer’s parents gave the man as much freedom as they enjoyed. There was no collars or leashes like many Omega’s had given their Alpha’s. Spencer found that practice reprehensible.
Shaking his head to clear his thoughts, he was here for one reason. His alpha had died. The man had developed cancer, and while it was rare for an Alpha to get a life-threatening disease, it wasn’t unheard of. Spencer had mourned, along with his children. They had loved their father very much, and were sad. He knew bringing in another Alpha would help calm them, even though they all just wanted Simon back. It wasn’t going to happen and they all knew it, so for all of their sakes, Spencer was here.
He had read through the portfolio’s that the facility had on all of the Alpha’s and one in particular caught his eye. When he asked, the center Governor had just raised her brow.
“Are you sure Dr. Reid?”
“Yes. I’m positive.” Spencer smiled at her shocked expression. The man had been hard to place. He was intelligent, attractive and had all of the earmarks of an amazing Alpha. It was his attitude and anger that pushed most Omega’s away from them, but Spencer wasn’t like most Omega’s. He thrived on being different and bucking the system, especially when he thought it was wrong.
“Alright, Dr. Reid, but I cannot guarantee what happens after you leave today.”
“Don’t worry, Miss Jones. I’ll be fine.”
Shaking her head she had led him through the facility to the room of one Aaron Michael Hotchner.
To say that the facility was a pen was wholly inaccurate. Though the word was used as a slang for the Alpha holding facilities. Each Alpha had a 600 square foot apartment. They were allowed trips to the market for food and supplies, but all with a handler. It may have been reprehensible to Spencer, but from what he knew of history, it was better treatment than Omega’s had received at one time, where the facilities really were like animal pens. He turned his attention to Miss Jones as she unlocked Aaron Hotchner’s door.
“I’ll have two handlers out here if you get into trouble.”
“Thank you, but I don’t think that will be necessary.”
“It’s policy Dr. Reid.”
Spencer sighed as he looked inside and saw Aaron watching him. Eyes sharp, expression closed off and almost predatory. Spencer just quirked up a brow as he dismissed the Governor and walked inside the apartment.
“May I sit down?” Spencer asked as he took off his ever present bag that he was hardly ever without.
“Do I have a choice?” Aaron glared and a lesser man, a lesser Omega would probably have withered under that glare, but not Spencer. He was used to people not taking him seriously, till he showed them what he was made of.
The two men stared at each other for what seemed like hours, but in reality was only a few minutes. When Spencer didn’t back down, Aaron raised both brows, then indicated with his head to take a seat.
“I suppose this is where I should offer you something to drink.”
“Unless you already have coffee made, I’d be fine with just water.”
Aaron walked back to his small kitchen and after a few minutes came back out with a tray with coffee mugs, sugar and creamer. After taking a mug and adding his cream and sugar took a long sip and sighed.
“Perfect,” he said as he looked over at Aaron, who was looking at him with a very perplexed expression on his face.
“What?” Spencer put his cup down and sat back in the chair.
“That, was a lot of sugar.”
“I only drink it that sweet sometimes. Does it bother you?”
“Why should it bother me? I’m just an Alpha after all.”
Spencer pursed his lips and leaned on the table.
“And I don’t like this anymore than you. If I could I would change things, but I can’t, at least not right now. But, I do want to give you a choice. I liked your bio, but I want to get to know you. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Dr. Spencer Reid. I run an engineering firm here in DC. We take contracts from DARPA, and other Government agencies, but not weapons contracts. I won’t build weapons. I also own several coffee shops, one in which has an adjacent bookstore.” Spencer stood and paced, his hands gesturing as he was talking. He was nervous and wasn’t going to hide it.
“I’m here because I lost my Alpha, my bondmate. He died almost a year ago. I…it was hard. He was a good man and we were equal partners in everything. I never collared or leashed him, I think that is a horrific, barbaric practice. Frankly Omega’s haven’t shown themselves to be any better than Alpha’s were when they were in charge. We should be working together, not against each other.” Spencer looked over at Aaron who was just watching, warily, but the fear and anger had lessened.
“I have two children. A boy, 6 named James and a girl 3 named Aster. They were…” Spencer looked up and past Aaron’s shoulder, out the window at the back of the apartment. “They were the light of Simon’s eyes.” Spencer deflated as he wrapped his arms around his middle. “It’s been hard for all of us, we loved him greatly and probably always will. But, we know…we know we have to let him go.”
Aaron watched him pace, he felt the Alpha’s eyes on him, assessing him.
“And now you’re looking for a new Alpha? To appease some perverse need?”
“NO!, no that’s no it. I…” Spencer sank onto the bed in the room. “When you’ve been with someone since you were sixteen and suddenly they aren’t there anymore, you lose something of yourself. Almost 18 years together and now…” Spencer looked up and couldn’t find the words to finish what he was going to say. Standing abruptly he started towards the door. “You know what? I um, I’m sorry.” He started to go leave when he felt a hand wrap around his arm, holding him there.
“Yes.” He hated admitting it. Then he was being wrapped up in strong arms being pulled against an equally strong chest. He didn’t know why, but when fingers carded in his hair, it made him cry. He hadn’t been touched in so long. He didn’t let another Alpha into his house, or especially his bed. He dealt with his heats on his own, but it was a struggle to keep going on.
A moment later he pulled a little bit away. He looked in Aaron’s eyes and he saw compassion and something a little deeper, he too was lonely.
“May I kiss you, Dr. Reid?”
Spencer’s breath quickened and it only took him a moment to decide.
The kiss was gentle, and soft and Spencer couldn’t help how it made his heart flutter a little. When he pulled away, he was blushing.
“Why?” Spencer was confused as he furrowed his brow and looked down at his feet.
“Because you are the first Omega to not treat me like I’m stupid. And, you looked so lonely, it was instinct.”
“My children are important to me.”
“As they should be.”
Spencer moved away from the Alpha, his stomach churning as he sat back down.
“Can I ask you something personal?”
He felt those piercing eyes on him and waited for Aaron to answer him.
“What happened? How come you’re here? I would think someone like you would have been mated and married.”
Aaron looked towards the wall and fisted his hands on his legs.
“I was. And we have a son, but when he emerged early as an Alpha, she was angry. Jack had all the earmarks of being either an Omega or a Beta. He was sensitive, the sweetest boy, always wanted to help everyone. When he started showing Alpha traits…Haley wanted nothing to do with us.”
Spencer figured that Aaron was being honest with him because he had been honest with Aaron.
“Are you saying she left you here?”
“Do you know where your son is Aaron?”
The anger was back on his face and Spencer was sorry he put it there, but he wanted to know. There was a little known, or used law that an Omega could take in not only the Alpha, but any children that the Alpha had sired that were given up by the Omega parent.
“No. They don’t keep families together.” The growl in Aaron’s throat broke Spencer’s heart. He stood and paced a moment.
“Give me a few minutes. I’ll be right back.”
“Where are you going?”
“I have an idea. Just, give me a moment, okay?”
“Sure.” Aaron sounded resigned, and Spencer wondered if he thought that he was going to be left alone again. Spencer walked over and laid a hand on his cheek.
“I promise you, I will be right back.” Spencer turned and left. When he looked back really quick he saw the glare back on the Alpha’s face and Spencer was sorry he had put it there. He turned to one of the handlers. “Take me to Miss Jones.”
It didn’t take long for Spencer to be shown to the Governor’s office.
“How did it go Dr. Reid?”
“I’m still trying to convince him.”
“Dr. Reid, it’s your right to take him. You don’t need consent.”
“Yes, I actually do. I’m not barbaric, Miss Jones. But debating the ethical issues about these holding facilities is not why I came back. I want to know where Jack Hotchner is.”
“I don’t understand.”
“Miss Jones, I know it isn’t invoked very often, but any Omega that chooses an Alpha, if that Alpha has their children with or near them they are allowed to take the children along with the Alpha. Now, where is Jack Hotchner?”
The Governor glared at Spencer and he figured that she wasn’t used to people challenging her.
“I can have him brought to Hotchner’s room. Would that be satisfactory?”
Spencer smiled his sharklike smile, the one that often won him contracts and bididing wars.
“Yes, very. And there better not be one scratch on the boy. I know what often happens to children in these places. And, Miss Jones?”
“Don’t test me.” He walked out and told the handlers to take him back to Aaron’s room. One of the men had the key and opened up letting Spencer back in the room.
“You really came back.”
“I said I would. What do you want Aaron? I’m giving you a choice, you can come home with me, or I can walk out of here and we never have to see each other again.”
“I..” Aaron looked like he was going to say more when there was a knock on the door. Spencer opened up the door and found a little boy that was almost the spitting image of Aaron standing right there.
“DADDY,” The boy yelled as he ran into the room. Aaron held out his arms and pulled the boy to him and held him tight.
“Hey buddy. I missed you.”
“I missed you too Daddy.”
“Jack, I want you to meet Dr. Spencer Reid. Dr. Reid, my son Jack.”
Spencer sat down on the bed again and smiled.
“Hello Jack. Your Dad is trying to make a very important decision. I want him to come live with me, but I think he might say yes, if you want to come too. I have a little boy and a girl. They would love to have a big brother.”
Jack looked up to his Dad then back at Spencer.
“Do they like to read?”
Spencer smiled softly at the boy.
“They love to read and we have a whole library room with all kinds of books.”
“Will I have to always stay home?”
“No. You would go to school with James. And, you would have your own room. Would you like that?” Jack just nodded as he leaned into his father. “Now, it’s up to your father on what he would like to do.”
Aaron’s glare settled into a slight scowl and Spencer had the distinct impression that he was confusing the hell out of the Alpha.
“Dad?” Jack looked up at his father and the room was thick with anticipation.
“Okay. Okay, we’ll go with you.”
Spencer smiled, as he told the handler on the other side of the door that he was going to take the Hotchner’s with him. It wasn’t long before the paperwork was brought to him and he signed where he needed to for both Aaron and Jack. The two didn’t have much to pack up, and once they were all walking out of the facility, Spencer could see the hope on both of their faces and he knew he had made the right decision.
It was late by the time they got to Spencer’s house. They stopped for some essential things for both Aaron and Jack, then had lunch and finally they were walking inside.
“I’m back,” Spencer called out and a pretty blonde woman came into the den where Spencer had led Aaron and Jack. She had a little girl in her arms who reached out for Spencer.
“Hey sweetheart. You should be in bed.”
“She had a nightmare. She thought you weren’t coming home.”
Spencer sighed and held his daughter in his arms.
“Sweetheart. I will always come home to you.”
“Oh honey, I know. But I promise I will always come home to you and James.” Spencer sat down on the couch and Aaron sat in a chair, not knowing what else to do. The little girl looked shyly over at Aaron who actually smiled. Spencer couldn’t help the little flutter in his stomach at seeing that smile.
“That’s Aaron, and the boy is Jack. They are going to live here with us. What do you think of that?”
“Okay Papa.” The little girl slid off Spencer’s lap and ran into another room. Spencer looked fondly after her before turning back to Aaron.
“Why don’t I show you your room, Jack.” Spencer stood and waited till father and son stood as well. “Simon and I thought we’d have more children, but after Aster was born, he got sick.” Spencer sighed as he showed them down a hallway with room. “We built this house in anticipation of a larger family. So, Jack, you can pick any of these three rooms as yours.”
Jack looked warily up at his father, who turned to look at Spencer, studying him. Aaron turned back to Jack and nodded his head. The boy carefully stepped into one of the rooms and looked around, then did the same to the other two. Finally, he made his choice of the third room. It had large windows, with a window seat, storage underneath, a double bed that had pull out drawers on the bottom, built in bookshelves and a clear cabinet for display. A closet with built in dresser, and room for a desk.
Spencer smiled and nodded himself.
“I think it’s perfect. Do you like to read Jack?”
The boy still didn’t say much and Aaron knew he had to be overwhelmed.
“Hey buddy, it’s okay. I know this is all too much.” Aaron moved into the room and pulled Jack onto his lap. “Why don’t you rest and we can tell Spencer all about what it is you like and don’t like.”
“Okay Dad.” Jack slid off Aaron’s lap and hugged him. Aaron stood and let Jack strip to his boxers and t-shirt. He kissed his son’s head and then left, letting him rest.
The two men left him so that he could rest.
“Aaron, I know this has all happened so fast. If you need some time I understand. I don’t expect anything…just…”
“You want companionship?” Aaron followed Spencer till they were in a large library. He couldn’t help feeling impressed by the Omega.
“Yes. I…I don’t want to sound desperate.”
“Your room is next to mine…if you want to relax for a while. I know we have a lot to talk about.”
Aaron furrowed his brow, he was feeling very off kilter with the Omega.
“You don’t want me…you know…with you?”
“I, I, I wasn’t sure…I didn’t want to presume…”
Aaron smiled and shook his head.
“Could this conversation get any more awkward?”
Spencer chuckled and relaxed as he sat next to Aaron. The two men, nervously sat next to each other.
“I’m not ready for any kind of sexual intimacy, but…” Aaron took a deep breath as he looked down at his lap. “I miss sleeping with someone.”
“Aaron, how long were you there?”
Aaron looked to the side and tried his hardest not to let the emotions show on his face.
“Almost two years.”
Spencer cursed under his breath and knew why the Alpha felt so lost and vulnerable.
“Come on, why don’t we go lie down for a while. The kids will sleep, they like their naps. After we get up, dinner, maybe a movie.”
Aaron smiled softly, then stood and let himself be led to Spencer’s bedroom.