When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 21

Home of Derek Morgan – Next Morning- “Come on Handsome, if we don’t leave now we’re going to be late.” It had been another sleepless night for both of them. Derek had once again been plagued by nightmares and she’d spent the night helping him wrestle demons to no avail. Yesterday’s phone call had sent him spiraling into a quiet distracted place and he’d walked through the rest of the day on autopilot. She was glad that she’d come back to talk it out with him instead of going to the spa. When she found him in the garage he seemed a million miles away. “I know I don’t deserve to ask, but please don’t give up on me.” The desperation in his voice still resonated in her ears. She’d never heard it before and she’d never seen the dark far away look in his eyes before either. Of course she wouldn’t give up on him, she loved him too much to ever consider that. Today would be a test of that resolve and promise to him. Morgan buttoned the last two buttons of his shirt and grabbed his wallet and phone sliding them both in his pockets. He didn’t want to go but he had no choice. He had no idea who was behind this inquiry or who outside of his team knew the details of his life. He felt panicked as he reached the front of the house where Penelope waited patiently for him. Federal Building- FBI Headquarters […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Internal Affairs Chapter 17

Savannah wiped the corners of her mouth as she watched her new “friend” pull up his zipper and stuff his shirt back into his pants. He was more than willing to find a secluded spot away from pesky surveillance cameras giving them privacy to work out the details of their alliance. His name was Oscar Clark and he was eager to help her in her time of need. The two looked at each other with unashamed smiles on their faces and she had to admit that the young guard had a lot to offer a woman behind bars. Savannah was resourceful if nothing else and more than that she was determined; determined to make Derek and Penelope pay for humiliating her. She didn’t like losing and she definitely had no plans on losing to the likes of Penelope Garcia. “I was serious, you know. Just say the word and I’ll end him.” Savannah smiled as she ran her hand down his chest then helping him with the last few buttons of his shirt. “Thank you lover but I want to be the one who takes the kill shot.” “That’s going to be a little hard to do seeing that you’re locked up, beautiful.” She kissed him thrusting her tongue deeply into his mouth as she pushed him against the wall. “I’m sure you can arrange for a little field trip, can’t you?” “I…I don’t know…” He felt her hand slip past his waistband into his boxers. He leaned his head […]

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 […]