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, […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 16

2 Weeks Later… Home of Derek Morgan – Morning – It had been a week since Derek’s discharge from the hospital. He’d been allowed back to work on light duty, which meant he was stuck in Quantico when the team was out of town on cases. He hated being left behind but he still wasn’t feeling one hundred percent, which meant he couldn’t protest or complain. The only upside to the whole situation was that it gave him more time to be with Penelope. It was Saturday and it was good to be off. With the rest of the team just returning home from Miami, they’d all agreed to meet at Rossi’s later for dinner. Until then, Morgan had planned to tour a new property that his realtor had alerted him to. Since his release from the hospital, Penelope had been spending her time at his place and he was happy to have her around. He wanted it to be on a permanent basis but he was determined to take it slow; she was still dealing with guilt about everything that had happened with Kevin, Sam and Savannah. The two of them had skirted around the issue for weeks afraid to bring it up as if not speaking on it meant that it hadn’t happened. But it had happened and the nightly nightmares of being buried alive reminded him of that fact. This morning was one of the rare times that Penelope was not there. She’d gotten up early to […]

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 […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 1

Home of Derek Morgan – Evening Derek had made it a point, subconsciously maybe, to return home as late as possible. The last two weeks had been hell and home seemed less like home. Dropping his go-bag at the door he made his way into the kitchen heading straight to the refrigerator to grab a beer. A small fluffy chocolate brown bear lying on the island caught his eye. Setting the beer down he grabbed the bear, his daughter’s favorite and held it to his face inhaling the smell of Saraya’s bubble bath. Derek fought the tears welling in his eyes; he had a rule…no tears…ever. He refused to make an exception, especially now. “It’s over!” His wife’s words and the look of utter disappointment still haunted him. There was nothing he could say, and he’d tried everything but she wouldn’t listen. He hadn’t done anything wrong…he hadn’t done anything right either so he was forced to watch his world crumble before his eyes. He looked around the over-sized kitchen. He’d designed it especially for her. Her culinary skills were limited but her dream was to have a chef’s kitchen and so that was all he needed to make it happen. It had been a few more minutes before he realized that he wasn’t alone in the house. The floorboards in the hallway gave his intruder away. Turning quickly he met the confident gaze of the woman who’d been responsible for his misery. “What are you doing here?” “I thought […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 15

It had been almost an hour since he’d asked them all to leave. He didn’t want to talk and he didn’t want to hear the details of how James had taken his life. More than that, if he heard that it wasn’t his fault one more time he was afraid there would be another body in the morgue. He had held onto the details of his childhood for dear life. Now, he had already seen the pity and sadness in their eyes. They knew…all of them. It was too much to look at his secrets spilled haphazardly on their faces. Until he admitted the truth he knew their thoughts were mere suspicions but like him, they were all profilers and they had just enough of the pieces to put the entire puzzle together. She didn’t knock. If she did he’d asked her to leave. His secrets were all he had left; the only thing he really felt he controlled and now he had to face the fact that they’d all figured it out. Fran slowly stepped into the room and approached his bed. Her son, the boy who’d insisted on being the man of the house when her husband was killed. Who’d become withdrawn and angry and would spend long hours at the community center and then his bedroom. She should have known something was wrong but instead she’d insisted he go and become one of Carl Buford’s boys. “Ma, what are you doing here?” She gently took his hand […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 14

“Where are we going?” Ignoring the question, Gordinski continued to drive. Morgan heard a light snicker come from Rodney as the car continued away from the city center. “My team is looking for me, you know that right?” “Your team.” Gordinski chuckled. “Your team will be too late.” “Yeah, there’s a whole lot of bodies buried around this place that have never been found, right Gordinski?” The older man glanced at his cohort shooting a look through the rearview mirror. “You’d know more about that than I would Rodney.” “Yeah whatever.” “You gonna throw away thirty plus years on the force, Gordinski? Because if you kill a federal agent, you’re done! You’ll spend the rest of your life…” “Shut up!” Then to Gordinski, “Man, let me pop a cap in his ass so I don’t have to listen to his mouth anymore!” “Patience, patience. Besides, we’re almost there.” Home of Cara Harris – “My dad found me in Mr. Buford’s office.” “What were you doing there?” Reid already knew in his gut what the boy would reveal next…it was the same thing that was driving Morgan to continue to elude capture, the same thing that kept him silent about his childhood. “Drinking.” “Drinking?” “Mr. Buford, Carl…he always made me drink wine before…” Instinctively Cara pulled her son to her as if protecting him. It was too late to protect him now the damage had already been done. “It’s okay, son.” Rossi interrupted looking at Reid then at Cara. Guilt and […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 13

“Where am I? I can’t move…I can’t breathe…It’s dark…I hate the dark…” Savannah dialed Sam’s number as she rushed out of the room and down the hall. She couldn’t believe he had the nerve to turn on her but the empty room was proof that he’d done just that. Her call went directly to voicemail. Hotch pulled the SUV next to the old worn out building. Kevin had led them to a forgotten building downtown that hadn’t been used in nearly thirty years. According to Kevin, Sam’s family had purchased the building when he was a boy with the intention of turning it into office space. The couple divorced before the renovation began leaving the place abandoned, until now. She needed a plan; a plan to fix the mess created by her first plan. There was no way she was ready to get caught for what she had done. She picked up speed as she rushed toward the exit. Just as she stepped outside she was met by the last people she wanted to see in life. The day couldn’t get any worse. “Don’t move!” JJ rushed toward her as she slowly raised her hands in the air. All guns and eyes were trained on her. “What’s this about?” Hotch glanced to Rossi then Reid then nodded toward the door. The two rushed inside as JJ and Hotch remained outside with Savannah. “Where’s Derek?” Savannah trying to remain confident turned toward the blonde. “I haven’t seen him since he left […]

Do You Know How Much I Love You? Chapter 18

Epilogue 2 Weeks Later… Derek slowly pulled his tired body to a sitting position. His neck, shoulders and back ached but it didn’t matter. The small whimper of his son made him feel alert as he glanced at the restless bundle mere inches away. This had been the routine for the past two weeks and Derek had resigned himself to the reality that sleep was something from his distant past. Penelope sprung to her feet at the sound of Hank crying. She knew Derek would beat her to him but she still got up and headed toward the living room. She watched from the doorway as he massaged his neck and shoulders trying to work the stiffness out before picking up his son. She knew he was determined to go it alone and that made her sad. “I didn’t buy that couch because it was comfortable. I bought it because it was cute.” Morgan smiled tiredly as he stood looking into the bassinet that had been the first official gift from Hank’s godfather. Spencer had been extremely proud of himself to have found and had it in place before Morgan and Penelope brought Hank home. “I’m sorry if Hank woke you, Baby Girl.” “No apologies needed, Handsome.” Morgan began moving his neck back and forth and rotating his shoulders still trying to work out the stiffness. “You know you don’t have to sleep out here on this couch. There’s plenty of room in my bed.” “Penelope…” “What? It’s not like […]