The Fall Chapter 18

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “You can see him now.” Penelope stepped toward the doorway where the small petite older woman stood. It seemed like hours since the initial report that Derek’s injuries were not life threatening. “Thank you doctor…for everything.” The other woman nodded and turned to leave. Penelope hurried out of the waiting room without much thought of her friends that had been waiting with her. Suddenly she stopped and turned to face them. “Now what?” Fran and Dave approached her both wrapping their arms around her. “Now you go see your husband.” Fran answered. “But what if he still doesn’t remember me?” Dave glanced at Fran then back at Penelope. “Then you start with, hello.” Hamilton’s Room – “Of all the places you could have ended up, you chose Atlanta.” “So.” “I bet you took great pride helping the FBI bring me down.” Sheldon stepped closer, close enough to see the smug arrogant look in the older man’s eyes. “It doesn’t change anything, you know.” Hamilton continued. “You know, there’s one thing I never understood growing up.” “Yeah? What’s that?” “Why you and my aunt hated me and my mother so much. How could Aunt Evelyn hate her own flesh and blood? My mother and I struggled while the two of you lived in the lap of luxury.” “What, you thought because we did well for ourselves, we owed you something?” “You could have helped!” “You could have helped yourselves!” The sound of his own laugh […]

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The Fall Chapter 15

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “Come home safe, my love.” “That’s the plan Baby Girl.” He pulled her close and inhaled. The smell of jasmine seemed and felt like a power source from heaven. He didn’t want to let her go but the others were waiting for him. “Come on Romeo!” He kissed the woman on the lips and looked over her shoulder as the elevator opened. The other Blonde smiled and shook her head while holding the door open for him. “I gotta go.” He whispered in her ear. He could tell she was trying to hold back the tears. He didn’t know why she was sad but it made him determined to come back to her. “Come back to me.” “Always, always.” He let her go and took a step backwards into the elevator. She tried to smile past her tears as he waved and smiled back at her. “I’ll always come home he whispered to himself.” Then she disappeared behind the steel doors. He looked ahead counting, five, four, three, two, one… The car came to a slow squeaky halt bouncing slightly as the doors opened. “Savannah?” He felt strong arms around his as he was pushed out of the elevator. “What took you guys so long? We have work to do.” “No! No, you’re not supposed to be here.” “Bring him HERE!” He knew that voice, deep, taunting and evil like…no…it can’t be…he’s dead…he’s…don’t touch me, don’t!” “Man up, boy! Look up to the sky!” […]

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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 – “GARCIA!” 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. […]

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The Fall Chapter 9

Atlantic General Hospital – Sheldon glanced quickly down the hall before quietly entering the room. He knew he wouldn’t have much time before Savannah returned. He’d come to apologize but now the conversation that he’d overheard was also pressing on his mind. Darren slowly opened his eyes and smiled up at the man above him. Darren saw the worry and the guilt. He didn’t blame him, he never would instead he was grateful for the fact that Sheldon may have very well saved his life. “Hey man, it’s a little late for you to be out trolling these halls isn’t it?” Sheldon smiled nervously as he searched for the words to apologize. “I didn’t mean to wake you. I just wanted to…” “Please, I see that look in your eyes. Me falling wasn’t your fault.” “But if I had been on time…” “What, you would have stopped me from climbing up that ladder?” “Yes, I mean no…I should have been there, that’s all.” “It was an accident. Besides, Savannah has been asking me to get rid of that old ladder for months now. This was my fault me and my hard head.” Sheldon shook his head and even though a slight smile appeared across his face, his friend’s eyes told Darren that he wasn’t quite ready to accept absolution for his offenses. “So, when are they springing you from this place?” Sheldon asked changing the subject. “Tomorrow morning. I’m only here as a precaution.” “Who knows maybe I’ll come by […]

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The Fall Chapter 7

“You’re…what? No, that can’t be.” His response caught her off guard. It was not what she’d envisioned in her head. “Baby…” “Savannah, you knew the rules. I thought you understood how things were. This was just for fun nothing else. Come on now, that’s one of the things I love about you.” “I know but…I fell in love with you and I thought…” “You thought what?” “I…” “Come on Savannah, I’m a married man. I’m not leaving my wife and a baby is not going to change that.” “Hamilton, I love you!” “And I love you but this isn’t about love. My wife is a very rich and very powerful woman. If she knew about a baby, she’d destroy us both.” “But you don’t love her, you love me.” “Maybe and maybe not. I’m not leaving my wife, Savannah not for you not for anyone.” Hamilton pulled the distraught Savannah into his arms and gently kissed her on the top of her head. He loved her he really did in his own way just like he had loved the others before her. It always ended this way but he’d been careless with this one. Savannah had managed to get under his skin but he couldn’t no, he wouldn’t let her ruin things for him. There was too much at stake. “Savannah, you’re young and in a few years you’ll forget I ever existed. So this is how it’s going to be. It’s the best thing for both of us. This […]

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The Fall Chapter 6

The Peach Tree Diner – Afternoon – Two Days Later – She breathed a sigh of relief when the two men walked into the upscale eatery. Savannah had placed two calls, one to Marcos and the other to her old college professor. Marcos had been in the city all week keeping an eye on Darren and Professor Hamilton Porter had arrived from New York late last night. As they approached her table she smiled. “Good morning you two. Thanks for coming.” “I’ve been to Atlanta so many times over the last year that I told my wife we may be moving here, permanently.” The sarcasm in Marcos’ voice was not lost on Savannah as she shot the man an evil look before turning to the older man. “You call, I come. That’s our deal, right?” Hamilton smirked and leaned down to kiss her on the cheek, lingering longer than a normal peck would require. The waitress came by and handed each of them a menu, as the men got comfortable in the oversized booth. “Their eggs benedict are amazing.” “This place is rather high-brow to be called a diner, don’t you think?” The professor asked. “That’s a part of its appeal.” She answered. “So, let’s cut right to it. You would never call me to Atlanta if there wasn’t a problem.” Savannah looked at Marcos before answering. She wondered if the two had already talked. “He still won’t agree to have a baby…” “Come on, Savannah, surely you didn’t call […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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