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FIC: I am Beautiful - Hotitudinosity
fiction by jalabert
FIC: I am Beautiful
Title: I am Beautiful
Author: Jalabert
Rating: PG
Pairing: Morgan/Reid
Summary: Positive affirmation--it's a good thing.
Author's Note: Happy birthday fireness!

Spencer stood in front of the bathroom mirror in a pair of colorful boxers and an old wife beater of Derek's that hung on his frame unflatteringly. He made a face at his appearance and quickly ran a hand through his damp hair. He had no intention of leaving the house, but he thought he should make himself decently presentable before Derek returned with breakfast.

He brushed his teeth and briefly considered shaving but decided against it. He opened the medicine cabinet and stared at the bewildering array of products lining the shelves. He selected one and frowned at it for a moment before replacing it and choosing another. Deciding that it was safe to use, he opened the jar and dipped a finger in to retrieve a small dollop. He sniffed at the moisturizer before rubbing it between his hands and slathering his face. When he was done Spencer leaned in closer to the mirror to see its effect. Not discerning any difference, he straightened up and examined the state of his hair. Sighing, he opened the cabinet again, found the comb Derek had bought for him and spent the next minute grooming.

“Better,” he declared. He pulled a few hairs from between the comb's teeth and restored it to its place in Derek's impeccably neat medicine cabinet. Then he stared at his reflection once more.

Spencer wondered if Derek saw the same Spencer Reid he found in his mirror every day. Perhaps it didn't matter; he and Derek were happy together, regardless of how funny-looking Spencer thought he was. At least Derek had never called him funny-looking--he constantly told Spencer he was beautiful. Spencer could only hope that such was the case. He made a face but it quickly faded; it only made him look sillier. He sighed again and cleared his throat. Time for that positive reinforcement he'd been working on for the past two weeks.

“I am beautiful,” he said to his reflection unconvincingly. He took a deep breath and tried again. “I am beautiful,” he said in a clearer voice. “Yeah, right.” He averted his eyes to the sink and shuffled his feet for a second before looking up again with firm resolve. “I am beautiful.” He smiled at his reflection and nodded. “But not in this shirt,” he said looking at the baggy tank. “Maybe I ought to change before he gets back.”

Spencer went into the bedroom and dug around in Derek's dresser until he came up with a black tee shirt. Satisfied, he changed into it and returned to the bathroom.

“I am beautiful,” he pronounced. “Oh, that's so much better,” Spencer said, relieved. “Maybe someday I'll actually believe it.” He ran his fingers through his hair so that it dried a bit fuller. “I am beautiful,” he said again, grinning. He shut his eyes for a moment, basking in the self-affirmation. “Now for something even more important.” He cleared his throat once more. “I love you, Derek Morgan.”

“I love you, too, Spencer,” Derek said from the doorway. Spencer's eyes flew open and he saw his lover leaning against the door frame, a bag of takeout in one hand. He wore a slightly amused expression. “And you are beautiful.” He winked and disappeared down the hall toward the kitchen.

Spencer stared at the spot he'd vacated for several seconds before turning back to the mirror. He was radiant and, in the glow of the best possible affirmation, absolutely beautiful.

The End

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21 comments or leave a comment
From: fireness Date: October 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't stop grinning the entire time I was reading this. It's so incredibly sweet, and not too sappy either. Spencer dressing in Derek's clothes is entirely too adorable! Love this soo much, thank you darling!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 7th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: October 7th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is so beautful and sweet.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 7th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, just say it--it's mush. I'm not ashamed to admit it. ;)

Glad you enjoyed it!
mulder200 From: mulder200 Date: October 7th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, yeah. LOL! It's good mush though.
kliqzangel From: kliqzangel Date: October 7th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! I totally loved this and it made me smile. I adore Spencer & Derek and I can just see this.

*smiles* they are so good together.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 7th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad it gave you a giggle. That was the entire point. ;)
akari_hayashi From: akari_hayashi Date: October 16th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww... This is beautifully written. Wonderful portrayal of their characters. Adore the ending. :)
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 19th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
chelseabagel From: chelseabagel Date: January 17th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
jalabert From: jalabert Date: January 18th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
autumnwriting From: autumnwriting Date: January 24th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw man...that was so cute. xD You nailed Morgan's character right at the end. Good job! =D
jalabert From: jalabert Date: January 26th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :D
silver_fic From: silver_fic Date: March 6th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh *flail* So cute. It's not a pairing I regularly ship, but that was really cute ^____^
jalabert From: jalabert Date: March 6th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
charldon_eppes From: charldon_eppes Date: August 6th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
really cute story. Who says talking to yourself out loud is always a bad thing?
jalabert From: jalabert Date: August 11th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you never know. ;)

(Your Derek is overdressed...)
carinascott From: carinascott Date: November 5th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Great! Sappy, with just a hint of angst, rounded out with the perfect happy ending! LOVED it. (and a slightly stubbled Spencer is so HOT). Thanks for sharing
jalabert From: jalabert Date: November 5th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was really, really really sappy. I don't know what made me do it. But it was fun to write. :)
oyasumi_23 From: oyasumi_23 Date: February 4th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohh, this is sooo sweet and cute! I love it <3
Thank you!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: February 5th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so tickled by people's response to this little piece of fluff. I don't even recall what possessed me to write it, but I love this little peek into Spencer's insecurities here and I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.
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