Title: Secret Santa
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Prompt for 10_snuggles: #10 Gift
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 8/10 of The cuddling series. Penelope had suggested playing secret Santa.
When she’d suggested this, Penelope had thought it was a good idea. After all, they were like a family and they most definitely knew each other well enough to be a secret Santa for each other. Of course, she hadn’t known that Derek would pick Agent Todd of all people!
And she wouldn’t have known either if Derek hadn’t asked HER for advice. Of course, Penelope didn’t want him to know that she was jealous – but she was. Why on earth did the replacement while JJ was on her maternity leave have to be some hot chocolate colored agent – exactly Derek’s type?!
Okay, if it wasn’t Agent Todd then it was some other hot thin chick with chocolate-colored skin who never ate anything or some ‘shaped’ girl with fake breasts, fake lips and no fat anywhere on her body. Sometimes she told herself that Derek wasn’t all that choosy if only the girl was thin. But she knew it wasn’t true. He liked to flirt and to take his hook ups home. And there was always a new Agent Todd. Penelope knew that she had to get used to it!
But knowing that and actually putting up with it were two different things.
Penelope sighed as she wrapped her present for Emily in colorful paper. Whom was she trying to deceive?! Derek wasn’t interested in her, not this way – Agent Todd being there for him to drool over or not. She just wasn’t his type. Agent Todd was. And she had to get over it! After all, Derek was her best friend and the best looking man on earth. She should want him to be happy – or just have some fun.
But why then had it seemed that Derek had been wooing her over the past months? Well, maybe she’d misinterpreted that. Or maybe he’d just lost his interest in her. Maybe all that had caused Derek to act this way had been the fact that she had been with someone else. And now that Kevin had been out of the picture for a while…
Sighing once more Penelope put on her best smile, stepped out of her office and walked into the bullpen where she put her present onto the table with all the other nicely packed presents. And she saw the present Derek had neatly wrapped in green paper – and she knew EXACTLY what was inside the box. A pair of earrings. Earrings! What guy gave earrings to a girl if he didn’t have intentions?!
“Well, baby girl” Derek smiled as he handed her a glass of punch, “I gotta admit this was a really good idea. We should do this every year.”
“Yeah.” she grumbled and downed the liquid in one go. It wasn’t exactly what she needed right now, but at least it contained some alcohol.
“Whoa, easy, sweetness!” Derek took the glass from her. “Is everything alright?”
“I’m great” she snarled, “perfect in fact. Can we FINALLY open those presents?”
“What’s wrong with you?” he frowned. “Normally you’re the one spreading the Christmas feeling here and now you’re being the Grinch?”
“Oh, well, maybe I’m just not feeling like Christmas this year.” she hissed. Yeah, of course, she should want Derek to be happy with the good looking, hot, thin woman that was now walking towards them. The problem was, she didn’t.
“Baby girl…” Derek tried.
“Don’t baby girl me!” she interrupted him and rushed past Agent Todd. “Excuse me!”
“Wow, she’s having a bad day, huh?”
Derek sighed in frustration. He had been looking forward to this evening because of the special gift he’d gotten but now that Penelope seemed to be peeved… What on earth had he done wrong this time?
Hotch announced that it was time for the presents and he as the boss went to the table and picked the first one. Grinning he handed it to Reid who immediately ripped it open. Of course, it was a book. Everyone would give Reid a book. Well, everyone except for Penelope who had gotten him a candle light dinner with JJ for his birthday this year.
The next present was for Rossi and it was a book as well – so everyone knew that it was very likely that Reid had been Rossi’s secret Santa.
Penelope took her present but refused to open it since she was busy drinking more punch.
Shrugging slightly Hotch took the next present from the table and handed it to Agent Todd.
That was it! Penelope needed to get out of there. She just couldn’t watch her open that present and she most definitely didn’t want to see her reaction. So she disappeared into her office and hoped that no one noticed her sneaking away.
But Derek did. And he followed her. And only two minutes after she’d thought she was finally alone he knocked at her door. “Sweetness?”
“Go away!” she half-slurred. “I’m not in the mood.”
Ignoring her plead Derek stepped inside and closed the door behind him. “Okay, that’s enough! Tell me what’s wrong with you, now!” he commanded.
“Don’t you want to go get your kiss?” she snorted and sat down in her chair, turning her back at him.
“What?” Derek asked puzzled.
“Oh, well, I’m sure Agent Todd will like her present!” she mumbled.
Derek’s eyes widened. Was she actually jealous? Was she really jealous of
“Oh, yeah, and you were just trying to be nice.” she snarled.
“C’mon, this is a secret Santa.” Derek tried to defend himself. “I mean, the earrings could as well have been from you or Emily. She won’t know, so what’s the problem?”
This time she didn’t answer.
“Or are you jealous?” he guessed and he knew that he was right.
But still he didn’t receive an answer.
Sighing Derek took a step closer and said: “Look, I really just tried to be a little helpful so that
“Jordan.” was all Penelope said.
Derek formed a silent ‘okay’. She obviously was jealous – and pissed at him. “Yeah, so? We all call each other by our first names, well, except for us.” he grinned.
But she didn’t react.
“I didn’t buy the earrings to impress her or hook it up with her.” he frowned. “Actually, I just bought them because I absolutely don’t know her and I thought some jewelry couldn’t be wrong. And if it hadn’t been a secret Santa, I’d have gotten her something else. But this way she’ll never know and…”
“What, are you lost for words?” she grumbled.
“Why are you mad at me, baby girl?” he asked calmly.
“Because…” she wanted to yell but pulled herself together and then sighed. “Because I thought that all this cuddling and the dates… I should have known better.”
“Hey” Derek took a step forward and pulled her out of the chair and into a tight embrace, “don’t think I was just playing with you, sweetness. There’s no woman in the world I love to cuddle with more than with you.”
“Yeah, I’m sure you do.” she mumbled into his chest as she snuggled up against him. “I’m still mad at you. I just really need some cuddling right now.”
“Does that mean you don’t want my present?” he grinned and kissed the top of her head.
This however caught her attention and she looked up at him. “But… you’re not my secret Santa. Hotch was.”
“You aren’t supposed to know that.” Derek grinned.
“Who else knows me well enough to get me some wool for my knitting?” Penelope shrugged. “Well, except for you. But I know it couldn’t be you so…”
Not wanting their conversation to go this way again Derek quickly jumped in: “But I wanted to be because I already had the perfect present for you. But since I wasn’t lucky enough to pick you I thought I would get it for you anyways.”
Penelope looked around and then frowned. “Where is it?”
“Right here.” Derek grinned.
She just raised her eyebrows.
“Me, buttercup.” Derek explained. “I’m gonna be yours for one day and we’ll do whatever you want to do.”This caused the corners of her mouth to move upwards in a mischievous grin.