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 […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 18

Kevin was conflicted. On one hand Derek Morgan’s death would solve so many problems for him. He was the only witness to his crime, the only person who actually saw him during his kidnapping. On the other hand, he’d never been an evil person, never even thought of killing anyone including Morgan. Somehow he’d gotten caught up in Savannah’s insanity. The case against him was ironclad and he knew it. Penelope would never forgive him and no matter what he said his chances with her were history. He peered through the small window while the guard fished the keys from his pocket and unlocked the door. He didn’t recognize the well-dressed brunette at the table and he had no idea who would have hired her on his behalf. “I’ll be right outside the door. Let me know when you’re finished.” Kevin nodded and stepped into the room. The door slammed shut and the heavy lock slid into place. The woman slowly looked up as he sat across from her. “Kevin Lynch.” “Y-Yes.” “My name is Amanda Portlock and I’ve been retained as your attorney.” “I assumed I’d have a public defender. I can’t afford an attorney.” “No worries my fee has already been taken care of.” “By who?” “Let’s just say, a very interested benefactor.” Kevin adjusted his glasses, not sure if he should question her further. He watched as she pulled a file from her very expensive briefcase. “Now tell me what happened. How did you get mixed up […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 20

Home of Derek Morgan – Morning – He hadn’t slept. He couldn’t. The thought of being accused of playing a part in the death of thirteen boys was unsettling. How would he defend himself against such charges? One could make a strong case against him with so many victims who’d come after him. He’d never imagined that there could be others like him; young boys terrorized, humiliated and shamed by Carl Buford. Derek had believed the older man’s assessment that he’d brought it on himself. Carl would tell him each time they were together that Derek wanted what was happening and that he should feel proud to be chosen by him. Thinking about it now suddenly made him sick to his stomach. Penelope was exhausted. Neither one of them had slept with Derek battling his demons well into the early morning. She turned over watching as he jumped from the bed and rushed to the bathroom. The clock on the nightstand blinked seven a.m. and her pursuit of sleep would have to wait until later. So, she pulled herself from the warm bed and made her way to the kitchen. She started the coffee going and began busying herself making breakfast for the two of them. She heard the shower running and she knew it wouldn’t be long before he rounded the corner. Her cell rang and she breathed a sigh of relief at the sight of her friend’s name flashing on the screen. “JJ! Good morning.” “Hey, is everything […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 5

Jackie’s Bar & Grill – New York – Evening – “So how are you holding up, Kid?” Derek kept his eyes on the half-empty glass in front of him. He wasn’t sure how to answer that question since he hadn’t thought much about anything or anyone except Penelope and Saraya. “I’m not sure how I got here, Dave. I can’t help but think that I’ve lost everything I thought was important to me.” “Give it time. Everything will work out the way it’s supposed to work out.” “But what if that means that Penelope and I weren’t meant to be together after all? I don’t think I can accept that, Dave.” “Listen, if there’s one thing I know for sure is that you two are meant to be together. You two just got lost that’s all.” “She wanted me to choose. She gave me an ultimatum. I don’t do ultimatums, Rossi.” “You both are stubborn; too stubborn for your own good. If you two love each other you’re going to have to let go of your pride and meet each other in the middle. That’s what marriage is all about.” Morgan looked up finally at his stepfather as if he were seeing him for the first time. “From a man that’s been married five times.” He chuckled. “Four.” “What?” “Four times. I’ve only been married four times. Your mother is number four.” “And she better be the last, old man.” The two laughed and drained their glasses. Dave checked his […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 19

The drive back to Quantico was uneventful. Garcia had given Derek the keys to Esther and so he did what he’d sworn in the past he’d never do…drive a bright orange Cadillac with the top down alone. It was chilly but he needed the crisp bite of the air against his skin to keep him alert. He hadn’t slept well the night before and he was exhausted. Derek dreaded being alone but his thoughts and guilt were more than willing to keep him company. He pulled into his driveway and turned off the engine. His body was sore and stiff from the drive and now he regretted not taking his pain medication before making the drive from Baltimore. Grabbing his go bag from the back seat he headed toward the front door. Just as he put the key in the lock and turned the knob he realized he had company. Morgan quickly turned to face his visitor. The man who looked not much older than James walked toward him stopping just short of the steps. Morgan noticed the brown envelope in his hand. “Derek Morgan?” “That’s me.” The man handed the envelope to Derek. “You’ve been served.” Reluctantly, he took the envelope from the man’s hand and before Morgan could react, the young man disappeared quickly. Stepping inside and closing the door he examined the envelope. It was official looking peaking his curiosity. He had a bad feeling about what he was about to see as he opened the envelope […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 18

Doubletree Hotel – Morning – Penelope panicked when she woke up in bed alone. Her hand immediately went to his side of the bed. It was cold. Jumping up she looked around the room there was no noise coming from the bathroom, no sign of Derek. Her mind was flooded with a dozen doom and gloom scenarios. Her imagination was vivid with him being hurt or worse. His phone was still on the nightstand…he never left his phone. Just as she was about to call the others she heard the door open. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries preceded him as he walked in. He realized the magnitude of his leaving by the wide-eyed look of utter terror on her face. On any other day, him running out for breakfast would have been no big thing, but not now. Suddenly he regretted this simple act. “Damn it, Derek!” “What? I’m sorry I…” “I thought something had happened…that you’d done…” “He quickly set the drink carrier and bag down and rushed toward her pulling her in a sturdy embrace. “Whoa, whoa, Baby, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to make you worry. I just wanted to get us something to eat. I wasn’t thinking.” She suddenly lost her resolve and began crying against his chest. He held her without saying a word. She’d worried about him for weeks now and she’d reached her limit. “I’m sorry. I should have told you where I was going. Forgive me?” She shook her head, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 4

Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening – Penelope sat across the kitchen table watching Kevin slurp his coffee. The sound made her stomach turn and the dribble of coffee on his chin disgusted her. Why did she let him in, she thought to herself. “Kevin, I’m sorry I just left without talking to you first, but…” Slurp! “I have to admit, I was disappointed when I saw your note.” “I’m sorry.” “It meant a lot for me to be able to be there for you, Pen. I am here for you…any time…day or night…if you need me.” “I know Kevin and I appreciate that. I just thought it would be better to be in my own home. Besides, Saraya needs to be around her own things.” “…And Derek? Where does he fit into all of this?” “Derek has been transferred to run the New York office.” Kevin tried hard to restrain his look of pleasure at the news. The further away Morgan was, the better. He looked at the woman across from him. She hadn’t taken a sip from her coffee and perhaps he shouldn’t push his luck so soon. So, reluctantly he stood to leave. Penelope was surprised that she didn’t have to insist that Kevin leave. He stood and so did she and without another word he headed out of the kitchen toward the front door. Just as he reached the front door he turned and looked her seriously in the eyes. “Look Penelope, I’m sure […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 3

Present Day – Home of Derek and Penelope Morgan – Evening – It felt good being back home. Her night at Kevin’s had been uncomfortable and even though he’d been the perfect host, it felt wrong some how. Saraya was happy too and the moment Penelope placed her feet on the floor, the toddler took off running through the house. The cheap hotel room she’d fled to was more an act of defiance than of practicality. The house was quiet she missed Morgan terribly the memory of their last night here brought tears to her eyes. It was horrible and they’d fought non-stop for hours. So much had happened over the last several weeks and she did what she did best. She ran. This wasn’t what she wanted not by a long shot. She loved her husband more than words could describe but as she stood watching her daughter get reacquainted with her home, she wondered if her fairytale marriage had come to an end. New York – Evening – It was after nine when Morgan arrived in New York. The drive had given him alone time to think about the mess his life had suddenly turned into. His fight to save his marriage had been futile and for the life of him he didn’t know how he could have done things different to change the outcome. Penelope had given him an ultimatum, which didn’t sit well with him. He loved her more than his own life but she wasn’t […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 16

Derek was anxious to leave the hospital and head back home to Quantico. He needed distance between him and Chicago, the place where he normally ran to, not from. His mother had already left at his insistence, reluctantly honoring his wishes. Their conversation from the night before still lingered between them there was much more that needed to be said but for now Derek didn’t have the patience and Fran did not have the courage. The team had discussed their suspicions about Derek’s past and had agreed that until he confirmed anything none of them would broach the subject…for now. It was going to be difficult to pretend that things were normal, that this was just another case, but that was exactly what they would have to do to honor Morgan’s need for privacy. Hotch, Rossi, JJ, Penelope and Reid headed to the hospital immediately after breakfast to pick up Morgan. Cruz had instructed that they head back as soon as possible. Already their assistance had been requested in Baltimore, Maryland and he’d assured the lead detective that the entire team would arrive tomorrow morning. Hotch knew the fragile state of his team, not just Morgan but all of them yet his request for down time was refused. He hadn’t told the team that they had a case waiting on their return. He didn’t have the heart. Morgan was putting the last few things in his go-bag as the team pushed through the door. His broad smile caught them all […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 15

“DIG!” Potomac General Hospital – 2 hours later… Penelope had secluded herself in the far corner of the room crying quietly. She’d refused the comfort of her friends shooing them away until they finally realized she was serious and wanted and needed to be alone. The fact that no one had given them an update on Derek’s condition brought her no comfort and no solace. It didn’t matter if she closed her eyes or kept them open it didn’t erase the sight of him lying still in the makeshift coffin. They’d managed to reach him three minutes after Sam’s deadline and he wasn’t breathing. The bruises and cuts on his face and body told her that being buried alive was only half of what he’d endured. She kept asking herself, why? Why was she a magnet for broken deranged men? Men willing to kill her and those she loved without even a second thought. It was foolish to think that this was somehow her fault; that she was responsible for what Savannah, Kevin and Sam had done. Still, she knew she played a role and what she had done to drive the three beyond madness had a price. How could she think she wouldn’t be punished too? “One-one thousand, two-one thousand…breathe! One-one thousand, two-one thousand…breathe, dammit!”  “How’s she holding up?” Rossi handed Hotch a cup breaking him from his thoughts. Taking the seat next to the senior officer, Rossi waited for an answer. “Not good. She just wants to be […]