Soul Purpose Chapter 22

Fran knew something was wrong the moment he stepped through the door. His face, his eyes…he’d been crying. She took a step back away from him as he approached shaking her head, no. She didn’t want to hear what she already knew in her heart…the thing she’d feared everyday since Derek had decided to follow his father into law enforcement. Then he began to shake his head too as he quickly pulled her into his arms and cried. BAU Headquarters – Hotch’s Office – Something was off. Maybe she was in denial but her mind would not allow her to believe that Derek was dead. She wasn’t stupid, it was always a possibility that he’d be killed and god knew he’d taken his share of crazy chances all in the line of duty. Penelope had long ago lost count of the scars and bruises and broken bones but something wasn’t quite right. There were no goodbyes and no last words or touches. She had been pulled out of the restroom so fast and his body had been concealed in the black body bag and wheeled away…this wasn’t how her day was supposed to begin not today…not now. “I want to see him.” She knew it was Hotch even though she hadn’t turned to confirm his presence. Closing the door behind him he slowly took the seat on the couch next to her. He felt as if the weight of the world were on his shoulders and he swore to himself […]

Will You Marry Me Chapter 3

BAU Headquarters – Penelope worked feverishly at her computer. Her hands trembled as she searched for what Kevin no doubt tried his best to hide. He had to be holding Derek in a place that was secluded and hidden from traffic where he could come and go without being noticed. Fresh tears began to fall as she realized that the place was also a place where no one could hear Derek’s screams or cries for help. “Hold on Baby Boy, hold on.” Unknown Location – Next Morning – Derek slowly pulled himself from the floor. His body ached from the beating the night before and his head still throbbed from the blitz attack that had led to his capture. He was determined to get out of the small dark room before Kevin and his goons could do any more damage. He knew one if not all of them would be making an appearance soon so he needed a plan. Whatever he did he had to act fast and hope the element of surprise would be in his favor. As if on cue the door began to open. Derek quickly resumed his position on the floor just before Kevin stepped inside. Seeing Derek’s still body on the floor seemed to give Kevin an added sense of confidence as he approached and stood over him. Kevin nudged Derek with his foot still he remained still as if he were asleep. Nudging again harder this time Derek heard a light chuckle escape his […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 19

Derek saw the blood lots and lots of blood. He breathed a sigh of relief as he looked into the eyes of his friend still holding the gun outstretched in her hands. Together their eyes fell on the wide-eyed corpse of Kevin Lynch as he lay on the worn tile. He didn’t see it coming. He didn’t see the flaw in his impulsive plan. Morgan was ready, he should have known that but he wasn’t thinking clearly. Now, there he was at Morgan’s feet dead and defeated. The room was flooded within seconds with agents, police and hospital staff all too late to have changed the outcome and the actions of one demented foolish man. “You okay?” JJ surveyed Derek as she slowly lowered and holstered her gun. “Yeah, I’m alright, I’m alright.” Then, “Nice shot.” “ I had a good teacher. You were right, he did come after you instead of Penelope.” “He was predictable and it cost him his life.” “Let’s get out of here Pen’s probably going crazy by now.” “And I’ve already broken my promise once already.” “Promise?” “Not to make her worry.” “Yeah, I still don’t know what you were thinking…” “Come on JJ, we already talked about this…” JJ smiled with relief as she wrapped her arm around his shoulder and led him from the room. The walk down the hall seemed like eternity as they finally reached the exit and out to the parking lot. Saraya wiggled and Penelope placed her feet on […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 18

Ever the petulant child, Kevin did not obey his father. There was no doubt that the elder Lynch knew best but Kevin wanted what he wanted and what he wanted more than anything in the moment was to be in Penelope’s presence. So, without another thought he made his way to the hospital’s entrance. Much later, he would regret not obeying his father’s orders. “Do you still have your security detail?” “Of course. One arrived just ahead of us and one had our six after we arrived.” Penelope was visibly upset now. She began to pace the room. JJ and Derek exchanged worried looks. They’d devised a plan and now they were certain Penelope would never be able to go through with it. “This is insane!” “Baby?” “No Derek, this is Kevin we’re talking about! Meek, mild-mannered Kevin who wouldn’t hurt a flea! This is crazy!” “The evidence points to him Baby Girl! He and my analyst have been friends for years and they’ve been in contact a lot over the last several months. The dates coincide with the murders…” “No, I don’t care! There has to be another explanation they’re friends, that’s all! I’ve heard him talk about his friend Leo that doesn’t mean he knew what Leo and those agents were doing!” “Believe me, there’s nothing more I’d like than to be wrong about Kevin, but…” Penelope turned to face her husband with fire in her eyes. JJ moved toward the bed and gently pulled Saraya in her […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 15

“Penelope, call Hotch! Call Hotch!” His voice tinged with panic still rang in her ears as she ran down the hall with Saraya clutched tightly against her chest. She knew something was wrong her stomach had been tied up in knots from the moment she’d gotten his text telling her that he was on his way home. Then an hour later with their pizza growing cold on the table and her daughter bathed and in bed she got the call that stilled her heart. Quantico, VA – “Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!” Kevin muttered under his breath. He had to leave…now! They’d be coming for him soon and he knew it. His boys in New York wouldn’t waste any time giving him up. His father had already threatened to kill him…him, his only beloved son. Things were bad and worst of all Derek Morgan was still alive…he needed to talk to Penelope to explain but what was there to explain? He’d ordered her husband’s death…there was no explaining that. New York – 2 hours earlier – Derek was so busy focusing on the dark van behind him that he didn’t notice the large semi coming toward him. It had been going in the opposite direction but then suddenly veered into his lane. Derek would never forget the cold knowing stare in the driver’s eyes just before his high beams were switched on. The bright oversized lights blinded him. He saw Penelope and Saraya’s faces and his mother, his sisters […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 12

New York – Evening – He loved her cooking but tonight was the best meal he’d ever had. She was a great cook and he was overjoyed. Sitting down for dinner with his girls made the food taste even better. Saraya was in her own world making an utter mess of the mash potatoes and gravy. Penelope had cut up her steak in tiny pieces and she’d even managed to make a mess of that along with her peas. Both Derek and Penelope chuckled at the little girl who was a perfect blend of them both. “This was amazing, Baby Girl.” “Why thank you, Handsome.” “Did you go grocery shopping because all I had in the refrigerator was water, milk and a few frozen hamburger patties?” “Let’s just say the market on the corner delivers.” “Oh yeah since when?” “Since Savannah decided to come all the way here from Quantico to bring you two bags of groceries, that’s when!” “She what?” Penelope knew that this was going to be a heated conversation she could see the questions and the anger in his eyes. Then she looked over at her daughter who’d done all she was going to do with her meal. This was a conversation that she didn’t want to have with her around. “Talk to me, Garcia!” “Oh yeah not a conversation for baby’s ears.” She thought to herself. Penelope stood and moved toward their daughter grabbing a towel to wipe her hands and face. “I’ll tell you what, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 11

Leo watched Morgan closely from the shadows of cyberspace. He had to admit that his computer skills were pretty good considering he normally had someone back in Quantico to do his snooping for him. In fact most special agents knew very little about computers beyond searching for a nearby pizza joint. But not this special agent he was quite adept at finding his way around with the help of the bureau’s search engines. Even though his agent buddies were confident that they had hidden their dirty deeds where no one could find them, Leo knew that his new boss wasn’t just anyone. So, even if the others weren’t worried he was. Penelope had managed to pull together the makings of a pretty good meal for the three of them. The expensive steaks that Savannah had bought would go great with the baked potatoes and the other groceries the good doctor had purchased at the corner market. With the steaks marinating in the refrigerator and the potatoes baking in the oven all that was missing was her husband. Penelope had taken the liberty of pulling the sheets off of the bed and washing them while Saraya watched her favorite video that she’d brought with her. The thought of making love to her husband on sheets that Savannah had touched made her stomach wretch. One hour later… “Where the HELL have you been?” “Work? I do work for a living you know!” “I called you before I left New York! You should […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 10

“You WHAT?” “You heard me, I live here!” Penelope’s face turned a bright shade of crimson as she stared at the woman. She so wanted to wipe the arrogant smirk off of her face but that would only give her temporary satisfaction. The old Penelope would have broken down and ran but old Pen was gone. She was tired of being upset and tired of Savannah insinuating that she could simply take her husband whenever she wanted to. Savannah was slightly taken aback when the chunky blonde didn’t grab her little crumb snatcher and waddle from the apartment. On the contrary she merely stood there looking around as if she had plans to take off her shoes and stay awhile. Penelope closed the distance between them and invaded the woman’s personal space. Now they stood mere centimeters apart. Penelope was still deciding whether or not to lay paws on the woman who’d had the audacity to cross the threshold of Derek’s apartment without his real wife’s permission. She felt Savannah’s eyes on her back as she walked into the kitchen and began thumbing through the bag of groceries examining each item before placing it on the counter. Then after she’d emptied the bag, Penelope walked down the small hallway and stopped short of entering the master bedroom where the bed had been left unmade and a woman’s clothing lay on the floor. Savannah felt her confidence swell when her rival stilled at the sight of her clothes thrown about. Her […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 9

New York – Morning – Savannah was excited about being back in the city. It had been almost five years since she’d visited New York and she’d fallen instantly in love with the life and movement and culture that seemed to cover every square inch. She’d suggested spending a quiet weekend here with Derek once but he insisted that his job wouldn’t allow the time away. She brushed the thought from her mind vowing to stay positive and to make the next two days unforgettable for both of them. FBI Headquarters – Morgan found the offices as he had left them the night before, empty. He’d gotten up while it was still dark and showered and dressed. Normally, he would be home in bed savoring the last few moments of precious time cuddled with his wife and anticipating the pitter-patter of little feet entering and breaking the silence in the room. Not now; now he dreaded mornings and the silence was like an anvil on his chest making it hard to breathe. He needed his family back. Nothing worked without Penelope and Saraya by his side. Now was not the time to dwell on the things he could not change. The matter of five dead people, two of them federal agents was his focus. He couldn’t afford to slip up and get careless. His instincts not to trust where on high alert and he hated having to assume that the very people he worked side by side with were potential […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 8

“Yes, thank you so much for calling and I’ll be sure to call you when I get back.” Ending the call Savannah quickly dropped her phone into her purse and continued packing. She made a mental note to do something special for her new friend once she returned. She’d never had reason to associate with the odd little man until now and he was the last person she expected to hear from in the middle of the night but the call couldn’t have come at a better time and with the next two days off from the hospital she was anxious to get out of town. Kevin smiled as the call ended. Proud of himself he marched into the kitchen to warm up leftovers from last night’s takeout. Knowing that Savannah was on her way to New York to surprise Derek made his heart skip a beat. Now to convince Penelope to make a trip to New York as well was next on his agenda. The thought of the two women coming face to face in the city that never sleeps made him giddy. Maybe things would work out for him after all. New York – Home of Derek Morgan – Evening – Derek had to be careful he knew that until he found the mole among his agents he had to watch his back. Everyone in the New York office was a suspect. The director was certain that at least two agents were responsible for the murders of five […]