Soul Purpose Chapter 9

New York – Morning – Savannah was excited about being back in the city. It had been almost five years since she’d visited New York and she’d fallen instantly in love with the life and movement and culture that seemed to cover every square inch. She’d suggested spending a quiet weekend here with Derek once but he insisted that his job wouldn’t allow the time away. She brushed the thought from her mind vowing to stay positive and to make the next two days unforgettable for both of them. FBI Headquarters – Morgan found the offices as he had left them the night before, empty. He’d gotten up while it was still dark and showered and dressed. Normally, he would be home in bed savoring the last few moments of precious time cuddled with his wife and anticipating the pitter-patter of little feet entering and breaking the silence in the room. Not now; now he dreaded mornings and the silence was like an anvil on his chest making it hard to breathe. He needed his family back. Nothing worked without Penelope and Saraya by his side. Now was not the time to dwell on the things he could not change. The matter of five dead people, two of them federal agents was his focus. He couldn’t afford to slip up and get careless. His instincts not to trust where on high alert and he hated having to assume that the very people he worked side by side with were potential […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 8

“Yes, thank you so much for calling and I’ll be sure to call you when I get back.” Ending the call Savannah quickly dropped her phone into her purse and continued packing. She made a mental note to do something special for her new friend once she returned. She’d never had reason to associate with the odd little man until now and he was the last person she expected to hear from in the middle of the night but the call couldn’t have come at a better time and with the next two days off from the hospital she was anxious to get out of town. Kevin smiled as the call ended. Proud of himself he marched into the kitchen to warm up leftovers from last night’s takeout. Knowing that Savannah was on her way to New York to surprise Derek made his heart skip a beat. Now to convince Penelope to make a trip to New York as well was next on his agenda. The thought of the two women coming face to face in the city that never sleeps made him giddy. Maybe things would work out for him after all. New York – Home of Derek Morgan – Evening – Derek had to be careful he knew that until he found the mole among his agents he had to watch his back. Everyone in the New York office was a suspect. The director was certain that at least two agents were responsible for the murders of five […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 7

The morning briefing had gone well and for the most part Morgan was impressed with the agents now reporting to him. This was definitely a change of pace and he wasn’t sure if he’d ever get used to running this office. The politics and the bureaucratic red tape would keep him trapped inside instead of in the field and he knew that would drive him crazy. The view from his glass walls made him homesick. He desperately wanted to talk to Penelope but he wasn’t sure if she wanted to talk to him. Pulling his phone from his pocket he began absentmindedly twirling it between his fingers. Just as he was about to press one on speed dial the director walked into his office. “How are you settling in?” Derek pocketed his phone and stood. Director Tinsley waved him off and took the seat in front of his desk. “Please, please no need for formality.” Derek took his seat. “So what do you think of our little operation here?” “It’s quite impressive, Sir. Thank you for making the trip from DC to meet me.” “It’s the least I could do after all we’ve been trying to snag you for years now.” “I love Quantico, Sir. It’s home.” “I totally understand. Speaking of which, how does your family like New York?” Derek knew the man was aware of his marital circumstances but he played along. “My wife and I are separated right now…” “Ah, I’m sorry to hear that but hey, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 6

Derek had beaten the sun up. He couldn’t sleep so he’d found himself sitting in the dark living room of his apartment working on his second cup of coffee. He wasn’t ready for the day, not by a long shot and the fact that he hadn’t slept well, made him feel even worse. He was glad Dave had shown up and glad that he’d decided to sleep over. The emptiness of the apartment had made him regret the last several weeks. He should have given Penelope what she wanted. He wished he hadn’t been so stubborn, insisting on his male pride over his wife and child. He ran each and every argument over and over in his mind and saw the hurt in his wife’s eyes and heard his daughter’s cries as the adult voices grew louder and louder. He prayed he could somehow get her to forgive him and take him back. “Couldn’t sleep, eh?” Derek looked up to see Dave enter the room. He’d helped himself to the coffee and Derek didn’t mind. “Nah. I’ve got to report to work in a couple of hours and I’m exhausted.” Dave sat in the chair across from the couch and stared intently at his stepson. “I don’t want this, Dave. I never thought I’d lose her. Not like this. Not over a case.” “The truth?” “Of course.” “You couldn’t have changed a thing.” “What?” “Penelope loves you. In spite of everything that has happened she still loves you.” “But it […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 5

Jackie’s Bar & Grill – New York – Evening – “So how are you holding up, Kid?” Derek kept his eyes on the half-empty glass in front of him. He wasn’t sure how to answer that question since he hadn’t thought much about anything or anyone except Penelope and Saraya. “I’m not sure how I got here, Dave. I can’t help but think that I’ve lost everything I thought was important to me.” “Give it time. Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to work out.” “But what if that means that Penelope and I weren’t meant to be together after all? I don’t think I can accept that, Dave.” “Listen, if there’s one thing I know for sure is that you two are meant to be together. You two just got lost that’s all.” “She wanted me to choose. She gave me an ultimatum. I don’t do ultimatums, Rossi.” “You both are stubborn; too stubborn for your own good. If you two love each other you’re going to have to let go of your pride and meet each other in the middle. That’s what marriage is all about.” Morgan looked up finally at his stepfather as if he were seeing him for the first time. “From a man that’s been married five times.” He chuckled. “Four.” “What?” “Four times. I’ve only been married four times. Your mother is number four.” “And she better be the last, old man.” The two laughed and drained their glasses. Dave checked his […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 4

Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening – Penelope sat across the kitchen table watching Kevin slurp his coffee. The sound made her stomach turn and the dribble of coffee on his chin disgusted her. Why did she let him in, she thought to herself. “Kevin, I’m sorry I just left without talking to you first, but…” Slurp! “I have to admit, I was disappointed when I saw your note.” “I’m sorry.” “It meant a lot for me to be able to be there for you, Pen. I am here for you…any time…day or night…if you need me.” “I know Kevin and I appreciate that. I just thought it would be better to be in my own home. Besides, Saraya needs to be around her own things.” “…And Derek? Where does he fit into all of this?” “Derek has been transferred to run the New York office.” Kevin tried hard to restrain his look of pleasure at the news. The further away Morgan was, the better. He looked at the woman across from him. She hadn’t taken a sip from her coffee and perhaps he shouldn’t push his luck so soon. So, reluctantly he stood to leave. Penelope was surprised that she didn’t have to insist that Kevin leave. He stood and so did she and without another word he headed out of the kitchen toward the front door. Just as he reached the front door he turned and looked her seriously in the eyes. “Look Penelope, I’m sure […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 3

Present Day – Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening – It felt good being back home. Her night at Kevin’s had been uncomfortable and even though he’d been the perfect host, it felt wrong some how. Saraya was happy too and the moment Penelope placed her feet on the floor, the toddler took off running through the house. The cheap hotel room she’d fled to was more an act of defiance than of practicality. The house was quiet she missed Morgan terribly the memory of their last night here brought tears to her eyes. It was horrible and they’d fought non-stop for hours. So much had happened over the last several weeks and she did what she did best. She ran. This wasn’t what she wanted not by a long shot. She loved her husband more than words could describe but as she stood watching her daughter get reacquainted with her home, she wondered if her fairytale marriage had come to an end. New York – Evening – It was after nine when Morgan arrived in New York. The drive had given him alone time to think about the mess his life had suddenly turned into. His fight to save his marriage had been futile and for the life of him he didn’t know how he could have done things different to change the outcome. Penelope had given him an ultimatum, which didn’t sit well with him. He loved her more than his own life but she wasn’t […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 2

BAU Headquarters – Morning – Morgan had received an early morning text message from Hotch. He’d been summoned to the office for a private meeting. He knew it was coming. Things had been so bad between Penelope and him that it had spilled into the workplace. Hotch and Rossi had fought for the two of them to be able to remain in the same department but there were stipulations. Morgan had been so sure that their relationship was rock solid that he’d volunteered in writing that he would be the one to leave should problems arise. He was confident, too confident now as he looked back. Now he was headed to see Hotch and it could only mean one thing. Hotch’s Office – “Have a seat, Morgan.” Without a word Morgan sat in the guest chair across from Hotch. His boss’ stern expression gave nothing away. Without looking up from the file in front of him, Derek’s personnel file, Hotch began to speak. “The New York office has once again expressed interest in you running their office.” “Hotch…look, I apologize for the tension and the problems over the last few weeks.” Hotch, still not looking up continued. “The bureau will provide housing for you until you make permanent arrangements.” Then looking up finally. “You leave tonight.” Morgan sat back stunned at the finality of it all. Just like that he’d been discarded, just like his wife had discarded him. No discussion, no emotion, just written off and sealed with a […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 1

Home of Derek Morgan – Evening Derek had made it a point, subconsciously maybe, to return home as late as possible. The last two weeks had been hell and home seemed less like home. Dropping his go-bag at the door he made his way into the kitchen heading straight to the refrigerator to grab a beer. A small fluffy chocolate brown bear lying on the island caught his eye. Setting the beer down he grabbed the bear, his daughter’s favorite and held it to his face inhaling the smell of Saraya’s bubble bath. Derek fought the tears welling in his eyes; he had a rule…no tears…ever. He refused to make an exception, especially now. “It’s over!” His wife’s words and the look of utter disappointment still haunted him. There was nothing he could say, and he’d tried everything but she wouldn’t listen. He hadn’t done anything wrong…he hadn’t done anything right either so he was forced to watch his world crumble before his eyes. He looked around the over-sized kitchen. He’d designed it especially for her. Her culinary skills were limited but her dream was to have a chef’s kitchen and so that was all he needed to make it happen. It had been a few more minutes before he realized that he wasn’t alone in the house. The floorboards in the hallway gave his intruder away. Turning quickly he met the confident gaze of the woman who’d been responsible for his misery. “What are you doing here?” “I thought […]