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 20

Angel’s Pizza, Manhattan, New York 10:45pm – It was getting late and just as everyone had gathered their things to head to the hotel, Derek’s phone rang. He pulled it from his pocket and looked at the name on the screen. Shooting a puzzled look toward Dave he stepped away from the group as they continued on toward the SUV’s. “Director Tinsley, how are you, sir?” “I’m sorry I know it’s really late but this can’t wait I’m afraid.” “As long as you’re not calling to say you’re reneging on our agreement.” “No of course not. Although I wish I could get you to change your mind.” “I’m sorry Sir. I really need to get back home.” “Well, New York’s loss is Quantico’s gain. As a matter of fact, I’m calling to ask you to come see me in Quantico tomorrow morning for a debriefing.” “Sure, I guess I can fly back with the team. My wife and daughter will be happy about that.” “It’s settled then. I’ll see you in my office at nine a.m. sharp.” “Yes Sir, I’ll be there.” Derek pocketed his phone and quickly caught up with the group. Everyone had stopped near one of the SUV’s curious as to who was on the phone. “Everything okay?” Hotch asked. “Um, that was Director Tinsley. He wants to see me in the morning. So if it’s okay I’ll fly back with you all tomorrow.” “Of course.” A smile appeared on Penelope’s face as she planted a kiss […]

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 17

Kevin was amazed at how the sound of her voice made him feel. His heart fluttered uncontrollably as she talked a hundred miles a minute. She always rambled when she was nervous or upset and he’d grown to love that about her. Still he was happy to hear her voice…He needed to hear her voice. The fact that she thought to call him at a time like this gave him hope. He pretended that he had just only moments ago heard of the attempt on Morgan’s life and he vowed to stick by her through the whole terrible event. She thanked him profusely and he felt safe in revealing his impulsive travel plans. “Kevin, you’re what? You don’t have to come all the way to New York for me! I’m fine. Besides, Derek is getting released in the morning.” “I know I don’t have to come but I want to. I know how you worry about Derek and I just want to make sure you and Saraya are okay. I need to see that with my own eyes, Penelope.” “Oh…Kevin you are such a sweet man. You’re going to make some lucky lady a great husband one day.” His heart broke as her words yanked him roughly back to reality. He didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning her back. Whether or not Morgan was dead or alive he’d never be able to replace him in her life. Still it didn’t stop him from feeling the pain and […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 13

New York – Apartment of Derek Morgan – Morning – Penelope pulled her sore body from the bed. She was happy and it had been a long time since she’d awakened feeling like the world couldn’t harm her. She wanted to shout and to tell someone that for once it seemed that she had won. She pulled her phone from her purse and just before heading toward the kitchen she peered into her daughter’s room where she still lay sleeping. “Hey Garcie! How’s it going?” “Perfect my blonde bombshell, just perfect!” “So, details, details…” “Well, he was happy to see his daughter…” “And?” “I cooked an amazing dinner…” “Come on you’re killing me! You did tell him about Savannah’s little visit didn’t you?” “I did, I did.” “GARCIA!!!” “Okay, I’m sorry.” She chuckled. “He was heated! I had to really work hard to calm him down.” They were both spent…gloriously so and while still trying to catch his breath he placed her feet back on the wet shower floor. Kissing her one more time while reaching around her to turn off the water he whispered in her ear that the night was not over. Penelope smiled as he took her hand and led her dripping wet to the bed. “Aren’t we going to dry off, Handsome?” Without answering her he returned to the bathroom and after a few seconds returned with two large bath towels. Gently pushing her down flat on the bed, he wrapped one towel around his waist […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 7

The morning briefing had gone well and for the most part Morgan was impressed with the agents now reporting to him. This was definitely a change of pace and he wasn’t sure if he’d ever get used to running this office. The politics and the bureaucratic red tape would keep him trapped inside instead of in the field and he knew that would drive him crazy. The view from his glass walls made him homesick. He desperately wanted to talk to Penelope but he wasn’t sure if she wanted to talk to him. Pulling his phone from his pocket he began absentmindedly twirling it between his fingers. Just as he was about to press one on speed dial the director walked into his office. “How are you settling in?” Derek pocketed his phone and stood. Director Tinsley waved him off and took the seat in front of his desk. “Please, please no need for formality.” Derek took his seat. “So what do you think of our little operation here?” “It’s quite impressive, Sir. Thank you for making the trip from DC to meet me.” “It’s the least I could do after all we’ve been trying to snag you for years now.” “I love Quantico, Sir. It’s home.” “I totally understand. Speaking of which, how does your family like New York?” Derek knew the man was aware of his marital circumstances but he played along. “My wife and I are separated right now…” “Ah, I’m sorry to hear that but hey, […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 2

Derek hated the dark. He knew it was because the dark reminded him that he was defenseless and the control he so desperately needed no longer existed. It was cold the temperature had continually dropped over the last few hours and he assumed that it was now late evening. His stomach growled and his head ached from being hit earlier, he had to find a way out. Then his mind went to Penelope by now she would know something had happened to him and she’d be worried out of her mind. Worse than being taken and held in this hellhole, the thought of her afraid for him and imagining all sorts of things about what had happened to him made his situation unbearable. Kevin was eager to welcome his new guest he’d never felt so empowered and vindicated in his life. The fact that none of them had seen it coming made him smile. Being a disheveled, geek had its advantages after all he snickered. Now it was time to have some fun. Even he noticed the pep in his step and the two large men following behind reminded him that he was the boss. He’d never been the boss before even in his relationship with Penelope he was far from the boss. The blonde beauty called all the shots even in the bedroom he followed her lead like a lovesick puppy. Things were about to change. BAU Headquarters – Evening – “The locals have the area locked down tight. […]

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 […]

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 […]