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No more sweets

Title: No more sweets

Fandom: Criminal Minds

Pairing: Morgan/Garcia

Prompt for [info]30_sweets: #5 One chocolate cake please


Rating: K

Disclaimer: Neither the show nor the characters belong to me, they belong to CBS. Nonetheless, I love to borrow them from time to time. No copyright infringement intended. The idea for the story and the story itself - including all chapters and all possible pre- and sequels - belong to me.

Summary: Part 1/? of the ‘No more sweets’ series. A nasty comment makes Garcia go on a diet.

warnings: none

She was in an exceptionally good mood today. After all, it was her birthday and this year her team, her elective affinity, wasn’t on a case out of town. They were planning on having a small breakfast together and Penelope wanted to bring a cake, a chocolate cake because she knew it was Derek’s favorite.

And Derek himself would take her out for dinner. Not that it was very special for them to go out but for this one day she could at least pretend that it might be a date. Even though she knew that it wasn’t.

So she almost floated into the bakery and smiled at the man behind the counter. “I’d like to have a chocolate cake, please.” she told him happily.

“She looks like that’s her daily breakfast.” a skinny girl drinking coffee at a nearby table said to her even skinnier friend.

“Well, maybe she doesn’t care about her appearance.” the other girl giggled. “Maybe she’s already married or something.”

“Wow, he must be really ugly – or blind.” the first girl giggled.

“Or she’s rich.” the second girl shrugged.

Eyeing Penelope up the first girl grimaced: “A rich girl wouldn’t dress like THAT!”

Penelope pretended not to hear them. It wasn’t that she wasn’t used to comments like that. But it still hurt, especially on a day like this. And she immediately knew that she wouldn’t eat a piece of the chocolate cake – and if she did she wouldn’t be able to enjoy it.

Maybe that was the problem. Maybe that was why Derek never asked her out, why he wasn’t interested in her that way, maybe that was why they’d never be more than friends.

She forced herself to smile at the man behind the counter, thanked him and left as fast as she could – but not fast enough to hear some other nasty comments that made tears spring to her eyes.

She made it to her car before she started sobbing, but it only took a moment and she had collected herself again. This was her birthday, her team was around to celebrate with her and Derek was taking her out tonight. And she would not let some nasty chicks get her down today! So she took a deep breath and headed for the bureau.

“Good morning, birthday girl.” Derek greeted happily as he walked into her office and reached for her hands to pull her into a tight embrace.

“I’ll show you a good morning, hot stuff.” Penelope smiled as she leaned into his embrace and closed her eyes.

Derek frowned and lifted her head to make her look at him: “Are you alright, honey?”

“Of course, I am.” she put him off. “It’s my birthday. When do we start breakfast?”

“Don’t evade my question, girl!” Derek frowned, his thumb brushed tenderly over the trail her tears had left on her cheeks. “What’s wrong with you, mama? You’ve been crying.”

“It’s nothing.” she objected.

Derek just raised an eyebrow at her.

Penelope sighed: “I don’t want to talk about it, okay? Right now I want some hugs and a lot of presents.”

“Okay.” he gave a small laugh and then kissed the top of her nose. “I can at least guarantee for the first.” Chuckling Derek wrapped his arm around her shoulder and led her into the meeting room.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” everyone shouted when Penelope and Derek entered the room. And then everyone hugged her, even Rossi and Hotch. They just seemed to know that she really needed that today.

The table was loaded with bread, jam, cheese and lots of fruits. It looked like they’d ordered a catering service to decorate everything. “Oh, you really surpassed yourself.”

“This was JJ’s idea.” Emily announced.

“But Hotch and Rossi helped me set the table.” she grinned at her bosses.

Penelope felt new tears spring to her eyes. She couldn’t remember when the last time someone had made so much effort for her.

“Alright, let’s eat, I’m starving!” Reid announced to lighten the mood – and to end the somewhat uncomfortable silence that had started filling the room.

“That’s a great idea.” Derek agreed. “I know that there’s a chocolate cake waiting for me.”

“Hey, you’re not the one having birthday.” JJ scolded.

“Nope, but I still get presents.” Derek grinned at JJ and then waggled his eyebrows at Penelope who sat down next to him. “Thanks to my girl who’s spoiling me senseless.”

“Anything for you, my chocolate Adonis.” she flirted back.

JJ rolled her eyes as she sat down opposite her flirting coworkers. “Yeah, all he needs is more self-confidence.”

“No, I just need as much TLC as I can get.” he chuckled.

Reid stopped in the middle of his attempt to shove a huge piece of cake into his mouth. “TLC?” he raised his eyebrows at his coworkers.

Penelope giggled and reached out to ruffle his hair. “Tender loving care, sweet pea. Something you could definitely use, too.”

The young agent’s cheeks turned a nice shade of pink causing the three girls to giggle.

“Hey, hey, hey! Do I need to be jealous?” Derek teased making Reid blush even more.

“You know I have a big heart.” Penelope winked at him.

“Yeah, but still I’d rather all of it belonged to me.” he mock-pouted.

Penelope just shrugged: “Well then, stud muffin, try and win it!”

He just smiled at her. She so had no idea that he already had made up his mind about the perfect plan on how to do so.


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 12th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I really liked this.

I felt horrible for Garcia. She was so happy and then those bitches ruin it for her.

I really loved the flirting between Garcia/Morgan. It was very cute/funny and so them.

And I enjoyed the team having breakfast together for her b-day.

Can't wait to read more.
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment, I'm glad you liked it. I felt horrible for Garcia also so I thought it would work. But trust me, she will meet the girls again and then... ;)
Apr. 13th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
I love this. You must continue soon!
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I will... at least try. ;) Glad you liked it.
Apr. 13th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Love it!
Apr. 13th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked it.
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
SIGH....I love this.....no surprise there....I always love your work girl-friend! Am so waiting for more!
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! What a lovely comment. *hugs*
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for the next installment!
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! More on its way.
Apr. 13th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yes! Derek has a PLAN!!!! Can't wait for more!
Apr. 14th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Doesn't he always have a plan. ;)
Apr. 14th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Poor Garcia! Isn't just the way, that some skinny beyotch comes along and has to make herself feel all superior.

Love the team dynamics; and that Reid, for all his brains, still doesn't get some of the basics.

I'm sure Morgan will soothe her, and I hope those girls get their comeuppance!
Apr. 14th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it.

Trust me, people don't have to be all skinny to feel like constantly insulting just to feel better themselves.

And yes, Morgan will soothe her, and we'll meet the girls again. ;)
Apr. 14th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Awww....first day back and this is what is waiting for me... I'm SO lucky! Loved it! Though the first part squenched my heart. I felt so sad for Pen. But hey, the Girls will come up again? And they get their share of what they deserve :o)

Apr. 14th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

Well, you might be even luckier because it's possible that I'm gonna post another story tonight. *winks*

May. 2nd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Is there going to be more to this soon? I wanna see what happens to those little bitches LOL!
May. 11th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
I don't know about the soon but there's going to be more, I promise.
May. 11th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh okay...I guess I can wait....
Oct. 1st, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
So cute. *gives an evil eye to the skinny girls*
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
We will meet them again - and I'm rather sure you'll like it. :)
Oct. 21st, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
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