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, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 11

Leo watched Morgan closely from the shadows of cyberspace. He had to admit that his computer skills were pretty good considering he normally had someone back in Quantico to do his snooping for him. In fact most special agents knew very little about computers beyond searching for a nearby pizza joint. But not this special agent he was quite adept at finding his way around with the help of the bureau’s search engines. Even though his agent buddies were confident that they had hidden their dirty deeds where no one could find them, Leo knew that his new boss wasn’t just anyone. So, even if the others weren’t worried he was. Penelope had managed to pull together the makings of a pretty good meal for the three of them. The expensive steaks that Savannah had bought would go great with the baked potatoes and the other groceries the good doctor had purchased at the corner market. With the steaks marinating in the refrigerator and the potatoes baking in the oven all that was missing was her husband. Penelope had taken the liberty of pulling the sheets off of the bed and washing them while Saraya watched her favorite video that she’d brought with her. The thought of making love to her husband on sheets that Savannah had touched made her stomach wretch. One hour later… “Where the HELL have you been?” “Work? I do work for a living you know!” “I called you before I left New York! You should […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 10

“You WHAT?” “You heard me, I live here!” Penelope’s face turned a bright shade of crimson as she stared at the woman. She so wanted to wipe the arrogant smirk off of her face but that would only give her temporary satisfaction. The old Penelope would have broken down and ran but old Pen was gone. She was tired of being upset and tired of Savannah insinuating that she could simply take her husband whenever she wanted to. Savannah was slightly taken aback when the chunky blonde didn’t grab her little crumb snatcher and waddle from the apartment. On the contrary she merely stood there looking around as if she had plans to take off her shoes and stay awhile. Penelope closed the distance between them and invaded the woman’s personal space. Now they stood mere centimeters apart. Penelope was still deciding whether or not to lay paws on the woman who’d had the audacity to cross the threshold of Derek’s apartment without his real wife’s permission. She felt Savannah’s eyes on her back as she walked into the kitchen and began thumbing through the bag of groceries examining each item before placing it on the counter. Then after she’d emptied the bag, Penelope walked down the small hallway and stopped short of entering the master bedroom where the bed had been left unmade and a woman’s clothing lay on the floor. Savannah felt her confidence swell when her rival stilled at the sight of her clothes thrown about. Her […]

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 […]