Will You Marry Me? Chapter 1
“Penelope, will you marry me?”
She was speechless. Her mouth dropped and she could hardly believe her ears. Like every little girl, she’d dreamed of finding her knight-in-shining armor, getting married and riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Now here she was looking into eyes filled with expectancy and hope. She watched as he stood in front of her holding his breath waiting patiently for the answer that would make him the happiest man in the world.
“No! I-I won’t marry you!”
“But…but…I love you! I’ve loved you for years now! Ever since I met you in the bullpen of the BAU…you were so, so, beautiful it took my breath away!”
“I know we’re meant to be together. We know everything there is to know about each other, we’ve been through hell and back and so I want to take things to the next level! Let’s forget the past and all of my dumb mistakes. Please Pen…do me the honors of being my wife!”
“I said, NO Kevin! You know I’m with Derek…I’m in love with Derek!”
Then she saw the look of expectancy and hope morph into disappointment and rage.
“NO? Did you just say, no?”
“That’s what I said…I cannot marry you, Kevin!”
Kevin, with his face turning a bright shade of red took a step back and pulled his cellphone from his pocket. Garcia watched confused as he focused his attention on the phone’s screen while he pressed a few buttons then waited. After a few seconds he handed the phone to her. Reluctantly, she took it from his hands.
“Well, if you won’t marry me, Penelope, then Derek dies!”
2 Hours Earlier…
BAU Headquarters – Quantico, VA –
“We’re going to be in so much trouble if Hotch ever catches us.”
“I don’t care it’ll be worth it if it means I can kiss my girl and hold my girl and touch my…”
“Okay, okay, I get it, Handsome! Let’s just see what you say when security pulls up the video feed from my office.”
“Wait, I thought you worked your hacker magic on the cameras?”
Penelope threw her head back and laughed at the look of fear dancing in his eyes. He’d rushed into her lair only moments ago for a goodbye kiss and as usual one kiss always turned into two, then three and then a full-blown make out session.
“Gotcha! Of course I “fixed” the cameras, Baby Boy, I wouldn’t leave you hanging.”
“Whew, you are so bad, Baby Girl. Payback is coming, that’s a promise.”
“What are you going to do, spank me?”
“Oh, that’s just for starters. I’ve got lots more in store for you.”
She pulled out of his hold and turned to finish working on the last search of the day. She felt his greedy eyes burning a trail down her body and she smiled as she typed away.
“Take a picture, Hot Stuff, take a picture.”
“Damn Baby Girl! You’re killing me! I can’t wait to get you home!”
“Well not before you stop and get the snacks for tonight, it’s your turn.”
“Don’t worry, I’m headed out now.”
“You mean you’ve finished all of your reports?”
“Yup, I even beat Reid.”
“I’m impressed. Just for that I’ll have a special surprise for you later.”
“You know how I love your surprises.”
Planting a kiss on the top of her head, Derek turned and vanished through the door. Penelope inhaled the aroma of his cologne as it lingered in the room.
“Oh how I love that man.” She whispered to herself.
She estimated that she’d need no more than thirty minutes to finish up but thirty minutes turned into almost two hours as Team C had been called out on a case and needed her assistance. None of the other techs were available so as a favor, she agreed to help them before leaving. Derek had already called twice looking for her and each time she promised that she would only be a few minutes. Now with her bags packed and babies turned off she was just about to leave when Kevin barged into her office.
“Kevin, what are you doing here? It’s late.”
“I need to talk to you Plum Sauce.”
“Plum Sauce? Really Kevin, I thought we both agreed that you wouldn’t call me that after we broke up.”
“I’m sorry Plum…I mean Pen but I’m just so excited that I really have to talk to you about something before I lose my nerve.”
She couldn’t help but notice that he was sweating and distracted. She was already late but because of their history she consented to giving him a few minutes of her time.
“I’m late, Kevin. I was supposed to be gone two hours ago…”
“It’ll just take five minutes, that’s all. Just five minutes.”
“Fine. Five minutes.”
Penelope set her bags down on the couch near the door and waited for the nervous mess in front of her to state his case.
“Thanks.” Kevin grabbed her hands in his sweaty palms. “P-Pen…”
Garcia pulled her hands from his getting his attention.
“I had this all planned out…what I would say…now I’m so nervous my minds gone blank.”
“Right, right…okay, okay.” Then taking a deep breath he began again. “Penelope, will you marry me?”
Location Unknown –
He didn’t see it coming. His mind was too preoccupied with his evening with Penelope. He never noticed the man approach until it was too late. The last thing he remembered was the young boy who’d approached him to buy raffle tickets for his little league team. Now as he lay on the cold dark floor he knew that whoever the young man was, he was most likely working with the person who’d hit him from behind. His head was throbbing and he could feel a light trickle of blood running down the side of his face and neck. He still hadn’t seen his attacker’s face and he had no idea how long he’d been there. He needed to get home…Penelope would be worried if he wasn’t home when she got there. He’d promised to never make her worry and he’d already broken that promise too many times to count.
“Kevin, what is this? What have you done with Derek?”
She looked at him waiting for a response. She saw instantly that his earlier act of nerves and fear was just that, an act. Now he stood before her confident and arrogant as he yanked the phone from her hands sliding it back in his pocket.
“I’m tired of being treated like a joke and a loser, Penelope! I need you to know how serious I am. You belong to me. ME! I was the one who had the nerve to ask you out! I was the one who made love to you at night, ME! While you pined away for that puffed up Gigolo, I was there, making you happy and taking care of you.”
“Kevin, don’t hurt him, please.”
“That all depends on you, Plum Sauce. I know you don’t love me like you love him but in time…in time you will. He’s in the way don’t you see that? He will never love you like I do, you’re just another piece of ass to him.”
“That’s not true! Derek loves me!”
“Penelope, you are such a smart woman, what is it about Derek Morgan that makes you lose all sensibility?”
“Let him go, Kevin! Please.”
“I can’t do that Penelope not until we are happily married and far away from here then and only then will I let your friends know where they can find him.”
“Kevin, this is insane.”
“If I’m insane it’s because you made me that way, Penelope. I’m crazy in love with you and I will have you! I won’t rest until you’re mine!”
“Kevin you broke up with me! You’re the one who moved on with anyone in a skirt! Why are you doing this now?”
“Because, Pen, nobody was you! I know that now. I want you back.”
“You can’t have me! I’ve moved on too. You made your choices and I’ve made mine.”
Then Kevin took another step invading her personal space and wrapped his arms around her pulling her tight against his body. She struggled and stiffened against him but it didn’t matter.
“Let me go, Kevin! NOW!”
“Don’t worry, Plum Sauce, I won’t take you here…not yet anyway. I’m nothing if not patient. I’ll give you a few days to make up your mind. Meanwhile, while you’re thinking about my proposal, I’ll be sending you some incentives from time to time.”
“Incentives, what do you mean?”
Kevin kissed her on the lips then let her go and headed toward the door.
“You’ll see.” Then placing his hand on the knob. “Oh and Pen, I know that as soon as I leave you’ll be rushing to your team but it won’t matter. I’ve taken the liberty of enlisting some help and if I don’t make it back to them, they have strict orders to shoot your lover in the head.”
Kevin blew her a kiss and stepped through the door. Penelope was too stunned to move her mind was going in a million directions but she had to help Derek and she had to get to her team. They had to stop Kevin before he or his friends hurt Derek.