The Fall Chapter 5

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Atlanta, GA – Evening – Savannah frowned at the burnt casserole that seemed to get more and more unsightly by the minute. Some things hadn’t changed she chuckled to herself. So, turning off the oven she headed upstairs to find her husband. Darren closed his eyes and let his forehead rest on the cold tile. The hot water felt good against his skin. It had been a long day and he needed to find a way to get back in Savannah’s good graces. He seemed to be letting her down a lot lately and he wasn’t sure how to fix things. He wanted to make her happy; it was all that was important all that he lived for. He didn’t realize that she had entered the bathroom until the cool air hit his back as she joined him in the shower. Startled from his thoughts, he turned to face her. Darren watched as she grabbed the sponge and the body wash. “Savannah, what…?” She silenced him before he could finish his question with a passionate kiss on his lips. Then she poured the liquid on the sponge and returned the bottle to the ledge where it had been earlier. “Turn around.” “I-I…” “Shh…” So obediently, he turned to face the wall. “I’m sorry I disappointed you, Baby.” He felt the sponge slowly rub against his back. “No, I was wrong for getting upset. I know that isn’t who you really are. I need […]

The Fall Chapter 4

Savannah listened for the sound of the door closing. Grabbing her phone from her purse nearby she moved to her bedroom window and watched as he ran toward the street. Once he was out of sight she looked at her phone and placed a call. “He’s on his way.” It was dark and cold. Darren hated running in the dark and he hated the cold but here he was running as if his life depended on it. She needed some space he could understand that after all, his wife had had high hopes for him and his business. Too bad his desires and hopes were not the same as hers. Running helped him clear his head of the cobwebs and relieved the stress that seemed to be building in his mind. Marcos hated Atlanta. Six months travelling back and forth and spending time away from his family was not his idea of a good time but it paid well. He’d even gotten used to the waiting and the hiding in dark shadows for the man to round the corner. He was a creature of habit, a slave to fitness and an obedient husband. She had him where she wanted him but things hadn’t been as easy as she’d expected. That’s where he came in. Marcos was good at what he did and he’d been a part of this whole twisted plan from the beginning. The good doctor called him the little insurance policy…the good hands, the one who plugged the […]

The Fall Chapter 3

Home of Dave and Fran Rossi – Dave had decided to stay home this morning and he was glad he did. His wife had been struggling and with every passing day, week and month he watched her helplessly slip further into despair. She continued to apologize to him for not being able to move past the fact that her only son had disappeared into thin air. Dave continued to assure her that she had nothing to apologize for. Still, Fran had fallen into the habit of crying uncontrollably during those times when she thought she was alone. Today was no different. Dave had offered to run out for breakfast and when he returned Fran was sitting alone in their bedroom, thumbing through a photo album. She’d paused on a picture of Derek and his sisters. Judging by the picture, Derek looked to be about thirteen. Flanked on each side by his sisters, the smile on the young boy’s face didn’t seem to match the sadness in his eyes. “That’s not going to bring him back Bella.” Fran slowly ran her fingers across the picture before closing the album and turning to face her husband. “I miss him. I miss him so much, Dave.” “I know you do. I miss him too, we all do.” “It doesn’t make sense. It’s been six months and still…” Dave rushed to her side and sat next to her on the bed. He had no answers and no words to explain what was happening. So, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Running To You Chapter 7

Home of Tamara Barnes – Evening “Where is he?” Without saying a word, Tamara nodded toward the couch. Penelope looked across the room at Derek’s sleeping body then back at Tamara. “Go on. You two really need to work things out. I’ll be upstairs, take your time.” “Thank you.” Penelope remained at her spot near the door until Tamara was out of sight. She wasn’t sure what she was going to say or if he’d even listen to her but she had to at least make an attempt. Taking a seat on the table in front of him, Penelope placed a shaky hand on his arm. “Derek.” He moved slightly but didn’t wake up. “Derek!” She repeated. Derek began to stir under her prodding. She gently shook him again hoping he’d open his eyes. “Derek, it’s Penelope wake up, please.” Derek’s eyes slowly opened and he turned to face her. “Penelope? What…how did you?” Then he sat up and began looking around the room rubbing the sleep out of his eyes and squinting to make sure he wasn’t having some sort of nightmare. “Tamara called me. Please don’t be mad she was just trying to help.” “Well, she didn’t.” He tried to stand but quickly fell back against the couch. “Take it easy. I’m so sorry…” “Please, don’t. You don’t have to explain. I get it.” “No you don’t. You don’t get it at all.” “What, that you don’t love me? Oh trust me, I get it! I heard you, […]

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. “JJ! Reid!” 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 […]

Running To You Chapter 6

Veteran’s Lake – Derek sat quietly thinking about the first time he had come here. The team had come back from a harrowing case, one where children had been the victims; six teenage boys…he couldn’t get the crime scene photos out of his mind. Even three years later the innocent faces with the dead eyes still haunted him in his sleep. He found himself coming here less and less now that Penelope had taken the place of the forty-five minute drive out of town. She was his solace now and… Her determined declaration of not loving him still stung, still pressed like a dagger into his heart. His heart had been his last coveted possession even though he wasn’t quite sure if he’d given it to her or she’d cleverly stolen it without him knowing how or when, she now held the deed to it lock, stock and barrel. Had he been so full of himself, so conceited that he’d imagined something between them that was not there? She didn’t love him. She’d spoken the words yet his foolish heart still didn’t want to believe. Suddenly the room had gotten smaller and his need for air and a way to save what was left of his pride became of utmost priority and so he ran…he had become quite good at running. BAU Headquarters – Penelope wanted to go after Derek but she stood stock still trying to deny the last few seconds of her life. Just as she found the […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 9

“Penelope!” “H-Hi…Fran, Dave…Spencer…” “Where’s Derek?” Fran asked. “He’s… “I’m right here, Ma.” Fran looked up and past Penelope watching her son walk up the long driveway. “You’re late!” “I think maybe the rest of us should wait inside and let Derek and Fran talk.” Dave suggested. “No, stay right where you are, we might need witnesses.” Derek ordered. Fran stood with her hands on her hips watching her son approach stopping next to his wife. Both never took their eyes off of each other. The fact that her son’s arm was in a full cast and a sling had no affect on the woman who’d taken a full week out of her life to plan the most amazing wedding the world had ever known. Everyone stood holding their breaths waiting for the showdown to begin. Penelope instinctively grabbed Derek’s hand and squeezed it in an effort to calm him down. “We may need more than witnesses! Fran began. “We may need law enforcement!” “Bella…” Dave pulled his wife against him. “You two come in it’s almost time.” “Time for what?” Derek asked shooting a puzzled glance at Penelope.” “Your wedding!” And with that Fran turned and headed inside. Dumbfounded, Derek looked to the others for answers. Shrugging their shoulders they cowardly followed Fran inside. “Wedding?” Derek and Penelope said in unison. The house was beautiful. Exotic floral arrangements lined the walls creating a lush colorful path that lead toward the back of the house and out onto the patio and […]