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, maybe a little distance will help you both think clearly.”
Suddenly things turned serious as the director looked out through the glass at the others busy at work.
“I have a confession.”
“I wasn’t quite forthcoming with you when I insisted on your transfer.”
Derek had always suspected more. He wasn’t totally sold on the reason of his marital problems being the catalyst for his transfer.
“I believe I have a bad agent or agents in this office.”
“What makes you think that?”
“I’ve lost two agents over the past two and a half years both had been working on the same case. Three civilians have also been killed also tied to the same case.”
“Why me? Why not have IA look into it?”
“Frankly, I don’t know who I can trust. I needed fresh eyes and someone who has no ties or relationship with anyone here. Most of all, I needed the best and agent Morgan you’re the best.”
“Sir, you don’t have to flatter me.”
“Facts, agent. You’re a profiler, you’re trained to see things. You’re the best and that’s not flattery.”
Derek looked out among the agents, the director was right they were all strangers to him and he would be able to find the mole easier than anyone here.
“I’ll find your bad apple under one condition.”
“When I find him or her, you’ll owe me a favor.”
“Not yet. Just know that whatever it is, you cannot say, no.”
“Agent you find my mole and you can have anything you want. You have my word.”
At that Tinsley stood and said goodbye. Morgan watched as the man moved swiftly through the large room and out the door. Now he had to look at the others differently, with a discerning eye. Suddenly everyone was a suspect and if he didn’t feel like an outsider before he did now.
BAU Headquarters – Quantico, VA –
Penelope turned to face JJ who’d slipped through the door with her noticing.
“I knocked three times…where were you?”
“I was just…”
“Garcie, call him you know you want to talk to him.”
“What do I say? I’ve messed things up…he doesn’t want to talk to me.”
“Morgan loves you, Garcia. Call him! One of you has to make the first move.”
“I know you’re right. It’s just…how do I say…”
“What, that you were wrong? That you’re sorry? Just say it.”
“I know, I know. I’ll call him.” Then blowing out a large puff of air. “I’ll call him.”
“That’s my girl.”
JJ wrapped her arms around her friend and squeezed her tight before letting her go and leaving the office. After hearing the door close, Penelope glanced at her phone sitting idle next to her keyboard.
“Derek…I hope you’ll talk to me.” She thought to herself.
Just as Penelope was about to press one on her speed dial there was a knock on the door.
“Enter mere mortal”
The door opened and as she turned to greet her guest she was met with a wide silly grin.
“Hey Plum Sauce!”
“What’s going on? What are you doing here?”
“I just wanted to see how you’re morning was going. I know this is the first day back with Derek being gone and all.”
“That’s nice, Kevin. I’m fine, really. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to think about it.”
“Oh…well good! Hey I was thinking if you don’t have plans tonight, how about if I come over and bring pizza and a movie tonight?” I picked up a copy of Princess and the Frog for Saraya and…”
“Thanks Kev but Derek bought that for her weeks ago.”
“Okay, well I can take it back and get something else…”
“No that’s okay…Besides, I don’t think I’d be very good company to-“
“Come on Pen, I hate seeing you so down.”
“I’m not down. I’m fine really. Besides…”
“I’ve decided to fight for my marriage and if Derek will have me…”
“Plum Sauce, are you sure that’s what you want?”
“I’m more than sure, Kevin.”
Kevin was devastated. He was fuming and he knew the expression on his face betrayed his efforts to remain unaffected. None of his plans had worked and even hundreds of miles away, Derek Morgan was still in his way. He had to end this…he had to end him.
“You know your happiness means everything to me. Personally, I think you’re too good for him…”
“Funny, he said the same thing about you.” She chuckled.
Kevin failed to see the humor and he was even more determined to win in the end. He watched as she stood and approached him.
“Look Kevin, you’ve been a good friend and I want you to know that I appreciate you. I know you want the best for me and I know you want me to be happy. Derek makes me happy I can’t just give up on what we have.”
Kevin gently took her hands in his and looked longingly into her misty eyes.
“Just know I’m here for you, Penelope. I care about you…a lot. If you ever need me I’m only a phone call away.”
“Thank you Kev.”
Then leaning in he planted a kiss on her cheek and lingered for a second hoping she’d change her mind.
“I-I guess I better get back to work. Bye Plum…I mean Penelope.”
FBI Headquarters, New York –
“BOO-YAH! Here you go fellas! Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’!”
Leo Tavares slapped the thick file in the hands of Agent Craig Christensen interrupting a conversation with fellow agent Ryan Carmichael. Both men looked at the file then at the Technical Analyst smiling smugly before them.
“You wanted everything on the one and only SSA Derek Morgan…there ya go!”
“Wow! Really? All this?”
“That’s the Reader’s Digest version. I could have given you more but…”
“We got it, we got it…you’re good.”
“I’m better than good.”
Ryan lifted the heavy file from his friend’s hands and began thumbing through it.
“Wow, this dude is everything they say about him. He’ll have our operation cracked wide open in no time if we’re not careful.”
“So what do we do?” Leo asked.
“We do what we always do…if he gets too close we eliminate him.”
Derek was buried in a pile of case files. He needed his team. He wished Reid were there to read through the avalanche of paperwork. The box would keep him busy for the next several nights of that he was certain. Pulling the first file from the stack he moaned as he began to read. After several minutes his phone rang. He welcomed the interruption…he was surprised by the caller.
Derek closed his eyes and waited. The sound of her voice was like silk against sandpaper. He missed her it was all he could do to keep it together.
“Are you okay?”
“She’s fine too.”
“Listen.” They both said in unison.
“I’m sorry, go ahead.” He suggested.
“Derek…I’m sorry. I was wrong…I…”
“Penelope, you don’t have to apologize to me. I was a stubborn jerk…I’m the one who should be apologizing to you for making you feel like you weren’t a priority.”
“No…I know you didn’t have a choice. I know you wouldn’t…you didn’t cheat on me…”
“I would never…”
“I know, I know.”
“Penelope, I love you.”
“I love you, too…”
“Pen…conference room in five!”
He knew what that meant. JJ’s voice in the background interrupted and stopped him from saying what he really wanted to say to his wife.
“I’m sorry, we just got a case…”
“Go, we can talk later.”
“Kiss our daughter for me.”
“I will.” Then just before ending the call. “Derek.”
“Yeah Baby Girl.”
“I miss you.”
“You better go.”
“I miss you too.”