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 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 watch just as the bartender approached their table.
“Last call gentleman, we close in thirty.”
Derek nodded and Dave reached for his wallet.
“I think we’re done for the evening, thank you.”
Dave pulled out his credit card and handed it to the man.
“I could have paid for the drinks.”
“I know you could. Chalk it up to the perks when parents come to town, we pick up the tab.”
Derek chuckled again and shook his head. He wasn’t sure if he’d ever get used to Dave referring to himself as his parent. He never imagined Dave married and settled down with a woman let alone his mother. But they both seemed happy and comfortable. His mother smiled and laughed more now than he’d ever seen or heard before and that made Derek happy.
Dave noticed the far away look in Derek’s eyes. He hoped he hadn’t over-stepped his bounds by referring to himself as Derek’s parent. He’d long ago thought of him as the son he never had. Their relationship had started out as contentious but over the years had morphed into a close relationship that felt like family.
“Uh, listen, Derek, I’m sorry if I crossed the line…”
“What? Oh, no. No way. I appreciate you, man. You’ve made my mother happy and I’ve always kind of seen you as a father figure.”
“Yeah, really and if you breathe a word of this conversation to anyone, and I mean anyone, I’ll…”
“I know, I know, you’ll bury me where no one will find the body.”
“You got it, pops!”
Dave smiled broadly and shook his head.
“Let’s get out of here you’ve got a new job to report to in the morning and I have a long drive back to Quantico.”
“Not tonight you don’t. I have a second bedroom and it’s all yours for the night. Besides, my mother will kill me if I let you drive home this late.”
Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Quantico, VA – Evening
Penelope set two cups on the kitchen table and joined her mother-in-law. It was late but neither of them was up for sleeping. Fran was the last person Penelope expected to see but she welcomed the company.
“How are you doing baby, really?”
“Fran, I don’t know. I do know one thing though.”
“And what’s that?”
“I miss my husband.”
“Then why is he in New York and you and my grandbaby are here?”
Penelope fought back the fresh tears threatening to fall from her eyes. She didn’t know how to answer the question. She wasn’t sure she wanted to.
“I asked Derek to do just one thing for me and he refused. Just one thing!”
“You mean this last case?”
“Yes. Hotch assigned him the task of protecting Savannah.”
“Ah, I get it. You wanted Derek to turn it down.”
“And he refused. Let me guess, you gave him a choice, either you or Savannah.”
“Baby there’s never been a choice. When it comes to you or Savannah, there’s no choice in Derek’s mind. He’ll always pick you.”
“That’s just it. He didn’t this time. He chose Savannah.”
“But he didn’t. It was his job! He can’t make decisions based on whether you approve or not! You have to trust your husband, Penelope. You two have been through too much not to.”
“It’s not that I don’t trust him. I do trust him, I do. It’s just…well…Savannah, she wants him back and I can’t help but think she’s orchestrated all of this to get Derek back in her bed.”
“Did it work?”
“Did it work? Did she get Derek back in her bed?”
Two weeks ago- Home of Savannah Hayes – Evening-
All outward appearances portrayed them as a happy couple but behind the closed doors of Savannah’s home they barely spoke. Derek was preoccupied with troubles at home and yet he knew he had to focus on protecting the woman he once thought he would settle for. He knew that Savannah had bought, “them” lock, stock and barrel and she had believed that he loved her wholeheartedly. But he didn’t and things had ended badly despite what Hotch believed.
“Thank you.” She began.
She watched as he checked and rechecked the locks on the doors and windows and set the alarm. He along with several undercover agents had shadowed her all day and now it was time to settle in for the evening.
“For what?” He said dryly.
“For being here, with me. I know it’s not exactly where you want to be.”
Derek turned nearly running into her. Then taking one step back he mentally looked for a way out of her presence and the conversation.
“Look Savannah, why don’t you relax, take a shower or something and I’m going to call my wife.”
She was disappointed and she made no attempt to hide the hurt that seemed to slam her heart against her chest. She turned her back to him and headed toward the bedroom. Then turning back she watched as he pulled his phone from his pocket.
The phone rang several times. Penelope always answered his call on the first or second ring. Not this time and so he had to settle for her voicemail.
“Hey, Baby Girl it’s me. I just wanted to call…well, I guess you’re busy or still pissed at me…”
Savannah turned the corner out of sight but not out of earshot. Trouble in paradise she thought smiling to herself. Perhaps she still had a chance after all. Maybe tonight could be a turning point for the two of them.
“Listen, Baby I need you to know that no matter what, I love you. This assignment is just that, an assignment. Please don’t let it come between us. I love you.”
Morgan ended the call holding the phone against his ear for a few extra seconds. He had no idea that Savannah was listening, waiting and hoping to make her move on her former lover.
Penelope froze when Derek’s ringtone pierced the silence of the room. She wasn’t ready to talk to him and after their argument that morning she was still fuming. The thought of him being willing to spend the night with Savannah was too much for her and so she listened as the call went to voicemail.
She wanted him off this case. In fact, she’d insisted that he remove himself from Savannah’s security detail but he refused. For him it wasn’t a matter of his former relationship with Savannah but everything to do with his job and his loyalty to the bureau. Her insistence that he beg out of the assignment spoke to her questioning his ability to do his job. So, they were at an impasse one that would not end until the case was resolved. Derek never dreamed it would mean the end of his marriage.
“Join me in a drink?”
Derek had drifted off to sleep and didn’t hear her enter the room. It was late, much too late for a drink. Slowly opening his eyes he turned slightly to see Savannah standing over him holding two glasses. The fact, that she was scantily clad in a barely there nightie did not escape him. Her intentions were obvious and Derek could hear his wife’s voice screaming, “I told you so,” in his ears. But he didn’t need the reminder. He knew Savannah and he knew that she would do anything to sabotage his marriage to Penelope.
“Savannah, what are you doing?”
“I just thought you’d like a drink before turning in that’s all.”
“It’s late and I’m still on duty so no thank you.”
“You know what they say, all work and no play makes Derek Morgan a dull boy.”
“All work and no play gets Derek Morgan back home to his wife and child.”
“Ouch!” Savannah took the seat across from him not willing to give up just yet. “Look at you all domestic and everything. I’m not sure I’m buying this new Derek.”
“Savannah, I’m really tired and tomorrow’s going to be pretty busy, so please if you don’t mind, I need to get to sleep.”
Pouting she stood to leave the room running her hand across his shoulders as she passed by him.
“My bed is a lot more comfortable than that couch. Join me, I won’t bite.”
Not responding Derek rolled his eyes and shook his head.
“Good night, Savannah.”
“Good night, Derek. Can’t blame a girl for trying.”
She’d lost this one and she knew it as she reluctantly headed toward her bedroom. She wasn’t finished. Savannah didn’t believe in giving up especially when it came to Derek Morgan.
Present – Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan –
“No she didn’t.”
“Then what is the problem?”
“I needed him home with me and our daughter! Not with that, that witch!”
“It sounds like you let your insecurities get the best of you. Now it’s time to put on your big girl panties, swallow your pride and get your husband back because if you think that woman is going to stop just because Derek said, no, you’re sorely mistaken.”
Penelope knew Fran was right. Savannah was determined and she didn’t take her break up with Derek well. She’d even confronted her face to face and accused her of being delusional and naïve to think a man like Derek would stay with her. Penelope had reminded Savannah that Derek was married to her and the two had made a baby together. Savannah laughed in her face and assured her rival that a ring and child would not be enough for a man like Derek. It was as if the woman who seemed to have it all, looks, brains and Derek’s attention had stepped into her soul and spoke out loud all of her fears and insecurities and gave life to all of her reasons for never acting on her feelings for Derek.
Then he chose her; he chose with a resounding voice to take the case and to be Savannah’s protector, to stay with her, in her home, on her job for however long it took to keep her safe. Penelope knew she was being unreasonable and her sane mind knew that Derek would not betray her but her scared, little girl brain was taking over and she couldn’t make her behave no matter how many times she banished her to the corner for a timeout. The girl with the pigtails and fairytale dreams was in charge and threatening to destroy all that she had gained by finally being brave.
Penelope stood taking their empty cups to the sink and rinsing them out. She felt foolish now as she thought about the damage she had done to her marriage and life with Derek.
“I think I’ve gone too far. I’ve opened the door for that serpent to take what’s mine.”
“Perhaps but I’m betting that Derek still believes in the two of you enough not to fall for her tricks.”
Penelope turned to face her mother-in-law with tears streaming down her face. Fran stood and approached her pulling her into a motherly embrace.
“Do you really thinks so?” She sniffled.
“Yes, baby I really think so.”