The Fall Chapter 11
“Damn it, Kevin! Why am I just now hearing this?”
“I was placed on a special assignment training newbie techs…”
“You’re supposed to be keeping an eye on them! Now you’re telling me they’re here in Atlanta?”
“Savannah, I’m really sorry! I told you this plan was crazy. I even think they may be on to me because this training assignment came up suddenly. I’ve never been asked to train before.”
“Maybe it’s just a coincidence.”
“Let’s hope, what I do know is that when you’re training you are under heavy surveillance. It would have been a big problem for both of us if I did anything outside of those parameters.”
“I’ve got to get him out of town before they accidentally find us here.”
“I’ll do what I can on this end but you need to be careful.”
Savannah ended the call as she started her engine. Her heart was beating a mile a minute. She’d tried calling Darren but her call went straight to voicemail. As she headed toward home her next call was to Hamilton.
Aquarian Café –
Penelope turned toward the familiar voices. She was hysterical as Hotch, Rossi, Reid and JJ reached her. Several detectives and uniformed officers followed them across the street.
“What happened? Hotch asked.
“I saw him! He was right here! Then he was gone!”
“Garcia, are you sure?” Reid asked.
“Yes, I talked to him, he talked to me!”
“Where did he go?”
“I don’t know…this guy…he was with him. He ran off after him to see if he could find him! Oh god, He’s here…he’s been here all the time.”
Rossi’s hand instinctually reached for his phone. Fran would need to know that her son was alive. He so wanted to get her son back alive and in one peace. But something was wrong Derek would never leave. As he dialed he knew his wife needed hope even if it was just a little hope.
Sheldon had run after Darren but he was nowhere in sight. There were a dozen places he could have gone. The woman had called him, Derek; it was the second time in less than twelve hours that he’d heard the name, Derek. As much as he’d tried to explain what he’d overheard as just conversation, he couldn’t any longer. He needed to find the truth; he needed to find a way to help a stranger that had become his only friend even if it meant revisiting some dark places in his own past.
“Garcia, you said there was a guy…”
Just as she began to speak, Sheldon came around the corner out of breath. The team waited for him to reach them. Rossi and JJ looked at each other curiously.
“Does he remind you of someone?” JJ asked.
“Well they say we all have a twin.”
Reid overhearing and not understanding looked at them both puzzled.
JJ and Rossi looked at him then to the stranger and back to their younger friend.
“What?” He repeated.
“You don’t see it?”
JJ shook her head in disbelief at his cluelessness.
“This guy looks like he could be your twin!” Rossi answered
Reid shot a shocked look at the man. He frowned and wondered if his friend’s were joking. Now seemed to be an odd time to joke.
“He looks nothing like me! Honestly guys are you serious?”
“Did you find him?”
“No, I’m sorry he’s long gone.”
Hotch looked at Penelope then back at Sheldon.
“We’re with the FBI…”
“FBI, is Darren in trouble?”
“No but he may be in danger.”
“This is crazy.”
“We’re going to need you to tell us everything you know about the man you call Darren…”
“Matthews, his name is Darren Matthews.”
Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews –
Savannah pulled into the garage. His truck was there put as she let herself into the house she knew he was not there. It was utterly quiet and she struggled not to panic.
Nothing. She searched the house anyway feeling the need to confirm her worst fears. She hated the silence and the cold chill in the air. As she rushed down the steps the front door sprung open. He stood in the doorway wide-eyed, sweaty and breathless. His eyes were fixed on her and she wasn’t sure what to say or what to do.
“I’m home.” He said weakly.
She continued down the stairs toward him.
“Where have you been? I was worried.”
“I’m sorry? I didn’t mean to make you…Savannah are you happy?”
“Oh yes baby…” She gently wrapped her arms around his neck. “I’m happy. I love you.”
Darren shook his head trying to understand her words. He needed an anchor, he felt as if he were drowning. She pulled him against her and breathed out a shaky breath as he buried his head into her hair.
“I love you Savannah. I just want to go home.”
“You are home my sweet husband.”
She took his hand and led him to the couch and pushed him gently to sit. She searched him for some sign of hope that things were not hopelessly ruined.
“I saw her.”
“The woman in my dreams.”
“Oh baby. It’s just a dream, nothing more.”
Again, he shook his head.
“I’m sorry I made you worry. Savannah…”
He turned and looked deeply and sorrowfully into her eyes.
“I want to go home.”
Savannah closed her eyes for a brief moment before looking at him again.
“We’re going away, okay? In a few days you’ll be good as new you’ll see.”
Atlanta Police Department –
“Married?” Penelope asked.
Hotch watched Penelope crumble before him.
“What’s his wife’s name?”
Sheldon shot a worried look at the very pregnant woman across the table.
“I over heard her on the phone last night.”
“And?” Rossi asked.
“She said, Derek Morgan is dead.”
“A name, we need a name!” Hotch ordered.
“Savannah. Savannah Matthews. She’s a doctor at Atlanta General.”
“Oh my god!” JJ whispered.
“Do you know where they live?”
“Yes. I’ll take you.”
Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews –
Savannah handed Darren two small white pills and a bottle of water. Reluctantly, he took the pills holding them in his hands. He knew the pills would put him to sleep and he didn’t want to sleep.
Her tears were gone. She’d become the cold woman that had given him cause to worry lately.
“I don’t want to…”
“I know Darren, but they’ll make you feel better.”
“They just make me sleep and…”
“And dream about…”
“Her and the men who hurt me and they won’t let me…”
Savannah looked up toward the front door as it creaked open. Darren followed her eyes and saw the man walk through the door.
“It’s about time!” She sounded relieved.
“Atlanta traffic is a bitch.”
“Savannah, who is this?”
Darren stood watching as the man came closer.
“Don’t worry, he’s a friend.”
Darren looked at the man’s outstretched hand puzzled.
“Do I know you?”
“Of course, like your lovely wife said, I’m a friend.” He smiled.
“It’s a little late for a run.”
Marcos waited arrogantly as Darren’s face turned to stone.
“It’s never too late for a run.”
“That’s a good boy, a very good boy.”
Savannah stood silent as Marcos pulled the syringe from his pocket and took the last few steps toward Darren.
“Do you have to hurt him?”
Marcos firmly took Darren’s arm and pushed him down on the couch.
“Yes, yes I do. It’s the only way.”
“I hate the screaming.”
“No you don’t. Besides, you want him back, don’t you?”
Marcos moved slightly behind Darren and found the spot behind his ear. There was a deep purple bruise from their last encounter only a few days ago. The injections were needed more and more these days. He’d warned Savannah and the professor but they swore that they new best. Besides, Marcos knew how the old man felt about Savannah and he’d do anything to make up for the past, even if it meant killing Darren.
“Just relaaaaxxxx. It will be over in a moment okay, Darren?”
Against his better judgment, Hotch allowed Penelope and Sheldon to ride with him. He’ made them promise to stay put once they arrived at the house. He knew that nothing in heaven or earth would have kept either of them from going, so pretending that he had any say in the matter he allowed them to come.
Both SUV’s pulled up in front of the house. It looked like a replica of the restored home where Derek and Penelope lived in back in Virginia. Hotch tried not to be distracted by Penelope’s gasp as she set her eyes on the pale blue ranch on the corner.
Except for Penelope and Sheldon everyone jumped out and met Hotch in front of his SUV. The younger man who looked as if he and Spencer could be brothers had told them that Derek and Savannah were planning a trip out of town. It was sudden and Derek was only going to satisfy her.
Once again, Hotch admonished the two to remain in the truck while they went inside. The team headed quietly up the walkway Rossi and JJ were sent around the back while Hotch and Reid headed toward the front door.
Just like before Marcos muffled the screams with his hand while he waited for the drug to take affect. Darren struggled more than usual this time and Marcos had to increase his grip around his head while pinning him roughly against the back of the couch. Then like usual his body went limp and his eyes closed.
“Has he ever fought you before?”
“Nah, never! Get your things we need to leave now! The professor is waiting at the cabin.”
Just as Savannah was about to head up the stairs the front and back doors of the house flew open. Marcos still had a death grip around a semi-conscious Derek. Savannah started to run toward the kitchen until she came face-to-face with a very pissed off Jennifer Jareau armed and itching to pull the trigger.
“Don’t even think about it, Bitch!”
Marcos froze wondering how he could use the fact that he still had his finger on the near-empty syringe against Derek’s head.
“Drop it! Now!”
He looked back at the man who seemed to be running things and slowly released Derek. His body floated to the couch with the needle still dangling in place.
“Put your hands up!”
Marcos did as he was told raising hands above his head and smirking at the agents in front of him.
“You’re too late! You know that don’t you? All of you, you’re too late!”
Dave holstered his gun and rushed to Marcos pulling him away from Derek and roughly cuffed him.
Reid ran to Morgan just as Penelope and Sheldon rushed through the door.
“Morgan! Morgan can you hear me?”
Reid checked for a pulse as a near hysterical Garcia dropped to her knees in front of Spencer and her husband.
“Oh my god, Derek! Don’t leave me again!”
Sheldon stopped just short of running into Reid. Hotch screamed into his phone for a medic. Things seemed to slow down as the frantic scene played out. JJ and Rossi were panicked as they waited for something, anything that would assure them that their friend was alive.
“Baby! Please…wake up!”
Medics and police officers rushed through the door. JJ roughly handed Savannah off to one of them as she turned her attention to Derek.
“Darren! Darren, don’t let them take me! Help me, please!”
“GET HER OUT OF HERE! GET THEM BOTH OUT OF HERE!” Hotch yelled.
Derek’s eyes began to open while the chaos in the room continued to play out. It was her the beautiful woman in his dreams. She was crying and pleading with him but he couldn’t understand what she was saying.
“No…no…” He slurred.
Had he made her mad? He promised not to make her worry but she was crying. He could hear Savannah in the background but he couldn’t see her past the others standing over him.
“Don’t let them hurt her…”
Reid leaned in closer to make out what he was saying.
“Hurt who? Savannah?”
“Don’t…let them hurt her please…”
“Tell me? Who? Hurt who?”