Soul Purpose Chapter 28

Unknown Medical Facility – Morning –

“You’re not going to let this go are you?”

The man stared him down coldly as he washed his hands. It was strange how he remembered how cold the water was…not as cold as Director Tinsley’s cold icy stare but it was cold nonetheless.

Derek turned and returned the man’s look trying desperately not to show emotion. Then there was the gun. There was no other way out of the room except past the man who had the power over his career and now his life.

“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.”

“If you want me to stop, I’ll stop!”

Tinsley laughed shaking his head…they both knew that this was all pointless. Tinsley had ended their meeting moments ago but he wasn’t finished with Morgan.

“No you won’t it’s in your nature…”

“No! Don’t do this!”

Derek backed up but there was nowhere to go.

“It’s in your nature! It’s in your nature.”

“NO!”

Derek jerked and his eyes opened suddenly. For a moment he struggled to breathe as he looked into the eyes of Emily and Dave.

“Hey. You’re okay, you’re okay.” Emily whispered.

“Em?”

“Yes, I’m here. I told you I’d come, remember?”

Derek shook his head and then looked into the worried eyes of David Rossi.

“Penelope?”

“She’s fine. We’re keeping her safe.”

Derek relaxed against the pillows and allowed the pain to make its presence known as he closed his eyes to ride it out.

“Good to have you back, kid.”

“Derek, Penelope wants to see you. She’s really upset…”

“No! No, she can’t…”

Derek’s monitors began to go crazy as he began to struggle to breathe. His body seemed to stiffen and seize and Emily and Dave stood helplessly in fear.

“Derek!” Emily screamed.

Dave ran toward the door as Avery and several medical staff rushed into the room.

“What’s going on?” Dave yelled.

“OUT! Out, both of you! Let us work!”

“But…” Emily protested.

“NOW…please!”

Avery was almost apologetic as he looked at her. Without another word Avery turned his back as Dave and Emily were forced from the room.

Potomac General Hospital –

Penelope’s foul mood lightened slightly as the sound of her daughter bursting through door pulled her from her thoughts of the last few days.

“MOMMY!”

Penelope lifted the toddler in her arms shooting a confused questioning look at her daughter’s godmother. JJ shrugged as she watched the reunion between mother and daughter.

“Hey, Baby Girl, what are you doing here?”

“She insisted on seeing her mother and she wasn’t taking, no for an answer.”

Penelope pulled Saraya close in a big bear hug holding on for dear life and fighting the tears then looking again at JJ.

“Whose the adult here?” She hissed.

“She’s stubborn. For the life of me I don’t know where she got it from.”

“Touché!”

Then turning her attention back to Saraya, Penelope kissed her cheek over and over.

“Mommy stop!”

“Thank you for watching her.”

“Hey, that’s what family does and I haven’t had a chance to play godmother in a long time.”

“I don’t know what to say. This has all been a nightmare.”

“Well, Hotch has gotten everything set for you to see Derek later.”

“That’s something at least.”

“I’ll take you home so you can shower and change clothes. Will and Henry will come and pick up Saraya. Hotch wants us to meet him at the BAU afterwards.”

Tinsley watched as the two women and young child headed away from the hospital. He had to be careful not to be seen another mistake on his part could prove devastating. As the car pulled into the driveway of the late Derek Morgan, Tinsley continued down the block to find a parking place out of sight. His actions brought back memories of his early days with the bureau when he’d been relegated to weeks and months of surveillance. He’d hated it but had become quite good at it, one of the best in fact.

Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan –

Penelope hadn’t said much during the trip home. JJ had been quiet too. Penelope noticed that her friend seemed preoccupied spending most of her time looking at her rear and side view mirrors. She wanted to ask her about it but she’d found comfort in the silence.

“Garcie, how about I take Saraya and fix her a snack while you get ready.”

Penelope nodded and placed a kiss on her daughter’s head before handing her to JJ. Saraya squirmed until her godmother set her on her feet and both women watched the child run toward the den in search of her toys. Then without a word, Garcia headed upstairs.

JJ exhaled and headed toward the kitchen. Once she was sure that she was alone, JJ pulled her phone from her pocket and positioned herself at the kitchen window. The phone rang twice before being answered.

“What’s up, JJ? How’s Garcia?”

“We just got her home. She’s still pretty upset.”

“Well maybe after she sees Derek…”

“Hotch, I think we were followed.”

Unknown Medical Facility –

Dave and Emily saw the look on Avery’s face as he stepped into the hallway. They knew it was bad but both secretly hoped that the answer to their questions would bring them unexpected relief.

“Doc how is he?”

Avery ran his hand across the back of his neck and glanced back at his patient before answering.

“He’s weak another episode like that could kill him.”

“But he was awake, we thought that meant he was getting better.”

Emily was heartbroken as she searched his face for what she wanted and needed to hear.

“Emily, Agent Morgan is still in very serious condition that hasn’t changed. I must caution you both not to assume too much from his brief moment of being awake.”

“Brief?” Dave interrupted.

“I’m sorry I wish I had better news. We still have to wait and see and make sure he stays as calm as possible.”

“His wife is insisting on seeing him today.”

“Then you better prepare her for what she’s going to see, old friend.”

“Can we see him?” Emily asked.

“He’s pretty heavily sedated so, please don’t stay long. He’ll probably fall asleep before you get two steps through the door anyway.”

With that, Avery disappeared down the hall out of sight. He was right. Derek’s eyes closed moments after Dave and Emily reached his bedside and they knew that was not a good sign for a lot of reasons. Derek was the only one who knew who’d shot him and if Dave was a betting man, he knew it wouldn’t be long before Derek’s assailant would come calling again.

BAU Headquarters –

Tinsley watched the two women pull into a reserved space and head toward the garage elevators. It was odd that they’d chosen to return to work and not the county morgue. He’d witnessed for himself how distraught Morgan’s wife had been when he visited her in the hospital and most wives would have insisted on saying goodbye before doing anything else. But here she was being escorted into the FBI building instead. The plainclothes security detail didn’t go unnoticed by the director either. Tinsley remembered the icy reception he’d gotten from Agent Rossi’s wife and now he couldn’t ignore the uneasy feeling that had settled in the pit of his gut. So, once the elevator doors closed, Tinsley pulled his phone from his pocket and dialed a familiar number.

“Meet me at the morgue.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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