Will You Marry Me? Chapter 5

Penelope slowly made her way down the hall careful not to be seen by the others. She stopped in front of Derek’s office placing her hand lightly on the gold nameplate in front of her. With her other hand she turned the knob, pushed the door open and quickly stepped inside. She closed her eyes as she inhaled his cologne and imagined him behind his desk and looking up with a smile to greet her. She imagined the wheels turning in his head as no doubt he would be thinking about all the things he wanted to do to her and had done to her in that office. Then she imagined smiling back at him knowingly and hoping he’d make some of those thoughts a reality. Then she fought against the heaviness in her chest as she wondered if she’d get to him in time to save him. She moved toward his desk opening the small top drawer on the left. He kept a key there and seeing it she grabbed it and headed toward the far wall. A new picture that sat on the bookcase nearby caught her eye. She remembered the night it was taken and it made her smile. Las Vegas, NV – 2 Weeks Ago… “Wow, I don’t believe we just did that!” She exhaled. “Damn woman, what was that move?” He moaned as he collapsed next to her. “No silly! I mean I don’t believe we just got married!” “Well we did and now you’re […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 23

Flashback continues… “Excuse me? What did you just say?” “I need you to help me end my life.” “Derek…what the hell!” “I just closed a case and…” “The one with the dirty agents?” “Yeah.” “So you closed a case. Go home to your family and fix things with Penelope.” “That’s just it, I don’t think it’s finished. The director wants it closed but…” “But what?” “It was too easy and I think the three men that were arrested were just the tip of a very large iceberg.” “This is bringing back some really bad memories.” “I know and that’s why I need your help. You faked your death to protect the rest of us. I need to fake mine to protect my family and the team.” “Do you remember what happened the last time…?” “I remember and I get it now. I know why you did what you did.” “And you know the damage it caused. I almost lost all of you for good. I think Reid is still pissed at me even though he’ll never admit it.” Several minutes passed before she said another word. The silence was thick and he knew he was asking a lot of her. He wanted to tell her that she owed him for all the months he’d searched for answers to her ‘death’ and he wanted to threaten to send her the bills for all of his therapy hours but he didn’t. He knew that what he was asking wasn’t fair to her […]

Will You Marry Me? Chapter 4

“Derek? Derek! DEREK!” The next seconds…minutes felt like an eternity. Penelope held her breath as her hope faded. The silence was deafening as she searched the faces of her teammates for a logical explanation for the silence. “Please say something Hot Stuff!” She whispered desperately. “I’m sorry, Derek can’t come to the phone right now.” Then the phone call ended. It was her only line to him and now nothing but the dull buzz humming in her ear mockingly telling her that they would be too late to save him. Unknown Location – Kevin watched as Larry rushed into the small room where his friend Harry lay lifeless on the floor. “He’s DEAD!” He yelled. Kevin sent his foot slamming into Morgan’s side determined not to make the same mistake twice. “You’ll pay for what you did, Hot Stuff!” There was nothing more than a low moan as Kevin kicked him again. Convinced that he wasn’t going to get up he poked his head into the room while Larry knelt at his friend’s side. “I’m going to kill him!” “Not yet I still have plans for him. Once I get my Plum Sauce here then you can do whatever you want to him.” Larry nodded as he wiped the hot tears from his face. “Now what?” “Take him to the box…time to heat things up!” Kevin snickered. “Yes, Sir.” BAU Headquarters – “Garcia, anything on the trace?” “No, nothing! Hotch we have to find him! Please we have to find […]

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 12

New York – Evening – He loved her cooking but tonight was the best meal he’d ever had. She was a great cook and he was overjoyed. Sitting down for dinner with his girls made the food taste even better. Saraya was in her own world making an utter mess of the mash potatoes and gravy. Penelope had cut up her steak in tiny pieces and she’d even managed to make a mess of that along with her peas. Both Derek and Penelope chuckled at the little girl who was a perfect blend of them both. “This was amazing, Baby Girl.” “Why thank you, Handsome.” “Did you go grocery shopping because all I had in the refrigerator was water, milk and a few frozen hamburger patties?” “Let’s just say the market on the corner delivers.” “Oh yeah since when?” “Since Savannah decided to come all the way here from Quantico to bring you two bags of groceries, that’s when!” “She what?” Penelope knew that this was going to be a heated conversation she could see the questions and the anger in his eyes. Then she looked over at her daughter who’d done all she was going to do with her meal. This was a conversation that she didn’t want to have with her around. “Talk to me, Garcia!” “Oh yeah not a conversation for baby’s ears.” She thought to herself. Penelope stood and moved toward their daughter grabbing a towel to wipe her hands and face. “I’ll tell you what, […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 11

Leo watched Morgan closely from the shadows of cyberspace. He had to admit that his computer skills were pretty good considering he normally had someone back in Quantico to do his snooping for him. In fact most special agents knew very little about computers beyond searching for a nearby pizza joint. But not this special agent he was quite adept at finding his way around with the help of the bureau’s search engines. Even though his agent buddies were confident that they had hidden their dirty deeds where no one could find them, Leo knew that his new boss wasn’t just anyone. So, even if the others weren’t worried he was. Penelope had managed to pull together the makings of a pretty good meal for the three of them. The expensive steaks that Savannah had bought would go great with the baked potatoes and the other groceries the good doctor had purchased at the corner market. With the steaks marinating in the refrigerator and the potatoes baking in the oven all that was missing was her husband. Penelope had taken the liberty of pulling the sheets off of the bed and washing them while Saraya watched her favorite video that she’d brought with her. The thought of making love to her husband on sheets that Savannah had touched made her stomach wretch. One hour later… “Where the HELL have you been?” “Work? I do work for a living you know!” “I called you before I left New York! You should […]

Soul Purpose Chapter 9

New York – Morning – Savannah was excited about being back in the city. It had been almost five years since she’d visited New York and she’d fallen instantly in love with the life and movement and culture that seemed to cover every square inch. She’d suggested spending a quiet weekend here with Derek once but he insisted that his job wouldn’t allow the time away. She brushed the thought from her mind vowing to stay positive and to make the next two days unforgettable for both of them. FBI Headquarters – Morgan found the offices as he had left them the night before, empty. He’d gotten up while it was still dark and showered and dressed. Normally, he would be home in bed savoring the last few moments of precious time cuddled with his wife and anticipating the pitter-patter of little feet entering and breaking the silence in the room. Not now; now he dreaded mornings and the silence was like an anvil on his chest making it hard to breathe. He needed his family back. Nothing worked without Penelope and Saraya by his side. Now was not the time to dwell on the things he could not change. The matter of five dead people, two of them federal agents was his focus. He couldn’t afford to slip up and get careless. His instincts not to trust where on high alert and he hated having to assume that the very people he worked side by side with were potential […]

When Truth Comes Knocking Chapter 22

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha ## Morgan stood shaking looking at his ragged reflection in the mirror. He’d sought refuge in the men’s room locking the door behind him. He couldn’t get the water cold enough to wash away the sting of being exposed and reminded of his sins. His knuckles were white as he clung desperately to the small porcelain basin remembering the prayers of his youth. He’d prayed that he was the only one; the only one chosen by Carl…but he wasn’t the only one…not by a long shot. He couldn’t ignore Jamal’s admission and resemblance. His old mentor had a type… suddenly, his stomach wretched sending him spiraling toward the sink. There was a knock at the door…a banging…a persistent demand for entrance. Morgan grabbed a handful of paper towels and dried his face and hands. Taking another glance at his reflection he grimaced as he headed toward the door. His hands were still shaking even as he unlocked and opened the door. Her terrified eyes and tear stained face met him in anticipation of a sign that told her that he was okay. “I’m fine…really I’m okay.” He’d read her mind. “I was worried…” “Don’t. I don’t want you worrying about me.” He stepped around her and whispered. “I’m not worth it.” “Derek, talk to me.” “I just want this to go away…” Penelope gently pulled him into her arms. Derek wrapped his arms around her waist […]