Soul Purpose Chapter 32

Unknown Medical Facility – Evening – Fran sat by his bedside still remembering the last words she’d said to him. To think that she’d come so close to losing him made her sick to her stomach. She hadn’t spoken two words to him in as many days and she wished she’d handled things differently. “Bella.” Fran was so lost in her thoughts that she didn’t realize he was awake. “Dave…” Quickly wiping the tears from her face she stood and leaned over him planting a kiss on his lips. “No tears, no tears Cara Mia.” “I thought I’d…” “Shh…no, don’t go there, okay?” Fran overcome with emotion was only able to shake her head as she took her seat next to him. “You silly, silly man! I don’t know whether to hug you or kill you myself! AND that son of mine, what was he thinking?” “I’m sorry for making you worry.” “I could have lost you and my son…twice! I’m so angry but I can’t help but thank god for sparing the both of you.” “How’s Derek?” “He’s alive thanks to you and Emily. Speaking of which, when did she get in town?” “She was on her way before we left New York.” Fran was shocked by his answer. “Really? Who else was a part of this? I need to know who else I need to kill?” “Bella.” “No Dave! What you did…both of you…it was thoughtless and unforgiveable. I lost Derek’s father in the line of duty so […]

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The Fall Chapter 20

“Dead? How?” Hotch took a few steps toward the doctor. “We’re not sure. We’ve notified the police and they’ll be here any moment now.” Hotch and the others looked at Derek. None of them wanted to ask the question. It was possible after all he’d been through. He hadn’t been himself…hadn’t been himself for months. Penelope watched the others and saw the questions and assumptions in their eyes. She pushed her own questions and assumptions from her mind as she struggled to make sense of this latest development. He wouldn’t, he couldn’t but he wasn’t Derek-not really…not yet. “They’ll have questions.” Dr. Flores had seen Derek leaving Hamilton’s room a few minutes earlier. She stared at him waiting for him to look up and meet her glare. When he did she saw something, what she didn’t know. He wasn’t going to be taken again. He wasn’t going to be hurt, drugged or…touched…again. He wanted to go home, his real home. Slowly he took a step toward the man who had nearly destroyed him as his mind took him back to a place he wanted to forget. Derek could feel the man’s hands snake around his neck, squeezing and cutting off his air supply. His struggle against the restraints around his wrists began to slow and he could feel himself fading. Just before his eyes closed the man released the grip around his neck. Then he laughed. It wasn’t funny, not funny at all. “I like you, Darren; I can call […]

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The Fall Chapter 19

Atlanta General Hospital – “Wake up, Hamilton, since when have you been a sound sleeper?” “Evelyn, darling. He replied still with his eyes closed. “The least you can do is open your eyes.” Hamilton complied opening his eyes and giving her one of his toothy smiles. The Calvary, he thought as he watched her come closer. She’d always been a desperate pushover, clueless to his scandalous dealings and extramarital trysts. She’d take care of everything, just like always. “You came, how sweet of you.” “Did you think I wouldn’t?” “How did you find out?” “Don’t trouble yourself with the how’s and why’s of my visit, husband.” “Listen, I’m in a little bit of a jam here. Call Harry and have him fly down and take care of this! They’ll be discharging me in a day or so and I really don’t want to spend a moment in…” “Really, Hamilton? When this gets out, Harry will be far too busy protecting my good name to worry about you. Besides, I’m just as much a victim here as the poor Agent Morgan!” “But…” “I won’t allow your mess to sully my name and reputation. My attorney will be building a case for the poor grieving wife…” “Grieving?”   “Yes, grieving.” Then Hamilton saw the broad, confident smile spread across his wife’s face. He’d only seen it a few times over the years and it always meant trouble for him. No one knew his wife like he did. She wasn’t the sweet, innocent […]

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Soul Purpose Chapter 31

Avery alerted Emily as he watched Tinsley from the monitors. The man seemed anxious as he stood waiting for entrance into the building. Common sense would dictate to leave the man outside in the chilly D.C. air after all, he was a cold-blooded killer and his intentions were clear. He wanted to kill one of his patients and anyone who stood in his way. Tinsley was the Director of the FBI and he was one of a handful of people whose security clearance gave him access. So despite the feelings of doom, Avery made his way down the elevator toward the front of the building. He prayed that Dave and Emily were ready and knew what they were doing. This was their work not his and he didn’t want what they did for a living brought here into his world. But these were desperate times and his choice in the matter had been taken away. Avery couldn’t help but feel Emily had used his love for her to her advantage and he didn’t like it, not one bit. “Director Tinsley, Dr. Avery Peterson.” Avery stepped aside to let the man inside. “Where is he?” “Excuse me?” “Agent Morgan. Where is he?” “I’m sorry I…” “Listen to me, Doctor If you don’t want this place shut down you’ll tell me right now where my agent is!” “With all due respect, director, this place belongs to me and I don’t think you should be here. So, if you don’t mind…” “Doctor Peterson, […]

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The Fall Chapter 16

Atlanta General – Evening – He was alone and for that he was grateful. He had no idea how long he’d been asleep since the woman Fran, had visited him. The pain in his gut had subsided to a dull roar and his chest and abdomen felt as if a fire had just been put out but the embers were still smoldering. He felt miserable but he relished in the quiet and the solitude. He didn’t want to see anyone or hear stories of a childhood he didn’t remember. His mind was a jumbled mess and still no one would tell him anything about Savannah. He hated hospitals, the narrow bed and the tasteless food was unbearable. The clock on the wall said, six twenty-seven and his growling stomach confirmed the fact that he hadn’t eaten since breakfast. He needed to stretch, to stand to run. Slowly, he sat up on the edge of the bed. He tried his legs and as his feet hit the cold tile floor he felt a surge of energy and determination to get out of the gray room and out into the light. Penelope hadn’t been back in Derek’s room since he’d collapsed on the floor of his hospital room. The sight of him seizing stiffly before her was something she never hoped to see again. Now she sat alone in a small conference room two floors down. The hospital had generously given the team the space to gather without being disturbed. A detective […]

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The Fall Chapter 15

Atlanta General Hospital – Evening – “Come home safe, my love.” “That’s the plan Baby Girl.” He pulled her close and inhaled. The smell of jasmine seemed and felt like a power source from heaven. He didn’t want to let her go but the others were waiting for him. “Come on Romeo!” He kissed the woman on the lips and looked over her shoulder as the elevator opened. The other Blonde smiled and shook her head while holding the door open for him. “I gotta go.” He whispered in her ear. He could tell she was trying to hold back the tears. He didn’t know why she was sad but it made him determined to come back to her. “Come back to me.” “Always, always.” He let her go and took a step backwards into the elevator. She tried to smile past her tears as he waved and smiled back at her. “I’ll always come home he whispered to himself.” Then she disappeared behind the steel doors. He looked ahead counting, five, four, three, two, one… The car came to a slow squeaky halt bouncing slightly as the doors opened. “Savannah?” He felt strong arms around his as he was pushed out of the elevator. “What took you guys so long? We have work to do.” “No! No, you’re not supposed to be here.” “Bring him HERE!” He knew that voice, deep, taunting and evil like…no…it can’t be…he’s dead…he’s…don’t touch me, don’t!” “Man up, boy! Look up to the sky!” […]

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The Fall Chapter 7

“You’re…what? No, that can’t be.” His response caught her off guard. It was not what she’d envisioned in her head. “Baby…” “Savannah, you knew the rules. I thought you understood how things were. This was just for fun nothing else. Come on now, that’s one of the things I love about you.” “I know but…I fell in love with you and I thought…” “You thought what?” “I…” “Come on Savannah, I’m a married man. I’m not leaving my wife and a baby is not going to change that.” “Hamilton, I love you!” “And I love you but this isn’t about love. My wife is a very rich and very powerful woman. If she knew about a baby, she’d destroy us both.” “But you don’t love her, you love me.” “Maybe and maybe not. I’m not leaving my wife, Savannah not for you not for anyone.” Hamilton pulled the distraught Savannah into his arms and gently kissed her on the top of her head. He loved her he really did in his own way just like he had loved the others before her. It always ended this way but he’d been careless with this one. Savannah had managed to get under his skin but he couldn’t no, he wouldn’t let her ruin things for him. There was too much at stake. “Savannah, you’re young and in a few years you’ll forget I ever existed. So this is how it’s going to be. It’s the best thing for both of us. This […]

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The Fall Chapter 5

Home of Darren and Savannah Matthews – Atlanta, GA – Evening – Savannah frowned at the burnt casserole that seemed to get more and more unsightly by the minute. Some things hadn’t changed she chuckled to herself. So, turning off the oven she headed upstairs to find her husband. Darren closed his eyes and let his forehead rest on the cold tile. The hot water felt good against his skin. It had been a long day and he needed to find a way to get back in Savannah’s good graces. He seemed to be letting her down a lot lately and he wasn’t sure how to fix things. He wanted to make her happy; it was all that was important all that he lived for. He didn’t realize that she had entered the bathroom until the cool air hit his back as she joined him in the shower. Startled from his thoughts, he turned to face her. Darren watched as she grabbed the sponge and the body wash. “Savannah, what…?” She silenced him before he could finish his question with a passionate kiss on his lips. Then she poured the liquid on the sponge and returned the bottle to the ledge where it had been earlier. “Turn around.” “I-I…” “Shh…” So obediently, he turned to face the wall. “I’m sorry I disappointed you, Baby.” He felt the sponge slowly rub against his back. “No, I was wrong for getting upset. I know that isn’t who you really are. I need […]

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The Fall Chapter 4

Savannah listened for the sound of the door closing. Grabbing her phone from her purse nearby she moved to her bedroom window and watched as he ran toward the street. Once he was out of sight she looked at her phone and placed a call. “He’s on his way.” It was dark and cold. Darren hated running in the dark and he hated the cold but here he was running as if his life depended on it. She needed some space he could understand that after all, his wife had had high hopes for him and his business. Too bad his desires and hopes were not the same as hers. Running helped him clear his head of the cobwebs and relieved the stress that seemed to be building in his mind. Marcos hated Atlanta. Six months travelling back and forth and spending time away from his family was not his idea of a good time but it paid well. He’d even gotten used to the waiting and the hiding in dark shadows for the man to round the corner. He was a creature of habit, a slave to fitness and an obedient husband. She had him where she wanted him but things hadn’t been as easy as she’d expected. That’s where he came in. Marcos was good at what he did and he’d been a part of this whole twisted plan from the beginning. The good doctor called him the little insurance policy…the good hands, the one who plugged the […]

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The Fall Chapter 3

Home of Dave and Fran Rossi – Dave had decided to stay home this morning and he was glad he did. His wife had been struggling and with every passing day, week and month he watched her helplessly slip further into despair. She continued to apologize to him for not being able to move past the fact that her only son had disappeared into thin air. Dave continued to assure her that she had nothing to apologize for. Still, Fran had fallen into the habit of crying uncontrollably during those times when she thought she was alone. Today was no different. Dave had offered to run out for breakfast and when he returned Fran was sitting alone in their bedroom, thumbing through a photo album. She’d paused on a picture of Derek and his sisters. Judging by the picture, Derek looked to be about thirteen. Flanked on each side by his sisters, the smile on the young boy’s face didn’t seem to match the sadness in his eyes. “That’s not going to bring him back Bella.” Fran slowly ran her fingers across the picture before closing the album and turning to face her husband. “I miss him. I miss him so much, Dave.” “I know you do. I miss him too, we all do.” “It doesn’t make sense. It’s been six months and still…” Dave rushed to her side and sat next to her on the bed. He had no answers and no words to explain what was happening. So, […]

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