The Fall Chapter 18

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “You can see him now.” Penelope stepped toward the doorway where the small petite older woman stood. It seemed like hours since the initial report that Derek’s injuries were not life threatening. “Thank you doctor…for everything.” The other woman nodded and turned to leave. Penelope hurried out of the waiting room without much thought of her friends that had been waiting with her. Suddenly she stopped and turned to face them. “Now what?” Fran and Dave approached her both wrapping their arms around her. “Now you go see your husband.” Fran answered. “But what if he still doesn’t remember me?” Dave glanced at Fran then back at Penelope. “Then you start with, hello.” Hamilton’s Room – “Of all the places you could have ended up, you chose Atlanta.” “So.” “I bet you took great pride helping the FBI bring me down.” Sheldon stepped closer, close enough to see the smug arrogant look in the older man’s eyes. “It doesn’t change anything, you know.” Hamilton continued. “You know, there’s one thing I never understood growing up.” “Yeah? What’s that?” “Why you and my aunt hated me and my mother so much. How could Aunt Evelyn hate her own flesh and blood? My mother and I struggled while the two of you lived in the lap of luxury.” “What, you thought because we did well for ourselves, we owed you something?” “You could have helped!” “You could have helped yourselves!” The sound of his own laugh […]

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The Fall Chapter 17

“My name is Derek!” He repeated. “Derek…Mo-Morgan.” The sight of the knife now pressing against his stomach didn’t register. His mind began to become crowded with thoughts that made no sense yet he knew that they belonged to another life…his life…and so he spoke again even as Hamilton pressed the knife against him urging him to comply and to be silent. “You’ve been a bad, boy…Derek! You’ve ruined all of our plans with your insistence on having the last word!” She smiled as she looked deep into his eyes. “I want some grandbabies.” “Come on, Ma, stop.” “Come home to me…I’ll leave a light on…” Hamilton watched as Derek’s face changed from the glassy-eyed subject that he’d tormented for the last six months to a man that was still struggling, still strong and still determined not to be taken by force. Reid stood in the hospital’s security office watching the coming and goings in every corridor in every building, every lot and hidden place in the hospital. The others had been sent in opposite directions in search of their friend. “Stop! Right there!” Reid pointed to a familiar sight on the far left monitor. The officer complied enhancing the picture, drawing it closer into view as Reid pulled his phone from his belt. “Hotch! He’s on the roof!” Hotch looked at Rossi as he frantically pressed the elevator button. “We’re headed there now. Call the others.” “Okay, and Hotch…” “Yeah, Reid.” “He’s not alone.” Finally aware of the knife pressed […]

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The Fall Chapter 16

Atlanta General – Evening – He was alone and for that he was grateful. He had no idea how long he’d been asleep since the woman Fran, had visited him. The pain in his gut had subsided to a dull roar and his chest and abdomen felt as if a fire had just been put out but the embers were still smoldering. He felt miserable but he relished in the quiet and the solitude. He didn’t want to see anyone or hear stories of a childhood he didn’t remember. His mind was a jumbled mess and still no one would tell him anything about Savannah. He hated hospitals, the narrow bed and the tasteless food was unbearable. The clock on the wall said, six twenty-seven and his growling stomach confirmed the fact that he hadn’t eaten since breakfast. He needed to stretch, to stand to run. Slowly, he sat up on the edge of the bed. He tried his legs and as his feet hit the cold tile floor he felt a surge of energy and determination to get out of the gray room and out into the light. Penelope hadn’t been back in Derek’s room since he’d collapsed on the floor of his hospital room. The sight of him seizing stiffly before her was something she never hoped to see again. Now she sat alone in a small conference room two floors down. The hospital had generously given the team the space to gather without being disturbed. A detective […]

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The Fall Chapter 15

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “Come home safe, my love.” “That’s the plan Baby Girl.” He pulled her close and inhaled. The smell of jasmine seemed and felt like a power source from heaven. He didn’t want to let her go but the others were waiting for him. “Come on Romeo!” He kissed the woman on the lips and looked over her shoulder as the elevator opened. The other Blonde smiled and shook her head while holding the door open for him. “I gotta go.” He whispered in her ear. He could tell she was trying to hold back the tears. He didn’t know why she was sad but it made him determined to come back to her. “Come back to me.” “Always, always.” He let her go and took a step backwards into the elevator. She tried to smile past her tears as he waved and smiled back at her. “I’ll always come home he whispered to himself.” Then she disappeared behind the steel doors. He looked ahead counting, five, four, three, two, one… The car came to a slow squeaky halt bouncing slightly as the doors opened. “Savannah?” He felt strong arms around his as he was pushed out of the elevator. “What took you guys so long? We have work to do.” “No! No, you’re not supposed to be here.” “Bring him HERE!” He knew that voice, deep, taunting and evil like…no…it can’t be…he’s dead…he’s…don’t touch me, don’t!” “Man up, boy! Look up to the sky!” […]

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The Fall Chapter 14

Sheldon had decided to make an unexpected visit to see his parents. He felt he needed to see them, talk to them and to apologize for being such a disappointment and a failure. His mother looked confused and puzzled as he bared his soul holding back tears for an unknown offense. She’d always been proud of her only child and she’d told him as much numerous times. Yet, he felt compelled to tell her how much he loved her for everything she’d done for him while he still had a chance. Not knowing what had really brought him by she simply pulled him into a warm embrace and held him tight against her bosom. Now he was back at his tiny apartment that he shared with his best friend and while he climbed the steps he prayed that Evan would be as understanding as his mother had been minutes ago. Then he heard the shots, one, two then three and for a moment he was frozen, his hand hovering just over the rusty doorknob that led inside. The hurried steps prompted his fight or flight instinct and without further pause he fled toward the janitor’s closet nearby. “Oh my god! Oh my god!” He whispered to himself as the footsteps passed him disappearing down the stairway. When he was certain that it was safe he inched the door open and after looking from side to side down the hallway he hurried from his hiding place and ran for dear life […]

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The Fall Chapter 13

Golden Adobe Apartments – Sheldon felt like an outsider and with his emotional outburst he felt he needed to put some distance between himself and the others. So while they headed down the hallway towards Darren or Derek’s room he made his exit. Letting himself inside without being seen by his insistent landlord, Sheldon made his way to the small bedroom closet. He’d promised to never touch a computer or to step foot into cyberspace again and since being in Atlanta he’d kept that promise. Over the last several months he knew he was still being watched. The thought of losing his freedom and the remembrance of the consequences of his careless, if not arrogant actions kept him true to his promise. Sheldon stared at the dusty worn backpack. He’d found it relatively easy to stay away from his old ways until now. Even as he struggled to survive he hadn’t considered going back. Darren had helped him, taking a chance and hiring him when no one else would. He’d been more than an employer he’d been a friend. These were desperate times and without a second thought he pulled the bag from the closet. 2 Years Ago – Office of Homeland Security – Morning – “You’re in a lot of trouble Mr. Rice” The Agent began. Sheldon looked away as the suited man took the seat across from him. “Did you hear what I said? Agent Kominski continued. “We’ve been looking for the elusive Jackal for five years and […]

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The Fall Chapter 12

Atlanta General Hospital – Afternoon – “Thank you.” Hotch glanced back at Rossi before speaking. “Thank you?” “Yes. Thank you. Thank you for insisting I come along on this case.” “I just thought we could access your skills faster if you were here, that’s all.” A slight smile appeared on Penelope’s face as she continued to stare out the window. “You’re a softie, you know that Aaron Hotchner?” “Who, me?” He smiled ever so slightly as he stood behind her. “Yeah you but I won’t tell.” “Thanks.” His smile broadened. Penelope rubbed her hand over her bell absentmindedly. “If he doesn’t make it…” “He’ll make it.” “But will he be the same? Will he be the same Derek, my Derek?” Hotch had no words that would reassure her. Nothing that they had ever come up against had prepared him for this. What he did know was that Morgan had obviously gone through a lot they’d all seen it especially Garcia. He wanted to embrace her and tell her that Derek would be okay but he withheld his emotions because it was all he knew how to do. “Derek Morgan?” The group stood and approached the middle-aged petite woman. Penelope led the way making it to the doctor before the others. “How’s my husband?” The doctor looked around at the desperate faces before beginning. “My name is Doctor Flores and I’ve been treating Mr. Morgan since he was brought in.” “Is he going to be okay?” Penelope asked. “I must admit […]

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The Fall Chapter 11

“Damn it, Kevin! Why am I just now hearing this?” “I was placed on a special assignment training newbie techs…” “You’re supposed to be keeping an eye on them! Now you’re telling me they’re here in Atlanta?” “Savannah, I’m really sorry! I told you this plan was crazy. I even think they may be on to me because this training assignment came up suddenly. I’ve never been asked to train before.” “Maybe it’s just a coincidence.” “Let’s hope, what I do know is that when you’re training you are under heavy surveillance. It would have been a big problem for both of us if I did anything outside of those parameters.” “I’ve got to get him out of town before they accidentally find us here.” “I’ll do what I can on this end but you need to be careful.” Savannah ended the call as she started her engine. Her heart was beating a mile a minute. She’d tried calling Darren but her call went straight to voicemail. As she headed toward home her next call was to Hamilton. Aquarian Café – “GARCIA!” Penelope turned toward the familiar voices. She was hysterical as Hotch, Rossi, Reid and JJ reached her. Several detectives and uniformed officers followed them across the street. “What happened? Hotch asked. “I saw him! He was right here! Then he was gone!” “Garcia, are you sure?” Reid asked. “Yes, I talked to him, he talked to me!” “Where did he go?” “I don’t know…this guy…he was with him. […]

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The Fall Chapter 10

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Morning – The ride home from the hospital had been quiet. Neither of them had said much and the air in the car had been tense. He was still upset with her behavior toward Sheldon and he wasn’t going to let her slide, not this time. Even with the tension between them it was good to be home. Savannah began fretting over him as soon as they stepped through the door and Darren was not in the mood. Savannah knew that her husband was upset with her. She’d behaved horribly and her little outburst the night before had done nothing to help her immediate concerns. Darren was slipping away from her and she couldn’t deny it. Hamilton and Marcos had warned her too many times not to upset him but she wanted what she wanted and with her constant nagging and emotional outburst things were bad between them; the fall couldn’t have come at a worse time. “How about you relax and I’ll make us some breakfast.” “I’m not hungry.” Darren slowly walked over to the couch and lowered his aching body onto the couch. “Baby, you’ve got to have something on your stomach before you can take your pain meds.” “If it will make you happy, I’ll have some toast and coffee, please.” “Toast and coffee it is.” Savannah rushed off to the kitchen. Darren leaned his head against the wall hoping the pain would subside. He’d been damn luck to have […]

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The Fall Chapter 9

Atlantic General Hospital – Sheldon glanced quickly down the hall before quietly entering the room. He knew he wouldn’t have much time before Savannah returned. He’d come to apologize but now the conversation that he’d overheard was also pressing on his mind. Darren slowly opened his eyes and smiled up at the man above him. Darren saw the worry and the guilt. He didn’t blame him, he never would instead he was grateful for the fact that Sheldon may have very well saved his life. “Hey man, it’s a little late for you to be out trolling these halls isn’t it?” Sheldon smiled nervously as he searched for the words to apologize. “I didn’t mean to wake you. I just wanted to…” “Please, I see that look in your eyes. Me falling wasn’t your fault.” “But if I had been on time…” “What, you would have stopped me from climbing up that ladder?” “Yes, I mean no…I should have been there, that’s all.” “It was an accident. Besides, Savannah has been asking me to get rid of that old ladder for months now. This was my fault me and my hard head.” Sheldon shook his head and even though a slight smile appeared across his face, his friend’s eyes told Darren that he wasn’t quite ready to accept absolution for his offenses. “So, when are they springing you from this place?” Sheldon asked changing the subject. “Tomorrow morning. I’m only here as a precaution.” “Who knows maybe I’ll come by […]

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