Running To You Chapter 8

BAU Headquarters- Sixth Floor Storage Room – Derek in total disbelief walked around a large stack of boxes and came face-to-face with Penelope. Her shocked crimson-tinged look matched his and the two looked like gunslingers facing off waiting for the other to make a move. “What’s going on, Garcia?” “I was about to ask you the same thing.” Without answering her Derek moved swiftly past Penelope. The door was slightly ajar with the light from the hallway guiding him to the exit. Just as he was about to reach for the handle, JJ and Reid came into view both wearing mischievous grins waving at their friend as the door slammed shut in his face. “JJ! Reid!” Penelope turned to face the door watching as Morgan tried in vain to open the door. “Reid!” She yelled. “Open this door! NOW!” “Not until you two talk!” Reid answered. Garcia pushed past Morgan nearly knocking him over and began beating on the door. Morgan watched her he couldn’t believe he’d fallen for such a lame trick. “JJ, really…a storage room? Not very original!” “Hey, it’s the best we had at the moment! Now both of you are in time out until you stop being stubborn children and talk to each other!” “There’s nothing to talk about!” “Well then the two of you will grow old and gray in that room!” “Reid, if you don’t unlock this door right now I’ll erase you and no one will ever find you!” Then it was dead […]

Running To You Chapter 6

Veteran’s Lake – Derek sat quietly thinking about the first time he had come here. The team had come back from a harrowing case, one where children had been the victims; six teenage boys…he couldn’t get the crime scene photos out of his mind. Even three years later the innocent faces with the dead eyes still haunted him in his sleep. He found himself coming here less and less now that Penelope had taken the place of the forty-five minute drive out of town. She was his solace now and… Her determined declaration of not loving him still stung, still pressed like a dagger into his heart. His heart had been his last coveted possession even though he wasn’t quite sure if he’d given it to her or she’d cleverly stolen it without him knowing how or when, she now held the deed to it lock, stock and barrel. Had he been so full of himself, so conceited that he’d imagined something between them that was not there? She didn’t love him. She’d spoken the words yet his foolish heart still didn’t want to believe. Suddenly the room had gotten smaller and his need for air and a way to save what was left of his pride became of utmost priority and so he ran…he had become quite good at running. BAU Headquarters – Penelope wanted to go after Derek but she stood stock still trying to deny the last few seconds of her life. Just as she found the […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 9

“Penelope!” “H-Hi…Fran, Dave…Spencer…” “Where’s Derek?” Fran asked. “He’s… “I’m right here, Ma.” Fran looked up and past Penelope watching her son walk up the long driveway. “You’re late!” “I think maybe the rest of us should wait inside and let Derek and Fran talk.” Dave suggested. “No, stay right where you are, we might need witnesses.” Derek ordered. Fran stood with her hands on her hips watching her son approach stopping next to his wife. Both never took their eyes off of each other. The fact that her son’s arm was in a full cast and a sling had no affect on the woman who’d taken a full week out of her life to plan the most amazing wedding the world had ever known. Everyone stood holding their breaths waiting for the showdown to begin. Penelope instinctively grabbed Derek’s hand and squeezed it in an effort to calm him down. “We may need more than witnesses! Fran began. “We may need law enforcement!” “Bella…” Dave pulled his wife against him. “You two come in it’s almost time.” “Time for what?” Derek asked shooting a puzzled glance at Penelope.” “Your wedding!” And with that Fran turned and headed inside. Dumbfounded, Derek looked to the others for answers. Shrugging their shoulders they cowardly followed Fran inside. “Wedding?” Derek and Penelope said in unison. The house was beautiful. Exotic floral arrangements lined the walls creating a lush colorful path that lead toward the back of the house and out onto the patio and […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 27

Avery closed the distance between them and gently pulled her into his arms. Still the gentleman he placed a soft kiss on her cheek before letting her go. She was still the woman who’d nearly died on his table, the woman who would change his life and the woman who would make it impossible to love anyone else again. “You look amazing.” She fought the tears that she told herself she wouldn’t shed. Seeing him wasn’t a surprise she knew he would be here but her heart fluttered and she couldn’t think or comprehend the moment she found herself in. He hadn’t changed he was still the handsome, serious man she’d left years ago. Life had been lonely without him and she longed for another life that would have made it safe to choose him. “Thank you!” Then shooting a glance at her friend in the bed she moved away slightly. Avery moved to the other side of the bed to allow them both room to breathe. “What are his chances?” Picking up Morgan’s chart he hesitated before answering; memories of her stay years ago still fresh in his mind. “The same as yours were when you first arrived here.” “That bad, huh?” “That bad.” Then glancing quickly over to her. “But look at you now.” “Thank you.” “For what?” “For saving my life.” “I told you before, you don’t owe me a, thank you. Besides, stealing my heart and taking it with you was payment enough.” He chuckled. “Avery…” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Running To You Chapter 3

She was gone. That fact hit him square in the gut as his defeated body hit the sofa. He was too late and she’d given up and left town believing that he didn’t love her. He couldn’t accept that, he’d hurt her and humiliated her with his silence. Then it came to him as he hopped to his feet nearly running toward the door. Reid! He would know something. The entire team was like family but he, Penelope and Reid shared an even closer bond. JJ was her girl but he’d just left her house before seeing his mom and with the tongue-lashing she’d given him he knew she’d alert him if something were awry. So, jumping into his truck he headed toward his friend’s apartment. Derek was relieved to see Spencer’s car in his parking slot and he pulled in next to him. Taking the steps instead of waiting for the elevator he arrived at his friend’s door out of breath. He knocked twice before Reid slowly and cautiously opened the door a crack and peering out into the hallway. “Morgan?” “Hey Pretty Boy…” “I’m sorry…did we have plans?” “No. Can I come in?” “Well, I was just…” The odd behavior did not go unnoticed but Morgan would deal with that later, clearly he was hiding something. Maybe Penelope was there; he could only hope. So pushing the door open he stepped inside brushing past Reid without waiting for an invitation. “Gee, most people wait to be invited in…never […]

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, […]