The Fall Chapter 1
Savannah was content giving up her life in Quantico. She’d failed miserably at being happy there and so she’d made up her mind to move to a place where she could start over. Atlanta had always been a place of curiosity for her. Several friends from medical school had moved there finding success, great jobs, new businesses and love.
After taking the leap Savannah had become one of the lucky ones too. Six months of planning and getting settled into a large Victorian just outside of town, she’d managed to find happiness at last. The love of her life had followed her there it seemed. It had been easier than she thought persuading him to come with her; the thought of him by her side had merely been a fantasy until now. But here he was in her bed every morning when she woke and every night when she went to sleep. This was heaven and she promised herself that nothing and no one would ever take it from her.
As she poured herself a cup of coffee she felt his strong arms snake around her waist. She smiled as he planted a soft kiss on her neck. She loved him and she smiled confidently allowing her body to fall against his strong chest. He moaned his approval as memories of the night before raced through her mind.
“Good morning beautiful.”
“Good morning my sweet husband.”
They’d married two months after their move. It had been a quiet ceremony downtown at the county courthouse. He’d insisted on no fanfare and no fuss. She agreed, she just wanted to be married and so now she was. It had been a long time since she’d felt as if she’d finally won.
“You smell good.” He kissed her neck again inhaling as he planted yet another kiss on her neck. “Come back to bed.”
“I wish I could but my shift starts in an hour.”
“Call them, tell them your sick…”
“Baby, you know I can’t do that we’re short staffed until Dr. Becker comes back from his mission trip.”
Reluctantly he let her go and grabbed a mug from the cabinet and poured the last of the coffee for himself. She turned to face him and smiled watching as he pretended to pout.
“Besides…” She began. “You have that meeting with the mayor today, remember?”
“Yes, I remember.”
“Just think, if you get that contract with the city, it could really put Matthews Development on the map.”
“I never wanted to be a huge company, Savannah. All I ever wanted was to buy and restore old homes.”
“I know baby and you can still do that on the side but this…this is huge! This contract is worth millions! Darren, baby you can do this, I know you can!”
“I don’t know, I just don’t know if I can pull this off.”
“Well I do! Besides, I called in a lot of favors to even get you considered amongst the other contractors.”
“Don’t remind me.”
Savannah wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled him down kissing him passionately on the lips. She believed in him and in them. Their life was perfect and she needed him to stay committed and engaged in their new life. It was different here for him and he had had some problems adjusting but in time…yes, in time he would come around and nothing and no one from his old life would get in the way…she’d made sure of that.
BAU Headquarters – Quantico, VA – Morning –
“G-a-r-c-i-a, what are you doing?”
The analyst turned quickly toward the door, seeing who it was she turned back to face her computer screen typing away feverishly. She hadn’t heard her friend enter so intent on what she was doing.
“I know he’s out there JJ.”
“Garcia, you’ve got to stop…”
“Stop what, JJ! Stop looking for him? I can’t do that! He wouldn’t just vanish! No one just vanishes!”
“You know the bureau has closed this case. They ordered us to go on with our other cases…and our lives.”
“Are you kidding? How can we just go on? If it were any of us, he wouldn’t just, go on!”
“You need to take it easy, Garcia. This isn’t healthy. Derek wouldn’t want…”
“Derek wouldn’t want us to give up on him! If there’s a chance that he’s still alive we can’t give up, don’t you get it? It’s probably the only thing that he has to hold on to…knowing that we’re still looking!”
“It’s been six months; six months! Nothing, no evidence and no reason to believe that he didn’t just walk away. This job, this life can make a person snap.”
“Not Derek. I know him and he wouldn’t just walk away. He loves me and he was looking forward to…”
Penelope placed her hand on her swollen belly rubbing small circles and fighting the tears that were threatening to fall from her eyes. JJ watched fighting her own tears.
“He wouldn’t leave us, JJ. This baby, our plans…it was all he talked about. He wouldn’t leave something happened to him!”
JJ knew she was right Morgan wouldn’t leave, not the team, his family and especially not Penelope and their baby. JJ approached and wrapped her distraught friend in a warm embrace while Penelope still faced her screen.
“We’re not giving up, and we will find him. I promise we…none of us, will rest until he’s home.”
Atlanta General Hospital –
“They’re still looking!”
It had been three months since she’d heard from him. They’d agreed that he would check in every three months unless an emergency came up. Her heartbeat increased and so did her breathing as she let her body go limp in her chair.
“What did you say?”
“I said they are still looking!”
“But, I thought the bureau ordered the case closed?”
“This is the BAU we’re talking about and it doesn’t matter what the bureau ordered, they are not going to stop looking until they find him, Savannah!”
“I can’t let them find out! You told me you took care of everything!”
“This plan of yours…I told you it was insane!”
“You promised me, you would make him disappear, that no one would be able to find us!”
“And I have, trust me. I’ve taken care of everything. No one will find you I promise!”
“Well good.” He could hear the relief in her voice. “I can’t lose him, we’re so happy…he’s happy.”
“I didn’t call to make you worry I just wanted you to know. You still have to be careful, don’t be foolish and let your guard down.”
“I won’t. I’ve come too far and gone through too much to let it slip away.”
“Well good I’m glad to hear it.”
“So, how is she? I’m sure she’s pretty big right?”
“She’s due in eight weeks, big as a house. This should be the happiest time of her life but she’s miserable.” He paused before he went on any further. “Savannah, are you sure about this? Is he really worth all of this?”
“I’ve never been more sure about anything in my life. He’s mine now, he was always mine until…”
“This is a lot to risk for revenge, Sav…”
“It’s not about revenge, Kevin…it’s about fate. Derek and I were meant to be together and now we are.”
“Take care of yourself, Savannah.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll take care of both of us.”