Title: For better or worse – part 2
Disclaimer: nothing’s mine, it all belongs to CBS and so on
Summary: Sequel-sequel to ‘Twelve hours’ and ‘Nightmares and other after effects’. Derek gets some advice from Hotch.
warnings: Well, these two just can't keep their hands off each other. :)
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AN: Special thanks to Gretchen for beta-reading this story.
Everyone had noticed the difference, after almost five weeks even Spencer hadn’t missed it. Something was going on, that was obvious. Derek kept opening the doors for Penelope, brought her tea instead of coffee and made sure she left the office before eight p.m. Every morning when they had their usual briefing he led her to her chair and helped her to sit down. Last time he’d acted that overprotective had been right after her shooting. But since Garcia hadn’t been shot or otherwise wounded recently, everyone was wondering what had caused Derek’s behavior.
Penelope on the other hand was less than happy with Derek’s care for her. She was rolling her eyes or shaking her head whenever he couldn’t see it. She gave him deprecating stares from time to time to which he just reacted with an insecure smile. JJ and Spencer had betted that Penelope was going to explode within the next three days.
“Since we don’t have any case at the moment” Derek smiled at the other team members after Hotch had officially dismissed them from the briefing room. “What about lunch? I’ll pay.”
“Really?” Emily raised both her eyebrows. “In this case, I’ll gladly accept.”
Derek led them to the restaurant round the corner. He’d been there with Penelope quite a few times and knew that she liked the food.
“Okay, do you want to tell us now what’s going on with you?” JJ asked after they’d ordered their lunch.
Derek smiled and took Penelope’s hand in his. “You know, that is exactly why I invited you for lunch. I… We have something important to tell you.”
Penelope’s heartbeat sped up a little. How would the others react? Hopefully Hotch wouldn’t suspend her.
Smiling he locked eyes with Penelope and said. “We’re gonna have a baby.”
Three jaws dropped. Only Hotch was smiling. He had known it immediately when he’d seen Derek act so overprotective and noticed how he kept stroking her abdomen almost every time they touched.
After a second of speechlessness JJ shrieked and hugged her two friends exuberantly.
“That’s great.” Spencer smiled and hugged them as well.
“Congratulations.” Hotch and Emily said simultaneously and then smiled a little sheepishly.
“Um… there’s something more.” Derek said a little nervously.
Penelope gave him a querying look: “There is?”
He nodded and pulled a little gift out of his pocket. It was rectangular and wrapped in red paper. “I have a little present for you.” Derek smiled and handed her the packet.
“I like presents.” she grinned and ripped open the little packet. When she opened the box her jaw dropped. She stared into the box, at Derek and then back into the box. “Derek…” she gasped. This couldn’t be real, she was dreaming.
“What is it? What is it?” JJ wanted to know.
“We’re gonna get married.” Derek smiled his eyes still fixed on Penelope. “That is, if you want me.” He took the ring out of the box and knelt down in front of the beautiful blonde. “Penelope Garcia, will you marry me?”
Tears sprung to her eyes. She had never in her life expected to hear those words from Derek Morgan. But there he was, kneeling in front of her making the proposal. Can someone give me a pinch, please?! I have to be dreaming. “Yes.” she finally whispered and pulled him up into her arms.
Derek smiled and put the ring on her finger. “I love you.” he whispered and leaned down.
“I love you.” Penelope answered in an equally low voice and leaned up to meet him in a long soft kiss.
“Awwww!” JJ and Emily sighed.
Penelope and Derek jumped a little suddenly remembering that they were not alone. But they both couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear when Derek wrapped his arm around her waist and Penelope leaned her head against his shoulder.
“Let me see the ring!” JJ commanded reaching out for Penelope’s hand. “Wow, it’s beautiful!” she stated eyeing the piece of jewelry.
“It must have cost you a month’s salary!” Penelope frowned a little.
“Don’t worry about that.” Derek smiled and kissed her temple. “Only the best for my baby girl. And actually I was planning to do this for quite some time so I’d saved a little money.”
Her smile grew even wider at his words. “You know I would have accepted without a ring.”
“I’m sure about that, buttercup.” he smiled. “But I wouldn’t have asked you without one.”
JJ grabbed Spencer’s hand under the table which made him jump a little. But when he saw the wide grin on her face, he couldn’t help but smile himself.
The romantic scene in front of their eyes was interrupted when the waitress brought their lunch. Nonetheless everyone – even Hotch – was smiling the whole time while they finished their meals in complete silence.
After Derek had paid the bill and everyone was heading back for the Bureau, Hotch gently grabbed his arm. “You know, you should grant Garcia some air to breath during her pregnancy. I’m sure she appreciates that you take care of her but you should be careful not to overdo it. She’s not ill and she can still do everything she could do beforehand.”
Derek grimaced a little: “That bad, huh?”
“Yep.” Hotch nodded. “Spencer and JJ have a bet going on when Garcia will eventually freak out on your behavior.”
“Wow, that’s even worse than I thought.” Derek sighed and ran his hand over his head.
“I understand that you are worried about her and the baby.” Hotch said and gently placed his hand on Derek’s shoulder. “But trust me, you should calm down a little. She has her doctors to take care of her and the baby and they will tell the two of you if there’s anything to be worried about or anything she shouldn’t do. I… was as worried as you were when Haley was pregnant.” he admitted.
“Did you manage to calm down?” Derek wanted to no.
Hotch shrugged. “Yeah, I think it was when I realized that she was planning to kill me and get away with it.”
Derek smirked and then nodded. He could do that! He didn’t have to be that overprotective. Well, at least he hoped so.
“Not that I want to complain.” Penelope smirked and looked up at him. “But what exactly have I done to deserve such passionate love making?”
He smiled putting a wet strand behind her ear and replied: “First of all the fact that I simply can’t take my hands off you. And Hotch told me it was okay until your doctor tells us that it’s not.”
“And you needed Hotch to figure that out?” she raised an eyebrow.
Derek chuckled: “Yeah, seems like I did.”
Sighing she laid her head back on his shoulder. “I guess I have to thank him as soon as we’re back at the Bureau. I was honestly worried that you wouldn’t touch me very often during the next seven months and I would have to seduce Reid.”
“Reid?” he raised both eyebrows in disbelief. “Why him of all people?”
Penelope giggled: “Don’t you remember you wanted to send him to me when I asked you for a night of passionate love making?”
“Right.” he grinned. “You know I just said that because I wanted to hear that you want ME and not him, don’t ya?”
She ran her fingernails over his chest and replied: “Don’t tell me you need to hear that it was only you I wanted all my life.”
“Nope” his grin grew wider. “I already knew that. But still it’s candy to my ears.”
“Oh, you definitely know how to put a smile on a girl’s face.” she chuckled.
Derek started to caress her neck with his fingertips. He’d soon found out that this was one of her erogenous zones. “How about another smile?” he teased, leaned down and started to nibble on the soft skin with his teeth. “And another one… and another one.”
She giggled. “Are we back to the ‘this is only about sex’?” she teased him back and shrieked when he bit her neck.
“You want me to stop?” he breathed into her ear.
After all these months he was still able to send pleasurable shivers down her spine. “Don’t even dare think about it!” she whispered.
Smiling he whirled her around so that he was on top of her and started to cover her body with soft kisses. Her fingernails gently scratched his back. They had left so many marks there and Derek smiled at the prospect of making his future wife leave some more there.
Penelope gasped and bit her lower lip when he finally reached his target. Derek knew way too well how to make her…
The ringing of his cell phone immediately brought them back to reality.
“God, I swear I’ll kill the guy who invented the phone.” Penelope growled.
“You’re a little too late for that.” Derek gave her an apologizing smile as he picked up. “Man, this better be VERY important.”
“Um… we have a case in
“Damn it, Reid.” Derek sighed. “Do you know that you have the worst timing in the world?!”
“N… No.” he stumbled. “Why? Am I disturbing you or something?”
Derek rolled his eyes. Reid could be so damn slow on the uptake! Derek was way too annoyed and he loved to rankle Spencer Reid way too much so the words escaped his mouth before he even had a chance to think about them: “Well, let’s think about it. Last time you saw me I was heading home with a beautiful woman so MAKE A GUESS!”
“Oh…” Derek could practically hear him blush on the other end and felt at least a little contented. “I… I’m sorry.”
Suddenly realizing what he’d just admitted Derek grumbled: “Reid, if you tell anyone you are dead, clear?”
“Crystal.” he replied. “The plane takes off tomorrow at 10 a.m.”
“Tomorrow?” Derek shouted at him. “And you called me NOW?”
“I… um… thought you… well, maybe would rather know it in advance.” Spencer mumbled.
When Penelope heard Spencer’s name she’d been disappointed. It meant they had a new case. When she heard the word ‘tomorrow’ however she was relieved. It meant they still had plenty of time to continue what they had just been doing.
When Derek saw the lecherous look in her eyes all his anger about Spencer was gone. “Reid, I’ll see you tomorrow.” he said and wanted to hang up… immediately!
“Yeah, and Derek… I’m really sorry. I mean, I thought I was doing you a favor because it always annoys me when I’m informed too late about…”
Derek wasn’t even listening when Penelope’s hand arrived where it definitely should not be while he was on the phone with Reid. No wait! Her hand is just perfect right where it is. The problem here is REID!
“Reid!” Derek snarled through gritted teeth, he simply couldn’t wait a second longer! “Tomorrow!”“Oh, yeah, right… sorry.” Reid stumbled and finally hung up.