Running To You Chapter 8
BAU Headquarters- Sixth Floor Storage Room –
Derek in total disbelief walked around a large stack of boxes and came face-to-face with Penelope. Her shocked crimson-tinged look matched his and the two looked like gunslingers facing off waiting for the other to make a move.
“What’s going on, Garcia?”
“I was about to ask you the same thing.”
Without answering her Derek moved swiftly past Penelope. The door was slightly ajar with the light from the hallway guiding him to the exit. Just as he was about to reach for the handle, JJ and Reid came into view both wearing mischievous grins waving at their friend as the door slammed shut in his face.
Penelope turned to face the door watching as Morgan tried in vain to open the door.
“Reid!” She yelled. “Open this door! NOW!”
“Not until you two talk!” Reid answered.
Garcia pushed past Morgan nearly knocking him over and began beating on the door. Morgan watched her he couldn’t believe he’d fallen for such a lame trick.
“JJ, really…a storage room? Not very original!”
“Hey, it’s the best we had at the moment! Now both of you are in time out until you stop being stubborn children and talk to each other!”
“There’s nothing to talk about!”
“Well then the two of you will grow old and gray in that room!”
“Reid, if you don’t unlock this door right now I’ll erase you and no one will ever find you!”
Then it was dead silence. No response came from the other side of the door. Morgan walked away in defeat and sent his fist flying into the wall on the other side of the room.
“AHH!” He screamed in pain.
“Serves you right, you…you…”
“You, what? You what, Garcia?”
“Oh never mind. What’s the use?”
“Oh well you had plenty to say yesterday, don’t stop now!”
Derek began to move his hand and fingers in pain as he leaned against the wall and slid down to the floor.
“Here, let me see.”
Derek looked up at her outstretched hand.
“I said, let me see your hand! I wouldn’t be surprised if you broke it!”
“It’s not broken, I can move my fingers.”
Garcia took a seat next to him and without asking again, she gently took his hand in hers. Surprisingly, he didn’t resist.
“Honestly, Derek…I swear they’re going to dedicate a wing at Potomac General in your name.”
“Haha, funny Garcia.”
“…And stop calling me Garcia!”
He opened his mouth to speak but thought better of it. Instead he watched as she examined his hand. Her soft skin felt good against his and he felt foolish for having been so mean to her.
Penelope began to feel uncomfortable in the silence. She felt his eyes on her as she released his hand and looked away.
“What did you want to talk about last night?”
“Oh you mean when you ran out of Tamara’s house like a bat out of hell?”
“Yeah. Look, I’m…”
“Don’t, please. I get it and I don’t blame you for not wanting to hear anything I have to say. I just wish you hadn’t heard what I said.”
“Why? It’s the truth, right? No matter how much I want it not to be and no matter how much I wish you felt the same way about me as I feel about you, it’s still the truth.”
Derek leaned his head against the wall and closed his eyes. Silently he plotted the untimely deaths of two of his closest friends. He wanted to run and hide and he even wished he’d taken the assignment in New York.
“But it’s not the truth…at least it’s not my truth.”
“You told JJ…”
Penelope turned to face him and took his hand in hers again forgetting that he’d moments earlier sent it flying into the wall.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”
“No, no, it’s okay. I’m fine.”
“Derek, I know what you heard, but what you heard is not what I meant…”
“Please give me five minutes and let me tell you what you didn’t hear.”
JJ’s Office –
“So do you think they’ll talk?” Reid innocently asked.
“If they want out of that room, they better.”
“I don’t understand those two. Derek can have any woman he wants and Garcia…I mean who wouldn’t want to be with Garcia.”
“Yeah but Derek doesn’t want, ‘any woman’ he wants Garcia.”
“And Garcia want’s Derek, so what’s the problem?”
JJ smiled at her friend before answering.
“They’re two amazing people who don’t see their worth. But I swear if they don’t get it together I’m going to handcuff them to each other and swallow the key.”
Storage Room –
“A speech? Why?”
“Why? Are you kidding, Derek?”
“I saw the look on your face when I told you I was in love with you.”
“No, it’s okay. I’m not the girl that men cross a crowded room for.”
“No, no…don’t! I do fine it’s just it takes a minute, you know? Most men are so vain that all they…anyway, I see the women you date, Derek. I’m not anything like them, so I get it.”
“I didn’t mean to hurt you, Penelope. I thought it was the alcohol.”
“Well, you did but I’m fine; I’ll be fine.”
Derek felt like a first rate heel. He saw the pain in her eyes as she talked. He was responsible for that pain and he knew it. He’d dreamed of being with her since the first time he’d seen her in the bullpen. She was too good for him.
Penelope needed some space between them. She didn’t want to see the pity in his eyes again. She’d seen it the night he’d dropped her off. He’d nearly run from her apartment. Garcia would never forget the look of panic in his eyes…and the pity. She stood and moved to the door and tried shaking it open again.
“There’s a reason I don’t date women who look like you.”
She didn’t hear him move from the floor. He was behind her now close…too close she could feel the heat radiating from his body.
“I said there’s a reason why I don’t date women who look like you, Penelope.”
“If you’re going say you don’t like big girls, spare me. Besides, Kevin and Sam have already told me…”
“Told you what?”
“That you’d never see a fat girl like me as beautiful, that I was being foolish to think you’d ever…”
He was angry now; angry with every man that had ever made her feel ugly and less than the beautiful and amazing woman that she was. He made a mental note that if he ever got out of this room he’d break Kevin and Sam into tiny bite-sized pieces.
“That’s not it, Penelope. Look at me.”
She couldn’t move and so she kept her back to him.
“I said, look at me, Baby Girl.”
Derek tenderly placed his hands on her shoulders and turned her to face him. His heart broke when he saw the tears welling in her eyes. She’d bought the lie hook line and sinker.
“I don’t date women that look like you because I don’t need a reminder.”
“A reminder of what?”
“That I couldn’t have the woman that I really wanted…you!”
“Yes. I love you, Garcia. I’ve always loved you. You are the most beautiful woman that I’ve ever seen. You my lady are my type…every curve every amazing thing about you is what I dream about every night.”
“Why didn’t you ever…?”
“Ask you out? Pursue you?”
“Yeah. I mean you’re Derek Morgan. Women drool at the sight of you. I’ve seen you nearly bat them off like flies.”
“All except the one I wanted. Besides, I’ve been in the friend zone since Gomez.”
Penelope couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Everyone had always thought they were a couple. She just assumed he wanted just a friendship. There were times when she thought she saw and heard more but she’d brushed it off as wishful thinking.
“Can I ask you something, Derek?”
“When I got shot by Battle and you brought me home.”
“You told me that you loved me. Was that love like a friend love or?”
“No Garcia. It was my not-so-smooth way of saying I was in love with you.”
“Derek, I’m sorry…I didn’t know… I didn’t think…”
“When I said it, I got scared. I didn’t want to ruin our friendship if you didn’t feel the same way. So I didn’t explain myself. Then when you ran straight to Lynch, I figured I dodge the bullet…that I still had my friend.”
“I ran…I’m sorry, Derek. I didn’t want to let myself think that you meant more.”
“Because if it didn’t work, then we’d lose what we had. I couldn’t take that risk.”
“I guess we both have gotten good at running.”
“I guess we have.”
“Besides, you didn’t deserve a broken, wreck like me. After Carl I wasn’t fit for a woman like you. You chose Kevin then Sam so…”
“They were safe…Derek and they seemed so desperate to have me in their lives. But…”
“They weren’t you.”
“So, are you saying…?”
“I’m saying that I love you Derek. I’ve loved you from day one and I’ll never love anyone like I…”
Suddenly he captured her lips in a searing passionate kiss stopping her from saying another word. She melted into him as he pulled her against his body. Penelope had never felt anything like this as she returned the kiss.
“I love you, Baby Girl.” He said as he pulled away long enough to fill his lungs with air.
Before she could regain her senses long enough to speak he kissed her again and again and she relished in the sweet taste of him.
“Shh…no talking…okay? No talking.”
Penelope shook her head. This time she kissed him and for the next several minutes they battled for control over space and time. He wanted her…he ached for her and he needed to show her that she was enough, that she was beautiful and that everything that Kevin and Sam had told her had been a cruel lie.
“I…I need…to see you.” He breathed in her ear.
“I’m right here.”
“No, I need to see you. I need to touch you, your skin…”
He kissed her neck and her lips and back to her neck again. She held her head back to make sure he didn’t miss a spot. Her heart raced as his hands roamed her body, kneading and pressing himself into her.
“Take off your clothes.”
“Now, Penelope. Take off your clothes.”
“But what if someone comes in…”
“Take…off…your…clothes. I need to see that amazing body that I’ve only imagined until now.”
“I can’t believe you’d ever want to see me…to be with me.”
“Baby Girl I want you so much it hurts.”
Gently he pulled her into his arms and held her. She inhaled his manly aroma. He always smelled so good. Derek ran his hand lightly down her arm and then wrapped his fingers around her wrist. As he lightly planted kisses on the side of her face, her neck he pulled her hand and placed it just below his belt buckle.
“Handsome, is that for me?”
“It’s because of you, Baby Girl.”
“Well, I never…”
“Oh, you have and I’m sorry I never told you sooner what you do to me.”
“I need you Derek.”
“Make me a promise.”
“Promise that you’ll never run from me again.” He pleaded.
“I promise. The next time I run I’ll be running to you, Baby Boy.”
“That’s my girl. Now get your fine ass out of those clothes.”
Office of David Rossi –
“How about a refill, Esperia?”
Dave grabbed the bottle and poured the dark warm liquid into her glass. She smiled as he turned and refilled his glass too.
“I never took you as a single malt kind of lady.”
“I pride myself in being a woman of mystery, Handsome!”
Dave held his glass up in a silent cheer smiling down on the petite woman.
“And you’ve succeeded my dear lady!”
Esperia nodded affirmatively and held her glass up before taking a sip.
“So what do you suppose is happening with our two children right now?” Dave asked.
“Well, if your two agents did like we told them, they should be in each others arms and making up for lost time.”
“Why Esperia, are you a romantic too?”
“Indeed I am. There’s nothing like being in love.”
“I couldn’t agree with you more!”
The two clinked their glasses together and downed the last of the smooth brown liquid.
Storage Room –
“Derek…D-D-er-ek! Oh, oh…”
She couldn’t get past his name. He knew just what she needed and had longed for. It made perfect sense now. They belonged together in every way. She’d been a fool and so had he. Now, here they were moving in perfect time and rhythm. Nothing had ever felt so good…so right as this.
He marveled at her as she writhed in pleasure beneath him. She matched him thrust for glorious thrust calling his name as she moaned in pleasure. Her ivory skin glistened as he moved within her as if they’d known each other this way forever. He couldn’t take his eyes from her body…everything fit just as if they had been designed for each other all along. He’d been a fool to allow his insecurities and his past to keep him from having this amazing woman.
He wanted to cherish this place between her legs deep inside her but he was losing the battle and his body was betraying him. He was confident that this wouldn’t be the last time…
“Oh…I love you Pen…damn baby…”
“I love…Derek…I can’t…Hold…YESSSS!!”
Nothing and everything made sense as they spoke and moaned and tried unsuccessfully to mute the groans of pleasure rushing from their mouths. Then the explosion and the fireworks…he’d always thought that was just a myth a silly idea of romance novels and low budget movies. But it was true. He saw the stars and the moon and in the glassy far away look in Penelope’s eyes he knew that she saw them too.
“Derek…I love you…” She whispered breathlessly.
“I love you too, Baby Girl…”
Then there was a light knocking on the door. Penelope looked up into her lover’s eyes. They both froze not knowing what to do.
“Are you two okay in there?”
Penelope clamped her hand over her mouth trying not to laugh. Only minutes ago she’d wanted to banish the young genius to the pits of cyberspace but now she wanted to give him a great big bear hug.
“Did you guys talk?”
“JJ too?” Morgan giggled.
“Are you ready to come out? Reid asked.
“Uh…no not yet…”
JJ looked at Reid knowingly.
“We still have a lot more talking to do…a lot more.”
At that Penelope pulled a happy Derek Morgan down and kissed him passionately on the lips. As he returned the kiss Derek knew he’d never stop talking to the one and only Penelope Garcia. He’d sworn only moments ago that he’d get revenge on his two tricky friends but not anymore. He was grateful and as he kissed the woman of his dreams again his plans of revenge vanished into thin air.
“Love can be found in unexpected places. Sometimes we go out searching for what we think we want and we end up with what we’re supposed to have.” Kate McGahan