Running To You Chapter 5

“Bet? What bet?” “Everyone else was far less optimistic in their estimate but not me! No sir, I knew it, I knew it! It was only a matter of time…” “Wait…a bet? Who else was in on this bet?” “Um let’s see…Dr. Reid, Dave…” “Figures!” “Ah…Hotch and…” “Not Hotch?” She nodded as she perused her memory. “JJ, Emily, Blake…” “Blake? She’s not even with the bureau anymore.” “Oh and Fran! Such a sweet mother you have there.” “Oh hell no, my mother was in on this, this…bet too?” “Yup! Won’t she be surprised! I tell you I thought she would be my closest competition but boy was she off!” Derek couldn’t believe his ears. His friends and family had taken bets on him and Penelope! How did they know, how could they? He didn’t even know. He carefully set his cup on the table and began pacing back and forth across the room much to Esperia’s amusement. “So now that you’ve admitted how you feel and traveled clear across the country, what are you going to do now?” Home of Dr. Spencer Reid – Evening – Reid had called for backup and now JJ had joined the two in the small cluttered apartment. Neither of them were having any luck with calming their friend down. “What am I going to do now? Derek’s in California and I’m here and…” “Well the first thing we need to do is call Derek and get him back home!” JJ offered. “He’s going to […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 8

Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening Penelope had just settled next to her husband on the couch. They’d decided to make tonight, Movie Night to get their minds off of the continued goings on with their family and friends. She could tell Derek wasn’t dealing with the situation very well despite his denial and insistence that he was just fine and didn’t care if any of them spoke to them again. It was a lie, all a lie but she didn’t push him to admit his true feelings. She handed Derek the remote and just as he pushed, ‘play,’ her phone rang. Pulling away from him she grabbed her phone from her pocket. They both knew that ringtone all too well. “We have a case…they want to me to go with them…” She stopped as she watched him struggle to get up. “Where are you going?” “What, didn’t you say we have a case?” “Yes, ‘we’ have a case as in, everybody-on-the-team-except-you, have a case!” “Oh, so now you’re on their side?” “Baby Boy, may I remind you that you are on medical leave for the next six weeks?” “Are you serious? I can at least go into the office…” “NO! You my handsome hunk of chocolate cannot go into the office until you are cleared by your doctor!” “But…” “No but’s.” She stood and placed her body directly in front of him. “I almost lost you. When I think about what could have happened…” He saw the […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 26

Rossi spotted her among the crowd of travelers. Even from his distance he saw the fatigue and worry on her. She carried it in her shoulders as she drug her luggage behind her. Like the rest of them sleep would be delayed for her as well. She managed a slight smile at the sight of his hand raised and waving in the air. Emily welcomed his strong arms as he pulled her into him. They both seemed in need of the contact between friends who were more like family. They stayed in that place longer than they would have had circumstances been different. Then pulling away from each other they saw the sadness and the mess that their decisions had caused swimming wildly and shamefully in their eyes. “Welcome home, Emily.” “Thanks, I wish I could say that I’m happy to be back…not like this…not like this.” “Let’s get you to your apartment…” “No, I want to see Derek.” “It’s late you must be exhausted.” “Please Dave, I need to see him.” He looked into her eyes for what she was not telling him. “Okay. We’ll go see Derek.” The two waded through the crowd and out into the chilly night air. Dave headed toward his car placing her luggage in the trunk. She stood watching him as he closed the trunk not quite ready to face what lied ahead. “Are you sure you don’t want to wait?” “I’m sure.” Emily turned and hopped into the car as Dave hurried […]

Running to You Chapter 4

“Garcia, what are you doing here?” Reid asked again. “I couldn’t do it! I couldn’t leave!” Penelope pushed past Reid into the apartment as he stood there, mouth opened and in shock. “Call me crazy but…” “Garcia! Morgan…” “Derek’s my best friend…”she continued. “I’m not sure I’m ready to walk away from my best friend!” “But…” “I’m humiliated, embarrassed and I probably won’t be able to make eye contact with him for at least a year but…” “Garcia!” “I’ll blame it on the alcohol…yeah, the alcohol!” “Garcia!” She paced the apartment pulling books from his crammed shelves examining them as she talked then putting them back. She hadn’t heard a word he’d tried to get in edgewise. “OMG Reid, Derek must think I’m some sort of lovesick…scatter-brained…geek!” “No, I’m sure he doesn’t…” “I know someone like him could never love me…what was I thinking, really?” “He loves you.” Reid spoke calmly watching as she explored his apartment. “I mean, I do okay but I’m not the girl that men cross a crowded room for…” “Garcia…” “No, no it’s okay. I’m gorgeous, I’m smart…I know but I’m not what men…vain men and we know my Hot Stuff, he’s the vainest of the vain…” “GARCIA!” She stopped dead in her tracks shooting a shocked look toward her distraught friend across the room. “What’s wrong?” “Morgan’s gone!” “W-what?” “He’s gone!” It didn’t matter that he had on his earphones or that his eyes were closed and his seat was reclined, Morgan’s grumpy travel […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 7

Potomac General Hospital – Evening He knew she was there even before he opened his eyes. Her thoughts had taken her so far away that she hadn’t realized that he was awake and looking at her wondering where she had gone. “Baby Girl.” Startled she looked up and she saw the worry in his eyes. “Hey, hey…don’t even…I’m fine…” “Baby, I know what you did and I know you’re not fine.” “Well, he had it coming.” Derek moaned slightly. It had been several hours since his last pain medication. She noticed and quickly jumped to her feet. “I’ll get the nurse.” “Baby…” “No, I know you’re in pain, it’s written all over your face. I‘ll be right back.” “We need to…” “Derek, honestly I’ll be right…” “Don’t. You. Move!” She froze. “Park it. We need to talk, right now.” Penelope turned and slowly took her seat next to his bed. She knew what was coming. “What in the world did you think you were doing coming there alone and with a gun? My gun!” “A gun you bought for me!” “A gun you refused to carry!” “Kevin was going to kill you and I couldn’t let that happen!” “Penelope!” He took a deep breath before continuing. “I love you with everything that is in me but right now, I am so mad at you for putting yourself in danger! What would I do if something happened to you?” “And what would I do if something happened to you?” She countered […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 25

Tinsley smiled down at the woman. He could tell that she had been crying. He almost felt sorry for her…almost. He had a job to do and emotions only got in the way. “Mrs. Morgan, how are you feeling?” “I’ve been better.” “Yes, understood.” Penelope watched the man who was a stranger to her. She’d seen him more in the last twelve hours than she had in her entire time working for the bureau. He was more of a phantom than a real live breathing person. Only the elite and department heads ever saw the man who had run the FBI for the last fifteen years. “So, I don’t want to intrude I just wanted to come by and…” The noise of the door opening stopped him. Both he and Penelope watched as Fran came in carrying two large Styrofoam cups. Fran entered cautiously examining the stranger then smoothly taking a position next to Penelope. “Fran this is Director Tinsley with the FBI.” Both smiled while Fran, without taking her eyes off of the man handed Penelope one of the cups. “Director.” Fran nodded. “Ma’am, I uh, was just telling Mrs. Morgan that I wanted to stop by to see how she was doing and to offer my condolences.” “Thank you…” “Agent Morgan, my husband is…” “Was…was my son.” Fran interrupted. Fran grabbed Pen’s hand and squeezed it lightly. “Oh, I’m sorry. Then I guess my condolences go out to you as well, ma’am.” “Mrs. Rossi, please call me Mrs. […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 6

“Pen, give me the gun.” JJ walked slowly but purposely toward her friend. Penelope’s hand was shaking and tears were streaming down her face. Her gaze never wavered and she was ready to shoot Kevin again if need be. Hotch and Reid took positions on each side of JJ while Rossi rushed to Derek who lay on the floor trying to comprehend what was happening while fighting the pain that had rendered him still on the floor. “Baby Girl…” he whispered. “I’m okay, listen to JJ.” “Is he dead? Are they both dead?” “They won’t be able to hurt you or anyone again…now please…we need to get Derek to the hospital, okay?” “Derek…yes, yes…okay…” Penelope slowly lowered the gun and handed it to JJ. Hotch quickly knelt down at Kevin’s side and checked for a pulse. The lucky bastard was still alive and so was his cohort. Reid called for paramedics who had met them there to come in. Derek wanted to get to his feet but his body wouldn’t cooperate. He knew what she’d done and he wanted to get to her, to hold her. She didn’t like guns. He’d tried to show her how to use one after she was shot but she’d resisted his efforts. Now Penelope had shot not one but two people. He knew her and this would be hard for her to comprehend…he needed to get to her…he needed to tell her that he was sorry that she had to do that…again… “Baby Girl…” […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 24

Potomac General Hospital – Fran sat alone next to Penelope’s bed. She’d cried all she was able to and now she just sat thinking about the past several hours. Her anger had morphed into a dull heaviness and she wondered if she’d overreacted. Her husband and the others led a treacherous and precarious life she knew that too well. It was just that she didn’t want to be touched by it so intimately. Both Dave and Derek knew how the death of her first husband had affected her; the pain and grief nearly destroyed her and her children. She didn’t understand why they would play such a cruel trick on her. She wondered if they thought about the damage a lie like this would cause. Looking at the sleeping woman in the bed, she answered her own question. The price had been too high even to save her son’s life. “Fran?” Penelope whispered weakly. “What happened?” Mustering a smile Fran looked into her daughter-in-law’s face. She looked so pale and lost. They needed to talk. “Hey Baby, how are you feeling?” “Tired…Derek?” Then as reality reminded her of their circumstance, “Oh…” “They still won’t tell me where he is.” “But, that’s not fair!” “Shhh…calm down…you need to take it easy…especially now, okay?” Penelope relaxed against the pillow. The look of guilt in her eyes told Fran everything she needed to know. “Does Derek know?” Penelope shook her head, no. “I didn’t know for sure until now.” “You came dangerously close […]

Running To You Chapter 2

Home of Dave and Fran Rossi – Fran knew that look and she knew her son. It was the same look he would get as a boy whenever he got in trouble at school and had to come home and face her wrath. The man standing before her stood waiting for her to chastise him like she did the little precocious teenager years ago. “You know don’t you, Ma.” “You bet I know!” Then stepping aside she let him in. “You’ve definitely made a mess of things this time.” “I know Ma, I know.” “Have you eaten?” “I’m not hungry.” “Nonsense. Come.” He followed her into the massive chef’s kitchen and took a seat at the island while she began preparing a snack for her only son. “I blew it! I really hurt her this time. She’s never going to forgive me.” “Do you love her?” Fran turned to face him as she pulled last night’s roast out of the fridge. “Ma…” “Ma, nothing! Do. You. Love her?” “Yes Ma, I love her.” Fran grabbed the bread and began making a sandwich. She shook her head at the man who’d survived incredible grief and danger. He was one of the smartest people she knew but when it came to his feelings and when it came to his Baby Girl he was a complete idiot. “I want her lock stock and barrel. She’s the entire package Ma…” “Then why are you telling me? She’s the one that needs to hear this, […]

Running To You Chapter 1

“I love you!” “I love you, too.” “No, I love you…I’m in love with you!” He looked into her glassy eyes speechless. She looked back waiting for his response but he simply stood in the middle of the floor with his mouth open in shock. “Baby Girl, I think I better take you home you’ve had one too many shots and…” “No, I’m not ready to go home…did you hear what I just said?” “Yeah, I heard you and… “And what?” “And I think you’re going to hate yourself in the morning.” “No…I won’t…” She slurred. They’d spent the last twenty minutes dancing and holding each other ignoring the world. He’d imagined holding her like this so many times but he had never been successful in getting her to dance with him until tonight. Now she was drunk off her ass and confessing feelings for him and he didn’t know what to say. He wrapped his arm tightly around her waist and pulled her close against his body. He could feel everyone’s eyes on them and he needed to get her out of there. He loved her, of course he loved her; he’d even told her as much but it had not changed anything between them. He was still her best friend and she had ended up in the arms of Kevin Lynch less than two hours later. Morgan couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t in love with Penelope Garcia…he wondered what she would say in the morning. Home […]