Soul Purpose Chapter 22

Fran knew something was wrong the moment he stepped through the door. His face, his eyes…he’d been crying. She took a step back away from him as he approached shaking her head, no. She didn’t want to hear what she already knew in her heart…the thing she’d feared everyday since Derek had decided to follow his father into law enforcement. Then he began to shake his head too as he quickly pulled her into his arms and cried. BAU Headquarters – Hotch’s Office – Something was off. Maybe she was in denial but her mind would not allow her to believe that Derek was dead. She wasn’t stupid, it was always a possibility that he’d be killed and god knew he’d taken his share of crazy chances all in the line of duty. Penelope had long ago lost count of the scars and bruises and broken bones but something wasn’t quite right. There were no goodbyes and no last words or touches. She had been pulled out of the restroom so fast and his body had been concealed in the black body bag and wheeled away…this wasn’t how her day was supposed to begin not today…not now. “I want to see him.” She knew it was Hotch even though she hadn’t turned to confirm his presence. Closing the door behind him he slowly took the seat on the couch next to her. He felt as if the weight of the world were on his shoulders and he swore to himself […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 20

Angel’s Pizza, Manhattan, New York 10:45pm – It was getting late and just as everyone had gathered their things to head to the hotel, Derek’s phone rang. He pulled it from his pocket and looked at the name on the screen. Shooting a puzzled look toward Dave he stepped away from the group as they continued on toward the SUV’s. “Director Tinsley, how are you, sir?” “I’m sorry I know it’s really late but this can’t wait I’m afraid.” “As long as you’re not calling to say you’re reneging on our agreement.” “No of course not. Although I wish I could get you to change your mind.” “I’m sorry Sir. I really need to get back home.” “Well, New York’s loss is Quantico’s gain. As a matter of fact, I’m calling to ask you to come see me in Quantico tomorrow morning for a debriefing.” “Sure, I guess I can fly back with the team. My wife and daughter will be happy about that.” “It’s settled then. I’ll see you in my office at nine a.m. sharp.” “Yes Sir, I’ll be there.” Derek pocketed his phone and quickly caught up with the group. Everyone had stopped near one of the SUV’s curious as to who was on the phone. “Everything okay?” Hotch asked. “Um, that was Director Tinsley. He wants to see me in the morning. So if it’s okay I’ll fly back with you all tomorrow.” “Of course.” A smile appeared on Penelope’s face as she planted a kiss […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 19

Derek saw the blood lots and lots of blood. He breathed a sigh of relief as he looked into the eyes of his friend still holding the gun outstretched in her hands. Together their eyes fell on the wide-eyed corpse of Kevin Lynch as he lay on the worn tile. He didn’t see it coming. He didn’t see the flaw in his impulsive plan. Morgan was ready, he should have known that but he wasn’t thinking clearly. Now, there he was at Morgan’s feet dead and defeated. The room was flooded within seconds with agents, police and hospital staff all too late to have changed the outcome and the actions of one demented foolish man. “You okay?” JJ surveyed Derek as she slowly lowered and holstered her gun. “Yeah, I’m alright, I’m alright.” Then, “Nice shot.” “ I had a good teacher. You were right, he did come after you instead of Penelope.” “He was predictable and it cost him his life.” “Let’s get out of here Pen’s probably going crazy by now.” “And I’ve already broken my promise once already.” “Promise?” “Not to make her worry.” “Yeah, I still don’t know what you were thinking…” “Come on JJ, we already talked about this…” JJ smiled with relief as she wrapped her arm around his shoulder and led him from the room. The walk down the hall seemed like eternity as they finally reached the exit and out to the parking lot. Saraya wiggled and Penelope placed her feet on […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 18

Ever the petulant child, Kevin did not obey his father. There was no doubt that the elder Lynch knew best but Kevin wanted what he wanted and what he wanted more than anything in the moment was to be in Penelope’s presence. So, without another thought he made his way to the hospital’s entrance. Much later, he would regret not obeying his father’s orders. “Do you still have your security detail?” “Of course. One arrived just ahead of us and one had our six after we arrived.” Penelope was visibly upset now. She began to pace the room. JJ and Derek exchanged worried looks. They’d devised a plan and now they were certain Penelope would never be able to go through with it. “This is insane!” “Baby?” “No Derek, this is Kevin we’re talking about! Meek, mild-mannered Kevin who wouldn’t hurt a flea! This is crazy!” “The evidence points to him Baby Girl! He and my analyst have been friends for years and they’ve been in contact a lot over the last several months. The dates coincide with the murders…” “No, I don’t care! There has to be another explanation they’re friends, that’s all! I’ve heard him talk about his friend Leo that doesn’t mean he knew what Leo and those agents were doing!” “Believe me, there’s nothing more I’d like than to be wrong about Kevin, but…” Penelope turned to face her husband with fire in her eyes. JJ moved toward the bed and gently pulled Saraya in her […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 17

Kevin was amazed at how the sound of her voice made him feel. His heart fluttered uncontrollably as she talked a hundred miles a minute. She always rambled when she was nervous or upset and he’d grown to love that about her. Still he was happy to hear her voice…He needed to hear her voice. The fact that she thought to call him at a time like this gave him hope. He pretended that he had just only moments ago heard of the attempt on Morgan’s life and he vowed to stick by her through the whole terrible event. She thanked him profusely and he felt safe in revealing his impulsive travel plans. “Kevin, you’re what? You don’t have to come all the way to New York for me! I’m fine. Besides, Derek is getting released in the morning.” “I know I don’t have to come but I want to. I know how you worry about Derek and I just want to make sure you and Saraya are okay. I need to see that with my own eyes, Penelope.” “Oh…Kevin you are such a sweet man. You’re going to make some lucky lady a great husband one day.” His heart broke as her words yanked him roughly back to reality. He didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning her back. Whether or not Morgan was dead or alive he’d never be able to replace him in her life. Still it didn’t stop him from feeling the pain and […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 16

Kevin had no idea how he would explain his presence in New York. He was so close to getting everything he ever wanted and at the same time so close to losing it all. Both worlds taunted him as he packed a bag. He took a moment to look around his apartment remembering the times he and Penelope had spent here. It didn’t seem to matter that it was a total wreck or that his furniture looked as if it had come from a frat house yard sale. It was their special place spent when there was time left over from their busy schedules. Then he’d screwed it up with his demands and unreasonable expectations. He knew how she felt about Morgan even if she hadn’t been ready to acknowledge what everyone else knew. Still his delusions and his arrogance had foolishly convinced him that he could have her in spite of the fact that it was Derek Morgan that she’d given her heart to. He was proud of the fact that there were very few people he hated. In fact it was a short list of one. He hated Derek Morgan with a passion and no matter how he tried to reason with his emotions he knew that if given the chance to save his life or take it, he’d choose to end the life of the man who had everything…looks, brains, charm and Penelope. The thought of taking another person’s life was extreme even if it was Morgan, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 15

“Penelope, call Hotch! Call Hotch!” His voice tinged with panic still rang in her ears as she ran down the hall with Saraya clutched tightly against her chest. She knew something was wrong her stomach had been tied up in knots from the moment she’d gotten his text telling her that he was on his way home. Then an hour later with their pizza growing cold on the table and her daughter bathed and in bed she got the call that stilled her heart. Quantico, VA – “Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!” Kevin muttered under his breath. He had to leave…now! They’d be coming for him soon and he knew it. His boys in New York wouldn’t waste any time giving him up. His father had already threatened to kill him…him, his only beloved son. Things were bad and worst of all Derek Morgan was still alive…he needed to talk to Penelope to explain but what was there to explain? He’d ordered her husband’s death…there was no explaining that. New York – 2 hours earlier – Derek was so busy focusing on the dark van behind him that he didn’t notice the large semi coming toward him. It had been going in the opposite direction but then suddenly veered into his lane. Derek would never forget the cold knowing stare in the driver’s eyes just before his high beams were switched on. The bright oversized lights blinded him. He saw Penelope and Saraya’s faces and his mother, his sisters […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 14

Amanda was surprised to hear the doorbell she wasn’t expecting company and unless the handsome FBI agent had forgotten something no one was due to visit her. Since her husband’s death her visitors were few and far between. Agent Carmichael rang the doorbell and waited. He counted the footsteps until the door opened. Her look of surprise was priceless; he’d tease her about it later…much later. “What are you doing here?” She nervously looked past him out into the street. “Come on Amanda…” “No, are you crazy? That FBI guy was here. He could have seen you!” “Don’t worry, I’ve been out front for a while. I waited until he rounded the corner he didn’t see me.” Quickly opening the door she pulled him in and closed the door locking it behind them. Then a big smile crossed both of their faces as she wrapped her arms around his neck. He moaned as he kissed her hard on the lips roughly grabbing a hand full of her hair and running his hands over her body. Then pulling apart out of breath he looked deeply into her eyes. “Did you miss me?” Morgan pulled into a nearby gas station shortly after leaving the Fields home. He’d made note of the license plate of the dark Ford pickup that had followed him from Manhattan to Brooklyn. He wasn’t surprised that his suspects would up their game and so when the truck fell into traffic behind him shortly after leaving his office he […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 13

New York – Apartment of Derek Morgan – Morning – Penelope pulled her sore body from the bed. She was happy and it had been a long time since she’d awakened feeling like the world couldn’t harm her. She wanted to shout and to tell someone that for once it seemed that she had won. She pulled her phone from her purse and just before heading toward the kitchen she peered into her daughter’s room where she still lay sleeping. “Hey Garcie! How’s it going?” “Perfect my blonde bombshell, just perfect!” “So, details, details…” “Well, he was happy to see his daughter…” “And?” “I cooked an amazing dinner…” “Come on you’re killing me! You did tell him about Savannah’s little visit didn’t you?” “I did, I did.” “GARCIA!!!” “Okay, I’m sorry.” She chuckled. “He was heated! I had to really work hard to calm him down.” They were both spent…gloriously so and while still trying to catch his breath he placed her feet back on the wet shower floor. Kissing her one more time while reaching around her to turn off the water he whispered in her ear that the night was not over. Penelope smiled as he took her hand and led her dripping wet to the bed. “Aren’t we going to dry off, Handsome?” Without answering her he returned to the bathroom and after a few seconds returned with two large bath towels. Gently pushing her down flat on the bed, he wrapped one towel around his waist […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 12

New York – Evening – He loved her cooking but tonight was the best meal he’d ever had. She was a great cook and he was overjoyed. Sitting down for dinner with his girls made the food taste even better. Saraya was in her own world making an utter mess of the mash potatoes and gravy. Penelope had cut up her steak in tiny pieces and she’d even managed to make a mess of that along with her peas. Both Derek and Penelope chuckled at the little girl who was a perfect blend of them both. “This was amazing, Baby Girl.” “Why thank you, Handsome.” “Did you go grocery shopping because all I had in the refrigerator was water, milk and a few frozen hamburger patties?” “Let’s just say the market on the corner delivers.” “Oh yeah since when?” “Since Savannah decided to come all the way here from Quantico to bring you two bags of groceries, that’s when!” “She what?” Penelope knew that this was going to be a heated conversation she could see the questions and the anger in his eyes. Then she looked over at her daughter who’d done all she was going to do with her meal. This was a conversation that she didn’t want to have with her around. “Talk to me, Garcia!” “Oh yeah not a conversation for baby’s ears.” She thought to herself. Penelope stood and moved toward their daughter grabbing a towel to wipe her hands and face. “I’ll tell you what, […]