The Fall Chapter 2
BAU Headquarters – Quantico, VA – Afternoon –
Kevin derived a certain amount of pleasure watching Penelope walk the halls coming and going like a zombie. She was a mere shell of herself Morgan’s unexplainable disappearance had taken a toll on her. The love she had for the agent was like a badge of honor that she waved in his face as she declared that there would be no second chances for them. He’d never considered Morgan a threat to his relationship with Penelope. There was no way in hell a man like that with his reputation would see anything remotely attractive or desirable about her. Penelope was Kevin’s safe choice and he had fooled himself into believing she was his forever.
But he’d been wrong. She wasn’t his…never had she been his not really. The moment she’d laid eyes on the bureau’s playboy, she was hooked…that had been two years before Kevin had met her. He never had a chance. Now here she was bloated and waddling around like a penguin pregnant by a man that everyone secretly believed walked out on her but Kevin knew better. Derek would never leave Penelope and he would never leave their child. So in the end his satisfaction began and ended with the fact that he was one of only two people who knew what had happened to Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan.
Atlanta, GA – City Hall – Afternoon –
Darren was nervous as he adjusted his tie for the umpteenth time. He slowly walked through the doors of the old majestic building dreading his meeting with the mayor. He never imagined going after contracts reserved for larger more experienced contractors. He’d always been content with restoring old homes one at a time on his days off. Now with the nudging of his wife he was about to bid for a contract that would change the entire look of his small business. When had he gotten so far away from his original plans or hobby as Savannah was so quick to call it. He couldn’t remember…he couldn’t remember a lot of things these days.
Darren rode the elevator to the tenth floor and approached the young woman behind the reception desk.
“Hello, may I help you?”
“I have an appointment with the Mayor.”
The young redhead looked away briefly and then back at him.
“Yes, with Matthews Development.”
“Have a seat the Mayor will be with you in just a minute.”
Darren had met the mayor briefly at a fundraiser and he seemed a nice enough guy. Still, he felt nervous and out of place. This wasn’t him but Savannah insisted that he needed to broaden his horizons. She saw his love for renovating as thinking small but he felt as if he were making a difference each time he knocked down a wall. He realized that the only reason he was sitting in this office now was to make her happy. He loved her and her happiness meant everything to him.
Savannah checked her watch. Darren’s meeting with the mayor should be starting any time now. She hoped he didn’t blow this opportunity with talk of renovating small, dilapidated houses on the rough side of town. As hard as she had tried she couldn’t get him to let go of that nonsense. She’d grown up in high society and moved around the circles of the wealthy with ease. Her husband on the other hand was not interested in rubbing elbows with the people who could help him grow his business and his standing in Atlanta’s elite circles. She only wanted the best it was what she was used to and she needed him on board.
Growing his business wasn’t the only thing Savannah needed Darren to be on board with. She’d wanted to start trying to have a baby almost immediately after moving to Atlanta but he always seemed to balk at the idea. No matter what she said or did she couldn’t get him to agree that now was a good time for kids. It angered her but she was determined to get what she wanted. She loved her husband and she’d sacrificed a lot to create the perfect life for them. She wasn’t about to give up on having his child. Darren loved her and she knew it and he was dedicated to making her happy…it meant everything to him.
Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – 6 Months ago –
Derek saw the look of shock and fear in her eyes as she came down the stairs. He stood and met her half way. Her hands were shaking and he saw the tears as he looked at the plastic stick in her hand.
She shook her head affirmatively restraining herself from jumping up and down until he figured it out for himself.
“I know we never really talked about when…or…if…and I hope you’re not mad, baby…and I’d understand if…”
“We’re pregnant! We are pregnant, right?”
“Y-Yes, we’re pregnant!” She answered nervously.
He picked her up and twirled her around while kissing her passionately. Never had she seen that look in his eyes. There were no words to describe what she saw. She relaxed throwing her arms around his neck and kissing him back.
“Baby Girl, we’re going to have a baby! I don’t know what to say…or do…but…”
He set her down on her feet as he stared from her stomach to her face and back again. Lightly as if he were afraid of hurting her, he placed his hand on her stomach.
“I love you Baby Girl…wait, is there another word bigger than love? Because if it is, that’s what I’m feeling right now!”
“So you’re not mad?”
“Are you kidding? I promise I’m going to stop hot dogging it in the field so I can come back to you and our child every night and I’m going to build you the biggest house and…”
“Shh…” She placed her index finger over his lips silencing him. “All I need is your love. I’m not going to make you change. You are who you are, Baby Boy.”
“I love you, forever and ever.”
Derek pulled her into his arms where they spent the next several minutes trying to process the amazing news that they were going to be parents.
BAU Headquarters – Present –
Once again Penelope found herself alone in her office. It was a slow day. She hated slow days especially since Derek had mysteriously vanished. She didn’t want to think and to imagine every possible scenario that seemed to run on a loop in her mind. He wouldn’t leave her not voluntarily and no matter what anyone said she knew that with every fiber in her. So every free moment she searched under every rock in cyberspace…but it had been six months…six excruciatingly long painful months and she was running out of places to look.
“Where are you Derek? I know you would never leave, ever!” She whispered. “If you’re hurt or trapped somewhere…just hold on, hold on…’cause no matter where you are, I’ll find you okay, Derek? I’ll find you…”