When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 22

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha ## Morgan stood shaking looking at his ragged reflection in the mirror. He’d sought refuge in the men’s room locking the door behind him. He couldn’t get the water cold enough to wash away the sting of being exposed and reminded of his sins. His knuckles were white as he clung desperately to the small porcelain basin remembering the prayers of his youth. He’d prayed that he was the only one; the only one chosen by Carl…but he wasn’t the only one…not by a long shot. He couldn’t ignore Jamal’s admission and resemblance. His old mentor had a type… suddenly, his stomach wretched sending him spiraling toward the sink. There was a knock at the door…a banging…a persistent demand for entrance. Morgan grabbed a handful of paper towels and dried his face and hands. Taking another glance at his reflection he grimaced as he headed toward the door. His hands were still shaking even as he unlocked and opened the door. Her terrified eyes and tear stained face met him in anticipation of a sign that told her that he was okay. “I’m fine…really I’m okay.” He’d read her mind. “I was worried…” “Don’t. I don’t want you worrying about me.” He stepped around her and whispered. “I’m not worth it.” “Derek, talk to me.” “I just want this to go away…” Penelope gently pulled him into her arms. Derek wrapped his arms around her waist […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 21

Home of Derek Morgan – Next Morning- “Come on Handsome, if we don’t leave now we’re going to be late.” It had been another sleepless night for both of them. Derek had once again been plagued by nightmares and she’d spent the night helping him wrestle demons to no avail. Yesterday’s phone call had sent him spiraling into a quiet distracted place and he’d walked through the rest of the day on autopilot. She was glad that she’d come back to talk it out with him instead of going to the spa. When she found him in the garage he seemed a million miles away. “I know I don’t deserve to ask, but please don’t give up on me.” The desperation in his voice still resonated in her ears. She’d never heard it before and she’d never seen the dark far away look in his eyes before either. Of course she wouldn’t give up on him, she loved him too much to ever consider that. Today would be a test of that resolve and promise to him. Morgan buttoned the last two buttons of his shirt and grabbed his wallet and phone sliding them both in his pockets. He didn’t want to go but he had no choice. He had no idea who was behind this inquiry or who outside of his team knew the details of his life. He felt panicked as he reached the front of the house where Penelope waited patiently for him. Federal Building- FBI Headquarters […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 20

Home of Derek Morgan – Morning – He hadn’t slept. He couldn’t. The thought of being accused of playing a part in the death of thirteen boys was unsettling. How would he defend himself against such charges? One could make a strong case against him with so many victims who’d come after him. He’d never imagined that there could be others like him; young boys terrorized, humiliated and shamed by Carl Buford. Derek had believed the older man’s assessment that he’d brought it on himself. Carl would tell him each time they were together that Derek wanted what was happening and that he should feel proud to be chosen by him. Thinking about it now suddenly made him sick to his stomach. Penelope was exhausted. Neither one of them had slept with Derek battling his demons well into the early morning. She turned over watching as he jumped from the bed and rushed to the bathroom. The clock on the nightstand blinked seven a.m. and her pursuit of sleep would have to wait until later. So, she pulled herself from the warm bed and made her way to the kitchen. She started the coffee going and began busying herself making breakfast for the two of them. She heard the shower running and she knew it wouldn’t be long before he rounded the corner. Her cell rang and she breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of her friend’s name flashing on the screen. “JJ! Good morning.” “Hey, is everything […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 19

The drive back to Quantico was uneventful. Garcia had given Derek the keys to Esther and so he did what he’d sworn in the past he’d never do…drive a bright orange Cadillac with the top down alone. It was chilly but he needed the crisp bite of the air against his skin to keep him alert. He hadn’t slept well the night before and he was exhausted. Derek dreaded being alone but his thoughts and guilt were more than willing to keep him company. He pulled into his driveway and turned off the engine. His body was sore and stiff from the drive and now he regretted not taking his pain medication before making the drive from Baltimore. Grabbing his go bag from the back seat he headed toward the front door. Just as he put the key in the lock and turned the knob he realized he had company. Morgan quickly turned to face his visitor. The man who looked not much older than James walked toward him stopping just short of the steps. Morgan noticed the brown envelope in his hand. “Derek Morgan?” “That’s me.” The man handed the envelope to Derek. “You’ve been served.” Reluctantly, he took the envelope from the man’s hand and before Morgan could react, the young man disappeared quickly. Stepping inside and closing the door he examined the envelope. It was official looking peaking his curiosity. He had a bad feeling about what he was about to see as he opened the envelope […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 18

Doubletree Hotel – Morning – Penelope panicked when she woke up in bed alone. Her hand immediately went to his side of the bed. It was cold. Jumping up she looked around the room there was no noise coming from the bathroom, no sign of Derek. Her mind was flooded with a dozen doom and gloom scenarios. Her imagination was vivid with him being hurt or worse. His phone was still on the nightstand…he never left his phone. Just as she was about to call the others she heard the door open. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries preceded him as he walked in. He realized the magnitude of his leaving by the wide-eyed look of utter terror on her face. On any other day, him running out for breakfast would have been no big thing, but not now. Suddenly he regretted this simple act. “Damn it, Derek!” “What? I’m sorry I…” “I thought something had happened…that you’d done…” “He quickly set the drink carrier and bag down and rushed toward her pulling her in a sturdy embrace. “Whoa, whoa, Baby, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you worry. I just wanted to get us something to eat. I wasn’t thinking.” She suddenly lost her resolve and began crying against his chest. He held her without saying a word. She’d worried about him for weeks now and she’d reached her limit. “I’m sorry. I should have told you where I was going. Forgive me?” She shook her head, […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 17

She’d finally convinced him to take a shower and get into bed. She watched him struggle to fall asleep before finally drifting off. In all the years she’d known him it had never gotten this bad. Penelope always assumed his nightmares were from the horrible things they saw on their job each day. In fact, most of the team didn’t even realize that he was haunted in his sleep just like they were. Morgan was the strong one of them all. He’d some how been able to compartmentalize keeping every thing in their neat, tiny places. He never seemed to crack or break like the others except of course when it involved children. Then his anger raged and it took a lot more effort on his part to work beyond it. Now she knew why. They all knew why and each one of his friends, especially her was clueless on how to help him. Just as Penelope stepped out of the shower, her phone rang. Quickly grabbing it she stepped into the hallway. “How’s it going Garcie?” “Not good. He’s in bad shape. He’s asleep now so maybe in the morning…” “It’s good that you came he needs you right now even if he won’t admit it.” “I’ve never seen him like this before, JJ. He tries so hard to hide his feelings…I never knew he was so broken.” “Morgan is strong and he’ll get over this, Pen. Hang in there.” “Yeah, always.” Then changing the subject slightly. “I guess […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 16

Derek was anxious to leave the hospital and head back home to Quantico. He needed distance between him and Chicago, the place where he normally ran to, not from. His mother had already left at his insistence, reluctantly honoring his wishes. Their conversation from the night before still lingered between them there was much more that needed to be said but for now Derek didn’t have the patience and Fran did not have the courage. The team had discussed their suspicions about Derek’s past and had agreed that until he confirmed anything none of them would broach the subject…for now. It was going to be difficult to pretend that things were normal, that this was just another case, but that was exactly what they would have to do to honor Morgan’s need for privacy. Hotch, Rossi, JJ, Penelope and Reid headed to the hospital immediately after breakfast to pick up Morgan. Cruz had instructed that they head back as soon as possible. Already their assistance had been requested in Baltimore, Maryland and he’d assured the lead detective that the entire team would arrive tomorrow morning. Hotch knew the fragile state of his team, not just Morgan but all of them yet his request for down time was refused. He hadn’t told the team that they had a case waiting on their return. He didn’t have the heart. Morgan was putting the last few things in his go-bag as the team pushed through the door. His broad smile caught them all […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 15

It had been almost an hour since he’d asked them all to leave. He didn’t want to talk and he didn’t want to hear the details of how James had taken his life. More than that, if he heard that it wasn’t his fault one more time he was afraid there would be another body in the morgue. He had held onto the details of his childhood for dear life. Now, he had already seen the pity and sadness in their eyes. They knew…all of them. It was too much to look at his secrets spilled haphazardly on their faces. Until he admitted the truth he knew their thoughts were mere suspicions but like him, they were all profilers and they had just enough of the pieces to put the entire puzzle together. She didn’t knock. If she did he’d asked her to leave. His secrets were all he had left; the only thing he really felt he controlled and now he had to face the fact that they’d all figured it out. Fran slowly stepped into the room and approached his bed. Her son, the boy who’d insisted on being the man of the house when her husband was killed. Who’d become withdrawn and angry and would spend long hours at the community center and then his bedroom. She should have known something was wrong but instead she’d insisted he go and become one of Carl Buford’s boys. “Ma, what are you doing here?” She gently took his hand […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 14

“Where are we going?” Ignoring the question, Gordinski continued to drive. Morgan heard a light snicker come from Rodney as the car continued away from the city center. “My team is looking for me, you know that right?” “Your team.” Gordinski chuckled. “Your team will be too late.” “Yeah, there’s a whole lot of bodies buried around this place that have never been found, right Gordinski?” The older man glanced at his cohort shooting a look through the rearview mirror. “You’d know more about that than I would Rodney.” “Yeah whatever.” “You gonna throw away thirty plus years on the force, Gordinski? Because if you kill a federal agent, you’re done! You’ll spend the rest of your life…” “Shut up!” Then to Gordinski, “Man, let me pop a cap in his ass so I don’t have to listen to his mouth anymore!” “Patience, patience. Besides, we’re almost there.” Home of Cara Harris – “My dad found me in Mr. Buford’s office.” “What were you doing there?” Reid already knew in his gut what the boy would reveal next…it was the same thing that was driving Morgan to continue to elude capture, the same thing that kept him silent about his childhood. “Drinking.” “Drinking?” “Mr. Buford, Carl…he always made me drink wine before…” Instinctively Cara pulled her son to her as if protecting him. It was too late to protect him now the damage had already been done. “It’s okay, son.” Rossi interrupted looking at Reid then at Cara. Guilt and […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 12

Morgan followed Rodney and Stevie careful not to be seen. He remembered his nemesis as being extremely paranoid. The police cars were still patrolling and officers were still questioning people on the street. Morgan watched Rodney enter a small corner house two blocks away with his son following close behind. He needed to talk to Stevie somehow Morgan had a feeling that Stevie knew something that could help prove his innocence. An attractive dark-skinned woman met the two on the porch quickly sending the boy inside. She and Rodney stood talking, it was obviously heated their body language said as much. Morgan had found a place across the street out of sight watching the scene play out. He was surprised to discover that Rodney had a family. He’d spent most of his years as the neighborhood’s number one drug dealer and he was known for his violent temper. Derek had several run-ins with Rodney and his last encounter was the start of his trouble with the law. Chicago Police Department – Garcia had begun hunting they’d all agreed that Stan Gordinski had something to hide and Morgan was the key to uncovering it. She stared at the screen as the search continued her mind kept focusing on the conversation they almost had before they were interrupted. Then it was there…glaring on her screen. Hotch pulled his phone from his pocket. It was a text from Garcia. They needed a break and with hope pumping and pushing him toward the conference […]

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