Soul Purpose Chapter 20
Angel’s Pizza, Manhattan, New York 10:45pm –
It was getting late and just as everyone had gathered their things to head to the hotel, Derek’s phone rang. He pulled it from his pocket and looked at the name on the screen. Shooting a puzzled look toward Dave he stepped away from the group as they continued on toward the SUV’s.
“Director Tinsley, how are you, sir?”
“I’m sorry I know it’s really late but this can’t wait I’m afraid.”
“As long as you’re not calling to say you’re reneging on our agreement.”
“No of course not. Although I wish I could get you to change your mind.”
“I’m sorry Sir. I really need to get back home.”
“Well, New York’s loss is Quantico’s gain. As a matter of fact, I’m calling to ask you to come see me in Quantico tomorrow morning for a debriefing.”
“Sure, I guess I can fly back with the team. My wife and daughter will be happy about that.”
“It’s settled then. I’ll see you in my office at nine a.m. sharp.”
“Yes Sir, I’ll be there.”
Derek pocketed his phone and quickly caught up with the group. Everyone had stopped near one of the SUV’s curious as to who was on the phone.
“Everything okay?” Hotch asked.
“Um, that was Director Tinsley. He wants to see me in the morning. So if it’s okay I’ll fly back with you all tomorrow.”
A smile appeared on Penelope’s face as she planted a kiss on his cheek and Saraya reached for her father to pick her up. As he pulled her into his arms he saw a concerned look cross Dave’s face. Nodding slightly at each other as if to renew Dave’s promise to have his back.
BAU Headquarters – Quantico, VA Morning –
Penelope was happy to have her husband back on the sixth floor but she couldn’t help but feel a heaviness in her heart knowing that in a few hours he’d be on his way back to New York. The director had summoned him back for a last minute debriefing and it felt like an act of punishment more so than a gift. She’d missed him and she knew that he had missed her and their daughter so to have him fly in just to leave again was cruel.
“I hate this!”
Derek and Penelope stepped into her office and quickly closed the door behind them. Wrapping his arms around her he pulled her tight against his chest. He hated it too. The thought of leaving her and Saraya in a matter of a few hours was too much and the nagging feeling in his gut that there were still loose ends with his last case was unsettling.
“I know Baby Girl, I hate it too. Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be back and then we can go on with our lives.”
She turned in his arms to face him and saw something troubling in his eyes.
“What aren’t you telling me, Hot Stuff?”
“Nothing I’m fine.”
“No you’re not and you’re forgetting that I know you Derek Morgan. I know you better than you know yourself. You were quiet at dinner last night and you hardly said two words on the flight back.”
“I just miss my beautiful, amazing, sexy wife that’s all. I hate sleeping alone so woman, I hope you’re up to making up for lost time when I get back.”
“Oh sugar I’m more than up to it.”
Then he leaned down and kissed her passionately. She knew he was trying to distract her and get her to let her worries go but she deepened the kiss and allowed him to believe he’d accomplished his goal. Then after a few seconds Derek’s phone rang. Reluctantly he pulled away to answer the call.
“Agent Morgan…yes…fine I’m on my way.”
Penelope looked at him waiting.
“That was the director’s assistant. He’s ready to see me now.”
“It’s okay. I’ll come right back here when I’m done.”
Penelope shook her head and watched as he turned and walked out into the hall. Something wasn’t right and no matter what her husband said or did he couldn’t fool her. She needed to know what it was and the one person who most definitely knew was her father-in-law, David Rossi. So with a new resolve she rushed out of her office and headed down the hall.
Office of Director Tinsley –
“I’m sure you’re probably wondering why I asked you to come here to see me.”
“The question did cross my mind, Sir.”
“I wanted to personally congratulate you and thank you for the awesome work you did in New York.”
“Thank you Sir.”
“I don’t have to tell you what a nightmare it would have been if the press had gotten their fangs into this case.”
“I feel I also need to re-emphasize the fact that this case is officially closed…”
“No agent. I have officially closed this case and the bureau is satisfied that those involved in this crime network have all been arrested and are now either dead or behind bars.”
“Don’t you think it was a little too easy?”
Tinsley stood and came around and sat on the edge of the desk in front of Morgan.
“You want to know what I think, Agent Morgan?”
“I think you’re damn good at what you do maybe too good! Let it go agent, you have your orders. Besides, if you want to come back to the BAU and to your beautiful family you’ll need to spend your time wrapping things up in New York.”
“Good. Now go and say your goodbyes to your team. I have a driver downstairs who will take you to the airport.”
Derek stepped out of the office. He dreaded saying goodbye and couldn’t help but be upset at being dismissed like a petulant child by the director. The feeling in his gut made him uneasy. It was the same feeling he’d had after he’d been told that agents Callahan, Christiansen and analyst Tavares had all been arrested. He was missing something and his gut was insisting that there were more involved. The fact that Tinsley was so adamant about him not following his hunch confirmed his suspicions.
He didn’t want to say goodbye not yet anyway. Instead of heading back to Penelope’s office he detoured to the men’s restroom. She was going to cry and he couldn’t handle seeing her cry, not today. He was grateful that he was alone as he turned on the water he stared at his reflection in the mirror. His mind took him back to when all of his problems began in his marriage. He’d been a fool to think that protecting Savannah would not affect his relationship with Penelope. The fights, the nights spent on the couch…then the separation…no he wasn’t ready to say goodbye not yet.
Tinsley had taken another elevator down to the sixth floor. He was so close to losing it all, everything he’d worked so hard to build all at the hands of an over eager agent who refused to obey orders. The door opened and he breathed a sigh of relief that his wayward agent had not looked back to see him step off of his elevator. He peeped his head out just as Morgan pushed the door of the men’s room and stepped inside.
He couldn’t stall any longer it was time to say goodbye to his family and friends and head to the airport. He knew his wife would want to take him but Tinsley was insisting on a driver from the bureau taking him.
“You’re not going to let this go are you?”
Morgan looked up and into the mirror. There was Tinsley near the door. The sound of the water running had masked the sound of the door opening. Grabbing a few paper towels he turned to meet the older man’s stare.
“The case, you’re not going to let it go.”
“No, no, I get it. I know all about how you pursued Ian Doyle to the ends of the earth until you brought him down.”
Morgan threw the towels into the garbage he wasn’t sure what to make of this visit then there was the feeling in his gut again that something wasn’t right.
“Look, if you want me to stop, I’ll stop…”
“No, no you won’t. It’s in your nature you can’t help yourself.”
“It’s like you said, the case is closed.”
“It is now.”
BAU Conference Room – Thirty Minutes Later –
The team had gathered around the table for the morning briefing. Even though he’d been away for several weeks, Morgan was noticeably missing and it showed in the heaviness that hung in the air. All of them had missed him and now that he was in the building it made his absence even more pronounced. He’d promised to return after his meeting but it was getting late. Rossi had already somehow found out the meeting between Morgan and the director had ended several minutes ago.
“Where the hell is he?”
Dave checked his watch for the tenth time.
“You don’t think he’d leave without saying goodbye do you?” Spencer asked not really believing that to be possible.
“Maybe he went to see Saraya…” Penelope didn’t believe that anymore than she believed Reid’s half-baked theory.
Dave stood and headed toward the door.
“I’m going to the bathroom don’t start without me.”
“Sounds like a plan, I’ll be back.”
JJ stood and headed toward the door as well.
Dave jokingly glanced at JJ as they both walked rapidly toward the steps. The sound of a gunshot momentarily stopped the two agents in their tracks. The sound of fleeing footsteps jolted them and they began running toward the sound, which led them to their original destination. Stopping in front of the men’s restroom both Dave and JJ pulled their guns and nodding Dave entered with JJ close behind.
“Oh my God…Derek!”
JJ gasped as she rushed to see if there was anyone else in the room. Dave ran to where Derek lay in a pool of blood.
“CALL 911!!!! WE NEED HELP IN HERE!”