The Christmas Miracle Chapter 1

“He’s got to.” “What? No! He can’t!” “He has to. If he doesn’t Ma will have his head!” Penelope knew her sister-in-law was right. Derek had been dodging this for months now and both she and her stubborn husband had run out of excuses. “Sarah, tell me how I’m supposed to look my delicious, gorgeous hunk of a husband in the eye and tell him he has to go to church…of all places wearing a red velour suit trimmed in white faux fur, shouting ho-ho-ho at the top of his lungs?” The woman was overcome with a vision of her brother dressed as Santa and she broke into hysterics. Penelope saw nothing funny but she couldn’t help joining Sarah as they both doubled over with tears streaming down their faces. “You tell him!” Penelope looked up pleading into Sarah’s face as she struggled to catch her breath. “No way, Sister…you tell him…after all he won’t try to kill you…he sleeps with you and you’re caring his child…so no…you tell him.” Grabbing her purse, scarf and coat, Sarah cowardly, still laughing…deep in her gut laughing and bolted toward the door of her brother’s brand new, pristinely appointed home. Penelope holding onto the banister with dear life still recovering from her own fit of laughter watched her dear sweet sister-in-love bail on her. “COWARD!” BAU Headquarters – “Come on, Morgan what’s the big deal? It’s only once a year!” “There’s no way in hell, Derek Morgan is going to dress up in […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 1

“Penelope, will you marry me?” She was speechless. Her mouth dropped and she could hardly believe her ears. Like every little girl, she’d dreamed of finding her knight-in-shining armor, getting married and riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Now here she was looking into eyes filled with expectancy and hope. She watched as he stood in front of her holding his breath waiting patiently for the answer that would make him the happiest man in the world. “Penelope?” “No! I-I won’t marry you!” “But…but…I love you! I’ve loved you for years now! Ever since I met you in the bullpen of the BAU…you were so, so, beautiful it took my breath away!” “I’m sorry…” “I know we’re meant to be together. We know everything there is to know about each other, we’ve been through hell and back and so I want to take things to the next level! Let’s forget the past and all of my dumb mistakes. Please Pen…do me the honors of being my wife!” “I said, NO Kevin! You know I’m with Derek…I’m in love with Derek!” Then she saw the look of expectancy and hope morph into disappointment and rage. “NO? Did you just say, no?” “That’s what I said…I cannot marry you, Kevin!” Kevin, with his face turning a bright shade of red took a step back and pulled his cellphone from his pocket. Garcia watched confused as he focused his attention on the phone’s screen while he pressed a few […]

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 […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 19

The drive back to Quantico was uneventful. Garcia had given Derek the keys to Esther and so he did what he’d sworn in the past he’d never do…drive a bright orange Cadillac with the top down alone. It was chilly but he needed the crisp bite of the air against his skin to keep him alert. He hadn’t slept well the night before and he was exhausted. Derek dreaded being alone but his thoughts and guilt were more than willing to keep him company. He pulled into his driveway and turned off the engine. His body was sore and stiff from the drive and now he regretted not taking his pain medication before making the drive from Baltimore. Grabbing his go bag from the back seat he headed toward the front door. Just as he put the key in the lock and turned the knob he realized he had company. Morgan quickly turned to face his visitor. The man who looked not much older than James walked toward him stopping just short of the steps. Morgan noticed the brown envelope in his hand. “Derek Morgan?” “That’s me.” The man handed the envelope to Derek. “You’ve been served.” Reluctantly, he took the envelope from the man’s hand and before Morgan could react, the young man disappeared quickly. Stepping inside and closing the door he examined the envelope. It was official looking peaking his curiosity. He had a bad feeling about what he was about to see as he opened the envelope […]

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, […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 16

Derek was anxious to leave the hospital and head back home to Quantico. He needed distance between him and Chicago, the place where he normally ran to, not from. His mother had already left at his insistence, reluctantly honoring his wishes. Their conversation from the night before still lingered between them there was much more that needed to be said but for now Derek didn’t have the patience and Fran did not have the courage. The team had discussed their suspicions about Derek’s past and had agreed that until he confirmed anything none of them would broach the subject…for now. It was going to be difficult to pretend that things were normal, that this was just another case, but that was exactly what they would have to do to honor Morgan’s need for privacy. Hotch, Rossi, JJ, Penelope and Reid headed to the hospital immediately after breakfast to pick up Morgan. Cruz had instructed that they head back as soon as possible. Already their assistance had been requested in Baltimore, Maryland and he’d assured the lead detective that the entire team would arrive tomorrow morning. Hotch knew the fragile state of his team, not just Morgan but all of them yet his request for down time was refused. He hadn’t told the team that they had a case waiting on their return. He didn’t have the heart. Morgan was putting the last few things in his go-bag as the team pushed through the door. His broad smile caught them all […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 15

“DIG!” Potomac General Hospital – 2 hours later… Penelope had secluded herself in the far corner of the room crying quietly. She’d refused the comfort of her friends shooing them away until they finally realized she was serious and wanted and needed to be alone. The fact that no one had given them an update on Derek’s condition brought her no comfort and no solace. It didn’t matter if she closed her eyes or kept them open it didn’t erase the sight of him lying still in the makeshift coffin. They’d managed to reach him three minutes after Sam’s deadline and he wasn’t breathing. The bruises and cuts on his face and body told her that being buried alive was only half of what he’d endured. She kept asking herself, why? Why was she a magnet for broken deranged men? Men willing to kill her and those she loved without even a second thought. It was foolish to think that this was somehow her fault; that she was responsible for what Savannah, Kevin and Sam had done. Still, she knew she played a role and what she had done to drive the three beyond madness had a price. How could she think she wouldn’t be punished too? “One-one thousand, two-one thousand…breathe! One-one thousand, two-one thousand…breathe, dammit!”  “How’s she holding up?” Rossi handed Hotch a cup breaking him from his thoughts. Taking the seat next to the senior officer, Rossi waited for an answer. “Not good. She just wants to be […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 1

Home of Derek Morgan – Evening Derek had made it a point, subconsciously maybe, to return home as late as possible. The last two weeks had been hell and home seemed less like home. Dropping his go-bag at the door he made his way into the kitchen heading straight to the refrigerator to grab a beer. A small fluffy chocolate brown bear lying on the island caught his eye. Setting the beer down he grabbed the bear, his daughter’s favorite and held it to his face inhaling the smell of Saraya’s bubble bath. Derek fought the tears welling in his eyes; he had a rule…no tears…ever. He refused to make an exception, especially now. “It’s over!” His wife’s words and the look of utter disappointment still haunted him. There was nothing he could say, and he’d tried everything but she wouldn’t listen. He hadn’t done anything wrong…he hadn’t done anything right either so he was forced to watch his world crumble before his eyes. He looked around the over-sized kitchen. He’d designed it especially for her. Her culinary skills were limited but her dream was to have a chef’s kitchen and so that was all he needed to make it happen. It had been a few more minutes before he realized that he wasn’t alone in the house. The floorboards in the hallway gave his intruder away. Turning quickly he met the confident gaze of the woman who’d been responsible for his misery. “What are you doing here?” “I thought […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 14

Her hands shook as she dialed his number. She wasn’t about to make a move until she spoke with him and heard his voice. She could tell a lot by just listening to him speak. The team stood nearby and waited. Sam smiled as he saw her face appear on the display screen of his phone. He knew she’d call; by now all of them knew that he had Morgan. He expected her to try and talk him into freeing Morgan but he had no intentions on doing any such thing. He was in the driver’s seat and he was calling the shots…he wanted her and he was going to have her. “Sam?” “I knew you would call…” “What have you done? Where’s Derek?” “This is all your fault, my love.” “Sam, please…” “I asked you to marry me, Penelope. You should have been grateful but what did you do?” “Sam, listen to me. We can talk about this but don’t take it out on Morgan; this is between you and me.” “So true, it is just between you and me. It’s time for you to come home we have a lot to talk about.” “Sam, you know I can’t marry you…why are you really doing this?” “I’ve always had a fantasy of being married in my grandmother’s rose garden.” “Sam…” “I must have talked to you about it a hundred times, remember?” “Sam…” “She left me that house but I have been able to bring myself to move in […]

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 […]