First shot at a Criminal Minds story so please be nice (: I started with a one-shot to see how it goes over.
Today was a rare day for the agents of the BAU. They were all cooped up in the office, with no case in site. For the universe, this was something good. For the agents, this meant desk work, which none of them were fond of.
"You should go for him" JJ insisted, throwing my own words back at me. Unlike her relationship with Will though, I wasn't going to be as easily manipulated. When I suggested she make a move on Will, there was no risk involved. It was clear they had a thing for each other. Not to mention, they didn't work with each other every day. Nor were they counting on the other to have their back in the field.
Yeah, there was no tangled web, red flags, or tape to cut through to get their relationship up off the ground. It would take more than a simple nudge from a friend to get me to cross that line.
I tossed the magazine I was looking at down on my desk. "Go for who?" I played innocent.
"You know who." She rolled her eyes. "You're single, he's single." She pushed.
"Is that all you got?" I laughed at her technique, well lack thereof. "Reid is single. My 60 year old next door neighbor is single." I countered.
"Yes, but do you fantasize about doing the horizontal hokey pokey with either of them like you do Derek?" She asked, her lips curling up into a smile.
I sat up straight in my seat, casually scanning the room to make sure no one was close by to eavesdrop. "You know, I think I'm going to skip the next Girls Night Out." I bluffed.
Since JJ was pregnant with her second child, she couldn't drink. Instead, she bought drinks for Pen and me, getting us all liquored up and ready to spill our secrets. On our last outing, I may have mentioned a thing or two about my partner that I was growing to regret.
She saw right through me, however. "You wouldn't. If you didn't vent to me and Penelope, I think your head would explode."
She was right. I did feel a little bit better about my crush on Derek now that it wasn't only my secret to keep. "You know me so well."
"I know, I do. That's why I know you would never go for your 60 year old neighbor. I've met him, he's not very attractive, nor is he really nice. Could you imagine him naked?" She suggested, causing us both to burst out in a fit of laughter.
"You girls seem to be in a good mood." Morgan interrupted. He was now leaning against my desk, half sitting. He had on his gym shorts, and a tight muscle tee. I could smell his cologne, sending me into a tailspin. He obviously hadn't worked out yet. He smelled too clean, making me wonder what he was doing over her.
"Well, we were." I teased, pulling myself together.
"Sorry to interrupt. I was looking for a sparing partner?" He asked, looking directly at me, almost challenging me. And there it was.
His gaze was always so intense. It captivated me. It was always an internal fight with myself not to get lost in his charm.
"Well, as much as I'd love to, little mini me here prevents me from doing all the fun stuff." JJ sighed, rubbing her swollen belly. "But Emily, would love to. She was just telling me how bored she was."
She offered me up so quickly, throwing me to the dogs. Or in the case, dog.
I shot a look at my so called best friend.
"That's great! See you in ten. Hope you're ready for a workout, Princess!" Morgan smiled, jogging off in the direction of the gym.
I gave her my best 'what were you thinking' look. "Thanks Jayje. I'll remember this, as soon as my little niece or nephew is out of you, watch yourself."
"Look at it this way, now you literally can get all your built up frustration out on Morgan." She chuckled, happy with herself.
I grabbed my go bag, and made my way to the gym. Rather than drag it out, I quickly changed and met Morgan on the mats. He was just a friend, a work friend. I could get through a 30 minute workout with him. I think.
"You ready for me, Princess?" He teased, dancing on his feet.
More than you know, I thought to myself. While out loud I asked, "The real question is, are you ready for me, Charming?"
"Alright, alright. Let's see what you got!" He encouraged, going for a hit.
I managed to block his punch, twisting his hand behind his back, drawing us closer together. Our chests were pressed together, and I prayed he thought my heart was racing from the adrenaline, and not anything else.
"Playing dirty, I see." He grinned, his eyes dropped to my lips. He had me right where he wanted me, he had to know that. Times like these made me question if he had ever thought of me as more than a friend.
Before I knew it, I was on my back. He was straddling my waist, pinning me to the floor.
Now, I was sure that was on purpose. He distracted me, and he knew it.
"And you accuse me of playing dirty?" I huffed, unsure of how I was going to get out of this, while secretly hoping I wouldn't.
"I don't know what you're talking about, Princess." He grinned, flashing me his signature smile.
I squirmed beneath him. He was strong, much stronger than me. Getting him off of me wasn't going to be easy, but it wasn't impossible.
"Do you want children, Morgan?" I asked, positioning my knee just so. Yeah, two could play this game, and I planned on winning.
"Alright, alright, you got me." He laughed, letting go of my arms, holding his hands up in the air, surrendering. What a rookie mistake.
I took the opportunity to flip us, only he was expecting it. Suddenly I found myself being cradled like a baby, my arms locked and pressed into his chest. I was got again.
"Do you want children, Emily?" He asked, in a much more serious tone then I had. He only called me by my first name to get my attention, or when he was being genuine.
Well, he had my full attention now. He was staring at me so intently, I couldn't look away. My mind was racing. Did I want children? Or did I want his children? Before I knew what was happening, his face bent closer to mine. His lips were mere centimeters from mine.
"Guys, we got a case." JJ interrupted.
As quickly as it almost was, it wasn't. He pulled his head away, sat me down on my feet, and straightened us both to an upright position.
"I'll be in the bullpen in fifteen." Derek assured her, heading off to the men's locker room.
I hadn't realized I was staring after him, until I heard JJ clear her throat, drawing my attention to my very amused friend.
She eyed me suspiciously. "Did I interrupt something?"
"Just me kicking Morgan's ass." I lied, knowing it was useless. Even if she hadn't walked in on us, she was a trained profiler.
"Are you sure about that? It looked to me like Morgan had you right where he wanted. Right where you wanted." She egged me on.
"It can wait." I assured her, heading off to the locker room for a quick shower. "Only forever." I mumbled to myself.
I showered, and cleaned up fast. Changing back into my work attire, ready to meet the team for the debriefing.
"You never did answer me."
I turned around to find Derek perched against the wall, clearly waiting for me.
"About what?" I asked. Of course, he wanted to get into it now when we were expected elsewhere.
He laughed, "You're a bad liar, Princess."
"I don't know." It was a half-truth. I had always thought I would be a mother, wanted to be. But as there birthday candles started to add up, I realized they just weren't in the cards for me.
"You don't know if you're a bad liar, or?" He pushed.
"Derek, I'm thirty-five. I just figured if kids were supposed to be a part of my life, they would be by now?" I admitted.
"I want kids." He divulged, heading off to the meeting room. He stopped for a minute, and turned back, "And I want you."
This story was inspired by Demi Lovato's Only Forever. Thanks for reading!