The Fall Chapter 13

Golden Adobe Apartments – Sheldon felt like an outsider and with his emotional outburst he felt he needed to put some distance between himself and the others. So while they headed down the hallway towards Darren or Derek’s room he made his exit. Letting himself inside without being seen by his insistent landlord, Sheldon made his way to the small bedroom closet. He’d promised to never touch a computer or to step foot into cyberspace again and since being in Atlanta he’d kept that promise. Over the last several months he knew he was still being watched. The thought of losing his freedom and the remembrance of the consequences of his careless, if not arrogant actions kept him true to his promise. Sheldon stared at the dusty worn backpack. He’d found it relatively easy to stay away from his old ways until now. Even as he struggled to survive he hadn’t considered going back. Darren had helped him, taking a chance and hiring him when no one else would. He’d been more than an employer he’d been a friend. These were desperate times and without a second thought he pulled the bag from the closet. 2 Years Ago – Office of Homeland Security – Morning – “You’re in a lot of trouble Mr. Rice” The Agent began. Sheldon looked away as the suited man took the seat across from him. “Did you hear what I said? Agent Kominski continued. “We’ve been looking for the elusive Jackal for five years and […]

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The Fall Chapter 12

Atlanta General Hospital – Afternoon – “Thank you.” Hotch glanced back at Rossi before speaking. “Thank you?” “Yes. Thank you. Thank you for insisting I come along on this case.” “I just thought we could access your skills faster if you were here, that’s all.” A slight smile appeared on Penelope’s face as she continued to stare out the window. “You’re a softie, you know that Aaron Hotchner?” “Who, me?” He smiled ever so slightly as he stood behind her. “Yeah you but I won’t tell.” “Thanks.” His smile broadened. Penelope rubbed her hand over her bell absentmindedly. “If he doesn’t make it…” “He’ll make it.” “But will he be the same? Will he be the same Derek, my Derek?” Hotch had no words that would reassure her. Nothing that they had ever come up against had prepared him for this. What he did know was that Morgan had obviously gone through a lot they’d all seen it especially Garcia. He wanted to embrace her and tell her that Derek would be okay but he withheld his emotions because it was all he knew how to do. “Derek Morgan?” The group stood and approached the middle-aged petite woman. Penelope led the way making it to the doctor before the others. “How’s my husband?” The doctor looked around at the desperate faces before beginning. “My name is Doctor Flores and I’ve been treating Mr. Morgan since he was brought in.” “Is he going to be okay?” Penelope asked. “I must admit […]

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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 10

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Morning – The ride home from the hospital had been quiet. Neither of them had said much and the air in the car had been tense. He was still upset with her behavior toward Sheldon and he wasn’t going to let her slide, not this time. Even with the tension between them it was good to be home. Savannah began fretting over him as soon as they stepped through the door and Darren was not in the mood. Savannah knew that her husband was upset with her. She’d behaved horribly and her little outburst the night before had done nothing to help her immediate concerns. Darren was slipping away from her and she couldn’t deny it. Hamilton and Marcos had warned her too many times not to upset him but she wanted what she wanted and with her constant nagging and emotional outburst things were bad between them; the fall couldn’t have come at a worse time. “How about you relax and I’ll make us some breakfast.” “I’m not hungry.” Darren slowly walked over to the couch and lowered his aching body onto the couch. “Baby, you’ve got to have something on your stomach before you can take your pain meds.” “If it will make you happy, I’ll have some toast and coffee, please.” “Toast and coffee it is.” Savannah rushed off to the kitchen. Darren leaned his head against the wall hoping the pain would subside. He’d been damn luck to have […]

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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 8

The Prescott Hotel – Hamilton poured himself a drink and took a seat in the chair near the large window. He’d thought of Savannah often over the years and had even spoken to her a few times when his curiosity had gotten the better of him. He missed the stolen moments they’d spent together. She was so young, so eager to please and impress him. Now as he’d gotten older he felt remorse for taking advantage of her feelings for him. She’d been naïve to believe that they could ever have a future together. There was too much to lose to make a foolish decision. He was relieved that it hadn’t taken much persuasion to get her to abort their child. He’d found a friend that owed him a favor so on a cool Saturday morning two days after announcing that she was pregnant, Hamilton drove her to a quaint medical facility in a nearby town. She cried and pleaded with him just before his friend put her under. Hamilton felt obligated to stay by her side during the procedure to insure that everything went as planned. His friend, Dr. Avery Peters, had discovered a problem the young woman had a rare condition; one that he’d only read about in medical school. The young doctor had alerted Hamilton of the condition feeling it only right to give the woman an opportunity to call off the procedure knowing that this would most likely be her only chance to conceive a child. […]

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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 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 […]

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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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