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 14

Amanda was surprised to hear the doorbell she wasn’t expecting company and unless the handsome FBI agent had forgotten something no one was due to visit her. Since her husband’s death her visitors were few and far between. Agent Carmichael rang the doorbell and waited. He counted the footsteps until the door opened. Her look of surprise was priceless; he’d tease her about it later…much later. “What are you doing here?” She nervously looked past him out into the street. “Come on Amanda…” “No, are you crazy? That FBI guy was here. He could have seen you!” “Don’t worry, I’ve been out front for a while. I waited until he rounded the corner he didn’t see me.” Quickly opening the door she pulled him in and closed the door locking it behind them. Then a big smile crossed both of their faces as she wrapped her arms around his neck. He moaned as he kissed her hard on the lips roughly grabbing a hand full of her hair and running his hands over her body. Then pulling apart out of breath he looked deeply into her eyes. “Did you miss me?” Morgan pulled into a nearby gas station shortly after leaving the Fields home. He’d made note of the license plate of the dark Ford pickup that had followed him from Manhattan to Brooklyn. He wasn’t surprised that his suspects would up their game and so when the truck fell into traffic behind him shortly after leaving his office he […]

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 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 […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 22

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha ## Morgan stood shaking looking at his ragged reflection in the mirror. He’d sought refuge in the men’s room locking the door behind him. He couldn’t get the water cold enough to wash away the sting of being exposed and reminded of his sins. His knuckles were white as he clung desperately to the small porcelain basin remembering the prayers of his youth. He’d prayed that he was the only one; the only one chosen by Carl…but he wasn’t the only one…not by a long shot. He couldn’t ignore Jamal’s admission and resemblance. His old mentor had a type… suddenly, his stomach wretched sending him spiraling toward the sink. There was a knock at the door…a banging…a persistent demand for entrance. Morgan grabbed a handful of paper towels and dried his face and hands. Taking another glance at his reflection he grimaced as he headed toward the door. His hands were still shaking even as he unlocked and opened the door. Her terrified eyes and tear stained face met him in anticipation of a sign that told her that he was okay. “I’m fine…really I’m okay.” He’d read her mind. “I was worried…” “Don’t. I don’t want you worrying about me.” He stepped around her and whispered. “I’m not worth it.” “Derek, talk to me.” “I just want this to go away…” Penelope gently pulled him into her arms. Derek wrapped his arms around her waist […]

The Christmas Miracle Chapter 3

“Speak to me Baby Girl!” Rossi, JJ, Hotch and Reid quickly took their seats around the conference table as Derek stood nearby with his phone on speaker. “Harold Simpson.” “Okay, I know that’s one of your pauses for dramatic purposes but I remind you…” “Yes my Chocolate Adonis I want you home for Christmas.” “Good. So, what you got for me Sweetness?” “Harold Simpson, twenty-eight is our common denominator between these victims. He bounced from foster home to foster home after his mother dropped him off on the steps of Christ Our Redeemer Church in downtown Atlanta. AND to make matters even sadder, she dropped him off on Christmas Eve.” “That would definitely give a kid Christmas issues.” “So true Blondie. Now here’s where things get interesting. Two of our victims are registered as emergency Foster care providers and Harold spent time in both of their homes. According to child welfare records, Harold could only stay in each place for a few weeks and because he was a behavior problem he was hard to place in a permanent home. Harold was finally placed with Bertha Masters and things were going well for a while until Harold attacked a teacher at school. Masters insisted he be removed from her home and he was again placed in an emergency home and then finally was sent to stay in a group home until he aged out of the system.” “So Masters was the first victim. He thought he’d finally found a home.” JJ […]

The Christmas Miracle Chapter 2

Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening The drive back to the Morgan’s had been quiet…deadly quiet. Derek was still fuming at the dirty trick his mother had played. He’d made himself clear, several times that he did not want to play Santa Claus; it wasn’t his thing…his style and she knew it. She knew perfectly well what the Children’s Miracle Network meant to him. He’d even donated the proceeds from the sale of his last two restorations to the network earmarking the local children’s hospital specifically. As he unlocked the door to their home, visions of revenge danced wildly in his head. Fran Morgan had won this battle but if he had anything to do with it she would not win the war. Penelope watched her husband huff and puff as he stormed into the house and head straight to the liquor cabinet. It had been a while since she’d seen him this angry. She had to admit that Fran was a force to be reckoned with and poor Derek never stood a chance. There was no chance in hell he’d not show up in that red suit on Christmas Eve now. One point for Fran Morgan Rossi, she thought. The next few days were sure to be pure hell and her mother-in-law owed her big time. Home of Dave and Fran Rossi – Dave chuckled to himself as he listened to his wife’s humming as she put away the last of the food. Jingle Bells was her […]

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 […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 6

Derek had beaten the sun up. He couldn’t sleep so he’d found himself sitting in the dark living room of his apartment working on his second cup of coffee. He wasn’t ready for the day, not by a long shot and the fact that he hadn’t slept well, made him feel even worse. He was glad Dave had shown up and glad that he’d decided to sleep over. The emptiness of the apartment had made him regret the last several weeks. He should have given Penelope what she wanted. He wished he hadn’t been so stubborn, insisting on his male pride over his wife and child. He ran each and every argument over and over in his mind and saw the hurt in his wife’s eyes and heard his daughter’s cries as the adult voices grew louder and louder. He prayed he could somehow get her to forgive him and take him back. “Couldn’t sleep, eh?” Derek looked up to see Dave enter the room. He’d helped himself to the coffee and Derek didn’t mind. “Nah. I’ve got to report to work in a couple of hours and I’m exhausted.” Dave sat in the chair across from the couch and stared intently at his stepson. “I don’t want this, Dave. I never thought I’d lose her. Not like this. Not over a case.” “The truth?” “Of course.” “You couldn’t have changed a thing.” “What?” “Penelope loves you. In spite of everything that has happened she still loves you.” “But it […]