Title: Onset of winter
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Prompt for 10_snuggles: #4 Umbrella
Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to CBS. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time.
Summary: Part 6/10 of The cuddling series. His arms and legs felt numb and he wasn’t even sure he was walking anymore. Winter totally sucked!
Winter sucked! It most definitely was the worst time of the year. It was cold and wet – especially this morning – and Derek Morgan was freezing to death.
Why on earth did it have to be snowing? Seriously, what was snow good for?! Especially this annoying mixture of mud, snow and rain that was coming down from the sky this morning. It was soaking his clothes so slowly that at first he didn’t even notice. But eventually it reached his skin and by that time it seemed to have already frozen his clothes completely.
He almost couldn’t move anymore. His arms and legs felt numb and he wasn’t even sure he was walking anymore. Winter totally sucked!
Of course, if he’d had an umbrella the slush wouldn’t have drenched his clothes so much. Okay, maybe it would have still reached his jeans – but not his whole freaking wardrobe! He wouldn’t feel so damn cold on his way to work this morning!
Hadn’t it just been last week that they’d had their Thanksgiving dinner outside?! It hadn’t been that cold then. In fact, Derek had felt very much warm near the fire and with his baby girl snuggled up close against him. If only he could go back to that place now! Or if he was at least anywhere near the office and his favorite girl. She’d surely have an idea how to make him feel warmer.
Derek smiled at the thought of that. But only for a second before reality brutally got back to him. It was still at least half a mile before he reached the office – if he reached it at all. He so totally wasn’t dressed for this weather. His jacket was too thin and at the same time too heavy. Or maybe this was just the goddamn slush!
He cursed the weather and his stupidity for not dressing appropriately and forgetting his umbrella. He cursed the whole world for seemingly having conspired against him. If only he was at the bureau already!
Why exactly hadn’t he just taken his SUV? Oh, right, because the roads were completely blocked due to the sudden onset of winter in the freaking beginning of December! And there had been no possible way that he’d made it to work in time through the traffic. And due to the winter his bike hadn’t been an option either.
So his only chance had been taking the subway – which also meant a ten minutes walk from the station to the bureau. A walk through a slush storm that was soaking his clothes and blinding him so badly he almost missed the entrance to the FBI building. Winter totally completely sucked!
He snarled something that with a lot of fantasy passed for a good morning at the young man behind the desk and headed for the elevators. He needed to change. Thank goodness he had his ready bag locked in Penelope’s office. And once again she was going to be his rescue.
Only five minutes later he was standing in the door to her office and opened his mouth to ask for his ready bag. But unfortunately by that time he was so cold that all he could do was crump because he was shaking so badly.
“Derek!” Penelope exclaimed, jumped up from her chair, pulled him into her office, closed the door and started to pull at his clothes all in what seemed to be one movement.
“We need to get you out of the wet clothes!” she explained when he gave her a puzzled look and the next second she practically ripped his jacket off.
Derek wanted to say something but all he could do was nod. Damn, why did this slush have to be so cold?! He couldn’t even move to help her free him from his clothes because he still couldn’t feel his arms nor his legs. And it seemed that his brain had stopped working. At least he wasn’t thinking anymore because his mind was busy keeping him alive.
Otherwise he certainly would have noticed the awkwardness of the situation. Not that they weren’t close but Penelope undressing him down to only his boxers… They were still far from being that close. Not to mention that he’d pictured that moment very much differently.
And then she did something that banned the last thoughts from Derek’s mind. She grabbed a blanket from her chair – she’d told him that due to the cooling system for her babies she sometimes felt cold in her office, especially in winter – and took a step forward to wrap him up in it. Then she wrapped both her arms tightly around him and snuggled up as close to him as humanly possible.
“W… W… What?” was all he managed to stumble.
“I’m trying to warm you.” Penelope explained. “I heard that if the blood runs back from your extremities too fast your heart might stop beating. I don’t know if it’s true but it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?”
“Y… Yeah.” he smiled into her hair and closed his eyes. For a long time they were just standing in Penelope’s office, snuggled up close to each other, and Derek slowly felt the feeling coming back into his arms and legs.
“Thanks, baby girl.” he eventually managed to say once his shaking had completely subsided.
“You’re welcome.” she smiled against his chest. “What the hell were you doing out there without an umbrella?”
“I forgot it at home.” he shrugged.
Penelope broke free from the embrace and slapped his chest: “You could have died. You’re totally not dressed for the weather outside. I thought you were from
Derek couldn’t help but grin at that. Sometimes his girl sounded a lot like his mother. “To be honest, I just wanted to give you a reason to cuddle with
“Oh” she giggled slightly as she watched him change into some clothes from his ready bag, “you could have just asked me, you know.”
“Well then” he grinned widely, “come back and cuddle with me, I’m still not completely warm.”
“Hm, let’s see what I can do about that.” she grinned back at him and closed her eyes as she wrapped her arms back around him and leaned her head against his chest.Sighing contentedly Derek wrapped her up in his arms and took in the sweet scent of her hair. Maybe winter didn’t entirely suck.