|The Christmas Pox
Author: ilovetvalot PM
When Derek Morgan catches a childhood disease at Christmastime, where can he possibly seek sanctuary? Morgan/Garcia, JJ/Will with a featured Henry LaMontagne. TWOSHOT!Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Humor - D. Morgan & Jennifer J./JJ - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,684 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 12-23-10 - Published: 12-22-10 - Status: Complete - id: 6578669
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The Christmas Pox
Closing her eyes, JJ shook her head. This was going to be the longest forty-eight hours of her life. Evidently, God had decided one child simply wasn't enough. He, in His infinite wisdom, had delivered her three….a lovable Cajun, his equally lovable son, and the adoptive one that had just walked through her door. Taking Henry from Morgan's arms, she shifted him easily to Will's waiting arms. "I think it's time for all good little boys to be in bed. Don't forget to say your prayers, Henry," she ordered her son gently.
"I will, Mommy. And I'll tell God to ask Santa to bring Uncle Derek some new balls for Christmas," Henry declared magnanimously as he nodded enthusiastically.
"Oh, Lord," JJ sighed, watching as her laughing boyfriend carried their son up the stairs to bed.
"I'm gonna need new balls, Jayje?" Morgan asked desperately, pulling on JJ's arm as he furrowed his brow. "How serious is this chicken pox thing?"
"You and your balls will be fine, Derek," JJ said, taking the man's pillow from under his arm. "Let's just get you set up in the guest bedroom, okay?"
Following JJ down the hall, Morgan sighed as he passed the lit Christmas tree and the stockings hung on the wooden mantle. Each and every item reminded him more and more of what he was missing with his beloved. He asked seriously, "So, do you really think I'll be home for Christmas?"
Opening the door to the spare bedroom, JJ nodded supportively as she flipped on the light switch. "I do," she said, tossing his pillow on the bed and turning to feel the older man's brow. "If you can follow simple directions."
"What directions?" Derek asked suspiciously, obediently following her pointed finger and sitting on the bed.
"First, no scratching," she said, walking into the guest bathroom and rummaging through the medicine cabinet.
"But I itch," Derek complained, quickly scratching the back of his neck while her back was turned. Maybe, just maybe, he could finally get that spot that had been bothering him for the past five minutes.
"I saw that," she called without turning around.
Rolling his eyes heavenward, he shifted on the bed. He'd forgotten about those maternal superpowers that all mothers seemed to have. Smiling, he wondered how soon his Baby Girl would develop hers. Hell, he thought to himself, she was obviously already well-versed in all manners of ESP, so this motherhood thing would probably be a breeze for her.
"She already has them," JJ said absently.
Jerking his eyes back to the blonde woman as she walked toward him, he wondered if mindreading was a power all mothers were gifted with. "What's that?" he asked as he eyed the bottles JJ carried in her hands.
"This," JJ said holding up a red and white pill bottle, "is for your fever. And this," she said, "is for the achiness," she added, dropping another bottle on the nightstand. "And this," she smiled, holding up a pink bottle of lotion, "is what I use to finger paint your face."
"Uhmmm...pink really isn't my color, JJ," Derek shook his head, recoiling as she twisted the cap off.
"You'll learn to love it and thank me later," JJ muttered, dipping her finger inside and swirling the bottle.
Jerking back as her finger progressed toward his face, Morgan shook his head furiously. Wrinkling his nose as he raised his hands to cover his face, Derek proclaimed, "JJ, that stuff smells like ass! There's no way it's going on my face."
"Do I want to know how exactly you know what ass smells like, Morgan?" JJ asked, cocking her head to the side as she watched the so-called he man shrink away even further.
"It's an expression and you know it," Derek grumbled as JJ's nimble fingers redirected themselves toward his face again, smearing the pink lotion on him. "What is that crap?" he winced.
Still smearing, JJ answered tersely. "Calamine lotion. It'll make the itch bearable."
"You sure about that?" Derek asked, aching to claw his face in spite of the so-called miracle drug.
"Do you want me to go get Henry for confirmation?" JJ asked evenly, moving her ministrations to a cluster of spots on her friend's forehead.
"No," Derek whined, shifting tiredly against the full mattress, "Just hurry."
"Okay," JJ said a few minutes later, satisfied she'd gotten all the visible affected areas treated, "I've taken care of all the skin I wanna see." Dropping the bottle on the nightstand, she added, "I'll leave this here for those places on you that I don't ever wanna look at."
"Gee, thanks, Jayje," Morgan muttered sarcastically, barely resisting the urge to dig at the newest itchiness on his arms. "I can really feel the love here."
"You wanna show me your bare ass?" JJ smirked, arching a brow.
"I do have some pride left," Morgan grumbled, snatching the lotion from the stand and shaking the bottle.
Choking back her laughter as she stared down into his dark face, pink blotches vibrant against his dark skin, JJ murmured, "You have no idea how difficult it is to take that remark seriously right now."
"Out," Derek growled, throwing a finger toward the door as he uncapped the bottle, his nose wrinkling in distaste at the horrid aroma wafting up from the open lid.
Nodding, JJ chuckled. "I'll bring you some bottled water to take your pills. I think we're gonna need all the pharmaceutical assistance we can get to see you through this."
Forty-eight hours later, JJ wished she'd had used a tranquilizer gun on Derek instead of Motrin and Tylenol.
Tying his scarf like a Christmas bow, she left Morgan standing on his porch steps...a gift Penelope Garcia could unwrap at her leisure. And if the other woman was smart, she might wish to sue the scarf as a gag. God knows, JJ wished she had!
But her life could now return to normal. Fever and spot-free, her job with him was done. So was the whining...the complaining...and the downright orneriness that a sick Derek Morgan brought to a normally cheerful home.
He was Garcia's gift now.
And Santa's elves had nothing on her!