Internal Affairs Chapter 17
Savannah wiped the corners of her mouth as she watched her new “friend” pull up his zipper and stuff his shirt back into his pants. He was more than willing to find a secluded spot away from pesky surveillance cameras giving them privacy to work out the details of their alliance. His name was Oscar Clark and he was eager to help her in her time of need. The two looked at each other with unashamed smiles on their faces and she had to admit that the young guard had a lot to offer a woman behind bars. Savannah was resourceful if nothing else and more than that she was determined; determined to make Derek and Penelope pay for humiliating her. She didn’t like losing and she definitely had no plans on losing to the likes of Penelope Garcia.
“I was serious, you know. Just say the word and I’ll end him.”
Savannah smiled as she ran her hand down his chest then helping him with the last few buttons of his shirt.
“Thank you lover but I want to be the one who takes the kill shot.”
“That’s going to be a little hard to do seeing that you’re locked up, beautiful.”
She kissed him thrusting her tongue deeply into his mouth as she pushed him against the wall.
“I’m sure you can arrange for a little field trip, can’t you?”
“I…I don’t know…”
He felt her hand slip past his waistband into his boxers. He leaned his head back and closed his eyes trying to concentrate but it was useless as her hand found its target and began slowly and methodically manipulating him.
“Sure you can, lover…” she purred in his ear.”
Bolt Street Property – 1 hour later –
Derek pulled his truck into the driveway of the worn down Victorian. He was meeting Trent his realtor in fifteen minutes and thought he’d walk around the lot while he waited. He’d driven past the property a dozen times before. It had been placed on the market by the family of the deceased owner and he was eager to take a closer look at it. He couldn’t help but think of Penelope and raising their family here. He was tired of being a coward when it came to her. Life was too short to live it without her by his side.
Penelope stepped out of the market pushing her cart toward her car. Her mind was still on her visit with Kevin. It hadn’t gone as she expected. She wasn’t sure what she expected and maybe she was foolish to think that she’d get some sort of closure from their meeting. He had no right to be upset with her she’d been a good girlfriend to him and was totally committed to their relationship. Sam on the other hand…she’d cheated with her best friend and she was no better than any other woman who’d come into his life and professed their love for him. One night of passion and weakness had created a ripple effect that would forever change the lives of so many.
Penelope knew that Derek wanted her to make a real commitment to them by moving in with him. She knew he loved her with all of his heart and she loved him but her fear of failure in yet another relationship kept her firmly planted in her own space as if it would change what she and Derek had done. Even now with their child growing in her belly, she couldn’t deny her feelings for a man who’d move heaven and hell for her. As she pulled into traffic, she wondered why she’d even try.
“So what do you think?”
Derek turned to face Trent. He’d been his realtor for the past ten years and he’d become quite familiar with Derek’s taste in houses. The worse off the houses appeared to be the more of a challenge they presented and he knew Derek loved challenges. He loved restoring forgotten ruins of yesteryear and he was good at transforming them back to their former glory.
“It’s beautiful, man! There’s so much I could do with this.”
“I’m surprised it took you so long to call me about it.”
“Yeah, well I’m still working on two other properties and…”
“…And I already have buyers for them too!”
“You’ve made quite a name for yourself in the city. Your work is impeccable and I usually have multiple offers and I’m sure if you pick this baby up I’ll be able to sell it for you too.”
Trent unlocked the front door and the two entered the house. The air was damp and dusty but even Trent had to admit it was a beauty.
“Nah, man. I can tell you right now if I buy this baby, I’m no selling it. I’m keeping it.”
Trent looked up and smiled at the man who was already lost in his thoughts as he carefully eyed every detail of the room.
“Wait, don’t tell me you finally closed the deal on that pretty little blonde you work with?”
“I’m working on it, I’m working on it.”
“Well good. Why don’t you bring her by tomorrow? I’d be more than happy to meet you two and let you in.”
“That sounds like a plan, thanks Trent.”
The two men headed out of the house toward the driveway. Morgan knew Garcia would be back soon and he’d been given strict orders to stay put. So shaking hands with Trent he jumped in his truck and headed home.
Home of Derek Morgan –
Penelope noticed Derek’s truck missing as soon as she turned the corner. He promised to stay home and rest. His body was still healing. She knew that he hated being idle and it was near impossible for him to be still so she’d made him promise not to leave the house. It was a waste of time just like insisting he promise not to make her worry when he and the others were out in the field. She wasn’t sure if being angry was even worth the emotions he was who he was and not even she’d be able to change him. Nevertheless, he was in trouble with her.
Derek cursed to himself as he pulled into the driveway next to Esther. He cringed as he quickly got out of his truck and closed the door. He knew he was pushing it by going out but he was going stir crazy. Maybe pleading for mercy and the fact that his body was beginning to ache all over would buy him a reprieve just this once. As he rushed around to the front of his house he met her glare as she stood on the porch arms crossed looking red-faced in his direction. He knew immediately that there’d be no mercy and no reprieve from what was about to come.
“Baby Girl…I just…”
“Save it, Mister! You promised me that you’d stay home!”
He approached her gingerly reaching for the grocery bag on the porch next to her. She watched him grimace as he picked up the bags and her look softened as she saw the pain on his face.
“You lied to me! I bet you left five seconds after you heard me pull off, didn’t you?”
“Well…not five seconds. Maybe ten?”
He smiled hoping his Morgan charm would work on her.
Penelope turned on her heels and quickly entered the house leaving the door open for him as he followed close behind.
“Baby Girl, I’m sorry.”
Penelope continued into the kitchen setting her purse on the counter and then grabbing the small bottle from the counter near the sink. Derek watched her in silence as she then moved to the refrigerator pulling out a water bottle.
“So, where’d you go?”
Setting the water bottle down on the island and opening the small bottle shaking out two white tablets, Penelope waited for an answer to her question.
“I had a few, errands.”
“Errands? You knew I had to go out I could have run them for you. You’re supposed to be taking it easy and letting your body recover.”
She handed him the pills and pushed the water bottle toward him.
“Sit!” Motioning to the barstool.
Derek popped the pills in his mouth and took a big gulp of water, swallowing hard and frowning as the pills made their way down his throat.
“No you’re not.”
“Yes, yes I am.”
“Errands, huh? So where’d you really go?”
Derek wasn’t sure telling her the truth would get him out of trouble or further into the hole he’d dug for himself already.
“I went to see Savannah.”
“I went to see Savannah.”
“But why? What could you possibly have to say to that woman?”
“I wanted to apologize.”
Penelope shook her head in disbelief. She couldn’t believe he’d risk his recovery to see the woman who’d tried to end his life.
“I don’t know what to say, Derek.”
“I know she tried to kill me but…”
“I can’t help but think that I drove her to it?”
Penelope saw that familiar look on his face. They’d both been reluctant to talk about the last several days avoiding a conversation that they desperately needed to have. She stopped her busy work and took the barstool next to him. She had to chuckle at the irony of it all.
“What Savanna did…”
“I know, I know. It wasn’t my fault. I still can’t excuse what I did, what we did. I hurt her and she didn’t deserve…”
“I went to see Kevin.”
“I went to see Kevin. I guess I needed to apologize too.”
Derek couldn’t believe his ears. The last thing he wanted her to do was to see Kevin, alone…she knew how he felt about that. Kevin was a wretched man and he didn’t deserve a visit from Penelope for any reason.
County Jail –
Kevin sat alone in his cell he couldn’t get his visit with Penelope off of his mind. He was angry; angry at the thought of her thinking that a mere apology could erase what she and Derek had done. The truth of the matter was that he had no real right to be angry with her. She’d loved him the best she could when they were together and he knew she loved Derek before he’d even said hello for the first time. His anger against her was misplaced and he knew it. His anger was with the truth and the truth was, that he wasn’t who Penelope Garcia wanted. That was the real reason for his anger, that and the fact that he wasn’t Derek Morgan.
The key turning in the lock startled Kevin out of his thoughts. He was so immersed that he didn’t hear the guard approaching. He nearly jumped out of his skin and he felt his cheeks burn in embarrassment as the heavy-set man chuckled.
“Easy techie, it’s just me.”
Kevin tried to calm his breathing as the door creaked open in front of him.
“W-What do you want?”
“You have a visitor?”
“Wow I’m more popular behind bars than I’ve ever been as a free man.”
“It’s your lawyer.”
“Lawyer? I don’t have a lawyer.”
“Yeah, well you do now. Let’s go.”
Kevin stood and headed out of his cell. He had become accustomed to the drill and so he waited patiently while the guard cuffed him and led him down the hallway.
“Man what were you thinking, trying to kill a fed?”
“My life is ruined! I can’t believe I let that bitch talk me into this mess! Now I’ve lost everything!”
Just as the two arrived at the visitors room, the guard placed his hand on the knob and turned to face Kevin.
“Well, that bitch as you call her may just save your sorry ass!”
“And how is that?”
“My boy who works over on the female side is smashing that big time.”
“So how does that help me?”
“She’s planning on getting rid of your, problem.”
“Let’s just say, the two of them are going on their first date on the outside and they’ll be paying your fed a little visit.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, after tomorrow Agent Derek Morgan will be history.”