Fandom: Criminal Minds-Oz Crossover
Pairing: Implied Christopher Keller/Spencer Reid
Categories: Angst, Case File, Crossover, Dark, Drama, Hurt/Comfort, Mystery, Sad Story
Length: Long (~39,954)
Warnings: Character Death, Dubious Consent, Graphic Descriptions of Violence, Non-Consensual Drug-Use, Drug Dealing, Drug Use, Dark Themes but despite that, it's very beautiful.
Author on LJ: lapenserosa
Author Website: ArchiveofOurOwn
Author's Summary: Bait and Switch..
Spencer Reid is a young FBI profiler tasked with interviewing Christopher Keller, a Death Row inmate with many secrets and a very dangerous appetite.
Sequel's Summary.. The Restored Life
After the events of Bait and Switch, Reid on a college recruitment tour with David Rossi. During their last stop in San Francisco, CA, Reid meets an interesting stranger that seems genuinely interested in helping him heal from his interactions with Keller. Then when bodies of young men begin turning up in heavily toured areas the rest of the team flies out to San Francisco to help investigate and their discoveries could l just be all Reid needs to fully come undone.
While I had doubts about reading this fic after seeing the warnings, I decided to take a chance and read it. And while I regret reading it after bawling for a good hour, I loved it so very much. The author has managed to mesmerize and make something so dark be so beautiful.
It's an unconventional love story wherein you can't really decide if it's really a love story. But it's so beautiful. Lapenserosa manages to tell a story of the past, of the present and make it merge beautifully. Keller is wonderfully characterized, you see him as a hardened criminal with a difficult past but hints of a good man shines through. Spencer Reid is also in character, the endearing awkwardness he has that makes you love him. You see what could have been, what might have been and it's so painfully beautiful that you can't stop wondering what-if.
Best thing is, Lapenserosa has a sequel up, while still ongoing, is just one chapter to the end. Read it, you won't regret it. :)
Bait and Switch
And it's sequel....
The Restored Life