When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 20

Home of Derek Morgan – Morning – He hadn’t slept. He couldn’t. The thought of being accused of playing a part in the death of thirteen boys was unsettling. How would he defend himself against such charges? One could make a strong case against him with so many victims who’d come after him. He’d never imagined that there could be others like him; young boys terrorized, humiliated and shamed by Carl Buford. Derek had believed the older man’s assessment that he’d brought it on himself. Carl would tell him each time they were together that Derek wanted what was happening and that he should feel proud to be chosen by him. Thinking about it now suddenly made him sick to his stomach. Penelope was exhausted. Neither one of them had slept with Derek battling his demons well into the early morning. She turned over watching as he jumped from the bed and rushed to the bathroom. The clock on the nightstand blinked seven a.m. and her pursuit of sleep would have to wait until later. So, she pulled herself from the warm bed and made her way to the kitchen. She started the coffee going and began busying herself making breakfast for the two of them. She heard the shower running and she knew it wouldn’t be long before he rounded the corner. Her cell rang and she breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of her friend’s name flashing on the screen. “JJ! Good morning.” “Hey, is everything […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 18

Doubletree Hotel – Morning – Penelope panicked when she woke up in bed alone. Her hand immediately went to his side of the bed. It was cold. Jumping up she looked around the room there was no noise coming from the bathroom, no sign of Derek. Her mind was flooded with a dozen doom and gloom scenarios. Her imagination was vivid with him being hurt or worse. His phone was still on the nightstand…he never left his phone. Just as she was about to call the others she heard the door open. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries preceded him as he walked in. He realized the magnitude of his leaving by the wide-eyed look of utter terror on her face. On any other day, him running out for breakfast would have been no big thing, but not now. Suddenly he regretted this simple act. “Damn it, Derek!” “What? I’m sorry I…” “I thought something had happened…that you’d done…” “He quickly set the drink carrier and bag down and rushed toward her pulling her in a sturdy embrace. “Whoa, whoa, Baby, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you worry. I just wanted to get us something to eat. I wasn’t thinking.” She suddenly lost her resolve and began crying against his chest. He held her without saying a word. She’d worried about him for weeks now and she’d reached her limit. “I’m sorry. I should have told you where I was going. Forgive me?” She shook her head, […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 14

“Where are we going?” Ignoring the question, Gordinski continued to drive. Morgan heard a light snicker come from Rodney as the car continued away from the city center. “My team is looking for me, you know that right?” “Your team.” Gordinski chuckled. “Your team will be too late.” “Yeah, there’s a whole lot of bodies buried around this place that have never been found, right Gordinski?” The older man glanced at his cohort shooting a look through the rearview mirror. “You’d know more about that than I would Rodney.” “Yeah whatever.” “You gonna throw away thirty plus years on the force, Gordinski? Because if you kill a federal agent, you’re done! You’ll spend the rest of your life…” “Shut up!” Then to Gordinski, “Man, let me pop a cap in his ass so I don’t have to listen to his mouth anymore!” “Patience, patience. Besides, we’re almost there.” Home of Cara Harris – “My dad found me in Mr. Buford’s office.” “What were you doing there?” Reid already knew in his gut what the boy would reveal next…it was the same thing that was driving Morgan to continue to elude capture, the same thing that kept him silent about his childhood. “Drinking.” “Drinking?” “Mr. Buford, Carl…he always made me drink wine before…” Instinctively Cara pulled her son to her as if protecting him. It was too late to protect him now the damage had already been done. “It’s okay, son.” Rossi interrupted looking at Reid then at Cara. Guilt and […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 12

Morgan followed Rodney and Stevie careful not to be seen. He remembered his nemesis as being extremely paranoid. The police cars were still patrolling and officers were still questioning people on the street. Morgan watched Rodney enter a small corner house two blocks away with his son following close behind. He needed to talk to Stevie somehow Morgan had a feeling that Stevie knew something that could help prove his innocence. An attractive dark-skinned woman met the two on the porch quickly sending the boy inside. She and Rodney stood talking, it was obviously heated their body language said as much. Morgan had found a place across the street out of sight watching the scene play out. He was surprised to discover that Rodney had a family. He’d spent most of his years as the neighborhood’s number one drug dealer and he was known for his violent temper. Derek had several run-ins with Rodney and his last encounter was the start of his trouble with the law. Chicago Police Department – Garcia had begun hunting they’d all agreed that Stan Gordinski had something to hide and Morgan was the key to uncovering it. She stared at the screen as the search continued her mind kept focusing on the conversation they almost had before they were interrupted. Then it was there…glaring on her screen. Hotch pulled his phone from his pocket. It was a text from Garcia. They needed a break and with hope pumping and pushing him toward the conference […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 11

Morgan knew he had to be careful. By now Gordinski would have every cop in Chicago looking for him. It was foolish of him to leave but his history with the older cop taught him that he was safer on the streets than he was locked up in a tiny room with Stan Gordinski drooling and looking for any excuse to beat the hell out of him. So far he’d been able to stay out of sight blending in, keeping his head down and not doing anything to draw attention to himself. He wasn’t sure where he was going; for sure he couldn’t go home that would be the first place cops would show up. Police Department – Garcia watched as Gordinski orchestrated his plan to bring Morgan in. He’d ordered his officers to use whatever means necessary to bring in the homicide suspect. JJ had pleaded with the man to take caution but he assured her that his only concern was to bring Morgan in no matter what it took. She was terrified that Gordinski would find Derek before they did…before they could prove his innocence. “He’s awfully anxious to pin these murders on Morgan.” Garcia turned to face Reid. He had the same look in his eyes as he had earlier. She could always tell when the wheels were spinning in his overactive brain. Now they both stood watching the action around them. “Yes he is. What did you and JJ find out?” “His mother said he started […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 9

Derek slowly pulled himself away from Carl’s lifeless body.  He was a federal agent and a former Chicago Police officer. He knew what he needed to do.  This was a crime scene and he was a witness; but a witness to what?  Carl was dying before he’d arrived and he hadn’t seen anyone or anything.  This was bad, really bad.  He forced his mind to focus, carefully picking up his phone out of the puddle of blood. 9-1-1 was still on the display and without hesitating he pressed the send button and waited for someone to answer. Stan Gordinksi had never worked with the FBI before but he knew he was out of his league with this case.  Morgan had been absolutely correct; young boys in the community were dying but it wasn’t at their own hands.  James Barfield had been one of the few that had risen from his circumstances and he’d done all the right things to get out.  Jonah Martinson, the latest victim had had a few scrapes with the law but nothing that had gotten him into any big trouble.  Both boys had left behind a letter addressed to Derek Morgan and it was those letters that made Stan agree to call in the BAU. Gordinski had attended a seminar years ago where he’d personally met SSA Jason Gideon who’d agreed to look at some old cases that had left the then detective baffled.  Deep in his gut he suspected Derek Morgan of the crimes that […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 8

She noticed his body stiffen and his eyes widen in what looked like terror. He tried in vain to hide his discomfort; he seemed angry as he pulled away from her. “What?” “Who is Carl Buford?” “How do you know about Carl Buford? I’ve never mentioned him to you.” “He sent you a birthday card…well he sent you two birthday cards. One to the office and when I threw out the trash I saw another one on the ground next to the cans in the backyard.” Morgan buried his face in his hands mentally scrambling for something to say that would end this conversation. He couldn’t look at her now so he focused on his fingers as they toyed with the fringe on his bedspread. “Three.” “What?” “He sent me three birthday cards.” “But your birthday isn’t until next week…” She watched as his agitation increased. “He must really care about you…” “Stop…okay, please just stop!” Wrapping his arms around himself he began rocking slightly on the bed still keeping his eyes away from her. He jumped when she placed her hand on his arm. Penelope tried not to be hurt and take his behavior as rejection. “Derek, you need to talk about whatever this is. I’m here for you…whatever it is…I’m not going any where.” She reached out for him again and this time he didn’t flinch or resist her touch. The warmth that radiated from her hand caused him to lean toward her and she took it as […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 7

If her son ever questioned his life’s decisions, Fran would remind him of his decision to allow Penelope into his life. It was by far the best decision he’d ever made. He struggled for over ten years with his feelings for the woman who’d stood by him for years. Both of them in denial about what everyone else knew for certain. They belonged together plain and simple. Fran scanned the group of men and women headed toward baggage claims looking for perhaps the only person who could pull her son out of his despair. Penelope waved as their eyes met. Both of them wearing smiles of relief as they rushed toward each other enveloping and hugging as if their lives depended on it. Teary-eyed and giddy, the two waited along with the crowd of new arrivals as Penelope’s brightly colored luggage made it around the carousel to the spot where they were standing. Grabbing the overstuffed bag, Penelope started toward the doors with Fran at her side. No words about Derek were spoken until they made it through the parking lot. The minutes were filled with idle chatter about Penelope’s flight and her amazement over getting the last ticket available. It got them to the car and buckled in and as Fran started the engine, Penelope exhaled anxious to hear about the man she loved more than life itself. “How is he, Fran?” “Not good. I’m worried about him. He and James were close no doubt but something doesn’t feel […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 6

Derek didn’t know what he would do if he ever saw Carl Buford again; if they were ever alone in a room… He wasn’t sure why he’d come to the Community Center but he found himself getting out of his rental car and crossing the busy street to the building where he’d spent countless hours as a young boy. He’d been forced to go; his mother’s answer to his wayward ways. She thought he needed an outlet for his energy to keep him from his mischievous antics. His hand trembled slightly as he pulled the door open. The lights were off and it was quiet. Derek’s mind pulled him back to the times he’d spent here alone with Carl. Then his heart stopped and so did his feet. He heard a familiar voice and then one of a much younger boy. His heart started again, pounding ferociously in his chest. He could feel the pain of each beat and now he was running toward the office at the end of the hall. The pounding of his fist against the plexi-glass caused the voices inside to cease. “Carl? Let me in now!” There was no response as Derek began pounding again. “CARL! I swear I’ll kick this door down if you don’t open it right now!” After a few short seconds the door opened and Derek was face to face with Carl Buford the man who’d run the center for nearly forty years. The two stared into each other’s eyes speechless. […]

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When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 5*

*A/N:    This chapter makes a strong reference to child abuse, so beware before reading any further.  Garcia had prepared a speech within a matter of seconds. She had to convince Hotch to let her go to Chicago to see about Morgan. The call to him had left her rattled and she knew things were bad. Even his mother was beside herself with worry for her only son. As it turned out when Garcia poked her head into her boss’ office, wide-eyed and out of breath her well-crafted speech was not needed. Hotch looked up from the file he’d been working on and uttered one simple word, “go.” The earliest flight to Chicago was in three hours and she breathed a sigh of relief as she booked the last available seat. Hurriedly, she threw some necessary items into a bag and drug the overstuffed carry-on toward the front door. Spencer had offered to take her to the airport and she had gladly accepted. No one on the team knew that the two had made their relationship official and two months ago had decided to live together. Spencer’s face had reflected the questions that had already formed in his mind when she told him to pick her up at Morgan’s. It had been exciting at first having a secret that only she and Derek knew about but as time went on it became cumbersome and pointless. Still, they had not agreed on a time and manner in which to let their friends […]

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